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Combination Of Medication And Behavioral Treatments May Benefit Multiplex Families Where Both Children And Their Mothers Have AD/HD, Small Study Suggests

Healio (9/23, Gramigna) reports, “A combination of medication and behavioral treatments may benefit multiplex families where both children and their mothers have” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), researchers concluded in a study that “sou…

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Reopening Schools Has Reportedly Not Been As Bad For Spreading Coronavirus Among Children As Some Feared

The Washington Post (9/23, Meckler, Strauss) reports, “Thousands of students and teachers have become sick with covid-19 since schools began opening last month, but so far, public health experts have found little evidence that the disease is spreading ins…

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Number Of Texas Students Testing Positive For Coronavirus Has Risen Every Week

The Austin (TX) American Statesman (9/23, Taboada, Subscription Publication) reports that the “number of Texas students testing positive for the coronavirus has risen every week since the start of classes, as more districts reopen schoolhouse doors, accor…

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Psychological Trauma Caused By A Child’s Loss Of A Pet Should Not Be Underestimated, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/23, McNiff) reports, “The loss of a pet may be a child’s first encounter with death, and new research” indicates “the psychological trauma that the loss can bring” should not be underestimated, investigators concluded after examining “a sampl…

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Maternal Cannabis Use During Pregnancy May Increase Psychotic-Like Behaviors In Children, Study Indicates

CNN (9/23, LaMotte) reports maternal use of cannabis during pregnancy “may increase psychotic-like behaviors in children.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after analyzing “data on 11,489 children who were followed as part of the Adolescent Brain…

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Expert: Schools Requiring Children To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be “Huge Issue”

NBC News (9/23, Chuck) reports, “As pharmaceutical companies race to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine, many people are wary of a shot that is working its way through the approval process at record speed during a highly politicized pandemic.” While some prof…

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EPA Rejects Scientific Evidence Addressing Neurodevelopmental Effects Of Chlorpyrifos

The New York Times (9/23, Friedman) reports the Environmental Protection Agency’s assessment of the pesticide chlorpyrifos released on Sept. 22 “directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that” it “can stunt brain development in y…

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CDC Asks Americans To Not Go Trick-Or-Treating Or Attend Indoor Parties On Halloween To Reduce Spread Of SARS-CoV-2

Reuters (9/22, Roy) reports the CDC has warned Americans to not go trick-or-treating door-to-door, attend crowded inside parties, or wear costume masks for Halloween in order to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The CDC “said that many traditional Hallowee…

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Black And Hispanic People May Be Twice As Likely To Test Positive For SARS-CoV-2 As White People, Study Suggests

CNN (9/22, Mascarenhas) reports researchers found “Black and Hispanic people are twice as likely to test positive for” SARS-CoV-2 as white “people even after adjusting for outside factors.” The findings were published in PLOS Medicine.

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Research Indicates Four In 10 Healthcare Workers Who Test Positive For SARS-CoV-2 Do Not Have Symptoms

HealthDay (9/22, Preidt) reports that research indicates “four in 10 health care workers who test positive for [SARS-CoV-2] don’t have symptoms, which means they could unknowingly spread the disease to co-workers and patients.” The findings were presented…

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Most Teens Who Vape Not Looking To Quit Smoking, Investigators Say

HealthDay (9/22, Reinberg) reports, “Most teens who vape aren’t looking to quit smoking,” investigators concluded after analyzing “more than 4,000 tweets.” The study revealed that “only 1% of Twitter users mentioned Juul as a way to stop smoking,” and “sc…

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Expert Discusses Issues Faced By Pediatric Patients With Psoriasis

Healio (9/22, Forand) reports, “In approximately one third of cases, psoriasis begins in pediatric patients, according to the American Academy of Dermatology,” and youngsters “with psoriasis deal with unique problems such as the treatment and burden of a…

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Babies Of Mothers With Anxiety Or Depression May Have Higher Heart Rates Than Normal, Small Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/22, Preidt) reports, “Babies of mothers with anxiety or depression can have significantly higher heart rates than normal,” investigators concluded in a “preliminary study” that “assessed 50 mothers and their babies.” The findings were recentl…

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Prenatal Exposure To Opioids Tied To Higher Risk Of Children Developing Asthma, Research Suggests

HCPlive (9/22, Alicea) reports researchers found that “infants exposed to opioids prior to birth had a two times higher odds of developing asthma.” The findings were published online in The University of New Mexico Digital Repository.

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Many Children With Mental Health Conditions May Not Receive Follow-Up Treatment, Study Indicates

STAT (9/22, Gopalakrishna) reports, “A large new study finds that mental health care for many children in the U.S. falls far short, particularly when it comes to the follow-up treatment they receive.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after examini…

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HHS Awards Almost $360 Million To Support Maternal And Child Health

Modern Healthcare (9/22, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports, “HHS awarded almost $360 million to programs supporting maternal and child health, the agency said Tuesday.” Modern Healthcare adds, “The funding includes more than $340 million to deliver…

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US Death Toll From Coronavirus Passes 200,000

The AP (9/22, Johnson) reports the US death toll from coronavirus has passed 200,000, “by far the highest in the world.” The US is seeing close to 770 deaths daily on average, and a model from the University of Washington predicts the US death toll “will…

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CDC Changes Guidance On Airborne Transmission Of Coronavirus Again

USA Today (9/21, Bacon) reports the CDC, “which quietly changed its guidance on coronavirus transmission through the air Friday, reversed field again Monday.” USA Today adds, “On Friday, the CDC posted an update on its website saying six feet may not be s…

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Group Issues Updated Guidance On S. Aureus Disease Prevention In The NICU

Medscape (9/21, Swift, Subscription Publication) reports the Society for Health Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has updated its guidance on combining “the need to balance infection prevention in critically ill infants with the need for hands-on contact bet…

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Transgender Youth Seeking Gender-Affirming Care In Early Adolescence May Have Fewer Mental Health Problems Than Those First Seeking Care When Older, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (9/21, Hlavinka) reports, “Transgender youth who presented to a clinic for gender-affirming care in early adolescence had fewer mental health problems than adolescents who first sought care when older, or in later stages of puberty,” investi…

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Reductions In State Medicaid Spending Likely To Result In Provider Rate Cuts

Modern Healthcare (9/19, Brady, Subscription Publication) reported “many states are sharply reducing their Medicaid spending to balance their budgets” due to losses from the pandemic, threatening financial stability at hospitals operating on tight margins…

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HHS Resumes Control Over Purchasing And Distribution Of Supplies For The COVID-19 Pandemic

Bloomberg Law (9/21, Stein, Subscription Publication) says HHS “is reclaiming its responsibilities to buy, distribute, and track the supply of masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, according to a federal watchdog report.” The department…

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Researchers Say Percentage Of Children Worldwide Who Received Basic Vaccines Decreased From 84% Last Year To 70% This Year

NPR (9/21, Aizenman, Silver) reports researchers found that “compared to last year, the percentage of kids worldwide who got their basic vaccines has dropped from 84% to 70%.” The researchers’ findings were released in a report from the Gates Foundation.

