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Top HHS Officials Say There Is No Solid Evidence Of Increase In Child Abuse Amid Pandemic

The AP (1/14, Crary) reports top HHS “officials overseeing child welfare…say they’ve seen no solid evidence to bear out warnings that serious forms of child abuse would surge during the coronavirus pandemic. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for chi…

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Researchers Say Using Clear And Matter-Of-Fact Language Is Effective For Ensuring Receipt Of The Vaccines

PatientEngagementHIT (1/14, Heath) reports researchers at Boston Medical Center found that “using clear and matter-of-fact language around vaccinations is effective for ensuring patients get preventive care while still preserving patient satisfaction.” Fo…

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A Sensitive Baby Wipe Formula With Fewer Ingredients Tied To Fewer Days Of Irritant Diaper Dermatitis When Compared With Formulas With More Ingredients, Study Indicates

Healio (1/14, Burba) reports, “A sensitive formula baby wipe brand with fewer ingredients had fewer days of irritant diaper dermatitis when compared with formulas with more ingredients,” investigators concluded in a “prospective experimental study” which…

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Rising Temps Caused By Climate Change May Contribute To Lower Diet Quality, Malnutrition Among Young Children In Many Parts Of The World, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/14, Preidt) reports, “Rising temperatures caused by climate change are contributing to low diet quality and malnutrition among young children in many parts of the world,” investigators concluded in a study suggesting that “warmer temperatures…

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Changes In Insulin Sensitivity, Adiposity Beginning In Childhood Appear To Have Disorder-Specific Links To Psychosis, Depression, Researchers Say

Healio (1/14, Gramigna) reports, “Changes in insulin sensitivity and adiposity beginning in childhood appeared to have disorder-specific links to psychosis and depression,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data for fasting insulin levels of 5,790…

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Measure To Ban LGBTQ Conversion Therapy For Minors Formally Introduced In Indiana State Legislature

The Hill (1/14, Gstalter) reports that this week, SB 32, a measure “to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors was formally introduced in the Indiana state legislature” by “Democratic state Sen. J.D. Ford, the first openly LGBTQ legislator in Indiana.” Th…

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Young Children Half As Likely As Adults To Transmit UK-Identified Coronavirus Variant, Research Suggests

The New York Times (1/14, Mandavilli) reports, “It wasn’t until last fall that many parents started to breathe easier, as it became clear that elementary schools, at least, were not cesspools of infection with the coronavirus. But the alarming news of a m…

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Maternal Stress During Pregnancy May Mutate Child’s DNA, Study Indicates

Healio (1/13, Gramigna) reports, “Maternal stress during pregnancy may mutate the child’s DNA and thus affect risk for developing disease,” with the risk “particularly prevalent among Black women, researchers noted” in a study in which they “conducted who…

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Mothers With Overweight More Likely To Have Infertile Sons, Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/13, Bakalar) reports mothers with overweight “may be more likely to have infertile sons,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 9,232 men and women aged 31 to 34.” The study revealed that “sons born to overweight mothers…

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Nearly 40% Of All Reported Cases Of Typhoid Fever In The US Between 1995 And 2015 Occurred In Children, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/13, Gupta) reports researchers found that “from 1995 to 2015, nearly 40% of all reported cases of typhoid fever in the United States occurred in children, highlighting the need to improve coverage with currently licensed vacc…

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Not Enough Adolescents Are Signing Up For Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial, Federal Official Says

USA Today (1/13, Weintraub) reports, “Not enough adolescents are signing up for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, a federal official said this week, potentially delaying vaccine authorization for this age group.” On Tuesday, “Moncef Slaoui, the scientific…

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FMT May Lead To Resolution Of Metabolic Syndrome In Teens With Obesity, Study indicates

Healio (1/13, Monostra) reports, “Fecal microbiome transfer [FMT] led to a mean reduction in android-to-gynoid fat ratio and a resolution of metabolic syndrome in a cohort of adolescents with obesity,” investigators concluded in an 87-patient study in whi…

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Using E-Cigarettes Can Increase The Risk Of Becoming A Daily User Of Traditional Cigarettes, Study Indicates

ABC News (1/13, A. Anoruo) reports researchers found in a four-year study that using e-cigarettes can increase the risk of becoming a daily user of traditional cigarettes. The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Mortality Is Higher In Younger Patients With COVID-19 Compared To Younger Patients With Influenza, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (1/13, A. Schad) reports researchers found “mortality is higher in younger patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) compared with younger patients with influenza.” The findings were published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine…

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Higher Hemoglobin Threshold For Transfusion May Not Lower Risk For Death, Neurodevelopment Impairment Among Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants With Anemia, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/13) reports, “Use of a higher hemoglobin transfusion threshold does not lower the risk for death or neurodevelopmental impairment at 22 to 26 months of age among extremely low-birth-weight infants with anemia,” investigators concluded in a st…

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CDC: Number Of COVID-19 Cases Among Younger Children Remained Low Even After Schools Reopened

CNN (1/13, Gumbrecht) reports that a new CDC report “found that COVID-19 cases among younger children remained low even after schools restarted for in-person learning. To safely reopen schools, however, transmission in communities must be kept in check.”…

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Scientists Predict SARS-CoV-2 Will Come To Resemble The Common Cold In The Future

The New York Times (1/12, Mandavilli) reports SARS-CoV-2 “is here to stay, but once most adults are immune – following natural infection or vaccination – the virus will be no more of a threat than the common cold, according to a study published in the jou…

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Experts Say Measures Taken To Stem Spread Of Coronavirus Have Limited The Spread Of Many Other Viruses

The Washington Post (1/12, Hurley) reports infectious disease specialists “say they are chronicling something never before seen — the suppression of virtually every common respiratory and gastrointestinal virus besides the novel coronavirus.” For example,…

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US Reports Another Record One-Year Decline In Cancer Death Rate From 2017 To 2018

The AP (1/12, Stobbe) reports the US “reported another record one-year decline in the…cancer death rate, a drop they attribute to success against lung cancer.” The US cancer death rate has been decreasing since 1991, and “from 2017 to 2018, it fell 2.4%…

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Socioeconomic Deprivation May Be Tied To Poorer Outcomes After Liver Transplantation In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Gastroenterology Advisor (1/12, Pond) reports, “Socioeconomic deprivation was found to be associated with poorer outcomes after liver transplantation in pediatric patients,” investigators concluded after extracting and then analyzing “data from the Scient…

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Researchers Examine How Sexual Behavior Influences Risk Of HPV Infection And Associated Cancers

The New York Times (1/12, Bakalar) reports researchers examined blood samples, tumor samples, and interviews to examine “how the timing, number and types of sexual behaviors affect [HPV infection] risk, and why some people develop cancer and others don’t….

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Extreme Thrombocytosis In Young Patients With MPNs Is Well Controlled By Interferon Therapy, Study Indicates

Oncology Nurse Advisor (1/12, Nye) reports researchers found “extreme thrombocytosis among young patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) was well controlled by interferon therapy.” The findings were published in Pediatric Blood and Cancer.

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Researchers Examine Oxygen Desaturation Rates In Infants With Acute Bronchiolitis

Healio (1/12, T. Welsh) reports researchers found “oxygen desaturation rates in infants with acute bronchiolitis were high and occurred in most infants, with similar rates in those hospitalized and those discharged home.” The findings were published in JA…

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Rates Of NAS, MOD Increasing Across The US, Study Suggests

Healio (1/12, Miller) reports, “From 2010 to 2017, estimated rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome and maternal opioid use disorder significantly increased across the” US, investigators concluded. In fact, “rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and…

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People With ASD Appear To Have Higher Rates Of Suicide Than People Without ASD, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (1/12, Monaco) reports, “People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) carry a higher risk for suicide,” investigators concluded in a “nationwide cohort study of over 35,000 individuals with autism.” The study revealed “a more than three-fold h…

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Trump Administration Announces Changes To Coronavirus Vaccination Rollout Aimed At Expanding Access

The Washington Post (1/12, A1, Sun, McGinley, Stanley-Becker, Goldstein) reports, “The Trump Administration announced sweeping changes to its vaccination rollout on Tuesday, including making all of the coronavirus vaccine supply immediately available, urg…

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Even People With Mild COVID-19 Cases May Not Return To “Full Health” Months Later, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/11) reports, “Even people with mild cases of COVID-19 may commonly feel run down and unwell months later, a new study suggests.” This “study, of patients at one Irish medical center, found that 62% said they had not returned to ‘full health’…

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Some Healthcare Workers Reportedly Hesitant To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Bloomberg (1/11, Young) reports, “In North Carolina and Ohio, most nursing-home employees are declining the Covid-19 vaccine.” Now, “the federal government, which left the states to sort out immunizations, is suggesting pizza parties and raffle prizes as…

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US School Districts Change Plans Amid Virus Surge, Vaccination Rollout

The Wall Street Journal (1/11, Calfas, Subscription Publication) reports US school districts are changing plans for the new year, as some prolong remote instruction while others return to in-person instruction. This comes as districts weigh rising coronav…

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Mass Screening May Identify High Prevalence Of Celiac Disease Among Children, Research Suggests

Healio (1/11, Young) reports, “Mass screening identified a high prevalence of celiac disease [CD] among children,” investigators concluded in a study in which “children aged one to 17 years” underwent “screening for CD using two assays for tissue transglu…

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Children Exposed To Valproate In Utero May Have Elevated Risk For ASD And AD/HD, Study Indicates

Psychiatric News (1/11) reports research indicates that “children exposed to valproate in” utero “had an elevated risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “compared with those who were not exposed to the…

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Average Cumulative Pediatric Hospitalization Rate For COVID-19 Increasing In US States, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/11) reports, “There is significant variation across states in the rates of pediatric hospitalization for COVID-19, but the average cumulative hospitalization rate is increasing, according to a research letter published online Jan. 11 in JAMA…

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Financial Hardship, Food Insecurities, Delays In Care Due To Medical Costs May Be Common Among Families Of Children With Congenital Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Healio (1/8, Walsh) reported, “Financial hardship, food insecurities and delays in care due to medical costs are common among families of children with congenital heart disease,” investigators concluded in a “cross-sectional study” that “included 188 fami…

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Many People Who Recover From COVID-19 Experience At Least One Symptom Six Months Later, Study Indicates

The New York Times (1/8, Belluck) reported many people who recover from COVID-19 “will experience lingering problems like fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety or diminished lung function.” Researchers studied 1,733 patients “who were discharged from a h…

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Three Studies Indicate Risk Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection In School Is Low

CIDRAP (1/8, Van Beusekom) reported three new studies indicate that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in schools is low, “including limited in-school [SARS-CoV-2] transmission in North Carolina, few cases of the coronavirus-associated multisystem inflammat…

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Preterm Birth May Be Tied To Increased Risk For All-Cause Mortality, Study Suggests

Healio (1/8, Michael) reported, “Adults who were born prematurely may be at an elevated risk for premature death from all causes, as well as death from noncommunicable diseases such as CVD, chronic lung disease and diabetes,” researchers concluded after c…

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Experts Present Guidance On Identification, Management Of Pediatric Eating Disorders

HealthDay (1/8) reported a new clinical report published in Pediatrics offers guidance on “the identification and management of eating disorders in children and adolescents.” The experts “reviewed common eating disorders diagnosed in children, outlined th…

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Some States Open Up Coronavirus Vaccination Following Criticism Of Slow Rollout

The New York Times (1/9, A1, Goodnough) reports, “Just weeks into the country’s coronavirus vaccination effort, states have begun broadening access to the shots faster than planned, amid tremendous public demand and intense criticism about the pace of the…

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Researchers Identify Common Skin Manifestations In Children And Adolescents With COVID-19

Dermatology Advisor (1/8, May) reports Iranian researchers conducted a retrospective review and found that “common skin manifestations observed in children and adolescents with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) include acute urticaria, mottling, general…

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Genetic Markers Related To Mineral Bone Accrual Could Help Providers Identify Young People At Risk For Fractures Later In Life, Study Indicates

Health IT Analytics (1/7, Kent) reports researchers found “genetic markers related to mineral bone accrual could help providers identify younger patients at risk of fractures in later life.” The findings were published in Genome Biology.

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CDC Model Suggests That Asymptomatic People Transmit The Majority Of New Coronavirus Cases

The Washington Post (1/7, Guarino) reports, “People with no symptoms transmit more than half of all cases of the novel coronavirus, according to a model developed by” CDC researchers. According to the model, 59% of transmissions come from asymptomatic peo…

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Identical Twins Found To Have Genetic Mutations That Distinguish Them From Each Other

The AP (1/7, Larson) reports researchers sequenced the DNA of 387 pairs of identical twins in Iceland and discovered “early mutations that separate identical twins,” meaning “identical twins are not exactly genetically the same.” The findings were publish…

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Fluoroquinolones Associated With Small Increase In Risk Of Aortic Aneurysm, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/7, Norton) reports researchers found that fluoroquinolones are “associated with a small increase in the risk of aortic aneurysm,” including “in younger, healthy people.” Back in 2018, the FDA issued a warning “saying people at high risk of ao…

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Adolescent Boys Who Use E-Cigarettes May Have Increased Risk For Subsequent Initiation Of Traditional Tobacco Products, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/7) reports, “Adolescent boys who use electronic cigarettes have an increased risk for subsequently initiating traditional tobacco products,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 1,220 boys (aged 11 to 16 years at enrollment) foll…

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Heavy Drinking In Adolescence May Be Linked To Disruptions In White Matter Integrity, Study Suggests

Medscape (1/7, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “Heavy alcohol use in adolescence is linked to disruptions in white matter integrity, new research suggests.” In a “case control study of more than 400 participants, the association was more pron…

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Funding Extended Until April For Virus Testing In At-Risk Areas

Bloomberg (1/7, Lee, Court) reports that a $550 million funding extension “announced Thursday means thousands of Covid-19 testing sites in vulnerable U.S. areas will continue to operate into April.” The program “primarily provides testing sites in areas w…

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Researchers Say Nurses Have Valuable Insights Into How To Reduce EHR Burnout

EHR Intelligence (1/7, Jason) reports researchers found “nurses have valuable insight into ways to reduce EHR burnout, but there is a need for further research into ways to better organize, manage, and display this information to mitigate nurse burnout.”…

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New York City’s Schools Face Closure As More Coronavirus Tests Come Back Positive

The New York Times (1/6, Shapiro, Goodman) reports, “New York City’s rising virus numbers are once again forcing high-stakes decisions about whether to keep schools open, leaving students, parents and educators with newfound uncertainty.” Mayor Bill de Bl…

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Scientists Use Base Editing To Lengthen Lives Of Mice With Progeria

USA Today (1/6, Weintraub) reports a study published in Nature describes how a group of scientists, including NIH Director Francis Collins, used a more precise form of CRISPR called base editing to correct a mutation in mice models of progeria. Progeria i…

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Even Though Use Of CGM May Not Increase Time In Range In Young Children With T1D, It May Improve Other Glycemic Indices, Researchers Say

Medwire News (1/6, Barnard) reports, “The use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) does not increase time in range in young children with type 1 diabetes [T1D], but may improve other glycemic indices,” investigators concluded in a study in which “143 ch…

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Hospitals Experienced Increased COVID-19 Nursing Staffing Demand During The Fall Surge, Report Says

RevCycle Intelligence (1/6, LaPointe) reports, “Hospitals experienced increased COVID-19 nursing staffing demand, as well as ICU bed occupancy, during the fall surge of new coronavirus patients, according to new data published in the Epic Health Research…

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Japanese Researchers Report Two Cases Of Vaginal Transmission Of Cancer During Delivery

MedPage Today (1/6, D’Ambrosio) reports Japanese researchers reported two cases of vaginal transmission of cancer during delivery. The researchers reported “two children whose mothers had undetected cervical cancer at delivery went on to develop lung canc…

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Expert Examines Persistent Racial, Ethnic Disparities In US Maternal And Infant Outcomes

Medscape (1/6, Splete, Subscription Publication) reports, “Racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and infant outcomes persist in the United States, with Black women being three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes, compared with…

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Proportion Of Children Who Arrived In EDs With Mental Health Issues Increased 24% From Mid-March To Mid-October Compared To 2019

Kaiser Health News (1/6, Heredia Rodriguez) reports “the proportion of children who arrived in emergency departments with mental health issues increased 24% from mid-March through mid-October, compared with the same period in 2019,” according to a CDC rep…

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HHS Secretary Says States Should Vaccinate As Many People As Possible Even If That Requires Skipping People In Priority Groups

USA Today (1/6, Weintraub) reports HHS Secretary Alex Azar told governors to vaccinate as many people against SARS-CoV-2 as possible and warned states to not let “perfection be the enemy of the good,” referring to priority plans. Azar said that with up to…

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Researchers Say There Was A 10% Decrease In Children Receiving First MMR Vaccination By 16 Months From March 2017 To August 2020

HealthDay (1/6) reports researchers found that between March 2017 and August 2020 there was a 10% decrease in children receiving their first MMR vaccination by 16 months. The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Pace Of Coronavirus Vaccine Administration Reportedly Remains Slow In The US

USA Today (1/5, Weintraub) reports, “If the pace of COVID-19 vaccine delivery into people’s arms stays the way it has been for the past few weeks, it could take years rather than months to vaccinate Americans, and the outbreak will continue to dominate li…

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Many Healthcare Workers In US Report Not Being Able To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

NPR (1/5, Emanuel) reports staffing agency IntelyCare “surveyed…nurses and nursing assistants in Massachusetts and more than half report being told they cannot get the” COVID-19 vaccine. NPR adds, “From Georgia to California, Pennsylvania to Ohio, New Y…

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US Enters 2021 With Record Number Of People Hospitalized With COVID-19

The Washington Post (1/5, A1, Nirappil, Wan) reports the US “has entered the new year with record numbers of Americans hospitalized with coronavirus, straining a health care system bracing for a post-holidays surge that has the potential to further stretc…

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Infants Born To Women Who Receive Oxygen May Fare No Better Than Those Whose Mothers Simply Breathe “Room Air,” Systematic Review Indicates

HealthDay (1/5, Norton) reports, “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women be given supplemental oxygen when fetal heart monitoring shows an abnormal heart rate,” but now a “new review, of 16 clinical trials, uncovered…

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State Laws Mandating Hospitals Offer Flu Shots To Healthcare Workers Can Reduce Flu And Pneumonia Mortality, Study Indicates

Health Exec (1/5, Pearson) reports researchers found “hospitals required by state laws to offer healthcare workers flu shots can expect significantly reduced flu and pneumonia mortality compared with hospitals in states forgoing such mandates.” The findin…

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation That Expands Scope Of Practice For Nurse Practitioners And Others

PatientEngagementHIT (1/5, Heath) reports Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed “state legislation that he said will improve patient access to care.” The legislation, “which largely carries out healthcare priorities set in 2019 before the COVID-19 pande…

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Narcolepsy In Children Not Cause Of Intellectual Disabilities, Research Indicates

Neurology Advisor (1/5, Nye) reports, “Narcolepsy in children was not the cause of intellectual disabilities; however, cognitive performance could be improved in this population through prompt interventions to manage comorbidities,” researchers concluded…

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Ultrasound-Guided Tunneled Central Venous Access Proves Safe, Quicker In Children In Clinical Trial

Aunt Minnie (1/4, Pablos) reports “ultrasound-guided tunneled central venous access proved safe for children in a randomized clinical trial,” which “included 108 patients, ranging in age from 9 months to 17 years, who had been referred to the surgery depa…

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Infants With Type 1 Retinopathy Of Prematurity Treated With Primary Bevacizumab Often Display Normal Visual Acuity After Four Years Of Age, Research Suggests

Healio (1/4, Martin) reports researchers found “infants with type 1 retinopathy of prematurity treated with primary bevacizumab often display normal visual acuity after 4 years of age.” The findings were presented at the virtual American Academy of Ophtha…

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Asthma-Related Emergency Department Visits Dropped At Boston Children’s Hospital During Lockdown, Study Indicates

NPR (1/4, Kendrick) reports, “Just one week after Massachusetts closed schools and daycares in March, Boston Children’s Hospital saw a drastic change in asthma-related visits to the emergency room: They were down 80% from the prior two months.” NPR adds,…

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Certain Factors, Including Prematurity And Low Birth Weight, Appear To Increase Risk For Thrombosis Among Infants, Study Suggests

Healio (1/4, Southall) reports, “Infants who were born prematurely, had a low birth weight, experienced sepsis or underwent invasive procedures appeared to be at increased risk for thrombosis, according to study results published in Journal of Thrombosis…

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Moms Who Drink Cow’s Milk While Breastfeeding May Reduce Child’s Risk Of Developing Food Allergies, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/4, Mann) reports, “Mothers who drink cow’s milk while breastfeeding may reduce their child’s risk of developing food allergies,” investigators concluded in a study that “asked more than 500 Swedish mothers about their eating habits in their 3…

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Using Computational System May Help Clinicians Have A Better Read On Which Treatments Could Be Effective In Teens With AD/HD, Researchers Say

HCPlive (1/4, Walter) reports research indicates that “using a computational system could allow clinicians to have a better read on which treatments could be effective in adolescents with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Researchers arri…

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Comorbid ASD And SUD May Be Tied To Increased Mortality Risk, Researchers Say

According to HCPlive (1/4, Walter), in a “retrospective, population-based cohort, the investigators analyzed the data of 1.9 million participants from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database between 2000-2015” and concluded that people with…

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Children, Teens With Congenital Heart Disease May Be At Greater Risk For Developing AD/HD, Depression, Or Anxiety, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/4) reports, “Youth with congenital heart disease (CHD) have increased odds of anxiety and/or depression or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), “regardless of disease severity,” investigators concluded in a study that included “…

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Some California Frontline Workers Reportedly Unwilling To Get Coronavirus Vaccine

The Los Angeles Times (12/31, Dolan) reported some California frontline workers “with top-priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine…are refusing to take it.” In some counties, nearly 50% of employees have refused to take the vaccine. Vaccine distrust “swi…

