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January 11, 2013
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

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  • Drug manufacturers see shortage of flu treatment, vaccine in the U.S.
    Roche Holding announced Wednesday a shortage of liquid Tamiflu for children, while Sanofi said Thursday that four of its six Fluzone flu vaccine formulations were sold out. "We are hearing of spot shortages. Given the time in our flu season, it isn't surprising," CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said. Reuters (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nonmedical use of Rx pain relievers varies between states
    An estimated 4.6% of people nationwide aged 12 and older engaged in nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers between 2010 and 2011, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Oregon recorded the highest rate of nonmedical use of pain medications, while Iowa had the lowest rate, researchers said. News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Flu outbreak prompts Boston to declare public emergency
    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Wednesday declared a public health emergency. The city has recorded 10 times the number of cases so far this year as in the entire previous flu season. Officials will provide residents free vaccinations on Saturday. "This is the worst flu season we've seen since 2009 and people should take the threat of flu seriously," Menino said. (1/9), Reuters (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High prenatal pollen exposure may raise childhood asthma risk
    Exposure to high pollen levels during the last 12 weeks of pregnancy was linked to a substantially greater risk of hospitalization for childhood asthma in the first year of life, a Swedish study found. The findings appeared in the journal Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. HealthDay News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WBC counts can predict pertussis severity in babies
    Health records of 31 babies with pertussis in pediatric intensive care units in California between 2009 and 2011 revealed greater white blood cell counts and at least a 50% increase in white blood cells among nearly all of those with more severe pertussis. Aside from having elevated maximum heart and breathing rates, babies with more serious pertussis were more at risk for seizures, shock and kidney failure, researchers found. The findings appear in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. HealthDay News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Most teens in N.C. are in favor of smoking bans
    Researchers surveyed more than 7,000 middle- and high-school students in North Carolina in 2009 and found that most of them supported smoking restrictions in homes, indoor workplaces and inside cars. The findings, published in the CDC's journal Preventing Chronic Disease, suggest that students are aware of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on their health, one researcher said. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Survey finds greater demand for advanced practice clinicians
    A survey by Sullivan, Cotter and Associates and the American Medical Group Association revealed 63% of responding medical groups saw a 17% increase in employment of advanced practice clinicians in the past year, while 53% said they plan to grow APC employment by 15% in the coming year. Physician shortages and workforce realignment contributed to the increased demand, a researcher said. Drug Store News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GAO: Payers track performance, pay incentives at group level
    A Government Accountability Office report that looked at the practices of nine private payers showed they measure performance and provide incentives at the physician group level rather than by individual doctors. Payments also were based on nationally endorsed performance metrics and fixed performance targets. The GAO said the CMS could benefit from using some of the protocols in its performance-based reimbursements. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • New ACOs joining Medicare Shared Savings initiative
    CMS confirmed the participation of 106 newly formed accountable care organizations in the agency's Medicare Shared Savings program. The formation of the groups has expanded the number of ACOs to more than 250. Fifteen of the 106 groups are part of the Advanced Payment Model program and will receive funds from Medicare to boost their information platforms and staff. Health Data Management (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Interested in advocating for children?
    The AAP 2013 Legislative Conference takes place April 28 to 30 in Washington, D.C. The conference educates experienced and novice child health advocates about AAP federal policy priorities through interactive skills-building workshops and in-depth training sessions. At the end of the conference, attendees will visit with members of Congress and/or staff on Capitol Hill to put their new skills to immediate use.
    Visit the AAP website to learn more about the conference or register online through PediaLink. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for nominations - 2013 Section on Infectious Diseases Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education
    This award is given annually to an AAP member who has made outstanding contributions to education in infectious diseases. The candidate's contribution should indicate a substantial long-term dedication to the highest ideals of education. Preference will be made for those who have focused on education of practitioners.
    To nominate an individual, or yourself, submit the name and address of the nominee and a nomination letter along with a current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae by March 15, to Suzanne Kirkwood at Visit the AAP Section on Infectious Diseases website for additional information about this award and the Section. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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