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Insurance industry relents on kids' coverage gap
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The insurance industry says it won't fight President Obama over fixing a coverage gap for kids in the new health care law. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the industry's top lobbyist says insurers will accept new regulations to dispel uncertainty over a much publicized guarantee that children with pre-existing medical problems can get coverage starting this year. More


Stand up for children's hospitals
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Register today to participate in the sixth annual N.A.C.H. Family Advocacy Day on June 15-16. Family Advocacy Day brings patients and families from children's hospitals across the country to Washington, DC, to advocate on behalf of their children's hospitals. More

Do you C.A.R.E.?
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The NACHRI MIS Council and Analytics program support staff are excited to announce the new NACHRI Champion of Analytics and Research Excellence (C.A.R.E.) Award. The award was created to recognize exceptional use of NACHRI Analytics programs to improve the efficiency, safety, timeliness and effectiveness of care in our member hospitals. All Analytics program participants are invited to apply. The application deadline is Saturday, May 22. More

Make the Connection with CarePages
CarePages is the #1 hospital-branded private website connecting patients with loved ones. Plus, CarePages protects your facility with strict policies that reinforce security. Contact  Missey Moe-Cook to learn how CarePages can enhance the patient experience. MORE


St. Jude licensing bill wins approval
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital won state legislative approval to bring foreign-trained physicians onto its Memphis staff without the one- to three-year U.S. medical residencies required for a Tennessee medical license. The doctors must meet all other requirements for a Tennessee license, including passing the licensing examinations of the state's Board of Medical Examiners. A bill sought by the hospital creates a new "St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Global Collaboration License," and authorizes the Board of Medical Examiners to issue it to physicians who meet all qualifications for licensure other than a U.S. residency program approved by the American Medical Association. More

Kids with food allergies need two EpiPens
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Many children with food allergies carry EpiPens, which are self-injectible doses of epinephrine that can halt a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. A study of emergency room treatment of children with these life-threatening reactions supports recommendations that children carry two EpiPens, not just one. Dr. Susan Rudders of Children's Hospital Boston led a review of more than 1,200 medical charts over six years from the emergency departments at Children's and Massachusetts General Hospital. A little over half of the children who were seen for allergic reactions to food were suffering from anaphylaxis, which can include low blood pressure, difficulty breathing and gastrointestinal problems. More

New study identifies best treatment for childhood epilepsy
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One of the oldest available anti-seizure medications, ethosuximide, is the most effective treatment for childhood absence epilepsy, according to initial outcomes published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is one of 32 comprehensive pediatric epilepsy centers nationwide selected to participate in this landmark clinical trial as part of the NIH Childhood Absence Epilepsy Study Group. More

HealthWatch: Sickle-cell anemia breakthrough
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It's a breakthrough that could help millions of families: sickle-cell anemia, one of the most painful conditions, may have a cure. About one-in-12 African Americans carries the gene for sickle-cell anemia, and the painful, life-threatening illness is thought to affect more than 100,000 nationwide. For centuries, researchers have called the illness incurable, but some pioneering doctors and patients may be changing that. More

Therapeutic hypothermia helps babies who have a certain problem at birth
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Doctors in central Iowa are using a therapy that's saving and improving the lives of babies who have a certain problem at birth. It's called therapeutic hypothermia. You'd never guess Malia McKeever had a difficult birth. Mom Amber McKeever says, "She wasn't breathing and didn't have a heart rate, so we knew something wrong." Jace and Amber McKeever soon learned what was wrong. Malia was born with birth asphyxia. More

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Childhood cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials need clearer communication about their role
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A small study of children with cancer enrolled in therapeutic clinical research trials shows that they don't fully understand what physicians and parents tell them about their participation, nor do they feel they are genuinely involved in the choice to take part. The study, led by Yoram Unguru, M.D., an associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, was published online March 29, in the journal Pediatrics. More

Surgeons transplant new trachea into child using his own stem cells to rebuild airway
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UCL scientists and surgeons have led a revolutionary operation to transplant a new trachea into a child, using the child's own stem cells to rebuild the airway in the body. The operation - a world first – involved laboratory-based scientists and hospital-based clinicians working in partnership with colleagues in Europe to treat a 10-year-old British boy. The boy, who has not been named, is recovering from surgery but his condition is stable and he is breathing unaided. More

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