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Nearly 1M Children Infected With COVID-19 In Last Week, Data Show

The Hill (1/20, Weixel) reports, “Nearly 1 million children were infected with COVID-19 in the last week according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, four times the rate of the peak of last winters’ surge.” The Hill adds, “For the week ending Jan. 13,…

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Physicians Urge FDA To Make COVID-19 Vaccines Available For Kids Under Five

USA Today (1/20, Rodriguez) reports that about 250 physicians “sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration Thursday morning demanding children under 5 get ‘urgent access’ to COVID-19 vaccines.” Their “letter argues the science supports immediate vac…

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Oral Immunotherapy Appears Effective, Well-Tolerated By Children With Hazelnut Allergy, Study Suggests

Healio (1/20, Gawel) reports “oral immunotherapy appeared effective and well-tolerated by children with hazelnut allergy,” but “aversion to hazelnut led to a high treatment discontinuation rate,” according to results of a retrospective study of “70 patien…

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“Saliva Sharing” Helps Young Children Distinguish Close Relationships, Study Suggests

STAT (1/20, Joseph) reports “saliva sharing” helps “infants, toddlers, and young children” shape “discernment of social relationships,” according to a study that “found that we use saliva sharing as a cue to help distinguish ‘thick’ relationships.” What’s…

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Maternal Eating Disorders May Increase Risk In Offspring For ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Study Finds

Healio (1/20) reports, “Children born to mothers with active eating disorders during pregnancy demonstrated an elevated risk for developing ADHD and autism spectrum disorders, according to a Swedish population-based cohort study.” Researchers “culled info…

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Oral Immunotherapy Appears Effective In Children Under Four With Peanut Allergies, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (1/20, Lei Wu) reports, “Children under 4 years of age with peanut allergies had significantly higher desensitization and remission rates with oral immunotherapy versus placebo, and younger age appeared to predict better outcomes, the random…

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Plasma Tau Higher Among Children With Cerebral Malaria, Severe Malarial Anemia, Research Suggests

Neurology Advisor (1/19, Stroka) reports “plasma tau, which indicates injury to neuronal axons, is higher among children with cerebral malaria (CM) and severe malarial anemia (SMA),” research suggests. The study published in JAMA Network Open found that “…

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Biden Administration To Provide Americans With 400M Free N95 Masks Beginning Next Week

The Washington Post (1/19, Diamond, Sun) reports, “The Biden administration plans to distribute 400 million high-quality N95 masks for adults free of charge at thousands of pharmacies and other locations starting next week, a White House official said.” O…

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Artificial Pancreas Improves Glycemic Control In Young Kids With Type 1 Diabetes, Study Finds

MedPage Today (1/19) reports, “A hybrid closed-loop system, also known as an artificial pancreas, improved glycemic control for very young kids with type 1 diabetes, the randomized KidsAP study confirmed.” The findings were published in the New England Jo…

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Hotter Temperatures Tied To Higher Rates Of ED Visits Among Children In US, Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/19, Choi-Schagrin) reports, “Hotter temperatures in late spring and summer were associated with higher rates of emergency-room visits for children across the United States, researchers said.” For the study published in Environmental…

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Omicron Variant May Be More Dangerous For Children Than Previous Strains, South African Study Suggests

Bloomberg (1/19, Sguazzin) reports “the Omicron variant may be more dangerous for children than earlier coronavirus strains,” according to study data (PDF) analyzed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa. Bloomberg adds, “Data…

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No Evidence Breast Milk Transmits SARS-CoV-2 To Infants, Study Finds

HealthDay (1/19) reports, “Breastfeeding moms can rest easier: New research finds no evidence their milk transmits the virus that causes COVID-19 to their babies.” The findings were published in Pediatric Research.

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Heart Issues Due To MIS-C Linked To COVID-19 Infection Generally Resolved Within 3 Months, Analysis Indicates

MedPage Today (1/19, Wu) reports, “Heart issues due to multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) linked to COVID-19 infection generally resolved within 3 months, according to a longitudinal analysis.” Investigators found that “among 42 childre…

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Nearly 1M COVID-19 Infections Reported Among US Children Last Week, Data Show

NBC News (1/18, Edwards) reports, “Nearly 1 million cases of Covid-19 were reported among children in the United States last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Tuesday.” The “case count ending the week of Jan. 13 – 981,488 – reflects a 69 perce…

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No Evidence Yet That Healthy Children, Adolescents Need COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters, WHO Says

Reuters (1/18) reports, “There is no evidence at present that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday.” Swaminathan “said that while there…

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At-Home COVID-19 Tests Appear To Be Highly Accurate In Children, Research Indicates

HealthDay (1/18, Preidt) reports, “Despite earlier concerns that at-home COVID-19 tests might be less accurate than PCR tests, new research in U.S. children and teens adds to evidence that the rapid tests are highly accurate.” This study “included more th…

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Experts Warn About Dangers Exercise Equipment Pose To Children

HealthDay (1/18, Roberts Murez) reports on the dangers exercise equipment in the home can pose to children, highlighting one family with a three-year-old who “suffered a serious friction burn as her arm got trapped in an active home treadmill.” While “Pel…

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Distorted Sense Of Smell Following COVID-19 Infection May Affect Children’s Eating Habits, Experts Say

CNBC (1/18, Ellyatt) reports, “Children who have recovered from Covid-19 may experience a distorted sense of smell afterward, which could affect the foods they will eat, according to experts in the U.K.” University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School…

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mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Not Tied To Higher Risk Of Pregnancy Complications, EMA Finds

Reuters (1/18, Aripaka) reports mRNA COVID-19 vaccines “do not cause pregnancy complications for expectant mothers and their babies, the European Union’s drug regulator said on Tuesday.” A “review based on studies involving around 65,000 pregnancies at di…

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Though Survival Rates Among Extremely Preterm Infants Are Improving, Some Still At Risk For Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Later In Childhood, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (1/18, D’Ambrosio) reports, “While survival rates among extremely preterm infants have continued to improve in recent years, some may still face adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes later in childhood, according to a prospective study” publis…

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US Parents Of Children Under Five Worried, Overwhelmed Amid Omicron Surge

CNN (1/16, Villano) reported that across the US, “parents, grandparents and even teenagers who share households with children under age 5 find themselves making…sacrifices” to keep them safe as “cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 are rising precip…

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Exposures To Marijuana Edibles Rising Among Younger Children Across US

The New York Times (1/14, Caron) reported that despite preventative measures, “unintentional marijuana exposures have continued to climb” across the US, “especially in states where recreational cannabis has been legalized.” According to American Associati…

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Exposure To Corticosteroids In Pregnancy May Increase Risk For Adverse Perinatal Outcomes In Infants Born To Mothers With IBD, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (1/14, Pond) reported research indicates that “exposure to corticosteroids in pregnancy may increase the risk for adverse perinatal outcomes in infants born to mothers with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).” The 1,490-mother study…

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Antibiotics Administered To Most Newborns, Even Those At Low Risk For Early-Onset Sepsis, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (1/17, Lei Wu) reports, “Antibiotics were administered to most newborns, even those with low risk for early-onset sepsis (EOS), according to a retrospective cohort study” published in Pediatrics. The researchers reported that “among over 1,0…

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Infant Feeding Problems Tied To Greater Risk Of Developmental Delays, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/17, Preidt) reports infants with feeding problems may have “an increased risk of developmental delays,” according to a study that surveyed “the mothers of nearly 3,600 children…about feeding problems at 18, 24 and 30 months of age.” The stu…

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Pediatric Hospitalizations For Other Infections Dropped During Pandemic, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (1/17, Walker) reports “pediatric hospitalizations for all types of infections fell dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the greatest declines in flu-related hospitalizations,” research suggests. Investigators found that “compared…

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Pregnant People With COVID-19 At Greater Risk For Severe Disease, Adverse Birth Outcomes, Especially Those Who Are Unvaccinated, Research Suggests

The New York Times (1/13, Rabin) reports research published in Nature Medicine suggests that pregnant people with COVID-19 “were not only at greater risk of developing severe disease, but also” faced a greater risk of stillbirth or preterm birth. Investig…

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Nearly All Teenagers Requiring Intensive Care For COVID-19 Unvaccinated, Study Finds

The Washington Post (1/13, Timsit) reports, “Nearly all teenagers needing intensive care for covid-19 were unvaccinated in a study of more than 1,000 hospital patients in the United States,” according to the findings published in the New England Journal o…

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Children Under 5 Infected With Omicron Variant Increasingly Presenting With Symptoms Of Croup, Experts Warn

MedPage Today (1/13, Grant) reports, “Children under 5 years old infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are presenting with symptoms of croup, an upper airway infection that causes a barking cough, pediatricians have recently reported.” As Omicron…

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“Guided Play” Learning Just As Effective As Traditional Teaching Methods, Systematic Review Suggests

HealthDay (1/13, Roberts Murez) reports research suggests that the hands-on learning technique called “guided play” works just “as well as more traditional teaching methods.” Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 39 studies compri…

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First Wave Of COVID-19 Pandemic Saw A Drop In Hospitalization For Self-Harm Or Overdose In Adolescents And Young Adults Compared To The Two Years Before, Data Indicate

Healio (1/13, Herpen) reports, “The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a drop in hospitalization for self-harm or overdose in adolescents and young adults compared to the two years before,” researchers concluded after culling “information from 1,690,…

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Influenza Vaccination Protects Children From Serious Illness Even During Season Of Vaccine-Mismatched Viruses, Study Indicates

Healio (1/13, Weldon) reports research has “reinforced that influenza vaccination protects children from serious illness even when vaccines are a poor match for circulating viruses.” The study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases “comprised 291 patie…

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Biden Administration To Boost COVID-19 Test Supply For Schools

The AP (1/12, Miller) reports, “The Biden administration is redoubling its efforts to expand supply and accessibility of COVID-19 testing as it faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing nationwide and confusion about when t…

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Abstinence Of Screen Time In First 48 Hours After Concussion May Be Tied To Faster Recovery Among Patients Aged 12 To 25 Years, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (1/12, Stong) reports, “An abstinence of screen time in the first 48 hours after a concussion is associated with a significantly faster recovery among patients aged 12 to 25 years,” researchers concluded in a 125-patient study, the findi…

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IV Magnesium For Children With Moderate-To-Severe Asthma Exacerbations Tied To Increased Exacerbation Severity, Hospitalization Risk, Study Suggests

Healio (1/12, Gawel) reports, “IV magnesium for children with moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations was associated with increased exacerbation severity and risk for hospitalization without any acceleration in resolution, according to observational study…

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Researchers Explore Association Of Infertility Treatments, Birth Outcomes

HealthDay (1/12) reports researchers have “found that differences in birth weight and length of pregnancy between couples who conceived naturally and those who used in vitro fertilization…artificial insemination or fertility drugs were insignificant onc…

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HRSA Updates Preventive Healthcare Guidelines To Expand ACA Coverage For Women, Children

HealthPayerIntelligence (1/12, Bailey) reports, “The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has updated the preventive healthcare guidelines under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand low-cost coverage of preventive care services for women…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Children Aged Five To 11 “Alarmingly Low,” Officials Warn

The AP (1/12, Tanner) reports, “Distrust, misinformation and delays because of the holidays and bad weather have combined to produce what authorities say are alarmingly low COVID-19 vaccination rates in U.S. children ages 5 to 11.” According to the AP, “A…

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Later School Start Times Improve Sleep Health In Parents, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/11, Roberts Murez) reports later school start times improve sleep health among parents as well as students, according to researchers who partnered with a Denver school district that “adapted its start times, starting middle and high schools a…

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Three Companies To Recall Home Elevators To Address Safety Hazard Threatening Children

The Washington Post (1/11, Frankel) reports that “three companies agreed to recall their home elevators to fix a safety hazard that has killed and hurt children for decades, regulators announced Tuesday.” According to the Post, “Two other major manufactur…

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Antibiotic Prescriptions For Children, Adolescents Rebounding Slowly, Research Indicates

MedPage Today (1/11, Lei Wu) reports, “After the number of antibiotic prescriptions for children and adolescents plummeted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prescriptions began to climb again in February 2021, according to… research” published in P…

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Secondhand Nicotine Vape Exposure Increases Risk For Bronchitis Symptoms, Shortness Of Breath In Young Adults, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/11, Thompson) reports secondhand nicotine vape exposure increased the “risk of bronchitis symptoms by 40% and shortness of breath by 53%” among young adults, according to study findings. Furthermore, those who do not vape or smoke “were three…

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Laxative Exposure Early In Life Tied To Later Allergic Disease Development, Study Suggests

Healio (1/11, DeFino) reports “laxative exposure early in life was associated with later allergic disease development, including rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and asthma, according to a cohort study” of “291 children who received laxatives for at least 7 da…

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Children’s General Behavioral Health Worsened During Shift To Remote Learning, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/11, Roberts Murez) reports “previous shifts from in-person to remote or hybrid learning…during the COVID-19 pandemic have posed challenges for kids that have caused them to act out, according to” study findings published in JAMA Pediatrics….

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About 27M Young People Exposed To Smoking, Vaping Imagery In 2020 From Streaming Shows, Report Says

According to USA Today (1/11, Yasharoff), a “report from Truth Initiative, an anti-smoking group, says that watching some of the year’s biggest TV shows, movies and music videos…exposed young people to frequent scenes of smoking and vaping imagery.” The…

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Timing Of, Risk For Childhood Neurodevelopment Disorder Diagnoses May Be Tied To Various Socioeconomic Factors Including Insurance Enrollment, Data Suggest

Healio (1/10, Herpen) reports, “Timing of and risk for childhood neurodevelopment disorder diagnoses is linked to various socioeconomic factors including insurance enrollment,” researchers concluded in a study that “utilized data from both the 2000 to 201…

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Many Parents With Low Incomes Face Greater Challenges In Accessing Healthcare, Report Finds

PatientEngagementHIT (1/10, Heath) reports that “more than half of low-income parents said they delayed or went without some type of healthcare within the past 12 months, largely because of social determinants of health carving out steep income-based heal…

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Study Shows 60K Fewer Births Amid Pandemic Due To COVID-19 Challenges

The Washington Post (1/10, Bahrampour) reports that at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, couples reconsidered getting pregnant due to pandemic-related challenges, as a “Brookings Institution study shows 60,000 fewer births than expected between October…

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Maternal, Neonatal Trauma Rates Following Operative Vaginal Delivery High In Canada, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/10) reports “rates of trauma following operative vaginal delivery (OVD) are high in Canada, and maternal trauma rates are higher with forceps than vacuum delivery, according to” a “cohort study of all singleton, term deliveries in Canada betw…

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Study Finds Friedreich Ataxia To Affect Both Weight Gain, Linear Growth In Adult And Pediatric Patients

Neurology Advisor (1/10, Nye) reports, “Friedreich ataxia was found to affect both weight gain and linear growth in adult and pediatric patients,” researchers concluded in the “Friedreich Ataxia Clinical Outcome Measure Study” that “recruited 961 particip…

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Schools Confronting Challenges With In-Person Learning As COVID-19 Cases Surge

The Washington Post (1/7, Bever) reported that as COVID-19 cases surge, school districts across the US “saw higher-than-usual absences among students in the first week back from winter break,” while “large numbers of teachers, counselors, bus drivers and…

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Two Doses Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 91% Effective In Preventing MIS-C In 12- To 18-Year-Olds, CDC Says

Reuters (1/7, Maddipatla) reported two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech “COVID-19 vaccine are highly protective against a rare but often serious condition in children that causes organ inflammation weeks after COVID-19 infections, a U.S. Centers for Disease C…

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ED Incidence Of Cannabis Exposures Among Young Children Rose Ninefold After Legalization Of Recreational Use In Ontario, Researchers Report

Medscape (1/7, Wolinsky, Subscription Publication) reported, “The incidence in emergency departments (EDs) of cannabis poisonings…in young children in Ontario rose ninefold in the aftermath of legalization, an increase far greater than researchers in Ot…

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Children Who Have Recovered From COVID-19 May Be At Greater Risk Of Diabetes, CDC Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/7, Rabin) reported “children who have recovered from Covid-19 appear to be at significantly increased risk of developing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported” in a study th…

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Compared With Surgical Ligation, Transcatheter Closure Of The PDA In Infants, Neonates May Be Tied To Reduced Mortality Rates And Lower Length Of Stay, Study Suggests

Healio (1/7, Swain) reported, “Compared with surgical ligation, transcatheter closure of the patent ductus arteriosus [PDA] in infants and neonates was associated with reduced mortality rates and lower length of stay,” investigators concluded in a study t…

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Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Young Children Rising, CDC Says

The New York Times (1/7, Mandavilli) reported, “The number of hospitalized young children infected with the coronavirus rose precipitously last week to the highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data released on Friday by the Cen…

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Low-Value Pediatric Care Services Costly, Study Indicates

DOT Med News (1/6, Dworetzky) reports “low-value pediatric care – services with limited benefit and potentially harmful consequences – are costly and ‘an important domain of health care waste,’ according to a” study that examined “data from more than a mi…

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Increased Exposure To Digital Devices May Cause Ocular Surface Symptoms In Healthy Children Without Causing Changes In Ocular Surface Findings, Study Indicates

Healio (1/6, Holden) reports, “Increased exposure to digital devices may cause ocular surface symptoms in healthy children without causing changes in ocular surface findings,” researchers concluded in a “cross-sectional observational study” that “included…

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Cash Transfer Programs, Incentive Programs For School Attendance May Help Prevent Incident HIV Infection Among Young Women, Adolescent Girls, Systematic Review Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/6, Nye) reports “government social protection cash transfer programs and programs that incentivize school attendance may help prevent incident HIV infection among young women and adolescent girls, according to findings” of a…

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Abnormal Thyroid Levels During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Behavioral Problems In Preschool-Aged Boys But Not Girls, Study Indicates

Healio (1/6, Monostra) reports, “Abnormal thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk for behavioral problems in preschool-aged boys, but not girls,” researchers concluded in a study that “recruited 1,860 pregnant women,”…

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African-American Women With SLE May Have Increased Risk For Delivering Preterm Or Small For Gestational Age Infants, Study Indicates

Medwire News (1/6, Cowen) reports, “African-American women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have an increased risk for delivering preterm or small for gestational age…infants, even in the years immediately before their diagnosis,” researchers con…

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Community-Acquired Pneumonia In Infancy Tied To Greater Risk Of Chronic Respiratory Disorders In Early Childhood, Data Indicate

CHEST Physician (1/6, Heidi Splete) reports, “Preschoolers who experienced community-acquired pneumonia in infancy were significantly more likely than were those with no history of pneumonia to develop chronic respiratory disorders, based on data from app…

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Parents Of Children Too Young For Vaccination Face Difficult Choices For Safety During Omicron Surge

The AP (1/6, Tanner) reports, “Parents of children too young to be vaccinated are facing difficult choices as an omicron variant-fueled surge in COVID-19 cases makes every encounter seem risky.” And “although health experts say omicron appears to cause le…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Reportedly Expect COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Results In Kids Under 5 By April

Reuters (1/5, Erman) reports Pfizer-BioNTech expect “the latest results from a clinical trial for kids under the age of 5 of” its COVID-19 vaccine “by April, a top company scientist said on Wednesday.” Pfizer vaccine researcher Dr. Alejandra Gurtman said,…

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Parents Spent More Quality Time With Children At Start Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds

The AP (1/5, Schneider) reports parents “indicated in a new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau that they spent more time eating, reading and playing with their children from March 2020 to June of 2020, when coronavirus-lockdowns were at their most intense…

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Study Identifies Risk Factors For VTE Among Pediatric Orthopedic Surgical Patients

Healio (1/5, Wursta) reports, “Preoperative blood transfusion, arthrotomy, femur fracture and patients aged 16 to 18 years are risk factors for venous thromboembolism [VTE] among pediatric orthopedic surgical patients,” researchers concluded in a study th…

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Traffic-Related Air Pollution Was Responsible For Nearly 2M New Asthma Cases In Children In 2019, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/5, Lei Wu) reports, “Traffic-related air pollution was responsible for nearly 2 million new asthma cases in children across the globe in 2019, according to a new study.” Investigators found that “of the 1.85 million new pediatric asthma c…

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Fewer Teens Meeting Moderate- To Vigorous-Intensity Physical Activity Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/5) reports “fewer teens met moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic than before the pandemic, according to a study” that “used data from 5,153 participants (ages 10 to 14 years) in the…

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Researchers Explore Association Between Toddlers’ Neural Responses To Baby Talk, Autism Spectrum Disorder

HealthDay (1/5, Roberts Murez) reports that “when a baby doesn’t seem to engage with…melodic ‘motherese,’ or baby talk, it can be an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” according to researchers who “used numerous techniques to pinpoint brain…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shot For Adolescents Aged 12 To 17

The Washington Post (1/5, A1, Sun, Shepherd) reports, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that children 12- to 17-years-old should get a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster, expanding protection to adolescents and…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shot For Immunocompromised Children Aged 5 To 11

The Wall Street Journal (1/4, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday recommended that moderately or severely immunocompromised children aged five to 11 receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 boo…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Not Tied To Increased Risk Of Preterm Births, Small-For-Gestational Age Births, CDC Study Suggests

The New York Times (1/4, Rabin) reports “women who received Covid vaccinations while pregnant were at no greater risk of” preterm births or small-for-gestational age births, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that “looked at s…

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Lumbar Puncture Testing May Not Be Necessary For Managing Simple Febrile Seizures In Children, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (1/4, Stroka) reports “children with simple febrile seizures (SFS) can be managed without lumbar puncture (LP) testing, according to findings” of a study in which investigators “analyzed data from the Pediatric Health Information System…

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Maternal Hormonal Contraception Use Not Tied To CNS Tumors Among Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/4) reports “maternal hormonal contraception use is not associated with central nervous system (CNS) tumors among children, according to a Danish study” that involved “1,185,063 children born in Denmark from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 31, 2014.” In…

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Multistage Screening Protocol For ASD Implemented In Early Intervention Settings May Improve Diagnosis Of Autism, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/4) reports “a multistage screening protocol for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) implemented in early intervention (EI) settings can increase detection of autism, according to a study” that included administrative data “from three implementatio…

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Short-Term Nutritional Intervention Testing For Trigger Foods May Benefit Children With AD/HD, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/4, Roberts Murez) reports research indicates that a “short-term nutritional intervention, which tests whether certain foods are a trigger for” symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “through the process of elimination, m…

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Birth During COVID-19 Pandemic Tied To Lower Neurodevelopment Scores At 6 Months, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/4, George) reports “birth during the COVID-19 pandemic was linked to lower neurodevelopment scores at 6 months,” according to the results of a 255-infant cohort study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Investigators reported that “compared wit…

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Thousands Of Schools Delay Openings, Switch To Remote Learning Amid Omicron-Driven COVID-19 Surge

Reuters (1/3, Ax, Shumaker) reports, “Thousands of U.S. schools delayed this week’s scheduled return to classrooms following the holiday break or switched to remote learning as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus pushed COVID-19 cases to record levels….

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Number Of Children Hospitalized With COVID-19 Is Reportedly Rising Nationwide

NBC News (1/3, Edwards) reports, “The number of children hospitalized with Covid-19 is soaring nationwide, especially as the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the country.” A “NBC News analysis” indicates that “at leas…

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Dolutegravir Superior To Standard Treatments For Children With HIV, International Trial Suggests

HealthDay (1/3, Roberts Murez) reports the international ODYSSEY trial found that the “once-a-day antiretroviral medication” dolutegravir “for kids with HIV is not only cheap and easy to take, but also better at suppressing HIV than standard treatments.”…

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Primary Care Intervention Consisting Of One-On-One Counseling, Text Messages May Reduce Violent Behavior, Anxiety And Substance Use Among Adolescents, Small Study Suggests

Healio (1/3, Miller) reports, “A primary care intervention that consisted of one-on-one counseling and text messages significantly reduced violent behavior, anxiety and substance use among adolescents,” investigators concluded in a study that tested the “…

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Preterm Birth, Family History May Result In Increased Risk Of Developing Psychiatric Disorder By Age 15, Study Indicates

HCPlive (1/3, Walter) reports, “Preterm birth and family history result in an increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder by age 15, with many also suffering from two or three disorders, mainly anxiety,” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, “…

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Repeated Head Blows In Youth Tackle Football Not Associated With Cognitive Or Behavioral Problems, Small Study Indicates

The Hill (1/3, Migdon) reports, “Repeated blows to the head in youth tackle football are not associated with cognitive or behavioral problems…and neurocognitive performance is instead more heavily influenced by medical diagnoses like anxiety, depression…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shots For Adolescents Aged 12 To 15

The Washington Post (1/3, A1, McGinley) reports that on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration “authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds, part of a broader effort to expand protection as schools, airline…

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School Districts Push To Stay Open As COVID-19 Infections Surge

The Washington Post (12/30, Armario, Bever) reported that “nearly two years into the” COVID-19 pandemic, school “districts large and small that had achieved some semblance of normalcy with the wide-scale return to in-person teaching this fall are now cont…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Children Soaring To Record Numbers Amid Omicron-Fueled Surge

The AP (12/30, Bellisle) reported, “The Omicron-fueled surge that is sending COVID-19 cases rocketing in the U.S. is putting children in the hospital in record numbers, and experts lament that most of the youngsters are not vaccinated.” According to the C…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Causes Mostly Mild Side Effects In Children Aged 5 To 11, CDC Says

Reuters (12/30, Nadeem) reported the Pfizer-BioNTech “COVID-19 vaccine caused mostly mild side effects in children aged 5 to 11 years, according to data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.” Reuters added, “The dat…

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Early Anti-TNF Administration May Reduce Late B2 Development Among Pediatric Patients With Crohn’s Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (12/29, Burba) reported, “Early anti-tumor necrosis factor [TNF] administration reduced late B2 development among pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease [CD],” researchers concluded in a study that sought to “characterize the effect of anti-TNF th…

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Telehealth For Perinatal Mental Health Services Improves Care Access Amid COVID-19 Pandemic But Inequities Among Racial Minority Groups Persist, Study Suggests

mHealth Intelligence (12/30, Bailey) reported “the transition to using telehealth for perinatal mental health services for mothers and infants helped improve access to care during the pandemic and led to similar outcomes as in-person services,” yet “inequ…

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Children, Youth With More Screen Time Appear To Have Had Increased Risk For Poor Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

Healio (12/30, Gramigna) reported, “Children and youth with more screen time had increased risk for poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded in a study that sought to “examine potential associations between specific forms…

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FDA Reportedly Expected To Authorize Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shots For Adolescents Aged 12 To 15 This Week

The New York Times (12/30, LaFraniere, Weiland) reported, “The Food and Drug Administration is planning to broaden eligibility for coronavirus vaccine booster shots on Monday, allowing 12- to 15-year-olds to receive third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccin…

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CDC Director Says Approval Of COVID-19 Booster Shot For Children Aged 12-15 Could Be Days, Weeks Away

Reuters (12/29, Heavey) reports “approval of a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for U.S. children aged 12-15 could be days or weeks away,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky indicated on Wednesday. Walensky, “asked when children in that age group could receive a b…

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Addition Of Azithromycin To Standard Treatment Protocols Not Tied To Detectable Survival Benefit In Children With Acute Watery Diarrhea, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (12/29, van Paridon) reports that “among children with acute watery diarrhea, the addition of azithromycin to standard World Health Organization (WHO) treatment protocols was not associated with a detectable survival benefit, ac…

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GNAS Mutations May Cause Obesity In Children Due To Effect On MC4R Signaling, Investigators Posit

Endocrinology Advisor (12/29, Stong) reports, “GNAS mutations can cause obesity in children due to the effect of GNAS mutations on melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) signaling,” researchers found after they conducted “exome sequencing and targeted resequencin…

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Universal Funding Of CGM For Children, Teens In Australia Led To Rapid Device Uptake, Continued Use For Most, Registry Data Indicate

Healio (12/29, Schaffer) reports, “Universal funding of continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] for children and adolescents in Australia led to rapid device uptake and continued use for most, as well as sustained improvements in HbA1c and other glycemic meas…

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School Environments May Play Role In Early Adolescents’ Mental Health, Research Suggests

Healio (12/29, Weldon) reports, “School environments play a role in early adolescents’ mental health,” researchers concluded in the 26,885-student “My Resilience in Adolescence (MYRIAD) study, a collaborative survey between various universities in the Uni…

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Most Common And Costly Pediatric Diagnoses In US Hospitals Are Bronchiolitis, Pneumonia, And Asthma, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (12/29, Wu) reports, “The most common pediatric diagnoses in U.S. hospitals were bronchiolitis, pneumonia, and asthma,” as well as “the most costly,” investigators concluded in “a cross-sectional analysis of 2016 data” from the Kids’ Inpatie…

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Children’s Hospitals Preparing For More COVID-19-Related Admissions Due To Omicron Variant

CNN (12/28, Fox, Christensen) reports that “nationwide, on average, pediatric hospitalizations” from COVID-19 “are up 35% in just the past week.” CNN adds, “The highly transmissible Omicron variant is teaming up with the busy holiday season to infect more…

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Experts Say Omicron Not More Threatening To Children Despite Spike In Hospitalizations

The New York Times (12/28, A1, Jacobs) reports “the latest coronavirus surge sweeping the United States, much of it driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, has produced a worrisome spike in hospitalizations among children.” However, “even as expe…

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Majority Of Adults In US Support Net-Risk Pediatric Research, Survey Study Finds

HealthDay (12/28) reports “the majority of U.S. adults support net-risk pediatric research posing minimal risk and support pediatric research posing greater risk if it has high social value, according to a study” in which investigators “administered a 15-…

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Patients With Pediatric-Onset IBD At Increased Risk For VTE Compared With General Pediatric Population, Study Suggests

GastroenterologyAdvisor (12/28, Stong) reports “patients with pediatric-onset inflammatory bowel disease (PIBD) are at an almost 14-fold higher risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) compared with the general pediatric population, according to a study” tha…

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Bronchodilator Inhalation With Salbutamol May Have Positive Short-Term Effect In Pediatric Patients With CF, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (12/28, Saleh) reports, “In pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchodilator inhalation with salbutamol is likely to have a positive short-term effect of on forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1); however, due to heter…

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Impaired Kidney Function In Adolescents With Anorexia May Be Common And May Transiently Worsen During Hospitalization, Research Suggests

Renal & Urology News (12/28, Charnow) reports, “Impaired kidney function (IKF) in adolescent patients with anorexia is common and transiently worsens during hospitalization,” researchers concluded “in a study of 395 recently hospitalized patients with the…

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Gene Variants May Contribute To Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood, Researchers Find

HealthDay (12/28, Norton) reports, “Every year in the United States, a few hundred children die suddenly and without explanation,” referred to as “sudden unexplained death in childhood [SUDC],” but “now researchers have found gene variants that may contri…

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FDA Approves Secukinumab For Treatment Of Active PsA And Active Enthesitis-Related Arthritis In Certain Pediatric Patients, Drugmaker Announces

Healio (12/23, Laday) reported, “The FDA has approved secukinumab for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis [PsA] in patients aged two years and older, and for active enthesitis-related arthritis in those aged four years and older,” Novartis disclos…

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Number Of Flu Hospitalizations Rising In US

According to the AP (12/27, Johnson), “The U.S. flu season has arrived on schedule after taking a year off, with flu hospitalizations rising and two child deaths reported.” The AP adds that “last year’s flu season was the lowest on record, likely because…

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Families Of Children With Life-Threatening Conditions Likely To Experience Physical, Mental Health Problems, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/23, Preidt) reported that “when a child has severe health problems, the suffering often extends to the entire family,” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers “compared rates of health care encounters…physical and…

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Researchers Assess Impacts Of Zika Virus On Children’s Development

NPR (12/27, Simmons-Duffin) reports that following the Zika virus outbreak in 2015 and 2016, “more is becoming clear about Zika and its impact on children.” According to data from “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,000 babies were born to…

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Pediatric Patients With IBD Who Have Overweight Often Have Obesity-Related Comorbidities, Investigators Say

Healio (12/27, VanDewater) reports “pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease who” have “overweight and underwent screening were found to often have obesity related comorbidities, suggesting screening should be routine for this population, accord…

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Officials Warn Of Worsening State Of Mental Health Among Children Amid Ongoing Pandemic

The Hill (12/24, Coleman) reported, “Officials and experts have sounded the alarm over the state of children’s mental health as the second pandemic year comes to a close, warning a crisis is emerging – but advocates, hospitals and schools say it may have…

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Pediatric Hospitalizations For COVID-19 Surging In Parts Of US

The Washington Post (12/24, Cha, Dupree) reported, “As the United States enters its third year of the pandemic, forecasters are predicting another ugly winter, but this time, children as well as adults are being affected.” Pediatric hospitalizations for C…

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Phase 2 Trial Shows Benefit From Investigational Pentavalent Vaccine For Neisseria Meningitidis

Healio (6/7, Downey) reported on a phase 2 trial in Mali that “showed promise” for “an investigational pentavalent vaccine for Neisseria meningitidis.” Specifically, the trail showed “that a single dose of the vaccine, NmCV-5, ‘elicited immune responses t…

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FDA Approves V114 Vaccine Against 15 Pneumonia Serotypes

The AP (7/16, Johnson) reported the FDA has “approved a new pneumonia vaccine from Merck, more than a month after OK’ing an improved version of rival Pfizer’s shot,” Prevnar 20. The new shots from both companies “offer better protection against bacteria t…

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Review Of Dual-Resistant Invasive Meningococcal Disease Cases Indicates Need For Effective Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Programs

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/4, Nye) reported, “Recent cases of dual-resistant invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in the United States indicate that there is a need for effective antimicrobial resistance surveillance programs.” Researches sequenced “me…

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GSK Launches Meningitis B Vaccine Awareness Campaign

FiercePharma (8/26, Bulik) reported GSK is launching a meningitis B vaccination awareness campaign, “drawing a distinction between the more common MenACWY vaccine for adolescents and the separate MenB shot for older teens in the U.S.” Former child actor S…

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WHO Aims To Eliminate Bacterial Meningitis By 2030

Reuters (9/28, Mandhan) reported, “The World Health Organization (WHO) is aiming to eliminate the deadliest form of meningitis by 2030 through increased awareness and access to treatments, global plans launched by the UN-agency on Tuesday to combat the in…

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Routine Vaccinations For Meningitis, Diseases Other Than COVID-19 Decreased During Pandemic Lockdown, Study Indicates

Forbes (10/7, Dangor) reported, “Lockdowns in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic had the unintended effect of making both children and adults more vulnerable to other diseases, according to a new study, by keeping many of them from getting routine va…

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Study Explores Meningococcal Vaccination Rates Among Patients With Newly Diagnosed Complement Component Deficiencies

Healio (11/12, Stulpin) reported, “Meningococcal vaccination rates are low among eligible patients with complement component deficiencies, according to a study of U.S. data.” For the study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, investigators assessed…

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Hospitalization Risk Lower With Omicron Variant, Studies Suggest

The AP (12/22, Ungar, Stobbe) reports, “Two new British studies provide some early hints that the omicron variant of the coronavirus may be milder than the delta version.” In the first study, an “Imperial College London COVID-19 response team estimated ho…

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As Omicron Surges, Experts Predict It May Bring 140M New COVID-19 Infections From January To March

USA Today (12/22, Rodriguez) reports, “As the omicron variant continues to spread throughout the world, new modeling data shows the latest strain may cause millions more new infections per day in the U.S. but fewer hospitalizations and deaths compared to…

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Occupational Formaldehyde Exposure Linked To Cognitive Deficits At Relatively Young Ages, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (12/22, George) reports, “Occupational formaldehyde exposure was linked to cognitive deficits at relatively young ages in a French cohort study.” Researchers found that “adults ages 45 and older had a higher risk of global cognitive impairme…

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Age At Pediatric Stroke Has Significant Impact On Post-Stroke Recovery And Affects Long-Term Cognitive Outcome, Study Indicates

Healio (12/22, Gramigna) reports, “Age at pediatric stroke has a significant impact on post-stroke recovery and affects long-term cognitive outcome regardless of lesion size and lesion location, according to results of a cross-sectional study.” The findin…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer Drug To Treat COVID-19

The Washington Post (12/22, Johnson, Shepherd) reports, “Federal regulators Wednesday authorized the first easy-to-take pill to treat covid-19, a drug developed by Pfizer that will help refill the nation’s medicine cabinet even as the omicron variant, now…

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Biden Announces Plan To Help Fight Omicron Variant Surge

The Washington Post (12/21, A1, Jeong) reports that on Tuesday, President Biden “outlined plans to expand coronavirus testing sites across the country, distribute a half-billion free at-home tests and deploy more federal health resources to aid strained h…

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Sleep Problems In Infancy Linked To Behavioral Problems In Later Life, Research Shows

HCP Live (12/21, Walter) reports, “New research sheds light on how early infancy sleep disruptions can have a lasting impact on behavioral problems for children at age 10-11 years.” The findings were published online in the Journal of Child Psychology and…

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Research Offers Update On Safety, Efficacy Of MMR/MMRV Vaccines In Pediatric Patients

Infectious Disease Advisor (12/21, Nye) reports, “Although the measles-mumps-rubella, (MMR) and varicella (MMRV) vaccines were found to be most effective in preventing varicella zoster virus and measles, they were associated with an increased risk for ase…

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Pandemic Threatens Both Immediate And Lasting Risks To Babies

Kaiser Health News (12/21, Szabo) reports, “The pandemic has created a hostile environment for pregnant people and their babies.” Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 “are five times as likely as uninfected pregnant people to require intensive care and 2…

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No Growth, Development Issues For Babies Of Women Who Had COVID-19 During Pregnancy, Study Finds

HealthDay (12/21) reports researchers “found no growth or development problems in 6-month-old babies whose mothers had [COVID-19] while expecting.” The study was published in the Journal of Perinatal Medicine.

