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November 20, 2012
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  • Health panel updates recommendations on HIV screening
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Monday called for routine HIV testing for all Americans aged 15 to 65, expanding its 2005 recommendation that included only high-risk individuals. The draft recommendation was prompted by studies showing major health benefits of early HIV treatment, task force chairwoman Virginia Moyer said. USA Today (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Relative age in class linked to ADHD prescriptions
    The youngest students in a class were more likely to get lower test scores in mathematics and language arts compared with the oldest students, researchers from Iceland reported in the journal Pediatrics. They looked at 11,785 children and found that the youngest one-third of them had a 50% higher risk of being prescribed stimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared with the oldest one-third of students. News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research ties prenatal antibiotic use to childhood asthma risk
    Children born to mothers who took antibiotics while pregnant had a 17% higher risk of being hospitalized for asthma at age 5 compared with those who weren't exposed to the drugs, Danish researchers found. The study in the Journal of Pediatrics also showed that children exposed to antibiotics while in the womb were 18% more likely to be prescribed an asthma drug. Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Children in poorer areas have higher obesity risk
    A study in Social Science & Medicine found children living in middle-class areas were 17% more likely to become obese, while those in poor communities had a 28% increased risk of obesity, compared with children in more affluent neighborhoods. Neighborhood-wide initiatives as well as individual-level programs are needed to help address childhood obesity in the country, researchers said. HealthDay News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Children in day care at greater risk of becoming obese
    Children who attended day care or stayed with an extended family member were about 50% more likely than those under parental care to be overweight or obese between ages 4 and 10, a Canadian study showed. Researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatrics that known risk factors -- such as parents' socioeconomic status or maternal BMI -- didn't explain the difference in risk. Medical News Today (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • EHR adoption among pediatricians needs improvement
    U.S. researchers looked at the responses of 646 pediatric clinicians and found that only a few of them used a system that met the definition of a basic or fully functional EHR system. Respondents working in multispecialty or hospital-based practices had a greater likelihood of using EHR systems than those in solo or two-physician practices. The study in the journal Pediatrics cited financial and productivity concerns as barriers to EHR adoption. News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GAO: Getting Medicaid doctors can be a challenge for states
    More than half of U.S. states and territories surveyed by the Government Accountability Office from February to May said it was hard to find sufficient dentists, primary care doctors, specialists or other health care providers for Medicaid patients. Among Medicaid officials for the states, five territories and Washington, D.C., 30 said it was a challenge ensuring enough dentists were participating in Medicaid, and 17 said the same for primary care providers. The GAO reported low Medicaid payment and a shortage of providers as main factors affecting provider participation. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups launch an effort to combat childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced an effort to reduce the increase in childhood obesity by 2015. Part of that effort will include the foundation's focus on helping schools and after-school programs increase physical fitness for students. The AHA will work to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and drinks available in schools and to ensure that students eat healthier. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Communities should have access to fluoridated water
    The Campaign for Dental Health is a network of local groups and scientists ensuring that every community's water is fluoridated. Join the conversation by visiting the I Like My Teeth website, liking the group on Facebook or adding to your Twitter feed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PROS study on teen tobacco, social media use seeks practitioners
    The AAP Pediatric Research in Office Settings network seeks pediatricians to join the Adolescent Health in Pediatric Practice study. This innovative study evaluates strategies for addressing smoking cessation and social media use with teens. AHIPP needs the help of dedicated practitioners who work in settings where at least 10% of teen patients use tobacco. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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