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COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Increase Risk Of Miscarriage, Birth Defects, CDC Officials Say

CNBC (9/23, Towey) reports, “Vaccinating against Covid does not increase the risk of miscarriage or birth defects, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” said. The agency “tracked 1,613 pregnant women who received a Covid-19 vaccin…

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Telehealth May Improve Outcomes For Children With Chronic Conditions, Researchers Say

mHealth Intelligence (9/23) reports, “Using telehealth to deliver comprehensive care for children with chronic conditions is likely to reduce hospital and emergency department visits, improve patient outcomes, and decrease healthcare costs, according to r…

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CDC Director Overrules Advisory Panel To Broaden Recommended Use Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots For Frontline Workers

The New York Times (9/23, Mandavilli, Mueller) reports that on Friday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky “overruled a recommendation by an agency advisory panel that had refused to endorse booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for frontline…

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More Than One-Third Of Children Sleep Less Than Recommended For Their Age, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/23) reports that “34.9 percent of persons aged 4 months to 17 years slept less than recommended for their age,” according to researchers. Researchers found that “a higher prevalence of short sleep duration was seen for those in Southeastern s…

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Parents Of Children With Disabilities Reportedly “Crushed” By Opposition To Masks In Schools

The New York Times (9/23, Green) reports that “the opposition to masks has been particularly crushing for parents…who see in-person schooling as a lifeline for their children with disabilities.” Students with disabilities “have been among the most under…

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Recall Issued For Newborn Loungers After Eight Infant Deaths

USA Today (9/23, Snider) reports, “The Boppy Co., makers of nursing pillows and baby carriers, is recalling three types of baby pillows after eight infants died from suffocation.” The deaths, “which occurred between December 2015 and June 2020, happened a…

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Parents And Children May Share Dislike For Certain Vegetables, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/23, Reinberg) reports, “Parents and their children often share numerous traits – including a dislike for broccoli,” cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower (all vegetables from the Brassica family), possibly due to “noxious enzymes from bac…

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School Reopenings Hampered By Rising COVID-19 Infections Among Children

Bloomberg (9/23, Young, Querolo) reports, “U.S. schools were counting on widespread vaccinations to help get all students back to in-person classes for the first time since early 2020.” But “mere weeks into the effort, signs of another taxing year are eme…

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Parents Of Children In Hospitals Want More Information On Costs Of Care, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/22, Foster) reports, “Having a child in the hospital is distressing for families, and not knowing what that stay might cost can add to that stress, researchers say.” In a new study, the researchers “found that three-quarters of U.S. families…

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In Small Study, Ecopipam Appears To Show Long-Term Safety, Activity In Children With Tourette Syndrome

Neurology Advisor (9/22, Akirov) reports, “Ecopipam, a selective D1 antagonist, has shown long-term safety and activity in children with Tourette syndrome,” researchers concluded in a 26-patient, “open-label, single-arm extension study” that “included chi…

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Girls Exposed To High Levels Of Perfluorohexane Sulfonate May Have Higher Risk For Dysregulated Glucose Metabolism During And After Puberty, Researchers Say

Healio (9/21, Monostra) reports, “Girls exposed to high levels of perfluorohexane sulfonate have a higher risk for dysregulated glucose metabolism during and after puberty,” researchers concluded after having analyzed “data from 310 participants in the St…

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Interventions Necessary To Reduce Risk Of Persistent Obesity In Pediatric Patients With Asthma, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (9/22, Jacobs) reports, “Several years after being diagnosed with status asthmaticus, overweight and obese children with asthma are at risk of continuing obesity,” and “because obesity is a potential asthma trigger, interventions are n…

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Seeing A Parent Abuse A Sibling May Be As Traumatizing As Watching A Parent Hurt Another Parent, Research Suggests

HealthDay (9/22, Reinberg) reports, “Seeing a parent abuse a sibling can be as traumatizing as watching a parent hurt another parent,” investigators concluded after using “data from three national surveys to collect data on more than 7,000 children betwee…

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US Parents Weigh Benefits, Risks To COVID-19 Vaccinations For Children

Reuters (9/22, Ax, Bernstein) reports, “Monday’s announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech that a low dose of their coronavirus vaccine proved safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11 in a clinical trial has come as a relief to many parents anxiously awai…

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Decline In Births Due To Pandemic May Be Rebounding

The AP (9/21, Schneider) reports, “While there has been a decline in births in the U.S. during the pandemic, a new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests the drop may have turned a corner last March as births started rebounding.” The b…

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Children, Young Adults With Kidney Disease May Show ‘High Burden’ Of Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (9/21, Webb) reports, “Children and young adults with kidney disease showed a ‘high burden’ of subclinical cardiovascular disease,” investigators concluded in a study that “examined structural and functional abnormalities” in “a cohort of 79 childr…

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Exposure To Neighborhood Gun Violence May Be Tied To An Increase In Children Visiting The ED For Acute Mental Health Symptoms, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/21, Reinberg) reports, “Living within a few blocks of a shooting increases the risk that a child will end up visiting the emergency department [ED] for mental health-related problems,” investigators concluded after studying data on some 54,30…

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Black Children More Likely Than White Children To Have Complications After Appendectomy, Study Finds

Healio (9/21, Weldon) reports, “Black children are more likely than their white peers to experience complications following appendectomy and face an excess risk for perforation, increasing health care costs, according to a study published in Pediatrics.”…

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Pediatric Healthcare Providers Often Miss Signs Of Type 1 Diabetes In Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/21, Mundell) reports, “Potentially dangerous symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children are not always immediately recognized by primary care providers, new research suggests.” In the study, “according to the investigators: ‘as many as 43% of th…

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Administration Launches Strategy To Address Public Health Risks Linked To Extreme Heat

The Washington Post (9/20, Joselow) reports, “President Biden launched a government-wide strategy Monday to combat extreme heat, including the development of new federal labor standards aimed at protecting workers from the impact of rising temperatures li…

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Clinicians Successfully Use Navigation System For TMJ Surgery

Aunt Minnie (9/20, Sherwood) reports, “Clinicians in Japan successfully performed a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis surgery on a pediatric patient using a computer-assisted navigation system, according to” a new report. While “employing an electro…

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Study Reveals Differences In BMI Z Score Among Four US Regions

Healio (9/20, Monostra) reports, “Children living in the Midwest region of the U.S. have a higher BMI z score compared with those living in the Northeast, whereas children from the South and West have lower BMI z scores than the Northeast,” investigators…

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Intervention Before Age Two Improves Autism Symptoms In Toddlers, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (9/20, Wu) reports, “Infants who seemed headed for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had milder symptoms as toddlers if their caregivers were subject to a social communication intervention when infants were just 1 year of age, a randomized clin…

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Numbers Of Babies Infected With Syphilis Surging In Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles Times (9/20, Reyes) reports, “More and more babies in L.A. County have been infected with syphilis in the womb, which can lead to stillbirth, neurological problems, blindness, bone abnormalities and other complications.” According to a Dep…

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Poll Examines Parental Views On Fast Food, Family Meals

Healio (9/20, Miller) reports, “In the past few months, one in five parents reported that their children ate fast food more often,” whereas “about two in three parents said their family meals have been healthier,” according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hos…

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Increase In Development Of Myopia In Children Linked To COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

HCPlive (9/20, Iapoce) reports, “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased lockdowns leading to increased use of online courses in education, there have been concerns” of “the impact on children of increased digital screen time worsening the glob…

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Majority Of Adolescent Patient Portals Are Accessed By Parents Or Guardians, Study Finds

Healthcare IT News (9/17, Jercich) reported, “A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open found that more than half of adolescent patient portal accounts with outbound messages were accessed by guardians.” S…

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Schools Try New COVID-19 Testing Model To Keep Students In Classrooms

The New York Times (9/19, A1, Anthes) reports, “An increasing number of school districts are turning to testing to keep more children in the classroom and avoid disrupting the work lives of their parents.” While this is a “resource-intensive approach,” it…

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Research Indicates Association Between Increased Physical Activity And Improved Childhood Asthma Control

HCPlive (9/17) reported, “New data from China indicated an association between increased physical activity and improved childhood asthma control, with body mass index (BMI) status exhibiting a negative effect on the association.” The findings were publish…

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More Parents Mentioning Safety Concerns When Deciding Against HPV Vaccination For Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/17, Hamza) reported, “Despite no observed changes in serious adverse event reporting trends for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, more parents are mentioning safety concerns when deciding against vaccinating their kids, a cross-sect…

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As Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise, Experts Examine Children’s Immune Response To The Virus

Kaiser Health News (9/17, Szabo) reported, “Eighteen months into the covid-19 pandemic, with the delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, many hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking new low” as they are “now losing babies to the coronavirus.”…

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Lifestyle Intervention Appears Not To Sustain BMI Reductions For Children With Obesity, Researchers Say

Healio (9/17, Monostra) reported, “Children with a high BMI who participated in a high-intensity lifestyle intervention program in New Zealand had a lower BMI standard deviation score after one year, but the reduction was not sustained at five years,” res…

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Shedding Excess Weight May Benefit Long-Term Heart Health Of Young People More Than Building Muscle, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/17) reported, “Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle,” investigators concluded after following some “3,200 Brits born in the 1990s.” The study revealed that “those who had pr…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Safe, Effective In Young Children Aged 5 To 11 Years, Companies Say

The Washington Post (9/20) reports, “A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine – one-third the amount given to adults and teens – is safe and triggered a robust immune response in children as young as 5 years old, the drug companies announce…

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Cook Children’s Halts Non-Emergency Surgeries Amid COVID-19 Surge

WFAA-TV Dallas (9/16, De Bruijn, Joy) reports Fort Worth’s Cook Children’s Medical Center on Thursday halted “elective, non-emergency surgeries due to staff and bed shortages from the COVID surge,” with the system already “rerouting staff from the rest of…

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Study Finds Adverse Events, Inadequate Response With Dupilumab Treatment In Pediatric Patients With Atopic Dermatitis

According to HCPlive (9/16, Butera), a study published in Pediatric Dermatology tied treatment with monoclonal antibody dupilumab to “adverse events and an inadequate response to the biologic in pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis.” Researchers “ini…

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Parents With Children Under 12 Fear Children’s Return To School, Activities During Delta Variant Surge

The Washington Post (9/16, Cha) reports, “At a time when more than 75 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose and just about everything has opened up, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported over 250,000 new coronavirus infectio…

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Study Links Online Learning Amid COVID-19 Pandemic To Vision Issues In Children

The AP (9/16, Tanner) reports, “Research suggests vision problems increased among Chinese schoolchildren during pandemic restrictions and online learning, and eye specialists think the same may have happened in U.S. kids.” On Thursday, a report published…

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Black Children Have More Medical Complications During Appendectomies Than White Children, Study Indicates

STAT (9/16, Cueto) reports, “Black children consistently have more medical complications during appendectomies than their white peers, including higher rates of ‘perforated’ or burst appendixes” which “not only leads to extended hospital stays for the chi…

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Parents Look To Enroll Children In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials To Get Head Start On Protection

The Wall Street Journal (9/16, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports parents across the country are seeking opportunities to put their children in COVID-19 vaccine trials to build their immunity as soon as possible while waiting for FDA authorization…

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Study Indicates Pandemic Accelerated Childhood Obesity In US

The AP (9/16, Stobbe) reports, “A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an ‘alarming’ increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers.” The results “signal a ‘profound increase in weight gain for kids’ and are ‘substantial and alarming,’ said one of…

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Investigational Typhoid Fever Vaccine Safe, Effective In Young Children, Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (9/15, Gever) reports researchers in a “major” 28,000-participant trial conducted in Malawi found that an investigational typhoid fever vaccine “showed 80.7% efficacy” in young children and “fewer adverse events than were seen with a standar…

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Data Show One In 500 Americans Have Died From COVID-19

CNN (9/15, Holcombe) reports “1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection,” according to Johns Hopkins University data, which show that “as of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have died of COVID-19.” CN…

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Some State Officials Raise Concerns Over COVID-19 Outbreaks Among Schoolchildren

CNN (9/15, Sanchez) reports, “As school districts across the country reopen, some state officials are voicing concern about the vulnerability of children as the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant takes aim at the unvaccinated.” COVID-19 infection…

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Some States Reporting Uptick In Number Of Pregnant Patients Admitted To ICUs With Severe COVID-19

According to MedPage Today (9/15, Grant), a University of Alabama at Birmingham report “in August revealed that there had been a sharp increase in the number of pregnant patients who were being hospitalized with COVID-19,” and now, “nearly a month later,…

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Epidural Analgesia In Labor May Have Higher Likelihood Of Neonatal Infection Among First-Time Mothers, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (9/15, Gever) reports, “Infections among newborns occurred at a rate of 4.4% when mothers received epidurals, versus 1.8% without the treatment,” researchers concluded after analyzing “records of first-time mothers giving birth at Shanghai’s…

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Researchers Examine Association Between Remote School And Child Mental Health

Healio (9/15, VanDewater) reports, “Remote school may do more harm to the mental health of older and Black and Hispanic kids and those from lower-income families,” researchers concluded in a “nationally representative, cross-sectional study” that “surveye…

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Unvaccinated Children Representing Larger Percentage Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Fatalities, PAHO Warns

Reuters (9/15, Boadle) reports, “As more adults get their COVID-19 vaccines, children who are not yet eligible for vaccination in most countries are representing a larger percentage of hospitalizations and even deaths, the Pan American Health Organization…

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About One Quarter Of ICUs In Southern US More Than 95% Occupied

The New York Times (9/14, Smart) reports some southern US hospitals “are running dangerously low on space in intensive care units,” with one in four hospitals reporting “more than 95 percent of I.C.U. beds occupied – up from one in five last month. Expert…

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FDA Approves Expanded Indication For Brivaracetam For Treating Partial-Onset Seizures Among Children As Young As One Month, Company Says

Healio (9/14) reports, “The FDA has approved an expanded indication for Briviact [brivaracetam] CV tablets, oral solution and injection, for treating partial-onset seizures among children as young as one month,” according to an Aug. 30 press release from…

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Black Pediatric Patients More Likely To Be Restrained In EDs Than White Pediatric Patients, Data Indicate

Healio (9/14, Weldon) reports, “Black pediatric patients are more likely to be physically restrained in EDs than their white peers,” researchers concluded in “a cross-sectional study of 551,740 pediatric visits to 11 different EDs within an unidentified N…

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Among Pediatric Patients On Dialysis, Those With LN Have Higher Risks For Hospitalization, Transplantation Delay Compared With Those With NLGD, Results Show

Renal & Urology News (9/14, Persaud) reports, “Among children and adolescents on dialysis, those with lupus nephritis (LN) have higher risks for hospitalization and transplantation delay compared with children who have non-lupus glomerular disease (NLGD),…

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Vaping, E-Cigarette Use Linked To Increased Risk Of Eating Disorders In College Students, Study Indicates

Fox News (9/14, Rivas) reports, “Recent vaping or e-cigarette use was associated with an increased risk of an eating disorder and a higher likelihood of a self-reported eating disorder diagnosis, according to a recent study.” Even though “vaping is common…

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Portion Control Diet Using Traffic Light Colors May Make Losing Weight Easier For Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity Who Have Intellectual Or Developmental Disabilities, Study Indicates

Reuters (9/14) reports research indicates that adolescents with overweight or obesity “who have intellectual or developmental disabilities may have an easier time losing weight with a portion control diet that uses traffic light colors to signal the best…

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COVID-19 Pandemic May Be Impacting Children’s Language Development, Social Skills, Researcher Says

In its “Axios Today” podcast, Axios (9/14) examines how the COVID-19 pandemic may be impacting children’s language development, social skills, and school performance. Northwestern University researcher and communication sciences and disorder professor Eli…

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Cannabidiol Transdermal Gel May Improve Outcomes Among Children With Developmental And Epileptic Encephalopathies, Study Suggests

Healio (9/13, Gramigna) reports, “Cannabidiol transdermal gel improved outcomes among children with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies,” researchers concluded in a two-center study that “sought to evaluate the safety and tolerability of CBD tran…

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Company Recalls Three Lots Of Drug Used To Treat Pediatric LEMS Over Contamination Concerns

The Miami Herald (9/13, Neal) reports “three lots of Ruzurgi [amifampridine], a drug used to treat the autoimmune disease LEMS [Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome] in children, were recalled by Jacobus Pharmaceutical Co. after testing found contamination b…

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UK Chief Medical Officers Recommend COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Aged 12 To 15

The AP (9/13, Kirka) reports, “Britain’s chief medical officers said Monday that children aged 12 to 15 should be vaccinated against coronavirus, despite a ruling by the government’s vaccine advisors that the step would have only marginal health benefits….

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About One In 10 Children In Israel Have Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms, Health Ministry Survey Finds

Reuters (9/13, Rabinovitch) reports, “About one in 10 children had symptoms that remained after recovering from COVID-19, though that number dropped by more than half as the months passed, a Health Ministry survey showed on Monday.” The ministry “carried…

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Despite Administration Push, Most Schools Not Requiring Coronavirus Vaccinations, Testing

The New York Times (9/13, Miller) reports, “For schools to stay open and safe, President Biden said Thursday, they need to require [coronavirus] vaccinations for teachers and staff, regularly test unvaccinated people and have universal masking.” So far, “…

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Spread Of Delta Variant Testing Classroom COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

The Washington Post (9/13, Abutaleb) reports returns to the classroom are “being tested by the highly transmissible” Delta coronavirus variant, “which has infected more kids in the opening weeks for some schools than in all of last year while forcing near…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases “Exponentially” Rising In US, Data Show

CNN (9/13, Christensen, Vera) reports COVID-19 cases “have risen ‘exponentially’ among children in the US since July, according to data published Monday.” The findings “reported 243,373 new cases among kids over the past week.” Although “this is a decline…

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Some Parents Seeking Off-Label COVID-19 Vaccines For Their Younger Children

The New York Times (9/11, Schoch) reported that without FDA authorization for COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 years of age, some parents of younger children are seeking “off-label shots that are adult doses,” a step the agency “discouraged on Frid…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Nearly Ready To Seek Vaccine Approval For Children Ages Five And Up

The Hill (9/10, Jenkins) reported Pfizer and partner BioNTech on Friday said they will soon file for approval from global regulators for the use of their COVID-19 vaccine in children ages five and over. The vaccine developers “said…they are looking to p…

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Seizures May Be First, Main Manifestation Of COVID-19 In Children, Study Suggests

According to Medscape (9/10, Brooks, Subscription Publication), “Unlike in adults, seizures, including status epilepticus (SE), may be the first and main manifestation of COVID-19 in children,” a study published in the journal Seizure shows. Seizures can…

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Medication Regimen Complexity Index May Predict Medication Doses In Children With Severe Neurological Impairment, Research Suggests

Healio (9/10, Gramigna) reported, “Children with severe neurological impairment who had higher scores on the Medication Regimen Complexity Index [MRCI] were more likely to receive many more doses of medications per day from their parents,” researchers con…

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Study Warns On Rising Suicide Rates Among Young Black Girls

The New York Times (9/10, Caron) reported that “for more than a decade, suicide rates have been increasing in Black children and adolescents, and a new study” published online Sept. 8 ahead of print in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adol…

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FDA Says It Hopes To Move Quickly On Authorizing COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Children

The New York Times (9/10, Anthes, Rogers) reported the FDA said in a statement on Friday it is “working around the clock” to authorize COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 years of age adding that it hoped the vaccines could be available “in the coming…

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Department Of Education To Launch Program To Help Schools Penalized For COVID-19 Mitigation Policies

Bloomberg (9/9, Querolo, Moran) reports, “The U.S. Department of Education will launch a program aimed at protecting school districts that have been penalized by their state over COVID-19 mitigation policies like mask mandates.” It “will allow local schoo…

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Health Experts Warn Influenza Season Could Be Worse Than Last Year

The Wall Street Journal (9/9, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports health experts have warned the upcoming influenza season has potential to be worse than the last cycle, and could arrive earlier than normal. The CDC has said people can get influen…

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Los Angeles School District Makes Student COVID-19 Vaccinations Mandatory For Ages 12 And Up

The Washington Post (9/9, Meckler, Knowles) reports, “The Los Angeles school board on Thursday agreed to require coronavirus vaccinations for students ages 12 and up in the city’s public school system, with board members arguing that it is the best way to…

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COVID-19 Lockdown Appears To Be Tied To A Higher Rate Of Joint Inflammation In Children With JIA, Research Suggests

Healio (9/9, Laday) reports, “Living under COVID-19 lockdown was associated with a higher rate of joint inflammation in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA],” researchers concluded after conducting “a single-center retrospective study of pati…

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Parents Of Children Requiring Home Care Hit By Shortage Of Nurses Who Are Vaccinated Against SARS-CoV-2

Bloomberg (9/9, Edney) reports, “A shortage of vaccinated home-care nurses has some parents of children with conditions like cerebral palsy or severe epilepsy giving up sleep and their own mental health to ensure their kids keep breathing at night.” Bloom…

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Long-Term Lung Function In Pediatric, Young Adult Patients Not Impaired After COVID-19, Studies Indicate

Healio (9/8, Welsh) reports long-term lung function in pediatric and young adult patients “was not impaired after COVID-19, apart from those who had severe COVID-19, according to two studies presented at the virtual European Respiratory Society Internatio…

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School-Wide IPM, Classroom HEPA Filters Largely Ineffective In Reducing Symptom-Days For Children With Asthma, Researchers Find

HCPlive (9/8, Butera) reports that “use of a school-wide integrated pest management (IPM) or classroom high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter purifiers did not significantly reduce symptom-days with asthma among children with active asthma,” accord…

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Nearly 252,000 Children Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Last Week, Report Shows

According to The Hill (9/8, Jenkins), “A new report…reveals that nearly 252,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week as schools reopen for in-person learning and the Delta variant surges across the U.S.” While the groups wrote tha…

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Infants Whose Protein Intake Came Largely From Meat Products Face Elevated Asthma Risk, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (9/8, Gever) reports, “After switching from breast milk, babies up to age 1 whose protein intake came largely from meat products – as opposed to dairy, fish, or egg proteins – showed more than eight-fold greater odds of developing asthma by…

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Countries Should Prioritize Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women For COVID-19 Vaccines, PAHO Says

Reuters (9/8, Cobb) reports, “Countries in the Americas should prioritize pregnant and lactating women in distribution of COVID-19 shots, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday, hailing the ability of the vaccines to protect women a…

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Eczema May Exact A Toll On Pediatric Mental Health, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/8, Mozes) reports, “A study of more than 11,000 British children and teens found that those with severe eczema were twice as likely to become clinically depressed as” children without eczema. What’s more, the “condition may also be tied to……

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Rise In Pediatric Hospitalizations Overwhelming Children’s Hospitals, ICUs In Some States

The New York Times (9/9, Leatherby, Walker) reports, “Pediatric hospitalizations, driven by a record rise in Covid-19 infections among children, have swelled across the country, overwhelming children’s hospitals and intensive care units in states like Lou…

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For Pediatric Patients Initiating Dialysis, Lupus Nephritis May Confer Higher Hospitalization Risk, Lower Likelihood Of Transplantation, Research Suggests

Healio (9/7, Webb) reports, “For children and adolescents initiating dialysis, lupus nephritis conferred a higher hospitalization risk, as well as a lower likelihood of transplantation, compared with other glomerular causes of end-stage kidney disease,” r…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Texas Children Reach Record High

The Houston Chronicle (9/7, Gill) reports “the number of Texas children hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high over the weekend, with 345 on Saturday and 307 on Sunday, the highest two-day stretch recorded during the pandemic, according to data f…

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Young Children Newly Diagnosed With T1D More Likely To Use CGM Regularly If They Have Private Insurance, Researchers Say

Healio (9/7, Monostra) reports, “Young children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [T1D] were more likely to use continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] regularly if they had private insurance,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 157 parent-ch…

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Schools Using COVID-19 Testing To Avoid Quarantining Exposed Students

The Wall Street Journal (9/7, Abbott, Subscription Publication) reports some schools are trying out the test-to-stay approach in an effort to keep students in school versus quarantining them after testing negative for COVID-19 following exposure to the vi…

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Research Demonstrates Link Between Physical Activity During Pregnancy, Lung Function In Infants

Healio (9/7, T Welsh) reports research “presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress demonstrated a link between lower lung function in infants born to physically inactive mothers compared with those born to physically active mothe…

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Healthcare Providers, Education Experts Warn School Openings After Labor Day May Lead To New COVID-19 Surge Without Mitigation Measures

CNN (9/7, Howard) reports, “Back-to-school after the Labor Day weekend could mean fresh spread of coronavirus unless schools take strong action to keep the virus in check…experts are warning.” A COVID-19 spike in August occurred “when some schools resum…

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Pediatric ICU Admissions Significantly Decreased During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

Healio (9/3, Welsh) reported, “In the U.S., pediatric ICU admissions showed significant changes in diseases seen in patients and a substantial decrease during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to” a “retrospective observational cohort study” that “included…

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US School Nurses Facing Worsened Shortage, Uncertain School Year

CNN (9/6, Howard) reports the US’ 96,000 full-time school nurses “are facing an uncertain school year ahead” with expanded “workloads and altered…day-to-day tasks,” combined with a worsening shortage that began even before the pandemic. To address the c…

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Children With IF More Likely To Present With Decreased Levels Of Physical Activity, Lower Levels Of Physical Function, Results Suggest

Gastroenterology Advisor (9/3, Soreca) reported a study published in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition showed that “compared with healthy peers, children with intestinal failure (IF) present with decreased levels of physical activity, lo…

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Targeted Therapies Effective In Half Of Pediatric Patients With Genetic Causes For Their Epilepsy, Research Indicates

HealthDay (9/6, Preidt) reports investigators “have found genetic causes for epilepsy in half of children they studied and said half of those could be treated with targeted therapies,” findings presented at a medical conference show. Researchers who perfo…

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Many 12-Year-Olds Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine As Early As Possible

The New York Times (9/5, Goldberg) reported, “At least 52 percent of children ages 12 through 17 in the United States have received at least one dose of a [COVID-19] vaccine, and about 40 percent are fully vaccinated, according to early September data fro…

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Breast Milk May Strengthen Hearts Of Babies Born Prematurely, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/6, Preidt) reports, “Breast milk can give preemies’ hearts a big boost, a groundbreaking study suggests.” The “study of 80 preterm infants found that those initially fed only their mother’s breast milk had improved heart function at 1 year of…

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Pediatric Hospitalizations For COVID-19 Spiked During Summer Months Amid Delta Variant Spread, CDC Studies Show

The New York Times (9/3, Goldberg, Anthes) reported “pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 have soared over the summer as the highly contagious Delta variant spread across the country, according to” two new CDC studies. From late June to mid-August, US…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Nurse Staffing Crisis In US

The AP (9/2, Hollingsworth, Kunzelman) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer.” The issue, health offi…

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Administration Will Make Coronavirus Vaccines “Immediately Available” To Children Under 12 Once FDA Authorized, CDC Head Says

CBS News (9/1, Zak) reports CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the Biden Administration will make COVID-19 vaccines “immediately available” to children under age 12 once authorized by the FDA. Walensky said she “remains hopeful” young children will be ab…

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Pediatric Patients Making Up Increasing Number Of Those Hospitalized With COVID-19 In Missouri

The AP (9/2, Salter) reports pediatric patients “are making up an increasing number of patients filling Missouri hospitals during the summer COVID-19 surge” and some pediatric healthcare providers “worry that the return to school will lead to more illness…

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Only 40 States, District Of Columbia Require Vision Screenings For School-Aged Children, Study Finds

Healio (9/2) reports, “Only 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia require vision screenings for school-aged children, according to findings published in Optometry and Vision Science.” Some states recommend screenings but do not require them, and oth…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Up As School Year Starts Across US

CBS News (9/2, O’Kane) reports, “As the school year starts for districts across the United States, child COVID-19 cases are up, with about 204,000 cases added last week” and children accounting “for 22.4% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases, according to th…

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Long COVID-19 May Affect One In Seven Children After Infection, Pre-Print Study Suggests

Reuters (9/1, Smout) reports, “As many as 1 in 7 children may have symptoms linked to the coronavirus months after testing positive for COVID-19, the authors of an English study on long COVID in adolescents said on Wednesday.” The findings – from a pre-pr…

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For First Time In Pandemic, Pediatric Hospitals Are Struggling To Treat Young Patients With COVID-19

TIME (8/26, Ducharme) reports, “For the first time, pediatric hospitals are struggling to treat the number of young patients developing severe cases of COVID-19.” A record high of “more than 1,900 children were hospitalized nationwide on Aug. 14 – and unl…

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Methotrexate, Azathioprine Show Similar Efficacy, Safety In Children With Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Study Says

Healio (9/1) reports, “Methotrexate and azathioprine yielded similar risk-benefit ratios as first-line therapy for children with severe atopic dermatitis, according to a study.” The study was published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology.

