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September 4, 2012
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  • Study looks at HbA1C threshold for type 1 diabetes
    An HbA1C level of ≥6.5% showed high specificity but very low sensitivity as a threshold for type 1 diabetes in high-risk children and young adults, a study in Diabetes Care found. The researchers also found that an HbA1C level of ≥5.7% had very low sensitivity and variable specificity as an indicator of impaired glucose tolerance. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric use of budenoside affects height in adulthood
    Data from the Childhood Asthma Management Program trial showed that children who were treated with budesonide for asthma had an average height of 171.1 cm as adults, more than 1 cm shorter than the placebo group. The impact of pediatric use of budenoside on adult height was more pronounced in women than men, researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. InternalMedicineNews.com (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Many teens with autism are bullied at school
    Records of a 2001 survey showed that nearly 50% of parents of teens with an autism spectrum disorder reported that their children were bullied, a rate much higher than in the general population. Researchers also found that 15% of those parents said that they think their children bullied others. The findings appear in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Yahoo!/Reuters (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study shows vaccine opt-out rates higher in some states
    An Emory University study showed states with strict standards for nonmedical exemptions from vaccine requirements, along with those where medical opt-outs were easy to obtain, had higher medical exemption rates. The study in the Journal of Infectious Disease called for monitoring of medical exemptions, and experts said physicians should follow guidelines from the AAP, CDC and American Academy of Family Physicians. ABC News (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools report positive results from soda bans
    Schools concerned about the growing rate of childhood obesity have taken steps to limit high-caloric beverages in the lunch line and in school vending machines. Meanwhile, schools also are working to prepare healthier meals for students. "It's a tremendous amount of work," said Connie Little, a board member of the School Nutrition Association of Ohio. "It's work in the right direction to try to give healthy choices to kids. In the schools, they have that." Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) (free registration) (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Agency issues tips on MU payment adjustments
    The CMS has created a resource to help health care professionals better understand payment adjustments applied to providers that do not attain meaningful use of EHRs. The documents feature key information including the time frame for payment adjustments and applicable adjustment amounts. BeckersHospitalReview.com (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: A focus on school nutrition
    The AAP was instrumental in shaping the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act which will be implemented in schools across the country to improve the meals that 32 million children eat each day. For more information and additional resources on school nutrition visit the AAP obesity website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS announces final rule on ICD-10-CM
    The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced the final rule for the implementation date of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) code set. The date is now Oct. 1, 2014. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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