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December 11, 2012
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  • Prenatal exposure to oxygen deprivation may raise ADHD risk
    Health records of almost 82,000 5- to 11-year-olds showed that those who were exposed to ischemic-hypoxic conditions while in the womb had a 16% higher risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder later in childhood. Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome carried the highest risk for ADHD, followed by preeclampsia and birth asphyxia, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics. CNN/The Chart blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Miami Children’s Hospital’s 48 Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course, Feb 18-21, 2013 in sunny Miami features world renowned faculty in symposia, workshops, panel discussions, Redbook, Telehealth and much more. For pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Register Today.
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • USPSTF urges physicians to discuss smoking with young patients
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released draft guidelines urging physicians to counsel teens and school-aged children about the consequences of cigarette smoking and ways to handle peer pressure. The guidelines are modified from the agency's 2003 recommendations. "Smoking or nicotine addiction really is a pediatric disease that carries over into adulthood," said tobacco researcher Dr. Joseph DiFranza, who was not involved in developing the document. Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests overeating can predict drug use in youths
    Data from the Growing Up Today Study involving 16,882 9- to 15-year-olds showed that those who had a habit of overeating or binge eating were more likely to use marijuana or other drugs. Researchers found that binge eating, not overeating, predicted the start of overweight or obesity as well as worsening depression symptoms. The findings appear in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. CNN/The Chart blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Research and treatment advances in neonatology
What breakthrough enables physicians to rapidly diagnose critically ill infants that have genetic disorders? How are we improving surgical procedures for premature babies with intestinal problems? Get these answers and more in the neonatology SmartBrief sponsored by Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City.
  Trends & Technology 
  • Studies: Computer use leads to pain for doctors
    Data from two Cornell University studies showed physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are spending more time at the computer and paying a price in repetitive strain injuries linked to poorly designed work spaces. One study found that most female physicians and more than 40% of the males had repetitive strain-related pain in the neck, shoulder and back at least once a week. HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • USDA allows schools to serve more meat, grains
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has relaxed new school-lunch requirements for this school year, allowing more grains, starches and protein to be served. The change was welcomed by some federal lawmakers, and at least one senator is advocating making the change permanent. "I'm grateful to [Agriculture] Secretary [Tom] Vilsack for recognizing that the rules need to allow for individual differences among children and the prerogatives of local school districts, and resources available to them," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The Hill/Blog Briefing Room (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS conference call on Medicaid payment increase
    As part of health reform implementation, qualifying pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists who treat Medicaid patients will be paid at least 100% of Medicare rates in 2013 and 2014 for immunization administration and primary care services. The increase takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. ET, the CMS is hosting a conference call to discuss the Medicaid payment increase in more detail.
    Dial 1-800-837-1935 and enter the conference ID of 80451033 to access the call at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 12.
    After CMS staff provides an overview of the payment increase, there will be an opportunity for pediatricians and others on the call to ask questions about its implementation.
    The call is open to AAP members and physicians who belong to the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians and the American Optometric Association. Please feel free to encourage colleagues to participate. The conference call will be recorded and posted online as well. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Participate in a survey on civil lawsuits
    HHS is working with the American Bar Association to conduct a study to examine the frequency, outcomes and consequences that civil lawsuits, or the threat of suits, have on medical and other professionals who consult on child abuse and neglect cases. Visit the ABA website to complete a short questionnaire about your experience. The survey must be completed by Dec. 17. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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