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Shortcomings Found in Adolescent Care Within the Medical Home

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-21

A recent article in Academic Pediatrics has found signficiant shortcomings in adolescents' receipt of care within a medical home, especially for the disadvantaged and those with mental health conditions. The article provides national estimates of the proportion of adolescents who receive their care in medical homes and examines disparities in medical home attainment.
To view the study, visit:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876285912002987

Journal of Adolescent Health Supplement Examines Life Course Approach to Understanding Adolescence

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-21

The supplement to the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health investigates the neurobiology and development of adolescent health and disease, focusing primarily on what transpires during adolescence and how a young person subsequently responds to the range of environmental demands placed on him or her.
To access the supplement, visit:
http://www.jahonline.org/issues?issue_key=S1054-139X%2812%29X0007-7

Obesity in Pregnancy Associated with Extremely Large Babies

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-21

Pre-pregnancy obesity and excess weight gain during pregnancy in African-American women are associated with an increased risk of giving birth to an abnormally large baby, according to a recent sutdy in the journal Obesity. Macrosomia, which is defined as a newborn weighing more than 4,000 grams at birth (approximately 8.8 pounds), can cause delivery complications such as hemorrhage, infection, the need for a caesarean section, preeclampsia and perinatal mortality.
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Women's Perceptions of the Benefits of Childbearing Influence their Risk of Pregnancy

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-21

In a study of women seeking contraceptive services at a family planning clinic, participants' perceptions of the benefits of childbearing decreased with increasing age, and white women perceived fewer benefits of childbearing than did black or Latina women. The study assessed perceived benefits of childbearing among women aged 15-24 who were initiating use of a hormonal contraceptive and did not want to become pregnant within the next year.
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Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Reduce Autism Risk

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-21

According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who take folic acid supplements before becoming pregnant, as well as early in pregnancy, may reduce the risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Researchers followed babies born between 2002 and 2008 for three to ten years to determine whether their mother's use of folic acid supplements influenced the risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. The study showed an association between the use of folic acid supplements and a lower risk of autistic disorder.

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