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January 18, 2013
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  • Pediatric cases of equine encephalitis on the rise in U.S.
    U.S. researchers reviewed two outbreaks of mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis that occurred since the mid-2000s, and found 15 pediatric cases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. CDC officials receive an average of about five to 10 cases per year nationwide, but Massachusetts recorded the highest incidence rate since 1956 with seven cases last year alone. The findings appear in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC, L.A. show improvements in childhood obesity rates
    A study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found childhood obesity rates in New York City and Los Angeles are already declining, with earlier interventions giving New York City an edge in the obesity battle. "These findings suggest that ongoing education, support and approaches that target specific cultural and socioeconomic groups can have positive effects in reducing childhood obesity," said Samantha Heller, clinical nutrition coordinator at Griffin Hospital's Center for Cancer Care in Derby, Conn. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Adenoidectomy can be delayed for childhood respiratory infections
    The cost of adenoidectomy was greater than the "watchful waiting" strategy, with an average of $1,995 per case compared with $1,216, according to a study in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Removing the adenoids of children with respiratory infections was not tied to better outcomes, making the waiting strategy a smart financial and medical decision, researchers said. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at factor VIII products for hemophilia A
    The odds of inhibitory antibody development were the same for children with hemophilia A who took plasma-derived factor VIII products and those in the recombinant group, a Dutch study found. Researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that inhibitor development risk was not linked with the von Willebrand factor content of these products or with switching between plasma-derived and recombinant. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black youths consume more sugar-laden fruit drinks
    Black children and teens are more than twice as likely as white ones to consume sugar-rich fruit drinks on a given day, researchers reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They say heavy consumption of sugary beverages has dropped among teens and young adults but has increased among 2- to 11-year-olds. Teen consumption of sports drinks has climbed as well, from 4% to 12%. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • 262 make Healthgrades' top hospitals list for 2013
    A group of 262 U.S. hospitals earned a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades this year based on outcomes criteria that often involve the use of health IT. The hospitals were graded based on their risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for 27 medical conditions and treatment procedures affecting Medicare patients. Healthcare IT News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Less than 2% of U.S. hospitals have complete EMR system
    Data from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society showed only 1.8% of hospitals in the U.S. reached stage 7 of its EMR Adoption Model as of the third quarter of last year, while some 7% reached stage 6 under the model. However, the number of hospitals achieving stage 5 or 6 grew by more than 80% in 2011, while those that reached stage 7 went up by 63%, researchers said. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • House panel reintroduces children's hospitals GME bill
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee reintroduced a bill this week that would reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program. The GME program funds the training of pediatric residents at independent children's hospitals. AHA News Now (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Novel influenza vaccine gets federal approval
    Protein Sciences has received FDA approval for its new flu vaccine, called Flublok, for patients aged 18 to 49. The vaccine, which is made using an insect virus expression system and genetic technology "offers the potential for faster start-up of the vaccine manufacturing process in the event of a pandemic, because it is not dependent on an egg supply or on availability of the influenza virus," according to an FDA official. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool and Tutorial
    Are you interested in providing oral health services in your practice, but don't know where to start? Visit the AAP Children's Oral Health website to view and download a tool to ease implementation of oral health services in pediatrics. For more information, e-mail oralhealth@aap.org.
  • CDC expert outlines updated MMR vaccine recommendations
    This AAP News article reviews the changes for the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine that focus on evidence of immunity to measles and mumps, vaccination of HIV-infected patients and use of immune globulin for measles post-exposure prophylaxis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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