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January 16, 2013
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  • Regular screening IDs children at risk for hearing problems
    U.S. researchers periodically tested the hearing of almost 2,000 children during routine pediatric visits and found that 10% of them failed the first screening in at least one ear. Of the screened patients, five were diagnosed with permanent hearing loss, according to the study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. One researcher said more frequent screening can identify children with hearing problems and lead to earlier intervention. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sedentary activity time isn't linked to body-fat mass in children
    Sitting less than, more than or equal to an average of 6½ hours daily yielded about the same body-fat mass among 13-year-olds, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. However, researchers reported that boys and girls who spent more time doing moderate-to-vigorous activities had a lower body-fat percentage, indicating that a lack of exercise, rather than sedentary time, is linked to body-fat mass in children. Reuters (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Surgery doesn't improve outcomes for pediatric neuroblastoma
    The extent of tumor resection at first or best procedure did not significantly impact the overall, event-free and local progression-free survival of pediatric patients with stage IV neuroblastoma, a German study showed. The findings, based on 278 people diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 18 months or older, appear in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Autism symptoms may fade in time for some children, research shows
    An NIH-funded study found that 34 8- to 21-year-olds who were diagnosed with autism at an early age eventually grew out of their symptoms, functioning on par with those without the condition. Researchers said they were unable to determine the percentage of children with autism who may outgrow their symptoms, but that most do not. The findings were published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Disability Scoop (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Text messages may help teens adopt healthier habits
    A one-year trial found teens prefer healthy lifestyle text messages from nutrition professionals that recommend specific and attainable habits. The increased usage of smartphones may offer a new avenue to help teens pursue healthier lifestyles, a researcher said. The findings were published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • NCI plans to study efficiency of mHealth smoking cessation initiative
    The National Cancer Institute is asking the Office of Management and Budget to approve its request to perform a three-year research project on how its SmokefreeTXT mobile health program has helped teenagers and young adults to stop smoking. Smokers who join the cessation program receive motivational text messages for eight weeks. Participants then get follow-up texts from the NCI up to six months after the end of the program. Government Health IT online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data show physician assistant concentration by state
    Alaska had the nation's highest concentration of physician assistants in 2010 at 75 per 100,000 people, followed by South Dakota and the District of Columbia at 65 and 64 per 100,000 people, respectively, data from the Kaiser Family State Health Facts showed. Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi had the lowest PA concentrations. Mississippi had the least number of PAs with just four per 100,000 people. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • HHS publishes Affordable Care Act regulations
    HHS released a 474-page document on Monday with proposed regulations regarding Medicaid expansion, state health insurance exchanges and other pieces of the Affordable Care Act. The draft covers the development of systems for helping people find out whether they are eligible for Medicaid or tax credits for health insurance, and for dealing with denials of Medicaid claims. The administration is seeking feedback on the draft. BenefitsPro.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • New 18th Edition - Coding for Pediatrics, 2013
    Written by pediatric coders for pediatric coders, this AAP exclusive complements standard coding manuals with proven pediatric-specific documentation and billing solutions, new and revised CPT and ICD-9-CM codes, a newborn coding decision tool, pediatric coding examples, scenarios, and vignettes to illustrate correct coding strategies. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP national committee member vacancies
    Nominations are being solicited to fill 25 member vacancies on 15 AAP national committees for the 2013-2014 term. The deadline for receipt of all materials is Feb. 25. Visit the AAP website for more information, including nomination forms. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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