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San Diego Nurse Develops COVID-19 After Receiving First Dose Of Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine

The New York Times (12/31, Wu) reported on a “case of Covid-19 in a San Diego nurse who fell ill about a week after receiving his first injection of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.” While the case caused concern on social media, “experts said the sickness i…

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US Surpasses 20M COVID-19 Cases, Sets Hospitalization Record For Four Days In A Row

CNN (1/1, Maxouris, Hanna) reported “the US surpassed 20 million total recorded COVID-19 cases on Friday, hours after the country ushered in 2021 and left behind its deadliest month of the pandemic.” The US “also has set a COVID-19 hospitalization record…

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Hospital Clowns May Help Improve Physical And Psychological Well-Being In Pediatric Patients, Systematic Review Suggests

HealthDay (12/31, Murez) reported research indicates that “hospital clowns can help improve both physical symptoms and the psychological well-being of children and teens through laughter and play.” The findings of the 24-trial, 1,612-child and adolescent…

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US Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Worse Long-Term Survival Outcomes Than UK Counterparts, Study Indicates

Healio (12/31, Southall) reported researchers found childhood cancer survivors in the US have “worse long-term survival outcomes than U.K. survivors, which suggests they may have undergone more intensive treatment.” The findings were published in Journal…

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Teens Using E-Cigarettes May Be At Increased Risk For “Mental Fog,” Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/31, Norton) reported, “Teenagers who use e-cigarettes may be at increased risk of ‘mental fog,’” investigators concluded in a study involving “thousands of U.S. teens.” The study revealed that “those who vaped were three times more likely th…

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COVID-19 Can Affect Children’s Hearts

USA Today (1/1, Aspegren) reported that some children infected with SARS-CoV-2 can develop heart failure. In the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, physicians in New York reported a case of a two-month-old boy who was diagnosed with COVID-19 a…

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Hospital Executives Planning To Sustain Telehealth Momentum

Modern Healthcare (12/30, Cohen, Subscription Publication) reports, “Hospital executives are planning for how they can sustain telehealth momentum…and build the practice into their future care delivery strategies.” Executives of health systems “working…

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New Book By Neuroscientist Explains That Pop Culture’s Prevailing Ideas, Metaphors About Human Brain Don’t Stand Up To Scrutiny

CNN (12/30, Prior) reports, “Many of the ideas and metaphors in popular culture about how the human brain works don’t stand up to scrutiny,” and “that’s a prevailing theme” in a new book released in November by neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, entitle…

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Concussions, Closed-Head Injuries In Children Most Commonly Reported Sledding-Related Injury From 2008 To 2017, Research Suggests

Healio (12/29, Wursta) reports, “Concussions and closed-head injuries in children were the most commonly reported sledding-related injury from 2008 to 2017,” researchers concluded after using “data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System t…

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Nearly Half Of Teens Who Regularly Use Marijuana Admit They Have Driven While Stoned, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/30, Thompson) reports, “Almost half of teenagers who regularly use” marijuana “admit they’ve gotten behind the wheel while stoned,” researchers concluded after analyzing “responses from more than 6,800 students 14 or older who participated i…

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Parents Say COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Is Necessary For Safe In-Person School Instruction

US News & World Report (12/30, Camera) reports, “More than any other safety measure, parents say the coronavirus vaccine being available to the public is ‘absolutely necessary’ in order for them to feel safe sending their children to school for in-person…

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New Transdiagnostic CBT Program May Benefit Teens With Emotional And Behavioral Problems, Researchers Say

Medscape (12/30, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports, “A new transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program called Mind My Mind (MMM) provides significant and lasting benefits for adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems,” inve…

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US Reports Record COVID-19 Deaths, Hospitalizations, As Cases In Children Continue To Increase

CNN (12/30, Maxouris) reports, “The US set two more devastating Covid-19 records as it counted down the hours to the end of what has been a calamitous year for the nation.” On Tuesday, the nation “recorded more than 3,700 new deaths linked to the virus, a…

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Viral Load Of Patients With COVID-19 May Be Key Indicator Of Illness Severity, Research Suggests

The New York Times (12/29, Mandavilli) reports that “dozens of research papers published over the past few months found that people whose bodies were teeming with the coronavirus more often became seriously ill and more likely to die, compared with those…

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Colorado Confirms First Known US Case Of New UK Coronavirus Variant

The Washington Post (12/29, Achenbach, Guarino, Stanley-Becker) says Colorado officials on Tuesday “reported the first known case in the United States of a person infected with the mutation-laden coronavirus variant that has been circulating rapidly acros…

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Higher Prevalence Of Eating Disorders Among Children, Adolescents During Pandemic, Researchers Warn

The Washington Post (12/29, Berger) reports, “Eating disorders are on the rise among children and adolescents in Britain amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health warned Tuesday, citing a survey of pediatricians – the…

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Caregiver-Reported Mental Health Conditions May Be Prevalent Among Children With ASD In The US, Study Indicates

Healio (12/29, Gramigna) reports, “Caregiver-reported mental health conditions were prevalent among children with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] in the United States from a young age,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data of 42,283 caregivers of…

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Federal Government Releases New Dietary Guidelines For Americans

USA Today (12/29, Hauck) reports that on Tuesday, “the federal government…released new dietary guidelines for Americans of all ages that rejected scientists’ recommendation to lower the suggested amount of sugar and alcohol consumed in a day.” According…

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Quickly Distinguishing True Side Effects From Incidental Illnesses Is Important To Ease Public Fears Around COVID-19 Vaccines, Experts Warn

STAT (12/28, Branswell) reports, “As Covid-19 vaccines go into broad use, some rare side effects of vaccination will almost certainly emerge, like the reports of small numbers of people developing anaphylaxis.” In addition, “so will medical events whose t…

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CDC Says It Has Administered More Than 2M First Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines In US As Of Monday Morning

Reuters (12/28, Maddipatla) reports that “the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had administered 2,127,143 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Monday morning and had distributed 11,445,175 doses.” Reuters adds…

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Exposure To Metals May Disrupt Pregnant Women’s Hormones, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/28, Preidt) reports, “Exposure to metals may disrupt pregnant women’s hormones and boost the odds of complications such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight,” investigators concluded after analyzing “blood and urine samples fr…

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Certain Compounds In Meat May Trigger Wheezing In Some Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/28, Reinberg) reports, “Compounds in meat” called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), “may trigger wheezing in some children that can potentially lead to asthma or other respiratory conditions,” investigators concluded in a study that ex…

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Youth With History Of Childhood Depression And/Or Tobacco Use May Be At Greater Risk Of Opioid Use By Age 30, Research Suggests

Psychiatric News (12/28) reports, “Youth with a history of childhood depression and/or tobacco use are at a greater risk of using opioids by the age of 30 than those without such a history,” investigators concluded after using “data from the Great Smoky M…

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Children Face Greater Risk Of Contracting Coronavirus At Social Gathering Than In Classroom, Childcare Setting, Study Suggests

The AP (12/28) reports, “Children are more at risk of contracting coronavirus at a social gathering than in a classroom or childcare setting, according to a study released by the University of Mississippi Medical Center.” This “study found that compared w…

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Number Of Sledding-Related Injuries Has Decreased In Recent Years, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/23) reported, “The number of sledding-related injuries has decreased in recent years, but the rate of injuries is still concerning,” investigators concluded in a study that revealed “an estimated 220,488 patients were treated in emergency de…

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Consumption Of Ultra-Processed Foods May Be Tied To Bad Health Outcomes, Analysis Indicates

Medscape (12/24, Lowry, Subscription Publication) reported researchers have “linked the consumption of ultraprocessed…foods to bad health outcomes.” The “longitudinal analysis of more than 22,000 men and women” revealed that “those who consumed the most…

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Four-Gene Model Associated With Asthma, Atopy In Children May Be Tied To Development Of Allergic Diseases In Toddlers, Study Indicates

HCPlive (12/25, Kaltwasser) reported research “suggests a four-gene model associated with asthma and atopy in children is also associated with the development of allergic diseases in toddlers.” The model was then applied “to a birth cohort of 579 Han Chin…

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Scalable Transdiagnostic Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention May Outperform Management As Usual For Youth With Common Mental Health Problems, Study Indicates

Healio (12/23, Gramigna) reported, “A scalable transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral intervention outperformed management as usual for youth with common mental health problems,” investigators concluded after developing “Mind My Mind (MMM), a new transdiagn…

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Families Of People With Intellectual Development Disorders Pushing For COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

A Wall Street Journal (12/23, Ostroff, Subscription Publication) analysis on data from 12 states indicated people with intellectual development disorders including autism and Down syndrome may be at greater risk of death from COVID-19. This finding has pr…

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Federal Judge Delays Implementation Of Drug Pricing Rule

Reuters (12/23, Pierson) reported that on Wednesday, US District Judge Catherine Blake “blocked a last-minute Trump administration rule aimed at lowering drug prices as of next week.” Reuters added, “The rule, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, would hav…

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CMS Proposes Adding 20 Quality Measures To Medicare’s Value-Based Payment Programs

Modern Healthcare (12/23, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reported, “CMS is considering adding 20 quality measures to some of Medicare’s quality and value-based payment programs.” Modern Healthcare added, “All but three of the proposed measures wou…

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Increasing Lifetime Exposure To Antimicrobial Agents May Be Tied To Increasing Likelihood For Overweight, Obesity Among Older Children, Study Indicates

Healio (12/23, Burba) reported, “Increasing lifetime exposure to antimicrobial agents was associated with increasing likelihood for overweight and obesity among older children,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 1996 to 2014 on 10,093 child…

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Scientists At Imperial College London Say New Strain Of SARS-CoV-2 Might Spread More Easily In Children Compared To Other Strains

Newsweek (12/22, Gander) reports the new strain of SARS-CoV-2 spreading in the UK “may spread more easily in children than previous forms of the virus,” according to scientists at Imperial College London. Professor Neil Ferguson, director of the MRC Centr…

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Americans’ Willingness To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Jumps After Vaccinations Begin, Poll Indicates

USA Today (12/22, Page, Elbeshbishi) reports, “Americans’ willingness to take the coronavirus vaccine has jumped since the first two vaccines were authorized by the FDA and health care workers and nursing home residents began to receive the shots,” accord…

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Hospitals Under Scrutiny As They Decide Who Should Be Vaccinated First

The Wall Street Journal (12/22, Evans, Subscription Publication) reports as hospitals receive shipments of coronavirus vaccines, they are facing scrutiny as they decide who should be vaccinated first. Some health systems have begun vaccinating certain gro…

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FDA Approves Ansuvimab-zykl For Treatment Of Ebola Virus In Adults And Children

Drug Topics (12/22, Barrett) reports the FDA approved Ridgeback Biotherapeutics’ Ebanga (ansuvimab-zykl) “for the treatment of Zaire ebolavirus (Ebolavirus) infection in adults and children.” Back in October, the FDA approved Regeneron’s Inmazeb, “a monoc…

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Experimental Asthma Drug Tezepelumab Did Not Meet Main Goal In Late-Stage Trial

Reuters (12/22, Aripaka) reports AstraZeneca and Amgen announced “their experimental asthma drug tezepelumab failed to meet the main goal of reducing patients’ dependence on steroids, while keeping the respiratory condition in check in a late-stage trial….

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Researchers Find No Cases Of Vertical Transmission Or Placental Infection In Prospective Cohort Study With More Than 60 Pregnant Women With COVID-19

MedPage Today (12/22, D’Ambrosio) reports researchers found “no cases of vertical transmission or placental infection…in a prospective cohort study involving over 60 pregnant women with COVID-19.” However, “placental transfer of antibodies against SARS-…

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Increased Dietary Advanced Glycation End-Product Intake Associated With Wheezing Symptoms In Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/22) reports researchers “examined 4,388 children from the 2003 to 2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine associations between dietary [advanced glycation end-product] AGE and meat consumption frequencies and respira…

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Experts Worry That Pandemic May Be Leading To A Spike In Suicides Among Native American Youth

Kaiser Health News (12/22, Reardon) reports that “in a typical year, Native American youth die by suicide at nearly twice the rate of their white peers in the” US, but “experts worry that the isolation and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could m…

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EPA Adopts New Rules Requiring Water Utilities To Inform Public On Possible Lead Contamination

The Washington Post (12/22, Dennis) reports that on Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency “overhauled a rule aimed at reducing lead in drinking water across the country – a long-standing scourge made worse by the nation’s weathered and crumbling in…

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Infants Who Have Cataract Removal Surgery May Be At Increased Risk For Glaucoma Later In Childhood, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/22, Preidt) reports, “Infants who have cataract removal surgery are at increased risk for sight-threatening glaucoma later in childhood,” researchers concluded in a “long-term study” that “included 110 children who were born with a cataract…

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Some Healthcare Workers Reportedly Fear Optimism Brought By Coronavirus Vaccine Progress Will Overshadow Ongoing PPE Shortage

The New York Times (12/21, Jacobs) reports, “As Americans celebrate the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine, many of the doctors and nurses first in line for inoculation say a victory lap is premature.” Some “fear that the optimism stirred by the vaccine wil…

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Some Scientists Preparing For Clinical Trials To Test Treatments Targeting So-Called Long-Haulers

The Wall Street Journal (12/21, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports some scientists and pharmaceutical companies are pushing to launch clinical trials that would test drugs targeting so-called long-haulers, who can experience symptoms months after th…

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Locking Down Childcare In Ohio Would Force 75% Of Families To Work Less And 59% To Quit A Job, University Study Suggests

Health Exec (12/21, Pearson) reports, “Locking down childcare over COVID-19 in a state whose programs serve more than half a million children a day would force 75% of families to work less and 59% to quit a job outright, according to a study [PDF] conduct…

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California Health Department Says At Least 152 Children Have Been Diagnosed With MIS-C

The Hill (12/21, Coleman) reports the California health department said that as of December 14, at least 152 children in the state have been diagnosed with MIS-C. The condition “appears directly linked to surges in COVID-19 cases.”

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Infants Who Have At Least Five Infantile Hemangiomas Should Be Screened For Infantile Hepatic Hemangioma, Researchers Say

Healio (12/21, Forand) reports, “Infants who have at least five infantile hemangiomas [IHs] should be screened for infantile hepatic hemangioma,” investigators concluded in a “prospective, multicenter study” that “included 676 patients aged zero to nine m…

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Attentive, Involved Fathers May Increase Mental Well-Being, Behavior Of Teens From Low-Income Families, Research Suggests

HealthDay (12/21, Preidt) reports research indicates “how attentive, involved fathers can really boost the mental well-being and behavior of teens from low-income families.” For the study, researchers “looked at 5,000 U.S. children born between 1998 and 2…

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Children Who Receive rhGHs May Be At Increased Risk Of Cardiovascular Events Once They Reach Early Adulthood, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (12/21, Hlavinka) reports, “Children who received recombinant human growth hormones (rhGHs) were at an increased risk of cardiovascular events once they reached early adulthood,” investigators concluded. The findings of the 3,408-patient stu…

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Keratoconus Is More Likely In Adolescents With Overweight Or Obesity Than Their Peers, Study Indicates

Healio (12/18, Weller) reported researchers found “keratoconus is more likely in adolescents with overweight or obesity than in their normal and underweight counterparts.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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States To Receive 20-40% Less Vaccine This Week Than Previously Told

USA Today (12/19, Weise) reported last week, states “found themselves scrambling to adjust as they received word they would get between 20% and 40% less vaccine [this] week than they had been told as late as Dec. 9.” Previously, “states were given estimat…

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Pasteurization May Effectively Inactivate SARS-CoV-2 Present In Breast Milk, Researchers Say

Reuters (12/19, Rapaport) reported, “Holder pasteurization effectively inactivate SARS-CoV-2 present in human breast milk, a small experiment suggests.” Researchers “obtained milk samples from five healthy human donors, spiked the samples with one of five…

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EEOC Issues Guidelines Sayings Employers Can Require Employees To Receive A Coronavirus Vaccine

The New York Times (12/18, Patel) reported the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines saying that employers can require employees to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and prohibit them from coming to the workplace if they refuse to…

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CDC’s ACIP Recommends That Essential Workers And Adults 75 And Older Should Receive Coronavirus Vaccines Next

The Washington Post (12/20, A1, Sun, Stanley-Becker) reports the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that “grocery store workers, teachers, day-care staff and other people on the front lines of America’s workforce should…

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Congress Agrees To Ban Surprise Medical Bills In Spending Deal

The New York Times (12/20, Kliff, Sanger-Katz) reports that “Congress has agreed to ban one of the most costly and exasperating practices in medicine: surprise medical bills.” The Times adds, “Language included in the $900 billion spending deal reached Su…

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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization For Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine

The New York Times (12/18, A1, Grady, Goodnough, Weiland) reported the FDA granted an emergency use authorization to Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, “allowing the shipment of millions more doses across the nation and intensifying the debate over who will b…

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Hospitals Introducing AI Without Educating Employees About It

STAT (12/17, Brodwin) reports hospitals are making increased use of artificial intelligence and their employees “are increasingly being asked to incorporate experimental AI systems into their workflows,” and to do so “without a transparent explanation of…

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Studies Use EHR Data To Analyze How Clinicians Spend Time

Healthcare IT News (12/17, Jercich) reports “a pair of studies” making use of “electronic health record data to analyze how clinicians spend their time.” The first, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association “compared metadata of clinici…

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School Not A Major Source Of COVID-19 Spread, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/17, Reinberg) reports on COVID-19 research finding that “among those under 18, the virus is easily spread by close contact with family members who have COVID-19 and at gatherings where people don’t wear masks, but going to school wasn’t link…

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CDC Report: Fewer Kids Are Using Tobacco Products

Bloomberg (12/17, Clough, Kary) reports, “Here’s some good news in an otherwise troublesome year: Kids aren’t turning to tobacco as often, even shunning the popular e-cigarettes, and that started even before the U.S. quarantines and lockdowns.” The number…

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Longer Chest Compression Pause Duration For In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest May Be Tied To Worse Survival Outcomes Among Pediatric Patients, Study Indicates

Healio (12/17, Buzby) reports, “Longer chest compression pause duration for in-hospital cardiac arrest was associated with worse survival outcomes among pediatric patients,” researchers concluded after analyzing data on “371 pediatric patients from the pe…

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Babies Born To Mothers With COVID-19 Have Antibodies, Study Finds

Reuters (12/17, Lin, Geddie) reports, “All five babies born to women with COVID-19 infection during a study in Singapore have had antibodies against the virus, although the researchers said it is not yet clear what level of protection this may offer.” The…

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CDC, Medical Societies Recommend Women Who Are Pregnant Or Lactating Should Be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine

Medscape (12/17, Remaly, Subscription Publication) reports, “COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from people who are pregnant or lactating and want to be vaccinated, despite a lack of safety data in these populations, according to guidance from the C…

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FDA Reiterates That Pfizer Vaccine Should Continue To Be Used As It Probes Rare Allergic Reactions

The Washington Post (12/17) reports that the FDA “reiterated Thursday that the newly authorized Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine should continue to be used with no new restrictions despite several reports of health-care workers who had a severe allergi…

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FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval Of Moderna’s Vaccine

The New York Times (12/17, Grady, Goodnough, Zimmer, Wu) reports on Thursday, “a panel of independent experts recommended, by a vote of 20 in favor and one abstention, that the Food and Drug Administration authorize the Moderna vaccine for emergency use.”…

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Letter From Harvard Team Warns Of Cybersecurity Risks From Telemedicine

Healthcare IT News (12/16, Jercich) reports on a letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association “warning of the ‘substantial’ information security concerns around telehealth.” The authors, from Harvard Medical School “led…

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Only Small Percentage Of Available Monoclonal Antibody Supply Being Used, Data Indicate

Reuters (12/16, Beasley) reports, “U.S. hospitals have been slow to embrace COVID-19 antibody drugs from Eli Lilly and Co and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc that have been authorized to reduce the risk of hospitalization, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.”…

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HASS Compared To PRAM In Evaluating Inpatient Asthma Exacerbation Severity In Patients Ages 2 To 18

Pulmonology Advisor (12/16, Jacobs) reports on research in which “the intraclass correlation coefficient of the Hospital Asthma Severity Score (HASS) was found to be higher than that of the Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) when used for the…

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Novartis Receives FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Label For Iptacopan

Reuters (12/16, Miller) reports Novartis announced Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration has given its “Breakthrough Therapy tag for its experimental medicine iptacopan” for treating patients with “the rare blood disorder paroxysmal nocturnal…

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Differences Between Pediatric Keratoconus And Adult Keratoconus Described

Christina Twardowski, OD, FAAO, writes at Healio (12/16) on the subject of pediatric keratoconus contending that while it “is often placed in the same category as adult keratoconus…these are two separate populations, as each group presents with unique c…

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CDC Division Working To Develop Face Mask Minimum Filter Efficiency Standards, Labels

The New York Times (12/16, Kaplan) reports, “More than 100,000 varieties of face masks are currently for sale,” but none have “a label that shows how well they block infectious particles, an omission that has frustrated public health officials during the…

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COVID-19 Cases In 38 States Are Falling Or Flat, Tracking Project Says

Bloomberg (12/16, Querolo) reports that 18 states, “mostly in the U.S. Midwest, reported sharply falling seven-day averages of new coronavirus infections compared with the prior week. Another 20 states, peppered across the country, saw case rates stay bel…

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CHIP And Medicaid Enrollment Increased By 5.6% From July 2019 To July 2020, Commission Reports

Modern Healthcare (12/16, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports, “Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program [CHIP] increased by 5.6% from July 2019 to July 2020, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission…

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High Birthweight, Newborn Adiposity May Indeed Be Tied To Good Metabolic Health In Childhood, Researchers Say

Medwire News (12/16, McDermid) reports, “The latest analysis of HAPO and HAPO FUS data indicates that, contrary to prior assumptions, a high birthweight and newborn adiposity are associated with good metabolic health in childhood,” investigators posited i…

