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December 27, 2012
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  • CDC: Obesity rates drop slightly in preschool-age children
    The percentage of obese, low-income preschoolers declined from more than 15% in 2003 to less than 15% in 2010, CDC researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The rate of extreme obesity went from 2.2% in 2003 to about 2.1% in 2010. Progress in reducing childhood-obesity rates may be related to greater breast-feeding rates and increasing awareness of the importance of exercise, researchers said. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ONC works to boost health information exchange
    The ONC is working to accelerate health information exchange with a variety of initiatives, including a funding opportunity meant to establish a cooperative agreement with groups that already oversee HIE efforts. The idea is to promote solutions to HIE barriers and include them in national policy. Government Health IT online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadline approaches to report EHR meaningful use
    The deadline for Medicare EHR meaningful use reporting and attestation this year is Dec. 31. The CMS website describes the process for reporting and attesting to EHR meaningful use and lists state attestation deadlines for doctors and other eligible professionals participating in the Medicaid MU program. AHA News Now (12/19) , (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Prosthetist promotes sports by example
    Prosthetist Melissa Stockwell, the first female soldier to lose a limb in Iraq, is a hard-driving athlete who works to empower other amputees to become physically active through such organizations as Blade Runners, the Wounded Warrior Project and Dare2Tri, a triathlon training group she co-founded for people with disabilities. "I've done more with one leg than I ever could have with two," she said. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amputee war vet will climb Mt. Washington
    Amputee Keith Zeier will use a custom-made prosthesis to climb New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington in January. The trek is intended to raise money and awareness for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which aids families of soldiers injured or killed in combat. Zeier lost his leg from injuries he received as an elite Marine in Iraq. New York Post (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Breaking news from AOPA
    AOPA wishes you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. Get updates on AOPA office hours. Have you checked on your AOPA membership? Get the best deals by starting your year off with AOPAversity. All of this in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AOPA in Advance SmartBrief will not publish on Tuesday, Jan. 1
    In observance of New Year's Day, AOPA in Advance SmartBrief will not publish on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 3. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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