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June 8, 2012
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  • U.S. in top 10 countries for premature births
    A study in The Lancet revealed that the U.S. is among the 10 countries worldwide with the highest number of babies born prematurely in 2010 and had an annual average increase of less than 1%. Of the 65 countries included in the study, only three reported a decline in premature birth rates: Croatia, Ecuador and Estonia. HealthDay News (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: 1 in 3 high-school students text while driving
    Data from the CDC's 2011 youth risk behavior survey of 15,000 high-school students showed that one-third of them said they had texted or e-mailed while driving in the previous 30 days. The survey also found fewer teens reported driving under the influence of alcohol and more reported using seat belts. Reuters (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rise in child poisoning incidents with laundry detergent pods
    The American Association of Poison Control Centers has reported a rise in cases of single-dose laundry detergent packets making children who bite or swallow them violently ill. The pods can cause severe symptoms rapidly, experts say. Parents are urged to keep the packets out of reach of children. ABC News (5/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Urban children are more prone to food allergies than rural peers
    City-dwelling children were more likely than children living in suburban or rural areas to have some form of food allergy, according to a study to be published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. Researchers surveyed more than 38,000 parents and found that Nevada, Florida, Georgia, Alaska and New Jersey had the highest rates of food allergies. (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exposure to stressful events influences children's brain development
    Children exposed to more intense stressful events received lower marks on spatial working memory tests than those with less stress exposure, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found. They examined the brain scans of the children and noted that the anterior cingulate, a part of the prefrontal cortex vital to spatial working memory, was smaller in those with more stress exposure. The study will be published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The Times of India/Asian News International (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Doctor outlines 7 keys to ACO success
    Dr. Ron Parton, chief medial officer at Symphony, offers seven key strategies to succeed in the move to accountable care organizations. They include aligning quality improvement programs with the payment model, identifying leaders to drive cultural change, creating a data reporting and analytics model and integrating care management systems with EHRs. Healthcare IT News (6/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Updated link to AAP resource on vaccine storage
    For AAP members who were not able to access the speaking points on vaccine storage from the story in yesterday's SmartBrief, the link has been updated. Read the speaking points here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012 NCE housing now open
    This year, join the AAP in celebrating the hospitality and heritage of the American south in New Orleans, Oct. 20 to 23, at the AAP 2012 National Conference and Exhibition. Conference registration and housing is now open. View the preliminary program to use the new planner tool. All planner content is accessible from smartphones, tablets or laptop devices and free Wi-Fi access will be available at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Beginning Sept. 7, conference registrants will also receive a password to access faculty handouts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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