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Male Adolescents May Be Unprepared To Independently Make Informed Decisions About Fertility Preservation After Receiving Cancer Diagnosis, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (4/8, Bennett) reports, “Shortly after receiving a cancer diagnosis, male adolescents may be unprepared to independently make informed decisions about fertility preservation, according to the results of an interview-based study.” Th…

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New York City Mayor Announces New Rule To Reduce Temporary Public School Closures Due To Coronavirus Cases

The New York Times (4/8, Shapiro) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “announced a plan on Thursday that he said would significantly reduce the temporary public school closures that have frustrated parents and educators across city over the last fe…

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Sinonasal Inflammation May Be Tied To Brain Network Changes That May Precede Cognitive Symptoms In Young People, Small Scan Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/8, Lou) reports, “Sinonasal inflammation was associated with brain network changes that may precede cognitive symptoms in young people,” investigators concluded in a “small proof-of-concept study” that “included 22 people with radiologic…

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Researchers Develop New Patient-Reported Outcome Measure For Assessing QoL In Men, Boys With DMD

Healio (4/8, Burba) reports investigators have “developed a new 14-item patient-reported outcome measure for assessing quality of life in men and boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” The new measurement tool, called the DMD-QoL, “‘is designed for use f…

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Children Who Undergo Surgery For Congenital Heart Disease Were At Much Higher Risk For Developing Hypertension Compared To Healthy Controls, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/8, Lou) reports researchers found in a retrospective cohort study that “children who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD) were at much higher risk of developing hypertension in the long term compared with healthy controls….

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Newly Vaccinated Mothers Sharing Breast Milk To Help Spread COVID-19 Antibodies To Babies

The New York Times (4/8, Murphy) reports that “over the past few weeks, online forums focused on relactation have been swarmed with newly vaccinated mothers” who believe that their antibodies could be passed to babies through breast milk. And researchers…

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Maternal Exposure To COVID-19 Poses Low Risk For Moderate-To-Severe Ocular Manifestations In Newborns, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/8, Alicea) reports, “certain viruses, such as cytomegalovirus and Zika virus, are linked to ocular manifestations in newborns due to vertical transmission,” but a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests “low risk between maternal exp…

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Early Interventions For Infants With Or At Risk For Cerebral Palsy May Be Beneficial, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/8) reports researchers found that “early interventions for infants with or at risk for cerebral palsy” may be beneficial. The findings were published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

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Neonatal Mortality, Maternal And Neonatal Morbidity May Rise With Increased Severity Of Maternal Congenital Heart Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (4/8, Welsh) reports, “In a meta-analysis” of 32 studies that “included 2,770 women with congenital heart disease,” investigators found that “neonatal mortality and maternal and neonatal morbidity rose as the severity of maternal congenital heart d…

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Many Americans Do Not Plan To Receive A Coronavirus Vaccine, Poll Indicates

NPR (4/7, Brumfiel) reports, “A recent NPR/Marist poll found that one in four Americans said they would refuse a coronavirus vaccine outright if offered,” while 5% are “undecided.” NPR adds, “Although the numbers were highest for Republican men and reside…

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Lubiprostone Not Significantly More Effective Compared With Placebo In Children Or Teens With Pediatric Functional Constipation, Research Suggests

Healio (4/7, Stonehill) reports, “Lubiprostone was not significantly more effective compared with placebo in children or adolescents with pediatric functional constipation [PFC]; however, the safety profile was similar to that in adults,” investigators co…

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CDC Says B.1.1.7 Is Most Common Source Of New Coronavirus Infections In The US

The New York Times (4/7, Stolberg) reports the CDC says the B.1.1.7 variant is now “the most common source of new infections in the” US. The New York Times adds, “The average number of new cases has reached nearly 65,000 a day, as of Tuesday, concentrated…

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Researchers Studying If Monthly Payments To Poor Families Can Promote Healthy Brain Development In Children

In “The Upshot” blog of the New York Times (4/7), Alla Katsnelson writes that some scientists believe “new monthly payments in the pandemic relief package” could “change children’s lives…fundamentally – via their brains.” The “Baby’s First Years” study…

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Diet And Exercise Intervention May Boost Effectiveness Of Chemo For Older Children, Adolescents With Leukemia, Study Shows

The ASCO Post (4/7) reports that research published “in the journal Blood Advances showed that restricting calories, reducing fat and sugar intake, and increasing physical activity may boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy for older children and adolesc…

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Children Who Grow Up With Siblings More Likely To Have A Faster Eating Rate, Research Indicates

HealthDay (4/7, McNiff) reports that children who grow up with siblings may be “more likely to have a faster eating rate” and could end up consuming more calories, possibly ending up with weight gain and a higher body mass index, investigators concluded a…

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President Biden Opens Up COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments To All Community Health Centers

Bloomberg (4/7, Wingrove) reports, “President Joe Biden will offer Covid-19 vaccine shipments to all of the nation’s community health centers, adding 2,500 delivery sites in a program aimed at closing the racial gap in inoculations.” HHS Secretary Xavier…

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Hispanic, Black Children Enrolled In HMOs At Higher Rates Than Non-Hispanic White Peers, Research Shows

HealthPayerIntelligence (4/6, Nelson) reported, “Hispanic and Black children are enrolled in health maintenance organizations (HMOs) at higher rates than their non-Hispanic White peers, based on research published in JAMA Network Open that draws attention…

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CDC Says Around 80% Of Teachers, School Staff, And Childcare Workers Had Received At Least One COVID-19 Vaccine Dose By End Of March

The Hill (4/6, Coleman) reports around 80% “of teachers, school staff and childcare workers had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March, according to” the CDC. The agency “reported that more than 2 million teachers, school s…

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Researchers Say Children’s Growth And Neurodevelopment Is Correlated More With Parental And Socioeconomic Factors Than Diarrheal Pathogens

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/6, Nye) reports researchers found in a prospective, longitudinal birth study that “neurodevelopment and growth among children in an urban neighborhood in Bangladesh are correlated more with parental and socioeconomic factors…

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Prognostic Factors Such As Treatment Timing, Flow Cytometry Associated With Reduced Risk Of CNS Relapse For Pediatric Patients With ALL, Data Show

Cancer Network (4/6, Fowler) reports, “Prognostic factors including treatment timing, total intravenous anesthesia, and flow cytometry were associated with a reduced risk of central nervous system (CNS) relapse for pediatric patients with acute lymphoblas…

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Hydroxyurea Usage May Improve Academic Performance In Pediatric Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia, Researchers Say

HCPlive (4/6, Alicea) reports research indicates that “hydroxyurea usage may improve academic performance in pediatric sickle cell patients.” The 73-patient, “prospective analytic study…included children aged five to 14 years with sickle cell anemia.” P…

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Fear Of Hypoglycemia May Impact Diabetes-Specific QoL In Adolescents With T1D, Study Suggests

Medwire News (4/6, McDermid) reports, “Fear of hypoglycemia, rather than the actual frequency of hypoglycemic events, may impact diabetes-specific quality of life (QoL) in adolescents” with type 1 diabetes (T1D), researchers concluded after surveying “96…

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CDC Director Says Many B.1.1.7 Outbreaks Involving Young People Are Related To Youth Sports

The Washington Post (4/6, A1, Cha) reports CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said many B.1.1.7 outbreaks involving young people “are related to youth sports and extracurricular activities.” For example, more than 189 confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases…

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Children May Fare Better When Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Because Of Early Immune Response, Study Suggests

USA Today (4/6, Rodriguez) reports a study published in JCI Insights suggests that children infected with SARS-CoV-2 “may evade severe disease because a natural part of their immune response stops the virus early in its tracks.” While children may fare be…

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Youth With Persistent Psychiatric Disorders Who Are Detained In A Juvenile Justice Facility May Exhibit Complications During Transition From Adolescence To Adulthood, Study Indicates

Healio (4/6, Gramigna) reports, “Youth with persistent psychiatric disorders who were detained in a juvenile justice facility exhibited complications during the transition from adolescence to adulthood,” researchers concluded after conducting a “longitudi…

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Arkansas Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto On Legislation Banning Gender Reassignment Surgeries, Other Treatments For Transgender Youth

The AP (4/6, DeMillo) reports, “Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor’s” veto. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson “vetoed the bi…

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Many Children With MIS-C Did Not Have Classic COVID-19 Symptoms At Time Of Infection, Study Indicates

The New York Times (4/6, Belluck) reports researchers found that “many children and teenagers who developed” Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) “never had classic Covid-19 symptoms at the time of their infection, according to the larges…

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Families With Sick Children On Medicaid Want Easier Access To Out-Of-State Hospitals

Kaiser Health News (4/5, Meyer) reports that families with sick children on Medicaid are seeking easier access to out-of-state hospitals, given that many cannot afford to travel so far and pay for lodging. While “the choice of an out-of-state hospital can…

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COVID-19 Cases Continue To Increase For Third Consecutive Week In US

Reuters (4/5, Shumaker) reports, “New cases of COVID-19 in the United States rose 5% to more than 450,000 last week, the third week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.” Meanwhile, “The average…

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Researchers Estimate Around 40,000 Children In The US Have Lost A Parent To COVID-19

CNN (4/5, Thomas) reports researchers estimated “that nearly 40,000 children” in the US “have lost a parent to Covid-19, and black children have been disproportionately affected.” The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics. Health…

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FDA Approves New Drug For Children With ADHD

The AP (4/5, Johnson) reports the FDA approved Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ Qelbree (viloxazine) for the treatment of children with ADHD. Unlike most alternatives, “Qelbree is not a stimulant or a controlled substance, making it harder to abuse than older dr…

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Study Reveals Association Between Preterm Birth, New-Onset HF That Persists As Children Age Into Adulthood

MedPage Today (4/5, Lou) reports, “There was an association between preterm birth and new-onset heart failure (HF) that persisted as children aged into adulthood,” investigators concluded. Their “Swedish cohort study of more than four million people” reve…

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Milk Elimination Diet May Benefit Some Pediatric Patients With EoE, Research Suggests

Healio (4/5, Young) reports, “More than half of pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis [EoE] experienced histologic remission after going on a milk elimination diet,” investigators concluded in a 41-child, “prospective observational study in chi…

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Maternal Contact Has Measurable Impact On Children’s Social Brain Functioning, Ability To Empathize Decades Later, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/5) reports, “Show your baby your love, and you’ll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests.” More than 20 years ago, researchers “began studying the impact on newborns of time spent in physical contact with their…

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Arkansas Governor Vetoes Ban On Gender-Affirming Medical Care For Transgender Youths

According to the Washington Post (4/5, Schmidt), on April 5, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) “vetoed a ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youths, calling the legislation a ‘vast government overreach’ and a ‘product of the cultural war i…

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Children Taken To The ED For Mental Health Concerns More Likely To Have Extended Stays Than They Were A Decade Ago, Researchers Say

STAT (4/5, Gaffney) reports, “Children taken to the emergency” department (ED) “for mental health concerns are more likely to be stuck there for extended stays than they were a decade ago,” investigators concluded after analyzing “national survey data fro…

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Children Return To Sports With Wide Variation In Precautions Being Taken

The New York Times (4/2, Marder) reported many children are returning to sports this spring, “and the safety measures that teams are taking vary widely.” For example, at a soccer game in San Francisco, everyone wears masks, including the children while pl…

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Group Of Children’s Hospitals Forms New Coalition To Address Drug Shortages

Bloomberg (4/4, Edney) reports 11 children’s hospitals have formed the Children’s Hospital Coalition to address drug shortages for pediatric patients. Hospital pharmacists say shortages of pediatric drugs are not rare, and can lead to delays in treatment…

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Combining Stem Cell Transplants With Cutting-Edge Immunotherapy Prevents Leukemia Relapses In Young People, Improves Changes Of Survival, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/2) reported, “Combining stem cell transplants with cutting-edge immunotherapy prevents leukemia relapses in young people and improves their chances of survival, new research suggests.” The findings, which were published recently in the Journa…

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Airway Microbiota Modifies Effect Of Azithromycin In Asthma Episodes In Preschool Children With Recurrent Asthma Symptoms, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (4/2, May) reported, “Azithromycin has been previously shown to reduce the duration and severity of asthma episodes in children, but the mechanisms behind these actions have remained largely undefined.” Now, findings “from a new study…

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Nearly One In Five Children Might Have Benign Bone Tumors Of Extremities, Study Says

HealthDay (4/2) reported, “Nearly one in five children might have benign bone tumors of the extremities, according to a study published in the March 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.” In the study, “a total of 25,555 radiographs from 262 pat…

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Virtual Therapy Startups Looking To Provide Mental Healthcare For Kids, Teens

STAT (4/2, Aguilar) reported, “Following in the footsteps of now-giant companies working to address the roaring mental health crisis for adults,” virtual therapy company “Daybreak and another startup, Brightline Health, have turned their attention to prov…

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Johnson & Johnson Expands SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Trial To Include People As Young As 12 Years Old

The Hill (4/2, Weixel) reported Johnson & Johnson announced it has expanded its phase 2a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trial to include people as young as 12 years old. The trial started “in September and was initially designed to study single-dose and two-dose regi…

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Pfizer Says Its SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective At Six Months And Protects Against B.1.351 Variant

USA Today (4/1, Weintraub) reports, “Six months after getting a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of a 46,000-person clinical trial, volunteers remained more than 90% protected against symptomatic [SARS-CoV-2 infection] and even better pr…

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More Than One-Quarter Of US Parents Don’t Plan To Vaccinate Their Children For COVID-19, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/1, Reinberg) reports, “More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don’t plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds.” And “this opposition was more common among moms th…

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Inconsistent Sleep Schedules Among Toddlers In Low-Income Families May Be Tied With Higher BMI, Researchers Say

Neurology Today (4/1, Collins) reports, “Inconsistent sleep schedules among toddlers in low-income families were associated with higher body-mass index [BMI], even after physical activity, diet quality, and sleep duration were factored in,” researchers co…

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Spending Countless Hours Online And On Social Media May Increase Cyberbullying Among Teens, Particularly Boys, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (4/1, Murez), “spending countless hours online and on popular social media” may increase “cyberbullying, particularly among teen boys.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after surveying some “428 teens aged 13 to 19, evenly s…

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Parents Advised On How To Detect Depression In Young Children

Perri Klass, MD, writes in the New York Times (4/1) “The Checkup” how “young children can also experience depression, but it can look very different” from how adults manifest the disorder, “which makes it challenging for parents – or doctors – to recogniz…

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Many Young Teens, Particularly Gender Minority Youth, May Know Someone Who Has Attempted Suicide, Study Suggests

Healio (4/1, Downey) reports, “Many young teenagers, especially gender minority youth, know someone who has attempted suicide,” investigators concluded after assessing “data from 3,979 teenagers aged 14 and 15 years who were recruited between October 2018…

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Cannabis Use In Adolescence May Affect Socioeconomic Outcomes In Early Adulthood, Data From Three Studies Indicate

Healio (4/1, Weller) reports, “In a longitudinal analysis of twins, those who used cannabis more often than their identical twin during adolescence had worse socioeconomic outcomes in early adulthood,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from th…

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US Children And Adolescents Had Favorable BP Trends Stall Or Even Reverse In Last Decade, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (4/1, Lou) reports, “Like their adult counterparts, U.S. children and adolescents had favorable blood pressure (BP) trends stalled or even reversed in the last decade,” investigators concluded in a “large National Health and Nutrition Examin…

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Dextroamphetamine May Reduce BMI, Hyperphagia In Children And Teens With Acquired Hypothalamic Obesity, Research Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (3/31) reports, “Dextroamphetamine may significantly reduce body mass index (BMI) and hyperphagia in children and adolescents with acquired hypothalamic obesity,” investigators concluded in a study that “evaluated 18 children with hy…

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Many US Parents Not Using Child Safety Seats When Taking Ride-Share Vehicles With Their Young Children, Survey Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/31, Preidt) reports, “Many U.S. parents don’t use child safety seats when they take ride-share vehicles like Uber or Lyft with their young children,” investigators concluded after surveying “parents across the” US. The study revealed that “mo…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Daunorubicin And Cytarabine To Include Treatment Of Children Aged At Least One Year With Newly Diagnosed Therapy-Related Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Healio (3/31) reports, “The FDA expanded the approval of daunorubicin and cytarabine to include the treatment of children aged at least 1 year with newly diagnosed therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia, according to a manufacturer-issued press release.”…

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Some Children With TBI May Experience Decline In Cognitive Function Following A Recovery Plateau, Research Suggests

Healio (3/31, Burba) reports, “Some children with traumatic brain injury [TBI] experienced a decline in cognitive function following a recovery plateau, indicating the need for long-term reassessment of these patients,” investigators concluded in a “longi…

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Concussion Recovery May Be Longer In Children Reporting Occipital Headaches, Photophobia, Researchers Posit

Healio (3/31, Miller) reports, “Children and teens who had a concussion and subsequently reported occipital headaches and photophobia took more time to return to their pre-concussion state than those who did not report these symptoms,” investigators concl…

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Infants Born With Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy May Have Increased Expression Of Functional SMN Protein After Risdiplam Therapy, Research Indicates

Neurology Advisor (3/31, Nye) reports, “Infants born with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy had increased expression of functional survival of motor neuron (SMN) protein after risdiplam therapy,” investigators concluded in a two-part, “phase 2-3, open label…

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Researchers Say Social Determinants Of Health Can Impact Brain Development In Utero

PatientEngagementHIT (3/31, Heath) reports researchers analyzed “data from Children’s National Hospital” and found “parental experience with a number of social determinants of health can ultimately impact brain development in utero.” The findings were pub…

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Significant Number Of Children With ASD Appear To Do Well By Middle Childhood In One Or More Key Domains Of Development Health, Research Suggests

Healio (3/31, Gramigna) reports, “A significant number of children with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] did well by middle childhood in one or more key domains of developmental health,” investigators concluded in a study that included “272 children with AS…

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All 50 States Have Announced When They Plan To Expand SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Eligibility To All Residents At Least 16 Years Old

CNN (3/30, Howard) reports, “All 50 states have announced when they plan to open up coronavirus vaccinations to everyone eligible under US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations – if they haven’t done so already.” CNN lists the dates wh…

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Despite Decreases Last Year, Large Number Of Teens Under 18 Continue To Use E-Cigarettes, Research Suggests

Pharmacy Times (3/31, Kenney) reports, “Despite significant decreases in 2020, a large number of adolescents less than 18 years of age continue to use e-cigarettes, with considerable adverse health effects, according to a presentation at the 2021 National…

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Rates Of Maternal Depression, Anxiety Appear To Have Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic Compared With Prior Estimates, Data Indicate

Healio (3/30, Gramigna) reports, “Rates of maternal depression and anxiety have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with prior estimates,” investigators concluded in a study that analyzed “data of 1,301 women who completed a COVID-19 impact su…

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Experts Say US Is Facing Fourth Wave Of SARS-CoV-2 Infections

USA Today (3/30, Weintraub) reports federal health officials and epidemiologists say they are worried the US is facing a fourth wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections. According to CDC data, average daily cases are up 10% compared to a week earlier, and hospitaliz…

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Children With Hand Eczema And Suspected Allergic Contact Dermatitis May Have High Rate of Positive Patch Tests, Research Suggests

Dermatology Advisor (3/30, Stong) reports, “Children with hand eczema (HE) who are referred for allergic patch testing for suspicion of allergic contact dermatitis…have a high positivity rate similar to that of children without HE,” researchers conclude…

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Children Born Small For Gestational Age May Experience Greater Relative Risk For Sudden Cardiac Death At A Young Age Compared To Children Born A Healthy Weight, Study Suggests

Healio (3/30, Buzby) reports, “Children born small for gestational age experienced greater relative risk for sudden cardiac death at a young age compared with those born a normal weight,” investigators concluded in an analysis that “2,234,501 individuals…

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Investigation Finds Disparity In Death Rates Among Extremely Preterm Babies At Two New Mexico Hospitals

An investigation by ProPublica (3/30, Furlow) and New Mexico In Depth has found that at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in New Mexico, the “most premature babies died at up to twice the rate as they did a few miles away, at Presbyterian Hospital,” and “that Lov…

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Higher-Calorie Refeeding Appears To Work As Well As Lower-Calorie Refeeding For Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa, Small Study Indicates

Reuters (3/30) reports, “Higher-calorie refeeding works as well as lower-calorie refeeding for adolescents with anorexia nervosa,” investigators concluded after examining “data on adolescents (mean age 16.4 years) hospitalized with anorexia nervosa who we…

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Pfizer Says Its SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Is Safe And Effective For Children At Least 12 Years Old

The Wall Street Journal (3/31, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports Pfizer announced that its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is safe and effective in children who are at least 12 years old. In the study, the vaccine was 100% effective at preventing symptomatic…

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About 20% Of High School Students In Colorado Reported Having Handgun Access, Data Indicate

HealthDay (3/29, Murez) reports, “About 20% of high school students” in Colorado “reported having handgun access,” investigators found after reviewing “data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which is used to assess health behaviors, risk and protecti…

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Analysis Of State Data Shows Drop In Child Abuse Reports, Investigations Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The AP (3/29, Ho, Fassett) reports that an “analysis of state data reveals that the coronavirus pandemic has ripped away several systemic safety nets for millions of Americans,” finding “that child abuse reports, investigations, substantiated allegations…

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Investigators Examine Effects In Girls Of Higher Total Body Fat On Hormones During Late Puberty

Endocrinology Advisor (3/29, May) reports, “Girls with higher total body fat…during late puberty have increased levels follicle-stimulating hormone…inhibin B, estrone, total and free testosterone, and androstenedione over time as well as menarche comp…

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Assessment Of Thyroid Function Warranted Among Adolescents With Depression Due To Increased Risk For Subclinical Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Autoimmunity, Researchers Posit

Healio (3/29, Gramigna) reports, “Assessment of thyroid function may be warranted among adolescents with depression because of their increased risk for subclinical hypothyroidism and thyroid autoimmunity,” investigators posited after analyzing “data on th…

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Substance Use Disorder More Prevalent Among Cannabis And Prescription Medication Users Who Initiated Use In Adolescence Than In Early Adulthood, Researchers Say

Bloomberg (3/29, Kary) reports, “Teenagers’ addiction rates for cannabis are about the same as for prescription opioids,” researchers concluded in a study “based on data from 2015 to 2018 collected by national surveys done by an agency of the U.S. Departm…

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Black, Latinx Transgender Youth May Experience Significant Rates Of Mental Health Symptoms, Survey Study Indicates

Healio (3/29, Gramigna) reports, “Black and Latinx transgender youth had significant mental health symptom rates,” investigators concluded after analyzing data that “included 252 Black and Latinx transgender youth, 104 white transgender youth and 19,424 B…

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Studies Examine Need For Mental Healthcare Services Among US Children And Teens

Modern Healthcare (3/29, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that “despite the need for” mental healthcare services, “many of the same barriers that have been responsible for hindering access to behavioral healthcare services in the past,” such as…

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Arkansas Passes Bill To Ban Transgender Surgeries, Hormone Treatments For Minors

The AP (3/29, DeMillo) reports the Arkansas Senate on Monday voted to ban gender reassignment surgery for minors, sending it to the governor for signing. If enacted the bill, which bans surgery and hormone treatment for minors, would become “the first pro…

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President Biden Unveils “90-90” Coronavirus Vaccination Plan

Bloomberg (3/29, Wingrove) reports President Biden introduced his “90-90” plan, under which 90% of adults in the US will be eligible for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine “by April 19, and 90% of the nation will live within five miles of a vaccination site as his Admi…

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Tobacco Smoke Exposure Puts Kids At Higher Risk Of Hospitalization, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/29, Preidt) reports, “Nonsmokers usually try to avoid secondhand smoke, but many kids have no option, and now a new study finds tobacco smoke exposure puts them at higher risk of hospitalization.” According to the study, “compared to other ki…

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Internet Of Things Most Promising Of Five Emerging Technologies Used By Nurses To Control Infectious Diseases, Scoping Review Indicates

AI in Healthcare (3/26, Pearson) reported, “Of five emerging technologies used by nurses to help control infectious diseases, the Internet of Things is the most promising,” investigators concluded in a “scoping review” that included “77 optimally relevant…

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FDA Approves Mirabegron For Patients With Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity

MedPage Today (3/26, George) reported the FDA announced “the beta-3 adrenergic agonist mirabegron (Myrbetriq) gained an indication for neurogenic detrusor overactivity, a form of bladder dysfunction, in children 3 and older.” MedPage Today adds, “The drug…

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Researchers Say Number Of Children Who Met Recommended Daily Activity Level Decreased During 2020

Clinical Advisor (3/26, Kean) reports researchers found that “the percentage of children who met the recommended daily activity level (≥60 min/d) dropped dramatically from 69% pre-pandemic to 31% in the spring of 2020 and 38% in the fall of 2020.” The fin…

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Vaccinated Parents Face Difficult Questions About How To Proceed While Their Children Remain Unvaccinated

The Washington Post (3/26, Chiu) reported as more adults become vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, parents are perplexed whether their newfound sense of safety should extend to their children, who may not be able to be vaccinated for months or even a year. Th…

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Vaccinating Children Against COVID-19 Reportedly Key To Helping Countries Achieve Herd Immunity

The Wall Street Journal (3/28, Abbott, Douglas, Subscription Publication) reports children need to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 for populations to reach herd immunity.

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Remote Learning Allowing Many Students To Get More Sleep

The Washington Post (3/26, Ellison) reported, “Sleep-deprived adolescents – forced for generations to wake for school before the chimes of their circadian clocks – have had an unexpected break amid the anxiety and losses of the pandemic,” as “remote learn…

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More Than 80% Decrease In HPV Infections Seen In Women, Girls Aged 25 And Younger, CDC Says

HealthDay (3/26, Mundell) reported, “Fifteen years of widespread vaccination of U.S. children with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is reaping big rewards: A more than 80% drop in new infections has been seen in women and girls under the age of 25.”…

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Advocates Warn Against “Anti-Transgender” Legislation In 28 States

CNN (3/28, Holt) reports advocates are warning that “anti-transgender” legislation in 28 states “could have significant negative repercussions for trans youth.” The bills “predominantly fall into two categories: targeting the ability for trans girls and w…

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US District Judge Rules Illinois State Employees Cannot Sue Magellan Health For Denial Of Coverage For Children’s Behavioral Health Services

Modern Healthcare (3/26, Brady, Subscription Publication) reported US District Court Judge Manish Shah ruled “that Illinois state employees can’t sue Magellan Health for denying them coverage for their children’s behavioral health services.” The employees…

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Pediatric Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Offers Guidance On How To Evaluate, Diagnose, And Treat A Limp In Pediatric Patients

Clinical Advisor (3/26, Lampariello) reports, “When a child presents with a limp, it is often better to first look for the horses (common causes) rather than the zebras (rare diagnoses),” according to a virtual presentation given during the National Assoc…

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People Who Suffer Abuse As Children May Continue To Have Higher Levels Of Inflammatory Biomarkers As Adults, Small Study Indicates

Medscape (3/25, Lowry, Subscription Publication) reports, “People who suffer abuse as children continue to have higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers as adults, likely placing them at increased risk for chronic health problems,” researchers concluded….

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Study Indicates pH Meter, pH Paper May Have Utility For Monitoring Tube-Fed Children With Neurologic Impairment And GERD, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/25, Stong) reports, “The pH meter and pH paper point-of-care tests correlate well with the laboratory pH meter, indicating that they may be useful in point-of-care testing for monitoring gastric pH in tube-fed children with neu…

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Pfizer Starts Testing SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine In Children Younger Than 12

The New York Times (3/25, Mandavilli) reports Pfizer started testing its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in children younger than 12. The first to receive the vaccine in the trial were 9-year-old twin girls at Duke University. The trial’s results “are expected in the…

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Early MRI Findings May Predict Disability Worsening In Children With MS, Study Indicates

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (3/25, Pinto) reports researchers found in a nine-year study that “abnormalities detected on MRI scans at the onset and within the first two years of disease may predict disability worsening in children with multiple sclerosi…

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In Children With Early-Onset T1D, Detectable Changes In Brain Volume, Cognitive Scores May Be Tied To Metrics Of Hyperglycemia, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (3/25, Biscaldi) reports, “Among children with early-onset type 1 diabetes (T1D), detectable changes in brain volume and cognitive scores persist over time and are associated with metrics of hyperglycemia,” investigators concluded in…

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Even A Small Amount Of Coffee During Pregnancy Could Impact Growth, Birth Weight Of Baby, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/25, Thompson) reports, “As little as half a cup of coffee each day might be enough to stunt the growth and birth weight of a baby in the womb, a new study claims.” The researchers found that “women who consumed an average 50 milligrams of caf…

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Proposed Legislation Would Set New Maximum Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals In Baby Food

Reuters (3/25, Shepardson) reports, “A group of Democratic U.S. lawmakers presented legislation Thursday which will set new maximum levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food and require manufacturers to comply within one year.” The Baby Food Safety Act of…

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FDA Approves Rilonacept To Treat Patients With Recurrent Pericarditis

Medscape (3/25, Wendling, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA approved Arcalyst (rilonacept) to treat patients with “recurrent pericarditis and reduce the risk for recurrence in adults and children 12 years and older.” The decision “offers patients…

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Research Suggests Institutions May Benefit From Mass Testing Strategy That Includes Surrounding Community As Well As Themselves

The New York Times (3/24, Anthes) reports in the past year, some organizations have adopted a mass testing strategy with daily or regular testing for employees, staff, students, etc. to quickly detect any cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, “a new ana…

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Short-Term Rise In Nitrogen Dioxide Air Pollution May Be Linked To Increase In Local Mortality Rates The Next Day, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (3/24) reports that research suggests “a short-term rise in nitrogen dioxide air pollution could be tied to a bump in local mortality rates the next day.” The findings were published online in The BMJ.

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Children With Atopic Dermatitis Are More Likely To Experience Broad Array Of Comorbidities Than Matched Controls In Study

Healio (3/24, Volansky) reports researchers found “children with atopic dermatitis were more likely to experience a broad array of comorbidities than matched controls, from mental health conditions such as anxiety to dermatologic complications such as vit…

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Children Born To Mothers Who Took OHPC May Be Twice As Likely To Develop Cancer In Adulthood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/24, Mann) reports, “Kids born to moms who took a drug widely used to prevent miscarriages in the 1950s and 1960s may be twice as likely to develop cancer in adulthood.” The treatment, “hydroxyprogesterone caproate, also known as OHPC or 17-OH…

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Migrant Children Have Tested Positive For SARS-CoV-2 In 84% Of Texas Facilities

Newsweek (3/24, Czachor) reports, “Migrant children have tested positive for [SARS-CoV-2] inside most of Texas’ state-licensed shelters since the beginning of March, as the U.S. continues to see an influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at its Southern b…

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SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Rare In Schools That Follow Precautions, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/24) reports SARS-CoV-2 “transmission is rare in schools that follow precautions such as mandatory masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing, a new study finds.” The researchers “conducted a pilot study that included 57 schools in St….

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US Birth Rates In 2019 Continued Five-Year Decline, CDC Report Finds

MedPage Today (3/23, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Birth rates in 2019 in the U.S. continued a 5-year decline, according to a CDC” National Vital Statistics report [PDF]. The researchers found that “in 2019, there were 3.75 million births in the U.S. – a 1% decre…

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Public Health Officials Reportedly Concerned That US Could Face Another Surge Of SARS-CoV-2 Cases As People Relax And States Reopen

The New York Times (3/23, Delkic) reports, “Positive trends in pandemic statistics in the United States are easy to distrust,” because the US “went through two false dawns last year, in the late spring and then again in the late summer, when declines in c…

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Children Can Develop Biases From Hearing Negative Comments, Study Suggests

CNN (3/24, Marples) reports a new study found “children who overheard someone saying negative words about a particular group of people developed negative biases toward them.” Researchers split children aged 4 to 9 into “groups where they either overheard…

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Smoke From Forest Fires Sending Kids To The ED With Respiratory Problems At Higher Rates Than Ever Before, Researchers Say

HealthDay (3/23, Reinberg) reports, “The smoke from forest fires is sending children” with asthma to emergency departments (EDs) “with respiratory problems at higher rates than ever before,” investigators concluded after collecting data on visits to the E…

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Use Of Polyethylene Glycol With Electrolytes For Treatment Of Chronic Constipation In Children Appears Safe, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/23, Nye) reports researchers found in a retrospective, single exposure cohort study that “use of polyethylene glycol with electrolytes for the treatment of chronic constipation among children appeared to be safe.” The findings…

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Group Of House Democrats Calls For FDA To Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

The Hill (3/23, Lonas) reports 43 House Democrats sent a letter to Janet Woodcock, the acting FDA Commissioner, calling for the agency to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. The letter read in part, “Flavored e-cigarettes are putting a new generation of kids a…

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FDA Approves Dasiglucagon Autoinjector And Prefilled Syringe For Treatment Of Severe Hypoglycemia In People With Diabetes

Medscape (3/23, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA approved Zealand Pharma’s Zegalogue (dasiglucagon) “autoinjector and prefilled syringe for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia in people with diabetes aged 6 and older.” Medscape adds, “Th…

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Six-Month Course Of Subcutaneous Leuprolide Acetate Treatment May Be Effective In Treating Central Precocious Puberty, Study Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (3/22) reports, “A six-month, 45 mg dose of subcutaneous leuprolide acetate treatment has shown efficacy in treating central precocious puberty (CPP),” investigators concluded in a study that “included an intent-to-treat population o…

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Global Survey Indicates Atopic Dermatitis Affects 13.5% To 41.9% Of Children

Dermatology Advisor (3/22, May) reports, “A global survey administered to people across 18 countries suggests atopic dermatitis (AD) affects 13.5% to 41.9% of children, with less than 15% of pediatric patients reporting severe AD,” investigators concluded…

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Low BMD May Be Common In New-Onset, Mild To Moderate Pediatric Crohn’s Disease, Researchers Say

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/22, Soreca) reports, “Low bone mineral density (BMD) was found to be a common complication of new-onset, mild to moderate pediatric Crohn’s disease,” investigators concluded. The findings were published online ahead of print in…

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Researchers Say Transgender Children Are At Higher Risk For Cardiovascular Health Issues

Cardiovascular Business (3/22, Walter) reports researchers found “transgender children may face a heightened risk of cardiovascular health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.” The findings were pr…

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Researchers Train Machine Learning Modules To Differentiate Between Transient And Persistent Cases Of Early Childhood Asthma

Pulmonology Advisor (3/22, Jacobs) reports researchers found “machine learning modules can be trained with the use of electronic health record (EHR) data to differentiate between transient and persistent cases of early childhood asthma.” The findings were…

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Researchers Say Children With Poorly Controlled Type 1 Diabetes Significantly At Increased Risk For COVID-19 Complications And Death

HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports researchers found “poorly controlled type 1 diabetes significantly increases a child’s risk of COVID-19 complications and death.” The findings were presented at the virtual annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. Medscape…

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Researchers Say Children With Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections Have Higher Viral Loads In Upper Airways Than Those With Asymptomatic Infections

Healio (3/22, Downey) reports researchers found that children with symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections “had higher viral loads in their upper airways compared with asymptomatic children.” The findings were presented at the St. Jude Pediatric Infectious Dise…

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Safety Planning Intervention Incorporating Motivational Interviewing May Be Feasible, Acceptable For Youths At Risk For Suicide, Small Study Suggests

Healio (3/22, Gramigna) reports, “A safety planning intervention that incorporated motivational interviewing appeared feasible and acceptable for youths at risk for suicide,” researchers concluded after randomizing “36 adolescents aged 13 to 17 years, of…

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Sleep Disruption May Have Small But Significant Impact On Depressive Symptoms Among Children And Youths, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (3/22, Gramigna) reports, “Sleep disruption had a small but statistically significant impact on depressive symptoms among children and youths,” researchers concluded in a systematic review that “included 22 studies, with 28,895 patients, in the ove…

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Many Children With Adverse Childhood Experiences Not Receiving Clinical Services, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/22) reports more than half “of children with high levels of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), high distress symptoms, or both are not receiving clinical services, according to a study published online March 15 in JAMA Network Open.” The a…

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Coronavirus Cases Increasing In Some States

STAT (3/20, Joseph) reported some Americans are predicting a summer of celebration after widespread vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 allows “the safe return of gatherings and activities shunned for the past year,” but some “epidemiologists have been warning…

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Almost Three-Quarters Of Maternal, Neonatal Healthcare Workers Feel Burnout Has Increased Among Coworkers Amid Pandemic, Study Says

HealthDay (3/19) reported, “Two-thirds of maternal and neonatal health care workers (HCWs) report symptoms of burnout, and almost three-quarters feel that burnout has increased among their coworkers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study publish…

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Small Majority Of Front-Line Healthcare Workers Have Been Vaccinated Against SARS-CoV-2, Survey Suggests

The Washington Post (3/19, A1, Wan, Sellers, Ahmed, Guskin) reported healthcare workers were the first group of people in the US to be offered SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, but three months later, “many remain unconvinced, unreached and unprotected.” In a survey c…

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Soccer Has Highest Head Impact Rate For Both Boys And Girls, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/19, Preidt) reported that after outfitting 124 “high school athletes with head impact sensors to see which of four popular sports put them at the greatest risk of concussion,” investigators concluded that soccer was “no. 1 for both boys and g…

