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Authorization Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Children To Have Limited Immediate Impact On Day Care Centers

The New York Times (6/30, Hassan, Chung) reports, “American children ages 6 months through 4 years recently became eligible to receive coronavirus vaccinations, after federal regulators and health officials cleared vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTec…

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Many US Parents Do Not Take Proper Precautions For Firework Safety, Survey Reveals

HealthDay (6/30, Preidt) reports that “many U.S. parents don’t take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries,” according to a survey “of more than 2,000 parents of children ages 3-18.” Just “1 in 5 said childr…

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Reductions In BMD In Adolescents With Obesity Who Undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy Tied To Changes In Sex Hormone, Sclerostin, And Enteric Peptides, Study Indicates

Healio (6/30, Monostra) reports, “Reductions in bone mineral density [BMD] in adolescents with obesity who undergo sleeve gastrectomy are associated with changes in sex hormones, sclerostin and enteric peptides,” investigators concluded in a “longitudinal…

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Dupilumab Effective, Well-Tolerated In Treating Pediatric And Adolescent Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Say

Healio (6/30, Gawel) reports, “Dupilumab appeared effective and well-tolerated among children and adolescents with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis,” investigators concluded in a study that “examined the records of 89 children and adolescents (56% fem…

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Allergic Disorders In Early Childhood Tied To Increased Risks For ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Study Finds

Healio (6/30, Gawel) reports, “Allergic disorders in early childhood significantly increase the risks for ADHD and, to a lesser extent, autism spectrum disorder, according to a study.” Specifically, the study found that “early diagnosis of rhinitis presen…

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Biden Administration Officials Call On Teachers To Help Encourage Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination

The Hill (6/29, Choi) reports HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona “released a letter on Wednesday calling on teachers to help encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19.” In the “Dear Colleagues” le…

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WHO Says “Sustained Transmission” Of Monkeypox May Push Virus Into High-Risk Groups

Reuters (6/29, Rigby, Roy) reports, “The World Health Organization says ‘sustained transmission’ of monkeypox worldwide could see the virus begin to move into high-risk groups, such as pregnant women, immunocompromised people and children.” WHO on Wednesd…

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RSV Tied To Significant Global Morbidity, Mortality In Children And Infants Younger Than Five Years, Systematic Review Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/29, Stong) reports, “Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was associated with significant global morbidity and mortality in children and infants younger than 5 years, according to findings” from a 481-study systematic literature…

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Study Examines Effectiveness Of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Against Omicron In Children Ages Five To 11

MedPage Today (6/29, Ingram) reports, “Protection against Omicron in children ages 5-11 years was minimal following a single dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, but hovered around 50% following the second dose, a large observational study from Isr…

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FDA Issues Alert Warning Against Use Of Baby Neck Floats

ABC News (6/29, Yu) reports the FDA “issued a new alert this week, warning parents not to use baby neck floats on their children, particularly those with special needs, as part of a water therapy program because doing so could be fatal or lead to serious…

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Many Parents, Pediatric Residents And Attendings Unaware Of Guidelines For Early Introduction Of Peanuts To Children At High Risk For Allergy, Survey Study Finds

Healio (6/29, Gawel) reports, “Many parents, pediatric residents and attendings remained unaware of recommendations for early introduction of peanuts to children at high risk for allergy, according to a study.” For the study published in the Annals of All…

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Omicron Subvariants BA.4, BA.5 Estimated To Make Up 52% Of US COVID-19 Cases, CDC Says

The New York Times (6/28, Hassan) reports Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 “have together become dominant among new coronavirus cases, according to new estimates on Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” As of the week ending June…

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US Maternal Mortality Rates Up 33% Since Start Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Shows

ABC News (6/28, Dumlao) reports, “Maternal mortality rates in the U.S. have climbed 33% since the start of the pandemic, with Black and Hispanic women dying at higher rates than White women, according to a…study.” The findings were published in a resear…

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Adolescents Who Experience Cyberbullying May Be More Likely To Think About Suicide, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/28) reports, “Adolescents who experience cyberbullying are more likely to think about suicide,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data collected between July 2018 and January 2021 from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study…w…

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CGM Metrics Show Early Divergence Between Pregnant People With T1D Who Subsequently Give Birth To Normal Weight Vs. LGA Infants, Researchers Say

Medwire News (6/28, Cowen) reports, “Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) metrics show early divergence between pregnant women with type 1 diabetes [T1D] who subsequently give birth to normal weight versus large for gestational age (LGA) infants,” investig…

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Children With Uncontrolled Asthma Presenting To ED Have Higher Frequency Of Viral Infections, More Acute Symptoms, Study Finds

Healio (6/28, Gawel) reports, “Children with uncontrolled asthma who visited the ED had a higher frequency of viral infections and more acute symptoms than children with controlled asthma, according to a study” involving “120 children aged 4 to 18 years p…

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HCV Screening In Pregnancy Accelerated In US Following Updated Screening Recommendations Issued In 2020, Study Finds

Healio (6/27, VanDewater) reports, “Following updated hepatitis C virus screening recommendations issued in 2020, HCV screening in pregnancy accelerated across the country, according to a retrospective cohort study.” Yet “despite the increase in screening…

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Mount Sinai Health System, mPulse Mobile To Collaborate On Health Program To Educate Teens On Diabetes Risks

mHealth Intelligence (6/27, Melchionna) reports, “To educate teenagers on diabetes risks, Mount Sinai Health System is collaborating with mPulse Mobile to implement a health program that will be offered to teenagers in East Harlem, aiming to improve popul…

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Among White Women, Pregnancies After Donating A Kidney Pose Similar Complications To Those Experienced By The General Population, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (6/27, Keenan) reports, “Among white women, pregnancies after donating a kidney pose similar complications to those experienced by the general population; although, a low increase in risk is observed,” investigators concluded in a 16-study systemat…

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FDA Approves Supplemental Indication For Phentermine And Topiramate ER Capsules For Chronic Weight Management In Certain Pediatric Patients

HCPlive reports the FDA has “approved a supplemental indication for phentermine and topiramate extended-release capsules (Qsymia) for chronic weight management in pediatric patients 12 years and older who defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 95th…

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Infants Introduced To “Nordic Diet” Appear To Eat More Fruits, Vegetables At 12 And 18 Months Of Age, Compared With Infants Eating A Conventional Diet, Research Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (6/27, Splete) reports, “Infants who were introduced to” the so-called “Nordic diet,” that is, “a low-protein diet – high in fruit, vegetables, and roots – ate more fruits and vegetables at 12 and 18 months of age, compared wit…

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WHO Says 920 Probable Cases Of Severe Acute Hepatitis In Children Reported So Far

Reuters (6/24, Khandekar) reported, “Thirty-three countries have reported 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis in children so far, a jump of 270 from May, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.” WHO also “said that the European Region…

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Appeals Court Issues Temporary Stay On FDA Ban On Juul E-Cigarette Sales

The Washington Post (6/25, Suliman) reported “electronic cigarettes made by Juul Labs can continue to be sold, for now, after” the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit “on Friday issued a temporary stay on a government ban.” The court…

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Racial Residential Segregation Tied To Poor Glycemic Control In Black Adolescents With T1D, Study Indicates

Clinical Endocrinology News (6/24, Splete) reported, “Racial residential segregation was significantly associated with poor glycemic control in Black adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researchers concluded in a study that examined “data from 144 in…

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Study Explores Rate Of, Patient Characteristics Tied To Postoperative Mortality Following Tonsillectomy In Children

HealthDay (6/24) reported, “The rate of postoperative mortality following tonsillectomy is 7.04 per 100,000 operations overall among children younger than 21 years and 117.22 per 100,000 operations for children with complex chronic conditions, according t…

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High Levels Of Exposure To Fine Particulate Matter During Specific Prenatal And Postnatal Developmental Windows May Increase Risk For Childhood Asthma, Wheezing, Study Indicates

Healio (6/24, Gawel) reported, “High levels of exposure to fine particulate matter during specific prenatal and postnatal developmental windows may increase the risk for childhood asthma and wheezing,” investigators concluded in a study that included “pre…

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CDC Recommends Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Children, Adolescents Aged Six To 17

Reuters (6/24, Mishra) reported the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had recommended Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents aged 6 to 17, allowing a rollout of the shots to begin for that age group.” The Pfize…

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HHS Releases PSAs To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination In Children Under Five

CNN International (6/23, Howard) reports on the new public service announcements released by HHS on Thursday to encourage vaccination against COVID-19 in children under age five. These new PSAs “are part of the agency’s ongoing Covid-19 vaccine public edu…

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FDA Orders All Juul E-Cigarette Products Off US Market

The Washington Post (6/23, McGinley) reports Juul “was grounded Thursday by federal regulators who ordered all of its e-cigarette products off the market, a move they blamed on ‘inconsistent and conflicting data’ on safety.” Also, the FDA “said it was den…

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Dr. Jha Says “More Than Enough” COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Being Distributed For Children Under Five

Healio (6/23, Weldon) reports that on Thursday, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha “said…that ‘more than enough’ COVID-19 vaccine doses were being distributed for the country’s 20 million infants and toddlers.” Dr. Jha “said the…

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Outbreak Of Acute, Severe Hepatitis Of Unknown Etiology In Children Has Grown To 894 Cases Across 33 Countries, Data Indicate

Healio (6/23, Stott) reports, “An outbreak of acute, severe hepatitis of unknown etiology in children has grown to 894 cases across 33 countries…data presented during a media briefing at the International Liver Congress” revealed. This now “represents 2…

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Children With Down Syndrome Who Receive Inspiratory Muscle Training Plus Aerobic Exercise Training Demonstrate More Improvements In Physical Fitness Compared With Those Who Receive Aerobic Exercise Training Alone, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (6/23, Jacobs) reports, “Children with Down syndrome (DS) who received inspiratory muscle training…plus aerobic exercise training demonstrated more significant improvements in physical fitness compared with those with DS who received…

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CDC Advisers Recommend Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Children And Adolescents Aged Six To 17

The New York Times (6/23, Mandavilli) reports, “Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for children and adolescents aged 6 through 17 years.” This “recommendation…

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Biden Administration To Import Baby Formula From Mexico

The AP (6/22, Miller) reports the Biden Administration on Wednesday “announced…that it is providing logistical support to import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico starting this weekend, as part of its efforts to e…

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US Has Delivered About 2.7M Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Administration Centers, HHS Says

Reuters (6/22, Roy) reports, “The United States has delivered about 2.7 million doses of COVID vaccines for children below five years to administration [centers] while another one million shots will reach the sites soon, the Department of Health and Human…

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FDA Approves 15-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine For Infants And Children

Healio (6/22, Weldon) reports, “Merck announced Wednesday that the FDA approved an expanded indication for Vaxneuvance, the company’s 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, to include its use in infants and children aged 6 weeks to 17 years.” This “vac…

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Bridge Therapy Ahead Of Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Consolidation May Benefit Certain Children With High-Risk Neuroblastoma With Residual Disease Following Induction Regimens, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/22, Ingram) reports “bridge therapy ahead of autologous stem cell transplantation…consolidation may benefit certain” children with high-risk neuroblastoma “with residual disease following induction regimens, according to a multicenter r…

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Children, Adolescents With SARS-CoV-2 Have More Prevalent Long-Lasting Symptoms Than Those Never Infected, Study Shows

MedPage Today (6/22, Jenks) reports, “Children and adolescents with COVID had more prevalent long-lasting symptoms than those never infected with SARS-CoV-2, the Long COVID Kids DK study showed.” Among “every age group, previously infected children in Den…

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Infants Whose Mothers Received mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Had Lower Hospitalization Risk, But Protection Dropped During Omicron Surge, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/22, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Infants under 6 months of age whose mothers received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine had a lower risk of hospitalization with the virus, but protection dropped considerably during the Omicron era, according to a case-co…

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HPV Vaccination Rates Among US Teens Increased Between 2015 And 2020, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/22, Mozes) reports that more US teens “are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV),” according to a study published in Pediatrics. The study found that “between 2015 and 2020…the percentage of 13- to 17-year-olds who…

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Over 16 Weeks, Tralokinumab Appears To Provide Symptom Relief, Psychosocial Benefit For Adolescent Patients With Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Say

HCPlive (6/21, Kunzmann) reports, “Tralokinumab provides both symptom and psychosocial benefit for adolescent patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis over 16 weeks,” investigators concluded in “new data derived from the phase 3 ECZTRA clinical…

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Prenatal Antibiotic Exposure Appears To Be Tied To Increased Susceptibility To Childhood Asthma, Eczema/Dermatitis, Allergic Rhinitis, Wheeze, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (6/21, Gawel) reports, “Prenatal antibiotic exposure appeared linked to increased susceptibility to childhood asthma and diseases implicated in the atopic march, including wheeze, eczema/dermatitis and allergic rhinitis,” investigators concluded in…

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In Pediatric Patients With Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea, Multispecies Probiotic Yields Mixed Results, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (6/21, Hamza) reports, “In an intention-to-treat analysis of 313 pediatric patients, the probiotic (Ecologic AAD 612) did not significantly reduce the risk for” antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) “versus placebo when AAD was defined as thr…

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Socioeconomic Disparities In Prevalence Of Obesity Among US Adolescents Widened Over Past Two Decades, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/21, Minerd) reports, “Socioeconomic disparities in obesity prevalence among adolescents in the U.S. have widened over the past 2 decades, according to a cross-sectional study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination S…

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ACA Coincides With Some Improvements In Patient Care, Study Suggests

HealthPayerIntelligence (6/21, Waddill) reports, “The implementation of the Affordable Care Act coincided with some improvements in patient experience and access to care for low-income enrollees, but did not significantly impact their care utilization or…

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US Begins Rollout Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Age Five

The New York Times (6/21, Goldstein) reports, “Health workers across the United States began to give Covid-19 vaccinations to children 6 months to 5 years old on Tuesday, another milestone in the coronavirus pandemic that came 18 long months after adults…

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Children Born To Mothers Who Use Triptans For Migraines During Pregnancy Appear Not To Have Greater Risk For AD/HD Symptoms, Diagnosis At Five Years Of Age, Research Suggests

Healio (6/20, VanDewater) reports, “Children born to mothers who used triptans for their migraines during pregnancy did not have a greater risk for” attention-deficit/hyperactivity (AD/HD) “symptoms or diagnosis at five years of age,” researchers conclude…

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Food Allergy Common Among Children With Atopic Dermatitis, But Condition Rarely Triggered By Food, Study Finds

Healio (6/20, Gawel) reports, “Although food allergy appeared common among children with atopic dermatitis, only 3% had food-triggered atopic dermatitis, according to a study.” According to the researchers, “because of the risks of unnecessarily eliminati…

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Annual Number Of Pediatric Ingestions Of Melatonin On The Rise In US, Study Finds

The Washington Post (6/20, Chang) reports research has found that “from January 2012 through December 2021, the annual number of pediatric ingestions of melatonin reported to poison control centers across the United States rose a whopping 530 percent, wit…

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Kawasaki Disease Incidence Decreased During COVID-19 Lockdowns, Study Finds

Healio (6/17) reported, “Cases of Kawasaki disease dropped 28% during the COVID-19 pandemic and remained low following implementation of prevention efforts, including mask mandates and school closures, according to” research. The findings were published i…

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COVID-19 Poses Greater Danger To Children Than Seasonal Flu, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/17, Preidt) reported, “COVID-19 poses far more danger to kids than seasonal flu, a new study confirms.” In the study, researchers “analyzed data on critically ill children from 66 U.S. pediatric intensive care units” and found “there were nea…

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Children With Cow’s Milk Allergy Tolerate Extensively Hydrolyzed Whey-Protein Formula, Study Finds

Healio (6/17, Gawel) reported, “Children and infants with cow’s milk allergy tolerated an extensively hydrolyzed whey-protein formula, providing suitable nutrition and enabling normal growth curves, according to study findings.” According to Healio, “With…

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Florida Proposes Rule Eliminating Medicaid Coverage For Gender-Affirming Care

The Hill (6/17, Migdon) reported, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) administration on Friday advanced a proposal to deny Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming medical care like puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender residents.” Florida’s “Age…

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Florida Allows Physicians, Hospitals To Order COVID-19 Vaccines For Youngest Children

The New York Times (6/17, Mandavilli) reported, “Facing withering pressure from medical professionals and the federal government, Florida began to allow pediatricians, children’s hospitals and other physicians on Friday to order coronavirus vaccines for t…

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CDC Endorses COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Age Five

The Washington Post (6/18, A1, Sun, Achenbach) reported, “Pediatricians are preparing to administer the nation’s first coronavirus vaccines for children under 5 in coming days, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday signed off on…

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Abbott Plant Closes Temporarily Due To Flooding

The Washington Post (6/16, Reiley, Bella) reports, “Abbott Nutrition has halted production at the Michigan plant that helped drive a nationwide baby formula shortage after storms pummeled the region and caused widespread flooding.” In a statement on Wedne…

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Worsening Heat Waves Due To Rising Rates Of Air Pollution Threatening Children’s Health, Review Contends

Kaiser Health News (6/16, DeGuzman) reports “heat waves are getting hotter and becoming more frequent because of rising rates of air pollution, putting children’s health at risk,” according to “a wide-ranging” review published in The New England Journal o…

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Vice President Harris Announces Expansion Of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

The Los Angeles Times (6/16, Bierman) reports that on Thursday, Vice President Harris “announced an expansion of” Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for “lower-income women for up to a year after they give birth” versus two months….

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Biden Administration Launches Task Force To Fight Online Harassment, Abuse

The AP (6/16, Megerian) reports Vice President Harris “and administration officials on Thursday launched a task force dedicated to fighting online harassment and abuse, which they warned can be a precursor to real-life violence.” The new “task force will…

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Substance Use Fell Among US Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic, Systematic Review Finds

HealthDay (6/16, Preidt) reports that “pot use, drinking, smoking and vaping all fell among U.S. youth” during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a 49-study systematic review. Investigators “said further research is needed to assess the long-term effects…

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Biden Administration Facilitating Additional Shipment Of Specialty Infant Formula, White House Says

CNN (6/15, Klein) reports, “The Biden administration is facilitating an additional shipment of infant formula on Thursday, the White House announced, transporting specialty formula from Switzerland to the US through ongoing ‘Operation Fly Formula’ efforts…

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World Professional Association For Transgender Health Lowers Recommended Age For Starting Gender Transition Treatment

The AP (6/15, Tanner) reports the World Professional Association for Transgender Health “has lowered its recommended minimum age for starting gender transition treatment, including sex hormones and surgeries.” The association “said hormones could be start…

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Biden Signs Executive Order Offering New Initiatives For LGBTQ Community

USA Today (6/15, Morin, Groppe) reports President Biden on Wednesday signed “an executive order…to offer new initiatives for the LGBT+ community, including addressing conversion therapy and expanding resources for mental health.” This new order “comes a…

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No Significant Increase In Hospitalizations For Hepatitis Of Unknown Etiology Observed In Children Compared With Pre-Pandemic Time Periods, Data Show

MedPage Today (6/15, Hamza) reports that “no significant increase in hospitalizations for hepatitis of unknown etiology were observed in kids when compared with the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to” data published in the CDC’s Morbi…

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FDA Advisers Recommend Use Of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Five

The Washington Post (6/15, McGinley, Abutaleb, Shepherd) reports “independent advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday recommended use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines for babies and young children.” Children under…

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Fisher-Price, Consumer Product Safety Commission Warn Against Rockers After 13 Infant Deaths Reported

The Hill (6/14, Tanner) reports Fisher-Price and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission “are telling parents not to let their infants fall asleep in the company’s rockers after 13 infants died in the devices between 2009 and 2021.” These “deaths happen…

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Children Diagnosed With AD/HD Before Puberty May Have Evidence Of Gut Microbiota Changes Before Age Of One Year, Researchers Say

Medwire News (6/14, McDermid) reports, “Children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “before puberty have evidence of changes in their gut microbiota before the age of one year,” investigators concluded in a study that “includ…

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Kids Who Play Well With Others In Preschool Less Likely To Experience Mental Health Issues Later On, Research Suggests

HealthDay (6/14, Mann) reports research suggests that “kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experience mental health issues as they grow up.” The study published in Child Psychiatry and Human Development found that “those who pla…

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Company Seeks To Use Virtual Reality To Help Children With Autism Navigate The World

The New York Times (6/14, Nagesh) reports on Vijay Ravindran, who has a son with autism and “started a company called Floreo, which is developing virtual reality lessons designed to help behavioral therapists, speech therapists, special educators and pare…

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FDA Advisers Recommend Use Of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Ages Six To 17

The New York Times (6/14, Weiland) reports that “an expert committee advising the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unanimously recommended Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for use in children and adolescents ages 6 to 17.” The agency “will most likely…

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Health-Related Quality Of Life Tied To Clinical Severity Of Psoriasis In Pediatric Patients, Study Finds

Dermatology Advisor (6/13, Stong) reports that “in pediatric patients with psoriasis, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is strongly correlated with the clinical severity of disease, according to” a cross-sectional study. But, “no association was obse…

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Children, Caregivers Who Are Not Proficient In English Less Likely To Ask Questions About Care, Study Shows

STAT (6/13, Chen) reports a study that “surveyed patients and families at pediatric units” found that “children and their caregivers who aren’t proficient in English are nearly two times less likely to say they are unafraid of asking questions ‘when somet…

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Illinois Now Allows K-12 Students In Public Schools Five Excused Absences Per School Year For Mental Health Reasons

According to Kaiser Health News (6/13, Bruce), Illinois now “allows K-12 students in public schools to have five excused absences per school year for mental health reasons, another example of the growing acknowledgment among lawmakers that emotional and p…

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Children, Adolescents Who Presented To Outpatient Neurology Clinic For New Visit During COVID-19 Pandemic Had Lower Headache Disability Scores Than Prior Years, Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (6/13, George) reports, “Children and adolescents who presented to an outpatient neurology clinic for a new visit during the COVID-19 pandemic had lower headache disability scores than those who came to the clinic in earlier years, a retrosp…

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Teens Should Exercise Vigorously For At Least 20 Minutes Daily To Reap Increased Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Study Says

MedPage Today (6/13, Ruprecht) reports, “Teens should exercise vigorously for at least 20 minutes per day to reap increased cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), according to a cross-sectional study from the U.K.” CRF benefits “plateaued after about 20 minutes…

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FDA Investigated More Deaths Linked To Infant Formula Than Previously Reported, Documents Show

The Washington Post (6/10, Reiley) reported, “The Food and Drug Administration investigated reports that as many as nine children have died since early 2021 after consuming baby formula produced at an Abbott Nutrition plant Michigan – seven more than prev…

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Delta Airlines To Begin Transporting Baby Formula To US June 20

ABC News (6/10, Pezenik) reported, “Millions more bottles’ worth of critically needed infant formula are set to touch down on U.S. shores later this month, as the Biden administration continues its push to replenish the supply on the nation’s empty shelve…

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Federal Reviews On COVID-19 Vaccines For Young Children Expected This Week

The AP (6/10, Neergaard) reported, “On Wednesday, both Moderna and Pfizer will have to convince…advisers to the Food and Drug Administration…that their [COVID-19] shots work well in babies, toddlers and preschoolers.” A federal review on “Pfizer’s vac…

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Survey Study Explores How COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Youth Vaping Patterns, Cessation Motivation

Healio (6/10, Welsh) reported a survey study “of North Philadelphia high school students highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on youth vaping patterns and cessation motivation, researchers reported.” According to the results presented at the America…

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Lab Studying Metabolism In Newborns To Better Understand Biological Basis Of Obesity

NBC News (6/12, Edwards) reports on the efforts of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana to study the metabolism of newborns. Pennington Reproductive Endocrinology Lab Associate Professor and Director Leanne Redman, PhD “believes that by stud…

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FDA Says Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Safe, Effective For Young Children

The Washington Post (6/10, A1, McGinley) reported, “Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration on Friday said Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for infants and young children was safe and effective, setting the stage for a review by the agency’s outside a…

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Study Finds No Change In Rate Of STIs Diagnosed During Pregnancy Among Women With HIV Infection In US

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/9, Nye) reports, “Results of a longitudinal study found that there has been no change in the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed during pregnancy among women with HIV infection in the United States.” Acco…

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Biden Administration Outlines Plan To Roll Out COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Five

The New York Times (6/9, Mueller, Zimmer) reports that on Thursday, the Biden Administration “outlined the early stages of its plan for making coronavirus vaccines available this month to roughly 18 million children younger than 5, should the doses be cle…

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Single Therapeutic Dose Administered On First Day Of Drug Provocation Test May Be Safe In Diagnosing Mild Nonimmediate Reactions To Amoxicillin-Clavulanic Acid In Children, Study Suggests

Healio (6/9, Gawel) reports that “a single therapeutic dose administered on the first day of a drug provocation test could be safe in diagnosing mild nonimmediate reactions to amoxicillin-clavulanic acid” in children, according to a study. The findings we…

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Greater Screen Time During COVID-19 Pandemic Tied To Later Bedtimes, Less Sleep Among Early Adolescents, Data Reveal

MedPage Today (6/9, Lou) reports, “Early adolescents not only spent more time on screens since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – they also started going to bed later and sleeping less, according to longitudinal data from the Adolescent Brain Cognit…

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Infants Exposed To COVID-19 In Utero Appear To Be At Greater Risk Of Neurodevelopmental Problems, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (6/9, Lopilato) reports, “Infants exposed to COVID-19 in utero appeared to be at greater risk of neurodevelopmental problems, particularly if the infection came in the last trimester, a cohort study showed.” Such “neurodevelopmental diagnose…

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Risk For MIS-C Lower During Omicron Wave Compared With Other Variants, Researchers Say

Healio (6/9, Weldon) reports, “The risk for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C] after infection with SARS-CoV-2 was substantially lower during the Omicron wave compared with other variants, researchers from Denmark reported.” The team “e…

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Data Show New Omicron Subvariants Gaining Ground Across US

The New York Times (6/8, Anthes) reports, “The Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5 now represent 13 percent of new coronavirus cases in the United States, up from 7.5 percent a week ago and 1 percent in early May, according to new estimates from th…

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More Time Spent In Supine Sleep Tied To Worse Maternal Breathing During Pregnancy, Study Shows

MedPage Today (6/8, Lou) reports that “more time spent supine during sleep was correlated with worse maternal breathing during pregnancy,” according to study results presented at SLEEP 2022. In pregnant women with obesity and overweight “with suspected sl…

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Race In US Pediatric Medical Guidelines Used “Frequently” In Ways That Could Negatively Impact Healthcare Inequities, Systematic Review Finds

The Hill (6/8, O’Connell-Domenech) reports a systematic review has “found that race was used ‘frequently’ in medical guidelines for U.S. pediatricians in a way that could negatively impact health care inequities.” For the study published in JAMA Pediatric…

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NIH Launches Clinical Trial To Assess Effectiveness Of Dupilumab In Children With Poorly Controlled Allergic Asthma In Low-Income Urban Areas

Healio (6/8, Welsh) reports the NIH has “launched a clinical trial to assess whether dupilumab can reduce asthma exacerbations and improve lung function and symptoms in children with poorly controlled allergic asthma in low-income urban areas.” The “Preve…

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Heart Rate Variability Is Associated With IBD Activity And May Predict Disease Exacerbation In Children With IBD, Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/8) reports, “Heart rate variability…is associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) activity and may predict disease exacerbation in children with IBD, according to study results.” The findings were published in the Journ…

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Dulaglutide Treatment Associated With Improved Glycemic Control In Pediatric Patients With T2D, Research Suggests

HCPlive (6/8, Iapoce) reports research suggests that “treatment with a once-weekly dose of 0.75 mg or 1.5 mg dulaglutide was superior to placebo in improving glycemic control among youths with type 2 diabetes (T2D),” investigators concluded in “the random…

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Study Reveals Bidirectionality Of Disturbed Sleep, Daytime Stress During Perinatal Period

HCPlive (6/7, Grossi) reports investigators have “conducted a study to test the directionality of the relationship between habitual nighttime sleep parameters and daytime stress ratings during the perinatal period.” Included in the study were “50 primipar…

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FDA Approves Dupilumab To Treat Moderate-To-Severe Eczema In Young Children

Reuters (6/7, Satija, Leo) reports the “Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc’s anti-inflammation drug [dupilumab] Dupixent to treat eczema in young children, the two companies said on Tuesday.” The drug…

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Small Study Reveals Reduced Slow Wave Activity In Unmedicated Adolescents With Depression

HCPlive (6/7, Grossi) reports researchers have demonstrated that “the reduction of slow wave activity…in unmedicated adolescents with depression was topographically more widespread and effect sizes were larger compared with previous studies.” The findin…

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Increased Use Of CGM, Rapid Implementation Of Telemedicine Helped Ease Impact Of COVID-19 Lockdowns On Children With T1D, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/7, Preidt) reports, “High-tech devices and communication helped ease the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded in a 1,600-patient study revealing that “the increased use of continuous gl…

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Systematic Review Identifies Gaps In Quality Indicators For Transitioning Chronically Ill Patients From Youth To Adult Care

Healio (6/7, Weldon) reports, “A systematic review identified gaps in quality indicators for transitioning chronically ill patients from youth to adult care, researchers reported.” Among these “gaps, the researchers found that patients and caregivers were…

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FDA Approves GSK Vaccine For Measles, Mumps, And Rubella

Reuters (6/6, Shabong) reports GSK “said on Monday its vaccine, Priorix, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in those aged one year and above.” This “vaccine can be given as tw…

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Study Identifies Link Between Persistent Racial Residential Segregation, Worse Diabetes Health In Black Adolescents With T1D

Healio (6/6, Kalvaitis) reports researchers have “identified a link between persistent racial residential segregation and worse diabetes health in Black adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D].” Included in the study were “144 Black adolescents (mean age,…

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Food Allergy, Food Sensitization In Early Childhood Appears Tied To Oral Allergy Syndrome Among Children With Allergic Rhinitis, Study Suggests

Healio (6/6, Gawel) reports, “Food allergy and food sensitization in early childhood appeared associated with oral allergy syndrome [OAS] among children with allergic rhinitis, according to a study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.” Furthermo…

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Young Children Who Develop Respiratory Tract Infections May Be At Increased Risk Of School-Age Asthma, Meta-Analysis Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (6/6, Goldberg) reports, “Young children who develop upper respiratory tract infections may have an increased chance of developing asthma at school age,” and those “who develop lower respiratory tract infections have a greater risk of…

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In Small Study, Objective Measures Indicate Youth With OCD Appear Not To Experience Increased Sleep Disturbance

HCPlive (6/6, Grossi) reports research indicates that “compared with healthy controls, youth with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) exhibit sleep disturbance on subjective sleep measures but sleep disturbance is not observed with objective sleep measure…

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Type Of Cigarette May Lead To Increased Smoking Frequency And Nicotine Dependence Among Teens, Study Suggests

The Hill (6/6, Guzman) reports that “a new study suggests the type of cigarette may lead to increased smoking frequency and nicotine dependence among teens.” Investigators looked at data on nearly 1,100 smokers aged 12-17. The researchers “found that teen…

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Abbott Nutrition Resumes Production At Michigan Baby Formula Factory

The Washington Post (6/4, Reiley) reported, “Abbott Nutrition resumed production at its shuttered Sturgis, Mich., baby formula factory on Saturday, offering hope that a nationwide shortage that had left parents scrambling to find sustenance for their chil…

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Physicians Offer Advice To Help Increase Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Uptake

ABC News (6/3, Kekatos) reported, “Two weeks ago, federal health officials authorized COVID-19 boosters for children between ages 5 and 11.” Physicians “think it will be a challenge to get this age group boosted when uptake for primary doses of the vaccin…

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Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity Had Higher Risk Of Developing T1D In Young Adulthood, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/4, Minerd) reported, “Adolescents with overweight or obesity had a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes (T1D) in young adulthood, authors of a large retrospective cohort study reported.” Researchers found that “in an analysis that in…

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PAP Machines May Help Improve Symptoms In Children With OSA Regardless Of Schedule Adherence, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (6/5, Lou) reports that “positive airway pressure (PAP) machines were helpful enough that pediatric patients could have symptoms improve even without being compliant, according to researchers.” In “one center’s sleep clinic, 172 out of 221 c…

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Children Aged Six To 10 Years Report Increase In Screen Time During COVID-19 Pandemic, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Healio (6/3, Weldon) reported that “children aged 6 to 10 years reported screen time increases of 1.4 hours per day during the COVID-19 pandemic, and increases in screen time were associated with adverse dietary behaviors, according to” an 89-study system…

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Florida Moves To Ban Transition-Related Care For Transgender Minors

NBC News (6/2, Caputo) reports, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ [R] administration Thursday asked the state board regulating doctors to essentially ban transition-related care for transgender minors.” The request was made “hours after another state agency iss…

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White House Says COVID-19 Vaccinations For Children Under Five Could Begin June 21

The AP (6/2, Miller) reports the White House “said Thursday that children under 5 may be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if federal regulators authorize shots for the age group, as expected.” White House COVID-19 coo…

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Exposure To Traffic Noise May Impact Development Of Memory, Attention In Children, Study Indicates

The Hill (6/2, Udasin) reports “traffic noise intruding on schools may have a detrimental impact on the development of memory and attention in elementary students,” according to a study that “determined that the progression of working memory, complex work…

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Loss Of Antibody Cross-Neutralization Greatest Against Omicron Variant In Children With Prior COVID-19, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/2, Preidt) reports, “Children who have had COVID-19 aren’t protected against the Omicron variant, but vaccination does cut their chances of infection,” according to a study published in Nature Communications. Investigators “analyzed blood sam…

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Children Whose Mothers Had Rising Levels Of Depression During Pregnancy Appear To Have An Increased Risk Of Behavioral Problems, Small Study Suggests

HealthDay (6/2, Preidt) reports, “Children whose mothers had rising levels of depression during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of behavioral problems,” investigators concluded in a seven-year study that “included 125 U.S. women and their child…

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Pediatric Poisonings From Melatonin Rose By More Than 500% From 2012 To 2021, Data Show

The AP (6/2, Stobbe) reports, “Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin – including a big jump during the pandemic.” Data published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed…

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Environmental, Health Groups Pushing Fast Food Companies, Supermarkets To Remove PFAS Chemicals From Packaging

The AP (6/1, Casey) reports, “Environmental and health groups are pushing dozens of fast food companies, supermarkets chains and other retail outlets to remove PFAS chemicals,” known as “forever chemicals,” from packaging. PFAS chemicals, which persist “i…

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Biden Administration Arranges Two Additional Shipments Of Infant Formula

The Hill (6/1, Weixel) reports that on Wednesday, the Biden Administration “announced it had arranged two additional shipments of infant formula to come to the U.S. from overseas as part of its Operation Fly Formula.” According to the Administration, “Uni…

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Canada Authorizes Single Booster Shot Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For 16- And 17-Year-Olds

Reuters (6/1, Khandekar) reports that on Wednesday, Canada “authorized a single booster shot of Pfizer and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds.” This “decision was based on data from two studies of the booster shot among individua…

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Pfizer Seeks Authorization Of COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under Five

The Washington Post (6/1, Johnson) reports Pfizer on Wednesday completed submitting its “application for regulatory authorization of a coronavirus vaccine for children younger than 5.” The announcement “comes a week after Pfizer and BioNTech announced tha…

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Compared With No Sport Participation, Adolescents Who Participate In Team Sports May Experience Fewer Mental Health Difficulties, Research Suggests

Healio (6/1, Wursta) reports research indicates that “compared with no sport participation, adolescents who participate in team sports experience fewer mental health difficulties, while those who compete in individual sports experience more mental health…

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Infants Born To Mothers Who Were Vaccinated Against COVID-19 During Pregnancy At Lower Risk Of SARS-CoV-2, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (6/1, Walker) reports, “Infants born to mothers who were vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy had a lower risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, even when the Omicron variant was dominant, Norwegian researchers found.” During the O…

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Reading To Six- To 12-Year-Olds One Hour Per Day In School May Boost Children’s Intelligence, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/31, Munez) reports, “Reading to 6- to 12-year-olds for an hour a day in school can boost their intelligence, Italian researchers report.” Compared to the control group, “the kids who were read to an hour a day showed a ‘markedly stronger incr…

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Presepsin Holds Promise As Biomarker For Early-Onset Sepsis, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Indicate

MedPage Today (5/31, Ingram) reports “presepsin holds promise as a biomarker for early-onset sepsis (EOS),” according to a 12-study systematic review and meta-analysis. The results – published in JAMA Pediatrics – “suggest presepsin ‘was a robust biomarke…

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Many Parents Report Changing Infant’s Sleep Practice After Nighttime Waking, Survey Reveals

HealthDay (5/31, Mann) reports that “most parents know that placing newborns on their backs to sleep can slash the risk of sudden infant death syndrome,” but an “online survey of 1,500 parents of U.S. infants” indicates “that many may forget that rule whe…

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Survey Documents How COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken Toll On Students’ Mental Health

The Washington Post (5/31, Meckler) reports a National Center for Education Statistics survey released Tuesday “documents the toll the pandemic has taken on students’ mental health, with 7 in 10 public schools seeing a rise in the number of children seeki…

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Number Of Suspected Suicide Attempts By Poisoning Among Children Rose Between 2015 And 2020, Study Finds

The Hill (5/31, Barnes) reports “the number of suspected suicide attempts by poisoning among children rose sharply between 2015 and 2020,” according to a study published in Clinical Toxicology. The study found that while “all pediatric groups saw increase…

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Prenatal Exposure To Topiramate, Valproate, And Certain Duotherapies May Be Tied To Increased Risks For ASD, Intellectual Disability, Research Suggests

