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Sufficient Disease Control Prior To Conception May Reduce Risk For Pregnancy Complications In Patients With Rheumatic Conditions, Investigators Say

Healio (9/30, Martin) reported, “Sufficient disease control prior to conception can reduce the risk for pregnancy complications in patients with rheumatic conditions,” investigators concluded in a review article published in Rheumatic Disease Clinics of N…

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New Coronavirus Subvariants Emerging As Officials Prepare For Potential Fall-And-Winter Wave

The Los Angeles Times (10/1, Money) reported that as officials in the US “try to assess how severe a fall-and-winter coronavirus wave may be, one key factor is the growth of several new subvariants now emerging.” Among them is the BA.2.75.2 variant, which…

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FDA Unveils Long-Term Plan For Foreign Infant Formula Manufacturers

The AP (9/30, Perrone) reported, “U.S. regulators on Friday unveiled their plan to allow foreign baby formula manufacturers to stay on the market long term, an effort to diversify the nation’s tightly concentrated industry and prevent future shortages.” T…

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High Discard Rate Of Pediatric Donor Hearts Presents “Major Challenge” For Children Awaiting Heart Transplant, Researchers Say

Healio (9/30, Schaffer) reported, “Donor hearts that meet U.S. Public Health Services increased risk criteria are used much more frequently in adults than in children despite similar posttransplant patient survival and an ongoing organ donor shortage,” re…

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Growing Number Of States Have Adopted Laws Allowing Students To Take Excused Absences For Mental Health Reasons

According to the Washington Post (10/2, Atkins), in response to rising “child mental health problems…in the past few years, a growing number of states have adopted laws that let students take an excused absence if they feel anxious, depressed or need a…

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Report Highlights Disparities In Health Insurance Coverage Among Children In US

HealthPayerIntelligence (9/30, Bailey) reported, “Around 3.6 million children in the US are uninsured, but coverage varies by race, state, and income, highlighting stark disparities in children’s health insurance coverage, according to a report [PDF] from…

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PCORI Announces Effort To Invest $63M To Researcher-Community Partnerships Focused On Maternal Care Studies

Healio (9/29) reports, “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced it is looking to grant $63 million to researcher-community partnerships focused on maternal care studies, according to a press release.” PCORI executive director Nakela L….

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Children With Asthma At Risk For Poor Lung Function Trajectories Into Adulthood, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (9/29, Jacobs) reports, “Children with severe and nonsevere asthma are at risk for poor lung function trajectories into adulthood, with several clinically relevant factors predictive of changes in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (…

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Bedside Counseling To Bolster Emotional Connection Between Mother And Newborn Associated With Better Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Among Preterm Babies, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/29, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Bedside counseling aimed at boosting the emotional connection between moms and their newborns was associated with better neurodevelopmental outcomes among preterm babies, according to a trial from Finland.” Paren…

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In Study, Babies Born To All Vaccinated And Three-Quarters Of Previously Infected People Have Detectable COVID-19 Antibodies

HealthDay (9/29, Murez) reports pregnant people with a COVID-19 infection who “then get vaccinated before giving birth are more likely than other moms to pass protective antibodies to their newborns, new research shows.” The data indicate that “at birth,…

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House Passes Bill To Address Mental Health Among Students, Educators

The Hill (9/29, Schnell) reports the House on Thursday passed the Mental Health Matters Act, which “seeks to address mental health concerns among students, families, and educators aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which lawmakers say had a ‘severe impa…

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CDC Report Finds 2021 Suicide Rate Near Record Levels

CNN (9/30, McPhillips) reports, “47,646 people in the US…died of suicide last year, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – one death every 11 minutes.” Suicide “rates have increased 31% over the past 20 years,…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Appears To Offer Similar Protection Against The Disease In Adolescent Patients With, Without Inflammatory Or Immune Rheumatic Conditions, Researchers Conclude

Healio (9/28, Martin) reports, “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine offers similar protection against the disease in adolescent patients with and without inflammatory or immune rheumatic” diseases (IRDs), investigators concluded in a study also revealing…

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Alcohol Misuse During Adolescence Tied To Midlife Alcohol Misuse, Poorer Physical Health, As Well As Less Satisfaction With Life, Researchers Conclude

Healio (9/28, Downey) reports, “Alcohol misuse during adolescence was associated with midlife alcohol misuse and poorer physical health, as well as less satisfaction with life, researchers” concluded in a study that “included 2,733 twin pairs from the Fin…

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Fully Automated Bionic Pancreas Appears To Improve HbA1c In Children, Adults With T1D, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (9/28, Monaco) reports, “A fully automated bionic pancreas improved HbA1c in children and adults with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded in “a multicenter randomized trial” revealing that “use of this bionic pancreas system led…

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Researchers Find Biomarkers Predictive Of Atopic Dermatitis In Skin Of Newborns

According to Medscape (9/28, Freeman, Subscription Publication), in the Barrier Dysfunction in Atopic Newborns Study, “several biomarkers were found in the skin cells of newborns that were predictive not only for having” atopic dermatitis, “but also for h…

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FDA Announces New Guidelines For Labeling Food “Healthy”

The Washington Post (9/28, Reiley) reports, “The Food and Drug Administration announced new rules Wednesday for nutrition labels that can go on the front of food packages to indicate that they are ‘healthy.’” Under the new rules, “manufacturers can label…

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HHS Approves Expansion Of Medicaid Coverage In Massachusetts And Oregon

Bloomberg Law (9/28, Subscription Publication) reports behind a paywall, “The US Department of Health and Human Services approved Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration waivers in Massachusetts and Oregon, which plan to test improvements that would ensure mo…

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Biden Outlines National Strategy To Combat Hunger, Improve Nutrition

The Washington Post (9/28, Viser) reports, “President Biden on Wednesday hosted the first White House summit in nearly a half-century dedicated to combating hunger, with administration officials announcing they had secured $8 billion of public and private…

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CDC Warns Physicians About Possible Increase In Enterovirus D68 Infections Among Children, Which Can Lead To Acute Flaccid Myelitis

CNN (9/27, Hassan) reports physicians “should prepare for a possible increase in young patients with enterovirus D68, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, and that may be linked to more cases of the rare, paralyzing conditio…

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USPSTF Advises Nonpregnant Teens, Adults To Keep Screening For Syphilis As Cases Soar

MedPage Today (9/27, Hein) reports, “Nonpregnant teens and adults who have ever been sexually active and are at increased risk for syphilis should still be screened for the sexually transmitted infection, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) s…

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COVID-19 Infection In Children Possibly Linked To Increased Risk Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

MedPage Today (9/27, Hein) reports, “Researchers in Germany say they cannot rule out a small risk for key symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in children who had a COVID-19 infection.” A study published in JAMA Network…

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Complete Course Of Antenatal Steroids Linked To Higher Survival In Extremely Preterm Infants, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/27, Lopilato) reports, “A complete course of antenatal steroids was associated with higher survival in extremely preterm infants, a cohort study showed. Published in JAMA Network Open, the study found that, “compared with those who did no…

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Ultra-Processed Foods Found To Increase Obesity Rates, Risk Of Health Complications

The Washington Post (9/27, O’Connor) reports that “scientists have found that ultra-processed foods are linked to higher rates of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer.” In an NIH-funded trial, scientists found that when…

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Biden To Lay Out Strategy To End Persistent Hunger, Tackle High Obesity Rates

The Washington Post (9/27, Jeong) reports the White House “will convene a national conference on dietary health and food security on Wednesday for the first time in over 50 years to launch a national campaign that seeks to tackle high obesity rates and en…

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Study Finds Possible Link Between Vaccine Additive And Allergies, Asthma In Children

The AP (9/27, Stobbe) reports, “A new federally funded study has found a possible link” between aluminum, a vaccine additive, and allergies and asthma in children, “but experts say the research has important shortcomings and is not a reason to change curr…

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Roe V. Wade Decision Has Accelerated Birth Control Use By Teens, Including Longer-Term Forms

The AP (9/27, Hollingsworth, Rodgers) reports, “Experts say the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling appears to be accelerating a trend of increased birth control use among teens, including long-acting reversible forms like intrauterine devices and implants.”…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Protected Pregnant Patients From Hospitalization During Delta, Omicron Waves

Healio (9/26, VanDewater) reports, “Pregnant people who received messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines were protected against COVID-19-related ED and urgent care visits and hospitalization when the delta and omicron variants were predominant, according to a cas…

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Policy Statement Offers Recommendations To Prevent Pediatric Deaths, Injuries Related To All-Terrain Vehicles

HealthDay (9/26) reports, “In a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published online Sept. 26 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for the prevention of pediatric all-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related deaths and injuries….

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More Transgender Teens Seeking Out Top Surgery

The New York Times (9/26, Ghorayshi) reports that “genital surgeries in adolescents are exceedingly rare, surgeons said, but top surgeries are becoming more common.” While there “are no official statistics on how many minors receive top surgeries each yea…

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Active Lifestyle During Pregnancy Beneficial To Brains Of Newborns, MRI Study Finds

The Radiology Business Journal (9/26, Pearson) reports, “Mothers-to-be who exercise during the first six months of pregnancy are probably giving their babies a head start in cognitive development, according to a study.” The benefit “comes in the form of g…

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Co-Sleeping With Infants Increases Risk Of Sleep-Related Death

USA Today (9/26) reports, “Co-sleeping beds are not safe, federal authorities say.” Around “3,500 infants die from sleep-related deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics,” and “the risks increase five to 10 times when…

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Pfizer Asks FDA To Expand Bivalent Booster Eligibility To Children Aged 5 To 11

The AP (9/26) reports, “Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to 11.” If the FDA approves, children “would start getting a kid-sized dose of the new omicron-targeted formula when it was t…

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Risk Of Developing T1D Higher For Children With COVID-19 Compared To Other Respiratory Infections

Healio (9/23, Welsh) reported, “Pediatric patients with prior COVID-19 had a higher likelihood of a new-onset type 1 diabetes diagnosis compared with those with other respiratory infections, according to data published in JAMA Network Open.” The researche…

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Children With IEI May Experience More Severe Cases Of COVID-19, Have Higher Mortality Rates

Healio (9/23, Gawel) reported that children with inborn errors of immunity (IEI) “may experience more severe cases of COVID-19 and higher rates of mortality than children who do not have IEI.” This is the conclusion researchers came to after conducting a…

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Compared To Boys, Girls May Face Higher Rate Of T1D-Related Complications, Poor Outcomes, Systematic Review Indicates

MedPage Today (9/23, Monaco) reported, “Girls may face a higher rate of type 1 diabetes [T1D]-related complications and poor outcomes versus boys,” investigators concluded in a systematic review of “86 observational studies focused on sex differences in p…

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Study Suggests Association Between Suicide Risk, Nightmare Frequency Among Adolescents With MDD

HCPlive (9/23, Grossi) reported researchers have provided “evidence that nightmares occur frequently among adolescent patients with” major depressive disorder (MDD). What’s more, the study revealed a “statistically significant association…between suicid…

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Sen. Schumer Advocates For Funding To Fight Growing Threat To Children Posed By “Rainbow Fentanyl”

The Staten Island (NY) Advance (9/25, Ostapiuk) reports, “Sen. Chuck Schumer called for $290 million in funding to combat a deadly surge of ‘rainbow fentanyl’ – pills designed to look like candy that officials are concerned could have a devastating impact…

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Moderna Seeks FDA Authorization For Omicron-Targeted COVID-19 Shot For Adolescents, Younger Kids

Reuters (9/23, Roy) reported that Moderna “said on Friday it has requested U.S. authorization for use of its Omicron-targeting COVID vaccine in adolescents and children.” The biotech “is seeking emergency use authorization of its updated vaccine in two ag…

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Health Officials Say 4.4M Americans Received Updated COVID-19 Booster Shot

The AP (9/23, Johnson) reports, “U.S. health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 booster shot.” But “health experts said it is too early to predict whether demand would match up with the 171 million do…

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Low-Field MRI Showed Persistent Pulmonary Dysfunction In Children Who Either Recovered From SARS-CoV-2 Infection Or Had Long COVID, Study Shows

MedPage Today (9/22, Hein) reports, “Low-field MRI showed persistent pulmonary dysfunction in children and adolescents who either recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection or had long COVID, a small study showed.” The findings were published in Radiology.

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Visits From Community Health Worker Were Associated With Improved Medication Adherence, Inhaler Technique Among Urban Children With Asthma, Study Finds

Healio (9/22, Gawel) reports, “Visits from a community health worker were associated with improved medication adherence and inhaler technique among urban children with asthma, according to a study.” But, “changes in health care policy are needed to suppor…

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Health Group Urges Parents To Seek Medical Advice Before Giving Melatonin, Other Supplements To Children

MedPage Today (9/22, George) reports the American Academy of Sleep Medicine on Wednesday issued a health advisory (PDF) “encouraging parents to seek medical advice before giving melatonin or any supplement to children.” The advisory comes after a CDC repo…

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Postpartum Depressive Mood May Be Correlated To Infant Speech Development, Research Shows

MedPage Today (9/22, Lopilato) reports, “Postpartum depressed mood in mothers appears to be correlated with infant speech perception trajectories,” researchers concluded in a cohort study of 46 mothers showing that “depressed subclinical postpartum mood…..

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Black And Hispanic Children Disproportionately Suffer From Asthma, And Experts Say Climate Change Will Make The Situation Worse

USA Today (9/22) reports, “Black and Hispanic kids disproportionately suffer from asthma,” and “as climate change creates record-breaking temperatures that plague the nation, experts warn of disparate, worsening asthma and breathing conditions among child…

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New York City To End COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate For Private Employers, After-School Activities, Mayor Announces

The New York Times (9/20, Otterman, Fitzsimmons) reports “New York City will no longer mandate that private employers require all of their workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and children will no longer have to be vaccinated in order to participate in…

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FDA Approves Sodium Thiosulfate For Reducing Cisplatin-Associated Ototoxicity Risk In Pediatric Patients With Solid Tumors

OncLive (9/20, Rosa) reports the FDA has cleared “sodium thiosulfate (Pedmark) to reduce the risk of ototoxicity associated with cisplatin in pediatric patients aged 1 month and older with localized, nonmetastatic solid tumors.” Trial data “showed that th…

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Maternal Depressive Symptoms Associated With Rise In Unhealthy Adolescent Behaviors, Study Finds

MedPage Today (9/21, Lopilato) reports, “Maternal depressive symptoms were associated with an increase in the number of unhealthy adolescent behaviors,” according to findings from a 15-year longitudinal study published in Pediatrics. Of 213 participants,…

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Exposure To Prenatal, Postnatal Antibiotics Appears Tied To Risks For Allergic Diseases In Infants, Study Suggests

Healio (9/20, Hornick) reports “exposure to prenatal and postnatal antibiotics appeared associated with risks for development of allergic diseases in infants, according to” an “observational study” that “examined data from 1,387 mother-child pairs from th…

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HHS Awards $3M In Grants For Black Youth Mental Health Initiative

Bloomberg Law (9/20, Subscription Publication) reports, “The Office of Minority Health has awarded more than $3 million in grants to eight organizations as part of a three-year initiative surrounding Black youth mental health policies, the Department of H…

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Too Few Children In US With Sickle Cell Anemia Receive Screening, Treatment, CDC Study Says

The AP (9/20, Stobbe) reports, “Too few U.S. kids with sickle cell anemia get a needed screening for stroke, according to a study” published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study “found 47% of children aged 2-9 years and 38% of tho…

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FDA Warns Young People Against Online Trend That Challenges People To Cook With Over-The-Counter Drugs

The Hill (9/19, Choi) reports that the FDA “is warning young people against engaging in an online trend that challenges people to cook with over-the-counter drugs, saying there are ‘significant risks’ in using these medications incorrectly.” In a consumer…

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About Four In Five Pregnancy-Related Deaths In US From 2017 To 2019 Were Preventable, CDC Data Show

USA Today (9/19, Hassanein) reports “a staggering number of maternal deaths in the United States were found to be preventable, according to” a CDC report that found “more than 80%, or roughly 4 in 5 maternal deaths” from 2017 to 2019, “were due to prevent…

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Early Use Of Oseltamivir In Children Hospitalized With Influenza Tied To Improved Outcomes, Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (9/19, Hein) reports, “Early use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in children hospitalized with influenza was associated with better outcomes, according to a multicenter propensity score-weighted analysis.” Among the “over 55,000 children, treatment…

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Study Explores Effectiveness Of Umbilical Cord Milking For Non-Vigorous Infants

HealthDay (9/19, Munez) reports a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology “found that non-vigorous infants who received umbilical cord milking were less likely than those getting standard care to need heart and respiratory sup…

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Nearly 10% Of Americans Suffer From Depression, Data Indicate

HealthDay (9/19, Reinberg) reports, “Nearly 10% of Americans suffer from depression, with the mood disorder increasing fastest among teens and young adults,” researchers concluded after examining data drawn from the 2015-2020 National Survey on Drug Use a…

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History Of Evictions Tied To Increased Odds Of Child Fair Or Poor Health, Developmental Risk, Hospital Admission From The ED, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/19) reports, “A history of evictions is associated with increased odds of child fair or poor health, developmental risk, and hospital admission from the emergency department, according to a study” in which researchers “used cross-sectional su…

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FDA Warns About Risks Posed By Nicotine Gummies To Children

CNN (9/16, Christensen) reported the FDA “has been warning parents to keep an eye out for products that may look like typical candy but are actually nicotine-based” gummies, and “says they could be very dangerous for children.” FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Demand Still Lacking In US For Children Under Five

The Washington Post (9/18, A1, Malhi) reports that in June, when the FDA “authorized emergency use of coronavirus vaccines for children younger than 5, physicians expected apprehension among parents;” however, physicians “and public health experts never e…

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Most Children With Bell’s Palsy Can Recover Without Treatment, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/16, Munez) reported, “While adults typically need steroid medication to treat Bell’s palsy, most children can recover without treatment,” investigators concluded in a “randomized controlled trial held in 11 emergency departments in Australia…

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CDC Finds No Evidence Of Unusual Uptick In Brain-Related Complications Of Bacterial Infection Among Children In US In Past Few Years

MedPage Today (9/16, Lopilato) said a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “found no evidence for any unusual uptick in brain-related complications of bacterial infection among children across the country recently.” The report found “hospitalization…

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Dupilumab Improves Signs, Symptoms Of Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Quality Of Life Among Patients Aged Six Months To Younger Than Six Years, Study Finds

Healio (9/16, Gawel) reported, “Dupilumab significantly improved the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis as well as quality of life among patients aged 6 months to younger than 6 years, according to a study.” Furthermore, “the monoc…

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Reducing Access To Sugar-Sweetened Beverages In The Home Vs In Schools More Effective At Curbing Children’s Intake, Study Finds

Healio (9/16, Weldon) reported, “Reducing access to sugar-sweetened beverages at home is more effective at curbing children’s intake of the sugary drinks than reducing access to them in schools, according to a study” in which investigators “developed an a…

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Children In Year 2 Of Kindergarten With Overweight Or Obesity May Be Twice As Likely To Have Poor School Readiness, Study Indicates

Healio (9/15, Ellis) reports, “Among a group of Canadian children in year 2 of kindergarten, those with overweight or obesity were twice as likely to be unready for school as their peers with normal weight,” investigators concluded in a study that include…

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Study Finds High Prevalence Of Allergic Sensitization To Other Legumes In Children With Peanut Allergies

HCPlive (9/15, Smith) reports that “there is a high prevalence of allergic sensitization to other legumes in children with peanut allergies,” according to a study of 195 “participants from France’s Nancy University Hospital in the Pediatric Allergy Depart…

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California Governor Signs Bill To Adopt New Approach To Protecting Children Online

The New York Times (9/15, Singer) reports, “California will adopt a broad new approach to protecting children online after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Thursday that could transform how many social networks, games and other services treat minors.” T…

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Low Carbohydrate-High Protein And Fat, High Carbohydrate-Low Protein And Fat Maternal Diets Tied To Higher Risk For Allergic Diseases In Infants, Study Finds

Healio (9/15, Hornick) reports “a higher risk for allergic diseases in infants correlated with both low carbohydrate-high protein and fat and high carbohydrate-low protein and fat maternal diets, according to” a “prospective cohort study” of “1,636 mother…

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Years Of Life Lost To Unintentional Overdose Rose Among Adolescents In 2020, Researchers Say

Healio (9/15, Downey) reports, “Mortality due to overdose reached an all-time high among adolescents aged 10 to 19 years in 2020 amid the pandemic, researchers reported” after quantifying “the impact of overdose mortality among adolescents from 2016 to 20…

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Privacy Concerns Rising Over Storage, Use Of Samples From Routine Newborn Blood Tests

Kaiser Health News (9/14, Andrews) reports routine heel-stick tests in newborns for “life-threatening genetic and metabolic problems” are “considered such a crucial public health measure that states typically require it and parents aren’t asked for their…

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Pure Fruit Juice Consumption Tied To Asthma Prevalence At Age 11 Years, But Not At Later Ages, Data Show

Healio (9/14, Welsh) reports, “Pure fruit juice consumption was associated with asthma prevalence at age 11 years, but not at later ages or with overall asthma prevalence from age 11 to 20 years, according to data” from the “Dutch Prevention and Incidence…

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California, New York Working To Restrict Sale Of Non-Prescription Diet Pills To Minors

Kaiser Health News (9/14, Udesky) reports, “California and New York are on the cusp of going further than the FDA in restricting the sale of non-prescription diet pills to minors as pediatricians and public health advocates try to protect kids from extrem…

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USDA To Provide Nearly $2B In Additional Funding For Food Banks, Schools Amid Rising Hunger

The Washington Post (9/14, Reiley) reports, “The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Wednesday that it is providing close to $2 billion in additional funding to food banks and school meal programs for purchasing American-grown foods.” This “announcement…

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Healthcare Organizations Ask Senate To Solidify Expanded Telehealth Access For Next Two Years

mHealth Intelligence (9/14, Melchionna) reports, “Signed by 375 stakeholders and co-led by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and its advocacy arm ATA Action, a letter [PDF] to the US Senate asks that expanded telehealth access be solidified for…

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Children With T1D Appear To Have Elevated Risks For Developing Depression, Anxiety, And Stress-Related Disorders, Researchers Say

Healio (9/14, Ellis) reports, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] have elevated risks for developing depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders,” and “shared familial factors may contribute to these heightened risks,” researchers concluded in a stu…

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History Of Migraine Headaches May Increase Risk For Pregnancy Complications, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/13, Munez) reports, “A history of migraine headaches could make a woman more prone to pregnancy complications, such as issues with blood pressure or preterm birth, according to a…study” that “used information from a U.S. National Institutes…

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Number Of Infections In First Year Of Life Tied To Childhood Obesity, Stronger Risk Factor Than Antibiotic Use, Analysis Finds

Healio (9/13, Ellis) reports, “The number of infections in the first year of life was significantly associated with childhood obesity and was a stronger risk factor than antibiotic use, according to study data.” Researchers wrote, “In particular, a greate…

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Study Finds Association Between Maternal Infection During Pregnancy And Children’s Diagnoses Of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability Not Causal

Healio (9/13, VanDewater) reports, “The association between maternal infection during pregnancy and children’s diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability was not causal, according to a Swedish register-based cohort study.” One resea…

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Findings Support Transport Response To Help Newborns Get Back To Sleep, Researchers Say

USA Today (9/13, Mendoza) reports “researchers say they have figured out – scientifically – the best way to get a newborn back in their crib, and it involves moving around.” These findings “suggest the best method is to hold a crying baby and walk with th…

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USPSTF Says Evidence Lacking For Screening Asymptomatic Children, Adolescents For Type 2 Diabetes And Prediabetes

Reuters (9/13, Steenhuysen) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “found a lack of evidence for” the screening of “asymptomatic children and adolescents for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes,” even “as the proportion of U.S. youths with typ…

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US Retailers Limit Infant Formula Purchases As Shortage Continues

The New York Times (9/12, Creswell, Corkery) reports retailers across the US are limiting the number of containers of infant formula that can be bought at once as formula remains in short supply and “many large retailers remain out of stock of popular bra…

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Increased Burden Of Youth-Onset T2D During COVID-19 Pandemic Appears To Have Led To Increased Strain On Clinicians, Children, And Families, Researchers Say

Healio (9/12, Welsh) reports, “Increased burden of youth-onset type 2 diabetes [T2D] during the COVID-19 pandemic led to increased strain on pediatric diabetes healthcare providers, children and families,” researchers concluded in a “multicenter, hospital…

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Nonpharmacological Interventions Focused On Earlier Sleep Schedules May Improve Sleep Duration In Children, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Suggest

HCPlive (9/12, Grossi) reports “nonpharmacological sleep interventions that focused on earlier sleep schedules can serve as a ‘simple, pragmatic, effective way to meaningfully increase sleep duration that could have important benefits for child health,’”…

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Health Officials Warn Of Uptick In Activity Of Enterovirus EV-D68 In Children

STAT (9/12, Joseph, Branswell) reports “pediatricians and top health officials are warning about an uptick in activity of” the enterovirus EV-D68 “that in rare cases can cause a polio-like syndrome in young children.” Though the virus typically causes col…

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Children Exposed To Cannabis In Utero May Be More Likely To Develop Mental Health Problems In Early Adolescence, Analysis Suggests

NBC News (9/12, Carroll) reports “children whose mothers used cannabis after the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy may be more likely to develop mental health problems in early adolescence,” according to “an analysis of data from more than 10,000 children…

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Report Identifies Increases In Most Insurance Claims Related To Mental Health Among Children During Pandemic

The Hill (9/12, Hou) says, “Mental health in children and teenagers has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic,” and now, a “report from Clarify Health” of “data covering 2016 through 2021 for mental health related insurance claims for children ages 1 t…

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NIH Begins Enrollment For Late-Stage Study Of Siga Technologies’ Antiviral Against Monkeypox

Reuters (9/9, Mahobe) reported the NIH “said on Friday it had started enrolling [patients with monkeypox] in a late-stage study testing Siga Technologies Inc’s antiviral pill Tpoxx [tecovirimat] against the disease.” The agency “aims to enroll more than 5…

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation To Investigational Maternal Vaccine For GBS Prevention In Infants

Infectious Disease Advisor (9/9, Park) reported the FDA “has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to an investigational Group B Streptococcus (GBS) vaccine candidate, GBS6 (hexavalent anti capsular polysaccharide/cross reactive material 197 glycoconju…

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After Summer Launch Of 988 Suicide And Crisis Lifeline Number, Calls To The Lifeline Increased 45% Compared With The Same Time Last Year, HHS Data Reveal

CNN (9/9, Howard) reported, “After the summer launch of the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number, calls to the lifeline increased 45% compared with the same time last year, and the majority of those calls were connected to a counselor, according to…

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Fluticasone Propionate Treatment For 12 Weeks Tied To Modest Improvement In Lung Function Among Preterm-Born Children, Trial Finds

Healio (9/9, Welsh) reported, “Among preterm-born children, treatment with fluticasone propionate for 12 weeks led to a modest improvement in lung function, researchers reported” in a “double-blind, randomized trial that enrolled 170 children at age 6 to…

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Children Who Walk, Bike To School More Likely To Continue “Active Commuting” Years Later, Research Suggests

HealthDay (9/9, Murphy) reported, “Kids who walk, skateboard or ride their bikes to school when they are young are more likely to keep it up as they get older, reaping the health benefits…research suggests.” Investigators “found that kids are much more…

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Methotrexate May Be Efficacious Primary Maintenance Therapy For Children Newly Diagnosed With Mild To Moderate Crohn’s Disease, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (9/8, Martinez) reports, “Methotrexate is an efficacious primary maintenance therapy for children newly diagnosed with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease [CD],” investigators concluded in a 65-patient, “single-center, retrospective…

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Adjunctive Treatment With Mepolizumab Tied To Reduced Exacerbations In Urban Children And Adolescents With Exacerbation-Prone Eosinophilic Asthma, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (9/8, Jacobs) reports, “In urban children and adolescents with exacerbation-prone eosinophilic asthma, adjunctive treatment with mepolizumab is associated with reduced exacerbations but does not affect other disease outcomes, according…

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Rapid Weight Gain During Infancy, High Maternal Prepregnancy BMI Tied To Increased Odds For Overweight, Obesity In Five-Year-Old Children, Data Indicate

Healio (9/8, Monostra) reports, “Rapid weight gain at age zero to six months and high maternal prepregnancy BMI are associated with increased odds for higher waist-to-height ratio, overweight and obesity in children age five years,” investigators conclude…

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Children Of Women With Gestational Diabetes, Pregestational Obesity More Likely To Develop AD/HD Than Offspring Of Women With Normal Weight, Research Suggests

Healio (9/8, Monostra) reports, “Children of women with gestational diabetes and pregestational obesity are more likely to develop” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “than offspring of women with normal weight,” researchers concluded after…

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HHS Extends Medicaid, CHIP Postpartum Coverage In Indiana, West Virginia

Bloomberg Law (9/8, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “has approved the extension of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for 12 months after pregnancy in Indiana and West Virginia.” The “extension means that now annually up to 15…

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Adolescents Who Changed Consumption Of Specific Ultra-Processed Foods During Pandemic More Likely To Increase Consumption Of Other Ultra-Processed Foods, Study Finds

Healio (9/8, Schaffer) reports, “Adolescents who ate more candy, pastries and frozen desserts during the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to increase consumption of other ultra-processed foods compared with teens reporting eating fewer ultra-processed f…

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Children Of Women Who Take High Doses Of Fish Oil, Vitamin D Supplements During Pregnancy Have Lower Risk Of Croup, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/7, Mann) reports a study “has discovered that when women took high doses of fish oil and vitamin D supplements during pregnancy, their babies had around a 40% lower risk of developing croup.” According to the findings presented at the ERS Int…

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Head Start Centers Still Mandating Masking Rules For Teachers, Children

The New York Times (9/7, Goldstein) reports that “in one of the few education programs the federal government directly oversees – Head Start preschools and child care centers for low-income families – mandatory masking rules are still on the books for tea…

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Likelihood Of Being Up-To-Date On Vaccinations Greater Among First-Born Children, Research Finds

HealthDay (9/7) reports, “First-born children are more likely to be up-to-date (UTD) on vaccinations, according to a research brief” using “2016 to 2019 National Immunization Survey-Child data (62,343 participants).” The researchers, “after adjusting for…

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Fluctuations In Stress During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Negative Emotions In Infants, Survey Study Suggests

CNN (9/7, Marples) reports a study “found babies of moms who experienced more fluctuations in stress during pregnancy showed more fear, sadness and distress at 3 months than those of moms who were less stressed.” Also, “women with higher fluctuations were…

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More Infants Exposed In Utero To Strong Agonists, Opioids With Long Half-Lives Develop Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome, Study Finds

Healio (9/7, VanDewater) reports “more infants who were exposed to strong agonists and opioids with long half-lives developed neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome [NOWS] compared with those not exposed,” according to a study in which researchers “aimed to…

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FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance On Clinical Pharmacology Considerations For Pediatric Drug, Biologic Studies

Bloomberg Law (9/7, Baumann, Subscription Publication) reports revised draft guidance issued by the FDA on Wednesday “on pediatric clinical trials aims to tackle the lack of adequate information on how well drugs work in kids.” The draft guidance targets…

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High Levels Of Air Pollution During First Six Months Of Life May Affect Changes In Babies’ Gut Microbiome, Study Suggests

HealthDay (9/7, Munez) reports “high levels of air pollution during the first six months of life could affect the colonies of bacteria in babies’ guts, increasing their risk for allergies, obesity, diabetes and issues with brain development, according to”…

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Splash Pads For Children At Water Parks Offer Less Risk For Drowning But Tied To Increased Risk For Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreaks, Data Show

Healio (9/2, Dowd) reported, “Splash pads for children at water parks offer less risk for drowning, but inadequate disinfection and poor toileting/hygiene skills create a hub for gastrointestinal illness outbreaks, noted data” in the CDC’s Morbidity and M…

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Experts Predict Autumn Surge In COVID-19 Cases Will Not Be As Bad As Prior Years

The Washington Post (9/3, A1, Achenbach, Sun) reported “infectious-disease experts are guardedly optimistic that the spread of COVID-19 this autumn and winter won’t be as brutal as in the previous two years of the pandemic.” Modeling of “coronavirus scena…

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Mothers Enrolled In WIC Program May Experience Improved Birth Outcomes, Lower Risk Of Infant Mortality, Systematic Review Suggests

MedPage Today (9/5, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Mothers enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may experience improved birth outcomes and a lower risk of infant mortality, according to a systematic review.”…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbated Mental Health Crisis Among US Children

CBS News (9/4, Alfonsi) reported US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy “has called it an ‘urgent public health crisis’ – a devastating decline in the mental health of kids across the country.” And “according to the CDC, the rates of suicide, self-harm, anxi…

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Up To 9% Of US Teens Say They Have Engaged In “Digital Self-Harm,” Survey Study Reveals

HealthDay (9/2, Mozes) reported, “Up to 9% of American teens say they’ve engaged in what’s known as ‘digital self-harm,’” that is, “anonymously posting negative comments about themselves on social media,” researchers concluded after examining “survey resp…

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States Increasingly Expanding Medicaid Coverage For New Mothers

The AP (9/5, Murphy) reports states across the US “are making it easier for new moms to keep Medicaid in the year after childbirth;” however, “tight government budgets and the program’s low reimbursement may ultimately limit this push or make it hard for…

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Teens Of Parents Who Smoke More Likely To Vape, Try Traditional Cigarettes, Study Finds

HealthDay (9/5, Munez) reports, “Parents who smoke should know that their kids are more likely to vape and try smoking,” according “to a large study out of Ireland.” This study found that “those teens were 55% more likely to try e-cigarettes than those of…

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Women Giving Birth For First Time May Have Higher Odds Of Developing Gestational Diabetes If They Have High Polygenic Risk Score, Low Physical Activity, Researchers Say

Clinical Endocrinology News (9/1, Frellick) reports, “Women giving birth for the first time have significantly higher odds of developing gestational diabetes if they have a high polygenic risk score…and low physical activity,” researchers concluded in t…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The Washington Post (9/1, A1, Sun) reports the CDC on Thursday “recommended…that millions of eligible Americans, including those as young as 12, get an updated Omicron-targeting booster shot to bolster defenses against serious illness and death during a…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout For Children Under Five Years Off To Slow Start

Politico (9/1, Doherty) reports, “Ten weeks after the FDA and CDC opened the door for children under 5 years old to receive COVID-19 vaccines, the national drive to get the youngest children protected is off to an underwhelming and uneven start.” Just ove…

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Heterozygous Germline Pathogenic Variants In BRCA1/2 And Mismatch Repair Genes Contribute To Cancer Risk In Children And Adolescents, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (9/1, Clancy) reports, “Heterozygous germline pathogenic variants…in BRCA1/2 and mismatch repair…genes contribute to cancer risk in children and adolescents, but with a reduced penetrance compared with that in adults, a new stud…

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HHS Awards $40.2 Million In Youth Mental Health Grants, Allots $47.6 Million For New School-Based Mental Health Grants

According to Bloomberg Law (9/1, Subscription Publication), on Sept. 1, HHS announced that it has “awarded $40.2 million in youth mental health grants in August and has allotted $47.6 million for new school-based mental health grants.” Included in the $40…

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Compared To Healthy Controls, Pediatric Patients With AD/HD Appear Not To Suffer From Dual-Task Performance Deficits For Walking, Texting, Small Study Suggests

HCPlive (9/1, Walter) reports research indicates that “pediatric patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) appear not to “suffer from dual-task performance deficits for functions like walking and texting compared to a healthy control…

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FDA Authorizes Updated Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The Washington Post (8/31, McGinley) reports, “New Omicron-targeting coronavirus booster shots are poised for rollout after being authorized Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration – a move designed to improve protection against severe illness and d…

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Antiretroviral Therapy With Twice-Daily Dolutegravir Coadministered With Rifampicin Safe, Effective In Children With HIV-Associated TB, Study Demonstrates

Infectious Disease Advisor (8/31, Paridon) reports “antiretroviral therapy with twice-daily dolutegravir coadministered with rifampicin was found to be safe and overcame the enzyme-inducing effects of rifampicin in children with HIV-associated tuberculosi…

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Abusive Head Trauma In Infants Nearly Doubled In Paris Metropolitan Area During Second Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (8/31, Hein) reports, “Abusive head trauma in infants nearly doubled in the Paris metropolitan area during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers reported.” Although “cases of abusive head trauma were stable in 2020 compared w…

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Children Born Before 39 Weeks More Likely To Experience Symptoms Related To AD/HD, Data Show

Healio (8/31, Weldon) reports “children born before 39 weeks are more likely to experience symptoms related to” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), according to data from “an analysis of 1,400 children included in the…Fragile Families and…

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Biden Administration Announces Proposal To Streamline Medicaid, CHIP Applications

USA Today (8/31, Lee) reports HHS “aims to make enrolling in government health care programs easier for low-income kids,” people with disabilities, “and older adults by cutting red tape, according to a proposal announced Wednesday.” This proposed rule “ta…

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Teens Who Engage In More Physical Activity May Be More Likely To Use Vaping Products, Research Suggests

HealthDay (8/31, Murphy) reports “research suggests that teens who engage in more physical activity may vape more frequently than their less active peers.” In the study published in Tobacco Use Insights, “when compared to their less active peers,” high sc…

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Pregnant Women Commonly Exposed To Toxic Chemicals Including Melamine, Cyanuric Acid, And Aromatic Amines, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/30, Reinberg) reports, “Pregnant women are exposed to toxic chemicals in dishware, hair coloring, plastics and pesticides that can heighten their risk of cancer and harm child development, a…study warns.” According to the findings published…

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DEA Issues Advisory Over “Emerging Trend” Of “Brightly-Colored” Fentanyl Pills Targeting Youth

CBS News (8/30) reports, “The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an advisory Tuesday about an ‘emerging trend’ of ‘brightly-colored’ fentanyl pills being used to lure children and young people.” The so-called “‘rainbow fentanyl’ has been seized by law…

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HHS Announces More Than $20M To Reduce Disparities In Maternal, Birth Outcomes

Healthcare Finance News (8/30, Morse) reports HHS, “through the Health Resources and Services Administration, has announced investments of more than $20 million to reduce disparities in maternal and birth outcomes.” This “funding will help expand and dive…

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Amoxicillin More Effective Than Other Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics In Treating Children With Uncomplicated Acute Otitis Media, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (8/30, Lopez) reports, “Amoxicillin resulted in the lowest rates of both treatment failure and reinfection compared with other broad-spectrum antibiotics in children with uncomplicated acute otitis media (AOM), supporting its co…

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SARS-CoV-2 Detection In Nasal Swabs Self-Collected By School-Aged Children, Adolescents Appears Effective, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/30) reports, “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) detection in nasal swabs that are self-collected by school-aged children and adolescents shows high agreement with results collected by health care workers, according…

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Gen Z, Millennial Women About Twice As Likely To Develop Hypertensive Disorders Of Pregnancy, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/29, Reinberg) reports, “Gen Zers and millennials are about twice as likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy than women from the baby boom generation were, a…study finds.” This study, “which included data from more than 38 mil…

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Study Identifies Factors That Predict Lower FEV1 Over Time Among Children With Asthma

Healio (8/29, Gawel) reports, “Obesity, fractional exhaled nitric oxide and maximum bronchodilator reversibility were among the factors that precited lower FEV1 over time among children with asthma, according to a study.” Furthermore, “boys with recurrent…

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Six Pediatric Surgical Procedures Account For Most Postoperative Hospital, ED Visits, Research Finds

HealthDay (8/29) reports “six pediatric surgical procedures account for most postoperative hospital and emergency department [ED] visits, according to a research letter published in” JAMA. The findings showed that “the highest number of revisits occurred…

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Social, Economic And Environmental Factors At Individual, Neighborhood Levels Mediate Racial Disparities In Asthma-Related Pediatric ED Visits, Study Shows

Healio (8/29, Gawel) reports, “Social, economic and environmental factors at individual and neighborhood levels mediated racial disparities in pediatric visits to the ED related to asthma, according to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clini…

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Compared With Higher Glycemic Criteria For Diagnosis Of Gestational Diabetes, Lower Criteria May Not Reduce Risks For Women Giving Birth To A Large For Gestational Age Infant Or Other Infant Or Maternal Complications, Research Suggests

Healio (8/29, Ellis) reports, “Compared with higher glycemic criteria for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes, lower criteria did not reduce risks for women giving birth to a large for gestational age infant or other infant or maternal complications,” i…

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Pediatric Battery-Related ED Visits Increased From 2010 To 2019, Report Shows

The New York Times (8/29, Pearson) says that according a report published in Pediatrics, “there were more than twice the number of pediatric battery-related visits to the emergency department [ED] from 2010 to 2019 compared with 1990 to 2009 – a majority…

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Federal Website To Suspend Taking Orders For Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Biden Administration Announces

USA Today (8/26, Groppe) reported that beginning this week, “the Biden administration will suspend taking orders for free at-home COVID-19 tests because of limited supply, USA TODAY has learned.” USA Today added, “As of Sept. 2, free tests will no longer…

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EPA To Designate PFAS As Hazardous Substances

The New York Times (8/26, Friedman) reported, “The Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it will designate the two most commonly detected toxic ‘forever chemicals,’ which have been linked to cancer and have been found in everything from drinking…

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Abbott Set To Resume Production Of Similac Infant Formula

The New York Times (8/27, Oxenden) reported, “Abbott Nutrition, which shut down a plant in Michigan in February amid contamination concerns, triggering a national shortage of baby formula, said on Friday that it was set to resume making its leading formul…

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Breastfeeding May Deliver Long-Term Heart Benefits To Both Mother, Child, Group Says

HealthDay (8/26, Murphy) reported, “Breastfeeding can deliver long-term heart benefits to both mother and child, a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) says.” Researchers “discovered recently that women who breastfed at least once durin…

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Experts, Researchers Increasingly Recommend DBT For Treatment Of Teens At Risk Of Self Harm

The New York Times (8/27, Richtel) reported, “Health experts and researchers increasingly point to dialectical behavior therapy, or D.B.T., as an effective treatment” for “teenagers at acute risk for self-harm and suicide.” Compared to cognitive behaviora…

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Simultaneous Use Of Multiple Heavy-Duty Psychiatric Medications Among Adolescents Appears Common

The New York Times (8/27, A1, Richtel, Flanagan) reported on the common medical practice of “the simultaneous use of multiple heavy-duty psychiatric” medications among adolescents. While “psychiatrists and other clinicians emphasize that psychiatric” medi…

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Questions Remain Over Fall Rollout Of Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The AP (8/25, Neergaard) reports COVID-19 vaccine boosters updated “to better match today’s Omicron threat are expected to roll out in a few weeks but still up in the air is how much benefit the booster shots will offer, who should get one – and how soon….

