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Kempe Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Child Health Services Research

Allison Kempe, MD '80, MPH, professor of pediatrics and the founding director of the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), has been selected for the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award in Child Health Services Research by the AcademyHealth Child Health Services Research Interest Group Advisory Committee. Ally will accept the award during the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Baltimore next in July of 2024.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 10, 2024
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Daniels Weighs In on Clinical Utility of BMI

Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, MPH, chair of pediatrics, is corresponding author of a commentary published June 3 in Pediatrics on a study that reinforces the clinical utility of body mass index, particularly in identifying increased adiposity in the obesity range of 8- to 19-year-olds. Jaime M. Moore, MD, MPH '19, assistant professor of pediatrics, is co-author.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 10, 2024
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Dyess IDs Gaps in Fellows' Understanding of Post-Training Job Navigation

Nicolle F. Dyess, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is corresponding author of research published June 6 by BMC Medical Education that identifies knowledge gaps in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) fellows’ understanding of how to find, prepare for, and negotiate their first post-training job. The authors conclude that these knowledge gaps are not unique to NPM fellows and that all graduate medical education trainees would benefit from an easy-to-implement, no-cost job search series like the one they created for NPM fellows during the 2020-2021 academic year.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 10, 2024
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Antibiotic Therapy Delays Can Increase Risk in Sepsis Cases: Findings by Scott, Lockwood

Halden F. Scott, MD, MSCS '19, associate professor of pediatrics, and Justin M. Lockwood, MD, MSCS '18, assistant professor of pediatrics, are co-authors of an original investigation published June 5 by JAMA Network Open that describes findings indicating long delays in antibiotic therapy are associated with increased risk of mortality among children with sepsis. The cohort study included 19,515 pediatric patients at 51 U.S. children’s hospitals from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2021.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 10, 2024
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Safety and Pharmacokinetic Profile of Ocrelizumab in Pediatric MS Mirrors Adult Population

Led by Teri Schreiner, an associate professor of pediatrics-neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the observed PK/PD profile of ocrelizumab in this pediatric population was similar to that seen in adults. In addition, no new T1-gadolinium-enhancing lesions were reported at week 12.


Author Neurology Live | Publish Date June 06, 2024
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Colorado to use $20 million from Juul vaping settlement to fund youth mental health services

“It’s pervasive,” said Robin Deterding, a pediatric pulmonologist and medical director of the Breathing Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado [and professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine]. “All teenagers know people who vape and use nicotine.”


Author The Denver Post | Publish Date June 06, 2024
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Preventative drug providing hope for potential Type 1 diabetes patients in Colorado

"How this drug works is that it binds to the t-cell and causes it to go and get re-educated. Instead of being activated and wanting to kill the cells that make insulin, it basically becomes tired and isn't responsive to the beta cells," explained Dr. Kimber Simmons, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Barbara Davis Center within the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author CBS News | Publish Date June 06, 2024
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Prescriptions for weight loss, diabetes drugs for young people leaped 600% since 2020, study says

Dr. Melanie Cree, a pediatric endocrinologist [and director of the Multi-Disciplinary PCOS clinic] at Children’s Hospital Colorado [and associate professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine] who has been working with this class of medication in clinical trials with children for almost a decade, says the drugs have been a game-changer not just to help kids lose weight and lower blood sugar, but also to lower liver fat and improve cardiac and kidney function – “all of those conditions that go with type 2 diabetes.”


Author CNN | Publish Date May 29, 2024
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VIDEO: How to Keep Your Kids with Asthma Safe During the Summer

Heather De Keyser, MD '10 (associate professor, Section of Pulmonary Medicine), gives tips on how to keep your kids with asthma safe this summer in this episode of Health Watch from CBS News Colorado.


Author CBS News | Publish Date May 26, 2024
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Is Fluoridated Drinking Water Safe for Pregnant Women?

“There is nothing about this study that alarms me or would make me recommend that pregnant women stop drinking tap water,” said Patricia Braun, MD '90, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Author The New York Times | Publish Date May 22, 2024
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Edwin Liu, MD, Credits Mentors and Research Insights for His Patient Care Approach

In this physician profile, we spoke with Edwin Liu, MD, a [professor and] pediatric gastroenterologist and director of the Colorado Center for Celiac Disease at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr Liu also serves as Taplin Endowed Chair for Celiac Disease and is a founding member of the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and board member for the International Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.


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Families, Children’s Hospital Colorado feeling impacts months after asthma medication is discontinued

An asthma medication that thousands of people rely upon, including children, hasn’t been available in pharmacies across Colorado since the beginning of the year. Now, doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado are beginning to see the impacts from its loss. “They discontinued Flovent,” said Monica Federico, the medical director of the Asthma Program at Children’s Colorado [and associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine].


