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January 2014 Briefing - Pediatrics

January 2014 Briefing - Pediatrics

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pediatrics for January 2014. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Deal Could Trade Tort Reform for Additional Health Reform

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians may be willing to make a trade in accepting some additional health reform efforts in exchange for tort reform, according to an article published in the January issue of Health Affairs.

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Intensive Lifestyle Reverses Glucose Abnormalities in Youth

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An intensive lifestyle intervention can reverse early glucose abnormalities in obese youth, according to a study published in the February issue of Diabetes Care.

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AAP Approves Childhood Immunization Schedules for 2014

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules for 2014 have been approved, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement published in the Feb. 1 issue of Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/133/2/357.extract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/133/2/357.full )

Improving Infection Control Could Mean No More White Coats

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health care personnel should consider their clinical attire, such as white lab coats, carefully with regards to risk of transmitting infection, according to guidelines published in the February issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Abstract (http://www.jstor.org/stable/info/10.1086/675066 )Full Text (http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/675066 )

Preterm Birth Tied to Increased Risk of Childhood Wheeze

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm birth, especially very preterm birth, is associated with an increased risk of childhood wheezing disorders, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in PLOS Medicine.

Full Text (http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001596;jsessionid=CABA0C25AB94A23F7C863DBCB06A9E26 )

Pediatric Shopping-Cart-Related Injuries Not Decreasing

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- From 1990 to 2011, there was no decrease seen in shopping-cart-related injuries among children younger than 15 years treated in U.S. emergency departments, with a significant increase seen in the annual concussion/closed head injury rate, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in Clinical Pediatrics.

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Higher Odds of Teen Obesity for Overweight Kindergartners

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Incident childhood obesity is more likely to occur at younger ages, with overweight 5-year-olds four times as likely to become obese compared to their normal-weight peers, according to research published in the Jan. 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1309753?query=featured_home )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe1315169?query=featured_home )

Docs Prefer Tablets Over Smartphones for Reading Articles

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although physicians generally use smartphones rather than tablets for professional purposes, they are more likely to read articles from medical publications and access medically oriented webcasts/podcasts on tablets, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kantar Media.

More Information (http://www.kantarmedia-healthcare.com/doctors-are-more-likely-to-use-tablets-over-smartphones-to-read-medical-publications )

Report Reveals Payment Methods for Physicians

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many physicians in non-solo practice settings are paid using different methods, with just over half receiving all or most of their compensation from salary, according to a report from the American Medical Association.

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Oral Immunotherapy Can Desensitize Children to Peanuts

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) is efficacious for desensitization of children with peanut allergy, according to a phase 2 study published online Jan. 30 in The Lancet.

Abstract (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62301-6/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62301-6/fulltext )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62671-9/fulltext )

Practices Must Engage Vendors for ICD-10 Updates Now

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practice owners need to communicate with system vendors to coordinate International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) updates, according to an article published Dec. 25 in Medical Economics.

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Businesses Urge Change to ACA's Insurance Mandate

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Beginning in 2015, U.S. businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance to "full-time" employees, meaning workers who log at least 30 hours a week, on average.

Full Article (http://consumer.healthday.com/diabetes-information-10/insulin-news-414/businesses-urge-change-to-obamacare-s-insurance-mandate-684325.html )

Handwashing Appears Best in Prevention of Common Cold

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The evidence relating to prevention and treatment of the common cold is frequently poor, but best evidence for prevention supports physical methods such as handwashing and possibly use of zinc supplements, according to a review published online Jan. 27 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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AAP Updates Evaluation of Child Fractures for Physical Abuse

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A child's age, medical history, presence of other injuries, location and type of fracture, and possible fracture mechanism must be evaluated fully to determine if injuries are caused by abuse, according to a clinical report published online Jan. 27 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/22/peds.2013-3793.abstract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/22/peds.2013-3793.full.pdf+html )

Insurance Eligibility Headaches Expected With ACA

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With the influx of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act, physician practices should be prepared to spend even more time verifying coverage, according to an article published Jan. 2 in Medical Economics.

