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Updated Consensus Statement Released On Recovery From Sport-Related Concussion

HealthDay (6/16, Preidt) reports, “Strict rest isn’t advised after athletes suffer a concussion because it could slow their recovery, an updated consensus statement from” the Team Physician Consensus Conference “says.” According to that statement, “most a…

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Researchers Find Correlation Between Teachers’ Depressive Symptoms, Math Skills In Early Learners Enrolled In Head Start Programs

HealthDay (6/16, Murez) reports investigators have “found a correlation between teachers’ depressive symptoms and math skills in early learners enrolled in Head Start programs.” In a study “sample of more than 1,500 children from 212 classroom in 113 cent…

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Approximately 25% Of Parents Do Not Intend To Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19, Poll Finds

Forbes (6/16, Durkee) reports that as vaccine hesitancy concerns persist, “approximately one in four parents say they do not intend to get their child vaccinated against Covid-19,” and “more than 10% intend to only have their child receive one dose, which…

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US Adolescents Eat Up To Two-Thirds Of Added Sugars, Fats, Grains Through Snacking, Researchers Say

Healio (6/16, Downey) reports adolescents in the US “consume between one-third and two-thirds of the recommended daily limits of added sugars, fats and refined grains through snacking,” according to researchers who “used data from the 2005-2016 National H…

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Child Development Experts Concerned Over Pandemic’s Effects On Young Children’s Development

Kaiser Health News (6/16, Gullet) reports some child care providers “said they are relieved to see” COVID-19 “cases drop as vaccines roll out across the United States,” but mental health and child development experts also “wonder about what, if any, long-…

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Some Common Viruses Reemerge As Lockdowns Lift, Children Return To Childcare

The Washington Post (6/16, Goldstein, Nirappil) reports “pediatricians, infectious-disease specialists and epidemiologists have noticed” some instances of viral infections spreading out-of-season among children, “and sometimes with uncommon virulence amon…

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US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 600K

The AP (6/15, Har, Kunzelman) reports that the US COVID-19 death toll “topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to su…

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FDA Expands Approval Of System For Treatment Of Acute Full-Thickness Thermal Burn Wounds In Pediatric Patients, Company Says

According to Healio (6/15, Forand), in a press release, Avita Medical announced that “the FDA has expanded its approval of the Recell system in combination with meshed autografting to include treatment of acute full-thickness thermal burn wounds in pediat…

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More US Teens Reporting Sexual Identity As Gay, Lesbian, Or Bisexual, Survey Data Suggest

HealthDay (6/15, Murez) reports, “More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys” indicate. In fact, “between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identifie…

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Exposure To High Levels Of Air Pollution During Pregnancy May Increase Children’s Risk Of Obesity, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/15) reports, “Children may have an increased risk of obesity if their mothers were exposed to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy, researchers say.” In this “new study, 123 Hispanic mother-infant pairs were enrolled in an ongoing tr…

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Children Who Consume More Ultra-Processed Foods More Likely To Have Overweight, Obesity As Adults, Study Finds

CNN (6/15, Hunt) reports, “Children who eat more ultra-processed food are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, a new 17-year study of more than 9,000 British children born in the 1990s suggests.” In addition, investigators “found that ultra-pr…

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Researchers Examine Temporal Trends In Suicidal Ideation, Attempts Among US Adolescents By Sex, Race/Ethnicity

Healio (6/14, Gramigna) reports, “Sex and racial/ethnic disparities in temporal trends were apparent among adolescents with suicidal ideation,” researchers concluded after conducting “a cross-sectional analysis of the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey,…

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Weight Teasing Young People May Make Them Vulnerable To Eating Disorders, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports research indicates that teasing young people “about any extra pounds they may carry” may make them “vulnerable to eating disorders.” In some “1,500 young people in the United States being followed as part of a long-term st…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Offer Significant Protection Against Delta Variant, Studies Out Of UK, Scotland Suggest

The Wall Street Journal (6/14, Douglas, Bhattacharya, Subscription Publication) reports separate studies from researchers in the UK and Scotland published Monday suggest that currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines offer significant protection against the…

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Teenagers Who Text While Driving Likely To Engage In Other Risky Driving Behaviors, Research Shows

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports teenagers “who use cellphones while behind the wheel are more likely to engage in other types of risky driving,” including “speeding, aggressive passing and running red lights,” according to online survey responses from 38…

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Firearm Suicides Rising Among Young Americans, Researchers Say

HealthDay (6/14, Norton) reports a growing number of “young Americans, including children, are taking their own lives using firearms,” according to researchers who “found that between 2008 and 2018, gun suicides showed an ‘alarming’ increase among America…

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Babies Show Strong Immune Response To Coronavirus, Study Finds

HealthDay (6/14, Preidt) reports, “Babies have a strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19,” according to researchers who “assessed the immune systems of four infants under 3 months of age who had recovered from COVID, and compared them wit…

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FDA Expands Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir Approval For Hepatitis C To Include Children As Young As Three

Healio (6/11, Downey) reported that the FDA has approved an expansion for the pediatric expansion of Gilead Sciences’ Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir), which will allow “children aged as young as 3 years are now able to receive for the treatment of chroni…

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Schools May Not Be Able To Mandate Coronavirus Vaccines For Students

A Wall Street Journal (6/11, Koh, Subscription Publication) analysis was skeptical that schools can mandate students receive COVID-19 vaccines given that they lack the authority to do so for other vaccines, though state legislatures and some state health…

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FDA Advisory Committee Uncertain On EUA For COVID-19 Vaccine In Younger Children

MedPage Today (6/11, Phend) reported that in a meeting last week, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee “was torn on whether emergency use authorization (EUA) was the right step for COVID-19 vaccines in younger children, bu…

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Delayed School Start Times Associated With Reduced Vehicle Accidents, Study Finds

Healio (6/11, Miller) reported that delaying school start times by 70 minutes resulted in “fewer instances of teenagers driving while drowsy and fewer motor vehicle accidents involving younger drivers,” according to researchers who evaluated data from 2,1…

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CDC Study Reports Rise In Adolescent Females Visiting Emergency Departments Due To Suspected Suicide Attempts

The Washington Post (6/11, Chiu) reported a study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued on Friday indicates that during 2021’s early months, trips “to emergency departments for suspected suicide attempts increased roughly 50 percent for ad…

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COVID-19 Pandemic “Breeding Ground” For Child Abuse; Lawmakers Propose Preventative Measures

USA Today (6/11, Wiilliams) reported, “Experts said the coronavirus pandemic left more families at home together for long periods at a time of economic loss and overall anxiety, creating a breeding ground for child abuse across the nation.” This left “man…

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CDC Investigating Rare Post-Vaccine Heart Problems

The New York Times (6/11, Mandavilli) reported the CDC is “reviewing nearly 800 cases of rare heart problems following immunization with the coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, according to data presented at a vaccine safety meeting…

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Moderna Applies To FDA For Authorization To Use Its COVID-19 Vaccine In Adolescents

The New York Times (6/10, Mandavilli) reports, “Moderna requested an emergency authorization on Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration for use of its coronavirus vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds.” Moderna’s “application to the F.D.A. for young teens…

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CDC Issues Warning Of Growing Spread Of RSV In South

CNN (6/10, Fox) reports, “A common cold virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is spreading across the South, causing an unusual wave of late spring disease,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which “issued a Health A…

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Some Children Report Experiencing Long COVID

STAT (6/10, Cooney) reports regarding long Covid among younger people, “numbers are hard to come by, but more children and adolescents are experiencing chronic symptoms after Covid” and “although the disease has played out in ways that differ between adul…

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Kids Whose Moms Got A Flu Shot During Pregnancy Appear To Have No Increased Risk Of Immune-Related Health Conditions, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (6/10, Preidt), after following some “28,000 children from birth to an average age of 3.5 years,” researchers found that “those whose mothers got a flu shot during pregnancy did not have an increased risk of immune-related health co…

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Parents Urged To Get Children Caught Up On Vaccinations After Falling Behind During Pandemic

The Washington Post (6/10, Sun) reports that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “routine childhood vaccinations dropped dramatically during the early months of the pandemic,” and “many children and adolescents are still behind on…

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Food Allergies Complicate Options For America’s Food Insecure

The AP (6/10, Ronayne) reports how food insecurity during the pandemic is hitting those with food allergies and intolerances differently, seeing as many charitable and government food programs offer limited options. While data have not been gathered “on t…

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CDC Reports Higher-Than-Expected Number Of Myocarditis Or Pericarditis Cases Among Young People Who Received COVID-19 Vaccine

Reuters (6/10, Erman, Maddipatla) reports, “Preliminary findings from two vaccine safety monitoring systems suggest a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation after the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in young men, the U.S. Centers…

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FDA Approves CF Treatment For Patients Aged 6 To 11

Reuters (6/9, Nadeem) reports, “Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the expanded use of its Trikafta cocktail therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in children aged 6 to 11, making it the first approved treat…

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Need For Travel Nurses Declines As COVID-19 Cases Fall

Modern Healthcare (6/9, Christ, Subscription Publication) reports, “As COVID-19 vaccinations climb and cases fall in the U.S., the once ‘desperate’ need for travel nurses to care for the country’s sick has waned.” But “demand remains high, as providers de…

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FDA’s Vaccine Advisers To Discuss Info Agency Should Seek Before Authorizing COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids

CNN (6/9, Fox) reports vaccine advisers to the FDA “will meet Thursday to discuss what information the agency should ask for in considering the go-ahead for vaccinating children under 12 – including how many children need to be enrolled in clinical trials…

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In Children With Active UC, FMT Improved Disease Activity And Inflammation Better Than Placebo, Study Finds

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/9, May) reports on research finding that “fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) improved disease activity and inflammation in children with ulcerative colitis (UC) better than placebo.” The research “included 25 patients (age range…

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In Children With IBS, Treatments Targeting Somatization And Functional Disability Could Improve HRQOL And May Decrease Morbidity, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (6/9, Schad) reports on research indicating that “in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), treatments targeting somatization and functional disability could improve health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) and may decrease m…

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Beech-Nut To Stop Selling Baby Rice Cereal After Finding Arsenic Levels Exceeding FDA Limit

CNN (6/9, LaMotte) reports, “Beech-Nut Nutrition voluntarily recalled an infant rice cereal Tuesday because the product exceeds a US Food and Drug Administration limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic.” The company stated on its site, “No illnesses rel…

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CPSC Warns Of Increase In Child Drownings

HealthDay (6/9, Preidt) reports, “Pool and spa drowning deaths among U.S. children are spiking upwards, and restrictions related to the COVID pandemic may also mean that fewer kids are getting the swimming lessons that might keep them safe,” according to…

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Flu Vaccine Given During Pregnancy Not Tied To Risk Of Adverse Health Outcomes In Children Years Later, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (6/8, Hamza) reports “influenza vaccines given to pregnant mothers do not result in any increased risk of adverse health outcomes,” such as asthma or sensory impairment, “for young children” in “their first few years of life,” according to “…

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US Hospitals Launch Mass Vaccination Efforts As COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Among Teens Rise

Modern Healthcare (6/8, Gellman, Subscription Publication) reports, “Weekly teen COVID hospitalization rates jumped by 116% from mid-March through April, per a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report monitoring 10% of the national po…

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Researchers Point To Connection Between ADHD Medications, Reduced Suicidality In Children

HealthDay (6/8, Norton) reports, “Researchers found that medications like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), were linked to a lower risk of suicidal behavior among 9- and 10-year-olds with substa…

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Teens Who Spend Too Much Time On Smartphones May Be More Prone To Eating Habits That Increase Their Odds For Obesity, Research Suggests

HealthDay (6/8, Preidt, Mundell) reports research indicates that “teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after tracking “the h…

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COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Available For Young Children In US By Fall

The New York Times (6/8, Mandavilli) reports, “Coronavirus vaccines may be available in the fall for U.S. children as young as 6 months, drugmakers say.” Pfizer and Moderna are currently “testing their vaccines in children under 12 years, and are expected…

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FDA Approves Ravulizumab-cwvz Injection For Children With Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

Healio (6/7) reports, “The FDA approved ravulizumab-cwvz injection to treat children aged 1 month and older with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.” The “researchers evaluated the efficacy of ravulizumab-cwvz (Ultomiris, Alexion) – previously approved f…

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Fisher-Price Executives Criticized In House Hearing On Inclined Sleeper

The Washington Post (6/7, Frankel) reports, “Two company executives were sharply criticized Monday by a House panel over Fisher-Price’s decision to keep its Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper on the market for a decade while waiting until 2019 to recall a prod…

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FDA Approves Treatment For Patients With PNH Older Than One

HCP Live (6/7, Kunzmann) reports the US Food and Drug Administration “approved ravulizumab-cwvz (Ultomiris) for the treatment of life-threatening blood disease paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in patients aged ≥1 year old.” The treatment was appr…

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Molecular Profiling Of Solid Tumors In Children, Young Adults Has Significant Impact On Diagnosis And Treatment Recommendations, Analysis Shows

Healio (6/7, Southall) reports, “Molecular profiling of solid tumors in children and young adults has a significant impact on diagnosis and treatment recommendations, according to results of an interim analysis presented during the virtual ASCO Annual Mee…

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C. Difficile Infections In Pediatric Oncology Patients May Have Significant Impact On Hospital Stay Length And Adherence To Chemotherapy Plans, Study Finds

Infectious Disease Advisor (6/7, Lee) reports on a retrospective cohort study in which “clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in pediatric oncology patients was found to have a significant impact on length of hospital stay and affected adherence to sch…

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Umbrella Review Of Interventions For Mental Disorders Among Youths Seeks To Provide Evidence-Based Information For Clinical Decision Making

Healio (6/7, Gramigna) reports investigators have “conducted an umbrella review of interventions for mental disorders among youths that provided evidence-based information for clinical decision making.” They did so by “systematically searching network met…

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Only 29% Of Children, Teens With Gender Dysphoria May Receive Gender Dysphoria-Related Diagnosis, Research Suggests

HealthDay (6/7) reports, “Only 29 percent of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria receive a gender dysphoria-related diagnosis (GDRD), and 25 percent are prescribed gender-affirming hormonal treatment (GAHT),” investigators concluded in a study…

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CDC Director Walensky Urges Parents To Vaccinate Teens

The Washington Post (6/4, Sun) reported, “Citing increased hospitalization rates of teenagers with covid-19 in March and April,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky “urged parents to vaccinate their teens to protect them from an illness that can be severe…

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Pediatric And Young Adult Patients With Refractory Cancers Did Not Experience Clinical Activity With Selumetinib, Trial Results Show

Cancer Network (6/5, Mauro) reported, “Pediatric and young adult patients with refractory cancers did not experience clinical activity with selumetinib, according to findings from the phase 2 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Children’s Oncology Group (COG)…

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Children With Substantial Externalizing Symptoms Who Received Medications For AD/HD May Have Lower Odds For Suicidality, Study Indicates

Healio (6/4, Miller) reported, “Children with substantial externalizing symptoms who received…medications” for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “had lower odds for suicidality,” researchers concluded after examining “cross-sectional and…

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Hospitalizations Related To COVID-19 Among Adolescents About Three Times As High As Those Linked To Influenza Over Three Recent Flu Seasons

The New York Times (6/4, Mandavilli) reported, “Since the start of the pandemic, very few adolescents have become ill enough with Covid-19 to be hospitalized,” but, added the Times, “of those who did, about one-third were admitted to intensive care units,…

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Children In Need Of Home Care Face Nursing Shortage Compounded By Pandemic

The New York Times (6/4, A1, Alcorn, Newman) reported, “About 4.5 million Americans with illnesses and disabilities are cared for at home by aides, therapists or nurses,” and, of these, “hundreds of thousands are children with complex health needs.” Durin…

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Researchers Say Tezepelumab Reduces Asthma Exacerbations Requiring Hospitalization Or ED Visits In Adults And Adolescents With Severe, Uncontrolled Asthma

Healio (6/3, T. Welsh) reports researchers found in the NAVIGATOR trial that “tezepelumab reduced asthma exacerbations requiring hospitalization or ED visits in adults and adolescents with severe, uncontrolled asthma.” The results were presented at the AT…

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Previous COVID-19 Infection May Reduce Risk Of New Infection Substantially For Up To 10 Months, Study Indicates

Reuters (6/3, Smout) reports on research finding that “previous COVID-19 infection substantially reduces the risk of a new infection for up to 10 months afterwards.” The research “found that care home residents who had been previously infected with COVID-…

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SARS-CoV-2 In Children Tied To Unconventional Neutrophil Phenotype That Might Prevent Lung Infiltration, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (6/3, Jacobs) reports SARS-CoV-2 infection “in children may be associated with the acquisition of an unconventional phenotype by neutrophils that might prevent lung infiltration, thus preserving tissue integrity.” The findings were pub…

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Health Officials Investigate Whether Myocarditis Is A Rare Side Effect Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Young People

The AP (6/4, Tanner, Neergaard) reports health officials “are trying to determine whether heart inflammation that can occur along with many types of infections could also be a rare side effect in teens and young adults after the second dose of COVID-19 va…

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Systematic Review Examines Thermal Care Interventions For Preterm Neonatal Offspring

HCPlive (6/3, Walter) reports research indicates that “the majority of thermal care interventions do result in a reduced core body temperature and reduced risk of hypothermia for preterm neonatal offspring.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after…

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California Governor Pushes For Several Proposals Aimed At Improving Health Of Low-Income Women And Their Babies

Kaiser Health News (6/3, Almendrala) reports “California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers are seeking a slate of health proposals for low-income families and children.” The proposals “include ending sales taxes on menstrual products and diapers;…

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Sepsis Found In Higher Rates During Pandemic Among Children Who Had Surgery, Research Finds

Modern Healthcare (6/3, Gillespie, Subscription Publication) reports on research finding that “Children who received surgery during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 developed life-threatening sepsis at higher rates than pre-pandemic.” The a…

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Moderna Plans To Offer Low Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine To Protect Children And Fight Variants

Reuters (6/2, Miller) reports Moderna is preparing “to halve the dose of its COVID-19 vaccine…so that it can also be used to combat variants and inoculate children.” In a deal with Lonza, Moderna “said a new drug substance production line in Geleen, Net…

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Survey Suggests Some Mothers Are Hesitant To Vaccinate Themselves Or Their Children

MedPage Today (6/2, Firth) reports, “Mothers are particularly hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine for themselves and their children, according to the latest data.” According to the COVID States Project, a nationwide survey revealed higher rates of…

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High Levels Of Neurofilament Light During First Weeks Of Postnatal Life Are Associated With Retinopathy Of Prematurity And Bayley Scales Of Infant Development II And III Scores At Two Years Of Age, Study Indicates

Neurology Advisor (6/2, Stroka) reports researchers found “high levels of neurofilament light, a brain injury biomarker, during the first weeks of postnatal life are associated with retinopathy of prematurity and Bayley Scales of Infant Development II and…

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Use Of Topical Corticosteroids During Pregnancy Not Tied To Low Birth Weight, Researchers Say

Healio (6/2, Forand) reports, “The use of topical corticosteroids during pregnancy was not associated with low birth weight,” researchers concluded in a “nationwide cohort study” that “used the Danish Medical Birth Registry to identify 60,497 corticostero…

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Governor’s Plan To Privatize Much Of The State’s Medicaid Program Is Unconstitutional

The AP (6/2, Murphy) reports, “The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan to privatize much of the state’s Medicaid program is unconstitutional.” The court ruled 6-3 that “the Oklahoma Health Care Authority did not have the legislative appro…

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Votes To Ban Multiple Infant Sleep Products Tied To At Least 90 Deaths

The Washington Post (6/2) reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-1 to ban “a range of infant sleep products that currently slip between gaps in regulations, an attempt to fix a loophole blamed for at least 90 accidental deaths.” The agency…

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FDA Grants De Novo Clearance For AI-Based Diagnostic Aid For Autism

HCPlive (6/2, Iopace) reports the FDA “has granted de novo clearance” to Cognoa “for an AI-based, diagnostic aid (Canvas Dx) designed to aid” healthcare providers in making a “diagnosis of autism,” according to a press release from Cognoa. This clearance…

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COVID-19 Prevention Measures Have Curbed Spread Of Other Infectious Diseases, CDC Says

The Wall Street Journal (6/1, Landers, Inada, Subscription Publication) reports practices adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic to curb the transmission of the disease have also reduced the spread of many other infectious diseases, according to the CDC. Fo…

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Many Patients With COVID-19 Report Long-Term Symptoms, Most Commonly Persistent Fatigue

Kaiser Health News (6/1, Loose) reports on “‘long-haul’ covid patients who remain sick long after retesting negative for the virus,” and “a significant percentage are suffering from syndromes that few doctors understand or treat.” According to KHN, “long-…

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US Seven-Day Average Of New COVID-19 Cases Below 20,000 For First Time Since March 2020

CNN (6/1, Maxouris, Yan, Holcombe) reports, “The US just recorded a seven-day average of fewer than 20,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time since March 2020,” recording an average of “about 17,248 as of Monday.”

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FDA Approves Secukinumab For Treatment Of Moderate To Severe Plaque Psoriasis In Certain Pediatric Patients, Pharmaceutical Company Announces

HCPlive (6/1, Walter) reports the FDA “has approved secukinumab (Cosentyx) as a treatment for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in pediatric patients at least six years old who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy,” according to a June 1…

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Expectant Mothers’ High Blood Pressure May Raise Children’s Risk Of Stroke Later In Life, Study Indicates

HealthDay (6/1, Preidt) reports, “Expectant mothers’ high blood pressure heightens kids’ risk of stroke later in life,” investigators concluded after following until 2014 “more than 5.8 million children born in Sweden starting in 1973 and in Finland start…

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Limb Bone Pain May Help Distinguish Pediatric Cancer From Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Study Indicates

Medwire News (6/1, Kitt) reports researchers found in the ONCOREUM study that “limb bone pain is frequently reported among pediatric cancer patients with articular symptoms and could be used to distinguish cancer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).”…

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Researchers Identify New Form Of ALS In Children That Starts Around Four Years Old

Healio (6/1) reports, “An international team of researchers at the NIH and other institutions have identified a novel form of ALS in a small set of children, starting at approximately 4 years of age, linked to the SPTLC1 gene.” The researchers “discovered…

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CDC Releases Updated Guidance On Summer Camps

The Washington Post (5/28, Brulliard, Sun) reported the CDC “relaxed its guidance Friday for summer camps, saying vaccinated adolescents do not need to wear masks at camp, and even younger campers who have not been inoculated can usually shed face coverin…

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Ongoing Follow-Up In Phase 1 Trial Supports Long-Term Safety Of Onasemnogene Abeparvovec-xioi In Children Up To Six Years Old With SMA Type 1

Healio (5/28, Ernst) reported, “Ongoing follow-up in the START phase 1 study supported ‘the long-term favorable safety profile’ of Zolgensma [onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi] in children aged up to 6 years with spinal muscular atrophy [SMA] type 1.” The fin…

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Geographic Variation In COVID-19 Vaccination Rates For Teenagers Appears Similar To Variation For Adults

In an analysis piece, CNN (5/30, Enten) reported, “A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 42% of parents say their 12- to 17-year-old child has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (24%) or will get one right away (18%).” Meanwhile, “a…

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Transitioning From Pediatric To Adult Care For T1D May Be Tied To Prolonged Gap In Care, Study Suggests

Healio (5/28, Monostra) reported, “Transitioning from pediatric to adult diabetes care is associated with a prolonged gap in care for teens and young adults who do not see a diabetes educator or use a continuous glucose monitor, according to” a presentati…

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Subcutaneous Injection Of Leuprolide Acetate Every Six Months May Be Effective In Treating Central Precocious Puberty In Children, Researchers Posit

Healio (5/28, Monostra) reported, “A subcutaneous injection of leuprolide acetate every six months was effective and well tolerated in treating central precocious puberty in children,” investigators concluded. In addition, the drug “suppressed the rate of…

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Many Teachers Are Unprepared To Address Mental Health Issues In Their Students

The Los Angeles Times (5/31, Newberry) reports, “The overwhelming stresses of the last 14 months have magnified a long-simmering crisis of mental health struggles among students.” As a result, many teachers are now facing classrooms filled with students w…

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Youth With Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures May Experience Increased Risk For Numerous Psychiatric Disorders, Researchers Say

Healio (5/28, Gramigna) reported, “Youth with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures [PNES] experienced an increased risk for numerous psychiatric disorders compared with those with epilepsy and healthy controls,” researchers concluded in a study that “emphasi…

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FDA Official Says Myocarditis Is Rare Among Adolescents, Young Adults Who Receive COVID-19 Vaccines, Connection To Shot Remains Unclear

CNBC (5/27, Lovelace) reports Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s top vaccine regulator, said myocarditis appears to be very rare among adolescents and young adults who receive COVID-19 vaccines and that it’s still unclear if the condition is related to the vaccin…

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FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval Of Teplizumab To Delay Development Of T1D In High-Risk Children And Adults

Healio (5/27, Schaffer) reports by a 10-7 vote, members of the FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee recommended “approval of teplizumab to delay development of type 1 diabetes [T1D] in high-risk children and adults, with most commit…

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Fourteen-Item Self-Reported Scale Improved Management Of And Provided Guidance For Narcolepsy Type 1 Among Children And Adolescents, Study Indicates

Healio (5/27, Gramigna) reports researchers found “a 14-item self-reported scale improved the management of and provided guidance for narcolepsy type 1 among children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 years.” The findings were published in Neurology.

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Triple Therapy Tied To Fewer Asthma Exacerbations And Modest Improvements In Asthma Control In Children And Adults With Moderate To Severe Asthma, Review Study Indicates

Healio (5/27, Welsh) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found that “triple therapy, compared with dual therapy, was associated with fewer asthma exacerbations and modest improvements in asthma control in children and a…

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San Francisco’s Ban On Flavored Vaping Products May Have Increased High School Students’ Use Of Conventional Cigarettes, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/27, Preidt) reports researchers found “a ban on flavored vaping products in San Francisco may have increased high school students’ use of conventional cigarettes.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Texas Senate Passes Legislation To Increase Medicaid Access For New Mothers, But Fails To Take Up Bill Making It Easier For Low-Income Children To Stay On Medicaid

According to the San Antonio Express-News (5/27, Blackman), early on May 27, the Texas Senate “passed legislation…that would increase Medicaid access for new moms but failed to take up another measure that would make it easier for low-income children to…

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe And Effective For Adolescents In Phase 3 Trial

MedPage Today (5/27, Walker) reports researchers found in a phase 3 trial that “Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective in adolescents, with non-inferior immunogenicity compared with a sample of younger adults,” The findings were published in the…

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GLP-1 Receptor Agonists Can Improve Asthma Symptoms In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes And Asthma, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/26, Murez) reports researchers found “that when patients who have type 2 diabetes and asthma take” GLP-1 receptor agonists “to control their blood sugar, their asthma symptoms also improved.” The findings were published in the American Journa…

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Pediatric Patients Treated With Dupilumab And Topical Corticosteroids May Experience Improvement In Both Itch And Excoriations, Phase 3 Trial Data Indicate

Healio (5/26, Forand) reports, “Pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis who were treated with dupilumab and topical corticosteroids experienced an improvement in both itch and excoriations,” researchers concluded in a “post hoc analysis of the phase 3 d…

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Dupilumab Reduces Exacerbations In Children With Uncontrolled Moderate-To-Severe Asthma, Research Indicates

HealthDay (5/26) reports researchers found “dupilumab reduces exacerbations in children with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe asthma.” The findings were presented at the ATS International Conference.

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Researchers Observe Shift In Care For Children With IBD From Hospitalizations To Outpatient Visits

MedPage Today (5/26, Hamza) reports “Canadian researchers found in a retrospective cohort study” that “hospitalizations for children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) declined over time, while outpatient healthcare visits for this population increased…

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Medical Professor Discusses Research On Respiratory Symptoms Of E-Cigarette Use In Young People

In a video report, Healio (5/26) shows Alayna P. Tackett, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, discussing “new research on respiratory symptoms of e-cigarette use in adolescents and…

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Children With Post-Prematurity Respiratory Disease Have Worsening Lung Function Throughout Childhood, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/26, Moeller) reports researchers found “children with post-prematurity respiratory disease have worsening lung function throughout childhood.” The findings were published in the journal Respiratory Research.

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DC-Area School System Takes Steps To Add Mental Health As Reason For Missing School

The Washington Post (5/26, St. George) reports that Montgomery County leaders “are taking steps to add mental health to the list of valid reasons to be absent from school, saying that the move is especially important after the inordinate toll of the pande…

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Teenage Girls Who Use OTC Diet Pills, Laxatives To Lose Weight May Run Very High Risk Of Developing Eating Disorders, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/26, Reinberg) reports, “Teenage girls who use over-the-counter diet pills and laxatives to lose weight run a very high risk of developing eating disorders,” investigators concluded after examining “data on more than 1,000 girls” who “were fol…

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CDC Director Says Agency Is Working To Revise Its Guidance On Summer Camps Now That Teenagers Are Getting Vaccinated

CNBC (5/26, Lovelace) reports the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced the agency “is revising its public health guidance for summer camps to account for vaccinated teens.” During a House subcommittee hearing, Dr. Walensky said, “My whole goal is…

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Immediate “Kangaroo Care” For Infants Born With Low Birth Weight Led To Substantially Lower Risk Of Early Death, Study Finds

MedPage Today (5/26) reports, “Immediate ‘kangaroo mother care’ for infants born with low birth weight led to substantially lower risk of early death, researchers” say in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study res…

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Researchers Say Sleeping With A Family Pet Doesn’t Appear To Negatively Impact Sleep For Children

HealthDay (5/25, Murez) reports researchers found researchers found that sleeping with a family pet “doesn’t appear to negatively impact sleep” for children. The findings were published in Sleep Health.

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National Debate Over Mask Mandates In Schools Continues

Reuters (5/25, Jenkins, Bernstein) reports across the US, many communities are debating whether mask mandates should remain in place at schools. Proponents say masks are helping keep people safe, while opponents say they should be optional. Two states, Io…

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Long-Term Use Of Anti-Seizure Drugs In Babies Who Have Seizures Shortly After Birth May Be Unnecessary And Potentially Harmful, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/25, Preidt) reports researchers found that “long-term use of anti-seizure medications in babies who had seizures soon after birth may not be necessary and could be harmful.” The findings were published in JAMA Neurology.