Author Denver 7 | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Study findings demonstrate benefit to pediatric celiac disease mass screening

The dedication of our participants and the follow-up and completion of surveys, despite occurring during the pandemic, allowed for a very comprehensive study," said Marisa Stahl, MD, [assistant professor,] gastroenterologist at Children's Colorado and primary author of the study.


Author Medical Xpress | Publish Date May 13, 2024
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VIDEO: Increasing HPV vaccination using ‘boot camp translation’

“We have a handful of things we know work,” O’Leary said, “but there’s always room for more.” In the videos, O’Leary, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and chair of the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases, explains how “boot camp translation” helped the researchers leverage the participation of clinical and nonclinical staff, parents and teens at six pediatric practices in three Colorado counties to increase their HPV vaccination rates.


Author Healio | Publish Date May 13, 2024
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NEJM Perspective: Learning to Say Goodbye

James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics, [University of Colorado School of Medicine] offers a heartfelt tribute to the late Steve Berman, MD, in a perspective essay published May 11 by The New England Journal of Medicine.


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A 15-year-old hockey player with MS may never experience a symptom, thanks to Colorado research

It was a school day afternoon when Blaise learned his diagnosis. He came to find out that his parents had received a call from the doctor that day. Soon after, the family had a telehealth appointment with Teri Schreiner, a pediatric neurologist who specializes in neuroimmunology [associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine] and the study’s lead pediatric researcher.


Author The Colorado Sun | Publish Date May 09, 2024
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‘Ozempic babies’: Reports of surprise pregnancies raise new questions about weight loss drugs

GLP-1 agonists improve insulin resistance and lead to weight loss, so it makes sense that they also improve PCOS symptoms, added Melanie Cree, director of the multidisciplinary PCOS Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “It is completely being used now with no evidence because the [obstetrics] field knows that if you have 5% weight loss in these individuals with PCOS, you will improve fertility,” she said.


Author CNN | Publish Date May 08, 2024
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Simon, Cree Publish Review for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome-Related Conditions

Stacey L. Simon, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine is first author of a review published in late March by The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health that presents prevalence rates, screening tools and treatment recommendations for polycystic ovary syndrome-related conditions. Jaime Moore, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Section of Nutrition and senior author Melanie Cree, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Section of Endocrinology and director of the Multi-Disciplinary PCOS Clinic are among six colleagues from our campus who are contributors.


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Rolfes Is First Author on Neonate-Specific Liver Transplantation Research

Priya S. Rolfes, MD, a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition program, is corresponding author of an original article published April 29 in The Journal of Pediatrics that identifies neonate-specific prognostic variables for survival with native liver in neonatal acute liver failure. The findings may help early risk stratification to guide medical decision-making and consideration for liver transplantation. Co-authors from our Department of Pediatrics are Professor Shikha S. Sundaram, MD, MSCI, Distinguished Professor Ronald J. Sokol, MD and Visiting Associate Professor Sarah A. Taylor, MD.


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Environmental and Social Conditions May Help Predict Severity of Asthma in Children

“The neighborhoods right around our hospital definitely are disproportionately impacted by these social determinants. We see many children with more severe asthma coming from those neighborhoods. Children are not impacted equally across our city, and so it’s important to figure out what is driving that,” said Emily Skeen, pediatric pulmonologist with Children’s Hospital Colorado and fellow at University of Colorado School of Medicine, in a press release.


Author Pharmacy Times | Publish Date May 05, 2024
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The Best Vitamins for Teens 2024, According to Pediatricians

Providers recognize it can be easier said than done for teenagers to get all of the necessary nutrients they need through diet alone. Rochelle Cason-Wilkerson, MD, nutritionist, provides important information on how teens' needs change as they develop and how to incorporate vitamins into their diet.


Author Teen Vogue | Publish Date April 25, 2024
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Medical miracle: Denver child’s heart beats again after 14 hours

Aline Maddux, associate professor of pediatrics [Section of Critical Care Medicine] in the pediatrics intensive care unit, is a part of Cartier’s medical team. “His heart stopped beating. We tried to revive it, and there was fear that he might not survive this,” Maddux said.


Author Fox 31 | Channel 2 | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Experts call for more data on weight loss meds as fertility drugs

“The ‘oops’ babies on Ozempic and Wegovy are happening all over the place,” Melanie Cree-Green, [associate professor of pediatrics, Section of Endocrinology and] director of the polycystic ovary syndrome clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, told the news outlet. “It’s very exciting, but it's a bit scary because we’re moving forward without all the data.”


