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More Convenient COVID-19 Vaccination Options May Increase Uptake Among Children, Adults, Survey Study Suggests

Healio (2/3, Weldon) reported, “More convenient COVID-19 vaccination options could increase uptake among children and adults, according to survey findings published in JAMA Network Open.” Overall, “participants indicated that vaccine effectiveness…was a…

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RSV Vaccine, Treatments For Young Children Nearing But Questions Over Access Remain

Kaiser Health News (2/5, Allen) reports, “After more than five decades of trying, the drug industry is on the verge of providing effective immunizations against the respiratory syncytial virus, which has put an estimated 90,000 U.S. infants and small chil…

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Officials Declare Measles Outbreak In Central Ohio Over After 85 Cases

CNN (2/5, Howard) reports, “A measles outbreak in central Ohio that sickened 85 children has been declared over, officials at Columbus Public Health announced Sunday.” There were 36 hospitalizations but no deaths. The outbreak had “spread among children w…

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Biden Administration Announces Stricter School Nutrition Standards

The Washington Post (2/3, Reiley) reported that on Friday, the Biden Administration “announced more stringent nutrition standards for school meals, reviving efforts to improve the health of millions of public school students in the face of a staggering ri…

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White House Announces New Cancer Initiatives To Reduce Deaths, Improve Care

The Hill (2/2, Samuels) reports that on Thursday, the White House “marked one year since President Biden relaunched the Cancer Moonshot initiative, announcing a series of new efforts to reduce cancer deaths and provide support to those getting treatment.”…

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FDA Approves Tezepelumab-Ekko For Self-Administration With Prefilled, Single-Use Pen For Severe Asthma

Healio (2/2) reports, “The FDA has approved tezepelumab-ekko for self-administration in a prefilled, single-use pen among patients aged 12 years and older with severe asthma, according to a press release from the manufacturer.” Healio adds, “Tezepelumab-e…

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States Preparing For Medicaid Unwinding As Pandemic Protections Expire

Kaiser Health News (2/2, Galewitz) reports, “States are preparing to remove millions of people from Medicaid as protections put in place early in the COVID-19 pandemic expire.” This “upheaval, which begins in April, will put millions of low-income America…

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Universal Screening May Help Identify High School Students At Risk For Suicide, Researchers Posit

Healio (2/2, Weldon) reports, “Universal screening helped identify high school students at risk for suicide and made them more likely to engage in mental health treatment,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 12,909 students in 14 high schools…

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Sex-Based Disparities In Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Care May Contribute To Differences In Outcomes, Systematic Review Suggests

HCPlive (2/2) reports a 90-study systematic review “suggests sex-based disparities in the care of type 1 diabetes in pediatric populations could be contributing to differences in outcomes observed among male and female patients.” These findings published…

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Healthcare Spending In US Increasing, Health Outcomes Worsening Compared With Other High-Income Countries, Report Finds

RevCycle Intelligence (2/1, Bailey) reports that “despite spending the most on healthcare, the United States has the worst health outcomes among high-income countries, including the lowest life expectancy at birth and the highest rate of people with multi…

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Children With Asthma/Wheeze Demonstrate Strong Relationship Between Age, Airway Microbiota, Study Finds

Healio (2/1, Hornick) reports “children with asthma/wheeze demonstrated a strong relationship between age and airway microbiota, with a modest difference observed based on asthma severity, according to” a “European multicenter study.” The findings were pu…

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Substantial Differences In Outcomes By Race, Ethnicity Continue To Persist In Children And Young Adults With ALL, Analysis Finds

MedPage Today (2/1, Bassett) reports, “While survival outcomes for children and young adults with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) have improved significantly over the last several decades, substantial differences in outcomes by race and ethnicity continu…

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Treatment Protocol For Children With Concussions Evolving Over Past Decade

The Washington Post (2/1, Chang) reports, “For years, the treatment protocol for children with concussions involved keeping them out of school to rest in a quiet, dark room with reduced access to screens until they felt better.” But in the past decade, ph…

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Gray Matter Volume In Key Brain Regions Appears Lower In Black Children Compared With White Children, Likely Due To Disparities In Childhood Adversity, Scan Study Indicates

MedPage Today (2/1, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “Gray matter volume in key brain regions was lower in Black children compared with white children, likely due to disparities in childhood adversity,” investigators concluded in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Dev…

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Complete Vaccination With Four-Component, Protein-Based Meningococcal Serogroup B Vaccine Appears Effective In Children Under Five Years, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (2/1, Hein) reports, “Complete vaccination with the four-component, protein-based meningococcal serogroup B vaccine (4CMenB; Bexsero) was found to be effective in the prevention of invasive serogroup B and non-serogroup B disease among child…

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Substance Use Declined Among Teens But Was Inconsistent Among Adults During First Year Of Pandemic, Study Finds

CNN (1/31, LaMotte) reports that “use of marijuana and other substances dropped in teenagers during the first year of the pandemic,” but “adults’ use of cannabis, illegal drugs and alcohol, including binge drinking, either stayed the same or increased com…

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Anti-TNF Biosimilars Appear To Produce Similar Clinical Outcomes As Their Originator Drugs In Pediatric Patients With IBD, Research Indicates

HCPlive (1/31, Walter) reports research indicates that “anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) biosimilars produce similar clinical outcomes as their originator drugs in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).” Included in the study were…

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FDA To Overhaul Food Safety And Nutrition Division

The Washington Post (1/31, Bogage) reports the FDA “will create a senior position to oversee food safety and nutrition after recent foodborne-illness crises, including a baby formula shortage, exposed major flaws in the agency’s structure and culture.” Th…

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Infants Living In Urban Areas Appear To Have Lower Transepidermal Water Loss Values Than Infants In Rural Areas, Research Suggests

Healio (1/31, Gawel) reports, “Infants living in urban areas had lower transepidermal water loss values than infants in rural areas,” an “association” that “occurred despite the fact that urban environments are typically associated with skin barrier damag…

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Weekly COVID-19 Cases In Children Spiked In Early January, CDC Says

Medscape (1/31, Franki, Subscription Publication) reports, “Although new COVID-19 cases in children…have remained fairly steady in recent months, data from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention suggest that weekly cases took a big jump in earl…

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Alcohol Use Among Youth That Escalates To High-Intensity Drinking Primarily Occurs During High School Years, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/30, Henderson) reports a study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that “most teen alcohol use that escalated to having 10 or more drinks in a row reached that level rapidly during the high school years.” In “a sample of youth who reported…

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COVID-19 Eighth Most Common Cause Of Death Among Children In US, Study Finds

CNN (1/30, McPhillips) reports, “COVID-19 has become the eighth most common cause of death among children in the United States, according to a study” published in JAMA Network Open. This “analysis of data from the” CDC “found that there were 821 COVID-19…

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Lawmakers Urge Greater FDA Action To Limit Heavy Metals In Baby Foods

Bloomberg Law (1/30, Castronuovo, Subscription Publication) reports, “A group of Democratic lawmakers are reigniting pressure on the FDA to limit heavy metals in baby foods, citing a recent Bloomberg Law investigation that found lead and other toxic metal…

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Increased Use Of Screen Time During Infancy Was Associated With Poorer Executive Functioning At 9 Years Old, Study Finds

CNN (1/30, Holcombe) reports that investigators have “found that increased use of screen time during infancy was associated with poorer executive functioning once the child was 9 years old.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Children Lost About One-Third Of School Year Worth Of Learning During Pandemic, Analysis Indicates

The New York Times (1/30, Baumgaertner) reports “children experienced learning deficits during the COVID pandemic that amounted to about one-third of a school year’s worth of knowledge and skills, according to a…global analysis,” and learning “had not r…

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Ceftolozane/Tazobactam Safe, Effective Option For Treatment Of Children With Complicated UTIs, Trial Finds

Healio (1/27, Weldon) said, “A phase 2 randomized clinical trial found that ceftolozane/tazobactam was a safe and effective option for the treatment of children with complicated UTIs, researchers reported.” These results were published in The Pediatric In…

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Researchers Examine Dynamics Of Children’s T Cell Responses To COVID-19

HealthDay (1/27, Thompson) reported, “Children’s amped-up immune systems allow them to beat back COVID-19 easily, producing a strong initial response that quickly slaps away the virus.” But “because the initial response provides such a swift takedown, kid…

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Utah Bans Gender-Affirming Healthcare For Transgender Youths

USA Today (1/29, Miller) reports, “Utah has become the first state this year to ban gender-affirming health care for transgender youths, part of a wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation brewing in statehouses.” The state’s “Legislature fast-tracked the bill – whi…

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Fiber Integral Part Of Child’s Normal Growth, Development

HealthDay (1/27, Reinberg) reported, “Just like adults, children need lots of fiber in their diets.” HealthDay added, “Fiber is part of what fuels a child’s normal growth and development,” and “helps them feel full longer, controls blood sugar levels, red…

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US Surgeon General Says 13 Is “Too Young” For Children To Join Social Media Platforms

CNN (1/29, Gordon, Brown) reports US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, “says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still ‘developing their identit…

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FDA Advisers Recommend Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines Become Standard Shot

The New York Times (1/26, Mueller, LaFraniere) reports, “An expert committee advising the Food and Drug Administration recommended on Thursday that regulators phase out the original versions of the Covid-19 vaccines, allowing Americans getting their first…

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Nearly “No One” Who Is Islet Autoantibody Negative At Age 10 Despite High Familial Risk For T1D Will Develop Clinical Diabetes By Age 18, Researchers Conclude

Medwire News (1/26, McDermid) reports, “‘Almost no one’ who is islet autoantibody negative at age 10 years despite a high familial risk for type 1 diabetes” (T1D) “will develop clinical diabetes by the age of 18,” researchers concluded in an 1,890-child s…

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Unlike Adults, Many Children With Atrophic Papulosis May Present With Gastrointestinal, Neurological Symptoms, Research Suggests

Dermatology Advisor (1/26, Nye) reports, “Unlike adults, many children with atrophic papulosis (AP) present with gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms,” investigators concluded in a study that included “19 pediatric and 77 adult patients with AP.” Th…

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In 2021, More Than A Quarter Of Adults And Children Experienced Some Kind Of Allergic Condition, Studies Suggest

MedPage Today (1/26, Short) reports, “More than a quarter of adults and children experienced some kind of allergic condition in 2021, according to two” reports from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). NCHS Data Brief. No. 459 revealed that “…

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Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters Proving Effective Against XBB, XBB.1.5 Variants, CDC Says

USA Today (1/25, Weintraub) reports, “COVID-19 vaccines and boosters continue to hold up well against the latest viral variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.” The “Omicron variant known as XBB and its subvariant XBB.1.5 ha…

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Record 16.3M People Signed Up For ACA Coverage This Year

The New York Times (1/25, Sanger-Katz) reports, “A record 16.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces during this year’s open enrollment period, beating last year’s sign-ups by 13 percent…

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Three Vaccine Regimens For Zaire Ebola Virus Disease Appear Safe, Effective In Adults And Children, Trial Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/25, Nye) reports, “Results of a trial that assessed 3 vaccine regimens for Ebola virus disease (EVD) showed no safety concerns, with immune responses observed through month 12.” The “partnership for research on Ebola vaccinat…

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Autism Rates Tripled Among Children In New York And New Jersey Metropolitan Area From 2000 To 2016, Study Finds

NBC News (1/26, Bendix) reports, “Autism rates tripled among children in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area from 2000 to 2016, according to a study.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Siblings Of Infants Who Died Of SIDS Have Higher Risk Of Subsequent SIDS Compared To General Population, Study Indicates

USA Today (1/25, Rodriguez) reports “the cause of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, continues to be a medical mystery but a” study published in JAMA Network Open “suggests genetics may play a role.” According to the study, “over the course of 39 year…

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Most Children In US Using Cosmetics, Body Care Products That May Contain Carcinogens, Other Toxic Chemicals, Survey Study Suggests

The Hill (1/25, Udasin) reports, “Most U.S. children are using cosmetics and body care products that could contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals,” according to a survey study. Nearly 70% “of parents surveyed said that their children use items such…

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Community Programs Engaging Hispanic Teenagers As COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassadors

Kaiser Health News (1/24, de Marco) reports on community health groups in the United States enlisting Hispanic teenagers to inform their communities about COVID-19 vaccines. The need in such communities is legitimate as according to CDC data, “fewer than…

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Advanced Hybrid Closed Loop Therapy Shows Promise In Youth With High-Risk Type 1 Diabetes Using Multiple Daily Injections, Study Indicates

HCPlive (1/24, Campbell) reports study findings have researchers “purporting advanced hybrid closed loop therapy should be considered a first-line option for youth with high-risk type 1 diabetes using multiple daily injections.” The findings from the “sin…

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Higher Levels Of Physical Activity, Sports Participation Among Young Children Tied To Fewer Days Of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Symptoms, Study Shows

MedPage Today (1/24, Short) reports, “Higher baseline levels of physical activity and participation in sports among young children were associated with fewer days of symptoms from upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) such as the common cold, a cross…

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USPSTF Unable To Make Recommendation On Screening Children For Lipid Disorders

Medscape (1/24, Schmidt, Subscription Publication) reports, “Citing a lack of available data, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced Tuesday that it is unable to make a recommendation on whether clinicians should screen children and adol…

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FDA Proposes New Limits On Lead In Baby Foods

The New York Times (1/24, Jewett) reports the FDA “on Tuesday proposed maximum limits for the amount of lead in baby foods like mashed fruits and vegetables and dry cereals, after years of studies revealed that many processed products contained levels kno…

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CDC Study Shows Fewer US Teens Being Prescribed Buprenorphine Amid Rise In Opioid Addiction

HealthDay (1/24, Norton) reports, “The number of American teenagers becoming addicted to opioids is on the rise, yet fewer are being prescribed a medication that can help them, a new” study by the CDC found. According to the research, “between 2015 and 20…

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FDA Proposes Annual COVID-19 Vaccine Regimen

The Washington Post (1/23, A1, McGinley) reports, “Americans would receive an annual vaccine to protect against the coronavirus under a once-a-year regimen akin to what is used for influenza shots, according to a new strategy outlined Monday by the Food a…

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Sensitization To Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Correlated With Type 2-High Inflammation Among Children With Moderate To Severe Asthma, Study Finds

Healio (1/23, Gawel) reports, “Sensitization to Staphylococcal enterotoxin was correlated with type 2-high inflammation among children with moderate to severe asthma, according to a study.” Furthermore, “based on a univariate logistic regression analysis,…

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Study Observes Significant Dose-Response Relationship Between CT-Related Radiation Exposure And Brain Cancer Among Children, Young Adults

Neurology Advisor (1/23, Jacobs) reports, “A significant dose-response relationship has been observed between computed tomography (CT)–related radiation exposure and brain cancer among children and young adults, according to…a cohort study” that found “…

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Children More Likely To Test Positive, Be Hospitalized For Influenza This Season, Data Show

Healio (1/23, Weldon) reports, “Children were twice as likely as adults to test positive for influenza and more likely to be hospitalized for influenza this season, according to data published in” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from “a fi…

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Omicron Subvariant XBB.1.5 Estimated To Make Up Nearly Half Of US Coronavirus Cases, CDC Data Suggest

Reuters (1/20, Mandowara) reported the Omicron subvariant “XBB.1.5 is estimated to make up nearly half of U.S. COVID-19 cases, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed on Friday, putting it on track to become the dominant subv…

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RSV, Flu, COVID-19 Numbers Continue To Decline Across US

The Washington Post (1/22, A1, Nirappil) reports that across the US, “the RSV wave has receded,” influenza “cases have rapidly dwindled,” and COVID-19 “hospitalizations rose briefly after Christmas, only to fall again.” The “early waves of respiratory syn…

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Medical Professionals Nationwide Increasingly Addressing Gun Violence Epidemic As Public Health Crisis

CNN (1/22, Tucker) reports St. Louis Children’s Hospital is offering “an assortment of cable gun locks free of charge, available to those who need them, alongside pamphlets explaining how to properly and safely store firearms.” This “initiative, aimed at…

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Substantial Percentage Of Children With Crohn’s Disease Still Being Treated With 5-Aminosalicylate Despite Guidelines Discouraging Its Use, Researcher Says

MedPage Today (1/20, Susman) said, “Even though guidelines discourage the use of 5-aminosalicylate (5-ASA) in pediatric Crohn’s disease, a substantial percentage of children are still being treated with the anti-inflammatory agent, which may cause problem…

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Researchers See Disparities In Geographic Access To Pediatric Cancer Care

Healio (1/20, Shinkle) reported, “Approximately 83% of children, adolescents and young adults within the continental United States have access to pediatric cancer care within a 60-minute travel distance, according to a study.” But, “certain racial and eth…

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Earlier Return To School May Be Tied To Better Outcomes For Some Children Following Concussion, Study Suggests

CNN (1/20, Christensen) reported, “Sending kids back to school rather than isolating and resting may be a better way to help them recover faster from a concussion,” according to a study that “finds that an earlier return to school was associated with bett…

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Pregnant Patients With Syphilis, Substance Use More Likely To Pass Infection To Their Infants, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (1/19, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Pregnant patients with syphilis who used substances had a greater chance of passing the infection along to their baby compared with those without substance use,” CDC researchers concluded in the findings of a 770…

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Moderate, Late Preterm Infants May Receive Better Care At NICUs With Fewer Complex Services, Study Suggests

Healio (1/19, Weldon) reports, “Moderate and late preterm infants may receive better care at NICUs with fewer complex services, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.” The investigators wrote that “this was not the case for extremely and very…

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Children Under 14 Dying Of Fentanyl Poisoning At Faster Rate Than Any Other Age Group In US, Report Says

NewsNation (1/19, Clark) reports, “Children under 14 are dying of fentanyl poisoning at a rate faster than any other age group, according to a new report from Families Against Fentanyl, a nonprofit spreading awareness about the deadly opioid.” The report…

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Infants Born Preterm May Have Poorer Cognitive Outcomes In Adolescence, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/19, Murez) reports, “By the time they’re teenagers, babies born prematurely may be getting poorer school grades than their non-preemie peers,” according to researchers who “found that babies born before 34 weeks of pregnancy had lower scores…

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Concerns Growing Over Packaging, Marketing Of Flavored Cannabis

The AP (1/19, Calvan) reports, “For decades, health advocates have chided the tobacco industry for marketing harmful nicotine products to children, resulting in more cities and states, like New York, outlawing flavored tobacco products, including e-cigare…

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Use Of Gender-Affirming Hormones In Transgender, Nonbinary Youth May Help Improve Psychosocial Functioning, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (1/18, Monaco) reports, “Use of gender-affirming hormones (GAH) in transgender and nonbinary youth helped improve psychosocial functioning in a four-site prospective, observational study” involving 315 participants. Among those participants,…

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Utah Lawmakers Try To Limit Medical Options Physicians Are Allowed To Offer Transgender Youth

The AP (1/18, Metz) reports, “Utah lawmakers wasted no time this week before returning to an issue that has become a popular topic in GOP-led statehouses: Trying to limit medical options doctors are allowed to provide transgender youth.” On day two “of th…

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Proposed Connecticut Bill Would Allow Children As Young As 12 To Receive Vaccines Without Parental Approval

The Hill (1/18, Sforza) reports, “A bill introduced to the Connecticut state legislature on Tuesday would allow children ages 12 and older to receive vaccines without a parent’s approval.” State Rep. Kevin Ryan (D) proposed the bill, which “would amend Co…

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Children Hospitalized With COVID-19 Who Have Secondary Viral Infection More Likely To Have Severe Respiratory Illness, Study Finds

Healio (1/18, Weldon) reports, “Children hospitalized with COVID-19 who had a secondary viral infection like respiratory syncytial virus or rhinovirus were around twice as likely to have severe respiratory illness, a study found.” Specifically, one resear…

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Preliminary Data Suggest There Were Significantly Fewer COVID-19 Deaths In US In 2022

CNN (1/17, McPhillips) reports “COVID-19 has killed more than 1 million people in the United States since the start of the pandemic,” but an “early look at data from 2022 suggests that there were significantly fewer COVID-19 deaths in the third year of th…

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Uninsured Rate In US Declined During Pandemic, Report Finds

Health Exec (1/17, Baxter) reports, “The uninsured rate in the United States saw a drop from 11.1% in 2019 to 10.5% in 2021, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).” And “by early 2022, the U.S. reached a new, all…

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Progress In Detecting, Treating HIV In Children Slowing

The New York Times (1/17, Nolen, Fezehai) reports, “It has been two decades since efforts to prevent the transmission of H.I.V…from mother to child during pregnancy and birth began in earnest in sub-Saharan Africa,” but “some 130,000 babies are still be…

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Intranasal Mometasone Furoate Appears No Better Than Saline For Resolving Symptoms Of Sleep-Disordered Breathing In Children, Trial Indicates

MedPage Today (1/17, Short) reports, “Intranasal mometasone furoate was no better than saline for resolving symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in children, but either treatment may reduce the need for specialty care or surgery, the randomized MI…

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New Prognostic Model Improves Prediction Of Cerebral Palsy In At-Risk Term-Born Infants, Study Shows

MedPage Today (1/17, Henderson) reports, “A new prognostic model for identification of term-born neonates at increased risk for cerebral palsy (CP) may have brought better outcomes through early intervention one step closer,” according to study findings p…

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Respiratory Viruses Contributed To Excess Burden Of Asthma-Related ED Visits For Children In Racial And Ethnic Minority Groups Outside Of COVID-19 Lockdown, Study Finds

Healio (1/17, Gawel) reports, “Respiratory viruses contributed to the excess burden of asthma-related visits to the ED for children in racial and ethnic minority groups outside of the COVID-19 lockdown, according to study results.” And based on these resu…

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Walgreens Removes Online-Only Purchase Limits For Pediatric Fever-Reducing Products

Reuters (1/16, Kumar) reports that on Monday, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc “said…it has removed online-only purchase limits for its over-the-counter pediatric fever-reducing products, as supply conditions improve.” Last month, several pharmacy chains ha…

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Holiday Gatherings Did Not Spark Surge In Respiratory Diseases, CDC Data Show

The AP (1/13, Stobbe) reported new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest “holiday gatherings didn’t spark surges in respiratory diseases.” On Friday the CDC “reported that visits to doctors’ offices for the flu-like illnesses fe…

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Growing Body Of Research Exploring Long COVID In Children

CNN (1/14, Christensen) reported, “More than a quarter of kids who get COVID-19 may develop long-term symptoms, according to a study from June,” while “a 2021 study suggested that it may be even more.” It is “not clear why some kids develop long COVID and…

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Analysis Finds Children Under 14 Dying Of Fentanyl Poisoning At Faster Rate Than Other Age Groups

Fox News (1/13, Conklin) reported, “Children younger than 14 are dying of fentanyl poisoning at a faster rate than any other age group, according to a new analysis from Families Against Fentanyl (FAF), a nonprofit spreading awareness about the deadly opio…

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Researchers Find No Association Between Prenatal Exposure To Acid-Suppressive Medications, Risk For Allergic Diseases In Children

Healio (1/13, Gawel) reported, “Researchers found no association between prenatal exposure to acid-suppressive medications and risk for allergic diseases in children, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.” Furthermore, “infants exposed to the…

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Federal Court Rules Parents Cannot Sue To Force FDA To Revoke COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization For Minors

Bloomberg Law (1/13, Pazanowski, Subscription Publication) reported that “parents who object to vaccinating their children against Covid-19 can’t sue to force the federal Food and Drug Administration to revoke orders authorizing the shots for minors, a fe…

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COVID-19 Infection During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Maternal Mortality, Adverse Newborn Outcomes, Research Finds

The Hill (1/16, Sforza) reports, “A new scientific review…found that a COVID-19 infection at any time during a pregnancy increases the risk of maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidities and adverse newborn outcomes.” Investigators “synthesized data…

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Report Finds No Change In Overall, Early, Or Late Fetal Mortality Rates From 2020 To 2021

HealthDay (1/12, Gotkine) reports, “From 2020 to 2021, there was no change in overall, early, or late fetal mortality rates, according to a January Vital Statistics Rapid Release report, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventi…

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RSV-Associated Hospital Admissions Rose Among Children During 2021-2022 Season, Study Finds

MedPage Today (1/12, Short) reports, “While respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) did not appear to be more severe during its resurgence in 2021, hospital admissions increased for kids, possibly as a result of delayed first infection or no recent reinfection…

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HHS Awards Nearly $245 Million To Support Youth Mental Health Programs, Help Healthcare Workforce Address Growing Challenges Of Mental Health In Adolescents

According to Healio (1/12, Rhoades), in a Jan. 9 press release, “HHS announced that it has awarded nearly $245 million to support youth mental health programs and help the healthcare workforce address the growing challenges of mental health in adolescents…

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Revised Version Of The Autism Symptom Dimensions Questionnaire Reliable, Valid, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/12, Gotkine) reports, “A revised 39-item version of the Autism Symptom Dimensions Questionnaire (ASDQ) is reliable and valid for evaluating symptoms of autism, according to a study” in which researchers “describe the development and initial p…

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Childhood Immunization Rates Dropped During 2021-22 School Year, CDC Data Show

USA Today (1/12, Alltucker) reports, “Immunization rates for measles, polio and other diseases once again dropped among kindergartners last school year, a trend public health officials warn puts kids at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.” Nearly “93%…

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Effects Of Long COVID Tend To Resolve Within One Year Of Mild Infection, Study Shows

Bloomberg (1/11, Pham) reports, “The effects of long COVID tend to resolve within a year of mild infection, with vaccinated people at lower risk of breathing difficulties compared with unvaccinated people, according to a study” in which “researchers exami…

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Guidelines For Ear Infections In Young Children May Lead To Unnecessary Tympanostomy Tube Placement, Study Suggests

Healio (1/11, Weldon) reports, “Guidelines for ear infections in young children may lead to unnecessary tympanostomy tube placement, according to a study” that “found that recurrent cases of acute otitis media occur in a narrow ‘window of susceptibility’…

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Teens With More Psychological Assets More Likely To Maintain Good Cardiometabolic Health In Adulthood, Researchers Say

Healio (1/11, Schaffer) says, “Teens who feel happy, accepted and loved are more likely to maintain good cardiometabolic health as adults, and data show Black youths in particular were more harmed by fewer psychological assets, researchers reported” in a…

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US Officials Raise Concern Over Impact Of TikTok On Teens’ Mental Health

CNN (1/11, Yurkevich) reports, “In recent months, TikTok has faced growing pressure from state and federal lawmakers over concerns about its ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance.” However, “some lawmakers and researchers have also been scru…

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HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Through Mid-April

Bloomberg (1/11, Griffin) reports, “The US government again extended the Covid-19 public health emergency, maintaining measures that have expanded access to health care for millions of Americans since the outbreak began in 2020.” HHS Secretary Xavier Bece…

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Children Exposed In Utero To Maternal Cancer, Treatment Do Not Appear To Have Long-Term Health Consequences, Study Suggests

Medscape (1/11, McKnight, Subscription Publication) reports, “Children who were exposed in utero to maternal cancer and treatment do not appear to have any long-term health consequences as a result of this exposure, a nationwide Danish study suggests.” Co…

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Food Insecurity Yielded $2.5K In Family Healthcare Expenditures In One Year, Study Finds

PatientEngagementHIT (1/10, Heath) reports “more studies are drawing a link between social determinants of health (SDOH), food insecurity and health outcomes, with the latest” study published in Health Affairs “showing that food insecurity yielded some $2…

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About 100 Infant Deaths Over Last 13 Years Tied To Recalled Fisher-Price Sleeper, CPSC Says

The New York Times (1/10, Gross) reports, “About 100 infant deaths over the last 13 years have been linked to the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper that was recalled in 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Monday, in a repeated warnin…

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Antipsychotic Prescriptions For Children In UK Have Doubled Over Past Two Decades, Researchers Say

Bloomberg (1/10, Pham) reports, “Strong psychiatric drugs used to control hallucinations and delusions are being prescribed more often for children in the UK, a trend that has experts concerned about safety and appropriateness.” Researchers “who examined…

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Researchers Identify Presence Of Circulating Spike Protein In Adolescents, Young Adults Who Present With Myocarditis After SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination

Healio (1/10, Schaffer) reports, “Researchers identified the presence of circulating spike protein that evaded antibody recognition in adolescents and young adults who present with myocarditis after SARS-CoV-2 messenger RNA vaccination.” Also, “antibody p…

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Seattle Public Schools Sues Social Media Giants Over Impact On Children’s Mental Health

ABC News (1/9) reports, “Seattle Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Washington, filed a lawsuit Friday against multiple social media giants, in an effort to hold the companies ‘accountable for the harm they have wreaked on the soc…

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Nearly 700K Rocking Sleepers Recalled After 15 Infant Deaths

HealthDay (1/9, Murez) reports, “Following the deaths of 15 infants, families are advised to immediately stop using all models of Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, according to a second recall notice.” Four of these 15 infants “died after the first recall notice, t…

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More Schools Across US Implementing Mask Mandates As COVID-19 Cases Climb

ABC News (1/9, Kekatos) reports, “More schools across the United States are putting mask mandates in place as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.” Before the “winter break, districts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania announced they would temporarily be requirin…

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Number Of Kawasaki Disease Diagnoses In Japan Fell By Approximately One-Third In 2020, Data Show

Healio (1/9, Martin) reports, “The number of patients diagnosed with Kawasaki disease in Japan fell by approximately one-third in 2020, with no indication that parents eschewed necessary hospital visits, according to” a “cohort study using data from the c…

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Telehealth-Based Intervention Program May Help Improve Some Behavior Issues In Young Children With Developmental Delay, Research Suggests

HCPlive (1/9, Walter) reports, “A telehealth-based intervention program” of Internet-delivered parent-child interaction therapy “could help improve some of the behavior issues in young children with developmental delay,” psychologists concluded in a “rand…

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CDC Extends BMI Measures For Children’s Growth Charts

The Washington Post (1/9, Blakemore) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has issued extended growth charts for children with BMIs that aren’t reflected on the older charts,” which “were issued in 2000 based on representative data from…

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Children With T1D Appear To Miss More School Days Per Year Than Children Without The Disease, Study Indicates

Healio (1/9, Welsh) reports, “Children with type 1 diabetes” (T1D) “missed nine more school days, on average, per year than children without the disease,” researchers concluded in a study that included “263,426 children without diabetes and 1,212 children…

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Omicron Subvariant XBB.1.5 Becoming Dominant Strain In Parts Of US

The Washington Post (1/8, A1, Nirappil, Weber) reports Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 “is quickly becoming the dominant strain in parts of the United States because of a potent mix of mutations that makes it easier to spread broadly, including among those who…

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COVID-19 Rising In US As RSV, Influenza Numbers Decline

CNN (1/6, Goodman, McPhillips) reported that amid this cold and flu season in the US, “COVID-19, which had taken a back seat to” viruses including influenza and RSV, “is once again becoming a menace, and health officials are urging people to stay vigilant…

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FDA Accepts For Priority Review Supplemental Biologics License Application For Pfizer’s 20-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine For Use In Infants, Children

Healio (1/6) reported, “The FDA has accepted for priority review a supplemental biologics license application for Pfizer’s 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for use in infants and children aged 6 weeks to 17 years, Pfizer announced.” This “20-valen…

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Nearly 13% Of Childhood Asthma Cases May Be Tied To Gas-Stove Pollution, Research Suggests

The Washington Post (1/6, Joselow, Montalbano) reported, “Gas-burning stoves in kitchens across America are responsible for roughly 12.7 percent of childhood asthma cases nationwide – on par with the childhood asthma risks associated with exposure to seco…

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Supervised Exercise Programs May Be Tied To Significant Reductions In Symptoms Of Depression Among Children And Teenagers, Systematic Review Concludes

HealthDay (1/6, Thompson) reported, “Supervised exercise programs are associated with significant reductions in symptoms of depression among children and teenagers,” investigators concluded in the findings of a 21-study systematic review and meta-analysis…

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Study Finds No Reported Serious Adverse Events Among Children Who Received COVID-19 Vaccine After MIS-C

Healio (1/6, Weldon) reported, “A study found no reported serious adverse events among children who received a COVID-19 vaccine after recovering from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.” The findings, published in JAMA Network Open, s…

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More Than 150M People Receive Health Insurance Through Public Programs, CMS Data Show

HealthPayerIntelligence (1/5, Bailey) reports, “More than 150 million people receive health insurance through public programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to the latest enrollment data from C…

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FDA Accepts Biologics License Application For Long-Acting Antibody For RSV Prevention In Infants

CNN (1/5, Howard) reports the “Food and Drug Administration has accepted a biologics license application for a long-acting antibody for the prevention of lower respiratory tract infections caused by the respiratory syncytial virus, according to the develo…

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Common Air Pollutants Tied To Nonviral Asthma Attacks Among US Youth Living In Dense, Low-Income Urban Areas, Research Shows

