CDC develops faster laboratory test for detecting enterovirus | 2nd hospital worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola | ADHD drug use is more prevalent during school year
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October 15, 2014
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CDC develops faster laboratory test for detecting enterovirus
The CDC has designed a quick test for identifying enterovirus D68, a rare respiratory virus which has sickened hundreds of children across the country. The test would deliver results in just a few days compared with several weeks in other tests. Increases in confirmed cases of the disease following the introduction of the test "will not reflect changes in real time or mean that the situation is getting worse," according to the agency. The Hill (10/14), Reuters (10/14)
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2nd hospital worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola
A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the Ebola virus. On Tuesday, the CDC said it was actively monitoring 75 other hospital workers in Dallas, and teams of infections control experts will be sent to hospitals treating Ebola. "I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day ... the first patient was diagnosed," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said. CNN (10/15), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/15), HealthDay News (10/14)
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ADHD drug use is more prevalent during school year
The likelihood of children using attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medications was about 30% greater during the school year than in the summer, according to a study in the journal American Sociological Review. USA Today (10/14)
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Depression plus ADHD linked to increased risk of bipolar disorder
The risk of conversion to bipolar disorder was 1.5 times greater in young people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and major depression compared with those with depression alone, according to a study in the journal Bipolar Disorders. Anxiety problems, disruptive behaviors, and substance and alcohol abuse were also risk factors for conversion from major depression to bipolar disorder, researchers said. MedWire News (U.K.) (10/15)
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Baby wipes recalled over bacterial contamination
Sam's Club has voluntarily recalled its Simply Right baby wipes after detecting B. Cepacia bacteria in the packages. The bacteria could make children with chronic conditions or weakened immune systems more vulnerable to infections. KTRK-TV (Houston) (10/15)
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Can Type 1 diabetes be prevented?
Through TrialNet, endocrinologists at Children's Mercy Kansas City are screening and identifying individuals at risk for developing Type 1 diabetes. The ultimate goal is to develop interventions or treatments to prevent the progression of beta cell destruction. Dr. Wayne Moore explains.
Trends & Technology
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 (10/14)
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EHR use linked to fewer adverse events, data show
Advanced EHR use resulted in a 30% decline in adverse events tied to drug errors and a 25% reduction in complications, according to a new study. The findings, drawn from hospitals and physician practices, were presented at the Workshop on Health IT and Economics. (10/14)
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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. News (10/14)
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Health Policy & Regulations
Pa. senator seeks restoration of hospital preparedness program
The U.S. government should allot $120 million in funding to re-establish the Hospital Preparedness Program, Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., wrote in a letter sent Monday to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. The news earlier about the first Ebola transmission in the U.S. "highlights the need for ongoing training and education for health care workers and drills and exercises for hospitals," Casey said. The Hill (10/13), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13), Bloomberg (10/14), The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)/Bloomberg (10/14)
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The Last Word - News from the AAP
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.
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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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