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2009-09-29 07:05:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announces that it has been awarded a $250,000 grant from MetLife Foundation, to promote community and regional approaches to obesity prevention. Through the grant, AAP will launch two national grant programs, which are focused on encouraging both established pediatricians and pediatricians-in-training to develop collaborative methods to educate communities about the health effects of childhood obesity....

2009-07-07 06:00:00

HOUSTON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Lu-Ann Papile, M.D., FAAP, the director of Developmental Care and Follow-up at Texas Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Fetus and Newborn. Dr. Papile assumed the role on July 1st and will oversee the committee for four years. Dr. Papile will succeed Ann Stark, M.D., FAAP, chief of Neonatology at Texas Children's Hospital and professor...

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2009-06-14 07:00:00

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges doctors to initiate efforts to help thwart bullying in schools and violence involving dating teenagers, the Associated Press reported. In a July publication of the journal, Pediatrics, the academy is releasing an updated policy that will offer doctors tips for both of these efforts.  The policy suggests that doctors should advise parents to communicate with their children about bullying, teach children about conflict resolution and encourage...

2009-05-28 17:48:20

Private well water in the United States should be tested annually -- and in some cases more often than that -- the American Academy of Pediatrics advises. Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, took a lead role in working with the AAP to develop the recommendations on what parents should do if their children drink well water. The policy statement and technical report, scheduled to be published in the June issue of...

2009-05-26 08:06:52

Private well water should be tested yearly, and in some cases more often, according to new guidance offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, took a lead role in working with the AAP to develop these recommendations and draft a new AAP policy statement about the things parents should do if their children drink well water. The recommendations call for annual...

2009-05-05 14:53:00

Obese Children are More Likely to Suffer from Lower Body Injuries CINCINNATI, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In comparison to non-obese children, obese children are significantly more likely to have lower body injuries, such as in their ankles and legs. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study, which was conducted to determine if different body parts are injured in obese children compared to non-obese children so that prevention strategies can be developed, was presented May...

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2009-04-30 06:55:00

Spending large amounts of time watching TV and staring at computer screens poses high levels of psychological distress in young children. When combined with inactivity, the harm may be even worse, a new study indicated in the journal Pediatrics, Reuters reported.  There have been many previous studies of "screen time" and mental health conducted on adolescents and teens, but this study included children as young as 4 years of age, said Dr. Mark Hamer of University College London, the...

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2009-04-28 07:57:49

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics should eliminate one of the many stresses of bringing a preterm or low birth weight infant home from the hospital. The new AAP clinical report, "Safe Transportation of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants at Hospital Discharge," co-authored by Marilyn J. Bull, M.D., and William A. Engle, M.D., of Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children, provides guidelines for secure transport and also advises parents that...

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2009-04-27 13:11:09

The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging doctors to adopt a more scientifically descriptive term for shaken baby syndrome. The group suggests a term - such as "abusive head trauma" - which communicates diagnosis of brain, skull and spinal injuries associated with shaking as well as other head injuries experienced, to be issued in a policy statement being published in the May issue of its journal, Pediatrics. The academy says that the use of the new diagnostic term in medical...

2009-03-02 12:12:00

TRENTON, N.J., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique coalition of health care providers and other stakeholders announced plans on Monday to convene an important groundbreaking summit on March 31st to provide professionals and other caregivers of children with practical hands-on guidance to help prevent childhood obesity in a child's early years. The all-day "New Jersey Conference on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity" will be held on March 31, 2009 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Monroe, New Jersey....


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