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November 26, 2012
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  • AAP updates policy on emergency contraception
    Pediatricians should talk to teenage girls and boys about the use of emergency contraceptives such as Plan B and Next Choice when discussing safe sex, the AAP said in a policy statement released on Monday. Doctors are encouraged to offer such contraceptives to teens for immediate use if needed and write prescriptions for future use, but should emphasize to patients that these products should not be used regularly for pregnancy prevention. CNN/The Chart blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More children are getting hurt playing in inflatable bouncers
    The rate of bouncer house-related injuries involving children increased fifteenfold from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 in 2010, according to a U.S. study in the journal Pediatrics. Of these injuries -- which were reported in emergency departments -- about a third involved children ages 5 and younger, half were between ages 6 and 12, and the rest were 13- to 17-year-olds. Reuters (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research to reduce infant pulmonary disorders
Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City is participating in an NIH-sponsored trial to study the effects of combined exogenous surfactant and inhaled nitric oxide compared to inhaled nitric oxide alone in very preterm infants. Read more.
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  • CDC projects significant diabetes burden among youths
    CDC researchers project a considerable diabetes burden among U.S. youths in 2050, with the prevalence of type 1 diabetes reaching 203,382 if the incidence remains the same over time and 587,488 if it increases. For type 2 diabetes, the prevalence would reach 30,111 under the first scenario and 84,131 under the second. Researchers reported the data in Diabetes Care. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Staying on ADHD medication may lower risk of criminal behavior
    Swedish researchers tracked more than 25,000 individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and found continued use of ADHD medications lowered the risk of criminal behavior by 32% in men and 42% in women. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adenotonsillectomy may ease sleep problems in Prader-Willi syndrome
    Almost 90% of children with Prader-Willi syndrome who suffered from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea slept better after adenotonsillectomy, according to a small study in the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. However, researchers found that the procedure only aided 50% of patients with severe forms of sleep apnea. Healio/Endocrine Today (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Sleep positioners aren't safe for babies
    Sleep positioners, or sleep wedges, often marketed for their effectiveness in preventing sudden infant death syndrome, have been linked to at least 13 infant deaths since 1997, a CDC report found. Most of these babies were aged 3 months or younger and died due to suffocation after rolling onto their stomachs from a side-facing position. In 2010, both the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission warned against the use of sleep positioners. WebMD (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS selects 3 groups to participate in data sharing initiative
    CMS has selected the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium, the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati and the Oregon Health Care Quality Corp. to be the first groups to participate in the agency's Medicare data sharing initiative. The data exchange program offers HHS-certified organizations Medicare claims information, which can be used to assess the performance of providers. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC envisions 1,000 rural hospitals achieving MU in 2 years
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT aims to have 1,000 rural hospitals demonstrating meaningful use of health IT by the close of 2014. To encourage sharing of best practices and accelerate HIT adoption, the agency has set up the Rural Community of Practice to oversee pilot programs, with subcommittees to track the key issues faced by rural hospitals. Healthcare Informatics online (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS expands Rx coverage in rules for exchanges
    The HHS on Tuesday issued rules for health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act that expand requirements for prescription-drug coverage from a previous proposal. Plans must cover the same number of prescription medicines as the benchmark plan in their states, said CEO Dan Mendelson of analysis firm Avalere Health. "This makes the exchange offerings more consistent with what employers offer," Mendelson said. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (11/20), The Wall Street Journal (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Webinar - Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs): What We Know and How Pediatric Health Care Professionals Can Help Patients and Families
    Held in collaboration with the CDC, the webinar provides pediatric health care professionals with the latest information on autism prevalence, discusses identification and management of children with ASDs within a practice, and highlights resources available to help children with ASDs and their families. The video file, slide presentation, and Q&A are posted on the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP "Down Syndrome" Clinical Report - Now available in Spanish
    The AAP's "Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome" clinical report is now available in Spanish. These guidelines are designed to assist the pediatrician in caring for the child in whom a diagnosis of Down syndrome has been confirmed by chromosome analysis. This report offers new recommendations for monitoring hearing, growth, the airway, feeding, and atlantoaxial instability, as well as guidance for counseling the pregnant woman who has been given the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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