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Sept 18 AAP 2017 NCE Daily Media Highlights


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News Conference on Tattoos and Piercings

9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, room W185 A, McCormick Place West

Dr. Cora Breuner, chair of the AAP Committee on Adolescence, will present a new AAP policy recommendations on "Adolescent and Young Adult Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification."

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The 5 Most Cost-Effective Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

10:30-10:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, Skyline Ballroom

Researchers have been working to identify initiatives to combat childhood obesity, but much remains unknown about which ones are the most effective and economical. Despite the implementation of myriad programs, policies and interventions, about 17 % of U.S. youths ages 2-19 years are obese, and 16.2 % are overweight, according to the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Steven Gortmaker, PhD, professor of the practice of health sociology at Harvard School of Public Health, presents research on interventions and their effectiveness, from an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to implementing school nutrition standards.

Suicide: Helping Teens at Risk

2-2:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, room W190 A McCormick Place West; and Tuesday, Sept. 19, room W181 B, McCormick Place West

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-19-year-olds, and an estimated 2 million U.S. teens attempt suicide annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Paula Cody, MD, FAAP, leads this session and recommends pediatricians identify risk factors and screen for suicidal ideation as part of a complete social history at each acute and well-child visit. She plans to discuss some of the concerns that have been raised about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," based on a 2007 young adult novel about a girl who committed suicide.

Allergy Myth Busters

4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, room W196 A, McCormick Place West

Common myths and inaccurate information can lead to serious consequences for children with allergies. Allergist Michael Pistiner, MD, FAAP, says that one misunderstanding he encounters is why caregivers need to call 911 after giving a child epinephrine for anaphylaxis. Dr. Pistiner, a member of the AAP Section on Allergy and Immunology Executive Committee, will cover some common falsehoods regarding food allergy, anaphylaxis, asthma, rhinitis and hives and offer advice on how pediatricians can respond in this session.

Should Pediatricians Advise the Elimination of Fruit Juice Completely From the Diets of Children?

4-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, room 183 C, McCormick Place West

Steven Abrams, MD, FAAP, and Natalie Muth, MD, MPH, RD, FAAP, participate in a point-counterpoint session on fruit juice consumption. Dr. Abrams, co-author of the AAP policy statement, "Fruit Juice in Infants, Children and Adolescents: Current Recommendations," maintains that it is OK to give children ages 1 year and older one serving of juice per day. Dr. Muth, a member of the AAP Section on Obesity Executive Committee, however, says pediatricians should advise against fruit juice consumption (even 100 % fruit juice) in children and adolescence because it can lead to excessive weight gain and cavities.


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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