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December 21, 2012
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  • Socioeconomic status may influence in-hospital pediatric mortality
    The number of children from the poorest neighborhoods who died in children's hospitals was 29% higher than those from the wealthiest areas, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers said that the link between socioeconomic status and pediatric mortality was evident among neonatal, heart, gastrointestinal, neurology and surgery patients, but had no impact on patients with cancer, respiratory disorders or infectious diseases. Reuters (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some cancer risks are higher in older cancer patients' children
    Children whose parents were diagnosed with cancer at an older age had a greater likelihood of developing certain cancer types, a Swedish study showed. Researchers looked at almost 8 million individuals and their parents, and found that those whose parents received a cancer diagnosis at a younger age had the highest odds of having cancer themselves. The findings appear in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Adolescent bariatric surgery rates level off, study finds
    A study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine revealed bariatric surgery rates in adolescents ages 10 to 19 increased from 0.8 per 100,000 procedures in 2000 to 2.3 per 100,000 in 2003. However, researchers found that surgery rates in such patients leveled off at 2.2 per 100,000 procedures in 2006 and 2.4 per 100,000 procedures in 2009. Less invasive surgical techniques were also more common in 2009, researchers added. News-Medical.Net/MedWire News (U.K.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Report: Most states unprepared for health emergencies
    Only five states met eight of the 10 key measures for public emergency preparedness, according to an annual report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Researchers found that 35 states, along with Washington, D.C., got a score of six or lower, with Kansas and Montana each receiving the lowest score of three. HealthDay News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012's innovations in health care quality
    Improved bedside manner among physicians, faster heart attack treatments and better emergency department monitoring are among recent changes in medical care improving patients' health and experience, according to this report. Patient access to physicians' notes and tools to cut hospital infection risk were also cited. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app gives patients quick access to hospital safety scores
    Leapfrog Group has introduced a Hospital Safety Score app, which includes patient-safety letter grades for more than 2,600 hospitals. The scores are based on measures such as infections, preventable errors and accidents. The app features GPS-supported search to connect users to nearby facilities, a map display, full grade details and a guide for hospital patients. Health Data Management (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • New and improved: Global tobacco control website
    The AAP Richmond Center has just re-launched its International Tobacco Control website with a fresh layout and new resources. The page includes information on past workshops with PowerPoint Presentations available in both English and Spanish, key global publications, country-specific data for over 40 countries across the globe, and much more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2min2x Campaign on Oral Health
    The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, of which AAP is a partner, has launched a new campaign targeted at improving the oral health of young children. The 2min2x Campaign teaches families that a good step towards improved oral health is to brush teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Visit the 2min2X website for campaign materials. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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