CHOC Children’s Grand Rounds Video: Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Concern

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized insufficient sleep as a public health concern, says CHOC Children’s pulmonologist Dr. John Saito.

In this grand rounds video, Dr. Saito addresses the problem, which is often rooted in childhood. Disorders and disruptions of sleep in a developing brain may have short- term neurocognitive effects, as well as long- term consequences, especially in children who are medically fragile.

Healthcare providers, educators and parents all need to update their level of understanding sleep and sleep disorders in children in order to identify, diagnose, and reduce the negative health consequences of sleep disruption to the child, to the family and to society.

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CHOC Children’s Grand Rounds Video – How we can end hunger in Orange County: Waste Not OC – Dr. Eric Handler

In this CHOC Children’s grand rounds video, Dr. Eric Handler, Orange County public health officer, highlights a unique public-private partnership focused on eliminating hunger and reducing food waste.

The Waste Not OC Coalition uses a three-pronged approach: educate the community about food donations; identify “food insecure” individuals; and connect those individuals to sources of food.  The coalition facilitates the donation of wholesome surplus food from various facilities, including restaurants and hospitals, to local pantries that serve individuals in need.

Since the coalition was formed in 2012, it has increased the visibility of food pantries, raised awareness among business owners of the need for food donations, and empowered clinicians to refer patients to food sources.

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Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Pediatrics

In this CHOC Children’s grand rounds video, Dr. Neal Nakra, pediatric pulmonologist and medical director of CHOC’s pediatric sleep program, addresses the topic of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and obesity in the pediatric population. In addition to discussing the trends in OSA, Dr. Nakra details the relationship between the condition and metabolic syndrome. Data, collected over the past decade, regarding the effects of OSA treatment on components of metabolic syndrome is also highlighted.

After watching this video, viewers should be able to

  • describe the screening process for OSA;
  • determine the possible mechanisms underlying the connection between OSA, obesity and metabolic syndrome; and
  • describe the possible effects of OSA treatment on obesity and metabolic syndrome.

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