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February 26, 2013
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  • AAP updates guidelines for treating ear infections
    Antibiotics for acute otitis media should only be prescribed in children ages 6 months and older presenting with serious signs or symptoms, the AAP said. In the group's revised ear infection guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics, pediatricians are advised only to diagnose acute ear infections if the eardrum is moderately to severely bulging or if there is discharge leaking from the ear. CNN/The Chart blog (2/25), USA Today (2/25), Medical News Today (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • C-section babies are at greater risk for allergies
    Babies delivered via cesarean section were five times more likely to develop allergies by age 2 than those born vaginally when exposed to high levels of allergens, a study found. Gastrointestinal microbes may increase C-section babies' development of immunoglobulin E after allergen exposure, lead author Christine Cole Johnson said. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Epinephrine should be injected in lower thigh in obese children
    Injecting epinephrine into the lower thigh of overweight and obese children with a serious allergic reaction was more effective than aiming for the upper thigh, U.K. researchers found. Delivering the medication into the muscle improves absorption and results in higher blood levels compared with injection into the overlaying fat, study author Dr. Peter Arkwright said. The study was presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. HealthDay News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Genetics, race are factors in children's allergy risks
    Black children were more likely to be sensitized to a food allergen or an environmental allergen compared with white children, a study of more than 500 2-year-olds found. Researchers noted that black children born to an allergic parent had a greater sensitization to an environmental allergen than peers without an allergic parent. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • School-lunchroom makeover boosts healthy eating among teens
    A slight change to school lunchrooms to make fruits and vegetables more appealing and accessible improved fruit and vegetable consumption among high-school students by 18% and 25%, respectively, a study in The Journal of Pediatrics showed. The findings were based on students in two high schools in New York state. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • CMS payment model emphasizes primary care
    Primary care doctors could see a mean 7% increase in Medicare compensation under a new transitional care payment policy from the CMS, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. "In adopting the transitional care payment policy, CMS has begun shifting more financial resources toward primary care and opened the door to further increases in primary care payment in return for the greater accountability and efficiency that studies suggest may be attained through a medical-home model," according to the authors. News (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • 2014 AAP president-elect candidates announced
    The AAP National Nominating Committee met this past weekend to select candidates for the 2014 AAP president-elect. The two candidates are Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, and Thomas Tryon, MD, FAAP. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medical home in pediatrics: The HOW TO webinar series
    The AAP and its National Center for Medical Home Implementation are hosting a free four-part webinar series that runs February through May. The webinar taking place tomorrow, Feb. 27, provides "how to" guidance on empowering youth. Then in March, enhancing care for a diverse patient population will be the subject, while using data to improve quality debuts in April, and best practices in family-centered care is the focus in May. Learn more by visiting the AAP Medical Home website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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