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February 20, 2013
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  • SAMHSA: High-school dropouts are more prone to substance abuse
    High-school seniors who dropped out of school were at greater risk of substance abuse including drinking, cigarette smoking and illegal drug use, according to a report released by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Since almost 1 in 7 high school students drops out of school, communities should devise strategies to keep teens in school and prevent substance abuse problems, researchers said. HealthDay News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Gains in childhood cancer survival slow
    Although the five-year survival rate of children with cancer increased from 30% in the 1960s to 80% in the 2000s, improvement has leveled off, physicians wrote in Lancet Oncology. The report's authors say the approach to research and regulation must be modernized to address the issue. Just 15 childhood cancer drugs have been allowed for use in children since 1998. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online, phone bullying increase truancy, suicidal thoughts
    Young victims of cyberbullying and mobile phone bullying were just as likely to skip school or contemplate suicide as those who experienced traditional bullying, a study showed. While male victims of cell phone bullying were more prone to suicidal thoughts than females, researchers found no evidence of gender differences associated with skipping school. The findings appear in the International Criminal Justice Review. News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Wristwatch allows caregivers to track individuals with disabilities
    ILoc Technologies has developed a wristwatch that helps caregivers track individuals whose disabilities, such as autism, cause them to wander off. The TriLoc Personal Locator Device has a built-in GPS, wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities that communicate with mobile-device applications, computers and house alarms for tracking at close range and in public places. Other features include a lockable strap and alarms to help the wearer remember tasks. eWeek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Conn. panel to discuss ban on smoking in cars with children
    The Connecticut Transportation Committee today will discuss a bill that would prohibit smoking in vehicles with children in car seats, which are required in the state for all children under age 7 and under 60 pounds. "Until they're age 7, their immunity systems are not mature," said state Rep. Henry Genga of East Hartford, who has been pushing the bill. WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. lawmakers consider ban on tanning for minors
    A bill under consideration by the North Carolina House Health and Human Services Committee would ban minors younger than 18 from indoor tanning at salons. The state now requires parental permission for indoor tanning for 14- to 17-year-olds. "The numbers are very convincing that sun exposure carries a cancer risk, and people under 18 seem to be more vulnerable than older folks," said bill co-sponsor and neurosurgeon Jim Fulghum. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Interested in advocating for children?
    The AAP 2013 Legislative Conference takes place April 28 to 30 in Washington, D.C. The conference educates experienced and novice child health advocates about AAP federal policy priorities through interactive skills-building workshops and in-depth training sessions. At the end of the conference, attendees will visit with members of Congress and/or staff on Capitol Hill to put their new skills to immediate use. Visit the AAP website to learn more about the conference or register online through PediaLink. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Participate in QuIIN’s Comparison of Immunization Quality Improvement Dissemination Strategies project
    The AAP Quality Improvement Innovation Networks is recruiting pediatric practices to participate in an improvement project to determine the effectiveness of dissemination strategies for increasing awareness and use of best practices for immunization delivery. Practices will receive education in implementing CDC immunization delivery recommendations. Participants will be compensated for their time and some may receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit and ABP Part 4 MOC credit. An initial eligibility screening questionnaire is required to participate in this project. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 30. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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