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Boys Who Engaged In High-Impact Exercise In Early Adolescence Experience Greater Bone Mineral Density Gains, Findings Show

Healio (8/31, Schaffer) reports, “Boys who engaged in high-impact exercise in early adolescence experienced greater gains in bone mineral density compared with boys who reported no exercise practice,” according to findings from a population-based study pu…

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Age, Ethnic Background Appeared Associated With Inadequate Follow-Up Care Among Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

Healio (9/1) reports, “Age and ethnic background appeared associated with inadequate follow-up care among young adult childhood cancer survivors, according to study results.” The research “showed Hispanic and older survivors were significantly less likely…

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Researchers See High Mortality Rates For Children With Pulmonary Hypertension Who Were Admitted To Pediatric Cardiac ICUs During A 5-Year Period

Healio (9/1, Welsh) reports, “A new study identified high mortality rates for children with pulmonary hypertension who were admitted to pediatric cardiac ICUs during a 5-year period.” Investigators found that “among 2,602 admissions, the rate of mortality…

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In Phase 3 Study, Dupilumab Plus Topical Corticosteroids Benefited Pediatric Patients With Atopic Dermatitis, Company Says

Healio (8/31, Forand) reports, “Pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis who were treated with Dupixent [dupilumab] plus topical corticosteroids had significant reductions in itch and improved quality of life in a phase 3 trial, according to” an Aug. 30…

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More Than 42% Of US Adolescents Aged 12 To 17 Years Have Received One Or More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Data Show

HealthDay (8/31) reports, “Overall, 42.4 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years in the United States had received one or more dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 31.9 percent had completed the vaccine series by July 31, 2021, according to” CDC research publi…

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Etanercept, Equivalent Biosimilars Could Be Recommended For Treatment Of JIA, Study Indicates

According to HCPlive (8/31, Butera), “etanercept and equivalent biosimilars could be recommended for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),” investigators concluded in “the first prospective study that provided data on the use of biosimilar…

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Plurality Of K-12 Parents Supports Mask Mandates In Schools, Poll Finds

The Hill (8/31, Lonas) reports, “More K-12 parents support mask mandates in schools than oppose them, but support for mask mandates fails to reach a majority level, according to a new Gallup poll.” According to the poll, 48% “of parents believe students s…

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Hospitalization Rate Of Children With COVID-19 Reaches New High

CNN (8/31, Yan) reports, “More kids were hospitalized with COVID-19 this month than any other time this past year,” according to CDC data showing “an average of 330 children were admitted to hospitals every day with” the disease. CNN adds, “That’s the hig…

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Women With High Blood Lipid Levels During Early Pregnancy Faced Higher Risks Of Having Children With Congenital Heart Disease, Study Finds

Healio (8/31) reports, “Women with high blood lipid levels during early pregnancy faced higher risks of having children with congenital heart disease, according to a study.” The findings were published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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Study Finds No Differences In Vitamins C, E And FA Content In Human Milk According To Infant Sex

Gastroenterology Advisor (8/31, Soreca) reports, “Vitamin C, E, and fatty acid (FA) content in human milk (HM) did not appear to differ in relation to infant sex, according to” findings suggesting “that the antioxidant content of infant formula does not n…

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Childhood Obesity Increased During First Year-And-A-Half Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

The Washington Post (8/31, Reiley) reports, “Childhood obesity rose significantly during the pandemic, according to a new study” published in Journal of the American Medical Association Network. Drawing on electronic health record data from nearly 200,000…

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Deadly Unintentional Shootings By Children Rose 31% Between March And December 2020 Compared To Same Period Last Year, Data Indicate

CBS News (8/30, Donaghue) reports new data issued by an advocacy group on Monday suggest “that deadly unintentional shootings by children rose 31% between March and December of 2020 from the same period the previous year. The data, which were shared in ad…

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C. Difficile Prevalence Among Asymptomatic Children Greatest Among Infants Between Six Months And 12 Months, Study Finds

Healio (8/30, Weldon) reports, “Among asymptomatic children, the prevalence of Clostridioides difficile is greatest among infants aged between 6 and 12 months, according to the results of a symptomatic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics…

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Study Finds Most Children Hospitalized With MIS-C Associated With COVID-19 In Good Health A Year Later

The Wall Street Journal (8/30, Toy, Subscription Publication) reports a study of 68 children in the UK who were admitted to the hospital with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) due to COVID-19 found most of the subjects were in good health a year l…

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Sound Of Mothers’ Voices Provides Comfort, Pain Relief To Premature Infants, Study Says

HealthDay (8/30, Murez) reports new research published in Scientific Reports shows the sounds of mothers’ voices “provide comfort and even pain relief to the tiniest ones, premature babies.” Investigators “found that not only did the sound of a mother tal…

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HHS Allocating $10.7M To Integrate Behavioral Telehealth Services Into Pediatric Care

Healthcare IT News (8/30, Jercich) reports HHS “announced on Friday it was awarding $10.7 million from the American Rescue Plan to integrate telehealth services into pediatric care.” The money will be used to boost “behavioral healthcare access for childr…

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Schools, Government Agencies Addressing Students’ Learning Gaps, Mental Health Concerns From COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal (8/30, A1, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports that amid a return to in-person learning, many schools, community programs, and government agencies are focused on the learning gap and burgeoning mental health issues that eme…

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Biden Establishes “Climate Change And Health Equity” Office Within HHS

The New York Times (8/30, Friedman) reports that the Biden Administration is “creating a new federal office to address the health consequences of climate change and their disproportionate effects on poor communities.” The Department of Health and Human Se…

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Middle, High School Students Got More Sleep With Switch To Online Learning, Study Says

HealthDay (8/27, Preidt) reported middle and high school students said they got more sleep amid the switch to online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers who “used social media to gather sleep data from more than 5,200 sixth- thro…

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Many Young Children Treated In The ED For Injuries Resulting From Furniture And TV Tip-Overs, Data Indicate

According to HealthDay (8/27, Preidt), an “analysis of federal government data revealed that about 560,200 U.S. children younger than 18 were treated” in emergency departments (EDs) “for tip-over injuries from 1990 through 2019.” In fact, “in 2019, there…

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Experts Worry Children Of Color Face Greatest Risk As COVID-19 Infects More Children In US

USA Today (8/28, Hassanein) reported, “While severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 are still considered rare among children, those of color…have been disproportionally sickened.” And now, “with cases climbing as the contagious delta va…

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FDA Under Growing Pressure To Authorize COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Younger Than 12

The Hill (8/29, Sullivan) reports that pressure on the FDA “is shifting to vaccine authorization for children under 12, now that the Pfizer vaccine has been fully approved for adults.” With children “going back to school and the delta variant raging, some…

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CDC Director Says Schools With COVID-19 Outbreaks Not Following Public Health Guidance

The Hill (8/27, Kelley) reported, “Schools struggling with large-scale COVID-19 outbreaks are not following recommended public health guidance such as masks and vaccines to curb the spread of the virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dir…

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CDC Studies Suggest Schools Can Open Safely With Proper Precautions

The AP (8/27, Alonso-Zaldivar, Reeves) reported new CDC “studies from California…provided more evidence that schools can open safely if they do the right things and highlighted the danger of failing to follow proper precautions.” One “study of COVID-19…

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Delta Variant Could Double Risk Of Hospitalization For Unvaccinated, Large Analysis Finds

The New York Times (8/27, Anthes) reported that a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Friday found that people who are infected with the Delta variant “are twice as likely to be hospitalized as those who are infected with the Alpha varian…

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History Of Childhood Maltreatment, Trauma May Be Found In Adults With Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Small Study Indicates

Healio (8/27, VanDewater) reported, “A history of childhood maltreatment and trauma was commonly found in adults with body dysmorphic disorder [BDD], and the severity of these events correlated with symptom severity,” investigators concluded in a study th…

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Half Of 12- To 17-Year-Olds In US Have Had First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The New York Times (8/27, Slotnik) reported, “Half of the 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, Jeff Zients, announced on Friday.” Zients said, “Th…

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Company Announces FDA Approval Of First Once-Weekly Somatropin Injection For Treatment Of Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency

Healio (8/26, Schaffer) reports, “The FDA approved” Skytrofa (lonapegsomatropin-tcgd injection), “the first once-weekly formulation of somatropin for children with growth hormone deficiency, according to” an Aug. 25 press release from Ascendis Pharma, mak…

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Children And Adolescents With Cancer And SARS-CoV-2 Infection Were More Likely To Develop Severe And Critical Cases Of COVID-19 Compared With The General Pediatric Population, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/26, Bassett) reports, “Children and adolescents with cancer and SARS-CoV-2 infection were more likely to develop severe and critical cases of COVID-19 compared with the general pediatric population, according to a global cohort study.” In…

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Teens Who Frequently Use Cannabis Are Six Times More Likely To Have Premature Baby, Study Indicates

Healio (8/26, Miller) reports, “Boys and girls aged 15 to 17 years who used cannabis frequently were six times more likely to have a preterm baby later in life, even if the substance was used prior to conception, a 20-year population cohort study showed.”…

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Data Show The Number Of Doses Given Of Recommended Childhood Vaccines Has Dropped Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

NPR (8/26, Noguchi) reports that research from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases “released this month shows the number of doses given of recommended childhood vaccines has dropped below pre-pandemic levels – down by as much as 6% to 18%, dep…

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COVID-19 Surge Reportedly Coinciding With RSV Epidemic, Leading To Kids Being Hospitalized

CNN (8/26, Fox) reports, “A fresh surge of Covid-19 is colliding with an unseasonable epidemic of” respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), “and it’s landing kids in hospitals across the country.” CNN adds that “hospitals are not only seeing more kids with Covi…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reach Record High In US

Fox News (8/26, Hein) reports “pediatric COVID-19-related hospitalizations have hit all-time highs in the U.S., with the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting over 50,660 admissions through the month of Augus…

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Well-Controlled Medication Adherence May Improve Cognitive Test Scores, AD/HD In Children With AD/HD, Small Study Suggests

Healio (8/26, VanDewater) reports, “Children with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), “autism and other comorbid neurodevelopmental diagnoses who had well-controlled” AD/HD “medication use for one year had improved cognitive test scores and…

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Children’s Hospitals Ask Biden For Assistance As Cases Of COVID-19, RSV Rise

The Hill (8/26, Coleman) reports Mark Wietecha, “CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), pleaded on Thursday for President Biden to support pediatric hospitals across the country as they approach capacity and confront staff shortages during the…

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Many Children With JIA May Regain Remission After Stopping And Then Restarting Treatment, Preliminary Study Data Indicate

Rheumatology News (8/25, Bosworth) reports, “Many but not all children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can regain remission after stopping and then restarting treatment,” investigators concluded in a study that “identified 384 children with JIA w…

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Research Looks At Trends In Nicotine Product Use Among US Adolescents

MedPage Today (8/25, Gever) reports that “in a novel analysis of teens’ use of tobacco products,” investigators found that “overall use, as measured by ‘nicotine product days’ (NPDs)…declined substantially from 1999 to 2020 among high-school and middle-…

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Health Officials Reportedly Concerned Recent Increase In COVID-19 Cases Among US Children Could Get Worse

CNN (8/25, Holcombe) reports, “Last week, the number of Covid-19 cases in children in the US reached levels not seen since the winter surge.” With kids returning “to school, the Delta variant on the rise and winter approaching, health officials are concer…

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Differences In Quality Of Hospital Care Contribute To Higher Chance Of Complications Among Black And Hispanic Newborns Compared To White And Asian Infants, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/25, Preidt) reports that research indicates that “differences in the quality of hospital care contribute to a higher chance of complications among Black and Hispanic newborns compared to white and Asian infants.” The findings were published i…

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Democrats Likely To Create New Federal Program To Provide Health Insurance Coverage In States That Have Declined To Expand Medicaid, Sources Say

The Hill (8/25, Sullivan) reports, “Congressional Democrats are likely to create a new federal program in their coming package to provide health insurance coverage in states that have declined to expand Medicaid, following a transition period to set up th…

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FDA Appears Likely To Approve COVID-19 Booster Shots At Six Months Instead Of Eight, Source Says

The Wall Street Journal (8/25, A1, Armour, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports that the FDA appears likely to approve a COVID-19 booster shot starting at six months after vaccinated adults received their previous dose instead of the eight-month gap…

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Pandemic Straining US Healthcare System, Workers

The Washington Post (8/24, Johnson) reports, “The pandemic is straining the nation’s already stretched health-care system,” impacted by a staffing shortage that “has left hospitals across the country with fewer respiratory therapists and nurses, and those…

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Pediatric Psoriasis Development Linked With Several Early Life Factors, Study Says

HealthDay (8/24) reports, “Atopic dermatitis, a family history of psoriasis, and skin, viral, and bacterial infection, and fungal infections in early life are associated with pediatric psoriasis development, according to a study published in the September…

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FDA, CDC Warn Against Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Children Under 12

The Wall Street Journal (8/24, Schwartz, Chaker, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA and CDC have warned against off-label use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in children under 12, citing the absence of safety data and the likelihood that a differen…

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Researchers Call For Increased Focus On Pediatric Skin Of Color

HCPlive (8/24, Butera) reports researchers have “called for an increased focus on pediatric skin of color, which included improved diagnosis, treatment, and the ability to educate patients and families on the nature of their conditions,” after surveying t…

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Drug, Alcohol Use Among Young People Remained Relatively Stable Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds

HealthDay (8/24, Murez) reports a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that “the overall rate of drug use” among young teens in the US “did not increase significantly from before the pandemic. But shifts were found in the types of…

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COVID-19 Outbreaks Force Some Schools To Pause In-Person Learning

The AP (8/24, Amy) reports, “A few weeks into the new school year, growing numbers of U.S. districts have halted in-person learning or switched to hybrid models because of rapidly mounting coronavirus infections.” More than “80 school districts or charter…

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More Than 267,000 Excess Infant Deaths In Low-, Middle-Income Countries Caused By Economic Downturn Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

Healio (8/24, Miller) reports, “More than 267,000 infants in low- and middle-income countries died in 2020 as a result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to findings published in BMJ Open. Researchers investigated the imp…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Became Less Effective After Delta Variant Became Dominant, CDC Report Finds

The New York Times (8/24, Rabin) reports COVID-19 vaccines “became less effective as the highly contagious Delta variant became the dominant form of the virus, according to” a report from the CDC. It remains unclear “whether the decline in protection was…

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Majority Of Americans Support School Masking, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, Poll Indicates

The AP (8/23, Binkley, Fingerhut) reports “a majority of Americans say they support mask mandates for students and teachers in K-12 schools, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along political lines.” Approximately “6 in 10 Americ…

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Modified Pediatric Stroke Score Correlates With Stroke Severity, Hemorrhagic Transformation, And One-Year Outcomes In Children With Supratentorial Ischemic Stroke, Researchers Say

Healio (8/23, Ernst) reports, “The modified pediatric Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score correlated with stroke severity, hemorrhagic transformation and one-year outcomes among children with supratentorial ischemic stroke,” researchers concluded in a 1…

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Physicians Say Parents Should Prioritize Important Activities For Children, Find Ways To Reduce COVID-19 Risk This Fall

The Wall Street Journal (8/23, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports that amid the pandemic, parents are being forced to weigh the benefits and risks of fall activities for children, such as sports and birthday parties. Physicians say parents should pr…

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Routine Childhood Vaccinations Delayed Due To COVID-19 Related Disruptions

The AP (8/23, Smyth) reports the inoculations that American “schoolchildren are required to get to hold terrible diseases like polio, measles, tetanus and whooping cough in check are way behind schedule this year, threatening further complications to a sc…

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Parents Whose Newborns Underwent Genomic Sequencing Did Not Experience Undue Concern As A Result, Study Indicates

STAT (8/23, Joseph) reports that while there has been some concern that the results of expanding genomic sequencing to more newborns could cause undue worry for parents, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that “when parents were surveyed about…

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FDA Cautions Against Off-Label Use Of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine In Younger Children

CNN (8/23, Howard) reports, “Even though the US Food and Drug Administration has fully approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older, and it remains authorized for people as young as 12, the agency is warning against using the…

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FDA Grants Full Approval To Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For People Age 16 And Older

CNN (8/23, Howard) reports, “The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older,” making it “the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA.” The New York Times (8/23,…

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Some US Schools Not Requiring Masks, Causing Some Parents To Fear Outbreaks

Kaiser Health News (8/20, Bichell) said “schools across the country are not embracing mask requirements, including for students under 12 who aren’t yet eligible for protective vaccines” against SARS-CoV-2, raising fears in some parents of outbreaks. Some…

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Some School Nurses Say They Are Frustrated With Few Safeguards To Slow COVID-19 Spread

NBC News (8/22, McCausland) reports that with few safeguards available to stem the spread of COVID-19, some school nurses in Florida and nationwide “are expressing frustration and exhaustion even as the academic year is only just beginning.” Florida Assoc…

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Southern, Midwestern Hospitals Treating More Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Than At Any Previous Point

The Wall Street Journal (8/22, Toy, Wernau, Subscription Publication) reports Southern and Midwestern hospitals indicate they are treating a greater number of children with COVID-19 than at any previous point in the pandemic and are gearing up for more se…

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School District COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Reportedly Facing Difficulties But Seeing Some Progress

The New York Times (8/20, Stolberg) said, “President Biden told school districts to hold vaccination clinics, but that is putting superintendents and principals…in a delicate position” as the vaccine does not have full approval and parental consent is n…

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Activists Want To Take “Bold Aim” At The Continuing Stigma Surrounding A Diagnosis Of AD/HD

The Washington Post (8/20, Ellison) reported on efforts by activists with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) to “seek deeper changes to create a more” friendly world for those with the disorder. In particular, some activists want to “take bo…

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Analysis: Bedside Nurses “Depleted And Traumatized” Due To COVID-19

The New York Times (8/21, Jacobs) reported that “as the highly contagious Delta variant pummels the United States, bedside nurses, the workhorse of a well-oiled hospital, are depleted and traumatized, their ranks thinned by early retirements or career shi…

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Pneumonia In Infancy Raises Asthma Risk At Age 4, Study Says

Healio (8/19, Walsh) reports a new study published in CHEST shows that “children with pneumonia diagnosed during infancy had an increased risk for asthma at age 4 years.” Study investigators “reported a strong association between pneumonia diagnosis durin…

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In Children With GC-Treated Rheumatic Disorders, Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures May Occur Early, Researchers Say

Endocrinology Advisor (8/19, Jacobs) reports, “In children with glucocorticoid (GC)-treated rheumatic disorders, osteoporotic vertebral fractures…occur early and are more common than non-VFs,” researchers concluded. The findings of the 136-child study w…

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Study Highlights Strategies For High Quality-Pediatric Asthma Care In Community Hospitals

HCPlive (8/19, Butera) reports, “In a national quality improvement (QI) intervention” in community hospitals, “investigators detailed several strategies for sustained high-quality care for children with asthma that included designating long-term local cha…

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Younger Children More Likely To Spread Coronavirus At Home Than Older Children, Study Finds

The Hill (8/19, Choi) reports a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association “found that younger children were more likely to transmit COVID-19 to their households than older children.” Children ages “three and younger had the hi…

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among US Patients Under Age 50 Reach New High, CDC Data Show

The Hill (8/19, Oshin) reports, “COVID-19 hospitalizations among patients under the age of 50 have hit a new high in the U.S.,” and according to the latest CDC data, “the groups with the largest increases in coronavirus hospitalizations are patients in th…

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Supporting Children’s Immune Systems May Help Reduce COVID-19 Risks

CNN (8/19, Rogers) reports, “Having a well-functioning immune system supported by lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising and sleeping could help reduce Covid-19 risk, according to guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and…

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Delta Coronavirus Variant Spread Ensnares Children, Reportedly Stoking Fears Ahead Of School Openings

The AP (8/19, Tanner) reports that “with the highly contagious delta variant spreading across the U.S., children are filling hospital intensive care beds instead of classrooms in record numbers, more even than at the height of the pandemic.” The AP says m…

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Health Workers In COVID-19 Hotspots Face New Challenges Caring For Unvaccinated Patients With Severe Disease

STAT (8/18, Facher) highlights the difficulties, including fatigue and emotional burdens, faced by healthcare workers deployed to hospitals and clinics in COVID-19 hotspots through the US government’s National Disaster Medical System. As “hospitals become…

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Only About One In 10 Children With AD/HD May Be Likely To Have Full, Lasting Remission Of Symptoms, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/18, Thompson) reports, “Only about one in 10” children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “are likely to have a full and lasting remission of their symptoms,” and “the rest will have” AD/HD “symptoms fade in and out as they…

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Research Reveals High Rates Of Inappropriate Prescribing In Children With Antibiotic Allergy Labels

HCPlive (8/18, Butera) reports researchers have “found high rates of inappropriate prescribing in children with antibiotic allergy labels (AAL).” Throughout the study, “a total of 204,413 patient encounters for 98,912 children” were noted. Investigators c…

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Single Dose Vi-Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine Protective Against Typhoid Fever In Pediatric Patients, Results Show

Healio (8/18, Downey) reports, “A single dose of Vi-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine provided protection against typhoid fever in children aged 9 months to 16 years,” researchers concluded after conducting “a participant- and observer-masked trial in Dhak…

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More Than Half Of US Teens Who Vape Intend To Quit, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (8/18, Grant) says that 53.4% “of adolescents in the U.S. who reported current e-cigarette use said they intended to quit, and two-thirds recounted past-year attempts to quit, according to a national study” published in Pediatrics. Using dat…

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Analysis: Increase In COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Among Teenagers Leads To Increase In Vaccinations

CNN (8/18, Howard) reports the increased rates of “COVID-19 vaccinations among adolescents parallels an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, mostly fueled by the Delta variant – leading some experts to speculate that parents who were once hesi…

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Biden Administration To Launch COVID-19 Booster Shot Campaign In A Month

The New York Times (8/18, LaFraniere, Mandavilli) reports the Biden Administration on Wednesday announced several moves to fight “the surging Delta variant of the coronavirus, strongly recommending booster shots for most vaccinated Americans and using fed…

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EPA Bans Use Of Pesticide Linked To Health Problems In Children, Farm Workers

The AP (8/18, Flesher) reports the Biden Administration “said Wednesday it was banning use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide long targeted by environmentalists, on food crops because it poses risks to children and farm workers.” The Environmental P…

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls Magnet Sets Over Injury Risk To Children

The Washington Post (8/17, Frankel) reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday “announced…a recall for two brands of high-powered magnet sets [Zen Magnets and Neoballs] – a surprise ending to a nearly decade-long court battle that pitted…

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Children Born To Mothers With Diabetes May Have Increased Risk For Developing High Refractive Error In The Eyes By Age 25, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (8/17, Monaco) reports research indicates that children “born to mothers with diabetes might see eye problems by early adulthood.” Researchers found, “in a nationwide cohort study of Danish mother-offspring pairs,” that “children who were pr…

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More Than 121,000 Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Reported In US Last Week, Report Says

CNN (8/17, Thomas) says, “More than 121,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported in the US in the last week, according to” an American Academy of Pediatrics report. CNN adds, “After declining in early summer, child cases have ‘steadily increased’ since the…

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Nearly Half Of Children With COVID-19 Are Asymptomatic, Review Says

The Washington Post (8/17) reports 46.7% “of children infected with covid-19 have no symptoms, according to a review of data from more than 350 studies published through April 2021.” The data were published in PNAS.

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More Than 100 House Lawmakers Ask FDA For Timeline On Authorizing Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Children

The Hill (8/17, Sullivan) reports, “A group of more than 100 House lawmakers on Tuesday” asked the FDA in a letter “for an update on its timeline on authorizing COVID-19 vaccines for children, given the current ‘alarming’ situation.” The lawmakers “reques…

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Residential Moisture, Mold Exposure During Infancy Appears Tied To Higher Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide Levels At Age Six, Research Indicates

Healio (8/17, VanDewater) reports “residential moisture and mold exposure during infancy appeared associated with higher fractional exhaled nitric oxide levels at 6 years of age, according to” researchers who “collected fractional exhaled nitric oxide (Fe…

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Unusual Summer Spike In RSV Infections Reportedly Spreading

HealthDay (8/17, Norton) reports an unusual summer spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections, primarily in southern pediatric hospitals, that the CDC warned about in June is now spreading to other parts of the US. For example, Salt Lake City’s…

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African Ancestry Tied To Increased Readmission Following Asthma-Related Hospital Admission Among Pediatric Patients, Results Suggest

Healio (8/10, Marabito) reports, “African ancestry appeared strongly associated with readmission following an asthma-related hospital admission among children, according to study results published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.” Researcher…

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SARS-CoV-2 Infection During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Higher Risk Of Preeclampsia, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (8/13, Gawel) reported, “SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy was associated with higher odds of preeclampsia, and this relationship may be causal, according to a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.” Researchers “…

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Multiple Safety Measures Can Provide Strong Protection Against COVID-19 Amid A Return To In-Person Learning, Experts Say

The New York Times (8/16, Karlamangla) reports that while some US schools have already seen COVID-19 outbreaks during the new school year, some experts remain confident “that layering multiple safety measures can provide strong protection.” Some experts b…

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More Parents Considering Having Their Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The Wall Street Journal (8/16, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports physicians indicate that several factors, including the Delta variant surge, are spurring more parents to mull getting their children inoculated against SARS-CoV-2. According to the A…

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Screen Time Should Be Replaced By “Green Time” For Optimizing Children’s Well-Being, Survey Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/16, Mann) reports research indicates that “screen time should be replaced by ‘green time’ for optimizing the well-being of” children, investigators concluded after examining responses “from surveys of more than 577,000 11-, 13- and 15-year-ol…

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Nearly Half Of Opioid Prescriptions Given To Pediatric Patients Are Considered High-Risk, Data Indicate

HealthDay (8/16) reports, “Almost half of pediatric opioid prescriptions are considered high-risk by one or more metric, and high-volume prescribers write more than half of the prescriptions, according to” researchers who analyzed 4,027,701 prescriptions…

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Babies, Toddlers With COVID-19 More Likely To Transmit Coronavirus To Others In Home Than Teens, Study Finds

The New York Times (8/16, Anthes) reports, “Babies and toddlers are less likely to bring the coronavirus into their homes than teenagers are, but once they are infected, they are more likely to spread the virus to others in their households, according to…

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Food Allergy Concerns Can Lead To Some Children Not Participating In Normal Events

The Washington Post (8/13, Cimons) reported the stress of children with food allergies staying safe “can create another problem almost as serious – worry so severe that they shun the normal events of childhood rather than risk exposure and an allergic rea…

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Study Indicates Child Firearm Injuries Increased By Almost 40% In 2020

The Washington Post (8/14, Das) reported, “Hospital visits by children injured by firearms rose by nearly 40 percent during 2020, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.” The researchers indicated that the soaring totals came at the same…

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Some Pediatricians Expect Uptick In Cases Of COVID-19-Related MIS-C

Bloomberg (8/14, Edney) reported behind a paywall that pediatricians “in U.S. Covid-19 hotspots are anticipating a delta-fueled swell of children with a rare, serious and sometimes deadly virus-linked condition as the fall resumption of school looms.” The…

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COVID-19 Outbreaks Impacting Some US Classrooms

The Wall Street Journal (8/13, Koh, Campo-Flores, Subscription Publication) reported some newly reopened US classrooms have seen an increasing number of COVID-19 outbreaks just days into the new school year with some schools temporarily shutting buildings…

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CDC Recommends Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose For Immunocompromised Individuals

The Washington Post (8/13, Sun) reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Friday “recommended giving a third dose of coronavirus vaccines to some immunocompromised individuals following the plan’s unanimous end…

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Parents Scramble To Find Care For Adolescents With Mental Health Suffering From Pandemic

The Washington Post (8/13, Ellison) reported that pediatricians and nurse practitioners “are overwhelmed with mental health crises they’re often not trained to handle.” Exasperated parents “complain that some psychiatrists and psychologists have closed th…

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Record Number Of Pediatric Patients In US Hospitalized With COVID-19

Reuters (8/14, Borter) reported, “The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of” 1,902 “on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity fighting outbreaks caused by the highly transmissib…

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Moderna Vaccine Safe And Effective For Teens, Trial Indicates

HealthDay (8/12, Preidt, Foster) reports on “new research showing that the Moderna vaccine is safe and effective for teens” and adds that “Moderna has filed for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to give the shot to ado…

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Quality Of Life For Children With Allergic Conjunctivitis May Be Lower For Them, Their Parents Compared With Youngsters Without It, Researchers Say

Healio (8/12, Keenan) reports, “Quality of life [QoL] for children with allergic conjunctivitis was significantly lower for them and their parents compared with children without it,” researchers concluded in a “prospective case-control study” that “analyz…

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Study Finds School Allergy Training Program May Have Improved Safety Of Children With Severe Food Allergies

HCPlive (8/12, Butera) on research finding that “investigators from the United Kingdom found that a face-to-face school allergy training program enhanced self-reported staff preparedness and promoted internal allergy policy review, which in turn contribut…

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Parents Advised To Keep Symptomatic Children Home Until Symptoms Subside And Have Them Tested For COVID-19

Kaiser Health News (8/12, Andrews) offers answers for questions about returning to in-person classes in schools, particularly for younger children who have not been able to be vaccinated. In response to children who have “symptoms of an upper respiratory…

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Death, Injuries, Abuse, Mental Health Disorders Among Harms Faced By Children Whose Parents Are Heavy Drinkers, Scoping Review Suggests

HealthDay (8/12, Preidt) reports research indicates that “death, injuries, abuse and mental health disorders are among the many harms faced by children whose parents are heavy drinkers.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after reviewing “91 studies…

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Hospitalizations Of Children With COVID-19 Reach New Peak In Week Ending August 9

CNN (8/12, Holcombe, Waldrop) reports, “More children are being hospitalized with COVID-19 as health systems struggle to cope with a surge in new patients” as “the seven-day average number of children reported hospitalized with COVID-19 jumped almost 30%…

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Children With MIS Appear To Have Superior Outcomes After Discharge Compared With Adults With MIS, Research Suggests

Healio (8/11, Laday) reports, “In a cohort of four children and four adults with multisystem inflammatory syndrome [MIS], children generally had superior outcomes after discharge,” researchers concluded after analyzing “clinical data” in a retrospective f…

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Moderna To Double Enrollment For COVID-19 Vaccine Trial In Children Under Age 12

Bloomberg (8/11, Griffin) reports, “Moderna Inc. plans to double enrollment in a trial of its [COVID-19] vaccine in children under age 12, following a request from U.S. regulators to collect additional safety data.” Moderna plans to enroll “13,275 partici…

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Parents Concerned About Developmental Effects Of Wearing Masks For Young Children

CNN (8/11, Rogers) reports that parents are concerned that mask-wearing may impair children’s development of “skills important for empathy, safety and more.” One expert said that identifying “verbal or facial cues to figure out how someone is feeling or p…

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Parents Advised To Focus On Getting Children Masks That Fit

ABC News (8/11, Kindelan) reports that the CDC “recommends all students ages 2 and older wear face masks indoors,” and the American Academy of Pediatrics “has also called on schools to enforce universal masking mandates.” As a result, “parents have questi…

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Poll Finds Majority Of Parents Favor Mask Mandates, Oppose Vaccine Mandates For Schools

The Washington Post (8/11, Winfield Cunningham, Ellerbeck) reports a Kaiser Family Foundation poll of 1,259 US parents of children under age 18 conducted July 15 to August 2 and released Wednesday found “nearly two-thirds of parents of school-age children…

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Preterm And Early Term Birth May Be Tied To Increased Risk For ASD, Research Suggests

Healio (8/11, Downey) reports, “Preterm and early term birth were associated with a significantly increased risk for autism spectrum disorder [ASD] in both boys and girls in a study that included more than four million children born over a 40-year period…

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Number Of Pediatric COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Continue To Grow

Politico (8/11, Goldberg, Ollstein) reports, “The number of kids infected with COVID-19 is soaring as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads and schools reopen, pushing children’s hospitals around the country to the brink.” Nationwide, according to t…

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Data Show Decreasing Trend Of Pediatric Melanoma Cases Over Time

Oncology Nurse Advisor (8/10, Nye) reports, “Although rates of pediatric melanoma have been more frequent among White female patients, there has been a decreasing trend of cases over time.” The findings were published in Pediatric Dermatology.

