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November 14, 2012
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  • Premature birth rate in U.S. hits lowest mark in a decade
    The percentage of babies born prematurely dropped for a fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in 10 years, according to the annual March of Dimes report card. Although the premature birth rates in 45 states improved between 2009 and 2011, only four states received an "A" grade. Overall, the country still got a "C" grade from March of Dimes. HealthDay News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study finds excess acetaminophen doses in hospitalized teens, adults
    About 40% of 955 inpatients aged 12 and older at two medical centers who were dosed with acetaminophen exceeding the 4 grams per day limit received supratherapeutic dosing for three or more days, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed. Researchers reported that recurring scheduled dosing was the strongest risk factor linked to supratherapeutic dosing. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caregivers ID barriers to cancer care among Hispanic children
    U.S. researchers surveyed 369 caregivers of pediatric cancer patients and found that more than 65% of those whose primary language is Spanish admitted having problems with speaking English. They added that 13% of these Spanish-speaking respondents said they delayed or evaded cancer care because of their immigration status. The findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting. Oncology Nurse Advisor online (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal stress may make children vulnerable to bullying
    Stress levels and mental health problems faced by women while pregnant raised their children's odds of becoming victims of bullying later, according to a study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Feeling stressed during pregnancy can change the stress response system of babies, researchers said. Medical News Today (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • AMA releases contractual employment guidelines for doctors
    With nearly a third of medical residents in their final year considering hospital employment, the American Medical Association has issued guidelines for doctors practicing under contractual employment. The guidelines cover topics including advocacy, conflicts of interest, performance assessment, staff relations and compensation. Health Data Management (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. needs 52K additional primary care docs by 2025, study finds
    The U.S. will need about 52,000 more primary care doctors by 2025 to accommodate population growth, shifting demographics and provisions in the Affordable Care Act, a study found. Physician office visits are expected to increase from 462 million in 2008 to 565 million in 2025, researchers reported in the Annals of Family Medicine. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Hardship exemption deadline extended by CMS
    CMS has extended its deadline for filing hardship exemptions to avoid Medicare payment penalties next year. CMS-designated groups and qualified professionals can claim the exemption on the CMS website until Jan. 31, 2013. Physicians who do not meet e-prescribing requirements could lose 1.5% of their Medicare payment rates next year without the exemption. Modern Medicine/Medical Economics (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. requires insurers to cover cleft palate surgery
    Health insurers in Massachusetts will be required to cover cleft palate repair and treatment beginning Jan. 1, including surgery, medical and dental care, therapy, and prosthetics. The new law is the result of an advocacy effort by parents that began in 2004. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Richmond Center - Now on Facebook
    The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence now has a Facebook page to share the latest research, resources, tools and funding opportunities to help protect children from tobacco and secondhand smoke exposure. Like us today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar - Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence webinar series
    Nov. 30
    2 p.m. CT
    Research shows that more than 60% of children are exposed to violence, and the impact on health can last long into adulthood. The AAP will host the final webinar in this series, “Keep it Real: How One Pediatrician Makes Medical Home Work for Children Exposed to Violence.” This webinar will provide techniques for effective identification of children exposed to violence and ways to ensure they get the care they need. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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