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Hard times at Shriners end free care for all
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For 89 years, Shriners Hospitals have provided free medical care to children around the country. But no more. By month's end, all 20 U.S. hospitals will be billing insurance companies and charging some families copayments, marking a major shift in the charity's mission. Shriners leaders say the change is necessary to save the iconic name amid rising health care costs, flat donations and declines in a multibillion-dollar endowment that has been ripped apart by the whims of the stock market. 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."


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We've started adding groups organized around the topics you are requesting, including: Ambulatory & Outpatient Care, Billing & Coding Compliance, Budgeting & Finance, Family Centered Care, Mapping Health Care Data, Mental Health, Palliative Care and Pediatric Diabetes. They join our existing slate of communities, including the highly active Quality & Patient Safety group, and groups that discuss topics related to Childhood Obesity, Facilities Design, Development, PR and health IT. All of these are freely open to any NACHRI member. Log in today using your regular NACHRI website username and password at

Need funding?
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The Top Foundations Funding Children's Hospitals and Children's Health (2011) publication is now available to NACHRI members from the NACHRI Grants Opportunities Project. This publication profiles 54 of the nation's largest foundations that provide financial support for children's hospitals and children's health initiatives. More (Member login required)

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New antibody propels hunt for universal flu vaccine
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The first human antibody that can knock out all influenza A viruses has been shown effective in lab mice, an exciting step forward in the hunt for a universal vaccine, researchers said recently. The broadly neutralizing antibody, called FI6, could help vaccinate people against the flu without scientists struggling to piece together a new cocktail each season to match the often-changing strains. More

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Study: DHA in moms may help babies fight infection
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Giving pregnant moms omega-3 fatty acid supplements might help prevent infection in their infants, suggests new research. But the benefit of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, wasn't always obvious in the study of Mexican moms, and researchers say not all babies will necessarily be better off because of it. More

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Rise in asthma risk linked to exposure to magnetic fields during pregnancy
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Children whose mothers had the highest exposure to electromagnetic fields from devices such as power lines and hair dryers may have three times the risk of developing asthma, a study showed. Children whose mothers had a moderate level of exposure had a 74 percent increased risk compared with the lowest group, research online today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine showed. More
Control Noise, Increase Speech Privacy

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Nutrition lessons for girls seem to pay off
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Weaving nutrition and exercise lessons into middle-school classrooms can reduce eating disorders among girls and ultimately save medical costs, a study by Boston researchers concludes. The researchers analyzed data from an earlier study at 10 Massachusetts middle schools, including five that adopted an obesity prevention program called Planet Health, and five that did not. More

The hidden costs of medical student debt
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For almost three generations, debt has been a nearly inescapable part of becoming a doctor. More than 80 percent of each medical student class will graduate in debt; and while that percentage has remained unchanged for 25 years, the increase in the total amount owed has leapfrogged over all other economic reality checks, like inflation and the consumer price index. More

Many kids abuse controlled medications
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More than one in five teens who get strong painkillers, stimulants or other controlled medications from their doctor take too much of the substances, according to a new survey of Michigan students. Usually kids take too much of the drugs, risking dangerous side effects, but as many as 10 percent use them intentionally to get high, researchers said. More

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Efforts aim to reduce head injuries in young athletes
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Growing concern about the long-term effects of frequent head trauma has begun to change how the game is practiced and played at the highest levels. But for many of those players, the history of injuries began during their early years on the field. Public middle schools and high schools in Massachusetts will take steps this fall aimed at keeping student-athletes in all sports off the dangerous path toward long-term damage. More

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No need to fast before kids' cholesterol screening
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Kids can safely skip fasting before cholesterol tests, according to a new study that aims to simplify widely used guidelines. Some medical groups currently recommend screening children over two for high cholesterol if they are obese or have family members struggling with high cholesterol or who died early from heart disease. More

Models 'not to blame' for eating disorders in children
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A leading hospital has challenged claims that the "size zero" culture is causing eating disorders in children. Figures were quoted in several newspapers for children as young as five being admitted to hospital with food-related problems. Campaigners fear that young children are being influenced by celebrity magazine culture. But Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said such factors were unlikely to be the cause. More

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Awareness of threat of epilepsy growing
The Wilmington News Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even though 50,000 Americans a year die from problems related to epilepsy, Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy is rarely the cause of death. While patients are well aware that they can die as a result of an epileptic seizure — through a fall, a suffocation or a drowning, for instance — many are not aware they can die from epilepsy itself, even without suffering a seizure. More
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