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January 3, 2013
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  • Swedish study supports safety of prenatal use of SSRIs
    Rates of stillbirth and infant death were similar for women who were prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor during pregnancy and those who weren't after factors such as age and smoking were taken into account, a Swedish study found. An expert not involved in the study said its findings were limited because it looked at prescription and not ingestion. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. WebMD (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Prebiotic, probiotic diet may help in type 1 diabetes
    Children with beta-cell autoimmunity showed lower rates of lactic acid- and butyric acid-producing bacteria compared with their healthier peers, according to a study in Diabetes. However, researchers said a special diet containing prebiotics and/or probiotics may help correct abnormal gut microbiome in children with type 1 diabetes. (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Babies begin learning language before birth, study shows
    Researchers assessed the responses of 40 babies about 30 hours old to different languages and found that babies have the capacity to distinguish their native language from foreign ones. They noted that fetuses appear to learn prenatally about the speech sounds of the mother's language. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Prevention is key in shielding children from gun violence
    The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rampage that claimed the lives of 20 children and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., could have been prevented if specific measures were taken, such as the re-institution of the ban on assault weapons, pediatricians Judith and Sean Palfrey write. They also called for more licensure and certification of gun owners, restrictions on children's access to violent TV programs or video games, and improved access to mental health services. The New England Journal of Medicine (subscription required) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doctor-patient communication plays role in drug adherence
    Doctors who establish a good, trusting relationship with patients may be able to help improve adherence to prescriptions, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Data on 9,377 patients using blood glucose, blood pressure or cholesterol drugs showed 30% may not have been following prescribed directions for medication use, but that number fell to 4% to 6% among patients who reported having better communication with their physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Health advocates criticize gun rights provision in health law
    A provision, pushed by the National Rifle Association, in the Affordable Care Act that prohibits the collection of data on gun use and ownership during doctor visits drew criticism from both gun-control and health advocates. "We ask our patients about many things, not because we're anti-gun but because we have an obligation and an ethical duty to keep the kids safe," said Denise Dowd, an ­emergency-care physician in Kansas City, Mo., and an AAP adviser on firearms issues. The Washington Post (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More docs are likely to leave Medicare in 2013
    Many frustrated physicians are likely to abandon Medicare this year over its unpredictable funding despite the decision to delay for one year a cut in Medicare payments for doctors, according to medical associations and physicians. "The Medicare program has become unreliable and its instability undermines efforts by physicians to implement new health care delivery models that stand to improve value for seniors and other beneficiaries through better care coordination, chronic disease management, and keeping patients healthy," the American Medical Association told doctors. Forbes (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New policy helps pediatricians manage C. difficile infections
    In the January issue of AAP News the co-authors of a new AAP policy statement discuss the updated recommendations for diagnostic testing, treatment and control of the rising number of Clostridium difficile infections in children. 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. Committees with vacancies are: Adolescence, Development (Districts IV and V), Early Childhood, Federal Government Affairs/Access to Care, Fetus and Newborn, Genetics, Infectious Disease, Medical Liability and Risk Management, Membership (Districts I and II), Native American Child Health, Pediatric AIDS, Pediatric Education, Pediatric Research, Pediatric Workforce, and Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. Visit the AAP website for more information, including nomination forms. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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