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No Increased Risk Of Mental Health Problems In Teens, Young Adults Conceived Through IVF, Study Finds

HealthDay (12/21) reports, “There is no increased risk of mental health problems in teens and young adults who were conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), Swedish researchers report.” And “although those born after assisted reproductive technique…

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Medicaid And CHIP Enrollment Increased By More Than 400,000 From May To June Of This Year, Data Show

Fierce Healthcare (12/21, King) reports, “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment increased by more than 400,000 from May to June of this year, updated federal data show.” On Tuesday, “the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service…

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Coronavirus Surge Could Expose “Rickety Infrastructure” Keeping Schools Running This Year

The New York Times (12/21, A1, Goldstein) reports, “As news spread of the latest coronavirus surge, fueled in large part by the Omicron variant, parents faced a return to the drudgery of school through a screen, child care crises and restless young bodies…

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Parents Struggle With Timing Of Second COVID-19 Vaccine For Younger Children

The New York Times (12/20, Willyard) reports US parents are now grappling over the timing of the second COVID-19 shot for younger children. The clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine “separated the doses by three weeks, which is why the U.S. Cente…

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Omicron Variant Now Dominant Strain Of Coronavirus In US, Officials Announce

The AP (12/20, Stobbe) reports the Omicron variant “is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S., accounting for 73% of new infections last week, federal health officials said Monday.” The CDC data “showed nearly a six-fold increase in omicr…

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School Districts Providing COVID-19 Tests For Students, Staff As Demand Rises Amid Omicron Threat

The Washington Post (12/20, Timsit) reports, “Some school districts across the United States are sending students and staffers home for the holidays with coronavirus tests, as Americans report increasing difficulty securing them just days away from Christ…

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FDA Approves Rivaroxaban As Tablets, Oral Suspension For Treatment Of Blood Clots In Pediatric Patients

Bloomberg Law (12/20, Govind, Subscription Publication) reports behind a paywall, “The FDA has approved [rivaroxaban] Xarelto as tablets and oral suspension to treat blood clots in pediatric patients.” The approval is for “patients from birth to younger t…

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FDA Approves Injectable Form Of Cabotegravir For HIV Prevention

Reuters (12/20, Nadeem) reports the Food and Drug Administration “on Monday approved an injectable form of” ViiV Healthcare’s “cabotegravir drug that is given every two months to prevent an HIV infection.” Reuters adds, “The injection – Apretude – to prev…

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Exclusive Enteral Nutrition Intervention May Improve Malnutrition, Disease Status Among Pediatric Patients With VEO-IBD, Research Suggests

Healio (12/20, Burba) reports, “Exclusive enteral nutrition [EEN] intervention improved malnutrition and disease status among pediatric patients with very early-onset inflammatory bowel disease [VEO-IBD],” researchers concluded in a “prospective, observat…

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Onset Of COVID-19 Pandemic Appears To Have Lessened Severe Emotional Response In Young People Compared With Pre-Pandemic Levels, Research Suggests

Healio (12/20, Herpen) reports researchers in Korea have determined that “the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic lessened severe emotional response in young people compared with pre-pandemic levels.” Included in the “cross-sectional study” were “data drawn fr…

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CDC Issues “Test-To-Stay” Guidance Allowing Unvaccinated Students Exposed To Coronavirus To Remain In School

The New York Times (12/17, Weiland, Anthes) reported, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that unvaccinated students exposed to the coronavirus can remain in school, as long as they are tested for the virus twice in the week aft…

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Companies Announce FDA’s Approval Of Tezepelumab-Ekko For Treatment Of Severe Asthma In Patients Aged 12 Years And Older

Reuters (12/17, Nadeem) reported the FDA “approved AstraZeneca…and Amgen’s” medication, “Tezspire [tezepelumab-ekko], to treat severe asthma for those aged 12 years and older, the companies” announced in a Dec. 17 press release. The agency’s “approval i…

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Adding Monoclonal Antibody To Induction Chemotherapy May Improve Outcomes In Pediatric Patients With High-Risk Neuroblastoma, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (12/17, Rodriguez) reported, “Adding hu14.18K322A to induction chemotherapy may improve outcomes in pediatric patients with high-risk neuroblastoma, according to research.” The data indicated that “a majority of patients had a parti…

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Repeat Testing For Hypothyroidism May Benefit Infants With Very Low Birthweight, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (12/17, May) reported, “In very low birthweight infants (VLBW) whose initial newborn screening was within normal reference range, retesting for hypothyroidism at 36 weeks of corrected gestational age identified infants needing survei…

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Sleep Disturbances In Psychiatrically Vulnerable Youth May Be Tied To Negative Emotional Responses To Social Media, Research Suggests

Healio (12/17, DeFino) reported, “Sleep disturbance in psychiatrically vulnerable youth may be linked to negative emotional responses to social media,” researchers concluded in a study that “assessed 243 adolescents aged 11 to 18 years who were admitted t…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Say COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Provide Expected Immunity In Children Ages 2 To 5, Will Add Third Dose To Regimen In Trials

CNN (12/17, Fox, Langmaid) reported Pfizer-BioNtech on Friday “said…that trials of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 5 show that it did not provide the expected immunity in kids this age, and it is adding a third dose to the regimen.” CNN added, “The co…

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CDC Receives Reports Of Eight Cases Of Myocarditis In Children Ages 5-11 Who Received Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Reuters (12/16, Mishra, Erman) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday “said…it had received reports of eight cases of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation, in children aged 5-11 years who received Pfizer…and BioNTech’s…

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Biden Administration Announces New Push To Eliminate Lead Pipes

The Washington Post (12/16, Grandoni) reports the Biden Administration on Thursday announced “an effort to jumpstart” the replacement of all lead service lines in the country. The Environmental Protection Agency “is set to write stricter standards for dri…

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In Pediatric Patients With T1D, Those Who Switch From Multiple Daily Injections To Insulin Pump May Show Improved Glycemic Control But Increased Body Adiposity Over Time, Investigators Posit

Endocrinology Advisor (12/16, May) reports, “In children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D), those who switched from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump showed significant improvement in glycemic control but increased body adiposity over…

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Study Explores Prevalence Of Junk Food, Alcohol Marketing On Livestreaming Gaming Platforms

HealthDay (12/16, Preidt) reports, “Children and teens who use livestreaming gaming platforms may be bombarded with influencer-endorsed ads for energy drinks, junk food and alcohol, new research shows.” For the study, published in Public Health Nutrition,…

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Budesonide Improves Histologic, Endoscopic, And Symptom Response In Pediatric Patients With Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Results Show

Healio (12/16, Burba) reports, “Budesonide oral suspension improved histologic, endoscopic and symptom response compared with placebo among pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis, according to” findings from a post-hoc analysis presented during…

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Infants Who Eat More Diverse Diet During First Year Have Lower Risk For Allergic Diseases During Second Year, Researchers Say

Healio (12/16, Gawel) reports “infants who ate a more diverse diet during their first year had lower risk for allergic diseases during their second year, according to” researchers who “surveyed 2,251 women who gave birth to singleton live infants at 1, 3,…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Seeking Full FDA Approval For Use Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Aged 12-15

The Hill (12/16, Choi) reports, “Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Thursday evening that they had submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking full approval for the administration of their two-dose COVID-19 vaccine in children…

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In Small Study, Medical Marijuana Appears To Benefit Children With Severe Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

According to HealthDay (12/15, Mann), “medical marijuana may sometimes help” children with severe epilepsy avoid seizures “when other therapies fail.” In the 10-child study, “researchers found that medical pot slashed seizures by almost 90% and reduced us…

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VNS May Improve Symptoms In Children, Young Adults With IBD, Research Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (12/15, Pond) reports “vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) may improve symptoms in children and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD),” research presented during the Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases conference shows….

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Social Risk Interventions Associated With Fewer Asthma-Related ED Visits, Hospitalizations In Pediatric Patients With Asthma, Review Finds

Healio (12/15, Welsh) reports that “among children with asthma, social risk interventions were associated with decreased asthma-related ED visits and hospitalizations,” researchers concluded in a systematic review of 38 past studies and a meta-analysis of…

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Hospitalization Rates, Direct Medical Burdens Higher For Measles, Flu Than COVID-19 In Pediatric Patients, Study Indicates

HCPlive (12/15, Butera) reports “hospitalization rates and direct medical burdens of measles and the flue were significantly higher than those observed of COVID-19 in pediatric patients,” according to researchers who evaluated data from three separate dis…

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Infant’s Immune System May Be Better Than An Adult’s At Combating New Viruses, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/15, Preidt) reports, “An infant’s immune system is better than an adult’s at combating new viruses, researchers say.” For the study, published in Science Immunology, the researchers “collected naive T-cells…from both baby and adult mice,”…

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Medicaid To Directly Certify Children For Free, Reduced-Price School Lunches In Additional Eight States

The AP (12/15) reports “the U.S. Department of Agriculture has added eight states to the 19 where students receiving Medicaid coverage will be automatically added to the program offering free or reduced-price school lunches.” According to the AP, “Alabama…

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Substance Use Among Teenagers Fell Significantly In 2021, NIDA Survey Shows

CNN (12/15, McPhillips) reports, “Substance use among teens – including alcohol, marijuana, vaping and illicit drugs – dropped significantly in 2021, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s latest Monitoring the Future survey, published Wednes…

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IMF Overdose Deaths Spiked Across US From 2019 To 2020, CDC Reports

MedPage Today (12/14, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Overdose deaths involving the synthetic opioid, illicitly-manufactured fentanyl (IMF), skyrocketed across the country from 2019 to 2020,” according to new CDC data. CDC researchers found that “between July 2019…

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In Silico Models Effective In Identifying Biomarkers Of Celiac Disease, Findings Indicate

Healio (12/14, Stonehill) reports, “The use of in silico models is an effective method for identifying biomarkers of celiac disease, according to” findings presented during the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition…

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Diagnostic Model May Help Pediatric Providers Reduce Need For Chest X-Rays To Confirm Community Acquired Pneumonia, Study Says

The Radiology Business Journal (12/14, Stempniak) reports, “A simple diagnostic model could help pediatric providers reduce the need for chest X-rays to confirm the presence of community acquired pneumonia, according to” researchers who developed the mode…

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Dietary Piperine Can Be Transferred Into Breast Milk, May Influence Taste Preferences Of Infants Later On, Research Suggests

WebMD (12/14, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reports research “suggests that the active ingredient in black pepper,” piperine, “makes its way into breast milk and may help the infant develop a tolerance to pepper later.” Investigators “recruited 18 hea…

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Prenatal Hydroxychloroquine Exposure Appears Not To Be Associated With Major Structural Birth Defects, Researchers Say

Healio (12/13) reports, “The use of hydroxychloroquine during pregnancy is not associated with structural birth defects or any other outcomes, save for birth head circumference,” researchers concluded in a study that “included a total of 837 participants…

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USPSTF Concludes Current Evidence Is Insufficient For Assessing Balance Of Benefit/Harms Of T2D Screening In Children And Adolescents

According to Healio (12/14, Miller), “the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] issued draft guidance” on Dec. 14 stating that “there is insufficient evidence to make a recommendation for or against prediabetes and type 2 diabetes [T2D] screening i…

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HPV Vaccine Facing Rising Resistance From Parents

Jane Brody writes in the New York Times’ (12/13) “Personal Health” column that “the HPV vaccine, which can prevent as many as 90 percent of six potentially lethal cancers, is meeting with rising resistance from parents who must give their approval before…

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Rates Of MIS-C Appear To Have Declined In Parts Of US

NBC News (12/13, Edwards) reports rates of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) “tied to Covid-19…appear to have dropped in some parts of the country – an unexpected development for many doctors who had been bracing for a rise in cases…

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Study Explores Impact Of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes On Obesity Among Adolescents

MedPage Today (12/13, Monaco) reports “taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) hardly made a dent in childhood obesity,” according to “an analysis of Mexican adolescents ages 10 to 18.” The findings, published in JAMA Pediatrics, revealed that “boys saw…

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Development, Resolution Of Food Protein-Induced Allergic Proctocolitis In Infant Gut Microbiome Highlights Underlying Role Of Bacterial Taxa In Allergy Pathophysiology, Research Suggests

Healio (12/13, Stonehill) reports “the development and resolution of food protein-induced allergic proctocolitis in the infant gut microbiome highlights the underlying role of bacterial taxa in the pathophysiology of the allergy, according to” research pr…

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Research Explores Impact Of Maternal Chemical Signals On Infant-Adult Brain-To-Brain Synchrony

HealthDay (12/13, Roberts Murez) reports “research suggests that an infant is…calmed by the scent of its mother.” Investigators gave mothers “a cotton T-shirt to sleep with for two nights,” and examined “both brain-to-brain communication and maternal ch…

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Infants 6 To 8 Months Old Display Preference For Speech Sounds With Vocal Resonances Similar To Their Own, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/13, Preidt) reports “baby talk” helps infants “learn the basics of human language, a new study suggests.” For the study, published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, investigators “changed the frequency of sounds to mim…

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COVID-19 Infections Among US Children Rising Yet Again, Report Finds

CNN (12/13, Christensen, Vera) reports, “Covid-19 cases among children are on the rise yet again, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics” that found “new cases reported among children last week were up nearly 24% over the previous w…

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Study Explores Prevalence Of Stroke Without Cerebral Vasculopathy In Children With Sickle Cell Disease

HCPlive (12/12, Iapoce) reported researchers have “explored the prevalence of stroke without cerebral vasculopathy in children with sickle cell disease,” finding that “atypical strokes account for nearly 50% of all acute ischemic neurological events, rela…

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US Reaches 800,000 COVID-19 Fatalities

Reuters (12/12, Abrahams, Mazumder) reports the US on Sunday “reached 800,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to a Reuters tally.” Even with COVID-19 vaccines “widely and freely available, the country has lost more lives to the virus this year than…

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Mobile Health App May Predict Viral Diarrhea In Children, Investigators Say

Healio (12/10, Weldon) reported, “A new mobile health app for” physicians “could predict viral diarrhea in children,” a study team concluded in a study “conducted from late 2019 to the beginning of 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Bamako, Mali” that “enroll…

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Air Pollution May Drive Asthma Seasons, Study Says

Healio (12/10, Gawel) reported, “The traditional calendar dates for spring, summer, winter and fall did not correlate with asthma seasons, which often are driven by air pollution, according to” researchers who “charted ED visits resulting in a primary dia…

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US Infant Mortality Rates Improving But Health Disparities Remain

USA Today (12/11, Hassanein) reported, “The U.S. infant mortality rate continued its downward trend in 2019, but Black babies still died twice as often as white babies, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.” While “overall infa…

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Initial Surge Of COVID-19 Pandemic Uncovered Rise In Diagnoses Of, Hospitalizations For Anorexia Nervosa In Both Children And Adolescents, Researchers Say

Healio (12/10, Herpen) reported, “The initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic uncovered a rise in diagnoses of and hospitalizations for anorexia nervosa in both children and adolescents,” researchers concluded in a study that sought to “to determine the fr…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Among 12- To 17-Year-Olds Stalls Following Initial Rush, Survey Finds

HealthDay (12/10, Preidt) reported that “nearly half of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, but the initial rush to get teens immunized has stalled,” according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report. Just “1…

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Demand For COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Kids Low Despite Supply, Officials Say

Reuters (12/9, O’Donnell, Erman) reports, “The United States rushed millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for children ages 5 to 11 across the nation, but demand for inoculations for younger kids has been low, more than a dozen state public health officials…

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Company Announces FDA Has Granted Breakthrough Device Designation For Diagnostic Aid That May Identify Presence Of ASD Using Single Strand Of Hair

Healio (12/9) reports, “The FDA has granted breakthrough device designation to Linus Biotechnology Inc. for a diagnostic aid that may identify the presence of autism spectrum disorder using a single strand of hair,” Linus Biotechnology announced in a Dec….

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Systematic Review Finds Evidence Lacking That Dietary Exclusions For Children With Atopic Dermatitis Could Have Potential Benefits

HCPlive (12/9, Butera) reports research indicates that “dietary exclusions for children with atopic dermatitis could have potential benefits, but that the evidence regarding these benefits was ‘lacking,’” investigators concluded in a systematic review tha…

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Greater Time Outdoors May Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk In Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/9, Reinberg) reports, “Children at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) might find some protection from the disease by spending more time in the sun, a small study suggests.” Researchers “studied more than 300 children and young adults with MS a…

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Adding Dupilumab To Standard Treatment May Benefit Children With Hard-To-Control Asthma, Trial Suggests

HealthDay (12/9, Norton) reports “Children with hard-to-control asthma may get relief from adding” the injectable antibody drug dupilumab (Dupixent) “to their standard treatment, a clinical trial has found.” The trial “included 408 children aged 6 to 11 w…

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Study Reveals Association Between Psychotic Experiences, Subsequent Loneliness Among Adolescents

Healio (12/9, Gramigna) reports, “Loneliness may signal underlying psychotic experiences among adolescents,” investigators concluded in a study that “used data from the Tokyo Teen Cohort, a population-based birth cohort study, to examine the longitudinal…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster For 16- And 17-Year-Olds

The Washington Post (12/9, McGinley, Shepherd) reports the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday “authorized booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds, a step that officials said would bolster protection against De…

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Analysis Shows Rate Of COVID-19 Vaccinations For Young Children Has Slowed In US

The Hill (12/8, Weixel) reports, “The rate of COVID-19 vaccinations among children ages 5 to 11 has slowed considerably nationwide, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.” The analysis reveals “that a little more than a month since…

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CDC Recommends All Clinicians Discuss HIV PrEP With Sexually Active Adolescent, Adult Patients, Prescribe Therapy To Those Seeking It

Medscape (12/8, Boerner, Subscription Publication) reports that starting on Wednesday, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all clinicians talk to their sexually active adolescent and adult patients about HIV pre-exposure proph…

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Greater Asthma Control In Children May Help Prevent Bullying, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/8, Mann) reports, “One in 10 children with asthma say they have been bullied or teased as a result of their condition, but tight asthma control seems to keep bullying at bay, a new study suggests.” Investigators “analyzed interviews conducte…

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Guidelines May Promote Overdiagnosis Of Cow’s Milk Allergy Symptoms In Infants, Researchers Say

Healio (12/8) reports “the international Milk Allergy in Primary Care guidelines may promote overdiagnosis by labeling normal infant symptoms as possible cow’s milk allergy, according to” researchers who “performed a secondary analysis of data from the En…

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Adopting Family-Centered Nutrition Programs May Positively Influence Diet In Children With Autism, Study Indicates

Healio (12/8, Weldon) reports, “Adopting family-centered nutrition programs can positively influence diet in children with autism, according to a study” that “adapted and implemented a nutrition and fitness program over the course of 6 weeks.” Healio adds…

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Suicidal Ideation Increasingly Affecting Younger Children Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

USA Today (12/8, Keveney) reports suicidal ideation “is increasingly affecting young children.” USA Today adds, “At emergency rooms in 38 children’s hospitals across the nation, the number of suicide and self-injury cases in the first three quarters of 20…

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Infant Mortality Reached Historic Low In US In 2019, CDC Data Show

HealthDay (12/8) reports, “In 2019, infant mortality reached a historic low in the United States, with a rate of 5.58 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Dec. 8 National Vital Statistics Reports [PDF], a publication from the U.S. Centers…

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Surgeon General Warns On “Devastating” Mental Health Effects Young People Are Facing

According to the New York Times (12/7, Richtel), on Dec. 7, in a “rare public advisory,” US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, “warned that young people are facing ‘devastating’ mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by the…

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Instagram To Roll Out Features Aimed At Keeping Teens Safer Online

The Washington Post (12/7, Hunter) reports, “Instagram will start offering ‘take a break’ reminders starting today if you’ve been scrolling on the social media app too long.” The move “is one of a cluster of features that Instagram, owned by Facebook pare…

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Serum Concentration Of L-FABP Appears To Be Elevated In Pediatric Patients With Wilson Disease And Fibrosis, Investigators Posit

Gastroenterology Advisor (12/7, Stong) reports, “The serum concentration of fatty acid-binding protein 1 (L-FABP) is elevated in pediatric patients with Wilson disease (WD) and fibrosis,” researchers concluded after assessing “serum concentrations of L-FA…

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Children With Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy Treated With High-Dose CIMT May Have Largest Improvements Compared With Other Strategies, Investigators Say

Neurology Advisor (12/7, Nye) reports, “Children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy (HCP) treated with high-dose constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) had the largest improvements compared with other strategies,” researchers concluded in a study that ra…

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High Level Of Liver Fat May Be Tied To Impaired Glucose, T2D In Pediatric Patients With Obesity, Study Indicates

Healio (12/7, Monostra) reports, “Children with obesity and a high level of liver fat content are more likely to have impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes [T2D] compared with those with normal liver fat content,” researchers conclud…

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USPSTF Updates Recommendation For Preventing Dental Cavities In Young Children

HealthDay (12/7) reports, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians take steps to prevent cavities in young children, many of whom may not visit a dentist.” For the updated review, published in the Journal o…

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Gen Z Reporting Higher Levels Of COVID-19-Related Stress Than Other Age Groups, Survey Finds

The Washington Post (12/7, Jeong) reports, “Gen Z is feeling the stresses of the pandemic more than any other age group, according to a U.S. survey” that found “higher proportions of Americans between ages 13 and 24 say the pandemic has made their educati…

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Anorexia Nervosa Diagnoses, Hospitalizations Among Children And Adolescents Rising During COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Indicates

Forbes (12/7) contributor Anuradha Varanasi writes research “shows there was an almost 66 percent jump per month in anorexia diagnoses among girls between the ages of 9 to 18 years during the first wave of the pandemic.” What’s more, researchers “further…

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One-Third Of Children Experienced Underinsurance From 2016 To 2019, Study Finds

Modern Healthcare (12/6, Tepper, Subscription Publication) reports, “A third of children lacked adequate and continuous insurance coverage from 2016 to 2019, a new study says.” Furthermore, the paper, published in Pediatrics, revealed that “the number of…

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Global Malaria Deaths Rose By 69,000 Last Year Due To Healthcare Disruptions Linked To Pandemic, WHO Says

Reuters (12/6, Prentice) reports that “healthcare disruptions linked to the coronavirus pandemic” resulted in 69,000 more malaria deaths “in 2020 than the previous year, but a worst-case scenario was averted, the World Health Organization said on Monday.”…

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Deutetrabenazine Fails To Achieve Primary Efficacy Endpoint In Pediatric Patients With Tourette Syndrome, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (12/6, Stong) reports, “Deutetrabenazine, a vesicular monoamine transporter 2 inhibitor, did not achieve its primary efficacy endpoint of improving total tic score in children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome,” investigators conclu…

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In Phase 2 Trial, Graves Hyperthyroidism Remission Observed With Adjuvant, Single-Dose Rituximab

Endocrinology Advisor (12/6, Nye) reports, “A 12-month regimen of” a “thionamide antithyroid drug…combined with a single dose of adjuvant rituximab was found to increase the likelihood of remission among adolescents and young adults with Graves hyperthy…

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Research Evaluates Addition Of Novel Anti-GD2 Antibody To Induction Chemotherapy For Children With Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Neuroblastoma

MedPage Today (12/6, Bassett) reports, “Adding a novel anti-GD2 antibody (hu14.18K322A) to induction chemotherapy for children with newly diagnosed high-risk neuroblastoma yielded impressive survival outcomes and improved early responses versus historical…

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Early-Onset OCD Among Youths May Affect Decision-Making Due To Uncertainty In The Environment, Small Study Suggests

Healio (12/6, Gramigna) reports, “Early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] among youths may affect decision-making because of uncertainty in the environment,” investigators concluded in a study that sought “to examine cognitive mechanisms linked to…

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Most Young People Under 21 Years With Suspected Myocarditis Following COVID-19 Vaccination Have Mild Symptoms That Resolve Quickly, Analysis Indicates

Healio (12/6, Buzby) reports that “most young people under the age of 21 years with suspected myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination had mild symptoms that resolved quickly, according to” the findings of a retrospective analysis that “included 139 ado…

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Survivors Of Childhood Cancer Had Increased Risk For Long-Term Psychiatric Disorders Compared With Siblings Or Peers, Study Finds

Healio (12/3, Herpen) reported, “Survivors of childhood cancer had increased risk for long-term psychiatric disorders compared with their siblings or peers, according to a register-based cohort study.” The findings were published in The Lancet Psychiatry….

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FDA Approves Rituximab Plus Chemotherapy To Treat Patients With Several Pediatric Cancers

OncLive (12/3, Rosa) reported, “The FDA has approved rituximab (Rituxan) plus chemotherapy for pediatric patients with previously untreated, advanced stage, CD20-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), Burkitt lymphoma (BL), Burkitt-like lymphoma…

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FDA Authorizes Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment For Young, At-Risk Children

The New York Times (12/3, Robbins) reported, “The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody treatment for infants and children under age 12 with Covid-19 who are at high risk of becoming severely ill from the virus…

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Teriflunomide Reduces Brain Lesions, Does Not Reduce Relapses In Children With MS, Trial Data Show

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (12/3, Bryson) reported, “Aubagio (teriflunomide) failed to significantly reduce relapses in children with multiple sclerosis (MS), but two years of treatment decreased the number of brain lesions on MRI scans, according to t…

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Genetic Testing Has Affected Medical Care Of Nearly Three Of Four Children With Unexplained Epilepsy, Research Reveals

MedPage Today (12/5, George) reports, “Genetic testing affected the medical care of nearly three of four children with unexplained epilepsy, a study of” 152 “patients with infantile or childhood-onset seizures” revealed. The study showed that “a genetic d…

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Study Explores Impacts Of Asthma Specialists’ Intervention On Asthma Control Among Pediatric Patients

Pulmonology Advisor (12/3, Schad) reported, “In pediatric patients with asthma, one of the goals of an asthma management plan should be a referral to an asthma specialist, according to a retrospective study” that “evaluated the effect of asthma specialist…

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Financial Incentives May Help People Quit Smoking During Pregnancy, Research Indicates

HealthDay (12/2, Foster, Preidt) reports research published in The BMJ suggests that financial incentives may help people quit smoking during pregnancy. Researchers “assessed whether financial incentives led to higher quit rates among 460 pregnant smokers…

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Children Diagnosed With T2D More Likely To Develop Retinopathy, Other Ocular Complications Over Time Than Children Diagnosed With T1D, Researchers Say

Clinical Endocrinology News (12/2, Rans) reports, “Children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) appear significantly more likely to develop retinopathy and other ocular complications over time than children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D),”…

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In 2019, Many Children, Youth With HCV Remained Untreated, Researchers Say

Healio (12/2, Holden) reports, “In 2019, only 32% of children and youth who had tested positive for hepatitis C [HCV] in British Columbia, Canada, had initiated treatment,” researchers concluded in a study that “analyzed data from the British Columbia Hep…

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Presence Of Neurodevelopmental Or Mental Disorders Or Self-Harm Before Age 24 Years May Increase Risk For Missing School, Research Suggests

Healio (12/2, Gramigna) reports, “The presence of neurodevelopmental or mental disorders or self-harm before age 24 years increased risk for missing school,” researchers concluded in a “nationwide, retrospective, electronic cohort study” that “obtained da…

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CMS Announces Medicaid Programs Must Cover Coronavirus Vaccine Counseling For Children

HealthPayerIntelligence (12/2, Waddill) reports, “State Medicaid programs must cover coronavirus vaccine counseling for children as well as vaccine counseling for all pediatric vaccines for eligible beneficiaries, CMS announced.” According to the article,…

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One In 44 Eight-Year-Old Children In US Diagnosed With Autism, CDC Data Show

The AP (12/2, Tanner) reports, “In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism,” compared to “1 in 54 identified wi…

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Study Explores Benefits Of Reading To Toddlers Via Traditional Paper Book Versus Tablet

HealthDay (12/1, Thompson) reports, “Parents who want to read to their toddlers and give them a developmental boost ought to pick up a traditional paper book rather than an e-book on a tablet, a new study reports.” According to investigators, “toddlers ar…

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Nearly 7% Of Kids In US Have Had Concussion, Brain Injury At Some Point In Childhood, CDC Data Show

HealthDay (12/1, Reinberg) reports that “close to 7%” of kids in the US show “signs of a brain injury at some time in childhood,” according to CDC officials. HealthDay adds, “Concussions and other head injuries are more common among white kids than Black…

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Fetuses Of Women Who Have Consumed Excessive Alcohol During Pregnancy Found To Have Changes In Two Areas Of The Brain, Statistical Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (12/1, Susman) reports that “super-resolution imaging of the brains of fetuses of women who have consumed excessive alcohol during pregnancy appeared to show two areas that were abnormal,” according to research presented at RSNA 2021. A “sta…

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Researchers Examine Association Of PPHN Of The Newborn With Timing, Type Of Antidepressants In Utero

HCPlive (12/1, Iapoce) reports researchers sought “to determine detailed information on trimester- and antidepressant type-specific risk, due to the potential lethality of” persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) of the newborn. The study revealed “an as…

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One-Third Of US Mumps Cases From 2007 To 2019 Occurred In Children And Adolescents, CDC Data Show

NBC News (12/1, Sullivan) reports, “Mumps cases continue to circulate in the U.S., largely among vaccinated people, including children,” according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in Pediatrics. The report found that…

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Study Explores Global Asthma Symptom Prevalence, Severity Among School-Aged Children

Pulmonology Advisor (11/30, Jacobs) reports that while “the overall worldwide prevalence of asthma symptoms has been relatively stable over the past 27 years, about 1 in 20 school-aged children exhibit severe asthma symptoms,” according to study results….

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Small Study Examines Clinical Characteristics, Molecular Genetics, Long-Term Follow-Up Of Patients With Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus

HCPlive (11/30, Iopoce) reports researchers “set out to describe the clinical characteristics, molecular genetics, and long-term follow-up of 24 patients with” neonatal diabetes mellitus (NDM), “a rare form of monogenic diabetes,” from “a single pediatric…

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Academic Performance Appears To Be Poorer Among Children With Chronic Rheumatic Diseases, Research Suggests

RheumatologyAdvisor (11/30, Back) reports, “Patients with chronic rheumatic diseases were found to have poorer grade 12 standardized test scores,” researchers concluded in a “current population-based retrospective cohort study” that “identified children w…

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Analysis Explores Clinical, Genetic Characteristics Of Children With Inborn Errors Of Metabolism

RareDiseaseAdvisor (11/30, Ozkaya) reports investigators “presented the clinical and genetic characteristics of 50 children with inborn errors of metabolism in an analysis” that revealed of the 50 children, “13 (26%) had lysosomal storage disorders such a…

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Pediatric Patients With Poorly-Controlled Asthma At Greater Risk For COVID-19 Hospitalization, Study Finds

MedPage Today (11/30, Hamza) reports, “Children with poorly-controlled asthma were at much greater risk for COVID-19 hospitalization,” according to researchers who “evaluated data from the Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 (E…

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Infants Who Later Develop Autism Spectrum Disorder Found To Exhibit Repetitive Behavior With Objects By As Early As Nine Months Of Age, Study Indicates

The Medical Bag (11/30, Joseph) reports, “Infants who later developed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were found to observe objects more closely and more frequently than infants who did not develop ASD, according to a recent study.” This “repetitive behavi…

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Fetuses Of Pregnant Women With Mild To Moderate SARS-CoV-2 Infection Do Not Appear To Be Harmed By Disease, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (11/30, Susman) reports that “the developing fetuses of pregnant women with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 did not appear to be harmed by the disease,” research suggests. According to the findings of the study that included “33 pregnant…

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Pfizer Expected To Seek FDA Authorization For COVID-19 Booster Shot For 16-, 17-Year-Olds

The Washington Post (11/29, McGinley, Pager) reports “Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are expected to ask the Food and Drug Administration in the coming days to authorize its” COVID-19 booster shot for 16- and 17-year-olds, “according to two people famili…

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Research Reveals No Increased Incidence Of Celiac Disease Among Pediatric Patients With IBD

HCPlive (11/29, Walter) reports, “While patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often also can have celiac disease,” investigators have found “no association between the two gastrointestinal disorders.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion in a s…

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Study Reports Drop In Cervical Cancer Incidence, Mortality Among Young Women, Girls After Introduction Of HPV Vaccine In US

Medscape (11/29, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports, “Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent cervical cancer and saves lives, new nationwide data from the US suggest.” The study “reports a 38% drop in cervical cancer incidence and a…

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Short-Term Treatment With Amoxicillin Not Clinically Effective In Children With Uncomplicated Chest Infections, Research Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (11/29, May) reports, “A short-term treatment with amoxicillin was not clinically effective in children with uncomplicated chest infections, suggesting that safety-netting advice without antibiotics may be a better management choice fo…

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Group Develops Children’s Book Focused On Helping Caregivers Navigate Children’s Anxiety About Climate Change

Healio (11/29, Marabito) reports on the publication by the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Climate Committee of “a children’s book focused on helping caregivers navigate children’s anxiety about the changing climate.” The picture book, called “Coc…

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Interventions Targeting Teen Dating Violence Tied To Reduction In Physical, Sexual Violence, Meta-Analysis Indicates

MedPage Today (11/29, Lei Wu) reports, “Interventions that target teen dating violence were associated with a reduction in physical and sexual violence, pooled randomized clinical trials (RCTs) revealed.” According to researchers, “in more than 20,000 ado…

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EHR Data Successfully Measured, Identified Risk Factors Of CKD Progression In Large Cohort Of Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Healio (11/26, Keenan) reported, “Researchers successfully used electronic health record [EHR] data to measure and identify risk factors of chronic kidney disease [CKD] progression in” a study that “identified 7,395 children (median age, 14.1 years; 36% f…

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About Half Of American Teenagers Not Receiving Sex Education That Meets Minimum Federal Standards, Study Suggests

The Washington Post (11/26, Blakemore) reported that “about half of American teenagers aren’t receiving sex ed that meets the minimum federal standards,” according to study results. Researchers “used data from the National Survey of Family Growth, which g…

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Urinary VEGF Levels Appear To Be Lower In Premature Infants With Severe Lung Disease Who Develop CKD Compared With Those Who Do Not, Study Suggests

Healio (11/24, Keenan) reported, “Urinary VEGF levels were lower in premature infants with severe lung disease who developed chronic kidney disease [CKD] compared with those who did not develop CKD, implying VEGF may be a biomarker of CKD in this patient…

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Maternal Pre-Pregnancy Overweight, Obesity May Possibly Increase Risk Of Atopic Dermatitis In Infants Via Intrauterine Mechanisms, Investigators Posit

HCPlive (11/26, Butera) reported research indicates that “maternal pre-pregnancy overweight and obesity could possibly increase the risk of atopic dermatitis in infants via intrauterine mechanisms,” investigators posited in a study that included “a total…

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Introducing Juice To Infants Early On May Lead To Greater Intake Of Sugary Drinks Later In Childhood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/24, Preidt, Mundell) reported, “Giving your baby fruit juice too early in life could lead to greater intake of sugary drinks later in childhood and much higher odds for obesity and tooth decay, a new study of more than 4,000 American mothers…

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Patients With MIS-C Experienced More Severe Illness During Second Wave Of Cases Compared With The First, Study Indicates

Healio (11/27, Downey) reported, “Patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C] experienced more severe illness during a second wave of cases compared with the first, according to a study.” The study, published in The Pediatric Infec…

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FDA Approves First Adjuvanted, Cell-Based Influenza Vaccine For Patients Six Months And Older In Event Of Pandemic

HCPlive (11/23, Walter) reports the Food and Drug Administration “has approved a multi-dose vial (MDV) platform for Influenza A(H5N1) Monovalent Vaccine, Adjuvanted (AUDENZ) for patients 6 months and older against influenza A(H5N1) in the event of a pande…

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Presence Of Anti-Rituximab Antibodies May Not Change Response That Pediatric Patients With Steroid-Dependent Nephrotic Syndrome Have To Rituximab Treatment, Study Suggests

Healio (11/23, Keenan) reports, “The presence of anti-rituximab antibodies does not change the response that pediatric patients with steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome have to rituximab treatment,” researchers concluded in a study that “randomized 140 c…

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Researchers Observe Growth Retardation In Majority Of Children With Severe Acquired Primary Hypothyroidism

Endocrinology Advisor (11/23, Stong) reports, “Growth retardation was observed in a majority of children with severe acquired primary hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which correlated significantly with the severity of hypothyroidism,” researche…

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In Brain Scan Study, Teens, Young Adults With Autism Show Marked Differences In White Matter Compared To Those Without Autism

HealthDay (11/23, Preidt) reports, “Teens and young adults with autism show marked differences in their brains’ white matter compared to those without the disorder,” investigators concluded after analyzing “the results of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) br…

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Epilepsy Surgery Before Age 3 Months Tied To Better Seizure Control, Does Not Lead To More Permanent Morbidity Than Surgery In Older Infants, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (11/23, Stong) reports, “Epilepsy surgery before age 3 months is associated with excellent seizure control and does not lead to more permanent morbidity than surgery in older infants, according to study findings.” The “multinational, ret…

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Racial Differences In Food Allergen Introduction May Influence Development, Manifestations Of Food Allergies, Study Suggests

Healio (11/23, Gawel) reports, “Racial differences in when parents introduce their children to potential allergens may influence the development and manifestations of food allergies, according to a study.” The findings of “the multisite Food Allergy Outco…

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Company Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance For Use Of Its AI-Powered Cardiac Diagnostics Platform In Pediatric Cardiology

According to Healio (11/22), in a Nov. 22 press release, “Cardiologs announced it received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for use of its artificial intelligence-powered cardiac diagnostics platform in pediatric cardiology.” The agency’s “expanded authoriza…

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Staphylococcus Aureus Remains Leading Cause Of SSTIs, Research Suggests

Healio (11/22, Weldon) reports that “staphylococcus aureus remains the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections, or SSTIs, according to” research that was presented “during this year’s Infectious Diseases in Children Symposium.”

