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January 30, 2013
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  • Exposure to alcohol ads on TV may influence teen drinking
    Seventh-grade students who were exposed to more alcohol advertisements on television and liked them had greater alcohol use by 10th grade, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Exposure to the ads affected girls' drinking behavior more than boys, and liking the ads was linked to more alcohol-related issues, particularly in boys, researchers said. CNN/The Chart blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leafy greens are leading source of foodborne illnesses in U.S.
    Of the nearly 50% of foodborne-illnesses linked to farm produce, 22% were caused by leafy green vegetables, according to a CDC study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Meat, especially poultry, accounted for 43% of all deaths resulting from foodborne diseases, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Hasbro Children's Hospital Opens Creative Play Area for Patients and Their Families "This play space is just another example of how this community comes together when they see a need. In this case, having a fun, safe place for healthy play while waiting for an appointment helps take the stress and strain off children and their families," says the hospital's administrative director, Myra Edens. More
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study looks at treatment regimen in youths with type 1 diabetes
    About 51.7% of youths with type 1 diabetes transitioned to a more intensive insulin treatment in three years, while 44.7% did not change and 3.6% moved to a less intensive therapy, a study indicated. Shifting to a more intensive treatment was more likely in younger patients, non-Hispanic whites, and participants from families with private insurance and higher income and parental education levels, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children with ADHD face sleeping difficulties, study shows
    Whether or not they slept well the night before, children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder frequently find it more difficult to fall asleep at night and during the day than those without the condition, a study showed. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Sleep Research, suggest the need for children with ADHD to participate in quiet and calming activities before bedtime. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Report calls for U.S. to move toward preventive health model
    The nonprofit Trust for America's Health proposed shifting U.S. health care from a sick-care model to a prevention format, and while executive director Jeffrey Levi called it the humanitarian thing to do, economists disagreed with the group's assessment that it would reduce costs. Data show some preventive services may not improve an individual's health, and health policy expert Peter Neumann of Tufts University School of Medicine said that "prevention itself costs money, and some preventive measures can be very expensive, especially if you give them to a lot of people who won't benefit." Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Senator's bill to target physician shortage in U.S.
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday he would introduce a bill to address the shortage of primary care physicians before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's individual insurance mandate, insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion next year. The bill would include funding to expand community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. The shortage "has been accentuated by the ACA and 30 million more people getting insurance, so we just got to make sure there is a place for them to go," Sanders said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/29), The Washington Times (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP national committee member vacancies
    Nominations are being solicited to fill 25 member vacancies on 15 AAP national committees for the 2013-2014 term. The deadline for receipt of all materials is Feb. 25. Visit the AAP website for more information, including nomination forms. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save time and money -- print patient education resources on demand
    A convenient Patient Education Online subscription gives you immediate online access to the extensive AAP collection of pediatric health information –- brochures, CDC vaccine information statements, injury and violence prevention materials, and more. For a virtual tour, visit the Patient Education Online website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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