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Prenatal Glyphosate Exposure May Be Tied To Increased Odds For Preterm Birth, Study Indicates

Healio (5/25, Weller) reports, “Prenatal exposure to glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, was associated with an increased odds for preterm birth,” researchers concluded after conducting “a nested case-control analysis using da…

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ACLU Challenges Arkansas Ban On Treatment For Transgender Youth

The AP (5/25, DeMillo) reports the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ new law banning “gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth.” The law is set to “take effect on July 28,” and “prohibits doctors…

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Illinois Extends Medicaid For Full Year After Pregnancy To Combat Maternal Death

In partnership with Illinois Public Media and Kaiser Health News, NPR (5/25, Herman) reports on Illinois’ efforts to combat maternal death. An Illinois Maternal Mortality Review Committee analysis “found that about 75 women in” the state “die from pregnan…

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Moderna Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Is Effective In 12- To 17-Year-Olds And Plans To Seek FDA Authorization In Adolescents Next Month

The New York Times (5/25, Anthes) reports Moderna announced “its coronavirus vaccine, authorized only for use in adults, was powerfully effective in 12- to 17-year-olds, and that it planned to apply to the Food and Drug Administration in June for authoriz…

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At Least 25 States Have Fully Vaccinated Half Of Adult Residents Against COVID-19, CDC Data Show

CNN (5/24, Maxouris) reports “at least 25 states, plus Washington, DC, have now fully vaccinated at least half of their adult residents” against COVID-19, according to the CDC. Those US “states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawa…

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New York City Mayor Announces City’s Public Schools Will Not Have Remote Learning Option In The Fall

The New York Times (5/24, A1, Shapiro) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s public schools will not have a remote learning option in the fall, “a major step toward fully reopening the nation’s largest school system and a crucial…

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Toddlers Who Regularly Spend Time On Electronic Devices Are Less Likely To Read Print Books With Their Parents At Age 3, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/24, Norton) reports researchers found that “toddlers who regularly spent time on electronic devices – including tablets, smartphones and TVs – were less likely to read print books with their parents at age 3.” The findings were published in P…

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Loop Open-Source Automated Insulin Delivery System Appears To Be Safe, Effective In Adults And Children With T1D, Research Suggests

Healio (5/24, Schaffer) reports, “The Loop open-source system for a do-it-yourself automated insulin delivery system can be initiated with community-developed resources and used safely and effectively by adults and children with type 1 diabetes [T1D], rea…

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Researchers Say Children Are At Increased Risk For Accidental Poisoning From Marijuana Edibles

CNN (5/24, LaMotte) reports researchers analyzed calls to poison control centers between January 2017 and December 2019 and found that “children are at increased risk of accidental poisoning from edibles and other products made from marijuana.” The findin…

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Study Suggests Babies Can Learn Patterns Before They Can Form Permanent Memories

HealthDay (5/24, Preidt) reports researchers used fMRI “to assess hippocampus activity in 17 babies, aged 3 months to 2 years, as they were shown two sets of images on a screen.” One image set was “a structured sequence containing hidden patterns that cou…

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure Between Prenatal Period, Childhood May Increase Risk For Having AD/HD Symptoms, Subtypes Among School-Aged Children, Researchers Say

Healio (5/24, Gramigna) reports, “Secondhand smoke exposure between the prenatal period and childhood increased risk for having” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “symptoms and subtypes among school-aged children,” investigators concluded i…

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HHS Unveils $14M Telehealth Program Which Seeks To Expand Mental Health Access For Children

Becker’s Hospital Review (5/24, Mitchell) reports, “HHS will use $14.2 million in funding provided by the American Rescue Plan to increase pediatric mental healthcare access by connecting mental health specialists to pediatric primary care providers using…

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Most Children With MIS-C Did Not Have Debilitating Health Issues Six Months After Hospitalization, Study Suggests

The New York Times (5/24, Belluck) reports researchers “found that six months after hospitalization, most children with MIS-C did not have debilitating health issues,” but some experienced “lingering muscle weakness and emotional difficulties.” The resear…

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Children Born To Mothers Exposed To High Levels Of Ultra-Fine Particle Air Pollution During Pregnancy Have Higher Risk For Asthma, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/21, Preidt) reported researchers found that “children born to mothers exposed to high levels of ultra-fine particle air pollution during pregnancy have a significantly increased risk of asthma.” The findings were published in the American Jou…

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Ethnicity Not Associated With Celiac Disease Screening In Pediatric Patients With Type 1 Diabetes, Research Shows

Healio (5/22) reported, “Ethnicity was not associated with celiac disease screening in pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week.” In order “to evaluate the celiac disease screening processes for pe…

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Families Of Color And Families Of Children With Asthma Have Suffered Greater COVID-19-Related Consequences Compared With Non-Hispanic White Families, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/21, Leupold) reported researchers found “families of color and families of children with asthma have suffered greater COVID-19 pandemic-related consequences compared with non-Hispanic White families.” The findings were published in…

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Stay-At-Home Orders Amid Pandemic Increased Frequency Of Foreign Body Ingestions Among Children, Study Finds

Healio (5/22) reported, “Stay-at-home orders amid COVID-19 correlated with and increased frequency of foreign body ingestions among a pediatric cohort, according to a study presented at Digestive Disease Week.” Katherine Black, MD, Vanderbilt University M…

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Two Studies Indicate COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Can Help Schools Stay Open And Keep Students Safe

The New York Times (5/21, Anthes) reported two studies published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicate that “several Covid-19 mitigation measures – including improving ventilation, requiring adults to wear face masks and conducting frequ…

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Prevalence Of Infant GERD Highest In First Three Months Of Life And Decreases With Age, Researchers Say

Healio (5/23, Burba) reported, “The prevalence of infant GERD was highest in the first three months of life and decreased with age,” researchers concluded after analyzing data on “347 families,” then following up at six weeks, three months, six months, an…

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Pandemic Has Led To Surge In Eating Disorders

The AP (5/22, Tanner) reported, “The pandemic created treacherous conditions for eating disorders, leading to a surge of new cases and relapses that is not abating as restrictions are loosened and COVID-19 cases subside in many places, doctors and other s…

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Texas Senate Changes Bill That Would Have Offered New Mothers Health Coverage For A Year To Just Six Months

The Dallas Morning News (5/21, Donaldson) reported the Texas Senate modified legislation “originally intended to ensure thousands of new moms have health insurance for a full year after giving birth, offering up six months of coverage instead.” The legisl…

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CDC Investigating Reports Some Young COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Have Experienced Myocarditis

The New York Times (5/22, Mandavilli) said the CDC is investigating “reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated against the coronavirus may have experienced” myocarditis, “according to the agency’s vaccine safety group.” The…

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US Reports Fewer Than 30,000 COVID-19 Cases For Five Consecutive Days

CNBC (5/20, Rattner) says, “The U.S. has reported fewer than 30,000 cases for five straight days, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows, bringing the seven-day average of daily new infections to about 30,300.” This is “the first time daily case…

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Two-Thirds Of Spinal Fractures Suffered By American Children, Teens Occur In Car Crashes When They Are Not Wearing Seat Belts Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/20, Preidt) reports, “Two-thirds of spinal fractures suffered by American children and teens occur in car crashes when they aren’t wearing seat belts,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data on more than 34,500 U.S. patients younger than…

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Some Classrooms Are Still Mostly Empty In School Districts That Offer In-Person Classes

The Wall Street Journal (5/20, Calfas, Subscription Publication) reports while many school districts offer in-person classes, some classrooms are still mostly empty. With new federal funding, schools are taking actions to get students to return to in-pers…

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Experts Surveyed On What Activities Are Safe For Unvaccinated Children

The New York Times (5/21, Miller, Sanger-Katz, Quealy) surveyed 828 experts about what activities are safe for children as the pandemic continues and children under 12 remain ineligible for vaccination. The New York Times sent the survey “to members of fi…

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Pediatric ED Psychiatric Visits Decreased Significantly During First Eight Weeks Of COVID-19 Lockdown In Italy, Researchers Say

Healio (5/20, Gramigna) reports, “Children and adolescent psychiatric” emergency department (ED) “visits decreased significantly during the first eight weeks of COVID-19 lockdown” in Italy, investigators concluded after evaluating all “ED visits at two ur…

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Experts Raise Concerns About Cyberbullying During Pandemic Due To Combination Of Online School, Children’s Reliance On Social Media

The Hill (5/21, Klar) reports, “As the pandemic has pushed kids to use the internet more for school and socialization, children’s media safety advocates warn that social media giants’ business models are a key hurdle in combating cyberbullying.” Experts w…

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California Assembly Approves Ban On Adding PFAS To Children’s Products

Bloomberg Law (5/20, Dooley, Subscription Publication) reports, “California’s Assembly approved legislation Thursday to ban companies from intentionally adding PFAS to children’s products such as mattresses, playpens, and highchairs.” AB 652 “would prohib…

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HHS To Spend More Than $14 Million To Expand Pediatric Telehealth-Based Mental Healthcare Access

Modern Healthcare (5/20, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports, “HHS will spend more than $14 million to expand telehealth-based mental health services for children and adolescents, the agency” announced in a May 20 press release. This “additional fund…

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CDC Expects Data On COVID-19 Vaccines For Pregnant Women And Children As Young As Six Months By The End Of The Year

CNBC (5/19, Mendez) reports CDC officials announced “they are expecting data from trials testing Covid-19 vaccines on pregnant women this summer and on children as young as 6 months old by the end of the year.” Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deput…

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Conference Speaker Provides Update On Phase 3 Trials Testing Tezepelumab In Patients With Severe Asthma

Healio (5/19, Welsh) reports Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc, professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, spoke at the ATS International Conference and offered “an update on the latest clinical evidence from phase 3 studies of tezepelumab in…

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Propranolol Appears To Show Potential In Treating Certain Autism Symptoms, Small Study Suggests

Healio (5/19, Miller) reports, “The beta-blocker propranolol showed potential in treating certain autism symptoms,” investigators concluded in a 47-patient, “double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial.” The findings were presented at the American Academy of…

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Researchers Seek To Determine Factors Tied To PEW In Children With Kidney Disease

Healio (5/19, Webb) reports, “Finding that protein-energy wasting [PEW] was prevalent in children with kidney disease,” investigators “outlined what they deemed to be the ‘most useful’ methods for making accurate diagnoses of the condition in this patient…

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Researchers Identify Risk Factors For Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Adolescent Males

Pulmonology Advisor (5/19, Alvarez) reports researchers found “adolescent male patients with a higher body mass index (BMI), adenotonsillar hypertrophy, and sleep-disordered breathing have an increased risk of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (O…

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Researchers Say Pivot To Telehealth Was Largely Beneficial To School-Based Health Centers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Healio (5/19, Downey) reports researchers performed a qualitative analysis that demonstrated “a pivot to telehealth was largely beneficial to school-based health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The researchers “assessed the implementation of virtua…

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Two Studies Indicate Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Children In The US Have Been Inflated By At Least 40%

Newsweek (5/19, Fung) reports two studies published in Hospital Pediatrics “concluded that COVID-19 hospitalizations among children have been inflated by at least 40 percent.” The studies “found that pediatric hospitalizations were grossly overcounted in…

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Infants Exposed To Secondhand Smoke In Utero And Early Childhood May Be Likely To Have Weaker Lungs, Researchers Posit

HealthDay (5/19, Reinberg) reports, “Infants exposed to secondhand smoke in the womb and early childhood are likely to have weaker lungs,” investigators concluded after examining “levels of blood cotinine during pregnancy and childhood; blood cotinine is…

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Daily Text Messages May Help Young Adults Stop Using E-Cigarettes As Part Of Intervention Program, Study Indicates

Healio (5/19, Weller) reports researchers found “young adults who received daily text messages as part of an e-cigarette cessation intervention reported higher rates of nicotine abstinence compared with a control group.” The findings were published in JAM…

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Growing Number Of Children Affected By Long-Haul COVID-19

Bloomberg (5/19, Welch) reports a growing number of children are being affected by long-haul COVID-19, with symptoms including: “extreme fatigue, rapid heart rate, memory loss,” and depression. In response, “UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cl…

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Parents Of Children With T1D Who Initiated CGM During First Month After Diagnosis Described CGM As Beneficial, Research Suggests

Healio (5/18, Monostra) reports, “Parents of children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] who initiated continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] during the first month after diagnosis described CGM as beneficial and said they would continue to use it,” researchers conc…

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Dupilumab Tied To Reduction In Exacerbation, Improved Lung Function In Children With Uncontrolled Asthma, Research Indicates

MedPage Today (5/18, Boyles) reports, “Among children with uncontrolled, moderate-to-severe asthma, treatment with the biologic dupilumab (Dupixent) was associated with a reduction in exacerbation and improvements in lung function in phase III findings fr…

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Researchers Identify Distinct Immune System Signatures In Children With MIS-C

HealthDay (5/18, Preidt) reports researchers found that children with MIS-C “with MIS-C had immune system signatures distinct from” adults with severe COVID-19, as well as healthy children and adults. In the study, the children with MIS-C “had high levels…

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CDC Appears To Have Undercounted MIS-C Cases

Bloomberg (5/18, Edney, Griffin) reports the CDC’s total number of MIS-C cases appears to be an undercount, based on comparisons of CDC data with state tallies. For example, “Texas Children’s Hospital has cared for more than 150 young patients with” MIS-C…

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Review Study Indicates Infants Should Not Undergo Spinal Tap Based Solely On Abnormal Urinalysis Results

Medscape (5/18, Baulkman, Subscription Publication) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and concluded that “the decision to perform a spinal tap procedure in infants to determine whether they have bacterial meningitis shoul…

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Electronic Cigarette Use Alone Tied To Respiratory Events Among Young Adults, Survey Suggests

MedPage Today (5/18, Boyles) reports, “In a web-based survey involving more than 2,900 teens and young adults, electronic cigarette use was associated with shortness of breath and other respiratory events, even among those who did not smoke combustible ci…

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School-Aged Children With ASD Or AD/HD Capable Of Face Covering Across Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic, Small Study Suggests

Healio (5/18, Gramigna) reports, “School-aged children with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] and/or” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “were capable of face covering across activities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded aft…

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Mayor Says New York City May Offer Vaccines At Public Schools

The New York Daily News (5/18, Shahrigian) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city may offer vaccines at public schools. De Blasio told the Daily News that he’s pleased many children have received vaccines so far, but “it’s just not pract…

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US Administered Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine To Around 600,000 Children Between Ages 12 And 15 Last Week

Reuters (5/18, O’Donnell) reports the US administered COVID-19 vaccines “to around 600,000 children ages 12 to 15 last week after regulators cleared Pfizer Inc’s and BioNTech’s shots for use in that age group.” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a med…

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Weekly US Deaths From COVID-19 Fall To Lowest Number In 14 Months

Reuters (5/17) reports last week, US deaths from COVID-19 “fell to their lowest in nearly 14 months and the number of new cases continued to decline for a fifth week in a row, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.” In the week ending M…

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CMS Data Show Medicaid, CHIP Mental Healthcare Access Declined During Pandemic, Is Slowest To Recover

PatientEngagementHIT (5/17, Nelson) reports new CMS data show “millions of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries have forgone primary, preventive, and mental healthcare access during the COVID-19 public emergency.” In total…

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Over The Past Year, Many Women Have Left Healthcare Workforce

The 19th (5/17, Luthra, Carrazana, Subscription Publication) reports, “The pandemic posed a Herculean challenge for the women-dominated healthcare industry, which is the largest single employment sector in America.” Many healthcare workers have died, “and…

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Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Known And Novel Risk Loci For Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes

Endocrinology Advisor (5/17, Nye) reports researchers conducted “the first genome-wide association study for youth-onset type 2 diabetes (T2D)” and “identified known and novel risk loci.” The researchers “combined data from 3 studies (TODAY, T2D-GENES, an…

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Two-Month-Old Girl In Spain Undergoes Successful Heart Transplant

Reuters (5/17, Pinedo) reports Hospital Gregorio Maranon in Madrid announced they performed a successful heart transplant on a two-month-old Spanish girl. The girl “had been diagnosed with a congenital heart disease before she was born and weighed only 3….

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Gender-Diverse Youths Three Times More Likely To Be Bullied And Victimized Than Peers, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/17, Reinberg) reports researchers found “gender-diverse youths are three times more likely to be bullied and victimized than those who identify as male or female.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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North Carolina Gov. Signs Bill Expanding Access To Autism Treatment

The AP (5/17) reports North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed legislation on Monday “creating a licensing process for [autism] treatment specialists” allowing them to “operate independently, rather than under the supervision of psychologists.” Supporter…

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New International Guidelines Recommend Immediate Referral For Interventions For Young Children With Cerebral Palsy

MedPage Today (5/17, Kneisel) reports, “Young children with cerebral palsy or an interim clinical diagnosis of high risk for the disease should be immediately referred for disease-specific and age-specific interventions, according to new international cli…

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Rates For Bike-Related Injuries Have Sharply Declined Among Kids But Have Barely Budged Among Growing Number Of Adult Bike Riders, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/14, Mundell) reported, “Rates for” bicycle-related “injuries have sharply declined among kids but barely budged among the growing number of adult bike riders,” investigators concluded. In fact, “the rate of emergency department visits for bic…

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States, Businesses Respond To CDC’s New Guidance On Masks

The AP (5/14, Hollingsworth, Groves) reported, “More than a dozen states quickly embraced new federal guidelines that say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most cases.” However, “other states and cities and some maj…

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Many Teenagers Relieved By FDA’s Decision To Authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Ages 12 And Up

The New York Times (5/14, Goldberg) reported the FDA’s decision to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 “was greeted with relief by many of the nation’s 17 million young adolescents.” The vaccine is now…

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Teens, Young Adults Who Report E-Cigarette Use Have Increased Risk For Developing Asthma, Data Show

Healio (5/14, Welsh) reported, “Teens and young adults who report current e-cigarette use have increased risk for developing asthma and experiencing asthma exacerbations, according to data reported at the American Thoracic Society International Conference…

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Coronavirus Testing In Schools Varies Widely Across The US

The AP (5/16, Hollingsworth) reports across the US, there is wide variation in coronavirus testing practices in schools. While children in some cities undergo routine testing, some school districts do not test students even if they have symptoms. While th…

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Women Who Become Pregnant Within A Year After Bariatric Surgery More Likely To Experience Higher Rates Of Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight Than Women Who Delayed Pregnancy, Study Indicates

Healio (5/14, Schaffer) reported researchers found in a retrospective study that “women who become pregnant in the year after bariatric surgery are more likely to experience higher rates of preterm birth and low birth weight compared with similar women wh…

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CDC Says US Schools Should Continue To Require Masks For The Rest Of The Year

Reuters (5/15) reported the CDC said that US schools should still require masks for the rest of the year, because all students will not be fully vaccinated. In its latest guidance, the agency said all K-12 schools “should implement and layer prevention st…

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Most States Require Parental Consent For COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Between Ages Of 12 And 15

CNN (5/14, Howard, Langmaid) reported most “states require some form of parental or guardian consent for vaccine providers to administer Covid-19 shots to people ages 12 to 15.” However, Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee “either allow so…

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About 80% Of Kids With COVID-19 Don’t Develop Fever, Researchers Say

Fox News (5/14, Farber) reported, “More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, most are well aware that the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection often include fever, cough and shortness of breath.” But that “may not be true for one group of people: childr…

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People Who Are Fully Vaccinated Can Go Without Masks Or Physical Distancing When Indoors Or In Large Groups, CDC Says

The Washington Post (5/13, Abutaleb, McGinley) reports, “Americans who are fully vaccinated can go without masks or physical distancing in most cases, even when they are indoors or in large groups, federal officials said Thursday, paving the way for a ful…

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Injectable Drug Tezepelumab Appears Promising For People With Hard-To-Control Asthma In Phase 3 Trial

HealthDay (5/13, Thompson) reports researchers found in a phase 3 clinical trial that the experimental injectable drug tezepelumab “appears more versatile than existing medications in treating people with different forms of severe, hard-to-control asthma….

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Replacement Of Vincristine With Brentuximab Vedotin In Standard Front-Line Treatment Appeared Safe, Effective Among Children And Adolescents With High-Risk Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma, Study Finds

Healio (5/13, Southall) reports that “the replacement of vincristine with brentuximab vedotin in standard front-line treatment appeared safe and effective among children and adolescents with high-risk classical Hodgkin lymphoma, according to phase 2 study…

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Use Of Insulin Pump Not Associated With Better Glycemic Control Than Multiple Daily Injections Among Children And Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes, Study Indicates

Medwire News (5/13, Barnard) reports researchers found in a real-world study that “use of an insulin pump is not associated with better glycemic control than multiple daily injections among children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.” The findings were…

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Increased Fatigue, Activity Limitations, And Increased Concerns About The Future Are Associated With PTSS In Pediatric And Adolescent Survivors Of Hodgkin Lymphoma, Study Finds

Hematology Advisor (5/13, Katz) reports that “increased fatigue, activity limitations, and increased concerns about the future were all significantly associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in pediatric and adolescent survivors of Hodgkin ly…

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High BMI In Adolescence Tied To Ischemic Stroke Risk Regardless Of Diabetes Status, Study Indicates

Healio (5/13, Vecchione) reports researchers found “high BMI in adolescence was associated with ischemic stroke risk regardless of diabetes status.” The findings were published in Stroke.

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Ear Tubes May Not Be More Effective Than Antibiotics At Preventing Future Middle-Ear Infections, Study Suggests

HealthDay (5/13, Norton) reports researchers found, “among 250 babies and toddlers” with frequent middle-ear infections, “those treated with ear tubes suffered about as many middle-ear infections over the next two years as those who received only antibiot…

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Fetal Gut Microbiome Of Healthy Term Infants Developed During And After Birth, But Not Before, Study Indicates

Healio (5/13, Burba) reports researchers found “the fetal gut microbiome of healthy term infants developed during and after birth but not before.” The findings were published in Nature Microbiology.

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Some States Considering Ban On All Flavored Tobacco Products As FDA Weighs Menthol Ban

The Stateline (5/13, Povich) reports while the FDA is moving to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, “at least eight states are considering legislation this year that would ban sales of all flavored tobacco products, including cigarette…

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World’s First Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Campaign For Children Begins In US

The New York Times (5/13, Mervosh) reports on Thursday, “the world’s first mass coronavirus inoculation campaign for children kicked off in earnest in the” US, after “the federal government recommended making the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available to child…

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COVID-19 Deaths In US Average 600 Per Day, The Lowest Level In 10 Months

The AP (5/12, Hollingsworth, Groves) reports, “COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day – the lowest level in 10 months – with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting…

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Researchers Say Vaping Exposure Should Be Included In Clinical History Of All Patients With CT Findings Of Acute Lung Injury Without Another Known Cause

Pulmonology Advisor (5/12, Schad) reports researchers conducted a retrospective study and concluded that “vaping exposure should be included in the clinical history of all patients with computed tomography (CT) findings of acute lung injury without anothe…

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Some School Districts Lift Mask Mandates Amid Divisive Debates

The AP (5/12, Amy, Whitehurst) reports a growing number of school districts in the US are making masks optional for students, often following emotional and divisive debates among educators and parents. Some school boards, “caught between the demands of an…

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Many Parents Have Concerns About Their Children Being Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The New York Times (5/12, Grose) reports in recent polls, only about 30% of parents said they would have their children vaccinated against COVID-19 right away, and “parents of infants and preschoolers expressed more anxiety about the vaccine than parents…

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Studies Point To Potential Promise Of Using Digital Interventions To Help Youth, Adults Who Are Experiencing Symptoms Of Mental Illness

MedPage Today (5/12, Grant) reports for children and teens, “internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) helped treat social anxiety disorder more successfully…than internet-delivered supportive therapy (ISUPPORT),” investigators concluded in…

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CDC’s ACIP Supports Use Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children As Young As 12

The Washington Post (5/12, Sun, Nirappil) reports the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) “threw its support Wednesday behind the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in children as young as 12, paving the way for millions…

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Average Number Of Daily COVID-19 Infections In US Reaches Lowest Point Since September

The Hill (5/11, Castronuovo) reports, “The average number of daily COVID-19 infections in the United States fell below 40,000 Monday for the first time since September, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.” The reported seven-day averag…

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Research Suggests α2-Adrenergic Agonists May Be Of Benefit And Have Fewer Side Effects Than Stimulant Medications For The Treatment Of AD/HD, Research Suggests

Medscape (5/11, Garcia, Subscription Publication) reports research indicates that “α2-adrenergic agonists may be of benefit and have fewer side effects than stimulant medications for the treatment of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in p…

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White House Official Says There Will Likely Be Sufficient Evidence To Authorize Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Under Age 12 By Fall

The Wall Street Journal (5/11, Burton, Subscription Publication) reports David Kessler, the White House’s chief COVID-19 scientific officer, told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that there will likely be enough evidence to au…

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Researchers Investigate Whether COVID-19 Is Becoming More Severe For Children

Bloomberg (5/11, Edney) reports “researchers are investigating whether Covid-19 is becoming more severe for children now that variants are causing localized flare-ups, even as U.S. cases overall decline.” One of the questions being asked by researchers is…

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Hospitalizations For Abusive Head Trauma In Children Younger Than Age 5 Declined During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Indicates

Healio (5/11, Downey) reports researchers found “there was a significant decline in hospitalizations for abusive head trauma among children aged younger than 5 years during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Experts Say Different Strategies Needed To Vaccinate Younger Teenagers Following Authorization Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Between The Ages Of 12 And 15

The New York Times (5/11, Goodnough, Hoffman) reports following the FDA’s authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15, states and cities are now working to vaccinate this age group. However, experts say…

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Researchers Develop Gene Therapy That Uses AIDS Virus To Help Infants Born Without An Immune System

The AP (5/10, Marchione) reports researchers developed a gene therapy that uses the AIDS virus to help infants born without an immune system, a condition known as severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome. In a study, “all but two of the 50 children who w…

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Researchers Link Childhood BMI With Eating Disorder Risk, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/11, Murez) reports Danish researchers found that childhood BMI is tied to risk for eating disorders. The researchers found that “lower BMI as early as age 7” is linked “with a higher risk of anorexia,” while “higher BMI and being overweight”…

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Game Platform Tailored For Children With Autism Appears To Improve Behavioral Health, Company Says

mHealth Intelligence (5/11, Wicklund) reports, “A recent pilot program has found that an mHealth game platform tailored for children with autism not only improves behavioral health outcomes,” but it “reduces stress in parents.” The findings “are from a pr…

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Hypertension, Albuminuria May Commonly Occur In Pediatric Patients With T2D, Systematic Review Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (5/11, Persaud) reports, “Hypertension and albuminuria commonly occur in pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes [T2D],” researchers concluded in a systematic review and meta-analysis revealing that “hypertension developed in 25.3% o…

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Over 40% Of US Residents Live In Areas With Unhealthy Air Pollution Levels, Report Says

HCPlive (5/10, Iapoce) reports researchers “found that more than 40% of people living in the United States live in an area with an unhealthy level of air pollution,” according to the 2021 American Lung Association Annual State of the Air Report. The resea…

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Higher Childhood BMI May Be Protective Against Both Premenopausal, Postmenopausal Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Healio (5/10, Monostra) reports that “having a higher childhood BMI may be protective against both premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer, according to” study data. The findings were presented at the European Congress on Obesity annual meeting.

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Rate Of In-Hospital Mortality Lower Among Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Than Nonpregnant Women With COVID-19, Study Finds

Healio (5/10, Miller) reports, “The rate of in-hospital mortality was lower among pregnant women with COVID-19 than nonpregnant women with COVID-19, according to a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine.” The study “researchers analyzed data from 1,062…

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Caregivers Of Children With Comorbid Asthma And Obesity Have Overall Perception Of Worse Health Compared To Caregivers Of Children With Asthma Alone, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (5/10, Moeller) reports researchers found “the caregivers of children with comorbid asthma and obesity had an overall perception of worse health compared with caregivers of children with asthma alone.” The findings were published in th…

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Cholesterol, Systolic Blood Pressure, BMI Associated With Brain Function From Childhood To Midlife, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/10, Murez) reports researchers “found that total cholesterol, as well as systolic blood pressure and body mass index, from childhood to midlife were associated with brain function.” The researchers found that “all three were linked to poorer…

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Childhood Adversities Play Role In Understanding Suicide Attempt Risk Among Youths Of Certain Ethnic Groups Who Were From Disadvantaged Contexts, Study Indicates

Healio (5/10, Gramigna) reports researchers found in “a longitudinal cohort study” that “childhood adversities played a role in understanding the risk for suicide attempt among youths of certain ethnic groups who were from disadvantaged contexts.” The fin…

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FDA Advisory Panel To Discuss Use Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Children On June 10

Reuters (5/10) reports the FDA announced on Monday that “it will hold a meeting of its independent panel of advisers on June 10 to discuss the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children.” An agency spokesperson said the panel will not discuss any specific vacci…

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FDA Authorizes Use Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Between The Ages Of 12 And 15

The New York Times (5/10, Mandavilli) reports the FDA authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 in the US. The announcement follows “weeks of anticipation among parents, who have been grappling with…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA For Full Approval Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Wall Street Journal (5/7, Walker, Subscription Publication) reported Pfizer and BioNTech have asked the FDA for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine. The companies requested a priority review for the vaccine. The Hill (5/7, Coleman) reported if the…

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Risk For Permanent Disability In Pediatric-Onset MS Has Decreased By 50-70% Since 1993, Study Indicates

Healio (5/7, Southall) reported researchers found “risk for permanent disability in pediatric-onset [multiple sclerosis] MS decreased by 50% to 70% in an analysis of four diagnostic time points starting in 1993, likely due to improvements in treatment sta…

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Dasiglucagon Appears To Restore Plasma Glucose Levels Rapidly Following Severe Hypoglycemia In Children, Teens With T1D, Phase 3 Trial Data Indicate

Medwire News (5/7, Barnard) reported, “Dasiglucagon, a next-generation glucagon analog in a ready-to-use formulation, rapidly restores plasma glucose…levels following severe hypoglycemia in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investiga…

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Use Of Hip Ultrasound Among Young Children Has Increased Over Past Decade Without Corresponding Increase In Developmental Dysplasia Diagnoses, Data Indicate

The Radiology Business Journal (5/7, Stempniak) reported that “a new analysis of claims data” indicates that “the use of hip ultrasound among young children has surged over the past decade without a corresponding uptick in developmental dysplasia diagnose…

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Air Pollution Can Increase Children’s Blood Pressure, Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/7, Thompson) reported Chinese researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found that air pollution “can raise blood pressure in kids as young as 5.” The review study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Assoc…

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Study Supports Use Of Microbiota-Directed Complementary Food Prototype As Dietary Supplement For Young Children With Moderate Acute Malnutrition

Healio (5/7, Stonehill) reported, “Study results support the use of microbiota-directed complementary food prototype as a dietary supplement for young children with moderate acute malnutrition.” The study was published in the New England Journal of Medici…

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Experts Say Children Who Missed In-Person Kindergarten Could Be Impacted For Life

The Wall Street Journal (5/9, Bauerlein, Subscription Publication) reports experts say that children who missed in-person kindergarten this past year could be impacted for life. Experts say the time when children attend kindergarten is a crucial time in b…

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Even With Schools Reopened, Many Students Have Not Returned

The New York Times (5/9, A1, Goldstein) reports while most schools have reopened across the US, there is a large number of students who have not returned to in-person classes. According to a federal survey, 12% of elementary and middle schools remain full…

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Researchers Say Quarter Of Infants Who Underwent Rectal Biopsy For Suspected Hirschsprung Disease Proceeded To Surgery

Gastroenterology Advisor (5/7, Nye) reported researchers conducted “a cross-sectional, retrospective review of medical records” and concluded that “a quarter of infants who underwent rectal biopsy for suspected Hirschsprung disease proceeded to surgery.”…

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Researchers Say Children Hospitalized For Asthma Exacerbations Treated With Ibuprofen Spend Less Time In Hospital Than Those Treated With Acetaminophen

Healio (5/7, Downey) reported researchers found “children hospitalized for asthma exacerbations and treated with ibuprofen spend less time in the hospital than those treated with acetaminophen.” The findings were presented at the virtual Pediatric Academi…

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COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Falling Across US

The New York Times (5/6, A1, Bosman, Mervosh) reports COVID-19 cases and deaths are falling across the US. In Michigan, “after weeks of coronavirus patients flooding emergency rooms,…hospitalizations are finally falling.” In recent days, some states, in…

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Two Studies In Hospital Workers Demonstrate Effectiveness Of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The Los Angeles Times (5/6, Kaplan) reports two studies published in JAMA demonstrate Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is effective in healthcare workers, who were regularly screened for infection. One study was conducted St. Jude Children’s Research Ho…

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Telemedicine Poses Challenges For Physicians, Nurses Looking For Signs Of Child Abuse Or Neglect, But Also Creates New Opportunities To Address The Issue

mHealth Intelligence (5/6, Wicklund) reports telemedicine poses challenges for healthcare workers who need to deliver treatment in-person, including physicians and nurses “who are trained to look for evidence of child abuse or neglect.” At the same time,…

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Rates Of Cannabis Vaping Among High School Students Increasing, Survey Data Indicate

MedPage Today (5/6, Gever) reports, “Just as reports of severe lung illnesses related to vaping began to make headlines in 2019, rates of cannabis vaping among high school students were soaring, according to high-quality survey data.” Data “from the long-…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Made Mental Health A Higher Priority At Many US Schools

Reuters (5/6, Caspani, Beier) reports “Educators across the country agreed students’ mental wellbeing became a bigger priority after the pandemic forced schools to shut down or operate with a mix of remote and in-person learning.” Teachers saw that “some…

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Pfizer, Moderna Say Their Vaccines Highly Effective In Teenagers

USA Today (5/6, Bacon) report Pfizer and Moderna have both shared promising results from clinical trial indicating their vaccines are effective for teenagers. Pfizer said its vaccine is 100% effective in people between the ages of 12 and 15, while Moderna…

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Unions And Advocates Say More Needs To Be Done To Reduce The Risk Of Injury For Healthcare Workers

Modern Healthcare (5/5, Gellman, Subscription Publication) reports while “hospitals and other healthcare organizations say they have robust workplace safety programs in place to protect employees,” unions and others “advocating for worker safety say the i…

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In Phase 3 Trial, Dasiglucagon Appears To Restore Plasma Glucose Levels Rapidly, Effectively After Insulin-Induced Hypoglycemia In Children With T1D

HCPlive (5/5, Iopoce) reports research indicates that “dasiglucagon had a rapid, effective response in restoring plasma glucose…levels after insulin-induced hypoglycemia in children with type 1 diabetes (T1D).” The findings of the “phase 3, randomized c…

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CDC Paper Projects COVID-19 Toll In US Will Fall Sharply By End Of July

The AP (5/5, Stobbe) reports “COVID-19′s toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to” a CDC paper. However, the paper’s authors warned if unvaccinated people do not continue wearing masks and socially distancing, then there could b…

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Fauci Says FDA Could Approve Emergency Use Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Adolescents Within Days

Bloomberg (5/5, Sink, LaVito) reports the FDA is expected “to authorize emergency use Pfizer Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine in adolescents 12- to 15-years old ‘within several days,’ White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.” Fauci said i…

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Study Compares Two Classes Of AD/HD Medications Among Preschoolers

HealthDay (5/5, Mann) reports, “Parents of preschoolers with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) may be advised to give their child medication to help them concentrate, sit still and/or control impulsive behaviors,” and new research “compari…

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Siblings And Children Of Patients With Colorectal Polyps Face Higher Risk Of Colon Cancer, Research Indicates

HealthDay (5/5, Preidt) reports that “having close relatives with colon polyps…could mean that you have a higher risk for colon cancer, researchers say.” Investigators looked at data on approximately 68,000 patients with colon cancer and approximately 3…

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Nearly One In Four American Teens Has Suffered At Least One Concussion, Researchers Say

HealthDay (5/5, Reinberg) reports, “Nearly one in four American teens has suffered at least one concussion,” research indicates. What’s more, even “though more teens are self-reporting sports-related concussions, visits to the emergency” department “for t…

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Children Account For 22.4% Of New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over One Week In Late April, Report Says

Newsweek (5/5, Kim) reports children account for 22.4% of new COVID-19 cases “reported over one week in late April, according to a” report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. According to the report, “the numbe…

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US District Court Rules Transgender Teenager Can Proceed With Lawsuit Claiming His Insurer Discriminated Against Him

Bloomberg Law (5/5, Pazanowski, Subscription Publication) reports the US District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled “a transgender teenager can proceed with an Affordable Care Act lawsuit alleging his health insurer discriminated against…

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Growing Number Of States Moving To Expand Medicaid Benefits To New Mothers Up To A Full Year After Delivery

Stateline (5/5, Ollove) reports a growing number of “states are moving to extend Medicaid benefits to new mothers up to a full year after giving birth, far beyond the 60 days required by federal law,” a move applauded by “many who work in maternal health….

