Contents tagged with children
By TAFP President Mary Nguyen, MD, and Texas Pediatric Society President-Elect Louis Appel, MD, MPH
We urge all physicians to become educated about the ongoing mental health crisis our youth and families are facing. These are the facts none of us can escape in our busy practices: one in four children suffer from a mental health condition, 50% of serious mental health disorders have been diagnosed by age 14, and suicide rates continue to increase for young people. COVID-19 has only worsened these worrisome national trends.
Between 2016 and 2020, the number of children ages three to 17 diagnosed with anxiety grew by 29%, and depression jumped by 27%. Those numbers are expected to grow even more as young people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health. In 2022 they released a Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention detailing prevention strategies designed to support pediatric health clinicians.more
The positive link between nutrition, physical activity, and academic success
By Katie Barckholtz, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.Director of Health and Wellness, Dairy MAX, Inc.
Healthy behaviors support … more
TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads
March, April, May: Three key months for giveaways
TAFP members: Did you know you can give away up to 100 bicycle helmets in your community at no … more
By I. L. Balkcom IV, M.D.
TAFP President 2012-2013
Her name was not important. This little 6-year-old girl I had been called to examine in the emergency room now sat silently, flanked by her mother and mother’s boyfriend.
I was in my third year of residency and was summoned to evaluate this patient who I’d been told had fallen in the bathtub at home. She had a large bruise around her left eye.more
HHSC proposes Medicaid provider rate cut of 1-2 percent starting Sept. 2010
Physicians who treat Medicaid patients could see a 1 to 2 percent cut in their Medicaid payments if the … more
Texas scores poorly compared to other states in new child health care report
Texas was tagged as one of the worst in providing children with quality health care, ranking 46th among the 50 states … more