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November 30, 2012
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  • Teenage obesity tied to greater risk of end-stage renal disease
    The risk of developing end-stage renal disease in adulthood increased threefold and sevenfold among overweight and obese teens, respectively, Israeli researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. They noted that being overweight or obese during the teen years was linked to higher odds of both diabetic and nondiabetic ESRD. Renal and Urology News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Weight doesn't affect vascular function by age 10
    Children who were overweight or obese at age 10 were more likely to have higher mean heart rates and systolic blood pressure than normal-weight peers, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers said that excess weight and obesity during childhood were also linked to wider brachial artery diameter, less arterial stiffness and greater endothelial function. Healio/Cardiology Today (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Americans fall short of USDA's nutritional recommendations
    Children and elderly people appeared to have healthier diets compared with younger and middle-aged adults, while Hispanics were more likely than blacks and whites to eat healthy food items, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. However, none of the groups came close to a perfect score of 100 based on the Department of Agriculture's recommended food intake, researchers said. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pitch of babies' cries may predict risk of autism
    U.S. researchers assessed samples of babies' cries at age 6 months and found that the three babies with the highest-pitched cries were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 3. The cries of at-risk babies were described in the study as being rougher and having less clear quality than babies not considered at risk for autism. The study was published in the journal Autism Research. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Behavior problems affect school performance in depressed teens
    A study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior revealed that behavior problems including attention disorders, delinquent behavior or substance abuse were significantly associated with a lower grade point average among teens. Both delinquency and substance abuse were linked to lower grades among depressed teens, while depression was not, researchers said. HealthDay News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Step2's X-Rider Car recalled over injury risk
    About 15,500 of Step2's X-Rider Car have been recalled because children have fallen over its handlebars, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced. One of the four injury reports involved a child obtaining a minor concussion as well as cuts to the lips and gums. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Review examines medical home model outcomes
    An analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that using a patient-centered medical home practice model had a small positive impact on patient experiences, small to moderate positive effects on preventive care services, and small to moderate improvements in staff experience. However, it is still unclear how the model affects clinical results and costs, researchers said. Modern Physician (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leapfrog issues patient safety grades for U.S. hospitals
    The Leapfrog Group issued an updated Hospital Safety Score report this week, giving "F" grades to 25 hospitals and "D" marks to another 121 facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic. The data show 790 of 2,618 hospitals got an "A" grade and 23% got a higher rating than in the June report. Leapfrog's scoring methodology has been criticized by some hospitals. HealthLeaders Media (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP chapter pediatric councils share resources to address payer issues
    To assist AAP chapters and members in discussions with payers, presentations and talking points are being collected and are now available through the AAP website. These resources offer a framework for consistent messaging to payers on pediatric issues. Talking points and presentations by chapter pediatric councils are currently available on obesity, mental health, immunizations and vaccines, and preventive care. Additional topics will be added as they are provided by other chapter pediatric councils. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join the AAP Provisional Section on Tobacco Control
    Join PSOTCo to network with pediatricians on all aspects of tobacco prevention and control. The Section will provide information about effective clinical interventions for tobacco prevention and dependence, respond to the latest tobacco regulations, and advocate for public policies that reduce tobacco dependence and exposure to tobacco smoke. Membership is free for all AAP members in good standing. To learn more and join, visit the PSOTCo Web page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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