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Register today for Immunization Webinar: Immunization. Power to Protect
On Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m., ICAAP will host a webinar in honor of National Infant Immunization Week. Immunization. Power to Protect will be presented by Dr. Marealita Pierce of Pierce Pediatric Associates. By conclusion of this webinar, participants will identify the importance of vaccines and role of medical providers in protecting infants from infectious disease. Register today for second webinar in 2015 ICAAP Immunization Webinar Series.
This webinar series has been approved for CME credit. Professionals who complete all portions of this activity can claim up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™ and/or up to 1 Continuing Nursing Education credit(s). Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rush University Medical Center designates this webinar series activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Rush University is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Rush University designates this live/internet enduring material activity for 1 Continuing Education Credit(s). This activity is being presented without bias and commercial support.
New Report Released on Oral Health and Obesity in Third Graders
Chicago Community Oral Health Forum
The Oral Health Forum (formerly the Chicago Community Oral Health Forum) released a report on oral health status and obesity in third graders throughout Illinois. The Healthy Smiles, Healthy Growth assessment was completed during the 2013-2014 school year. Results saw positive trends for oral health and growth but caries and obesity remain significant public health problems for the Illinois third grade population. For more information, view the full report.
The Illinois Department of Public Health Invites Your Outpatient Facility to Participate in the Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs Campaign
Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Patient Safety and Quality.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Division of Patient Safety and Quality invites outpatient healthcare facilities to participate in the Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs Campaign. This statewide initiative aims to promote appropriate use of antibiotics, increase healthcare provider and patient knowledge related to antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use, and provide resources to support clinicians in improving antibiotic prescribing, particularly for upper respiratory infections (URIs) evaluated in outpatient settings. Antibiotics are often misused across healthcare settings, contributing to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Addressing this urgent problem is a national priority as highlighted by recent White House actions including release of a National Action Plan to tackle antibiotic resistance. To learn more about the campaign, requirements and commitments for participation, and to request an invitation packet to participate, please complete the short Facility Interest Form.
Join Echo-Chicago for Remote CME Sessions
Extension for Community Health Outcomes-Chicago
The Extension for Community Health Outcomes-Chicago (ECHO-Chicago) is an innovative program created by the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine to build capacity at community health centers through advanced training in best practice protocols for common, chronic diseases. Using advanced videoconference technologies provided at no cost to the user, ECHO-Chicago brings together subspecialty experts and community-based primary care providers to engage in case-based learning focused on chronic disease management. Providers participate remotely in a series of 12 one-hour long sessions held every other week. CME credits are available at no cost. Pediatric series include Childhood Obesity and Co-morbidities (Wednesdays beginning May 6) and Pediatric ADHD (Thursdays beginning May 14). To join, please contact Dana Sohmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773/702-2213) or visit www.echo-chicago.org.
IDPH Launches Agency Newsletter
Illinois Department of Public Health
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released its first monthly email newsletter. The first issue includes information about the new meningococcal vaccine school requirement, the upcoming site visit by the Public Health Accreditation Board, an overview of featured IDPH programs and more. For more information and to join the mailing list, please view the full newsletter.
Chicago: The Future Health Tech Hub of the U.S.? Maybe Sooner Than You Think
Almost every industry in recent decades has fundamentally changed its processes, except healthcare. The care process has not been redesigned, despite the fact that we have never had better technology, and we all know that if we designed a system from the ground up today, it would look nothing like the one we have. So, as tens of thousands of health and technology experts descend upon Chicago for the upcoming annual HIMSS conference, the city will do what is does everyday: debate and innovate in health technology.
Brain Scan Can Guide Autism Diagnosis
U-T San Diego
Brain scans of possibly autistic infants and toddlers can predict whether they will develop normal language skills, according to a new study by UC San Diego researchers.
If the results hold up, this would be the first time that brain imaging of living children has been used successfully to guide autism diagnosis and help choose appropriate therapy. Currently, autism assessments are based on behavior.
Military Kids May Be Missing Vaccines
Military children may be missing out on important childhood vaccines, researchers reported on Monday.
A check of their medical records shows many are either missing vaccines, or they are missing the records to show they had them. Either way, it's not good, says Dr. Angela Dunn, who led the study, published in the journal Pediatrics.
"Is it that they are not getting vaccines? Or that they are not documented?" asked Dunn, who did the study while she was at the University of California San Diego.
Study: Fewer U.S. Children Getting Melanoma
The incidence of deadly melanoma skin cancer is falling among American children, a new study finds.
Researchers led by Dr. Lisa Campbell, of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center in Cleveland, looked at national cancer registry data from 2000 to 2010.
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Peer-Review Scandals Shake Up Scholarly Journal Community
By Cait Harrison
Call it a new form of academic cheating. Peer reviews for scholarly journals have come under the spotlight lately — and the future isn't looking so bright. U.K.-based publisher BioMed Central recently retracted 43 scientific and medical articles because of peer reviews written by people who forged scientists' names. These instances of research fraud are rare, but they're becoming more common with an increase in technology as well as pressure on scholars to get published. What can journals do to prevent the chance of something like this happening again?
Detecting Diabetes in Children Before Symptoms Appear
Doctors may be able to detect type 1 diabetes in children before they exhibit any symptoms of the disease, new research from Sweden shows.
Scientists taking part in The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) project have discovered four markers, or autoantibodies, in the blood of the study's participants that make it possible to detect the disease earlier, meaning that treatment can also start earlier.
Pediatrician Job Satisfaction Reliant on Lifestyle, Family Ahead of Income
Infectious Diseases in Children
A majority of general pediatricians reported the most important factor in choosing their first job was lifestyle, spousal or familial considerations, according to survey data.
In addition, more than two-thirds of surveyed pediatricians reported that their current jobs were consistent with their career goals.
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