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US Sets Record With More Than 1M Coronavirus Tests Conducted In One Day

Reuters (9/20, Shumaker) reports the US “set a one-day record with over 1 million coronavirus diagnostic tests being performed, but the country needs 6 million to 10 million a day to bring outbreaks under control.” The US “performed 1,061,411 tests on Sat…

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Poll Indicates The Percentage Of Americans Who Would Receive A Coronavirus Vaccine Has Declined In The Past Four Months

The Hill (9/18, Hellmann) reported 51% of Americans said they would receive a coronavirus vaccine if one were available today in the latest Pew poll compared to 72% four months ago. The percentage of people who said they would definitely get one declined…

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Early Exposure To High Levels Of Air Pollution May Be Tied To Reduced Lung Function During Adolescence, Study Indicates

Healio (9/18, Welsh) reported, “Early exposure to high levels of air pollution may be associated with reduced lung function during adolescence,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed data from 915 children living in German regions of Wesel and…

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Wildfire Smoke Poses Particular Peril To Young Lungs, Experts Say

The New York Times (9/18, Richtel) reported that wildfires in “the Pacific Northwest and parts of California poses particular peril to young lungs, and is especially acute for children with medical conditions like asthma.” Even “healthy children exposed t…

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Small Comparison Study Examines Writing Skills In Typically Developing Children And Children With ASD And AD/HD

According to HCPlive (9/18, Walter), “Children diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often demonstrate heterogeneous writing skills that are generally lower than their typically developing peers, similar to children with attention difficulties…

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Expanded Medicaid May Improve Pregnant Women’s Access To Healthcare, Researchers Say

USA Today (9/19, Luthra) reports that expanding access to Medicaid “could dramatically improve pregnant people’s access to health care and address some of the factors driving the nation’s disparity in pregnancy-related and postpartum deaths, according to…

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CDC Reverses Coronavirus Testing Guidelines On Asymptomatic People In Close Contact With People Who Have Tested Positive

The New York Times (9/18, Mandavilli) reported the CDC “reversed a controversial recommendation suggesting people who have had close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus do not need to get tested if they have no symptoms.” The agency’s reve…

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CDC Report Says Efforts To Curb Spread Of SARS-CoV-2 Have Led To Global Decline In Influenza

Healio (9/17, Dreisbach) reports steps taken to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 “have led to a global decline in influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Healio adds, “In addition to causing a…

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Use Of Antibiotics In Childhood May Have Dose-Dependent Relationship With Increased Risk For Appendicitis, Research Suggests

Healio (9/17, Young) reports, “Use of antibiotics during childhood had a dose-dependent relationship with increased risk for appendicitis,” investigators concluded after performing “a cohort study from 1995 to 2014 comprising 1,385,707 children who receiv…

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Researchers Say Many People With COVID-19 Report Fatigue Months After Recovery

NBC News (9/17, Edwards) reports, “Covid-19 can leave many people with potentially debilitating fatigue months after they’ve recovered from the illness.” The research involving 128 people who previously had COVID-19 “will be presented at a virtual meeting…

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Alpha-Thalassemia Screening Practices In Newborns May Vary Widely, CDC Report Says

HCPlive (9/17, Alicea) reports researchers found “alpha-thalassemia screening practices in newborns…vary widely in methodologies and reporting strategies across screening programs.” The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly…

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UK Students’ Risk For Anxiety Appears To Have Decreased During COVID-19 Lockdowns, Survey Data Suggest

Healio (9/17, Downey) reports, “A survey of 1,047 students aged 13 to 14 years from 17 schools in the United Kingdom showed that their risk for anxiety decreased during lockdowns for the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the” pre-pandemic period. In fact, “…

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Poor Family Functioning During Pregnancy Tied To Child Brain Characteristics That Underlie Behavioral Problems, Study Indicates

Healio (9/17, Gramigna) reports researchers found in “a population-based cohort study” that “maternal-reported poor family functioning during pregnancy may be associated with child brain characteristics that underlie behavioral problems.” The findings wer…

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Group Calls For All Healthcare Personnel To Receive Vaccines As A Condition Of Employment

Medscape (9/17, Frellick, Subscription Publication) reports the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) issued a statement calling for all healthcare personnel to be required to receive vaccines as a condition of their employment. The SHEA s…

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Several Factors Reportedly Limit Coronavirus Testing In Children

The Washington Post (9/17, Kornfield) reports as more children return to school, there are growing concerns that children may spread coronavirus to each other and then bring it home to their families and others they live with. Unfortunately, coronavirus t…

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Administration Outlines Plan To Distribute Coronavirus Vaccines To Americans Free Of Charge

The New York Times (9/16, Thomas) reports federal officials “outlined details Wednesday of their preparations to administer a future coronavirus vaccine to Americans, saying they would begin distribution within 24 hours of any approval or emergency author…

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CDC Director Says Face Masks May Be Better Protection Against Coronavirus Than Vaccine

Fox News (9/16, Blitzer) reports CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield “told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday that not only do face masks work to protect people from coronavirus, they might work even better than an eventual vaccine might.” Dur…

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People Who Wear Glasses May Have A Lower Risk Of Contracting SARS-CoV-2, Study Suggests

The New York Times (9/16, Parker-Pope) reports a small observational study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that people who wear glasses may be less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2. In a hospital located in Suizhou, China, clinicians obs…

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CDC Report Says SARS-CoV-2 Infection Tied to Preterm Delivery

CBS News (9/16, Smith) reports researchers found “preterm deliveries appear to be linked to coronavirus infections, according to a new study on COVID-19 and pregnancy published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” CBS News adds, “…

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PTAC Recommends HHS Approve New Value-Based Payment Model For Asthma

Modern Healthcare (9/16, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reports, “The federally appointed Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee [PTAC] said Tuesday it has recommended HHS consider a payment model [PDF] focused on asthma care…

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Company Says Its Experimental Antibody Treatment Reduced Hospitalization Among Patients With Moderate COVID-19

Reuters (9/16, Beasley) reports Eli Lilly “said on Wednesday interim trial data showed its experimental antibody treatment reduced the need for hospitalization and emergency room visits for patients with moderate COVID-19.” Data show that “of the total 30…

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CDC Data Show 120 Hospital Patients Were Infected Per Day With Coronavirus Between May, July

The Wall Street Journal (9/15, Evans, Subscription Publication) reports previously unpublished CDC data show 120 patients per day, on average, were infected with COVID-19 inside US hospitals between May 14 and July 14. The figures suggest that hospitals w…

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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Exposure May Substantially Increase Risk Of Developing AD/HD, Research Suggests

HCPlive (9/15, Walter) reports research indicates that “endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure could substantially increase the risk of developing” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). For “the cross-sectional analysis, the investigators coll…

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Company Reports No Serious Adverse Events After Administering Experimental Gene Therapy For DMD To Nine More Boys

Reuters (9/15, Erman) reports Pfizer has “administered doses of its experimental gene therapy for rare degenerative muscular condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to an additional 9 boys, with no serious adverse events observed.” Pfizer “modified th…

