Is Baby Too Small? Charts Make It Hard to Tell

From the Wall Street Journal:

Parents often worry that their children are too tall, too short, too fat or too thin. These days, however, more kids are measuring “off the charts”—either above or below the standard ranges for height and weight that pediatricians use.

The wide variations are due in part to rising obesity rates, an increase in premature infants who survive, and a population that is growing more diverse. Yet the official growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still reflect the size distribution of U.S. children in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The CDC says it doesn’t plan to adjust its charts because it doesn’t want the ever-more-obese population to become the new norm.

“The Robot Doctors of the Future Are Coming”

From Gizmodo:

Meet the RP-VITA, or Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, a collaboration between iRobot and InTouch Health. iRobot got bored of cleaning your floors and keeping our Navy EOD units safe, so they’ve decided to focus on making your hospital visit a hopefully less horrible one. The robots will be capable of autonomously navigating the hospital hallways, avoiding obstacles and people (once the FDA approves this functionality). They will be cloud-connected and linked to your full medical record, and they will have ports for directly connecting to medical diagnostic devices. All this and it’s controlled by an iPad. The RP-VITA is designed to get the doctor to where he or she is needed and to make sure they know everything they need to know. Plus, look, apparently, it’s got some guy’s face. He has a goatee. So there’s that.

Allowing E. Iowa families in emergency rooms isn’t clear-cut decision

From The Gazette:

Each year thousands of Iowans rush to the emergency room in need of care. And doctors say that nine times out of 10, patients arrive with a gathering of concerned family or friends.

Once banned from the treatment area for fear they might hinder care, today family members more often than not are allowed to be with their loved ones during the traumatic experience.

“We don’t have a set policy,” said Dr. Stephen Schekel, medical director of the Emergency Care Unit at Mercy Iowa City, “but our unwritten policy is that family members are certainly allowed to come back into rooms with patients.”