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Pediatricians Calling For Children To Be Included In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Kaiser Health News (12/15, Allen) reports, “If clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines aren’t expanded soon to include children, it’s unlikely that even kids in their teens will be vaccinated in time for the next school year.” KHN adds, “It will take months…

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Over 1.6M Children In US Have Contracted Coronavirus Since Pandemic’s Onset

CNN (12/15, Christensen, Howard) reports, “Nearly 180,000 children in the United States were diagnosed with coronavirus infections from November 26 to December 10, bringing the cumulative total to over 1.6 million US cases since the pandemic began.” Accor…

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Researchers Examine Disparities In US Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes

HealthDay (12/15, Preidt) reports, “The risk of death from severe sepsis is much higher for Black children than for white or Hispanic children,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data on more than 9,800 U.S. children hospitalized with severe sepsis…

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Many Teen Drivers Who Have Experienced A Concussion May Be Returning To The Road Too Soon, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/15, Murez) reports research indicates many teen drivers “who have experienced a concussion may be returning to the road too soon.” The 332-teen driver study revealed that “about 47% of teen drivers included in the study returned to driving w…

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Nicotine And Marijuana Vaping Plateaued Among US Teens In 2020, Survey Data Suggest

HealthDay (12/15, Preidt) reports, “After years of increases, nicotine and marijuana vaping among U.S. teens plateaued this year, but still they remain high, researchers” concluded. In fact, “data (12/15) from the most recent annual Monitoring the Future…

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Children, Teens With Depression May Be At Higher Risk For Somatic Diseases, Premature Death In Early Adulthood, Study Indicates

Psychiatric News (12/15) reports, “Children and adolescents with depression are at higher risk for a host of somatic diseases and premature death in early adulthood,” researchers concluded after conducting “a cohort study of nearly 1.5 million Swedish ind…

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Incorporation Of A Social-Emotional Learning Program In Preschool May Be Tied To Improvement In Later Emotional, Behavioral Health In Adolescence, Research Suggests

Healio (12/15, Gramigna) reports, “Incorporation of a social-emotional learning program in preschool was associated with significant improvement in later emotional and behavioral health in adolescence,” investigators concluded in a study that “followed 35…

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Preschool Children With Asthma, Food Allergies May Be At Increased Risk For Concurrent Mental Health Problems, Research Suggests

HCPlive (12/15, Alicea) reports research indicates that “preschool children with asthma and food allergies” may “be at increased risk of having concurrent mental health problems.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after having “assessed data from 4…

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FDA Issues Emergency Authorization For OTC Rapid At-Home Coronavirus Diagnostic Test

The New York Times (12/15, Wu) reports that the FDA “on Tuesday issued an emergency authorization for the country’s first coronavirus test that can run from start to finish at home without the need for a prescription.” Individuals “as young as 2 years old…

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FDA Review Concludes Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine “Highly Effective,” Paves Way For Authorization

The Washington Post (12/15, Johnson) reports the COVID-19 “vaccine developed by…Moderna appears poised for regulatory clearance after a detailed data review by Food and Drug Administration scientists confirmed the two-shot regimen was ‘highly effective’…

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Homes Where Someone Is Sick With COVID-19 Remain Hotspots For Virus Transmission, Even When Overall Community Spread Is Down, Study Indicates

CNN (12/14, LaMotte) reports, “A new analysis that looked at 54 studies in over 20 countries found homes where someone was sick with Covid-19 continued to be hotspots for virus transmission, even if overall community spread was down.” Researchers found “s…

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Some Cellular Pathways Active In Fetal Intestinal Lining May Be Reactivated In Children With Crohn’s Disease, Research Suggests

According to HealthDay (12/14, Preidt), “scientists analyzed gene expression in individual cells in the inner lining (epithelium) of the intestines of human fetuses, six to 10 weeks after conception,” then “examined tissue from the intestines of four- to…

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Gluten-Free Diet May Alter Intestinal Microbiota In Children With Celiac Disease, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (12/14, Nye) reports, “Adherence to a gluten-free diet…appeared to alter intestinal microbiota in children with celiac disease,” but “specific bacteria that served as ‘biomarkers’ for the disease sustained,” investigators conclu…

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COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact On Mental Health Of Pregnant People Discussed

The New York Times (12/14, Gammon) reports on the experiences of pregnant people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding “prolonged stress can have real consequences on pregnant people even outside of a pandemic and has been tied to low birthweight, changes in…

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Study Examines Obesity Genes, Weight Loss In Children Undergoing Lifestyle Intervention For Overweight And Obesity

MedPage Today (12/14, Hlavinka) reports, “Five obesity-related single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) were linked with reductions in body weight or BMI in children on a lifestyle intervention for overweight and obesity,” investigators concluded in a “genome-wi…

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Children May Have Increased Risk Of Obesity When There Are More Convenience Stores In Their Neighborhood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reports, “Children have an increased risk of obesity when there are more convenience stores in their neighborhood,” researchers concluded in a study that “followed two groups of low-income and ethnic/racial minority children, age…

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Studies Examine Long-Term Impacts Of Abuse In Childhood

MedPage Today (12/14, Sullivan) reports on two “large longitudinal studies” suggesting that “abuse in childhood can set up a row of falling dominoes that increases the risks of mental and physical health issues, legal troubles, and even early death.” The…

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Children With Dyslexia May Have Heightened Social And Emotional Intelligence, Small Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reports research indicates “there’s growing evidence that children with dyslexia may have heightened social and emotional intelligence,” investigators concluded after assessing “32 children with dyslexia, ages 8-12, and 22 childr…

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Depression During Childhood Or In Adolescence May Increase Odds Of Illness, Early Death Later On, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reports, “Having depression during childhood or in the teen years appears to increase the odds of illness and early death later on,” investigators concluded in a “long-term study included nearly 1.5 million Swedes” who were follo…

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Health Experts Address Questions Over COVID-19 Vaccines

KXTV-TV Sacramento, CA (12/15, Duffy) reports, “A group of health experts invited by the Poynter Institute met Monday to answer an array of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.” Patricia Stinchfield, president-elect of the National Foundation for Infect…

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SARS-CoV-2 May Damage Blood Vessels In Children, Study Suggests

Medscape (12/14, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports, “SARS-CoV-2 sometimes damages children’s blood vessels, with consequences that might surface decades after the infection subsides, a study of biomarkers suggests.” The researchers “studied 50 h…

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US Public Health Officials Reportedly Relieved As “Twindemic” Appears Unlikely With Low Flu Activity

The New York Times (12/13, McNeil, Jr.) reports that despite the current “surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States…one bit of good news is emerging this winter: It looks unlikely that the country will endure a ‘twindemic’ of both flu and…

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FDA Leaves Option For Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

The New York Times (12/11, Mandavilli) reported, “In its emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday night, the Food and Drug Administration took an unexpected step, leaving open the possibility that pregnant and breastfeeding women m…

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Study Links Sleep Deprivation Among Physicians To Medical Errors

Medscape (12/11, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reported on a study finding that “sleep deprivation in physicians is linked to serious medical errors” and “moderate sleep loss raises the risk by 53%.” The study also found that “the level of sleep-rel…

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Low, High Doses Of Secukinumab May Be Tied To Sustained Skin Clearance In Children And Teens With Severe Plaque Psoriasis, Researchers Say

Dermatology Advisor (12/11, May) reported, “Low and high doses of secukinumab were associated sustained skin clearance for up to one year in children and adolescents with severe chronic plaque psoriasis,” investigators concluded in a study that “included…

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Pharmaceutical Companies Moving To Include Children In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

The Wall Street Journal (12/11, Maher, Subscription Publication) reported that pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, have begun including children in COVID-19 vaccine trials.

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Pandemic-Related Factors Have Raised Risk Of Child Abuse, Neglect, CDC Says

Fox News (12/11, Rivas) reported, “Mounting stress, job losses, school closures, isolation and other factors have all compounded to raise the risk of child abuse and neglect amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prev…

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Research Indicates Abuse Of Antibiotics In Children’s Hospitals Helping Fuel Spread Of Bacteria

The Washington Post (12/13, Ungar) reported, “A growing body of research shows that overuse and misuse of antibiotics in children’s hospitals – which health experts and patients say should know better – is helping fuel these dangerous bacteria that attack…

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Considerable Variation Appears To Exist In Prevalence Of pIBD, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (12/11, Walsh) reported, “Considerable variation exists in the prevalence of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (pIBD) according to ethnicity, location, and disease subtype,” investigators concluded after examining “electronic health recor…

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Rule Giving More Flexibility To ACA Grandfathered Plans Finalized

Bloomberg Law (12/11, Johnson, Hansard, Subscription Publication) reported behind a paywall “employers and health insurers will more easily be able to continue offering employer health plans that were in existence before” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “to…

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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization To Coronavirus Vaccine

The Washington Post (12/11, A1, McGinley, Johnson, Dawsey) reported that the FDA “on Friday gave emergency use authorization to the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine, launching what scientists hope will be a critical counteroffensive against a pathogen t…

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Moderna Doses First Participants In Study Testing Its COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate In Adolescents

Reuters (12/10) reports that Moderna “said on Thursday it had dosed the first participants in a mid-to-late stage study testing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in adolescents aged 12 to less than 18, and aims for data ahead of the 2021 school year.” This “…

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Pediatric Oncologists Worry That Increasing COVID-19 Case Counts Could Lead To Another Drop In Patient Visits

STAT (12/10, Cooney) reports, “When the coronavirus pandemic exploded in March, people in many states were urged to stay home – and they did.” Now, “patients and their families have been slowly but steadily coming back for cancer care, keeping appointment…

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ED Pediatric Visits For Asthma Dropped Sharply During Spring COVID-19 Lockdown, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/10) reports, “During the COVID-19 spring lockdown, there was a decrease in pediatric asthma-related emergency department visits, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.” Tregony Simoneau,…

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Mouse Study Reveals Signaling System Within Brainstem That Activates Almost Immediately At Birth To Support Early Breathing

HealthDay (12/10, Murez) reports researchers have “discovered a signaling system within the brainstem that activates almost immediately at birth to support early breathing.” Their conclusions from a study of mice “help researchers understand how breathing…

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After Two Decades Of Decline, Infant Health Disparities Again On The Rise, Research Suggests

PatientEngagementHIT (12/10, Nelson) reports, “Infant health disparities are on the rise once again after two decades of decline,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the National Vitality Statistics System, a birth registry that records ke…

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Study Looks At Trends In ED Visits For Cases Of Child Abuse, Neglect Before And During COVID-19 Pandemic

CNN (12/10, LaMotte) reports visits to the emergency department (ED) “for cases of child abuse and neglect of children under 18 years of age dropped by 53% in mid-March compared to the same time frame in 2019, according to a new analysis by” the CDC publi…

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Gestational Age May Help Predict Later Symptoms Of AD/HD In Patients With Down Syndrome, Small Study Indicates

HCPlive (12/9, Walter) reports research indicates that “gestational age could help predict the later symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD] in patients with Down syndrome.” Included in the study were “105 participants with Down syndr…

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Flu Vaccination Rate For Black Children Is Down, Data Indicate

The AP (12/9, Stobbe) reports that “more Americans have been getting flu shots this year, apparently heeding the advice of health officials fearful of a flu and coronavirus double pandemic, public health officials said.” However, “flu vaccination data” fr…

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Low COVID-19 Case Rates, Outbreaks Found In UK Schools Reopened After Lockdown, Study Says

CIDRAP (12/9, Paulsen) reports that a recent study (12/8) in The Lancet Infectious Diseases “found low COVID-19 case rates and outbreaks in schools and childcare centers that reopened after lockdown.” Researchers in the UK “used data from HPZone – a natio…

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Most Children With MIS-C Had Mucocutaneous Findings, Case Study Says

MedPage Today (12/9, Walker) reports, “Most children with multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) had mucocutaneous findings, a small case series in New York City found.” The researchers found that “among 35 children, 29 with MIS-C exhibited these sequ…

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Add-On Synthetic Transdermal Cannabidiol Shows Positive Results In Children With Development And Epileptic Encephalopathies In Phase 2 Study

MedPage Today (12/9, George) reports, “Synthetic transdermal cannabidiol (ZYN002, Zygel) as an add-on treatment showed positive results in children with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies,” investigators concluded in the 48-participant, “open-la…

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Parents Growing Increasingly Concerned About Developmental Effects Of Ongoing Social Deprivation On Their Very Young Children

The New York Times (12/9, Richtel) reports on “a generation living in a particular new type of bubble – one without other children. They are the Toddlers of Covid-19.” Gone for these children “are the play dates, music classes, birthday parties, the seren…

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Genetic Mutations Linked To Myeloproliferative Neoplasms May Emerge In Childhood Or Even In Utero, Decades Before They Cause Cancer, Study Says

The ASCO Post (12/8, Helwick) reports, “Genetic mutations linked to myeloproliferative neoplasms may emerge in childhood or even in utero, decades before they cause cancer, according to a late-breaking abstract presented today at the 2020 American Society…

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Teens With MS May Have Lower Levels Of Fitness Compared With Their Healthy Counterparts, Study Suggests

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (12/8, Inacio) reports, “Adolescents with multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower levels of fitness compared with healthy teenagers of the same age and” gender, investigators concluded in a study that “assessed and compared the ph…

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Gay, Lesbian, And Bisexual Individuals In The US May Have More Adverse Childhood Experiences Than Their Heterosexual Counterparts, Researchers Say

Healio (12/8, Gramigna) reports, “Gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals had more adverse childhood experiences than their heterosexual counterparts in the United States,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data collected in households via structured…

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Participation In Organized Sports May Help Reduce Behavior Problems In Very Young Boys, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/8, Thompson) reports, “Participation in organized sports could help reduce behavior problems in very young boys,” investigators concluded after evaluating “data on nearly 11,200 children gathered between December 2007 and June 2008 as part o…

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Stronger Immune System, Healthier Blood Vessels Among Reasons Children Are Less Likely Than Adults To Have Severe COVID-19, Experts Say

HealthDay (12/8) reports, “A stronger immune system and healthier blood vessels are among reasons kids are less likely than adults to have severe COVID-19, according to experts who reviewed research from around the world.” According to the story, “the res…

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FDA Approves Liraglutide For Treatment Of Obesity In Adolescents, Drugmaker Says

Healio (12/7, Schaffer) reports on the FDA’s approval of “an updated label for liraglutide 3 mg for use in the treatment of obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years with a body weight of at least 60 kg and an initial BMI corresponding to 30 kg/m² or gre…

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Some Parents May Have Waited To Get Emergency Treatment For Children’s Appendicitis, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/7, Norton) reports that “early in the COVID-19 pandemic,” physicians “became concerned that people were delaying needed medical care to avoid hospitals.” And “now a new study hints that some parents may have waited to get emergency treatment…

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Seizures That Persist Into Early Childhood Associated With High Risk Of Neurodevelopmental Problems, Study Finds

Neurology Today (12/7, Susman) reports, “Neonatal seizures rarely result in an epilepsy diagnosis by 2 years of age, but seizures that persist into early childhood are associated with a high risk of neurodevelopmental problems, according to a multicenter…

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Infants’ Sleep Patterns May Vary Widely, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reports research indicates that “it’s normal for infants’ sleep patterns to vary widely.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after asking “the mothers of 44 infants who were six months old to keep a sleep diary about their c…

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It May Be Safe For Mothers With COVID-19, Newborns To Share Hospital Room, Study Suggests

CIDRAP (12/7) reports, “Only 1 of 62 newborns who breastfed and roomed with their 61 COVID-19–infected mothers in Lombardy, Italy, was diagnosed as having the novel coronavirus, suggesting that mother-to-infant transmission is rare, according to a” study…

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Teens With Body Dissatisfaction May Experience Depression In Adulthood, Study Suggests

CNN (12/7, Rogers) reports, “Negative body image can threaten mental health, according to new research that found teenagers who were dissatisfied with their bodies tended to experience depression as adults.” When “study participants were 14, on a five-poi…

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Activists Urge DC Mayor To Veto Bill That Would Allow Minors To Seek Vaccines Without Parent’s Consent

NPR (12/7, Austermuhle) reports, “Groups of parents, advocates and activists are urging D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to veto a bill passed by the D.C. Council last month that would allow kids as young as 11 to seek vaccines without a parent’s consent.” Accord…

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Growing Number Of Younger Children Overdosing On Stimulant Medications Commonly Used To Treat AD/HD, Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/7, Mann) reports, “Growing numbers of younger kids are overdosing on stimulant medications commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD],” researchers concluded after reviewing “charts from close to 90 million emerg…

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Asthma-Related Emergency Visits At Boston Children’s Hospital Steeply Declined Last Spring, Coinciding With Lockdown Orders, Research Indicates

HealthDay (12/4, Murez, Mundell) reported, “For kids with asthma, more time spent at home and donning masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be providing a reprieve from emergency symptoms, new research shows.” The “Boston Children’s Hospital’s emergency…

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FDA Says Three Treatments Not Proven To Improve Blood Sugar Control In Children With Type 2 Diabetes

Bloomberg Law (12/4, Silver, Subscription Publication) reported the FDA has approved “label changes stating that Merck’s Januvia, Janumet and Janumet XR aren’t proven to improve blood sugar control in patients age 10-17 with type 2 diabetes.” The treatmen…

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Non-Fatal Drug Overdoses In Children Under Age 15 Are On The Rise, Study Finds

CNN (12/7, Kounang, LaMotte) reports that a study finds that although “overall drug overdoses among youth are infrequent, non-fatal overdoses were on the rise in children under the age of 15 between 2016 and 2019.” The increase “appears to be driven by st…

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COVID-19 Fears Associated With More Appendix Perforations In Children, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (12/4, Swift) reported that “a single-center study found” that “in Virginia, the incidence of perforated appendicitis rose in coincidence with the pandemic-related closure of public schools on March 16, 2020, while emergency department visit…

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Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy May Be More Common In Infants, Children Than Previously Reported, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (12/5, George) reports, “Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) may be more common than thought in infants and children, a population-based study suggested.” Researchers found that “SUDEP mortality was 0.26/100,000 infants and children…

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Depression, Anxiety, And Suicidal Thoughts May Not Be Recognized In Pediatric Patients With Epilepsy And May Occur More Frequently Than Previously Believed, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (12/6, George) reports that research suggests “depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts may not be recognized in pediatric epilepsy patients and may occur more frequently than previously thought.” Investigators found, “in a group of childr…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Children Dealing With Mental Health Crises Facing Longer Waits In The ED

According to the AP (12/5, Tanner), “When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency” departments due to the shortage of “psychiatric beds.” The issue has become more severe, how…

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Vaping Among Teens, Young Adults Appears To Have Decreased During COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/3, Thompson) reports, “Vaping among teens and young adults has decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, with two-thirds of e-cigarette users reporting that they’ve either cut back or quit,” investigators concluded in a study that…

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US Teen Smoking Rates Fall Even As Use Of E-Cigarettes Increase, Study Indicates

HealthDay (12/3, Preidt) reports, “American teens’ use of tobacco cigarettes and smokeless tobacco has dropped to record lows, even as their use of electronic cigarettes increased,” investigators concluded after analyzing “nationwide data on tobacco produ…

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States With College Teams In Strong Conferences Among The Last To Adopt Regulations On Youth Concussions, Researchers Say

HealthDay (12/3, Preidt) reports, “States with strong football cultures have often fumbled measures to protect young players who’ve suffered concussions, researchers” concluded after analyzing “youth concussion laws introduced by states between 2007 and 2…

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Major Birth Defects Tied To Increased, Lifelong Risk Of Cancer, Study Says

HealthDay (12/3, Foster, Mundell) reports, “Major birth defects are associated with an increased, lifelong risk of cancer, researchers say.” They found that “overall, cancer risk was 1.74 times higher for people who had major birth defects than for those…

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Children Exposed To Severe, Chronic Stress May Be At Increased Risk For Developing Neural Inflammation That Can Affect Their Mental Health, Scan Study Suggests

Healio (12/3, Gramigna) reports, “Children exposed to severe, chronic stress may be at increased risk for developing neural inflammation that can affect their mental health,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data of 207 urban children from diverse…

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Children May Be Just As Likely As Adults To Be Infected With COVID-19 At Home, Study Suggests

CIDRAP (12/3, Van Beusekom) reports, “A study published…in Pediatrics found that children in two states were just as likely as adults to become infected with COVID-19 within their households, and while kids spread the virus in one fifth of homes, their…

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Moderna Plans To Begin Testing Its Coronavirus Vaccine In Children Soon

The New York Times (12/2, Grady) reports that drug maker Moderna “said on Wednesday that it would soon begin testing its coronavirus vaccine in children ages 12 through 17.” The study, “listed Wednesday on the website clinicaltrials.gov, is to include 3,0…

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Children Will Likely Need To Wait Longer For COVID-19 Immunization, Experts Say

The Washington Post (12/2, Kornfield) reports, “As the United States eagerly awaits the availability of a safe, effective vaccine for the coronavirus that has plagued the nation for months, a significant group, making up more than one-fifth of the populat…

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More Children Visited Urgent Care And Retail Health Clinics In 2019 Compared With Years Prior, Data Indicate

MedPage Today (12/3, Hlavinka) reports that “more children visited urgent care and retail health clinics in 2019 compared with years prior, but disparities related to which children are accessing these clinics are emerging, according to data from the Nati…

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Deep Learning Model May Speed Analysis Of Cerebral Ventricles On Pediatric Brain Scans, Researchers Say

Health IT Analytics (12/2, Kent) reports, “A deep learning model can measure the volume of cerebral ventricles on pediatric brain scans, leading to improved treatment of a pathological condition called hydrocephalus, according to a study published in the…

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Reversible Myocardial Injury Detected In Two-Month-Old Baby With COVID-19 Described In Case Report

Cardiovascular Business (12/2, Walter) reports physicians have detected “myocardial injury” in a two-month-old baby with COVID-19. A 12-lead electrocardiogram showed “clear signs of myocardial injury related to COVID-19 and symptoms of heart failure.” The…