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Deep Learning AI With Imaging Analysis Can Accurately Detect Child Abuse, Study Suggests

Aunt Minnie (3/19, Ridley) reported researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado found a “deep-learning algorithm that includes analysis of imaging reports can identify children who have been physically abused.” By incorporating “natural language processin…

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Biden Administration Announces Funding For Coronavirus Testing In Schools

USA Today (3/20, Richards, Alltucker) reported the Biden Administration announced “it would make $10 billion available for K-12 schools to expand coronavirus screening of staff and students.” This funding could be used by schools to offer rapid antigen te…

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Researchers Say Women Who Receive SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines Can Pass Antibodies To Their Babies During Pregnancy And Through Breastfeeding

The Washington Post (3/21, Bever) reports there is evidence that “women who receive a coronavirus vaccine not only acquire protective antibodies against the virus for themselves but also may pass along immunity to their babies” during pregnancy or after b…

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Preschoolers Who Spend A Lot Of Time On Screens More Likely To Develop Emotional, Behavioral Problems By Age Five, Research Suggests

HealthDay (3/19, Thompson) reported, “Preschoolers who spend a lot of time watching movies and shows on TVs and other screens are more likely to develop emotional and behavioral problems by age five,” but “despite their reputation, video games did not app…

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CDC Says Students Only Need To Be Three Feet Apart Rather Than Six

The New York Times (3/19, Rabin, Goldstein, Anthes, Stolberg) reported on Friday, the CDC “relaxed the six-foot distancing rule for elementary school students, saying they need only remain three feet apart in classrooms as long as everyone is wearing a ma…

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Researchers Say The Pandemic Has Affected The Mental Health Of Psychiatrically Hospitalized Youth

Healio (3/19, Gramigna) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily stressors, coping and suicidal ideation among psychiatrically hospitalized youth, according to a presentation at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference…

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DEA Warns Of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Containing Fentanyl

NBC News (3/18, Winter, Snow, Schecter) reports the DEA warned that counterfeit prescription drugs can contain fentanyl. Earlier this month, the DEA “made a huge bust in Mexico, seizing 600,000 counterfeit pharmaceutical pills” containing fentanyl that we…

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Children, Young Adults Who Experience Post-Traumatic Headache With Migraine Phenotype May Be At Increased Risk For More Significant Injury Or Deleterious Pathophysiology After Concussion, Study Indicates

Healio (3/18, Southall) reports, “Children and young adults who experience post-traumatic headache with migraine phenotype may be at increased risk for more significant injury or deleterious pathophysiology after concussion,” investigators concluded in a…

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Chronic School, Work Absenteeism More Common In Children With Atopic Dermatitis, Their Caregivers Than In Those With Psoriasis, Research Suggests

Healio (3/18, Forand) reports, “Chronic school and work absenteeism is more common in children with atopic dermatitis and their caregivers than in those with psoriasis,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the 1999-2015 Medical Expenditure…

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Calls To US Poison Centers About Incidents Involving Children And High-Powered Magnets Surged More Than 400% After A Court Overturned A Ban On The Magnets, Researchers Say

HealthDay (3/18, Preidt) reports, “Calls to U.S. poison centers about incidents involving children and high-powered magnets surged more than 400% after a court overturned a ban on the magnets,” investigators concluded after analyzing “calls to U.S. poison…

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Researchers In Wuhan Say Lung Ultrasound Is Best Way To Identify COVID-19 Pneumonia In Newborns

Aunt Minnie (3/18, Moan) reports researchers at Wuhan Children’s Hospital concluded that lung ultrasound is the best way to identify COVID-19 pneumonia in newborns, because it “is noninvasive, convenient, and sensitive.” The researchers “compared 11 neona…

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Children Who Attended School In Person And Their Parents Reported Less Stress Than Those Who Took Online Classes Or Who Learned In A Hybrid Setting, CDC Report Says

The Hill (3/18, Wilson) reports children who attended school in person in the fall, and their parents “reported significantly less stress and anxiety than those who learned either online or in a combined setting,” according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mort…

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Senate Confirms Becerra As HHS Secretary

The AP (3/18, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports, “The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Joe Biden’s health secretary, filling a key position in the administration’s coronavirus response and its ambitious push to l…

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Cases Of Children With Long-Haul COVID-19 Are Rare But Growing

The Washington Post (3/18, Cha) reports, “Cases of children with persistent symptoms after covid-19 are rare but growing…unnerving parents and physicians who are tracking the often strange and fluctuating constellation of symptoms.” Some medical centers…

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SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Appears Rare, Study Suggests

The New York Times (3/17, Mandavilli) reports that the “vast majority of people who recover from Covid-19 remain shielded from the virus for at least six months, researchers reported on Wednesday in a large study from Denmark.” Prior infection with the co…

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Risdiplam May Improve, Sustain Motor Function In Children And Adults With Type 2 Or Type 3 Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Company Says

Healio (3/17) reports, “Evrysdi [risdiplam], a survival motor neuron 2-directed RNA splicing modifier, both sustained and improved motor function at 24 months in children and adults with type 2 or type 3 spinal muscular atrophy,” investigators concluded i…

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Some Children Have Become Caregivers For Ill Parents During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Kaiser Health News (3/17, de Marco) reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, some children have had to become caregivers for their parents who have fallen ill from COVID-19 or other diseases. More than three million teenagers and children help ill or disable…

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Gender-Affirming HT May Cause Changes In HDL Cholesterol Levels For Transgender Adolescents, Study Indicates

Healio (3/17, Monostra) reports, “Gender-affirming hormone therapy [HT] causes changes in HDL cholesterol levels for transgender adolescents, and obesity can modify these associations,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 269 adolescents (69%…

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Researchers Say Cerebral Malaria Follows Distinct Pathogenic Patterns In Children And Adults

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/17, van Paridon) reports researchers analyzed brain MRI scans in 65 patients with cerebral malaria and found that children and adults with the disease “have distinct pathogenic patterns.” The findings were published in Clinic…

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Review Study Indicates That People With Asthma Are Not At Higher Risk For Poor COVID-19 Outcomes

Healio (3/17, Welsh) reports a review study published in the Journal of Asthma found that people with asthma are not at higher risk for poor COVID-19 outcomes. Researchers conducted “a systematic review and meta-analysis of 57 studies with 587,280 partici…

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Cohort Study Examines Association Of Preterm Birth With Prescription Of Psychotropic Medication In Adolescence, Young Adulthood

Healio (3/17, Gramigna) reports, “People who were born preterm had higher rates of psychotropic” medication “prescriptions during adolescence and young adulthood than those born at term,” researchers concluded after analyzing “registry data of all Norwegi…

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US Department Of Education To Hold Summit On Reopening Schools Next Week

The AP (3/17, Thompson) reports the US Department of Education will convene “a summit next week to help get children back into the classroom safely in the middle of a pandemic.” Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the summit will be held on Ma…

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Federal Judge Rules Health Plan’s Exclusion Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatments Is Permissible Under Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Bloomberg Law (3/17, Wille, Subscription Publication) reports, “The parents of a four-year-old autistic child who sued their health plan for categorically excluding an autism treatment called applied behavioral analysis can challenge this practice under t…

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US To Spend $10 Billion To Expand SARS-CoV-2 Testing In Schools

The Wall Street Journal (3/17, Abbott, Subscription Publication) reports under the new stimulus package, the federal government plans to spend $10 billion to expand SARS-CoV-2 testing in schools to help schools resume in-person classes. The Biden Administ…

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Women Face Difficulties In Childbirth During Pandemic

The AP (3/16, Italie) reports, “Pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn in the middle of a pandemic has brought on high anxiety, ever-shifting hospital protocols and intense isolation for many of the millions of women who have done it around the world.”…

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Cigarette Use May Fall To Zero In The US And Elsewhere By 2050, Analyst Report Predicts

Bloomberg (3/16, Gretler) reports, “Cigarette use in a number of developing countries may fall to zero in the next three decades as smokers quit or switch to alternative products, according to a new report” from Adam Spielman, an analyst at Citigroup. Blo…

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Mississippi Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility To Everyone Over Age 16

The AP (3/16, Willingham) reports, “Appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine in Mississippi opened up for everyone over the age of 16 on Tuesday, and thousands of residents rushed to book their shots.” Residents “can get vaccinated at 24 state-run driv…

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Some People With Long-Haul COVID-19 Say Vaccines Eased Their Symptoms

The Washington Post (3/16, Bernstein, Guarino) reports some people with “long-haul” COVID-19 say their symptoms stopped or were reduced after they received a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Scientists are still trying to understand why some people develop long-term s…

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FDA-Approved Video Game Highlights Technology’s Therapeutic Potential, Report Suggests

The Washington Post (3/16, Park) reports that last year, the Food and Drug Administration “gave its first approval to a video game to improve attention function in children. The game, ‘EndeavorRX’ by Akili Interactive, may point to a potentially growing f…

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Study Evaluates Cost-Effectiveness For Pediatric Transdiagnostic BBT Programs For Anxiety And/Or Depression Compared To Assisted Referral To Community Outpatient Mental Healthcare

HCPlive (3/16, Walter) reports researchers “evaluated the cost-effectiveness for pediatric transdiagnostic brief behavioral therapy (BBT) programs for anxiety and/or depression compared to assisted referral to community outpatient mental health care (ARC)…

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Advocates Push For Maintaining Funding For Schools, Mental Health Services, Other Programs During New Hampshire House Session

The AP (3/16, Ramer) reports the coronavirus pandemic “has highlighted a critical need to maintain or boost funding for schools, mental health treatment, child care scholarships and other programs, advocates told [New Hampshire] House budget writers Tuesd…

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House Lawmakers Broadening Approach To Drug Epidemic To Include Mental Health, All Forms Of Addiction

Roll Call (3/16, Raman) reports, “House lawmakers are restructuring their bipartisan task forces dedicated to combating the drug epidemic and expect the chamber to consider behavioral health legislation this year, members told CQ Roll Call.” The changes a…

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Moderna Starts Clinical Trial Testing SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine In Children Under 12

The New York Times (3/16, Grady) reports Moderna has started a clinical trial to test its SARS-CoV-2 “vaccine in children under 12, including babies as young as six months,” and is expecting “to enroll 6,750 healthy children in” the US and Canada. The com…

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Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Health Outcomes Listed Among Top Concerns For Patient Safety In ECRI’s Annual Report

Modern Healthcare (3/15, Gillespie, Subscription Publication) reports, “Racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and crisis preparedness are the top concerns for patient safety that health leaders need to address, according to ECRI’s annual Top Te…

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B117 Variant Of SARS-CoV-2 May Be 61% Deadlier Than Other Variants, Study Indicates

CIDRAP (3/15, McLernon) reports researchers found the B117 variant of SARS-CoV-2 “may pose a 61% higher risk of 28-day mortality” than other variants. The findings were published in Nature.

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Weight Gain From Early Adulthood To Midlife, Consistent Obesity Throughout Childhood May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Gout, Researchers Say

Healio (3/12, Laday) reports, “Weight gain from early adulthood to midlife, as well as consistent obesity throughout adulthood, were associated with an increased risk for gout,” investigators concluded in “a retrospective, longitudinal study using nationa…

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Researchers Identify Potential Correlates Of Pollen-Season Flares In Children With Atopic Eczema

Dermatology Advisor (3/15, Pond) reports researchers have identified “potential correlates of pollen season-related flares in children with atopic eczema.” The “retrospective cohort study of” 110 “children with eczema found that younger age, having hay fe…

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Stool Samples May Offer An Alternative For Diagnosis Of TB In Pediatric Patients When Respiratory Samples Are Not Available, Review Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/15, Nye) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and concluded that stool samples from children may offer an alternative for diagnosis of “pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in settings where respiratory…

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Common Household Chemicals Can Increase Risk For Premature Delivery, Study Shows

HealthDay (3/15) reports, “Even when women do their best to have a safe pregnancy, chemicals commonly found in the home could still raise their risk for premature delivery, a new study shows.” The chemicals, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), “are us…

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Global Health Experts Say Pandemic Is Severely Affecting Care Of Sick, Premature Infants

Reuters (3/15) reports the coronavirus pandemic “is severely affecting the care of sick or premature newborn babies, with many being unnecessarily separated from their mothers and put at risk of death or long-term health problems, global health experts sa…

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Healthcare Workers Confront COVID Conspiracy Theories

The AP (3/13, Swenson, Klepper) reported that “journalists, public health officials and tech companies” have sought to counter the “bogus claims about the virus, masks and vaccines [that] have exploded since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic a year…

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Many Healthcare Workers Have Had To Face Fear Of Infection And Loss Of Family, Friends, Peers During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The New York Times (3/12, Gardiner) reported many healthcare workers have feared becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 and in turn infecting their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have also had to continue treating people with COVID-19 after seeing…

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Researchers Say Healthcare Workers Face Bigger Risks For SARS-CoV-2 Infection Outside Of Workplaces

Health Exec (3/10, Baxter) reported researchers “found healthcare workers had bigger risks” for spreading SARS-CoV-2 “outside their workplaces.” The researchers analyzed data from healthcare providers in multiple cities and concluded that “instead of work…

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School Students May Be Safe At Distance Of Three Feet, Not Six, With Other Safety Measures, Study Indicates

The New York Times (3/14, Rabin) reports, “School shutdowns have been a divisive topic during since the pandemic erupted, and a new study has ignited debate over the six-foot rule of social distancing and whether it can be relaxed in classroom settings, w…

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Significant Weight Gain In Children Who Have Been Treated For Brain Tumors Could Be Sign Of Hypothalamic-Pituitary Dysfunction, Findings Suggest

Medscape (3/12, Nelson, Subscription Publication) reported, “Children who have been treated for brain tumors often experience significant weight gain, and new findings suggest that this could be a sign of hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction.” The study was…

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Review Study Indicates Maternal And Fetal Complication Risks Can Increase After Liver Transplantation

Healio (3/12, Stonehill) reported researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found that “although pregnancy is deemed safe after liver transplantation, maternal and fetal complication risks can increase.” The review study was publishe…

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Hong Kong Scientist Develops Retinal Scan That Helps Identify Early Childhood Autism, Study Suggests

Reuters (3/14, Solum) reports, “A Hong Kong scientist has developed a method to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to scan retinas of children as young as six to detect early autism or the risk of autism and hopes to develop a commercial pro…

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Expert Provides Overview Of Different Presentations Of AD/HD

In an embedded video for HCPlive (3/12), Andrew J. Cutler, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University, “provides an overview of the different presentations of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD) “and the clinical burden on children and adults.”

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Pediatric Healthcare Providers Say The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted Children’s Mental Health

The AP (3/12, Leicester) reported around the world, pediatric healthcare providers are seeing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health. In France, Japan, and other countries, physicians have reported increases in suicide attempts am…

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CDC Director Says There Have Been “Concerning” Declines In Childhood Vaccinations

CNN (3/12, Howard) reported CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said there have been “concerning” declines in childhood vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Walensky said, “On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps to…

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More Than 20% Of Healthcare Workers Have Experienced Depression, Anxiety In Pandemic, Researchers Say

The Hill (3/11, Coleman) reports that more than “20 percent of health care workers worldwide have experienced depression and anxiety amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published Wednesday” in PLOS One. A meta-analysis of 65 studies “surve…

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Researchers Estimate 2019 Measles Outbreak In Washington State Cost Society $3.4 Million

ABC News (3/12) reports researchers estimate that a measles outbreak in Washington’s Clark County that occurred back in early 2019 cost society $3.4 million, according to a study published in Pediatrics. During the outbreak, “72 people were infected, 61 o…

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Researchers Say Social Distancing May Have Prevented An Outbreak Of AFM In 2020

HealthDay (3/11, Preidt) reports researchers found “social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have prevented an anticipated outbreak of” acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), “a rare polio-like syndrome in children.” The authors of a study publish…

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Many Nurses Say In Survey That They Continue To Face Risks Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic Due To Lack Of Support From Employers

Healio (3/11, Michael) reports many nurses in the US “continue to face significant risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic because they lack support from their employers, according to a recent survey” conducted by National Nurses United. The results of the surve…

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Many Schools In US Cannot Reopen If Desks Are Required To Be Six Feet Apart

The Washington Post (3/11, Brulliard) reports whether many schools in the US can reopen may depend on whether they are required to space desks six feet apart as the CDC currently recommends. Some states, such as Massachusetts, allow desks to be spaced thr…

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Children With Accommodative Esotropia Experience Shifts In Hyperopia As They Age, Study Indicates

Healio (3/11, Marabito) reports researchers found “children with accommodative esotropia experienced shifts in their degrees of hyperopia as they aged.” The findings were published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

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COVID-19 Pandemic And Mitigation Measures Have Disrupted Efforts To Protect Children From Lead Poisoning

The New York Times (3/11, Anthes) reports the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted efforts to protect children from lead poisoning. Lockdowns and the closures of schools and day cares “confined young children to their homes, where lead exposure can be particul…

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Modern Life Is Changing The Microbiome

The Wall Street Journal (3/11, Toy, Subscription Publication) reports on how modern life is changing the microbiome, which plays an important role in human health. Urban living, the use of antibiotics, and the increasing use of antibacterial products, esp…

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Routine Psychosocial Screening Of Adolescents With T1D May Reveal Sizable Proportion Who Could Benefit From Additional Support, Researchers Say

Medwire News (3/11, McDermid) reports, “Routine psychosocial screening of adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D] uncovers a sizable proportion who could benefit from additional support,” investigators concluded in a study involving 232 adolescents with T1…

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Digital Divide Emerges As New Social Determinant Of Health

PatientEngagementHIT (3/10, Heath) reports, “As healthcare continues to lean on technological innovations, a new social determinant of health is coming to the forefront: the digital divide.” The digital divide “is the chasm between those who have access t…

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School Nurses Play Important Role In Responding To COVID-19 Pandemic

STAT (3/10, Sohn) reports that over the past year, school nurses have played an important role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as screening students for symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and contact tracing. In the past, school nurses have adm…

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Death Rates Appear Higher In British People Infected With B.1.1.7 Variant Of SARS-CoV-2 Than Other Variants, Study Indicates

Reuters (3/10, Kelland) reports researchers compared death rates among people in the UK infected with different variants of SARS-CoV-2 and found that the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first discovered in the UK, “is between 30% and 100% more deadly than prev…

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Fauci Says Teenagers And Younger Children Will Likely Start Receiving Coronavirus Vaccines This Fall And Early Next Year

The Los Angeles Times (3/10, Khan) reports NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci “says that by fall, he expects to have data showing that children and teens age 12 to 17 can start rolling up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots,” and “younger children could follow…

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Many Parents Wary Of Sending Children Back To School As The Pandemic Continues

The Los Angeles Times (3/10, Esquivel) reports many parents are struggling with the question whether it’s safe to send their children back to school during the pandemic. Parents are uncertain whether schools can or will take proper steps to stop the sprea…

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Expert Interviewed About MIS-C And What Clinicians And Parents Should Be Looking Out For

Healio (3/9, Buzby) interviewed Dr. Deepika Thacker, a “pediatric cardiologist at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware,” about MIS-C. During the interview, Dr. Thacker discusses the rising incidence of the condition a…

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Researchers Say Most Children With MIS-C Were Previously Healthy While Those With COVID-19 Pneumonia Often Had Pre-Existing Conditions

Healio (3/10, Laday) reports researchers found that “while most children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome [MIS-C] are previously healthy, those hospitalized with severe COVID-19 pneumonia typically have pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or o…

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Breastfeeding Mothers Whose Babies Have Food Allergies Often Receive Conflicting Advice, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/10, Preidt) reports researchers found “breastfeeding mothers whose babies have food allergies often get conflicting advice from doctors on whether they should change their eating habits.” The findings were published in the Annals of Allergy,…

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Arkansas State Legislature Advances Bills Prohibiting Gender Confirmation Treatment For Minors And Banning Transgender Athletes From Girls’ Sports Teams

The AP (3/10, DeMillo) reports the Arkansas state legislature “advanced measures banning transgender athletes from girls’ sports teams at school and prohibiting gender confirming treatments for minors, the latest state to take up restrictions targeting tr…

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Researchers Identify Risk Factors For Severe Outcomes In Patients With MIS-C

HCPlive (3/10, Alicea) reports in a “retrospective surveillance study,” researchers identified “factors likely associated with severe outcomes” in patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). The findings were published in The Lanc…

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Study Confirms Low Risk Of Severe Allergic Reaction From SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines

HealthDay (3/9, Reinberg) reports researchers surveyed “more than 52,800 employees” of a health system in Massachusetts and found that “after a first dose of an mRNA [SARS-CoV-2] vaccine, 2% had an allergic reaction, and anaphylaxis occurred at a rate of…

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SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Within In-Person Classes In New York City’s Schools Is Low, Study Indicates

The New York Daily News (3/9, Elsen-Rooney) reports a study published in Pediatrics indicates that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within in-person classes in New York City’s schools “has remained low.” The study was authored by Jay Varma, the chief health advis…

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Researchers Say Risk-Adapted Prophylactic Tocilizumab Appears Feasible For Reducing Incidence Of Severe Cytokine Release Syndrome In Pediatric Patients With Acute Leukemia Treated With CAR T-Cell Therapy

MedPage Today (3/9, Bankhead) reports researchers found in a prospective study that “risk-adapted prophylactic tocilizumab (Actemra) proved feasible for reducing the incidence of severe cytokine release syndrome in pediatric” patients with “acute leukemia…

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Lexington City Council Committee Advances Local Ordinance That Would Prohibit State-Certified Providers From Offering Conversion Therapy To Youth

The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader (3/9, Musgrave) reports a Lexington, Kentucky city council committee approved a local ordinance that would ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. Under the proposed ordinance, all state-certified providers “would be prohi…

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Evictions During Pregnancy Tied To Adverse Outcomes, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/9, Murez) reports researchers found that the prenatal stress caused by eviction during pregnancy “is associated with lower infant birth weight, gestational age, prematurity and even infant mortality.” The findings were published in JAMA Pedia…

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Texas School Boards Debate Mask Requirements As State Mandate Ends

The Dallas Morning News (3/9, Moore) reports, “Texas school boards are wrestling with whether to continue to require students and teachers to wear protective face masks on campuses as a statewide mandate ends Wednesday.” The debate over mask requirements…

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Transgender Youth, Others Testify Against New Hampshire Bill That Would Ban Transgender Girls From Playing On Girls’ Sports Teams In Public Schools

The AP (3/9, McCormack) reports transgender youth, family members, and others testified against a New Hampshire “bill that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools and colleges in the state, saying it is dis…

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Missouri State Representative Introduces Bill That Would Relax Immunization Rules

The AP (3/9) reports Missouri state Rep. Suzie Pollock (R-Lebanon) “is proposing that the state relax requirements for immunizations, which medical associations contend would make it more difficult to slow the spread of viruses such a COVID-19.” The bill…

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New Jersey Bill Would Guarantee One At-Home Post-Natal Visit From Nurse

NJ News (3/9, Marcus) reports a New Jersey legislative committee passed a bill that would guarantee a home visit from a nurse within two weeks of a child’s birth. The bill’s sponsors say it would help protect the health of mothers and newborns.

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Federal Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s SUNSET Rule Requiring Review Of All HHS Regulations Within Several Years

NPR (3/9, Simmons-Duffin) reports a coalition of parties, including NAPNAP, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely (SUNSET) rule, which requires HHS “to review all 18,000 existing agency regulat…

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Researchers Tie Intellectual Disability And Obesity To Death From COVID-19

CIDRAP (3/8, Van Beusekom) reports researchers analyzed “the medical records of 558,672” Americans with COVID-19, and found that “intellectual disability is second only to old age as a risk factor for” death from COVID-19, according to a commentary publis…

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Pollutants Can Affect Development And Worsening Of Overlapping Asthma And COPD, Researchers Say

CHEST Physician (3/8, Craven) reports researchers found that pollutants found in rural and urban environments can affect “the development and worsening of overlapping asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” The findings were presented at…

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New York City’s Public High Schools To Resume In-Person Classes

The New York Times (3/8, Shapiro) reports New York City’s public high schools will resume in-person classes on March 22. New York City’s “public school system is by far the largest in the country,” and the “decision to bring back high school students – a…

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Fine Particles In Wildfire Smoke Pose A Far Greater Threat To The Lungs Than Similar Particles In Vehicle Exhaust And Other Types Of Air Pollution, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/8, Preidt) reports researchers found “fine particles in wildfire smoke pose a far greater threat to the lungs than similar particles in vehicle exhaust and other types of air pollution.” The findings were published in Nature Communications.

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When Mothers Use Marijuana During Pregnancy, THC Persists In Breast Milk, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/8, D’Ambrosio) reports researchers found that THC “persisted for weeks in breast milk when mothers used marijuana during pregnancy, even after successfully abstaining.” The researchers found that “among 12 women who used during pregnancy…

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Group Of House Republicans Calls For Bipartisan Investigation Into Impact Of School Closures On Children With Disabilities

The Hill (3/8, Choi) reports a group of House Republicans “called for a bipartisan investigation into the impact that school closures during the coronavirus pandemic have had on children with disabilities as well as ‘state and local compliance with federa…

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President Biden’s Stimulus Package Would Make Most Parents Eligible For A Monthly Check Of Up To $300 Per Child

The New York Times (3/7, A1, DeParle) reports under President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, most parents would be eligible for “a monthly check of up to $300 per child.” Under the plan, the parents of more than 93% of children in the US “would r…

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Researchers Say Detailed Images Of Newborns’ Lungs During First Breaths May Improve Treatment Of Breathing Problems

HealthDay (3/8, Preidt) reports, “Researchers who recorded the most detailed images ever made of newborns’ lungs as they took their first breaths say the breakthrough could improve treatment of breathing problems in babies.” The findings were published in…

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Oldest People Hospitalized With COVID-19 Are 19 Times More Likely To Die Than The Youngest, Study Indicates

The Los Angeles Times (3/5, Khan) reported researchers found that the oldest people hospitalized with COVID-19 “were 19 times more likely to die than the youngest patients.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Outcome Of Pediatric Sepsis May Be Related To Race, Ethnicity, Insurance Status, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (3/5) reported that a “large, representative study of pediatric sepsis found evidence of outcome disparities according to race or ethnicity and insurance status.” The “results of this population-based, retrospective cohort study were p…

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Former FDA Commissioner Says It’s “Probable” High School Students Will Receive SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines This Year

The Hill (3/7, Choi) reports that during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said it’s “probable” that high school students will receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this year. Gottlieb agreed with NIAID Director Anthon…

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Various Maternal Chronic Conditions May Increase Risk Of Giving Birth To Child With Cerebral Palsy, Data Indicate

Medscape (3/5, Pass, Subscription Publication) reported, “Several maternal chronic conditions increase the risk of giving birth to a child with cerebral palsy, based on data from more than 1.3 million Norwegian children.” The researchers found “mothers wi…

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Many Parents Forced To Reconsider “Screen Time” Rules As Pandemic Drags On

The Washington Post (3/5, Kelly) reported that before the pandemic, many parents worried about how much “screen time” their children had, but as the pandemic continues, many parents have reconsidered their old rules as children look at screens for school,…

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Current, Past Prescription Opioid Misuse May Be Tied To Increases In Risk For Suicide-Related Behaviors, Experiences Among US High Schoolers, Study Suggests

Healio (3/5, Downey) reported, “Current and past prescription opioid misuse were associated with increases in the risk for suicide-related behaviors and experiences among U.S. high schoolers,” researchers concluded after calculating “prevalence estimates…

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Systematic Review Identifies Multiple Evidence-Based Strategies For Improving Suicide Prevention

Healio (3/5, Gramigna) reported investigators “have identified multiple evidence-based strategies for improving suicide prevention.” Among the strategies researchers found were “for mitigating risks related to suicide” were “training primary care physicia…

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Many States Have Introduced Legislation Targeting Transgender Youth

ABC News (3/7, Deliso) reports many states “have introduced legislation that LGBTQ advocates say targets transgender youth and their access to school sports and gender-affirming health care.” According to the ACLU, “at least two dozen states have introduc…

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Biden Administration Says It Will Take Action To Lower Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals In Baby Foods

The Washington Post (3/5, Reiley) reported the Biden Administration announced on Friday that they would take steps to reduce the levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food. The FDA “said in a statement that it will identify maximum safe limits of contamina…

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Many Young People With COVID-19 Or MIS-C Experience Neurologic Involvement, Case Series Suggests

Healio (3/5, Ernst) reported researchers found in “a case series of almost 1,700 patients” that “many children and adolescents with COVID-19 or multisystem inflammatory syndrome [in children (MIS-C)] experienced neurologic involvement, with largely transi…

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Scientists Develop “Universal Flu Vaccine” That Appears Effective In Monkeys

USA Today (3/4, Weintraub) reports a group of scientists have developed a vaccine that appears to protect monkeys from the strains of influenza that are “most likely to cause a global pandemic.” The group decided to focus on developing a “universal flu va…

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Obesity A Driving Factor In Many COVID-19 Deaths, International Study Indicates

Reuters (3/4, Kelland) reports researchers found in an international study that the majority of deaths from COVID-19 “have been in countries where many people” have obesity, “with coronavirus fatality rates 10 times higher in nations where at least 50% of…

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Indian Company Announces Positive Results From Clinical Trials Of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine

The New York Times (3/4, Yasir) reports Bharat Biotech, a pharmaceutical company based in India, “said late Wednesday that initial results from clinical trials involving nearly 26,000 subjects showed [the] vaccine was both safe and effective.” The company…

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Philips To Put Disney Characters Before Children’s Eyes During MR Ambient Experience

DOT Med News (3/4, Fischer) reports, “Children may soon expect to see Mickey Mouse, the Avengers and other animated Disney characters pop up in front of their eyes when undergoing an MR exam at a hospital equipped with Philips Ambient Experience.” Designe…

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Researchers Report Decline In Birth Rates In Many Wealthy Countries

The Wall Street Journal (3/4, Stancati, Subscription Publication) reports that many wealthy countries have seen a drop in birth rates nearly a year since the pandemic started. The Wall Street Journal cites reports, quotes experts, and shares stories of wo…

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Abrocitinib Combined With Medicated Topical Therapy May Be Effective In Adolescents With Atopic Dermatitis, Research Suggests

Healio (3/4, Michael) reports, “Abrocitinib combined with a medicated topical therapy was effective, well tolerated and improved quality of life in adolescents with atopic dermatitis,” investigators concluded in “phase 3 results from the JADE TEEN Study.”…

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Nitrogen Multiple-Breath Washout Identified More Cases Of Pulmonary Dysfunction In Childhood Cancer Survivors Compared With Spirometry, Study Indicates

Healio (3/4, Welsh) reports researchers found that “nitrogen multiple-breath washout identified more cases of pulmonary dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors compared with spirometry.” The findings were published in the Annals of the American Thoracic…

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Researchers Say The Pandemic Has Disrupted Pediatric Oncology Services

HealthDay (3/4) reports researchers found that “the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disruptive effect on pediatric oncology services.” The findings were published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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High School Students Often Become More Motivated As Times Goes On, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/4, Preidt) reports researchers followed “1,670 students at 11 public high schools in central and northeastern Ohio…for two years” and found that “overall, the students’ motivation to learn improved during the study period.” During the study…

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Investigators Report Evidence Of Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Diagnosis, Treatment Of AD/HD

Healio (3/4, Gramigna) reports investigators “reported evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) after assessing “insurance claims data of 238,011 children, of whom 11,401…

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Nursing Leaders Discuss How To Encapsulate Advances Made During Pandemic

Healthcare IT News (3/3, Mageit) reports, “As healthcare organisations continue to combat the latest COVID-19 surge, nurses have reportedly felt chronically exhausted, unappreciated and even ready to leave the profession.” Despite the pandemic “continuing…

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Teenagers Who Vape Marijuana More Likely To Report Wheezing Or Whistling Than Those Who Use E-Cigarettes Or Traditional Cigarettes, Study Indicates

CNN (3/3, LaMotte) reports researchers found teenagers who vape marijuana “are about twice as likely to report ‘wheezing or whistling’ in the chest” compared to those who used e-cigarettes or smoked traditional cigarettes. The findings were published in t…

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FDA Announces Approval Of Once-Daily Oral Treatment For AD/HD

According to HCPlive (3/3, Walter), the FDA “has approved serdexmethylphenidate…and dexmethylphenidate (d-MPH) (AZSTARYS) capsules for the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD].” The agency’s approval “is for the treatment to be…

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Exposure To Passive Smoking From Childhood Through Adulthood May Be Tied To Increased Risk For NAFLD, Research Suggests

Healio (3/3, Young) reports, “Exposure to passive smoking from childhood through adulthood was associated with increased risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD],” researchers concluded after collecting and analyzing “data from 1,315 individuals…

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Developing T1D In Childhood May Be Tied To Shorter Opportunity For Childbearing, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/3, Monaco) reports, “Developing type 1 diabetes (T1D) in childhood was significantly associated with a shorter opportunity for childbearing,” investigators concluded in a study that included “105 women from the Epidemiology of Diabetes Co…

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Researchers Identify Pathogenic Germline Variants Among Children And Young Adults With Rhabdomyosarcoma

OncLive (3/3, Hergert) reports researchers found “pathogenic germline variants identified among children and young adults with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) suggest that all children with RMS should undergo germline sequencing to utilize available surveillance g…

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Children Born To Mothers Who Use Opioids And Macrolide Antibiotics Do Not Have Increased Risk For Major Birth Defects, Studies Indicate

Healio (3/3, Michael) reports two studies published in the BMJ indicate that “children born to mothers who used opioids and macrolide antibiotics do not have increased risks for major birth defects.” In one study, researchers “found that prescription opio…

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Children And Adolescents Who Bully Peers Have Higher Risk For Substance Use Later In Life, Review Study Indicates

Healio (3/3, Downey) reports researchers found in a meta-analysis that “children and adolescents who bully their peers have a higher risk for drug, alcohol and tobacco use later in life.” The review study was published in Pediatrics.

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College Students With AD/HD May Have Harder Time Making It To Graduation, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/3, Norton) reports, “College students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) appear to “have a harder time making it to graduation than their peers do,” investigators concluded. In the study, “researchers found that of 400 stu…

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Some Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Have Symptoms Similar To Adult “Long Haulers”

Kaiser Health News (3/3, Rodriguez) reports some children infected with SARS-CoV-2 “develop serious and potentially long-term problems,” similar to the adults who have been called “long haulers.” Kaiser Health News adds, “In response, pediatric hospitals…

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President Biden Says There Will Be Enough SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines For All Adults In The US By The End Of May, With Teachers And Childcare Workers Given Priority

USA Today (3/2, Groppe, Subramanian) reports President Biden announced that there will be enough SARS-CoV-2 vaccines for all adults in the US by the end of May, two months earlier than previously expected. The President made the announcement following a “…

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Smartphone Use While Driving Tied To Other Dangerous Driving Practices In Survey Of Young German Drivers

HealthDay (3/2, Murez) reports researchers surveyed young German drivers and found that “talking or texting on a smartphone while driving correlates with a whole range of dangerous driving practices for many young, novice drivers – from intoxicated drivin…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Appears To Have Greatly Reduced The Transmission Of Influenza

The Washington Post (3/2, Iati) reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, “influenza and other common viruses have nearly disappeared.” During the current flu season, there is only one known case of a child dying from influenza compared to 195 pediatric death…

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Researchers Say Strep Throat Does Not Appear To Aggravate Tourette Syndrome In Young People

HealthDay (3/2, Preidt) reports researchers found “strep throat doesn’t appear to aggravate Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders in youngsters.” However, researchers “did find an association between strep infection and increased hyperactivity…

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Researchers Say Pediatric Patients Reported Hyperhidrosis In Multiple Focal Areas

Healio (3/2, Weller) reports researchers found “pediatric patients reported hyperhidrosis in multiple focal areas, with disease severity correlating with depression and anxiety.” The findings were presented at the Masters of Pediatric Dermatology meeting….

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Alabama Senate Passes Bill That Would Ban Puberty-Blocking Drugs And Surgeries For Transgender Minors

Alabama Live (3/2, Cason) reports the Alabama Senate “passed a bill that would ban puberty-blocking, hormone medications and surgeries as transgender treatments for people under age 19.”

