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Sept 19 AAP 2017 NCE Daily Media Highlights


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TUESDAY, Sept. 19:

Performance Enhancement: Not Just for Athletes Anymore

9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, room W190 A, McCormick Place West

In the past, athletes were the primary users of substances that build muscularity and improve sports performance, as well as those looking for an academic edge. Now, pediatricians should consider screening other high-risk groups, including children and adolescents with poor body image, says Michele LaBotz, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. During this session, she talks about substances such as anabolic steroids, creatine, protein supplements, stimulants and selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs).

Shaken Baby Syndrome: Science vs. Myth

11:10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, Skyline Ballroom

Shaken baby syndrome exists, yet the diagnosis is being challenged in the courts and media. Sandeep Narang, MD, JD, FAAP, explains the science, the challenges being proposed, and the danger this causes to children during this plenary address.

Should HIV-Positive Mothers Be Encouraged to Breastfeed in Well-Resourced Countries?

8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Room W183 C, McCormick Place West

For years, HIV-positive women were advised against breastfeeding so they would not pass the virus to their babies. As a result, postnatal transmission rates dropped to around 1 percent. But this reduction and the growing evidence of breast milk's benefits have convinced some experts that it is appropriate for many HIV-positive mothers to breastfeed their infants. In this point-counterpoint session, Robert Lawrence, MD, FAAP, clinical professor of pediatrics at UFHealth, University of Florida, suggest that in some cases, it is safe for HIV-positive mothers being treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy to breastfeed. Ellen Chadwick, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and co-director, Section of Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV Infection, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, argues that it's not worth the risk.


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