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December 19, 2012
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  • More hospitalized children are surviving cardiac arrest
    The survival rate of children who suffered cardiac arrest in U.S. hospitals significantly increased from more than 14% in 2000 to more than 43% in 2009, mainly due to improved care during resuscitation, a study showed. Researchers reported in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes that the odds of brain impairment didn't increase among young cardiac arrest survivors. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Antipsychotic therapy may lower iron levels in autism patients
    Children with autism spectrum disorders who took antipsychotics for 18 months were likely to have lower plasma ferritin concentrations, U.S. researchers found. They reported that rapid weight gain during antipsychotic therapy was linked to iron depletion. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting. Family Practice News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Black and Hispanic children show higher diabetes risk
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed that children with high-risk HbA1C levels were more likely to be black, have a family history of diabetes, and have higher body mass index, waist size and fasting insulin levels than children with A1C levels of less than 5.7%. Researchers also found that impaired fasting glucose was more likely to occur in Hispanic children, those with higher BMI, waist size and fasting insulin levels, and those with hypertension and higher average triglyceride rates compared with children who had lower plasma glucose levels. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental events may predict risk for committing suicide, study says
    The likelihood of suicide among adults and teens hospitalized for attempting to kill themselves was greatest within two years after exposure to a parental episode, according to a Swedish study in the journal PLoS ONE. The link between parental events -- such as suicide attempt, inpatient care and disability due to psychiatric diagnoses -- and suicide risk was more pronounced in women who briefly witnessed their mothers undergoing treatment for psychiatric problem, researchers said. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Secondhand smoke affects millions of apartment dwellers
    Nearly 29 million Americans living in apartments without smoking rules are exposed to secondhand smoke coming from their neighbors and common areas, a federal report found. Since passive smoke exposure in apartments cannot be controlled by renters, the best solution would be to prohibit smoking in all units and shared areas of an apartment, CDC's Dr. Tim McAfee said. The findings appear in the agency's Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dunecraft recalls expanding water toys over ingestion hazard
    About 100,000 of Dunecraft's Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs "Despicable Me," and Fabulous Flowers were voluntarily recalled due to a serious swallowing hazard. The company has received one report of a case in which an 8-month-old required surgery to remove an ingested Water Balz. WebMD (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Specialization targets medical needs of adopted children
    Adoption medicine is not a certified medical specialty, but some pediatricians and primary care doctors have a keen interest in meeting the needs of adopted children. Aside from focusing on the medical needs of these children, an adoption medicine specialist addresses their mental, behavioral and developmental health as well, Worldwide Orphans Foundation founder Dr. Jane Aronson said. American Medical News (free content) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study emphasizes patient-centered approach, health IT in ACOs
    Data from a Commonwealth Fund report showed that the hospital-based organizations examined by researchers were "modestly" prepared to move to accountable care, with patient-centered organizations and those well versed in health IT deployment showing the greatest success in the ACO transition. Researchers also stressed the importance of health IT tools that allow "integration of disparate data, analysis of data across a patient population, stratification of financial and clinical risk in the population, and measurement of the impact of targeted interventions." Healthcare Informatics online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Pediatric cancer patients will suffer under sequestration
    Budget cuts scheduled to go into effect Jan. 2 would slow approval of drugs for children and severely affect the Children's Oncology Group's research on pediatric and adolescent cancers, the St. Baldrick's Foundation cancer charity says. "Children with cancer would be unable to access clinical trials, medical discoveries that improve the lives of children will be stifled, and promising research on childhood cancer cures will grind to a halt," the organization said in a statement. Sequestration would cut cancer research funding by more than $450 million, the coalition One Voice Against Cancer said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • CDC expert outlines updated MMR vaccine recommendations
    This AAP News article reviews the changes for the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine that focus on evidence of immunity to measles and mumps, vaccination of HIV-infected patients, and use of immune globulin for measles post-exposure prophylaxis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New fetal alcohol spectrum disorders PediaLink course
    The effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders can be life-long but the best outcomes are seen when it is recognized early and treatment provided accordingly. A new AAP PediaLink course, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Identification and Management, emphasizes the importance of the primary care provider in suspecting and/or diagnosing FASD, making proper referrals, and facilitating appropriate health care, education and community services. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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