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January 8, 2013
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  • Influenza burden remains high among U.S. children, study shows
    Despite the expansion of influenza vaccine recommendations to include all children aged 6 months or older, fewer than 45% of children without influenza received complete vaccination, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Young babies had the highest hospitalization rate for a single influenza season of children under age 5, researchers said. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More evidence is needed to support BP screening in children
    Studies have linked elevated blood pressure to cardiovascular problems in adults, but less is known about the long-term effects of high blood pressure in children, and few studies have examined the pros and cons of screening children for high blood pressure, a review showed. Research must address the reliability of blood pressure tests in children, whether treatment is safe and effective, and whether screening reduces heart and mortality risks, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Report finds continued decline of cancer deaths in U.S.
    Cancer mortality rates among men, women and children up to age 14 dropped every year from 2000 to 2009, continuing the downward trend that started in the 1990s, a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed. New cancer diagnoses dropped in men and remained unchanged in women, but pediatric cancer diagnoses rose by 0.6% during the study period. WebMD (1/7), HealthDay News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HPV vaccination still low among U.S. teen girls
    Only about 32% of 13- to 17-year-olds received three doses of the HPV vaccine in 2010, with coverage substantially lower among the uninsured and in some Southern states, researchers from the American Cancer Society found. They also noted an increase in the incidence rates of two HPV-related cancers, oropharynx and anus. The findings appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reminders from health departments raise vaccination rates
    Timely reminders about the vaccinations of preschool children are more efficient in boosting immunization rates when provided by local and state health departments than primary care practices, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers said the findings indicate that practices and public health departments should work together to recall children who need vaccinations. Healthcare Informatics online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Some youths still don't meet daily physical activity goals
    U.S. researchers looked at 1,218 6- to 11-year-olds included in the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that only 38.3% met both daily physical-activity and screen-time recommendations. More than 70% of respondents got the recommended 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily, while 53.5% had screen time of two or fewer hours per day, according to the study in JAMA Pediatrics. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • IOM plans to probe rising concussion cases among young athletes
    The Institute of Medicine announced on Monday its intention to investigate the increasing number of young athletes suffering from sports-related concussions. The report will involve military officials and their dependents and is expected to be published later this year. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • CMS postpones HIPAA operating rules deadline
    Enforcement of HIPAA operating rules for transactions has been moved to April, according to a CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services statement. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to the agency. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. doctor wants soda subsidy ended to fund wellness program
    Wellness programs in Nebraska schools have reduced the number of obese children, so Dr. Bob Rauner, chairman of the Nebraska Medical Association Public Health Committee, wants to end the state's sales tax exemption on soda to raise $11 million to pay for a statewide obesity program. Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery said he will introduce a bill to do that because tax exemptions for soda are indefensible as they have no nutritional value and do not belong in the same category as food. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP president to be interviewed on children's mental health
    AAP President Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, will be a featured guest on the Healthy Children radio show from 1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 9, to talk about mental health and depression in children. This parent-oriented talk show on the Internet radio station RadioMD features weekly guests from the AAP on a variety of children's health topics, and makes a perfect resource to feature on practice websites and in social media. Listen live. Parents who want to pose questions on mental health for Dr. McInerny can call the show at 877-711-5611 or e-mail host Melanie Cole at A downloadable podcast will be posted on and at RadioMD following the show. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New and improved: Global Tobacco Control website
    The AAP Richmond Center has re-launched its international tobacco control website with a fresh layout and new resources. The site includes information on past workshops with PowerPoint presentations available in both English and Spanish, key global publications, country-specific data for more than 40 countries and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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