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Survey Explores Factors Tied To Incomplete Vaccinations Among Infants During COVID-19 Pandemic

MedPage Today (11/22, Lei Wu) reports, “A survey of women who gave birth during the pandemic linked disruptions in prenatal care, discrimination, and COVID-19-related stressors with incomplete vaccination in their infants.” According to investigators, “am…

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Functional MRI Shows Adolescents, Young Adults Who Have Sustained Three To Five Concussions Have Disrupted Brain Connectivity In Their Default Mode Network, Study Indicates

Aunt Minnie (11/22, Madden Yee) reports, “Functional MRI (fMRI) shows that adolescents and young adults who have sustained three to five concussions have disrupted brain connectivity in their default mode network, according to study results to be presente…

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Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective In Adolescents Aged 12 To 15

Reuters (11/22, Roy) reports Pfizer on Monday “said…its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong long-term protection against the virus in a late-stage study conducted among adolescents aged 12 to 15 years.” According to the company, “a two-dose series of the v…

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Canada’s Health Regulator Approves Pfizer’s Child-Size COVID-19 Vaccine

The AP (11/19, Gillies) reported, “Canada’s health regulator approved Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot on Friday and announced it will allow Canadians returning from short trips abroad to use a quicker, less-expensive test for the coronavirus.” The vaccine…

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Lice Infestation Rates Rising Despite School COVID-19 Measures, Experts Warn

Kaiser Health News (11/19, Bichell) reported, “According to those in the world of professional nitpicking, Pediculus humanus capitis, the much-scorned head louse, has returned.” KHN added “the measures that many reopened schools have taken to prevent the…

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FDA Approves First Therapy For Achondroplasia

Reuters (11/19, Khandekar) reported, “BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc’s…once-daily injection for children with the most common type of dwarfism received clearance from the U.S. health regulator on Friday, making it the first approved therapy for achondropla…

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Report Explores Social Media Use Among Younger Children

The Washington Post (11/19, Searing) reported that “about a third of children ages 7 to 9 use social media apps on phones or tablets, according to a report” that was “based on data from a nationally representative pool of 1,030 parents with at least one c…

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Children With IBD Appear To Benefit From Vitamin D Supplementation, Researchers Say

According to Gastroenterology Advisor (11/19, Nye), in a 98-child, “randomized, double-blind, clinical trial,” researchers concluded that “children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appear to benefit from supplementation with vitamin D.” The findings…

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Mediator Profiles Consistent With Bacterial, Viral Respiratory Infections Co-Exist In Sputum Of Children With Acute Severe Asthma Attacks, Investigation Finds

HCPlive (11/19, Butera) reported an “investigation from the United Kingdom found that mediator profiles consistent with bacterial and viral respiratory infections as well as type 2 (T2) inflammation markers co-existed in the sputum of children with acute…

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Prophylactic CPAP May Reduce Incidence Of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Compared With Mechanical Ventilation In Very Preterm Infants, Review Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (11/19, May) reported, “In very preterm infants, prophylactic nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may reduce the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) compared with mechanical ventilation, according to findings fro…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Likely Made It More Difficult For Children With Obesity To Manage Weight, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/19, Norton) reported a study published in Obesity “is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight.” Investigators “tracked 230 children from ur…

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Atopic Dermatitis May Be Tied To Shorter Stature, Higher BMI, Lower Weight In Early Childhood, Research Suggests

HCPlive (11/18, Butera) reports research indicates that “atopic dermatitis was associated with shorter stature, higher body mass index [BMI], and lower weight in early childhood,” although these “associations were considered small.” The findings from the…

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Early Identification, Timely Intervention Key To Treating Children With Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis, Research Suggests

Healio (11/17, Volansky) reports, “Early identification and timely intervention are key to treating children with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, a preventive strategy outlined in five important principles” in a presentation given at ACR Convergence…

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Role Of Flavored E-Cigarettes On Uptake Of Tobacco Smoking, Cessation Among Youth Remains Unclear, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (11/18, T. Welsh) reports, “Flavors are an important motivator for e-cigarette uptake in youth, but the role of flavored e-cigarettes on uptake of tobacco smoking or cessation remains unclear, according to a systematic review.” The review, publishe…

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Gene Therapy May Offer New Treatment Option For Children With Hurler Syndrome, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (11/18, Norton), researchers report that “gene therapy might soon offer a new option for children with” Hurler syndrome. HealthDay adds, “In a study of eight children with the condition…researchers found that the gene therapy was…

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Black Children May Have Unique Risk Factors For Self-Harm, Researchers Say

A lengthy piece in the New York Times (11/18, Caron, James) explores recent studies indicating that “people of all races” appear not to “have the same factors for self-harm” or suicide, and among Black teens, “self-reported suicide attempts rose nearly 80…

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Bipartisan Coalition Of State Attorneys General Launch Probe Into Meta Over Social Media’s Impact On Children, Teens

The Washington Post (11/18, Zakrzewski) reports, “A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general on Thursday announced an investigation into Meta, focusing on whether the parent company of Instagram and Facebook violated consumer protection laws by pro…

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Number Of New Diagnoses Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Among Children Did Not Increase In 2020, Research Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/17, Nye) reports that “in 2020, the number of new diagnoses of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) did not increase as expected,” according to findings “published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.” Investigators “conduc…

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Study Explores Link Between Constipation Risk, Feeding Behaviors Among Preschool-Age Children

GastroenterologyAdvisor (11/17, van Paridon) reports that “constipation at preschool age was associated with food selectivity and feeding via cow’s milk-based bottles in the first 6 months of life, according to a study” that assessed “functional constipat…

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Asthma Is A Risk Factor For Hospitalization In Children With COVID-19 But Not For Worse Outcomes, Research Suggests

HCPlive (11/17, Butera) reports, “An evaluation into the association between asthma and COVID-19 concluded that asthma was a risk factor for hospitalization in children with COVID-19, but not for worse COVID-19 outcomes.” Furthermore, “the virus did not a…

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Maternal Blood Pressure Appears Not To Be Major Causal Risk Factor For Adverse Offspring Cardiometabolic Outcomes In Later Life, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (11/17, Lou) reports, “Intervening on maternal blood pressure (BP) during pregnancy wouldn’t help children stave off cardiometabolic diseases when they grew up,” researchers concluded “in a study based on 29,708 genotyped mother-offspring pa…

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American Teens Increasingly Sharing Social Media Posts About Self Harm, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/17, Mozes) reports, “American teens are increasingly turning to the social media giant Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves, a new study reveals.” Investigators “who tracked Instagram throughout 2018 fou…

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Higher Levels Of Media Multitasking Tied To Worse Mental Health, Academic Performance In Children, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (11/17, Lei Wu) reports, “Media multitasking, rather than total amount of time spent on digital media, reflected children’s stress levels, attention spans, and sleep, according to a small study of 8- to 12-year-olds.” Researchers found that…

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Nearly 10% Of Kids Aged 5 To 11 Have Received First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose, White House Estimates

The New York Times (11/17, Stolberg) reports, “The pace of vaccination against the coronavirus among newly eligible younger children is accelerating, and nearly 10 percent of the nation’s 5- to 11-year olds have already had their first shot, the White Hou…

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Increased Awareness Needed To Mitigate Fatty Liver Disease, Modifiable Risk Factors Among Adolescents And Young Adults, Researchers Say

Healio (11/16, Burba) reports, “Increased awareness is needed to mitigate burden fatty liver disease and modifiable risk factors among adolescents and young adults,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the National Health and Nutrition Exam…

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Combination Bevacizumab, Sorafenib, And Cyclophosphamide May Be Beneficial Palliative Regimen For Children, Young Adults With Recurrent Or Refractory Solid Tumors, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (11/16, Blevins Primeau) reports, “Combination bevacizumab, sorafenib, and cyclophosphamide may be a beneficial palliative regimen for children and young adults with recurrent or refractory solid tumors, according to researchers.” T…

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Most Children With Cancer Who Were Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Did Well And Had Only Asymptomatic Or Mild Disease, Study Finds

Medscape (11/16, Worcester, Subscription Publication) reports, “A new study that followed 131 children with cancer who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 shows that most (79%) did well and had only asymptomatic or mild disease.” But, “others developed severe s…

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Cannabis Use May Affect Placenta, May Be Tied To Higher Levels Of Anxiety, Aggression, And Hyperactivity In Children, Research Suggests

CNN (11/16, Hunt) reports research indicates that “cannabis use can affect the placenta and may be linked to higher levels of anxiety, aggression and hyperactivity in children.” The study, which included “322 mother-child pairs,” revealed that “children o…

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Takayasu Arteritis In Pregnant Patients May Be Tied To High Prevalence Of Adverse Fetal And Parental Outcomes, Meta-Analysis Suggests

Healio (11/16, Laday) reports, “Takayasu arteritis in pregnant patients is associated with a high prevalence of adverse outcomes for both the parent and the fetus, topped by risks for caesarean sections and low birth weight,” researchers concluded in a 23…

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NIH Begins Long-Term Study Of Impacts Of COVID-19 On Children

Healio (11/16, Weldon) reports, “Researchers have begun a long-term study of the impacts of COVID-19 on children, the NIH announced.” The study aims “to track up to 1,000 children and young adults,” ages 3 to 21 years, “who previously tested positive for…

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Younger Children Able To Recognize Emotions Of Adults Wearing Face Masks, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/15, Gever) reports, “Young children were generally able to tell whether mask-wearing adults showed happy, sad, or angry faces, although mistakes did happen, Swiss researchers found.” In the study “conducted among 276 children ages 3 to 6…

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Young People With T1D May Be At Increased Risk For Hospitalization For Acute Complications At Time Of Transition From Pediatric To Adult Care, Research Suggests

Medwire News (11/15, McDermid) reports, “Young people with type 1 diabetes [T1D] are at increased risk for hospitalization for acute complications at the time of transition from pediatric to adult care,” and “this was particularly the case for Black peopl…

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Trauma In Childhood May Raise Risk Of Poor Mental, Physical Health Later In Life, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/15, Preidt) reports research suggests trauma in childhood “might raise the risk of poor mental and physical health later in life.” Investigators “analyzed nearly 2,900 responses to the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey” and found that…

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Research Finds “Positive Association” Between States Allowing Teenager Consent To HPV Vaccination And Corresponding Immunization Rate

According to Healio (11/15, Weldon), research “reported a ‘positive association’ between states with laws allowing teenager consent to HPV vaccination and the corresponding immunization rate.” Investigators used data on “81,899 adolescents (mean age, 15 y…

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TAF Therapy May Prevent HBV Transmission From Pregnant Mothers To Infants, Study Indicates

Healio (11/15, Burba) reports, “Tenofovir alafenamide [TAF] therapy was safe, well-tolerated and prevented the transmission of hepatitis B virus [HBV] from pregnant mothers to infants,” investigators concluded in a study in which “enrolled mothers receive…

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Public Data On Racial Disparities For COVID-19 Vaccinations In Kids Appear To Be Lacking

The AP (11/15, Ma, Melia) reports, “The rollout of COVID-19 shots for elementary-age children has exposed another blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address pandemic inequalities: Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of yout…

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Maternal Obesity, Other In-Utero Events Important Risk Factors For CRC In Offspring, May Contribute To Increasing Incidence Rates Among Younger Adults, Research Suggests

GastroenterologyAdvisor (11/12, A. Schad) reported that “maternal obesity and other in-utero events are important risk factors for colorectal cancer (CRC) in offspring and may contribute to increasing incidence rates among younger adults, according to” re…

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Treatment With Updated FDC Of Rifampicin/Isoniazid/Pyrazinamide May Decrease Risk For Insufficient Exposure To Rifampicin Among Children With TB, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/12, Mermelstein) reported, “Treatment with an updated fixed-dose combination (FDC) of rifampicin/isoniazid/ pyrazinamide may decrease the risk for insufficient exposure to rifampicin among children with tuberculosis (TB) inf…

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Teen Athletes May Recover From Concussions Sooner If They Do Light Aerobic Exercise, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/14, Preidt) reports, “Contrary to long-held wisdom, teen athletes recover from concussions sooner if they do light aerobic exercise rather than resting in a dark room,” investigators concluded. The findings were announced in a Nov. 11 news r…

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Parent-Collected Nasal Swab Samples From Children May Yield Accurate Results For Detecting Respiratory Infections, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/12, Preidt) reported, “Parent-collected nasal swab samples from kids could be as good at detecting respiratory infections such as COVID-19 as those taken by nurses, but that’s not the case with saliva samples, British researchers say.” The f…

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Social Media May Factor Into Increased Disordered Eating Among Boys, Physicians Posit

The Wall Street Journal (11/13, Jargon, Subscription Publication) reported disordered eating appears to be increasing among boys, and some physicians posit social media may factor into this.

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First Lady, Surgeon General Team Up With DC Comics In Effort To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Kids

On its website, ABC News (11/14, Nagle) reports First Lady Jill Biden took “reinforcements with her when she” visited the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston “to promote pediatric vaccines alongside Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Superman and Wonder Woman…

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Prolonged Initial Prednisolone Therapy May Not Significantly Alter Disease Course In Very Young Children With Nephrotic Syndrome, Research Suggests

Healio (11/11, Keenan) reports, “Prolonged initial prednisolone therapy does not significantly alter the disease course in young children with nephrotic syndrome [NS],” investigators concluded in a “multicenter open-label trial” that enrolled “207 consecu…

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Human Milk Oligosaccharides Produce Similar Changes In Gut Microbiome Of Children With Overweight As Infants, Adults, Study Indicates

GastroenterologyAdvisor (11/11, Aghjayan) reports, “Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) produce similar changes in the gut microbiome of children with overweight as in infants and adults, suggesting that HMOs do not lead to digestive distress in children a…

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Judge Approves $626M Settlement For Flint Residents Exposed To Lead-Contaminated Water

The AP (11/10) reported US District Judge Judith Levy “on Wednesday approved a $626 million settlement for Flint residents and others who were exposed to lead-contaminated water.” The settlement “makes money available to every Flint child who was exposed…

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Schools Using Federal Pandemic Relief Money To Expand Capacity To Address Student Mental Health Struggles

The AP (11/11, Thompson, Hollingsworth, Belsha) reports, “With a windfall of federal coronavirus relief money at hand, schools across the U.S. are using portions to” rapidly “expand their capacity to address students’ struggles with mental health.” Accord…

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European Medicines Agency Recommends Two COVID-19 Medicines For People Over Age 12 At Risk Of Severe Disease

The AP (11/11) reports, “The European Medicines Agency has recommended the authorization of two new medicines against the coronavirus for people at risk of severe disease.” The regulator on Thursday “said it had concluded that the monoclonal antibody trea…

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Number Of People Younger Than 21 Who Had Total Hip Replacement Surgery In The US Increased Between 2000 And 2016, Study Finds

HealthDay (11/10, Mundell, Preidt) reports, “It may look like bad news, but a new study says it’s not: The number of people younger than 21 who had total hip replacement surgery in the United States jumped from 347 in 2000 to 551 in 2016.” This “increase…

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More Flu Shots Administered In 2020 Than Prior Two Years, But Rates Fell Among Youngest Children, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/10, Walker) reports, “More flu shots were administered during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 than the prior 2 years, but fewer were administered to the youngest children, researchers found.” In total, “administration of influenza vaccines…

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Infants Raised On Fortified Formula Milk Showed No Advantage In Academic Performance As Adolescents, Study Finds

MedPage Today (11/10, Wu) reports, “Infants raised on fortified formula milk showed no advantage in academic performance later on as adolescents, researchers found using data from England.” Investigators found “no significant differences in U.K. math exam…

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More Than 22M Infants Globally Did Not Receive First Dose Of Measles Vaccine In 2020, WHO-CDC Report Finds

Reuters (11/10, Karimi, Aripaka) reports, “The risk of measles outbreaks is high after more than 22 million infants missed their first vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease…

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Nutrition Counseling In Children Should Start Early In Life And Stress The Importance Of Foods With Immune-Modulating Effects To Promote Healthy Eating, Research Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (11/10, Aghjayan) reports, “Due to the complex interactions between diet, microbiome, and epigenetic influences, nutrition counseling in children should start early in life and stress the importance of foods with immune-modulating…

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Nearly 1M Young Children Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine So Far, White House Estimates

The New York Times (11/10, Stolberg) reports that on Wednesday, the White House “estimated…that nearly a million young children have gotten Covid-19 shots since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was cleared for 5- to 11-year-olds last week.” White House Coron…

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Pediatric Randomized Clinical Trials For Acne Vulgaris Have Become Largely Demographically Diverse In Recent Years, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (11/9, May) reports, “Pediatric randomized clinical trials for acne vulgaris have become largely demographically diverse in recent years, resulting in equitable representation across trials in terms of racial/ethnic minorities, women,…

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Young, Black Americans Experiencing Significant Spikes In Obesity, T2D, Smoking, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/9, Murez) reports, “Young, Black Americans are experiencing significant spikes in obesity, type 2 diabetes [T2D] and smoking, all risk factors for heart attack and stroke,” investigators concluded after comparing “inpatient hospital records…

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Short-Term Increases In Ambient Air Pollution Tied To Rise In Incidence Of Pneumonia In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (11/9, Welsh) reports, “Short-term increases in ambient air pollution were associated with a rise in the incidence of pneumonia in children, according to a large, community-based study in Bangladesh.” The study, published in Environmental Pollution…

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Offspring Of Mothers Who Received 17-Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate During Pregnancy May Face Nearly Double The Risk For Cancer, Study Finds

Healio (11/9, Marabito) reports, “The offspring of mothers who received 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate during pregnancy may face nearly double the risk for cancer compared with those who were not exposed, according to a recent study.” The findings were p…

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Over 200 Hospitals Agree To Participate In HHS’ New Maternal, Infant Health Initiative

Fierce Healthcare (11/9, Minemyer) reports, “More than 200 hospitals have signed on to participate in the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) new maternal and infant health initiative.” According to Fierce Healthcare, “The HHS Perinatal Improv…

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Over 360K Children Under Age 12 Have Received At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine, CDC Data Show

The Hill (11/9, Coleman) reports, “More than 360,000 children under age 12 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, as the country scales up pediatric vaccinations.” This…

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Violent Video Games Appear Not To Increase Actual Violence In Kids, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/8, Preidt) reports “violent video games don’t trigger actual violence in kids,” according to a study that “included boys aged 8 to 18, the group most likely to play violent video games, and examined two types of violence: aggression against…

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Expert Encourages Exposure Therapy To Relieve Anxiety Over Food Allergies Among Children, Parents

MedPage Today (11/8, Gever) reports on a program “at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for treating excessive anxiety about food allergy – in children and, often, their parents.” MedPage Today adds that “families may go to extraordinary and w…

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Some US Children With T1D Appear To Have A Decrease In Mean Glucose Level, Glucose Management Indicator During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic Compared With Prior Year, Data Indicate

Healio (11/8, Monostra) reports, “A cohort of U.S. children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] had a decrease in mean glucose level and glucose management indicator during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the prior year,” investigators conclu…

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Recommended Childhood Vaccination Schedule Does Not Increase Incidence Of Type 1 Diabetes, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (11/8, Lei Wu) reports, “The recommended childhood vaccination schedule does not increase incidence of type 1 diabetes, according to a cohort study of over half a million children.” Furthermore, “cumulative exposure to aluminum greater than…

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Babies Of Mothers Who Have Unhealthy Obesity Appear To Have Greater Adiposity Levels Compared To Offspring Of Women With Metabolically Healthy Obesity, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/8, Susman) reports, “Babies of mothers who have unhealthy obesity (that is, obesity along with other metabolic comorbidities) appear to have greater levels of adiposity when compared with the offspring of women with metabolically healthy…

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Discrimination May Increase Risk For Mental Health Problems In Young Adults, Data Indicate

CNN (11/8, Rogers) reports, “Young adults who experience discrimination about their bodies, race, age or sex have a greater risk of dealing with mental health problems than those who do not,” researchers concluded after analyzing “a decade’s worth of data…

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Administration Urging Schools To Help Promote COVID-19 Vaccinations For Younger Children

The New York Times (11/8, Stolberg) reports that First Lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy were in McLean, Virginia on Monday “to promote the vaccination of children in school against the coronavirus, visiting an elementary school whose stude…

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Investigators Explore Incidence Of Anaphylaxis Episodes Among Children Presenting At ED

Healio (11/6, VanDewater) reported, “Most episodes of anaphylaxis presenting in a pediatric ED occurred in those without a prior history, with severity increasing with age, according to results of a retrospective chart review.” For the review, “presented…

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FLOTUS To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Younger Children

The Hill (11/5, Chalfant) reported the White House on Friday announced First Lady Jill Biden on Monday will “begin a nationwide effort by the Biden administration to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations among children ages 5 to 11 next week, after the Pfizer v…

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Youth With Earlier Wake Times, Sleep Midpoints May Have Greater Gain In Fat Mass Over One Year, Expert Says

MedPage Today (11/7, Susman) reports that “youth with earlier wake times and sleep midpoints had greater gains in fat mass over 1 year,” according to a presentation by “Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science…

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Add-On Oral Anti-Obesity Regimen May Help Bolster Bariatric Surgery-Induced Weight Loss In Teens, Expert Says

MedPage Today (11/7, Monaco) reports that “an add-on oral anti-obesity regimen may bolster bariatric surgery-induced weight loss in teens,” according to a presentation by “Jaime Moore, MD, MPH, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora” a…

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Many Adolescents With Asthma Not Sufficiently Prepared To Transition To Adult Care, Small Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/5, Preidt) reported that “many young Americans with asthma aren’t sufficiently prepared by their childhood care providers to transition to adult care,” according to a small study that “surveyed 46 young adults with asthma, 18 to 30 years old…

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Children Who Eat Eggs More Frequently In Infancy May Be Less Likely To Have Egg Allergies Later In Childhood, Study Suggests

Healio (11/6, Gawel) reported, “Children who ate eggs more frequently as infants were less likely to have egg allergies later in childhood, according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.”…

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Implementation Of Federal Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines Appears To Be Lacking, Survey Indicates

MedPage Today (11/7, Gever) reports that while “2017 government-endorsed guidelines called for introducing peanuts in infancy in order to minimize risk of future allergy, few parents are getting that message from their pediatricians, survey results indica…

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Universal School-Based Screening Helps Identify Depression Among High School Students, Clinical Trial Shows

Healio (11/5) reported, “Universal school-based screening helped identify depression among high school students in Pennsylvania, according to a randomized clinical trial, which found that participating students were twice as likely to begin treatment.” Th…

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Schools Across US Preparing To Offer COVID-19 Vaccine For Younger Children

The AP (11/7, Eaton-Robb) reports that following the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine “for younger children, many elementary schools around the U.S. are preparing to offer the shots, which educators see as key to keeping students learning…

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Treatment With Antiretroviral Therapy May Alter Subdominant Gut Microbiota In Children With HIV Infection, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/4, Gupta) reports, “In children with HIV infection, treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART), in association with immune status, may directly or indirectly alter the subdominant gut microbiota, according to findings from…

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SDX/d-MPH May Improve AD/HD Symptoms In Children Aged Six To 12 Years, Small Study Suggests

Healio (11/4, Gramigna) reports, “Azstarys [serdexmethylphenidate and dexmethylphenidate (SDX/d-MPH)] significantly improved…symptoms” of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in children aged six to 12 years vs. placebo,” researchers conclu…

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Cases Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Remained Low In 2019 And 2020, CDC Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/4, George) reports, “Cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like condition that affects mainly children, remained low in 2019 and 2020,” data from the CDC revealed. Three years ago, “a total of 238 confirmed AFM cases were r…

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Breastfeeding After SARS-CoV-2 Infection May Help Spur Immune Response In Newborns, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/4, Norton) reports a study published in JAMA Network Open “suggests that breastfeeding after COVID-19 may…help spur a more ‘active’ immune response in babies: It found that by the age of 2 months, breastfed infants’ saliva contained certai…

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New Study Parameters Have Emerged In Recent Years For Evidence-Based Treatments For Disruptive Behavior Among Children, Adolescents, Review Study Suggests

HCPlive (11/4, Walter) reports, “A plethora of new study parameters have emerged in recent years for evidence-based treatments for disruptive behavior,” researchers concluded after assessing “family-based treatments based on the results of” 27 “published…

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Children’s National Hospital Begins Offering COVID-19 Vaccine To Young, At-Risk Children

The Washington Post (11/3, Portnoy) reports on the children ages five to 11 who were among the first “in the nation to be vaccinated Wednesday at a Children’s National Hospital clinic after federal authorities late Tuesday cleared the way for use of the c…

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Major US Pharmacy Chains To Begin Administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine To Children This Weekend

The Hill (11/3, Breslin) reports, “Two of the nations’ largest pharmacy chains – CVS Health and Walgreens – are accepting coronavirus vaccination appointments for children ages 5-11.” Walgreens and CVS will administer pediatric shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s…

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FDA Warns On Dangers Tied To Getting Hand Sanitizer In The Eyes

Healio (11/3) reports, “The FDA has issued a new safety concern communication” on its website “warning of the dangers associated with getting hand sanitizer in the eyes, reporting more than 3,500 cases of ocular exposure to alcohol-based hand sanitizers w…

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Biden Urges Parents To Vaccinate Younger Children Against COVID-19

The New York Times (11/3, Kanno-Youngs, Weiland) reports President Biden wants “the parents of millions of children to get their newly eligible children aged 5 to 11 vaccinated against the coronavirus, touting it as a major milestone in the nation’s recov…

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Low-Dose Oral Amoxicillin Noninferior To Higher Dose In Pediatric Patients With Pneumonia Following Hospital Discharge, Results Show

Healio (11/3, Marabito) reports, “A lower dose of oral amoxicillin was noninferior to a higher dose in children with community-acquired pneumonia who were discharged from an ED or hospital ward, according to” findings from a 814-patient trial. The results…

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Hybrid Closed-Loop Therapy May Improve Glycemic Control, QoL In Pediatric Patients With T1D, Research Suggests

Medwire News (11/3, Cowen) reports, “Hybrid closed-loop therapy significantly improves glycemic control and quality of life [QoL] relative to continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion or multiple daily insulin injections in children and adolescents with ty…

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MC3R Mutations Associated With Later Onset Of Puberty, Research Shows

MedPage Today (11/3, Wu) reports, “People who carry loss-of-function mutations in MC3R have later onset of puberty,” according to researchers who “found that in 200,000 U.K. Biobank volunteers, 0.82% carried a deleterious mutation of the MC3R gene.” Inves…

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Children Ages Five To 11 Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations

The AP (11/3, Tanner) reports children ages five to 11 began receiving COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday after “kid-sized doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine cleared two final hurdles Tuesday – a recommendation from CDC advisers, followed by a green light from…

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Parents Race To Vaccinate Kids As CDC Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Those 5 To 11

The Washington Post (11/2, Portnoy) reports on the “one-third of parents of 5-to-11-year-olds, national data from Kaiser Family Foundation shows, who wanted to get their kids vaccinated [against COVID-19] when they became eligible.” The CDC on Tuesday “ga…

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Many Parents Say They Will Wait To Vaccinate Younger Kids Against COVID-19

The Wall Street Journal (11/2, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports many parents are planning to wait to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 as US health authorities plan to roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children ages five to 11 wit…

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Longer Sleep Duration, Less Sleep Pattern Variability May Be Tied To Lower Markers Of Adiposity In Children, Research Suggests

Healio (11/2, Monostra) reports, “Children who sleep longer are more likely to have lower BMI and waist circumference, and longer sleep duration and less variability in sleep patterns are associated with lower waist-to-height ratio,” researchers concluded…

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Study Explores Impact Of Traditional Farming Lifestyle On Human Milk Content

Healio (11/2, VanDewater) reports, “Milk from Old Order Mennonite mothers contained higher levels of antibodies against allergens compared with that of mothers in urban and suburban Rochester, New York, according to a cross-sectional study.” Researchers “…

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Kids Exposed To Antidepressants In Utero May Have Lower Standardized Test Scores In Mathematics Than Unexposed Kids, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (11/2, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Children whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy performed worse on math exams, a retrospective study from Denmark found.” MedPage Today adds that “average test scores in mathematics were 52.1 among k…

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CDC Authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Children Ages Five To 11

The Wall Street Journal (11/2, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reports the CDC on Tuesday recommended the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in children ages five to 11, opening the door for vaccinations to begin. The Washington Post (11/2, A1, Sun, Sheph…

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Physicians Contend COVID-19 Vaccines Pose No Risk Of Future Infertility For Kids

CNN (11/1, Fox) reports parents are concerned that the COVID-19 vaccines may “somehow impair their child’s future fertility.” However, physicians “and public health officials are united in assuring parents this is not a concern.” CNN adds that “there’s no…

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Emergency Authorization Of COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Likely To Boost Vaccinations Among Minority Populations

Bloomberg (11/1, Biekert) reports emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine “for kids five and up will almost certainly help boost vaccinations of minority populations in the U.S., which have continued to lag in recent months, partic…

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Experts Say Risk Of Myocarditis Tied To COVID-19 Vaccines In Children Very Small

The New York Times (11/1, Mandavilli) reports “federal regulators are reviewing data on the link between Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine and” myocarditis “in adolescents, the company announced on Sunday,” a side effect that “has also worried advisers to fed…

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Congenital Syphilis Cases Increasing In US

ProPublica (11/1, Chen) reports that more than 129,800 syphilis cases in the US “were recorded in 2019, double the case count of five years prior. In the same time period, cases of congenital syphilis quadrupled: 1,870 babies were born with the disease; 1…

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Prediction Models For Psychiatric Disorders, Particularly For Pediatric Patients, Not Ready For Clinical Use, Systematic Review Concludes

HCPlive (11/1, Walter) reports, “While more and more prediction models for psychiatric disorders are being developed, particularly for pediatric patients, the results still do not show the models are ready for clinical use,” investigators concluded after…

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Recreational Screen Time Among Teens “Skyrocketed” During COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Indicates

USA Today (11/1, Rodriguez) reports research indicates “recreational screen time for teens skyrocketed” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. According to USA Today, “using data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, a large, long-term study o…

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Ahead Of CDC Advisers’ Expected Approval, Administration Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Children

The AP (11/1, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports, “Anticipating a green light from” CDC vaccine advisers in a special advisory panel meeting on Tuesday, the Biden Administration “is assembling and shipping millions of COVID-19 shots for children ages 5-11, the Whit…

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Moderna Says FDA Needs More Time To Assess Its COVID-19 Vaccine For Teens

Bloomberg (10/31, Vizcaino) reports, “Moderna Inc. said it was notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will require additional time to assess the company’s emergency request to approve its Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17 as regulators e…

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Some Parents Hesitant To Consent To COVID-19 Vaccination For Younger Children

The New York Times (10/30, A1, Hoffman) reported that the FDA’s authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 “offers the country an opportunity to make big inroads in its efforts to achieve broad immunity against the coronavirus. But in a…

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Playing High School Football Appears Not To Put Children At Risk For Depression, Suicidal Thoughts In Adulthood, Research Suggests

According to HealthDay (10/29), playing high school football appears not to put children “at risk for depression and suicidal thoughts in adulthood.” Included in the study were “more than 2,300 U.S. males who enrolled in the study at average age of 15 and…

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Nearly Half Of People Diagnosed With T2D In Childhood May Develop Retinopathy By Their Mid-Twenties, Research Suggests

Medwire News (10/29, McDermid) reported, “Almost half of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes [T2D] in childhood develop retinopathy by their mid-20s,” investigators concluded in a study that “examined fundus photographs taken of 367 young people with ty…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 5 To 11

The New York Times (10/29, Weiland, LaFraniere) reported that on Friday the FDA “authorized Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children 5 to 11, a move eagerly anticipated by millions of families looking to protect some of the only…

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COVID-19 Cases Down 60% From Delta Peak, But Experts Say To Stay Vigilant

CNN (10/28, Hanna) reports, “Rates of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have sunk significantly in the US since a wave driven by the highly contagious Delta variant peaked in September.” Over the last week, the case average is “down about 60% fr…

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CDC Adopts More “Stringent” Definition Of Lead Poisoning In Young Children

The AP (10/28, Stobbe) reports that US health officials “have changed their definition of lead poisoning in young children – a move expected to more than double the number of kids with worrisome levels of the toxic metal in their blood.” This “more string…

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Report Finds 40 Fatal Child Poisonings Tied To Common Cough, Cold Medicines In Recent Years

Medscape (10/28, Lillie, Subscription Publication) reports, “A number of fatal child poisonings have been linked to common cough and cold medications, according to a report.” A tracking system for “fatal child poisonings has identified 40 such deaths in r…

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Some Parents Of Kids Under 5 Feel Left Behind As FDA Is Expected To Authorize Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The Wall Street Journal (10/28, Morris, Subscription Publication) reports that the FDA is expected to soon authorize the use of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, but many parents of children younger than 5 feel left out a…

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Majority Of Parents Say They Will Not Get Younger Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19 “Right Away,” Survey Finds

CNN (10/28, Christensen) reports, “The majority of parents say they will not get their younger children vaccinated” against COVID-19 “right away, according to [a] survey published Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation.” CNN adds that “the survey foun…

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Pandemic Has Set Back Global Efforts To Immunize Children Against Other Diseases

The New York Times (10/28, Mueller) reports, “The pandemic dealt a serious setback to global efforts to immunize children against diseases like measles and polio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday, reducing worldwide cove…

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Researchers Find Small Amounts Of Industrial Plastics In Some Fast Food Items

The Washington Post (10/27, Reiley) reports, “A new study out Tuesday reports that far too often, small amounts of industrial chemicals called phthalates…have been found in samples of food from popular outlets including McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Chipotl…

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Prenatal Exposure To Inorganic Arsenic May Be Tied To Higher Risk Of Atopic Dermatitis In Young Children, Researchers Posit

HCPlive (10/27, Butera) reports researchers concluded that “prenatal exposure to inorganic arsenic and co-exposure to inorganic arsenic and cadmium were associated with a higher risk of atopic dermatitis in young children.” Included in the study were “a t…

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Nearly One-Third Of US Children Aged 7 To 9 Use Social Media, Poll Says

Healio (10/27, Weldon) reports, “Approximately one-third of children aged 7 to 9 years and almost half of children aged 10 to 12 years use social media apps, parents reported in the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.” Though…

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Tainted Halloween Candy Scare Lacks Evidence, Is “Baseless”

The New York Times (10/27, Victor, Ortiz) reports, “As children go trick-or-treating, it is exceedingly unlikely that your neighbor will put a razor blade in an apple, poison a wrapped Snickers bar, or, in this year’s version of the same old story, swap T…

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Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Used In US Children, Teens Within Weeks, CEO Says

Reuters (10/27, O’Donnell) reports that Moderna’s “COVID-19 vaccine could start to be used in children and teens in the United States within weeks” according to the company’s CEO. The company “plans to apply for separate U.S. regulatory clearance in child…

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COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among Children Subject To Same Geographic Inequities As Adults, CDC Data Suggest