HealthDay (5/31) reports, “Prenatal exposure to topiramate, valproate, and certain duotherapies is associated with increased risks for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability,” investigators concluded in a study including data “for 4,49…

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Guns Now Leading Cause Of Death Among US Youth, Experts Contend

HealthDay (5/27, Preidt) reported, “Days after the second-deadliest elementary school shooting in U.S. history, experts note that guns are now the leading cause of death for American children.” A commentary published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Healt…

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US Parents Working To Educate Children On Fentanyl Dangers As Drug Overdose Deaths Increase

The Wall Street Journal (5/29, Morris, Subscription Publication) reported US parents are becoming increasingly alarmed over the dangers of fentanyl as deaths from drug overdose increase. Parents are now pressing their communities, schools, and physicians…

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Review Examines Dangers Posed To Young Children From Swallowing Button Batteries

HealthDay (5/27, Reinberg) reported button batteries “can be deadly if a child swallows them, and researchers want to make the danger clear,” according to findings from a review of “195 cases in which young children…swallowed button batteries.” The find…

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Cannabis Use Among Young People Increases When States Legalize Recreational Cannabis For Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/27, Preidt) reported cannabis “use among U.S. minors increases when states legalize recreational cannabis for adults, according to a” study. Investigators “found that in states where recreational cannabis use was legal for those 21 and up, yo…

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Probiotic, Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Combination May Help Children Achieve Remission From Peanut Allergy, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/30, Preidt) reports, “Researchers say they’re working on a treatment that can create immune system changes that put kids into remission from their [peanut] allergy,” according to study findings published in Allergy. This “study showed that ge…

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Total Number Of Daily E-Cigarette Users Under Age 21 Rose To More Than 1M By 2019, Study Finds

MedPage Today (5/30, Ruprecht) reports, “Each day between 2017 and 2019, nearly 2,300 adolescents and young adults became new daily tobacco users – a figure that mirrors statistics from 1989 to 1993,” according to results from a longitudinal study publish…

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WHO Says 650 Probable Cases Of Acute Hepatitis In Children Reported

Reuters (5/27, Mathews) reported the World Health Organization on Friday confirmed “it had received 650 reports of probable cases of acute hepatitis in children” from 33 countries, “but added that the causes remain unknown and are under investigation.” He…

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Study Highlights Inconsistent Definitions, Management Of Pediatric Long COVID Worldwide

Healio (5/26, Welsh) reports a study “highlights inconsistent definitions and management of pediatric long COVID across various centers and countries.” The findings – presented at the American Thoracic Society 2022 International Conference – revealed that…

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Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Tied To Avoidable Adverse Drug Events In Children, Healthcare Expenditures, Researchers Find

Healio (5/26, Weldon) reports, “Researchers found that inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions were associated with avoidable adverse drug events in children, including Clostridioides difficile, and substantial health care expenditures.” For the study publ…

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Babies Who Are Breastfed For Six Months Or Longer Have Improved Cognitive Development Up Until Age 14, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/26, Mann) reports a study of “more than 7,800 infants born in the United Kingdom” published in PLOS One “shows that babies who were breastfed for six months or longer scored higher on tests measuring verbal and spatial relations skills up unt…

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Teens Who Have Access To Guns At Higher Risk For Suicide Or Suicide Attempts, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/26, Munez) reports, “Teens who have access to guns are at a higher risk for suicide or suicide attempts,” researchers concluded in a study that “analyzed data from more than 15,000 patients aged 14 to 18 years seen at a U.S. children’s hospit…

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CMS Approves Expanded Postpartum Medicaid Coverage In Four New States

Healthcare Finance News (5/26, Lagasse) reports, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved California, Florida, Kentucky and Oregon to expand Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage to up to one year postpartum – bring…

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Enterovirus D68 May Be Main Driver Behind Spikes In Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases In Young US Children, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/26, Norton) reports, “Since 2014, the United States has seen mysterious spikes in AFM [acute flaccid myelitis] cases, almost all in young children.” Researchers “have thought that a viral infection is the driver, with a respiratory virus call…

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Antibiotic Resistance Will Become Greater Threat Over Time, Experts Warn

MedPage Today (5/25, Firth) reports, “Antibiotic resistance will become a bigger threat over time, experts said during an online panel discussion hosted by The Hill and sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Tuesday.” In the US, there have been “more t…

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Some Viruses Reemerging Globally As COVID-19 Measures Ease

STAT (5/25, Branswell) reports, “For nearly two years, as the COVID pandemic disrupted life around the globe, other infectious diseases were in retreat.” Now, however, “as the world rapidly dismantles the measures put in place to slow spread of COVID, the…

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Six US Government Agencies Propose Ways For States To Expand Mental Health Services For Children

According to NBC News (5/25, Chuck), on May 25, “amid a startling increase in youth mental health problems, six government agencies called on states…to better leverage federal funding so they can prioritize children’s well-being.” In a joint letter, lea…

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Low Doses Of ADHD Medication Appear Not To Affect Thyroid Or Growth Hormone Levels In Children Diagnosed With ADHD, Study Indicates

Healio (5/25, Ellis) reports, “Among children diagnosed with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), “low doses of ADHD medications did not affect thyroid or growth hormone levels,” researchers concluded in a study that included “118 children di…

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Growing Research Suggests Association Between Croup, COVID-19 In Infants

Healio (5/25, Weldon) reports, “A research brief and a case report published in the last month have suggested a connection between croup and COVID-19 in infants.” The case report published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal “discussed a healthy 2…

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Nearly 106K People In US On Waiting List For Organ Transplant, UNOS Says

The Washington Post (5/24, Searing) reports that “the number of U.S. residents on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant totaled 105,960 men, women and children as of late May, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).” Last ye…

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US Birthrate Increased Slightly In 2021, Data Show

The New York Times (5/24, Victor, Goldstein) reports, “The birthrate in the United States increased slightly last year, ending what had been a consistent decline since 2014, the federal government reported on Tuesday.” In 2021, “there were 3,659,289 birth…

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Study Examines Neighborhood Characteristics, Race And Ethnicity That May Influence Asthma Risk In Children

Healio (5/24, Gawel) reports, “Children who were born in socioeconomic tracts that have greater proportions of low-income households, higher population densities and greater poverty experienced higher incidence of asthma, according to study findings” publ…

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Cochlear Implantation Shows Benefit Over Hearing Aids For Young Children With Deafness And Early Development Impairment, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (5/24, Ruprecht) reports, “Cochlear implantation carried various benefits over hearing aids for young children with deafness and early development impairment…a prospective cohort study found.” Among “children with low cognitive and adaptiv…

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Uninfected Children Exposed To HIV Infection In Utero At Risk For Impaired Neurodevelopment, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/24, Nye) reports a 31-study systematic review and meta-analysis “found that uninfected children exposed to HIV infection in utero were at risk for developing mild impairments in expressive language skills and gross motor deve…

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Hospitalization Rates For COVID-19 In Children Higher Than Rates For Influenza In Years Prior To Pandemic, Research Indicates

MedPage Today (5/24, Walker) reports, “Hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 in kids were higher than influenza-related hospitalizations in the years leading up to the pandemic, researchers found” after examining data from “the Influenza Hospitalizati…

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Rate Of Teen Births Falling In US, But Adolescents More Likely To Experience Pregnancy, Delivery Complications, Study Finds

Medscape (5/23, Remaly, Subscription Publication) reports that “the rate of teen births is falling in the United States, according to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.” However, “adolescents who are giving birth are more likely to have obesi…

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Rates Of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes More Than Doubled In US Between 2007 And 2019, Study Finds

HealthDay (5/23, Preidt) reports “rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019,” according to a study of “federal government data on all 51 million live births to 15- to 44-y…

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FDA Sets New Meeting Dates To Review Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech EUA Requests For COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Five

Reuters (5/23, Chiacu) reports the “Food and Drug Administration set June 14-15 as the new meeting date to review Moderna Inc’s emergency authorization request for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years and [Pfizer-BioNTech’s] vaccine…

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Most Egg Allergies, About One-Third Of Peanut Allergies Resolve By Age Six Years, Study Finds

Healio (5/23, Gawel) reports, “About three out of 10 peanut allergies and nine of 10 egg allergies resolved by age 6 years, although infants with early-onset severe eczema or multiple allergies were less likely to outgrow them, according to a longitudinal…

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Pediatric Mental Health Crises Increased After Pandemic Onset, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/23) reports, “During the first pandemic year, there were increases in the proportion of pediatric patients presenting to hospital with suicidal ideation/suicidal attempts, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and ob…

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Most Medicaid Programs Offer Coverage For Basic Maternal Health Services, Survey Reveals

HealthPayerIntelligence (5/23, Bailey) reports that “most Medicaid programs offer coverage for basic maternal health services and many have initiatives planned to expand the scope of benefits, according to a” survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Hea…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Three-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Regimen 80% Effective In Children Under Five Years, Preliminary Data Show

The Washington Post (5/23, A1, Johnson, McGinley) reports Pfizer and BioNTech “said Monday that an early analysis showed their three-dose coronavirus vaccine regimen triggered a strong immune response in younger children, proving 80 percent effective at p…

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AMA Updates CPT Code Set To Include Moderna Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

RevCycle Intelligence (5/20, Bailey) reported, “The American Medical Association (AMA) has updated the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set to include CPT codes for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six months through five years.” Th…

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FDA Approves Dupilumab As First Treatment For Eosinophilic Esophagitis

MedPage Today (5/20, George) reported, “Dupilumab (Dupixent) became the first drug approved to treat eosinophilic esophagitis in adults and pediatric patients ages 12 and older weighing at least 40 kg (~88 lb), the FDA announced.” The approval “expands th…

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Infants Who Exclusively Breastfeed For Longer Durations At Lower Risk For Asthma Compared With Other Infants, Study Suggests

Healio (5/20, Gawel) reported, “Infants who exclusively breastfed for longer durations experienced lower odds for developing asthma compared with other infants, according to a study.” The findings were published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunolo…

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FDA Approves Azacitidine For Pediatric Patients With Newly Diagnosed Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia

OncLive (5/20, Rosa) reported, “The FDA has approved azacitidine (Vidaza) for pediatric patients with newly diagnosed juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia.”

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Infection With Adenovirus Leading Hypothesis For Cases Of Severe Hepatitis Of Unknown Origin In Children, CDC Says

Reuters (5/20, Beasley) reported, “Infection with adenovirus, a common childhood virus, is the leading hypothesis for recent cases of severe hepatitis of unknown origin in children that have led to at least six deaths…said” the Centers for Disease Contr…

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Electronic Cigarettes May Help Women Who Are Pregnant To Stop Smoking, Study Finds

HealthDay (5/19) reports, “Electronic cigarettes may help women who are pregnant to stop smoking, according to” research “in which 1,140 pregnant women who smoked were randomly assigned to e-cigarettes (569 women) or nicotine patches (571 women).” The fin…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster For Children Five To 11

The New York Times (5/19, Mandavilli) reports, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.” This “booster shot would be the third dose available for most…

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Rhinovirus Most Frequently Detected Respiratory Pathogen Among Children, Adolescents During COVID-19 Social Distancing Period, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/19, Stong) reports, “Rhinovirus was the most frequently detected respiratory pathogen among children and adolescents during the period of social distancing imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a study p…

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Growing Evidence Shows Age Of Puberty Declining In Recent Decades

The New York Times (5/19, Ghorayshi) reports growing evidence has “confirmed, in dozens of countries, that the age of puberty in girls has dropped by about three months per decade since the 1970s,” and “a similar pattern, though less extreme, has been obs…

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Cannabis Use With Vaping Devices Increased Among Teenagers While Non-Vaped Cannabis Use Fell Between 2017 And 2019, Survey Finds

MedPage Today (5/19, Firth) reports, “Cannabis use with vaping devices increased among teenagers while non-vaped cannabis use fell, survey data showed.” According to the data published in Addiction, between 2017 and 2019, “overall, any level of cannabis u…

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CDC Says Reports Of Myocarditis Linked To Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Lower In Five- To 11-Year-Old Boys Than Adolescents, Young Men

Reuters (5/19, Erman) reports that on Thursday, the CDC “said reports of heart inflammation [myocarditis] linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been much lower in 5- to 11-year-old boys than in adolescents and young men, representing only a…

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Biden Invokes Defense Production Act To Help Solve Infant Formula Shortage

The AP (5/18, Miller, Freking) reports that on Wednesday, President Biden “invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domes…

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Mozambique Health Authorities Declare Polio Outbreak

The AP (5/18) reports, “Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the disease.” This case “is the second imported case of polio in s…

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Lebrikizumab Reduces Exacerbations In Adolescents With Uncontrolled Asthma, Has Favorable Safety Profile In Phase III Trial

Healio (5/18, Welsh) reports “lebrikizumab reduced exacerbations in adolescents with uncontrolled asthma and had a favorable safety profile, according to results of the” phase III, “multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled ACOUSTICS” tria…

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Young Children Diagnosed With HCM Appear To Have Symptom Burden, Cardiac Phenotype Comparable With Children Presenting Later In Adolescence, Research Indicates

Healio (5/18, Schaffer) reports, “Young children diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy [HCM] have a symptom burden and cardiac phenotype comparable with children presenting later in adolescence, suggesting similar management strategies are needed for…

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Some Child Care Programs Do Not Offer Recommended Opportunities For Physical Activity, Research Suggests

HealthDay (5/18, Mann) reports research suggests most children in child care programs “aren’t getting nearly enough exercise.” For the study, researchers “observed 96 child care centers and 131 Head Start programs” and found that while “74% of programs di…

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ICU Admissions For Self-Harm Appear To Have Increased Significantly Among Adolescents In Australia And New Zealand During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

Healio (5/18, Downey) reports, “A significant increase in ICU admissions for adolescents aged 12 to 17 years with deliberate self-harm was reported in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers concluded after conducting “a national, multicenter…

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Higher Levels Of Family Connection May Contribute To Adolescent “Flourishing,” Data Indicate

Healio (5/18, Weldon) reports, “Data from more than two dozen countries showed that higher levels of family connection may contribute to adolescent ‘flourishing,’ according to a study.” For the study published in Pediatrics, “researchers analyzed data fro…

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Most Parents Saw Decreases, No Changes In Levels Of Anxiety Related To Children’s Food Allergies During COVID-19 Lockdown, Survey Reveals

Healio (5/17, Gawel) reports that “most parents saw decreases or no changes in their levels of anxiety related to their children’s food allergies during the COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020, according to” a “cross-sectional online survey” published…

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Democrats Propose $28M In Aid To Address Baby Formula Shortage

The Washington Post (5/17, Romm, Reiley) reports that on Tuesday, House Democrats “readied $28 million in aid as part of a broader policy push to” address the ongoing baby formula shortage. This “emergency spending measure seeks to pump more funds into th…

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Study Highlights Economic Disparities In Pediatric ICU Admission, Mortality

Healio (5/17, Welsh) reports a retrospective cohort study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2022 International Conference “highlights disparities in pediatric ICU admission and mortality according to area-level socioeconomic deprivation.” The odd…

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Researchers Worldwide Working To Determine Cause Of Hepatitis Cases In Young Children

The Washington Post (5/17, Sun) reports “the growing constellation of” hepatitis cases of unknown origin among young children “has spurred an international hunt to identify the culprit, with disease detectives and researchers from global health agencies,…

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Female Youths Who Attempt Suicide May Be At Increased Risk For Substance Use Disorders, Research Suggests

Healio (5/17, Downey) reports, “Female adolescents and teens who attempted suicide were at an increased risk for substance use disorders,” investigators concluded. The study revealed that “among 122,234 youths included (mean age, 15.6 years), 5,840 (4.8%)…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster For Children Ages Five To 11

The New York Times (5/17, LaFraniere) reports that the FDA “authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday for children 5 to 11, the latest in a series of actions intended to bolster waning protection against infection from the coronav…

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HHS Will Partner With National PTA To Host Town Hall Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccination Among Children

The Hill (5/16, Choi) reports, “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be partnering with the National PTA to host a town hall event on Wednesday in order to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among children.” As part of HHS’ “‘We Can Do This’…

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FDA Reportedly Expected To Authorize Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster For Children Five To 11 As Early As Tuesday

The New York Times (5/16, LaFraniere) reports, “The Food and Drug Administration is expected as early as Tuesday to authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11, according to multiple people familiar with the plan.” A meeti…

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Bloodstream Infections Common, Affect Survival Outcomes In Children Who Receive Liver Transplantation, Study Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (5/16, Nye) reports, “Bloodstream infections (BSIs) occurred among more than a quarter of children who received liver transplantation…and affected survival outcomes, according to results of a study.” The results published in the…

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Individuals With JIA Have Higher-Than-Average Incidence Of Celiac Disease That May Be Tied To Family History Of Autoimmunity, More Severe Disease Course, Researchers Say

Medwire News (5/16, Cowen) reports, “Individuals with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have a higher-than-average incidence of celiac disease that may be associated with a family history of autoimmunity and a more severe disease course, Italian researc…

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Telehealth Use During Pandemic Higher Among Children With Asthma, Developmental Condition, Disability, CDC Says

mHealth Intelligence (5/16, Melchionna) reports, “In the second half of 2020, only 14.1 percent of children used telehealth due to the pandemic, but use was higher among those with asthma, a developmental condition, or a disability, the Centers for Diseas…

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President Biden Signs Law Prohibiting Manufacture, Sale Of Crib Bumpers, Inclined Sleepers

CBS News (5/16, Gibson) reports that on Monday, President Biden “signed into law legislation that prohibits the manufacture and sale of crib bumpers or inclined sleepers blamed for more than 200 infant deaths, the White House announced.” According to the…

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Biden Administration Says US Baby Formula Shortage Should Improve In Coming Weeks

Reuters (5/13, Chiacu, Heavey) reported the baby formula shortage across the US “should improve dramatically in coming weeks, President Joe Biden and top officials said on Friday as the administration scrambled to reverse a shortfall that hits lower-incom…

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Portions Of Alabama Law On Transgender Medication For Youth

The New York Times (5/14, Rojas) reported that on Friday, US District Judge Liles Burke of the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama “blocked portions of an Alabama law that prevent medical professionals from providing care that helps tra…

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Extended Course Of Antibiotics Showed No Short-Term Clinical Benefit For Children Hospitalized With Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Study Finds

Healio (5/13, Weldon) reported, “An extended course of antibiotics showed no short-term clinical benefit for children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia compared with a standard, shorter course, a study found.” The findings were published in T…

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Association Found Between Polysensitization To Furry Animal Allergens And Lipocalins Among Children With Asthma Sensitized To Dogs, Study Shows

Healio (5/13, Gawel) reported, “Researchers have found an association between polysensitization to furry animal allergens and lipocalins among children with asthma sensitized to dogs, according to a study.” In addition, “children with troublesome asthma h…

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Study Examining OSA In Pediatric Patients With PH Reveals Majority Of Patients May Be Affected By The Sleep Disorder

HCPlive (5/15, Butera) reports a study examining “obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in pediatric patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) found that a majority of patients were affected by the sleep disorder, prompting investigators to suggest routine screen…

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Vaginal Delivery Associated With Increased Risk For Food Sensitization In Infancy, Study Finds

Healio (5/13, Gawel) reported, “Vaginal delivery was associated with increased risk for food sensitization in infancy, with longer labor durations also promoting food sensitization development, according to a study.” The “relationship between vaginal deli…

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Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker That May Help Identify Newborns At Risk For SIDS

Reuters (5/13, Lapid) reported “Australian researchers have identified a biochemical marker in the blood that could help identify newborn babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).” In the study published in eBioMedicine, “babies who died of…

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Prolonged Exposure To Oxytocin During Birth Tied To Increased Risk For Obstetric Hemorrhage, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (5/12, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Prolonged exposure to oxytocin during birth was associated with an increased risk for obstetric hemorrhage, according to a retrospective cohort study.” The findings presented at the 2022 ACOG Annual Clinical & Sc…

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President Biden Speaks With Manufacturers, Retailers To Address Baby Formula Shortage

The AP (5/12, Boak, Eaton-Robb) reports, “A baby formula shortage in the United States is driving parents to swap, sell and offer leftover supplies to each other, as President Joe Biden spoke with manufacturers and retailers Thursday about the plight faci…

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Study Explores Risk Factors For Necrotizing Enterocolitis In Infants Born To Mothers With COVID-19

MedPage Today (5/12, Hamza) reports, “In infants born to mothers with COVID-19, those who tested positive themselves or had asphyxia were at greater risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), an observational study from Indonesia found.” The findings – pub…

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Serum Levels Of Sex Steroids, Bone Metabolism Markers Appear To Align With Skeletal Development In Boys During Puberty, Research Suggests

Healio (5/12, Monostra) reports, “Serum levels of sex steroids and bone metabolism markers align with skeletal development in boys during puberty, though development can vary based on pubertal stage,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed data…

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Adolescents, Young Adults With Cystic Fibrosis Should Be Prepared As Early As Possible For Transition From Pediatric To Adult Care, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/12, Jacobs) reports, “Optimally, adolescents and young adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) should be prepared as early as possible for the transition from pediatric to adult care, especially with respect to preparation for becoming inv…

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Some US School Districts Reinstate Mask Mandates Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

The AP (5/11, LeBlanc, Catalini) reports, “U.S. COVID-19 cases are up, leading a smattering of school districts, particularly in the Northeast, to bring back mask mandates and recommendations for the first time since the Omicron winter surge ended and as…

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CDC Issues Health Alert To Educate Parents On Hepatitis Symptoms Amid Outbreak Among Children

ABC News (5/11, Kindelan) reports, “Parents are being asked to look out for symptoms of hepatitis in their kids as an unexplained outbreak of cases in children continues across the United States.” The CDC on Tuesday “issued a health alert…aimed at educa…

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Moderna Completes All FDA Submissions For Emergency Use Authorization Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine In Adolescents, Children

Reuters (5/11, Roy) reports Moderna “has made all necessary submissions required by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents and children, it said on Wednesday.” Moderna “is seeking approva…

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Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Explore Whether Race Is A Proxy For Other Factors In Prediction Models For UTI Risk Among Children

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/11, Mermelstein) reports that “although previous prediction models have shown an association between patient race and urinary tract infection (UTI) risk, the use of a modified model that replaced race with UTI history and fev…

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Use Of SSRIs Or SNRIs During First Trimester Of Pregnancy Not Tied To Increased Risk For Neonatal Seizures, Epilepsy In Childhood, Registry Data Suggest

MedPage Today (5/11, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) during the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk for neonatal sei…

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Medicaid May Help Reduce Youth Homelessness Among Individuals With Behavioral Health Needs, Analysis Indicates

HealthPayerIntelligence (5/11, Bailey) reports, “Medicaid can help reduce youth homelessness among individuals with behavioral health needs by expanding coverage, incentivizing cross-agency coordination, and increasing plan oversight and accountability, a…

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Exposure To Potentially Harmful Chemicals Appears To Be Rising Among Pregnant People In The US, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/10) reports, “Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed 12 years of urine samples from 171 women in California, Georgia, Illinois, Ne…

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Survey Study Examines Reasons Why US Young Adults Did Not Seek Mental Healthcare For Depression From 2011 To 2019

According to MedPage Today (5/10, Ruprecht), “over the last decade, more than half of young adults with depression reported not receiving treatment…and important reasons were related to cost and stigma.” Researchers arrived at these conclusions after ex…

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HHS Awards $16.3M To Enhance Telehealth Infrastructure, Capacity Of Title X Family Planning Clinics

Bloomberg Law (5/10, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “awarded $16.3 million to 31 grantees to enhance the telehealth infrastructure and capacity of Title X family planning clinics in 26 states, one U.S. territory, and one freely associated state, th…

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Surge In Gun Violence In 2020 Pushed Firearm Homicide Rate To Highest Level In Quarter-Century, CDC Finds

The Washington Post (5/10, Berman) reports, “The surge in gun violence across the United States in 2020 pushed the firearm homicide rate that year to its highest level in a quarter-century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.”…

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Mental Illness In Parents Appears To Carry No Strong Link With Autoimmune Disease In Their Offspring, Study Indicates

Healio (5/10, Herpen) reports, “Mental illness in parents carried no strong link with autoimmune disease in their offspring,” researchers concluded after conducting “a population-based cohort study” that “included 2,192,490 Swedish children born between 1…

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Many State Laws On Consent, Privacy For Adolescents Do Not Reflect Pediatric Professional Standards Of Care, Study Finds

HealthDay (5/9) reports, “Many state laws on consent and privacy for adolescents do not reflect pediatric professional standards of care, according to a study.” For the study published in Pediatrics, researchers “summarized state laws and regulations on m…

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New Alabama Law Criminalizes Prescribing Of Puberty Blockers, Hormones To Trans People Under Age 19

The AP (5/9, Chandler) reports a new law in Alabama “that took effect Sunday makes it a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for [physicians] to prescribe puberty blockers and hormones to trans people under age 19.” The AP adds, “A judge has no…

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Standard Dosing Of Piperacillin Does Not Provide Adequate Systemic Exposure Among Critically Ill Children With AKI Receiving Continuous Kidney Replacement Therapy, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/9, Stong) reports that “among critically ill children with acute kidney injury (AKI) receiving continuous kidney replacement therapy…standard dosing of piperacillin did not provide adequate systemic exposure, however, prolo…

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Children In Families That Struggle To Afford Diapers More Likely To Suffer Sleep Issues, Survey Study Finds

HealthDay (5/9, Preidt) reports a “study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues – and maybe other problems — when their parents can’t afford diapers.” Investigators “surveyed 129 parents of children age 3 and younger” and found that “childr…

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Rewarding Children For Trying New Vegetables May Increase Willingness To Eat Them, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/9, Preidt) reports rewarding children “for trying new vegetables may make them more willing to eat them,” according to a study that “included nearly 600 children, ages 1 to 4, at day care centers in the Netherlands” who “were randomly assigne…

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Study Identifies Six Areas In Which Psychosocial Needs Of Adolescents With Food Allergies Should Be Addressed

Healio (5/9, Gawel) reports, “Although adolescents with food allergies have physical concerns that need care, there are six areas where their psychosocial needs should be addressed as well, according to a study” in which “researchers examined the registra…

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Regulation Aimed At Improving School Lunch Programs May Help Curb Weight Gain Among Low-Income Students, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/9, Norton) reports the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 “that boosted the nutritional standards for school meals may have helped [slow] down weight gain among low-income students,” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. The…

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States Moving To Prohibit Schools From Withholding Recess As Punishment

NBC News (5/7, Mader) reported, “Amid long, structured school days filled with academic demands, recess serves as a critical outlet and break for kids, according to pediatricians and child development experts.” However, “on any given day, an untold number…

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Research On Long COVID In Children Lacking, Experts Say

CNN (5/6, Christensen) reported on the “potentially millions of kids with long COVID.” It is unclear “how many children go on to develop long COVID, because there’s not enough research on it in this age group, some experts say.” Nearly “13 million childre…

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Few Home-Based STI Testing Programs Are Tailored For Youth, Researchers Say

Healio (5/7, Schoen) reported research indicated that “home-based testing for sexually transmitted infections [STIs] addresses important barriers that often prevent young people from seeking care, but few programs are tailored for youth,” investigators co…

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Weight-Based Dosing Of Bedaquiline For Multidrug/Rifampicin-Resistant TB Safe, Effective Among Children With, Without HIV Coinfection, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/6, Nye) reported “weight-based dosing of bedaquiline for multidrug/rifampicin-resistant…tuberculosis (TB) infection was safe and effective among children with and without HIV coinfection, according to” a study. The results…

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Genetic, Environmental, Lifestyle Factors Influence Risk For Food Sensitization, Food Allergies In Early Childhood, Literature Review Indicates

Healio (5/6, Gawel) reported, “Genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors influence the risk for food sensitization and food allergies during the first thousand days of life, according to a literature review published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immu…

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CDC Investigating 109 Cases, Five Deaths Of Severe Hepatitis Of Unknown Cause In Children

The Washington Post (5/6, Sellers, Shepherd) reported the CDC “is investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis of unknown cause in children, officials said Friday.” The Post added, “Five of the children have died.” The New York Times (5/6, Kolata) reported…

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Sixty-Six Percent Of Working Parents Meet Criteria For Parental Burnout, Report Says

The New York Times (5/5, Pearson) reports, “For two years, working parents in America have been running on fumes, hammered by the stress of remote schooling, day care closures, economic instability and social isolation.” And “now, a new report says that 6…

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Motor Skills At Expected Peak May Be Tied To Older Age At Loss Of Ambulation Among Male Children With DMD, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (5/5, Goldberg) reports that “among male children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), increased motor skills near the age of their expected peak suggest they’ll reach an older age before they lose their ability to stand and walk, acc…

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Age-Specific Patterns Define Relationships Between Early Daycare, Severe Airway Infection, Preterm Birth, Atopy-Related Diseases In Childhood, Study Finds

Healio (5/5, Gawel) reports, “Different age-specific patterns defined the relationships between early daycare, severe airway infection, preterm birth and atopy-related diseases in childhood, according to a study.” The findings – published in Pediatric All…

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Black Children With T1D Were At Greater Risk For Recurring DKA Than Their Peers, Regardless Of Quality Of Neighborhood, Study Finds

MedPage Today (5/5, Ruprecht) reports, “Black children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) were at greater risk for recurring diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) than their peers, regardless of whether they lived in better or worse neighborhoods, according to a cross-sect…

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Diet Quality Moderating Factor Between Excess Weight, Psychosocial Health In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (5/5, Herpen) reports that “the quality of a child’s diet is a moderating factor between excess weight and psychosocial health, according to” a “population-based, cross-sectional study.” The results were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Children With Asthma Had Worse Outcomes In The Six Months Following SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Study Finds

Healio (5/5, Gawel) reports, “Children with asthma had worse outcomes in the 6 months following SARS-CoV-2 infection confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction test, according to a study.” The findings were published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical I…

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Gun Deaths In US Reached Record High In 2020, Report Finds

USA Today (5/4, Miller) reports “the number of people dying from gun violence in the USA reached a record high in 2020: an average of 124 people dead every day,” according to a report that analyzed CDC data. The report (PDF) “showed there were 45,222 gun…

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Compared With Younger Children, Adolescents Appear To Experience Longer Wait Times To See Pediatric Rheumatologist For JIA, Researchers Posit

Healio (5/4, Martin) reports, “Adolescents experience longer wait times to see a pediatric rheumatologist for juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA], compared with younger children,” researchers concluded in a 1,747-patient study that categorized patients “i…

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Children Who Have Overweight As Early As Age Six May Be At Risk For Future Diabetes, Heart Disease, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/4, Norton) reports that “as early as age 6, children who” have overweight “could be headed down a path toward future diabetes or heart disease,” according to a study “of nearly 1,000 Danish children” that “found that kids who were overweight…

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Baked Milk May Be Introduced Safely, Effectively Into Diets Of Infants Diagnosed With Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy As Part Of Milk Ladder, Study Suggests

Healio (5/4, Gawel) reports, “Baked milk can be introduced safely and effectively into the diets of young children diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy as part of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care, or MAP, milk ladder, according to a study.” Furthermo…

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Health Insurers, Providers Launching Novel Programs To Improve Housing For Foster Youths

Modern Healthcare (5/4, Devereaux, Subscription Publication) reports, “Foster children and young people transitioning out of the child welfare system frequently encounter obstacles to adequate housing, which some healthcare providers and health insurance…

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Children Who Begin Identifying As Transgender At Young Age Tend To Retain That Identity Five Years Later, Study Indicates

The New York Times (5/4, Ghorayshi) reports “young children who transition to a new gender with social changes…are likely to continue identifying as that gender five years later, according to a” study published in Pediatrics. The study also found that “…

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Anakinra Has Little To No Effect On Moderate To Severe MIS-C, Study Finds

Healio (5/3, Weldon) reports “the interleukin-1 inhibitor anakinra has little to no effect on moderate to severe multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C], according to” a study that evaluated 138 patients, of whom “over a third…had a comorb…

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Proportion Of Young Smokers Who Smoke Menthol Cigarettes Decreased After Implementation Of Ban In England, Survey Study Finds

HealthDay (5/3) reports, “The proportion of young smokers who smoke menthol cigarettes decreased after implementation of a menthol cigarette ban in England in May 2020, according to a [survey] study.” The researchers wrote, “This impact was similar among…

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Infants Born To People Stressed Out During Pregnancy May Be More Likely To Experience Social, Emotional, And Learning Problems As They Grow Up, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/3, Mann) reports, “Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up,” investigators concluded in a study that “followed nearly 100 pregnant wom…

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HHS Awards Nearly $25M To Improve Access To School-Based Health Services

Bloomberg Law (5/3, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “awarded nearly $25 million to improve access to school-based health services, according to the department.” These “awards will support 125 health centers funded by the Health Resources and Service…

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Gut-Brain Axis Plays Important Role In Gastrointestinal Problems In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/3, Preidt) reports that for some children with autism spectrum disorder, “there’s a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal,” according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developme…

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WHO Says Rates Of People With Obesity, Overweight In Europe Have Hit “Epidemic Proportions”

The AP (5/3) reports “the World Health Organization says the rates of people who” have obesity and “overweight in Europe have hit ‘epidemic proportions’ with nearly 60% of adults and a third of children in one of those categories.” The article adds, “WHO…

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Pfizer Now Expects To Submit Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Data By Early June

The AP (5/3) reports, “Pfizer now hopes to tell U.S. regulators how well its COVID-19 vaccine works in the littlest kids by late May or early June.” The company “is testing three extra-small doses of its vaccine in children under 5 after two shots didn’t…

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At Least 228 Probable Cases Of Severe Hepatitis In Children Reported To WHO So Far

Reuters (5/3, Farge) reports World Health Organization spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic on Tuesday “said…that it had received reports of at least 228 probable cases of child hepatitis with dozens more under investigation.” Jasarevic said, “As of May 1, at l…

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FDA Approves Supplemental NDA For Ceftolozane/Tazobactam To Include Treatment Of Pediatric Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections, Complicated Urinary Tract Infections

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/2, Park) reports the FDA “has approved the supplemental New Drug Application…for Zerbaxa® (ceftolozane and tazobactam) to include treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) and complicated urinary tract infe…

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More Money Needed From Congress To Do “Transformative Work On Mental Health,” HHS Secretary Says

CBS News (5/2, Tin) reports, “The Biden administration plans to ramp up mental health services to aid millions of Americans struggling from the disruptions, hardships and grief of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra…

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Children Reporting Higher Levels Of Appendicitis Pain At Presentation More Likely To Struggle With Non-Operative Approach During Hospitalization, Analysis Finds

MedPage Today (5/2, Hamza) reports, “Kids reporting higher levels of appendicitis pain at presentation were more likely to struggle with a non-operative approach during hospitalization, a secondary analysis of a prospective study found.” But, “these kids…

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AYA Solid Organ Transplant Recipients Should Be Supported After Transfer To Adult Healthcare, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/2) reports, “Adolescent and young adult (AYA) solid organ transplant recipients should be supported after transfer to adult health care, with improved clinical outcomes in association with successful retention in adult health care, according…

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Rate Of Vertical Hepatitis C Transmission Nearly 25% Higher Than Commonly Assumed, Analysis Shows

Healio (5/2, Stulpin) reports, “The rate of vertical hepatitis C transmission is nearly 25% higher than commonly assumed, according to a reanalysis of data from more than 1,700 children born to mothers infected with the virus.” The reanalysis “also found,…

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Vegetarian Diets Appear To Be Healthy For Growing Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/2, Norton) reports, “Vegetarian diets are a healthy choice for growing kids – though they may slightly raise the odds of youngsters being underweight, a…study suggests.” The investigators found that overall, “children on meat-free diets wer…

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Incidence Of Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease Increased Among Young Children, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/2, Stong) reports “the incidence of invasive group A streptococcal…disease was increased among young children, with increased rates generally observed among those from low- and middle-income countries…according to” a 20-s…

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Abbott To Release Limited Quantities Of Nutrition Products Put On Hold Following Infant Formula Recall

Reuters (4/29, Khandekar) reported that on Friday, Abbott Laboratories “said…it would release limited quantities of nutrition products that had been put on hold following a recall of some powdered infant formulas.” As enhanced product testing “would tak…

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FDA To Consider Emergency Use Authorizations For Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines In June

The Washington Post (4/29, McGinley, Johnson) reported FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research director Dr. Peter Marks “pledged Friday not to delay the rollout of coronavirus vaccines for the youngest children and said at least one of the two…

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As Children Become Teens, Brain’s Vocal Preferences Shift, Tuning Out Mothers In Favor Of Unfamiliar Voices, Scan Study Reveals

HealthDay (4/29, Norton) reported research indicates that as children become teenagers, “the brain’s vocal preferences shift, tuning mom out in favor of unfamiliar voices.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion in a study that “included 46 kids, aged 7…

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CDC Releases Clinical Details About Acute Hepatitis Cases With Unknown Causes Among Children

CNN (4/29, McPhillips) reported the CDC “continues to investigate cases of acute hepatitis with unknown causes among children and released new clinical details about some of the cases on Friday.” CNN added, “So far, there have been at least 18 cases repor…

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Study Examines Factors Influencing Children’s Chances Of Becoming Emotional Eaters

According to HealthDay (4/30), children’s “chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent’s influence,” investigators concluded after surveying “185 U.K. mothers of young children, ages 3-5, about…

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Number Of Babies Born With Syphilis In The US Has Surged Since 2012, CDC Data Indicate

Kaiser Health News (5/1, Barry-Jester) reports, “The number of babies born with syphilis in the United States has surged” since 2012, with the latest CDC data showing there were “at least 2,268” babies born in 2021 with congenital syphilis, several times…

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FDA Announces Proposed Ban On Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

The New York Times (4/28, A1, Jewett) reports that on Thursday, the FDA “announced a plan to ban sales of menthol-flavored cigarettes in the United States, a measure many public health experts hailed as the government’s most meaningful action in more than…

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Moderna Requests FDA Emergency Use Authorization For COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Under Six

The Washington Post (4/28, Johnson) reports Moderna on Thursday requested FDA “emergency use authorization…of its coronavirus vaccine for” children younger than six “– a highly anticipated step toward making shots available to the last group in U.S. so…

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Clinical Remission Durable Beyond One Year In Children With Crohn’s Disease Receiving Adalimumab, Study Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (4/28, Stong) reports, “Clinical remission is durable beyond 1 year in children with [Crohn’s] disease…receiving adalimumab therapy, according to a study.” The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology…

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Investigators Develop Machine Learning Tool To Predict No-Shows In Pediatric Medical Appointments

Healthcare IT News (4/28, Jercich) reports investigators have “developed a machine learning tool to predict no-shows in pediatric medical appointments.” In the study, “by adopting a data imputation method for patients with missing information in their rec…

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Vaccination Status May Be Key To Turning Tide On Pandemic-Era Pediatric Mental Health Crisis, Investigators Posit

PatientEngagementHIT (4/28, Heath) reports, “Vaccination status, among other social determinants of health, appears to be key to turning the tide on the pandemic-era pediatric mental health crisis,” investigators concluded in a study that used “Adolescent…

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Bivalent Protein-Based Vaccine Against RSV Administered During Pregnancy Safe, Effective, Trial Indicates

MedPage Today (4/27, Walker) reports, “A bivalent protein-based vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) administered during pregnancy was safe and led to higher neutralizing antibody responses in mothers, as well as evidence of protection in the…

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Measles Cases Jumped By 79% In First Two Months Of 2022, Data Show

Reuters (4/27, Rigby) reports, “Measles cases jumped by 79% in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted child vaccination campaigns around the world, according to data from UNICEF and the World Health Orga…

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Legume Allergies Appear More Common In Children With Multiple Food Allergies, Study Suggests

Healio (4/27, Gawel) reports, “Legume allergies appeared more common among children with multiple food allergies, and most of these children were allergic to multiple legumes, according to a study conducted in Turkey.” Furthermore, “lip dose challenges……

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Adolescents Seen By Resident For Preventive Care More Than Four Times As Likely To Receive HPV Vaccine, Researchers Say

Healio (4/26, Weldon) reports, “Adolescents seen by a resident for preventive care were more than four times as likely to receive an HPV vaccination than those seen by a pediatric or advanced care practitioner attending alone, researchers reported.” The f…

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Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Common In Children Intubated For Lower Respiratory Tract Infections, Tied To Worse Outcomes, Data Indicate

Healio (4/27, Welsh) reports, “Pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome is common in children intubated for lower respiratory tract infections and was associated with increased mortality, mechanical ventilation, and ICU and hospital length of stay, d…

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Incorporating Nasal High-Flow Therapy During Endotracheal Intubation Attempts In NICU Increases Chance Of Success On First Attempt, Study Finds

MedPage Today (4/27, Ingram) reports, “Incorporating nasal high-flow therapy during endotracheal intubation attempts in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) increased the chance of success on the first try, a randomized study found.” In the SHINE study…

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Antibiotic Prescriptions In First Year Of Life May Be Tied To Less Vigorous Immune Response To Routine Childhood Vaccinations, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/27, Norton) reports, “Babies and toddlers who’ve been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations,” according to a study published in Pediatrics. Investigators “found that the more antibiotic…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Submit Application For Emergency Use Authorization Of COVID-19 Booster Shot For Children

CNN (4/26, Christensen) reports, “Pfizer and BioNTech said Tuesday that they have submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11.” CNBC (4/26,…

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Around 190 Unexplained Cases Of Severe Hepatitis Reported In Children Worldwide, ECDC Says

Reuters (4/26, Rigby) reports, “Around 190 unexplained cases of severe hepatitis have been reported in children around the world, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control [ECDC] said on Tuesday.” This “outbreak was first reported this month…

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Three In Four US Children Have Had SARS-CoV-2 Infection, CDC Estimates

The AP (4/26, Stobbe) reports, “Three out of every four U.S. children have been infected with the coronavirus and more than half of all Americans had signs of previous infections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers estimated in a repor…

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Children Conceived Through Infertility Treatment Have Higher Risk For Asthma, Allergies, Study Suggests

Healio (4/26, Gawel) reports, “Children conceived through infertility treatment had a higher risk for asthma and allergies, even after adjustment for parental asthma and atopy, according to a study.” The results were published in Human Reproduction.