The Hill (1/5, Melillo) reports, “Common air pollutants ozone and fine particulate matter are associated with nonviral asthma attacks among U.S. youth living in dense, low-income urban areas…research shows.” In this study, published in The Lancet Planet…

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Study Reveals Significant Racial Inequities In High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Programs For Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants

Healio (1/5, Weldon) reports a study published in Pediatrics “uncovered significant racial inequities in high-risk infant follow-up programs for extremely low birth weight infants.” Investigators “used data from the Vermont Oxford Network” and “found that…

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Researchers Develop Test For Autism That Can Identify Risk Markers In Hair

NBC News (1/5, Bush) reports, “Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind test for autism that they say can find markers of risk in a single strand of hair, an innovation that might help clinicians identify it in young children before they miss develo…

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Cases Of MIS-C May Be More Common, Severe Than Previously Reported, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (1/5, Hein) reports, “Cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) may be more common and severe than previously reported, research on hospitalizations from 31 U.S. states suggested.” Reviewing billing code data for MIS-C “…

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Health Experts Raise Concern Over Spread Of Omicron Subvariant XBB.1.5

USA Today (1/4, Weintraub) reports, “The latest COVID-19 variant to sweep across the country, XBB.1.5, doesn’t appear to cause more serious disease than its predecessors, experts say.” According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

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Shorter Course Of Antibiotic Therapy Appears Comparable To Longer Course In Children With Nonsevere Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (1/4, Hornick) reports, “In children with nonsevere community-acquired pneumonia, or CAP, a shorter course of antibiotic therapy appeared comparable to a longer course, according to results of a” nine-trial systematic review and meta-analysis. Thes…

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New Federal Guidance Will Allow States To Introduce Initiatives Addressing Health-Related Social Needs Into Medicaid Managed Care Plans

Bloomberg Law (1/4, Belloni, Subscription Publication) reports, “States will be able to introduce initiatives addressing health-related social needs into their Medicaid managed care plans under guidance issued Wednesday by the Biden administration.” Bloom…

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Systematic Review Identifies Several Familial Factors Seemingly Tied To Symptom Severity For Pediatric Patients With AD/HD

According to HCPlive (1/4, Walter), researchers have “identified several familial factors that are seemingly linked to symptom severity for pediatric patients with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). The 43-study systematic review and meta-…

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Previous COVID-19 Infection Plus Vaccination Provides Most Robust Immunity Against Reinfection Among Adolescents, Case-Control Study Shows

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/4, Nye) reports, “Results of a case-control study…suggest previous COVID-19 infection plus vaccination provides the most robust immunity against reinfection among adolescents.” According to the results published in The Lanc…

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Habitual Social Media Use May Be Associated With Heightened Sensitivity To Social Rewards From Peers Over Time, Scan Study Suggests

According to the New York Times (1/3, Barry), “children who habitually checked their social media feeds at around age 12 showed a distinct trajectory, with their sensitivity to social rewards from peers heightening over time,” while “teenagers with less e…

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High Short-Acting β2-Agonist Use Tied To Increased Risk Of Asthma Exacerbations In Children, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (1/3, Stong) reports, “Increased use of short-acting β2-agonist (SABA) is associated with an increased risk of asthma exacerbations in children, especially in those without comorbid atopic diseases, according to” a “population-based re…

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Physical Activity May Help Alleviate Depressive Symptoms In Teens, Systematic Review Indicates

MedPage Today (1/3, Monaco) reports, “Physical activity can help alleviate depressive symptoms in teens,” investigators concluded in the findings of a 21-study systematic review and meta-analysis published online Jan. 3 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Children With Mental, Behavioral Health Conditions More Likely To Experience Pharmacologic Restraint In ED If They Are Young, Male, Or Black, Study Finds

Healio (1/3, Weldon) reports, “Children with mental or behavioral health conditions are more likely to experience pharmacologic restraint in the ED if they are young, male or Black, according to a study published in Pediatrics” that “analyzed the Pediatri…

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Accidental Cannabis Edible Exposures Among Young Children In US Rising, Study Shows

HealthDay (1/3, Norton) reports, “As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, the number of preschoolers accidentally eating cannabis ‘edibles’ is rising in tandem, a…study shows.” Overall, the study found that from 2017 to 2021 “poison control centers reco…

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Experts Discuss Global Preparedness For Future Pandemics

USA Today (1/1, Weintraub) reported that three years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the risk of a deadly pathogen spreading around the world remains.” And “now, in addition to worrying about a virus that might jump from animals to humans, expe…

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Seasonal Flu Activity Remains High In US But Continuing To Decline, CDC Data Show

CNN (12/30, Howard) reported “seasonal flu activity remains high in the United States but continued to decline in most areas” in the week “leading up to Christmas, according to data published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” T…

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Researchers Identify Rate, Risk Factors, Sequelae Of Asymptomatic C Difficile Colonization In Pediatric Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

HCPlive (1/1, Walter) reported, “Pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis commonly may have asymptomatic colonized Clostridioides difficile but did not result in increased rates of C difficile infections (CDI),” according to researchers who “identified the…

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Omicron Subvariant XBB.1.5 Becoming Dominant In US, Data Show

CNBC (12/30, Kimball) reported, “The Covid omicron XBB.1.5 variant is rapidly becoming dominant in the U.S. because it is highly immune evasive and appears more effective at binding to cells than related subvariants, scientists say.” The subvariant “now r…

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“Spontaneous” Newborn Movements Contribute To Sensorimotor System Development, Investigators Say

HealthDay (12/30, Murez) reported a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that with each spontaneous movement, a newborn “is developing its sensorimotor system.” Investigators “studying these ‘spontaneous’ newborn mo…

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Number Of People Under Age 20 With Diabetes In The US Appears Likely To Substantially Increase In Future Decades, Data Indicate

CNN (12/29, Dillinger) reports, “The number of people under age 20 with type 2 diabetes in the US may increase nearly 675% by 2060 if trends continue,” and may increase “up to 65% in young people with type 1 diabetes,” investigators concluded in findings…

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Sesame To Join List Of Major Food Allergens Starting January 1, FDA Says

CNN (12/29, Rogers) reports, “Starting January 1, sesame will join the list of major food allergens defined by law, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.” This “change comes as a result of the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Rese…

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FDA Approves Injectable Semaglutide 2.4 Mg For Adolescents Ages 12 And Older With Obesity

MedPage Today (12/29, Monaco) reports, “The FDA approved injectable semaglutide 2.4 mg (Wegovy) for people with obesity ages 12 and up, maker Novo Nordisk announced.” The drug, “when paired with diet and exercise,” is “now indicated for use in adolescents…

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Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity May Consume More Calories During Snacking Than Those With Normal Weight, Research Suggests

Healio (12/29, Monostra) reports, “Adolescents with overweight or obesity consume more calories during snacking and eat more snacks with added sugars, dairy, solid fats and refined grains than those with normal weight,” researchers concluded after conduct…

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Prenatal Exposure To Benzodiazepines And/Or Z-Hypnotics Not Tied To Increased Risk Of AD/HD, Study Indicates

Healio (12/29, VanDewater) reports, “Children exposed to benzodiazepines and/or nonbenzodiazepines, also known as z-hypnotics, prenatally may not have increased risk for” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), researchers concluded in a study t…

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CMS Issues Reminder To Insurers That Coverage Is Available Without Cost-Sharing For Updated COVID-19 Vaccines

Healthcare Finance News (12/29, Morse) reports, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reminding insurers that coverage is available without cost-sharing for the updated COVID-19 vaccines.” Regardless of coverage or lack thereof, “COVID-19 vac…

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US Health Officials Warn About Increase In Pediatric Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infections

The Los Angeles Times (12/29, Money, Lin) reports physicians “should be on the lookout for a particular kind of invasive strep infection in children that can result in so-called ‘flesh-eating’ disease and organ failure, according to health officials.” Jus…

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Influenza Vaccination Reduced Outpatient Visits During 2021-2022 Season, Data Show

Healio (12/27, Stulpin) reported, “During the 2021-2022 influenza season, vaccination significantly reduced outpatient visits, consistent with prior seasons during which A(H3N2) viruses were predominant, especially among younger patients…study data show…

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Biden Administration Announces New COVID-19 Testing Requirements For Travelers From China

The New York Times (12/28, Stolberg, Mueller) reports that on Wednesday, the Biden Administration “announced…that travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau must present negative Covid-19 tests before entering the United States, a move that it says is in…

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Experts Warn Potential Post-Holiday Rise In Respiratory Infections May Exacerbate Shortfalls Of Some Medications

CNN (12/28, Christensen) reports, “Experts say there will likely be a post-holiday bump in respiratory virus numbers, and that could put an even greater strain on supplies of some medications that have been hard to find amid a severe illness season.” Pedi…

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Risk Of Peri-Hippocampal Recurrence Is Low In Pediatric Patients With Medulloblastoma, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (12/28, Lawrence) reports, “The risk of peri-hippocampal recurrence is low in pediatric patients with medulloblastoma, according to a retrospective study.” Cancer Therapy Advisor adds, “Based on this finding, researchers suggest tha…

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In High-Risk Infants, Early Application Of Emollients Appears To Be Effective Strategy For Prevention Of Atopic Dermatitis, Systematic Review Indicates

Dermatology Advisor (12/28, Jacobs) reports, “In high-risk infants, early application of emollients is an effective strategy for the prevention of atopic dermatitis…and emollient emulsion may be the optimal type of treatment,” investigators concluded in…

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Case Study Warns About Pediatric Poisonings From Fentanyl And Xylazine

HealthDay (12/28, Mozes) reports a case study published in Pediatrics warns about “pediatric poisonings from a particularly lethal combo – a potent synthetic opioid known as fentanyl and a powerful veterinary sedative called xylazine.” The study examines…

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Flu Decreasing In Many Parts Of US, CDC Says

The AP (12/23, Stobbe) reported, “Flu is decreasing in many parts of the U.S. after an alarmingly early and strong start to the season.” According to data from the CDC, “the number of flu hospital admissions fell for the second week in a row” and “the per…

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Ohio Measles Outbreak Raises Concern About Vaccine Hesitancy, Resurgence Of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

The Washington Post (12/26, A1, Sun) reported the “rapidly growing measles outbreak in Columbus, Ohio – largely involving unvaccinated children – is fueling concerns among health officials that more parent resistance to routine childhood immunizations wil…

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Protection From Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Against Omicron Variant Wanes After Three Months But Is Restored By Booster Shot In Children Aged Five To 11 Years, Study Finds

Healio (12/23, Weldon) reported “protection against the omicron variant from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” BNT162b2, “waned after 3 months in children aged 5 to 11 years but was restored by a booster shot, according to” a study. In the final anal…

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Study Reveals Trends Among Adolescents Who Repeatedly Visit Hospital ED For Mental Health Emergencies

According to the New York Times (12/27, Barry), research published online Dec. 27 in JAMA Pediatrics revealed “a surprising trend among adolescents who repeatedly visited the hospital” emergency department (ED) for mental health emergencies. After analyzi…

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House Passes $1.7T Spending Package

Modern Healthcare (12/23, Kacik, Subscription Publication) reported, “The House of Representatives passed the $1.7 trillion spending bill Friday, which drew mixed reactions from healthcare industry associations.” The bill, “which passed the Senate on Thur…

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Continuous Eligibility Policies May Help Reduce Medicaid Churn, Disenrollment Among Children, Brief Says

HealthPayerIntelligence (12/23, Bailey) reported, “Continuous eligibility policies can help reduce Medicaid churn and disenrollment among children, according to an issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)” based on “Medicaid claims data from 20…

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COVID-19, Respiratory Illnesses Still Rising Amid Holiday Season

The New York Times (12/22, Anthes) reports that amid this holiday season, “new, immune evasive versions of the Omicron variant are spreading,” and “this year the coronavirus has company: Common seasonal viruses, which lay low for the last two winters, hav…

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Target Recalling About 204K Weighted Blankets Due To Asphyxiation Risk

USA Today (12/22, Mendoza) reports, “Target is recalling about 204,000 weighted blankets after federal regulators say two young girls died of asphyxiation earlier this year.” On Thursday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission “announced…the Pillowfort…

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Gene Therapy Improves Artemis-Deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency In Infants, Study Shows

Healio (12/22, Gawel) reports, “Infants with Artemis-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency improved after corrected genes in their stem cells enabled them to grow their own T cells and B cells, according to a study” that “involved 10 infants.” For th…

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Pediatric Medicine Manufacturers Say They Are Operating “24/7” To Meet Demand

The Hill (12/22, Choi) reports, “Pediatric medicine manufacturers told the White House this week that they are operating their facilities 24/7 in order to meet demand as parents across the country continue to deal with medicine shortages brought on by the…

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Prolonged Lengths Of Stay In EDs Increased During Pandemic For Pediatric Patients With Mental Health Conditions, Study Finds

HealthLeaders Media (12/22, Cheney) reports, “For pediatric patients with mental health conditions, prolonged lengths of stay in emergency departments increased significantly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to” a study “based on data collected…

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FDA Says It Is Working To Improve Supply Of Children’s Cold And Flu Medications, Urges People Not To Stockpile Drugs

CNBC (12/21, Coombs) reports, “The surge in flu cases and Covid-19 infections this month, along with elevated levels of childhood respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, infections has caused elevated demand for children’s over-the-counter cold and flu medic…

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FDA Agrees To Pediatric Study Plan To Develop Obefazimod For Children Aged Two To 17 With IBD

Healio (12/21) reports, “The FDA has agreed on Abivax’s initial pediatric study plan for the development of obefazimod in children aged two to 17 years with inflammatory bowel disease” (IBD), “the company announced in a press release” dated Dec. 20.

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Biden Administration Says It Will Release Prescription Flu Medicine From Strategic National Stockpile

The AP (12/21, Seitz) reports that on Wednesday, the Biden Administration “said…it will release doses of prescription flu medicine from the Strategic National Stockpile to states as…patients continue to flock to hospitals and doctors’ offices around t…

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US, Europe Report Rise In Invasive Strep A Infections

The Washington Post (12/21, Cha) reports that while “infection with Streptococcus pyogenes – or group A strep, for short – typically produces mild symptoms,” in “recent months, cases related to a rare invasive form of the common bacteria have been popping…

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Screening For Adverse Childhood Experiences Improves Receipt Of Behavioral Health Services, Data Show

PatientEngagementHIT (12/21, Heath) reports “adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are increasingly recognized as influencing pediatric health and well-being into adulthood,” as study data “signals that organizations that screen for ACEs can more successfu…

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NYC Mayor Encourages Residents To Wear Masks, Take Precautions Against COVID-19

The New York Times (12/20, Fitzsimmons) reports New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) on Tuesday encouraged NYC residents to resume wearing masks in crowded, public places “in the face of a winter surge of Covid-19 cases.” The press conference “was the mayor…

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DEA Seized More Than 379M Doses Of Fentanyl This Year, Agency Announces

The New York Times (12/20, Diaz) reports, “The Drug Enforcement Administration confiscated more than 379 million doses of fentanyl this year, the agency said, and it seized more than double the number of pills laced with the potent synthetic opioid than i…

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Newly Unveiled $1.7T Spending Package Could Cause Millions Of People To Lose Medicaid Coverage, Revamp Pandemic Response

The AP (12/20, Seitz) reports “millions of people who enrolled in Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic could start to lose their coverage on April 1 if Congress passes the $1.7 trillion spending package leaders unveiled Tuesday.” The spending package “wi…

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Some Pharmacies Limiting Number Of OTC Pediatric Pain Relievers Consumers Can Purchase

The New York Times (12/20, Tumin) reports that “as a ‘tripledemic’ of respiratory illnesses takes hold, some pharmacies in the United States have placed limits on the number of some over-the-counter medicines customers can purchase to soothe their symptom…

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Children With Egg Allergy Who Practice Strict Avoidance Have Worse Quality Of Life Than Those Who Tolerate Baked Eggs, Study Shows

Healio (12/20, Gawel) reports, “Children with egg allergy who practiced strict avoidance had worse quality of life than those who…tolerated baked eggs, according to” results of a 26-patient study presented at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting 2022. Fu…

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Former FDA Commissioner Says Antibiotic Drug Shortage Not Caused By Supply Chain Disruptions

The Hill (12/19, Dress) reports former FDA Commissioner Dr. “Scott Gottlieb said a shortage of antibiotic drugs in the U.S. is the result of pharmaceutical companies not expecting a surge in demand rather than any disruptions in the supply chain.” Gottlie…

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Overall Prevalence Of Pregestational Diabetes Rose From 2000-2019, Increasing Risks Of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes, Researchers Say

Healio (12/19, VanDewater) reports, “From 2000 to 2019, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes quadrupled, increasing the overall prevalence of pregestational diabetes,” and this “rise in pregestational diabetes increased the odds of adverse pregnancy outcomes…

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Number Of Twin Births In US Declined In First Year Of Pandemic, CDC Finds

The Washington Post (12/19, Blakemore) says, “In its first year, the pandemic lowered the twin birthrate in the United States, a report” (PDF) “from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.” Investigators “analyzed birth records from 2019…

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Pharmacies To Limit Purchases Of Children’s Pain Medicines

Bloomberg (12/19, Swetlitz) reports, “CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., two of the largest US pharmacy chains, are limiting purchases of children’s pain-relief medicines amid constrained supplies and high demand.” The article adds, “CVS…

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Investigational RSV Vaccine In Pregnant Women Appears To Protect Infants Against Severe Disease, Study Suggests

Medscape (12/19, Eppinger, Subscription Publication) reports, “An investigational vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in pregnant women has been shown to help protect infants against severe disease, according to the vaccine’s manufacturer,”…

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Incidence Of Firearm Injuries, Homicide Among Children In US Rose During Pandemic, Studies Find

The Wall Street Journal (12/19, Mosbergen, Subscription Publication) reports an analysis of data from children’s hospitals found that the incidence of firearm injuries in the US among children rose sharply between April 2020 and December 2021. A separate…

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Children Youngest In Their Grade May Be Overmedicated For AD/HD, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (12/16, Murez), research indicates that children “who are the youngest in their grade may be overmedicated for” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), investigators concluded in a study that “included Norwegian children bo…

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Shortage Of Pediatric Hospital Beds Places Strain On Hospitals As COVID-19, Flu, RSV Cases Spike

The Washington Post (12/17, Rowland) reported hospitals this year have been “strained under the load of RSV infections and, more recently, influenza and the coronavirus.” The shortage of available hospital beds has affected “infants and children” especial…

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Excessive Screen Time Watching Videos, Playing Video Games Tied To Increased Risk Of Children Developing OCD, Data Indicate

Psychiatric News (12/16) reported, “Excessive screen time watching videos and playing video games is associated with an increased risk of children developing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 9,208 chil…

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CDC Investigating Apparent Increase In Invasive Group A Strep Infections Among Children

CNN (12/16, Hassan) reported that the CDC “says it’s investigating an apparent increase in invasive group A strep infections, but the rise may indicate a return to typical pre-pandemic levels.” Similar to “flu and RSV, invasive group A strep infections, k…

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CDC Report Highlights Risks For Children Who Get Flu, COVID-19 At Same Time

HealthDay (12/16, Reinberg) reported “kids who get the flu and COVID-19 together may be in for a serious, even deadly, bout of illness, U.S. health officials said Friday.” Even though “the 2021-2022 flu season was mild, some children did get flu and COVID…

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FDA To Hold Expert Meeting To Discuss Updating COVID-19 Vaccines To Combat Circulating Variants

Reuters (12/16, Satija, Mishra) reported the FDA “said on Friday it planned to hold a meeting of outside experts next month to discuss whether initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines need to be updated to combat circulating variants.” While updated booster sho…

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About 35% Of Parents Oppose Vaccination Requirements For Schoolchildren, Survey Finds

The New York Times (12/16, Hoffman) reported 35% “of parents oppose requirements that children receive routine immunizations in order to attend school, according to a new survey released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.” About 44% “of adults who ei…

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For Children, Young Adults With T1D, Comorbidities May Increase Risk For COVID-19 Hospitalization, Researchers Say

Healio (12/15, Welsh) reports, “For children and young adults with type 1 diabetes” (T1D), “comorbidities such as obesity and asthma increased the risk for COVID-19 hospitalization,” researchers concluded in a “cross-sectional, multi-institutional surveil…

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White House Announces Plans For Controlling COVID-19 Cases This Winter

USA Today (12/15, Weintraub) reports, “As COVID-19 cases rise again with the arrival of winter and holiday gatherings, the White House on Thursday announced its plans for controlling cases this winter.” These plans include “collaborating with communities…

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CDC Publishes Revised Case Definition Of MIS-C

Healio (12/15, Weldon) reports, “The CDC and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists published a revised case definition of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a potentially serious complication of SARS-CoV-2 infection.” The CDC “said…

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Despite Being Important Risk Factor, Obesity Not A Universal Phenotype Among Children With T2D, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (12/15, Welsh) reports, “Obesity was not a universal phenotype among children with type 2 diabetes” (T2D), “despite being an important risk factor, according to” findings from a 57-study systematic review and meta-analysis published online in JAMA…

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CDC Warns Co-Infections With COVID-19, Influenza May Cause More Severe Illness In Children

MedPage Today (12/15, Hein) reports, “The CDC warned that co-infections with COVID-19 and influenza can potentially cause more severe illness in children, and need to be tracked.” The article adds, “Surveillance data from the 2021-2022 influenza season re…

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Maternal Stress During Pregnancy Tied To Shorter Telomeres Among Offspring Of White Mothers, But Not Those Born To Black Mothers, Data Show

Healio (12/15, VanDewater) reports, “Maternal stress during pregnancy was associated with shorter telomeres among the offspring of white mothers, but not those born to Black mothers, according to prospective data published in Psychological Medicine.” Furt…

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CDC Releases Extended BMI-For-Age Growth Charts For Severe Childhood Obesity

Bloomberg Law (12/15, Court, Subscription Publication) reports the CDC “is expanding charts that doctors use to track kids’ growth and development to include Body Mass Index as high as 60.” The CDC “said it was making the change ‘to enable consistent, mea…

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Parents Grapple With High Demand Of Over-The-Counter Medications As Respiratory Viruses Surge

USA Today (12/14, Rodriguez) reports, “The sniffles are running rampant among children this year as the country sees a surge in respiratory viruses, leading to an unprecedented demand for over-the-counter medications,” including pain relievers and antibio…

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Researchers Calling For New Generation Of COVID-19 Vaccines

NBC News (12/14, Bendix) reports, “Two years after the first Covid shots went into arms, a growing chorus of researchers is calling for a new generation of vaccines that provide broader and more long-term protection against the disease.” Specifically, “re…

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Vaccine Regimens For Zaire Ebola Virus Disease Produce Antibody Responses In Adults, Children, Studies Show

Reuters (12/14, Srinivasan, Leo) reports Ebola vaccine regimens targeting the Zaire virus strain “developed by Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co produced virus-fighting antibodies and appear to be safe in children and adults, according to data from two stu…

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CDC Publishes Resource On Mpox Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Diagnosis, And Management In Children, Adolescents

Healio (12/14, Weldon) reports, “CDC researchers published a resource for providers that outlines the epidemiology and clinical features of mpox in children and adolescents and how it can be diagnosed and managed.” The team “conducted a literature review…

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Prevalence Of Bacterial Infections In Hospitalized Infants Fell To Prepandemic Levels Earlier This Year, Study Shows

Healio (12/14, Weldon) reports, “The prevalence of bacterial infections in hospitalized infants – after rising during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic – fell to prepandemic levels earlier this year, according to” a “retrospective…multicenter, cro…

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For Adolescent Patients, Hospitalizations For Psychiatric Conditions Appear To Have Increased Since Beginning Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Suggests

HCPlive (12/14, Walter) reports, “Hospitalizations for psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, and suicidality increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 for adolescent patients,” investigators concluded in a study that included “9,696 a…

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Several Children’s Hospitals In US Note Uptick In Invasive Group A Strep Infections

NBC News (12/14, Bendix) reports, “Several children’s hospitals in the U.S. have detected increases in invasive group A strep infections, a severe and sometimes life-threatening illness that occurs when bacteria spreads to areas of the body that are norma…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented More Than 18.5M Hospitalizations, 3.2M Deaths In US, Study Says

CNN (12/13, Christensen) reports “the Covid-19 vaccines have kept more than 18.5 million people in the US out of the hospital and saved more than 3.2 million lives,” according to a study from the Commonwealth Fund “– and that estimate is most likely a co…

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Public Health Experts Urging People To Wear Masks Indoors

The New York Times (12/13) reports public health experts are urging people to wear masks indoors as respiratory diseases spike across the United States. Over the past two weeks, “Covid-19 case rates and hospitalizations have spiked by 56 percent and 24 pe…

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Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection During First And Second Trimesters Tied To Greater Risks For Stillbirth, Preterm Birth Compared With Infection During Third Trimester, Data Show

Healio (12/13, VanDewater) reports, “Among pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 infection during the first and second trimesters was associated with greater risks for stillbirth and preterm birth compared with infection during the third tr…

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Weekly Vitamin D Supplements Appear To Increase 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations But Not Affect Growth Or Body Composition Among School-Aged Children, Study Indicates

Healio (12/13, Bascom) reports, “Weekly vitamin D supplements increased 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations but did not affect growth or body composition among school-aged children,” researchers concluded in a three-year intervention study that “included 8…

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Combination Of Morning Low-Dose Benzoyl Peroxide, Evening Stabilized Form Of Retinol Appears Effective, Well Tolerated In Adolescents And Young Adults With Mild To Moderate Acne, Research Suggests

Healio (12/13, Capaldo) reports, “The combination of a morning low-dose benzoyl peroxide and an evening stabilized form of retinol was effective and well tolerated in adolescents and young adults with mild to moderate acne,” researchers concluded in a “12…

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Infants Born Preterm Who Are Exclusively Formula-Fed May Need Iron Supplementation, Research Suggests

HealthDay (12/13, Murez) reports, “Babies born prematurely who are fed formula may need iron supplementation like their breastfed counterparts…research suggests.” For this study, “researchers analyzed health records from 392 infants born before 31 weeks…

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Number Of Uninsured Children Declined During COVID-19 Pandemic, Report Says

HealthPayerIntelligence (12/13, Bailey) reports, “The number of uninsured children declined during the COVID-19 pandemic due to Medicaid’s continuous coverage requirement, with 12 states seeing significant decreases, according to a report from the Georget…

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HHS Warning Healthcare Sector About Ransomware Called Royal

Health Exec (12/12, Baxter) reports, “The healthcare sector is under threat of cyberattacks from a human-operated ransomware, Royal, warned the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).” The threat “was first observed in September 2022, and once a sy…

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CDC Urges Face Masks As “Tripledemic” Continues

The Hill (12/12, Caprariello, Delandro) reports the CDC is urging Americans to wear masks indoors as the “tripledemic” of influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 continue to spread across the US. According to the CDC’s December 8 report, “13.7 percent of Americans n…

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Scarcity Of High-Profile Prescription Drugs Caused By Supply Issues

CNN (12/12, Goodman) reports, “Scarcity of several high-profile prescription drugs, such as the antibiotic amoxicillin and the ADHD treatment Adderall, have had some patients searching pharmacies and rationing pills, and now parents in some areas are havi…

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WHO, ECDC Warn Against A Streptococcus In Children Across Europe

Reuters (12/12, Mahobe) reports, “Europe should be vigilant against severe infections caused by a bacteria called group A Streptococcus in children below 10 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (E…

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ByHeart Recalls Infant Formula Due To Potential Contamination With Bacteria

The Hill (12/12, Burbrink) reports, “An infant formula manufacturer is recalling an entire run of its product due to the possibility of cross-contamination with dangerous bacteria.” The FDA “said the recall involves ByHeart’s Whole Nutrition Infant Formul…

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Study Finds Soothing With Digital Devices May Lead To More Problems With Emotional Reactivity In The Future

CNN (12/12, Holcombe) reports a new study has shown “soothing with digital devices may lead to more problems with emotional reactivity down the road” with small children. Researchers “looked at 422 parent and caregiver responses to assess how likely they…

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Demand For Antivirals High Across US Amid Surging Flu Activity

TODAY (12/9, Kee) reported, “After virtually disappearing for the last two winters, the flu is back in the United States and worse than it has been in a long time.” And “as flu cases surge and hospitalizations reach record highs…antivirals are in demand…

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FDA Is Failing To Police Online Tobacco Retailers, Report Says

According to CNN (12/9, Christensen), the FDA “is falling down on the job of policing online tobacco retailers, according to a…new report” (PDF) issued by the Office of the Inspector General of HHS. This “report criticizes the FDA for its lack of oversi…

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Black Women Appear To Have Higher Rates Of CV Hospitalization, Maternal Morbidity, Maternal Mortality Than White Women Within One Year Of Delivery, Data Indicate

Healio (12/9, Firment) reported, “Black women had higher rates of CV hospitalization, maternal morbidity and maternal mortality than white women within one year of delivery,” researchers concluded in the findings of a research letter published online ahea…

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Hospital Financial Decisions Impacting Availability Of Pediatric Beds Amid Surge In Respiratory Illnesses

Kaiser Health News (12/9, Szabo) reported the “shortage of pediatric hospital beds plaguing the nation this fall is a byproduct of financial decisions made by hospitals over the past decade, as they shuttered children’s wards…and expanded the number of…

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FDA Approves Atezolizumab For Patients Ages Two Years And Older With Unresectable Or Metastatic Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma

OncLive (12/9, Rosa) reported, “The FDA has approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq) for adult and pediatric patients aged 2 years and older with unresectable or metastatic alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS).” The article added, “The safety and efficacy of the ag…

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Adolescent Transition Package Shows Promise In Improving Transition To Independent Care Among Adolescents, Younger Adults With HIV, Trial Shows

Infectious Disease Advisor (12/9, Lopez) reported, “An adolescent transition package designed to improve the transition to independent care among adolescents and younger adults with HIV infection resulted in overall higher scores in transition readiness,…

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CDC Expands Use Of Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines To Include Children Aged Six Months Through Five Years

Reuters (12/9, Mahobe) reported that on Friday, the CDC “expanded the use of” bivalent “COVID-19 vaccines that target both the original coronavirus and Omicron sub-variants to include children aged 6 months through 5 years.” This “development comes a day…

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More Than 80% Of Hospital Beds In Use Nationwide, Data Show

CNN (12/8, McPhillips) reports hospitals in the US “are more full than they’ve been throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a CNN analysis of data from” HHS. CNN adds, “More than 80% of hospital beds are in use nationwide, jumping eight percentage…

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In Phase 3 DINAMO Trial, Empagliflozin Achieves Significant Reduction In HbA1c In Children And Adolescents With T2D

Endocrinology Advisor (12/8, Park) reports, “Empagliflozin achieved a significant reduction in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in patients 10 to less than 18 years of age with type 2 diabetes” (T2D), investigators concluded in findings from a phase 3 trial present…

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Increased Cumulative Exposure To Radiation From CT Exams Tied To Elevated Risks For Gliomas, Brain Cancer In Children And Young Adults, Study Shows

Diagnostic Imaging (12/8, Hall) reports, “Increased cumulative exposure to radiation from computed tomography (CT) exams led to elevated risks for developing gliomas and other forms of brain cancer in children and young adults, according to the findings o…

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Exposure To Antibiotics Before Age Two May Increase Risk Of Developing Pediatric IBD, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (12/8, Susman) reports, “Exposure to antibiotics before two years of age appeared to increase the risk of developing pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD),” investigators concluded in the findings of “a Norwegian nationwide study” revea…

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More States Considering Extension Of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Kaiser Health News (12/8, Volz) reports, “Lawmakers in several conservative-led states – including Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, and Mississippi – are expected to consider proposals to provide a year of continuous health coverage to new mothers enrolled in…

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FDA Authorizes Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines For Young Children

The Washington Post (12/8, McGinley) reports that on Thursday, the FDA “authorized an updated booster shot of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for young children.” In a statement, the agency “said children 6 months through 5 years old would be eligible for t…

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Report Finds Maternal Mortality Rates Rising In US

PatientEngagementHIT (12/7, Heath) says a new Commonwealth Fund brief “found that maternal mortality is getting worse in all developed nations, but that the gap between the US and its similarly developed peers is getting bigger.” The report found that “th…

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Public Health Officials Begin Recommending Face Mask Use As Respiratory Viruses Surge

The Washington Post (12/7, Nirappil, Parker-Pope) reports that “with three highly contagious respiratory viruses” – RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 – “sickening adults and children around the country and holiday gatherings just weeks away, public health offi…

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Prenatal Exposure To Some Anti-Seizure Drugs Tied To Adverse Birth Weight Outcomes, Preliminary Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (12/7, George) reports, “Prenatal exposure to some anti-seizure drugs was associated with adverse birth weight outcomes, a preliminary analysis of SCAN-AED registry data suggested.” In the “study of nearly 4.5 million children…carbamazepin…

