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June 28, 2012
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News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

  Breaking News 
  • Affordable Care Act survives Supreme Court scrutiny
    The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, including the mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The mandate was considered the most crucial question being judged by the court because invalidating it would have complicated other provisions required by the law. The ruling preserves key child health provisions, including the law's protections against pre-existing condition exclusions and children's rights to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26. The law is set to fully take effect in 2014. The Washington Post (6/28), Los Angeles Times/Politics Now blog (tiered subscription model) (6/28), The Wall Street Journal (6/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For more: Visit the AAP website to read the AAP response to the ruling. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Asthma drugs and higher suicide risk aren't connected, study finds
    A study found that young adults and children taking leukotriene inhibitors such as Zyflo, or zileuton; Accolate, or zafirlukast; and Singulair, or montelukast, for asthma have no increased risk of attempted suicide. "Case reports don't prove there actually is an association between a drug and an adverse event, because there are so many other factors that could be at work," lead researcher Glen Schumock said. Researchers said those in the suicidal group were more likely to be taking psychiatric medications and had a higher rate of substance abuse and mental health conditions. Reuters (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Standing for long periods in pregnancy may slow fetal growth
    Women who stood for long hours at work during pregnancy had babies with a slightly smaller head circumference compared with the average baby at birth, a Dutch study found. Researchers also noted that babies born to mothers who worked more than 25 hours per week had a lower average birth weight than those with mothers who worked fewer hours. The findings appear in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maternal obesity is tied to need for NICU care in S.C. hospital
    Overweight pregnant women have a 19% chance that their newborns will need NICU care, compared with a 15% risk overall, according to data from the Women's Health Division at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina. Research from the hospital showed women who had a cesarean birth weighed an average of 20 pounds more than those who had vaginal births, and overweight women were more likely to have bigger babies. Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.) (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School interventions can improve student nutrition
    A study of California elementary- and middle-school students found that when teachers and administrators took simple steps to improve students' nutrition practices, the result was a 30% decrease in students' consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages. The number of healthy lunches students brought from home also increased, researchers said. The findings were published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sandusky trial offers parents lessons on preventing child abuse
    Experts say the trial of Jerry Sandusky, a former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach who was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, offers parents lessons on how to protect their children from abuse. "When a child's interaction with other people breaks down, it can have lifetime consequences," said AAP president Dr. Robert Block. blog (6/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • More physicians consider joining an ACO, survey shows
    Data from the National Physicians Survey showed 22% of respondents said they are considering joining an accountable care organization, an increase from 12% the year before. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they would participate as a group practice member, while 27% said they would join a physician-hospital organization and another 10% reported being open to the prospect of hospital employment. (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • Calif. committee passes children's dental bill
    The California Assembly Health Committee voted 19-0 in favor of a bill authorizing the trial of workforce models that could increase children's access to dental care. One of the provisions of the bill was the creation of a Statewide Office of Oral Health. (free registration) (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • Announcing new FASD aap
    CDC is announcing the launch of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD application (or "app"). The app is a way for users to access the latest information related to alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs directly from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. From women planning a pregnancy to health care providers to families and educators, this app helps users easily find and share the latest in the prevention, recognition and treatment of FASDs. This application is a companion to CDC's FASD website and is the CDC's first health condition-specific app. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State health information technology resources
    The Child Health Informatics State Resource Map provides a snapshot of health information technology activities across the U.S. Visit the AAP website and click on each state of interest to identify HIT resources about meaningful use, regional extension centers, state health information exchanges and other important information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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