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Vivek Murthy Says He Will Focus On The Mental Health Impact Of The COVID-19 Pandemic If Confirmed As Surgeon General

The Hill (3/2, Williams) reports that during an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Vivek Murthy, President Biden’s pick for Surgeon General, said he would focus on the impact that COVID-19 pandemic has had on people’s mental health if confirmed for the po…

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Paper Says Teens’ Mental Health Services Accounted For Much Greater Proportion Of Their Medical Claims During Much Of 2020 Than In The Past

MedPage Today (3/2, Fiore) reports that for much of 2020, “teens’ mental health services accounted for a much greater proportion of all their medical claims than in the past,” according to a paper (PDF) from FAIR Health. MedPage Today adds, “Mental health…

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McKesson Begins Shipping Johnson & Johnson’s Coronavirus Vaccines Across The US

The Wall Street Journal (3/1, Thomas, Subscription Publication) reports on Monday, McKesson began shipping Johnson & Johnson’s newly authorized SARS-CoV-2 vaccine across the US. McKesson is working with FedEx and UPS to ship the vaccines across the US. Re…

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NIH Recognizes Rare Disease Day, Including Rare Pediatric Neurological Disorders

Healio (3/1, Weller) reports the NIH “is recognizing Rare Disease Day…with virtual panel discussions and other digital programs to raise awareness about the array of rare conditions that affect approximately 30 million Americans, according to its websit…

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Many Diaper Banks In The US Reportedly Overwhelmed With Requests

The Washington Post (3/1, Denham) reports across the US, many diaper banks are unable to keep up with requests from parents for diapers. At some locations, “requests have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled…social services workers say, with diaper shor…

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Men With Poor Cardiorespiratory Levels During Late Adolescence May Be More Likely To Develop Psoriasis Or PsA Later In Life, Study Indicates

Healio (3/1, Volansky) reports, “Men with poor cardiorespiratory fitness levels during late adolescence were more likely to develop psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis [PsA] later in life,” researchers concluded in a study that included “20,679 cases of inci…

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Eviction During Pregnancy Tied To Adverse Birth Outcomes, Study Indicates

STAT (3/1, Gaffney) reports researchers found “babies born to people evicted during pregnancy are more likely to have lower birth weights and be born earlier or prematurely than those whose parents were evicted at other times.” The findings were published…

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Researchers Say Eating Five Servings Of Fruits And Vegetables Each Day Can Lower Risk Of Early Death From All Causes

HealthDay (3/1, Preidt) reports researchers “analyzed data from more than 2 million people in” many countries, including the US, and concluded that five servings of fruits and vegetables each day can lower the risk of early death. The researchers found th…

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England’s NHS Launches Initiative To Test At-Home HPV Swab Tests

Medscape (3/1, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports England’s National Health Service (NHS) launched the YouScreen initiative on February 24 to test whether at-home HPV swab tests can “increase uptake of cervical screening.” Medscape adds, “The tr…

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Adolescents With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, Particularly Those With GI Problems, May Be At Risk For Disordered Eating, Research Suggests

Medwire News (3/1, Barnard) reports investigators “have found that adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal pain, particularly those with gastrointestinal problems, may be at risk for disordered eating.” In the multivariate analysis study, researchers fou…

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Nurses Can Help Bring Perspective To Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

mHealth Intelligence (2/26, Wicklund) reported, “When the Blessing Health System recently launched a remote patient monitoring program to provide care for newly-discharged COVID-19 patients, officials were quick to point out that the platform would allow…

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Two Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines Protect Against Complex Ear Infection In Young Children, Study Indicates

Healio (2/26, Dreisbach) reported researchers found “two pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, PCV7 and PCV13, protected against complex ear infection in young children.” The findings were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization To Johnson & Johnson’s Single-Dose Coronavirus Vaccine

The Washington Post (2/27, A1, McGinley, Johnson) reported the FDA “granted emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine.” As a result, the US now has three authorized coronavirus vaccines, “a singular scientific achi…

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Dupilumab Improved Disease-Specific, Health-Related Quality Of Life, Reduced Symptoms In Adolescents, Adults With EoE, Data Show

Healio (2/26) reports that dupilumab “[Dupixent] improved disease-specific, health-related quality of life and reduced symptoms in adolescents and adults with eosinophilic esophagitis, according to data” presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthm…

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Significant Decrease In Asthma Severity In Children Seen Following Installation Of Ultraviolet Irradiation Units Compared With Sham Units, Data Show

Healio (2/26, Downey) reports, “Study data presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology meeting demonstrated a significant decrease in asthma severity in children following the installation of ultraviolet irradiation units compared wi…

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Researchers Identify Common Otolaryngologic Manifestations Of MIS-C

Healio (2/26, Laday) reported researchers found “dysphonia, dysphagia and anosmia/hyposmia were the most common otolaryngologic manifestations among a small cohort of children with” MIS-C. The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Otolaryng…

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Collaborative Care With CBT May Alleviate Symptoms, Improve Functioning Among Adolescents With Persistent Postconcussive Symptoms, Research Indicates

Healio (2/26, Gramigna) reported, “Collaborative care with cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] may alleviate symptoms and improve functioning among adolescents with persistent postconcussive symptoms,” investigators concluded after conducting “the Collabor…

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Maryland Bill Would Require Local Health Departments And Social Service Agencies To Give Menstrual Hygiene Products To Low-Income Households

The AP (2/26, Hunt) reported a Maryland bill would require “health departments and social service agencies” in the state to “distribute free menstrual hygiene products to low-income households.” The bill would mandate that “all local health departments an…

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FDA Clears New Device That Could Help Reduce Risk Of TBI During Head Impacts

CNN (2/27, Colbert, Rios) reported that on Feb. 26, the FDA cleared “a new device that could help reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury [TBI] during head impacts.” The new device, called the Q-Collar, “is authorized for athletes 13 and older, and can…

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Sustained Unresponsiveness May Be Achievable With Early Initiation Of Peanut Sublingual Immunotherapy Designed To Desensitize Children With Peanut Allergy, Research Indicates

HCPlive (2/27, Kunzmann) reported researchers found “sustained unresponsiveness, a pivotal, sought-after benchmark in allergic immunotherapy research, may be achievable with early initiation of peanut sublingual immunotherapy designed to desensitize child…

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Researchers Examine Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Caregivers Of Children With Cancer

HealthDay (2/25, Preidt) reports in April and May of 2020, researchers “surveyed 360 parents and caregivers of children in treatment or still being monitored for cancer,” and concluded that the pandemic made fighting pediatric cancer even harder for famil…

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Researchers Say Budesonide Oral Suspension Improves Histologic, Endoscopic, And Both Histologic And Symptomatic Outcomes In Children With Eosinophilic Esophagitis Compared With Placebo

Pulmonology Advisor (2/25, May) reports researchers found “budesonide oral suspension improved histologic, endoscopic, and both histologic and symptomatic outcomes in children with eosinophilic esophagitis compared with placebo.” The findings were present…

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Nurses Are Quitting Due To COVID-19 Pandemic As Stress, Lack Of Support Take Toll

CNN (2/25) reports, “Almost a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, America’s nurses – who for almost 20 years have been voted the country’s most trusted professionals – are running on empty.” They have “reused PPE, canceled PTO and worked extended shifts for…

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Sunlight Exposure Tied To Lower Risk Of Pediatric-Onset MS, Research Suggests

Healio (2/25, Schoen) reports researchers found “spending more time in sunlight was associated with a significantly reduced risk for pediatric-onset MS.” The findings were presented at the ACTRIMS virtual meeting.

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New York City Middle School Students Return To School Buildings

The AP (2/25) reports, “Tens of thousands of New York City middle school students returned to their school buildings on Thursday for the first time since city schools were closed in November amid a surge in coronavirus infections.” According to the story,…

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More Children Reportedly Ingesting Hand Sanitizer During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The New York Times (2/25, Caron) reports as the use of hand-sanitizer increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, poison control centers reported an increase in calls concerning children “about little children who had accidentally ingested it.” The New York T…

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Pediatric Common Bile Duct Stones Predicted With Abdominal Imaging And Laboratory Indices, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/25, Nye) reports researchers found in “a prospective, multicenter study” that “pediatric common bile duct stones may be predicted with abdominal imaging and laboratory indices.” The findings were published in Gastrointestinal E…

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Children With IBD Appear To Have Higher Risk For Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Research Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (2/25, May) reports researchers found “children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appear to have an increased risk of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).” The findings were presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunol…

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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Beech-Nut Nutrition Co. Following Congressional Report On Heavy Metals In Baby Foods

The Hill (2/25, Bowden) reports a class-action lawsuit has been filed in New York against Beech-Nut Nutrition Co. “after a congressional report uncovered internal documents from several companies revealing potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals in t…

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Researchers Say Among Children With Asthma, Treatment With Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole Associated With Improvements In Lung Function And Decreased Visits To The ED

Pulmonology Advisor (2/25, May) reports researchers found that among children with asthma, “treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole was associated with improvements in lung function and decreased visits to the emergency department (ED).” The findings…

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Baseline Features Associated With Blindness In Children With Primary Congenital Glaucoma Showed That Corneal Clouding Can Predict Future Blindness, Study Indicates

Healio (2/24, Hagan) reports researchers found “baseline features associated with blindness in children with primary congenital glaucoma showed that corneal clouding can predict future blindness.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Oph…

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Researchers Say Pediatric Hidradenitis Suppurativa Is Diagnosed Two Years After Onset On Average

MedPage Today (2/24, Monaco) reports researchers conducted “an international cross-sectional analysis of 481 patients diagnosed with” pediatric hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), and found that “the average age of diagnosis came about 2 years after the averag…

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CDC Data Shows Racial Disparities In The Impact Of COVID-19 On Children

ABC News (2/25, Mitropoulos) reports while “severe illness due to COVID-19 remains rare among children,” CDC data shows that the same racial disparities seen among adults during the pandemic, extend to children of color. According to the CDC, “in children…

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Pregnant Women With COVID-19 May Be More Likely To Have A Preterm Birth, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/24, Preidt) reports researchers found that “pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth,” but they do not have a higher “risk of stillbirth or baby death soon after birth.” The findings were published in Ultrasound…

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Self-Help, Peer Counseling Intervention May Help Patients With Rare Chronic Diseases Cope Better Than Usual Care Alone, Small Study Suggests

Healio (2/24, Gramigna) reports, “A self-help and peer counseling intervention helped patients with rare chronic diseases cope better than usual care alone,” researchers concluded in a small study that sought “to determine the efficacy of a brief, transdi…

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Biden Administration Puts Forward One-Year, $120 Billion Plan Designed To Cut Child Poverty Nearly In Half

The Los Angeles Times (2/24, Lauter) reports that this week, while “the House prepares…to approve a one-year move to fight child poverty as part of President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package, leading Democrats and advocacy groups have begun jockeying to…

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Researchers Identify Characteristics That May Differentiate MIS-C From Severe COVID-19

Healio (2/24, Downey) reports researchers “identified cardiac involvement, age and race as attributes that could differentiate multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C] from severe COVID-19.” Leora Feldstein, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist, and oth…

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Study Suggests Link Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness And Brain Health Begins At A Young Age

HealthDay (2/23, Preidt) reports researchers found “4- to 6-year-olds who could walk farther during a timed test also scored higher on tests of thinking abilities and other measures of brain function.” The findings suggest that the link between cardioresp…

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Virginia Health Department Confirms Five Cases Of MIS-C In Richmond Area

The AP (2/23) reports the Virginia health department confirmed five cases of MIS-C in the Richmond area. State health officials “said the MIS-C cases have coincided with the surge in cases of COVID-19 in the Richmond metro area.”

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Grandmaternal Smoking During Pregnancy Associated With Lower Lung Function, Higher Asthma Risk In Male Grandchildren, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (2/23, Schad) reports, “Grandmaternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with a higher asthma risk and lower lung function in male grandchildren, according to study results published in Thorax.” However, researchers found “no signi…

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Researchers Observe Elevated Blood Pressure In Children And Adolescents Exposed To Tobacco

HCPlive (2/23, Alicea) reports a study published in JAMA Network Open “noted the presence of elevated blood pressure in children and adolescents who have been exposed to tobacco.” The researchers “used data from the 2007-2016 National Health and Nutrition…

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Hong Kong Schools Saw Spikes In Rhinovirus Infections After Resuming In-Person Classes, Study Indicates

STAT (2/23, Branswell) reports a study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases found that after Hong Kong reopened its schools to in-person learning last year, there was a spike in rhinovirus infections among students. The study’s authors “believe the s…

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Infant With High SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load Raises Questions

The Washington Post (2/23, Cha) reports on the case of an infant treated for SARS-CoV-2 at Children’s National Hospital in DC in September, who had a viral load of SARS-CoV-2 that was “51,418 times the median of other pediatric patients.” An investigation…

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Research Indicates EDs Seeing Greater Volume Of Teens Admitted For Mental Health Issues Amid Pandemic

The New York Times (2/23, Carey) reports research shows “that for young people who are anxious by nature, or feeling emotionally fragile already, the pandemic and its isolation have pushed them to the brink. Rates of suicidal thinking and behavior are up…

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Montana House Committee Passes Bill That Would Ban Some Medical Procedures For Transgender Youth

The Missoulian (MT) (2/22, Michels) reports that the Montana House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 427, which “would prohibit gender transition procedures and the removal of otherwise healthy or non-diseased body parts or tissue to treat gender dysp…

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Joint Task Force Issues Advisory To Address Concerns Arising From FDA Warning Of Cardiac Risk In Patients Taking Lamotrigine

Medscape (2/22, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “A joint task force of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has issued an advisory [PDF] to address concerns arising from a Food and Drug Administ…

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CDC Report Says Teachers May Be Key Spreaders Of SARS-CoV-2 In Schools And Need To Be Vaccinated

HealthDay (2/22, Murez, Mundell) says a CDC report “indicates that teachers may be key spreaders of [SARS-CoV-2] in schools and should be vaccinated against the” virus. The report said teachers were responsible for recent outbreaks in suburban schools in…

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Childhood Exposure To Residential Greenspace May Be Tied To Reduced Risk For IBD, Study Indicates

Healio (2/22, Stonehill) reports, “Childhood exposure to residential greenspace was associated with a reduced risk for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD],” investigators concluded after performing “a retrospective cohort study using linked population-based…

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Experts Predict An Increase In Vision Problems In Children Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic

STAT (2/22, Goshua) reports a Chinese study published in JAMA Ophthalmology “found that the prevalence of myopia increased up to three times in children aged 6 to 8 in 2020 compared to the previous five years.” Some experts have predicted that the US shou…

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Pregnant Women May Pass COVID-19 Antibodies To Their Babies, Study Suggests

Forbes (2/22, Forster) reports a new study suggests “women who have had Covid-19 can pass protective antibodies on to their babies.” Researchers “looked at blood samples from 88 women” with antibodies “who gave birth at a hospital in New York between Marc…

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Integrative Approaches To Managing Sickle Cell Disease May Improve Adolescent Experiences With Pain And Lead To Overall Patient Satisfaction, Study Indicates

HCPlive (2/22, Alicea) reports researchers found “that integrative approaches to sickle cell disease [management] may improve adolescent experiences with pain and lead to overall patient satisfaction.” The findings were published in Contemporary Therapies…

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Rep. Krishnamoorthi Says Parents Should Not Have To Worry About Whether Baby Food Contains Toxic Heavy Metals

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, writes in an opinion piece for USA Today (2/22), “Common baby foods found in grocery stores – made by trusted brands such…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Challenges For People Affected By Eating Disorders

USA Today (2/22, Dastagir) reports, “In the United States, 30 million people will be affected by an eating disorder at some point in their lives, and the pandemic has created profound challenges for people living with them or recovering from them, includi…

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Adolescents With Depression May Be More Physiologically Reactive To Acute Social Media Use Vs. Controls, Small Study Indicates

Healio (2/22, Gramigna) reports, “Adolescents with depression were more physiologically reactive to acute social media use vs. controls,” investigators concluded in a study that “collected data via baseline clinical assessment of 30 depressed adolescents…

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Pfizer Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Can Be Stored In Regular Freezers

The Hill (2/19, Hellmann) reported Pfizer announced that its SARS-CoV-2 “vaccine does not need to be stored in expensive deep freezers that have posed challenges to the vaccination campaign.” The company submitted data to the FDA showing that its “vaccine…

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FDA Warns Pulse Oximeters Should Not Be Used To Diagnose COVID-19

Reuters (2/19, Roy) reported the FDA warned that pulse oximeters should not be used to diagnose COVID-19 because the devices can give inaccurate readings under certain circumstances. The agency said that while the devices can be useful, many factors, incl…

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Research Suggests People Who Have Already Been Infected With SARS-CoV-2 May Only Need One Vaccine Dose

The New York Times (2/19, Mandavilli) reported recent research suggests that people who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2 may only need one dose of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be immunized. In one study, “which has not yet been published in a scie…

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Children Who Have Died From COVID-19 Have Left Behind Devastated Families

The Washington Post (2/21, A1, Fisher, Cha, Gowen, Hernandez, Rozsa) profiles several families who have lost children to COVID-19. The Washington Post adds, “Each death represents a shattered family and a trauma deepened, parents say, by the rampant belie…

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Pediatric Patients With HIV-Associated Chronic Lung Disease Receiving Azithromycin Did Not Have Improved Lung Function, But Risk For First Acute Respiratory Exacerbation Was Significantly Decreased, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (2/19, Nye) reported researchers found in “a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial” that “pediatric patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated chronic lung disease receiving azithromycin di…

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Group Says Phthalates Are Damaging Children’s Brain Development And Should Be Banned Immediately

CNN (2/20, LaMotte) reported, “Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR,…

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Small Study Examines Effects Of COVID-19 Lockdown On Youngsters, Teens With Neurodevelopmental Or Mental Health Issues

HealthDay (2/19, Murez) reported researchers examined the effect of COVID-19 lockdown on youngsters and teens with “neurodevelopmental or mental health issues,” such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In research published online Feb. 14 ahead o…

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Researchers Identify Between-Center Variations In Practices And Outcomes Of Invasive Mechanical Ventilation For Infants With Acute Bronchiolitis

Healio (2/19, T. Welsh) reported researchers “identified between-center variations in practices and outcomes of invasive mechanical ventilation for infants with acute bronchiolitis.” Healio added, “The researchers conducted a retrospective, multicenter, c…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Start International Study To Evaluate Safety, Efficacy Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Pregnant Women

Reuters (2/18, Steenhuysen) reports that Pfizer and BioNTech “have started an international study with 4,000 volunteers to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine in healthy pregnant women, the companies said on Thursday.” Pregnant…

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Rituximab Well-Tolerated In Patients Younger Than 21, But Infections Are Common, Study Indicates

Cancer Therapy Advisor (2/18, Blevins Primeau) reports researchers found that rituximab was “well-tolerated among patients aged younger than 21 years, but infections were common and B lymphocyte recovery was prolonged, underscoring the need for better met…

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In Utero Exposure To Air Pollution Tied To Poorer Cognition Later In Life, Study Indicates

Medscape (2/18, Greb, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “in utero exposure to air pollution is tied to poorer cognition later in life.” The findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Subcutaneous Tocilizumab Provides Similar Risk-Benefit Profiles As IV Tocilizumab In Systemic JIA, Study Suggests

Healio (2/18, Laday) reports, “Subcutaneous tocilizumab provides similar exposure and risk-benefit profiles as intravenous tocilizumab in patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA], according to findings published in Rheumatology.” Researc…

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Debate Continues To Rage Over CDC’s Guidelines On Reopening Schools

ABC News (2/18, Haslett) reports that the CDC “for the first time issued specific steps schools could take depending upon their level of viral transmission in the community.” Still, “since Friday’s release, health experts, teachers unions and political pu…

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Researchers Compare Growth Rates Of Children Conceived Naturally To Those Conceived Through ART

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt) reports researchers compared the growth rates of children conceived naturally to those conceived through assisted reproductive technology (ART). The researchers found that “ART children had an average birth weight of 7.7 pounds an…

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New Zealand Researchers Say Mental Illness In Childhood Linked To Worse Health Later In Life

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt, Mundell) reports a group of researchers in New Zealand published two studies that concluded mental illness in childhood can have negative health impacts later in life. In one study, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry, the rese…

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Children’s Immune Systems Attack SARS-CoV-2 Faster And More Aggressively Than Adults’ Immune Systems, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt) reports researchers found that “children’s immune systems attacked [SARS-CoV-2] faster and more aggressively than adults’ immune systems did.” HealthDay adds, “The researchers analyzed blood samples from 48 children and 70 adults…

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Experts Debate Use Of MRI For Identifying Children Who Have Appendicitis

Diagnostic Imaging (2/17, Palmer) reports, “MRI should be the best first-line modality for identifying children who have appendicitis, according to some experts. But, others disagree, citing a number of reasons why it should still come in second to ultras…

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CDC Director Says US Needs To Curb Spread Of SARS-CoV-2 To Curb Spread Of Variants

CNN (2/17, Gumbrecht) reports CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the U.S. needs to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in order to curb the spread of more dangerous variants. Dr. Walensky said, “I know these variants are concerning, especially as we’re see…

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Inspector General Report Says HUD Has Not Enforced Environmental Regulations, Resulting In Lead Poisoning Of Children In At Least One Public Housing Development In Indiana

The Washington Post (2/17, Jan) reports, “The Department of Housing and Urban Development has for years neglected to enforce its own environmental regulations, resulting in lead poisoning of children in at least one public housing development and potentia…

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Children Who Bully Other Children Are More Likely To Abuse Drugs As Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/17) reports researchers analyzed 28 studies and found that children who bully other children are more likely to abuse tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs later in life. The review study was published in Pediatrics.

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Experts Call On Biden Administration To More Widely Recommend Use Of N95 Masks As New Coronavirus Variants Emerge

CNN (2/17, Diamond) reported, “Several members of President Joe Biden’s former coronavirus advisory board are urging his administration to more widely recommend and mandate the use of N95 masks, citing a ‘pressing and urgent need for action’ driven by the…

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Biden Administration Will Spend $1.6B To Expand COVID-19 Testing

NBC News (2/17) reports, “The Biden administration said it will spend $1.6 billion to expand Covid-19 testing in schools and underserved areas, increase testing supply production and expand genomic sequencing, a move administration officials described as…

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Women’s Heart Health During Pregnancy May Predict Children’s Future Health, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/17) reports researchers found “the state of a woman’s heart during pregnancy may predict her kids’ health by the time they reach adolescence.” In addition, “when mothers’ weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels were less healthy during…

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New CDC Guidance Reportedly Fuels Debate Over School Reopenings

The Hill (2/16, Sullivan) reports, “New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is adding fuel to the fire of a raging debate over school reopening, with some experts saying the guidelines erect too many barriers to kids returni…

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Parent Describes Children’s Experiences In Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

In an op-ed for the New York Times (2/16), Minneapolis-based health journalist Sheila Mulrooney Eldred describes her children’s experiences participating in the clinical trials for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in younger kids. Eldred explains that her daugh…

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Researchers Work To Enroll Teens In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

The New York Times (2/16, Hoffman) reports that while vaccinating educators against COVID-19 “will be an important factor in keeping schools open, vaccinating students will also be a key element,” but “they need a Covid vaccine that works for them.” The T…

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Rabies Prevention Treatment KEDRAB Appears Safe And Effective In Children In Clinical Trial

HealthDay (2/16) reports researchers found in a pediatric clinical trial that “the rabies prevention treatment KEDRAB is safe and effective for patients 17 and younger.” HealthDay adds, “The trial included 30 kids with suspected or confirmed rabies exposu…

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Use Of Marijuana By Teenagers Increased After California Legalized Marijuana For Adults In 2016, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/16, Preidt) reports researchers analyzed survey data from high school students and found that after California legalized marijuana for adults in 2016, the use of the drug by teenagers increased “after years of steady decline.” The researchers…

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Young Teenage Girls Who Spend More Time On Social Media Than Their Peers Are More Likely To Die By Suicide, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/16, Mozes) reports researchers found in a long-term study that young teenage girls who spend more time on social media than their peers are more likely to die by suicide. The findings were published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

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Cases Of MIS-C Reportedly Increasing Across The US

The New York Times (2/16, Belluck) reports physicians across the US “have been seeing a striking increase in the number of young people with” Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). In addition, “more patients are now very sick than during…

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US Hospitals Say Supplies Of PPE, Other Crucial Medical Equipment At All-Time Low As Pandemic Persists

The Hill (2/14, Bowden) reported US hospitals “say their supplies of crucial medical supplies including personal protective equipment (PPE) are lower than ever as demand for different items has soared to an all-time high.” Data indicating “usage rates of…

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Experts Say Too Many States Allow Too Much Lead In Their Water, Putting Children At Risk

David Cwiertny, director of the University of Iowa’s Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, and Andrew Whelton, director of Purdue University’s Center for Plumbing Safety, wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill (2/12) that many states t…

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UK COVID-19 Variant Linked To Higher Mortality, Study Suggests

The New York Times (2/13, Mueller, Zimmer) reported a new analysis from the UK warns “it is ‘likely’ that the variant is linked to an increased risk of hospitalization and death,” but the “reasons for an elevated death rate are not entirely clear.” In a S…

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Children Whose Mothers Received Revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For WIC While Pregnant May Have Improved Developmental Outcomes In First Two Years Of Life, Research Suggests

Medscape (2/12, Splete, Subscription Publication) reported, “Developmental outcomes in the first 2 years of life improved in children whose mothers received the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) while pr…

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Oxford University Begins Testing Coronavirus Vaccine In Children

The Washington Post (2/14, Bellware) reported Oxford University has “started testing its coronavirus vaccine in children as young as 6 in a move that expands coronavirus vaccine trials to the youngest age group yet.” The Washington Post added, “The Oxford…

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In Complicated Pregnancy, Schizophrenia-Related Genes In Placenta May Raise Risk Of Schizophrenia Development Later In Life, Study Suggests

Medscape (2/12, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reported, “Schizophrenia-related genes in the placenta are predictive of the size of a baby’s brain at birth and the rate of cognitive development,” and “in a complicated pregnancy, such genes could raise…

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Pregnant Women Who Consume Coffee May Be More Likely To Have Children With Behavioral Issues Later In Life, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/12) reported researchers “examined 9,000 brain scans from 9- and 10-year-olds as part of the largest long-term study of brain development and child health” and concluded that “pregnant women who consume any coffee may be more likely to have k…

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Professionals “Increasingly Alarmed” By “Deteriorating Mental State Of Young People”

The New York Times (2/14, Kwai) reports that with COVID restrictions “set to drag into the spring or even the summer, mental health professionals are growing increasingly alarmed about the deteriorating mental state of young people, who they say have been…

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CDC Outlines Steps To Reopen K-12 Schools

The New York Times (2/12, A1, Mandavilli, Taylor, Goldstein) reported the CDC called for “K-12 schools be reopened as soon as possible, and it offered a step-by-step plan to get students back in classrooms and to resolve a debate dividing communities acro…

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WHO Issues Guidelines On Management Of Chronic Pain In Children

Healio (2/15, Downey) reports, “WHO issued new guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children, including recommendations on physical therapy, psychological therapy and pharmacological management.” The guidance “was developed based on ‘a systemat…

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Tocilizumab Reduces Deaths In Patients Hospitalized With Severe COVID-19 In RECOVERY Trial

Reuters (2/11, Kelland) reports researchers found in the RECOVERY trial that Roche’s arthritis drug Actemra (tocilizumab) can reduce deaths in people hospitalized with severe COVID-19, shorten recovery time, and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation….

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Researchers Say Delaying Antibiotics In Children With Acute Uncomplicated Respiratory Tract Infections Did Not Result In Longer Duration Or More Severe Symptoms

CIDRAP (2/11, Dall) reports researchers “found that delaying antibiotics for children with acute uncomplicated respiratory tract infections reduced antibiotic use and did not result in longer duration or more severe symptoms compared with immediate antibi…

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Use Of Antibiotics During Pregnancy Tied To Higher Risk For Asthma In Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/11) reports researchers found that “children whose mothers used antibiotics in pregnancy may have a slightly heightened risk of asthma.” The findings were published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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Distinct Psychological Pathways May Exist Between Developmental Trauma During Childhood And/Or Adolescence And Psychotic Phenomena In Adulthood, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (2/11, Gramigna) reports, “Distinct psychological pathways may exist between developmental trauma during childhood and/or adolescence and psychotic phenomena in adulthood,” investigators concluded after conducting a 22-study “systematic review and…

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Many Babies May Be Born With Oral HPV, Finnish Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/11, Preidt) reports in a study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Finnish “researchers found that 23% of 331 children delivered in Finland had an oral HPV infection at birth, likely contracted from their mothers.” Dr. Stina Syrjanen,…

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Small Opportunities To Feel Useful, Successful May Be Good For Children’s Mental Health, Author Says

In a piece for the New York Times (2/11), Sharon Holbrook, author, parent, and managing editor of Your Teen magazine, writes that “focusing on helping our kids develop what psychologists call ‘self-efficacy,’ or a person’s belief that they are capable of…

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At Least 16 States Considering Bills That Would Affect Transgender Athletes Or Treatment Of Patients With Gender Dysphoria

Kaiser Health News (2/11, Loose) reports “at least 16 states are considering measures that would affect transgender athletes or those seeking treatment for gender dysphoria.” Some of these bills, including one in Montana, would penalize physicians who tre…

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Congressional Democrats Hope To Push States To Extend Medicaid Coverage For New Mothers

In an analysis piece, the Washington Post’s (2/11, Cunningham) “The Health 202” blog reports that Congressional Democrats have added a provision to the coronavirus relief package that would allow states to extend Medicaid eligibility for new mothers for u…

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White House Says CDC Will Issue New Guidelines On Reopening Schools

Reuters (2/11, Chiacu) reports White House adviser Andy Slavitt said the CDC plans to issue new guidelines on reopening schools. On Thursday, Slavitt said, “Tomorrow, the CDC is going to roll out their operating plan to give school districts, local commun…

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CDC’s ACIP Releases 2021 Childhood And Adolescent Immunization Schedule With Guidance On Coronavirus Vaccines

Medscape (2/11, Frellick, Subscription Publication) reports the CDC’s ACIP “released the 2021 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule” with “relatively few changes from last year’s schedule but” added guidance on SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. The 2021 sched…

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College Student Invents Light To Help Nurses Work Without Disturbing Patient’s Rest

The New York Times (2/10, Waller) reports, “During his day shift at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Anthony Scarpone-Lambert steps into a patient’s room. The lights are off, but he knows he has to change the IV without disturbing the patie…

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CDC Issues New Guidance Encouraging Americans To Double Mask Or Improve The Fit Of Surgical Masks To Protect Themselves From More Infectious Variants Of SARS-CoV-2

The Washington Post (2/10, A1, Sun, Nirappil) reports the CDC issued new guidance on masking aimed at helping Americans protect themselves from more infectious variants of SARS-CoV-2. According to a CDC report, Americans can better protect themselves by,…

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CDC Says People Fully Vaccinated Against SARS-CoV-2 Do Not Have To Quarantine After Possible Exposure To The Virus If They Meet Certain Criteria

Reuters (2/11, Raman) reports the CDC said people who have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 do not need to quarantine after potential exposure to the virus if they meet certain criteria. The agency’s criteria include full vaccination, exposure wit…

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UCART19 Produces Manageable Safety Profile In Two Phase 1 Trials In Heavily Pretreated Pediatric And Adult Patients With Relapsed Or Refractory B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Cancer Network (2/10, Fowler) reports, “UCART19 produced a manageable safety profile in 2 separate phase 1 studies examining heavily pretreated pediatric and adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).” The findin…

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Previous Infection With Coronaviruses That Cause The Common Cold Does Not Provide Immunity To SARS-CoV-2, Study Indicates

The New York Times (2/10, Mandavilli) reports a study published in Cell refutes the notion that people who have previously been infected with “common coronaviruses that cause the common cold” have immunity to SARS-CoV-2. The study’s authors “carefully con…

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Treatment With Sofpironium Bromide Gel May Reduce Severity Of Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Healio (2/10, Weller) reports, “Treatment with sofpironium bromide gel reduced the severity of primary axillary hyperhidrosis in a cohort of pediatric patients,” investigators concluded in a study that “enrolled 21 patients with primary axillary hyperhidr…

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Researchers Evaluate Use Of Clinical Decision Support Tool For Pediatric Patients With Appendicitis

HealthImaging (2/10, O’Connor) reports researchers found in one emergency department that “using a clinical decision support tool did not lead to widespread reductions in emergency diagnostic imaging for pediatric patients with appendicitis.” However, the…

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Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring Of Preterm Infants May Help Reduce Exposure To Prolonged Or Severe Hyper- And Hypoglycemia, Researchers Say

HCPlive (2/10, Alicea) reports, “Real-time continuous glucose monitoring…of preterm infants may help reduce exposure to prolonged or severe hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia,” researchers concluded in an “international, open-label, randomized controlled tr…

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Children With Myelomeningocele Who Had Surgery In Utero Fared Better Than Those Who Had Surgery After Birth, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports researchers found “that children with myelomeningocele (the most severe form of spina bifida) who had surgery while in utero were more likely to later be able to walk independently and go up and down stairs than children w…

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Combination Of Lumacaftor And Ivacaftor Appears Safe And Well Tolerated In Children With F508del-CFTR Mutation For Cystic Fibrosis In Phase 3 Trial

Healio (2/10, Welsh) reports researchers found in a phase 3 trial that “combination therapy with lumacaftor/ivacaftor was safe and well tolerated for up to 120 weeks in children aged 6 to 11 years with the F508del-CFTR mutation for cystic fibrosis.” The t…

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Experimental Drug Reduces Use Of Rescue Medication In Patients Suffering Swelling Attacks Related To Hereditary Angioedema In Phase 2 Trial

FierceBiotech (2/9, Taylor) reports researchers found in a phase 2 trial that KalVista Pharmaceuticals’ oral plasma kallikrein inhibitor KVD900 “reduced the use of rescue medication in patients suffering swelling attacks associated with” the rare disease…

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Treatment With HBP Foam May Improve Plaque Psoriasis In Adolescent Patients, Research Suggests

Healio (2/9, Forand) reports, “Treatment with halobetasol propionate [HBP] foam improved plaque psoriasis in adolescent patients,” researchers concluded after evaluating “24 patients, aged 12 to 17 years, who had stable plaque psoriasis on at least 10% of…

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Children With IBD, JIA, And CNO May Have Increased Rate Of Psoriasis, With Highest Rate Occurring In Those With TNFi Exposure, Study Indicates

Dermatology Advisor (2/9) reports, “Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and chronic noninfectious osteomyelitis (CNO) have an increased rate of psoriasis compared with the general pediatric population, with…

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French Researchers Say Children In Day Care Centers Had Low SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rates Early In The Pandemic

HealthDay (2/9, Preidt) reports French researchers found “children in day care centers had low coronavirus infection rates early in the pandemic, and are unlikely sources of [SARS-CoV-2] transmission.” The findings were published in The Lancet Child & Ado…

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Researchers Say Low Gestational 25[OH]D And Childhood Asthma Are Risk Factors For Decreased Lung Function In Early Childhood

Pulmonology Advisor (2/9, Moeller) reports researchers found “both low gestational 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels (25[OH]D) and childhood asthma are risk factors for decreased lung function in early childhood.” The findings were published in the Journal of Al…

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More Parents Are Hesitant About Giving Their Children The HPV Vaccine, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/9, Reinberg) reports researchers found that between 2012 and 2018, the percentage of physicians who recommend HPV vaccines to their patients increased from 27% to 49%, “but at the same time, the number of parents who were reluctant to have th…

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Study Sheds Light On Link Between Polygenic Risk Scores, Certain Symptoms Associated With AD/HD

HCPlive (2/9, Walter) reports a “discovery genome-wide association study” is shedding “light on the link between polygenic genetic risk scores…and certain symptoms associated with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Included in the study…

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Texas Representative Files Legislation To Implement Protections For Nurses From Workplace Violence

The Texas Tribune (2/9, Najmabadi, Bohra) reports, “Well over half of Texas’ nurses reported being subject to workplace violence in their career, according to a 2016 state study,” while “nationwide, the rate of violence for health care workers increased m…

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New York AG Calls For FDA To Take Action On Toxic Metals In Baby Foods

Reuters (2/9, Shepardson) reports New York Attorney General Letitia James called for the FDA “to take action to set uniform standards related to toxic metals across all baby foods.” Reuters adds that James called for the FDA to follow the recommendations…

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Combination Of Methylprednisolone And Intravenous Immunoglobulins Is More Effective Than Intravenous Immunoglobulins Alone For Treatment Of Patients With MIS-C, Study Indicates

Medscape (2/9, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found “the combination of methylprednisolone and intravenous immunoglobulins works better than intravenous immunoglobulins alone for” the treatment of patients with multisystem inflamm…

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Pollen Season Appears To Be Getting Longer, Worse, Researchers Say

The AP (2/8, Borenstein) reports, “Across the United States and Canada, pollen season is starting 20 days earlier and pollen loads are 21% higher since 1990,” research indicates. HealthDay (2/8, Mozes) reports that after analyzing “pollen concentration da…

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Novel Electronic Wearable Device Appears Not To Help Hospital Workers Improve Compliance With Hand Hygiene Guidelines, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (2/8, Lou) reports, “Hospital workers did not improve their compliance with hand hygiene guidelines as a result of a quality improvement intervention using a novel electronic wearable device,” investigators concluded in a study “conducted at…

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New Coronavirus Cases In US Fall Below 100,000 For First Time Since November 2

CIDRAP (2/8, Soucheray) reports, “According to the COVID-19 case tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, the United States reported 86,928 new cases [on Sunday], and 1,268 deaths, marking the first time since Nov 2 daily case counts have fallen be…

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Some People Who Have Received A Coronavirus Vaccine Have Developed Immune Thrombocytopenia

The New York Times (2/8, Grady) reports some people who have received a coronavirus vaccine have developed “immune thrombocytopenia – a lack of platelets, a blood component essential for clotting.” The federal government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting…

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PPIs May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Asthma Development In Children, Study Suggests

HCPlive (2/8, Kunzmann) reports, “Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common therapy for pediatric acid-related gastrointestinal tract disorders, may be linked to increased risk of asthma development in children,” investigators concluded after conducting “a…