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Federal Officials Hope Pharmacists Can Help Reverse Declining Childhood Immunization Rates

Kaiser Health News (12/3, Heredia Rodriguez) reports, “Federal officials are banking on pharmacists” to get “additional training and help reverse the slump in child immunization rates caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” According to the story, “a key iss…

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CDC Panel Says Healthcare Workers, Long-Term Care Residents Should Be First To Receive Coronavirus Vaccines

The New York Times (12/1, Goodnough) reports that “an independent panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Tuesday to recommend that residents and employees of nursing homes and similar facilities be the first people in the Unit…

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FDA Approves Pralsetinib For Certain Patients With RET-Altered Thyroid Cancers

OncLive (12/1, Rosa) reports that “the FDA has approved pralsetinib (Gavreto) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older with advanced or metastatic RET-mutant medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) who require systemic therapy or…

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Early Initiation Of Insulin Pump Therapy In Pediatric Patients Newly Diagnosed With T1D May Be Tied To Improved Outcomes, Research Suggests

HCPlive (12/1, Alicea) reports, “Early initiation of insulin pump therapy in pediatric patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [T1D] was associated with improved clinical outcomes,” researchers concluded in a study “based on data from the Diabetes-P…

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Britain’s High Court Rules Minors Under 16 Considering Gender Reassignment Are Unlikely To Give Informed Consent Regarding Drugs That Delay Puberty

The AP (12/1) reports that on Dec. 1, “Britain’s High Court ruled Tuesday that children under 16 years old who are considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty.” T…

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Cesarean Sections May Raise Risk Of Hospitalization For Childhood Infections, Study Indicates

The New York Times (12/1, Bakalar) reports, “Babies born by cesarean section may have an increased risk of being hospitalized with infections,” investigators concluded after examining data on “1,681,966” children born “by C-section.” Next, the research te…

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Cheap, Rapid COVID-19 Tests May Be Less Accurate In Young People, Research Suggests

The New York Times (12/1, Wu) reports that “health experts have been calling for increased access to testing that will help track and contain the virus’s swift and often silent spread.” However, “some of the cheapest and most convenient diagnostic tools o…

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Vendors Appear To Vary In Development Maturity Of Outpatient EHR Use Measures, Researchers Say

Healthcare IT News (11/30, Jercich) reports research indicates that “vendors vary in their development maturity of outpatient EHR use measures.” While “Epic, Cerner and Allscripts have developed EHR use measures in client-available platforms, researchers…

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Panel Sets Guidelines For Prescribing Opioids For Children To Relieve Pain After Surgery

The New York Times (11/30, Klass) reports, “In new guidelines published in November in the journal JAMA Surgery, a panel convened by the American Pediatric Surgical Association Outcomes and Evidence-based Practice Committee set out some guidelines for how…

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FDA Approves Treatment For Rare Genetic Causes Of Severe Obesity

Medscape (11/30, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports, “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved setmelanotide (Imcivree, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals) for weight management in adults and children as young as 6 years with obesity due to proop…

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Opioid Epidemic Has Resulted In Rise In Children Living With Unmet Social Needs Many Aid Programs Are Ill-Equipped To Address, Report Finds

Modern Healthcare (11/30, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports researchers with the Urban Institute “say the opioid epidemic has resulted in a rise in children living with unmet social needs that many aid programs are ill-equipped to address.” Curre…

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Data Indicate Shift From Mortality Due To Bacterial Infection To Other Sickle Cell Disease Causes, Treatment Complications, Or Comorbidities, Researchers Say

HCPlive (11/30, Alicea) reports, “A new population-based cohort study of” 3,698 “pediatric patients with sickle cell disease” revealed that “mortality trends have largely shifted from bacterial infections as a cause to other associated complications, subs…

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Use Of Cannulas With Long, Narrow Tubing Noninferior To Short Binasal Prongs, Masks For Providing Nasal Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation In Preterm Infants, Researchers Say

Healio (11/30, Welsh) reports, “Use of cannulas with long and narrow tubing was noninferior to short binasal prongs and masks for providing nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation in preterm infants,” investigators concluded in a “randomized, con…

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First Infant Formulation Of HIV Medication Will Be Available Soon Under Multi-Company Deal

The New York Times (11/30, McNeil) reports, “The first infant formulation of dolutegravir, an important first-line H.I.V. medication, will be available soon under an agreement between several pharmaceutical companies and global health initiatives.” This “…

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About 20% Of Children, Parents Report Being Bullied Because Of Their Child’s Food Allergy, Researchers Say

Healio (11/30, Miller) reports, “Approximately one in five children and parents reported being bullied due to the child’s food allergy,” investigators concluded in a study that “analyzed survey data from 252 parents whose children participated in the FORW…

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Early Stages Of Coronavirus Pandemic Caused Number Of Young People With Anxiety To Nearly Double, Study Finds

CNN (11/25, Kim) reported, “The early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and the first Covid-19 lockdown caused the number of young people with anxiety to nearly double, according to a study from the University of Bristol.” The study “found that the numbe…

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Driving Family, Patient Engagement In Hospital Patient Safety Efforts May Yield Positive Results, Research Suggests

PatientEngagementHIT (11/27, Heath) reported research suggests that “driving family and patient engagement in hospital patient safety efforts, like reducing falls, can have positive results.” Researchers “partnered with other healthcare leaders in the are…

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Children Born Prematurely May Have Higher Risk Of Later Hospitalization Than Those Born At Full Term, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/27, Preidt) reported, “Children born prematurely have a higher risk of hospitalization later on than those born at full term,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from more than one million children born in England in 2005 and 2006…

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Opioid Overdose Deaths Involving More Than One Substance Are More Common Among American Teens, Young Adults Than Deaths Caused By Opioids Alone, Study Finds

HealthDay (11/27, Mozes) reported, “Opioid overdose deaths involving more than one substance are more common among American teens and young adults than deaths caused by opioids alone, researchers report.” In addition, they “found that stimulants such as c…

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Later School Start Times May Reduce Number Of Migraines Among Teens Who Struggle With Them, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/29) reported, “Later school start times for teenagers might help those who struggle with migraines” in that a later school start time “could reduce the number of migraines each month for these students…researchers said.” Included in the st…

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US Officials Plan To Release 6.4 Million Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Nationwide In Initial Distribution After First Vaccine Is Cleared By Regulators

Reuters (11/24, Spalding, O’Donnell) reports US officials announced “they plan to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide in an initial distribution after the first one is cleared by regulators for emergency use.” The officials “told reporte…

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Influenza Transmission Appears To Be At Historic Low This Season

The Hill (11/24, Wilson) reports that “this year’s influenza transmission appears to be one of the lowest in recorded history,” but “experts said it is too early to draw conclusions about what the winter months might bring as colder weather descends on th…

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Hospitals Preparing For “Catastrophic” Surge In Patients With COVID-19 Over Next Three Months

Modern Healthcare (11/24, Greene, Subscription Publication) reports, “Hospitals are gearing up for a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 patients over the next three months that could result in another 200,000 deaths nationwide and stretch the limits of staff,…

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US Reports Record Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations As Hospitals Face Staffing Shortages

CBS News (11/24, Vigliotti) reports, “More than 85,000 Americans are hospitalized with the coronavirus, setting a new record for the 14th consecutive day, according to figures from the COVID Tracking Project.” Furthermore, “a new report from the U.S. Depa…

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FDA Approves Lumasiran Subcutaneous Injection To Treat Adults And Children With Rare Genetic Disorder That Affects Kidneys

Medscape (11/24, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA approved Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ Oxlumo (lumasiran subcutaneous injection) “to treat children and adults with primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1), an ultra-rare genetic disorder that cause…

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Children May Be At Increased Risk Of Swallowing Magnets Following Lifting Of Sales Ban, Research Suggests

TODAY (11/24, Mozes) reports, “Children are at an increased risk of swallowing ‘high-powered, rare-earth’ neodymium magnets after rules that banned them from appearing in toys like building sets and spinning toys were lifted several years ago,” investigat…

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of Children Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Experienced Symptoms Prior To Testing, Study Suggests

Newsweek (11/24, Fearnow) reports, “Headaches, and a loss of taste or smell are the symptoms tied closest to a positive infection with COVID-19 among children, new research says, but unlike previous findings, about two-thirds of kids who tested positive w…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Baloxavir Marboxil To Include Postexposure Prophylaxis For Influenza In People At Least 12 Years Old

Healio (11/23, Gallagher) reports the FDA “expanded the approval of baloxavir marboxil to include postexposure prophylaxis for influenza in patients aged 12 years or older who have had contact with an infected person.” The agency’s decision “was supported…

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Younger Parents Are Less Likely To Vaccinate Their Children Against SARS-CoV-2 Than Older Parents, Survey Indicates

HealthDay (11/23) reports researchers surveyed 1,108 households across the US and found that “younger parents are much less likely than older ones to plan to vaccinate their children and themselves against” SARS-CoV-2. Overall, 63% of parents plan to vacc…

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Amount Of Time Young People Spend On Technology, Parental Limits On That Time May Have No Lasting Effect On Technology Use By Young Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/23, Murez) reports research indicates that “the amount of time young people spend on technology – and parental limits on that time – had no lasting effect on technology use by young adults,” investigators concluded after interviewing “56 you…

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Some Children At Higher Risk For Severe Illness If Infected With SARS-CoV-2, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/23) reports researchers found that “of more than 135,000 children tested for the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) at seven children’s hospitals in the United States up to September, 4% were found to be infected,” and “those most likely to test p…

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Girls Born Extremely Prematurely May Have Increased Risk Of Depression From Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Study Indicates

The New York Times (11/23, Bakalar) reports, “Girls born extremely prematurely may have an increased risk of depression from childhood through young adulthood,” investigators concluded in a study that used “Finnish birth and health registries” to study “3…

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Public Health Officials Prepare To Deliver Coronavirus Vaccines To Americans

The Washington Post (11/23, A1, Sun, Sellers) reports following positive results from multiple coronavirus vaccine trials, “public health officials are preparing for the daunting task ahead of delivering those shots to tens of millions of Americans.” The…

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US To Begin Distributing Regeneron’s SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Treatment

Reuters (11/23, Maddipatla, O’Donnell) reports the US federal government will begin distributing Regeneron Pharmaceutical’s REGN-COV2, the company’s SARS-CoV-2 antibody treatment that was recently granted an emergency use authorization by the FDA. US heal…

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Experts Say Public Should Be Aware Of Potential Side Effects Of Coronavirus Vaccines

CNBC (11/23) reports during a virtual meeting of CDC’s ACIP, public health officials and pharmaceutical companies said that the public should be warned about the potential side effects of coronavirus vaccines. CNN (11/23, Fox) reports, “The whole point of…

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Number Of Women Contemplating Suicide Or Self-Harm During Or After Pregnancy May Be Rising, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/20, Norton) reported, “The number of women who contemplate suicide or self-harm during or after pregnancy may be on the rise,” investigators concluded in a study revealing that “among nearly 600,000 U.S. childbearing women, researchers found…

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FDA Approves Lonafarnib For Treatment Of Patients With Progeria

According to the AP (11/20, Johnson), on Nov. 20, the FDA approved Zokinvy (lonafarnib) for progeria, the “rare genetic disorder that stunts growth and causes rapid aging in children, after studies showed it can extend their lives.” Children taking the me…

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SARS-CoV-2 Is Most Contagious In The First Five Days After Symptom Onset, Study Indicates

CIDRAP (11/20, Van Beusekom) reported researchers found SARS-CoV-2 “is most contagious in the first 5 days after symptom onset, underscoring the importance of early case identification and quarantine.” The findings were published in The Lancet Microbe.

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More Extensive T2/FLAIR Injury And Diffusion Restriction After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest May Be Tied To Unfavorable Outcomes At Hospital Discharge, Research Suggests

Neurology Today (11/20, Lyles) reported, “More extensive T2/FLAIR injury and diffusion restriction within the first two weeks following pediatric cardiac arrest was associated with unfavorable outcomes at discharge from the hospital,” investigators conclu…

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Research Examines Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Rates Of CGM Initiation, Continued Use In Children With T1D

Healio (11/20, Schaffer) reported, “White children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] are twice as likely to initiate continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] and four times as likely to persist with therapy at one year compared with Black and Hispanic children, regar…

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Passive Smoke Exposure In Childhood May Be Tied To Reduction In Global Longitudinal Strain In Adulthood, Researchers Say

Healio (11/19, Welsh) reported, “Passive smoke exposure in childhood was associated with a reduction in global longitudinal strain, a marker of left ventricular dysfunction, in adulthood,” researchers concluded after assessing “data from 781 participants…

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Scientists Identify Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Who Are Most Likely To Become Severely Ill In Study

HealthDay (11/21) reported children infected with SARS-CoV-2 who have “respiratory disease and those with multisystem inflammatory syndrome [MIS-C] (a rare but serious condition linked with COVID-19) have the most severe illness.” The study was published…

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Review Study Examines Psychological Impact Of Acne In Adolescents, Young Adults

Dermatology Advisor (11/20, May) reported, “Acne in adolescents and young adults can significantly affect mood, personality, and self-esteem,” investigators concluded in a review study published online in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Texas Sex Education Standards To Feature More Teaching Regarding Birth Control

The New York Times (11/20, Waller) reported, “For the first time in more than two decades, Texas’ Board of Education voted Friday to make major changes to the state’s sex education standards, expanding the teaching of birth control beyond abstinence-only…

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Federal Court Of Appeals Declares Unconstitutional Two Florida Laws Banning Therapists From Offering Conversion Therapy To Children

Reuters (11/20, Stempel) reported that on Nov. 20, in Otto et al v. City of Boca Raton, Florida et al, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 19-10604, “a divided federal appeals court…declared unconstitutional two south Florida laws that banned therap…

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Hospitals In At Least 25 States Are Critically Short Of Staff As Coronavirus Cases Surge, STAT Says

STAT (11/19, Goodhill) reports, “Hospitals in at least 25 states are critically short of nurses, doctors, and other staff as coronavirus cases surge across the United States, according to the industry’s trade association and a tally conducted by STAT.” In…

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Preventive Treatment With Vigabatrin May Alter Natural History Of Seizures Among Infants With TSC, Researchers Say

Healio (11/19, Ernst) reports, “Preventive treatment with vigabatrin effectively altered the natural history of seizures among infants with tuberous sclerosis complex [TSC],” thereby “decreasing the risk for and severity of epilepsy,” investigators conclu…

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Routine Laboratory Monitoring Not Required For Children With Severe Atopic Dermatitis During Dupilumab Treatment, Phase 3 Trial Data Indicate

Healio (11/19, Burba) reports, “Routine laboratory monitoring is not required for children with severe atopic dermatitis during treatment with dupilumab,” investigators concluded “in the LIBERTY AD PEDS multicenter phase 3 trial” in which “122 patients re…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Lacosamide To Include Adjunctive Therapy For Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures, Company Announces

Healio (11/18, Ernst) reports on the FDA’s expansion of “its approval of lacosamide to include adjunctive therapy for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures as well as an IV formulation for patients aged four years and older, according a press release”…

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Incidence Of Asthma In Children Decreased 26% From 2000 To 2014 In British Columbia, Research Indicates

Healio (11/19, T. Welsh) reports researchers found “the incidence of asthma in children declined 26% from 2000 to 2014 in British Columbia…and researchers have linked the decrease to reductions in early antibiotic exposure, mediated by changes in gut mi…

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CDC Says 2020 Has Seen Far Fewer Cases Of AFM Than Expected

Neurology Today (11/19, Hurley) reports, “Defying forecasts that 2020 would see the highest spike yet in cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), the confirmed case count through October is, in fact, the lowest since 2015, according to the Centers for Disea…

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Pregnant Women With SARS-CoV-2 Have Little Risk For Severe Symptoms, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/19, Murez) reports researchers found pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection “have little risk of developing severe symptoms, as do their newborns.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Babies Born Via C-Section May Be Hospitalized More Often In Early Childhood For Infection Than Those Born Vaginally, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/19, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Babies born via cesarean section were hospitalized more often in early childhood for infection, compared with those delivered vaginally,” investigators concluded in a study that included some seven million child…

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Pfizer Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Is 95% Effective And Has No Serious Side Effects

The New York Times (11/18, Thomas) reports Pfizer announced “its coronavirus vaccine was 95 percent effective and had no serious side effects – the first set of complete results from a late-stage vaccine trial as Covid-19 cases skyrocket around the globe….

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Expert Panel Proposes First Guidelines For Postoperative Opioid Prescribing In Pediatric Patients

Medscape (11/18, Lewis, Subscription Publication) reports, “The first guidelines for postoperative opioid prescribing for children and adolescents suggest considering alternatives to opioids for pain control and thinking in terms of stewardship when opioi…

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Number Of COVID-19 Deaths In The US Exceeds 250,000

Reuters (11/18, Abraham, Ahluwalia) reports, “The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States crossed 250,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as a third coronavirus wave brings a fresh surge in infections and puts immense strain on the heal…

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Warming Temperatures May Be Increasing Drownings In Winter Lakes Among Children, Young Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (11/18) reports, “More children and young adults are drowning in winter lakes because of warming temperatures that create unstable lake ice,” investigators concluded after having “examined several decades of data, including 4,000 drownings and p…

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Digital Interventions Appear To Have No Effect On Pediatric Obesity, Meta-Analysis Indicates

Healio (11/18, Monostra) reports, “Digital interventions, such as websites, text messages and exercise-based video games, offered as part of pediatric obesity treatment added to small weight losses, but had no effect on obesity prevention,” investigators…

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Less Than A Third Of Infants Born To Mothers With HCV With Cirrhosis Appear To Have Received Appropriate Testing, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/18, Walker) reports, “Less than a third of infants born to mothers who had hepatitis C (HCV) with cirrhosis received appropriate testing,” investigators concluded in a study that examined “194 pregnancies in 151 women with active HCV at…

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Neighborhood-Level Armed Violence May Be Tied To Increased Risk For MDD Among Children, Research Suggests

Healio (11/18, Gramigna) reports, “Neighborhood-level armed violence appeared associated with increased risk for major depressive disorder [MDD] among children,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data of 10,623 participants from 151 neighborhoods i…

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US Children On Track To Miss Nine Million Vaccine Doses This Year, Data Indicates

The New York Times (11/18, Vigdor) reports children in the US “are on pace this year to miss nine million vaccine doses for measles, polio and other highly contagious diseases, according to medical claims data” released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Assoc…

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Researchers Say Multiple Subtypes And Clinical Presentations Of Pediatric Melanoma Can Lead To Fatal Disease

Healio (11/17, Volansky) reports researchers “reviewed findings for 38 fatal cases” of pediatric melanoma “among patients aged 20 years or younger” and found that “multiple subtypes and clinical presentations of pediatric melanoma led to fatal disease.” T…

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WHO Calls For Action Against Cervical Cancer With HPV Vaccinations

Reuters (11/17, Nebehay) reports the WHO said that vaccinating 90% of girls under 15 against HPV could greatly reduce infections and save millions of lives that would be lost to cervical cancer. Reuters adds that cervical cancer is the fourth most common…

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Food Allergy Diagnoses Have Nearly Doubled Among Black Children In Past Two Decades, While Racial Disparities Have Emerged For Parents Managing Food Allergies, Studies Suggest

MedPage Today (11/17, Hlavinka) reports, “Food allergy diagnoses have nearly doubled among Black children in the past two decades, and racial disparities have emerged for parents managing food allergy,” investigators concluded in a “pair of studies” prese…

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Auditory Brainstem Response Test Promising In Early Detection Of ASD, Researchers Say

Medscape (11/17, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “A commonly used newborn hearing test shows promise in the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” investigators concluded in a study indicating that “the auditory brainstem respons…

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New York City’s Public Schools To Remain Open Today

The Wall Street Journal (11/17, Honan, Subscription Publication) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city’s public schools will remain open today as the city’s positive test rate for SARS-CoV-2 remains below the required threshold to…

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FDA Approves At-Home SARS-CoV-2 Test

The AP (11/17, Perrone) reports that the FDA “on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed and developed entirely at home.” Reuters (11/17, Kalia) reports that “the single-use test, made by Lucira Health, has…

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Elevated Blood Lead Levels In Childhood May Be Tied To Small But Significant Brain Structure Changes In Midlife, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (11/17, George) reports, “People who had elevated blood lead levels in childhood had small but significant brain structure changes in midlife,” investigators concluded in a “longitudinal study” demonstrating that “lead exposure at age 11 was…

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Maternal Dog Ownership While Pregnant May Shape Children’s Immune Systems Well Into Adolescence, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (11/16, Hlavinka) reports, “Owning a dog while pregnant appeared to shape children’s immune systems well into adolescence,” investigators concluded. The study of “1,193 mother-child pairs in southeast Michigan” revealed that “the area under…

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Childhood Stress, Trauma Associated With Worse Outcomes After MI Before Age 60, Study Indicates

TCTMD (11/16) reports research indicates that “among people who experience an MI before age 60, childhood or adolescent trauma is a common denominator that can double the risk of death, stroke, and other adverse events.” The findings were presented at the…

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Expert Discusses How Acne Affects Young People

Healio (11/16, Forand) interviews “Julie C. Harper, MD, of Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham, Alabama, about how acne can affect young people and how to best address it with patients and their parents.”

