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January 9, 2013
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  • CDC: Binge drinking is an under-recognized health issue for women
    Binge drinking remains an under-recognized women's health problem, despite being linked to serious health issues and the deaths of about 12,000 U.S. women and girls per year, the CDC said on Tuesday. Researchers assessed drinking behaviors of about 278,000 women ages 18 and older, and 7,500 high-school girls in 2011, and found that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high-school girls reported binge drinking. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal vitamin D levels may affect fetal growth, study says
    Babies born to mothers with greater 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels during the first trimester were substantially heavier and had bigger head circumferences at birth than those born to mothers with lower vitamin levels, a study showed. However, researchers found that maternal vitamin D levels did not correlate with ponderal index, placental weight or the placental-to-fetal weight ratio. The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Maternal obesity may predispose babies to lower vitamin D levels
    Babies born to obese mothers showed lower levels of vitamin D compared with those born to mothers with a healthier weight, a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism indicated. "What was novel about this study was that we found babies born with higher vitamin D levels had more body fat. That's in contrast to studies in children and adults who have an inverse relationship between levels of vitamin D and body fat, where the higher their vitamin D, the lower their fat," said study author Dr. Jami L. Josefson. Yahoo/Asian News International (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Methotrexate shows promise for treating juvenile scleroderma
    More than 70% of juvenile localized scleroderma patients who took oral methotrexate were in clinical remission for an average of 25 months, while 27.1% experienced remission while taking the drug, according to an Italian study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Generally mild side effects were reported by 48.3% of respondents, but they didn't cause the patients to stop the medication. News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mothers' hormones may affect bacterial diversity in breast milk
    Mothers who were overweight or gained more than the recommended weight during their pregnancy had less bacterial species found in their breast milk, Spanish researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They found that the breast milk of mothers who underwent planned cesarean section delivery had fewer species of bacteria compared with that of the vaginal birth group or mothers who had unplanned C-sections. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 800,000 sleepers recalled over mold contamination
    An estimated 800,000 of Fisher-Price's Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers are being recalled following 600 reports of mold contamination, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Of the incident reports, 16 people claimed that their baby suffered from respiratory problems, coughs and hives after using the sleeper. The recall covers all of the company's Rock 'n Play infant recliner seats. WebMD (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS offers grants to boost Medicaid/CHIP enrollment
    The CMS on Tuesday issued a solicitation for applications for grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act, aimed at increasing the number of eligible children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The grants of up to $1 million each are expected to be distributed in June. AHA News Now (1/8)
  • AMA pushes for broader ACA drug coverage
    The American Medical Association and other medical organizations are urging HHS to require insurers to cover more drugs in each therapeutic class under the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits. The AMA says insurers' drug formularies should be similar to those in the Medicare Part D program. American Medical News (free content) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health
    This meeting, taking place in Portland, Ore., April 19 to 21, focuses on innovative clinical care models and community-based public health approaches for children and youths in American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, Inuit, Métis and other indigenous communities around the world. Co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the AAP, IMICH brings together health care providers and researchers working with indigenous communities. For more information, visit the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar - Helping Children Breathe: Effective Strategies to Reduce Tobacco Smoke Exposure for Children with Respiratory Illness
    Join the AAP Richmond Center on Jan. 16, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET as Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Harold Farber, MD, MSPH, FAAP, FCCP, discuss practical approaches to protecting children with respiratory illness from tobacco smoke exposure both in the hospital and home. This free webinar has been approved for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. For more information, including registration and CME details, visit the AAP Richmond Center website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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