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a new one-pill formulation of the emergency contraceptive Plan B®
represents a positive step forward for women's health, according to The
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The new
formulation of emergency contraception (EC), called Plan B® One-Step,
will simplify this important pregnancy prevention treatment. Last month,
the FDA also approved Next Choiceâ„¢, a generic version of the original
two-pill Plan B® formulation. At this time, the generic EC is obtainable
by prescription only to those ages 17 and younger.” To read more, go to
www.acog.org 
 America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, July 2009 (
http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp )
The Forum on Child and Family Statistics signature report, America's
Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, provides annual updates
on the well-being of children and families in the United States across a
range of domains. A more detailed report alternates every other year
with a condensed version that highlights selected indicators. This year,
the Forum is publishing the full report and will produce a brief report
in July 2010. View the 2009 report at http://childstats.gov/
NEWS FROM CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE: Over 60 Percent of All US
Bankruptcies Linked to Medical Problems: New research finds most victims
are middle-class and have health insurance
Medical problems contributed to over 60 percent of all bankruptcies in
the United States in 2007, according to a study published online today
by the American Journal of Medicine (http://www.amjmed.com/) and slated
for the August issue. The study, the first-ever national random-sample
survey of bankruptcy filers, shows that illnesses and medical bills are
linked to a large and increasing share of bankruptcies. Between 2001 and
2007, the proportion of all bankruptcies attributable to medical
problems rose by 49.6 percent. More than three-quarters (77.9 percent)
were insured at the start of the bankrupting illness. Additionally, the
data were collected prior to the current economic downturn and likely
understate the current burden of financial suffering. According to the
study, a number of circumstances propelled many middle-class, insured
Americans into bankruptcy. For 92 percent of the medically bankrupt,
high medical bills directly contributed to their bankruptcy. Many
families with continuous coverage found themselves under-insured,
responsible for thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.
Out-of-pocket medical costs averaged $17,943 for all medically bankrupt
families: $26,971 for uninsured patients; $17,749 for those with private
insurance at the outset; $14,633 for those with Medicaid; $12,021 for
those with Medicare; and $6,545 for those with VA/military coverage. For
patients who initially had private coverage but lost it, the family's
out-of-pocket expenses averaged $22,568.To read the whole press release
go to
http://www.cha.harvard.edu/news/press_releases_09/090604_Himmelstein-bankruptcy-study.shtml
Three Large U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls:1) Kolcraft
Recalls 1 Million Play Yards Due to Fall Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. of Chicago, Ill., today announced a voluntary
recall of about 1 million Kolcraft, Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep,
Contours, Care Bear and Eric Carle Play Yards. Consumers should stop
using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The
play yard’s side rail can fail to latch properly and when a child pushes
against the rail it can unlatch unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to
children.The firm has received 347 reports of sides of the play yard
collapsing unexpectedly, resulting in 21 injuries to young children,
including bumps, scrapes, bruises and one concussion. This recall
involves the Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot play yards, as well as other similar
play yards manufactured for Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours,
Care Bare and Eric Carle, with model numbers listed below. Some of the
units have a bassinet and/or changing table. Some models have a mobile,
vibrating unit or a parent organizer. Model numbers are printed on a
white sticker on one of the feet of the play yard. To read  more or to
view the products, go to
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09265.html 
 
2) Aqua-Leisure Industries Recalls Inflatable Baby Floats Due to
Drowning Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Aqua-Leisure Industries, of Avon, Mass., announced a voluntary recall of
about 4 million  Inflatable Baby Floats. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The leg
straps in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to
unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of
drowning.There have been 31 reports of float seats tearing, causing
children to fall into or under the water. No injuries have been
reported. To read  more or to view the products, go to
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09261.html 3) Simplicity
Drop Side Cribs Recalled by Retailers Due to Risk of Death 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc. of Reading, Pa. announced a voluntary
recall of about 400,000 Simplicity Drop Side Cribs the following
consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed. The crib’s plastic hardware can
break or deform, causing the drop side to detach. When the drop side
detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress
made in China. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become
entrapped which can lead to suffocation. Incidents/Injuries: CPSC is
aware of one death involving an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas
who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib
mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. The child’s
death was previously reported (
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07307.html ) by CPSC. CPSC
also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side
detaching from the crib. In six of these incidents, the drop side
detached because the plastic flexible tab deformed or broke. In four of
the drop side detachment incidents, other plastic parts, including
connectors or tracks, deformed or broke. In two of the incidents, two
children became entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress.
There were no reported injuries.Consumers should immediately stop using
the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment
for their baby. Consumers should immediately return the crib to the
place of purchase for a refund, replacement or store credit. To read 
more or to view the products, go
tohttp://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09260.html 
The American Academy of Pediatrics invites children to enter its 2009
National Art Contest with a chance to win a trip to Washington, DC.
Official entry forms and consent forms must accompany all entries.
Entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2009. Winning entries will be
selected by a panel of judges including pediatricians, and announced in
the summer. http://www.aap.org/artcontest/
 
ARTICLES:
Van den Berg MP et al. Paternal Depressive Symptoms During Pregnancy
Are Related to Excessive Infant Crying PEDIATRICS Vol. 124 No. 1 July
2009, pp. 122-127





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