NBC News (10/26, Bush, Chiwaya) reports on its website that “whether children receive a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine often depends on where they” live, according to CDC data analyzed by NBC News. For example, nearly 81% “of children ages 12 to 17 in Vermont…

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Appropriate COVID-19 Vaccine Dosage Best Determined By Child’s Age, Not Size, Experts Say

The New York Times (10/26, Caron) reports, “Children ages 5 to 11 may be eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine by early next month: two shots spaced three weeks apart,” but unlike those “12 and older, who get the same dosage as adults, the kids i…

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Hospital Admissions Appear To Be Declining Sharply Among Children With COVID-19, Data Indicate

Bloomberg (10/26, Levin) reports, “Hospital admissions are declining sharply among U.S. children with Covid-19, even more than adults, quieting concerns for now that the return to school could trigger a major uptick in viral transmission.” According to HH…

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Cost Of Hospitalization For Bronchiolitis Among Infants Increased In Past Decade, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (10/26, Lei Wu) reports, “The cost of hospitalization for bronchiolitis among infants increased significantly in the past decade despite a lack of greater illness, reflecting changing coding practices and a growing tendency to send young kid…

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Several Factors May Differentiate Future Course Of Adolescent Depression, Investigators Posit

Healio (10/26, Gramigna) reports, “Several factors, including age at onset during adolescence, can differentiate the future course of adolescent depression,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data of 4,234 participants (63% female; mean age, 10.6 yea…

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FDA Panel Backs Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 5 To 11

The New York Times (10/26, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports, “An independent committee of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration met on Tuesday and voted to recommend authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children 5 to 11 years ol…

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Moderna Says Coronavirus Vaccine Works Well For Children Six To 11

The Wall Street Journal (10/25, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reports Moderna said trial data show its COVID-19 vaccine induced strong immune responses in children from six to 11 years of age. The New York Times (10/25, Mandavilli) says the children i…

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COVID-19 Cases Falling, But Troubling Indicators Reportedly Loom

The AP (10/25, Whitehurst) reports, “Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally have been ticking up over the past few weeks, some rural hospitals are showing signs of strai…

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Survey Finds ICU Providers Experienced More Burnout Due To Hospital Visitation Restrictions During Pandemic

Healio (10/25, Welsh) says that after many US hospitals implemented visitation restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey found “ICU providers reported widespread use of video and spending more time overall communicating with families – in some…

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China Begins Vaccinating Children As Young As Three Against SARS-CoV-2

The AP (10/25, Wu) reports that “children as young as 3 will start receiving COVID-19 vaccines in China, where 76% of the population has been fully vaccinated and authorities are maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward outbreaks.” According to the AP,…

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Women Who Alter Their Diets To Breastfeed Children With Food Allergies May Have More Psychosocial Symptoms Than Mothers Who Do Not Need To Alter Diets, Research Suggests

Healio (10/25, Gawel) reports research suggests “women who altered their diets to breastfeed children with food allergies had more psychosocial symptoms affecting bonding with their babies than breastfeeding mothers who did not need to alter their diets.”…

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Marijuana Vaping Among School-Aged Youth Doubled Between 2013 And 2020, Study Suggests

CNN (10/25, LaMotte) reports, “Marijuana vaping by school-aged youth doubled between 2013 and 2020…with reported use within the last 30 days rising seven-fold during the same time period,” research suggests. Researchers “analyzed 17 studies conducted th…

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Visceral Fat Associated With Increased Arterial Stiffness In Youth With Obesity, Study Finds

HCPlive (10/23) reported, “New research dove into associations between visceral fat and arterial stiffness in youth with healthy weight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes (T2D), in order to discover whether the relationships were independent of body fatness es…

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High Mold Levels In Urban Homes Linked To DTC Asthma Among Youth, Study Finds

Healio (10/22) reported, “Mucor levels in urban homes where youth resided predicted difficult-to-control [DTC] asthma, and these levels appeared more likely in homes with window air conditioning units, according to a study.” DTC “asthma – indicating a lac…

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Most Vulnerable Students Often Hit Hardest By Disruptions To Schooling

The AP (10/23, Ma) reported, “Even as schools have returned in full swing across the country, complications wrought by the pandemic persist, often falling hardest on those least able to weather them: families without transportation, people with limited in…

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Pharmacotherapy Can Be An Important Intervention For Adolescents With Obesity, Expert Says

Healio (10/22) reported, “Pharmacotherapy can be an important intervention for adolescents with obesity, according to a” presentation given at the Obesity Medicine Association: Overcoming Obesity 2021 meeting by Ania Jastreboff, MD, PhD, “an associate pro…

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Newborns Who Get More Sleep May Have Lower Risk Of Excess Weight Gain In Infancy, Research Indicates

HealthDay (10/22, Murez) reported research indicates that “newborns who get more sleep and wake up less during the night are less likely to” have “overweight in infancy.” Investigators “reported that just one more hour of sleep at night correlated with a…

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Children, Adults With Autism Have Significantly Increased Risk For Self-Harm, Suicidality, Review Shows

Healio (10/22) reported, “Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder had significantly increased risk for self-harm and suicidality, according to results of a systematic review and meta-analysis.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Benefits Of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Outweigh Risks In Children Ages 5 To 11, FDA Review Finds

The Washington Post (10/22, A1, Johnson, McGinley) reported that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 “vaccine appears poised to become available to children 5 to 11 years old within weeks, after” an FDA “review found the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks i…

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FDA Approves Dupilumab As Add-On Maintenance Treatment For Certain Children With Moderate To Severe Asthma

Healio (10/21) reports, “The FDA has approved dupilumab as an add-on maintenance treatment for children aged 6 to 11 years with moderate to severe asthma characterized by an eosinophilic phenotype or with oral corticosteroid-dependent asthma.” This “expan…

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Sleep Disturbances, Complaints Common Among Pediatric Patients With JIA, Analysis Finds

RheumatologyAdvisor (10/21, Akirov) reports, “Sleep disturbances and complaints are common among children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), including difficulties maintaining sleep and increased sleep onset latency, according to” r…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Demand In US Could Rise Again As Health Officials Mull Shots For Younger Children, Expand Eligibility For Boosters

The Washington Post (10/21, Roubein) reports, “Vaccine providers may once again see more people clamoring to get” COVID-19 “shots all at once” amid new and expected regulatory actions. Biden Administration “health officials are hammering out plans to vacc…

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More Than 14,000 Infants Taken To ED In Last 10 Years Due To Injury Associated With Slings, Other ‘Baby-Wearing’ Products, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/21, Norton) reports, “Slings and other popular ‘baby-wearing’ products have sent thousands of U.S. infants to the emergency room in the past decade,” according to researchers who “estimate that between 2011 and 2020, more than 14,000 infants…

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Physician Lawmakers Aim To Expand Access To Medication, Therapy For Obesity

The Hill (10/21, Wilson) reports physician lawmakers “from both parties said that expanding access to medication and therapy for obesity is crucial to turning the tide in one of America’s great public health challenges.” Reps Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Brad Wen…

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CDC Endorses Advisory Panel’s Recommendation For J&J, Moderna, And Mix-And-Match COVID-19 Boosters

The Washington Post (10/21, A1, Sun, Shepherd) reports, “Tens of millions of Americans can sign up to get Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters beginning Friday after” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky “endorsed recommendations from expert advisers that…

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In Pediatric Patients Undergoing Fontan Procedure, Rivaroxaban Appears To Prevent Thrombotic Events Similar To Aspirin, UNIVERSE Study Suggests

Healio (10/20, Swain) reports, “In pediatric patients undergoing the Fontan procedure, those assigned rivaroxaban had numerically lower but statistically similar rates of thrombotic events compared with those assigned aspirin,” investigators concluded in…

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Revamped US Kidney Prioritization System Appears To Better Even Field In Pediatric Kidney Transplant Wait Times, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (10/20, Wu) reports, “The revamped U.S. kidney prioritization system appeared to better even the field in pediatric kidney transplant wait times – by making organs similarly harder to get for children across races and ethnicities,” investiga…

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Insulin Sensitivity May Be Tied To Likelihood Of Partial Remission In Children, Adolescents Newly Diagnosed With T1D, Researchers Say

Medwire News (10/20, McDermid) reports, “Insulin sensitivity may be associated with the likelihood of partial remission in children and adolescents newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [T1D], regardless of C-peptide levels and BMI,” researchers concluded…

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Pediatric Patients With T1D May Often Have Peripheral Sensory Neurological Impairments At Time Of Their Transition To Adult Diabetes Care, Researchers Posit

Endocrinology Advisor (10/20, Nye) reports, “Pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) often have peripheral sensory neurological impairments at the time of their transition to adult diabetes care,” investigators concluded in a study that recruited 29…

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Study Examines Link Between Presence Of Upper Respiratory Tract Bacteria And Risk For Lower Respiratory Tract Infection In Young Children

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/20, van Paridon) reports, “In young children, a diagnosis of a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) was associated with the detection of Haemophilus influenzae or Klebsiella spp in the upper respiratory tract (URT), acco…

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Machine Learning Algorithm Identifies New Pollutants That May Trigger Asthma In Children

HealthDay (10/20, Preidt) reports that “scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied” to asthma in children. Researchers “used a machine learning algorithm to assess potential early exposure to dozens of po…

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Between 2011 And 2019, Fewer Than 12% Of Adolescents With Major Depression And Substance Use Disorder Were Treated For Both Conditions, Survey Study Reveals

Healio (10/20, Gramigna) reports, “Between 2011 and 2019, fewer than 12% of adolescents with major depression and substance use disorder were treated for both conditions,” researchers concluded after investigating “temporal trends and sociodemographic dis…

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White House Outlines Plans To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines To Children Aged Five To 11

The Washington Post (10/20, Sun, Sellers, Wang) reports that on Wednesday, the White House “announced plans to distribute vaccines to a huge group that has been ineligible so far to receive the coronavirus shots – 28 million children aged 5 to 11.” The Bi…

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COVID-19 Infection Plus Vaccination May Provide Strongest Protection, Research Suggests

USA Today (10/19, Weintraub) reports “a growing body of research suggests” COVID-19 infection “plus vaccination provides the strongest protection against a wide range of variants.” One study published in Science found that “this combined protection seems…

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Nursing Turnover For Staff RNs Costing Hospitals Millions Of Dollars Each Year, Report Indicates

RevCycle Intelligence (10/19, LaPointe) reports, “Nursing turnover is costing hospitals millions of dollars each year as the rate of registered nurses (RNs) leaving their organizations continues to rise,” according to the NSI Nursing Solutions’ NSI Nation…

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CDC Data Show Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine 93% Effective Against Hospitalization For Youths Aged 12 To 18

The New York Times (10/19, Mueller) reports that according to CDC data published in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 “vaccine was 93 percent effective against hospitalization with Covid-19 among 12- to 18-year-olds.” T…

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Children With Atopic Dermatitis Likely To Be Absent From School At Least 15 Days A Year Due To Their Condition, Researchers Say

Healio (10/19, Volansky) reports, “Children with atopic dermatitis [AD], but not those with psoriasis, were likely to be absent from school at least 15 days a year due to their condition,” investigators concluded after culling “data from the 1999-2015 Med…

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CDC Considering Coronavirus “Test-To-Stay” Program For Students Instead Of Quarantine

Reuters (10/19, Singh) reports the CDC “said it is considering a coronavirus ‘test-to-stay’ program in schools instead of quarantine.” This “program is for students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in school and can still attend classes in person rat…

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Pediatric Groups Declare National Emergency In Children’s Mental Health

The Hill (10/19, Prieb) reports, “A group of pediatric organizations have declared a national emergency in children’s mental health,” drawing on “statistics from March through October 2020, which showed that the percentage of emergency” department “visits…

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US Sees 23% Increase In Flu Cases From 2020, Data Show

The Hill (10/18, Schnell) reports, “The U.S. has seen 23 percent more flu cases this year compared to last year’s influenza season, though flu activity is still below normal pre-pandemic years, according to data collected by the Walgreen[s] Flu Index.” Th…

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Children With Uncontrolled, Moderate-To-Severe Asthma Had Better Long-Term Lung Function When They Were Treated With Dupilumab, Study Shows

MedPage Today (10/18, Susman) reports that “children with uncontrolled, moderate-to-severe asthma had better long-term lung function when they were treated with dupilumab (Dupixent), a randomized study showed.” The research was presented at the CHEST 2021…

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Pediatric Patients May Have Higher Endoscopic Findings Of Eosinophilic Esophagitis Detected During Esophageal Biopsy, Study Indicates

Healio (10/18, Burba) reports, “Compared with adult patients who more frequently experienced delayed eosinophilic esophagitis diagnosis, pediatric patients had higher endoscopic findings of the disease with increased eosinophils detected during esophageal…

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Research Looks At Trends In Noninvasive And Invasive Ventilation For Asthma Exacerbations In Children

Pulmonology Advisor (10/18, Dembeck) reports, “In children hospitalized due to asthma exacerbations, the use of both non-invasive (NIV) and invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) is exhibiting an upward trend.” The “trend is more pronounced with NIV and is…

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State Spending On Poverty May Be Tied To Reduction In Child Maltreatment, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/18, Foster, Preidt) reports a study published in Pediatrics indicates that “when states spend money on programs that reduce poverty, fewer children are abused and neglected, fewer end up in foster care and fewer die.” Investigators “found th…

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Some Schools Begin Lifting Mask Mandates As COVID-19 Infections Decline

Bloomberg (10/18, Levin) reports some schools across the US “are starting to lift mask mandates as the latest Covid-19 wave fades, and case trends suggest others may soon follow.” Nearly “a half dozen school districts across the country have recently lift…

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Federal Health Officials Help Local Governments Prep For Children’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout

The AP (10/15, Stobbe) reported, “U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized.” For instance, the CDC has “sent out…

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Use Of Algorithmic Insulin Dose Adaptations, Carbohydrate Intake In Children With T1D May Lead To Global Improvement In Glycemic Control 15 Hours After Exercising, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (10/15, Biscaldi) reported, “The use of algorithmic insulin dose adaptations and carbohydrate intake in children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) has led to a global improvement in glycemic control 15 hours after exercising,” investigators…

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FDA To Delay Decision On Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Adolescents To Review Side Effect

In an exclusive, the Wall Street Journal (10/15, A1, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reported that the FDA will delay its decision on whether to approve Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents in order to review whether they are at increased risk…

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Infectious Mononucleosis In Childhood May Increase Risk For MS Diagnosis, Data Indicate

Healio (10/15, Gramigna) reported, “Infectious mononucleosis in childhood, especially in adolescence, appeared to increase risk for an MS diagnosis, independent of shared familial factors,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed data of 2,492,9…

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CBT More Effective At Reducing Pain Duration, Intensity Than Attention Control In Children With FAP, Trial Results Show

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/15, Nye) reported, “For children with functional abdominal pain (FAP), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) was more effective at reducing pain duration and intensity than an attention control over time.” The findings from the p…

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Parents Say Children’s Learning, Grades Suffered Due To COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds

The AP (10/16, Cortez) reported, “The latest American Family Survey, released Tuesday in Washington, D.C., indicates more than half of respondents whose children did not attend school in person chose not to return to the classroom when they had the option…

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Children Who Spent More Time Outdoors During COVID-19 Lockdowns Experienced Fewer Behavioral, Emotional Problems, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/15, Foster, Preidt, Mundell) reported, “Children who spent more time in nature during pandemic lockdowns suffered fewer behavioral and emotional problems, British researchers say.” In addition, the researchers “found that children in wealthi…

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Disparities For Influenza Vaccine Remain Among Young Children, CDC Survey Finds

MedPage Today (10/15, Lei Wu) reported the CDC’s 2018-2020 National Immunization Survey-Child “on routine childhood vaccination continued to show wide disparities for the influenza vaccine by insurance status, race, and geography, with only slight changes…

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FDA Panel Recommends Moderna Coronavirus Booster For People 65 And Older, Adults At High Risk

The Washington Post (10/14, A1, Johnson, Abutaleb) reports the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) “on Thursday unanimously recommended a booster dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for people 65 and older and fo…

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Applications To Nursing School Rising Despite COVID-19 Burnout

The AP (10/14, Eaton-Robb) reports, “Nurses around the US are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an opportun…

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Children, Young Adults With COVID-19 Can Carry, Spread High Levels Of SARS-CoV-2, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/14, Murez) reports, “From newborns to new adults, young people who get COVID-19 can carry high levels of the virus and spread it to others even if they show no symptoms,” according to “a study of 110 people between 2 weeks and 21 years of ag…

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Exposure To Antibiotics In Early Life May Be Tied To Later Onset Of JIA, Investigators Suggest

Healio (10/14, Laday) reports, “Exposure to antibiotics in early life is associated with the later onset of juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA],” investigators concluded after examining data from the “All Babies in South-east Sweden…cohort,” then identi…

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Vaccination Rates, Potential Approval Of Antiviral Therapy Among Reasons For Optimism That COVID-19 Trends Could Improve, Experts Say

The New York Times (10/14, A1, Anthes) says “As winter looms, there are real reasons for optimism” that coronavirus trends in the US could continue to improve in most states, some experts say. Almost 70% “of adults are fully vaccinated, and many children…

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FDA Approves First Thymus Tissue Product To Treat Rare Pediatric Immune Disorder

Cardiovascular Business (10/13, Vecchione) reports the FDA “announced that it has approved Rethymic (allogeneic processed thymus tissue-agdc) from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Enzyvant Therapeutics, Inc., for the treatment of pediatric patients with con…

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Symptom Scores Of ASD In Children, Teens Receiving Intranasal Oxytocin No Different Than Those In Comparable Placebo Group, Research Suggests

The AP (10/13, Tanner) reports that research indicated that “children with autism didn’t benefit from an experimental therapy made with a hormone thought to promote social bonding.” The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. MedPa…

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Among Pediatric Patients With Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Risk For Incidence Of Intestinal Resection, Colectomy After Five Years Of Diagnosis Decreased Over 24-Year Period, Research Suggests

Healio (10/13, Burba) reports, “Among pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the risk for incidence of intestinal resection and colectomy after five years of diagnosis decreased over a 24-year period,” investigators concluded afte…

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Interventions That Help Limit Youth Access To Handguns During Moments Of Crisis May Especially Benefit Rural-Remote Communities, Research Suggests

Healio (10/13, Gramigna) reports, “Interventions that help limit youth access to handguns during moments of crisis may especially benefit rural-remote communities,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data of 59,556 students who participated in the 2…

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Animal Cell Culture-Developed Flu Vaccine Effective In Children, Trial Finds

MedPage Today (10/13, Phend) reports, “Flu vaccine generated with a novel platform, using animal cell culture rather than egg, appeared to have good protection for children,” researchers concluded in a clinical trial including 4,514 children. Results show…

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Transgender, Nonbinary Children Report Less Depression, Fewer Suicidal Thoughts After One Year Of “Gender-Affirming Care,” Researchers Say

Medscape (10/13, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reports, “Transgender and nonbinary young people experienced less depression and fewer suicidal thoughts after a year of gender-affirming care with hormones or puberty blockers, according to” research pre…

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COVID-19 Pandemic May Be Associated With Profound Changes In The Dynamics Of Suicide Attempts Among Children, Cross-Sectional Study Indicates

Healio (10/13, Gramigna) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in the dynamics of children’s suicide attempts,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data of 830 children aged 15 years or younger (mean age, 13.5 years; 1:4 ratio…

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Proportion Of Magnets, Electronics FBI Appears To Have Increased Significantly During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/12) reports, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the frequency of total foreign body ingestion (FBI) did not increase significantly, but the proportion of magnets and electronics FBI did increase significantly, according to” research presented at…

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Increasing Number Of Children, Teens Are Injured From Golf Carts Each Year, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/12, Murez) reports research indicates that “an increasing number of children and adolescents are injured from” golf “carts each year.” Investigators “found more than 63,500 injuries to children in the United States took place between 2010 an…

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Virtual Reality Intervention May Decrease Pain, Anxiety Among Pediatric Patients Undergoing Peripheral IV Catheter Placement, Researchers Say

Healio (10/12, Miller) reports, “A virtual reality intervention called ‘Bear Blast’ significantly decreased pain and anxiety among children and teenagers while they underwent peripheral IV catheter placement,” researchers concluded in a study that “recrui…

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Care Coordination May Reduce Frequency Of Negative Outcomes In Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Care, Researchers Say

HCPlive (10/12, Iapoce) reports, “Due to the difficulties of pediatric uncontrolled type 1 diabetes (T1D) care, a new study aimed to reduce diabetes related emergency department admission and hospitalizations, as well as improve diabetes control in patien…

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Hospital Policy Reduces IV Acetaminophen Use For Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (10/12, Dotinga) reports healthcare workers at Children’s Hospital Colorado “managed to greatly decrease the use of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen (Tylenol) in pediatric tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgeries by implementing a standing or…

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Newborns Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Showing Signs Of Ocular Injury, Researchers Say

Medscape (10/12, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports, “Newborns infected with SARS-CoV-2 are showing signs of eye damage, researchers say.” Such “injuries could be related to prematurity, hemodynamic compromise, mechanical ventilation, or the viru…

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Motivational Interviewing During Specialized Pediatric Consultations Appears Not To Increase Mental Healthcare Service Use Among Adolescents, Young Adults With Chronic Medical Conditions, Researchers Posit

Healio (10/12, Gramigna) reports, “Motivational interviewing during specialized pediatric consultations did not increase mental healthcare service use among adolescents and young adults with chronic medical conditions,” but “it did correlate with longer c…

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White House Tells Governors To Prepare To Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Children

ABC News (10/12, Flaherty, Faulders) reports, “In a private phone call Tuesday with the nation’s governors, the White House said states should prepare to begin vaccinating elementary-school-aged kids against COVID-19 in early November and that it would wo…

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MIS-C Case Reports Increased 12% Since Late August, CDC Data Show

CNN (10/8, Christensen) reports CDC data issued Thursday show “a 12% increase in reports of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, since late August.” In addition, physicians “at a handful of children’s hospitals around the country say t…

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Studies Show No Clear Trend Of Pandemic-Related Sleep Problems In Children

MedPage Today (10/11, Wu) reports, “Pandemic-related sleep studies in children have not shown a clear trend of insomnia,” according to findings of a new presentation. For some children, “the increased flexibility that came with virtual school helped boost…

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Social Distancing, Mask Mandates Prevents Cases Of Flu, RSV Among Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/8, Preidt) reported research suggests that “social distancing and mask mandates during the pandemic nearly eliminated cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children.” Researchers found “no cases of RSV at” Akron Childr…

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Pediatric Healthcare Providers Given Training, Resource Materials More Effectively Promote Firearm Safety, Studies Indicate

Medscape (10/11, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reports, “When pediatricians and other pediatric providers are given training and resource materials, levels of firearm screenings and anticipatory guidance about firearm safety increase significantly, ac…

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Educational, Psychological Interventions Reduced Atopic Dermatitis Severity In Pediatric Patients, Review Suggests

HCPlive (10/11, Butera) reports “educational and psychological interventions reduced atopic dermatitis severity in pediatric patients,” with combined interventions demonstrating the best outcomes, researchers found in a systematic review of 12 studies.

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Accidental Burns Among US Children Rose By One-Third Amid First Months Of Pandemic, Data Suggest

HealthDay (10/8, Preidt) reported, “Accidental burns among U.S. children rose by one-third during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from nine trauma centers” and finding “the total number of children t…

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More Children Exposed To Cigarette Smoke Due To Increase In Parental Smoking During COVID-19 Lockdown, Researchers Say

Healio (10/11, Welsh) reports, “During the COVID-19 lockdown, an increase in parental smoking in the household led to significantly more children being exposed to cigarette smoke, researchers reported at the virtual European Respiratory Society Internatio…

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US Prepares To Roll Out Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine To Younger Children As Soon As Authorized

The Washington Post (10/8, Sun) reported, “Within days of regulators clearing the nation’s first vaccine for younger children, federal officials say they will begin pushing out as many as 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine to inocul…

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Special Headphones Plus Free App May Help Children With Hearing Difficulty Due To Otitis Media With Effusion, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/7, Norton) reports, “A pair of special headphones plus a free app might help kids with hearing difficulty due to” otitis media with effusion (OME), investigators concluded in a study that “recruited 26 children, ages three to 11, who had OME…

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COVID-19 Infection Rates, School Closures Declined During September

The New York Times (10/7, A1, Goldstein, Fortin) reports, “The vast majority of the nation’s 50 million public school students have been in classrooms, full-time and mostly uninterrupted, this fall – whether students are masked or unmasked, teachers vacci…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Decline In Routine Vaccination Rates For Children, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/7, Hamza) reports, “With pandemic disruptions aplenty, fewer infants were left up to date (UTD) with their routine vaccinations through the fall of last year, and weekly vaccination rates remained depressed for several age groups as well…

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Research Finds Antibiotic Prescribing In Pediatric Practices Declined Significantly Amid Pandemic

Healio (10/7, Viguers) reports, “Researchers observed a significant reduction in antibiotic prescriptions among pediatric primary care centers within the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia network after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The study auth…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA To Authorize Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use For Children 5 To 11 Years Old

The New York Times (10/7, A1, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports, “Pfizer and BioNTech asked federal regulators on Thursday to authorize emergency use of their coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.” NBC News (10/7, Burke, Chuck) reports, “An FDA adviso…

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Nearly One-Third Of Children With Food Allergies Report Being Bullied, Study Finds

HealthDay (10/7, Mozes) reports, “In a new study of more than 100 kids with food allergies, nearly one-third said they had been subject to some form of food allergy-related bullying.” The study included “121 children, aged 9 to 15, along with their caregi…

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More Than 120,000 American Children Have Lost A Parent Or Caregiver To COVID-19, According To Modeling Study

The New York Times (10/7, Victor) reports, “Over a 15-month period of the pandemic, more than 120,000 children in the United States had a parent or caregiver die from Covid-19, a loss that more severely affected racial minorities, according to a modeling…

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WHO Recommends Malaria Vaccine For Children In Hardest-Hit Regions

The Washington Post (10/6, Firozi, Iati, Cunningham) reports the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended on Wednesday “the world’s first vaccine to prevent malaria for widespread use in children, a tool it said can help save tens of thousands of lives…

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Gene Replacement Therapy With Onasemnogene Abeparvovec Enabled Symptomatic Infants With SMA1 To Achieve At Least One Episode Of Independent Sitting, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/6, George) reports, “Gene replacement therapy with onasemnogene abeparvovec (Zolgensma) enabled symptomatic infants with spinal muscular atrophy type 1 (SMA1) to achieve at least one episode of independent sitting, the open-label phase I…

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Deutetrabenazine Appears Not To Treat Tourette Syndrome-Linked Tics Efficaciously In Children And Adolescents, Small Study Indicates

Healio (10/6, Gramigna) reports, “Austedo [deutetrabenazine; Teva Pharmaceuticals] did not efficaciously treat tics linked to Tourette syndrome [TS] in children and adolescents,” investigators concluded in the ARTISTS 1 study. Included in the study were “…

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Among Patients With T2D Onset In Youth, Risk Of Complications Increases Steadily Over Time And Affects Most Of This Population By Young Adulthood, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (10/6, Stong) reports, “Among patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) onset in youth, the risk of complications increases steadily over time and affects most of this population by young adulthood,” investigators concluded. The study reve…

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GNAS Mutations In Kids With Severe Obesity May Go Undetected, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (10/6, Monaco) reports, “GNAS mutations in kids with severe obesity may go undetected, researchers suggested.” In the “study of 2,548 children with severe obesity in whom genetic causes of obesity were not suspected, a total of 22 were found…

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How Infants Spontaneously Play In Their Daily Environments May Help Them Develop Everyday Learning Faculties And Grow Cognitive, Social And Language Abilities, Study Indicates

Healio (10/6, Weldon) reports, “How infants spontaneously play in their daily environments may help them develop everyday learning faculties and grow cognitive, social and language abilities,” investigators concluded in a study that included “40 infants (…

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Few Parents Report Price Transparency For Child’s Medical Care, Survey Suggests

Health IT Analytics (10/5, Murphy) reports research published in JAMA Network Open suggests that “despite a federal mandate, only 7 percent of parents are getting price transparency for their children’s medical care.” In the “survey of just under 650 fami…

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Boys With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Appeared To Get Same Benefit From 30 Months Of Treatment With A Novel Type Of Corticosteroid As Would Be Expected With Conventional Versions, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (10/5, Gever) reports, “Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) got the same benefit from 30 months of treatment with a novel type of corticosteroid as would be expected with conventional versions…but without most of the adverse effect…

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Intravenous Sodium Valproate Provides Some Relief In Pediatric Patients With Headache Disorders, Review Finds

Neurology Today (10/5, Susman) reports pediatric patients “with refractory headache disorders get some relief when treated with intravenous sodium valproate that includes a three- to four-day hospitalization,” according to review findings presented during…

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Researchers To Launch Trial To Reduce Oxygen Monitoring In Infants

Modern Healthcare (10/5, Gillespie, Subscription Publication) reports “a growing body of research shows” continuous oxygen monitoring in infants “actually doesn’t carry a lot of evidence, and can actually cause unnecessary alarm fatigue and rack up hospit…

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Children Who Exercised More, Used Technology Less During Pandemic Appeared To Have Better Mental Health Outcomes, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/5, Murez) reports research indicates that children “who exercised more and used technology less during the pandemic had better mental health outcomes.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion in a study that “included more than 500 parents…

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COVID-19 Infection Rates Declining In US, But Cases Remain Particularly High In Children

CNN (10/5, Holcombe, Langmaid) reports COVID-19 “infection rates are finally on the decline” in the US, “but experts say there’s still work to be done before the tide can be turned, especially when cases remain exceptionally high among children.” CNN adds…

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Estimated Prevalence Of T1D, T2D In Children, Adolescents Increased In The US From 2001 To 2017, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (10/4, Stong) reports, “The estimated prevalence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in children and adolescents increased in the United States from 2001 to 2017,” investigators concluded in “the SEARCH for Diabetes in…

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Opposition To COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates May Be Stronger When It Comes To Children

The Washington Post (10/4, Blake) reports that while vaccine mandates by “businesses, hospital systems and governments…have gained compliance numbers well north of 90 percent,” one area “likely to truly test people’s true opposition to the mandates” wil…

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Black, Hispanic Children With Cancer Fare Worse Than Their White Counterparts, Study Finds

HealthDay (10/4, Reinberg) reports, “Black kids and Hispanic kids with cancer fare worse than their white counterparts, a large, nationwide study finds.” The findings “are based on a database analysis of children in the United States who were diagnosed wi…

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Program Focuses On Mental Health Challenges Of Young People

Kaiser Health News (10/4, Kreidler) reports on Allcove, a “program designed largely by the people who use it,” that “offers standalone health and wellness sites to those ages 12 to 25, often on a walk-in basis, at minimal or no cost.” The program “is buil…

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Pediatric Fatalities From Cough And Cold Medications Often Occur In Children Under Two And Involve Nontherapeutic Intent, Study Finds

HealthDay (10/4) reports on research finding that “pediatric fatalities involving over-the-counter cough and cold medications often occur in children who are younger than 2 years of age, and they frequently involve medication administered with nontherapeu…

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Study Identifies Ways To Find Potential Biomarkers Associated With COVID-19 Disease Severity Among Children With SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/4, Cimino) reports on research finding that “among children with SARS-CoV-2 infection, assessing differences in immunity profiles and correlations between serum cytokine measurements and certain clinical parameters may help…

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Childhood Adversity Associated With Over 430,000 Deaths In US In 2019, Study Finds

MedPage Today (10/4, Wu) reports on research finding that “childhood adversity – encompassing child abuse, neglect, and violence, among other hazards – was associated with over 430,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2019.” Based on “seven meta-analyses,” the resea…

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Neutralizing Antibodies Remain Detectable In Most Children Six Months After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Study Results Show

Healio (10/1, Weldon) reported, “A team of researchers from Seattle and the CDC found that neutralizing antibodies remained detectable in most children 6 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection, waning ‘to a small degree,’ according to” study results. The findi…

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In Children With Atopic Dermatitis, Topical Corticosteroid Use Not Tied To Significantly Increased Risk For Fracture, Research Suggests

Dermatology Advisor (10/1, May) reported, “In children with atopic dermatitis…the use of topical corticosteroids is not associated with a significantly increased risk for fracture,” investigators concluded. The findings of the 3,542-patient study were p…

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CDC Studies Show Summer Camp COVID-19 Outbreaks Were Concentrated Around Unvaccinated

The New York Times (10/1, Mueller) reported, “American sleep-away camps with high vaccination coverage among eligible children and staff members and routine testing programs largely stamped out the spread of the coronavirus this summer, the Centers for Di…

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Pandemic Diaper Shortage Causes Physical, Mental Strain On Families

The New York Times (10/3, Lukpat) reports, “According to a February 2020 report by the National Diaper Bank Network, an organization that provides diapers to children,” one in three families struggle with diaper need. Network founder and Chief Executive J…

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School Districts Struggle With Supporting Students With Long-Haul COVID-19

The Washington Post (10/3, Iati) reports, “As students return to classrooms, families and educators are maneuvering the uncharted territory of trying to support children with long-haul COVID.” The situation “further burdens an already overstressed educati…

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Adhering To Any Of The Healthy Eating Patterns From The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines May Improve CVD Risk Markers In Children With Overweight Who Have Elevated Cholesterol Levels, Researchers Say

Healio (10/1, Welsh) reported, “Adhering to any of the healthy eating patterns from the 2015 U.S. dietary guidelines significantly improved CVD risk markers in children with overweight who have elevated cholesterol levels,” investigators concluded in a “o…

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FDA Panel To Consider Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters For Moderna, J&J Recipients

The New York Times (10/1, LaFraniere) reported that the FDA “on Friday scheduled three days of public meetings with its panel of independent vaccine experts for later this month, as the agency prepares to make high-profile decisions on whether to authoriz…

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Researchers Discover Previously Unknown Genetic Disorder Affecting Prenatal Development In Children And Have Identified Potential Cure

Healio (9/30, Weldon) reports researchers have “discovered a previously unknown genetic disorder that affects prenatal development in children and” also have “identified a potential cure.” After searching “a database of more than 20,000 families with chil…

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Study Finds Common Cold Viruses Persisted During Pandemic

Healio (9/30, Gallagher, Weldon) reports, “Unlike influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, which all but disappeared during their typical winter peaks, common cold viruses continued to circulate among children during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to…

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Strength Training Tied To Improvements In Gross Motor Function In Children With Cerebral Palsy, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (9/30, May) reports, “Strength training is associated with improvements in muscle strength, gait speed, balance, and gross motor function in children and adolescents with spastic cerebral palsy, according to study results published in Cl…

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Report Indicates 34% Of Parents Want To Vaccinate Their Children Aged 5-11 As Soon As COVID-19 Vaccines Are Approved

The Hill (9/30, Lonas) reports, “One-third of parents want to vaccinate their 5- to 11-year-olds ‘right away’ when the coronavirus vaccine is approved for their age group, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.” The information “foun…

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Length Of Breastfeeding, Timing Of Introducing Certain Foods To An Infant’s Diet May Affect T1D Risk, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (9/30, Monostra) reports, “Length of breastfeeding and timing of introducing certain foods to an infant’s diet – cow’s milk, gluten and fruit, in particular – may affect type 1 diabetes [T1D] risk,” researchers concluded in a 152-study systematic r…

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CDC Data Show Youth Vaping Declined Sharply For Second Year

The New York Times (9/30, Richtel) reports, “Teen use of electronic cigarettes fell sharply in 2021, the second consecutive year of big declines, according to the government’s annual National Youth Tobacco Survey. This year, 11.3 percent of high school st…

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Cook Children’s Health Care System Employees Report Nearly 99% Rate Of COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Dallas Morning News (9/29, Wolf) reports, “About 99% of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s 8,000 employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as of the Sept. 27 deadline for the Fort Worth hospital’s mandate, the company said.” The hospital “joined sev…

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This Fall, Winter Could Bring Surge Of Patients With Both Flu And COVID-19, Experts Warn

CNN (9/29, Yan) reports, “This fall and winter could mark the first surge of patients infected with both the flu and the Delta variant – the most contagious strain of coronavirus to hit the US.” Both COVID-19 and the flu individually “can attack the lungs…

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Congressional Report Says Manufacturers Allowed Baby Food With Toxins, Heavy Metals To Stay On Shelves

CNN (9/29, LaMotte) reports, “Gerber and Beech-Nut failed to properly test and remove baby foods with dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic from the market, while Sprout Foods Inc., Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Campbell’s Plum Organics baby food were lax…

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Survey Finds Black Parents Most Hesitant About Vaccinating Children For COVID-19

HealthDay (9/29, Reinberg) reports, “In a survey of parents in metro Chicago, nearly half of Black parents (48%) said they were reluctant to have their kids vaccinated against COVID-19, researchers say.” That percentage is “significantly higher than the 3…

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Staff Nurse Presents Findings Of Intervention To Address ED Boarding Times For Children Presenting With Behavioral Health Needs

