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December 6, 2012
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  • Higher atherosclerosis risk seen in children with HIV
    Data on 300 youths showed those who were HIV-positive were more than twice as likely to develop signs of atherosclerosis compared with their healthier peers, raising their risk of heart attack. "Cardiovascular disease has already put down roots in children and adolescents with HIV, and we need to take preventive measures at this early stage. We should be more aggressive in treating their high cholesterol with medication -- this practice is common in adults but rare in children," researcher Talia Sainz Costa said. The findings were presented to the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SAMHSA: 11,406 ED visits in 2010 tied to synthetic pot
    A total of 11,406 drug-related emergency department visits in the U.S. in 2010 were linked to the use of synthetic marijuana, most involving patients ages 12 to 29, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Patients admitted for synthetic marijuana use were an average of six years younger than those hospitalized for marijuana use. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/4), (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Cardiac devices may lower quality of life in pediatric patients
    Children and teens with a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator had lower quality of life scores than healthy peers and patients with mild forms of congenital heart disease, a study showed. Researchers wrote in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology that QOL scores were lower among ICD patients compared with the pacemaker group. Healio/Cardiology Today (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assisted reproduction linked to greater risk of childhood asthma
    U.K. researchers looked at more than 13,000 children and found that those born through assisted reproduction technologies were more likely to develop asthma at age 5 than those conceived naturally. They said that genetics might explain the link between fertility treatments and asthma risk. The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction. BBC (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Family history, milk consumption may increase acne risk
    A family history of acne in a first-degree relative and higher milk intake were significantly tied to greater odds of suffering moderate-to-severe acne, a Spanish study of 10- to 24-year-olds found. Researchers noted that both lower body mass index and fish consumption curbed the risk for acne, while menstrual cycle and smoking had no substantial correlation with acne risk. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Microarray testing can detect more fetal abnormalities
    Chromosomal microarrays spotted more fetal abnormalities than current prenatal tests called karyotypes, according to two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine. One study showed that microarray testing was just as effective as karyotyping in detecting genetic changes linked to birth defects. In the second study, microarrays helped identify the cause of stillbirth in 87% of the cases, compared with 71% with conventional testing. Bloomberg (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miss. high-school obesity rate falls
    Mississippi Health Department officials found that the state's high-school obesity rate declined from 18.1% in 2009 to 16.5% in 2011. "We are very encouraged to see this decline in obesity rates among our high-school students. Although the change from two years ago is not statistically significant, it's the first time in 10 years we have seen any decline at all in Mississippi's adolescent obesity rate," State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)/The Associated Press (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Governors urge Obama to loosen strings on Medicaid funds
    Governors meeting with President Barack Obama about avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts asked for more flexibility in their management of Medicaid and other federal-state programs. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said that his state would have to revisit its plan to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act if the federal government reduces funding. CBS News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool and Tutorial
    Are you interested in providing oral health services in your practice, but don't know where to start? Visit the AAP Children's Oral Health website to view and download a tool to ease implementation of oral health services in pediatrics. For more information, e-mail 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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