Middle School Football Doesn’t Seem to Cause Short-Term Brain Damage: Study
Children who play football in middle school don’t appear to have any noticeable short-term brain damage from repeated hits to the head, new research suggests. However, one doctor with expertise in pediatric brain injuries expressed some concerns about the study, saying its small size made it hard to draw definitive conclusions. The study included 22 children, ages 11 to 13, who played a season of football. (HealthDay News, 1/9)
Adolescent Alcohol Use: Parents’ Attitude Toward Alcohol Often Predicts If Their Children Will Drink
A parent’s attitudes and habits more often than not influence their child’s attitudes and habits. A recent study conducted by psychologists has found that if parents want to prevent adolescents from drinking, their practices and restrictions are the first line of defense. Researchers conducted three annual assessments for children and their parents.  (Medical Daily, 1/9)
Study: Pop music helps ease post-surgery pain for children
To help children recover from surgery, a dose of “Diamonds” or “Shake It Off” could do the trick, according to a recent study. New research asserts that listening to music and audiobooks is a viable alternative to medication for reducing post-surgery pain in children. The study, published in Pediatric Surgery, evaluated 54 patients, ages 9 to 14, at Lurie Children’s Hospital in late 2010. (Chicago Tribune, 1/9)
Many Teens Think ‘Light Smoking’ Is Safe, Study Finds
While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that “light” -- or occasional -- smoking isn’t harmful, says a new study. The research, based on a CDC survey, found that 64 percent of the teens said they thought light smoking was equally hazardous, and about one in 10 said it posed no risk whatsoever. (HealthDay News, 1/12)
Interrupting cycle of violence before young perpetrators and their victims reach adulthood
Intimate partner violence and sexual violence can place young people on a lifelong trajectory of aggression—either as victims or perpetrators—endangering their sexual and reproductive health now and in the future. Researchers have conducted a review to identify effective or promising approaches for preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence against adolescents. (Medical Xpress, 1/12)
As many as two-fifths of never-smoking teens are exposed to secondhand smoke worldwide
Many teens who have never smoked are being exposed to the health dangers of tobacco. A new study estimated the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure worldwide among teens who had never smoked, and found that one third of those teens are exposed to secondhand smoke inside the home. The study results also indicate that more than two fifths of those teens are exposed to secondhand smoke outside the home. (Medical Xpress, 1/12)
How Your Childhood Could Affect Your Heart Health
Being raised in an emotionally stable home where parents taught children to control their emotions could contribute to heart health later in life, a study found. In a nearly 30-year study of over 1,000 Finnish children, researchers found that children raised with healthy habits had healthier hearts as adults. For instance, those whose childhoods included physical activity were less likely to smoke or have high cholesterol. (Daily Rx, 1/12)
Decisions about sex activate different brain regions in adolescent girls
In a pilot study, researchers analyzed the brain activity and self-reported behaviors of 14- and 15-year-old girls using a functional MRI and 30 days of daily diary reports. The researchers found that teenaged girls spend less time making decisions about participating in risky behavior than they do when evaluating low-risk activities. (Health Canal, 1/13)
Sun risk for children of melanoma survivors
A new study has found that children whose parents are melanoma survivors are not receiving the best possible protection from the sun and UV radiation. This lack of protection can lead to sunburn, increasing the risk of melanoma for the children, who already face a substantially higher risk due to their family history. The authors state that childhood is estimated to be one of the critical exposure periods for conferring risk. (Medical News Today, 1/13)
New Rx Guidelines May Keep Kids Out of ER
Doctors may have prescribed antipsychotic medications more often than needed, suggested a new study suggests. DSM-5 was released in May 2013 and included revisions meant to set clearer guidelines for which pediatric disorders should be treated with antipsychotics. It’s a little early to tell, but it is hoped that setting new guidelines will bring those ER visit numbers down, researchers said. (Daily Rx, 1/14)          



The Future of Medicine Is in Your Smartphone
Over the past decade, smartphones have radically changed many aspects of our everyday lives, from banking to shopping to entertainment. Medicine is next. With innovative digital technologies, cloud computing and machine learning, the medicalized smartphone is going to upend every aspect of health care. And the end result will be that you, the patient, are about to take center stage for the first time. (Wall Street Journal, 1/9)