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Early Ibuprofen Administration Does Not Help Infants Born Preterm With Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Trial Shows

MedPage Today (12/7, Lou) reports, “Early ibuprofen administration did not help babies born preterm with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), as waiting for the heart defect to close on its own was associated with non-inferior, perhaps even better clinical out…

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About 21% Of Teens Newly Diagnosed With Epilepsy Experience Suicidal Ideation, Research Finds

Medscape (12/7, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “About 21% of teens newly diagnosed with epilepsy experience suicidal ideation, and the percentage jumps to 31% within 3 years,” according to research presented at the 2022 American Epilepsy Soc…

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About 18M People Could Lose Medicaid Coverage If COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends In April Of Next Year, Brief Says

HealthPayerIntelligence (12/7, Bailey) reports that “if the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends in April 2023, 18 million people may lose Medicaid coverage in the 14 months following its expiration, according to a brief from the Robert Wood Johnso…

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Global Burden Of Type 2 Diabetes Among Young People Rose Significantly Since 1990, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (12/7, Monaco) reports, “The global burden of type 2 diabetes among young people significantly rose since 1990, researchers reported.” The “age-standardized incidence of type 2 diabetes from 1990 to 2019 increased from 117.22 to 183.36 per 1…

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Lack Of Funding For COVID-19 Response In US Affecting Uninsured

The New York Times (12/6, Weiland, Kliff) reports, “Difficulty getting care for Covid-19 has become an increasingly common problem for poor, uninsured Americans.” But “after paying about $25 billion to health care providers over the course of the pandemic…

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Survey Study Examines Impact Of FDA Flavored Vaping Products Ban On E-Cigarette Use

HealthDay (12/6, Murez) reports that when the FDA “banned fruit-flavored vaping products in early 2020, the idea was to reverse the rapid rise in electronic cigarette use among youths.” However, a survey study of more than 3,500 “adult e-cigarette users f…

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Drug Overdose Deaths Among Pregnant, Postpartum People Reached Record High In 2020, Study Shows

NBC News (12/6, Edwards) reports, “The number of pregnant women and new mothers dying from drug overdoses grew dramatically as the pandemic took hold, reaching a record high in 2020,” according to a study. Investigators “looked at the death certificates o…

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Bromocriptine May Improve BP, Central And Peripheral Aortic Stiffness Over Four Weeks In Adolescents With T1D, BCQR-T1D Trial Data Indicate

Healio (12/6, Buzby) reports, “Bromocriptine, a drug previously used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, improved BP and central and peripheral aortic stiffness over four weeks in adolescents with type 1 diabetes” (T1D), investig…

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Central Ohio Measles Outbreak Grows To More Than 50 Children

CNN (12/6, Howard) reports, “A measles outbreak in central Ohio is growing, sickening more than 50 children, with many of them needing hospitalization, according to data updated Tuesday by Columbus Public Health.” Since the beginning “of the outbreak in N…

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Minority Children Less Likely To Have Had Surgery In Prior 12 Months Than White Children, Study Finds

HealthDay (12/6, Solomon) reports, “Minority children are significantly less likely to have had surgery in the prior 12 months than White children, according to a study” that “included data from 219,098 children participating in the U.S. National Health I…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA To Authorize Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under Age Five

The AP (12/5, Neergaard) reports, “Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5 – not as a booster but part of their initial shots.” The article adds, “Children ages 6 months through 4 years already a…

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Some Hospitals Facing Shortage Of Medical-Grade Cribs Amid Surge In Respiratory Viruses

CNN (12/5, Hassan) reports, “As a trio of respiratory viruses spreads across the country and pediatric hospitalizations remain high, some hospitals are running into a new problem: a shortage of medical-grade cribs.” According to company President Marjorie…

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Use Of Ad26. ZEBOV As Booster Dose A Safe, Immunogenic Vaccine Regimen For Ebola Virus Disease In Children, Trial Shows

Infectious Disease Advisor (12/5, Barowski, RN) reports, “The use of the adenovirus type 26 vector-based vaccine encoding the Ebola virus glycoprotein of the Mayinga variant (Ad26. ZEBOV) as a booster for children who previously received 2 doses of the Ad…

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Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Explore Effectiveness Of BCG Vaccination Against Tuberculosis In Children

Medscape (12/5, Tabakman, Subscription Publication) reports, “Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccines are given to more than 100 million children every year, but there is considerable debate regarding the effectiveness of BCG vaccination in preventing tub…

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Study Explores Risk Factors For Sleep-Related Suffocation, Unexplained Infant Death

HealthDay (12/5, Gotkine) reports, “Risk factors for sleep-related suffocation and unexplained infant death are explored in a study published…in Pediatrics.” Investigators “examined the association between unsafe sleeping practices and sudden infant dea…

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Adolescent Depression, Anxiety Have Surged Among Isolation, Disruption, And Hardship Of COVID-19 Pandemic

According to the Washington Post (12/5, A1, St. George, Strauss), across the US, “adolescent depression and anxiety – already at crisis levels before the pandemic – have surged amid the isolation, disruption and hardship of” the COVID-19 pandemic. However…

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Incidence Of Myocarditis, Pericarditis After COVID-19 Vaccination Low Among Teens And Young Adults, Systematic Review Finds

NBC News (12/5, Lovelace) reports, “The incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis after Covid vaccination is low and most patients make a full recovery, a” 23-study systematic review and meta-analysis found. According to the findings published in JAMA Ped…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rise Following Thanksgiving Holiday

The Washington Post (12/4, Dupree, Nirappil) reports a post-Thanksgiving uptick in patients with COVID-19 “at U.S. hospitals is arriving even as health systems contend with waves of feverish, coughing people stricken with RSV and influenza infections.” CO…

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Experts Warn Latest Omicron Subvariants Show Greater Immune Escape, Will Likely Lead To Rising Cases

MedPage Today (12/2, DePeau-Wilson) reported, “The latest circulating COVID-19 variants have shown greater immune escape, which will likely lead to increasing cases over the coming months, experts said.” The “new Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 togeth…

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US Health Officials Warn Of Worsening Flu Season

The AP (12/2, Stobbe) reported US “health officials said Friday that 7.5% of outpatient medical visits last week were due to flu-like illnesses,” which is “as high as the peak of the 2017-18 flu season and higher than any season since.” The article added,…

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Some Areas In US Facing Shortages Of Pediatric Cold, Flu Medicines

NPR (12/3, Wamsley) reported some areas in the US are experiencing shortages of medicines to treat the cold and flu in children, particularly the fever-reducing medicines acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). NPR added, “Drug manufactur…

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Certain Pediatric Patients With HCM May Find Clinical Benefit In Exercise Stress Testing, Researchers Posit

Cardiology Advisor (12/2, Goldberg) reported, “Certain pediatric patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) may find clinical benefit in exercise stress testing,” researchers concluded in the findings of a 140-patient study published in the JACC: Adv…

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Study Examines Association Between Shortages In Mental Health Workers, Increases In Youth Suicide Rates

Healio (12/2, Weldon) reported research indicates that there may be an “association between shortages in mental health workers and increases in youth suicide rates.” The study team arrived at this conclusion after having “obtained data on 5,034 suicides t…

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Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find No Statistically Significant Association Between ADHD Medications, CVD Risk

HealthDay (12/2, Gotkine) reported, “There seems to be no statistically significant association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, according to a” 19-study systematic review and meta-…

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Childhood Poverty May Be Tied To Increase In Externalizing Problems Over Time In Early Adolescence, Research Suggests

Healio (12/1, Downey) reports, “Childhood poverty was associated with increases in externalizing problems,” such as “aggression and hyperactivity,” but “not internalizing” (i.e., depression, anxiety), “over time in early adolescence,” investigators conclu…

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Review Identifies Association Between Pediatric Psoriasis And Anxiety Or Depression

HCPlive (12/1, Smith) reports a literature review published in Pediatric Dermatology identified an association “between pediatric psoriasis and anxiety or depression, although a causal link in one direction or another remained unidentified.” Researchers r…

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Zika Exposure In Utero May Demonstrate Developmental Differences In Preschool Age, Results Show

Healio (12/1, Weldon) reports children “exposed to Zika virus in utero may demonstrate developmental differences into preschool age, even if they did not have congenital Zika syndrome, according to” researchers who “performed neurodevelopmental assessment…

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Socioeconomic Disadvantages May Explain Association Of Young Maternal Age With AD/HD In Offspring, Researchers Say

According to HCPlive (12/1, Walter), “several factors, mostly involving socioeconomic disadvantages, increase the risk of young mothers giving birth to children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), investigators concluded in the “cross-…

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Baby Formula Maker Expects US Shortage To Last Until Spring

Reuters (12/1, Naidu) reports Enfamil maker Reckitt Benckiser said the US infant formula shortage likely will “persist” until spring 2023. “Supplies are yet to return to normal since the peak of the crisis in May and June, despite the U.S. making progress…

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Medical Groups Urge Federal Judge To Maintain Free Access To Preventive Care Under ACA

Reuters (12/1, Pierson) reports several national medical groups “are urging a federal judge in Texas not to interfere with free access to preventive health care services under the Affordable Care Act.” In amicus briefs filed in federal court Wednesday, “t…

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Pandemic Stress Aged Brains Of Teens By About Three Years, Study Suggests

The Washington Post (12/1, Reynolds Lewis) reports, “The stress of pandemic lockdowns prematurely aged the brains of teenagers by at least three years and in ways similar to changes observed in children who have faced chronic stress and adversity,” accord…

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Recommendations Proposed To Improve Clinical Care Of Pediatric Patients With CKD

Healio (11/30, Keenan) reports, “A group of experts, patients and caregivers proposed recommendations to improve clinical care of pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease” (CKD) “in a special report published” online ahead of print in the American J…

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Early Surge In Cold, Flu Cases Creating Shortages Of Needed Antivirals, Antibiotics, Pharmacists Say

HealthDay (11/30, Thompson) reports, “An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual ‘sick season,’ pharmacists report.” Antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) “is in short supply for b…

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Real-World Use Of Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery Tied To Improved Glycemic Control, Sleep Quality In Children, Young People With T1D, Study Shows

Medwire News (11/30, McDermid) reports, “Real-world use of hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery is associated with improved glycemic control and sleep quality, as well as reduced fear of hypoglycemia in children and young people with type 1 diabetes” (T1D)…

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Simulated Driving Program Reduces Inattention, Risk Of Crashing Compared With Conventional Driver’s Training Among Teens With ADHD, Study Shows

MedPage Today (11/30, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “A simulated driving program reduced inattention and risk of crashing among teens with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared with conventional driver’s training, according to a small study t…

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Children Diagnosed With ADHD Appear To Have Brain Abnormalities Observable With MRI, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (11/30, Susman) reports, “Children diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appear to have brain abnormalities that can be observed with MRI, findings that may allow for a more objective diagnosis of the disorder,” acco…

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Exposure To Air Pollutants May Harm Development During Early Childhood In Children Living In Neighborhoods With High Rates Of Poverty, Study Suggests

The Washington Post (11/30, Ajasa) reports, “Young children living in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty are more likely to be exposed to many different air pollutants, and that can harm their development during early childhood, according to a study…

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Pregnant Women With SLE May Be More Prone To Cardiovascular Complications During Delivery, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (11/29, Lou) reports, “Pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) were more prone to cardiovascular complications during delivery, and their risk seems to have increased over the past 15 years,” according to findings published on…

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Flu Season Intensifying In US With More Than 6M Cases Confirmed So Far, CDC Says

The Hill (11/29, Dress) reports, “Flu season is intensifying in the U.S. with more than 6 million cases confirmed so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Monday.” The CDC “said in a weekly update it has already recorded mo…

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Maternal Influenza Vaccination Around 65% Effective At Preventing Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations Among Infants, Study Finds

Healio (11/29, Stulpin) reports, “Maternal influenza vaccination was around 65% effective at preventing influenza-associated hospitalizations among infants when the viruses matched what was in the vaccine, according to a study” conducted in South Africa….

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Clinical, Imaging Findings Of Children With T1D, Obesity Appear Similar To Those For Children Without Diabetes With Similar Degrees Of Obesity, Researchers Say

Healio (11/29, Welsh) reports, “Clinical and imaging findings of children with type 1 diabetes” (T1D) “and obesity were similar to those for children without diabetes with similar degrees of obesity,” researchers concluded in a study that “compared 49 chi…

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Research Finds Structural, Functional Brain Impairments In Children With Overweight Or Obesity That May Harm Cognitive Development

HealthDay (11/29, Mann) reports children with overweight or obesity “struggle with school work, and now…research provides clues on how excess weight may harm the developing brain.” Investigators “looked at several types of brain scans in more than 5,100…

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Survival Rates Have Nearly Doubled For Children Who Experienced In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest During Past 20 Years, Research Suggests

Healio (11/28, Schaffer) reports, “Survival rates have almost doubled for children who experienced in-hospital cardiac arrest during the last 20 years, with the greatest gains in children who experienced cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery, researchers r…

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WHO Recommends Renaming Monkeypox As “Mpox”

The New York Times (11/28, Jacobs) reports, “The World Health Organization, responding to complaints that the word monkeypox conjures up racist tropes and stigmatizes patients, is recommending that the name of the disease be changed to mpox.” Both of the…

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Children Exposed To Unintentional Maternal Injuries In Utero Have Heightened Risk Of Cerebral Palsy, Study Shows

MedPage Today (11/28, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Kids born to mothers accidentally injured during pregnancy had a heightened risk of developing cerebral palsy, according to” a “retrospective, longitudinal cohort study of pregnant patients in Ontario.” The arti…

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Study Finds Steroid Use Among Male Teens, Young Adults “Relatively Common” Despite Side Effects

HealthDay (11/28, Murez) reports, “Steroid users, especially teen boys and young men, seem indifferent to the serious side effects and dependency associated with use of the drugs, a…study finds.” The study, published in the journal Performance Enhanceme…

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Mothers Taking Etanercept For Autoimmune Arthritic Conditions Appear To Pass Drug Into Breast Milk At Very Low Concentrations, With No Abnormalities Reported For Infants, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (11/28, Gever) reports, “Breastfeeding mothers who were taking etanercept (Enbrel) for autoimmune arthritic conditions passed the drug into their breast milk, but at very low concentrations and their infants showed no abnormalities, a small…

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Point-Of-Care Ultrasonography Program Should Be Developed For Use In NICU, Clinical Report Contends

HealthDay (11/28) reports, “A point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) program should be developed for use in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to a clinical report published…in Pediatrics” in which the authors “describe the clinical lands…

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Exercise Key Component Of Family-Based Lifestyle Intervention Program Aimed At Helping Children Lose Fat, Analysis Says

MedPage Today (11/28, Monaco) reports, “Exercise is a key component of a family-based lifestyle intervention program aimed at helping kids lose fat, according to a secondary analysis of a nonrandomized controlled trial.” Over this “22-week program, kids w…

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Omicron Still Driving Up New Coronavirus Cases Across US

The AP (11/25, Ungar) reported that one year after the emergence of Omicron, “the ever-morphing coronavirus mutant drove COVID-19 case counts higher in many places just as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving.” Nationwide, “new COVID cases averaged around…

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Experts In US Raise Concern Over Drug Shortages As Respiratory Illnesses Surge

The New York Times (11/23, Jacobs, Rabin) reported amoxicillin “is in short supply across the” US, “alarming pediatricians and parents as a surge in respiratory illnesses strains hospitals, many of which are still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.” A…

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Nearly 3% Of Pregnancies In US Exposed To Opioids, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/25, Murez) reported, “Researchers have found that nearly 3% of pregnancies in the United States were exposed to addictive opioid drugs,” according to results “from an analysis of data from 21,905 pregnant women in what’s dubbed the ECHO prog…

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WHO, CDC Warn Measles Is An “Imminent Threat” Worldwide

The Washington Post (11/24, Jeong) reported measles “could be on the verge of a comeback after a lull in the immediate months following the emergence of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Green Sprouts Recalls More Than 10K Bottles, Cups For Toddlers Over Lead Poisoning Risk

The New York Times (11/27, Rubin) reports Green Sprouts “has recalled about 10,500 bottles and cups for toddlers over lead poisoning concerns to children if a part of the product breaks off, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.” The base of t…

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Marijuana Use During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Adverse Maternal, Infant Outcomes, Study Suggests

ABC News (11/23, Manickam) reported, “Women who used marijuana during pregnancy were more likely to give birth to babies who were preterm, had lower birth weight and had a higher rate of birth defects, according to a major study of 1.28 million Canadian b…

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Demand For Inpatient, Pediatric ICU Beds Continues Rising Amid Surge In Respiratory Illnesses

The Washington Post (11/22, Portnoy) reports that as the US “grapples with a surge in respiratory illnesses making very young children and babies ill, the high demand for inpatient and pediatric intensive-care-unit beds means children are spending days an…

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Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters Better At Preventing Symptomatic COVID-19 Than Previous Shots, CDC Study Finds

Bloomberg Law (11/22, Langreth, Muller, Subscription Publication) reports bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech “that fight the latest omicron variants provide only modest short-term protection against mild infections, and ex…

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FDA Approves Extending Dulaglutide Use To Pediatric Patients Aged 10 Years Or Older Who Have T2D

Medwire News (11/22, McDermid) reports, “The FDA has approved” (PDF) “extending use of dulaglutide to children and adolescents aged 10 years or older who have type 2 diabetes” (T2D). While not significantly reducing weight, “treatment with the weekly inje…

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Individuals Exposed To Childhood Adversity Appear At Higher Risk Of Developing CVD In Young Adulthood, Study Indicates

Healio (11/22, Swain) reports, “Children who experienced adversity from age 0 to 15 years were at elevated risk for developing CVD in young adulthood compared with those who did not,” investigators concluded in findings published online in the European He…

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Shortages Of Key Medications Exacerbating Respiratory Virus Season For Children

CNN (11/22, Goodman, Charles) reports, “Shortages of key medications used to treat common childhood illnesses like flu, ear infections and sore throats are adding to the misery of this year’s early and severe respiratory virus season.” Prescription “fills…

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Exposure To Ustekinumab, Vedolizumab During Pregnancy Appears Not To Increase Maternal And Fetal Complications, Research Suggests

Healio (11/22, Burba) reports, “Exposure to ustekinumab and vedolizumab during pregnancy did not increase maternal and fetal complications, and” investigators “recommend continued use in pregnant mothers with inflammatory bowel disease” (IBD). Included in…

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Exposure To Even Low Levels Of Alcohol In Utero May Change Fetal Brain Structure, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/22) reports “exposure to even low levels of alcohol” in utero “can change the structure of the fetus’ brain, according to Austrian researchers” who “used MRI scans to assess the impact of drinking on 24 fetuses.” The study found that “the fe…

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One In Seven Parents In US Have Not Talked With Child’s Primary Care Provider About Vaccines During Pandemic, Poll Reveals

The Hill (11/21, O’Connell-Domenech) reports, “Some parents have completely avoided talking about their children’s vaccines during the pandemic,” according to a poll “based on the responses given by 1,483 parents with at least one child between the ages o…

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Having One Or More Off-Premises Alcohol Outlet In Census Tract Tied To Increase In Substantiated Cases Of Child Abuse And Neglect In Single Year, Researchers Say

Healio (11/21, Downey) reports, “Having one or more off-premises alcohol outlets in a census tract was linked with a 13.5% increase in substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in a single year, researchers reported” after assessing “326 census block…

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Study Examines Kids’ Perspectives On Terms, Phrases Describing Body Weight

HealthDay (11/21, Murez) reports, “With U.S. health officials calling childhood obesity a public health crisis, conversations about weight are important;” however, “what you say to your kids can be challenging, and even counterproductive, a…study found….

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Black Children With Sepsis Have Higher Risk Of Mortality Than White Children, Research Shows

MedPage Today (11/21, Hamza) reports, “Black children have not benefited as much from recent declines in sepsis mortality as other groups, a national database showed.” From “2009 to 2018, admission rates for sepsis rose from 42.5 to 49.4 cases per 1,000 h…

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Financial Barriers, Lack Of Clinicians Keeping Exposure Therapy Out Of Reach For Many Children

According to the New York Times (11/21, Hughes), “relatively few children…have tried exposure therapy.” This “decades-old treatment, which is considered a gold-standard approach for tackling anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder, encourages…

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House Democrats Urge DOJ To Counter Alleged Threats Against Children’s Hospitals

The Hill (11/21, Weixel) reports House Democrats “are calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to counter online threats of violence directed against several children’s hospitals across the country.” In a letter “to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the…

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Children Born To Mothers Who Smoked Cigarettes During Pregnancy And Took Daily Vitamin C Supplements Have Improved Airway Function, Lower Risk Of Wheeze Later On, Follow-Up Study Finds

MedPage Today (11/21, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Mothers who smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, but also took vitamin C supplements, had children with improved airway function and lower risk of wheeze later on, according to a follow-up study of” the randomize…

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Omicron Subvariants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 Account For Nearly Half Of Coronavirus Cases In US, CDC Says

Reuters (11/18, Mandowara) reported the CDC “estimated on Friday that Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 account for nearly half of the COVID-19 cases in the country for the week ending Nov. 19, compared with 39.5% in the previous week.” The proportion o…

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Some Scientists Raising Doubts Over Ability Of Updated COVID-19 Boosters To Prevent Winter Surge

The New York Times (11/18, A1, Mandavilli) reported, “As winter looms and Americans increasingly gather indoors without masks or social distancing, a medley of new coronavirus variants is seeding a rise in cases and hospitalizations in counties across the…

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Seasonal Flu Activity “Elevated” Across US, CDC Says

CNN (11/18, McPhillips) reported, “Seasonal flu activity is ‘elevated across the country,’ with ‘high’ or ‘very high’ respiratory virus activity in more than half of US states, according to an update published Friday by the” CDC. Also, “health care system…

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Supplies Of Amoxicillin, Albuterol Sulfate Reportedly Running Low

The Boston Globe (11/20, Lazar, Freyer, Bartlett) reports parents are dealing with dwindling supplies of amoxicillin, an antibiotic commonly used for children’s infections. While antibiotics do not work for viral infections, the flu, the common cold, and…

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GnRHa Use Not Tied To Increased Use Of Subsequent Gender-Affirming Hormones Among Transgender, Gender-Diverse Youths, Research Suggests

Healio (11/18, Welsh) reported, “Gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue” (GnRHa) “use was not associated with increased use of subsequent gender-affirming hormones among transgender and gender-diverse youths,” researchers concluded in a study that collec…

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Use Of Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure Device Alone Or With Additional Airway Clearance Improves Lung Function Among Children With Cystic Fibrosis, Data Show

Healio (11/18, Hornick) reported, “Use of an oscillatory positive expiratory pressure device alone or with additional airway clearance improved lung function among children with cystic fibrosis, according to data” from a “retrospective longitudinal analys…

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School Districts Across US Struggle To Staff Up To Address Students’ Mental Health Needs

The AP (11/18) reported, “Despite an influx of COVID-19 relief money, school districts across the country have struggled to staff up to address students’ mental health needs that have only grown since the pandemic hit.” Among 18 of the “largest school dis…

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Latino Parents Still Hold Safety Concerns Regarding Vaccinating Children Against COVID-19, Survey Reveals

PatientEngagementHIT (11/17, Rodriguez) reports, “While COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is not a new concept, especially among minorities, Latino parents still hold safety concerns when it comes to vaccinating their children, according to a survey sent to jour…

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COVID-19 May Increase Risk Of Seizure, Epilepsy In The Next Six Months, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/17, Norton) reports, “A bout of COVID-19, even a milder one, may raise the risk of having a seizure in the next six months, a large…study suggests.” Investigators “found that of over 300,000 Americans who had suffered a case of COVID-19 or…

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FDA Approves Second Interchangeable Insulin Glargine Biosimilar For Adult And Pediatric Patients With Diabetes

Healio (11/17) reports “the FDA approved the second interchangeable insulin glargine biosimilar,” insulin glargine-aglr (Rezvoglar), “to improve glycemic control in adults and pediatric patients with diabetes, according to a drug information update from t…

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Biologic Therapy Improves Quality Of Life, Reduces Asthma Exacerbations And ED Visits In Children With Moderate To Severe Asthma, Review Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (11/17, Goldberg) reports, “Children with moderate to severe asthma experience improved quality of life and reduced asthma exacerbations and fewer emergency department (ED) visits within 1 year of starting biologic therapy with dupilum…

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Roughly 10.5% Of US Babies Born Premature In 2021, Report Finds

USA Today (11/17, Hassanein) reports, “Preterm births last year reached their highest peak since 2007 – with more than 18,000 babies born before 37 weeks of gestational age in the United States, according to” the annual March of Dimes “Report Card.” The r…

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Children Who Spend More Hours In Day Care Centers Not More Likely To Have Behavioral Issues, Study Shows

HealthDay (11/17, Mann) reports a large study suggests that “kids who spend long hours in day care centers aren’t any more likely” to have more externalizing behavioral problems. Investigators “reviewed teacher and/or parent reports on more than 10,000 to…

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FDA Issues Warning Letters To E-Cigarette Companies Over Product Packaging That Looks Like Toys, Appeals To Children

The Hill (11/16, Shapero) reports the FDA “issued warning letters to several e-cigarette companies on Wednesday for packaging their products to look like toys and appeal to children.” The agency “criticized the five relatively unknown companies – Wizman L…

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Preterm Birth More Frequent Among Unvaccinated Pregnant Patients With Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal Diseases And COVID-19 Vs Fully Vaccinated Patients, Study Finds

Healio (11/16, Stott) reports, “Preterm birth is more frequent among unvaccinated pregnant patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and COVID-19 vs. fully vaccinated patients, according to” a study of “data on pregnant women” in “the COVID-19…

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US Home Births Reach Highest Level Since 1990, CDC Report Says

The AP (11/17, Tanner) reports US “home births increased slightly in the pandemic’s second year, rising to the highest level in decades, according to a government report published Thursday.” Among nearly four “million births in 2021, nearly 52,000 occurre…

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Growing Number Of Indigenous And Black Children In US Experiencing Racial Discrimination, Study Shows

CNN (11/16, Moges-Gerbi) reports, “A growing percentage of Indigenous and Black parents in the United States reported that their children have faced racist experiences, according to a study” that “looked at parental reporting of racist experiences their c…

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Babies Born Via Cesarean Section May Not Mount As Strong An Immune Response After Some Childhood Vaccines Compared To Those Delivered Vaginally, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/16, Mann) reports, “Babies born via cesarean section may not mount as strong an immune response after some childhood vaccines compared to babies delivered vaginally, researchers suggest.” The study showed that “babies born vaginally had high…

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Young People With Gender Dysphoria-Related Diagnoses Hospitalized Due To Suicidality, Self-Harm More Often Than Those Without Such Diagnoses, Study Finds

MedPage Today (11/16, DePeau-Wilson) reports “hospitalizations due to suicidality and self-harm were four or fives times more common in young people with gender dysphoria-related diagnoses compared with those without such diagnoses, a serial cross-section…

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Up To 1.35B Young People Worldwide May Be At Risk Of Hearing Loss Due To Unsafe Music Listening Habits, Research Suggests

The Washington Post (11/16, Sands) reports, “Unsafe music listening habits are jeopardizing the hearing of up to 1.35 billion young adults around the world, according to” research. Investigators “found that many people between ages 18 and 34 regularly lis…

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Children Born To Women Who Experience Preeclampsia May Be Roughly A Third More Likely To Develop Cardiovascular Disease Later In Life Than Those Not Exposed To The Condition, Study Suggests

Medscape (11/15, Thompson, Subscription Publication) reports, “Children born to women who experience preeclampsia are roughly one-third more likely to develop cardiovascular disease later in life than those not exposed to the condition,” investigators con…

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FDA To Review Infant Formula Manufacturing Rules In Effort To Prevent Bacterial Illness

Reuters (11/15, Leo) reports the FDA “said on Tuesday it would review guidance and rules about manufacturing infant formula as part of its strategy to prevent bacterial illness similar to Abbott Laboratories’ products this year.” Also, the agency will “co…

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Sleeve Gastrectomy Tied To Lower Five-Year Risk Of ED Use Compared With Gastric Bypass In Teens, Analysis Finds

MedPage Today (11/15, Monaco) reports, “In the years after bariatric surgery for severe obesity, teens who had opted for sleeve gastrectomy had fewer brushes with the emergency department (ED), according to an analysis of Medicaid claims data.” Over the “…

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Analysis Finds Higher Uptake Of Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations, Boosters Could Prevent Thousands Of Hospitalizations, Lost School Hours

CNN (11/15, McPhillips) reports, “Higher Covid-19 vaccination rates among US children could prevent thousands of pediatric hospitalizations and millions of missed school days, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the Commonwealth Fund and the Yal…

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WHO Issues New Guidelines On “Kangaroo Mother Care” For Infants Born Preterm

Reuters (11/15, Rigby) reports, “Babies born too early or too small should be kept in ‘skin-to-skin’ contact with a caregiver rather than being put in an incubator straight after birth to improve their chances of survival, the World Health Organization sa…

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Rate Of Premature Birth In US Rising, Report Says

CNN (11/15, Howard) reports, “The rate of premature birth in the United States is climbing, according to the…March of Dimes.” The organization on Tuesday “released its annual ‘report card’ on maternal and infant health” which “found that the US preterm…

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Study Finds Yearly Increase In Reports Of Child Poisonings Connected To Prescription Cough Medication

NBC News (11/15, Lovelace) reports, “Poison control centers in the U.S. have seen an increase in reports of children ingesting a type of prescription cough medicine, a study published Tuesday” in the journal Pediatrics “by the Food and Drug Administration…

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Peanut Allergen Powder Treatment Appears Effective In Children Under Four Years With Peanut Allergies, Trial Indicates

MedPage Today (11/14, Susman) reports, “Kids under 4 years old with peanut allergies seemed to overcome their sensitivity with a treatment using peanut (Arachis hypogaea) allergen powder (PTAH, Palforzia), according to results from the POSEIDON trial.” At…

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Experts Raise Concern Over Shortages Of Common Drugs Amid RSV, Flu Surges

Fox Business (11/14, Altus) reports, “In the thick of RSV and flu season, pediatricians and families across the country are raising concerns about difficulty getting access to common pharmaceuticals that are essential during this time of year.” And “with…

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Average Screen Time Among Children Rose 52% During Pandemic, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

WebMD (11/14, Ellis) reports, “The average amount of time children spent staring at screens during the COVID-19 pandemic rose 52%,” according to a 46-study systematic review and meta-analysis. This “increase amounts to an average of 84 more minutes per da…

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Study Finds Well-Child Visits Increased In 2016 And 2017, But Disparities Remain

The Washington Post (11/14, Blakemore) reports a study “sheds light on both growth and inequality in well-child visits.” Investigators “analyzed data from more than 36,500 children documented in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey,” comparing “data from…

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Study Examines Gender Differences In Children With Binge Eating Disorder

HealthDay (11/14, Roberts Murez) reports, “The brains of girls and boys who have binge eating disorder show key differences,” researchers concluded in a neuroimaging study that included “38 boys and 33 girls who had a diagnosis of binge eating disorder” w…

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Illinois Hospital Data Reveal Steady Increase In Number Of Children Seen In EDs For Suicidal Thoughts

CNN (11/14, Christensen) reports, “There has been a steady increase in the number of children who are seen in emergency” departments (EDs) “for suicidal thoughts,” an increase that “started even before the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought record high dema…

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Study Finds Weight Loss Surgery Among Teens Has Doubled From 2010 To 2017, But Experts Argue The Procedure Is Still Severely Underutilized In The US

USA Today (11/14, Rodriguez) reports, “A new study” published online in Pediatrics “found the rate of weight loss surgery among teenagers has doubled” from 2010 to 2017, “but experts argue the procedure is still severely underutilized in the United States…

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Omicron Subvariants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 Account For About 44.2% Of Coronavirus Cases In US, CDC Says

Reuters (11/11, Mandowara) reported the CDC “said on Friday that Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 were estimated to account for about 44.2% of COVID-19 cases in the country for the week ending Nov. 12, compared with 32.6% in the previous week.” These t…

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Moderna, Pfizer Launch Trials On Potential Long-Term Impacts Of COVID-19 Vaccine-Associated Myocarditis

NBC News (11/12, Lovelace) reported the “research in the U.S. is underway, tracking adverse health effects – if any – that may appear in the years following a diagnosis of” COVID-19 “vaccine-associated heart problems,” specifically myocarditis or pericard…

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Influenza Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In US As Vaccination Rates Lag

ABC News (11/11, Egan, Benadjaoud) reported the CDC “estimates that, so far this season, influenza has already claimed 1,300 lives in the U.S. and also estimates there have been at least 2.8 million illnesses and 23,000 hospitalizations.” Infections, “hos…

