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January 17, 2013
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  • Recommended childhood vaccine schedule is safe, IOM says
    A report released by the Institute of Medicine showed no evidence that following the federally recommended childhood immunization schedule can lead to chronic diseases or developmental disorders. "The message is that the schedule is safe by all existing data," said Dr. Pauline Thomas, an IOM adviser. CDC's guideline calls for 24 vaccinations by age 2 and allows children to get up to five vaccines in one office visit, but data indicate that up to 40% of parents follow alternative vaccine timetables for fear of adverse reactions. USA Today (1/16), Reuters (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy drinks are sending more young people to EDs
    The number of emergency department visits in the U.S. linked to energy drink consumption more than doubled from 2007 to 2011, from about 10,000 to nearly 21,000, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report found. Teens and young adults accounted for most of the energy drink-related ED visits, however visits from adults aged 40 and older increased from nearly 1,400 to about 5,200. In 2011, drugs or alcohol were a factor in 42% of the visits linked to energy drinks. HealthDay News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Only 2 states earn A's on tobacco control
    Alaska and North Dakota were the only states that received an A rating for their efforts to curb tobacco use, while more than 40 states got failing marks, the American Lung Association said. The group said that the government missed an opportunity to regulate and tax new tobacco products to prevent smoking among young people. In response to the report, the FDA said, “This Administration has initiated an unprecedented array of actions to reduce tobacco use and stop people from taking up smoking, particularly among youth." WebMD (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties family behaviors to weight control in children
    A study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology found children and their families who either followed the Positively Fit program or a brief family intervention program with a dietitian lost weight from pre-intervention to post-intervention and at one year. Family engagement is key to encouraging healthier eating and exercise behaviors in children, a researcher said. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Fewer PAs opt for primary care setting, study finds
    The number of physician assistants practicing in a primary care setting decreased from 50.8% in 1996 to 31% in 2010, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers said age, gender and race appear to play a role in a PA's decision to opt for primary care practice. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study assesses opinions on doctors' social media use
    A survey of medical board directors showed that 81% of respondents agreed that presentation by doctors of misleading data about clinical outcomes online warrants investigation, while 79% said use of patient images without consent is worthy of investigation. There was less agreement about investigation of scenarios such as showing use of alcohol without intoxication (40%) and use of derogatory speech toward patients (46%). The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlight the need for more education about social media use, researchers wrote. Modern Physician (free registration) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • AAP backs Obama's gun control policies, proposals
    In response to last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Barack Obama unveiled Wednesday his plan for curbing gun violence, including a ban on assault weapons and expansion of mental health services. These gun control regulations earned praises from leading medical groups, including the AAP. "The president's federal policy recommendations today represent the necessary national commitment to addressing gun violence prevention and mental health access in a comprehensive, meaningful way," AAP president Thomas K. McInerny, M.D., FAAP, said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Politics Now blog (1/16), The Washington Post (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For more: See the AAP news item in The Last Word section below. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACA is no guarantee children will get dental care
    The Affordable Care Act requires coverage of pediatric dental services under individual and small-group health insurance plans sold on exchanges or on the private market, but the requirement does not apply to large-group or grandfathered plans. Medicaid already covers pediatric dental care and more children are expected to be enrolled as a result of the ACA, but parents of many eligible children are unable to find a provider. Moreover, provisions in the law such as a ban on annual or lifetime dollar limits for coverage could lead to higher premiums, NADP executive director Evelyn Ireland points out. Kaiser Health News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP responds rapidly to President Obama's gun violence prevention efforts
    Yesterday, President Obama released his gun violence prevention recommendations in the wake of last month's shootings in Newtown, Conn. The AAP issued a press statement summarizing its response outlining the AAP priorities, including: banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines; improving access to mental health services; and immediately eliminating all federal restrictions on firearm safety research and surveillance. Additional information can be found by visiting the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP Periodic Survey celebrates 25 years
    The AAP Periodic Survey of Fellows is celebrating its 25th year of collecting information on topics of importance to children and pediatricians. More than 50 AAP groups have sponsored more than 100 topics in the 83 surveys conducted to date. Current surveys address pediatricians' uptake of electronic health systems and opinions on health care reform. Findings and practice characteristics of previous surveys can be found by visiting the AAP Department of Research Web page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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