CDC reports 84 pediatric flu deaths this season | Challenges seen for developmental-behavioral pediatric workforce | Perinatal stroke may not impair language development, study finds
February 19, 2018
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CDC reports 84 pediatric flu deaths this season
CDC reports 84 pediatric flu deaths this season
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CDC officials reported 22 additional influenza-related pediatric deaths for the week ending Feb. 10, bringing the season's total to 84, while nearly 68 people per 100,000 had flu-related hospitalizations, up from about 60 per 100,000 the previous week. The CDC said activity remains widespread in 48 states, and 1 in 13 doctor visits involved fever, cough and other flu symptoms, the same level as the week before.
CNN (2/16),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Challenges seen for developmental-behavioral pediatric workforce
Physicians and nurse practitioners in the developmental-behavioral pediatric workforce reported long wait times for patient appointments, increased patient complexity and clinician burnout as challenges in their profession, according to a study in Pediatrics. Clinicians also reported spending up to 50% more time per visit in nonreimbursed clinical-care activities.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/16) 
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Perinatal stroke may not impair language development, study finds
Researchers found that all 12-to-25-year-olds in a study who had a stroke in the left side of the brain, which controls language, as newborns used the right side of their brain instead and had normal language comprehension and production, with only limping, dominant left hands and some impairments in executive functioning indicating prior brain damage in some patients. The findings, presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting, emphasize the plasticity of infant brain function, said researcher Elissa Newport.
Deccan Chronicle (India)/Press Trust of India (2/18),  HealthDay News (2/17) 
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Sibling bullying tied to higher odds of psychotic disorders
Children who were either perpetrators or victims of sibling bullying several times weekly or monthly at age 12 had a two- to threefold increased likelihood of developing a psychotic disorder by age 18, compared with those who weren't involved in sibling bullying, UK researchers reported in the journal Psychological Medicine. The findings also showed a fourfold increased psychotic disorder risk among those who were bullied both at home and at school.
Deccan Chronicle (India)/Press Trust of India (2/17) 
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Hearing loss prevalent among pediatric cardiac surgery survivors
Preschoolers who underwent cardiac surgery as babies were 20 times more likely to develop hearing loss compared with the general population, with confirmed genetic anomaly, gestational age younger than 37 weeks and longer postoperative length of stay being possible risk factors, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers also found worse language skills, lower IQ test scores, and reduced executive function and attention among those with hearing loss.
Hindustan Times (India)/Asian News International (2/16) 
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Survey finds 53% of parents do not believe BMI report cards
Research published in the journal Health Promotion Practice found 53% of 66 parents who received a BMI report card on their child did not believe it was accurate. The survey found 33% of parents said the report card caused them to consider their family's health habits, and 22% said it led them to contact a health care professional about their child's weight.
HealthDay News (2/14) 
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Trends & Technology
Survey: Patients don't want docs replaced by AI
Sixty percent of patients don't want artificial intelligence to replace physicians, but 64% like the idea of an AI nurse assistant supporting them between visits with the doctor, a survey from Syneos Health found. However, Syneos' Duncan Arbour said patients do not trust AI from pharmaceutical companies, so drugmakers will have to rely on their relationships with physicians in developing virtual care services.
FiercePharma (2/14) 
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Redefining Outcomes
Though mortality is the traditionally recognized measure of quality in children undergoing surgery for complex congenital heart disease, the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program at Children's Mercy is seeking to redefine outcomes measures for this complex pediatric population. Listen here.
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Health Policy & Regulations
Shire's sBLA for hereditary angioedema therapy accepted for FDA review
The FDA accepted for priority review Shire's supplemental biologics license application for Cinryze, which is indicated for pediatric patients with hereditary angioedema. The agency's action date for Cinryze's expanded indication is tentatively set for June 20.
Reuters (2/15) 
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NYC bill targets lack of help to special-needs students
A proposal before the New York City Council would require each public school to disclose how many students with disabilities aren't receiving legally required special education services. The system now must report only overall totals, and it says more than one-fourth of eligible students fail to get at least some mandated services.
Chalkbeat (2/13) 
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