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Vincristine Plus Dexamethasone Pulse Therapy Can Be Omitted In Pediatric Patients With Low-Risk ALL After 1 Year Of Treatment, Study Finds

Cancer Network (8/10, Pelosci) reports, “Vincristine plus dexamethasone pulse therapy can be omitted in pediatric patients who have low-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) beyond 1 year of treatment, according to findings from a study published in Lan…

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Adolescents With COVID-19 Vaccine-Associated Myocarditis Tend To Have Mild Course, Similar To Adults, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/10, Lou) reports on research finding that “like adults, adolescents with COVID-19 vaccine-associated myocarditis tended to have a fairly mild clinical course.” At one pediatric center, the study found, “15 teenagers [were] hospitalized fo…

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Children With A Neurologic Comorbidity May Experience Nearly Twofold Greater Risk For Postoperative Pneumonia, Study Indicates

Healio (8/10, Ernst) reports, “Children with a neurologic comorbidity experienced an almost twofold greater risk for postoperative pneumonia,” researchers concluded in a 349,163-child retrospective study of youngsters “aged younger than 18 years who had i…

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Ultraprocessed Foods Make Up Two-Thirds Of Energy Consumption Among American Youth, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/10, Monaco) reports on a new study finding that “ultraprocessed foods made up two-thirds of the average American kid’s diet.” The study included data on “over 30,000 U.S. children and adolescents,” and concluded that “ultraprocessed foods…

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Nurse Practitioners Most Recruited Health Professionals

Modern Healthcare (8/9, Christ, Subscription Publication) reports on a report by search firm Merritt Hawkins finding that “nurse practitioners were the most recruited providers among physicians and advanced practitioners” whereas “for the past 14 years al…

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Senate Democrats Unveil $3.5 Trillion Budget Proposal With Medicare Expansion, Prescription Drug Price Plans

The Washington Post (8/9, A1, Romm) reports, “Senate Democrats released a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget blueprint on Monday that proposes to expand Medicare,” along with other “central elements of President Biden’s economic agenda” including “fresh effort…

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Pooled Prevalence Estimates For Elevated Depression, Anxiety Symptoms Nearly Doubled Among Children, Adolescents During COVID-19 Pandemic, Meta-Analysis Suggests

HealthDay (8/9) reports, “Globally, the pooled prevalence estimates for clinically elevated depression and anxiety symptoms almost doubled among children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded in a 29-study, 80,879-particip…

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Fifteen Percent Of US COVID-19 Cases Are Children, Study Finds

CNN (8/9, Christensen) reports, “Across the country, Covid-19 cases among children have been on the rise since early July after months of decline. Almost 94,000 cases among children were added in the past week, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in w…

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In Children With Acute Gastroenteritis, Probiotics Appear Not To Offer Benefits Regardless Of Diarrhea Timing Or Severity, Research Suggests

Healio (8/6, Stonehill) reported, “In children with acute gastroenteritis, probiotics did not offer benefits, regardless of diarrhea timing or severity,” investigators concluded in a study that included “1,770 kids aged three to 48 months, of whom 882 rec…

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Pediatric And Adolescent Patients With ALL Experience Similar Outcomes When Treated With Either Calaspargase Pegol Or Pegaspargase, Study Shows

Cancer Network (8/6, Virgil) reported, “Pediatric and adolescent patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia experienced similar outcomes when treated with either calaspargase pegol or pegaspargase,” according to the results of a phase 3 trial. The finding…

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Children May Suffer Continuing Problems From COVID-19 Even If They Had Mild Or Asymptomatic Cases

The New York Times (8/8, Belluck) reports, “As young people across the United States prepare to return to school, many are struggling to recover from lingering post-Covid neurological, physical or psychiatric symptoms.” The Times adds, “Pediatric Covid-19…

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Newer Diet May Expand Food Options For Many Children With Crohn’s, Study Indicates

According to HCPlive (8/6, Walter), “a newer diet called Crohn’s disease Exclusion Diet (CDED) could be an option that expands the food options for many children” with Crohn’s disease. For the study, investigators “examined the efficacy of CDED compared w…

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Stepped-Care CBT Model May Be Cost-Effective For Children, Adolescents With OCD, Researchers Say

Healio (8/6, Gramigna) reported, “A stepped-care cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] model was cost-effective for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD],” researchers concluded in “an economic evaluation of a randomized noninferi…

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Teachers Union Reverses Stance, Supports Mandate For COVID-19 Vaccination As Cases Surge

Reuters (8/8, Heavey) reports that COVID-19 vaccinations “should be required for U.S. teachers to protect students who are too young to be inoculated, the head of the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union said on Sunday, shifting course to back mandated…

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More Children Getting Infected In Latest COVID-19 Outbreaks

The Hill (8/6, Spencer) reported, “Two of the most infectious states with the COVID-19 delta variant, Louisiana and Florida, are seeing increased numbers of sick children,” and “medical experts believe the surges in pediatric cases are due to the variant’…

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US Daily Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths From Delta Variant Up 40% Week-Over-Week

The Washington Post (8/5, Suliman, Johnson, Pager, Pietsch, Knowles) reports new daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the Delta variant “are all surging as millions of Americans remain unvaccinated, federal health officials warned Thursday.” Dai…

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Nearly Half Of Chicago Parents That Own Guns Keep Them Loaded While Stored, Study Finds

Newsweek (8/5, Impelli) reports, “Nearly half of Chicago parents that own guns keep them loaded while stored, according to a new study.” The study “found that 46 percent of parents in the city store their firearms at home, loaded.” The study “also found t…

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Open-Label Follow-Up Study For PTAH Finds Improved Safety, Tolerability Profiles In Children With Peanut Allergy

HCPlive (8/5, Butera) reports, “An open-label follow-up study evaluating the efficacy and safety of the oral biologic Peanut Allergen Powder-dnfp (PTAH) found improved safety and tolerability profiles in children with peanut allergy.” The daily oral immun…

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Incidence Of Chilblains Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Data Demonstrates

Dermatology Advisor (8/5, Pond) reports, “The incidence of chilblains increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, study data published in JAMA Dermatology demonstrates.” This change “may have been due to increased care-seeking by patients during the pandemic,…

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Biden Administration Enlisting Pediatricians To Incorporate COVID-19 Vaccination Into Back-To-School Sports Physicals, Encouraging Schools To Host Vaccination Clinics

The New York Times (8/5, Stolberg) reports the Biden Administration, “worried that coronavirus vaccination rates among young people are lagging as the school year approaches, is enlisting pediatricians to incorporate vaccination into back-to-school sports…

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Number Of Pediatric Patients With COVID-19 Surging Around Much Of US

NBC News (8/5, Edwards) reports, “The number of very sick children admitted to Children’s Hospital New Orleans with Covid-19 has exploded over the past two weeks – from zero to 20.” However, despite the surge in pediatric patients with COVID-19, pediatric…

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FDA Expands Indication For Exenatide Extended-Release To Include Pediatric T2D

According to Medwire News (8/4, Ruzafa), the “FDA has expanded the indication for exenatide extended-release to include pediatric type 2 diabetes [T2D].” The drug “may now be given to children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 years in combina…

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Administration Of IV Magnesium To Children With Asthma Treated In The ED May Be Tied To Subsequent Hospitalization, Researchers Say

Pulmonology Advisor (8/4, Aghjayan) reports, “The administration of intravenous (IV) magnesium to children with asthma being treated in the emergency department (ED) was found to be associated with subsequent hospitalization,” researchers concluded after…

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Novel Bacterial Markers Predicted Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children, Showed Persistent Underdevelopment Of Gut Microbiota Among Them, Data Find

Healio (8/4, Stonehill) reports, “Novel bacterial markers predicted autism spectrum disorder in children and showed persistent underdevelopment of the gut microbiota among these children, according to data published in Gut.” Researchers “compared gut micr…

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Parent-Reported Hypoglycemia Fear, Diabetes-Specific Family Conflict May Predict HbA1c Trajectories For Children Aged Five To Nine Years With Recent-Onset T1D, Study Indicates

Healio (8/4, Monostra) reports, “Parent-reported hypoglycemia fear and diabetes-specific family conflict may predict HbA1c trajectories for children aged five to nine years with recent-onset type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researchers concluded. Their “analysis o…

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Surgeon General Predicts High Likelihood Of COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under 12 Approved During Next School Year

The Hill (8/4, Schnell) reports Surgeon General Vivek Murthy this week “said there’s a high likelihood that a vaccine for children under the age of 12 will be approved during the next school year.” Interest in a vaccine for children under 12 “has increase…

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Most Parents Of K-12 Students Support Mask Mandates, Poll Finds

The Hill (8/3, Williams) reports, “Most parents of K-12 students support mask mandates amid a nationwide spike in coronavirus infections, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.” The poll found 60% of parents “said they support mask mandates for unva…

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Most Adverse Events For American Teenagers Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Are Nonserious, According To Research

HealthDay (8/3) reports that for US teenagers receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, “most adverse events are nonserious, according to research published in the July 30 early-release issue” of the US CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The…

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Lactation Counselors, Specialists Continue To Meet With Parents Online

Kaiser Health News (8/3, Ruder) reports many lactation counselors and lactation specialists have continued to meet with new families through virtual classes, “keeping alive the online communities they created and relying on the technology that worked for…

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Few Studies Have Evaluated Infant, Parental Outcomes Of False-Positive Results From Newborn Screening Of Congenital Hypothyroidism, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (8/3, Monostra) reports, “Few studies have evaluated infant and parental outcomes of false-positive results from newborn screening of congenital hypothyroidism, and most studies are low or moderate quality,” investigators concluded in a systematic…

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Most Children With COVID-19 Recover Within One Week, But Some Experience Long-Term Symptoms, Study Finds

The New York Times (8/3, Anthes) reports that while “most children with Covid-19 recover within a week, a small percentage experience long-term symptoms, according to a new study of more than 1,700 British children.” The researchers “found that 4.4 percen…

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Researchers Seeking To Determine Whether Delta Variant Makes People Sicker

Reuters (8/2, Beasley) reports, “With a new wave of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant striking countries worldwide, disease experts are scrambling to learn whether the latest version of coronavirus is making people –mainly the unvaccinated…

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Children Exposed to Marijuana Smoke May Be At Risk For More Colds, Respiratory Infections, According To New Study

HealthDay (8/2, Reinberg) reports children “who are around people who use marijuana may be at risk for more colds and respiratory infections due to secondhand smoke, according to a new study.” In the survey, parents and caregivers who “regularly smoked or…

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Children May Be Able To Better Remember New Vocabulary Following Physical Activity, Study Suggests

HealthDay (8/2, Preidt) reports a new study suggests children “may be able to swim their way to a deeper vocabulary.” The study researchers “taught 48 kids ages 6 to 12 a few new words before they swam, did CrossFit-type exercises or coloring.” The swimme…

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Spike In RSV Cases Occurring As More Children Experience COVID-19 Infection

HealthDay (8/2, Preidt, Foster) reports, “A rise in cases of a common childhood disease called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is unfolding just as coronavirus infections are increasing among children.” There has been a significant rise in RSV cases sin…

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Study Finds No Evidence Suggesting Exposure To Anti-TNF-a And/Or Thiopurine In Utero Have Negative Impacts On Outcomes, Growth In Children Born To Mothers With IBD

Gastroenterology Advisor (7/30, Nye) reported investigators found “no evidence…to suggest exposure to anti-tumor necrosis factor-a (anti-TNF-a) and/or thiopurine in utero had negative impacts on infection-related outcomes or growth in children born to m…

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Research On Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Pediatric Patients With Cancer Identifies Difference In Risk Between Patient Subgroups

Cancer Network (7/30, Virgil) reports, “Findings from a study that examined age-specific incidence of pediatric cancers by a narrow vs broad age groupings have identified that pediatric patients who are of a racial or ethnic minority have different risks…

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Public Health Experts Call On Increased Water Safety Efforts To Prevent Drownings

The Washington Post (7/30, Vestal) reported nearly 4,000 Americans drown in the US every year, according to the CDC, “and another estimated 8,000 are treated for nonfatal drowning injuries.” Specifically for children, drowning “is the second leading cause…

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Parents, Policymakers Continue Debate On Potentially Requiring Students To Be Masked During School

The AP (7/31, Eaton-Robb) reported parents and policymakers in the US “have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate” for children attending schools in the fall. The controversy “is unfolding at a time wh…

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Extremely Premature Babies May Have Much Higher Risk Of Cerebral Palsy, Other Neurological Conditions Than Full-Term Infants, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/30) reported, “Extremely premature babies have a much higher risk of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions than full-term infants,” researchers concluded after examining “the outcomes of more than 220,500 deliveries over 23 years.”…

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Majority Of American Parents Have Not Vaccinated Teenagers Against COVID-19

The Washington Post (7/30, Joyce, McCarthy) reported that many parents are still on the fence about whether or not they should have their teenagers vaccinated against the coronavirus – even as many choose to get the vaccine for themselves. Currently, “a m…

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Countries, Companies Pledge $4B To Address Pandemic-Related Educational Setbacks

The AP (7/29) reports, “International governments and companies have pledged more than $4 billion to educate 175 million children around the world and prevent a generation’s chances being blighted by the coronavirus pandemic.” The commitments emerged Thur…

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Experts Issue New International Consensus For Dosing Of Corticosteroids In Childhood-Onset Lupus Nephritis

Healio (7/29, Laday) reports, “Patients with childhood-onset lupus nephritis should receive up to three infusions of methylprednisolone at 30 mg/kg per dose upon diagnosis, with a maximum 60 mg of daily oral corticosteroids in the first four weeks,” resea…

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Decreased Herpes Zoster Infection Incidence Among Vaccinated And Unvaccinated Children Corresponds To Universal Varicella Vaccination Program Implementation, Researchers Suggest

Infectious Disease Advisor (7/29, van Paridon) reports, “A decreased incidence in herpes zoster infection among vaccinated and unvaccinated children corresponds to the implementation of a universal varicella vaccination program, according to” researchers…

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People Who Develop MS In Childhood May Have More Difficulty Recognizing Words, Faces Than Healthy Individuals, Study Suggests

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (7/29, Maia) reports, “People who develop multiple sclerosis (MS) in childhood have more difficulty recognizing words and faces than healthy individuals,” investigators concluded in a study that included 65 patients with pedi…

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Some Major Children’s Hospitals Reporting Rise In Pediatric Hospitalizations For COVID-19

Forbes (7/29, McEvoy) reports, “While it is still extremely rare for children to become seriously ill or die from COVID-19,” some “major children’s hospitals in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida – states that have been battling a broader increase i…

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CDC Face Mask Reversal Prompts Renewed Debate Ahead Of New School Year

Reuters (7/29, Ax, Brooks) reports the CDC’s “decision on Tuesday to reverse course and recommend that all students and staff wear masks in school regardless of vaccination status has caused fresh confusion and frustration among parents, educators and off…

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ST2 Tied To Unfavorable Pulmonary Outcomes, Significantly Improved Prediction Of Clinical Worsening In Pediatric Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Research Suggests

Healio (7/28, Welsh) reports, “Elevated soluble suppressor of tumorigenicity, or ST2, was associated with unfavorable pulmonary outcomes and significantly improved prediction of clinical worsening in pediatric patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension…

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Some Parents Reportedly Concerned For Unvaccinated Children To Return To School Amid Current COVID-19 Trends

ABC News (7/29, Anoruo, Brownstein) reports, “With the COVID-19 delta variant surge once again prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend masks indoors for teachers and other vaccinated school employees, many parents are left wo…

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Practitioners Should Consider Certain Factors When Determining Best Option For Pediatric Patch Testing For Allergies, Researchers Say

Healio (7/28, Forand) reports, “Practitioners should take patient age, available space for the patch and allergy frequency into consideration when determining the best option for pediatric patch testing for allergies, according to a research letter” publi…

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Exposure To Immunosuppressive Monotherapies In Utero Did Not Raise Serious Infection Risks In Young Children Born To Mothers With IBD, Study Says

MedPage Today (7/28, Hamza) reports, “Exposure to immunosuppressive monotherapies in utero did not increase serious infection risks in young children born to mothers with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the same could not be said for exposures to co…

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Researchers Examine Comparative Effectiveness Of Initial Treatment Of Infantile Spasms

Healio (7/28, Ernst) reports, “Adrenocorticotropic hormone and oral steroids demonstrated superiority compared with non-standard therapy for the initial treatment of infantile spasms,” researchers concluded in “a prospective, multicenter observational coh…

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Radiologists Say Congress, FDA Must Take Urgent Action To Ensure Young Patients Are Not Harmed By AI Tools Designed Specifically For Adults

HealthImaging (7/28, O’Connor) reports, “Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must take urgent action to ensure young patients are not harmed by artificial intelligence tools designed specifically for adults, radiologists warned Wednesday.”…

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Depression, Suicide Concerns Increased Among Adolescents During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/28) reports, “Depression and suicide concerns increased among adolescents during the pandemic, especially among females, according to a study recently published online in Pediatrics.” Study researchers “compared the percent of primary care vi…

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Study Examines Ways Providers Can Help Transgender Adolescents Shift From Pediatric To Adult Care

Healio (7/27, Monostra) reports, “Collaboration, understanding a youth’s goals and detailing a transition plan are three ways providers can help transgender adolescents shift from pediatric to adult care,” investigators concluded in a survey study that in…

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FDA Approves Fixed-Dose Combination Of Tretinoin And Benzoyl Peroxide For Treatment Of Acne Vulgaris, Company Says

HCPlive (7/27, Alicea) reports the FDA has “approved fixed-dose combination of tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide, 0.1% and 0.3% (TWYNEO) for the treatment of acne vulgaris in adults and pediatric patients nine years of age and older.” The approval was announ…

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Elementary Students Ended 2020-21 School Year Four To Five Months Behind, Report Says

The New York Times (7/27, Mervosh) reports elementary school students in the US ended this school year four to five months behind where they normally would be in academic achievement, according to a McKinsey report. Students attending schools with mainly…

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Heated Tobacco Products Posing Risk To US Teens, Experts Say

ABC News (7/27, Acholonu) reports on its website “a new smoke-free alternative called heated tobacco is slowly gaining a foothold in the U.S. market,” and “tobacco companies are attempting to glamorize these products, experts told ABC News.” While the US…

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WHO Report Warns Of Tobacco Addiction Among Children, Calls For Greater Regulation Of Smoke-Free Devices

Reuters (7/27, Nebehay) reports, “The tobacco industry’s sleek marketing is attracting youngsters to e-cigarettes which can lead to tobacco addiction, despite claims by some executives that they aim to solve the smoking epidemic, the World Health Organiza…

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In Study, Children With Autism Appear To Display Differences In Their Gut Microbiome

HealthDay (7/27, Preidt) reports “children with autism” appear to have “differences in their array of healthy gut bacteria or ‘microbiome,’” investigators concluded after comparing “the microbiomes of 64 children with autism and 64 typically developing ch…

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CDC Says Vaccinated People Should Return To Wearing Masks Indoors In Some Public Areas

The Washington Post (7/27, A1, Abutaleb, Achenbach, Diamond, Taylor) reports, “Vaccinated people may be able to spread the coronavirus and should resume wearing masks under certain circumstances, the nation’s top public health official said Tuesday in a g…

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Precautions Result In No COVID-19 Transmissions Linked To Busing During Height Of Pandemic, Study Suggests

HealthDay (7/26, Mann) reports, “With open windows, mandated masking and two kids per seat, there was no transmission of the new coronavirus linked to busing even during the height of the pandemic,” according to researchers who found that of 460 students…

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NAPNAP, Other Medical Groups Call For Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Of Healthcare Workers

The New York Times (7/26, Anthes) reports that on Monday, “a group of nearly 60 major medical organizations” called “for mandatory vaccination of health care workers. As the highly contagious Delta variant drives a new surge of coronavirus cases, vaccinat…

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School, Health Officials Weighing COVID-19 Testing And Response Strategies Ahead Of School Reopenings

CNN International (7/26, Howard) reports that as the new US school year approaches, the majority of “school officials, public health experts and political leaders agree that COVID-19 testing can play a big role in keeping students safe and monitoring for…

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Rising COVID-19 Infection Rate Prompting Some US School Districts To Reconsider Mandating Face Masks

The Wall Street Journal (7/26, Koh, Subscription Publication) reports Delta-driven COVID-19 case rises are prompting school districts across the US to reconsider requiring face masks, a matter that appeared settled earlier in the summer, in an effort to h…

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COVID-19 Inoculation Effort Among Adolescents Slows Down

The Wall Street Journal (7/26, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports the COVID-19 inoculation effort among adolescents has slowed down, partly because a number of parents have concerns about the vaccines’ safety, including potential side effects, su…

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Longer Seated Lunch Periods Tied To Increased Fruit, Vegetable Consumption Among Elementary, Middle School Students, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/26, Preidt) reports, “Longer school lunch breaks could boost” students’ “intake of fruits and veggies,” according to researchers who “observed food choices of 38 elementary- and middle school-aged kids at a summer camp” and “compared kids’ fr…

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Drugmakers Reportedly To Expand Pediatric Vaccine Studies To Include More 5- To 11-Year-Olds At FDA’s Request

The New York Times (7/26, Stolberg, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports that at the urging of the FDA, “two coronavirus vaccine makers are expanding the size of their studies in children ages five to 11 – a precautionary measure designed to detect rare side effe…

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Pandemic Sparks Surge In Homeschooling Across US

The AP (7/25, Crary) reports, “Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-…

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FDA Approves Dalbavancin For Pediatric ABSSSI Treatment, Company Announces

MedPage Today (7/23, Walker) reported, “Antibiotic dalbavancin (Dalvance), previously approved to treat bacterial skin infections in adults, received FDA approval for the pediatric population from birth, manufacturer AbbVie” announced in a July 23 press r…

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Financial Hardships May Affect How Much Caregivers Talk To Children, Study Suggests

The Washington Post (7/23, Blakemore) reported that a new study published in Developmental Science “suggests financial hardship and income inequality affect how much caregivers talk to kids.” Researchers “asked caregivers with 3-year-olds to reflect on ti…

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FDA Approves Once-Weekly Exenatide For Children With T2D

Healio (7/23, Schaffer) reported, “The FDA approved the GLP-1 receptor agonist exenatide for children aged 10 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes [T2D], the first once-weekly injectable approved for pediatric use in the United States, according to” a July 23…

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Data Show Three Of Four Parents Of Unvaccinated Children Consider Pediatricians’ COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendation Integral To Getting Child Vaccinated

CNN (7/26, Molano) reports, “Of parents with unvaccinated children, 3 in 4 say the recommendation of their child’s health care provider will be integral in their decision” to have their children vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, according to data from a C.S….

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Children’s National Hospital, NIAID To Launch $40M Study On Long COVID-19, MIS-C

CNN (7/25, Christensen) reported, “Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced Tuesday that they will start a $40 million study on long Covid and multisystem in…

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Legal Immigrants Can Receive Medicaid Without Impact On Permanent Residency, CMS Chief Says

Bloomberg Law (7/22, Subscription Publication) reported, “Legal immigrants can receive Medicaid benefits without harming their chances of becoming a permanent resident , Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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School Mask Mandates A Rising Source Of Tension Among Parents

NBC News (7/23, Chuck) reported, “As the academic year approaches, a patchwork approach to masks is prompting ire from parents, regardless of which policy their children’s schools have chosen.” Some parents “feel it’s more necessary than ever to require m…

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Many Patients Being Billed For Preventive Care That Should Be Free, Study Shows

HealthDay (7/22, Preidt) reports, “Many Americans are being charged for preventive – and supposedly free – health care, new research shows, and those bills may keep them from booking appointments in the future.” The researchers “analyzed 2018 national hea…

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Most Parents Of Youth Baseball Pitchers Unfamiliar With Guidelines Protecting Children Against Overuse Injuries, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/22, Preidt) reports most parents of young pitchers playing baseball appear to be unfamiliar with “guidelines that can protect” their children “against overuse injuries.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after surveying “nearly 100 par…

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Over 30 Children Test Positive For COVID-19 At New York Sleep-Away Camp

The New York Times (7/22, Gold) reports that the COVID-19 “outbreak at Camp Pontiac, a sleep-away camp in upstate New York, started in the girls’ dormitories,” and “as of Thursday morning, 31 of the camp’s 550 campers had tested positive for the coronavir…

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Teens Having Close, Secure Family Relationships More Likely To Extend Empathy To Peers, Research Suggests

CNN (7/15, Molano) reports, “Teenagers who have close, secure relationships with their families are more likely to extend empathy to their peers,” investigators concluded after following “174 adolescents from the ages of 14 to 18 to track their progress a…

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Youth Who Identify As LGBTQ+ May Suffer More Bullying At Their Schools When They Live In Areas With Politically Conservative Voting Records, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/22, Murez) reports, “Youth who identify as LGBTQ+ suffer more bullying at their schools when they live in areas with politically conservative voting records.” Investigators examined “school district voting records in the 2016 presidential ele…

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End Of Pandemic Precautions Could Be Causing Rise In Summer Colds, RSV Infections

USA Today (7/22, Rodriguez) reports that the return of normal socializing – without social distancing or masks – “may have sparked a rise in cold cases normally seen during the fall and winter months.” While health agencies do not track common cold cases,…

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Study Shows 1.5M Children Worldwide Have Lost A Caregiver To COVID-19

HealthDay (7/21, Preidt) reports “a new study shows that 1.5 million children have lost a parent, grandparent or other caregiver to COVID-19.” According to the article, “researchers analyzed data from 21 countries and extrapolated those findings to produc…

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Company Announces FDA Approval For Odevixibat To Treat Pruritus In All Subtypes Of Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis

According to Healio (7/21), in a July 20 press release, “Albiero Pharma Inc. announced it received FDA approval for Bylvay [odevixibat] to treat pruritus in all subtypes of progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis.” The drug, which will be launched “…

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Prenatal Exposure To Ambient Ultrafine Particles Linked To Development Of Asthma In Children, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (7/21, Jacobs) reports, “Prenatal exposure to ambient ultrafine particles…has been linked to the development of asthma in children, independent of correlated pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and other climate variables such…

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Tennessee Will Not Vaccinate Minors Against COVID-19 Without Parental Consent, Health Agency Says

The AP (7/21, Mattise) reports that on Wednesday, two Tennessee Republican legislators “received assurances that the state’s health agency won’t vaccinate minors for COVID-19 without parental consent, doubling back on a decades-old provision about childre…

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Mask Use May Be Needed To Curb Rise In COVID-19 Cases, Some Experts Say

CNN (7/21, Holcombe) reports some experts believe that the recent rise in US COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant, particularly among unvaccinated individuals, should prompt increased face mask use. Dr. Leana Wen told CNN on Tues…

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Biden Says CDC Will Advise Unvaccinated Children To Wear Masks In School Settings

The Hill (7/21, Chalfant) reports President Biden “said Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would likely issue guidance encouraging children who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus to wear masks in schools.” Bi…

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Toddlers Who Were Breastfed For Any Amount Of Time Had Lower Blood Pressure Than Those Who Were Never Breastfed, Study Finds

CNN (7/21, Molano) reports, “Toddlers who were breastfed for any amount of time had lower blood pressure than those who were not breastfed at all, according to a new study” published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. HealthDay (7/21, Foste…

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Young Children With Recent Onset T1D May Display Four Unique HbA1c Trajectories That May Be Influenced By Parental Psychosocial Factors, Study Suggests

Medwire News (7/20, Cowen) reports, “Young children with recent onset type 1 diabetes [T1D] display four unique glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) trajectories that may be influenced by parental psychosocial factors,” investigators concluded after deriving these…

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High School Students’ Bed, Wake-Up Times Delayed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

Healio (7/20, Gramigna) reports, “High school students’ bed and wake-up times have been delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have become more active during the evening, according to study results published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.” R…

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Researchers Examine Racial-Ethnic Disparities In CGM Use In Children

Healio (7/20, Monostra) reports, “Non-Hispanic Black children are less likely to start continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] within one year of diabetes diagnosis compared with non-Hispanic white children,” researchers concluded after conducting “a retrospe…

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About One In 25 Pediatric Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 Develop Neurological Complications, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/20, Thompson) reports nearly one in 25 children “hospitalized with COVID-19 develop debilitating brain or nerve complications that could haunt some for a long time,” according to British researchers who “gathered data on pediatric neurologica…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Spiking Amid Spread Of Delta Variant, AAP Says

CNN (7/20, Maxouris) reports, “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Tuesday more than 23,550” pediatric COVID-19 infections “were reported between July 8 and 15 – nearly double what was being reported in late June.” The group “said severe illness…

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Prescriptions For Pediatric Patients In US Declined By About One-Quarter Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

HealthDay (7/20, Preidt) reports, “Prescriptions for U.S. children fell by about one-quarter during the COVID-19 pandemic, with prescriptions for antibiotics alone plunging by more than 50%,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 92% of U.S. ph…

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City Children Who Have Daily Exposure To Woodland May Have Better Cognitive Development, Lower Risk Of Emotional And Behavioral Problems, Study Indicates

CNN (7/20, Woodyatt) reports, “City children who have daily exposure to woodland have better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems,” investigators concluded after studying some “3,568 adolescents aged nine to 15 at 31…

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Study Finds Increase In Loneliness Among Teenagers Between 2012 And 2018

The Washington Post (7/20, Bahrampour) reports a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescence finds that “feelings of loneliness among teenagers rose sharply between 2012 and 2018” in 36 out of 37 studied countries, “with higher increases among g…

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UK Will Not Vaccinate Most Under 18 For Now

The AP (7/19) reports, “The British government has decided not to inoculate most children and teenagers against COVID-19 until more data on the available vaccines becomes available.” The government did say that “children as young as 12 with severe neuro-d…

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Automated Tubeless Insulin Delivery System Safe, Effective For Children And Adults With T1D, Study Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (7/19, Nye) reports, “An automated tubeless insulin delivery system can safely and effectively stabilize glycated hemoglobin levels among children and adults with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded in a 240-patient, “sin…

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Researchers See Increased MRD Persistence, Lower Rates Of Remission And Survival In Patients With Philadelphia-Like ALL

Cancer Network (7/19, Fowler) reports, “Patients with Philadelphia-like (PH-like) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) were found to have an association with lower rates of complete remission (CR), event-free survival (EFS), and disease-free survival (DFS),…

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Even Mild, Asymptomatic COVID-19 Triggers Strong Antibody Response In Children, Teens, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/19, Preidt) reports, “Even a mild or asymptomatic case of COVID-19 triggers a strong antibody response in children and teens, new research shows.” Researchers “measured antibody response in 69 young patients, aged 2 months to 21 years, with a…

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AAP Says All Students Older Than Two Should Wear Masks In School

