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Autism risks for siblings higher than thought
The Associated Press via The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study suggests nearly one in five children with an autistic older sibling will develop the disorder too — a rate much higher than previously thought. Researchers followed 664 infants who had at least one older brother or sister with autism. Overall, 132 infants or about 19 percent ended up with an autism diagnosis, too, by their third birthdays. Previous smaller or less diverse studies reported a prevalence of between 3 percent and 14 percent. More

Mon Health Endorses Indoor Play Area to Reach Moms and Promote Healthy Kids

"It is our mission to do what we can to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients, who are our friends and neighbors," says Greg Kealey, Director of Corporate Marketing for Monongalia Health System, Morgantown, WV. "And that includes providing safe, healthy play amenities." MORE


What do you want to know?
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The NACHRI Analytics team invites you to join us for a free webinar, NACHRI Analytics: Intelligent Reporting Tools, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. EDT. This webinar is a follow on to our presentations about our new business intelligence tool at the 2011 NACHRI Creating Connections Conference. Kelly Flood, a Case Mix Comparative Data Program power user from Loma Linda University Hospital, will demo in real time how your colleagues are using the BI tool to generate data they are using to drive the decisions that improve the quality of care in their hospitals. More

What's your Impact?
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It's not too late to submit your entry for the 2012 NACHRI Impact Awards! We want to recognize your accomplishments in Marketing, Public Relations, and Development/Fundraising. Finalists in each category will be invited to present their campaigns in the exhibit hall and at a special session at the 2012 NACHRI Creating Connections Conference, March 11-14, in St. Louis. Submissions are due THIS Friday, Aug. 19. More

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Two justices may decide fate of Obama health care law
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The legal fate of President Barack Obama's signature health care law will likely come down to two Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. That would be a familiar role for Kennedy, a moderate conservative who often has cast the decisive vote on the most contentious issues before the nine-member high court divided between conservative and liberal factions. More

US report: Medicaid pays less than Medicare for many prescription drugs
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Medicaid gets much deeper discounts on many prescription drugs than Medicare, in part because Medicaid discounts are set by law whereas Medicare prices are negotiated by private insurers and drug companies, federal investigators said in a new report. More

MRSA is on the rise among children: Could antibiotics be to blame?
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Severe skin infections are increasing among children and becoming one of the most common reasons for hospitalization, a new study finds. In 2009, about 71,900 children spent time in the hospital because of serious skin infections, a rate of 9.4 cases out of every 10,000 children — up from 4.5 cases per 10,000 children in 2000. By 2009, skin infections had become the seventh most common reason for hospitalization among children, moving up from the 13th spot in 2000. More

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Cancer's secrets come into sharper focus
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For the last decade cancer research has been guided by a common vision of how a single cell, outcompeting its neighbors, evolves into a malignant tumor. Through a series of random mutations, genes that encourage cellular division are pushed into overdrive, while genes that normally send growth-restraining signals are taken offline. But recent discoveries have been complicating the picture with tangles of new detail. Cancer appears to be even more willful and calculating than previously imagined. More
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'Superdrug' against range of viruses shows promise in animal trials
HealthDay via U.S. News and World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A potentially groundbreaking drug appears effective against a wide range of viral infections, including the common cold, flu, stomach viruses, polio and dengue fever — at least in mice. The new drug is made from living cell's own defense systems and works by targeting a type of genetic material found only in those cells infected by viruses, MIT researchers explained. More

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Blood test detects fetal sex much earlier in pregnancy
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New technology can tell pregnant women whether they're having a boy or girl as early as seven weeks into a pregnancy — months earlier than usual, according to a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. While the technology could help families at high risk of having a baby with rare genetic diseases, some experts also worry that couples could misuse the blood tests in order to abort a fetus based on gender. More

Study: Brown fat found in thin children could be the new antidote to obesity
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Obesity and its rise has become an all-encompassing agenda for both the health care sector and policy makers alike. The quest to decipher the root cause of obesity has now pushed scientists to reveal a new type of fat that could perhaps be the tool to curb childhood obesity. New findings by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Children's Hospital Boston have shown the presence of a type of "good" fat or 'brown' fat in varying amounts in children, which keeps increasing until puberty and eventually declines. More

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Kids with nut allergies feel teased, excluded
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According to a new study conducted in the U.K., families with children who are living with potentially life-threatening nut allergies often feel isolated, stigmatized, or unfairly excluded from activities, due to the allergies. In many ways, nut allergies feel more like a disability than a chronic illness because of the stigma, the researchers say. More

Study: Ankle braces may help teenage basketball players
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The ankle braces many basketball players strap on to prevent injuries may actually work, according to a study of teenaged basketball players. Of the nearly 1,500 basketball players followed for a season, those assigned to wear ankle braces during games and practice were 68 percent less likely to suffer an ankle sprain or fracture, the authors wrote in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. More
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