More Information (http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/physicians-brace-aca-insurance-eligibility-headaches-january )

Framework Established to Promote Safety of Care

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A framework has been established to advance clinical learning environments that promote change in the quality and safety of care, according to a perspective piece published online Jan. 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1314628?query=featured_home )

BMI Thresholds Predict Metabolic Syndrome in Teens

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FITNESSGRAM (FGram) body mass index (BMI) thresholds are predictive of metabolic syndrome in U.S. adolescents, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/22/peds.2013-1308 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/22/peds.2013-1308.full.pdf+html )

Low BMI Tied to Better Surgical Scoliosis Curve Correction

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), low body mass index (BMI) is associated with greater percent correction of thoracic curves, according to a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of Spine.

Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2014/01150/Low_Body_Mass_Index_in_Adolescent_Idiopathic.12.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) ( http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2014/01150/Low_Body_Mass_Index_in_Adolescent_Idiopathic.12.aspx )

First Trimester Growth Restriction Tied to Childhood CVD Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- First trimester fetal growth restriction correlates with an adverse cardiovascular risk profile in childhood, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in BMJ.

Full Text (http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g14 )Editorial (http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g175 )

Therapeutic Music Video Beneficial for HSCT Recipients

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents/young adults (AYAs), a therapeutic music video (TMV) intervention delivered during the acute phase of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is associated with positive resilience outcomes, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Cancer.

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CDC: Health Care Providers Shouldn't Rely on Rapid Flu Tests

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should not rely entirely on rapid flu tests when determining if patients have the flu, U.S. health officials say.

Full Article (http://consumer.healthday.com/health-technology-information-18/press-medical-and-health-reporting-news-552/health-highlights-jan-26-2014-684224.html )CDC FluView (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/ )

Older Sibling Sensitivity Affects Younger Child's Vocabulary

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to large sibships who have an older sibling that exhibits high cognitive sensitivity are less likely to show low vocabulary skills, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/22/peds.2012-2874.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/22/peds.2012-2874.full.pdf+html )

Top Ten Physician Challenges of 2014 Discussed

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The top ten challenges for physicians in 2014 relate to payment for medical services and government mandates, as well as adapting to a changing patient population and the need to improve work-life balance, according to an article published Dec. 25 in Medical Economics.

More Information (http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/top-10-challenges-facing-physicians-2014 )

~7,400 Child Firearm-Related Injury Hospitalizations in 2009

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In 2009, there were 7,391 hospitalizations for firearm-related injury among U.S. children and adolescents, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Pediatrics.

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Children Resilient When Dealing With Cancer Experience

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When compared with peers without a history of cancer, children with cancer do not appear to have increased posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), according to research published online Jan. 21 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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'Buzzed' Drivers More Likely to Be Blamed for Crashes

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drivers with low levels of blood alcohol content (BAC) are more likely to be found at fault than sober drivers involved in crashes, according to research published online Jan. 7 in Injury Prevention.

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Quinoa Consumption Seems Safe for Celiac Patients

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with celiac disease, the addition of quinoa to a gluten-free diet for six weeks is well tolerated, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Abstract (http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ajg2013431a.html )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ajg2013431a.html )

FDA Wants to Update Food Labels

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- America's food labels may get their first makeover in more than 20 years. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency is working toward publishing proposed rules to update nutrition labels and serving size information.

Full Article (http://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/food-and-drug-administration-news-315/fda-food-labels-684201.html )

Online Fitness Tool Users Want Images Similar to Themselves

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Incorporating images that reflect the user may make Internet-based physical activity promotion tools more acceptable to users, including young overweight African-American women, according to a study published Jan. 16 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0169.htm )

Financial Value Overrides Health in Supersized Food Buys

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Supersized" pricing increases the quantity of food purchased and consumed because of focus on financial value, while diminishing the importance of health effects, according to a study published in the Journal of Marketing.

