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February 5, 2013
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

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  • Diabetes drug for adults may help obese youths lose weight
    Severely obese youths who received exenatide injections twice a day for three months lost about 7 pounds more than the placebo group, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Initially approved by the FDA for adults with type 2 diabetes, exenatide showed potential "in terms of weight reduction and cardiovascular risk control," lead author Aaron Kelly said. Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research links sugary beverages to teen weight gain
    Teens who stopped drinking beverages containing sugar gained 4 fewer pounds over a year than did those who continued to have them, and that number jumped to 14 fewer pounds for Hispanic adolescents, according to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the Obesity Society's annual meeting. A second study found that teens who drank sports drinks and sodas gained more weight. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Your Free ICD-10 Small Practice Guide
ICD-10 is a big change. For a small, independent practice, planning is crucial, as it will impact many areas of your practice and touch every employee. Advanced preparation is the key. This eBook provides tools and information to help transition your practice effectively. Download the guide.

  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Experimental vaccine fails to protect babies against TB
    The MVA85A vaccine has been developed to boost the immune responses of the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine against tuberculosis, but a trial in South Africa found that the experimental vaccine was not as effective in babies as it has been shown to be in adults. The vaccine's efficacy rate of 17.3% was not statistically significant, researchers reported in The Lancet. Medical News Today (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Herbal infusion drink may stunt children's growth
    About 50% of babies who received a traditional Guatemalan herbal drink called aguitas within the first three weeks of life had stunted growth, compared to 35% of babies who did not receive the drink, Dutch researchers found. The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.

  Trends & Technology 
  • Health IT boosts management of childhood obesity
    U.S. researchers reviewed 13 studies on the impact of information technology on childhood obesity screening or treatment, and found that EHR use was linked to greater body mass index screening rates in five of eight studies. Telemedicine counseling was tied to the same changes in BMI percentile as that of in-person counseling in two studies, while one study showed that text messaging or telephone support helped in weight loss maintenance. The review was published in the journal Pediatrics. News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study IDs barriers to specialty care for publicly insured children
    Many pediatric specialists said that economic concerns or institutional pressure forced them to limit or reduce the number of children they see with coverage under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. University of Pennsylvania researchers interviewed 26 specialists and 14 primary care doctors and found that emergency department referrals helped boost access to specialty care among publicly insured children. News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Health Policy & Regulations 
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • The importance of early childhood literacy
    AAP member and pediatric resident Markus Renno, MD, FAAP, published an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel promoting the importance of early childhood literacy. The piece was published in conjunction with the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees' annual advocacy campaign, which this year is, "Lead! Read! Succeed!" Learn more about the campaign. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best immunization practices
    The Childhood Immunization Support Program gathers and compiles quality improvement and best immunization practices to share with other pediatricians. We have developed a new set of questions and would like to hear from your practice. Visit the AAP website to submit ideas on cost-effective and sustainable immunization practices, based on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee standards. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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