Teens who take topiramate for migraines may be at risk of eating disorder
Weight loss associated with the migraine drug topiramate, recently approved for use in teens, may trigger disordered eating in some teenagers, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics. The findings were based on the case histories of seven patients whose eating disorders were aggravated or who developed an eating disorder after taking the drug. Experts stressed that the study did not prove a causal relationship, but they said the findings support anecdotal observations and recommend against prescribing topiramate to teens with eating disorders. HealthDay News
Fewer U.S. youths are diagnosed with melanoma
An analysis of national cancer registry data found a 12% annual decline in new cases of pediatric melanoma in the U.S. from 2004 to 2010. The incidence among youths aged 15 to 19 declined by about 11% between 2003 and 2010 for girls and 8% for boys. The findings appear in the Journal of Pediatrics. HealthDay News
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New society for pediatric pain medicine
This society brings together specialists in pediatric acute and chronic pain, regional anesthesia and palliative care. The Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine just concluded its 2nd annual conference for physicians, nurses and health care providers interested in pediatric pain management. For more information, visit the SPPM website.
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