Poll: Most parents consider vaccination a priority in day care | Study links mother's BMI, later heart risk for children | Maternal antibiotic use increases odds of obesity in offspring
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November 19, 2014
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Poll: Most parents consider vaccination a priority in day care
Data from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health revealed 74% of responding parents would consider removing their children from day care if other students did not have updated vaccinations. Researchers also found 41% of parents thought that children who don't have all the recommended shots should not be allowed to attend day care. HealthDay News (11/18)
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Study links mother's BMI, later heart risk for children
Adult children of mothers who were overweight or obese had up to a 90% higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke compared with peers born to mothers who were not overweight or obese, a study indicated. The results were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. DailyRx.com (11/18)
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Pediatric Health Care
Maternal antibiotic use increases odds of obesity in offspring
Children born to mothers who took antibiotics during the second or third trimester had an 84% increased odds of obesity at age 7 than those who were not exposed, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. Cesarean delivery, whether elective or non-elective, was also associated with an increased risk of obesity in children, researchers noted. Business Standard (India)/Asian News International (11/19)
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Study: Quieter cafeterias may encourage students to eat their veggies
Changing the cafeteria environment could help students eat their vegetables, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers who studied kindergarten through second-grade students in 10 New York City public schools say the students were more likely to eat their vegetables if the cafeteria was less noisy or distracting, a teacher ate with them, they had more time for lunch, and their food was cut into smaller pieces. NBC News (11/17)
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Trends & Technology
Survey shows increased use of doctor reviews among patients
A Software Advice poll revealed patient utilization of online physician reviews grew by 68% from 2013 to 2014. Data also showed 61% of patients used online reviews before choosing a doctor, while 20% used them to assess a current clinician and 19% utilized reviews after selecting a physician. Yelp was the most popular review site among consumers, followed closely by Healthgrades and RateMDs. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/18)
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Report IDs states that require most clinicians to ease shortages
A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation identifies 6,100 primary care health provider shortage area designations in the U.S. The report also identified the 15 states that require the most clinicians to relieve shortages, with Florida topping the list at 916 practitioners. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/18)
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Health Policy & Regulations
Heavy traffic leaves HealthCare.gov visitors lined up
More than 1 million people visited the federally run health insurance exchange on the first weekend of open enrollment for 2015 plans, the Obama administration said. But some customers with established accounts on HealthCare.gov were unable to open their accounts Monday amid heavy traffic and technical problems. Some messages directed customers to wait and others suggested trying again later. Yahoo/The Associated Press (11/17)
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The Last Word - News from the AAP
AAP national committee appointments -- Chairpersons
Nominations are being accepted until midnight CT this Friday, Nov. 21, via e-mail (nominations@aap.org) or fax 847-434-8000 (ATTN 2015 Applications -- AAP National Committees) to fill chairperson positions for terms starting July 1, 2015. Nominations must be submitted to the AAP national office and Chapter Presidents and Executive Directors. For more information, visit the AAP National Committee Nomination Page. Nominees will be notified in February 2015.
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Act now -- Limited number of complimentary PediaLink course subscriptions
The AAP new PediaLink course, Dive into the Gene Pool, is designed for practicing pediatricians interested in gaining the knowledge, skills and tools that they need to identify and manage patients with genetic conditions using family health history, genetic testing and expert referrals. For a very limited period of time, the AAP is offering a complimentary course subscription to a select group of interested members. Contact AAP staff before Nov. 21 with your name, AAP ID and e-mail address to register. You will have until July 31, 2017, to complete the course. Note: The course is self-paced (starts and stops as you need), includes 1 credit hour of content, and qualifies for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).
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