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Etanercept Appears To Be Effective In Retreatment Of Patients With JIA, Research Suggests

Medwire News (5/4, Kitt) reports, “Etanercept is effective in the retreatment of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) who have a disease flare after previously achieving inactive disease on the biologic (b)DMARD,” researchers concluded after…

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Down Syndrome Continues To Be A Risk Factor For Childhood Leukemia, Study Determines

Cancer Network (5/4, Fowler) reports that “a retrospective study determined that Down syndrome continues to be a risk factor for childhood leukemia, with acute myeloid leukemia…associations found to be stronger than previously understood.” The findings…

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Pfizer Expects To Apply For Emergency Authorization From FDA For Use Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Children Between The Ages Of 2 And 11

The New York Times (5/4, Anthes) reports, “Pfizer expects to apply to the Food and Drug Administration in September for emergency authorization to administer its coronavirus vaccine to children between the ages of 2 and 11.” Pfizer “said it also plans to…

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Among Children And Teens, Exposure To Short- And Long-Term High Air Pollution Levels During Childhood May Increase Likelihood Of Having High BP Later In Life, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (5/4, Welsh) reports, “Among children and adolescents, exposure to short- and long-term high air pollution levels during childhood increased the likelihood of having high BP later in life,” investigators concluded after conducting “a systematic rev…

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Children With Acute Rheumatic Fever Present With Significantly More Serologically-Confirmed Group A Streptococcus Infections Compared To Healthy Children In Same Environment, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/4, Aghjayan) reports researchers found “children with acute rheumatic fever present with significantly more serologically-confirmed group A Streptococcus infections compared with healthy children in the same environment.” The…

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Active And Passive Tobacco Smoking Around Birth Tied To Higher Risk For IPF, Study Indicates

Healio (5/4, Welsh) reports researchers found “active and passive tobacco smoking around birth was associated with an increase in the risk for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis [IPF].” The findings were published in the journal CHEST.

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Eating Problems May Be More Common In People With Autism, Particularly Among Girls And Women, Small Study Indicates

HealthDay (5/4, Murez) reports research indicates that “autistic traits” may predict “eating problems,” with “the link…more pronounced particularly among girls or women.” Included in the study were “nearly 200 identical and fraternal twins between the a…

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Public Health Advocates Call On White House To Develop New Outreach Strategy To Vaccinate Kids For COVID-19

Roll Call (5/4, Cohen) reports, “Public health advocates who expect COVID-19 vaccines to become available for younger teens soon are concerned that a government-led distribution effort that may rely in large part on pediatricians could create glaring ineq…

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CDC’s Recommendation That People Not Receive Other Vaccines Within Two Weeks Of The COVID-19 Vaccine May Pose Problems For Some Children

The New York Times (5/4, Klass) reports under the CDC’s recommendations, people are not supposed to receive any other vaccines two weeks before or after a COVID-19 vaccine. This poses difficulties for some children who have fallen behind on vaccines durin…

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US Birth Rate Dropped 4% In 2020, CDC Report Says

The AP (5/5, Stobbe) reports the US “birth rate fell 4% last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report being released Wednesday.” The birth “rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity, and in…

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Peripheral Blood Blast And Platelet Counts Are Predictive Of Clinical And Survival Outcomes Among Pediatric Patients With ALL, Study Finds

Hematology Advisor (5/3, Goodman) reports that “among pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), peripheral blood blast and platelet counts are together highly predictive of clinical and survival outcomes, according to research.” The find…

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Transdermal Amphetamine Therapy Effective At Treating Pediatric AD/HD In Small Phase II Trial, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (5/3, Monaco) reports, “A transdermal amphetamine therapy was effective at treating pediatric” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), investigators concluded in a two-part, phase II, 110-patient trial. The findings were presented…

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Pregnant Women Who Receive Pfizer Or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Appear To Transfer Protective Antibodies To Their Babies, Study Says

HealthDay (5/3, Preidt) reports, “Pregnant women who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to transfer protective antibodies to their babies, a new study says.” The study “researchers assessed 122 pregnant women who received the…

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Review Study Indicates Influenza Vaccination Provides Moderate Protection Against Hospitalization Due To Influenza In Children

Infectious Disease Advisor (5/3, Gupta) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found “influenza vaccination provided moderate protection against hospitalization due to influenza in children.” The review study was published…

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High Consumption Of Sugar During Adolescence Tied To Higher Risk Of Conventional Adenoma, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (5/3, Soreca) reports researchers found “high consumption of simple sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) during adolescence” is “significantly associated with increased risk of conventional adenoma, particularly rectal adeno…

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Experts Say Many Girls Are Not Getting Enough Key Nutrients

The Wall Street Journal (5/3, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports experts are warning many preteen and teen girls are not taking in enough key nutrients. Experts say these poor diets could have negative consequences in the short-term, such as decr…

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Small Study Indicates Impaired Reward Processing May Influence Presentation Of Sleep Disturbances In People With AD/HD

HCPlive (5/3, Walter) reports research suggests “a further understanding as to why patients with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “suffer from greater rates of sleep issues, including insomnia and excessive sleepiness.” The 89-patient stu…

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HHS, CDC Introduce Service Helping People Find COVID-19 Vaccines Nearby Via Text Message

Healthcare IT News (5/3, Jercich) reports HHS and the CDC “have rolled out a service allowing people to find COVID-19 vaccines available nearby via text message.” The service “will launch alongside Vaccines.gov – a revamped version of VaccineFinder.org th…

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FDA To Authorize Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Between The Ages Of 12 And 15, Sources Say

The New York Times (5/3, Weiland, LaFraniere, Mandavilli) reports the FDA “is preparing to authorize use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old by early next week, according to federal officials familiar with the agency’…

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White House Says More Than 100 Million People In The US Are Fully Vaccinated

The New York Times (4/30, Weiland) reported the White House said more than 100 million people in the US, around 40% of adults in the country, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, health officials are concerned about how to reach those who…

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President Biden Says K-12 Schools “Should Probably All Be Open” For In-Person Classes In The Fall

CNN (4/30, Sullivan) reported President Biden said K-12 schools “should probably all be open” in the fall for in-person classes. Biden told NBC, “Based on the science and the (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), they should probably all be ope…

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Spring Wave Of Coronavirus Infections In US Reportedly Subsiding

The Washington Post (4/30, Achenbach, Keating, Dupree) reported, “The spring wave of coronavirus infections that began in March is subsiding in most of the country, with 42 states and D.C. reporting lower caseloads for the past two weeks.” In the upper Mi…

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Analysis Finds Telehealth May Increase Nurse Workloads

Modern Healthcare (4/30, Kacik, Subscription Publication) reported an “analysis of nearly 800 nursing activities performed for Type 2 diabetes and hypertension patients” published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research found telehealth has the “potent…

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Some Schools Intend To Stop Quarantining Students Over Potential COVID Exposure

The Washington Post (5/2, A1, St. George) reports that as schools continue to “struggle to strike a balance between safety and classroom learning, Ohio joined a handful of states that have now remade their rules to cut back on student quarantines.” Accord…

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Childhood Strabismus Tied To Subsequent Diagnosis Of Mental Illnesses, Research Suggests

HCPlive (5/2, Alicea) reports researchers found a “childhood diagnosis of strabismus may be associated with subsequent diagnosis of mental” illnesses. The findings were presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Virtual Meeting….

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Researchers Review Various Differences Between Adult And Pediatric AD/HD

HCPlive (5/2, Walter) reported that after reviewing “various differences between adult and pediatric” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) across numerous studies, researchers “found evidence” that “adults with” AD/HD “tend to display far more…

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Adult Behavioral Profiles Tied To Childhood Emotional Abuse Also Present Proximal To The Trauma Rather Than Only Occurring Later In Life, Researchers Say

HCPlive (5/2, Iopoce) reported researchers have “examined whether personality disorders and personality changes can happen in the short-term and are detectable during early adolescence, or if they develop later in life.” For the study, “investigators anal…

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Connecticut Passes Law Eliminating Religious Exemption For Vaccines Mandated For Schools

The AP (4/30, Collins, Crary, Melia) reported Connecticut passed a new law eliminating a religious exemption for vaccines mandated for children going to school. Other states are considering similar laws “amid fears of new measles outbreaks and concerns th…

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Neonatal Death Rates Higher At Freestanding Birth Centers Compared With Hospitals, Data Show

Healio (4/30) reported, “Neonatal death rates were higher at freestanding birth centers compared with hospitals, according to data from a retrospective cohort study.” The findings were presented at the virtual American College of Obstetricians and Gynecol…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine Being Tested In Babies, With Results Expected By September

Reuters (4/29, Dowson) reports the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is being tested in babies as young as six months old, and results are expected by September. BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin told German magazine Spiegel, “In July, the first results could be…

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Children With JIA May Have Nearly Triple The Risk Of Developing Psoriasis After Beginning Therapy With TNF Inhibitors, Research Suggests

Rheumatology News (4/29, Haelle) reports, “Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have nearly triple the risk of developing psoriasis after they begin therapy with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors,” investigators concluded after analyzing…

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Research Examines Differences Between Diffuse And Limited Subtypes Of Juvenile Systemic Sclerosis

Healio (4/29, Laday) reports, “The classically defined diffuse subtype of juvenile systemic sclerosis demonstrates more globally severe disease and higher interstitial lung disease frequency, whereas the limited cutaneous subtype has more frequent cardiac…

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Adolescents And Young Adults With T1D May Perceive Their Sleep As Disrupted, Research Indicates

HCPlive (4/29, Iopoce) reports research indicates that “adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) and high-risk glycemic control experience sleep difficulties due to sleep deficits and poor quality of sleep, compared to youth withou…

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Researchers Examine COVID-19 Outcomes Among Children With Rheumatic Diseases Treated With Biologics

Medwire News (4/29, Barnard) reports researchers examined COVID-19 outcomes among children with rheumatic diseases at Nadezhda Tsurikova, a children’s hospital in Russia, and “found no severe cases of COVID-19” among those being treated with biologics. Th…

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Researchers Look At Impact Of Traditional Vs Year-Round School Calendar On Children’s BMI

Endocrinology Advisor (4/29, Biscaldi) reports, “Children who attended school on a year-round calendar were found to experience an increase in body mass index (BMI) during the traditional school year and a decrease during traditional summer vacation month…

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Biologic, Thiopurine, Or Combination Therapy Exposure During Pregnancy Not Tied To Increased Adverse Maternal Or Fetal Outcomes At Birth Or In The First Year Of Life, Researchers Say

Healio (4/29, Stonehill) reports, “Exposure to biologics, thiopurines or combination therapy for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] during pregnancy did not increase maternal or infant adverse events at birth or in one year of life,” researchers concluded a…

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FDA Promises To Issue New Rules Within A Year Banning Menthol In Tobacco Products

The Washington Post (4/29, Bernstein) reports on Thursday, the FDA promised “to issue new rules within a year that would ban menthol in cigarettes and small cigars – a longtime goal of civil rights and anti-tobacco groups, who say aggressive marketing of…

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EPA Must Ban Pesticide Linked To Neurological Harm In Children, Court Rules

The Washington Post (4/29, Dennis) reports the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit “on Thursday” in a 2-1 decision “ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must ban a widely used pesticide linked to neurological damage in children from being sp…

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Being Born Even Slightly Premature May Increase Child’s Risk Of Developmental Problems, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/29) reports, “Being born even slightly premature might still raise a child’s risk of developmental problems, a new study finds.” The “researchers looked at more than 3,000 children over age 5 in France who were born after 24-26, 27-31 and 32-…

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Meningococcal B 4CMenB Vaccine Linked To Reduction In Reduces Group B Meningococcal Disease In Adolescents, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/28, Aghjayan) reports researchers found “vaccination with meningococcal B 4CMenB vaccine is linked to a reduction in group B meningococcal disease among adolescents in South Australia.” The findings were published in Clinical…

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Physicians Say More Parents Are Refusing Coronavirus Tests For Their Children Because They Don’t Want To Deal With Consequences Of Positive Test Results

The AP (4/28) says physicians “are reporting that more parents are refusing to have their sick children tested for the coronavirus because they don’t want to deal with the hassle if the result is positive.” For example, “Pediatric Partners in the Kansas C…

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Reports Increase In Children With Diabetic Ketoacidosis

HealthDay (4/28, Preidt) reports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles “has seen a surge in the number of kids with” diabetic ketoacidosis, “a life-threatening complication of type 2 diabetes,” according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Dr. Lily Chao, int…

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Mobile App Using Machine Learning May Help Distinguish Toddlers With ASD, Research Suggests

Health IT Analytics (4/28, Kent) reports that in a study involving 933 “toddlers ages 16 to 38 months,” researchers found that “a mobile app was able to distinguish toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] using machine learning, indicating…

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Dietary Patterns, Lifestyles Of Parents-To-Be May Shape Health Of Unborn Offspring In Lasting Ways, Rodent Study Indicates

The New York Times (4/28, Reynolds) reports, “The lifestyles of soon-to-be mothers and fathers could shape the health of their unborn offspring in lasting ways, according to a surprising new animal study of exercise, diet, genetics and parenthood” that re…

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Bullied And Mistreated Teens May Be Much More Likely To Fantasize About Killing Others, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/28, Preidt) reports, “Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others,” investigators concluded in a study that “included more than 1,400 young people in Zurich, Switzerland, who were asked about…

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Children Exposed To Mass Trauma May Be At Increased Risk For Developing Panic Disorder, Data Suggest

Healio (4/28, Gramigna) reports, “Children exposed to mass trauma were at increased risk for developing panic disorder,” investigators concluded in research assessing the “psychiatric effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on youths.” For the study, re…

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Texas Senate Passes Bill To Take Transgender Children From Parents Who Help Them Transition Medically

The San Antonio Express-News (4/28, Wallace) reports, “Parents who help transgender children transition with the use of drugs, hormones or other medical procedures could face child abuse charges and lose their parental rights under a bill that cleared the…

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Biden Administration To Propose Ban On Menthol Cigarettes

The New York Times (4/28, Kaplan) reports, “The Biden administration is planning to propose a ban on menthol cigarettes, a long-sought public health goal of civil rights and anti-tobacco groups that has been beaten back by the tobacco industry for years,…

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Two Or More Specific Risk Factors During Pregnancy Significantly Increase Child’s Risk Of Mental Health Problems, Study Suggests

USA Today (4/28, Rodriguez) reports that physicians “have long known that unplanned pregnancies in women with certain chronic health problems and exposure in the womb to substances like drugs and alcohol can lead to a child’s increased risk for psychiatri…

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ApoB: ApoA1 Ratio May Be Predictive Of Increased Cardiometabolic Risk And Worse Clinical Outcomes In Patients With Juvenile-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/27, May) reports researchers found “the Apolipoprotein-B to Apolipoprotein-A1 (ApoB: ApoA1) ratio may be an accurate biomarker capable of predicting increased cardiometabolic risk and worse clinical outcomes in patients with…

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Combination Of Dupilumab And Topical Corticosteroids Significantly Improved Signs And Symptoms Of Atopic Dermatitis And Quality Of Life In Children With Severe Disease, Research Suggests

Dermatology Advisor (4/27, May) reports researchers found “a combination of dupilumab and medium-potency topical corticosteroids significantly improved signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis (AD) and quality of life in children with severe AD.” The findi…

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Onset Of Type 2 Diabetes At Younger Ages Appears To Play Role In Risk For Dementia, Study Indicates

Healio (4/27, Miller) reports researchers conducted “a longitudinal cohort study” and found the “onset of type 2 diabetes at younger ages appeared to play a role in the risk for dementia.” The findings were published in JAMA.

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Best Predictors Of Poor Renal Outcomes In Pediatric Patients With LN Include Male Gender, Requiring Dialysis At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Finds

Renal & Urology News (4/27, Persaud) reports, “The best predictors of poor renal outcomes in pediatric patients with lupus nephritis (LN) include male gender, requiring dialysis at the time of diagnosis, and failure to achieve remission within 1 year afte…

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Polygenic Risk Score Can Predict Adult Short Stature Among Children With Accuracy Similar To Midparental Height, Study Indicates

Healio (4/26, Schaffer) reports researchers found “a polygenic risk score can predict adult short stature among children with accuracy similar to the use of midparental height.” The findings were published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabo…

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Ethnicity Not Tied To Risk For Neonatal Lupus Erythematosus, Study Indicates

Healio (4/26, Laday) reports, “There is no association between a child’s ethnicity and the risk for neonatal lupus erythematosus [NLE], nor for any specific disease symptoms, according to data published in The Journal of Rheumatology.” Canadian researcher…

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FDA Has Until Thursday To Respond To Petition Calling For Menthol Cigarettes To Be Banned

The Washington Post (4/27, Ellerbeck) reports, “The FDA has until Thursday to respond to a petition demanding a ban on menthol cigarettes.” While past efforts to ban menthol cigarettes “have failed…advocates say this time may be different and could even…

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Researchers Say Raising Tobacco Age In California Led To Decrease In Teen Smoking

HealthDay (4/27, Collins) reports, “Researchers compared teen and young adult smoking patterns before and three years after a 2016 California law that increased the legal age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21.” The state “law led to a greater decrease in da…

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Researchers Testing Safety And Efficacy Of Moderna Vaccine In Young Children

The Baltimore Sun (4/28, Cohn) reports researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health are conducting a clinical trial testing “the safety and efficacy of the Moderna vaccine in young childre…

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Calorie Restriction May Improve Response To Chemotherapy Among Certain Younger Patients With Hematologic Malignancies, Research Indicates

Oncology Nurse Advisor (4/26, Nye) reports that research indicates “calorie restriction via diet and exercise may improve response to chemotherapy among some younger patients with hematologic malignancies.” The research was published in Blood Advances.

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Parents Report Two-Thirds Of Children With JIA Experience Drug Side Effects

Healio (4/26, Laday) reports, “Parents reported that two-thirds of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] demonstrate drug side effects that impact their quality of life within 1 year of diagnosis, according to data published in Arthritis Care…

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CDC Study Finds Soft Bedding Remains Top Cause Of Unexpected Infant Deaths

NBC News (4/27, Edwards) reports a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found “blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, stuffed animals and sleep surfaces other than cribs remain leading causes of accidental suffocation among babies 4 mon…

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Biden Administration Expands Summer Food Program To Feed As Many As 34 Million Children

The AP (4/25, Boak) reports, “The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months, using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March.” The Agriculture Department “will conti…

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In Study, Some Childhood Cancer Survivors Appeared At Elevated Risk For Loneliness

Healio (4/26, Leiser) reports that in a study, investigators found that “some childhood cancer survivors appeared at elevated risk for loneliness.” The findings were presented during the virtual Oncology Nursing Society Congress.

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Children Who Have A Parent With OUD May Experience Increase In Metric-Based Knowledge, Resilience Following Intervention Programs, Small Study Suggests

HCPlive (4/26, Iopoce) reports research indicates that “children who have a parent with opioid use disorder (OUD) experienced an increase in metric-based knowledge and resilience following intervention programs.” Included in the study were nine “patients,…

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Risk Of Mother-To-Newborn Transmission Of COVID-19 Low, But Illness In Pregnant Women Can Trigger Preterm Birth, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/26) reports, “The risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of COVID-19 is low, but the illness in pregnant women can trigger preterm birth, researchers say.” This “new study looked at 255 babies born in Massachusetts last year to mothers with a…

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Researchers Examine Effects Of Chernobyl Disaster In Two Separate Studies

HealthDay (4/23, Preidt) reported two studies related to the Chernobyl disaster were published in Science. In one study, researchers found “no evidence of genetic damage in the children of parents who were exposed to radiation from the” disaster. In the o…

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CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Get COVID-19 Vaccine

The Washington Post (4/23, Cha) reported, “Pregnant women confused by conflicting recommendations regarding coronavirus vaccination over the past few months now have clear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Get the shots.” Durin…

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CDC Guidance Says Children Should Be Three Feet Apart And Wear Masks During Summer Camps

The New York Times (4/25, Rabin) reports the CDC issued updated guidance on children’s summer camps, “just weeks before many camps resume operations in mid-May.” Under the CDC’s new guidance, children attending summer camps should be spaced three feet apa…

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Children With Vitiligo Or Alopecia Areata, As Well As Their Parents Or Caregivers, May Benefit From Meeting With Others With The Same Condition, Researchers Say

Healio (4/23, Forand) reported, “Children with vitiligo or alopecia areata, as well as their parents or caregivers, can benefit from meeting with others with the same condition,” investigators concluded in a 30-patient study, the findings of which were pr…

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New Oxford Malaria Vaccine Candidate Appears Highly Effective In Babies In Clinical Trial

Reuters (4/23, Kelland) reported scientists at the University of Oxford developed a new malaria vaccine candidate that “proved highly effective in a trial in babies in Africa.” The vaccine candidate called R21/Matrix-M “showed up to 77% efficacy in the ye…

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Pregnant Women Infected With COVID-19, Their Newborn Children Face Higher Risks Of Complications, Study Says

Reuters (4/23) reported, “Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 and their newborn children face higher risks of complications than was previously known, a study by British scientists showed on Friday.” The researchers found that “an infection of the new c…

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Congressional Republicans Ask Why CDC Is Recommending Masks For Young Children

The Hill (4/23, Weixel) reported a group of Republicans in Congress is “questioning the” CDC’s “rationale in recommending mask wearing for children as young as two years old.” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep Jason Smith (R-MO), and 28 other Republicans sent a l…

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Hundreds Of Bills Targeting LGBTQ People Have Been Filed In State Legislatures

NBC News (4/25, Yurcaba) reported, “Hundreds of bills that target LGBTQ people have been filed in state legislatures, creating a ‘state of crisis,’ advocates” contend. For example, Cathryn Oakley, state legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign,…

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Incidence Of Severe DKA Among Children Presenting With New-Onset T1D Appears To Have Doubled During COVID-19 Pandemic Period Compared With Data From 2019, Researchers Say

Healio (4/23, Schaffer) reported, “The incidence of severe diabetic ketoacidosis [DKA] among children presenting with new-onset type 1 diabetes [T1D] doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic period compared with data from 2019,” researchers concluded in a “re…

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Additional Resources Available Through KidsHealth®

NAPNAP has partnered with KidsHealth® from Nemours to provide even more patient and family content for you. Visit our Patient and Family Information page today to access resources on ADHD for parents, teens and kids.

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AD/HD Resources from NAPNAP

When it comes to mental health, early detection is key! Our Mental Health Facts page contains many mental health resources that are useful to your practice and more can be found on the Developmental, Behavioral and Mental Health SIG’s website, DBMH Resour…

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FDA Approves New Drug For Children With AD/HD

The AP (4/5, Johnson) reported the FDA approved Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ Qelbree (viloxazine) for the treatment of children with AD/HD. Unlike most alternatives, “Qelbree is not a stimulant or a controlled substance, making it harder to abuse than older…

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NAPNAP 2021 Poster Indicates Mindfulness App May Improve AD/HD Symptoms In Children and Teens

Clinical Advisor (3/29) reported that a poster presented at NAPNAP 2021 indicated “children and adolescents with AD/HD who practiced brief mindfulness exercises using the Headspace app in combination with evidenced-based ADHD treatments showed significant…

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Nurses Give “F” Grade To EHR Usability In Survey

EHR Intelligence (4/22, Jason) reports researchers found in a survey that “nurses graded EHR usability an ‘F,’ and respondents also revealed a high level of burnout.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Associati…

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Tdap Vaccination During Pregnancy Not Associated With Adverse Outcomes For Offspring Through Early Childhood, Study Suggests

Reuters (4/22, Rapaport) reports, “Maternal tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccination during pregnancy isn’t associated with adverse outcomes for offspring through early childhood, a new study suggests.” The “researchers examined data on 62…

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Nurses Face Supply Chain Management Problems Impacting Efficiency, Patient Safety, And Hospital Margins, Report Says

RevCycle Intelligence (4/22, Nelson) reports, “Nurses face significant supply chain management problems that affect efficiency, patient safety, and hospital margins, according to the annual marketing report from Syft.” The report’s “findings are based on…

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Michigan Sees Record Number Of Children Hospitalized With Severe COVID-19

NBC News (4/22, Einhorn) reports the recent COVID-19 surge has led to “a record-breaking spike in child hospitalizations.” According to “data from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association…the number of children hospitalized with severe Covid-19 sympto…

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Study Indicates Decrease In Hospital Admissions For Children Younger Than Five Diagnosed With Abusive Head Trauma During COVID-19 Pandemic

HealthDay (4/22) reports research indicates “there was a decrease in hospital admissions for children younger than five years diagnosed with abusive head trauma (AHT) during the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded after comparing “patient characte…

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Young Patients With Spina Bifida Present With Ophthalmic Complications At A High Rate, Research Suggests

Healio (4/22, Martin) reports, “Young patients with spina bifida present with ophthalmic complications at a high rate, according to a poster presented at the virtual American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus annual meeting.” Irish re…

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Heavy Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Linked To Premature Birth, Early Infant Death, Study Finds

NBC News (4/23, Carroll) reports, “Women who use marijuana during pregnancy are putting their babies at risk, a study published Thursday finds.” The piece says that “babies born to women who were heavy cannabis users during pregnancy are more likely to ha…

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Fewer Young People Used E-Cigarettes During The Early Part Of The Pandemic, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/22, Mann) reports during the second quarter of 2020, when stay-at-home orders were in place in many parts of the US, fewer young people used e-cigarettes, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers co…

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Short And Low-Dose Opioid Prescriptions May Increase Risk For Persistent Use Among High-Risk Youths, Data Indicate

Healio (4/22, Gramigna) reports, “Short and low-dose opioid prescriptions may increase risk for persistent use among high-risk youths,” researchers concluded after analyzing the “data of 189,477 individuals (female, 56.8%; median age, 16.9 years) aged 10…

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ASD Appears To Develop Differently In Girls And Boys, fMRI Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/22) reports autism spectrum disorder (ASD) “appears to develop differently in girls and boys, so the findings of research conducted mainly with boys might not apply to girls,” investigators concluded in a study using “functional MRI…to exam…

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J&J Single-Shot Vaccine Is 77% Effective Against Severe COVID-19, Researchers Say

The Hill (4/21, Weixel) reports that Johnson & Johnson’s “single-shot coronavirus vaccine protected against symptomatic and asymptomatic infection, and prevented hospitalization and death in all participants 28 days after vaccination, according to new cli…

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Preliminary Data Indicate COVID Vaccines Are Safe For Pregnant Women

The AP (4/21, Tanner) reports preliminary results (4/21, Shimabukuro) published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggest the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are safe for pregnant women. The results “are based on reports from over 35,000…

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US Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations Decrease By 11%, Data Show

The Washington Post (4/21, A1, Keating, Nirappil, Stanley-Becker) reports, “Daily coronavirus vaccinations have slowed significantly for the first time since February, a sign that demand is slipping even though every American adult is now eligible for the…

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Risk-Adapted Therapies For Patients With Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma Have Reduced Incidence Of Serious Long-Term Health Problems Among Survivors, Study Says

Healio (4/21, Lawrence) reports that “the use of risk-adapted therapies for pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma has significantly reduced the incidence of serious long-term health problems among survivors, according to a study.” The findings were published in the…

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Children As Young As Nine Have Increased Risk Of Major Depressive Disorder If One Or More Generations In Family Also Affected, Study Data Show

MedPage Today (4/21, Grant) reports, “Children as young as 9 years old have an increased risk of major depressive disorder and other psychopathologies if one or more generations in their family were also affected, an analysis of Adolescent Brain Cognitive…

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Some High Schools Begin Vaccinating Older Students

NBC News (4/21, Edwards) reports since older teenagers are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, some high schools are setting up vaccination clinics for their students. Few teenagers have gotten coronavirus vaccines so far, but experts say it’s important f…

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Hard Work, Strategy Changes Required To Convince Reluctant Americans To Get Vaccinated

The New York Times (4/21, Stolberg, Karni) reports, “Now that President Biden has met his goal to have the coronavirus vaccine available to all adults, health officials around the country are hitting what appears to be a soft ceiling: More than half the n…

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Oral Corticosteroids Tied To Higher Risk For Adverse Events, Especially In Children With Allergies, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/20, Iapoce) reports researchers found treatment with oral corticosteroids “increases the risk of adverse events, particularly in children with allergies.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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High School Football Does Not Affect Brain In Middle Age, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/20) reports, “Here’s some good news for aging athletes: If you played high school football, you’re no more likely than others to have problems with concentration, memory or depression in middle age, according to a new study.” The investigator…

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Study: COVID-19 Case Rates In Schools May Be Higher Than Previously Believed

ABC News (4/20, Deliso) reports a study on asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Nebraska’s public schools “found that infection rates in schools involved in the first phase of the pilot program were two-and-a-half times higher for staff and nearly six times hig…

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Methodological Problems, High Risk For Bias May Prevent Consistent Estimate Of Comparative Performance Of Certain Psychotherapeutic Modalities For Youth Self-Harm, Suicidality, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (4/20, Gramigna) reports, “Methodological problems and high risk for bias prevented a consistent estimate of the comparative performance of certain psychotherapeutic modalities for youth self-harm and suicidality,” researchers concluded in a system…

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Topical Timolol Offers Little Efficacy For Treatment Of Patients With Early Proliferative Infantile Hemangioma, Study Indicates

Healio (4/20, Forand) reports researchers found “topical timolol, while well tolerated, offered little efficacy in treating early proliferative infantile hemangioma.” The findings were published in JAMA Dermatology.