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Some New York City Middle School Students To Resume In-Person Classes Later This Month

The New York Times (2/8, Shapiro) reports some middle school students will resume in-person classes in New York City’s public schools later this month. Around 62,000 “middle school students who opted for in-person learning last year will be able to return…

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Many Fatal Car Crashes Involving Teenagers And Their Passengers Are The Result Of Speeding, Report Says

HealthDay (2/8, Mozes) says 43% “of all fatal car crashes involving teens and their passengers are the result of speeding,” according to a report (PDF) from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Between 2015 and 2019, 4,930 teenage drivers and passeng…

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Researchers Say Children With COVID-19 In ICU Are More Likely To Be Older, To Be Black, And To Have Asthma

CHEST Physician (2/8, Frellick) reports researchers analyzed preliminary data from a nationwide registry and found that children with COVID-19 who require intensive care “are more likely to be older, to be Black, and to have asthma.” The findings were pre…

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Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Who Had Received A Flu Or Pneumococcal Vaccine Were Less Likely To Have Symptoms Of COVID-19, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/8, Preidt) reports researchers analyzed the “medical records of more than 900 children diagnosed with [the SARS-CoV-2 infection] between February and August of last year” and found that children who received an influenza vaccine or a pneumoco…

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Many US Teens, Young Adults Prescribed A Psychoactive Medication Report Misusing It, Study Indicates

Healio (2/5, Gramigna) reported, “A significant proportion of teens and young adults in the United States prescribed a psychoactive” medication “reported misusing that drug,” researchers concluded in a study that “sought to evaluate prevalence and correla…

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Company Says Its Experimental Treatment For Patients With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Did Not Increase Key Muscle Building Protein

BioPharma Dive (2/5, Gardner) reported PTC Therapeutics announced that Translarna (ataluren) “didn’t significantly increase the amount of a key muscle building protein in a group of 18 boys” with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The FDA has previously rejecte…

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Three-Month Postdischarge Malaria Chemoprevention Among Children Who Had Severe Anemia Reduced Deaths In Areas With Intense Malaria Transmission, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (2/5, Nye) reported researchers conducted “a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial” and found “three-month postdischarge malaria chemoprevention among children who had severe anemia reduced deaths in areas with inten…

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Subset Of Patients With JIA With Elevated IL-18 Markers May Face “Increased Risk” For Macrophase Activation Syndrome, Research Suggests

Healio (2/5, Stott) reported, “A subset of patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] with elevated interleukin-18 markers could face ‘increased risk’ for macrophage activation syndrome, according to a” presentation given at the Basic and…

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Testosterone Therapy May Be Tied To Gains In BMI In Transgender Male Adolescents, Research Suggests

Healio (2/5, Monostra) reported, “A cohort of transgender male adolescents on testosterone therapy had a significant increase in BMI during a mean follow-up of nearly one year, a trend not seen in a cohort of BMI-matched cisgender females,” researchers co…

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Experts Discuss How To Help Teens Having Suicidal Thoughts

In the New York Times (2/6) “The Checkup,” Perri Klass, MD, talked with experts about how to keep children and teenagers safe from suicidal ideation during the pandemic. Even in non-pandemic times, “many mental health problems tend to emerge in adolescenc…

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Federal Government Plans To Release New Guidance On Reopening Schools

NPR (2/5, Rascoe) reported, “The federal government plans to release new guidance…about how to safely reopen schools in the midst of the pandemic – guidelines that could add new grist to a debate over whether schools should wait until teachers are vacci…

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Biden Uses DPA To Expand Vaccine Supplies, Mass Produce Tests And PPE

The Washington Post (2/5, Stanley-Becker) reported the Biden Administration “announced several initiatives Friday aimed at accelerating mass inoculations against the coronavirus and expanding production of rapid coronavirus tests and surgical gloves, amon…

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Number Of Coronavirus Cases In Children Continues To Decline, But Children Make Up A Larger Share Than Before, Report Says

Medscape (2/5, Franki, Subscription Publication) reported that while the total number of new coronavirus cases in children continued to decline, “children made up a larger share of cases for the fourth consecutive week, according to a report from” two ped…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Peramivir Injection To Younger Patients With Influenza

Drug Topics (2/4, Barrett) reports the FDA “approved a supplemental new drug application for peramivir injection (Rapivab; BioCryst) to expand the patient population to include those aged 6 months and older.” The drug “is indicated for the treatment of ac…

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Researchers Say Vaccines Against 10 Major Diseases Prevented 37 Million Deaths Between 2000 And 2019 In Low- And Middle-Income Countries

HealthDay (2/4, Preidt) reports researchers estimated that “vaccines against 10 major diseases prevented 37 million deaths between 2000 and 2019 in low- and middle-income countries worldwide, with young children benefiting most.” The findings were publish…

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“Verbal Reasoning” With An Unruly Child May Be Tied To Mixed Outcomes, Research Suggests

HealthDay (2/4, Murez) reports research indicates that “the common tactic of ‘verbal reasoning’ with an unruly child ‘was associated with a mixed bag of outcomes, some positive and some negative.’” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after “analyzing…

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Texas Children’s Hospital Launches Major Effort To Vaccinate Teens With Underlying Health Conditions

KPRC-TV Houston (2/5, Martinez) reports that a “major effort is underway by Texas Children’s Hospital to vaccinate young teens and adolescents with chronic and underlying health conditions.” Hospital leaders with Texas Children’s “said they have already i…

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Compliance With Relaxed “Care Bundle” May Be Tied To Lower 30-Day Mortality, Shorter Hospital Stays Among Children With Sepsis, Interim Study Data Indicate

MedPage Today (2/4, Boyles) reports, “Compliance with a relaxed ‘care bundle’ was associated with lower 30-day mortality and shorter median hospital stays among children with sepsis,” investigators concluded in “interim data from the Improving Pediatric S…

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CDC Reports Decrease In Blood Lead Level Testing In Young Children During The COVID-19 Pandemic

HealthDay (2/4) reports, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a decrease in blood lead level (BLL) testing among young children, according to” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC researchers “analyzed data reported from 34 state and l…

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Congressional Report Says Many Popular Baby Foods Contain Toxic Heavy Metals

The Washington Post (2/4, Reiley) reports, “A congressional report found many of the products made by the country’s largest commercial baby food manufacturers contain significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury,…

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Biggest Spreaders Of Coronavirus In US Are Adults Aged 20 To 49, Research Suggests

CNN (2/3, Mascarenhas, Fox) reports that research “suggests that the biggest spreaders of coronavirus in the US are adults aged 20 to 49.” CNN adds, “Children accounted for very little spread, the researchers said, as did older adults.” Investigators came…

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Experts Warn On Injuries, Fatalities Tied To Tip-Overs Of Furniture And TVs

HealthDay (2/3, Preidt) reports, “Experts are warning that unsecured televisions, bedroom dressers and other heavy furniture can crush, maim and even kill curious children,” an issue that “may only worsen during stay-at-home lockdowns.” Figures (PDF) from…

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Digital Clinical Decision Support Tool May Help Clinicians Determine Whether A Child’s Diarrhea Is Caused By A Virus Or By Bacteria, Research Suggests

Health IT Analytics (2/3, Kent) reports, “A digital clinical decision support tool can help providers determine whether a child’s diarrhea is caused by bacteria or a virus and potentially cut inappropriate antibiotic use,” researchers concluded in a study…

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Researchers Examine Association Of Childhood rhGH Treatment With Long-Term Risk For Cardiovascular Events

Healio (2/3, Monostra) reports, “Children in Sweden who were treated with recombinant human growth hormone, or rhGH, have an increased risk for cardiovascular events in adulthood vs. controls; however, the absolute risk remains low,” investigators conclud…

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Uveitis May Significantly Impact Visual Functioning, Vision-Related QoL Among Children With JIA, Study Suggests

Healio (2/3, Laday) reports, “Uveitis has a ‘significant impact’ on visual functioning and vision-related quality of life among children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA],” investigators concluded in a study that included “332 patients with JIA, 12…

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Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia, Geisinger Formalize Affiliation To Improve Kids’ Care

Modern Healthcare (2/3, Bannow, Subscription Publication) reports that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia “and a smaller children’s hospital operated by Geisinger in Danville, Pa. are formalizing an affiliation they say is designed to improve care fo…

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HBV, HCV Infection In Pregnant Women Associated With Higher Incidences Of Premature Births, Study Finds

HCPlive (2/3, Alicea) reports, “Findings from a new study reported that hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in pregnant women was associated with higher incidences of premature births.” And, “HCV infection was further linked to e…

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Biden Order Opening Three-Month ACA Enrollment Period Would Boost For-Profit Hospitals: Fitch Ratings

HealthLeaders Media (2/3, Commins) reports that President Biden’s executive order “opening a three-month enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ‘would generally improve the financial position of not-for-profit hospitals,’ Fit…

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CDC Director Says Teachers Do Not Have To Be Vaccinated To Safely Reopen Schools

The Hill (2/3, Sullivan) reports that CDC Director Rochelle Walensky “emphasized Wednesday that vaccinating teachers is not required for safely reopening schools, citing data from her agency to say it is possible to return to in-person classes as long as…

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TBI Plus Etoposide Remains Conditioning Regimen Of Choice For Children Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant For ALL, Study Shows

Medscape (2/3, Otto, Subscription Publication) reports, “For now at least, total body irradiation (TBI) plus etoposide remains the conditioning regimen of choice for children undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant for acute lymphoblastic…

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New Analysis Does Not Support Addition Of Eltrombopag To Immunosuppressive Therapy In Children With Severe Aplastic Anemia

Hematology Advisor (2/2) reports, “Although the addition of eltrombopag to a standard immunosuppressive therapy regimen has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in patients with acquired severe aplastic anemia who are 2 years of age…

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CDC Study Warns Some Healthcare Workers With Vaccine Symptoms Might Develop COVID-19

Cardiovascular Business (2/1, Walter) reports a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study warns that healthcare workers experiencing symptoms after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine could “be signs that the individual now has COVID-19.” An analysis…

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Modified Version Of Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System Appears To Be Effective For Young Children With T1D, Research Suggests

Healio (2/2, Monostra) reports, “A modified version of an FDA-approved closed-loop insulin delivery system may be effective for children aged two to five years with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded. The findings of the 12-participant study…

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Study Recommends Women With T1D Should Undergo Ophthalmologic Follow-Up Both Before, During Pregnancy

Endocrinology Advisor (2/2, Biscaldi) reports, “Women with type 1 diabetes (T1D) should undergo ophthalmologic follow-up both before and during pregnancy,” and “severe prepregnancy diabetic retinopathy should be treated before women consider becoming preg…

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Small Study Compares DBT And IGST For Youth At High Risk Of Suicide Or Self-Harm

Psychiatric News (2/2) reports, “Youth at high risk of suicide may be less likely to engage in self-harm following dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) compared with individual and group supportive therapy (IGST) due to improvements in their ability to regu…

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Fauci: CDC Could Recommend Double Masking

Fox News (2/2, Farber) reports National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci “said it’s ‘possible’ that federal health officials could soon recommend ‘double masking’ in an effort to better prevent the spread of the novel co…

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Pandemic Has Created Perfect Storm Of Stressors For Kids, Physicians Say

NPR (2/2, Chatterjee) reports, “An abrupt spike in suicide deaths among students in the Clark County School District has officials in the Las Vegas district wondering if pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic might have been part of what fueled”…

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More Americans Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine Than Those Who Have Tested Positive For Virus, Data Indicate

Bloomberg (2/1, Cortez, Court) reports, “More Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine than have tested positive for the virus, an early but hopeful milestone in the race to end the pandemic.” According to data from the Bloomberg Va…

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COVID-19 After-Effects May Linger, Even In People Who Were Asymptomatic, Research Indicates

The Wall Street Journal (2/1, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports research indicates that after-effects may linger in the body of people who have asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. For instance, a study published in the November issue of the Journal of…

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At Any Age, Adolescents With Extreme Obesity May Benefit From Bariatric Surgery, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (2/1, Monaco) reports, “At any age, adolescents with extreme obesity can benefit from bariatric surgery,” investigators concluded. In the “NIH funded Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study…younger adolescents –…

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Specific Groups Of US Kindergartners May Be More Likely To Be Frequent Users Of Online Social Networking, Technologies, Study Suggests

CNN (2/1, Morgan) runs a piece from The Conversation, in which a study author discloses that “specific groups of kindergartners in the US are more likely to be frequent users of social networking, online gaming or messaging by the end of fifth grade.” Inv…

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Higher Intake Of Omega-3 Fatty Acid In Childhood Associated With Lower Incident Asthma Risk Up to Mid-Adolescence In Children With Fatty Acid Desaturase Polymorphism Variant, Researchers Say

Healio (2/1, T. Welsh) reports, “Higher omega-3 fatty acid intake in childhood was associated with lower risk for incident asthma up to mid-adolescence in children with a fatty acid desaturase polymorphism variant, researchers reported in the European Res…

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Dr. Fauci Says There Have Been “No Red Flags” Seen In Pregnant Women Who Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine

USA Today (2/1, Rodriguez) reports, “Some pregnant women remain unsure about getting the COVID-19 vaccine because safety data is scarce and health agency guidelines are vague and in some cases contradictory.” However, “Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s lead…

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Black Children Appear To Have Higher Rates Of Shellfish, Fish Allergies Than White Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/1, Preidt) reports, “Black American children have higher rates of shellfish and fish allergies than white children,” investigators concluded after studying “664 children, aged 12 and under, who’d been diagnosed with a food allergy.” The findi…

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Biden Administration Health Officials Not Changing Two-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

The Hill (2/1, Sullivan) reports, “Top Biden administration health officials made clear Monday that they are not changing strategy to give people only one dose of vaccine instead of two in an effort to speed the process, but at the same time urged health…

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Researchers Examine Changes In Children’s Diets During Pandemic

HealthDay (2/1) reports, “There have been good and bad changes to U.S. children’s diets during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.” For instance, a recent study published in the journal Appetite found that “75% of respondents said their children had r…

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B. 1.351 Variant Detected In US For First Time

The Washington Post (1/28, Achenbach, Johnson) reports the B. 1.351 variant of SARS-CoV-2, first identified in South Africa, “has infected two people in South Carolina with no travel history,” marking the first confirmed cases of infection with the varian…

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Experimental Gene Therapy For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Appears Promising, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/28, Preidt) reports, “An experimental gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy shows promise,” investigators concluded in a study that “included six boys, aged four to seven, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” Three of the boys “received…

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New Coronavirus Cases Decrease By 25% Or More In 12 States And More Than 1,200 Counties, HHS Data Indicates

Kaiser Health News (1/28, Jewett) reports 12 states “are reporting drops of 25% or more in new [SARS-CoV-2] cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same,” according to HHS data released on Wednesday. The decline “may relate to growing fear of the…

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Likelihood Of A Child Being Diagnosed With DKA At The Time They Are Diagnosed With T1D May Be Lower When Parents Are Made Aware Of Child’s Increased Genetic Risk Of Developing Diabetes, Researchers Say

HCPlive (1/28, Kaltwasser) reports, “The likelihood of a child being diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at the time they are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is lower when the parents are made aware of the child’s increased genetic risk of dev…

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Too Much Screen Time May Make Toddlers More Easily Distracted, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/28, Preidt) reports, “Too much screen time can make your toddler more distractible,” investigators concluded after studying “toddlers with different levels of touchscreen usage, assessing them at 12 months, 18 months and 3.5 years of age.” Th…

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Pertussis-Related Infant Mortality Tied To Leukocytosis And Pulmonary Hypertension, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/28, Nye) reports researchers found in a case-control study that “pertussis-related infant mortality was associated with leukocytosis and pulmonary hypertension.” The study was published in BMC Infectious Diseases.

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Mothers With COVID-19 May Not Efficiently Transfer Antibodies To Babies, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (1/28, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Mothers with COVID-19 produced a robust antibody response, but transfer of antibodies across the placenta to their infants was less efficient than expected, researchers found.” In an “analysis of pregnant women w…

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Frequently Used Neuroimaging Measures May Not Show A Discrete Brain Signature Associated With Suicidal Thoughts, Behaviors Among Youths, Scan Study Indicates

Healio (1/28, Gramigna) reports, “Frequently used neuroimaging measures did not show a discrete brain signature associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors among youths,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data of a U.S. population-based sample of…

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President Biden Signs Executive Order To Reopen Federal Exchange For Three Months

The Washington Post (1/28, A1, Goldstein) reports President Biden signed executive orders aimed at expanding access to healthcare, including one that will “reopen the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance marketplaces for three months to give Americans…

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As Many As One In Five US Children Has Special Healthcare Needs, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/28, Mann) reports, “As many as one in five U.S. children has special health care needs, and some of their caregivers are struggling to get them the support, care and services they need,” investigators concluded based “on interviews with more…

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WHO Advises Against Pregnant Women Receiving The Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine

The Hill (1/27, Lonas) reports the WHO recommended that pregnant women not receive the “Moderna coronavirus vaccine unless they are a health care worker or have preexisting conditions.” The WHO said on its website, “While pregnancy puts women at a higher…

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“Birthday Rule” Can Leave Parents With Large Medical Bills

NPR (1/27, Anthony) reports that when a child is born to two parents with separate health insurance policies, the parents are required to “coordinate benefits,” and the insurer of the parent with the earlier birthday in the calendar is responsible for cov…

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Infant Night Waking May Be Moderately Tied To Postpartum Depression Symptoms, Survey Study Suggests

Healio (1/27, Miller) reports, “Infant night waking was moderately associated with postpartum depression symptoms,” investigators concluded in a survey study that included 1,598 new mothers. The findings of the survey study were published online Jan. 2 in…

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CDC Observes Lower Rate Of Severe Allergic Reactions To Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Than Previously Reported

Reuters (1/27, Erman) reports the CDC announced “it is observing a lower rate of severe allergic reactions in people in the United States who have received” the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. The agency “said that through Jan. 18, there were 50 case…

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CDC Doesn’t Know If New Variants Of SARS-CoV-2 Are Causing MIS-C

CNN (1/27, Christensen) reports the CDC “said Wednesday it does not know if the new Covid-19 variants are causing more cases of a rare complication in children called multisystem inflammatory syndrome.” MIS-C “can cause heart damage,” “typically shows up…

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Biden Administration Updates Plan To Vaccinate All Americans At Least 16 Years Old Against SARS-CoV-2 By The End Of Summer

CIDRAP (1/27, Soucheray) reports the Biden Administration updated their plan “to vaccinate all Americans aged 16 and older by the end of summer against [SARS-CoV-2], an ambitious goal that will require support from Congress, the full power of the Defense…

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Early Antibiotic Use May Be Tied To Reduced Height, Weight In Boys, Study Suggests

CIDRAP (1/27, Dall) reports, “A new study by an international team of scientists has found an association between antibiotic use in the first few days of life and reduced height and weight in boys in early childhood.” In the study, “published yesterday in…

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Measurements From Automated Instruments Used In School Vision Screenings Appear To Be Inferior To Direct Testing, Research Suggests

Healio (1/26, Weller) reports, “The measurements from automated instruments used in school vision screenings only approximate refractive error and do not provide distance or near visual acuity, making them inferior to direct testing, according to a positi…

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Researchers Examine Global Patterns In Incidence Of Thyroid Cancer In Children And Adolescents

Medscape (1/26, A. Melville, Subscription Publication) reports, “Global patterns of the incidence of thyroid cancer in children and adolescents closely correspond to the increases seen in recent decades in adults,” patterns that “point to the same culprit…

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Biden Administration Aims To Acquire Enough COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Inoculate Most Americans By Summer

The Washington Post (1/26, A1, Stanley-Becker) reports that on Tuesday, the Biden Administration “said…it was on the cusp of securing an additional 200 million doses of the two coronavirus vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States. The…

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Risk-Adapted Tocilizumab May Prevent Severe Cytokine-Release Syndrome In Pediatric Patients Receiving CAR T-Cell Therapy For B-Cell ALL, Study Indicates

The ASCO Post (1/26, Stenger) reports “in a single-institution study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,” researchers “found that risk-adapted tocilizumab reduced the expected incidence of grade 4 cytokine-release syndrome in pediatric patients…

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Research Identifies Mucocutaneous Symptoms Of MIS-C

Dermatology Advisor (1/26, Mermelstein) reports, “Mucocutaneous symptoms of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a pediatric consequence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), in patients hospitalized in New Yor…

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CBT For New Mothers With Postpartum Depression May Also Benefit Their Babies’ Brains, Small Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/26, Preidt) reports that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) “for new mothers with postpartum depression may also benefit their babies’ brains,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 40 infants of women with postpartum depression and…

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Sodium Oxybate Treatment In Children With NT1 May Be Tied To Weight Reduction That Stabilizes After Two Years Of Therapy, Research Suggests

Neurology Advisor (1/26, Akirov) reports, “Treatment with sodium oxybate in children with type 1 narcolepsy (NT1) is associated with weight reduction that stabilizes after two years of therapy,” investigators concluded in a “retrospective study” that incl…

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Schools Operating In Person With Precautions In Place See Scant COVID-19 Transmission, CDC Says

The Washington Post (1/26, Meckler) reports “Schools operating in person have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus, particularly when masks and distancing are employed, but some indoor athletics have led to infections and should be curtailed if scho…

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NIH Program Aims To Adapt SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines And Monoclonal Antibodies To Protect Against New Variants

Bloomberg Law (1/25, Baumann, Subscription Publication) reports a new NIH program aims to quickly adapt SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and monoclonal antibodies if necessary to protect against new variants of the virus. NIH leaders “told Bloomberg Law they’re using…

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Researchers Say Almost 20% Of Pediatric Brain Tumors Occur In The Pituitary Region

Healio (1/25, Monostra) reports researchers found “nearly 20% of pediatric brain tumors occur in the pituitary region, and more than two-thirds of pituitary region tumors were present in girls.” The findings were published in Pituitary.

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Moderna Says Its Vaccine Triggers An Immune Response In Laboratory Tests Against The UK And South Africa Variants Of SARS-CoV-2

The Washington Post (1/25, A1, Johnson) reports Moderna announced that its coronavirus vaccine “triggers an immune response that protected in laboratory tests against two variants of the virus first detected in Britain and South Africa.” However, Moderna…

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Pandemic-Related Increase In Use Of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Resulting In Eye Injuries Among Children, Researchers Say

The Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram (1/25, Camero) reports a study from France suggests that hand sanitizer “dispensers might be to blame for the striking rates of chemical exposure to children’s eyes during the pandemic.” The dispensers are just at the rig…

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Patients With Active Polyarticular JIA More Likely To Respond To Early Treatment With Etanercept Plus Methotrexate Than Methotrexate Alone, Study Indicates

Medwire News (1/25, Cowen) reports, “Individuals with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are more likely to respond to early treatment with etanercept plus methotrexate than with methotrexate alone,” researchers concluded in a study…

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Diet May Influence Gut Microbiome In Children With Crohn’s Disease, Researchers Say

Healio (1/25, Stonehill) reports research indicates that “diet may differentially influence the gut microbiome in children with Crohn’s disease,” investigators concluded in a study that included “58 children with Crohn’s disease, 36 of whom had clinically…

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Internet Searches Related To Suicide Appear To Have Decreased During Early Stages Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

Healio (1/25, Gramigna) reports, “Internet searches related to suicide decreased during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded after using “the Google Trends application programming interface to monitor weekly Google search ra…

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Bipartisan Group Of US Representatives Reintroduces Bill To Expand Access To Telehealth Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthcare IT News (1/25, Jercich) reports, “A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives has reintroduced a bill aimed at expanding access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.” The bill “would help safeguard access to virtual care after COVID-19 via…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Electrical Neuromodulation Device To Treat Migraine In Children Aged 12 Years And Older, Company Says

Healio (1/25, Michael) reports, “The FDA has expanded the approval of a remote electrical neuromodulation device to treat episodic and chronic migraine in children aged 12 years and older, according to a press release” issued by the manufacturer of the de…

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Revised WIC Food Package May Offer Downstream Child Health Benefits, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/25) reports, “Revisions to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may offer downstream child health benefits, such as increased length-for-age z scores and improved infant cognitive development,” res…

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Adverse Events From Influenza Vaccine Typically Occur Within The First Seven Days After Vaccination, Study Indicates

HCPlive (1/23, Lutz) reported researchers found “adverse events from the influenza vaccine, no matter the type, typically occur within the first 7 days post-vaccination.” The findings were published in The Lancet Regional Health – Europe.

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Lurie Children’s Hospital, Rush University To Collaborate On Pediatric Care

Modern Healthcare (1/22, Goldberg, Subscription Publication) reported, “Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Rush University System for Health are joining forces to advance pediatric care and better compete for younger patients.” The partnership will take ef…

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Childhood Leukemia Cluster Identified In Houston’s Fifth Ward And Kashmere Gardens, Report Indicates

The Houston Chronicle (1/22, Despart) reported another cancer cluster in Houston’s “Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens has been identified by a state investigation in a newly released report [PDF], which found that children contracted leukemia at nearly five…

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Gaps May Exist Between Providers And Parents In Disease Status, Prognosis Knowledge In Children With Advanced Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Healio (1/22, Burba) reported researchers surveyed parents and their pediatric healthcare providers, and identified gaps “in knowledge of disease status and prognosis in children with advanced heart disease.” The findings were published online in the Jour…

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Even Modified Specific Carbohydrate Diets May Improve IBD Symptoms In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Healio (1/24, Altersitz) reported, “Pediatric patients adhering to a specific carbohydrate diet or modified specific carbohydrate diet showed improved symptoms of their inflammatory bowel disease [IBD],” investigators concluded in the PRODUCE study. The f…

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US Teens Not Consuming Enough Produce, Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/22, Caron) reported research indicates that “most teenagers in the United States have not been eating enough fruits and vegetables.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after examining “survey data from more than 13,000 high sch…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Raises Concerns About Children Gaining Weight

The New York Times (1/25, Klass) reports, “The pandemic has raised worries about children’s weight gain, perhaps exacerbated by the absence of school, not to mention sports and other activities that used to give structure to the day and mark off some no-e…

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FDA Approves First Long-Acting Drug Combo For HIV

The AP (1/21, Marchione) reports that the FDA has “approved the first long-acting drug combo for HIV, monthly shots that can replace the daily pills now used to control infection with the…virus.” The “approval of the two-shot combo called Cabenuva [cabo…

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Current Coronavirus Wave Appears To Have Peaked, Researchers Say

NPR (1/21, Stein) reports, “The devastating fall and winter wave of coronavirus infections that is causing so much misery across the U.S. appears to have finally peaked, according to several researchers who are closely tracking the virus.” The article add…

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Community-Based Health Program Targeting Expectant And New Moms May Reduce Infant Mortality Rates, Study Indicates

PatientEngagementHIT (1/21, Nelson) reports, “A community-based health program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center targeting both expectant and new mothers has significantly reduced infant mortality rates,” researchers concluded. This progr…

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Broad Screening Efforts To Identify Rheumatic Heart Disease Using Echocardiography Among Schoolchildren May Enable Prompt Care, Researchers Say

TCTMD (1/21, Cox) reports, “Broad screening efforts to identify rheumatic heart disease…using echocardiography among schoolchildren can enable prompt care,” investigators concluded in a Nepalese study in which “a total of 35 public and private schools s…

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Novel Test Based On BDNF Protein Levels May Help Predict Mood Disorders, Small Study Suggests

Healio (1/21, Gramigna) reports investigators say they “have developed a novel test to predict mood disorders based on levels of” brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), “a protein found in the brain.” The study revealed “significantly decreased serum m…

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Coalition Of 19 Organizations Asks CDC To Recommend That People With Type 1 Diabetes Be Given Prioritization For Coronavirus Vaccines

The Hill (1/21, Gans) reports a coalition of 19 organizations sent a letter to top CDC officials asking the federal agency to recommend that people with type 1 diabetes be given prioritization for coronavirus vaccines. The groups cited “new research on th…

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Biden Administration Rejects Calls From Some States To Buy Own COVID-19 Vaccines

CBS News (1/21, Tin) reports that the Biden Administration “is rejecting calls from some states to buy COVID-19 vaccine doses directly from Pfizer, as governors hunt for ways to supplement their limited supply of shots.” The “divide on that question count…

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President Biden Introduces New Plan To Address The Coronavirus Pandemic

The Washington Post (1/21, A1, Goldstein, Stanley-Becker, Meckler) reports President Biden unveiled “a new national strategy Thursday to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and took executive actions intended to make tests and vaccines more abundant, scho…

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Researchers Say Children Who Become Ill From SARS-CoV-2 Infection Are More Likely Than Seniors To Infect Other Family Members

HealthDay (1/21, Preidt) reports researchers found that while children are less likely to become ill when infected with SARS-CoV-2, “they are nearly 60% more likely than adults over 60 to infect other family members when they are sick.” The findings were…

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Abdominal CT Scan For Appendicitis May Increase Risk Of Developing Blood Cancer, Especially In Children, Study Suggests

Diagnostic Imaging (1/20, Palmer) reports, “Getting an abdominal CT scan for suspected acute appendicitis can increase the risk of developing a blood cancer, particularly in children under age 16, a new study has found.” The debate “about whether exposure…

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Researchers Say Rates Of Death Are Increased Among Women In US With COVID-19 Hospitalized For Childbirth

HealthDay (1/20) reports researchers found among women in the US “hospitalized for childbirth, the rates of death and certain adverse events are increased among those diagnosed with COVID-19.” The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Inter…

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Researchers Examine Factors Tied To Severe Atopic Dermatitis In Children

Dermatology Advisor (1/20, May) reports, “Factors associated with severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in children include AD onset during the first six months of life, AD onset on multiple body regions, having a history of hay fever, low maternal education, as…

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Children Born To Women Diagnosed With Thyroid Disorders Before Or During Pregnancy Are More Likely To Develop Thyroid Cancer, Study Indicates

Healio (1/20, Schaffer) reports researchers analyzed registry data and found that “children born to mothers diagnosed with thyroid disorders before or during pregnancy were significantly more likely to develop thyroid cancer, with risk persisting into adu…

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Heavy Marijuana Use By Teens, Young Adults With Mood Disorders May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts, And Death, Study Indicates

CNN (1/20, LaMotte) reports, “Heavy use of marijuana by teens and young adults with mood disorders – such as depression and bipolar disorder – is linked to an increased risk of self-harm, suicide attempts and death,” investigators concluded in a study tha…

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President Biden Signs Executive Orders That Impact Healthcare Industry

Modern Healthcare (1/20, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports that “President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed several executive orders that would impact the healthcare industry.” The President, “in addition to several actions to address the COVID-19 pan…

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Researchers Observe General Safety Of Biologics For Treatment Of IBD In Children

HCPlive (1/20) reports, “There is a general safety of biologics for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children,” investigators concluded after conducting “a retrospective, observational study of 185 children from a single center in orde…

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CDC Compares Abbott Laboratories’ Rapid Coronavirus Antigen Test To PCR Testing

Reuters (1/19, Chander) reports researchers at the CDC compared Abbott Laboratories’ rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test BinaxNOW to PCR testing and concluded that the rapid antigen test “is highly likely to correctly detect if people have ever contracted the v…

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Women With Autoimmune Disorders May Be More Likely To Have Babies That Later Develop AD/HD, Study Indicates

CNN (1/19, LaMotte) reports, “Women with autoimmune disorders who become pregnant are significantly more likely to have babies that later develop” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), investigators concluded in a “longitudinal study of babies…

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Children Who See Parents Bickering During Separation, Divorce May Be More Likely To Develop A Fear Of Abandonment, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/19) reports research indicates that children “who see their parents bicker during a separation or divorce are more likely to develop a fear of abandonment.” After analyzing interview data from “roughly 560 kids between nine and 18 years of ag…

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Adopting A Shelter Cat May Help Reduce Separation Anxiety, Improve Empathy In Children With ASD, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/19, Mann) reports research indicates that “adopting a shelter cat may help reduce separation anxiety and improve empathy in kids with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).” Included in the study were “11 families that had children with autism be…

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US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 400,000

CNN (1/19, Maxouris, Hanna) reports that the US “has reported at least 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.” Bloomberg (1/19, Gale) reports, “With more than 24 million COVID-19 infe…

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US Records 11% Drop In New COVID-19 Cases Since Hitting Peak Last Week

CNN (1/18, McPhillips) reports, “New Covid-19 cases in the United States have been trending down since hitting a peak last week, but experts say it’s too soon to be overly optimistic.” The US reported “1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days…

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Small Study Observes Direct Link Between Pediatric AD/HD, Likelihood Of Alcohol Problems At Adulthood

HCPlive (1/17, Kunzmann) reported researchers “have observed a significant and direct link between pediatric” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “and a likelihood of alcohol problems at adulthood.” The findings of the 142-patient study were…

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Pandemic-Induced Increase In Children’s Screen Time Has Parents Concerned

The New York Times (1/16, A1, Richtel) reported that “parents across the country – and the world – are watching their children slide down an increasingly slippery path into an all-consuming digital life.” When the coronavirus pandemic struck, numerous par…

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Pediatric ER Trauma Visits Increased During Lockdown Even As Total ER Visits Declined, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/18, Preidt) reports, “When the coronavirus pandemic began, one U.S. children’s hospital saw an increase in trauma cases from recreational and outdoor activities, even as total ER visits dropped by 50%, researchers report.” Researchers “looked…

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Elevated Childhood Insulin Levels May Be Tied to Psychosis In Young Adulthood, Research Suggests

Medscape (1/15, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reported investigators have associated “elevated insulin levels in childhood with psychosis in young adulthood.” Included in the study were “14,541 pregnant women in southwest England, who delivered 14,0…

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CMS Finalizes Rule Updating Definition Of “Reasonable And Necessary” Medicare Coverage

The RevCycle Intelligence (1/15, LaPointe) reported, “CMS has codified how it defines ‘reasonable and necessary’ coverage for items and services that may be covered under Medicare Parts A and B in a new final rule.” The finalized rule “updated the definit…

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CMS Approves Plan To Streamline Prior Authorization, Improve Patient, Provider Medical Records Access

Modern Healthcare (1/15, Brady, Subscription Publication) reported, “CMS on Friday approved its plan to streamline prior authorization and improve patient and provider access to medical records.” This “final rule requires payers – including Medicaid, the…

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CDC Warns Of Potential COVID-19 Surge Due To More Contagious Coronavirus Variant

The New York Times (1/15, A1, Mandavilli, Rabin) reported, “Federal health officials sounded the alarm Friday about a fast spreading, far more contagious variant of the coronavirus that is projected to become the dominant source of infection in the countr…

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Top HHS Officials Say There Is No Solid Evidence Of Increase In Child Abuse Amid Pandemic

The AP (1/14, Crary) reports top HHS “officials overseeing child welfare…say they’ve seen no solid evidence to bear out warnings that serious forms of child abuse would surge during the coronavirus pandemic. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for chi…

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Researchers Say Using Clear And Matter-Of-Fact Language Is Effective For Ensuring Receipt Of The Vaccines

PatientEngagementHIT (1/14, Heath) reports researchers at Boston Medical Center found that “using clear and matter-of-fact language around vaccinations is effective for ensuring patients get preventive care while still preserving patient satisfaction.” Fo…

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A Sensitive Baby Wipe Formula With Fewer Ingredients Tied To Fewer Days Of Irritant Diaper Dermatitis When Compared With Formulas With More Ingredients, Study Indicates

Healio (1/14, Burba) reports, “A sensitive formula baby wipe brand with fewer ingredients had fewer days of irritant diaper dermatitis when compared with formulas with more ingredients,” investigators concluded in a “prospective experimental study” which…

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Rising Temps Caused By Climate Change May Contribute To Lower Diet Quality, Malnutrition Among Young Children In Many Parts Of The World, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/14, Preidt) reports, “Rising temperatures caused by climate change are contributing to low diet quality and malnutrition among young children in many parts of the world,” investigators concluded in a study suggesting that “warmer temperatures…

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Changes In Insulin Sensitivity, Adiposity Beginning In Childhood Appear To Have Disorder-Specific Links To Psychosis, Depression, Researchers Say

Healio (1/14, Gramigna) reports, “Changes in insulin sensitivity and adiposity beginning in childhood appeared to have disorder-specific links to psychosis and depression,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data for fasting insulin levels of 5,790…

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Measure To Ban LGBTQ Conversion Therapy For Minors Formally Introduced In Indiana State Legislature

The Hill (1/14, Gstalter) reports that this week, SB 32, a measure “to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors was formally introduced in the Indiana state legislature” by “Democratic state Sen. J.D. Ford, the first openly LGBTQ legislator in Indiana.” Th…

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Young Children Half As Likely As Adults To Transmit UK-Identified Coronavirus Variant, Research Suggests

The New York Times (1/14, Mandavilli) reports, “It wasn’t until last fall that many parents started to breathe easier, as it became clear that elementary schools, at least, were not cesspools of infection with the coronavirus. But the alarming news of a m…

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Maternal Stress During Pregnancy May Mutate Child’s DNA, Study Indicates

Healio (1/13, Gramigna) reports, “Maternal stress during pregnancy may mutate the child’s DNA and thus affect risk for developing disease,” with the risk “particularly prevalent among Black women, researchers noted” in a study in which they “conducted who…

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Mothers With Overweight More Likely To Have Infertile Sons, Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/13, Bakalar) reports mothers with overweight “may be more likely to have infertile sons,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 9,232 men and women aged 31 to 34.” The study revealed that “sons born to overweight mothers…

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Nearly 40% Of All Reported Cases Of Typhoid Fever In The US Between 1995 And 2015 Occurred In Children, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/13, Gupta) reports researchers found that “from 1995 to 2015, nearly 40% of all reported cases of typhoid fever in the United States occurred in children, highlighting the need to improve coverage with currently licensed vacc…

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Not Enough Adolescents Are Signing Up For Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial, Federal Official Says

USA Today (1/13, Weintraub) reports, “Not enough adolescents are signing up for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, a federal official said this week, potentially delaying vaccine authorization for this age group.” On Tuesday, “Moncef Slaoui, the scientific…

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FMT May Lead To Resolution Of Metabolic Syndrome In Teens With Obesity, Study indicates

Healio (1/13, Monostra) reports, “Fecal microbiome transfer [FMT] led to a mean reduction in android-to-gynoid fat ratio and a resolution of metabolic syndrome in a cohort of adolescents with obesity,” investigators concluded in an 87-patient study in whi…

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Using E-Cigarettes Can Increase The Risk Of Becoming A Daily User Of Traditional Cigarettes, Study Indicates

ABC News (1/13, A. Anoruo) reports researchers found in a four-year study that using e-cigarettes can increase the risk of becoming a daily user of traditional cigarettes. The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Mortality Is Higher In Younger Patients With COVID-19 Compared To Younger Patients With Influenza, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (1/13, A. Schad) reports researchers found “mortality is higher in younger patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) compared with younger patients with influenza.” The findings were published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine…

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Higher Hemoglobin Threshold For Transfusion May Not Lower Risk For Death, Neurodevelopment Impairment Among Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants With Anemia, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/13) reports, “Use of a higher hemoglobin transfusion threshold does not lower the risk for death or neurodevelopmental impairment at 22 to 26 months of age among extremely low-birth-weight infants with anemia,” investigators concluded in a st…

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CDC: Number Of COVID-19 Cases Among Younger Children Remained Low Even After Schools Reopened

CNN (1/13, Gumbrecht) reports that a new CDC report “found that COVID-19 cases among younger children remained low even after schools restarted for in-person learning. To safely reopen schools, however, transmission in communities must be kept in check.”…

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Scientists Predict SARS-CoV-2 Will Come To Resemble The Common Cold In The Future

The New York Times (1/12, Mandavilli) reports SARS-CoV-2 “is here to stay, but once most adults are immune – following natural infection or vaccination – the virus will be no more of a threat than the common cold, according to a study published in the jou…

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Experts Say Measures Taken To Stem Spread Of Coronavirus Have Limited The Spread Of Many Other Viruses

The Washington Post (1/12, Hurley) reports infectious disease specialists “say they are chronicling something never before seen — the suppression of virtually every common respiratory and gastrointestinal virus besides the novel coronavirus.” For example,…

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US Reports Another Record One-Year Decline In Cancer Death Rate From 2017 To 2018

The AP (1/12, Stobbe) reports the US “reported another record one-year decline in the…cancer death rate, a drop they attribute to success against lung cancer.” The US cancer death rate has been decreasing since 1991, and “from 2017 to 2018, it fell 2.4%…

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Socioeconomic Deprivation May Be Tied To Poorer Outcomes After Liver Transplantation In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Gastroenterology Advisor (1/12, Pond) reports, “Socioeconomic deprivation was found to be associated with poorer outcomes after liver transplantation in pediatric patients,” investigators concluded after extracting and then analyzing “data from the Scient…

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Researchers Examine How Sexual Behavior Influences Risk Of HPV Infection And Associated Cancers

The New York Times (1/12, Bakalar) reports researchers examined blood samples, tumor samples, and interviews to examine “how the timing, number and types of sexual behaviors affect [HPV infection] risk, and why some people develop cancer and others don’t….

