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December 14, 2012
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  • Child abuse cases down for 5th consecutive year
    Reports of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. have dropped for the fifth year in a row, from 723,000 cases in 2007 to about 681,000 in 2011, according to a report released by the HHS' Administration for Children and Families. The number of maltreatment-related child deaths reached a five-year low of 1,570 last year, researchers said. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study examines accuracy of online influenza tool
    A Web-based tool called Strategy for Off-Site Rapid Triage for Kids showed a 93% to 100% sensitivity in detecting children at high risk for flu, but had an 11% to 13% specificity for low- or intermediate-risk children. Researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine that most parents and caregivers found the tool very easy to use and understand. Family Practice News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Generic drug benefits children with autism, small study finds
    Bumetanide, an FDA-approved diuretic drug, improved the symptoms of children diagnosed with autism, reducing their average autism scores from severe to mild or moderate, French researchers found. "Bumetanide is an interesting and promising medication," says Dr. Andrew Adesman of Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., who was not involved in the study. Although the medication is on the market and appears to be safe, he urged doctors and families to wait for more research before using it. The findings, based on 60 3- to 11-year-olds with autism, appear in the journal Translational Psychiatry. WebMD (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Psychological therapies effective for young PTSD patients
    Researchers reviewed 14 studies involving 758 3- to 18-year-olds diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and found that psychological treatments yielded better outcomes, such as lower levels of anxiety and depression. The findings appear in The Cochrane Library. PsychCentral.com (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research and treatment advances in neonatology
What breakthrough enables physicians to rapidly diagnose critically ill infants that have genetic disorders? How are we improving surgical procedures for premature babies with intestinal problems? Get these answers and more in the neonatology SmartBrief sponsored by Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City.
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  • UCLA researchers unveil allergen-testing app
    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have designed a device, dubbed iTube, that enables users to detect the concentration of ingredients in food products that can cause allergic reactions. The device uses a phone's camera and a smartphone application to look for citations of allergens such as eggs, peanuts and gluten. MedicalDaily.com (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement-Summary of an Expert Workgroup Meeting
    This document, created by a workgroup that included the AAP, provides guidance for health professionals on oral health care for pregnant women. The expert workgroup meeting was convened by the Health Resources and Services Administration in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association. Visit the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center to download this document. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New - Spanish Red Book now available on Red Book Online
    Red Book Online now includes the full text of the new Spanish 2012 Red Book. See the special preview Spanish edition PDFs on Red Book Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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