The Washington Post (7/19, Thebault) reports that on Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “released new, highly anticipated COVID-19 guidance for schools reopening this fall, recommending that everyone over the age of 2 wear masks, even if the…

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CMS Proposes Higher Penalties On Hospitals That Do Not Publish Prices

The Hill (7/19, Weixel) reports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday released a proposal that “would raise the maximum penalty to $2 million a year for large hospitals that don’t post online the secret prices they have negotiated…

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Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial In Pregnant Women Should Reassure Public, Build Confidence In Its Safety, Experts Say

Fox News (7/16, Rivas) reported, “Moderna’s move to launch a study of its COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women should reassure the public and help build confidence in the jab’s safety, experts said.” The trial aims “to enroll about 1,000 females over 18 who…

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FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding NuVasive Spinal Rod System

Healio (7/16) reported, “The FDA released a safety communication regarding potential mechanical failures and concerns of tissue incompatibility associated with components from a growing spinal rod system from NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics.” The devices…

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Pain In Children With CP May Further Inhibit Participation In Motor Skill Activities

Healio (7/16, Stonehill) reported on research finding that “the presence of pain in children with cerebral palsy can make motor skill activities even more difficult.” The research included “data from the 2017 to 2018 National Survey of Children’s Health,”…

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Pressure Pain Threshold May Be Novel Biomarker For Identification Of High Risk For Self-Harm Among Adolescents, Small Study Suggests

Healio (7/16, Gramigna) reported, “Pressure pain threshold may be a novel biomarker for identification of high risk for self-harm among adolescents,” researchers concluded in a cross-sectional study that “used quantitative sensory testing to evaluate soma…

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Rural Hospitals May Benefit From Plans To Boost Health Coverage In States Without Expanded Medicaid

Modern Healthcare (7/16, Hellmann, Subscription Publication) reported, “Rural hospitals facing potential closures could see a lifeline in the form of a multi-trillion dollar package President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats aim to pass this year.” T…

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Parents File Lawsuits Challenging DC Law Allowing Minors To Receive Vaccines Without Parental Permission

The Washington Post (7/18, Moyer, Zauzmer) reports, “Two lawsuits filed in DC federal court this month challenged a city law passed last year that allows minors to be vaccinated without their parents’ knowledge, saying the legislation violates religious l…

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NAPNAP Updates Childhood Obesity Position Statement Encouraging Health Lifestyles

Clinical Advisor (7/15, Jacobs) reports that in “response to the rising tide of childhood obesity,” which has reached 19.3% among US children and adolescents, “the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) released an updated position…

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Emergency Authorization Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under 12 Expected Early To Midwinter, FDA Official Says

NBC News (7/15, Edwards) reports that COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech could receive emergency use authorization for use in children under 12 “in early to midwinter, a Food and Drug Administration official said Thursday.” The agency “hop…

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Percentage Of Youths With T1D Spending At Least 70% Time In Range More Than Doubled After Three Months Of Using Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System, Study Indicates

Healio (7/14, Monostra) reports, “The percentage of youths with type 1 diabetes [T1D] spending at least 70% time in range more than doubled after three months of using a hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system,” researchers concluded after conducting “…

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Unintentional Drowning Deaths Among Children Fell 38% From 1999 To 2019, CDC Data Show

HealthDay (7/15) reports, “From 1999 to 2019, there was a 38 percent decrease in the rate of unintentional drowning deaths among children” aged 0 to 17 years, “according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Pandemic Has Caused A Lag In Childhood Vaccinations, Report Says

Modern Healthcare (7/15, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, pediatric “office visits fell 27% during the pandemic, t…

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Heart Problems Resolve Within Months In Majority Of Children With MIS-C, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/15, Preidt) reports that the majority of cardiac problems in pediatric patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) “triggered by COVID-19 infection resolve within a few months,” according to researchers who studied dat…

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Osmophobia May Be Clinical Diagnostic Marker For Migraine Among Children, Adolescents, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (7/14, Akirov) reports, “Osmophobia, defined as aversion to or dislike of odors, could be a clinical diagnostic marker for migraine among children and adolescents,” researchers concluded. In an 81-patient study, investigators found that…

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Children Likely To Pay Price For Adults Not Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine At High Rates, Expert Says

CNN (7/14, Holcombe) reports “children will likely pay the price for adults in the US not getting vaccinated at high enough rates to slow or stop the spread of Covid-19…a vaccine expert said.” Dr. Peter Hotez, who is “a vaccinologist and dean of the Nat…

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Severe Stage 2 Hypertension, But Not Elevated BP And Stage 1 Hypertension, May Be Tied To Maternal, Fetal, Or Neonatal Mortality Or Morbidity In Low-Resource Settings, Researchers Say

Healio (7/14, Welsh) reports, “Severe stage 2 hypertension, but not elevated BP and stage 1 hypertension, was associated with maternal, fetal or neonatal mortality or morbidity in low-resource settings,” investigators concluded after conducting “a seconda…

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Facial Infantile Hemangiomas At Multiple Sites May Put Infants At Risk For PHACE Syndrome, Researchers Say

Healio (7/13, Volansky) reports, “Facial infantile hemangiomas [IH] at multiple sites may put infants at risk for posterior fossa malformations, hemangiomas, arterial anomalies, cardiac defects and eye anomalies, known as PHACE syndrome,” investigators co…

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Timing Of Parental Encouragement Key In Helping Manage Young Children’s Reactions To Receiving Vaccines, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/14, Preidt) reports recent research published in PAIN suggests “that perfectly timed encouragement makes all the difference” in helping young children receive vaccinations. Researchers “observed how hundreds of parents handled their preschool…

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Largest Registered Nurses Union Wants CDC To Restore Universal Mask Guidelines

The Hill (7/13, Coleman) reports the National Nurses Union, the US’ largest union for registered nurses, wants the CDC “to bring back recommendations for universal masking in public regardless of people’s vaccination status.” On Monday, the group wrote to…

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Exposure To Lead In Childhood May Affect Personality Into Adulthood, Investigators Conclude

HealthDay (7/13, Mozes) reports exposure to lead in childhood may “affect personality into adulthood,” investigators concluded in “an analysis of data on atmospheric lead levels across the United States and 37 European nations since 1960” in which “lead l…

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Research, Targeted Care Still Lacking For Long-Term COVID-19 In Children

US News & World Report (7/13, Cirruzzo) reports that researchers still “know very little about long COVID in children, particularly when it comes to who is getting it and how to treat them.” Moreover, “while a number of long COVID clinics have cropped up…

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Development, Implementation Of Novel Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Prevention System Of Care May Be Tied To Sustained Decrease In Rates Of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia In Infants, Researchers Posit

Healio (7/13, Welsh) reports, “Development and implementation of a novel bronchopulmonary dysplasia prevention system of care was associated with a sustained decrease in rates of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in infants,” investigators concluded after conduc…

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Early Labor Induction For Babies Severely Small For Gestational Age Tied To Worse Developmental, Educational Outcomes Later In Childhood, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/13, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Among babies who were severely small for gestational age, early induction of labor was associated with worse developmental and educational outcomes later on in childhood, according to” retrospective study results…

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More Than Twice As Many Young People As Normal Hospitalized With Eating Disorders In First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

HealthDay (7/13, Preidt) reports that during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, “more than twice as many young people as is normal were hospitalized with eating disorders,” with the “highest rates of admissions per month” occurring “b…

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Fewer Than One-Third Of Adolescents Report Discussing SRH Topics With Providers In Most Recent Visit, Data Show

HealthDay (7/12) reports a study published in Pediatrics shows that fewer “than one-third of adolescents report having discussions with their provider about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) topics at their most recent visit, although most adolescents…

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Neurobehavioral Outcomes Worse Among Schoolchildren Who Were Born Preterm, Have More Screen Time Use, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/12, Gever) reports, “Young schoolchildren who had been born very early and who logged ‘screen time’ in excess of 2 hours daily were more likely also to show neurobehavioral problems than similar children spending less time with electronic…

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Summer Camp COVID-19 Outbreaks Could Be Predictive Of Upcoming School Year

The AP (7/12, Hollingsworth, Franko, Tanner) reports, “The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, in what some fear could be a preview of the upcom…

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Schools Pushing Students To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Before Fall Reopening

The Wall Street Journal (7/12, Campa, Subscription Publication) reports school districts and teachers unions across the US are pushing students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before schools reopen just weeks from now. The CDC on Friday advised schools to req…

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Virtual Trainings Help NICU Nurses Gauge Infant Pain Degrees, Respond Appropriately, Study Says

AI in Healthcare (7/11, Pearson) reports, “Infants in pain can’t describe the severity of their discomfort, but NICU nurses can e-learn how to gauge pain degrees according to standardized scales, allowing for prompt and appropriate pain-relief interventio…

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AD/HD May Develop In Children Who Have Sustained A Severe TBI, Systematic Review Indicates

MedPage Today (7/12, George) reports, “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) severity was tied to post-injury” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in children,” investigators concluded in a systematic review and meta-analysis. Researchers found “acro…

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WHO Says Benefits Of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Outweigh Small Heart Inflammation Risk

Reuters (7/9, Nebehay) reported, “The benefits of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the very small risk they might cause heart inflammation, as the jabs reduce hospitalisations and deaths, an advisory panel of the World Health Organization said on Friday.”…

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Adolescents With T2D May Be More Likely To Achieve HbA1c Targets After 24 Weeks Of Once-Weekly Exenatide Compared With Placebo, Study Indicates

Healio (7/9, Schaffer) reported, “Adolescents with type 2 diabetes [T2D] were more likely to achieve HbA1c targets after 24 weeks of once-weekly exenatide compared with placebo, with trends observed toward decreased fasting plasma glucose and reduced body…

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Administration To Ease Restrictions On Undocumented People Who Are Pregnant, Postpartum, Or Nursing

The New York Times (7/9, Sullivan) reported, “The Biden administration is easing restrictions placed on undocumented people who are pregnant, postpartum or nursing, the latest change in its broader efforts to soften immigration detention policies put in p…

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California To Require Masks In School Settings Despite CDC Guidance

The Los Angeles Times (7/9, Blume) reported California plans to continue requiring “masks in school settings, state health officials announced Friday, even though” the CDC “released new guidelines saying vaccinated students and teachers no longer need to…

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CDC Calls For Schools To Reopen Even If Districts Are Unable To Fully Implement Agency Recommendations Against COVID-19 Spread

The New York Times (7/9, A1, Stolberg, Anthes, Mervosh) reported the CDC on Friday issued fresh guidance “urging schools to fully reopen in the fall, even if they cannot take all of the steps the agency recommends to curb the spread of the coronavirus.” T…

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Study Highlights Link Between Eating Speed, Temperament

HealthDay (7/9, Preidt) reported a new study published in Pediatric Obesity “found that slow eaters are less likely to be extroverted and impulsive, and that youngsters who are highly responsive to external food cues – the urge to eat when food is seen, s…

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Leapfrog Releases New Cumulative Data On Hospitals, Children’s Hospitals, Outpatient Surgery Departments, And Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Modern Healthcare (7/8, Gillespie, Subscription Publication) reports the Leapfrog Group has released “new cumulative data on hospitals, children’s hospitals, outpatient surgery departments and ambulatory surgical centers.” The data on “hospital surveys ca…

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Pediatricians Concerned About Appearance Of RSV During Summer

The AP (7/8, Tanner) reports pediatricians are concerned over an increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), “a common cause of cold-like symptoms [that] can be serious for infants and the elderly,” despite the virus typically appearing during…

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Teens, Adults With Autism Who Use Drugs, Alcohol More Likely To Use These Substances To Mask Symptoms, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/8, Mann) reports, “Teens and adults with autism may be less likely than others to use drugs and alcohol, but new research finds those who do are nearly nine times more likely to use these substances to mask symptoms, including those related t…

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Thermal Care Interventions Tied To Reduced Hypothermia Risk In Preterm Neonates, Research Shows

Healio (7/8, Downey) reports, “Thermal care interventions in the delivery room are associated with better core body temperatures and decreased risk for hypothermia among preterm neonates, according to” researchers who carried out a systematic review of 32…

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Children At Very Low Risk Of Severe Illness, Death From COVID-19, Studies Suggest

The Wall Street Journal (7/8, Roland, Subscription Publication) reports children are at very low risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, according to three studies of UK data that provide some of the most detailed analysis to date on severe illnes…

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CDC Estimates Delta Has Become The Dominant Variant In The US

The New York Times (7/7, Anthes) reports that, according to the CDC, the Delta variant “is now the dominant variant,” and the agency “calculates that Delta accounts for 51.7 percent of coronavirus infections.” The announcement comes as research “suggests…

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Neck Inflammation Symptoms A Common Sign Of MIS-C, Study Says

Healio (7/7, Downey) reports, “Symptoms of neck inflammation are a common sign of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C], a serious condition associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection,” according to researchers who found that “of the 137 patient…

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Extremely Preterm Infants With Prolonged Exposure To Opioids, Benzodiazepines May Experience Increased Risk For Worse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes At Two Years’ Corrected Age, Researchers Posit

Healio (7/7, Ernst) reports, “Extremely preterm infants with prolonged exposure to opioids and benzodiazepines experienced an increased risk for worse neurodevelopmental outcomes at two years’ corrected age,” investigators concluded after conducting “a co…

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AB Blood Type Associated With Higher Risk Of NEC, FIP In Preterm Infants, Results Indicate

MedPage Today (7/7, Hamza) reports, “AB blood type was associated with a higher risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and focal intestinal perforation (FIP) in preterm infants, as compared with other blood types,” according to the results of a German p…

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Children Who Have Difficulty Developing Age-Appropriate Emotion Regulation Skills May Be At A Higher Risk Of Developing Broad Anorexia Nervosa During Adolescence, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (7/7, Grant) reports, “Children who have difficulty developing age-appropriate emotion regulation skills may be at a higher risk of developing broad anorexia nervosa during adolescence,” researchers concluded “in an analysis of data from the…

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With Some School Districts Resuming School In Mid-August, Time For Students To Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Running Out

The New York Times (7/7, Slotnik) reports time is running out for students in school districts which plan to start classes before Labor Day to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before school starts. Some school districts are encouraging students and t…

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FDA Issues Complete Response Letter For Teplizumab For Delay Of T1D In High-Risk Children And Adults, Company Says

Healio (7/6, Schaffer) reports, “The FDA issued a complete response letter for a biologics license application for teplizumab for the delay of type 1 diabetes in high-risk children and adults, stating a study failed to show pharmacokinetic comparability,”…

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Children Who Took Mindfulness Training Slept Extra 74 Minutes, Study Finds

CNN (7/6, LaMotte) reports, “Elementary schoolchildren who took mindfulness training two times a week for two years slept an average of 74 extra minutes a night,” according to researchers who “found improvement in sleep began within three months of starti…

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Bronchodilator Use For Treating Bronchiolitis In Infants Reduced From 2010 To 2018, Data Show

HealthDay (7/6) reports, “Bronchodilator therapy for the treatment of bronchiolitis in infants decreased significantly from 2010 to 2018,” according to researchers who “found that bronchodilator use, hospital admission, and emergency department return vis…

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Delta COVID-19 Variant May Be More Transmissible In Children, Epidemiologist Says

The Los Angeles Times (7/6, Netburn) carries an interview with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology Keri Althoff who discusses how the Delta COVID-19 variant may affect children, saying that if the variant “i…

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Vaccine-Associated mRNA Not Detected In Breast Milk, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/6) reports, “Women who are breastfeeding and wonder if COVID-19 vaccination is safe for their baby may be reassured by the results of a new study.” Researchers found “that ‘vaccine-associated mRNA’ – the active components of the Moderna and P…

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Nearly One In Five Privately Insured Families With In-Network Child Deliveries Received Potential Surprise Bills For Maternal Or Newborn Care In 2019, Study Finds

Modern Healthcare (7/2, Devereaux, Subscription Publication) reported, “A JAMA Health Forum study found that nearly one in five privately insured families with in-network child deliveries received potential surprise bills for maternal or newborn care in 2…

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Parents Of Children With Medical Complexity May Be Five Times More Likely To Have Poor Or Fair Mental Health, Study Suggests

“Parents of kids with medical complexity face challenges other parents don’t,” the Washington Post (7/3, Blakemore) reported. But “how is their mental health compared to their counterparts whose children don’t face problems such as chronic diseases, devel…

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In Children, Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder May Initially Be Mistaken For Other Conditions

In the New York Times (7/5) “Personal Health” column, Jane E. Brody discussed bipolar disorder in children, adolescence, and young adulthood. According to Brody, “characterized by extreme shifts in mood, ‘manic-depressive illness’ was officially recognize…

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Bedtime Routines Introduced Early In Infancy Improve Sleep Habits In Toddlers, Study Says

HealthDay (7/2, Preidt) reported, “Introducing bedtime routines very early in life can improve sleep habits in the toddler years, according to” researchers who surveyed nearly 500 new mothers and found that “a higher number of bedtime-related activities a…

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Children Make Up An Increasing Share Of New COVID-19 Infections, Data Indicate

USA Today (7/3, Rodriguez) reported, “Children make up a growing share of new coronavirus cases per week as overall infections decline with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, but infection and hospitalization rates among children remain stable.” Children a…

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Parents Increasingly Citing Fear Of Adverse Events As HPV Vaccine Hesitancy Driver, Study Finds

PatientEngagementHIT (7/1, Heath) reports, “Parents are increasingly fearful of adverse patient safety events in vaccines, citing the issue as the main reason for pediatric vaccine hesitancy and refusal of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as prevent…

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J&J To Initiate COVID-19 Vaccine Studies For Adolescents In Fall

The Hill (7/1, Coleman) reports, “Johnson & Johnson plans to initiate its first study of its COVID-19 vaccine involving adolescents ages 12-17 in the fall, an executive said Wednesday during a Johns Hopkins University of Washington event.” The study will…

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In-Person Schools Requiring Masks See Little COVID-19 Spread, Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (7/1, Phend) reports, “An analysis of North Carolina’s experiment in reopening public schools to in-person instruction this spring showed the success of masking, with less apparent impact of physical distancing and other measures,” according…

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Experts Worry About Lifelong Impact Of Pandemic On Children’s Education, Health

Kaiser Health News (7/1, Szabo) reports experts are worried that “many of the youngest Americans have fallen behind socially, academically and emotionally in ways that could harm their physical and mental health for years or even decades” as a result of t…

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Children With Serious Mental Health Disorders May Wait Days, Even Weeks, For A Bed In Limited Psychiatric Wards, Researchers Say

ABC News (7/1, Lenthang) reports, “Boarding is a longstanding crisis in” US emergency departments (EDs), particularly in “pediatric units.” Children with serious mental health disorders may “end up waiting days, if not weeks, for a spot in limited psychia…

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Study Highlights Role Of Curiosity, Developing Interest Among Preschoolers

HealthDay (7/1, Murez) reports that providing children aged three to five with “enough information to make them want to know more” may be the key to developing their interest in learning something new, according to findings published in Psychological Scie…

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More Than Half Of US Babies May Be Exposed To At Least Some Alcohol Before Birth, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/1, Murez) reports, “More than half [54%] of American babies are exposed to at least some alcohol before they are born – and for eight out of 10, it happens before their mothers even realize they’re pregnant,” researchers concluded in a comput…

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Fauci Warns Of “Two Americas” As Divide Between Vaccinated And Unvaccinated Areas Widens

CNN (6/30, Elamroussi) reports, “With the Delta variant accounting for more than a quarter of Covid-19 cases, Dr. Anthony Fauci warns there could soon be ‘two Americas’ – one where most people are vaccinated and another where low vaccination rates could l…

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Parents, Caregivers Among Those Concerned About Spread Of Delta Coronavirus Variant Among Under-Vaccinated Population

CNN (6/30, Langmaid) reports that the rapid spread of the Delta coronavirus variant among under-vaccinated populations is creating “a lot of uncertainty, especially for parents and caregivers considering summer camps and school.” American Academy of Pedia…

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CDC Director Leaves It Up To States, Local Authorities To Set Mask Guidance

The New York Times (6/30, Slotnik, Levin) reports CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Wednesday “stood by advice that people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus do not need to wear masks in most situations, but added that there are instances where…

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Childhood-Onset Asthma Associated With Low Educational Level In Young Adulthood, Study Suggests

Healio (6/30, Welsh) reports a new study published in Respiratory Medicine showed that “childhood-onset asthma was associated with a low educational level in young adulthood.” Researchers in the 2,017-patient study “found no association between childhood-…

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More Than 80 Adults, Teens Test Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Camp That Did Not Require Masks, Check Vaccination Status

USA Today (6/30, Gilbert) reports that 85 “teens and adult staff have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a summer camp in central Illinois that did not require masks indoors or vaccination status.” Of those infected, “about 70% of the cases were…

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Reasons Behind Parents’ Decisions To Enroll Young Children In Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Highlighted

In an article highlighting the factors that several parents of children weighed before enrolling their children in pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trials, CNN (6/29, Yan) reports that “toddlers and babies as young as 6 months old are testing Covid-19 vaccines…

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Childcare Services Shuttered Amid Pandemic Resulted In More Than 600K Job Losses For Working Mothers, Data Indicate

HealthDay (6/29, Norton) reports that during the “first 10 months of the U.S. pandemic, more than 2.3 million women left the labor force,” including 611,000 working mothers who “– more than fathers – faced the difficulty of having kids home from school o…

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Health Precautions Amid Heat Waves Highlighted

In an article highlighting health precautions for adults and children amid a heat wave, the New York Times (6/29, Blum) says, “Kids should be instructed that if their friends start acting funny, confused or mumbling, they should alert an adult.” Signs of…

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Study Highlights Role Of Curiosity In Pre-Verbal Toddlers

HealthDay (6/29, Murez) says, “Using a bit of sleight of hand, researchers were able to demonstrate that babies who were the most intrigued with magic tricks became the most curious toddlers,” findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of S…

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Summer Camps Face Complex Challenges Due To Vaccines, Vague Guidelines

The Wall Street Journal (6/29, Dizik, Subscription Publication) reports this year’s summer-camp season will be complicated by pandemic challenges. In addition to new CDC camp guidelines that leave room for interpretation, camps will likely have a mix of v…

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More Than One-Third Of AYA Cancer Survivors Report COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/29) reports that “more than one-third of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors report COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, according to a study.” Investigators “found that 37.1 percent of participants reported COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.”…

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Some Children Struggling With Return To Pre-Pandemic Socialization

The AP (6/29, Tanner) reports many children are struggling to adapt to society reopening as COVID-19 restrictions lift across the country following “relentless months of social distancing, online schooling and other restrictions.” According to the AP, “af…

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Physical Punishment May Not Improve Child’s Positive Behavior, Social Competence Over Time, Review Suggests

CNN (6/28, LaMotte) reports, “Physical punishment does not appear to improve a child’s positive behavior or social competence over time, according to” a review of 69 previous studies published in The Lancet. Lead study author and University of Texas human…

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Children With T2D With A Parental History Of Diabetes May Have Elevated Risks For Adverse Outcomes, Early Onset Of Complications, Study Suggests

Healio (6/27, Monostra) reports, “Children with type 2 diabetes [T2D] with a parental – particularly, maternal – history of diabetes have elevated risks for adverse outcomes and early onset of complications,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data fr…

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Bilingual Spanish-English Exposure At Home Does Not Slow Ability Of US Children To Learn English, Study Says

HealthDay (6/28, Preidt) reports, “Being in a Spanish-speaking home doesn’t hamper American kids’ ability to learn English,” according to findings from a “first-of-its-kind study” in “126 U.S.-born 5-year-olds who were exposed to Spanish at home from birt…

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Nearly One-Fourth Of Parents Concerned Young Child Missed Developmental Milestones, Poll Suggests

HealthDay (6/28, Murez) reports 23% of parents in the US worry that their young child showed developmental delays, and while “most reached out to health care providers (63%) or child care providers (24%) for advice,” 18% of parents “turned to potentially…

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Parents Urged To Act Now To Get Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Time For School Year

CNN (6/28, Cohen) reports parents hoping to have their children immunized against COVID-19 before the start of the next school year “need to act fast,” as some large school systems across the country prepare to “start school in the first two weeks of Augu…

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More Teenage Girls And Children Under 13 Are Seeking Emergency Mental Healthcare

The New York Times (6/28, Caron) reports that “interviews with mental health providers and data from hospitals across the country reveal that while providers are continuing to see a surge in teenagers visiting the emergency room for mental health problems…

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Teens With Sleep Apnea Since Childhood Have Increased High Blood Pressure Risk, Study Suggests

HealthDay (6/28, Preidt) reports, “Teens who’ve had sleep apnea since childhood have a much higher risk of high blood pressure than those who never had sleep apnea, new research shows.” Penn State Sleep Research and Treatment Center Associate Professor Ju…

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Exenatide Significantly Reduces Blood Sugar Levels In Adolescents With Type 2 Diabetes, Late-Stage Data Indicate

Reuters (6/25, Roy) reported that AstraZeneca on Friday announced its diabetes drug exenatide (Bydureon) “significantly reduced blood sugar levels in adolescents aged 10-17 with type 2 diabetes in a late-stage study.” Study participants who received a onc…

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Humanized Anti-CD19 CAR T-Cell Therapy Led To Durable Remissions In Majority Of Children And Young Adults With B-Cell Malignancies, Including Patients Previously Treated With CAR T-Cell Therapy, Study Shows

MedPage Today (6/25, Bankhead) reported that “a humanized anti-CD19 CAR T-cell therapy (huCART19) led to durable remissions in a majority of children and young adults with B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with CAR T-cell therapy,…

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Some Minors Seek To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Against Parents’ Wishes

The New York Times (6/26, Hoffman) reported, “A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only three in 10 parents of children between the ages of 12 through 17 intended to allow them to be vaccinated immediately,” and yet “many teenagers [ar…

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Little Change In High School Seniors’ Marijuana Use Despite COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdowns, Data Indicate

HealthDay (6/25, Murez) reported, “U.S. high school seniors say marijuana was significantly harder to come by during the pandemic – yet their use of the drug continued at rates similar to those before school closures began,” a study published in Drug and…

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Studies Examine Increases In T2D Diagnoses, New-Onset Pediatric T2D Cases During First Nine Months Of COVID-19 Pandemic

MedPage Today (6/26, Basen) reported, “Young people were more likely to be initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) during the pandemic, while there was a significant increase in the number of new-onset pediatric T2D cases during the first nine mont…

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More Than One In 10 People In US Have Missed Second Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

CNN (6/24, McPhillips) reports, “A growing number of people – now more than one in 10 – have missed their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, a cause for concern as the more transmissible Delta variant gains a foothold.” As of June 16, “…

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Nearly All COVID-19 Fatalities In US Among Unvaccinated Patients, Data Show

The AP (6/24, Johnson, Stobbe) reports “only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19” fatalities in the US last month “were in fully vaccinated people,” and “‘breakthrough’ infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more th…

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FDA Approves Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion Eye Drops For VKC In Adult, Pediatric Patients

HCPlive (6/24, Alicea) reports the FDA “approved cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion (Verkazia 0.1%) eye drops for the treatment of vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) in adult and pediatric populations.” Regulators based the approval on data from “2 randomize…

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CDC Advisory Panel Backs Use Of Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

STAT (6/24, Branswell) reports a CDC advisory panel on Thursday voted to “recommend use of a controversial dengue vaccine, despite the fact that it can only be given to a small fraction of U.S. children and requires a pre-vaccination test in order to be u…

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Brains Of Individuals With Depression, Anorexia, Mental Health Disorders Interpret Physical Signals Differently, Study Says

HealthDay (6/24, Preidt) reports, “The brain interprets physical signals differently in people with depression, anorexia and some other mental health disorders,” according to researchers who “found that in patients with bipolar disorder, anxiety, major de…

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About One-Third Of Individuals With ASD Prescribed Multiple Medications For Comorbidities, Symptoms, Data Indicate

Medscape (6/24, Splete, Subscription Publication) reports, “Approximately one-third of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are prescribed multiple medications to manage comorbidities and symptoms, according to” retrospective cohort study data…

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Pandemic Appears To Have Sparked Deep Drop In US Births, CDC Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/23) reports, “The pandemic not only cost hundreds of thousands of American lives, but it also appears to have triggered a deep drop in births, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.” CDC researchers found that “until 2020, the birth rate h…

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Advocacy Group To Launch New Campaign For Protecting Children Online

The Hill (6/23, Klar) reports the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood announced the launch of a new initiative on Wednesday “to advocate for children’s online protection under a rebrand with the name Fairplay.” Fairplay’s fresh campaign will push “ne…

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BMI In Adolescence Associated With Poor Health Outcomes In Adulthood, 24-Year Study Finds

HealthDay (6/23) reports, “Adolescent body mass index (BMI) is a risk factor for poor health outcomes in adults, regardless of adult BMI, according to” researchers who tracked 24-year health outcomes for 12,300 subjects and “found that each one-unit highe…

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Caregivers Having Trouble Finding Support Services For Children Who Lost Parents To COVID-19

Kaiser Health News (6/23, Aleccia) reports the parents and caregivers of more than 46,000 children who have lost one or both of their parents to COVID-19 since February 2020 are finding it “difficult, if not impossible,” to find “basic services for their…

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FDA Should Do More To Prevent Youth Vaping, House Members Say

According to MedPage Today (6/23, Frieden), House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy members criticized the FDA during a hearing Wednesday on youth vaping for not doing more to stop children from becoming addicted to e-cigar…

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Benefits Of COVID-19 Vaccination Outweigh Risks Of Heart Inflammation In Young People, CDC Advisers Say

NBC News (6/23, Miller) reports, “The benefits of Covid-19 vaccination far outweigh the risks of heart inflammation in young people, a panel of independent advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.” Nonetheless, “members o…

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DKA Events Appear To Have Increased Among Youths With T1D In US, Other Countries Hit Hard By First Wave Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Suggests

Healio (6/22) reports, “Diabetic ketoacidosis [DKA] events increased among youths with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. and other countries hit hard by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from youths with typ…

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Many Americans With Severe Asthma Not Seeing Specialist To Manage Condition, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/22, Preidt) reports that “among Americans with severe asthma, less than half see a specialist to manage their condition,” according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Researchers “examined ins…

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School-Age Children Eat More Fruits, Vegetables When Required To Stay At Lunch Table For 20 Minutes, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/22, Gever) reports, “School-age children ate more fruits and vegetables when they had to sit at the lunch table for 20 minutes versus half that long,” according to a 38-person trial showing that “those with the 20-minute requirement ate 8…

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Snoring Among Adolescents Associated With Depressive Symptoms, Suicidality, Results Show

