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December 2016                                                                                             Volume 96
from the 
American College of Pediatricians
ACPeds 2017 National Meeting

Mark your calendar and reserve the dates!

September 30 and October 1, 2017*
The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Trinity International University

Deerfield, Illinois

This national meeting will be held  in conjunction with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and will include plenty of  CME opportunity . A wonderful slate of speakers has already been determined. We will share details as they become formalized.

*ACPeds will host a members' only reception on Friday, September 29th from 6 - 7 pm.
Attention Members
Be sure to check out the  Bulletin Board in the Member Hub, the members' section of the website, to see the  newest job postings

You'll need to know your username and password to log onto the members' section. If you don't know your log-on information, please call the office for help. You may also request to be sent an email with information about these various positions. Contact the ACPeds office at  admin@acpeds.org.
Interested in serving on the ACPeds Web Committee?

We need members who can occasionally review material from other organizations to determine appropriateness to re-post on College website, etc.  Time commitment is up to you, but as little as 1 hour a month.

No web experience is necessary!

If interested, contact the College office: admin@acpeds.org or call Lisa in the office at 352-376-1877 .
Medical Students and/or Training Fellows

The ACPeds Board of Directors invites you to apply for an ex-officio position on the Board
  • Ex-officio members serve in an advisory capacity to the Board; they do not vote.
  • One year term including attendance at 2 Board meetings (generally scheduled 6 months apart). Expenses to attend Board meetings will be covered by the College.
  • In between board meetings, you will be consulted periodically but the Board recognizes that your time is limited given your current capacity.
  • Qualifying Medical Student and Training Fellow members must reside within the Continental U.S. to participate in the application process.
Please contact the office with any questions:  admin@acpeds.org  or by phone at  352-376-1877 The next board meeting will be held April 28/29 in Atlanta.

Deadline to apply for this position is Friday, December 30, 2016. 
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
In 2015 alone more than 250,000 children throughout the country were treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries.

Adults can take the following precautions to ensure that gifts for children are safe and age appropriate.
  • Choose toys suitable to the child's age, interest and skill level; check MPAA ratings for movies and ESRB ratings for video games.
  • Avoid noisy, light-up, talking toys; electronic toys may hinder baby language development.
  • Include safety gear like a helmet, elbow and knee pads, or a bike reflector
  • Look for the letters "ASTM." This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
More information on selecting safe toys and gifts
Toy Safety Tips (St. Joseph's Children Hospital)
Giving Gifts, Money, Time to Others and Organizations good for Health
In the Harvard Business School study,  Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness , researchers found that giving other people even as little as $5 can lead to increased well-being for the giver. Research has also shown that the same positive health benefits can come from donating to charities or volunteering one's time , like at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter. 

Helpful information for encouraging generosity and charitable giving in kids:
Share in the Success of the ACPeds mission

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds)
is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals 
dedicated to the health and well-being of children.

Here's how YOU can help
             Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn
With your contribution, the American College of Pediatricians can continue to speak out in favor of children and their families.

Families are the compass that guide us, the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.

Brad Henry, an American politician
How Peds Can Help Families Pick Up the Pieces After Divorce and Separation

Each year, more than 1 million American children experience divorce or the separation of their parents.  Many of these children show behavioral changes in the first year of parent separation. Although some adjustment problems may resolve in 2-3 years after the separation, research shows that the child's sense of loss may last for years resulting in issues like psychological issues, behavioral issues, problems in school and general acting out.  Children with separating or separated parents are especially high risk for these types of problems this time of year as special events like birthdays and holidays can exacerbate these types of issues.

Pediatricians can help these children and their families by helping parents
  • set goals such as establishing a positive, neutral relationship after a divorce and consulting a marriage/divorce counselor to develop strategies to address the discord or to help the child through the dissolution of the marriage.
  • understand their children's reactions by encouraging them to discuss the divorce process with their children and directing parents to resources and helpful information.
For more information on the effetcs of divorce on children

For Peds: Helping patients and their families cope with divorce
For Parents: Parenting Resources

*Member's only. Log-in required.
**Featured Resources of the Month - Marijuana**
According to recent  research , marijuana can double the risk of stress cardiomyopathy in adolescents, especially young men. Research also shows that marijuana use is associated with abnormal braing function, lower IQs, and psychological issues like depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 

Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with both psychiatric illness and negative social outcomes.

Although increasing legalization of marijuana has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless, research documents the risks of its use by youth are grave.

For more information on the negative health effects of Marijuana on adolescent development:

Gift suggestions:
To all, charity and to every child, a good example.

*Purchase Gifts for Family & Friends from the ACPeds Store*

ACPeds has contracted with a manufacturer to create on demand logo merchandise, high in quality without sacrificing affordability. 

Visit the ACPeds Store Today to View the Selection of Items  Great for Personal Use and for Gifts

Click the following link (or type it into your address bar):
Stop Popular Childrens Magazine from Portraying Homosexual Parents to Kids
In recent news, Highlights for Children, a children's magazine for children aged 12 and under, received a complaint regarding the magazine's lack of homosexual representation.  Standing by their longstanding philosophy of letting parents discuss the issue of homosexuality with kids on their own, the magazine's editors responded,

"Parents know best when their family is ready to open conversation around the topic of same-sex families."

However, upon receving backlash from the LGBTQ community, the magazine has caved to the pressure and committed to depicting same-sex families in the future.  Highlights for Children is read by millions of children each year in homes and in schools. An educational children's magazine is no place for children to be exposed to homosexual parenting. 

Voice your opinion by writing to Highlights for Children in one of the following ways:

Click the following link (or type it into your address bar):

OR

Send a letter to:  
Christine French Cully, Editor in Chief
Highlights for Children
Editorial Offices
803 Church St.
Honesdale, PA   18431

And copy this office as well:
Highlights for Children
Public Relations Department
PO Box 269
Columbus, OH   43216
For suggested verbiage, CLICK HERE .
* Patient Handout Reminder *
The Member Hub, the members' section of the website, includes patient handouts shared by other ACPeds practitioners, some of which may be helpful to your own patients and practice. Contact the office to get the username and password for access to the Member Hub

In addition, ACPeds offers a variety of patient handouts available for download free of charge in the  Health Professionals section of the ACPeds website. If  you have a display unit for handouts in your office, these statements are also available in a Title on Top (version). Contact the office to have a Title on Top version sent to you. Both are available on the " Handouts " page.
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Welcomes Submissions
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the AAPS, is pleased to consider original papers, commentaries and book reviews by members of the College. For manuscript requirements and author instructions, visit http://jpands.org/.
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