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December 18, 2012
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Research and treatment advances in neonatology
What breakthrough enables physicians to rapidly diagnose critically ill infants that have genetic disorders? How are we improving surgical procedures for premature babies with intestinal problems? Get these answers and more in the neonatology SmartBrief sponsored by Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City.
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Pediatric caustic ingestion data suggest injuries have declined
    The estimated prevalence of injuries among children and teens from caustic ingestion appears to have declined since data were last collected in the 1970s and 1980s, falling to 1.08 per 100,000 in 2009, new research shows. The economic burden of such injuries in 2009 was estimated to be more than $22 million in hospital charges, researchers reported in the Archives of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery. Family Practice News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CPSC: Tipping TV sets, furniture especially dangerous for children
    Eighty-four percent of 349 deaths due to a television or furniture tipping over between 2000 and 2011 involved children younger than age 9, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. During the study period, an estimated 43,000 people were injured in a tip-over incident, 59% of which were children. (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sitting up may boost babies' learning skills, study says
    Babies aged 6.5 months who can sit unsupported have the potential to use patterns to differentiate objects since they can easily reach for, hold and manipulate objects, according to a study in the journal Developmental Psychology. Researchers noted that 5.5-month-olds who were supported in order to sit up were able to use patterns to differentiate objects as well. HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Medical home models cut health care costs, study finds
    A study by the HealthPartners Research Foundation showed that patient-centered medical homes may help reduce total and outpatient care costs for individuals with complex conditions. Researchers said PCMHs helped curb overall costs by $446 per patient in 2005 and by $184 in 2009, while outpatient expenses were lowered by $241 per patient in 2005 and $54 in 2009. Patients with complex cases were defined as those taking at least seven medications. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Glaxo receives FDA OK for flu vaccine targeting 4 strains
    The FDA has granted GlaxoSmithKline approval for its Fluarix Quadrivalent intramuscular vaccine to protect adults and children at least 3 years old from flu virus subtypes A and B. The formulation protects against four strains of influenza. Three-strain formulations "have helped protect millions of people against flu, but in six of the last 11 flu seasons, the predominant circulating influenza B strain was not the strain that public health authorities selected," said Glaxo's Dr. Leonard Friedland. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Rising health costs, reduced federal aid to hit states
    State governments are facing the dual threat of rising care costs and reduced federal contributions, according to a report by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers. Governors are preparing for a significant reduction in federal aid, but states are ill-equipped to fill the anticipated funding gap due to the increasing costs of retiree health care, employee health insurance and Medicaid. The Washington Post (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. offers "buy in" to Medicaid for children with disabilities
    Since July, Colorado has allowed middle-class families with children with severe disabilities to pay a monthly premium to access the Medicaid program to cover expensive, ongoing therapies. So far, 160 children are using the service, and along with an adult with disabilities benefit, more than 8,000 people are expected to sign up over the next three years. "It offers families the chance to get out from the burden of these costs but still have the providers get paid," Suzette Elledge, of Family Voices Colorado, said. The Denver Post (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Nelson's Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy
    This AAP resource on pediatric antimicrobial therapy is now available as an interactive app for Apple and Android platforms. Users can use their mobile devices to quickly access reliable, up-to-the-minute recommendations for the treatment of all infectious diseases in children. Download the iPhone/iPad app at the Apple App Store. Download the Android app at Google Play. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro
    By David L. Hill, MD, FAAP
    This book offers a modern-day, humorous guide to parenting and your child -- from birth through toddlerhood and beyond. Written by a dad who’s been through it all, the book tackles everything from coughs and colds to sleeping, sore throats, time outs and television.
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