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Excessive Weight Gain In Pregnancy May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Childhood Asthma, Allergy, Research Suggests

The New York Times (9/15, Bakalar) reports, “Excessive weight gain during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk for childhood asthma and allergy,” investigators concluded after studying “15,145 mother-child pairs in Shanghai, tracking gestati…

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DC’s Third Annual Maternal And Infant Health Summit Focused On Impact Of Coronavirus

The Washington Post (9/15, Fadulu) reports that the impact of coronavirus has been a major theme at Washington DC’s third annual Maternal and Infant Health Summit, which is being held over the course of four days this week. DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser spoke…

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Illinois Lawmakers Press State DCFS Officials About Children Held In Psychiatric Hospitals

ProPublica Illinois (9/15, Eldeib) reports that in a Sept. 14 hearing of the Illinois Senate Human Services Committee, state “lawmakers pressed officials with” the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), “the state’s child welfare agen…

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Texas Officials Walk Back Plan To Cut $15M From Women’s And Children’s Health Services

The Texas Tribune (9/15, Najmabadi, Walters) reports Texas “state health officials walked back a plan to cut $15 million in funding from health and safety net programs, including services that offer low-income Texans access to birth control and cancer scr…

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CDC Data Indicate COVID-19 Disproportionately Killing Hispanic, Black, American Indian Children

The Washington Post (9/15, Wan) reports, “The coronavirus is killing Hispanic, Black and American Indian children at much higher numbers than their White peers, according to federal statistics released Tuesday.” The figures “show there have been 391,814 k…

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Company Says Anti-Inflammatory Drug May Shorten Recovery Time For Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19

The AP (9/14, Marchione) reports Eli Lilly announced that the addition of the anti-inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis drug Olumiant (baricitinib) to remdesivir shortened recovery time for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The company shared the results…

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Ambulatory BP Not Helpful In Determining Risk As Recommended By Pediatric Guidelines, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (9/14, Lou) reports, “Ambulatory blood pressure (BP) load was not helpful in determining risk as recommended by pediatric guidelines,” investigators concluded in a study that revealed that “ambulatory BP values even in the normal range may p…

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Ganaxolone Appears To Reduce Seizure Frequency In Late-Stage Trial For Patients With Rare Type Of Genetic Epilepsy

Reuters (9/14, Maddipatla) reports Marinus Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced “its experimental treatment [ganaxolone] for a rare type of genetic epilepsy called CDKL5 deficiency disorder (CDD) met the main goal of reducing seizure frequency in patients in a…

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Social Distancing May Have Decreased Spread Of Many Common Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Study Suggests

Medscape (9/14, Kilgore, Subscription Publication) reports researchers analyzed EHR data and found that “diagnoses of 12 common pediatric infectious diseases in a large pediatric primary care network declined significantly in the weeks after COVID-19 soci…

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About Half Of Children And Adolescents With Initial White Coat Hypertension May Progress To Hypertension Or Pre-Hypertension On Follow-Up Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring One Year Later, Research Suggests

Medscape (9/14, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found “about half of children and adolescents with initial white coat hypertension (WCH) will have progressed to hypertension or pre-hypertension on follow-up ambulatory blood pressure…

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Fetal Exposure To Cadmium May Impact Development Of Asthma And Allergies In Childhood, Research Suggests

Healio (9/14, Welsh) reports researchers found “exposure to cadmium in the womb may impact the development of asthma and allergic diseases in childhood.” The findings were presented at the virtual European Respiratory Society International Congress.

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Depression, Anxiety Experienced By Mothers From Conception Through First Year Of Baby’s Life Associated With Negative Developmental Outcomes Through Adolescence, Study Finds

CNN (9/15, Rogers) reports, “A mother’s depression and anxiety from conception through the first year of the baby’s life is associated with negative developmental outcomes through adolescence, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pedi…

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Researchers Say Healthier School Meals Improved The Diets Of American Children

HealthDay (9/14, Preidt) reports “researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2016” and concluded that “healthier school meals improve the diets of American children.” The findings were published in the Annals…

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Clinical Awareness Of Bipolar Disorder In Youth Is Important Given Its High Morbidity And Mortality Rate, Psychiatrist Says

Healio (9/14, Gramigna) reports “clinical awareness of bipolar disorder in youth is important given its high morbidity and mortality rate, which is even higher than adult-onset bipolar disorder, according to a” presentation given by Kiki D. Chang, MD, “a…

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HPV Vaccination Rates Have Increased In Recent Years, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/14, Norton) reports researchers found HPV vaccination rates are increasing among children in the US. According to the study, 38% of girls and 5% of boys had received at least one dose of the vaccine in 2011, but “in 2017, more than half of 15…

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Children With CD May Have Higher Risk For IBS, Functional Constipation Even With GFD Adherence, Researchers Say

Healio (9/12, Young) reported, “Children with celiac disease [CD] have a higher risk for irritable bowel syndrome [IBS] and functional constipation even if they adhere to a gluten-free diet [GFD],” investigators concluded after conducting “a prospective s…

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Coronavirus Pandemic Has Led To Decrease In Testing Children For Lead Poisoning, CDC Report Says

Kaiser Health News (9/11, Zeltner) reported the coronavirus pandemic has led to a decrease in children being tested for lead poisoning as many families skip or delay pediatric appointments. According to the CDC, the decrease has been largest “in the Upper…

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Researchers Say Chinese Children Had More Depressive Symptoms And Made More Suicide Attempts After Schools Closed For The Pandemic

CNN (9/11, Christensen) reported researchers found “primary school students in China experienced more depressive symptoms and made more suicide attempts after schools closed for the pandemic.” The researchers “compared reports of mental health problems in…

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Coronavirus Pandemic Has Reportedly Taken A Toll On Many Children With OCD

The Washington Post (9/11, Landau) reported the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for many children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Suzan Song, director of George Washington University’s Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry, sa…

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CDC Report Says Suicides Among Young Americans Increased 57% From 2007 To 2018

HealthDay (9/11, Reinberg) reported suicides among people between the ages of 10 and 24 increased 57% from 2007 to 2018 in the US, according to a CDC report (PDF). Sally Curtin of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, who authored the report, s…

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President Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed At Lowering Drug Prices

Reuters (9/13, Chiacu, Cornwell, Cowan, Erman) reports President Trump signed an executive order “aimed at lowering drug prices in the United States by linking them to those of other nations and expanding the scope of a July action.” President Trump tweet…

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Researchers Say Some Children Who Became Infected With Coronavirus At Child-Care Programs And Day Camp Spread The Virus To Family Members They Live With

The AP (9/11, Stobbe) reported researchers found that 12 children who became infected with SARS-CoV-2 at two child-care programs for toddlers and a day camp for older children in Salt Lake City spread the virus to others in their households, according to…

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Multiple Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates Might Be Approved With Implications For Availability

The Wall Street Journal (9/10, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reports experts say multiple coronavirus vaccine candidates might be approved for use, which might change how the vaccines are distributed compared to a scenario in which only one candidate…

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AstraZeneca Starts Safety Review Of Suspended Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