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Extreme Thrombocytosis In Young Patients With MPNs Is Well Controlled By Interferon Therapy, Study Indicates

Oncology Nurse Advisor (1/12, Nye) reports researchers found “extreme thrombocytosis among young patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) was well controlled by interferon therapy.” The findings were published in Pediatric Blood and Cancer.

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Researchers Examine Oxygen Desaturation Rates In Infants With Acute Bronchiolitis

Healio (1/12, T. Welsh) reports researchers found “oxygen desaturation rates in infants with acute bronchiolitis were high and occurred in most infants, with similar rates in those hospitalized and those discharged home.” The findings were published in JA…

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Rates Of NAS, MOD Increasing Across The US, Study Suggests

Healio (1/12, Miller) reports, “From 2010 to 2017, estimated rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome and maternal opioid use disorder significantly increased across the” US, investigators concluded. In fact, “rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and…

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People With ASD Appear To Have Higher Rates Of Suicide Than People Without ASD, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/12, Monaco) reports, “People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) carry a higher risk for suicide,” investigators concluded in a “nationwide cohort study of over 35,000 individuals with autism.” The study revealed “a more than three-fold h…

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Trump Administration Announces Changes To Coronavirus Vaccination Rollout Aimed At Expanding Access

The Washington Post (1/12, A1, Sun, McGinley, Stanley-Becker, Goldstein) reports, “The Trump Administration announced sweeping changes to its vaccination rollout on Tuesday, including making all of the coronavirus vaccine supply immediately available, urg…

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Even People With Mild COVID-19 Cases May Not Return To “Full Health” Months Later, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/11) reports, “Even people with mild cases of COVID-19 may commonly feel run down and unwell months later, a new study suggests.” This “study, of patients at one Irish medical center, found that 62% said they had not returned to ‘full health’…

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Some Healthcare Workers Reportedly Hesitant To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Bloomberg (1/11, Young) reports, “In North Carolina and Ohio, most nursing-home employees are declining the Covid-19 vaccine.” Now, “the federal government, which left the states to sort out immunizations, is suggesting pizza parties and raffle prizes as…

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US School Districts Change Plans Amid Virus Surge, Vaccination Rollout

The Wall Street Journal (1/11, Calfas, Subscription Publication) reports US school districts are changing plans for the new year, as some prolong remote instruction while others return to in-person instruction. This comes as districts weigh rising coronav…

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Mass Screening May Identify High Prevalence Of Celiac Disease Among Children, Research Suggests

Healio (1/11, Young) reports, “Mass screening identified a high prevalence of celiac disease [CD] among children,” investigators concluded in a study in which “children aged one to 17 years” underwent “screening for CD using two assays for tissue transglu…

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Children Exposed To Valproate In Utero May Have Elevated Risk For ASD And AD/HD, Study Indicates

Psychiatric News (1/11) reports research indicates that “children exposed to valproate in” utero “had an elevated risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “compared with those who were not exposed to the…

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Average Cumulative Pediatric Hospitalization Rate For COVID-19 Increasing In US States, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/11) reports, “There is significant variation across states in the rates of pediatric hospitalization for COVID-19, but the average cumulative hospitalization rate is increasing, according to a research letter published online Jan. 11 in JAMA…

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Financial Hardship, Food Insecurities, Delays In Care Due To Medical Costs May Be Common Among Families Of Children With Congenital Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Healio (1/8, Walsh) reported, “Financial hardship, food insecurities and delays in care due to medical costs are common among families of children with congenital heart disease,” investigators concluded in a “cross-sectional study” that “included 188 fami…

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Many People Who Recover From COVID-19 Experience At Least One Symptom Six Months Later, Study Indicates

The New York Times (1/8, Belluck) reported many people who recover from COVID-19 “will experience lingering problems like fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety or diminished lung function.” Researchers studied 1,733 patients “who were discharged from a h…

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Three Studies Indicate Risk Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection In School Is Low

CIDRAP (1/8, Van Beusekom) reported three new studies indicate that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in schools is low, “including limited in-school [SARS-CoV-2] transmission in North Carolina, few cases of the coronavirus-associated multisystem inflammat…

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Preterm Birth May Be Tied To Increased Risk For All-Cause Mortality, Study Suggests

Healio (1/8, Michael) reported, “Adults who were born prematurely may be at an elevated risk for premature death from all causes, as well as death from noncommunicable diseases such as CVD, chronic lung disease and diabetes,” researchers concluded after c…

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Experts Present Guidance On Identification, Management Of Pediatric Eating Disorders

HealthDay (1/8) reported a new clinical report published in Pediatrics offers guidance on “the identification and management of eating disorders in children and adolescents.” The experts “reviewed common eating disorders diagnosed in children, outlined th…

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Some States Open Up Coronavirus Vaccination Following Criticism Of Slow Rollout

The New York Times (1/9, A1, Goodnough) reports, “Just weeks into the country’s coronavirus vaccination effort, states have begun broadening access to the shots faster than planned, amid tremendous public demand and intense criticism about the pace of the…

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Researchers Identify Common Skin Manifestations In Children And Adolescents With COVID-19

Dermatology Advisor (1/8, May) reports Iranian researchers conducted a retrospective review and found that “common skin manifestations observed in children and adolescents with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) include acute urticaria, mottling, general…

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Genetic Markers Related To Mineral Bone Accrual Could Help Providers Identify Young People At Risk For Fractures Later In Life, Study Indicates

Health IT Analytics (1/7, Kent) reports researchers found “genetic markers related to mineral bone accrual could help providers identify younger patients at risk of fractures in later life.” The findings were published in Genome Biology.

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CDC Model Suggests That Asymptomatic People Transmit The Majority Of New Coronavirus Cases

The Washington Post (1/7, Guarino) reports, “People with no symptoms transmit more than half of all cases of the novel coronavirus, according to a model developed by” CDC researchers. According to the model, 59% of transmissions come from asymptomatic peo…

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Identical Twins Found To Have Genetic Mutations That Distinguish Them From Each Other

The AP (1/7, Larson) reports researchers sequenced the DNA of 387 pairs of identical twins in Iceland and discovered “early mutations that separate identical twins,” meaning “identical twins are not exactly genetically the same.” The findings were publish…

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Fluoroquinolones Associated With Small Increase In Risk Of Aortic Aneurysm, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/7, Norton) reports researchers found that fluoroquinolones are “associated with a small increase in the risk of aortic aneurysm,” including “in younger, healthy people.” Back in 2018, the FDA issued a warning “saying people at high risk of ao…

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Adolescent Boys Who Use E-Cigarettes May Have Increased Risk For Subsequent Initiation Of Traditional Tobacco Products, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/7) reports, “Adolescent boys who use electronic cigarettes have an increased risk for subsequently initiating traditional tobacco products,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 1,220 boys (aged 11 to 16 years at enrollment) foll…

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Heavy Drinking In Adolescence May Be Linked To Disruptions In White Matter Integrity, Study Suggests

Medscape (1/7, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “Heavy alcohol use in adolescence is linked to disruptions in white matter integrity, new research suggests.” In a “case control study of more than 400 participants, the association was more pron…

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Funding Extended Until April For Virus Testing In At-Risk Areas

Bloomberg (1/7, Lee, Court) reports that a $550 million funding extension “announced Thursday means thousands of Covid-19 testing sites in vulnerable U.S. areas will continue to operate into April.” The program “primarily provides testing sites in areas w…

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Researchers Say Nurses Have Valuable Insights Into How To Reduce EHR Burnout

EHR Intelligence (1/7, Jason) reports researchers found “nurses have valuable insight into ways to reduce EHR burnout, but there is a need for further research into ways to better organize, manage, and display this information to mitigate nurse burnout.”…

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New York City’s Schools Face Closure As More Coronavirus Tests Come Back Positive

The New York Times (1/6, Shapiro, Goodman) reports, “New York City’s rising virus numbers are once again forcing high-stakes decisions about whether to keep schools open, leaving students, parents and educators with newfound uncertainty.” Mayor Bill de Bl…

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Scientists Use Base Editing To Lengthen Lives Of Mice With Progeria

USA Today (1/6, Weintraub) reports a study published in Nature describes how a group of scientists, including NIH Director Francis Collins, used a more precise form of CRISPR called base editing to correct a mutation in mice models of progeria. Progeria i…

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Even Though Use Of CGM May Not Increase Time In Range In Young Children With T1D, It May Improve Other Glycemic Indices, Researchers Say

Medwire News (1/6, Barnard) reports, “The use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) does not increase time in range in young children with type 1 diabetes [T1D], but may improve other glycemic indices,” investigators concluded in a study in which “143 ch…

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Hospitals Experienced Increased COVID-19 Nursing Staffing Demand During The Fall Surge, Report Says

RevCycle Intelligence (1/6, LaPointe) reports, “Hospitals experienced increased COVID-19 nursing staffing demand, as well as ICU bed occupancy, during the fall surge of new coronavirus patients, according to new data published in the Epic Health Research…

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Japanese Researchers Report Two Cases Of Vaginal Transmission Of Cancer During Delivery

MedPage Today (1/6, D’Ambrosio) reports Japanese researchers reported two cases of vaginal transmission of cancer during delivery. The researchers reported “two children whose mothers had undetected cervical cancer at delivery went on to develop lung canc…

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Expert Examines Persistent Racial, Ethnic Disparities In US Maternal And Infant Outcomes

Medscape (1/6, Splete, Subscription Publication) reports, “Racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and infant outcomes persist in the United States, with Black women being three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes, compared with…

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Proportion Of Children Who Arrived In EDs With Mental Health Issues Increased 24% From Mid-March To Mid-October Compared To 2019

Kaiser Health News (1/6, Heredia Rodriguez) reports “the proportion of children who arrived in emergency departments with mental health issues increased 24% from mid-March through mid-October, compared with the same period in 2019,” according to a CDC rep…

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HHS Secretary Says States Should Vaccinate As Many People As Possible Even If That Requires Skipping People In Priority Groups

USA Today (1/6, Weintraub) reports HHS Secretary Alex Azar told governors to vaccinate as many people against SARS-CoV-2 as possible and warned states to not let “perfection be the enemy of the good,” referring to priority plans. Azar said that with up to…

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Researchers Say There Was A 10% Decrease In Children Receiving First MMR Vaccination By 16 Months From March 2017 To August 2020

HealthDay (1/6) reports researchers found that between March 2017 and August 2020 there was a 10% decrease in children receiving their first MMR vaccination by 16 months. The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Pace Of Coronavirus Vaccine Administration Reportedly Remains Slow In The US

USA Today (1/5, Weintraub) reports, “If the pace of COVID-19 vaccine delivery into people’s arms stays the way it has been for the past few weeks, it could take years rather than months to vaccinate Americans, and the outbreak will continue to dominate li…

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Many Healthcare Workers In US Report Not Being Able To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

NPR (1/5, Emanuel) reports staffing agency IntelyCare “surveyed…nurses and nursing assistants in Massachusetts and more than half report being told they cannot get the” COVID-19 vaccine. NPR adds, “From Georgia to California, Pennsylvania to Ohio, New Y…

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US Enters 2021 With Record Number Of People Hospitalized With COVID-19

The Washington Post (1/5, A1, Nirappil, Wan) reports the US “has entered the new year with record numbers of Americans hospitalized with coronavirus, straining a health care system bracing for a post-holidays surge that has the potential to further stretc…

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Infants Born To Women Who Receive Oxygen May Fare No Better Than Those Whose Mothers Simply Breathe “Room Air,” Systematic Review Indicates

HealthDay (1/5, Norton) reports, “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women be given supplemental oxygen when fetal heart monitoring shows an abnormal heart rate,” but now a “new review, of 16 clinical trials, uncovered…

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State Laws Mandating Hospitals Offer Flu Shots To Healthcare Workers Can Reduce Flu And Pneumonia Mortality, Study Indicates

Health Exec (1/5, Pearson) reports researchers found “hospitals required by state laws to offer healthcare workers flu shots can expect significantly reduced flu and pneumonia mortality compared with hospitals in states forgoing such mandates.” The findin…

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation That Expands Scope Of Practice For Nurse Practitioners And Others

PatientEngagementHIT (1/5, Heath) reports Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed “state legislation that he said will improve patient access to care.” The legislation, “which largely carries out healthcare priorities set in 2019 before the COVID-19 pande…

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Narcolepsy In Children Not Cause Of Intellectual Disabilities, Research Indicates

Neurology Advisor (1/5, Nye) reports, “Narcolepsy in children was not the cause of intellectual disabilities; however, cognitive performance could be improved in this population through prompt interventions to manage comorbidities,” researchers concluded…

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Ultrasound-Guided Tunneled Central Venous Access Proves Safe, Quicker In Children In Clinical Trial

Aunt Minnie (1/4, Pablos) reports “ultrasound-guided tunneled central venous access proved safe for children in a randomized clinical trial,” which “included 108 patients, ranging in age from 9 months to 17 years, who had been referred to the surgery depa…

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Infants With Type 1 Retinopathy Of Prematurity Treated With Primary Bevacizumab Often Display Normal Visual Acuity After Four Years Of Age, Research Suggests

Healio (1/4, Martin) reports researchers found “infants with type 1 retinopathy of prematurity treated with primary bevacizumab often display normal visual acuity after 4 years of age.” The findings were presented at the virtual American Academy of Ophtha…

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Asthma-Related Emergency Department Visits Dropped At Boston Children’s Hospital During Lockdown, Study Indicates

NPR (1/4, Kendrick) reports, “Just one week after Massachusetts closed schools and daycares in March, Boston Children’s Hospital saw a drastic change in asthma-related visits to the emergency room: They were down 80% from the prior two months.” NPR adds,…

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Certain Factors, Including Prematurity And Low Birth Weight, Appear To Increase Risk For Thrombosis Among Infants, Study Suggests

Healio (1/4, Southall) reports, “Infants who were born prematurely, had a low birth weight, experienced sepsis or underwent invasive procedures appeared to be at increased risk for thrombosis, according to study results published in Journal of Thrombosis…

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Moms Who Drink Cow’s Milk While Breastfeeding May Reduce Child’s Risk Of Developing Food Allergies, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/4, Mann) reports, “Mothers who drink cow’s milk while breastfeeding may reduce their child’s risk of developing food allergies,” investigators concluded in a study that “asked more than 500 Swedish mothers about their eating habits in their 3…

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Using Computational System May Help Clinicians Have A Better Read On Which Treatments Could Be Effective In Teens With AD/HD, Researchers Say

HCPlive (1/4, Walter) reports research indicates that “using a computational system could allow clinicians to have a better read on which treatments could be effective in adolescents with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Researchers arri…

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Comorbid ASD And SUD May Be Tied To Increased Mortality Risk, Researchers Say

According to HCPlive (1/4, Walter), in a “retrospective, population-based cohort, the investigators analyzed the data of 1.9 million participants from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database between 2000-2015” and concluded that people with…

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Children, Teens With Congenital Heart Disease May Be At Greater Risk For Developing AD/HD, Depression, Or Anxiety, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/4) reports, “Youth with congenital heart disease (CHD) have increased odds of anxiety and/or depression or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), “regardless of disease severity,” investigators concluded in a study that included “…

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Some California Frontline Workers Reportedly Unwilling To Get Coronavirus Vaccine

The Los Angeles Times (12/31, Dolan) reported some California frontline workers “with top-priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine…are refusing to take it.” In some counties, nearly 50% of employees have refused to take the vaccine. Vaccine distrust “swi…

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San Diego Nurse Develops COVID-19 After Receiving First Dose Of Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine

The New York Times (12/31, Wu) reported on a “case of Covid-19 in a San Diego nurse who fell ill about a week after receiving his first injection of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.” While the case caused concern on social media, “experts said the sickness i…

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US Surpasses 20M COVID-19 Cases, Sets Hospitalization Record For Four Days In A Row

CNN (1/1, Maxouris, Hanna) reported “the US surpassed 20 million total recorded COVID-19 cases on Friday, hours after the country ushered in 2021 and left behind its deadliest month of the pandemic.” The US “also has set a COVID-19 hospitalization record…

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Hospital Clowns May Help Improve Physical And Psychological Well-Being In Pediatric Patients, Systematic Review Suggests

HealthDay (12/31, Murez) reported research indicates that “hospital clowns can help improve both physical symptoms and the psychological well-being of children and teens through laughter and play.” The findings of the 24-trial, 1,612-child and adolescent…

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US Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Worse Long-Term Survival Outcomes Than UK Counterparts, Study Indicates

Healio (12/31, Southall) reported researchers found childhood cancer survivors in the US have “worse long-term survival outcomes than U.K. survivors, which suggests they may have undergone more intensive treatment.” The findings were published in Journal…

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Teens Using E-Cigarettes May Be At Increased Risk For “Mental Fog,” Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/31, Norton) reported, “Teenagers who use e-cigarettes may be at increased risk of ‘mental fog,’” investigators concluded in a study involving “thousands of U.S. teens.” The study revealed that “those who vaped were three times more likely th…

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COVID-19 Can Affect Children’s Hearts

USA Today (1/1, Aspegren) reported that some children infected with SARS-CoV-2 can develop heart failure. In the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, physicians in New York reported a case of a two-month-old boy who was diagnosed with COVID-19 a…

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Hospital Executives Planning To Sustain Telehealth Momentum

Modern Healthcare (12/30, Cohen, Subscription Publication) reports, “Hospital executives are planning for how they can sustain telehealth momentum…and build the practice into their future care delivery strategies.” Executives of health systems “working…

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New Book By Neuroscientist Explains That Pop Culture’s Prevailing Ideas, Metaphors About Human Brain Don’t Stand Up To Scrutiny

CNN (12/30, Prior) reports, “Many of the ideas and metaphors in popular culture about how the human brain works don’t stand up to scrutiny,” and “that’s a prevailing theme” in a new book released in November by neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, entitle…

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Concussions, Closed-Head Injuries In Children Most Commonly Reported Sledding-Related Injury From 2008 To 2017, Research Suggests

Healio (12/29, Wursta) reports, “Concussions and closed-head injuries in children were the most commonly reported sledding-related injury from 2008 to 2017,” researchers concluded after using “data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System t…

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Nearly Half Of Teens Who Regularly Use Marijuana Admit They Have Driven While Stoned, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/30, Thompson) reports, “Almost half of teenagers who regularly use” marijuana “admit they’ve gotten behind the wheel while stoned,” researchers concluded after analyzing “responses from more than 6,800 students 14 or older who participated i…

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Parents Say COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Is Necessary For Safe In-Person School Instruction

US News & World Report (12/30, Camera) reports, “More than any other safety measure, parents say the coronavirus vaccine being available to the public is ‘absolutely necessary’ in order for them to feel safe sending their children to school for in-person…

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New Transdiagnostic CBT Program May Benefit Teens With Emotional And Behavioral Problems, Researchers Say

Medscape (12/30, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports, “A new transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program called Mind My Mind (MMM) provides significant and lasting benefits for adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems,” inve…

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US Reports Record COVID-19 Deaths, Hospitalizations, As Cases In Children Continue To Increase

CNN (12/30, Maxouris) reports, “The US set two more devastating Covid-19 records as it counted down the hours to the end of what has been a calamitous year for the nation.” On Tuesday, the nation “recorded more than 3,700 new deaths linked to the virus, a…

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Viral Load Of Patients With COVID-19 May Be Key Indicator Of Illness Severity, Research Suggests

The New York Times (12/29, Mandavilli) reports that “dozens of research papers published over the past few months found that people whose bodies were teeming with the coronavirus more often became seriously ill and more likely to die, compared with those…

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Colorado Confirms First Known US Case Of New UK Coronavirus Variant

The Washington Post (12/29, Achenbach, Guarino, Stanley-Becker) says Colorado officials on Tuesday “reported the first known case in the United States of a person infected with the mutation-laden coronavirus variant that has been circulating rapidly acros…

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Higher Prevalence Of Eating Disorders Among Children, Adolescents During Pandemic, Researchers Warn

The Washington Post (12/29, Berger) reports, “Eating disorders are on the rise among children and adolescents in Britain amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health warned Tuesday, citing a survey of pediatricians – the…

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Caregiver-Reported Mental Health Conditions May Be Prevalent Among Children With ASD In The US, Study Indicates

Healio (12/29, Gramigna) reports, “Caregiver-reported mental health conditions were prevalent among children with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] in the United States from a young age,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data of 42,283 caregivers of…

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Federal Government Releases New Dietary Guidelines For Americans

USA Today (12/29, Hauck) reports that on Tuesday, “the federal government…released new dietary guidelines for Americans of all ages that rejected scientists’ recommendation to lower the suggested amount of sugar and alcohol consumed in a day.” According…

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Quickly Distinguishing True Side Effects From Incidental Illnesses Is Important To Ease Public Fears Around COVID-19 Vaccines, Experts Warn

STAT (12/28, Branswell) reports, “As Covid-19 vaccines go into broad use, some rare side effects of vaccination will almost certainly emerge, like the reports of small numbers of people developing anaphylaxis.” In addition, “so will medical events whose t…

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CDC Says It Has Administered More Than 2M First Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines In US As Of Monday Morning

Reuters (12/28, Maddipatla) reports that “the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had administered 2,127,143 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Monday morning and had distributed 11,445,175 doses.” Reuters adds…

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Exposure To Metals May Disrupt Pregnant Women’s Hormones, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/28, Preidt) reports, “Exposure to metals may disrupt pregnant women’s hormones and boost the odds of complications such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight,” investigators concluded after analyzing “blood and urine samples fr…

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Certain Compounds In Meat May Trigger Wheezing In Some Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/28, Reinberg) reports, “Compounds in meat” called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), “may trigger wheezing in some children that can potentially lead to asthma or other respiratory conditions,” investigators concluded in a study that ex…

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Youth With History Of Childhood Depression And/Or Tobacco Use May Be At Greater Risk Of Opioid Use By Age 30, Research Suggests

Psychiatric News (12/28) reports, “Youth with a history of childhood depression and/or tobacco use are at a greater risk of using opioids by the age of 30 than those without such a history,” investigators concluded after using “data from the Great Smoky M…

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Children Face Greater Risk Of Contracting Coronavirus At Social Gathering Than In Classroom, Childcare Setting, Study Suggests

The AP (12/28) reports, “Children are more at risk of contracting coronavirus at a social gathering than in a classroom or childcare setting, according to a study released by the University of Mississippi Medical Center.” This “study found that compared w…

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Number Of Sledding-Related Injuries Has Decreased In Recent Years, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/23) reported, “The number of sledding-related injuries has decreased in recent years, but the rate of injuries is still concerning,” investigators concluded in a study that revealed “an estimated 220,488 patients were treated in emergency de…

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Consumption Of Ultra-Processed Foods May Be Tied To Bad Health Outcomes, Analysis Indicates

Medscape (12/24, Lowry, Subscription Publication) reported researchers have “linked the consumption of ultraprocessed…foods to bad health outcomes.” The “longitudinal analysis of more than 22,000 men and women” revealed that “those who consumed the most…

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Four-Gene Model Associated With Asthma, Atopy In Children May Be Tied To Development Of Allergic Diseases In Toddlers, Study Indicates

HCPlive (12/25, Kaltwasser) reported research “suggests a four-gene model associated with asthma and atopy in children is also associated with the development of allergic diseases in toddlers.” The model was then applied “to a birth cohort of 579 Han Chin…

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Scalable Transdiagnostic Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention May Outperform Management As Usual For Youth With Common Mental Health Problems, Study Indicates

Healio (12/23, Gramigna) reported, “A scalable transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral intervention outperformed management as usual for youth with common mental health problems,” investigators concluded after developing “Mind My Mind (MMM), a new transdiagn…

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Families Of People With Intellectual Development Disorders Pushing For COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

A Wall Street Journal (12/23, Ostroff, Subscription Publication) analysis on data from 12 states indicated people with intellectual development disorders including autism and Down syndrome may be at greater risk of death from COVID-19. This finding has pr…

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Federal Judge Delays Implementation Of Drug Pricing Rule

Reuters (12/23, Pierson) reported that on Wednesday, US District Judge Catherine Blake “blocked a last-minute Trump administration rule aimed at lowering drug prices as of next week.” Reuters added, “The rule, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, would hav…

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CMS Proposes Adding 20 Quality Measures To Medicare’s Value-Based Payment Programs

Modern Healthcare (12/23, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reported, “CMS is considering adding 20 quality measures to some of Medicare’s quality and value-based payment programs.” Modern Healthcare added, “All but three of the proposed measures wou…

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Increasing Lifetime Exposure To Antimicrobial Agents May Be Tied To Increasing Likelihood For Overweight, Obesity Among Older Children, Study Indicates

Healio (12/23, Burba) reported, “Increasing lifetime exposure to antimicrobial agents was associated with increasing likelihood for overweight and obesity among older children,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 1996 to 2014 on 10,093 child…

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Scientists At Imperial College London Say New Strain Of SARS-CoV-2 Might Spread More Easily In Children Compared To Other Strains

Newsweek (12/22, Gander) reports the new strain of SARS-CoV-2 spreading in the UK “may spread more easily in children than previous forms of the virus,” according to scientists at Imperial College London. Professor Neil Ferguson, director of the MRC Centr…

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Americans’ Willingness To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Jumps After Vaccinations Begin, Poll Indicates

USA Today (12/22, Page, Elbeshbishi) reports, “Americans’ willingness to take the coronavirus vaccine has jumped since the first two vaccines were authorized by the FDA and health care workers and nursing home residents began to receive the shots,” accord…

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Hospitals Under Scrutiny As They Decide Who Should Be Vaccinated First

The Wall Street Journal (12/22, Evans, Subscription Publication) reports as hospitals receive shipments of coronavirus vaccines, they are facing scrutiny as they decide who should be vaccinated first. Some health systems have begun vaccinating certain gro…

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FDA Approves Ansuvimab-zykl For Treatment Of Ebola Virus In Adults And Children

Drug Topics (12/22, Barrett) reports the FDA approved Ridgeback Biotherapeutics’ Ebanga (ansuvimab-zykl) “for the treatment of Zaire ebolavirus (Ebolavirus) infection in adults and children.” Back in October, the FDA approved Regeneron’s Inmazeb, “a monoc…

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Experimental Asthma Drug Tezepelumab Did Not Meet Main Goal In Late-Stage Trial

Reuters (12/22, Aripaka) reports AstraZeneca and Amgen announced “their experimental asthma drug tezepelumab failed to meet the main goal of reducing patients’ dependence on steroids, while keeping the respiratory condition in check in a late-stage trial….

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Researchers Find No Cases Of Vertical Transmission Or Placental Infection In Prospective Cohort Study With More Than 60 Pregnant Women With COVID-19

MedPage Today (12/22, D’Ambrosio) reports researchers found “no cases of vertical transmission or placental infection…in a prospective cohort study involving over 60 pregnant women with COVID-19.” However, “placental transfer of antibodies against SARS-…

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Increased Dietary Advanced Glycation End-Product Intake Associated With Wheezing Symptoms In Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/22) reports researchers “examined 4,388 children from the 2003 to 2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine associations between dietary [advanced glycation end-product] AGE and meat consumption frequencies and respira…

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Experts Worry That Pandemic May Be Leading To A Spike In Suicides Among Native American Youth

Kaiser Health News (12/22, Reardon) reports that “in a typical year, Native American youth die by suicide at nearly twice the rate of their white peers in the” US, but “experts worry that the isolation and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could m…

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EPA Adopts New Rules Requiring Water Utilities To Inform Public On Possible Lead Contamination

The Washington Post (12/22, Dennis) reports that on Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency “overhauled a rule aimed at reducing lead in drinking water across the country – a long-standing scourge made worse by the nation’s weathered and crumbling in…

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Infants Who Have Cataract Removal Surgery May Be At Increased Risk For Glaucoma Later In Childhood, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/22, Preidt) reports, “Infants who have cataract removal surgery are at increased risk for sight-threatening glaucoma later in childhood,” researchers concluded in a “long-term study” that “included 110 children who were born with a cataract…

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Some Healthcare Workers Reportedly Fear Optimism Brought By Coronavirus Vaccine Progress Will Overshadow Ongoing PPE Shortage

The New York Times (12/21, Jacobs) reports, “As Americans celebrate the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine, many of the doctors and nurses first in line for inoculation say a victory lap is premature.” Some “fear that the optimism stirred by the vaccine wil…

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Some Scientists Preparing For Clinical Trials To Test Treatments Targeting So-Called Long-Haulers

The Wall Street Journal (12/21, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports some scientists and pharmaceutical companies are pushing to launch clinical trials that would test drugs targeting so-called long-haulers, who can experience symptoms months after th…

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Locking Down Childcare In Ohio Would Force 75% Of Families To Work Less And 59% To Quit A Job, University Study Suggests

Health Exec (12/21, Pearson) reports, “Locking down childcare over COVID-19 in a state whose programs serve more than half a million children a day would force 75% of families to work less and 59% to quit a job outright, according to a study [PDF] conduct…

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California Health Department Says At Least 152 Children Have Been Diagnosed With MIS-C

The Hill (12/21, Coleman) reports the California health department said that as of December 14, at least 152 children in the state have been diagnosed with MIS-C. The condition “appears directly linked to surges in COVID-19 cases.”

