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February 12, 2013
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  • Research supports screening for amblyopia before age 3
    Photoscreening before age 3 was linked to a positive-predictive value of 86.6% for detecting amblyogenic risk factors, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends vision screening at age 3, but the findings suggest that such screening is accurate and reliable enough to be extended to children as young as 1 year old. News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ADHD treatments don't reduce symptoms in most children
    U.S. researchers monitored 186 3- to 5-year-olds with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and found that 90% of them still had symptoms six years following their diagnosis and ongoing therapy. Two-thirds of the children were taking medications for ADHD and their symptoms were just as serious as the children not taking any form of medication, according to the study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Daylight hours linked to myopia progression in children
    Myopia, or nearsightedness, among children progressed faster during the months with the least daylight compared with the sunniest months, according to a study in the journal Ophthalmology. Researchers looked at more than 200 nearsighted 8- to 14-year-olds in Denmark and found that the length of their eyeballs from front to back increased more during the winter than the summer months. Reuters (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Playtime may ease children's postoperative pain
    Children who played with a stuffed animal and their parents after undergoing surgery had lower pain scores compared with those in the control group, Spanish researchers wrote in the journal Pain Management Nursing. The findings suggest that the distraction of playing may have a vital role in reducing children's pain perception. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dance-related injuries have increased among youths, report shows
    An estimated 113,100 youths were taken to emergency departments across the U.S. between 1991 and 2007 because of dance-related injuries, a report showed. The annual number of such injuries rose by more than 37% during that time, possibly due to young people's increasing interest in dancing, researchers wrote in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group releases recommendation for better post-discharge care
    The American Medical Association has released five patient safety principles for transitioning patients from inpatient to outpatient care. "Patients leaving the hospital too often return to ambulatory care settings that are not well connected to the hospital team and this can result in inefficient, confusing and sometimes unsafe conditions," the report's authors wrote. Evaluating patient heath, supporting self-management and medication management, as well as goal-setting were among the responsibilities outlined in the report. HealthLeaders Media (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician perceptions affect obesity counseling, study finds
    Physicians who believe that overeating causes obesity were more likely to tell patients to cut back on portion sizes and calorie consumption, while those who believe sugary drinks cause the condition were more likely to urge patients to reduce intake, a study found. The results in Preventive Medicine suggest that doctors' perception of obesity causes may influence their weight-loss advice, and that education for physicians may help improve the nutritional counseling they provide. HealthDay News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC recommends Tdap during each pregnancy
    The March issue of AAP News features an article on the CDC recommendation to administer tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine to pregnant adolescents and adults as part of the 2013 immunization schedule. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight call for Steering Committee Applications
    The Institute is now accepting applications for its Steering Committee. This small work group will be involved in moving the initiatives of the Institute forward. The SC will help translate the strategic priorities of the Institute into actual programs and initiatives. As such, the SC will work closely with the Institute‘s staff and advisory board to develop action and evaluation plans for projects and programs. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 22. Learn more and apply. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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