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March 6, 2013
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  • Report finds no ideal diagnostic protocol after first febrile UTI
    Researchers assessed five diagnostic algorithms and a protocol where all tests were performed in children after the first febrile urinary tract infection, and found no ideal procedure in terms of specificity/sensitivity, cost and radiation dose. They noted that all five approaches failed to detect a variable proportion of reflux and scars. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Family Practice News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food allergies may be affected by early antibiotics, study says
    The risk of food allergy was greatest among children who were exposed to more antibiotics during the first year of life, a case-control study showed. Receiving one or two antibiotic courses did not substantially raise children's food allergy risk, researchers reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. Family Practice News (3/4)
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  • Poll: Americans back government efforts to boost health
    About 80% of Americans support government initiatives that aim to reduce childhood obesity, while 84% say the government should help diabetes patients better manage their condition, a survey in Health Affairs indicates. The survey also found that 84% said the government should make it easier to afford fruits and vegetables, 89% said children should get more lessons on the health risks of obesity, and 88% said schools should provide least 45 minutes of physical education daily for children. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 22 patient safety measures backed by AHRQ
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published in a supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine 10 strategies for improving patient safety that should be adopted immediately and an additional 12 strategies that are encouraged. Among those strongly encouraged for immediate use are preoperative and anesthesia checklists, hand hygiene, and interventions for reducing urinary catheter use. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report IDs 6 primary areas of focus for ACO metrics
    A report by MedeAnalytics revealed accountable care organization metrics fall into six major categories including pediatric, ambulatory and acute care. Researchers also found commercial ACOs were more likely to focus on ambulatory processes and cost reduction, while Medicare ACOs were more focused on quality outcomes. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Commission calls for ending FFS, adopting blended payments
    A report by the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform called for ending fee-for-service payments and implementing blended payments based on new delivery systems. The report also called for considering a change in evaluation and management diagnostic codes and using quality metrics in fee-for-service contracts. Family Practice News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AAP launches 9th annual children’s art contest
    Children in grades 3 through 12 are invited to submit original artwork on the theme, “A World Free from Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke” as part of the annual AAP children’s art contest.
    In the U.S., the contest is open to boys and girls in three groups, grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Group winners and their parents/guardians will be invited to a presentation ceremony before several thousand pediatricians at the AAP NCE in Orlando on Sunday, Oct. 27. Each first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses. The three second-place winners will each receive $250. The six winners’ schools will be awarded matching cash amounts. Some artwork will be featured on the AAP website and in promotional materials.
    Entries are also welcome from children outside the USA. For the single international award, the contest is open to children ages 13-18. The winner will receive a USD 500 cash prize with a matching amount for the school or home school.
    Pediatricians are asked to promote the contest in their practices. Entry and consent forms are available through the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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