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A Quarter Of Children Receiving Rituximab Treatment May Develop Hypogammaglobulinemia Within 18 Months Of Starting The Drug, Researchers Say

Rheumatology News (4/19, Haelle) reports, “A quarter of children receiving treatment with rituximab developed hypogammaglobulinemia within 18 months of starting the drug,” researchers concluded in an “observational study” involving “a cohort of 93 patient…

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Children Born To Women With Epilepsy Taking Antiepileptic Medications During Pregnancy Appear To Display Similar Neurodevelopmental Outcomes As Children Born To Healthy Women, Researchers Say

Healio (4/19, Ernst) reports, “Children born to women with epilepsy who received antiepileptic” medications “during pregnancy displayed similar neurodevelopmental outcomes as children born to healthy women,” investigators concluded in “a prospective study…

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Transgender Adolescents Treated With Gender-Affirming HT Early In Puberty May Experience Bone Development More Similar To That Of Their Experienced Gender Compared With Their Gender Assigned At Birth, Research Suggests

Healio (4/19, Monostra) reports, “Transgender adolescents treated with gender-affirming hormone therapy [HT] early in puberty experience bone development more similar to that of their experienced gender compared with their gender assigned at birth,” resea…

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Systematic Review Explores Relationship Between Puberty, Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease

Healio (4/19, Laday) reports that because of “the link between puberty and autoimmune rheumatic disease, a group of researchers has recommended that clinical assessments of young patients with such conditions record pubertal issues at every encounter.” In…

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Coronavirus Variants Sending More Children, Young Adults To Hospital

Bloomberg (4/19, Welch, Kopit, Querolo) reports that while “children and young adults eluded the pandemic’s gravest consequences, exhibiting mild symptoms or none at all,” newer, “faster-spreading variants are sending more to the hospital.” Deaths are sti…

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Many Parents In Los Angeles County Say School Closures “Substantially Hurt” Their Children

The Los Angeles Times (4/19, Agrawal) reports more than 75% of parents of school-age children in Los Angeles County say their children have been “substantially hurt” by being out of school, according to a UCLA survey. In the annual Quality of Life index s…

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Some Children Are Nervous About Returning To In-Person Classes After Gaining Weight, Undergoing Puberty, Or Experiencing Other Physical Changes During The Pandemic

Dr. Perri Klass writes in “The Checkup” blog for the New York Times (4/19) about the experience of children who have undergone physical changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. As more children return to school, some are anxious to return after gaining weigh…

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Spanking May Change Parts Of Children’s Brains Affected By More Severe Physical And Sexual Abuse, Study Indicates

Medscape (4/19, Koenig, Subscription Publication) reports researchers used functional MRIs to map brain changes in children and found “spanking may cause changes in the same areas of a child’s brain affected by more severe physical and sexual abuse.” The…

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Texas House Committee Approves Bill That Would Ban Gender-Affirming Medical Care For Minors

The Austin (TX) American Statesman (4/19, Lindell, Subscription Publication) reports the Texas House Public Health Committee approved House Bill 1399, which would ban “gender-affirming medical care for those 17 or younger, the second piece of legislation…

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Having An Epidural During Childbirth Will Not Increase Child’s Risk Of Autism, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/19) says that for “pregnant women, having an epidural during childbirth won’t increase the child’s risk of autism, researchers reported.” These “new findings refute a widely criticized 2020 study that said epidurals were associated with a 37%…

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Sleep-Disordered Breathing Is Common Among Children With Severe Asthma, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (4/16, Schad) reported researchers found “sleep-disordered breathing is common among children with severe asthma.” The findings were published in the Journal of Asthma.

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Non-Contrast Pituitary MRI Offers An Equivalent Diagnosis To Standard Contrast-Enhanced Protocols When Imaging For Pediatric Pituitary Pathologies, Research Suggests

Diagnostic Imaging (4/18, Palmer) reported that research suggests “non-contrast pituitary MRI offers an equivalent diagnosis to standard contrast-enhanced protocols when imaging for central precocious puberty…growth hormone deficiency…and short statur…

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Study Compares Familial And Sporadic T1D Among Children

Medwire News (4/16, McDermid) reported, “Children with familial type 1 diabetes [T1D] have different characteristics to those with sporadic diabetes at presentation, but longer-term outcomes are similar,” investigators concluded in a study revealed that f…

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Real-World Study Demonstrates Improved Glycemic Outcomes For Adults, Children Who Initiate Use Of Loop Automated Insulin Delivery System Using Community Resources, Researchers Say

Medwire News (4/16, McDermid) reported, “A large real-world study shows improved glycemic outcomes for adults and children who initiate use of the Loop DIY automated insulin delivery system using community resources,” investigators concluded after looking…

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Arkansas’ Ban On Gender Confirming Treatment For Minors Puts Transgender Children And Their Families In A Difficult Position

The AP (4/17, DeMillo, Crary) reported Arkansas’ recent ban on “gender confirming treatments for minors” places children who have already begun receiving such treatment, and their families, in a difficult position. Unless the law is successfully blocked i…

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House Passes Bill That Aims To Reduce Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Modern Healthcare (4/16, Gellman, Subscription Publication) reported the House voted 254-166 in favor of a bill that would “create a minimum standard for health employers’ plans to combat violence against their workers.” The bill would base “the standard…

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Children With High Genetic Risk For Developing T1D May Be At Increased Risk For The Disease If They Have Overweight Or Obesity From Age Two To Ten Years, Study Suggests

Healio (4/15, Monostra) reported, “Children with a high genetic risk for developing type 1 diabetes [T1D] are at an increased risk for the disease if they have overweight or obesity from age two to 10 years,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data co…

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CPSC Advises Individuals With Small Children At Home To Cease Utilizing Peloton Tread+ Treadmills

The New York Times (4/18, A20, Jimenez) reported the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) “issued an ‘urgent warning’ after reports of 38 injuries and one death linked to the” Peloton Tread+ “machine, which was previously known as the Tread.” The…

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Adolescents With Asthma May Be More Likely To Receive Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Than Peers Without Asthma, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (4/16, Schad) reported researchers found that “while the overall seasonal influenza vaccination rate remains low among adolescents with and without asthma, an asthma diagnosis is associated with an increased likelihood of influenza vac…

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Poison Control Centers Reporting Spike In Number Of Children Ingesting THC After Eating Their Parents’ Edibles

According to the Washington Post (4/16, Chesler), across the US, poison control centers are reporting “a spike in the number of children who have ingested THC after eating their parents’ edibles, rising from just 19 cases in 2010, before recreational pot…

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States With Mask Mandates Had Lower COVID-19 Rates Last Year, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports researchers found that states with mask mandates “had lower rates of COVID-19 than those with no mask requirements.” The findings were published in PLOS ONE.

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Atopic Dermatitis Severity May Be Tied To Learning Disabilities In Children, Research Suggests

Healio (4/15, Forand) reports, “Atopic dermatitis severity is associated with learning disabilities in children,” investigators concluded in a “cross-sectional study” that “used Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry data to evaluate a prospective cohort of”…

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During Past Week, 38 States Reported Increase In Number Of People Hospitalized With COVID-19

The Washington Post (4/15, Achenbach, Dupree) reports, “The spring wave of the pandemic has driven hospitalizations above 47,000, the highest since March 4.” The Washington Post analyzed HHS data and concluded that during the past week, 38 “states have re…

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Starting School Day A Little Later May Help Middle And High School Students Get More And Better Sleep, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports, “Starting the school day a little later helps middle and high school students get more and better sleep,” investigators concluded in a study “based on annual surveys of about 28,000 elementary, middle and high school stud…

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Many Young Americans Want To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine, Survey Suggests

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a survey and found that many young Americans “are now embracing the chance to get COVID-19 vaccines.” However, the researchers said that youth-focused messaging is still…

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CDC Researchers Say “Substantial” Racial And Ethnic Disparities In COVID-19 Cases Among Young People Decreased As 2020 Went On

Healio (4/15, Downey) reports CDC researchers found that while there were “substantial” racial and ethnic disparities among young people in terms of COVID-19 cases early on in the pandemic, those disparities decreased over time in 2020, largely due to a l…

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Researchers Say Americans’ Eating Habits Have Worsened During The Pandemic And Eating Disorders Have Become More Prevalent

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports researchers at the University of Minnesota found that “Americans’ eating habits have changed for the worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an increase in eating disorders.” The findings were published in the Intern…

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ECT May Be Safe, Effective For Treating Certain Severe Psychiatric Illnesses Among Children And Adolescents, Small Study Indicates

Healio (4/15, Gramigna) reports, “Electroconvulsive therapy [ECT] appeared safe and effective for treating certain severe psychiatric illnesses among children and adolescents,” researchers concluded after conducting “a retrospective chart review in which…

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Researchers Say Nationwide Ban On Use Of Tanning Beds By Minors Would Prevent Thousands Of Cases Of Skin Cancer And Save Millions Of Dollars In Healthcare Costs

HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) reports a study published in Cancer estimates that a nationwide ban on the use of tanning beds by minors “would prevent thousands of cases of skin cancer and save millions in health care costs.” Dr. Antoine Eskander of the Univers…

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Nurses In The US Appear To Have Significantly Increased Risk For Suicide Compared With The General Population, Researchers Say

Healio (4/14, Gramigna) reports, “Nurses in the United States had a significantly increased risk for suicide compared with the general population,” investigators concluded after using “the National Violent Death Reporting System to analyze U.S. data of 15…

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Researchers Identify Specific Phenotypes Of Respiratory Health Versus Disease In High-Risk Children In Urban Neighborhoods

Pulmonology Advisor (4/14, Aghjayan) reports researchers found “high-risk children living in urban neighborhoods in the United States develop specific phenotypes of respiratory health vs disease, which may link environmental exposures in early life to chi…

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Potassium Monitoring Remains Common In Healthy, Young Women With Acne Treated With Spironolactone, Study Indicates

Dermatology Advisor (4/14, May) reports, “Although a growing body of evidence suggests spironolactone poses minimal risk for hyperkalemia and new guidance statements call for clinicians to move away from this practice, potassium monitoring of healthy, you…

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Impact Of DDT Pesticide May Span Three Generations, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/14, Norton) reports, “A long-banned pesticide may be having health effects that ripple across generations, a new study suggests.” The study “found that young women whose grandmothers had higher DDT levels during pregnancy were more likely to…

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Researchers Say Use Of Topical Steroids In Infants After Cataract Surgery Can Cause Changes In Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis

Healio (4/14, Marabito) reports researchers found “the use of topical steroids in infants after cataract surgery can cause changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.” The findings were shared in a poster presentation delivered at the virtual Amer…

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Senate Hearing Witnesses Say Hospitals Need Better Incentives To Stockpile More PPE And Other Emergency Supplies

MedPage Today (4/14, Frieden) reports the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. During the hearing, witnesses told Senators that “hospitals need better i…

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Federal Officials Announce New Measures To Help Get N95 Masks To Healthcare Workers And Others

Kaiser Health News (4/14, Jewett) reports, “Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to…

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Pediatric Patients With Appendicitis More Likely To Suffer From An Additional C Diff Infection, Researchers Say

HCPlive (4/14, Walter) reports research indicates that “pediatric appendicitis patients are more likely to suffer from an additional Clostridium difficile (C diff) infection.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after combining “data from the 2009 an…

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Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Increased Through November 2020 After Two Years Of Decline

HealthPayerIntelligence (4/13, Waddill) reports Kaiser Family Foundation data show “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment increased through November 2020, as anticipated.” This increase reflects “changes in the economy and pro…

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Teen Boys With Obesity Gained More Weight Than Girls Did During Italy’s First COVID-19 Lockdown, Research Suggests

Healio (4/12, Monostra) reports, “Teenage boys with obesity gained more than eight pounds on average vs. about 2.6 pounds for girls, during Italy’s first COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020, primarily due to spending more time video gaming,” investiga…

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In Study, Adavosertib Plus Irinotecan Combination Meets Efficacy End Point For Pediatric Neuroblastoma

Cancer Network (4/13, Fowler) reports that “data from the phase 1/2 ADVL1312 trial (NCT02095132) presented virtually at the AACR Annual Meeting 2021 found that in a cohort of pediatric patients with neuroblastoma, therapy with adavosertib plus irinotecan…

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About 12% Of US Children With COVID-19 Were Hospitalized In 2020, Study Indicates

Medscape (4/13, Crist, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “about 12% of U.S. children with COVID-19 were hospitalized in 2020, and nearly a third of those had severe disease that required mechanical ventilation or admission to an int…

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Researchers Say Half Of Children At A London Hospital Who Developed MIS-C Had Neurological Symptoms

Healio (4/13, Schoen) reports, “Preliminary research suggested half of children at a London hospital who developed a multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19 experienced neurological symptoms, such as headache, encephalopathy and halluci…

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Newborn Will Not Get COVID-19 Through Infected Mother’s Breast Milk, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/13, Norton) reports, “A new study offers more reassurance that mothers infected with SARS-CoV-2 can safely breastfeed their babies.” This “study of 55 infants born to moms with COVID-19 found that none contracted the virus – even though most…

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Foods Consumed At US Schools Have Improved, Despite Poor Trends In Nutrition In Other Venues, Study Indicates

According to HealthDay (4/13, Mozes), “a new dietary analysis finds that no matter where people get their food, bad nutrition rules the day, with one key exception: schools,” investigators concluded “based on surveys conducted among 61,000 adults and chil…

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Behavior Problems In Children Who Snore Regularly May Be Due To Brain Structure Changes, Researchers Say

HealthDay (4/13, Miller, Moy) reports, “Snoring just isn’t for adults, and behavior problems in kids who regularly snore may be due to changes in their brain structure, researchers” concluded after analyzing “data from more than 11,000 children ages 9 and…

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Certain Cognitive Deficits In Childhood May Be Distinctly Associated With Different Psychopathological Symptoms Among Young People, Study Indicates

Healio (4/13, Gramigna) reports, “Certain cognitive deficits in childhood were distinctively linked to different psychopathological symptoms among young people,” researchers concluded in a study that sought to assess “the specificity of associations betwe…

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AD/HD May Be Overdiagnosed Among Children And Adolescents, Systematic Scoping Review Suggests

According to Healio (4/13, Gramigna), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “appeared to be overdiagnosed among children and adolescents,” investigators concluded in a 334-study, “systematic scoping review.” The findings were published online A…

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New York City Mayor Says Around 51,000 Public School Students Will Return To Classrooms Later This Month

The New York Times (4/12, Shapiro) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that later this month, around 51,000 public school students, including middle school and high school students “who have been learning remotely for the past year will b…

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Studies Examine Telemedicine For Gender-Affirming Care In Minors

Healio (4/12, Monostra) reports, “Telemedicine visits for gender-affirming care in minors rapidly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and may be able to expand access to care in the future,” investigators concluded in “two studies published in Transgen…

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Researchers Say Visual Outcomes Were Better When Children With Herpes Simplex Keratitis Were Seen Within Five Days Of Symptom Onset

Healio (4/12, Nale) reports researchers conducted “a retrospective chart review of 35 patients aged 6 years and younger” and found “visual outcomes of children with herpes simplex keratitis were better when patients were seen within 5 days of symptom onse…

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Sterilizing Baby Pacifiers With Chemical Antiseptics May Compromise Immunity And Contribute To Development Of Food Allergies, Study Indicates

Reuters Health (4/12) reports Australian researchers found that “sterilizing baby pacifiers with chemical antiseptics may compromise immunity and contribute to the development of food allergies.” The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and C…

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Some Children Experience Long-Haul COVID-19

CBS News (4/12) reports that some children in the US have developed long-haul COVID-19, which is different from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). In the US, “at least five hospitals…have started pediatric long-haul clinics to help k…

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Some Patients With Infantile Hemangioma Ulceration May Have Prolonged Healing Times, Study Indicates

Healio (4/12, Burba) reports researchers found “some patients with infantile hemangioma ulceration may have prolonged healing times, and larger hemangioma size may be a poor prognostic factor for time to heal.” The findings were published in JAMA Dermatol…

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FDA Outlines Plan To Regulate Heavy Metals In Baby Foods

The Washington Post (4/12, Reiley) reports facing pressure from Congress, the FDA “is now pursuing a plan to address high levels of heavy metals in baby foods.” The agency’s “plan outlines a multiyear process of evaluating the science, establishing maximu…

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Adolescents Whose Mothers Had Anxiety Or Depressive Symptoms May Be At Increased Risk For Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms At Age 17, Study Indicates

Healio (4/12, Gramigna) reports, “Adolescents whose mothers had anxiety or depressive symptoms were at increased risk for conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms at age 17 years,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from a birt…

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Two Studies Examine Use Of E-Cigarettes In Music Videos, Effect On Teenage Vaping

HealthDay (4/12, Thompson) reports two studies say popular musicians are using product placement in music videos to sell e-cigarettes to young people, and such exposure to e-cigarettes can affect young people’s decision to vape. In one study published in…

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Babies Exposed To Opioids During Pregnancy Appear To Be At Greater Risk For Mortality, Study Finds

MedPage Today (4/12, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Babies exposed to opioids during pregnancy appeared to be at greater risk for mortality, but those with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome) may be protected, acc…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Request Emergency Use Authorization From FDA For Their Coronavirus Vaccine For Children Between 12 And 15

The Hill (4/9, Coleman) reported Pfizer and BioNTech requested an emergency use authorization from the FDA for the use of their coronavirus vaccine in children between the ages of 12 and 15. The vaccine “is currently only available for those 16 and older….

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Researchers Say Systemic And Hereditary Causes Were More Often Identified In Children With Bilateral Cataracts Than In Unilateral Cases

Healio (4/9, Marabito) reported researchers found “in children with bilateral cataracts, systemic and hereditary causes were more often identified than in unilateral cases, in which ocular associations were more often made.” The findings were presented “a…

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Parental Smoking Intervention Appears To Be Effective In Pediatric Primary Care Practices, Researchers Say

Healio (4/9, Weller) reports, “A parental smoking intervention was effective and ‘inexpensive’ to implement in pediatric primary care practices, with costs per quit that were comparable to other interventions,” investigators concluded after conducting “an…

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Hybrid Closed-Loop System Appears Not To Pose An Increased Burden For Children With T1D, Research Suggests

Healio (4/8, Monostra) reported, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] using a hybrid closed-loop system and their parents do not report an increase in diabetes-related burden compared with those using a sensor-augmented insulin pump,” investigators conclu…

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Treatment With Oncolytic Immunovirotherapy Alone Or With Radiation Appears Safe, Effective In Children And Adolescents With Heavily Pretreated High-Grade Glioma, Study Finds

MedPage Today (4/11, Ingram) reports that “treatment with an oncolytic immunovirotherapy alone or with radiation appeared safe and effective in a phase I study of children and adolescents with heavily pretreated high-grade glioma.” Investigators found tha…

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Physical Activity May Benefit Children With ASD, Small Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/9, Murez) reported research indicates that physical activity may benefit children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A small study published “in the April issue of the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal reported that 10 minute…

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Experts Offer Advice For Parents Concerned About Their Children In Middle-School During The Pandemic

The New York Times (4/11, Warner) reports many parents with children in middle-school are concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their children. These parents “are connecting now in a specific sort of common misery: the pressing fear that…

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New York Reduces School Social Distancing Guidelines

Politico New York (4/10) reported the New York State Department of Health on Friday “quietly updated its schools guidance…halving distancing guidelines to three feet in most cases – while emphasizing the state’s imperative to return children to classroo…

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Transgender Advocates Say New Arkansas State Law Will Harm Transgender Children

USA Today (4/12, Ramirez) reports transgender advocates are warning that a new Arkansas state law, and similar laws that are being considered in other states, will harm transgender youth. The new Arkansas law prohibits physicians from providing gender-aff…

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Investigators Describe Nutritional Status, Growth Of Pediatric Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

HCPlive (4/11, Alicea) reported researchers have “described the nutritional status and growth of pediatric patients with sickle cell anemia ,” observing “poor growth and impacts on weight and height curves.” For the study, “investigators gathered detailed…

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Male Adolescents May Be Unprepared To Independently Make Informed Decisions About Fertility Preservation After Receiving Cancer Diagnosis, Study Finds

Cancer Therapy Advisor (4/8, Bennett) reports, “Shortly after receiving a cancer diagnosis, male adolescents may be unprepared to independently make informed decisions about fertility preservation, according to the results of an interview-based study.” Th…

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New York City Mayor Announces New Rule To Reduce Temporary Public School Closures Due To Coronavirus Cases

The New York Times (4/8, Shapiro) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “announced a plan on Thursday that he said would significantly reduce the temporary public school closures that have frustrated parents and educators across city over the last fe…

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Sinonasal Inflammation May Be Tied To Brain Network Changes That May Precede Cognitive Symptoms In Young People, Small Scan Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/8, Lou) reports, “Sinonasal inflammation was associated with brain network changes that may precede cognitive symptoms in young people,” investigators concluded in a “small proof-of-concept study” that “included 22 people with radiologic…

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Researchers Develop New Patient-Reported Outcome Measure For Assessing QoL In Men, Boys With DMD

Healio (4/8, Burba) reports investigators have “developed a new 14-item patient-reported outcome measure for assessing quality of life in men and boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” The new measurement tool, called the DMD-QoL, “‘is designed for use f…

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Children Who Undergo Surgery For Congenital Heart Disease Were At Much Higher Risk For Developing Hypertension Compared To Healthy Controls, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (4/8, Lou) reports researchers found in a retrospective cohort study that “children who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD) were at much higher risk of developing hypertension in the long term compared with healthy controls….

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Newly Vaccinated Mothers Sharing Breast Milk To Help Spread COVID-19 Antibodies To Babies

The New York Times (4/8, Murphy) reports that “over the past few weeks, online forums focused on relactation have been swarmed with newly vaccinated mothers” who believe that their antibodies could be passed to babies through breast milk. And researchers…

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Maternal Exposure To COVID-19 Poses Low Risk For Moderate-To-Severe Ocular Manifestations In Newborns, Study Indicates

HCPlive (4/8, Alicea) reports, “certain viruses, such as cytomegalovirus and Zika virus, are linked to ocular manifestations in newborns due to vertical transmission,” but a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests “low risk between maternal exp…

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Early Interventions For Infants With Or At Risk For Cerebral Palsy May Be Beneficial, Study Indicates

HealthDay (4/8) reports researchers found that “early interventions for infants with or at risk for cerebral palsy” may be beneficial. The findings were published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

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Neonatal Mortality, Maternal And Neonatal Morbidity May Rise With Increased Severity Of Maternal Congenital Heart Disease, Research Suggests

Healio (4/8, Welsh) reports, “In a meta-analysis” of 32 studies that “included 2,770 women with congenital heart disease,” investigators found that “neonatal mortality and maternal and neonatal morbidity rose as the severity of maternal congenital heart d…

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Many Americans Do Not Plan To Receive A Coronavirus Vaccine, Poll Indicates

NPR (4/7, Brumfiel) reports, “A recent NPR/Marist poll found that one in four Americans said they would refuse a coronavirus vaccine outright if offered,” while 5% are “undecided.” NPR adds, “Although the numbers were highest for Republican men and reside…

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Lubiprostone Not Significantly More Effective Compared With Placebo In Children Or Teens With Pediatric Functional Constipation, Research Suggests

Healio (4/7, Stonehill) reports, “Lubiprostone was not significantly more effective compared with placebo in children or adolescents with pediatric functional constipation [PFC]; however, the safety profile was similar to that in adults,” investigators co…

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CDC Says B.1.1.7 Is Most Common Source Of New Coronavirus Infections In The US

The New York Times (4/7, Stolberg) reports the CDC says the B.1.1.7 variant is now “the most common source of new infections in the” US. The New York Times adds, “The average number of new cases has reached nearly 65,000 a day, as of Tuesday, concentrated…

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Researchers Studying If Monthly Payments To Poor Families Can Promote Healthy Brain Development In Children

In “The Upshot” blog of the New York Times (4/7), Alla Katsnelson writes that some scientists believe “new monthly payments in the pandemic relief package” could “change children’s lives…fundamentally – via their brains.” The “Baby’s First Years” study…

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Diet And Exercise Intervention May Boost Effectiveness Of Chemo For Older Children, Adolescents With Leukemia, Study Shows

The ASCO Post (4/7) reports that research published “in the journal Blood Advances showed that restricting calories, reducing fat and sugar intake, and increasing physical activity may boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy for older children and adolesc…

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Children Who Grow Up With Siblings More Likely To Have A Faster Eating Rate, Research Indicates

HealthDay (4/7, McNiff) reports that children who grow up with siblings may be “more likely to have a faster eating rate” and could end up consuming more calories, possibly ending up with weight gain and a higher body mass index, investigators concluded a…

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President Biden Opens Up COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments To All Community Health Centers

Bloomberg (4/7, Wingrove) reports, “President Joe Biden will offer Covid-19 vaccine shipments to all of the nation’s community health centers, adding 2,500 delivery sites in a program aimed at closing the racial gap in inoculations.” HHS Secretary Xavier…

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Hispanic, Black Children Enrolled In HMOs At Higher Rates Than Non-Hispanic White Peers, Research Shows

HealthPayerIntelligence (4/6, Nelson) reported, “Hispanic and Black children are enrolled in health maintenance organizations (HMOs) at higher rates than their non-Hispanic White peers, based on research published in JAMA Network Open that draws attention…

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CDC Says Around 80% Of Teachers, School Staff, And Childcare Workers Had Received At Least One COVID-19 Vaccine Dose By End Of March

The Hill (4/6, Coleman) reports around 80% “of teachers, school staff and childcare workers had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March, according to” the CDC. The agency “reported that more than 2 million teachers, school s…

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Researchers Say Children’s Growth And Neurodevelopment Is Correlated More With Parental And Socioeconomic Factors Than Diarrheal Pathogens

Infectious Disease Advisor (4/6, Nye) reports researchers found in a prospective, longitudinal birth study that “neurodevelopment and growth among children in an urban neighborhood in Bangladesh are correlated more with parental and socioeconomic factors…

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Prognostic Factors Such As Treatment Timing, Flow Cytometry Associated With Reduced Risk Of CNS Relapse For Pediatric Patients With ALL, Data Show

Cancer Network (4/6, Fowler) reports, “Prognostic factors including treatment timing, total intravenous anesthesia, and flow cytometry were associated with a reduced risk of central nervous system (CNS) relapse for pediatric patients with acute lymphoblas…

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Hydroxyurea Usage May Improve Academic Performance In Pediatric Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia, Researchers Say

HCPlive (4/6, Alicea) reports research indicates that “hydroxyurea usage may improve academic performance in pediatric sickle cell patients.” The 73-patient, “prospective analytic study…included children aged five to 14 years with sickle cell anemia.” P…

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Fear Of Hypoglycemia May Impact Diabetes-Specific QoL In Adolescents With T1D, Study Suggests

Medwire News (4/6, McDermid) reports, “Fear of hypoglycemia, rather than the actual frequency of hypoglycemic events, may impact diabetes-specific quality of life (QoL) in adolescents” with type 1 diabetes (T1D), researchers concluded after surveying “96…

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CDC Director Says Many B.1.1.7 Outbreaks Involving Young People Are Related To Youth Sports

The Washington Post (4/6, A1, Cha) reports CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said many B.1.1.7 outbreaks involving young people “are related to youth sports and extracurricular activities.” For example, more than 189 confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases…

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Children May Fare Better When Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Because Of Early Immune Response, Study Suggests

USA Today (4/6, Rodriguez) reports a study published in JCI Insights suggests that children infected with SARS-CoV-2 “may evade severe disease because a natural part of their immune response stops the virus early in its tracks.” While children may fare be…

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Youth With Persistent Psychiatric Disorders Who Are Detained In A Juvenile Justice Facility May Exhibit Complications During Transition From Adolescence To Adulthood, Study Indicates

Healio (4/6, Gramigna) reports, “Youth with persistent psychiatric disorders who were detained in a juvenile justice facility exhibited complications during the transition from adolescence to adulthood,” researchers concluded after conducting a “longitudi…

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Arkansas Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto On Legislation Banning Gender Reassignment Surgeries, Other Treatments For Transgender Youth

The AP (4/6, DeMillo) reports, “Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor’s” veto. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson “vetoed the bi…

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Many Children With MIS-C Did Not Have Classic COVID-19 Symptoms At Time Of Infection, Study Indicates

The New York Times (4/6, Belluck) reports researchers found that “many children and teenagers who developed” Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) “never had classic Covid-19 symptoms at the time of their infection, according to the larges…

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Families With Sick Children On Medicaid Want Easier Access To Out-Of-State Hospitals

Kaiser Health News (4/5, Meyer) reports that families with sick children on Medicaid are seeking easier access to out-of-state hospitals, given that many cannot afford to travel so far and pay for lodging. While “the choice of an out-of-state hospital can…

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COVID-19 Cases Continue To Increase For Third Consecutive Week In US