The New York Times (9/10, Wu) reports AstraZeneca has started a safety review following the suspension of a late-stage trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate due to a participant falling ill. An independent board of experts will conduct the safety rev…

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Researchers Say Children Use Both Sides Of Their Brain To Process Language While Adults Only Use One

HealthDay (9/10, Reinberg) reports researchers found “adults process language on one side of the brain, but kids use both hemispheres.” The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and “might explain why children reco…

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Study Of Medical Records Raises Questions About Whether COVID-19 Was Spreading In US Earlier Than Thought

The Washington Post (9/10, Guarino) reports “the number of patients complaining of coughs and respiratory illnesses surged at a sprawling Los Angeles medical system from late December through February, raising questions about whether the novel coronavirus…

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Researchers Examine Which Hospital Workers Are At Greater Risk For Coronavirus Seropositivity

MedPage Today (9/10, Walker) reports researchers found that “hospital clinicians taking care of the sickest COVID-19 patients were associated with the lowest risk of seropositivity versus those working in other areas of the hospital, and personal protecti…

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Adults Who Had Childhood Bronchitis May Be More Likely To Receive Diagnosis Of Pneumonia Or Asthma Later In Life, Researchers Say

Healio (9/9, Welsh) reports, “Adults who had childhood bronchitis were more likely to receive a diagnosis of pneumonia or asthma later in life,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study, which followed 8,5…

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Children Who Played Tackle Football At A Young Age Not At Increased Risk For Prolonged Or Worsened Concussion Symptoms As College Players, Researchers Say

According to MedPage Today (9/9, George), children “who played tackle football at a young age weren’t at increased risk for prolonged or worsened concussion symptoms as college players, researchers” concluded. The study revealed that “in adjusted models,…

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Some Children Taking Online Classes At Sleepaway Camps

NPR (9/9, Beaubien) reports, “As millions of students return to virtual classes at their dining room tables, some parents who are also trying to work from home have decided to ship their kids off to camp.” While many sleepaway camps did not open this summ…

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Use Of A Modified Pediatric Protocol May Produce Favorable Outcomes For Adolescents And Young Adults With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Research Suggests

Healio (9/9, Leiser) reports researchers found in a retrospective study that “use of a modified pediatric protocol produced favorable outcomes for adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.” The findings were presented at the Society…

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Maternal Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy May Not Be Tied To Adiposity In The Child, Researchers Say

Healio (9/9, Monostra) reports, “Maternal thyroid disease during pregnancy is not associated with adiposity in the child, even though the disease could lead to adiposity for the mother,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from two groups of wom…

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Combination Of Milrinone And Sildenafil May Be Useful For Treatment Of Newborns With Severe Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension, Study Indicates

Pulmonary Hypertension News (9/9, Ray) reports researchers found “using sildenafil and milrinone together proved more effective than either therapy alone in treating newborns with severe persistent pulmonary hypertension.” The combination can “be used in…

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CDC Says The Number Of High School Students Who Regularly Vape Decreased Over The Past Year

The New York Times (9/9, Richtel) reports researchers found “the number of high school students regularly using e-cigarettes dropped significantly over the past year, after several years of soaring use, according to” the CDC’s 2020 National Youth Tobacco…

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Breast Milk May Be Altered By Antibiotics In Ways That May Harm An Infant’s Health, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/8, Reinberg) reports that “breast milk can be altered by antibiotics in ways that might harm an infant’s health,” investigators concluded after looking “at 490 samples of breast milk from 86 mothers of preterm infants.” In particular, the stu…

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Parental Psychiatric Illness May Be Associated With Suicide Attempts Among Offspring, Study Indicates

Healio (9/8, Gramigna) reports, “Parental psychiatric illness was associated with suicide attempts among offspring,” investigators concluded after examining “three sources of parent-child resemblance, which were genes plus rearing, genes only and rearing…

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New York To Require Schools To Disclose Coronavirus Cases And May Force Colleges With More Than 100 Cases To Switch To Remote Learning

Reuters (9/8, Layne) reports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state “will require kindergarten through 12th grade schools to disclose the number of students and staff testing positive for COVID-19 and may force colleges with more than 100 cases to…

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Researchers Say Children Admitted To Hospital In DC For COVID-19 May Have Had No Higher Chance For Serious Complications Than Those Admitted For Influenza

MedPage Today (9/8, Hlavinka) reports researchers found in a retrospective study that “children admitted to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., for COVID-19 had no higher chance of serious complications than children admitted with seasonal i…

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Many Coronavirus Testing Sites Will Not Test Children

Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz write in “The Upshot” blog for the New York Times (9/8) about the difficulties surrounding testing children for coronavirus. Kliff and Sanger-Katz explain that many coronavirus testing sites will not test children making…

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Nine Pharmaceutical Company CEOs Pledge To Not Seek Regulatory Approval For Coronavirus Vaccines That Have Not Been Shown To Be Safe And Effective

The Washington Post (9/8, Rowland) reports the CEOs of nine pharmaceutical companies with coronavirus vaccine candidates in clinical trials “pledged Tuesday not to seek regulatory approval before the safety and efficacy of their experimental coronavirus v…

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Children, Teens With T1D May Use CGM More Often When Parents Allow Them To Participate In Treatment Decisions, Researchers Say

Healio (9/8, Monostra) reports, “Children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D] use continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] for more days and have greater confidence when their parents involve them in the decision to initiate the device,” investigators c…

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Novel Reduced-Intensity Conditioning Regimen Paired With Umbilical Cord Blood May Be Safe And Effective For Treating Several Genetic Noncancerous Disorders, Study Indicates

Healio (9/8, Byrne) reports “researchers at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh found a novel reduced-intensity conditioning regimen paired with umbilical cord blood appeared safe and effective in treating several genetic noncancerous disorders.” Heali…

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Asthma Treatments Tailored To Genes Of Children, Teens May Help Improve Symptom Control, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/8, Preidt) reports, “Asthma treatments tailored to the genes of kids and teens could help improve control of their symptoms,” investigators concluded in a 241-adolescent study in which 12- to 18-year-olds were randomized “to receive either tr…

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Only 20% Of Americans Believe It’s Safe To Reopen Schools, Universities As Nearly Half Of US School Districts Will Restart Fully In-Person, Data Indicate

USA Today (9/5, Morin) reported, “As students across the country return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic, only one in five Americans say it’s safe right now to reopen schools and universities, according to a new survey.” That number “is an 11 perce…

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Vosoritide May Increase Growth In Children With Achondroplasia, Researchers Say

The New York Times (9/5, Solomon) reported research published online in the journal The Lancet found that an experimental drug called vosoritide “increased growth in children with” achondroplasia, “the most common form of dwarfism, to nearly the same rate…

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Modafinil Appears Not To Increase Risk Of Birth Defects, Research Suggests

HealthDay (9/4, Preidt) reported, “The narcolepsy medicine modafinil doesn’t appear to increase the risk of birth defects,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from almost two million pregnancies in Sweden and Norway between 2005 and 2017” in wh…

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Certain Probiotic Strain May Help Children, Teens With Obesity Lose Weight, Researchers Say

