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January 4, 2013
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  • Modified Atkins diet leads to fewer epilepsy seizures, study says
    Patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy who followed a modified Atkins diet for at least one month had fewer seizures, Johns Hopkins research showed. The diet had lower carbohydrate limits than the original Atkins plan but was less restrictive and easier to manage than a ketogenic diet, researchers reported in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Getting enough sleep may help youths boost their vocabulary
    Children who got enough sleep were able to learn and retain new words more quickly than those who didn't sleep well, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Science. Researchers found that both sleep disturbance and snoring among children were linked to increased risks of learning and behavioral problems. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • "Advergames" for fruit don't entice children to eat healthfully
    Children who played online "advergames" that promoted fruit eating ended up consuming more calories after gaming, but not more fruit, compared with children who didn't play, according to a Dutch study. Researchers say such games might promote hunger but not specifically for the featured food. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (1/3)
  • Study: Girls, boys differ in their performance in school
    Boys scored higher in reading, math and science tests than girls, but were rated lower on teachers' assessment of their performance, a U.S. study showed. The findings suggest that girls may receive higher grades because they display a better attitude toward learning compared with boys. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Providers may be missing out on childhood obesity diagnosis
    Extremely obese children showed higher rates of diagnosis and health education during visits compared with their less obese and overweight peers, suggesting that health care professionals may rely more on the visual characteristics of obesity than actual diagnosis. A well child visit is a good opportunity to talk about healthy lifestyles and body weight in children, authors wrote in the International Journal of Obesity. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report breaks down 5 ACO payment models
    The move to accountable care organizations presents leaders with the challenge of identifying which payment model would best help them achieve the ACO goals of better care quality and outcomes at reduced costs. An American Academy of Actuaries report describes the five common ACO payment schemes, which include one-sided shared savings and bundled payments. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert calls for balancing patients and computers
    The focus on electronic health records means that computers are showing up in more and more medical exam rooms. Clinicians should make sure that entering information does not detract from connecting with patients, cautions Dr. Kenneth Bertka. If possible, clinicians should sit facing patients even while at the computer. Bertka also recommends that practices be specific about who is responsible for data entry. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • HHS grants conditional approval to 8 more states
    HHS announced its conditional approval for the health insurance exchange applications of eight more states. California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah will have state-run exchanges, while Arkansas will have a federal-state partnership exchange. A total of 20 states have now been given conditional approval to run health exchanges. USA Today (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP participates in White House Task Force on Gun Violence meeting
    AAP President Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, joined other health care provider organizations at the White House yesterday, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Public Health Association, to discuss the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and to share the AAP perspective on necessary federal policy changes moving forward. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nominations being accepted for the AAP AMA delegation
    The AAP is seeking nominations for two vacancies on the AAP’s American Medical Association delegation. Interested individuals should have experience with the AAP and with AMA and state medical society activities, familiarity with AAP policies, and an excellent understanding of health care and medical education. The delegation is appointed by the AAP Board of Directors and may be re-appointed for up to 12 continuous years. Interested candidates should return an interest form and biosketch by e-mail to Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP, by Jan. 10. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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