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Infants Who Have At Least Five Infantile Hemangiomas Should Be Screened For Infantile Hepatic Hemangioma, Researchers Say

Healio (12/21, Forand) reports, “Infants who have at least five infantile hemangiomas [IHs] should be screened for infantile hepatic hemangioma,” investigators concluded in a “prospective, multicenter study” that “included 676 patients aged zero to nine m…

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Attentive, Involved Fathers May Increase Mental Well-Being, Behavior Of Teens From Low-Income Families, Research Suggests

HealthDay (12/21, Preidt) reports research indicates “how attentive, involved fathers can really boost the mental well-being and behavior of teens from low-income families.” For the study, researchers “looked at 5,000 U.S. children born between 1998 and 2…

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Children Who Receive rhGHs May Be At Increased Risk Of Cardiovascular Events Once They Reach Early Adulthood, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (12/21, Hlavinka) reports, “Children who received recombinant human growth hormones (rhGHs) were at an increased risk of cardiovascular events once they reached early adulthood,” investigators concluded. The findings of the 3,408-patient stu…

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Keratoconus Is More Likely In Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity Than Their Peers, Study Indicates

Healio (12/18, Weller) reported researchers found “keratoconus is more likely in adolescents with overweight or obesity than in their normal and underweight counterparts.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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States To Receive 20-40% Less Vaccine This Week Than Previously Told

USA Today (12/19, Weise) reported last week, states “found themselves scrambling to adjust as they received word they would get between 20% and 40% less vaccine [this] week than they had been told as late as Dec. 9.” Previously, “states were given estimat…

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Pasteurization May Effectively Inactivate SARS-CoV-2 Present In Breast Milk, Researchers Say

Reuters (12/19, Rapaport) reported, “Holder pasteurization effectively inactivate SARS-CoV-2 present in human breast milk, a small experiment suggests.” Researchers “obtained milk samples from five healthy human donors, spiked the samples with one of five…

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EEOC Issues Guidelines Sayings Employers Can Require Employees To Receive A Coronavirus Vaccine

The New York Times (12/18, Patel) reported the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines saying that employers can require employees to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and prohibit them from coming to the workplace if they refuse to…

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CDC’s ACIP Recommends That Essential Workers And Adults 75 And Older Should Receive Coronavirus Vaccines Next

The Washington Post (12/20, A1, Sun, Stanley-Becker) reports the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that “grocery store workers, teachers, day-care staff and other people on the front lines of America’s workforce should…

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Congress Agrees To Ban Surprise Medical Bills In Spending Deal

The New York Times (12/20, Kliff, Sanger-Katz) reports that “Congress has agreed to ban one of the most costly and exasperating practices in medicine: surprise medical bills.” The Times adds, “Language included in the $900 billion spending deal reached Su…

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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization For Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine

The New York Times (12/18, A1, Grady, Goodnough, Weiland) reported the FDA granted an emergency use authorization to Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, “allowing the shipment of millions more doses across the nation and intensifying the debate over who will b…

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Hospitals Introducing AI Without Educating Employees About It

STAT (12/17, Brodwin) reports hospitals are making increased use of artificial intelligence and their employees “are increasingly being asked to incorporate experimental AI systems into their workflows,” and to do so “without a transparent explanation of…

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Studies Use EHR Data To Analyze How Clinicians Spend Time

Healthcare IT News (12/17, Jercich) reports “a pair of studies” making use of “electronic health record data to analyze how clinicians spend their time.” The first, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association “compared metadata of clinici…

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School Not A Major Source Of COVID-19 Spread, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/17, Reinberg) reports on COVID-19 research finding that “among those under 18, the virus is easily spread by close contact with family members who have COVID-19 and at gatherings where people don’t wear masks, but going to school wasn’t link…

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CDC Report: Fewer Kids Are Using Tobacco Products

Bloomberg (12/17, Clough, Kary) reports, “Here’s some good news in an otherwise troublesome year: Kids aren’t turning to tobacco as often, even shunning the popular e-cigarettes, and that started even before the U.S. quarantines and lockdowns.” The number…

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Longer Chest Compression Pause Duration For In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest May Be Tied To Worse Survival Outcomes Among Pediatric Patients, Study Indicates

Healio (12/17, Buzby) reports, “Longer chest compression pause duration for in-hospital cardiac arrest was associated with worse survival outcomes among pediatric patients,” researchers concluded after analyzing data on “371 pediatric patients from the pe…

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Babies Born To Mothers With COVID-19 Have Antibodies, Study Finds

Reuters (12/17, Lin, Geddie) reports, “All five babies born to women with COVID-19 infection during a study in Singapore have had antibodies against the virus, although the researchers said it is not yet clear what level of protection this may offer.” The…

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CDC, Medical Societies Recommend Women Who Are Pregnant Or Lactating Should Be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine

Medscape (12/17, Remaly, Subscription Publication) reports, “COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from people who are pregnant or lactating and want to be vaccinated, despite a lack of safety data in these populations, according to guidance from the C…

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FDA Reiterates That Pfizer Vaccine Should Continue To Be Used As It Probes Rare Allergic Reactions

The Washington Post (12/17) reports that the FDA “reiterated Thursday that the newly authorized Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine should continue to be used with no new restrictions despite several reports of health-care workers who had a severe allergi…

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FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval Of Moderna’s Vaccine

The New York Times (12/17, Grady, Goodnough, Zimmer, Wu) reports on Thursday, “a panel of independent experts recommended, by a vote of 20 in favor and one abstention, that the Food and Drug Administration authorize the Moderna vaccine for emergency use.”…

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Letter From Harvard Team Warns Of Cybersecurity Risks From Telemedicine

Healthcare IT News (12/16, Jercich) reports on a letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association “warning of the ‘substantial’ information security concerns around telehealth.” The authors, from Harvard Medical School “led…

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Only Small Percentage Of Available Monoclonal Antibody Supply Being Used, Data Indicate

Reuters (12/16, Beasley) reports, “U.S. hospitals have been slow to embrace COVID-19 antibody drugs from Eli Lilly and Co and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc that have been authorized to reduce the risk of hospitalization, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.”…

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HASS Compared To PRAM In Evaluating Inpatient Asthma Exacerbation Severity In Patients Ages 2 To 18

Pulmonology Advisor (12/16, Jacobs) reports on research in which “the intraclass correlation coefficient of the Hospital Asthma Severity Score (HASS) was found to be higher than that of the Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) when used for the…

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Novartis Receives FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Label For Iptacopan

Reuters (12/16, Miller) reports Novartis announced Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration has given its “Breakthrough Therapy tag for its experimental medicine iptacopan” for treating patients with “the rare blood disorder paroxysmal nocturnal…

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Differences Between Pediatric Keratoconus And Adult Keratoconus Described

Christina Twardowski, OD, FAAO, writes at Healio (12/16) on the subject of pediatric keratoconus contending that while it “is often placed in the same category as adult keratoconus…these are two separate populations, as each group presents with unique c…

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CDC Division Working To Develop Face Mask Minimum Filter Efficiency Standards, Labels

The New York Times (12/16, Kaplan) reports, “More than 100,000 varieties of face masks are currently for sale,” but none have “a label that shows how well they block infectious particles, an omission that has frustrated public health officials during the…

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COVID-19 Cases In 38 States Are Falling Or Flat, Tracking Project Says

Bloomberg (12/16, Querolo) reports that 18 states, “mostly in the U.S. Midwest, reported sharply falling seven-day averages of new coronavirus infections compared with the prior week. Another 20 states, peppered across the country, saw case rates stay bel…

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CHIP And Medicaid Enrollment Increased By 5.6% From July 2019 To July 2020, Commission Reports

Modern Healthcare (12/16, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports, “Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program [CHIP] increased by 5.6% from July 2019 to July 2020, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission…

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High Birthweight, Newborn Adiposity May Indeed Be Tied To Good Metabolic Health In Childhood, Researchers Say

Medwire News (12/16, McDermid) reports, “The latest analysis of HAPO and HAPO FUS data indicates that, contrary to prior assumptions, a high birthweight and newborn adiposity are associated with good metabolic health in childhood,” investigators posited i…

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Pediatricians Calling For Children To Be Included In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Kaiser Health News (12/15, Allen) reports, “If clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines aren’t expanded soon to include children, it’s unlikely that even kids in their teens will be vaccinated in time for the next school year.” KHN adds, “It will take months…

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Over 1.6M Children In US Have Contracted Coronavirus Since Pandemic’s Onset

CNN (12/15, Christensen, Howard) reports, “Nearly 180,000 children in the United States were diagnosed with coronavirus infections from November 26 to December 10, bringing the cumulative total to over 1.6 million US cases since the pandemic began.” Accor…

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Researchers Examine Disparities In US Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes

HealthDay (12/15, Preidt) reports, “The risk of death from severe sepsis is much higher for Black children than for white or Hispanic children,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data on more than 9,800 U.S. children hospitalized with severe sepsis…

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Many Teen Drivers Who Have Experienced A Concussion May Be Returning To The Road Too Soon, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/15, Murez) reports research indicates many teen drivers “who have experienced a concussion may be returning to the road too soon.” The 332-teen driver study revealed that “about 47% of teen drivers included in the study returned to driving w…

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Nicotine And Marijuana Vaping Plateaued Among US Teens In 2020, Survey Data Suggest

HealthDay (12/15, Preidt) reports, “After years of increases, nicotine and marijuana vaping among U.S. teens plateaued this year, but still they remain high, researchers” concluded. In fact, “data (12/15) from the most recent annual Monitoring the Future…

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Children, Teens With Depression May Be At Higher Risk For Somatic Diseases, Premature Death In Early Adulthood, Study Indicates

Psychiatric News (12/15) reports, “Children and adolescents with depression are at higher risk for a host of somatic diseases and premature death in early adulthood,” researchers concluded after conducting “a cohort study of nearly 1.5 million Swedish ind…

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Incorporation Of A Social-Emotional Learning Program In Preschool May Be Tied To Improvement In Later Emotional, Behavioral Health In Adolescence, Research Suggests

Healio (12/15, Gramigna) reports, “Incorporation of a social-emotional learning program in preschool was associated with significant improvement in later emotional and behavioral health in adolescence,” investigators concluded in a study that “followed 35…

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Preschool Children With Asthma, Food Allergies May Be At Increased Risk For Concurrent Mental Health Problems, Research Suggests

HCPlive (12/15, Alicea) reports research indicates that “preschool children with asthma and food allergies” may “be at increased risk of having concurrent mental health problems.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after having “assessed data from 4…

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FDA Issues Emergency Authorization For OTC Rapid At-Home Coronavirus Diagnostic Test

The New York Times (12/15, Wu) reports that the FDA “on Tuesday issued an emergency authorization for the country’s first coronavirus test that can run from start to finish at home without the need for a prescription.” Individuals “as young as 2 years old…

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FDA Review Concludes Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine “Highly Effective,” Paves Way For Authorization

The Washington Post (12/15, Johnson) reports the COVID-19 “vaccine developed by…Moderna appears poised for regulatory clearance after a detailed data review by Food and Drug Administration scientists confirmed the two-shot regimen was ‘highly effective’…

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Homes Where Someone Is Sick With COVID-19 Remain Hotspots For Virus Transmission, Even When Overall Community Spread Is Down, Study Indicates

CNN (12/14, LaMotte) reports, “A new analysis that looked at 54 studies in over 20 countries found homes where someone was sick with Covid-19 continued to be hotspots for virus transmission, even if overall community spread was down.” Researchers found “s…

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Some Cellular Pathways Active In Fetal Intestinal Lining May Be Reactivated In Children With Crohn’s Disease, Research Suggests

According to HealthDay (12/14, Preidt), “scientists analyzed gene expression in individual cells in the inner lining (epithelium) of the intestines of human fetuses, six to 10 weeks after conception,” then “examined tissue from the intestines of four- to…

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Gluten-Free Diet May Alter Intestinal Microbiota In Children With Celiac Disease, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (12/14, Nye) reports, “Adherence to a gluten-free diet…appeared to alter intestinal microbiota in children with celiac disease,” but “specific bacteria that served as ‘biomarkers’ for the disease sustained,” investigators conclu…

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COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact On Mental Health Of Pregnant People Discussed

The New York Times (12/14, Gammon) reports on the experiences of pregnant people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding “prolonged stress can have real consequences on pregnant people even outside of a pandemic and has been tied to low birthweight, changes in…

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Study Examines Obesity Genes, Weight Loss In Children Undergoing Lifestyle Intervention For Overweight And Obesity

MedPage Today (12/14, Hlavinka) reports, “Five obesity-related single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) were linked with reductions in body weight or BMI in children on a lifestyle intervention for overweight and obesity,” investigators concluded in a “genome-wi…

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Children May Have Increased Risk Of Obesity When There Are More Convenience Stores In Their Neighborhood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reports, “Children have an increased risk of obesity when there are more convenience stores in their neighborhood,” researchers concluded in a study that “followed two groups of low-income and ethnic/racial minority children, age…

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Studies Examine Long-Term Impacts Of Abuse In Childhood

MedPage Today (12/14, Sullivan) reports on two “large longitudinal studies” suggesting that “abuse in childhood can set up a row of falling dominoes that increases the risks of mental and physical health issues, legal troubles, and even early death.” The…

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Children With Dyslexia May Have Heightened Social And Emotional Intelligence, Small Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reports research indicates “there’s growing evidence that children with dyslexia may have heightened social and emotional intelligence,” investigators concluded after assessing “32 children with dyslexia, ages 8-12, and 22 childr…

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Depression During Childhood Or In Adolescence May Increase Odds Of Illness, Early Death Later On, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reports, “Having depression during childhood or in the teen years appears to increase the odds of illness and early death later on,” investigators concluded in a “long-term study included nearly 1.5 million Swedes” who were follo…

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Health Experts Address Questions Over COVID-19 Vaccines

KXTV-TV Sacramento, CA (12/15, Duffy) reports, “A group of health experts invited by the Poynter Institute met Monday to answer an array of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.” Patricia Stinchfield, president-elect of the National Foundation for Infect…

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SARS-CoV-2 May Damage Blood Vessels In Children, Study Suggests

Medscape (12/14, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports, “SARS-CoV-2 sometimes damages children’s blood vessels, with consequences that might surface decades after the infection subsides, a study of biomarkers suggests.” The researchers “studied 50 h…

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US Public Health Officials Reportedly Relieved As “Twindemic” Appears Unlikely With Low Flu Activity

The New York Times (12/13, McNeil, Jr.) reports that despite the current “surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States…one bit of good news is emerging this winter: It looks unlikely that the country will endure a ‘twindemic’ of both flu and…

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FDA Leaves Option For Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

The New York Times (12/11, Mandavilli) reported, “In its emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday night, the Food and Drug Administration took an unexpected step, leaving open the possibility that pregnant and breastfeeding women m…

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Study Links Sleep Deprivation Among Physicians To Medical Errors

Medscape (12/11, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reported on a study finding that “sleep deprivation in physicians is linked to serious medical errors” and “moderate sleep loss raises the risk by 53%.” The study also found that “the level of sleep-rel…

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Low, High Doses Of Secukinumab May Be Tied To Sustained Skin Clearance In Children And Teens With Severe Plaque Psoriasis, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (12/11, May) reported, “Low and high doses of secukinumab were associated sustained skin clearance for up to one year in children and adolescents with severe chronic plaque psoriasis,” investigators concluded in a study that “included…

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Pharmaceutical Companies Moving To Include Children In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

The Wall Street Journal (12/11, Maher, Subscription Publication) reported that pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, have begun including children in COVID-19 vaccine trials.

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Pandemic-Related Factors Have Raised Risk Of Child Abuse, Neglect, CDC Says

Fox News (12/11, Rivas) reported, “Mounting stress, job losses, school closures, isolation and other factors have all compounded to raise the risk of child abuse and neglect amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prev…

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Research Indicates Abuse Of Antibiotics In Children’s Hospitals Helping Fuel Spread Of Bacteria

The Washington Post (12/13, Ungar) reported, “A growing body of research shows that overuse and misuse of antibiotics in children’s hospitals – which health experts and patients say should know better – is helping fuel these dangerous bacteria that attack…

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Considerable Variation Appears To Exist In Prevalence Of pIBD, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (12/11, Walsh) reported, “Considerable variation exists in the prevalence of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (pIBD) according to ethnicity, location, and disease subtype,” investigators concluded after examining “electronic health recor…

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Rule Giving More Flexibility To ACA Grandfathered Plans Finalized

Bloomberg Law (12/11, Johnson, Hansard, Subscription Publication) reported behind a paywall “employers and health insurers will more easily be able to continue offering employer health plans that were in existence before” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “to…

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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization To Coronavirus Vaccine

The Washington Post (12/11, A1, McGinley, Johnson, Dawsey) reported that the FDA “on Friday gave emergency use authorization to the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine, launching what scientists hope will be a critical counteroffensive against a pathogen t…

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Moderna Doses First Participants In Study Testing Its COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate In Adolescents

Reuters (12/10) reports that Moderna “said on Thursday it had dosed the first participants in a mid-to-late stage study testing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in adolescents aged 12 to less than 18, and aims for data ahead of the 2021 school year.” This “…

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Pediatric Oncologists Worry That Increasing COVID-19 Case Counts Could Lead To Another Drop In Patient Visits

STAT (12/10, Cooney) reports, “When the coronavirus pandemic exploded in March, people in many states were urged to stay home – and they did.” Now, “patients and their families have been slowly but steadily coming back for cancer care, keeping appointment…

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ED Pediatric Visits For Asthma Dropped Sharply During Spring COVID-19 Lockdown, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/10) reports, “During the COVID-19 spring lockdown, there was a decrease in pediatric asthma-related emergency department visits, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.” Tregony Simoneau,…

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Mouse Study Reveals Signaling System Within Brainstem That Activates Almost Immediately At Birth To Support Early Breathing

HealthDay (12/10, Murez) reports researchers have “discovered a signaling system within the brainstem that activates almost immediately at birth to support early breathing.” Their conclusions from a study of mice “help researchers understand how breathing…

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After Two Decades Of Decline, Infant Health Disparities Again On The Rise, Research Suggests

PatientEngagementHIT (12/10, Nelson) reports, “Infant health disparities are on the rise once again after two decades of decline,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the National Vitality Statistics System, a birth registry that records ke…

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Study Looks At Trends In ED Visits For Cases Of Child Abuse, Neglect Before And During COVID-19 Pandemic

CNN (12/10, LaMotte) reports visits to the emergency department (ED) “for cases of child abuse and neglect of children under 18 years of age dropped by 53% in mid-March compared to the same time frame in 2019, according to a new analysis by” the CDC publi…

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Gestational Age May Help Predict Later Symptoms Of AD/HD In Patients With Down Syndrome, Small Study Indicates

HCPlive (12/9, Walter) reports research indicates that “gestational age could help predict the later symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD] in patients with Down syndrome.” Included in the study were “105 participants with Down syndr…

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Flu Vaccination Rate For Black Children Is Down, Data Indicate

The AP (12/9, Stobbe) reports that “more Americans have been getting flu shots this year, apparently heeding the advice of health officials fearful of a flu and coronavirus double pandemic, public health officials said.” However, “flu vaccination data” fr…

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Low COVID-19 Case Rates, Outbreaks Found In UK Schools Reopened After Lockdown, Study Says

CIDRAP (12/9, Paulsen) reports that a recent study (12/8) in The Lancet Infectious Diseases “found low COVID-19 case rates and outbreaks in schools and childcare centers that reopened after lockdown.” Researchers in the UK “used data from HPZone – a natio…

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Most Children With MIS-C Had Mucocutaneous Findings, Case Study Says

MedPage Today (12/9, Walker) reports, “Most children with multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) had mucocutaneous findings, a small case series in New York City found.” The researchers found that “among 35 children, 29 with MIS-C exhibited these sequ…

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Add-On Synthetic Transdermal Cannabidiol Shows Positive Results In Children With Development And Epileptic Encephalopathies In Phase 2 Study

MedPage Today (12/9, George) reports, “Synthetic transdermal cannabidiol (ZYN002, Zygel) as an add-on treatment showed positive results in children with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies,” investigators concluded in the 48-participant, “open-la…

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Parents Growing Increasingly Concerned About Developmental Effects Of Ongoing Social Deprivation On Their Very Young Children

The New York Times (12/9, Richtel) reports on “a generation living in a particular new type of bubble – one without other children. They are the Toddlers of Covid-19.” Gone for these children “are the play dates, music classes, birthday parties, the seren…

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Genetic Mutations Linked To Myeloproliferative Neoplasms May Emerge In Childhood Or Even In Utero, Decades Before They Cause Cancer, Study Says

The ASCO Post (12/8, Helwick) reports, “Genetic mutations linked to myeloproliferative neoplasms may emerge in childhood or even in utero, decades before they cause cancer, according to a late-breaking abstract presented today at the 2020 American Society…

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Teens With MS May Have Lower Levels Of Fitness Compared With Their Healthy Counterparts, Study Suggests

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (12/8, Inacio) reports, “Adolescents with multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower levels of fitness compared with healthy teenagers of the same age and” gender, investigators concluded in a study that “assessed and compared the ph…

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Gay, Lesbian, And Bisexual Individuals In The US May Have More Adverse Childhood Experiences Than Their Heterosexual Counterparts, Researchers Say

Healio (12/8, Gramigna) reports, “Gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals had more adverse childhood experiences than their heterosexual counterparts in the United States,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data collected in households via structured…

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Participation In Organized Sports May Help Reduce Behavior Problems In Very Young Boys, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/8, Thompson) reports, “Participation in organized sports could help reduce behavior problems in very young boys,” investigators concluded after evaluating “data on nearly 11,200 children gathered between December 2007 and June 2008 as part o…

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Stronger Immune System, Healthier Blood Vessels Among Reasons Children Are Less Likely Than Adults To Have Severe COVID-19, Experts Say

HealthDay (12/8) reports, “A stronger immune system and healthier blood vessels are among reasons kids are less likely than adults to have severe COVID-19, according to experts who reviewed research from around the world.” According to the story, “the res…

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FDA Approves Liraglutide For Treatment Of Obesity In Adolescents, Drugmaker Says

Healio (12/7, Schaffer) reports on the FDA’s approval of “an updated label for liraglutide 3 mg for use in the treatment of obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years with a body weight of at least 60 kg and an initial BMI corresponding to 30 kg/m² or gre…

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Some Parents May Have Waited To Get Emergency Treatment For Children’s Appendicitis, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/7, Norton) reports that “early in the COVID-19 pandemic,” physicians “became concerned that people were delaying needed medical care to avoid hospitals.” And “now a new study hints that some parents may have waited to get emergency treatment…

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Seizures That Persist Into Early Childhood Associated With High Risk Of Neurodevelopmental Problems, Study Finds

Neurology Today (12/7, Susman) reports, “Neonatal seizures rarely result in an epilepsy diagnosis by 2 years of age, but seizures that persist into early childhood are associated with a high risk of neurodevelopmental problems, according to a multicenter…

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Infants’ Sleep Patterns May Vary Widely, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reports research indicates that “it’s normal for infants’ sleep patterns to vary widely.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after asking “the mothers of 44 infants who were six months old to keep a sleep diary about their c…

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It May Be Safe For Mothers With COVID-19, Newborns To Share Hospital Room, Study Suggests

CIDRAP (12/7) reports, “Only 1 of 62 newborns who breastfed and roomed with their 61 COVID-19–infected mothers in Lombardy, Italy, was diagnosed as having the novel coronavirus, suggesting that mother-to-infant transmission is rare, according to a” study…

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Teens With Body Dissatisfaction May Experience Depression In Adulthood, Study Suggests

CNN (12/7, Rogers) reports, “Negative body image can threaten mental health, according to new research that found teenagers who were dissatisfied with their bodies tended to experience depression as adults.” When “study participants were 14, on a five-poi…

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Activists Urge DC Mayor To Veto Bill That Would Allow Minors To Seek Vaccines Without Parent’s Consent

NPR (12/7, Austermuhle) reports, “Groups of parents, advocates and activists are urging D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to veto a bill passed by the D.C. Council last month that would allow kids as young as 11 to seek vaccines without a parent’s consent.” Accord…

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Growing Number Of Younger Children Overdosing On Stimulant Medications Commonly Used To Treat AD/HD, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/7, Mann) reports, “Growing numbers of younger kids are overdosing on stimulant medications commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD],” researchers concluded after reviewing “charts from close to 90 million emerg…

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Asthma-Related Emergency Visits At Boston Children’s Hospital Steeply Declined Last Spring, Coinciding With Lockdown Orders, Research Indicates

HealthDay (12/4, Murez, Mundell) reported, “For kids with asthma, more time spent at home and donning masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be providing a reprieve from emergency symptoms, new research shows.” The “Boston Children’s Hospital’s emergency…

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FDA Says Three Treatments Not Proven To Improve Blood Sugar Control In Children With Type 2 Diabetes

Bloomberg Law (12/4, Silver, Subscription Publication) reported the FDA has approved “label changes stating that Merck’s Januvia, Janumet and Janumet XR aren’t proven to improve blood sugar control in patients age 10-17 with type 2 diabetes.” The treatmen…

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Non-Fatal Drug Overdoses In Children Under Age 15 Are On The Rise, Study Finds

CNN (12/7, Kounang, LaMotte) reports that a study finds that although “overall drug overdoses among youth are infrequent, non-fatal overdoses were on the rise in children under the age of 15 between 2016 and 2019.” The increase “appears to be driven by st…

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COVID-19 Fears Associated With More Appendix Perforations In Children, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (12/4, Swift) reported that “a single-center study found” that “in Virginia, the incidence of perforated appendicitis rose in coincidence with the pandemic-related closure of public schools on March 16, 2020, while emergency department visit…

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Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy May Be More Common In Infants, Children Than Previously Reported, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (12/5, George) reports, “Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) may be more common than thought in infants and children, a population-based study suggested.” Researchers found that “SUDEP mortality was 0.26/100,000 infants and children…

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Depression, Anxiety, And Suicidal Thoughts May Not Be Recognized In Pediatric Patients With Epilepsy And May Occur More Frequently Than Previously Believed, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (12/6, George) reports that research suggests “depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts may not be recognized in pediatric epilepsy patients and may occur more frequently than previously thought.” Investigators found, “in a group of childr…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Children Dealing With Mental Health Crises Facing Longer Waits In The ED

According to the AP (12/5, Tanner), “When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency” departments due to the shortage of “psychiatric beds.” The issue has become more severe, how…

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Vaping Among Teens, Young Adults Appears To Have Decreased During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/3, Thompson) reports, “Vaping among teens and young adults has decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, with two-thirds of e-cigarette users reporting that they’ve either cut back or quit,” investigators concluded in a study that…

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US Teen Smoking Rates Fall Even As Use Of E-Cigarettes Increase, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/3, Preidt) reports, “American teens’ use of tobacco cigarettes and smokeless tobacco has dropped to record lows, even as their use of electronic cigarettes increased,” investigators concluded after analyzing “nationwide data on tobacco produ…

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States With College Teams In Strong Conferences Among The Last To Adopt Regulations On Youth Concussions, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/3, Preidt) reports, “States with strong football cultures have often fumbled measures to protect young players who’ve suffered concussions, researchers” concluded after analyzing “youth concussion laws introduced by states between 2007 and 2…

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Major Birth Defects Tied To Increased, Lifelong Risk Of Cancer, Study Says

HealthDay (12/3, Foster, Mundell) reports, “Major birth defects are associated with an increased, lifelong risk of cancer, researchers say.” They found that “overall, cancer risk was 1.74 times higher for people who had major birth defects than for those…

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Children Exposed To Severe, Chronic Stress May Be At Increased Risk For Developing Neural Inflammation That Can Affect Their Mental Health, Scan Study Suggests

Healio (12/3, Gramigna) reports, “Children exposed to severe, chronic stress may be at increased risk for developing neural inflammation that can affect their mental health,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data of 207 urban children from diverse…

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Children May Be Just As Likely As Adults To Be Infected With COVID-19 At Home, Study Suggests

CIDRAP (12/3, Van Beusekom) reports, “A study published…in Pediatrics found that children in two states were just as likely as adults to become infected with COVID-19 within their households, and while kids spread the virus in one fifth of homes, their…

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Moderna Plans To Begin Testing Its Coronavirus Vaccine In Children Soon

The New York Times (12/2, Grady) reports that drug maker Moderna “said on Wednesday that it would soon begin testing its coronavirus vaccine in children ages 12 through 17.” The study, “listed Wednesday on the website clinicaltrials.gov, is to include 3,0…

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Children Will Likely Need To Wait Longer For COVID-19 Immunization, Experts Say

The Washington Post (12/2, Kornfield) reports, “As the United States eagerly awaits the availability of a safe, effective vaccine for the coronavirus that has plagued the nation for months, a significant group, making up more than one-fifth of the populat…

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More Children Visited Urgent Care And Retail Health Clinics In 2019 Compared With Years Prior, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (12/3, Hlavinka) reports that “more children visited urgent care and retail health clinics in 2019 compared with years prior, but disparities related to which children are accessing these clinics are emerging, according to data from the Nati…

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Deep Learning Model May Speed Analysis Of Cerebral Ventricles On Pediatric Brain Scans, Researchers Say

Health IT Analytics (12/2, Kent) reports, “A deep learning model can measure the volume of cerebral ventricles on pediatric brain scans, leading to improved treatment of a pathological condition called hydrocephalus, according to a study published in the…

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Reversible Myocardial Injury Detected In Two-Month-Old Baby With COVID-19 Described In Case Report

Cardiovascular Business (12/2, Walter) reports physicians have detected “myocardial injury” in a two-month-old baby with COVID-19. A 12-lead electrocardiogram showed “clear signs of myocardial injury related to COVID-19 and symptoms of heart failure.” The…

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Federal Officials Hope Pharmacists Can Help Reverse Declining Childhood Immunization Rates

Kaiser Health News (12/3, Heredia Rodriguez) reports, “Federal officials are banking on pharmacists” to get “additional training and help reverse the slump in child immunization rates caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” According to the story, “a key iss…

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CDC Panel Says Healthcare Workers, Long-Term Care Residents Should Be First To Receive Coronavirus Vaccines

The New York Times (12/1, Goodnough) reports that “an independent panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Tuesday to recommend that residents and employees of nursing homes and similar facilities be the first people in the Unit…

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FDA Approves Pralsetinib For Certain Patients With RET-Altered Thyroid Cancers

OncLive (12/1, Rosa) reports that “the FDA has approved pralsetinib (Gavreto) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older with advanced or metastatic RET-mutant medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) who require systemic therapy or…

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Early Initiation Of Insulin Pump Therapy In Pediatric Patients Newly Diagnosed With T1D May Be Tied To Improved Outcomes, Research Suggests

HCPlive (12/1, Alicea) reports, “Early initiation of insulin pump therapy in pediatric patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [T1D] was associated with improved clinical outcomes,” researchers concluded in a study “based on data from the Diabetes-P…

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Britain’s High Court Rules Minors Under 16 Considering Gender Reassignment Are Unlikely To Give Informed Consent Regarding Drugs That Delay Puberty

The AP (12/1) reports that on Dec. 1, “Britain’s High Court ruled Tuesday that children under 16 years old who are considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty.” T…

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Cesarean Sections May Raise Risk Of Hospitalization For Childhood Infections, Study Indicates

The New York Times (12/1, Bakalar) reports, “Babies born by cesarean section may have an increased risk of being hospitalized with infections,” investigators concluded after examining data on “1,681,966” children born “by C-section.” Next, the research te…

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Cheap, Rapid COVID-19 Tests May Be Less Accurate In Young People, Research Suggests

The New York Times (12/1, Wu) reports that “health experts have been calling for increased access to testing that will help track and contain the virus’s swift and often silent spread.” However, “some of the cheapest and most convenient diagnostic tools o…

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Vendors Appear To Vary In Development Maturity Of Outpatient EHR Use Measures, Researchers Say

Healthcare IT News (11/30, Jercich) reports research indicates that “vendors vary in their development maturity of outpatient EHR use measures.” While “Epic, Cerner and Allscripts have developed EHR use measures in client-available platforms, researchers…

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Panel Sets Guidelines For Prescribing Opioids For Children To Relieve Pain After Surgery

The New York Times (11/30, Klass) reports, “In new guidelines published in November in the journal JAMA Surgery, a panel convened by the American Pediatric Surgical Association Outcomes and Evidence-based Practice Committee set out some guidelines for how…

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FDA Approves Treatment For Rare Genetic Causes Of Severe Obesity

Medscape (11/30, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports, “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved setmelanotide (Imcivree, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals) for weight management in adults and children as young as 6 years with obesity due to proop…

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Opioid Epidemic Has Resulted In Rise In Children Living With Unmet Social Needs Many Aid Programs Are Ill-Equipped To Address, Report Finds

Modern Healthcare (11/30, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports researchers with the Urban Institute “say the opioid epidemic has resulted in a rise in children living with unmet social needs that many aid programs are ill-equipped to address.” Curre…

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Data Indicate Shift From Mortality Due To Bacterial Infection To Other Sickle Cell Disease Causes, Treatment Complications, Or Comorbidities, Researchers Say

HCPlive (11/30, Alicea) reports, “A new population-based cohort study of” 3,698 “pediatric patients with sickle cell disease” revealed that “mortality trends have largely shifted from bacterial infections as a cause to other associated complications, subs…

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Use Of Cannulas With Long, Narrow Tubing Noninferior To Short Binasal Prongs, Masks For Providing Nasal Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation In Preterm Infants, Researchers Say

Healio (11/30, Welsh) reports, “Use of cannulas with long and narrow tubing was noninferior to short binasal prongs and masks for providing nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation in preterm infants,” investigators concluded in a “randomized, con…

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First Infant Formulation Of HIV Medication Will Be Available Soon Under Multi-Company Deal

The New York Times (11/30, McNeil) reports, “The first infant formulation of dolutegravir, an important first-line H.I.V. medication, will be available soon under an agreement between several pharmaceutical companies and global health initiatives.” This “…

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About 20% Of Children, Parents Report Being Bullied Because Of Their Child’s Food Allergy, Researchers Say

Healio (11/30, Miller) reports, “Approximately one in five children and parents reported being bullied due to the child’s food allergy,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed survey data from 252 parents whose children participated in the FORW…

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Early Stages Of Coronavirus Pandemic Caused Number Of Young People With Anxiety To Nearly Double, Study Finds

CNN (11/25, Kim) reported, “The early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and the first Covid-19 lockdown caused the number of young people with anxiety to nearly double, according to a study from the University of Bristol.” The study “found that the numbe…

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Driving Family, Patient Engagement In Hospital Patient Safety Efforts May Yield Positive Results, Research Suggests

PatientEngagementHIT (11/27, Heath) reported research suggests that “driving family and patient engagement in hospital patient safety efforts, like reducing falls, can have positive results.” Researchers “partnered with other healthcare leaders in the are…

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Children Born Prematurely May Have Higher Risk Of Later Hospitalization Than Those Born At Full Term, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/27, Preidt) reported, “Children born prematurely have a higher risk of hospitalization later on than those born at full term,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from more than one million children born in England in 2005 and 2006…

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Opioid Overdose Deaths Involving More Than One Substance Are More Common Among American Teens, Young Adults Than Deaths Caused By Opioids Alone, Study Finds

HealthDay (11/27, Mozes) reported, “Opioid overdose deaths involving more than one substance are more common among American teens and young adults than deaths caused by opioids alone, researchers report.” In addition, they “found that stimulants such as c…

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Later School Start Times May Reduce Number Of Migraines Among Teens Who Struggle With Them, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/29) reported, “Later school start times for teenagers might help those who struggle with migraines” in that a later school start time “could reduce the number of migraines each month for these students…researchers said.” Included in the st…

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US Officials Plan To Release 6.4 Million Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Nationwide In Initial Distribution After First Vaccine Is Cleared By Regulators

Reuters (11/24, Spalding, O’Donnell) reports US officials announced “they plan to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide in an initial distribution after the first one is cleared by regulators for emergency use.” The officials “told reporte…

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Influenza Transmission Appears To Be At Historic Low This Season

The Hill (11/24, Wilson) reports that “this year’s influenza transmission appears to be one of the lowest in recorded history,” but “experts said it is too early to draw conclusions about what the winter months might bring as colder weather descends on th…

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Hospitals Preparing For “Catastrophic” Surge In Patients With COVID-19 Over Next Three Months

Modern Healthcare (11/24, Greene, Subscription Publication) reports, “Hospitals are gearing up for a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 patients over the next three months that could result in another 200,000 deaths nationwide and stretch the limits of staff,…

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US Reports Record Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations As Hospitals Face Staffing Shortages

CBS News (11/24, Vigliotti) reports, “More than 85,000 Americans are hospitalized with the coronavirus, setting a new record for the 14th consecutive day, according to figures from the COVID Tracking Project.” Furthermore, “a new report from the U.S. Depa…

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FDA Approves Lumasiran Subcutaneous Injection To Treat Adults And Children With Rare Genetic Disorder That Affects Kidneys

Medscape (11/24, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA approved Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ Oxlumo (lumasiran subcutaneous injection) “to treat children and adults with primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1), an ultra-rare genetic disorder that cause…

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Children May Be At Increased Risk Of Swallowing Magnets Following Lifting Of Sales Ban, Research Suggests

TODAY (11/24, Mozes) reports, “Children are at an increased risk of swallowing ‘high-powered, rare-earth’ neodymium magnets after rules that banned them from appearing in toys like building sets and spinning toys were lifted several years ago,” investigat…

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of Children Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Experienced Symptoms Prior To Testing, Study Suggests

Newsweek (11/24, Fearnow) reports, “Headaches, and a loss of taste or smell are the symptoms tied closest to a positive infection with COVID-19 among children, new research says, but unlike previous findings, about two-thirds of kids who tested positive w…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Baloxavir Marboxil To Include Postexposure Prophylaxis For Influenza In People At Least 12 Years Old

Healio (11/23, Gallagher) reports the FDA “expanded the approval of baloxavir marboxil to include postexposure prophylaxis for influenza in patients aged 12 years or older who have had contact with an infected person.” The agency’s decision “was supported…

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Younger Parents Are Less Likely To Vaccinate Their Children Against SARS-CoV-2 Than Older Parents, Survey Indicates

HealthDay (11/23) reports researchers surveyed 1,108 households across the US and found that “younger parents are much less likely than older ones to plan to vaccinate their children and themselves against” SARS-CoV-2. Overall, 63% of parents plan to vacc…

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Amount Of Time Young People Spend On Technology, Parental Limits On That Time May Have No Lasting Effect On Technology Use By Young Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/23, Murez) reports research indicates that “the amount of time young people spend on technology – and parental limits on that time – had no lasting effect on technology use by young adults,” investigators concluded after interviewing “56 you…

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Some Children At Higher Risk For Severe Illness If Infected With SARS-CoV-2, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/23) reports researchers found that “of more than 135,000 children tested for the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) at seven children’s hospitals in the United States up to September, 4% were found to be infected,” and “those most likely to test p…

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Girls Born Extremely Prematurely May Have Increased Risk Of Depression From Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Study Indicates

The New York Times (11/23, Bakalar) reports, “Girls born extremely prematurely may have an increased risk of depression from childhood through young adulthood,” investigators concluded in a study that used “Finnish birth and health registries” to study “3…

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Public Health Officials Prepare To Deliver Coronavirus Vaccines To Americans

The Washington Post (11/23, A1, Sun, Sellers) reports following positive results from multiple coronavirus vaccine trials, “public health officials are preparing for the daunting task ahead of delivering those shots to tens of millions of Americans.” The…

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US To Begin Distributing Regeneron’s SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Treatment

Reuters (11/23, Maddipatla, O’Donnell) reports the US federal government will begin distributing Regeneron Pharmaceutical’s REGN-COV2, the company’s SARS-CoV-2 antibody treatment that was recently granted an emergency use authorization by the FDA. US heal…

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Experts Say Public Should Be Aware Of Potential Side Effects Of Coronavirus Vaccines

CNBC (11/23) reports during a virtual meeting of CDC’s ACIP, public health officials and pharmaceutical companies said that the public should be warned about the potential side effects of coronavirus vaccines. CNN (11/23, Fox) reports, “The whole point of…

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Number Of Women Contemplating Suicide Or Self-Harm During Or After Pregnancy May Be Rising, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/20, Norton) reported, “The number of women who contemplate suicide or self-harm during or after pregnancy may be on the rise,” investigators concluded in a study revealing that “among nearly 600,000 U.S. childbearing women, researchers found…

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FDA Approves Lonafarnib For Treatment Of Patients With Progeria

According to the AP (11/20, Johnson), on Nov. 20, the FDA approved Zokinvy (lonafarnib) for progeria, the “rare genetic disorder that stunts growth and causes rapid aging in children, after studies showed it can extend their lives.” Children taking the me…

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SARS-CoV-2 Is Most Contagious In The First Five Days After Symptom Onset, Study Indicates

CIDRAP (11/20, Van Beusekom) reported researchers found SARS-CoV-2 “is most contagious in the first 5 days after symptom onset, underscoring the importance of early case identification and quarantine.” The findings were published in The Lancet Microbe.