U.S. House Republican optimistic about Obamacare replacement plan
Congressional Republicans believe they can replace Obamacare with their own healthcare reforms, if the Supreme Court strikes down a key segment of the current healthcare law in a ruling expected in June, a senior lawmaker said. Representative Tom Price, Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, said that the court’s ruling in the case known as King v. Burwell could cause the ACA to unravel quickly. (Reuters, 1/12)
Tot Therapy: Psychiatrists Join Up With Pediatricians
Only about 1 in 5 children with diagnosable mental-health problems gets treatment. Now, more pediatricians are embedding mental-health professionals into their practices, where they can help spot problems early, provide care fast or reassure parents that a child’s behavior is normal. Integrated care, as it is called, has other advantages: pediatricians often see patients annually and follow families closely. (Wall Street Journal, 1/12)
Disney-Related Measles Outbreak Now Includes 3 States
A measles outbreak linked to Disney theme parks in California included 19 people in three states as of Friday, according to health officials. There are 16 patients in California, two in Utah, and one in Colorado. All of them visited Disney land or Disney California Adventure between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20.  Of the 16 patients in California, only two were confirmed to have been fully vaccinated against the disease. (Physician’s Briefing, 1/12)
CMS offers glimpse of population health horizon
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is moving beyond its traditional beneficiaries to target a broader population by supporting programs that focus on behavioral, social and environmental factors that determine public health. The initiative, called its Quality Strategy aims to reconcile clinical and community views of “population health,” or the groups beyond those enrolled in a health system. (Government Health IT, 1/13)
Bill Reintroduced to Shorten 2015 MU Reporting Period
With bipartisan support, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has re-introduced in the House the Flex-IT Act, which would give providers a three-month electronic health records meaningful use reporting period in 2015 if quickly enacted. The bill is in response to a September 2014 HHS final rule requiring providers to perform a full-year EHR reporting period in 2015. (Health Data Management, 1/13)
U.S. government puts Obamacare enrollment at 6.8 million through Jan. 9
The Obama administration said that enrollment in 2015 private health insurance in the federal government’s Obamacare insurance marketplaces reached 6.8 million people by Jan. 9. The total includes 163,050 people who were enrolled during the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 9. It also reflects people who selected plans or were automatically enrolled through the federal exchange, which serves 36 states. (Reuters, 1/14)



Ethiopia launches school program to treat parasitic worms
Ethiopia is launching a national initiative in schools this year to treat children at risk of infection from parasitic worms, mirroring a program in Kenya which has improved child health and school attendance, a charity involved said. Ethiopia aims to treat at least 80 percent of children at risk from parasitic worms by 2020, Evidence Action said. (Reuters, 1/9)
Tailor-made vaccine set to banish Africa’s meningitis epidemics
Barely five years after the global partnership formed to wipe out deadly meningitis epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa began rolling out a tailor-made vaccine in Africa’s “meningitis belt”, the disease has all but disappeared there and the Meningitis Vaccine Project is closing down after pioneering what may be a model for tackling infectious diseases in developing countries. (Reuters, 1/9)
Ghana: Berekum starts program to reverse teenage pregnancy
A United Kingdom based non-governmental organisation- DFID/Future, has launched a-10.9 million pound project aimed at providing sexual reproductive health services to adolescent girls in the Berekum Municipality. Under the three- year project, adolescent health centres would be set-up in some communities to enable teenagers easily access sex education and other family planning services. (GhanaWeb, 1/9)


New Affordable Care Act fact sheets 
Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center, these four fact sheets highlight provisions of the ACA which benefit children and youth with special health care needs. Each fact sheet is written in plain language, making the content easy to read and understand. Pediatric clinicians can use these fact sheets related to concurrent carehabilitative servicesHealth Home programs, and health insurance marketplace and Medicaid coverage for children and disabilities. (AAP, 1/12)

Online registry will help cancer patients preserve their fertility
In a world-first, the Randwick Hospitals Campus and UNSW Australia have launched an online registry that will capture a cancer patient’s journey from diagnosis through to survivorship, and which can be used to help them plan for a family. The Australasian Oncofertility Registry and website will collect international data from participating cancer and fertility centres about referrals to and uptake of fertility preservation in children, adolescents, young adults and adults; as well as collecting data on the fertility potential (ability to have a child) in cancer patients after diagnosis. (Medical Xpress, 1/14)



Registration now open for the 2015 Conference on Adolescent Health!
The Adolescent Health Initiative is thrilled to host the second annual Conference on Adolescent Health! This conference will take place on April 23-24 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and you may register for the entire conference or each individual day. Enjoy an early-bird discount until March 20th. Join us as we transform the landscape of adolescent health across the country!
Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders
The Guidelines International Network North America and the Section on Evidence Based Health Care of The New York Academy of Medicine are co-sponsoring this conference on March 2-3, 2015 at the New York Academy of Medicine. The objectives of this conference are to provide a platform for constructive dialogue between stakeholders in the development, implementation, and use of clinical guidelines and to enhance successful uptake, implementation, and use of clinical guidelines through fostering ongoing collaboration between relevant stakeholders. (AHRQ, 1/14)


Register Now: January 22 Webcast on New AHRQ CAHPS Child Hospital Survey
AHRQ is hosting a webcast January 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET about the new child version of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Hospital Survey. The survey is designed to assess the experiences of pediatric patients and their parents or guardians with inpatient care and covers most of the topics addressed by the adult version of the Hospital Survey as well as topics particularly relevant to pediatric care. (AHRQ, 1/13)
Engaging patients as partners in care: How practice facilitators can support patient engagement
Join this free AHRQ webinar on Thursday, January 29 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET, which is the fourth in a series of webinars designed to share AHRQ’s development of tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators. Patient engagement is a central element of the patient-centered medical home as well as a patient’s own experience of their care. (AHRQ, 1/15)


Disruptive Behavior Disorder – Open for Comment
AHRQ has posted a draft of the systematic evidence review on psychosocial and/or pharmacologic treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders. The draft report is available for comment until January 27, 2015.

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