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February 8, 2013
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  • Increase seen in birth defect rate for multiple births
    About 11 in every 10,000 multiple births across 14 European countries in 2007 had congenital defects, up from about 6 in every 10,000 multiple births in 1984, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers noted that the largest increase in birth defects among multiples was not due to chromosomal abnormalities. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bleeding stroke may raise risk of seizures, epilepsy in children
    U.S. researchers assessed 73 pediatric survivors of bleeding strokes and found that about 60% of the babies and 43% of the older children had seizures during the stroke or within a week following the stroke. The study, to be published in the journal JAMA Neurology, showed that 13% of the patients were diagnosed with epilepsy within two years. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bossy mothers may limit children's creativity, study shows
    Mothers who were highly directive during playtime were more likely to be resented by their children, University of Missouri researchers reported in the journal Parenting: Science and Practice. Correcting children in play may stifle their creativity, but being a warm and caring parent can cancel out some of the negative effects of being bossy, the study found. The Daily Mail (London) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Agencies unveil EHR format for children
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS have introduced a new electronic health record format for children. Authorized under the 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, the format features specific functionality and data elements for pediatric patients. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Magazine recognizes best pediatric hospitals across U.S.
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia topped Parents magazine's list of the best children's hospitals in the country. The 10 hospitals in the list were chosen based on details submitted by members of the Children's Hospital Association, treatment-success rates, experience levels of medical staff, and comments from medical advisers. The Huffington Post (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Bipartisan House bill would repeal Medicare SGR
    Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and identify new payment and delivery models based on specialty, practice type and region. The bill also increases payment updates for preventive care, primary care and coordinated care. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CBO scales back ACA health coverage estimates
    The Congressional Budget Office now predicts 27 million people will gain health insurance by 2017, compared with earlier CBO estimates of up to 34 million people. Additionally, up to 8 million people will lose the employer-sponsored health insurance they now have, compared with a previous estimate of 3 million. Fewer people than initially thought will be covered through Medicaid as some governors refuse to expand eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, but some people who lose their insurance will obtain a new policy via public exchanges, the CBO said. Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah bill to require autism insurance coverage
    A bill introduced by Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights, on Thursday would include autism spectrum disorder in Utah's insurance code. Under the provisions of the bill, health insurers would be required to cover up to $50,000 a year for an autistic child younger than age 9 and up to $25,000 for 9- to 18-year-olds with the condition. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Global Tobacco Control website
    The AAP Richmond Center recently re-launched its international tobacco control website with a fresh layout and new resources. The site includes information on past workshops with PowerPoint presentations available in both English and Spanish, key global publications, country-specific data for more than 40 countries and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Videos help parents safely use and store medicines
    Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, medical editor of, hosts a series of three videos that teach parents how to safely use and store medicine in their home: “Medication Safety,” “Giving Your Child Medicine” and “Treating Your Child's Cold or Flu.” These videos were made possible through a grant from Target Corp. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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