CNN (9/7, Rogers) reports, “In combination with a calorie-controlled diet, the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium breve may help children and adolescents with obesity lose weight,” investigators concluded in a “small study to be presented” virtually “at e-E…

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Youth With T2D May Have Lower aBMD Than Those With Obesity Or Who Are Of Normal Weight, Study Indicates

Medwire News (9/7, Freeman) reports, “Youth with type 2 diabetes [T2D] have lower areal bone mineral density (aBMD) than those with obesity or who are of normal weight,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data on 644 children and adolescents aged be…

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People With Asthma May Not Be At Higher Risk For Severe COVID-19, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/4, Gordon) reported researchers found people with asthma are not at higher risk for severe COVID-19 nor are they more likely to need a ventilator. Dr. Fernando Holguin, one of the study’s authors, said, “A lot of people with asthma think they…

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Certain Types Of Childhood Maltreatment May Be Tied To Suicide Behaviors Among Children And Young Adults, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (9/4, Gramigna) reported, “Certain types of childhood maltreatment were linked to suicide behaviors among children and young adults,” investigators concluded in a systematic review and meta-analysis that “included 79 studies with 337,185 youths, wi…

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Stool Tests May Be More Effective Than Respiratory Tests For Identifying SARS-CoV-2 Infections In Children And Infants, Study Indicates

Reuters (9/7, Siu, Zaharia) reports researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong found that “stool tests may be more effective than respiratory tests in identifying COVID-19 infections in children and infants since they carry a higher viral load in…

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Intrapartum Antibiotic Prophylaxis During Childbirth May Influence Risk For Pediatric Obesity, Researchers Say

Healio (9/2, Schaffer) reports, “Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis [IAP] during labor and delivery is associated with a 0.56-unit increase in BMI z scores among infants aged one year,” investigators concluded in a study that “identified 1,303 women who h…

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Higher Number Of Children Presenting To Diabetes Centers With Severe DKA Now Compared With 2019, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (9/3, May) reports, “A significantly higher proportion of children are presenting to diabetes centers with severe diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) now compared with 2019,” indicating that “the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic…

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Researchers Say Saliva Coronavirus Test May Be Just As Effective As Nasal Swab

Medscape (9/3, Young, Subscription Publication) reports researchers at Yale University developed a coronavirus saliva test that “appeared to perform at least as well as nasal swabs in a study of hospital patients.” The researchers shared their findings in…

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Study Examines How Malignant Melanoma Can Manifest In Children And Adolescents

Medscape (9/3, Osterweil, Subscription Publication) report, “Malignant melanomas in children and adolescents are thankfully rare, but they can be challenging to diagnose, and fatal disease can manifest itself in any of several different ways, results of a…

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Vitamin D3 Supplementation May Not Improve Time To A Severe Exacerbation In Children With Asthma And Vitamin D Deficiency, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (9/3, Moeller) reports researchers found “vitamin D3 supplementation did not significantly [improve] time to a severe asthma exacerbation in children with asthma and vitamin D deficiency.” The findings were published in Journal of the…

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Researchers Say Ultrasound Is Now More Common Than CT To Evaluate Children For Appendicitis

Diagnostic Imaging (9/3, Palmer) reports researchers found the use of CT to evaluate children for appendicitis “declined from roughly 57 percent in 2004 to 19 percent in 2018 while ultrasound utilization soared” from around 26% to 63% over the same period…

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Women Who Live At High Elevations May Be More Likely To Give Birth To Smaller Babies Who Grow More Slowly, Study Suggests

The New York Times (9/3, Bakalar) reports researchers found women who live at high elevations may be more likely to give “birth to smaller babies who grow more slowly through childhood.” The New York Times adds the “researchers studied 964,299 children in…

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TAF May Prevent HBV Transmission From Mother To Child, Study Indicates

Healio (9/3, Young) reports, “Tenofovir alafenamide fumarate [TAF] prevented mother to child transmission of hepatitis B [HBV] without any safety concerns,” investigators concluded in a study that “comprised 71 mothers (mean age 30.3 years) who started TA…

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Timely Outpatient Mental Health Follow-Up May Reduce Suicide Risk For Youths Discharged From Psychiatric Hospital, Study Indicates

Healio (9/3, Gramigna) reports, “Youths who received outpatient mental health follow-up within one week of psychiatric hospital discharge appeared at reduced risk for suicide in the immediate period after discharge,” investigators concluded after analyzin…

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MIS-C Caused By SARS-CoV-2 Infection May Be Accompanied By Subtle Myocardial Function Changes That Differ From Those Seen In Classic Kawasaki Disease, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (9/3) reports, “Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection was often accompanied by subtle changes in myocardial function that differ from what is seen in classic Kawasaki disease,” investigators fou…

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Children Of Color In Florida Suffer Higher Rate Of Inflammatory Disease Related To COVID-19

The Orlando (FL) Sentinel (9/2, Miller) reports that more than two-thirds of children “who have developed a rare but serious complication from COVID-19 are Black or Hispanic, one of the trends that’s emerging as the number of infections among kids continu…

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International Clinical Trials Suggest Steroids Can Help People With Severe COVID-19

The New York Times (9/2, Rabin) reports, “International clinical trials published on Wednesday confirm the hope that cheap, widely available steroid drugs can help seriously ill patients survive” COVID-19. JAMA published five papers concerning the use of…

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Children Who Spend Too Much Time On Computers Or Watching TV May Have Poorer Math And Reading Skills, Research Suggests

HealthDay (9/2, Preidt) reports, “Children who spend too much time on computers or watching TV may have poorer reading and math skills,” investigators concluded after analyzing “school test data of more than 1,200 Australian children when they were eight…

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Older Children, Adolescents Treated With SSRIs May Have Only A Slightly Higher Risk For Developing T2D, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (9/2, Minerd) reports, “Older children and adolescents treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may have only a slightly higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), particularly if they are on public insurance,” inv…

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Children Born To Women With PCOS May Be At Greater Risk Of Psychiatric And Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Researchers Say

HCPlive (9/2, Rosenfeld) reports, “Children born to women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at a greater risk of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders,” researchers said in a study that also found further increased risk “if PCOS was combine…

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Exposure To EDCs, Particularly Phthalates, May Be Tied To AD/HD-Related Behaviors Among Adolescents, Researchers Say

Healio (9/2, Gramigna) reports, “Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals [EDCs], particularly phthalates, was linked to” behaviors related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “among adolescents,” investigators concluded in a study that…

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Cyberbullying May Be Less Common Among Teens Who Feel Loved, Supported By Their Parents, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/2, Preidt) reports, “Cyberbullying is less common among teens who feel loved and supported by their parents,” investigators concluded after analyzing survey “responses from more than 12,600 U.S. youth aged 11 to 15 years” in which the childre…

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Bullying Victimization May Be Tied To Obesogenic Behaviors, Study Indicates

Healio (9/2, Monostra) reports, “Children aged 12 to 15 from low- and middle-income countries report more obesogenic behaviors after being a victim of bullying compared with those who are not bullied,” investigators concluded after analyzing “cross-sectio…

