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August 27, 2012
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AAP: Health benefits of male circumcision outweigh risks
Circumcision for newborn boys has more medical benefits than risks and should be covered by insurance firms, according to a statement published by the AAP in the journal Pediatrics. However, the group did not recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys and said the final decision is still with the parents.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (8/27),  USA Today/Healthy Perspective blog (8/27),  Reuters (8/27) 
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Overweight, obese youths face greater risk for gallstones
Data from health records of more than 510,000 10- to 19-year-olds revealed that those who were overweight or obese had a significantly greater risk for developing gallstones than their normal-weight peers. The association between obesity and gallstones was more pronounced among girls than boys, researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
HealthDay News (8/25),  WebMD (8/24) 
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Smoking at young age may thicken carotid artery
Youths who smoked cigarettes at least once a week had thicker carotid intima-media than those who didn't smoke, which could increase their risk for atherosclerosis in adulthood, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting.
InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration) (8/26) 
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Study: Liver blood flow in utero may affect body fat levels in children
High blood flow to the fetus' liver in late pregnancy was linked to higher fat levels in children at birth and at age 4, a study in PLoS ONE indicated. Researchers said there could be certain mechanisms associated with high blood flow adaption that may trigger fat accumulation in the fetus to act as an energy reserve.
Yahoo!/Asian News International (8/23) 
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Lack of siblings may increase risk of childhood obesity
Data on 12,700 European children ages 2 to 9 revealed that those without brothers or sisters were about 50% more likely to be overweight than were those with siblings, even after controlling for other factors. The findings were published on the website of Nutrition and Diabetes.
MyHealthNewsDaily.com (8/24) 
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Study finds no clear link between ADHD drugs, teen smoking
The smoking rate for teens or preteens who received stimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder was lower compared with those without medications, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. However, researchers said the findings were extremely weak and no firm conclusions could be drawn about the link between ADHD drugs and smoking.
Yahoo!/Reuters (8/24) 
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Guidelines recommend bone health advice for teen girls
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released its osteoporosis guidelines on Tuesday, recommending that teen girls get advice on bone health and lifestyle factors that may raise their risk of fractures or osteoporosis. The group also issued recommended daily allowance for calcium and vitamin D for women at various ages. The guidelines were published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
HealthDay News (8/24) 
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Poll shows EHR adoption status among physicians
A survey of more than 21,000 physicians across 25 specialties showed 75% of responding physicians currently use an EHR system and another 20% plan to adopt one within the next two years. Researchers also found 44% of respondents have already attained meaningful use and another 31% plan to attest within the coming year.
EHR Intelligence (8/24) 
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HHS awards more grants for health insurance exchanges
The HHS has announced grants to 34 states to create health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, though only 16 have official frameworks in place for creating the marketplaces. California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, New York and Vermont received grants on Thursday.
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What you can find on MedicalHomeInfo.org
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation website is the clearinghouse for information and tools regarding the medical home approach to care in the pediatric setting. To help you understand all there is to find on the website, a brief video tutorial has been developed that describes the six sections of the site, as well as the practical resources available for primary care providers and families.
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Teens need vaccines, too!
Influenza, human papillomavirus, meningococcal, and Tdap are recommended for all adolescents. Reminder-recall systems (postcards, phone calls, patient portal messages) are effective ways to make sure teens come back for follow-up and booster doses. Visit the AAP Immunization website for more information.
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