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November 21, 2012
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

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  • CDC warns about secondhand smoke exposure at airports
    Levels of secondhand smoke at five U.S. airports that allow indoor smoking were five times higher near designated smoking areas than in smoke-free airports, CDC researchers reported on Tuesday. The agency said that even the slightest exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to a heart attack. "Airport smoking areas and the areas around them are not healthy -- for workers or travelers, particularly children," CDC's Brian King said. Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Stronger muscles for boys may help prevent early death
    Men who received high scores in strength tests during their teen years had a 20% to 35% lower risk of dying early from any cause or having a cardiovascular problem, a Swedish study found. These men were also less likely to commit suicide or be diagnosed with a mental health disorder than were those with lower muscular strength in their teens, researchers wrote in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Babies' birth weight may predict brain size later in life
    The brain sizes of teens who weighed around 9 pounds or more at birth were bigger compared with teens who had a lower birth weight, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. However, researchers found no evidence that linked birth weight with overall brain functioning. HealthDay News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental chronic pain may affect pain in children
    Teens were more likely to feel chronic nonspecific pain and chronic multisite pain if one or both of their parents suffered from chronic pain, a Norwegian study showed. The prevalence of pediatric pain also was lower in households with both parents present than in single parent households, researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. American News Report (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review: Sensory-integration therapy not effective for ASD
    Researchers say sensory-integration therapy shows no benefits for children with autism spectrum disorder. They reviewed 25 studies on the therapy and found most studies showed no evidence that the therapy reduced a child with ASD's sensitivity to stimuli. The analysis was published in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Disability Scoop (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Physicians weigh in on ethical dilemmas
    A Medscape survey sheds light on doctors' views on ethical issues including prescribing a placebo to patients who do not need but are determined to receive treatment: 34% of responding physicians said that practice is acceptable. Forty-eight percent disagreed and 18% said “it depends.” Researchers also found 32% of physicians said they would dismiss a nonadherent patient or one who overuses resources, while 33% said they would not. Modern Physician (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links EHR portal access to higher health care use
    Patients who used Web-based portals for EHR systems visited physician's offices more often and made more phone calls to providers than nonusers, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Increased after-hours clinic visits, emergency department utilization and hospitalizations were also associated with EHR portal use among patients, researchers said. They speculated that the portals might help uncover health issues or patients more likely to utilize health care were more inclined to sign up for the portal. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • HHS faces new challenges in running health insurance exchanges
    More states than expected are declining to set up health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS with a larger role than the Obama administration envisioned. HHS must ensure information technology systems work with aging state Medicaid systems, confirm health plans sold on exchanges meet all eligibility requirements, and set up appeals processes and call centers. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS to cover obesity counseling
    CMS will start reimbursing primary care doctors and other qualified practitioners for conducting face-to-face behavioral counseling with obese patients. Private insurers are expected to follow suit. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
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  • 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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