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Furosemide Tied To Increased Risk For Electrolyte Adverse Events, But Not Tied To Greater Risk For Overall Safety Events In Preterm Infants At High Risk For Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Trial Indicates

Healio (4/26, Weldon) reports, “The first randomized controlled trial of furosemide for preterm infants at high risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia found an increased risk for electrolyte adverse events but no greater risk for overall safety events,” acco…

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Prevalence, Presence Of Complex Chronic Conditions, Invasive Mechanical Ventilation Use Increased Among US Infants Hospitalized With RSV Bronchiolitis From 1997 To 2016, Researchers Say

Healio (4/26, Welsh) reports, “Among U.S. infants hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus [RSV] bronchiolitis, the overall prevalence, presence of complex chronic conditions and invasive mechanical ventilation use increased from 1997 to 2016, resear…

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Firearm-Related Deaths Surpassed Car Crashes As Top Cause Of Death For US Children, Adolescents In 2020, Analysis Finds

Reuters (4/26, Timmons) reports an analysis “based on recent mortality data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” has found that “guns surpassed car crashes as the top cause of death in America for those aged 19 and under in 2020.” According…

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UK Health Officials Say Increasing Evidence Links Acute Hepatitis Cases In Children To Adenovirus

The AP (4/25, Kirka) reports “British health officials investigating the cause of a spike in acute hepatitis, or liver inflammation, among children said there is increasing evidence that it is linked to” adenovirus, “which was detected in 75% of the confi…

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Women With History Of Migraine Have Greater Risks Of Pregnancy Complications, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (4/25, George) reports, “Women with a history of migraine had higher risks of pregnancy complications, data from the large prospective Nurses’ Health Study II showed.” According to the data presented at the 2022 AAN Annual Meeting, “in model…

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FDA Grants Full Approval To Gilead’s Remdesivir For Treatment Of COVID-19 In Children Aged 28 Days And Older

Reuters (4/25, Mishra) reports that on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration “granted the first full approval for treating COVID-19 in children aged 28 days and older to Gilead Sciences Inc’s drug remdesivir [Veklury].” This “comes months after the age…

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Systematic Review Indicates Global Estimated Prevalence Of Malnutrition Among Children With Cerebral Palsy Is 40%

Neurology Advisor (4/25, Stroka) reports, “The global estimated prevalence of malnutrition among children with cerebral palsy (CP) is 40%, according to a” 67-study “systematic review and meta-analysis,” the findings of which were published online in the j…

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New COVID-19 Cases Among US Children Rise For Second Consecutive Week, Report Finds

ABC News (4/25, Mitropoulos) reports, “For the second consecutive week, new COVID-19 infection rates among children in the U.S. have seen a notable increase, according to a…report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital…

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Adolescent Suicides Made Up A Larger Share Of Suicides At The Start Of The COVID-19 Pandemic Compared To Pre-Pandemic Years, Data Indicate

CNN (4/25, Rogers) reports, “The number of suicides among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 increased in five states during the pandemic, according to research looking at 14 states.” In addition, “data from Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma,…

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Common Pediatric Infectious Diseases Returned To, Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Levels Last Winter, Data Reveal

Healio (4/25, Weldon) reports that “common pediatric infectious diseases returned to or exceeded pre-pandemic levels last winter, according to data.” Researchers “found that, under strict infection control during the 2020-2021 winter season, the rates of…

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Fewer Children With Asthma Hospitalized For Exacerbations During First Few Months Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

Healio (4/22, Gawel) reported, “Fewer children with asthma were hospitalized for exacerbations during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the previous year, although they presented with more severe symptoms, according to a…study….

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WHO Says At Least One Death Has Been Reported Following Increase Of Acute Hepatitis Of Unknown Origin In Children

Reuters (4/23, Sabahatjahan) reported, “The World Health Organization said on Saturday that at least one child death had been reported following an increase of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, and that at least 169 cases had been reported in…

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Upper Airway Stimulation Shows Promise In Reducing Sleep Disruptions In Children With Down Syndrome And OSA, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/22, Preidt) reported “an implanted device that stimulates tongue nerves shows promise in reducing…sleep disruptions” in children with Down syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study, finding “the device was safe overal…

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Early Targeted Treatment With Ibuprofen Does Not Reduce Mortality Among Extremely Preterm Infants With Large Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Researchers Say

Healio (4/24, Weldon) reports the Baby-OSCAR trial “found that early targeted treatment with ibuprofen did not reduce mortality among 72-hour-old extremely preterm infants with a large patent ductus arteriosus, researchers reported.” Furthermore, there “w…

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Selective Impairments In Regional Fetal Brain Growth Predict Adverse Development Among Infants With Congenital Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Healio (4/24, Weldon) reports “selective impairments in regional fetal brain growth predicted adverse development among infants with congenital heart disease, according to” a study using fetal MRI. Overall, “the researchers found that infants with single-…

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Expert Offers Advice For Parents On Addressing Pandemic-Related Anxiety In Children

HealthDay (4/24, Preidt) reports Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science professor Laurel Williams, DO offers advice for parents on how to address “anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic” among their young children…

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US Adolescents Facing Soaring Rates Of Mental Health Disorders, Research Suggests

The New York Times (4/24, A1, Richtel, Flanagan) reports that American adolescents are facing a new public health threat, that is, “soaring rates of mental health disorders.” For example, in 2019, 13 percent of adolescent Americans “reported having a majo…

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CDC Issues Nationwide Health Alert Over Cluster Of Serious Hepatitis Cases In Young Children

The Washington Post (4/21, Lena Sun, Cha) reports that on Thursday, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide health alert…about an unusual cluster of serious hepatitis cases in young children for which the cause or causes is n…

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FDA Could Reportedly Authorize COVID-19 Vaccine For Younger Children In June

NBC News (4/21, Lovelace) reports, “The Food and Drug Administration could authorize a Covid-19 vaccine for children under age 5 in June, according to two people familiar with the plans.” Members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Co…

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Study Examines Rates Of Diagnostic Errors In Pediatric Intensive Care Units

MedPage Today (4/21, Dotinga) reports “an estimated 1.5% of diagnoses at four Iowa pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) were wrong,” according to a retrospective “study of nearly 900 randomly selected patients treated at the PICUs over a 1-year period.”…

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Upper Airway Stimulation Safe, Effective For Adolescent Patients With Down Syndrome And Severe OSA, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/21) reports, “For adolescents with Down syndrome and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), upper airway stimulation is safe and effective, according to” researchers who found “a mean decrease in the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 12.9 events/h…

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Exposure To Maternal Social Disadvantage Tied To Reduction In Neonatal Brain Volumes, Cortical Folding At Birth, Study Finds

HealthImaging (4/21, Kania) reports a “study of 280 mothers and their newborns found that prenatal exposure to maternal social disadvantage – defined by factors including health insurance status, highest educational level, Area Deprivation Index, and Heal…

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Smaller Portion Of US Children Got Routine Vaccinations Required For Kindergarten During Pandemic, CDC Says

The AP (4/21, Tanner) reports, “A smaller portion of U.S. children got routine vaccinations required for kindergarten during the pandemic, government researchers said Thursday, raising concerns that measles and other preventable diseases could increase.”…

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US Air Quality Worsened Between 2018 And 2020, Data Indicate

CNN (4/21, Christensen) reports, “The US saw the highest number of ‘very unhealthy’ and ‘hazardous’ air quality days between 2018 and 2020 than it ever had before, according to” American Lung Association data. CNN says, “Nearly 9 million more people were…

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Florida Memo Advises Physicians Against Prescribing Puberty Blockers, Hormone Therapy For Transgender Youth

The Washington Post (4/20, Branigin) reports Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo on Wednesday “released a memo to health-care workers” that “advises physicians against prescribing puberty blockers or hormone therapy for transgender youths and states tha…

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Millions Of US Public School Students Considered Chronically Absent Amid Pandemic

The New York Times (4/20, Fortin) reports on the “millions of public school students across the United States who” are “considered chronically absent – often defined as missing 10 percent of the days in a school year, whether the absences are excused or n…

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Increasing Short-Term Exposure To Ambient Grass Pollen Tied To Reversible Obstructive Lung Function Deficits In Children With Allergic Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (4/20, Gawel) reports, “Increasing short-term exposure to ambient grass pollen was associated with reversible obstructive lung function deficits in children with allergic disease,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 641 children…who…

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Prenatal Exposure To Maternal Autoimmune Diseases May Be Tied To Increased Risks Of Mental Disorders In Offspring, Investigators Posit

HCPlive (4/20, Grossi) reports research indicates that “prenatal exposure to maternal autoimmune diseases was linked to increased risks of mental disorders in offspring.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after examining data that “identified 2,272…

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Firearm-Related Deaths Among Children, Adolescents Rose During 2020, Becoming Leading Cause Of Mortality Among Youth, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (4/20, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Gun-related deaths increased significantly among children and adolescents in 2020, becoming the leading cause of mortality among youth, researchers said.” According to the researchers, “the crude rate of firearm-…

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AHA Releases Statement On Association Between COVID-19 Infection, CV Complications Among Children, Young Adults

Healio (4/19, Buzby) reports the American Heart Association has issued “a scientific statement on the association between COVID-19 infection and CV complications among children and young adults.” The statement – published in Circulation – “provides an ove…

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FDA Issues Safety Communication For Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests

MedPage Today (4/19, Fiore) reports, “The FDA warned in a safety communication that non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) are screening tests – not diagnostic tests – and patients and healthcare providers may make inappropriate healthcare decisions based on…

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Study Examines Risks Copycat Packaging In Cannabis Sales Pose To Children

CNN (4/19, LaMotte) reports on a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence “investigating copycat packaging in cannabis sales.” CNN adds, “A child could easily mistake these copycat bags of edibles for the real candy and chips.” Eating just a small f…

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Household Transmission Of SARS-CoV-2 High, With Children Being Significant Source Of Spread, Study Suggests

Healio (4/19, Weldon) reports “SARS-CoV-2 spreads extensively in households, with children being a significant source of that spread,” according to a Canadian study published in CMAJ Open. The researchers concluded, “People with SARS-CoV-2 infection trans…

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By Reducing HbA1c During Pregnancy, Women With Pregestational Diabetes May Reduce Risks For Having An Infant Born Large For Gestational Age Or With Neonatal Hypoglycemia, Study Suggests

Healio (4/19, Monostra) reports, “By reducing HbA1c during pregnancy, women with pregestational diabetes may reduce their risks for having an infant born large for gestational age or with neonatal hypoglycemia,” investigators concluded in a study that inc…

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Treatment Options For Eating Disorders Reportedly Sparse, Particularly In Rural States

Kaiser Health News (4/19, Graf) reports, “Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder, are some of the most fatal mental illnesses,” but “treatment options are sparse, particularly in rural states.” This means patients must tr…

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Hospitalization Rates For Unvaccinated Children Ages Five To 11 Twice As High During Omicron Surge, CDC Study Finds

The New York Times (4/19, Mueller) reports, “Unvaccinated children from 5 to 11 years old were hospitalized with Covid at twice the rate of vaccinated children during the winter Omicron variant surge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporte…

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Pediatric Telehealth Use Appears To Be Inconsistent Across Different Subspecialties, Researchers Say

mHealth Intelligence (4/18, Melchionna) reports, “When comparing the use of telehealth among different pediatric subspecialties,” investigators “found that pediatric telehealth use was inconsistent across subspecialties, with genetics and behavioral healt…

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Young Adults In College Who Experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences May Have Higher Odds Of Sleep Difficulty, Insomnia, And Other Sleep Disorder Diagnosis, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/18, Butera) reports research indicates that “young adults in college…who experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACE) experienced higher odds of sleep difficulty, insomnia, and other sleep disorder diagnosis.” Included in the study were “a…

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In School Districts With Greater Segregation, Black Students Tended To Have More Behavioral Issues And Were More Likely To Drink Alcohol Vs. Peers In More Integrated Districts, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/18, Norton) reports research indicates that “in school districts with greater segregation, Black students tended to have more behavioral issues and were more likely to drink alcohol, versus their peers in more integrated districts.” Investiga…

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Smoking During Pregnancy May Not Directly Cause AD/HD In Children, Systematic Review Suggests

HealthDay (4/18, Preidt) reports, “Smoking during pregnancy does not directly cause” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in children,” investigators concluded in a 46-study systematic review and meta-analysis, the findings of which were publ…

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HHS, HRSA Award $16M In Grant Funding To Strengthen MIECHV Programs In Hopes Of Improving Child And Maternal Health Outcomes

PatientEngagementHIT (4/18, Rodriguez) reports, “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have awarded $16 million in grant funding to strengthen the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhoo…

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Two New Studies Add To Research Showing Many Risks That Lead Poses To Children

HealthDay (4/18, Preidt) reports, “New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters,” investigators concluded. One study revealed “a significant association between lead exposure in early childhood and…

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California Announces $10M Grant To Incentivize Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines

The Los Angeles Times (4/15, Money) reported the California Department of Public Health on Friday launched “a $10-million grant program aimed at incentivizing healthcare providers to extend their operations to make pediatric [COVID-19] vaccinations more e…

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Experts Concerned COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Worsening Children’s Rates Of Routine Immunizations

Politico (4/18, Messerly, Mahr) reports children “aren’t getting caught up on routine shots they missed during the pandemic, and many vaccination proponents are pointing to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy as a big reason why.” Pediatricians and experts “in 10…

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Researchers Say New Therapy May Prevent Hypoglycemia In Children With Congenital Hyperinsulinism

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reported “a new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with” congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), according to researchers who “developed a treatment called exendin-(9-39).” The researchers “say it could prevent hypoglycemia in…

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Inhaled Hypertonic Saline Tied To Beneficial Lung Changes Compared With Isotonic Saline In Young Children With Cystic Fibrosis, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (4/15, Saleh) reported, “Compared with isotonic saline, use of inhaled hypertonic saline during a period of 48 weeks resulted in beneficial lung changes in children with cystic fibrosis aged 3 to 6 years.” The results of the Saline Hyp…

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Health Officials In Several Countries Investigating Cases Of Severe Hepatitis In Children

The AP (4/15, Stobbe) reported “health officials in several countries are investigating mysterious cases of severe” hepatitis “in children, and they think it may be related to” adenoviruses. The United Kingdom “has been investigating at least 74 cases in…

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High Rates Of C-Sections Continue Across The US South

Kaiser Health News (4/14, Sausser) reports that in 2020, “31.8% of all births in the U.S. were C-sections…according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” with rates “far higher in many states, especially across the Sou…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Increases Immune Defenses In School-Aged Children, Particularly Against Omicron Variant, Pfizer & BioNTech Say

The Washington Post (4/14, Johnson) reports, “A booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine increases immune defenses against the coronavirus in school-aged children, particularly against the omicron variant, the companies announced Thursday.” The compani…

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Lower Birth Weight May Be Associated With T2D At A Younger Age, Lower BMI At Diagnosis, Research Suggests

Healio (4/14, Monostra) reports, “Having a lower birth weight is associated with type 2 diabetes [T2D] onset at a younger age, and those with a lower birth weight are also more likely to have a lower BMI at diagnosis,” investigators concluded in a study t…

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Autoantibodies Against IL-1Ra Appear To Be Present In Large Proportion Of Patients With MIS-C, Researchers Say

Medwire News (4/14, McDermid) reports, “Autoantibodies against interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) are present in a large proportion of patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C),” investigators concluded in a study involvi…

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US, UK Public Health Officials Investigating Number Of Unusual Cases Of Serious Hepatitis In Young Children

STAT (4/14, Branswell) reports, “Public health officials in the United States and the United Kingdom are investigating a number of unusual cases of serious hepatitis in young children, the cause or causes of which are currently unknown.” Evidence out of “…

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US Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency For Three More Months

Reuters (4/13, Aboulenein) reports, “The United States on Wednesday renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency, allowing millions of Americans to keep getting free tests, vaccines and treatments for at least three more months.” The emergency “was due to…

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Study Examines Differences In Gut Bacteria Between Pediatric Patients With ASD And Those Without

HCPlive (4/13, Walter) reports researchers have demonstrated a difference “in gut bacteria between pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and pediatric patients without ASD.” They did so in a study that “examined 101 pediatric patients wit…

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Pediatric Patients With Psoriasis Receiving Ixekizumab Appear To Show Improvements In Patient-Reported Outcomes, Objective Measures Of Complete Skin Clearance, Trial Data Indicate

HCPlive (4/13, Butera) reports research indicates that pediatric patients who “received the biologic” ixekizumab “showed improvements in patient-reported outcomes and objective measures of complete skin clearance of psoriasis.” MedPage Today (4/13, Bankhe…

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Vast Majority Of Children, Young People With RMDs And COVID-19 Do Not Experience Severe Illness, Study Indicates

Rheumatology News (4/13, McCall) reports “the vast majority of children and young people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and COVID-19 are not hospitalized, according to” a study. Even when hospitalized, “they experienced only mild sympt…

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Rates Of Some STDs Increased In US During First Year Of Pandemic, CDC Data Reveal

The Washington Post (4/12, Shepherd) reports “the number of cases of some sexually transmitted diseases increased during the first year of the pandemic,” according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data revealed “gonorrhea i…

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Viral Shedding Of Streptococcus Pyogenes Among School-Aged Children Exposed To Scarlet Fever Highlights Need For Rapid Case Management, Effective Interventions, Study Concludes

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/12, Storms) reports “significant viral shedding of Streptococcus pyogenes among school-aged children exposed to scarlet fever highlights the need for rapid case management and effective interventions to decrease the risk for…

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Clinicians Discuss How Pandemic Has Affected HPV Vaccination Among Adolescents

The Washington Post (4/12, Blakemore) reports a CDC study “looked at challenges to HPV vaccination” during the COVID-19 pandemic “at family practice and pediatric clinics that serve adolescents.” Researchers “interviewed clinicians in Iowa, most in rural…

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Children Unprepared For School Environment, Lack Basic Life Skills Due To Pandemic Disruptions, Teachers Say

In interviews with The Washington Post (4/12, Natanson), teachers in the US “shared that they were…dealing with pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and elementary-school students – as well as some middle-schoolers – who arrived unprepared for the school…

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Not Enough Evidence To Recommend Routine Screening Of Children Who Show No Obvious Signs Of Being Suicidal, USPSTF Says

The AP (4/12, Tanner) reports, “In draft guidance posted” April 12, “the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] said there’s not enough evidence to recommend routinely screening kids who show no obvious signs of being suicidal.” Already, “opposing v…

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Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Teens Have More Than Doubled In Recent Years, Even As Drug Use Declines, Analysis Indicates

The Los Angeles Times (4/12, Reyes) reports “deadly drug overdoses among U.S. teenagers have more than doubled in frequency in recent years, even as those in the age group became less likely to use illegal drugs,” according to an analysis of “overdose dea…

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Pregnant People Among Populations Vulnerable To Health Effects From Climate Change

The Washington Post (4/11, Kam) reports, “As scientists study how climate change is affecting human health, pregnant people and their unborn babies are emerging as a vulnerable group.” People “who must evacuate during natural disasters are often extremely…

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Use Of Low-Dose AD/HD Medications For One Year Not Associated With Changes In Thyroid Or Growth Hormone Levels Among Children Aged Six To 12 Years, Study Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (4/11, Stong) reports, “Use of low-dose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “medications for one year was not found to be associated with changes in thyroid or growth hormone levels among children aged six to 12 years,”…

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Just 20% Of Sexually Active High School Students Were Tested For STIs In Past Year, Report Finds

HealthDay (4/11, Reinberg) reports “too few sexually active teens are getting tested for” sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, the report found that “just 20% of sexually…

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Rise In Congenital Syphilis Cases In US Likely A Result Of Multiple Factors, Researchers Say

Healio (4/11, Stulpin) reports, “The rise in congenital syphilis cases in the United States is likely a result of multiple factors, researchers said.” A “study of cases in Chicago” from December 2014 to December 2018 “found that pregnant women who deliver…

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Impact Of Exposure To Corticosteroids In Utero On Risk Of Long-Term Neurological Impairment Varies By Birth Timing, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Suggest

MedPage Today (4/11, D’Ambrosio) reports that “the impact of exposure to corticosteroids in utero on risk of long-term neurological impairment varied by birth timing, according to a” 30-study systematic review and meta-analysis. Children “born at full ter…

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Older Children, Teens At Greater Risk Of Severe MIS-C After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/11, Preidt) reports that “older children and teens are the most vulnerable to severe cases of” multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) after SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a 232-child study. The findings published in the Canadian Medic…

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Some In US Seek Standard For Children’s Masks

Reuters (4/8, Baertlein) reported that for adults, “N95 masks are federally regulated and considered a gold standard,” while “for children, no comparable U.S.-regulated mask exists,” and “disease experts say children will still need high-quality masks for…

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Children With Suspected Abusive Head Trauma May Be At Risk For Elevated Intraocular Pressure, Study Suggests

Neurology Advisor (4/8, Nye) reported children with suspected “abusive head trauma (AHT) may be at risk for elevated intraocular pressure…according to a study” that “shows that children who died from AHT have orthograde axonal transport block in the lam…

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Experts Call For Reinforced Safe Sleep Advice, More Research To Prevent SIDS

The Washington Post (4/10, Cimons) reports, “In the years following the 1994 start of the Safe to Sleep campaign…cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) plummeted by more 50 percent.” However, “the decline stopped,” as “some 3,400 babies under age…

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Experts Provide Tips For Introducing Solid Foods Into A Baby’s Diet

The Washington Post (4/10, Harrison Belz) reports, “In the first two years of life, a child will need to be fed approximately 3,000 times,” a figure that for some parents “cues an exhausting montage.” The Post adds, “Introducing a baby to solids does more…

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Medicaid And CHIP May Offer Up To 12 Months Of Postpartum Benefits If States Act

PBS NewsHour (4/8, Santhanam) reported on “a new provision [that] guarantees access to health care via Medicaid for residents of some states during…the months following childbirth.” Under the American Rescue Plan, “postpartum benefits – 12 months of hea…

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Resistance-Exercise Training Program May Improve Muscle Strength, Functional Capacity In Pediatric Patients With CF With Mild To Moderate Pulmonary Impairment, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (4/8, Brick) reported that “a resistance-exercise training program can improve muscle strength and functional capacity in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have mild to moderate pulmonary impairment, according to a study…

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Topical Analgesic With Lidocaine And Tetracaine Did Not Decrease Need For Propofol Sedation During Lumbar Puncture In Children With Cancer, Study Finds

Oncology Nurse Advisor (4/7, Nye) reports that researchers found that “topical analgesic with lidocaine and tetracaine did not decrease need for propofol sedation during lumbar puncture in children with cancer.” The findings were published in the Journal…

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SC-T Injections May Be Safe, Effective Alternative To Intramuscular Testosterone Among TM/GD Youth, Study Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (4/7, Nye) reports, “Subcutaneous testosterone (SC-T) injections” appear to “be a safe and effective alternative to intramuscular testosterone among transmasculine and gender-diverse (TM/GD) youth,” investigators concluded in a 119-p…

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Screening For Hypertension Less Likely To Occur During Health Maintenance Visits For Children With Autism, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/7, Iapoce) reports findings from a cross-sectional study “suggest screening for hypertension was less likely to occur during health maintenance visits for children with autism compared to children without autism.” The findings published as a re…

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Study Reveals Psychiatric Symptoms, Impaired HRQOL Among Adolescents And Young Adults With T2D

Endocrinology Advisor (4/7, Nye) reports, “Psychiatric symptoms and impaired health-related quality of life (HRQOL) have been reported among adolescents and young adults with youth-onset type 2 diabetes (T2D),” researchers concluded in a 514-patient study…

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Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Criminalize Gender-Affirming Healthcare For Transgender Youth

Reuters (4/7, Caspani) reports, “Alabama lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that would criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth, with a threat of 10 years in prison for medical providers.” This “legislation, passed 66-28 by the state…

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Young Children More Likely To Be Infected With Omicron Variant Than Delta Variant, Less Likely To Experience Severe Health Outcomes, Researchers Say

Healio (4/7, Weldon) reports, “Young children were more likely to be infected with the omicron variant than the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 but less likely to experience severe health outcomes, researchers reported.” Their findings published in JAMA Pedia…

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Prevalence Of Pediatric Alopecia Areata Appears To Have Nearly Doubled Across US In Last Decade, Researchers Say

HCPlive (4/6, Butera) reports research indicates that “the prevalence of alopecia areata in pediatric patients across the United States had nearly doubled in the last decade, with an incidence rate of 13.6 cases per 100,000 person-years.” The findings wer…

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Despite Overall Improvements, Racial Disparities Remain In Pediatric SLE Care, Research Suggests

Healio (4/6, Martin) reports, “Children with lupus of all racial and ethnic groups have experienced reduced” outcomes “of end-stage renal disease and dialysis, but the overall improvement has failed to close the outcome gap between Black and white patient…

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Link Appears To Exist Between Financial Insecurity, US Children Diagnosed With Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Posit

Dermatology Advisor (4/6, Garber) reports, “A link exists between financial insecurity and children living in the US diagnosed with atopic dermatitis,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from the 2011-2018 National Health Interview Survey…perta…

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AI-Based Predictive Tool May Be Able To Identify T1D In Children Earlier, Before They Are Diagnosed As Result Of Potentially Fatal DKA, Researchers Say

Medscape (4/6, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports, “An artificial intelligence (AI)-based predictive tool may be able to identify type 1 diabetes [T1D] in children earlier, before they are diagnosed as a result of potentially fatal diabetic keto…

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After A Concussion, Adolescent Patients May Experience Menstrual Cycle Changes, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (4/6, Martinez) reports, “Following a concussion, adolescent patients were found to experience changes in their menstrual cycle,” investigators concluded. Additionally, “menses phase at time of injury was…associated with postconcussion…

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Induced Deliveries, C-Sections For Preterm Births Decreased In 2020 Due To Pandemic Lockdown, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/6, Lei Wu) reports, “Induced deliveries and cesareans for preterm births decreased in 2020 as a result of the pandemic lockdown, a nationwide U.S. study found.” The results published in Pediatrics found that, “compared with birth trends f…

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Antimalarial Treatment With Dihydroartemisinin/Piperaquine Plus Dolutegravir-Based Antiretroviral Therapy Safe, Effective For Pregnant Women With HIV Infection, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/5, Nye) reports, “Results of an open-label, nonrandomized pharmacokinetic study found that antimalarial treatment with dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine…in combination with dolutegravir (DTG)-based antiretroviral therapy…was…

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Reproductive-Age Women In US Have Highest Rate Of Preventable Deaths Compared With Other High-Income Countries, Report Finds

MedPage Today (4/5, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Reproductive-age women in the U.S. had the highest rate of preventable deaths compared with 10 other high-income countries, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.” Also, “the overall maternal mortality…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Not Tied To Birth Defects, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/5, Munez) reports the COVID-19 vaccine “is not associated with birth defects detectable on an ultrasound” in early pregnancy, according to a study. The study results were published in JAMA Pediatrics. Diagnostic Imaging (4/5, Hall) reports th…

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Weight, Blood Pressure, Other Traditional CV Risk Factors In Early Childhood Link To Cardiac Events, Deaths In Older Age, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (4/5, Phend) reports, “Weight, blood pressure, and other traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors in early childhood do link to cardiac events and deaths in older age,” investigators concluded. In fact, “as interpolated from surrogate ma…

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Study Explores Effect Of Updated Treatment Guidance To Reduce Use Of Vancomycin In NICU For Late-Onset Sepsis

MedPage Today (4/5, Lei Wu) reports, “A change in treatment guidance to reduce the use of vancomycin in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for late-onset sepsis was safe, sustained, and resulted in similar mortality outcomes, a study of three Ohio NI…

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Study Highlights Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Clinic, ED Acute Care Use For Pediatric Asthma

Healio (4/5, Welsh) reports an observational study published in Annals of Family Medicine “highlights different patterns of clinic and ED acute care use for asthma among non-Hispanic Black and bilingual Latino children compared with non-Hispanic white chi…

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Many Americans Believe Tackle Football Is Not Appropriate For Kids, Survey Reveals

HealthDay (4/4, Norton) reports a study published in the journal Social Currents “reveals that Americans may love their football, but half now believe that kids should not play the tackle version of the game.” Investigators “found that of nearly 4,000 U.S…

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Cashew Oral Immunotherapy Desensitizes Most Children With Cashew Allergy As Well As Those With Co-Allergy To Pistachio, Study Indicates

Healio (4/4, Bennett) reports, “Cashew oral immunotherapy desensitized most children with cashew allergy as well as those with a co-allergy to pistachio and had a similar safety profile to other food-related oral immunotherapies, according to a study.” Th…

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Follow-Up Care After Asthma-Related ED Visits Among Children Appears Rare, Researchers Say

HealthDay (4/4, Preidt) reports “researchers analyzed claims data on more than 90,000 asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits by children ages 3 to 21 in California, Massachusetts and Vermont” and “found that only 23% actually received follow-up c…

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Correcting Low Blood Sugar In Infants Reduces Risk Of Brain Development Problems Later In Life, Studies Indicate

HealthDay (4/4, Preidt) reports that “correcting low blood sugar in infants reduces their risk of brain development problems later in life,” according to two studies, both published in JAMA. One study “found no difference in academic performance between c…

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Mental Health Crisis Now Playing Out At Schools Among US Children

According to the AP (4/4, Gecker), since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, “experts have warned of a mental health crisis facing American children.” That crisis is “now playing out at schools in the form of increased childhood depression, anxiety, panic…

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Fewer Children Prescribed Opioids For Surgical Pain Between 2014 And 2017, Research Suggests

HealthDay (4/4, Mann) reports research “shows that fewer Americans under the age of 18 were prescribed” opioids “to treat surgical pain between 2014 and 2017, and these numbers dropped even more rapidly beginning in late 2017.” The findings published in P…

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Two Lots Of Disney-Branded Hand Sanitizer Voluntarily Recalled After Benzene, Methanol Detected

CNN (4/2, Sottile) reported, “Two lots of Disney-branded hand sanitizer featuring Mickey Mouse and baby Yoda from The Mandalorian have been voluntarily recalled by Best Brands Consumer Products, according to a company statement shared by the Food and Drug…

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Adolescents With SUD May Be More Likely To Have Subsequent Prescription Medication Use, Symptoms Of SUD In Adulthood, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/1, Wu) reported, “Adolescents with substance use disorder (SUD) were more likely to have subsequent prescription” medication “use and symptoms of SUD in adulthood,” investigators concluded in an analysis of “Monitoring the Future study” d…

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HHS Extends Postpartum Coverage For 12 Months For Medicaid, CHIP

Bloomberg Law (4/1, Subscription Publication) reported, “As many as 720,000 pregnant and postpartum people could now be guaranteed Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for 12 months after pregnancy through the American Rescue Plan, ac…

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States Exploring Later School Start Times Amid Pandemic’s Impact On Youth’s Mental Health

ABC News (4/3, Deliso) reports, “New Jersey is one of several states exploring later school start times, as educators and health professionals grapple with concerns about the pandemic’s impact on youth’s mental health.” Additional “states that have introd…

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Racial Disparities In Childhood Exposure To Firearm Violence Grew During Pandemic, Study Indicates

TIME (4/1, Bates) reported a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine “shows that in the five years before the pandemic began, Black children, compared to white children, were already at a significantly higher level of risk of being…

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Blood Test May Identify Pregnant People With COVID-19 At Higher Risk For Stillbirth, Placentitis, Small Study Indicates

Healio (3/31, VanDewater) reports that “a blood test may identify” pregnant people “with COVID-19 who are at higher risk for stillbirth and placentitis, according to a small observational study.” For the study published in Placenta, “clinical samples were…

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US Education Secretary Talks With Parents About Impact Of COVID-19 On Children

The Los Angeles Times (3/31, Blume, Taketa) reports that on Wednesday, US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona “asked parents at Los Angeles High School of the Arts in Koreatown how the pandemic had affected their children – and also them – and what they…

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CDC Warning Of Accelerated Mental Health Crisis Among Adolescents

The Washington Post (3/31, Balingit) reports the CDC “is warning of an accelerating mental health crisis among adolescents, with more than four in 10 teens reporting that they feel ‘persistently sad or hopeless,’ and one in five saying they have contempla…

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Ecopipam May Reduce Tics By 30% In Children, Teens With Tourette Syndrome, Industry-Funded Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/31, Reinberg) reports, “Ecopipam, which failed as a weight loss medication, may reduce tics by 30% in kids and teens with Tourette” syndrome “without the unpleasant side effects of current treatments, researchers” posited in a study funded by…

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Fetal Exposure To Cannabis Tied To Poor Metabolic Health In Early Childhood, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/31, Monaco) reports “babies’ metabolic health appeared to suffer after being exposed to cannabis” in utero, according to a study “of 103 mother-child pairs from Colorado.” Compared to “babies who weren’t exposed to cannabinoids in utero,…

