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September 1, 2011
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  • Data reveal high intake of sugary drinks in teens
    A CDC survey showed that boys ages 12 to 19 had daily intake of 273 calories from sugary drinks. Researchers also found that non-Hispanic black children and adolescents get 8.5% of their daily calories from such drinks, while their non-Hispanic white and Mexican-American counterparts had daily calorie intakes of 7.7% and 7.4%, respectively. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has collaborated with key health groups to introduce the "Life's Sweeter with Fewer Sugary Drinks" campaign meant to reduce soda consumption among consumers to only three cans per week by 2020. Reuters (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Many parents don't see need to treat overweight children
    Eighty-one percent of parents surveyed said it is "very important" to seek care for children showing signs of diabetes, and 94% said they would seek care for diseases that may cut their child's life expectancy, according to a survey by Missouri-based Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. However, only 54% said it is very important to seek medical care for overweight children. A medical director at the hospital said the findings illustrate a disconnect for parents about the long-term consequences of childhood obesity. Healthcare Finance News (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Research: Vitamin C may offer asthma relief for children
    Egyptian researchers reported that children ages 7 to 8.2 with asthma who weren't exposed to molds or dampness saw a 37% increase in forced expiratory volume per second after taking vitamin C daily, while those ages 8.3 to 10 who were exposed to molds or dampness more than one year before the research experienced a 21% increase following vitamin intake. Children ages 7 to 8.2 with mild asthma symptoms reaped the most benefit from vitamin C, while those ages 8.3 to 10 with severe symptoms experienced the least benefit, according to the study in the Clinical and Translational Allergy. United Press International (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poor sleep common in college students, study reveals
    A study in the Journal of American College Health showed that college students at the University of Arizona-Tucson reported problems with sleep quality and disturbed sleep. But researchers found that a campuswide intervention costing less than $2,500 offered strategies that helped to improve sleep in almost 10% of students. United Press International (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weight gain is seen in pediatric patients treated for Grave's disease
    A study of 43 children with Grave's disease showed that their body mass index increased during the first six months of treatment for the disease, and that the weight gain persisted in about 25% of patients. "Parents and their children need to be cautioned to curb the excessive eating patterns that take hold when the disease is evolving and follow body weight closely as the hyperthyroid state is improving," lead researcher Scott Rivkees says. Endocrine Today (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Vegan cafeteria is a popular choice at Texas college
    Students at the University of North Texas are lining up to eat at "Mean Greens," an all-vegan campus cafeteria that may be the first of its kind in the nation. Many of the students are not vegans but like the idea of eating healthier meals, and food-service officials say the school is getting inquiries about the dining hall from schools in the U.S. and abroad. Reuters (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • CMS unveils final rule on Medicare e-Rx program
    The CMS has made available a final rule outlining revisions to the Medicare Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program, which is slated for publication in the Federal Register on Tuesday. The final rule states that EHRs that have received meaningful use certification are eligible for the e-Rx incentive program, among other provisions. Health Data Management (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tough anti-bullying law goes into effect in N.J.
    New Jersey's tough new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, which takes effect tomorrow, requires schools to designate anti-bullying specialists to investigate complaints, districts to have anti-bullying coordinators and the state to evaluate their efforts. New programs include instruction for kindergartners on the difference between tattling and telling, and lessons for high-school students on the role of bystanders in bullying. However, some say the new law reaches too far and does not provide schools with the resources they need to implement its requirements. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Practitioners sought for PROS study on teen tobacco, social media use
    The AAP Pediatric Research in Office Settings Network is pleased to announce the launch of the Adolescent Health in Pediatric Practice study. This large-scale study will evaluate strategies to address tobacco and problematic social media use among adolescents age 14 and up. To ensure study success, PROS is seeking dedicated practitioners who have multiple adolescent patient visits each week. Practices where tobacco use is prevalent are especially encouraged to join. Interested practitioners should contact for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Periodicity Schedule: Online and interactive
    The AAP Periodicity Schedule is a key resource for primary care pediatricians in providing comprehensive health supervision to their patients. Pediatric Care Online subscribers have access to an interactive tool that elaborates on Periodicity Schedule recommendations for well-child visits from newborn to 21 years of age.
    The Interactive Periodicity Schedule allows users to click on a specific visit and view recommended history, physical exam, immunizations and screening assessments to perform. These are supported by links to AAP policies, Bright Futures and additional resources related to the visit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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