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December 10, 2012
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  • Eating more salt may raise odds of childhood obesity
    Children and teens who had more salt in their diet were more likely than peers who consumed less salt to drink more beverages, including sugar-sweetened beverages, an Australian study found. Researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics that drinking at least a serving of a sugary drink per day was linked to a 26% higher risk of being overweight and obese. WebMD (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teen victims of dating violence at risk for later behavior problems
    A survey of 5,681 12- to 18-year-olds showed that those involved in dating violence were more likely to suffer behavioral problems or be in aggressive relationships as young adults. Female victims of teen dating violence were more prone to heavy drinking, smoking, depression and suicidal thoughts five years later, while male victims reported more antisocial behaviors, researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. USA Today (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Obese teens have higher risk of diabetes in adulthood
    Men and women who became obese as children or teens had a higher risk of developing diabetes compared with those who became obese in adulthood, a study in Diabetes Care found. The results underscore the importance of addressing obesity at a young age to reduce the risk of diabetes onset, researchers said. (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Circumcision offers protection against UTI in boys, men
    Australian researchers reviewed 22 studies involving 407,902 males and found that uncircumcised boys had a 9.9 times greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection between birth and age 1 compared with circumcised boys. The odds of a UTI was 6.6 times and 3.4 times higher in 1- to 16-year-olds and males aged 16 and older, respectively, according to the study in the Journal of Urology. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Online tool provides catch-up vaccination schedules
    An online tool created by the Georgia Institute of Technology and CDC researchers allows doctors and parents to develop an individualized catch-up immunization schedule for children's missed vaccinations. The site has received nearly 63,000 visits since its debut in January. Vaccine News Daily (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Proposed essential health benefits regulations issued by HHS
    HHS has proposed regulations on the essential health benefits needed for state health insurance exchanges. The regulations include the 10 specific benefits categories that must be offered in the exchanges, a plan requirement to cover at least one prescription drug in each specified category or class, annual cost-sharing limits, and the minimum value calculations for employer-provided health coverage. The regulations appendix also features a proposed benchmark plan for each state. Employee Benefit News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS releases $868M in EHR incentives for November
    CMS estimates that EHR incentive payments to eligible doctors and hospitals last month reached $868 million. "The incentive payments were almost $1 billion more in November. We are on track for the end of December to hit the $10 billion mark for EHR incentives [since the start of the program]," said Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services. Healthcare IT News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Educating and communicating with parents online
    Pediatric practices can embrace today's tech-savvy parents by establishing a Web presence that enables pediatricians to connect with this growing demographic the exact way they prefer to communicate. As an AAP member, Officite's practice websites and online marketing are available as part of the AAP Member Benefit Affinity Program. To demo a website, visit the AAP website or contact Officite at 877-708-4426. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP national committee member vacancies
    Nominations are being solicited to fill 25 member vacancies on 15 AAP national committees for the 2013-2014 term. The deadline for receipt of all materials is Feb. 25, 2013. Visit the AAP website for more information, including nomination forms. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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