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Steadily Rose In Children Under Five Over Summer, CDC Data Show

USA Today (8/25, Rodriguez) reports this “summer saw [COVID-19] hospitalizations steadily climb in” children younger than five years, “and health experts worry the trend will continue as children return to school and day care facilities,” and as “pediatri…

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Investigators Identify White Matter Patterns, How They Impact Cognitive And Behavioral Trajectory Of Pediatric Patients With, Without AD/HD

HCPlive (8/24, Walter) reported, “Investigators have deciphered white matter patterns and how they impact the cognitive and behavioral trajectory of patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD].” For the study published online Aug. 24 in…

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Lower Maternal Pregnancy BMI, Intrapartum Antibiotic Treatment Appear To Increase Risk Of Allergic Sensitization In Children, Trial Suggests

HCPlive (8/25, Smith) reports “lower maternal pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and intrapartum antibiotic treatment have both been shown to increase risk of allergic sensitization in children, according to” a “nested case-control trial…based on 3 ongoing…

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Legalization Of Non-Medical Cannabis Tied To Increase In Cannabis Poisoning Among Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/25, Lopilato) reports, “Legalization of non-medical cannabis was associated with an increase in cannabis poisoning among children, especially after legalization of edible tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, a Canadian population-based st…

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OHCA Extremely Infrequent Among Pregnant And Postpartum Women And Often Occurs In Absence Of CV Risk Factors, Known Heart Disease, Researchers Say

TCTMD (8/24, Cox) reports, “Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is extremely infrequent among pregnant and postpartum women and often occurs in the absence of CV risk factors and known heart disease,” researchers concluded in a research letter published…

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FDA Clears Use Of Device For In-Office Ear Tube Procedures For Children Aged Six Months And Older

Healio (8/24, Weldon) reports, “The FDA recently cleared the use of Preceptis Medical’s Hummingbird Tympanostomy Tube System, a device for in-office ear tube procedures, for children aged 6 months and older.” The device “is marketed as eliminating any nee…

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Use Of Biologics To Treat Atopic Disease Before, During Pregnancy Does Not Appear To Negatively Affect Maternal Or Fetal Outcomes, Review Suggests

Healio (8/24, Gawel) reports, “The use of biologics to treat atopic disease before and during pregnancy does not seem to negatively affect maternal or fetal outcomes, according to a review” of “two cohort studies and 23 case reports or series.” The “indic…

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Virtual Educational Camp Helped Kids With T1D Get The Most Out Of Their Closed-Loop Glucose Control System, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (8/24, Monaco) reports, “A virtual educational camp helped kids with type 1 diabetes [T1D] get the most out of their closed-loop glucose control system,” researchers concluded. The study revealed that “among 43 children and teens who were us…

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Insufficient Sleep May Increase Risk For Overweight Or Obesity, Other Health Concerns Among Adolescents And Teens, Research Suggests

HealthDay (8/24, Murez) reports “research suggests that not getting enough sleep may doom adolescents and teens to obesity and poorer health as they enter adulthood.” Those “who slept less than eight hours a night were more likely to” have overweight or o…

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About 15M Medicaid Enrollees May Lose Coverage Once COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends, HHS Says

Healthcare Dive (8/23, Kelly) reports, “About 17% of enrollees in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or 15 million people, could lose their coverage when states resume regular eligibility checks once the COVID-19 public health emergency…

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CDC Issues Recommendations For Schools, Child Care Centers To Curb Monkeypox Spread

CBS News (8/23, Tin) reports, “Schools and child care centers generally do not need to take extra steps to curb the spread of monkeypox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says,” and “advises that they can rely on ‘their everyday operational g…

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Biden Administration Planning To Extend Infant Formula Waivers Through Year End

Reuters (8/23, Alper, Roy) reports “the Biden administration will extend through year end waivers that make it easier for low-income families to access baby formula through” the WIC program, “the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to announce on…

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Certain Breakfast Behaviors Tied To Psychosocial Health Problems In Children, Teens, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/23, Monaco) reports, “Certain breakfast behaviors were linked with psychosocial health problems in children and teens, a Spanish study found.” Youth “between the ages of 4 and 14 who regularly skipped breakfast had a more than three times…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 73% Effective In Children Younger Than Five Years During Omicron Surge, Analysis Suggests

The AP (8/23, Cappelletti, White) reports, “Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was 73% effective in protecting children younger than 5 as Omicron spread in the spring, the company announced Tuesday.” This updated analysis of “COVID-19 diagnoses between March and J…

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CDC Recommends Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Adolescents Aged 12 Through 17

Reuters (8/22, Khandekar) reports that on Monday, the CDC “signed off on the use of Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 through 17,” following the FDA’s “authorization for the vaccine for the age group last week.” The company’s “protein…

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Infants Exposed To Acid Suppressant Medications May Face Greater Risk For Recurrent Wheeze, Asthma In Early Childhood, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (8/22, Goldberg) reports, “Infants exposed to acid suppressant medications may face greater risk during early childhood for recurrent wheeze and asthma, but not for allergen sensitization, according to…findings” from “a longitudinal…

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Trial Does Not Support Cutting Antenatal Betamethasone Dose In Half To Treat Respiratory Distress In Very Preterm Infants

MedPage Today (8/22, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Cutting the dose of antenatal betamethasone in half was not equivalent to full-dose antenatal betamethasone when it came to needing to treat respiratory distress in very preterm infants, findings from the randomi…

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Many US Hospitals Do Not Have Enough Human Donor Milk Available For Infants With Very Low Birth Weight, CDC Report Says

MedPage Today (8/22, Lopilato) reports that “many U.S. hospitals did not have human donor milk available for infants with very low birth weight (VLBW) who were not receiving enough mother’s milk, according to” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Repo…

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Decline In Adolescent Mental Health Has Coincided With Teens Spending Growing Amount Of Time Online

The New York Times (8/22, Richtel, Flanagan) reports, “A yearlong series of articles by The Times” has delved into “the major risks to adolescents” that “have shifted sharply in recent decades, from drinking, drugs and teen pregnancy to anxiety, depressio…

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Burden Of Post-Acute Sequelae Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Appears Low Among Children, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (8/22, Hein) reports, “The burden of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), or long COVID, appeared to be low among children, but myocarditis was the most commonly diagnosed PASC-associated condition, according to a large retros…

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Mothers With Family History Of Any Psychiatric Disorder Have Almost Two Times The Risk Of Postpartum Depression, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

MD Edge ObGyn (8/19, Frellick) reported that “mothers who have a family history of any psychiatric disorder have almost two times the risk of postpartum depression as do mothers without such history, according to a” 26-study systematic review and meta-ana…

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New York State Reports First Pediatric Monkeypox Case

CNN (8/21, Beech, Geballe) reports, “A minor in New York state has reportedly contracted monkeypox – a first among children in the state and at least the third reported case of the disease among children in the US.” The patient “lives in New York but not…

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FDA Grants Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization For Adolescents Ages 12 To 17

CNN (8/19, Howard) reported the FDA “authorized Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday for emergency use in adolescents.” Novavax’s protein-based “vaccine was authorized for adults in July,” and with this “latest emergency use authorization, it also will be…

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FDA Warns Nicotine Gummies Can Be Toxic, Deadly For Children Under Six

CBS News (8/19, Gibson) reported, “Nicotine gummies could be toxic and even deadly if consumed by kids under 6, warn federal regulators, who call the fruit-flavored candies a ‘public health crisis just waiting to happen’ among American youth as a new scho…

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Physicians Address Concerns Over Vaccinating Young Children Against COVID-19

MedPage Today (8/19, Firth) reported, “Physicians answered questions from their peers and parents on how to approach concerns around vaccinating the youngest children against COVID-19, during a webinar hosted by the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity P…

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Surgeon General Expresses Concerns About “Unprecedented” Obstacles Facing Young People

According to MedPage Today (8/19, Firth), Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, “the U.S. Surgeon General, said he is gravely concerned about the ‘unprecedented’ obstacles facing young people – from climate change and racism, to the ‘culture of comparison’ embraced by s…

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Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Examine Association Of Universal Ultrasonographic Screening For Neonatal Developmental Dysplasia Of The Hip With Detection, Treatment Rates

MedPage Today (8/18, Lopilato) reports that “universal ultrasonographic screening for” neonatal “developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) was associated with higher rates of early detection and nonoperative treatment, but similar rates of late detection a…

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Including Tandem Mass Spectroscopy In Newborn Screenings May Be Effective In Identifying Adenosine Deaminase Deficiencies, Study Indicates

Healio (8/18, Gawel) reports, “Including tandem mass spectroscopy in newborn screenings to identify adenosine deaminase deficiencies could save lives while adding negligible costs, according to a study” in which researchers highlight three cases in Michig…

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CMS Proposed Rule Would Require Medicaid, CHIP Quality Reporting

Modern Healthcare (8/18, Devereaux, Goldman, Subscription Publication) reports, “States would be required for the first time to report on the quality of healthcare Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries receive under a proposed rul…

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Siblings Of Children With Chronic Health Conditions May Be At Increased Risk For Depression, Researchers Say

Medscape (8/18, Crist, Subscription Publication) reports, “Siblings of children with chronic health conditions could be at an increased risk for depression,” researchers concluded in a 34-study systematic review and meta-analysis, the findings of which we…

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Two Nurse-Led Interventions To Reduce Negative Impacts Of Vaccinations In Children Feasible, May Reduce Needle-Related Fear, Study Suggests

HealthDay (8/18) reports, “Two new nurse-led interventions to reduce negative impacts of vaccinations in children – divided attention (DA) and positive memory reframing (PMR) – were feasible and may reduce needle-related fear, according to a study.” For t…

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People Who Had COVID-19 Continue To Face Increased Risks Of Neurologic, Psychiatric Sequelae Up To Two Years After Infection, Study Shows

MedPage Today (8/17, George) reports, “Up to 2 years after infection, people who had COVID-19 continued to face increased risks of neurologic and psychiatric sequelae compared with people who had other respiratory infections, a retrospective study showed….

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Most Children With Youth-Onset T2D Develop Macro- Or Microvascular Complications Within Decade Of Diagnosis, Data From Two Trials Indicate

Healio (8/17, Monostra) reports, “Most children with youth-onset type 2 diabetes [T2D] develop macrovascular or microvascular complications within a decade of diagnosis, and the risk for beta cell function failure increases over time, according to” findin…

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Study Explores Effects Of Vocabulary Skills, Inhibitory Control On Academic Success In Preschoolers

HealthDay (8/17, Munez) reports, “Kids who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills have a head start on academic success,” according to a “study of nearly 900 4-year-olds and their ability to engage with teachers and peers, as well as th…

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Pandemic Raises Awareness Of Mental Health Crisis Among American Young People

The AP (8/17, Gecker, Lovan) reports, “The pandemic magnified the fragility of mental health among American youth, who had been experiencing a rise in depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for years, experts say,” but the pandemic also “raised awarene…

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Three States Approved By HHS, CMS To Extend Medicaid Postpartum Coverage For 12 Months

HealthPayerIntelligence (8/17, Bailey) reports, “HHS and CMS announced that Hawaii, Maryland, and Ohio have been approved to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage for 12 months after pregnancy, increasing maternal healthcare access for an additional 34,000…

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Using Lower Threshold For Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes In Mothers Does Not Reduce Risk Of Large-For-Gestational-Age Infants, Trial Finds

MedPage Today (8/17, Monaco) reports, “Using a lower threshold for diagnosing gestational diabetes in mothers didn’t reduce the risk of large-for-gestational-age infants, according to the GEMS trial.” After “randomizing over 4,000 pregnant women, 15.3% we…

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US Retailers Say Supplies Of Baby Formula Improving

Reuters (8/16, Marian Rajesh, Sampath Kumar) reports, “Two big U.S. retailers Walmart Inc and Target Corp said on Tuesday that supplies of baby formula were improving, months after the country faced acute shortages that had caused a panic among parents.”…

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Most Parents Of Children Starting CGM Soon After T1D Diagnosis Find Virtual Initiation To Be Convenient, Effective, Researchers Say

Medwire News (8/16, McDermid) reports, “Most parents of children starting continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) soon after their type 1 diabetes [T1D] diagnosis find virtual initiation to be convenient and effective,” researchers concluded in a study using…

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Babies Born Extremely Preterm More Likely To Receive Active Treatment In Recent Years, But Treatment Gaps Exist Among Racial And Ethnic Groups, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/16, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Babies born extremely preterm were more likely to receive active treatment in recent years, but there were gaps in treatment among different racial and ethnic groups, according to a cross-sectional study.” Betwee…

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Elevated Levels Of Lead Exposure May Lead To Lower Test Scores Among Black Students, Study Suggests

NBC News (8/16, Bellamy-Walker) reports a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “found that elevated levels of lead can lead to lower test scores among Black students.” The results, “based on surveys of more than 25,000 fo…

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Children Of Color Face Greater Barriers In Receiving Treatment For Pain

The New York Times (8/16, Peachman) reports, “Pain is subjective, hard to measure and often invisible,” and for “children – even more so than in adults – it is frequently misunderstood, undertreated and dismissed, as research has shown.” However, “in chil…

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Policy Statement Recommends Multifaceted Approach To Promote Helmet Use Among Children, Youth Participating In Recreational Sports

HealthDay (8/15) reports, “A multifaceted approach is recommended to promote helmet use among children and youth participating in recreational sports in order to prevent head injuries, according to a policy statement.” Investigators “discussed the best pr…

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Over 2M Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due To Strangulation Risk

The New York Times (8/15, Rubin) reports, “More than two million infant swings and rockers were recalled Monday for posing a danger of strangulation after a baby died and another was rescued from entanglement.” The United States Consumer Product Safety Co…

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Children With Asthma Not At Higher Risk For SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Severe Illness, Researchers Say

Healio (8/15, Welsh) reports that in a study, “researchers concluded that children with asthma have similar risk…for SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with children without asthma.” One researcher said, “We found no evidence that children with asthma are at…

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Rates Of School Readiness Lower Among Children Born Prematurely Compared To Children Born Full Term, Study Finds

Medscape (8/15, Larkin, Subscription Publication) reports that “among children born prematurely, rates of school readiness were lower in comparison with rates for children born full term, new data indicate.” In a Canadian “study that included more than 60…

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Florida Rule Eliminating Medicaid Coverage For Gender-Affirming Care To Take Effect This Month

The Hill (8/12, Migdon) reported, “Transgender Medicaid recipients in Florida will no longer be able to use Medicaid to cover gender-affirming health care under a new state rule that will take effect later this month.” The new “rule published Wednesday by…

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Taking Part In Certain Sports In High School May Lead To Misuse Of Prescription Stimulants In Young Adulthood, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/15, Reinberg) reports that “taking part in certain sports in high school may lead to misuse of prescription stimulants in the years after graduation,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. This study “reporte…

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Poliovirus Detected In Wastewater Samples In New York City, Officials Announce

The New York Times (8/12, A1, Goldstein, Otterman) reported that “on Friday, New York City health authorities announced that they had found the [poliovirus] in wastewater samples, suggesting polio was probably circulating in the city again.” The New York…

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FDA Approves Roche’s Baloxavir Marboxil To Treat Influenza In Children Aged Five Years And Older

Reuters (8/12, Revill) reported, “Roche has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration for its Xofluza [baloxavir marboxil] drug to treat influenza in children aged five years and older, the drugmaker said on Friday.” The drug “has been…

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Study Examines Impact Of Medicaid Special Enrollment Lottery On Eligible Children In Oregon

HealthDay (8/12, Thompson) reported that “some adults who sign up for Medicaid also bring their unenrolled but eligible kids into the system,” according to a study that found “for every nine adults who gained access to Medicaid in Oregon due to a special…

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Patient-, Provider-Driven Barriers Could Contribute To Racial Disparities In Diabetes Device Use By Children With T1D, Analysis Finds

Healio (8/13, Monostra) reported “multiple patient- and provider-driven barriers may contribute to racial disparities in diabetes device use by children with type 1 diabetes, according to a presenter.” In an analysis of adults’ “perspectives on use of dia…

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Orally Administered Cannabidiol Lowers Anxiety Severity In Adolescents, Young Adults With Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders, Research Suggests

Healio (8/12, Herpen) reported “orally administered cannabidiol reduced anxiety severity in adolescents and young adults with treatment-resistant anxiety disorders, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.” All trial “particip…

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Nearly 30% Of Children Hospitalized For COVID-19 Or MIS-C Had Symptoms More Than A Couple Of Months After Diagnosis, Study Finds

CNN (8/12, Christensen) reported, “Nearly 30% of children who were hospitalized for COVID-19 or MIS-C [multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children], a rare but serious COVID-related condition, had symptoms more than a couple of months after their diagno…

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mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Safe In Pregnancy, Survey Results Show

Bloomberg (8/11, Kresge) reports, “COVID-19 vaccines using messenger RNA technology were safe in pregnancy according to a large Canadian survey, further building the case for pregnant women to get the shots.” The survey results – published in The Lancet I…

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CDC Loosens COVID-19 Recommendations

The Washington Post (8/11, A1, Achenbach, Sun) reports that on Thursday, the CDC “loosened many of its recommendations for battling the coronavirus, a strategic shift that puts more of the onus on individuals, rather than on schools, businesses and other…

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J&J Plans To Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder Products Globally In 2023

The New York Times (8/11, Hsu, Rabin) reports, “Johnson & Johnson will start using cornstarch in all the baby powder it sells around the world, shifting away from the talcum powder that put the popular product at the center of tens of thousands of lawsuit…

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Adolescents, Young Adults With T1D May Have Lower Glucose Levels On Days When They Feel More Engaged With Diabetes Management, Research Suggests

Healio (8/10, Monostra) reports, “Adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes [T1D] had lower glucose levels on days when they reported feeling more engaged with their diabetes management,” investigators concluded in an 88-patient study published on…

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Adolescents With Scoliosis Undergoing Spinal Fusion May Be Prescribed Fewer Opioids, Still Have Adequate Pain Control After Surgery, Study Suggests

HealthDay (8/11, Munez) reports, “Spinal surgery is painful, but fewer addictive opioid painkillers are needed now to help kids and teens manage it, a…study finds.” The researchers found that patients with scoliosis “undergoing spinal fusion can be pres…

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Report Finds 94% Of Manufactured, Homemade Baby Foods Contain Detectable Amounts Of Heavy Metals

CNN (8/11, LaMotte) reports that “making baby food at home with store-bought produce isn’t going to reduce the amount of toxic heavy metals in the food your baby eats, according to a” report by the Healthy Babies, Bright Futures alliance. Investigators “t…

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Rate Of New COVID-19 Cases Declines In US As Deaths Remain High

ABC News (8/10, Mitropoulos) reports, “After several weeks of steady increases in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, there are encouraging signs that the latest viral resurgence may be abating in the United States.” According to CDC data, “the r…

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Traditional, Alternative cART Similarly Effective In Treating Pregnant Women With HIV, Study Shows

Healio (8/10, VanDewater) reports, “Traditional combined antiretroviral therapy – or cART – and alternative cART were similarly effective in treating HIV-infected pregnant women, with similar rates of vertical transmission, according to a study.” In addit…

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London To Offer Polio Vaccine Booster To Children After More Virus Detected In Sewage

The New York Times (8/10, Ward) reports, “Every child in London age 1 to 9 should be offered a booster dose of polio vaccine, the British health authorities said on Wednesday, after traces of the virus turned up in sewage samples across a quarter of the c…

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Nearly Half Of US Teens Report Chronic Online Use, Survey Reveals

The Wall Street Journal (8/10, Donaldson, Subscription Publication) reports that nearly half of teenagers in the US say they are chronically online, according to a survey by Pew Research Center. The survey also found YouTube to be the most popular platfor…

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Day Care Attendance In First Three Years Of Life Tied To Increased Risk For Lung Complications Among Preterm-Born Children With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Study Finds

Healio (8/10, Welsh) reports “day care attendance in the first 3 years of life was linked to increased risk for lung complications among preterm-born children who were diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, according to” a study. In addition, “compare…

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Children Who Report Tobacco Use Have Inferior Cognitive Performance, Smaller Brain Structures, Study Shows

MedPage Today (8/10, Lopilato) reports, “Children who started using tobacco by age 10 had significantly inferior cognitive performance and smaller brain structures after a 2-year follow-up period, a cohort study reported.” Children “reporting ever using t…

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Just 3% Of People Obtained ACA Coverage Within One Year Of Leaving Medicaid Or CHIP, MACPAC Finds

Healthcare Finance News (8/9, Lagasse) reports that “3% of Americans obtained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange within one year of leaving Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to new findings published by t…

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Lining Of Children’s Noses Better Able To Guard Against SARS-CoV-2 Infection Than Those Of Adults, Researchers Say

HealthDay (8/9, Munez) reports, “The linings of kids’ noses are better able than those of adults to guard against SARS-CoV-2 infection, Australian researchers report.” The study co-author said, “We’ve shown the lining of children’s noses has a more pro-in…

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Less Invasive Surfactant Administration Tied To Decrease In Risk Of Adverse Outcomes Among Extremely Preterm Infants With Potential Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/9, Lopilato) reports, “For extremely preterm infants with potential respiratory distress syndrome, less invasive surfactant administration (LISA) was associated with a significant decrease in the risk of adverse outcomes, a cohort study f…

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Intranasal Dexmedetomidine Tied To Reduced Perioperative Respiratory Adverse Events Among Children Undergoing Elective Tonsillectomy And Adenoidectomy, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/9) reports, “Among children undergoing elective tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, the incidence of perioperative respiratory adverse events (PRAEs) is reduced for those receiving premedication with intranasal dexmedetomidine, according to a st…

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Children Who Suffer Headaches Report More Frequent, Severe Headaches During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Study Reveals

HealthDay (8/9, Mann) reports the percentage of children who suffer headaches “reporting constant daily headaches increased from 22% before the pandemic to 36% after the start of the pandemic,” according to a survey study of “107 children and adolescents….

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Pregnant Patients With COVID-19 Who Were Hospitalized For Symptomatic Disease More Likely To Deliver During Non-Omicron Pandemic Waves, Data Show

Healio (8/8, VanDewater) reports, “Pregnant patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalized for symptomatic disease were more likely to deliver during their stay if they were admitted to the hospital during non-Omicron pandemic waves, data showed.” Specifica…

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Use Of Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System Provides Greater Independence, Flexibility With Glycemic Management For Youth With Type 1 Diabetes, Research Shows

Healio (8/8, Monostra) reports that “use of a hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system provided greater independence and flexibility with glycemic management for young people with type 1 diabetes, according to” a “qualitative substudy” conducted “at the…

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Farm Living Protects Children Against Allergic Rhinitis Throughout Young Adulthood, Study Finds

Healio (8/8, Gawel) reports, “Childhood on a farm protected against allergic rhinitis throughout young adulthood, whether or not children stayed on the farm through puberty, according to a study.” However, “growing up on a farm did not significantly prote…

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Newborns Of Mothers With Disabilities At Mildly To Moderately Increased Risk Of Several Birth Complications, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/8, Lopilato) reports, “Newborns of mothers with disabilities were found to be at mildly to moderately increased risk of several birth complications, a cohort study reported.” Furthermore, “newborns of mothers with two or more disabilities…

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Nearly 1.5M US Children Experienced Depression, Anxiety During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Report Finds

The Hill (8/8, Barnes) reports that “around 1.5 million U.S. children experienced depression or anxiety during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to” the “2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book.” The report “found a 26 percent jump in the number of…

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Tobacco-Free Oral Nicotine Products Gaining Popularity Among Adolescents, Survey Study Reveals

The Hill (8/8, Melillo) reports a survey study “found more teenagers of certain racial or ethnic, sexual or gender minority groups are using flavored nontobacco oral nicotine products like lozenges and gummies.” The “survey, conducted among 3,516 ninth an…

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Categorizing Children With Obesity Into One Of Eight Subtypes Could Help Providers Better Understand The Condition, Study Suggests

Healio (8/5, Monostra) reported, “Categorizing children with obesity into one of eight subtypes could help providers better understand the condition and may lead to more specialized care, according to study findings.” Researchers wrote, “The clinical subt…

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CDC Study Reveals Wide Range Of Symptoms Among Children In Year After COVID-19

MedPage Today (8/5, Lopilato) reported, “A wide range of symptoms and conditions cropped up in children and adolescents in the year after a COVID-19 infection, though they were seemingly spared from mental and breathing issues, a CDC study reported.” Stil…

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Kids With Type 1 Diabetes And Close Relatives Are More Likely To Experience Mental Health Issues Than People Without The Condition, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/5, Murphy) reported, “Kids with type 1 diabetes and their closest relatives are more likely to experience mental health issues than people without the disease…researchers” found. The findings were published in Diabetes Care.

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Stepwise Oral Food Challenges Appear Safe, Effective For Introducing Egg, Determining Safe Ingestion Doses For Infants, Study Indicates

Healio (8/5, Gawel) reported that “few infants sensitized to egg had to completely avoid egg consumption, with most able to eat an entire scrambled egg after completing stepwise oral food challenges, according to a” study. Beginning “from a low dose, step…

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Air Pollution Tied To Marker Of Ill Health Effects Among Children, Research Suggests

The Hill (8/5, Melillo) reported research “suggests air pollution…is linked with a marker of ill health effects among” children. Investigators “assessed blood samples from 100 healthy children between the ages of 9 and 11 and used data from the Environm…

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Experts Warn Of Rising Heat-Related Illness Among Children

Kaiser Health News (8/4, Huetteman) reports, “After more than a week of record-breaking temperatures across much of the country, public health experts are cautioning that children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults are – even more so when th…

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Rates Of Asthma, Respiratory Allergy Among Children In US Decreased From 2007 To 2018, Study Shows

Healio (8/4, Gawel) reports, “Rates of asthma and respiratory allergy among children decreased from 2007 to 2018…according to a study” that also “showed that children with allergies were significantly more likely to also have asthma.” The results publis…

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Young Adults See No Benefit, Accrue “Significant Health Risks” From Alcohol Consumption, Systematic Analysis Finds

Healio (8/4, Dowd) reports, “Although moderate alcohol consumption may benefit older adults, including reduced risk for ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes, young adults saw no benefit and instead accrued ‘significant health risks’ from consuming…

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Children Granted Access To Monkeypox Vaccine On Case-By-Case Basis, FDA Says

ABC News (8/4, Kindelan, Salzman) reports, “With over 6,000 cases of monkeypox confirmed in the United States, including five children, the demand for the monkeypox vaccine is high.” Although “the current vaccine, JYNNEOS, is approved only for adults ages…

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Experience Of Race Discrimination Tied To Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

HealthDay (8/4, Munez) reports the findings of a 24-study systematic review and meta-analysis links “discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants.” The article adds, “Pooled data analysis showed that for all the outcomes stud…

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Only Half Of Patients With COVID-19 Are Contagious Past Five-Day Isolation Guidelines, Small Study Finds

Bloomberg Law (8/3, Baumann, Subscription Publication) reports that most patients with COVID-19 “continue to test positive past the CDC’s five-day isolation guidelines, but only half of them are actually contagious, a small study…found.” The results wer…

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New COVID-19 Cases Fell 9% Globally Last Week While Deaths Remained Stable, WHO Says

The AP (8/3) reports, “New coronavirus cases fell 9% globally last week while deaths remained stable, according to the latest weekly assessment of the pandemic released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.” The WHO “said there were 6.5 million case…

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Gestational Weight Gain Range With Lowest Risk For Adverse Perinatal Outcomes Similar Among Those With Pre-Pregnancy BMI Of Underweight Or Normal Weight In Twin Pregnancy, Data Show

Healio (8/3, VanDewater) reports, “For people giving birth to twins, the gestational weight gain range with the lowest risk for adverse perinatal outcomes was similar among those with a pre-pregnancy BMI of underweight or normal weight,” according to stud…

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More Exercise Training During Childhood, Adolescence Associated With Favorable LV Diastolic Function In Both HCM LVH+ And G+ LVH- Groups, Researchers Posit

Cardiology Advisor (8/3, Goldberg) reports, “Favorable left ventricular [LV] diastolic function in adults with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) phenotype left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH+) and in adults with an HCM-causative genotype without LVH (G+ LVH…

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Sex-Assigned-At-Birth Ratio Of Transgender, Gender-Diverse Adolescents Does Not Favor Adolescents Who Were Assigned Female Sex At Birth, Study Shows

HealthDay (8/3) reports, “The sex-assigned-at-birth ratio of transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) adolescents does not favor adolescents who were assigned female sex at birth (AFAB) versus those who were assigned male sex at birth (AMAB), according to a s…

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Insufficient Sleep Negatively Affects Neurocognitive Development In Elementary School Children, Study Finds

HealthDay (8/3, Murphy) reports a study “finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get th…

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National Uninsured Rate Reached Record Low In Beginning Of 2022, HHS Analysis Finds

USA Today (8/2, Groppe) reports, “A record low 8% of Americans lacked health insurance at the start of the year, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” Over “5 million people have gained coverage since 2020, accordi…

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Combined Use Of Patient- And Parent-Reported Symptom Information, Objective Lung Function Measures May Help Predict, Manage Acute Respiratory Events In Children With Cystic Fibrosis, Researchers Say

Pulmonology Advisor (8/2, Jacobs) reports that “in children with cystic fibrosis…the combined use of patient- and parent-reported symptom information and objective lung function measures may help clinicians predict and manage acute respiratory events, a…

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More Young Children May Struggle With Disordered Eating Than Previously Thought, Study Indicates

HealthDay (8/2, Thompson) reports, “More young children may struggle with eating disorders than previously thought, a…study reveals.” The article adds, “Data on nearly 12,000 U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 10 that was collected as part of a fed…

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Introduction Of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Tied To Reduction In Acute Chest Syndrome In Children With Sickle Cell Disease, Study Shows

MedPage Today (8/2, Bassett) reports, “Introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) a decade ago in France was associated with a significant reduction in acute chest syndrome (ACS) for children with sickle cell disease, a cohort st…

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Family Stressors During COVID-19 Pandemic Tied To Problematic Media Use By Children, Teens, Study Finds

Healio (8/2, Weldon) reports, “Family stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic were associated with problematic media use by children and teenagers, according to a study.” Furthermore, nearly “a third of surveyed children were found to be engaging in media…

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Study Examines Trends In Metabolic Syndrome Among US Youth From 1999 To 2018

Healio (8/1, Ellis) reports, “The metabolic syndrome rate among U.S. youths remained at slightly more than 4% over 20 years, but prevalence increased of large waist circumference and high glucose level,” researchers concluded after examining “data on 6,28…

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Urban Adolescents With Asthma With Higher Treatment Adherence Report Higher Levels Of Autonomous Motivation, Self-Perceived Competence, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (8/1, Goldberg) reports, “A clinical trial of urban adolescents with asthma found those with higher treatment adherence reported higher levels of autonomous motivation and self-perceived competence than adolescents with low levels of t…

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Study Identifies Predictors Of ED, Urgent Care Reutilization Among Children With Amoxicillin-Associated Reactions

Healio (8/1, Gawel) reports, “Fever, angioedema, joint involvement and gastrointestinal symptoms were among the factors that predicted ED and urgent care reutilization among children with amoxicillin-associated reactions, according to study results.” But,…

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Black Maternal Race Tied To Increased Odds Of Death, Longer Hospital Stays For Infants Diagnosed With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Study Finds

MedPage Today (8/1, Lopilato) reports, “For infants diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia…being born to a Black mother was associated with a greater likelihood of death and increased length of hospital stay, a cohort study found.” According to inves…

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Two California Bills Seek To Protect Children’s Mental Health By Targeting Social Media

Kaiser Health News (8/1, Finn) reports, “Some California lawmakers want to help…parents protect their children’s mental health by targeting website elements they say were designed to hook kids – such as personalized posts that grab and hold viewers on a…

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CMS Publishes Guidance On New Medicaid Health Home Benefit For Children With Medically Complex Conditions

Bloomberg Law (8/1, Subscription Publication) reports HHS, through CMS, “has published guidance on a new Medicaid health home benefit to help state programs provide children with medically complex conditions with person-centered care management, care coor…

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Early Recognition, Prompt Administration Of Antibiotics Important Factors In Managing Neutropenic Enterocolitis In Pediatric Patients With Cancer, Review Contends

Healio (8/1, Weldon) reports, “Early recognition and prompt administration of antibiotics are important factors in managing neutropenic enterocolitis, a common and potentially life-threatening condition that can befall pediatric patients with cancer, a re…