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COVID-19 Pandemic Reportedly Exacerbating Nurse Shortages Across US

The Washington Post (11/16, A1, Bernstein) reports that as COVID-19 “stampedes across the country, setting previously unimaginable infection records nearly every day of its third major surge, some hospitals are desperately searching for staffers and payin…

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Youth Hockey Emerging As Threat To Public Health As Coronavirus Cases Continue To Increase

ABC News (11/16, Romero, Bruggerman) reports, “As the cold weather sets in and coronavirus cases continue to climb, an unlikely winter staple is quietly emerging as a major threat to public health: Youth hockey.” In states throughout “the country, governm…

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Researchers Say Digital Behavior And Nutrition Intervention Platform For Children With Cystic Fibrosis Was Feasible And Demonstrated High Accessibility And Satisfaction In Clinical Care Among Families And Children

Healio (11/16, Welsh) reports researchers found “a digital behavior and nutrition intervention platform for children with cystic fibrosis was feasible and demonstrated high accessibility and satisfaction in clinical care among families and clinicians.” Th…

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School-Issued Warnings Regarding Children’s Weight Created To Combat Obesity Appear Not To Work, Study Indicates

CNN (11/16, LaMotte) reports that a “well-intentioned public health program” of school-issued warnings regarding children’s weight, and “created to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity,” appears not to “accomplish the goal of reducing a child’s…

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Depression, Anxiety, Suicide Ideation All Elevated In Pediatric And Adolescent Rheumatology Populations Compared With General Population, Expert Says

Healio (11/13, Volansky) reported, “Depression, anxiety and suicide ideation are all elevated in pediatric and adolescent rheumatology populations compared with the general population,” according to a presentation given by Tamar Rubinstein, MD, MS, of Alb…

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Macrolides And Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Are Most Commonly Prescribed Antibiotics For Ambulatory Children With CAP Despite Guidelines To The Contrary, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (11/16, van Paridon) reports researchers found “macrolides and broad-spectrum antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for ambulatory children with community acquired pneumonia (CAP), despite guidelines recommend…

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Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Appears To Be 94.5% Effective In Interim Analysis

USA Today (11/16, Weintraub) reports Moderna’s SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate “appears to be 94.5% effective against the” virus. The vaccine was “developed in collaboration with the U.S. government” and, like Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine candidate, relies o…

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Mass Distribution Of Azithromycin To Children In Villages In Niger Associated With Resistance To Other Antibiotics, Study Indicates

CIDRAP (11/13, Dall) reported researchers found “that twice-yearly mass distribution of the antibiotic azithromycin to children in villages in Niger was associated both with increased macrolide resistance and increased resistance to other antibiotic class…

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Vamorolone Treatment May Improve Motor Outcomes In Boys With DMD, Researchers Say

Healio (11/13, Ernst) reported, “Treatment with vamorolone, an anti-inflammatory steroidal drug, improved motor outcomes in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy [DMD] compared with corticosteroid-naive individuals,” investigators concluded. The findings…

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Accepting Grafts For Split Liver Transplantation May Improve Survival For Smaller Children And Adults On The Waitlist, Research Suggests

Healio (11/14, Young) reported, “Accepting grafts for a split liver transplantation may improve survival for smaller children and adults on the waitlist,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the 2010-2018 Scientific Registry for Transplant…

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Nearly One In Five Children With Food Allergies May Be Bullied, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/13, Gordon) reported, “As if having food allergies isn’t hard enough on a child…almost one in five of these kids are bullied,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 252 kids from age four to 17.” The findings were set for present…

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Federal Dietary Guidelines To Include Recommendations For Children From Birth To 24 Months, Women Who Are Pregnant Or Lactating

MD Edge ObGyn (11/13, Remaly) reported, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health & Human Services aim to release new dietary guidelines by the end of 2020,” and are “for the first time…mandated to include dietary recommendations…

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Most Children Eat Vegetables, But Eat Less Fruit As They Get Older, Data Indicate

The Washington Post (11/13, Blakemore) reported, “A new data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics sheds light on the eating habits of children and teens – and shows that while most kids are eating vegetables, they eat less fruit as they gr…

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Experts Debate Whether Children Diagnosed With AD/HD Can Outgrow The Disorder

According to the New York Times (11/13, Maguire), research published in the February/March issue of Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics indicated that “an estimated 30 percent to 60 percent of children diagnosed with” attention-deficit/hype…

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Researchers Examine Trends In Antipsychotic Medication Use In Young Children Covered By Private Insurance

HealthDay (11/15, Murez) reported, “Prescriptions of antipsychotic medications for young children are declining,” investigators concluded after examining “more than 301,000 antipsychotic prescriptions filled between 2007 and 2017 for children ages two to…

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Antibiotic Use In Children Younger Than Two Is Linked To Allergies, Asthma And Other Conditions, Research Indicates

CNN (11/16, LaMotte) reports that research indicates “children younger than two who are given antibiotics are more likely to have a number of ongoing illnesses or conditions later in life.” Investigators found that “babies and toddlers who received one do…

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Measles Deaths Worldwide Reached 23-Year Record High Last Year, Report Says

The New York Times (11/12, Hoffman) reports, “Measles deaths worldwide swelled to their highest level in 23 years last year, according to a report released Thursday, a stunning rise for a vaccine-preventable disease and one that public health experts fear…

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Latest Surge In Coronavirus Cases Reportedly Being Driven By Casual Occasions

The Washington Post (11/12, Brulliard) reports, “A record-breaking surge in U.S. coronavirus cases is being driven to a significant degree by casual occasions that may feel deceptively safe, officials and scientists warn – dinner parties, game nights, sle…

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Researchers Examine Flu Vaccination Uptake In The US In Anticipation Of Future Coronavirus Vaccination Efforts

PharmaNewsIntelligence (11/12, McGrail) says researchers examined flu vaccination uptake across the US for clues about the future uptake of a potential coronavirus vaccine in a Kaiser Family Foundation report. The report’s authors examined “data from the…

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Researchers Examine Factors Tied To C-Peptide Decline In Pediatric T1D

Endocrinology Advisor (11/12, May) reports, “Decline in C-peptide, a measurement of pancreatic beta cell function and endogenous insulin secretion, is associated with younger age, female sex, higher weight, and higher glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in young…

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HHS Announces Deal With Pharmacies Across US To Help Distribute Coronavirus Vaccines

The AP (11/12, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced “an agreement with pharmacies across the U.S. to distribute free coronavirus vaccines after they are approved and become available to the public.” The agreement “covers about 3 in 5…

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CDC Report Says Proportion Of ED Visits Related To Children’s Mental Health Increased Dramatically For School-Aged Children And Adolescents From March To October Compared To Last Year

NBC News (11/12, Arkin) reports, “From the middle of March to October, the proportion of” emergency department (ED) “visits related to children’s mental health rose dramatically for school-aged children and adolescents compared to the previous year, accor…

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US Faces Longest Sustained Increase In Coronavirus Cases So Far

Bloomberg (11/11, Levin) reports the “most sustained increase in” coronavirus cases in the US “appears poised to get even longer, a worrisome indicator for overworked doctors and nurses.” The article adds that “the nationwide uptick in cases that became n…

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US Hospitals Under Strain As Number Of Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 Reaches New Record High

The Wall Street Journal (11/11, A1, Evans, Subscription Publication) reports hospitals across the US are struggling to respond to the resurgence of COVID-19 with the number of hospitalized patients reaching a new record high. CNN (11/11, Yan) reports some…

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US Hits Record High Of 145,000 Daily Cases; Metrics Trending In Wrong Direction

The Washington Post (11/11, Fears, Achenbach, Martin) reports, “The number of new daily coronavirus cases in the United States jumped from 104,000 a week earlier to more than 145,000 on Wednesday, an all-time high.” Almost every metric “is trending in the…

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GlaxoSmithKline Says This Year’s Shortage Of Flu Vaccines Is Not Due To Efforts To Increase Production Of Potential Coronavirus Vaccines

Reuters (11/11, Aripaka, Burger, Smout) reports Roger Conner, the head of vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline, said this year’s shortage of flu vaccines is not related to efforts to increase production of potential coronavirus vaccines. Conner said, “The reason w…

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Elevated Risk For Developing Asthma Among Children Delivered By C-Section May Be Caused By Gut Microbiome Differences, Study Indicates

Healio (11/11, Michael) reports, “An elevated risk for developing asthma among children delivered by cesarean section may be caused by differences in their gut microbiome,” investigators concluded after assessing “children from the Copenhagen Prospective…

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Researchers Examine Microbial Signature Of Celiac Disease In Children

Medscape (11/11, Karon, Subscription Publication) reports, “Eleven operational taxonomic units (OTUs) of fecal bacteria were less abundant in children with celiac disease than in healthy children,” investigators concluded after performing “gas chromatogra…

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Researchers Say Babies Have A Low Risk Of Severe SARS-CoV-2 Infection And That Vertical Transmission Is Unlikely

HealthDay (11/11, Murez) reports “researchers analyzed data from all babies under 29 days old who had [SARS-CoV-2] and had to be admitted to hospitals across the United Kingdom between the beginning of March and the end of April,” and concluded that “over…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Returns To US Cities

Bloomberg (11/10, Levin) reports that back in August, the COVID-19 pandemic “was essentially a rural problem” in the US, but “now, after months of relative respite, it’s back in America’s cities, where dense populations spread the virus at alarming speeds…

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Study Questions Whether Use Of Montelukast To Treat Pediatric Asthma Raises Risk Of AD/HD

HCPlive (11/10, Alicea) reports the use of montelukast to treat children with asthma “has been linked to development of AD/HD,” but a new study from Taiwan suggests “this may not be the case.” The Taiwanese researchers “conducted a nationwide population-b…

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People With Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Disorders May Be At Greater Risk Of Death From COVID-19, Analysis Suggests

The New York Times (11/10, Rabin) reports, “People with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die if they have Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, compared with others with the diagnosis, accordi…

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CDC Researchers Say One In Five Children In The US Had A “Vaccine Hesitant” Parent Last Year

CNN (11/10, LaMotte) reports researchers at the CDC found that one in five children in the US had a “vaccine hesitant” parent last year. The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatrics. There is growing concern about vaccine hesitancy as health o…

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Research Suggests Early Myopia Control Efforts Can Slow Progression In Children

Healio (11/10, Hemphill) reports researchers found in a six-year study with more than 100 children “that early myopia control efforts can consistently slow progression and that treatment effect can accumulate over the years.” The findings were presented a…

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Ibuprofen May Be Marginally More Effective Than Acetaminophen For Treating Pain, Fever In Infants, Review Study Suggests

The New York Times (11/10, Bakalar) reports that when it comes to treating pain and fever in infants, some physicians “prefer ibuprofen,” while “others use acetaminophen.” Now, a 19-study, 240,000-child review study that “compared acetaminophen (Tylenol a…

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CMS Changes How States Can Run Medicaid And CHIP

Modern Healthcare (11/9, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports CMS “wrapped up its long-awaited changes to how states can run their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program plans.” Under the agency’s final rule, states will have “more flexibili…

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Antibodies To Other Coronaviruses May Explain Why Children Are Less Likely To Become Infected With SARS-CoV-2, Scientists Say

The New York Times (11/10, Kolata) reports children may be less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2, or to develop COVID-19 if infected, because they “already have antibodies to other coronaviruses.” Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute found…

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New Guidelines On JIA Presented

Healio (11/9, Volansky) reports that in spite of the dearth of available evidence, “authors of the 2020 ACR juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] guidelines emerged with nearly 50 recommendations, emphasizing early use of biologics, regular immunizations an…

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Over 60% Of Nurses Reported Emotional, Physical Fatigue, Survey Finds

Healthcare IT News (11/9, Siwicki) reports that nurses “typically have to deal with serious levels of burnout” and “the COVID-19 pandemic has made the problem that much worse: 61% of nurses have emotional and physical fatigue, according to a new survey of…

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Researchers Say ctDNA From CSF Of Pediatric Patients With Medulloblastoma Demonstrates Distinct Methylation Profile

Cancer Therapy Advisor (11/9, S. Blevins Primeau) reports researchers found “cell-free tumor DNA (ctDNA) from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of pediatric patients with medulloblastoma demonstrated a distinct methylation profile compared with controls, and the…

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Researchers Say There Are Notable Variations In Practice Regarding Treatment Of Certain Events In Children With Leukemia

Oncology Nurse Advisor (11/9, Dembeck) reports researchers found “among hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant practitioners, notable variations in practice regarding the treatment of serious venous thromboembolism (VTE) events, pulmonary emboli…

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Research Indicates Childhood Abuse And Neglect May Have Longterm Effects On Brain Structure And Function And On The Epigenome

Healio (11/9, Gramigna) reports on research indicating that “childhood abuse and neglect appear to have significant effects on brain structure and function, as well as on the epigenome.” Included in the category are “physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexua…

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Most Children With Obesity At High Risk For NAFLD Are Not Being Screened, Expert Says

Healio (11/9, Monostra) reports, “Most children with obesity who are at high risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD] are not being screened, possibly leading to underdiagnosis of the condition, according to” a presentation given by Alyson Goodm…

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COVID-19 May Not Be Common In Children With Rheumatic Diseases, Data Indicate

Medwire News (11/9, Cowen) reports, “COVID-19 is uncommon in children with rheumatic diseases and appears to result in mild illness when it occurs, suggest data presented at the ACR Convergence 2020 virtual meeting.” Jonathan Hausmann from the Boston Chil…

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FDA Authorizes Emergency Use For Eli Lilly’s SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Treatment

Reuters (11/9, Beasley) reports the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Monday emergency use of Eli Lilly’s SARS-CoV-2 “antibody treatment for non-hospitalized patients older than 65 or who have certain chronic medical conditions.” The FDA…

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Case Report Adds To Growing Evidence That SARS-CoV-2 May Be Transmitted In Utero

Medscape (11/6, Smith, Subscription Publication) reported, “A new report of mother-to-fetus transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through umbilical cord blood adds to a small but growing body of evidence that the virus can be transmitted in utero.” In addition, “thi…

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Women With Perinatal And Postpartum Depression May Likely Benefit From Implementation Of Certain Evidence-Based Strategies, Expert Says

Healio (11/6, Gramigna) reported, “Women with perinatal and postpartum depression likely benefit from the implementation of certain evidence-based strategies,” Andrew J. Cutler, MD, of Mount Auburn Hospital in Massachusetts, concluded in a presentation gi…

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Early Results Suggest Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate May Be More Than 90% Effective

The New York Times (11/9, Thomas, Gelles, Zimmer) reports Pfizer on Monday issued “stunning early results from its coronavirus vaccine trial, cementing the lead in a frenzied global race that has unfolded at record-breaking speed.” While Pfizer and partne…

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Children Who Survived Hospitalization For Kawasaki Disease May Remain At Risk For Cardiovascular Events For More Than 10 Years, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (11/8, Walsh) reports researchers found “children who survived hospitalization for Kawasaki disease remained at risk for cardiovascular events for more than 10 years after the index hospitalization.” The findings were presented at the virtua…

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Researchers Say There Is Low-Quality Evidence That Rituximab May Be More Effective Second-Line Therapy Than Splenectomy For Children With ITP

Cancer Network (11/7, Slater) reported researchers found “there is evidence, though low quality, that rituximab (Rituxan) may be a more effective second-line therapy than splenectomy for children with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).” The findings were publ…

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FDA Authorizes First Serology Test To Screen For Coronavirus Antibodies

CNBC (11/6, Feuer) reported that the FDA “announced on Friday that it has authorized the first serology test that screens for neutralizing antibodies caused by a previous coronavirus infection.” The new test “will help researchers study the neutralizing a…

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Research Reveals Highly Variable Trajectories Over Time In Height, BMI Of School-Aged Children Across Countries

Healio (11/6, Schaffer) reported research “shows highly variable trajectories over time in the height and BMI of school-aged children across countries, raising concerns about access to healthy foods and global nutrition programs.” Included in the analysis…

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Number Of Coronavirus Cases In The US Increased By More Than 120,000 On Thursday

Reuters (11/5, Shumaker, Maan) reports that “coronavirus cases in the United States surged by at least 120,276 on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, the second consecutive daily record rise as the outbreak spreads in every region.” Cases in the US “h…

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Experts Say COVID-19 Precautions May Be Contributing To Fewer Flu Cases This Season

CNN (11/5, Ward) reports that many experts believe the precautions many Americans are taking against COVID-19 may also be leading to a reduction in cases of the seasonal flu. CNN Medical Analyst and emergency physician Dr. Leana S. Wen said, “The same pre…

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Exposure To Secondhand Smoke Has Not Declined In New York City’s Public Housing Despite Smoking Ban, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/5) reports researchers found that “although New York City has banned smoking in its public housing, exposure to secondhand smoke hadn’t declined a year later.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Urban-Based, Elementary School-Aged Minority Children With Asthma And Their Parents May Report Lower QoL, More Frequent ED Visits, Research Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (11/5, Jacobs) reports, “Urban-based, elementary school-aged minority children with asthma and their parents reported lower quality of life (QoL) and had more frequent visits to the emergency department (ED) compared with those without…

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Children More Likely To Gain Fat Mass If They Have An Earlier Morning Wake Time, Research Suggests

Healio (11/5, Monostra) reports, “Children may be more likely to gain fat mass if they have an earlier morning wake time,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 117 healthy youths aged eight to 17 years (53.9% girls; 29.1% Black) who wore an ac…

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Global Warming Could Increase Rates Of Serious Pregnancy Problems, Systematic Review Indicates

HealthDay (11/5, Preidt) reports, “Global warming could increase rates of serious pregnancy problems,” investigators concluded after analyzing data from “70 studies from 27 countries that reported associations between high temperatures and preterm birth,…

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Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 May Produce Weaker Antibodies Than Adults, Study Indicates

The New York Times (11/5, Mandavilli) reports researchers found that children infected with SARS-CoV-2 “produce weaker antibodies and fewer types of them” compared to adults. The findings were published in Nature Immunology and suggest that children “clea…

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High Genomic Load Of SARS-CoV-2 Associated With Worse Outcomes For Patients With COVID-19 Pneumonia, Study Suggests

HealthDay (11/4) reports, “For patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 pneumonia, high genomic load of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is associated with worse outcomes,” according to a study published in the Annals of…

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Most SARS-CoV-2 Strains Feature Specific Mutation That Makes Them More Transmissible, Study Indicates

Medscape (11/4, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reports, “Most SARS-CoV-2 virus strains feature a specific mutation that makes them more transmissible, to the point that these strains now predominate globally, new evidence shows.” That is different fr…

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Pregnant Women In Obstetrical Unit May Be More Likely To Have Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Than Other Surgical Patients, Study Suggests

Medical Daily (11/4, Prasad) reports, “Pregnant women in the obstetrical unit at” the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis “this spring and summer were nearly 16 times more likely to have asymptomatic [SARS-CoV-2] than all other surgical patients put toget…

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FDA To Decide On Rare Disease Drug Vosoritide By August 21

FierceBiotech (11/4, Adams) reports, “The FDA will hand down a decision on BioMarin’s rare disease drug vosoritide by Aug. 21 as it says there’s no need for an advisory committee.” The medication is a “once-daily injection analog of C-type natriuretic pep…

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Children Who Undergo Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants For Cancer May Have Higher Rates Of Transplant-Related Mortality If They Live In A Poorer Neighborhood, Study Indicates

Healio (11/4, DeRosier) reports researchers found “children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplants for cancer had higher rates of transplant-related mortality if they lived in a poorer neighborhood.” The findings were published in Blood.