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States Scaling Back COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Efforts

The New York Times (3/30, A1, Bosman, Kasakove) reports that “as Americans shed masks and return to offices and restaurants, local and state officials are scaling back” efforts including free COVID-19 testing sites and vaccination campaigns, and some “hav…

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Napping Helps Preschoolers Improve Letter-Sound Mapping, Research Suggests

HealthDay (3/30, Munez) reports research “suggests that naps help preschoolers map letters to sounds, a key to reading success later on.” According to the research published in Child Development, children “who napped did better when asked to identify unfa…

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Newborns, Very Young Children Should Undergo Thyroid Monitoring In Weeks After Undergoing Certain Medical Imaging, FDA Recommends

MedPage Today (3/30, Monaco) reports, “Newborns and very young children should undergo thyroid monitoring in the weeks after undergoing certain medical imaging, the FDA announced” in an update to its 2015 warning. The FDA “is newly recommending that newbo…

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Pollen Exposure Tied To Increased Risk For Respiratory Symptoms During Infancy, Researchers Say

Healio (3/30, Gawel) reports, “Researchers have found an association between pollen exposure and increased risk for respiratory symptoms even during infancy, according to a study.” Furthermore, the findings published in the European Journal of Allergy and…

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HHS Awards $256.6M To Support 76 Grantees For Title X Family Planning Services

Bloomberg Law (3/30, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “awarded $256.6 million to support 76 grantees in delivering equitable and affordable family planning services, the department said Wednesday.” These “grants will restore nationwide access to Titl…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Conferred Diminished Protection Against Hospitalization Among Children 12 And Older During Latest Omicron Surge, Study Finds

The New York Times (3/30, Mandavilli) reports that researchers found that “Covid vaccines conferred diminished protection against hospitalization among children 12 and older during the latest Omicron surge.” The data indicated that “vaccine effectiveness…

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FDA Approves First Long-Acting HIV Treatment Regimen For Adolescents

Healio (3/29, Gallagher) reports that on Tuesday, the FDA “approved the first long-acting HIV treatment regimen for adolescents.” The regimen “Cabenuva, which includes shots of cabotegravir (ViiV Healthcare) and rilpivirine (Janssen Pharmaceuticals),” has…

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Twins Conceived Through ART Or Fertility-Enhancing Drugs More Likely To Have Adverse Neonatal Outcomes Compared With Those Who Were Conceived Spontaneously, Researchers Say

Healio (3/29, VanDewater) reports, “Twins conceived through assisted reproductive technology [ART] or fertility-enhancing drugs were more likely to have adverse neonatal outcomes compared with those who were conceived spontaneously,” researchers concluded…

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Children Prenatally Exposed To Opioids Alone May Have Increased Risk Of AD/HD, Study Indicates

MD Edge ObGyn (3/29, Haelle) reports, “Children prenatally exposed to opioids alone have an increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), “but interactions between opioids and both cannabis use and alcohol use were linked to varying…

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Baseline Assessments In Chronic Kidney Disease In Children Study May Not Be Acceptable For Describing Psychiatric Disorders Among Children With CKD, Study Indicates

Healio (3/29, Keenan) reports investigators “used baseline data from the Chronic Kidney Disease [CKD] in Children cohort study to compare psychiatric disorders in children with CKD and children in the general population and yielded results inconsistent wi…

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SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Uncommon In Children, Not Tied To More Severe Disease, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (3/29, Lei Wu) reports that “fewer than 0.5% of children” had SARS-CoV-2 reinfection after a primary infection, “and reinfection was not associated with more severe disease, British researchers found.” According to the study findings publish…

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H. Pylori Infection Still Highly Prevalent Among Children And Adolescents Worldwide, Systematic Review Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/28, Stong) reports, “While Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection rates have decreased steadily during the past 30 years, they remain high worldwide in children and adolescents aged 18 years and younger, especially those in…

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Pediatricians, Parents Report Increases In Precocious Puberty Cases During Pandemic

In an article co-published with The Fuller Project, The Washington Post (3/28, Changoiwala) reports pediatricians and parents across the world “have reported increases in precocious puberty cases” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Precocious puberty “is relat…

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Survey Study Identifies Two Periods Of Adolescence When Heavy Social Media Use May Spur Lower Ratings Of “Life Satisfaction”

The New York Times (3/28, Hughes) reports, “Analyzing survey responses of more than 84,000 people of all ages in Britain,” investigators have “identified two distinct periods of adolescence when heavy use of social media spurred lower ratings of ‘life sat…

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Intranasal Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Just As Safe As Intramuscular Inactivated Vaccine For Children With Asthma, Trial Suggests

MedPage Today (3/28, Lei Wu) reports, “The intranasal live attenuated flu vaccine is just as safe for children with asthma as the intramuscular inactivated vaccine, a small clinical trial suggested.” The findings published in Pediatrics revealed that “wit…

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Men Taking Metformin Vs Insulin More Likely To Have Offspring With Birth Defects, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (3/28, Monaco) reports men taking metformin compared to those taking insulin “were more likely to have offspring with birth defects, a Danish study found.” Also, “the researchers found that only genital birth defects – all of which occurred…

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Nearly One-Third Of US Adults Say Pandemic Has Had “Very Negative Effect” On Mental Health Of Children, Poll Finds

The Hill (3/28, Barnes) reports, “Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults in a YouGov poll released Monday said the pandemic had a ‘very negative effect’ on children’s mental health, while another 39 percent said the pandemic’s mental toll on kids was ‘somewhat…

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Prediabetes Prevalence More Than Doubled Among US Youth From 1999 To 2018, Data Indicate

CNN (3/28, Holcombe) reports rates of prediabetes among US “children have more than doubled in about 20 years, according to” data from the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2018.” T…

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Nearly 3 In 4 Counties Across America Suffered More Deaths Than Births Between Middle Of 2020 And Middle Of 2021, Data Indicate

The Hill (3/25, Wilson) reported, “Nearly 3 in 4 counties across America suffered more deaths than births between the middle of 2020 and the middle of 2021, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.” The data indicated that “more people died than…

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Flu Cases Rising Across Much Of US, CDC Says

NBC News (3/25, Edwards) reported, “Flu cases are rising across much of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, though overall flu levels remain low.” Overall, “an estimated 3.1 million flu cases have been reported,” a…

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Researchers Identify Key Allergens Most Commonly Observed In Children, Teens With Allergy Contact Dermatitis

HCPlive (3/27, Kunzmann) reported, “Common fragrances, metals and” preservatives “have driven the rate of pediatric allergy contact dermatitis in recent years,” researchers concluded in a 487-patient study that “identified the key allergens most commonly…

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Study Explores Features Of GBS Infections During Pregnancy, Risks For Obstetric, Neonatal Complications

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/25, Nye) reported, “Among women with group B streptococcal (GBS) infections who were pregnant, most had intra-amniotic infections and increased rates of obstetric and neonatal complications,” according to a study. The results…

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MRI Scans Reveal Link Between Atypical Brain Growth Pattern During Infancy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Study Suggests

HealthImaging (3/26, Murphy) reported that after examining MRI “brain scans from more than 400 infants…researchers found that children who were eventually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder…had something in common: overgrowth of the amygdala.” Th…

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Rates Of Bullying Decreased Among Children With Food Allergy During Pandemic Lockdown, Survey Study Suggests

Healio (3/25, Gawel) reported the “rates of bullying decreased for children with food allergy” during “the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, according to a” survey study. The results were published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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Growing Use Of Melatonin Supplements For Sleep Aid In Children Sparks Debate

Kaiser Health News (3/24, Gold) reports, “In recent years, melatonin supplements have become an increasingly common child sleep aid that in the U.S. requires no prescription and is only lightly regulated by the FDA.” While melatonin use has generated conc…

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Study Explores Associations, Predictors Of Peanut Allergy, Ties With Asthma Severity

Pulmonology Advisor (3/24, Jacobs) reports a study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy “sought to establish associations and predictors of” peanut allergy, “as well as the relationship between peanut allergy and severity of asthma.” Investigators…

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Study Reveals Factors Preventing Access To, Utilization Of ERP Therapy For Youths

Healio (3/24, Herpen) reports, “Multiple socioeconomic and clinician-based factors prevent access to and utilization of exposure and response prevention [ERP] therapy for youths,” researchers concluded in a study that “surveyed 49 clinicians…by asking a…

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Pediatric Patients On Hemodialysis May Benefit From L-Carnitine Supplementation, Research Suggests

Healio (3/24, Keenan) reports, “Pediatric patients on hemodialysis may benefit from L-carnitine supplementation due to the potential benefits it may have on inflammation and cardiovascular events,” researchers concluded in a “randomized double-blind place…

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Children, Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity May Demonstrate Hyperglucagonemia Correlating To Worsened Cardiometabolic Risk Outcomes, Except For Hyperglycemia, Data Suggest

Endocrinology Advisor (3/24, Kremyanskaya) reports, “Children and adolescents” with overweight or obesity may “demonstrate hyperglucagonemia, which” appears to correlate “with worse cardiometabolic risk factors except hyperglycemia,” investigators conclud…

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Moderna Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Safe In Children Aged 6 Months To 5 Years

The Washington Post (3/23, Johnson) reports Moderna “announced Wednesday its two-dose pediatric coronavirus vaccine was safe in young children, toddlers and babies in a study,” but the vaccine’s effectiveness “in children 6 months to 5 years old was more…

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Five-Day Antibiotic Approach Outperforms 10-Day Regimen In Children With Nonsevere Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Trial Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (3/23, Saleh) reports that “a 5-day antibiotic approach outperformed a 10-day regimen in children with nonsevere community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), according to the results of a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” The r…

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Mental Health Crisis Among US Children Existed Before COVID-19 Pandemic, Surgeon General Points Out

The New York Times (3/23, Tingley) reports on the children’s mental-health crisis in the US. According to the Times, “it would be easy to blame the pandemic for changes in mental health that have been observed since March 2020,” but last year, “when the s…

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Hydrocortisone Given 2 To 4 Weeks After Birth Does Not Reduce Incidence Of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia In Preterm Infants, Trial Suggests

MedPage Today (3/23, Lei Wu) reports, “Hydrocortisone given 2 to 4 weeks after birth did not significantly reduce incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia…in preterm infants, a multicenter randomized controlled trial showed.” But, “by 36 weeks, there wer…

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Infants Of Pregnant Women With Obesity May Have Higher Risk Of Perinatal Death, Researchers Say

MD Edge ObGyn (3/23, Splete) reports, “The infants of…pregnant women” with obesity “had a 55% higher adjusted perinatal death rate, compared with those of normal-weight pregnant women, but lower gestational age had a mediating effect,” researchers concl…

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Effort Launched To Vaccinate More Than 9M Children Against Polio In Africa

The AP (3/22) reports, “A drive to vaccinate more than 9 million children against polio has been launched this week in four countries in southern and eastern Africa after an outbreak was confirmed in Malawi.” The vaccination campaign has already begun in…

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Nearly Half Of Pediatric Clinical Trials Do Not Report, Publish Results, Analysis Indicates

Healio (3/22, Weldon) reports that “nearly half of pediatric clinical trials initiated over a more than 12-year period did not report or publish their results, according to a” cross-sectional analysis “of 13,259 clinical trials that enrolled participants…

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Pfizer To Supply UNICEF With Up To 4M Courses Of COVID-19 Treatment

The Wall Street Journal (3/22, Walker, Subscription Publication) reports Pfizer has reached a deal with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to supply up to four million courses of its COVID-19 drug (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) Paxlovid, which will ser…

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Electronic Cigarette Use Is Driving Increase In Proportion Of Young People Who Try But Fail To Quit Using Nicotine, Research Indicates

US News & World Report (3/22, Johnson) reports, “Electronic cigarette use is driving a rise in the proportion of young people who try but fail to quit using nicotine, a new study indicates.” Investigators found that “the percentage of adolescents who repo…

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SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies From Natural Infection Linger For Up To Seven Months In Most Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports SARS-CoV-2 antibodies from a natural infection “linger in most children for up to seven months, even if they had no symptoms,” according to a study in which “researchers analyzed data from 218 children in Texas, ages 5 to…

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Neonatal Hypoglycemia Exposure Not Tied To Lower Educational Achievement In Mid-Childhood, Study Suggests

HCPlive (3/22, Iapoce) reports findings from a longitudinal “cohort study of infants born at risk of hypoglycemia suggested that exposure to neonatal hypoglycemia compared to no exposure was not significantly associated with lower educational achievement…

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Pandemic Relief Waivers For School Lunch Programs Set To Expire In June

NPR (3/21, Aubrey) reports that under “pandemic relief legislation, the federal Food and Nutrition services agency waived the requirement that schools serve meals in a group setting, increased school-year reimbursement rates to summer levels for school fo…

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Study Identifies Underlying Comorbidities As Risk Factor For Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Failure In Children With Recurrent C Difficile Infection

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/21, Pond) reports, “Study data published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition identified underlying comorbidities as a significant risk factor for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) failure in children…

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Maternal Vaccination In Women With HIV May Aid In Transfer Of Antigen-Specific Transplacental Antibodies That Confer Protection Against Early-Life Infections Among HIV-Exposed Uninfected Children, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/21, Storms) reports, “Maternal vaccination in women with HIV infection may aid in the transfer of antigen-specific transplacental antibodies that confer protection against early-life infections among HIV-exposed uninfected……

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Epidemiologic Surveys, Patient Forms For Adolescents Should Include Broader Options For Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Researchers Say

Healio (3/21, Weldon) reports research indicates that “epidemiologic surveys and patient forms for adolescents should include broader options for sexual orientation and gender identity.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion “based on data collected du…

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More Than A Quarter Of US Parents Said Their Child Has Seen A Mental Health Specialist Over The Course Of The COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Reveals

The Hill (3/21, Barnes) reports, “More than a quarter of U.S. parents said their child has seen a mental health specialist over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 60 percent of visits taking place in the past year,” researchers concluded. The artic…

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CDC Data Correction Results In Fewer COVID-19 Deaths Among Children

Reuters (3/18, Roy) reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “reported 966,575 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday after it corrected the data earlier this week, which reduced the death tallies in all age-groups, including children.” CDC “said i…

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Effort Launches To Immunize Children Against Polio Following Malawi Outbreak

Reuters (3/18, Rigby) reported, “The world is at a ‘dangerous moment’ in the fight against diseases like polio, a senior World Health Organization official said, as efforts begin to immunize 23 million children across five African countries after an outbr…

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Survey Study Examines Satisfaction, Understanding Among Parents Of Children Who Are Undergoing Genomic Testing For chILD

Pulmonology Advisor (3/18, Jacobs) reported, “Parents of children who are undergoing genomic testing for child interstitial or diffuse lung disease (chILD) need more information regarding confidentiality and privacy of their data, as well as updates throu…

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Duration Of Atopic Dermatitis May Predispose Pediatric Patients To Develop Additional Atopic Illnesses, With Risk Generally Higher Among White Children, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (3/18, Nye) reported, “The duration of atopic dermatitis…predisposes pediatric patients to develop additional atopic illnesses and that risk was generally higher among white children,” investigators concluded in the “cross-sectional”…

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In Utero BPA Exposure May Increase Risk Of Asthma Among School-Age Girls, Study Suggests

CNN (3/18, LaMotte) reported, “Exposure in the womb to bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, may increase the risk of asthma among school-age girls, according to a new study of over 3,000 pairs of mothers and children from six European countries.” Investiga…

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Growing Body Of Research Suggests Trauma Experienced In Infancy May Lead To Lifelong Health Consequences

The Washington Post (3/20, Reilly) reports that “a growing body of research suggests” that infants are not “too young to experience and remember painful emotions or traumatic events,” and “researchers believe that if left untreated, trauma experienced in…

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Omicron Variant May Cause Croup In Young Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/18, Preidt) reported “the Omicron COVID-19 variant can cause croup in young children, including severe cases that require hospitalization and intensive care,” according to a study in which researchers “described the cases of 75 children who w…

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Rates Of Postpartum Depression Among US Mothers Rose Nearly Three-Fold During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/17, Preidt) reports, “Rates of postpartum depression among American mothers rose nearly three-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 670 new moms who completed online screening between February and…

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Biden Administration Taps Medical Professionals In New Advertising Push Urging Parents To Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19

CBS News (3/17, Tin) reports, “The heads of some of America’s largest professional health care associations are urging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, as part of a new advertising push by the Biden administration to persuade mil…

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MicroRNA May Have Utility As Screening Biomarker For Stratification Of Children At Increased Genetic Risk For T1D, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (3/17, Stong) reports, “MicroRNA (miRNA) may have utility as a screening biomarker for the stratification of children at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researchers concluded after analyzing “whether changes in miR…

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Cesarean Delivery Of Breeched Fetus Tied To Long-Term Increased Risk For Hospitalization During Childhood Due To IBD, Total Gastrointestinal Morbidity, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/17, Nye) reports, “Cesarean delivery of a breeched fetus was associated with long-term increased risk for hospitalization during childhood due to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and total gastrointestinal…morbidity,” accordi…

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Report Examines Global Progress Toward Elimination Of Maternal And Neonatal Tetanus

Healio (3/17, Weldon) reports, “Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination has been achieved by 80% of the 59 countries identified in 1999 as being still at risk for the infection,” a report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reve…

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Raising Cigarette Taxes May Be Tied To Reduced Neonatal, Infant Death Rates, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/17, Preidt) reports a study published in PLOS Global Public Health suggests that raising cigarette taxes may “help lower newborn and infant death rates.” Investigators “examined the link between tobacco taxes and newborn/infant death rates by…

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Lawmakers Demanding Meta Do More To Block Sale Of Recalled Children’s Products

USA Today (3/16, Nadolny) reports, “Despite repeated warnings that Facebook Marketplace allows the sale of recalled products that have killed children, the platform’s parent company, Meta, has still failed to prevent such items from being available on its…

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US Infants, Children Aged 0 To 4 Years Hospitalized At Higher Rate During Omicron Surge Than Delta Surge, Research Suggests

HealthDay (3/16) reports, “U.S. infants and children aged 0 to 4 years were hospitalized at a much higher rate during omicron variant predominance than during delta variant predominance, according to research published in the…Centers for Disease Control…

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Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Appears 38% Effective In Young Children, Study Indicates

Bloomberg (3/16, Hong) reports, “Young children who received two doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. vaccine gained ‘modest’ defenses against omicron infections and higher protection against developing severe cases of Covid-19, a study in Chile showed.”…

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Brentuximab Vedotin In Combination With Bendamustine Appears To Be Safe, Efficacious In Pediatric Patients With Relapsed Or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma, Study Finds

Hematology Advisor (3/16, Dembeck) reports that research finds that “brentuximab vedotin…in combination with bendamustine appears to be safe and efficacious in pediatric patients with relapsed or refractory…Hodgkin lymphoma.” The findings were publish…

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Molecular Profiling Is Feasible For Cancer Recurrence Among Pediatric Patients, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/16) reports, “Molecular profiling is feasible for cancer recurrence among pediatric patients, according to a study.” Investigators “conducted a prospective precision medicine trial aiming to define tumor molecular profiles in 787 pediatric pa…

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Mother-To-Infant Transmission Of COVID-19 Rare, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Indicate

MedPage Today (3/16, D’Ambrosio) reports, “New mothers with COVID-19 had a low chance of passing the infection on to their baby, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.” According to researchers, “in 472 studies that included over 14,000 babie…

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Severe Food Insecurity May Be Tied To Metabolic Syndrome, Unfavorable Cardiometabolic Markers In Hispanic/Latino Youth, Research Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (3/16, Rans) reports, “Severe food insecurity was associated with metabolic syndrome and unfavorable cardiometabolic markers in Hispanic/Latino youth,” investigators concluded in a 1,325-participant, cross-sectional study that…

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FDA Approves First Generic Version Of Popular Asthma, COPD Inhaler

MedPage Today (3/15, Ingram) reports, “The first generic version of Symbicort – a metered-dose inhaler that combines the corticosteroid budesonide with the long-acting bronchodilator formoterol – has been approved for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmon…

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Penicillin Allergy Labeling In Children May Be Common Across Variety Of Clinical Practices, Study Indicates

HCPlive (3/15, Butera) reports researchers have “determined that penicillin allergy labeling…in children was common across a variety of clinical practices, with roughly half of all participants in the study being labeled after receiving one or no penici…

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Study Defines Age, Gender, And Population Ancestry References For Trabecular Bone Score Ranges For Children

Endocrinology Advisor (3/15, Nye) reports researchers have “defined age, gender, and population ancestry (African vs non-African) references for trabecular bone score ranges for children,” sourcing their data “from the Bone Mineral Density in Childhood St…

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Study Reveals 4.5-Fold Increase In Suicidal Ingestion Cases Among Children Between The Ages Of 10 And 12 Since 2000

HealthDay (3/15, Munez) reports, “In the past two decades, a growing number of preteens have taken medicines or other chemicals as a way to end their lives,” investigators concluded after examining data “collected in the National Poison Data System for ch…

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Ozone Air Pollution May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Depression In Adolescents, Researchers Posit

HealthDay (3/15, Preidt) reports, “Even ‘safe’ levels of ozone air pollution may increase adolescents’ risk of depression,” investigators concluded after analyzing “four years of mental health data from 213 adolescents, ages 9-13, in the San Francisco Bay…

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USPSTF Deems Existing Evidence Insufficient For Screening For Eating Disorders In Asymptomatic Adolescents And Adults

According to MedPage Today (3/15, Monaco), the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “deemed existing evidence insufficient (grade ‘I’) to make a recommendation in favor or against screening for eating disorders in” asymptomatic adolescents and adult…

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Australia Approves Drug Combination For Malaria Treatment In Children Aged 2 To 16

The New York Times (3/14, Mandavilli) reports that “Australian regulators have approved a simple drug combination as an effective cure for a form of malaria in children ages 2 to 16.” This “drug is a single dose of tafenoquine (brand name Kozenis), admini…

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Moderna Plans To Send Data On COVID-19 Vaccine For Young Children This Week

The New York Times (3/14, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports that nearly “18 million children under the age of 5 are the only Americans not yet eligible for vaccination” against COVID-19, and “Moderna is going head-to-head with Pfizer-BioNTech for the opportuni…

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New Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Guidelines Emphasize Earlier DMARD Use

Medscape (3/14, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reports, “Treatment of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) should emphasize early use of conventional synthetic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), compared with the previ…

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COVID-19 Severity, Risk Between Children, Adolescents, And Young Adults May Be Tied To Age-Related Changes In Nasopharyngeal Microbiome, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/14, Storms) reports “differences in the severity and risk for COVID-19 infection observed between children, adolescents, and young adults may be associated with age-related changes of the nasopharyngeal microbiome, according…

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Researchers Examine Overdose Deaths Among Teens, Young Adults Prescribed Benzodiazepines, Stimulants For AD/HD

HealthDay (3/14, Reinberg) reports, “Taken correctly, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder…can help teens and young adults navigate their condition, but a new study finds many are dying from overdosing on these medic…

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Investigational RSV Vaccine In Pregnancy Linked To Fewer Antimicrobial Prescriptions For Babies, Study Finds

MedPage Today (3/14) reports, “Infants whose mothers received an investigational respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine in pregnancy had fewer antimicrobial prescriptions during their first 3 months of life, a post hoc secondary analysis of a randomize…

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State Of US Children’s Mental Health Continuing To Worsen, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/14, Mozes) reports, “A fresh review of recent government surveys suggests the well-being of 73 million American kids is under strain and seems to be getting worse.” Researchers “looked at recent results from the U.S. National Survey of Childr…

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Researchers Report Third US Case Of Congenital Varicella Syndrome Since 1995

MedPage Today (3/11, Walker) reported, “An Illinois mother with no history of varicella vaccination or documented disease delivered a premature infant with congenital varicella infection – reportedly only the third U.S. case of congenital varicella syndro…

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Quarantines Imposed During COVID-19 Pandemic Appear To Be Risk Factor For Progression, Incidence Of Myopia In School-Age Children In China, Research Suggests

Healio (3/11, Holden) reported, “Quarantines imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic were a risk factor for the progression and incidence of myopia in school-age children in China,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 1,001,749 students, aged 7…

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Infusion Set Changes Tied To Prolonged Hyperglycemia May Occur On Average About Four Times A Year, With Frequency Higher In Youth Than Adults, Study Indicates

Medwire News (3/11, Cowen) reported, “Insulin pump infusion set failures that result in prolonged hyperglycemia occur an average of four times per year per user and are more common in children and adolescents than adults,” investigators concluded in a stu…

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Young Children With Atopic Dermatitis May Demonstrate Significant Disease Burden Impacting Their QoL, Study Indicates

Healio (3/11, Gawel) reported, “Young children with atopic dermatitis demonstrated a significant disease burden impacting their quality of life [QoL],” researchers concluded in a study that recruited “732 children…aged 12 years and younger at baseline b…

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Autism Diagnosis Tool For Toddlers Proves Highly Accurate In Study

MedPage Today (3/11, Lei Wu) reported, “An autism diagnosis tool for toddlers proved highly accurate, creating the potential for autism to be diagnosed at a younger age, results from a community-based study suggest.” According to investigators, “the Socia…

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This Season’s Flu Vaccine Has Not Been Effective Against Influenza A(H3N2), Interim Estimates Indicate

Healio (3/10, Downey, Gallagher) reports “interim estimates published Thursday in” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “indicate that this season’s influenza vaccine has not been effective.” Based on the data “from more than 3,600 children and…

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Longer-Term Treatment Of Adolescents, Adults With Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis With Upadacitinib May Be Tied To Favorable Benefit-Risk Profile, Research Suggests

HCPlive (3/10, Butera) reports research indicates that “longer-term treatment of adolescents and adults with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis with upadacitinib was associated with a favorable benefit-risk profile, with sustained efficacy responses thr…

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Maternal Obesity And Diabetes May Increase Risk Of Cancer In Offspring, Research Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (3/10, Goodman) reports, “Maternal obesity and diabetes may increase the risk of cancer in offspring, according to research.” The meta-analysis of 34 studies “showed a significant positive association between maternal body mass inde…

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Strabismus May Be Moderately Associated With Certain Mental Health Disorders In Children, Data Suggest

MedPage Today (3/10, Grant) reports, “Strabismus was moderately linked with certain mental health disorders in children,” investigators concluded after conducting “an analysis of medical claims data from a commercial healthcare payer system from 2007 to 2…

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Children With SpA And PolyA May Demonstrate Greater Internalized Disturbances, Worse Psychological Functioning In Schools, Social Arenas, Study Indicates

Healio (3/10, DeFino) reports, “Children with spondyloarthritis [SpA] and polyarticular arthritis [PolyA] demonstrate greater internalized disturbances and worse psychological functioning in school and social arenas,” researchers concluded in a study coho…

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About 2.5M US Middle, High School Students Report Use Of Tobacco Products In 2021, Survey Reveals

The Hill (3/10, Weixel) reports that in 2021, “about 2.55 million combined U.S. middle and high school students” reported current use of tobacco products, “according to the government’s National Youth Tobacco Survey.” The findings published in the CDC’s M…

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Vast Majority Of Teachers Have Stayed In Profession Throughout Pandemic, Analysis Indicates

The AP (3/9, Barnum) reports that while many teachers “say they’ve considered quitting,” the vast majority “have stayed in the profession throughout the pandemic, according to a Chalkbeat analysis of the latest data from a number of states and large schoo…

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Pfizer Begins Trial For COVID-19 Drug In Children Aged 6 To 17

The Wall Street Journal (3/9, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports Pfizer has begun testing its five-day COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid in children at high risk of severe disease, enrolling the first child on Monday. According to one official, the comp…

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Study Reveals Treatment For TB May Be Shortened For Children With Mild TB

Medscape (3/9, Jaklevic, Subscription Publication) reports, “The World Health Organization [WHO] is expected” on March 24 “to recommend truncating treatment of children with mild tuberculosis [TB] by two months – from six months to four.” This comes “afte…

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Use Of “Baby-Friendly Steps” During Birth Hospitalization May Make It Possible For Many Low-Income Women To Breastfeed Exclusively For One Month, Researchers Say

MD Edge ObGyn (3/9, Jenkins) reports, “A first-ever study of the effect of evidence-based maternity care practices on prenatal breastfeeding intentions in women from low-income U.S. households shows that the use of ‘baby-friendly steps’ during birth hospi…

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HHS Announces Allocation Of Nearly $35M In Funding Opportunities For Community Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention Programs For Children And Young Adults

Bloomberg Law (3/9, Subscription Publication) reports, “The Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] has allocated nearly $35 million in funding opportunities for community mental health services and suicide prevention programs for children and young…

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COVID-19-Related Disruptions May Have Delayed Immunizations For Children Born During Pandemic

The Hill (3/9, Hou) reports, “While parents await the outcome of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for kids under 5-years-old, others may be struggling to catch up with standard vaccinations for their young children.” Particularly “for children born…

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Florida Recommends Against COVID-19 Vaccines For Healthy Children

The New York Times (3/7, Mazzei) reports, “Contradicting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida will soon recommend that healthy children not get vaccinated against Covid-19, the state’s surgeon general, Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo…

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New COVID-19 Cases Among Children Continue To Decline, Report Finds

Medscape (3/8, Franki, Subscription Publication) reports, “New cases of COVID-19 in children continued their descent toward normalcy, falling below 100,000 in a week for the first time since early August 2021, according to the American Academy of Pediatri…

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Higher BMI In Childhood May Be Tied To Greater Risk For Premenstrual Disorders By Young Adulthood, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/8, Monaco) reports, “A higher body mass index (BMI) in childhood could mean worse premenstrual syndrome (PMS) for girls later on, a new prospective cohort study indicated.” In the “study of 6,524 girls, each additional unit of BMI z-score…

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Physiologically Focused CPR Training Intervention In PICUs Failed To Significantly Improve Survival Outcomes, Results Show

MedPage Today (3/8, Wu) reports, “An intervention involving physiologically focused CPR training in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) failed to significantly improve survival outcomes,” findings from a randomized trial show. The results were publishe…

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Growing Evidence Suggests Young Children Are Falling Behind In Reading

The New York Times (3/8, Goldstein) reports, “As the pandemic enters its third year, a cluster of new studies now show that about a third of children in the youngest grades are missing reading benchmarks, up significantly from before the pandemic.” Younge…

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Infant Who Received Combination Heart Transplant, Allogenic Processed Thymus Tissue Implant Gaining Immune Function, Researchers Say

Healio (3/8, Schaffer) reports, “An infant believed to be the first to receive a combination heart transplant and allogeneic processed thymus tissue implant is gaining immune function 6 months after the procedures, potentially reducing the need for antire…

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School Districts With Mask Requirements Have Lower COVID-19 Incidence Compared To Districts With Mask Optional Policies, CDC Study Finds

The Washington Post (3/8, Meckler) reports, “School districts that required masks this fall saw significantly fewer coronavirus cases than those where masks were optional, according to a large study of Arkansas schools by the Centers for Disease Control a…

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More Than 170M US-Born Adults In 2015 Were Exposed To Harmful Levels Of Lead As Children, Investigators Say

The AP (3/7, Costley) reports researchers have estimated that “over 170 million U.S.-born people who were adults in 2015 were exposed to harmful levels of lead as children.” They did so in a study that “used blood-lead level, census and leaded gasoline co…

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Medical-Legal Partnership Reduces Hospitalizations Among Children By About 38%, Study Finds

Modern Healthcare (3/7, Hartnett, Subscription Publication) reports that “a medical-legal partnership…reduced hospitalizations among children by providing housing support and financial aid,” according to a study published in Health Affairs. Investigator…

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Compared With Orthopedic Injury, Concussion In Children May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Mental Health Problems, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/7, Wu) reports, “Concussion in kids was associated with an increased risk of mental health problems compared with orthopedic injury,” investigators concluded. The “10-year retrospective cohort study from Canada” revealed that “among over…

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Researchers Estimate Risk Of Child Mortality Attributable To Sickle Cell Anemia In Sub-Saharan Africa

HCPlive (3/7, Grossi) reports that according to a study, “300,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease each year in sub-Saharan Africa, and that number is expected to increase to 400,000 by 2050.” For the study published in The Lancet Haematology, res…

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Neighborhood Socioeconomic Depression Tied To Missed Clinic Visits For Children With Medical Complexity, Researchers Say

Healio (3/7, Weldon) reports researchers have “found a significant association between neighborhood socioeconomic depression and missed clinic visits for children with medical complexity, according to a study published in Pediatrics.” The investigators “c…

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Birthing Practices Continue To Be Impacted By COVID-19 Amid Easing Protocols

ABC News (3/5, Deliso) reported, “As many states relax COVID-19 protocols, birthing practices continue to be impacted by the virus nearly two years after the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic.” Despite new research, “COVID-19 continu…

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FDA Declines To Issue EUA For Ocugen’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Pediatric Use

Reuters (3/4, Leo) reported that on Friday, Ocugen “said…U.S. regulators have declined to issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by its Indian partner Bharat Biotech, for use in individuals aged 2 to 18 ye…

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Researchers See Hereditary Predisposition In One-Third Of Pediatric Patients With Wilms’ Tumor

Healio (3/4, Keenan) reported, “Among 126 children diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor, 42 showed hereditary factors, according to” study data. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Image-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation Effective For Most Children With Benign Thyroid Nodules, Data Indicate

Healio (3/4, Monostra) reported, “Most children who undergo image-guided radiofrequency ablation for treatment of benign nonfunctional thyroid nodules have at least a 50% reduction in nodule volume 4 years after treatment,” according to researchers who “r…

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More Children Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes, Experienced Diabetic Ketoacidosis At Presentation In First Year Of Pandemic Than Previous Five Years, Study Shows

Healio (3/4, Holden) reported, “More children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and experienced diabetic ketoacidosis at presentation, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic than in the previous 5 years,” researchers concluded in “a retrospective r…

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Hospital Consortium Nonprofit Will Manufacture, Sell Generic Insulin To Lower Cost

The Washington Post (3/3, Rowland) reports, “A consortium of large U.S. hospitals, which four years ago pioneered a system to alleviate chronic shortages of inpatient drugs by producing its own, is seeking to further disrupt the pharmaceutical system with…

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Elevated Fasting Plasma Glucose May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Large For Gestational Age Infants, Research Suggests

Healio (3/2, Monostra) reports, “Elevated fasting plasma glucose, but not post-load glucose, is associated with increased risk for large for gestational age infants,” investigators concluded in a study that “collected data from 84,534 pregnant women (mean…

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Children With Cystic Fibrosis With Homozygous F508del Genotype In US Had Better Lung Function At Age 6 That Was Sustained Throughout Childhood And Adolescence Than Children In UK, Study Finds

Healio (3/3, Welsh) reports, “Children with cystic fibrosis with the homozygous F508del genotype in the U.S. had better lung function at age 6 years that was sustained throughout childhood and adolescence than children in the U.K., according to” study dat…

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One Shot Of Nirsevimab May Protect All Infants Against RSV For Entire Season, Studies Indicate

HealthDay (3/3, Mann) reports, “One shot of a monoclonal antibody called nirsevimab could protect all infants against” respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “for the entire season, according to a pair of studies published…in the New England Journal of Medic…

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Prophylactic Nirsevimab Injection Appears Effective In Reducing RSV Infections In Healthy Infants, Late-Stage Results Show

MedPage Today (3/2, Hamza) reports, “Healthy infants who received a single prophylactic nirsevimab injection leading up to the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season were protected from RSV-related lower respiratory tract infections needing medical care…

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Cancer Risk Accompanying IBD Seems To Apply Even When Symptoms Begin In Childhood Or Adolescence, Meta-Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (3/2, Gever) reports, “The well-known cancer risk accompanying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) applies even when symptoms begin in childhood or adolescence,” investigators concluded in a five-study meta-analysis encompassing nearly 20,000 p…

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Antibiotic Use Within First Week Of Life May Result In Risk Of Developing Abdominal Pain Four To Six Years Later, Study Suggests

HCPlive (3/2, Walter) reports research indicates that “antibiotic use within the first week of life does result in a risk of developing abdominal pain four to six years later.” Included in the “prospective, observational cohort” were “436 term-born infant…

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Incidence, Prevalence Of Pediatric IBD Increasing Globally, Systematic Review Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/2, Schad) reports, “The incidence and prevalence of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is increasing globally,” investigators concluded in a 131-study systematic review and meta-analysis. The findings were published onl…

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RSV A Greater Threat To Infant Mortality Than Influenza, Data Suggest

HCPlive (3/2, Walter) reports, “Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) poses a greater threat to mortality of infants than influenza, according to” researchers who “examined data from 50.3 million US death certificates between 1999-2018” and found 96 RSV-relat…

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More Than 140M Americans Have Had Coronavirus, CDC Estimates

The Washington Post (2/28, Keating) reported, “More than 140 million Americans have had the coronavirus, according to estimates from blood tests that reveal antibodies from infection – about double the rate regularly cited by national case counts.” The st…

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Recall Of Baby Formula Shines Light On Rare, Dangerous Cronobacter Sakazakii Bacterium

NBC News (3/2) reports, “A recall of powdered baby formula from Abbott Laboratories is highlighting the danger of Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacterium that causes that causes rare but serious infections in infants.” The FDA last month “announced it was inve…

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Children Who Received Mechanical Ventilation At PICU Show Worse Cognitive Outcomes Compared To Siblings, Study Finds

