Studies address prevalence of eating disorders among youths | Bullying seen among children as young as 6 | More nonsmoking teens use e-cigarettes, CDC finds
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August 26, 2014
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Studies address prevalence of eating disorders among youths
In a study in the journal Pediatrics, Australian researchers found patients with eating disorders not otherwise specified who do not meet weight criteria had a similar profile of life-threatening complications of weight loss as patients with anorexia nervosa. A review in Pediatrics found that eating disorders are frequently undiagnosed and untreated but that treatments such as outpatient family-based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can be useful. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/25)
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Bullying seen among children as young as 6
Researchers surveyed more than 1,300 Dutch children with an average age of 6 and their teachers and found that obese boys had a greater likelihood of being bullies or being bullied than their leaner counterparts. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. HealthDay News (8/25)
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More nonsmoking teens use e-cigarettes, CDC finds
Data from the National Youth Tobacco Surveys for 2011-2013 showed that more than 263,000 teens who had never smoked before reported using an electronic cigarette in 2013, up threefold from 79,000 in 2011. Among the respondents who tried e-cigarettes, 43.9% of them said they plan to try a conventional cigarette in the following year, CDC researchers reported in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Reuters (8/25), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/To Your Health blog (8/25)
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Timing of admission linked to differences in pediatric leukemia care
Admission on weekends was associated with greater risk of respiratory failure, longer hospital stays and longer waiting times for chemotherapy among pediatric patients with newly diagnosed leukemia, according to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study, which compared weekend and weekday admission for the patients, did not detect a difference in mortality risk. HealthDay News (8/25)
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Gestational diabetes exposure raises health risks in children
Children born to mothers who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy displayed reduced insulin sensitivity and were almost six times as likely to develop prediabetes or type 2 diabetes as those who were not exposed to the condition, a British study indicated. The results appear in Diabetologia. The Daily Mail (London) (8/26)
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Study looks at impact of parental imprisonment
U.S. researchers found that children with a parent in prison had an increased likelihood of having behavioral issues such developmental delays and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The findings were presented at the American Sociological Association meeting and will be published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. USA Today (8/25)
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Trends & Technology
Parents have more difficulty detecting children's weight problems
Parents surveyed between 2005 and 2010 were 24% less likely to accurately assess that their children were overweight or obese compared with parents interviewed between 1988 and 1994, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. HealthDay News (8/25)
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Digital media may lower children's sensitivity to emotional cues
When children were restricted from using electronic devices such as smartphones and TV for five days, their ability to identify facial expressions and emotional cues improved, according to a study to be published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Replacing in-person interactions with screen interactions may contribute to the reduced sensitivity to emotional cues, the lead author said. Science World Report (8/25)
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Health Policy & Regulations
USDA issues $5.7M in grants to encourage healthy eating
The Department of Agriculture has rolled out $5.7 million in Team Nutrition grants to state agencies that participate in the National School Lunch and Child and Adult Care Food programs. Officials expect the grants to be used in part to implement strategies designed to encourage more students to eat healthy meals and curb waste in school cafeterias. Farm Futures (8/22)
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The Last Word - News from the AAP
FASDs: Communication, Care Coordination and Co-management
Tomorrow, Aug. 27
3 p.m. ET
This final session in the webinar series on FASDs will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. Also reviewed will be the development of comprehensive care plans and several case studies to demonstrate different approaches to care coordination and co-management.
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EBCD training and education modules now available
The AAP Early Brain and Child Development Leadership Workgroup announces the availability of five education and training modules for pediatricians and health care providers, which provide key information and resources on early brain development: The modules include content and resources on the core story of EBCD; Toxic Stress; Adverse Childhood Experiences; Supporting Parents and Cultivating Community Relationships; and Advocacy. They can be accessed via the EBCD website.
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