Seattle Children’s hospital and Mayo Medical Laboratories are creating a partnership to develop ways for children’s hospitals around the country to decrease costs and errors that come from unnecessary lab testing.
By Phil Galewitz
The Obama administration often touts the health benefits women have gained under the Affordable Care Act, including the option to sign up for coverage outside of open enrollment periods if they’re “having a baby.”
But advocates complain the special insurance enrollment period begins only after a birth. As a result, uninsured women who learn they are pregnant outside of the regular three-month open enrollment period, which this year ended Sunday, can get stuck paying thousands of dollars for prenatal care and a delivery — or worse, going without care.
The special insurance enrollment period begins only after a birth.
A community conversation sponsored by the Northwest Biomedical Research Association
Are Vaccinations ‘Everybody’s Business?’
Discussion of the locally-made documentary, “Everybody’s Business,” by Laura Green, which examines the small, tight-knit community of Vashon Island that has become a reluctant poster child for the growing debate around childhood vaccinations. This portrait of an island community digs beneath the surface to investigate the tensions between individual choices and collective responsibilities.
Tuesday night’s conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Doug Opel, Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
December 9, 2014
From 5:45pm to 7:45pm
415 Westlake Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
From the National Institutes of Health
NIH, CDC study shows unsafe infant bedding use still common, despite warnings
Nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants are placed to sleep with bedding that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, despite recommendations against the practice, report researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions.
Soft objects and loose bedding — such as thick blankets, quilts, and pillows — can obstruct an infant’s airway and pose a suffocation risk, according to the NIH’s Safe to Sleep campaign.
Soft bedding has also been shown to increase the risk of SIDS Infants should be placed to sleep alone, on their backs, on a firm sleep surface, such as in a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet. Soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, quilts, comforters and loose bedding should be kept out of the baby’s sleep area.
Parents have good intentions but may not understand that blankets, quilts and pillows increase a baby’s risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation.”—Carrie K. Shapiro-Mendoza, Ph.D.
“Parents have good intentions but may not understand that blankets, quilts and pillows increase a baby’s risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation,” said the study’s first author, Carrie K. Shapiro-Mendoza, Ph.D., M.P.H., senior scientist in the CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health in Atlanta. Continue reading
From Seattle Children’s Hospital
Parents strongly encouraged to take precautions, seek medical attention for troubled breathing, wheezing in babies, children, teens
SEATTLE – Sept. 19, 2014 – Seattle Children’s Hospital announced today that two children have tested positive for Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68).
The children, whose names were not released, have preexisting health conditions that exacerbated their condition but were stable enough to be discharged from the hospital earlier this week.
The presence of EV-D68 in the two children was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday.
Results for three other children who were tested for EV-D68 were negative. Two of those children have been discharged; one is deceased.
No children in Washington or the United States have died of EV-D68 related illness. Continue reading
From the Washington State Department of Health
Immunization rates for Washington toddlers have improved from last year, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Immunization Survey.
The survey says 71 percent of kids under three years old in Washington got a series of recommended vaccines in 2013.
The state’s rate for the same series of vaccines in 2012 was 65 percent.
Pertussis vaccination still low and concerning in light of recent epidemic
For all vaccines counted, rates increased across the board except for DTaP, the vaccine that prevents pertussis (whooping cough).
This is especially concerning because of our state’s whooping cough epidemic in 2012. Continue reading
Consumer Update from the US Food and Drug Administration
There are more theories about teething and “treating” a baby’s sore gums than there are teeth in a child’s mouth.
One thing doctors and other health care professionals agree on is that teething is a normal part of childhood that can be treated without prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
Too often well-meaning parents, grandparents and caregivers want to soothe a teething baby by rubbing numbing medications on the tot’s gums, using potentially harmful drugs instead of safer, non-toxic alternatives.
That’s why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents that prescription drugs such as viscous lidocaine are not safe for treating teething in infants or young children, and that they have hurt some children who used those products. Continue reading
FDA Consumer Update
If you’re pregnant, you’ve no doubt been given a list of foods to avoid—undercooked meat, soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, and alcohol, to name a few.
The good news is that there is a food you should have more of while pregnant and while breastfeeding: fish and shellfish.
The latest science shows that eating fish low in mercury during pregnancy and in early childhood can help with growth and neurodevelopment. It can also be good for your health. Continue reading
A new study has again found a higher rate of a rare neurological birth defect, anencephaly, in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties, Washington state health officials said Tuesday.
The study identified seven cases of the birth defect in these three counties in 2013, which translates into a rate of 8.7 per 10,000 births. That rate is similar to the rate seen in 2010-2012 and remains well above the national rate of 2.1 per 10,000 births, health officials said. Continue reading
By Michelle Andrews
Q. I understand that I won’t have to pay a penalty for not having insurance because I signed up for coverage before the end of open enrollment.
But what about my kids? Their CHIP coverage didn’t start until April. Continue reading
By Roni Caryn Rabin
Hospital charges for labor and delivery vary so widely from one California medical center to another that some facilities charge women eight to 11 times more than others, according to a new study.
Comparing nearly 110,000 uncomplicated births and Caesarean sections, researchers found the lowest charge for a vaginal birth involving an average woman was $3,296, while the highest was $37,227.
For an uncomplicated Caesarean delivery, the lowest charge was about $8,312, while the highest was $70,908. Continue reading
Safety valves that cost pennies per bottle could save thousands of kids from being rushed to emergency rooms each year.
A doctor has campaigned to have the devices added to all liquid medicines, but so far he’s had limited success. Continue reading
From the National Institute of Nursing Research
January 10, 2014 – New Palliative Care: Conversations Matter campaign helps ensure children with serious illnesses and their families get supportive care
A campaign just launched by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) aims to increase the use of palliative care — comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness — for children with serious illness.
Palliative care can reduce a child’s pain, help manage other distressing symptoms, and provide important emotional support to the child and family throughout the course of an illness. Continue reading
January 9, 2014 – Beginning with the New Year, Washington state newborns will be routinely tested for a disorder called severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) said. Continue reading
From the Office of Research on Women’s Health
Gestational diabetes (pregnancy)
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs when a woman is pregnant. Changing hormone levels and weight gain are all part of a healthy pregnancy.
But both these changes can make it hard for your body to keep up with its need for a hormone called insulin. Your body may not get the energy it needs from the food you eat and, later in your pregnancy, you could develop gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes often goes away after the baby is born but having gestational diabetes can place you and your child at increased risk for developing diabetes later in life.
Taking care of yourself will help keep you and your baby healthy throughout your lives. Important action steps include:
- Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Being physically active for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.
- Following a healthy eating plan.
Your health care provider will decide when you need to be checked for diabetes depending on yourrisk factors. Risk factors include:
- Age: 25 years of age or older.
- Weight: Being overweight or obese.
- Family history: Having a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
- Baby’s birth weight: Delivering a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
- Health history: A previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes in an earlier pregnancy.
- Blood glucose (blood sugar): Having pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
- Race/ethnicity: Being of African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander descent.
|Risks of gestational diabetes|
|Having gestational diabetes may increase your risk of high blood pressure or your baby may grow very large. Both can make delivery difficult and dangerous for you both. It can also cause other problems for your baby including:
|NIH and You|
|The NIH Office of Research of Women’s Health has partnered with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease’s National Diabetes Education Program on its Small Steps. Big Rewards – It’s Never Too Early…To Prevent Diabetes campaign to increase awareness about the future health risks for women with a history of gestational diabetes and their children. The campaign promotes screening for type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes, provides advice on future health risks, and promotes the importance of adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors.|
for more information: www.niddk.nih.gov