Healio (6/22, Marabito) reports, “Snoring among adolescents correlated significantly with depressive symptoms and suicidality independently of sleep duration, insomnia and daytime sleepiness, according to” researchers who examined “survey responses from 8…

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Florida Governor Signs Measure Overhauling Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association

The Miami Herald (6/22, Miller, Chang) reports Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) “has signed legislation overhauling the controversial Florida program that provides lifelong care for children born with catastrophic brain damage, approving the most far-reachin…

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Decades-Old Lead Particles Still Pollute Urban Air, Findings Suggest

HealthDay (6/22, Mozes) reports that while “levels of lead in the air that Londoners breathe are far lower today than they were in the 1980s, when leaded gas was an automotive staple,” decades-old particles of lead “still pollute the city’s air, a stubbor…

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FDA Approves First DOAC For The Treatment Of Children With VTE

MedPage Today (6/21, Lou) reports that the FDA has “approved the first direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) for the treatment of children with venous thromboembolism (VTE).” Healio (6/21) reports that “the agency approved dabigatran etexilate…oral pellets f…

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All Children Should Receive Screening For Cardiac Arrest Risk, Recommendations Say

HealthDay (6/21, Preidt) reports, “All children should be screened for conditions that may put them at risk for cardiac arrest or death, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement recommends.” Clinicians should carry out the screenings “w…

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Administration Taking Steps To Raise COVID-19 Awareness Among Teenagers

NBC News (6/21, Przybyla) reports, “A mixture of misinformation, low Covid-19 vaccination rates among U.S. teens and the spread of a variant causing concern is fueling urgency among policymakers and spurring a new push by the Biden administration to chang…

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Children’s Birthday Parties May Have Spurred Increased COVID-19 Transmission Rates, Study Says

USA Today (6/21, Avery) reports children’s birthday parties may have led to increased coronavirus transmission rates, researchers found after gathering “private health insurance data from 2.9 million U.S. households from Jan. 1 to Nov. 8, 2020. In countie…

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Sharing Bed With Infant Does Not Improve Maternal Bonding, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/21, Murez) reports the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against parents sharing a bed with an infant, and a new study “finds bed-sharing did nothing to boost mother-infant bonding.” Researchers “analyzed data from 178 infants and their…

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Teens With Overweight Or Obesity More Likely To Develop T2D, Have Heart Attack In 30s Or 40s, 24-Year Study Finds

HealthDay (6/21, Mann) reports, “Teens who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or have a heart attack in their 30s and 40s” and also are “more likely to have other health issues down the road, regardless of whether they s…

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Researchers To Launch Cross-Border Study On Childhood Asthma

The AP (6/19) reported University of Arizona researchers will launch “a study of how prone Hispanic children are to asthma in Tucson compared with their peers on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora.” The study “will follow 500 preg…

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LGBTQ Groups Call For More Inclusive Sex Education

USA Today (6/19, Aspegren) reported, “With more Americans than ever coming out as LGBTQ, the need for inclusive sex education is more pressing than ever – but few students are getting it, according to” a report issued last month by “several LGBTQ health a…

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Cures Act Provision Requires Clinicians To Open Their Notes To Patients

STAT (6/18, Preston) reported, “Clinicians’ notes…are typically filled with medical jargon – which, for the most part, patients never saw” as the notes mainly served as “a tool for health care providers to track their work and communicate with each othe…

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Study Suggests 17% Of Fathers Of Premature Infants May Face Postpartum Depression

HealthDay (6/18, Preidt) reported, “Postpartum depression strikes fathers of premature babies more often than previously thought, and it can linger longer in fathers than in mothers,” according to researchers who “screened for depression in 431 parents of…

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Growing Number Of Medical Experts Questioning Rush To Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19

The Los Angeles Times (6/18, Healy) reported “A growing contingent of medical experts is now questioning whether” the “conventional wisdom” of widespread vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 “ought to apply to children” who may face a different risk-benefit rat…

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Following msTBI In Children, White Matter Disruption Appears To Be Widespread, Persistent, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (6/17, Nye) reports, “Following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (msTBI) in children, white matter disruption was widespread, persistent, and impacted by demographic and clinical factors,” researchers concluded after analyzing d…

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Antiretroviral Therapy Associated With Low Viral Reservoirs At Birth, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/17, Nye) reports, “Prophylaxis against mother-to-child HIV transmission resulted in low viral reservoirs at birth; however, viral rebound was common, according to” the results of an observational, 164-patient study published…

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Higher EIS Doses Associated With Intestinal Dysbiosis In Infants With VLBW, Research Shows

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/17, van Paridon) reports, “In infants with very low birth weight (VLBW), higher enteral iron supplementation (EIS) doses were associated with a less diverse microbiome, higher abundances of Proteus and Bifidobacterium, and a hi…

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Bariatric Surgery Is Recommended By Experts For Teenagers With Severe Obesity

NPR (6/17, Noguchi) reports that obesity specialists “strongly endorse bariatric surgery as a good option for teenagers who are struggling with severe obesity.” Bariatric surgery is “reliably effective in treating extreme obesity, and can reverse the cond…

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Supreme Court Rejects Latest Challenge To Affordable Care Act

The New York Times (6/17, A1, Liptak) reports that on Thursday, the Affordable Care Act “survived a third major challenge as the Supreme Court, on a 7-to-2 vote, turned aside the latest effort by Republicans to kill the health care law.” The ruling’s “mar…

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Fast-Food Company Ad Spending Targeting Children Surges From 2012 To 2019, Data Indicate

HealthDay (6/17, Preidt) reports “ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants” reached “$5 billion in 2019, up more than $400 million between 2012 and 2019,” with “ads on both Spanish-language and Black-targeted TV programming” increasing…

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Updated Consensus Statement Released On Recovery From Sport-Related Concussion

HealthDay (6/16, Preidt) reports, “Strict rest isn’t advised after athletes suffer a concussion because it could slow their recovery, an updated consensus statement from” the Team Physician Consensus Conference “says.” According to that statement, “most a…

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Researchers Find Correlation Between Teachers’ Depressive Symptoms, Math Skills In Early Learners Enrolled In Head Start Programs

HealthDay (6/16, Murez) reports investigators have “found a correlation between teachers’ depressive symptoms and math skills in early learners enrolled in Head Start programs.” In a study “sample of more than 1,500 children from 212 classroom in 113 cent…

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Approximately 25% Of Parents Do Not Intend To Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19, Poll Finds

Forbes (6/16, Durkee) reports that as vaccine hesitancy concerns persist, “approximately one in four parents say they do not intend to get their child vaccinated against Covid-19,” and “more than 10% intend to only have their child receive one dose, which…

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US Adolescents Eat Up To Two-Thirds Of Added Sugars, Fats, Grains Through Snacking, Researchers Say

Healio (6/16, Downey) reports adolescents in the US “consume between one-third and two-thirds of the recommended daily limits of added sugars, fats and refined grains through snacking,” according to researchers who “used data from the 2005-2016 National H…

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Child Development Experts Concerned Over Pandemic’s Effects On Young Children’s Development

Kaiser Health News (6/16, Gullet) reports some child care providers “said they are relieved to see” COVID-19 “cases drop as vaccines roll out across the United States,” but mental health and child development experts also “wonder about what, if any, long-…

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Some Common Viruses Reemerge As Lockdowns Lift, Children Return To Childcare

The Washington Post (6/16, Goldstein, Nirappil) reports “pediatricians, infectious-disease specialists and epidemiologists have noticed” some instances of viral infections spreading out-of-season among children, “and sometimes with uncommon virulence amon…

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US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 600K

The AP (6/15, Har, Kunzelman) reports that the US COVID-19 death toll “topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to su…

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FDA Expands Approval Of System For Treatment Of Acute Full-Thickness Thermal Burn Wounds In Pediatric Patients, Company Says

According to Healio (6/15, Forand), in a press release, Avita Medical announced that “the FDA has expanded its approval of the Recell system in combination with meshed autografting to include treatment of acute full-thickness thermal burn wounds in pediat…

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More US Teens Reporting Sexual Identity As Gay, Lesbian, Or Bisexual, Survey Data Suggest

HealthDay (6/15, Murez) reports, “More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys” indicate. In fact, “between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identifie…

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Exposure To High Levels Of Air Pollution During Pregnancy May Increase Children’s Risk Of Obesity, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/15) reports, “Children may have an increased risk of obesity if their mothers were exposed to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy, researchers say.” In this “new study, 123 Hispanic mother-infant pairs were enrolled in an ongoing tr…

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Children Who Consume More Ultra-Processed Foods More Likely To Have Overweight, Obesity As Adults, Study Finds

CNN (6/15, Hunt) reports, “Children who eat more ultra-processed food are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, a new 17-year study of more than 9,000 British children born in the 1990s suggests.” In addition, investigators “found that ultra-pr…

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Researchers Examine Temporal Trends In Suicidal Ideation, Attempts Among US Adolescents By Sex, Race/Ethnicity

Healio (6/14, Gramigna) reports, “Sex and racial/ethnic disparities in temporal trends were apparent among adolescents with suicidal ideation,” researchers concluded after conducting “a cross-sectional analysis of the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey,…

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Weight Teasing Young People May Make Them Vulnerable To Eating Disorders, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports research indicates that teasing young people “about any extra pounds they may carry” may make them “vulnerable to eating disorders.” In some “1,500 young people in the United States being followed as part of a long-term st…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Offer Significant Protection Against Delta Variant, Studies Out Of UK, Scotland Suggest

The Wall Street Journal (6/14, Douglas, Bhattacharya, Subscription Publication) reports separate studies from researchers in the UK and Scotland published Monday suggest that currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines offer significant protection against the…

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Teenagers Who Text While Driving Likely To Engage In Other Risky Driving Behaviors, Research Shows

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports teenagers “who use cellphones while behind the wheel are more likely to engage in other types of risky driving,” including “speeding, aggressive passing and running red lights,” according to online survey responses from 38…

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Firearm Suicides Rising Among Young Americans, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/14, Norton) reports a growing number of “young Americans, including children, are taking their own lives using firearms,” according to researchers who “found that between 2008 and 2018, gun suicides showed an ‘alarming’ increase among America…

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Babies Show Strong Immune Response To Coronavirus, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports, “Babies have a strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19,” according to researchers who “assessed the immune systems of four infants under 3 months of age who had recovered from COVID, and compared them wit…

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FDA Expands Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir Approval For Hepatitis C To Include Children As Young As Three

Healio (6/11, Downey) reported that the FDA has approved an expansion for the pediatric expansion of Gilead Sciences’ Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir), which will allow “children aged as young as 3 years are now able to receive for the treatment of chroni…

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Schools May Not Be Able To Mandate Coronavirus Vaccines For Students

A Wall Street Journal (6/11, Koh, Subscription Publication) analysis was skeptical that schools can mandate students receive COVID-19 vaccines given that they lack the authority to do so for other vaccines, though state legislatures and some state health…

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FDA Advisory Committee Uncertain On EUA For COVID-19 Vaccine In Younger Children

MedPage Today (6/11, Phend) reported that in a meeting last week, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee “was torn on whether emergency use authorization (EUA) was the right step for COVID-19 vaccines in younger children, bu…

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Delayed School Start Times Associated With Reduced Vehicle Accidents, Study Finds

Healio (6/11, Miller) reported that delaying school start times by 70 minutes resulted in “fewer instances of teenagers driving while drowsy and fewer motor vehicle accidents involving younger drivers,” according to researchers who evaluated data from 2,1…

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CDC Study Reports Rise In Adolescent Females Visiting Emergency Departments Due To Suspected Suicide Attempts

The Washington Post (6/11, Chiu) reported a study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued on Friday indicates that during 2021’s early months, trips “to emergency departments for suspected suicide attempts increased roughly 50 percent for ad…

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COVID-19 Pandemic “Breeding Ground” For Child Abuse; Lawmakers Propose Preventative Measures

USA Today (6/11, Wiilliams) reported, “Experts said the coronavirus pandemic left more families at home together for long periods at a time of economic loss and overall anxiety, creating a breeding ground for child abuse across the nation.” This left “man…

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CDC Investigating Rare Post-Vaccine Heart Problems

The New York Times (6/11, Mandavilli) reported the CDC is “reviewing nearly 800 cases of rare heart problems following immunization with the coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, according to data presented at a vaccine safety meeting…

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Moderna Applies To FDA For Authorization To Use Its COVID-19 Vaccine In Adolescents

The New York Times (6/10, Mandavilli) reports, “Moderna requested an emergency authorization on Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration for use of its coronavirus vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds.” Moderna’s “application to the F.D.A. for young teens…

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CDC Issues Warning Of Growing Spread Of RSV In South

CNN (6/10, Fox) reports, “A common cold virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is spreading across the South, causing an unusual wave of late spring disease,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which “issued a Health A…

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Some Children Report Experiencing Long COVID

STAT (6/10, Cooney) reports regarding long Covid among younger people, “numbers are hard to come by, but more children and adolescents are experiencing chronic symptoms after Covid” and “although the disease has played out in ways that differ between adul…

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Kids Whose Moms Got A Flu Shot During Pregnancy Appear To Have No Increased Risk Of Immune-Related Health Conditions, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (6/10, Preidt), after following some “28,000 children from birth to an average age of 3.5 years,” researchers found that “those whose mothers got a flu shot during pregnancy did not have an increased risk of immune-related health co…

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Parents Urged To Get Children Caught Up On Vaccinations After Falling Behind During Pandemic

The Washington Post (6/10, Sun) reports that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “routine childhood vaccinations dropped dramatically during the early months of the pandemic,” and “many children and adolescents are still behind on…

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Food Allergies Complicate Options For America’s Food Insecure

The AP (6/10, Ronayne) reports how food insecurity during the pandemic is hitting those with food allergies and intolerances differently, seeing as many charitable and government food programs offer limited options. While data have not been gathered “on t…

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CDC Reports Higher-Than-Expected Number Of Myocarditis Or Pericarditis Cases Among Young People Who Received COVID-19 Vaccine

Reuters (6/10, Erman, Maddipatla) reports, “Preliminary findings from two vaccine safety monitoring systems suggest a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation after the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in young men, the U.S. Centers…

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FDA Approves CF Treatment For Patients Aged 6 To 11

Reuters (6/9, Nadeem) reports, “Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the expanded use of its Trikafta cocktail therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in children aged 6 to 11, making it the first approved treat…

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Need For Travel Nurses Declines As COVID-19 Cases Fall

Modern Healthcare (6/9, Christ, Subscription Publication) reports, “As COVID-19 vaccinations climb and cases fall in the U.S., the once ‘desperate’ need for travel nurses to care for the country’s sick has waned.” But “demand remains high, as providers de…

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FDA’s Vaccine Advisers To Discuss Info Agency Should Seek Before Authorizing COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids

CNN (6/9, Fox) reports vaccine advisers to the FDA “will meet Thursday to discuss what information the agency should ask for in considering the go-ahead for vaccinating children under 12 – including how many children need to be enrolled in clinical trials…

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In Children With Active UC, FMT Improved Disease Activity And Inflammation Better Than Placebo, Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/9, May) reports on research finding that “fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) improved disease activity and inflammation in children with ulcerative colitis (UC) better than placebo.” The research “included 25 patients (age range…

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In Children With IBS, Treatments Targeting Somatization And Functional Disability Could Improve HRQOL And May Decrease Morbidity, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/9, Schad) reports on research indicating that “in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), treatments targeting somatization and functional disability could improve health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) and may decrease m…

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Beech-Nut To Stop Selling Baby Rice Cereal After Finding Arsenic Levels Exceeding FDA Limit

CNN (6/9, LaMotte) reports, “Beech-Nut Nutrition voluntarily recalled an infant rice cereal Tuesday because the product exceeds a US Food and Drug Administration limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic.” The company stated on its site, “No illnesses rel…

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CPSC Warns Of Increase In Child Drownings

HealthDay (6/9, Preidt) reports, “Pool and spa drowning deaths among U.S. children are spiking upwards, and restrictions related to the COVID pandemic may also mean that fewer kids are getting the swimming lessons that might keep them safe,” according to…

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Flu Vaccine Given During Pregnancy Not Tied To Risk Of Adverse Health Outcomes In Children Years Later, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (6/8, Hamza) reports “influenza vaccines given to pregnant mothers do not result in any increased risk of adverse health outcomes,” such as asthma or sensory impairment, “for young children” in “their first few years of life,” according to “…

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US Hospitals Launch Mass Vaccination Efforts As COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Among Teens Rise

Modern Healthcare (6/8, Gellman, Subscription Publication) reports, “Weekly teen COVID hospitalization rates jumped by 116% from mid-March through April, per a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report monitoring 10% of the national po…

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Researchers Point To Connection Between ADHD Medications, Reduced Suicidality In Children

HealthDay (6/8, Norton) reports, “Researchers found that medications like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), were linked to a lower risk of suicidal behavior among 9- and 10-year-olds with substa…

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Teens Who Spend Too Much Time On Smartphones May Be More Prone To Eating Habits That Increase Their Odds For Obesity, Research Suggests

HealthDay (6/8, Preidt, Mundell) reports research indicates that “teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after tracking “the h…

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COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Available For Young Children In US By Fall

The New York Times (6/8, Mandavilli) reports, “Coronavirus vaccines may be available in the fall for U.S. children as young as 6 months, drugmakers say.” Pfizer and Moderna are currently “testing their vaccines in children under 12 years, and are expected…

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FDA Approves Ravulizumab-cwvz Injection For Children With Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

Healio (6/7) reports, “The FDA approved ravulizumab-cwvz injection to treat children aged 1 month and older with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.” The “researchers evaluated the efficacy of ravulizumab-cwvz (Ultomiris, Alexion) – previously approved f…

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Fisher-Price Executives Criticized In House Hearing On Inclined Sleeper

The Washington Post (6/7, Frankel) reports, “Two company executives were sharply criticized Monday by a House panel over Fisher-Price’s decision to keep its Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper on the market for a decade while waiting until 2019 to recall a prod…

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FDA Approves Treatment For Patients With PNH Older Than One

HCP Live (6/7, Kunzmann) reports the US Food and Drug Administration “approved ravulizumab-cwvz (Ultomiris) for the treatment of life-threatening blood disease paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in patients aged ≥1 year old.” The treatment was appr…

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Molecular Profiling Of Solid Tumors In Children, Young Adults Has Significant Impact On Diagnosis And Treatment Recommendations, Analysis Shows

Healio (6/7, Southall) reports, “Molecular profiling of solid tumors in children and young adults has a significant impact on diagnosis and treatment recommendations, according to results of an interim analysis presented during the virtual ASCO Annual Mee…

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C. Difficile Infections In Pediatric Oncology Patients May Have Significant Impact On Hospital Stay Length And Adherence To Chemotherapy Plans, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/7, Lee) reports on a retrospective cohort study in which “clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in pediatric oncology patients was found to have a significant impact on length of hospital stay and affected adherence to sch…

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Umbrella Review Of Interventions For Mental Disorders Among Youths Seeks To Provide Evidence-Based Information For Clinical Decision Making

Healio (6/7, Gramigna) reports investigators have “conducted an umbrella review of interventions for mental disorders among youths that provided evidence-based information for clinical decision making.” They did so by “systematically searching network met…

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Only 29% Of Children, Teens With Gender Dysphoria May Receive Gender Dysphoria-Related Diagnosis, Research Suggests

HealthDay (6/7) reports, “Only 29 percent of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria receive a gender dysphoria-related diagnosis (GDRD), and 25 percent are prescribed gender-affirming hormonal treatment (GAHT),” investigators concluded in a study…

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CDC Director Walensky Urges Parents To Vaccinate Teens

The Washington Post (6/4, Sun) reported, “Citing increased hospitalization rates of teenagers with covid-19 in March and April,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky “urged parents to vaccinate their teens to protect them from an illness that can be severe…

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Pediatric And Young Adult Patients With Refractory Cancers Did Not Experience Clinical Activity With Selumetinib, Trial Results Show

Cancer Network (6/5, Mauro) reported, “Pediatric and young adult patients with refractory cancers did not experience clinical activity with selumetinib, according to findings from the phase 2 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Children’s Oncology Group (COG)…

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Children With Substantial Externalizing Symptoms Who Received Medications For AD/HD May Have Lower Odds For Suicidality, Study Indicates

Healio (6/4, Miller) reported, “Children with substantial externalizing symptoms who received…medications” for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “had lower odds for suicidality,” researchers concluded after examining “cross-sectional and…

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Hospitalizations Related To COVID-19 Among Adolescents About Three Times As High As Those Linked To Influenza Over Three Recent Flu Seasons

The New York Times (6/4, Mandavilli) reported, “Since the start of the pandemic, very few adolescents have become ill enough with Covid-19 to be hospitalized,” but, added the Times, “of those who did, about one-third were admitted to intensive care units,…

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Children In Need Of Home Care Face Nursing Shortage Compounded By Pandemic

The New York Times (6/4, A1, Alcorn, Newman) reported, “About 4.5 million Americans with illnesses and disabilities are cared for at home by aides, therapists or nurses,” and, of these, “hundreds of thousands are children with complex health needs.” Durin…

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Researchers Say Tezepelumab Reduces Asthma Exacerbations Requiring Hospitalization Or ED Visits In Adults And Adolescents With Severe, Uncontrolled Asthma

Healio (6/3, T. Welsh) reports researchers found in the NAVIGATOR trial that “tezepelumab reduced asthma exacerbations requiring hospitalization or ED visits in adults and adolescents with severe, uncontrolled asthma.” The results were presented at the AT…

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Previous COVID-19 Infection May Reduce Risk Of New Infection Substantially For Up To 10 Months, Study Indicates

Reuters (6/3, Smout) reports on research finding that “previous COVID-19 infection substantially reduces the risk of a new infection for up to 10 months afterwards.” The research “found that care home residents who had been previously infected with COVID-…

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SARS-CoV-2 In Children Tied To Unconventional Neutrophil Phenotype That Might Prevent Lung Infiltration, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (6/3, Jacobs) reports SARS-CoV-2 infection “in children may be associated with the acquisition of an unconventional phenotype by neutrophils that might prevent lung infiltration, thus preserving tissue integrity.” The findings were pub…

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Health Officials Investigate Whether Myocarditis Is A Rare Side Effect Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Young People

The AP (6/4, Tanner, Neergaard) reports health officials “are trying to determine whether heart inflammation that can occur along with many types of infections could also be a rare side effect in teens and young adults after the second dose of COVID-19 va…

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Systematic Review Examines Thermal Care Interventions For Preterm Neonatal Offspring

HCPlive (6/3, Walter) reports research indicates that “the majority of thermal care interventions do result in a reduced core body temperature and reduced risk of hypothermia for preterm neonatal offspring.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after…

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California Governor Pushes For Several Proposals Aimed At Improving Health Of Low-Income Women And Their Babies

Kaiser Health News (6/3, Almendrala) reports “California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers are seeking a slate of health proposals for low-income families and children.” The proposals “include ending sales taxes on menstrual products and diapers;…

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Sepsis Found In Higher Rates During Pandemic Among Children Who Had Surgery, Research Finds

Modern Healthcare (6/3, Gillespie, Subscription Publication) reports on research finding that “Children who received surgery during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 developed life-threatening sepsis at higher rates than pre-pandemic.” The a…

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Moderna Plans To Offer Low Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine To Protect Children And Fight Variants

Reuters (6/2, Miller) reports Moderna is preparing “to halve the dose of its COVID-19 vaccine…so that it can also be used to combat variants and inoculate children.” In a deal with Lonza, Moderna “said a new drug substance production line in Geleen, Net…

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Survey Suggests Some Mothers Are Hesitant To Vaccinate Themselves Or Their Children

MedPage Today (6/2, Firth) reports, “Mothers are particularly hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine for themselves and their children, according to the latest data.” According to the COVID States Project, a nationwide survey revealed higher rates of…

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High Levels Of Neurofilament Light During First Weeks Of Postnatal Life Are Associated With Retinopathy Of Prematurity And Bayley Scales Of Infant Development II And III Scores At Two Years Of Age, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (6/2, Stroka) reports researchers found “high levels of neurofilament light, a brain injury biomarker, during the first weeks of postnatal life are associated with retinopathy of prematurity and Bayley Scales of Infant Development II and…

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Use Of Topical Corticosteroids During Pregnancy Not Tied To Low Birth Weight, Researchers Say

Healio (6/2, Forand) reports, “The use of topical corticosteroids during pregnancy was not associated with low birth weight,” researchers concluded in a “nationwide cohort study” that “used the Danish Medical Birth Registry to identify 60,497 corticostero…

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Governor’s Plan To Privatize Much Of The State’s Medicaid Program Is Unconstitutional

The AP (6/2, Murphy) reports, “The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan to privatize much of the state’s Medicaid program is unconstitutional.” The court ruled 6-3 that “the Oklahoma Health Care Authority did not have the legislative appro…

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Votes To Ban Multiple Infant Sleep Products Tied To At Least 90 Deaths

The Washington Post (6/2) reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-1 to ban “a range of infant sleep products that currently slip between gaps in regulations, an attempt to fix a loophole blamed for at least 90 accidental deaths.” The agency…

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FDA Grants De Novo Clearance For AI-Based Diagnostic Aid For Autism

HCPlive (6/2, Iopace) reports the FDA “has granted de novo clearance” to Cognoa “for an AI-based, diagnostic aid (Canvas Dx) designed to aid” healthcare providers in making a “diagnosis of autism,” according to a press release from Cognoa. This clearance…

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COVID-19 Prevention Measures Have Curbed Spread Of Other Infectious Diseases, CDC Says

The Wall Street Journal (6/1, Landers, Inada, Subscription Publication) reports practices adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic to curb the transmission of the disease have also reduced the spread of many other infectious diseases, according to the CDC. Fo…

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Many Patients With COVID-19 Report Long-Term Symptoms, Most Commonly Persistent Fatigue

Kaiser Health News (6/1, Loose) reports on “‘long-haul’ covid patients who remain sick long after retesting negative for the virus,” and “a significant percentage are suffering from syndromes that few doctors understand or treat.” According to KHN, “long-…

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US Seven-Day Average Of New COVID-19 Cases Below 20,000 For First Time Since March 2020

CNN (6/1, Maxouris, Yan, Holcombe) reports, “The US just recorded a seven-day average of fewer than 20,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time since March 2020,” recording an average of “about 17,248 as of Monday.”

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FDA Approves Secukinumab For Treatment Of Moderate To Severe Plaque Psoriasis In Certain Pediatric Patients, Pharmaceutical Company Announces

HCPlive (6/1, Walter) reports the FDA “has approved secukinumab (Cosentyx) as a treatment for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in pediatric patients at least six years old who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy,” according to a June 1…

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Expectant Mothers’ High Blood Pressure May Raise Children’s Risk Of Stroke Later In Life, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/1, Preidt) reports, “Expectant mothers’ high blood pressure heightens kids’ risk of stroke later in life,” investigators concluded after following until 2014 “more than 5.8 million children born in Sweden starting in 1973 and in Finland start…

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Limb Bone Pain May Help Distinguish Pediatric Cancer From Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Study Indicates

Medwire News (6/1, Kitt) reports researchers found in the ONCOREUM study that “limb bone pain is frequently reported among pediatric cancer patients with articular symptoms and could be used to distinguish cancer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).”…

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Researchers Identify New Form Of ALS In Children That Starts Around Four Years Old

Healio (6/1) reports, “An international team of researchers at the NIH and other institutions have identified a novel form of ALS in a small set of children, starting at approximately 4 years of age, linked to the SPTLC1 gene.” The researchers “discovered…

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CDC Releases Updated Guidance On Summer Camps

The Washington Post (5/28, Brulliard, Sun) reported the CDC “relaxed its guidance Friday for summer camps, saying vaccinated adolescents do not need to wear masks at camp, and even younger campers who have not been inoculated can usually shed face coverin…

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Ongoing Follow-Up In Phase 1 Trial Supports Long-Term Safety Of Onasemnogene Abeparvovec-xioi In Children Up To Six Years Old With SMA Type 1

Healio (5/28, Ernst) reported, “Ongoing follow-up in the START phase 1 study supported ‘the long-term favorable safety profile’ of Zolgensma [onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi] in children aged up to 6 years with spinal muscular atrophy [SMA] type 1.” The fin…

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Geographic Variation In COVID-19 Vaccination Rates For Teenagers Appears Similar To Variation For Adults

In an analysis piece, CNN (5/30, Enten) reported, “A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 42% of parents say their 12- to 17-year-old child has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (24%) or will get one right away (18%).” Meanwhile, “a…

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Transitioning From Pediatric To Adult Care For T1D May Be Tied To Prolonged Gap In Care, Study Suggests

Healio (5/28, Monostra) reported, “Transitioning from pediatric to adult diabetes care is associated with a prolonged gap in care for teens and young adults who do not see a diabetes educator or use a continuous glucose monitor, according to” a presentati…

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Subcutaneous Injection Of Leuprolide Acetate Every Six Months May Be Effective In Treating Central Precocious Puberty In Children, Researchers Posit

Healio (5/28, Monostra) reported, “A subcutaneous injection of leuprolide acetate every six months was effective and well tolerated in treating central precocious puberty in children,” investigators concluded. In addition, the drug “suppressed the rate of…

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Many Teachers Are Unprepared To Address Mental Health Issues In Their Students

The Los Angeles Times (5/31, Newberry) reports, “The overwhelming stresses of the last 14 months have magnified a long-simmering crisis of mental health struggles among students.” As a result, many teachers are now facing classrooms filled with students w…

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Youth With Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures May Experience Increased Risk For Numerous Psychiatric Disorders, Researchers Say

Healio (5/28, Gramigna) reported, “Youth with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures [PNES] experienced an increased risk for numerous psychiatric disorders compared with those with epilepsy and healthy controls,” researchers concluded in a study that “emphasi…

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FDA Official Says Myocarditis Is Rare Among Adolescents, Young Adults Who Receive COVID-19 Vaccines, Connection To Shot Remains Unclear

CNBC (5/27, Lovelace) reports Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s top vaccine regulator, said myocarditis appears to be very rare among adolescents and young adults who receive COVID-19 vaccines and that it’s still unclear if the condition is related to the vaccin…

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FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval Of Teplizumab To Delay Development Of T1D In High-Risk Children And Adults

Healio (5/27, Schaffer) reports by a 10-7 vote, members of the FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee recommended “approval of teplizumab to delay development of type 1 diabetes [T1D] in high-risk children and adults, with most commit…

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Fourteen-Item Self-Reported Scale Improved Management Of And Provided Guidance For Narcolepsy Type 1 Among Children And Adolescents, Study Indicates

Healio (5/27, Gramigna) reports researchers found “a 14-item self-reported scale improved the management of and provided guidance for narcolepsy type 1 among children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 years.” The findings were published in Neurology.