MedPage Today (9/29, Firth) reports, “Kathleen Kiley, RN, senior staff nurse and clinical educator for emergency nursing at Boston Children’s Hospital, who spoke last week at Emergency Nursing 2021, an Emergency Nurses Association virtual meeting,” presen…

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More US Teens Using E-Cigarettes, Traditional Cigarettes And Marijuana Together, More Likely To Engage In Risky Behaviors, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/28, Reinberg) reports research suggests that “more U.S. teens use e-cigarettes, traditional cigarettes and marijuana together, posing greater risks to their health and behavior than if they used only one substance.” Investigators “looked at d…

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Children With Severe Obesity Who Are Unable To Slim Down Should Be Eligible For Weight Loss Surgery, Researchers Posit

HealthDay (9/28, Murez) reports children with severe obesity “who are unable to slim down should be eligible for weight loss surgery,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 2,500 Saudi Arabians aged five to 21 with severe obesity (120% of the…

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Increasing Severity Of Early-Onset Atopic Dermatitis May Be Tied To Development Of Sensitization To Aeroallergens, Allergic Rhinitis In Childhood, Researchers Say

HCPlive (9/28, Butera) reports research indicates that “increasing severity of early-onset atopic dermatitis” appears to be “associated with the development of sensitization to aeroallergens and allergic rhinitis in childhood.” Included in the study were…

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Studies Hint At Small Link Between Autism Risk, Epidurals, But Experts Say It’s “Too Small To Matter”

MedPage Today (9/28, Gever) reports, “Two big studies hinted at small increases in risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children born to mothers who received epidural anesthesia during delivery, but their authors said it wasn’t clear that there was a…

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Study Links Air Pollution To 6M Premature Births In One Year

HealthDay (9/28, Murez) reports, “Air pollution impacts the youngest humans, with new research linking dirty air to almost 6 million premature births and almost 3 million underweight babies worldwide in 2019.” Over “90% of the world’s population lives wit…

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Study Examines Major Risk Factors For Subsequent Youth Suicide-Related Behavior

Healio (9/28, Gramigna) reports, “Cyberbullying, as well as content related to drugs, depression and violence, were major risk factors for subsequent youth suicide-related behavior,” investigators concluded in a study that “matched 227 youths who had a se…

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Fruits, Vegetables Linked To Better Mental Health In Children Of All Ages, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/28, Reinberg) reports, “Teens who eat lots of fruits and vegetables are likely to enjoy better mental health. That’s the key takeaway from a new study that also tied a nutritious breakfast and lunch to emotional well-being in kids of all ages…

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Many Parents Would Get Their Child Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Poll Finds

The Hill (9/28, Mastrangelo) reports that 55% “of parents in the U.S. with children under 12 surveyed for a Gallup poll published on Tuesday say they would get their child vaccinated against the” coronavirus “if a vaccine were made available.” The Hill ad…

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Children With Cancer Who Contract COVID-19 May Develop More Serious Infection, Have Greater Risk Of Hospitalization, Death Than General Population, Study Indicates

Healio (9/27, Byrne) reports research suggests that “children with cancer who contracted COVID-19 developed more serious infections and had a greater likelihood of hospitalization or death than the general pediatric population.” The findings of the 1,500-…

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Parents Hopeful After Pfizer Reports Positive Clinical Trial Data For Its Vaccine In Children Ages 5 To 11

The Washington Post (9/27, A1, Bever) reports Pfizer-BioNTech last week “reported that clinical trial data showed their vaccine was safe and effective in children ages 5 to 11 – a much-anticipated announcement that left many parents heartened at the prosp…

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Study Finds More Than Half Of American Children Have Detectable Lead Levels In Their Blood

MedPage Today (9/27, Wu) reports, “The majority of children in the U.S. still had lead in their blood in the last few years despite decades of policies controlling lead in the environment, and certain groups may be particularly vulnerable.” Data published…

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Depression During, After Pregnancy Raises Risk Of Mood Disorder In Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/27, Norton) reports, “When mothers suffer depression during or after pregnancy, their kids may be at heightened risk, too – all the way into young adulthood, a new study suggests.” Researchers followed more than 5,000 children until age 24 an…

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Sexual-Minority Adolescents May Have Higher Lifetime Risks For Suicide Ideation, Plan, Attempt Than Their Heterosexual Peers, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/27) reports, “Sexual-minority adolescents have higher lifetime risks for suicide ideation, plan, and attempt than their heterosexual peers,” investigators concluded after conducting “a population-based longitudinal cohort study involving 1,77…

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Research Shows Sports Are Key To Boys’ Mental Health

HealthDay (9/27, Murez) reports, “Little boys who play sports are less apt to be anxious or depressed later in childhood and more likely to be active in their early teens, according to the University of Montreal study.” The researchers said, “We found tha…

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Pfizer Submits Initial Trial Data To FDA For COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Aged 5 To 11

Reuters (9/28, Mishra) reports, “Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE submitted initial trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 to U.S. regulators on Tuesday and said they would make a formal request for emergency use authorization in…

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NYTimes: Schools Are Struggling With Testing Children For COVID-19

A New York Times (9/25, A1, Anthes, Imbler) analysis said the US “has struggled with Covid testing since the earliest days of the pandemic. Now, nearly two years in – and weeks into another Covid-disrupted school year – school systems across the nation ar…

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Boys With Obesity Who Lose Weight May Avoid Fertility Problems In Adulthood, Research Suggests

HealthDay (9/24, Reinberg) reported that boys with obesity “who lose weight may avoid fertility problems in adulthood, a preliminary study suggests.” In fact, “even short-term weight loss might partially reverse weight-related alterations in reproductive…

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Federal, State Authorities Say US Has Enough COVID-19 Vaccine Doses For Boosters, Kids’ Shots

The AP (9/26, Richmond, Foody) reports, “US health authorities said they’re confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved in the not-too…

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More Serious Forms Of CHD May Be Associated With Worse Neurocognitive Outcomes In Children, Meta-Analysis Suggests

According to MedPage Today (9/24, Wu), even though “congenital heart disease (CHD) is known to be associated with cognitive impairment in children, more serious forms of the disease result in worse neurocognitive outcomes, according to a meta-analysis of…

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Study Shows Estimated 1.1M Children Suffered Loss Of Primary Caregiver Due To COVID-19 In One Year

The Wall Street Journal (9/26, A1, Magalhaes, Subscription Publication) reports a study in the Lancet indicates that in one year, COVID-19 caused an estimated 1.1 million children to suffer the loss of a primary caregiver. Many of the hardest hit nations…

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Two Studies Provide Evidence That Masks Protect Children From Coronavirus

The New York Times (9/24, Rabin) reported that “two studies, published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide additional evidence that masks protect children from the coronavirus, even when community rates are high and the co…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Increase Risk Of Miscarriage, Birth Defects, CDC Officials Say

CNBC (9/23, Towey) reports, “Vaccinating against Covid does not increase the risk of miscarriage or birth defects, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” said. The agency “tracked 1,613 pregnant women who received a Covid-19 vaccin…

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Telehealth May Improve Outcomes For Children With Chronic Conditions, Researchers Say

mHealth Intelligence (9/23) reports, “Using telehealth to deliver comprehensive care for children with chronic conditions is likely to reduce hospital and emergency department visits, improve patient outcomes, and decrease healthcare costs, according to r…

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CDC Director Overrules Advisory Panel To Broaden Recommended Use Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots For Frontline Workers

The New York Times (9/23, Mandavilli, Mueller) reports that on Friday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky “overruled a recommendation by an agency advisory panel that had refused to endorse booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for frontline…

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More Than One-Third Of Children Sleep Less Than Recommended For Their Age, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/23) reports that “34.9 percent of persons aged 4 months to 17 years slept less than recommended for their age,” according to researchers. Researchers found that “a higher prevalence of short sleep duration was seen for those in Southeastern s…

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Parents Of Children With Disabilities Reportedly “Crushed” By Opposition To Masks In Schools

The New York Times (9/23, Green) reports that “the opposition to masks has been particularly crushing for parents…who see in-person schooling as a lifeline for their children with disabilities.” Students with disabilities “have been among the most under…

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Recall Issued For Newborn Loungers After Eight Infant Deaths

USA Today (9/23, Snider) reports, “The Boppy Co., makers of nursing pillows and baby carriers, is recalling three types of baby pillows after eight infants died from suffocation.” The deaths, “which occurred between December 2015 and June 2020, happened a…

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Parents And Children May Share Dislike For Certain Vegetables, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/23, Reinberg) reports, “Parents and their children often share numerous traits – including a dislike for broccoli,” cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower (all vegetables from the Brassica family), possibly due to “noxious enzymes from bac…

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School Reopenings Hampered By Rising COVID-19 Infections Among Children

Bloomberg (9/23, Young, Querolo) reports, “U.S. schools were counting on widespread vaccinations to help get all students back to in-person classes for the first time since early 2020.” But “mere weeks into the effort, signs of another taxing year are eme…

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Parents Of Children In Hospitals Want More Information On Costs Of Care, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/22, Foster) reports, “Having a child in the hospital is distressing for families, and not knowing what that stay might cost can add to that stress, researchers say.” In a new study, the researchers “found that three-quarters of U.S. families…

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In Small Study, Ecopipam Appears To Show Long-Term Safety, Activity In Children With Tourette Syndrome

Neurology Advisor (9/22, Akirov) reports, “Ecopipam, a selective D1 antagonist, has shown long-term safety and activity in children with Tourette syndrome,” researchers concluded in a 26-patient, “open-label, single-arm extension study” that “included chi…

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Girls Exposed To High Levels Of Perfluorohexane Sulfonate May Have Higher Risk For Dysregulated Glucose Metabolism During And After Puberty, Researchers Say

Healio (9/21, Monostra) reports, “Girls exposed to high levels of perfluorohexane sulfonate have a higher risk for dysregulated glucose metabolism during and after puberty,” researchers concluded after having analyzed “data from 310 participants in the St…

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Interventions Necessary To Reduce Risk Of Persistent Obesity In Pediatric Patients With Asthma, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (9/22, Jacobs) reports, “Several years after being diagnosed with status asthmaticus, overweight and obese children with asthma are at risk of continuing obesity,” and “because obesity is a potential asthma trigger, interventions are n…

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Seeing A Parent Abuse A Sibling May Be As Traumatizing As Watching A Parent Hurt Another Parent, Research Suggests

HealthDay (9/22, Reinberg) reports, “Seeing a parent abuse a sibling can be as traumatizing as watching a parent hurt another parent,” investigators concluded after using “data from three national surveys to collect data on more than 7,000 children betwee…

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US Parents Weigh Benefits, Risks To COVID-19 Vaccinations For Children

Reuters (9/22, Ax, Bernstein) reports, “Monday’s announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech that a low dose of their coronavirus vaccine proved safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11 in a clinical trial has come as a relief to many parents anxiously awai…

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Decline In Births Due To Pandemic May Be Rebounding

The AP (9/21, Schneider) reports, “While there has been a decline in births in the U.S. during the pandemic, a new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests the drop may have turned a corner last March as births started rebounding.” The b…

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Children, Young Adults With Kidney Disease May Show ‘High Burden’ Of Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (9/21, Webb) reports, “Children and young adults with kidney disease showed a ‘high burden’ of subclinical cardiovascular disease,” investigators concluded in a study that “examined structural and functional abnormalities” in “a cohort of 79 childr…

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Exposure To Neighborhood Gun Violence May Be Tied To An Increase In Children Visiting The ED For Acute Mental Health Symptoms, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/21, Reinberg) reports, “Living within a few blocks of a shooting increases the risk that a child will end up visiting the emergency department [ED] for mental health-related problems,” investigators concluded after studying data on some 54,30…

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Black Children More Likely Than White Children To Have Complications After Appendectomy, Study Finds

Healio (9/21, Weldon) reports, “Black children are more likely than their white peers to experience complications following appendectomy and face an excess risk for perforation, increasing health care costs, according to a study published in Pediatrics.”…

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Pediatric Healthcare Providers Often Miss Signs Of Type 1 Diabetes In Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/21, Mundell) reports, “Potentially dangerous symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children are not always immediately recognized by primary care providers, new research suggests.” In the study, “according to the investigators: ‘as many as 43% of th…

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Administration Launches Strategy To Address Public Health Risks Linked To Extreme Heat

The Washington Post (9/20, Joselow) reports, “President Biden launched a government-wide strategy Monday to combat extreme heat, including the development of new federal labor standards aimed at protecting workers from the impact of rising temperatures li…

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Clinicians Successfully Use Navigation System For TMJ Surgery

Aunt Minnie (9/20, Sherwood) reports, “Clinicians in Japan successfully performed a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis surgery on a pediatric patient using a computer-assisted navigation system, according to” a new report. While “employing an electro…

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Study Reveals Differences In BMI Z Score Among Four US Regions

Healio (9/20, Monostra) reports, “Children living in the Midwest region of the U.S. have a higher BMI z score compared with those living in the Northeast, whereas children from the South and West have lower BMI z scores than the Northeast,” investigators…

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Intervention Before Age Two Improves Autism Symptoms In Toddlers, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (9/20, Wu) reports, “Infants who seemed headed for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had milder symptoms as toddlers if their caregivers were subject to a social communication intervention when infants were just 1 year of age, a randomized clin…

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Numbers Of Babies Infected With Syphilis Surging In Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles Times (9/20, Reyes) reports, “More and more babies in L.A. County have been infected with syphilis in the womb, which can lead to stillbirth, neurological problems, blindness, bone abnormalities and other complications.” According to a Dep…

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Poll Examines Parental Views On Fast Food, Family Meals

Healio (9/20, Miller) reports, “In the past few months, one in five parents reported that their children ate fast food more often,” whereas “about two in three parents said their family meals have been healthier,” according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hos…

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Increase In Development Of Myopia In Children Linked To COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

HCPlive (9/20, Iapoce) reports, “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased lockdowns leading to increased use of online courses in education, there have been concerns” of “the impact on children of increased digital screen time worsening the glob…

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Majority Of Adolescent Patient Portals Are Accessed By Parents Or Guardians, Study Finds

Healthcare IT News (9/17, Jercich) reported, “A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open found that more than half of adolescent patient portal accounts with outbound messages were accessed by guardians.” S…

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Schools Try New COVID-19 Testing Model To Keep Students In Classrooms

The New York Times (9/19, A1, Anthes) reports, “An increasing number of school districts are turning to testing to keep more children in the classroom and avoid disrupting the work lives of their parents.” While this is a “resource-intensive approach,” it…

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Research Indicates Association Between Increased Physical Activity And Improved Childhood Asthma Control

HCPlive (9/17) reported, “New data from China indicated an association between increased physical activity and improved childhood asthma control, with body mass index (BMI) status exhibiting a negative effect on the association.” The findings were publish…

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More Parents Mentioning Safety Concerns When Deciding Against HPV Vaccination For Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/17, Hamza) reported, “Despite no observed changes in serious adverse event reporting trends for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, more parents are mentioning safety concerns when deciding against vaccinating their kids, a cross-sect…

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As Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise, Experts Examine Children’s Immune Response To The Virus

Kaiser Health News (9/17, Szabo) reported, “Eighteen months into the covid-19 pandemic, with the delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, many hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking new low” as they are “now losing babies to the coronavirus.”…

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Lifestyle Intervention Appears Not To Sustain BMI Reductions For Children With Obesity, Researchers Say

Healio (9/17, Monostra) reported, “Children with a high BMI who participated in a high-intensity lifestyle intervention program in New Zealand had a lower BMI standard deviation score after one year, but the reduction was not sustained at five years,” res…

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Shedding Excess Weight May Benefit Long-Term Heart Health Of Young People More Than Building Muscle, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/17) reported, “Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle,” investigators concluded after following some “3,200 Brits born in the 1990s.” The study revealed that “those who had pr…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Safe, Effective In Young Children Aged 5 To 11 Years, Companies Say

The Washington Post (9/20) reports, “A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine – one-third the amount given to adults and teens – is safe and triggered a robust immune response in children as young as 5 years old, the drug companies announce…

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Cook Children’s Halts Non-Emergency Surgeries Amid COVID-19 Surge

WFAA-TV Dallas (9/16, De Bruijn, Joy) reports Fort Worth’s Cook Children’s Medical Center on Thursday halted “elective, non-emergency surgeries due to staff and bed shortages from the COVID surge,” with the system already “rerouting staff from the rest of…

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Study Finds Adverse Events, Inadequate Response With Dupilumab Treatment In Pediatric Patients With Atopic Dermatitis

According to HCPlive (9/16, Butera), a study published in Pediatric Dermatology tied treatment with monoclonal antibody dupilumab to “adverse events and an inadequate response to the biologic in pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis.” Researchers “ini…

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Parents With Children Under 12 Fear Children’s Return To School, Activities During Delta Variant Surge

The Washington Post (9/16, Cha) reports, “At a time when more than 75 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose and just about everything has opened up, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported over 250,000 new coronavirus infectio…

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Study Links Online Learning Amid COVID-19 Pandemic To Vision Issues In Children

The AP (9/16, Tanner) reports, “Research suggests vision problems increased among Chinese schoolchildren during pandemic restrictions and online learning, and eye specialists think the same may have happened in U.S. kids.” On Thursday, a report published…

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Black Children Have More Medical Complications During Appendectomies Than White Children, Study Indicates

STAT (9/16, Cueto) reports, “Black children consistently have more medical complications during appendectomies than their white peers, including higher rates of ‘perforated’ or burst appendixes” which “not only leads to extended hospital stays for the chi…

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Parents Look To Enroll Children In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials To Get Head Start On Protection

The Wall Street Journal (9/16, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports parents across the country are seeking opportunities to put their children in COVID-19 vaccine trials to build their immunity as soon as possible while waiting for FDA authorization…

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Study Indicates Pandemic Accelerated Childhood Obesity In US

The AP (9/16, Stobbe) reports, “A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an ‘alarming’ increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers.” The results “signal a ‘profound increase in weight gain for kids’ and are ‘substantial and alarming,’ said one of…

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Investigational Typhoid Fever Vaccine Safe, Effective In Young Children, Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (9/15, Gever) reports researchers in a “major” 28,000-participant trial conducted in Malawi found that an investigational typhoid fever vaccine “showed 80.7% efficacy” in young children and “fewer adverse events than were seen with a standar…

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Data Show One In 500 Americans Have Died From COVID-19

CNN (9/15, Holcombe) reports “1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection,” according to Johns Hopkins University data, which show that “as of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have died of COVID-19.” CN…

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Some State Officials Raise Concerns Over COVID-19 Outbreaks Among Schoolchildren

CNN (9/15, Sanchez) reports, “As school districts across the country reopen, some state officials are voicing concern about the vulnerability of children as the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant takes aim at the unvaccinated.” COVID-19 infection…

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Some States Reporting Uptick In Number Of Pregnant Patients Admitted To ICUs With Severe COVID-19

According to MedPage Today (9/15, Grant), a University of Alabama at Birmingham report “in August revealed that there had been a sharp increase in the number of pregnant patients who were being hospitalized with COVID-19,” and now, “nearly a month later,…

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Epidural Analgesia In Labor May Have Higher Likelihood Of Neonatal Infection Among First-Time Mothers, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (9/15, Gever) reports, “Infections among newborns occurred at a rate of 4.4% when mothers received epidurals, versus 1.8% without the treatment,” researchers concluded after analyzing “records of first-time mothers giving birth at Shanghai’s…

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Researchers Examine Association Between Remote School And Child Mental Health

Healio (9/15, VanDewater) reports, “Remote school may do more harm to the mental health of older and Black and Hispanic kids and those from lower-income families,” researchers concluded in a “nationally representative, cross-sectional study” that “surveye…

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Unvaccinated Children Representing Larger Percentage Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Fatalities, PAHO Warns

Reuters (9/15, Boadle) reports, “As more adults get their COVID-19 vaccines, children who are not yet eligible for vaccination in most countries are representing a larger percentage of hospitalizations and even deaths, the Pan American Health Organization…

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About One Quarter Of ICUs In Southern US More Than 95% Occupied

The New York Times (9/14, Smart) reports some southern US hospitals “are running dangerously low on space in intensive care units,” with one in four hospitals reporting “more than 95 percent of I.C.U. beds occupied – up from one in five last month. Expert…

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FDA Approves Expanded Indication For Brivaracetam For Treating Partial-Onset Seizures Among Children As Young As One Month, Company Says

Healio (9/14) reports, “The FDA has approved an expanded indication for Briviact [brivaracetam] CV tablets, oral solution and injection, for treating partial-onset seizures among children as young as one month,” according to an Aug. 30 press release from…

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Black Pediatric Patients More Likely To Be Restrained In EDs Than White Pediatric Patients, Data Indicate

Healio (9/14, Weldon) reports, “Black pediatric patients are more likely to be physically restrained in EDs than their white peers,” researchers concluded in “a cross-sectional study of 551,740 pediatric visits to 11 different EDs within an unidentified N…

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Among Pediatric Patients On Dialysis, Those With LN Have Higher Risks For Hospitalization, Transplantation Delay Compared With Those With NLGD, Results Show

Renal & Urology News (9/14, Persaud) reports, “Among children and adolescents on dialysis, those with lupus nephritis (LN) have higher risks for hospitalization and transplantation delay compared with children who have non-lupus glomerular disease (NLGD),…

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Vaping, E-Cigarette Use Linked To Increased Risk Of Eating Disorders In College Students, Study Indicates

Fox News (9/14, Rivas) reports, “Recent vaping or e-cigarette use was associated with an increased risk of an eating disorder and a higher likelihood of a self-reported eating disorder diagnosis, according to a recent study.” Even though “vaping is common…

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Portion Control Diet Using Traffic Light Colors May Make Losing Weight Easier For Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity Who Have Intellectual Or Developmental Disabilities, Study Indicates

Reuters (9/14) reports research indicates that adolescents with overweight or obesity “who have intellectual or developmental disabilities may have an easier time losing weight with a portion control diet that uses traffic light colors to signal the best…

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COVID-19 Pandemic May Be Impacting Children’s Language Development, Social Skills, Researcher Says

In its “Axios Today” podcast, Axios (9/14) examines how the COVID-19 pandemic may be impacting children’s language development, social skills, and school performance. Northwestern University researcher and communication sciences and disorder professor Eli…

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Cannabidiol Transdermal Gel May Improve Outcomes Among Children With Developmental And Epileptic Encephalopathies, Study Suggests

Healio (9/13, Gramigna) reports, “Cannabidiol transdermal gel improved outcomes among children with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies,” researchers concluded in a two-center study that “sought to evaluate the safety and tolerability of CBD tran…

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Company Recalls Three Lots Of Drug Used To Treat Pediatric LEMS Over Contamination Concerns

The Miami Herald (9/13, Neal) reports “three lots of Ruzurgi [amifampridine], a drug used to treat the autoimmune disease LEMS [Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome] in children, were recalled by Jacobus Pharmaceutical Co. after testing found contamination b…

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UK Chief Medical Officers Recommend COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Aged 12 To 15

The AP (9/13, Kirka) reports, “Britain’s chief medical officers said Monday that children aged 12 to 15 should be vaccinated against coronavirus, despite a ruling by the government’s vaccine advisors that the step would have only marginal health benefits….

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About One In 10 Children In Israel Have Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms, Health Ministry Survey Finds

Reuters (9/13, Rabinovitch) reports, “About one in 10 children had symptoms that remained after recovering from COVID-19, though that number dropped by more than half as the months passed, a Health Ministry survey showed on Monday.” The ministry “carried…

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Despite Administration Push, Most Schools Not Requiring Coronavirus Vaccinations, Testing

The New York Times (9/13, Miller) reports, “For schools to stay open and safe, President Biden said Thursday, they need to require [coronavirus] vaccinations for teachers and staff, regularly test unvaccinated people and have universal masking.” So far, “…

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Spread Of Delta Variant Testing Classroom COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

The Washington Post (9/13, Abutaleb) reports returns to the classroom are “being tested by the highly transmissible” Delta coronavirus variant, “which has infected more kids in the opening weeks for some schools than in all of last year while forcing near…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases “Exponentially” Rising In US, Data Show

CNN (9/13, Christensen, Vera) reports COVID-19 cases “have risen ‘exponentially’ among children in the US since July, according to data published Monday.” The findings “reported 243,373 new cases among kids over the past week.” Although “this is a decline…

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Some Parents Seeking Off-Label COVID-19 Vaccines For Their Younger Children

The New York Times (9/11, Schoch) reported that without FDA authorization for COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 years of age, some parents of younger children are seeking “off-label shots that are adult doses,” a step the agency “discouraged on Frid…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Nearly Ready To Seek Vaccine Approval For Children Ages Five And Up

The Hill (9/10, Jenkins) reported Pfizer and partner BioNTech on Friday said they will soon file for approval from global regulators for the use of their COVID-19 vaccine in children ages five and over. The vaccine developers “said…they are looking to p…

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Seizures May Be First, Main Manifestation Of COVID-19 In Children, Study Suggests

According to Medscape (9/10, Brooks, Subscription Publication), “Unlike in adults, seizures, including status epilepticus (SE), may be the first and main manifestation of COVID-19 in children,” a study published in the journal Seizure shows. Seizures can…

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Medication Regimen Complexity Index May Predict Medication Doses In Children With Severe Neurological Impairment, Research Suggests

Healio (9/10, Gramigna) reported, “Children with severe neurological impairment who had higher scores on the Medication Regimen Complexity Index [MRCI] were more likely to receive many more doses of medications per day from their parents,” researchers con…

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Study Warns On Rising Suicide Rates Among Young Black Girls

The New York Times (9/10, Caron) reported that “for more than a decade, suicide rates have been increasing in Black children and adolescents, and a new study” published online Sept. 8 ahead of print in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adol…

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FDA Says It Hopes To Move Quickly On Authorizing COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Children

The New York Times (9/10, Anthes, Rogers) reported the FDA said in a statement on Friday it is “working around the clock” to authorize COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 years of age adding that it hoped the vaccines could be available “in the coming…

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Department Of Education To Launch Program To Help Schools Penalized For COVID-19 Mitigation Policies

Bloomberg (9/9, Querolo, Moran) reports, “The U.S. Department of Education will launch a program aimed at protecting school districts that have been penalized by their state over COVID-19 mitigation policies like mask mandates.” It “will allow local schoo…

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Health Experts Warn Influenza Season Could Be Worse Than Last Year

The Wall Street Journal (9/9, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports health experts have warned the upcoming influenza season has potential to be worse than the last cycle, and could arrive earlier than normal. The CDC has said people can get influen…

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Los Angeles School District Makes Student COVID-19 Vaccinations Mandatory For Ages 12 And Up

The Washington Post (9/9, Meckler, Knowles) reports, “The Los Angeles school board on Thursday agreed to require coronavirus vaccinations for students ages 12 and up in the city’s public school system, with board members arguing that it is the best way to…

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COVID-19 Lockdown Appears To Be Tied To A Higher Rate Of Joint Inflammation In Children With JIA, Research Suggests

Healio (9/9, Laday) reports, “Living under COVID-19 lockdown was associated with a higher rate of joint inflammation in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA],” researchers concluded after conducting “a single-center retrospective study of pati…

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Parents Of Children Requiring Home Care Hit By Shortage Of Nurses Who Are Vaccinated Against SARS-CoV-2

Bloomberg (9/9, Edney) reports, “A shortage of vaccinated home-care nurses has some parents of children with conditions like cerebral palsy or severe epilepsy giving up sleep and their own mental health to ensure their kids keep breathing at night.” Bloom…

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Long-Term Lung Function In Pediatric, Young Adult Patients Not Impaired After COVID-19, Studies Indicate

Healio (9/8, Welsh) reports long-term lung function in pediatric and young adult patients “was not impaired after COVID-19, apart from those who had severe COVID-19, according to two studies presented at the virtual European Respiratory Society Internatio…

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School-Wide IPM, Classroom HEPA Filters Largely Ineffective In Reducing Symptom-Days For Children With Asthma, Researchers Find

HCPlive (9/8, Butera) reports that “use of a school-wide integrated pest management (IPM) or classroom high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter purifiers did not significantly reduce symptom-days with asthma among children with active asthma,” accord…

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Nearly 252,000 Children Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Last Week, Report Shows

According to The Hill (9/8, Jenkins), “A new report…reveals that nearly 252,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week as schools reopen for in-person learning and the Delta variant surges across the U.S.” While the groups wrote tha…

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Infants Whose Protein Intake Came Largely From Meat Products Face Elevated Asthma Risk, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (9/8, Gever) reports, “After switching from breast milk, babies up to age 1 whose protein intake came largely from meat products – as opposed to dairy, fish, or egg proteins – showed more than eight-fold greater odds of developing asthma by…

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Countries Should Prioritize Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women For COVID-19 Vaccines, PAHO Says

Reuters (9/8, Cobb) reports, “Countries in the Americas should prioritize pregnant and lactating women in distribution of COVID-19 shots, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday, hailing the ability of the vaccines to protect women a…

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Eczema May Exact A Toll On Pediatric Mental Health, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/8, Mozes) reports, “A study of more than 11,000 British children and teens found that those with severe eczema were twice as likely to become clinically depressed as” children without eczema. What’s more, the “condition may also be tied to……

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Rise In Pediatric Hospitalizations Overwhelming Children’s Hospitals, ICUs In Some States

The New York Times (9/9, Leatherby, Walker) reports, “Pediatric hospitalizations, driven by a record rise in Covid-19 infections among children, have swelled across the country, overwhelming children’s hospitals and intensive care units in states like Lou…

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For Pediatric Patients Initiating Dialysis, Lupus Nephritis May Confer Higher Hospitalization Risk, Lower Likelihood Of Transplantation, Research Suggests

Healio (9/7, Webb) reports, “For children and adolescents initiating dialysis, lupus nephritis conferred a higher hospitalization risk, as well as a lower likelihood of transplantation, compared with other glomerular causes of end-stage kidney disease,” r…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Texas Children Reach Record High

The Houston Chronicle (9/7, Gill) reports “the number of Texas children hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high over the weekend, with 345 on Saturday and 307 on Sunday, the highest two-day stretch recorded during the pandemic, according to data f…

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Young Children Newly Diagnosed With T1D More Likely To Use CGM Regularly If They Have Private Insurance, Researchers Say

Healio (9/7, Monostra) reports, “Young children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [T1D] were more likely to use continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] regularly if they had private insurance,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 157 parent-ch…

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Schools Using COVID-19 Testing To Avoid Quarantining Exposed Students

The Wall Street Journal (9/7, Abbott, Subscription Publication) reports some schools are trying out the test-to-stay approach in an effort to keep students in school versus quarantining them after testing negative for COVID-19 following exposure to the vi…

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Research Demonstrates Link Between Physical Activity During Pregnancy, Lung Function In Infants

Healio (9/7, T Welsh) reports research “presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress demonstrated a link between lower lung function in infants born to physically inactive mothers compared with those born to physically active mothe…

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Healthcare Providers, Education Experts Warn School Openings After Labor Day May Lead To New COVID-19 Surge Without Mitigation Measures

CNN (9/7, Howard) reports, “Back-to-school after the Labor Day weekend could mean fresh spread of coronavirus unless schools take strong action to keep the virus in check…experts are warning.” A COVID-19 spike in August occurred “when some schools resum…

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Pediatric ICU Admissions Significantly Decreased During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

Healio (9/3, Welsh) reported, “In the U.S., pediatric ICU admissions showed significant changes in diseases seen in patients and a substantial decrease during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to” a “retrospective observational cohort study” that “included…

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US School Nurses Facing Worsened Shortage, Uncertain School Year

CNN (9/6, Howard) reports the US’ 96,000 full-time school nurses “are facing an uncertain school year ahead” with expanded “workloads and altered…day-to-day tasks,” combined with a worsening shortage that began even before the pandemic. To address the c…

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Children With IF More Likely To Present With Decreased Levels Of Physical Activity, Lower Levels Of Physical Function, Results Suggest

Gastroenterology Advisor (9/3, Soreca) reported a study published in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition showed that “compared with healthy peers, children with intestinal failure (IF) present with decreased levels of physical activity, lo…

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Targeted Therapies Effective In Half Of Pediatric Patients With Genetic Causes For Their Epilepsy, Research Indicates

HealthDay (9/6, Preidt) reports investigators “have found genetic causes for epilepsy in half of children they studied and said half of those could be treated with targeted therapies,” findings presented at a medical conference show. Researchers who perfo…

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Many 12-Year-Olds Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine As Early As Possible

The New York Times (9/5, Goldberg) reported, “At least 52 percent of children ages 12 through 17 in the United States have received at least one dose of a [COVID-19] vaccine, and about 40 percent are fully vaccinated, according to early September data fro…

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Breast Milk May Strengthen Hearts Of Babies Born Prematurely, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/6, Preidt) reports, “Breast milk can give preemies’ hearts a big boost, a groundbreaking study suggests.” The “study of 80 preterm infants found that those initially fed only their mother’s breast milk had improved heart function at 1 year of…

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Pediatric Hospitalizations For COVID-19 Spiked During Summer Months Amid Delta Variant Spread, CDC Studies Show

The New York Times (9/3, Goldberg, Anthes) reported “pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 have soared over the summer as the highly contagious Delta variant spread across the country, according to” two new CDC studies. From late June to mid-August, US…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Nurse Staffing Crisis In US

The AP (9/2, Hollingsworth, Kunzelman) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer.” The issue, health offi…

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Administration Will Make Coronavirus Vaccines “Immediately Available” To Children Under 12 Once FDA Authorized, CDC Head Says

CBS News (9/1, Zak) reports CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the Biden Administration will make COVID-19 vaccines “immediately available” to children under age 12 once authorized by the FDA. Walensky said she “remains hopeful” young children will be ab…

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Pediatric Patients Making Up Increasing Number Of Those Hospitalized With COVID-19 In Missouri

The AP (9/2, Salter) reports pediatric patients “are making up an increasing number of patients filling Missouri hospitals during the summer COVID-19 surge” and some pediatric healthcare providers “worry that the return to school will lead to more illness…

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Only 40 States, District Of Columbia Require Vision Screenings For School-Aged Children, Study Finds

Healio (9/2) reports, “Only 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia require vision screenings for school-aged children, according to findings published in Optometry and Vision Science.” Some states recommend screenings but do not require them, and oth…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Up As School Year Starts Across US

CBS News (9/2, O’Kane) reports, “As the school year starts for districts across the United States, child COVID-19 cases are up, with about 204,000 cases added last week” and children accounting “for 22.4% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases, according to th…

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Long COVID-19 May Affect One In Seven Children After Infection, Pre-Print Study Suggests

Reuters (9/1, Smout) reports, “As many as 1 in 7 children may have symptoms linked to the coronavirus months after testing positive for COVID-19, the authors of an English study on long COVID in adolescents said on Wednesday.” The findings – from a pre-pr…

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For First Time In Pandemic, Pediatric Hospitals Are Struggling To Treat Young Patients With COVID-19

TIME (8/26, Ducharme) reports, “For the first time, pediatric hospitals are struggling to treat the number of young patients developing severe cases of COVID-19.” A record high of “more than 1,900 children were hospitalized nationwide on Aug. 14 – and unl…

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Methotrexate, Azathioprine Show Similar Efficacy, Safety In Children With Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Study Says

Healio (9/1) reports, “Methotrexate and azathioprine yielded similar risk-benefit ratios as first-line therapy for children with severe atopic dermatitis, according to a study.” The study was published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology.