Abstract (http://journals.ama.org/doi/abs/10.1509/jm.11.0261 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.ama.org/doi/pdf/10.1509/jm.11.0261 )

Writing a Blog Can Up a Doc's Visibility

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blogs can be a valuable tool to promote physician practices, according to an article published Dec. 17 in Medical Economics.

More Information (http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/why-writing-blog-may-benefit-physician-s-career )

Stimulant, Antipsychotic Combo Improves Aggressive Behavior

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and aggressive disorders, the addition of risperidone to a combination of parent training and psychostimulant is associated with moderate improvement in aggressive and disruptive behaviors, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Abstract (http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(13)00785-5/abstract )Full Text (http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(13)00785-5/fulltext )Editorial (http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(13)00743-0/fulltext )

DSM-5 Criteria Likely to Lower ASD Prevalence Estimates

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria is likely to lower prevalence estimates for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to a study published online Jan. 22 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Most Patients at Diabetes Risk Consider Themselves Healthy

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 80 percent of patients at elevated risk for type 2 diabetes think they are in excellent or very good health, according to a new survey from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

More Information (http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2013/many-people-at-risk-for-type-2-dont-think-they-are-at-risk.html )

Editorial Discusses Ultrasound in Point-of-Care Diagnostics

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasound devices represent an important point-of-care diagnostic modality, which is increasingly being used in numerous specialties, according to an editorial published in the December issue of Global Heart.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.globalheart-journal.com/article/S2211-8160(13)00171-3/fulltext )

Medical Staff Performance Goals Should Be Clear, Attainable

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Staff performance in medical practices needs to be appropriately managed and measured with performance goals, according to an article published Dec. 25 in Medical Economics.

Full Article (http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/managing-staff-performance-reviews-and-raises )

CDC: Cesarean Section Rate Declining in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of cesarean sections in a subset of U.S. states increased between 2006 and 2009 and then declined through 2012, according to a report published in the Jan. 23 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Vital Statistics Reports.

More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63/nvsr63_01.pdf )

Outbreak of Exposure to Novel Synthetic Cannabinoid Described

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of exposure to a novel synthetic cannabinoid was rapidly controlled in Colorado, according to a letter to the editor published in the Jan. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1313655 )

Concussion Common Among Young Female Soccer Players

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of cumulative concussion is 13.0 percent per season for female soccer players aged 11 to 14 years, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1812615#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1812615 )

ALA: Much More Must Be Done to Lower Smoking Rates

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- State inaction and tobacco industry tactics are slowing tobacco control efforts in the United States, a new report from the American Lung Association (ALA) finds.

Full Article (http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/much-more-must-be-done-to-lower-smoking-rates-experts-say-684117.html )

Legitimacy of Publishing Pharma-Funded Research Queried

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The question of whether to stop publishing research funded by the drug industry is addressed in a head-to-head piece published online Jan. 15 in BMJ.

Full Text (http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g171 )

Some Medical Schools Offering Accelerated Training

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some medical schools are offering an accelerated three-year program, according to a report from Kaiser Health News.

More Information (http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2014/january/14/medical-schools-shaving-off-a-year-of-training.aspx )

PCP Practices Not Well Organized for Providing Energy Balance Care

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care physician (PCP) practices are not well organized for providing energy balance care, with considerable variation in provision of care between PCP specialties, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Abstract (http://ajhpcontents.org/doi/abs/10.4278/ajhp.121219-QUAN-626 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://ajhpcontents.org/doi/full/10.4278/ajhp.121219-QUAN-626 )

Pediatric AOM Costs Health Care System ~$2.88 Billion Annually

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric acute otitis media (AOM) is associated with increased health care utilization and costs, adding approximately $2.88 billion in health care expense annually, according to a study published in the January issue of The Laryngoscope.

Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lary.24190/abstract )Full Text (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lary.24190/full )

ACA Impact on Primary Practice May Depend on Location

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The impact of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on physicians' primary care practices will vary geographically, according to an article published Dec. 25 in Medical Economics.

