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February 28, 2013
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  • Maternal obesity may put babies at risk for heart problems later
    Scans of the abdominal aorta of babies taken within seven days of birth showed that those born to overweight or obese women had thicker arterial walls compared with those born to normal-weight women. Thickening of the arterial walls is considered an independent risk factor for developing heart problems, Australian researchers said. The findings appear in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood. HealthDay News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 mental disorders share same gene variations, study finds
    A study published in The Lancet found four genetic markers associated with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Of these gene variants, researchers said two help regulate calcium levels in brain cells. While detecting these genes is not enough to predict a person's risk for psychiatric disorders, the findings offer a better understanding of the conditions, lead researcher Dr. Jordan Smoller said. News (2/27), (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Antiemetic drug not tied to adverse pregnancy outcomes
    The prenatal use of ondansetron, an antiemetic for treating nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, was not linked to increased odds of still birth, preterm delivery, birth defects, or low birth weight or small-for-gestational-age babies, Danish researchers found. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Family Practice News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time in U.S. may raise immigrant children's allergy risk
    Foreign-born children who lived in the U.S. for more than a decade were three times more likely to have allergies, particularly eczema, than foreign-born children who lived in the U.S. for less than two years, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Families struggle with healthy habits in "crunch time"
    More than half of children consume an unhealthy food or drink between the time they get home from school and bedtime that could lead to weight gain, according to a poll by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Parents said more than 25% of children do not get enough exercise during the so-called "crunch time," and half of parents said it's difficult to ensure their children eat healthy foods. National Public Radio/Shots blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Study: EHR reviews needed to address clinical errors
    A study in JAMA Internal Medicine calls for increasing EHR reviews to help providers prevent breakdowns during consultations that lead to diagnostic errors. The study, which reviewed cases from a large Department of Veterans Affairs facility and integrated private health care system, found that the diseases frequently misdiagnosed included urinary tract infection/pyelonephritis and pneumonia. "Most errors were associated with potential for moderate to severe harm," according to the authors. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Plan to fix Medicare doctor payment gains some steam
    House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., garnered some support Tuesday for his plan to solve the Medicare physician payment issue. Revised cost estimates for addressing the problem could help after the Congressional Budget Office lowered the projected price tag to $138 billion over the next 10 years from $245 billion. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Learn more about increased Medicaid payment rates
    The federal government has begun funding a two-year increase in Medicaid payment rates for certain primary care and immunization services as part of the new federal health care law. Many pediatricians will qualify for increased payments when using the covered billing codes. Visit the AAP News website to learn more about how the increase can benefit your practice. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit
    The AAP has created a Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit, developed in response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. This resource will allow for collaboration between pediatricians, public health leaders and other pediatric care providers to assess what is already happening in their communities or states and help determine what still needs to be done before an emergency or disaster. To request complimentary print copies, e-mail The kit is also available online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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