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July 16, 2012
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  • Bed-sharing is linked to higher rates of oxygen desaturation in babies
    New Zealand researchers monitored the oxygen levels of 80 babies while sleeping and found that bed-sharing babies had more desaturation and rebreathing events compared with babies who slept alone in a crib. However, the babies in the study seemed to increase their breathing to maintain oxygen levels within the normal range, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. The AAP recommends room-sharing with infants, but not bed-sharing. The Huffington Post (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Team sports, active commuting to school may curb teenage obesity
    A study in Pediatrics found that teens who participated in at least two sports teams annually were 22% less likely to be overweight or obese and teens who walked or biked to school four or five times a week were 33% less likely to be overweight or obese than those who didn't. The findings were based on more than 1,700 teens from New Hampshire and Vermont. Reuters (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BPA exposure in dental fillings tied to behavioral problems in children
    Children who had several dental fillings that were made using bisphenol A and had the fillings for a long period of time had worse behavioral scores than children without fillings made from BPA or those who had one for only a short time, a study in Pediatrics found. Researchers also noted that behavioral problems were more common among those with BPA-made fillings on chewing surfaces. Reuters (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Trial finds adalimumab safe for children with Crohn's disease
    About one-third of 188 children diagnosed with treatment-resistant moderate to severe Crohn's disease showed positive outcomes following induction and maintenance therapy with adalimumab, a trial reported in the journal Gastroenterology found. Although not statistically significant, researchers noted that more patients in the high-dose group were in clinical remission and response compared to the low-dose group. Family Practice News (7/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Improve EHRs for pediatric care, institute advises
    Pediatric care providers are not adopting EHRs as quickly as providers of adult care, possibly due to the greater complexity of treating children, according to a report released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The report recommends five ways the institute says EHRs can be improved for pediatric are, including enabling the customization of forms, charts and reports. (7/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS will launch guidelines on Direct's use for communicating lab info
    The CMS will release official guidance related to the use of the Direct electronic messaging standard in communicating laboratory information, the ONC announced. The ONC also said a work group it appointed has published its findings about using Direct for reporting clinical lab results and has determined any electronic reporting approach should offer confidential, reliable and accurate delivery of results to satisfy the requirements set by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (7/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Governors question specifics of Medicaid expansion
    Some governors plan to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, but even governors in states that plan to implement the law have questions about it. Governors are unsure whether states will be allowed to restrict eligibility later, whether they will be eligible for federal expansion funds later if they opt out now and whether they may participate in some but not all of the requirements. The Washington Post (7/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Entries being accepted for the 2012 AAP Art Contest
    The deadline for the 2012 AAP Children’s Art Contest has been extended to August 13. The theme is "A Healthy Start to Your Day." In the U.S., the contest is open to boys and girls in three groups, grades 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12. Group winners and their parents/guardians will be invited to a presentation ceremony at the 2012 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 20.
    Entries also are welcome from children from other countries. For the single international award, the contest is open to children ages 13 to 18.
    Rules, official entry forms and consent forms must accompany all entries and are available online at the AAP website. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 13. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP 2012-2013 Media Visiting Professorship
    The AAP Council on Communications and Media is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Media Visiting Professorship. Hospitals and institutions are invited to apply to host a pediatric media expert who spends 1-2 days conducting lectures, seminars or rounds. COCM will provide the expert and pay honorarium, travel, lodging and meal expenses. Information and an online application can be found by visiting the COCM website. Applications are due by Aug. 24. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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