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Batches Of Banana Boat Sunscreen Spray Recalled Due To Trace Levels Of Benzene

The New York Times (7/31, Rubin) reports “the parent company of Banana Boat,” Edgewell Personal Care, “recalled batches of a sunscreen spray because they contained trace levels of benzene, a carcinogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.” The com…

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Collaborative Network Of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Teams May Decrease Rates Of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Over 18 Months Using Low-Technology Prevention Practice Bundle, Independent Of Secular Trends, Researchers Say

Healio (7/29, Schaffer) reported, “A collaborative network of pediatric cardiac intensive care teams significantly decreased rates of in-hospital cardiac arrest over 18 months using a low-technology prevention practice bundle, independent of secular trend…

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Scan Study Indicates Children With AD/HD May Have Less Flexibility In Brain Circuitry That Allows For Seamless “Multitasking”

According to HealthDay (7/29, Norton), youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “may have less flexibility in the brain circuitry that allows for seamless ‘multitasking,’” investigators concluded in a study that “recruited 180 chil…

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Infants Exposed To Acid Suppressant Medications At Increased Risk For Recurrent Wheeze, Asthma, Study Finds

Healio (7/29, Gawel) reported, “Infants exposed to acid suppressant medications did not experience an increased risk for allergen sensitization in early childhood, according to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practi…

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Twenty-Three Infants Admitted To Tennessee Hospital For Treatment Of Parechovirus, CDC Report Says

The New York Times (7/29, Traub) said that “from April 12 to May 24” of this year, “23 children were admitted to a Tennessee hospital for treatment of parechovirus,” according to a CDC report. Of the children, 21 “have recovered without complications, but…

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Senate Democrats Propose $21B In Emergency Funds To Fight COVID-19, Other Outbreaks

The Washington Post (7/28, Romm) reports, “Top Senate Democrats on Thursday proposed $21 billion in new emergency funds to combat the coronavirus and prepare for other emerging outbreaks, including potentially monkeypox, hoping to boost tests, treatments…

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Associations Between Anesthetic Exposure During Childhood, Subsequent Neurodevelopmental Deficits Differ Based On Neurodevelopmental Domain, Researchers Posit

Neurology Advisor (7/28, Goldberg) reports researchers found associations “between pediatric patients exposed to general anesthesia and future neurodevelopmental deficits that vary by neurodevelopmental domain.” The findings of the 31-study systematic rev…

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TNF Inhibitor Use In Pregnancy Tied To Increased Birth Weight Of Offspring Of Women With Well-Controlled RA, Research Suggests

Medwire News (7/28, Cowen) reports, “Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor use by pregnant women with well-controlled rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a reduced risk for having a child that is born small for gestational age,” researches conclu…

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Inactivity, Sugar- And Sodium-Rich Diets, Excessive Weight Account For 90% Of Hypertension Cases In Children Aged Six To 16, Consensus Statement Says

According to Healio (7/28, Schaffer), a “new consensus statement focusing on hypertension in children aged six to 16 years, published in European Heart Journal, notes that inactivity, diets high in sugar and sodium, and excess weight account for nine in 1…

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Researchers Warn About Parechovirus Central Nervous System Infection In Cluster Of Young Infants

MedPage Today (7/28, George) reports, “Researchers warned about symptoms of parechovirus central nervous system…infection, based on a cluster of 23 young infants admitted to a single children’s hospital over a 6-week period.” This year, “from April 12 t…

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Schools Weigh Return Of Mask Mandates Amid COVID-19 Surge

The Washington Post (7/27, George) reports some school districts are bringing back mask mandates as “a sizable swath of the country is seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases, according to data posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” However,…

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Consumer Goods Company Ships 1.3M Cans Of Baby Formula To US To Address Shortage

Reuters (7/27, DiNapoli, Naidu) reports, “Consumer goods company Danone’s North America unit said on Wednesday it had shipped more than 750,000 cans of its flagship Aptamil baby formula to the United States from Europe as a nationwide shortage persists, w…

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FDA Approves Belimumab For Treatment Of Children With Active Lupus Nephritis Who Are Also Receiving Standard Therapy

Healio (7/27, Martin) reports, “The FDA has approved GlaxoSmithKline’s belimumab for the treatment of children with active lupus nephritis who are also receiving standard therapy, according to” a July 27 press release from that company. The drug is “the f…

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Amount Of Co-Existing Conditions For Pediatric Patients With AD/HD May Help Explain Why Some Patients Do Not Respond To Certain Treatments, Researchers Posit

HCPlive (7/27, Walter) reports, “The amount of co-existing conditions for pediatric patients with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “might help explain why some patients do not respond to certain treatments,” investigators concluded in a 4…

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CMS Announces Maternity Care Action Plan, Approves Expanded Medicaid And CHIP Coverage

Healthcare Finance News (7/27, Lagasse) reports, “As part of the Biden Administration’s bid to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for people during and after pregnancy and childbirth, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announce…

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Children With Increased Exposure To Nature During Childhood Had Improved Lung Function Later In Life, Study Says

Healio (7/27, Welsh) reports, “Children with increased exposure to nature during childhood had improved lung function in later life, according to” researchers who “utilized data from 3,278 children from the population-based birth cohort” and “found that c…

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Biden Administration Launches New Website To Help Address Extreme Heat

NBC News (7/26, Chow) reports that on Tuesday, the Biden Administration “unveiled a new website designed to help keep Americans safe from extreme heat.” The “Heat.gov site will provide maps, data and other information to help the public and local official…

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US Reports First Case Of Monkeypox In A Pregnant Woman

CBS News (7/26, Tin) says the US has reported “its first case of monkeypox this year in a pregnant woman, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said over the weekend. The baby was delivered safely and both are ‘doing well.’” During a webina…

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Parental AD And Asthma Tied To Increased Risk Of Objectively Diagnosed AD In Children, Research Shows

HCPlive (7/26, Butera) reports, “Parental atopic dermatitis (AD) and asthma were associated with an increased risk of objectively diagnosed AD in children,” cohort study data show. Researchers found “that AD prevalence was highest at 6 months (18.6%), but…

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Firearm Mortality Among US Youth Rose 30% In Past Decade, Analysis Finds

HealthDay (7/26, Mozes) reports an analysis published in the American Journal of Medicine Open “finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.” This “jump in risk appears to have been largely driv…

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Early Life Weight Differences Do Not Appear To Last Into Adolescence In Children Conceived Via ART, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (7/26, Monaco) reports, “For kids conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART), early life weight differences didn’t appear to linger long into adolescence, researchers reported.” Compared to “those who were naturally conceived, chi…

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Study Explores Marketing Campaigns For Highly Processed Food, Non-Alcoholic Drink Brands On TikTok And Their Potential Impact On Children

MedPage Today (7/26, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “Marketing campaigns for highly processed food and non-alcoholic drink brands on TikTok generate billions of views, leading to a staggering capability to engage and influence children, according to an observati…

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Survey Finds 43% Of Parents Do Not Intend To Vaccinate Children Under Five Against COVID-19

The New York Times (7/26, Hoffman) reports that “barely a month after the Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccines for very young children, the prognosis that large numbers of them will actually get the shots looks bleak, according to a n…

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Studies Suggest Potential Link Between AAV2, Acute Hepatitis Of Unknown Origin In Children

The Wall Street Journal (7/25, Roland, Subscription Publication) reports on research into the cause of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, highlighting two studies that revealed high levels of adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) in nearly every cas…

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Poverty Tied To Increased Likelihood Of CPS Reporting Among Children Hospitalized For Maltreatment, Study Finds

Healio (7/25, Weldon) reports “poverty is associated with an increased likelihood that a young child hospitalized for maltreatment would be reported to Child Protective Services, or CPS, according to” a study that “used a dataset comprising all children b…

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Violent Crime, Poor School Achievement Associated With Greater Risk For Uncontrolled Asthma In Pediatric Patients, Study Suggests

HealthDay (7/25) says, “Research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why” inner-city children “are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma.” Researchers “analyzed data from nearly 15,500 kids with asthma…

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Study Finds No Clear Association Between COVID-19, New-Onset Diabetes In Children, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (7/25, Short) reports, “The incidence of diabetes among children was slightly higher during the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately not significantly different than expected rates, according to a cross-sectional study from Canada.” Among more…

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Rates Of Obesity Among Children Rising In US, Study Shows

HealthDay (7/25, Reinberg) reports that “for the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids” have obesity, according to a study published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics. The study of “nationwide health survey data” shows that “from 2011 to 2…

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US Confirms First Two Pediatric Monkeypox Cases

The Washington Post (7/22, Sun, Nirappil) reported, “The first two U.S. cases of monkeypox in children have been confirmed as part of a record outbreak of more than 2,500 infections nationwide, a top health official said Friday.” These “pediatric cases, d…

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“Parentese” Common Among Cultures Around The World, Researchers Say

The New York Times (7/24, A1, Whang) reports, “Researchers recently determined that” the use of “sing-songy baby talk – more technically known as ‘parentese’ – seems to be nearly universal to humans around the world.” In the most wide-ranging study of its…

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Study Finds Pediatric Patients With SNHL More Likely To Receive Macrolide Prescription Compared To A Penicillin Prescription

MedPage Today (7/22, Lopilato) reported a study found that compared to peers without sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), “pediatric patients with SNHL were more likely to have received a macrolide prescription compared to a penicillin prescription (adjuste…

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Study Examines Prevalence, Characteristics Of Long COVID In Children

The Hill (7/22, Mueller) reported, “Children older than 14 are more likely than younger children to present with long COVID-19 symptoms, a…study shows, but it doesn’t preclude younger children from the disease.” The study “found that nearly 6 percent of…

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Preterm-Born Survivors Had Decreased Lung Function Over Time Compared With Term-Born Infants, Study Says

Healio (7/21, Welsh) said, “Preterm-born survivors had decreased lung function, especially those with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, compared with term-born infants, but decreased values improved over time, according to” researchers who analyzed data from 86…

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Transgender Children At Least Three Times As Likely As Their Cisgender Peers To Experience Depression, Anxiety And Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Survey Study Indicates

The Hill (7/22, Migdon) reported, “Transgender children are at least three times as likely as their cisgender peers to experience depression, anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders,” investigators concluded after examining “responses from more than 7,00…

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Adolescents Who Used E-Cigarettes More Likely To Become New Smokers Of Cannabis, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (7/22, Lopilato) reported a new study found “adolescents who used e-cigarettes were significantly more likely to become new smokers of cannabis shortly thereafter.” Researchers studied “cannabis-naive adolescents who have tried e-cigarette[s…

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Women Who Contract COVID-19 Later In Pregnancy At Greater Risk Of Preterm Birth, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/21, Houghtaling) reports COVID-19 “might put pregnant women at risk of premature birth, but only if they’re in their last trimester, Israeli researchers report” in a study of “5,400 pregnant women.” The study published in PLOS One found that…

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Survey Examines Impact Of Child Care Stress On Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Healio (7/21, Bascom) reports “child care stress during the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on health care workers…according to researchers” who “surveyed 58,408 health care workers across 208 organizations between April 2020 and December…

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High School Students Using Cannabis As A Sleep Aid May Be More Prone To Cannabis Dependency, Binge Drinking, And Psychiatric Symptoms, Study Indicates

HCPlive (7/21, Walter) reports research indicates that “high school students using cannabis as a sleep aid are more prone to cannabis dependency, binge drinking, and psychiatric symptoms, such as depression and anxiety.” Investigators came to that conclus…

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Circulating Cortisol Concentrations Increased During Acute Illness Among Children, Adolescents With No History Of Glucocorticoid Deficiency, Systematic Review Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (7/21, Nye) reports “circulating cortisol concentrations were increased during acute illness among children and adolescents with no history of glucocorticoid…deficiency,” according to a 15-study systematic review. When “strati…

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Disclosing Mother’s BRCA Status Has No Effect On Cancer Risk-Associated Behaviors In Adolescent And Young Adult Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/21, Lopilato) reports, “Disclosing a mother’s BRCA status had no effect on cancer risk-associated behaviors in her adolescent and young adult children [AYA], a study found.” Behaviors including “tobacco and alcohol use or physical activit…

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Several States Reportedly Have No New Plans To Combat COVID-19

Politico (7/20, Messerly, Mahr, Cancryn) reports, “As the latest and most transmissible Covid-19 variant has sent case numbers skyward, with hospitalizations and deaths also rising, the response from state officials has been largely muted, a concession to…

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Combining Fluocinolone Acetonide With Ciprofloxacin Appears Safe, Efficacious In Treating Swimmer’s Ear, Study Indicates

Healio (7/20, Bascom) reports, “Combining the corticosteroid fluocinolone acetonide with ciprofloxacin was safe and efficacious in treating swimmer’s ear, although it was not superior to treatment with either agent alone,” researchers concluded in a “rand…

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FDA Preparing To Overhaul Food-Safety Program, Commissioner Says

The Washington Post (7/20, Reiley) reports FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, “said Wednesday that the agency is preparing for a shake-up of its food-safety program, four months after a nationwide shortage of baby formula drew attention to shortcomings i…

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Gestational Diabetes Rising In US, CDC Analysis Shows

STAT (7/20, Chen) reports “gestational diabetes is on the rise, climbing 30% between 2016 and 2020, according to” a CDC analysis “of 3.25 million birth records.” This analysis “showed that cases increased 13% during the first year of the pandemic alone, a…

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Data Reveal Lower Rate Of MIS-C In Current Pandemic Wave

The Wall Street Journal (7/20, Roland, Subscription Publication) reports there have been far fewer cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) following SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to earlier pandemic waves, according to data from the…

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Prenatal Exposure To Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals May Cause Increased Incidence Of Pediatric NAFLD, Study Finds

Healio (7/18, Valcarcel) reports, “Prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be a cause of increased incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD] in children, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.” Researchers found “…

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Point-Of-Care Testing For Respiratory Pathogens Via Multiplex PCR Did Not Decrease Inappropriate Antibiotic Use In Children Admitted To ED Over Routine Care, Trial Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (7/19, Mermelstein) reports, “Point-of-care testing for respiratory pathogens via multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) did not decrease inappropriate antibiotic use in children admitted to a pediatric emergency department (…

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Prenatal Exposure To Opioids Had No Substantial Impact On Children’s Scholastic Skills By Fifth Grade, Cohort Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/19, Short) reports, “Prenatal exposure to opioid analgesics had no substantial impact on the scholastic skills of children by the time they reached fifth grade, findings from a nationwide Norwegian birth cohort suggested.” While children…

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Infantile Hemangioma Can Be Effectively Managed Via Telehealth, Study Finds

Dermatology Advisor (7/19, Goldberg) reports, “Infantile hemangiomas (IH) can be efficaciously assessed and managed via telemedicine by physicians confident in their IH management expertise, according to study findings published in Pediatric Dermatology.”…

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Biden Administration Announces $49M In Grants To Help Community Groups Sign Up More Families, Children For Health Insurance

NPR (7/19, Simmons-Duffin) reports, “Today the Biden administration announced $49 million in grants to help community groups sign more families and children up for health insurance – especially the more than half of the country’s 4 million uninsured child…

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Injury-Related Visits To Children’s Hospital EDs Decreased By 26.6% During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Show

Healio (7/19, Weldon) reports, “Injury-related visits to the emergency department of children’s hospitals decreased by more than a quarter during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data published in Pediatrics.” Researchers examined the…

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Researchers Find Increased Risk For Type 2 Diabetes In Children With NAFLD

Healio (7/18, Hornick) reports, “Researchers reported an increased risk for type 2 diabetes in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD], highlighting the need for targeted prevention and screening, according to a study in Clinical Gastroente…

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Most Parents Overlooking Simple Steps To Protect Their Children’s Eyes From Overexposure To Electronic Screens, Poll Data Reveal

HealthDay (7/18) reports, “Most parents are overlooking simple steps to protect their kids’ eyes from overexposure to electronic screens,” data from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan Health reve…

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Study Evaluates Risk Factors For MIS-C

Pulmonology Advisor (7/18, Jacobs) reports that “an increased risk for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) has been associated with male sex, age 5 to 11 years, foreign-born parents, asthma, obesity, and life-limiting conditions, accordi…

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Number Of HIV Tests, Cases Identified Among Children Decreased At Start Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Shows

HealthDay (7/18) reports that “the number of HIV tests and cases identified among children aged 1 to 14 years decreased at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research” that “examined changes in HIV testing and diagnoses among persons aged 1…

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Children Born To Mothers With PCOS More Likely To Be Hospitalized For Childhood Morbidities, Data Show

Healio (7/18, VanDewater) reports, “Compared with other children, those born to mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome [PCOS] were more likely to be hospitalized for infectious diseases, allergy and other childhood morbidities, according to data.” These f…

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Among Very Preterm Infants, Neonatal Neurobehavioral Patterns May Go Beyond Medical Findings To Inform Predictions Of Motor, Cognitive, And Behavioral Outcomes At Two Years Of Age, Investigators Say

MedPage Today (7/18, Lopilato) reports, “Among very preterm infants, neonatal neurobehavioral patterns may go beyond medical findings to inform predictions of motor, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes at two years of age,” investigators concluded. The stu…

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Higher Levels Of Loneliness In Children Prior To Age 12 May Predict Alcohol-Related Issues Emerging In Adulthood, Research Suggests

Healio (7/18, Downey) reports, “Higher levels of loneliness reported in children prior to the age of 12 years predicted alcohol-related issues emerging in adulthood, researchers reported” in a 310-university student study, the findings of which were publi…

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Disadvantaged Neighborhood Environment Tied To Modest Decrease In Fecundability, Researchers Say

Healio (7/15, Bascom) reported, “The socioeconomic environment of a neighborhood may influence the ability to become pregnant, according to researchers” who “reported that ‘a disadvantaged neighborhood environment was associated with a modest decrease in…

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Adolescent Patients With Crohn’s Disease Have Increased Bone Marrow Adiposity, Pilot Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (7/15, Stong) reported that “adolescent patients with [Crohn’s] disease have increased bone marrow adiposity, especially early in the disease course, according to” a “pilot study of 5 patients” published in Bone. For the study, “r…

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House Passes Legislation That Will Temporarily Suspend Tariffs On Imports Of Infant Formula

The Hill (7/15, Schnell) reported, “The House passed a bill on Friday to temporarily suspend tariffs on baby formula imports, a move that some are hoping will help parents and families as they continue to struggle with formula shortages.” The Formula Act…

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Daily Administration Of Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Decrease Risk For Atopic Eczema In Children, Investigators Conclude

Healio (7/15, VanDewater) reported, “Daily administration of vitamin D during pregnancy decreased the risk for atopic eczema in children,” investigators concluded in a study that randomized pregnant people “to either 1,000 international units (IU) of vita…

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More Than 75% Of Patients With JIA May Experience Pain Interfering With Sleep, Attention, Mobility, Report Concludes

Healio (7/15) reported, “More than 75% of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] experience pain that has interfered with their ability to sleep, pay attention and run or walk short distances,” investigators concluded in a report containing “da…

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Women With Higher Concentrations Of Phthalates In Their Urine At Greater Risk Of Preterm Birth, Analysis Indicates

HealthDay (7/14, Houghtaling) reports, “Phthalates, chemicals that are typically used to strengthen plastics, are in millions of products people use every day, but” an analysis of “data from over 6,000 pregnant women in the” US “confirms their link to a h…

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Canada Authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Children Under Five

Reuters (7/14, Shakil) reports that on Thursday, Canada “authorized Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine [Spikevax] for babies as young as 6 months old, making it the country’s first vaccine against coronavirus for children under 5, Health Canada said.” Canada…

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of Pediatric Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa Meet Criteria For Obesity At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (7/14, Brunk) reports, “Nearly two-thirds of pediatric patients with hidradenitis suppurativa met criteria for obesity at the time of their diagnosis, and 36% had acne,” investigators concluded in a 303-patient study presented…

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Type Of COVID-19 Vaccine, Timing Of Administration May Affect Immune Response Of Pregnant Women And Their Children, Data Indicate

Healio (7/14, VanDewater) reports, “The type of COVID-19 vaccine and the timing of its administration can affect the immune response of pregnant women and their children, data…showed.” These study results – published in Nature Communications – “showed t…

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Providers In Multiple States Reported Parechovirus Cases In Infants Under Three Months, CDC Says

NBC News (7/15, Stelloh) says healthcare providers in several US “states have reported a virus that can cause seizures, meningitis and other severe illnesses in infants under 3 months old, federal officials said Thursday.” CDC officials “issued an alert n…

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About 25M Children Missed Childhood Vaccinations Over Past Two Years, Report Finds

The New York Times (7/14, Nolen) reports about 25 million “children around the world, most of them in the poorest countries, missed some or all of their childhood vaccinations over the past two years because of a combination of conflicts, climate emergenc…

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Average Cost Of Childbirth In US Is Nearly $19,000, Including Nearly $3,000 Out Of Pocket, Analysis Finds

Bloomberg (7/13, Ceron) reports a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis “found that the average cost of childbirth in the US is $18,865 under large insurance plans.” While the majority of the expense “is often picked up by insurance, out-of-pocket payments cl…

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California Moves Back Start Times For Middle Schools, High Schools

The New York Times (7/13, Karlamangla) reports that high school and middle school classes in California will begin later when the new school year begins in the fall. The change comes after state lawmakers in 2019 “passed a first-of-its-kind law requiring…

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Study Examines Impact Of Breastfeeding On Academic Performance, ADHD Risk Among Children Born Preterm

HealthDay (7/13, Thompson) reports that “preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Overall, researchers “foun…

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Children And Adults With SARS-CoV-2 Have Persistent Antibodies Up To 10 Months After Infection, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/13) reports, “Children and adults with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection have persistent antibodies up to 10 months after infection, and children have higher antibody titers than adults, according to a stu…

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In Phase III Trial, Erythropoietin No Help For Newborns With Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Already Undergoing Therapeutic Hypothermia, Investigators Find

MedPage Today (7/13, Lopilato) reports, “Erythropoietin was no help for newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy already undergoing therapeutic hypothermia in the phase III HEAL trial,” investigators reported in the findings of a 501-infant study pub…

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Study Examines Sex-Specific Transmission Of Anxiety Disorders From Parents To Children

HealthDay (7/13, Mann) reports investigators examining “how anxiety was passed down among parents to same-sex kids among 398 kids from 221 mothers and 237 fathers” found that “anxious moms are more likely to have anxious daughters, and anxious dads are mo…

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Studies Offer More Evidence That Adenovirus 41 May Be Contributing Factor In Unexplained Acute Hepatitis In Children

The New York Times (7/13, Anthes) reports, “For months, scientists around the world have been investigating cases of severe, unexplained hepatitis…in previously healthy children.” Now, two studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine “report…

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Parents More Open To Discussions About Gun Locks, Other Gun Safety Measures When A Child’s Physician Is Involved, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/12, Houghteling) reports, “Pediatricians may become the trusted middle men between gun owners and non-gun owners when it comes to talks about gun safety,” investigators concluded after finding that “parents were more open to politically sensi…

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More Than Half Of Parents Likely To Follow Physician’s Advice On COVID-19 Vaccination For Children, Survey Reveals

Healio (7/12, Weldon) reports, “More than half of surveyed parents said they were likely to follow the advice of their child’s primary care physician when it came to COVID-19 vaccination, according to results published in Academic Pediatrics.” This survey…

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New “988” National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number Prepares For Launch

The New York Times (7/12, Blum) reports that beginning Saturday, anyone in the US “can text or call 988 to reach trained counselors who can help them cope with a mental health emergency, and direct them to additional resources for mental health and substa…

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CSF Diversion Not Tied To Improved Outcomes For Children Following A TBI, Research Suggests

Healio (7/12, Downey) reports, “Cerebrospinal fluid [CSF] diversion was not associated with improved outcome[s] for children following a traumatic brain injury [TBI],” even though researchers did observe “a decrease in intracranial pressure.” The findings…

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People Exposed To Tobacco Content On Social Media More Than Two Times As Likely To Use Tobacco, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

The Hill (7/12, Melillo) reports “people who viewed tobacco content on social media were more than two times as likely to use the substance compared with those who were not exposed,” according to a systematic review and meta-analysis comprising “informati…

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Drinking Alone During Adolescence, Young Adulthood May Increase Risk For Alcohol Abuse Later In Life, Study Finds

CNN (7/11, LaMotte) reports, “Drinking alone during adolescence and young adulthood can strongly increase the risk for alcohol abuse later in life, especially if you are a woman, a…study finds.” Researchers “analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future…

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Officials Recommend Greater Regulation Of “Spraygrounds” To Prevent Infection

The Washington Post (7/11, Blakemore) reports on the risk of infection at “spraygrounds,” which “are more popular than ever.” While rare, multiple “deaths and illnesses have prompted some states and municipalities to tighten up regulation of splash pads.”…

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Shorter Outpatient Antibiotic Treatment Duration As Effective As Current Recommended Treatment In Children Over Six Months With CAP, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Pulmonology Advisor (7/11, Goldberg) reports that “in children over 6 months of age with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), outpatient antibiotic treatment lasting 3 to 5 days is as efficacious as the current recommended treatment of 7 to 10 days, accord…

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Researchers Examine How Sleep Duration Influences Adjustment To Kindergarten

HealthDay (7/11) reports, “Long, restful and – most importantly – regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and” now “a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.” The 221-family study rev…

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Infants Are Aware Their Babbling Sounds Impact People Around Them, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/11, Houghtaling) reports, “infants as young as three to five months of age can tell that the unintelligible sounds they make before they learn to talk can impact the people around them,” researchers concluded in a study that “examined the beh…

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Children’s Daily Physical Activity Declined By 20% During Pandemic, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

The New York Times (7/11, Diaz) reports that “as children around the world stayed home, studied remotely and became more socially isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, they also became less physically active, according to” a 22-study systematic review…

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Abbott Resumes Production Of Infant Formula At Michigan Plant

The AP (7/9, Bajak) reported that infant formula production “has resumed at the Abbott Nutrition factory in Michigan whose February shutdown over contamination contributed to a national shortage, a company spokesman said.” Damage caused by “severe thunder…

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FDA Grants Full Approval To Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Adolescents Aged 12 To 15

Reuters (7/8, Mishra) reported the FDA on Friday “said…it has granted full approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine [Comirnaty] for adolescents aged between 12 and 15 years.” The agency “said…the full approval follows a rigorous analysis and…

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Among Transgender Youth Receiving Puberty-Delaying Or Gender-Affirming Hormonal Therapy, BMD Appears Lower Relative To Age-Based Norms, Study Indicates

Clinical Endocrinology News (7/8, Bosworth) reported, “Among transgender youth who receive puberty-delaying or gender-affirming hormone therapy, bone mineral density (BMD) is lower relative to age-based norms, and this is true regardless of gender assignm…

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Researchers Find Reduced Brain Volumes In Pediatric Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury

HealthImaging (7/8, Murphy) reported that in an MRI scan study published in Brain, researchers “found reduced brain volumes in pediatric patients who had previously sustained serious head injuries.” The study “details how researchers concluded that both g…

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Screening Adolescents For Signs Of Depression Appears Not To Reduce ED Visits, Hospitalizations, Or Treatment For Suicidal Behaviors, Researchers Say

Medscape (7/8, Banks, Subscription Publication) reported, “Screening adolescents for signs of depression does not reduce their emergency department [ED] visits, hospitalizations, or treatment for suicidal behaviors,” investigators concluded in a study tha…

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Prevalence Of ASD Among US Children, Adolescents Rising, Researchers Say

Healio (7/8, Weldon) reported, “Researchers estimated that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, among children and adolescents in the United States was 3.14% in 2019 and 2020 overall, up from 2.24% in 2014.” The researchers “found that 410…

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Motherhood Not Tied To Lower Survival In Breast Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/7, Munez) reports that in breast cancer survivors, “motherhood doesn’t lower their future survival chances,” according to a study. Furthermore, “survival rates were no worse in younger women, those who had not been pregnant before or those wi…

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Juvenile Arthritis Still Widely Misunderstood Or Outright Unknown To General Public

According to USA Today (7/7, Moniuszko), even “though juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the U.S. – causing issues like joint inflammation, swelling and pain – it is still widely misunderstood or outright unknown to the general pu…

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Adults With Overweight, Obesity And Children With Severe Obesity Hospitalized With COVID-19 Have Higher Medical Costs, Study Finds

Healio (7/7, Monostra) reports, “Among people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S., adults with overweight or obesity and children with severe obesity had significantly higher medical costs compared with those with healthy weight, according to study fin…

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US School Districts Implementing Mental Health Measures During Summer Classes

The Wall Street Journal (7/7, Chapman, Subscription Publication) reports on how US school districts are implementing measures during summer classes to help ameliorate the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on student mental health.

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HHS Releases New Resources To Improve State Oversight Of Medicaid, CHIP Managed Care Programs

Healthcare Finance News (7/7, Lagasse) reports HHS through CMS “has released a suite of resources meant to improve CMS and state oversight of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care programs – which provide people with health benefit…

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Approximately 300,000 Children Under Age Five Have Gotten At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine, White House Official Says

CNN (7/7, Klein) reports, “Approximately 300,000 children under the age of 5 in the US – about 2% of that age group – have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine since it was recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention las…

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Teens More Likely Than Adults To Have Severe Cannabis Use Disorder, Study Indicates

HealthDay (7/6, Thompson) reports research indicates that “teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to marijuana.” Included in the study were “274 people, including 76 teenagers (aged 16 and 17) who used pot one to seven days per…

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FDA Announces Plan To Help Overseas Baby Formula Producers Secure Long-Term Authorization In US

The AP (7/6, Miller) reports, “The Biden administration is trying to help foreign makers of baby formula stay on the U.S. market for the long term, in an effort to diversify the industry after the closure of the largest domestic plant sparked a nationwide…

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Study Examines Changes In Incidence Of Childhood Obesity

HealthDay (7/6, Mann) reports, “Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages,” investigators concluded after comparing “rates of obesity in kids from kindergarten through fifth grade dur…

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Children As Young As 9 Or 10 Start To Wonder About Tobacco, Alcohol, And Marijuana, Researchers Say

HealthDay (7/6, Quinlan Houghtaling) reports, “Children as young as 9 and 10 start to wonder about tobacco, booze and even marijuana, and many may have easy access to these substances at home, mostly because their parents have not forbidden their use yet,…

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Prenatal Environmental Exposure To Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Tied To Greater Risk For Liver Injury In Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (7/6, Hamza) reports, “Prenatal environmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals was associated with a higher risk for liver injury in children, a prospective cohort study found.” In this “study of over 1,000 European mother-child pa…

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Officials Hope New 988 Number Will Help More People In Crisis, Especially LGBTQ Youth

The Washington Post (7/6, McShane) reports, “On July 16, Americans will be able to call or text a new phone number – 988 – if they feel they are experiencing a mental health crisis and/or are at risk of suicide.” This “forthcoming switch to 988 is due to…

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Proportion Of Children With COVID-19-Related Croup Increased During Omicron Surge, Study Finds

Healio (7/6, Weldon) reports “the proportion of children with COVID-19-related croup increased during the period in which Omicron was the predominant variant in the United States, according to a” study. The researchers “wrote that they sought to find ‘whe…

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COVID-19 Third-Leading Cause Of Death In US From March 2020 To October 2021, Analysis Shows

The Hill (7/5, Weixel) reports, “COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. between March 2020 and October 2021, according to an analysis of federal data.” Investigators “found that the coronavirus accounted for 350,000 deaths – 1 in every…

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Many Black, Hispanic Teens Have Low Levels Of Vitamin D, Study Finds

HealthDay (7/5, Munez) reports vitamin D “boosts the immune system and helps prevent cancer, among other health benefits, but a significant number of Black and Hispanic teens have low levels of this nutrient, according to a… study” published in the Jour…

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Antibiotic Allergies Often Incompletely, Inconsistently Documented In Tertiary Pediatric Hospital Setting, Study Shows

Healio (7/5, Gawel) reports “antibiotic allergies frequently were incompletely and inconsistently documented in a tertiary pediatric hospital setting” in Australia, according to a retrospective study. The findings were presented at the EAACI Hybrid Congre…

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Researchers Find Potential Link Between Food Insecurity, Increases In BMI In Certain Groups Of Children

Healio (7/5, Weldon) reports, “Researchers said they found a potential link between food insecurity and increases in BMI in certain groups – particularly among infants, preschoolers and elementary and middle school students.” The 13-study systematic revie…

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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Rising For First Time In Two Months, Report Shows

ABC News (7/5, Mitropoulos) reports that “there are renewed signs that COVID-19 cases may be back on the rise across parts of the country,” and this “resurgence comes as the number of children testing positive for the virus also sees an increase again.” N…

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Most Children In US Have Poor Scores For Heart Health, Analysis Finds

HealthDay (7/5, Munez) reports, “Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called ‘Life’s Essential 8.’” Less “than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new Am…

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US Government Orders Additional 2.5M Doses Of Monkeypox Vaccine

Reuters (7/1, Roy) reported, “The U.S. government has ordered 2.5 million more doses of Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine [Jynneos] for use against monkeypox outbreaks, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday.” The government “is ramping up its…

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Survey Explores COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Parents

Healio (7/1, Weldon) reported “a survey conducted last fall found that” 51.5% of “parents of children aged 0 to 4 years said they were likely to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, researchers reported.” Among “parents of children aged between 5 an…

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Study Identifies Factors Tied To Transgender, Nonbinary Youths Experiencing Delays In Receiving Puberty Blockers Or Gender-Affirming Hormones

Healio (7/1, Ellis) reported, “Low income, Medicaid insurance and lack of family support were among the factors associated with transgender and nonbinary youths experiencing delays in receiving puberty blockers or gender-affirming hormones,” investigators…

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More Than 76% Of Parents Of Middle, High School Students In New Jersey Say Depression Screenings In School Are Necessary, Survey Indicates

Healio (7/1, Downey) reported, “More than 76% of parents of middle and high school students in New Jersey said that depression screenings in school are necessary, according to a survey conducted by Rutgers University” of “678 parents of adolescents aged 1…

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Becerra Calls On States To Help Ensure Success Of National Suicide Hotline Rollout

Bloomberg Law (7/1, Lopez, Subscription Publication) reported, “The Biden administration’s national suicide hotline rollout will need state governments to play a strong hand to be a success, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday.”…

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Peanut Oral Immunotherapy For Infants Should Be Offered As Soon As Possible Via Shared Decision-Making When Peanut Introduction Fails, Review Contends

Healio (7/1, Gawel) reported, “When peanut introduction fails, peanut OIT [oral immunotherapy] for infants should be offered as soon as possible via shared decision-making, according to a review.” The review – published in The Journal of Allergy and Clini…

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Authorization Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Younger Children To Have Limited Immediate Impact On Day Care Centers

The New York Times (6/30, Hassan, Chung) reports, “American children ages 6 months through 4 years recently became eligible to receive coronavirus vaccinations, after federal regulators and health officials cleared vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTec…

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Many US Parents Do Not Take Proper Precautions For Firework Safety, Survey Reveals

HealthDay (6/30, Preidt) reports that “many U.S. parents don’t take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries,” according to a survey “of more than 2,000 parents of children ages 3-18.” Just “1 in 5 said childr…

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Reductions In BMD In Adolescents With Obesity Who Undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy Tied To Changes In Sex Hormone, Sclerostin, And Enteric Peptides, Study Indicates

Healio (6/30, Monostra) reports, “Reductions in bone mineral density [BMD] in adolescents with obesity who undergo sleeve gastrectomy are associated with changes in sex hormones, sclerostin and enteric peptides,” investigators concluded in a “longitudinal…

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Dupilumab Effective, Well-Tolerated In Treating Pediatric And Adolescent Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Say

Healio (6/30, Gawel) reports, “Dupilumab appeared effective and well-tolerated among children and adolescents with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis,” investigators concluded in a study that “examined the records of 89 children and adolescents (56% fem…

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Allergic Disorders In Early Childhood Tied To Increased Risks For ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Study Finds

Healio (6/30, Gawel) reports, “Allergic disorders in early childhood significantly increase the risks for ADHD and, to a lesser extent, autism spectrum disorder, according to a study.” Specifically, the study found that “early diagnosis of rhinitis presen…

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Biden Administration Officials Call On Teachers To Help Encourage Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination

The Hill (6/29, Choi) reports HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona “released a letter on Wednesday calling on teachers to help encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19.” In the “Dear Colleagues” le…

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WHO Says “Sustained Transmission” Of Monkeypox May Push Virus Into High-Risk Groups

Reuters (6/29, Rigby, Roy) reports, “The World Health Organization says ‘sustained transmission’ of monkeypox worldwide could see the virus begin to move into high-risk groups, such as pregnant women, immunocompromised people and children.” WHO on Wednesd…

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RSV Tied To Significant Global Morbidity, Mortality In Children And Infants Younger Than Five Years, Systematic Review Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/29, Stong) reports, “Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was associated with significant global morbidity and mortality in children and infants younger than 5 years, according to findings” from a 481-study systematic literature…

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Study Examines Effectiveness Of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Against Omicron In Children Ages Five To 11

MedPage Today (6/29, Ingram) reports, “Protection against Omicron in children ages 5-11 years was minimal following a single dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, but hovered around 50% following the second dose, a large observational study from Isr…

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FDA Issues Alert Warning Against Use Of Baby Neck Floats

ABC News (6/29, Yu) reports the FDA “issued a new alert this week, warning parents not to use baby neck floats on their children, particularly those with special needs, as part of a water therapy program because doing so could be fatal or lead to serious…