More Information (http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/what-will-insurance-exchanges-medicaid-expansion-mean-your-primary-care-pract )

More Federal Funding of Health Centers Mitigates Access Issues

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Since 2000, increased federal funding for community health centers has helped low-income adults get access to primary care and dental care, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Health Services Research.

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Researchers Examine FDA Decision Making Processes

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The rationale behind the decision making processes of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is discussed in three articles published in the Jan. 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Medication Synchronization Program Ups Adherence

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A community pharmacy-based medication synchronization program can improve medication adherence, according to a study conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

More Information (http://www.ncpanet.org/pdf/survey/2014/ncpa-study-results.pdf )

Firearm Access in Home Ups Suicide, Homicide Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Access to firearms is associated with increased risk for suicide and homicide, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Jan. 21 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Initiative Improves Timeliness of Pediatric Endoscopies

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Quality improvement methods and tools can improve the timeliness of pediatric endoscopic procedures, according to research published online Jan. 20 in Pediatrics.

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Survey IDs Factors Influencing Physician Job Satisfaction

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Believing that they are delivering high-quality patient care is key to physician job satisfaction, according to an article published Dec. 10 in Medical Economics.

More Information (http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/delivering-quality-patient-care-key-physician-satisfaction-study-finds )

Doctor Urges Colleagues to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A campaign to encourage physicians to disclose potential conflicts of interest has sparked ire from doctors despite evidence that openness improves the doctor-patient relationship, according to a personal view piece published online Jan. 15 in BMJ.

Full Text (http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g167 )

Considerable Variation in Quality of Care for Tonsillectomy

MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Considerable variation is observed across hospitals in the quality of care for routine tonsillectomy among children, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in Pediatrics.

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FDA: New Test Helps Diagnose Intellectual Disability in Children

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new test to diagnose developmental delays and intellectual disability in children based on genetic abnormalities has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More Information (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm382179.htm )

Nutrition Compliance Up for Head Start Providers

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Head Start child-care providers have greater compliance with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommended feeding practices than Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and non-CACFP providers, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Research IDs Serious Cardio Events Tied to Energy Drinks

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Several adverse cardiovascular events following consumption of energy drinks have been reported in the literature, according to a review published in the Jan. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

Abstract (http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(13)01982-6/abstract )Full Text (http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(13)01982-6/fulltext )

Body Image Distortion Linked to Depression in Teen Boys

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescent boys with body image distortion have higher levels of depressive symptoms, and underweight status predicts anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) use via depressive symptoms and victimization, according to research published online Dec. 23 in Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

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Race Linked to Age-Appropriate Use of Child Car Seats

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Age-appropriate use of child passenger restraint differs by race even when other factors such as education and income are considered, according to research published online Jan. 13 in Pediatrics.

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Primary Care Docs Rarely Advise Antidepressants for Teens

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few primary care providers (PCPs) recommend antidepressants for adolescents with depression, according to research published in the January issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

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State Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance exchanges in five states with strong enrollment growth are ramping up efforts to reach even more uninsured Americans before the end of the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period on March 31. The March 31 deadline is for people who want health coverage for 2014.

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Reliable Emotion Words ID'd to Assess Patient Experience

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A reliable set of emotion words have been identified that can serve as a tool for experience-based design questionnaires in health care, according to a study published in the December issue of Healthcare.

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FDA Warns of Fires From Some Cryogenic Wart Removers

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Flammable over-the-counter wart removers have started fires, injuring at least 10 people in recent years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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Two Distinct Etiologies for Distal Forearm Fractures in Childhood

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood distal forearm fractures (DFFs) have two distinct etiologies, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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NCPA: Access to Controlled Substances Often Delayed

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most pharmacists report experiencing multiple delays or issues with their controlled substance orders, according to the results of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Controlled Substances Access Survey.

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Survey Results Identify Drivers of Doctor Engagement

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The results of a survey from the Physician Wellness Services and Cejka Search have identified the key aspects of doctor engagement.

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FDA Warns Against Rx With High Levels of Acetaminophen

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending that physicians stop prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products containing more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, according to a safety alert issued by the agency.