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Proposed Rule Would Require HHS To Check Regulations Every 10 Years For Necessity

Modern Healthcare (11/4, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports that a rule proposed on Wednesday would require “HHS to check its regulations every 10 years to see if they’re still needed.” Otherwise, “rules would expire 10 years after HHS issues them i…

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Hospital Stays For Some Mothers, Babies Following Delivery Have Been Shortened By Pandemic Infection Practices, Research Indicates

HealthDay (11/4) reports, “New infection prevention practices started during the coronavirus pandemic have actually shortened hospital stays for mothers and their babies,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology M…

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CDC Report Suggests One-Third Of Healthcare Workers’ Exposures To SARS-CoV-2 Occur Outside Of Patient Care

CHEST Physician (11/3, Garcia) reports researchers found one-third of exposures to SARS-CoV-2 among healthcare workers “in Minnesota are caused by family or community exposure, not patient care, according to a study conducted by the Minnesota Department o…

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Risk Of Intubation, Death Among Patients With COVID-19 Hospitalized With Pneumonia May Be Estimated By Viral Load, Researchers Say

Reuters (11/3) reports that “when COVID-19 patients are admitted to the hospital with pneumonia, their risk of intubation or death can be estimated based on their viral load,” according to a 314-patient study published in the Annals of the American Thorac…

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FDA Alerts Clinical Lab Staff, Healthcare Providers About False Positive Results With SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Tests

Reuters (11/3, Roy) reports that the FDA “said on Tuesday it is alerting clinical laboratory staff and healthcare providers that false positive results can occur with [SARS-CoV-2] antigen tests.” The alert “was made following reports of false positive res…

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Upadacitinib Appears Effective For Treatment Of Atopic Dermatitis In Adults And Adolescents In Two Phase 3 Trials

Medscape (11/3, Salamon, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found in two phase 3 trials that “upadacitinib (Rinvoq) appears effective for atopic dermatitis in adolescents and adults, with no unexpected safety concerns.” The findings were presen…

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Data From Two Phase 3 Trials Indicate Upadacitinib May Improve Atopic Dermatitis In Adolescents And Adults

Healio (11/3, Forand) reports research presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology virtual congress revealed that data from “two phase 3 clinical trials of upadacitinib,” the Measure Up 1 And Measure Up 2 studies, “showed positive res…

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Infants Born With Asymptomatic Brain Bleeds Appear To Have Normal Brain Development By Age Two, Research Suggests

HealthDay (11/3) reports, “Babies born with asymptomatic brain bleeds have normal brain development by the time they reach the age of two, researchers report” in a study in which “MRIs were used to examine the brains of 311 newborns in the Early Brain Dev…

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Mind-Body Skills Group Intervention May Reduce Symptoms Among Adolescent Patients With Depression In A Primary Care Setting, Researchers Say

Clinical Advisor (11/3, Morr) reports research indicates that among “adolescent patients with depression in a primary care setting,” a mind-body skills group (MBSG) “intervention reduced depression symptoms significantly.” The findings of the 43-participa…

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Number Of New Coronavirus Cases Hit New Record High Last Week

Reuters (11/2, Shumaker) reports the number of new coronavirus cases in the US “hit another record high last week, rising 18% to more than 575,000, while deaths inched up 3%, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports.” Reuters adds, “The…

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Rapid Coronavirus Test May Detect Fewer Cases Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection In Asymptomatic People Than Symptomatic People Compared To PCR Test, Study Suggests

The New York Times (11/2, Wu) reports researchers at the University of Arizona found that Quidel’s rapid coronavirus test “could detect more than 80 percent of coronavirus infections found by a slower, lab-based P.C.R. test,” but the rapid test only detec…

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Researchers Examine Cost-Effectiveness Of STI Screening For Teens, Young Adults In The ED

MedPage Today (11/2, Hlavinka) reports, “The costs associated with screening adolescents and young adults for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in emergency department (ED) settings are worth it,” investigators concluded in a “simulation study” that…

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Treatment With Ivacaftor Tied To Improvements In CF Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Function In Infants Between Four And 12 Months Of Age With CF And A Gating Mutation, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (11/2, May) reports researchers found in a phase 3 trial that “treatment with ivacaftor was safe and associated with improvements in cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator function in infants between 4 and 12 months o…

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Influenza Vaccination May Be Underused Among Pregnant Women Despite Its Ability To Protect Both Mother And Infant, Study Indicates

HCPlive (11/2, Walter) reports, “Influenza vaccination can be underused among pregnant women, despite evidence it can protect both the mother and infant from the flu,” investigators concluded after quantifying “the risk of antenatal influenza and [examini…

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CDC Report Examines Breakfast Intake Among US Children And Teens

According to the Washington Post (10/30, Searing), “most American kids – 82.4 percent of those ages two to 19 – eat breakfast…a new report [PDF] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” indicates. In addition, that report found that “the lik…

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High School Students With Nonmedical Opioid Misuse May Have Increased Risk For Heroin Use Later In Life, Research Suggests

Healio (11/2, Michael) reports, “High school students with nonmedical opioid misuse may have an increased risk for heroin use later in life,” researchers concluded after conducting “a prospective study using a nationally representative sample of adolescen…

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Male And Female Youth With Bipolar Disorder Appear To Have Similar Outcomes Despite Gender Differences, Study Indicates

Healio (11/2, Gramigna) reports, “Male and female youth with bipolar disorder had similar outcomes, despite substantial literature on sex differences among adults with bipolar disorder,” investigators concluded in a study that sought “to pinpoint potentia…

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Rural Areas, Small Hospitals Reportedly Competing For Nurses As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues To Surge

The AP (11/2, Webber) reports, “As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help – especially in rural areas and at small hospitals.” The AP ad…

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Spread Of SARS-CoV-2 Among Household Members Is “Common,” Occurs Quickly After Illness Onset, Study Says

CNN (10/30, LaMotte, Langmaid) reports that a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among household members “after one person is infected is ‘common’ and occurs quickly after illness ons…

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Mutations Introduced By Egg-Based Production May Have Decreased Influenza Vaccine Efficacy During 2017-2018 Season, Study Indicates

Healio (10/30, Stulpin) reported, “More evidence indicated that mutations introduced by egg-based production led to a decrease in influenza vaccine efficacy during the severe 2017-2018 influenza season,” investigators concluded after collecting “serum and…

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New Cases Of Polio On The Rise Globally

NPR (10/30, Beaubien) reported that the global campaign to eradicate polio appeared in recent years to be on the verge of achieving its goal, “but now cases are on the rise and expected to climb even further in the coming months.” This year so far, “offic…

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US Has Had More Than Nine Million Coronavirus Cases

Reuters (10/30, Ahluwalia, B) reported there have been more than nine million cases of coronavirus in the US as of Friday. Reuters adds, “On Thursday, the United States reported a record 91,254 new cases,” and “on average, over 77,000 cases are being repo…

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Secondary Glaucoma May Be Common Complication After Pediatric Cataract Surgery, Study Indicates

Healio (10/30, Burba) reported researchers found “secondary glaucoma was a common complication with bimodal incidence following pediatric cataract surgery.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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Researchers Say Children Living With Adults With TB May Be At Higher Risk For TB Or Tubercular Infection

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/30, van Paridon) reported, “Among a cohort of children living in contact with” adults with sputum smear-positive tuberculosis (TB) “on Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS), roughly half the children were suffering…

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Poor, Minority Children May Have Higher Incidence Of Food Allergies Than White Kids, Research Suggests

Kaiser Health News (10/30, West) reported that while “an estimated six million children in the United States have food allergies, 40 percent of them with more than one,” a limited amount of “research has been done on race and class breakdowns,” and “recen…

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Young People Who See More Pro-Marijuana Content On Social Media May Intend To Use Marijuana In The Future, Survey Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/30, Foster, Mundell) reported, “Teenage boys who see ads for pot are more likely than girls to link marijuana with better sex,” investigators concluded after surveying “350 teens aged 15 to 17 and nearly 1,000 college-aged adults.” The study…

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Death Certificates Not Especially Accurate For Children Who Die Suddenly And Unexpectedly, Masked Review Concludes

MedPage Today (10/30, Lou) reported, “Death certificates weren’t especially accurate for children who died suddenly and unexpectedly,” forensic pathologists concluded after performing “a masked review of 100 sudden deaths in children (age 11 months to 18…

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Researchers Say Immunity To SARS-CoV-2 May Last For At Least Five Months

CNN (10/29, Fox) reports researchers found that immunity to SARS-CoV-2 may last for at least five months. The researchers found that “90% of people who recover from [SARS-CoV-2] infections keep a stable antibody response.” The findings were published in S…

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Social Media Disinformation Campaigns Contribute To Drop In Annual Vaccine Coverage, Study Suggests

Reuters (10/29, Rapaport) reports that social media “disinformation campaigns designed to cast doubt on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines are contributing to vaccine hesitancy and a meaningful drop in annual coverage, a new cross-national study sug…

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Asymptomatic Children With SARS-CoV-2 May Have Lower Levels Of The Virus Compared To Symptomatic Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/29, Reinberg) reports researchers found asymptomatic children with SARS-CoV-2 “have low levels of the virus, compared with symptomatic children.” The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

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Researchers Identify Cancer Drivers In Tumors Of Almost All Patients With High-Risk Pediatric Cancer Participating In Prospective Precision Medicine Program

Cancer Therapy Advisor (10/29, Moench) reports researchers identified “one or more cancer drivers…in the tumors of almost all patients participating in a prospective, Australian-based precision medicine program focused on the extensive molecular charact…

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Newborns Appear Not To Have Brain Circuitry To Process Emotions, Small Scan Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/29, Reinberg) reports, “Newborns don’t have the brain circuitry to process emotions,” investigators concluded after comparing “brain scans of 40 babies, all less than a week old, to similar MRI scans from 40 adults.” The “brain scans of newb…

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Children With Birth Defects Conceived Through IVF May Be More Likely To Develop Childhood Cancer Than Those Conceived Naturally, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/29, D’Ambrosio) reports researchers found that “children with birth defects who were conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) were more likely to develop childhood cancer compared to those conceived naturally.” In the study, children “…

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Maternal Valproic Acid Use May Be Tied To Increased Risk For ASD, AD/HD Among Children, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/29) reports, “Maternal use of valproic acid, but not lamotrigine, is associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “among children,” investigators concluded after u…

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State Health Officials Consider How To Use Rapid Coronavirus Tests Provided By Federal Government

CQ Roll Call (10/29, McIntire) reports state health officials are still deciding how to use the rapid coronavirus tests that the federal government sent to them. The Trump Administration hoped states would use the tests to help reopen schools, but some st…

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Researchers Say COVID-19 Is Uncommon Among Infants In NICU

HealthDay (10/29) reports researchers found “the prevalence of COVID-19 is low among infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).” The findings were published in the American Journal of Perinatology.

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NBC News Interviews Minors Who Have Enrolled In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

NBC News (10/28, Chuck) interviews some of the children between the ages of 12 and 18 who have enrolled in Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine trials after the FDA approved such a move earlier this month. NBC News adds that some have criticized the move as uneth…

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Company Says Dupilumab Reduced Asthma Exacerbations And Improved Lung Function In Children With Type 2 Inflammatory Asthma

Healio (10/28) reports researchers found in the phase 3 LIBERTY ASTHMA VOYAGE trial that dupilumab “significantly reduced asthma exacerbations and improved lung function as early as 2 weeks after the first dose, compared with standard of care, in a broad…

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Newer DMTs May Reduce Disease Activity More Effectively Than Older Injectable Therapies In Patients With Pediatric-Onset Relapsing-Remitting MS, Research Suggests

Medscape (10/28, Greb, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “among patients with pediatric-onset relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), newer disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) reduce clinical and radiological disease activity mo…

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FDA Approves Ivermectin 0.5% Lotion As OTC Treatment For People With Head Lice

Drug Topics (10/28, Ientile) reports the FDA approved Arbor Pharmaceuticals LLC Sklice (ivermectin 0.5% lotion) as “as an OTC treatment for head lice through the process of prescription (Rx)-to-OTC switch.” Back in February 2012, the agency approved the t…

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New Species Of Probiotic May Inhibit Viral Proliferation In Children With Rotaviral Gastroenteritis, Research Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/28, May) reports research indicates that “a new species of probiotic, Lactobacillus plantarum (LRCC5310),” appears “to inhibit the adherence and proliferation of rotavirus, reduce virus titer, and improve diarrhea and Vesikari…

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Transgender Or Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents May Have Increased Risk For Various Mental Health Challenges, Researchers Say

Healio (10/28, Gramigna) reports, “Transgender or gender-nonconforming adolescents may have increased risk for various mental health challenges,” investigators concluded after seeking “to compare the mental health status of” transgender or nonconforming “…

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Trump Administration Rule Seeks To Ensure COVID-19 Vaccines Are Free For Medicare Beneficiaries, People With Private Insurance

The Wall Street Journal (10/28, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports on Wednesday, the Trump Administration unveiled a rule which aims to encourage Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it is available. Under the rule, the vaccine would be free fo…

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Study Evidence Appears To Support Discontinuing Antiseizure Medications After Neonatal Seizures

Medscape (10/28, Kirkner, Subscription Publication) runs an Oct. 27 MD Edge Neurology Reviews piece that reported, “Maintaining antiseizure medication in infants who have had acute symptomatic neonatal seizures has been standard practice, but a prospectiv…

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US Reports Almost 500,000 New Coronavirus Cases And More Than 5,600 Deaths Over Seven-Day Period

Reuters (10/27, Shumaker, Caspani) reports that almost 500,000 people in the US became infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the past seven days and there have been more than 5,600 deaths from COVID-19 in the same time period. Reuters adds that “cases and hospitali…

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Coronavirus Cases Surge In The US, Leading To New Restrictions And Strained Hospitals

CNN (10/27, Vera) reports “it seems history may be repeating itself, with cities ordering curfews, hospitals reaching their capacity and [SARS-CoV-2] cases continuing to surge.” CNN adds, “At 69,967 new cases per day, the seven-day average of new cases is…

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Flu Vaccines Reportedly In Short Supply In Some Parts Of The US

CIDRAP (10/27, McLernon) reports high demand for flu vaccine has led to shortages in some parts of the US. Litjen “L.J.” Tan, PhD, chief of strategy of the Immunization Action Coalition, said, “We’re seeing what I call regional distribution challenges tha…

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FDA Expands Golimumab Label To Include Active pJIA Or PsA In Children Aged Two And Older

According to Medwire News (10/27, Barnard), the “FDA has expanded the label for the tumor necrosis factor…inhibitor golimumab to include two pediatric indications.” The medication “may now be given to patients aged two years and older with active polyar…

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Fish Oil Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Appears Safe And Well-Tolerated For Children With Intestinal Failure-Associated Liver Disease, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/27, A. Schad) reports researchers found “fish oil intravenous lipid emulsion monotherapy was…a safe and well-tolerated parenteral lipid for children with intestinal failure-associated liver disease, defined as a serum direct…

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In-Utero Exposure To Modafinil, Armodafinil May Increase Risk For Major Congenital Malformations, Research Suggests

Healio (10/27, Miller) reports “the offspring of women who used modafinil or armodafinil during pregnancy had a higher risk of major congenital malformations,” including heart defects, “than the general population,” investigators concluded after analyzing…

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Air Pollution Contributed To Deaths Of 500,000 Newborns In 2019, Researchers Say

NPR (10/27, Doucleff) reports “an international team of researchers” has found that “air pollution, both inside and outside the home, contributed to the deaths of about 500,000 newborns in 2019.” Most of the “deaths occurred in poor countries, with nearly…

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Record Numbers Of Americans Getting Seasonal Flu Vaccine From Pharmacies

Bloomberg (10/26, LaVito, Court) reports, “While the world awaits a vaccine for Covid-19, Americans are rushing to pharmacies in record numbers for seasonal flu shots.” According to public health officials, this “may help avoid a ‘twindemic.’” For instanc…

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Coronavirus Deaths, Cases Continue To Rise Across Much Of The US

The AP (10/26, Pane, Stobbe) reports deaths from coronavirus are increasing each day in the US and overall cases are increasing in 47 states. The AP adds that “average deaths per day across the country are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearl…

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Coronavirus Cases Among Healthcare Workers Leading To Staff Shortages In Rural Areas

Kaiser Health News (10/26, Houghton) reports coronavirus cases among healthcare workers are making it harder to staff hospitals in rural areas that are struggling to treat growing numbers of patients with COVID-19. For example, “in Montana, pandemic-induc…

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Study Indicates No Association Between Obesity, Severity Outcomes In Children Hospitalized With Asthma Exacerbations

Pulmonology Advisor (10/26, Leuopold) reports research indicates there is “no association between obesity and severity outcomes in children hospitalized with asthma exacerbations,” investigators concluded in a “four-year retrospective” 995-patient study t…

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Introducing Healthier Diet To Children Ages Six To 12 Months May Lead To Better Health In Adulthood, Research Suggests

The Wall Street Journal (10/26, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports emerging research indicates feeding babies ages six to 12 months the right healthy foods may lead to better health later on in life.

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Artificially Sweetened Drinks May Be As Bad For Heart As Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Study Suggests

CNN (10/26, LaMotte) reports, “Artificially sweetened beverages…may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from over 100,000 adult French volunteers participating in the French NutriNet-Santé….

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Changing Sexual Identities May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Smoking Initiation Among Young People, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (10/26, Hlavinka) reports, “Changing sexual identities was associated with an increased risk of smoking initiation among young people,” investigators concluded after examining “data from four waves of the longitudinal Population Assessment o…

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Among Healthcare Workers, Nurses In Particular May Be At High Risk For Contracting SARS-CoV-2, CDC Study Indicates

The New York Times (10/26, Abelson) reports, “Among health care workers, nurses in particular have been at significant risk of contracting [SARS-CoV-2], according to a new analysis of hospitalized patients by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Child YouTube Influencers Marketing Junk Food To Kids, Study Suggests

CNN (10/26, Prior) reports, “Kid influencers on YouTube are marketing junk food and sugary beverages to their fellow kids, and they’re racking up billions of page views, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.” Researchers fou…

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Lorvotuzumab Mertansine Appears To Be Well Tolerated In Children In Phase 2 Study

Cancer Network (10/23, Slater) reported, “A phase 2 study published in Cancer confirmed that lorvotuzumab mertansine (IMGN901) was well tolerated in children with relapsed or refractory Wilms tumor, rhabdomyosarcoma, neuroblastoma, pleuropulmonary blastom…

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CDC Study Indicates Rates Of Toddler Vaccines In US Steady, But Insurance Plays Role In Disparities

CIDRAP (10/23, McLernon) reports, “More than 90% of children 2 years and younger who were born in 2016 and 2017 received the recommended measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); poliovirus; hepatitis B (hepB); and varicella vaccines, according to a report” in M…

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Children Growing Up In Poverty May Show Effects Of Being Poor As Early As Age Five, Study Indicates

According to HealthDay (10/23, Reinberg), children “growing up in poverty show the effects of being poor as early as age five – especially those who are Black,” investigators concluded in a study in which “teachers administered a standardized test to meas…

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Many Pharmacies Will Not Give Children Flu Vaccine

CNN (10/25, Cohen, Bonifield, Jenkins) reports, “As a dark winter approaches with ‘twindemics’ of Covid-19 and the flu, an effort by the Trump administration to increase the number of children receiving flu shots is not working, according to a CNN investi…

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Study Identifies Infants As Young As Three Months With Probable T1D

Medwire News (10/23, McDermid) reported, “Researchers have identified infants as young as three months with probable type 1 diabetes [T1D],” a conclusion that raises “the possibility that the disease process could in some cases begin before birth.” Includ…

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Patients With Polyarticular-Course JIA May Achieve High-Level Disease Control For Up To Two Years When Treated With Tocilizumab, Researchers Say

Healio (10/21, Laday) reports, “Patients with polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] achieved high-level disease control for up to two years when treated with tocilizumab,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the CHERISH s…

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Consensus Reportedly Emerges That SARS-CoV-2 Is Rarely Transmitted Through Contact With Contaminated Surfaces

The Washington Post (10/22, Chang) reports, “Although studies continue to show that the novel coronavirus can be detected on contaminated objects after days or weeks, a consensus has emerged among scientists that the virus is rarely transmitted through co…

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NYTimes Highlights Case Of 12-Year-Old Girl Who Is Still Facing Symptoms Of COVID-19 After Being Initially Diagnosed In March

The New York Times (10/22, Tuller) reports on the case of Maggie Flannery, a 12-year-old girl in Manhattan, who is still struggling with symptoms of COVID-19 after being initially diagnosed in March. Both of her parents also fell ill with COVID-19, but wh…

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Just 31% Of US Adolescents Received Vaccines For HPV, Meningococcal Disease, And Tdap From 2015-2018, Data Indicates

MedPage Today (10/22, Gever) reports, “Just 31% of U.S. adolescents received vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease, and tetanus-diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap),” according to “national survey data for 2015-2018.” Sara Poston, Phar…

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Valproate Use During Pregnancy May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Neurodevelopmental Disorders In Offspring During Early Childhood, Researchers Say

According to Healio (10/22, Michael), valproate use “during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders in offspring during early childhood.” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the French national healt…

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Newborns Undergoing Surgery May Suffer Worse Outcomes If They Receive Preoperative Blood Transfusion, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/22, Lou) reports, “Newborns undergoing surgery suffered worse outcomes if they had received preoperative blood transfusion,” investigators concluded after examining registry data on “12,184 neonates who underwent surgery as listed in the…

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Increase In Green Space May Improve Children’s Mental Health, Researchers Say

Healio (10/22, Gramigna) reports, “An increase in green space may improve children’s mental health,” investigators concluded after seeking “to examine the effects of several environmental factors, including artificial light at night…near-roadway air pol…

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FDA Holds Meeting To Hear From Outside Scientists If Government’s Standards For Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates Are Adequate

The AP (10/22, Neergaard, Perrone) reports the FDA held a meeting on Thursday “asking outside scientists” if “the government’s standards” are “high enough to adequately judge” coronavirus vaccine candidates. During the meeting, Dr. Marion Gruber, the dire…

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Growing Body Of Evidence Seems To Indicate School Reopenings Don’t Spread Coronavirus

The New York Times (10/22, Mandavilli) reports, “Researchers once feared that school reopenings might spread the virus through communities. But so far there is little evidence that it’s happening.” So far, schools “do not seem to be stoking community tran…

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New Reports Suggest That Reopened Schools Do Not Drive The Spread Of Coronavirus

NPR (10/21, Kamenetz) reports, “Despite widespread concerns,” recent reports indicate that there is “no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling…and the spread of coronavirus.” A working paper (PDF) from Spanish researchers concluded tha…

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Fast At-Home Coronavirus Tests Might Help US Control Outbreaks, But Challenges Remain

Politico (10/21, Lim) reports, “Fast at-home coronavirus tests could help bring the United States’ surging outbreak under control – if companies developing the tests can convince regulators that the public can be trusted to use them correctly.” While such…

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Five-Day Course Of Antibiotics May Be Enough For Children With Community-Associated Pneumonia Who Are Improving, Researchers Say

Healio (10/21, Downey) reports, “Among children with community-associated pneumonia who have improved by day 5…additional days of antibiotic therapy did not confer additional benefits,” investigators concluded in after enrolling “385 children in a rando…

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Researchers Identify Mechanisms That May Explain Link Between Early Puberty And Breast Cancer Risk

Healio (10/21, Byrne) reports researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati conducted a longitudinal study aimed at discovering how early puberty can increase the risk for breast cancer later in life. The re…

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Maternal Psychological Stress During Pregnancy May Increase Asthma Risk In Offspring, Study Indicates

The New York Times (10/21, Bakalar) reports, “A mother’s psychological distress during pregnancy may increase the risk for asthma in her child,” investigators concluded in a study that “had the parents of 4,231 children fill out well-validated questionnai…

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Low Levels Of Thyroid Hormone During Pregnancy May Contribute To Development Of AD/HD In Offspring, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/21, Gordon) reports, “Low levels of thyroid hormone during pregnancy may contribute to the development of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in the child,” investigators concluded in a 330,000-child study that revealed that “…

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AD/HD, ASD May Be Tied To Increased Hospital Stays Early In Childhood, Data Suggest

HCPlive (10/21, Walter) reports researchers conducted a study that sought to quantify “early health system utilization to identify condition-specific health trajectories to facilitate earlier detection and intervention” among “children with autism spectru…

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CDC Issues New Guidance That Expands Definition Of “Close Contact” For Purposes Of Determining Who Is At Risk For SARS-CoV-2 Infection

The Washington Post (10/21, Sun) reports the CDC “issued new guidance on Wednesday that greatly expands the pool of people considered at risk for [SARS-CoV-2 infection] by changing the definition of who is a ‘close contact’ of an infected individual.” The…

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Search For Coronavirus Vaccine For Children Is Far Behind The One For Adults

The AP (10/21, Neergaard) reports while multiple coronavirus vaccines are in late-stage trials with adults, little work has been done to test a coronavirus vaccine for children. Just last week, Pfizer “received permission to test its vaccine in U.S. kids…

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Two Studies Indicate That There Has Been A Significant Decrease In COVID-19 Mortality

NPR (10/20, Brumfiel) reports, “Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized” patients with COVID-19. The decrease “is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions, suggesting…

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Flu Experts Warn That People Should Not Assume Northern Hemisphere Will Have A Light Flu Season Like The Southern Hemisphere Did

CIDRAP (10/20, Van Beusekom) reports while “the Southern Hemisphere had a very light flu season in 2020,” some had hoped the Northern Hemisphere would follow suit. However, “flu experts say that, while the low numbers could portend a similar scenario in t…

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South Reportedly Remains National Center Of US COVID-19 Outbreak

Bloomberg (10/20, Levin, Baker) reports, “Even as public attention focuses on the coronavirus outbreak in the Midwest, the pandemic is quietly gathering force in a region that has already suffered greatly – the South.” According to “absolute numbers, the…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused About 299,000 More Deaths In The US Than Expected In A Typical Year, CDC Report Says

The Washington Post (10/20, Bernstein) reports the COVID-19 pandemic has caused “about 299,000 more people dead in the United States than would be expected in a typical year, two-thirds of them from the disease itself and the rest from other causes,” acco…

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Study Describes Changes In Microbiota That Accompany Mucosal Healing In Pediatric Crohn Disease

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/20, Pond) reports researchers have described “changes in the microbiota that accompany mucosal healing in established pediatric Crohn disease (CD).” The 25-patient study revealed that “patients with mucosal healing – defined b…

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FDA Panel To Hold Meeting On Thursday To Discuss Criteria For Emergency Use Of Coronavirus Vaccines

Reuters (10/20, Mishra) reports an FDA panel will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss the agency’s “criteria for allowing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine and plans to monitor its safety after a regulatory go-ahead.” Reuters adds that the agency shar…

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Intervention To Improve Mind-Body Skills May Help Treat Depression Among Adolescent Patients In Primary Care Settings, Small Study Indicates

Healio (10/20, Michael) reports, “An intervention aimed at improving mind-body skills may help treat depression among adolescent patients in primary care settings,” investigators concluded after conducting “a single-arm clinical trial to evaluate the mind…

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Air Pollution Exposure May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Hospital Admissions For Several Neurological Disorders, Study Suggests

USA Today (10/19, Rodriguez) reports a new 17-year-long study of over 63 million older US adults on Medicare “found air pollution was significantly associated with an increased risk of hospital admissions for several neurological disorders, including Park…

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Health Systems Don’t Expect Operations To Return To Pre-Pandemic “Normal” Until At Least 2022

Modern Healthcare (10/19, Bannow, Subscription Publication) reports “all of the health systems that responded to a recent” Kaufman Hall survey “expect it will be at least 2022 before their operations return to anything resembling a pre-pandemic ‘normal.’”…

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New York City Public Schools Report Fewer Coronavirus Cases Than Some Feared

The New York Times (10/19, Rubinstein, Goodman) reports many feared that reopening New York City’s public schools would create “a citywide archipelago of super-spreader sites.” However, “nearly three weeks into the in-person school year, early data from t…

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Some Colleges Mandating Flu Shots For Students, Faculty, And Employees

The Wall Street Journal (10/19, Goldman, Subscription Publication) reports some colleges are requiring students, faculty, and employees to receive the flu vaccine and penalizing those who do not comply.

