CDC: Childhood vaccination rates remain high in U.S. | Synthetic pot use sends more Americans to EDs | Income, race, ethnicity affect post-tonsillectomy complications
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October 17, 2014
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CDC: Childhood vaccination rates remain high in U.S.
Immunization coverage among kindergartners was above 93% for recommended doses of whooping cough, chickenpox, and measles, mumps and rubella vaccines during the 2013-2014 school year, CDC researchers found. Nearly 2% of children were left unvaccinated because their parents refused to give them shots. The findings appear in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HealthDay News (10/16)
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Synthetic pot use sends more Americans to EDs
The number of emergency department visits associated with synthetic cannabinoid use jumped from about 11,400 in 2010 to more than 28,500 in 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said Thursday. Synthetic pot-related visits doubled among 12- to 17-year-olds and quadrupled among 18- to 20-year-olds. HealthDay News (10/16)
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Income, race, ethnicity affect post-tonsillectomy complications
A study in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery showed that children who came from poor households had a greater likelihood of experiencing complications after undergoing tonsillectomy than peers from higher-income families. Postoperative complications were more prevalent among black and Hispanic children compared with white children. Science World Report (10/16)
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Data on required exercise may help teens make better beverage choices
A study on the website of the American Journal of Public Health found a decline in soda purchases and an increase in water consumption when teens were informed that it would take a five-mile walk to burn calories from a bottle of soda, sports drink or fruit juice. HealthDay News (10/16)
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Some patients with leukemia are in remission after T-cell therapy
Nineteen patients with relapsing or unresponsive acute lymphoblastic leukemia remained in remission six months after being treated with genetically engineered autologous T-cells, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The therapy involves extracting T-cells and using a disabled virus to introduce new genetic material that causes the cells to find and destroy B-cells with a protein called CD19 on their surface. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/16), HealthDay News (10/15)
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How are we pioneering personalized therapeutics to treat GI disease?
The Pediatric Gastroenterology Division at Children's Mercy Kansas City is identifying therapeutic interventions with the potential to produce the most beneficial results on a patient-by-patient basis. Read more.
Trends & Technology
Sexting is still prevalent among U.S. teens
Almost 20% of more than 1,100 undergraduate college students reported sending naked photos of themselves on their cellphones while in high school, according to a study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Thirty-eight percent of the respondents said they have received such photos. HealthDay News (10/16)
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Emotional support lessens health impact of poverty in black teens
Living in neighborhoods of worsening poverty was associated with increased odds of risk factors for chronic conditions among black teens, but having a strong emotional support system seemed to block poverty's impact on their health, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (10/16)
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Health Policy & Regulations
More physicians warming up to health care law
Data from The Medicus Firm's Physician Practice Preference Survey revealed 8.6% of responding doctors gave the health care law an A rating, an increase from 6.3% in 2013. The survey found more physicians said the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care, but few said it has improved the efficiency of health care. (10/15)
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CMS initiative encourages ACOs to support rural, underserved communities
A new accountable care organization initiative was unveiled by the CMS to encourage Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO participants to transition to models that have greater financial risk and to inspire the creation of new ACOs in underserved and rural communities. The ACO Investment Model, which is based on the Advance Payment Model, aims to offer 75 ACOs upfront funds totaling as much as $114 million to help them invest in the infrastructure needed to effectively launch population care management efforts. Healthcare Informatics online (10/15)
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The Last Word - News from the AAP
Twitter chat on congenital heart disease – Monday, Oct. 20
Join the AAP on Monday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat to discuss the importance of continuous cardiac care for people with congenital heart disease. AAP will be joined by chat co-sponsors Mended Little Hearts and the Adult Congenital Heart Association, who will share patient and family perspectives on the topic. To join the conversation, use #CHDCare4Life and follow @AmerAcadPeds, @ACHA_Heart, and @MLH_CHD. Learn more.
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AAP advocacy day trainings
The AAP will be hosting two Advocacy Day trainings in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27 and Jan. 23, 2015. Beginning with an in-depth training session on how to advocate to members of Congress, the day will culminate with in-person visits to federal legislators on Capitol Hill. There is no cost to attend the Advocacy Day trainings other than travel. If you are interested in attending either of the trainings, please email Devin Miller at
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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
American psychiatrist
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