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How Light Affects Sleep

 

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Associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva earned his board certification in sleep medicine from the American Board of Pediatrics. In his professional responsibilities, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disruptions.

Sleep can be disturbed by different factors, one of which is light. While bright light signals the body it’s time to get up, darkness encourages rest and sleep. Controlling light in the bedroom can contribute to a peaceful sleep.

Both sunlight and artificial light produce a chemical reaction that activates the body, causing a person to be awake, whether it is an appropriate time or not. Since the body is sensitive to light, using low wattage bulbs around bedtime and blocking any outside source of artificial light, like streetlights, may be necessary to have a restful sleep.

Light from electronic devices also keeps the body alert. The blue light from different displays slows down the release of melatonin, thereby keeping the body active. To avoid difficulty in sleeping, stay away from computer and smartphone screens for one hour before bedtime. Instead, read a book to prepare the body for the night.

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Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 20th Edition

 

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Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 20th Edition
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An experienced medical administrator, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as an associate executive director with the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2012. Over the course of his career, he has lectured widely and written dozens of articles for peer-reviewed journals. In 2014, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva authored the Quality and Safety in Healthcare for Children chapter of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. The next year, he published a quality-related update as part of the 20th edition of this book.

The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 20th Edition is the latest version of an indispensable reference book that pediatricians have been turning to for more than 75 years. Over the decades, this resource has remained both trustworthy highly relevant by embracing the latest in medical knowledge and modalities.

The 20th Edition of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics is the first to feature a two-volume layout, which promotes exceptional ease of use. Throughout its nearly 4,000 pages of print and illustrations, it provides a comprehensive compendium of up-to-date information about the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric diseases. This most recent edition draws upon the expertise of multiple new authors to address a range of biological, psychological, and social medical issues.

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AAP Childhood and Poverty Advocacy

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Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as associate executive director with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Under the oversight of experienced professionals like Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva, the AAP seeks to advance the situation of pediatric practitioners and patients across the country through advocacy and education.

One major component of AAP’s advocacy work focuses on poverty, and particularly on its effects on medical care access for young people and their families. This element of AAP advocacy crosses many areas, including public assistance, housing aid, and education.

The AAP supports the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, both of which significantly reduce the impact of family poverty. It also supports public health assistance through nutrition aid, such as free or reduced-cost school lunches and general food aid.

Other AAP early childhood initiatives focus on access to child care and early childhood education. These programs help families escape poverty and in turn avoid the negative health outcomes associated with poverty. Programs like Head Start and state child care assistance programs are a priority for the AAP.

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The American Public Health Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting

 

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Since 2012, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has led the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as associate executive director. Also involved in education, he concurrently serves as a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Outside of these roles, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), which will hold its Annual Meeting & Expo from November 4-8, 2017.

The APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo will have a theme of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health and will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. In addition to offering valuable networking opportunities with more than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world, the event will feature several educational sessions, including APHA Learning Institutes, the Applied Public Health Statistics Luncheon and Lowell Reed Lecture, and scientific and poster sessions.

Businesses looking to gain exposure to public health professionals can sign up for a booth at the event’s Expo, which will offer valuable opportunities to build brand awareness through product sampling. By participating in the Expo, businesses will also get to interact firsthand with decision makers in the public health sector.

Those who cannot physically attend the Annual Meeting and Expo can attend key presentations virtually through live broadcasts or view them on-demand after the event. This year’s key presenters include Eriel Tchekwie Deranger of the Indigenous Climate Action and Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee Nation. The APHA will also record some scientific sessions and interviews of thought leaders in the area of public health.

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AAP Urges Retesting for Lead Poisoning

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A physician and healthcare executive with more than three decades of experience, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served in a variety of roles throughout his career, including clinician, administrator, educator, and researcher. In his current role, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the associate director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a position he has held for five years.

Upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises parents of children under the age of six years who have previously received a blood test to check for lead poisoning to follow up with their physicians to see if an updated test is warranted. According to the CDC and AAP, previously tested children with levels of up to 10 micrograms for each deciliter should receive another test, as it has been found that previous testing methods may be an unreliable when determining whether or not a child is suffering from lead poisoning.

The AAP stresses the importance of these tests given the serious health complications that can develop in children who experience prolonged exposure to lead-based materials. If a child is found to have an elevated amount of lead in their blood, the most common treatment is to move them out of the living situation or other places that are contributing to the problem.

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NICUs Should Have Adequate Disaster Plans

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva
Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva

A medical school graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva is an accomplished academic, holding numerous degrees including an MBA from the University of Houston, a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas, and a JD from Marquette University. In his current role, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In a recent report found in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), researchers studied methods for preparing neonatal intensive care units (NICU) for potential disasters. Because patients in these facilities are particularly dependent on fully functioning equipment at all times, the study authors felt it prudent to examine the disaster procedures in place in most hospitals.

The AAP already has guidelines in place for such occurrences, and this report adds additional recommendations. Response plans for natural disasters that involve in-house actions, as well as coordination with local and regional authorities, should be in place and practiced regularly. The report also lays out guidelines for the adequate staffing of NICU personnel, how to manage technology, and for providing assistance to the infant’s family.

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Study Researches Relationship Between Fruit Juice and Weight Gain

 

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Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva brings more than three decades of experience as a physician and public health executive to his current role as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. In his time with the AAP, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has been responsible for the creation of a number of new divisions within the organization.

A recent report published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal Pediatrics examined the relationship between 100 percent fruit juice consumption and weight gain in children. Researchers compared data collected from more than 34,000 children across eight different studies in order to determine if 100 percent fruit juice consumption led to weight gain in the age 1-18 population.

Researchers found that children six years of age and younger did gain a small amount of weight when they consumed a single serving of 100 percent juice daily, but the weight gain was negligible. Older children age 7-18 experienced no significant weight gain when consuming a single serving each day.

In light of this research, AAP continues to recommend that children six years of age and under only consume 4-5 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice per day. For the population age 7-18, the limit increases to 8-12 ounces each day.