MedPage Today (3/1, Wu) reports, “Children who received mechanical ventilation at a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) had slightly worse cognitive outcomes in the long run compared with their siblings,” findings from a prospective cohort study show. Th…

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Report Says Infant Formula Marketing Is Aggressive, Misleading

NPR (3/1, Kritz) says a new UNICEF and World Health Organization report “documents what it calls ‘aggressive’ and ‘misleading’ marketing of infant formula.” In the report, “WHO notes that global breastfeeding rates have increased very little in the past t…

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Adding RH Insulin To Human Milk And Formula Helped Preterm Infants Reach Full Enteral Feeding Faster, Study Finds

MedPage Today (3/1, Monaco) reports, “Adding recombinant human (rh) insulin to human milk and formula helped preterm infants reach full enteral feeding faster,” researchers concluded in a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. MedPage Today says, “The median…

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COVID-19 Exacerbating Number Of Americans Who Are Afraid Of The Dark

USA Today (3/1, Austin) reports on ways to fix “fears and phobias” exacerbated by COVID-19. For example, both children and adults can be afraid of the dark. Approximately “11% of adults were already struggling with this fear before the pandemic, and exper…

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Biden Outlines Plan To Tackle Mental Health Crisis By Holding Social Media Companies Accountable

According to The Hill (3/1, Gangitano), during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Biden outlined “a plan to tackle the mental health crisis…which will focus heavily on holding social media companies accountable for their role in…

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Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Reduced Risk Of Severe COVID-19 From Omicron Among Adolescents Younger Than 17, CDC Finds

The Wall Street Journal (3/1, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine helped reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 among adolescents younger than 17 during the surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but it was less effective…

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US Births Continue Downward Trend But May Be Returning To Pre-Pandemic Levels, CDC Data Show

According to CNN (3/1, Howard), “The overall number of babies born in the United States continues to follow a downward trend but ‘may be returning to pre-pandemic levels’ now,” new CDC data (PDF) show. US births fell “2% in the first half of 2021 compared…

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Abbott Recalls Additional Cases Of Similac Baby Formula

Reuters (2/28, Paramasivam) reports, “Abbott Laboratories recalled some Similac PM 60/40 cans and cases produced at a Michigan facility, after an infant who was exposed to the powdered baby formula died, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Less Effective In Preventing Infection In Children Aged 5 To 11, Data Indicate

The New York Times (2/28, Mandavilli, Weiland) reports that “the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech is much less effective in preventing infection in children ages 5 to 11 years than in older adolescents or adults, according to a large new set of…

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Adolescent Smoking, Obesity, And Psychological Disorder Diagnoses May Be Tied To Older Biological Age At Midlife, Data Indicate

CNN (2/28, Rogers) reports research indicates that “adolescents ages 11 to 15 who” had obesity, “smoked cigarettes daily, or had a psychological disorder, such as anxiety, depression or” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, “biologically aged nearly…

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Children With Public Insurance More Likely To Experience Poor Asthma Control Compared With Children With Private Insurance, Data Suggest

Healio (2/28, Weldon) reports “publicly insured children were more likely to have issues controlling their asthma than privately insured children, according to data” of “a multi-institutional study.” Overall, “the researchers found that children with publ…

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Maternal Diet With Greater Intake Of Vegetables, Yogurt May Prevent Asthma, Allergies In Offspring, Researchers Say

Healio (2/28, Todak) reports that “a maternal diet with plenty of vegetables and limited fried, low-fiber and sugary foods may prevent asthma and allergies in offspring, according to” researchers. In the study published last year, the research team “devel…

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Increased Social Media Use Tied To Tic Severity, Reduced QoL Among Adolescents, Young Adults During Pandemic, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (2/28, George) reports, “Increased social media use during the COVID-19 pandemic was linked with tic severity and reduced quality of life [QoL], a preliminary study of young people showed.” Of the “20 adolescents and young adults with tics,…

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Pediatric Patients Receiving Home Parenteral Nutrition May Have Lower HRQOL Score Than General Population, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/25, Champagne) reported, “Pediatric patients receiving home parenteral nutrition…have a lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL) score than the general population, which remains consistent over long-term treatment,” inves…

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Oxygen Saturation May Not Significantly Decrease Among Children Who Participate In Low- Or Moderate-Intensity Exercise While Masked, Investigators Posit

Healio (2/27, Todak) reports, “Oxygen saturation did not significantly decrease among children who participated in low- or moderate-intensity exercise while masked,” researchers concluded. The 50-child study also revealed “no significant differences in pe…

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Two-Step Algorithm For Cashew Allergy Diagnosis In Children Appears To Be Accurate And May Result In Large Reduction In Oral Food Challenges, Health System Costs, Data Indicate

HCPlive (2/27, Butera) reported research indicates that “a two-step algorithm for cashew allergy diagnosis in children was accurate and resulted in a large reduction in both oral food challenges and health system costs.” Investigators arrived at this conc…

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Allergenic Food Introduction Largely Completed At 12 Months By Families With Children Born During COVID-19 Lockdown, Study Suggests

HCPlive (2/27, Butera) reports an “investigation found that despite social isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, allergenic food introduction was largely completed at 12 months by families with children born during lockdown.” Moreover, “atopic dermat…

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Depression Common Among Adolescents Even Before COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

Healio (2/25, Weldon) reported, “Depression was common among adolescents even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, affecting around one in every five,” investigators concluded in a study examining “six years of surveillance data” from 2013 to 2019. The st…

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RSV Infections Require Greater Hospital Resource Utilization Than SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among Infants, Very Young Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (2/25) reported, “Among infants and very young children, symptomatic respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections required greater hospital resource utilization than SARS-CoV-2 infections, a retrospective study in Germany found.” Researchers…

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More Than 5.2M Children Globally Have Lost A Parent Or Caregiver To COVID-19

ABC News (2/24, Molina) reports that more than 5.2 million children globally “have lost a parent or caregiver during the pandemic, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal Thursday.” Study researchers “said they developed a real-ti…

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More Than 1,000 Texas Foster Children Have Refused COVID-19 Vaccination

The Texas Tribune (2/24, Oxner) reports that more than 1,000 “Texas foster children – some as young as 5 years old – have been allowed to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, despite not typically being allowed to make their own medical decisions, according to a ne…

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RACHS-2 Appears To Be Accurate Method Of Risk Stratification For Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Study Indicates

Cardiology Advisor (2/24) reports research indicates that “Risk Stratification for Congenital Heart Surgery (RACHS-2) is an accurate method of risk stratification for pediatric cardiac surgery, utilizing International Classification of Disease-10th Revisi…

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About A Fourth Of Children With SLE May Develop Growth Impairment, Study Indicates

Healio (2/24, Laday) reports, “Growth impairment was reported in 23.6% of children with systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE], with corticosteroid duration and exposure prior to late puberty identified as key risk factors,” investigators concluded. The findi…

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Larazotide Acetate Shows Promise In Treating MIS-C, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/24, Preidt) reports the drug larazotide acetate that was developed to treat celiac disease “shows promise in treating” multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), according to results of a study that compared “four extremely ill ch…

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Certain Populations Affected By Eating Disorders May Be Underrepresented In US-Based Clinical Trials

Healio (2/24, Holden) reports, “Older adults, children, men and certain racial and ethnic groups were found to be underrepresented in U.S.-based clinical trials on eating disorders,” investigators concluded after reviewing data from “21 interventional tri…

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Risk For Death Among Children Born With Congenital Zika Syndrome Around 11 Times Higher Compared With Children Born Without The Syndrome, Researchers Say

Healio (2/24, Gallagher) reports that “according to a review of all singleton live births that occurred in Brazil from 2015 through 2018, the risk for death among children born with congenital Zika syndrome was around 11 times higher than it was for child…

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Lack Of Race-Disaggregated Data Reportedly Hindering COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies For Children

USA Today (2/23, Hassanein) reports, “Experts worry a lack of data may be obscuring where to target strategies for vaccinating kids of color, who disproportionately suffer severe illness from COVID-19 but may lack access to the shot.” Slightly less than “…

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Neurodevelopmental Deficits In Children With Inherited Cholestatic Liver Disorders, Native Liver Appear To Be Greatest Among Those With Alagille Syndrome, Study Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/23, Schad) reports, “Neurodevelopmental deficits in children with inherited cholestatic liver disorders and native liver appear to be greatest among those with Alagille syndrome (ALGS),” investigators concluded. The findings of…

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Standardized Prescribing Protocol May Reduce Opioid Prescriptions At Discharge For Pediatric Patients Following Appendectomy, Study Says

HealthDay (2/23) reports, “A standardized prescribing protocol can minimize opioid prescriptions at the time of discharge for pediatric appendectomy patients,” researchers concluded in an analysis of “1,524 children (aged 18 years or younger) who underwen…

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Children Emit Lower Aerosol Particle Volume Compared With Adults When Breathing, Speaking, Singing, Study Indicates

CNN (2/23, Ahmed) reports, “Children ages 8 to 10 put out about a quarter of the aerosolized particles as adults do when breathing, speaking and singing, according to a… study” published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. For the study, inve…

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Genomic Approach May Help Identify Children At High Risk For Suicidal Thoughts And Behaviors, Investigators Posit

Healio (2/23, Gramigna) reports, “A genomic approach may help identify children at high risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors,” investigators concluded after analyzing “genotype-phenotype data from 11,869 children aged nine to 10 years who participated…

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MIS-C Appears Rare Among Teens Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Research Suggests

HealthDay (2/23, Mozes) reports research published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health suggests that multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is rare among teens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. For the study, researchers tracke…

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CDC Data Show Slight Rise In Maternal Mortality Rates, Persistent Inequities

According to CNN (2/23, Howard), “There has been a slight rise in the number of women dying due to pregnancy or childbirth each year in the United States, and the maternal death rate among Black women is still three times the rate for White women,” CDC da…

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Children’s Hospitals Across US Brace For Surge Of MIS-C As Omicron Recedes

CNN (2/22, Christensen) reports, “After the Omicron coronavirus variant made a record number of US children sick in January, children’s hospitals across the United States braced for what has come with every other spike in the Covid-19 pandemic: cases of a…

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Updated Guidance On MIS-C Recognizes Evolving Nature Of The Disease

Rheumatology News (2/22, Splete) reports, “Updated guidance for health care providers on multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) recognizes the evolving nature of the disease,” and it also “offers strategies for pediatric rheumatologists, wh…

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Azithromycin Acceptable Alternative To Erythromycin For Treatment Of Antroduodenal Motility Disorders In Children, Researchers Say

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/22, Stong) reports “azithromycin is an acceptable alternative to erythromycin for the treatment of antroduodenal motility disorders in children, researchers reported” in a study that “compared the effectiveness and safety of az…

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Pregnant Women Who Conceived With ART Prone To More Pregnancy, Vascular Complications Upon Delivery, Study Finds

MedPage Today (2/22, Lou) reports, “Pregnant women who conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) were prone to more pregnancy and vascular complications upon delivery,” according to researchers who “analyzed hospital deliveries conceived with…

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Surgical Therapy May Yield Lower Long-Term Healthcare Costs Compared With Medical Therapy In Children With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy, Research Suggests

Healio (2/22, Herpen) reports, “Surgical therapy yielded lower long-term health care costs compared with medical therapy in children with drug-resistant epilepsy,” investigators concluded in a study that included “more than 600 Canadian children who were…

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Experts Warn US Flu Season Not Over Despite Drop In Cases

The AP (2/18, Stobbe) reported, “This winter’s mild flu season has faded to a trickle of cases in much of the U.S., but health officials aren’t ready to call it over.” Since the beginning of this year, “positive flu test results and doctor’s office visits…

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Researchers Say Most Children Fare Better With COVID-19 Due To Innate Immune System Response

The Wall Street Journal (2/21, Toy, Subscription Publication) reports researchers say most children with COVID-19 have mild to no symptoms because they mobilize the innate immune system more effectively compared to adults.

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Parents Of Children Under 5 Reportedly Facing Difficulties Amid Pandemic

The Washington Post (2/21, A1, Bever, Sellers) reports, “Parents of children younger than 5 say they feel forgotten and left behind, watching others reclaim normalcy while they stay home with kids who are too young to be vaccinated and have to quarantine…

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Children With Atopic Dermatitis May Experience Most Intense Itching In Early Evening Or At Bedtime, Researchers Posit

Healio (2/18, Gawel) reported, “Children with atopic dermatitis generally experienced the most intense itching in the early evening or bedtime, approximately three hours before they fell asleep,” researchers concluded after conducting “a cross-sectional s…

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Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl Rising Among Adolescents

CNN (2/18, Christensen) reported, “Though still rare, drug deaths among children ages 10 to 14 more than tripled from 2019 to 2020, according to an analysis done for CNN by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Moreover, “experts suspect tha…

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CBT-Based Intervention Found Moderate Success Preventing Gaming And Internet Addiction In At-Risk Youth, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (2/18, Wu) reported, “A cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based intervention found moderate success preventing gaming and internet addiction in at-risk youth, according to German researchers.” Investigators found that, “compared to a contro…

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Scan Study Identifies Differences Between Brains Of Boys And Girls With Autism

HealthDay (2/21, Preidt) reports investigators “have discovered differences between the brains of girls and boys with autism that they say may improve diagnosis of the developmental disorder in girls.” After utilizing “artificial intelligence to analyze M…

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EDs Reported An Increase In Visits From Teenage Girls Dealing With Eating And Other Disorders During Pandemic, Data Indicate

The New York Times (2/18, Richtel) said US emergency departments during the pandemic “reported an increase in visits from teenage girls dealing with eating and other disorders, including anxiety, depression and stress, according to new data from the Cente…

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FDA Warns Consumers Not To Use Certain Infant Formula After Recall Due To Bacteria Infections

USA Today (2/17, Tyko) reports, “Abbott Nutrition is voluntarily recalling three types of infant formula after four babies became sick with bacteria infections after consuming the products.” Announced Thursday, the recall “is for select lots of Similac, A…

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Biden Administration Will Soon Make More High-Quality Masks Available For Children, Official Says

NPR (2/17, Wamsley) reports, “The Biden administration will soon make more high-quality masks available for kids.” Dr. Tom Inglesby, senior advisor for testing to the White House COVID-19 Response Team, “said in a briefing on Wednesday that 230 million ma…

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Comprehensive Scoring System Appears To Be Reliable In Measuring Global Ichthyosis Severity In Adults And Children, Researchers Say

HCPlive (2/17, Butera) reports research indicates that “a comprehensive scoring system called the Ichthyosis Scoring System (ISS) was reliable in measuring global ichthyosis severity in adults and children.” The study revealed that “the ISS captured infor…

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Children Who Suffer From Insomnia May Continue To Do So In Young Adulthood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/17, Mozes) reports that in a study published in Pediatrics, researchers “found that 43% of children who suffer from insomnia between the ages of 5 and 12 continue to do so when they hit their 20s and 30s.” The research “team tracked just over…

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Pregnant People With COVID-19 More Likely To Have Adverse Birth Outcomes, Study Finds

MedPage Today (2/17) reports, “Pregnant women with COVID-19 had worse outcomes across the board, especially if the mother-to-be was also co-infected with HIV, according to a study from Botswana.” Researchers found that “adverse birth outcomes, such as pre…

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Proteomic Profile Of Breast Milk Of Women With IBD May Affect An Infant’s Microbiome Development, Fecal Calprotectin, Study Suggests

Healio (2/17, Stonehill) reports “the proteomic profile of breast milk of women with inflammatory bowel disease may affect an infant’s microbiome development and fecal calprotectin, according to” results of a prospective cohort study presented at ECCO’22….

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Children With Autism More Likely To Experience Negative Changes Amid Pandemic, Research Indicates

The Hill (2/17, Ali) reports “the coronavirus pandemic upended most students’ school routines across the country,” but research published in Frontiers in Education “shows that children with autism suffered greatly.” Investigators “surveyed parents of scho…

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Pain, Disease Activity Level, Active Joint Count, And Morning Stiffness Reported By Children With JIA Or By Their Parents Appear To Be “Valid And Reliable Tools For Patient Self-Monitoring,” Researchers Say

Medwire News (2/16, Kitt) reports research indicates that “pain, disease activity level, active joint count, and morning stiffness reported by children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or by their parents are ‘valid and reliable tools for patient…

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Pediatricians Providing Gender-Affirming Care Increasingly Facing Harassment Amid Legislative Bans

TIME (2/16, Carlisle) reports that “the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign has calculated that, last year, conservative lawmakers introduced over 130 anti-trans bills into state legislatures – including 35 that explicitly limited the ability of tr…

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Children With Heart Conditions More Likely Than Their Peers To Have Poor Dental Health, CDC Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/16, Norton) reports “kids with heart conditions are more likely than their peers to have frequent cavities, toothaches or bleeding gums,” according to a study published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The investigators “fo…

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IBD And Iron Deficiency Anemia In Mothers May Increase Risk For AD/HD In Offspring, Review Study Suggests

According to HCPlive (2/16, Walter), “inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and iron deficiency anemia” in mothers “could increase the risk of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) in their offspring, researchers concluded in an 11-study review, th…

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All 50 States Struggling To Empower Schools Amid Worsening Youth Mental Health Crisis, Report Card Finds

According to USA Today (2/16, Wong), on Feb. 16, “the first-of-its-kind ‘America’s School Mental Health Report Card [PDF]’” was released by the Hopeful Futures Campaign. The report card found that “all 50 states are struggling to empower schools amid the…

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Senators Introduce Bill With New Rules, Safeguards Aimed At Keeping Kids Safe Online

NPR (2/16, Bond) reports, “Senators are introducing a bill aimed at keeping kids safe online amid mounting frustrations that popular apps including Instagram and YouTube don’t do enough to protect their youngest users.” The new “bipartisan Kids Online Saf…

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Poor Growth, Nutritional Deficits In Infants, Children May Predict Respiratory Issues Later In Life, Researchers Say

Healio (2/16, Welsh) reports “poor growth and nutritional deficits in infants and children may predict respiratory issues later in life, researchers reported in” a “longitudinal, population-based study.” According to the findings published in The Lancet R…

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COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Among Children Increased Amid Omicron Surge, Especially Among Those Under 5, CDC Study Suggests

CNN (2/15, McPhillips) reports, “Covid-19 hospitalization rates among children increased as Omicron replaced Delta as the predominant coronavirus variant in the United States, especially among those under 5, who are not eligible to be vaccinated, accordin…

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Majority Of Children Under Age 5 Exceeding Recommended Screen Time Guidelines, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Indicate

ABC News (2/15, Jane Bernabe, Aboubakr) reports “the majority of children under age 5 are getting more screen time than is recommended by pediatricians,” according to a systematic review and meta-analysis that found that “more than 75% of children younger…

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USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation Advising Syphilis Screening For At-Risk Asymptomatic, Nonpregnant Adolescents And Adults

HealthDay (2/15) reports, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends syphilis screening for asymptomatic, nonpregnant adolescents and adults at increased risk for infection.” Investigators “conducted a systematic review to reaffirm the e…

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Tenofovir Prophylaxis For 4 Weeks Or More, Along With Early Infant Vaccination, Helps Stem HBV Mother-To-Child Transmission Without Use Of HBIg, Trial Indicates

MedPage Today (2/15, Walker) reports “tenofovir (TDF) prophylaxis for 4 weeks or more, along with early infant vaccination, helped stem hepatitis B virus (HBV) mother-to-child transmission in Cambodia, without use of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIg),” ac…

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Trial Indicates Little Evidence To Support Effectiveness Of Memantine For Enhancing Cognitive Effects Among Adolescents, Young Adults With Down Syndrome

Neurology Advisor (2/15, Nye) reports, “Memantine was observed to be safe but there was little evidence to support efficacy for enhancing cognitive effects among adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome,” according to findings “from a randomized, d…

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Infants Born To Mothers Vaccinated With mRNA Vaccine During Pregnancy Less Likely To Be Hospitalized For COVID-19 In First Six Months Of Life, CDC Study Finds

The New York Times (2/15, Anthes) reports infants born to mothers who “received two doses of an mRNA coronavirus vaccine during pregnancy are less likely to be admitted to the hospital for Covid-19 in the first six months of life, according to a new study…

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Parents May Become Anxious While Their Children Undergo Evaluation For Peanut And Other Food Allergies, But Deep Breathing May Help Them Cope, Studies Indicate

Healio (2/14, Gawel) reports, “Parents whose children are being evaluated for peanut and other food allergies may be anxious during testing, but deep breathing may help them cope,” investigators concluded in two studies published online ahead of print as…

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Survey Study Examines Adverse Effects Tied To Virtual School During COVID-19 Pandemic Among Children With T1D

Healio (2/14, Monostra) reports, “More snacking between meals, decreased physical activity and issues with sleep are among the adverse effects parents of children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] reported with virtual school during the COVID-19 pandemic,” inves…

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Once-Daily Versus Twice-Daily Dosing Of Inhaled Corticosteroids For Asthma Tied To Better Medication Adherence In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (2/14, Bennett) reports “simplification from twice-daily to once-daily dosing of inhaled corticosteroids for asthma correlated with better medication adherence in children, according to” findings from a retrospective observational study published i…

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Maternal COVID-19 Tied To Increased Risk For Adverse Birth Outcomes Among Infants, Researchers Say

Healio (2/14, Weldon) reports, “Maternal COVID-19 was associated with an increased risk for adverse birth outcomes among infants born to mothers in Botswana, including a two-fold risk for stillbirth, researchers found.” Moreover, “infants exposed to both…

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Infants Born To Mothers With HIV Infection Who Received PCV-10 Vaccine Versus PPV-23 Vaccine Or Placebo Had Decreased Antibody Responses, Seroprotection Against Invasive Pneumococcal Disease, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (2/14, van Paridon) reports, “Infants born to mothers with HIV infection who received the pneumococcal 10-valent conjugate (PCV-10) vaccine during pregnancy had decreased antibody responses and seroprotection against invasive pn…

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Poison Control Centers Report Increases In Number Of Emergency Calls For Young Children Who Have Consumed Marijuana Edibles

According to HealthDay (2/14, Meyer), marijuana edibles, “often sold as gummies, cookies and brownies, have fueled a four-year increase in the number of emergency calls for young children who mistakenly think they’re yummy treats.” Last year “alone, the N…

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Study Examines 10-Year Pediatric Asthma Trends In Indiana Via Regional Health Information Exchange

Pulmonology Advisor (2/14, Schad) reports “regional health information exchanges can enable public health researchers to follow asthma trends in near real time and may help to inform patient-level public health interventions, according to a retrospective…

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Some States Still Weighing Mask Mandates In Schools As Requirements For Other Indoor Spaces Are Lifted

The Washington Post (2/12, Thebault, Shammas, Sellers) reported that “as indoor mask requirements fell away across the country” last week, “leaders in the states home to America’s largest school districts made an important distinction: Classrooms are diff…

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FDA Delays Decision On Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under Five

The New York Times (2/11, A1, LaFraniere, Weiland) reported that “in a striking reversal,” the Food and Drug Administration “said on Friday that they would wait for data on how well three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine work in children you…

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Tralokinumab Treatment May Improve Symptoms Among Adolescents With Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Research Suggests

Healio (2/11, Gawel) reported, “Treatment with tralokinumab significantly improved symptoms among adolescents with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis [AD],” investigators concluded in a “randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group multi…

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Pandemic-Related School Closures Impact Access To Subsidized Meals For US Families

Bloomberg (2/11, Dorning, Patton, Querolo) reported low-income families in the US, “already burdened with surging food inflation and the pandemic’s lasting economic blow, are now facing a new set of challenges when it comes to feeding their kids.” Bloombe…

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Pediatric Patients Who Do Not Receive Endovascular Therapy For Large Vessel Occlusion Stroke Often Have Worse Outcomes, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (2/11, Lou) reported, “The poor natural history of large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke in children in Australia added to the growing impetus for endovascular therapy (EVT) in pediatric patients, a group that had been excluded from the landma…

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SARS-CoV-2 Destroys Placenta, Depriving Fetus Of Oxygen, Study Finds

USA Today (2/10, Rodriguez) reports that a new study published Thursday in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine “suggests the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may have a completely different way of impacting a developing fetus.” Researchers “studie…

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Growth Gains In First Five Years Of Life May Be Tied To Earlier Onset Of Puberty In Boys And Girls, Research Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (2/10, Splete) reports, “Faster gains in weight, length or height, or body mass index in the first five years of life were associated with an earlier onset of puberty in boys and girls,” investigators concluded in a “cohort stu…

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Novavax Says Protein-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Safe, Effective In Adolescents Aged 12 To 17

The AP (2/10) reports, “Novavax announced Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine proved safe and effective in a study of 12- to 17-year-olds.” This “latest study enrolled 2,247 U.S. kids ages 12 to 17 last summer and found the two-dose” protein-based vaccine…

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One In Three Americans May Be Exposed To Potentially Harmful Weed Killer Called 2,4-D, With Kids Particularly At Risk, Research Suggests

HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports, “One in three Americans is exposed to a common and potentially harmful weed killer called 2,4-D, and children may be especially at risk,” investigators concluded after checking “for biomarkers of the herbicide in urine sa…

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Oral Immunotherapy With Or Without Probiotic Adjuvants Confers Sustained Unresponsiveness To Peanut Among Children With Confirmed Allergy, Study Suggests

Healio (2/10, Gawel) reports “oral immunotherapy with or without probiotic adjuvants conferred sustained unresponsiveness to peanut among allergic children, according to a randomized phase 2b,” four-year study that “involved children aged 1 to 10 years wi…

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Pediatricians Update Developmental Milestones For Infants, Young Children

The Washington Post (2/10, Spinner) reports, “For the first time in decades, the nation’s top pediatricians have changed the checklist of developmental milestones for infants and young children to make it easier to identify delays that could be a sign of…

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Children With AD/HD Appear To Exhibit Modest Differences On Structural Brain Measures Compared To Peers Without AD/HD, Scan Study Indicates

According to Healio (2/10, Gramigna), children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) appear to exhibit “modest differences on structural brain measures compared with peers without” the disorder, researchers concluded after using magnetic r…

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Infants Born To Mothers Who Were Vaccinated Against COVID-19 During Pregnancy Have Long-Lasting Antibody Protection, Researchers Say

HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports “babies whose moms were vaccinated during pregnancy against COVID-19 have long-lasting antibody protection,” according to researchers who “compared babies born to women who had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine with th…

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FDA Warns On Potential Strangulation Risk Among Children Using Enteral Feeding Systems

MedPage Today (2/9, Wu) reports, “The FDA is warning on the potential risk of strangulation among children using enteral feeding systems.” In the “safety alert issued on Tuesday, the agency said two toddlers died last year after becoming entangled in the…

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US Planning To Roll Out 10M Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Doses For Younger Children Upon FDA Approval, CDC Says

CNN (2/9, Howard, Kounang) reports, “If the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine receives emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for children 6 months to 5 years old, the tentative plan is to roll out about 10 million vaccine…

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TNF Inhibitor Exposure May Be Tied To Threefold Increased Risk For Developing Psoriasis In Children With JIA, Study Indicates

Medwire News (2/9, Cowen) reports, “Exposure to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors is associated with a threefold increased risk for developing psoriasis in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),” investigators concluded after examining “2…

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Preschoolers Made Greater Gains In Vocabulary Growth During Initial COVID-19 Lockdowns, Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/9, Norton) reports, “The pandemic has dramatically disrupted kids’ normal routines, but a new study suggests the initial lockdowns of 2020 did not necessarily hinder preschoolers’ language development,” according to the findings published in…

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Use Of Investigational Medical Device Appears To Improve ADHD Symptoms In Children, Company Says

Healio (2/9) reports researchers have “found statistically significant improvement in” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “symptoms in children who wore the Revibe Connect device to school, according to a” Feb. 8 press release by the digital…

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Dramatic Gestational Weight Gain Leads To Heightened Growth Pattern In Female Offspring At Ages 5 To 14 Years, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (2/9, Monaco) reports, “Dramatic gestational weight gain led to unique growth patterns in female offspring at ages 5 to 14 years, an observational study suggested.” According to the researchers, “of four pregnancy weight gain patterns identi…

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Physicians Across US See Spike In Croup Cases Amid Omicron Surge

CNN (2/8, Christensen) reports physicians across the US “say they are seeing a spike in croup cases.” One study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, “found a total of 401 children seen in the ER were diagnosed with croup during the Delta surge and 107 d…

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Whole Genome Data Analysis Reveals 29 New Genetic Variants Associated With Acne

HealthDay (2/8, Preidt) reports investigators “say the discovery of new genetic variants associated with acne could help doctors identify people at high risk and perhaps point the way to new treatments.” For the study, investigators “examined whole genome…

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US Sees Fewer Births Than Expected During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal (2/8, Adamy, DeBarros, Subscription Publication) reports that in the first nine months of last year, the US saw nearly 7,000 fewer births compared with the same time frame in 2020, data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Sta…

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Several Demographic, Clinical Factors More Likely To Predict MIS-C After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (2/8, Walker) reports, “After a SARS-CoV-2 infection, several demographic and clinical factors were more likely to predict multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), some of which overlapped with risks for severe COVID-19, [an] a…

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Positive Parenting, Other “Psychosocial Assets” Reduce Children’s Risk For Obesity In Childhood, Study Indicates

Healio (2/8, Weldon) reports, “Children with positive early interactions with their mother were at a reduced risk for obesity in childhood, a study published in Pediatrics found.” According to investigators, “positive parenting and other ‘psychosocial ass…

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Exposure To Opioid Analgesics During First Trimester Of Pregnancy Appears To Increase Risk Of Congenital Anomalies Diagnosed In First Year Of Life, Study Suggests

MD Edge ObGyn (2/8, Rans) reports “exposure to opioid analgesics during the first trimester of pregnancy appears to increase the risk of congenital anomalies diagnosed in the first year of life,” according to a study that “included a total of 599,579 gest…

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Levels Of Food Proteins In Breastmilk Appear Much Lower Than Dose Needed To Elicit IgE-Mediated Allergic Reaction Among Infants, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (2/8, Gawel) reports “levels of food proteins in breastmilk appeared much lower than the dose required to elicit an IgE-mediated allergic reaction among infants, according to a systematic review” of “32 observational and interventional studies of f…

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US Surgeon General Says Pandemic Has Had “Devastating” Impact On Mental Health Of Young People

ABC News (2/8, Livingston) reports, “U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told lawmakers on Tuesday that the pandemic has had a ‘devastating’ impact on the mental health of America’s young people.” Murthy said, “I’m deeply concerned as a parent and as a doct…

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White House Still Encourages Mask Usage In Schools As Some States Prepare To Lift Mandates

CNN (2/7, Klein) reports, “The White House maintained its adherence to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance encouraging mask usage in schools Monday as some states take steps toward lifting mask mandates in the classroom.” The agency “re…

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Children And Adolescents With Intermediate- Or Advanced-Stage Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Who Demonstrate Adequate Responses To Certain Chemotherapy Regimens May Safely Omit Radiotherapy, Trial Indicates

Hematology Advisor (2/7, Moore) reports, “Recent phase 3 trial results indicate that children and adolescents with intermediate- or advanced-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma who demonstrate adequate responses to certain chemotherapy regimens might safely…

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In Phase 3 Trial, Tralokinumab-Ldrm Appears To Improve Itch, Overall QoL Among Adolescents With Moderate-To-Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Company Announces

According to HCPlive (2/7, Butera), “LEO Pharma announced” at the Western Society of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 59th Annual Scientific Session its “new 16-week,” phase 3 trial “data on tralokinumab-ldrm, stating that it led to significant improvements i…

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Self-Reported BPD Screening Tools May Be Useful In Identifying Symptoms Of BPD In Adolescents, Researchers Posit

Healio (2/7, Holden) reports, “Self-reported borderline personality disorder [BPD] screening tools may be useful in identifying symptoms of BPD in adolescents and may determine who can benefit from early intervention,” investigators concluded in a study i…

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Pediatric Mental Health Visits To Physicians Increased During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic In Ontario, Canada, Population-Wide Study Concludes

MedPage Today (2/7) reports, “Pediatric mental health visits to physicians increased during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, Canada,” investigators concluded in a “population-wide” study. Beginning “in July 2020, rates of visits to ment…

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Seasonal Flu Vaccines Boost Broadly Protective Antibodies In Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/7, Preidt) reports a study published in Cell Reports Medicine “finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn’t happen…

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Debate Over Face Masks For Kids Grows As New COVID-19 Infections Decline Across US

ABC News (2/4, McMaster, Reshefvia) reported, “As new cases of COVID-19 decline across the country for the first time in weeks, the debate over face masks for kids is reaching a fever pitch.” Over “one dozen states and Washington, D.C., currently require…

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Caregivers’ Anxiety/Depression Symptoms May Impact QOL For Children With Cancer, Study Finds

Oncology Nurse Advisor (2/4, Moore) reported, “Caregivers’ anxiety/depression symptoms may affect quality of life (QOL) for children with cancer, according to results of a study of caregivers of children with a cancer diagnosis.” The research was publishe…

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Air Quality Index Tied To Increase In Exacerbations Requiring ED Visit, Hospitalization Among Children With Asthma, Study Indicates

Healio (2/4, Welsh) reported a study has “linked the Air Quality Index with an increase in exacerbations requiring an ED visit or hospitalization among children with asthma living in Pennsylvania.” The findings of the “retrospective, time-stratified, case…

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Eliminating Student Quarantines After Mask-On-Mask COVID-19 Exposure Not Tied To Secondary Transmission, Researchers Say

Healio (2/4, Weldon) reported study results “demonstrated that eliminating student quarantines after mask-on-mask COVID-19 exposure was not associated with secondary transmission, researchers reported in Pediatrics.” This “observational study was conducte…

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Biden Administration Issues Transitional Standards For School Lunches To Ease Recovery From Pandemic, Supply Chain Disruptions

The AP (2/4, Thompson) reported, “The Biden administration issued transitional standards for school lunches Friday that are meant to ease the path for cafeterias to get back on a more healthful course as they recover from pandemic and supply chain disrupt…

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Adolescent Boys With Severe Obesity Who Lose Weight With Bariatric Surgery May See Increases In Free And Total Testosterone, Research Suggests

Healio (2/4, Monostra) reported, “Adolescent boys with severe obesity who lost weight loss with bariatric surgery saw increases in free and total testosterone,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatr…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Children Ages 5 To 11 Fall To Record Low, CDC Data Show

Bloomberg (2/3, Levin) reports “Covid-19 vaccinations among children ages 5-11 have fallen to the lowest levels since the shots were first approved,” according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data show that “the seven-day…

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Environmental Exposures Heightened By Climate Change Adversely Affect Maternal And Newborn Health, Presentation Says

Healio (2/3, VanDewater) reports, “Environmental exposures heightened by climate change adversely affect maternal and newborn health, and women are ‘particularly vulnerable’ to these effects,” according to a presentation given at SMFM’s 42nd Annual Pregna…

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Seasonality Associated With Very Small Proportion Of Extremely Preterm Births, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (2/3, Wu) reports, “Seasonality was associated with a very small proportion of all extremely preterm births, according to a nationwide study in Denmark” revealing that “of 2,009 extremely preterm births, the cumulative incidence of these bir…

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Sugarless Gum May Help Prevent Preterm Births, Research Indicates

According to the AP (2/3, Ungar), research indicates that chewing sugarless gum may help avoid having premature births. The study divided over 10,000 women into two groups in which one group “received oral health education and chewed the gum” containing x…

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Scoping Review Identifies Variables Reported As Significant With Respect To Adolescent Depression Outcomes

According to Healio (2/3, Gramigna), in an 81-study scoping review, investigators have “identified variables reported as significant in three or more randomized clinical trials with respect to adolescent depression outcomes.” Those variables included “age…

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Children With Psoriasis With Higher Rates Of Skin Clearance May Experience Enhanced QoL Compared With Children With Lower Rates Of Skin Clearance, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (2/3, Mermelstein) reports, “Children with psoriasis with higher rates of skin clearance experience an enhanced quality of life [QoL] compared with children with lower rates of skin clearance,” investigators concluded after analyzing r…

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Chilblain-Like Skin Lesions Are A Cutaneous Presentation Of COVID-19 Infection In Children, Systematic Review Indicates

Dermatology Advisor (2/2, Jacobs) reports, “Chilblain-like skin lesions…are a cutaneous presentation of COVID-19 infection in children,” according to a 28-article systematic review published in Dermatologic Therapy. The review found that “the lesions mo…

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Study Finds Correlation Between Childhood Trauma And Mistrust Of Public Health Institutions, Vaccine Hesitancy

The Hill (2/2, Breslin) reports, “A correlation has been found between childhood trauma and mistrust of public health institutions, as well as vaccine hesitancy, in a study on 2,285 adult Welsh residents published to the British Medical Journal.” The stud…

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Return To Non-Contact Physical Activity Three Days After Concussion Is Safe For Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/2, Preidt) reports, “A return to non-contact physical activity three days after a concussion is safe and possibly even beneficial for kids,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 456 patients aged 10 to 17 who had concussions.” Wh…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Alters Delivery Of Developmental Services Among Children With Acute Provoked Neonatal Seizures, Study Indicates

Healio (2/2, Gramigna) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered delivery of developmental services among children with acute provoked neonatal seizures, according to results of a prospective cohort study published in Pediatric Neurology.”…

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Two-Step Algorithm Improves Accuracy, Reduces Need For Oral Food Challenges In Diagnosing Cashew Allergy In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (2/2, Gawel) reports that “a two-step algorithm improved the accuracy and reduced the need for oral food challenges in diagnosing cashew allergy in children, according to a study” in which “researchers pooled individual-level data from six studies…

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AMA Updates CPT Codes For Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Younger Children

RevCycle Intelligence (2/2, Rodriguez) reports, “The American Medical Association (AMA) has updated the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set to include a new code for administering pediatric doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in younger children….

