CDC reports on increase in US suicide rate | Study finds declining mortality inequality among US youths | Overweight awareness among parents tied to excess weight gain in children
April 22, 2016
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CDC reports on increase in US suicide rate
The rate of suicide in the US rose 24% from 1999 to 2014, resulting in 42,773 deaths in 2014, according to a report from the CDC. Researchers also found that suicide among girls ages 5 to 15, while rare, increased threefold during the time frame.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/21) 
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Study finds declining mortality inequality among US youths
Researchers found that the life expectancy gap between rich and poor US youths aged 20 and below shrank significantly between 1990 and 2010, especially in poorer counties. The findings in Science, based on census data, linked the decrease in mortality inequality to better health care, food and nutrition programs and lower pollution rates.
HealthDay News (4/21) 
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Overweight awareness among parents tied to excess weight gain in children
A study in Pediatrics found that children who were overweight at ages 4 or 5 and had parents who believed them to be overweight had a higher risk of excess weight gain by age 12 or 13, compared with overweight children whose parents thought they were at normal weight. The findings were based on data involving 3,557 Australian children, followed from ages 4 or 5 to 12 or 13, and their parents.
Reuters (4/21) 
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Preemies more likely to have emotional, behavioral problems at school entry
Dutch researchers found that more than 7% of children who were born prematurely had emotional or behavioral problems at ages 4 and 5, compared with less than 4% for those born at term. The findings in Pediatrics, based on 1,443 children born early preterm, moderately preterm or full-term from 2002 to 2003, also showed those born early preterm had the highest rates of persistent emotional and behavioral problems.
Reuters (4/21) 
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Vitamin D deficiency a risk for youths with diabetes, study finds
A study in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice showed that children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes had a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, especially among those who were a healthy weight and Caucasian. The findings were based on 197 youths with diabetes, 23% of whom were overweight and 13% of whom were obese.
Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (4/21) 
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Trends & Technology
Report shows drop in office-based physician EHR use
An SK&A Market Insights Report found an almost 4-percentage-point decline in office-based physician EHR use over the last year, from 62.8% in 2015 to 59% in 2016, with the largest drop year-over-year seen among smaller physician practices. The highest percentage of EHR use was observed among physician practices owned by either hospitals or health systems.
EHR Intelligence (4/20) 
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Health Policy & Regulations
CMS delays launch of new hospital star rating system
The CMS on Wednesday delayed the release of a new hospital quality ratings system, just one day before it was to take effect, because of complaints from hospitals and lawmakers. The star-based system intends to streamline various measurements of hospital care into one easily understood metric, but hospitals had concerns over whether the methodology was fair or accurate.
National Public Radio/Kaiser Health News (4/20) 
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Call for papers on indigenous child health
Proposals are being accepted through May 6 for the International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health in Denver on March 31 to April 2, 2017. The meeting focuses on innovative care models and community-based public health approaches for children in American Indian, Alaska Native, and other indigenous communities worldwide. Co-hosted by the AAP and the Canadian Paediatric Society, IMICH brings together providers and researchers working with Indigenous communities. For more information on the meeting or submitting a proposal, visit the IMICH website.
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HPV champion toolkit
The HPV Champion Toolkit has been developed to provide practices with easy access to the best resources available regarding HPV vaccination including sample PDSA cycles that can be used in your office, power point presentations, FAQs and more. This toolkit is intended to help members of the pediatric office team protect children from HPV infections and future HPV-related cancers.
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