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December 12, 2012
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  • Concussions in children may have lingering effects
    Children who suffered concussions showed changes in their cognitive functioning and brain structure two weeks after their injuries, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Although other concussion-related symptoms waned after three months, brain scans revealed that children with concussions still had structural changes in the white matter. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sugary water may ease babies' pain during injections
    Jordan University researchers reviewed 14 studies involving 1,551 babies and noted that those who received a sugary solution before an injection spent a shorter period of time crying than the placebo group. No major adverse reactions to the solution were found. The findings appear in the journal The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Long-term management of sickle cell disease needs improvement
    Young sickle cell disease patients become more dependent on emergency care services for acute conditions linked to the disease as they enter adulthood, researchers found. Hospitalization rates were higher among sickle cell patients than the general population, and they faced substantially greater overall costs. The findings were presented at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early food adversity linked to slower mental decline later in life
    Blacks with an average age of 75 who didn't get enough food to eat during their childhood had slower mental decline than others, a study showed. Researchers looked at more than 6,000 people and found no substantial association between childhood adversity and cognitive decline among Caucasians. The findings appear in the journal Neurology. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children with bedroom TVs have higher obesity risk
    A study to be published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed children who had a TV in their bedroom had a twofold increased risk of high fat mass compared with those who had no TV. Bedroom TVs were also associated with larger waist size and higher fat levels in the bloodstream in children, researchers said. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research: Playing violent video games has lasting impact on behavior
    French college students showed increasingly aggressive behavior with each day of playing violent video games, according to a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. "People who have a steady diet of playing these violent games may come to see the world as a hostile and violent place," study co-author Dr. Brad Bushman said. "These results suggest there could be a cumulative effect." (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Strong growth of ACOs expected in 2013
    Experts predict a rapid increase in the number of accountable care organizations in 2013. “This is becoming a more pervasive phenomenon,” said Dr. Norman Chenven of the Austin Regional Clinic. As many as 31 million patients are affected in some way by the ACO model, according to health care consulting organization Oliver Wyman. American Medical News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Text4baby helps prepare pregnant women for motherhood
    Pregnant women who participated in the text4baby program were almost three times more likely to perceive that they were prepared for motherhood than a control group, a pilot study showed. The program also improved participants' understanding of the importance of healthy habits, George Washington University researchers said. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Last Word - News from the AAP 
  • New meaningful use stage 2 resources
    Visit the AAP Child Health Informatics Center website for an overview of meaningful use stage 2 resources that include details on implications for pediatricians, changes to Medicaid and a listing of 2014 clinical quality measures. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Today - CMS conference call on Medicaid payment increase
    As part of health reform implementation, qualifying pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists who treat Medicaid patients will be paid at least 100% of Medicare rates in 2013 and 2014 for immunization administration and primary care services. The increase takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Today at 4 p.m. ET, the CMS is hosting a conference call to discuss the Medicaid payment increase in more detail.
    Dial 1-800-837-1935 and enter the conference ID of 80451033 to access the call at 4 p.m. ET today, Wednesday, Dec. 12.
    After CMS staff provides an overview of the payment increase, there will be an opportunity for pediatricians and others on the call to ask questions about its implementation.
    The call is open to AAP members and physicians who belong to the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians and the American Optometric Association. Please feel free to encourage colleagues to participate. The conference call will be recorded and posted online as well. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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