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December 27, 2012
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  • Plagiocephaly linked to delayed development at age 3
    Three-year-olds with a history of deformational plagiocephaly scored lower than those without cranial deformation on all measures of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Researchers said that the biggest differences in developmental scores between the two groups were in cognition, parent-reported adaptive behavior and language, while the smallest was in motor development. News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drug shortages lead to higher relapse rates in Hodgkin lymphoma
    Children and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma who were treated with a substitute drug regimen during a shortage of mechlorethamine had higher relapse rates than those given standard care, according to an analysis involving 221 patients. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. USA Today (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Child maltreatment cases in U.S. decline in 2011
    The number of child neglect and abuse victims nationwide totaled 676,569 in 2011, with 42 states reporting fewer cases than in 2010, according to the Child Maltreatment 2011 report. Children age 1 and younger had the highest victimization rates. The most common form of maltreatment was neglect, followed by physical abuse and sexual abuse, researchers said. News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High-saturation CPAP does well in study of very premature infants
    Extremely premature babies treated with continuous positive airway pressure with higher oxygen-saturation targets fared better than the lower-oxygen-saturation group, a study found. However, researchers found no difference in deaths or neurodevelopmental disorders between the CPAP group and a surfactant group. The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Motivation, study habits play big role in developing math skills
    Motivated students who tried to link mathematical concepts together when studying developed math skills faster than their less-motivated peers or those who learned by rote, regardless of IQ scores, according to a study published in the journal Child Development. IQ scores can predict children's mathematical ability but not their growth in math achievement, the lead researcher said. blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • U.S. will be short 100K primary care docs in 2020, report projects
    The U.S. is projected to be short 100,000 primary care physicians in 2020 as more new physicians turn to specialty care, according to the Medical Group Management Association. Medical students should be sent to rural communities where primary care access is particularly limited, an official at the Texas Academy of Family Physicians suggested. United Press International (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers who have been reluctant to download mobile health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight might embrace more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, according to industry analysts. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Bill would create task force to reduce child abuse
    A bipartisan bill presented by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., would create a commission dedicated to reducing child abuse-related deaths in the U.S. A similar bill was passed in the House. More than 15,000 child abuse and neglect victims reportedly have died since 2002, but no national standards exist for collecting information, and many state agencies do not share information with other agencies or law enforcement officials, Baucus said. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Breaking: New articles in AAP News on Medicaid payment increase
    On Tuesday, Medicaid payments increase to at least those of Medicare rates for pediatricians and other eligible physicians for primary care and immunization administration services. A special advance release of two articles in the January issue of AAP News provides additional details on the payment increase and what it means for pediatricians:
    • Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes a guest commentary to AAP members  on the impact of the payment increase on pediatric practice
    • AAP President Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, writes a letter to AAP members on the importance of the payment increase for improving access to care for children in Medicaid
    For more AAP resources on the topic, visit the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Child Victims of Violence: Forging Multidisciplinary Approaches
    Jan. 27 in San Diego. Co-sponsored by the AAP and the Office for Victims of Crime, this one-day course features national experts providing current research, best practices and facilitated discussion. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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