U.S. sees dramatic decline in teen births | CDC updates influenza vaccine recommendations | Minor infections may raise short-term risk of stroke in children
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August 21, 2014
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U.S. sees dramatic decline in teen births
The rate of births to mothers aged 15 to 19 hit a record low in 2013, with 26.6 births for every 1,000 women in that age bracket, down from 61.8 in 1991, CDC researchers said. Asian-Pacific Islanders had the least number of teen births, while Hispanics had the most births among all racial groups. Teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest and lowest in the Northeast. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (8/20), USA Today (8/20)
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CDC updates influenza vaccine recommendations
All people 6 months and older should be given a flu shot, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Live nasal vaccine offers 2- to 8-year-olds better protection against flu, but certain people, including children younger than 2 years, adults older than 49 and pregnant women, should not be given this type of vaccine. The recommendations were published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. DailyRx.com (8/21)
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Minor infections may raise short-term risk of stroke in children
Children who suffered an ischemic stroke had a twelvefold higher chance of visiting a doctor for a minor infection within three days before the stroke than those who didn't have a stroke, according to a study in the journal Neurology. "Infections trigger activation of platelets [blood cells responsible for clotting], making them more prone to clotting," an expert said. HealthDay News (8/20)
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Parents' presence at mealtimes can improve eating habits in teens
Teens whose parents frequently have their breakfast or dinner at home were more likely to have healthy eating habits than those with parents spending less time at home, U.S. researchers say. Eating at home by teens was associated with a reduced likelihood of weight issues. The findings were presented at the American Sociological Association meeting. Science World Report (8/20)
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Disability risk is higher in men who regularly smoked pot as teens
An analysis involving nearly 50,000 Swedish men found that smoking marijuana more than 50 times before age 18 was associated with a 30% higher risk of going on disability between ages 40 and 59. Even men who used pot less frequently had a higher chance of being on disability in middle age. The findings appear in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Reuters (8/20)
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Thousands of children's water bottles recalled over laceration risk
Brita on Tuesday voluntarily recalled about 242,500 of its children's water filter bottles because of defective lids that can break and accidentally cut a child. The company has received 35 reports of breaking or cracking lids, but no injuries have been reported. Tulsa World (Okla.)/The Associated Press (8/20)
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Using Oximetry to Detect CCHD—ABP MOC Part 2 Approved
For years, oximetry has been used for diagnostic purposes, but now it is utilized effectively as a newborn screening tool for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). Earn 10 ABP approved MOC Part 2 points for completing the online module focused on understanding the CCHD screening requirements, process and interpreting screening results. Learn More.
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Blood transfusions may reduce silent stroke risk in pediatric sickle cell anemia
Among youths with sickle cell anemia who had experienced a silent stroke, those who received monthly blood transfusions were less likely to suffer another stroke than the standard care group, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said it is possible that blood transfusions would need to be continued for life. HealthDay News (8/20)
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Health Policy & Regulations
Report: Lower-tier ACA option could cut spending by $5.8B
The introduction of a lower-tier "copper" plan on Affordable Care Act exchanges could result in 18% lower premiums compared with "bronze" plans, according to a report from consulting firm Avalere. Offering such a plan could save the federal government $5.8 billion over a decade, the report said. The Hill (8/19)
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Conn. Democrats push for child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine
Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes should be required to childproof liquid-nicotine containers, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., said on Tuesday. Poison control centers have received more than 1,500 calls involving exposure to liquid nicotine so far this year, according to a report released by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The Hill/Floor Action blog (8/20)
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New Early Hearing Detection Intervention state resource
The AAP Early Hearing Detection Intervention program has developed a new resource, State EHDI Requirements. This interactive state-by-state guide uses a question-and-answer format to provide pediatricians and health professionals with links to information on EHDI legislation, reporting requirements and procedures. Also included are links to oversight bodies in each state. Access to this resource is available through the EHDI page of the AAP website, under Resources and Tools.
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AAP.org has gone mobile
One of the things we've heard quite a bit from our members is their desire to be able to access AAP.org from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. That is why we made AAP.org more mobile friendly. That means no matter how you visit the site -- from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone -- the site will automatically adjust the screen size to improve readability and navigation. Now you can enjoy all AAP.org content, regardless of whether you're at your desk or on the go.
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