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November 15, 2012
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

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  • Moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy may lower child's IQ
    Children born to mothers who were moderate drinkers during their pregnancy had nearly two points lower IQ scores at age 8 for each of the four variations in alcohol-metabolizing genes they carried, a U.K. study showed. The findings, based on 4,167 children, were published in the journal PLOS ONE. Reuters (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties early menarche to higher BMI, waist size
    Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that an earlier onset of menarche was linked to higher BMI, waist circumference, and visceral and subcutaneous adiposity, though the link was not significant after adjusting for BMI. The results appear on the website of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Birth season may predict future risk of multiple sclerosis
    The risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life was 5% higher among babies born in April, and 5% to 7% lower in those born between October and November, which are warmer, sunnier months, U.K. researchers reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The study involving almost 152,000 MS patients in northern countries raises the question of whether vitamin D supplementation for pregnant women in some areas could help mitigate the risk of MS. HealthDay News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tocilizumab can boost catch-up growth in systemic JIA
    Tocilizumab, an interleukin-6 receptor inhibitor marketed as Actemra, significantly increased the height velocities of most patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology meeting. Higher insulinlike growth factor-1 levels and osteocalcin/C-telopeptide of type 1 collagen ratios linked to the use of the drug suggests the treatment can benefit growth hormone axis and bone metabolism, researchers said. Family Practice News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at exposure to foodborne toxic chemicals
    Dietary data from 364 children and 595 adults showed that all children went beyond the cancer benchmarks for arsenic, dieldrin, DDE and dioxins, while a majority of those in preschool exceeded noncancer risk levels for acrylamide. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, found tomatoes, peaches, apples and peppers were among the foods linked to the highest exposure to pesticides. FoodNavigator (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Report: States offer funding to encourage PCMHs
    A report in the journal Health Affairs showed 25 states have adopted payment mechanisms that encourage the growth of patient-centered medical homes in the past six years. The report found that 14 states allow performance-based provider payments, four have a shared savings model and eight focus PCMHs on team-based care. Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinton launches program to boost health care for underserved
    Former President Bill Clinton has introduced the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, whose goal is to fight preventable illnesses by creating an online platform to enable patients from underserved areas to find "local, scalable" answers. "The Clinton Health Matters Initiative builds on my Foundation's work to address global health crises and the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by engaging not only with individuals but also with the systems and places that affect individual health," Clinton said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • ACA still faces legal challenges
    Legal challenges still have potential to undermine the Affordable Care Act, experts say. Lawsuits working their way through the courts address subsidies to buy health insurance on federally run exchanges, put forth new objections to the law's mandates and allege that the ACA is in essence a tax law that should have originated in the House. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ikaria gets FDA OK for new software on infant drug delivery device
    The FDA has given Ikaria 510(k) clearance to update software on its Inomax DSIR device designed to deliver the firm's Inomax vasodilator agent, an FDA-approved treatment for infant hypoxic respiratory failure tied to pulmonary hypertension. The firm also gained FDA clearance for three devices used with the Inomax DSIR for noninvasive respiratory care. (Boston) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • AAP partnership: 2min2x Campaign on Oral Health
    The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives has launched a new campaign about tooth brushing. The 2min2x campaign teaches families that a good step towards improved oral health is to brush teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Visit the 2min2x website for campaign materials. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Not a pretty picture: Treating a cluster of skin infections associated with tattoos
    This article in the November issue of AAP News looks at tattoo-associated infections in four states linked to the same ink contaminated with nontuberculous mycobacteria. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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