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A new study from UC San Francisco reveals that women who have “early term” births are two to three times more likely to have a pre-term birth during their next pregnancy. Read this Medical Xpress article to learn more: http://ow.ly/Ibvr302kMm4
A new study led by UC San Francisco researchers found that women whose first child was born at 37 to 38 weeks – so-called "early-term" birth – are two to three times more likely to experience preterm birth, defined as birth at a gestational age less than 37 weeks, when giving birth to a second child. The identification of this new risk factor may be a boon to doctors, who are rarely able to predict preterm birth, which occurs in nearly one in 10 ...
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The study concluded that the widespread exposure of infants to acetaminophen in utero could increase the number of children with ADHD or autism spectrum symptoms. http://ow.ly/SWyI301VrBm
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation to attention-related and hyperactivity symptoms.
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Providing education about hydroxyurea could lead to more sickle cell patients receiving prescriptions for the medication.
#sicklecell #scd #sicklecelldisease
http://www.nichq.org/blog/2016/july/hydroxyurea_education_for_scd_treatment
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Roughly 21 million American children ages 18 and under rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. A lack of transportation means many students eligible for free summer meals aren’t getting them.
http://ow.ly/FIpK301ELot
A lack of transportation means many students eligible for free summer meals aren’t getting them.
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Men and dads need to be engaged early on to provide support for maternal and child health.
http://www.nichq.org/blog/2016/june/male_involvement_in_mch
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Have a happy and safe Independence Day!
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To increase care and support for moms’ mental health the NIH has launched a new initiative aimed at raising awareness for maternal mental health among families and healthcare providers.

http://www.nichq.org/blog/2016/july/improving_maternal_mental_health_care
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Don't miss a thing! Sign up for the NICHQ News monthly e-newsletter containing resources and inspiration for improving children's health.
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While teen pregnancy in the U.S. has decreased over the past 20 years, adolescent contraception use is still an important topic that is being discussed. Read more about the current nature of prescribing LARCs (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives) to aid the further reduction of teen pregnancy:
http://ow.ly/aATr3029hW1
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NICHQ, Kansas healthcare providers and ASTHO present a webinar on neonatal abstinence syndrome on August 16th, 2-3 pm EST. Register today!
http://ow.ly/spg0301VlCP
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Without proper testing, changes might not lead to improvement, or even be feasible in practice. Testing using Plan-Do-Act-Study (PDSA) cycles can ultimately make changes easier to implement and lead to greater sustainability of the change.

http://www.nichq.org/blog/2016/june/qi_tips_testing
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Across the United States, organizations and government agencies are creating new approaches to improve children’s health. We’ve highlighted some of the most exciting initiatives we’ve seen in the last few weeks.
http://ow.ly/dh4Z301ET98
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NICHQ (National Institute for Children’s Health Quality) is an independent, nonprofit organization that helps organizations and professionals make breakthrough improvements so children and families live healthier lives.