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January 14, 2013
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  • Many youths with chronic conditions have used alternative remedies
    Nearly 50% of more than 900 parents of children admitted at two Canadian pediatric hospitals reported the use of complementary and alternative medicine along with conventional treatment, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. About 10% of the respondents said they considered alternative remedies before resorting to conventional therapy. Researchers said that the most commonly used CAM products were vitamins and minerals, while the most popular CAM practice was massage. The Huffington Post (1/14), CBC.ca (Canada) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Influenza pervasive across 47 states, CDC reports
    CDC officials reported Friday that 47 states are now experiencing widespread flu activity, an increase from 41 states a week earlier. Officials also said the current flu vaccine showed 60% efficacy, indicating moderate protection from the illness. HealthDay News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cuomo declares public emergency for flu in New York
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency on Saturday in response to the severity of the flu this season, which has affected more than 19,000 residents. The executive order makes vaccines more accessible to children, temporarily allowing pharmacists to administer shots to patients aged 6 months to 18 years. Reuters (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review looks at preventive, therapeutic effects of Tamiflu on kids
    U.K. researchers reviewed published trials on Tamiflu and found that the drug reduced the median duration of influenza by 26% among children aged 12 years or younger. In terms of flu prevention, the use of Tamiflu lowered the incidence of illness by 8%. The findings appear in the Cochrane Database Systemic Reviews. FoodConsumer.org (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric heart muscle cells can regenerate
    Heart muscle cells can regenerate until about age 20, peaking during infancy and again during teens' growth spurt, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings raise the possibility that damaged hearts can be repaired through stimulation of cell production. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Talking more to babies may help prevent developmental disorders
    Less vocal communication between mothers and their babies was associated with a greater likelihood of developmental problems like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Scottish researchers said. The study published in the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities suggests that active parenting may help protect a child from developing emotional problems and behavioral disorders. The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fewer college students have P.E. requirements, study finds
    Only 39% of students at four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. had physical education and exercise requirements in 2012, compared with 97% in 1920, according to a study in the journal Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. "It is alarming to see four-year institutions following the path that K-12 schools have already gone down, eliminating exercise as part of the curriculum even as obesity rates climb," said lead author Brad Cardinal. HealthDay News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pedestrian safety project curbs injury rates in NYC schools
    New York City schools participating in the Safe Routes to School initiative saw a 44% decline in the number of school-aged pedestrians injured before or after school between 2001 and 2010, U.S. researchers found. They said that more than 200 pedestrian injuries among students in the city could be prevented by expanding the initiative. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Advocacy Training
    The AAP, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association are seeking applications from members to be trained as physician leaders in tobacco control advocacy. The training will be held on April 26 and 27, in Washington, D.C. Applications are due by Jan. 18. Read more about the training by visiting the AAP Richmond Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    A convenient Patient Education Online subscription gives you immediate online access to the extensive AAP collection of pediatric health information – brochures, CDC vaccine information statements, injury and violence prevention materials, and more. For a virtual tour, visit the Patient Education Online website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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