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Exposure to Some Phthalates Fell in the Last Decade

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to some phthalates has fallen over the last decade and may be associated with bans on their use, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Drug Testing Does Not Deter Substance Abuse in High School

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The perception of student drug testing does not appear to reduce substance use in high school, according to research published in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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L. reuteri Prophylaxis Found Beneficial for Term Newborns

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prophylaxis with Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 during the first three months of life correlates with a reduction in functional gastrointestinal disorder symptoms and associated costs, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Late Pregnancy SSRI Exposure May Up Newborn Pulmonary HTN

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in late pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, although the absolute risks are small, according to a review published online Jan. 14 in BMJ.

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School-Based Food, Drink Commercialism Still High

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There continues to be a high prevalence of school-based commercialism of food and beverages, according to research published online Jan. 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Beliefs About Safety May Spark E-Cigarette Use in Young Adults

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who believe that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are less harmful and can help people quit smoking are more likely to try them, according to research published online Jan. 7 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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CAM Common in Children With Developmental Disabilities

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common among families of young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD), according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

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Risk of Intussusception Still Up After New Rotavirus Vaccination

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of intussusception is still increased after administration of the new rotavirus vaccines, but the risk is lower than that seen with previous vaccines, according to two studies published online Jan. 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The studies were published ahead-of-print to coincide with the sixth annual Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop at the Brookings Institution, held on Jan. 14 in Washington, D.C.

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Primary Care Work Environment Affects Nurse Practitioners

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The organizational climate in primary care settings influences the professional practice of nurse practitioners (NPs), according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

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Socioeconomic Disparities Increasing in Teen Obesity

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall obesity trends among adolescents indicate socioeconomic disparities, with increased prevalence among adolescents with low socioeconomic status (SES), according to a study published online Jan. 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Methylisothiazolinone ID'd

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) to methylisothiazolinone (MI) may be increasing and should be considered in cases with a history of wet wipe use, according to a case series published online Jan. 13 in Pediatrics.

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Sizable Number of Intentional Injuries Occur at School

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of emergency department visits (EDVs) related to intentional injuries in schools is considerable, with increased risk for an EDV for injuries occurring in the school setting versus outside the school setting, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Pediatrics.

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Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under ACA

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's still time to enroll in a health insurance plan through one of the Affordable Care Act's new online marketplaces. Those who sign up by Wednesday will have coverage starting next month.

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More Than Two Million People Have Signed Up for ACA Coverage

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 2.2 million Americans had selected health plans through the federal and state marketplaces as of late December, and nearly one in four was a young adult, the Obama administration disclosed Monday.

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Disease Severity Factors ID'd for Human Rhinovirus

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Human rhinovirus (HRV) infection is a common pathogen seen in young children with respiratory infection symptoms, with severe disease caused mainly by presence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in coinfections, prematurity, congenital heart disease, and noninfectious respiratory disease, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Pediatrics.

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Suicide Risk Equal for Children Taking Single Antidepressant

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of suicide attempts among children and adolescents treated with individual selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) does not differ compared with that among current users of fluoxetine, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

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Patterns of Shoulder Injuries Vary in High School Sports

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rates and patterns of shoulder injuries vary by sport and gender in high school athletes, according to research published online Jan. 13 in Pediatrics.

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CMS: New Rule Proposed for Contract Year 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A proposed rule has been issued that will strengthen protections, improve health care quality, and reduce costs for Medicare beneficiaries with private Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription plans, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Survey: Fees, Reimbursement Top Physician Worries

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The results of a new survey show that physicians are concerned about declining reimbursements and increasing administrative hassles, including negotiating with payers, obtaining prior authorizations, and cutting through government red tape, according to an article published Nov. 25 in Medical Economics.

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EHR Use Linked to Doc-Reported Enhanced Patient Care

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of electronic health records is associated with enhanced patient care overall, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in Health Services Research.

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Female Conveners Up Number of Women at Scientific Symposia

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having at least one woman on teams that convene scientific symposia increases the proportion of invited female speakers by 72 percent, compared with teams containing all men, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in mBio.

