Calif. study finds increase in ED visits among children
The number of children's emergency department visits in hospitals across California rose to 2.8 million in 2010 from 2.5 million in 2005, according to an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Forty-four percent of those visits involved children covered by Medicaid. The highest increases in ED visits were seen among uninsured and privately insured young patients. HealthDay News
Position statement addresses diabetes in child care setting
A position statement from the American Diabetes Association stressed that pediatric diabetes patients need a proactive disease plan that involves clinicians, parents/guardians and child care staff. Researchers also highlighted hurdles in pediatric diabetes care, including language barriers, ethnic and cultural practices, and health literacy. The statement was published in Diabetes Care. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News
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Management and prevention of pediatric influenza in healthcare settings
The AAP, in collaboration with the CDC, hosted a one-hour Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity webinar in September that reviewed strategies to assist clinicians in preparing for the current influenza season. Presenters also identified approaches to reduce influenza disease in children and described how to leverage seasonal influenza action plans to address the annual flu surge.
Ivy and Bean characters support childhood immunizations
The AAP is partnering with the Measles & Rubella Initiative to launch a new educational campaign. The campaign includes posters and materials designed by famed author and illustrator Sophie Blackall and feature the Ivy and Bean characters as they illustrate lessons on the importance of getting vaccinated. The campaign is a positive, relatable way to convey support for childhood immunization in general, and measles vaccination more specifically. Learn more.
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