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Many Parents, Pediatric Residents And Attendings Unaware Of Guidelines For Early Introduction Of Peanuts To Children At High Risk For Allergy, Survey Study Finds

Healio (6/29, Gawel) reports, “Many parents, pediatric residents and attendings remained unaware of recommendations for early introduction of peanuts to children at high risk for allergy, according to a study.” For the study published in the Annals of All…

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Omicron Subvariants BA.4, BA.5 Estimated To Make Up 52% Of US COVID-19 Cases, CDC Says

The New York Times (6/28, Hassan) reports Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 “have together become dominant among new coronavirus cases, according to new estimates on Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” As of the week ending June…

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US Maternal Mortality Rates Up 33% Since Start Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Shows

ABC News (6/28, Dumlao) reports, “Maternal mortality rates in the U.S. have climbed 33% since the start of the pandemic, with Black and Hispanic women dying at higher rates than White women, according to a…study.” The findings were published in a resear…

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Adolescents Who Experience Cyberbullying May Be More Likely To Think About Suicide, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/28) reports, “Adolescents who experience cyberbullying are more likely to think about suicide,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data collected between July 2018 and January 2021 from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study…w…

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CGM Metrics Show Early Divergence Between Pregnant People With T1D Who Subsequently Give Birth To Normal Weight Vs. LGA Infants, Researchers Say

Medwire News (6/28, Cowen) reports, “Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) metrics show early divergence between pregnant women with type 1 diabetes [T1D] who subsequently give birth to normal weight versus large for gestational age (LGA) infants,” investig…

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Children With Uncontrolled Asthma Presenting To ED Have Higher Frequency Of Viral Infections, More Acute Symptoms, Study Finds

Healio (6/28, Gawel) reports, “Children with uncontrolled asthma who visited the ED had a higher frequency of viral infections and more acute symptoms than children with controlled asthma, according to a study” involving “120 children aged 4 to 18 years p…

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HCV Screening In Pregnancy Accelerated In US Following Updated Screening Recommendations Issued In 2020, Study Finds

Healio (6/27, VanDewater) reports, “Following updated hepatitis C virus screening recommendations issued in 2020, HCV screening in pregnancy accelerated across the country, according to a retrospective cohort study.” Yet “despite the increase in screening…

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Mount Sinai Health System, mPulse Mobile To Collaborate On Health Program To Educate Teens On Diabetes Risks

mHealth Intelligence (6/27, Melchionna) reports, “To educate teenagers on diabetes risks, Mount Sinai Health System is collaborating with mPulse Mobile to implement a health program that will be offered to teenagers in East Harlem, aiming to improve popul…

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Among White Women, Pregnancies After Donating A Kidney Pose Similar Complications To Those Experienced By The General Population, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (6/27, Keenan) reports, “Among white women, pregnancies after donating a kidney pose similar complications to those experienced by the general population; although, a low increase in risk is observed,” investigators concluded in a 16-study systemat…

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FDA Approves Supplemental Indication For Phentermine And Topiramate ER Capsules For Chronic Weight Management In Certain Pediatric Patients

HCPlive reports the FDA has “approved a supplemental indication for phentermine and topiramate extended-release capsules (Qsymia) for chronic weight management in pediatric patients 12 years and older who defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 95th…

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Infants Introduced To “Nordic Diet” Appear To Eat More Fruits, Vegetables At 12 And 18 Months Of Age, Compared With Infants Eating A Conventional Diet, Research Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (6/27, Splete) reports, “Infants who were introduced to” the so-called “Nordic diet,” that is, “a low-protein diet – high in fruit, vegetables, and roots – ate more fruits and vegetables at 12 and 18 months of age, compared wit…

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WHO Says 920 Probable Cases Of Severe Acute Hepatitis In Children Reported So Far

Reuters (6/24, Khandekar) reported, “Thirty-three countries have reported 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis in children so far, a jump of 270 from May, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.” WHO also “said that the European Region…

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Appeals Court Issues Temporary Stay On FDA Ban On Juul E-Cigarette Sales

The Washington Post (6/25, Suliman) reported “electronic cigarettes made by Juul Labs can continue to be sold, for now, after” the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit “on Friday issued a temporary stay on a government ban.” The court…

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Racial Residential Segregation Tied To Poor Glycemic Control In Black Adolescents With T1D, Study Indicates

Clinical Endocrinology News (6/24, Splete) reported, “Racial residential segregation was significantly associated with poor glycemic control in Black adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researchers concluded in a study that examined “data from 144 in…

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Study Explores Rate Of, Patient Characteristics Tied To Postoperative Mortality Following Tonsillectomy In Children

HealthDay (6/24) reported, “The rate of postoperative mortality following tonsillectomy is 7.04 per 100,000 operations overall among children younger than 21 years and 117.22 per 100,000 operations for children with complex chronic conditions, according t…

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High Levels Of Exposure To Fine Particulate Matter During Specific Prenatal And Postnatal Developmental Windows May Increase Risk For Childhood Asthma, Wheezing, Study Indicates

Healio (6/24, Gawel) reported, “High levels of exposure to fine particulate matter during specific prenatal and postnatal developmental windows may increase the risk for childhood asthma and wheezing,” investigators concluded in a study that included “pre…

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CDC Recommends Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Children, Adolescents Aged Six To 17

Reuters (6/24, Mishra) reported the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had recommended Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents aged 6 to 17, allowing a rollout of the shots to begin for that age group.” The Pfize…

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HHS Releases PSAs To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination In Children Under Five

CNN International (6/23, Howard) reports on the new public service announcements released by HHS on Thursday to encourage vaccination against COVID-19 in children under age five. These new PSAs “are part of the agency’s ongoing Covid-19 vaccine public edu…

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FDA Orders All Juul E-Cigarette Products Off US Market

The Washington Post (6/23, McGinley) reports Juul “was grounded Thursday by federal regulators who ordered all of its e-cigarette products off the market, a move they blamed on ‘inconsistent and conflicting data’ on safety.” Also, the FDA “said it was den…

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Dr. Jha Says “More Than Enough” COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Being Distributed For Children Under Five

Healio (6/23, Weldon) reports that on Thursday, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha “said…that ‘more than enough’ COVID-19 vaccine doses were being distributed for the country’s 20 million infants and toddlers.” Dr. Jha “said the…

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Outbreak Of Acute, Severe Hepatitis Of Unknown Etiology In Children Has Grown To 894 Cases Across 33 Countries, Data Indicate

Healio (6/23, Stott) reports, “An outbreak of acute, severe hepatitis of unknown etiology in children has grown to 894 cases across 33 countries…data presented during a media briefing at the International Liver Congress” revealed. This now “represents 2…

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Children With Down Syndrome Who Receive Inspiratory Muscle Training Plus Aerobic Exercise Training Demonstrate More Improvements In Physical Fitness Compared With Those Who Receive Aerobic Exercise Training Alone, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (6/23, Jacobs) reports, “Children with Down syndrome (DS) who received inspiratory muscle training…plus aerobic exercise training demonstrated more significant improvements in physical fitness compared with those with DS who received…

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CDC Advisers Recommend Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Children And Adolescents Aged Six To 17

The New York Times (6/23, Mandavilli) reports, “Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for children and adolescents aged 6 through 17 years.” This “recommendation…

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Biden Administration To Import Baby Formula From Mexico

The AP (6/22, Miller) reports the Biden Administration on Wednesday “announced…that it is providing logistical support to import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico starting this weekend, as part of its efforts to e…

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US Has Delivered About 2.7M Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Administration Centers, HHS Says

Reuters (6/22, Roy) reports, “The United States has delivered about 2.7 million doses of COVID vaccines for children below five years to administration [centers] while another one million shots will reach the sites soon, the Department of Health and Human…

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FDA Approves 15-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine For Infants And Children

Healio (6/22, Weldon) reports, “Merck announced Wednesday that the FDA approved an expanded indication for Vaxneuvance, the company’s 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, to include its use in infants and children aged 6 weeks to 17 years.” This “vac…

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Bridge Therapy Ahead Of Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Consolidation May Benefit Certain Children With High-Risk Neuroblastoma With Residual Disease Following Induction Regimens, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/22, Ingram) reports “bridge therapy ahead of autologous stem cell transplantation…consolidation may benefit certain” children with high-risk neuroblastoma “with residual disease following induction regimens, according to a multicenter r…

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Children, Adolescents With SARS-CoV-2 Have More Prevalent Long-Lasting Symptoms Than Those Never Infected, Study Shows

MedPage Today (6/22, Jenks) reports, “Children and adolescents with COVID had more prevalent long-lasting symptoms than those never infected with SARS-CoV-2, the Long COVID Kids DK study showed.” Among “every age group, previously infected children in Den…

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Infants Whose Mothers Received mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Had Lower Hospitalization Risk, But Protection Dropped During Omicron Surge, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/22, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Infants under 6 months of age whose mothers received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine had a lower risk of hospitalization with the virus, but protection dropped considerably during the Omicron era, according to a case-co…

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HPV Vaccination Rates Among US Teens Increased Between 2015 And 2020, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/22, Mozes) reports that more US teens “are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV),” according to a study published in Pediatrics. The study found that “between 2015 and 2020…the percentage of 13- to 17-year-olds who…

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Over 16 Weeks, Tralokinumab Appears To Provide Symptom Relief, Psychosocial Benefit For Adolescent Patients With Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Say

HCPlive (6/21, Kunzmann) reports, “Tralokinumab provides both symptom and psychosocial benefit for adolescent patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis over 16 weeks,” investigators concluded in “new data derived from the phase 3 ECZTRA clinical…

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Prenatal Antibiotic Exposure Appears To Be Tied To Increased Susceptibility To Childhood Asthma, Eczema/Dermatitis, Allergic Rhinitis, Wheeze, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (6/21, Gawel) reports, “Prenatal antibiotic exposure appeared linked to increased susceptibility to childhood asthma and diseases implicated in the atopic march, including wheeze, eczema/dermatitis and allergic rhinitis,” investigators concluded in…

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In Pediatric Patients With Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea, Multispecies Probiotic Yields Mixed Results, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (6/21, Hamza) reports, “In an intention-to-treat analysis of 313 pediatric patients, the probiotic (Ecologic AAD 612) did not significantly reduce the risk for” antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) “versus placebo when AAD was defined as thr…

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Socioeconomic Disparities In Prevalence Of Obesity Among US Adolescents Widened Over Past Two Decades, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/21, Minerd) reports, “Socioeconomic disparities in obesity prevalence among adolescents in the U.S. have widened over the past 2 decades, according to a cross-sectional study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination S…

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ACA Coincides With Some Improvements In Patient Care, Study Suggests

HealthPayerIntelligence (6/21, Waddill) reports, “The implementation of the Affordable Care Act coincided with some improvements in patient experience and access to care for low-income enrollees, but did not significantly impact their care utilization or…

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US Begins Rollout Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Age Five

The New York Times (6/21, Goldstein) reports, “Health workers across the United States began to give Covid-19 vaccinations to children 6 months to 5 years old on Tuesday, another milestone in the coronavirus pandemic that came 18 long months after adults…

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Children Born To Mothers Who Use Triptans For Migraines During Pregnancy Appear Not To Have Greater Risk For AD/HD Symptoms, Diagnosis At Five Years Of Age, Research Suggests

Healio (6/20, VanDewater) reports, “Children born to mothers who used triptans for their migraines during pregnancy did not have a greater risk for” attention-deficit/hyperactivity (AD/HD) “symptoms or diagnosis at five years of age,” researchers conclude…

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Food Allergy Common Among Children With Atopic Dermatitis, But Condition Rarely Triggered By Food, Study Finds

Healio (6/20, Gawel) reports, “Although food allergy appeared common among children with atopic dermatitis, only 3% had food-triggered atopic dermatitis, according to a study.” According to the researchers, “because of the risks of unnecessarily eliminati…

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Annual Number Of Pediatric Ingestions Of Melatonin On The Rise In US, Study Finds

The Washington Post (6/20, Chang) reports research has found that “from January 2012 through December 2021, the annual number of pediatric ingestions of melatonin reported to poison control centers across the United States rose a whopping 530 percent, wit…

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Kawasaki Disease Incidence Decreased During COVID-19 Lockdowns, Study Finds

Healio (6/17) reported, “Cases of Kawasaki disease dropped 28% during the COVID-19 pandemic and remained low following implementation of prevention efforts, including mask mandates and school closures, according to” research. The findings were published i…

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COVID-19 Poses Greater Danger To Children Than Seasonal Flu, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/17, Preidt) reported, “COVID-19 poses far more danger to kids than seasonal flu, a new study confirms.” In the study, researchers “analyzed data on critically ill children from 66 U.S. pediatric intensive care units” and found “there were nea…

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Children With Cow’s Milk Allergy Tolerate Extensively Hydrolyzed Whey-Protein Formula, Study Finds

Healio (6/17, Gawel) reported, “Children and infants with cow’s milk allergy tolerated an extensively hydrolyzed whey-protein formula, providing suitable nutrition and enabling normal growth curves, according to study findings.” According to Healio, “With…

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Florida Proposes Rule Eliminating Medicaid Coverage For Gender-Affirming Care

The Hill (6/17, Migdon) reported, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) administration on Friday advanced a proposal to deny Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming medical care like puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender residents.” Florida’s “Age…

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Florida Allows Physicians, Hospitals To Order COVID-19 Vaccines For Youngest Children

The New York Times (6/17, Mandavilli) reported, “Facing withering pressure from medical professionals and the federal government, Florida began to allow pediatricians, children’s hospitals and other physicians on Friday to order coronavirus vaccines for t…

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CDC Endorses COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Age Five

The Washington Post (6/18, A1, Sun, Achenbach) reported, “Pediatricians are preparing to administer the nation’s first coronavirus vaccines for children under 5 in coming days, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday signed off on…

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Abbott Plant Closes Temporarily Due To Flooding

The Washington Post (6/16, Reiley, Bella) reports, “Abbott Nutrition has halted production at the Michigan plant that helped drive a nationwide baby formula shortage after storms pummeled the region and caused widespread flooding.” In a statement on Wedne…

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Worsening Heat Waves Due To Rising Rates Of Air Pollution Threatening Children’s Health, Review Contends

Kaiser Health News (6/16, DeGuzman) reports “heat waves are getting hotter and becoming more frequent because of rising rates of air pollution, putting children’s health at risk,” according to “a wide-ranging” review published in The New England Journal o…

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Vice President Harris Announces Expansion Of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

The Los Angeles Times (6/16, Bierman) reports that on Thursday, Vice President Harris “announced an expansion of” Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for “lower-income women for up to a year after they give birth” versus two months….

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Biden Administration Launches Task Force To Fight Online Harassment, Abuse

The AP (6/16, Megerian) reports Vice President Harris “and administration officials on Thursday launched a task force dedicated to fighting online harassment and abuse, which they warned can be a precursor to real-life violence.” The new “task force will…

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Substance Use Fell Among US Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic, Systematic Review Finds

HealthDay (6/16, Preidt) reports that “pot use, drinking, smoking and vaping all fell among U.S. youth” during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a 49-study systematic review. Investigators “said further research is needed to assess the long-term effects…

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Biden Administration Facilitating Additional Shipment Of Specialty Infant Formula, White House Says

CNN (6/15, Klein) reports, “The Biden administration is facilitating an additional shipment of infant formula on Thursday, the White House announced, transporting specialty formula from Switzerland to the US through ongoing ‘Operation Fly Formula’ efforts…

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World Professional Association For Transgender Health Lowers Recommended Age For Starting Gender Transition Treatment

The AP (6/15, Tanner) reports the World Professional Association for Transgender Health “has lowered its recommended minimum age for starting gender transition treatment, including sex hormones and surgeries.” The association “said hormones could be start…

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Biden Signs Executive Order Offering New Initiatives For LGBTQ Community

USA Today (6/15, Morin, Groppe) reports President Biden on Wednesday signed “an executive order…to offer new initiatives for the LGBT+ community, including addressing conversion therapy and expanding resources for mental health.” This new order “comes a…

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No Significant Increase In Hospitalizations For Hepatitis Of Unknown Etiology Observed In Children Compared With Pre-Pandemic Time Periods, Data Show

MedPage Today (6/15, Hamza) reports that “no significant increase in hospitalizations for hepatitis of unknown etiology were observed in kids when compared with the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to” data published in the CDC’s Morbi…

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FDA Advisers Recommend Use Of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Five

The Washington Post (6/15, McGinley, Abutaleb, Shepherd) reports “independent advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday recommended use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines for babies and young children.” Children under…

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Fisher-Price, Consumer Product Safety Commission Warn Against Rockers After 13 Infant Deaths Reported

The Hill (6/14, Tanner) reports Fisher-Price and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission “are telling parents not to let their infants fall asleep in the company’s rockers after 13 infants died in the devices between 2009 and 2021.” These “deaths happen…

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Children Diagnosed With AD/HD Before Puberty May Have Evidence Of Gut Microbiota Changes Before Age Of One Year, Researchers Say

Medwire News (6/14, McDermid) reports, “Children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “before puberty have evidence of changes in their gut microbiota before the age of one year,” investigators concluded in a study that “includ…

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Kids Who Play Well With Others In Preschool Less Likely To Experience Mental Health Issues Later On, Research Suggests

HealthDay (6/14, Mann) reports research suggests that “kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experience mental health issues as they grow up.” The study published in Child Psychiatry and Human Development found that “those who pla…

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Company Seeks To Use Virtual Reality To Help Children With Autism Navigate The World

The New York Times (6/14, Nagesh) reports on Vijay Ravindran, who has a son with autism and “started a company called Floreo, which is developing virtual reality lessons designed to help behavioral therapists, speech therapists, special educators and pare…

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FDA Advisers Recommend Use Of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Ages Six To 17

The New York Times (6/14, Weiland) reports that “an expert committee advising the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unanimously recommended Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for use in children and adolescents ages 6 to 17.” The agency “will most likely…

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Health-Related Quality Of Life Tied To Clinical Severity Of Psoriasis In Pediatric Patients, Study Finds

Dermatology Advisor (6/13, Stong) reports that “in pediatric patients with psoriasis, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is strongly correlated with the clinical severity of disease, according to” a cross-sectional study. But, “no association was obse…

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Children, Caregivers Who Are Not Proficient In English Less Likely To Ask Questions About Care, Study Shows

STAT (6/13, Chen) reports a study that “surveyed patients and families at pediatric units” found that “children and their caregivers who aren’t proficient in English are nearly two times less likely to say they are unafraid of asking questions ‘when somet…

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Illinois Now Allows K-12 Students In Public Schools Five Excused Absences Per School Year For Mental Health Reasons

According to Kaiser Health News (6/13, Bruce), Illinois now “allows K-12 students in public schools to have five excused absences per school year for mental health reasons, another example of the growing acknowledgment among lawmakers that emotional and p…

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Children, Adolescents Who Presented To Outpatient Neurology Clinic For New Visit During COVID-19 Pandemic Had Lower Headache Disability Scores Than Prior Years, Analysis Shows

MedPage Today (6/13, George) reports, “Children and adolescents who presented to an outpatient neurology clinic for a new visit during the COVID-19 pandemic had lower headache disability scores than those who came to the clinic in earlier years, a retrosp…

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Teens Should Exercise Vigorously For At Least 20 Minutes Daily To Reap Increased Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Study Says

MedPage Today (6/13, Ruprecht) reports, “Teens should exercise vigorously for at least 20 minutes per day to reap increased cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), according to a cross-sectional study from the U.K.” CRF benefits “plateaued after about 20 minutes…

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FDA Investigated More Deaths Linked To Infant Formula Than Previously Reported, Documents Show

The Washington Post (6/10, Reiley) reported, “The Food and Drug Administration investigated reports that as many as nine children have died since early 2021 after consuming baby formula produced at an Abbott Nutrition plant Michigan – seven more than prev…

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Delta Airlines To Begin Transporting Baby Formula To US June 20

ABC News (6/10, Pezenik) reported, “Millions more bottles’ worth of critically needed infant formula are set to touch down on U.S. shores later this month, as the Biden administration continues its push to replenish the supply on the nation’s empty shelve…

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Federal Reviews On COVID-19 Vaccines For Young Children Expected This Week

The AP (6/10, Neergaard) reported, “On Wednesday, both Moderna and Pfizer will have to convince…advisers to the Food and Drug Administration…that their [COVID-19] shots work well in babies, toddlers and preschoolers.” A federal review on “Pfizer’s vac…

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Survey Study Explores How COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Youth Vaping Patterns, Cessation Motivation

Healio (6/10, Welsh) reported a survey study “of North Philadelphia high school students highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on youth vaping patterns and cessation motivation, researchers reported.” According to the results presented at the America…

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Lab Studying Metabolism In Newborns To Better Understand Biological Basis Of Obesity

NBC News (6/12, Edwards) reports on the efforts of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana to study the metabolism of newborns. Pennington Reproductive Endocrinology Lab Associate Professor and Director Leanne Redman, PhD “believes that by stud…

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FDA Says Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Safe, Effective For Young Children

The Washington Post (6/10, A1, McGinley) reported, “Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration on Friday said Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for infants and young children was safe and effective, setting the stage for a review by the agency’s outside a…

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Study Finds No Change In Rate Of STIs Diagnosed During Pregnancy Among Women With HIV Infection In US

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/9, Nye) reports, “Results of a longitudinal study found that there has been no change in the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed during pregnancy among women with HIV infection in the United States.” Acco…

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Biden Administration Outlines Plan To Roll Out COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Five

The New York Times (6/9, Mueller, Zimmer) reports that on Thursday, the Biden Administration “outlined the early stages of its plan for making coronavirus vaccines available this month to roughly 18 million children younger than 5, should the doses be cle…

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Single Therapeutic Dose Administered On First Day Of Drug Provocation Test May Be Safe In Diagnosing Mild Nonimmediate Reactions To Amoxicillin-Clavulanic Acid In Children, Study Suggests

Healio (6/9, Gawel) reports that “a single therapeutic dose administered on the first day of a drug provocation test could be safe in diagnosing mild nonimmediate reactions to amoxicillin-clavulanic acid” in children, according to a study. The findings we…

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Greater Screen Time During COVID-19 Pandemic Tied To Later Bedtimes, Less Sleep Among Early Adolescents, Data Reveal

MedPage Today (6/9, Lou) reports, “Early adolescents not only spent more time on screens since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – they also started going to bed later and sleeping less, according to longitudinal data from the Adolescent Brain Cognit…

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Infants Exposed To COVID-19 In Utero Appear To Be At Greater Risk Of Neurodevelopmental Problems, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (6/9, Lopilato) reports, “Infants exposed to COVID-19 in utero appeared to be at greater risk of neurodevelopmental problems, particularly if the infection came in the last trimester, a cohort study showed.” Such “neurodevelopmental diagnose…

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Risk For MIS-C Lower During Omicron Wave Compared With Other Variants, Researchers Say

Healio (6/9, Weldon) reports, “The risk for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C] after infection with SARS-CoV-2 was substantially lower during the Omicron wave compared with other variants, researchers from Denmark reported.” The team “e…

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Data Show New Omicron Subvariants Gaining Ground Across US

The New York Times (6/8, Anthes) reports, “The Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5 now represent 13 percent of new coronavirus cases in the United States, up from 7.5 percent a week ago and 1 percent in early May, according to new estimates from th…

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More Time Spent In Supine Sleep Tied To Worse Maternal Breathing During Pregnancy, Study Shows

MedPage Today (6/8, Lou) reports that “more time spent supine during sleep was correlated with worse maternal breathing during pregnancy,” according to study results presented at SLEEP 2022. In pregnant women with obesity and overweight “with suspected sl…

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Race In US Pediatric Medical Guidelines Used “Frequently” In Ways That Could Negatively Impact Healthcare Inequities, Systematic Review Finds

The Hill (6/8, O’Connell-Domenech) reports a systematic review has “found that race was used ‘frequently’ in medical guidelines for U.S. pediatricians in a way that could negatively impact health care inequities.” For the study published in JAMA Pediatric…

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NIH Launches Clinical Trial To Assess Effectiveness Of Dupilumab In Children With Poorly Controlled Allergic Asthma In Low-Income Urban Areas

Healio (6/8, Welsh) reports the NIH has “launched a clinical trial to assess whether dupilumab can reduce asthma exacerbations and improve lung function and symptoms in children with poorly controlled allergic asthma in low-income urban areas.” The “Preve…

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Heart Rate Variability Is Associated With IBD Activity And May Predict Disease Exacerbation In Children With IBD, Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/8) reports, “Heart rate variability…is associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) activity and may predict disease exacerbation in children with IBD, according to study results.” The findings were published in the Journ…

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Dulaglutide Treatment Associated With Improved Glycemic Control In Pediatric Patients With T2D, Research Suggests

HCPlive (6/8, Iapoce) reports research suggests that “treatment with a once-weekly dose of 0.75 mg or 1.5 mg dulaglutide was superior to placebo in improving glycemic control among youths with type 2 diabetes (T2D),” investigators concluded in “the random…

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Study Reveals Bidirectionality Of Disturbed Sleep, Daytime Stress During Perinatal Period

HCPlive (6/7, Grossi) reports investigators have “conducted a study to test the directionality of the relationship between habitual nighttime sleep parameters and daytime stress ratings during the perinatal period.” Included in the study were “50 primipar…

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FDA Approves Dupilumab To Treat Moderate-To-Severe Eczema In Young Children

Reuters (6/7, Satija, Leo) reports the “Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc’s anti-inflammation drug [dupilumab] Dupixent to treat eczema in young children, the two companies said on Tuesday.” The drug…

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Small Study Reveals Reduced Slow Wave Activity In Unmedicated Adolescents With Depression

HCPlive (6/7, Grossi) reports researchers have demonstrated that “the reduction of slow wave activity…in unmedicated adolescents with depression was topographically more widespread and effect sizes were larger compared with previous studies.” The findin…

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Increased Use Of CGM, Rapid Implementation Of Telemedicine Helped Ease Impact Of COVID-19 Lockdowns On Children With T1D, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/7, Preidt) reports, “High-tech devices and communication helped ease the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded in a 1,600-patient study revealing that “the increased use of continuous gl…

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Systematic Review Identifies Gaps In Quality Indicators For Transitioning Chronically Ill Patients From Youth To Adult Care

Healio (6/7, Weldon) reports, “A systematic review identified gaps in quality indicators for transitioning chronically ill patients from youth to adult care, researchers reported.” Among these “gaps, the researchers found that patients and caregivers were…

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FDA Approves GSK Vaccine For Measles, Mumps, And Rubella

Reuters (6/6, Shabong) reports GSK “said on Monday its vaccine, Priorix, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in those aged one year and above.” This “vaccine can be given as tw…

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Study Identifies Link Between Persistent Racial Residential Segregation, Worse Diabetes Health In Black Adolescents With T1D

Healio (6/6, Kalvaitis) reports researchers have “identified a link between persistent racial residential segregation and worse diabetes health in Black adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D].” Included in the study were “144 Black adolescents (mean age,…

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Food Allergy, Food Sensitization In Early Childhood Appears Tied To Oral Allergy Syndrome Among Children With Allergic Rhinitis, Study Suggests

Healio (6/6, Gawel) reports, “Food allergy and food sensitization in early childhood appeared associated with oral allergy syndrome [OAS] among children with allergic rhinitis, according to a study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.” Furthermo…

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Young Children Who Develop Respiratory Tract Infections May Be At Increased Risk Of School-Age Asthma, Meta-Analysis Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (6/6, Goldberg) reports, “Young children who develop upper respiratory tract infections may have an increased chance of developing asthma at school age,” and those “who develop lower respiratory tract infections have a greater risk of…

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In Small Study, Objective Measures Indicate Youth With OCD Appear Not To Experience Increased Sleep Disturbance

HCPlive (6/6, Grossi) reports research indicates that “compared with healthy controls, youth with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) exhibit sleep disturbance on subjective sleep measures but sleep disturbance is not observed with objective sleep measure…

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Type Of Cigarette May Lead To Increased Smoking Frequency And Nicotine Dependence Among Teens, Study Suggests

The Hill (6/6, Guzman) reports that “a new study suggests the type of cigarette may lead to increased smoking frequency and nicotine dependence among teens.” Investigators looked at data on nearly 1,100 smokers aged 12-17. The researchers “found that teen…

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Abbott Nutrition Resumes Production At Michigan Baby Formula Factory

The Washington Post (6/4, Reiley) reported, “Abbott Nutrition resumed production at its shuttered Sturgis, Mich., baby formula factory on Saturday, offering hope that a nationwide shortage that had left parents scrambling to find sustenance for their chil…

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Physicians Offer Advice To Help Increase Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Uptake

ABC News (6/3, Kekatos) reported, “Two weeks ago, federal health officials authorized COVID-19 boosters for children between ages 5 and 11.” Physicians “think it will be a challenge to get this age group boosted when uptake for primary doses of the vaccin…

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Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity Had Higher Risk Of Developing T1D In Young Adulthood, Study Finds

MedPage Today (6/4, Minerd) reported, “Adolescents with overweight or obesity had a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes (T1D) in young adulthood, authors of a large retrospective cohort study reported.” Researchers found that “in an analysis that in…

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PAP Machines May Help Improve Symptoms In Children With OSA Regardless Of Schedule Adherence, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (6/5, Lou) reports that “positive airway pressure (PAP) machines were helpful enough that pediatric patients could have symptoms improve even without being compliant, according to researchers.” In “one center’s sleep clinic, 172 out of 221 c…

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Children Aged Six To 10 Years Report Increase In Screen Time During COVID-19 Pandemic, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Healio (6/3, Weldon) reported that “children aged 6 to 10 years reported screen time increases of 1.4 hours per day during the COVID-19 pandemic, and increases in screen time were associated with adverse dietary behaviors, according to” an 89-study system…

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Florida Moves To Ban Transition-Related Care For Transgender Minors

NBC News (6/2, Caputo) reports, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ [R] administration Thursday asked the state board regulating doctors to essentially ban transition-related care for transgender minors.” The request was made “hours after another state agency iss…

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White House Says COVID-19 Vaccinations For Children Under Five Could Begin June 21

The AP (6/2, Miller) reports the White House “said Thursday that children under 5 may be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if federal regulators authorize shots for the age group, as expected.” White House COVID-19 coo…

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Exposure To Traffic Noise May Impact Development Of Memory, Attention In Children, Study Indicates

The Hill (6/2, Udasin) reports “traffic noise intruding on schools may have a detrimental impact on the development of memory and attention in elementary students,” according to a study that “determined that the progression of working memory, complex work…

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Loss Of Antibody Cross-Neutralization Greatest Against Omicron Variant In Children With Prior COVID-19, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/2, Preidt) reports, “Children who have had COVID-19 aren’t protected against the Omicron variant, but vaccination does cut their chances of infection,” according to a study published in Nature Communications. Investigators “analyzed blood sam…

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Children Whose Mothers Had Rising Levels Of Depression During Pregnancy Appear To Have An Increased Risk Of Behavioral Problems, Small Study Suggests

HealthDay (6/2, Preidt) reports, “Children whose mothers had rising levels of depression during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of behavioral problems,” investigators concluded in a seven-year study that “included 125 U.S. women and their child…

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Pediatric Poisonings From Melatonin Rose By More Than 500% From 2012 To 2021, Data Show

The AP (6/2, Stobbe) reports, “Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin – including a big jump during the pandemic.” Data published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed…

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Environmental, Health Groups Pushing Fast Food Companies, Supermarkets To Remove PFAS Chemicals From Packaging

The AP (6/1, Casey) reports, “Environmental and health groups are pushing dozens of fast food companies, supermarkets chains and other retail outlets to remove PFAS chemicals,” known as “forever chemicals,” from packaging. PFAS chemicals, which persist “i…

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Biden Administration Arranges Two Additional Shipments Of Infant Formula

The Hill (6/1, Weixel) reports that on Wednesday, the Biden Administration “announced it had arranged two additional shipments of infant formula to come to the U.S. from overseas as part of its Operation Fly Formula.” According to the Administration, “Uni…

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Canada Authorizes Single Booster Shot Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For 16- And 17-Year-Olds

Reuters (6/1, Khandekar) reports that on Wednesday, Canada “authorized a single booster shot of Pfizer and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds.” This “decision was based on data from two studies of the booster shot among individua…

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Pfizer Seeks Authorization Of COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under Five

The Washington Post (6/1, Johnson) reports Pfizer on Wednesday completed submitting its “application for regulatory authorization of a coronavirus vaccine for children younger than 5.” The announcement “comes a week after Pfizer and BioNTech announced tha…

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Compared With No Sport Participation, Adolescents Who Participate In Team Sports May Experience Fewer Mental Health Difficulties, Research Suggests

Healio (6/1, Wursta) reports research indicates that “compared with no sport participation, adolescents who participate in team sports experience fewer mental health difficulties, while those who compete in individual sports experience more mental health…

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Infants Born To Mothers Who Were Vaccinated Against COVID-19 During Pregnancy At Lower Risk Of SARS-CoV-2, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (6/1, Walker) reports, “Infants born to mothers who were vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy had a lower risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, even when the Omicron variant was dominant, Norwegian researchers found.” During the O…

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Reading To Six- To 12-Year-Olds One Hour Per Day In School May Boost Children’s Intelligence, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/31, Munez) reports, “Reading to 6- to 12-year-olds for an hour a day in school can boost their intelligence, Italian researchers report.” Compared to the control group, “the kids who were read to an hour a day showed a ‘markedly stronger incr…

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Presepsin Holds Promise As Biomarker For Early-Onset Sepsis, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Indicate

MedPage Today (5/31, Ingram) reports “presepsin holds promise as a biomarker for early-onset sepsis (EOS),” according to a 12-study systematic review and meta-analysis. The results – published in JAMA Pediatrics – “suggest presepsin ‘was a robust biomarke…

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Many Parents Report Changing Infant’s Sleep Practice After Nighttime Waking, Survey Reveals

HealthDay (5/31, Mann) reports that “most parents know that placing newborns on their backs to sleep can slash the risk of sudden infant death syndrome,” but an “online survey of 1,500 parents of U.S. infants” indicates “that many may forget that rule whe…

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Survey Documents How COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken Toll On Students’ Mental Health

The Washington Post (5/31, Meckler) reports a National Center for Education Statistics survey released Tuesday “documents the toll the pandemic has taken on students’ mental health, with 7 in 10 public schools seeing a rise in the number of children seeki…

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Number Of Suspected Suicide Attempts By Poisoning Among Children Rose Between 2015 And 2020, Study Finds

The Hill (5/31, Barnes) reports “the number of suspected suicide attempts by poisoning among children rose sharply between 2015 and 2020,” according to a study published in Clinical Toxicology. The study found that while “all pediatric groups saw increase…

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Prenatal Exposure To Topiramate, Valproate, And Certain Duotherapies May Be Tied To Increased Risks For ASD, Intellectual Disability, Research Suggests

HealthDay (5/31) reports, “Prenatal exposure to topiramate, valproate, and certain duotherapies is associated with increased risks for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability,” investigators concluded in a study including data “for 4,49…

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Guns Now Leading Cause Of Death Among US Youth, Experts Contend

HealthDay (5/27, Preidt) reported, “Days after the second-deadliest elementary school shooting in U.S. history, experts note that guns are now the leading cause of death for American children.” A commentary published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Healt…

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US Parents Working To Educate Children On Fentanyl Dangers As Drug Overdose Deaths Increase

The Wall Street Journal (5/29, Morris, Subscription Publication) reported US parents are becoming increasingly alarmed over the dangers of fentanyl as deaths from drug overdose increase. Parents are now pressing their communities, schools, and physicians…

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Review Examines Dangers Posed To Young Children From Swallowing Button Batteries

HealthDay (5/27, Reinberg) reported button batteries “can be deadly if a child swallows them, and researchers want to make the danger clear,” according to findings from a review of “195 cases in which young children…swallowed button batteries.” The find…

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Cannabis Use Among Young People Increases When States Legalize Recreational Cannabis For Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/27, Preidt) reported cannabis “use among U.S. minors increases when states legalize recreational cannabis for adults, according to a” study. Investigators “found that in states where recreational cannabis use was legal for those 21 and up, yo…

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Probiotic, Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Combination May Help Children Achieve Remission From Peanut Allergy, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/30, Preidt) reports, “Researchers say they’re working on a treatment that can create immune system changes that put kids into remission from their [peanut] allergy,” according to study findings published in Allergy. This “study showed that ge…

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Total Number Of Daily E-Cigarette Users Under Age 21 Rose To More Than 1M By 2019, Study Finds

MedPage Today (5/30, Ruprecht) reports, “Each day between 2017 and 2019, nearly 2,300 adolescents and young adults became new daily tobacco users – a figure that mirrors statistics from 1989 to 1993,” according to results from a longitudinal study publish…

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WHO Says 650 Probable Cases Of Acute Hepatitis In Children Reported

Reuters (5/27, Mathews) reported the World Health Organization on Friday confirmed “it had received 650 reports of probable cases of acute hepatitis in children” from 33 countries, “but added that the causes remain unknown and are under investigation.” He…

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Study Highlights Inconsistent Definitions, Management Of Pediatric Long COVID Worldwide

Healio (5/26, Welsh) reports a study “highlights inconsistent definitions and management of pediatric long COVID across various centers and countries.” The findings – presented at the American Thoracic Society 2022 International Conference – revealed that…

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Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Tied To Avoidable Adverse Drug Events In Children, Healthcare Expenditures, Researchers Find

Healio (5/26, Weldon) reports, “Researchers found that inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions were associated with avoidable adverse drug events in children, including Clostridioides difficile, and substantial health care expenditures.” For the study publ…