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Triple Therapy Tied To Fewer Asthma Exacerbations And Modest Improvements In Asthma Control In Children And Adults With Moderate To Severe Asthma, Review Study Indicates

Healio (5/27, Welsh) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found that “triple therapy, compared with dual therapy, was associated with fewer asthma exacerbations and modest improvements in asthma control in children and a…

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San Francisco’s Ban On Flavored Vaping Products May Have Increased High School Students’ Use Of Conventional Cigarettes, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/27, Preidt) reports researchers found “a ban on flavored vaping products in San Francisco may have increased high school students’ use of conventional cigarettes.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Texas Senate Passes Legislation To Increase Medicaid Access For New Mothers, But Fails To Take Up Bill Making It Easier For Low-Income Children To Stay On Medicaid

According to the San Antonio Express-News (5/27, Blackman), early on May 27, the Texas Senate “passed legislation…that would increase Medicaid access for new moms but failed to take up another measure that would make it easier for low-income children to…

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe And Effective For Adolescents In Phase 3 Trial

MedPage Today (5/27, Walker) reports researchers found in a phase 3 trial that “Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective in adolescents, with non-inferior immunogenicity compared with a sample of younger adults,” The findings were published in the…

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GLP-1 Receptor Agonists Can Improve Asthma Symptoms In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes And Asthma, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/26, Murez) reports researchers found “that when patients who have type 2 diabetes and asthma take” GLP-1 receptor agonists “to control their blood sugar, their asthma symptoms also improved.” The findings were published in the American Journa…

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Pediatric Patients Treated With Dupilumab And Topical Corticosteroids May Experience Improvement In Both Itch And Excoriations, Phase 3 Trial Data Indicate

Healio (5/26, Forand) reports, “Pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis who were treated with dupilumab and topical corticosteroids experienced an improvement in both itch and excoriations,” researchers concluded in a “post hoc analysis of the phase 3 d…

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Dupilumab Reduces Exacerbations In Children With Uncontrolled Moderate-To-Severe Asthma, Research Indicates

HealthDay (5/26) reports researchers found “dupilumab reduces exacerbations in children with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe asthma.” The findings were presented at the ATS International Conference.

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Researchers Observe Shift In Care For Children With IBD From Hospitalizations To Outpatient Visits

MedPage Today (5/26, Hamza) reports “Canadian researchers found in a retrospective cohort study” that “hospitalizations for children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) declined over time, while outpatient healthcare visits for this population increased…

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Medical Professor Discusses Research On Respiratory Symptoms Of E-Cigarette Use In Young People

In a video report, Healio (5/26) shows Alayna P. Tackett, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, discussing “new research on respiratory symptoms of e-cigarette use in adolescents and…

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Children With Post-Prematurity Respiratory Disease Have Worsening Lung Function Throughout Childhood, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/26, Moeller) reports researchers found “children with post-prematurity respiratory disease have worsening lung function throughout childhood.” The findings were published in the journal Respiratory Research.

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DC-Area School System Takes Steps To Add Mental Health As Reason For Missing School

The Washington Post (5/26, St. George) reports that Montgomery County leaders “are taking steps to add mental health to the list of valid reasons to be absent from school, saying that the move is especially important after the inordinate toll of the pande…

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Teenage Girls Who Use OTC Diet Pills, Laxatives To Lose Weight May Run Very High Risk Of Developing Eating Disorders, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/26, Reinberg) reports, “Teenage girls who use over-the-counter diet pills and laxatives to lose weight run a very high risk of developing eating disorders,” investigators concluded after examining “data on more than 1,000 girls” who “were fol…

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CDC Director Says Agency Is Working To Revise Its Guidance On Summer Camps Now That Teenagers Are Getting Vaccinated

CNBC (5/26, Lovelace) reports the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced the agency “is revising its public health guidance for summer camps to account for vaccinated teens.” During a House subcommittee hearing, Dr. Walensky said, “My whole goal is…

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Immediate “Kangaroo Care” For Infants Born With Low Birth Weight Led To Substantially Lower Risk Of Early Death, Study Finds

MedPage Today (5/26) reports, “Immediate ‘kangaroo mother care’ for infants born with low birth weight led to substantially lower risk of early death, researchers” say in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study res…

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Researchers Say Sleeping With A Family Pet Doesn’t Appear To Negatively Impact Sleep For Children

HealthDay (5/25, Murez) reports researchers found researchers found that sleeping with a family pet “doesn’t appear to negatively impact sleep” for children. The findings were published in Sleep Health.

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National Debate Over Mask Mandates In Schools Continues

Reuters (5/25, Jenkins, Bernstein) reports across the US, many communities are debating whether mask mandates should remain in place at schools. Proponents say masks are helping keep people safe, while opponents say they should be optional. Two states, Io…

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Long-Term Use Of Anti-Seizure Drugs In Babies Who Have Seizures Shortly After Birth May Be Unnecessary And Potentially Harmful, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/25, Preidt) reports researchers found that “long-term use of anti-seizure medications in babies who had seizures soon after birth may not be necessary and could be harmful.” The findings were published in JAMA Neurology.

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Prenatal Glyphosate Exposure May Be Tied To Increased Odds For Preterm Birth, Study Indicates

Healio (5/25, Weller) reports, “Prenatal exposure to glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, was associated with an increased odds for preterm birth,” researchers concluded after conducting “a nested case-control analysis using da…

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ACLU Challenges Arkansas Ban On Treatment For Transgender Youth

The AP (5/25, DeMillo) reports the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ new law banning “gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth.” The law is set to “take effect on July 28,” and “prohibits doctors…

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Illinois Extends Medicaid For Full Year After Pregnancy To Combat Maternal Death

In partnership with Illinois Public Media and Kaiser Health News, NPR (5/25, Herman) reports on Illinois’ efforts to combat maternal death. An Illinois Maternal Mortality Review Committee analysis “found that about 75 women in” the state “die from pregnan…

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Moderna Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Is Effective In 12- To 17-Year-Olds And Plans To Seek FDA Authorization In Adolescents Next Month

The New York Times (5/25, Anthes) reports Moderna announced “its coronavirus vaccine, authorized only for use in adults, was powerfully effective in 12- to 17-year-olds, and that it planned to apply to the Food and Drug Administration in June for authoriz…

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At Least 25 States Have Fully Vaccinated Half Of Adult Residents Against COVID-19, CDC Data Show

CNN (5/24, Maxouris) reports “at least 25 states, plus Washington, DC, have now fully vaccinated at least half of their adult residents” against COVID-19, according to the CDC. Those US “states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawa…

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New York City Mayor Announces City’s Public Schools Will Not Have Remote Learning Option In The Fall

The New York Times (5/24, A1, Shapiro) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s public schools will not have a remote learning option in the fall, “a major step toward fully reopening the nation’s largest school system and a crucial…

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Toddlers Who Regularly Spend Time On Electronic Devices Are Less Likely To Read Print Books With Their Parents At Age 3, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/24, Norton) reports researchers found that “toddlers who regularly spent time on electronic devices – including tablets, smartphones and TVs – were less likely to read print books with their parents at age 3.” The findings were published in P…

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Loop Open-Source Automated Insulin Delivery System Appears To Be Safe, Effective In Adults And Children With T1D, Research Suggests

Healio (5/24, Schaffer) reports, “The Loop open-source system for a do-it-yourself automated insulin delivery system can be initiated with community-developed resources and used safely and effectively by adults and children with type 1 diabetes [T1D], rea…

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Researchers Say Children Are At Increased Risk For Accidental Poisoning From Marijuana Edibles

CNN (5/24, LaMotte) reports researchers analyzed calls to poison control centers between January 2017 and December 2019 and found that “children are at increased risk of accidental poisoning from edibles and other products made from marijuana.” The findin…

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Study Suggests Babies Can Learn Patterns Before They Can Form Permanent Memories

HealthDay (5/24, Preidt) reports researchers used fMRI “to assess hippocampus activity in 17 babies, aged 3 months to 2 years, as they were shown two sets of images on a screen.” One image set was “a structured sequence containing hidden patterns that cou…

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure Between Prenatal Period, Childhood May Increase Risk For Having AD/HD Symptoms, Subtypes Among School-Aged Children, Researchers Say

Healio (5/24, Gramigna) reports, “Secondhand smoke exposure between the prenatal period and childhood increased risk for having” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “symptoms and subtypes among school-aged children,” investigators concluded i…

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HHS Unveils $14M Telehealth Program Which Seeks To Expand Mental Health Access For Children

Becker’s Hospital Review (5/24, Mitchell) reports, “HHS will use $14.2 million in funding provided by the American Rescue Plan to increase pediatric mental healthcare access by connecting mental health specialists to pediatric primary care providers using…

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Most Children With MIS-C Did Not Have Debilitating Health Issues Six Months After Hospitalization, Study Suggests

The New York Times (5/24, Belluck) reports researchers “found that six months after hospitalization, most children with MIS-C did not have debilitating health issues,” but some experienced “lingering muscle weakness and emotional difficulties.” The resear…

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Children Born To Mothers Exposed To High Levels Of Ultra-Fine Particle Air Pollution During Pregnancy Have Higher Risk For Asthma, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/21, Preidt) reported researchers found that “children born to mothers exposed to high levels of ultra-fine particle air pollution during pregnancy have a significantly increased risk of asthma.” The findings were published in the American Jou…

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Ethnicity Not Associated With Celiac Disease Screening In Pediatric Patients With Type 1 Diabetes, Research Shows

Healio (5/22) reported, “Ethnicity was not associated with celiac disease screening in pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week.” In order “to evaluate the celiac disease screening processes for pe…

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Families Of Color And Families Of Children With Asthma Have Suffered Greater COVID-19-Related Consequences Compared With Non-Hispanic White Families, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/21, Leupold) reported researchers found “families of color and families of children with asthma have suffered greater COVID-19 pandemic-related consequences compared with non-Hispanic White families.” The findings were published in…

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Stay-At-Home Orders Amid Pandemic Increased Frequency Of Foreign Body Ingestions Among Children, Study Finds

Healio (5/22) reported, “Stay-at-home orders amid COVID-19 correlated with and increased frequency of foreign body ingestions among a pediatric cohort, according to a study presented at Digestive Disease Week.” Katherine Black, MD, Vanderbilt University M…

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Two Studies Indicate COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Can Help Schools Stay Open And Keep Students Safe

The New York Times (5/21, Anthes) reported two studies published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicate that “several Covid-19 mitigation measures – including improving ventilation, requiring adults to wear face masks and conducting frequ…

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Prevalence Of Infant GERD Highest In First Three Months Of Life And Decreases With Age, Researchers Say

Healio (5/23, Burba) reported, “The prevalence of infant GERD was highest in the first three months of life and decreased with age,” researchers concluded after analyzing data on “347 families,” then following up at six weeks, three months, six months, an…

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Pandemic Has Led To Surge In Eating Disorders

The AP (5/22, Tanner) reported, “The pandemic created treacherous conditions for eating disorders, leading to a surge of new cases and relapses that is not abating as restrictions are loosened and COVID-19 cases subside in many places, doctors and other s…

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Texas Senate Changes Bill That Would Have Offered New Mothers Health Coverage For A Year To Just Six Months

The Dallas Morning News (5/21, Donaldson) reported the Texas Senate modified legislation “originally intended to ensure thousands of new moms have health insurance for a full year after giving birth, offering up six months of coverage instead.” The legisl…

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CDC Investigating Reports Some Young COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Have Experienced Myocarditis

The New York Times (5/22, Mandavilli) said the CDC is investigating “reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated against the coronavirus may have experienced” myocarditis, “according to the agency’s vaccine safety group.” The…

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US Reports Fewer Than 30,000 COVID-19 Cases For Five Consecutive Days

CNBC (5/20, Rattner) says, “The U.S. has reported fewer than 30,000 cases for five straight days, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows, bringing the seven-day average of daily new infections to about 30,300.” This is “the first time daily case…

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Two-Thirds Of Spinal Fractures Suffered By American Children, Teens Occur In Car Crashes When They Are Not Wearing Seat Belts Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/20, Preidt) reports, “Two-thirds of spinal fractures suffered by American children and teens occur in car crashes when they aren’t wearing seat belts,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data on more than 34,500 U.S. patients younger than…

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Some Classrooms Are Still Mostly Empty In School Districts That Offer In-Person Classes

The Wall Street Journal (5/20, Calfas, Subscription Publication) reports while many school districts offer in-person classes, some classrooms are still mostly empty. With new federal funding, schools are taking actions to get students to return to in-pers…

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Experts Surveyed On What Activities Are Safe For Unvaccinated Children

The New York Times (5/21, Miller, Sanger-Katz, Quealy) surveyed 828 experts about what activities are safe for children as the pandemic continues and children under 12 remain ineligible for vaccination. The New York Times sent the survey “to members of fi…

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Pediatric ED Psychiatric Visits Decreased Significantly During First Eight Weeks Of COVID-19 Lockdown In Italy, Researchers Say

Healio (5/20, Gramigna) reports, “Children and adolescent psychiatric” emergency department (ED) “visits decreased significantly during the first eight weeks of COVID-19 lockdown” in Italy, investigators concluded after evaluating all “ED visits at two ur…

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Experts Raise Concerns About Cyberbullying During Pandemic Due To Combination Of Online School, Children’s Reliance On Social Media

The Hill (5/21, Klar) reports, “As the pandemic has pushed kids to use the internet more for school and socialization, children’s media safety advocates warn that social media giants’ business models are a key hurdle in combating cyberbullying.” Experts w…

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California Assembly Approves Ban On Adding PFAS To Children’s Products

Bloomberg Law (5/20, Dooley, Subscription Publication) reports, “California’s Assembly approved legislation Thursday to ban companies from intentionally adding PFAS to children’s products such as mattresses, playpens, and highchairs.” AB 652 “would prohib…

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HHS To Spend More Than $14 Million To Expand Pediatric Telehealth-Based Mental Healthcare Access

Modern Healthcare (5/20, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports, “HHS will spend more than $14 million to expand telehealth-based mental health services for children and adolescents, the agency” announced in a May 20 press release. This “additional fund…

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CDC Expects Data On COVID-19 Vaccines For Pregnant Women And Children As Young As Six Months By The End Of The Year

CNBC (5/19, Mendez) reports CDC officials announced “they are expecting data from trials testing Covid-19 vaccines on pregnant women this summer and on children as young as 6 months old by the end of the year.” Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deput…

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Conference Speaker Provides Update On Phase 3 Trials Testing Tezepelumab In Patients With Severe Asthma

Healio (5/19, Welsh) reports Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc, professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, spoke at the ATS International Conference and offered “an update on the latest clinical evidence from phase 3 studies of tezepelumab in…

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Propranolol Appears To Show Potential In Treating Certain Autism Symptoms, Small Study Suggests

Healio (5/19, Miller) reports, “The beta-blocker propranolol showed potential in treating certain autism symptoms,” investigators concluded in a 47-patient, “double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial.” The findings were presented at the American Academy of…

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Researchers Seek To Determine Factors Tied To PEW In Children With Kidney Disease

Healio (5/19, Webb) reports, “Finding that protein-energy wasting [PEW] was prevalent in children with kidney disease,” investigators “outlined what they deemed to be the ‘most useful’ methods for making accurate diagnoses of the condition in this patient…

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Researchers Identify Risk Factors For Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Adolescent Males

Pulmonology Advisor (5/19, Alvarez) reports researchers found “adolescent male patients with a higher body mass index (BMI), adenotonsillar hypertrophy, and sleep-disordered breathing have an increased risk of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (O…

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Researchers Say Pivot To Telehealth Was Largely Beneficial To School-Based Health Centers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Healio (5/19, Downey) reports researchers performed a qualitative analysis that demonstrated “a pivot to telehealth was largely beneficial to school-based health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The researchers “assessed the implementation of virtua…

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Two Studies Indicate Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Children In The US Have Been Inflated By At Least 40%

Newsweek (5/19, Fung) reports two studies published in Hospital Pediatrics “concluded that COVID-19 hospitalizations among children have been inflated by at least 40 percent.” The studies “found that pediatric hospitalizations were grossly overcounted in…

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Infants Exposed To Secondhand Smoke In Utero And Early Childhood May Be Likely To Have Weaker Lungs, Researchers Posit

HealthDay (5/19, Reinberg) reports, “Infants exposed to secondhand smoke in the womb and early childhood are likely to have weaker lungs,” investigators concluded after examining “levels of blood cotinine during pregnancy and childhood; blood cotinine is…

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Daily Text Messages May Help Young Adults Stop Using E-Cigarettes As Part Of Intervention Program, Study Indicates

Healio (5/19, Weller) reports researchers found “young adults who received daily text messages as part of an e-cigarette cessation intervention reported higher rates of nicotine abstinence compared with a control group.” The findings were published in JAM…

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Growing Number Of Children Affected By Long-Haul COVID-19

Bloomberg (5/19, Welch) reports a growing number of children are being affected by long-haul COVID-19, with symptoms including: “extreme fatigue, rapid heart rate, memory loss,” and depression. In response, “UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cl…

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Parents Of Children With T1D Who Initiated CGM During First Month After Diagnosis Described CGM As Beneficial, Research Suggests

Healio (5/18, Monostra) reports, “Parents of children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] who initiated continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] during the first month after diagnosis described CGM as beneficial and said they would continue to use it,” researchers conc…

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Dupilumab Tied To Reduction In Exacerbation, Improved Lung Function In Children With Uncontrolled Asthma, Research Indicates

MedPage Today (5/18, Boyles) reports, “Among children with uncontrolled, moderate-to-severe asthma, treatment with the biologic dupilumab (Dupixent) was associated with a reduction in exacerbation and improvements in lung function in phase III findings fr…

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Researchers Identify Distinct Immune System Signatures In Children With MIS-C

HealthDay (5/18, Preidt) reports researchers found that children with MIS-C “with MIS-C had immune system signatures distinct from” adults with severe COVID-19, as well as healthy children and adults. In the study, the children with MIS-C “had high levels…

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CDC Appears To Have Undercounted MIS-C Cases

Bloomberg (5/18, Edney, Griffin) reports the CDC’s total number of MIS-C cases appears to be an undercount, based on comparisons of CDC data with state tallies. For example, “Texas Children’s Hospital has cared for more than 150 young patients with” MIS-C…

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Review Study Indicates Infants Should Not Undergo Spinal Tap Based Solely On Abnormal Urinalysis Results

Medscape (5/18, Baulkman, Subscription Publication) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and concluded that “the decision to perform a spinal tap procedure in infants to determine whether they have bacterial meningitis shoul…

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Electronic Cigarette Use Alone Tied To Respiratory Events Among Young Adults, Survey Suggests

MedPage Today (5/18, Boyles) reports, “In a web-based survey involving more than 2,900 teens and young adults, electronic cigarette use was associated with shortness of breath and other respiratory events, even among those who did not smoke combustible ci…

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School-Aged Children With ASD Or AD/HD Capable Of Face Covering Across Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic, Small Study Suggests

Healio (5/18, Gramigna) reports, “School-aged children with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] and/or” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “were capable of face covering across activities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded aft…

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Mayor Says New York City May Offer Vaccines At Public Schools

The New York Daily News (5/18, Shahrigian) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city may offer vaccines at public schools. De Blasio told the Daily News that he’s pleased many children have received vaccines so far, but “it’s just not pract…

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US Administered Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine To Around 600,000 Children Between Ages 12 And 15 Last Week

Reuters (5/18, O’Donnell) reports the US administered COVID-19 vaccines “to around 600,000 children ages 12 to 15 last week after regulators cleared Pfizer Inc’s and BioNTech’s shots for use in that age group.” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a med…

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Weekly US Deaths From COVID-19 Fall To Lowest Number In 14 Months

Reuters (5/17) reports last week, US deaths from COVID-19 “fell to their lowest in nearly 14 months and the number of new cases continued to decline for a fifth week in a row, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.” In the week ending M…

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CMS Data Show Medicaid, CHIP Mental Healthcare Access Declined During Pandemic, Is Slowest To Recover

PatientEngagementHIT (5/17, Nelson) reports new CMS data show “millions of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries have forgone primary, preventive, and mental healthcare access during the COVID-19 public emergency.” In total…

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Over The Past Year, Many Women Have Left Healthcare Workforce

The 19th (5/17, Luthra, Carrazana, Subscription Publication) reports, “The pandemic posed a Herculean challenge for the women-dominated healthcare industry, which is the largest single employment sector in America.” Many healthcare workers have died, “and…

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Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Known And Novel Risk Loci For Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes

Endocrinology Advisor (5/17, Nye) reports researchers conducted “the first genome-wide association study for youth-onset type 2 diabetes (T2D)” and “identified known and novel risk loci.” The researchers “combined data from 3 studies (TODAY, T2D-GENES, an…

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Two-Month-Old Girl In Spain Undergoes Successful Heart Transplant

Reuters (5/17, Pinedo) reports Hospital Gregorio Maranon in Madrid announced they performed a successful heart transplant on a two-month-old Spanish girl. The girl “had been diagnosed with a congenital heart disease before she was born and weighed only 3….

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Gender-Diverse Youths Three Times More Likely To Be Bullied And Victimized Than Peers, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/17, Reinberg) reports researchers found “gender-diverse youths are three times more likely to be bullied and victimized than those who identify as male or female.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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North Carolina Gov. Signs Bill Expanding Access To Autism Treatment

The AP (5/17) reports North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed legislation on Monday “creating a licensing process for [autism] treatment specialists” allowing them to “operate independently, rather than under the supervision of psychologists.” Supporter…

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New International Guidelines Recommend Immediate Referral For Interventions For Young Children With Cerebral Palsy

MedPage Today (5/17, Kneisel) reports, “Young children with cerebral palsy or an interim clinical diagnosis of high risk for the disease should be immediately referred for disease-specific and age-specific interventions, according to new international cli…

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Rates For Bike-Related Injuries Have Sharply Declined Among Kids But Have Barely Budged Among Growing Number Of Adult Bike Riders, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/14, Mundell) reported, “Rates for” bicycle-related “injuries have sharply declined among kids but barely budged among the growing number of adult bike riders,” investigators concluded. In fact, “the rate of emergency department visits for bic…

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States, Businesses Respond To CDC’s New Guidance On Masks

The AP (5/14, Hollingsworth, Groves) reported, “More than a dozen states quickly embraced new federal guidelines that say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most cases.” However, “other states and cities and some maj…

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Many Teenagers Relieved By FDA’s Decision To Authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Ages 12 And Up

The New York Times (5/14, Goldberg) reported the FDA’s decision to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 “was greeted with relief by many of the nation’s 17 million young adolescents.” The vaccine is now…

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Teens, Young Adults Who Report E-Cigarette Use Have Increased Risk For Developing Asthma, Data Show

Healio (5/14, Welsh) reported, “Teens and young adults who report current e-cigarette use have increased risk for developing asthma and experiencing asthma exacerbations, according to data reported at the American Thoracic Society International Conference…

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Coronavirus Testing In Schools Varies Widely Across The US

The AP (5/16, Hollingsworth) reports across the US, there is wide variation in coronavirus testing practices in schools. While children in some cities undergo routine testing, some school districts do not test students even if they have symptoms. While th…

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Women Who Become Pregnant Within A Year After Bariatric Surgery More Likely To Experience Higher Rates Of Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight Than Women Who Delayed Pregnancy, Study Indicates

Healio (5/14, Schaffer) reported researchers found in a retrospective study that “women who become pregnant in the year after bariatric surgery are more likely to experience higher rates of preterm birth and low birth weight compared with similar women wh…

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CDC Says US Schools Should Continue To Require Masks For The Rest Of The Year

Reuters (5/15) reported the CDC said that US schools should still require masks for the rest of the year, because all students will not be fully vaccinated. In its latest guidance, the agency said all K-12 schools “should implement and layer prevention st…

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Most States Require Parental Consent For COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Between Ages Of 12 And 15

CNN (5/14, Howard, Langmaid) reported most “states require some form of parental or guardian consent for vaccine providers to administer Covid-19 shots to people ages 12 to 15.” However, Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee “either allow so…

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About 80% Of Kids With COVID-19 Don’t Develop Fever, Researchers Say

Fox News (5/14, Farber) reported, “More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, most are well aware that the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection often include fever, cough and shortness of breath.” But that “may not be true for one group of people: childr…

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People Who Are Fully Vaccinated Can Go Without Masks Or Physical Distancing When Indoors Or In Large Groups, CDC Says

The Washington Post (5/13, Abutaleb, McGinley) reports, “Americans who are fully vaccinated can go without masks or physical distancing in most cases, even when they are indoors or in large groups, federal officials said Thursday, paving the way for a ful…

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Injectable Drug Tezepelumab Appears Promising For People With Hard-To-Control Asthma In Phase 3 Trial

HealthDay (5/13, Thompson) reports researchers found in a phase 3 clinical trial that the experimental injectable drug tezepelumab “appears more versatile than existing medications in treating people with different forms of severe, hard-to-control asthma….

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Replacement Of Vincristine With Brentuximab Vedotin In Standard Front-Line Treatment Appeared Safe, Effective Among Children And Adolescents With High-Risk Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma, Study Finds

Healio (5/13, Southall) reports that “the replacement of vincristine with brentuximab vedotin in standard front-line treatment appeared safe and effective among children and adolescents with high-risk classical Hodgkin lymphoma, according to phase 2 study…

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Use Of Insulin Pump Not Associated With Better Glycemic Control Than Multiple Daily Injections Among Children And Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes, Study Indicates

Medwire News (5/13, Barnard) reports researchers found in a real-world study that “use of an insulin pump is not associated with better glycemic control than multiple daily injections among children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.” The findings were…

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Increased Fatigue, Activity Limitations, And Increased Concerns About The Future Are Associated With PTSS In Pediatric And Adolescent Survivors Of Hodgkin Lymphoma, Study Finds

Hematology Advisor (5/13, Katz) reports that “increased fatigue, activity limitations, and increased concerns about the future were all significantly associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in pediatric and adolescent survivors of Hodgkin ly…

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High BMI In Adolescence Tied To Ischemic Stroke Risk Regardless Of Diabetes Status, Study Indicates

Healio (5/13, Vecchione) reports researchers found “high BMI in adolescence was associated with ischemic stroke risk regardless of diabetes status.” The findings were published in Stroke.

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Ear Tubes May Not Be More Effective Than Antibiotics At Preventing Future Middle-Ear Infections, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/13, Norton) reports researchers found, “among 250 babies and toddlers” with frequent middle-ear infections, “those treated with ear tubes suffered about as many middle-ear infections over the next two years as those who received only antibiot…

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Fetal Gut Microbiome Of Healthy Term Infants Developed During And After Birth, But Not Before, Study Indicates

Healio (5/13, Burba) reports researchers found “the fetal gut microbiome of healthy term infants developed during and after birth but not before.” The findings were published in Nature Microbiology.

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Some States Considering Ban On All Flavored Tobacco Products As FDA Weighs Menthol Ban

The Stateline (5/13, Povich) reports while the FDA is moving to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, “at least eight states are considering legislation this year that would ban sales of all flavored tobacco products, including cigarette…

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World’s First Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Campaign For Children Begins In US

The New York Times (5/13, Mervosh) reports on Thursday, “the world’s first mass coronavirus inoculation campaign for children kicked off in earnest in the” US, after “the federal government recommended making the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available to child…

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COVID-19 Deaths In US Average 600 Per Day, The Lowest Level In 10 Months

The AP (5/12, Hollingsworth, Groves) reports, “COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day – the lowest level in 10 months – with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting…

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Researchers Say Vaping Exposure Should Be Included In Clinical History Of All Patients With CT Findings Of Acute Lung Injury Without Another Known Cause

Pulmonology Advisor (5/12, Schad) reports researchers conducted a retrospective study and concluded that “vaping exposure should be included in the clinical history of all patients with computed tomography (CT) findings of acute lung injury without anothe…

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Some School Districts Lift Mask Mandates Amid Divisive Debates

The AP (5/12, Amy, Whitehurst) reports a growing number of school districts in the US are making masks optional for students, often following emotional and divisive debates among educators and parents. Some school boards, “caught between the demands of an…

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Many Parents Have Concerns About Their Children Being Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The New York Times (5/12, Grose) reports in recent polls, only about 30% of parents said they would have their children vaccinated against COVID-19 right away, and “parents of infants and preschoolers expressed more anxiety about the vaccine than parents…

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Studies Point To Potential Promise Of Using Digital Interventions To Help Youth, Adults Who Are Experiencing Symptoms Of Mental Illness

MedPage Today (5/12, Grant) reports for children and teens, “internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) helped treat social anxiety disorder more successfully…than internet-delivered supportive therapy (ISUPPORT),” investigators concluded in…

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CDC’s ACIP Supports Use Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children As Young As 12

The Washington Post (5/12, Sun, Nirappil) reports the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) “threw its support Wednesday behind the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in children as young as 12, paving the way for millions…

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Average Number Of Daily COVID-19 Infections In US Reaches Lowest Point Since September

The Hill (5/11, Castronuovo) reports, “The average number of daily COVID-19 infections in the United States fell below 40,000 Monday for the first time since September, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.” The reported seven-day averag…

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Research Suggests α2-Adrenergic Agonists May Be Of Benefit And Have Fewer Side Effects Than Stimulant Medications For The Treatment Of AD/HD, Research Suggests

Medscape (5/11, Garcia, Subscription Publication) reports research indicates that “α2-adrenergic agonists may be of benefit and have fewer side effects than stimulant medications for the treatment of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in p…

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White House Official Says There Will Likely Be Sufficient Evidence To Authorize Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Age 12 By Fall

The Wall Street Journal (5/11, Burton, Subscription Publication) reports David Kessler, the White House’s chief COVID-19 scientific officer, told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that there will likely be enough evidence to au…

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Researchers Investigate Whether COVID-19 Is Becoming More Severe For Children

Bloomberg (5/11, Edney) reports “researchers are investigating whether Covid-19 is becoming more severe for children now that variants are causing localized flare-ups, even as U.S. cases overall decline.” One of the questions being asked by researchers is…

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Hospitalizations For Abusive Head Trauma In Children Younger Than Age 5 Declined During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

Healio (5/11, Downey) reports researchers found “there was a significant decline in hospitalizations for abusive head trauma among children aged younger than 5 years during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Experts Say Different Strategies Needed To Vaccinate Younger Teenagers Following Authorization Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Between The Ages Of 12 And 15

The New York Times (5/11, Goodnough, Hoffman) reports following the FDA’s authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15, states and cities are now working to vaccinate this age group. However, experts say…

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Researchers Develop Gene Therapy That Uses AIDS Virus To Help Infants Born Without An Immune System

The AP (5/10, Marchione) reports researchers developed a gene therapy that uses the AIDS virus to help infants born without an immune system, a condition known as severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome. In a study, “all but two of the 50 children who w…

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Researchers Link Childhood BMI With Eating Disorder Risk, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/11, Murez) reports Danish researchers found that childhood BMI is tied to risk for eating disorders. The researchers found that “lower BMI as early as age 7” is linked “with a higher risk of anorexia,” while “higher BMI and being overweight”…

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Game Platform Tailored For Children With Autism Appears To Improve Behavioral Health, Company Says

mHealth Intelligence (5/11, Wicklund) reports, “A recent pilot program has found that an mHealth game platform tailored for children with autism not only improves behavioral health outcomes,” but it “reduces stress in parents.” The findings “are from a pr…

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Hypertension, Albuminuria May Commonly Occur In Pediatric Patients With T2D, Systematic Review Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (5/11, Persaud) reports, “Hypertension and albuminuria commonly occur in pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes [T2D],” researchers concluded in a systematic review and meta-analysis revealing that “hypertension developed in 25.3% o…

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Over 40% Of US Residents Live In Areas With Unhealthy Air Pollution Levels, Report Says

HCPlive (5/10, Iapoce) reports researchers “found that more than 40% of people living in the United States live in an area with an unhealthy level of air pollution,” according to the 2021 American Lung Association Annual State of the Air Report. The resea…

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Higher Childhood BMI May Be Protective Against Both Premenopausal, Postmenopausal Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Healio (5/10, Monostra) reports that “having a higher childhood BMI may be protective against both premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer, according to” study data. The findings were presented at the European Congress on Obesity annual meeting.

