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February 6, 2013
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

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  • Prenatal exposure to air pollution tied to lower birth weight
    Pregnant women exposed to increased levels of particulate air pollution were more likely to give birth to smaller babies, according to a study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Every 10-microgram increase of pollution particles per cubic meter of air was linked to an 8.9 gram decline in infant birth weight, researchers said. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Children with autism are more prone to nutritional deficits
    The odds of having nutritional deficiencies and feeding problems were five times higher among children with autism spectrum disorder than those without the condition, a study showed. Researchers reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders that children with autism had substantially lower calcium and protein intake, and were at greater risk for long-term health problems. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Current guidelines address fertility in young cancer patients
    Sexual and reproductive health risks following treatment from childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer vary depending on cancer type, age at diagnosis and therapy, according to a review in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Possible long-term sexual and reproductive complications should be discussed by oncologists and cancer patients before treatment begins, researchers said. News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low awareness impedes clinical trial enrollment
    Research institutions need to do a better job of publicizing clinical trials to recruit more adults and children, researchers say. Only 11% of U.S. adults and 5% of children have ever participated in a clinical trial, while 64% of adults know about opportunities to participate and 12% of parents are aware of clinical trials for their children, a survey of 2,150 households found. Study results are published in the journal Clinical and Translational Science. HealthDay News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Many doctors recommend mobile apps to patients
    Doctors are using mobile health applications to access drug data at the point of care and ensure that the drugs they prescribe won't harm their patients, according to a study by Epocrates. The survey also found that more than 40% of physicians are recommending mobile apps to patients, often for patient education, healthy lifestyle tools and chronic disease management. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • HHS: Cutting outdated Medicare rules could save $676M yearly
    HHS proposed eliminating some outdated Medicare regulations to save health care providers and hospitals about $3.4 billion in five years, or $676 million a year. "By eliminating outdated or overly burdensome requirements, hospitals and health care professionals can focus on treating patients," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fellowship and research opportunities for pediatricians
    Pediatricians are invited to access fellowship and research opportunities from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC. Information is available on the newly created Disability Research and Dissemination Center website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Interested in advocating for children?
    The AAP 2013 Legislative Conference takes place April 28 to 30 in Washington, D.C. The conference educates experienced and novice child health advocates about AAP federal policy priorities through interactive skills-building workshops and in-depth training sessions. At the end of the conference, attendees will visit with members of Congress and/or staff on Capitol Hill to put their new skills to immediate use. Visit the AAP website to learn more about the conference or register online through PediaLink. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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