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January 24, 2013
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

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  • Aggressive behavior with autism presents many challenges
    Nine of 15 families of male children and young adults diagnosed with autism reported having problems with aggression, according to a Canadian study in the journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. These families also dealt with social isolation, extra expenses for home repairs, lack of respite care, less support from professionals, and concerns over the safety of people and property, researchers said. Disability Scoop (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study: Children who spend more time at dinner table weigh less
    Children who eat with their families for more than 20 minutes four times a week have lower body weight than those who leave the dinner table after 15 to 17 minutes, according to a study in Economics and Human Biology. The results suggest that communication and scheduled meal times play key roles in children's weight, researchers say. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental race factors in seeking mental health services for children
    Latino and Asian parents in California were less likely to seek mental health services for their children displaying serious emotional problems than white and black parents, a study showed. Aside from parental fears of labeling and being blamed for their children's condition, researchers found that other culture-related barriers to mental health treatment included restricted access to culturally appropriate initiatives and few available bilingual providers. The findings appear in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study questions link between teen marijuana use, IQ declines
    A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is calling into question conclusions drawn from a New Zealand study that found a linear progression of IQ declines among people who used marijuana in their teen years. Researchers said the previous work did not use methods and analysis sufficient to rule out other reasons for lower IQ. Reuters (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diapers may limit babies' ability to walk, study shows
    Wearing thick cloth diapers resulted in more falls while walking among 13- and 19-month-olds compared with walking naked, according to a study in the journal Developmental Science. Researchers noted that walking with thin disposable diapers only led to more falls among 13-month-olds, not 19-month-olds. However, the steps of all babies wearing diapers were wider and shorter than those who walked naked. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Projects aim to boost child health EHRs
    The introduction of pediatric-specific measures for stage 2 meaningful use has led to several projects aimed at helping pediatricians, particularly those in smaller practices, to execute these changes, including AAP's proposed development of a clinical decision application centered on child care. "Meaningful use is by no means perfect for pediatrics, but the trajectory that we have seen is amazing," the AAP's Christoph Lehmann said. Healthcare IT News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ad-based EHRs save doctors money but raise practice concerns
    Advertising linked to EHRs could help small physician practices afford to implement EHR systems, but there are questions about whether advertising exerts undue influence on prescribing patterns, experts said. Patient privacy also is a concern, due to possible mining of patient information for advertising use. EHR Intelligence (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • House committee OKs children's hospitals GME bill
    A bill to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program through fiscal year 2017 was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The program offers independent children's hospitals funding to help them train pediatric residents. AHA News Now (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Interested in advocating for children? Attend the AAP 2013 Legislative Conference
    Washington, D.C.
    April 28 to 30
    The conference educates experienced and novice child health advocates about AAP federal policy priorities through interactive skills-building workshops and in-depth training sessions. View this short video to learn more about the conference. At the end of the conference, attendees will visit with members of Congress and/or staff on Capitol Hill to put their new skills to immediate use. To register and learn more about Continuing Medical Education information for the conference, visit the PediaLink website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New - Spanish Red Book now available on Red Book Online
    Red Book Online now includes the full text of the new Spanish 2012 Red Book.  See the special preview Spanish edition PDFs on Red Book Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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