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March 8, 2013
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  • Food stamps don't help improve nutrition for children
    Whether or not they participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, most low-income children and teens failed to meet the national dietary recommendations for whole grains, fruits and vegetables, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Of those receiving SNAP benefits, researchers found that about 19% were overweight and 18% were obese, which is similar to the percentages of low-income children not receiving SNAP benefits. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC warns of deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    CDC data show that in the first half of 2012, 4% of U.S. hospitals and 18% of nursing homes had at least one case of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a family of deadly bacteria resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. The CDC urged facilities to stop the spread of the bacteria by enforcing infection-control policies, grouping CRE patients together, alerting hospitals when these patients are transferred and using antibiotics judiciously. USA Today (3/5), HealthDay News (3/5), The Washington Post (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Adult, pediatric admissions for congenital heart disease are examined
    Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of congenital heart disease cases from 1998 to 2010 showed that adult admission volume increased 87.8% compared with 32.8% for pediatric admissions over the second half of the study. The extent of medical comorbidity rose for both pediatric and adult patients, but was greater among adults, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More children engage in physical activity, report finds
    A report by the Partnership for a Healthier America revealed more than 1,700 U.S. cities promoted exercise in 2012 to help boost physical activity in nearly 3 million children. Researchers also noted a growing number of established or renovated grocery stores in "food deserts," providing more than half a million people with access to fresh and healthy produce. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physical activity may help lower cortisol levels in children
    U.S. researchers monitored the physical activity of 252 8-year-olds and found that those who were less active had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than active children. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, suggest that exercise can boost mental health through the regulation of the stress hormone response to stressors. RedOrbit (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Poll: Most providers recommend OTC drugs to patients
    Ninety-eight percent of health care professionals recommend over-the-counter drugs to their patients, while nearly 75% of primary care physicians do so before suggesting prescription medicines, a survey by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association showed. Researchers also found 84% of patients trust their provider's OTC recommendations. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School-based gardening program expands children's palate
    Children who attended kitchen gardening classes were twice as likely to sample new foods as those who didn't participate in the program, Australian researchers reported in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. While parents' feedback showed no evidence that the program boosted fruit and vegetable consumption at home, educators surveyed for the study said the children brought healthier snacks and bag lunches to school and were more adventurous in trying new foods. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New ACR Appropriateness Criteria guidelines
    The American College of Radiology has released the newest version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria. This latest release includes 24 updated and four new topics from various expert panels. There are now 186 topics with more than 900 variants. The ACR AC are evidence-based guidelines to assist referring physicians and other health care providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specified medical condition. They are developed by expert panels in diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and radiation oncology. The guidelines are available, free of charge, through the ACR website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diagnosing and managing patients’ asthma
    Know what you need to do to improve your asthma care in both the out and inpatient settings, and how to accomplish it by completing the updated AAP online EQIPP course, “Asthma: Diagnosing and Managing in Pediatrics.” The revised course with customized tracks for generalists and hospitalists provides tools, information and resources proven to significantly reduce asthma exacerbations and related hospitalizations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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