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More Extensive T2/FLAIR Injury And Diffusion Restriction After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest May Be Tied To Unfavorable Outcomes At Hospital Discharge, Research Suggests

Neurology Today (11/20, Lyles) reported, “More extensive T2/FLAIR injury and diffusion restriction within the first two weeks following pediatric cardiac arrest was associated with unfavorable outcomes at discharge from the hospital,” investigators conclu…

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Research Examines Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Rates Of CGM Initiation, Continued Use In Children With T1D

Healio (11/20, Schaffer) reported, “White children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] are twice as likely to initiate continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] and four times as likely to persist with therapy at one year compared with Black and Hispanic children, regar…

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Passive Smoke Exposure In Childhood May Be Tied To Reduction In Global Longitudinal Strain In Adulthood, Researchers Say

Healio (11/19, Welsh) reported, “Passive smoke exposure in childhood was associated with a reduction in global longitudinal strain, a marker of left ventricular dysfunction, in adulthood,” researchers concluded after assessing “data from 781 participants…

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Scientists Identify Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Who Are Most Likely To Become Severely Ill In Study

HealthDay (11/21) reported children infected with SARS-CoV-2 who have “respiratory disease and those with multisystem inflammatory syndrome [MIS-C] (a rare but serious condition linked with COVID-19) have the most severe illness.” The study was published…

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Review Study Examines Psychological Impact Of Acne In Adolescents, Young Adults

Dermatology Advisor (11/20, May) reported, “Acne in adolescents and young adults can significantly affect mood, personality, and self-esteem,” investigators concluded in a review study published online in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Texas Sex Education Standards To Feature More Teaching Regarding Birth Control

The New York Times (11/20, Waller) reported, “For the first time in more than two decades, Texas’ Board of Education voted Friday to make major changes to the state’s sex education standards, expanding the teaching of birth control beyond abstinence-only…

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Federal Court Of Appeals Declares Unconstitutional Two Florida Laws Banning Therapists From Offering Conversion Therapy To Children

Reuters (11/20, Stempel) reported that on Nov. 20, in Otto et al v. City of Boca Raton, Florida et al, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 19-10604, “a divided federal appeals court…declared unconstitutional two south Florida laws that banned therap…

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Hospitals In At Least 25 States Are Critically Short Of Staff As Coronavirus Cases Surge, STAT Says

STAT (11/19, Goodhill) reports, “Hospitals in at least 25 states are critically short of nurses, doctors, and other staff as coronavirus cases surge across the United States, according to the industry’s trade association and a tally conducted by STAT.” In…

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Preventive Treatment With Vigabatrin May Alter Natural History Of Seizures Among Infants With TSC, Researchers Say

Healio (11/19, Ernst) reports, “Preventive treatment with vigabatrin effectively altered the natural history of seizures among infants with tuberous sclerosis complex [TSC],” thereby “decreasing the risk for and severity of epilepsy,” investigators conclu…

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Routine Laboratory Monitoring Not Required For Children With Severe Atopic Dermatitis During Dupilumab Treatment, Phase 3 Trial Data Indicate

Healio (11/19, Burba) reports, “Routine laboratory monitoring is not required for children with severe atopic dermatitis during treatment with dupilumab,” investigators concluded “in the LIBERTY AD PEDS multicenter phase 3 trial” in which “122 patients re…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Lacosamide To Include Adjunctive Therapy For Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures, Company Announces

Healio (11/18, Ernst) reports on the FDA’s expansion of “its approval of lacosamide to include adjunctive therapy for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures as well as an IV formulation for patients aged four years and older, according a press release”…

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Incidence Of Asthma In Children Decreased 26% From 2000 To 2014 In British Columbia, Research Indicates

Healio (11/19, T. Welsh) reports researchers found “the incidence of asthma in children declined 26% from 2000 to 2014 in British Columbia…and researchers have linked the decrease to reductions in early antibiotic exposure, mediated by changes in gut mi…

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CDC Says 2020 Has Seen Far Fewer Cases Of AFM Than Expected

Neurology Today (11/19, Hurley) reports, “Defying forecasts that 2020 would see the highest spike yet in cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), the confirmed case count through October is, in fact, the lowest since 2015, according to the Centers for Disea…

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Pregnant Women With SARS-CoV-2 Have Little Risk For Severe Symptoms, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/19, Murez) reports researchers found pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection “have little risk of developing severe symptoms, as do their newborns.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Babies Born Via C-Section May Be Hospitalized More Often In Early Childhood For Infection Than Those Born Vaginally, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/19, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Babies born via cesarean section were hospitalized more often in early childhood for infection, compared with those delivered vaginally,” investigators concluded in a study that included some seven million child…

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Pfizer Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Is 95% Effective And Has No Serious Side Effects

The New York Times (11/18, Thomas) reports Pfizer announced “its coronavirus vaccine was 95 percent effective and had no serious side effects – the first set of complete results from a late-stage vaccine trial as Covid-19 cases skyrocket around the globe….

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Expert Panel Proposes First Guidelines For Postoperative Opioid Prescribing In Pediatric Patients

Medscape (11/18, Lewis, Subscription Publication) reports, “The first guidelines for postoperative opioid prescribing for children and adolescents suggest considering alternatives to opioids for pain control and thinking in terms of stewardship when opioi…

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Number Of COVID-19 Deaths In The US Exceeds 250,000

Reuters (11/18, Abraham, Ahluwalia) reports, “The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States crossed 250,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as a third coronavirus wave brings a fresh surge in infections and puts immense strain on the heal…

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Warming Temperatures May Be Increasing Drownings In Winter Lakes Among Children, Young Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/18) reports, “More children and young adults are drowning in winter lakes because of warming temperatures that create unstable lake ice,” investigators concluded after having “examined several decades of data, including 4,000 drownings and p…

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Digital Interventions Appear To Have No Effect On Pediatric Obesity, Meta-Analysis Indicates

Healio (11/18, Monostra) reports, “Digital interventions, such as websites, text messages and exercise-based video games, offered as part of pediatric obesity treatment added to small weight losses, but had no effect on obesity prevention,” investigators…

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Less Than A Third Of Infants Born To Mothers With HCV With Cirrhosis Appear To Have Received Appropriate Testing, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/18, Walker) reports, “Less than a third of infants born to mothers who had hepatitis C (HCV) with cirrhosis received appropriate testing,” investigators concluded in a study that examined “194 pregnancies in 151 women with active HCV at…

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Neighborhood-Level Armed Violence May Be Tied To Increased Risk For MDD Among Children, Research Suggests

Healio (11/18, Gramigna) reports, “Neighborhood-level armed violence appeared associated with increased risk for major depressive disorder [MDD] among children,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data of 10,623 participants from 151 neighborhoods i…

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US Children On Track To Miss Nine Million Vaccine Doses This Year, Data Indicates

The New York Times (11/18, Vigdor) reports children in the US “are on pace this year to miss nine million vaccine doses for measles, polio and other highly contagious diseases, according to medical claims data” released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Assoc…

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Researchers Say Multiple Subtypes And Clinical Presentations Of Pediatric Melanoma Can Lead To Fatal Disease

Healio (11/17, Volansky) reports researchers “reviewed findings for 38 fatal cases” of pediatric melanoma “among patients aged 20 years or younger” and found that “multiple subtypes and clinical presentations of pediatric melanoma led to fatal disease.” T…

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WHO Calls For Action Against Cervical Cancer With HPV Vaccinations

Reuters (11/17, Nebehay) reports the WHO said that vaccinating 90% of girls under 15 against HPV could greatly reduce infections and save millions of lives that would be lost to cervical cancer. Reuters adds that cervical cancer is the fourth most common…

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Food Allergy Diagnoses Have Nearly Doubled Among Black Children In Past Two Decades, While Racial Disparities Have Emerged For Parents Managing Food Allergies, Studies Suggest

MedPage Today (11/17, Hlavinka) reports, “Food allergy diagnoses have nearly doubled among Black children in the past two decades, and racial disparities have emerged for parents managing food allergy,” investigators concluded in a “pair of studies” prese…

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Auditory Brainstem Response Test Promising In Early Detection Of ASD, Researchers Say

Medscape (11/17, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “A commonly used newborn hearing test shows promise in the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” investigators concluded in a study indicating that “the auditory brainstem respons…

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New York City’s Public Schools To Remain Open Today

The Wall Street Journal (11/17, Honan, Subscription Publication) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city’s public schools will remain open today as the city’s positive test rate for SARS-CoV-2 remains below the required threshold to…

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FDA Approves At-Home SARS-CoV-2 Test

The AP (11/17, Perrone) reports that the FDA “on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed and developed entirely at home.” Reuters (11/17, Kalia) reports that “the single-use test, made by Lucira Health, has…

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Elevated Blood Lead Levels In Childhood May Be Tied To Small But Significant Brain Structure Changes In Midlife, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (11/17, George) reports, “People who had elevated blood lead levels in childhood had small but significant brain structure changes in midlife,” investigators concluded in a “longitudinal study” demonstrating that “lead exposure at age 11 was…

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Maternal Dog Ownership While Pregnant May Shape Children’s Immune Systems Well Into Adolescence, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/16, Hlavinka) reports, “Owning a dog while pregnant appeared to shape children’s immune systems well into adolescence,” investigators concluded. The study of “1,193 mother-child pairs in southeast Michigan” revealed that “the area under…

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Childhood Stress, Trauma Associated With Worse Outcomes After MI Before Age 60, Study Indicates

TCTMD (11/16) reports research indicates that “among people who experience an MI before age 60, childhood or adolescent trauma is a common denominator that can double the risk of death, stroke, and other adverse events.” The findings were presented at the…

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Expert Discusses How Acne Affects Young People

Healio (11/16, Forand) interviews “Julie C. Harper, MD, of Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham, Alabama, about how acne can affect young people and how to best address it with patients and their parents.”

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COVID-19 Pandemic Reportedly Exacerbating Nurse Shortages Across US

The Washington Post (11/16, A1, Bernstein) reports that as COVID-19 “stampedes across the country, setting previously unimaginable infection records nearly every day of its third major surge, some hospitals are desperately searching for staffers and payin…

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Youth Hockey Emerging As Threat To Public Health As Coronavirus Cases Continue To Increase

ABC News (11/16, Romero, Bruggerman) reports, “As the cold weather sets in and coronavirus cases continue to climb, an unlikely winter staple is quietly emerging as a major threat to public health: Youth hockey.” In states throughout “the country, governm…

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Researchers Say Digital Behavior And Nutrition Intervention Platform For Children With Cystic Fibrosis Was Feasible And Demonstrated High Accessibility And Satisfaction In Clinical Care Among Families And Children

Healio (11/16, Welsh) reports researchers found “a digital behavior and nutrition intervention platform for children with cystic fibrosis was feasible and demonstrated high accessibility and satisfaction in clinical care among families and clinicians.” Th…

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School-Issued Warnings Regarding Children’s Weight Created To Combat Obesity Appear Not To Work, Study Indicates

CNN (11/16, LaMotte) reports that a “well-intentioned public health program” of school-issued warnings regarding children’s weight, and “created to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity,” appears not to “accomplish the goal of reducing a child’s…

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Depression, Anxiety, Suicide Ideation All Elevated In Pediatric And Adolescent Rheumatology Populations Compared With General Population, Expert Says

Healio (11/13, Volansky) reported, “Depression, anxiety and suicide ideation are all elevated in pediatric and adolescent rheumatology populations compared with the general population,” according to a presentation given by Tamar Rubinstein, MD, MS, of Alb…

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Macrolides And Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Are Most Commonly Prescribed Antibiotics For Ambulatory Children With CAP Despite Guidelines To The Contrary, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/16, van Paridon) reports researchers found “macrolides and broad-spectrum antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for ambulatory children with community acquired pneumonia (CAP), despite guidelines recommend…

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Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Appears To Be 94.5% Effective In Interim Analysis

USA Today (11/16, Weintraub) reports Moderna’s SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate “appears to be 94.5% effective against the” virus. The vaccine was “developed in collaboration with the U.S. government” and, like Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine candidate, relies o…

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Mass Distribution Of Azithromycin To Children In Villages In Niger Associated With Resistance To Other Antibiotics, Study Indicates

CIDRAP (11/13, Dall) reported researchers found “that twice-yearly mass distribution of the antibiotic azithromycin to children in villages in Niger was associated both with increased macrolide resistance and increased resistance to other antibiotic class…

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Vamorolone Treatment May Improve Motor Outcomes In Boys With DMD, Researchers Say

Healio (11/13, Ernst) reported, “Treatment with vamorolone, an anti-inflammatory steroidal drug, improved motor outcomes in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy [DMD] compared with corticosteroid-naive individuals,” investigators concluded. The findings…

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Accepting Grafts For Split Liver Transplantation May Improve Survival For Smaller Children And Adults On The Waitlist, Research Suggests

Healio (11/14, Young) reported, “Accepting grafts for a split liver transplantation may improve survival for smaller children and adults on the waitlist,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the 2010-2018 Scientific Registry for Transplant…

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Nearly One In Five Children With Food Allergies May Be Bullied, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/13, Gordon) reported, “As if having food allergies isn’t hard enough on a child…almost one in five of these kids are bullied,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 252 kids from age four to 17.” The findings were set for present…

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Federal Dietary Guidelines To Include Recommendations For Children From Birth To 24 Months, Women Who Are Pregnant Or Lactating

MD Edge ObGyn (11/13, Remaly) reported, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health & Human Services aim to release new dietary guidelines by the end of 2020,” and are “for the first time…mandated to include dietary recommendations…

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Most Children Eat Vegetables, But Eat Less Fruit As They Get Older, Data Indicate

The Washington Post (11/13, Blakemore) reported, “A new data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics sheds light on the eating habits of children and teens – and shows that while most kids are eating vegetables, they eat less fruit as they gr…

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Experts Debate Whether Children Diagnosed With AD/HD Can Outgrow The Disorder

According to the New York Times (11/13, Maguire), research published in the February/March issue of Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics indicated that “an estimated 30 percent to 60 percent of children diagnosed with” attention-deficit/hype…

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Researchers Examine Trends In Antipsychotic Medication Use In Young Children Covered By Private Insurance

HealthDay (11/15, Murez) reported, “Prescriptions of antipsychotic medications for young children are declining,” investigators concluded after examining “more than 301,000 antipsychotic prescriptions filled between 2007 and 2017 for children ages two to…

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Antibiotic Use In Children Younger Than Two Is Linked To Allergies, Asthma And Other Conditions, Research Indicates

CNN (11/16, LaMotte) reports that research indicates “children younger than two who are given antibiotics are more likely to have a number of ongoing illnesses or conditions later in life.” Investigators found that “babies and toddlers who received one do…

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Measles Deaths Worldwide Reached 23-Year Record High Last Year, Report Says

The New York Times (11/12, Hoffman) reports, “Measles deaths worldwide swelled to their highest level in 23 years last year, according to a report released Thursday, a stunning rise for a vaccine-preventable disease and one that public health experts fear…

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Latest Surge In Coronavirus Cases Reportedly Being Driven By Casual Occasions

The Washington Post (11/12, Brulliard) reports, “A record-breaking surge in U.S. coronavirus cases is being driven to a significant degree by casual occasions that may feel deceptively safe, officials and scientists warn – dinner parties, game nights, sle…

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Researchers Examine Flu Vaccination Uptake In The US In Anticipation Of Future Coronavirus Vaccination Efforts

PharmaNewsIntelligence (11/12, McGrail) says researchers examined flu vaccination uptake across the US for clues about the future uptake of a potential coronavirus vaccine in a Kaiser Family Foundation report. The report’s authors examined “data from the…

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Researchers Examine Factors Tied To C-Peptide Decline In Pediatric T1D

Endocrinology Advisor (11/12, May) reports, “Decline in C-peptide, a measurement of pancreatic beta cell function and endogenous insulin secretion, is associated with younger age, female sex, higher weight, and higher glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in young…

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HHS Announces Deal With Pharmacies Across US To Help Distribute Coronavirus Vaccines

The AP (11/12, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced “an agreement with pharmacies across the U.S. to distribute free coronavirus vaccines after they are approved and become available to the public.” The agreement “covers about 3 in 5…

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CDC Report Says Proportion Of ED Visits Related To Children’s Mental Health Increased Dramatically For School-Aged Children And Adolescents From March To October Compared To Last Year

NBC News (11/12, Arkin) reports, “From the middle of March to October, the proportion of” emergency department (ED) “visits related to children’s mental health rose dramatically for school-aged children and adolescents compared to the previous year, accor…

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US Faces Longest Sustained Increase In Coronavirus Cases So Far

Bloomberg (11/11, Levin) reports the “most sustained increase in” coronavirus cases in the US “appears poised to get even longer, a worrisome indicator for overworked doctors and nurses.” The article adds that “the nationwide uptick in cases that became n…

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US Hospitals Under Strain As Number Of Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 Reaches New Record High

The Wall Street Journal (11/11, A1, Evans, Subscription Publication) reports hospitals across the US are struggling to respond to the resurgence of COVID-19 with the number of hospitalized patients reaching a new record high. CNN (11/11, Yan) reports some…

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US Hits Record High Of 145,000 Daily Cases; Metrics Trending In Wrong Direction

The Washington Post (11/11, Fears, Achenbach, Martin) reports, “The number of new daily coronavirus cases in the United States jumped from 104,000 a week earlier to more than 145,000 on Wednesday, an all-time high.” Almost every metric “is trending in the…

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GlaxoSmithKline Says This Year’s Shortage Of Flu Vaccines Is Not Due To Efforts To Increase Production Of Potential Coronavirus Vaccines

Reuters (11/11, Aripaka, Burger, Smout) reports Roger Conner, the head of vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline, said this year’s shortage of flu vaccines is not related to efforts to increase production of potential coronavirus vaccines. Conner said, “The reason w…

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Elevated Risk For Developing Asthma Among Children Delivered By C-Section May Be Caused By Gut Microbiome Differences, Study Indicates

Healio (11/11, Michael) reports, “An elevated risk for developing asthma among children delivered by cesarean section may be caused by differences in their gut microbiome,” investigators concluded after assessing “children from the Copenhagen Prospective…

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Researchers Examine Microbial Signature Of Celiac Disease In Children

Medscape (11/11, Karon, Subscription Publication) reports, “Eleven operational taxonomic units (OTUs) of fecal bacteria were less abundant in children with celiac disease than in healthy children,” investigators concluded after performing “gas chromatogra…

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Researchers Say Babies Have A Low Risk Of Severe SARS-CoV-2 Infection And That Vertical Transmission Is Unlikely

HealthDay (11/11, Murez) reports “researchers analyzed data from all babies under 29 days old who had [SARS-CoV-2] and had to be admitted to hospitals across the United Kingdom between the beginning of March and the end of April,” and concluded that “over…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Returns To US Cities

Bloomberg (11/10, Levin) reports that back in August, the COVID-19 pandemic “was essentially a rural problem” in the US, but “now, after months of relative respite, it’s back in America’s cities, where dense populations spread the virus at alarming speeds…

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Study Questions Whether Use Of Montelukast To Treat Pediatric Asthma Raises Risk Of AD/HD

HCPlive (11/10, Alicea) reports the use of montelukast to treat children with asthma “has been linked to development of AD/HD,” but a new study from Taiwan suggests “this may not be the case.” The Taiwanese researchers “conducted a nationwide population-b…

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People With Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Disorders May Be At Greater Risk Of Death From COVID-19, Analysis Suggests

The New York Times (11/10, Rabin) reports, “People with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die if they have Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, compared with others with the diagnosis, accordi…

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CDC Researchers Say One In Five Children In The US Had A “Vaccine Hesitant” Parent Last Year

CNN (11/10, LaMotte) reports researchers at the CDC found that one in five children in the US had a “vaccine hesitant” parent last year. The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatrics. There is growing concern about vaccine hesitancy as health o…

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Research Suggests Early Myopia Control Efforts Can Slow Progression In Children

Healio (11/10, Hemphill) reports researchers found in a six-year study with more than 100 children “that early myopia control efforts can consistently slow progression and that treatment effect can accumulate over the years.” The findings were presented a…

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Ibuprofen May Be Marginally More Effective Than Acetaminophen For Treating Pain, Fever In Infants, Review Study Suggests

The New York Times (11/10, Bakalar) reports that when it comes to treating pain and fever in infants, some physicians “prefer ibuprofen,” while “others use acetaminophen.” Now, a 19-study, 240,000-child review study that “compared acetaminophen (Tylenol a…

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CMS Changes How States Can Run Medicaid And CHIP

Modern Healthcare (11/9, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports CMS “wrapped up its long-awaited changes to how states can run their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program plans.” Under the agency’s final rule, states will have “more flexibili…

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Antibodies To Other Coronaviruses May Explain Why Children Are Less Likely To Become Infected With SARS-CoV-2, Scientists Say

The New York Times (11/10, Kolata) reports children may be less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2, or to develop COVID-19 if infected, because they “already have antibodies to other coronaviruses.” Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute found…

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New Guidelines On JIA Presented

Healio (11/9, Volansky) reports that in spite of the dearth of available evidence, “authors of the 2020 ACR juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] guidelines emerged with nearly 50 recommendations, emphasizing early use of biologics, regular immunizations an…

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Over 60% Of Nurses Reported Emotional, Physical Fatigue, Survey Finds

Healthcare IT News (11/9, Siwicki) reports that nurses “typically have to deal with serious levels of burnout” and “the COVID-19 pandemic has made the problem that much worse: 61% of nurses have emotional and physical fatigue, according to a new survey of…

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Researchers Say ctDNA From CSF Of Pediatric Patients With Medulloblastoma Demonstrates Distinct Methylation Profile

Cancer Therapy Advisor (11/9, S. Blevins Primeau) reports researchers found “cell-free tumor DNA (ctDNA) from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of pediatric patients with medulloblastoma demonstrated a distinct methylation profile compared with controls, and the…

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Researchers Say There Are Notable Variations In Practice Regarding Treatment Of Certain Events In Children With Leukemia

Oncology Nurse Advisor (11/9, Dembeck) reports researchers found “among hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant practitioners, notable variations in practice regarding the treatment of serious venous thromboembolism (VTE) events, pulmonary emboli…

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Research Indicates Childhood Abuse And Neglect May Have Longterm Effects On Brain Structure And Function And On The Epigenome

Healio (11/9, Gramigna) reports on research indicating that “childhood abuse and neglect appear to have significant effects on brain structure and function, as well as on the epigenome.” Included in the category are “physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexua…

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Most Children With Obesity At High Risk For NAFLD Are Not Being Screened, Expert Says

Healio (11/9, Monostra) reports, “Most children with obesity who are at high risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD] are not being screened, possibly leading to underdiagnosis of the condition, according to” a presentation given by Alyson Goodm…

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COVID-19 May Not Be Common In Children With Rheumatic Diseases, Data Indicate

Medwire News (11/9, Cowen) reports, “COVID-19 is uncommon in children with rheumatic diseases and appears to result in mild illness when it occurs, suggest data presented at the ACR Convergence 2020 virtual meeting.” Jonathan Hausmann from the Boston Chil…

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FDA Authorizes Emergency Use For Eli Lilly’s SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Treatment

Reuters (11/9, Beasley) reports the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Monday emergency use of Eli Lilly’s SARS-CoV-2 “antibody treatment for non-hospitalized patients older than 65 or who have certain chronic medical conditions.” The FDA…

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Case Report Adds To Growing Evidence That SARS-CoV-2 May Be Transmitted In Utero

Medscape (11/6, Smith, Subscription Publication) reported, “A new report of mother-to-fetus transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through umbilical cord blood adds to a small but growing body of evidence that the virus can be transmitted in utero.” In addition, “thi…

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Women With Perinatal And Postpartum Depression May Likely Benefit From Implementation Of Certain Evidence-Based Strategies, Expert Says

Healio (11/6, Gramigna) reported, “Women with perinatal and postpartum depression likely benefit from the implementation of certain evidence-based strategies,” Andrew J. Cutler, MD, of Mount Auburn Hospital in Massachusetts, concluded in a presentation gi…

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Early Results Suggest Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate May Be More Than 90% Effective

The New York Times (11/9, Thomas, Gelles, Zimmer) reports Pfizer on Monday issued “stunning early results from its coronavirus vaccine trial, cementing the lead in a frenzied global race that has unfolded at record-breaking speed.” While Pfizer and partne…

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Children Who Survived Hospitalization For Kawasaki Disease May Remain At Risk For Cardiovascular Events For More Than 10 Years, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (11/8, Walsh) reports researchers found “children who survived hospitalization for Kawasaki disease remained at risk for cardiovascular events for more than 10 years after the index hospitalization.” The findings were presented at the virtua…

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Researchers Say There Is Low-Quality Evidence That Rituximab May Be More Effective Second-Line Therapy Than Splenectomy For Children With ITP

Cancer Network (11/7, Slater) reported researchers found “there is evidence, though low quality, that rituximab (Rituxan) may be a more effective second-line therapy than splenectomy for children with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).” The findings were publ…

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FDA Authorizes First Serology Test To Screen For Coronavirus Antibodies

CNBC (11/6, Feuer) reported that the FDA “announced on Friday that it has authorized the first serology test that screens for neutralizing antibodies caused by a previous coronavirus infection.” The new test “will help researchers study the neutralizing a…

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Research Reveals Highly Variable Trajectories Over Time In Height, BMI Of School-Aged Children Across Countries

Healio (11/6, Schaffer) reported research “shows highly variable trajectories over time in the height and BMI of school-aged children across countries, raising concerns about access to healthy foods and global nutrition programs.” Included in the analysis…

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Number Of Coronavirus Cases In The US Increased By More Than 120,000 On Thursday

Reuters (11/5, Shumaker, Maan) reports that “coronavirus cases in the United States surged by at least 120,276 on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, the second consecutive daily record rise as the outbreak spreads in every region.” Cases in the US “h…

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Experts Say COVID-19 Precautions May Be Contributing To Fewer Flu Cases This Season

CNN (11/5, Ward) reports that many experts believe the precautions many Americans are taking against COVID-19 may also be leading to a reduction in cases of the seasonal flu. CNN Medical Analyst and emergency physician Dr. Leana S. Wen said, “The same pre…

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Exposure To Secondhand Smoke Has Not Declined In New York City’s Public Housing Despite Smoking Ban, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/5) reports researchers found that “although New York City has banned smoking in its public housing, exposure to secondhand smoke hadn’t declined a year later.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Urban-Based, Elementary School-Aged Minority Children With Asthma And Their Parents May Report Lower QoL, More Frequent ED Visits, Research Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (11/5, Jacobs) reports, “Urban-based, elementary school-aged minority children with asthma and their parents reported lower quality of life (QoL) and had more frequent visits to the emergency department (ED) compared with those without…

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Children More Likely To Gain Fat Mass If They Have An Earlier Morning Wake Time, Research Suggests

Healio (11/5, Monostra) reports, “Children may be more likely to gain fat mass if they have an earlier morning wake time,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 117 healthy youths aged eight to 17 years (53.9% girls; 29.1% Black) who wore an ac…

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Global Warming Could Increase Rates Of Serious Pregnancy Problems, Systematic Review Indicates

HealthDay (11/5, Preidt) reports, “Global warming could increase rates of serious pregnancy problems,” investigators concluded after analyzing data from “70 studies from 27 countries that reported associations between high temperatures and preterm birth,…

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Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 May Produce Weaker Antibodies Than Adults, Study Indicates

The New York Times (11/5, Mandavilli) reports researchers found that children infected with SARS-CoV-2 “produce weaker antibodies and fewer types of them” compared to adults. The findings were published in Nature Immunology and suggest that children “clea…

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High Genomic Load Of SARS-CoV-2 Associated With Worse Outcomes For Patients With COVID-19 Pneumonia, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/4) reports, “For patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 pneumonia, high genomic load of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is associated with worse outcomes,” according to a study published in the Annals of…

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Most SARS-CoV-2 Strains Feature Specific Mutation That Makes Them More Transmissible, Study Indicates

Medscape (11/4, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reports, “Most SARS-CoV-2 virus strains feature a specific mutation that makes them more transmissible, to the point that these strains now predominate globally, new evidence shows.” That is different fr…

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Pregnant Women In Obstetrical Unit May Be More Likely To Have Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Than Other Surgical Patients, Study Suggests

Medical Daily (11/4, Prasad) reports, “Pregnant women in the obstetrical unit at” the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis “this spring and summer were nearly 16 times more likely to have asymptomatic [SARS-CoV-2] than all other surgical patients put toget…

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FDA To Decide On Rare Disease Drug Vosoritide By August 21

FierceBiotech (11/4, Adams) reports, “The FDA will hand down a decision on BioMarin’s rare disease drug vosoritide by Aug. 21 as it says there’s no need for an advisory committee.” The medication is a “once-daily injection analog of C-type natriuretic pep…

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Children Who Undergo Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants For Cancer May Have Higher Rates Of Transplant-Related Mortality If They Live In A Poorer Neighborhood, Study Indicates

Healio (11/4, DeRosier) reports researchers found “children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplants for cancer had higher rates of transplant-related mortality if they lived in a poorer neighborhood.” The findings were published in Blood.

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Proposed Rule Would Require HHS To Check Regulations Every 10 Years For Necessity

Modern Healthcare (11/4, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports that a rule proposed on Wednesday would require “HHS to check its regulations every 10 years to see if they’re still needed.” Otherwise, “rules would expire 10 years after HHS issues them i…

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Hospital Stays For Some Mothers, Babies Following Delivery Have Been Shortened By Pandemic Infection Practices, Research Indicates

HealthDay (11/4) reports, “New infection prevention practices started during the coronavirus pandemic have actually shortened hospital stays for mothers and their babies,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology M…

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CDC Report Suggests One-Third Of Healthcare Workers’ Exposures To SARS-CoV-2 Occur Outside Of Patient Care

CHEST Physician (11/3, Garcia) reports researchers found one-third of exposures to SARS-CoV-2 among healthcare workers “in Minnesota are caused by family or community exposure, not patient care, according to a study conducted by the Minnesota Department o…

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Risk Of Intubation, Death Among Patients With COVID-19 Hospitalized With Pneumonia May Be Estimated By Viral Load, Researchers Say

Reuters (11/3) reports that “when COVID-19 patients are admitted to the hospital with pneumonia, their risk of intubation or death can be estimated based on their viral load,” according to a 314-patient study published in the Annals of the American Thorac…

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FDA Alerts Clinical Lab Staff, Healthcare Providers About False Positive Results With SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Tests

Reuters (11/3, Roy) reports that the FDA “said on Tuesday it is alerting clinical laboratory staff and healthcare providers that false positive results can occur with [SARS-CoV-2] antigen tests.” The alert “was made following reports of false positive res…

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Upadacitinib Appears Effective For Treatment Of Atopic Dermatitis In Adults And Adolescents In Two Phase 3 Trials

Medscape (11/3, Salamon, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found in two phase 3 trials that “upadacitinib (Rinvoq) appears effective for atopic dermatitis in adolescents and adults, with no unexpected safety concerns.” The findings were presen…

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Data From Two Phase 3 Trials Indicate Upadacitinib May Improve Atopic Dermatitis In Adolescents And Adults

Healio (11/3, Forand) reports research presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology virtual congress revealed that data from “two phase 3 clinical trials of upadacitinib,” the Measure Up 1 And Measure Up 2 studies, “showed positive res…

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Infants Born With Asymptomatic Brain Bleeds Appear To Have Normal Brain Development By Age Two, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/3) reports, “Babies born with asymptomatic brain bleeds have normal brain development by the time they reach the age of two, researchers report” in a study in which “MRIs were used to examine the brains of 311 newborns in the Early Brain Dev…

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Mind-Body Skills Group Intervention May Reduce Symptoms Among Adolescent Patients With Depression In A Primary Care Setting, Researchers Say

Clinical Advisor (11/3, Morr) reports research indicates that among “adolescent patients with depression in a primary care setting,” a mind-body skills group (MBSG) “intervention reduced depression symptoms significantly.” The findings of the 43-participa…

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Number Of New Coronavirus Cases Hit New Record High Last Week

Reuters (11/2, Shumaker) reports the number of new coronavirus cases in the US “hit another record high last week, rising 18% to more than 575,000, while deaths inched up 3%, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports.” Reuters adds, “The…

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Rapid Coronavirus Test May Detect Fewer Cases Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection In Asymptomatic People Than Symptomatic People Compared To PCR Test, Study Suggests

The New York Times (11/2, Wu) reports researchers at the University of Arizona found that Quidel’s rapid coronavirus test “could detect more than 80 percent of coronavirus infections found by a slower, lab-based P.C.R. test,” but the rapid test only detec…

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Researchers Examine Cost-Effectiveness Of STI Screening For Teens, Young Adults In The ED

MedPage Today (11/2, Hlavinka) reports, “The costs associated with screening adolescents and young adults for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in emergency department (ED) settings are worth it,” investigators concluded in a “simulation study” that…

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Treatment With Ivacaftor Tied To Improvements In CF Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Function In Infants Between Four And 12 Months Of Age With CF And A Gating Mutation, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (11/2, May) reports researchers found in a phase 3 trial that “treatment with ivacaftor was safe and associated with improvements in cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator function in infants between 4 and 12 months o…

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Influenza Vaccination May Be Underused Among Pregnant Women Despite Its Ability To Protect Both Mother And Infant, Study Indicates

HCPlive (11/2, Walter) reports, “Influenza vaccination can be underused among pregnant women, despite evidence it can protect both the mother and infant from the flu,” investigators concluded after quantifying “the risk of antenatal influenza and [examini…

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CDC Report Examines Breakfast Intake Among US Children And Teens

According to the Washington Post (10/30, Searing), “most American kids – 82.4 percent of those ages two to 19 – eat breakfast…a new report [PDF] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” indicates. In addition, that report found that “the lik…

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High School Students With Nonmedical Opioid Misuse May Have Increased Risk For Heroin Use Later In Life, Research Suggests

Healio (11/2, Michael) reports, “High school students with nonmedical opioid misuse may have an increased risk for heroin use later in life,” researchers concluded after conducting “a prospective study using a nationally representative sample of adolescen…

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Male And Female Youth With Bipolar Disorder Appear To Have Similar Outcomes Despite Gender Differences, Study Indicates

Healio (11/2, Gramigna) reports, “Male and female youth with bipolar disorder had similar outcomes, despite substantial literature on sex differences among adults with bipolar disorder,” investigators concluded in a study that sought “to pinpoint potentia…

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Rural Areas, Small Hospitals Reportedly Competing For Nurses As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues To Surge

The AP (11/2, Webber) reports, “As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help – especially in rural areas and at small hospitals.” The AP ad…

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Spread Of SARS-CoV-2 Among Household Members Is “Common,” Occurs Quickly After Illness Onset, Study Says

CNN (10/30, LaMotte, Langmaid) reports that a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among household members “after one person is infected is ‘common’ and occurs quickly after illness ons…

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Mutations Introduced By Egg-Based Production May Have Decreased Influenza Vaccine Efficacy During 2017-2018 Season, Study Indicates

Healio (10/30, Stulpin) reported, “More evidence indicated that mutations introduced by egg-based production led to a decrease in influenza vaccine efficacy during the severe 2017-2018 influenza season,” investigators concluded after collecting “serum and…

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New Cases Of Polio On The Rise Globally

NPR (10/30, Beaubien) reported that the global campaign to eradicate polio appeared in recent years to be on the verge of achieving its goal, “but now cases are on the rise and expected to climb even further in the coming months.” This year so far, “offic…

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US Has Had More Than Nine Million Coronavirus Cases

Reuters (10/30, Ahluwalia, B) reported there have been more than nine million cases of coronavirus in the US as of Friday. Reuters adds, “On Thursday, the United States reported a record 91,254 new cases,” and “on average, over 77,000 cases are being repo…

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Secondary Glaucoma May Be Common Complication After Pediatric Cataract Surgery, Study Indicates

Healio (10/30, Burba) reported researchers found “secondary glaucoma was a common complication with bimodal incidence following pediatric cataract surgery.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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Researchers Say Children Living With Adults With TB May Be At Higher Risk For TB Or Tubercular Infection

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/30, van Paridon) reported, “Among a cohort of children living in contact with” adults with sputum smear-positive tuberculosis (TB) “on Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS), roughly half the children were suffering…

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Poor, Minority Children May Have Higher Incidence Of Food Allergies Than White Kids, Research Suggests

Kaiser Health News (10/30, West) reported that while “an estimated six million children in the United States have food allergies, 40 percent of them with more than one,” a limited amount of “research has been done on race and class breakdowns,” and “recen…

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Young People Who See More Pro-Marijuana Content On Social Media May Intend To Use Marijuana In The Future, Survey Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/30, Foster, Mundell) reported, “Teenage boys who see ads for pot are more likely than girls to link marijuana with better sex,” investigators concluded after surveying “350 teens aged 15 to 17 and nearly 1,000 college-aged adults.” The study…

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Death Certificates Not Especially Accurate For Children Who Die Suddenly And Unexpectedly, Masked Review Concludes

MedPage Today (10/30, Lou) reported, “Death certificates weren’t especially accurate for children who died suddenly and unexpectedly,” forensic pathologists concluded after performing “a masked review of 100 sudden deaths in children (age 11 months to 18…

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Researchers Say Immunity To SARS-CoV-2 May Last For At Least Five Months

CNN (10/29, Fox) reports researchers found that immunity to SARS-CoV-2 may last for at least five months. The researchers found that “90% of people who recover from [SARS-CoV-2] infections keep a stable antibody response.” The findings were published in S…

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Social Media Disinformation Campaigns Contribute To Drop In Annual Vaccine Coverage, Study Suggests

Reuters (10/29, Rapaport) reports that social media “disinformation campaigns designed to cast doubt on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines are contributing to vaccine hesitancy and a meaningful drop in annual coverage, a new cross-national study sug…

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Asymptomatic Children With SARS-CoV-2 May Have Lower Levels Of The Virus Compared To Symptomatic Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/29, Reinberg) reports researchers found asymptomatic children with SARS-CoV-2 “have low levels of the virus, compared with symptomatic children.” The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

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Researchers Identify Cancer Drivers In Tumors Of Almost All Patients With High-Risk Pediatric Cancer Participating In Prospective Precision Medicine Program

Cancer Therapy Advisor (10/29, Moench) reports researchers identified “one or more cancer drivers…in the tumors of almost all patients participating in a prospective, Australian-based precision medicine program focused on the extensive molecular charact…

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Newborns Appear Not To Have Brain Circuitry To Process Emotions, Small Scan Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/29, Reinberg) reports, “Newborns don’t have the brain circuitry to process emotions,” investigators concluded after comparing “brain scans of 40 babies, all less than a week old, to similar MRI scans from 40 adults.” The “brain scans of newb…

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Children With Birth Defects Conceived Through IVF May Be More Likely To Develop Childhood Cancer Than Those Conceived Naturally, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/29, D’Ambrosio) reports researchers found that “children with birth defects who were conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) were more likely to develop childhood cancer compared to those conceived naturally.” In the study, children “…

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Maternal Valproic Acid Use May Be Tied To Increased Risk For ASD, AD/HD Among Children, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/29) reports, “Maternal use of valproic acid, but not lamotrigine, is associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “among children,” investigators concluded after u…

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State Health Officials Consider How To Use Rapid Coronavirus Tests Provided By Federal Government

CQ Roll Call (10/29, McIntire) reports state health officials are still deciding how to use the rapid coronavirus tests that the federal government sent to them. The Trump Administration hoped states would use the tests to help reopen schools, but some st…

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Researchers Say COVID-19 Is Uncommon Among Infants In NICU

HealthDay (10/29) reports researchers found “the prevalence of COVID-19 is low among infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).” The findings were published in the American Journal of Perinatology.

