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February 19, 2013
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  • Family instability associated with higher rates of chronic conditions
    Children whose families had been investigated by child welfare agencies were up to twice as likely to suffer from a chronic health problem as peers in the general population, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that older children, boys and children using special education services were at a greater risk of being diagnosed with a chronic condition. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study looks at early risks for obstructive respiratory diseases
    Irish researchers followed 150 1-month-old babies for 18 years and found that those with reduced airway function during infancy and those who smoked later in life were more at risk for developing obstructive respiratory diseases as young adults. The study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics showed that persistent wheeze was associated with lower lung function and atopy during infancy, as well as maternal asthma and smoking. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties prenatal caffeine intake to lower birth weight
    Daily consumption of 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine during pregnancy increased the risk of having babies born small for gestational age by 27% to 62%, according to a study in the journal BMC Medicine. The researchers noted that caffeine from any source appeared to lower birth weights. The Guardian (London) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Training program helps minimize unnecessary referrals for scoliosis
    The number of referrals made by pediatricians to orthopedic surgeons for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis dropped 20% in the two years following the implementation of a training program, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The program, which consisted of informational sessions and decision support tools on scoliosis, may have prevented an estimated 131 unnecessary referrals, researchers said. Reuters (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gift bans influence prescribing of brand-name drugs, studies find
    Physicians who attended medical schools that restricted industry-provided meals and gifts were less likely to prescribe brand-name drugs than those whose schools did not implement such restrictions, a study in BMJ revealed. Another study published in Medical Care supported the findings, noting lower prescribing of widely promoted, brand-name drugs after gift bans in residency programs became common. American Medical News (free content) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Deadline ends with 26 states choosing federal-run exchange
    Twenty-six states have opted to let the federal government run their health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act with the passing of Friday's deadline. States that opted not to operate their own exchanges can still change their decisions, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Director Gary Cohen said. The Washington Times (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Close oral health practice gaps, improve patient care and satisfaction
    Help prevent and assess the risk of early childhood carries by closing gaps in oral health practices. The new AAP EQIPP course: Oral Health in Primary Care provides the tools, information and support you need. Enrollment fees are subsidized by the AAP. For more information visit the EQIPP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PediaLink: Collaborative Mental Health Care
    Participants of this CME course will learn how pediatricians can prepare their practices to provide effective mental health care by developing an understanding about managing psychiatric emergencies, building collaborative relationships with key mental health and substance abuse specialists who provide evidence-based services, and anticipating the clinical circumstances that may require mental health or substance abuse specialist involvement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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