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Boys Who Engaged In High-Impact Exercise In Early Adolescence Experience Greater Bone Mineral Density Gains, Findings Show

Healio (8/31, Schaffer) reports, “Boys who engaged in high-impact exercise in early adolescence experienced greater gains in bone mineral density compared with boys who reported no exercise practice,” according to findings from a population-based study pu…

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Age, Ethnic Background Appeared Associated With Inadequate Follow-Up Care Among Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

Healio (9/1) reports, “Age and ethnic background appeared associated with inadequate follow-up care among young adult childhood cancer survivors, according to study results.” The research “showed Hispanic and older survivors were significantly less likely…

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Researchers See High Mortality Rates For Children With Pulmonary Hypertension Who Were Admitted To Pediatric Cardiac ICUs During A 5-Year Period

Healio (9/1, Welsh) reports, “A new study identified high mortality rates for children with pulmonary hypertension who were admitted to pediatric cardiac ICUs during a 5-year period.” Investigators found that “among 2,602 admissions, the rate of mortality…

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In Phase 3 Study, Dupilumab Plus Topical Corticosteroids Benefited Pediatric Patients With Atopic Dermatitis, Company Says

Healio (8/31, Forand) reports, “Pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis who were treated with Dupixent [dupilumab] plus topical corticosteroids had significant reductions in itch and improved quality of life in a phase 3 trial, according to” an Aug. 30…

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More Than 42% Of US Adolescents Aged 12 To 17 Years Have Received One Or More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Data Show

HealthDay (8/31) reports, “Overall, 42.4 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years in the United States had received one or more dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 31.9 percent had completed the vaccine series by July 31, 2021, according to” CDC research publi…

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Etanercept, Equivalent Biosimilars Could Be Recommended For Treatment Of JIA, Study Indicates

According to HCPlive (8/31, Butera), “etanercept and equivalent biosimilars could be recommended for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),” investigators concluded in “the first prospective study that provided data on the use of biosimilar…

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Plurality Of K-12 Parents Supports Mask Mandates In Schools, Poll Finds

The Hill (8/31, Lonas) reports, “More K-12 parents support mask mandates in schools than oppose them, but support for mask mandates fails to reach a majority level, according to a new Gallup poll.” According to the poll, 48% “of parents believe students s…

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Hospitalization Rate Of Children With COVID-19 Reaches New High

CNN (8/31, Yan) reports, “More kids were hospitalized with COVID-19 this month than any other time this past year,” according to CDC data showing “an average of 330 children were admitted to hospitals every day with” the disease. CNN adds, “That’s the hig…

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Women With High Blood Lipid Levels During Early Pregnancy Faced Higher Risks Of Having Children With Congenital Heart Disease, Study Finds

Healio (8/31) reports, “Women with high blood lipid levels during early pregnancy faced higher risks of having children with congenital heart disease, according to a study.” The findings were published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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Study Finds No Differences In Vitamins C, E And FA Content In Human Milk According To Infant Sex

Gastroenterology Advisor (8/31, Soreca) reports, “Vitamin C, E, and fatty acid (FA) content in human milk (HM) did not appear to differ in relation to infant sex, according to” findings suggesting “that the antioxidant content of infant formula does not n…

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Childhood Obesity Increased During First Year-And-A-Half Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

The Washington Post (8/31, Reiley) reports, “Childhood obesity rose significantly during the pandemic, according to a new study” published in Journal of the American Medical Association Network. Drawing on electronic health record data from nearly 200,000…

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Deadly Unintentional Shootings By Children Rose 31% Between March And December 2020 Compared To Same Period Last Year, Data Indicate

CBS News (8/30, Donaghue) reports new data issued by an advocacy group on Monday suggest “that deadly unintentional shootings by children rose 31% between March and December of 2020 from the same period the previous year. The data, which were shared in ad…

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C. Difficile Prevalence Among Asymptomatic Children Greatest Among Infants Between Six Months And 12 Months, Study Finds

Healio (8/30, Weldon) reports, “Among asymptomatic children, the prevalence of Clostridioides difficile is greatest among infants aged between 6 and 12 months, according to the results of a symptomatic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics…

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Study Finds Most Children Hospitalized With MIS-C Associated With COVID-19 In Good Health A Year Later

The Wall Street Journal (8/30, Toy, Subscription Publication) reports a study of 68 children in the UK who were admitted to the hospital with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) due to COVID-19 found most of the subjects were in good health a year l…

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Sound Of Mothers’ Voices Provides Comfort, Pain Relief To Premature Infants, Study Says

HealthDay (8/30, Murez) reports new research published in Scientific Reports shows the sounds of mothers’ voices “provide comfort and even pain relief to the tiniest ones, premature babies.” Investigators “found that not only did the sound of a mother tal…

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HHS Allocating $10.7M To Integrate Behavioral Telehealth Services Into Pediatric Care

Healthcare IT News (8/30, Jercich) reports HHS “announced on Friday it was awarding $10.7 million from the American Rescue Plan to integrate telehealth services into pediatric care.” The money will be used to boost “behavioral healthcare access for childr…

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Schools, Government Agencies Addressing Students’ Learning Gaps, Mental Health Concerns From COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal (8/30, A1, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports that amid a return to in-person learning, many schools, community programs, and government agencies are focused on the learning gap and burgeoning mental health issues that eme…

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Biden Establishes “Climate Change And Health Equity” Office Within HHS

The New York Times (8/30, Friedman) reports that the Biden Administration is “creating a new federal office to address the health consequences of climate change and their disproportionate effects on poor communities.” The Department of Health and Human Se…

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Middle, High School Students Got More Sleep With Switch To Online Learning, Study Says

HealthDay (8/27, Preidt) reported middle and high school students said they got more sleep amid the switch to online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers who “used social media to gather sleep data from more than 5,200 sixth- thro…

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Many Young Children Treated In The ED For Injuries Resulting From Furniture And TV Tip-Overs, Data Indicate

According to HealthDay (8/27, Preidt), an “analysis of federal government data revealed that about 560,200 U.S. children younger than 18 were treated” in emergency departments (EDs) “for tip-over injuries from 1990 through 2019.” In fact, “in 2019, there…

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Experts Worry Children Of Color Face Greatest Risk As COVID-19 Infects More Children In US

USA Today (8/28, Hassanein) reported, “While severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 are still considered rare among children, those of color…have been disproportionally sickened.” And now, “with cases climbing as the contagious delta va…

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FDA Under Growing Pressure To Authorize COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Younger Than 12

The Hill (8/29, Sullivan) reports that pressure on the FDA “is shifting to vaccine authorization for children under 12, now that the Pfizer vaccine has been fully approved for adults.” With children “going back to school and the delta variant raging, some…

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CDC Director Says Schools With COVID-19 Outbreaks Not Following Public Health Guidance

The Hill (8/27, Kelley) reported, “Schools struggling with large-scale COVID-19 outbreaks are not following recommended public health guidance such as masks and vaccines to curb the spread of the virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dir…

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CDC Studies Suggest Schools Can Open Safely With Proper Precautions

The AP (8/27, Alonso-Zaldivar, Reeves) reported new CDC “studies from California…provided more evidence that schools can open safely if they do the right things and highlighted the danger of failing to follow proper precautions.” One “study of COVID-19…

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Delta Variant Could Double Risk Of Hospitalization For Unvaccinated, Large Analysis Finds

The New York Times (8/27, Anthes) reported that a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Friday found that people who are infected with the Delta variant “are twice as likely to be hospitalized as those who are infected with the Alpha varian…

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History Of Childhood Maltreatment, Trauma May Be Found In Adults With Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Small Study Indicates

Healio (8/27, VanDewater) reported, “A history of childhood maltreatment and trauma was commonly found in adults with body dysmorphic disorder [BDD], and the severity of these events correlated with symptom severity,” investigators concluded in a study th…

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Half Of 12- To 17-Year-Olds In US Have Had First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The New York Times (8/27, Slotnik) reported, “Half of the 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, Jeff Zients, announced on Friday.” Zients said, “Th…

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Company Announces FDA Approval Of First Once-Weekly Somatropin Injection For Treatment Of Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency

Healio (8/26, Schaffer) reports, “The FDA approved” Skytrofa (lonapegsomatropin-tcgd injection), “the first once-weekly formulation of somatropin for children with growth hormone deficiency, according to” an Aug. 25 press release from Ascendis Pharma, mak…

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Children And Adolescents With Cancer And SARS-CoV-2 Infection Were More Likely To Develop Severe And Critical Cases Of COVID-19 Compared With The General Pediatric Population, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/26, Bassett) reports, “Children and adolescents with cancer and SARS-CoV-2 infection were more likely to develop severe and critical cases of COVID-19 compared with the general pediatric population, according to a global cohort study.” In…

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Teens Who Frequently Use Cannabis Are Six Times More Likely To Have Premature Baby, Study Indicates

Healio (8/26, Miller) reports, “Boys and girls aged 15 to 17 years who used cannabis frequently were six times more likely to have a preterm baby later in life, even if the substance was used prior to conception, a 20-year population cohort study showed.”…

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Data Show The Number Of Doses Given Of Recommended Childhood Vaccines Has Dropped Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

NPR (8/26, Noguchi) reports that research from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases “released this month shows the number of doses given of recommended childhood vaccines has dropped below pre-pandemic levels – down by as much as 6% to 18%, dep…

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COVID-19 Surge Reportedly Coinciding With RSV Epidemic, Leading To Kids Being Hospitalized

CNN (8/26, Fox) reports, “A fresh surge of Covid-19 is colliding with an unseasonable epidemic of” respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), “and it’s landing kids in hospitals across the country.” CNN adds that “hospitals are not only seeing more kids with Covi…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reach Record High In US

Fox News (8/26, Hein) reports “pediatric COVID-19-related hospitalizations have hit all-time highs in the U.S., with the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting over 50,660 admissions through the month of Augus…

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Well-Controlled Medication Adherence May Improve Cognitive Test Scores, AD/HD In Children With AD/HD, Small Study Suggests

Healio (8/26, VanDewater) reports, “Children with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), “autism and other comorbid neurodevelopmental diagnoses who had well-controlled” AD/HD “medication use for one year had improved cognitive test scores and…

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Children’s Hospitals Ask Biden For Assistance As Cases Of COVID-19, RSV Rise

The Hill (8/26, Coleman) reports Mark Wietecha, “CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), pleaded on Thursday for President Biden to support pediatric hospitals across the country as they approach capacity and confront staff shortages during the…

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Many Children With JIA May Regain Remission After Stopping And Then Restarting Treatment, Preliminary Study Data Indicate

Rheumatology News (8/25, Bosworth) reports, “Many but not all children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can regain remission after stopping and then restarting treatment,” investigators concluded in a study that “identified 384 children with JIA w…

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Research Looks At Trends In Nicotine Product Use Among US Adolescents

MedPage Today (8/25, Gever) reports that “in a novel analysis of teens’ use of tobacco products,” investigators found that “overall use, as measured by ‘nicotine product days’ (NPDs)…declined substantially from 1999 to 2020 among high-school and middle-…

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Health Officials Reportedly Concerned Recent Increase In COVID-19 Cases Among US Children Could Get Worse

CNN (8/25, Holcombe) reports, “Last week, the number of Covid-19 cases in children in the US reached levels not seen since the winter surge.” With kids returning “to school, the Delta variant on the rise and winter approaching, health officials are concer…

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Differences In Quality Of Hospital Care Contribute To Higher Chance Of Complications Among Black And Hispanic Newborns Compared To White And Asian Infants, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/25, Preidt) reports that research indicates that “differences in the quality of hospital care contribute to a higher chance of complications among Black and Hispanic newborns compared to white and Asian infants.” The findings were published i…

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Democrats Likely To Create New Federal Program To Provide Health Insurance Coverage In States That Have Declined To Expand Medicaid, Sources Say

The Hill (8/25, Sullivan) reports, “Congressional Democrats are likely to create a new federal program in their coming package to provide health insurance coverage in states that have declined to expand Medicaid, following a transition period to set up th…

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FDA Appears Likely To Approve COVID-19 Booster Shots At Six Months Instead Of Eight, Source Says

The Wall Street Journal (8/25, A1, Armour, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports that the FDA appears likely to approve a COVID-19 booster shot starting at six months after vaccinated adults received their previous dose instead of the eight-month gap…

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Pandemic Straining US Healthcare System, Workers

The Washington Post (8/24, Johnson) reports, “The pandemic is straining the nation’s already stretched health-care system,” impacted by a staffing shortage that “has left hospitals across the country with fewer respiratory therapists and nurses, and those…

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Pediatric Psoriasis Development Linked With Several Early Life Factors, Study Says

HealthDay (8/24) reports, “Atopic dermatitis, a family history of psoriasis, and skin, viral, and bacterial infection, and fungal infections in early life are associated with pediatric psoriasis development, according to a study published in the September…

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FDA, CDC Warn Against Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Children Under 12

The Wall Street Journal (8/24, Schwartz, Chaker, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA and CDC have warned against off-label use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in children under 12, citing the absence of safety data and the likelihood that a differen…

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Researchers Call For Increased Focus On Pediatric Skin Of Color

HCPlive (8/24, Butera) reports researchers have “called for an increased focus on pediatric skin of color, which included improved diagnosis, treatment, and the ability to educate patients and families on the nature of their conditions,” after surveying t…

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Drug, Alcohol Use Among Young People Remained Relatively Stable Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds

HealthDay (8/24, Murez) reports a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that “the overall rate of drug use” among young teens in the US “did not increase significantly from before the pandemic. But shifts were found in the types of…

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COVID-19 Outbreaks Force Some Schools To Pause In-Person Learning

The AP (8/24, Amy) reports, “A few weeks into the new school year, growing numbers of U.S. districts have halted in-person learning or switched to hybrid models because of rapidly mounting coronavirus infections.” More than “80 school districts or charter…

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More Than 267,000 Excess Infant Deaths In Low-, Middle-Income Countries Caused By Economic Downturn Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

Healio (8/24, Miller) reports, “More than 267,000 infants in low- and middle-income countries died in 2020 as a result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to findings published in BMJ Open. Researchers investigated the imp…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Became Less Effective After Delta Variant Became Dominant, CDC Report Finds

The New York Times (8/24, Rabin) reports COVID-19 vaccines “became less effective as the highly contagious Delta variant became the dominant form of the virus, according to” a report from the CDC. It remains unclear “whether the decline in protection was…

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Majority Of Americans Support School Masking, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, Poll Indicates

The AP (8/23, Binkley, Fingerhut) reports “a majority of Americans say they support mask mandates for students and teachers in K-12 schools, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along political lines.” Approximately “6 in 10 Americ…

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Modified Pediatric Stroke Score Correlates With Stroke Severity, Hemorrhagic Transformation, And One-Year Outcomes In Children With Supratentorial Ischemic Stroke, Researchers Say

Healio (8/23, Ernst) reports, “The modified pediatric Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score correlated with stroke severity, hemorrhagic transformation and one-year outcomes among children with supratentorial ischemic stroke,” researchers concluded in a 1…

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Physicians Say Parents Should Prioritize Important Activities For Children, Find Ways To Reduce COVID-19 Risk This Fall

The Wall Street Journal (8/23, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports that amid the pandemic, parents are being forced to weigh the benefits and risks of fall activities for children, such as sports and birthday parties. Physicians say parents should pr…

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Routine Childhood Vaccinations Delayed Due To COVID-19 Related Disruptions

The AP (8/23, Smyth) reports the inoculations that American “schoolchildren are required to get to hold terrible diseases like polio, measles, tetanus and whooping cough in check are way behind schedule this year, threatening further complications to a sc…

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Parents Whose Newborns Underwent Genomic Sequencing Did Not Experience Undue Concern As A Result, Study Indicates

STAT (8/23, Joseph) reports that while there has been some concern that the results of expanding genomic sequencing to more newborns could cause undue worry for parents, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that “when parents were surveyed about…

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FDA Cautions Against Off-Label Use Of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine In Younger Children

CNN (8/23, Howard) reports, “Even though the US Food and Drug Administration has fully approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older, and it remains authorized for people as young as 12, the agency is warning against using the…

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FDA Grants Full Approval To Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For People Age 16 And Older

CNN (8/23, Howard) reports, “The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older,” making it “the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA.” The New York Times (8/23,…

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Some US Schools Not Requiring Masks, Causing Some Parents To Fear Outbreaks

Kaiser Health News (8/20, Bichell) said “schools across the country are not embracing mask requirements, including for students under 12 who aren’t yet eligible for protective vaccines” against SARS-CoV-2, raising fears in some parents of outbreaks. Some…

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Some School Nurses Say They Are Frustrated With Few Safeguards To Slow COVID-19 Spread

NBC News (8/22, McCausland) reports that with few safeguards available to stem the spread of COVID-19, some school nurses in Florida and nationwide “are expressing frustration and exhaustion even as the academic year is only just beginning.” Florida Assoc…

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Southern, Midwestern Hospitals Treating More Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Than At Any Previous Point

The Wall Street Journal (8/22, Toy, Wernau, Subscription Publication) reports Southern and Midwestern hospitals indicate they are treating a greater number of children with COVID-19 than at any previous point in the pandemic and are gearing up for more se…

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School District COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Reportedly Facing Difficulties But Seeing Some Progress

The New York Times (8/20, Stolberg) said, “President Biden told school districts to hold vaccination clinics, but that is putting superintendents and principals…in a delicate position” as the vaccine does not have full approval and parental consent is n…

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Activists Want To Take “Bold Aim” At The Continuing Stigma Surrounding A Diagnosis Of AD/HD

The Washington Post (8/20, Ellison) reported on efforts by activists with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) to “seek deeper changes to create a more” friendly world for those with the disorder. In particular, some activists want to “take bo…

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Analysis: Bedside Nurses “Depleted And Traumatized” Due To COVID-19

The New York Times (8/21, Jacobs) reported that “as the highly contagious Delta variant pummels the United States, bedside nurses, the workhorse of a well-oiled hospital, are depleted and traumatized, their ranks thinned by early retirements or career shi…

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Pneumonia In Infancy Raises Asthma Risk At Age 4, Study Says

Healio (8/19, Walsh) reports a new study published in CHEST shows that “children with pneumonia diagnosed during infancy had an increased risk for asthma at age 4 years.” Study investigators “reported a strong association between pneumonia diagnosis durin…

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In Children With GC-Treated Rheumatic Disorders, Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures May Occur Early, Researchers Say

Endocrinology Advisor (8/19, Jacobs) reports, “In children with glucocorticoid (GC)-treated rheumatic disorders, osteoporotic vertebral fractures…occur early and are more common than non-VFs,” researchers concluded. The findings of the 136-child study w…

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Study Highlights Strategies For High Quality-Pediatric Asthma Care In Community Hospitals

HCPlive (8/19, Butera) reports, “In a national quality improvement (QI) intervention” in community hospitals, “investigators detailed several strategies for sustained high-quality care for children with asthma that included designating long-term local cha…

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Younger Children More Likely To Spread Coronavirus At Home Than Older Children, Study Finds

The Hill (8/19, Choi) reports a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association “found that younger children were more likely to transmit COVID-19 to their households than older children.” Children ages “three and younger had the hi…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among US Patients Under Age 50 Reach New High, CDC Data Show

The Hill (8/19, Oshin) reports, “COVID-19 hospitalizations among patients under the age of 50 have hit a new high in the U.S.,” and according to the latest CDC data, “the groups with the largest increases in coronavirus hospitalizations are patients in th…

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Supporting Children’s Immune Systems May Help Reduce COVID-19 Risks

CNN (8/19, Rogers) reports, “Having a well-functioning immune system supported by lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising and sleeping could help reduce Covid-19 risk, according to guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and…

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Delta Coronavirus Variant Spread Ensnares Children, Reportedly Stoking Fears Ahead Of School Openings

The AP (8/19, Tanner) reports that “with the highly contagious delta variant spreading across the U.S., children are filling hospital intensive care beds instead of classrooms in record numbers, more even than at the height of the pandemic.” The AP says m…

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Health Workers In COVID-19 Hotspots Face New Challenges Caring For Unvaccinated Patients With Severe Disease

STAT (8/18, Facher) highlights the difficulties, including fatigue and emotional burdens, faced by healthcare workers deployed to hospitals and clinics in COVID-19 hotspots through the US government’s National Disaster Medical System. As “hospitals become…

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Only About One In 10 Children With AD/HD May Be Likely To Have Full, Lasting Remission Of Symptoms, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/18, Thompson) reports, “Only about one in 10” children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “are likely to have a full and lasting remission of their symptoms,” and “the rest will have” AD/HD “symptoms fade in and out as they…

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Research Reveals High Rates Of Inappropriate Prescribing In Children With Antibiotic Allergy Labels

HCPlive (8/18, Butera) reports researchers have “found high rates of inappropriate prescribing in children with antibiotic allergy labels (AAL).” Throughout the study, “a total of 204,413 patient encounters for 98,912 children” were noted. Investigators c…

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Single Dose Vi-Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine Protective Against Typhoid Fever In Pediatric Patients, Results Show

Healio (8/18, Downey) reports, “A single dose of Vi-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine provided protection against typhoid fever in children aged 9 months to 16 years,” researchers concluded after conducting “a participant- and observer-masked trial in Dhak…

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More Than Half Of US Teens Who Vape Intend To Quit, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (8/18, Grant) says that 53.4% “of adolescents in the U.S. who reported current e-cigarette use said they intended to quit, and two-thirds recounted past-year attempts to quit, according to a national study” published in Pediatrics. Using dat…

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Analysis: Increase In COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Among Teenagers Leads To Increase In Vaccinations

CNN (8/18, Howard) reports the increased rates of “COVID-19 vaccinations among adolescents parallels an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, mostly fueled by the Delta variant – leading some experts to speculate that parents who were once hesi…

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Biden Administration To Launch COVID-19 Booster Shot Campaign In A Month

The New York Times (8/18, LaFraniere, Mandavilli) reports the Biden Administration on Wednesday announced several moves to fight “the surging Delta variant of the coronavirus, strongly recommending booster shots for most vaccinated Americans and using fed…

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EPA Bans Use Of Pesticide Linked To Health Problems In Children, Farm Workers

The AP (8/18, Flesher) reports the Biden Administration “said Wednesday it was banning use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide long targeted by environmentalists, on food crops because it poses risks to children and farm workers.” The Environmental P…

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls Magnet Sets Over Injury Risk To Children

The Washington Post (8/17, Frankel) reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday “announced…a recall for two brands of high-powered magnet sets [Zen Magnets and Neoballs] – a surprise ending to a nearly decade-long court battle that pitted…

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Children Born To Mothers With Diabetes May Have Increased Risk For Developing High Refractive Error In The Eyes By Age 25, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (8/17, Monaco) reports research indicates that children “born to mothers with diabetes might see eye problems by early adulthood.” Researchers found, “in a nationwide cohort study of Danish mother-offspring pairs,” that “children who were pr…

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More Than 121,000 Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Reported In US Last Week, Report Says

CNN (8/17, Thomas) says, “More than 121,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported in the US in the last week, according to” an American Academy of Pediatrics report. CNN adds, “After declining in early summer, child cases have ‘steadily increased’ since the…

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Nearly Half Of Children With COVID-19 Are Asymptomatic, Review Says

The Washington Post (8/17) reports 46.7% “of children infected with covid-19 have no symptoms, according to a review of data from more than 350 studies published through April 2021.” The data were published in PNAS.

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More Than 100 House Lawmakers Ask FDA For Timeline On Authorizing Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Children

The Hill (8/17, Sullivan) reports, “A group of more than 100 House lawmakers on Tuesday” asked the FDA in a letter “for an update on its timeline on authorizing COVID-19 vaccines for children, given the current ‘alarming’ situation.” The lawmakers “reques…

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Residential Moisture, Mold Exposure During Infancy Appears Tied To Higher Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide Levels At Age Six, Research Indicates

Healio (8/17, VanDewater) reports “residential moisture and mold exposure during infancy appeared associated with higher fractional exhaled nitric oxide levels at 6 years of age, according to” researchers who “collected fractional exhaled nitric oxide (Fe…

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Unusual Summer Spike In RSV Infections Reportedly Spreading

HealthDay (8/17, Norton) reports an unusual summer spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections, primarily in southern pediatric hospitals, that the CDC warned about in June is now spreading to other parts of the US. For example, Salt Lake City’s…

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African Ancestry Tied To Increased Readmission Following Asthma-Related Hospital Admission Among Pediatric Patients, Results Suggest

Healio (8/10, Marabito) reports, “African ancestry appeared strongly associated with readmission following an asthma-related hospital admission among children, according to study results published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.” Researcher…

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SARS-CoV-2 Infection During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Higher Risk Of Preeclampsia, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (8/13, Gawel) reported, “SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy was associated with higher odds of preeclampsia, and this relationship may be causal, according to a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.” Researchers “…

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Multiple Safety Measures Can Provide Strong Protection Against COVID-19 Amid A Return To In-Person Learning, Experts Say

The New York Times (8/16, Karlamangla) reports that while some US schools have already seen COVID-19 outbreaks during the new school year, some experts remain confident “that layering multiple safety measures can provide strong protection.” Some experts b…

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More Parents Considering Having Their Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The Wall Street Journal (8/16, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports physicians indicate that several factors, including the Delta variant surge, are spurring more parents to mull getting their children inoculated against SARS-CoV-2. According to the A…

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Screen Time Should Be Replaced By “Green Time” For Optimizing Children’s Well-Being, Survey Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/16, Mann) reports research indicates that “screen time should be replaced by ‘green time’ for optimizing the well-being of” children, investigators concluded after examining responses “from surveys of more than 577,000 11-, 13- and 15-year-ol…

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Nearly Half Of Opioid Prescriptions Given To Pediatric Patients Are Considered High-Risk, Data Indicate

HealthDay (8/16) reports, “Almost half of pediatric opioid prescriptions are considered high-risk by one or more metric, and high-volume prescribers write more than half of the prescriptions, according to” researchers who analyzed 4,027,701 prescriptions…

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Babies, Toddlers With COVID-19 More Likely To Transmit Coronavirus To Others In Home Than Teens, Study Finds

The New York Times (8/16, Anthes) reports, “Babies and toddlers are less likely to bring the coronavirus into their homes than teenagers are, but once they are infected, they are more likely to spread the virus to others in their households, according to…

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Food Allergy Concerns Can Lead To Some Children Not Participating In Normal Events

The Washington Post (8/13, Cimons) reported the stress of children with food allergies staying safe “can create another problem almost as serious – worry so severe that they shun the normal events of childhood rather than risk exposure and an allergic rea…

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Study Indicates Child Firearm Injuries Increased By Almost 40% In 2020

The Washington Post (8/14, Das) reported, “Hospital visits by children injured by firearms rose by nearly 40 percent during 2020, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.” The researchers indicated that the soaring totals came at the same…

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Some Pediatricians Expect Uptick In Cases Of COVID-19-Related MIS-C

Bloomberg (8/14, Edney) reported behind a paywall that pediatricians “in U.S. Covid-19 hotspots are anticipating a delta-fueled swell of children with a rare, serious and sometimes deadly virus-linked condition as the fall resumption of school looms.” The…

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COVID-19 Outbreaks Impacting Some US Classrooms

The Wall Street Journal (8/13, Koh, Campo-Flores, Subscription Publication) reported some newly reopened US classrooms have seen an increasing number of COVID-19 outbreaks just days into the new school year with some schools temporarily shutting buildings…

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CDC Recommends Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose For Immunocompromised Individuals

The Washington Post (8/13, Sun) reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Friday “recommended giving a third dose of coronavirus vaccines to some immunocompromised individuals following the plan’s unanimous end…

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Parents Scramble To Find Care For Adolescents With Mental Health Suffering From Pandemic

The Washington Post (8/13, Ellison) reported that pediatricians and nurse practitioners “are overwhelmed with mental health crises they’re often not trained to handle.” Exasperated parents “complain that some psychiatrists and psychologists have closed th…

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Record Number Of Pediatric Patients In US Hospitalized With COVID-19

Reuters (8/14, Borter) reported, “The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of” 1,902 “on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity fighting outbreaks caused by the highly transmissib…

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Moderna Vaccine Safe And Effective For Teens, Trial Indicates

HealthDay (8/12, Preidt, Foster) reports on “new research showing that the Moderna vaccine is safe and effective for teens” and adds that “Moderna has filed for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to give the shot to ado…

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Quality Of Life For Children With Allergic Conjunctivitis May Be Lower For Them, Their Parents Compared With Youngsters Without It, Researchers Say

Healio (8/12, Keenan) reports, “Quality of life [QoL] for children with allergic conjunctivitis was significantly lower for them and their parents compared with children without it,” researchers concluded in a “prospective case-control study” that “analyz…

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Study Finds School Allergy Training Program May Have Improved Safety Of Children With Severe Food Allergies

HCPlive (8/12, Butera) on research finding that “investigators from the United Kingdom found that a face-to-face school allergy training program enhanced self-reported staff preparedness and promoted internal allergy policy review, which in turn contribut…

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Parents Advised To Keep Symptomatic Children Home Until Symptoms Subside And Have Them Tested For COVID-19

Kaiser Health News (8/12, Andrews) offers answers for questions about returning to in-person classes in schools, particularly for younger children who have not been able to be vaccinated. In response to children who have “symptoms of an upper respiratory…

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Death, Injuries, Abuse, Mental Health Disorders Among Harms Faced By Children Whose Parents Are Heavy Drinkers, Scoping Review Suggests

HealthDay (8/12, Preidt) reports research indicates that “death, injuries, abuse and mental health disorders are among the many harms faced by children whose parents are heavy drinkers.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after reviewing “91 studies…

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Hospitalizations Of Children With COVID-19 Reach New Peak In Week Ending August 9

CNN (8/12, Holcombe, Waldrop) reports, “More children are being hospitalized with COVID-19 as health systems struggle to cope with a surge in new patients” as “the seven-day average number of children reported hospitalized with COVID-19 jumped almost 30%…

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Children With MIS Appear To Have Superior Outcomes After Discharge Compared With Adults With MIS, Research Suggests

Healio (8/11, Laday) reports, “In a cohort of four children and four adults with multisystem inflammatory syndrome [MIS], children generally had superior outcomes after discharge,” researchers concluded after analyzing “clinical data” in a retrospective f…

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Moderna To Double Enrollment For COVID-19 Vaccine Trial In Children Under Age 12

Bloomberg (8/11, Griffin) reports, “Moderna Inc. plans to double enrollment in a trial of its [COVID-19] vaccine in children under age 12, following a request from U.S. regulators to collect additional safety data.” Moderna plans to enroll “13,275 partici…

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Parents Concerned About Developmental Effects Of Wearing Masks For Young Children

CNN (8/11, Rogers) reports that parents are concerned that mask-wearing may impair children’s development of “skills important for empathy, safety and more.” One expert said that identifying “verbal or facial cues to figure out how someone is feeling or p…

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Parents Advised To Focus On Getting Children Masks That Fit

ABC News (8/11, Kindelan) reports that the CDC “recommends all students ages 2 and older wear face masks indoors,” and the American Academy of Pediatrics “has also called on schools to enforce universal masking mandates.” As a result, “parents have questi…

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Poll Finds Majority Of Parents Favor Mask Mandates, Oppose Vaccine Mandates For Schools

The Washington Post (8/11, Winfield Cunningham, Ellerbeck) reports a Kaiser Family Foundation poll of 1,259 US parents of children under age 18 conducted July 15 to August 2 and released Wednesday found “nearly two-thirds of parents of school-age children…

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Preterm And Early Term Birth May Be Tied To Increased Risk For ASD, Research Suggests

Healio (8/11, Downey) reports, “Preterm and early term birth were associated with a significantly increased risk for autism spectrum disorder [ASD] in both boys and girls in a study that included more than four million children born over a 40-year period…

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Number Of Pediatric COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Continue To Grow

Politico (8/11, Goldberg, Ollstein) reports, “The number of kids infected with COVID-19 is soaring as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads and schools reopen, pushing children’s hospitals around the country to the brink.” Nationwide, according to t…

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Data Show Decreasing Trend Of Pediatric Melanoma Cases Over Time

Oncology Nurse Advisor (8/10, Nye) reports, “Although rates of pediatric melanoma have been more frequent among White female patients, there has been a decreasing trend of cases over time.” The findings were published in Pediatric Dermatology.

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Vincristine Plus Dexamethasone Pulse Therapy Can Be Omitted In Pediatric Patients With Low-Risk ALL After 1 Year Of Treatment, Study Finds

Cancer Network (8/10, Pelosci) reports, “Vincristine plus dexamethasone pulse therapy can be omitted in pediatric patients who have low-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) beyond 1 year of treatment, according to findings from a study published in Lan…

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Adolescents With COVID-19 Vaccine-Associated Myocarditis Tend To Have Mild Course, Similar To Adults, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/10, Lou) reports on research finding that “like adults, adolescents with COVID-19 vaccine-associated myocarditis tended to have a fairly mild clinical course.” At one pediatric center, the study found, “15 teenagers [were] hospitalized fo…

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Children With A Neurologic Comorbidity May Experience Nearly Twofold Greater Risk For Postoperative Pneumonia, Study Indicates

Healio (8/10, Ernst) reports, “Children with a neurologic comorbidity experienced an almost twofold greater risk for postoperative pneumonia,” researchers concluded in a 349,163-child retrospective study of youngsters “aged younger than 18 years who had i…

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Ultraprocessed Foods Make Up Two-Thirds Of Energy Consumption Among American Youth, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/10, Monaco) reports on a new study finding that “ultraprocessed foods made up two-thirds of the average American kid’s diet.” The study included data on “over 30,000 U.S. children and adolescents,” and concluded that “ultraprocessed foods…

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Nurse Practitioners Most Recruited Health Professionals

Modern Healthcare (8/9, Christ, Subscription Publication) reports on a report by search firm Merritt Hawkins finding that “nurse practitioners were the most recruited providers among physicians and advanced practitioners” whereas “for the past 14 years al…

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Senate Democrats Unveil $3.5 Trillion Budget Proposal With Medicare Expansion, Prescription Drug Price Plans

The Washington Post (8/9, A1, Romm) reports, “Senate Democrats released a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget blueprint on Monday that proposes to expand Medicare,” along with other “central elements of President Biden’s economic agenda” including “fresh effort…

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Pooled Prevalence Estimates For Elevated Depression, Anxiety Symptoms Nearly Doubled Among Children, Adolescents During COVID-19 Pandemic, Meta-Analysis Suggests

HealthDay (8/9) reports, “Globally, the pooled prevalence estimates for clinically elevated depression and anxiety symptoms almost doubled among children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded in a 29-study, 80,879-particip…

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Fifteen Percent Of US COVID-19 Cases Are Children, Study Finds

CNN (8/9, Christensen) reports, “Across the country, Covid-19 cases among children have been on the rise since early July after months of decline. Almost 94,000 cases among children were added in the past week, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in w…

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In Children With Acute Gastroenteritis, Probiotics Appear Not To Offer Benefits Regardless Of Diarrhea Timing Or Severity, Research Suggests

Healio (8/6, Stonehill) reported, “In children with acute gastroenteritis, probiotics did not offer benefits, regardless of diarrhea timing or severity,” investigators concluded in a study that included “1,770 kids aged three to 48 months, of whom 882 rec…

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Pediatric And Adolescent Patients With ALL Experience Similar Outcomes When Treated With Either Calaspargase Pegol Or Pegaspargase, Study Shows

Cancer Network (8/6, Virgil) reported, “Pediatric and adolescent patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia experienced similar outcomes when treated with either calaspargase pegol or pegaspargase,” according to the results of a phase 3 trial. The finding…

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Children May Suffer Continuing Problems From COVID-19 Even If They Had Mild Or Asymptomatic Cases

The New York Times (8/8, Belluck) reports, “As young people across the United States prepare to return to school, many are struggling to recover from lingering post-Covid neurological, physical or psychiatric symptoms.” The Times adds, “Pediatric Covid-19…

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Newer Diet May Expand Food Options For Many Children With Crohn’s, Study Indicates

According to HCPlive (8/6, Walter), “a newer diet called Crohn’s disease Exclusion Diet (CDED) could be an option that expands the food options for many children” with Crohn’s disease. For the study, investigators “examined the efficacy of CDED compared w…

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Stepped-Care CBT Model May Be Cost-Effective For Children, Adolescents With OCD, Researchers Say

Healio (8/6, Gramigna) reported, “A stepped-care cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] model was cost-effective for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD],” researchers concluded in “an economic evaluation of a randomized noninferi…

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Teachers Union Reverses Stance, Supports Mandate For COVID-19 Vaccination As Cases Surge

Reuters (8/8, Heavey) reports that COVID-19 vaccinations “should be required for U.S. teachers to protect students who are too young to be inoculated, the head of the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union said on Sunday, shifting course to back mandated…

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More Children Getting Infected In Latest COVID-19 Outbreaks

The Hill (8/6, Spencer) reported, “Two of the most infectious states with the COVID-19 delta variant, Louisiana and Florida, are seeing increased numbers of sick children,” and “medical experts believe the surges in pediatric cases are due to the variant’…

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US Daily Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths From Delta Variant Up 40% Week-Over-Week

The Washington Post (8/5, Suliman, Johnson, Pager, Pietsch, Knowles) reports new daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the Delta variant “are all surging as millions of Americans remain unvaccinated, federal health officials warned Thursday.” Dai…

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Nearly Half Of Chicago Parents That Own Guns Keep Them Loaded While Stored, Study Finds

Newsweek (8/5, Impelli) reports, “Nearly half of Chicago parents that own guns keep them loaded while stored, according to a new study.” The study “found that 46 percent of parents in the city store their firearms at home, loaded.” The study “also found t…

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Open-Label Follow-Up Study For PTAH Finds Improved Safety, Tolerability Profiles In Children With Peanut Allergy

HCPlive (8/5, Butera) reports, “An open-label follow-up study evaluating the efficacy and safety of the oral biologic Peanut Allergen Powder-dnfp (PTAH) found improved safety and tolerability profiles in children with peanut allergy.” The daily oral immun…

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Incidence Of Chilblains Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Data Demonstrates

Dermatology Advisor (8/5, Pond) reports, “The incidence of chilblains increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, study data published in JAMA Dermatology demonstrates.” This change “may have been due to increased care-seeking by patients during the pandemic,…

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Biden Administration Enlisting Pediatricians To Incorporate COVID-19 Vaccination Into Back-To-School Sports Physicals, Encouraging Schools To Host Vaccination Clinics