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Survey Suggests A Growing Number Of Nurses Are Forced To Reuse N95 Masks Due To Ongoing Shortages

MedPage Today (9/2, Clark) reports, “Nurses are increasingly being forced to reuse N-95 masks, sometimes for five days or longer, and growing numbers of nurses said they feel unsafe reusing masks even after they were decontaminated, according to the lates…

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Expert Panel Unveils Four-Phase Plan For Allocating Coronavirus Vaccines

Reuters (9/1, Erman, Steenhuysen, Mishra) reports an expert panel recommends “that high risk workers in healthcare facilities and first responders should get” coronavirus vaccines “first as part of a recommended four-phase rollout plan.” Under the plan, t…

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Government Panel Says No Solid Evidence For, Against Recommending Convalescent Plasma To Treat COVID-19

NBC News (9/1, Edwards) reports “there is no solid evidence for or against recommending convalescent plasma to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19,” the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel under the NIH “said Tuesday, less than 10 days after the Foo…

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New York City Delays Start Date For Public Schools To September 21

The New York Times (9/1, Shapiro, Rubinstein, Fitzsimmons) reports the start date for New York City’s public schools has been postponed to September 21, “10 days later than originally scheduled.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new start…

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US Reportedly Does Not Have A Coherent Strategy On Coronavirus Testing For People Without Symptoms

ProPublica (9/1, Chen) reports on the lack of a consistent strategy on whether or not to test asymptomatic people for coronavirus in the US. ProPublica reports that contact tracers have told people who have come into contact with people who have tested po…

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Distance Learning Poses Challenges, Offers Benefits For Children With Learning Disabilities And AD/HD

NPR (9/1, Hamilton) reports on the challenges and benefits of distance learning for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “and other learning disabilities.” For some children, not being “around peers” can make it “easier to focus….

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Children Of Color Have Been Disproportionately Impacted By The COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Indicates

The New York Times (9/1, Rabin) reports researchers have found that children of color “are infected [with SARS-CoV-2] at higher rates than white children, and hospitalized at rates five to eight times that of white children.” In addition, “children of col…

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Researchers Say Women Who Receive Flu Shots While Pregnant Are Not More Likely To Have A Child With Autism

HealthDay (9/1, Gordon) reports researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that receiving a flu shot while pregnant, even during the first trimester, does not increase the risk that the child will have autism. The findings were published in the Annals…

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FDA Approves Hybrid Closed Loop Diabetes Management Device For Use In Young Pediatric Patients

According to MedPage Today (9/1, Monaco), on Aug. 31, the FDA announced that “Medtronic’s hybrid closed loop MiniMed 770G system was approved for use in very young kids with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” marking “the first hybrid closed loop system indicated fo…

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US Passes Six Million Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus

CBS News (8/31) reports the US has had six million confirmed cases of coronavirus, “according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.” Over the past three weeks, the US “has reported a million more coronavirus cases and about 21,000 more deaths.” Th…

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Analysis: Coronavirus Cases Rising In Much Of US As Outbreaks Slow In Former Hotspots

CNBC (8/31, Feuer) reports, “Coronavirus cases are rising across more than half of the nation even as the outbreak slows across former hotspots in Arizona, Florida, California and Texas.” According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins Univ…

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Health Experts Warn The “Benadryl Challenge” Social Media Fad Is Dangerous, Deadly

Fox News (8/31, McGorry) reports, “The ‘Benadryl challenge’ is a dangerous social media fad on the app TikTok that led to the death of a 15-year-old Oklahoma teen last week, and the hospitalization of at least three Texas teenagers in May, according to mu…

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SARS-CoV-2 May Be Unlikely To Be Transmitted From Mothers To Infants Through Breast Milk, Data Indicate

Medscape (8/31, Splete, Subscription Publication) reports, “Breast milk is an unlikely source of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from mothers to infants, according to data from case reports and breast milk samples from 18 women.” The researchers found that “on…

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Compared To Adults, Children And Adolescents Need 40% More Sugar In A Solution To Detect Sweetness, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/31, McNiff) reports research indicates that “compared to adults, kids and teens needed 40% more sugar in a solution to detect sweetness.” Included in the study were “almost 500 children, teens and adults” who were given “sugar-water concoctio…

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Nonpsychotic Mental Disorders In Adolescent Boys May Increase MI Risk Later In Life, Study Indicates

Healio (8/31, Swain) reports, “Nonpsychotic mental disorders in adolescent boys increased the risk for MI later in life,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from 238,013 Swedish men who were born between 1952 and 1956 and were followed from 198…

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Mental Health During Childhood, Adolescence May Be Tied To Adolescent Health Behaviors, Study Suggests

Healio (8/31, Gramigna) reports, “Mental health during childhood and adolescence was linked to adolescent health behaviors,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data collected in 2008 and 2015 of 9,369 young people born between 2000 and 2001 who were…

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Experts Question Value Of Temperature Checks During The COVID-19 Pandemic

USA Today (8/28, Rodriguez) reported temperature checks “are becoming the new normal as schools, businesses and offices attempt to reopen safely while in the midst of a pandemic,” but experts warn that they may not be useful in determining whether or not…

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Researchers Say Who Gets Flu Vaccine May Offer Insight Into Who Will Get A Coronavirus Vaccine

Newsweek (8/28, Osborne) reported researchers studied “which groups of people are least likely to get the flu shot, and which states have the lowest adoption rates,” and published their findings in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study’s res…

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Coronavirus Tests Diagnosing Many People Who Are Unlikely To Be Contagious, Experts Say

The New York Times (8/29, Mandavilli) reported, “Some of the nation’s leading public health experts are raising a new concern in the endless debate over coronavirus testing in the United States: The standard tests are diagnosing huge numbers of people who…

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Experts Say The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Had A Disproportionate Impact On People With Developmental And Intellectual Disabilities

CNN (8/28, Thomas) reported experts wrote a letter published in the American Journal of Psychiatry arguing that the coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionately large impact on people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and that this po…

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Escitalopram Treatment May Be Associated With Reduced Anxiety Symptoms Among Adolescents, Small Study Indicates

Healio (8/28, Gramigna) reported, “Escitalopram treatment was linked to reduced anxiety symptoms among adolescents,” investigators concluded in a small study that sought “to determine the tolerability and efficacy of escitalopram, the S-enantiomer of cita…

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California Governor Signs Law Banning Sale Of Most Flavored Tobacco Products

The AP (8/28) reported that on Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) “signed a law that will ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products in the state starting Jan. 1,” 2021. Under the new law, “it will be illegal to sell flavored cigarettes and vaping cart…

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Children May Carry Coronavirus In Noses, Throats For Weeks, South Korean Researchers Say

CNN (8/28, Howard, Lamotte) reported, “Children can carry coronavirus in their noses and throats for weeks even if they don’t show any symptoms, which might explain how the virus can spread silently, researchers in South Korea reported Friday.” The study…

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Meningococcal Resources for NPs

Although rare in the U.S., meningococcal disease can be serious and sometimes fatal. NAPNAP has partnered to develop a video series for counseling patients/parents about meningitis and a meningitis prevention toolkit to use in your practice. Get your free…

