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December 4, 2012
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QI Collaborative to Explore Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Vermont Oxford Network’s 2013 quality improvement collaborative, Controversies in Caring for Infants Affected by Neonatal Abstinence, will assist teams of neonatal & obstetric professionals to improve the quality, safety & efficiency of care for substance-exposed newborns through a series of web sessions, self-audits & improvement tools. View the full curriculum at the Vermont Oxford Network website.
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Teens with mental problems often aren't on psychiatric drugs
    NIH researchers surveyed more than 10,000 U.S. teens between 2001 and 2004, and found that just 14.1% of those who met the criteria of a mental disorder had been prescribed a psychiatric drug in the preceding year. The study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder patients had the highest rates of psychiatric drug use. Reuters (12/3), WebMD (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exposure to dichlorophenols linked to food allergies in study
    Individuals with high urine concentrations of dichlorophenol, a chemical used in pesticides and to purify drinking water, were more likely to have a food sensitivity than those with lower levels of the chemicals, a study showed. The findings appeared in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. WebMD (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • CDC warns of early, severe flu season
    CDC officials announced Monday that the 2012-13 flu season has started nearly a month earlier than expected, with influenza A(H3N2) being this year's dominant strain, and they said this could be a bad year for flu. However, the influenza vaccine this year is a 90% match for the samples examined by the agency, officials said. "My advice is: Get the vaccine now," said infectious diseases specialist Dr. James Steinberg of Emory University. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (12/4), Family Practice News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • ACA to boost claims data managed, overseen by CMS
    CMS expects an increase in the Medicare and Medicaid data that it manages when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2015. By that year, data related to Medicare claims could nearly double and reach 700 terabytes, while Medicaid claims information could more than triple to 100 terabytes. The agency is focusing its efforts on using enterprise and shared services as well as developing the capabilities needed to gather, assess and leverage real-time data to address the challenge. Healthcare IT News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Pediatricians encouraged to review child’s vaccination status with parents prior to travel
    With the holiday travel season approaching, pediatricians should consider asking about international travel plans during children’s visits as part of a review of immunization status. Many countries are experiencing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Visit the CDC website for more information regarding international travel and recommended immunizations. 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 Corporation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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