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Liability Fears Appear To Hamper Access To Albuterol Asthma Inhalers In Some Schools, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/11, Mann) reported that “some U.S. school administrators don’t keep life-saving albuterol asthma inhalers on hand because they’re afraid of getting sued for misuse,” according to a study conducted “in Illinois, where schools can stock and ad…

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Fentanyl Deaths Rising Among Young People In US

The Los Angeles Times (11/12, Lin) reported, “Drug use among teens ages 14 to 18 remained relatively stable between 2010 and 2020, according to data from the” CDC. However, “more young people are dying from fentanyl than ever before.” This “shift can be a…

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More Than 80% Of Population Of Infants Presenting To ED With Anaphylaxis Receive Epinephrine, Only 10% Require Hospitalization, Study Finds

Healio (11/11, Todak) reported, “More than 80% of a population of infants presenting to the ED with anaphylaxis received epinephrine there or prior to arrival, but only 10% of patients required hospital admission, according to study results” that also “sh…

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Masking Mandates Tied To Reduced Numbers Of COVID-19 Cases In Schools, Study Shows

The New York Times (11/10, Rabin) reports a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine “details a so-called natural experiment that occurred when all but two school districts in the greater Boston area lifted mask requirements in the spring.”…

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Exposure To Lead In Childhood May Be Tied To Worse Cognitive Functioning In Late Life, Data Suggest

HealthDay (11/10) reports, “Exposure to lead in childhood is associated with worse cognitive functioning in late life,” researchers concluded in a study that “used a nationally representative sample of U.S. older adults linked to historical administrative…

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SARS-CoV-2-Related Neurologic Effects Endured Among Children, Adolescents In US Who Were Hospitalized In 2021 For COVID-19 Or MIS-C, Researchers Say

Healio (11/10, Downey) reports, “SARS-CoV-2-related neurologic effects endured among children and adolescents in the United States who were hospitalized in 2021 for COVID-19 or multisystem inflammatory syndrome, researchers reported” in “a case series inv…

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One In 50 Deaths Of Otherwise Healthy Children Under Age Five Due To RSV Globally, Study Estimates

CNN (11/10, Christensen) reports a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine “estimates that 1 in 50 deaths of otherwise healthy children under age 5 around the world is due to” respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), “and in high-income countries, 1…

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COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy Provides Higher Levels Of Maternal, Neonatal Antibodies Than Infection, Study Shows

HealthDay (11/10, Munez) reports, “Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 while pregnant provides higher levels of antibodies for both mom and baby than catching the virus does, a…study finds.” According to the findings published in JAMA Network Open, “when pr…

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COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Among Infants Younger Than Six Months Surged During Omicron Wave, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/10, Firth) reports, “COVID-19 hospitalization rates among infants younger than 6 months jumped during the Omicron wave, outpacing hospitalizations during the earlier Delta wave, CDC researchers reported” in a study that used “data from t…

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More Than 3M US Middle, High School Students Report Tobacco Use In 2022, Data Show

Reuters (11/10, Satija) reports, “An estimated 3.08 million U.S. middle and high school students reported using a tobacco product in the last 30 days in 2022, down from 4.47 million in 2020 and 6.20 million in 2019, according to government data released o…

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FDA Panel Backs Novel Two-Drug Combination Inhaler For Use Only In Adults With Asthma

MedPage Today (11/9, Bassett) reports, “An FDA advisory panel on Tuesday gave near unanimous backing to a novel two-drug combination inhaler for use in adults with asthma, while rejecting the product for younger children.” The FDA’s Pulmonary-Allergy Drug…

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WHO Reports A Nearly 90% Decline In Global COVID-19 Deaths Since February

The AP (11/9, Keaten) reports that on Wednesday, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “said a nearly 90% drop in recent COVID-19 deaths globally compared to nine months ago provides ‘cause for optimism,’ but still urge…

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In Phase III Trial, Odevixibat Treatment Appears To Lead To Early, Rapid, Sustained Improvements In Pruritus Among Pediatric Patients With Alagille Syndrome

MedPage Today (11/9, Hamza) reports, “Treatment with odevixibat (Bylvay) led to early, rapid, and sustained improvements in pruritus among pediatric patients with Alagille syndrome, as well as reductions in bile acid levels,” investigators concluded in th…

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In Utero Enzyme Replacement Therapy Appears Safe, Effective For Treatment Of Infantile-Onset Pompe Disease, Case Study Indicates

The New York Times (11/9, Kolata) reports, “For the first time, doctors have successfully treated a fetus by infusing a crucial enzyme into its minuscule umbilical cord, halting an otherwise fatal inherited disorder known as severe infantile Pompe disease…

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History Of Violence, Having An Impulsive Or Behavioral Disorder May Be Predictors Of Substance Use Among Youths Admitted To A Child And Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (11/9, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “A history of violence and having an impulsive or behavioral disorder were predictors of substance use among youths admitted to a child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient unit,” investigators concluded in a st…

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Inpatient And Outpatient Volume Appear To Have Increased For Pediatric Patients With An Eating Disorder Following The Onset Of The COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Suggests

Healio (11/9, Weldon) reports, “Inpatient and outpatient volume increased for pediatric patients with an eating disorder following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers concluded after examining “data from 14 U.S. medical centers, as well as on…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rising Among Infants Under Six Months Old, CDC Director Warns

Bloomberg (11/9, Griffin) reports, “Covid-19 hospitalizations are rising among babies under 6 months old, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging mothers to get vaccinated to reduce the risk of infection in those not yet eligible f…

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Medical Groups Warn President Biden EDs Are Reaching “Breaking Point” Amid Lack Of Beds, Staffing Shortages

The Hill (11/8, Choi) reports, “A group of medical organizations on Monday warned President Biden that hospital emergency departments were reaching a ‘breaking point’ as they deal with influxes of patients seeking beds that are not available.” The organiz…

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Improved Family-Clinician Communication May Help Address Healthcare Discrimination, Study Indicates

PatientEngagementHIT (11/8, Heath) reports, “The human in touch in healthcare – helping people work around care access barriers, empathic communication, and clear healthcare communication – could all help stem the tide of healthcare discrimination, accord…

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Rhode Island’s Pediatric Hospital Beds Reach 100% Capacity Amid Surge In Respiratory Infections, Analysis Says

NBC News (11/8, Bendix) reports, “Every one of Rhode Island’s pediatric hospital beds was full on Sunday and Monday, according to an NBC News analysis of data from the Department of Health and Human Services.” The state is among those “most severely affec…

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Number Of New Cases Of Childhood Asthma Fell Significantly During COVID-19 Pandemic In Japan, Study Finds

Healio (11/8, Gawel) reports “the numbers of new cases of childhood asthma significantly fell during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan,” with “children aged 0 to 2 years” experiencing “the largest decrease,” according to a study published in The Journal of A…

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MRI Study Finds Correlations Between COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Stress In Pregnant Women And Fetal Brain Development

The Radiology Business Journal (11/8, Pearson) reports, “Pregnant women who felt stressed by healthcare disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic radiated the unease to their developing offspring,” as “the effects were observable on fetal MRI of both br…

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Study Finds Consistent Increase In Rate Of HPV Vaccinations Per Encounter In Children Aged 9 To 22 Years Despite Overall Decrease In Patient Encounters During COVID-19 Pandemic

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/8, Lopez) reports, “Despite an overall decrease in the number of patient encounters during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a consistent increase in the rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations per encounter in childr…

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Vaccine Developers Starting Studies To Evaluate Combination Shot For Flu And COVID-19

USA Today (11/7, Rodriguez) reports, “Vaccine developers are looking to relieve people from the unpleasant nature of getting two shots by creating one that offers strong protection against both viruses.” Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna “say they’re beginning…

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Study Finds No “Singular Definitive Etiology” For Outbreak Of Acute, Severe Hepatitis In Children

Healio (11/7, Stonehill) reports, “Although adenovirus infection has been widely implicated in an outbreak of acute, severe hepatitis in children, data…found no ‘singular definitive etiology’ for these cases.” For the study presented at The Liver Meetin…

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Text Message Reminders Help Raise Influenza Vaccination Rates, Results Suggest

Drug Topics (11/7, Krewson) reports text message reminders helped increase influenza vaccination uptake, with many patients “receiving the vaccine sooner,” according to a trial “which involved 2086 parents or primary caregivers throughout 50 primary care…

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Study Finds Earlier Maternal TDF, Vaccine Combination Eliminates Vertical Transmission Of Chronic HBV From Viremic Mothers

According to MedPage Today (11/7, Hamza), “Earlier maternal tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) combined with infant vaccination completely eliminated vertical transmission of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) from highly viremic mothers, even without the u…

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Pediatric Telemental Health Initiative Increases Confidence, Interest Among Social Work Students In Providing Those Services After Graduation, Small Study Shows

MedPage Today (11/7, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “An initiative designed to cross-train social work students to provide mental health services remotely to children and adolescents increased confidence and interest in providing those services after graduation,…

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Adolescents Who Vape Are Starting Younger, Vaping More Intensely, Study Finds

CNN (11/7, Howard) reports on research finding that though a smaller percentage of teens use e-cigarettes, “those who do vape are starting younger and they’re using e-cigarettes more intensely.” According to the study, among teens who “only use e-cigarett…

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Children’s Hospitals Across US Confronting Surge In RSV Cases

The Hill (11/4, Choi) reported, “Children’s hospitals across the country are dealing with a surge in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), stressing health care services and millions of parents with ailing children.” The article added, “RSV is a com…

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Omicron Subvariants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 Account For About 35% Of Coronavirus Cases In US, CDC Says

Reuters (11/4, Mahobe) reported that on Friday, the CDC “estimated that Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 accounted for about 35% of coronavirus cases in the country in the week ending Nov.5 compared with 23.2% in the previous week.” The two “subvariant…

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European Commission Authorizes World’s First One-Dose Drug To Protect Infants Against RSV

The AP (11/4, Stobbe, Babwin) reported, “The European Commission has authorized the world’s first one-dose drug against a respiratory virus that sickens millions of babies and children globally every year.” AstraZeneca and Sanofi in a statement Friday “sa…

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Children, Families Living In Low-Income Neighborhoods May Have Highest Rate Of RSV Hospitalizations, Investigators Posit

The American Journal of Managed Care (11/4, Steinzor) reported, “Children and families living in low-income neighborhoods have the highest rate of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) hospitalizations,” investigators concluded in a “statistical analysis stud…

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Very Young Teens Face Higher Rates Of Pregnancy Complications Than Older Teens, Study Finds

HealthDay (11/4, Munez) reported, “When preteen children or very young teenagers become pregnant, they face higher rates of complications and a greater risk of winding up in the intensive care unit than older teens do,” according to study findings publish…

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Florida Medical Board Votes To Ban Gender-Affirming Care For Adolescents

The New York Times (11/4, Ghorayshi) reported, “Florida has effectively banned medications and surgery for new adolescent patients seeking gender transitions after an unprecedented vote by the state’s medical board.” The board voted “on Friday to adopt a…

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Children Under Eight Years Of Age At Elevated Risk For Monkeypox Complications, Review Article Contends

Healio (11/4, Weldon) reported, “Children aged younger than 8 years are at an elevated risk for monkeypox complications and should be considered a high-risk group, according to a review article published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.” The a…

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Malaria Vaccine Candidate Demonstrates Overall Efficacy Of 75% In Young Children With No Serious Safety Concerns, Trial Shows

MedPage Today (11/3, Hein) reports the malaria vaccine candidate R21/Matrix-M “demonstrated an overall efficacy of 75% in young children, and with no serious safety concerns, results from a phase III trial spanning four African nations showed.” In “modifi…

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FDA Releases Safety Bulletin Warning Against Use Of Infant Head-Shaping Pillows

ABC News (11/3, Pezenik) reports the FDA “has released a safety bulletin urging parents and caregivers not to use head-shaping pillows intended to change an infant’s head shape or symmetry.” The article adds, “There has been no proven benefit of using the…

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Simple Diagnostic Model Appears To Accurately Determine Which Pediatric Patients Are Suffering From MIS-C, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (11/3, Gever) reports, “A simple diagnostic model accurately determined which pediatric patients were suffering from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) as opposed to the many other conditions that include similar symptoms,…

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Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity May Have Different Degrees Of Weight Gain During Adulthood Based On Their Obesity Phenotype, Research Suggests

Healio (11/3, Monostra) reports, “Adolescents with overweight or obesity may have different degrees of weight gain during adulthood based on their obesity phenotype,” investigators concluded in a study in which adolescents with overweight or obesity were…

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Monkeypox Appears Rare In Adolescents, Children In US, CDC Finds

HealthDay (11/3, Mundell) reports, “Out of the more than 25,000 U.S. cases of monkeypox reviewed in a new study, just 0.3% occurred in people under the age of 18,” according to data from the CDC published in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Fift…

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Infants Exposed To Gestational Diabetes Who Breastfeed For Less Than Six Months, Drink Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Or Natural Fruit Juice Are More Likely To Have Obesity During Childhood, Presenter Says

Healio (11/3, Monostra) reports, “Infants exposed to gestational diabetes who breastfeed for less than six months and drink sugar-sweetened beverages or natural fruit juice are more likely to have obesity during childhood,” according to a presentation giv…

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Routine Vaccination Coverage Among Infants Globally Fell To 13-Year Low In 2021, Data Show

Healio (11/3, Weldon) reports, “Globally, routine vaccination coverage among infants plummeted to a 13-year low in 2021, according to data published” in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Investigators “found that 25 million children worldwi…

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Despite Improvements Globally In COVID-19 Vaccine Equity, Some Disparities In Access Remain, Experts Say

Healio (11/2, Stulpin) reports, “Although COVID-19 vaccine equity has improved globally as the pandemic has progressed, some disparities in access have remained, according to experts.” According to findings from “Our World in Data, 67.9% of the world popu…

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Biden Administration Officials Still Grappling With Supply Challenges For Infant Formula

Politico (11/2, Lee) reports Biden Administration officials “are still grappling with baby formula supply challenges across the country, eight months” after the shortage started. Officials in charge of responding to the shortage “blame hoarding, supply ch…

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Increased Demand Causing Shortage Of Amoxicillin As Respiratory Illnesses Surge Across US

The Washington Post (11/2, McDaniel) reports, “As respiratory illnesses spread rapidly among children across the country, an increased demand for amoxicillin is causing a shortage of the commonly prescribed antibiotic.” However, “amoxicillin in some form…

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Once Weekly Semaglutide Plus Lifestyle Intervention May Lead To Greater Reductions In BMI, Body Weight For Adolescents With Obesity, Phase IIIa Trial Data Indicate

MedPage Today (11/2, Dotinga) reports, “In addition to lifestyle intervention, taking 2.4-mg semaglutide (Wegovy) once a week led to greater reductions in body mass index (BMI) and body weight for adolescents with obesity,” investigators concluded in a 20…

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HHS Renews Monkeypox National Public Health Emergency

The Hill (11/2, Choi) reports that on Wednesday, HHS “renewed the national public health emergency for the monkeypox outbreak, with officials stating that the virus is still very present in the U.S. even as cases continue to drop.” The Hill adds, “HHS Sec…

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COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination Protection Fades Rapidly Against Omicron Variant In Younger Children, But Proves More Durable In Adolescents, Data Show

MedPage Today (11/2, Hamza) reports, “Protection with mRNA vaccination for COVID-19 faded rapidly against infections from the Omicron variant in younger children, though proved more durable in adolescents, likely due to the higher dose, real-world data fr…

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Women With Autism More Likely To Experience Depression, Anxiety During Pregnancy, Survey Study Reveals

HealthDay (11/1, Munez) reports, “Women who have autism are more vulnerable during pregnancy to depression and anxiety, according to a…British study” that “surveyed more than 900 women about their pregnancy experience.” The results revealed that “about…

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Monkeypox Outbreak Still A Global Health Emergency, WHO Says

Reuters (11/1, Vijayaraghavan) reports, “The monkeypox outbreak continues to represent a global health emergency, which is the World Health Organization’s highest level of alert, the UN agency’s Emergency Committee said on Tuesday.” This “label, a ‘public…

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Children’s Hospitals Struggling To Meet Demand Amid RSV Spike

The New York Times (11/1, Baumgaertner, Davis) reports the “drastic and unusually early spike in” respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “is overwhelming pediatric units across the United States, bringing long waits for treatment and prompting hospital systems…

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Compared With Placebo, Once-Daily Liraglutide Not Tied To Greater Weight Loss For Youths With Obesity And Prader-Willi Syndrome, Research Suggests

Healio (11/1, Monostra) reports, “Once-daily liraglutide was not associated with greater weight loss for youths with obesity and Prader-Willi syndrome compared with placebo,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 32 adolescents, of whom 20 were…

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Fluoxetine Leads To Significant Short-Term Symptom Relief In Children With Refractory Primary Monosymptomatic Nocturnal Enuresis, Small Trial Shows

MedPage Today (11/1, Bankhead) reports, “Children with refractory primary monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis…obtained significant short-term symptom relief with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor…fluoxetine, a small placebo-controlled trial sh…

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Over Waterborne Bacteria In Dental Plumbing Systems After Outbreaks Of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria

NBC News (11/1, Alsharif) reports that on Monday, the CDC “issued a health advisory about waterborne bacteria in dental plumbing systems after children who visited pediatric dental clinics were infected with nontuberculous Mycobacteria.” The article adds,…

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Pfizer Says Its Maternal RSV Vaccine Given During Pregnancy Protects Infants From Severe Illness During First Six Months After Birth

The Washington Post (11/1, Johnson) reports, “Pfizer announced Tuesday that its maternal RSV vaccine, given during pregnancy, protected infants from developing severe symptoms during the first six months after birth – a critical window of vulnerability.”…

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FDA Announces Shortage Of Tracheostomy Tubes

Reuters (10/31, Mandowara) reports the FDA “said on Monday there was a shortage of tracheostomy tubes, a surgical device that helps patients to breathe, including those manufactured by ICU Medical.” The FDA “said the shortage was due to difficulties in ra…

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Four New RSV Vaccines May Be Close To FDA Review

CNN (10/31, Goodman) reports, “After decades of disappointment, four new RSV vaccines may be nearing review by the US Food and Drug Administration, and more than a dozen others are in testing.” There is “also hope around a promising long-acting injection…

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Children Especially Vulnerable To Injuries From Use Of ATVs, Study Says

Healio (10/31, Weldon) reports, “Children are especially vulnerable to injuries from the use of ATVs, also known as quads, according to a study published in BMJ Open.” And while “children comprise only about 15% of ATV riders, the researchers found that t…

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Gestational Exposure To Phthalates Tied To Lower Lung Function During Childhood, Particularly Early Childhood, Research Finds

Healio (10/31, Ellis) reports, “Gestational exposure to phthalates was linked to lower FVC and FEV1 during childhood, particularly early childhood, with four phthalates demonstrating a significant association,” according to research that “included 641 ges…

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Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Variant Panels Have Lower Detection Rates When Used For Newborn Screening In Racial, Ethnic-Minority Groups, Analysis Says

HealthDay (10/31) reports, “Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) variant panels have lower detection rates when used for newborn screening…in racial and ethnic-minority groups, according to” a “cross-sectional analysis of the detec…

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Children, Adolescents Who Experience Migraines May Be More Likely To Have Anxiety, Depression Than Their Peers Without Migraines, Systematic Review Suggests

MedPage Today (10/31, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “Children and adolescents who experience migraines are more likely to have anxiety and depression compared with those who don’t have migraines,” researchers concluded in a 51-study systematic review and meta-a…

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Children Exposed To Small Amounts Of Caffeine In Utero Appear To Be Shorter Than Children Of People Who Do Not Consume Caffeine While Pregnant, Study Suggests

CNN (10/31, Holcombe) reports, “Children who were exposed to small amounts of caffeine before birth were found on average to be shorter than the children of people who did not consume caffeine while pregnant, according to” study findings published in JAMA…

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Pharmacies Across US Experiencing Shortages Of Amoxicillin

CNN (10/28, Christensen) reported that according to the FDA, amoxicillin “is in short supply,” and the agency “told CNN on Friday that it was aware of ‘some intermittent supply interruptions’ in the US and is working with manufacturers to evaluate the sup…

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New Omicron Subvariants Responsible For Majority Of Infections In US, CDC Data Show

CNN (10/28, Goodman) reported, “The Omicron BA.5 subvariant is no longer the dominant cause of Covid-19 infections in the United States, according to estimates released Friday by the” CDC. And “instead, a host of new sublineages – offshoots of BA.2, BA.4…

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Ocrelizumab For MS Appears To Confer No Increased Risk Of Adverse Pregnancy And Infant Outcomes, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (10/28, George) reported, “Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who were treated with ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) had no increased risk of adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes,” investigators concluded in a study in which “outcomes were known for 2…

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Families Of Children Diagnosed With Mental Illness Facing Difficulties In Getting Needed Treatment Resources

The Wall Street Journal (10/30, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports on the difficulties faced by families of children diagnosed with mental illness in getting needed treatment resources.

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Number Of Mental Health Clinicians Say They Are Seeing Uptick In Young People Diagnosing Themselves With Mental Illnesses After Learning More About The Conditions Online

The New York Times (10/29, Caron) reported, “A number of mental health” clinicians “say that they are seeing an uptick in teenagers and young adults who are diagnosing themselves with mental illnesses…after learning more about the conditions online.” Sh…

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Florida Committee Approves Prospective Rule To Ban Medical Or Surgical Gender-Affirming Care For Trans Youth

ABC News (10/29, Zellmer, Ross, Alfonseca) reported, “The Florida medical board committee on Friday approved a prospective rule that will ban medical or surgical gender affirming care for trans youth under the age of 18.” The committee’s recommendation “w…

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Flu-Related Hospitalizations In US Reach Highest Levels In Over A Decade, CDC Says

ABC News (10/29, Benadjaoud, Egan) reported, “Flu season is making an early comeback as flu-related hospitalizations are the highest in over a decade for this point in the season, according to” CDC data issued Friday. The data revealed that “there have be…

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Black Women Have Lower Live Birth Rates Compared With White Women Despite Having Higher Rates Of Ovarian Response To Gonadotropin Stimulation During IVF, Study Finds

MedPage Today (10/27, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Despite having higher rates of ovarian response to gonadotropin stimulation during in vitro fertilization (IVF), Black women had significantly lower live birth rates compared with white women, according to a ret…

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Systematic Review’s Findings Highlight Need For Better Evidence On Long-Term Health Consequences Of Gestational Diabetes

According to Healio (10/27, Welsh), the findings of a 15-study systematic review published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism “highlighted the need for better evidence on long-term health consequences of gestational diabetes.” Investiga…

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Public Health Officials Call For Improved Disease Surveillance To Better Predict Virus Surges

CNN (10/27, McPhillips, Howard) reports the US “is dealing with a unique season of respiratory virus transmission: Flu cases are on the rise earlier than usual…RSV case rates are extra high,” and “Covid-19 is still a public health emergency.” While “pub…

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Upadacitinib Appears Safe, Well-Tolerated For Long-Term Treatment In Adults, Adolescents With Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (10/27, Mermelstein) reports, “Upadacitinib, a selective, reversible Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor with established efficacy for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD),” appears to be “safe and well-tolerated for long-term treatment…

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Validated Prognostic Tool Using Common Clinical Markers May Help Clinicians Evaluate Patients With JIA For Chronic Uveitis Risk, Study Suggests

Healio (10/27, Martin) reports, “A validated prognostic tool using common clinical markers could help clinicians evaluate patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis” (JIA) “for chronic uveitis risk,” researchers concluded after developing a model “using…

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Early Initiation Of Daily Emollient Use Through First Two Months Of Life May Reduce Incidence Of Atopic Dermatitis In First Year Of Life In High-Risk Infants, Research Suggests

Healio (10/27, Gawel) reports, “Infants at high risk for atopic dermatitis” (AD) “who used emollients daily through their first two months of life experienced less disease in their first year than high-risk infants who did not use emollients,” investigato…

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Delta Brain Waves May Help Diagnose Concussions In High School Football Players, Study Suggests

According to HealthDay (10/27, Reinberg), delta brain waves “may help diagnose concussions in high school football players and predict when it’s safe for them to return to play, new research suggests.” Included in the study were “data on 24 high school at…

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Quieter Operating Room May Improve Children’s Behavior After Surgery, Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/26, Munez) reports, “The key to better child behavior after surgery may be a more peaceful operating room,” according to a study that “looked at post-operative behavior in children by creating two different types of operating room conditions…

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Some Manufacturers Reporting Shortages Of Amoxicillin

The Hill (10/26, Weixel) reports, “Three of the largest manufacturers of the common antibiotic amoxicillin are reporting supply concerns.” Companies “Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, have…

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Children Coming Out Of General Anesthesia With Emergence Delirium Do Not Have Lasting Behavior Problems, Small Study Shows

MedPage Today (10/26, Lou) reports, “Children coming out of general anesthesia with emergence delirium did not have lasting behavior problems in a small single-center study,” according to results presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annu…

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Docosahexaenoic Acid Supplementation In Preterm Infants Appears To Modestly Boost IQ Scores At Five Years Of Age, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (10/26, Boyles) reports, “Giving omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the first few months of life to preterm infants born before 29 weeks gestation appeared to modestly boost IQ scores at 5 years of age, researchers reported” in a study that “…

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Neonates With Sepsis Are Exposed To More Antibiotics Throughout NICU Admissions, Appear To Have Microbiome Dysbiosis, Researchers Say

Healio (10/26, Weldon) reports, “Neonates with sepsis were exposed to more antibiotics throughout their NICU admissions than controls and were found to have microbiome dysbiosis, researchers reported.” One researcher said, “We found that compared [with] n…

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Physicians Raise Concern About Impact Of Ending COVID-19 Public Health Emergency On Medicaid Coverage For Children

NPR (10/26, Valdivia) reports, “Millions of children across the U.S. rely on Medicaid for health coverage,” and “since the start of the COVID pandemic, a federal emergency declaration has allowed them to receive continuous coverage.” For instance, “in Mis…

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UNICEF Estimates That Nearly All Children Will Be Exposed To High Heat-Wave Frequency By 2050

The Washington Post (10/26, Cho) says “a new report from UNICEF estimates that nearly all the world’s children – more than 2 billion – will be exposed to high heat-wave frequency by 2050,” which “is about 1.5 billion more children than are exposed now.” T…

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White House Warns Existing COVID-19 Treatments May Not Work Against Emerging Subvariants

The Hill (10/25, Weixel) reports, “White House coronavirus response coordinator Ashish Jha on Tuesday warned that existing COVID-19 treatments may not work against emerging subvariants of the omicron strain and a lack of congressional funding puts immunoc…

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New Omicron Subvariants Gaining Ground Globally

CNBC (10/25, Fernandez) reports, “Though BA.5 still accounts for most U.S. Covid-19 cases, percentages are rising for the other Omicron variants circulating throughout the country, per the CDC.” Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Div…

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Serum Α-Synuclein Linked To Impaired Executive Function In Children With Obesity And Type 1 Diabetes, Study Says

The American Journal of Managed Care (10/25, Bonavitacola) reports, “A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that α-synuclein could have a role in the impairment of executive function (EF) in children with obesity and those with ty…

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Outcomes For Children With Lupus Nephritis Appear To Have Improved In Recent Years, Researchers Conclude

The American Journal of Managed Care (10/25, Kaltwasser) reports research indicates that “outcomes for children with lupus nephritis (cLN) have improved in recent years thanks to better immunosuppression and medication adherence, as well as careful drug t…

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Brain Development May Be Key Driver In Children’s Transition Out Of Napping, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/25, Norton) reports, “The hippocampus plays a major role in memory processing and learning,” and researchers “hypothesize that the maturity of the hippocampus, rather than a child’s age, may be a key driver of young children’s transition out…

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Shortage Of Pediatric Hospital Beds Across US Hampering Care For Children

CNN (10/25, Goodman) reports parents “are facing agonizing” emergency department “waits in many parts of the United States because of a shortage of hospital beds” in systems that “say they are being overwhelmed by an early surge in respiratory infections…

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Intracapsular Adenotonsillotomy May Be Effective Treatment For Children With OSA, Follow-Up Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (10/24, Stong) reports, “Intracapsular adenotonsillotomy (ATO) may be an effective treatment for children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are otherwise healthy, according to results of a 5-year follow-up study” that compared ade…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbated Racial Maternal Health Disparities Caused By Neighborhood Segregation, Researchers Say

PatientEngagementHIT (10/24, Heath) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many of the racial maternal health disparities caused by neighborhood segregation, fueling a maternal health crisis that lands the US among the worst for maternal health in th…

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Physicians In US Bracing For Possible Impact Of RSV, Flu, COVID-19 Surges On Children’s Hospitals

The AP (10/24, Johnson) reports, “Children’s hospitals in parts of the U.S. are seeing a surge in a common respiratory illness that can cause severe breathing problems for babies.” Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “cases fell dramatically two years ago a…

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Severe COVID-19 Illness Commonly Leads To Long-Term Negative Impacts On Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Fitness Among Ethnically Diverse Children From Low-Resource Backgrounds, Review Says

Healio (10/24, Ellis) reports, “Among ethnically diverse children from low-resource backgrounds, severe COVID-19 illness commonly led to long-term negative impacts on physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness, concluded findings” from a “retrospecti…

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Acute Gastroenteritis Outbreaks Occur Frequently In Schools, Child Care Facilities, And Spread Via Person-To-Person Transmission, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/24) reports, “Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) outbreaks frequently occur in schools and child care facilities and most outbreaks spread via person-to-person transmission,” CDC investigators concluded after analyzing data from “AGE outbreaks occu…

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Children Who Lose Sleep Tend To Eat More Calories The Next Day, Particularly In Non-Core Foods, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/24, Munez) reports children “who are deprived of sleep tend to eat more calories the next day, researchers found. And some of those extra calories come from less-healthy, sugar-laden snacks or treats.” One researcher said, “When children los…

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Video Gaming May Improve Cognitive Performance In Children, Study Suggests

CNN (10/24, Kounang) reports a study published in JAMA Network Open “finds that gaming may help with both cognition and impulse control” in children. The study “found that kids who played video games for three or more hours a day did better on tasks assoc…

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US Children’s Hospitals Experiencing Unusually High Cases Of RSV, Other Respiratory Viruses

The Washington Post (10/21, A1, Nirappil, Cha) reported, “Children’s hospitals are under strain in the United States as they care for unusually high numbers of kids infected with RSV and other respiratory viruses.” Almost “three-quarters of pediatric hosp…

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Most Transgender Boys Reach Their Predicted Adult Height After Treatment With GnRH Analogs, Testosterone Therapy, Researchers Say

Healio (10/21, Monostra) reported, “Most transgender boys reach their predicted adult height after treatment with gonadotropin-releasing hormone [GnRH] analogues and testosterone therapy,” researchers concluded after conducting “a retrospective cohort stu…

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In Utero Or Early Life SARS-CoV-2 Exposure May Impact Infant Neurologic Development, Study Suggests

Healio (10/21, Weldon) reported, “Some infants with in utero or early life exposure to SARS-CoV-2 had borderline to low developmental scores, a study found, and this was most common among babies born to mothers with symptomatic COVID-19.” Researcher Sarah…

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Use Of Acid Suppressants Among Children May Increase Risks For Incident Asthma, Atopic Dermatitis, And Allergic Rhinitis, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Suggest

Healio (10/21, Gawel) reported “the use of acid suppressants among children may increase their risks for incident asthma, atopic dermatitis and allergic rhinitis, according to a” five-study systematic review and meta-analysis. The results were published i…

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Improve Symptoms In Children With Post-Concussion Syndrome, Researchers Say

Medscape (10/21, Salahi, Subscription Publication) reported, “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help resolve symptoms of concussion in children years after they have suffered a brain injury, researchers in Israel have found.” The 25-patient study published in…

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Patients Struggling To Find Alternative Treatments, Fill Prescriptions Amid Adderall Shortage

The Washington Post (10/20, Nirappil) reports, “A national shortage of Adderall [racemic amphetamine-dextroamphetamine] has left patients who rely on the pills for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder scrambling to find alternative treatments and unce…

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Experts Raise Concern Over Winter COVID-19 Surge As New Variants Gain Traction

CNN (10/20, Goodman) reports, “A flurry of new Covid-19 variants appears to be gaining traction globally, raising fears of a winter surge.” In the US, “these are BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BA.4.6, BA.2.75 and BA.2.75.2.” While “Covid-19 cases are dropping” as th…

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Children’s Hospitals Nationwide Reportedly Overwhelmed With Cases Of Respiratory Illnesses

The Hill (10/20, Masciadrelli, Martichoux) reports, “Some children’s hospitals around the country are being overwhelmed with patients suffering from respiratory illnesses.” In particular, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “is on the rise, according to the…

