CDC: Smoking, tobacco use prevalent among U.S. teens | Decline in anti-measles efforts raises death toll in children | Report calls for two-generation solution to poverty
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November 14, 2014
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CDC: Smoking, tobacco use prevalent among U.S. teens
CDC researchers found 23% of U.S. teens use tobacco products. Of that group, more than 90% smoke cigarettes, cigars, hookahs or pipes. Data also showed more than 12% currently use two or more tobacco products. The findings highlight the importance of establishing stronger tobacco regulations, experts said. The report was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HealthDay News (11/13)
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Decline in anti-measles efforts raises death toll in children
The World Health Organization noted a decline in global measles immunization efforts due in part to insufficient funds, weak health systems and a lack of awareness on the importance of providing vaccinations for children. The agency said about 145,700 children died from the disease in 2013, up 23,700 from 2012. The resulting outbreaks have stalled initiatives to eliminate measles by 2015, the agency added. Voice of America (11/13)
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Report calls for two-generation solution to poverty
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Kids Count" report calls for a nationwide, two-generation strategy to ensure children now living in poverty do not become adults living in poverty. The report, which includes state childhood-poverty statistics, calls for setting up public systems that respond to common issues facing families and helping them find a practical way out of poverty. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (11/12)
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Higher risk of preterm birth seen in women with RA
Children born to mothers with either maternal or preclinical rheumatoid arthritis exhibited lower birth weight and were more likely to be delivered prematurely than those whose mothers did not have the condition, according to a study in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Medical News Today (11/13)
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Plastic medical products may lead to DEHP exposure in preemies
A study in the Journal of Perinatology showed preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit may be exposed to levels of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate from plastic medical products 4,000 to 160,000 times higher than safe levels. HealthDay News (11/13)
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How are we transforming the treatment of complex endocrine conditions?
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Trends & Technology
Many physicians anticipate selling their practices
Data from the 2015 Independent Physician Outlook & Sentiment Survey revealed 44% of independent physicians anticipate selling their practices in the next 10 years. Physicians cited increasing costs and reimbursement pressure as the top reasons for selling their practices. (11/13)
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Telemedicine used by 33% of doctors, poll shows
A survey by the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine revealed 33% of responding physicians reported using some form of telemedicine, while 29% intend to do so soon. However, only 19% of respondents said they received reimbursement for such services. (11/13)
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Out-of-pocket costs persist regardless of insurance
Twenty-one percent of Americans with private health insurance spend 5% or more of their income on out-of-pocket costs, while 13% allot 10% or more, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund. Data also showed many low- and moderate-income Americans with high out-of-pocket expenses opt to skip medication or health care that they need. HealthDay News (11/13)
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Health Policy & Regulations
Massive study on children's health might never get off the ground
In 2000, Congress authorized the National Children's Study, a 21-year study of 100,000 children to improve children's health, but the start date has been thrown into question amid criticisms of inadequate design and mismanagement. The Vanguard Study began in 2007 as a precursor to the NCS, but its sampling strategy might be inadequate and its design does not take advantage of modern communication tools, such as social media, e-mail and text messages. Congress appropriated $30 million less than requested for the study, and that money was withheld pending an Institute of Medicine evaluation. Kaiser Health News (11/13)
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The Last Word - News from the AAP
New periodic survey examines caring for low-income families
The AAP recently launched a Periodic Survey of Fellows to learn about pediatricians’ experiences caring for poor children and how the AAP can help members in assisting low-income families. Data from this survey will help guide AAP activities in this very important area. Members who received this survey (PS#90), are encouraged to complete and return it. Visit AAP News to learn more about this survey and the importance of its data.
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This convenient flip chart provides child health care professionals practical support and guidance to help improve care and outcomes for overweight youth. Learn more.
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-- Flora Edwards,
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