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Rate Of In-Hospital Mortality Lower Among Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Than Nonpregnant Women With COVID-19, Study Finds

Healio (5/10, Miller) reports, “The rate of in-hospital mortality was lower among pregnant women with COVID-19 than nonpregnant women with COVID-19, according to a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine.” The study “researchers analyzed data from 1,062…

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Caregivers Of Children With Comorbid Asthma And Obesity Have Overall Perception Of Worse Health Compared To Caregivers Of Children With Asthma Alone, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/10, Moeller) reports researchers found “the caregivers of children with comorbid asthma and obesity had an overall perception of worse health compared with caregivers of children with asthma alone.” The findings were published in th…

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Cholesterol, Systolic Blood Pressure, BMI Associated With Brain Function From Childhood To Midlife, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/10, Murez) reports researchers “found that total cholesterol, as well as systolic blood pressure and body mass index, from childhood to midlife were associated with brain function.” The researchers found that “all three were linked to poorer…

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Childhood Adversities Play Role In Understanding Suicide Attempt Risk Among Youths Of Certain Ethnic Groups Who Were From Disadvantaged Contexts, Study Indicates

Healio (5/10, Gramigna) reports researchers found in “a longitudinal cohort study” that “childhood adversities played a role in understanding the risk for suicide attempt among youths of certain ethnic groups who were from disadvantaged contexts.” The fin…

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FDA Advisory Panel To Discuss Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Children On June 10

Reuters (5/10) reports the FDA announced on Monday that “it will hold a meeting of its independent panel of advisers on June 10 to discuss the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children.” An agency spokesperson said the panel will not discuss any specific vacci…

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FDA Authorizes Use Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Between The Ages Of 12 And 15

The New York Times (5/10, Mandavilli) reports the FDA authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 in the US. The announcement follows “weeks of anticipation among parents, who have been grappling with…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA For Full Approval Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Wall Street Journal (5/7, Walker, Subscription Publication) reported Pfizer and BioNTech have asked the FDA for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine. The companies requested a priority review for the vaccine. The Hill (5/7, Coleman) reported if the…

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Risk For Permanent Disability In Pediatric-Onset MS Has Decreased By 50-70% Since 1993, Study Indicates

Healio (5/7, Southall) reported researchers found “risk for permanent disability in pediatric-onset [multiple sclerosis] MS decreased by 50% to 70% in an analysis of four diagnostic time points starting in 1993, likely due to improvements in treatment sta…

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Dasiglucagon Appears To Restore Plasma Glucose Levels Rapidly Following Severe Hypoglycemia In Children, Teens With T1D, Phase 3 Trial Data Indicate

Medwire News (5/7, Barnard) reported, “Dasiglucagon, a next-generation glucagon analog in a ready-to-use formulation, rapidly restores plasma glucose…levels following severe hypoglycemia in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investiga…

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Use Of Hip Ultrasound Among Young Children Has Increased Over Past Decade Without Corresponding Increase In Developmental Dysplasia Diagnoses, Data Indicate

The Radiology Business Journal (5/7, Stempniak) reported that “a new analysis of claims data” indicates that “the use of hip ultrasound among young children has surged over the past decade without a corresponding uptick in developmental dysplasia diagnose…

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Air Pollution Can Increase Children’s Blood Pressure, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/7, Thompson) reported Chinese researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found that air pollution “can raise blood pressure in kids as young as 5.” The review study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Assoc…

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Study Supports Use Of Microbiota-Directed Complementary Food Prototype As Dietary Supplement For Young Children With Moderate Acute Malnutrition

Healio (5/7, Stonehill) reported, “Study results support the use of microbiota-directed complementary food prototype as a dietary supplement for young children with moderate acute malnutrition.” The study was published in the New England Journal of Medici…

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Experts Say Children Who Missed In-Person Kindergarten Could Be Impacted For Life

The Wall Street Journal (5/9, Bauerlein, Subscription Publication) reports experts say that children who missed in-person kindergarten this past year could be impacted for life. Experts say the time when children attend kindergarten is a crucial time in b…

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Even With Schools Reopened, Many Students Have Not Returned

The New York Times (5/9, A1, Goldstein) reports while most schools have reopened across the US, there is a large number of students who have not returned to in-person classes. According to a federal survey, 12% of elementary and middle schools remain full…

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Researchers Say Quarter Of Infants Who Underwent Rectal Biopsy For Suspected Hirschsprung Disease Proceeded To Surgery

Gastroenterology Advisor (5/7, Nye) reported researchers conducted “a cross-sectional, retrospective review of medical records” and concluded that “a quarter of infants who underwent rectal biopsy for suspected Hirschsprung disease proceeded to surgery.”…

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Researchers Say Children Hospitalized For Asthma Exacerbations Treated With Ibuprofen Spend Less Time In Hospital Than Those Treated With Acetaminophen

Healio (5/7, Downey) reported researchers found “children hospitalized for asthma exacerbations and treated with ibuprofen spend less time in the hospital than those treated with acetaminophen.” The findings were presented at the virtual Pediatric Academi…

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COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Falling Across US

The New York Times (5/6, A1, Bosman, Mervosh) reports COVID-19 cases and deaths are falling across the US. In Michigan, “after weeks of coronavirus patients flooding emergency rooms,…hospitalizations are finally falling.” In recent days, some states, in…

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Two Studies In Hospital Workers Demonstrate Effectiveness Of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The Los Angeles Times (5/6, Kaplan) reports two studies published in JAMA demonstrate Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is effective in healthcare workers, who were regularly screened for infection. One study was conducted St. Jude Children’s Research Ho…

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Telemedicine Poses Challenges For Physicians, Nurses Looking For Signs Of Child Abuse Or Neglect, But Also Creates New Opportunities To Address The Issue

mHealth Intelligence (5/6, Wicklund) reports telemedicine poses challenges for healthcare workers who need to deliver treatment in-person, including physicians and nurses “who are trained to look for evidence of child abuse or neglect.” At the same time,…

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Rates Of Cannabis Vaping Among High School Students Increasing, Survey Data Indicate

MedPage Today (5/6, Gever) reports, “Just as reports of severe lung illnesses related to vaping began to make headlines in 2019, rates of cannabis vaping among high school students were soaring, according to high-quality survey data.” Data “from the long-…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Made Mental Health A Higher Priority At Many US Schools

Reuters (5/6, Caspani, Beier) reports “Educators across the country agreed students’ mental wellbeing became a bigger priority after the pandemic forced schools to shut down or operate with a mix of remote and in-person learning.” Teachers saw that “some…

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Pfizer, Moderna Say Their Vaccines Highly Effective In Teenagers

USA Today (5/6, Bacon) report Pfizer and Moderna have both shared promising results from clinical trial indicating their vaccines are effective for teenagers. Pfizer said its vaccine is 100% effective in people between the ages of 12 and 15, while Moderna…

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Unions And Advocates Say More Needs To Be Done To Reduce The Risk Of Injury For Healthcare Workers

Modern Healthcare (5/5, Gellman, Subscription Publication) reports while “hospitals and other healthcare organizations say they have robust workplace safety programs in place to protect employees,” unions and others “advocating for worker safety say the i…

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In Phase 3 Trial, Dasiglucagon Appears To Restore Plasma Glucose Levels Rapidly, Effectively After Insulin-Induced Hypoglycemia In Children With T1D

HCPlive (5/5, Iopoce) reports research indicates that “dasiglucagon had a rapid, effective response in restoring plasma glucose…levels after insulin-induced hypoglycemia in children with type 1 diabetes (T1D).” The findings of the “phase 3, randomized c…

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CDC Paper Projects COVID-19 Toll In US Will Fall Sharply By End Of July

The AP (5/5, Stobbe) reports “COVID-19′s toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to” a CDC paper. However, the paper’s authors warned if unvaccinated people do not continue wearing masks and socially distancing, then there could b…

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Fauci Says FDA Could Approve Emergency Use Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Adolescents Within Days

Bloomberg (5/5, Sink, LaVito) reports the FDA is expected “to authorize emergency use Pfizer Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine in adolescents 12- to 15-years old ‘within several days,’ White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.” Fauci said i…

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Study Compares Two Classes Of AD/HD Medications Among Preschoolers

HealthDay (5/5, Mann) reports, “Parents of preschoolers with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) may be advised to give their child medication to help them concentrate, sit still and/or control impulsive behaviors,” and new research “compari…

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Siblings And Children Of Patients With Colorectal Polyps Face Higher Risk Of Colon Cancer, Research Indicates

HealthDay (5/5, Preidt) reports that “having close relatives with colon polyps…could mean that you have a higher risk for colon cancer, researchers say.” Investigators looked at data on approximately 68,000 patients with colon cancer and approximately 3…

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Nearly One In Four American Teens Has Suffered At Least One Concussion, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/5, Reinberg) reports, “Nearly one in four American teens has suffered at least one concussion,” research indicates. What’s more, even “though more teens are self-reporting sports-related concussions, visits to the emergency” department “for t…

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Children Account For 22.4% Of New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over One Week In Late April, Report Says

Newsweek (5/5, Kim) reports children account for 22.4% of new COVID-19 cases “reported over one week in late April, according to a” report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. According to the report, “the numbe…

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US District Court Rules Transgender Teenager Can Proceed With Lawsuit Claiming His Insurer Discriminated Against Him

Bloomberg Law (5/5, Pazanowski, Subscription Publication) reports the US District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled “a transgender teenager can proceed with an Affordable Care Act lawsuit alleging his health insurer discriminated against…

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Growing Number Of States Moving To Expand Medicaid Benefits To New Mothers Up To A Full Year After Delivery

Stateline (5/5, Ollove) reports a growing number of “states are moving to extend Medicaid benefits to new mothers up to a full year after giving birth, far beyond the 60 days required by federal law,” a move applauded by “many who work in maternal health….

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Etanercept Appears To Be Effective In Retreatment Of Patients With JIA, Research Suggests

Medwire News (5/4, Kitt) reports, “Etanercept is effective in the retreatment of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) who have a disease flare after previously achieving inactive disease on the biologic (b)DMARD,” researchers concluded after…

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Down Syndrome Continues To Be A Risk Factor For Childhood Leukemia, Study Determines

Cancer Network (5/4, Fowler) reports that “a retrospective study determined that Down syndrome continues to be a risk factor for childhood leukemia, with acute myeloid leukemia…associations found to be stronger than previously understood.” The findings…

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Pfizer Expects To Apply For Emergency Authorization From FDA For Use Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Between The Ages Of 2 And 11

The New York Times (5/4, Anthes) reports, “Pfizer expects to apply to the Food and Drug Administration in September for emergency authorization to administer its coronavirus vaccine to children between the ages of 2 and 11.” Pfizer “said it also plans to…

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Among Children And Teens, Exposure To Short- And Long-Term High Air Pollution Levels During Childhood May Increase Likelihood Of Having High BP Later In Life, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (5/4, Welsh) reports, “Among children and adolescents, exposure to short- and long-term high air pollution levels during childhood increased the likelihood of having high BP later in life,” investigators concluded after conducting “a systematic rev…

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Children With Acute Rheumatic Fever Present With Significantly More Serologically-Confirmed Group A Streptococcus Infections Compared To Healthy Children In Same Environment, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/4, Aghjayan) reports researchers found “children with acute rheumatic fever present with significantly more serologically-confirmed group A Streptococcus infections compared with healthy children in the same environment.” The…

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Active And Passive Tobacco Smoking Around Birth Tied To Higher Risk For IPF, Study Indicates

Healio (5/4, Welsh) reports researchers found “active and passive tobacco smoking around birth was associated with an increase in the risk for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis [IPF].” The findings were published in the journal CHEST.

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Eating Problems May Be More Common In People With Autism, Particularly Among Girls And Women, Small Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/4, Murez) reports research indicates that “autistic traits” may predict “eating problems,” with “the link…more pronounced particularly among girls or women.” Included in the study were “nearly 200 identical and fraternal twins between the a…

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Public Health Advocates Call On White House To Develop New Outreach Strategy To Vaccinate Kids For COVID-19

Roll Call (5/4, Cohen) reports, “Public health advocates who expect COVID-19 vaccines to become available for younger teens soon are concerned that a government-led distribution effort that may rely in large part on pediatricians could create glaring ineq…

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CDC’s Recommendation That People Not Receive Other Vaccines Within Two Weeks Of The COVID-19 Vaccine May Pose Problems For Some Children

The New York Times (5/4, Klass) reports under the CDC’s recommendations, people are not supposed to receive any other vaccines two weeks before or after a COVID-19 vaccine. This poses difficulties for some children who have fallen behind on vaccines durin…

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US Birth Rate Dropped 4% In 2020, CDC Report Says

The AP (5/5, Stobbe) reports the US “birth rate fell 4% last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report being released Wednesday.” The birth “rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity, and in…

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Peripheral Blood Blast And Platelet Counts Are Predictive Of Clinical And Survival Outcomes Among Pediatric Patients With ALL, Study Finds

Hematology Advisor (5/3, Goodman) reports that “among pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), peripheral blood blast and platelet counts are together highly predictive of clinical and survival outcomes, according to research.” The find…

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Transdermal Amphetamine Therapy Effective At Treating Pediatric AD/HD In Small Phase II Trial, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (5/3, Monaco) reports, “A transdermal amphetamine therapy was effective at treating pediatric” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), investigators concluded in a two-part, phase II, 110-patient trial. The findings were presented…

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Pregnant Women Who Receive Pfizer Or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Appear To Transfer Protective Antibodies To Their Babies, Study Says

HealthDay (5/3, Preidt) reports, “Pregnant women who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to transfer protective antibodies to their babies, a new study says.” The study “researchers assessed 122 pregnant women who received the…

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Review Study Indicates Influenza Vaccination Provides Moderate Protection Against Hospitalization Due To Influenza In Children

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/3, Gupta) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found “influenza vaccination provided moderate protection against hospitalization due to influenza in children.” The review study was published…

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High Consumption Of Sugar During Adolescence Tied To Higher Risk Of Conventional Adenoma, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (5/3, Soreca) reports researchers found “high consumption of simple sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) during adolescence” is “significantly associated with increased risk of conventional adenoma, particularly rectal adeno…

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Experts Say Many Girls Are Not Getting Enough Key Nutrients

The Wall Street Journal (5/3, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports experts are warning many preteen and teen girls are not taking in enough key nutrients. Experts say these poor diets could have negative consequences in the short-term, such as decr…

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Small Study Indicates Impaired Reward Processing May Influence Presentation Of Sleep Disturbances In People With AD/HD

HCPlive (5/3, Walter) reports research suggests “a further understanding as to why patients with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “suffer from greater rates of sleep issues, including insomnia and excessive sleepiness.” The 89-patient stu…

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HHS, CDC Introduce Service Helping People Find COVID-19 Vaccines Nearby Via Text Message

Healthcare IT News (5/3, Jercich) reports HHS and the CDC “have rolled out a service allowing people to find COVID-19 vaccines available nearby via text message.” The service “will launch alongside Vaccines.gov – a revamped version of VaccineFinder.org th…

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FDA To Authorize Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Between The Ages Of 12 And 15, Sources Say

The New York Times (5/3, Weiland, LaFraniere, Mandavilli) reports the FDA “is preparing to authorize use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old by early next week, according to federal officials familiar with the agency’…

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White House Says More Than 100 Million People In The US Are Fully Vaccinated

The New York Times (4/30, Weiland) reported the White House said more than 100 million people in the US, around 40% of adults in the country, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, health officials are concerned about how to reach those who…

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President Biden Says K-12 Schools “Should Probably All Be Open” For In-Person Classes In The Fall

CNN (4/30, Sullivan) reported President Biden said K-12 schools “should probably all be open” in the fall for in-person classes. Biden told NBC, “Based on the science and the (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), they should probably all be ope…

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Spring Wave Of Coronavirus Infections In US Reportedly Subsiding

The Washington Post (4/30, Achenbach, Keating, Dupree) reported, “The spring wave of coronavirus infections that began in March is subsiding in most of the country, with 42 states and D.C. reporting lower caseloads for the past two weeks.” In the upper Mi…

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Analysis Finds Telehealth May Increase Nurse Workloads

Modern Healthcare (4/30, Kacik, Subscription Publication) reported an “analysis of nearly 800 nursing activities performed for Type 2 diabetes and hypertension patients” published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research found telehealth has the “potent…

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Some Schools Intend To Stop Quarantining Students Over Potential COVID Exposure

The Washington Post (5/2, A1, St. George) reports that as schools continue to “struggle to strike a balance between safety and classroom learning, Ohio joined a handful of states that have now remade their rules to cut back on student quarantines.” Accord…

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Childhood Strabismus Tied To Subsequent Diagnosis Of Mental Illnesses, Research Suggests

HCPlive (5/2, Alicea) reports researchers found a “childhood diagnosis of strabismus may be associated with subsequent diagnosis of mental” illnesses. The findings were presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Virtual Meeting….

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Researchers Review Various Differences Between Adult And Pediatric AD/HD

HCPlive (5/2, Walter) reported that after reviewing “various differences between adult and pediatric” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) across numerous studies, researchers “found evidence” that “adults with” AD/HD “tend to display far more…

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Adult Behavioral Profiles Tied To Childhood Emotional Abuse Also Present Proximal To The Trauma Rather Than Only Occurring Later In Life, Researchers Say

HCPlive (5/2, Iopoce) reported researchers have “examined whether personality disorders and personality changes can happen in the short-term and are detectable during early adolescence, or if they develop later in life.” For the study, “investigators anal…

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Connecticut Passes Law Eliminating Religious Exemption For Vaccines Mandated For Schools

The AP (4/30, Collins, Crary, Melia) reported Connecticut passed a new law eliminating a religious exemption for vaccines mandated for children going to school. Other states are considering similar laws “amid fears of new measles outbreaks and concerns th…

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Neonatal Death Rates Higher At Freestanding Birth Centers Compared With Hospitals, Data Show

Healio (4/30) reported, “Neonatal death rates were higher at freestanding birth centers compared with hospitals, according to data from a retrospective cohort study.” The findings were presented at the virtual American College of Obstetricians and Gynecol…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine Being Tested In Babies, With Results Expected By September

Reuters (4/29, Dowson) reports the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is being tested in babies as young as six months old, and results are expected by September. BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin told German magazine Spiegel, “In July, the first results could be…

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Children With JIA May Have Nearly Triple The Risk Of Developing Psoriasis After Beginning Therapy With TNF Inhibitors, Research Suggests

Rheumatology News (4/29, Haelle) reports, “Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have nearly triple the risk of developing psoriasis after they begin therapy with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors,” investigators concluded after analyzing…

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Research Examines Differences Between Diffuse And Limited Subtypes Of Juvenile Systemic Sclerosis

Healio (4/29, Laday) reports, “The classically defined diffuse subtype of juvenile systemic sclerosis demonstrates more globally severe disease and higher interstitial lung disease frequency, whereas the limited cutaneous subtype has more frequent cardiac…

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Adolescents And Young Adults With T1D May Perceive Their Sleep As Disrupted, Research Indicates

HCPlive (4/29, Iopoce) reports research indicates that “adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) and high-risk glycemic control experience sleep difficulties due to sleep deficits and poor quality of sleep, compared to youth withou…

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Researchers Examine COVID-19 Outcomes Among Children With Rheumatic Diseases Treated With Biologics

Medwire News (4/29, Barnard) reports researchers examined COVID-19 outcomes among children with rheumatic diseases at Nadezhda Tsurikova, a children’s hospital in Russia, and “found no severe cases of COVID-19” among those being treated with biologics. Th…

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Researchers Look At Impact Of Traditional Vs Year-Round School Calendar On Children’s BMI

Endocrinology Advisor (4/29, Biscaldi) reports, “Children who attended school on a year-round calendar were found to experience an increase in body mass index (BMI) during the traditional school year and a decrease during traditional summer vacation month…

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Biologic, Thiopurine, Or Combination Therapy Exposure During Pregnancy Not Tied To Increased Adverse Maternal Or Fetal Outcomes At Birth Or In The First Year Of Life, Researchers Say

Healio (4/29, Stonehill) reports, “Exposure to biologics, thiopurines or combination therapy for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] during pregnancy did not increase maternal or infant adverse events at birth or in one year of life,” researchers concluded a…

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FDA Promises To Issue New Rules Within A Year Banning Menthol In Tobacco Products

The Washington Post (4/29, Bernstein) reports on Thursday, the FDA promised “to issue new rules within a year that would ban menthol in cigarettes and small cigars – a longtime goal of civil rights and anti-tobacco groups, who say aggressive marketing of…

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EPA Must Ban Pesticide Linked To Neurological Harm In Children, Court Rules

The Washington Post (4/29, Dennis) reports the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit “on Thursday” in a 2-1 decision “ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must ban a widely used pesticide linked to neurological damage in children from being sp…

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Being Born Even Slightly Premature May Increase Child’s Risk Of Developmental Problems, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/29) reports, “Being born even slightly premature might still raise a child’s risk of developmental problems, a new study finds.” The “researchers looked at more than 3,000 children over age 5 in France who were born after 24-26, 27-31 and 32-…

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Meningococcal B 4CMenB Vaccine Linked To Reduction In Reduces Group B Meningococcal Disease In Adolescents, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/28, Aghjayan) reports researchers found “vaccination with meningococcal B 4CMenB vaccine is linked to a reduction in group B meningococcal disease among adolescents in South Australia.” The findings were published in Clinical…

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Physicians Say More Parents Are Refusing Coronavirus Tests For Their Children Because They Don’t Want To Deal With Consequences Of Positive Test Results

The AP (4/28) says physicians “are reporting that more parents are refusing to have their sick children tested for the coronavirus because they don’t want to deal with the hassle if the result is positive.” For example, “Pediatric Partners in the Kansas C…

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Reports Increase In Children With Diabetic Ketoacidosis

HealthDay (4/28, Preidt) reports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles “has seen a surge in the number of kids with” diabetic ketoacidosis, “a life-threatening complication of type 2 diabetes,” according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Dr. Lily Chao, int…

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Mobile App Using Machine Learning May Help Distinguish Toddlers With ASD, Research Suggests

Health IT Analytics (4/28, Kent) reports that in a study involving 933 “toddlers ages 16 to 38 months,” researchers found that “a mobile app was able to distinguish toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] using machine learning, indicating…

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Dietary Patterns, Lifestyles Of Parents-To-Be May Shape Health Of Unborn Offspring In Lasting Ways, Rodent Study Indicates

The New York Times (4/28, Reynolds) reports, “The lifestyles of soon-to-be mothers and fathers could shape the health of their unborn offspring in lasting ways, according to a surprising new animal study of exercise, diet, genetics and parenthood” that re…

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Bullied And Mistreated Teens May Be Much More Likely To Fantasize About Killing Others, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/28, Preidt) reports, “Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others,” investigators concluded in a study that “included more than 1,400 young people in Zurich, Switzerland, who were asked about…

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Children Exposed To Mass Trauma May Be At Increased Risk For Developing Panic Disorder, Data Suggest

Healio (4/28, Gramigna) reports, “Children exposed to mass trauma were at increased risk for developing panic disorder,” investigators concluded in research assessing the “psychiatric effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on youths.” For the study, re…

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Texas Senate Passes Bill To Take Transgender Children From Parents Who Help Them Transition Medically

The San Antonio Express-News (4/28, Wallace) reports, “Parents who help transgender children transition with the use of drugs, hormones or other medical procedures could face child abuse charges and lose their parental rights under a bill that cleared the…

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Biden Administration To Propose Ban On Menthol Cigarettes

The New York Times (4/28, Kaplan) reports, “The Biden administration is planning to propose a ban on menthol cigarettes, a long-sought public health goal of civil rights and anti-tobacco groups that has been beaten back by the tobacco industry for years,…

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Two Or More Specific Risk Factors During Pregnancy Significantly Increase Child’s Risk Of Mental Health Problems, Study Suggests

USA Today (4/28, Rodriguez) reports that physicians “have long known that unplanned pregnancies in women with certain chronic health problems and exposure in the womb to substances like drugs and alcohol can lead to a child’s increased risk for psychiatri…

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ApoB: ApoA1 Ratio May Be Predictive Of Increased Cardiometabolic Risk And Worse Clinical Outcomes In Patients With Juvenile-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/27, May) reports researchers found “the Apolipoprotein-B to Apolipoprotein-A1 (ApoB: ApoA1) ratio may be an accurate biomarker capable of predicting increased cardiometabolic risk and worse clinical outcomes in patients with…

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Combination Of Dupilumab And Topical Corticosteroids Significantly Improved Signs And Symptoms Of Atopic Dermatitis And Quality Of Life In Children With Severe Disease, Research Suggests

Dermatology Advisor (4/27, May) reports researchers found “a combination of dupilumab and medium-potency topical corticosteroids significantly improved signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis (AD) and quality of life in children with severe AD.” The findi…

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Onset Of Type 2 Diabetes At Younger Ages Appears To Play Role In Risk For Dementia, Study Indicates

Healio (4/27, Miller) reports researchers conducted “a longitudinal cohort study” and found the “onset of type 2 diabetes at younger ages appeared to play a role in the risk for dementia.” The findings were published in JAMA.

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Best Predictors Of Poor Renal Outcomes In Pediatric Patients With LN Include Male Gender, Requiring Dialysis At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Finds

Renal & Urology News (4/27, Persaud) reports, “The best predictors of poor renal outcomes in pediatric patients with lupus nephritis (LN) include male gender, requiring dialysis at the time of diagnosis, and failure to achieve remission within 1 year afte…

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Polygenic Risk Score Can Predict Adult Short Stature Among Children With Accuracy Similar To Midparental Height, Study Indicates

Healio (4/26, Schaffer) reports researchers found “a polygenic risk score can predict adult short stature among children with accuracy similar to the use of midparental height.” The findings were published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabo…

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Ethnicity Not Tied To Risk For Neonatal Lupus Erythematosus, Study Indicates

Healio (4/26, Laday) reports, “There is no association between a child’s ethnicity and the risk for neonatal lupus erythematosus [NLE], nor for any specific disease symptoms, according to data published in The Journal of Rheumatology.” Canadian researcher…

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FDA Has Until Thursday To Respond To Petition Calling For Menthol Cigarettes To Be Banned

The Washington Post (4/27, Ellerbeck) reports, “The FDA has until Thursday to respond to a petition demanding a ban on menthol cigarettes.” While past efforts to ban menthol cigarettes “have failed…advocates say this time may be different and could even…

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Researchers Say Raising Tobacco Age In California Led To Decrease In Teen Smoking

HealthDay (4/27, Collins) reports, “Researchers compared teen and young adult smoking patterns before and three years after a 2016 California law that increased the legal age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21.” The state “law led to a greater decrease in da…

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Researchers Testing Safety And Efficacy Of Moderna Vaccine In Young Children

The Baltimore Sun (4/28, Cohn) reports researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health are conducting a clinical trial testing “the safety and efficacy of the Moderna vaccine in young childre…

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Calorie Restriction May Improve Response To Chemotherapy Among Certain Younger Patients With Hematologic Malignancies, Research Indicates

Oncology Nurse Advisor (4/26, Nye) reports that research indicates “calorie restriction via diet and exercise may improve response to chemotherapy among some younger patients with hematologic malignancies.” The research was published in Blood Advances.

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Parents Report Two-Thirds Of Children With JIA Experience Drug Side Effects

Healio (4/26, Laday) reports, “Parents reported that two-thirds of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] demonstrate drug side effects that impact their quality of life within 1 year of diagnosis, according to data published in Arthritis Care…

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CDC Study Finds Soft Bedding Remains Top Cause Of Unexpected Infant Deaths

NBC News (4/27, Edwards) reports a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found “blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, stuffed animals and sleep surfaces other than cribs remain leading causes of accidental suffocation among babies 4 mon…

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Biden Administration Expands Summer Food Program To Feed As Many As 34 Million Children

The AP (4/25, Boak) reports, “The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months, using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March.” The Agriculture Department “will conti…

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In Study, Some Childhood Cancer Survivors Appeared At Elevated Risk For Loneliness

Healio (4/26, Leiser) reports that in a study, investigators found that “some childhood cancer survivors appeared at elevated risk for loneliness.” The findings were presented during the virtual Oncology Nursing Society Congress.

