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Study: Health plans much costlier for docs in US than Canada
HealthDay via U.S. News and World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The cost of dealing with health insurers and payers is nearly four times higher for U.S. physicians than for Canadian physicians, a new study finds. The extra time and labor required to deal with health plans annually is $82,975 for U.S. physicians and $22,205 for physicians in the Canadian province of Ontario, according to Dante Morra of the University of Toronto and colleagues. More

Centennial Medical Center's Community Outreach Includes Prevention, Protection and Play

“The glossy PLAYTIME urethanes on our products make them naturally antibacterial,” says Mike Evans, President and CEO of PLAYTIME. “This is great news for centers that offer a healthy, clean play environment for families.” 


2012 NACHRI Creating Connections Conference call for proposals
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It's not too late to submit! The call for proposals for the 2012 NACHRI Creating Connections Conference is open through NEXT Friday, Aug. 19. 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. Remember, submissions are due by Friday, Aug. 19, so don't delay! More

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2011 NACHRI Annual Leadership Conference registration
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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. Early bird registration closes TOMORROW, Friday, Aug. 12, so register now at


Gene therapy shown to destroy leukemia tumors
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Scientists for the first time have used gene therapy to successfully destroy cancer tumors in patients with advanced disease — a goal that has taken 20 years to achieve. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania engineered patients' own pathogen-fighting T-cells to target a molecule found on the surface of leukemia cells. More

'Environment' poses a knotty challenge in autism
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Parents of children with autism often ask pediatricians about the cause of the condition, and parents-to-be often ask what they can do to reduce the risk. But although there is more research in this area than ever before, it sometimes feels as if it's getting harder, not easier, to provide answers that do justice to the evidence and also offer practical guidance. More

Pediatricians: Sports in heat OK with precautions
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Playing sports in hot, steamy weather is safe for healthy children and teen athletes, so long as precautions are taken and the drive to win doesn't trump common sense, the nation's largest pediatricians group says. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics arrive just as school sports ramp up in sultry August temperatures. More

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Study: Facebook use may lead to psychological disorders in teens
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While social networking site Facebook was created to help people connect with their friends, increasing research in the effect of social media on human interaction is painting a different picture — one that features the development of antisocial behavior, narcissism and a slew of other character flaws and negative by-products. 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
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
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School sack lunches unsafe?
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School sack lunches packed by parents can save money and help satisfy picky eaters, but the perishable foods in these lunches are often potentially hazardous because the foods are not always kept at safe temperatures. That's according to a new study conducted at preschools and published in Pediatrics. More

Puzzling pain syndrome in children can be treated
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether it's called RND, RSD or CRPS, the syndrome is a parent's nightmare. A few weeks after a minor injury, just when he or she should be all but healed, your child suddenly reports feeling terrible pain at the injury site. The family doctor is baffled. X-rays and MRIs show no bone breaks, no reason for the pain. Pain relievers don't work. Your child can't attend school, can't stand clothing to touch the affected part, perhaps can't even walk and each day says the pain grows worse. More

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Birth defects tied to child brain tumors
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Children born with birth defects or to mothers with a history of multiple stillbirths may have a higher-than-normal risk of brain cancer, a new study suggests. The risks are still small, researchers say, as children only rarely develop brain cancer. Each year, about 4,000 U.S. children and teenagers are diagnosed with a tumor of the central nervous system (brain or spinal cord), according to the American Cancer Society. More

Teething may not be linked to fever
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Teething and fever don't usually go together, according to new research. That may come as a surprise to both parents and doctors, says researcher Joana Ramos-Jorge, a Ph.D. student in pediatric dentistry at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She polled the parents of 47 Brazilian infants, ages 5 to 15 months, while the infants were teething, to see what symptoms accompanied it. More

Poorly controlled asthma costly, study finds
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Poorly controlled asthma more than doubles health care costs associated with the disease and threatens educational achievement through a dramatic increase in school absence, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. The research team reported that children with "very poorly controlled" asthma missed an average of 18 days of school each year, compared to two or less for other asthma patients. More

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US researchers find another flu antibody
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U.S. scientists have found an antibody that acts against 30 of 36 strains of influenza, the latest discovery in the hunt for a universal treatment and a vaccine, said a study published earlier this week. The new broadly neutralizing antibody, called CH65, can stick to the surface part of the flu virus known as hemagglutinin which mutates every season, forcing medical experts to regularly come up with a new vaccine. More
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