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March 1, 2013
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  • Small first-born babies can increase risk of future SGA babies
    Women who gave birth to small-for-gestational-age babies in their first pregnancy were more than six times more likely to have SGA babies during their second pregnancy, a Dutch study showed. The findings, based on 259,481 pregnant women, were published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Birth defects are common in Prader-Willi syndrome
    Researchers from Argentina monitored 180 children with Prader-Willi syndrome for more than 13 years and found that these children were 5.4 to 18.7 times more likely to have at least one birth abnormality compared with the general population. While most of the birth defects were detected in the first month of life, others were spotted following the diagnosis of Prader-Willi syndrome. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study links improved academics, breakfast at school
    A report created for Share Our Strength showed that eating breakfast at school was associated with higher scores on math tests and greater school attendance per year compared with students who went without breakfast. The improvements in academic performance suggest that children who eat breakfast at school would be 20% more likely to finish high school, researchers said. The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Prescribing on paper remains widespread, study finds
    A study by MediScripts revealed the use of paper prescriptions was more than 60% higher than use of e-prescriptions in 2012, despite advances in the technology's adoption rates. "Prescribers are considering e-prescribing systems, which are rapidly adapting to meet their needs, but until physicians gain comfort with the technology, many will continue to depend on ... pen and paper," said MediScripts CEO Erez Lapsker. Drug Store News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds declining number of black male doctors
    A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges revealed black men made up only 2.5% of medical student applicants in 2011, a slight decrease from 2002. Researchers also found the number of new black male doctors decreased to 2.4% in 2011, despite a 3% increase in the number of black male medical school graduates in the last 10 years. American Medical News (free content) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Public health, medical research to suffer from sequestration
    Sequestration will have a major impact on public health and medical research, both of which have been restricted by years of underfunding and cuts. "These cuts are going to have a real impact," Washington state Health Secretary Mary Selecky said. "In the next six to eight weeks, we're going to have to say we're closed on Fridays or we can't provide this or that service anymore." Researchers who depend on NIH grants have also expressed concern that their work will have to be scaled back. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. bill encourages prenatal intervention for opioid addiction
    The Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted on Wednesday in favor of a bill, sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, that would provide early prenatal intervention and drug rehabilitation to pregnant women who misuse prescription opioids. “The Safe Harbor Act of 2013 provides a woman with a strong incentive to do the right thing for her baby,” Yager said. (Tenn.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Learn more about increased Medicaid payment rates
    The federal government has begun funding a two-year increase in Medicaid payment rates for certain primary care and immunization services as part of the new federal health care law. Many pediatricians will qualify for increased payments when using the covered billing codes. Visit the AAP News website to learn more about how the increase can benefit your practice. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Note: The AAP News link in yesterday’s item about Medicaid reimbursement increases was incorrect. The corrected link appears in the item above. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award
    The AAP Committee on Native American Child Health is seeking nominations for its Native American Child Health Advocacy Award. The award recognizes a physician or non-physician who has made a significant contribution to promoting Native American child health. For information about past award winners, visit the CONACH website. If you know of an individual who merits this recognition, please submit a letter of nomination to LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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