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February 27, 2013
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  • Volunteer work may boost cardiovascular health in teens
    Volunteering for after-school programs for 10 weeks resulted in reduced body mass index and levels of inflammation and cholesterol among teens, according to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers also assessed the mood, self-esteem and mental health of the volunteers and found that those who showed the biggest increases in empathy, altruistic behavior and mental health had the biggest improvements in heart health. The Atlantic online (2/26), The Daily Mail (London) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Newborn screening improves diagnosis of CAH
    Data from congenital adrenal hyperplasia cases in Sweden between 1910 and 2011 showed substantial spikes in diagnosed cases following the introduction of the first effective therapy in 1950 and newborn screening in 1986. Despite the previous belief that boys are more prone to delayed CAH diagnosis than girls, researchers said that the universal screening of newborns improved survival in both sexes equally. The findings appear in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. HealthDay News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Arizona's Kids Little Smiles Clinics Deliver Playful Pediatric Dental Experience "Our goal is to make children comfortable from the moment they walk in our doors," says Kerry Herbine, COO. "We do that by providing lots of healthy play opportunities in our waiting rooms. A playing child is a happy child." More
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  • After-school soccer gets overweight children moving
    Overweight and obese students who joined an after-school soccer program showed significant improvements in their moderate-to-vigorous physical activity after school and on Saturdays, a study on the website of the journal JAMA Pediatrics found. However, the intervention failed to boost activity, fitness or weight for all participants. HealthDay News (2/26)
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  • Study evaluates patient-centered care delivery among doctors
    A survey by WiserTogether finds that physicians could do better at delivering patient-centered care. Doctors received a score of 3.46 out of 5 as measured by the Patient-Centered Care Index. Doctors scored best on their efforts to involve patients in decisions, while scores were lowest for their efforts to understand patients' lives before making recommendations and helping those in their care understand their options. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Feds: States can scale back Medicaid provider pay
    The White House said Monday in a brief filed in a federal appeals court in California that states are allowed to lower Medicaid provider payments to help decrease the program's costs. Some 60 million low-income people are covered under Medicaid, with many more expected to come on board under the Affordable Care Act. The statement may play an important role in the Obama administration's efforts to get states to expand Medicaid. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Protect babies from whooping cough
    While it can be serious for anyone, whooping cough can be deadly for babies. Whooping cough is on the rise and about half of infants who get whooping cough end up in the hospital. Learn about the best ways to protect babies from whooping cough in this colorful new info graphic from the CDC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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