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Babies Who Are Breastfed For Six Months Or Longer Have Improved Cognitive Development Up Until Age 14, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/26, Mann) reports a study of “more than 7,800 infants born in the United Kingdom” published in PLOS One “shows that babies who were breastfed for six months or longer scored higher on tests measuring verbal and spatial relations skills up unt…

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Teens Who Have Access To Guns At Higher Risk For Suicide Or Suicide Attempts, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/26, Munez) reports, “Teens who have access to guns are at a higher risk for suicide or suicide attempts,” researchers concluded in a study that “analyzed data from more than 15,000 patients aged 14 to 18 years seen at a U.S. children’s hospit…

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CMS Approves Expanded Postpartum Medicaid Coverage In Four New States

Healthcare Finance News (5/26, Lagasse) reports, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved California, Florida, Kentucky and Oregon to expand Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage to up to one year postpartum – bring…

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Enterovirus D68 May Be Main Driver Behind Spikes In Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases In Young US Children, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/26, Norton) reports, “Since 2014, the United States has seen mysterious spikes in AFM [acute flaccid myelitis] cases, almost all in young children.” Researchers “have thought that a viral infection is the driver, with a respiratory virus call…

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Antibiotic Resistance Will Become Greater Threat Over Time, Experts Warn

MedPage Today (5/25, Firth) reports, “Antibiotic resistance will become a bigger threat over time, experts said during an online panel discussion hosted by The Hill and sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Tuesday.” In the US, there have been “more t…

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Some Viruses Reemerging Globally As COVID-19 Measures Ease

STAT (5/25, Branswell) reports, “For nearly two years, as the COVID pandemic disrupted life around the globe, other infectious diseases were in retreat.” Now, however, “as the world rapidly dismantles the measures put in place to slow spread of COVID, the…

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Six US Government Agencies Propose Ways For States To Expand Mental Health Services For Children

According to NBC News (5/25, Chuck), on May 25, “amid a startling increase in youth mental health problems, six government agencies called on states…to better leverage federal funding so they can prioritize children’s well-being.” In a joint letter, lea…

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Low Doses Of ADHD Medication Appear Not To Affect Thyroid Or Growth Hormone Levels In Children Diagnosed With ADHD, Study Indicates

Healio (5/25, Ellis) reports, “Among children diagnosed with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), “low doses of ADHD medications did not affect thyroid or growth hormone levels,” researchers concluded in a study that included “118 children di…

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Growing Research Suggests Association Between Croup, COVID-19 In Infants

Healio (5/25, Weldon) reports, “A research brief and a case report published in the last month have suggested a connection between croup and COVID-19 in infants.” The case report published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal “discussed a healthy 2…

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Nearly 106K People In US On Waiting List For Organ Transplant, UNOS Says

The Washington Post (5/24, Searing) reports that “the number of U.S. residents on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant totaled 105,960 men, women and children as of late May, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).” Last ye…

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US Birthrate Increased Slightly In 2021, Data Show

The New York Times (5/24, Victor, Goldstein) reports, “The birthrate in the United States increased slightly last year, ending what had been a consistent decline since 2014, the federal government reported on Tuesday.” In 2021, “there were 3,659,289 birth…

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Study Examines Neighborhood Characteristics, Race And Ethnicity That May Influence Asthma Risk In Children

Healio (5/24, Gawel) reports, “Children who were born in socioeconomic tracts that have greater proportions of low-income households, higher population densities and greater poverty experienced higher incidence of asthma, according to study findings” publ…

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Cochlear Implantation Shows Benefit Over Hearing Aids For Young Children With Deafness And Early Development Impairment, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (5/24, Ruprecht) reports, “Cochlear implantation carried various benefits over hearing aids for young children with deafness and early development impairment…a prospective cohort study found.” Among “children with low cognitive and adaptiv…

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Uninfected Children Exposed To HIV Infection In Utero At Risk For Impaired Neurodevelopment, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/24, Nye) reports a 31-study systematic review and meta-analysis “found that uninfected children exposed to HIV infection in utero were at risk for developing mild impairments in expressive language skills and gross motor deve…

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Hospitalization Rates For COVID-19 In Children Higher Than Rates For Influenza In Years Prior To Pandemic, Research Indicates

MedPage Today (5/24, Walker) reports, “Hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 in kids were higher than influenza-related hospitalizations in the years leading up to the pandemic, researchers found” after examining data from “the Influenza Hospitalizati…

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Rate Of Teen Births Falling In US, But Adolescents More Likely To Experience Pregnancy, Delivery Complications, Study Finds

Medscape (5/23, Remaly, Subscription Publication) reports that “the rate of teen births is falling in the United States, according to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.” However, “adolescents who are giving birth are more likely to have obesi…

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Rates Of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes More Than Doubled In US Between 2007 And 2019, Study Finds

HealthDay (5/23, Preidt) reports “rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019,” according to a study of “federal government data on all 51 million live births to 15- to 44-y…

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FDA Sets New Meeting Dates To Review Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech EUA Requests For COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Five

Reuters (5/23, Chiacu) reports the “Food and Drug Administration set June 14-15 as the new meeting date to review Moderna Inc’s emergency authorization request for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years and [Pfizer-BioNTech’s] vaccine…

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Most Egg Allergies, About One-Third Of Peanut Allergies Resolve By Age Six Years, Study Finds

Healio (5/23, Gawel) reports, “About three out of 10 peanut allergies and nine of 10 egg allergies resolved by age 6 years, although infants with early-onset severe eczema or multiple allergies were less likely to outgrow them, according to a longitudinal…

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Pediatric Mental Health Crises Increased After Pandemic Onset, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/23) reports, “During the first pandemic year, there were increases in the proportion of pediatric patients presenting to hospital with suicidal ideation/suicidal attempts, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and ob…

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Most Medicaid Programs Offer Coverage For Basic Maternal Health Services, Survey Reveals

HealthPayerIntelligence (5/23, Bailey) reports that “most Medicaid programs offer coverage for basic maternal health services and many have initiatives planned to expand the scope of benefits, according to a” survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Hea…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Three-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Regimen 80% Effective In Children Under Five Years, Preliminary Data Show

The Washington Post (5/23, A1, Johnson, McGinley) reports Pfizer and BioNTech “said Monday that an early analysis showed their three-dose coronavirus vaccine regimen triggered a strong immune response in younger children, proving 80 percent effective at p…

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AMA Updates CPT Code Set To Include Moderna Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

RevCycle Intelligence (5/20, Bailey) reported, “The American Medical Association (AMA) has updated the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set to include CPT codes for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six months through five years.” Th…

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FDA Approves Dupilumab As First Treatment For Eosinophilic Esophagitis

MedPage Today (5/20, George) reported, “Dupilumab (Dupixent) became the first drug approved to treat eosinophilic esophagitis in adults and pediatric patients ages 12 and older weighing at least 40 kg (~88 lb), the FDA announced.” The approval “expands th…

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Infants Who Exclusively Breastfeed For Longer Durations At Lower Risk For Asthma Compared With Other Infants, Study Suggests

Healio (5/20, Gawel) reported, “Infants who exclusively breastfed for longer durations experienced lower odds for developing asthma compared with other infants, according to a study.” The findings were published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunolo…

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FDA Approves Azacitidine For Pediatric Patients With Newly Diagnosed Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia

OncLive (5/20, Rosa) reported, “The FDA has approved azacitidine (Vidaza) for pediatric patients with newly diagnosed juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia.”

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Infection With Adenovirus Leading Hypothesis For Cases Of Severe Hepatitis Of Unknown Origin In Children, CDC Says

Reuters (5/20, Beasley) reported, “Infection with adenovirus, a common childhood virus, is the leading hypothesis for recent cases of severe hepatitis of unknown origin in children that have led to at least six deaths…said” the Centers for Disease Contr…

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Electronic Cigarettes May Help Women Who Are Pregnant To Stop Smoking, Study Finds

HealthDay (5/19) reports, “Electronic cigarettes may help women who are pregnant to stop smoking, according to” research “in which 1,140 pregnant women who smoked were randomly assigned to e-cigarettes (569 women) or nicotine patches (571 women).” The fin…

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CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster For Children Five To 11

The New York Times (5/19, Mandavilli) reports, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.” This “booster shot would be the third dose available for most…

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Rhinovirus Most Frequently Detected Respiratory Pathogen Among Children, Adolescents During COVID-19 Social Distancing Period, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/19, Stong) reports, “Rhinovirus was the most frequently detected respiratory pathogen among children and adolescents during the period of social distancing imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a study p…

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Growing Evidence Shows Age Of Puberty Declining In Recent Decades

The New York Times (5/19, Ghorayshi) reports growing evidence has “confirmed, in dozens of countries, that the age of puberty in girls has dropped by about three months per decade since the 1970s,” and “a similar pattern, though less extreme, has been obs…

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Cannabis Use With Vaping Devices Increased Among Teenagers While Non-Vaped Cannabis Use Fell Between 2017 And 2019, Survey Finds

MedPage Today (5/19, Firth) reports, “Cannabis use with vaping devices increased among teenagers while non-vaped cannabis use fell, survey data showed.” According to the data published in Addiction, between 2017 and 2019, “overall, any level of cannabis u…

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CDC Says Reports Of Myocarditis Linked To Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Lower In Five- To 11-Year-Old Boys Than Adolescents, Young Men

Reuters (5/19, Erman) reports that on Thursday, the CDC “said reports of heart inflammation [myocarditis] linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been much lower in 5- to 11-year-old boys than in adolescents and young men, representing only a…

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Biden Invokes Defense Production Act To Help Solve Infant Formula Shortage

The AP (5/18, Miller, Freking) reports that on Wednesday, President Biden “invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domes…

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Mozambique Health Authorities Declare Polio Outbreak

The AP (5/18) reports, “Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the disease.” This case “is the second imported case of polio in s…

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Lebrikizumab Reduces Exacerbations In Adolescents With Uncontrolled Asthma, Has Favorable Safety Profile In Phase III Trial

Healio (5/18, Welsh) reports “lebrikizumab reduced exacerbations in adolescents with uncontrolled asthma and had a favorable safety profile, according to results of the” phase III, “multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled ACOUSTICS” tria…

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Young Children Diagnosed With HCM Appear To Have Symptom Burden, Cardiac Phenotype Comparable With Children Presenting Later In Adolescence, Research Indicates

Healio (5/18, Schaffer) reports, “Young children diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy [HCM] have a symptom burden and cardiac phenotype comparable with children presenting later in adolescence, suggesting similar management strategies are needed for…

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Some Child Care Programs Do Not Offer Recommended Opportunities For Physical Activity, Research Suggests

HealthDay (5/18, Mann) reports research suggests most children in child care programs “aren’t getting nearly enough exercise.” For the study, researchers “observed 96 child care centers and 131 Head Start programs” and found that while “74% of programs di…

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ICU Admissions For Self-Harm Appear To Have Increased Significantly Among Adolescents In Australia And New Zealand During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

Healio (5/18, Downey) reports, “A significant increase in ICU admissions for adolescents aged 12 to 17 years with deliberate self-harm was reported in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers concluded after conducting “a national, multicenter…

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Higher Levels Of Family Connection May Contribute To Adolescent “Flourishing,” Data Indicate

Healio (5/18, Weldon) reports, “Data from more than two dozen countries showed that higher levels of family connection may contribute to adolescent ‘flourishing,’ according to a study.” For the study published in Pediatrics, “researchers analyzed data fro…

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Most Parents Saw Decreases, No Changes In Levels Of Anxiety Related To Children’s Food Allergies During COVID-19 Lockdown, Survey Reveals

Healio (5/17, Gawel) reports that “most parents saw decreases or no changes in their levels of anxiety related to their children’s food allergies during the COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020, according to” a “cross-sectional online survey” published…

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Democrats Propose $28M In Aid To Address Baby Formula Shortage

The Washington Post (5/17, Romm, Reiley) reports that on Tuesday, House Democrats “readied $28 million in aid as part of a broader policy push to” address the ongoing baby formula shortage. This “emergency spending measure seeks to pump more funds into th…

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Study Highlights Economic Disparities In Pediatric ICU Admission, Mortality

Healio (5/17, Welsh) reports a retrospective cohort study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2022 International Conference “highlights disparities in pediatric ICU admission and mortality according to area-level socioeconomic deprivation.” The odd…

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Researchers Worldwide Working To Determine Cause Of Hepatitis Cases In Young Children

The Washington Post (5/17, Sun) reports “the growing constellation of” hepatitis cases of unknown origin among young children “has spurred an international hunt to identify the culprit, with disease detectives and researchers from global health agencies,…

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Female Youths Who Attempt Suicide May Be At Increased Risk For Substance Use Disorders, Research Suggests

Healio (5/17, Downey) reports, “Female adolescents and teens who attempted suicide were at an increased risk for substance use disorders,” investigators concluded. The study revealed that “among 122,234 youths included (mean age, 15.6 years), 5,840 (4.8%)…

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster For Children Ages Five To 11

The New York Times (5/17, LaFraniere) reports that the FDA “authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday for children 5 to 11, the latest in a series of actions intended to bolster waning protection against infection from the coronav…

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HHS Will Partner With National PTA To Host Town Hall Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccination Among Children

The Hill (5/16, Choi) reports, “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be partnering with the National PTA to host a town hall event on Wednesday in order to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among children.” As part of HHS’ “‘We Can Do This’…

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FDA Reportedly Expected To Authorize Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster For Children Five To 11 As Early As Tuesday

The New York Times (5/16, LaFraniere) reports, “The Food and Drug Administration is expected as early as Tuesday to authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11, according to multiple people familiar with the plan.” A meeti…

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Bloodstream Infections Common, Affect Survival Outcomes In Children Who Receive Liver Transplantation, Study Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (5/16, Nye) reports, “Bloodstream infections (BSIs) occurred among more than a quarter of children who received liver transplantation…and affected survival outcomes, according to results of a study.” The results published in the…

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Individuals With JIA Have Higher-Than-Average Incidence Of Celiac Disease That May Be Tied To Family History Of Autoimmunity, More Severe Disease Course, Researchers Say

Medwire News (5/16, Cowen) reports, “Individuals with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have a higher-than-average incidence of celiac disease that may be associated with a family history of autoimmunity and a more severe disease course, Italian researc…

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Telehealth Use During Pandemic Higher Among Children With Asthma, Developmental Condition, Disability, CDC Says

mHealth Intelligence (5/16, Melchionna) reports, “In the second half of 2020, only 14.1 percent of children used telehealth due to the pandemic, but use was higher among those with asthma, a developmental condition, or a disability, the Centers for Diseas…

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President Biden Signs Law Prohibiting Manufacture, Sale Of Crib Bumpers, Inclined Sleepers

CBS News (5/16, Gibson) reports that on Monday, President Biden “signed into law legislation that prohibits the manufacture and sale of crib bumpers or inclined sleepers blamed for more than 200 infant deaths, the White House announced.” According to the…

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Biden Administration Says US Baby Formula Shortage Should Improve In Coming Weeks

Reuters (5/13, Chiacu, Heavey) reported the baby formula shortage across the US “should improve dramatically in coming weeks, President Joe Biden and top officials said on Friday as the administration scrambled to reverse a shortfall that hits lower-incom…

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Portions Of Alabama Law On Transgender Medication For Youth

The New York Times (5/14, Rojas) reported that on Friday, US District Judge Liles Burke of the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama “blocked portions of an Alabama law that prevent medical professionals from providing care that helps tra…

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Extended Course Of Antibiotics Showed No Short-Term Clinical Benefit For Children Hospitalized With Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Study Finds

Healio (5/13, Weldon) reported, “An extended course of antibiotics showed no short-term clinical benefit for children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia compared with a standard, shorter course, a study found.” The findings were published in T…

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Association Found Between Polysensitization To Furry Animal Allergens And Lipocalins Among Children With Asthma Sensitized To Dogs, Study Shows

Healio (5/13, Gawel) reported, “Researchers have found an association between polysensitization to furry animal allergens and lipocalins among children with asthma sensitized to dogs, according to a study.” In addition, “children with troublesome asthma h…

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Study Examining OSA In Pediatric Patients With PH Reveals Majority Of Patients May Be Affected By The Sleep Disorder

HCPlive (5/15, Butera) reports a study examining “obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in pediatric patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) found that a majority of patients were affected by the sleep disorder, prompting investigators to suggest routine screen…

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Vaginal Delivery Associated With Increased Risk For Food Sensitization In Infancy, Study Finds

Healio (5/13, Gawel) reported, “Vaginal delivery was associated with increased risk for food sensitization in infancy, with longer labor durations also promoting food sensitization development, according to a study.” The “relationship between vaginal deli…

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Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker That May Help Identify Newborns At Risk For SIDS

Reuters (5/13, Lapid) reported “Australian researchers have identified a biochemical marker in the blood that could help identify newborn babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).” In the study published in eBioMedicine, “babies who died of…

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Prolonged Exposure To Oxytocin During Birth Tied To Increased Risk For Obstetric Hemorrhage, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (5/12, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Prolonged exposure to oxytocin during birth was associated with an increased risk for obstetric hemorrhage, according to a retrospective cohort study.” The findings presented at the 2022 ACOG Annual Clinical & Sc…

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President Biden Speaks With Manufacturers, Retailers To Address Baby Formula Shortage

The AP (5/12, Boak, Eaton-Robb) reports, “A baby formula shortage in the United States is driving parents to swap, sell and offer leftover supplies to each other, as President Joe Biden spoke with manufacturers and retailers Thursday about the plight faci…

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Study Explores Risk Factors For Necrotizing Enterocolitis In Infants Born To Mothers With COVID-19

MedPage Today (5/12, Hamza) reports, “In infants born to mothers with COVID-19, those who tested positive themselves or had asphyxia were at greater risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), an observational study from Indonesia found.” The findings – pub…

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Serum Levels Of Sex Steroids, Bone Metabolism Markers Appear To Align With Skeletal Development In Boys During Puberty, Research Suggests

Healio (5/12, Monostra) reports, “Serum levels of sex steroids and bone metabolism markers align with skeletal development in boys during puberty, though development can vary based on pubertal stage,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed data…

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Adolescents, Young Adults With Cystic Fibrosis Should Be Prepared As Early As Possible For Transition From Pediatric To Adult Care, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/12, Jacobs) reports, “Optimally, adolescents and young adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) should be prepared as early as possible for the transition from pediatric to adult care, especially with respect to preparation for becoming inv…

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Some US School Districts Reinstate Mask Mandates Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

The AP (5/11, LeBlanc, Catalini) reports, “U.S. COVID-19 cases are up, leading a smattering of school districts, particularly in the Northeast, to bring back mask mandates and recommendations for the first time since the Omicron winter surge ended and as…

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CDC Issues Health Alert To Educate Parents On Hepatitis Symptoms Amid Outbreak Among Children

ABC News (5/11, Kindelan) reports, “Parents are being asked to look out for symptoms of hepatitis in their kids as an unexplained outbreak of cases in children continues across the United States.” The CDC on Tuesday “issued a health alert…aimed at educa…

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Moderna Completes All FDA Submissions For Emergency Use Authorization Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine In Adolescents, Children

Reuters (5/11, Roy) reports Moderna “has made all necessary submissions required by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents and children, it said on Wednesday.” Moderna “is seeking approva…

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Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Explore Whether Race Is A Proxy For Other Factors In Prediction Models For UTI Risk Among Children

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/11, Mermelstein) reports that “although previous prediction models have shown an association between patient race and urinary tract infection (UTI) risk, the use of a modified model that replaced race with UTI history and fev…

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Use Of SSRIs Or SNRIs During First Trimester Of Pregnancy Not Tied To Increased Risk For Neonatal Seizures, Epilepsy In Childhood, Registry Data Suggest

MedPage Today (5/11, DePeau-Wilson) reports, “Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) during the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk for neonatal sei…

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Medicaid May Help Reduce Youth Homelessness Among Individuals With Behavioral Health Needs, Analysis Indicates

HealthPayerIntelligence (5/11, Bailey) reports, “Medicaid can help reduce youth homelessness among individuals with behavioral health needs by expanding coverage, incentivizing cross-agency coordination, and increasing plan oversight and accountability, a…

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Exposure To Potentially Harmful Chemicals Appears To Be Rising Among Pregnant People In The US, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/10) reports, “Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed 12 years of urine samples from 171 women in California, Georgia, Illinois, Ne…

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Survey Study Examines Reasons Why US Young Adults Did Not Seek Mental Healthcare For Depression From 2011 To 2019

According to MedPage Today (5/10, Ruprecht), “over the last decade, more than half of young adults with depression reported not receiving treatment…and important reasons were related to cost and stigma.” Researchers arrived at these conclusions after ex…

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HHS Awards $16.3M To Enhance Telehealth Infrastructure, Capacity Of Title X Family Planning Clinics

Bloomberg Law (5/10, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “awarded $16.3 million to 31 grantees to enhance the telehealth infrastructure and capacity of Title X family planning clinics in 26 states, one U.S. territory, and one freely associated state, th…

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Surge In Gun Violence In 2020 Pushed Firearm Homicide Rate To Highest Level In Quarter-Century, CDC Finds

The Washington Post (5/10, Berman) reports, “The surge in gun violence across the United States in 2020 pushed the firearm homicide rate that year to its highest level in a quarter-century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.”…

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Mental Illness In Parents Appears To Carry No Strong Link With Autoimmune Disease In Their Offspring, Study Indicates

Healio (5/10, Herpen) reports, “Mental illness in parents carried no strong link with autoimmune disease in their offspring,” researchers concluded after conducting “a population-based cohort study” that “included 2,192,490 Swedish children born between 1…

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Many State Laws On Consent, Privacy For Adolescents Do Not Reflect Pediatric Professional Standards Of Care, Study Finds

HealthDay (5/9) reports, “Many state laws on consent and privacy for adolescents do not reflect pediatric professional standards of care, according to a study.” For the study published in Pediatrics, researchers “summarized state laws and regulations on m…

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New Alabama Law Criminalizes Prescribing Of Puberty Blockers, Hormones To Trans People Under Age 19

The AP (5/9, Chandler) reports a new law in Alabama “that took effect Sunday makes it a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for [physicians] to prescribe puberty blockers and hormones to trans people under age 19.” The AP adds, “A judge has no…

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Standard Dosing Of Piperacillin Does Not Provide Adequate Systemic Exposure Among Critically Ill Children With AKI Receiving Continuous Kidney Replacement Therapy, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/9, Stong) reports that “among critically ill children with acute kidney injury (AKI) receiving continuous kidney replacement therapy…standard dosing of piperacillin did not provide adequate systemic exposure, however, prolo…

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Children In Families That Struggle To Afford Diapers More Likely To Suffer Sleep Issues, Survey Study Finds

HealthDay (5/9, Preidt) reports a “study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues – and maybe other problems — when their parents can’t afford diapers.” Investigators “surveyed 129 parents of children age 3 and younger” and found that “childr…

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Rewarding Children For Trying New Vegetables May Increase Willingness To Eat Them, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/9, Preidt) reports rewarding children “for trying new vegetables may make them more willing to eat them,” according to a study that “included nearly 600 children, ages 1 to 4, at day care centers in the Netherlands” who “were randomly assigne…

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Study Identifies Six Areas In Which Psychosocial Needs Of Adolescents With Food Allergies Should Be Addressed

Healio (5/9, Gawel) reports, “Although adolescents with food allergies have physical concerns that need care, there are six areas where their psychosocial needs should be addressed as well, according to a study” in which “researchers examined the registra…

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Regulation Aimed At Improving School Lunch Programs May Help Curb Weight Gain Among Low-Income Students, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/9, Norton) reports the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 “that boosted the nutritional standards for school meals may have helped [slow] down weight gain among low-income students,” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. The…

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States Moving To Prohibit Schools From Withholding Recess As Punishment

NBC News (5/7, Mader) reported, “Amid long, structured school days filled with academic demands, recess serves as a critical outlet and break for kids, according to pediatricians and child development experts.” However, “on any given day, an untold number…

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Research On Long COVID In Children Lacking, Experts Say

CNN (5/6, Christensen) reported on the “potentially millions of kids with long COVID.” It is unclear “how many children go on to develop long COVID, because there’s not enough research on it in this age group, some experts say.” Nearly “13 million childre…

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Few Home-Based STI Testing Programs Are Tailored For Youth, Researchers Say

Healio (5/7, Schoen) reported research indicated that “home-based testing for sexually transmitted infections [STIs] addresses important barriers that often prevent young people from seeking care, but few programs are tailored for youth,” investigators co…

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Weight-Based Dosing Of Bedaquiline For Multidrug/Rifampicin-Resistant TB Safe, Effective Among Children With, Without HIV Coinfection, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/6, Nye) reported “weight-based dosing of bedaquiline for multidrug/rifampicin-resistant…tuberculosis (TB) infection was safe and effective among children with and without HIV coinfection, according to” a study. The results…

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Genetic, Environmental, Lifestyle Factors Influence Risk For Food Sensitization, Food Allergies In Early Childhood, Literature Review Indicates

Healio (5/6, Gawel) reported, “Genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors influence the risk for food sensitization and food allergies during the first thousand days of life, according to a literature review published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immu…

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CDC Investigating 109 Cases, Five Deaths Of Severe Hepatitis Of Unknown Cause In Children

The Washington Post (5/6, Sellers, Shepherd) reported the CDC “is investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis of unknown cause in children, officials said Friday.” The Post added, “Five of the children have died.” The New York Times (5/6, Kolata) reported…

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Sixty-Six Percent Of Working Parents Meet Criteria For Parental Burnout, Report Says

The New York Times (5/5, Pearson) reports, “For two years, working parents in America have been running on fumes, hammered by the stress of remote schooling, day care closures, economic instability and social isolation.” And “now, a new report says that 6…

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Motor Skills At Expected Peak May Be Tied To Older Age At Loss Of Ambulation Among Male Children With DMD, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (5/5, Goldberg) reports that “among male children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), increased motor skills near the age of their expected peak suggest they’ll reach an older age before they lose their ability to stand and walk, acc…

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Age-Specific Patterns Define Relationships Between Early Daycare, Severe Airway Infection, Preterm Birth, Atopy-Related Diseases In Childhood, Study Finds

Healio (5/5, Gawel) reports, “Different age-specific patterns defined the relationships between early daycare, severe airway infection, preterm birth and atopy-related diseases in childhood, according to a study.” The findings – published in Pediatric All…

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Black Children With T1D Were At Greater Risk For Recurring DKA Than Their Peers, Regardless Of Quality Of Neighborhood, Study Finds

MedPage Today (5/5, Ruprecht) reports, “Black children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) were at greater risk for recurring diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) than their peers, regardless of whether they lived in better or worse neighborhoods, according to a cross-sect…

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Diet Quality Moderating Factor Between Excess Weight, Psychosocial Health In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (5/5, Herpen) reports that “the quality of a child’s diet is a moderating factor between excess weight and psychosocial health, according to” a “population-based, cross-sectional study.” The results were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Children With Asthma Had Worse Outcomes In The Six Months Following SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Study Finds

Healio (5/5, Gawel) reports, “Children with asthma had worse outcomes in the 6 months following SARS-CoV-2 infection confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction test, according to a study.” The findings were published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical I…

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Gun Deaths In US Reached Record High In 2020, Report Finds

USA Today (5/4, Miller) reports “the number of people dying from gun violence in the USA reached a record high in 2020: an average of 124 people dead every day,” according to a report that analyzed CDC data. The report (PDF) “showed there were 45,222 gun…

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Compared With Younger Children, Adolescents Appear To Experience Longer Wait Times To See Pediatric Rheumatologist For JIA, Researchers Posit

Healio (5/4, Martin) reports, “Adolescents experience longer wait times to see a pediatric rheumatologist for juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA], compared with younger children,” researchers concluded in a 1,747-patient study that categorized patients “i…

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Children Who Have Overweight As Early As Age Six May Be At Risk For Future Diabetes, Heart Disease, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/4, Norton) reports that “as early as age 6, children who” have overweight “could be headed down a path toward future diabetes or heart disease,” according to a study “of nearly 1,000 Danish children” that “found that kids who were overweight…

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Baked Milk May Be Introduced Safely, Effectively Into Diets Of Infants Diagnosed With Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy As Part Of Milk Ladder, Study Suggests

Healio (5/4, Gawel) reports, “Baked milk can be introduced safely and effectively into the diets of young children diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy as part of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care, or MAP, milk ladder, according to a study.” Furthermo…

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Health Insurers, Providers Launching Novel Programs To Improve Housing For Foster Youths

Modern Healthcare (5/4, Devereaux, Subscription Publication) reports, “Foster children and young people transitioning out of the child welfare system frequently encounter obstacles to adequate housing, which some healthcare providers and health insurance…

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Children Who Begin Identifying As Transgender At Young Age Tend To Retain That Identity Five Years Later, Study Indicates

The New York Times (5/4, Ghorayshi) reports “young children who transition to a new gender with social changes…are likely to continue identifying as that gender five years later, according to a” study published in Pediatrics. The study also found that “…

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Anakinra Has Little To No Effect On Moderate To Severe MIS-C, Study Finds

Healio (5/3, Weldon) reports “the interleukin-1 inhibitor anakinra has little to no effect on moderate to severe multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C], according to” a study that evaluated 138 patients, of whom “over a third…had a comorb…

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Proportion Of Young Smokers Who Smoke Menthol Cigarettes Decreased After Implementation Of Ban In England, Survey Study Finds

HealthDay (5/3) reports, “The proportion of young smokers who smoke menthol cigarettes decreased after implementation of a menthol cigarette ban in England in May 2020, according to a [survey] study.” The researchers wrote, “This impact was similar among…

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Infants Born To People Stressed Out During Pregnancy May Be More Likely To Experience Social, Emotional, And Learning Problems As They Grow Up, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/3, Mann) reports, “Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up,” investigators concluded in a study that “followed nearly 100 pregnant wom…

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HHS Awards Nearly $25M To Improve Access To School-Based Health Services

Bloomberg Law (5/3, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “awarded nearly $25 million to improve access to school-based health services, according to the department.” These “awards will support 125 health centers funded by the Health Resources and Service…

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Gut-Brain Axis Plays Important Role In Gastrointestinal Problems In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/3, Preidt) reports that for some children with autism spectrum disorder, “there’s a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal,” according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developme…

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WHO Says Rates Of People With Obesity, Overweight In Europe Have Hit “Epidemic Proportions”

The AP (5/3) reports “the World Health Organization says the rates of people who” have obesity and “overweight in Europe have hit ‘epidemic proportions’ with nearly 60% of adults and a third of children in one of those categories.” The article adds, “WHO…

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Pfizer Now Expects To Submit Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Data By Early June

The AP (5/3) reports, “Pfizer now hopes to tell U.S. regulators how well its COVID-19 vaccine works in the littlest kids by late May or early June.” The company “is testing three extra-small doses of its vaccine in children under 5 after two shots didn’t…

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At Least 228 Probable Cases Of Severe Hepatitis In Children Reported To WHO So Far

Reuters (5/3, Farge) reports World Health Organization spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic on Tuesday “said…that it had received reports of at least 228 probable cases of child hepatitis with dozens more under investigation.” Jasarevic said, “As of May 1, at l…

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FDA Approves Supplemental NDA For Ceftolozane/Tazobactam To Include Treatment Of Pediatric Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections, Complicated Urinary Tract Infections

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/2, Park) reports the FDA “has approved the supplemental New Drug Application…for Zerbaxa® (ceftolozane and tazobactam) to include treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) and complicated urinary tract infe…

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More Money Needed From Congress To Do “Transformative Work On Mental Health,” HHS Secretary Says

CBS News (5/2, Tin) reports, “The Biden administration plans to ramp up mental health services to aid millions of Americans struggling from the disruptions, hardships and grief of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra…

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Children Reporting Higher Levels Of Appendicitis Pain At Presentation More Likely To Struggle With Non-Operative Approach During Hospitalization, Analysis Finds

MedPage Today (5/2, Hamza) reports, “Kids reporting higher levels of appendicitis pain at presentation were more likely to struggle with a non-operative approach during hospitalization, a secondary analysis of a prospective study found.” But, “these kids…

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AYA Solid Organ Transplant Recipients Should Be Supported After Transfer To Adult Healthcare, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/2) reports, “Adolescent and young adult (AYA) solid organ transplant recipients should be supported after transfer to adult health care, with improved clinical outcomes in association with successful retention in adult health care, according…

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Rate Of Vertical Hepatitis C Transmission Nearly 25% Higher Than Commonly Assumed, Analysis Shows

Healio (5/2, Stulpin) reports, “The rate of vertical hepatitis C transmission is nearly 25% higher than commonly assumed, according to a reanalysis of data from more than 1,700 children born to mothers infected with the virus.” The reanalysis “also found,…

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Vegetarian Diets Appear To Be Healthy For Growing Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/2, Norton) reports, “Vegetarian diets are a healthy choice for growing kids – though they may slightly raise the odds of youngsters being underweight, a…study suggests.” The investigators found that overall, “children on meat-free diets wer…

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Incidence Of Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease Increased Among Young Children, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Find

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/2, Stong) reports “the incidence of invasive group A streptococcal…disease was increased among young children, with increased rates generally observed among those from low- and middle-income countries…according to” a 20-s…

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Abbott To Release Limited Quantities Of Nutrition Products Put On Hold Following Infant Formula Recall

Reuters (4/29, Khandekar) reported that on Friday, Abbott Laboratories “said…it would release limited quantities of nutrition products that had been put on hold following a recall of some powdered infant formulas.” As enhanced product testing “would tak…

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FDA To Consider Emergency Use Authorizations For Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines In June

The Washington Post (4/29, McGinley, Johnson) reported FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research director Dr. Peter Marks “pledged Friday not to delay the rollout of coronavirus vaccines for the youngest children and said at least one of the two…

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As Children Become Teens, Brain’s Vocal Preferences Shift, Tuning Out Mothers In Favor Of Unfamiliar Voices, Scan Study Reveals

HealthDay (4/29, Norton) reported research indicates that as children become teenagers, “the brain’s vocal preferences shift, tuning mom out in favor of unfamiliar voices.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion in a study that “included 46 kids, aged 7…

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CDC Releases Clinical Details About Acute Hepatitis Cases With Unknown Causes Among Children

CNN (4/29, McPhillips) reported the CDC “continues to investigate cases of acute hepatitis with unknown causes among children and released new clinical details about some of the cases on Friday.” CNN added, “So far, there have been at least 18 cases repor…

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Study Examines Factors Influencing Children’s Chances Of Becoming Emotional Eaters

According to HealthDay (4/30), children’s “chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent’s influence,” investigators concluded after surveying “185 U.K. mothers of young children, ages 3-5, about…

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Number Of Babies Born With Syphilis In The US Has Surged Since 2012, CDC Data Indicate

Kaiser Health News (5/1, Barry-Jester) reports, “The number of babies born with syphilis in the United States has surged” since 2012, with the latest CDC data showing there were “at least 2,268” babies born in 2021 with congenital syphilis, several times…

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FDA Announces Proposed Ban On Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

The New York Times (4/28, A1, Jewett) reports that on Thursday, the FDA “announced a plan to ban sales of menthol-flavored cigarettes in the United States, a measure many public health experts hailed as the government’s most meaningful action in more than…

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Moderna Requests FDA Emergency Use Authorization For COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Under Six

The Washington Post (4/28, Johnson) reports Moderna on Thursday requested FDA “emergency use authorization…of its coronavirus vaccine for” children younger than six “– a highly anticipated step toward making shots available to the last group in U.S. so…

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Clinical Remission Durable Beyond One Year In Children With Crohn’s Disease Receiving Adalimumab, Study Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (4/28, Stong) reports, “Clinical remission is durable beyond 1 year in children with [Crohn’s] disease…receiving adalimumab therapy, according to a study.” The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology…

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Investigators Develop Machine Learning Tool To Predict No-Shows In Pediatric Medical Appointments

Healthcare IT News (4/28, Jercich) reports investigators have “developed a machine learning tool to predict no-shows in pediatric medical appointments.” In the study, “by adopting a data imputation method for patients with missing information in their rec…

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Vaccination Status May Be Key To Turning Tide On Pandemic-Era Pediatric Mental Health Crisis, Investigators Posit

PatientEngagementHIT (4/28, Heath) reports, “Vaccination status, among other social determinants of health, appears to be key to turning the tide on the pandemic-era pediatric mental health crisis,” investigators concluded in a study that used “Adolescent…

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Bivalent Protein-Based Vaccine Against RSV Administered During Pregnancy Safe, Effective, Trial Indicates

MedPage Today (4/27, Walker) reports, “A bivalent protein-based vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) administered during pregnancy was safe and led to higher neutralizing antibody responses in mothers, as well as evidence of protection in the…

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Measles Cases Jumped By 79% In First Two Months Of 2022, Data Show

Reuters (4/27, Rigby) reports, “Measles cases jumped by 79% in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted child vaccination campaigns around the world, according to data from UNICEF and the World Health Orga…

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Legume Allergies Appear More Common In Children With Multiple Food Allergies, Study Suggests

Healio (4/27, Gawel) reports, “Legume allergies appeared more common among children with multiple food allergies, and most of these children were allergic to multiple legumes, according to a study conducted in Turkey.” Furthermore, “lip dose challenges……

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Adolescents Seen By Resident For Preventive Care More Than Four Times As Likely To Receive HPV Vaccine, Researchers Say

Healio (4/26, Weldon) reports, “Adolescents seen by a resident for preventive care were more than four times as likely to receive an HPV vaccination than those seen by a pediatric or advanced care practitioner attending alone, researchers reported.” The f…

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Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Common In Children Intubated For Lower Respiratory Tract Infections, Tied To Worse Outcomes, Data Indicate

Healio (4/27, Welsh) reports, “Pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome is common in children intubated for lower respiratory tract infections and was associated with increased mortality, mechanical ventilation, and ICU and hospital length of stay, d…

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Incorporating Nasal High-Flow Therapy During Endotracheal Intubation Attempts In NICU Increases Chance Of Success On First Attempt, Study Finds

MedPage Today (4/27, Ingram) reports, “Incorporating nasal high-flow therapy during endotracheal intubation attempts in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) increased the chance of success on the first try, a randomized study found.” In the SHINE study…

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Antibiotic Prescriptions In First Year Of Life May Be Tied To Less Vigorous Immune Response To Routine Childhood Vaccinations, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/27, Norton) reports, “Babies and toddlers who’ve been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations,” according to a study published in Pediatrics. Investigators “found that the more antibiotic…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Submit Application For Emergency Use Authorization Of COVID-19 Booster Shot For Children

CNN (4/26, Christensen) reports, “Pfizer and BioNTech said Tuesday that they have submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11.” CNBC (4/26,…

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Around 190 Unexplained Cases Of Severe Hepatitis Reported In Children Worldwide, ECDC Says

Reuters (4/26, Rigby) reports, “Around 190 unexplained cases of severe hepatitis have been reported in children around the world, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control [ECDC] said on Tuesday.” This “outbreak was first reported this month…

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Three In Four US Children Have Had SARS-CoV-2 Infection, CDC Estimates

The AP (4/26, Stobbe) reports, “Three out of every four U.S. children have been infected with the coronavirus and more than half of all Americans had signs of previous infections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers estimated in a repor…

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Children Conceived Through Infertility Treatment Have Higher Risk For Asthma, Allergies, Study Suggests

Healio (4/26, Gawel) reports, “Children conceived through infertility treatment had a higher risk for asthma and allergies, even after adjustment for parental asthma and atopy, according to a study.” The results were published in Human Reproduction.