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NBC News Interviews Minors Who Have Enrolled In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

NBC News (10/28, Chuck) interviews some of the children between the ages of 12 and 18 who have enrolled in Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine trials after the FDA approved such a move earlier this month. NBC News adds that some have criticized the move as uneth…

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Company Says Dupilumab Reduced Asthma Exacerbations And Improved Lung Function In Children With Type 2 Inflammatory Asthma

Healio (10/28) reports researchers found in the phase 3 LIBERTY ASTHMA VOYAGE trial that dupilumab “significantly reduced asthma exacerbations and improved lung function as early as 2 weeks after the first dose, compared with standard of care, in a broad…

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Newer DMTs May Reduce Disease Activity More Effectively Than Older Injectable Therapies In Patients With Pediatric-Onset Relapsing-Remitting MS, Research Suggests

Medscape (10/28, Greb, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “among patients with pediatric-onset relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), newer disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) reduce clinical and radiological disease activity mo…

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FDA Approves Ivermectin 0.5% Lotion As OTC Treatment For People With Head Lice

Drug Topics (10/28, Ientile) reports the FDA approved Arbor Pharmaceuticals LLC Sklice (ivermectin 0.5% lotion) as “as an OTC treatment for head lice through the process of prescription (Rx)-to-OTC switch.” Back in February 2012, the agency approved the t…

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New Species Of Probiotic May Inhibit Viral Proliferation In Children With Rotaviral Gastroenteritis, Research Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/28, May) reports research indicates that “a new species of probiotic, Lactobacillus plantarum (LRCC5310),” appears “to inhibit the adherence and proliferation of rotavirus, reduce virus titer, and improve diarrhea and Vesikari…

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Transgender Or Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents May Have Increased Risk For Various Mental Health Challenges, Researchers Say

Healio (10/28, Gramigna) reports, “Transgender or gender-nonconforming adolescents may have increased risk for various mental health challenges,” investigators concluded after seeking “to compare the mental health status of” transgender or nonconforming “…

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Trump Administration Rule Seeks To Ensure COVID-19 Vaccines Are Free For Medicare Beneficiaries, People With Private Insurance

The Wall Street Journal (10/28, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports on Wednesday, the Trump Administration unveiled a rule which aims to encourage Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it is available. Under the rule, the vaccine would be free fo…

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Study Evidence Appears To Support Discontinuing Antiseizure Medications After Neonatal Seizures

Medscape (10/28, Kirkner, Subscription Publication) runs an Oct. 27 MD Edge Neurology Reviews piece that reported, “Maintaining antiseizure medication in infants who have had acute symptomatic neonatal seizures has been standard practice, but a prospectiv…

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US Reports Almost 500,000 New Coronavirus Cases And More Than 5,600 Deaths Over Seven-Day Period

Reuters (10/27, Shumaker, Caspani) reports that almost 500,000 people in the US became infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the past seven days and there have been more than 5,600 deaths from COVID-19 in the same time period. Reuters adds that “cases and hospitali…

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Coronavirus Cases Surge In The US, Leading To New Restrictions And Strained Hospitals

CNN (10/27, Vera) reports “it seems history may be repeating itself, with cities ordering curfews, hospitals reaching their capacity and [SARS-CoV-2] cases continuing to surge.” CNN adds, “At 69,967 new cases per day, the seven-day average of new cases is…

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Flu Vaccines Reportedly In Short Supply In Some Parts Of The US

CIDRAP (10/27, McLernon) reports high demand for flu vaccine has led to shortages in some parts of the US. Litjen “L.J.” Tan, PhD, chief of strategy of the Immunization Action Coalition, said, “We’re seeing what I call regional distribution challenges tha…

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FDA Expands Golimumab Label To Include Active pJIA Or PsA In Children Aged Two And Older

According to Medwire News (10/27, Barnard), the “FDA has expanded the label for the tumor necrosis factor…inhibitor golimumab to include two pediatric indications.” The medication “may now be given to patients aged two years and older with active polyar…

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Fish Oil Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Appears Safe And Well-Tolerated For Children With Intestinal Failure-Associated Liver Disease, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/27, A. Schad) reports researchers found “fish oil intravenous lipid emulsion monotherapy was…a safe and well-tolerated parenteral lipid for children with intestinal failure-associated liver disease, defined as a serum direct…

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In-Utero Exposure To Modafinil, Armodafinil May Increase Risk For Major Congenital Malformations, Research Suggests

Healio (10/27, Miller) reports “the offspring of women who used modafinil or armodafinil during pregnancy had a higher risk of major congenital malformations,” including heart defects, “than the general population,” investigators concluded after analyzing…

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Air Pollution Contributed To Deaths Of 500,000 Newborns In 2019, Researchers Say

NPR (10/27, Doucleff) reports “an international team of researchers” has found that “air pollution, both inside and outside the home, contributed to the deaths of about 500,000 newborns in 2019.” Most of the “deaths occurred in poor countries, with nearly…

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Record Numbers Of Americans Getting Seasonal Flu Vaccine From Pharmacies

Bloomberg (10/26, LaVito, Court) reports, “While the world awaits a vaccine for Covid-19, Americans are rushing to pharmacies in record numbers for seasonal flu shots.” According to public health officials, this “may help avoid a ‘twindemic.’” For instanc…

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Coronavirus Deaths, Cases Continue To Rise Across Much Of The US

The AP (10/26, Pane, Stobbe) reports deaths from coronavirus are increasing each day in the US and overall cases are increasing in 47 states. The AP adds that “average deaths per day across the country are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearl…

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Coronavirus Cases Among Healthcare Workers Leading To Staff Shortages In Rural Areas

Kaiser Health News (10/26, Houghton) reports coronavirus cases among healthcare workers are making it harder to staff hospitals in rural areas that are struggling to treat growing numbers of patients with COVID-19. For example, “in Montana, pandemic-induc…

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Study Indicates No Association Between Obesity, Severity Outcomes In Children Hospitalized With Asthma Exacerbations

Pulmonology Advisor (10/26, Leuopold) reports research indicates there is “no association between obesity and severity outcomes in children hospitalized with asthma exacerbations,” investigators concluded in a “four-year retrospective” 995-patient study t…

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Introducing Healthier Diet To Children Ages Six To 12 Months May Lead To Better Health In Adulthood, Research Suggests

The Wall Street Journal (10/26, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports emerging research indicates feeding babies ages six to 12 months the right healthy foods may lead to better health later on in life.

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Artificially Sweetened Drinks May Be As Bad For Heart As Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Study Suggests

CNN (10/26, LaMotte) reports, “Artificially sweetened beverages…may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from over 100,000 adult French volunteers participating in the French NutriNet-Santé….

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Changing Sexual Identities May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Smoking Initiation Among Young People, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (10/26, Hlavinka) reports, “Changing sexual identities was associated with an increased risk of smoking initiation among young people,” investigators concluded after examining “data from four waves of the longitudinal Population Assessment o…

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Among Healthcare Workers, Nurses In Particular May Be At High Risk For Contracting SARS-CoV-2, CDC Study Indicates

The New York Times (10/26, Abelson) reports, “Among health care workers, nurses in particular have been at significant risk of contracting [SARS-CoV-2], according to a new analysis of hospitalized patients by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Child YouTube Influencers Marketing Junk Food To Kids, Study Suggests

CNN (10/26, Prior) reports, “Kid influencers on YouTube are marketing junk food and sugary beverages to their fellow kids, and they’re racking up billions of page views, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.” Researchers fou…

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Lorvotuzumab Mertansine Appears To Be Well Tolerated In Children In Phase 2 Study

Cancer Network (10/23, Slater) reported, “A phase 2 study published in Cancer confirmed that lorvotuzumab mertansine (IMGN901) was well tolerated in children with relapsed or refractory Wilms tumor, rhabdomyosarcoma, neuroblastoma, pleuropulmonary blastom…

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CDC Study Indicates Rates Of Toddler Vaccines In US Steady, But Insurance Plays Role In Disparities

CIDRAP (10/23, McLernon) reports, “More than 90% of children 2 years and younger who were born in 2016 and 2017 received the recommended measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); poliovirus; hepatitis B (hepB); and varicella vaccines, according to a report” in M…

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Children Growing Up In Poverty May Show Effects Of Being Poor As Early As Age Five, Study Indicates

According to HealthDay (10/23, Reinberg), children “growing up in poverty show the effects of being poor as early as age five – especially those who are Black,” investigators concluded in a study in which “teachers administered a standardized test to meas…

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Many Pharmacies Will Not Give Children Flu Vaccine

CNN (10/25, Cohen, Bonifield, Jenkins) reports, “As a dark winter approaches with ‘twindemics’ of Covid-19 and the flu, an effort by the Trump administration to increase the number of children receiving flu shots is not working, according to a CNN investi…

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Study Identifies Infants As Young As Three Months With Probable T1D

Medwire News (10/23, McDermid) reported, “Researchers have identified infants as young as three months with probable type 1 diabetes [T1D],” a conclusion that raises “the possibility that the disease process could in some cases begin before birth.” Includ…

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Patients With Polyarticular-Course JIA May Achieve High-Level Disease Control For Up To Two Years When Treated With Tocilizumab, Researchers Say

Healio (10/21, Laday) reports, “Patients with polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] achieved high-level disease control for up to two years when treated with tocilizumab,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the CHERISH s…

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Consensus Reportedly Emerges That SARS-CoV-2 Is Rarely Transmitted Through Contact With Contaminated Surfaces

The Washington Post (10/22, Chang) reports, “Although studies continue to show that the novel coronavirus can be detected on contaminated objects after days or weeks, a consensus has emerged among scientists that the virus is rarely transmitted through co…

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NYTimes Highlights Case Of 12-Year-Old Girl Who Is Still Facing Symptoms Of COVID-19 After Being Initially Diagnosed In March

The New York Times (10/22, Tuller) reports on the case of Maggie Flannery, a 12-year-old girl in Manhattan, who is still struggling with symptoms of COVID-19 after being initially diagnosed in March. Both of her parents also fell ill with COVID-19, but wh…

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Just 31% Of US Adolescents Received Vaccines For HPV, Meningococcal Disease, And Tdap From 2015-2018, Data Indicates

MedPage Today (10/22, Gever) reports, “Just 31% of U.S. adolescents received vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease, and tetanus-diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap),” according to “national survey data for 2015-2018.” Sara Poston, Phar…

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Valproate Use During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Neurodevelopmental Disorders In Offspring During Early Childhood, Researchers Say

According to Healio (10/22, Michael), valproate use “during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders in offspring during early childhood.” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the French national healt…

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Newborns Undergoing Surgery May Suffer Worse Outcomes If They Receive Preoperative Blood Transfusion, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/22, Lou) reports, “Newborns undergoing surgery suffered worse outcomes if they had received preoperative blood transfusion,” investigators concluded after examining registry data on “12,184 neonates who underwent surgery as listed in the…

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Increase In Green Space May Improve Children’s Mental Health, Researchers Say

Healio (10/22, Gramigna) reports, “An increase in green space may improve children’s mental health,” investigators concluded after seeking “to examine the effects of several environmental factors, including artificial light at night…near-roadway air pol…

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FDA Holds Meeting To Hear From Outside Scientists If Government’s Standards For Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates Are Adequate

The AP (10/22, Neergaard, Perrone) reports the FDA held a meeting on Thursday “asking outside scientists” if “the government’s standards” are “high enough to adequately judge” coronavirus vaccine candidates. During the meeting, Dr. Marion Gruber, the dire…

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Growing Body Of Evidence Seems To Indicate School Reopenings Don’t Spread Coronavirus

The New York Times (10/22, Mandavilli) reports, “Researchers once feared that school reopenings might spread the virus through communities. But so far there is little evidence that it’s happening.” So far, schools “do not seem to be stoking community tran…

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New Reports Suggest That Reopened Schools Do Not Drive The Spread Of Coronavirus

NPR (10/21, Kamenetz) reports, “Despite widespread concerns,” recent reports indicate that there is “no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling…and the spread of coronavirus.” A working paper (PDF) from Spanish researchers concluded tha…

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Fast At-Home Coronavirus Tests Might Help US Control Outbreaks, But Challenges Remain

Politico (10/21, Lim) reports, “Fast at-home coronavirus tests could help bring the United States’ surging outbreak under control – if companies developing the tests can convince regulators that the public can be trusted to use them correctly.” While such…

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Five-Day Course Of Antibiotics May Be Enough For Children With Community-Associated Pneumonia Who Are Improving, Researchers Say

Healio (10/21, Downey) reports, “Among children with community-associated pneumonia who have improved by day 5…additional days of antibiotic therapy did not confer additional benefits,” investigators concluded in after enrolling “385 children in a rando…

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Researchers Identify Mechanisms That May Explain Link Between Early Puberty And Breast Cancer Risk

Healio (10/21, Byrne) reports researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati conducted a longitudinal study aimed at discovering how early puberty can increase the risk for breast cancer later in life. The re…

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Maternal Psychological Stress During Pregnancy May Increase Asthma Risk In Offspring, Study Indicates

The New York Times (10/21, Bakalar) reports, “A mother’s psychological distress during pregnancy may increase the risk for asthma in her child,” investigators concluded in a study that “had the parents of 4,231 children fill out well-validated questionnai…

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Low Levels Of Thyroid Hormone During Pregnancy May Contribute To Development Of AD/HD In Offspring, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/21, Gordon) reports, “Low levels of thyroid hormone during pregnancy may contribute to the development of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in the child,” investigators concluded in a 330,000-child study that revealed that “…

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AD/HD, ASD May Be Tied To Increased Hospital Stays Early In Childhood, Data Suggest

HCPlive (10/21, Walter) reports researchers conducted a study that sought to quantify “early health system utilization to identify condition-specific health trajectories to facilitate earlier detection and intervention” among “children with autism spectru…

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CDC Issues New Guidance That Expands Definition Of “Close Contact” For Purposes Of Determining Who Is At Risk For SARS-CoV-2 Infection

The Washington Post (10/21, Sun) reports the CDC “issued new guidance on Wednesday that greatly expands the pool of people considered at risk for [SARS-CoV-2 infection] by changing the definition of who is a ‘close contact’ of an infected individual.” The…

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Search For Coronavirus Vaccine For Children Is Far Behind The One For Adults

The AP (10/21, Neergaard) reports while multiple coronavirus vaccines are in late-stage trials with adults, little work has been done to test a coronavirus vaccine for children. Just last week, Pfizer “received permission to test its vaccine in U.S. kids…

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Two Studies Indicate That There Has Been A Significant Decrease In COVID-19 Mortality

NPR (10/20, Brumfiel) reports, “Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized” patients with COVID-19. The decrease “is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions, suggesting…

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Flu Experts Warn That People Should Not Assume Northern Hemisphere Will Have A Light Flu Season Like The Southern Hemisphere Did

CIDRAP (10/20, Van Beusekom) reports while “the Southern Hemisphere had a very light flu season in 2020,” some had hoped the Northern Hemisphere would follow suit. However, “flu experts say that, while the low numbers could portend a similar scenario in t…

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South Reportedly Remains National Center Of US COVID-19 Outbreak

Bloomberg (10/20, Levin, Baker) reports, “Even as public attention focuses on the coronavirus outbreak in the Midwest, the pandemic is quietly gathering force in a region that has already suffered greatly – the South.” According to “absolute numbers, the…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused About 299,000 More Deaths In The US Than Expected In A Typical Year, CDC Report Says

The Washington Post (10/20, Bernstein) reports the COVID-19 pandemic has caused “about 299,000 more people dead in the United States than would be expected in a typical year, two-thirds of them from the disease itself and the rest from other causes,” acco…

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Study Describes Changes In Microbiota That Accompany Mucosal Healing In Pediatric Crohn Disease

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/20, Pond) reports researchers have described “changes in the microbiota that accompany mucosal healing in established pediatric Crohn disease (CD).” The 25-patient study revealed that “patients with mucosal healing – defined b…

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FDA Panel To Hold Meeting On Thursday To Discuss Criteria For Emergency Use Of Coronavirus Vaccines

Reuters (10/20, Mishra) reports an FDA panel will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss the agency’s “criteria for allowing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine and plans to monitor its safety after a regulatory go-ahead.” Reuters adds that the agency shar…

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Intervention To Improve Mind-Body Skills May Help Treat Depression Among Adolescent Patients In Primary Care Settings, Small Study Indicates

Healio (10/20, Michael) reports, “An intervention aimed at improving mind-body skills may help treat depression among adolescent patients in primary care settings,” investigators concluded after conducting “a single-arm clinical trial to evaluate the mind…

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Air Pollution Exposure May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Hospital Admissions For Several Neurological Disorders, Study Suggests

USA Today (10/19, Rodriguez) reports a new 17-year-long study of over 63 million older US adults on Medicare “found air pollution was significantly associated with an increased risk of hospital admissions for several neurological disorders, including Park…

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Health Systems Don’t Expect Operations To Return To Pre-Pandemic “Normal” Until At Least 2022

Modern Healthcare (10/19, Bannow, Subscription Publication) reports “all of the health systems that responded to a recent” Kaufman Hall survey “expect it will be at least 2022 before their operations return to anything resembling a pre-pandemic ‘normal.’”…

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New York City Public Schools Report Fewer Coronavirus Cases Than Some Feared

The New York Times (10/19, Rubinstein, Goodman) reports many feared that reopening New York City’s public schools would create “a citywide archipelago of super-spreader sites.” However, “nearly three weeks into the in-person school year, early data from t…

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Some Colleges Mandating Flu Shots For Students, Faculty, And Employees

The Wall Street Journal (10/19, Goldman, Subscription Publication) reports some colleges are requiring students, faculty, and employees to receive the flu vaccine and penalizing those who do not comply.

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Some Schools Switching To In-Person Classes After Starting School Year With Virtual Classes

The Wall Street Journal (10/19, Subscription Publication) reports some schools that started the school year with virtual classes are now reopening for in-person classes.

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Modafinil, Armodafinil Both Tied To Major Congenital Malformations, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/19, George) reports the narcolepsy medications “modafinil (Provigil) and armodafinil (Nuvigil) were both associated with major congenital malformations,” investigators concluded in “a post-marketing report.” That report revealed that “of…

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Parental Overprotective Tendencies May Be Tied To Hindered Recovery Among Offspring With Schizophrenia, Small Study Suggests

Healio (10/19, Gramigna) reports, “Parental overprotective tendencies appeared associated with hindered recovery among offspring with schizophrenia,” investigators concluded in a study that “registered 79 patients,” then “assessed parental bonding accordi…

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State Public Health Departments Finalize Plans For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

USA Today (10/19, Weise) reports, “State public health departments say they’re ready to leap into action as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is approved but caution so many things are still unknown that exactly what that leap looks like is hard to say right now…

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Large Babies May Be At Higher Risk For Atrial Fibrillation Later In Life, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/19, Preidt) reports research indicates that “large babies may be at higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation later in life.” The study found that individuals “with a birth weight that’s one pound above the average 7.5 po…

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COVID-19 Testing Capacity Reportedly Far Exceeds Rate At Which Americans Are Getting Tested

ABC News (10/17, Dwyer) reported, “The Trump Administration says more than 120 million tests will be available in October nationwide,” yet “far fewer Americans are actually being tested: only around 1 million per day, less than 30 million per month.” Soon…

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School Absences In Salt Lake City Appear To Increase When Air Quality Worsens, Study Suggests

Healio (10/16, T. Welsh) reported, “In Salt Lake City, Utah, school absences appear to rise when the air quality worsens,” investigators concluded after analyzing “school absence data from 36 schools in the Salt Lake City School District and” then compari…

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In Type 2 Asthma, Dupilumab May Be Tied To Lower Annualized Outpatient Asthma Exacerbation Rates, Researchers Say

Pulmonology Advisor (10/16, Gambino) reported, “In patients with type 2 asthma, dupilumab was associated with significantly lower annualized outpatient asthma exacerbation rates and lower total number of days using systemic corticosteroids,” investigators…

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President Trump Signs Into Law National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

CNN International (10/17, LeBlanc) reported that on Saturday, President Trump signed into law “the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act,” a “bipartisan bill that will make 9-8-8 the universal telephone number to reach the national suicide prevention h…

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State Public Health Officials Urge Congress To Provide At Least $8.4 Billion In Emergency Funding For Distributing Coronavirus Vaccines

The Hill (10/16, Sullivan) reported, “State public health officials are urging Congress to provide at least $8.4 billion in emergency funding for distributing a coronavirus vaccine, warning that they do not currently have enough money to carry out the imm…

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Hydrocortisone Granules May Effectively Treat Children With Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (10/16, May) reported, “The treatment of adrenal insufficiency with hydrocortisone granules in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia…was associated with an absence of adrenal crises and normal growth patterns over a two-year…

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Scientists, Public Health Groups Warn “Herd Immunity” Strategy Is “Dangerous” And “Deadly”

The Hill (10/15, Hellmann) reports that dozens of scientists and public health organizations “warned in open letters this week against a ‘herd immunity’ strategy being endorsed by top officials at the White House, calling it dangerous and deadly.” A senio…

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Specific DNA Variants May Predict Long-Term Response To Anti-TNF Drugs In Children In Treatment For Crohn’s Disease Or Ulcerative Colitis, Researchers Say

HCPlive (10/15, Lutz) reports, “Specific DNA variants are now known to be predictors of long-term response to antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs in children for treatment with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, types of inflammatory bowel dise…

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Suffolk County Executive Calls Sweet 16 Party A “Super-Spreader” Event After 37 Positive Coronavirus Test Results Traced To The Event

The Hill (10/15, Polus) reports Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has called a Sweet 16 party held at the Miller Place Inn on September 25 a “super-spreader” event. Since the party, 37 people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 have traced their…

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Researchers Use Data From Indian Hospital To Understand How Coronavirus Affects Pregnant Women And Newborns

The Washington Post (10/14, Shelar, Slater) reports that nearly 700 coronavirus-positive women have given birth in India’s BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai. Now the hospital’s experience “is playing a key role in the global search to understand exac…

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Bringing Nature Into Daycare Playgrounds May Boost Preschoolers’ Immune Function, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/15, Norton) reports Finnish investigators “found that when they brought nature into daycare playgrounds – including forest soil and vegetation – preschoolers’ immune function showed a change for the better,” shifting “to a less inflammatory…

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Rapid Increase, Inadequate Use Of Linezolid Prescriptions At NICU Raises Concern About Potential Misuse, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/15, Masoud) reports, “The rapid increase and inadequate use of linezolid prescriptions at a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) raises concern about potential misuse,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 66 pre…

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Another Study Supports The Idea That Lockdowns May Be Linked To A Decrease In Premature Births

The New York Times (10/15, Preston) reports previous studies and observations suggest that lockdowns may have lowered the number of premature births in multiple countries around the world, now a study published in The Lancet Public Health “has yielded eve…

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Increased Nutrient Consumption May Be Beneficial In Decreasing Risk For Late Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Study Indicates

Healio (10/15, Holland Jr.) reports researchers found “increased nutrient consumption may be beneficial in decreasing risk for late age-related macular degeneration.” The findings were published in Ophthalmology.

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CDC Updates Guidance To Condemn Mandatory Coronavirus Testing In Schools

Politico (10/15, Scholtes) reports the CDC “is condemning mandatory coronavirus testing in K-12 schools, updating guidance after New York City began random testing this week on thousands of students and educators.” In revamped advice “published this week,…

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Coronavirus Cases In The US Continue To Grow At Rapid Pace Not Seen Since The Beginning Of The Summer Peak

USA Today (10/15, Hauck, Fraser) reports the US has more confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection and deaths from COVID-19 “than any other country, and cases are growing at a speed not seen since the start of the summer peak.” According to a USA Today anal…

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Tailored Messaging Appears Not To Change Minds Of Vaccine-Hesitant Parents, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/14, Norton) reports research indicates it may be difficult to change the minds of vaccine-hesitant parents, researchers concluded in a study that involved “824 pregnant women and new parents” randomized “to one of three groups: One received…

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Viloxazine ER For AD/HD Appears Not To Be Tied To Risk For Cardiac Arrhythmias Or Other Electrocardiographic Parameters, Small Study Suggests

Healio (10/14, Gramigna) reports, “Viloxazine extended-release [ER],” a medication for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “did not appear associated with risk for cardiac arrhythmias or other electrocardiographic parameters,…

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Adalimumab Appears To Be Safe, Effective For Moderate To Severe Ulcerative Colitis In Children, Researchers Say

Healio (10/14, Jaramillo) reports, “Humira [adalimumab] was efficacious and safe for treating children with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, according to a presentation” given online by Nicholas M. Croft, MD, “Center for Immunology, Blizard Institut…

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Elevated Surfactant Protein D Levels Tied To Severe ARDS And Poor Outcomes In Children With Acute Respiratory Failure, Study Indicates

Healio (10/14, T. Welsh) reports researchers found “elevated surfactant protein D levels are associated with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome and poor outcomes in children with acute respiratory failure.” The findings were published in the journ…

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Alone May Not Be Tied To Increased Odds Of Wheezing In Adolescents, Study Suggests

Healio (10/14, Downey) reports researchers have “found no significant association between e-cigarette use alone and increased odds of wheezing among adolescents aged 12 to 17.” The findings of the 7,049-participant study were published online in JAMA Netw…

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Patients With Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Have Relatively Low Risk Of Severe COVID-19, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/14, Swift) reports patients with pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) “have a relatively low risk of severe COVID-19, even when receiving biologic and other immune-suppressive therapies, according to an analysis of two internationa…

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Around 82% Of Children And Teens Eat Breakfast On A Given Day, Research Reveals

MedPage Today (10/14, D’Ambrosio) reports, “One in five children reported that they do not eat breakfast, with the proportion of breakfast-eaters decreasing as kids age,” CDC researchers found. Approximately “82% of children and” adolescents “ate breakfas…

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Limiting TV Ads For Sugary, Salty, And High-Fat Foods And Drinks May Help Reduce Childhood Obesity, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/14, Reinberg) reports, “Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity,” investigators concluded in a study that examined “advertising of these products between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.” The s…

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CDC Says Coronavirus Vaccines May Not Be Recommended For Children Initially

Reuters (10/14, Mishra) reports the CDC announced that coronavirus vaccines may not be recommended for children initially. The agency said clinical trials have only included adults so far, but Pfizer and AstraZeneca both have plans to include children in…

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Researchers Say Child-Care Centers Do Not Drive The Spread Of Coronavirus Even In Communities With High Infection Rates

The Los Angeles Times (10/14, Sharp) reports a study published in Pediatrics “provides some of the clearest evidence yet that child-care centers don’t hasten the spread of the novel coronavirus, even in communities where overall infections are high.” Rese…

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Coronavirus Cases In The US Are On The Rise, Especially In Midwestern States

The Washington Post (10/13, Wan, Dupree) reports “U.S. coronavirus cases are rising again, driven by rapid transmission in Midwestern states and sparking fears that a forewarned wave of infections this fall and winter has begun.” For nearly “a month, new…

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Fewer Young People Drinking Alcohol Now Than 20 Years Ago, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/13, Reinberg) reports research indicates that “fewer young people are drinking alcohol now than 20 years ago.” After collecting “data on more than 180,000 young U.S. adults who took part in a survey,” investigators found that “the number of…

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About One In Five Children Aged Nine To 12 Experience Cyberbullying In Some Form, Survey Indicates

Healio (10/13, Downey) reports, “Approximately 21% of children aged nine to 12 years experience cyberbullying in some form…a survey conducted by the Cartoon Network and the Cyberbullying Research Center” revealed. The “responses from the national survey…

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Presence Of CKD May Be Tied To Number Of Hospital-Related Negative Impacts Among Pediatric Patients, Research Suggests

HCPlive (10/13, Walter) reports, “The presence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) might be linked to a number of hospital-related negative impacts among pediatric patients,” investigators concluded after examining data on “hospital discharges of children bet…

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Dupilumab Appears To Reduce Severe Asthma Attacks In Pediatric Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Asthma, Drugmaker Announces

HCPlive (10/13, Alicea) reports, “Dupilumab (Dupixent) was shown to significantly reduce severe asthma attacks in pediatric patients with moderate-to-severe asthma,” investigators concluded in the “LIBERTY ASTHMA VOYAGE study, a Phase 3, randomized, doubl…

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FDA Approves Pfizer Plan To Include Children As Young As 12 In Coronavirus Vaccine Study

Reuters (10/13, Maddipatla, Burger) reports under a plan approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer “will enroll participants as young as 12 in its large, late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial to understand how it works in a wider age group.” The…

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Some COVID-19 Long-Haulers Are Children

CNN (10/12, Prior) reports on the challenges faced by COVID-19 long-haulers, highlighting the struggles of children who fall into this group. For example, Veronica Richmond of Boise has been sick since March since a friend of hers came home from Wuhan pos…

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US Coronavirus Death Rate Highest In Developed World, Study Indicates

Bloomberg (10/12, Cortez) reports, “The proportion of Americans dying from coronavirus infections is the highest in the developed world, according to a study of global mortality rates that shows the U.S. pandemic response left citizens exposed to the leth…

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Researchers Say They Have Found Two Confirmed Cases Of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection In US

Medscape (10/12, Goodman, Subscription Publication) reports, “A 25-year-old man from Nevada and a 42-year-old man in Virginia experienced second bouts of [SARS-CoV-2 infection] about 2 months after they tested positive the first time.” Genetic tests revea…

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Teens Who Had Asthma, Food Hypersensitivity When Younger May Be At Increased Risk Of IBS, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/12, Preidt) reported, “Teens who had asthma and food hypersensitivity when they were younger are at increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),” investigators concluded after examining “the health of 2,770 children from birth to age 16…

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Researchers Find Association Between Atopy And ITP In Children

Cancer Network (10/12, Slater) reports researchers found an association between atopy and immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in children. The findings were published in Scientific Reports and the study suggests that “it is necessary to investigate the…

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Vertical Transmission Of SARS-CoV-2 Appears To Be Rare, Researchers Say

USA Today (10/12, Rodriguez) reports, “Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center found no evidence of transmission from infected mothers to newborns, according to an observational study published” in JAMA Pediatrics. The study’s results sug…

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Massachusetts Governor Mandates Flu Shots For Students From Preschool Through College

Politico (10/9) reported Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has mandated flu shots “for students from preschool through college.” Politico adds that the mandate is “the first-of-its-kind,” and if the mandate succeeds in reducing the spread of flu in the sta…

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Last Year’s Flu Vaccine May Have Reduced Pediatric Flu-Related ED Visits By As Much As 51%, Study Indicates

Fox News (10/9, Hein) reported a study published in Pediatrics found that last year’s flu vaccine “reduced pediatric flu-related emergency room visits by as much as 51%, and hospitalizations by 40%.” The study’s authors concluded, “Vaccination provided pr…

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Researchers Say Egg- And Cell-Derived Influenza Vaccines Elicited Similar Neutralization Titers And Response Rates During The 2018-2019 Influenza Seasons

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/8, Masoud) reports researchers found “egg- and cell-derived influenza vaccines administered during the 2018-2019 influenza seasons elicited similar neutralization titers and response rates.” The findings were published in Cl…

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FDA-Issued Boxed Warnings On Antidepressants For Risk Of Suicide May Be Influencing Suicide Trends Among Teens, Young Adults, Study Indicates

According to HCPlive (10/8, Walter), FDA-issued “boxed warnings on antidepressants for the risk of suicide” may be “influencing suicide trends among adolescents and young adults,” investigators concluded after examining whether “suicide deaths increased f…

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Benefit Of Tezacaftor Combined With Ivacaftor May Be Limited By Exposure To Tobacco Smoke In Young Patients With CF, Study Indicates

Cystic Fibrosis News Today (10/8, Ray) reports researchers found “exposure to tobacco smoke limits the medicinal benefit of Symdeko (tezacaftor/ivacaftor combo) in young patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).” The findings were published in the Journal of Cy…

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Study Suggests Children Who Take Music Classes May Have Better Attention Span, Memory

Medical Daily (10/8) reports that parents “who are undecided about whether to enroll their children in music classes may want to take notice of a small study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, which found that music may increase a child’s…

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Study Compares 2019 Vs 1997 Classification Criteria For SLE In Children And Young Adults

Rheumatology News (10/8, Evans) reports, “The 2019 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) classification criteria jointly developed by the American College of Rheumatology” and “the European League Against Rheumatism …proved significantly better at detectin…

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Multilevel Home- And School-Based Asthma Education Program Effective Among Children In Low-Income Community Setting, Researchers Say

Healio (10/8, Welsh) reports, “Multilevel home and school asthma education improved asthma control and reduced oral corticosteroid use and hospitalizations among children in a low-income community setting,” investigators concluded in a 398-child study, th…

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Among Children With Severe Or Poorly Controlled Asthma, Allergen Sensitization Linked To More Asthma Exacerbations, The Use Of More Asthma-Related Healthcare Resources And Oral Corticosteroids, And Higher Asthma-Associated Expenses, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (10/8, Jacobs) reports researchers found that “in children with severe or poorly controlled asthma, those with allergen sensitization have been shown to experience more asthma exacerbations, to use more asthma-related healthcare resour…

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Early Puberty May Result In Higher Self-Harm Risk At Age 16, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/8, Reinberg) reports, “Kids who reach puberty earlier than other kids are at an increased risk of harming themselves as teens,” investigators concluded. After examining “data from more than 5,000 boys and girls,” researchers concluded that “…

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Most Inequities In Pre- And Post-Natal Environment Contributing To Racial Disparities In Child Performance On Cognitive Tests Are Modifiable, Researchers Say

Healio (10/8, Weller) reports, “Most inequities in the pre- and post-natal environment that contribute to racial disparities in child performance on cognitive tests are modifiable,” investigators concluded after using “the full dataset from the Conditions…

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Lower Dose Of Zinc Appears To Be Well-Tolerated For Treatment Of Diarrhea Among Children, Research Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/8, Nye) reports research indicates that “a lower dose of zinc was well-tolerated for the treatment of diarrhea among children.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion in a study that “recruited children (N=4500) in India and…

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Surgery For Benign Breast Conditions Does Not Harm A Woman’s Future Ability To Breastfeed, Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/7, Preidt) reports that research suggests that “having surgery for benign breast conditions won’t harm a woman’s future ability to breastfeed.” The findings were presented at a virtual meeting of the American College of Surgeons.

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Duracell Debuts New Lithium Coin Batteries With Non-Toxic Bitter Coating To Discourage Accidental Ingestion

Fox Business (10/7, Rivas) reports Duracell “debuted a non-toxic bitter-coating on its lithium battery sizes 2032, 2025 and 2016, to discourage accidental ingestion.” According to the CDC, “coin-sized button batteries present ‘particular concern’ for inge…

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Influenza Vaccination Appears Not To Increase COVID-19 Incidence Or Worsen COVID-19-Related Outcomes, Research Suggests

Healio (10/7, Miller) reports, “Influenza vaccination did not increase the incidence of COVID-19 or worsen outcomes related to the disease,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from 13,220 patients in Florida and Ohio who were tested for COVID-1…

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Researchers Say 64% Of New Drug Indications Lack Pediatric Prescribing Information Five Years After FDA Approval

PharmaNewsIntelligence (10/7, McGrail) reports researchers found 64% “of new biologic and drug indications deemed relevant to pediatric patients lacked pediatric prescribing information five years after FDA approval.” The findings were published in Health…

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