Reuters (4/5, Shumaker) reports, “New cases of COVID-19 in the United States rose 5% to more than 450,000 last week, the third week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.” Meanwhile, “The average…

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Researchers Estimate Around 40,000 Children In The US Have Lost A Parent To COVID-19

CNN (4/5, Thomas) reports researchers estimated “that nearly 40,000 children” in the US “have lost a parent to Covid-19, and black children have been disproportionately affected.” The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics. Health…

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FDA Approves New Drug For Children With ADHD

The AP (4/5, Johnson) reports the FDA approved Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ Qelbree (viloxazine) for the treatment of children with ADHD. Unlike most alternatives, “Qelbree is not a stimulant or a controlled substance, making it harder to abuse than older dr…

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Study Reveals Association Between Preterm Birth, New-Onset HF That Persists As Children Age Into Adulthood

MedPage Today (4/5, Lou) reports, “There was an association between preterm birth and new-onset heart failure (HF) that persisted as children aged into adulthood,” investigators concluded. Their “Swedish cohort study of more than four million people” reve…

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Milk Elimination Diet May Benefit Some Pediatric Patients With EoE, Research Suggests

Healio (4/5, Young) reports, “More than half of pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis [EoE] experienced histologic remission after going on a milk elimination diet,” investigators concluded in a 41-child, “prospective observational study in chi…

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Maternal Contact Has Measurable Impact On Children’s Social Brain Functioning, Ability To Empathize Decades Later, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/5) reports, “Show your baby your love, and you’ll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests.” More than 20 years ago, researchers “began studying the impact on newborns of time spent in physical contact with their…

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Arkansas Governor Vetoes Ban On Gender-Affirming Medical Care For Transgender Youths

According to the Washington Post (4/5, Schmidt), on April 5, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) “vetoed a ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youths, calling the legislation a ‘vast government overreach’ and a ‘product of the cultural war i…

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Children Taken To The ED For Mental Health Concerns More Likely To Have Extended Stays Than They Were A Decade Ago, Researchers Say

STAT (4/5, Gaffney) reports, “Children taken to the emergency” department (ED) “for mental health concerns are more likely to be stuck there for extended stays than they were a decade ago,” investigators concluded after analyzing “national survey data fro…

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Children Return To Sports With Wide Variation In Precautions Being Taken

The New York Times (4/2, Marder) reported many children are returning to sports this spring, “and the safety measures that teams are taking vary widely.” For example, at a soccer game in San Francisco, everyone wears masks, including the children while pl…

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Group Of Children’s Hospitals Forms New Coalition To Address Drug Shortages

Bloomberg (4/4, Edney) reports 11 children’s hospitals have formed the Children’s Hospital Coalition to address drug shortages for pediatric patients. Hospital pharmacists say shortages of pediatric drugs are not rare, and can lead to delays in treatment…

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Combining Stem Cell Transplants With Cutting-Edge Immunotherapy Prevents Leukemia Relapses In Young People, Improves Changes Of Survival, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/2) reported, “Combining stem cell transplants with cutting-edge immunotherapy prevents leukemia relapses in young people and improves their chances of survival, new research suggests.” The findings, which were published recently in the Journa…

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Airway Microbiota Modifies Effect Of Azithromycin In Asthma Episodes In Preschool Children With Recurrent Asthma Symptoms, Study Finds

Pulmonology Advisor (4/2, May) reported, “Azithromycin has been previously shown to reduce the duration and severity of asthma episodes in children, but the mechanisms behind these actions have remained largely undefined.” Now, findings “from a new study…

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Nearly One In Five Children Might Have Benign Bone Tumors Of Extremities, Study Says

HealthDay (4/2) reported, “Nearly one in five children might have benign bone tumors of the extremities, according to a study published in the March 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.” In the study, “a total of 25,555 radiographs from 262 pat…

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Virtual Therapy Startups Looking To Provide Mental Healthcare For Kids, Teens

STAT (4/2, Aguilar) reported, “Following in the footsteps of now-giant companies working to address the roaring mental health crisis for adults,” virtual therapy company “Daybreak and another startup, Brightline Health, have turned their attention to prov…

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Johnson & Johnson Expands SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Trial To Include People As Young As 12 Years Old

The Hill (4/2, Weixel) reported Johnson & Johnson announced it has expanded its phase 2a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trial to include people as young as 12 years old. The trial started “in September and was initially designed to study single-dose and two-dose regi…

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Pfizer Says Its SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective At Six Months And Protects Against B.1.351 Variant

USA Today (4/1, Weintraub) reports, “Six months after getting a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of a 46,000-person clinical trial, volunteers remained more than 90% protected against symptomatic [SARS-CoV-2 infection] and even better pr…

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More Than One-Quarter Of US Parents Don’t Plan To Vaccinate Their Children For COVID-19, Study Finds

HealthDay (4/1, Reinberg) reports, “More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don’t plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds.” And “this opposition was more common among moms th…

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Inconsistent Sleep Schedules Among Toddlers In Low-Income Families May Be Tied With Higher BMI, Researchers Say

Neurology Today (4/1, Collins) reports, “Inconsistent sleep schedules among toddlers in low-income families were associated with higher body-mass index [BMI], even after physical activity, diet quality, and sleep duration were factored in,” researchers co…

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Spending Countless Hours Online And On Social Media May Increase Cyberbullying Among Teens, Particularly Boys, Researchers Say

According to HealthDay (4/1, Murez), “spending countless hours online and on popular social media” may increase “cyberbullying, particularly among teen boys.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after surveying some “428 teens aged 13 to 19, evenly s…

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Parents Advised On How To Detect Depression In Young Children

Perri Klass, MD, writes in the New York Times (4/1) “The Checkup” how “young children can also experience depression, but it can look very different” from how adults manifest the disorder, “which makes it challenging for parents – or doctors – to recogniz…

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Many Young Teens, Particularly Gender Minority Youth, May Know Someone Who Has Attempted Suicide, Study Suggests

Healio (4/1, Downey) reports, “Many young teenagers, especially gender minority youth, know someone who has attempted suicide,” investigators concluded after assessing “data from 3,979 teenagers aged 14 and 15 years who were recruited between October 2018…

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Cannabis Use In Adolescence May Affect Socioeconomic Outcomes In Early Adulthood, Data From Three Studies Indicate

Healio (4/1, Weller) reports, “In a longitudinal analysis of twins, those who used cannabis more often than their identical twin during adolescence had worse socioeconomic outcomes in early adulthood,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from th…

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US Children And Adolescents Had Favorable BP Trends Stall Or Even Reverse In Last Decade, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (4/1, Lou) reports, “Like their adult counterparts, U.S. children and adolescents had favorable blood pressure (BP) trends stalled or even reversed in the last decade,” investigators concluded in a “large National Health and Nutrition Examin…

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Dextroamphetamine May Reduce BMI, Hyperphagia In Children And Teens With Acquired Hypothalamic Obesity, Research Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (3/31) reports, “Dextroamphetamine may significantly reduce body mass index (BMI) and hyperphagia in children and adolescents with acquired hypothalamic obesity,” investigators concluded in a study that “evaluated 18 children with hy…

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Many US Parents Not Using Child Safety Seats When Taking Ride-Share Vehicles With Their Young Children, Survey Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/31, Preidt) reports, “Many U.S. parents don’t use child safety seats when they take ride-share vehicles like Uber or Lyft with their young children,” investigators concluded after surveying “parents across the” US. The study revealed that “mo…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Daunorubicin And Cytarabine To Include Treatment Of Children Aged At Least One Year With Newly Diagnosed Therapy-Related Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Healio (3/31) reports, “The FDA expanded the approval of daunorubicin and cytarabine to include the treatment of children aged at least 1 year with newly diagnosed therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia, according to a manufacturer-issued press release.”…

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Some Children With TBI May Experience Decline In Cognitive Function Following A Recovery Plateau, Research Suggests

Healio (3/31, Burba) reports, “Some children with traumatic brain injury [TBI] experienced a decline in cognitive function following a recovery plateau, indicating the need for long-term reassessment of these patients,” investigators concluded in a “longi…

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Concussion Recovery May Be Longer In Children Reporting Occipital Headaches, Photophobia, Researchers Posit

Healio (3/31, Miller) reports, “Children and teens who had a concussion and subsequently reported occipital headaches and photophobia took more time to return to their pre-concussion state than those who did not report these symptoms,” investigators concl…

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Infants Born With Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy May Have Increased Expression Of Functional SMN Protein After Risdiplam Therapy, Research Indicates

Neurology Advisor (3/31, Nye) reports, “Infants born with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy had increased expression of functional survival of motor neuron (SMN) protein after risdiplam therapy,” investigators concluded in a two-part, “phase 2-3, open label…

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Researchers Say Social Determinants Of Health Can Impact Brain Development In Utero

PatientEngagementHIT (3/31, Heath) reports researchers analyzed “data from Children’s National Hospital” and found “parental experience with a number of social determinants of health can ultimately impact brain development in utero.” The findings were pub…

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Significant Number Of Children With ASD Appear To Do Well By Middle Childhood In One Or More Key Domains Of Development Health, Research Suggests

Healio (3/31, Gramigna) reports, “A significant number of children with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] did well by middle childhood in one or more key domains of developmental health,” investigators concluded in a study that included “272 children with AS…

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All 50 States Have Announced When They Plan To Expand SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Eligibility To All Residents At Least 16 Years Old

CNN (3/30, Howard) reports, “All 50 states have announced when they plan to open up coronavirus vaccinations to everyone eligible under US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations – if they haven’t done so already.” CNN lists the dates wh…

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Despite Decreases Last Year, Large Number Of Teens Under 18 Continue To Use E-Cigarettes, Research Suggests

Pharmacy Times (3/31, Kenney) reports, “Despite significant decreases in 2020, a large number of adolescents less than 18 years of age continue to use e-cigarettes, with considerable adverse health effects, according to a presentation at the 2021 National…

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Rates Of Maternal Depression, Anxiety Appear To Have Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic Compared With Prior Estimates, Data Indicate

Healio (3/30, Gramigna) reports, “Rates of maternal depression and anxiety have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with prior estimates,” investigators concluded in a study that analyzed “data of 1,301 women who completed a COVID-19 impact su…

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Experts Say US Is Facing Fourth Wave Of SARS-CoV-2 Infections

USA Today (3/30, Weintraub) reports federal health officials and epidemiologists say they are worried the US is facing a fourth wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections. According to CDC data, average daily cases are up 10% compared to a week earlier, and hospitaliz…

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Children With Hand Eczema And Suspected Allergic Contact Dermatitis May Have High Rate of Positive Patch Tests, Research Suggests

Dermatology Advisor (3/30, Stong) reports, “Children with hand eczema (HE) who are referred for allergic patch testing for suspicion of allergic contact dermatitis…have a high positivity rate similar to that of children without HE,” researchers conclude…

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Children Born Small For Gestational Age May Experience Greater Relative Risk For Sudden Cardiac Death At A Young Age Compared To Children Born A Healthy Weight, Study Suggests

Healio (3/30, Buzby) reports, “Children born small for gestational age experienced greater relative risk for sudden cardiac death at a young age compared with those born a normal weight,” investigators concluded in an analysis that “2,234,501 individuals…

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Investigation Finds Disparity In Death Rates Among Extremely Preterm Babies At Two New Mexico Hospitals

An investigation by ProPublica (3/30, Furlow) and New Mexico In Depth has found that at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in New Mexico, the “most premature babies died at up to twice the rate as they did a few miles away, at Presbyterian Hospital,” and “that Lov…

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Higher-Calorie Refeeding Appears To Work As Well As Lower-Calorie Refeeding For Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa, Small Study Indicates

Reuters (3/30) reports, “Higher-calorie refeeding works as well as lower-calorie refeeding for adolescents with anorexia nervosa,” investigators concluded after examining “data on adolescents (mean age 16.4 years) hospitalized with anorexia nervosa who we…

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Pfizer Says Its SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Is Safe And Effective For Children At Least 12 Years Old

The Wall Street Journal (3/31, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports Pfizer announced that its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is safe and effective in children who are at least 12 years old. In the study, the vaccine was 100% effective at preventing symptomatic…

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About 20% Of High School Students In Colorado Reported Having Handgun Access, Data Indicate

HealthDay (3/29, Murez) reports, “About 20% of high school students” in Colorado “reported having handgun access,” investigators found after reviewing “data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which is used to assess health behaviors, risk and protecti…

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Analysis Of State Data Shows Drop In Child Abuse Reports, Investigations Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The AP (3/29, Ho, Fassett) reports that an “analysis of state data reveals that the coronavirus pandemic has ripped away several systemic safety nets for millions of Americans,” finding “that child abuse reports, investigations, substantiated allegations…

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Investigators Examine Effects In Girls Of Higher Total Body Fat On Hormones During Late Puberty

Endocrinology Advisor (3/29, May) reports, “Girls with higher total body fat…during late puberty have increased levels follicle-stimulating hormone…inhibin B, estrone, total and free testosterone, and androstenedione over time as well as menarche comp…

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Assessment Of Thyroid Function Warranted Among Adolescents With Depression Due To Increased Risk For Subclinical Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Autoimmunity, Researchers Posit

Healio (3/29, Gramigna) reports, “Assessment of thyroid function may be warranted among adolescents with depression because of their increased risk for subclinical hypothyroidism and thyroid autoimmunity,” investigators posited after analyzing “data on th…

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Substance Use Disorder More Prevalent Among Cannabis And Prescription Medication Users Who Initiated Use In Adolescence Than In Early Adulthood, Researchers Say

Bloomberg (3/29, Kary) reports, “Teenagers’ addiction rates for cannabis are about the same as for prescription opioids,” researchers concluded in a study “based on data from 2015 to 2018 collected by national surveys done by an agency of the U.S. Departm…

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Black, Latinx Transgender Youth May Experience Significant Rates Of Mental Health Symptoms, Survey Study Indicates

Healio (3/29, Gramigna) reports, “Black and Latinx transgender youth had significant mental health symptom rates,” investigators concluded after analyzing data that “included 252 Black and Latinx transgender youth, 104 white transgender youth and 19,424 B…

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Studies Examine Need For Mental Healthcare Services Among US Children And Teens

Modern Healthcare (3/29, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that “despite the need for” mental healthcare services, “many of the same barriers that have been responsible for hindering access to behavioral healthcare services in the past,” such as…

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Arkansas Passes Bill To Ban Transgender Surgeries, Hormone Treatments For Minors

The AP (3/29, DeMillo) reports the Arkansas Senate on Monday voted to ban gender reassignment surgery for minors, sending it to the governor for signing. If enacted the bill, which bans surgery and hormone treatment for minors, would become “the first pro…

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President Biden Unveils “90-90” Coronavirus Vaccination Plan

Bloomberg (3/29, Wingrove) reports President Biden introduced his “90-90” plan, under which 90% of adults in the US will be eligible for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine “by April 19, and 90% of the nation will live within five miles of a vaccination site as his Admi…

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Tobacco Smoke Exposure Puts Kids At Higher Risk Of Hospitalization, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/29, Preidt) reports, “Nonsmokers usually try to avoid secondhand smoke, but many kids have no option, and now a new study finds tobacco smoke exposure puts them at higher risk of hospitalization.” According to the study, “compared to other ki…

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Internet Of Things Most Promising Of Five Emerging Technologies Used By Nurses To Control Infectious Diseases, Scoping Review Indicates

AI in Healthcare (3/26, Pearson) reported, “Of five emerging technologies used by nurses to help control infectious diseases, the Internet of Things is the most promising,” investigators concluded in a “scoping review” that included “77 optimally relevant…

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FDA Approves Mirabegron For Patients With Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity

MedPage Today (3/26, George) reported the FDA announced “the beta-3 adrenergic agonist mirabegron (Myrbetriq) gained an indication for neurogenic detrusor overactivity, a form of bladder dysfunction, in children 3 and older.” MedPage Today adds, “The drug…

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Researchers Say Number Of Children Who Met Recommended Daily Activity Level Decreased During 2020

Clinical Advisor (3/26, Kean) reports researchers found that “the percentage of children who met the recommended daily activity level (≥60 min/d) dropped dramatically from 69% pre-pandemic to 31% in the spring of 2020 and 38% in the fall of 2020.” The fin…

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Vaccinated Parents Face Difficult Questions About How To Proceed While Their Children Remain Unvaccinated

The Washington Post (3/26, Chiu) reported as more adults become vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, parents are perplexed whether their newfound sense of safety should extend to their children, who may not be able to be vaccinated for months or even a year. Th…

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Vaccinating Children Against COVID-19 Reportedly Key To Helping Countries Achieve Herd Immunity

The Wall Street Journal (3/28, Abbott, Douglas, Subscription Publication) reports children need to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 for populations to reach herd immunity.

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Remote Learning Allowing Many Students To Get More Sleep

The Washington Post (3/26, Ellison) reported, “Sleep-deprived adolescents – forced for generations to wake for school before the chimes of their circadian clocks – have had an unexpected break amid the anxiety and losses of the pandemic,” as “remote learn…

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More Than 80% Decrease In HPV Infections Seen In Women, Girls Aged 25 And Younger, CDC Says

HealthDay (3/26, Mundell) reported, “Fifteen years of widespread vaccination of U.S. children with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is reaping big rewards: A more than 80% drop in new infections has been seen in women and girls under the age of 25.”…

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Advocates Warn Against “Anti-Transgender” Legislation In 28 States

CNN (3/28, Holt) reports advocates are warning that “anti-transgender” legislation in 28 states “could have significant negative repercussions for trans youth.” The bills “predominantly fall into two categories: targeting the ability for trans girls and w…

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US District Judge Rules Illinois State Employees Cannot Sue Magellan Health For Denial Of Coverage For Children’s Behavioral Health Services

Modern Healthcare (3/26, Brady, Subscription Publication) reported US District Court Judge Manish Shah ruled “that Illinois state employees can’t sue Magellan Health for denying them coverage for their children’s behavioral health services.” The employees…

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Pediatric Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Offers Guidance On How To Evaluate, Diagnose, And Treat A Limp In Pediatric Patients

Clinical Advisor (3/26, Lampariello) reports, “When a child presents with a limp, it is often better to first look for the horses (common causes) rather than the zebras (rare diagnoses),” according to a virtual presentation given during the National Assoc…

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People Who Suffer Abuse As Children May Continue To Have Higher Levels Of Inflammatory Biomarkers As Adults, Small Study Indicates

Medscape (3/25, Lowry, Subscription Publication) reports, “People who suffer abuse as children continue to have higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers as adults, likely placing them at increased risk for chronic health problems,” researchers concluded….

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Study Indicates pH Meter, pH Paper May Have Utility For Monitoring Tube-Fed Children With Neurologic Impairment And GERD, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/25, Stong) reports, “The pH meter and pH paper point-of-care tests correlate well with the laboratory pH meter, indicating that they may be useful in point-of-care testing for monitoring gastric pH in tube-fed children with neu…

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Pfizer Starts Testing SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine In Children Younger Than 12

The New York Times (3/25, Mandavilli) reports Pfizer started testing its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in children younger than 12. The first to receive the vaccine in the trial were 9-year-old twin girls at Duke University. The trial’s results “are expected in the…

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Early MRI Findings May Predict Disability Worsening In Children With MS, Study Indicates

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (3/25, Pinto) reports researchers found in a nine-year study that “abnormalities detected on MRI scans at the onset and within the first two years of disease may predict disability worsening in children with multiple sclerosi…

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In Children With Early-Onset T1D, Detectable Changes In Brain Volume, Cognitive Scores May Be Tied To Metrics Of Hyperglycemia, Research Suggests

Endocrinology Advisor (3/25, Biscaldi) reports, “Among children with early-onset type 1 diabetes (T1D), detectable changes in brain volume and cognitive scores persist over time and are associated with metrics of hyperglycemia,” investigators concluded in…

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Even A Small Amount Of Coffee During Pregnancy Could Impact Growth, Birth Weight Of Baby, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/25, Thompson) reports, “As little as half a cup of coffee each day might be enough to stunt the growth and birth weight of a baby in the womb, a new study claims.” The researchers found that “women who consumed an average 50 milligrams of caf…

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Proposed Legislation Would Set New Maximum Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals In Baby Food

Reuters (3/25, Shepardson) reports, “A group of Democratic U.S. lawmakers presented legislation Thursday which will set new maximum levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food and require manufacturers to comply within one year.” The Baby Food Safety Act of…

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FDA Approves Rilonacept To Treat Patients With Recurrent Pericarditis

Medscape (3/25, Wendling, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA approved Arcalyst (rilonacept) to treat patients with “recurrent pericarditis and reduce the risk for recurrence in adults and children 12 years and older.” The decision “offers patients…

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Research Suggests Institutions May Benefit From Mass Testing Strategy That Includes Surrounding Community As Well As Themselves

The New York Times (3/24, Anthes) reports in the past year, some organizations have adopted a mass testing strategy with daily or regular testing for employees, staff, students, etc. to quickly detect any cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, “a new ana…

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Short-Term Rise In Nitrogen Dioxide Air Pollution May Be Linked To Increase In Local Mortality Rates The Next Day, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (3/24) reports that research suggests “a short-term rise in nitrogen dioxide air pollution could be tied to a bump in local mortality rates the next day.” The findings were published online in The BMJ.

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Children With Atopic Dermatitis Are More Likely To Experience Broad Array Of Comorbidities Than Matched Controls In Study

Healio (3/24, Volansky) reports researchers found “children with atopic dermatitis were more likely to experience a broad array of comorbidities than matched controls, from mental health conditions such as anxiety to dermatologic complications such as vit…

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Children Born To Mothers Who Took OHPC May Be Twice As Likely To Develop Cancer In Adulthood, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/24, Mann) reports, “Kids born to moms who took a drug widely used to prevent miscarriages in the 1950s and 1960s may be twice as likely to develop cancer in adulthood.” The treatment, “hydroxyprogesterone caproate, also known as OHPC or 17-OH…

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Migrant Children Have Tested Positive For SARS-CoV-2 In 84% Of Texas Facilities

Newsweek (3/24, Czachor) reports, “Migrant children have tested positive for [SARS-CoV-2] inside most of Texas’ state-licensed shelters since the beginning of March, as the U.S. continues to see an influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at its Southern b…

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SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Rare In Schools That Follow Precautions, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/24) reports SARS-CoV-2 “transmission is rare in schools that follow precautions such as mandatory masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing, a new study finds.” The researchers “conducted a pilot study that included 57 schools in St….

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US Birth Rates In 2019 Continued Five-Year Decline, CDC Report Finds

MedPage Today (3/23, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Birth rates in 2019 in the U.S. continued a 5-year decline, according to a CDC” National Vital Statistics report [PDF]. The researchers found that “in 2019, there were 3.75 million births in the U.S. – a 1% decre…

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Public Health Officials Reportedly Concerned That US Could Face Another Surge Of SARS-CoV-2 Cases As People Relax And States Reopen

The New York Times (3/23, Delkic) reports, “Positive trends in pandemic statistics in the United States are easy to distrust,” because the US “went through two false dawns last year, in the late spring and then again in the late summer, when declines in c…

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Children Can Develop Biases From Hearing Negative Comments, Study Suggests

CNN (3/24, Marples) reports a new study found “children who overheard someone saying negative words about a particular group of people developed negative biases toward them.” Researchers split children aged 4 to 9 into “groups where they either overheard…

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Smoke From Forest Fires Sending Kids To The ED With Respiratory Problems At Higher Rates Than Ever Before, Researchers Say

HealthDay (3/23, Reinberg) reports, “The smoke from forest fires is sending children” with asthma to emergency departments (EDs) “with respiratory problems at higher rates than ever before,” investigators concluded after collecting data on visits to the E…

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Use Of Polyethylene Glycol With Electrolytes For Treatment Of Chronic Constipation In Children Appears Safe, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/23, Nye) reports researchers found in a retrospective, single exposure cohort study that “use of polyethylene glycol with electrolytes for the treatment of chronic constipation among children appeared to be safe.” The findings…

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Group Of House Democrats Calls For FDA To Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

The Hill (3/23, Lonas) reports 43 House Democrats sent a letter to Janet Woodcock, the acting FDA Commissioner, calling for the agency to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. The letter read in part, “Flavored e-cigarettes are putting a new generation of kids a…

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FDA Approves Dasiglucagon Autoinjector And Prefilled Syringe For Treatment Of Severe Hypoglycemia In People With Diabetes

Medscape (3/23, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA approved Zealand Pharma’s Zegalogue (dasiglucagon) “autoinjector and prefilled syringe for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia in people with diabetes aged 6 and older.” Medscape adds, “Th…

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Six-Month Course Of Subcutaneous Leuprolide Acetate Treatment May Be Effective In Treating Central Precocious Puberty, Study Indicates

Endocrinology Advisor (3/22) reports, “A six-month, 45 mg dose of subcutaneous leuprolide acetate treatment has shown efficacy in treating central precocious puberty (CPP),” investigators concluded in a study that “included an intent-to-treat population o…

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Global Survey Indicates Atopic Dermatitis Affects 13.5% To 41.9% Of Children

Dermatology Advisor (3/22, May) reports, “A global survey administered to people across 18 countries suggests atopic dermatitis (AD) affects 13.5% to 41.9% of children, with less than 15% of pediatric patients reporting severe AD,” investigators concluded…

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Low BMD May Be Common In New-Onset, Mild To Moderate Pediatric Crohn’s Disease, Researchers Say

Gastroenterology Advisor (3/22, Soreca) reports, “Low bone mineral density (BMD) was found to be a common complication of new-onset, mild to moderate pediatric Crohn’s disease,” investigators concluded. The findings were published online ahead of print in…

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Researchers Say Transgender Children Are At Higher Risk For Cardiovascular Health Issues

Cardiovascular Business (3/22, Walter) reports researchers found “transgender children may face a heightened risk of cardiovascular health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.” The findings were pr…

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Researchers Train Machine Learning Modules To Differentiate Between Transient And Persistent Cases Of Early Childhood Asthma

Pulmonology Advisor (3/22, Jacobs) reports researchers found “machine learning modules can be trained with the use of electronic health record (EHR) data to differentiate between transient and persistent cases of early childhood asthma.” The findings were…

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Researchers Say Children With Poorly Controlled Type 1 Diabetes Significantly At Increased Risk For COVID-19 Complications And Death

HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports researchers found “poorly controlled type 1 diabetes significantly increases a child’s risk of COVID-19 complications and death.” The findings were presented at the virtual annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. Medscape…

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Researchers Say Children With Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections Have Higher Viral Loads In Upper Airways Than Those With Asymptomatic Infections

Healio (3/22, Downey) reports researchers found that children with symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections “had higher viral loads in their upper airways compared with asymptomatic children.” The findings were presented at the St. Jude Pediatric Infectious Dise…

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Safety Planning Intervention Incorporating Motivational Interviewing May Be Feasible, Acceptable For Youths At Risk For Suicide, Small Study Suggests

Healio (3/22, Gramigna) reports, “A safety planning intervention that incorporated motivational interviewing appeared feasible and acceptable for youths at risk for suicide,” researchers concluded after randomizing “36 adolescents aged 13 to 17 years, of…

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Sleep Disruption May Have Small But Significant Impact On Depressive Symptoms Among Children And Youths, Systematic Review Suggests

Healio (3/22, Gramigna) reports, “Sleep disruption had a small but statistically significant impact on depressive symptoms among children and youths,” researchers concluded in a systematic review that “included 22 studies, with 28,895 patients, in the ove…

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Many Children With Adverse Childhood Experiences Not Receiving Clinical Services, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/22) reports more than half “of children with high levels of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), high distress symptoms, or both are not receiving clinical services, according to a study published online March 15 in JAMA Network Open.” The a…

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Coronavirus Cases Increasing In Some States

STAT (3/20, Joseph) reported some Americans are predicting a summer of celebration after widespread vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 allows “the safe return of gatherings and activities shunned for the past year,” but some “epidemiologists have been warning…

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Almost Three-Quarters Of Maternal, Neonatal Healthcare Workers Feel Burnout Has Increased Among Coworkers Amid Pandemic, Study Says

HealthDay (3/19) reported, “Two-thirds of maternal and neonatal health care workers (HCWs) report symptoms of burnout, and almost three-quarters feel that burnout has increased among their coworkers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study publish…

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Small Majority Of Front-Line Healthcare Workers Have Been Vaccinated Against SARS-CoV-2, Survey Suggests

The Washington Post (3/19, A1, Wan, Sellers, Ahmed, Guskin) reported healthcare workers were the first group of people in the US to be offered SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, but three months later, “many remain unconvinced, unreached and unprotected.” In a survey c…

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Soccer Has Highest Head Impact Rate For Both Boys And Girls, Study Finds

HealthDay (3/19, Preidt) reported that after outfitting 124 “high school athletes with head impact sensors to see which of four popular sports put them at the greatest risk of concussion,” investigators concluded that soccer was “no. 1 for both boys and g…

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Deep Learning AI With Imaging Analysis Can Accurately Detect Child Abuse, Study Suggests

Aunt Minnie (3/19, Ridley) reported researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado found a “deep-learning algorithm that includes analysis of imaging reports can identify children who have been physically abused.” By incorporating “natural language processin…

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Biden Administration Announces Funding For Coronavirus Testing In Schools

USA Today (3/20, Richards, Alltucker) reported the Biden Administration announced “it would make $10 billion available for K-12 schools to expand coronavirus screening of staff and students.” This funding could be used by schools to offer rapid antigen te…

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Researchers Say Women Who Receive SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines Can Pass Antibodies To Their Babies During Pregnancy And Through Breastfeeding

The Washington Post (3/21, Bever) reports there is evidence that “women who receive a coronavirus vaccine not only acquire protective antibodies against the virus for themselves but also may pass along immunity to their babies” during pregnancy or after b…

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Preschoolers Who Spend A Lot Of Time On Screens More Likely To Develop Emotional, Behavioral Problems By Age Five, Research Suggests

HealthDay (3/19, Thompson) reported, “Preschoolers who spend a lot of time watching movies and shows on TVs and other screens are more likely to develop emotional and behavioral problems by age five,” but “despite their reputation, video games did not app…

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CDC Says Students Only Need To Be Three Feet Apart Rather Than Six

The New York Times (3/19, Rabin, Goldstein, Anthes, Stolberg) reported on Friday, the CDC “relaxed the six-foot distancing rule for elementary school students, saying they need only remain three feet apart in classrooms as long as everyone is wearing a ma…

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Researchers Say The Pandemic Has Affected The Mental Health Of Psychiatrically Hospitalized Youth

Healio (3/19, Gramigna) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily stressors, coping and suicidal ideation among psychiatrically hospitalized youth, according to a presentation at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference…

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DEA Warns Of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Containing Fentanyl

NBC News (3/18, Winter, Snow, Schecter) reports the DEA warned that counterfeit prescription drugs can contain fentanyl. Earlier this month, the DEA “made a huge bust in Mexico, seizing 600,000 counterfeit pharmaceutical pills” containing fentanyl that we…

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Children, Young Adults Who Experience Post-Traumatic Headache With Migraine Phenotype May Be At Increased Risk For More Significant Injury Or Deleterious Pathophysiology After Concussion, Study Indicates

Healio (3/18, Southall) reports, “Children and young adults who experience post-traumatic headache with migraine phenotype may be at increased risk for more significant injury or deleterious pathophysiology after concussion,” investigators concluded in a…

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Chronic School, Work Absenteeism More Common In Children With Atopic Dermatitis, Their Caregivers Than In Those With Psoriasis, Research Suggests

