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January 23, 2013
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  • 2 large studies support extended CPR in hospitals
    Separate studies of children and adults supported the use of prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation in hospitals. More children survived cardiac arrest than expected with CPR for more than 35 minutes, according to a study in the journal Circulation. A study in the journal The Lancet found that extended CPR was associated with greater chances of survival, with similar outcomes for the brain as those who survived after shorter CPR. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Readmission rates at children's hospitals vary
    Overall, the 30-day unadjusted readmission rate for all children admitted at pediatric hospitals was 6.5%, but readmission rates varied across conditions and hospitals, U.S. researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Hospitals with high readmission rates had higher 30-day adjusted readmission rates and sickle cell rates than low readmission hospitals, the study found. News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PE could help children meet physical activity goals
    A study found that daily physical-education classes would raise children's amount of exercise by about 23 minutes, helping meet more than one-third of the daily recommended physical activity goal. The combination of daily PE classes, brief activity breaks in classrooms and active commuting to school would give children 58 minutes of exercise, researchers reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. HealthDay News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal valproate use linked to lower IQ scores at age 6
    Children born to women who took valproate for epilepsy during pregnancy had lower IQ scores at age 6 than children whose mothers had used one of three other antiepileptic drugs, according to a follow-up study in The Lancet Neurology. Researchers found that valproate use during pregnancy also affected children's verbal ability and memory. Google/Agence France-Presse (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Severity of pediatric SLE differs among ethnic groups
    Researchers looked at 213 Canadian children with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus and found that 51% of Asians had severe disease, compared with 20% and 41% of white and black patients, respectively. However, no differences were seen across ethnic groups in disease activity indices, irreversible organ damage or treatment, according to the study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Medical education model may reduce physician shortage
    The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program has provided valuable training for electronic health record use, team-based care and quality improvement, researchers report in Academic Medicine. The program provides up to $230 million over five years to train more medical residents in community-based centers to help curb physician shortages in underserved communities. American Medical News (free content) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. takes steps to improve mental health services for children
    Grant funding from the state Department of Human Services has helped health providers in Duluth, Minn., improve children's access to mental health treatment. Spearheaded by St. Luke's hospital, the program brings together community clinics, trained pediatricians and family practice physicians in the screening and treatment of children ages 6 to 17. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New - Spanish Red Book now available on Red Book Online
    Red Book Online now includes the full text of the new Spanish 2012 Red Book.  See the special preview Spanish edition PDFs on Red Book Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FASD Visiting Professorship awards
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are a leading known cause of intellectual disability and birth defects and are 100 percent preventable. The AAP FASD Program is offering five Visiting Professorship awards of up to $2,500 each to AAP chapters to increase awareness, early diagnosis and management of FASDs in children within the medical home. The call for proposals is open now through Feb. 11. Visit the AAP Medical Home website for an application form. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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