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January 7, 2013
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  • Paternal mental health may influence child behavior at age 3
    Children born to fathers who were highly distressed, depressed or anxious at week 17 or 18 of gestation had a greater likelihood of displaying emotional and behavioral problems at age 3, Norwegian researchers found. The findings, based on almost 32,000 children living in Norway, appear in the journal Pediatrics. USA Today (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study results show fussy babies may be exposed to more TV
    Fussy and active babies at age 3 months were exposed to more TV on a daily basis by their mothers than babies not considered fussy or active, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tracked 217 black mothers and their babies, and found that maternal obesity and educational attainment also were linked to more TV viewing early in life. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Improving chemotherapy dosing
Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City is an international leader in the field of pediatric clinical pharmacology. Now, this expertise is having a direct impact on the delivery of pediatric cancer care. Read more.
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  • Flu activity on the rise, CDC reports
    The CDC issued an update noting an early and serious flu season, with the number of people seeking care for influenza-like conditions increasing from 2.8% to 5.6% in a four-week period. "Antiviral treatment, started as early as possible after becoming ill, is recommended for any patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who are hospitalized, seriously ill, or ill and at high risk of serious influenza-related complications, including young children, people 65 and older, people with certain underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women," the agency said. News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Outcomes for pediatric appendicitis vary with hospital type
    A study showed that the odds of developing a perforated appendix among children treated for appendicitis at community hospitals were 23% higher for Hispanic children and 34% higher for Asian children, compared with white children. Hispanic patients at children's hospitals were 18% more likely to have this complication than white children, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Babies can be left alone to cry themselves back to sleep, study says
    Temple University researchers monitored more than 1,200 babies until age 3 and found that most of them had nighttime sleep awakenings no more than once or twice a week at age 6 months and said parents don't need to rush to attend to every waking. They noted that breast-fed babies can find it harder to go back to sleep on their own than bottle-fed babies if they are accustomed to falling asleep while nursing. The study was published in the journal Developmental Psychology. International Business Times (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Educational debt may push pediatric residents toward primary care
    Graduating pediatric residents with at least $51,000 of educational debt were about 50% more likely to pursue primary care or hospitalist practice, rather than pursuing medical subspecialties, than residents with less or no debt, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Nearly three-quarters of respondents in the study had educational debt, and the average debt grew 34% between 2006 and 2010. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brief intervention effective for children with abdominal pain
    Participation in a short social learning and cognitive behavioral therapy program for children with persistent abdominal pain showed significant decreases in severity of symptoms and better pain-coping responses 12 months later, a study found. Researchers noted that parental solicitous responses to children's symptoms and maladaptive beliefs on pediatric pain were lower among parents in the therapy intervention than those who received education and support. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • January 2013 is Birth Defects Prevention Month
    The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is commemorating National Birth Defects Prevention Month during January. The theme for the campaign is that every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect and that birth defects are common, costly and critical. In collaboration with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network and with official support from the AAP, promotional and educational activities will occur throughout January. Materials are available on the NBDPN website in English and Spanish, including the latest research, data and statistics. Podcasts are available on the NCBDDD website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New meaningful use stage 2 resources
    Visit the AAP Child Health Informatics Center website for an overview of meaningful use stage 2 resources, details on implications for pediatricians, changes to Medicaid and a listing of 2014 clinical quality measures. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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