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Furosemide Tied To Increased Risk For Electrolyte Adverse Events, But Not Tied To Greater Risk For Overall Safety Events In Preterm Infants At High Risk For Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Trial Indicates

Healio (4/26, Weldon) reports, “The first randomized controlled trial of furosemide for preterm infants at high risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia found an increased risk for electrolyte adverse events but no greater risk for overall safety events,” acco…

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Prevalence, Presence Of Complex Chronic Conditions, Invasive Mechanical Ventilation Use Increased Among US Infants Hospitalized With RSV Bronchiolitis From 1997 To 2016, Researchers Say

Healio (4/26, Welsh) reports, “Among U.S. infants hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus [RSV] bronchiolitis, the overall prevalence, presence of complex chronic conditions and invasive mechanical ventilation use increased from 1997 to 2016, resear…

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Firearm-Related Deaths Surpassed Car Crashes As Top Cause Of Death For US Children, Adolescents In 2020, Analysis Finds

Reuters (4/26, Timmons) reports an analysis “based on recent mortality data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” has found that “guns surpassed car crashes as the top cause of death in America for those aged 19 and under in 2020.” According…

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UK Health Officials Say Increasing Evidence Links Acute Hepatitis Cases In Children To Adenovirus

The AP (4/25, Kirka) reports “British health officials investigating the cause of a spike in acute hepatitis, or liver inflammation, among children said there is increasing evidence that it is linked to” adenovirus, “which was detected in 75% of the confi…

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Women With History Of Migraine Have Greater Risks Of Pregnancy Complications, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (4/25, George) reports, “Women with a history of migraine had higher risks of pregnancy complications, data from the large prospective Nurses’ Health Study II showed.” According to the data presented at the 2022 AAN Annual Meeting, “in model…

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FDA Grants Full Approval To Gilead’s Remdesivir For Treatment Of COVID-19 In Children Aged 28 Days And Older

Reuters (4/25, Mishra) reports that on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration “granted the first full approval for treating COVID-19 in children aged 28 days and older to Gilead Sciences Inc’s drug remdesivir [Veklury].” This “comes months after the age…

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Systematic Review Indicates Global Estimated Prevalence Of Malnutrition Among Children With Cerebral Palsy Is 40%

Neurology Advisor (4/25, Stroka) reports, “The global estimated prevalence of malnutrition among children with cerebral palsy (CP) is 40%, according to a” 67-study “systematic review and meta-analysis,” the findings of which were published online in the j…

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New COVID-19 Cases Among US Children Rise For Second Consecutive Week, Report Finds

ABC News (4/25, Mitropoulos) reports, “For the second consecutive week, new COVID-19 infection rates among children in the U.S. have seen a notable increase, according to a…report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital…

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Adolescent Suicides Made Up A Larger Share Of Suicides At The Start Of The COVID-19 Pandemic Compared To Pre-Pandemic Years, Data Indicate

CNN (4/25, Rogers) reports, “The number of suicides among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 increased in five states during the pandemic, according to research looking at 14 states.” In addition, “data from Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma,…

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Common Pediatric Infectious Diseases Returned To, Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Levels Last Winter, Data Reveal

Healio (4/25, Weldon) reports that “common pediatric infectious diseases returned to or exceeded pre-pandemic levels last winter, according to data.” Researchers “found that, under strict infection control during the 2020-2021 winter season, the rates of…

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Fewer Children With Asthma Hospitalized For Exacerbations During First Few Months Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Finds

Healio (4/22, Gawel) reported, “Fewer children with asthma were hospitalized for exacerbations during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the previous year, although they presented with more severe symptoms, according to a…study….

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WHO Says At Least One Death Has Been Reported Following Increase Of Acute Hepatitis Of Unknown Origin In Children

Reuters (4/23, Sabahatjahan) reported, “The World Health Organization said on Saturday that at least one child death had been reported following an increase of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, and that at least 169 cases had been reported in…

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Upper Airway Stimulation Shows Promise In Reducing Sleep Disruptions In Children With Down Syndrome And OSA, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/22, Preidt) reported “an implanted device that stimulates tongue nerves shows promise in reducing…sleep disruptions” in children with Down syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study, finding “the device was safe overal…

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Early Targeted Treatment With Ibuprofen Does Not Reduce Mortality Among Extremely Preterm Infants With Large Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Researchers Say

Healio (4/24, Weldon) reports the Baby-OSCAR trial “found that early targeted treatment with ibuprofen did not reduce mortality among 72-hour-old extremely preterm infants with a large patent ductus arteriosus, researchers reported.” Furthermore, there “w…

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Selective Impairments In Regional Fetal Brain Growth Predict Adverse Development Among Infants With Congenital Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Healio (4/24, Weldon) reports “selective impairments in regional fetal brain growth predicted adverse development among infants with congenital heart disease, according to” a study using fetal MRI. Overall, “the researchers found that infants with single-…

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Expert Offers Advice For Parents On Addressing Pandemic-Related Anxiety In Children

HealthDay (4/24, Preidt) reports Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science professor Laurel Williams, DO offers advice for parents on how to address “anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic” among their young children…

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US Adolescents Facing Soaring Rates Of Mental Health Disorders, Research Suggests

The New York Times (4/24, A1, Richtel, Flanagan) reports that American adolescents are facing a new public health threat, that is, “soaring rates of mental health disorders.” For example, in 2019, 13 percent of adolescent Americans “reported having a majo…

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CDC Issues Nationwide Health Alert Over Cluster Of Serious Hepatitis Cases In Young Children

The Washington Post (4/21, Lena Sun, Cha) reports that on Thursday, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide health alert…about an unusual cluster of serious hepatitis cases in young children for which the cause or causes is n…

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FDA Could Reportedly Authorize COVID-19 Vaccine For Younger Children In June

NBC News (4/21, Lovelace) reports, “The Food and Drug Administration could authorize a Covid-19 vaccine for children under age 5 in June, according to two people familiar with the plans.” Members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Co…

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Study Examines Rates Of Diagnostic Errors In Pediatric Intensive Care Units

MedPage Today (4/21, Dotinga) reports “an estimated 1.5% of diagnoses at four Iowa pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) were wrong,” according to a retrospective “study of nearly 900 randomly selected patients treated at the PICUs over a 1-year period.”…

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Upper Airway Stimulation Safe, Effective For Adolescent Patients With Down Syndrome And Severe OSA, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/21) reports, “For adolescents with Down syndrome and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), upper airway stimulation is safe and effective, according to” researchers who found “a mean decrease in the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 12.9 events/h…

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Exposure To Maternal Social Disadvantage Tied To Reduction In Neonatal Brain Volumes, Cortical Folding At Birth, Study Finds

HealthImaging (4/21, Kania) reports a “study of 280 mothers and their newborns found that prenatal exposure to maternal social disadvantage – defined by factors including health insurance status, highest educational level, Area Deprivation Index, and Heal…

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Smaller Portion Of US Children Got Routine Vaccinations Required For Kindergarten During Pandemic, CDC Says

The AP (4/21, Tanner) reports, “A smaller portion of U.S. children got routine vaccinations required for kindergarten during the pandemic, government researchers said Thursday, raising concerns that measles and other preventable diseases could increase.”…

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US Air Quality Worsened Between 2018 And 2020, Data Indicate

CNN (4/21, Christensen) reports, “The US saw the highest number of ‘very unhealthy’ and ‘hazardous’ air quality days between 2018 and 2020 than it ever had before, according to” American Lung Association data. CNN says, “Nearly 9 million more people were…

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Florida Memo Advises Physicians Against Prescribing Puberty Blockers, Hormone Therapy For Transgender Youth

The Washington Post (4/20, Branigin) reports Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo on Wednesday “released a memo to health-care workers” that “advises physicians against prescribing puberty blockers or hormone therapy for transgender youths and states tha…

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Millions Of US Public School Students Considered Chronically Absent Amid Pandemic

The New York Times (4/20, Fortin) reports on the “millions of public school students across the United States who” are “considered chronically absent – often defined as missing 10 percent of the days in a school year, whether the absences are excused or n…

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Increasing Short-Term Exposure To Ambient Grass Pollen Tied To Reversible Obstructive Lung Function Deficits In Children With Allergic Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (4/20, Gawel) reports, “Increasing short-term exposure to ambient grass pollen was associated with reversible obstructive lung function deficits in children with allergic disease,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 641 children…who…

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Prenatal Exposure To Maternal Autoimmune Diseases May Be Tied To Increased Risks Of Mental Disorders In Offspring, Investigators Posit

HCPlive (4/20, Grossi) reports research indicates that “prenatal exposure to maternal autoimmune diseases was linked to increased risks of mental disorders in offspring.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after examining data that “identified 2,272…

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Firearm-Related Deaths Among Children, Adolescents Rose During 2020, Becoming Leading Cause Of Mortality Among Youth, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (4/20, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Gun-related deaths increased significantly among children and adolescents in 2020, becoming the leading cause of mortality among youth, researchers said.” According to the researchers, “the crude rate of firearm-…

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AHA Releases Statement On Association Between COVID-19 Infection, CV Complications Among Children, Young Adults

Healio (4/19, Buzby) reports the American Heart Association has issued “a scientific statement on the association between COVID-19 infection and CV complications among children and young adults.” The statement – published in Circulation – “provides an ove…

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FDA Issues Safety Communication For Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests

MedPage Today (4/19, Fiore) reports, “The FDA warned in a safety communication that non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) are screening tests – not diagnostic tests – and patients and healthcare providers may make inappropriate healthcare decisions based on…

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Study Examines Risks Copycat Packaging In Cannabis Sales Pose To Children

CNN (4/19, LaMotte) reports on a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence “investigating copycat packaging in cannabis sales.” CNN adds, “A child could easily mistake these copycat bags of edibles for the real candy and chips.” Eating just a small f…

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Household Transmission Of SARS-CoV-2 High, With Children Being Significant Source Of Spread, Study Suggests

Healio (4/19, Weldon) reports “SARS-CoV-2 spreads extensively in households, with children being a significant source of that spread,” according to a Canadian study published in CMAJ Open. The researchers concluded, “People with SARS-CoV-2 infection trans…

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By Reducing HbA1c During Pregnancy, Women With Pregestational Diabetes May Reduce Risks For Having An Infant Born Large For Gestational Age Or With Neonatal Hypoglycemia, Study Suggests

Healio (4/19, Monostra) reports, “By reducing HbA1c during pregnancy, women with pregestational diabetes may reduce their risks for having an infant born large for gestational age or with neonatal hypoglycemia,” investigators concluded in a study that inc…

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Treatment Options For Eating Disorders Reportedly Sparse, Particularly In Rural States

Kaiser Health News (4/19, Graf) reports, “Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder, are some of the most fatal mental illnesses,” but “treatment options are sparse, particularly in rural states.” This means patients must tr…

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Hospitalization Rates For Unvaccinated Children Ages Five To 11 Twice As High During Omicron Surge, CDC Study Finds

The New York Times (4/19, Mueller) reports, “Unvaccinated children from 5 to 11 years old were hospitalized with Covid at twice the rate of vaccinated children during the winter Omicron variant surge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporte…

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Pediatric Telehealth Use Appears To Be Inconsistent Across Different Subspecialties, Researchers Say

mHealth Intelligence (4/18, Melchionna) reports, “When comparing the use of telehealth among different pediatric subspecialties,” investigators “found that pediatric telehealth use was inconsistent across subspecialties, with genetics and behavioral healt…

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Young Adults In College Who Experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences May Have Higher Odds Of Sleep Difficulty, Insomnia, And Other Sleep Disorder Diagnosis, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/18, Butera) reports research indicates that “young adults in college…who experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACE) experienced higher odds of sleep difficulty, insomnia, and other sleep disorder diagnosis.” Included in the study were “a…

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In School Districts With Greater Segregation, Black Students Tended To Have More Behavioral Issues And Were More Likely To Drink Alcohol Vs. Peers In More Integrated Districts, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/18, Norton) reports research indicates that “in school districts with greater segregation, Black students tended to have more behavioral issues and were more likely to drink alcohol, versus their peers in more integrated districts.” Investiga…

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Smoking During Pregnancy May Not Directly Cause AD/HD In Children, Systematic Review Suggests

HealthDay (4/18, Preidt) reports, “Smoking during pregnancy does not directly cause” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in children,” investigators concluded in a 46-study systematic review and meta-analysis, the findings of which were publ…

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HHS, HRSA Award $16M In Grant Funding To Strengthen MIECHV Programs In Hopes Of Improving Child And Maternal Health Outcomes

PatientEngagementHIT (4/18, Rodriguez) reports, “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have awarded $16 million in grant funding to strengthen the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhoo…

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Two New Studies Add To Research Showing Many Risks That Lead Poses To Children

HealthDay (4/18, Preidt) reports, “New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters,” investigators concluded. One study revealed “a significant association between lead exposure in early childhood and…

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California Announces $10M Grant To Incentivize Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines

The Los Angeles Times (4/15, Money) reported the California Department of Public Health on Friday launched “a $10-million grant program aimed at incentivizing healthcare providers to extend their operations to make pediatric [COVID-19] vaccinations more e…

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Experts Concerned COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Worsening Children’s Rates Of Routine Immunizations

Politico (4/18, Messerly, Mahr) reports children “aren’t getting caught up on routine shots they missed during the pandemic, and many vaccination proponents are pointing to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy as a big reason why.” Pediatricians and experts “in 10…

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Researchers Say New Therapy May Prevent Hypoglycemia In Children With Congenital Hyperinsulinism

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reported “a new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with” congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), according to researchers who “developed a treatment called exendin-(9-39).” The researchers “say it could prevent hypoglycemia in…

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Inhaled Hypertonic Saline Tied To Beneficial Lung Changes Compared With Isotonic Saline In Young Children With Cystic Fibrosis, Trial Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (4/15, Saleh) reported, “Compared with isotonic saline, use of inhaled hypertonic saline during a period of 48 weeks resulted in beneficial lung changes in children with cystic fibrosis aged 3 to 6 years.” The results of the Saline Hyp…

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Health Officials In Several Countries Investigating Cases Of Severe Hepatitis In Children

The AP (4/15, Stobbe) reported “health officials in several countries are investigating mysterious cases of severe” hepatitis “in children, and they think it may be related to” adenoviruses. The United Kingdom “has been investigating at least 74 cases in…

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High Rates Of C-Sections Continue Across The US South

Kaiser Health News (4/14, Sausser) reports that in 2020, “31.8% of all births in the U.S. were C-sections…according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” with rates “far higher in many states, especially across the Sou…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Increases Immune Defenses In School-Aged Children, Particularly Against Omicron Variant, Pfizer & BioNTech Say

The Washington Post (4/14, Johnson) reports, “A booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine increases immune defenses against the coronavirus in school-aged children, particularly against the omicron variant, the companies announced Thursday.” The compani…

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Lower Birth Weight May Be Associated With T2D At A Younger Age, Lower BMI At Diagnosis, Research Suggests

Healio (4/14, Monostra) reports, “Having a lower birth weight is associated with type 2 diabetes [T2D] onset at a younger age, and those with a lower birth weight are also more likely to have a lower BMI at diagnosis,” investigators concluded in a study t…

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Autoantibodies Against IL-1Ra Appear To Be Present In Large Proportion Of Patients With MIS-C, Researchers Say

Medwire News (4/14, McDermid) reports, “Autoantibodies against interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) are present in a large proportion of patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C),” investigators concluded in a study involvi…

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US, UK Public Health Officials Investigating Number Of Unusual Cases Of Serious Hepatitis In Young Children

STAT (4/14, Branswell) reports, “Public health officials in the United States and the United Kingdom are investigating a number of unusual cases of serious hepatitis in young children, the cause or causes of which are currently unknown.” Evidence out of “…

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US Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency For Three More Months

Reuters (4/13, Aboulenein) reports, “The United States on Wednesday renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency, allowing millions of Americans to keep getting free tests, vaccines and treatments for at least three more months.” The emergency “was due to…

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Study Examines Differences In Gut Bacteria Between Pediatric Patients With ASD And Those Without

HCPlive (4/13, Walter) reports researchers have demonstrated a difference “in gut bacteria between pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and pediatric patients without ASD.” They did so in a study that “examined 101 pediatric patients wit…

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Pediatric Patients With Psoriasis Receiving Ixekizumab Appear To Show Improvements In Patient-Reported Outcomes, Objective Measures Of Complete Skin Clearance, Trial Data Indicate

HCPlive (4/13, Butera) reports research indicates that pediatric patients who “received the biologic” ixekizumab “showed improvements in patient-reported outcomes and objective measures of complete skin clearance of psoriasis.” MedPage Today (4/13, Bankhe…

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Vast Majority Of Children, Young People With RMDs And COVID-19 Do Not Experience Severe Illness, Study Indicates

Rheumatology News (4/13, McCall) reports “the vast majority of children and young people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and COVID-19 are not hospitalized, according to” a study. Even when hospitalized, “they experienced only mild sympt…

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Rates Of Some STDs Increased In US During First Year Of Pandemic, CDC Data Reveal

The Washington Post (4/12, Shepherd) reports “the number of cases of some sexually transmitted diseases increased during the first year of the pandemic,” according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data revealed “gonorrhea i…

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Viral Shedding Of Streptococcus Pyogenes Among School-Aged Children Exposed To Scarlet Fever Highlights Need For Rapid Case Management, Effective Interventions, Study Concludes

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/12, Storms) reports “significant viral shedding of Streptococcus pyogenes among school-aged children exposed to scarlet fever highlights the need for rapid case management and effective interventions to decrease the risk for…

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Clinicians Discuss How Pandemic Has Affected HPV Vaccination Among Adolescents

The Washington Post (4/12, Blakemore) reports a CDC study “looked at challenges to HPV vaccination” during the COVID-19 pandemic “at family practice and pediatric clinics that serve adolescents.” Researchers “interviewed clinicians in Iowa, most in rural…

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Children Unprepared For School Environment, Lack Basic Life Skills Due To Pandemic Disruptions, Teachers Say

In interviews with The Washington Post (4/12, Natanson), teachers in the US “shared that they were…dealing with pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and elementary-school students – as well as some middle-schoolers – who arrived unprepared for the school…

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Not Enough Evidence To Recommend Routine Screening Of Children Who Show No Obvious Signs Of Being Suicidal, USPSTF Says

The AP (4/12, Tanner) reports, “In draft guidance posted” April 12, “the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] said there’s not enough evidence to recommend routinely screening kids who show no obvious signs of being suicidal.” Already, “opposing v…

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Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Teens Have More Than Doubled In Recent Years, Even As Drug Use Declines, Analysis Indicates

The Los Angeles Times (4/12, Reyes) reports “deadly drug overdoses among U.S. teenagers have more than doubled in frequency in recent years, even as those in the age group became less likely to use illegal drugs,” according to an analysis of “overdose dea…

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Pregnant People Among Populations Vulnerable To Health Effects From Climate Change

The Washington Post (4/11, Kam) reports, “As scientists study how climate change is affecting human health, pregnant people and their unborn babies are emerging as a vulnerable group.” People “who must evacuate during natural disasters are often extremely…

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Use Of Low-Dose AD/HD Medications For One Year Not Associated With Changes In Thyroid Or Growth Hormone Levels Among Children Aged Six To 12 Years, Study Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (4/11, Stong) reports, “Use of low-dose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “medications for one year was not found to be associated with changes in thyroid or growth hormone levels among children aged six to 12 years,”…

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Just 20% Of Sexually Active High School Students Were Tested For STIs In Past Year, Report Finds

HealthDay (4/11, Reinberg) reports “too few sexually active teens are getting tested for” sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, the report found that “just 20% of sexually…

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Rise In Congenital Syphilis Cases In US Likely A Result Of Multiple Factors, Researchers Say

Healio (4/11, Stulpin) reports, “The rise in congenital syphilis cases in the United States is likely a result of multiple factors, researchers said.” A “study of cases in Chicago” from December 2014 to December 2018 “found that pregnant women who deliver…

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Impact Of Exposure To Corticosteroids In Utero On Risk Of Long-Term Neurological Impairment Varies By Birth Timing, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Suggest

MedPage Today (4/11, D’Ambrosio) reports that “the impact of exposure to corticosteroids in utero on risk of long-term neurological impairment varied by birth timing, according to a” 30-study systematic review and meta-analysis. Children “born at full ter…

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Older Children, Teens At Greater Risk Of Severe MIS-C After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/11, Preidt) reports that “older children and teens are the most vulnerable to severe cases of” multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) after SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a 232-child study. The findings published in the Canadian Medic…

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Some In US Seek Standard For Children’s Masks

Reuters (4/8, Baertlein) reported that for adults, “N95 masks are federally regulated and considered a gold standard,” while “for children, no comparable U.S.-regulated mask exists,” and “disease experts say children will still need high-quality masks for…

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Children With Suspected Abusive Head Trauma May Be At Risk For Elevated Intraocular Pressure, Study Suggests

Neurology Advisor (4/8, Nye) reported children with suspected “abusive head trauma (AHT) may be at risk for elevated intraocular pressure…according to a study” that “shows that children who died from AHT have orthograde axonal transport block in the lam…

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Experts Call For Reinforced Safe Sleep Advice, More Research To Prevent SIDS

The Washington Post (4/10, Cimons) reports, “In the years following the 1994 start of the Safe to Sleep campaign…cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) plummeted by more 50 percent.” However, “the decline stopped,” as “some 3,400 babies under age…

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Experts Provide Tips For Introducing Solid Foods Into A Baby’s Diet

The Washington Post (4/10, Harrison Belz) reports, “In the first two years of life, a child will need to be fed approximately 3,000 times,” a figure that for some parents “cues an exhausting montage.” The Post adds, “Introducing a baby to solids does more…

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Medicaid And CHIP May Offer Up To 12 Months Of Postpartum Benefits If States Act

PBS NewsHour (4/8, Santhanam) reported on “a new provision [that] guarantees access to health care via Medicaid for residents of some states during…the months following childbirth.” Under the American Rescue Plan, “postpartum benefits – 12 months of hea…

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Resistance-Exercise Training Program May Improve Muscle Strength, Functional Capacity In Pediatric Patients With CF With Mild To Moderate Pulmonary Impairment, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (4/8, Brick) reported that “a resistance-exercise training program can improve muscle strength and functional capacity in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have mild to moderate pulmonary impairment, according to a study…

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Topical Analgesic With Lidocaine And Tetracaine Did Not Decrease Need For Propofol Sedation During Lumbar Puncture In Children With Cancer, Study Finds

Oncology Nurse Advisor (4/7, Nye) reports that researchers found that “topical analgesic with lidocaine and tetracaine did not decrease need for propofol sedation during lumbar puncture in children with cancer.” The findings were published in the Journal…

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SC-T Injections May Be Safe, Effective Alternative To Intramuscular Testosterone Among TM/GD Youth, Study Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (4/7, Nye) reports, “Subcutaneous testosterone (SC-T) injections” appear to “be a safe and effective alternative to intramuscular testosterone among transmasculine and gender-diverse (TM/GD) youth,” investigators concluded in a 119-p…

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Screening For Hypertension Less Likely To Occur During Health Maintenance Visits For Children With Autism, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/7, Iapoce) reports findings from a cross-sectional study “suggest screening for hypertension was less likely to occur during health maintenance visits for children with autism compared to children without autism.” The findings published as a re…

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Study Reveals Psychiatric Symptoms, Impaired HRQOL Among Adolescents And Young Adults With T2D

Endocrinology Advisor (4/7, Nye) reports, “Psychiatric symptoms and impaired health-related quality of life (HRQOL) have been reported among adolescents and young adults with youth-onset type 2 diabetes (T2D),” researchers concluded in a 514-patient study…

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Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Criminalize Gender-Affirming Healthcare For Transgender Youth

Reuters (4/7, Caspani) reports, “Alabama lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that would criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth, with a threat of 10 years in prison for medical providers.” This “legislation, passed 66-28 by the state…

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Young Children More Likely To Be Infected With Omicron Variant Than Delta Variant, Less Likely To Experience Severe Health Outcomes, Researchers Say

Healio (4/7, Weldon) reports, “Young children were more likely to be infected with the omicron variant than the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 but less likely to experience severe health outcomes, researchers reported.” Their findings published in JAMA Pedia…

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Prevalence Of Pediatric Alopecia Areata Appears To Have Nearly Doubled Across US In Last Decade, Researchers Say

HCPlive (4/6, Butera) reports research indicates that “the prevalence of alopecia areata in pediatric patients across the United States had nearly doubled in the last decade, with an incidence rate of 13.6 cases per 100,000 person-years.” The findings wer…

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Despite Overall Improvements, Racial Disparities Remain In Pediatric SLE Care, Research Suggests

Healio (4/6, Martin) reports, “Children with lupus of all racial and ethnic groups have experienced reduced” outcomes “of end-stage renal disease and dialysis, but the overall improvement has failed to close the outcome gap between Black and white patient…

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Link Appears To Exist Between Financial Insecurity, US Children Diagnosed With Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Posit

Dermatology Advisor (4/6, Garber) reports, “A link exists between financial insecurity and children living in the US diagnosed with atopic dermatitis,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from the 2011-2018 National Health Interview Survey…perta…

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AI-Based Predictive Tool May Be Able To Identify T1D In Children Earlier, Before They Are Diagnosed As Result Of Potentially Fatal DKA, Researchers Say

Medscape (4/6, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports, “An artificial intelligence (AI)-based predictive tool may be able to identify type 1 diabetes [T1D] in children earlier, before they are diagnosed as a result of potentially fatal diabetic keto…

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After A Concussion, Adolescent Patients May Experience Menstrual Cycle Changes, Researchers Say

Neurology Advisor (4/6, Martinez) reports, “Following a concussion, adolescent patients were found to experience changes in their menstrual cycle,” investigators concluded. Additionally, “menses phase at time of injury was…associated with postconcussion…

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Induced Deliveries, C-Sections For Preterm Births Decreased In 2020 Due To Pandemic Lockdown, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/6, Lei Wu) reports, “Induced deliveries and cesareans for preterm births decreased in 2020 as a result of the pandemic lockdown, a nationwide U.S. study found.” The results published in Pediatrics found that, “compared with birth trends f…

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Antimalarial Treatment With Dihydroartemisinin/Piperaquine Plus Dolutegravir-Based Antiretroviral Therapy Safe, Effective For Pregnant Women With HIV Infection, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/5, Nye) reports, “Results of an open-label, nonrandomized pharmacokinetic study found that antimalarial treatment with dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine…in combination with dolutegravir (DTG)-based antiretroviral therapy…was…

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Reproductive-Age Women In US Have Highest Rate Of Preventable Deaths Compared With Other High-Income Countries, Report Finds

MedPage Today (4/5, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Reproductive-age women in the U.S. had the highest rate of preventable deaths compared with 10 other high-income countries, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.” Also, “the overall maternal mortality…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Not Tied To Birth Defects, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/5, Munez) reports the COVID-19 vaccine “is not associated with birth defects detectable on an ultrasound” in early pregnancy, according to a study. The study results were published in JAMA Pediatrics. Diagnostic Imaging (4/5, Hall) reports th…

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Weight, Blood Pressure, Other Traditional CV Risk Factors In Early Childhood Link To Cardiac Events, Deaths In Older Age, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (4/5, Phend) reports, “Weight, blood pressure, and other traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors in early childhood do link to cardiac events and deaths in older age,” investigators concluded. In fact, “as interpolated from surrogate ma…

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Study Explores Effect Of Updated Treatment Guidance To Reduce Use Of Vancomycin In NICU For Late-Onset Sepsis

MedPage Today (4/5, Lei Wu) reports, “A change in treatment guidance to reduce the use of vancomycin in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for late-onset sepsis was safe, sustained, and resulted in similar mortality outcomes, a study of three Ohio NI…

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Study Highlights Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Clinic, ED Acute Care Use For Pediatric Asthma

Healio (4/5, Welsh) reports an observational study published in Annals of Family Medicine “highlights different patterns of clinic and ED acute care use for asthma among non-Hispanic Black and bilingual Latino children compared with non-Hispanic white chi…

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Many Americans Believe Tackle Football Is Not Appropriate For Kids, Survey Reveals

HealthDay (4/4, Norton) reports a study published in the journal Social Currents “reveals that Americans may love their football, but half now believe that kids should not play the tackle version of the game.” Investigators “found that of nearly 4,000 U.S…

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Cashew Oral Immunotherapy Desensitizes Most Children With Cashew Allergy As Well As Those With Co-Allergy To Pistachio, Study Indicates

Healio (4/4, Bennett) reports, “Cashew oral immunotherapy desensitized most children with cashew allergy as well as those with a co-allergy to pistachio and had a similar safety profile to other food-related oral immunotherapies, according to a study.” Th…

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Follow-Up Care After Asthma-Related ED Visits Among Children Appears Rare, Researchers Say

HealthDay (4/4, Preidt) reports “researchers analyzed claims data on more than 90,000 asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits by children ages 3 to 21 in California, Massachusetts and Vermont” and “found that only 23% actually received follow-up c…

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Correcting Low Blood Sugar In Infants Reduces Risk Of Brain Development Problems Later In Life, Studies Indicate

HealthDay (4/4, Preidt) reports that “correcting low blood sugar in infants reduces their risk of brain development problems later in life,” according to two studies, both published in JAMA. One study “found no difference in academic performance between c…

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Mental Health Crisis Now Playing Out At Schools Among US Children

According to the AP (4/4, Gecker), since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, “experts have warned of a mental health crisis facing American children.” That crisis is “now playing out at schools in the form of increased childhood depression, anxiety, panic…

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Fewer Children Prescribed Opioids For Surgical Pain Between 2014 And 2017, Research Suggests

HealthDay (4/4, Mann) reports research “shows that fewer Americans under the age of 18 were prescribed” opioids “to treat surgical pain between 2014 and 2017, and these numbers dropped even more rapidly beginning in late 2017.” The findings published in P…

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Two Lots Of Disney-Branded Hand Sanitizer Voluntarily Recalled After Benzene, Methanol Detected

CNN (4/2, Sottile) reported, “Two lots of Disney-branded hand sanitizer featuring Mickey Mouse and baby Yoda from The Mandalorian have been voluntarily recalled by Best Brands Consumer Products, according to a company statement shared by the Food and Drug…

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Adolescents With SUD May Be More Likely To Have Subsequent Prescription Medication Use, Symptoms Of SUD In Adulthood, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/1, Wu) reported, “Adolescents with substance use disorder (SUD) were more likely to have subsequent prescription” medication “use and symptoms of SUD in adulthood,” investigators concluded in an analysis of “Monitoring the Future study” d…

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HHS Extends Postpartum Coverage For 12 Months For Medicaid, CHIP

Bloomberg Law (4/1, Subscription Publication) reported, “As many as 720,000 pregnant and postpartum people could now be guaranteed Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for 12 months after pregnancy through the American Rescue Plan, ac…

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States Exploring Later School Start Times Amid Pandemic’s Impact On Youth’s Mental Health

ABC News (4/3, Deliso) reports, “New Jersey is one of several states exploring later school start times, as educators and health professionals grapple with concerns about the pandemic’s impact on youth’s mental health.” Additional “states that have introd…

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Racial Disparities In Childhood Exposure To Firearm Violence Grew During Pandemic, Study Indicates

TIME (4/1, Bates) reported a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine “shows that in the five years before the pandemic began, Black children, compared to white children, were already at a significantly higher level of risk of being…

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Blood Test May Identify Pregnant People With COVID-19 At Higher Risk For Stillbirth, Placentitis, Small Study Indicates

Healio (3/31, VanDewater) reports that “a blood test may identify” pregnant people “with COVID-19 who are at higher risk for stillbirth and placentitis, according to a small observational study.” For the study published in Placenta, “clinical samples were…

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US Education Secretary Talks With Parents About Impact Of COVID-19 On Children

The Los Angeles Times (3/31, Blume, Taketa) reports that on Wednesday, US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona “asked parents at Los Angeles High School of the Arts in Koreatown how the pandemic had affected their children – and also them – and what they…

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CDC Warning Of Accelerated Mental Health Crisis Among Adolescents

The Washington Post (3/31, Balingit) reports the CDC “is warning of an accelerating mental health crisis among adolescents, with more than four in 10 teens reporting that they feel ‘persistently sad or hopeless,’ and one in five saying they have contempla…

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Ecopipam May Reduce Tics By 30% In Children, Teens With Tourette Syndrome, Industry-Funded Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/31, Reinberg) reports, “Ecopipam, which failed as a weight loss medication, may reduce tics by 30% in kids and teens with Tourette” syndrome “without the unpleasant side effects of current treatments, researchers” posited in a study funded by…

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Fetal Exposure To Cannabis Tied To Poor Metabolic Health In Early Childhood, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/31, Monaco) reports “babies’ metabolic health appeared to suffer after being exposed to cannabis” in utero, according to a study “of 103 mother-child pairs from Colorado.” Compared to “babies who weren’t exposed to cannabinoids in utero,…

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States Scaling Back COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Efforts

The New York Times (3/30, A1, Bosman, Kasakove) reports that “as Americans shed masks and return to offices and restaurants, local and state officials are scaling back” efforts including free COVID-19 testing sites and vaccination campaigns, and some “hav…

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Napping Helps Preschoolers Improve Letter-Sound Mapping, Research Suggests

HealthDay (3/30, Munez) reports research “suggests that naps help preschoolers map letters to sounds, a key to reading success later on.” According to the research published in Child Development, children “who napped did better when asked to identify unfa…

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Newborns, Very Young Children Should Undergo Thyroid Monitoring In Weeks After Undergoing Certain Medical Imaging, FDA Recommends

MedPage Today (3/30, Monaco) reports, “Newborns and very young children should undergo thyroid monitoring in the weeks after undergoing certain medical imaging, the FDA announced” in an update to its 2015 warning. The FDA “is newly recommending that newbo…

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Pollen Exposure Tied To Increased Risk For Respiratory Symptoms During Infancy, Researchers Say

Healio (3/30, Gawel) reports, “Researchers have found an association between pollen exposure and increased risk for respiratory symptoms even during infancy, according to a study.” Furthermore, the findings published in the European Journal of Allergy and…

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HHS Awards $256.6M To Support 76 Grantees For Title X Family Planning Services

Bloomberg Law (3/30, Subscription Publication) reports HHS “awarded $256.6 million to support 76 grantees in delivering equitable and affordable family planning services, the department said Wednesday.” These “grants will restore nationwide access to Titl…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Conferred Diminished Protection Against Hospitalization Among Children 12 And Older During Latest Omicron Surge, Study Finds

The New York Times (3/30, Mandavilli) reports that researchers found that “Covid vaccines conferred diminished protection against hospitalization among children 12 and older during the latest Omicron surge.” The data indicated that “vaccine effectiveness…

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FDA Approves First Long-Acting HIV Treatment Regimen For Adolescents

Healio (3/29, Gallagher) reports that on Tuesday, the FDA “approved the first long-acting HIV treatment regimen for adolescents.” The regimen “Cabenuva, which includes shots of cabotegravir (ViiV Healthcare) and rilpivirine (Janssen Pharmaceuticals),” has…

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Twins Conceived Through ART Or Fertility-Enhancing Drugs More Likely To Have Adverse Neonatal Outcomes Compared With Those Who Were Conceived Spontaneously, Researchers Say

Healio (3/29, VanDewater) reports, “Twins conceived through assisted reproductive technology [ART] or fertility-enhancing drugs were more likely to have adverse neonatal outcomes compared with those who were conceived spontaneously,” researchers concluded…

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Children Prenatally Exposed To Opioids Alone May Have Increased Risk Of AD/HD, Study Indicates

MD Edge ObGyn (3/29, Haelle) reports, “Children prenatally exposed to opioids alone have an increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), “but interactions between opioids and both cannabis use and alcohol use were linked to varying…

