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1. Children may cope with stress better with strength-based parenting

AAP SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

A study published in the journal Psychology found that strength-based parenting could help children cope better, deal with stress and limit the use of avoidance or aggressive coping responses. This parenting style involves specifically identifying and cultivating in children positive qualities and ways of handling stress. Science World Report (05/27)

2. Hib vaccine could help prevent ALL in children

AAP SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Administering four doses of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine may help prevent children from developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to a study published in Nature Immunology. "Hib and other childhood infections can cause recurrent and vehement immune responses, which we have found could lead to leukemia, but infants that have received vaccines are largely protected and acquire long-term immunity through very mild immune reactions," study author Markus Müschen said. United Press International (05/21)

3. Better motor, social skills in childhood tied to delayed cord clamping

AAP SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Researchers looked at 382 Swedish babies and found that those whose umbilical cords were clamped at least three minutes after birth had better social skills and a mature pencil grip on the fine motor function test compared with those whose cords were cut within 10 seconds of birth. The differences were noticeable in boys, but not girls, according to the study in JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (05/26)

4. Children with dyslexia won't benefit from eye therapies, experts find

AAP SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 5,800 children, ages 7 to 9, and found that 80% of those with dyslexia had fully normal eye function and vision, and 3% who had severe dyslexia showed little discrepancies in vision compared with children without the condition. The findings, published in Pediatrics, showed that dyslexia "is a brain dysfunction, not an eye disorder. There are no studies that clearly identify that visual training can be helpful for the dyslexic patient," ophthalmologist Mark Fromer said. (05/25)

5. Some teethers may contain chemicals that carry health risks

AAP SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

A study of 10 teethers revealed that one had parabens, which are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, and another contained unidentified endocrine disruptors. The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology. Science World Report (05/21)

6. 2 more states join interstate compact for physician licensure

AAP SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Alabama and Minnesota have joined the Federation of State Medical Boards' interstate compact, making a total of eight states that have approved the initiative. There are now enough states participating to trigger the creation of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission that will begin the process of allowing physicians to practice across state lines. Medscape (free registration) (05/21)

7. Weight device from Emmes lands FDA clearance

AAP SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

A device from Emmes that can calculate the weight of a child has received clearance from the FDA. The Rockville, Md., company said the technology, which can be used in place of a weighing scale, allows clinicians to estimate weight more accurately in order to determine the correct drug dosage required for a pediatric patient. FDAnews (05/20)

8. Study IDs factors tied to development of celiac disease in children

AAP SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Celiac disease in children is linked to the child's sex, type 1 diabetes and maternal celiac disease, according to a Norwegian study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The study involved 95,200 women and their 114,500 children, 650 of whom had celiac disease. (05/26)

9. Babies living at higher altitudes at increased risk for SIDS

AAP SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Infants residing at altitudes above 8,000 feet had a twofold increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome compared with those who lived below 6,000 feet, according to a Colorado study published in Pediatrics. However, researchers said the absolute risk of SIDS remained low. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/25)

10. Recognize motor delays and their causes

AAP SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Early detection of motor delays can help ensure patients receive crucial early intervention. Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation is a free online course from PediaLink that helps pediatricians to recognize the first signs of motor delay. It explains recommendations for surveillance and screening, and describes diagnostic tests. The course takes about 2 hours.

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