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July 18, 2012
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  • Missed sleep may affect quality of life in urban children with asthma
    Brown University researchers surveyed 147 parents of urban children with asthma and found that a higher incidence of missed sleep was associated with more school absences, less physical activity and lower quality of life. They also noted stronger correlations between missed sleep and asthma morbidity among Latino children than among non-Latino white and black children. The findings appear in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. News (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study ties fathers' occupation to risk of birth defects
    Some jobs held by men prior to conception and during the first month of pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of birth defects, including artists, chemical workers, computer scientists, pharmacists and landscapers, according to a study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Researchers classified the jobs of about 14,000 dads into 63 groups and found that almost a third of the occupational types were not linked to any increased birth defect risk. (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey looks at autism costs across U.S. states
    Families living in states with autism insurance requirements spent less on services for children with the disorder than those living in states without such requirements, U.S. researchers found. The findings, based on data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, appear in the journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Disability Scoop (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Poll shows high EHR satisfaction among doctors
    A survey by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed more than half of office-based doctors use EHRs in some form, 85% of whom expressed satisfaction with their systems. More than 70% said they would buy the same EHR system again, according to the research. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HealthierUS School Challenge surpasses goal
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and its partners exceeded their goal of having 2,250 HealthierUS School Challenge-certified schools by the end of June, with 3,717 schools certified. The challenge is part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative. Certified schools have voluntarily met USDA standards in nutrition, physical fitness and wellness. Food Business Review (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Lilly's ADHD drug Strattera receives new warning labels from FDA
    The FDA issued new safety warning labels for Eli Lilly and Co.'s attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder treatment Strattera, or atomoxetine, for people with serious heart conditions. The agency reviewed clinical trials and found that 5% to 10% of adults and children experienced increases in blood pressure and heart rate while on the drug. (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • President-Elect and District candidate information
    Get to know your candidates. The July issue of AAP News features profile pieces on President-Elect candidates Michael D. Klein, MD, FAAP, and James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP. Visit the AAP Election Center to read about Drs Klein’s and Perrin’s views on a question related to membership value and mentorship. The Election Center also has information on candidates running for district offices, and on the Bylaws Referendum that will be included in the 2012 national AAP election. Remember, voting begins on Aug. 31. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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