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Daily Highlights - Tuesday, October 29


American Academy of Pediatrics Highlights for National Conference & Exhibition

Media Contacts: 

Media who have registered for the conference must come to the press office, room 208-209, to pick up media credentials. A badge is required for access to all sessions. Journalists are strongly encouraged to apply for media credentials in advance.

Meeting Highlights for Tuesday, Oct. 29:

“Special Diets and Supplements: Are They Safe for Children?”
8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Morial Convention Center, Room 294
More families are experimenting with specialized diets, such as ketogenic, vegan or gluten-free, that can put their children at risk if they are lacking in needed nutrients. Diane L. Barsky, MD, FAAP, and Maria R. Mascarenhas, MBBS, who both work in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will talk about case scenarios and resources for nutritional help. For more, go to AAP News.

Plenary: The Public Health Crisis of Youth Suicide
11:15 – 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Morial Convention Center, Great Hall
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in children ages 10 and under. In this plenary, Christine Moutier, MD, chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, talks about the critical role of pediatricians play in their patients’ early identification and referral for children at risk. For more, go to AAP News.

“Couch Potatoes No More! How to Help Your Patients Meet Physical Activity Guidelines”
8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Morial Convention Center, Room R09
Like adults, children are more likely to adopt healthy physical activity habits when they enjoy the activities. Natalie D. Muth, MD, MPH, RD, FAAP, will offer help on how to pediatricians can best tailor guidance to meet the individual needs of children, according to their age, ability, interests and medical conditions. She will be joined by Blaise A. Nemeth, M.D., M.S., FAAP. For more, go to AAP News.

“Isn’t it Grand? Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.”
8:30-9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Morial Convention Center, Room 352
David Rubin, MD, MSCE, took a special interest in kinship care after realizing that children who could not stay with their parents due to neglect or abuse are less likely to move around within the foster care system if they are placed with family members early on. He discusses interventions and resources who can help provide stability for a child. For more, go to AAP News.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit