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News 08/04-08/10

Maternal drinking during pregnancy harms child's brain (HealthDay08/05)
Chickenpox vaccination can protect you and your child. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 08/04)
Pregnant mothers can receive Tdap immunization during the third trimester to protect an infant against whooping cough  (CDC and Prevention 08/04)
Children can suffer from depression as early as preschool age (HealthDay08/04)

AAP SmarBrief 08/04-08/08】
CDC reports uptick in breastfeeding rates among American mothers
Breast-feeding rates in the U.S.: 77% in 2010 and  79.2% in 2011. AHA News Now (8/5)
Depression less prevalent among young girls with better physical fitness HealthDay News (8/7)
Increased rate (aged 12 and older) of drug-related suicidal attempts in the U.S.  HealthDay News(8/7)
Better social skills among children with high levels of oxytocin in the body HealthDay News (8/4)
One-third of children seen in EDs develop complications due to influenza Pediatrics.
Behavioral and learning problems linked to daytime sleepiness in kids Science World Report (8/2)

For Physicians
X-ray less effective than CT scans in identifying pediatric pelvic trauma Diagnostic Imaging (8/7)
Lasting harm to kidneys arises from childhood urinary tract infections (HealthDay08/05)
Almost 1/8 children having UTI will have kidney scar and increased  risk of kidney failure later in life.
A three factor-combination is the clue identifying those kids early: high fever, detection of kidney abnormalities via ultrasound, and the type of bacteria involved.
Advice from the CDC about Ebola prevention and control

News 07/29--08/03

Ebola virus in West Africa is spreading faster than control efforts【BBC 2014/08/01】
Early Intensive Treatment Boosts Survival in Ebola 【MedlinePlus-HealthDay 2014/07/31】
Oxytocin May Help with Autism 【MedlinePlus-HealthDay 2014/07/29】
Eye protection from chlorine suggested during pool use 【MedlinePlus-HealthDay 2014/07/29】
Running may add 3 years to lifespan 【MedlinePlus-HealthDay 2014/07/28】

New cures for Hepatitis C are faster and easier 【MedlinePlus-HealthDay 2014/07/28】

Traditional Medication

New Regimens

Interferon-based injections
Treatment lasts six to 12 months
Side Effects: feel ill and flu like symptoms
Can make very advanced liver disease worse
The viral cures rate 40 to 50%

Oral pills - protease inhibitors
Sovaldi (sofosbuvir)
Olysio (simeprevir), Victrelis (boceprevir) and Incivek (telaprevir)
Treatment lasts 3 months
The viral cures rate 90 to 100%

美国儿科协会短讯AAP SmartBrief  】
Differences found between autism and sensory-processing disorder 
Brain scans of children with autism and sensory-processing disorder indicate key differences in brain connections, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. HealthDay News (7/30)

Early transplant shown to improve survival in children with severe combined immunodeficiency
Pediatric severe combined immunodeficiency patients who received hematopoietic-cell transplantation from matched sibling donors exhibited better five-year survival than those who received donations from others, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Good outcomes were seen in all patients who received transplant prior to the onset of infection, regardless of donor type. News(7/30)

Study determines vital role for environmental factors in cognitive development of preemies
Full-term children performed better in cognitive tests than their premature counterparts, possibly due to reduced brain connectivity associated with preterm birth, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. However, researcher Luke Schneider said that these cognitive deficits "seem to be amenable to improvement depending on the environment the child grows up in, particularly as an infant." Science World Report (7/29)

Neural tube defect risk predicted using low folate levels in pregnancy
In an analysis of two population-based studies from China, researchers found that women who had a lower red blood cell folate concentration on the 28th day of pregnancy had a greater likelihood of having babies with neural tube birth defects compared with those with higher folate levels. The findings appear in The BMJ. 
Blood test for mom's folate concentration might prevent certain birth defects 【MedlinePlus-HealthDay 2014/07/30】

Narrowed recommendation for use of palivizumab in preemies 
AAP new guidance recommends it only for: infants born before 29 weeks; older preemies with chronic lung disease and those with certain heart problems; and certain other at-risk children younger than age 2.” USA Today/The Associated Press (7/28)

Exposure to background TV linked to delayed cognitive development 
A University of Iowa study found that background TV exposure can redirect children's attention away from playing and learning. Watching educational TV programs was associated with improved executive functioning in children, even those who came from high-risk households, researchers wrote in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. The Times of India/Press Trust of India (7/26)

Updated guidelines for meningococcal vaccination
Meningococcal disease can cause meningitis, pneumonia, and other infectious diseases.
Meningitis affects 800 to 1,200 people in the United States annually with up to 15 percent death rate and 20% of permanent disabilities.
Recommended meningococcal vaccines by age group
2mo – 10y
High risk only (complements component deficiency, asplenia, sickle cell disease, HIV infection, or other higher infection risks)
Primary dose – MCV4
Booster dose – MCV4 for persons who remain at risk for invasive meningococcal disease
After three years in high-risk children whose last dose was before age 7
After five years in high-risk children whose last dose was at age 7 or older
11 -21y
Age 11 to 15 y: 1-dose MCV4 with booster at 16 to 21 y
Age 16 to 21 y: 1 dose MCV4, no booster necessary
For children in high risk: booster after five years whose last dose was at age 7 or older

News 07/21-07/25

MedlinePlus-HealthDay 2014/07/21-25
Regular probiotic consumption may improve blood pressure (American Heart Association)
Effective help for parents of children with autism (HealthDay) Study found mothers who were taught stress-reduction skills had less depression, anxiety
Smoking during pregnancy is linked to childhood ADHD (HealthDay)
Raised asthma risk in kids whose mothers were obese during pregnancy (HealthDay)

AAP SmarBrief 2014/07/21-25 】
New, easy, and effective lice treatment spray performs well in study
"A recently published preliminary study suggests that non-toxic Licefreee Spray is an effective alternative to traditional OTC permethrin lice treatments. The one-step spray application starts killing lice and nits on contact making head lice treatment easy".  

Higher IQ scores later in children with strong reading scores early on (7/24)
Unacceptably low HPV vaccination rates reported among U.S. teens    Reuters (7/24), HealthDay News (7/24)
Fetuses can recognize nursery rhymes  NBC News (7/23)
Early day care may raise risk of respiratory infection, otitis media MedWire News (U.K.) (7/21)
WHO: Childhood obesity may increase to 70M by 2025 Voice of America (7/18)
Common gene variants have greater influence on autism risk HealthDay News (7/20)
Early cord clamping may raise infant admission, death risk News (7/18)  Pediatrics

MedlinePlus 2014-07-15 to 07-20 】
Relationship between lifestyle and risk for dementia
Organic Foods Potentially Healthier 
Even Mild Concussion May Result in Problems with Thinking and Memory 
Genetic Contribution to Cerebral Palsy Risk (HealthDay)

AAP SmarBrief  2014-07-14  to 07-18 】
First reported cases of chikungunya in the U.S. "It is not known what course chikungunya will take now in the United States," the CDC said. Reuters (7/17), USA Today/The Associated Press (7/17)

In young asthma patients, inhaled corticosteroid use may stunt growthReuters(7/16)
Child HIV cases become less commonHealthDay News (7/16)
Early treatment for amblyopia results in good visual acuity at age 15. News (7/15)
Zinc supplementation may have no effect on ear infection in childrenMedWire News (U.K.) (7/14)
Before they speak their first words, babies rehearse speech movementsHealthDay News (7/14)

For Physicians
AAP toolkit for pediatric patients with genetic conditions  A new toolkit provides practice improvement strategies for primary care physicians.

06/30/2014 to 07/06/2014
Glaucoma Can Affect Babies, Too
"Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases in which fluid builds up in the eye, creating pressure that damages the optic nerve and leads to vision loss. The primary congenital glaucoma affects about one in 10,000 infants born in the United States, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Quick action is essential, because the vision loss that comes with glaucoma is irreversible.  If parents think something is wrong with their baby's eyes, and their pediatrician has "any doubt" about the cause, see a pediatric ophthalmologist."
The classic symptoms: enlarged, cloudy corneas 
Early "triad" of symptoms: eyelid spasms, sensitivity to light and excessive tearing

Electronic Cigarettes: The New Face of Nicotine
Summer time and Hearing Risk
For Heat Stroke Victims, Cool First, Then Transport
Lead in kids’ blood, even with low exposure to lead, linked with behavioral and emotional problems. “It is well-documented that lead exposure lowers the IQ of children.”
Evidence report: Serious adverse events from childhood vaccines ‘extremely rare’
Ebola: WHO calls emergency talks on outbreak  “So far, 763 people have been infected with the virus - and 468 of these have died. Most of the cases have been in Guinea where the outbreak started.”

iPads May Help Boost Speaking Skills in Kids With Autism: Study
Children with autism who have access to an iPad during traditional therapy may make more progress with communication and interaction skills than peers who do not have such access, according to a recent study. News (7/1)

For Physicians: New treatment guidelines for skin infections   【Contemporary Pediatrics 07/03/2014】

AAP News/SmartBrief 06/14-20/2014
Study: Children won’t trust those who lie by omission Los Angeles Times 06/10 The journal Cognition has published an MIT study showing that kids as young as 6 years of age mistrusted people who did not tell them the full truth. Researchers said that children who doubt the credibility of their source "engage in compensatory exploration.”  

Increased substance abuse risk in children brought up with strict parenting  (6/12) The journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence has published a European study showing a higher likelihood of tobacco, marijuana and alcohol use in children raised by strict parents. The researchers suggest that the most efficient parenting method to prevent drug use in children was persuasion and reasoning with children.  

Background TV reduces parent-toddler talk HealthDay News  (6/13) A study in Journal of Children and Media demonstrates that parents spoke fewer words and phrases while playing with their toddlers if a TV was on in the background. The AAP recommends no screen time for children younger than 24 months.  

New U.S. cases of chikungunya virus Reuters  (6/12) According to the CDC, confirmed and suspected cases of chikungunya virus have been reported in North Carolina, Nebraska, Indiana, Tennessee, and most of all in Florida. The CDC is watching for cases of the virus in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chikungunya virus has spread rapidly in the Caribbean and causes headaches, high fever, and joint pain. There is currently no vaccine or treatment available.  

Calif. whooping cough outbreak reaches epidemic levels, officials say   Science World Report  (6/13) A Friday report states that that pertussis has reached epidemic proportions in the state of California. More than 800 cases have been reported in the past two weeks. This year's total number of cases has already surpassed the total for all of 2013.  

New HbA1C recommendation for young diabetes patients   HealthDay News  (6/16) New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association recommend that children and teens with type 1 diabetes maintain HbA1C levels under 7.5%. Personalized treatment is recommended for pediatric patients in order to achieve the best results.  

Child’s IQ not affected by epilepsy drug use during breast-feeding HealthDay News  (6/16) A study in JAMA Pediatrics demonstrated that children breast-fed by mothers taking epilepsy medications were no more likely to have lower IQ scores at age 6 than their counterparts who were not breast-fed during that time.  

Children's executive function improved by less-structured schedule Science World Report  (6/18) A research report published in Frontiers in Psychology found that children who played, read, and did other less-structured activities developed better self-directed executive functioning than children who had a more structured schedule.

AAP News/SmartBrief 06/9-13//2014
Information on the pediatrician’s role in managing food allergies in schools
FDA and EPA advise young children and women to eat more fish
New CDC website on vitamin K deficiency and bleeding  in infants
Late premature birth linked to delay in brain development
Impaired gross motor skills linked to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Child’s lifetime cancer risk potentially increased by heart imaging
Reduction in chickenpox-related hospitalizations after vaccine introduction
Three genetic networks linked to autism

AAP SmartBrief 06/02-6/2014
Dirt and germ exposure protective against allergies and asthma A new study showed that children exposed to animal dander, certain bacteria, and roach and rodent allergens were less likely to develop allergies and wheezing by age 3.  

Better bone health tied to childhood physical activity A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrates that high levels of activity in early childhood led to improved bone density and shape at age 17. Exercise levels tended to diminish with age, and  daily exercise was more common in  boys  than girls .  

Reducing Risk of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease CDC June 6, 2014

Norovirus is the U.S.’s most common cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food CDC June 3, 2014 

Opening of first US medical school in Japan  BMJ June 6, 2014: Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, which is south of Tokyo, will be the site of Japan’s first US medical school. Medical Innovation School will be a joint venture between Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Japanese universities. The Kanagawa governor, Yuji Kuroiwa, plans to make the prefecture into a hub of excellence in healthcare. Classes will be held in English with opportunities to qualify in America.

Young Americans increasingly exposed to e-cigarette ads on TV; Between 2011 and 2013 there was a 256% increase in exposure to e-cigarette TV advertisement among 12- to 17-year-olds and a 321% increase among 18- to 24-year-olds, mostly on cable network shows.  

Increased melanoma risk in those with multiple sunburns while young An analysis of almost 109,000 white female nurses revealed an 80% increased risk of melanoma later in life in those experiencing five or more bad sunburns between ages 15 and 20. There was also a link between multiple sunburns and higher basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.  

Obesity markers in children and teens with diabetes Children and teens with type 1 diabetes or significant weight gain were more likely to have been diagnosed at a younger age, have longer disease duration, and be female, suggested an Austrian study. Short-acting insulin medication was tied to excess weight in girls, while long-acting insulin was linked to obesity in boys.  

Healthier eating habits in children with frequent vegetable intake before age 2; BBC  (5/30) U.K researchers report in the journal PLoS ONE that children who are more repeatedly offered vegetables before age 2 may be more likely to eat vegetables later in life.  

Higher premature birth risk in those with unhealthy diet before pregnancy HealthDay News  (6/2) Australian research found that women with diets higher in saturated fat and sugar in the year before becoming pregnant were more likely to give birth to premature babies.  

Global Health News 05/26 -30/2014
Minor but sustained weight loss improves health  News BMJ 2014-05-28 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has concluded that small amounts of weight loss resulting from programs focusing on activity, diet, and lifestyle are cost effective granted that the weight loss is sustained for the rest of one’s life.

Tanning Beds to Require New Warning Labels, says FDA MedlinePlus 2014-05-30 Warning labels must explicitly state that the devices should not be used by those under age 18. Growing evidence suggests that indoor tanning during childhood and early adult life heightens lifetime exposures and increases risk of melanoma later in life.

Environmental Influences Genes in Autistic Youth  MedlinePlus 2014-05-29 The development of autism is shown by a new study to be modulated by environmental influences on genes, aside from gene mutations themselves.

Fire Retardants May Raise Risk Lower Birth IQ  MedlinePlus 2014-05-29 Substances in fire retardants may enter the bodies of pregnant women, elevating the incidence of hyperactivity and lower IQ in their children, says a team of researchers from the University of Cincinnati, Canada, and the U.S. CDC.

Summer Safety Includes Insect Safety NIH MedlinePlus 2014-05-30. Summer’s fun comes along with a considerable threat posed by deer ticks. Deer ticks are small pests and potential carriers of Lyme disease.National Institutes of Health experts give the guide to avoid tick bites.

Heightened risk of diabetes and other conditions in high birth weight babies AAP SmartBrief 05-29 According to a study in Science News, babies weighing 9 pounds or more at birth may have increased lifetime risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and other conditions. Average birth weights over the past 70 years were correlated with the incidence of certain diseases in the study

sAAP recommends iodine supplementation during pregnancy  AAP SmartBrief 05-27-14 The AAP recommends daily iodine consumption of 220 to 290 micrograms for pregnant and breast-feeding women, respectively, to promote babies' brain development, but only about 15% of women take supplements containing adequate iodide, the group said. Pregnant or lactating women should avoid nitrate and thiocyanate because they could disrupt the processing of iodine into hormones, according to the group's statement published in the journal

Be Aware of Your Child’s Internet Behaviors  MedlinePlus HealthDay 05/26/2014 The internet can be an excellent tool for children, but may also be a dangerous place for those who do not take the proper precautions. The following suggestions come from The University of Michigan Health System. Make sure your child:
·         knows to exit inappropriate websites, or those that make him or her feel uncomfortable.
·         does not share personal information, including passwords.
·         refrains from using chat rooms.
·         does not meet anyone in person who he or she initially met online.

A new resource for doctors treating children with learning disabilities AAP SmartBrief 05-28-14 The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners have together developed the  LD Navigator, a new guide about learning challenges and disabilities for pediatric healthcare workers, available at no cost.

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AAP SmartBrief 02/07-14/2014
"Adult talk in NICUs may improve preemies' language development" Pediatrics;
"Guidelines advise using fluoride toothpaste on baby's first teeth"
Coffee consumption in pregnancy may raise risk of childhood leukemia  More talking, longer sentences help babies' brains
"Mental health problems linked to higher pregnancy rates in teen girls"

AAP SmartBrief 02/03-05/2014
“Infants at Highest Risk for Childhood Burns"

"Study finds greater risk of infant death for home deliveries"

"Prenatal exposure to common cold may raise children's risk of asthma, allergies"

AAP SmartBrief 01/28-29/2014
"Premature infants may have higher risk of childhood asthma, wheezing"  

"Older siblings can improve young children's language development"

AAP SmartBrief 01/20-22/2014
“Prenatal smoking linked to greater likelihood of cleft defects”

“Aggressive behavior in toddlers may be tied to genetic makeup” 

AAP SmartBrief 01/13-17/2014
"Babies do fake cry to get attention according to research"

"Preservative in baby wipes can cause allergic reactions"

"Researchers noted there were about 1.5 cases of intussusception for every 100,000 infants who were given the RotaTeq rotavirus vaccine."

AAP SmartBrief 01//06-10/2014
"When introducing solid foods, comparing self feeding, spoon –feeding babies may raise risk of childhood obesity"

"Flu vaccine while pregnant may cut preterm birth risk (25% Less).

'Women with increased levels of low-density lipoprotein prior to childbirth were five times more likely to have children with elevated LDL levels as young adults."

"High vitamin D levels in pregnancy may boost children's muscle development"

Pediatric News 12/2013
Early introducing solid foods (before 17 weeks) linked to food allergy at age 2 years.

AAP SmartBrief 12/23-31/2013
"Leading Causes of Death in the US among infants in 2010: birth defects, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome"

"Prolonged breast-feeding linked to improved child development"

AAP SmartBrief 12/16-19/2013
"Antibiotic Use in Infancy Could Increase Risk of Asthma"

AAP SmartBrief 12/02-06/2013
"Study: Playing with food can help your kids learn"

AAP SmartBrief 11/18-22/2013
"Childhood social functioning predicts schizophrenia risk"

"Later introduction of solid foods may reduce food allergy risks, study finds"

Comer News 11/24/2013
"Eearly detection and intervention for children’s sensory, motor, and communication development."
Tommy time,developmental milestones, sensory motor, flat head, language development
Recommended by Comer Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Specialists

AAP SmartBrief 11/11-14/2013
"Study: Mom's exercise during pregnancy helps baby's brain development"

Infectious Diseases in Children Oct.,2013
"Infant rotavirus vaccine protected older children, adults."
JAMA 2013;310:851-853

AAP SmartBrief 11/01-07/13
"Study: Infants' declining eye interest may signal autism"

"Early musical training may speed up brain responses to speech later in life"

"Exposure to more speech may improve language development in toddlers"

"Specific brain regions activate when babies watch different tasks" 

AAP SmartBrief 10/25-31/13
" Playing music to babies in the womb may boost brain development"

AAP SmartBrief 10/21/2013
"Breast milk purchased online may contain harmful bacteria"

Pediatrics August, 2013
The estimated Incidence of positional plagiocephaly (flat head) was 46.6% from a study for infants aged 7-12 weeks in 4 community-based clinics.

AAP SmartBrief 10/14-18/2013
Home reward-based tiny vegetable taste program helps vegetable intake for picky eater

AAP SmartBrief 10/7-11/2013

"Prenatal smoking may alter children's brain development"

"2-dose chickenpox vaccination yields lower infection rates, CDC finds"

AAP SmartBrief 10/02/2013
"Bed-sharing increased from 6.5% in 1993 to 13.5% in 2010"

AAP SmartBrief 02/07-14/2014
"Living near power lines doesn't put children at greater risk of leukemia"
"Immigrant children in U.S. are at greater risk of tuberculosis"

AAP SmartBrief 02/03-05/2014
“CDC: Car crash deaths for children under 12 down 43%"

"Flu-related deaths in Calif. jump to 147"

"Study: Many parents underestimate their children's weight"

AAP SmartBrief 01/27-29/2014
“Study: Vitamin supplements for children carry high daily doses"

“Why kids shouldn’t be overweight in kindergarten”

“Parents, docs can help save kids’ broken teeth: report”

"Study looks at firearm injuries among U.S. youths  - 20 children a day were admitted to hospital due to firearm injuries"

AAP SmartBrief 01/31/2014
“Dental cavities on the rise among young U.S. children"

AAP SmartBrief 01/20-24/2014
“Tobacco smoke exposure may raise readmission risk for childhood asthma”

“Study notes increasing questions about children and caffeine”

“Kawasaki disease doesn't increase risk of later heart problems”

AAP SmartBrief 01/13-17/2014
" Childhood sleep apnea is linked to higher blood pressure"

"Almost $3B spent each year on children's ear infections in U.S."

"FDA recommends limiting acetaminophen prescription dosage"

“Parent involvement can help kids get more active”

AAP SmartBrief 01//06-10/2014
“Antibiotic-resistant microbes cause at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year. As many as half of antibiotics are wrongly prescribed, contributing to drug-resistant infections. - CDC"

“Parents’ attitude linked to kids’ chronic pain”

Children & Disasters

Pediatric News 12/2013
"Spanking linked to later behavioral, cognitive problems"

AAP SmartBrief 12/20-31/2013
"Teasing may make children less active"

"CDC: Most Americans exceed recommended salt intake"  

AAP SmartBrief 12/16-19/2013
"Research looks at duration of symptoms of respiratory tract infections in children"

"Grandparent child care program helps reduce problem behaviors"

"AAP: Pregnant women, children should avoid raw milk products"

AAP SmartBrief 12/9-13/2013
“Iron may calm restless legs in children”

Comer Heath News
"Lead Screen" webpage has been updated

AAP SmartBrief 12/02-06/2013
"Measles cases increase threefold in U.S."

"Asthmatics are at increased risk for complications from the flu" "Just 50% of asthma patients received the flu vaccine during the 2010-2011 influenza season"

"Genes and air pollution combine to increase autism risk"

"Information for parents of children with Down Syndrome"

"Brain study finds low iron levels in children with ADHD"
Vitamin and Foods with Iron

AAP SmartBrief 11/25-26/2013
"Excess TV exposure linked to poorer cognitive development in preschoolers" 

"Study ties increased TV time to greater weight gain in youths"

AAP SmartBrief 11/18-22/2013
"Serving food in larger bowls may encourage children to eat more"

"Children are still choosing sugary drinks over water, study says"
Comment from Comer pediatricians: encorage children to drink more water when adding solid foods in infancy and toddler years.

"Exposure to air pollutants may make children more vulnerable to pneumonia" 

Comer News 11/24/2013
The webpage of health information including online health resources recommended for children and families has been updated.

AAP SmartBrief 11/11-14/2013
"Technology in bedrooms tied to sleep problems in children"

Pediatrics 11/2013
"Children, Adolescents, and the Media"
AAP Recommendation
< age 2: No screen media exposure
Age 2 and above: <1-2hours daily
No TV set and Internet-connected electronic devices in the child's bedrooms
Monitor the website and social media sites your child/teen use
Coview the screen media with them

AAP SmartBrief 11/01-07/2013
"Intensive program curbs children's exposure to secondhand smoke"

"Pneumococcal disease rates drop with PCV-13 vaccine"

AAP SmartBrief 10/21/2013
"Research ties spanking to problem behaviors in children"
"Immunization lowers risk of severe flu-related illness in pediatric patients"

Pediatrics August, 2013
“Approximately half of parents were aware f the potential cancer risks from CT scans in an emergency setting.”

“From 2001 through 2009, an estimated annual average of 12,435 children ages 0 to 14 years were treated in US emergency departments for nonfatal choking on food; 0 to 4-year-olds accounted for 61.7% of episodes. Foods most frequently involved were candy, meat, bone, fruits/vegetables.”

Falling TV related injury in the Unite States increased by 95% from 1990 to2011.

AAP SmartBrief 10/14-18/2013
"Inconsistent bedtime schedule linked to behavior issues in children"

"AAP weekly radio show now available on iHeartRadio Talk"

AAP SmartBrief 10/03/2013
"Children born to mothers who smoked while pregnant had a twofold greater risk of developing bipolar disorder"

AAP SmartBrief 02/07-14/2014
"Head, neck injuries tied to elevated stroke risk among young people"
"Playing sports tied to increased fruit, vegetable intake in children'
"ADHD drugs not linked to increased pediatric stroke risk"
"Survey shows unhealthy eating, lack of exercise top concern"

AAP SmartBrief 02/03-05/2014
"Kan. study links fitness to higher math, reading scores"
"High salt intake linked to increased obesity risk among teens"

"HPV vaccination not linked to riskier sexual behavior" ;

“FDA's antismoking campaign targets teenagers"

"U.S. must continue its fight against tobacco use"

AAP SmartBrief 01/28-31/2014
“Teens’ unhealthy breakfast habits linked to future heart disease and type 2 diabetes"

"Diet improvements help cut U.S. obesity rates"

"Many U.S. teens are using tanning beds despite risks"

AAP News 02/2014
BMI standards effective in detecting teens with metabolic syndrome

"Distracted driving puts newly licensed teens at risk"

"Warn teens, preteens about mixing alcohol, caffeine"

"Sweet flavored cigars can cause cancer, heart and lung disease, and other ongoing health problems"

"1 in 6 high school seniors has used stimulant medication"

AAP SmartBrief 01/21/2014
“Girls playing soccer in middle school have higher rate of concussions”

AAP SmartBrief 01/14-16/2014
"Spending more time watching TV may affect cognitive function in youths"

"E-cigarettes are putting next generation of children at risk"

AAP SmartBrief 01//06-10/2014
"Guidelines issued to prevent overuse injuries"

"Study: Increased dietary fat triggers abdominal adiposity in youths"

AAP SmartBrief 01/02/2014
"Distracted driving more dangerous for newly licensed teen drivers from dialing, reaching for a phone or object, or eating"

"Increased mental activity may prolong concussion recovery"; pediatrics

CDC: FAQs about HPV Vaccine  – updated on 12/21/2013
Teen Vaccination Updated on 01/04/2014
AAP News 01/01/2014

"Nearly one in four high school students uses tobacco" Quit Smoking

AAP SmartBrief 12/20-31/2013
"U.S. adults are concerned e-cigarette use by minors may lead to smoking"

"Symptoms of eating disorders vary between children and teens"

"Research ties excessive gum chewing to chronic headaches in children, teens"

"Early BMI increase may predict risk of metabolic syndrome at age 12"

"Vitamin B12 levels may predict risk of postural orthostatic tachycardia in teens"

AAP SmartBrief 12/16-19/2013
"Heavy marijuana use during adolescence may alter brain structure"

"Less sleep may raise blood pressure levels in normal-weight youths"

"Concussions may be depressing for teens"

AAP SmartBrief 12/9/2013
"Many young people are unaware of HPV vaccine's effectiveness"

Pediatric News May, 2013
Melanoma risk increases 2% annually in teens and 75% from indoor tanning products (ultraviolet radiation exposure)

AAP SmartBrief 12/02-06/2013
"HIV cases decrease in infants (540,000 in 2005 to 260,000 in 2012), but AIDS deaths 50% increase for teens"

"Study: Teen athletes have healthier eating and oral-hygiene habits"

"Review: Exercise cuts diabetes risk in children, teens"

AAP SmartBrief 11/25-26/2013
"Managing food allergies in the school setting"

"1 in 10 U.S. Children Now Has ADHD, CDC Says"

"Most parents underestimate effects of excessive noise on teens' hearing" 

AAP SmartBrief 11/18/2013
"Study: Obese teens may face increased health risks as adults"

AAP SmartBrief 11/15/2013
"CDC: More U.S. teens are turning to e-cigarettes; other tobacco products"

AAP SmartBrief 11/11-14/2013
"Going to sleep late may affect teens' emotions, academic performance"

"Regular physical activity may benefit teens with depression; small study says"

"Teen bullying tied to risky sexual behavior"

AAP News 11/1/2013
" Kids with concussions should ease back into school”

"School daze Students recovering from a concussion often need academic, environmental adjustments"

AAP SmartBrief 11/01-08/2013
"CDC: Young people are exposed to too many alcohol ads on TV"

“CDC: Makers of e-cigarettes, little cigars target kids”

"Managing food allergies in the school setting"

"Study links girls’ earlier puberty to obesity"

“When kids sleep less, they may eat more”

AAP SmartBrief 10/22-31/13
"Frequent texting may lead to sleep problems in college students"

"Getting more sleep may ward off illnesses in teens"

"More physical activity linked to better academic performance in youths"

"Lower back injuries are common among child, teen athletes"

"Parents should be more active in monitoring their children's media use"  

"Overuse injuries may rise when kids specialize in one spot"

The New York Times 10/27/2013
"Concussions and the Classroom"

AAP SmartBrief 10/7-11/2013
"Iron supplements can prevent anemia, improve cognitive health in youths"

"Overweight, obese youths have greater risk of developing hypertension."

