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January 29, 2013
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  • AAP, CDC update vaccine schedule
    In response to a recent spike in the number of pertussis cases, the CDC and the AAP recommended that teenage and adult women get a booster dose of TDaP vaccine during each pregnancy. The updated childhood and adolescent immunization schedule, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, also suggested that mild allergic reactions to eggs should no longer be a barrier to flu vaccination. HealthDay News (1/28), Reuters (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric hypertension may be less prevalent than thought
    U.S. researchers looked at 199,513 children ages 3 to 7 and found that most of them had normal blood pressure levels, while 12.7% had prehypertension and 5.4% had BP levels within the hypertension range. They noted that blacks and Asians had a higher prevalence of hypertension than other groups. Both increasing age and body mass index were substantially linked to prehypertension and hypertension, according to the study in Pediatrics. News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Few migraine medications for adults are effective in children
    Data from 21 trials of migraine drugs for adults showed that only topiramate and trazodone significantly reduced the frequency of headaches among children and teens who experience regular migraines. Placebos alone yielded good outcomes in children, effectively reducing headaches per month from between five to six to just three, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily antiseptic bathing reduces bacteremia in PICUs
    Patients in pediatric intensive care units who received daily chlorhexidine gluconate baths had significantly lower rates of bacteremia than those in the standard bathing protocol group, according to a study in The Lancet. The incidence of skin reactions associated with antiseptic bathing was 1.2 per 1,000 days, and researchers reported no serious adverse events. News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prevalence of smoking varies across U.S., CDC finds
    A CDC report found that Utah had the lowest number of smokers, while Kentucky had the highest. Although states have funds to promote a smoke-free environment, all states failed to spend the total amount of dollars the CDC recommends for anti-smoking programs, the agency said. Twenty-four states were reported to have inadequate smoke-free laws, while six states had no laws that prevent secondhand smoke exposure. News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stretching, pillows may improve infant head deformities
    Stretching exercises and special bedding pillows improved the condition of babies with moderate to severe head deformities, German researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatrics. However, it remains uncertain how effective these interventions are because the study lacked a control group, an expert said. Reuters (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nearly half of hospital physicians are overworked, study finds
    Four in 10 U.S. hospital-based physicians reported being overworked, while 1 in 5 said patient safety may be hurt by schedule issues, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found 20% of responding doctors said catering to too many patients may increase the risk of medical errors, unnecessary lab tests or delayed diagnoses, and 36% said such problems happen more than once a week. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Webinar: Strengthening State Gun Laws -- Strategies to Protect Children from Firearms
    Feb. 14
    Noon CT
    Join AAP President Thomas McInerny, MD, FAAP; Robert Sege, MD, PhD, FAAP; and Anne Edwards, MD, FAAP, to discuss the AAP response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and AAP advocacy efforts to reduce gun injury, violence and deaths. Learn about the legislative strategies that states are exploring to reduce gun deaths and injuries, how current research views these strategies, and the role that AAP chapters can play in representing the pediatric voice on this issue. Space is limited so reserve your “seat” now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meaningful use stage 3 -- AAP response
    In coordination with the AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology, the AAP has prepared comments on the meaningful use stage 3 recommendations to raise awareness about the potential implications for pediatricians. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy Committee requested comments related to the following areas: MU Objectives and Measures, Quality Measures, and Privacy and Security. To view the AAP submission, visit the AAP Child Health Informatics website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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