The New York Times (8/5, Stolberg) reports the Biden Administration, “worried that coronavirus vaccination rates among young people are lagging as the school year approaches, is enlisting pediatricians to incorporate vaccination into back-to-school sports…

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Number Of Pediatric Patients With COVID-19 Surging Around Much Of US

NBC News (8/5, Edwards) reports, “The number of very sick children admitted to Children’s Hospital New Orleans with Covid-19 has exploded over the past two weeks – from zero to 20.” However, despite the surge in pediatric patients with COVID-19, pediatric…

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FDA Expands Indication For Exenatide Extended-Release To Include Pediatric T2D

According to Medwire News (8/4, Ruzafa), the “FDA has expanded the indication for exenatide extended-release to include pediatric type 2 diabetes [T2D].” The drug “may now be given to children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 years in combina…

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Administration Of IV Magnesium To Children With Asthma Treated In The ED May Be Tied To Subsequent Hospitalization, Researchers Say

Pulmonology Advisor (8/4, Aghjayan) reports, “The administration of intravenous (IV) magnesium to children with asthma being treated in the emergency department (ED) was found to be associated with subsequent hospitalization,” researchers concluded after…

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Novel Bacterial Markers Predicted Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children, Showed Persistent Underdevelopment Of Gut Microbiota Among Them, Data Find

Healio (8/4, Stonehill) reports, “Novel bacterial markers predicted autism spectrum disorder in children and showed persistent underdevelopment of the gut microbiota among these children, according to data published in Gut.” Researchers “compared gut micr…

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Parent-Reported Hypoglycemia Fear, Diabetes-Specific Family Conflict May Predict HbA1c Trajectories For Children Aged Five To Nine Years With Recent-Onset T1D, Study Indicates

Healio (8/4, Monostra) reports, “Parent-reported hypoglycemia fear and diabetes-specific family conflict may predict HbA1c trajectories for children aged five to nine years with recent-onset type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researchers concluded. Their “analysis o…

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Surgeon General Predicts High Likelihood Of COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under 12 Approved During Next School Year

The Hill (8/4, Schnell) reports Surgeon General Vivek Murthy this week “said there’s a high likelihood that a vaccine for children under the age of 12 will be approved during the next school year.” Interest in a vaccine for children under 12 “has increase…

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Most Parents Of K-12 Students Support Mask Mandates, Poll Finds

The Hill (8/3, Williams) reports, “Most parents of K-12 students support mask mandates amid a nationwide spike in coronavirus infections, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.” The poll found 60% of parents “said they support mask mandates for unva…

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Most Adverse Events For American Teenagers Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Are Nonserious, According To Research

HealthDay (8/3) reports that for US teenagers receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, “most adverse events are nonserious, according to research published in the July 30 early-release issue” of the US CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The…

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Lactation Counselors, Specialists Continue To Meet With Parents Online

Kaiser Health News (8/3, Ruder) reports many lactation counselors and lactation specialists have continued to meet with new families through virtual classes, “keeping alive the online communities they created and relying on the technology that worked for…

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Few Studies Have Evaluated Infant, Parental Outcomes Of False-Positive Results From Newborn Screening Of Congenital Hypothyroidism, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (8/3, Monostra) reports, “Few studies have evaluated infant and parental outcomes of false-positive results from newborn screening of congenital hypothyroidism, and most studies are low or moderate quality,” investigators concluded in a systematic…

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Most Children With COVID-19 Recover Within One Week, But Some Experience Long-Term Symptoms, Study Finds

The New York Times (8/3, Anthes) reports that while “most children with Covid-19 recover within a week, a small percentage experience long-term symptoms, according to a new study of more than 1,700 British children.” The researchers “found that 4.4 percen…

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Researchers Seeking To Determine Whether Delta Variant Makes People Sicker

Reuters (8/2, Beasley) reports, “With a new wave of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant striking countries worldwide, disease experts are scrambling to learn whether the latest version of coronavirus is making people –mainly the unvaccinated…

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Children Exposed to Marijuana Smoke May Be At Risk For More Colds, Respiratory Infections, According To New Study

HealthDay (8/2, Reinberg) reports children “who are around people who use marijuana may be at risk for more colds and respiratory infections due to secondhand smoke, according to a new study.” In the survey, parents and caregivers who “regularly smoked or…

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Children May Be Able To Better Remember New Vocabulary Following Physical Activity, Study Suggests

HealthDay (8/2, Preidt) reports a new study suggests children “may be able to swim their way to a deeper vocabulary.” The study researchers “taught 48 kids ages 6 to 12 a few new words before they swam, did CrossFit-type exercises or coloring.” The swimme…

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Spike In RSV Cases Occurring As More Children Experience COVID-19 Infection

HealthDay (8/2, Preidt, Foster) reports, “A rise in cases of a common childhood disease called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is unfolding just as coronavirus infections are increasing among children.” There has been a significant rise in RSV cases sin…

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Study Finds No Evidence Suggesting Exposure To Anti-TNF-a And/Or Thiopurine In Utero Have Negative Impacts On Outcomes, Growth In Children Born To Mothers With IBD

Gastroenterology Advisor (7/30, Nye) reported investigators found “no evidence…to suggest exposure to anti-tumor necrosis factor-a (anti-TNF-a) and/or thiopurine in utero had negative impacts on infection-related outcomes or growth in children born to m…

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Research On Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Pediatric Patients With Cancer Identifies Difference In Risk Between Patient Subgroups

Cancer Network (7/30, Virgil) reports, “Findings from a study that examined age-specific incidence of pediatric cancers by a narrow vs broad age groupings have identified that pediatric patients who are of a racial or ethnic minority have different risks…

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Public Health Experts Call On Increased Water Safety Efforts To Prevent Drownings

The Washington Post (7/30, Vestal) reported nearly 4,000 Americans drown in the US every year, according to the CDC, “and another estimated 8,000 are treated for nonfatal drowning injuries.” Specifically for children, drowning “is the second leading cause…

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Parents, Policymakers Continue Debate On Potentially Requiring Students To Be Masked During School

The AP (7/31, Eaton-Robb) reported parents and policymakers in the US “have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate” for children attending schools in the fall. The controversy “is unfolding at a time wh…

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Extremely Premature Babies May Have Much Higher Risk Of Cerebral Palsy, Other Neurological Conditions Than Full-Term Infants, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/30) reported, “Extremely premature babies have a much higher risk of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions than full-term infants,” researchers concluded after examining “the outcomes of more than 220,500 deliveries over 23 years.”…

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Majority Of American Parents Have Not Vaccinated Teenagers Against COVID-19

The Washington Post (7/30, Joyce, McCarthy) reported that many parents are still on the fence about whether or not they should have their teenagers vaccinated against the coronavirus – even as many choose to get the vaccine for themselves. Currently, “a m…

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Countries, Companies Pledge $4B To Address Pandemic-Related Educational Setbacks

The AP (7/29) reports, “International governments and companies have pledged more than $4 billion to educate 175 million children around the world and prevent a generation’s chances being blighted by the coronavirus pandemic.” The commitments emerged Thur…

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Experts Issue New International Consensus For Dosing Of Corticosteroids In Childhood-Onset Lupus Nephritis

Healio (7/29, Laday) reports, “Patients with childhood-onset lupus nephritis should receive up to three infusions of methylprednisolone at 30 mg/kg per dose upon diagnosis, with a maximum 60 mg of daily oral corticosteroids in the first four weeks,” resea…

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Decreased Herpes Zoster Infection Incidence Among Vaccinated And Unvaccinated Children Corresponds To Universal Varicella Vaccination Program Implementation, Researchers Suggest

Infectious Disease Advisor (7/29, van Paridon) reports, “A decreased incidence in herpes zoster infection among vaccinated and unvaccinated children corresponds to the implementation of a universal varicella vaccination program, according to” researchers…

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People Who Develop MS In Childhood May Have More Difficulty Recognizing Words, Faces Than Healthy Individuals, Study Suggests

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (7/29, Maia) reports, “People who develop multiple sclerosis (MS) in childhood have more difficulty recognizing words and faces than healthy individuals,” investigators concluded in a study that included 65 patients with pedi…

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Some Major Children’s Hospitals Reporting Rise In Pediatric Hospitalizations For COVID-19

Forbes (7/29, McEvoy) reports, “While it is still extremely rare for children to become seriously ill or die from COVID-19,” some “major children’s hospitals in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida – states that have been battling a broader increase i…

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CDC Face Mask Reversal Prompts Renewed Debate Ahead Of New School Year

Reuters (7/29, Ax, Brooks) reports the CDC’s “decision on Tuesday to reverse course and recommend that all students and staff wear masks in school regardless of vaccination status has caused fresh confusion and frustration among parents, educators and off…

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ST2 Tied To Unfavorable Pulmonary Outcomes, Significantly Improved Prediction Of Clinical Worsening In Pediatric Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Research Suggests

Healio (7/28, Welsh) reports, “Elevated soluble suppressor of tumorigenicity, or ST2, was associated with unfavorable pulmonary outcomes and significantly improved prediction of clinical worsening in pediatric patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension…

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Some Parents Reportedly Concerned For Unvaccinated Children To Return To School Amid Current COVID-19 Trends

ABC News (7/29, Anoruo, Brownstein) reports, “With the COVID-19 delta variant surge once again prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend masks indoors for teachers and other vaccinated school employees, many parents are left wo…

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Practitioners Should Consider Certain Factors When Determining Best Option For Pediatric Patch Testing For Allergies, Researchers Say

Healio (7/28, Forand) reports, “Practitioners should take patient age, available space for the patch and allergy frequency into consideration when determining the best option for pediatric patch testing for allergies, according to a research letter” publi…

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Exposure To Immunosuppressive Monotherapies In Utero Did Not Raise Serious Infection Risks In Young Children Born To Mothers With IBD, Study Says

MedPage Today (7/28, Hamza) reports, “Exposure to immunosuppressive monotherapies in utero did not increase serious infection risks in young children born to mothers with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the same could not be said for exposures to co…

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Researchers Examine Comparative Effectiveness Of Initial Treatment Of Infantile Spasms

Healio (7/28, Ernst) reports, “Adrenocorticotropic hormone and oral steroids demonstrated superiority compared with non-standard therapy for the initial treatment of infantile spasms,” researchers concluded in “a prospective, multicenter observational coh…

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Radiologists Say Congress, FDA Must Take Urgent Action To Ensure Young Patients Are Not Harmed By AI Tools Designed Specifically For Adults

HealthImaging (7/28, O’Connor) reports, “Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must take urgent action to ensure young patients are not harmed by artificial intelligence tools designed specifically for adults, radiologists warned Wednesday.”…

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Depression, Suicide Concerns Increased Among Adolescents During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/28) reports, “Depression and suicide concerns increased among adolescents during the pandemic, especially among females, according to a study recently published online in Pediatrics.” Study researchers “compared the percent of primary care vi…

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Study Examines Ways Providers Can Help Transgender Adolescents Shift From Pediatric To Adult Care

Healio (7/27, Monostra) reports, “Collaboration, understanding a youth’s goals and detailing a transition plan are three ways providers can help transgender adolescents shift from pediatric to adult care,” investigators concluded in a survey study that in…

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FDA Approves Fixed-Dose Combination Of Tretinoin And Benzoyl Peroxide For Treatment Of Acne Vulgaris, Company Says

HCPlive (7/27, Alicea) reports the FDA has “approved fixed-dose combination of tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide, 0.1% and 0.3% (TWYNEO) for the treatment of acne vulgaris in adults and pediatric patients nine years of age and older.” The approval was announ…

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Elementary Students Ended 2020-21 School Year Four To Five Months Behind, Report Says

The New York Times (7/27, Mervosh) reports elementary school students in the US ended this school year four to five months behind where they normally would be in academic achievement, according to a McKinsey report. Students attending schools with mainly…

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Heated Tobacco Products Posing Risk To US Teens, Experts Say

ABC News (7/27, Acholonu) reports on its website “a new smoke-free alternative called heated tobacco is slowly gaining a foothold in the U.S. market,” and “tobacco companies are attempting to glamorize these products, experts told ABC News.” While the US…

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WHO Report Warns Of Tobacco Addiction Among Children, Calls For Greater Regulation Of Smoke-Free Devices

Reuters (7/27, Nebehay) reports, “The tobacco industry’s sleek marketing is attracting youngsters to e-cigarettes which can lead to tobacco addiction, despite claims by some executives that they aim to solve the smoking epidemic, the World Health Organiza…

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In Study, Children With Autism Appear To Display Differences In Their Gut Microbiome

HealthDay (7/27, Preidt) reports “children with autism” appear to have “differences in their array of healthy gut bacteria or ‘microbiome,’” investigators concluded after comparing “the microbiomes of 64 children with autism and 64 typically developing ch…

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CDC Says Vaccinated People Should Return To Wearing Masks Indoors In Some Public Areas

The Washington Post (7/27, A1, Abutaleb, Achenbach, Diamond, Taylor) reports, “Vaccinated people may be able to spread the coronavirus and should resume wearing masks under certain circumstances, the nation’s top public health official said Tuesday in a g…

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Precautions Result In No COVID-19 Transmissions Linked To Busing During Height Of Pandemic, Study Suggests

HealthDay (7/26, Mann) reports, “With open windows, mandated masking and two kids per seat, there was no transmission of the new coronavirus linked to busing even during the height of the pandemic,” according to researchers who found that of 460 students…

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NAPNAP, Other Medical Groups Call For Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Of Healthcare Workers

The New York Times (7/26, Anthes) reports that on Monday, “a group of nearly 60 major medical organizations” called “for mandatory vaccination of health care workers. As the highly contagious Delta variant drives a new surge of coronavirus cases, vaccinat…

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School, Health Officials Weighing COVID-19 Testing And Response Strategies Ahead Of School Reopenings

CNN International (7/26, Howard) reports that as the new US school year approaches, the majority of “school officials, public health experts and political leaders agree that COVID-19 testing can play a big role in keeping students safe and monitoring for…

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Rising COVID-19 Infection Rate Prompting Some US School Districts To Reconsider Mandating Face Masks

The Wall Street Journal (7/26, Koh, Subscription Publication) reports Delta-driven COVID-19 case rises are prompting school districts across the US to reconsider requiring face masks, a matter that appeared settled earlier in the summer, in an effort to h…

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COVID-19 Inoculation Effort Among Adolescents Slows Down

The Wall Street Journal (7/26, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports the COVID-19 inoculation effort among adolescents has slowed down, partly because a number of parents have concerns about the vaccines’ safety, including potential side effects, su…

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Longer Seated Lunch Periods Tied To Increased Fruit, Vegetable Consumption Among Elementary, Middle School Students, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/26, Preidt) reports, “Longer school lunch breaks could boost” students’ “intake of fruits and veggies,” according to researchers who “observed food choices of 38 elementary- and middle school-aged kids at a summer camp” and “compared kids’ fr…

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Drugmakers Reportedly To Expand Pediatric Vaccine Studies To Include More 5- To 11-Year-Olds At FDA’s Request

The New York Times (7/26, Stolberg, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports that at the urging of the FDA, “two coronavirus vaccine makers are expanding the size of their studies in children ages five to 11 – a precautionary measure designed to detect rare side effe…

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Pandemic Sparks Surge In Homeschooling Across US

The AP (7/25, Crary) reports, “Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-…

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FDA Approves Dalbavancin For Pediatric ABSSSI Treatment, Company Announces

MedPage Today (7/23, Walker) reported, “Antibiotic dalbavancin (Dalvance), previously approved to treat bacterial skin infections in adults, received FDA approval for the pediatric population from birth, manufacturer AbbVie” announced in a July 23 press r…

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Financial Hardships May Affect How Much Caregivers Talk To Children, Study Suggests

The Washington Post (7/23, Blakemore) reported that a new study published in Developmental Science “suggests financial hardship and income inequality affect how much caregivers talk to kids.” Researchers “asked caregivers with 3-year-olds to reflect on ti…

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FDA Approves Once-Weekly Exenatide For Children With T2D

Healio (7/23, Schaffer) reported, “The FDA approved the GLP-1 receptor agonist exenatide for children aged 10 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes [T2D], the first once-weekly injectable approved for pediatric use in the United States, according to” a July 23…

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Data Show Three Of Four Parents Of Unvaccinated Children Consider Pediatricians’ COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendation Integral To Getting Child Vaccinated

CNN (7/26, Molano) reports, “Of parents with unvaccinated children, 3 in 4 say the recommendation of their child’s health care provider will be integral in their decision” to have their children vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, according to data from a C.S….

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Children’s National Hospital, NIAID To Launch $40M Study On Long COVID-19, MIS-C

CNN (7/25, Christensen) reported, “Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced Tuesday that they will start a $40 million study on long Covid and multisystem in…

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Legal Immigrants Can Receive Medicaid Without Impact On Permanent Residency, CMS Chief Says

Bloomberg Law (7/22, Subscription Publication) reported, “Legal immigrants can receive Medicaid benefits without harming their chances of becoming a permanent resident , Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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School Mask Mandates A Rising Source Of Tension Among Parents

NBC News (7/23, Chuck) reported, “As the academic year approaches, a patchwork approach to masks is prompting ire from parents, regardless of which policy their children’s schools have chosen.” Some parents “feel it’s more necessary than ever to require m…

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Many Patients Being Billed For Preventive Care That Should Be Free, Study Shows

HealthDay (7/22, Preidt) reports, “Many Americans are being charged for preventive – and supposedly free – health care, new research shows, and those bills may keep them from booking appointments in the future.” The researchers “analyzed 2018 national hea…

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Most Parents Of Youth Baseball Pitchers Unfamiliar With Guidelines Protecting Children Against Overuse Injuries, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/22, Preidt) reports most parents of young pitchers playing baseball appear to be unfamiliar with “guidelines that can protect” their children “against overuse injuries.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after surveying “nearly 100 par…

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Over 30 Children Test Positive For COVID-19 At New York Sleep-Away Camp

The New York Times (7/22, Gold) reports that the COVID-19 “outbreak at Camp Pontiac, a sleep-away camp in upstate New York, started in the girls’ dormitories,” and “as of Thursday morning, 31 of the camp’s 550 campers had tested positive for the coronavir…

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Teens Having Close, Secure Family Relationships More Likely To Extend Empathy To Peers, Research Suggests

CNN (7/15, Molano) reports, “Teenagers who have close, secure relationships with their families are more likely to extend empathy to their peers,” investigators concluded after following “174 adolescents from the ages of 14 to 18 to track their progress a…

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Youth Who Identify As LGBTQ+ May Suffer More Bullying At Their Schools When They Live In Areas With Politically Conservative Voting Records, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/22, Murez) reports, “Youth who identify as LGBTQ+ suffer more bullying at their schools when they live in areas with politically conservative voting records.” Investigators examined “school district voting records in the 2016 presidential ele…

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End Of Pandemic Precautions Could Be Causing Rise In Summer Colds, RSV Infections

USA Today (7/22, Rodriguez) reports that the return of normal socializing – without social distancing or masks – “may have sparked a rise in cold cases normally seen during the fall and winter months.” While health agencies do not track common cold cases,…

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Study Shows 1.5M Children Worldwide Have Lost A Caregiver To COVID-19

HealthDay (7/21, Preidt) reports “a new study shows that 1.5 million children have lost a parent, grandparent or other caregiver to COVID-19.” According to the article, “researchers analyzed data from 21 countries and extrapolated those findings to produc…

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Company Announces FDA Approval For Odevixibat To Treat Pruritus In All Subtypes Of Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis

According to Healio (7/21), in a July 20 press release, “Albiero Pharma Inc. announced it received FDA approval for Bylvay [odevixibat] to treat pruritus in all subtypes of progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis.” The drug, which will be launched “…

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Prenatal Exposure To Ambient Ultrafine Particles Linked To Development Of Asthma In Children, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (7/21, Jacobs) reports, “Prenatal exposure to ambient ultrafine particles…has been linked to the development of asthma in children, independent of correlated pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and other climate variables such…

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Tennessee Will Not Vaccinate Minors Against COVID-19 Without Parental Consent, Health Agency Says

The AP (7/21, Mattise) reports that on Wednesday, two Tennessee Republican legislators “received assurances that the state’s health agency won’t vaccinate minors for COVID-19 without parental consent, doubling back on a decades-old provision about childre…

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Mask Use May Be Needed To Curb Rise In COVID-19 Cases, Some Experts Say

CNN (7/21, Holcombe) reports some experts believe that the recent rise in US COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant, particularly among unvaccinated individuals, should prompt increased face mask use. Dr. Leana Wen told CNN on Tues…

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Biden Says CDC Will Advise Unvaccinated Children To Wear Masks In School Settings

The Hill (7/21, Chalfant) reports President Biden “said Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would likely issue guidance encouraging children who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus to wear masks in schools.” Bi…

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Toddlers Who Were Breastfed For Any Amount Of Time Had Lower Blood Pressure Than Those Who Were Never Breastfed, Study Finds

CNN (7/21, Molano) reports, “Toddlers who were breastfed for any amount of time had lower blood pressure than those who were not breastfed at all, according to a new study” published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. HealthDay (7/21, Foste…

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Young Children With Recent Onset T1D May Display Four Unique HbA1c Trajectories That May Be Influenced By Parental Psychosocial Factors, Study Suggests

Medwire News (7/20, Cowen) reports, “Young children with recent onset type 1 diabetes [T1D] display four unique glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) trajectories that may be influenced by parental psychosocial factors,” investigators concluded after deriving these…

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High School Students’ Bed, Wake-Up Times Delayed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

Healio (7/20, Gramigna) reports, “High school students’ bed and wake-up times have been delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have become more active during the evening, according to study results published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.” R…

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Researchers Examine Racial-Ethnic Disparities In CGM Use In Children

Healio (7/20, Monostra) reports, “Non-Hispanic Black children are less likely to start continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] within one year of diabetes diagnosis compared with non-Hispanic white children,” researchers concluded after conducting “a retrospe…

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About One In 25 Pediatric Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 Develop Neurological Complications, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/20, Thompson) reports nearly one in 25 children “hospitalized with COVID-19 develop debilitating brain or nerve complications that could haunt some for a long time,” according to British researchers who “gathered data on pediatric neurologica…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Spiking Amid Spread Of Delta Variant, AAP Says

CNN (7/20, Maxouris) reports, “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Tuesday more than 23,550” pediatric COVID-19 infections “were reported between July 8 and 15 – nearly double what was being reported in late June.” The group “said severe illness…

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Prescriptions For Pediatric Patients In US Declined By About One-Quarter Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

HealthDay (7/20, Preidt) reports, “Prescriptions for U.S. children fell by about one-quarter during the COVID-19 pandemic, with prescriptions for antibiotics alone plunging by more than 50%,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 92% of U.S. ph…

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City Children Who Have Daily Exposure To Woodland May Have Better Cognitive Development, Lower Risk Of Emotional And Behavioral Problems, Study Indicates

CNN (7/20, Woodyatt) reports, “City children who have daily exposure to woodland have better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems,” investigators concluded after studying some “3,568 adolescents aged nine to 15 at 31…

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Study Finds Increase In Loneliness Among Teenagers Between 2012 And 2018

The Washington Post (7/20, Bahrampour) reports a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescence finds that “feelings of loneliness among teenagers rose sharply between 2012 and 2018” in 36 out of 37 studied countries, “with higher increases among g…

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UK Will Not Vaccinate Most Under 18 For Now

The AP (7/19) reports, “The British government has decided not to inoculate most children and teenagers against COVID-19 until more data on the available vaccines becomes available.” The government did say that “children as young as 12 with severe neuro-d…

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Automated Tubeless Insulin Delivery System Safe, Effective For Children And Adults With T1D, Study Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (7/19, Nye) reports, “An automated tubeless insulin delivery system can safely and effectively stabilize glycated hemoglobin levels among children and adults with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded in a 240-patient, “sin…

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Researchers See Increased MRD Persistence, Lower Rates Of Remission And Survival In Patients With Philadelphia-Like ALL

Cancer Network (7/19, Fowler) reports, “Patients with Philadelphia-like (PH-like) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) were found to have an association with lower rates of complete remission (CR), event-free survival (EFS), and disease-free survival (DFS),…

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Even Mild, Asymptomatic COVID-19 Triggers Strong Antibody Response In Children, Teens, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/19, Preidt) reports, “Even a mild or asymptomatic case of COVID-19 triggers a strong antibody response in children and teens, new research shows.” Researchers “measured antibody response in 69 young patients, aged 2 months to 21 years, with a…

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AAP Says All Students Older Than Two Should Wear Masks In School

The Washington Post (7/19, Thebault) reports that on Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “released new, highly anticipated COVID-19 guidance for schools reopening this fall, recommending that everyone over the age of 2 wear masks, even if the…

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CMS Proposes Higher Penalties On Hospitals That Do Not Publish Prices

The Hill (7/19, Weixel) reports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday released a proposal that “would raise the maximum penalty to $2 million a year for large hospitals that don’t post online the secret prices they have negotiated…

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Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial In Pregnant Women Should Reassure Public, Build Confidence In Its Safety, Experts Say

Fox News (7/16, Rivas) reported, “Moderna’s move to launch a study of its COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women should reassure the public and help build confidence in the jab’s safety, experts said.” The trial aims “to enroll about 1,000 females over 18 who…

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FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding NuVasive Spinal Rod System

Healio (7/16) reported, “The FDA released a safety communication regarding potential mechanical failures and concerns of tissue incompatibility associated with components from a growing spinal rod system from NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics.” The devices…

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Pain In Children With CP May Further Inhibit Participation In Motor Skill Activities

Healio (7/16, Stonehill) reported on research finding that “the presence of pain in children with cerebral palsy can make motor skill activities even more difficult.” The research included “data from the 2017 to 2018 National Survey of Children’s Health,”…

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Pressure Pain Threshold May Be Novel Biomarker For Identification Of High Risk For Self-Harm Among Adolescents, Small Study Suggests

Healio (7/16, Gramigna) reported, “Pressure pain threshold may be a novel biomarker for identification of high risk for self-harm among adolescents,” researchers concluded in a cross-sectional study that “used quantitative sensory testing to evaluate soma…

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Rural Hospitals May Benefit From Plans To Boost Health Coverage In States Without Expanded Medicaid

Modern Healthcare (7/16, Hellmann, Subscription Publication) reported, “Rural hospitals facing potential closures could see a lifeline in the form of a multi-trillion dollar package President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats aim to pass this year.” T…

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Parents File Lawsuits Challenging DC Law Allowing Minors To Receive Vaccines Without Parental Permission

The Washington Post (7/18, Moyer, Zauzmer) reports, “Two lawsuits filed in DC federal court this month challenged a city law passed last year that allows minors to be vaccinated without their parents’ knowledge, saying the legislation violates religious l…

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NAPNAP Updates Childhood Obesity Position Statement Encouraging Health Lifestyles

Clinical Advisor (7/15, Jacobs) reports that in “response to the rising tide of childhood obesity,” which has reached 19.3% among US children and adolescents, “the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) released an updated position…

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Emergency Authorization Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under 12 Expected Early To Midwinter, FDA Official Says

NBC News (7/15, Edwards) reports that COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech could receive emergency use authorization for use in children under 12 “in early to midwinter, a Food and Drug Administration official said Thursday.” The agency “hop…

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Percentage Of Youths With T1D Spending At Least 70% Time In Range More Than Doubled After Three Months Of Using Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System, Study Indicates

Healio (7/14, Monostra) reports, “The percentage of youths with type 1 diabetes [T1D] spending at least 70% time in range more than doubled after three months of using a hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system,” researchers concluded after conducting “…

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Unintentional Drowning Deaths Among Children Fell 38% From 1999 To 2019, CDC Data Show

HealthDay (7/15) reports, “From 1999 to 2019, there was a 38 percent decrease in the rate of unintentional drowning deaths among children” aged 0 to 17 years, “according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Pandemic Has Caused A Lag In Childhood Vaccinations, Report Says

Modern Healthcare (7/15, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, pediatric “office visits fell 27% during the pandemic, t…

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Heart Problems Resolve Within Months In Majority Of Children With MIS-C, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/15, Preidt) reports that the majority of cardiac problems in pediatric patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) “triggered by COVID-19 infection resolve within a few months,” according to researchers who studied dat…

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Osmophobia May Be Clinical Diagnostic Marker For Migraine Among Children, Adolescents, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (7/14, Akirov) reports, “Osmophobia, defined as aversion to or dislike of odors, could be a clinical diagnostic marker for migraine among children and adolescents,” researchers concluded. In an 81-patient study, investigators found that…

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Children Likely To Pay Price For Adults Not Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine At High Rates, Expert Says

CNN (7/14, Holcombe) reports “children will likely pay the price for adults in the US not getting vaccinated at high enough rates to slow or stop the spread of Covid-19…a vaccine expert said.” Dr. Peter Hotez, who is “a vaccinologist and dean of the Nat…

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Severe Stage 2 Hypertension, But Not Elevated BP And Stage 1 Hypertension, May Be Tied To Maternal, Fetal, Or Neonatal Mortality Or Morbidity In Low-Resource Settings, Researchers Say

Healio (7/14, Welsh) reports, “Severe stage 2 hypertension, but not elevated BP and stage 1 hypertension, was associated with maternal, fetal or neonatal mortality or morbidity in low-resource settings,” investigators concluded after conducting “a seconda…

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Facial Infantile Hemangiomas At Multiple Sites May Put Infants At Risk For PHACE Syndrome, Researchers Say

Healio (7/13, Volansky) reports, “Facial infantile hemangiomas [IH] at multiple sites may put infants at risk for posterior fossa malformations, hemangiomas, arterial anomalies, cardiac defects and eye anomalies, known as PHACE syndrome,” investigators co…

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Timing Of Parental Encouragement Key In Helping Manage Young Children’s Reactions To Receiving Vaccines, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/14, Preidt) reports recent research published in PAIN suggests “that perfectly timed encouragement makes all the difference” in helping young children receive vaccinations. Researchers “observed how hundreds of parents handled their preschool…

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Largest Registered Nurses Union Wants CDC To Restore Universal Mask Guidelines

The Hill (7/13, Coleman) reports the National Nurses Union, the US’ largest union for registered nurses, wants the CDC “to bring back recommendations for universal masking in public regardless of people’s vaccination status.” On Monday, the group wrote to…

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Exposure To Lead In Childhood May Affect Personality Into Adulthood, Investigators Conclude

HealthDay (7/13, Mozes) reports exposure to lead in childhood may “affect personality into adulthood,” investigators concluded in “an analysis of data on atmospheric lead levels across the United States and 37 European nations since 1960” in which “lead l…

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Research, Targeted Care Still Lacking For Long-Term COVID-19 In Children

US News & World Report (7/13, Cirruzzo) reports that researchers still “know very little about long COVID in children, particularly when it comes to who is getting it and how to treat them.” Moreover, “while a number of long COVID clinics have cropped up…

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Development, Implementation Of Novel Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Prevention System Of Care May Be Tied To Sustained Decrease In Rates Of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia In Infants, Researchers Posit

Healio (7/13, Welsh) reports, “Development and implementation of a novel bronchopulmonary dysplasia prevention system of care was associated with a sustained decrease in rates of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in infants,” investigators concluded after conduc…

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Early Labor Induction For Babies Severely Small For Gestational Age Tied To Worse Developmental, Educational Outcomes Later In Childhood, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/13, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Among babies who were severely small for gestational age, early induction of labor was associated with worse developmental and educational outcomes later on in childhood, according to” retrospective study results…

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More Than Twice As Many Young People As Normal Hospitalized With Eating Disorders In First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

HealthDay (7/13, Preidt) reports that during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, “more than twice as many young people as is normal were hospitalized with eating disorders,” with the “highest rates of admissions per month” occurring “b…

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Fewer Than One-Third Of Adolescents Report Discussing SRH Topics With Providers In Most Recent Visit, Data Show

HealthDay (7/12) reports a study published in Pediatrics shows that fewer “than one-third of adolescents report having discussions with their provider about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) topics at their most recent visit, although most adolescents…

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Neurobehavioral Outcomes Worse Among Schoolchildren Who Were Born Preterm, Have More Screen Time Use, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/12, Gever) reports, “Young schoolchildren who had been born very early and who logged ‘screen time’ in excess of 2 hours daily were more likely also to show neurobehavioral problems than similar children spending less time with electronic…

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Summer Camp COVID-19 Outbreaks Could Be Predictive Of Upcoming School Year

The AP (7/12, Hollingsworth, Franko, Tanner) reports, “The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, in what some fear could be a preview of the upcom…

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Schools Pushing Students To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Before Fall Reopening

The Wall Street Journal (7/12, Campa, Subscription Publication) reports school districts and teachers unions across the US are pushing students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before schools reopen just weeks from now. The CDC on Friday advised schools to req…

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Virtual Trainings Help NICU Nurses Gauge Infant Pain Degrees, Respond Appropriately, Study Says

AI in Healthcare (7/11, Pearson) reports, “Infants in pain can’t describe the severity of their discomfort, but NICU nurses can e-learn how to gauge pain degrees according to standardized scales, allowing for prompt and appropriate pain-relief interventio…

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AD/HD May Develop In Children Who Have Sustained A Severe TBI, Systematic Review Indicates

MedPage Today (7/12, George) reports, “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) severity was tied to post-injury” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in children,” investigators concluded in a systematic review and meta-analysis. Researchers found “acro…

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WHO Says Benefits Of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Outweigh Small Heart Inflammation Risk

Reuters (7/9, Nebehay) reported, “The benefits of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the very small risk they might cause heart inflammation, as the jabs reduce hospitalisations and deaths, an advisory panel of the World Health Organization said on Friday.”…

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Adolescents With T2D May Be More Likely To Achieve HbA1c Targets After 24 Weeks Of Once-Weekly Exenatide Compared With Placebo, Study Indicates

Healio (7/9, Schaffer) reported, “Adolescents with type 2 diabetes [T2D] were more likely to achieve HbA1c targets after 24 weeks of once-weekly exenatide compared with placebo, with trends observed toward decreased fasting plasma glucose and reduced body…

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Administration To Ease Restrictions On Undocumented People Who Are Pregnant, Postpartum, Or Nursing

The New York Times (7/9, Sullivan) reported, “The Biden administration is easing restrictions placed on undocumented people who are pregnant, postpartum or nursing, the latest change in its broader efforts to soften immigration detention policies put in p…

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California To Require Masks In School Settings Despite CDC Guidance

The Los Angeles Times (7/9, Blume) reported California plans to continue requiring “masks in school settings, state health officials announced Friday, even though” the CDC “released new guidelines saying vaccinated students and teachers no longer need to…

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CDC Calls For Schools To Reopen Even If Districts Are Unable To Fully Implement Agency Recommendations Against COVID-19 Spread

The New York Times (7/9, A1, Stolberg, Anthes, Mervosh) reported the CDC on Friday issued fresh guidance “urging schools to fully reopen in the fall, even if they cannot take all of the steps the agency recommends to curb the spread of the coronavirus.” T…

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Study Highlights Link Between Eating Speed, Temperament

HealthDay (7/9, Preidt) reported a new study published in Pediatric Obesity “found that slow eaters are less likely to be extroverted and impulsive, and that youngsters who are highly responsive to external food cues – the urge to eat when food is seen, s…

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Leapfrog Releases New Cumulative Data On Hospitals, Children’s Hospitals, Outpatient Surgery Departments, And Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Modern Healthcare (7/8, Gillespie, Subscription Publication) reports the Leapfrog Group has released “new cumulative data on hospitals, children’s hospitals, outpatient surgery departments and ambulatory surgical centers.” The data on “hospital surveys ca…

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Pediatricians Concerned About Appearance Of RSV During Summer

The AP (7/8, Tanner) reports pediatricians are concerned over an increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), “a common cause of cold-like symptoms [that] can be serious for infants and the elderly,” despite the virus typically appearing during…

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Teens, Adults With Autism Who Use Drugs, Alcohol More Likely To Use These Substances To Mask Symptoms, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/8, Mann) reports, “Teens and adults with autism may be less likely than others to use drugs and alcohol, but new research finds those who do are nearly nine times more likely to use these substances to mask symptoms, including those related t…

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Thermal Care Interventions Tied To Reduced Hypothermia Risk In Preterm Neonates, Research Shows

Healio (7/8, Downey) reports, “Thermal care interventions in the delivery room are associated with better core body temperatures and decreased risk for hypothermia among preterm neonates, according to” researchers who carried out a systematic review of 32…

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Children At Very Low Risk Of Severe Illness, Death From COVID-19, Studies Suggest

The Wall Street Journal (7/8, Roland, Subscription Publication) reports children are at very low risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, according to three studies of UK data that provide some of the most detailed analysis to date on severe illnes…

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CDC Estimates Delta Has Become The Dominant Variant In The US

The New York Times (7/7, Anthes) reports that, according to the CDC, the Delta variant “is now the dominant variant,” and the agency “calculates that Delta accounts for 51.7 percent of coronavirus infections.” The announcement comes as research “suggests…

