Paediatric Post - Blog of the Canadian Paediatric Society
Investigators of a new Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program study are working to document all cases of childhood TB disease, looking at how diagnoses are made, how TB is acquired, complications and/or co-morbidities, treatment drug regimens and compliance, adverse effects of medications and changes in drug sensitivity over time.
CPS President, Dr. Andrew Lynk, extends wishes for a healthy and safe holiday season and shares recent CPS accomplishments.
Dr. Richard Stanwick is leading the charge for laws that would keep smokers well away from outdoor recreational spaces. In fact, the latest Surgeon General’s report states that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, said Dr. Stanwick, who is also past president of the CPS.
The expanding knowledge base relevant to child maltreatment, and the need to understand this complex interaction of systems and professionals, helped drive the Section’s successful application to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to consider child maltreatment paediatrics as a defined field of practice with a route to training and certification. Child maltreatment paediatrics is now an Area of Focused Competence, with diploma certification available to paediatricians in 2014. It is expected that fellowship training programs may begin to apply for accreditation in the 2014/15 academic year.
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug by Canadian adolescents, and can lead to a host of negative short and long-term outcomes. Understanding more about youth drinking can help develop more effective strategies for treatment and prevention, leading to both social and economic benefits. That’s one of the aims of a new study in the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program.
First Years First: It’s the new name of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s early years program, and also a rallying cry to clinicians and policymakers about the importance of early childhood. The CPS launched the program in November with a series of web resources designed to help clinicians incorporate the latest evidence about the importance of the early years into their practice.
Active Kids, Healthy Kids is a new CPS program to help health professionals promote healthy active living in their practices. It incorporates the Canadian physical activity and sedentary behavior guidelines for children and youth published by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology in 2012.
Paediatricians Dr. Holly Agostino and Dr. Brett Burstein are professional problem solvers, used to managing stress and dealing with little sleep on a regular basis—all skills that proved useful when competing together on the Amazing Race Canada, which aired this past summer on CTV.
Welcome to The Paediatric Post, blog of the Canadian Paediatric Society. Twice a month, we’ll add articles that feature new and updated policy documents and clinical tools, highlight CPS programs, advocacy initiatives and upcoming events and education.