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Almost All Teens With Gender Dysphoria Who Start Hormone Therapy Continue Treatment Into Adulthood, Study Says

MedPage Today (10/20, Monaco) reports, “Nearly all individuals with gender dysphoria who initiated hormone treatment as adolescents continued that treatment into adulthood, a…study found.” Researchers reported that among 720 people “who started puberty…

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Daily Treatment With Risdiplam Over 24 Months Improves Motor Function In Infants With Type 1 SMA, Research Finds

Healio (10/20, Herpen) reports “daily treatment with risdiplam over 24 months resulted in improved motor function and achievement of developmental motor milestones in infants with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy [SMA], according to” a “multicenter, open-la…

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Physicians Across US To Begin Screening Children For Anxiety Following New Recommendations

The Washington Post (10/20, Somasundaram) reports physicians across the US are likely to begin screening children for anxiety after the US Preventive Services Task Force “last week recommended it for children ages 8 to 18, signaling the need for early int…

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CDC Panel Recommends COVID-19 Shots Be Added To 2023 Childhood And Adult Vaccination Schedules

Bloomberg (10/20, Rutherford, Milton) reports “COVID-19 shots should be added to the 2023 childhood and adult vaccination schedules, according to” the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The panel “voted 15-0 on Thursday to recommend COVID…

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Economic Factors Played Key Role In Increased US Birth Rates In 2021, Economists Say

CNN (10/19, Wallace) reports, “Economic factors, not just lockdown-induced forced proximity, played a key role in last year’s ‘baby bump,’ according to the economists behind a new working paper released earlier this week.” The economists “found that pande…

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Increased Risk For Stillbirth Appears To Be Passed Down Through Male Relatives, Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/19, Munez) reports a study suggests that “stillbirth risk appears to be inherited through male members of the family on either side.” For the study published in the journal BJOG, researchers “looked at 9,404 stillbirths and 18,808 live birth…

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COVID-19 Contributed To About 25% Of All US Maternal Deaths In 2020 And 2021, Report Says

USA Today (10/19, Hassanein) reports, “COVID-19 contributed to a quarter of all U.S. maternal deaths last year and in 2020, according to an oversight report” released by the US Government Accountability Office. Out of the “1,178 reported maternal deaths”…

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EMA Recommends Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine-Tailored Boosters

Reuters (10/19) reports the European Medicines Agency “on Wednesday recommended authorization of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine-tailored booster shots for 12 and above ages to further vaccination campaigns in the region.” The agency “also authorized Pfize…

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Use Of CGM Among Children, Young Adults With T1D Nearly Doubled From 2017 To 2020 In The US, Data Indicate

Healio (10/19, Welsh) reports, “Use of continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] among children and young adults with type 1 diabetes [T1D] nearly doubled from 2017 to 2020 in the U.S. from 25% to 49% and was associated with lower HbA1c for users vs. non-users,…

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CDC Panel Says Low-Income Children Should Receive Free COVID-19 Vaccinations Under Vaccines For Children Program

Bloomberg (10/19, Rutherford, Milton, Baumann) reports that “low-income children should be able to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at no cost under the federal Vaccines for Children Program, according to” the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practic…

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Improving Micronutrient Supplementation For Mothers During Pregnancy May Help Reduce Prevalence Of Noncommunicable Diseases In The Next Generation, Researchers Say

Healio (10/19, Bascom) reports, “Improving micronutrient supplementation for mothers during pregnancy could help reduce the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in the next generation, according to researchers” who “estimated cases of hypertension, diab…

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Multiple Versions Of Omicron Variant Could Drive Winter Surge, Experts Warn

The Washington Post (10/18, A1, Johnson) reports that “this fall and winter…experts are nervously eyeing a swarm of” Omicron variants, as “one or more of the multiple versions of the Omicron variant that keep popping up could drive the next wave.” The v…

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Dupilumab Tied To Clinical Improvements In Children Aged Six To 11 Years With Uncontrolled, Moderate To Severe Type 2 Asthma Over Two-Year Study Period, Results Show

Healio (10/18, Gawel) reports “children aged 6 to 11 years with uncontrolled, moderate to severe type 2 asthma experienced clinical improvements with dupilumab through a 2-year study period, according to” results from the Liberty Asthma Excursion study pr…

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COVID-19 Pandemic, H1N1 Epidemic Tied To Adverse Mental Health Events In Adolescents, Youth From Low- And Middle-Income Countries, Scoping Review Indicates

Healio (10/18, Downey) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic and H1N1 epidemic were associated with adverse mental health events in adolescents and youth from low- and middle-income countries, researchers” concluded in a study that “used six databases to assess…

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Study Finds Substantial Numbers Of Children, Teens Experience Online Sexual Abuse

HealthDay (10/18, Mann) reports “substantial numbers of kids and teens are being tracked, lured and sexually abused online,” and “in many cases, it’s friends and dating partners who are doing the grooming,” according to a study published in JAMA Network O…

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Black-White Disparities In Fertility Medicine Reflected In Outcomes For Infants, Study Finds

According to the AP (10/19, Johnson), “Black-white disparities exist in fertility medicine” and are “reflected in life-and-death outcomes for babies,” a large study published in Pediatrics suggests. Researchers evaluated “data for more than 7 million U.S….

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CDC Sees Signs Flu Activity Picking Up In Parts Of US

STAT (10/17, Branswell) reports, “Flu transmission has been low since the start of the pandemic, but an odd spurt of activity in April, May, and even early June of 2022 – which coincided with the onset of an early and robust flu season in Australia – sugg…

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Monkeypox Cases Continue To Decline Across US

ABC News (10/17, Kekatos) reports, “Monkeypox cases are continuing to decline in the United States as the outbreak keeps showing signs of receding.” According to the CDC, “as of Oct. 12, the U.S. recorded a seven-day average of 60 cases,” which marks the…

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Officials Brace For Potential COVID-19 Surge In US As Europe Sees Rising Cases

The Hill (10/17, Choi) reports, “Rising COVID-19 cases in Europe are setting off warnings that the U.S. could experience a new surge this winter.” Previous spikes “in the U.S. have followed a pattern in which cases first rise in Europe, making officials n…

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All Women Should Receive Timely Prophylactic Antibiotics To Prevent Infection Following Operative Vaginal Birth, Including Those With Perineal Trauma, Analysis Says

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/17, Nye) reports research has “found that all women should receive timely prophylactic antibiotics to prevent infection following operative vaginal birth, including those with perineal trauma.” According to investigators, th…

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FDA Grants ODD To ET140203 For Treatment Of Patients With Hepatoblastoma

OncLive (10/17, Seymour) reports, “The FDA has granted an orphan drug designation (ODD) to ET140203 for the treatment of patients with hepatoblastoma, a rare childhood tumor in the liver that typically occurs in children under the age of 5.”

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Adolescents With Subclinical Hypothyroidism Appear Not To Have Increased Risk For MDD, Investigators Say

Healio (10/17, Monostra) reports, “Adolescents with subclinical hypothyroidism do not have an increased risk for major depressive disorder [MDD] compared with those with normal thyroid function,” investigators concluded in a 4,118-adolescent study, the fi…

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AD/HD Diagnosis Appears Not To Lower Overall Self-Reported QOL Among Adolescents, Investigators Conclude

HealthDay (10/17) reports, “A diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “does not appear to lower overall self-reported quality of life (QOL) among adolescents,” investigators concluded in a study that “compared QOL in 393 matched ado…

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New Omicron Subvariant BQ.1 Becoming Increasingly Prevalent In US, CDC Says

The Hill (10/14, Gans) reported “a new subvariant of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States, according to data from the” CDC that “shows that the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 variants each made up 5.7 percent of…

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FDA Calling For Withdrawal Of Approval For Preterm Birth Drug 17-OHPC

MedPage Today (10/14, D’Ambrosio) reported, “The FDA is calling for withdrawal of the approval for the injectable agent 17α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-OHPC; Makena) for pregnant women with a history of at least one spontaneous preterm birth, stating…

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Abbott Recalls Some Infant Formula Liquid Products Over Bottle Cap Defect

Reuters (10/14, Mishra) reported, “Abbott Laboratories said on Friday it was recalling some ready-to-feed baby formula liquid products including Similac-branded items due to inadequate sealing of some bottle caps.” This “recall, which equates to less than…

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Initial Uptake Of Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Appears Slow Across US

The New York Times (10/15, Weiland) reported that “only about 15 million doses of the” updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters “have been administered nationally since their introduction at the beginning of September, representing less than one in 10 p…

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Children Experienced Significant Increases In BMI During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

HealthDay (10/14) reported, “Children, particularly girls, experienced significant increases in body mass index (BMI) during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study” that also identified “positive associations…between increase in BMI percentile over…

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CDC Notes Increasing Flu Activity, Reports Of Other Respiratory Illnesses

NBC News (10/13, Edwards) reports, “Reports of flu and other respiratory illnesses are higher than what would normally be seen in the United States at this time of year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.” The agency has “‘noted…

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Review Examines Effects Of Race And Ethnicity On Pediatric Crohn Disease Diagnosis, Pathology, Treatment, And Outcomes

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/13, Stong) reports “Black children with Crohn disease (CD) have lower rates of 2-year steroid-free remission (SFR) compared with non-Hispanic White children with CD, according to” a “retrospective review” that “sought to deter…

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Researchers Suggest Limiting Contact In Football Practices May Have Greater Impact On Reducing Head Injuries In High Schoolers

CNN (10/13, Christensen) reports football practices that limit contact “are exactly what the authors of a new study say it may take to reduce the number of chronic brain problems in high school football players without getting rid of the sport altogether….

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Study Identifies Variables Tied To Need For Additional Care Before Student Athletes With Concussion Can Return To Play

Healio (10/13, Downey) reports, “A patient’s age, severity of symptoms, number of previous concussions and family history of psychiatric disorders were associated with a need for additional care before student athletes with concussion could return to play…

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About Three In Four High School Students Reported At Least One Potentially Traumatic Experience During Pandemic, Survey Reveals

USA Today (10/13, Rodriguez) reports a survey of nearly 4,400 high school students in the US found a majority of respondents “reported a potentially traumatic event during the COVID-19 pandemic that may have contributed to poor mental health and suicidal…

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Novavax Says COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Elicits Robust Antibodies Against Several Omicron Variants In Two Studies

Reuters (10/12, Roy) reports, “Novavax Inc said on Wednesday data from studies in adults and adolescents showed that the booster dose of its COVID vaccine produced robust antibodies against several Omicron variants, including BA.1, BA.2 and BA.5.” These d…

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Initiation Of ART Less Than Two Weeks After Initiating Treatment For Pulmonary TB Does Not Increase Risk Of Mortality In ART-Naive Pediatric Patients With HIV, Study Says

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/12, Lopez) reports “the initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) less than 2 weeks after initiating treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) infection does not increase the risk of mortality in ART-naive pediatric patient…

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Air Pollution With Smaller Particulate Matter Has Stronger Associations With Childhood Asthma, Study Shows

Healio (10/12, Gawel) reports, “Air pollution with smaller particulate matter had stronger associations with childhood asthma than pollution with larger particles, indicating that smaller particles may be more toxic, according to a study” including “careg…

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Certain Emollients Appear Highly Effective For Treatment Of Atopic Dermatitis In Babies And Children, Research Suggests

Dermatology Advisor (10/12, Terrill) reports, “Emollients containing licochalcone A, menthoxypropanediol, ceramides, and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are highly effective for the treatment of atopic dermatitis…in babies and children,” investigators c…

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Suicides Rose 29% Among Adolescents Ages 15 To 19 In US During Pandemic, Report Reveals

MedPage Today (10/12, Firth) reports “suicides jumped 29% among adolescents ages 15 to 19 during the pandemic compared with prior years, according to” a “new edition of America’s Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report from the United Health F…

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FDA Authorizes Updated Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Shots For Children As Young As Five

The Washington Post (10/12, McGinley) reports that on Wednesday, the FDA “authorized updated coronavirus booster shots for children as young as 5, making it likely the shots will be available shortly.” The agency “gave emergency use authorization to the P…

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About 2.2M Women Of Childbearing Age In US Live In Maternity Care Deserts, Report Shows

CNN (10/11, Howard) reports, “About 36% of all US counties are ‘maternity care deserts,’ and the number of counties where there is limited or no access to maternity care appears to be growing, according to a new report” from the March of Dimes. The report…

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Myocarditis, Pericarditis After mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination Rare Across Demographic Groups, Study Finds

Healio (10/11, Feller) reports, “Myocarditis and pericarditis after [mRNA] COVID-19 vaccination is rare across demographic groups and most likely to occur in teen boys in the week after their second shot of a two-dose vaccine, according to a study” that u…

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Playing Video Games May Be Enough To Trigger Life-Threatening Heart Arrhythmias In Certain Vulnerable Children, Investigators Posit

HealthDay (10/11, Norton) reports, “Playing video games may…be enough to trigger life-threatening heart arrhythmias in certain vulnerable children,” investigators concluded in findings published online ahead of print in the journal Heart Rhythm. In arri…

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Respiratory Illness Among Children Spiking In US

NPR (10/11, Restrepo, Kelly) reports the US “is seeing a significant spike in respiratory illness among children,” as infected children “are crowding emergency [departments] in various parts of the country, and some pediatric hospitals say they are runnin…

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Opioids Most Common Cause Of Fatal Poisonings In Young Children, Research Finds

Medscape (10/11, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reports, “Opioids are the most common cause of fatal poisonings in young children, and their contribution to children’s deaths has been increasing, according to research” that “found that the proportion o…

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USPSTF Recommends Screening All Children Aged Eight And Older For Anxiety

According to the New York Times (10/11, Pearson), on Oct. 11, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “recommended for the first time that primary care” physicians “screen all children ages eight to 18 for anxiety, new guidance that highlights the…

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Prescriptions For Controlled Stimulants Among Adolescents, Young Adults Have Increased Significantly In The US Since 2008, Study Indicates

HCPlive (10/10, Kunzmann) reports, “Prescriptions for controlled stimulants among adolescents and young adults have increased significantly in the US since 2008,” investigators concluded. The findings of the 9.3 million adolescent and young adult analysis…

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Waiting List Times For Pediatric Heart Transplants Rose During COVID-19 Pandemic, But Mortality Did Not Change, Study Says

Healio (10/7, Swain) reported that “during the COVID-19 pandemic, the waiting list times for pediatric heart transplants were longer than before the pandemic, but waiting list mortality did not change, according to a” study that revealed the “mean waiting…

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Over 1M Children, Teens In US Have Suffered Bicycle Injuries In Past 20 Years, Research Shows

HealthDay (10/7, Munez) reported, “Over 1 million U.S. children and teens – many of them male – have broken bones and fractured their skulls in bicycle injuries over the past 20 years, according to…research that brought together two decades of data” fro…

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Ultraprocessed Food Intake Among Mothers Tied To Increased Risk For Overweight, Obesity Among Children, Researchers Say

Healio (10/7, Bascom) reported, “Ultraprocessed food intake among mothers was associated with an increased risk for overweight and obesity among their children, according to researchers” who “analyzed two sets of data: one to assess the effect during preg…

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Reducing Women’s Exposure To Air Pollution From Cooking Fuels Does Not Improve Birth Weight, Trial Shows

MedPage Today (10/10, Phend) reports, “Reducing women’s exposure to air pollution from cooking with wood or other biomass fuels didn’t improve the birth weight of their babies, a randomized trial showed.” Daily “personal exposure to fine particulate matte…

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Reports Of Anxiety, Depression Decreased Among Student Athletes Who Returned To Sports Following Pandemic Disruptions, Surveys Show

Healio (10/8, Weldon) said “reports of anxiety and depression decreased among student athletes who returned to sports following disruptions caused by the pandemic, according to” results from two surveys conducted in 2020 and 2021, respectively. These resu…

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Study Finds Pre-Existing Comorbidity Strongest Indicator Of Risk For Severe COVID-19 In Children

Healio (10/9, Weldon) reported, “A study found that having a pre-existing comorbidity was the strongest indicator of risk for severe COVID-19 in children, according to data.” The “retrospective observational study” was presented at a recent medical confer…

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CDC Finds More Than 80% Of Kids Under Age 17 Have Antibodies From Past SARS-CoV-2 Infection

ABC News (10/6, Haslett) reports that “more than eight in 10 kids under the age of 17 have antibodies from a past COVID-19 infection, according to” CDC data. This “analysis shows that as of August, 86% of children between 6 months and 17-years-old have ha…

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Experts Say Study Does Not Prove Link Between Aluminum In Childhood Vaccines And Persistent Asthma In Early Childhood

Healio (10/6, Weldon) reports, “Experts said a…study that found a possible association between aluminum in childhood vaccines and persistent asthma in early childhood did not prove there was a link.” The study published in Academic Pediatrics “found tha…

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Deep-Learning Algorithm May Distinguish Between MIS-C, Kawasaki Disease, Other Similar Febrile Illnesses In Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/6) reports, “A deep-learning algorithm called KIDMATCH can distinguish between multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), Kawasaki disease, and other similar febrile illnesses in children, according to a study” in which researche…

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Simple Screening Tool Predicts Asthma Risk In Preschoolers With Greater Accuracy Than Standard Strategies, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (10/6, Phend) reports, “A simple screening tool based on cough, wheeze, and medication use flagged asthma risk in 3-year-olds with greater accuracy than standard strategies, researchers reported.” According to the team, “the CHILDhood Asthma…

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COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy Not Tied To Increased Risk For Adverse Outcomes In Mothers Or Infants, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Healio (10/6, Bascom) reports that “receiving a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant did not increase the risk for peripartum outcomes, and may lower the infant’s risk for NICU admission and intrauterine fetal death, according to a” nine-study systematic revie…

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More Than 2.5M Adolescents Used E-Cigarettes In 2022, With Majority Choosing Flavored, Disposable Products, Study Reveals

The Washington Post (10/6, McGinley) reports that “more than 2.5 million adolescents were current e-cigarette users in 2022, with the majority choosing flavored, disposable products, according to a” federal study. These “findings, from the National Youth…

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CDC Ends COVID-19 Travel Health Notices For Countries Due To Limited Data

Reuters (10/3, Shepardson) reports the CDC “said on Monday it had ended its COVID-19 country travel health notices as fewer countries reported enough data for accurate assessments.” The agency said, “as fewer countries are testing or reporting COVID-19 ca…

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New York Officials Concerned About Sustained Transmission Of Polio

The New York Times (10/3, Otterman) reports that in New York state, “99 percent of school-aged children are vaccinated for polio,” though “roughly 100 schools reported vaccination rates at or below 90 percent in the 2020-21 school year” and “sixty schools…

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Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill Does Not Contribute To Growth Of Enlarged Breasts In Teens And Young Women, Study Finds

HealthDay (10/3, Munez) reports, “Birth control pills that contain both estrogen and progestin do not contribute to growth of enlarged breasts in teens and young women, a…study finds, and may actually be associated with developing less severe breast enl…

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Distensibility Index Provides Superior Metric Vs Esophageal Diameter Alone For Fibrostenotic Severity In Pediatric Patients With Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Research Shows

Healio (10/3, Burba) reports, “The distensibility index [DI] provides a superior metric for fibrostenotic severity vs. esophageal diameter alone in pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis, according to research.” One investigator said, “DI predic…

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Nifedipine Once Daily During Labor, Delivery May Reduce Need For Fast-Acting Medicine, Risk Of Complications In Women With Severe Preeclampsia, Study Suggests

Healio (10/3, VanDewater) reports, “Women with severe preeclampsia who took nifedipine once daily during labor and delivery were less likely to need fast-acting medicine to control their blood pressure during labor,” which, “in turn, may reduce the odds o…

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HHS Announces Funding For Pediatric Mental Healthcare

Bloomberg Law (10/3, Subscription Publication) reports that on Monday, the US Department of Health and Human Services “announced almost $27 million in awards to expand pediatric mental health care.” That money will “focus efforts on child and teen mental…

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Children With Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease With Nodular Liver Have More Liver-Related Complications Than Those Without, Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/3, Nye) reports that “among children with cystic fibrosis…liver disease…those with nodular liver…have more liver-related complications than those without, according to” the “Prediction by Ultrasound of the Risk of Hepati…

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Sufficient Disease Control Prior To Conception May Reduce Risk For Pregnancy Complications In Patients With Rheumatic Conditions, Investigators Say

Healio (9/30, Martin) reported, “Sufficient disease control prior to conception can reduce the risk for pregnancy complications in patients with rheumatic conditions,” investigators concluded in a review article published in Rheumatic Disease Clinics of N…

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New Coronavirus Subvariants Emerging As Officials Prepare For Potential Fall-And-Winter Wave

The Los Angeles Times (10/1, Money) reported that as officials in the US “try to assess how severe a fall-and-winter coronavirus wave may be, one key factor is the growth of several new subvariants now emerging.” Among them is the BA.2.75.2 variant, which…

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FDA Unveils Long-Term Plan For Foreign Infant Formula Manufacturers

The AP (9/30, Perrone) reported, “U.S. regulators on Friday unveiled their plan to allow foreign baby formula manufacturers to stay on the market long term, an effort to diversify the nation’s tightly concentrated industry and prevent future shortages.” T…

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High Discard Rate Of Pediatric Donor Hearts Presents “Major Challenge” For Children Awaiting Heart Transplant, Researchers Say

Healio (9/30, Schaffer) reported, “Donor hearts that meet U.S. Public Health Services increased risk criteria are used much more frequently in adults than in children despite similar posttransplant patient survival and an ongoing organ donor shortage,” re…

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Growing Number Of States Have Adopted Laws Allowing Students To Take Excused Absences For Mental Health Reasons

According to the Washington Post (10/2, Atkins), in response to rising “child mental health problems…in the past few years, a growing number of states have adopted laws that let students take an excused absence if they feel anxious, depressed or need a…

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Report Highlights Disparities In Health Insurance Coverage Among Children In US

HealthPayerIntelligence (9/30, Bailey) reported, “Around 3.6 million children in the US are uninsured, but coverage varies by race, state, and income, highlighting stark disparities in children’s health insurance coverage, according to a report [PDF] from…

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PCORI Announces Effort To Invest $63M To Researcher-Community Partnerships Focused On Maternal Care Studies

Healio (9/29) reports, “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced it is looking to grant $63 million to researcher-community partnerships focused on maternal care studies, according to a press release.” PCORI executive director Nakela L….

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Children With Asthma At Risk For Poor Lung Function Trajectories Into Adulthood, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (9/29, Jacobs) reports, “Children with severe and nonsevere asthma are at risk for poor lung function trajectories into adulthood, with several clinically relevant factors predictive of changes in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (…

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Bedside Counseling To Bolster Emotional Connection Between Mother And Newborn Associated With Better Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Among Preterm Babies, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/29, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Bedside counseling aimed at boosting the emotional connection between moms and their newborns was associated with better neurodevelopmental outcomes among preterm babies, according to a trial from Finland.” Paren…

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In Study, Babies Born To All Vaccinated And Three-Quarters Of Previously Infected People Have Detectable COVID-19 Antibodies

HealthDay (9/29, Murez) reports pregnant people with a COVID-19 infection who “then get vaccinated before giving birth are more likely than other moms to pass protective antibodies to their newborns, new research shows.” The data indicate that “at birth,…

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House Passes Bill To Address Mental Health Among Students, Educators

The Hill (9/29, Schnell) reports the House on Thursday passed the Mental Health Matters Act, which “seeks to address mental health concerns among students, families, and educators aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which lawmakers say had a ‘severe impa…

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CDC Report Finds 2021 Suicide Rate Near Record Levels

CNN (9/30, McPhillips) reports, “47,646 people in the US…died of suicide last year, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – one death every 11 minutes.” Suicide “rates have increased 31% over the past 20 years,…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Appears To Offer Similar Protection Against The Disease In Adolescent Patients With, Without Inflammatory Or Immune Rheumatic Conditions, Researchers Conclude

Healio (9/28, Martin) reports, “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine offers similar protection against the disease in adolescent patients with and without inflammatory or immune rheumatic” diseases (IRDs), investigators concluded in a study also revealing…

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Alcohol Misuse During Adolescence Tied To Midlife Alcohol Misuse, Poorer Physical Health, As Well As Less Satisfaction With Life, Researchers Conclude

Healio (9/28, Downey) reports, “Alcohol misuse during adolescence was associated with midlife alcohol misuse and poorer physical health, as well as less satisfaction with life, researchers” concluded in a study that “included 2,733 twin pairs from the Fin…

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Fully Automated Bionic Pancreas Appears To Improve HbA1c In Children, Adults With T1D, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (9/28, Monaco) reports, “A fully automated bionic pancreas improved HbA1c in children and adults with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded in “a multicenter randomized trial” revealing that “use of this bionic pancreas system led…

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Researchers Find Biomarkers Predictive Of Atopic Dermatitis In Skin Of Newborns

According to Medscape (9/28, Freeman, Subscription Publication), in the Barrier Dysfunction in Atopic Newborns Study, “several biomarkers were found in the skin cells of newborns that were predictive not only for having” atopic dermatitis, “but also for h…

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FDA Announces New Guidelines For Labeling Food “Healthy”

The Washington Post (9/28, Reiley) reports, “The Food and Drug Administration announced new rules Wednesday for nutrition labels that can go on the front of food packages to indicate that they are ‘healthy.’” Under the new rules, “manufacturers can label…

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HHS Approves Expansion Of Medicaid Coverage In Massachusetts And Oregon

Bloomberg Law (9/28, Subscription Publication) reports behind a paywall, “The US Department of Health and Human Services approved Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration waivers in Massachusetts and Oregon, which plan to test improvements that would ensure mo…

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Biden Outlines National Strategy To Combat Hunger, Improve Nutrition

The Washington Post (9/28, Viser) reports, “President Biden on Wednesday hosted the first White House summit in nearly a half-century dedicated to combating hunger, with administration officials announcing they had secured $8 billion of public and private…

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CDC Warns Physicians About Possible Increase In Enterovirus D68 Infections Among Children, Which Can Lead To Acute Flaccid Myelitis

CNN (9/27, Hassan) reports physicians “should prepare for a possible increase in young patients with enterovirus D68, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, and that may be linked to more cases of the rare, paralyzing conditio…

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USPSTF Advises Nonpregnant Teens, Adults To Keep Screening For Syphilis As Cases Soar

MedPage Today (9/27, Hein) reports, “Nonpregnant teens and adults who have ever been sexually active and are at increased risk for syphilis should still be screened for the sexually transmitted infection, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) s…

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COVID-19 Infection In Children Possibly Linked To Increased Risk Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

MedPage Today (9/27, Hein) reports, “Researchers in Germany say they cannot rule out a small risk for key symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in children who had a COVID-19 infection.” A study published in JAMA Network…

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Complete Course Of Antenatal Steroids Linked To Higher Survival In Extremely Preterm Infants, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/27, Lopilato) reports, “A complete course of antenatal steroids was associated with higher survival in extremely preterm infants, a cohort study showed. Published in JAMA Network Open, the study found that, “compared with those who did no…

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Ultra-Processed Foods Found To Increase Obesity Rates, Risk Of Health Complications

The Washington Post (9/27, O’Connor) reports that “scientists have found that ultra-processed foods are linked to higher rates of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer.” In an NIH-funded trial, scientists found that when…

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Biden To Lay Out Strategy To End Persistent Hunger, Tackle High Obesity Rates

The Washington Post (9/27, Jeong) reports the White House “will convene a national conference on dietary health and food security on Wednesday for the first time in over 50 years to launch a national campaign that seeks to tackle high obesity rates and en…

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Study Finds Possible Link Between Vaccine Additive And Allergies, Asthma In Children

The AP (9/27, Stobbe) reports, “A new federally funded study has found a possible link” between aluminum, a vaccine additive, and allergies and asthma in children, “but experts say the research has important shortcomings and is not a reason to change curr…

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Roe V. Wade Decision Has Accelerated Birth Control Use By Teens, Including Longer-Term Forms

The AP (9/27, Hollingsworth, Rodgers) reports, “Experts say the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling appears to be accelerating a trend of increased birth control use among teens, including long-acting reversible forms like intrauterine devices and implants.”…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Protected Pregnant Patients From Hospitalization During Delta, Omicron Waves

Healio (9/26, VanDewater) reports, “Pregnant people who received messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines were protected against COVID-19-related ED and urgent care visits and hospitalization when the delta and omicron variants were predominant, according to a cas…

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Policy Statement Offers Recommendations To Prevent Pediatric Deaths, Injuries Related To All-Terrain Vehicles

HealthDay (9/26) reports, “In a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published online Sept. 26 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for the prevention of pediatric all-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related deaths and injuries….

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More Transgender Teens Seeking Out Top Surgery

The New York Times (9/26, Ghorayshi) reports that “genital surgeries in adolescents are exceedingly rare, surgeons said, but top surgeries are becoming more common.” While there “are no official statistics on how many minors receive top surgeries each yea…

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Active Lifestyle During Pregnancy Beneficial To Brains Of Newborns, MRI Study Finds

The Radiology Business Journal (9/26, Pearson) reports, “Mothers-to-be who exercise during the first six months of pregnancy are probably giving their babies a head start in cognitive development, according to a study.” The benefit “comes in the form of g…

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Co-Sleeping With Infants Increases Risk Of Sleep-Related Death

USA Today (9/26) reports, “Co-sleeping beds are not safe, federal authorities say.” Around “3,500 infants die from sleep-related deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics,” and “the risks increase five to 10 times when…

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Pfizer Asks FDA To Expand Bivalent Booster Eligibility To Children Aged 5 To 11

The AP (9/26) reports, “Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to 11.” If the FDA approves, children “would start getting a kid-sized dose of the new omicron-targeted formula when it was t…

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Risk Of Developing T1D Higher For Children With COVID-19 Compared To Other Respiratory Infections

Healio (9/23, Welsh) reported, “Pediatric patients with prior COVID-19 had a higher likelihood of a new-onset type 1 diabetes diagnosis compared with those with other respiratory infections, according to data published in JAMA Network Open.” The researche…

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Children With IEI May Experience More Severe Cases Of COVID-19, Have Higher Mortality Rates

Healio (9/23, Gawel) reported that children with inborn errors of immunity (IEI) “may experience more severe cases of COVID-19 and higher rates of mortality than children who do not have IEI.” This is the conclusion researchers came to after conducting a…

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Compared To Boys, Girls May Face Higher Rate Of T1D-Related Complications, Poor Outcomes, Systematic Review Indicates

MedPage Today (9/23, Monaco) reported, “Girls may face a higher rate of type 1 diabetes [T1D]-related complications and poor outcomes versus boys,” investigators concluded in a systematic review of “86 observational studies focused on sex differences in p…

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Study Suggests Association Between Suicide Risk, Nightmare Frequency Among Adolescents With MDD

HCPlive (9/23, Grossi) reported researchers have provided “evidence that nightmares occur frequently among adolescent patients with” major depressive disorder (MDD). What’s more, the study revealed a “statistically significant association…between suicid…

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Sen. Schumer Advocates For Funding To Fight Growing Threat To Children Posed By “Rainbow Fentanyl”

The Staten Island (NY) Advance (9/25, Ostapiuk) reports, “Sen. Chuck Schumer called for $290 million in funding to combat a deadly surge of ‘rainbow fentanyl’ – pills designed to look like candy that officials are concerned could have a devastating impact…

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Moderna Seeks FDA Authorization For Omicron-Targeted COVID-19 Shot For Adolescents, Younger Kids

Reuters (9/23, Roy) reported that Moderna “said on Friday it has requested U.S. authorization for use of its Omicron-targeting COVID vaccine in adolescents and children.” The biotech “is seeking emergency use authorization of its updated vaccine in two ag…

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Health Officials Say 4.4M Americans Received Updated COVID-19 Booster Shot

The AP (9/23, Johnson) reports, “U.S. health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 booster shot.” But “health experts said it is too early to predict whether demand would match up with the 171 million do…

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Low-Field MRI Showed Persistent Pulmonary Dysfunction In Children Who Either Recovered From SARS-CoV-2 Infection Or Had Long COVID, Study Shows

MedPage Today (9/22, Hein) reports, “Low-field MRI showed persistent pulmonary dysfunction in children and adolescents who either recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection or had long COVID, a small study showed.” The findings were published in Radiology.

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Visits From Community Health Worker Were Associated With Improved Medication Adherence, Inhaler Technique Among Urban Children With Asthma, Study Finds

Healio (9/22, Gawel) reports, “Visits from a community health worker were associated with improved medication adherence and inhaler technique among urban children with asthma, according to a study.” But, “changes in health care policy are needed to suppor…

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Health Group Urges Parents To Seek Medical Advice Before Giving Melatonin, Other Supplements To Children

MedPage Today (9/22, George) reports the American Academy of Sleep Medicine on Wednesday issued a health advisory (PDF) “encouraging parents to seek medical advice before giving melatonin or any supplement to children.” The advisory comes after a CDC repo…

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Postpartum Depressive Mood May Be Correlated To Infant Speech Development, Research Shows

MedPage Today (9/22, Lopilato) reports, “Postpartum depressed mood in mothers appears to be correlated with infant speech perception trajectories,” researchers concluded in a cohort study of 46 mothers showing that “depressed subclinical postpartum mood…..