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FDA Approves Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

PharmaNewsIntelligence (4/28, McGrail) reported the FDA approved Sanofi’s “biologics license application for a MenQuadfi meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y, W) conjugate vaccine for the prevention of meningitis in individuals two years of age and older.” Pharm…

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Researchers Say PCVs Have Reduced Infections Caused By Streptococcus Pneumonia But Meningitis Rates Remain Steady Due To Emergence Of Other Strains

Healio (2/22, Dreisbach) reported researchers found that while “pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, or PCVs, have reduced infections caused by Streptococcus pneumonia, rates of meningitis have remained steady [due to] the emergence of pneumococcal strains no…

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GSK Begins Phase III Trial Of Meningitis Vaccine

PMLiVE (8/19) reported that GlaxoSmithKline has begun phase III clinical trials on its five-in-one meningitis vaccine candidate. The vaccine candidate “targets five meningitis serogroups – A, C, W, Y and B.” GSK hopes that by reducing the number of inject…

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Syndromic Testing With FilmArray ME Panel In Children With CNS Infection May Reduce Duration Of Antibacterial And Antiviral Use, Length Of Hospital Stay, And Total Cost Of Hospitalization, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (8/12, Gupta) reported, “Syndromic testing with the FilmArray meningitis/encephalitis (ME) panel (BioFire Diagnostics, bioMérieux) in children with central nervous system (CNS) infection was found to significantly reduce the dur…

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Measles Can Sometimes Lead To Serious, Fatal Complications Like Viral Meningitis, Study Suggests

CNN (2/17, Yu) reported a study published in BMJ Case Reports found that “almost a third of all reported cases of measles have complications such as pneumonia, hepatitis and viral meningitis.” The study suggests that “measles may lead to serious, fatal co…

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Pediatric Providers Express Worry About Children And Vaccinations During Pandemic

In a piece for The New York Times, Perri Klass, M.D. writes that that during the pandemic, although “pediatric patients are not the sickest group…or the group most in danger,” some “pediatricians are…worried for children and families, for now and for…

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Affected Meningitis Treatment At Major DC Hospital, Case Study Says

HealthDay (8/7, Reinberg) reported, “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria affected the treatment of meningitis at” Children’s National Hospital, “a major…hospital in Washington, D.C.” This particular case now “raises concerns about drug resistance in the commo…

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CDC Director Changes Coronavirus Testing Guidance

NBC News (8/27, Edwards) reports the CDC “appears to have backtracked on [coronavirus] testing guidance.” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement that “all close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients” should consider getting tes…

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Children, Young People Far Less Likely To Contract SARS-CoV-2, Die From Severe COVID-19, Researchers Say

Reuters (8/27, Kelland) reports that children and young people “are far less likely than adults to get severe cases of COVID-19 infection, and death from the pandemic disease among children is exceptionally rare, according to UK research published on Thur…

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Experts Worry That Many Schools May Find Reservoirs Of Legionella Bacteria In Water That Has Been Left To Stagnate For Months

The New York Times (8/27, Horberry) reports Legionella bacteria has been found in the water supplies of some schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and experts say the bacteria may be lurking in the water supplies of many other schools. Experts say Legionella…

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Young Adults Who Have Had AD/HD Since Childhood May Be At Increased Risk For Road Crashes, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/27, Preidt) reports, “Young adults who’ve had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “since childhood are at increased risk for road crashes, researchers” concluded after analyzing “data from 441 children with” AD/HD “and 231 child…

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Experts Reconsidering Six Feet Social Distancing Guidance

The Washington Post (8/27, Guarino) reports, “Public health experts are reevaluating guidelines for safe social distancing amid growing evidence that the novel coronavirus can travel farther than six feet under certain conditions.” An analysis published i…

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Stay-At-Home Orders May Have Led To Fewer Asthma Emergencies In Children, Research Suggests

HealthDay (8/27, Murez) reports, “After stay-at-home orders were issued this spring because of COVID-19, doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia noticed a dramatic drop in the number of patients who were being admitted for asthma emergencies or see…

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Majority Of Youth Are Symptom-Free, Fully Recovered One Year After A Concussion, Researchers Say

HCPlive (8/27, Rosenfeld) reports, “A majority of youth are symptom-free and fully recovered one year after concussion,” investigators concluded in a study that included 432 eligible young people who “responded to a post-hoc request and completed the one-…

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Some Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Have Conjunctivitis, Researchers Say

TODAY (8/27, Breen) reports researchers found that some children infected with SARS-CoV-2 “may show eye symptoms,” such as conjunctivitis. Researchers “examined 216 children” who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and found that “49 (22.7%) of the children st…

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AI Algorithm May Help Keep Fevered Infants From Having To Undergo Lumbar Puncture, Study Indicates

AI in Healthcare (8/27, Pearson) reports, “An AI algorithm could have kept almost 850 of 1,240 fevered infants – close to 70% – from having to undergo a painful lumbar puncture…for finding out if their high temps owed to a serious bacterial infection,”…

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Study Suggests Texas Mother May Have Transmitted SARS-CoV-2 To Unborn Baby

HealthDay (8/27) reports that a new case study “adds to growing evidence that the new coronavirus can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus.” Dr. Amanda Evans, senior author of the report published recently online in The Pediatric Infectious D…

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STAT Explains Plight Of People With Post-Covid Syndrome

STAT (8/26, Tuller) reports, “As the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, an unknown number of seemingly recovered patients are experiencing what is being called post-Covid syndrome – weeks or months of profound fatigue, fevers, problems with concentration and…

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Some Physicians, Scientists Reportedly Concerned That FDA Might Approve A Subpar Coronavirus Vaccine Due To Political Pressure

USA Today (8/26, Weise) reports some physicians and scientists are concerned that the FDA might approve a subpar coronavirus vaccine due to political pressure. Some pointed to the FDA’s approval of blood plasma as a treatment for people with COVID-19 as a…

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FDA Authorizes Rapid COVID-19 Test That Does Not Require Lab Equipment

The AP (8/26, Perrone) reports that the FDA “on Wednesday authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment to get results.” This “15-minute test from Abbott Laboratories will sell for $5.” Reuters (8/26, O’Donne…

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Middle-Aged Men Who Were Anxious Or Depressed As Teenagers May Be At Increased Risk For Heart Attack, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/26) reports, “Middle-aged men who were anxious or depressed teens are at increased risk for heart attack,” investigators concluded in “a large, long-term study” that “included more than 238,000 men born between 1952 and 1956 who underwent ext…

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High Rates Of Child And Teen Obesity May Play Growing Role In Risk For MS, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/26, Preidt) reports, “High rates of child and teen obesity could play a growing role in people’s risk for multiple sclerosis (MS),” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from four countries – the United States, Britain, Australia and…

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Adolescents With ALL Who Experience Thromboembolism May Have Genetic Predisposition For It, Study Indicates

Hematology Advisor (8/26, Dembeck) reports researchers found “adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who experienced thromboembolism (TE) had a genetic predisposition for TE.” The findings were published in Thrombosis Research.

