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November 19, 2012
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  • More teens use muscle-enhancing products, study shows
    Researchers looked at nearly 2,800 middle- and high-school students in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area during the 2009-2010 school year, and found that about 5% of them have used anabolic steroids to increase muscle size. The study in the journal Pediatrics showed that more than one-third of boys and one-fifth of girls reported using other muscle-enhancing products such as protein powder or shakes to boost their muscle mass. Reuters (11/19), CNN/The Chart blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Complementary feeding at 4 months linked to higher iron levels
    Babies who were given complementary foods in addition to breast milk at age 4 months had higher iron levels than those who were exclusively breast-fed for 6 months, though both groups had sufficient iron levels, according to an Icelandic study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers reported no difference in weight gain or growth between the complementary feeding and breast-feeding groups. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Prenatal smoke exposure may affect children's reading skills
    Children whose mothers smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day during pregnancy scored 21% lower on reading comprehension tests compared with children of nonsmoking mothers, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. Despite taking into account other factors that may affect children's reading ability, the difference in test scores remained, researchers said. Reuters (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pneumococcal vaccine shows high efficacy rate
    A pediatric study of the pneumococcal vaccine PHiD-CV10 showed efficacy rates of 100% and 92% for the 3+1 and 2+1 vaccination schedules, respectively. "For the first time, effectiveness of a 2+1 schedule in infants was confirmed in a clinical trial," Finnish researchers reported in the journal The Lancet. News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Descendants of Mexican immigrants have higher odds of obesity
    Grandchildren of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. had a threefold increased risk of being obese in adulthood compared with similar people living in Mexico, researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Data on 3,244 participants showed that 32% of men and 36% of women with immigrant grandparents were obese, compared with only 17% and 14% in their Mexican counterparts who did not have ties with the U.S. Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Watching cartoons can lessen children's anxiety before surgery
    Children who watched their favorite cartoons before getting anesthesia to undergo surgery had lower anxiety scores in the operating room than those who received toys or no special treatment, a South Korean study found. Researchers noted that children who were given toys were the least anxious in the waiting area than the other patients. The findings appear in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. HealthDay News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • KidCo recalls travel beds over safety hazards
    KidCo announced on Friday the voluntary recall of 220,000 of its PeaPod and PeaPod Plus children's travel beds because of entanglement and suffocation risks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission received six reports of entrapment or physical distress caused by using the product and a reported death of a 5-month-old boy in December 2011 linked to the use of the travel tent bed. WebMD (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Parents ID challenges in dealing with teen obesity
    Uncertainty on how to discuss weight-related issues and an inability to manage children's diet and activities were among the frequently cited issues of parents with 12- to 19-year-olds who were currently or previously overweight, a study showed. Creating a healthy household was the advice parents gave most frequently to others dealing with the same concerns. The findings were reported in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Ga., Ohio, Wis. among states announcing they won't run exchanges
    Wisconsin, Ohio and Georgia joined more than 12 other states in rejecting a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law that urges states to establish online health insurance markets. "Wisconsin taxpayers will not have meaningful control over the health care policies and services sold to Wisconsin residents," Gov. Scott Walker said. Ohio "will not run an Obamacare health exchange, but will instead leave that to the federal government to do," Gov. John Kasich said. Georgia would not set up an exchange because of "the one-size-fits-all approach and high federal burden imposed on states," Gov. Nathan Deal said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16), Reuters (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • New 18th Edition - Coding for Pediatrics, 2013
    Written by pediatric coders for pediatric coders, this AAP exclusive complements standard coding manuals with proven pediatric-specific documentation and billing solutions, new and revised CPT and ICD-9-CM codes, a newborn coding decision tool, pediatric coding examples, scenarios and vignettes to illustrate correct coding strategies. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New - Challenging Cases in Pediatric Ophthalmology
    This all-new clinical resource and learning/training tool will help physicians cope with increasingly complex responsibilities. Developed by leading pediatric ophthalmologists, Challenging Cases in Pediatric Ophthalmology provides 88 concise, easy-reading case reports that illustrate state-of-the-art problem-solving from initial evaluation to final outcome. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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