Author Becker's Hospital Review | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Grover, Cookson Co-Author Nutrition Guideline for Infants with Hernia

Theresa Grover, MD, professor of pediatrics, [Section of Neonatology] and Michael Cookson, MD '18, MHS, fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine in pediatrics, are co-authors of an article published April 16 by the Journal of Perinatology that offers a consensus evidence-based framework for meeting the nutritional challenges faced by infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Rozance Named President-Elect of Perinatal Research Society

Paul Rozance, MD, professor of pediatrics and The Frederick C. Battaglia Endowed Chair in Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine was recently named president-elect of the Perinatal Research Society (PRS). PRS was first established in 1969 to foster scientific interchange among pediatricians (neonatologists), obstetricians and basic scientists with research interests in the areas of perinatal medicine and developmental biology. This unique group first gathered at the University of Colorado under the leadership of the late Fred Battaglia, MD, and has since grown to include more than 400 members nationwide. Rozance’s areas of interest include neonatal hypoglycemia, intrauterine growth restriction and placental nutrient supply. As president-elect, Rozance will carry on the tradition of PRS’s Colorado founders, helping to create connections between leading researchers and other experts in perinatal research and developmental biology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 22, 2024
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Davis Is First Author on Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy Original Investigation

Shanlee M. Davis, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, [Section of Endocrinology, University of Colorado School of Medicine], is corresponding author of an original investigation published March 29 by JAMA Network Open that considers the prevalence of an additional X or Y chromosome among men who served in the U.S. military. Davis and her co- authors conducted a cross-sectional study of 595,612 men in the VA’s Million Veteran Program, finding that 1 in 370 men had a sex chromosome aneuploidy, but only 14.2% were clinically diagnosed by the time they were 60 years old. Men with an extra X or Y chromosome have increased risk of delayed development, learning disabilities, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 08, 2024
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Two Neonatal-Perinatal Pediatrics Fellows Are SPR 2024 Award Recipients

Paula Dias Maia, MD, fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, has received the PROSPER Diversity Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). The PRomotion of FellOwSPEdiatric Research (PROSPER) Diversity Award provides material support and mentoring for a one-year pediatric research project that will facilitate an academic research-focused career trajectory for fellows from under-represented in medicine background(s). Her current research at the Colorado Pulmonary Heart Lung Center focuses on understanding the effects of antenatal inflammation on pulmonary endothelial cell diversity and cardiopulmonary sequelae.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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How doctors in Denver helped pioneer research on a new drug for food allergies

“It’s almost impossible to avoid reactions and live in the real world,” said BJ Lanser, a pediatric allergy specialist at National Jewish Health in Denver [and associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine]. “That peace of mind and knowledge of the protection that is there is obviously of significant benefit to many.”


Author The Colorado Sun | Publish Date March 29, 2024
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Colorado hospitals no longer required to report newborns who test positive for drugs, working to better support addicted moms

Most providers working in birthing facilities don’t know that the law changed, though, and they may still report families based solely on a drug test, said Christine Gold, a pediatric hospitalist at University of Colorado Hospital [and associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine].


Author The Denver Post | Publish Date March 29, 2024
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Measles Cases are Rising. Here’s What to Know About Symptoms.

“It’s a pretty miserable disease,” said Sean O’Leary, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases specialist [and director, Colorado Children's Outcomes Network] at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author The New York Times | Publish Date March 25, 2024
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Leamer to Step Down from Chair of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee

Karen Leamer, MD `86, FAAP, is set to step down from her esteemed role as the chair of the Department of Pediatrics Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee after an impressive 23-year tenure. Since 1989, Dr. Leamer has been a key figure within the department clinical faculty, taking on the leadership of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee in 2000. Currently practicing at Every Child Pediatrics in Aurora, she has shown unwavering dedication, commitment and support to our volunteer clinical faculty. Her remarkable contributions have made a lasting impact on our department, and we are deeply grateful for her significant influence and the privilege of having her on our team. She has taught and mentored numerous medical students and residents over the years.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Brown Receives Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Neonatology has established the Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship in the CU Foundation in the summer of 2023. Laura Brown, MD, professor of pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology is the first recipient of the Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship for the Section of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. This is for her outstanding and trailblazing work in the field of fetal and neonatal nutrition and skeletal muscle metabolism and physiology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Williams Receives AAP Advancement in Research Award

Joshua Williams, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics, has been selected as the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Section on Early Career Physicians' Advancement in Research Award. Dr. Williams will be honored at the 2023 AAP National Meeting in October. Dr. Williams is principal investigator on an NICHD-funded K23 grant to examine the impact of digital storytelling on influenza vaccination equity. He is also co-investigator at Denver Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Safety Datalink project.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Bajaj Named Chief Quality Officer of Children's Hospital Colorado

Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH, will be assuming the role of Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado starting in January 2024.