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Artificial Pancreas Better Than Sensor-Augmented Insulin Pump At Increasing Time Spent In Target Glucose Range For Young Children With T1D, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (8/26, Monaco) reports, “A closed-loop insulin delivery system, or artificial pancreas, was better than a sensor-augmented insulin pump at increasing time spent in target glucose range for young children with type 1 diabetes [T1D], researche…

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ACIP Updates Seasonal Flu Vaccine Guidance For Upcoming Season

Drug Topics (8/25, Barrett) reports, “The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated its seasonal flu vaccine guidance for the 2020-2021 influenza season.” Drug Topics adds, “According to ACIP, primary updates and changes to the recommend…

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New York City Mayor Says Engineers, Ventilation Experts Will Inspect All Classrooms

POLITICO New York (8/25, Durkin) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that “teams of engineers and ventilation experts will inspect every city classroom over the next week to make sure they’re safe to open during the coronavirus pandemic.”…

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CDC Changes Coronavirus Testing Guidelines To Exclude Asymptomatic People

The New York Times (8/25, Wu) reports the CDC “quietly modified its coronavirus testing guidelines this week to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 – even if they have been recently exposed to the virus.” Some “questioned the revision, poi…

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Vitamin D Supplements Appear Not To Prevent Severe Asthma Attacks In At-Risk Children, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/25, Preidt) reports, “Vitamin D supplements don’t prevent severe asthma attacks in at-risk children,” investigators concluded in a “three-year study included nearly 200 children, aged six to 16, across seven U.S. hospital systems.” All partic…

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Children With MS Appear To Recover More Quickly And Better From Relapses Than Do Adults, Research Suggests

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (8/25, Inacio) reports, “Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) recover more quickly and ‘significantly better’ from relapses than do adults,” that is, “patients with disease onset at age 18 or older, researchers reported” aft…

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States Criticize FEMA Over Potential Talks To End PPE, Coronavirus-Related Supplies Reimbursements

The Hill (8/25, Hellmann) reports, “State and local governments say officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency have indicated FEMA might no longer provide reimbursements for personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to fight COVI…

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Tapering Canakinumab Monotherapy May Be Feasible In Children With sJIA Who Achieve Clinical Remission, Researchers Say

Medwire News (8/25, Cowen) reports, “Canakinumab monotherapy tapering, either through dose reduction or dose interval prolongation, is feasible in children with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) who achieve clinical remission,” investigators c…

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Pandemic Reportedly Exposes Health Challenges For Mostly Black, Latino Neighborhoods Without Access To Parks

USA Today (8/22, Hughes) reported, “While health experts have long called for Black and Latino neighborhoods to have better access to parks and outdoor recreation opportunities, the coronavirus pandemic has shined a spotlight on the interlocking health ch…

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Healthcare Providers Reportedly Working To Address Complaints Of Racial Discrimination In Medicine As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues To Have Disproportionate Impact On Minorities

USA Today (8/21, Schoolman) reported, “At a time when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says communities of color are at a higher risk of COVID-19, medical professionals say complaints of medical discrimination are on the rise and they are pu…

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WHO Says Children Who Are At Least 12 Years Old Should Wear Masks Like Adults

Reuters (8/22, Koltrowitz) reported the WHO “said children aged 12 and over should wear masks to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic under the same conditions as adults, while children between six and 11 should wear them on a risk-based approach.” The WHO a…

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Public Health Officials Urge Parents To Get Flu Shots For Their Children

The New York Times (8/21, Caron) reported public health officials are urging parents to get their children flu shots this year not only to protect them from the flu and limit the spread of the flu, but also to reduce the chance of the US facing a bad flu…

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Teenagers Only Using Condoms Roughly Half The Time They Have Sex, CDC Survey Reveals

CNN (8/21, Christensen, Lamotte, Rogers, Hetter) reported “teenagers are only using condoms about half the time when they have sex…the CDC’s annual survey of teens” revealed. Specifically, “condoms were the most popular contraceptive,” but “a fifth of t…

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Current Guidelines On Introduction Of Solid Foods To Babies May Hamper Efforts To Prevent Food Allergies, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/21, Preidt) reported “current guidelines on introducing solid foods to babies may hamper efforts to prevent food allergies, researchers” contend after surveying some 563 physicians. Currently, the CDC recommends “introducing one, single-ingre…

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FDA Authorizes Use Of Convalescent Plasma For Treatment Of Patients With Severe COVID-19

The Wall Street Journal (8/23, A1, Burton, Marcus, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA authorized the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of patients with severe COVID-19. The New York Times (8/23, A1, Lafraniere, Fink, Thomas, Haberman) re…

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Trump Administration Ties Billions Of Dollars In Coronavirus Aid To Hospitals’ Cooperating With Private Vendor Collecting COVID-19 Data

The New York Times (8/23, Stolberg) reports the Trump Administration “tied billions of dollars in badly needed coronavirus medical funding this spring to hospitals’ cooperation with a private vendor collecting data for a new Covid-19 database that bypasse…

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CDC Finds Limited Coronavirus Transmission In Study Of Rhode Island Childcare Program

Reuters (8/21, Nadeem) reported researchers found coronavirus transmission “from children or adults to other people in Rhode Island childcare programs occurred on only a limited basis,” according to a CDC study. CDC Director Robert Redfield “told reporter…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Coverage Could Strain Budgets Of State Medicaid Programs

Bloomberg BNA (8/20, Lee, Brown) reports covering the cost of coronavirus vaccines for low-income adults could strain many state Medicaid programs. Vaccinating adults who are Medicaid beneficiaries “is especially important because low-income Americans are…

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Michigan Reportedly To Pay $600M Settlement To Victims Of Flint Water Crisis

The Washington Post (8/19, Ruble) reports Michigan “has reached a settlement agreement to pay $600 million to victims of the debacle that exposed tens of thousands of residents” in Flint, Michigan “to lead-contaminated drinking water for nearly two years,…

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CNN Examines The Racial Disparities In The Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic And Some Of The Contributing Factors

CNN International (8/20, Kaur) reports on the racial disparities in the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on people in the US. CNN highlights multiple studies showing that Black, Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Native people are more likely to b…

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Referrals For Transgender, Gender-Diverse Children To Specialist Gender Clinics May Increase With Media Coverage On Transgender Topics, Researchers Say

Healio (8/20, Monostra) reports, “Referrals for transgender and gender-diverse children to specialist gender clinics in the United Kingdom and Australia increased with media coverage on transgender topics,” investigators concluded after examining data fro…

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Girls With Anorexia Nervosa May Have Stunted Growth, Research Suggests

HealthDay (8/20, Reinberg) reports, “Girls with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa may have stunted growth,” researchers concluded in a study that included “255 girls around age 15 who were hospitalized for anorexia nervosa.” After measuring “patients’…

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Researchers Say Some Children Have Higher Levels Of SARS-CoV-2 In Their Airways Than The Most Severely Ill Adults

The Washington Post (8/20, Cha) reports a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics “found that some children have significantly higher levels of virus in their airways than the most severely ill adults – suggesting their role in community spread may b…

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