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FYI: Spina bifida research, sleep safety webinar, and more :
FYI: Spina bifida research, sleep safety webinar, and more

February 27, 2018

Spina bifida research

The latest evidence and data from the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry have been added to a collection from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners.

New studies on evaluation of spina bifida transitional care practices and research related to bladder and bowel health in children with spina bifida are available at

ALF comments

Comments on Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) resolutions submitted by members will be posted at and will be reviewed during the March 15-18 meeting. Resolutions allow members to offer input to the AAP Board of Directors on policy and activities. They are considered advisory.

Call for nominations

Nominations are due by March 9 for the AAP Section on Infectious DiseasesAward for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education.

Candidates should demonstrate substantial long-term dedication to the highest ideals of education. Preference will be given to those who focus on education of practitioners. The recipient will receive a cash award and travel expenses to the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in November.

To nominate yourself or another, email the nominee’s name, curriculum vitae and nomination letter to Suzanne Kirkwood at


  • Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child: An Action Plan for Families by Sandra G. Hassink, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, helps families partner with their pediatricians to meet their goals and make a permanent difference in their children's health. Buy in bulk to share with families and save up to 50%. Learn more at
  • Pediatric Collection: Opioids Epidemic paperback with poster-sized infographics (save 20% with promo code APC20),
  • Pediatric Pulmonology, Asthma, and Sleep Medicine: A Quick Reference Guide (MA0856; members: $79.95),
  • Preorder Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2nd Edition for May delivery (MA0844; members: $71.95),

Early childhood screening

The AAP Screening Technical Assistance & Resource Center supports practices in early childhood screening, referral and follow-up for developmental concerns, maternal depression and social determinants of health.

Screening Time: Tuning In to the Needs of Families is a scenario-based training that guides pediatricians, nurses and office staff through a screening workflow to fit the office. The training is based on family-centered early childhood screening processes and teaches conversation simulations. It is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit and Maintenance of Certification Part 2 credit. Visit

Find instruments to help you assess risk for developmental concerns, maternal depression and social determinants of health within the early childhood (ages 0-5 years) population. Visit

Sleep safety webinar

Join Michael Goodstein, M.D., FAAP, for the Pediatric Care Online webinar The State of Infant Sleep Safety in the US: Moving Forward in 2018,

The free webinar will define sudden unexpected infant death and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); provide statistics on SIDS and accidental sleep deaths; and explain the basic pathophysiology of SIDS. It also will help pediatricians guide families in following AAP recommendations on SIDS risk reduction and suffocation prevention and address safe sleep modeling and education in the hospital setting.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders training

A new website offers free online training to support health care professionals in the prevention, diagnosis and care management of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

Available courses are FASD Primer for Healthcare Professionals and Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies. Upcoming courses will include Diagnostic Overview of FASDs: Recognition and Referral; Implementing Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Clinical Practice; and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice as a Model for Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies.

The courses were launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy. Continuing medical education credit is offered. Visit

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