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March 27, 2013
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

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  • Swimming injuries on the rise among U.S. children, study says
    The percentage of swimming injuries among people ages 7 and older rose by nearly 30%, from nine injuries per 10,000 people in 1990 to 11 in 2008, according to a study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Almost 60% of all swimming injuries involved children younger than 17, and 87% of injuries occurred in and around pools, researchers said. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Play Area Opens at King of Prussia Mall "CHOP is proud to partner with King of Prussia Mall to provide a fun space that promotes healthy habits and nurtures kids' imaginations," said Madeline Bell, CHOP president and chief operating officer. PLAYTIME is perfect for children's hospitals and pediatric clinics. Download a brochure and read more here.
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Mental, emotional problems affect 20% of NYC preteens
    Research by the New York City Health Department found that 1 in 5 of the city's children between ages 6 and 12 are living with mental illness or emotional problems. About 44,000 children have been diagnosed with conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other behavioral conditions, the analysis found. New York Post (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: High-protein breakfast helps control hunger in young women
    Researchers at the University of Missouri found that overweight and obese young women who ate a high-protein breakfast felt less hungry and had reduced activity in the brain regions that regulate food motivation compared with those who ate an average-protein breakfast and those who skipped the meal. Those who ate a high-protein breakfast also showed lower levels of high-fat snacking at night, researchers wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • NCQA recognizes specialists through PCMH initiative
    A patient-centered medical home recognition program has been unveiled by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for physician specialist groups that share data with primary care practices. The Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition is in line with stage 1 and stage 2 EHR meaningful use criteria. Health Data Management (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scorecard shows 10.9% of health spending is value-based
    Insurance data show only 10.9% of spending for health care services in 2012 was based on value, while 89.1% was through traditional fee-for-service payments, according to a study by a consortium of 21 large U.S. employers. The Catalyst for Payment Reform said its report, the National Scorecard on Payment Reform, is aimed at encouraging the health care industry to move faster in adopting value-based payment systems that focus on quality and efficiency. Kaiser Health News/USA Today (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Senators urge energy drink companies to stop marketing to youths
    In letters sent on Monday to top officials at Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., urged them to cease marketing energy drinks to children. A spokesman for Red Bull said the company complies with guidelines to avoid marketing energy drinks to children and that its energy drink carries a label that it's not intended for use by children. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine tanning bill gets preliminary approval
    The Maine House of Representatives voted 82-63 on Tuesday in favor of a bill that would ban anyone younger than 18 from using tanning booths. Supporters said that the prohibition is necessary to reduce the risk of skin cancer, but opponents argued that the legislation overrides parental discretion. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Medical groups delve into the ethics of genetic testing
    Through a policy statement and technical report, the AAP and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics offer recommendations on the wide-ranging issues involved in genetic testing and screening. Visit the AAP News website for more information about the recommendations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New -- home safety tips from the AAP
    The AAP is joining with Procter & Gamble to equip parents with information they need to keep children safe around household cleaning and fabric care products. As part of the campaign, AAP content, including specific tips on how to keep various areas of the home safe and secure, will be made available to parents and other caregivers on Information on these topics also will be available on the Safe Home hub of P&G’s “HomeMade Simple” website. Later this year, P&G will support distribution of AAP educational patient brochures to pediatricians across the country as another resource to help inform parents. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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