AAP SmartBrief 10/02/2013
"Use of tobacco products among middle- and high-school students fell, from 33.6% in 2000 to 20.4% in 2011"

"More pediatric ED visits are attributed to sports-related head injuries"

AAP SmartBrief 02/07-14/2014 "Nearly 3.8M Graco car seats recalled over defective buckles"
"Inflatable bounce equipment causes more injuries than mechanical rides"

AAP SmartBrief 02/03-05/2014
“More than 800 girls' hooded coats recalled over strangulation risk"

"200,000 pacifiers recalled due to choking risk"

AAP SmartBrief 01/31/2014
“More than 200,000 strollers recalled over injury risk"

Health Alerts from AAP 02/2014
Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees
Hooded camouflage sweatshirts
Children utensils
Car seat adapter
Water absorbing polymer beads
Baby rattles
Home playground tube slides
Children’s wall-mounted lamps
Playtex Hip Hammock

AAP SmartBrief 01/20-24/2014
"Caramel color: The health risk that may be in your soda"

"Shopping carts are responsible for thousands of child injuries in U.S."

'Baby rattles recalled over choking hazard"

“Playtex recalls 1.4M pacifier holders”

"Johnson & Johnson takes 2 potential harmful chemicals off the baby Shampoo"

"Rohto eye drops recalled" aapnews

AAP SmartBrief 01//06-10/2014
"Thousands of child car seats recalled over safety issues"

Health Alerts from AAP 1/2014
Girls pajama sets
Cradle glider
Bunk beds
Children's night gowns
Infant sandals
Boy's hooded jackets
Bicycle racks
Mini bikes
Baby monitors with sensor pads

AAP SmartBrief 12/20-26/2013
"Edoche recalls children's eating utensils over choking risk"

"Playtex recalls baby carriers over fall risk"

AAP SmartBrief 12/9-13/2013
"IKEA recalls lamp following death of child"

"Infant iPad seats raised concerns about screen time for babies"

AAP SmartBrief 12/02-05/2013
"Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids’ Christmas List"

"Infant sandals removed from market over choking risk"

"More than 12,000 baby rattles recalled over choking risk"

"Little Willy recalls children's sweatshirts over strangulation risk" 

AAP SmartBrief 11/27/2013
"Hazardous toys are still available in U.S., consumer group warns"

AAP SmartBrief 11/18-22/2013
“Laser Toys Can Damage Eyes: Report” - Health USA News

"Baby monitors recalled over strangulation hazard"

"Flame retardants in children's foam furniture carry hidden health risks, group says"

AAP SmartBrief 11/15/2013
"Infant cradles removed from market due to fall hazard"

AAP SmartBrief 11/11-14/2013
'Market withdrawal, labeling changes on cold, cough meds curb pediatric ED visits"

"Step2 recalls riding wagons over fall hazard"

"Plum Organics recalls infant food products due to spoilage"

AAP News Health Alerts
Over 800 products

AAP SmartBrief 11/01-08/2013
"Vans recalls boys' hooded jackets over strangulation risk"

"Perrigo recalls acetaminophen infant suspension liquid"

AAP SmartBrief 10/25-30/2013
"Children's sitting stools recalled over fall risk"

"More than 7,000 toy sets recalled over choking risk"

AAP SmartBrief 10/7-11/2013
"Decorative contact lenses are dangerous" aapnews

AAP SmartBrief 10/01/2013
"More than 12,000 children's toy trunks recalled over injury risk"

AAP News on Sept 17, 2013
Children’s footed pajamas pose a burn risk

AAP SmartBrief Sept 16, 2013
“ 200,000 bottles of infant drops recalled over plastic particles”

AAP SmartBrief Sept 9, 2013
Motrin infant drops with berry flavor recalled.

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