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February 22, 2013
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  • AAP guidelines address gene tests for children
    Decisions on conducting genetic tests and screening for children must focus on their best interests and should be offered in the context of genetic counseling, according to a policy statement issued by the AAP along with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. While both groups agree on newborn testing, they do not support routine carrier testing for minors. The joint statement was published in the journal Pediatrics. News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC calls for better tools to protect against influenza
    Data on 2,697 children and adults showed this year's flu vaccine has been effective in 56% of people who were vaccinated. The vaccine provided better protection against influenza B, and better protection against influenza A among younger people compared with older people. The findings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlight the need for a better and longer-lasting vaccine against flu, CDC officials said. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supply of children's Tamiflu continues to drop in U.S.
    Supplies of Genentech's Tamiflu OS, a flu drug approved for children 2 weeks and older, remain limited nationwide. All quantities of the drug have been shipped to distributors and no additional supplies will be available for the 2012-2013 flu season, Genentech spokeswoman Tara Iannuccillo said. WebMD (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fetal heart development takes longer than previously thought
    The heart's four chambers develop in the eighth week of pregnancy, but the heart lacks fully organized muscle tissue until the 20th week, according to a U.K. study in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface Focus. Since a fetal heartbeat begins at about 22 days of pregnancy, researchers said the findings were surprising. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lack of access to green spaces raises obesity risk, study says
    Low-income children are more likely to live in neighborhoods that lack access to green spaces that encourage play and exercise, predisposing them to reduced levels of physical activity, a study in Social Science and Medicine says. The findings suggest that less access to such areas may contribute to obesity, researchers said. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Experts weigh in on unnecessary screenings, procedures
    Seventeen leading medical specialty groups released a list of unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures that can potentially be harmful to patients and raise medical costs. The AAP warns against the use of CT scans for children suffering from minor head injuries, saying that screening can increase the risk of cancer later in life. NBC News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Resident Video Challenge - Deadline is 3 days away
    The AAP is pleased to announce the AAP’s Pediatric Resident Video Challenge. The goal of the challenge is for pediatric residents to develop compelling videos that will increase awareness of adolescent immunizations and model effective ways to address parental concerns. Prizes for the first ($100) and second ($50) place winners for each question will be awarded. For full terms and instructions, visit the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for nomination – 2013 F. Edwards Rushton CATCH award
    Nominations are being sought for the 2013 F. Edwards Rushton CATCH award that recognizes an outstanding CATCH grantee whose project has developed over time and expanded beyond its original goals to positively impact child health. Nominations are due Friday, March 22, by 5 p.m. CT. For more information, visit the CATCH website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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