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Sept 16 AAP 2017 NCE Daily Media Highlights


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SATURDAY, Sept. 16:

We Get the Job Done: Attachment and Nurturance

11:15 a.m.-11:50 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 in Skyline Ballroom.

Clinical psychologist Luz Towns-Miranda, PhD, delivers the keynote address, drawing on professional and person experience to discuss the relationships between caregivers and children, and the importance of the first three years of children's lives to ensure that their attachments are secure and healthy.

Media Roundtable

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in Press Office, room Grant Park CD at Hyatt Regency-McCormick Place.

  • Meet the authors of highlighted research abstracts in the Press Office for lunch and interviews.  
  • Research includes new findings on the impact of the opioid crisis on teens and children; injuries to children from playground slides, golf carts, and firearms; concussions in female versus male youth athletes; and more.
  • Embargoed abstracts available in advance to credentialed media.

Published Studies that Could Change the Way You Practice

8:30 – 10 a.m. Saturday in W183 A, McCormick Place West; and again from 2-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, in W183 A, McCormick Place West

Dr. Lewis First, MD, MS, FAAP, editor in chief of Pediatrics, and Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP, deputy editor of Pediatrics, review the top 10-plus peer-reviewed studies that could change a pediatrician's practice. They chose studies whose findings were significant, and of high interest based on  online readership data, media attention, and citation information. Last year, the editors dissected studies on predictors of infant sepsis, new information on vaccine safety and mental health treatments, the role of the microbiome in causing and treating common diseases, and cost-effective diagnostic workups.

Minors and Medical Decision-Making: Can a Child Refuse Treatment?

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, room W181 C, McCormick Place West; It will be offered again from 8:30 a.m. -10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, W181 C

Ethical questions come into play when a child refuses treatment or disagrees with the pediatrician's recommendations, especially when dealing with a life-threatening medical condition. What if a child refuses to take asthma medication or doesn't want chemotherapy, for instance? In this session, Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD, FAAP, and Joel Frader, MD, MA, FAAP, will outline an ethical framework to help guide decision-making and present cases that may be based on situations they have encountered as practicing pediatricians. Both Chicago-based physicians are members of the AAP Section on Bioethics. Dr. Frader also is a member of the Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Children's Health: What's at Stake in the New Administration

8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in W181 A, McCormick Place West

Lynda Young, MD, FAAP, has spent 20 years advocating for children, and, as the chairperson for the AAP Committee on Federal Government Affairs, she has learned a great deal about how the political process works. Today, more than ever, the voices of medical experts need to be heard in Washington. In this session, Dr. Young provides an overview of AAP positions on Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and access to care and immigration. She will speak to doctors about how to effectively advocate for their patients and communities.

Congenital Infections Affecting the Brain: Zika and More

2-2:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in room W190 A, McCormick Place West

Zika is not the only virus that affects the brain. Octavio Ramilo, MD, FAAP, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children's Hospital, will discuss other diseases including cytomegalovirus (CMV) and toxoplasmosis. CMV is more common in the United States than toxoplasmosis and Zika, occurring in 0.5% to 1% of all newborns.

More information:

Media who wish to cover the conference should come to the press office to receive credentials. A badge is required for access to all sessions.  

Journalists may obtain embargoed news releases and research abstracts by contacting the AAP Department of Public Affairs at or 847-434-7877. Embargoed news releases will also be posted on (media log-in required). For information about covering the conference, including how to register, media guidelines, press room arrangements and meeting highlights, visit the AAP News Room or contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs.


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