Children’s Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics writes about the most urgent children’s health stories that were neglected by the media last year:
This past year, the newspapers and blogs were full of stories about H1N1, obesity, autism and health care reform. These are all important and newsworthy topics, but there are other stories that are perhaps less flashy, but nonetheless have worth on their own merit.
As far as I am concerned, one of the biggest of these is the story of our adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions and disabilities. Quietly and without fanfare, as a result of the great innovations of medicine and surgery, the numbers of adolescents and young adults with significant health problems has been rising in the United States. …
Research from Children’s Hospital Boston’s Heather Rosen, MD, MPH, finds that people who are admitted to the hospital for trauma are more likely to die from their injuries if they don’t have health insurance than if they do. In this WBUR report, Rosen offers some possible explanations for the alarming disparity.
Her research was also reported on by the Associated Press.