Clinical Trends for July 2018

Ryan Syrek

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July 27, 2018

Trending Clinical Topic of the Week (July 14-20): Breastfeeding

News about a United Nations (UN) resolution and various recommendations from the medical community resulted in this week's top search term. A report in the New York Times revealed that the United States did not support a proposed UN resolution designed to encourage mothers around the world to breastfeed. The resolution was eventually passed with US support after it was reintroduced without language calling for World Health Organization (WHO) support for nations trying to prevent "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American Academy of Pediatrics, and several other medical organizations reiterated their support for breastfeeding and criticized the initial US response. Earlier this summer, in response to a study that demonstrated a difference in the diabetes risk of children based on type of diabetes exposure in utero, obstetricians were encouraged to reinforce preventive messages about glycemic control and breastfeeding. This came after a presentation at the ACOG 2018 annual meeting that emphasized correcting the misconceptions and myths surrounding breastfeeding. The ongoing discussion about the importance of breastfeeding resulted in its elevation to this week's top term.

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