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November 16, 2012
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  • Hyperglycemia affects brain matter in youths with type 1 diabetes
    A study in Diabetes revealed youths with type 1 diabetes had decreased fractional anistropy in the superior parietal lobule and lower mean diffusivity in the thalamus compared with the control group. Lower anisotropy and higher diffusivities in the superior parietal lobule and hippocampus were also linked to patients having had at least three episodes of severe hyperglycemia, researchers noted. News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preemies may be at risk for learning problems in their teen years
    Teens born at or before 37 weeks of gestation had reduced neuroplasticity in response to brain stimulation compared with full-term peers, according to an Australian study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers also found the cortisol levels in the saliva of teens born preterm were lower than those born full term. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Being active in childhood may boost joint health in adulthood
    Participation in physical activities during childhood was significantly linked to greater tibial bone area in adulthood, Australian researchers reported at the American College of Rheumatology meeting. The study showed a substantial connection between children's physical work capacity at 170 beats per minute and higher medial tibial cartilage volume later in life. Family Practice News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Triclosan linked to increased risk of childhood allergies
    Urine samples from 623 10-year-olds showed increased immunoglobin E levels and incidence of stuffy noses and hay fever among those who had more exposure to triclosan, a chemical used in cosmetic products such as deodorant and toothpaste. The Norwegian study, published in the journal Allergy, found measurable traces of the chemical in half of the children's urine samples. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links obesity with more cavities in poor children
    Children from low-income families whose body mass index rises with age are also likely to have an increasing number of cavities, a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Health showed. The link could be due to lack of access to nutritious food, sharing of eating utensils and toothbrushes, a lack of running water, and a lack of access to dental care. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Positive parenting benefits children with disabilities
    Children with disabilities who were raised in households that used positive parenting showed more independence and improved language skills than peers raised with a different parenting style, an analysis of studies showed. Researchers said that positive parenting was also linked to better emotional expression, social skills and temperament. The findings appear in the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities. Disability Scoop (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Poll finds 50% increase in EMR use among U.S. physicians
    A Health Affairs survey showed a 50% increase in EMR use among primary care physicians in the U.S., although use is outpaced by that of some other countries where EMR use is nearly universal. Researchers also found the capability for electronic sharing of patient data is mostly concentrated in bigger practices and those that are part of integrated health systems. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Change hand-off protocols to improve care
    Changing hand-off protocols among physicians and nurses between shifts could lead to better care and lower mortality, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. University of Michigan researchers who studied 23 shift hand-off sessions found physicians spent too much time talking about the first patients on the list and rushed through cases at the end, even though those patients may have needed more attention. HealthDay News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Many children in Calif. lacked health insurance in 2011
    A report from the California HealthCare Foundation revealed that an estimated 11% or 1.1 million children in California were not covered by either public or private health insurance in 2011. Over a 10-year period, researchers noted a decline in the number of children covered by their parents' employers, while the number of publicly insured children rose. Children without coverage were less likely to seek medical care than those with insurance, the researchers reported. Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now blog (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • CDC introduces Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center
    The CDC introduced the new Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center that provides a comprehensive Web directory of tools and resources designed to advance the health of men and women of reproductive age. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP Tobacco Coding Fact Sheet
    This resource is a helpful tool for pediatric health care providers and staff to ensure appropriate coding for their work in tobacco prevention and control counseling. Created by AAP coding experts, this fact sheet offers CPT codes for inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as ICD-9-CM codes for medical diagnoses, comorbid diseases and related supplemental codes. At the end of the coding section are six short scenarios with applicable codes and diagnoses. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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