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Publicly insured kids may get less comprehensive care
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A new study finds that U.S. children with publicly funded insurance get less comprehensive primary care than those who are privately insured. Still, there was good news from the nationwide survey: More than 9 out of every 10 publicly insured children had a personal doctor and a regular source of medical care. More

Amazing Play Sculptures Begin with Large Blocks of Foam

While no one at PLAYTIME claims to be the next Michelangelo, you can't blame the company for comparing sculptures made of marble with the ones they carve. But these works of art are not meant to just be admired. No, they're meant to be climbed, played with and jumped on.


All children need children's hospitals
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Newly updated, All Children Need Children's Hospitals provides a data-rich snapshot of how children's hospitals, together with NACHRI, achieve their four-fold mission of clinical care, education, research and advocacy. More

Family Advocacy Day 2011 a smashing success!
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Earlier this week, patients, families and pediatric physicians from children's hospitals across the country came to Washington, DC, to advocate on behalf of their hospitals as part of the seventh annual N.A.C.H. Family Advocacy Day. The event featured Max Page (little Darth Vader from the famous Super Bowl ad), Miranda Cosgrove (Nickelodeon star iCarly), tours of DC-area attractions, a legislative briefing, our annual carnival for our All Star advocates and their support teams, and LOTS of meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill. To find out more about what happened, visit the N.A.C.H. Facebook page, our policy blog With All Our Might or check out Twitter hashtag #FAD11.


'Mini Darth Vader' goes to Capitol Hill
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VideoBriefCuts to Medicaid and other health care programs are some of the hottest issues inWashingtonbudget talks. Behind those numbers are real people, including one little boy who stole our hearts in a Super Bowl commercial. CNN chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, talks with child actor Max Page, who became famous for his playful portrayal of a mini Darth Vader in a Superbowl commercial, about pending cuts in Medicaid that benefits kids in need of specialized care. He's a little guy with a big mission, and this week, Capitol Hill – is going to feel "The Force." 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

Federal auditors will soon review health insurance rates in 10 states
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The Obama administration will soon take over the review of health insurance rates in 10 states where it says state officials do not adequately regulate premiums for insurance sold to individuals or small businesses. At least one state, Iowa, has protested the federal decision and asked administration officials to reconsider. More

Chickenpox deaths plummet with help of vaccine
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Ever since the chickenpox vaccine became routine for kids back in 1995, deaths from the virus, also known as varicella, have been dropping. A study in the journal Pediatrics out this week tells us just how steep that drop has been. In the 12 years after the one-dose vaccination program was launched, deaths from varicella dropped 88 percent overall compared with the prevaccine years. More

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Children's personalities linked to their chemical response to stress
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Is your kid a "dove" — cautious and submissive when confronting new environments, or perhaps you have a "hawk" — bold and assertive in unfamiliar settings? These basic temperamental patterns are linked to opposite hormonal responses to stress — differences that may provide children with advantages for navigating threatening environments, researchers report in a study published in Development and Psychopathology. 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

Academy of Pediatrics beefs up protections
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Pediatricians around the country are being urged to screen employees for past records of abuse and develop policies about chaperoned medical exams in the wake of the Dr. Earl B. Bradley pedophilia case. The American Academy of Pediatrics, citing the Bradley case, released its first policy on protecting children from abuse by health care providers, telling doctors and hospitals to train their staffs to make formal reports of complaints -- "not simply to pass the provider and issue on to some other setting." More

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Is commercially-prepared food responsible for childhood weight gain?
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More American families are eating out than ever before, but what impact are all of those out-of-home meals having on health, not to mention our waistlines? In the first study to examine the relationship between where food is prepared and increased calorie consumption, researchers report that eating commercially-made food can lead children to take in more calories than if they had eaten similar meals at home. More

Crossing the street may be riskier for ADHD kids
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Mom always said to look both ways before crossing the street, and this is still great safety advice, but it may not be sufficient for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These children are at increased risk of being struck by a car when crossing the street because they sometimes make incorrect decisions about when to cross the street and how long it will take to get to the other side, according to a new study in Pediatrics. More

Use of antidepressants during pregnancy is questioned
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In the past decade there has been a flurry of research into the effects of antidepressants on pregnancy - in particular, on selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which include Prozac and are the most commonly prescribed such drugs. So far, findings published on their possible effects have been all over the map - from increased likelihood of pre-term delivery to poor adaptation by newborns because of withdrawal symptoms from the drugs. More

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Many unaware of child medical research
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One in nine adults have participated in medical research, but only one in 20 children have, U.S. researchers say. A recent national poll indicates 68 percent those surveyed are aware of medical research opportunities for adults. In contrast, 84 percent of parents are not aware of medical research opportunities for children. More

McDonald's to make Happy Meals more healthful
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Under pressure from health and children's advocacy groups, McDonald's Corp. is making changes to its famed Happy Meals. The fast food chain will add a serving of fruit or vegetable to all of the meals, which are aimed at children, and shrink the portion of French fries. More
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