Here’s some good news from the CDC to start your day! According to a report released earlier this month, childhood obesity among low income preschoolers is on the decline. Here’s the breakdown: Nineteen states saw decreases. Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, South Dakota, and the U.S. Virgin Islands showed the greatest decreases Twenty states and … Continue reading CDC Finds Childhood Obesity Declined
From the AHRQ The benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) may become more widely available to children through an EHR format for children's health care announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Growing use of EHRs … Continue reading Children’s EHR Format: Kids are not little adults!
From the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): This policy brief assesses rates of lifetime and current asthma for children across the rural-urban continuum for the US. It examines asthma in rural areas adjacent or non-adjacent to urban areas and relates it to variation in measures of air quality, to varying levels of agriculture and … Continue reading Policy Brief. Childhood Asthma in Rural-Urban Areas
From the New York Times Motherlode blog: Last weekend I met a couple whose children are not permitted to discuss movies or video games at school. The children don’t watch television, have limited computer access and have only seen movies pre-screened by their parents. There was a time when I might have viewed these restrictions … Continue reading Ban on advertising to children linked to lower obesity rates
From the New York Times: Measles cases quadrupled in the United States last year, but outbreaks are still rare compared with those in Europe, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. There were 222 cases of measles reported in the United States, a third of which required hospitalization, the agency said. … Continue reading Measles Cases Rose in 2011
New from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Child Health USA 2011 is the 21st annual statistical report that highlights the health status and service needs of America's children. It provides data to child health practitioners to assist them in planning, developing, and implementing effective programs to meet public health challenges related specifically to children. … Continue reading New from HRSA–Child Health USA 2011
From the Institute for Social Research (ISR) comes a story on the effects of air pollution on children. "Air pollution from industrial sources near Michigan public schools jeopardizes children’s health and academic success . . . The researchers found that schools located in areas with the state’s highest industrial air pollution levels had the lowest attendance … Continue reading Air pollution near Michigan schools linked to poorer student health, academic performance