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Injured Children Treated In Better Prepared EDs May Have Better Long-Term Survival, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (2/2, Wu) reports, “Injured children treated in better prepared emergency departments (EDs) had better long-term survival,” investigators concluded. In their “analysis of nearly 90,000 visits to U.S. trauma centers,” researchers found that “…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA To Authorize COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Children Under 5

The Wall Street Journal (2/1, Hopkins, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports that on Tuesday, Pfizer and partner BioNTech asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize their COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged six months to under five year…

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Tezepelumab Tied To Reduced Asthma Exacerbations Throughout Year Compared With Placebo In Adults, Adolescents With Severe, Uncontrolled Asthma, Data Suggest

HCPlive (2/1, Butera) reports, “The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) released promising new data on tezepelumab stating that adults and adolescents with severe, uncontrolled asthma who were treated with the monoclonal antibody expe…

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Teenage Girls Across US Increasingly Attempting Suicide Amid Ongoing Pandemic

The Texas Tribune (2/1, Klibanoff) reports that across the US, “teenage girls are attempting” suicide “at staggering rates, driving a 50% increase in girls being admitted to the hospital for suspected suicide attempts between early 2019 and 2021.” This “s…

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Non-SARS-CoV-2 Infections In Children, Adults Surge When Pandemic-Related Restrictions Lifted, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (2/1, Hamza) reports, “Non-SARS-CoV-2 infections in kids and adults surged when pandemic-related restrictions were lifted in Israel, following the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, a large cross-sectional study found.” According to re…

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Pictorial Warning Labels On Sugary Drinks May Help Curb Sales, Investigators Say

MedPage Today (2/1, Monaco) reports, “Pictorial warning labels on sugary drinks may help curb sales,” investigators concluded in a “randomized trial” involving 325 “parents with young children (ages two to 12).” The study revealed that “shopping in a ‘sto…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Expected To Ask FDA To Authorize COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under 5

The New York Times (1/31, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports Pfizer and partner BioNTech “are expected as soon as Tuesday to ask the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a coronavirus vaccine for children under 5 years old as a two-dose regimen while they…

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Many Parents Of Children With Cancer Experienced Challenges In Therapeutic Relationship With Child’s Treating Oncologist, Study Finds

Healio (1/31, Southall) reports, “Many parents of children with cancer experienced challenges in the therapeutic relationship with their child’s treating oncologist, according to study results.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Intent-To-Treat Survival Among Pediatric Transplant Recipients Has Improved Over Past Three Decades, Study Indicates

Healio (1/31, Weldon) reports, “Intent-to-treat survival among pediatric patients who have received a heart, liver or kidney transplant steadily improved over the past 3 decades, according to a study of more than 47,000 transplants.” The findings were pub…

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Light Exposure Before Bedtime Tied To Drop In Melatonin Among Pre-School Aged Children, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/31, Preidt) reports, “It’s crucial to keep preschoolers away from screens and other sources of light in the hour before bedtime if you want them to get a good night’s sleep, researchers say,” since “even a little bit of light exposure can tri…

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Inert Open-Label Placebo Reduces Pain, Need For Medication In Children And Adolescents With IBS In Trial

MedPage Today (1/31, Hamza) reports, “Placebo worked for children and adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or functional abdominal pain – reducing pain and need for medication – even though they were aware it was not a real treatment, a crossov…

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Boys Exposed To More Screen Time At Age One Year More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/31, Lei Wu) reports, “Boys exposed to more screen time at age 1 year were more likely to be diagnosed with autism at age 3, according to a multi-site Japanese study” that found that, “compared with 1-year-old boys who spent no time lookin…

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Young People In US Lost More Than 1M Cumulative Years Of Life To Unintentional Drug Overdoses From 2015 To 2019, Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (1/31, Wu) reports, “Young people in the U.S. lost more than 1 million cumulative years of life to unintentional drug overdoses from 2015 to 2019, according to a new analysis.” The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatr…

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Health Officials Say Persuading Parents To Vaccinate Younger Children Crucial To Containing Pandemic

The New York Times (1/29, A1, Hoffman) reported that “as the Omicron variant has stormed through America’s classrooms, sending students home and, in some cases, to the hospital, the rate of vaccination overall for America’s 28 million children in the 5-to…

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England Extends Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout To Include At-Risk Children Aged 5 To 11

The New York Times (1/30, Schaverien) reports, “Around half a million children in England will become eligible for a first dose of a coronavirus shot on Monday, as the National Health Service extends its vaccine rollout to children ages 5 to 11 who are co…

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Examination Of Positive Urine Drug Screens Of Teenagers Not Reliable Predictor For Risk For Death By External Causes, Researchers Say

Healio (1/28, Herpen) reported, “Examination of positive urine drug screens of teenagers was not a reliable predictor for risk for death by external causes,” researchers concluded in a study that included “a total of 2,772 teenagers (47.2% male) aged 13 t…

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Parental COVID-19 Vaccination Provides Some Protection For Unvaccinated Children, Study Suggests

The Hill (1/28, Lonas) reported an Israeli study “shows vaccinated parents provided some protection for their unvaccinated children during the Alpha and Delta coronavirus waves.” The study published in Science “found that during both waves, having fully v…

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Study Explores Effect Of Metatranscriptome Profiles In Infants With Severe Bronchiolitis On Risk Of Childhood Asthma

Pulmonology Advisor (1/28, Schad) reported “metatranscriptome profiles suggest a complex interplay between respiratory virus, airway microbiome, and host immune response in infants with severe bronchiolitis that affects the risk of childhood asthma, accor…

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Adolescents With NAFLD Often Present With Emotional, Behavioral Concerns Tied To Their Disease, Study Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (1/28, Schad) reported “adolescents with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) often present with emotional and behavioral concerns associated with their disease; assessment and treatment of these dietary and mental health conc…

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Adults And Adolescents Have Missed More Than 37 Million Routine Vaccinations During Pandemic, Analysis Finds

CNN (1/27, McPhillips) reports, “Adults and adolescents have missed more than 37 million routine vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an analysis of insurance claims by Avalere, a health care consulting firm.” Avalere “compared monthly…

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Childcare Programs Requiring Children To Be Masked Tied To Fewer COVID-19-Related Closures, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (1/27, Walker) reports “childcare programs that required children to be masked were associated with fewer closures at baseline and throughout the course of a year than those that did not,” according to researchers who found that “programs th…

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Study Identifies Seven New Genes Tied To Febrile Seizures In Young Children

HealthDay (1/27, Preidt) reports, “An international study has identified seven new genes associated with febrile seizures, or febrile convulsions, in young children.” The study published in Brain “found that children with more febrile seizure-related gene…

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AD/HD May Be Tied To Food, Skin, And Respiratory Allergy In Children, Researchers Say

HCPlive (1/27, Butera) reports research suggests there may be “significant associations” between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and “common allergic conditions such as food allergy, respiratory allergy, and skin allergy” in children. Inc…

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CMS Releases $49M In Grant Funding To Advance Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment

Modern Healthcare (1/27, Goldman, Subscription Publication) reports, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opened $49.4 million in grant funding Thursday to advance Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollment and retention among…

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Adolescents Who Were Homeschooled During COVID-19 Lockdown Slept Longer, Drank Less Alcohol And Caffeine Than Before Pandemic, Survey Reveals

Healio (1/27, Miller) reports, “Adolescents who were homeschooled during a COVID-19 lockdown slept longer on school days and drank less alcohol and caffeine than before the pandemic, according to a cross-sectional online survey of nearly 9,000 students in…

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New York City Public Schools To Shorten Coronavirus Isolation, Quarantine Periods For Students Who Test Positive, Those Who Are Unvaccinated

The New York Times (1/26, Wong) reports, “New York City’s public schools will halve the minimum required isolation period for students who test positive for the coronavirus, and the quarantine rule for unvaccinated students who are exposed to the virus, t…

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Genes Involved In Methanogenesis, Related Methanogenesis Pathway Enzymes Appear To Be Overrepresented In Gut Microbiome Of Patients With Pediatric-Onset MS, Study Suggests

Neurology Advisor (1/26, Stong) reports, “Genes involved in methanogenesis and related methanogenesis pathway enzymes are overrepresented in the gut microbiome of patients with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis (MS),” researchers concluded in a study tha…

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Ultrasound Images Used For Statistical Shape Modeling May Predict Hip Dysplasia In Infants, Need For Abduction Treatment, Study Says

Aunt Minnie (1/26, Allegretto) reports that “ultrasound images used for statistical shape modeling can help predict hip dysplasia in infants and whether abduction treatment devices are needed, according to” investigators who carried out a modeling study a…

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Among Pregnant Women With PCOS, Decreased Endometrial Thickness May Be Tied To Higher Risk Of Neonatal Complications, Study Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (1/26, Nye) reports, “Among pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), decreased endometrial thickness…was associated with increased risk for preterm birth,” as well as “low birthweight” and “small-for-gestational age” i…

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California Video Program Aims To Help Children Manage Their Emotions

NBC News (1/26, Abou) reports on the “collection of interviews with 64 children and adolescents from across California talking candidly about their emotions as part of ‘The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project,’ being released this week,” as mo…

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More Than 1.1M Children In US Diagnosed With COVID-19 During Single Week, Data Show

HealthDay (1/26, Preidt) reports, “More than 1.1 million American kids were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the week ending Jan. 20, new data show,” which is “17% higher than the 981,000 cases diagnosed the week before and double the number from two weeks…

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Omicron Variant On Average Causing Less Severe Disease Than Previous Variants, CDC Study Finds

The Hill (1/25, Sullivan) reports, “The Omicron variant is on average causing less severe disease than previous variants of the virus, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found.” According to the study findings, “the ratio of hosp…

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Data Suggest Small Excess Risk Of Myocarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination, Especially In Young Men, Adolescent Boys

MedPage Today (1/25, Lou) reports, “Mounting data on mRNA vaccination against COVID-19 continued to suggest a small excess risk of myocarditis, especially in young men and adolescent boys.” Based on voluntary reports, “the number of reported cases of myoc…

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Poor Indoor Air Quality, Housing Conditions Tied To Respiratory Issues In Young First Nations Children In Northern Ontario, Researchers Say

Healio (1/25, Welsh) reports “poor indoor air quality and housing conditions were associated with respiratory issues in young First Nations children living in Northern Ontario, researchers reported” in a “cross-sectional study that included 98 First Natio…

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Child Abuse, Neglect-Related Deaths Decreased Slightly From 2019 To 2020 But Deaths Among Black Children Increased, HHS Report Finds

The AP (1/25) reports the 2020 Child Maltreatment Report issued by HHS “shows an increase in the number of Black children who died, even though fewer abuse-related fatalities were investigated in the yearlong period that included the first several months…

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Small Study Examines Association Of Family Integrated Care Model With Paternal Mental Health Outcomes During Neonatal Hospitalization

Healio (1/24, Gramigna) reports, “A family integrated care model appeared to decrease paternal stress at discharge and increase fathers’ involvement in newborn care vs. standard neonatal care [SNC], according to a prospective cohort study” that “examined…

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In Canada, Pediatric ED Visits Due To Cannabis Exposure Significantly Increased After Legalization Of Recreational Cannabis, Researchers Say

Healio (1/24, Miller) reports, “In Canada, pediatric” emergency department (ED) “visits due to cannabis exposure significantly increased after recreational cannabis was legalized,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed 81 cannabis exposure-rel…

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FDA Grants Final Approval For Vigabatrin For Treatment Of Infantile Spasms

Healio (1/24) reports, “The FDA has granted final approval to Zydus for [vigabatrin] Sabril, an anticonvulsant used to treat children aged 1 month to 2 years with infantile spasms.” The drug “was approved in 500 mg tablet form” and “can be used alongside…

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Responsive Neurostimulation May Help Control Severe Epilepsy In Children, Investigators Say

HealthDay (1/24, Meyer) reports the responsive neurostimulation (RNS) system “that helps control severe epilepsy in adults may do the same for children who suffer from unrelenting seizures,” according to investigators who “looked at 35 children and young…

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Children Less Likely To Wear Helmets While Sledding, Report Finds

HealthDay (1/24, Preidt) reports, “When American kids do downhill skiing or snowboarding, they almost always wear a helmet, their parents say, but they’re far less likely to do so when cruising down a neighborhood hill on a sled,” according to a Mott Poll…

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Report Discusses Risks Associated With Emerging Alternative Peripartum, Neonatal Practices

HealthDay (1/24) reports, “The risks associated with emerging alternative peripartum and neonatal practices are discussed in a report published…in Pediatrics.” Researchers “describe the risk for infectious diseases associated with emerging alternative p…

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Study Explores Impacts Of Cash Stipends On Infant Brain Activity, Cognitive Development

The New York Times (1/24, DeParle) reports “a study that provided poor mothers with cash stipends for the first year of their children’s lives appears to have changed the babies’ brain activity in ways associated with stronger cognitive development.” For…

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Children Hospitalized For COVID-19 May Experience Lingering Neurological Symptoms, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/24, Roberts Murez) reports “the coronavirus can leave more than 40% of children hospitalized for COVID-19 with headaches and other lingering neurological symptoms,” and those “who developed these headaches or experienced…acute encephalopath…

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Infectious Disease Experts Say More Children Hospitalized With COVID-19 Than Previous Waves

CNBC (1/21, Kimball) reported that “infectious disease experts at children’s hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver and Washington, D.C., all told CNBC that they are seeing more children hospitalized with” COVID-19 “than during previous waves –…

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Company Voluntarily Recalls More Than 330K Pacifiers Over Choking Hazard

The New York Times (1/21, Paz) reported, “More than 330,000 pacifiers have been voluntarily recalled by their manufacturer after reports that they could pose a choking hazard, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.” B…

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WHO Recommends Reduced Dosage Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Aged 5 To 11

Reuters (1/21, Roy, Maddipatla) reported that on Friday, the World Health Organization “recommended extending the use of a reduced dosage of Pfizer’s…COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years old.” This “recommended dosage for the younger populati…

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GnRHa Treatment For Precocious Puberty In Children Not Associated With Increased Risk Of PCOS, Investigators Conclude

Endocrinology Advisor (1/21, Nye) reported, “Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adult women was not increased by gonadotropin releasing hormone analogue (GnRHa) therapy for precocious puberty received as children,” investigators concluded in a 51-child,…

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Some Marijuana Retailers Using Social Media To Target Underage Users Despite Marketing Restrictions, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/21, Thompson) reported “some recreational pot shops are using tricks from the old playbooks of alcohol and tobacco companies to target underage users on social media,” according to a study in which researchers examined “how pot shops were usi…

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Children Who Had COVID-19 Infection Have Higher Risk For Developing Diabetes, CDC Study Finds

Healio (1/21, Monostra) reported “children who had a COVID-19 infection have a higher risk for developing diabetes compared with those who did not contract COVID-19, according to study findings.” In the “analysis of more than 2 million children in two U.S…

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Nearly 1M Children Infected With COVID-19 In Last Week, Data Show

The Hill (1/20, Weixel) reports, “Nearly 1 million children were infected with COVID-19 in the last week according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, four times the rate of the peak of last winters’ surge.” The Hill adds, “For the week ending Jan. 13,…

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Physicians Urge FDA To Make COVID-19 Vaccines Available For Kids Under Five

USA Today (1/20, Rodriguez) reports that about 250 physicians “sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration Thursday morning demanding children under 5 get ‘urgent access’ to COVID-19 vaccines.” Their “letter argues the science supports immediate vac…

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Oral Immunotherapy Appears Effective, Well-Tolerated By Children With Hazelnut Allergy, Study Suggests

Healio (1/20, Gawel) reports “oral immunotherapy appeared effective and well-tolerated by children with hazelnut allergy,” but “aversion to hazelnut led to a high treatment discontinuation rate,” according to results of a retrospective study of “70 patien…

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“Saliva Sharing” Helps Young Children Distinguish Close Relationships, Study Suggests

STAT (1/20, Joseph) reports “saliva sharing” helps “infants, toddlers, and young children” shape “discernment of social relationships,” according to a study that “found that we use saliva sharing as a cue to help distinguish ‘thick’ relationships.” What’s…

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Maternal Eating Disorders May Increase Risk In Offspring For ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Study Finds

Healio (1/20) reports, “Children born to mothers with active eating disorders during pregnancy demonstrated an elevated risk for developing ADHD and autism spectrum disorders, according to a Swedish population-based cohort study.” Researchers “culled info…

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Oral Immunotherapy Appears Effective In Children Under Four With Peanut Allergies, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (1/20, Lei Wu) reports, “Children under 4 years of age with peanut allergies had significantly higher desensitization and remission rates with oral immunotherapy versus placebo, and younger age appeared to predict better outcomes, the random…

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Plasma Tau Higher Among Children With Cerebral Malaria, Severe Malarial Anemia, Research Suggests

Neurology Advisor (1/19, Stroka) reports “plasma tau, which indicates injury to neuronal axons, is higher among children with cerebral malaria (CM) and severe malarial anemia (SMA),” research suggests. The study published in JAMA Network Open found that “…

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Biden Administration To Provide Americans With 400M Free N95 Masks Beginning Next Week

The Washington Post (1/19, Diamond, Sun) reports, “The Biden administration plans to distribute 400 million high-quality N95 masks for adults free of charge at thousands of pharmacies and other locations starting next week, a White House official said.” O…

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Artificial Pancreas Improves Glycemic Control In Young Kids With Type 1 Diabetes, Study Finds

MedPage Today (1/19) reports, “A hybrid closed-loop system, also known as an artificial pancreas, improved glycemic control for very young kids with type 1 diabetes, the randomized KidsAP study confirmed.” The findings were published in the New England Jo…

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Hotter Temperatures Tied To Higher Rates Of ED Visits Among Children In US, Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/19, Choi-Schagrin) reports, “Hotter temperatures in late spring and summer were associated with higher rates of emergency-room visits for children across the United States, researchers said.” For the study published in Environmental…

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Omicron Variant May Be More Dangerous For Children Than Previous Strains, South African Study Suggests

Bloomberg (1/19, Sguazzin) reports “the Omicron variant may be more dangerous for children than earlier coronavirus strains,” according to study data (PDF) analyzed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa. Bloomberg adds, “Data…

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No Evidence Breast Milk Transmits SARS-CoV-2 To Infants, Study Finds

HealthDay (1/19) reports, “Breastfeeding moms can rest easier: New research finds no evidence their milk transmits the virus that causes COVID-19 to their babies.” The findings were published in Pediatric Research.

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Heart Issues Due To MIS-C Linked To COVID-19 Infection Generally Resolved Within 3 Months, Analysis Indicates

MedPage Today (1/19, Wu) reports, “Heart issues due to multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) linked to COVID-19 infection generally resolved within 3 months, according to a longitudinal analysis.” Investigators found that “among 42 childre…

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Nearly 1M COVID-19 Infections Reported Among US Children Last Week, Data Show

NBC News (1/18, Edwards) reports, “Nearly 1 million cases of Covid-19 were reported among children in the United States last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Tuesday.” The “case count ending the week of Jan. 13 – 981,488 – reflects a 69 perce…

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No Evidence Yet That Healthy Children, Adolescents Need COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters, WHO Says

Reuters (1/18) reports, “There is no evidence at present that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday.” Swaminathan “said that while there…

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At-Home COVID-19 Tests Appear To Be Highly Accurate In Children, Research Indicates

HealthDay (1/18, Preidt) reports, “Despite earlier concerns that at-home COVID-19 tests might be less accurate than PCR tests, new research in U.S. children and teens adds to evidence that the rapid tests are highly accurate.” This study “included more th…

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Experts Warn About Dangers Exercise Equipment Pose To Children

HealthDay (1/18, Roberts Murez) reports on the dangers exercise equipment in the home can pose to children, highlighting one family with a three-year-old who “suffered a serious friction burn as her arm got trapped in an active home treadmill.” While “Pel…

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Distorted Sense Of Smell Following COVID-19 Infection May Affect Children’s Eating Habits, Experts Say

CNBC (1/18, Ellyatt) reports, “Children who have recovered from Covid-19 may experience a distorted sense of smell afterward, which could affect the foods they will eat, according to experts in the U.K.” University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School…

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mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Not Tied To Higher Risk Of Pregnancy Complications, EMA Finds

Reuters (1/18, Aripaka) reports mRNA COVID-19 vaccines “do not cause pregnancy complications for expectant mothers and their babies, the European Union’s drug regulator said on Tuesday.” A “review based on studies involving around 65,000 pregnancies at di…

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Though Survival Rates Among Extremely Preterm Infants Are Improving, Some Still At Risk For Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Later In Childhood, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (1/18, D’Ambrosio) reports, “While survival rates among extremely preterm infants have continued to improve in recent years, some may still face adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes later in childhood, according to a prospective study” publis…

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US Parents Of Children Under Five Worried, Overwhelmed Amid Omicron Surge

CNN (1/16, Villano) reported that across the US, “parents, grandparents and even teenagers who share households with children under age 5 find themselves making…sacrifices” to keep them safe as “cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 are rising precip…

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Exposures To Marijuana Edibles Rising Among Younger Children Across US

The New York Times (1/14, Caron) reported that despite preventative measures, “unintentional marijuana exposures have continued to climb” across the US, “especially in states where recreational cannabis has been legalized.” According to American Associati…

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Exposure To Corticosteroids In Pregnancy May Increase Risk For Adverse Perinatal Outcomes In Infants Born To Mothers With IBD, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (1/14, Pond) reported research indicates that “exposure to corticosteroids in pregnancy may increase the risk for adverse perinatal outcomes in infants born to mothers with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).” The 1,490-mother study…

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Antibiotics Administered To Most Newborns, Even Those At Low Risk For Early-Onset Sepsis, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (1/17, Lei Wu) reports, “Antibiotics were administered to most newborns, even those with low risk for early-onset sepsis (EOS), according to a retrospective cohort study” published in Pediatrics. The researchers reported that “among over 1,0…

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Infant Feeding Problems Tied To Greater Risk Of Developmental Delays, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/17, Preidt) reports infants with feeding problems may have “an increased risk of developmental delays,” according to a study that surveyed “the mothers of nearly 3,600 children…about feeding problems at 18, 24 and 30 months of age.” The stu…

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Pediatric Hospitalizations For Other Infections Dropped During Pandemic, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (1/17, Walker) reports “pediatric hospitalizations for all types of infections fell dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the greatest declines in flu-related hospitalizations,” research suggests. Investigators found that “compared…

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Pregnant People With COVID-19 At Greater Risk For Severe Disease, Adverse Birth Outcomes, Especially Those Who Are Unvaccinated, Research Suggests

The New York Times (1/13, Rabin) reports research published in Nature Medicine suggests that pregnant people with COVID-19 “were not only at greater risk of developing severe disease, but also” faced a greater risk of stillbirth or preterm birth. Investig…

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Nearly All Teenagers Requiring Intensive Care For COVID-19 Unvaccinated, Study Finds

The Washington Post (1/13, Timsit) reports, “Nearly all teenagers needing intensive care for covid-19 were unvaccinated in a study of more than 1,000 hospital patients in the United States,” according to the findings published in the New England Journal o…

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Children Under 5 Infected With Omicron Variant Increasingly Presenting With Symptoms Of Croup, Experts Warn

MedPage Today (1/13, Grant) reports, “Children under 5 years old infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are presenting with symptoms of croup, an upper airway infection that causes a barking cough, pediatricians have recently reported.” As Omicron…

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“Guided Play” Learning Just As Effective As Traditional Teaching Methods, Systematic Review Suggests

HealthDay (1/13, Roberts Murez) reports research suggests that the hands-on learning technique called “guided play” works just “as well as more traditional teaching methods.” Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 39 studies compri…

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First Wave Of COVID-19 Pandemic Saw A Drop In Hospitalization For Self-Harm Or Overdose In Adolescents And Young Adults Compared To The Two Years Before, Data Indicate

Healio (1/13, Herpen) reports, “The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a drop in hospitalization for self-harm or overdose in adolescents and young adults compared to the two years before,” researchers concluded after culling “information from 1,690,…

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Influenza Vaccination Protects Children From Serious Illness Even During Season Of Vaccine-Mismatched Viruses, Study Indicates

Healio (1/13, Weldon) reports research has “reinforced that influenza vaccination protects children from serious illness even when vaccines are a poor match for circulating viruses.” The study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases “comprised 291 patie…

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Biden Administration To Boost COVID-19 Test Supply For Schools

The AP (1/12, Miller) reports, “The Biden administration is redoubling its efforts to expand supply and accessibility of COVID-19 testing as it faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing nationwide and confusion about when t…

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Abstinence Of Screen Time In First 48 Hours After Concussion May Be Tied To Faster Recovery Among Patients Aged 12 To 25 Years, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (1/12, Stong) reports, “An abstinence of screen time in the first 48 hours after a concussion is associated with a significantly faster recovery among patients aged 12 to 25 years,” researchers concluded in a 125-patient study, the findi…

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IV Magnesium For Children With Moderate-To-Severe Asthma Exacerbations Tied To Increased Exacerbation Severity, Hospitalization Risk, Study Suggests

Healio (1/12, Gawel) reports, “IV magnesium for children with moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations was associated with increased exacerbation severity and risk for hospitalization without any acceleration in resolution, according to observational study…

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Researchers Explore Association Of Infertility Treatments, Birth Outcomes

HealthDay (1/12) reports researchers have “found that differences in birth weight and length of pregnancy between couples who conceived naturally and those who used in vitro fertilization…artificial insemination or fertility drugs were insignificant onc…

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HRSA Updates Preventive Healthcare Guidelines To Expand ACA Coverage For Women, Children

HealthPayerIntelligence (1/12, Bailey) reports, “The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has updated the preventive healthcare guidelines under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand low-cost coverage of preventive care services for women…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Children Aged Five To 11 “Alarmingly Low,” Officials Warn

The AP (1/12, Tanner) reports, “Distrust, misinformation and delays because of the holidays and bad weather have combined to produce what authorities say are alarmingly low COVID-19 vaccination rates in U.S. children ages 5 to 11.” According to the AP, “A…

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Later School Start Times Improve Sleep Health In Parents, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/11, Roberts Murez) reports later school start times improve sleep health among parents as well as students, according to researchers who partnered with a Denver school district that “adapted its start times, starting middle and high schools a…

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Three Companies To Recall Home Elevators To Address Safety Hazard Threatening Children

The Washington Post (1/11, Frankel) reports that “three companies agreed to recall their home elevators to fix a safety hazard that has killed and hurt children for decades, regulators announced Tuesday.” According to the Post, “Two other major manufactur…

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Antibiotic Prescriptions For Children, Adolescents Rebounding Slowly, Research Indicates

MedPage Today (1/11, Lei Wu) reports, “After the number of antibiotic prescriptions for children and adolescents plummeted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prescriptions began to climb again in February 2021, according to… research” published in P…

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Secondhand Nicotine Vape Exposure Increases Risk For Bronchitis Symptoms, Shortness Of Breath In Young Adults, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/11, Thompson) reports secondhand nicotine vape exposure increased the “risk of bronchitis symptoms by 40% and shortness of breath by 53%” among young adults, according to study findings. Furthermore, those who do not vape or smoke “were three…

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Laxative Exposure Early In Life Tied To Later Allergic Disease Development, Study Suggests

Healio (1/11, DeFino) reports “laxative exposure early in life was associated with later allergic disease development, including rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and asthma, according to a cohort study” of “291 children who received laxatives for at least 7 da…

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Children’s General Behavioral Health Worsened During Shift To Remote Learning, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/11, Roberts Murez) reports “previous shifts from in-person to remote or hybrid learning…during the COVID-19 pandemic have posed challenges for kids that have caused them to act out, according to” study findings published in JAMA Pediatrics….

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About 27M Young People Exposed To Smoking, Vaping Imagery In 2020 From Streaming Shows, Report Says

According to USA Today (1/11, Yasharoff), a “report from Truth Initiative, an anti-smoking group, says that watching some of the year’s biggest TV shows, movies and music videos…exposed young people to frequent scenes of smoking and vaping imagery.” The…

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Timing Of, Risk For Childhood Neurodevelopment Disorder Diagnoses May Be Tied To Various Socioeconomic Factors Including Insurance Enrollment, Data Suggest

Healio (1/10, Herpen) reports, “Timing of and risk for childhood neurodevelopment disorder diagnoses is linked to various socioeconomic factors including insurance enrollment,” researchers concluded in a study that “utilized data from both the 2000 to 201…

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Many Parents With Low Incomes Face Greater Challenges In Accessing Healthcare, Report Finds

PatientEngagementHIT (1/10, Heath) reports that “more than half of low-income parents said they delayed or went without some type of healthcare within the past 12 months, largely because of social determinants of health carving out steep income-based heal…

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Study Shows 60K Fewer Births Amid Pandemic Due To COVID-19 Challenges

The Washington Post (1/10, Bahrampour) reports that at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, couples reconsidered getting pregnant due to pandemic-related challenges, as a “Brookings Institution study shows 60,000 fewer births than expected between October…

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Maternal, Neonatal Trauma Rates Following Operative Vaginal Delivery High In Canada, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/10) reports “rates of trauma following operative vaginal delivery (OVD) are high in Canada, and maternal trauma rates are higher with forceps than vacuum delivery, according to” a “cohort study of all singleton, term deliveries in Canada betw…

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Study Finds Friedreich Ataxia To Affect Both Weight Gain, Linear Growth In Adult And Pediatric Patients

Neurology Advisor (1/10, Nye) reports, “Friedreich ataxia was found to affect both weight gain and linear growth in adult and pediatric patients,” researchers concluded in the “Friedreich Ataxia Clinical Outcome Measure Study” that “recruited 961 particip…

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Schools Confronting Challenges With In-Person Learning As COVID-19 Cases Surge

The Washington Post (1/7, Bever) reported that as COVID-19 cases surge, school districts across the US “saw higher-than-usual absences among students in the first week back from winter break,” while “large numbers of teachers, counselors, bus drivers and…

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Two Doses Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 91% Effective In Preventing MIS-C In 12- To 18-Year-Olds, CDC Says

Reuters (1/7, Maddipatla) reported two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech “COVID-19 vaccine are highly protective against a rare but often serious condition in children that causes organ inflammation weeks after COVID-19 infections, a U.S. Centers for Disease C…

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ED Incidence Of Cannabis Exposures Among Young Children Rose Ninefold After Legalization Of Recreational Use In Ontario, Researchers Report

Medscape (1/7, Wolinsky, Subscription Publication) reported, “The incidence in emergency departments (EDs) of cannabis poisonings…in young children in Ontario rose ninefold in the aftermath of legalization, an increase far greater than researchers in Ot…

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Children Who Have Recovered From COVID-19 May Be At Greater Risk Of Diabetes, CDC Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/7, Rabin) reported “children who have recovered from Covid-19 appear to be at significantly increased risk of developing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported” in a study th…

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Compared With Surgical Ligation, Transcatheter Closure Of The PDA In Infants, Neonates May Be Tied To Reduced Mortality Rates And Lower Length Of Stay, Study Suggests

Healio (1/7, Swain) reported, “Compared with surgical ligation, transcatheter closure of the patent ductus arteriosus [PDA] in infants and neonates was associated with reduced mortality rates and lower length of stay,” investigators concluded in a study t…

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Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Young Children Rising, CDC Says

The New York Times (1/7, Mandavilli) reported, “The number of hospitalized young children infected with the coronavirus rose precipitously last week to the highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data released on Friday by the Cen…

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Low-Value Pediatric Care Services Costly, Study Indicates

DOT Med News (1/6, Dworetzky) reports “low-value pediatric care – services with limited benefit and potentially harmful consequences – are costly and ‘an important domain of health care waste,’ according to a” study that examined “data from more than a mi…

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Increased Exposure To Digital Devices May Cause Ocular Surface Symptoms In Healthy Children Without Causing Changes In Ocular Surface Findings, Study Indicates

Healio (1/6, Holden) reports, “Increased exposure to digital devices may cause ocular surface symptoms in healthy children without causing changes in ocular surface findings,” researchers concluded in a “cross-sectional observational study” that “included…

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Cash Transfer Programs, Incentive Programs For School Attendance May Help Prevent Incident HIV Infection Among Young Women, Adolescent Girls, Systematic Review Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/6, Nye) reports “government social protection cash transfer programs and programs that incentivize school attendance may help prevent incident HIV infection among young women and adolescent girls, according to findings” of a…

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Abnormal Thyroid Levels During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Behavioral Problems In Preschool-Aged Boys But Not Girls, Study Indicates

Healio (1/6, Monostra) reports, “Abnormal thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk for behavioral problems in preschool-aged boys, but not girls,” researchers concluded in a study that “recruited 1,860 pregnant women,”…

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African-American Women With SLE May Have Increased Risk For Delivering Preterm Or Small For Gestational Age Infants, Study Indicates

Medwire News (1/6, Cowen) reports, “African-American women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have an increased risk for delivering preterm or small for gestational age…infants, even in the years immediately before their diagnosis,” researchers con…

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Community-Acquired Pneumonia In Infancy Tied To Greater Risk Of Chronic Respiratory Disorders In Early Childhood, Data Indicate

CHEST Physician (1/6, Heidi Splete) reports, “Preschoolers who experienced community-acquired pneumonia in infancy were significantly more likely than were those with no history of pneumonia to develop chronic respiratory disorders, based on data from app…

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Parents Of Children Too Young For Vaccination Face Difficult Choices For Safety During Omicron Surge

The AP (1/6, Tanner) reports, “Parents of children too young to be vaccinated are facing difficult choices as an omicron variant-fueled surge in COVID-19 cases makes every encounter seem risky.” And “although health experts say omicron appears to cause le…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Reportedly Expect COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Results In Kids Under 5 By April

Reuters (1/5, Erman) reports Pfizer-BioNTech expect “the latest results from a clinical trial for kids under the age of 5 of” its COVID-19 vaccine “by April, a top company scientist said on Wednesday.” Pfizer vaccine researcher Dr. Alejandra Gurtman said,…

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Parents Spent More Quality Time With Children At Start Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds

The AP (1/5, Schneider) reports parents “indicated in a new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau that they spent more time eating, reading and playing with their children from March 2020 to June of 2020, when coronavirus-lockdowns were at their most intense…

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Study Identifies Risk Factors For VTE Among Pediatric Orthopedic Surgical Patients

Healio (1/5, Wursta) reports, “Preoperative blood transfusion, arthrotomy, femur fracture and patients aged 16 to 18 years are risk factors for venous thromboembolism [VTE] among pediatric orthopedic surgical patients,” researchers concluded in a study th…

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Traffic-Related Air Pollution Was Responsible For Nearly 2M New Asthma Cases In Children In 2019, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/5, Lei Wu) reports, “Traffic-related air pollution was responsible for nearly 2 million new asthma cases in children across the globe in 2019, according to a new study.” Investigators found that “of the 1.85 million new pediatric asthma c…

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Fewer Teens Meeting Moderate- To Vigorous-Intensity Physical Activity Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/5) reports “fewer teens met moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic than before the pandemic, according to a study” that “used data from 5,153 participants (ages 10 to 14 years) in the…

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Researchers Explore Association Between Toddlers’ Neural Responses To Baby Talk, Autism Spectrum Disorder

HealthDay (1/5, Roberts Murez) reports that “when a baby doesn’t seem to engage with…melodic ‘motherese,’ or baby talk, it can be an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” according to researchers who “used numerous techniques to pinpoint brain…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shot For Adolescents Aged 12 To 17

The Washington Post (1/5, A1, Sun, Shepherd) reports, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that children 12- to 17-years-old should get a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster, expanding protection to adolescents and…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shot For Immunocompromised Children Aged 5 To 11

The Wall Street Journal (1/4, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday recommended that moderately or severely immunocompromised children aged five to 11 receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 boo…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Not Tied To Increased Risk Of Preterm Births, Small-For-Gestational Age Births, CDC Study Suggests

The New York Times (1/4, Rabin) reports “women who received Covid vaccinations while pregnant were at no greater risk of” preterm births or small-for-gestational age births, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that “looked at s…

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Lumbar Puncture Testing May Not Be Necessary For Managing Simple Febrile Seizures In Children, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (1/4, Stroka) reports “children with simple febrile seizures (SFS) can be managed without lumbar puncture (LP) testing, according to findings” of a study in which investigators “analyzed data from the Pediatric Health Information System…

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Maternal Hormonal Contraception Use Not Tied To CNS Tumors Among Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/4) reports “maternal hormonal contraception use is not associated with central nervous system (CNS) tumors among children, according to a Danish study” that involved “1,185,063 children born in Denmark from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 31, 2014.” In…

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Multistage Screening Protocol For ASD Implemented In Early Intervention Settings May Improve Diagnosis Of Autism, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/4) reports “a multistage screening protocol for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) implemented in early intervention (EI) settings can increase detection of autism, according to a study” that included administrative data “from three implementatio…

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Short-Term Nutritional Intervention Testing For Trigger Foods May Benefit Children With AD/HD, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/4, Roberts Murez) reports research indicates that a “short-term nutritional intervention, which tests whether certain foods are a trigger for” symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “through the process of elimination, m…

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Birth During COVID-19 Pandemic Tied To Lower Neurodevelopment Scores At 6 Months, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/4, George) reports “birth during the COVID-19 pandemic was linked to lower neurodevelopment scores at 6 months,” according to the results of a 255-infant cohort study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Investigators reported that “compared wit…

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Thousands Of Schools Delay Openings, Switch To Remote Learning Amid Omicron-Driven COVID-19 Surge

Reuters (1/3, Ax, Shumaker) reports, “Thousands of U.S. schools delayed this week’s scheduled return to classrooms following the holiday break or switched to remote learning as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus pushed COVID-19 cases to record levels….

