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State Medicaid spending skyrockets
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The end of federal stimulus spending is going to mean nothing but pain for state Medicaid programs in fiscal 2012. State Medicaid spending is projected to grow by an average of 29 percent in the budget year that began July 1, the biggest increase in the history of the federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled, according to a report released last week. More

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

“Play is a great way for children to get moving and to take their minds off any health issues they may be facing,” says Kimberly Ulibarri, Manager of Marketing and Volunteers, Centennial Medical Center. 


QTN in Pediatrics
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The journal Pediatrics recently featured the success the NACHRI Quality Transformation Network has enjoyed in reducing PICU Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. The article lays out the definitive analysis demonstrating that the QTN line maintenance practices prevent CLABSI in children. The data show that these practices can be reliably implemented over the long term, producing continual reductions in infection rates. A Pediatrics subscription is required for full access to the article. More

C.A.R.E. award webinar TODAY
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There's still time to register to join the NACHRI Analytics team and Dr. Monica Federico for a free webinar TODAY, Thursday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature the Children's Hospital Colorado's team approach to making changes in asthma education in the emergency department in order to reduce readmissions. Dr. Federico's project was one of the outstanding submissions for the 2011 C.A.R.E. (Champion of Analytics and Research Excellence) Award. More

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Harvard study highlights wide range of Medicaid expansion estimates
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If one thing is certain about the 2010 health law, it's that almost nothing about it is certain. And according to a newly released report, one of the major unknowns involves the law's expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor. In a recent Health Affairs article, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could add between 8.5 million and 22.4 million people to the rolls by 2019. More

Repeal health law? It won't be easy
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Every Republican presidential candidate has promised to repeal the Obama administration's health care overhaul. But despite full-throated criticism, it's going to be hard for any of them to fulfill that pledge if elected. Standing in the way of that seemingly simple campaign promise — an article of faith among GOP voters — is a welter of practical and political obstacles. More

Obama tackles drug shortages
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President Obama is pushing federal regulators to do more to address dangerous shortages of crucial medicines, sidestepping a deadlocked Congress that has not dealt with the problem. In an executive order signed earlier this week, the president directed the Food and Drug Administration to press drug companies to more quickly report shortages to federal regulators, an early warning that advocates say can help mitigate shortages. More
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Group calls for HIV screening of teens who have sex
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All sexually active adolescents should be screened for HIV, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a new policy statement that broadens earlier recommendations. And in areas with higher rates of the infection, all teens over 16 should get the test, the group added in its statement. More than 1.1 million Americans are infected with HIV, and 55,000 of them are between 13 and 24 years old. More

Anthrax vaccine for kids? Government mulls tests
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Should the anthrax vaccine be tested in children? It will be a while longer before the government decides. An advisory board said that ethical issues need to be resolved – but if that can be accomplished the vaccine can be tested in children to be sure it's safe and to learn the proper dose in case it's needed in a terrorist attack. Because of concerns that terrorists might use the potentially deadly bacteria, the government has stockpiled the vaccine. It has been widely tested on adults but never on children. More

Fewer US babies being born early, report says
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When it comes to babies being carried to full term, the United States is improving, according to the most recent March of Dimes report card. This year the United States achieved a C grade, a grade higher than the D grade of 2010. Each year, the March of Dimes compares each state's pre-term birth rate with the goal birth rate. The report says 40,000 fewer babies were born prematurely in the United States between 2006 and 2009. More

New mobile phone app teaches parents about car seat safety
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 75 percent of the nation's car seats are incorrectly installed. Hoping to reverse that trend, Phoenix Children's Hospital has developed a mobile application that guides parents to the proper restraint based on a child's age, height and weight and offers tips, photos and videos on proper use. More

Childproofing: Crawling Your way to safety
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Every family has its childproofing lapses. Most survive just fine, but the stakes are always high. To discuss the dangers, New York Times reporter Bob Tedeschi spoke with three specialists: Colleen Driscoll, the executive director of the International Association for Child Safety; Julie Vallese, a vice president of Dorel Juvenile Group, which makes Safety 1st childproofing products; and Don Mays, senior director of product safety for Consumer Reports. These experts underlined one lesson: If you get your childproofing advice from friends, don't trust everything you hear. More

Violence more common in kids of combat veterans
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A new study suggests that when parents are deployed in the military, their children are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang or be involved in fights. And that includes the daughters. "This study raises serious concerns about an under-recognized consequence of war," said Sarah Reed, who led the research of military families in Washington state. More

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Study: Too much sugar in drinks marketed to kids
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It's no surprise that many sodas have a lot of sugar. What may be more surprising is that many fruit drinks, often billed as healthier alternatives, are often loaded with close to the same amount of sugar and calories. That is one of the findings of a new report from Yale University. The report, being presented at the American Public Health association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., also finds that many beverage companies are marketing their drinks to kids and teens despite a promise to stop. More

Link discovered among spectrum of childhood diseases
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An international collaboration of scientists, including researchers at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has identified a genetic mutation that causes a rare childhood disease characterized predominantly by inflammation and fat loss. The research suggests that the disorder, named chronic atypical neutrophilic dermatosis with lipodystrophy and elevated temperature, actually represents a spectrum of diseases that have been described in the literature under a variety of names. More
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