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CMS: Low Growth for National Health Expenditures in 2012

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall national health expenditures were marked by a fourth consecutive year of low growth, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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ACP Introduces Free 'High Value Care' Case Studies

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to improve health care and eliminate wasteful practices, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has developed a series of High Value Care cases studies, available online for free.

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Impact of In Utero Epilepsy Med Exposure Studied in Children

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to children exposed in utero to sodium valproate, children exposed in utero to levetiracetam for treatment of maternal epilepsy have superior language and motor development at age 36 to 54 months, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in Neurology.

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Most Ped OTC Liquid Med Labels Adhere to FDA Dosing Guidelines

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most over-the-counter (OTC) pediatric liquid medication directions adhere to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration dosing recommendations; and maternal OTC analgesic use is associated with child use of OTC analgesics, according to two studies published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

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CDC: One-Quarter of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Guidelines

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only one-quarter of U.S. youth aged 12 to 15 years meet reccomended physical activity guidelines by engaging in at least 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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No Benefit for Tight Glycemic Control in Critically Ill Children

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tight glycemic control in critically ill children using intravenous insulin results in similar clinical outcomes as conventional glycemic control, but with a higher risk of hypoglycemia, according to a study published in the Jan. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Lowering WBC Criteria Lowers Negative Appendectomy Rate

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing the threshold of leukocytosis as a criterion for appendicitis to 8,000 to 9,000 white blood cells (WBCs) per µL reduces the rates of negative appendectomy, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in Pediatrics.

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Occupational Therapy Aids Kids With Autism, Sensory Issues

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Occupational therapy focused on sensory integration strategies helps children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory issues improve their ability to perform everyday tasks, according to a study published online Nov. 10 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Fit Teen Males Less Likely to Have Myocardial Infarction Later in Life

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Males who are fit in late adolescence are less likely to have a myocardial infarction (MI) later in life, according to research published in the January issue of the European Heart Journal.

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Liquid Tamiflu for Children in Short Supply

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Manufacturing problems have created a shortage of the liquid form of Tamiflu, which is designed for young children who can't swallow capsules, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.

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Internists Uncomfortable Caring for Childhood Cancer Survivors

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many general internists are unfamiliar with care guidelines for childhood cancer survivors (CCSs) and, on average, are somewhat uncomfortable caring for these patients, according to a study published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Surgical Management of Pediatric Otitis Media Reviewed

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A systematic review of the comparative efficacy of surgical treatments for otitis media with effusion (OME) in children has been published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

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Administrative Demands Hurt Patient-Doctor Relationship

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Administrative demands on doctors, particularly primary care physicians, threaten the patient-doctor relationship, according to an article published Dec. 10 in Medical Economics.

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Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with 2006 to 2007, smoking rates among health care professionals for 2010 to 2011 continue to be lowest in physicians and highest in licensed practical nurses (LPNs), according to a research letter published in the Jan. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on tobacco control.

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U.S. Cancer Death Rates Decreasing Steadily

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer death rates have been decreasing steadily for the past two decades, with the magnitude of the decrease varying with age, race, and sex, according to a report published online Jan. 7 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Increased Fever Risk After Vaccination With TIV + PCV-13

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Simultaneous vaccination with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) and 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) is associated with increased risk of fever compared with receipt of either vaccine alone, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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AMA Urges Med Students to Be Agents of Health Care Change

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical students are being encouraged to be agents of change in the health care system, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Cognitive Rest May Speed Concussion Recovery in Youth

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of cognitive activity are associated with longer duration of symptoms in youth with sports-related concussion, according to research published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

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Preemie Crying Linked to Later Behavioral Problems

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Early crying in preterm infants is associated with later child behavioral problems, and an education program can reduce postnatal depression symptoms as well as infant sleep and cry problems, according to two studies published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

Abstract - Korja (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/01/peds.2013-1204.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/01/peds.2013-1204.full.pdf+html )Abstract - Hiscock (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/01/peds.2013-1886.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/01/01/peds.2013-1886.full.pdf+html )

