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March 25, 2013
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  • Many babies are introduced to solid food earlier than recommended
    The AAP recommends exclusive breast-feeding for about the first six months of life, but CDC researchers found that 40% of 1,334 mothers said they started introducing solid food to their babies before they were 4 months old. The researchers found that formula-fed babies were twice as likely as breast-fed babies to be given solids early. Almost 90% of mothers who introduced solids early said they thought their babies were old enough to eat such food, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics. USA Today (3/25), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research links lower test scores in youths to premature delivery
    Researchers assessed the performance of first-graders in Georgia on standardized tests and found that those who were born even a few weeks early were more likely to fail all test sections than their peers. Of the factors linked to the students' performance, the level of maternal education was the strongest. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • History of abuse is linked to higher odds of teen pregnancy
    Teenage girls with a history of abuse or neglect had more than double the risk of teen pregnancy, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers found that the likelihood of teen pregnancy was 2.7 and more than three times greater among sexually abused teens and neglected teens, respectively. (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More youths on Medicaid are prescribed antipsychotic meds
    A study in the journal Psychiatric Services showed a substantial increase in the use of antipsychotic drugs among children and teens covered by Medicaid from 1997 to 2006. Researchers looked at 500,000 2- to 17-year-olds and found that Medicaid-insured youths were five times more likely to be prescribed such drugs than their privately insured peers. News (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maternal grief tied to slight increase in congenital heart defect risk
    Women who suffered the death of a loved one within a year prior to conception had an 11% greater risk of having babies with a congenital heart defect than those who hadn't lost someone, Danish researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. The study showed that losing a child or romantic partner carried a slightly higher risk of having babies with such defects compared with those who lost a sibling or one of their parents. (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pesticides, disinfectants should be kept out of children's reach
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged parents and caregivers to keep pesticides and other household chemicals in locked cabinets to lower the incidence of accidental poisonings involving children. In a news release for National Poison Prevention Week, officials reported that approximately 65,000 children aged 5 and younger are accidentally exposed to pesticides annually. HealthDay News (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular exercise in childhood may prevent fractures later in life
    Swedish researchers who followed more than 2,300 7- to 9-year-olds found that those who exercised daily had higher bone mineral density compared with the control group, possibly lowering their risk for fractures later in life. The findings were presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting. HealthDay News (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free PCO webinar on new AAP diabetes guideline
    Tomorrow, March 26, at 11 a.m. ET, Janet Silverstein, MD, FAAP, and Kenneth Copeland, MD, FAAP, will present a case-based practical webinar that explores the new AAP clinical practice guideline “Management of Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in Children and Adolescents” and how to implement key guideline actions. To view the live webinar, register here. View this and other archived webinars. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Improving access to preventive oral health care through Medicaid
    A brief from the AAP Division of State Government Affairs, “More State Medicaid Programs Pay for Children's Oral Health Prevention Services in Doctors' Offices,” reviews the success of the Pew Children's Dental Campaign, done in partnership with the AAP. The campaign’s goal was improving access to preventive oral health care for publicly insured children. The brief outlines how nearly all states now pay primary care physicians to screen for oral health disease and apply fluoride varnish during well-child visits. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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