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New research may lead to improved diagnosis of autism
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Functional magnetic resonance imaging may provide an early and objective indicator of autism, according to researchers at Columbia University in New York City, who used the technique to document language impairment in autistic children. Results of their study appear online and in the August issue of Radiology. More


New groups added to the NACHRI Community
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By popular request, we have added several new communities for NACHRI members to exchange ideas and resources, ask questions and connect with your children's hospital colleagues.
  • Ambulatory & Outpatient Care
  • Billing Coding & Compliance
  • Development & Fundraising
  • GIS and Mapping Health Care Data
  • Mental Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Diabetes
Other communities open to all members include Childhood Obesity, Legislative Advocacy, State Policy, Facility Design, Quality & Patient Safety, Public Relations & New Media, and Health Information Technology. Have an idea for a community? We'd love to hear it - contact Natalie Webster,

Emergency Department Acute Evaluation Team — The 'Red Hot' Process
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Join the NACHRI FOCUS Group team and Kosair Children's Hospital for a free webinar Wednesday, June 15 at 2 p.m. EDT, in which Sandy Herr, Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, will explain how her team, working as part of the Emergency Services FOCUS Group, decreased door to intervention time and ED length of stay. More

Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum

Unstructured playtime helps develop crucial social and intellectual skills needed to succeed in life, advocates say as they try to pull children and their parents away from the screen. "A big part of free play is having space to do it in, a space that isn't ruled over by adults."


Kids with stubborn asthma may have food allergy
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Inner-city children with poorly controlled asthma or skin allergies may be more likely to have food allergies, a new study hints. Researchers found that among 228 inner-city New York children seen at their allergy clinic, 28 percent had a food allergy — with eggs, peanuts and milk being the prime culprits. By contrast, the rate of food allergy among U.S. kids in general is only about four percent. More

Sheridan Children's - Here We Grow!

Established in 1982, Sheridan Children’s Healthcare Services, Inc. specializes in acute inpatient care and treatment of infants and children. Sheridan Children’s partners with hospitals to provide comprehensive neonatology and pediatric subspecialty programs including NICU, Healthy Hearing™, and Pediatric Hospitalist/EM services. Sheridan Children’s also offers PremiEHR™, our proprietary, web-based medical record program. MORE

Want to boost breast-feeding rates? More maternity leave is key
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If the United States wants to significantly increase its breast-feeding rates, extending women's maternity leave would be a good place to start, according to new research published today in the journal Pediatrics. Public health researchers found that women whose maternity leave lasted longer than six weeks were more likely to initiate breast-feeding, continue for more than six months and rely mostly on exclusive breast-feeding beyond three months, compared with women who returned to work between one and six weeks after giving birth. More

Hospitals hunt substitutes as drug shortages rise
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A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses — from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest — has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and sometimes even delaying treatment. "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr. Eric Lavonas of the American College of Emergency Physicians. More

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Young athletes use fewer drugs, but more alcohol
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Teens who exercise and play team sports are less likely to be smokers or use marijuana and other drugs, according to a new study. However, the results also showed that high school students on athletic teams drank more alcohol than their peers. While the findings don't prove cause and effect, they could have important implications for preventing drug and alcohol abuse in young adults, the authors write in the journal Addiction. More
Control Noise, Increase Speech Privacy

Meet Grace. She’s sleeping despite the noise from conversations, footfall, medical equipment, televisions and carts. Why? Because her room is equipped with sound masking technology. It increases speech privacy so she can talk comfortably with her caregivers and it controls noise, helping her get the rest she needs for recovery. MORE
Pedi-Wrap® Pediatric Arm/Leg Immobilizers

Pedi-wraps, the most widely used pediatric arm and leg immobilizers is ideal following surgery, to cover and protect injuries, sutures, and bandages, or during treatments. Fast and easy to use, soft cotton makes it comfortable to wear with kid-friendly prints, machine washable and dryer safe. MORE
Home Care for Special Children

Bayada specializes in transitioning your high-tech patients from hospital to home. Our nurses are experienced in pediatric tracheostomy and ventilator care, feeding tube and respiratory care, and are available 24/7 at home and school. Bayada is CHAP accredited, fully insured and accepts most insurance, Medicaid, and private pay. MORE

Link between childhood ADHD and substance abuse risk supported by new data
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Analysis of data from two long-term studies of the impact of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder on the development of psychiatric disorders in young adults confirms that ADHD alone significantly increases the risk of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls. The report from a team of Massachusetts General Hospital investigators will appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. More

More sleep may cut kids' risk of obesity
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Youngsters who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis are more likely to be overweight, a new study has found. Conversely, when children got more shut-eye, they had a reduction in body mass index and a significant drop in their risk of being overweight, the researchers found. More

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Opinion: Why medical school should be free
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Doctors are among the most richly rewarded professionals in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of the 15 highest-paid professions in the United States, all but two are in medicine or dentistry. Why, then, are we proposing to make medical school free? Huge medical school debts — doctors now graduate owing more than $155,000 on average, and 86 percent have some debt — are why so many doctors shun primary care in favor of highly paid specialties, where there are incentives to give expensive treatments and order expensive tests, an important driver of rising health care costs. More

Doctors: Kids should stay away from energy drinks
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In a new report, a large group of American doctors urge kids and teens to avoid energy drinks and only consume sports drinks in limited amount. The recommendations come in the wake of a national debate over energy drinks, which experts fear may have side effects. More

Testing helps change the game on youth concussions
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Shannon Parker got knocked in the head at soccer practice at Fairfax High School in Virginia. She sat out for weeks until passing a comprehensive clinical evaluation that included a computer test showing she was back to normal brain function. Athletes at the 25 public high schools in Fairfax County, an affluent suburb of Washington, D.C., take baseline tests like the ones used by NFL players. The ImPACT tests are one tool doctors and athletic trainers can use to tell when it is safe to return to the field. That's crucial because a second concussion when not fully healed from a first one is dangerous. More

Tackling Under-performing Projects

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Cellphones are added to list of potential risks for cancer
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The World Health Organization placed cellphones on its list of items that can potentially cause cancer in humans, based on studies suggesting there might be a small increased risk of glioma, a rare brain cancer, from heavy use of the mobile device. The group said the evidence of harm from cellphones is limited and is based on inconclusive research, but warrants classification of the phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" — a category that includes 266 items, from gasoline exhaust to dry cleaning agents to talcum powder. More

Adverse device-related events are frequent in children
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Analysis of data from more than 5 million patients treated at more than three dozen hospitals throughout the United States has revealed a common prevalence of adverse medical-device events. This information could spur efforts to improve the safety of medical devices implanted in children. Most devices used in the medical treatment of children have been developed and tested in adults. Their performance and risks in children have been relatively poorly understood. More

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