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The best early sign of good child outcomes is reading skills at the end of third grade.  Currently, approximately 50% of Wayne County children are not reading at grade level at the end of third grade.  That puts 50% of our children at risk not only to drop out of school but also to engage...
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One of the provisions of North Carolina’s 2017 Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act mandates the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) by January 2020. Virginia has also passed a similar EPCS law that goes into effect in July 2020. If you are a patient or the parent or guardian of a patient who receives...
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By: David L. Hill, MD, FAAP Science and common sense don’t always tell us the same things, so it’s especially satisfying when they agree. In the case of children’s exposure to violent media, the science clearly confirms what we already suspect: what children watch and play changes how they behave. Kids who experience more violence in their virtual...
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David Hill, MD, MSPH1; Megan A Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH2 JAMA Pediatr. Published online November 25, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4646 Every year, between 10% and 40% of children get influenza, usually between November and March, but no season is completely safe. Even the luckiest of these children often miss days of school, require physician visits, and experience complications such as middle ear infections,...
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By: David L. Hill, MD, FAAP “Dad, what are you good for?” If you were to get all your information from greeting cards or commercials, you’d think we fathers are mainly around to hog remote controls, collect socket wrenches, and consume beer and chicken wings. Sitcom fans, on the other hand, know that dads leave up toilet...
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By: David L. Hill, MD, FAAP Parents are often shocked when I tell them that pediatricians think it’s a bad idea for children to watch TV or use mobile apps before age 18 months, because most toddlers already have. Surveys tell us that 92.2% of 1-year-olds have already used a mobile device, some starting as...
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