One in Five At-Risk Seventh-Graders Admit to Sexting

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sexting behavior (sending sexually explicit messages and/or pictures) is not uncommon among seventh-grade adolescents and is associated with other sexual behaviors, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

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Risks Associated With Early-Term Delivery Highlighted

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Non-medically indicated early-term delivery is associated with increased neonatal morbidity and mortality, and interventions to reduce these deliveries are encouraged, according to a review published in the November issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Non-White Physicians Provide Disproportionate Minority Care

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Non-white physicians provide a disproportionate share of care to underserved populations, according to a research letter published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Health Law Calls for Calorie Counts on Vending Machines

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a lot more counting of calories when people buy snacks from vending machines or order food in certain restaurants under rules currently being crafted as part of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act.

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One-Third of Teen Health Visits Don't Mention Sexuality

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of adolescents have annual health maintenance visits without any mention of sexuality, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Unrestricted Hospital Visiting Hours Up Patient Satisfaction

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Open visitation improves the patient and family experience and does not cause interference for hospital staff, according to research published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

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Expanding Medicaid Coverage Ups Emergency Department Use

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid coverage is associated with increased emergency department use, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in Science.

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CDC Addresses Burden, Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The burden and threats posed by antibiotic resistance infections are discussed in a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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AMA Details Top Five Federal Issues for 2014

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the repeal of Medicare's failed sustained growth formula, and the proposed roll-out of the International Classification of Diseases, Version 10, top the list of federal issues expected to impact physicians and patients in 2014, according to a viewpoint piece published online Dec. 30 by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Over 100 New Accountable Care Organizations Formed

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred twenty-three new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been formed by doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, which will provide access to high-quality coordinated care for about 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Urgent Care Can Be Opportunity for Practice Expansion

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many physicians are exploring expansion into urgent care as a means to grow their practice, but some important factors should be assessed before jumping in, according to an article published Nov. 25 in Medical Economics.

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Performing Secondary Tasks Ups Crash, Near-Crash Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The performance of secondary tasks while driving is associated with increased risk of crashes and near-crashes, especially among novice drivers, according to a study published in the Jan. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Doctors Discuss Use of MenB Vaccine at Princeton University

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The planned use of an experimental Neisseria meningitides serogroup B (MenB) meningitis vaccine at the University of Princeton has raised several contentious issues relating to vaccination, according to an ideas and opinions piece published online Dec. 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Combination Protocol Accurately Diagnoses Appendicitis in Kids

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A clinical pathway combining the Samuel's pediatric appendicitis score (PAS) and selective use of ultrasonography (US) has high sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing appendicitis in children, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in Pediatrics.

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Usage, Cost of Antibiotics for Children Higher in U.S. Versus U.K.

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For young children, the usage and cost of antibiotics is considerably higher in the United States than in the United Kingdom, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Pharmacotherapy.

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Impact of Transitions in Doctors' Careers Discussed

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Transitions and their associated challenges are encountered throughout a doctors' medical career, according to an editorial published online Nov. 26 in BMJ.

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Worsening of Shortage of Residency Slots Feared

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a looming physician shortage, the number of residency positions in the United States has not changed since 1996, creating a bottleneck that will become worse with further budget cuts, according to a blog post published Dec. 7 on KevinMD.com.

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CDC: Updated Guidance for HBV Vaccination for Health Workers

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health care personnel should be vaccinated against hepatitis B virus (HBV) if they anticipate exposure to blood or body fluids, and receive serologic testing to assess for antibody against the virus, according to updated guidelines published in the Dec. 20 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Isotonic Fluids Safer for Pediatric Maintenance IV Therapy

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For children requiring maintenance intravenous (IV) fluids, isotonic fluids are safer than hypotonic fluids in terms of plasma sodium (pNa) levels, according to a meta-analysis published online Dec. 30 in Pediatrics.

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Docs Have Until Jan. 31 to Change Medicare Status

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deadline for making changes to Medicare participation status has been extended to Jan. 31, 2014, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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