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Black And Hispanic Children Disproportionately Suffer From Asthma, And Experts Say Climate Change Will Make The Situation Worse

USA Today (9/22) reports, “Black and Hispanic kids disproportionately suffer from asthma,” and “as climate change creates record-breaking temperatures that plague the nation, experts warn of disparate, worsening asthma and breathing conditions among child…

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New York City To End COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate For Private Employers, After-School Activities, Mayor Announces

The New York Times (9/20, Otterman, Fitzsimmons) reports “New York City will no longer mandate that private employers require all of their workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and children will no longer have to be vaccinated in order to participate in…

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FDA Approves Sodium Thiosulfate For Reducing Cisplatin-Associated Ototoxicity Risk In Pediatric Patients With Solid Tumors

OncLive (9/20, Rosa) reports the FDA has cleared “sodium thiosulfate (Pedmark) to reduce the risk of ototoxicity associated with cisplatin in pediatric patients aged 1 month and older with localized, nonmetastatic solid tumors.” Trial data “showed that th…

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Maternal Depressive Symptoms Associated With Rise In Unhealthy Adolescent Behaviors, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/21, Lopilato) reports, “Maternal depressive symptoms were associated with an increase in the number of unhealthy adolescent behaviors,” according to findings from a 15-year longitudinal study published in Pediatrics. Of 213 participants,…

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Exposure To Prenatal, Postnatal Antibiotics Appears Tied To Risks For Allergic Diseases In Infants, Study Suggests

Healio (9/20, Hornick) reports “exposure to prenatal and postnatal antibiotics appeared associated with risks for development of allergic diseases in infants, according to” an “observational study” that “examined data from 1,387 mother-child pairs from th…

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HHS Awards $3M In Grants For Black Youth Mental Health Initiative

Bloomberg Law (9/20, Subscription Publication) reports, “The Office of Minority Health has awarded more than $3 million in grants to eight organizations as part of a three-year initiative surrounding Black youth mental health policies, the Department of H…

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Too Few Children In US With Sickle Cell Anemia Receive Screening, Treatment, CDC Study Says

The AP (9/20, Stobbe) reports, “Too few U.S. kids with sickle cell anemia get a needed screening for stroke, according to a study” published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study “found 47% of children aged 2-9 years and 38% of tho…

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FDA Warns Young People Against Online Trend That Challenges People To Cook With Over-The-Counter Drugs

The Hill (9/19, Choi) reports that the FDA “is warning young people against engaging in an online trend that challenges people to cook with over-the-counter drugs, saying there are ‘significant risks’ in using these medications incorrectly.” In a consumer…

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About Four In Five Pregnancy-Related Deaths In US From 2017 To 2019 Were Preventable, CDC Data Show

USA Today (9/19, Hassanein) reports “a staggering number of maternal deaths in the United States were found to be preventable, according to” a CDC report that found “more than 80%, or roughly 4 in 5 maternal deaths” from 2017 to 2019, “were due to prevent…

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Early Use Of Oseltamivir In Children Hospitalized With Influenza Tied To Improved Outcomes, Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (9/19, Hein) reports, “Early use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in children hospitalized with influenza was associated with better outcomes, according to a multicenter propensity score-weighted analysis.” Among the “over 55,000 children, treatment…

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Study Explores Effectiveness Of Umbilical Cord Milking For Non-Vigorous Infants

HealthDay (9/19, Munez) reports a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology “found that non-vigorous infants who received umbilical cord milking were less likely than those getting standard care to need heart and respiratory sup…

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Nearly 10% Of Americans Suffer From Depression, Data Indicate

HealthDay (9/19, Reinberg) reports, “Nearly 10% of Americans suffer from depression, with the mood disorder increasing fastest among teens and young adults,” researchers concluded after examining data drawn from the 2015-2020 National Survey on Drug Use a…

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History Of Evictions Tied To Increased Odds Of Child Fair Or Poor Health, Developmental Risk, Hospital Admission From The ED, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/19) reports, “A history of evictions is associated with increased odds of child fair or poor health, developmental risk, and hospital admission from the emergency department, according to a study” in which researchers “used cross-sectional su…

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FDA Warns About Risks Posed By Nicotine Gummies To Children

CNN (9/16, Christensen) reported the FDA “has been warning parents to keep an eye out for products that may look like typical candy but are actually nicotine-based” gummies, and “says they could be very dangerous for children.” FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Demand Still Lacking In US For Children Under Five

The Washington Post (9/18, A1, Malhi) reports that in June, when the FDA “authorized emergency use of coronavirus vaccines for children younger than 5, physicians expected apprehension among parents;” however, physicians “and public health experts never e…

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Most Children With Bell’s Palsy Can Recover Without Treatment, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/16, Munez) reported, “While adults typically need steroid medication to treat Bell’s palsy, most children can recover without treatment,” investigators concluded in a “randomized controlled trial held in 11 emergency departments in Australia…

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CDC Finds No Evidence Of Unusual Uptick In Brain-Related Complications Of Bacterial Infection Among Children In US In Past Few Years

MedPage Today (9/16, Lopilato) said a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “found no evidence for any unusual uptick in brain-related complications of bacterial infection among children across the country recently.” The report found “hospitalization…

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Dupilumab Improves Signs, Symptoms Of Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Quality Of Life Among Patients Aged Six Months To Younger Than Six Years, Study Finds

Healio (9/16, Gawel) reported, “Dupilumab significantly improved the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis as well as quality of life among patients aged 6 months to younger than 6 years, according to a study.” Furthermore, “the monoc…

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Reducing Access To Sugar-Sweetened Beverages In The Home Vs In Schools More Effective At Curbing Children’s Intake, Study Finds

Healio (9/16, Weldon) reported, “Reducing access to sugar-sweetened beverages at home is more effective at curbing children’s intake of the sugary drinks than reducing access to them in schools, according to a study” in which investigators “developed an a…

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Children In Year 2 Of Kindergarten With Overweight Or Obesity May Be Twice As Likely To Have Poor School Readiness, Study Indicates

Healio (9/15, Ellis) reports, “Among a group of Canadian children in year 2 of kindergarten, those with overweight or obesity were twice as likely to be unready for school as their peers with normal weight,” investigators concluded in a study that include…

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Study Finds High Prevalence Of Allergic Sensitization To Other Legumes In Children With Peanut Allergies

HCPlive (9/15, Smith) reports that “there is a high prevalence of allergic sensitization to other legumes in children with peanut allergies,” according to a study of 195 “participants from France’s Nancy University Hospital in the Pediatric Allergy Depart…

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California Governor Signs Bill To Adopt New Approach To Protecting Children Online

The New York Times (9/15, Singer) reports, “California will adopt a broad new approach to protecting children online after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Thursday that could transform how many social networks, games and other services treat minors.” T…

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Low Carbohydrate-High Protein And Fat, High Carbohydrate-Low Protein And Fat Maternal Diets Tied To Higher Risk For Allergic Diseases In Infants, Study Finds

Healio (9/15, Hornick) reports “a higher risk for allergic diseases in infants correlated with both low carbohydrate-high protein and fat and high carbohydrate-low protein and fat maternal diets, according to” a “prospective cohort study” of “1,636 mother…

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Years Of Life Lost To Unintentional Overdose Rose Among Adolescents In 2020, Researchers Say

Healio (9/15, Downey) reports, “Mortality due to overdose reached an all-time high among adolescents aged 10 to 19 years in 2020 amid the pandemic, researchers reported” after quantifying “the impact of overdose mortality among adolescents from 2016 to 20…

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Privacy Concerns Rising Over Storage, Use Of Samples From Routine Newborn Blood Tests

Kaiser Health News (9/14, Andrews) reports routine heel-stick tests in newborns for “life-threatening genetic and metabolic problems” are “considered such a crucial public health measure that states typically require it and parents aren’t asked for their…

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Pure Fruit Juice Consumption Tied To Asthma Prevalence At Age 11 Years, But Not At Later Ages, Data Show

Healio (9/14, Welsh) reports, “Pure fruit juice consumption was associated with asthma prevalence at age 11 years, but not at later ages or with overall asthma prevalence from age 11 to 20 years, according to data” from the “Dutch Prevention and Incidence…

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California, New York Working To Restrict Sale Of Non-Prescription Diet Pills To Minors

Kaiser Health News (9/14, Udesky) reports, “California and New York are on the cusp of going further than the FDA in restricting the sale of non-prescription diet pills to minors as pediatricians and public health advocates try to protect kids from extrem…

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USDA To Provide Nearly $2B In Additional Funding For Food Banks, Schools Amid Rising Hunger

The Washington Post (9/14, Reiley) reports, “The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Wednesday that it is providing close to $2 billion in additional funding to food banks and school meal programs for purchasing American-grown foods.” This “announcement…

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Healthcare Organizations Ask Senate To Solidify Expanded Telehealth Access For Next Two Years

mHealth Intelligence (9/14, Melchionna) reports, “Signed by 375 stakeholders and co-led by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and its advocacy arm ATA Action, a letter [PDF] to the US Senate asks that expanded telehealth access be solidified for…

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Children With T1D Appear To Have Elevated Risks For Developing Depression, Anxiety, And Stress-Related Disorders, Researchers Say

Healio (9/14, Ellis) reports, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] have elevated risks for developing depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders,” and “shared familial factors may contribute to these heightened risks,” researchers concluded in a stu…

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History Of Migraine Headaches May Increase Risk For Pregnancy Complications, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/13, Munez) reports, “A history of migraine headaches could make a woman more prone to pregnancy complications, such as issues with blood pressure or preterm birth, according to a…study” that “used information from a U.S. National Institutes…

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Number Of Infections In First Year Of Life Tied To Childhood Obesity, Stronger Risk Factor Than Antibiotic Use, Analysis Finds

Healio (9/13, Ellis) reports, “The number of infections in the first year of life was significantly associated with childhood obesity and was a stronger risk factor than antibiotic use, according to study data.” Researchers wrote, “In particular, a greate…

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Study Finds Association Between Maternal Infection During Pregnancy And Children’s Diagnoses Of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability Not Causal

Healio (9/13, VanDewater) reports, “The association between maternal infection during pregnancy and children’s diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability was not causal, according to a Swedish register-based cohort study.” One resea…

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Findings Support Transport Response To Help Newborns Get Back To Sleep, Researchers Say

USA Today (9/13, Mendoza) reports “researchers say they have figured out – scientifically – the best way to get a newborn back in their crib, and it involves moving around.” These findings “suggest the best method is to hold a crying baby and walk with th…

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USPSTF Says Evidence Lacking For Screening Asymptomatic Children, Adolescents For Type 2 Diabetes And Prediabetes

Reuters (9/13, Steenhuysen) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “found a lack of evidence for” the screening of “asymptomatic children and adolescents for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes,” even “as the proportion of U.S. youths with typ…

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US Retailers Limit Infant Formula Purchases As Shortage Continues

The New York Times (9/12, Creswell, Corkery) reports retailers across the US are limiting the number of containers of infant formula that can be bought at once as formula remains in short supply and “many large retailers remain out of stock of popular bra…

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Increased Burden Of Youth-Onset T2D During COVID-19 Pandemic Appears To Have Led To Increased Strain On Clinicians, Children, And Families, Researchers Say

Healio (9/12, Welsh) reports, “Increased burden of youth-onset type 2 diabetes [T2D] during the COVID-19 pandemic led to increased strain on pediatric diabetes healthcare providers, children and families,” researchers concluded in a “multicenter, hospital…

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Nonpharmacological Interventions Focused On Earlier Sleep Schedules May Improve Sleep Duration In Children, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Suggest

HCPlive (9/12, Grossi) reports “nonpharmacological sleep interventions that focused on earlier sleep schedules can serve as a ‘simple, pragmatic, effective way to meaningfully increase sleep duration that could have important benefits for child health,’”…

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Health Officials Warn Of Uptick In Activity Of Enterovirus EV-D68 In Children

STAT (9/12, Joseph, Branswell) reports “pediatricians and top health officials are warning about an uptick in activity of” the enterovirus EV-D68 “that in rare cases can cause a polio-like syndrome in young children.” Though the virus typically causes col…

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Children Exposed To Cannabis In Utero May Be More Likely To Develop Mental Health Problems In Early Adolescence, Analysis Suggests

NBC News (9/12, Carroll) reports “children whose mothers used cannabis after the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy may be more likely to develop mental health problems in early adolescence,” according to “an analysis of data from more than 10,000 children…

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Report Identifies Increases In Most Insurance Claims Related To Mental Health Among Children During Pandemic

The Hill (9/12, Hou) says, “Mental health in children and teenagers has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic,” and now, a “report from Clarify Health” of “data covering 2016 through 2021 for mental health related insurance claims for children ages 1 t…

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NIH Begins Enrollment For Late-Stage Study Of Siga Technologies’ Antiviral Against Monkeypox

Reuters (9/9, Mahobe) reported the NIH “said on Friday it had started enrolling [patients with monkeypox] in a late-stage study testing Siga Technologies Inc’s antiviral pill Tpoxx [tecovirimat] against the disease.” The agency “aims to enroll more than 5…

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation To Investigational Maternal Vaccine For GBS Prevention In Infants

Infectious Disease Advisor (9/9, Park) reported the FDA “has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to an investigational Group B Streptococcus (GBS) vaccine candidate, GBS6 (hexavalent anti capsular polysaccharide/cross reactive material 197 glycoconju…

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After Summer Launch Of 988 Suicide And Crisis Lifeline Number, Calls To The Lifeline Increased 45% Compared With The Same Time Last Year, HHS Data Reveal

CNN (9/9, Howard) reported, “After the summer launch of the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number, calls to the lifeline increased 45% compared with the same time last year, and the majority of those calls were connected to a counselor, according to…

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Fluticasone Propionate Treatment For 12 Weeks Tied To Modest Improvement In Lung Function Among Preterm-Born Children, Trial Finds

Healio (9/9, Welsh) reported, “Among preterm-born children, treatment with fluticasone propionate for 12 weeks led to a modest improvement in lung function, researchers reported” in a “double-blind, randomized trial that enrolled 170 children at age 6 to…

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Children Who Walk, Bike To School More Likely To Continue “Active Commuting” Years Later, Research Suggests

HealthDay (9/9, Murphy) reported, “Kids who walk, skateboard or ride their bikes to school when they are young are more likely to keep it up as they get older, reaping the health benefits…research suggests.” Investigators “found that kids are much more…

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Methotrexate May Be Efficacious Primary Maintenance Therapy For Children Newly Diagnosed With Mild To Moderate Crohn’s Disease, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (9/8, Martinez) reports, “Methotrexate is an efficacious primary maintenance therapy for children newly diagnosed with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease [CD],” investigators concluded in a 65-patient, “single-center, retrospective…

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Adjunctive Treatment With Mepolizumab Tied To Reduced Exacerbations In Urban Children And Adolescents With Exacerbation-Prone Eosinophilic Asthma, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (9/8, Jacobs) reports, “In urban children and adolescents with exacerbation-prone eosinophilic asthma, adjunctive treatment with mepolizumab is associated with reduced exacerbations but does not affect other disease outcomes, according…

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Rapid Weight Gain During Infancy, High Maternal Prepregnancy BMI Tied To Increased Odds For Overweight, Obesity In Five-Year-Old Children, Data Indicate

Healio (9/8, Monostra) reports, “Rapid weight gain at age zero to six months and high maternal prepregnancy BMI are associated with increased odds for higher waist-to-height ratio, overweight and obesity in children age five years,” investigators conclude…

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Children Of Women With Gestational Diabetes, Pregestational Obesity More Likely To Develop AD/HD Than Offspring Of Women With Normal Weight, Research Suggests

Healio (9/8, Monostra) reports, “Children of women with gestational diabetes and pregestational obesity are more likely to develop” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “than offspring of women with normal weight,” researchers concluded after…

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HHS Extends Medicaid, CHIP Postpartum Coverage In Indiana, West Virginia

Bloomberg Law (9/8, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “has approved the extension of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for 12 months after pregnancy in Indiana and West Virginia.” The “extension means that now annually up to 15…

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Adolescents Who Changed Consumption Of Specific Ultra-Processed Foods During Pandemic More Likely To Increase Consumption Of Other Ultra-Processed Foods, Study Finds

Healio (9/8, Schaffer) reports, “Adolescents who ate more candy, pastries and frozen desserts during the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to increase consumption of other ultra-processed foods compared with teens reporting eating fewer ultra-processed f…

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Children Of Women Who Take High Doses Of Fish Oil, Vitamin D Supplements During Pregnancy Have Lower Risk Of Croup, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/7, Mann) reports a study “has discovered that when women took high doses of fish oil and vitamin D supplements during pregnancy, their babies had around a 40% lower risk of developing croup.” According to the findings presented at the ERS Int…

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Head Start Centers Still Mandating Masking Rules For Teachers, Children

The New York Times (9/7, Goldstein) reports that “in one of the few education programs the federal government directly oversees – Head Start preschools and child care centers for low-income families – mandatory masking rules are still on the books for tea…

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Likelihood Of Being Up-To-Date On Vaccinations Greater Among First-Born Children, Research Finds

HealthDay (9/7) reports, “First-born children are more likely to be up-to-date (UTD) on vaccinations, according to a research brief” using “2016 to 2019 National Immunization Survey-Child data (62,343 participants).” The researchers, “after adjusting for…

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Fluctuations In Stress During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Negative Emotions In Infants, Survey Study Suggests

CNN (9/7, Marples) reports a study “found babies of moms who experienced more fluctuations in stress during pregnancy showed more fear, sadness and distress at 3 months than those of moms who were less stressed.” Also, “women with higher fluctuations were…

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More Infants Exposed In Utero To Strong Agonists, Opioids With Long Half-Lives Develop Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome, Study Finds

Healio (9/7, VanDewater) reports “more infants who were exposed to strong agonists and opioids with long half-lives developed neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome [NOWS] compared with those not exposed,” according to a study in which researchers “aimed to…

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FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance On Clinical Pharmacology Considerations For Pediatric Drug, Biologic Studies

Bloomberg Law (9/7, Baumann, Subscription Publication) reports revised draft guidance issued by the FDA on Wednesday “on pediatric clinical trials aims to tackle the lack of adequate information on how well drugs work in kids.” The draft guidance targets…

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High Levels Of Air Pollution During First Six Months Of Life May Affect Changes In Babies’ Gut Microbiome, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/7, Munez) reports “high levels of air pollution during the first six months of life could affect the colonies of bacteria in babies’ guts, increasing their risk for allergies, obesity, diabetes and issues with brain development, according to”…

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Splash Pads For Children At Water Parks Offer Less Risk For Drowning But Tied To Increased Risk For Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreaks, Data Show

Healio (9/2, Dowd) reported, “Splash pads for children at water parks offer less risk for drowning, but inadequate disinfection and poor toileting/hygiene skills create a hub for gastrointestinal illness outbreaks, noted data” in the CDC’s Morbidity and M…

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Experts Predict Autumn Surge In COVID-19 Cases Will Not Be As Bad As Prior Years

The Washington Post (9/3, A1, Achenbach, Sun) reported “infectious-disease experts are guardedly optimistic that the spread of COVID-19 this autumn and winter won’t be as brutal as in the previous two years of the pandemic.” Modeling of “coronavirus scena…

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Mothers Enrolled In WIC Program May Experience Improved Birth Outcomes, Lower Risk Of Infant Mortality, Systematic Review Suggests

MedPage Today (9/5, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Mothers enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may experience improved birth outcomes and a lower risk of infant mortality, according to a systematic review.”…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbated Mental Health Crisis Among US Children

CBS News (9/4, Alfonsi) reported US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy “has called it an ‘urgent public health crisis’ – a devastating decline in the mental health of kids across the country.” And “according to the CDC, the rates of suicide, self-harm, anxi…

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Up To 9% Of US Teens Say They Have Engaged In “Digital Self-Harm,” Survey Study Reveals

HealthDay (9/2, Mozes) reported, “Up to 9% of American teens say they’ve engaged in what’s known as ‘digital self-harm,’” that is, “anonymously posting negative comments about themselves on social media,” researchers concluded after examining “survey resp…

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States Increasingly Expanding Medicaid Coverage For New Mothers

The AP (9/5, Murphy) reports states across the US “are making it easier for new moms to keep Medicaid in the year after childbirth;” however, “tight government budgets and the program’s low reimbursement may ultimately limit this push or make it hard for…

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Teens Of Parents Who Smoke More Likely To Vape, Try Traditional Cigarettes, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/5, Munez) reports, “Parents who smoke should know that their kids are more likely to vape and try smoking,” according “to a large study out of Ireland.” This study found that “those teens were 55% more likely to try e-cigarettes than those of…

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Women Giving Birth For First Time May Have Higher Odds Of Developing Gestational Diabetes If They Have High Polygenic Risk Score, Low Physical Activity, Researchers Say

Clinical Endocrinology News (9/1, Frellick) reports, “Women giving birth for the first time have significantly higher odds of developing gestational diabetes if they have a high polygenic risk score…and low physical activity,” researchers concluded in t…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The Washington Post (9/1, A1, Sun) reports the CDC on Thursday “recommended…that millions of eligible Americans, including those as young as 12, get an updated Omicron-targeting booster shot to bolster defenses against serious illness and death during a…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout For Children Under Five Years Off To Slow Start

Politico (9/1, Doherty) reports, “Ten weeks after the FDA and CDC opened the door for children under 5 years old to receive COVID-19 vaccines, the national drive to get the youngest children protected is off to an underwhelming and uneven start.” Just ove…

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Heterozygous Germline Pathogenic Variants In BRCA1/2 And Mismatch Repair Genes Contribute To Cancer Risk In Children And Adolescents, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (9/1, Clancy) reports, “Heterozygous germline pathogenic variants…in BRCA1/2 and mismatch repair…genes contribute to cancer risk in children and adolescents, but with a reduced penetrance compared with that in adults, a new stud…

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HHS Awards $40.2 Million In Youth Mental Health Grants, Allots $47.6 Million For New School-Based Mental Health Grants

According to Bloomberg Law (9/1, Subscription Publication), on Sept. 1, HHS announced that it has “awarded $40.2 million in youth mental health grants in August and has allotted $47.6 million for new school-based mental health grants.” Included in the $40…

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Compared To Healthy Controls, Pediatric Patients With AD/HD Appear Not To Suffer From Dual-Task Performance Deficits For Walking, Texting, Small Study Suggests

HCPlive (9/1, Walter) reports research indicates that “pediatric patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) appear not to “suffer from dual-task performance deficits for functions like walking and texting compared to a healthy control…

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FDA Authorizes Updated Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The Washington Post (8/31, McGinley) reports, “New Omicron-targeting coronavirus booster shots are poised for rollout after being authorized Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration – a move designed to improve protection against severe illness and d…

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Antiretroviral Therapy With Twice-Daily Dolutegravir Coadministered With Rifampicin Safe, Effective In Children With HIV-Associated TB, Study Demonstrates

Infectious Disease Advisor (8/31, Paridon) reports “antiretroviral therapy with twice-daily dolutegravir coadministered with rifampicin was found to be safe and overcame the enzyme-inducing effects of rifampicin in children with HIV-associated tuberculosi…

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Abusive Head Trauma In Infants Nearly Doubled In Paris Metropolitan Area During Second Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (8/31, Hein) reports, “Abusive head trauma in infants nearly doubled in the Paris metropolitan area during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers reported.” Although “cases of abusive head trauma were stable in 2020 compared w…

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Children Born Before 39 Weeks More Likely To Experience Symptoms Related To AD/HD, Data Show

Healio (8/31, Weldon) reports “children born before 39 weeks are more likely to experience symptoms related to” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), according to data from “an analysis of 1,400 children included in the…Fragile Families and…

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Biden Administration Announces Proposal To Streamline Medicaid, CHIP Applications

USA Today (8/31, Lee) reports HHS “aims to make enrolling in government health care programs easier for low-income kids,” people with disabilities, “and older adults by cutting red tape, according to a proposal announced Wednesday.” This proposed rule “ta…

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Teens Who Engage In More Physical Activity May Be More Likely To Use Vaping Products, Research Suggests

HealthDay (8/31, Murphy) reports “research suggests that teens who engage in more physical activity may vape more frequently than their less active peers.” In the study published in Tobacco Use Insights, “when compared to their less active peers,” high sc…

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Pregnant Women Commonly Exposed To Toxic Chemicals Including Melamine, Cyanuric Acid, And Aromatic Amines, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/30, Reinberg) reports, “Pregnant women are exposed to toxic chemicals in dishware, hair coloring, plastics and pesticides that can heighten their risk of cancer and harm child development, a…study warns.” According to the findings published…

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DEA Issues Advisory Over “Emerging Trend” Of “Brightly-Colored” Fentanyl Pills Targeting Youth

CBS News (8/30) reports, “The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an advisory Tuesday about an ‘emerging trend’ of ‘brightly-colored’ fentanyl pills being used to lure children and young people.” The so-called “‘rainbow fentanyl’ has been seized by law…

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HHS Announces More Than $20M To Reduce Disparities In Maternal, Birth Outcomes

Healthcare Finance News (8/30, Morse) reports HHS, “through the Health Resources and Services Administration, has announced investments of more than $20 million to reduce disparities in maternal and birth outcomes.” This “funding will help expand and dive…

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Amoxicillin More Effective Than Other Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics In Treating Children With Uncomplicated Acute Otitis Media, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (8/30, Lopez) reports, “Amoxicillin resulted in the lowest rates of both treatment failure and reinfection compared with other broad-spectrum antibiotics in children with uncomplicated acute otitis media (AOM), supporting its co…

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SARS-CoV-2 Detection In Nasal Swabs Self-Collected By School-Aged Children, Adolescents Appears Effective, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/30) reports, “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) detection in nasal swabs that are self-collected by school-aged children and adolescents shows high agreement with results collected by health care workers, according…

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Gen Z, Millennial Women About Twice As Likely To Develop Hypertensive Disorders Of Pregnancy, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/29, Reinberg) reports, “Gen Zers and millennials are about twice as likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy than women from the baby boom generation were, a…study finds.” This study, “which included data from more than 38 mil…

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Study Identifies Factors That Predict Lower FEV1 Over Time Among Children With Asthma

Healio (8/29, Gawel) reports, “Obesity, fractional exhaled nitric oxide and maximum bronchodilator reversibility were among the factors that precited lower FEV1 over time among children with asthma, according to a study.” Furthermore, “boys with recurrent…

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Six Pediatric Surgical Procedures Account For Most Postoperative Hospital, ED Visits, Research Finds

HealthDay (8/29) reports “six pediatric surgical procedures account for most postoperative hospital and emergency department [ED] visits, according to a research letter published in” JAMA. The findings showed that “the highest number of revisits occurred…

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Social, Economic And Environmental Factors At Individual, Neighborhood Levels Mediate Racial Disparities In Asthma-Related Pediatric ED Visits, Study Shows

Healio (8/29, Gawel) reports, “Social, economic and environmental factors at individual and neighborhood levels mediated racial disparities in pediatric visits to the ED related to asthma, according to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clini…

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Compared With Higher Glycemic Criteria For Diagnosis Of Gestational Diabetes, Lower Criteria May Not Reduce Risks For Women Giving Birth To A Large For Gestational Age Infant Or Other Infant Or Maternal Complications, Research Suggests

Healio (8/29, Ellis) reports, “Compared with higher glycemic criteria for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes, lower criteria did not reduce risks for women giving birth to a large for gestational age infant or other infant or maternal complications,” i…

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Pediatric Battery-Related ED Visits Increased From 2010 To 2019, Report Shows

The New York Times (8/29, Pearson) says that according a report published in Pediatrics, “there were more than twice the number of pediatric battery-related visits to the emergency department [ED] from 2010 to 2019 compared with 1990 to 2009 – a majority…

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Federal Website To Suspend Taking Orders For Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Biden Administration Announces

USA Today (8/26, Groppe) reported that beginning this week, “the Biden administration will suspend taking orders for free at-home COVID-19 tests because of limited supply, USA TODAY has learned.” USA Today added, “As of Sept. 2, free tests will no longer…

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EPA To Designate PFAS As Hazardous Substances

The New York Times (8/26, Friedman) reported, “The Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it will designate the two most commonly detected toxic ‘forever chemicals,’ which have been linked to cancer and have been found in everything from drinking…

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Abbott Set To Resume Production Of Similac Infant Formula

The New York Times (8/27, Oxenden) reported, “Abbott Nutrition, which shut down a plant in Michigan in February amid contamination concerns, triggering a national shortage of baby formula, said on Friday that it was set to resume making its leading formul…

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Breastfeeding May Deliver Long-Term Heart Benefits To Both Mother, Child, Group Says

HealthDay (8/26, Murphy) reported, “Breastfeeding can deliver long-term heart benefits to both mother and child, a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) says.” Researchers “discovered recently that women who breastfed at least once durin…

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Experts, Researchers Increasingly Recommend DBT For Treatment Of Teens At Risk Of Self Harm

The New York Times (8/27, Richtel) reported, “Health experts and researchers increasingly point to dialectical behavior therapy, or D.B.T., as an effective treatment” for “teenagers at acute risk for self-harm and suicide.” Compared to cognitive behaviora…

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Simultaneous Use Of Multiple Heavy-Duty Psychiatric Medications Among Adolescents Appears Common

The New York Times (8/27, A1, Richtel, Flanagan) reported on the common medical practice of “the simultaneous use of multiple heavy-duty psychiatric” medications among adolescents. While “psychiatrists and other clinicians emphasize that psychiatric” medi…

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Questions Remain Over Fall Rollout Of Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The AP (8/25, Neergaard) reports COVID-19 vaccine boosters updated “to better match today’s Omicron threat are expected to roll out in a few weeks but still up in the air is how much benefit the booster shots will offer, who should get one – and how soon….