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Baseline Assessments In Chronic Kidney Disease In Children Study May Not Be Acceptable For Describing Psychiatric Disorders Among Children With CKD, Study Indicates

Healio (3/29, Keenan) reports investigators “used baseline data from the Chronic Kidney Disease [CKD] in Children cohort study to compare psychiatric disorders in children with CKD and children in the general population and yielded results inconsistent wi…

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SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Uncommon In Children, Not Tied To More Severe Disease, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (3/29, Lei Wu) reports that “fewer than 0.5% of children” had SARS-CoV-2 reinfection after a primary infection, “and reinfection was not associated with more severe disease, British researchers found.” According to the study findings publish…

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H. Pylori Infection Still Highly Prevalent Among Children And Adolescents Worldwide, Systematic Review Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/28, Stong) reports, “While Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection rates have decreased steadily during the past 30 years, they remain high worldwide in children and adolescents aged 18 years and younger, especially those in…

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Pediatricians, Parents Report Increases In Precocious Puberty Cases During Pandemic

In an article co-published with The Fuller Project, The Washington Post (3/28, Changoiwala) reports pediatricians and parents across the world “have reported increases in precocious puberty cases” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Precocious puberty “is relat…

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Survey Study Identifies Two Periods Of Adolescence When Heavy Social Media Use May Spur Lower Ratings Of “Life Satisfaction”

The New York Times (3/28, Hughes) reports, “Analyzing survey responses of more than 84,000 people of all ages in Britain,” investigators have “identified two distinct periods of adolescence when heavy use of social media spurred lower ratings of ‘life sat…

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Intranasal Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Just As Safe As Intramuscular Inactivated Vaccine For Children With Asthma, Trial Suggests

MedPage Today (3/28, Lei Wu) reports, “The intranasal live attenuated flu vaccine is just as safe for children with asthma as the intramuscular inactivated vaccine, a small clinical trial suggested.” The findings published in Pediatrics revealed that “wit…

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Men Taking Metformin Vs Insulin More Likely To Have Offspring With Birth Defects, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (3/28, Monaco) reports men taking metformin compared to those taking insulin “were more likely to have offspring with birth defects, a Danish study found.” Also, “the researchers found that only genital birth defects – all of which occurred…

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Nearly One-Third Of US Adults Say Pandemic Has Had “Very Negative Effect” On Mental Health Of Children, Poll Finds

The Hill (3/28, Barnes) reports, “Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults in a YouGov poll released Monday said the pandemic had a ‘very negative effect’ on children’s mental health, while another 39 percent said the pandemic’s mental toll on kids was ‘somewhat…

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Prediabetes Prevalence More Than Doubled Among US Youth From 1999 To 2018, Data Indicate

CNN (3/28, Holcombe) reports rates of prediabetes among US “children have more than doubled in about 20 years, according to” data from the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2018.” T…

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Nearly 3 In 4 Counties Across America Suffered More Deaths Than Births Between Middle Of 2020 And Middle Of 2021, Data Indicate

The Hill (3/25, Wilson) reported, “Nearly 3 in 4 counties across America suffered more deaths than births between the middle of 2020 and the middle of 2021, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.” The data indicated that “more people died than…

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Flu Cases Rising Across Much Of US, CDC Says

NBC News (3/25, Edwards) reported, “Flu cases are rising across much of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, though overall flu levels remain low.” Overall, “an estimated 3.1 million flu cases have been reported,” a…

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Researchers Identify Key Allergens Most Commonly Observed In Children, Teens With Allergy Contact Dermatitis

HCPlive (3/27, Kunzmann) reported, “Common fragrances, metals and” preservatives “have driven the rate of pediatric allergy contact dermatitis in recent years,” researchers concluded in a 487-patient study that “identified the key allergens most commonly…

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Study Explores Features Of GBS Infections During Pregnancy, Risks For Obstetric, Neonatal Complications

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/25, Nye) reported, “Among women with group B streptococcal (GBS) infections who were pregnant, most had intra-amniotic infections and increased rates of obstetric and neonatal complications,” according to a study. The results…

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MRI Scans Reveal Link Between Atypical Brain Growth Pattern During Infancy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Study Suggests

HealthImaging (3/26, Murphy) reported that after examining MRI “brain scans from more than 400 infants…researchers found that children who were eventually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder…had something in common: overgrowth of the amygdala.” Th…

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Rates Of Bullying Decreased Among Children With Food Allergy During Pandemic Lockdown, Survey Study Suggests

Healio (3/25, Gawel) reported the “rates of bullying decreased for children with food allergy” during “the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, according to a” survey study. The results were published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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Growing Use Of Melatonin Supplements For Sleep Aid In Children Sparks Debate

Kaiser Health News (3/24, Gold) reports, “In recent years, melatonin supplements have become an increasingly common child sleep aid that in the U.S. requires no prescription and is only lightly regulated by the FDA.” While melatonin use has generated conc…

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Study Explores Associations, Predictors Of Peanut Allergy, Ties With Asthma Severity

Pulmonology Advisor (3/24, Jacobs) reports a study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy “sought to establish associations and predictors of” peanut allergy, “as well as the relationship between peanut allergy and severity of asthma.” Investigators…

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Study Reveals Factors Preventing Access To, Utilization Of ERP Therapy For Youths

Healio (3/24, Herpen) reports, “Multiple socioeconomic and clinician-based factors prevent access to and utilization of exposure and response prevention [ERP] therapy for youths,” researchers concluded in a study that “surveyed 49 clinicians…by asking a…

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Pediatric Patients On Hemodialysis May Benefit From L-Carnitine Supplementation, Research Suggests

Healio (3/24, Keenan) reports, “Pediatric patients on hemodialysis may benefit from L-carnitine supplementation due to the potential benefits it may have on inflammation and cardiovascular events,” researchers concluded in a “randomized double-blind place…

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Children, Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity May Demonstrate Hyperglucagonemia Correlating To Worsened Cardiometabolic Risk Outcomes, Except For Hyperglycemia, Data Suggest

Endocrinology Advisor (3/24, Kremyanskaya) reports, “Children and adolescents” with overweight or obesity may “demonstrate hyperglucagonemia, which” appears to correlate “with worse cardiometabolic risk factors except hyperglycemia,” investigators conclud…

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Moderna Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Safe In Children Aged 6 Months To 5 Years

The Washington Post (3/23, Johnson) reports Moderna “announced Wednesday its two-dose pediatric coronavirus vaccine was safe in young children, toddlers and babies in a study,” but the vaccine’s effectiveness “in children 6 months to 5 years old was more…

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Five-Day Antibiotic Approach Outperforms 10-Day Regimen In Children With Nonsevere Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Trial Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (3/23, Saleh) reports that “a 5-day antibiotic approach outperformed a 10-day regimen in children with nonsevere community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), according to the results of a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” The r…

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Mental Health Crisis Among US Children Existed Before COVID-19 Pandemic, Surgeon General Points Out

The New York Times (3/23, Tingley) reports on the children’s mental-health crisis in the US. According to the Times, “it would be easy to blame the pandemic for changes in mental health that have been observed since March 2020,” but last year, “when the s…

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Hydrocortisone Given 2 To 4 Weeks After Birth Does Not Reduce Incidence Of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia In Preterm Infants, Trial Suggests

MedPage Today (3/23, Lei Wu) reports, “Hydrocortisone given 2 to 4 weeks after birth did not significantly reduce incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia…in preterm infants, a multicenter randomized controlled trial showed.” But, “by 36 weeks, there wer…

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Infants Of Pregnant Women With Obesity May Have Higher Risk Of Perinatal Death, Researchers Say

MD Edge ObGyn (3/23, Splete) reports, “The infants of…pregnant women” with obesity “had a 55% higher adjusted perinatal death rate, compared with those of normal-weight pregnant women, but lower gestational age had a mediating effect,” researchers concl…

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Effort Launched To Vaccinate More Than 9M Children Against Polio In Africa

The AP (3/22) reports, “A drive to vaccinate more than 9 million children against polio has been launched this week in four countries in southern and eastern Africa after an outbreak was confirmed in Malawi.” The vaccination campaign has already begun in…

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Nearly Half Of Pediatric Clinical Trials Do Not Report, Publish Results, Analysis Indicates

Healio (3/22, Weldon) reports that “nearly half of pediatric clinical trials initiated over a more than 12-year period did not report or publish their results, according to a” cross-sectional analysis “of 13,259 clinical trials that enrolled participants…

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Pfizer To Supply UNICEF With Up To 4M Courses Of COVID-19 Treatment

The Wall Street Journal (3/22, Walker, Subscription Publication) reports Pfizer has reached a deal with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to supply up to four million courses of its COVID-19 drug (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) Paxlovid, which will ser…

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Electronic Cigarette Use Is Driving Increase In Proportion Of Young People Who Try But Fail To Quit Using Nicotine, Research Indicates

US News & World Report (3/22, Johnson) reports, “Electronic cigarette use is driving a rise in the proportion of young people who try but fail to quit using nicotine, a new study indicates.” Investigators found that “the percentage of adolescents who repo…

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SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies From Natural Infection Linger For Up To Seven Months In Most Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports SARS-CoV-2 antibodies from a natural infection “linger in most children for up to seven months, even if they had no symptoms,” according to a study in which “researchers analyzed data from 218 children in Texas, ages 5 to…

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Neonatal Hypoglycemia Exposure Not Tied To Lower Educational Achievement In Mid-Childhood, Study Suggests

HCPlive (3/22, Iapoce) reports findings from a longitudinal “cohort study of infants born at risk of hypoglycemia suggested that exposure to neonatal hypoglycemia compared to no exposure was not significantly associated with lower educational achievement…

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Pandemic Relief Waivers For School Lunch Programs Set To Expire In June

NPR (3/21, Aubrey) reports that under “pandemic relief legislation, the federal Food and Nutrition services agency waived the requirement that schools serve meals in a group setting, increased school-year reimbursement rates to summer levels for school fo…

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Study Identifies Underlying Comorbidities As Risk Factor For Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Failure In Children With Recurrent C Difficile Infection

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/21, Pond) reports, “Study data published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition identified underlying comorbidities as a significant risk factor for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) failure in children…

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Maternal Vaccination In Women With HIV May Aid In Transfer Of Antigen-Specific Transplacental Antibodies That Confer Protection Against Early-Life Infections Among HIV-Exposed Uninfected Children, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/21, Storms) reports, “Maternal vaccination in women with HIV infection may aid in the transfer of antigen-specific transplacental antibodies that confer protection against early-life infections among HIV-exposed uninfected……

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Epidemiologic Surveys, Patient Forms For Adolescents Should Include Broader Options For Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Researchers Say

Healio (3/21, Weldon) reports research indicates that “epidemiologic surveys and patient forms for adolescents should include broader options for sexual orientation and gender identity.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion “based on data collected du…

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More Than A Quarter Of US Parents Said Their Child Has Seen A Mental Health Specialist Over The Course Of The COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Reveals

The Hill (3/21, Barnes) reports, “More than a quarter of U.S. parents said their child has seen a mental health specialist over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 60 percent of visits taking place in the past year,” researchers concluded. The artic…

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CDC Data Correction Results In Fewer COVID-19 Deaths Among Children

Reuters (3/18, Roy) reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “reported 966,575 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday after it corrected the data earlier this week, which reduced the death tallies in all age-groups, including children.” CDC “said i…

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Effort Launches To Immunize Children Against Polio Following Malawi Outbreak

Reuters (3/18, Rigby) reported, “The world is at a ‘dangerous moment’ in the fight against diseases like polio, a senior World Health Organization official said, as efforts begin to immunize 23 million children across five African countries after an outbr…

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Survey Study Examines Satisfaction, Understanding Among Parents Of Children Who Are Undergoing Genomic Testing For chILD

Pulmonology Advisor (3/18, Jacobs) reported, “Parents of children who are undergoing genomic testing for child interstitial or diffuse lung disease (chILD) need more information regarding confidentiality and privacy of their data, as well as updates throu…

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Duration Of Atopic Dermatitis May Predispose Pediatric Patients To Develop Additional Atopic Illnesses, With Risk Generally Higher Among White Children, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (3/18, Nye) reported, “The duration of atopic dermatitis…predisposes pediatric patients to develop additional atopic illnesses and that risk was generally higher among white children,” investigators concluded in the “cross-sectional”…

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In Utero BPA Exposure May Increase Risk Of Asthma Among School-Age Girls, Study Suggests

CNN (3/18, LaMotte) reported, “Exposure in the womb to bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, may increase the risk of asthma among school-age girls, according to a new study of over 3,000 pairs of mothers and children from six European countries.” Investiga…

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Growing Body Of Research Suggests Trauma Experienced In Infancy May Lead To Lifelong Health Consequences

The Washington Post (3/20, Reilly) reports that “a growing body of research suggests” that infants are not “too young to experience and remember painful emotions or traumatic events,” and “researchers believe that if left untreated, trauma experienced in…

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Omicron Variant May Cause Croup In Young Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/18, Preidt) reported “the Omicron COVID-19 variant can cause croup in young children, including severe cases that require hospitalization and intensive care,” according to a study in which researchers “described the cases of 75 children who w…

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Rates Of Postpartum Depression Among US Mothers Rose Nearly Three-Fold During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/17, Preidt) reports, “Rates of postpartum depression among American mothers rose nearly three-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 670 new moms who completed online screening between February and…

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Biden Administration Taps Medical Professionals In New Advertising Push Urging Parents To Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19

CBS News (3/17, Tin) reports, “The heads of some of America’s largest professional health care associations are urging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, as part of a new advertising push by the Biden administration to persuade mil…

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MicroRNA May Have Utility As Screening Biomarker For Stratification Of Children At Increased Genetic Risk For T1D, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (3/17, Stong) reports, “MicroRNA (miRNA) may have utility as a screening biomarker for the stratification of children at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researchers concluded after analyzing “whether changes in miR…

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Cesarean Delivery Of Breeched Fetus Tied To Long-Term Increased Risk For Hospitalization During Childhood Due To IBD, Total Gastrointestinal Morbidity, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/17, Nye) reports, “Cesarean delivery of a breeched fetus was associated with long-term increased risk for hospitalization during childhood due to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and total gastrointestinal…morbidity,” accordi…

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Report Examines Global Progress Toward Elimination Of Maternal And Neonatal Tetanus

Healio (3/17, Weldon) reports, “Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination has been achieved by 80% of the 59 countries identified in 1999 as being still at risk for the infection,” a report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reve…

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Raising Cigarette Taxes May Be Tied To Reduced Neonatal, Infant Death Rates, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/17, Preidt) reports a study published in PLOS Global Public Health suggests that raising cigarette taxes may “help lower newborn and infant death rates.” Investigators “examined the link between tobacco taxes and newborn/infant death rates by…

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Lawmakers Demanding Meta Do More To Block Sale Of Recalled Children’s Products

USA Today (3/16, Nadolny) reports, “Despite repeated warnings that Facebook Marketplace allows the sale of recalled products that have killed children, the platform’s parent company, Meta, has still failed to prevent such items from being available on its…

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US Infants, Children Aged 0 To 4 Years Hospitalized At Higher Rate During Omicron Surge Than Delta Surge, Research Suggests

HealthDay (3/16) reports, “U.S. infants and children aged 0 to 4 years were hospitalized at a much higher rate during omicron variant predominance than during delta variant predominance, according to research published in the…Centers for Disease Control…

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Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Appears 38% Effective In Young Children, Study Indicates

Bloomberg (3/16, Hong) reports, “Young children who received two doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. vaccine gained ‘modest’ defenses against omicron infections and higher protection against developing severe cases of Covid-19, a study in Chile showed.”…

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Brentuximab Vedotin In Combination With Bendamustine Appears To Be Safe, Efficacious In Pediatric Patients With Relapsed Or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma, Study Finds

Hematology Advisor (3/16, Dembeck) reports that research finds that “brentuximab vedotin…in combination with bendamustine appears to be safe and efficacious in pediatric patients with relapsed or refractory…Hodgkin lymphoma.” The findings were publish…

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Molecular Profiling Is Feasible For Cancer Recurrence Among Pediatric Patients, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/16) reports, “Molecular profiling is feasible for cancer recurrence among pediatric patients, according to a study.” Investigators “conducted a prospective precision medicine trial aiming to define tumor molecular profiles in 787 pediatric pa…

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Mother-To-Infant Transmission Of COVID-19 Rare, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Indicate

MedPage Today (3/16, D’Ambrosio) reports, “New mothers with COVID-19 had a low chance of passing the infection on to their baby, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.” According to researchers, “in 472 studies that included over 14,000 babie…

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Severe Food Insecurity May Be Tied To Metabolic Syndrome, Unfavorable Cardiometabolic Markers In Hispanic/Latino Youth, Research Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (3/16, Rans) reports, “Severe food insecurity was associated with metabolic syndrome and unfavorable cardiometabolic markers in Hispanic/Latino youth,” investigators concluded in a 1,325-participant, cross-sectional study that…

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FDA Approves First Generic Version Of Popular Asthma, COPD Inhaler

MedPage Today (3/15, Ingram) reports, “The first generic version of Symbicort – a metered-dose inhaler that combines the corticosteroid budesonide with the long-acting bronchodilator formoterol – has been approved for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmon…

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Penicillin Allergy Labeling In Children May Be Common Across Variety Of Clinical Practices, Study Indicates

HCPlive (3/15, Butera) reports researchers have “determined that penicillin allergy labeling…in children was common across a variety of clinical practices, with roughly half of all participants in the study being labeled after receiving one or no penici…

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Study Defines Age, Gender, And Population Ancestry References For Trabecular Bone Score Ranges For Children

Endocrinology Advisor (3/15, Nye) reports researchers have “defined age, gender, and population ancestry (African vs non-African) references for trabecular bone score ranges for children,” sourcing their data “from the Bone Mineral Density in Childhood St…

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Study Reveals 4.5-Fold Increase In Suicidal Ingestion Cases Among Children Between The Ages Of 10 And 12 Since 2000

HealthDay (3/15, Munez) reports, “In the past two decades, a growing number of preteens have taken medicines or other chemicals as a way to end their lives,” investigators concluded after examining data “collected in the National Poison Data System for ch…

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Ozone Air Pollution May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Depression In Adolescents, Researchers Posit

HealthDay (3/15, Preidt) reports, “Even ‘safe’ levels of ozone air pollution may increase adolescents’ risk of depression,” investigators concluded after analyzing “four years of mental health data from 213 adolescents, ages 9-13, in the San Francisco Bay…

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USPSTF Deems Existing Evidence Insufficient For Screening For Eating Disorders In Asymptomatic Adolescents And Adults

According to MedPage Today (3/15, Monaco), the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “deemed existing evidence insufficient (grade ‘I’) to make a recommendation in favor or against screening for eating disorders in” asymptomatic adolescents and adult…

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Australia Approves Drug Combination For Malaria Treatment In Children Aged 2 To 16

The New York Times (3/14, Mandavilli) reports that “Australian regulators have approved a simple drug combination as an effective cure for a form of malaria in children ages 2 to 16.” This “drug is a single dose of tafenoquine (brand name Kozenis), admini…

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Moderna Plans To Send Data On COVID-19 Vaccine For Young Children This Week

The New York Times (3/14, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports that nearly “18 million children under the age of 5 are the only Americans not yet eligible for vaccination” against COVID-19, and “Moderna is going head-to-head with Pfizer-BioNTech for the opportuni…

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New Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Guidelines Emphasize Earlier DMARD Use

Medscape (3/14, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reports, “Treatment of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) should emphasize early use of conventional synthetic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), compared with the previ…

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COVID-19 Severity, Risk Between Children, Adolescents, And Young Adults May Be Tied To Age-Related Changes In Nasopharyngeal Microbiome, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/14, Storms) reports “differences in the severity and risk for COVID-19 infection observed between children, adolescents, and young adults may be associated with age-related changes of the nasopharyngeal microbiome, according…

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Researchers Examine Overdose Deaths Among Teens, Young Adults Prescribed Benzodiazepines, Stimulants For AD/HD

HealthDay (3/14, Reinberg) reports, “Taken correctly, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder…can help teens and young adults navigate their condition, but a new study finds many are dying from overdosing on these medic…

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Investigational RSV Vaccine In Pregnancy Linked To Fewer Antimicrobial Prescriptions For Babies, Study Finds

MedPage Today (3/14) reports, “Infants whose mothers received an investigational respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine in pregnancy had fewer antimicrobial prescriptions during their first 3 months of life, a post hoc secondary analysis of a randomize…

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State Of US Children’s Mental Health Continuing To Worsen, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/14, Mozes) reports, “A fresh review of recent government surveys suggests the well-being of 73 million American kids is under strain and seems to be getting worse.” Researchers “looked at recent results from the U.S. National Survey of Childr…

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Researchers Report Third US Case Of Congenital Varicella Syndrome Since 1995

MedPage Today (3/11, Walker) reported, “An Illinois mother with no history of varicella vaccination or documented disease delivered a premature infant with congenital varicella infection – reportedly only the third U.S. case of congenital varicella syndro…

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Quarantines Imposed During COVID-19 Pandemic Appear To Be Risk Factor For Progression, Incidence Of Myopia In School-Age Children In China, Research Suggests

Healio (3/11, Holden) reported, “Quarantines imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic were a risk factor for the progression and incidence of myopia in school-age children in China,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 1,001,749 students, aged 7…

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Infusion Set Changes Tied To Prolonged Hyperglycemia May Occur On Average About Four Times A Year, With Frequency Higher In Youth Than Adults, Study Indicates

Medwire News (3/11, Cowen) reported, “Insulin pump infusion set failures that result in prolonged hyperglycemia occur an average of four times per year per user and are more common in children and adolescents than adults,” investigators concluded in a stu…

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Young Children With Atopic Dermatitis May Demonstrate Significant Disease Burden Impacting Their QoL, Study Indicates

Healio (3/11, Gawel) reported, “Young children with atopic dermatitis demonstrated a significant disease burden impacting their quality of life [QoL],” researchers concluded in a study that recruited “732 children…aged 12 years and younger at baseline b…

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Autism Diagnosis Tool For Toddlers Proves Highly Accurate In Study

MedPage Today (3/11, Lei Wu) reported, “An autism diagnosis tool for toddlers proved highly accurate, creating the potential for autism to be diagnosed at a younger age, results from a community-based study suggest.” According to investigators, “the Socia…

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This Season’s Flu Vaccine Has Not Been Effective Against Influenza A(H3N2), Interim Estimates Indicate

Healio (3/10, Downey, Gallagher) reports “interim estimates published Thursday in” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “indicate that this season’s influenza vaccine has not been effective.” Based on the data “from more than 3,600 children and…

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Longer-Term Treatment Of Adolescents, Adults With Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis With Upadacitinib May Be Tied To Favorable Benefit-Risk Profile, Research Suggests

HCPlive (3/10, Butera) reports research indicates that “longer-term treatment of adolescents and adults with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis with upadacitinib was associated with a favorable benefit-risk profile, with sustained efficacy responses thr…

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Maternal Obesity And Diabetes May Increase Risk Of Cancer In Offspring, Research Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (3/10, Goodman) reports, “Maternal obesity and diabetes may increase the risk of cancer in offspring, according to research.” The meta-analysis of 34 studies “showed a significant positive association between maternal body mass inde…

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Strabismus May Be Moderately Associated With Certain Mental Health Disorders In Children, Data Suggest

MedPage Today (3/10, Grant) reports, “Strabismus was moderately linked with certain mental health disorders in children,” investigators concluded after conducting “an analysis of medical claims data from a commercial healthcare payer system from 2007 to 2…

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Children With SpA And PolyA May Demonstrate Greater Internalized Disturbances, Worse Psychological Functioning In Schools, Social Arenas, Study Indicates

Healio (3/10, DeFino) reports, “Children with spondyloarthritis [SpA] and polyarticular arthritis [PolyA] demonstrate greater internalized disturbances and worse psychological functioning in school and social arenas,” researchers concluded in a study coho…

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About 2.5M US Middle, High School Students Report Use Of Tobacco Products In 2021, Survey Reveals

The Hill (3/10, Weixel) reports that in 2021, “about 2.55 million combined U.S. middle and high school students” reported current use of tobacco products, “according to the government’s National Youth Tobacco Survey.” The findings published in the CDC’s M…

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Vast Majority Of Teachers Have Stayed In Profession Throughout Pandemic, Analysis Indicates

The AP (3/9, Barnum) reports that while many teachers “say they’ve considered quitting,” the vast majority “have stayed in the profession throughout the pandemic, according to a Chalkbeat analysis of the latest data from a number of states and large schoo…

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Pfizer Begins Trial For COVID-19 Drug In Children Aged 6 To 17

The Wall Street Journal (3/9, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports Pfizer has begun testing its five-day COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid in children at high risk of severe disease, enrolling the first child on Monday. According to one official, the comp…

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Study Reveals Treatment For TB May Be Shortened For Children With Mild TB

Medscape (3/9, Jaklevic, Subscription Publication) reports, “The World Health Organization [WHO] is expected” on March 24 “to recommend truncating treatment of children with mild tuberculosis [TB] by two months – from six months to four.” This comes “afte…

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Use Of “Baby-Friendly Steps” During Birth Hospitalization May Make It Possible For Many Low-Income Women To Breastfeed Exclusively For One Month, Researchers Say

MD Edge ObGyn (3/9, Jenkins) reports, “A first-ever study of the effect of evidence-based maternity care practices on prenatal breastfeeding intentions in women from low-income U.S. households shows that the use of ‘baby-friendly steps’ during birth hospi…

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HHS Announces Allocation Of Nearly $35M In Funding Opportunities For Community Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention Programs For Children And Young Adults

Bloomberg Law (3/9, Subscription Publication) reports, “The Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] has allocated nearly $35 million in funding opportunities for community mental health services and suicide prevention programs for children and young…

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COVID-19-Related Disruptions May Have Delayed Immunizations For Children Born During Pandemic

The Hill (3/9, Hou) reports, “While parents await the outcome of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for kids under 5-years-old, others may be struggling to catch up with standard vaccinations for their young children.” Particularly “for children born…

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Florida Recommends Against COVID-19 Vaccines For Healthy Children

The New York Times (3/7, Mazzei) reports, “Contradicting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida will soon recommend that healthy children not get vaccinated against Covid-19, the state’s surgeon general, Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo…

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New COVID-19 Cases Among Children Continue To Decline, Report Finds

Medscape (3/8, Franki, Subscription Publication) reports, “New cases of COVID-19 in children continued their descent toward normalcy, falling below 100,000 in a week for the first time since early August 2021, according to the American Academy of Pediatri…

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Higher BMI In Childhood May Be Tied To Greater Risk For Premenstrual Disorders By Young Adulthood, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/8, Monaco) reports, “A higher body mass index (BMI) in childhood could mean worse premenstrual syndrome (PMS) for girls later on, a new prospective cohort study indicated.” In the “study of 6,524 girls, each additional unit of BMI z-score…

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Physiologically Focused CPR Training Intervention In PICUs Failed To Significantly Improve Survival Outcomes, Results Show

MedPage Today (3/8, Wu) reports, “An intervention involving physiologically focused CPR training in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) failed to significantly improve survival outcomes,” findings from a randomized trial show. The results were publishe…

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Growing Evidence Suggests Young Children Are Falling Behind In Reading

The New York Times (3/8, Goldstein) reports, “As the pandemic enters its third year, a cluster of new studies now show that about a third of children in the youngest grades are missing reading benchmarks, up significantly from before the pandemic.” Younge…

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Infant Who Received Combination Heart Transplant, Allogenic Processed Thymus Tissue Implant Gaining Immune Function, Researchers Say

Healio (3/8, Schaffer) reports, “An infant believed to be the first to receive a combination heart transplant and allogeneic processed thymus tissue implant is gaining immune function 6 months after the procedures, potentially reducing the need for antire…

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School Districts With Mask Requirements Have Lower COVID-19 Incidence Compared To Districts With Mask Optional Policies, CDC Study Finds

The Washington Post (3/8, Meckler) reports, “School districts that required masks this fall saw significantly fewer coronavirus cases than those where masks were optional, according to a large study of Arkansas schools by the Centers for Disease Control a…

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More Than 170M US-Born Adults In 2015 Were Exposed To Harmful Levels Of Lead As Children, Investigators Say

The AP (3/7, Costley) reports researchers have estimated that “over 170 million U.S.-born people who were adults in 2015 were exposed to harmful levels of lead as children.” They did so in a study that “used blood-lead level, census and leaded gasoline co…

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Medical-Legal Partnership Reduces Hospitalizations Among Children By About 38%, Study Finds

Modern Healthcare (3/7, Hartnett, Subscription Publication) reports that “a medical-legal partnership…reduced hospitalizations among children by providing housing support and financial aid,” according to a study published in Health Affairs. Investigator…

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Compared With Orthopedic Injury, Concussion In Children May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Mental Health Problems, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/7, Wu) reports, “Concussion in kids was associated with an increased risk of mental health problems compared with orthopedic injury,” investigators concluded. The “10-year retrospective cohort study from Canada” revealed that “among over…

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Researchers Estimate Risk Of Child Mortality Attributable To Sickle Cell Anemia In Sub-Saharan Africa

HCPlive (3/7, Grossi) reports that according to a study, “300,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease each year in sub-Saharan Africa, and that number is expected to increase to 400,000 by 2050.” For the study published in The Lancet Haematology, res…

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Neighborhood Socioeconomic Depression Tied To Missed Clinic Visits For Children With Medical Complexity, Researchers Say

Healio (3/7, Weldon) reports researchers have “found a significant association between neighborhood socioeconomic depression and missed clinic visits for children with medical complexity, according to a study published in Pediatrics.” The investigators “c…

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Birthing Practices Continue To Be Impacted By COVID-19 Amid Easing Protocols

ABC News (3/5, Deliso) reported, “As many states relax COVID-19 protocols, birthing practices continue to be impacted by the virus nearly two years after the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic.” Despite new research, “COVID-19 continu…

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FDA Declines To Issue EUA For Ocugen’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Pediatric Use

Reuters (3/4, Leo) reported that on Friday, Ocugen “said…U.S. regulators have declined to issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by its Indian partner Bharat Biotech, for use in individuals aged 2 to 18 ye…

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Researchers See Hereditary Predisposition In One-Third Of Pediatric Patients With Wilms’ Tumor

Healio (3/4, Keenan) reported, “Among 126 children diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor, 42 showed hereditary factors, according to” study data. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Image-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation Effective For Most Children With Benign Thyroid Nodules, Data Indicate

Healio (3/4, Monostra) reported, “Most children who undergo image-guided radiofrequency ablation for treatment of benign nonfunctional thyroid nodules have at least a 50% reduction in nodule volume 4 years after treatment,” according to researchers who “r…

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More Children Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes, Experienced Diabetic Ketoacidosis At Presentation In First Year Of Pandemic Than Previous Five Years, Study Shows

Healio (3/4, Holden) reported, “More children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and experienced diabetic ketoacidosis at presentation, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic than in the previous 5 years,” researchers concluded in “a retrospective r…

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Hospital Consortium Nonprofit Will Manufacture, Sell Generic Insulin To Lower Cost

The Washington Post (3/3, Rowland) reports, “A consortium of large U.S. hospitals, which four years ago pioneered a system to alleviate chronic shortages of inpatient drugs by producing its own, is seeking to further disrupt the pharmaceutical system with…

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Elevated Fasting Plasma Glucose May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Large For Gestational Age Infants, Research Suggests

Healio (3/2, Monostra) reports, “Elevated fasting plasma glucose, but not post-load glucose, is associated with increased risk for large for gestational age infants,” investigators concluded in a study that “collected data from 84,534 pregnant women (mean…

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Children With Cystic Fibrosis With Homozygous F508del Genotype In US Had Better Lung Function At Age 6 That Was Sustained Throughout Childhood And Adolescence Than Children In UK, Study Finds

Healio (3/3, Welsh) reports, “Children with cystic fibrosis with the homozygous F508del genotype in the U.S. had better lung function at age 6 years that was sustained throughout childhood and adolescence than children in the U.K., according to” study dat…

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One Shot Of Nirsevimab May Protect All Infants Against RSV For Entire Season, Studies Indicate

HealthDay (3/3, Mann) reports, “One shot of a monoclonal antibody called nirsevimab could protect all infants against” respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “for the entire season, according to a pair of studies published…in the New England Journal of Medic…

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Prophylactic Nirsevimab Injection Appears Effective In Reducing RSV Infections In Healthy Infants, Late-Stage Results Show

MedPage Today (3/2, Hamza) reports, “Healthy infants who received a single prophylactic nirsevimab injection leading up to the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season were protected from RSV-related lower respiratory tract infections needing medical care…

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Cancer Risk Accompanying IBD Seems To Apply Even When Symptoms Begin In Childhood Or Adolescence, Meta-Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (3/2, Gever) reports, “The well-known cancer risk accompanying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) applies even when symptoms begin in childhood or adolescence,” investigators concluded in a five-study meta-analysis encompassing nearly 20,000 p…

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Antibiotic Use Within First Week Of Life May Result In Risk Of Developing Abdominal Pain Four To Six Years Later, Study Suggests

HCPlive (3/2, Walter) reports research indicates that “antibiotic use within the first week of life does result in a risk of developing abdominal pain four to six years later.” Included in the “prospective, observational cohort” were “436 term-born infant…

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Incidence, Prevalence Of Pediatric IBD Increasing Globally, Systematic Review Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/2, Schad) reports, “The incidence and prevalence of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is increasing globally,” investigators concluded in a 131-study systematic review and meta-analysis. The findings were published onl…

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RSV A Greater Threat To Infant Mortality Than Influenza, Data Suggest

HCPlive (3/2, Walter) reports, “Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) poses a greater threat to mortality of infants than influenza, according to” researchers who “examined data from 50.3 million US death certificates between 1999-2018” and found 96 RSV-relat…

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More Than 140M Americans Have Had Coronavirus, CDC Estimates

The Washington Post (2/28, Keating) reported, “More than 140 million Americans have had the coronavirus, according to estimates from blood tests that reveal antibodies from infection – about double the rate regularly cited by national case counts.” The st…

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Recall Of Baby Formula Shines Light On Rare, Dangerous Cronobacter Sakazakii Bacterium

NBC News (3/2) reports, “A recall of powdered baby formula from Abbott Laboratories is highlighting the danger of Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacterium that causes that causes rare but serious infections in infants.” The FDA last month “announced it was inve…

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Children Who Received Mechanical Ventilation At PICU Show Worse Cognitive Outcomes Compared To Siblings, Study Finds

MedPage Today (3/1, Wu) reports, “Children who received mechanical ventilation at a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) had slightly worse cognitive outcomes in the long run compared with their siblings,” findings from a prospective cohort study show. Th…

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Report Says Infant Formula Marketing Is Aggressive, Misleading

NPR (3/1, Kritz) says a new UNICEF and World Health Organization report “documents what it calls ‘aggressive’ and ‘misleading’ marketing of infant formula.” In the report, “WHO notes that global breastfeeding rates have increased very little in the past t…

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Adding RH Insulin To Human Milk And Formula Helped Preterm Infants Reach Full Enteral Feeding Faster, Study Finds

MedPage Today (3/1, Monaco) reports, “Adding recombinant human (rh) insulin to human milk and formula helped preterm infants reach full enteral feeding faster,” researchers concluded in a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. MedPage Today says, “The median…

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COVID-19 Exacerbating Number Of Americans Who Are Afraid Of The Dark

USA Today (3/1, Austin) reports on ways to fix “fears and phobias” exacerbated by COVID-19. For example, both children and adults can be afraid of the dark. Approximately “11% of adults were already struggling with this fear before the pandemic, and exper…

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Biden Outlines Plan To Tackle Mental Health Crisis By Holding Social Media Companies Accountable

According to The Hill (3/1, Gangitano), during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Biden outlined “a plan to tackle the mental health crisis…which will focus heavily on holding social media companies accountable for their role in…

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Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Reduced Risk Of Severe COVID-19 From Omicron Among Adolescents Younger Than 17, CDC Finds

The Wall Street Journal (3/1, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine helped reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 among adolescents younger than 17 during the surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but it was less effective…

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US Births Continue Downward Trend But May Be Returning To Pre-Pandemic Levels, CDC Data Show

According to CNN (3/1, Howard), “The overall number of babies born in the United States continues to follow a downward trend but ‘may be returning to pre-pandemic levels’ now,” new CDC data (PDF) show. US births fell “2% in the first half of 2021 compared…

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Abbott Recalls Additional Cases Of Similac Baby Formula

Reuters (2/28, Paramasivam) reports, “Abbott Laboratories recalled some Similac PM 60/40 cans and cases produced at a Michigan facility, after an infant who was exposed to the powdered baby formula died, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Less Effective In Preventing Infection In Children Aged 5 To 11, Data Indicate

The New York Times (2/28, Mandavilli, Weiland) reports that “the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech is much less effective in preventing infection in children ages 5 to 11 years than in older adolescents or adults, according to a large new set of…

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Adolescent Smoking, Obesity, And Psychological Disorder Diagnoses May Be Tied To Older Biological Age At Midlife, Data Indicate

CNN (2/28, Rogers) reports research indicates that “adolescents ages 11 to 15 who” had obesity, “smoked cigarettes daily, or had a psychological disorder, such as anxiety, depression or” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, “biologically aged nearly…

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Children With Public Insurance More Likely To Experience Poor Asthma Control Compared With Children With Private Insurance, Data Suggest

Healio (2/28, Weldon) reports “publicly insured children were more likely to have issues controlling their asthma than privately insured children, according to data” of “a multi-institutional study.” Overall, “the researchers found that children with publ…

