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December 5, 2012
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  • Study: Fighting among teens is less prevalent in 19 countries
    Canadian researchers surveyed almost half a million 11- to 15-year-olds in 30 countries and found that the number of children who reported fighting dropped in 19 countries between 2002 and 2010. They said that rates in the U.S. varied from about 12% to 10% but showed no significant decline. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Increasing survival rates seen for extremely premature babies
    The number of babies who survived after being born before 27 weeks of gestation increased in Europe from 1995 to 2006, but the prevalence of severe disabilities due to premature birth remained about the same, according to two studies in the British Medical Journal. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk of self-harm rises among teens whose parent dies of cancer
    Teens who lost a parent to cancer were more likely to injure themselves than those with two living parents, according to a Swedish study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. An increased sense of emotional distress and numbness might explain teens' tendency to intentionally hurt themselves following their parents' deaths, an expert said. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Heart association: Social media could help fight childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement that says social media may become an important tool for fighting childhood obesity, but it noted that evidence from intervention studies to date is inconclusive. Jennifer Li, chairwoman of the group that wrote the statement, said studies show parental involvement and more interaction with counselors and peers are linked to greater success for children who participated in online programs. Forbes (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey explores physicians' use of mobile devices, websites
    According to a comScore study evaluating physicians' Web and device use, EMRs saw the greatest number of visits per site and the longest duration of use compared with other websites for health care professionals. Researchers also found tablet computers are gaining prominence, with 44% of physicians using the devices and a majority saying they prefer using them over mobile phones. EHR Intelligence (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Cost of one-year SGR fix increases by $7 billion, CBO says
    The Congressional Budget Office said a one-year fix of Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula for 2013, to stop a 26.5% physician pay cut, will cost $25 billion -- $7 billion more than earlier estimated. American Medical Association President Dr. Jeremy Lazarus said a short-term approach to delay cuts is not the way to fix the flawed SGR formula, which needs to be eliminated. American Medical News (free content) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA advisers discuss pediatric cancer meds
    A panel of FDA advisers is meeting to discuss testing four drugs with potential to treat childhood cancers. Relatively few children are affected by cancer, making robust clinical trial design difficult. The FDA requires drugmakers to study their products in children if that population is prone to the target disease, and new legislation taking effect next month will require those studies even earlier. Bloomberg (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Social Media Guide for AAP members
    The AAP Council on Communications and Media, the AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology and the AAP Department of Communications have teamed up to create a new resource: the AAP Member Guide to Social Media. This interactive, Web-based document offers a look at the ways pediatricians can engage in social media, whether that means simply following the AAP “feeds” that interest them, sharing Facebook and Twitter posts, or perhaps blogging as individual pediatricians. The guide includes links to popular AAP platforms as well as tips and resources to help pediatricians contribute to the burgeoning but tricky world of online social conversation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Collaborative Mental Health Care PediaLink Course
    Primary care clinicians cite a lack of referral sources as a major barrier to expanding their role in mental health care. The online course addresses this barrier by answering the following question: I’ve identified a mental health or substance abuse concern that requires expertise or time I don’t have -- so now what do I do? LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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