2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting to Showcase New Discoveries Affecting Children’s Health – April 27,2017



New This Year: Advanced Press Registration Process
Press registration at the PAS 2017 Meeting can be requested at

Please provide your name, email, phone, staff credentials, and if assignment letters and/or bylined articles will be available. Each request will be reviewed and an acceptance letter will be sent along with additional press information.
PAS requires members of the press to register in advance. Press who have registered and are approved should check the PAS website in the weeks leading up to the meeting to receive embargoed press release info, the press office media room location, and press room daily schedule.
Questions? Email Emily James, Communications Manager, at or

Embargo lifts May 4, 2017

Study Finds Social Challenges Amplify Negative Effects of Childhood Lead Exposure
Research at 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting shows poverty increases impact of blood lead levels on preschoolers’ cognitive and language development.

Reading with Children Starting in Infancy Gives Lasting Literacy Boost
Shared book-reading that begins soon after birth may translate into higher language and vocabulary skills before elementary school.

Study Finds Exposure to Racism Harms Children’s Health
New research being presented at Pediatric Academic Societies 2017 Meeting suggests children across racial and ethnic groups who experience discrimination have more ADHD and worse general health.

Electronic Tracking Devices May Improve Quality of Life for Parents of Children with Autism
National study suggests trackers using radio, Bluetooth or global positioning system technology help ease anxiety for parents of children who wander.

Kentucky Study Highlights Harms from Disruptions in Children’s Medicaid Coverage
Research at 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting shows children with gaps in coverage more likely to visit emergency departments or have unmet health care needs.

Study Finds 16 U.S. Children Hospitalized for Firearms Injuries Each Day
Research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting shows majority of gun injuries in younger children unintentional, with most among 15- to 19-year-olds the result of assault.

Children’s Hospitals Admissions for Suicidal Thoughts or Actions Double During Past Decade
Study at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting also finds seasonal variations in cases, with most occurring during spring and fall.

Emergency Visits Related to Marijuana Use at a Colorado Children’s Hospital Quadruple after the Drug’s Legalization
Research at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting finds more than half of teens’ marijuana-related visits also involved psychiatric evaluations.

Study Finds Infants Prescribed Antacids for Reflux Have Increased Risk of Bone Fractures During Childhood
Research suggests antacid medications should be used only be used for more severe symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Ordinary Sounding Expressions of Teen Angst May Signal Early Depression
Research at 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting finds that teens developing depression likely to use terms such as feeling “stressed” rather than “depressed.”

Children Who Survive Sepsis Often Experience Lingering Effects
Study at 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco suggests need for additional support after hospital discharge

Saliva Test Predicts Prolonged Concussion Symptoms in Children
Research shows measuring a biomarker for brain injuries more accurate than standard concussion survey questions to gauge how long symptoms will last.

Internet Health Information Can Reduce Parents’ Trust in Doctors’ Diagnoses
Research at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting highlights importance of discussing concerns with patients to avoid treatment delays.

Teens and Adolescents Who Consume Too Much Salt Show Unhealthy Changes to Blood Vessels
Research at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting detects arterial stiffness, or hardening of the arteries, that may put youth on the path to cardiovascular disease.

Youth Most at Risk for Violence or Mental Health Issues Have Increased Access to Guns
New research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco finds teens with a past suicide attempt or mental health disorder also have increased access to firearms – either in their own home or a friend’s.

Buprenorphine Cuts Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment Length by Nearly Half
Clinical trial results presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggest better alternative than standard morphine treatment.

Handheld Screen Time Linked with Speech Delays in Young Children
New research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggests the more time children under 2 years old spend playing with smartphones, tablets and other handheld screens, the more likely they are to begin talking later.

Alcohol Marketing in Popular Movies Doubles in Past Two Decades
Highest increase in alcohol brand placements found in movies rated for children, according to new research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting

Alternative Treatment Approach for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome May Shorten Hospital Stay
Research being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2017 Meeting suggests treating opioid-exposed newborns based on how well they can sleep and be consoled also helps avoid drug-based therapy.


The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting brings together thousands of individuals united by a common mission: to improve child health and wellbeing worldwide. This international gathering includes pediatric researchers, leaders in academic pediatrics, experts in child health, and practitioners. The PAS Meeting is produced through a partnership of four organizations leading the advancement of pediatric research and child advocacy: Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society, and Society for Pediatric Research. For more information, visit the PAS Meeting online at, follow us on Twitter @PASMeeting and #pasm17, or like us on Facebook.


PAS Meeting Embargo Policy
The Pediatric Academic Societies encourages the promotion of research presented at our meeting. The media as well as corporations and institutions issuing press releases are required to abide by the embargo policies governing the PAS Meeting. 

The abstracts selected for presentation at the 2017 PAS Meeting will be posted online before the meeting. The information contained in the abstracts is embargoed until the abstracts are available online. Academic institutions and companies may issue a press release to coincide with the availability of an abstract on the PAS website. However, coverage of information that goes beyond that which is contained in the abstract (e.g., additional analysis, commentary, or presentation of updated data or new information that will be available at the time of the meeting) is embargoed from release to the general public until the first day of the meeting (12:01 a.m. ET Saturday, May 6). This includes information gathered in interviews conducted during the embargo period.

Companies planning to distribute a press release containing embargoed information must ensure that the release clearly displays the embargo date. The company or institution issuing the press release assumes responsibility for ensuring embargoed releases are only distributed to reporters who will abide by PAS Meeting Embargo Policy.

PAS does not make available press registration lists.