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Some Schools Switching To In-Person Classes After Starting School Year With Virtual Classes

The Wall Street Journal (10/19, Subscription Publication) reports some schools that started the school year with virtual classes are now reopening for in-person classes.

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Modafinil, Armodafinil Both Tied To Major Congenital Malformations, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/19, George) reports the narcolepsy medications “modafinil (Provigil) and armodafinil (Nuvigil) were both associated with major congenital malformations,” investigators concluded in “a post-marketing report.” That report revealed that “of…

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Parental Overprotective Tendencies May Be Tied To Hindered Recovery Among Offspring With Schizophrenia, Small Study Suggests

Healio (10/19, Gramigna) reports, “Parental overprotective tendencies appeared associated with hindered recovery among offspring with schizophrenia,” investigators concluded in a study that “registered 79 patients,” then “assessed parental bonding accordi…

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State Public Health Departments Finalize Plans For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

USA Today (10/19, Weise) reports, “State public health departments say they’re ready to leap into action as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is approved but caution so many things are still unknown that exactly what that leap looks like is hard to say right now…

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Large Babies May Be At Higher Risk For Atrial Fibrillation Later In Life, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/19, Preidt) reports research indicates that “large babies may be at higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation later in life.” The study found that individuals “with a birth weight that’s one pound above the average 7.5 po…

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COVID-19 Testing Capacity Reportedly Far Exceeds Rate At Which Americans Are Getting Tested

ABC News (10/17, Dwyer) reported, “The Trump Administration says more than 120 million tests will be available in October nationwide,” yet “far fewer Americans are actually being tested: only around 1 million per day, less than 30 million per month.” Soon…

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School Absences In Salt Lake City Appear To Increase When Air Quality Worsens, Study Suggests

Healio (10/16, T. Welsh) reported, “In Salt Lake City, Utah, school absences appear to rise when the air quality worsens,” investigators concluded after analyzing “school absence data from 36 schools in the Salt Lake City School District and” then compari…

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In Type 2 Asthma, Dupilumab May Be Tied To Lower Annualized Outpatient Asthma Exacerbation Rates, Researchers Say

Pulmonology Advisor (10/16, Gambino) reported, “In patients with type 2 asthma, dupilumab was associated with significantly lower annualized outpatient asthma exacerbation rates and lower total number of days using systemic corticosteroids,” investigators…

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President Trump Signs Into Law National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

CNN International (10/17, LeBlanc) reported that on Saturday, President Trump signed into law “the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act,” a “bipartisan bill that will make 9-8-8 the universal telephone number to reach the national suicide prevention h…

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State Public Health Officials Urge Congress To Provide At Least $8.4 Billion In Emergency Funding For Distributing Coronavirus Vaccines

The Hill (10/16, Sullivan) reported, “State public health officials are urging Congress to provide at least $8.4 billion in emergency funding for distributing a coronavirus vaccine, warning that they do not currently have enough money to carry out the imm…

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Hydrocortisone Granules May Effectively Treat Children With Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (10/16, May) reported, “The treatment of adrenal insufficiency with hydrocortisone granules in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia…was associated with an absence of adrenal crises and normal growth patterns over a two-year…

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Scientists, Public Health Groups Warn “Herd Immunity” Strategy Is “Dangerous” And “Deadly”

The Hill (10/15, Hellmann) reports that dozens of scientists and public health organizations “warned in open letters this week against a ‘herd immunity’ strategy being endorsed by top officials at the White House, calling it dangerous and deadly.” A senio…

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Specific DNA Variants May Predict Long-Term Response To Anti-TNF Drugs In Children In Treatment For Crohn’s Disease Or Ulcerative Colitis, Researchers Say

HCPlive (10/15, Lutz) reports, “Specific DNA variants are now known to be predictors of long-term response to antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs in children for treatment with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, types of inflammatory bowel dise…

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Suffolk County Executive Calls Sweet 16 Party A “Super-Spreader” Event After 37 Positive Coronavirus Test Results Traced To The Event

The Hill (10/15, Polus) reports Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has called a Sweet 16 party held at the Miller Place Inn on September 25 a “super-spreader” event. Since the party, 37 people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 have traced their…

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Researchers Use Data From Indian Hospital To Understand How Coronavirus Affects Pregnant Women And Newborns

The Washington Post (10/14, Shelar, Slater) reports that nearly 700 coronavirus-positive women have given birth in India’s BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai. Now the hospital’s experience “is playing a key role in the global search to understand exac…

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Bringing Nature Into Daycare Playgrounds May Boost Preschoolers’ Immune Function, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/15, Norton) reports Finnish investigators “found that when they brought nature into daycare playgrounds – including forest soil and vegetation – preschoolers’ immune function showed a change for the better,” shifting “to a less inflammatory…

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Rapid Increase, Inadequate Use Of Linezolid Prescriptions At NICU Raises Concern About Potential Misuse, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/15, Masoud) reports, “The rapid increase and inadequate use of linezolid prescriptions at a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) raises concern about potential misuse,” investigators concluded in a study that “included 66 pre…

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Another Study Supports The Idea That Lockdowns May Be Linked To A Decrease In Premature Births

The New York Times (10/15, Preston) reports previous studies and observations suggest that lockdowns may have lowered the number of premature births in multiple countries around the world, now a study published in The Lancet Public Health “has yielded eve…

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Increased Nutrient Consumption May Be Beneficial In Decreasing Risk For Late Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Study Indicates

Healio (10/15, Holland Jr.) reports researchers found “increased nutrient consumption may be beneficial in decreasing risk for late age-related macular degeneration.” The findings were published in Ophthalmology.

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CDC Updates Guidance To Condemn Mandatory Coronavirus Testing In Schools

Politico (10/15, Scholtes) reports the CDC “is condemning mandatory coronavirus testing in K-12 schools, updating guidance after New York City began random testing this week on thousands of students and educators.” In revamped advice “published this week,…

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Coronavirus Cases In The US Continue To Grow At Rapid Pace Not Seen Since The Beginning Of The Summer Peak

USA Today (10/15, Hauck, Fraser) reports the US has more confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection and deaths from COVID-19 “than any other country, and cases are growing at a speed not seen since the start of the summer peak.” According to a USA Today anal…

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Tailored Messaging Appears Not To Change Minds Of Vaccine-Hesitant Parents, Research Suggests

HealthDay (10/14, Norton) reports research indicates it may be difficult to change the minds of vaccine-hesitant parents, researchers concluded in a study that involved “824 pregnant women and new parents” randomized “to one of three groups: One received…

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Viloxazine ER For AD/HD Appears Not To Be Tied To Risk For Cardiac Arrhythmias Or Other Electrocardiographic Parameters, Small Study Suggests

Healio (10/14, Gramigna) reports, “Viloxazine extended-release [ER],” a medication for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “did not appear associated with risk for cardiac arrhythmias or other electrocardiographic parameters,…

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Adalimumab Appears To Be Safe, Effective For Moderate To Severe Ulcerative Colitis In Children, Researchers Say

Healio (10/14, Jaramillo) reports, “Humira [adalimumab] was efficacious and safe for treating children with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, according to a presentation” given online by Nicholas M. Croft, MD, “Center for Immunology, Blizard Institut…

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Elevated Surfactant Protein D Levels Tied To Severe ARDS And Poor Outcomes In Children With Acute Respiratory Failure, Study Indicates

Healio (10/14, T. Welsh) reports researchers found “elevated surfactant protein D levels are associated with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome and poor outcomes in children with acute respiratory failure.” The findings were published in the journ…

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Alone May Not Be Tied To Increased Odds Of Wheezing In Adolescents, Study Suggests

Healio (10/14, Downey) reports researchers have “found no significant association between e-cigarette use alone and increased odds of wheezing among adolescents aged 12 to 17.” The findings of the 7,049-participant study were published online in JAMA Netw…

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Patients With Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Have Relatively Low Risk Of Severe COVID-19, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (10/14, Swift) reports patients with pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) “have a relatively low risk of severe COVID-19, even when receiving biologic and other immune-suppressive therapies, according to an analysis of two internationa…

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Around 82% Of Children And Teens Eat Breakfast On A Given Day, Research Reveals

MedPage Today (10/14, D’Ambrosio) reports, “One in five children reported that they do not eat breakfast, with the proportion of breakfast-eaters decreasing as kids age,” CDC researchers found. Approximately “82% of children and” adolescents “ate breakfas…

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Limiting TV Ads For Sugary, Salty, And High-Fat Foods And Drinks May Help Reduce Childhood Obesity, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/14, Reinberg) reports, “Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity,” investigators concluded in a study that examined “advertising of these products between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.” The s…

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CDC Says Coronavirus Vaccines May Not Be Recommended For Children Initially

Reuters (10/14, Mishra) reports the CDC announced that coronavirus vaccines may not be recommended for children initially. The agency said clinical trials have only included adults so far, but Pfizer and AstraZeneca both have plans to include children in…

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Researchers Say Child-Care Centers Do Not Drive The Spread Of Coronavirus Even In Communities With High Infection Rates

The Los Angeles Times (10/14, Sharp) reports a study published in Pediatrics “provides some of the clearest evidence yet that child-care centers don’t hasten the spread of the novel coronavirus, even in communities where overall infections are high.” Rese…

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Coronavirus Cases In The US Are On The Rise, Especially In Midwestern States

The Washington Post (10/13, Wan, Dupree) reports “U.S. coronavirus cases are rising again, driven by rapid transmission in Midwestern states and sparking fears that a forewarned wave of infections this fall and winter has begun.” For nearly “a month, new…

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Fewer Young People Drinking Alcohol Now Than 20 Years Ago, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/13, Reinberg) reports research indicates that “fewer young people are drinking alcohol now than 20 years ago.” After collecting “data on more than 180,000 young U.S. adults who took part in a survey,” investigators found that “the number of…

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About One In Five Children Aged Nine To 12 Experience Cyberbullying In Some Form, Survey Indicates

Healio (10/13, Downey) reports, “Approximately 21% of children aged nine to 12 years experience cyberbullying in some form…a survey conducted by the Cartoon Network and the Cyberbullying Research Center” revealed. The “responses from the national survey…

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Presence Of CKD May Be Tied To Number Of Hospital-Related Negative Impacts Among Pediatric Patients, Research Suggests

HCPlive (10/13, Walter) reports, “The presence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) might be linked to a number of hospital-related negative impacts among pediatric patients,” investigators concluded after examining data on “hospital discharges of children bet…

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Dupilumab Appears To Reduce Severe Asthma Attacks In Pediatric Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Asthma, Drugmaker Announces

HCPlive (10/13, Alicea) reports, “Dupilumab (Dupixent) was shown to significantly reduce severe asthma attacks in pediatric patients with moderate-to-severe asthma,” investigators concluded in the “LIBERTY ASTHMA VOYAGE study, a Phase 3, randomized, doubl…

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FDA Approves Pfizer Plan To Include Children As Young As 12 In Coronavirus Vaccine Study

Reuters (10/13, Maddipatla, Burger) reports under a plan approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer “will enroll participants as young as 12 in its large, late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial to understand how it works in a wider age group.” The…

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Some COVID-19 Long-Haulers Are Children

CNN (10/12, Prior) reports on the challenges faced by COVID-19 long-haulers, highlighting the struggles of children who fall into this group. For example, Veronica Richmond of Boise has been sick since March since a friend of hers came home from Wuhan pos…

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US Coronavirus Death Rate Highest In Developed World, Study Indicates

Bloomberg (10/12, Cortez) reports, “The proportion of Americans dying from coronavirus infections is the highest in the developed world, according to a study of global mortality rates that shows the U.S. pandemic response left citizens exposed to the leth…

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Researchers Say They Have Found Two Confirmed Cases Of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection In US

Medscape (10/12, Goodman, Subscription Publication) reports, “A 25-year-old man from Nevada and a 42-year-old man in Virginia experienced second bouts of [SARS-CoV-2 infection] about 2 months after they tested positive the first time.” Genetic tests revea…

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Teens Who Had Asthma, Food Hypersensitivity When Younger May Be At Increased Risk Of IBS, Researchers Say

HealthDay (10/12, Preidt) reported, “Teens who had asthma and food hypersensitivity when they were younger are at increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),” investigators concluded after examining “the health of 2,770 children from birth to age 16…

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Researchers Find Association Between Atopy And ITP In Children

Cancer Network (10/12, Slater) reports researchers found an association between atopy and immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in children. The findings were published in Scientific Reports and the study suggests that “it is necessary to investigate the…

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Vertical Transmission Of SARS-CoV-2 Appears To Be Rare, Researchers Say

USA Today (10/12, Rodriguez) reports, “Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center found no evidence of transmission from infected mothers to newborns, according to an observational study published” in JAMA Pediatrics. The study’s results sug…

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Massachusetts Governor Mandates Flu Shots For Students From Preschool Through College

Politico (10/9) reported Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has mandated flu shots “for students from preschool through college.” Politico adds that the mandate is “the first-of-its-kind,” and if the mandate succeeds in reducing the spread of flu in the sta…

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Last Year’s Flu Vaccine May Have Reduced Pediatric Flu-Related ED Visits By As Much As 51%, Study Indicates

Fox News (10/9, Hein) reported a study published in Pediatrics found that last year’s flu vaccine “reduced pediatric flu-related emergency room visits by as much as 51%, and hospitalizations by 40%.” The study’s authors concluded, “Vaccination provided pr…

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Researchers Say Egg- And Cell-Derived Influenza Vaccines Elicited Similar Neutralization Titers And Response Rates During The 2018-2019 Influenza Seasons

Infectious Disease Advisor (10/8, Masoud) reports researchers found “egg- and cell-derived influenza vaccines administered during the 2018-2019 influenza seasons elicited similar neutralization titers and response rates.” The findings were published in Cl…

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FDA-Issued Boxed Warnings On Antidepressants For Risk Of Suicide May Be Influencing Suicide Trends Among Teens, Young Adults, Study Indicates

According to HCPlive (10/8, Walter), FDA-issued “boxed warnings on antidepressants for the risk of suicide” may be “influencing suicide trends among adolescents and young adults,” investigators concluded after examining whether “suicide deaths increased f…

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Benefit Of Tezacaftor Combined With Ivacaftor May Be Limited By Exposure To Tobacco Smoke In Young Patients With CF, Study Indicates

Cystic Fibrosis News Today (10/8, Ray) reports researchers found “exposure to tobacco smoke limits the medicinal benefit of Symdeko (tezacaftor/ivacaftor combo) in young patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).” The findings were published in the Journal of Cy…

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Study Suggests Children Who Take Music Classes May Have Better Attention Span, Memory

Medical Daily (10/8) reports that parents “who are undecided about whether to enroll their children in music classes may want to take notice of a small study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, which found that music may increase a child’s…

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Study Compares 2019 Vs 1997 Classification Criteria For SLE In Children And Young Adults

Rheumatology News (10/8, Evans) reports, “The 2019 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) classification criteria jointly developed by the American College of Rheumatology” and “the European League Against Rheumatism …proved significantly better at detectin…

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Multilevel Home- And School-Based Asthma Education Program Effective Among Children In Low-Income Community Setting, Researchers Say

Healio (10/8, Welsh) reports, “Multilevel home and school asthma education improved asthma control and reduced oral corticosteroid use and hospitalizations among children in a low-income community setting,” investigators concluded in a 398-child study, th…

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Among Children With Severe Or Poorly Controlled Asthma, Allergen Sensitization Linked To More Asthma Exacerbations, The Use Of More Asthma-Related Healthcare Resources And Oral Corticosteroids, And Higher Asthma-Associated Expenses, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (10/8, Jacobs) reports researchers found that “in children with severe or poorly controlled asthma, those with allergen sensitization have been shown to experience more asthma exacerbations, to use more asthma-related healthcare resour…

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Early Puberty May Result In Higher Self-Harm Risk At Age 16, Study Indicates

HealthDay (10/8, Reinberg) reports, “Kids who reach puberty earlier than other kids are at an increased risk of harming themselves as teens,” investigators concluded. After examining “data from more than 5,000 boys and girls,” researchers concluded that “…

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Most Inequities In Pre- And Post-Natal Environment Contributing To Racial Disparities In Child Performance On Cognitive Tests Are Modifiable, Researchers Say

Healio (10/8, Weller) reports, “Most inequities in the pre- and post-natal environment that contribute to racial disparities in child performance on cognitive tests are modifiable,” investigators concluded after using “the full dataset from the Conditions…

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Lower Dose Of Zinc Appears To Be Well-Tolerated For Treatment Of Diarrhea Among Children, Research Suggests

Gastroenterology Advisor (10/8, Nye) reports research indicates that “a lower dose of zinc was well-tolerated for the treatment of diarrhea among children.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion in a study that “recruited children (N=4500) in India and…

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Surgery For Benign Breast Conditions Does Not Harm A Woman’s Future Ability To Breastfeed, Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/7, Preidt) reports that research suggests that “having surgery for benign breast conditions won’t harm a woman’s future ability to breastfeed.” The findings were presented at a virtual meeting of the American College of Surgeons.

