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January 22, 2013
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  • More U.S. children don't get immunizations on schedule
    A study in JAMA Pediatrics of more than 300,000 children born between 2004 and 2008 found the percentage who were late on at least one vaccine rose from 42% to 54%. More than 1 in 8 children were undervaccinated because of their parents' choices, researchers said. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For more: Read more about immunizations and vaccines on the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher activity levels have little effect on children's BMI
    Overweight and obese children attained only an 0.11 point reduction in BMI for every 100 cpm increase in exercise levels, suggesting that higher physical activity rates may not significantly improve body weight in such a population, a study in Australia showed. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Smoking ban reduces hospitalization rates for childhood asthma
    The percentage of children in England who were hospitalized for severe asthma attacks dropped by 12.3% a year after prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, U.K. researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Before the smoke-free legislation, the study found an annual 2.2% increase in hospitalization rates for severe childhood asthma attacks. Reuters (1/21), BBC (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For more: Visit the AAP website for information on tobacco. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts see uptick in ADHD diagnosis among U.S. children
    A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among children increased 24% between 2001 and 2010. According to the data, 5.6% of white children were diagnosed with ADHD, compared with 4.1% of black children, 2.5% of Hispanic children and 1.2% of of Asian/Pacific Islander children. Boys had triple the risk of ADHD compared with girls, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aggressive pediatric UTI testing may not yield lasting benefits
    U.S. researchers reviewed studies on pediatric urinary tract infections and found insufficient evidence supporting AAP's recommendation of aggressive diagnosis and treatment for young children with fever due to UTIs. Only two studies included in the review tied aggressive and early UTI identification to the prevention of renal problems later in life. The findings appear in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinic-based intervention shows potential in preventing child abuse
    A pediatric clinic-based intervention led by health care professionals resulted in fewer Child Protective Services reports and no adverse effects, according to an analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Home visitations by nurses and social workers lowered the incidence of child abuse and neglect, but outcomes were inconsistent, researchers said. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • AAP program helps reduce infant deaths, stillbirths
    The use of an AAP program called Helping Babies Breathe was associated with a decline in the number of newborn deaths and stillbirths in Tanzania, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. A second study in Southern India showed that the program yielded no change in neonatal mortality rates, but was linked to a drop in stillbirth rates. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCQA offers certification for PCMH consultants
    The National Committee for Quality Assurance has made available the Patient-Centered Medical Homes Content Expert Certification to give "advocates and coaches a way to stand out from their peers by demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the NCQA PCMH model," and provide practices with "a way to gauge the qualifications of the growing numbers of consultants," a news release stated. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • 18 states have mandated ABA coverage for autism
    Only 18 states specified coverage for an autism therapy called applied behavior analysis in their health insurance exchange plans, a review by Autism Speaks shows. In four additional states, ABA therapy wasn't included in the plans, but the proposals indicated they may intend to mandate such treatment. Disability Scoop (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Join the CDC-AAP chat on birth defects
    The AAP is pleased to partner with the CDC on a Twitter chat about birth defects tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Join the chat by using the hashtag #1in33chat, and follow the AAP Twitter feed @AmerAcadPeds. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travel grants available through the AAP SOHM
    The AAP Section on Hospital Medicine offers a wide range of travel grants for people who have a strong interest in pediatric hospital medicine. For more information, visit the Section website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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