Children, Ramesh Sachdeva

AAP Warns of Golf Cart Dangers

 

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Golf Cart Dangers
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A graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also holds numerous postgraduate degrees, including an MBA from the University of Houston, a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas, and a juris doctor from Marquette University. Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva now serves as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to research from the AAP, there has been a rise in injuries among children using golf carts. The researchers examined data from Pennsylvania in their findings, which showed 108 kids under 18 over a 10-year period who suffered golf cart-related injuries.

Of those patients, one died, and 36 percent were required to be admitted to the ICU because of their injuries. Additionally, 76 percent of those injured suffered at least one bone break, with skull fractures the most common.

Although golf carts move slower than cars, they are still dangerous. The AAP now recommends that children under 16 not drive golf carts at all, while those 16 to 18 should drive carts no faster than 10 miles per hour.

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Children, Ramesh Sachdeva

Study Researches Relationship Between Fruit Juice and Weight Gain

 

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Fruit Juice
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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.

Children, Ramesh Sachdeva

#VoteKids Campaign Advocates Children’s Needs for 2016 Election

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#VoteKids Campaign
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A practicing pediatrician in pediatric critical care and sleep medicine, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva possesses over two decades of medical experience and providing instruction to medical students and trainees. Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also serves as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which engages in advocacy efforts for children’s health such as the #VoteKids Get Out the Vote campaign.

The campaign encourages voters to prioritize children’s needs during the 2016 election and become a voice for the promotion of children’s welfare issues. It addresses the stakes at hand for the upcoming election period and focuses on urging elected leaders to invest in programs and policies that offer solutions for issues such as poverty, gun violence, and food scarcity. In the days leading up to the election, the campaign will also continue to highlight key issues that impact children and families and emphasize the need for awareness.

Voters who wish to advocate for children’s needs and health issues can join the campaign by participating in social media activities that include updating their social media picture and sharing the message using the hashtag #VoteKids. Furthermore, the #VoteKids Social Media Toolkit provides a list of facts and statistics for use on Facebook and Twitter. A #VoteKids banner is available on the AAP’s website.

For more details on the #VoteKids Get Out the Vote campaign, visit www.aap.org/en-us/Vote.