Survey finds many parents fail to protect babies from sun exposure | Study: Adolescent sexual assault prevalent in Ind. | Maternal education, health, marital status affect girls' birth weight, study finds
August 21, 2015
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Survey finds many parents fail to protect babies from sun exposure
Researchers from the University of Miami surveyed 95 parents and found that only about 15% knew about the American Academy of Dermatology's recommendations for sun protection in infants and 29% of parents use sunscreen on children younger than 6 months. The survey showed 83% of parents said they seek shade to protect their infant, 43% use a hat and 40% use long sleeves and pants. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting. HealthDay News (8/20)
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Study: Adolescent sexual assault prevalent in Ind.
One in 6 high-school girls in Indiana reported having been a victim of sexual assault by age 18, while almost 25% of adults surveyed said they were touched in a sexual way before age 18, 86% of which were unsolicited, according to a report from the Global Health Communication Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Researchers also found the average age at which the initial sexual assault occurred was just over 9 years old. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (8/20)
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Pediatric Health Care
Maternal education, health, marital status affect girls' birth weight, study finds
Women born with a low birth weight were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to deliver low birth weight daughters, compared with those born at a normal birth weight, according to a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Researchers also found that education and marital status were tied to birth weight. The findings were based on 1,580 mother-daughter pairs from two studies. United Press International (8/17)
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Technique for closing incision may eliminate complications after spinal fusion surgery
Researchers found a new type of incision closure could lower the rate of infection in scoliosis patients who undergo spinal fusion surgery. Findings show that 19% of the 42 patients who had the conventional incisions closure experienced wound complications while none of the patients who had the new flap closure had any infections or complications. The study, which analyzed data from 76 non-idiopathic scoliosis patients ages 8 to 25, appeared in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. United Press International (8/20)
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Lead poisoning still a problem in post-Katrina New Orleans
Though Post-Katrina New Orleans saw a decline in the average lead levels in the city's children, newcomers to some of the city's historically poor neighborhoods are now being exposed to high levels of the contaminant. Parents and community groups are working to clean up playgrounds, parks and other sites. National Geographic News (free registration) (8/19)
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Trends & Technology
Survey to look at federal, state government's role in health IT
A HIMSS survey is exploring stakeholders' views on what roles federal and state governments should play in health IT as the sector moves beyond meaningful use. The group said the approaching final stage of MU, the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative and recent efforts by HHS to improve the health care delivery system are creating an opportune time to assess how the government could best help advance health IT use. The deadline to take the survey is Sept. 9. Health Data Management (8/19)
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Report finds improved EHR satisfaction among physician practices in 2015
A Black Book Rankings report found the satisfaction of large physician practices with their EHR platforms rose from 8% in 2013 to 67% in the second quarter of 2015. The report said athenahealth, McKesson, Greenway and Allscripts were the companies with the biggest client satisfaction increases from 2014 to 2015. (8/19)
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Health Policy & Regulations
Ohio lawmakers seek to ban crib bumper pads
Reps. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, have joined forces to seek a ban on crib bumper pads, which can increase the risk of infant suffocation. The AAP says bumper pads should never be used in infant cribs. The Ohio Child Fatality Review said that more than three infants die from sleep-related causes each week in the state. Times Bulletin (Van Wert, Ohio) (8/21)
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Decision support tools lacking on some exchanges, study finds
Most Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges offered tools last year that allowed shoppers to sort plans based on deductibles and premiums, but just three had tools for calculating out-of-pocket costs, a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found. Observers expect more decision-support tools to be available during the upcoming open enrollment period, and Enroll America is partnering with Clear Health Analytics to develop a plan comparison tool for Employee Benefit News (8/20)
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Uninsured rate drops in Calif. but racial, ethnic disparities linger
Fifteen percent fewer Californians younger than 65 were uninsured in 2014 compared with 2013, but Latinos and Asians are still less likely to have private insurance or public coverage than non-Hispanic whites, according to findings from the California Health Interview Survey. About 19% of California Latinos of any age said they had no health insurance in 2014; 10.6% of Asians, 7% of blacks and 6% of non-Hispanic whites were uninsured the same year. Kaiser Health News (8/19)
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Helping parents identify autism spectrum disorders
The CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. program provides free resources and materials for pediatric clinicians to distribute to parents or include in waiting areas, including developmental milestone checklists, brochures, and flyers. These materials can be customized with your contact information and are also available in Spanish.
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Video shows the value of medical home
A video promoting the value and benefit of medical home to patients, families, and health care professionals is now available. This brief video features interviews with a parent partner and health care professionals across Florida who participated in the Florida Pediatric Medical Home Demonstration Project.
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