Healio (3/18, Forand) reports, “Chronic school and work absenteeism is more common in children with atopic dermatitis and their caregivers than in those with psoriasis,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from the 1999-2015 Medical Expenditure…

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Calls To US Poison Centers About Incidents Involving Children And High-Powered Magnets Surged More Than 400% After A Court Overturned A Ban On The Magnets, Researchers Say

HealthDay (3/18, Preidt) reports, “Calls to U.S. poison centers about incidents involving children and high-powered magnets surged more than 400% after a court overturned a ban on the magnets,” investigators concluded after analyzing “calls to U.S. poison…

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Researchers In Wuhan Say Lung Ultrasound Is Best Way To Identify COVID-19 Pneumonia In Newborns

Aunt Minnie (3/18, Moan) reports researchers at Wuhan Children’s Hospital concluded that lung ultrasound is the best way to identify COVID-19 pneumonia in newborns, because it “is noninvasive, convenient, and sensitive.” The researchers “compared 11 neona…

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Children Who Attended School In Person And Their Parents Reported Less Stress Than Those Who Took Online Classes Or Who Learned In A Hybrid Setting, CDC Report Says

The Hill (3/18, Wilson) reports children who attended school in person in the fall, and their parents “reported significantly less stress and anxiety than those who learned either online or in a combined setting,” according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mort…

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Senate Confirms Becerra As HHS Secretary

The AP (3/18, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports, “The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Joe Biden’s health secretary, filling a key position in the administration’s coronavirus response and its ambitious push to l…

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Cases Of Children With Long-Haul COVID-19 Are Rare But Growing

The Washington Post (3/18, Cha) reports, “Cases of children with persistent symptoms after covid-19 are rare but growing…unnerving parents and physicians who are tracking the often strange and fluctuating constellation of symptoms.” Some medical centers…

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SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Appears Rare, Study Suggests

The New York Times (3/17, Mandavilli) reports that the “vast majority of people who recover from Covid-19 remain shielded from the virus for at least six months, researchers reported on Wednesday in a large study from Denmark.” Prior infection with the co…

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Risdiplam May Improve, Sustain Motor Function In Children And Adults With Type 2 Or Type 3 Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Company Says

Healio (3/17) reports, “Evrysdi [risdiplam], a survival motor neuron 2-directed RNA splicing modifier, both sustained and improved motor function at 24 months in children and adults with type 2 or type 3 spinal muscular atrophy,” investigators concluded i…

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Some Children Have Become Caregivers For Ill Parents During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Kaiser Health News (3/17, de Marco) reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, some children have had to become caregivers for their parents who have fallen ill from COVID-19 or other diseases. More than three million teenagers and children help ill or disable…

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Gender-Affirming HT May Cause Changes In HDL Cholesterol Levels For Transgender Adolescents, Study Indicates

Healio (3/17, Monostra) reports, “Gender-affirming hormone therapy [HT] causes changes in HDL cholesterol levels for transgender adolescents, and obesity can modify these associations,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 269 adolescents (69%…

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Researchers Say Cerebral Malaria Follows Distinct Pathogenic Patterns In Children And Adults

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/17, van Paridon) reports researchers analyzed brain MRI scans in 65 patients with cerebral malaria and found that children and adults with the disease “have distinct pathogenic patterns.” The findings were published in Clinic…

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Review Study Indicates That People With Asthma Are Not At Higher Risk For Poor COVID-19 Outcomes

Healio (3/17, Welsh) reports a review study published in the Journal of Asthma found that people with asthma are not at higher risk for poor COVID-19 outcomes. Researchers conducted “a systematic review and meta-analysis of 57 studies with 587,280 partici…

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Cohort Study Examines Association Of Preterm Birth With Prescription Of Psychotropic Medication In Adolescence, Young Adulthood

Healio (3/17, Gramigna) reports, “People who were born preterm had higher rates of psychotropic” medication “prescriptions during adolescence and young adulthood than those born at term,” researchers concluded after analyzing “registry data of all Norwegi…

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US Department Of Education To Hold Summit On Reopening Schools Next Week

The AP (3/17, Thompson) reports the US Department of Education will convene “a summit next week to help get children back into the classroom safely in the middle of a pandemic.” Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the summit will be held on Ma…

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Federal Judge Rules Health Plan’s Exclusion Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatments Is Permissible Under Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Bloomberg Law (3/17, Wille, Subscription Publication) reports, “The parents of a four-year-old autistic child who sued their health plan for categorically excluding an autism treatment called applied behavioral analysis can challenge this practice under t…

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US To Spend $10 Billion To Expand SARS-CoV-2 Testing In Schools

The Wall Street Journal (3/17, Abbott, Subscription Publication) reports under the new stimulus package, the federal government plans to spend $10 billion to expand SARS-CoV-2 testing in schools to help schools resume in-person classes. The Biden Administ…

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Women Face Difficulties In Childbirth During Pandemic

The AP (3/16, Italie) reports, “Pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn in the middle of a pandemic has brought on high anxiety, ever-shifting hospital protocols and intense isolation for many of the millions of women who have done it around the world.”…

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Cigarette Use May Fall To Zero In The US And Elsewhere By 2050, Analyst Report Predicts

Bloomberg (3/16, Gretler) reports, “Cigarette use in a number of developing countries may fall to zero in the next three decades as smokers quit or switch to alternative products, according to a new report” from Adam Spielman, an analyst at Citigroup. Blo…

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Mississippi Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility To Everyone Over Age 16

The AP (3/16, Willingham) reports, “Appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine in Mississippi opened up for everyone over the age of 16 on Tuesday, and thousands of residents rushed to book their shots.” Residents “can get vaccinated at 24 state-run driv…

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Some People With Long-Haul COVID-19 Say Vaccines Eased Their Symptoms

The Washington Post (3/16, Bernstein, Guarino) reports some people with “long-haul” COVID-19 say their symptoms stopped or were reduced after they received a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Scientists are still trying to understand why some people develop long-term s…

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FDA-Approved Video Game Highlights Technology’s Therapeutic Potential, Report Suggests

The Washington Post (3/16, Park) reports that last year, the Food and Drug Administration “gave its first approval to a video game to improve attention function in children. The game, ‘EndeavorRX’ by Akili Interactive, may point to a potentially growing f…

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Study Evaluates Cost-Effectiveness For Pediatric Transdiagnostic BBT Programs For Anxiety And/Or Depression Compared To Assisted Referral To Community Outpatient Mental Healthcare

HCPlive (3/16, Walter) reports researchers “evaluated the cost-effectiveness for pediatric transdiagnostic brief behavioral therapy (BBT) programs for anxiety and/or depression compared to assisted referral to community outpatient mental health care (ARC)…

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Advocates Push For Maintaining Funding For Schools, Mental Health Services, Other Programs During New Hampshire House Session

The AP (3/16, Ramer) reports the coronavirus pandemic “has highlighted a critical need to maintain or boost funding for schools, mental health treatment, child care scholarships and other programs, advocates told [New Hampshire] House budget writers Tuesd…

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House Lawmakers Broadening Approach To Drug Epidemic To Include Mental Health, All Forms Of Addiction

Roll Call (3/16, Raman) reports, “House lawmakers are restructuring their bipartisan task forces dedicated to combating the drug epidemic and expect the chamber to consider behavioral health legislation this year, members told CQ Roll Call.” The changes a…

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Moderna Starts Clinical Trial Testing SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine In Children Under 12

The New York Times (3/16, Grady) reports Moderna has started a clinical trial to test its SARS-CoV-2 “vaccine in children under 12, including babies as young as six months,” and is expecting “to enroll 6,750 healthy children in” the US and Canada. The com…

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Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Health Outcomes Listed Among Top Concerns For Patient Safety In ECRI’s Annual Report

Modern Healthcare (3/15, Gillespie, Subscription Publication) reports, “Racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and crisis preparedness are the top concerns for patient safety that health leaders need to address, according to ECRI’s annual Top Te…

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B117 Variant Of SARS-CoV-2 May Be 61% Deadlier Than Other Variants, Study Indicates

CIDRAP (3/15, McLernon) reports researchers found the B117 variant of SARS-CoV-2 “may pose a 61% higher risk of 28-day mortality” than other variants. The findings were published in Nature.

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Weight Gain From Early Adulthood To Midlife, Consistent Obesity Throughout Childhood May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Gout, Researchers Say

Healio (3/12, Laday) reports, “Weight gain from early adulthood to midlife, as well as consistent obesity throughout adulthood, were associated with an increased risk for gout,” investigators concluded in “a retrospective, longitudinal study using nationa…

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Researchers Identify Potential Correlates Of Pollen-Season Flares In Children With Atopic Eczema

Dermatology Advisor (3/15, Pond) reports researchers have identified “potential correlates of pollen season-related flares in children with atopic eczema.” The “retrospective cohort study of” 110 “children with eczema found that younger age, having hay fe…

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Stool Samples May Offer An Alternative For Diagnosis Of TB In Pediatric Patients When Respiratory Samples Are Not Available, Review Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (3/15, Nye) reports researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and concluded that stool samples from children may offer an alternative for diagnosis of “pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in settings where respiratory…

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Common Household Chemicals Can Increase Risk For Premature Delivery, Study Shows

HealthDay (3/15) reports, “Even when women do their best to have a safe pregnancy, chemicals commonly found in the home could still raise their risk for premature delivery, a new study shows.” The chemicals, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), “are us…

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Global Health Experts Say Pandemic Is Severely Affecting Care Of Sick, Premature Infants

Reuters (3/15) reports the coronavirus pandemic “is severely affecting the care of sick or premature newborn babies, with many being unnecessarily separated from their mothers and put at risk of death or long-term health problems, global health experts sa…

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Healthcare Workers Confront COVID Conspiracy Theories

The AP (3/13, Swenson, Klepper) reported that “journalists, public health officials and tech companies” have sought to counter the “bogus claims about the virus, masks and vaccines [that] have exploded since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic a year…

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Many Healthcare Workers Have Had To Face Fear Of Infection And Loss Of Family, Friends, Peers During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The New York Times (3/12, Gardiner) reported many healthcare workers have feared becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 and in turn infecting their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have also had to continue treating people with COVID-19 after seeing…

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Researchers Say Healthcare Workers Face Bigger Risks For SARS-CoV-2 Infection Outside Of Workplaces

Health Exec (3/10, Baxter) reported researchers “found healthcare workers had bigger risks” for spreading SARS-CoV-2 “outside their workplaces.” The researchers analyzed data from healthcare providers in multiple cities and concluded that “instead of work…

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School Students May Be Safe At Distance Of Three Feet, Not Six, With Other Safety Measures, Study Indicates

The New York Times (3/14, Rabin) reports, “School shutdowns have been a divisive topic during since the pandemic erupted, and a new study has ignited debate over the six-foot rule of social distancing and whether it can be relaxed in classroom settings, w…

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Significant Weight Gain In Children Who Have Been Treated For Brain Tumors Could Be Sign Of Hypothalamic-Pituitary Dysfunction, Findings Suggest

Medscape (3/12, Nelson, Subscription Publication) reported, “Children who have been treated for brain tumors often experience significant weight gain, and new findings suggest that this could be a sign of hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction.” The study was…

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Review Study Indicates Maternal And Fetal Complication Risks Can Increase After Liver Transplantation

Healio (3/12, Stonehill) reported researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and found that “although pregnancy is deemed safe after liver transplantation, maternal and fetal complication risks can increase.” The review study was publishe…

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Hong Kong Scientist Develops Retinal Scan That Helps Identify Early Childhood Autism, Study Suggests

Reuters (3/14, Solum) reports, “A Hong Kong scientist has developed a method to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to scan retinas of children as young as six to detect early autism or the risk of autism and hopes to develop a commercial pro…

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Expert Provides Overview Of Different Presentations Of AD/HD

In an embedded video for HCPlive (3/12), Andrew J. Cutler, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University, “provides an overview of the different presentations of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD) “and the clinical burden on children and adults.”

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Pediatric Healthcare Providers Say The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted Children’s Mental Health

The AP (3/12, Leicester) reported around the world, pediatric healthcare providers are seeing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health. In France, Japan, and other countries, physicians have reported increases in suicide attempts am…

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CDC Director Says There Have Been “Concerning” Declines In Childhood Vaccinations

CNN (3/12, Howard) reported CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said there have been “concerning” declines in childhood vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Walensky said, “On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps to…

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More Than 20% Of Healthcare Workers Have Experienced Depression, Anxiety In Pandemic, Researchers Say

The Hill (3/11, Coleman) reports that more than “20 percent of health care workers worldwide have experienced depression and anxiety amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published Wednesday” in PLOS One. A meta-analysis of 65 studies “surve…

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Researchers Estimate 2019 Measles Outbreak In Washington State Cost Society $3.4 Million

ABC News (3/12) reports researchers estimate that a measles outbreak in Washington’s Clark County that occurred back in early 2019 cost society $3.4 million, according to a study published in Pediatrics. During the outbreak, “72 people were infected, 61 o…

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Researchers Say Social Distancing May Have Prevented An Outbreak Of AFM In 2020

HealthDay (3/11, Preidt) reports researchers found “social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have prevented an anticipated outbreak of” acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), “a rare polio-like syndrome in children.” The authors of a study publish…

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Many Nurses Say In Survey That They Continue To Face Risks Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic Due To Lack Of Support From Employers

Healio (3/11, Michael) reports many nurses in the US “continue to face significant risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic because they lack support from their employers, according to a recent survey” conducted by National Nurses United. The results of the surve…

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Many Schools In US Cannot Reopen If Desks Are Required To Be Six Feet Apart

The Washington Post (3/11, Brulliard) reports whether many schools in the US can reopen may depend on whether they are required to space desks six feet apart as the CDC currently recommends. Some states, such as Massachusetts, allow desks to be spaced thr…

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Children With Accommodative Esotropia Experience Shifts In Hyperopia As They Age, Study Indicates

Healio (3/11, Marabito) reports researchers found “children with accommodative esotropia experienced shifts in their degrees of hyperopia as they aged.” The findings were published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

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COVID-19 Pandemic And Mitigation Measures Have Disrupted Efforts To Protect Children From Lead Poisoning

The New York Times (3/11, Anthes) reports the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted efforts to protect children from lead poisoning. Lockdowns and the closures of schools and day cares “confined young children to their homes, where lead exposure can be particul…

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Modern Life Is Changing The Microbiome

The Wall Street Journal (3/11, Toy, Subscription Publication) reports on how modern life is changing the microbiome, which plays an important role in human health. Urban living, the use of antibiotics, and the increasing use of antibacterial products, esp…

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Routine Psychosocial Screening Of Adolescents With T1D May Reveal Sizable Proportion Who Could Benefit From Additional Support, Researchers Say

Medwire News (3/11, McDermid) reports, “Routine psychosocial screening of adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D] uncovers a sizable proportion who could benefit from additional support,” investigators concluded in a study involving 232 adolescents with T1…

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Digital Divide Emerges As New Social Determinant Of Health

PatientEngagementHIT (3/10, Heath) reports, “As healthcare continues to lean on technological innovations, a new social determinant of health is coming to the forefront: the digital divide.” The digital divide “is the chasm between those who have access t…

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School Nurses Play Important Role In Responding To COVID-19 Pandemic

STAT (3/10, Sohn) reports that over the past year, school nurses have played an important role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as screening students for symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and contact tracing. In the past, school nurses have adm…

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Death Rates Appear Higher In British People Infected With B.1.1.7 Variant Of SARS-CoV-2 Than Other Variants, Study Indicates

Reuters (3/10, Kelland) reports researchers compared death rates among people in the UK infected with different variants of SARS-CoV-2 and found that the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first discovered in the UK, “is between 30% and 100% more deadly than prev…

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Fauci Says Teenagers And Younger Children Will Likely Start Receiving Coronavirus Vaccines This Fall And Early Next Year

The Los Angeles Times (3/10, Khan) reports NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci “says that by fall, he expects to have data showing that children and teens age 12 to 17 can start rolling up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots,” and “younger children could follow…

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Many Parents Wary Of Sending Children Back To School As The Pandemic Continues

The Los Angeles Times (3/10, Esquivel) reports many parents are struggling with the question whether it’s safe to send their children back to school during the pandemic. Parents are uncertain whether schools can or will take proper steps to stop the sprea…

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Expert Interviewed About MIS-C And What Clinicians And Parents Should Be Looking Out For

Healio (3/9, Buzby) interviewed Dr. Deepika Thacker, a “pediatric cardiologist at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware,” about MIS-C. During the interview, Dr. Thacker discusses the rising incidence of the condition a…

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Researchers Say Most Children With MIS-C Were Previously Healthy While Those With COVID-19 Pneumonia Often Had Pre-Existing Conditions

Healio (3/10, Laday) reports researchers found that “while most children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome [MIS-C] are previously healthy, those hospitalized with severe COVID-19 pneumonia typically have pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or o…

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Breastfeeding Mothers Whose Babies Have Food Allergies Often Receive Conflicting Advice, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/10, Preidt) reports researchers found “breastfeeding mothers whose babies have food allergies often get conflicting advice from doctors on whether they should change their eating habits.” The findings were published in the Annals of Allergy,…

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Arkansas State Legislature Advances Bills Prohibiting Gender Confirmation Treatment For Minors And Banning Transgender Athletes From Girls’ Sports Teams

The AP (3/10, DeMillo) reports the Arkansas state legislature “advanced measures banning transgender athletes from girls’ sports teams at school and prohibiting gender confirming treatments for minors, the latest state to take up restrictions targeting tr…

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Researchers Identify Risk Factors For Severe Outcomes In Patients With MIS-C

HCPlive (3/10, Alicea) reports in a “retrospective surveillance study,” researchers identified “factors likely associated with severe outcomes” in patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). The findings were published in The Lanc…

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Study Confirms Low Risk Of Severe Allergic Reaction From SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines

HealthDay (3/9, Reinberg) reports researchers surveyed “more than 52,800 employees” of a health system in Massachusetts and found that “after a first dose of an mRNA [SARS-CoV-2] vaccine, 2% had an allergic reaction, and anaphylaxis occurred at a rate of…

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SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Within In-Person Classes In New York City’s Schools Is Low, Study Indicates

The New York Daily News (3/9, Elsen-Rooney) reports a study published in Pediatrics indicates that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within in-person classes in New York City’s schools “has remained low.” The study was authored by Jay Varma, the chief health advis…

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Researchers Say Risk-Adapted Prophylactic Tocilizumab Appears Feasible For Reducing Incidence Of Severe Cytokine Release Syndrome In Pediatric Patients With Acute Leukemia Treated With CAR T-Cell Therapy

MedPage Today (3/9, Bankhead) reports researchers found in a prospective study that “risk-adapted prophylactic tocilizumab (Actemra) proved feasible for reducing the incidence of severe cytokine release syndrome in pediatric” patients with “acute leukemia…

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Lexington City Council Committee Advances Local Ordinance That Would Prohibit State-Certified Providers From Offering Conversion Therapy To Youth

The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader (3/9, Musgrave) reports a Lexington, Kentucky city council committee approved a local ordinance that would ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. Under the proposed ordinance, all state-certified providers “would be prohi…

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Evictions During Pregnancy Tied To Adverse Outcomes, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/9, Murez) reports researchers found that the prenatal stress caused by eviction during pregnancy “is associated with lower infant birth weight, gestational age, prematurity and even infant mortality.” The findings were published in JAMA Pedia…

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Texas School Boards Debate Mask Requirements As State Mandate Ends

The Dallas Morning News (3/9, Moore) reports, “Texas school boards are wrestling with whether to continue to require students and teachers to wear protective face masks on campuses as a statewide mandate ends Wednesday.” The debate over mask requirements…

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Transgender Youth, Others Testify Against New Hampshire Bill That Would Ban Transgender Girls From Playing On Girls’ Sports Teams In Public Schools

The AP (3/9, McCormack) reports transgender youth, family members, and others testified against a New Hampshire “bill that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools and colleges in the state, saying it is dis…

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Missouri State Representative Introduces Bill That Would Relax Immunization Rules

The AP (3/9) reports Missouri state Rep. Suzie Pollock (R-Lebanon) “is proposing that the state relax requirements for immunizations, which medical associations contend would make it more difficult to slow the spread of viruses such a COVID-19.” The bill…

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New Jersey Bill Would Guarantee One At-Home Post-Natal Visit From Nurse

NJ News (3/9, Marcus) reports a New Jersey legislative committee passed a bill that would guarantee a home visit from a nurse within two weeks of a child’s birth. The bill’s sponsors say it would help protect the health of mothers and newborns.

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Federal Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s SUNSET Rule Requiring Review Of All HHS Regulations Within Several Years

NPR (3/9, Simmons-Duffin) reports a coalition of parties, including NAPNAP, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely (SUNSET) rule, which requires HHS “to review all 18,000 existing agency regulat…

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Researchers Tie Intellectual Disability And Obesity To Death From COVID-19

CIDRAP (3/8, Van Beusekom) reports researchers analyzed “the medical records of 558,672” Americans with COVID-19, and found that “intellectual disability is second only to old age as a risk factor for” death from COVID-19, according to a commentary publis…

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Pollutants Can Affect Development And Worsening Of Overlapping Asthma And COPD, Researchers Say

CHEST Physician (3/8, Craven) reports researchers found that pollutants found in rural and urban environments can affect “the development and worsening of overlapping asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” The findings were presented at…

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New York City’s Public High Schools To Resume In-Person Classes

The New York Times (3/8, Shapiro) reports New York City’s public high schools will resume in-person classes on March 22. New York City’s “public school system is by far the largest in the country,” and the “decision to bring back high school students – a…

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Fine Particles In Wildfire Smoke Pose A Far Greater Threat To The Lungs Than Similar Particles In Vehicle Exhaust And Other Types Of Air Pollution, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/8, Preidt) reports researchers found “fine particles in wildfire smoke pose a far greater threat to the lungs than similar particles in vehicle exhaust and other types of air pollution.” The findings were published in Nature Communications.

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When Mothers Use Marijuana During Pregnancy, THC Persists In Breast Milk, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/8, D’Ambrosio) reports researchers found that THC “persisted for weeks in breast milk when mothers used marijuana during pregnancy, even after successfully abstaining.” The researchers found that “among 12 women who used during pregnancy…

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Group Of House Republicans Calls For Bipartisan Investigation Into Impact Of School Closures On Children With Disabilities

The Hill (3/8, Choi) reports a group of House Republicans “called for a bipartisan investigation into the impact that school closures during the coronavirus pandemic have had on children with disabilities as well as ‘state and local compliance with federa…

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President Biden’s Stimulus Package Would Make Most Parents Eligible For A Monthly Check Of Up To $300 Per Child

The New York Times (3/7, A1, DeParle) reports under President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, most parents would be eligible for “a monthly check of up to $300 per child.” Under the plan, the parents of more than 93% of children in the US “would r…

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Researchers Say Detailed Images Of Newborns’ Lungs During First Breaths May Improve Treatment Of Breathing Problems

HealthDay (3/8, Preidt) reports, “Researchers who recorded the most detailed images ever made of newborns’ lungs as they took their first breaths say the breakthrough could improve treatment of breathing problems in babies.” The findings were published in…

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Oldest People Hospitalized With COVID-19 Are 19 Times More Likely To Die Than The Youngest, Study Indicates

The Los Angeles Times (3/5, Khan) reported researchers found that the oldest people hospitalized with COVID-19 “were 19 times more likely to die than the youngest patients.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Outcome Of Pediatric Sepsis May Be Related To Race, Ethnicity, Insurance Status, Study Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (3/5) reported that a “large, representative study of pediatric sepsis found evidence of outcome disparities according to race or ethnicity and insurance status.” The “results of this population-based, retrospective cohort study were p…

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Former FDA Commissioner Says It’s “Probable” High School Students Will Receive SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines This Year

The Hill (3/7, Choi) reports that during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said it’s “probable” that high school students will receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this year. Gottlieb agreed with NIAID Director Anthon…

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Various Maternal Chronic Conditions May Increase Risk Of Giving Birth To Child With Cerebral Palsy, Data Indicate

Medscape (3/5, Pass, Subscription Publication) reported, “Several maternal chronic conditions increase the risk of giving birth to a child with cerebral palsy, based on data from more than 1.3 million Norwegian children.” The researchers found “mothers wi…

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Many Parents Forced To Reconsider “Screen Time” Rules As Pandemic Drags On

The Washington Post (3/5, Kelly) reported that before the pandemic, many parents worried about how much “screen time” their children had, but as the pandemic continues, many parents have reconsidered their old rules as children look at screens for school,…

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Current, Past Prescription Opioid Misuse May Be Tied To Increases In Risk For Suicide-Related Behaviors, Experiences Among US High Schoolers, Study Suggests

Healio (3/5, Downey) reported, “Current and past prescription opioid misuse were associated with increases in the risk for suicide-related behaviors and experiences among U.S. high schoolers,” researchers concluded after calculating “prevalence estimates…

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Systematic Review Identifies Multiple Evidence-Based Strategies For Improving Suicide Prevention

Healio (3/5, Gramigna) reported investigators “have identified multiple evidence-based strategies for improving suicide prevention.” Among the strategies researchers found were “for mitigating risks related to suicide” were “training primary care physicia…

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Many States Have Introduced Legislation Targeting Transgender Youth

ABC News (3/7, Deliso) reports many states “have introduced legislation that LGBTQ advocates say targets transgender youth and their access to school sports and gender-affirming health care.” According to the ACLU, “at least two dozen states have introduc…

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Biden Administration Says It Will Take Action To Lower Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals In Baby Foods

The Washington Post (3/5, Reiley) reported the Biden Administration announced on Friday that they would take steps to reduce the levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food. The FDA “said in a statement that it will identify maximum safe limits of contamina…

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Many Young People With COVID-19 Or MIS-C Experience Neurologic Involvement, Case Series Suggests

Healio (3/5, Ernst) reported researchers found in “a case series of almost 1,700 patients” that “many children and adolescents with COVID-19 or multisystem inflammatory syndrome [in children (MIS-C)] experienced neurologic involvement, with largely transi…

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Scientists Develop “Universal Flu Vaccine” That Appears Effective In Monkeys

USA Today (3/4, Weintraub) reports a group of scientists have developed a vaccine that appears to protect monkeys from the strains of influenza that are “most likely to cause a global pandemic.” The group decided to focus on developing a “universal flu va…

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Obesity A Driving Factor In Many COVID-19 Deaths, International Study Indicates

Reuters (3/4, Kelland) reports researchers found in an international study that the majority of deaths from COVID-19 “have been in countries where many people” have obesity, “with coronavirus fatality rates 10 times higher in nations where at least 50% of…

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Indian Company Announces Positive Results From Clinical Trials Of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine

The New York Times (3/4, Yasir) reports Bharat Biotech, a pharmaceutical company based in India, “said late Wednesday that initial results from clinical trials involving nearly 26,000 subjects showed [the] vaccine was both safe and effective.” The company…

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Philips To Put Disney Characters Before Children’s Eyes During MR Ambient Experience

DOT Med News (3/4, Fischer) reports, “Children may soon expect to see Mickey Mouse, the Avengers and other animated Disney characters pop up in front of their eyes when undergoing an MR exam at a hospital equipped with Philips Ambient Experience.” Designe…

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Researchers Report Decline In Birth Rates In Many Wealthy Countries

The Wall Street Journal (3/4, Stancati, Subscription Publication) reports that many wealthy countries have seen a drop in birth rates nearly a year since the pandemic started. The Wall Street Journal cites reports, quotes experts, and shares stories of wo…

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Abrocitinib Combined With Medicated Topical Therapy May Be Effective In Adolescents With Atopic Dermatitis, Research Suggests

Healio (3/4, Michael) reports, “Abrocitinib combined with a medicated topical therapy was effective, well tolerated and improved quality of life in adolescents with atopic dermatitis,” investigators concluded in “phase 3 results from the JADE TEEN Study.”…

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Nitrogen Multiple-Breath Washout Identified More Cases Of Pulmonary Dysfunction In Childhood Cancer Survivors Compared With Spirometry, Study Indicates

Healio (3/4, Welsh) reports researchers found that “nitrogen multiple-breath washout identified more cases of pulmonary dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors compared with spirometry.” The findings were published in the Annals of the American Thoracic…

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Researchers Say The Pandemic Has Disrupted Pediatric Oncology Services

HealthDay (3/4) reports researchers found that “the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disruptive effect on pediatric oncology services.” The findings were published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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High School Students Often Become More Motivated As Times Goes On, Study Indicates

HealthDay (3/4, Preidt) reports researchers followed “1,670 students at 11 public high schools in central and northeastern Ohio…for two years” and found that “overall, the students’ motivation to learn improved during the study period.” During the study…

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Investigators Report Evidence Of Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Diagnosis, Treatment Of AD/HD

Healio (3/4, Gramigna) reports investigators “reported evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) after assessing “insurance claims data of 238,011 children, of whom 11,401…

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Nursing Leaders Discuss How To Encapsulate Advances Made During Pandemic

Healthcare IT News (3/3, Mageit) reports, “As healthcare organisations continue to combat the latest COVID-19 surge, nurses have reportedly felt chronically exhausted, unappreciated and even ready to leave the profession.” Despite the pandemic “continuing…

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Teenagers Who Vape Marijuana More Likely To Report Wheezing Or Whistling Than Those Who Use E-Cigarettes Or Traditional Cigarettes, Study Indicates

CNN (3/3, LaMotte) reports researchers found teenagers who vape marijuana “are about twice as likely to report ‘wheezing or whistling’ in the chest” compared to those who used e-cigarettes or smoked traditional cigarettes. The findings were published in t…

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FDA Announces Approval Of Once-Daily Oral Treatment For AD/HD

According to HCPlive (3/3, Walter), the FDA “has approved serdexmethylphenidate…and dexmethylphenidate (d-MPH) (AZSTARYS) capsules for the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD].” The agency’s approval “is for the treatment to be…

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Exposure To Passive Smoking From Childhood Through Adulthood May Be Tied To Increased Risk For NAFLD, Research Suggests

Healio (3/3, Young) reports, “Exposure to passive smoking from childhood through adulthood was associated with increased risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD],” researchers concluded after collecting and analyzing “data from 1,315 individuals…

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Developing T1D In Childhood May Be Tied To Shorter Opportunity For Childbearing, Study Indicates

MedPage Today (3/3, Monaco) reports, “Developing type 1 diabetes (T1D) in childhood was significantly associated with a shorter opportunity for childbearing,” investigators concluded in a study that included “105 women from the Epidemiology of Diabetes Co…

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Researchers Identify Pathogenic Germline Variants Among Children And Young Adults With Rhabdomyosarcoma

OncLive (3/3, Hergert) reports researchers found “pathogenic germline variants identified among children and young adults with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) suggest that all children with RMS should undergo germline sequencing to utilize available surveillance g…

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Children Born To Mothers Who Use Opioids And Macrolide Antibiotics Do Not Have Increased Risk For Major Birth Defects, Studies Indicate

Healio (3/3, Michael) reports two studies published in the BMJ indicate that “children born to mothers who used opioids and macrolide antibiotics do not have increased risks for major birth defects.” In one study, researchers “found that prescription opio…

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Children And Adolescents Who Bully Peers Have Higher Risk For Substance Use Later In Life, Review Study Indicates

Healio (3/3, Downey) reports researchers found in a meta-analysis that “children and adolescents who bully their peers have a higher risk for drug, alcohol and tobacco use later in life.” The review study was published in Pediatrics.

