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February 4, 2013
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  • Scarlet fever may not have caused Mary Ingalls' blindness
    In Laura Ingalls Wilder's semi-autobiographical "Little House" book series, the older sister Mary lost her sight at age 14 because of scarlet fever, but researchers found that viral meningoencephalitis more likely explains her blindness and symptoms. Lead author Sarah Allexan wrote in the journal Pediatrics that few cases of permanent blindness have been linked to scarlet fever. USA Today (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Study IDs factors in evaluating children with abdominal injuries
    Children being evaluated for abdominal injuries who showed no signs of trauma on the abdomen or chest, neurological changes, abdominal pain or tenderness, abnormal breathing, or vomiting require abdominal CT scans in just 0.1% of cases, a study found. Researchers assessed more than 12,000 pediatric patients with abdominal trauma and found that CT scans offered little useful information about a patient's condition in most cases. The findings appear in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study cites health issues for teens linked to energy drinks
    Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster Energy Assault and Rockstar contain about 160 milligrams of caffeine in a 16-ounce can and can pose health risks to teens, including rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and obesity, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics in Review. Daily intake of more than 100 mg of caffeine is considered unhealthy for teens, lead author Dr. Kwabena Blankson said. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School bullying linked to popularity in middle school
    U.S. researchers surveyed almost 1,900 middle-school students in Los Angeles and found that those who were considered the coolest were frequently reported as being the most aggressive, and vice versa. Since bullying appears to raise popularity in school, antibullying initiatives should be subtle and sophisticated to be effective, lead author Jaana Juvonen said. The findings appear in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Mostashari: Care coordination, value fuel info exchange growth
    Most groups that already are exchanging health data cite business value for patients and doctors as the key driver for health information exchange. On the whole, HIEs are "trending toward care coordination, trending to the arc of payment, trending toward value, not volume," National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said during a joint Health IT Policy and Standards Committees hearing. Government Health IT online (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS on Friday released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USDA proposes stricter rules for school snacks
    The number of calories in snacks sold to students at vending machines or outside the school lunch line should not exceed 200, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a proposal on Friday. Under the proposed rules, schools also are encouraged to sell water, low-fat and fat-free milk, and 100% juice drinks. Setting higher standards for school snacks will mean "the healthy choice is the easy choice for our kids," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Revised AAP refusal to vaccinate form
    The AAP form, "Documenting Parental Refusal to Have Their Children Vaccinated," was developed by the Section on Infectious Diseases Executive Committee as a resource for pediatricians when talking with parents who are hesitant or refuse to have their children fully vaccinated. The updated form, as well as other practice resources that address common reasons for parental hesitancy or refusal to vaccinate, can be accessed on the AAP Immunization and the SOID websites. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care
    Tell your families about a free, online course that educates child care providers about safe-sleep environments. It’s available in English and Spanish. AAP members can also take the course, which qualifies for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). (Grant funding limits free access to child care providers only.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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