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February 14, 2013
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  • Study looks at human metapneumovirus in hospitalized children
    Hospital records from three U.S. counties from 2003 to 2009 showed that 6% of 3,490 hospitalized children had human metapneumovirus and 7% of 3,001 pediatric emergency department visits were linked to the virus. Children infected with the virus were more likely to have pneumonia or asthma, require oxygen treatment and have longer stays in intensive care units, researchers said. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study looks at best ways to treat pediatric ACL injuries
    Children and teens who injured their knee's anterior cruciate ligament should be treated by an orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgical treatment for such injuries, a review found. Researchers said that nonsurgical treatment should be considered for young patients suffering from partial ACL tears that are less than 50% of the diameter of the ligament. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Helicopter" parenting tied to depression in college students
    College students with over-controlling parents were more likely to have depressive symptoms and lower levels of life satisfaction than their peers, according to a study in Springer's Journal of Child and Family Studies. So-called helicopter parenting may undermine students' need to feel autonomous and competent, lead author Holly Schiffrin said. Reuters (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Achieving friends can help boost grades in high school, study says
    High-school students with friends who had higher grade point averages were more likely to do better in school and improve their own grades, according to a study in the journal PLoS One. Researchers also found that having friends with poor academic performance was linked to declining test scores over time. HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children prefer their vegetables cooked just right
    Children were more likely to prefer their vegetables being cooked for a medium amount of time rather than being cooked for shorter or longer periods, Australian researchers found. They noted that flavor and texture likely influenced children's taste preference. The study will be published in the journal Food Quality and Preference. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS encourages e-patients with new effort
    HHS announced plans to create a broad shift to a less hierarchical health care system, giving patients and families a greater role in their own care. A new initiative aims to expand patients' access to EHRs, mobile health applications and devices, and secure electronic messaging between patients and providers, according to an article published in the journal Health Affairs. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using AI models may boost patient outcomes, curb costs
    The use of artificial intelligence algorithms in health care resulted in significantly better patient outcomes at a lower cost, researchers at Indiana University found. "The framework here easily outperforms the current treatment-as-usual, case-rate/fee-for-service models of health care," said researcher Casey C. Bennett. Computerworld (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Practical Pediatrics CME Course – Paradise Island, Bahamas
    Feb. 22 to 24
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