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February 1, 2013
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  • Premature birth rate in U.S. continues to drop
    The rate of premature births declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in the past 10 years, according to a report released by the March of Dimes. Overall, the country was given a "C" rating on premature birth rates, and four states received an "A" for achieving the 9.6% preterm birth rate goal. News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WHO sets sodium targets for children
    The World Health Organization has released its first-ever guidelines on dietary sodium intake for children 2 years and older. The recommendations are dependent on the child's size, age and energy requirements. For adults, daily intake of sodium was reduced to less than 2,000 milligrams and daily intake of potassium was revised to at least 3,510 mg. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Novartis recalls cold, cough syrups over defective caps
    Novartis Consumer Health removed from the market 2.3 million bottles of Triaminic and Theraflu medicine syrups due to faulty child-resistant caps, the U.S. Consumer Product Safely Commission said. Of the 12 reported children who managed to open the caps, four accidentally ingested the medication, including one who needed medical attention. ABC News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Swine flu vaccine linked to narcolepsy risk in U.K. study
    GlaxoSmithKline's H1N1 swine flu vaccine was associated with a nearly tenfold increased risk of narcolepsy in children admitted at sleep centers across the U.K., a study found. The findings were consistent with those from Swedish, Finnish and Irish studies that showed that the risk of developing the sleeping disorder was seven to 13 times greater in children who received the vaccine given during the 2009-10 pandemic than their unvaccinated peers. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Higher pay, better training may stem physician shortage
    Increasing the average income of primary care physicians may help stem the doctor shortage, according to a report by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Better physician involvement in medical training, supporting student primary care interest groups and requiring medical students to join rural or underserved areas were also among the AAFP's suggestions to address the increasing demand for physicians. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Administration outlines exemptions to ACA's individual mandate
    HHS on Wednesday issued regulations that exempt people who can't purchase insurance for less than 9% of their yearly pay from the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Certain people in states that forgo Medicaid expansion will be exempt as well, HHS said. Proposals from HHS and the Internal Revenue Service "include rules that will ease implementation and help to ensure that the payment applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage," according to CMS. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (1/30), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Pediatricians' newest challenge: Food and beverage marketing in the digital era
    The AAP Provisional Section on Obesity and Council on Communications and Media are hosting a free webinar on Friday, Feb. 8 from noon - 1:00 p.m. CT. Join us as Joy Spencer from the Center for Digital Democracy and Don Shifrin, MD, FAAP, discuss how food and beverage marketers are using cutting edge digital techniques to target children and adolescents for products linked to the youth obesity crisis, strategies for counseling at the point of care, and various advocacy opportunities. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly
    March 12 to 14
    Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Fla.
    Co-sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the AAP, this course will help participants enhance pediatric emergency medicine skills while providing an opportunity to advance dual-boarded training to the next level. For more information, visit the ACEP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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