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Steadily Rose In Children Under Five Over Summer, CDC Data Show

USA Today (8/25, Rodriguez) reports this “summer saw [COVID-19] hospitalizations steadily climb in” children younger than five years, “and health experts worry the trend will continue as children return to school and day care facilities,” and as “pediatri…

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Investigators Identify White Matter Patterns, How They Impact Cognitive And Behavioral Trajectory Of Pediatric Patients With, Without AD/HD

HCPlive (8/24, Walter) reported, “Investigators have deciphered white matter patterns and how they impact the cognitive and behavioral trajectory of patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD].” For the study published online Aug. 24 in…

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Lower Maternal Pregnancy BMI, Intrapartum Antibiotic Treatment Appear To Increase Risk Of Allergic Sensitization In Children, Trial Suggests

HCPlive (8/25, Smith) reports “lower maternal pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and intrapartum antibiotic treatment have both been shown to increase risk of allergic sensitization in children, according to” a “nested case-control trial…based on 3 ongoing…

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Legalization Of Non-Medical Cannabis Tied To Increase In Cannabis Poisoning Among Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/25, Lopilato) reports, “Legalization of non-medical cannabis was associated with an increase in cannabis poisoning among children, especially after legalization of edible tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, a Canadian population-based st…

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OHCA Extremely Infrequent Among Pregnant And Postpartum Women And Often Occurs In Absence Of CV Risk Factors, Known Heart Disease, Researchers Say

TCTMD (8/24, Cox) reports, “Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is extremely infrequent among pregnant and postpartum women and often occurs in the absence of CV risk factors and known heart disease,” researchers concluded in a research letter published…

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FDA Clears Use Of Device For In-Office Ear Tube Procedures For Children Aged Six Months And Older

Healio (8/24, Weldon) reports, “The FDA recently cleared the use of Preceptis Medical’s Hummingbird Tympanostomy Tube System, a device for in-office ear tube procedures, for children aged 6 months and older.” The device “is marketed as eliminating any nee…

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Use Of Biologics To Treat Atopic Disease Before, During Pregnancy Does Not Appear To Negatively Affect Maternal Or Fetal Outcomes, Review Suggests

Healio (8/24, Gawel) reports, “The use of biologics to treat atopic disease before and during pregnancy does not seem to negatively affect maternal or fetal outcomes, according to a review” of “two cohort studies and 23 case reports or series.” The “indic…

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Virtual Educational Camp Helped Kids With T1D Get The Most Out Of Their Closed-Loop Glucose Control System, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (8/24, Monaco) reports, “A virtual educational camp helped kids with type 1 diabetes [T1D] get the most out of their closed-loop glucose control system,” researchers concluded. The study revealed that “among 43 children and teens who were us…

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Insufficient Sleep May Increase Risk For Overweight Or Obesity, Other Health Concerns Among Adolescents And Teens, Research Suggests

HealthDay (8/24, Murez) reports “research suggests that not getting enough sleep may doom adolescents and teens to obesity and poorer health as they enter adulthood.” Those “who slept less than eight hours a night were more likely to” have overweight or o…

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About 15M Medicaid Enrollees May Lose Coverage Once COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends, HHS Says

Healthcare Dive (8/23, Kelly) reports, “About 17% of enrollees in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or 15 million people, could lose their coverage when states resume regular eligibility checks once the COVID-19 public health emergency…

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CDC Issues Recommendations For Schools, Child Care Centers To Curb Monkeypox Spread

CBS News (8/23, Tin) reports, “Schools and child care centers generally do not need to take extra steps to curb the spread of monkeypox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says,” and “advises that they can rely on ‘their everyday operational g…

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Biden Administration Planning To Extend Infant Formula Waivers Through Year End

Reuters (8/23, Alper, Roy) reports “the Biden administration will extend through year end waivers that make it easier for low-income families to access baby formula through” the WIC program, “the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to announce on…

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Certain Breakfast Behaviors Tied To Psychosocial Health Problems In Children, Teens, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/23, Monaco) reports, “Certain breakfast behaviors were linked with psychosocial health problems in children and teens, a Spanish study found.” Youth “between the ages of 4 and 14 who regularly skipped breakfast had a more than three times…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 73% Effective In Children Younger Than Five Years During Omicron Surge, Analysis Suggests

The AP (8/23, Cappelletti, White) reports, “Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was 73% effective in protecting children younger than 5 as Omicron spread in the spring, the company announced Tuesday.” This updated analysis of “COVID-19 diagnoses between March and J…

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CDC Recommends Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Adolescents Aged 12 Through 17

Reuters (8/22, Khandekar) reports that on Monday, the CDC “signed off on the use of Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 through 17,” following the FDA’s “authorization for the vaccine for the age group last week.” The company’s “protein…

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Infants Exposed To Acid Suppressant Medications May Face Greater Risk For Recurrent Wheeze, Asthma In Early Childhood, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (8/22, Goldberg) reports, “Infants exposed to acid suppressant medications may face greater risk during early childhood for recurrent wheeze and asthma, but not for allergen sensitization, according to…findings” from “a longitudinal…

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Trial Does Not Support Cutting Antenatal Betamethasone Dose In Half To Treat Respiratory Distress In Very Preterm Infants

MedPage Today (8/22, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Cutting the dose of antenatal betamethasone in half was not equivalent to full-dose antenatal betamethasone when it came to needing to treat respiratory distress in very preterm infants, findings from the randomi…

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Many US Hospitals Do Not Have Enough Human Donor Milk Available For Infants With Very Low Birth Weight, CDC Report Says

MedPage Today (8/22, Lopilato) reports that “many U.S. hospitals did not have human donor milk available for infants with very low birth weight (VLBW) who were not receiving enough mother’s milk, according to” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Repo…

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Decline In Adolescent Mental Health Has Coincided With Teens Spending Growing Amount Of Time Online

The New York Times (8/22, Richtel, Flanagan) reports, “A yearlong series of articles by The Times” has delved into “the major risks to adolescents” that “have shifted sharply in recent decades, from drinking, drugs and teen pregnancy to anxiety, depressio…

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Burden Of Post-Acute Sequelae Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Appears Low Among Children, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (8/22, Hein) reports, “The burden of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), or long COVID, appeared to be low among children, but myocarditis was the most commonly diagnosed PASC-associated condition, according to a large retros…

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Mothers With Family History Of Any Psychiatric Disorder Have Almost Two Times The Risk Of Postpartum Depression, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

MD Edge ObGyn (8/19, Frellick) reported that “mothers who have a family history of any psychiatric disorder have almost two times the risk of postpartum depression as do mothers without such history, according to a” 26-study systematic review and meta-ana…

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New York State Reports First Pediatric Monkeypox Case

CNN (8/21, Beech, Geballe) reports, “A minor in New York state has reportedly contracted monkeypox – a first among children in the state and at least the third reported case of the disease among children in the US.” The patient “lives in New York but not…

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FDA Grants Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization For Adolescents Ages 12 To 17

CNN (8/19, Howard) reported the FDA “authorized Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday for emergency use in adolescents.” Novavax’s protein-based “vaccine was authorized for adults in July,” and with this “latest emergency use authorization, it also will be…

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FDA Warns Nicotine Gummies Can Be Toxic, Deadly For Children Under Six

CBS News (8/19, Gibson) reported, “Nicotine gummies could be toxic and even deadly if consumed by kids under 6, warn federal regulators, who call the fruit-flavored candies a ‘public health crisis just waiting to happen’ among American youth as a new scho…

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Physicians Address Concerns Over Vaccinating Young Children Against COVID-19

MedPage Today (8/19, Firth) reported, “Physicians answered questions from their peers and parents on how to approach concerns around vaccinating the youngest children against COVID-19, during a webinar hosted by the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity P…

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Surgeon General Expresses Concerns About “Unprecedented” Obstacles Facing Young People

According to MedPage Today (8/19, Firth), Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, “the U.S. Surgeon General, said he is gravely concerned about the ‘unprecedented’ obstacles facing young people – from climate change and racism, to the ‘culture of comparison’ embraced by s…

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Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Examine Association Of Universal Ultrasonographic Screening For Neonatal Developmental Dysplasia Of The Hip With Detection, Treatment Rates

MedPage Today (8/18, Lopilato) reports that “universal ultrasonographic screening for” neonatal “developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) was associated with higher rates of early detection and nonoperative treatment, but similar rates of late detection a…

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Including Tandem Mass Spectroscopy In Newborn Screenings May Be Effective In Identifying Adenosine Deaminase Deficiencies, Study Indicates

Healio (8/18, Gawel) reports, “Including tandem mass spectroscopy in newborn screenings to identify adenosine deaminase deficiencies could save lives while adding negligible costs, according to a study” in which researchers highlight three cases in Michig…

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CMS Proposed Rule Would Require Medicaid, CHIP Quality Reporting

Modern Healthcare (8/18, Devereaux, Goldman, Subscription Publication) reports, “States would be required for the first time to report on the quality of healthcare Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries receive under a proposed rul…

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Siblings Of Children With Chronic Health Conditions May Be At Increased Risk For Depression, Researchers Say

Medscape (8/18, Crist, Subscription Publication) reports, “Siblings of children with chronic health conditions could be at an increased risk for depression,” researchers concluded in a 34-study systematic review and meta-analysis, the findings of which we…

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Two Nurse-Led Interventions To Reduce Negative Impacts Of Vaccinations In Children Feasible, May Reduce Needle-Related Fear, Study Suggests

HealthDay (8/18) reports, “Two new nurse-led interventions to reduce negative impacts of vaccinations in children – divided attention (DA) and positive memory reframing (PMR) – were feasible and may reduce needle-related fear, according to a study.” For t…

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People Who Had COVID-19 Continue To Face Increased Risks Of Neurologic, Psychiatric Sequelae Up To Two Years After Infection, Study Shows

MedPage Today (8/17, George) reports, “Up to 2 years after infection, people who had COVID-19 continued to face increased risks of neurologic and psychiatric sequelae compared with people who had other respiratory infections, a retrospective study showed….

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Most Children With Youth-Onset T2D Develop Macro- Or Microvascular Complications Within Decade Of Diagnosis, Data From Two Trials Indicate

Healio (8/17, Monostra) reports, “Most children with youth-onset type 2 diabetes [T2D] develop macrovascular or microvascular complications within a decade of diagnosis, and the risk for beta cell function failure increases over time, according to” findin…

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Study Explores Effects Of Vocabulary Skills, Inhibitory Control On Academic Success In Preschoolers

HealthDay (8/17, Munez) reports, “Kids who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills have a head start on academic success,” according to a “study of nearly 900 4-year-olds and their ability to engage with teachers and peers, as well as th…

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Pandemic Raises Awareness Of Mental Health Crisis Among American Young People

The AP (8/17, Gecker, Lovan) reports, “The pandemic magnified the fragility of mental health among American youth, who had been experiencing a rise in depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for years, experts say,” but the pandemic also “raised awarene…

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Three States Approved By HHS, CMS To Extend Medicaid Postpartum Coverage For 12 Months

HealthPayerIntelligence (8/17, Bailey) reports, “HHS and CMS announced that Hawaii, Maryland, and Ohio have been approved to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage for 12 months after pregnancy, increasing maternal healthcare access for an additional 34,000…

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Using Lower Threshold For Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes In Mothers Does Not Reduce Risk Of Large-For-Gestational-Age Infants, Trial Finds

MedPage Today (8/17, Monaco) reports, “Using a lower threshold for diagnosing gestational diabetes in mothers didn’t reduce the risk of large-for-gestational-age infants, according to the GEMS trial.” After “randomizing over 4,000 pregnant women, 15.3% we…

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US Retailers Say Supplies Of Baby Formula Improving

Reuters (8/16, Marian Rajesh, Sampath Kumar) reports, “Two big U.S. retailers Walmart Inc and Target Corp said on Tuesday that supplies of baby formula were improving, months after the country faced acute shortages that had caused a panic among parents.”…

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Most Parents Of Children Starting CGM Soon After T1D Diagnosis Find Virtual Initiation To Be Convenient, Effective, Researchers Say

Medwire News (8/16, McDermid) reports, “Most parents of children starting continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) soon after their type 1 diabetes [T1D] diagnosis find virtual initiation to be convenient and effective,” researchers concluded in a study using…

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Babies Born Extremely Preterm More Likely To Receive Active Treatment In Recent Years, But Treatment Gaps Exist Among Racial And Ethnic Groups, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/16, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Babies born extremely preterm were more likely to receive active treatment in recent years, but there were gaps in treatment among different racial and ethnic groups, according to a cross-sectional study.” Betwee…

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Elevated Levels Of Lead Exposure May Lead To Lower Test Scores Among Black Students, Study Suggests

NBC News (8/16, Bellamy-Walker) reports a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “found that elevated levels of lead can lead to lower test scores among Black students.” The results, “based on surveys of more than 25,000 fo…

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Children Of Color Face Greater Barriers In Receiving Treatment For Pain

The New York Times (8/16, Peachman) reports, “Pain is subjective, hard to measure and often invisible,” and for “children – even more so than in adults – it is frequently misunderstood, undertreated and dismissed, as research has shown.” However, “in chil…

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Policy Statement Recommends Multifaceted Approach To Promote Helmet Use Among Children, Youth Participating In Recreational Sports

HealthDay (8/15) reports, “A multifaceted approach is recommended to promote helmet use among children and youth participating in recreational sports in order to prevent head injuries, according to a policy statement.” Investigators “discussed the best pr…

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Over 2M Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due To Strangulation Risk

The New York Times (8/15, Rubin) reports, “More than two million infant swings and rockers were recalled Monday for posing a danger of strangulation after a baby died and another was rescued from entanglement.” The United States Consumer Product Safety Co…

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Children With Asthma Not At Higher Risk For SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Severe Illness, Researchers Say

Healio (8/15, Welsh) reports that in a study, “researchers concluded that children with asthma have similar risk…for SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with children without asthma.” One researcher said, “We found no evidence that children with asthma are at…

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Rates Of School Readiness Lower Among Children Born Prematurely Compared To Children Born Full Term, Study Finds

Medscape (8/15, Larkin, Subscription Publication) reports that “among children born prematurely, rates of school readiness were lower in comparison with rates for children born full term, new data indicate.” In a Canadian “study that included more than 60…

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Florida Rule Eliminating Medicaid Coverage For Gender-Affirming Care To Take Effect This Month

The Hill (8/12, Migdon) reported, “Transgender Medicaid recipients in Florida will no longer be able to use Medicaid to cover gender-affirming health care under a new state rule that will take effect later this month.” The new “rule published Wednesday by…

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Taking Part In Certain Sports In High School May Lead To Misuse Of Prescription Stimulants In Young Adulthood, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/15, Reinberg) reports that “taking part in certain sports in high school may lead to misuse of prescription stimulants in the years after graduation,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. This study “reporte…

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Poliovirus Detected In Wastewater Samples In New York City, Officials Announce

The New York Times (8/12, A1, Goldstein, Otterman) reported that “on Friday, New York City health authorities announced that they had found the [poliovirus] in wastewater samples, suggesting polio was probably circulating in the city again.” The New York…

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FDA Approves Roche’s Baloxavir Marboxil To Treat Influenza In Children Aged Five Years And Older

Reuters (8/12, Revill) reported, “Roche has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration for its Xofluza [baloxavir marboxil] drug to treat influenza in children aged five years and older, the drugmaker said on Friday.” The drug “has been…

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Study Examines Impact Of Medicaid Special Enrollment Lottery On Eligible Children In Oregon

HealthDay (8/12, Thompson) reported that “some adults who sign up for Medicaid also bring their unenrolled but eligible kids into the system,” according to a study that found “for every nine adults who gained access to Medicaid in Oregon due to a special…

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Patient-, Provider-Driven Barriers Could Contribute To Racial Disparities In Diabetes Device Use By Children With T1D, Analysis Finds

Healio (8/13, Monostra) reported “multiple patient- and provider-driven barriers may contribute to racial disparities in diabetes device use by children with type 1 diabetes, according to a presenter.” In an analysis of adults’ “perspectives on use of dia…

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Orally Administered Cannabidiol Lowers Anxiety Severity In Adolescents, Young Adults With Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders, Research Suggests

Healio (8/12, Herpen) reported “orally administered cannabidiol reduced anxiety severity in adolescents and young adults with treatment-resistant anxiety disorders, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.” All trial “particip…

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Nearly 30% Of Children Hospitalized For COVID-19 Or MIS-C Had Symptoms More Than A Couple Of Months After Diagnosis, Study Finds

CNN (8/12, Christensen) reported, “Nearly 30% of children who were hospitalized for COVID-19 or MIS-C [multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children], a rare but serious COVID-related condition, had symptoms more than a couple of months after their diagno…

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mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Safe In Pregnancy, Survey Results Show

Bloomberg (8/11, Kresge) reports, “COVID-19 vaccines using messenger RNA technology were safe in pregnancy according to a large Canadian survey, further building the case for pregnant women to get the shots.” The survey results – published in The Lancet I…

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CDC Loosens COVID-19 Recommendations

The Washington Post (8/11, A1, Achenbach, Sun) reports that on Thursday, the CDC “loosened many of its recommendations for battling the coronavirus, a strategic shift that puts more of the onus on individuals, rather than on schools, businesses and other…

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J&J Plans To Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder Products Globally In 2023

The New York Times (8/11, Hsu, Rabin) reports, “Johnson & Johnson will start using cornstarch in all the baby powder it sells around the world, shifting away from the talcum powder that put the popular product at the center of tens of thousands of lawsuit…

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Adolescents, Young Adults With T1D May Have Lower Glucose Levels On Days When They Feel More Engaged With Diabetes Management, Research Suggests

Healio (8/10, Monostra) reports, “Adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes [T1D] had lower glucose levels on days when they reported feeling more engaged with their diabetes management,” investigators concluded in an 88-patient study published on…

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Adolescents With Scoliosis Undergoing Spinal Fusion May Be Prescribed Fewer Opioids, Still Have Adequate Pain Control After Surgery, Study Suggests

HealthDay (8/11, Munez) reports, “Spinal surgery is painful, but fewer addictive opioid painkillers are needed now to help kids and teens manage it, a…study finds.” The researchers found that patients with scoliosis “undergoing spinal fusion can be pres…

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Report Finds 94% Of Manufactured, Homemade Baby Foods Contain Detectable Amounts Of Heavy Metals

CNN (8/11, LaMotte) reports that “making baby food at home with store-bought produce isn’t going to reduce the amount of toxic heavy metals in the food your baby eats, according to a” report by the Healthy Babies, Bright Futures alliance. Investigators “t…

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Rate Of New COVID-19 Cases Declines In US As Deaths Remain High

ABC News (8/10, Mitropoulos) reports, “After several weeks of steady increases in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, there are encouraging signs that the latest viral resurgence may be abating in the United States.” According to CDC data, “the r…

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Traditional, Alternative cART Similarly Effective In Treating Pregnant Women With HIV, Study Shows

Healio (8/10, VanDewater) reports, “Traditional combined antiretroviral therapy – or cART – and alternative cART were similarly effective in treating HIV-infected pregnant women, with similar rates of vertical transmission, according to a study.” In addit…

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London To Offer Polio Vaccine Booster To Children After More Virus Detected In Sewage

The New York Times (8/10, Ward) reports, “Every child in London age 1 to 9 should be offered a booster dose of polio vaccine, the British health authorities said on Wednesday, after traces of the virus turned up in sewage samples across a quarter of the c…

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Nearly Half Of US Teens Report Chronic Online Use, Survey Reveals

The Wall Street Journal (8/10, Donaldson, Subscription Publication) reports that nearly half of teenagers in the US say they are chronically online, according to a survey by Pew Research Center. The survey also found YouTube to be the most popular platfor…

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Day Care Attendance In First Three Years Of Life Tied To Increased Risk For Lung Complications Among Preterm-Born Children With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Study Finds

Healio (8/10, Welsh) reports “day care attendance in the first 3 years of life was linked to increased risk for lung complications among preterm-born children who were diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, according to” a study. In addition, “compare…

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Children Who Report Tobacco Use Have Inferior Cognitive Performance, Smaller Brain Structures, Study Shows

MedPage Today (8/10, Lopilato) reports, “Children who started using tobacco by age 10 had significantly inferior cognitive performance and smaller brain structures after a 2-year follow-up period, a cohort study reported.” Children “reporting ever using t…

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Just 3% Of People Obtained ACA Coverage Within One Year Of Leaving Medicaid Or CHIP, MACPAC Finds

Healthcare Finance News (8/9, Lagasse) reports that “3% of Americans obtained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange within one year of leaving Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to new findings published by t…

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Lining Of Children’s Noses Better Able To Guard Against SARS-CoV-2 Infection Than Those Of Adults, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/9, Munez) reports, “The linings of kids’ noses are better able than those of adults to guard against SARS-CoV-2 infection, Australian researchers report.” The study co-author said, “We’ve shown the lining of children’s noses has a more pro-in…

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Less Invasive Surfactant Administration Tied To Decrease In Risk Of Adverse Outcomes Among Extremely Preterm Infants With Potential Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/9, Lopilato) reports, “For extremely preterm infants with potential respiratory distress syndrome, less invasive surfactant administration (LISA) was associated with a significant decrease in the risk of adverse outcomes, a cohort study f…

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Intranasal Dexmedetomidine Tied To Reduced Perioperative Respiratory Adverse Events Among Children Undergoing Elective Tonsillectomy And Adenoidectomy, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/9) reports, “Among children undergoing elective tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, the incidence of perioperative respiratory adverse events (PRAEs) is reduced for those receiving premedication with intranasal dexmedetomidine, according to a st…

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Children Who Suffer Headaches Report More Frequent, Severe Headaches During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Study Reveals

HealthDay (8/9, Mann) reports the percentage of children who suffer headaches “reporting constant daily headaches increased from 22% before the pandemic to 36% after the start of the pandemic,” according to a survey study of “107 children and adolescents….

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Pregnant Patients With COVID-19 Who Were Hospitalized For Symptomatic Disease More Likely To Deliver During Non-Omicron Pandemic Waves, Data Show

Healio (8/8, VanDewater) reports, “Pregnant patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalized for symptomatic disease were more likely to deliver during their stay if they were admitted to the hospital during non-Omicron pandemic waves, data showed.” Specifica…

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Use Of Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System Provides Greater Independence, Flexibility With Glycemic Management For Youth With Type 1 Diabetes, Research Shows

Healio (8/8, Monostra) reports that “use of a hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system provided greater independence and flexibility with glycemic management for young people with type 1 diabetes, according to” a “qualitative substudy” conducted “at the…

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Farm Living Protects Children Against Allergic Rhinitis Throughout Young Adulthood, Study Finds

Healio (8/8, Gawel) reports, “Childhood on a farm protected against allergic rhinitis throughout young adulthood, whether or not children stayed on the farm through puberty, according to a study.” However, “growing up on a farm did not significantly prote…

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Newborns Of Mothers With Disabilities At Mildly To Moderately Increased Risk Of Several Birth Complications, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/8, Lopilato) reports, “Newborns of mothers with disabilities were found to be at mildly to moderately increased risk of several birth complications, a cohort study reported.” Furthermore, “newborns of mothers with two or more disabilities…

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Nearly 1.5M US Children Experienced Depression, Anxiety During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Report Finds

The Hill (8/8, Barnes) reports that “around 1.5 million U.S. children experienced depression or anxiety during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to” the “2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book.” The report “found a 26 percent jump in the number of…

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Tobacco-Free Oral Nicotine Products Gaining Popularity Among Adolescents, Survey Study Reveals

The Hill (8/8, Melillo) reports a survey study “found more teenagers of certain racial or ethnic, sexual or gender minority groups are using flavored nontobacco oral nicotine products like lozenges and gummies.” The “survey, conducted among 3,516 ninth an…

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Categorizing Children With Obesity Into One Of Eight Subtypes Could Help Providers Better Understand The Condition, Study Suggests

Healio (8/5, Monostra) reported, “Categorizing children with obesity into one of eight subtypes could help providers better understand the condition and may lead to more specialized care, according to study findings.” Researchers wrote, “The clinical subt…

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CDC Study Reveals Wide Range Of Symptoms Among Children In Year After COVID-19

MedPage Today (8/5, Lopilato) reported, “A wide range of symptoms and conditions cropped up in children and adolescents in the year after a COVID-19 infection, though they were seemingly spared from mental and breathing issues, a CDC study reported.” Stil…

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Kids With Type 1 Diabetes And Close Relatives Are More Likely To Experience Mental Health Issues Than People Without The Condition, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/5, Murphy) reported, “Kids with type 1 diabetes and their closest relatives are more likely to experience mental health issues than people without the disease…researchers” found. The findings were published in Diabetes Care.

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Stepwise Oral Food Challenges Appear Safe, Effective For Introducing Egg, Determining Safe Ingestion Doses For Infants, Study Indicates

Healio (8/5, Gawel) reported that “few infants sensitized to egg had to completely avoid egg consumption, with most able to eat an entire scrambled egg after completing stepwise oral food challenges, according to a” study. Beginning “from a low dose, step…

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Air Pollution Tied To Marker Of Ill Health Effects Among Children, Research Suggests

The Hill (8/5, Melillo) reported research “suggests air pollution…is linked with a marker of ill health effects among” children. Investigators “assessed blood samples from 100 healthy children between the ages of 9 and 11 and used data from the Environm…

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Experts Warn Of Rising Heat-Related Illness Among Children

Kaiser Health News (8/4, Huetteman) reports, “After more than a week of record-breaking temperatures across much of the country, public health experts are cautioning that children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults are – even more so when th…

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Rates Of Asthma, Respiratory Allergy Among Children In US Decreased From 2007 To 2018, Study Shows

Healio (8/4, Gawel) reports, “Rates of asthma and respiratory allergy among children decreased from 2007 to 2018…according to a study” that also “showed that children with allergies were significantly more likely to also have asthma.” The results publis…

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Young Adults See No Benefit, Accrue “Significant Health Risks” From Alcohol Consumption, Systematic Analysis Finds

Healio (8/4, Dowd) reports, “Although moderate alcohol consumption may benefit older adults, including reduced risk for ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes, young adults saw no benefit and instead accrued ‘significant health risks’ from consuming…

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Children Granted Access To Monkeypox Vaccine On Case-By-Case Basis, FDA Says

ABC News (8/4, Kindelan, Salzman) reports, “With over 6,000 cases of monkeypox confirmed in the United States, including five children, the demand for the monkeypox vaccine is high.” Although “the current vaccine, JYNNEOS, is approved only for adults ages…

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Experience Of Race Discrimination Tied To Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

HealthDay (8/4, Munez) reports the findings of a 24-study systematic review and meta-analysis links “discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants.” The article adds, “Pooled data analysis showed that for all the outcomes stud…

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Only Half Of Patients With COVID-19 Are Contagious Past Five-Day Isolation Guidelines, Small Study Finds

Bloomberg Law (8/3, Baumann, Subscription Publication) reports that most patients with COVID-19 “continue to test positive past the CDC’s five-day isolation guidelines, but only half of them are actually contagious, a small study…found.” The results wer…

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New COVID-19 Cases Fell 9% Globally Last Week While Deaths Remained Stable, WHO Says

The AP (8/3) reports, “New coronavirus cases fell 9% globally last week while deaths remained stable, according to the latest weekly assessment of the pandemic released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.” The WHO “said there were 6.5 million case…

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Gestational Weight Gain Range With Lowest Risk For Adverse Perinatal Outcomes Similar Among Those With Pre-Pregnancy BMI Of Underweight Or Normal Weight In Twin Pregnancy, Data Show

Healio (8/3, VanDewater) reports, “For people giving birth to twins, the gestational weight gain range with the lowest risk for adverse perinatal outcomes was similar among those with a pre-pregnancy BMI of underweight or normal weight,” according to stud…

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More Exercise Training During Childhood, Adolescence Associated With Favorable LV Diastolic Function In Both HCM LVH+ And G+ LVH- Groups, Researchers Posit

Cardiology Advisor (8/3, Goldberg) reports, “Favorable left ventricular [LV] diastolic function in adults with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) phenotype left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH+) and in adults with an HCM-causative genotype without LVH (G+ LVH…

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Sex-Assigned-At-Birth Ratio Of Transgender, Gender-Diverse Adolescents Does Not Favor Adolescents Who Were Assigned Female Sex At Birth, Study Shows

HealthDay (8/3) reports, “The sex-assigned-at-birth ratio of transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) adolescents does not favor adolescents who were assigned female sex at birth (AFAB) versus those who were assigned male sex at birth (AMAB), according to a s…

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Insufficient Sleep Negatively Affects Neurocognitive Development In Elementary School Children, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/3, Murphy) reports a study “finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get th…

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National Uninsured Rate Reached Record Low In Beginning Of 2022, HHS Analysis Finds

USA Today (8/2, Groppe) reports, “A record low 8% of Americans lacked health insurance at the start of the year, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” Over “5 million people have gained coverage since 2020, accordi…

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Combined Use Of Patient- And Parent-Reported Symptom Information, Objective Lung Function Measures May Help Predict, Manage Acute Respiratory Events In Children With Cystic Fibrosis, Researchers Say

Pulmonology Advisor (8/2, Jacobs) reports that “in children with cystic fibrosis…the combined use of patient- and parent-reported symptom information and objective lung function measures may help clinicians predict and manage acute respiratory events, a…

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More Young Children May Struggle With Disordered Eating Than Previously Thought, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/2, Thompson) reports, “More young children may struggle with eating disorders than previously thought, a…study reveals.” The article adds, “Data on nearly 12,000 U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 10 that was collected as part of a fed…

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Introduction Of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Tied To Reduction In Acute Chest Syndrome In Children With Sickle Cell Disease, Study Shows

MedPage Today (8/2, Bassett) reports, “Introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) a decade ago in France was associated with a significant reduction in acute chest syndrome (ACS) for children with sickle cell disease, a cohort st…

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Family Stressors During COVID-19 Pandemic Tied To Problematic Media Use By Children, Teens, Study Finds

Healio (8/2, Weldon) reports, “Family stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic were associated with problematic media use by children and teenagers, according to a study.” Furthermore, nearly “a third of surveyed children were found to be engaging in media…

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Study Examines Trends In Metabolic Syndrome Among US Youth From 1999 To 2018

Healio (8/1, Ellis) reports, “The metabolic syndrome rate among U.S. youths remained at slightly more than 4% over 20 years, but prevalence increased of large waist circumference and high glucose level,” researchers concluded after examining “data on 6,28…

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Urban Adolescents With Asthma With Higher Treatment Adherence Report Higher Levels Of Autonomous Motivation, Self-Perceived Competence, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (8/1, Goldberg) reports, “A clinical trial of urban adolescents with asthma found those with higher treatment adherence reported higher levels of autonomous motivation and self-perceived competence than adolescents with low levels of t…

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Study Identifies Predictors Of ED, Urgent Care Reutilization Among Children With Amoxicillin-Associated Reactions

Healio (8/1, Gawel) reports, “Fever, angioedema, joint involvement and gastrointestinal symptoms were among the factors that predicted ED and urgent care reutilization among children with amoxicillin-associated reactions, according to study results.” But,…

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Black Maternal Race Tied To Increased Odds Of Death, Longer Hospital Stays For Infants Diagnosed With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/1, Lopilato) reports, “For infants diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia…being born to a Black mother was associated with a greater likelihood of death and increased length of hospital stay, a cohort study found.” According to inves…

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Two California Bills Seek To Protect Children’s Mental Health By Targeting Social Media

Kaiser Health News (8/1, Finn) reports, “Some California lawmakers want to help…parents protect their children’s mental health by targeting website elements they say were designed to hook kids – such as personalized posts that grab and hold viewers on a…

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CMS Publishes Guidance On New Medicaid Health Home Benefit For Children With Medically Complex Conditions

Bloomberg Law (8/1, Subscription Publication) reports HHS, through CMS, “has published guidance on a new Medicaid health home benefit to help state programs provide children with medically complex conditions with person-centered care management, care coor…

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Early Recognition, Prompt Administration Of Antibiotics Important Factors In Managing Neutropenic Enterocolitis In Pediatric Patients With Cancer, Review Contends

Healio (8/1, Weldon) reports, “Early recognition and prompt administration of antibiotics are important factors in managing neutropenic enterocolitis, a common and potentially life-threatening condition that can befall pediatric patients with cancer, a re…

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Batches Of Banana Boat Sunscreen Spray Recalled Due To Trace Levels Of Benzene

The New York Times (7/31, Rubin) reports “the parent company of Banana Boat,” Edgewell Personal Care, “recalled batches of a sunscreen spray because they contained trace levels of benzene, a carcinogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.” The com…

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Collaborative Network Of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Teams May Decrease Rates Of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Over 18 Months Using Low-Technology Prevention Practice Bundle, Independent Of Secular Trends, Researchers Say

Healio (7/29, Schaffer) reported, “A collaborative network of pediatric cardiac intensive care teams significantly decreased rates of in-hospital cardiac arrest over 18 months using a low-technology prevention practice bundle, independent of secular trend…

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Scan Study Indicates Children With AD/HD May Have Less Flexibility In Brain Circuitry That Allows For Seamless “Multitasking”

According to HealthDay (7/29, Norton), youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “may have less flexibility in the brain circuitry that allows for seamless ‘multitasking,’” investigators concluded in a study that “recruited 180 chil…

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Infants Exposed To Acid Suppressant Medications At Increased Risk For Recurrent Wheeze, Asthma, Study Finds

Healio (7/29, Gawel) reported, “Infants exposed to acid suppressant medications did not experience an increased risk for allergen sensitization in early childhood, according to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practi…

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Twenty-Three Infants Admitted To Tennessee Hospital For Treatment Of Parechovirus, CDC Report Says

The New York Times (7/29, Traub) said that “from April 12 to May 24” of this year, “23 children were admitted to a Tennessee hospital for treatment of parechovirus,” according to a CDC report. Of the children, 21 “have recovered without complications, but…

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Senate Democrats Propose $21B In Emergency Funds To Fight COVID-19, Other Outbreaks

The Washington Post (7/28, Romm) reports, “Top Senate Democrats on Thursday proposed $21 billion in new emergency funds to combat the coronavirus and prepare for other emerging outbreaks, including potentially monkeypox, hoping to boost tests, treatments…

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Associations Between Anesthetic Exposure During Childhood, Subsequent Neurodevelopmental Deficits Differ Based On Neurodevelopmental Domain, Researchers Posit

Neurology Advisor (7/28, Goldberg) reports researchers found associations “between pediatric patients exposed to general anesthesia and future neurodevelopmental deficits that vary by neurodevelopmental domain.” The findings of the 31-study systematic rev…

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TNF Inhibitor Use In Pregnancy Tied To Increased Birth Weight Of Offspring Of Women With Well-Controlled RA, Research Suggests

Medwire News (7/28, Cowen) reports, “Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor use by pregnant women with well-controlled rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a reduced risk for having a child that is born small for gestational age,” researches conclu…

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Inactivity, Sugar- And Sodium-Rich Diets, Excessive Weight Account For 90% Of Hypertension Cases In Children Aged Six To 16, Consensus Statement Says

According to Healio (7/28, Schaffer), a “new consensus statement focusing on hypertension in children aged six to 16 years, published in European Heart Journal, notes that inactivity, diets high in sugar and sodium, and excess weight account for nine in 1…

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Researchers Warn About Parechovirus Central Nervous System Infection In Cluster Of Young Infants

MedPage Today (7/28, George) reports, “Researchers warned about symptoms of parechovirus central nervous system…infection, based on a cluster of 23 young infants admitted to a single children’s hospital over a 6-week period.” This year, “from April 12 t…

