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Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program: Pros and Cons for Kids

By Eric Dick, MNAAP Lobbyist, and Pamela Gonzalez, MD, FAAP, Addiction Medicine Specialist at Abound Health and Member of AAP’s Committee on Substance Abuse

Few issues garnered more attention during the 2014 legislative session than the effort to authorize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The legislation was the subject of much debate by patient advocates, health care professionals, and law enforcement interests. With the launch of the program set for this summer, it’s timely to review what the law does and not entail.

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Specializing in Doing Nothing

By Emily Chapman, MD, pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

A really long time ago, as a new pediatrician, I sat with a tearful, exhausted mom, her toddler restless on her lap — gooey, flushed, and in bad temper. Surely, I could do something for her; couldn’t I? No pneumonia… no otitis… darnn. Resigned, I explained the nature of viruses, blah, blah, blah… and why I didn’t have anything to offer her. I felt sure she’d wasted her co-pay and that I’d failed her on some level by doing nothing. I apologized.

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Food Allergies in Kids

By Douglas McMahon, MD, CMO, Allergy and Asthma Center of Minnesota; President, Minnesota Allergy Society

“Why does it seem like everyone has food allergies now, when I grew up nobody had food allergies,” a frustrated mother asked me recently. She is not alone. As a pediatric allergy specialist I am seeing the great increase in food allergies on a daily basis.

Almost every day I see a child with allergies to one of the big five: cow’s milk, hen’s egg, wheat, soy and peanuts. In fact the rate of food allergies has almost doubled over the last 20 years. However, we may be able to help this trend.

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Reporting Child Maltreatment and Abuse: FAQs

By Alice Swenson, MD, FAAP, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Chris Derauf, MD, FAAP, Mayo Clinic; and Sarah Lucken, MD, FAAP, Hennepin County Medical Center

One of the toughest challenges that primary care physicians face is what to do when confronted with a child who may have been maltreated. This may occur in the inpatient setting when a child is hospitalized with suspicious injuries or failure to thrive. Or it may occur in an outpatient setting, such as an emergency room or clinic, derailing an otherwise routine day and requiring immediate action.

Physicians often have questions about who is mandated to report, which acts trigger mandated reporting, and to whom a mandated report must be made. These topics are addressed in more detail in the Minnesota Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act in Minnesota (Statute 626.556).

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Member Profile: Mark Hudson, MD, FAAP

Where did you grow up and complete your training? Why did you decide to pursue a subspecialty in child abuse pediatrics?
I grew up in Two Harbors, Minnesota. I attended undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and Medical school at the University of Minnesota. I stayed at the U of M for my pediatrics residency. Following residency I spent two years in a child abuse pediatrics fellowship with Carolyn Levitt, MD and Rich Kaplan, MD at Midwest Children’s Resource Center at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Most of my career decisions occurred relatively late. In medical school I found that I enjoyed my pediatrics rotations more than any of my other rotations. Not only did I enjoy working with children but I also enjoyed the pediatricians. In residency I did an elective rotation in child abuse and found it very interesting. As residency was coming to an end, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my career, but I didn’t feel ready to get a job. Child abuse pediatrics was not yet a recognized subspecialty, which allowed me to spend the next two years creating my own fellowship.

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