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Maternal Diet With Greater Intake Of Vegetables, Yogurt May Prevent Asthma, Allergies In Offspring, Researchers Say

Healio (2/28, Todak) reports that “a maternal diet with plenty of vegetables and limited fried, low-fiber and sugary foods may prevent asthma and allergies in offspring, according to” researchers. In the study published last year, the research team “devel…

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Increased Social Media Use Tied To Tic Severity, Reduced QoL Among Adolescents, Young Adults During Pandemic, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (2/28, George) reports, “Increased social media use during the COVID-19 pandemic was linked with tic severity and reduced quality of life [QoL], a preliminary study of young people showed.” Of the “20 adolescents and young adults with tics,…

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Pediatric Patients Receiving Home Parenteral Nutrition May Have Lower HRQOL Score Than General Population, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/25, Champagne) reported, “Pediatric patients receiving home parenteral nutrition…have a lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL) score than the general population, which remains consistent over long-term treatment,” inves…

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Oxygen Saturation May Not Significantly Decrease Among Children Who Participate In Low- Or Moderate-Intensity Exercise While Masked, Investigators Posit

Healio (2/27, Todak) reports, “Oxygen saturation did not significantly decrease among children who participated in low- or moderate-intensity exercise while masked,” researchers concluded. The 50-child study also revealed “no significant differences in pe…

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Two-Step Algorithm For Cashew Allergy Diagnosis In Children Appears To Be Accurate And May Result In Large Reduction In Oral Food Challenges, Health System Costs, Data Indicate

HCPlive (2/27, Butera) reported research indicates that “a two-step algorithm for cashew allergy diagnosis in children was accurate and resulted in a large reduction in both oral food challenges and health system costs.” Investigators arrived at this conc…

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Allergenic Food Introduction Largely Completed At 12 Months By Families With Children Born During COVID-19 Lockdown, Study Suggests

HCPlive (2/27, Butera) reports an “investigation found that despite social isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, allergenic food introduction was largely completed at 12 months by families with children born during lockdown.” Moreover, “atopic dermat…

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Depression Common Among Adolescents Even Before COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

Healio (2/25, Weldon) reported, “Depression was common among adolescents even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, affecting around one in every five,” investigators concluded in a study examining “six years of surveillance data” from 2013 to 2019. The st…

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RSV Infections Require Greater Hospital Resource Utilization Than SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among Infants, Very Young Children, Study Finds

MedPage Today (2/25) reported, “Among infants and very young children, symptomatic respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections required greater hospital resource utilization than SARS-CoV-2 infections, a retrospective study in Germany found.” Researchers…

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More Than 5.2M Children Globally Have Lost A Parent Or Caregiver To COVID-19

ABC News (2/24, Molina) reports that more than 5.2 million children globally “have lost a parent or caregiver during the pandemic, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal Thursday.” Study researchers “said they developed a real-ti…

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More Than 1,000 Texas Foster Children Have Refused COVID-19 Vaccination

The Texas Tribune (2/24, Oxner) reports that more than 1,000 “Texas foster children – some as young as 5 years old – have been allowed to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, despite not typically being allowed to make their own medical decisions, according to a ne…

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RACHS-2 Appears To Be Accurate Method Of Risk Stratification For Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Study Indicates

Cardiology Advisor (2/24) reports research indicates that “Risk Stratification for Congenital Heart Surgery (RACHS-2) is an accurate method of risk stratification for pediatric cardiac surgery, utilizing International Classification of Disease-10th Revisi…

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About A Fourth Of Children With SLE May Develop Growth Impairment, Study Indicates

Healio (2/24, Laday) reports, “Growth impairment was reported in 23.6% of children with systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE], with corticosteroid duration and exposure prior to late puberty identified as key risk factors,” investigators concluded. The findi…

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Larazotide Acetate Shows Promise In Treating MIS-C, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/24, Preidt) reports the drug larazotide acetate that was developed to treat celiac disease “shows promise in treating” multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), according to results of a study that compared “four extremely ill ch…

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Certain Populations Affected By Eating Disorders May Be Underrepresented In US-Based Clinical Trials

Healio (2/24, Holden) reports, “Older adults, children, men and certain racial and ethnic groups were found to be underrepresented in U.S.-based clinical trials on eating disorders,” investigators concluded after reviewing data from “21 interventional tri…

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Risk For Death Among Children Born With Congenital Zika Syndrome Around 11 Times Higher Compared With Children Born Without The Syndrome, Researchers Say

Healio (2/24, Gallagher) reports that “according to a review of all singleton live births that occurred in Brazil from 2015 through 2018, the risk for death among children born with congenital Zika syndrome was around 11 times higher than it was for child…

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Lack Of Race-Disaggregated Data Reportedly Hindering COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies For Children

USA Today (2/23, Hassanein) reports, “Experts worry a lack of data may be obscuring where to target strategies for vaccinating kids of color, who disproportionately suffer severe illness from COVID-19 but may lack access to the shot.” Slightly less than “…

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Neurodevelopmental Deficits In Children With Inherited Cholestatic Liver Disorders, Native Liver Appear To Be Greatest Among Those With Alagille Syndrome, Study Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/23, Schad) reports, “Neurodevelopmental deficits in children with inherited cholestatic liver disorders and native liver appear to be greatest among those with Alagille syndrome (ALGS),” investigators concluded. The findings of…

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Standardized Prescribing Protocol May Reduce Opioid Prescriptions At Discharge For Pediatric Patients Following Appendectomy, Study Says

HealthDay (2/23) reports, “A standardized prescribing protocol can minimize opioid prescriptions at the time of discharge for pediatric appendectomy patients,” researchers concluded in an analysis of “1,524 children (aged 18 years or younger) who underwen…

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Children Emit Lower Aerosol Particle Volume Compared With Adults When Breathing, Speaking, Singing, Study Indicates

CNN (2/23, Ahmed) reports, “Children ages 8 to 10 put out about a quarter of the aerosolized particles as adults do when breathing, speaking and singing, according to a… study” published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. For the study, inve…

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Genomic Approach May Help Identify Children At High Risk For Suicidal Thoughts And Behaviors, Investigators Posit

Healio (2/23, Gramigna) reports, “A genomic approach may help identify children at high risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors,” investigators concluded after analyzing “genotype-phenotype data from 11,869 children aged nine to 10 years who participated…

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MIS-C Appears Rare Among Teens Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Research Suggests

HealthDay (2/23, Mozes) reports research published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health suggests that multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is rare among teens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. For the study, researchers tracke…

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CDC Data Show Slight Rise In Maternal Mortality Rates, Persistent Inequities

According to CNN (2/23, Howard), “There has been a slight rise in the number of women dying due to pregnancy or childbirth each year in the United States, and the maternal death rate among Black women is still three times the rate for White women,” CDC da…

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Children’s Hospitals Across US Brace For Surge Of MIS-C As Omicron Recedes

CNN (2/22, Christensen) reports, “After the Omicron coronavirus variant made a record number of US children sick in January, children’s hospitals across the United States braced for what has come with every other spike in the Covid-19 pandemic: cases of a…

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Updated Guidance On MIS-C Recognizes Evolving Nature Of The Disease

Rheumatology News (2/22, Splete) reports, “Updated guidance for health care providers on multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) recognizes the evolving nature of the disease,” and it also “offers strategies for pediatric rheumatologists, wh…

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Azithromycin Acceptable Alternative To Erythromycin For Treatment Of Antroduodenal Motility Disorders In Children, Researchers Say

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/22, Stong) reports “azithromycin is an acceptable alternative to erythromycin for the treatment of antroduodenal motility disorders in children, researchers reported” in a study that “compared the effectiveness and safety of az…

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Pregnant Women Who Conceived With ART Prone To More Pregnancy, Vascular Complications Upon Delivery, Study Finds

MedPage Today (2/22, Lou) reports, “Pregnant women who conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) were prone to more pregnancy and vascular complications upon delivery,” according to researchers who “analyzed hospital deliveries conceived with…

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Surgical Therapy May Yield Lower Long-Term Healthcare Costs Compared With Medical Therapy In Children With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy, Research Suggests

Healio (2/22, Herpen) reports, “Surgical therapy yielded lower long-term health care costs compared with medical therapy in children with drug-resistant epilepsy,” investigators concluded in a study that included “more than 600 Canadian children who were…

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Experts Warn US Flu Season Not Over Despite Drop In Cases

The AP (2/18, Stobbe) reported, “This winter’s mild flu season has faded to a trickle of cases in much of the U.S., but health officials aren’t ready to call it over.” Since the beginning of this year, “positive flu test results and doctor’s office visits…

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Researchers Say Most Children Fare Better With COVID-19 Due To Innate Immune System Response

The Wall Street Journal (2/21, Toy, Subscription Publication) reports researchers say most children with COVID-19 have mild to no symptoms because they mobilize the innate immune system more effectively compared to adults.

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Parents Of Children Under 5 Reportedly Facing Difficulties Amid Pandemic

The Washington Post (2/21, A1, Bever, Sellers) reports, “Parents of children younger than 5 say they feel forgotten and left behind, watching others reclaim normalcy while they stay home with kids who are too young to be vaccinated and have to quarantine…

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Children With Atopic Dermatitis May Experience Most Intense Itching In Early Evening Or At Bedtime, Researchers Posit

Healio (2/18, Gawel) reported, “Children with atopic dermatitis generally experienced the most intense itching in the early evening or bedtime, approximately three hours before they fell asleep,” researchers concluded after conducting “a cross-sectional s…

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Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl Rising Among Adolescents

CNN (2/18, Christensen) reported, “Though still rare, drug deaths among children ages 10 to 14 more than tripled from 2019 to 2020, according to an analysis done for CNN by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Moreover, “experts suspect tha…

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CBT-Based Intervention Found Moderate Success Preventing Gaming And Internet Addiction In At-Risk Youth, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (2/18, Wu) reported, “A cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based intervention found moderate success preventing gaming and internet addiction in at-risk youth, according to German researchers.” Investigators found that, “compared to a contro…

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Scan Study Identifies Differences Between Brains Of Boys And Girls With Autism

HealthDay (2/21, Preidt) reports investigators “have discovered differences between the brains of girls and boys with autism that they say may improve diagnosis of the developmental disorder in girls.” After utilizing “artificial intelligence to analyze M…

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EDs Reported An Increase In Visits From Teenage Girls Dealing With Eating And Other Disorders During Pandemic, Data Indicate

The New York Times (2/18, Richtel) said US emergency departments during the pandemic “reported an increase in visits from teenage girls dealing with eating and other disorders, including anxiety, depression and stress, according to new data from the Cente…

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FDA Warns Consumers Not To Use Certain Infant Formula After Recall Due To Bacteria Infections

USA Today (2/17, Tyko) reports, “Abbott Nutrition is voluntarily recalling three types of infant formula after four babies became sick with bacteria infections after consuming the products.” Announced Thursday, the recall “is for select lots of Similac, A…

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Biden Administration Will Soon Make More High-Quality Masks Available For Children, Official Says

NPR (2/17, Wamsley) reports, “The Biden administration will soon make more high-quality masks available for kids.” Dr. Tom Inglesby, senior advisor for testing to the White House COVID-19 Response Team, “said in a briefing on Wednesday that 230 million ma…

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Comprehensive Scoring System Appears To Be Reliable In Measuring Global Ichthyosis Severity In Adults And Children, Researchers Say

HCPlive (2/17, Butera) reports research indicates that “a comprehensive scoring system called the Ichthyosis Scoring System (ISS) was reliable in measuring global ichthyosis severity in adults and children.” The study revealed that “the ISS captured infor…

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Children Who Suffer From Insomnia May Continue To Do So In Young Adulthood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/17, Mozes) reports that in a study published in Pediatrics, researchers “found that 43% of children who suffer from insomnia between the ages of 5 and 12 continue to do so when they hit their 20s and 30s.” The research “team tracked just over…

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Pregnant People With COVID-19 More Likely To Have Adverse Birth Outcomes, Study Finds

MedPage Today (2/17) reports, “Pregnant women with COVID-19 had worse outcomes across the board, especially if the mother-to-be was also co-infected with HIV, according to a study from Botswana.” Researchers found that “adverse birth outcomes, such as pre…

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Proteomic Profile Of Breast Milk Of Women With IBD May Affect An Infant’s Microbiome Development, Fecal Calprotectin, Study Suggests

Healio (2/17, Stonehill) reports “the proteomic profile of breast milk of women with inflammatory bowel disease may affect an infant’s microbiome development and fecal calprotectin, according to” results of a prospective cohort study presented at ECCO’22….

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Children With Autism More Likely To Experience Negative Changes Amid Pandemic, Research Indicates

The Hill (2/17, Ali) reports “the coronavirus pandemic upended most students’ school routines across the country,” but research published in Frontiers in Education “shows that children with autism suffered greatly.” Investigators “surveyed parents of scho…

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Pain, Disease Activity Level, Active Joint Count, And Morning Stiffness Reported By Children With JIA Or By Their Parents Appear To Be “Valid And Reliable Tools For Patient Self-Monitoring,” Researchers Say

Medwire News (2/16, Kitt) reports research indicates that “pain, disease activity level, active joint count, and morning stiffness reported by children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or by their parents are ‘valid and reliable tools for patient…

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Pediatricians Providing Gender-Affirming Care Increasingly Facing Harassment Amid Legislative Bans

TIME (2/16, Carlisle) reports that “the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign has calculated that, last year, conservative lawmakers introduced over 130 anti-trans bills into state legislatures – including 35 that explicitly limited the ability of tr…

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Children With Heart Conditions More Likely Than Their Peers To Have Poor Dental Health, CDC Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/16, Norton) reports “kids with heart conditions are more likely than their peers to have frequent cavities, toothaches or bleeding gums,” according to a study published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The investigators “fo…

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IBD And Iron Deficiency Anemia In Mothers May Increase Risk For AD/HD In Offspring, Review Study Suggests

According to HCPlive (2/16, Walter), “inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and iron deficiency anemia” in mothers “could increase the risk of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) in their offspring, researchers concluded in an 11-study review, th…

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All 50 States Struggling To Empower Schools Amid Worsening Youth Mental Health Crisis, Report Card Finds

According to USA Today (2/16, Wong), on Feb. 16, “the first-of-its-kind ‘America’s School Mental Health Report Card [PDF]’” was released by the Hopeful Futures Campaign. The report card found that “all 50 states are struggling to empower schools amid the…

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Senators Introduce Bill With New Rules, Safeguards Aimed At Keeping Kids Safe Online

NPR (2/16, Bond) reports, “Senators are introducing a bill aimed at keeping kids safe online amid mounting frustrations that popular apps including Instagram and YouTube don’t do enough to protect their youngest users.” The new “bipartisan Kids Online Saf…

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Poor Growth, Nutritional Deficits In Infants, Children May Predict Respiratory Issues Later In Life, Researchers Say

Healio (2/16, Welsh) reports “poor growth and nutritional deficits in infants and children may predict respiratory issues later in life, researchers reported in” a “longitudinal, population-based study.” According to the findings published in The Lancet R…

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COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Among Children Increased Amid Omicron Surge, Especially Among Those Under 5, CDC Study Suggests

CNN (2/15, McPhillips) reports, “Covid-19 hospitalization rates among children increased as Omicron replaced Delta as the predominant coronavirus variant in the United States, especially among those under 5, who are not eligible to be vaccinated, accordin…

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Majority Of Children Under Age 5 Exceeding Recommended Screen Time Guidelines, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Indicate

ABC News (2/15, Jane Bernabe, Aboubakr) reports “the majority of children under age 5 are getting more screen time than is recommended by pediatricians,” according to a systematic review and meta-analysis that found that “more than 75% of children younger…

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USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation Advising Syphilis Screening For At-Risk Asymptomatic, Nonpregnant Adolescents And Adults

HealthDay (2/15) reports, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends syphilis screening for asymptomatic, nonpregnant adolescents and adults at increased risk for infection.” Investigators “conducted a systematic review to reaffirm the e…

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Tenofovir Prophylaxis For 4 Weeks Or More, Along With Early Infant Vaccination, Helps Stem HBV Mother-To-Child Transmission Without Use Of HBIg, Trial Indicates

MedPage Today (2/15, Walker) reports “tenofovir (TDF) prophylaxis for 4 weeks or more, along with early infant vaccination, helped stem hepatitis B virus (HBV) mother-to-child transmission in Cambodia, without use of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIg),” ac…

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Trial Indicates Little Evidence To Support Effectiveness Of Memantine For Enhancing Cognitive Effects Among Adolescents, Young Adults With Down Syndrome

Neurology Advisor (2/15, Nye) reports, “Memantine was observed to be safe but there was little evidence to support efficacy for enhancing cognitive effects among adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome,” according to findings “from a randomized, d…

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Infants Born To Mothers Vaccinated With mRNA Vaccine During Pregnancy Less Likely To Be Hospitalized For COVID-19 In First Six Months Of Life, CDC Study Finds

The New York Times (2/15, Anthes) reports infants born to mothers who “received two doses of an mRNA coronavirus vaccine during pregnancy are less likely to be admitted to the hospital for Covid-19 in the first six months of life, according to a new study…

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Parents May Become Anxious While Their Children Undergo Evaluation For Peanut And Other Food Allergies, But Deep Breathing May Help Them Cope, Studies Indicate

Healio (2/14, Gawel) reports, “Parents whose children are being evaluated for peanut and other food allergies may be anxious during testing, but deep breathing may help them cope,” investigators concluded in two studies published online ahead of print as…

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Survey Study Examines Adverse Effects Tied To Virtual School During COVID-19 Pandemic Among Children With T1D

Healio (2/14, Monostra) reports, “More snacking between meals, decreased physical activity and issues with sleep are among the adverse effects parents of children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] reported with virtual school during the COVID-19 pandemic,” inves…

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Once-Daily Versus Twice-Daily Dosing Of Inhaled Corticosteroids For Asthma Tied To Better Medication Adherence In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (2/14, Bennett) reports “simplification from twice-daily to once-daily dosing of inhaled corticosteroids for asthma correlated with better medication adherence in children, according to” findings from a retrospective observational study published i…

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Maternal COVID-19 Tied To Increased Risk For Adverse Birth Outcomes Among Infants, Researchers Say

Healio (2/14, Weldon) reports, “Maternal COVID-19 was associated with an increased risk for adverse birth outcomes among infants born to mothers in Botswana, including a two-fold risk for stillbirth, researchers found.” Moreover, “infants exposed to both…

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Infants Born To Mothers With HIV Infection Who Received PCV-10 Vaccine Versus PPV-23 Vaccine Or Placebo Had Decreased Antibody Responses, Seroprotection Against Invasive Pneumococcal Disease, Study Suggests

Infectious Disease Advisor (2/14, van Paridon) reports, “Infants born to mothers with HIV infection who received the pneumococcal 10-valent conjugate (PCV-10) vaccine during pregnancy had decreased antibody responses and seroprotection against invasive pn…

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Poison Control Centers Report Increases In Number Of Emergency Calls For Young Children Who Have Consumed Marijuana Edibles

According to HealthDay (2/14, Meyer), marijuana edibles, “often sold as gummies, cookies and brownies, have fueled a four-year increase in the number of emergency calls for young children who mistakenly think they’re yummy treats.” Last year “alone, the N…

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Study Examines 10-Year Pediatric Asthma Trends In Indiana Via Regional Health Information Exchange

Pulmonology Advisor (2/14, Schad) reports “regional health information exchanges can enable public health researchers to follow asthma trends in near real time and may help to inform patient-level public health interventions, according to a retrospective…

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Some States Still Weighing Mask Mandates In Schools As Requirements For Other Indoor Spaces Are Lifted

The Washington Post (2/12, Thebault, Shammas, Sellers) reported that “as indoor mask requirements fell away across the country” last week, “leaders in the states home to America’s largest school districts made an important distinction: Classrooms are diff…

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FDA Delays Decision On Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under Five

The New York Times (2/11, A1, LaFraniere, Weiland) reported that “in a striking reversal,” the Food and Drug Administration “said on Friday that they would wait for data on how well three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine work in children you…

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Tralokinumab Treatment May Improve Symptoms Among Adolescents With Moderate To Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Research Suggests

Healio (2/11, Gawel) reported, “Treatment with tralokinumab significantly improved symptoms among adolescents with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis [AD],” investigators concluded in a “randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group multi…

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Pandemic-Related School Closures Impact Access To Subsidized Meals For US Families

Bloomberg (2/11, Dorning, Patton, Querolo) reported low-income families in the US, “already burdened with surging food inflation and the pandemic’s lasting economic blow, are now facing a new set of challenges when it comes to feeding their kids.” Bloombe…

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Pediatric Patients Who Do Not Receive Endovascular Therapy For Large Vessel Occlusion Stroke Often Have Worse Outcomes, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (2/11, Lou) reported, “The poor natural history of large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke in children in Australia added to the growing impetus for endovascular therapy (EVT) in pediatric patients, a group that had been excluded from the landma…

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SARS-CoV-2 Destroys Placenta, Depriving Fetus Of Oxygen, Study Finds

USA Today (2/10, Rodriguez) reports that a new study published Thursday in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine “suggests the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may have a completely different way of impacting a developing fetus.” Researchers “studie…

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Growth Gains In First Five Years Of Life May Be Tied To Earlier Onset Of Puberty In Boys And Girls, Research Suggests

Clinical Endocrinology News (2/10, Splete) reports, “Faster gains in weight, length or height, or body mass index in the first five years of life were associated with an earlier onset of puberty in boys and girls,” investigators concluded in a “cohort stu…

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Novavax Says Protein-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Safe, Effective In Adolescents Aged 12 To 17

The AP (2/10) reports, “Novavax announced Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine proved safe and effective in a study of 12- to 17-year-olds.” This “latest study enrolled 2,247 U.S. kids ages 12 to 17 last summer and found the two-dose” protein-based vaccine…

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One In Three Americans May Be Exposed To Potentially Harmful Weed Killer Called 2,4-D, With Kids Particularly At Risk, Research Suggests

HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports, “One in three Americans is exposed to a common and potentially harmful weed killer called 2,4-D, and children may be especially at risk,” investigators concluded after checking “for biomarkers of the herbicide in urine sa…

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Oral Immunotherapy With Or Without Probiotic Adjuvants Confers Sustained Unresponsiveness To Peanut Among Children With Confirmed Allergy, Study Suggests

Healio (2/10, Gawel) reports “oral immunotherapy with or without probiotic adjuvants conferred sustained unresponsiveness to peanut among allergic children, according to a randomized phase 2b,” four-year study that “involved children aged 1 to 10 years wi…

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Pediatricians Update Developmental Milestones For Infants, Young Children

The Washington Post (2/10, Spinner) reports, “For the first time in decades, the nation’s top pediatricians have changed the checklist of developmental milestones for infants and young children to make it easier to identify delays that could be a sign of…

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Children With AD/HD Appear To Exhibit Modest Differences On Structural Brain Measures Compared To Peers Without AD/HD, Scan Study Indicates

According to Healio (2/10, Gramigna), children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) appear to exhibit “modest differences on structural brain measures compared with peers without” the disorder, researchers concluded after using magnetic r…

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Infants Born To Mothers Who Were Vaccinated Against COVID-19 During Pregnancy Have Long-Lasting Antibody Protection, Researchers Say

HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports “babies whose moms were vaccinated during pregnancy against COVID-19 have long-lasting antibody protection,” according to researchers who “compared babies born to women who had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine with th…

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FDA Warns On Potential Strangulation Risk Among Children Using Enteral Feeding Systems

MedPage Today (2/9, Wu) reports, “The FDA is warning on the potential risk of strangulation among children using enteral feeding systems.” In the “safety alert issued on Tuesday, the agency said two toddlers died last year after becoming entangled in the…

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US Planning To Roll Out 10M Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Doses For Younger Children Upon FDA Approval, CDC Says

CNN (2/9, Howard, Kounang) reports, “If the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine receives emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for children 6 months to 5 years old, the tentative plan is to roll out about 10 million vaccine…

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TNF Inhibitor Exposure May Be Tied To Threefold Increased Risk For Developing Psoriasis In Children With JIA, Study Indicates

Medwire News (2/9, Cowen) reports, “Exposure to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors is associated with a threefold increased risk for developing psoriasis in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),” investigators concluded after examining “2…

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Preschoolers Made Greater Gains In Vocabulary Growth During Initial COVID-19 Lockdowns, Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/9, Norton) reports, “The pandemic has dramatically disrupted kids’ normal routines, but a new study suggests the initial lockdowns of 2020 did not necessarily hinder preschoolers’ language development,” according to the findings published in…

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Use Of Investigational Medical Device Appears To Improve ADHD Symptoms In Children, Company Says

Healio (2/9) reports researchers have “found statistically significant improvement in” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “symptoms in children who wore the Revibe Connect device to school, according to a” Feb. 8 press release by the digital…

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Dramatic Gestational Weight Gain Leads To Heightened Growth Pattern In Female Offspring At Ages 5 To 14 Years, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (2/9, Monaco) reports, “Dramatic gestational weight gain led to unique growth patterns in female offspring at ages 5 to 14 years, an observational study suggested.” According to the researchers, “of four pregnancy weight gain patterns identi…

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Physicians Across US See Spike In Croup Cases Amid Omicron Surge

CNN (2/8, Christensen) reports physicians across the US “say they are seeing a spike in croup cases.” One study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, “found a total of 401 children seen in the ER were diagnosed with croup during the Delta surge and 107 d…

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Whole Genome Data Analysis Reveals 29 New Genetic Variants Associated With Acne

HealthDay (2/8, Preidt) reports investigators “say the discovery of new genetic variants associated with acne could help doctors identify people at high risk and perhaps point the way to new treatments.” For the study, investigators “examined whole genome…

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US Sees Fewer Births Than Expected During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal (2/8, Adamy, DeBarros, Subscription Publication) reports that in the first nine months of last year, the US saw nearly 7,000 fewer births compared with the same time frame in 2020, data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Sta…

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Several Demographic, Clinical Factors More Likely To Predict MIS-C After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Analysis Suggests

MedPage Today (2/8, Walker) reports, “After a SARS-CoV-2 infection, several demographic and clinical factors were more likely to predict multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), some of which overlapped with risks for severe COVID-19, [an] a…

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Positive Parenting, Other “Psychosocial Assets” Reduce Children’s Risk For Obesity In Childhood, Study Indicates

Healio (2/8, Weldon) reports, “Children with positive early interactions with their mother were at a reduced risk for obesity in childhood, a study published in Pediatrics found.” According to investigators, “positive parenting and other ‘psychosocial ass…

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Exposure To Opioid Analgesics During First Trimester Of Pregnancy Appears To Increase Risk Of Congenital Anomalies Diagnosed In First Year Of Life, Study Suggests

MD Edge ObGyn (2/8, Rans) reports “exposure to opioid analgesics during the first trimester of pregnancy appears to increase the risk of congenital anomalies diagnosed in the first year of life,” according to a study that “included a total of 599,579 gest…

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Levels Of Food Proteins In Breastmilk Appear Much Lower Than Dose Needed To Elicit IgE-Mediated Allergic Reaction Among Infants, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (2/8, Gawel) reports “levels of food proteins in breastmilk appeared much lower than the dose required to elicit an IgE-mediated allergic reaction among infants, according to a systematic review” of “32 observational and interventional studies of f…

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US Surgeon General Says Pandemic Has Had “Devastating” Impact On Mental Health Of Young People

ABC News (2/8, Livingston) reports, “U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told lawmakers on Tuesday that the pandemic has had a ‘devastating’ impact on the mental health of America’s young people.” Murthy said, “I’m deeply concerned as a parent and as a doct…

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White House Still Encourages Mask Usage In Schools As Some States Prepare To Lift Mandates

CNN (2/7, Klein) reports, “The White House maintained its adherence to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance encouraging mask usage in schools Monday as some states take steps toward lifting mask mandates in the classroom.” The agency “re…

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Children And Adolescents With Intermediate- Or Advanced-Stage Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Who Demonstrate Adequate Responses To Certain Chemotherapy Regimens May Safely Omit Radiotherapy, Trial Indicates

Hematology Advisor (2/7, Moore) reports, “Recent phase 3 trial results indicate that children and adolescents with intermediate- or advanced-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma who demonstrate adequate responses to certain chemotherapy regimens might safely…

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In Phase 3 Trial, Tralokinumab-Ldrm Appears To Improve Itch, Overall QoL Among Adolescents With Moderate-To-Severe Atopic Dermatitis, Company Announces

According to HCPlive (2/7, Butera), “LEO Pharma announced” at the Western Society of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 59th Annual Scientific Session its “new 16-week,” phase 3 trial “data on tralokinumab-ldrm, stating that it led to significant improvements i…

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Self-Reported BPD Screening Tools May Be Useful In Identifying Symptoms Of BPD In Adolescents, Researchers Posit

Healio (2/7, Holden) reports, “Self-reported borderline personality disorder [BPD] screening tools may be useful in identifying symptoms of BPD in adolescents and may determine who can benefit from early intervention,” investigators concluded in a study i…

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Pediatric Mental Health Visits To Physicians Increased During First Year Of COVID-19 Pandemic In Ontario, Canada, Population-Wide Study Concludes

MedPage Today (2/7) reports, “Pediatric mental health visits to physicians increased during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, Canada,” investigators concluded in a “population-wide” study. Beginning “in July 2020, rates of visits to ment…

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Seasonal Flu Vaccines Boost Broadly Protective Antibodies In Children, Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/7, Preidt) reports a study published in Cell Reports Medicine “finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn’t happen…

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Debate Over Face Masks For Kids Grows As New COVID-19 Infections Decline Across US

ABC News (2/4, McMaster, Reshefvia) reported, “As new cases of COVID-19 decline across the country for the first time in weeks, the debate over face masks for kids is reaching a fever pitch.” Over “one dozen states and Washington, D.C., currently require…

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Caregivers’ Anxiety/Depression Symptoms May Impact QOL For Children With Cancer, Study Finds

Oncology Nurse Advisor (2/4, Moore) reported, “Caregivers’ anxiety/depression symptoms may affect quality of life (QOL) for children with cancer, according to results of a study of caregivers of children with a cancer diagnosis.” The research was publishe…

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Air Quality Index Tied To Increase In Exacerbations Requiring ED Visit, Hospitalization Among Children With Asthma, Study Indicates

Healio (2/4, Welsh) reported a study has “linked the Air Quality Index with an increase in exacerbations requiring an ED visit or hospitalization among children with asthma living in Pennsylvania.” The findings of the “retrospective, time-stratified, case…

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Eliminating Student Quarantines After Mask-On-Mask COVID-19 Exposure Not Tied To Secondary Transmission, Researchers Say

Healio (2/4, Weldon) reported study results “demonstrated that eliminating student quarantines after mask-on-mask COVID-19 exposure was not associated with secondary transmission, researchers reported in Pediatrics.” This “observational study was conducte…

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Biden Administration Issues Transitional Standards For School Lunches To Ease Recovery From Pandemic, Supply Chain Disruptions

The AP (2/4, Thompson) reported, “The Biden administration issued transitional standards for school lunches Friday that are meant to ease the path for cafeterias to get back on a more healthful course as they recover from pandemic and supply chain disrupt…

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Adolescent Boys With Severe Obesity Who Lose Weight With Bariatric Surgery May See Increases In Free And Total Testosterone, Research Suggests

Healio (2/4, Monostra) reported, “Adolescent boys with severe obesity who lost weight loss with bariatric surgery saw increases in free and total testosterone,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatr…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Children Ages 5 To 11 Fall To Record Low, CDC Data Show

Bloomberg (2/3, Levin) reports “Covid-19 vaccinations among children ages 5-11 have fallen to the lowest levels since the shots were first approved,” according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data show that “the seven-day…

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Environmental Exposures Heightened By Climate Change Adversely Affect Maternal And Newborn Health, Presentation Says

Healio (2/3, VanDewater) reports, “Environmental exposures heightened by climate change adversely affect maternal and newborn health, and women are ‘particularly vulnerable’ to these effects,” according to a presentation given at SMFM’s 42nd Annual Pregna…

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Seasonality Associated With Very Small Proportion Of Extremely Preterm Births, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (2/3, Wu) reports, “Seasonality was associated with a very small proportion of all extremely preterm births, according to a nationwide study in Denmark” revealing that “of 2,009 extremely preterm births, the cumulative incidence of these bir…

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Sugarless Gum May Help Prevent Preterm Births, Research Indicates

According to the AP (2/3, Ungar), research indicates that chewing sugarless gum may help avoid having premature births. The study divided over 10,000 women into two groups in which one group “received oral health education and chewed the gum” containing x…

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Scoping Review Identifies Variables Reported As Significant With Respect To Adolescent Depression Outcomes

According to Healio (2/3, Gramigna), in an 81-study scoping review, investigators have “identified variables reported as significant in three or more randomized clinical trials with respect to adolescent depression outcomes.” Those variables included “age…

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Children With Psoriasis With Higher Rates Of Skin Clearance May Experience Enhanced QoL Compared With Children With Lower Rates Of Skin Clearance, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (2/3, Mermelstein) reports, “Children with psoriasis with higher rates of skin clearance experience an enhanced quality of life [QoL] compared with children with lower rates of skin clearance,” investigators concluded after analyzing r…

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Chilblain-Like Skin Lesions Are A Cutaneous Presentation Of COVID-19 Infection In Children, Systematic Review Indicates

Dermatology Advisor (2/2, Jacobs) reports, “Chilblain-like skin lesions…are a cutaneous presentation of COVID-19 infection in children,” according to a 28-article systematic review published in Dermatologic Therapy. The review found that “the lesions mo…

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Study Finds Correlation Between Childhood Trauma And Mistrust Of Public Health Institutions, Vaccine Hesitancy

The Hill (2/2, Breslin) reports, “A correlation has been found between childhood trauma and mistrust of public health institutions, as well as vaccine hesitancy, in a study on 2,285 adult Welsh residents published to the British Medical Journal.” The stud…

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Return To Non-Contact Physical Activity Three Days After Concussion Is Safe For Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/2, Preidt) reports, “A return to non-contact physical activity three days after a concussion is safe and possibly even beneficial for kids,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 456 patients aged 10 to 17 who had concussions.” Wh…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Alters Delivery Of Developmental Services Among Children With Acute Provoked Neonatal Seizures, Study Indicates

Healio (2/2, Gramigna) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered delivery of developmental services among children with acute provoked neonatal seizures, according to results of a prospective cohort study published in Pediatric Neurology.”…

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Two-Step Algorithm Improves Accuracy, Reduces Need For Oral Food Challenges In Diagnosing Cashew Allergy In Children, Study Indicates

Healio (2/2, Gawel) reports that “a two-step algorithm improved the accuracy and reduced the need for oral food challenges in diagnosing cashew allergy in children, according to a study” in which “researchers pooled individual-level data from six studies…

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AMA Updates CPT Codes For Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Younger Children

RevCycle Intelligence (2/2, Rodriguez) reports, “The American Medical Association (AMA) has updated the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set to include a new code for administering pediatric doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in younger children….

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Injured Children Treated In Better Prepared EDs May Have Better Long-Term Survival, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (2/2, Wu) reports, “Injured children treated in better prepared emergency departments (EDs) had better long-term survival,” investigators concluded. In their “analysis of nearly 90,000 visits to U.S. trauma centers,” researchers found that “…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA To Authorize COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Children Under 5

The Wall Street Journal (2/1, Hopkins, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports that on Tuesday, Pfizer and partner BioNTech asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize their COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged six months to under five year…

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Tezepelumab Tied To Reduced Asthma Exacerbations Throughout Year Compared With Placebo In Adults, Adolescents With Severe, Uncontrolled Asthma, Data Suggest

HCPlive (2/1, Butera) reports, “The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) released promising new data on tezepelumab stating that adults and adolescents with severe, uncontrolled asthma who were treated with the monoclonal antibody expe…

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Teenage Girls Across US Increasingly Attempting Suicide Amid Ongoing Pandemic

The Texas Tribune (2/1, Klibanoff) reports that across the US, “teenage girls are attempting” suicide “at staggering rates, driving a 50% increase in girls being admitted to the hospital for suspected suicide attempts between early 2019 and 2021.” This “s…

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Non-SARS-CoV-2 Infections In Children, Adults Surge When Pandemic-Related Restrictions Lifted, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (2/1, Hamza) reports, “Non-SARS-CoV-2 infections in kids and adults surged when pandemic-related restrictions were lifted in Israel, following the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, a large cross-sectional study found.” According to re…

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Pictorial Warning Labels On Sugary Drinks May Help Curb Sales, Investigators Say

MedPage Today (2/1, Monaco) reports, “Pictorial warning labels on sugary drinks may help curb sales,” investigators concluded in a “randomized trial” involving 325 “parents with young children (ages two to 12).” The study revealed that “shopping in a ‘sto…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Expected To Ask FDA To Authorize COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Under 5

The New York Times (1/31, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports Pfizer and partner BioNTech “are expected as soon as Tuesday to ask the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a coronavirus vaccine for children under 5 years old as a two-dose regimen while they…

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Many Parents Of Children With Cancer Experienced Challenges In Therapeutic Relationship With Child’s Treating Oncologist, Study Finds

Healio (1/31, Southall) reports, “Many parents of children with cancer experienced challenges in the therapeutic relationship with their child’s treating oncologist, according to study results.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Intent-To-Treat Survival Among Pediatric Transplant Recipients Has Improved Over Past Three Decades, Study Indicates

Healio (1/31, Weldon) reports, “Intent-to-treat survival among pediatric patients who have received a heart, liver or kidney transplant steadily improved over the past 3 decades, according to a study of more than 47,000 transplants.” The findings were pub…

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