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College Students With AD/HD May Have Harder Time Making It To Graduation, Study Suggests

HealthDay (3/3, Norton) reports, “College students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) appear to “have a harder time making it to graduation than their peers do,” investigators concluded. In the study, “researchers found that of 400 stu…

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Some Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Have Symptoms Similar To Adult “Long Haulers”

Kaiser Health News (3/3, Rodriguez) reports some children infected with SARS-CoV-2 “develop serious and potentially long-term problems,” similar to the adults who have been called “long haulers.” Kaiser Health News adds, “In response, pediatric hospitals…

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President Biden Says There Will Be Enough SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines For All Adults In The US By The End Of May, With Teachers And Childcare Workers Given Priority

USA Today (3/2, Groppe, Subramanian) reports President Biden announced that there will be enough SARS-CoV-2 vaccines for all adults in the US by the end of May, two months earlier than previously expected. The President made the announcement following a “…

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Smartphone Use While Driving Tied To Other Dangerous Driving Practices In Survey Of Young German Drivers

HealthDay (3/2, Murez) reports researchers surveyed young German drivers and found that “talking or texting on a smartphone while driving correlates with a whole range of dangerous driving practices for many young, novice drivers – from intoxicated drivin…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Appears To Have Greatly Reduced The Transmission Of Influenza

The Washington Post (3/2, Iati) reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, “influenza and other common viruses have nearly disappeared.” During the current flu season, there is only one known case of a child dying from influenza compared to 195 pediatric death…

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Researchers Say Strep Throat Does Not Appear To Aggravate Tourette Syndrome In Young People

HealthDay (3/2, Preidt) reports researchers found “strep throat doesn’t appear to aggravate Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders in youngsters.” However, researchers “did find an association between strep infection and increased hyperactivity…

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Researchers Say Pediatric Patients Reported Hyperhidrosis In Multiple Focal Areas

Healio (3/2, Weller) reports researchers found “pediatric patients reported hyperhidrosis in multiple focal areas, with disease severity correlating with depression and anxiety.” The findings were presented at the Masters of Pediatric Dermatology meeting….

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Alabama Senate Passes Bill That Would Ban Puberty-Blocking Drugs And Surgeries For Transgender Minors

Alabama Live (3/2, Cason) reports the Alabama Senate “passed a bill that would ban puberty-blocking, hormone medications and surgeries as transgender treatments for people under age 19.”

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Vivek Murthy Says He Will Focus On The Mental Health Impact Of The COVID-19 Pandemic If Confirmed As Surgeon General

The Hill (3/2, Williams) reports that during an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Vivek Murthy, President Biden’s pick for Surgeon General, said he would focus on the impact that COVID-19 pandemic has had on people’s mental health if confirmed for the po…

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Paper Says Teens’ Mental Health Services Accounted For Much Greater Proportion Of Their Medical Claims During Much Of 2020 Than In The Past

MedPage Today (3/2, Fiore) reports that for much of 2020, “teens’ mental health services accounted for a much greater proportion of all their medical claims than in the past,” according to a paper (PDF) from FAIR Health. MedPage Today adds, “Mental health…

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McKesson Begins Shipping Johnson & Johnson’s Coronavirus Vaccines Across The US

The Wall Street Journal (3/1, Thomas, Subscription Publication) reports on Monday, McKesson began shipping Johnson & Johnson’s newly authorized SARS-CoV-2 vaccine across the US. McKesson is working with FedEx and UPS to ship the vaccines across the US. Re…

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NIH Recognizes Rare Disease Day, Including Rare Pediatric Neurological Disorders

Healio (3/1, Weller) reports the NIH “is recognizing Rare Disease Day…with virtual panel discussions and other digital programs to raise awareness about the array of rare conditions that affect approximately 30 million Americans, according to its websit…

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Many Diaper Banks In The US Reportedly Overwhelmed With Requests

The Washington Post (3/1, Denham) reports across the US, many diaper banks are unable to keep up with requests from parents for diapers. At some locations, “requests have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled…social services workers say, with diaper shor…

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Men With Poor Cardiorespiratory Levels During Late Adolescence May Be More Likely To Develop Psoriasis Or PsA Later In Life, Study Indicates

Healio (3/1, Volansky) reports, “Men with poor cardiorespiratory fitness levels during late adolescence were more likely to develop psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis [PsA] later in life,” researchers concluded in a study that included “20,679 cases of inci…

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Eviction During Pregnancy Tied To Adverse Birth Outcomes, Study Indicates

STAT (3/1, Gaffney) reports researchers found “babies born to people evicted during pregnancy are more likely to have lower birth weights and be born earlier or prematurely than those whose parents were evicted at other times.” The findings were published…

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Researchers Say Eating Five Servings Of Fruits And Vegetables Each Day Can Lower Risk Of Early Death From All Causes

HealthDay (3/1, Preidt) reports researchers “analyzed data from more than 2 million people in” many countries, including the US, and concluded that five servings of fruits and vegetables each day can lower the risk of early death. The researchers found th…

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England’s NHS Launches Initiative To Test At-Home HPV Swab Tests

Medscape (3/1, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports England’s National Health Service (NHS) launched the YouScreen initiative on February 24 to test whether at-home HPV swab tests can “increase uptake of cervical screening.” Medscape adds, “The tr…

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Adolescents With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, Particularly Those With GI Problems, May Be At Risk For Disordered Eating, Research Suggests

Medwire News (3/1, Barnard) reports investigators “have found that adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal pain, particularly those with gastrointestinal problems, may be at risk for disordered eating.” In the multivariate analysis study, researchers fou…

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Nurses Can Help Bring Perspective To Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

mHealth Intelligence (2/26, Wicklund) reported, “When the Blessing Health System recently launched a remote patient monitoring program to provide care for newly-discharged COVID-19 patients, officials were quick to point out that the platform would allow…

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Two Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines Protect Against Complex Ear Infection In Young Children, Study Indicates

Healio (2/26, Dreisbach) reported researchers found “two pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, PCV7 and PCV13, protected against complex ear infection in young children.” The findings were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization To Johnson & Johnson’s Single-Dose Coronavirus Vaccine

The Washington Post (2/27, A1, McGinley, Johnson) reported the FDA “granted emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine.” As a result, the US now has three authorized coronavirus vaccines, “a singular scientific achi…

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Dupilumab Improved Disease-Specific, Health-Related Quality Of Life, Reduced Symptoms In Adolescents, Adults With EoE, Data Show

Healio (2/26) reports that dupilumab “[Dupixent] improved disease-specific, health-related quality of life and reduced symptoms in adolescents and adults with eosinophilic esophagitis, according to data” presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthm…

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Significant Decrease In Asthma Severity In Children Seen Following Installation Of Ultraviolet Irradiation Units Compared With Sham Units, Data Show

Healio (2/26, Downey) reports, “Study data presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology meeting demonstrated a significant decrease in asthma severity in children following the installation of ultraviolet irradiation units compared wi…

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Researchers Identify Common Otolaryngologic Manifestations Of MIS-C

Healio (2/26, Laday) reported researchers found “dysphonia, dysphagia and anosmia/hyposmia were the most common otolaryngologic manifestations among a small cohort of children with” MIS-C. The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Otolaryng…

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Collaborative Care With CBT May Alleviate Symptoms, Improve Functioning Among Adolescents With Persistent Postconcussive Symptoms, Research Indicates

Healio (2/26, Gramigna) reported, “Collaborative care with cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] may alleviate symptoms and improve functioning among adolescents with persistent postconcussive symptoms,” investigators concluded after conducting “the Collabor…

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Maryland Bill Would Require Local Health Departments And Social Service Agencies To Give Menstrual Hygiene Products To Low-Income Households

The AP (2/26, Hunt) reported a Maryland bill would require “health departments and social service agencies” in the state to “distribute free menstrual hygiene products to low-income households.” The bill would mandate that “all local health departments an…

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FDA Clears New Device That Could Help Reduce Risk Of TBI During Head Impacts

CNN (2/27, Colbert, Rios) reported that on Feb. 26, the FDA cleared “a new device that could help reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury [TBI] during head impacts.” The new device, called the Q-Collar, “is authorized for athletes 13 and older, and can…

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Sustained Unresponsiveness May Be Achievable With Early Initiation Of Peanut Sublingual Immunotherapy Designed To Desensitize Children With Peanut Allergy, Research Indicates

HCPlive (2/27, Kunzmann) reported researchers found “sustained unresponsiveness, a pivotal, sought-after benchmark in allergic immunotherapy research, may be achievable with early initiation of peanut sublingual immunotherapy designed to desensitize child…

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Researchers Examine Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Caregivers Of Children With Cancer

HealthDay (2/25, Preidt) reports in April and May of 2020, researchers “surveyed 360 parents and caregivers of children in treatment or still being monitored for cancer,” and concluded that the pandemic made fighting pediatric cancer even harder for famil…

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Researchers Say Budesonide Oral Suspension Improves Histologic, Endoscopic, And Both Histologic And Symptomatic Outcomes In Children With Eosinophilic Esophagitis Compared With Placebo

Pulmonology Advisor (2/25, May) reports researchers found “budesonide oral suspension improved histologic, endoscopic, and both histologic and symptomatic outcomes in children with eosinophilic esophagitis compared with placebo.” The findings were present…

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Nurses Are Quitting Due To COVID-19 Pandemic As Stress, Lack Of Support Take Toll

CNN (2/25) reports, “Almost a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, America’s nurses – who for almost 20 years have been voted the country’s most trusted professionals – are running on empty.” They have “reused PPE, canceled PTO and worked extended shifts for…

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Sunlight Exposure Tied To Lower Risk Of Pediatric-Onset MS, Research Suggests

Healio (2/25, Schoen) reports researchers found “spending more time in sunlight was associated with a significantly reduced risk for pediatric-onset MS.” The findings were presented at the ACTRIMS virtual meeting.

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New York City Middle School Students Return To School Buildings

The AP (2/25) reports, “Tens of thousands of New York City middle school students returned to their school buildings on Thursday for the first time since city schools were closed in November amid a surge in coronavirus infections.” According to the story,…

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More Children Reportedly Ingesting Hand Sanitizer During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The New York Times (2/25, Caron) reports as the use of hand-sanitizer increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, poison control centers reported an increase in calls concerning children “about little children who had accidentally ingested it.” The New York T…

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Pediatric Common Bile Duct Stones Predicted With Abdominal Imaging And Laboratory Indices, Study Indicates

Gastroenterology Advisor (2/25, Nye) reports researchers found in “a prospective, multicenter study” that “pediatric common bile duct stones may be predicted with abdominal imaging and laboratory indices.” The findings were published in Gastrointestinal E…

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Children With IBD Appear To Have Higher Risk For Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Research Suggests

Pulmonology Advisor (2/25, May) reports researchers found “children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appear to have an increased risk of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).” The findings were presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunol…

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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Beech-Nut Nutrition Co. Following Congressional Report On Heavy Metals In Baby Foods

The Hill (2/25, Bowden) reports a class-action lawsuit has been filed in New York against Beech-Nut Nutrition Co. “after a congressional report uncovered internal documents from several companies revealing potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals in t…

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Researchers Say Among Children With Asthma, Treatment With Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole Associated With Improvements In Lung Function And Decreased Visits To The ED

Pulmonology Advisor (2/25, May) reports researchers found that among children with asthma, “treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole was associated with improvements in lung function and decreased visits to the emergency department (ED).” The findings…

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Baseline Features Associated With Blindness In Children With Primary Congenital Glaucoma Showed That Corneal Clouding Can Predict Future Blindness, Study Indicates

Healio (2/24, Hagan) reports researchers found “baseline features associated with blindness in children with primary congenital glaucoma showed that corneal clouding can predict future blindness.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Oph…

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Researchers Say Pediatric Hidradenitis Suppurativa Is Diagnosed Two Years After Onset On Average

MedPage Today (2/24, Monaco) reports researchers conducted “an international cross-sectional analysis of 481 patients diagnosed with” pediatric hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), and found that “the average age of diagnosis came about 2 years after the averag…

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CDC Data Shows Racial Disparities In The Impact Of COVID-19 On Children

ABC News (2/25, Mitropoulos) reports while “severe illness due to COVID-19 remains rare among children,” CDC data shows that the same racial disparities seen among adults during the pandemic, extend to children of color. According to the CDC, “in children…

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Pregnant Women With COVID-19 May Be More Likely To Have A Preterm Birth, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/24, Preidt) reports researchers found that “pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth,” but they do not have a higher “risk of stillbirth or baby death soon after birth.” The findings were published in Ultrasound…

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Self-Help, Peer Counseling Intervention May Help Patients With Rare Chronic Diseases Cope Better Than Usual Care Alone, Small Study Suggests

Healio (2/24, Gramigna) reports, “A self-help and peer counseling intervention helped patients with rare chronic diseases cope better than usual care alone,” researchers concluded in a small study that sought “to determine the efficacy of a brief, transdi…

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Biden Administration Puts Forward One-Year, $120 Billion Plan Designed To Cut Child Poverty Nearly In Half

The Los Angeles Times (2/24, Lauter) reports that this week, while “the House prepares…to approve a one-year move to fight child poverty as part of President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package, leading Democrats and advocacy groups have begun jockeying to…

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Researchers Identify Characteristics That May Differentiate MIS-C From Severe COVID-19

Healio (2/24, Downey) reports researchers “identified cardiac involvement, age and race as attributes that could differentiate multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C] from severe COVID-19.” Leora Feldstein, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist, and oth…

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Study Suggests Link Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness And Brain Health Begins At A Young Age

HealthDay (2/23, Preidt) reports researchers found “4- to 6-year-olds who could walk farther during a timed test also scored higher on tests of thinking abilities and other measures of brain function.” The findings suggest that the link between cardioresp…

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Virginia Health Department Confirms Five Cases Of MIS-C In Richmond Area

The AP (2/23) reports the Virginia health department confirmed five cases of MIS-C in the Richmond area. State health officials “said the MIS-C cases have coincided with the surge in cases of COVID-19 in the Richmond metro area.”

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Grandmaternal Smoking During Pregnancy Associated With Lower Lung Function, Higher Asthma Risk In Male Grandchildren, Study Indicates

Pulmonology Advisor (2/23, Schad) reports, “Grandmaternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with a higher asthma risk and lower lung function in male grandchildren, according to study results published in Thorax.” However, researchers found “no signi…

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Researchers Observe Elevated Blood Pressure In Children And Adolescents Exposed To Tobacco

HCPlive (2/23, Alicea) reports a study published in JAMA Network Open “noted the presence of elevated blood pressure in children and adolescents who have been exposed to tobacco.” The researchers “used data from the 2007-2016 National Health and Nutrition…

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Hong Kong Schools Saw Spikes In Rhinovirus Infections After Resuming In-Person Classes, Study Indicates

STAT (2/23, Branswell) reports a study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases found that after Hong Kong reopened its schools to in-person learning last year, there was a spike in rhinovirus infections among students. The study’s authors “believe the s…

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Infant With High SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load Raises Questions

The Washington Post (2/23, Cha) reports on the case of an infant treated for SARS-CoV-2 at Children’s National Hospital in DC in September, who had a viral load of SARS-CoV-2 that was “51,418 times the median of other pediatric patients.” An investigation…

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Research Indicates EDs Seeing Greater Volume Of Teens Admitted For Mental Health Issues Amid Pandemic

The New York Times (2/23, Carey) reports research shows “that for young people who are anxious by nature, or feeling emotionally fragile already, the pandemic and its isolation have pushed them to the brink. Rates of suicidal thinking and behavior are up…

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Montana House Committee Passes Bill That Would Ban Some Medical Procedures For Transgender Youth

The Missoulian (MT) (2/22, Michels) reports that the Montana House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 427, which “would prohibit gender transition procedures and the removal of otherwise healthy or non-diseased body parts or tissue to treat gender dysp…

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Joint Task Force Issues Advisory To Address Concerns Arising From FDA Warning Of Cardiac Risk In Patients Taking Lamotrigine

Medscape (2/22, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “A joint task force of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has issued an advisory [PDF] to address concerns arising from a Food and Drug Administ…

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CDC Report Says Teachers May Be Key Spreaders Of SARS-CoV-2 In Schools And Need To Be Vaccinated

HealthDay (2/22, Murez, Mundell) says a CDC report “indicates that teachers may be key spreaders of [SARS-CoV-2] in schools and should be vaccinated against the” virus. The report said teachers were responsible for recent outbreaks in suburban schools in…

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Childhood Exposure To Residential Greenspace May Be Tied To Reduced Risk For IBD, Study Indicates

Healio (2/22, Stonehill) reports, “Childhood exposure to residential greenspace was associated with a reduced risk for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD],” investigators concluded after performing “a retrospective cohort study using linked population-based…

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Experts Predict An Increase In Vision Problems In Children Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic

STAT (2/22, Goshua) reports a Chinese study published in JAMA Ophthalmology “found that the prevalence of myopia increased up to three times in children aged 6 to 8 in 2020 compared to the previous five years.” Some experts have predicted that the US shou…

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Pregnant Women May Pass COVID-19 Antibodies To Their Babies, Study Suggests

Forbes (2/22, Forster) reports a new study suggests “women who have had Covid-19 can pass protective antibodies on to their babies.” Researchers “looked at blood samples from 88 women” with antibodies “who gave birth at a hospital in New York between Marc…

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Integrative Approaches To Managing Sickle Cell Disease May Improve Adolescent Experiences With Pain And Lead To Overall Patient Satisfaction, Study Indicates

HCPlive (2/22, Alicea) reports researchers found “that integrative approaches to sickle cell disease [management] may improve adolescent experiences with pain and lead to overall patient satisfaction.” The findings were published in Contemporary Therapies…

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Rep. Krishnamoorthi Says Parents Should Not Have To Worry About Whether Baby Food Contains Toxic Heavy Metals

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, writes in an opinion piece for USA Today (2/22), “Common baby foods found in grocery stores – made by trusted brands such…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Challenges For People Affected By Eating Disorders

USA Today (2/22, Dastagir) reports, “In the United States, 30 million people will be affected by an eating disorder at some point in their lives, and the pandemic has created profound challenges for people living with them or recovering from them, includi…

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Adolescents With Depression May Be More Physiologically Reactive To Acute Social Media Use Vs. Controls, Small Study Indicates

Healio (2/22, Gramigna) reports, “Adolescents with depression were more physiologically reactive to acute social media use vs. controls,” investigators concluded in a study that “collected data via baseline clinical assessment of 30 depressed adolescents…

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Pfizer Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Can Be Stored In Regular Freezers

The Hill (2/19, Hellmann) reported Pfizer announced that its SARS-CoV-2 “vaccine does not need to be stored in expensive deep freezers that have posed challenges to the vaccination campaign.” The company submitted data to the FDA showing that its “vaccine…

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FDA Warns Pulse Oximeters Should Not Be Used To Diagnose COVID-19

Reuters (2/19, Roy) reported the FDA warned that pulse oximeters should not be used to diagnose COVID-19 because the devices can give inaccurate readings under certain circumstances. The agency said that while the devices can be useful, many factors, incl…

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Research Suggests People Who Have Already Been Infected With SARS-CoV-2 May Only Need One Vaccine Dose

The New York Times (2/19, Mandavilli) reported recent research suggests that people who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2 may only need one dose of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be immunized. In one study, “which has not yet been published in a scie…

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Children Who Have Died From COVID-19 Have Left Behind Devastated Families

The Washington Post (2/21, A1, Fisher, Cha, Gowen, Hernandez, Rozsa) profiles several families who have lost children to COVID-19. The Washington Post adds, “Each death represents a shattered family and a trauma deepened, parents say, by the rampant belie…

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Pediatric Patients With HIV-Associated Chronic Lung Disease Receiving Azithromycin Did Not Have Improved Lung Function, But Risk For First Acute Respiratory Exacerbation Was Significantly Decreased, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (2/19, Nye) reported researchers found in “a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial” that “pediatric patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated chronic lung disease receiving azithromycin di…

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Group Says Phthalates Are Damaging Children’s Brain Development And Should Be Banned Immediately

CNN (2/20, LaMotte) reported, “Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR,…

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Small Study Examines Effects Of COVID-19 Lockdown On Youngsters, Teens With Neurodevelopmental Or Mental Health Issues

HealthDay (2/19, Murez) reported researchers examined the effect of COVID-19 lockdown on youngsters and teens with “neurodevelopmental or mental health issues,” such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In research published online Feb. 14 ahead o…

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Researchers Identify Between-Center Variations In Practices And Outcomes Of Invasive Mechanical Ventilation For Infants With Acute Bronchiolitis

Healio (2/19, T. Welsh) reported researchers “identified between-center variations in practices and outcomes of invasive mechanical ventilation for infants with acute bronchiolitis.” Healio added, “The researchers conducted a retrospective, multicenter, c…

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Pfizer, BioNTech Start International Study To Evaluate Safety, Efficacy Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Pregnant Women

Reuters (2/18, Steenhuysen) reports that Pfizer and BioNTech “have started an international study with 4,000 volunteers to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine in healthy pregnant women, the companies said on Thursday.” Pregnant…

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Rituximab Well-Tolerated In Patients Younger Than 21, But Infections Are Common, Study Indicates

Cancer Therapy Advisor (2/18, Blevins Primeau) reports researchers found that rituximab was “well-tolerated among patients aged younger than 21 years, but infections were common and B lymphocyte recovery was prolonged, underscoring the need for better met…

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In Utero Exposure To Air Pollution Tied To Poorer Cognition Later In Life, Study Indicates

Medscape (2/18, Greb, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “in utero exposure to air pollution is tied to poorer cognition later in life.” The findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Subcutaneous Tocilizumab Provides Similar Risk-Benefit Profiles As IV Tocilizumab In Systemic JIA, Study Suggests

Healio (2/18, Laday) reports, “Subcutaneous tocilizumab provides similar exposure and risk-benefit profiles as intravenous tocilizumab in patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA], according to findings published in Rheumatology.” Researc…

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Debate Continues To Rage Over CDC’s Guidelines On Reopening Schools

ABC News (2/18, Haslett) reports that the CDC “for the first time issued specific steps schools could take depending upon their level of viral transmission in the community.” Still, “since Friday’s release, health experts, teachers unions and political pu…

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Researchers Compare Growth Rates Of Children Conceived Naturally To Those Conceived Through ART

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt) reports researchers compared the growth rates of children conceived naturally to those conceived through assisted reproductive technology (ART). The researchers found that “ART children had an average birth weight of 7.7 pounds an…

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New Zealand Researchers Say Mental Illness In Childhood Linked To Worse Health Later In Life

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt, Mundell) reports a group of researchers in New Zealand published two studies that concluded mental illness in childhood can have negative health impacts later in life. In one study, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry, the rese…

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Children’s Immune Systems Attack SARS-CoV-2 Faster And More Aggressively Than Adults’ Immune Systems, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt) reports researchers found that “children’s immune systems attacked [SARS-CoV-2] faster and more aggressively than adults’ immune systems did.” HealthDay adds, “The researchers analyzed blood samples from 48 children and 70 adults…

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Experts Debate Use Of MRI For Identifying Children Who Have Appendicitis

Diagnostic Imaging (2/17, Palmer) reports, “MRI should be the best first-line modality for identifying children who have appendicitis, according to some experts. But, others disagree, citing a number of reasons why it should still come in second to ultras…

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CDC Director Says US Needs To Curb Spread Of SARS-CoV-2 To Curb Spread Of Variants

CNN (2/17, Gumbrecht) reports CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the U.S. needs to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in order to curb the spread of more dangerous variants. Dr. Walensky said, “I know these variants are concerning, especially as we’re see…

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Inspector General Report Says HUD Has Not Enforced Environmental Regulations, Resulting In Lead Poisoning Of Children In At Least One Public Housing Development In Indiana

The Washington Post (2/17, Jan) reports, “The Department of Housing and Urban Development has for years neglected to enforce its own environmental regulations, resulting in lead poisoning of children in at least one public housing development and potentia…

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Children Who Bully Other Children Are More Likely To Abuse Drugs As Adults, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/17) reports researchers analyzed 28 studies and found that children who bully other children are more likely to abuse tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs later in life. The review study was published in Pediatrics.

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Experts Call On Biden Administration To More Widely Recommend Use Of N95 Masks As New Coronavirus Variants Emerge

CNN (2/17, Diamond) reported, “Several members of President Joe Biden’s former coronavirus advisory board are urging his administration to more widely recommend and mandate the use of N95 masks, citing a ‘pressing and urgent need for action’ driven by the…

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Biden Administration Will Spend $1.6B To Expand COVID-19 Testing

NBC News (2/17) reports, “The Biden administration said it will spend $1.6 billion to expand Covid-19 testing in schools and underserved areas, increase testing supply production and expand genomic sequencing, a move administration officials described as…

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Women’s Heart Health During Pregnancy May Predict Children’s Future Health, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/17) reports researchers found “the state of a woman’s heart during pregnancy may predict her kids’ health by the time they reach adolescence.” In addition, “when mothers’ weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels were less healthy during…

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New CDC Guidance Reportedly Fuels Debate Over School Reopenings

The Hill (2/16, Sullivan) reports, “New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is adding fuel to the fire of a raging debate over school reopening, with some experts saying the guidelines erect too many barriers to kids returni…

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Parent Describes Children’s Experiences In Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

In an op-ed for the New York Times (2/16), Minneapolis-based health journalist Sheila Mulrooney Eldred describes her children’s experiences participating in the clinical trials for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in younger kids. Eldred explains that her daugh…

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Researchers Work To Enroll Teens In COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

The New York Times (2/16, Hoffman) reports that while vaccinating educators against COVID-19 “will be an important factor in keeping schools open, vaccinating students will also be a key element,” but “they need a Covid vaccine that works for them.” The T…

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Rabies Prevention Treatment KEDRAB Appears Safe And Effective In Children In Clinical Trial

HealthDay (2/16) reports researchers found in a pediatric clinical trial that “the rabies prevention treatment KEDRAB is safe and effective for patients 17 and younger.” HealthDay adds, “The trial included 30 kids with suspected or confirmed rabies exposu…

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Use Of Marijuana By Teenagers Increased After California Legalized Marijuana For Adults In 2016, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/16, Preidt) reports researchers analyzed survey data from high school students and found that after California legalized marijuana for adults in 2016, the use of the drug by teenagers increased “after years of steady decline.” The researchers…

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Young Teenage Girls Who Spend More Time On Social Media Than Their Peers Are More Likely To Die By Suicide, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/16, Mozes) reports researchers found in a long-term study that young teenage girls who spend more time on social media than their peers are more likely to die by suicide. The findings were published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

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Cases Of MIS-C Reportedly Increasing Across The US

The New York Times (2/16, Belluck) reports physicians across the US “have been seeing a striking increase in the number of young people with” Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). In addition, “more patients are now very sick than during…

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US Hospitals Say Supplies Of PPE, Other Crucial Medical Equipment At All-Time Low As Pandemic Persists

The Hill (2/14, Bowden) reported US hospitals “say their supplies of crucial medical supplies including personal protective equipment (PPE) are lower than ever as demand for different items has soared to an all-time high.” Data indicating “usage rates of…

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Experts Say Too Many States Allow Too Much Lead In Their Water, Putting Children At Risk

David Cwiertny, director of the University of Iowa’s Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, and Andrew Whelton, director of Purdue University’s Center for Plumbing Safety, wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill (2/12) that many states t…

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UK COVID-19 Variant Linked To Higher Mortality, Study Suggests

The New York Times (2/13, Mueller, Zimmer) reported a new analysis from the UK warns “it is ‘likely’ that the variant is linked to an increased risk of hospitalization and death,” but the “reasons for an elevated death rate are not entirely clear.” In a S…

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Children Whose Mothers Received Revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For WIC While Pregnant May Have Improved Developmental Outcomes In First Two Years Of Life, Research Suggests

Medscape (2/12, Splete, Subscription Publication) reported, “Developmental outcomes in the first 2 years of life improved in children whose mothers received the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) while pr…

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Oxford University Begins Testing Coronavirus Vaccine In Children

The Washington Post (2/14, Bellware) reported Oxford University has “started testing its coronavirus vaccine in children as young as 6 in a move that expands coronavirus vaccine trials to the youngest age group yet.” The Washington Post added, “The Oxford…

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In Complicated Pregnancy, Schizophrenia-Related Genes In Placenta May Raise Risk Of Schizophrenia Development Later In Life, Study Suggests

Medscape (2/12, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reported, “Schizophrenia-related genes in the placenta are predictive of the size of a baby’s brain at birth and the rate of cognitive development,” and “in a complicated pregnancy, such genes could raise…

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Pregnant Women Who Consume Coffee May Be More Likely To Have Children With Behavioral Issues Later In Life, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/12) reported researchers “examined 9,000 brain scans from 9- and 10-year-olds as part of the largest long-term study of brain development and child health” and concluded that “pregnant women who consume any coffee may be more likely to have k…

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Professionals “Increasingly Alarmed” By “Deteriorating Mental State Of Young People”

The New York Times (2/14, Kwai) reports that with COVID restrictions “set to drag into the spring or even the summer, mental health professionals are growing increasingly alarmed about the deteriorating mental state of young people, who they say have been…

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CDC Outlines Steps To Reopen K-12 Schools

The New York Times (2/12, A1, Mandavilli, Taylor, Goldstein) reported the CDC called for “K-12 schools be reopened as soon as possible, and it offered a step-by-step plan to get students back in classrooms and to resolve a debate dividing communities acro…

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WHO Issues Guidelines On Management Of Chronic Pain In Children

Healio (2/15, Downey) reports, “WHO issued new guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children, including recommendations on physical therapy, psychological therapy and pharmacological management.” The guidance “was developed based on ‘a systemat…

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Tocilizumab Reduces Deaths In Patients Hospitalized With Severe COVID-19 In RECOVERY Trial

Reuters (2/11, Kelland) reports researchers found in the RECOVERY trial that Roche’s arthritis drug Actemra (tocilizumab) can reduce deaths in people hospitalized with severe COVID-19, shorten recovery time, and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation….