Dr. Bajaj will oversee the Department of Patient Safety, while continuing his oversight of the Department of Clinical Effectiveness and Department of Diversity, Health Equity & Inclusion. These departments will now constitute the Division of Quality, and Dr. Bajaj will be working to complete the medical and administrative dyads in each of those departments over the coming months. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Lockspeiser Named Inaugural Jones Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education

Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce a generous gift of $2 million from Doug Jones, Jr., MD, Ann Jones, PhD, and their children, Monica Federico, MD, and Tobin Jones, for the establishment of the Jones Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education.

The inaugural chair holder will be Tai Mara Lockspeiser, MD, MEd, professor of pediatrics in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics, Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Director of Assessment, Evaluations and Outcomes. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 24, 2024
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Abman Co-Authors Transpyloric Feeding in Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Steven H. Abman, MD, professor of pediatrics in the Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, is a co-author of an article published January 13 in the Journal of Perinatology finding that transpyloric feeding is associated with adverse in-hospital outcomes in infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia affects 10,000 preterm infants annually in the United States and is the most common complication of preterm birth.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Feinstein Co-Authors Article on Drug-Drug Interaction Exposure

James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH/MSPH, associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics, is co-author of an article published January 4 in Pediatrics that considers drug-drug interaction exposure in pediatric outpatient settings. Using a database of Medicaid beneficiaries, the authors reviewed cases involving more than 780,000 children and found that 21.4% experienced major exposures, putting children at risk for negative health outcomes and adverse drug events.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Maloney Selected as StARR Scholar with Taylor As Mentor

The CU Anschutz School of Medicine’s Program to Advance Physician Scientists & Translational Research recently announced the scholars in its Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program, which is funded by an award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Lauren Maloney, MD, resident in pediatrics, is one of four scholars selected. Her project is studying age-specific differences in the immune response to obstructive cholestasis, with Sarah Taylor, MD, visiting associate professor of pediatrics, as her mentor.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Honoring Dr. Nancy Nelson: An Exhibit at the Strauss Health Sciences Library

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is proud to present a new exhibit honoring the memory of Dr. Nancy Nelson, MD. The Nancy Nelson memorial display case, donated by the Office of Advancement, will have a permanent home on the third floor of the library outside the Tower Room. This case will frequently feature important women in healthcare and medicine. The inaugural exhibit will showcase the life and achievements of Dr. Nelson herself.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 31, 2023
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Bourque Named First Recipient of Niermeyer Family Distinguished Professorship in Neonatology

Stephanie Bourque MD, MSCS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology and Associate Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, has been appointed the first recipient of the Niermeyer Family Distinguished Professorship in Neonatology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 28, 2023
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Safety and Pharmacokinetic Profile of Ocrelizumab in Pediatric MS Mirrors Adult Population

news outletNeurology Live
Publish DateJune 06, 2024

Led by Teri Schreiner, an associate professor of pediatrics-neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the observed PK/PD profile of ocrelizumab in this pediatric population was similar to that seen in adults. In addition, no new T1-gadolinium-enhancing lesions were reported at week 12.

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The Denver Post

Colorado to use $20 million from Juul vaping settlement to fund youth mental health services

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateJune 06, 2024

“It’s pervasive,” said Robin Deterding, a pediatric pulmonologist and medical director of the Breathing Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado [and professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine]. “All teenagers know people who vape and use nicotine.”

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MedPage Today

BMI Affirmed as Good Screening Tool for Kids, Teens With Elevated Adiposity

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Publish DateJune 06, 2024

With these new findings, “pediatricians can feel confident that identification of elevated BMI (≥95th percentile) continues to be an effective way to screen for increased adiposity,” Jaime Moore [assistant professor of pediatrics], and Stephen Daniels [professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief], both of Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado in Aurora, wrote in a commentary accompanying the study.

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Study finds BMI, despite flaws, is useful estimate of body fat in children

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Publish DateJune 06, 2024

Ihuoma Eneli, visiting professor of pediatrics [and head, Section of Nutrition] at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, called the study carefully done and much needed, given the controversies surrounding BMI as the core measure to define obesity. “We need to take criticisms seriously and see it as an opportunity to test and retest our assumptions, as this paper has done,” she told STAT via email.

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