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Health care law gives $200 million to school clinics
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Treating skinned knees and stomachaches is part of the drill at any school nurse's office or school-based health center. But for many kids, health care providers at these sites do much more than treat everyday aches and pains: They give checkups and vaccinations, make sure kids take their insulin shots and antidepressants on time, and teach them how to manage chronic conditions such as asthma. Last week's announcement of $95 million in grants to 278 school-based health centers is the first installment of a $200 million appropriation under the 2010 health care law. More

Active Play Aids Recovery, PLAYTIME Makes Hospital Stay Easier
“While our new playground is certainly a place for fun, it has been specifically designed to complement the physical and occupational therapy needs of our patients,” reports Barbara Meeks, Vice President, Pediatric Patient Care Services, at MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this resource to our families.” MORE


2012 NACHRI Creating Connections Conference call for proposals
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The call for proposals for the 2012 NACHRI Creating Connections Conference is now open. We're seeking session proposals in the following areas: children's hospitals within hospital systems, philanthropy, public health and child advocacy, public relations and communications, and quality improvement and patient safety. Submissions are due by Friday, Aug. 29. More

Have you checked out the NACHRI Career Center lately?
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The NACHRI Career Center is now part of the National Healthcare Career Network, which means the Career Center lists more than 2000 open jobs in a wide variety of health care careers. Career services, including resume and CV posting, job searching, setting up agents to automatically notify you of new positions in your areas of interest, and applying online directly through the system, are FREE for job seekers. Set up your account today at


Fixing glitch in Obama's health law saves $13 billion
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Memo to President Barack Obama and the debt negotiators: You can save $13 billion by fixing a glitch in the new health care law. That amount may pale in comparison to the "big deal" the president's looking for, but negotiators have got to start somewhere to reach the goal of cutting deficits by $4 trillion over a decade. And the fix would not increase the number of uninsured people. More

Exercise: Limits in heart screenings for youths
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Screening young athletes with electrocardiograms to prevent sudden cardiac death may be ineffective, a new study has found. As it turns out, even pediatric cardiologists often fail to interpret the tests correctly. Researchers at Stanford University selected 18 EKGs, eight from patients with normal hearts and 10 from patients with any of six different abnormalities that commonly underlie sudden cardiac death. More

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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

ADHD, learning issues may be linked to secondhand smoke
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Children exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes face a higher risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, other behavioral problems and learning disorders, a new study finds. The research doesn't definitively prove that tobacco smoke can harm children's brains, and it doesn't say how much smoke is too much. However, it does add to the evidence that children may be especially vulnerable to the effects of smoke exposure. More

Study: Heavy teens need more health talks
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Pediatricians often miss important opportunities to talk about nutrition, exercise, and emotional issues with overweight teens, suggests new research from California. Focusing on these issues in overweight adolescents may give doctors a chance to stop unhealthy behavior that could be setting kids up for obesity before it's too late. More

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Rethinking SIDS: Many deaths no longer a mystery
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The thought of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly is one that keeps parents awake at night, fearing the worst. For years, little was known about sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Babies would die in their sleep, and it was presumed that little could be done to prevent those deaths. But the mystery surrounding SIDS is not what it once was. Many SIDS deaths are now believed to be accidents caused by unsafe sleep practices. And some are questioning whether the term SIDS remains relevant at all. More
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Sharing mom's bed won't harm kids' social skills
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There is no need to worry about harming your toddler's intellectual or social development if bed-sharing works for your family, researchers say. At least not after the baby has turned one — the age where sudden infant death syndrome is no longer considered a risk. More

Genes vital to preventing childhood leukemia identified
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Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have identified genes that may be important for preventing childhood leukemia. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a cancer of the blood that occurs primarily in young children. It's frequently associated with mutations or chromosomal abnormalities that arise during embryonic or fetal development. More

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Louisiana initiative makes positive push for healthier babies
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Louisiana is off to a encouraging start in erasing one of the state's failing grades in health care. The state Department of Health and Hospitals is working to reduce the numbers of premature births — and related health care complications that can result — by encouraging more pregnant women to carry babies to term rather than induce labor early. More

Binge drinking may affect memory of teens
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Binge drinking may have lasting effects on the still-developing brains of teenagers. A new study shows that long after the hangover wears off, binge drinking impairs the spatial working memory of teenagers. Girls appear especially vulnerable to these effects. More

Fewer movies with tobacco, less teen smoking: study
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The number of U.S. movies in which an actor lights up fell sharply between 2005 and 2010, and this could have contributed to the decline in smoking among U.S. teens, a recent study says. A majority of movies — 55 percent — that scored huge box office success in the United States in 2010 had no scenes that included tobacco use, compared with a third of top-grossing films in 2005, the study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. More

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Grandparent driving means safer road trip
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Grandma may be safer behind the wheel than mom when it comes to injuries from car crashes involving children, an insurance database showed. Adjusted risk of injury to children in crashes with a grandparent driving was half that when parents were driving, Dr. Fred M. Henretig, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues found. More

Teenagers prefer drinks with caffeine
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Super-caffeinated energy drinks with names like Red Bull and Monster are increasingly popular among teenagers. But is it savvy marketing or the caffeine that keeps teenagers coming back for more? New research from the University at Buffalo suggests that adding caffeine to a beverage increases its appeal among young people — even when they don’t know the drink contains caffeine. More

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