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January 21, 2013
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  • CDC reports "worse-than-average" flu season
    CDC officials reported Friday that 48 states are now experiencing widespread flu activity, and public health officials have documented 29 pediatric deaths as well as sharp increases in hospitalization among seniors. Rates of infection are dropping in some parts of the country, but levels are rising in the West, where the season began later. "We are in the middle of flu season, about halfway through, and it's shaping up to be a worse-than-average season and a bad season, particularly, for the elderly," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. HealthDay News (1/18), CNN (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iron supplements may not improve outcomes for premature babies
    Premature babies administered iron supplements did not fare any better in terms of death rates, transfusions or red blood cell density than babies who did not receive the supplements, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. "If future trials are undertaken, a larger sample size or longer duration of treatment is recommended," according to the researchers. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gun law tied to more pediatric firearm assault injuries
    States that implemented stand-your-ground laws reported substantially greater rates of pediatric firearm assault injuries, possibly indicating inadvertent effects of the law, a study showed. However, researchers found that child-access protection laws were not significantly linked to changes in either accidental injury or suicide. The study was presented at the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma meeting. News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Military deployment may put children at risk for drug abuse
    Researchers looked at 14,000 youths in grades 5 through 11 included in the 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey and found that those with deployed parents or siblings had a 14% higher risk of drug abuse than their peers. Military deployment of parents or siblings was associated with an increased likelihood of both recent and lifetime drug use, but it wasn't linked to smoking. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Health. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • More playgrounds in Chicago are deemed safe for children
    Playgrounds across Chicago showed a slight improvement in terms of quality and safety in 2011, averaging a safety score of 67%, up from 61% in 2010, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Poorer areas and neighborhoods with more children had fewer playgrounds and a greater percentage of playgrounds with low safety scores, researchers said. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • HHS grants $1.5 billion for insurance exchanges
    HHS announced on Thursday the 11 states that will receive exchange establishment grants from the federal government totaling $1.5 billion. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have all been given multi-year Level Two grants, an indication officials believe those states have made significant progress. One-year Level One grants have been granted to Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Vermont. Level One funds are designed for early work on exchanges. National Underwriter Life & Health (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PediaLink: Collaborative Mental Health Care
    Participants of this CME course will learn how pediatricians can prepare their practices to provide effective mental health care by developing an understanding about managing psychiatric emergencies, building collaborative relationships with key mental health and substance abuse specialists who provide evidence-based services, and anticipating the clinical circumstances that may require mental health or substance abuse specialist involvement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CATCH call for grant applications
    Grants of up to $12,000 for pediatricians and $3,000 for pediatric residents are available from the Community Access to Child Health Program. Applicants should have innovative initiatives that will ensure all children, especially underserved children, have medical homes and access to health services not otherwise available in their communities. Applications will be accepted for Implementation Grants, Planning Grants and Resident Grants until Jan. 31. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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