Health headlines: ATVs, the birthrate and the economy

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A local family pushes for stricter ATV regulations.

WCVB-TV Channel 5 speaks with Lois Lee, MD, MPH, about ATV-related injuries in kids and a bill that would regulate ATV use by anyone under the age of 14.

mother with newbornBirthrates fell in 2008, and the recession is being blamed. A report from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that the national birth rate dropped 2 percent in 2008 from figures for ’07 and some experts think the economy may have played a part.

Two insurers to resume sales with old rates. The Boston Globe reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Tufts Health Plan said they will, as ordered, resume making new policies available for individuals and small businesses.

Hospitals are taking caution when giving blood thinner to infants. After a recent infant death in a hospital in Nebraska involving the blood thinner Heparin, many hospitals are changing procedure for how the drug is administered to infants, and how its effects are monitored.

texting and drivingChildren’s Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, and Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program will lead the efforts of a $15 million grant recently announced from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support research and development of a new health care information technology infrastructure.