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National AAP News

CDC recently published “Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead” http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/default.htm#screening  For more information, visit the CDC’s “Lead” landing page: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/  Resource: Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead

The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R.1281).  The law is designed to eliminate critical delays in the newborn screening process.

Looking for Information on Ebola? AAP:  Ebola Virus Disease Info for Clinicians  CDC:  Ebola Outbreak  Maine Physicians:  Portland Press article

AAP Updates Recommendations on Teen Pregnancy Prevention - Read Article   Visit the National Child Trauma Stress Network

Toolkit to Improve Care for Patients with Genetic Disorders and Genetic Disorders Policy information and recommendations

AAP Resilience Project:  Tools and Resources for Practices

AAP Updates Membership Criteria:   Pediatric Nurse Practitioners eligible to become affiliate member! Membership categories approved to consolidate Resident and Post Residency Training Members, Medical Students can join as In-Training Members, and Dues payment plans are available to renewing members.

 

 

MAAP News & Events

From the First Tooth, MaineHealth’s pediatric oral health initiative, was awarded a grant from Northeast Delta Dental Foundation to coordinate Dining with the Dentists – read more!

Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield offers clinics in Maine

Co-Sleeping has led to recent deaths in Maine.  Resources: CoSleeping Baby Deaths 2015 - AG’s Office Safe Sleep Recommendations -DHHS, and Safe_Sleep_Brochure

Vaccine Legislation to Encourage Communication between Parents and Providers by Maine AAP’s Janice Pelletier, MD and MaineMed’s, Sandra L. Fritsch, MD and Personal Freedom, Parental Choice and Vaccines by MaineGen’s Sid Sewall, MD .

The Maine AAP strongly supports  Maine’s mandatory child abuse reporting law, LD 1523; read our letter of support.

CDC’s Advisory Commitee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Report   - CDC also offers new guidelines on Critical Congenital Heart Defects Screening: Proposed Rules CCHD Rules memo 3.18.15

Learn about the dangers of e-cigarettes Read this AAP Research.

Past MAAP president John Salvato, MD, opens Maine’s Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

 

 

Highlights

Maine AAP Leaders, along with collaborators from Maine Medical Association, Eastern Maine Healthcare, the American Cancer Society, and others gather to testify in support of legislation to prohibit minors from using tanning beds.   Indoor tanning is exceptionally dangerous for teenagers, because it increases the risk of developing melanoma by an astronomical 62%.Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) causes the 3 major forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma; squamous cell carcinoma; and cutaneous malignant melanoma. Public awareness of the risk is not optimal, overall compliance with sun protection is inconsistent, and melanoma rates continue to rise. The risk of skin cancer increases when people overexpose themselves to sun and intentionally expose themselves to artificial sources of UVR. Keep an eye on this legislation and urge your Representatives and Senators to support it!

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