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Neck Inflammation Symptoms A Common Sign Of MIS-C, Study Says

Healio (7/7, Downey) reports, “Symptoms of neck inflammation are a common sign of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C], a serious condition associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection,” according to researchers who found that “of the 137 patient…

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Extremely Preterm Infants With Prolonged Exposure To Opioids, Benzodiazepines May Experience Increased Risk For Worse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes At Two Years’ Corrected Age, Researchers Posit

Healio (7/7, Ernst) reports, “Extremely preterm infants with prolonged exposure to opioids and benzodiazepines experienced an increased risk for worse neurodevelopmental outcomes at two years’ corrected age,” investigators concluded after conducting “a co…

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AB Blood Type Associated With Higher Risk Of NEC, FIP In Preterm Infants, Results Indicate

MedPage Today (7/7, Hamza) reports, “AB blood type was associated with a higher risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and focal intestinal perforation (FIP) in preterm infants, as compared with other blood types,” according to the results of a German p…

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Children Who Have Difficulty Developing Age-Appropriate Emotion Regulation Skills May Be At A Higher Risk Of Developing Broad Anorexia Nervosa During Adolescence, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (7/7, Grant) reports, “Children who have difficulty developing age-appropriate emotion regulation skills may be at a higher risk of developing broad anorexia nervosa during adolescence,” researchers concluded “in an analysis of data from the…

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With Some School Districts Resuming School In Mid-August, Time For Students To Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Running Out

The New York Times (7/7, Slotnik) reports time is running out for students in school districts which plan to start classes before Labor Day to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before school starts. Some school districts are encouraging students and t…

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FDA Issues Complete Response Letter For Teplizumab For Delay Of T1D In High-Risk Children And Adults, Company Says

Healio (7/6, Schaffer) reports, “The FDA issued a complete response letter for a biologics license application for teplizumab for the delay of type 1 diabetes in high-risk children and adults, stating a study failed to show pharmacokinetic comparability,”…

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Children Who Took Mindfulness Training Slept Extra 74 Minutes, Study Finds

CNN (7/6, LaMotte) reports, “Elementary schoolchildren who took mindfulness training two times a week for two years slept an average of 74 extra minutes a night,” according to researchers who “found improvement in sleep began within three months of starti…

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Bronchodilator Use For Treating Bronchiolitis In Infants Reduced From 2010 To 2018, Data Show

HealthDay (7/6) reports, “Bronchodilator therapy for the treatment of bronchiolitis in infants decreased significantly from 2010 to 2018,” according to researchers who “found that bronchodilator use, hospital admission, and emergency department return vis…

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Delta COVID-19 Variant May Be More Transmissible In Children, Epidemiologist Says

The Los Angeles Times (7/6, Netburn) carries an interview with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology Keri Althoff who discusses how the Delta COVID-19 variant may affect children, saying that if the variant “i…

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Vaccine-Associated mRNA Not Detected In Breast Milk, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/6) reports, “Women who are breastfeeding and wonder if COVID-19 vaccination is safe for their baby may be reassured by the results of a new study.” Researchers found “that ‘vaccine-associated mRNA’ – the active components of the Moderna and P…

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Nearly One In Five Privately Insured Families With In-Network Child Deliveries Received Potential Surprise Bills For Maternal Or Newborn Care In 2019, Study Finds

Modern Healthcare (7/2, Devereaux, Subscription Publication) reported, “A JAMA Health Forum study found that nearly one in five privately insured families with in-network child deliveries received potential surprise bills for maternal or newborn care in 2…

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Parents Of Children With Medical Complexity May Be Five Times More Likely To Have Poor Or Fair Mental Health, Study Suggests

“Parents of kids with medical complexity face challenges other parents don’t,” the Washington Post (7/3, Blakemore) reported. But “how is their mental health compared to their counterparts whose children don’t face problems such as chronic diseases, devel…

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In Children, Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder May Initially Be Mistaken For Other Conditions

In the New York Times (7/5) “Personal Health” column, Jane E. Brody discussed bipolar disorder in children, adolescence, and young adulthood. According to Brody, “characterized by extreme shifts in mood, ‘manic-depressive illness’ was officially recognize…

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Bedtime Routines Introduced Early In Infancy Improve Sleep Habits In Toddlers, Study Says

HealthDay (7/2, Preidt) reported, “Introducing bedtime routines very early in life can improve sleep habits in the toddler years, according to” researchers who surveyed nearly 500 new mothers and found that “a higher number of bedtime-related activities a…

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Children Make Up An Increasing Share Of New COVID-19 Infections, Data Indicate

USA Today (7/3, Rodriguez) reported, “Children make up a growing share of new coronavirus cases per week as overall infections decline with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, but infection and hospitalization rates among children remain stable.” Children a…

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Parents Increasingly Citing Fear Of Adverse Events As HPV Vaccine Hesitancy Driver, Study Finds

PatientEngagementHIT (7/1, Heath) reports, “Parents are increasingly fearful of adverse patient safety events in vaccines, citing the issue as the main reason for pediatric vaccine hesitancy and refusal of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as prevent…

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J&J To Initiate COVID-19 Vaccine Studies For Adolescents In Fall

The Hill (7/1, Coleman) reports, “Johnson & Johnson plans to initiate its first study of its COVID-19 vaccine involving adolescents ages 12-17 in the fall, an executive said Wednesday during a Johns Hopkins University of Washington event.” The study will…

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In-Person Schools Requiring Masks See Little COVID-19 Spread, Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (7/1, Phend) reports, “An analysis of North Carolina’s experiment in reopening public schools to in-person instruction this spring showed the success of masking, with less apparent impact of physical distancing and other measures,” according…

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Experts Worry About Lifelong Impact Of Pandemic On Children’s Education, Health

Kaiser Health News (7/1, Szabo) reports experts are worried that “many of the youngest Americans have fallen behind socially, academically and emotionally in ways that could harm their physical and mental health for years or even decades” as a result of t…

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Children With Serious Mental Health Disorders May Wait Days, Even Weeks, For A Bed In Limited Psychiatric Wards, Researchers Say

ABC News (7/1, Lenthang) reports, “Boarding is a longstanding crisis in” US emergency departments (EDs), particularly in “pediatric units.” Children with serious mental health disorders may “end up waiting days, if not weeks, for a spot in limited psychia…

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Study Highlights Role Of Curiosity, Developing Interest Among Preschoolers

HealthDay (7/1, Murez) reports that providing children aged three to five with “enough information to make them want to know more” may be the key to developing their interest in learning something new, according to findings published in Psychological Scie…

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More Than Half Of US Babies May Be Exposed To At Least Some Alcohol Before Birth, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/1, Murez) reports, “More than half [54%] of American babies are exposed to at least some alcohol before they are born – and for eight out of 10, it happens before their mothers even realize they’re pregnant,” researchers concluded in a comput…

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Fauci Warns Of “Two Americas” As Divide Between Vaccinated And Unvaccinated Areas Widens

CNN (6/30, Elamroussi) reports, “With the Delta variant accounting for more than a quarter of Covid-19 cases, Dr. Anthony Fauci warns there could soon be ‘two Americas’ – one where most people are vaccinated and another where low vaccination rates could l…

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Parents, Caregivers Among Those Concerned About Spread Of Delta Coronavirus Variant Among Under-Vaccinated Population

CNN (6/30, Langmaid) reports that the rapid spread of the Delta coronavirus variant among under-vaccinated populations is creating “a lot of uncertainty, especially for parents and caregivers considering summer camps and school.” American Academy of Pedia…

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CDC Director Leaves It Up To States, Local Authorities To Set Mask Guidance

The New York Times (6/30, Slotnik, Levin) reports CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Wednesday “stood by advice that people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus do not need to wear masks in most situations, but added that there are instances where…

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Childhood-Onset Asthma Associated With Low Educational Level In Young Adulthood, Study Suggests

Healio (6/30, Welsh) reports a new study published in Respiratory Medicine showed that “childhood-onset asthma was associated with a low educational level in young adulthood.” Researchers in the 2,017-patient study “found no association between childhood-…

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More Than 80 Adults, Teens Test Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Camp That Did Not Require Masks, Check Vaccination Status

USA Today (6/30, Gilbert) reports that 85 “teens and adult staff have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a summer camp in central Illinois that did not require masks indoors or vaccination status.” Of those infected, “about 70% of the cases were…

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Reasons Behind Parents’ Decisions To Enroll Young Children In Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Highlighted

In an article highlighting the factors that several parents of children weighed before enrolling their children in pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trials, CNN (6/29, Yan) reports that “toddlers and babies as young as 6 months old are testing Covid-19 vaccines…

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Childcare Services Shuttered Amid Pandemic Resulted In More Than 600K Job Losses For Working Mothers, Data Indicate

HealthDay (6/29, Norton) reports that during the “first 10 months of the U.S. pandemic, more than 2.3 million women left the labor force,” including 611,000 working mothers who “– more than fathers – faced the difficulty of having kids home from school o…

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Health Precautions Amid Heat Waves Highlighted

In an article highlighting health precautions for adults and children amid a heat wave, the New York Times (6/29, Blum) says, “Kids should be instructed that if their friends start acting funny, confused or mumbling, they should alert an adult.” Signs of…

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Study Highlights Role Of Curiosity In Pre-Verbal Toddlers

HealthDay (6/29, Murez) says, “Using a bit of sleight of hand, researchers were able to demonstrate that babies who were the most intrigued with magic tricks became the most curious toddlers,” findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of S…

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Summer Camps Face Complex Challenges Due To Vaccines, Vague Guidelines

The Wall Street Journal (6/29, Dizik, Subscription Publication) reports this year’s summer-camp season will be complicated by pandemic challenges. In addition to new CDC camp guidelines that leave room for interpretation, camps will likely have a mix of v…

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More Than One-Third Of AYA Cancer Survivors Report COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/29) reports that “more than one-third of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors report COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, according to a study.” Investigators “found that 37.1 percent of participants reported COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.”…

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Some Children Struggling With Return To Pre-Pandemic Socialization

The AP (6/29, Tanner) reports many children are struggling to adapt to society reopening as COVID-19 restrictions lift across the country following “relentless months of social distancing, online schooling and other restrictions.” According to the AP, “af…

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Physical Punishment May Not Improve Child’s Positive Behavior, Social Competence Over Time, Review Suggests

CNN (6/28, LaMotte) reports, “Physical punishment does not appear to improve a child’s positive behavior or social competence over time, according to” a review of 69 previous studies published in The Lancet. Lead study author and University of Texas human…

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Children With T2D With A Parental History Of Diabetes May Have Elevated Risks For Adverse Outcomes, Early Onset Of Complications, Study Suggests

Healio (6/27, Monostra) reports, “Children with type 2 diabetes [T2D] with a parental – particularly, maternal – history of diabetes have elevated risks for adverse outcomes and early onset of complications,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data fr…

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Bilingual Spanish-English Exposure At Home Does Not Slow Ability Of US Children To Learn English, Study Says

HealthDay (6/28, Preidt) reports, “Being in a Spanish-speaking home doesn’t hamper American kids’ ability to learn English,” according to findings from a “first-of-its-kind study” in “126 U.S.-born 5-year-olds who were exposed to Spanish at home from birt…

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Nearly One-Fourth Of Parents Concerned Young Child Missed Developmental Milestones, Poll Suggests

HealthDay (6/28, Murez) reports 23% of parents in the US worry that their young child showed developmental delays, and while “most reached out to health care providers (63%) or child care providers (24%) for advice,” 18% of parents “turned to potentially…

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Parents Urged To Act Now To Get Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Time For School Year

CNN (6/28, Cohen) reports parents hoping to have their children immunized against COVID-19 before the start of the next school year “need to act fast,” as some large school systems across the country prepare to “start school in the first two weeks of Augu…

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More Teenage Girls And Children Under 13 Are Seeking Emergency Mental Healthcare

The New York Times (6/28, Caron) reports that “interviews with mental health providers and data from hospitals across the country reveal that while providers are continuing to see a surge in teenagers visiting the emergency room for mental health problems…

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Teens With Sleep Apnea Since Childhood Have Increased High Blood Pressure Risk, Study Suggests

HealthDay (6/28, Preidt) reports, “Teens who’ve had sleep apnea since childhood have a much higher risk of high blood pressure than those who never had sleep apnea, new research shows.” Penn State Sleep Research and Treatment Center Associate Professor Ju…

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Exenatide Significantly Reduces Blood Sugar Levels In Adolescents With Type 2 Diabetes, Late-Stage Data Indicate

Reuters (6/25, Roy) reported that AstraZeneca on Friday announced its diabetes drug exenatide (Bydureon) “significantly reduced blood sugar levels in adolescents aged 10-17 with type 2 diabetes in a late-stage study.” Study participants who received a onc…

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Humanized Anti-CD19 CAR T-Cell Therapy Led To Durable Remissions In Majority Of Children And Young Adults With B-Cell Malignancies, Including Patients Previously Treated With CAR T-Cell Therapy, Study Shows

MedPage Today (6/25, Bankhead) reported that “a humanized anti-CD19 CAR T-cell therapy (huCART19) led to durable remissions in a majority of children and young adults with B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with CAR T-cell therapy,…

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Some Minors Seek To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Against Parents’ Wishes

The New York Times (6/26, Hoffman) reported, “A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only three in 10 parents of children between the ages of 12 through 17 intended to allow them to be vaccinated immediately,” and yet “many teenagers [ar…

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Little Change In High School Seniors’ Marijuana Use Despite COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdowns, Data Indicate

HealthDay (6/25, Murez) reported, “U.S. high school seniors say marijuana was significantly harder to come by during the pandemic – yet their use of the drug continued at rates similar to those before school closures began,” a study published in Drug and…

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Studies Examine Increases In T2D Diagnoses, New-Onset Pediatric T2D Cases During First Nine Months Of COVID-19 Pandemic

MedPage Today (6/26, Basen) reported, “Young people were more likely to be initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) during the pandemic, while there was a significant increase in the number of new-onset pediatric T2D cases during the first nine mont…

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More Than One In 10 People In US Have Missed Second Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

CNN (6/24, McPhillips) reports, “A growing number of people – now more than one in 10 – have missed their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, a cause for concern as the more transmissible Delta variant gains a foothold.” As of June 16, “…

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Nearly All COVID-19 Fatalities In US Among Unvaccinated Patients, Data Show

The AP (6/24, Johnson, Stobbe) reports “only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19” fatalities in the US last month “were in fully vaccinated people,” and “‘breakthrough’ infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more th…

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FDA Approves Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion Eye Drops For VKC In Adult, Pediatric Patients

HCPlive (6/24, Alicea) reports the FDA “approved cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion (Verkazia 0.1%) eye drops for the treatment of vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) in adult and pediatric populations.” Regulators based the approval on data from “2 randomize…

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CDC Advisory Panel Backs Use Of Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

STAT (6/24, Branswell) reports a CDC advisory panel on Thursday voted to “recommend use of a controversial dengue vaccine, despite the fact that it can only be given to a small fraction of U.S. children and requires a pre-vaccination test in order to be u…

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Brains Of Individuals With Depression, Anorexia, Mental Health Disorders Interpret Physical Signals Differently, Study Says

HealthDay (6/24, Preidt) reports, “The brain interprets physical signals differently in people with depression, anorexia and some other mental health disorders,” according to researchers who “found that in patients with bipolar disorder, anxiety, major de…

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About One-Third Of Individuals With ASD Prescribed Multiple Medications For Comorbidities, Symptoms, Data Indicate

Medscape (6/24, Splete, Subscription Publication) reports, “Approximately one-third of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are prescribed multiple medications to manage comorbidities and symptoms, according to” retrospective cohort study data…

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Pandemic Appears To Have Sparked Deep Drop In US Births, CDC Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/23) reports, “The pandemic not only cost hundreds of thousands of American lives, but it also appears to have triggered a deep drop in births, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.” CDC researchers found that “until 2020, the birth rate h…

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Advocacy Group To Launch New Campaign For Protecting Children Online

The Hill (6/23, Klar) reports the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood announced the launch of a new initiative on Wednesday “to advocate for children’s online protection under a rebrand with the name Fairplay.” Fairplay’s fresh campaign will push “ne…

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BMI In Adolescence Associated With Poor Health Outcomes In Adulthood, 24-Year Study Finds

HealthDay (6/23) reports, “Adolescent body mass index (BMI) is a risk factor for poor health outcomes in adults, regardless of adult BMI, according to” researchers who tracked 24-year health outcomes for 12,300 subjects and “found that each one-unit highe…

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Caregivers Having Trouble Finding Support Services For Children Who Lost Parents To COVID-19

Kaiser Health News (6/23, Aleccia) reports the parents and caregivers of more than 46,000 children who have lost one or both of their parents to COVID-19 since February 2020 are finding it “difficult, if not impossible,” to find “basic services for their…

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FDA Should Do More To Prevent Youth Vaping, House Members Say

According to MedPage Today (6/23, Frieden), House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy members criticized the FDA during a hearing Wednesday on youth vaping for not doing more to stop children from becoming addicted to e-cigar…

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Benefits Of COVID-19 Vaccination Outweigh Risks Of Heart Inflammation In Young People, CDC Advisers Say

NBC News (6/23, Miller) reports, “The benefits of Covid-19 vaccination far outweigh the risks of heart inflammation in young people, a panel of independent advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.” Nonetheless, “members o…

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DKA Events Appear To Have Increased Among Youths With T1D In US, Other Countries Hit Hard By First Wave Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Suggests

Healio (6/22) reports, “Diabetic ketoacidosis [DKA] events increased among youths with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. and other countries hit hard by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from youths with typ…

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Many Americans With Severe Asthma Not Seeing Specialist To Manage Condition, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/22, Preidt) reports that “among Americans with severe asthma, less than half see a specialist to manage their condition,” according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Researchers “examined ins…

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School-Age Children Eat More Fruits, Vegetables When Required To Stay At Lunch Table For 20 Minutes, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/22, Gever) reports, “School-age children ate more fruits and vegetables when they had to sit at the lunch table for 20 minutes versus half that long,” according to a 38-person trial showing that “those with the 20-minute requirement ate 8…

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Snoring Among Adolescents Associated With Depressive Symptoms, Suicidality, Results Show

Healio (6/22, Marabito) reports, “Snoring among adolescents correlated significantly with depressive symptoms and suicidality independently of sleep duration, insomnia and daytime sleepiness, according to” researchers who examined “survey responses from 8…

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Florida Governor Signs Measure Overhauling Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association

The Miami Herald (6/22, Miller, Chang) reports Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) “has signed legislation overhauling the controversial Florida program that provides lifelong care for children born with catastrophic brain damage, approving the most far-reachin…

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Decades-Old Lead Particles Still Pollute Urban Air, Findings Suggest

HealthDay (6/22, Mozes) reports that while “levels of lead in the air that Londoners breathe are far lower today than they were in the 1980s, when leaded gas was an automotive staple,” decades-old particles of lead “still pollute the city’s air, a stubbor…

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FDA Approves First DOAC For The Treatment Of Children With VTE

MedPage Today (6/21, Lou) reports that the FDA has “approved the first direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) for the treatment of children with venous thromboembolism (VTE).” Healio (6/21) reports that “the agency approved dabigatran etexilate…oral pellets f…

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All Children Should Receive Screening For Cardiac Arrest Risk, Recommendations Say

HealthDay (6/21, Preidt) reports, “All children should be screened for conditions that may put them at risk for cardiac arrest or death, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement recommends.” Clinicians should carry out the screenings “w…

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Administration Taking Steps To Raise COVID-19 Awareness Among Teenagers

NBC News (6/21, Przybyla) reports, “A mixture of misinformation, low Covid-19 vaccination rates among U.S. teens and the spread of a variant causing concern is fueling urgency among policymakers and spurring a new push by the Biden administration to chang…

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Children’s Birthday Parties May Have Spurred Increased COVID-19 Transmission Rates, Study Says

USA Today (6/21, Avery) reports children’s birthday parties may have led to increased coronavirus transmission rates, researchers found after gathering “private health insurance data from 2.9 million U.S. households from Jan. 1 to Nov. 8, 2020. In countie…

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Sharing Bed With Infant Does Not Improve Maternal Bonding, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/21, Murez) reports the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against parents sharing a bed with an infant, and a new study “finds bed-sharing did nothing to boost mother-infant bonding.” Researchers “analyzed data from 178 infants and their…

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Teens With Overweight Or Obesity More Likely To Develop T2D, Have Heart Attack In 30s Or 40s, 24-Year Study Finds

HealthDay (6/21, Mann) reports, “Teens who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or have a heart attack in their 30s and 40s” and also are “more likely to have other health issues down the road, regardless of whether they s…

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Researchers To Launch Cross-Border Study On Childhood Asthma

The AP (6/19) reported University of Arizona researchers will launch “a study of how prone Hispanic children are to asthma in Tucson compared with their peers on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora.” The study “will follow 500 preg…

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LGBTQ Groups Call For More Inclusive Sex Education

USA Today (6/19, Aspegren) reported, “With more Americans than ever coming out as LGBTQ, the need for inclusive sex education is more pressing than ever – but few students are getting it, according to” a report issued last month by “several LGBTQ health a…

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Cures Act Provision Requires Clinicians To Open Their Notes To Patients

STAT (6/18, Preston) reported, “Clinicians’ notes…are typically filled with medical jargon – which, for the most part, patients never saw” as the notes mainly served as “a tool for health care providers to track their work and communicate with each othe…

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Study Suggests 17% Of Fathers Of Premature Infants May Face Postpartum Depression

HealthDay (6/18, Preidt) reported, “Postpartum depression strikes fathers of premature babies more often than previously thought, and it can linger longer in fathers than in mothers,” according to researchers who “screened for depression in 431 parents of…

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Growing Number Of Medical Experts Questioning Rush To Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19

The Los Angeles Times (6/18, Healy) reported “A growing contingent of medical experts is now questioning whether” the “conventional wisdom” of widespread vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 “ought to apply to children” who may face a different risk-benefit rat…

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Following msTBI In Children, White Matter Disruption Appears To Be Widespread, Persistent, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (6/17, Nye) reports, “Following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (msTBI) in children, white matter disruption was widespread, persistent, and impacted by demographic and clinical factors,” researchers concluded after analyzing d…

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Antiretroviral Therapy Associated With Low Viral Reservoirs At Birth, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/17, Nye) reports, “Prophylaxis against mother-to-child HIV transmission resulted in low viral reservoirs at birth; however, viral rebound was common, according to” the results of an observational, 164-patient study published…

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Higher EIS Doses Associated With Intestinal Dysbiosis In Infants With VLBW, Research Shows

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/17, van Paridon) reports, “In infants with very low birth weight (VLBW), higher enteral iron supplementation (EIS) doses were associated with a less diverse microbiome, higher abundances of Proteus and Bifidobacterium, and a hi…

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Bariatric Surgery Is Recommended By Experts For Teenagers With Severe Obesity

NPR (6/17, Noguchi) reports that obesity specialists “strongly endorse bariatric surgery as a good option for teenagers who are struggling with severe obesity.” Bariatric surgery is “reliably effective in treating extreme obesity, and can reverse the cond…

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Supreme Court Rejects Latest Challenge To Affordable Care Act

The New York Times (6/17, A1, Liptak) reports that on Thursday, the Affordable Care Act “survived a third major challenge as the Supreme Court, on a 7-to-2 vote, turned aside the latest effort by Republicans to kill the health care law.” The ruling’s “mar…

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Fast-Food Company Ad Spending Targeting Children Surges From 2012 To 2019, Data Indicate

HealthDay (6/17, Preidt) reports “ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants” reached “$5 billion in 2019, up more than $400 million between 2012 and 2019,” with “ads on both Spanish-language and Black-targeted TV programming” increasing…

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Updated Consensus Statement Released On Recovery From Sport-Related Concussion

HealthDay (6/16, Preidt) reports, “Strict rest isn’t advised after athletes suffer a concussion because it could slow their recovery, an updated consensus statement from” the Team Physician Consensus Conference “says.” According to that statement, “most a…

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Researchers Find Correlation Between Teachers’ Depressive Symptoms, Math Skills In Early Learners Enrolled In Head Start Programs

HealthDay (6/16, Murez) reports investigators have “found a correlation between teachers’ depressive symptoms and math skills in early learners enrolled in Head Start programs.” In a study “sample of more than 1,500 children from 212 classroom in 113 cent…

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Approximately 25% Of Parents Do Not Intend To Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19, Poll Finds

Forbes (6/16, Durkee) reports that as vaccine hesitancy concerns persist, “approximately one in four parents say they do not intend to get their child vaccinated against Covid-19,” and “more than 10% intend to only have their child receive one dose, which…

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US Adolescents Eat Up To Two-Thirds Of Added Sugars, Fats, Grains Through Snacking, Researchers Say

Healio (6/16, Downey) reports adolescents in the US “consume between one-third and two-thirds of the recommended daily limits of added sugars, fats and refined grains through snacking,” according to researchers who “used data from the 2005-2016 National H…

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Child Development Experts Concerned Over Pandemic’s Effects On Young Children’s Development

Kaiser Health News (6/16, Gullet) reports some child care providers “said they are relieved to see” COVID-19 “cases drop as vaccines roll out across the United States,” but mental health and child development experts also “wonder about what, if any, long-…

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Some Common Viruses Reemerge As Lockdowns Lift, Children Return To Childcare

The Washington Post (6/16, Goldstein, Nirappil) reports “pediatricians, infectious-disease specialists and epidemiologists have noticed” some instances of viral infections spreading out-of-season among children, “and sometimes with uncommon virulence amon…

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US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 600K

The AP (6/15, Har, Kunzelman) reports that the US COVID-19 death toll “topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to su…

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FDA Expands Approval Of System For Treatment Of Acute Full-Thickness Thermal Burn Wounds In Pediatric Patients, Company Says

According to Healio (6/15, Forand), in a press release, Avita Medical announced that “the FDA has expanded its approval of the Recell system in combination with meshed autografting to include treatment of acute full-thickness thermal burn wounds in pediat…

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More US Teens Reporting Sexual Identity As Gay, Lesbian, Or Bisexual, Survey Data Suggest

HealthDay (6/15, Murez) reports, “More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys” indicate. In fact, “between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identifie…

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Exposure To High Levels Of Air Pollution During Pregnancy May Increase Children’s Risk Of Obesity, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/15) reports, “Children may have an increased risk of obesity if their mothers were exposed to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy, researchers say.” In this “new study, 123 Hispanic mother-infant pairs were enrolled in an ongoing tr…

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Children Who Consume More Ultra-Processed Foods More Likely To Have Overweight, Obesity As Adults, Study Finds

CNN (6/15, Hunt) reports, “Children who eat more ultra-processed food are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, a new 17-year study of more than 9,000 British children born in the 1990s suggests.” In addition, investigators “found that ultra-pr…

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Researchers Examine Temporal Trends In Suicidal Ideation, Attempts Among US Adolescents By Sex, Race/Ethnicity

Healio (6/14, Gramigna) reports, “Sex and racial/ethnic disparities in temporal trends were apparent among adolescents with suicidal ideation,” researchers concluded after conducting “a cross-sectional analysis of the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey,…

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Weight Teasing Young People May Make Them Vulnerable To Eating Disorders, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports research indicates that teasing young people “about any extra pounds they may carry” may make them “vulnerable to eating disorders.” In some “1,500 young people in the United States being followed as part of a long-term st…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Offer Significant Protection Against Delta Variant, Studies Out Of UK, Scotland Suggest

The Wall Street Journal (6/14, Douglas, Bhattacharya, Subscription Publication) reports separate studies from researchers in the UK and Scotland published Monday suggest that currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines offer significant protection against the…

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Teenagers Who Text While Driving Likely To Engage In Other Risky Driving Behaviors, Research Shows

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports teenagers “who use cellphones while behind the wheel are more likely to engage in other types of risky driving,” including “speeding, aggressive passing and running red lights,” according to online survey responses from 38…

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Firearm Suicides Rising Among Young Americans, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/14, Norton) reports a growing number of “young Americans, including children, are taking their own lives using firearms,” according to researchers who “found that between 2008 and 2018, gun suicides showed an ‘alarming’ increase among America…

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Babies Show Strong Immune Response To Coronavirus, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports, “Babies have a strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19,” according to researchers who “assessed the immune systems of four infants under 3 months of age who had recovered from COVID, and compared them wit…

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FDA Expands Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir Approval For Hepatitis C To Include Children As Young As Three

Healio (6/11, Downey) reported that the FDA has approved an expansion for the pediatric expansion of Gilead Sciences’ Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir), which will allow “children aged as young as 3 years are now able to receive for the treatment of chroni…

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Schools May Not Be Able To Mandate Coronavirus Vaccines For Students

A Wall Street Journal (6/11, Koh, Subscription Publication) analysis was skeptical that schools can mandate students receive COVID-19 vaccines given that they lack the authority to do so for other vaccines, though state legislatures and some state health…

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FDA Advisory Committee Uncertain On EUA For COVID-19 Vaccine In Younger Children

MedPage Today (6/11, Phend) reported that in a meeting last week, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee “was torn on whether emergency use authorization (EUA) was the right step for COVID-19 vaccines in younger children, bu…

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Delayed School Start Times Associated With Reduced Vehicle Accidents, Study Finds

Healio (6/11, Miller) reported that delaying school start times by 70 minutes resulted in “fewer instances of teenagers driving while drowsy and fewer motor vehicle accidents involving younger drivers,” according to researchers who evaluated data from 2,1…

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CDC Study Reports Rise In Adolescent Females Visiting Emergency Departments Due To Suspected Suicide Attempts

The Washington Post (6/11, Chiu) reported a study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued on Friday indicates that during 2021’s early months, trips “to emergency departments for suspected suicide attempts increased roughly 50 percent for ad…

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COVID-19 Pandemic “Breeding Ground” For Child Abuse; Lawmakers Propose Preventative Measures

USA Today (6/11, Wiilliams) reported, “Experts said the coronavirus pandemic left more families at home together for long periods at a time of economic loss and overall anxiety, creating a breeding ground for child abuse across the nation.” This left “man…

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CDC Investigating Rare Post-Vaccine Heart Problems

The New York Times (6/11, Mandavilli) reported the CDC is “reviewing nearly 800 cases of rare heart problems following immunization with the coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, according to data presented at a vaccine safety meeting…

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Moderna Applies To FDA For Authorization To Use Its COVID-19 Vaccine In Adolescents

The New York Times (6/10, Mandavilli) reports, “Moderna requested an emergency authorization on Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration for use of its coronavirus vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds.” Moderna’s “application to the F.D.A. for young teens…

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CDC Issues Warning Of Growing Spread Of RSV In South

CNN (6/10, Fox) reports, “A common cold virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is spreading across the South, causing an unusual wave of late spring disease,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which “issued a Health A…

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Some Children Report Experiencing Long COVID

STAT (6/10, Cooney) reports regarding long Covid among younger people, “numbers are hard to come by, but more children and adolescents are experiencing chronic symptoms after Covid” and “although the disease has played out in ways that differ between adul…

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Kids Whose Moms Got A Flu Shot During Pregnancy Appear To Have No Increased Risk Of Immune-Related Health Conditions, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (6/10, Preidt), after following some “28,000 children from birth to an average age of 3.5 years,” researchers found that “those whose mothers got a flu shot during pregnancy did not have an increased risk of immune-related health co…

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Parents Urged To Get Children Caught Up On Vaccinations After Falling Behind During Pandemic

The Washington Post (6/10, Sun) reports that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “routine childhood vaccinations dropped dramatically during the early months of the pandemic,” and “many children and adolescents are still behind on…

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Food Allergies Complicate Options For America’s Food Insecure

The AP (6/10, Ronayne) reports how food insecurity during the pandemic is hitting those with food allergies and intolerances differently, seeing as many charitable and government food programs offer limited options. While data have not been gathered “on t…

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CDC Reports Higher-Than-Expected Number Of Myocarditis Or Pericarditis Cases Among Young People Who Received COVID-19 Vaccine

Reuters (6/10, Erman, Maddipatla) reports, “Preliminary findings from two vaccine safety monitoring systems suggest a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation after the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in young men, the U.S. Centers…

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FDA Approves CF Treatment For Patients Aged 6 To 11

Reuters (6/9, Nadeem) reports, “Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the expanded use of its Trikafta cocktail therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in children aged 6 to 11, making it the first approved treat…

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Need For Travel Nurses Declines As COVID-19 Cases Fall

Modern Healthcare (6/9, Christ, Subscription Publication) reports, “As COVID-19 vaccinations climb and cases fall in the U.S., the once ‘desperate’ need for travel nurses to care for the country’s sick has waned.” But “demand remains high, as providers de…

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FDA’s Vaccine Advisers To Discuss Info Agency Should Seek Before Authorizing COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids

CNN (6/9, Fox) reports vaccine advisers to the FDA “will meet Thursday to discuss what information the agency should ask for in considering the go-ahead for vaccinating children under 12 – including how many children need to be enrolled in clinical trials…

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In Children With Active UC, FMT Improved Disease Activity And Inflammation Better Than Placebo, Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/9, May) reports on research finding that “fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) improved disease activity and inflammation in children with ulcerative colitis (UC) better than placebo.” The research “included 25 patients (age range…

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In Children With IBS, Treatments Targeting Somatization And Functional Disability Could Improve HRQOL And May Decrease Morbidity, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/9, Schad) reports on research indicating that “in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), treatments targeting somatization and functional disability could improve health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) and may decrease m…

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Beech-Nut To Stop Selling Baby Rice Cereal After Finding Arsenic Levels Exceeding FDA Limit

CNN (6/9, LaMotte) reports, “Beech-Nut Nutrition voluntarily recalled an infant rice cereal Tuesday because the product exceeds a US Food and Drug Administration limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic.” The company stated on its site, “No illnesses rel…

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CPSC Warns Of Increase In Child Drownings

HealthDay (6/9, Preidt) reports, “Pool and spa drowning deaths among U.S. children are spiking upwards, and restrictions related to the COVID pandemic may also mean that fewer kids are getting the swimming lessons that might keep them safe,” according to…

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Flu Vaccine Given During Pregnancy Not Tied To Risk Of Adverse Health Outcomes In Children Years Later, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (6/8, Hamza) reports “influenza vaccines given to pregnant mothers do not result in any increased risk of adverse health outcomes,” such as asthma or sensory impairment, “for young children” in “their first few years of life,” according to “…

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US Hospitals Launch Mass Vaccination Efforts As COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Among Teens Rise

Modern Healthcare (6/8, Gellman, Subscription Publication) reports, “Weekly teen COVID hospitalization rates jumped by 116% from mid-March through April, per a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report monitoring 10% of the national po…

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Researchers Point To Connection Between ADHD Medications, Reduced Suicidality In Children

HealthDay (6/8, Norton) reports, “Researchers found that medications like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), were linked to a lower risk of suicidal behavior among 9- and 10-year-olds with substa…

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Teens Who Spend Too Much Time On Smartphones May Be More Prone To Eating Habits That Increase Their Odds For Obesity, Research Suggests

HealthDay (6/8, Preidt, Mundell) reports research indicates that “teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after tracking “the h…

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COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Available For Young Children In US By Fall

The New York Times (6/8, Mandavilli) reports, “Coronavirus vaccines may be available in the fall for U.S. children as young as 6 months, drugmakers say.” Pfizer and Moderna are currently “testing their vaccines in children under 12 years, and are expected…

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FDA Approves Ravulizumab-cwvz Injection For Children With Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

Healio (6/7) reports, “The FDA approved ravulizumab-cwvz injection to treat children aged 1 month and older with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.” The “researchers evaluated the efficacy of ravulizumab-cwvz (Ultomiris, Alexion) – previously approved f…

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Fisher-Price Executives Criticized In House Hearing On Inclined Sleeper

The Washington Post (6/7, Frankel) reports, “Two company executives were sharply criticized Monday by a House panel over Fisher-Price’s decision to keep its Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper on the market for a decade while waiting until 2019 to recall a prod…

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FDA Approves Treatment For Patients With PNH Older Than One

HCP Live (6/7, Kunzmann) reports the US Food and Drug Administration “approved ravulizumab-cwvz (Ultomiris) for the treatment of life-threatening blood disease paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in patients aged ≥1 year old.” The treatment was appr…

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Molecular Profiling Of Solid Tumors In Children, Young Adults Has Significant Impact On Diagnosis And Treatment Recommendations, Analysis Shows

Healio (6/7, Southall) reports, “Molecular profiling of solid tumors in children and young adults has a significant impact on diagnosis and treatment recommendations, according to results of an interim analysis presented during the virtual ASCO Annual Mee…

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C. Difficile Infections In Pediatric Oncology Patients May Have Significant Impact On Hospital Stay Length And Adherence To Chemotherapy Plans, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/7, Lee) reports on a retrospective cohort study in which “clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in pediatric oncology patients was found to have a significant impact on length of hospital stay and affected adherence to sch…

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