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December 7, 2012
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  • Children with autism have more psychiatric ED visits
    U.S. researchers looked at the 2008 National Emergency Department Sample and found that children with autism had a ninefold increased risk of being admitted to emergency departments for psychiatric problems. Of these psychiatric ED visits, they found that severe aggression-related behaviors were the leading cause. The findings appear in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Unhealthy pregnancy diet is linked to infant glucose levels
    Babies born to mothers who ate a diet high in carbohydrates and saturated fats during pregnancy showed high blood glucose levels and markers of insulin resistance in their cord blood, a study found. Researchers said the findings in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrate that curbing diabetes may start in the womb and highlight the importance of a healthy pregnancy diet in preventing the disease. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study: Fetal livers contain substantial BPA concentrations
    Liver samples from 50 first- and second-trimester fetuses showed varying levels of bisphenol A, including cases of significant chemical exposure during pregnancy. University of Michigan researchers also reported in the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology that fetuses were not as capable as adults at removing the chemical from the body. HealthDay News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infant products still contain carcinogenic compounds, group says
    California's Center for Environmental Health announced on Thursday its plan to file a lawsuit against retailers selling foam products for babies that contain unsafe levels of a carcinogen called chlorinated Tris. The environmental watchdog group tested about 25 products from the Bay Area and found that 16 of the children's products had substantial concentrations of the chemical without the required warning labels. San Francisco Chronicle (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • College aspirations may improve language, speech in teens
    A study of 16- to 19-year-old girls from Philadelphia showed those who were planning to attend or already attending a national research institution were more likely to use the "ing" pronunciation, rather than "in," in words such as "running." Teens who had no desire to leave their local community or to improve their social status had no social incentives to change their speech, researchers said. United Press International (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children's bed rails recalled over entrapment risk
    About 900 of Dream on Me's Dream On Me Bed Rails were voluntarily recalled because a child could become stuck between the rail and the mattress, potentially leading to suffocation or strangulation, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. No injuries have been reported. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Survey: 22% of internists plan to go into primary care
    A Mayo Clinic study of survey responses from 17,000 physicians in their final year of an internal medicine residency program showed fewer than 22% planned to stay in general internal medicine, while 64% wanted to be a specialist. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found women were more likely than men to continue in primary care. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • CPSC demands recall of Nap Nanny after 5 infant deaths
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a complaint against Baby Matters for not issuing a voluntary recall of its Nap Nanny Generation One and Two baby recliners following more than 70 injury reports, including at least five deaths. The manufacturer has failed to adequately warn consumers about the risks of using its product, the agency said. WebMD (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • celebrates the holidays with Apple iPad Mini giveaway, the official AAP website for parents, will celebrate the holidays by giving away one Apple iPad Mini each day from Nov. 28 through this Sunday, Dec. 9. Registered users of may enter for a chance to win once per day. (Users will need to enter daily in order to get all chances to win.) Full contest rules are available on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adolescent Gynecology
    Experts from adolescent medicine and pediatric and adolescent gynecology have studied the best literature on adolescent gynecology and written articles on the most common topics a primary care provider will encounter. Consider this volume of the Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (AM:STARs) series your literature review of the best research in adolescent gynecology. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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