AAP SmartBrief - January 14, 2015

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Area vaccination rates affect rotavirus risk in children 
Children residing in areas with the lowest rotavirus vaccination rates had more than triple the odds of confirmed infection than those in high-coverage areas, researchers wrote in Pediatrics. "These findings suggest that the failure of providers to consistently offer rotavirus vaccine to age-eligible children may result in susceptible children who serve as reservoirs of ongoing disease transmission," study authors said. Forbes (1/12)

Experts find high rates of missed, misdiagnosed FASD 
A study in Pediatrics revealed 86.5% of youths with fetal alcohol syndrome disorders had either been missed or misdiagnosed using the current diagnostic measures. Researchers said the high rates of missed and incorrect diagnoses may have a significant impact on treatments. PhysiciansBriefing.com (1/12)

Pediatric Health Care

More pediatrics practices coordinate with mental health clinicians 
More pediatric practices are engaging in integrated care with mental health professionals, allowing them to ease patient transition by way of a "warm handoff" instead of a referral. Experts say the set-up could improve early intervention, diagnosis and treatment. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/12)

Children born to melanoma survivors less wary of sun exposure 
A study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found a majority of melanoma survivors used sunscreen to protect their children from sun exposure. However, researchers found fewer children stayed in the shade and wore hats and sunglasses to prevent sunburn. Sunburns appeared to be common among the respondents' children despite their high susceptibility to melanoma, researchers added. Medical News Today (1/13)

Trends and Technology

Medical residents get plenty of job offers, survey shows 
A Merritt Hawkins survey of 1,208 new physicians showed more than 60% had 50 or more job offers while they were medical residents, and 46% received more than 100. The data showed 7% of physicians said they would consider a job in an area with fewer than 50,000 people, while 47% wanted to practice in an urban area with a population of 500,000 or more. HealthLeaders Media (1/12)

Lawmaker revives meaningful use flexibility bill 
Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has reintroduced legislation that would establish a three-month meaningful use reporting period in 2015 if approved. Final HHS rules require a year of reporting. A number of medical and health IT groups lauded the reintroduction of the Flex-IT Act. Health Data Management (1/13)