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Welcome to the first edition of Epi News-Brief! We have decided that rather than the full newsletter, we will send out quarterly Newsbriefs with the important information all contained in one e-mail. This will allow us to deliver the news in a more timely manner, and save you from having to open yet another attachment!

  1. NCE 2009 is fast approaching. Please plan to attend our Section program at the Renaissance Washington DC.

    Sunday, October 18, 2009: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
    8:00 AM Welcome and Introduction by Section Program Chair, Ruth Etzel, MD, PhD

    Abstract Session
    8:15 AM  The Effect of Mode of Delivery On Common Childhood Infectious and Atopic Illnesses
    Margaret E. Gatti, MPH, MSII, Georgetown University, School of Medicine; Darren M. Mays, MPH, PhD(C), Emory University; Daniel J. Merenstein, M.D., Georgetown University Medical Center
    8:30 AM Children Receiving Antibiotic Prescriptions for Viral Respiratory Illness in Emergency Room and Primary Care Office Visits
    M. Nadeem Ahmed, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAP, Carle Foundation Hospital; Maria Emerita T. Muyot, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    8:45 AM Is Cesarean Section Justified in Low Birth Weight Premature Infants?
    Teresa del Moral, MD, MPH, University of Miami; Nelson Claure, PhD, University of Miami; Silvia Vanbuskirk, RN, University of Miami; Victor H. Gonzalez-Quintero, MD, MPH, University of Miami; Eduardo Bancalari, MD, University of Miami
    9:00 AM Building the Evidence for Pediatric ADHD Diagnosis through Systematic Evidence Review
    Susanna Visser, MS, CDC; Rebecca Bitsko, PhD, CDC; Ruth Perou, PhD, CDC; Angelika H. Claussen, PhD, CDC; Mark Wolraich, MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    9:15 AM Resource Utilization by Overweight Children Presenting to the Emergency Department
    Katherine E. Fleming, M.D., St. Louis Children's Hospital; Jingnan Mao, M.S., Washington University School of Medicine; Julie Leonard, M.D., M.P.H., St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
    9:30 AM Can More Dental Amalgam Fillings On Teeth Increase Mercury Concentration in Blood Among Children?
    Sun-Young Jeong, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University; Joon Sakong, College of Medicine, Yeungman University; Keun-Bae Song, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University; Youn-Hee Choi, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University
    9:45 AM Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in National Sample of Pregnant Women: NHANES 2001-2004
    Sandy Saintonge, MD, MPH, New York Hospital Queens; Heejung Bang, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College; Linda M. Gerber, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College
    10:00 AM Low Birthweight and the Risk of Adolescent Hospitalization for Respiratory Illness
    Eric C. Walter, MD, MS, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jason W. Chien, MD, MS, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Section Program
    10:30 am What Every Pediatrician Needs to Know About Nuclear Disarmament featuring Helen Caldicott and Tom Newman
    12:30 pm Section Business Meeting
  2. The AAP held their Annual Leadership Forum in March. The Top 10 Resolutions were as follows:
    1. Suspension of AAP Approval of the Addendum to the Joint Principles for the Patient-centered Medical Home (Late)
    2. Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Reference Committee)
    3. Resident Vote for AAP National President (Reference Committee)
    4. Establishment of a Standard for Vaccine Acquisition Cost (Reference Committee)
    5. Improving Access to Care for Military Children and Adolescents Tri-care Reform (Reference Committee)
    6. Uniform National Standards for Nutritious School Foods (Reference Committee)
    7. Need for Increased Early Intervention Services (Reference Committee)
    8. US Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrant Parents (Reference Committee)
    9. AAP Support the Concept of Collective Negotiating and the Changing of Current Antitrust Laws (Late)
    10. Improving AAP Services for Pediatric Subspecialties (Reference Committee)

    For more information on ALF Resolutions, visit the AAP Member Center.
  3. As you know, the Section has been busy. Since December, we have reviewed 9 guidelines, clinical reports, policy statements, and technical reports written by the AAP, as well as 2 guideline endorsement requests from other organizations! The following are the reviewers to whom we give a hearty thanks!

  4. ​Date Title​ Coordinated By​ Reviews Returned By​
    ​December, 2008 Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH): Clinical Practice Guideline- Early Detection of DDH. ​Alex Kemper Lynnette Mazur, Karen Haught, Sydney Sewall, Tom Newman, Shawn McMahon
    January, 2009 Premedication Prior to Non Emergency Endotracheal Intubation in the Newborn Infant. ​Jennifer Read
    Felix Okah, Theresa Del Moral, Shelley Springer
    February, 2009 Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Health and Healthcare of Children ​Polly Thomas Timothy Hickman
    March, 2009 Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Studies to Evaluate Drugs in Pediatric Populations Geoff Rosenthal Theresa Del Moral, Bonnie Stanton, Charles Woods
    June, 2009 Ultraviolet Light: A Hazard to Children and Adolescents Bonnie Stanton Lynnette Mazur
    June, 2009 Media Use in Children Under 2 Years of Age Ruth Etzel Timothy Hickman, Bonnie Stanton
    June, 2009 Influenza Policy Statement Alex Kemper (time too short for other reviewers)
    June, 2009 Principles of Pediatric Patient Safety: Reducing Harm Due to Medical Care Patty Vitale John Iskander, Praveen Kumar, Jennifer Thull-Freedman
    June, 2009 Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pediatrics Jennifer Read Theresa Del Moral, Shelley Springer, Charles Woods, Andi Shane, Stephen Freedman
    June, 2009 Endocrine Society: Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia ​n/a Alex Kemper, Charles Woods
    June, 2009 NHLBI: Integrated Pediatric Guideline on Cardiovascular Risk ​n/a Tom Newman, Alex Kemper, Premchand Anne, Karen Haught, Nandini Narayan, Dan Neuspiel
  5. Please welcome our newest liaisons.

    Charles Woods, MD, MS replaces Michaell Aldous, MD, MPH as our Grand Rounds Liaison, and Ryan Coller, MD, replaces Odiraa Nwankwor, MD as our Resident Liaison.
  6. Finally, we'd like to share some brief tidbits from our recent Executive Committee meeting on May 4.

    Our Section has been contributing about an average of one article per month to Grand Rounds so keep up the good work!
  7. As always, you can find the list of Section on Executive Committee Members by visiting our Web page.