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Kids with government insurance wait longer for some care
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Sick children covered by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program must wait twice as long as youngsters with private insurance to get an appointment with a specialist — if they can get an appointment at all, according to a new study of a few hundred specialty clinics in Illinois. More


Strategic planning for children's hospitals within hospitals
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Join NACHRI and our corporate partner Health Strategies & Solutions on Tuesday, June 28, at 1 p.m. EDT for a free webinar: Tips for Successful Strategic Planning When Your Children's Hospital Is Part of a Broader Health System. The presentation will show how children’s hospitals within hospitals' strategic choices about the future impact not only the children’s hospital, but the overall system, while also helping you learn how to design and manage a strategic planning process that works even if your hospital is part of a larger system. More

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Cabell Huntington Hospital promotes Healthy Lifestyles with Indoor Play Area

“We needed get proactive to improve the health of our community,” says Doug Sheils, marketing director for Cabell Huntington Hospital. The hospital helped build a play area to inspire active kids with four themes: proper nutrition, daily exercise, regular checkups, and safe behavior.


Study: Football is deadliest sport among youth athletes
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Football accounted for 57 percent of trauma-related sports deaths among youth, many that would have been prevented if athletes with head injuries had been kept off the field, said researchers who analyzed 30 years of data. The report, which reviewed information from a U.S. registry of 1,827 sudden deaths of young athletes from 1980 to 2009, found that 261, or 14 percent, were caused by blunt trauma. The study, published in the journal of Pediatrics, analyzed data on fatal injuries that occurred during 22 different sports. 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

Portable pools increase drowning risk
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Just in time for the hot summer months, a new study warns parents that portable pools are not without their risks. The report, published in the journal Pediatrics, evaluated the number of fatal and nonfatal submersions by children under 12 years old in portable pools. Using data from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission for the years 2001 and 2009, the researchers found that 209 children drowned in portable pools during that time. Thirty-five children had accidents, but survived. More

Study says 1 in 13 US children have food allergy
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Food allergies affect about one in 13 U.S. children, double the latest government estimate, a new study suggests. The researchers say about 40 percent of them have severe reactions — a finding they hope will erase misconceptions that food allergies are just like hay fever and other seasonal allergies that are troublesome but not dangerous. More

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Health care law seen aiding employer coverage
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Even though the number of Americans with health insurance through employers has declined, most will continue to get coverage through their jobs after the new health care law takes full effect, studies released this week said. About 61 percent of non-elderly Americans got their health care coverage through employers in 2009, down from 69 percent in 2000, according to a study sponsored by the non-partisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Low and moderate-income families employed by small firms were the most likely to be affected by a loss of employer-sponsored coverage. 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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Home Care for Special Children

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Computing method helps St. Jude scientists unlock cancer mysteries
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Sifting through 100 gigabytes of data relating to billions of pieces of genetic information, researcher Jinghui Zhang needed a new tool to better pinpoint the relatively small number of mutations that lead to childhood cancer. In a computing method called CREST, she found it. Developed by Zhang, "Clipping Reveals Structure," as the method is formally known, is offering scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital a more accurate and efficient way to differentiate the mutations and genetic missteps that are associated with tumors from those that are not. More

Connecticut Children's Medical Center creating center for cancer and blood disorders
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Connecticut Children's Medical Center officials recently announced that they had reached the $5 million fundraising goal to pay for the construction of a new Clinical Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, which will double the hospital's current space for its oncology and hematology program. Construction began last month, and the center will move into the new space by September or October. More

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Early experience found critical for language development
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We know that poor social and physical environments can harm young children's cognitive and behavioral development, and that development often improves in better environments. Now a new study of children living in institutions has found that intervening early can help young children develop language, with those placed in better care by 15 months showing language skills similar to children raised by their biological parents. More

Researchers develop collagen-based tissue to close deep wounds
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A biological Jell-O with a structure as precise as a microchip's could someday be the surgeon's patch to seal large, deep wounds and help them regrow skin. Using techniques borrowed from silicon chip design, researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a network of channels in soft sheets of collagen, a main component of skin. Body cells fill those channels with blood vessels — and that crucial blood supply, in turn, coaxes skin to regrow. More

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Scientists develop new approach for cancer vaccine
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Scientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs in which tumors can form and harnesses the body's immune response to create a vaccine designed to treat cancer. In a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers said that in early tests in mice with prostate cancer, their experimental vaccine was able to shrink tumors, suggesting it could be developed in the future into a treatment for cancer patients. More

Parents find media rating systems lacking
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Parents are giving the current media rating systems poor grades. Moms and dads definitely want help when it comes to deciding whether or not a movie, TV show or video game is appropriate for their children. But, new research says the current rating systems aren't giving them the information they need. More

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