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March 22, 2013
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  • Most toddler meals are high in sodium, CDC says
    CDC researchers looked at 1,115 food products for babies and toddlers and found that more than 75% of packaged meals and snacks for toddlers had high sodium content. The lead author said parents need to be aware of the risks of too much sodium and to read package labels. The report was presented at an American Heart Association meeting. CNN/The Chart blog (3/21), HealthDay News (3/21)
  • Prepregnancy pertussis vaccination may protect babies
    Getting vaccinated against whooping cough before pregnancy reduced babies' odds of having the condition by 52%, compared with babies whose mothers were not vaccinated, Australian researchers found. The study, presented at an infectious disease meeting, included 217 babies with whooping cough and 585 healthy babies. (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Improving outcomes in pediatric cardiac care
How is live 3D echocardiography advancing our understanding of pediatric heart structures? Will tissue-engineered heart valves soon be a viable option for some children? Get these answers and more in the pediatric cardiac care SmartBrief brought to you by Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City.
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study links paternal age with autism risk in grandchildren
    Men who became fathers at age 50 or older had a higher risk of having grandchildren with autism than men who were between 20 and 24 when they had children, a Swedish study found. The findings suggest that autism could develop over generations due to mutations and/or epigenetic alterations linked with advancing paternal age, researchers wrote in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Most U.S. doctors are satisfied with their profession
    Data from the Deloitte 2013 Survey of U.S. Physicians showed about 70% of American doctors reported feeling satisfied with their jobs. Thirty-seven percent of respondents cited patient relationships as the main driver of satisfaction, while 32% said health protection and promotion and 19% noted intellectual stimulation, researchers said. Other factors include financial rewards and professional interaction. (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Some states decline to enforce ACA insurer rules
    Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wyoming are among the states that will not enforce Affordable Care Act regulations regarding insurers, such as requiring insurers to accept all applicants and forbidding them from charging more based on gender. HHS has few state resources and little experience enforcing health insurance rules, experts say. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel advises feds to set standard for autism insurance coverage
    The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee -- a federal advisory panel on autism -- will send a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her office to take action on developing the minimum standard for insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The committee contends that inconsistent standards across states can lead to some families not having access to services, such as applied behavioral analysis. Disability Scoop (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • The Pediatrician and Substance Use
    Boston, Mass.
    April 26 to 28
    This AAP-sponsored conference brings together experts in the fields of general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, developmental medicine and addiction to discuss the developmental, behavioral and medical aspects of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs use, and provide a comprehensive approach to addressing substance use in the primary care setting. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP Richmond Center Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool re-launched
    The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center's Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool is a tool for tobacco control advocates looking to focus their advocacy efforts. This interactive tool is broken out by five macroeconomic levels, and focuses on three major areas of intervention. The Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool has been updated to include more accurate, timely resources and information. Access the tool through the Richmond Center website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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