Innovation and Discovery

(From the May 2018 Issue of MedStat)

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Talking About Fertility, Parenthood and Contraception with Sickle Cell Disease Patients and Their Families

Adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease and their caregivers want to know how the disease affects their fertility and have questions about contraception and parenthood. A recent study led by Leena Nahata, MD, an endocrinologist and medical director of Nationwide Children’s Fertility and Reproductive Health Program, suggests that primary care providers may be in the best position to discuss and manage birth control and subspecialists treatment side effects and fertility preservation. The study is in Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

Learn more in this Pediatrics Nationwide article.

When to Screen Adolescents for STIs: a Downloadable Guide to Testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that sexually active adolescents should be tested for sexually transmitted infections annually. In addition, pediatric and adolescent gynecologists and adolescent medicine specialists at Nationwide Children’s recommend screening when an adolescent has a new partner or is concerned about a possible infection. To help pediatricians and primary care providers, they have developed a downloadable reference chart offering collection instructions, appropriate containers and stability guidelines for STI testing.

Learn more in this Pediatrics Online article.

Senna-Base Laxatives Prove Safe and Effective in Study

Senna-based laxatives are effective, pose a low risk for side effects and should be considered as a first-line treatment for children who are considered to have failed medical management for their constipation. That’s the conclusion of a study combining a literature review and evidence found in patient records of 640 children referred to the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s and treated with sennosides. Marc Levitt, MD, surgical director of the center, led the study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

Read more in this Pediatrics Online article.