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Proposed health cuts may limit access further
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A new government proposal would cut reimbursement rates for doctors who accept Medicare by 30 percent in 2012. And hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions in both Medicare and Medicaid are on the table now as the Obama administration and Republicans negotiate over the budget. The potential cuts are raising concerns for the more than 100 million Americans who rely on the programs, as well as the doctors who treat them. More

Busy Parents Seek Regular Exercise Outlets for Kids
The Centers for Disease Control, in an effort to halt the trend of obesity among children, recommend that children play one hour each day. That’s a lot for a busy family, and so parents are seeking ways to incorporate play into their lives and into their childcare plans. more


2011 Annual Leadership Conference early bird registration is now open
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Plan now to join us in Bellevue, WA, Oct. 9-12, to network with your peers and renew your inspiration, as children's hospital leaders discuss advancing new leadership competencies, creating new health care delivery models and integrating physician strategies. For the best rates, register now at

2010-2011 NACHRI/N.A.C.H. Accomplishments Brochure now online
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The NACHRI and N.A.C.H. Accomplishments Brochure highlights key accomplishments of the past year made on behalf of our members. It is a must-read for our members, friends, and corporate supporters. View the brochure now at


Administration offers health care cuts as part of budget negotiations
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Obama administration officials are offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit, but the depth of the cuts depends on whether Republicans are willing to accept any increases in tax revenues. More

Sheridan Children's - Here We Grow!

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Funding for pediatric residencies remains in doubt
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The future of pediatric graduate medical education remains unclear after major cuts in federal funding for the 2011 fiscal year and President Obama's proposed elimination of funding for next year. The Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program helps the nation's 56 freestanding children's hospitals train more than 40 percent of the nation's general pediatricians and 43 percent of pediatric specialists. More

Smoking in pregnancy raises birth defect risk
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Babies born to moms who smoke are more likely to have certain birth defects compared to infants with mothers who don't smoke during pregnancy, a large new study shows. The study, a fresh look at 50 years of research, is the first scientific review of studies that have looked at the connection between smoking and birth defects. It includes information on nearly 12 million infants, including 173,000 that were born with malformed bodies. More

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Study: Pinning down risk factors for autism elusive
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Research has hinted that various factors around the time of birth may raise a child's risk of autism later in life, but there is still too little evidence to point to specific culprits, a U.S. study said. Experts have long believed that genes play a key role in autism risk, but a U.S. study released last week found that genes appeared to explain a much smaller portion of the risk than previously suggested. 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

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Home Care for Special Children

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Guarding privacy may not always protect patients
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Juggling parental concern with an adolescent patient's legal and ethical right to privacy opens up some tricky questions. The law varies state by state, but many allow minors to consent by themselves to medical care involving such sensitive needs as contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and mental health. More

Folic acid tied to better grades in teens
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Swedish teenagers who consumed more folic acid got better school grades, a small study published in the journal Pediatrics has found. But don't run out and stock up on the B vitamin with the rest of your school supplies just yet, one expert warns. More

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Health officials ease requirements for states' insurance exchanges
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The Obama administration moved to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the health care law the president signed last year. The state-based exchanges are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to shopping the Internet for an airline ticket or a hotel room. More

UK to fight obesity with baby exercise
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Preschoolers, even babies, need daily exercise, the British government says in its first-ever exercise advice for its youngest citizens. In a new campaign against obesity, Britain issued guidelines saying that children under the age of 5, including babies who can't walk yet, should exercise every day. More

A prenatal surgery for spina bifida comes of age
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Sarah White and Joe Hensley discovered an alternative to standard management of spina bifida that affected their unborn baby. An operation before birth offered a chance to avoid paralysis, brain damage, the need for shunts — in short, the chance for a more normal life. But the decision was no slam-dunk. More

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As more parents opt their kids out of
vaccinations, Florida measles cases increase

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The back-to-school push for children's vaccinations has new urgency this year as Florida health officials report an alarming rise in measles. So far this year, seven cases have been reported in Florida, the most in 14 years. All but one involved an unvaccinated child 1 to 16 years old. Most of the children's parents had exempted them from state-required vaccinations by citing religious objections to vaccines. More

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