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April 25, 2012
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  • Some California teens drink hand sanitizer to get drunk
    Six cases of teen alcohol poisoning associated with drinking hand sanitizers were reported in two emergency departments in California's San Fernando Valley in the last few months. Some teens added salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, making a drink as strong as hard liquor. Although there have only been a few reported cases, health officials are concerned that this could become a dangerous trend. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers advise pediatric providers on radiation dosing
    An evaluation of data for more than 350,000 U.S. children found that 42.5% had undergone at least one radiologic test in three years. The review, published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, also found that, on average, a pediatric patient will have undergone seven radiologic tests by the age of 18. Pediatric providers need to have a basic knowledge of radiation dosing and risks and how to reduce them, as well as how to discuss the issue with patients and families, researchers said. (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Budesonide/formoterol inhaler is effective for black teens
    A study of 742 black teens and adults diagnosed with moderate to severe asthma showed that budesonide/formoterol pressurized metered-dose inhaler had the same cardiovascular safety outcomes as that of budesonide therapy alone. However, the number of patients with a heart rate more than 100 beats per minute or an increase of 20 or more beats was greater in BUD/FM group than the BUD alone group, researchers reported at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. Family Practice News (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children exposed to violence seem to age faster, study shows
    DNA samples from twins at ages 5 and 10 showed that those who were exposed to cumulative violence had increased telomere shortening, a sign of cellular aging. Researchers reported in the journal Molecular Psychiatry that children who were exposed to several forms of violence had the fastest telomere shortening rate. WebMD (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Overweight, obese children are viewed negatively by peers
    Researchers asked 1,139 first graders to rate how much they liked playing with their classmates and found that both obese and overweight children were more disliked than healthy-weight peers. Meanwhile, teacher ratings showed that obese children were more disliked than both overweight and healthy-weight children. The study was presented at an Experimental Biology meeting. News (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies support child-health benefits of regular family meals
    A review of 68 reports that studied the link between family meals at home and child health showed that the meals led to higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, fiber, calcium and vitamins, Rutgers University researchers reported at a nutrition conference. Data also showed that children who ate more family meals together consumed fewer unhealthy items, such as soda. United Press International (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Impulsive behavior at age 3 may predict later gambling problems
    Children who were described as impulsive, moody, restless and inattentive at age 3 were twice as likely to grow up with gambling problems as other children, a study in the journal Psychological Science showed. Researchers interviewed 939 of the 1,037 3-year-olds in the New Zealand Health and Development study, and found that 86% of them had gambled at age 21, of which 13% were problem or compulsive gamblers. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Texting parents might increase children's flu vaccination rates
    The use of text messaging to educate parents about flu vaccination increased immunization among children, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About 44% of children whose parents were texted were vaccinated, compared with 40% of those whose parents were not texted. Yahoo!/Reuters (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Parents may not be familiar with serious diseases
    Because of the success of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases, parents may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. That is why it is important to encourage parents to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. For more information and resources related to National Infant Immunization and World Immunization Week, visit the AAP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Building an Accurate Family History, Constructing a Pedigree"
    The Genetics in Primary Care Institute, a cooperative agreement between the AAP and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, is offering Time Out for Genetics, an educational webinar series. "Building an Accurate Family History, Constructing a Pedigree -- An Overview for Primary Care" takes place on Thursday, April 26, at noon CT. Get more information and register for the webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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