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Duracell Debuts New Lithium Coin Batteries With Non-Toxic Bitter Coating To Discourage Accidental Ingestion

Fox Business (10/7, Rivas) reports Duracell “debuted a non-toxic bitter-coating on its lithium battery sizes 2032, 2025 and 2016, to discourage accidental ingestion.” According to the CDC, “coin-sized button batteries present ‘particular concern’ for inge…

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Influenza Vaccination Appears Not To Increase COVID-19 Incidence Or Worsen COVID-19-Related Outcomes, Research Suggests

Healio (10/7, Miller) reports, “Influenza vaccination did not increase the incidence of COVID-19 or worsen outcomes related to the disease,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from 13,220 patients in Florida and Ohio who were tested for COVID-1…

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Researchers Say 64% Of New Drug Indications Lack Pediatric Prescribing Information Five Years After FDA Approval

PharmaNewsIntelligence (10/7, McGrail) reports researchers found 64% “of new biologic and drug indications deemed relevant to pediatric patients lacked pediatric prescribing information five years after FDA approval.” The findings were published in Health…

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Researchers Identify Changes In Pediatric Fractures During The Early Months Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

Medscape (10/7, Salamon, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found “pediatric fractures dropped by 2.5-fold during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but more breaks happened at home and on bicycles, and younger kids were more affected.”…

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WHO, Partners Warn Pandemic May Worsen Global Rate Of 2M Stillbirths Per Year

The AP (10/7) reports the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and partners “said there are about 2 million stillbirths every year, mostly in the developing world, according to the first-ever global estimates published Thursday.” The UN health agency “said…

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Cardiovascular And Hematological Risk Factors May Increase Risk For In-Hospital Mortality In Pediatric Patients Who Had An Ischemic Stroke, Research Suggests

Healio (10/7, Ernst) reports researchers analyzed “a nationwide inpatient sample from 2010 to 2014” and found “cardiovascular and hematological risk factors increased the risk for in-hospital mortality by 613% and 336%, respectively, in pediatric patients…

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CDC Researchers Describe Case Study Of 13-Year Old Infecting Many Relatives With Coronavirus

The New York Times (10/6, Chang) reports “scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health departments of four states – Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island – described a 13-year-old girl who became infected with…

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Children’s Health Insurance Coverage Not Stable Even Under CHIP, Researchers Say

HealthPayerIntelligence (10/6, Waddill) reports, “Children’s health insurance coverage is not stable even under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a recent study published in Health Affairs discovered.” Researchers wrote, “The current insuran…

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Children With Sickle Cell Disease May Have Increased Rates Of Low Bone Marrow Density, Vitamin D Deficiency, Study Indicates

HCPlive (10/6, Alicea) reports findings from a “cross-sectional study” suggest “children with sickle cell disease have increased rates of vitamin D deficiency and low bone marrow density.” Researchers “enrolled a total of 30 patients – 53,3% of whom were…

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Heavy Intake Of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Among US Children, Adults Declining, Research Indicates

Medscape (10/6, Busko, Subscription Publication) reports, “In the United States, the percentage of children and adults who have a ‘heavy intake of sugar-sweetened beverages’ – defined as consuming at least 500 calories from these beverages or drinking the…

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Expert Discusses How To Balance Pharmacological And Non-Pharmacological Treatment For AD/HD

HCPlive (10/6, Walter) interviewed Samuele Cortese, MD, PhD, a psychiatry professor at the University of Southampton, about how to balance “pharmacological treatment and non-pharmacological therapies” for AD/HD. During the interview, Dr. Cortese “said if…

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Girls Who Play Sports In Elementary School May Have Fewer Symptoms Of AD/HD In Middle School, Study Suggests

HealthDay (10/6, Gordon) reports researchers found “girls who played after-school sports in elementary school seem to have fewer symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) once they reach middle school.” The findings were published in Pr…

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About 8% Of Teenagers In The US Say There Has Been A Case Of SARS-CoV-2 Infection In Their Household, Survey Suggests

CNBC (10/6, Lucas) reports, “About 8% of U.S. teenagers or a member of their household have [been infected with SARS-CoV-2], higher than the national average of 6%, according to Piper Sandler’s semi-annual survey of teen consumption trends.” CNBC adds tha…

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Researchers Say Common Cold Might Protect People Against SARS-CoV-2

HealthDay (10/5, Preidt) reports researchers found the common cold might protect people against COVID-19. In addition, “people who’ve had [SARS-CoV-2] may be immune to it for a long time, possibly even the rest of their lives.” The findings were published…

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WHO Estimates Around 10% Of The World’s Population Has Been Infected With SARS-CoV-2

The AP (10/5, Keaten) reports Dr. Michael Ryan, the WHO’s head of emergencies, said the WHO estimates that around 10% of the world’s population has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, which would mean there have been more than 20 times as many actual cases as…

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FDA Approves Ivacaftor To Treat Babies With CF As Early As Four Months Of Age, Company Announces

According to Healio (10/5), in a press release, Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced FDA approval of “ivacaftor for the treatment of cystic fibrosis [CF] in infants as young as four months old with at least one mutation in their cystic fibrosis transmembrane…

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New York Governor Orders Hundreds Of Schools Closed In Coronavirus Hot Spots In Brooklyn And Queens

The Wall Street Journal (10/5, West, Subscription Publication) reports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered hundreds of schools closed in coronavirus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens. The New York Times (10/5, A1, McKinley, Ferré-Sadurní) reports that New Y…

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Pupillary Light Reflex Metrics May Be A Biomarker Of Sport-Related Concussion In Adolescents, Study Indicates

HCPlive (10/5) reports researchers found “pupillary light reflex metrics could provide a fast, portable and objective physiologic biomarker of sport-related concussion in adolescents.” The findings were published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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New MRI Approach May Help Clinicians Visualize Babies’ Hearts In 4D, Researchers Say

HealthImaging (10/5, O’Connor) reports, “A new magnetic resonance imaging approach helps clinicians visualize [babies’] hearts in 4D” and could “become the superior imaging choice for diagnosing congenital heart disease,” investigators concluded. The “nov…

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Digital Experiences Among Adolescents May Impact Mental Health, Well-Being, Small Study Suggests

Healio (10/5, Gramigna) reports, “Digital experiences among adolescents may significantly impact their mental health and well-being, according to a” presentation given by Jamie Zelazny, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School o…

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White House Blocks New Federal Guidelines For Emergency Release Of Coronavirus Vaccine

The New York Times (10/5, LaFraniere, Weiland) reports, “Top White House officials are blocking strict new federal guidelines for the emergency release of a coronavirus vaccine, objecting to a provision that would almost certainly guarantee that no vaccin…

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CDC Says Coronavirus Can Be Spread Through Airborne Transmission

The New York Times (10/5, Mandavilli) reports, “Two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took down a statement about airborne transmission of the coronavirus, the agency on Monday replaced it with language citing new evidence that th…

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Children With MS Appear To Perform As Well At School As Their Healthy Peers, Study Suggests

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (10/2, Ray) reported, “Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) perform as well at school as healthy peers, but are more challenged in their mental health and make greater use of healthcare services,” investigators concluded in…

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Black Children More Than Twice As Likely As White Children To Die From Surgical Complications, Study Shows

HealthDay (10/4, Preidt) reports, “Black children are more than twice as likely as white kids to die from surgical complications, and minority children are about half as likely to even have surgery as white children, two new studies show.” The studies’ “f…

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Company Voluntarily Recalls Hand Sanitizer For Children Due To Packaging Concerns

Fox Business (10/2, Schmidt) reported, “Ashtel Studios announced Thursday it is voluntarily recalling six types of .84-ounce [hand] sanitizer bottles because they are packaged ‘in containers resembling a food and drink pouch,’ according to a recall notice…

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Study Reveals Increase In THC-Exposed Newborns At A Michigan Hospital Following Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana

Healio (10/3, Downey) reported, “There was a 32.5% increase in THC-exposed newborns at a Michigan hospital following the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state,” investigators concluded after identifying “the rate of newborn exposure to marij…

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Specific Psychological, Behavioral Interventions May Help Improve Sleep Among Children, Teens With Mental Illnesses, Small Study Suggests

Healio (10/2, Gramigna) reported, “Specific psychological and behavioral interventions can help improve sleep among children and adolescents with mental health disorders, according to a” presentation given by Katherine Maxwell, DNP, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, “a…

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Children May Not Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Until Late Next Year, Health Experts Say

ABC News Radio (10/2, Romero) reported, “While drug companies and governments around the world are in an all-out sprint to develop a coronavirus vaccine for adults, the race to identify one that is safe and effective for children lags far behind, meaning…

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New York Schools Have Recorded At Least 1,200 Coronavirus Cases Among Students, Staff Since Academic Year Began

The AP (10/1, Villeneuve) reports “schools across New York have reported at least 1,200 students, teachers and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the academic year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday, though that number is almo…

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Health Officials Hoping To Avoid “Twindemic” With Flu Shots, Early Treatment

The AP (10/1, Neergaard) reports health officials in the US and Europe are preparing for the possibility of a “twindemic” caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic coinciding with the upcoming flu season. To reduce the risk of this, health officials are urg…

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BMI, Fasting Glucose Levels Considered Normal In Children May Be Predictors Of T2DM Development As An Adult, Study Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (10/1, Nye) reports, “Body mass index (BMI) and fasting glucose levels considered normal in children may be predictors of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) as an adult,” investigators concluded in a study that used “data fro…

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Brachial Plexus Injury Appears To Be Unrelated To Shoulder Dystocia, Research Indicates

Medscape (10/1, Craven, Subscription Publication) reports, “Brachial plexus injury often is thought to co-occur with shoulder dystocia, but the two complications appear to be unrelated, according to research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.” The rese…

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Feeding C-Section Babies Maternal Feces Mixed With Breast Milk May Increase Friendly Bacteria Levels Similar To Those Of Infants Born Vaginally, Study Indicates

Newsweek (10/1, Gander) reports researchers “have shown in a small study that feeding cesarean babies their mother’s feces mixed with breast milk can boost friendly bacteria to similar levels of those born vaginally.” Experts cautioned parents, however, “…

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Hospitals Want CMS To Provide Guidance On New Rule Requiring COVID-19 Data Reporting To HHS

Bloomberg Law (10/1, Pugh, Subscription Publication) says, “Hospitals say they’re driving blind without guidelines to interpret a new rule from the Trump administration requiring them to report daily COVID-19 data to the federal government.” This “interim…

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Two Representatives Introduce Bill Aiming To Improve Telehealth Coverage For Children Through Medicaid And CHIP

mHealth Intelligence (10/1, Wicklund) reports Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced the Telehealth Improvement for Kids’ Essential Services Act of 2020, which “aims to improve telehealth coverage for children through stat…

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HPV Vaccine Reduces Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Indicates

NBC News (9/30, Stenson) reports researchers found in a large Swedish study that “the HPV vaccine substantially reduces a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer, especially in women who were immunized at a younger age.” The findings were published in…

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Four Million More People Enrolled In Medicaid And CHIP Earlier This Year During The Pandemic, CMS Report Says

Modern Healthcare (9/30, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports an additional four million people enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP between February and June, according to a CMS report. Modern Healthcare adds, “Medicaid and CHIP enrollment grew from almost…

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FDA Approves Oral, Tablet Formulations Of Tofacitinib For Treatment Of Active pJIA In Children 2 Years And Older

Rheumatology News (9/30, Evans) reports on the FDA’s approval of “tablet and oral solution formulations of the Janus kinase…inhibitor tofacitinib (Xeljanz) for the treatment of children and adolescents two years and older with active polyarticular-cours…

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FDA Approves Golimumab For Treatment Of Polyarticular JIA In Children Aged 2 And Older

Healio (9/30, Stott) reports on the FDA’s approval of “Simponi Aria [golimumab] for the treatment of polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] in patients aged two years and older, while also expanding its psoriatic arthritis indication for this p…

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Particular Gut Microbiota Species May Correlate With Greater Relapse Risk In Pediatric MS, Study Indicates

Healio (9/30, Weller) reports, “A ‘high relative abundance’ of a gut microbiota species in the Blautia genus correlated with a greater risk for MS relapse in pediatric patients,” investigators concluded. The findings were “presented during an encore sessi…

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Childhood Cancer Survivors May Have Lower Prevalence Of Suicidal Behaviors And Mortality Than General Population, Study Indicates

HealthDay (9/30) reports researchers found childhood cancer survivors “have a lower prevalence of suicidal behaviors and mortality, but the prevalence of suicidal ideation is similar to that of the general population.” The findings were published in Cance…

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Coronavirus Cases Surge In Midwest

The AP (9/30, Richmond, Pane) reports, “The coronavirus tightened its grip on the American heartland, with infections surging in the Midwest, some hospitals in Wisconsin and North Dakota running low on space and the NFL postponing a game over an outbreak…

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Children Whose Mothers Had Diabetes Before, During Pregnancy May Have Increased Heart Disease Risk As Young Adults, Research Suggests

The New York Times (9/29, Bakalar) reports, “People whose mothers had diabetes before or during pregnancy have an increased risk for heart disease as young adults, new research suggests.” The risk appears to be “both for children of mothers with pre-exist…

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Global Death Toll From COVID-19 Passes One Million

The AP (9/28, Geller, Jain) reports the global death toll from COVID-19 has passed one million, “nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to chan…

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Presence Of Hypertension Or Diabetes In African American Adolescents Is Linked To Higher Risk For Late-Life Cognitive Decline, Research Suggests

Medscape (9/29, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports research suggests that “the presence of hypertension or diabetes in African American adolescents as young as 12 years old is associated with a higher risk for late-life cognitive decline.” The fi…

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Saliva Iodine Concentration May Be Biomarker Of Recent Iodine Status In Children, Study Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (9/29, Akirov) reports researchers found “saliva iodine concentration is positively correlated with urinary iodine concentration and can serve as a good biomarker of recent iodine status in school-aged children.” The findings were pu…

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Researchers Discover Metals, Air Pollutants In Placentas Of New Mothers, Say Pollutants May Be Able To Reach The Fetus

HealthDay (9/29, Preidt) reports “metals and other air pollutants have been found in the placentas of new mothers, which means such pollutants may be able to reach the fetus, researchers” reported after analyzing “placentas donated by 15 healthy women in…

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New York Clinicians Must Report Information About School Attendance When Patients Test Positive For SARS-CoV-2

MedPage Today (9/29, Fiore) reports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order mandating that healthcare providers “report whether a patient” who tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 “attends or works in a school…along with the name of that school.”…

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SARS-CoV-2 Reportedly Spreading More Among US Children And Teenagers As Schools Reopen And More Activities Resume

The AP (9/29, Tanner) reports SARS-CoV-2 “is increasingly infecting American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities.” The AP adds, “Most infected child…

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Researchers Estimate RSV-Associated Hospitalizations For Young Children

MD Magazine (9/28, Walter) reports researchers from the US, the UK, and France “generated national level estimates for” respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-associated acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) “hospitalizations in children younger than 5 yea…

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Florida Has Reportedly Not Seen A Surge In Coronavirus Cases After Reopening Schools In August

USA Today (9/28, Fraser, Stucka, Bloch, Fradette, Brugal) reports many people were concerned that Florida’s decision to reopen schools last month would lead to a spike in coronavirus cases, but such an increase has not materialized at this point. Accordin…

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Study Indicates Babies Born To Mothers With COVID-19 Rarely Affected

HealthDay (9/28, Reinberg) reports on a study indicating that “babies born to mothers with COVID-19 only rarely suffer from effects of the virus.” The study found that in “more than 200 babies studied, complications including preterm birth and NICU admiss…

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Fetal Exposure To Alcohol May Be Tied To Behavioral Problems In Childhood, Study Indicates

Medical Daily (9/28) reports, “Alcohol use during pregnancy causes problems with the baby’s brain as it develops,” research indicates. The study revealed that “children whose mothers drank even small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy had behavior and em…

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Washington Ballot Initiative Concerns State’s Sex Education Curriculum

The AP (9/28, Ho) reports a Washington ballot initiative seeks to overturn the sex education curriculum requirements passed by the state government. The AP describes the curriculum and why “a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives” are seeki…

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Trump Administration Set To Deliver 100M Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Tests To States

The AP (9/28, Perrone, Freking) reports that on Monday, President Trump announced “that the federal government will begin distributing millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week and urged governors to use them to reopen schools for students i…

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CDC Says Adolescents Are Twice As Likely As Young Children To Test Positive For SARS-CoV-2

The Hill (9/28, Hellmann) reports “adolescents are twice as likely as young children to test positive for” SARS-CoV-2, “according to a new analysis” from the CDC. The Hill adds, “Between March 1 and September 19, more than 277,000 children tested positive…

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One Third Of US Parents Have No Plans To Get Flu Shots For Their Children This Fall, Survey Finds

CNN (9/28, LaMotte) reports the National Poll on Children’s Health released Monday found “one-third of American parents have no plans to get their children vaccinated for the flu this year.” Additionally, “two-thirds of parents don’t believe getting a flu…

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Systematic Review Examines Gender Differences In Prescription Rates, Efficacy Of Pharmacotherapy In AD/HD

HCPlive (9/26, Walter) reported that in a 21-study systematic review, investigators “examined the sex differences in prescription rates and efficacy of pharmacotherapy treatment in” patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). The syste…

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Only About 100 Children And Teenagers Have Died From COVID-19 In The US

The Washington Post (9/25, Bernstein) reported while more than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the US, “only about 100 children and teenagers have died of the disease, a fatality rate that is drawing wonder from clinicians and increasing interes…

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Researchers Say Children And Adults May Be At Equal Risk Of Developing Multidrug Resistant Or Rifampicin Resistant TB

Infectious Disease Advisor (9/25, Masoud) reported researchers found “in most settings, children and adults are at equal risk of developing multidrug resistant or rifampicin resistant tuberculosis (TB), but there are important gaps in data that limit this…

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Medical Literature Review Summarizes Therapy Options For Kids With Cutaneous Viral Warts

Dermatology Advisor (9/25, Pond) reported that in a 38-study medical literature review, investigators summarized “therapy options for children with cutaneous viral warts.” The findings were published online in Dermatologic Therapy.

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Youth Who Experience Sexual Exploitation May Exhibit High Levels Of Certain Behaviors, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (9/25, Gramigna) reported, “Youth who experienced sexual exploitation exhibited high levels of sexual risk taking, multiple sexual partners, PTSD, child pornography exposure and childhood trauma,” investigators concluded in a “systematic review and…

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EPA Reportedly To Overhaul Lead Testing

The New York Times (9/27, Friedman) reports the EPA “is preparing to overhaul the way communities test their water for lead, a policy change that will be pitched ahead of Election Day as a major environmental achievement for a president not noted for his…

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Children May Be Less Severely Affected By SARS-CoV-2 Than Adults Because Part Of The Immune System Rapidly Destroys Unfamiliar Pathogens In Children, Study Suggests

The New York Times (9/25, Mandavilli) reported a study published in Science Translational Medicine suggests that children may be less severely affected by SARS-CoV-2 than adults because “in children, a branch of the immune system that evolved to protect a…

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Children Taking Oral Steroids For Chronic Or Life-Threatening Conditions May Experience Serious Side Effects, Researchers Say

HealthDay (9/24, Gordon) reports, “Children who need to take oral steroids for chronic or life-threatening conditions can experience serious side effects,” investigators concluded in a 930,000-child study that revealed that “the odds that a child might de…

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Some Experts Says Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Should Include Children

The Hill (9/24, Castronuovo) reports some researchers “are vocalizing concerns that children have not been included in ongoing trials for a COVID-19 vaccine and young people may not receive vaccinations to protect themselves against the virus until well i…

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FDA Issues Warning Concerning The “Benadryl Challenge”

NBC News (9/24, Miller) reports the FDA issued a warning concerning the “Benadryl [diphenhydramine] Challenge” saying, “We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the ‘Benadryl Challenge’ encoura…

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Later Menarche May Be Tied To Better Cardiovascular Health, Study Indicates

Healio (9/24, Monastra) reports, “Women who had menarche at a later age are more likely to have better cardiovascular health,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the 1999-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey” that “include…

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New Data Indicates That Childhood Vaccination Rates Have Declined During The Pandemic

The Hill (9/24, Hellmann) reports the Trump Administration released new data that “shows childhood vaccination rates and doctors’ visits for preventive care have ‘steeply declined’ during the coronavirus pandemic.” According to an analysis from CMS, there…

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Parental Skin-To-Skin Contact May Help Reduce Response To Pain Signals In Infants’ Brains, Study Indicates

Reuters (9/24, Kelland) reports, “Newborn babies undergoing a painful heel prick blood test have a reduced response to the pain signals in their brains if they are held by a parent with skin-to-skin contact,” investigators concluded after studying “brain…

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Indoor Tanning Among High School Students May Have Decreased After New Jersey Imposed Age Restrictions, Study Indicates

Healio (9/24, L. Forand) reports researchers found “the prevalence of indoor tanning decreased in high school students following age restrictions on the practice in New Jersey.” The findings were published in JAMA Dermatology.

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CMS To Crack Down On Hospitals That Do Not Report COVID-19 Data Every Day, Documents Show

NPR (9/24, Huang, Simmons-Duffin) reports the US “government is preparing to aggressively crack down on hospitals for not reporting complete COVID-19 data daily into a federal data system, according to internal documents obtained by NPR.” The draft guidan…

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Nursing May Be Most Common Occupation Of People With COVID-19, CDC Says

MedPage Today (9/24, Walker) reports CDC researchers found “nursing was the most common occupation and residential care facilities were the most common reported job setting for healthcare professionals (HCPs) with COVID-19.” MedPage Today adds, “In a subs…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EPA Rejects Scientific Evidence Addressing Neurodevelopmental Effects Of Chlorpyrifos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Expert Discusses Issues Faced By Pediatric Patients With Psoriasis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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US Death Toll From Coronavirus Passes 200,000

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

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CDC Changes Guidance On Airborne Transmission Of Coronavirus Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wildfire Smoke Poses Particular Peril To Young Lungs, Experts Say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Several Factors Reportedly Limit Coronavirus Testing In Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Researchers Say Healthier School Meals Improved The Diets Of American Children

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

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

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

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HPV Vaccination Rates Have Increased In Recent Years, Study Suggests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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President Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed At Lowering Drug Prices

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

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

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

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Multiple Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates Might Be Approved With Implications For Availability

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

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AstraZeneca Starts Safety Review Of Suspended Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some Children Taking Online Classes At Sleepaway Camps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Many Coronavirus Testing Sites Will Not Test Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vosoritide May Increase Growth In Children With Achondroplasia, Researchers Say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Study Examines How Malignant Melanoma Can Manifest In Children And Adolescents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bullying Victimization May Be Tied To Obesogenic Behaviors, Study Indicates

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

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

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

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Expert Panel Unveils Four-Phase Plan For Allocating Coronavirus Vaccines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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US Passes Six Million Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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California Governor Signs Law Banning Sale Of Most Flavored Tobacco Products

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

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

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

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Meningococcal Resources for NPs

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

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FDA Approves Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

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

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

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

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GSK Begins Phase III Trial Of Meningitis Vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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Pediatric Providers Express Worry About Children And Vaccinations During Pandemic

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

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

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

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CDC Director Changes Coronavirus Testing Guidance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Experts Reconsidering Six Feet Social Distancing Guidance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STAT Explains Plight Of People With Post-Covid Syndrome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ACIP Updates Seasonal Flu Vaccine Guidance For Upcoming Season

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

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

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

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CDC Changes Coronavirus Testing Guidelines To Exclude Asymptomatic People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coronavirus Vaccine Coverage Could Strain Budgets Of State Medicaid Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Girls With Anorexia Nervosa May Have Stunted Growth, Research Suggests

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

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

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

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