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Number Of Children Hospitalized With COVID-19 Is Reportedly Rising Nationwide

NBC News (1/3, Edwards) reports, “The number of children hospitalized with Covid-19 is soaring nationwide, especially as the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the country.” A “NBC News analysis” indicates that “at leas…

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Dolutegravir Superior To Standard Treatments For Children With HIV, International Trial Suggests

HealthDay (1/3, Roberts Murez) reports the international ODYSSEY trial found that the “once-a-day antiretroviral medication” dolutegravir “for kids with HIV is not only cheap and easy to take, but also better at suppressing HIV than standard treatments.”…

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Primary Care Intervention Consisting Of One-On-One Counseling, Text Messages May Reduce Violent Behavior, Anxiety And Substance Use Among Adolescents, Small Study Suggests

Healio (1/3, Miller) reports, “A primary care intervention that consisted of one-on-one counseling and text messages significantly reduced violent behavior, anxiety and substance use among adolescents,” investigators concluded in a study that tested the “…

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Preterm Birth, Family History May Result In Increased Risk Of Developing Psychiatric Disorder By Age 15, Study Indicates

HCPlive (1/3, Walter) reports, “Preterm birth and family history result in an increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder by age 15, with many also suffering from two or three disorders, mainly anxiety,” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, “…

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Repeated Head Blows In Youth Tackle Football Not Associated With Cognitive Or Behavioral Problems, Small Study Indicates

The Hill (1/3, Migdon) reports, “Repeated blows to the head in youth tackle football are not associated with cognitive or behavioral problems…and neurocognitive performance is instead more heavily influenced by medical diagnoses like anxiety, depression…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shots For Adolescents Aged 12 To 15

The Washington Post (1/3, A1, McGinley) reports that on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration “authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds, part of a broader effort to expand protection as schools, airline…

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School Districts Push To Stay Open As COVID-19 Infections Surge

The Washington Post (12/30, Armario, Bever) reported that “nearly two years into the” COVID-19 pandemic, school “districts large and small that had achieved some semblance of normalcy with the wide-scale return to in-person teaching this fall are now cont…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Children Soaring To Record Numbers Amid Omicron-Fueled Surge

The AP (12/30, Bellisle) reported, “The Omicron-fueled surge that is sending COVID-19 cases rocketing in the U.S. is putting children in the hospital in record numbers, and experts lament that most of the youngsters are not vaccinated.” According to the C…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Causes Mostly Mild Side Effects In Children Aged 5 To 11, CDC Says

Reuters (12/30, Nadeem) reported the Pfizer-BioNTech “COVID-19 vaccine caused mostly mild side effects in children aged 5 to 11 years, according to data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.” Reuters added, “The dat…

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Early Anti-TNF Administration May Reduce Late B2 Development Among Pediatric Patients With Crohn’s Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (12/29, Burba) reported, “Early anti-tumor necrosis factor [TNF] administration reduced late B2 development among pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease [CD],” researchers concluded in a study that sought to “characterize the effect of anti-TNF th…

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Telehealth For Perinatal Mental Health Services Improves Care Access Amid COVID-19 Pandemic But Inequities Among Racial Minority Groups Persist, Study Suggests

mHealth Intelligence (12/30, Bailey) reported “the transition to using telehealth for perinatal mental health services for mothers and infants helped improve access to care during the pandemic and led to similar outcomes as in-person services,” yet “inequ…

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Children, Youth With More Screen Time Appear To Have Had Increased Risk For Poor Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

Healio (12/30, Gramigna) reported, “Children and youth with more screen time had increased risk for poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded in a study that sought to “examine potential associations between specific forms…

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FDA Reportedly Expected To Authorize Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shots For Adolescents Aged 12 To 15 This Week

The New York Times (12/30, LaFraniere, Weiland) reported, “The Food and Drug Administration is planning to broaden eligibility for coronavirus vaccine booster shots on Monday, allowing 12- to 15-year-olds to receive third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccin…

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CDC Director Says Approval Of COVID-19 Booster Shot For Children Aged 12-15 Could Be Days, Weeks Away

Reuters (12/29, Heavey) reports “approval of a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for U.S. children aged 12-15 could be days or weeks away,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky indicated on Wednesday. Walensky, “asked when children in that age group could receive a b…

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Addition Of Azithromycin To Standard Treatment Protocols Not Tied To Detectable Survival Benefit In Children With Acute Watery Diarrhea, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (12/29, van Paridon) reports that “among children with acute watery diarrhea, the addition of azithromycin to standard World Health Organization (WHO) treatment protocols was not associated with a detectable survival benefit, ac…

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GNAS Mutations May Cause Obesity In Children Due To Effect On MC4R Signaling, Investigators Posit

Endocrinology Advisor (12/29, Stong) reports, “GNAS mutations can cause obesity in children due to the effect of GNAS mutations on melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) signaling,” researchers found after they conducted “exome sequencing and targeted resequencin…

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Universal Funding Of CGM For Children, Teens In Australia Led To Rapid Device Uptake, Continued Use For Most, Registry Data Indicate

Healio (12/29, Schaffer) reports, “Universal funding of continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] for children and adolescents in Australia led to rapid device uptake and continued use for most, as well as sustained improvements in HbA1c and other glycemic meas…

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School Environments May Play Role In Early Adolescents’ Mental Health, Research Suggests

Healio (12/29, Weldon) reports, “School environments play a role in early adolescents’ mental health,” researchers concluded in the 26,885-student “My Resilience in Adolescence (MYRIAD) study, a collaborative survey between various universities in the Uni…

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Most Common And Costly Pediatric Diagnoses In US Hospitals Are Bronchiolitis, Pneumonia, And Asthma, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (12/29, Wu) reports, “The most common pediatric diagnoses in U.S. hospitals were bronchiolitis, pneumonia, and asthma,” as well as “the most costly,” investigators concluded in “a cross-sectional analysis of 2016 data” from the Kids’ Inpatie…

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Children’s Hospitals Preparing For More COVID-19-Related Admissions Due To Omicron Variant

CNN (12/28, Fox, Christensen) reports that “nationwide, on average, pediatric hospitalizations” from COVID-19 “are up 35% in just the past week.” CNN adds, “The highly transmissible Omicron variant is teaming up with the busy holiday season to infect more…

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Experts Say Omicron Not More Threatening To Children Despite Spike In Hospitalizations

The New York Times (12/28, A1, Jacobs) reports “the latest coronavirus surge sweeping the United States, much of it driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, has produced a worrisome spike in hospitalizations among children.” However, “even as expe…

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Majority Of Adults In US Support Net-Risk Pediatric Research, Survey Study Finds

HealthDay (12/28) reports “the majority of U.S. adults support net-risk pediatric research posing minimal risk and support pediatric research posing greater risk if it has high social value, according to a study” in which investigators “administered a 15-…

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Patients With Pediatric-Onset IBD At Increased Risk For VTE Compared With General Pediatric Population, Study Suggests

GastroenterologyAdvisor (12/28, Stong) reports “patients with pediatric-onset inflammatory bowel disease (PIBD) are at an almost 14-fold higher risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) compared with the general pediatric population, according to a study” tha…

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Bronchodilator Inhalation With Salbutamol May Have Positive Short-Term Effect In Pediatric Patients With CF, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (12/28, Saleh) reports, “In pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchodilator inhalation with salbutamol is likely to have a positive short-term effect of on forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1); however, due to heter…

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Impaired Kidney Function In Adolescents With Anorexia May Be Common And May Transiently Worsen During Hospitalization, Research Suggests

Renal & Urology News (12/28, Charnow) reports, “Impaired kidney function (IKF) in adolescent patients with anorexia is common and transiently worsens during hospitalization,” researchers concluded “in a study of 395 recently hospitalized patients with the…

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Gene Variants May Contribute To Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood, Researchers Find

HealthDay (12/28, Norton) reports, “Every year in the United States, a few hundred children die suddenly and without explanation,” referred to as “sudden unexplained death in childhood [SUDC],” but “now researchers have found gene variants that may contri…

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FDA Approves Secukinumab For Treatment Of Active PsA And Active Enthesitis-Related Arthritis In Certain Pediatric Patients, Drugmaker Announces

Healio (12/23, Laday) reported, “The FDA has approved secukinumab for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis [PsA] in patients aged two years and older, and for active enthesitis-related arthritis in those aged four years and older,” Novartis disclos…

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Number Of Flu Hospitalizations Rising In US

According to the AP (12/27, Johnson), “The U.S. flu season has arrived on schedule after taking a year off, with flu hospitalizations rising and two child deaths reported.” The AP adds that “last year’s flu season was the lowest on record, likely because…

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Families Of Children With Life-Threatening Conditions Likely To Experience Physical, Mental Health Problems, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/23, Preidt) reported that “when a child has severe health problems, the suffering often extends to the entire family,” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers “compared rates of health care encounters…physical and…

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Researchers Assess Impacts Of Zika Virus On Children’s Development

NPR (12/27, Simmons-Duffin) reports that following the Zika virus outbreak in 2015 and 2016, “more is becoming clear about Zika and its impact on children.” According to data from “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,000 babies were born to…

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Pediatric Patients With IBD Who Have Overweight Often Have Obesity-Related Comorbidities, Investigators Say

Healio (12/27, VanDewater) reports “pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease who” have “overweight and underwent screening were found to often have obesity related comorbidities, suggesting screening should be routine for this population, accord…

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Officials Warn Of Worsening State Of Mental Health Among Children Amid Ongoing Pandemic

The Hill (12/24, Coleman) reported, “Officials and experts have sounded the alarm over the state of children’s mental health as the second pandemic year comes to a close, warning a crisis is emerging – but advocates, hospitals and schools say it may have…

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Pediatric Hospitalizations For COVID-19 Surging In Parts Of US

The Washington Post (12/24, Cha, Dupree) reported, “As the United States enters its third year of the pandemic, forecasters are predicting another ugly winter, but this time, children as well as adults are being affected.” Pediatric hospitalizations for C…

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Phase 2 Trial Shows Benefit From Investigational Pentavalent Vaccine For Neisseria Meningitidis

Healio (6/7, Downey) reported on a phase 2 trial in Mali that “showed promise” for “an investigational pentavalent vaccine for Neisseria meningitidis.” Specifically, the trail showed “that a single dose of the vaccine, NmCV-5, ‘elicited immune responses t…

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FDA Approves V114 Vaccine Against 15 Pneumonia Serotypes

The AP (7/16, Johnson) reported the FDA has “approved a new pneumonia vaccine from Merck, more than a month after OK’ing an improved version of rival Pfizer’s shot,” Prevnar 20. The new shots from both companies “offer better protection against bacteria t…

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Review Of Dual-Resistant Invasive Meningococcal Disease Cases Indicates Need For Effective Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Programs

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/4, Nye) reported, “Recent cases of dual-resistant invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in the United States indicate that there is a need for effective antimicrobial resistance surveillance programs.” Researches sequenced “me…

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GSK Launches Meningitis B Vaccine Awareness Campaign

FiercePharma (8/26, Bulik) reported GSK is launching a meningitis B vaccination awareness campaign, “drawing a distinction between the more common MenACWY vaccine for adolescents and the separate MenB shot for older teens in the U.S.” Former child actor S…

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WHO Aims To Eliminate Bacterial Meningitis By 2030

Reuters (9/28, Mandhan) reported, “The World Health Organization (WHO) is aiming to eliminate the deadliest form of meningitis by 2030 through increased awareness and access to treatments, global plans launched by the UN-agency on Tuesday to combat the in…

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Routine Vaccinations For Meningitis, Diseases Other Than COVID-19 Decreased During Pandemic Lockdown, Study Indicates

Forbes (10/7, Dangor) reported, “Lockdowns in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic had the unintended effect of making both children and adults more vulnerable to other diseases, according to a new study, by keeping many of them from getting routine va…

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Study Explores Meningococcal Vaccination Rates Among Patients With Newly Diagnosed Complement Component Deficiencies

Healio (11/12, Stulpin) reported, “Meningococcal vaccination rates are low among eligible patients with complement component deficiencies, according to a study of U.S. data.” For the study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, investigators assessed…

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Hospitalization Risk Lower With Omicron Variant, Studies Suggest

The AP (12/22, Ungar, Stobbe) reports, “Two new British studies provide some early hints that the omicron variant of the coronavirus may be milder than the delta version.” In the first study, an “Imperial College London COVID-19 response team estimated ho…

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As Omicron Surges, Experts Predict It May Bring 140M New COVID-19 Infections From January To March

USA Today (12/22, Rodriguez) reports, “As the omicron variant continues to spread throughout the world, new modeling data shows the latest strain may cause millions more new infections per day in the U.S. but fewer hospitalizations and deaths compared to…

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Occupational Formaldehyde Exposure Linked To Cognitive Deficits At Relatively Young Ages, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (12/22, George) reports, “Occupational formaldehyde exposure was linked to cognitive deficits at relatively young ages in a French cohort study.” Researchers found that “adults ages 45 and older had a higher risk of global cognitive impairme…

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Age At Pediatric Stroke Has Significant Impact On Post-Stroke Recovery And Affects Long-Term Cognitive Outcome, Study Indicates

Healio (12/22, Gramigna) reports, “Age at pediatric stroke has a significant impact on post-stroke recovery and affects long-term cognitive outcome regardless of lesion size and lesion location, according to results of a cross-sectional study.” The findin…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer Drug To Treat COVID-19

The Washington Post (12/22, Johnson, Shepherd) reports, “Federal regulators Wednesday authorized the first easy-to-take pill to treat covid-19, a drug developed by Pfizer that will help refill the nation’s medicine cabinet even as the omicron variant, now…

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Biden Announces Plan To Help Fight Omicron Variant Surge

The Washington Post (12/21, A1, Jeong) reports that on Tuesday, President Biden “outlined plans to expand coronavirus testing sites across the country, distribute a half-billion free at-home tests and deploy more federal health resources to aid strained h…

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Sleep Problems In Infancy Linked To Behavioral Problems In Later Life, Research Shows

HCP Live (12/21, Walter) reports, “New research sheds light on how early infancy sleep disruptions can have a lasting impact on behavioral problems for children at age 10-11 years.” The findings were published online in the Journal of Child Psychology and…

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Research Offers Update On Safety, Efficacy Of MMR/MMRV Vaccines In Pediatric Patients

Infectious Disease Advisor (12/21, Nye) reports, “Although the measles-mumps-rubella, (MMR) and varicella (MMRV) vaccines were found to be most effective in preventing varicella zoster virus and measles, they were associated with an increased risk for ase…

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Pandemic Threatens Both Immediate And Lasting Risks To Babies

Kaiser Health News (12/21, Szabo) reports, “The pandemic has created a hostile environment for pregnant people and their babies.” Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 “are five times as likely as uninfected pregnant people to require intensive care and 2…

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No Growth, Development Issues For Babies Of Women Who Had COVID-19 During Pregnancy, Study Finds

HealthDay (12/21) reports researchers “found no growth or development problems in 6-month-old babies whose mothers had [COVID-19] while expecting.” The study was published in the Journal of Perinatal Medicine.

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No Increased Risk Of Mental Health Problems In Teens, Young Adults Conceived Through IVF, Study Finds

HealthDay (12/21) reports, “There is no increased risk of mental health problems in teens and young adults who were conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), Swedish researchers report.” And “although those born after assisted reproductive technique…

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Medicaid And CHIP Enrollment Increased By More Than 400,000 From May To June Of This Year, Data Show

Fierce Healthcare (12/21, King) reports, “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment increased by more than 400,000 from May to June of this year, updated federal data show.” On Tuesday, “the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service…

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Coronavirus Surge Could Expose “Rickety Infrastructure” Keeping Schools Running This Year

The New York Times (12/21, A1, Goldstein) reports, “As news spread of the latest coronavirus surge, fueled in large part by the Omicron variant, parents faced a return to the drudgery of school through a screen, child care crises and restless young bodies…

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Parents Struggle With Timing Of Second COVID-19 Vaccine For Younger Children

The New York Times (12/20, Willyard) reports US parents are now grappling over the timing of the second COVID-19 shot for younger children. The clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine “separated the doses by three weeks, which is why the U.S. Cente…

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Omicron Variant Now Dominant Strain Of Coronavirus In US, Officials Announce

The AP (12/20, Stobbe) reports the Omicron variant “is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S., accounting for 73% of new infections last week, federal health officials said Monday.” The CDC data “showed nearly a six-fold increase in omicr…

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School Districts Providing COVID-19 Tests For Students, Staff As Demand Rises Amid Omicron Threat

The Washington Post (12/20, Timsit) reports, “Some school districts across the United States are sending students and staffers home for the holidays with coronavirus tests, as Americans report increasing difficulty securing them just days away from Christ…

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FDA Approves Rivaroxaban As Tablets, Oral Suspension For Treatment Of Blood Clots In Pediatric Patients

Bloomberg Law (12/20, Govind, Subscription Publication) reports behind a paywall, “The FDA has approved [rivaroxaban] Xarelto as tablets and oral suspension to treat blood clots in pediatric patients.” The approval is for “patients from birth to younger t…

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FDA Approves Injectable Form Of Cabotegravir For HIV Prevention

Reuters (12/20, Nadeem) reports the Food and Drug Administration “on Monday approved an injectable form of” ViiV Healthcare’s “cabotegravir drug that is given every two months to prevent an HIV infection.” Reuters adds, “The injection – Apretude – to prev…

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Exclusive Enteral Nutrition Intervention May Improve Malnutrition, Disease Status Among Pediatric Patients With VEO-IBD, Research Suggests

Healio (12/20, Burba) reports, “Exclusive enteral nutrition [EEN] intervention improved malnutrition and disease status among pediatric patients with very early-onset inflammatory bowel disease [VEO-IBD],” researchers concluded in a “prospective, observat…

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Onset Of COVID-19 Pandemic Appears To Have Lessened Severe Emotional Response In Young People Compared With Pre-Pandemic Levels, Research Suggests

Healio (12/20, Herpen) reports researchers in Korea have determined that “the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic lessened severe emotional response in young people compared with pre-pandemic levels.” Included in the “cross-sectional study” were “data drawn fr…

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CDC Issues “Test-To-Stay” Guidance Allowing Unvaccinated Students Exposed To Coronavirus To Remain In School

The New York Times (12/17, Weiland, Anthes) reported, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that unvaccinated students exposed to the coronavirus can remain in school, as long as they are tested for the virus twice in the week aft…

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Companies Announce FDA’s Approval Of Tezepelumab-Ekko For Treatment Of Severe Asthma In Patients Aged 12 Years And Older

Reuters (12/17, Nadeem) reported the FDA “approved AstraZeneca…and Amgen’s” medication, “Tezspire [tezepelumab-ekko], to treat severe asthma for those aged 12 years and older, the companies” announced in a Dec. 17 press release. The agency’s “approval i…

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Adding Monoclonal Antibody To Induction Chemotherapy May Improve Outcomes In Pediatric Patients With High-Risk Neuroblastoma, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (12/17, Rodriguez) reported, “Adding hu14.18K322A to induction chemotherapy may improve outcomes in pediatric patients with high-risk neuroblastoma, according to research.” The data indicated that “a majority of patients had a parti…

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Repeat Testing For Hypothyroidism May Benefit Infants With Very Low Birthweight, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (12/17, May) reported, “In very low birthweight infants (VLBW) whose initial newborn screening was within normal reference range, retesting for hypothyroidism at 36 weeks of corrected gestational age identified infants needing survei…

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Sleep Disturbances In Psychiatrically Vulnerable Youth May Be Tied To Negative Emotional Responses To Social Media, Research Suggests

Healio (12/17, DeFino) reported, “Sleep disturbance in psychiatrically vulnerable youth may be linked to negative emotional responses to social media,” researchers concluded in a study that “assessed 243 adolescents aged 11 to 18 years who were admitted t…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Say COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Provide Expected Immunity In Children Ages 2 To 5, Will Add Third Dose To Regimen In Trials

CNN (12/17, Fox, Langmaid) reported Pfizer-BioNtech on Friday “said…that trials of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 5 show that it did not provide the expected immunity in kids this age, and it is adding a third dose to the regimen.” CNN added, “The co…

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CDC Receives Reports Of Eight Cases Of Myocarditis In Children Ages 5-11 Who Received Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Reuters (12/16, Mishra, Erman) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday “said…it had received reports of eight cases of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation, in children aged 5-11 years who received Pfizer…and BioNTech’s…

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Biden Administration Announces New Push To Eliminate Lead Pipes

The Washington Post (12/16, Grandoni) reports the Biden Administration on Thursday announced “an effort to jumpstart” the replacement of all lead service lines in the country. The Environmental Protection Agency “is set to write stricter standards for dri…

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In Pediatric Patients With T1D, Those Who Switch From Multiple Daily Injections To Insulin Pump May Show Improved Glycemic Control But Increased Body Adiposity Over Time, Investigators Posit

Endocrinology Advisor (12/16, May) reports, “In children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D), those who switched from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump showed significant improvement in glycemic control but increased body adiposity over…

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Study Explores Prevalence Of Junk Food, Alcohol Marketing On Livestreaming Gaming Platforms

HealthDay (12/16, Preidt) reports, “Children and teens who use livestreaming gaming platforms may be bombarded with influencer-endorsed ads for energy drinks, junk food and alcohol, new research shows.” For the study, published in Public Health Nutrition,…

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Budesonide Improves Histologic, Endoscopic, And Symptom Response In Pediatric Patients With Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Results Show

Healio (12/16, Burba) reports, “Budesonide oral suspension improved histologic, endoscopic and symptom response compared with placebo among pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis, according to” findings from a post-hoc analysis presented during…

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Infants Who Eat More Diverse Diet During First Year Have Lower Risk For Allergic Diseases During Second Year, Researchers Say

Healio (12/16, Gawel) reports “infants who ate a more diverse diet during their first year had lower risk for allergic diseases during their second year, according to” researchers who “surveyed 2,251 women who gave birth to singleton live infants at 1, 3,…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Seeking Full FDA Approval For Use Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Aged 12-15

The Hill (12/16, Choi) reports, “Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Thursday evening that they had submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking full approval for the administration of their two-dose COVID-19 vaccine in children…

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In Small Study, Medical Marijuana Appears To Benefit Children With Severe Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

According to HealthDay (12/15, Mann), “medical marijuana may sometimes help” children with severe epilepsy avoid seizures “when other therapies fail.” In the 10-child study, “researchers found that medical pot slashed seizures by almost 90% and reduced us…

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VNS May Improve Symptoms In Children, Young Adults With IBD, Research Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (12/15, Pond) reports “vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) may improve symptoms in children and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD),” research presented during the Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases conference shows….

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Social Risk Interventions Associated With Fewer Asthma-Related ED Visits, Hospitalizations In Pediatric Patients With Asthma, Review Finds

Healio (12/15, Welsh) reports that “among children with asthma, social risk interventions were associated with decreased asthma-related ED visits and hospitalizations,” researchers concluded in a systematic review of 38 past studies and a meta-analysis of…

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Hospitalization Rates, Direct Medical Burdens Higher For Measles, Flu Than COVID-19 In Pediatric Patients, Study Indicates

HCPlive (12/15, Butera) reports “hospitalization rates and direct medical burdens of measles and the flue were significantly higher than those observed of COVID-19 in pediatric patients,” according to researchers who evaluated data from three separate dis…

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Infant’s Immune System May Be Better Than An Adult’s At Combating New Viruses, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/15, Preidt) reports, “An infant’s immune system is better than an adult’s at combating new viruses, researchers say.” For the study, published in Science Immunology, the researchers “collected naive T-cells…from both baby and adult mice,”…

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Medicaid To Directly Certify Children For Free, Reduced-Price School Lunches In Additional Eight States

The AP (12/15) reports “the U.S. Department of Agriculture has added eight states to the 19 where students receiving Medicaid coverage will be automatically added to the program offering free or reduced-price school lunches.” According to the AP, “Alabama…

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Substance Use Among Teenagers Fell Significantly In 2021, NIDA Survey Shows

CNN (12/15, McPhillips) reports, “Substance use among teens – including alcohol, marijuana, vaping and illicit drugs – dropped significantly in 2021, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s latest Monitoring the Future survey, published Wednes…

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IMF Overdose Deaths Spiked Across US From 2019 To 2020, CDC Reports

MedPage Today (12/14, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Overdose deaths involving the synthetic opioid, illicitly-manufactured fentanyl (IMF), skyrocketed across the country from 2019 to 2020,” according to new CDC data. CDC researchers found that “between July 2019…

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In Silico Models Effective In Identifying Biomarkers Of Celiac Disease, Findings Indicate

Healio (12/14, Stonehill) reports, “The use of in silico models is an effective method for identifying biomarkers of celiac disease, according to” findings presented during the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition…

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Diagnostic Model May Help Pediatric Providers Reduce Need For Chest X-Rays To Confirm Community Acquired Pneumonia, Study Says

The Radiology Business Journal (12/14, Stempniak) reports, “A simple diagnostic model could help pediatric providers reduce the need for chest X-rays to confirm the presence of community acquired pneumonia, according to” researchers who developed the mode…

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Dietary Piperine Can Be Transferred Into Breast Milk, May Influence Taste Preferences Of Infants Later On, Research Suggests

WebMD (12/14, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reports research “suggests that the active ingredient in black pepper,” piperine, “makes its way into breast milk and may help the infant develop a tolerance to pepper later.” Investigators “recruited 18 hea…

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Prenatal Hydroxychloroquine Exposure Appears Not To Be Associated With Major Structural Birth Defects, Researchers Say

Healio (12/13) reports, “The use of hydroxychloroquine during pregnancy is not associated with structural birth defects or any other outcomes, save for birth head circumference,” researchers concluded in a study that “included a total of 837 participants…

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USPSTF Concludes Current Evidence Is Insufficient For Assessing Balance Of Benefit/Harms Of T2D Screening In Children And Adolescents

According to Healio (12/14, Miller), “the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] issued draft guidance” on Dec. 14 stating that “there is insufficient evidence to make a recommendation for or against prediabetes and type 2 diabetes [T2D] screening i…

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HPV Vaccine Facing Rising Resistance From Parents

Jane Brody writes in the New York Times’ (12/13) “Personal Health” column that “the HPV vaccine, which can prevent as many as 90 percent of six potentially lethal cancers, is meeting with rising resistance from parents who must give their approval before…

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Rates Of MIS-C Appear To Have Declined In Parts Of US

NBC News (12/13, Edwards) reports rates of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) “tied to Covid-19…appear to have dropped in some parts of the country – an unexpected development for many doctors who had been bracing for a rise in cases…

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Study Explores Impact Of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes On Obesity Among Adolescents

MedPage Today (12/13, Monaco) reports “taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) hardly made a dent in childhood obesity,” according to “an analysis of Mexican adolescents ages 10 to 18.” The findings, published in JAMA Pediatrics, revealed that “boys saw…

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Development, Resolution Of Food Protein-Induced Allergic Proctocolitis In Infant Gut Microbiome Highlights Underlying Role Of Bacterial Taxa In Allergy Pathophysiology, Research Suggests

Healio (12/13, Stonehill) reports “the development and resolution of food protein-induced allergic proctocolitis in the infant gut microbiome highlights the underlying role of bacterial taxa in the pathophysiology of the allergy, according to” research pr…

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Research Explores Impact Of Maternal Chemical Signals On Infant-Adult Brain-To-Brain Synchrony

HealthDay (12/13, Roberts Murez) reports “research suggests that an infant is…calmed by the scent of its mother.” Investigators gave mothers “a cotton T-shirt to sleep with for two nights,” and examined “both brain-to-brain communication and maternal ch…

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Infants 6 To 8 Months Old Display Preference For Speech Sounds With Vocal Resonances Similar To Their Own, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/13, Preidt) reports “baby talk” helps infants “learn the basics of human language, a new study suggests.” For the study, published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, investigators “changed the frequency of sounds to mim…

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COVID-19 Infections Among US Children Rising Yet Again, Report Finds

CNN (12/13, Christensen, Vera) reports, “Covid-19 cases among children are on the rise yet again, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics” that found “new cases reported among children last week were up nearly 24% over the previous w…

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Study Explores Prevalence Of Stroke Without Cerebral Vasculopathy In Children With Sickle Cell Disease

HCPlive (12/12, Iapoce) reported researchers have “explored the prevalence of stroke without cerebral vasculopathy in children with sickle cell disease,” finding that “atypical strokes account for nearly 50% of all acute ischemic neurological events, rela…

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US Reaches 800,000 COVID-19 Fatalities

Reuters (12/12, Abrahams, Mazumder) reports the US on Sunday “reached 800,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to a Reuters tally.” Even with COVID-19 vaccines “widely and freely available, the country has lost more lives to the virus this year than…

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Mobile Health App May Predict Viral Diarrhea In Children, Investigators Say

Healio (12/10, Weldon) reported, “A new mobile health app for” physicians “could predict viral diarrhea in children,” a study team concluded in a study “conducted from late 2019 to the beginning of 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Bamako, Mali” that “enroll…

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Air Pollution May Drive Asthma Seasons, Study Says

Healio (12/10, Gawel) reported, “The traditional calendar dates for spring, summer, winter and fall did not correlate with asthma seasons, which often are driven by air pollution, according to” researchers who “charted ED visits resulting in a primary dia…

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US Infant Mortality Rates Improving But Health Disparities Remain

USA Today (12/11, Hassanein) reported, “The U.S. infant mortality rate continued its downward trend in 2019, but Black babies still died twice as often as white babies, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.” While “overall infa…

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Initial Surge Of COVID-19 Pandemic Uncovered Rise In Diagnoses Of, Hospitalizations For Anorexia Nervosa In Both Children And Adolescents, Researchers Say

Healio (12/10, Herpen) reported, “The initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic uncovered a rise in diagnoses of and hospitalizations for anorexia nervosa in both children and adolescents,” researchers concluded in a study that sought to “to determine the fr…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Among 12- To 17-Year-Olds Stalls Following Initial Rush, Survey Finds

HealthDay (12/10, Preidt) reported that “nearly half of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, but the initial rush to get teens immunized has stalled,” according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report. Just “1…

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Demand For COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Kids Low Despite Supply, Officials Say

Reuters (12/9, O’Donnell, Erman) reports, “The United States rushed millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for children ages 5 to 11 across the nation, but demand for inoculations for younger kids has been low, more than a dozen state public health officials…

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Company Announces FDA Has Granted Breakthrough Device Designation For Diagnostic Aid That May Identify Presence Of ASD Using Single Strand Of Hair

Healio (12/9) reports, “The FDA has granted breakthrough device designation to Linus Biotechnology Inc. for a diagnostic aid that may identify the presence of autism spectrum disorder using a single strand of hair,” Linus Biotechnology announced in a Dec….

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Systematic Review Finds Evidence Lacking That Dietary Exclusions For Children With Atopic Dermatitis Could Have Potential Benefits

HCPlive (12/9, Butera) reports research indicates that “dietary exclusions for children with atopic dermatitis could have potential benefits, but that the evidence regarding these benefits was ‘lacking,’” investigators concluded in a systematic review tha…

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Greater Time Outdoors May Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk In Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/9, Reinberg) reports, “Children at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) might find some protection from the disease by spending more time in the sun, a small study suggests.” Researchers “studied more than 300 children and young adults with MS a…

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Adding Dupilumab To Standard Treatment May Benefit Children With Hard-To-Control Asthma, Trial Suggests

HealthDay (12/9, Norton) reports “Children with hard-to-control asthma may get relief from adding” the injectable antibody drug dupilumab (Dupixent) “to their standard treatment, a clinical trial has found.” The trial “included 408 children aged 6 to 11 w…

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Study Reveals Association Between Psychotic Experiences, Subsequent Loneliness Among Adolescents

Healio (12/9, Gramigna) reports, “Loneliness may signal underlying psychotic experiences among adolescents,” investigators concluded in a study that “used data from the Tokyo Teen Cohort, a population-based birth cohort study, to examine the longitudinal…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster For 16- And 17-Year-Olds

The Washington Post (12/9, McGinley, Shepherd) reports the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday “authorized booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds, a step that officials said would bolster protection against De…

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Analysis Shows Rate Of COVID-19 Vaccinations For Young Children Has Slowed In US

The Hill (12/8, Weixel) reports, “The rate of COVID-19 vaccinations among children ages 5 to 11 has slowed considerably nationwide, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.” The analysis reveals “that a little more than a month since…

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CDC Recommends All Clinicians Discuss HIV PrEP With Sexually Active Adolescent, Adult Patients, Prescribe Therapy To Those Seeking It

Medscape (12/8, Boerner, Subscription Publication) reports that starting on Wednesday, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all clinicians talk to their sexually active adolescent and adult patients about HIV pre-exposure proph…

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Greater Asthma Control In Children May Help Prevent Bullying, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/8, Mann) reports, “One in 10 children with asthma say they have been bullied or teased as a result of their condition, but tight asthma control seems to keep bullying at bay, a new study suggests.” Investigators “analyzed interviews conducte…

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Guidelines May Promote Overdiagnosis Of Cow’s Milk Allergy Symptoms In Infants, Researchers Say

Healio (12/8) reports “the international Milk Allergy in Primary Care guidelines may promote overdiagnosis by labeling normal infant symptoms as possible cow’s milk allergy, according to” researchers who “performed a secondary analysis of data from the En…

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Adopting Family-Centered Nutrition Programs May Positively Influence Diet In Children With Autism, Study Indicates

Healio (12/8, Weldon) reports, “Adopting family-centered nutrition programs can positively influence diet in children with autism, according to a study” that “adapted and implemented a nutrition and fitness program over the course of 6 weeks.” Healio adds…

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Suicidal Ideation Increasingly Affecting Younger Children Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

USA Today (12/8, Keveney) reports suicidal ideation “is increasingly affecting young children.” USA Today adds, “At emergency rooms in 38 children’s hospitals across the nation, the number of suicide and self-injury cases in the first three quarters of 20…

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Infant Mortality Reached Historic Low In US In 2019, CDC Data Show

HealthDay (12/8) reports, “In 2019, infant mortality reached a historic low in the United States, with a rate of 5.58 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Dec. 8 National Vital Statistics Reports [PDF], a publication from the U.S. Centers…

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Surgeon General Warns On “Devastating” Mental Health Effects Young People Are Facing

According to the New York Times (12/7, Richtel), on Dec. 7, in a “rare public advisory,” US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, “warned that young people are facing ‘devastating’ mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by the…

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Instagram To Roll Out Features Aimed At Keeping Teens Safer Online

The Washington Post (12/7, Hunter) reports, “Instagram will start offering ‘take a break’ reminders starting today if you’ve been scrolling on the social media app too long.” The move “is one of a cluster of features that Instagram, owned by Facebook pare…

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Serum Concentration Of L-FABP Appears To Be Elevated In Pediatric Patients With Wilson Disease And Fibrosis, Investigators Posit

Gastroenterology Advisor (12/7, Stong) reports, “The serum concentration of fatty acid-binding protein 1 (L-FABP) is elevated in pediatric patients with Wilson disease (WD) and fibrosis,” researchers concluded after assessing “serum concentrations of L-FA…

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Children With Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy Treated With High-Dose CIMT May Have Largest Improvements Compared With Other Strategies, Investigators Say

Neurology Advisor (12/7, Nye) reports, “Children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy (HCP) treated with high-dose constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) had the largest improvements compared with other strategies,” researchers concluded in a study that ra…

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High Level Of Liver Fat May Be Tied To Impaired Glucose, T2D In Pediatric Patients With Obesity, Study Indicates

Healio (12/7, Monostra) reports, “Children with obesity and a high level of liver fat content are more likely to have impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes [T2D] compared with those with normal liver fat content,” researchers conclud…

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USPSTF Updates Recommendation For Preventing Dental Cavities In Young Children

HealthDay (12/7) reports, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians take steps to prevent cavities in young children, many of whom may not visit a dentist.” For the updated review, published in the Journal o…

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Gen Z Reporting Higher Levels Of COVID-19-Related Stress Than Other Age Groups, Survey Finds

The Washington Post (12/7, Jeong) reports, “Gen Z is feeling the stresses of the pandemic more than any other age group, according to a U.S. survey” that found “higher proportions of Americans between ages 13 and 24 say the pandemic has made their educati…

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Anorexia Nervosa Diagnoses, Hospitalizations Among Children And Adolescents Rising During COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Indicates

Forbes (12/7) contributor Anuradha Varanasi writes research “shows there was an almost 66 percent jump per month in anorexia diagnoses among girls between the ages of 9 to 18 years during the first wave of the pandemic.” What’s more, researchers “further…

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One-Third Of Children Experienced Underinsurance From 2016 To 2019, Study Finds

Modern Healthcare (12/6, Tepper, Subscription Publication) reports, “A third of children lacked adequate and continuous insurance coverage from 2016 to 2019, a new study says.” Furthermore, the paper, published in Pediatrics, revealed that “the number of…

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Global Malaria Deaths Rose By 69,000 Last Year Due To Healthcare Disruptions Linked To Pandemic, WHO Says

Reuters (12/6, Prentice) reports that “healthcare disruptions linked to the coronavirus pandemic” resulted in 69,000 more malaria deaths “in 2020 than the previous year, but a worst-case scenario was averted, the World Health Organization said on Monday.”…

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Deutetrabenazine Fails To Achieve Primary Efficacy Endpoint In Pediatric Patients With Tourette Syndrome, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (12/6, Stong) reports, “Deutetrabenazine, a vesicular monoamine transporter 2 inhibitor, did not achieve its primary efficacy endpoint of improving total tic score in children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome,” investigators conclu…

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In Phase 2 Trial, Graves Hyperthyroidism Remission Observed With Adjuvant, Single-Dose Rituximab

Endocrinology Advisor (12/6, Nye) reports, “A 12-month regimen of” a “thionamide antithyroid drug…combined with a single dose of adjuvant rituximab was found to increase the likelihood of remission among adolescents and young adults with Graves hyperthy…

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Research Evaluates Addition Of Novel Anti-GD2 Antibody To Induction Chemotherapy For Children With Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Neuroblastoma

MedPage Today (12/6, Bassett) reports, “Adding a novel anti-GD2 antibody (hu14.18K322A) to induction chemotherapy for children with newly diagnosed high-risk neuroblastoma yielded impressive survival outcomes and improved early responses versus historical…

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Early-Onset OCD Among Youths May Affect Decision-Making Due To Uncertainty In The Environment, Small Study Suggests

Healio (12/6, Gramigna) reports, “Early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] among youths may affect decision-making because of uncertainty in the environment,” investigators concluded in a study that sought “to examine cognitive mechanisms linked to…

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Most Young People Under 21 Years With Suspected Myocarditis Following COVID-19 Vaccination Have Mild Symptoms That Resolve Quickly, Analysis Indicates

Healio (12/6, Buzby) reports that “most young people under the age of 21 years with suspected myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination had mild symptoms that resolved quickly, according to” the findings of a retrospective analysis that “included 139 ado…

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Survivors Of Childhood Cancer Had Increased Risk For Long-Term Psychiatric Disorders Compared With Siblings Or Peers, Study Finds

Healio (12/3, Herpen) reported, “Survivors of childhood cancer had increased risk for long-term psychiatric disorders compared with their siblings or peers, according to a register-based cohort study.” The findings were published in The Lancet Psychiatry….

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FDA Approves Rituximab Plus Chemotherapy To Treat Patients With Several Pediatric Cancers

OncLive (12/3, Rosa) reported, “The FDA has approved rituximab (Rituxan) plus chemotherapy for pediatric patients with previously untreated, advanced stage, CD20-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), Burkitt lymphoma (BL), Burkitt-like lymphoma…

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FDA Authorizes Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment For Young, At-Risk Children

The New York Times (12/3, Robbins) reported, “The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody treatment for infants and children under age 12 with Covid-19 who are at high risk of becoming severely ill from the virus…

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Teriflunomide Reduces Brain Lesions, Does Not Reduce Relapses In Children With MS, Trial Data Show

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (12/3, Bryson) reported, “Aubagio (teriflunomide) failed to significantly reduce relapses in children with multiple sclerosis (MS), but two years of treatment decreased the number of brain lesions on MRI scans, according to t…

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Genetic Testing Has Affected Medical Care Of Nearly Three Of Four Children With Unexplained Epilepsy, Research Reveals

MedPage Today (12/5, George) reports, “Genetic testing affected the medical care of nearly three of four children with unexplained epilepsy, a study of” 152 “patients with infantile or childhood-onset seizures” revealed. The study showed that “a genetic d…

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Study Explores Impacts Of Asthma Specialists’ Intervention On Asthma Control Among Pediatric Patients

Pulmonology Advisor (12/3, Schad) reported, “In pediatric patients with asthma, one of the goals of an asthma management plan should be a referral to an asthma specialist, according to a retrospective study” that “evaluated the effect of asthma specialist…

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Financial Incentives May Help People Quit Smoking During Pregnancy, Research Indicates

HealthDay (12/2, Foster, Preidt) reports research published in The BMJ suggests that financial incentives may help people quit smoking during pregnancy. Researchers “assessed whether financial incentives led to higher quit rates among 460 pregnant smokers…

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Children Diagnosed With T2D More Likely To Develop Retinopathy, Other Ocular Complications Over Time Than Children Diagnosed With T1D, Researchers Say

Clinical Endocrinology News (12/2, Rans) reports, “Children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) appear significantly more likely to develop retinopathy and other ocular complications over time than children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D),”…

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In 2019, Many Children, Youth With HCV Remained Untreated, Researchers Say

Healio (12/2, Holden) reports, “In 2019, only 32% of children and youth who had tested positive for hepatitis C [HCV] in British Columbia, Canada, had initiated treatment,” researchers concluded in a study that “analyzed data from the British Columbia Hep…

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Presence Of Neurodevelopmental Or Mental Disorders Or Self-Harm Before Age 24 Years May Increase Risk For Missing School, Research Suggests

Healio (12/2, Gramigna) reports, “The presence of neurodevelopmental or mental disorders or self-harm before age 24 years increased risk for missing school,” researchers concluded in a “nationwide, retrospective, electronic cohort study” that “obtained da…

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CMS Announces Medicaid Programs Must Cover Coronavirus Vaccine Counseling For Children

HealthPayerIntelligence (12/2, Waddill) reports, “State Medicaid programs must cover coronavirus vaccine counseling for children as well as vaccine counseling for all pediatric vaccines for eligible beneficiaries, CMS announced.” According to the article,…

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One In 44 Eight-Year-Old Children In US Diagnosed With Autism, CDC Data Show

The AP (12/2, Tanner) reports, “In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism,” compared to “1 in 54 identified wi…

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Study Explores Benefits Of Reading To Toddlers Via Traditional Paper Book Versus Tablet

HealthDay (12/1, Thompson) reports, “Parents who want to read to their toddlers and give them a developmental boost ought to pick up a traditional paper book rather than an e-book on a tablet, a new study reports.” According to investigators, “toddlers ar…

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Nearly 7% Of Kids In US Have Had Concussion, Brain Injury At Some Point In Childhood, CDC Data Show

HealthDay (12/1, Reinberg) reports that “close to 7%” of kids in the US show “signs of a brain injury at some time in childhood,” according to CDC officials. HealthDay adds, “Concussions and other head injuries are more common among white kids than Black…

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Fetuses Of Women Who Have Consumed Excessive Alcohol During Pregnancy Found To Have Changes In Two Areas Of The Brain, Statistical Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (12/1, Susman) reports that “super-resolution imaging of the brains of fetuses of women who have consumed excessive alcohol during pregnancy appeared to show two areas that were abnormal,” according to research presented at RSNA 2021. A “sta…

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Researchers Examine Association Of PPHN Of The Newborn With Timing, Type Of Antidepressants In Utero

HCPlive (12/1, Iapoce) reports researchers sought “to determine detailed information on trimester- and antidepressant type-specific risk, due to the potential lethality of” persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) of the newborn. The study revealed “an as…

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One-Third Of US Mumps Cases From 2007 To 2019 Occurred In Children And Adolescents, CDC Data Show

NBC News (12/1, Sullivan) reports, “Mumps cases continue to circulate in the U.S., largely among vaccinated people, including children,” according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in Pediatrics. The report found that…

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Study Explores Global Asthma Symptom Prevalence, Severity Among School-Aged Children

Pulmonology Advisor (11/30, Jacobs) reports that while “the overall worldwide prevalence of asthma symptoms has been relatively stable over the past 27 years, about 1 in 20 school-aged children exhibit severe asthma symptoms,” according to study results….

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Small Study Examines Clinical Characteristics, Molecular Genetics, Long-Term Follow-Up Of Patients With Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus

HCPlive (11/30, Iopoce) reports researchers “set out to describe the clinical characteristics, molecular genetics, and long-term follow-up of 24 patients with” neonatal diabetes mellitus (NDM), “a rare form of monogenic diabetes,” from “a single pediatric…

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Academic Performance Appears To Be Poorer Among Children With Chronic Rheumatic Diseases, Research Suggests

RheumatologyAdvisor (11/30, Back) reports, “Patients with chronic rheumatic diseases were found to have poorer grade 12 standardized test scores,” researchers concluded in a “current population-based retrospective cohort study” that “identified children w…

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Analysis Explores Clinical, Genetic Characteristics Of Children With Inborn Errors Of Metabolism

RareDiseaseAdvisor (11/30, Ozkaya) reports investigators “presented the clinical and genetic characteristics of 50 children with inborn errors of metabolism in an analysis” that revealed of the 50 children, “13 (26%) had lysosomal storage disorders such a…

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Pediatric Patients With Poorly-Controlled Asthma At Greater Risk For COVID-19 Hospitalization, Study Finds

MedPage Today (11/30, Hamza) reports, “Children with poorly-controlled asthma were at much greater risk for COVID-19 hospitalization,” according to researchers who “evaluated data from the Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 (E…

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Infants Who Later Develop Autism Spectrum Disorder Found To Exhibit Repetitive Behavior With Objects By As Early As Nine Months Of Age, Study Indicates

The Medical Bag (11/30, Joseph) reports, “Infants who later developed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were found to observe objects more closely and more frequently than infants who did not develop ASD, according to a recent study.” This “repetitive behavi…

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Fetuses Of Pregnant Women With Mild To Moderate SARS-CoV-2 Infection Do Not Appear To Be Harmed By Disease, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (11/30, Susman) reports that “the developing fetuses of pregnant women with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 did not appear to be harmed by the disease,” research suggests. According to the findings of the study that included “33 pregnant…

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Pfizer Expected To Seek FDA Authorization For COVID-19 Booster Shot For 16-, 17-Year-Olds

The Washington Post (11/29, McGinley, Pager) reports “Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are expected to ask the Food and Drug Administration in the coming days to authorize its” COVID-19 booster shot for 16- and 17-year-olds, “according to two people famili…

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Research Reveals No Increased Incidence Of Celiac Disease Among Pediatric Patients With IBD

HCPlive (11/29, Walter) reports, “While patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often also can have celiac disease,” investigators have found “no association between the two gastrointestinal disorders.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion in a s…

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Study Reports Drop In Cervical Cancer Incidence, Mortality Among Young Women, Girls After Introduction Of HPV Vaccine In US

Medscape (11/29, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports, “Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent cervical cancer and saves lives, new nationwide data from the US suggest.” The study “reports a 38% drop in cervical cancer incidence and a…

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Short-Term Treatment With Amoxicillin Not Clinically Effective In Children With Uncomplicated Chest Infections, Research Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (11/29, May) reports, “A short-term treatment with amoxicillin was not clinically effective in children with uncomplicated chest infections, suggesting that safety-netting advice without antibiotics may be a better management choice fo…

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Group Develops Children’s Book Focused On Helping Caregivers Navigate Children’s Anxiety About Climate Change

Healio (11/29, Marabito) reports on the publication by the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Climate Committee of “a children’s book focused on helping caregivers navigate children’s anxiety about the changing climate.” The picture book, called “Coc…

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Interventions Targeting Teen Dating Violence Tied To Reduction In Physical, Sexual Violence, Meta-Analysis Indicates

MedPage Today (11/29, Lei Wu) reports, “Interventions that target teen dating violence were associated with a reduction in physical and sexual violence, pooled randomized clinical trials (RCTs) revealed.” According to researchers, “in more than 20,000 ado…

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EHR Data Successfully Measured, Identified Risk Factors Of CKD Progression In Large Cohort Of Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Healio (11/26, Keenan) reported, “Researchers successfully used electronic health record [EHR] data to measure and identify risk factors of chronic kidney disease [CKD] progression in” a study that “identified 7,395 children (median age, 14.1 years; 36% f…

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About Half Of American Teenagers Not Receiving Sex Education That Meets Minimum Federal Standards, Study Suggests

The Washington Post (11/26, Blakemore) reported that “about half of American teenagers aren’t receiving sex ed that meets the minimum federal standards,” according to study results. Researchers “used data from the National Survey of Family Growth, which g…

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Urinary VEGF Levels Appear To Be Lower In Premature Infants With Severe Lung Disease Who Develop CKD Compared With Those Who Do Not, Study Suggests

Healio (11/24, Keenan) reported, “Urinary VEGF levels were lower in premature infants with severe lung disease who developed chronic kidney disease [CKD] compared with those who did not develop CKD, implying VEGF may be a biomarker of CKD in this patient…

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Maternal Pre-Pregnancy Overweight, Obesity May Possibly Increase Risk Of Atopic Dermatitis In Infants Via Intrauterine Mechanisms, Investigators Posit

HCPlive (11/26, Butera) reported research indicates that “maternal pre-pregnancy overweight and obesity could possibly increase the risk of atopic dermatitis in infants via intrauterine mechanisms,” investigators posited in a study that included “a total…

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Introducing Juice To Infants Early On May Lead To Greater Intake Of Sugary Drinks Later In Childhood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/24, Preidt, Mundell) reported, “Giving your baby fruit juice too early in life could lead to greater intake of sugary drinks later in childhood and much higher odds for obesity and tooth decay, a new study of more than 4,000 American mothers…

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Patients With MIS-C Experienced More Severe Illness During Second Wave Of Cases Compared With The First, Study Indicates

Healio (11/27, Downey) reported, “Patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C] experienced more severe illness during a second wave of cases compared with the first, according to a study.” The study, published in The Pediatric Infec…

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FDA Approves First Adjuvanted, Cell-Based Influenza Vaccine For Patients Six Months And Older In Event Of Pandemic

HCPlive (11/23, Walter) reports the Food and Drug Administration “has approved a multi-dose vial (MDV) platform for Influenza A(H5N1) Monovalent Vaccine, Adjuvanted (AUDENZ) for patients 6 months and older against influenza A(H5N1) in the event of a pande…

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Presence Of Anti-Rituximab Antibodies May Not Change Response That Pediatric Patients With Steroid-Dependent Nephrotic Syndrome Have To Rituximab Treatment, Study Suggests

Healio (11/23, Keenan) reports, “The presence of anti-rituximab antibodies does not change the response that pediatric patients with steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome have to rituximab treatment,” researchers concluded in a study that “randomized 140 c…

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Researchers Observe Growth Retardation In Majority Of Children With Severe Acquired Primary Hypothyroidism

Endocrinology Advisor (11/23, Stong) reports, “Growth retardation was observed in a majority of children with severe acquired primary hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which correlated significantly with the severity of hypothyroidism,” researche…

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In Brain Scan Study, Teens, Young Adults With Autism Show Marked Differences In White Matter Compared To Those Without Autism

HealthDay (11/23, Preidt) reports, “Teens and young adults with autism show marked differences in their brains’ white matter compared to those without the disorder,” investigators concluded after analyzing “the results of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) br…

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Epilepsy Surgery Before Age 3 Months Tied To Better Seizure Control, Does Not Lead To More Permanent Morbidity Than Surgery In Older Infants, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (11/23, Stong) reports, “Epilepsy surgery before age 3 months is associated with excellent seizure control and does not lead to more permanent morbidity than surgery in older infants, according to study findings.” The “multinational, ret…

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Racial Differences In Food Allergen Introduction May Influence Development, Manifestations Of Food Allergies, Study Suggests

Healio (11/23, Gawel) reports, “Racial differences in when parents introduce their children to potential allergens may influence the development and manifestations of food allergies, according to a study.” The findings of “the multisite Food Allergy Outco…

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Company Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance For Use Of Its AI-Powered Cardiac Diagnostics Platform In Pediatric Cardiology

According to Healio (11/22), in a Nov. 22 press release, “Cardiologs announced it received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for use of its artificial intelligence-powered cardiac diagnostics platform in pediatric cardiology.” The agency’s “expanded authoriza…

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Staphylococcus Aureus Remains Leading Cause Of SSTIs, Research Suggests

Healio (11/22, Weldon) reports that “staphylococcus aureus remains the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections, or SSTIs, according to” research that was presented “during this year’s Infectious Diseases in Children Symposium.”

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Survey Explores Factors Tied To Incomplete Vaccinations Among Infants During COVID-19 Pandemic

MedPage Today (11/22, Lei Wu) reports, “A survey of women who gave birth during the pandemic linked disruptions in prenatal care, discrimination, and COVID-19-related stressors with incomplete vaccination in their infants.” According to investigators, “am…

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Functional MRI Shows Adolescents, Young Adults Who Have Sustained Three To Five Concussions Have Disrupted Brain Connectivity In Their Default Mode Network, Study Indicates

Aunt Minnie (11/22, Madden Yee) reports, “Functional MRI (fMRI) shows that adolescents and young adults who have sustained three to five concussions have disrupted brain connectivity in their default mode network, according to study results to be presente…

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Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective In Adolescents Aged 12 To 15

Reuters (11/22, Roy) reports Pfizer on Monday “said…its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong long-term protection against the virus in a late-stage study conducted among adolescents aged 12 to 15 years.” According to the company, “a two-dose series of the v…

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Canada’s Health Regulator Approves Pfizer’s Child-Size COVID-19 Vaccine

The AP (11/19, Gillies) reported, “Canada’s health regulator approved Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot on Friday and announced it will allow Canadians returning from short trips abroad to use a quicker, less-expensive test for the coronavirus.” The vaccine…

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Lice Infestation Rates Rising Despite School COVID-19 Measures, Experts Warn

Kaiser Health News (11/19, Bichell) reported, “According to those in the world of professional nitpicking, Pediculus humanus capitis, the much-scorned head louse, has returned.” KHN added “the measures that many reopened schools have taken to prevent the…

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FDA Approves First Therapy For Achondroplasia

Reuters (11/19, Khandekar) reported, “BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc’s…once-daily injection for children with the most common type of dwarfism received clearance from the U.S. health regulator on Friday, making it the first approved therapy for achondropla…

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Report Explores Social Media Use Among Younger Children

The Washington Post (11/19, Searing) reported that “about a third of children ages 7 to 9 use social media apps on phones or tablets, according to a report” that was “based on data from a nationally representative pool of 1,030 parents with at least one c…

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Children With IBD Appear To Benefit From Vitamin D Supplementation, Researchers Say

According to Gastroenterology Advisor (11/19, Nye), in a 98-child, “randomized, double-blind, clinical trial,” researchers concluded that “children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appear to benefit from supplementation with vitamin D.” The findings…

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Mediator Profiles Consistent With Bacterial, Viral Respiratory Infections Co-Exist In Sputum Of Children With Acute Severe Asthma Attacks, Investigation Finds

HCPlive (11/19, Butera) reported an “investigation from the United Kingdom found that mediator profiles consistent with bacterial and viral respiratory infections as well as type 2 (T2) inflammation markers co-existed in the sputum of children with acute…

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Prophylactic CPAP May Reduce Incidence Of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Compared With Mechanical Ventilation In Very Preterm Infants, Review Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (11/19, May) reported, “In very preterm infants, prophylactic nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may reduce the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) compared with mechanical ventilation, according to findings fro…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Likely Made It More Difficult For Children With Obesity To Manage Weight, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/19, Norton) reported a study published in Obesity “is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight.” Investigators “tracked 230 children from ur…

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Atopic Dermatitis May Be Tied To Shorter Stature, Higher BMI, Lower Weight In Early Childhood, Research Suggests

HCPlive (11/18, Butera) reports research indicates that “atopic dermatitis was associated with shorter stature, higher body mass index [BMI], and lower weight in early childhood,” although these “associations were considered small.” The findings from the…

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Early Identification, Timely Intervention Key To Treating Children With Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis, Research Suggests

Healio (11/17, Volansky) reports, “Early identification and timely intervention are key to treating children with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, a preventive strategy outlined in five important principles” in a presentation given at ACR Convergence…

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Role Of Flavored E-Cigarettes On Uptake Of Tobacco Smoking, Cessation Among Youth Remains Unclear, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (11/18, T. Welsh) reports, “Flavors are an important motivator for e-cigarette uptake in youth, but the role of flavored e-cigarettes on uptake of tobacco smoking or cessation remains unclear, according to a systematic review.” The review, publishe…

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Gene Therapy May Offer New Treatment Option For Children With Hurler Syndrome, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (11/18, Norton), researchers report that “gene therapy might soon offer a new option for children with” Hurler syndrome. HealthDay adds, “In a study of eight children with the condition…researchers found that the gene therapy was…

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Black Children May Have Unique Risk Factors For Self-Harm, Researchers Say

A lengthy piece in the New York Times (11/18, Caron, James) explores recent studies indicating that “people of all races” appear not to “have the same factors for self-harm” or suicide, and among Black teens, “self-reported suicide attempts rose nearly 80…

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Bipartisan Coalition Of State Attorneys General Launch Probe Into Meta Over Social Media’s Impact On Children, Teens

The Washington Post (11/18, Zakrzewski) reports, “A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general on Thursday announced an investigation into Meta, focusing on whether the parent company of Instagram and Facebook violated consumer protection laws by pro…

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Number Of New Diagnoses Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Among Children Did Not Increase In 2020, Research Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/17, Nye) reports that “in 2020, the number of new diagnoses of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) did not increase as expected,” according to findings “published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.” Investigators “conduc…

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Study Explores Link Between Constipation Risk, Feeding Behaviors Among Preschool-Age Children

GastroenterologyAdvisor (11/17, van Paridon) reports that “constipation at preschool age was associated with food selectivity and feeding via cow’s milk-based bottles in the first 6 months of life, according to a study” that assessed “functional constipat…

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Asthma Is A Risk Factor For Hospitalization In Children With COVID-19 But Not For Worse Outcomes, Research Suggests

HCPlive (11/17, Butera) reports, “An evaluation into the association between asthma and COVID-19 concluded that asthma was a risk factor for hospitalization in children with COVID-19, but not for worse COVID-19 outcomes.” Furthermore, “the virus did not a…

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Maternal Blood Pressure Appears Not To Be Major Causal Risk Factor For Adverse Offspring Cardiometabolic Outcomes In Later Life, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (11/17, Lou) reports, “Intervening on maternal blood pressure (BP) during pregnancy wouldn’t help children stave off cardiometabolic diseases when they grew up,” researchers concluded “in a study based on 29,708 genotyped mother-offspring pa…

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American Teens Increasingly Sharing Social Media Posts About Self Harm, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/17, Mozes) reports, “American teens are increasingly turning to the social media giant Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves, a new study reveals.” Investigators “who tracked Instagram throughout 2018 fou…

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Higher Levels Of Media Multitasking Tied To Worse Mental Health, Academic Performance In Children, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (11/17, Lei Wu) reports, “Media multitasking, rather than total amount of time spent on digital media, reflected children’s stress levels, attention spans, and sleep, according to a small study of 8- to 12-year-olds.” Researchers found that…

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Nearly 10% Of Kids Aged 5 To 11 Have Received First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose, White House Estimates

The New York Times (11/17, Stolberg) reports, “The pace of vaccination against the coronavirus among newly eligible younger children is accelerating, and nearly 10 percent of the nation’s 5- to 11-year olds have already had their first shot, the White Hou…

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Increased Awareness Needed To Mitigate Fatty Liver Disease, Modifiable Risk Factors Among Adolescents And Young Adults, Researchers Say

Healio (11/16, Burba) reports, “Increased awareness is needed to mitigate burden fatty liver disease and modifiable risk factors among adolescents and young adults,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the National Health and Nutrition Exam…

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Combination Bevacizumab, Sorafenib, And Cyclophosphamide May Be Beneficial Palliative Regimen For Children, Young Adults With Recurrent Or Refractory Solid Tumors, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (11/16, Blevins Primeau) reports, “Combination bevacizumab, sorafenib, and cyclophosphamide may be a beneficial palliative regimen for children and young adults with recurrent or refractory solid tumors, according to researchers.” T…

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Most Children With Cancer Who Were Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Did Well And Had Only Asymptomatic Or Mild Disease, Study Finds

Medscape (11/16, Worcester, Subscription Publication) reports, “A new study that followed 131 children with cancer who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 shows that most (79%) did well and had only asymptomatic or mild disease.” But, “others developed severe s…

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Cannabis Use May Affect Placenta, May Be Tied To Higher Levels Of Anxiety, Aggression, And Hyperactivity In Children, Research Suggests

CNN (11/16, Hunt) reports research indicates that “cannabis use can affect the placenta and may be linked to higher levels of anxiety, aggression and hyperactivity in children.” The study, which included “322 mother-child pairs,” revealed that “children o…

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Takayasu Arteritis In Pregnant Patients May Be Tied To High Prevalence Of Adverse Fetal And Parental Outcomes, Meta-Analysis Suggests

Healio (11/16, Laday) reports, “Takayasu arteritis in pregnant patients is associated with a high prevalence of adverse outcomes for both the parent and the fetus, topped by risks for caesarean sections and low birth weight,” researchers concluded in a 23…

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NIH Begins Long-Term Study Of Impacts Of COVID-19 On Children

Healio (11/16, Weldon) reports, “Researchers have begun a long-term study of the impacts of COVID-19 on children, the NIH announced.” The study aims “to track up to 1,000 children and young adults,” ages 3 to 21 years, “who previously tested positive for…

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Younger Children Able To Recognize Emotions Of Adults Wearing Face Masks, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/15, Gever) reports, “Young children were generally able to tell whether mask-wearing adults showed happy, sad, or angry faces, although mistakes did happen, Swiss researchers found.” In the study “conducted among 276 children ages 3 to 6…

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Young People With T1D May Be At Increased Risk For Hospitalization For Acute Complications At Time Of Transition From Pediatric To Adult Care, Research Suggests

Medwire News (11/15, McDermid) reports, “Young people with type 1 diabetes [T1D] are at increased risk for hospitalization for acute complications at the time of transition from pediatric to adult care,” and “this was particularly the case for Black peopl…

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Trauma In Childhood May Raise Risk Of Poor Mental, Physical Health Later In Life, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/15, Preidt) reports research suggests trauma in childhood “might raise the risk of poor mental and physical health later in life.” Investigators “analyzed nearly 2,900 responses to the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey” and found that…

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Research Finds “Positive Association” Between States Allowing Teenager Consent To HPV Vaccination And Corresponding Immunization Rate

According to Healio (11/15, Weldon), research “reported a ‘positive association’ between states with laws allowing teenager consent to HPV vaccination and the corresponding immunization rate.” Investigators used data on “81,899 adolescents (mean age, 15 y…

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TAF Therapy May Prevent HBV Transmission From Pregnant Mothers To Infants, Study Indicates

Healio (11/15, Burba) reports, “Tenofovir alafenamide [TAF] therapy was safe, well-tolerated and prevented the transmission of hepatitis B virus [HBV] from pregnant mothers to infants,” investigators concluded in a study in which “enrolled mothers receive…

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Public Data On Racial Disparities For COVID-19 Vaccinations In Kids Appear To Be Lacking

The AP (11/15, Ma, Melia) reports, “The rollout of COVID-19 shots for elementary-age children has exposed another blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address pandemic inequalities: Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of yout…

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Maternal Obesity, Other In-Utero Events Important Risk Factors For CRC In Offspring, May Contribute To Increasing Incidence Rates Among Younger Adults, Research Suggests

GastroenterologyAdvisor (11/12, A. Schad) reported that “maternal obesity and other in-utero events are important risk factors for colorectal cancer (CRC) in offspring and may contribute to increasing incidence rates among younger adults, according to” re…

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Treatment With Updated FDC Of Rifampicin/Isoniazid/Pyrazinamide May Decrease Risk For Insufficient Exposure To Rifampicin Among Children With TB, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/12, Mermelstein) reported, “Treatment with an updated fixed-dose combination (FDC) of rifampicin/isoniazid/ pyrazinamide may decrease the risk for insufficient exposure to rifampicin among children with tuberculosis (TB) inf…

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Teen Athletes May Recover From Concussions Sooner If They Do Light Aerobic Exercise, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/14, Preidt) reports, “Contrary to long-held wisdom, teen athletes recover from concussions sooner if they do light aerobic exercise rather than resting in a dark room,” investigators concluded. The findings were announced in a Nov. 11 news r…

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Parent-Collected Nasal Swab Samples From Children May Yield Accurate Results For Detecting Respiratory Infections, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/12, Preidt) reported, “Parent-collected nasal swab samples from kids could be as good at detecting respiratory infections such as COVID-19 as those taken by nurses, but that’s not the case with saliva samples, British researchers say.” The f…

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Social Media May Factor Into Increased Disordered Eating Among Boys, Physicians Posit

The Wall Street Journal (11/13, Jargon, Subscription Publication) reported disordered eating appears to be increasing among boys, and some physicians posit social media may factor into this.

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First Lady, Surgeon General Team Up With DC Comics In Effort To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Kids

On its website, ABC News (11/14, Nagle) reports First Lady Jill Biden took “reinforcements with her when she” visited the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston “to promote pediatric vaccines alongside Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Superman and Wonder Woman…

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Prolonged Initial Prednisolone Therapy May Not Significantly Alter Disease Course In Very Young Children With Nephrotic Syndrome, Research Suggests

Healio (11/11, Keenan) reports, “Prolonged initial prednisolone therapy does not significantly alter the disease course in young children with nephrotic syndrome [NS],” investigators concluded in a “multicenter open-label trial” that enrolled “207 consecu…

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Human Milk Oligosaccharides Produce Similar Changes In Gut Microbiome Of Children With Overweight As Infants, Adults, Study Indicates

GastroenterologyAdvisor (11/11, Aghjayan) reports, “Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) produce similar changes in the gut microbiome of children with overweight as in infants and adults, suggesting that HMOs do not lead to digestive distress in children a…

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Judge Approves $626M Settlement For Flint Residents Exposed To Lead-Contaminated Water

The AP (11/10) reported US District Judge Judith Levy “on Wednesday approved a $626 million settlement for Flint residents and others who were exposed to lead-contaminated water.” The settlement “makes money available to every Flint child who was exposed…

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Schools Using Federal Pandemic Relief Money To Expand Capacity To Address Student Mental Health Struggles

The AP (11/11, Thompson, Hollingsworth, Belsha) reports, “With a windfall of federal coronavirus relief money at hand, schools across the U.S. are using portions to” rapidly “expand their capacity to address students’ struggles with mental health.” Accord…

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European Medicines Agency Recommends Two COVID-19 Medicines For People Over Age 12 At Risk Of Severe Disease

The AP (11/11) reports, “The European Medicines Agency has recommended the authorization of two new medicines against the coronavirus for people at risk of severe disease.” The regulator on Thursday “said it had concluded that the monoclonal antibody trea…

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Number Of People Younger Than 21 Who Had Total Hip Replacement Surgery In The US Increased Between 2000 And 2016, Study Finds

HealthDay (11/10, Mundell, Preidt) reports, “It may look like bad news, but a new study says it’s not: The number of people younger than 21 who had total hip replacement surgery in the United States jumped from 347 in 2000 to 551 in 2016.” This “increase…

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More Flu Shots Administered In 2020 Than Prior Two Years, But Rates Fell Among Youngest Children, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/10, Walker) reports, “More flu shots were administered during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 than the prior 2 years, but fewer were administered to the youngest children, researchers found.” In total, “administration of influenza vaccines…

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Infants Raised On Fortified Formula Milk Showed No Advantage In Academic Performance As Adolescents, Study Finds

MedPage Today (11/10, Wu) reports, “Infants raised on fortified formula milk showed no advantage in academic performance later on as adolescents, researchers found using data from England.” Investigators found “no significant differences in U.K. math exam…

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More Than 22M Infants Globally Did Not Receive First Dose Of Measles Vaccine In 2020, WHO-CDC Report Finds

Reuters (11/10, Karimi, Aripaka) reports, “The risk of measles outbreaks is high after more than 22 million infants missed their first vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease…

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Nutrition Counseling In Children Should Start Early In Life And Stress The Importance Of Foods With Immune-Modulating Effects To Promote Healthy Eating, Research Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (11/10, Aghjayan) reports, “Due to the complex interactions between diet, microbiome, and epigenetic influences, nutrition counseling in children should start early in life and stress the importance of foods with immune-modulating…

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Nearly 1M Young Children Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine So Far, White House Estimates

The New York Times (11/10, Stolberg) reports that on Wednesday, the White House “estimated…that nearly a million young children have gotten Covid-19 shots since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was cleared for 5- to 11-year-olds last week.” White House Coron…

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Pediatric Randomized Clinical Trials For Acne Vulgaris Have Become Largely Demographically Diverse In Recent Years, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (11/9, May) reports, “Pediatric randomized clinical trials for acne vulgaris have become largely demographically diverse in recent years, resulting in equitable representation across trials in terms of racial/ethnic minorities, women,…

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Young, Black Americans Experiencing Significant Spikes In Obesity, T2D, Smoking, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/9, Murez) reports, “Young, Black Americans are experiencing significant spikes in obesity, type 2 diabetes [T2D] and smoking, all risk factors for heart attack and stroke,” investigators concluded after comparing “inpatient hospital records…

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Short-Term Increases In Ambient Air Pollution Tied To Rise In Incidence Of Pneumonia In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (11/9, Welsh) reports, “Short-term increases in ambient air pollution were associated with a rise in the incidence of pneumonia in children, according to a large, community-based study in Bangladesh.” The study, published in Environmental Pollution…

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Offspring Of Mothers Who Received 17-Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate During Pregnancy May Face Nearly Double The Risk For Cancer, Study Finds

Healio (11/9, Marabito) reports, “The offspring of mothers who received 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate during pregnancy may face nearly double the risk for cancer compared with those who were not exposed, according to a recent study.” The findings were p…

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Over 200 Hospitals Agree To Participate In HHS’ New Maternal, Infant Health Initiative

Fierce Healthcare (11/9, Minemyer) reports, “More than 200 hospitals have signed on to participate in the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) new maternal and infant health initiative.” According to Fierce Healthcare, “The HHS Perinatal Improv…

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Over 360K Children Under Age 12 Have Received At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine, CDC Data Show

The Hill (11/9, Coleman) reports, “More than 360,000 children under age 12 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, as the country scales up pediatric vaccinations.” This…

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Violent Video Games Appear Not To Increase Actual Violence In Kids, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/8, Preidt) reports “violent video games don’t trigger actual violence in kids,” according to a study that “included boys aged 8 to 18, the group most likely to play violent video games, and examined two types of violence: aggression against…

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Expert Encourages Exposure Therapy To Relieve Anxiety Over Food Allergies Among Children, Parents

MedPage Today (11/8, Gever) reports on a program “at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for treating excessive anxiety about food allergy – in children and, often, their parents.” MedPage Today adds that “families may go to extraordinary and w…

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Some US Children With T1D Appear To Have A Decrease In Mean Glucose Level, Glucose Management Indicator During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic Compared With Prior Year, Data Indicate

Healio (11/8, Monostra) reports, “A cohort of U.S. children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] had a decrease in mean glucose level and glucose management indicator during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the prior year,” investigators conclu…

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Recommended Childhood Vaccination Schedule Does Not Increase Incidence Of Type 1 Diabetes, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (11/8, Lei Wu) reports, “The recommended childhood vaccination schedule does not increase incidence of type 1 diabetes, according to a cohort study of over half a million children.” Furthermore, “cumulative exposure to aluminum greater than…

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Babies Of Mothers Who Have Unhealthy Obesity Appear To Have Greater Adiposity Levels Compared To Offspring Of Women With Metabolically Healthy Obesity, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/8, Susman) reports, “Babies of mothers who have unhealthy obesity (that is, obesity along with other metabolic comorbidities) appear to have greater levels of adiposity when compared with the offspring of women with metabolically healthy…

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Discrimination May Increase Risk For Mental Health Problems In Young Adults, Data Indicate

CNN (11/8, Rogers) reports, “Young adults who experience discrimination about their bodies, race, age or sex have a greater risk of dealing with mental health problems than those who do not,” researchers concluded after analyzing “a decade’s worth of data…

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Administration Urging Schools To Help Promote COVID-19 Vaccinations For Younger Children

The New York Times (11/8, Stolberg) reports that First Lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy were in McLean, Virginia on Monday “to promote the vaccination of children in school against the coronavirus, visiting an elementary school whose stude…

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Investigators Explore Incidence Of Anaphylaxis Episodes Among Children Presenting At ED

Healio (11/6, VanDewater) reported, “Most episodes of anaphylaxis presenting in a pediatric ED occurred in those without a prior history, with severity increasing with age, according to results of a retrospective chart review.” For the review, “presented…

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FLOTUS To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Younger Children

The Hill (11/5, Chalfant) reported the White House on Friday announced First Lady Jill Biden on Monday will “begin a nationwide effort by the Biden administration to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations among children ages 5 to 11 next week, after the Pfizer v…

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Youth With Earlier Wake Times, Sleep Midpoints May Have Greater Gain In Fat Mass Over One Year, Expert Says

MedPage Today (11/7, Susman) reports that “youth with earlier wake times and sleep midpoints had greater gains in fat mass over 1 year,” according to a presentation by “Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science…

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Add-On Oral Anti-Obesity Regimen May Help Bolster Bariatric Surgery-Induced Weight Loss In Teens, Expert Says

MedPage Today (11/7, Monaco) reports that “an add-on oral anti-obesity regimen may bolster bariatric surgery-induced weight loss in teens,” according to a presentation by “Jaime Moore, MD, MPH, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora” a…

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Many Adolescents With Asthma Not Sufficiently Prepared To Transition To Adult Care, Small Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/5, Preidt) reported that “many young Americans with asthma aren’t sufficiently prepared by their childhood care providers to transition to adult care,” according to a small study that “surveyed 46 young adults with asthma, 18 to 30 years old…

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Children Who Eat Eggs More Frequently In Infancy May Be Less Likely To Have Egg Allergies Later In Childhood, Study Suggests

Healio (11/6, Gawel) reported, “Children who ate eggs more frequently as infants were less likely to have egg allergies later in childhood, according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.”…

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