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Children Who Have A Parent With OUD May Experience Increase In Metric-Based Knowledge, Resilience Following Intervention Programs, Small Study Suggests

HCPlive (4/26, Iopoce) reports research indicates that “children who have a parent with opioid use disorder (OUD) experienced an increase in metric-based knowledge and resilience following intervention programs.” Included in the study were nine “patients,…

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Risk Of Mother-To-Newborn Transmission Of COVID-19 Low, But Illness In Pregnant Women Can Trigger Preterm Birth, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/26) reports, “The risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of COVID-19 is low, but the illness in pregnant women can trigger preterm birth, researchers say.” This “new study looked at 255 babies born in Massachusetts last year to mothers with a…

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Researchers Examine Effects Of Chernobyl Disaster In Two Separate Studies

HealthDay (4/23, Preidt) reported two studies related to the Chernobyl disaster were published in Science. In one study, researchers found “no evidence of genetic damage in the children of parents who were exposed to radiation from the” disaster. In the o…

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CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Get COVID-19 Vaccine

The Washington Post (4/23, Cha) reported, “Pregnant women confused by conflicting recommendations regarding coronavirus vaccination over the past few months now have clear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Get the shots.” Durin…

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CDC Guidance Says Children Should Be Three Feet Apart And Wear Masks During Summer Camps

The New York Times (4/25, Rabin) reports the CDC issued updated guidance on children’s summer camps, “just weeks before many camps resume operations in mid-May.” Under the CDC’s new guidance, children attending summer camps should be spaced three feet apa…

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Children With Vitiligo Or Alopecia Areata, As Well As Their Parents Or Caregivers, May Benefit From Meeting With Others With The Same Condition, Researchers Say

Healio (4/23, Forand) reported, “Children with vitiligo or alopecia areata, as well as their parents or caregivers, can benefit from meeting with others with the same condition,” investigators concluded in a 30-patient study, the findings of which were pr…

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New Oxford Malaria Vaccine Candidate Appears Highly Effective In Babies In Clinical Trial

Reuters (4/23, Kelland) reported scientists at the University of Oxford developed a new malaria vaccine candidate that “proved highly effective in a trial in babies in Africa.” The vaccine candidate called R21/Matrix-M “showed up to 77% efficacy in the ye…

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Pregnant Women Infected With COVID-19, Their Newborn Children Face Higher Risks Of Complications, Study Says

Reuters (4/23) reported, “Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 and their newborn children face higher risks of complications than was previously known, a study by British scientists showed on Friday.” The researchers found that “an infection of the new c…

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Congressional Republicans Ask Why CDC Is Recommending Masks For Young Children

The Hill (4/23, Weixel) reported a group of Republicans in Congress is “questioning the” CDC’s “rationale in recommending mask wearing for children as young as two years old.” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep Jason Smith (R-MO), and 28 other Republicans sent a l…

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Hundreds Of Bills Targeting LGBTQ People Have Been Filed In State Legislatures

NBC News (4/25, Yurcaba) reported, “Hundreds of bills that target LGBTQ people have been filed in state legislatures, creating a ‘state of crisis,’ advocates” contend. For example, Cathryn Oakley, state legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign,…

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Incidence Of Severe DKA Among Children Presenting With New-Onset T1D Appears To Have Doubled During COVID-19 Pandemic Period Compared With Data From 2019, Researchers Say

Healio (4/23, Schaffer) reported, “The incidence of severe diabetic ketoacidosis [DKA] among children presenting with new-onset type 1 diabetes [T1D] doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic period compared with data from 2019,” researchers concluded in a “re…

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Additional Resources Available Through KidsHealth®

NAPNAP has partnered with KidsHealth® from Nemours to provide even more patient and family content for you. Visit our Patient and Family Information page today to access resources on ADHD for parents, teens and kids.

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AD/HD Resources from NAPNAP

When it comes to mental health, early detection is key! Our Mental Health Facts page contains many mental health resources that are useful to your practice and more can be found on the Developmental, Behavioral and Mental Health SIG’s website, DBMH Resour…

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FDA Approves New Drug For Children With AD/HD

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

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NAPNAP 2021 Poster Indicates Mindfulness App May Improve AD/HD Symptoms In Children and Teens

Clinical Advisor (3/29) reported that a poster presented at NAPNAP 2021 indicated “children and adolescents with AD/HD who practiced brief mindfulness exercises using the Headspace app in combination with evidenced-based ADHD treatments showed significant…

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Nurses Give “F” Grade To EHR Usability In Survey

EHR Intelligence (4/22, Jason) reports researchers found in a survey that “nurses graded EHR usability an ‘F,’ and respondents also revealed a high level of burnout.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Associati…

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Tdap Vaccination During Pregnancy Not Associated With Adverse Outcomes For Offspring Through Early Childhood, Study Suggests

Reuters (4/22, Rapaport) reports, “Maternal tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccination during pregnancy isn’t associated with adverse outcomes for offspring through early childhood, a new study suggests.” The “researchers examined data on 62…

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Nurses Face Supply Chain Management Problems Impacting Efficiency, Patient Safety, And Hospital Margins, Report Says

RevCycle Intelligence (4/22, Nelson) reports, “Nurses face significant supply chain management problems that affect efficiency, patient safety, and hospital margins, according to the annual marketing report from Syft.” The report’s “findings are based on…

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Michigan Sees Record Number Of Children Hospitalized With Severe COVID-19

NBC News (4/22, Einhorn) reports the recent COVID-19 surge has led to “a record-breaking spike in child hospitalizations.” According to “data from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association…the number of children hospitalized with severe Covid-19 sympto…

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Study Indicates Decrease In Hospital Admissions For Children Younger Than Five Diagnosed With Abusive Head Trauma During COVID-19 Pandemic

HealthDay (4/22) reports research indicates “there was a decrease in hospital admissions for children younger than five years diagnosed with abusive head trauma (AHT) during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded after comparing “patient characte…

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Young Patients With Spina Bifida Present With Ophthalmic Complications At A High Rate, Research Suggests

Healio (4/22, Martin) reports, “Young patients with spina bifida present with ophthalmic complications at a high rate, according to a poster presented at the virtual American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus annual meeting.” Irish re…

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Heavy Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Linked To Premature Birth, Early Infant Death, Study Finds

NBC News (4/23, Carroll) reports, “Women who use marijuana during pregnancy are putting their babies at risk, a study published Thursday finds.” The piece says that “babies born to women who were heavy cannabis users during pregnancy are more likely to ha…

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Fewer Young People Used E-Cigarettes During The Early Part Of The Pandemic, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/22, Mann) reports during the second quarter of 2020, when stay-at-home orders were in place in many parts of the US, fewer young people used e-cigarettes, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers co…

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Short And Low-Dose Opioid Prescriptions May Increase Risk For Persistent Use Among High-Risk Youths, Data Indicate

Healio (4/22, Gramigna) reports, “Short and low-dose opioid prescriptions may increase risk for persistent use among high-risk youths,” researchers concluded after analyzing the “data of 189,477 individuals (female, 56.8%; median age, 16.9 years) aged 10…

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ASD Appears To Develop Differently In Girls And Boys, fMRI Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/22) reports autism spectrum disorder (ASD) “appears to develop differently in girls and boys, so the findings of research conducted mainly with boys might not apply to girls,” investigators concluded in a study using “functional MRI…to exam…

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J&J Single-Shot Vaccine Is 77% Effective Against Severe COVID-19, Researchers Say

The Hill (4/21, Weixel) reports that Johnson & Johnson’s “single-shot coronavirus vaccine protected against symptomatic and asymptomatic infection, and prevented hospitalization and death in all participants 28 days after vaccination, according to new cli…

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Preliminary Data Indicate COVID Vaccines Are Safe For Pregnant Women

The AP (4/21, Tanner) reports preliminary results (4/21, Shimabukuro) published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggest the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are safe for pregnant women. The results “are based on reports from over 35,000…

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US Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations Decrease By 11%, Data Show

The Washington Post (4/21, A1, Keating, Nirappil, Stanley-Becker) reports, “Daily coronavirus vaccinations have slowed significantly for the first time since February, a sign that demand is slipping even though every American adult is now eligible for the…

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Risk-Adapted Therapies For Patients With Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma Have Reduced Incidence Of Serious Long-Term Health Problems Among Survivors, Study Says

Healio (4/21, Lawrence) reports that “the use of risk-adapted therapies for pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma has significantly reduced the incidence of serious long-term health problems among survivors, according to a study.” The findings were published in the…

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Children As Young As Nine Have Increased Risk Of Major Depressive Disorder If One Or More Generations In Family Also Affected, Study Data Show

MedPage Today (4/21, Grant) reports, “Children as young as 9 years old have an increased risk of major depressive disorder and other psychopathologies if one or more generations in their family were also affected, an analysis of Adolescent Brain Cognitive…

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Some High Schools Begin Vaccinating Older Students

NBC News (4/21, Edwards) reports since older teenagers are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, some high schools are setting up vaccination clinics for their students. Few teenagers have gotten coronavirus vaccines so far, but experts say it’s important f…

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Hard Work, Strategy Changes Required To Convince Reluctant Americans To Get Vaccinated

The New York Times (4/21, Stolberg, Karni) reports, “Now that President Biden has met his goal to have the coronavirus vaccine available to all adults, health officials around the country are hitting what appears to be a soft ceiling: More than half the n…

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Oral Corticosteroids Tied To Higher Risk For Adverse Events, Especially In Children With Allergies, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/20, Iapoce) reports researchers found treatment with oral corticosteroids “increases the risk of adverse events, particularly in children with allergies.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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High School Football Does Not Affect Brain In Middle Age, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/20) reports, “Here’s some good news for aging athletes: If you played high school football, you’re no more likely than others to have problems with concentration, memory or depression in middle age, according to a new study.” The investigator…

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Study: COVID-19 Case Rates In Schools May Be Higher Than Previously Believed

ABC News (4/20, Deliso) reports a study on asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Nebraska’s public schools “found that infection rates in schools involved in the first phase of the pilot program were two-and-a-half times higher for staff and nearly six times hig…

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Methodological Problems, High Risk For Bias May Prevent Consistent Estimate Of Comparative Performance Of Certain Psychotherapeutic Modalities For Youth Self-Harm, Suicidality, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (4/20, Gramigna) reports, “Methodological problems and high risk for bias prevented a consistent estimate of the comparative performance of certain psychotherapeutic modalities for youth self-harm and suicidality,” researchers concluded in a system…

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Topical Timolol Offers Little Efficacy For Treatment Of Patients With Early Proliferative Infantile Hemangioma, Study Indicates

Healio (4/20, Forand) reports researchers found “topical timolol, while well tolerated, offered little efficacy in treating early proliferative infantile hemangioma.” The findings were published in JAMA Dermatology.

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A Quarter Of Children Receiving Rituximab Treatment May Develop Hypogammaglobulinemia Within 18 Months Of Starting The Drug, Researchers Say

Rheumatology News (4/19, Haelle) reports, “A quarter of children receiving treatment with rituximab developed hypogammaglobulinemia within 18 months of starting the drug,” researchers concluded in an “observational study” involving “a cohort of 93 patient…

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Children Born To Women With Epilepsy Taking Antiepileptic Medications During Pregnancy Appear To Display Similar Neurodevelopmental Outcomes As Children Born To Healthy Women, Researchers Say

Healio (4/19, Ernst) reports, “Children born to women with epilepsy who received antiepileptic” medications “during pregnancy displayed similar neurodevelopmental outcomes as children born to healthy women,” investigators concluded in “a prospective study…

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Transgender Adolescents Treated With Gender-Affirming HT Early In Puberty May Experience Bone Development More Similar To That Of Their Experienced Gender Compared With Their Gender Assigned At Birth, Research Suggests

Healio (4/19, Monostra) reports, “Transgender adolescents treated with gender-affirming hormone therapy [HT] early in puberty experience bone development more similar to that of their experienced gender compared with their gender assigned at birth,” resea…

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Systematic Review Explores Relationship Between Puberty, Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease

Healio (4/19, Laday) reports that because of “the link between puberty and autoimmune rheumatic disease, a group of researchers has recommended that clinical assessments of young patients with such conditions record pubertal issues at every encounter.” In…

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Coronavirus Variants Sending More Children, Young Adults To Hospital

Bloomberg (4/19, Welch, Kopit, Querolo) reports that while “children and young adults eluded the pandemic’s gravest consequences, exhibiting mild symptoms or none at all,” newer, “faster-spreading variants are sending more to the hospital.” Deaths are sti…

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Many Parents In Los Angeles County Say School Closures “Substantially Hurt” Their Children

The Los Angeles Times (4/19, Agrawal) reports more than 75% of parents of school-age children in Los Angeles County say their children have been “substantially hurt” by being out of school, according to a UCLA survey. In the annual Quality of Life index s…

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Some Children Are Nervous About Returning To In-Person Classes After Gaining Weight, Undergoing Puberty, Or Experiencing Other Physical Changes During The Pandemic

Dr. Perri Klass writes in “The Checkup” blog for the New York Times (4/19) about the experience of children who have undergone physical changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. As more children return to school, some are anxious to return after gaining weigh…

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Spanking May Change Parts Of Children’s Brains Affected By More Severe Physical And Sexual Abuse, Study Indicates

Medscape (4/19, Koenig, Subscription Publication) reports researchers used functional MRIs to map brain changes in children and found “spanking may cause changes in the same areas of a child’s brain affected by more severe physical and sexual abuse.” The…

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Texas House Committee Approves Bill That Would Ban Gender-Affirming Medical Care For Minors

The Austin (TX) American Statesman (4/19, Lindell, Subscription Publication) reports the Texas House Public Health Committee approved House Bill 1399, which would ban “gender-affirming medical care for those 17 or younger, the second piece of legislation…

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Having An Epidural During Childbirth Will Not Increase Child’s Risk Of Autism, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/19) says that for “pregnant women, having an epidural during childbirth won’t increase the child’s risk of autism, researchers reported.” These “new findings refute a widely criticized 2020 study that said epidurals were associated with a 37%…

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Sleep-Disordered Breathing Is Common Among Children With Severe Asthma, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (4/16, Schad) reported researchers found “sleep-disordered breathing is common among children with severe asthma.” The findings were published in the Journal of Asthma.

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Non-Contrast Pituitary MRI Offers An Equivalent Diagnosis To Standard Contrast-Enhanced Protocols When Imaging For Pediatric Pituitary Pathologies, Research Suggests

Diagnostic Imaging (4/18, Palmer) reported that research suggests “non-contrast pituitary MRI offers an equivalent diagnosis to standard contrast-enhanced protocols when imaging for central precocious puberty…growth hormone deficiency…and short statur…

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Study Compares Familial And Sporadic T1D Among Children

Medwire News (4/16, McDermid) reported, “Children with familial type 1 diabetes [T1D] have different characteristics to those with sporadic diabetes at presentation, but longer-term outcomes are similar,” investigators concluded in a study revealed that f…

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Real-World Study Demonstrates Improved Glycemic Outcomes For Adults, Children Who Initiate Use Of Loop Automated Insulin Delivery System Using Community Resources, Researchers Say

Medwire News (4/16, McDermid) reported, “A large real-world study shows improved glycemic outcomes for adults and children who initiate use of the Loop DIY automated insulin delivery system using community resources,” investigators concluded after looking…

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Arkansas’ Ban On Gender Confirming Treatment For Minors Puts Transgender Children And Their Families In A Difficult Position

The AP (4/17, DeMillo, Crary) reported Arkansas’ recent ban on “gender confirming treatments for minors” places children who have already begun receiving such treatment, and their families, in a difficult position. Unless the law is successfully blocked i…

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House Passes Bill That Aims To Reduce Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Modern Healthcare (4/16, Gellman, Subscription Publication) reported the House voted 254-166 in favor of a bill that would “create a minimum standard for health employers’ plans to combat violence against their workers.” The bill would base “the standard…

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Children With High Genetic Risk For Developing T1D May Be At Increased Risk For The Disease If They Have Overweight Or Obesity From Age Two To Ten Years, Study Suggests

Healio (4/15, Monostra) reported, “Children with a high genetic risk for developing type 1 diabetes [T1D] are at an increased risk for the disease if they have overweight or obesity from age two to 10 years,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data co…

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CPSC Advises Individuals With Small Children At Home To Cease Utilizing Peloton Tread+ Treadmills

The New York Times (4/18, A20, Jimenez) reported the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) “issued an ‘urgent warning’ after reports of 38 injuries and one death linked to the” Peloton Tread+ “machine, which was previously known as the Tread.” The…

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Adolescents With Asthma May Be More Likely To Receive Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Than Peers Without Asthma, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (4/16, Schad) reported researchers found that “while the overall seasonal influenza vaccination rate remains low among adolescents with and without asthma, an asthma diagnosis is associated with an increased likelihood of influenza vac…

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Poison Control Centers Reporting Spike In Number Of Children Ingesting THC After Eating Their Parents’ Edibles

According to the Washington Post (4/16, Chesler), across the US, poison control centers are reporting “a spike in the number of children who have ingested THC after eating their parents’ edibles, rising from just 19 cases in 2010, before recreational pot…

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States With Mask Mandates Had Lower COVID-19 Rates Last Year, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports researchers found that states with mask mandates “had lower rates of COVID-19 than those with no mask requirements.” The findings were published in PLOS ONE.

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Atopic Dermatitis Severity May Be Tied To Learning Disabilities In Children, Research Suggests

Healio (4/15, Forand) reports, “Atopic dermatitis severity is associated with learning disabilities in children,” investigators concluded in a “cross-sectional study” that “used Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry data to evaluate a prospective cohort of”…

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During Past Week, 38 States Reported Increase In Number Of People Hospitalized With COVID-19

The Washington Post (4/15, Achenbach, Dupree) reports, “The spring wave of the pandemic has driven hospitalizations above 47,000, the highest since March 4.” The Washington Post analyzed HHS data and concluded that during the past week, 38 “states have re…

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Starting School Day A Little Later May Help Middle And High School Students Get More And Better Sleep, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports, “Starting the school day a little later helps middle and high school students get more and better sleep,” investigators concluded in a study “based on annual surveys of about 28,000 elementary, middle and high school stud…

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Many Young Americans Want To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine, Survey Suggests

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a survey and found that many young Americans “are now embracing the chance to get COVID-19 vaccines.” However, the researchers said that youth-focused messaging is still…

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CDC Researchers Say “Substantial” Racial And Ethnic Disparities In COVID-19 Cases Among Young People Decreased As 2020 Went On

Healio (4/15, Downey) reports CDC researchers found that while there were “substantial” racial and ethnic disparities among young people in terms of COVID-19 cases early on in the pandemic, those disparities decreased over time in 2020, largely due to a l…

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Researchers Say Americans’ Eating Habits Have Worsened During The Pandemic And Eating Disorders Have Become More Prevalent

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports researchers at the University of Minnesota found that “Americans’ eating habits have changed for the worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an increase in eating disorders.” The findings were published in the Intern…

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ECT May Be Safe, Effective For Treating Certain Severe Psychiatric Illnesses Among Children And Adolescents, Small Study Indicates

Healio (4/15, Gramigna) reports, “Electroconvulsive therapy [ECT] appeared safe and effective for treating certain severe psychiatric illnesses among children and adolescents,” researchers concluded after conducting “a retrospective chart review in which…

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Researchers Say Nationwide Ban On Use Of Tanning Beds By Minors Would Prevent Thousands Of Cases Of Skin Cancer And Save Millions Of Dollars In Healthcare Costs

HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) reports a study published in Cancer estimates that a nationwide ban on the use of tanning beds by minors “would prevent thousands of cases of skin cancer and save millions in health care costs.” Dr. Antoine Eskander of the Univers…

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Nurses In The US Appear To Have Significantly Increased Risk For Suicide Compared With The General Population, Researchers Say

Healio (4/14, Gramigna) reports, “Nurses in the United States had a significantly increased risk for suicide compared with the general population,” investigators concluded after using “the National Violent Death Reporting System to analyze U.S. data of 15…

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Researchers Identify Specific Phenotypes Of Respiratory Health Versus Disease In High-Risk Children In Urban Neighborhoods

Pulmonology Advisor (4/14, Aghjayan) reports researchers found “high-risk children living in urban neighborhoods in the United States develop specific phenotypes of respiratory health vs disease, which may link environmental exposures in early life to chi…

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Potassium Monitoring Remains Common In Healthy, Young Women With Acne Treated With Spironolactone, Study Indicates

Dermatology Advisor (4/14, May) reports, “Although a growing body of evidence suggests spironolactone poses minimal risk for hyperkalemia and new guidance statements call for clinicians to move away from this practice, potassium monitoring of healthy, you…

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Impact Of DDT Pesticide May Span Three Generations, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/14, Norton) reports, “A long-banned pesticide may be having health effects that ripple across generations, a new study suggests.” The study “found that young women whose grandmothers had higher DDT levels during pregnancy were more likely to…

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Researchers Say Use Of Topical Steroids In Infants After Cataract Surgery Can Cause Changes In Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis

Healio (4/14, Marabito) reports researchers found “the use of topical steroids in infants after cataract surgery can cause changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.” The findings were shared in a poster presentation delivered at the virtual Amer…

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Senate Hearing Witnesses Say Hospitals Need Better Incentives To Stockpile More PPE And Other Emergency Supplies

MedPage Today (4/14, Frieden) reports the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. During the hearing, witnesses told Senators that “hospitals need better i…

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Federal Officials Announce New Measures To Help Get N95 Masks To Healthcare Workers And Others

Kaiser Health News (4/14, Jewett) reports, “Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to…

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Pediatric Patients With Appendicitis More Likely To Suffer From An Additional C Diff Infection, Researchers Say

HCPlive (4/14, Walter) reports research indicates that “pediatric appendicitis patients are more likely to suffer from an additional Clostridium difficile (C diff) infection.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after combining “data from the 2009 an…

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Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Increased Through November 2020 After Two Years Of Decline

HealthPayerIntelligence (4/13, Waddill) reports Kaiser Family Foundation data show “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment increased through November 2020, as anticipated.” This increase reflects “changes in the economy and pro…

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Teen Boys With Obesity Gained More Weight Than Girls Did During Italy’s First COVID-19 Lockdown, Research Suggests

Healio (4/12, Monostra) reports, “Teenage boys with obesity gained more than eight pounds on average vs. about 2.6 pounds for girls, during Italy’s first COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020, primarily due to spending more time video gaming,” investiga…

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In Study, Adavosertib Plus Irinotecan Combination Meets Efficacy End Point For Pediatric Neuroblastoma

Cancer Network (4/13, Fowler) reports that “data from the phase 1/2 ADVL1312 trial (NCT02095132) presented virtually at the AACR Annual Meeting 2021 found that in a cohort of pediatric patients with neuroblastoma, therapy with adavosertib plus irinotecan…

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About 12% Of US Children With COVID-19 Were Hospitalized In 2020, Study Indicates

Medscape (4/13, Crist, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “about 12% of U.S. children with COVID-19 were hospitalized in 2020, and nearly a third of those had severe disease that required mechanical ventilation or admission to an int…

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Researchers Say Half Of Children At A London Hospital Who Developed MIS-C Had Neurological Symptoms

Healio (4/13, Schoen) reports, “Preliminary research suggested half of children at a London hospital who developed a multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19 experienced neurological symptoms, such as headache, encephalopathy and halluci…

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Newborn Will Not Get COVID-19 Through Infected Mother’s Breast Milk, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/13, Norton) reports, “A new study offers more reassurance that mothers infected with SARS-CoV-2 can safely breastfeed their babies.” This “study of 55 infants born to moms with COVID-19 found that none contracted the virus – even though most…

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Foods Consumed At US Schools Have Improved, Despite Poor Trends In Nutrition In Other Venues, Study Indicates

According to HealthDay (4/13, Mozes), “a new dietary analysis finds that no matter where people get their food, bad nutrition rules the day, with one key exception: schools,” investigators concluded “based on surveys conducted among 61,000 adults and chil…

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Behavior Problems In Children Who Snore Regularly May Be Due To Brain Structure Changes, Researchers Say

HealthDay (4/13, Miller, Moy) reports, “Snoring just isn’t for adults, and behavior problems in kids who regularly snore may be due to changes in their brain structure, researchers” concluded after analyzing “data from more than 11,000 children ages 9 and…

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Certain Cognitive Deficits In Childhood May Be Distinctly Associated With Different Psychopathological Symptoms Among Young People, Study Indicates

Healio (4/13, Gramigna) reports, “Certain cognitive deficits in childhood were distinctively linked to different psychopathological symptoms among young people,” researchers concluded in a study that sought to assess “the specificity of associations betwe…

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AD/HD May Be Overdiagnosed Among Children And Adolescents, Systematic Scoping Review Suggests

According to Healio (4/13, Gramigna), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “appeared to be overdiagnosed among children and adolescents,” investigators concluded in a 334-study, “systematic scoping review.” The findings were published online A…

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New York City Mayor Says Around 51,000 Public School Students Will Return To Classrooms Later This Month

The New York Times (4/12, Shapiro) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that later this month, around 51,000 public school students, including middle school and high school students “who have been learning remotely for the past year will b…

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Studies Examine Telemedicine For Gender-Affirming Care In Minors

Healio (4/12, Monostra) reports, “Telemedicine visits for gender-affirming care in minors rapidly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and may be able to expand access to care in the future,” investigators concluded in “two studies published in Transgen…

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Researchers Say Visual Outcomes Were Better When Children With Herpes Simplex Keratitis Were Seen Within Five Days Of Symptom Onset

Healio (4/12, Nale) reports researchers conducted “a retrospective chart review of 35 patients aged 6 years and younger” and found “visual outcomes of children with herpes simplex keratitis were better when patients were seen within 5 days of symptom onse…

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Sterilizing Baby Pacifiers With Chemical Antiseptics May Compromise Immunity And Contribute To Development Of Food Allergies, Study Indicates

Reuters Health (4/12) reports Australian researchers found that “sterilizing baby pacifiers with chemical antiseptics may compromise immunity and contribute to the development of food allergies.” The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and C…

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Some Children Experience Long-Haul COVID-19

CBS News (4/12) reports that some children in the US have developed long-haul COVID-19, which is different from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). In the US, “at least five hospitals…have started pediatric long-haul clinics to help k…

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Some Patients With Infantile Hemangioma Ulceration May Have Prolonged Healing Times, Study Indicates

Healio (4/12, Burba) reports researchers found “some patients with infantile hemangioma ulceration may have prolonged healing times, and larger hemangioma size may be a poor prognostic factor for time to heal.” The findings were published in JAMA Dermatol…

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FDA Outlines Plan To Regulate Heavy Metals In Baby Foods

The Washington Post (4/12, Reiley) reports facing pressure from Congress, the FDA “is now pursuing a plan to address high levels of heavy metals in baby foods.” The agency’s “plan outlines a multiyear process of evaluating the science, establishing maximu…

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Adolescents Whose Mothers Had Anxiety Or Depressive Symptoms May Be At Increased Risk For Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms At Age 17, Study Indicates

Healio (4/12, Gramigna) reports, “Adolescents whose mothers had anxiety or depressive symptoms were at increased risk for conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms at age 17 years,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from a birt…

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Two Studies Examine Use Of E-Cigarettes In Music Videos, Effect On Teenage Vaping

HealthDay (4/12, Thompson) reports two studies say popular musicians are using product placement in music videos to sell e-cigarettes to young people, and such exposure to e-cigarettes can affect young people’s decision to vape. In one study published in…

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Babies Exposed To Opioids During Pregnancy Appear To Be At Greater Risk For Mortality, Study Finds

MedPage Today (4/12, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Babies exposed to opioids during pregnancy appeared to be at greater risk for mortality, but those with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome) may be protected, acc…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Request Emergency Use Authorization From FDA For Their Coronavirus Vaccine For Children Between 12 And 15

The Hill (4/9, Coleman) reported Pfizer and BioNTech requested an emergency use authorization from the FDA for the use of their coronavirus vaccine in children between the ages of 12 and 15. The vaccine “is currently only available for those 16 and older….

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Researchers Say Systemic And Hereditary Causes Were More Often Identified In Children With Bilateral Cataracts Than In Unilateral Cases

Healio (4/9, Marabito) reported researchers found “in children with bilateral cataracts, systemic and hereditary causes were more often identified than in unilateral cases, in which ocular associations were more often made.” The findings were presented “a…

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Parental Smoking Intervention Appears To Be Effective In Pediatric Primary Care Practices, Researchers Say

Healio (4/9, Weller) reports, “A parental smoking intervention was effective and ‘inexpensive’ to implement in pediatric primary care practices, with costs per quit that were comparable to other interventions,” investigators concluded after conducting “an…

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Hybrid Closed-Loop System Appears Not To Pose An Increased Burden For Children With T1D, Research Suggests

Healio (4/8, Monostra) reported, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] using a hybrid closed-loop system and their parents do not report an increase in diabetes-related burden compared with those using a sensor-augmented insulin pump,” investigators conclu…

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Treatment With Oncolytic Immunovirotherapy Alone Or With Radiation Appears Safe, Effective In Children And Adolescents With Heavily Pretreated High-Grade Glioma, Study Finds

MedPage Today (4/11, Ingram) reports that “treatment with an oncolytic immunovirotherapy alone or with radiation appeared safe and effective in a phase I study of children and adolescents with heavily pretreated high-grade glioma.” Investigators found tha…

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Physical Activity May Benefit Children With ASD, Small Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/9, Murez) reported research indicates that physical activity may benefit children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A small study published “in the April issue of the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal reported that 10 minute…

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Experts Offer Advice For Parents Concerned About Their Children In Middle-School During The Pandemic

The New York Times (4/11, Warner) reports many parents with children in middle-school are concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their children. These parents “are connecting now in a specific sort of common misery: the pressing fear that…

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New York Reduces School Social Distancing Guidelines

Politico New York (4/10) reported the New York State Department of Health on Friday “quietly updated its schools guidance…halving distancing guidelines to three feet in most cases – while emphasizing the state’s imperative to return children to classroo…

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Transgender Advocates Say New Arkansas State Law Will Harm Transgender Children

USA Today (4/12, Ramirez) reports transgender advocates are warning that a new Arkansas state law, and similar laws that are being considered in other states, will harm transgender youth. The new Arkansas law prohibits physicians from providing gender-aff…

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Investigators Describe Nutritional Status, Growth Of Pediatric Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

HCPlive (4/11, Alicea) reported researchers have “described the nutritional status and growth of pediatric patients with sickle cell anemia ,” observing “poor growth and impacts on weight and height curves.” For the study, “investigators gathered detailed…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FDA Approves New Drug For Children With ADHD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Children Return To Sports With Wide Variation In Precautions Being Taken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parents Advised On How To Detect Depression In Young Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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President Biden Unveils “90-90” Coronavirus Vaccination Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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FDA Approves Mirabegron For Patients With Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remote Learning Allowing Many Students To Get More Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FDA Approves Rilonacept To Treat Patients With Recurrent Pericarditis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Children Can Develop Biases From Hearing Negative Comments, Study Suggests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coronavirus Cases Increasing In Some States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biden Administration Announces Funding For Coronavirus Testing In Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DEA Warns Of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Containing Fentanyl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Senate Confirms Becerra As HHS Secretary

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

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

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

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SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Appears Rare, Study Suggests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Women Face Difficulties In Childbirth During Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Healthcare Workers Confront COVID Conspiracy Theories

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

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

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

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

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

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