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Dec December 23 Fri 2016

Drs. Heidi Feldman (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics) and Lou Halamek (Neonatology) are named to San Francisco Magazine’s list of Bay Area Top Doctors 2017. Read more>>

Nov November 15 Tue 2016

Fewer U.S. parents say they spank their kids

National data from 1988 to 2011 show that parents are using less physical discipline like spanking or hitting. During the quarter-century stretch, the proportion of middle-income mothers who condone physical punishment dropped from 46 percent to 21 percent. Meanwhile, the proportion of mothers supporting time-outs increased from 41 percent to 81 percent. Dr. Heidi Feldman is quoted in this Reuters story, saying that non-physical discipline is a far better alternative because it’s a compassionate approach that helps children learn and it’s linked to lower odds for physical abuse. Read more>>

Oct October 31 Mon 2016

Our March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center's Fall 2016 newsletter features a Q&A with epidemiologist Dr. Suzan Carmichael, an essay by Dr. Paul Wise about global health iniatives in areas of unstable governance and political unrest, and an infographic showing how we keep track of the >140,000 samples we've collected from mothers and babies.

Oct October 26 Wed 2016

How can doctors committed to providing care manage discrimination by patients and families? Our fellow Dr. Emily Whitgob devoted her residency research to exploring this problem and interviewed pediatric faculty educational leaders to get their thoughts on how they would address this kind of discrimination as a trainee and as a supervising physician. Discussions led to four major recommendations: 1) assess illness acuity; 2) cultivate a therapeutic alliance; 3) depersonalize the event; and 4) ensure a safe learning environment for trainees. Study results were published in Academic Medicine, and Dr. Whitgob received a considerable amount of press on these findings. Read more>>

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Oct October 05 Wed 2016

Investing in nurturing care during early childhood pays off, new studies find

While early child mortality is down, 43 percent of all young kids living in low- and middle-income countries (250 million) are at risk of not meeting their full developmental potential. This is according to a new series of scientific studies published in The Lancet, which shows that stunting and extreme poverty, especially in the first 1,000 days of life, limit children’s physical, intellectual and emotional growth. Global health expert Dr. Gary Darmstadt is quoted in this Scope blog story. He reports on the economic analysis, saying that “the cost of inaction is huge,” adding that children who experience growth stunting and extreme poverty stand to make 25 percent less per year as adults as children who grew up in a more nurturing environment. Read more>>

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