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Schools Weigh Return Of Mask Mandates Amid COVID-19 Surge

The Washington Post (7/27, George) reports some school districts are bringing back mask mandates as “a sizable swath of the country is seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases, according to data posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” However,…

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Consumer Goods Company Ships 1.3M Cans Of Baby Formula To US To Address Shortage

Reuters (7/27, DiNapoli, Naidu) reports, “Consumer goods company Danone’s North America unit said on Wednesday it had shipped more than 750,000 cans of its flagship Aptamil baby formula to the United States from Europe as a nationwide shortage persists, w…

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FDA Approves Belimumab For Treatment Of Children With Active Lupus Nephritis Who Are Also Receiving Standard Therapy

Healio (7/27, Martin) reports, “The FDA has approved GlaxoSmithKline’s belimumab for the treatment of children with active lupus nephritis who are also receiving standard therapy, according to” a July 27 press release from that company. The drug is “the f…

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Amount Of Co-Existing Conditions For Pediatric Patients With AD/HD May Help Explain Why Some Patients Do Not Respond To Certain Treatments, Researchers Posit

HCPlive (7/27, Walter) reports, “The amount of co-existing conditions for pediatric patients with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “might help explain why some patients do not respond to certain treatments,” investigators concluded in a 4…

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CMS Announces Maternity Care Action Plan, Approves Expanded Medicaid And CHIP Coverage

Healthcare Finance News (7/27, Lagasse) reports, “As part of the Biden Administration’s bid to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for people during and after pregnancy and childbirth, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announce…

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Children With Increased Exposure To Nature During Childhood Had Improved Lung Function Later In Life, Study Says

Healio (7/27, Welsh) reports, “Children with increased exposure to nature during childhood had improved lung function in later life, according to” researchers who “utilized data from 3,278 children from the population-based birth cohort” and “found that c…

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Biden Administration Launches New Website To Help Address Extreme Heat

NBC News (7/26, Chow) reports that on Tuesday, the Biden Administration “unveiled a new website designed to help keep Americans safe from extreme heat.” The “Heat.gov site will provide maps, data and other information to help the public and local official…

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US Reports First Case Of Monkeypox In A Pregnant Woman

CBS News (7/26, Tin) says the US has reported “its first case of monkeypox this year in a pregnant woman, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said over the weekend. The baby was delivered safely and both are ‘doing well.’” During a webina…

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Parental AD And Asthma Tied To Increased Risk Of Objectively Diagnosed AD In Children, Research Shows

HCPlive (7/26, Butera) reports, “Parental atopic dermatitis (AD) and asthma were associated with an increased risk of objectively diagnosed AD in children,” cohort study data show. Researchers found “that AD prevalence was highest at 6 months (18.6%), but…

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Firearm Mortality Among US Youth Rose 30% In Past Decade, Analysis Finds

HealthDay (7/26, Mozes) reports an analysis published in the American Journal of Medicine Open “finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.” This “jump in risk appears to have been largely driv…

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Early Life Weight Differences Do Not Appear To Last Into Adolescence In Children Conceived Via ART, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (7/26, Monaco) reports, “For kids conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART), early life weight differences didn’t appear to linger long into adolescence, researchers reported.” Compared to “those who were naturally conceived, chi…

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Study Explores Marketing Campaigns For Highly Processed Food, Non-Alcoholic Drink Brands On TikTok And Their Potential Impact On Children

MedPage Today (7/26, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “Marketing campaigns for highly processed food and non-alcoholic drink brands on TikTok generate billions of views, leading to a staggering capability to engage and influence children, according to an observati…

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Survey Finds 43% Of Parents Do Not Intend To Vaccinate Children Under Five Against COVID-19

The New York Times (7/26, Hoffman) reports that “barely a month after the Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccines for very young children, the prognosis that large numbers of them will actually get the shots looks bleak, according to a n…

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Studies Suggest Potential Link Between AAV2, Acute Hepatitis Of Unknown Origin In Children

The Wall Street Journal (7/25, Roland, Subscription Publication) reports on research into the cause of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, highlighting two studies that revealed high levels of adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) in nearly every cas…

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Poverty Tied To Increased Likelihood Of CPS Reporting Among Children Hospitalized For Maltreatment, Study Finds

Healio (7/25, Weldon) reports “poverty is associated with an increased likelihood that a young child hospitalized for maltreatment would be reported to Child Protective Services, or CPS, according to” a study that “used a dataset comprising all children b…

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Violent Crime, Poor School Achievement Associated With Greater Risk For Uncontrolled Asthma In Pediatric Patients, Study Suggests

HealthDay (7/25) says, “Research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why” inner-city children “are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma.” Researchers “analyzed data from nearly 15,500 kids with asthma…

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Study Finds No Clear Association Between COVID-19, New-Onset Diabetes In Children, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (7/25, Short) reports, “The incidence of diabetes among children was slightly higher during the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately not significantly different than expected rates, according to a cross-sectional study from Canada.” Among more…

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Rates Of Obesity Among Children Rising In US, Study Shows

HealthDay (7/25, Reinberg) reports that “for the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids” have obesity, according to a study published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics. The study of “nationwide health survey data” shows that “from 2011 to 2…

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US Confirms First Two Pediatric Monkeypox Cases

The Washington Post (7/22, Sun, Nirappil) reported, “The first two U.S. cases of monkeypox in children have been confirmed as part of a record outbreak of more than 2,500 infections nationwide, a top health official said Friday.” These “pediatric cases, d…

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“Parentese” Common Among Cultures Around The World, Researchers Say

The New York Times (7/24, A1, Whang) reports, “Researchers recently determined that” the use of “sing-songy baby talk – more technically known as ‘parentese’ – seems to be nearly universal to humans around the world.” In the most wide-ranging study of its…

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Study Finds Pediatric Patients With SNHL More Likely To Receive Macrolide Prescription Compared To A Penicillin Prescription

MedPage Today (7/22, Lopilato) reported a study found that compared to peers without sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), “pediatric patients with SNHL were more likely to have received a macrolide prescription compared to a penicillin prescription (adjuste…

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Study Examines Prevalence, Characteristics Of Long COVID In Children

The Hill (7/22, Mueller) reported, “Children older than 14 are more likely than younger children to present with long COVID-19 symptoms, a…study shows, but it doesn’t preclude younger children from the disease.” The study “found that nearly 6 percent of…

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Preterm-Born Survivors Had Decreased Lung Function Over Time Compared With Term-Born Infants, Study Says

Healio (7/21, Welsh) said, “Preterm-born survivors had decreased lung function, especially those with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, compared with term-born infants, but decreased values improved over time, according to” researchers who analyzed data from 86…

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Transgender Children At Least Three Times As Likely As Their Cisgender Peers To Experience Depression, Anxiety And Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Survey Study Indicates

The Hill (7/22, Migdon) reported, “Transgender children are at least three times as likely as their cisgender peers to experience depression, anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders,” investigators concluded after examining “responses from more than 7,00…

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Adolescents Who Used E-Cigarettes More Likely To Become New Smokers Of Cannabis, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (7/22, Lopilato) reported a new study found “adolescents who used e-cigarettes were significantly more likely to become new smokers of cannabis shortly thereafter.” Researchers studied “cannabis-naive adolescents who have tried e-cigarette[s…

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Women Who Contract COVID-19 Later In Pregnancy At Greater Risk Of Preterm Birth, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/21, Houghtaling) reports COVID-19 “might put pregnant women at risk of premature birth, but only if they’re in their last trimester, Israeli researchers report” in a study of “5,400 pregnant women.” The study published in PLOS One found that…

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Survey Examines Impact Of Child Care Stress On Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Healio (7/21, Bascom) reports “child care stress during the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on health care workers…according to researchers” who “surveyed 58,408 health care workers across 208 organizations between April 2020 and December…

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High School Students Using Cannabis As A Sleep Aid May Be More Prone To Cannabis Dependency, Binge Drinking, And Psychiatric Symptoms, Study Indicates

HCPlive (7/21, Walter) reports research indicates that “high school students using cannabis as a sleep aid are more prone to cannabis dependency, binge drinking, and psychiatric symptoms, such as depression and anxiety.” Investigators came to that conclus…

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Circulating Cortisol Concentrations Increased During Acute Illness Among Children, Adolescents With No History Of Glucocorticoid Deficiency, Systematic Review Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (7/21, Nye) reports “circulating cortisol concentrations were increased during acute illness among children and adolescents with no history of glucocorticoid…deficiency,” according to a 15-study systematic review. When “strati…

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Disclosing Mother’s BRCA Status Has No Effect On Cancer Risk-Associated Behaviors In Adolescent And Young Adult Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/21, Lopilato) reports, “Disclosing a mother’s BRCA status had no effect on cancer risk-associated behaviors in her adolescent and young adult children [AYA], a study found.” Behaviors including “tobacco and alcohol use or physical activit…

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Several States Reportedly Have No New Plans To Combat COVID-19

Politico (7/20, Messerly, Mahr, Cancryn) reports, “As the latest and most transmissible Covid-19 variant has sent case numbers skyward, with hospitalizations and deaths also rising, the response from state officials has been largely muted, a concession to…

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Combining Fluocinolone Acetonide With Ciprofloxacin Appears Safe, Efficacious In Treating Swimmer’s Ear, Study Indicates

Healio (7/20, Bascom) reports, “Combining the corticosteroid fluocinolone acetonide with ciprofloxacin was safe and efficacious in treating swimmer’s ear, although it was not superior to treatment with either agent alone,” researchers concluded in a “rand…

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FDA Preparing To Overhaul Food-Safety Program, Commissioner Says

The Washington Post (7/20, Reiley) reports FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, “said Wednesday that the agency is preparing for a shake-up of its food-safety program, four months after a nationwide shortage of baby formula drew attention to shortcomings i…

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Gestational Diabetes Rising In US, CDC Analysis Shows

STAT (7/20, Chen) reports “gestational diabetes is on the rise, climbing 30% between 2016 and 2020, according to” a CDC analysis “of 3.25 million birth records.” This analysis “showed that cases increased 13% during the first year of the pandemic alone, a…

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Data Reveal Lower Rate Of MIS-C In Current Pandemic Wave

The Wall Street Journal (7/20, Roland, Subscription Publication) reports there have been far fewer cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) following SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to earlier pandemic waves, according to data from the…

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Prenatal Exposure To Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals May Cause Increased Incidence Of Pediatric NAFLD, Study Finds

Healio (7/18, Valcarcel) reports, “Prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be a cause of increased incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD] in children, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.” Researchers found “…

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Point-Of-Care Testing For Respiratory Pathogens Via Multiplex PCR Did Not Decrease Inappropriate Antibiotic Use In Children Admitted To ED Over Routine Care, Trial Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (7/19, Mermelstein) reports, “Point-of-care testing for respiratory pathogens via multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) did not decrease inappropriate antibiotic use in children admitted to a pediatric emergency department (…

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Prenatal Exposure To Opioids Had No Substantial Impact On Children’s Scholastic Skills By Fifth Grade, Cohort Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/19, Short) reports, “Prenatal exposure to opioid analgesics had no substantial impact on the scholastic skills of children by the time they reached fifth grade, findings from a nationwide Norwegian birth cohort suggested.” While children…

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Infantile Hemangioma Can Be Effectively Managed Via Telehealth, Study Finds

Dermatology Advisor (7/19, Goldberg) reports, “Infantile hemangiomas (IH) can be efficaciously assessed and managed via telemedicine by physicians confident in their IH management expertise, according to study findings published in Pediatric Dermatology.”…

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Biden Administration Announces $49M In Grants To Help Community Groups Sign Up More Families, Children For Health Insurance

NPR (7/19, Simmons-Duffin) reports, “Today the Biden administration announced $49 million in grants to help community groups sign more families and children up for health insurance – especially the more than half of the country’s 4 million uninsured child…

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Injury-Related Visits To Children’s Hospital EDs Decreased By 26.6% During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

Healio (7/19, Weldon) reports, “Injury-related visits to the emergency department of children’s hospitals decreased by more than a quarter during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data published in Pediatrics.” Researchers examined the…

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Researchers Find Increased Risk For Type 2 Diabetes In Children With NAFLD

Healio (7/18, Hornick) reports, “Researchers reported an increased risk for type 2 diabetes in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD], highlighting the need for targeted prevention and screening, according to a study in Clinical Gastroente…

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Most Parents Overlooking Simple Steps To Protect Their Children’s Eyes From Overexposure To Electronic Screens, Poll Data Reveal

HealthDay (7/18) reports, “Most parents are overlooking simple steps to protect their kids’ eyes from overexposure to electronic screens,” data from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan Health reve…

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Study Evaluates Risk Factors For MIS-C

Pulmonology Advisor (7/18, Jacobs) reports that “an increased risk for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) has been associated with male sex, age 5 to 11 years, foreign-born parents, asthma, obesity, and life-limiting conditions, accordi…

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Number Of HIV Tests, Cases Identified Among Children Decreased At Start Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Shows

HealthDay (7/18) reports that “the number of HIV tests and cases identified among children aged 1 to 14 years decreased at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research” that “examined changes in HIV testing and diagnoses among persons aged 1…

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Children Born To Mothers With PCOS More Likely To Be Hospitalized For Childhood Morbidities, Data Show

Healio (7/18, VanDewater) reports, “Compared with other children, those born to mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome [PCOS] were more likely to be hospitalized for infectious diseases, allergy and other childhood morbidities, according to data.” These f…

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Among Very Preterm Infants, Neonatal Neurobehavioral Patterns May Go Beyond Medical Findings To Inform Predictions Of Motor, Cognitive, And Behavioral Outcomes At Two Years Of Age, Investigators Say

MedPage Today (7/18, Lopilato) reports, “Among very preterm infants, neonatal neurobehavioral patterns may go beyond medical findings to inform predictions of motor, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes at two years of age,” investigators concluded. The stu…

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Higher Levels Of Loneliness In Children Prior To Age 12 May Predict Alcohol-Related Issues Emerging In Adulthood, Research Suggests

Healio (7/18, Downey) reports, “Higher levels of loneliness reported in children prior to the age of 12 years predicted alcohol-related issues emerging in adulthood, researchers reported” in a 310-university student study, the findings of which were publi…

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Disadvantaged Neighborhood Environment Tied To Modest Decrease In Fecundability, Researchers Say

Healio (7/15, Bascom) reported, “The socioeconomic environment of a neighborhood may influence the ability to become pregnant, according to researchers” who “reported that ‘a disadvantaged neighborhood environment was associated with a modest decrease in…

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Adolescent Patients With Crohn’s Disease Have Increased Bone Marrow Adiposity, Pilot Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (7/15, Stong) reported that “adolescent patients with [Crohn’s] disease have increased bone marrow adiposity, especially early in the disease course, according to” a “pilot study of 5 patients” published in Bone. For the study, “r…

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House Passes Legislation That Will Temporarily Suspend Tariffs On Imports Of Infant Formula

The Hill (7/15, Schnell) reported, “The House passed a bill on Friday to temporarily suspend tariffs on baby formula imports, a move that some are hoping will help parents and families as they continue to struggle with formula shortages.” The Formula Act…

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Daily Administration Of Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Decrease Risk For Atopic Eczema In Children, Investigators Conclude

Healio (7/15, VanDewater) reported, “Daily administration of vitamin D during pregnancy decreased the risk for atopic eczema in children,” investigators concluded in a study that randomized pregnant people “to either 1,000 international units (IU) of vita…

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More Than 75% Of Patients With JIA May Experience Pain Interfering With Sleep, Attention, Mobility, Report Concludes

Healio (7/15) reported, “More than 75% of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] experience pain that has interfered with their ability to sleep, pay attention and run or walk short distances,” investigators concluded in a report containing “da…

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Women With Higher Concentrations Of Phthalates In Their Urine At Greater Risk Of Preterm Birth, Analysis Indicates

HealthDay (7/14, Houghtaling) reports, “Phthalates, chemicals that are typically used to strengthen plastics, are in millions of products people use every day, but” an analysis of “data from over 6,000 pregnant women in the” US “confirms their link to a h…

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Canada Authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Children Under Five

Reuters (7/14, Shakil) reports that on Thursday, Canada “authorized Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine [Spikevax] for babies as young as 6 months old, making it the country’s first vaccine against coronavirus for children under 5, Health Canada said.” Canada…

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of Pediatric Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa Meet Criteria For Obesity At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (7/14, Brunk) reports, “Nearly two-thirds of pediatric patients with hidradenitis suppurativa met criteria for obesity at the time of their diagnosis, and 36% had acne,” investigators concluded in a 303-patient study presented…

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Type Of COVID-19 Vaccine, Timing Of Administration May Affect Immune Response Of Pregnant Women And Their Children, Data Indicate

Healio (7/14, VanDewater) reports, “The type of COVID-19 vaccine and the timing of its administration can affect the immune response of pregnant women and their children, data…showed.” These study results – published in Nature Communications – “showed t…

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Providers In Multiple States Reported Parechovirus Cases In Infants Under Three Months, CDC Says

NBC News (7/15, Stelloh) says healthcare providers in several US “states have reported a virus that can cause seizures, meningitis and other severe illnesses in infants under 3 months old, federal officials said Thursday.” CDC officials “issued an alert n…

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About 25M Children Missed Childhood Vaccinations Over Past Two Years, Report Finds

The New York Times (7/14, Nolen) reports about 25 million “children around the world, most of them in the poorest countries, missed some or all of their childhood vaccinations over the past two years because of a combination of conflicts, climate emergenc…

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Average Cost Of Childbirth In US Is Nearly $19,000, Including Nearly $3,000 Out Of Pocket, Analysis Finds

Bloomberg (7/13, Ceron) reports a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis “found that the average cost of childbirth in the US is $18,865 under large insurance plans.” While the majority of the expense “is often picked up by insurance, out-of-pocket payments cl…

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California Moves Back Start Times For Middle Schools, High Schools

The New York Times (7/13, Karlamangla) reports that high school and middle school classes in California will begin later when the new school year begins in the fall. The change comes after state lawmakers in 2019 “passed a first-of-its-kind law requiring…

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Study Examines Impact Of Breastfeeding On Academic Performance, ADHD Risk Among Children Born Preterm

HealthDay (7/13, Thompson) reports that “preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Overall, researchers “foun…

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Children And Adults With SARS-CoV-2 Have Persistent Antibodies Up To 10 Months After Infection, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/13) reports, “Children and adults with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection have persistent antibodies up to 10 months after infection, and children have higher antibody titers than adults, according to a stu…

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In Phase III Trial, Erythropoietin No Help For Newborns With Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Already Undergoing Therapeutic Hypothermia, Investigators Find

MedPage Today (7/13, Lopilato) reports, “Erythropoietin was no help for newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy already undergoing therapeutic hypothermia in the phase III HEAL trial,” investigators reported in the findings of a 501-infant study pub…

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Study Examines Sex-Specific Transmission Of Anxiety Disorders From Parents To Children

HealthDay (7/13, Mann) reports investigators examining “how anxiety was passed down among parents to same-sex kids among 398 kids from 221 mothers and 237 fathers” found that “anxious moms are more likely to have anxious daughters, and anxious dads are mo…

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Studies Offer More Evidence That Adenovirus 41 May Be Contributing Factor In Unexplained Acute Hepatitis In Children

The New York Times (7/13, Anthes) reports, “For months, scientists around the world have been investigating cases of severe, unexplained hepatitis…in previously healthy children.” Now, two studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine “report…

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Parents More Open To Discussions About Gun Locks, Other Gun Safety Measures When A Child’s Physician Is Involved, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/12, Houghteling) reports, “Pediatricians may become the trusted middle men between gun owners and non-gun owners when it comes to talks about gun safety,” investigators concluded after finding that “parents were more open to politically sensi…

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More Than Half Of Parents Likely To Follow Physician’s Advice On COVID-19 Vaccination For Children, Survey Reveals

Healio (7/12, Weldon) reports, “More than half of surveyed parents said they were likely to follow the advice of their child’s primary care physician when it came to COVID-19 vaccination, according to results published in Academic Pediatrics.” This survey…

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New “988” National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number Prepares For Launch

The New York Times (7/12, Blum) reports that beginning Saturday, anyone in the US “can text or call 988 to reach trained counselors who can help them cope with a mental health emergency, and direct them to additional resources for mental health and substa…

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CSF Diversion Not Tied To Improved Outcomes For Children Following A TBI, Research Suggests

Healio (7/12, Downey) reports, “Cerebrospinal fluid [CSF] diversion was not associated with improved outcome[s] for children following a traumatic brain injury [TBI],” even though researchers did observe “a decrease in intracranial pressure.” The findings…

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People Exposed To Tobacco Content On Social Media More Than Two Times As Likely To Use Tobacco, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

The Hill (7/12, Melillo) reports “people who viewed tobacco content on social media were more than two times as likely to use the substance compared with those who were not exposed,” according to a systematic review and meta-analysis comprising “informati…

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Drinking Alone During Adolescence, Young Adulthood May Increase Risk For Alcohol Abuse Later In Life, Study Finds

CNN (7/11, LaMotte) reports, “Drinking alone during adolescence and young adulthood can strongly increase the risk for alcohol abuse later in life, especially if you are a woman, a…study finds.” Researchers “analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future…

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Officials Recommend Greater Regulation Of “Spraygrounds” To Prevent Infection

The Washington Post (7/11, Blakemore) reports on the risk of infection at “spraygrounds,” which “are more popular than ever.” While rare, multiple “deaths and illnesses have prompted some states and municipalities to tighten up regulation of splash pads.”…

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Shorter Outpatient Antibiotic Treatment Duration As Effective As Current Recommended Treatment In Children Over Six Months With CAP, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Pulmonology Advisor (7/11, Goldberg) reports that “in children over 6 months of age with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), outpatient antibiotic treatment lasting 3 to 5 days is as efficacious as the current recommended treatment of 7 to 10 days, accord…

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Researchers Examine How Sleep Duration Influences Adjustment To Kindergarten

HealthDay (7/11) reports, “Long, restful and – most importantly – regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and” now “a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.” The 221-family study rev…

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Infants Are Aware Their Babbling Sounds Impact People Around Them, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/11, Houghtaling) reports, “infants as young as three to five months of age can tell that the unintelligible sounds they make before they learn to talk can impact the people around them,” researchers concluded in a study that “examined the beh…

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Children’s Daily Physical Activity Declined By 20% During Pandemic, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

The New York Times (7/11, Diaz) reports that “as children around the world stayed home, studied remotely and became more socially isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, they also became less physically active, according to” a 22-study systematic review…

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Abbott Resumes Production Of Infant Formula At Michigan Plant

The AP (7/9, Bajak) reported that infant formula production “has resumed at the Abbott Nutrition factory in Michigan whose February shutdown over contamination contributed to a national shortage, a company spokesman said.” Damage caused by “severe thunder…

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FDA Grants Full Approval To Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Adolescents Aged 12 To 15

Reuters (7/8, Mishra) reported the FDA on Friday “said…it has granted full approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine [Comirnaty] for adolescents aged between 12 and 15 years.” The agency “said…the full approval follows a rigorous analysis and…

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Among Transgender Youth Receiving Puberty-Delaying Or Gender-Affirming Hormonal Therapy, BMD Appears Lower Relative To Age-Based Norms, Study Indicates

Clinical Endocrinology News (7/8, Bosworth) reported, “Among transgender youth who receive puberty-delaying or gender-affirming hormone therapy, bone mineral density (BMD) is lower relative to age-based norms, and this is true regardless of gender assignm…

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Researchers Find Reduced Brain Volumes In Pediatric Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury

HealthImaging (7/8, Murphy) reported that in an MRI scan study published in Brain, researchers “found reduced brain volumes in pediatric patients who had previously sustained serious head injuries.” The study “details how researchers concluded that both g…

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Screening Adolescents For Signs Of Depression Appears Not To Reduce ED Visits, Hospitalizations, Or Treatment For Suicidal Behaviors, Researchers Say

Medscape (7/8, Banks, Subscription Publication) reported, “Screening adolescents for signs of depression does not reduce their emergency department [ED] visits, hospitalizations, or treatment for suicidal behaviors,” investigators concluded in a study tha…

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Prevalence Of ASD Among US Children, Adolescents Rising, Researchers Say

Healio (7/8, Weldon) reported, “Researchers estimated that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, among children and adolescents in the United States was 3.14% in 2019 and 2020 overall, up from 2.24% in 2014.” The researchers “found that 410…

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Motherhood Not Tied To Lower Survival In Breast Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/7, Munez) reports that in breast cancer survivors, “motherhood doesn’t lower their future survival chances,” according to a study. Furthermore, “survival rates were no worse in younger women, those who had not been pregnant before or those wi…

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Juvenile Arthritis Still Widely Misunderstood Or Outright Unknown To General Public

According to USA Today (7/7, Moniuszko), even “though juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the U.S. – causing issues like joint inflammation, swelling and pain – it is still widely misunderstood or outright unknown to the general pu…

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Adults With Overweight, Obesity And Children With Severe Obesity Hospitalized With COVID-19 Have Higher Medical Costs, Study Finds

Healio (7/7, Monostra) reports, “Among people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S., adults with overweight or obesity and children with severe obesity had significantly higher medical costs compared with those with healthy weight, according to study fin…

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US School Districts Implementing Mental Health Measures During Summer Classes

The Wall Street Journal (7/7, Chapman, Subscription Publication) reports on how US school districts are implementing measures during summer classes to help ameliorate the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on student mental health.

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HHS Releases New Resources To Improve State Oversight Of Medicaid, CHIP Managed Care Programs

Healthcare Finance News (7/7, Lagasse) reports HHS through CMS “has released a suite of resources meant to improve CMS and state oversight of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care programs – which provide people with health benefit…

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Approximately 300,000 Children Under Age Five Have Gotten At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine, White House Official Says

CNN (7/7, Klein) reports, “Approximately 300,000 children under the age of 5 in the US – about 2% of that age group – have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine since it was recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention las…

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Teens More Likely Than Adults To Have Severe Cannabis Use Disorder, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/6, Thompson) reports research indicates that “teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to marijuana.” Included in the study were “274 people, including 76 teenagers (aged 16 and 17) who used pot one to seven days per…

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FDA Announces Plan To Help Overseas Baby Formula Producers Secure Long-Term Authorization In US

The AP (7/6, Miller) reports, “The Biden administration is trying to help foreign makers of baby formula stay on the U.S. market for the long term, in an effort to diversify the industry after the closure of the largest domestic plant sparked a nationwide…

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Study Examines Changes In Incidence Of Childhood Obesity

HealthDay (7/6, Mann) reports, “Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages,” investigators concluded after comparing “rates of obesity in kids from kindergarten through fifth grade dur…

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Children As Young As 9 Or 10 Start To Wonder About Tobacco, Alcohol, And Marijuana, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/6, Quinlan Houghtaling) reports, “Children as young as 9 and 10 start to wonder about tobacco, booze and even marijuana, and many may have easy access to these substances at home, mostly because their parents have not forbidden their use yet,…

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Prenatal Environmental Exposure To Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Tied To Greater Risk For Liver Injury In Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/6, Hamza) reports, “Prenatal environmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals was associated with a higher risk for liver injury in children, a prospective cohort study found.” In this “study of over 1,000 European mother-child pa…

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Officials Hope New 988 Number Will Help More People In Crisis, Especially LGBTQ Youth

The Washington Post (7/6, McShane) reports, “On July 16, Americans will be able to call or text a new phone number – 988 – if they feel they are experiencing a mental health crisis and/or are at risk of suicide.” This “forthcoming switch to 988 is due to…

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Proportion Of Children With COVID-19-Related Croup Increased During Omicron Surge, Study Finds

Healio (7/6, Weldon) reports “the proportion of children with COVID-19-related croup increased during the period in which Omicron was the predominant variant in the United States, according to a” study. The researchers “wrote that they sought to find ‘whe…

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COVID-19 Third-Leading Cause Of Death In US From March 2020 To October 2021, Analysis Shows

The Hill (7/5, Weixel) reports, “COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. between March 2020 and October 2021, according to an analysis of federal data.” Investigators “found that the coronavirus accounted for 350,000 deaths – 1 in every…

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Many Black, Hispanic Teens Have Low Levels Of Vitamin D, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/5, Munez) reports vitamin D “boosts the immune system and helps prevent cancer, among other health benefits, but a significant number of Black and Hispanic teens have low levels of this nutrient, according to a… study” published in the Jour…

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Antibiotic Allergies Often Incompletely, Inconsistently Documented In Tertiary Pediatric Hospital Setting, Study Shows

Healio (7/5, Gawel) reports “antibiotic allergies frequently were incompletely and inconsistently documented in a tertiary pediatric hospital setting” in Australia, according to a retrospective study. The findings were presented at the EAACI Hybrid Congre…

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Researchers Find Potential Link Between Food Insecurity, Increases In BMI In Certain Groups Of Children

Healio (7/5, Weldon) reports, “Researchers said they found a potential link between food insecurity and increases in BMI in certain groups – particularly among infants, preschoolers and elementary and middle school students.” The 13-study systematic revie…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Rising For First Time In Two Months, Report Shows

ABC News (7/5, Mitropoulos) reports that “there are renewed signs that COVID-19 cases may be back on the rise across parts of the country,” and this “resurgence comes as the number of children testing positive for the virus also sees an increase again.” N…

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Most Children In US Have Poor Scores For Heart Health, Analysis Finds

HealthDay (7/5, Munez) reports, “Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called ‘Life’s Essential 8.’” Less “than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new Am…

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US Government Orders Additional 2.5M Doses Of Monkeypox Vaccine

Reuters (7/1, Roy) reported, “The U.S. government has ordered 2.5 million more doses of Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine [Jynneos] for use against monkeypox outbreaks, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday.” The government “is ramping up its…

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Survey Explores COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Parents

Healio (7/1, Weldon) reported “a survey conducted last fall found that” 51.5% of “parents of children aged 0 to 4 years said they were likely to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, researchers reported.” Among “parents of children aged between 5 an…

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Study Identifies Factors Tied To Transgender, Nonbinary Youths Experiencing Delays In Receiving Puberty Blockers Or Gender-Affirming Hormones

Healio (7/1, Ellis) reported, “Low income, Medicaid insurance and lack of family support were among the factors associated with transgender and nonbinary youths experiencing delays in receiving puberty blockers or gender-affirming hormones,” investigators…

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More Than 76% Of Parents Of Middle, High School Students In New Jersey Say Depression Screenings In School Are Necessary, Survey Indicates

Healio (7/1, Downey) reported, “More than 76% of parents of middle and high school students in New Jersey said that depression screenings in school are necessary, according to a survey conducted by Rutgers University” of “678 parents of adolescents aged 1…

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Becerra Calls On States To Help Ensure Success Of National Suicide Hotline Rollout

Bloomberg Law (7/1, Lopez, Subscription Publication) reported, “The Biden administration’s national suicide hotline rollout will need state governments to play a strong hand to be a success, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday.”…

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Peanut Oral Immunotherapy For Infants Should Be Offered As Soon As Possible Via Shared Decision-Making When Peanut Introduction Fails, Review Contends

Healio (7/1, Gawel) reported, “When peanut introduction fails, peanut OIT [oral immunotherapy] for infants should be offered as soon as possible via shared decision-making, according to a review.” The review – published in The Journal of Allergy and Clini…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FDA Issues Alert Warning Against Use Of Baby Neck Floats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FDA Orders All Juul E-Cigarette Products Off US Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biden Administration To Import Baby Formula From Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ACA Coincides With Some Improvements In Patient Care, Study Suggests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Florida Proposes Rule Eliminating Medicaid Coverage For Gender-Affirming Care

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

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

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

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CDC Endorses COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Age Five

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

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Abbott Plant Closes Temporarily Due To Flooding

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

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

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

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Vice President Harris Announces Expansion Of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

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

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Biden Administration Launches Task Force To Fight Online Harassment, Abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biden Signs Executive Order Offering New Initiatives For LGBTQ Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delta Airlines To Begin Transporting Baby Formula To US June 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Data Show New Omicron Subvariants Gaining Ground Across US

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FDA Approves GSK Vaccine For Measles, Mumps, And Rubella

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Abbott Nutrition Resumes Production At Michigan Baby Formula Factory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Florida Moves To Ban Transition-Related Care For Transgender Minors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biden Administration Arranges Two Additional Shipments Of Infant Formula

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review Examines Dangers Posed To Young Children From Swallowing Button Batteries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHO Says 650 Probable Cases Of Acute Hepatitis In Children Reported

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

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Study Highlights Inconsistent Definitions, Management Of Pediatric Long COVID Worldwide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CMS Approves Expanded Postpartum Medicaid Coverage In Four New States

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

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

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

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Antibiotic Resistance Will Become Greater Threat Over Time, Experts Warn

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

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Some Viruses Reemerging Globally As COVID-19 Measures Ease

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

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

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

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

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

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