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Researchers Say Delaying Antibiotics In Children With Acute Uncomplicated Respiratory Tract Infections Did Not Result In Longer Duration Or More Severe Symptoms

CIDRAP (2/11, Dall) reports researchers “found that delaying antibiotics for children with acute uncomplicated respiratory tract infections reduced antibiotic use and did not result in longer duration or more severe symptoms compared with immediate antibi…

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Use Of Antibiotics During Pregnancy Tied To Higher Risk For Asthma In Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/11) reports researchers found that “children whose mothers used antibiotics in pregnancy may have a slightly heightened risk of asthma.” The findings were published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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Distinct Psychological Pathways May Exist Between Developmental Trauma During Childhood And/Or Adolescence And Psychotic Phenomena In Adulthood, Systematic Review Indicates

Healio (2/11, Gramigna) reports, “Distinct psychological pathways may exist between developmental trauma during childhood and/or adolescence and psychotic phenomena in adulthood,” investigators concluded after conducting a 22-study “systematic review and…

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Many Babies May Be Born With Oral HPV, Finnish Study Suggests

HealthDay (2/11, Preidt) reports in a study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Finnish “researchers found that 23% of 331 children delivered in Finland had an oral HPV infection at birth, likely contracted from their mothers.” Dr. Stina Syrjanen,…

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Small Opportunities To Feel Useful, Successful May Be Good For Children’s Mental Health, Author Says

In a piece for the New York Times (2/11), Sharon Holbrook, author, parent, and managing editor of Your Teen magazine, writes that “focusing on helping our kids develop what psychologists call ‘self-efficacy,’ or a person’s belief that they are capable of…

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At Least 16 States Considering Bills That Would Affect Transgender Athletes Or Treatment Of Patients With Gender Dysphoria

Kaiser Health News (2/11, Loose) reports “at least 16 states are considering measures that would affect transgender athletes or those seeking treatment for gender dysphoria.” Some of these bills, including one in Montana, would penalize physicians who tre…

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Congressional Democrats Hope To Push States To Extend Medicaid Coverage For New Mothers

In an analysis piece, the Washington Post’s (2/11, Cunningham) “The Health 202” blog reports that Congressional Democrats have added a provision to the coronavirus relief package that would allow states to extend Medicaid eligibility for new mothers for u…

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White House Says CDC Will Issue New Guidelines On Reopening Schools

Reuters (2/11, Chiacu) reports White House adviser Andy Slavitt said the CDC plans to issue new guidelines on reopening schools. On Thursday, Slavitt said, “Tomorrow, the CDC is going to roll out their operating plan to give school districts, local commun…

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CDC’s ACIP Releases 2021 Childhood And Adolescent Immunization Schedule With Guidance On Coronavirus Vaccines

Medscape (2/11, Frellick, Subscription Publication) reports the CDC’s ACIP “released the 2021 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule” with “relatively few changes from last year’s schedule but” added guidance on SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. The 2021 sched…

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College Student Invents Light To Help Nurses Work Without Disturbing Patient’s Rest

The New York Times (2/10, Waller) reports, “During his day shift at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Anthony Scarpone-Lambert steps into a patient’s room. The lights are off, but he knows he has to change the IV without disturbing the patie…

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CDC Issues New Guidance Encouraging Americans To Double Mask Or Improve The Fit Of Surgical Masks To Protect Themselves From More Infectious Variants Of SARS-CoV-2

The Washington Post (2/10, A1, Sun, Nirappil) reports the CDC issued new guidance on masking aimed at helping Americans protect themselves from more infectious variants of SARS-CoV-2. According to a CDC report, Americans can better protect themselves by,…

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CDC Says People Fully Vaccinated Against SARS-CoV-2 Do Not Have To Quarantine After Possible Exposure To The Virus If They Meet Certain Criteria

Reuters (2/11, Raman) reports the CDC said people who have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 do not need to quarantine after potential exposure to the virus if they meet certain criteria. The agency’s criteria include full vaccination, exposure wit…

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UCART19 Produces Manageable Safety Profile In Two Phase 1 Trials In Heavily Pretreated Pediatric And Adult Patients With Relapsed Or Refractory B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Cancer Network (2/10, Fowler) reports, “UCART19 produced a manageable safety profile in 2 separate phase 1 studies examining heavily pretreated pediatric and adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).” The findin…

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Previous Infection With Coronaviruses That Cause The Common Cold Does Not Provide Immunity To SARS-CoV-2, Study Indicates

The New York Times (2/10, Mandavilli) reports a study published in Cell refutes the notion that people who have previously been infected with “common coronaviruses that cause the common cold” have immunity to SARS-CoV-2. The study’s authors “carefully con…

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Treatment With Sofpironium Bromide Gel May Reduce Severity Of Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Healio (2/10, Weller) reports, “Treatment with sofpironium bromide gel reduced the severity of primary axillary hyperhidrosis in a cohort of pediatric patients,” investigators concluded in a study that “enrolled 21 patients with primary axillary hyperhidr…

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Researchers Evaluate Use Of Clinical Decision Support Tool For Pediatric Patients With Appendicitis

HealthImaging (2/10, O’Connor) reports researchers found in one emergency department that “using a clinical decision support tool did not lead to widespread reductions in emergency diagnostic imaging for pediatric patients with appendicitis.” However, the…

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Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring Of Preterm Infants May Help Reduce Exposure To Prolonged Or Severe Hyper- And Hypoglycemia, Researchers Say

HCPlive (2/10, Alicea) reports, “Real-time continuous glucose monitoring…of preterm infants may help reduce exposure to prolonged or severe hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia,” researchers concluded in an “international, open-label, randomized controlled tr…

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Children With Myelomeningocele Who Had Surgery In Utero Fared Better Than Those Who Had Surgery After Birth, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports researchers found “that children with myelomeningocele (the most severe form of spina bifida) who had surgery while in utero were more likely to later be able to walk independently and go up and down stairs than children w…

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Combination Of Lumacaftor And Ivacaftor Appears Safe And Well Tolerated In Children With F508del-CFTR Mutation For Cystic Fibrosis In Phase 3 Trial

Healio (2/10, Welsh) reports researchers found in a phase 3 trial that “combination therapy with lumacaftor/ivacaftor was safe and well tolerated for up to 120 weeks in children aged 6 to 11 years with the F508del-CFTR mutation for cystic fibrosis.” The t…

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Experimental Drug Reduces Use Of Rescue Medication In Patients Suffering Swelling Attacks Related To Hereditary Angioedema In Phase 2 Trial

FierceBiotech (2/9, Taylor) reports researchers found in a phase 2 trial that KalVista Pharmaceuticals’ oral plasma kallikrein inhibitor KVD900 “reduced the use of rescue medication in patients suffering swelling attacks associated with” the rare disease…

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Treatment With HBP Foam May Improve Plaque Psoriasis In Adolescent Patients, Research Suggests

Healio (2/9, Forand) reports, “Treatment with halobetasol propionate [HBP] foam improved plaque psoriasis in adolescent patients,” researchers concluded after evaluating “24 patients, aged 12 to 17 years, who had stable plaque psoriasis on at least 10% of…

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Children With IBD, JIA, And CNO May Have Increased Rate Of Psoriasis, With Highest Rate Occurring In Those With TNFi Exposure, Study Indicates

Dermatology Advisor (2/9) reports, “Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and chronic noninfectious osteomyelitis (CNO) have an increased rate of psoriasis compared with the general pediatric population, with…

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French Researchers Say Children In Day Care Centers Had Low SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rates Early In The Pandemic

HealthDay (2/9, Preidt) reports French researchers found “children in day care centers had low coronavirus infection rates early in the pandemic, and are unlikely sources of [SARS-CoV-2] transmission.” The findings were published in The Lancet Child & Ado…

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Researchers Say Low Gestational 25[OH]D And Childhood Asthma Are Risk Factors For Decreased Lung Function In Early Childhood

Pulmonology Advisor (2/9, Moeller) reports researchers found “both low gestational 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels (25[OH]D) and childhood asthma are risk factors for decreased lung function in early childhood.” The findings were published in the Journal of Al…

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More Parents Are Hesitant About Giving Their Children The HPV Vaccine, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/9, Reinberg) reports researchers found that between 2012 and 2018, the percentage of physicians who recommend HPV vaccines to their patients increased from 27% to 49%, “but at the same time, the number of parents who were reluctant to have th…

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Study Sheds Light On Link Between Polygenic Risk Scores, Certain Symptoms Associated With AD/HD

HCPlive (2/9, Walter) reports a “discovery genome-wide association study” is shedding “light on the link between polygenic genetic risk scores…and certain symptoms associated with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Included in the study…

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Texas Representative Files Legislation To Implement Protections For Nurses From Workplace Violence

The Texas Tribune (2/9, Najmabadi, Bohra) reports, “Well over half of Texas’ nurses reported being subject to workplace violence in their career, according to a 2016 state study,” while “nationwide, the rate of violence for health care workers increased m…

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New York AG Calls For FDA To Take Action On Toxic Metals In Baby Foods

Reuters (2/9, Shepardson) reports New York Attorney General Letitia James called for the FDA “to take action to set uniform standards related to toxic metals across all baby foods.” Reuters adds that James called for the FDA to follow the recommendations…

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Combination Of Methylprednisolone And Intravenous Immunoglobulins Is More Effective Than Intravenous Immunoglobulins Alone For Treatment Of Patients With MIS-C, Study Indicates

Medscape (2/9, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found “the combination of methylprednisolone and intravenous immunoglobulins works better than intravenous immunoglobulins alone for” the treatment of patients with multisystem inflamm…

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Pollen Season Appears To Be Getting Longer, Worse, Researchers Say

The AP (2/8, Borenstein) reports, “Across the United States and Canada, pollen season is starting 20 days earlier and pollen loads are 21% higher since 1990,” research indicates. HealthDay (2/8, Mozes) reports that after analyzing “pollen concentration da…

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Novel Electronic Wearable Device Appears Not To Help Hospital Workers Improve Compliance With Hand Hygiene Guidelines, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (2/8, Lou) reports, “Hospital workers did not improve their compliance with hand hygiene guidelines as a result of a quality improvement intervention using a novel electronic wearable device,” investigators concluded in a study “conducted at…

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New Coronavirus Cases In US Fall Below 100,000 For First Time Since November 2

CIDRAP (2/8, Soucheray) reports, “According to the COVID-19 case tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, the United States reported 86,928 new cases [on Sunday], and 1,268 deaths, marking the first time since Nov 2 daily case counts have fallen be…

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Some People Who Have Received A Coronavirus Vaccine Have Developed Immune Thrombocytopenia

The New York Times (2/8, Grady) reports some people who have received a coronavirus vaccine have developed “immune thrombocytopenia – a lack of platelets, a blood component essential for clotting.” The federal government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting…

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PPIs May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Asthma Development In Children, Study Suggests

HCPlive (2/8, Kunzmann) reports, “Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common therapy for pediatric acid-related gastrointestinal tract disorders, may be linked to increased risk of asthma development in children,” investigators concluded after conducting “a…

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Some New York City Middle School Students To Resume In-Person Classes Later This Month

The New York Times (2/8, Shapiro) reports some middle school students will resume in-person classes in New York City’s public schools later this month. Around 62,000 “middle school students who opted for in-person learning last year will be able to return…

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Many Fatal Car Crashes Involving Teenagers And Their Passengers Are The Result Of Speeding, Report Says

HealthDay (2/8, Mozes) says 43% “of all fatal car crashes involving teens and their passengers are the result of speeding,” according to a report (PDF) from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Between 2015 and 2019, 4,930 teenage drivers and passeng…

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Researchers Say Children With COVID-19 In ICU Are More Likely To Be Older, To Be Black, And To Have Asthma

CHEST Physician (2/8, Frellick) reports researchers analyzed preliminary data from a nationwide registry and found that children with COVID-19 who require intensive care “are more likely to be older, to be Black, and to have asthma.” The findings were pre…

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Children Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Who Had Received A Flu Or Pneumococcal Vaccine Were Less Likely To Have Symptoms Of COVID-19, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/8, Preidt) reports researchers analyzed the “medical records of more than 900 children diagnosed with [the SARS-CoV-2 infection] between February and August of last year” and found that children who received an influenza vaccine or a pneumoco…

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Many US Teens, Young Adults Prescribed A Psychoactive Medication Report Misusing It, Study Indicates

Healio (2/5, Gramigna) reported, “A significant proportion of teens and young adults in the United States prescribed a psychoactive” medication “reported misusing that drug,” researchers concluded in a study that “sought to evaluate prevalence and correla…

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Company Says Its Experimental Treatment For Patients With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Did Not Increase Key Muscle Building Protein

BioPharma Dive (2/5, Gardner) reported PTC Therapeutics announced that Translarna (ataluren) “didn’t significantly increase the amount of a key muscle building protein in a group of 18 boys” with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The FDA has previously rejecte…

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Three-Month Postdischarge Malaria Chemoprevention Among Children Who Had Severe Anemia Reduced Deaths In Areas With Intense Malaria Transmission, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (2/5, Nye) reported researchers conducted “a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial” and found “three-month postdischarge malaria chemoprevention among children who had severe anemia reduced deaths in areas with inten…

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Subset Of Patients With JIA With Elevated IL-18 Markers May Face “Increased Risk” For Macrophase Activation Syndrome, Research Suggests

Healio (2/5, Stott) reported, “A subset of patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA] with elevated interleukin-18 markers could face ‘increased risk’ for macrophage activation syndrome, according to a” presentation given at the Basic and…

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Testosterone Therapy May Be Tied To Gains In BMI In Transgender Male Adolescents, Research Suggests

Healio (2/5, Monostra) reported, “A cohort of transgender male adolescents on testosterone therapy had a significant increase in BMI during a mean follow-up of nearly one year, a trend not seen in a cohort of BMI-matched cisgender females,” researchers co…

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Experts Discuss How To Help Teens Having Suicidal Thoughts

In the New York Times (2/6) “The Checkup,” Perri Klass, MD, talked with experts about how to keep children and teenagers safe from suicidal ideation during the pandemic. Even in non-pandemic times, “many mental health problems tend to emerge in adolescenc…

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Federal Government Plans To Release New Guidance On Reopening Schools

NPR (2/5, Rascoe) reported, “The federal government plans to release new guidance…about how to safely reopen schools in the midst of the pandemic – guidelines that could add new grist to a debate over whether schools should wait until teachers are vacci…

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Biden Uses DPA To Expand Vaccine Supplies, Mass Produce Tests And PPE

The Washington Post (2/5, Stanley-Becker) reported the Biden Administration “announced several initiatives Friday aimed at accelerating mass inoculations against the coronavirus and expanding production of rapid coronavirus tests and surgical gloves, amon…

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Number Of Coronavirus Cases In Children Continues To Decline, But Children Make Up A Larger Share Than Before, Report Says

Medscape (2/5, Franki, Subscription Publication) reported that while the total number of new coronavirus cases in children continued to decline, “children made up a larger share of cases for the fourth consecutive week, according to a report from” two ped…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Peramivir Injection To Younger Patients With Influenza

Drug Topics (2/4, Barrett) reports the FDA “approved a supplemental new drug application for peramivir injection (Rapivab; BioCryst) to expand the patient population to include those aged 6 months and older.” The drug “is indicated for the treatment of ac…

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Researchers Say Vaccines Against 10 Major Diseases Prevented 37 Million Deaths Between 2000 And 2019 In Low- And Middle-Income Countries

HealthDay (2/4, Preidt) reports researchers estimated that “vaccines against 10 major diseases prevented 37 million deaths between 2000 and 2019 in low- and middle-income countries worldwide, with young children benefiting most.” The findings were publish…

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“Verbal Reasoning” With An Unruly Child May Be Tied To Mixed Outcomes, Research Suggests

HealthDay (2/4, Murez) reports research indicates that “the common tactic of ‘verbal reasoning’ with an unruly child ‘was associated with a mixed bag of outcomes, some positive and some negative.’” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after “analyzing…

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Texas Children’s Hospital Launches Major Effort To Vaccinate Teens With Underlying Health Conditions

KPRC-TV Houston (2/5, Martinez) reports that a “major effort is underway by Texas Children’s Hospital to vaccinate young teens and adolescents with chronic and underlying health conditions.” Hospital leaders with Texas Children’s “said they have already i…

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Compliance With Relaxed “Care Bundle” May Be Tied To Lower 30-Day Mortality, Shorter Hospital Stays Among Children With Sepsis, Interim Study Data Indicate

MedPage Today (2/4, Boyles) reports, “Compliance with a relaxed ‘care bundle’ was associated with lower 30-day mortality and shorter median hospital stays among children with sepsis,” investigators concluded in “interim data from the Improving Pediatric S…

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CDC Reports Decrease In Blood Lead Level Testing In Young Children During The COVID-19 Pandemic

HealthDay (2/4) reports, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a decrease in blood lead level (BLL) testing among young children, according to” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC researchers “analyzed data reported from 34 state and l…

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Congressional Report Says Many Popular Baby Foods Contain Toxic Heavy Metals

The Washington Post (2/4, Reiley) reports, “A congressional report found many of the products made by the country’s largest commercial baby food manufacturers contain significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury,…

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Biggest Spreaders Of Coronavirus In US Are Adults Aged 20 To 49, Research Suggests

CNN (2/3, Mascarenhas, Fox) reports that research “suggests that the biggest spreaders of coronavirus in the US are adults aged 20 to 49.” CNN adds, “Children accounted for very little spread, the researchers said, as did older adults.” Investigators came…

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Experts Warn On Injuries, Fatalities Tied To Tip-Overs Of Furniture And TVs

HealthDay (2/3, Preidt) reports, “Experts are warning that unsecured televisions, bedroom dressers and other heavy furniture can crush, maim and even kill curious children,” an issue that “may only worsen during stay-at-home lockdowns.” Figures (PDF) from…

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Digital Clinical Decision Support Tool May Help Clinicians Determine Whether A Child’s Diarrhea Is Caused By A Virus Or By Bacteria, Research Suggests

Health IT Analytics (2/3, Kent) reports, “A digital clinical decision support tool can help providers determine whether a child’s diarrhea is caused by bacteria or a virus and potentially cut inappropriate antibiotic use,” researchers concluded in a study…

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Researchers Examine Association Of Childhood rhGH Treatment With Long-Term Risk For Cardiovascular Events

Healio (2/3, Monostra) reports, “Children in Sweden who were treated with recombinant human growth hormone, or rhGH, have an increased risk for cardiovascular events in adulthood vs. controls; however, the absolute risk remains low,” investigators conclud…

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Uveitis May Significantly Impact Visual Functioning, Vision-Related QoL Among Children With JIA, Study Suggests

Healio (2/3, Laday) reports, “Uveitis has a ‘significant impact’ on visual functioning and vision-related quality of life among children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA],” investigators concluded in a study that included “332 patients with JIA, 12…

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Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia, Geisinger Formalize Affiliation To Improve Kids’ Care

Modern Healthcare (2/3, Bannow, Subscription Publication) reports that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia “and a smaller children’s hospital operated by Geisinger in Danville, Pa. are formalizing an affiliation they say is designed to improve care fo…

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HBV, HCV Infection In Pregnant Women Associated With Higher Incidences Of Premature Births, Study Finds

HCPlive (2/3, Alicea) reports, “Findings from a new study reported that hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in pregnant women was associated with higher incidences of premature births.” And, “HCV infection was further linked to e…

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Biden Order Opening Three-Month ACA Enrollment Period Would Boost For-Profit Hospitals: Fitch Ratings

HealthLeaders Media (2/3, Commins) reports that President Biden’s executive order “opening a three-month enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ‘would generally improve the financial position of not-for-profit hospitals,’ Fit…

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CDC Director Says Teachers Do Not Have To Be Vaccinated To Safely Reopen Schools

The Hill (2/3, Sullivan) reports that CDC Director Rochelle Walensky “emphasized Wednesday that vaccinating teachers is not required for safely reopening schools, citing data from her agency to say it is possible to return to in-person classes as long as…

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TBI Plus Etoposide Remains Conditioning Regimen Of Choice For Children Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant For ALL, Study Shows

Medscape (2/3, Otto, Subscription Publication) reports, “For now at least, total body irradiation (TBI) plus etoposide remains the conditioning regimen of choice for children undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant for acute lymphoblastic…

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New Analysis Does Not Support Addition Of Eltrombopag To Immunosuppressive Therapy In Children With Severe Aplastic Anemia

Hematology Advisor (2/2) reports, “Although the addition of eltrombopag to a standard immunosuppressive therapy regimen has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in patients with acquired severe aplastic anemia who are 2 years of age…

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CDC Study Warns Some Healthcare Workers With Vaccine Symptoms Might Develop COVID-19

Cardiovascular Business (2/1, Walter) reports a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study warns that healthcare workers experiencing symptoms after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine could “be signs that the individual now has COVID-19.” An analysis…

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Modified Version Of Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System Appears To Be Effective For Young Children With T1D, Research Suggests

Healio (2/2, Monostra) reports, “A modified version of an FDA-approved closed-loop insulin delivery system may be effective for children aged two to five years with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” investigators concluded. The findings of the 12-participant study…

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Study Recommends Women With T1D Should Undergo Ophthalmologic Follow-Up Both Before, During Pregnancy

Endocrinology Advisor (2/2, Biscaldi) reports, “Women with type 1 diabetes (T1D) should undergo ophthalmologic follow-up both before and during pregnancy,” and “severe prepregnancy diabetic retinopathy should be treated before women consider becoming preg…

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Small Study Compares DBT And IGST For Youth At High Risk Of Suicide Or Self-Harm

Psychiatric News (2/2) reports, “Youth at high risk of suicide may be less likely to engage in self-harm following dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) compared with individual and group supportive therapy (IGST) due to improvements in their ability to regu…

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Fauci: CDC Could Recommend Double Masking

Fox News (2/2, Farber) reports National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci “said it’s ‘possible’ that federal health officials could soon recommend ‘double masking’ in an effort to better prevent the spread of the novel co…

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Pandemic Has Created Perfect Storm Of Stressors For Kids, Physicians Say

NPR (2/2, Chatterjee) reports, “An abrupt spike in suicide deaths among students in the Clark County School District has officials in the Las Vegas district wondering if pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic might have been part of what fueled”…

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More Americans Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine Than Those Who Have Tested Positive For Virus, Data Indicate

Bloomberg (2/1, Cortez, Court) reports, “More Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine than have tested positive for the virus, an early but hopeful milestone in the race to end the pandemic.” According to data from the Bloomberg Va…

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COVID-19 After-Effects May Linger, Even In People Who Were Asymptomatic, Research Indicates

The Wall Street Journal (2/1, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports research indicates that after-effects may linger in the body of people who have asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. For instance, a study published in the November issue of the Journal of…

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At Any Age, Adolescents With Extreme Obesity May Benefit From Bariatric Surgery, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (2/1, Monaco) reports, “At any age, adolescents with extreme obesity can benefit from bariatric surgery,” investigators concluded. In the “NIH funded Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study…younger adolescents –…

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Specific Groups Of US Kindergartners May Be More Likely To Be Frequent Users Of Online Social Networking, Technologies, Study Suggests

CNN (2/1, Morgan) runs a piece from The Conversation, in which a study author discloses that “specific groups of kindergartners in the US are more likely to be frequent users of social networking, online gaming or messaging by the end of fifth grade.” Inv…

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Higher Intake Of Omega-3 Fatty Acid In Childhood Associated With Lower Incident Asthma Risk Up to Mid-Adolescence In Children With Fatty Acid Desaturase Polymorphism Variant, Researchers Say

Healio (2/1, T. Welsh) reports, “Higher omega-3 fatty acid intake in childhood was associated with lower risk for incident asthma up to mid-adolescence in children with a fatty acid desaturase polymorphism variant, researchers reported in the European Res…

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Dr. Fauci Says There Have Been “No Red Flags” Seen In Pregnant Women Who Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine

USA Today (2/1, Rodriguez) reports, “Some pregnant women remain unsure about getting the COVID-19 vaccine because safety data is scarce and health agency guidelines are vague and in some cases contradictory.” However, “Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s lead…

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Black Children Appear To Have Higher Rates Of Shellfish, Fish Allergies Than White Children, Study Indicates

HealthDay (2/1, Preidt) reports, “Black American children have higher rates of shellfish and fish allergies than white children,” investigators concluded after studying “664 children, aged 12 and under, who’d been diagnosed with a food allergy.” The findi…

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Biden Administration Health Officials Not Changing Two-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

The Hill (2/1, Sullivan) reports, “Top Biden administration health officials made clear Monday that they are not changing strategy to give people only one dose of vaccine instead of two in an effort to speed the process, but at the same time urged health…

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Researchers Examine Changes In Children’s Diets During Pandemic

HealthDay (2/1) reports, “There have been good and bad changes to U.S. children’s diets during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.” For instance, a recent study published in the journal Appetite found that “75% of respondents said their children had r…

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B. 1.351 Variant Detected In US For First Time

The Washington Post (1/28, Achenbach, Johnson) reports the B. 1.351 variant of SARS-CoV-2, first identified in South Africa, “has infected two people in South Carolina with no travel history,” marking the first confirmed cases of infection with the varian…

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Experimental Gene Therapy For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Appears Promising, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/28, Preidt) reports, “An experimental gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy shows promise,” investigators concluded in a study that “included six boys, aged four to seven, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” Three of the boys “received…

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New Coronavirus Cases Decrease By 25% Or More In 12 States And More Than 1,200 Counties, HHS Data Indicates

Kaiser Health News (1/28, Jewett) reports 12 states “are reporting drops of 25% or more in new [SARS-CoV-2] cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same,” according to HHS data released on Wednesday. The decline “may relate to growing fear of the…

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Likelihood Of A Child Being Diagnosed With DKA At The Time They Are Diagnosed With T1D May Be Lower When Parents Are Made Aware Of Child’s Increased Genetic Risk Of Developing Diabetes, Researchers Say

HCPlive (1/28, Kaltwasser) reports, “The likelihood of a child being diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at the time they are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is lower when the parents are made aware of the child’s increased genetic risk of dev…

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Too Much Screen Time May Make Toddlers More Easily Distracted, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/28, Preidt) reports, “Too much screen time can make your toddler more distractible,” investigators concluded after studying “toddlers with different levels of touchscreen usage, assessing them at 12 months, 18 months and 3.5 years of age.” Th…

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Pertussis-Related Infant Mortality Tied To Leukocytosis And Pulmonary Hypertension, Study Indicates

Infectious Disease Advisor (1/28, Nye) reports researchers found in a case-control study that “pertussis-related infant mortality was associated with leukocytosis and pulmonary hypertension.” The study was published in BMC Infectious Diseases.

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Mothers With COVID-19 May Not Efficiently Transfer Antibodies To Babies, Researchers Say

MedPage Today (1/28, D’Ambrosio) reports, “Mothers with COVID-19 produced a robust antibody response, but transfer of antibodies across the placenta to their infants was less efficient than expected, researchers found.” In an “analysis of pregnant women w…

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Frequently Used Neuroimaging Measures May Not Show A Discrete Brain Signature Associated With Suicidal Thoughts, Behaviors Among Youths, Scan Study Indicates

Healio (1/28, Gramigna) reports, “Frequently used neuroimaging measures did not show a discrete brain signature associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors among youths,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data of a U.S. population-based sample of…

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President Biden Signs Executive Order To Reopen Federal Exchange For Three Months

The Washington Post (1/28, A1, Goldstein) reports President Biden signed executive orders aimed at expanding access to healthcare, including one that will “reopen the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance marketplaces for three months to give Americans…

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As Many As One In Five US Children Has Special Healthcare Needs, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/28, Mann) reports, “As many as one in five U.S. children has special health care needs, and some of their caregivers are struggling to get them the support, care and services they need,” investigators concluded based “on interviews with more…

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WHO Advises Against Pregnant Women Receiving The Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine

The Hill (1/27, Lonas) reports the WHO recommended that pregnant women not receive the “Moderna coronavirus vaccine unless they are a health care worker or have preexisting conditions.” The WHO said on its website, “While pregnancy puts women at a higher…

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“Birthday Rule” Can Leave Parents With Large Medical Bills

NPR (1/27, Anthony) reports that when a child is born to two parents with separate health insurance policies, the parents are required to “coordinate benefits,” and the insurer of the parent with the earlier birthday in the calendar is responsible for cov…

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Infant Night Waking May Be Moderately Tied To Postpartum Depression Symptoms, Survey Study Suggests

Healio (1/27, Miller) reports, “Infant night waking was moderately associated with postpartum depression symptoms,” investigators concluded in a survey study that included 1,598 new mothers. The findings of the survey study were published online Jan. 2 in…

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CDC Observes Lower Rate Of Severe Allergic Reactions To Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Than Previously Reported

Reuters (1/27, Erman) reports the CDC announced “it is observing a lower rate of severe allergic reactions in people in the United States who have received” the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. The agency “said that through Jan. 18, there were 50 case…

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CDC Doesn’t Know If New Variants Of SARS-CoV-2 Are Causing MIS-C

CNN (1/27, Christensen) reports the CDC “said Wednesday it does not know if the new Covid-19 variants are causing more cases of a rare complication in children called multisystem inflammatory syndrome.” MIS-C “can cause heart damage,” “typically shows up…

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Biden Administration Updates Plan To Vaccinate All Americans At Least 16 Years Old Against SARS-CoV-2 By The End Of Summer

CIDRAP (1/27, Soucheray) reports the Biden Administration updated their plan “to vaccinate all Americans aged 16 and older by the end of summer against [SARS-CoV-2], an ambitious goal that will require support from Congress, the full power of the Defense…

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Early Antibiotic Use May Be Tied To Reduced Height, Weight In Boys, Study Suggests

CIDRAP (1/27, Dall) reports, “A new study by an international team of scientists has found an association between antibiotic use in the first few days of life and reduced height and weight in boys in early childhood.” In the study, “published yesterday in…

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Measurements From Automated Instruments Used In School Vision Screenings Appear To Be Inferior To Direct Testing, Research Suggests

Healio (1/26, Weller) reports, “The measurements from automated instruments used in school vision screenings only approximate refractive error and do not provide distance or near visual acuity, making them inferior to direct testing, according to a positi…

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Researchers Examine Global Patterns In Incidence Of Thyroid Cancer In Children And Adolescents

Medscape (1/26, A. Melville, Subscription Publication) reports, “Global patterns of the incidence of thyroid cancer in children and adolescents closely correspond to the increases seen in recent decades in adults,” patterns that “point to the same culprit…

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Biden Administration Aims To Acquire Enough COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Inoculate Most Americans By Summer

The Washington Post (1/26, A1, Stanley-Becker) reports that on Tuesday, the Biden Administration “said…it was on the cusp of securing an additional 200 million doses of the two coronavirus vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States. The…

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Risk-Adapted Tocilizumab May Prevent Severe Cytokine-Release Syndrome In Pediatric Patients Receiving CAR T-Cell Therapy For B-Cell ALL, Study Indicates

The ASCO Post (1/26, Stenger) reports “in a single-institution study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,” researchers “found that risk-adapted tocilizumab reduced the expected incidence of grade 4 cytokine-release syndrome in pediatric patients…

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Research Identifies Mucocutaneous Symptoms Of MIS-C

Dermatology Advisor (1/26, Mermelstein) reports, “Mucocutaneous symptoms of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a pediatric consequence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), in patients hospitalized in New Yor…

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CBT For New Mothers With Postpartum Depression May Also Benefit Their Babies’ Brains, Small Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/26, Preidt) reports that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) “for new mothers with postpartum depression may also benefit their babies’ brains,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 40 infants of women with postpartum depression and…

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Sodium Oxybate Treatment In Children With NT1 May Be Tied To Weight Reduction That Stabilizes After Two Years Of Therapy, Research Suggests

Neurology Advisor (1/26, Akirov) reports, “Treatment with sodium oxybate in children with type 1 narcolepsy (NT1) is associated with weight reduction that stabilizes after two years of therapy,” investigators concluded in a “retrospective study” that incl…

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Schools Operating In Person With Precautions In Place See Scant COVID-19 Transmission, CDC Says

The Washington Post (1/26, Meckler) reports “Schools operating in person have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus, particularly when masks and distancing are employed, but some indoor athletics have led to infections and should be curtailed if scho…

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NIH Program Aims To Adapt SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines And Monoclonal Antibodies To Protect Against New Variants

Bloomberg Law (1/25, Baumann, Subscription Publication) reports a new NIH program aims to quickly adapt SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and monoclonal antibodies if necessary to protect against new variants of the virus. NIH leaders “told Bloomberg Law they’re using…

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Researchers Say Almost 20% Of Pediatric Brain Tumors Occur In The Pituitary Region

Healio (1/25, Monostra) reports researchers found “nearly 20% of pediatric brain tumors occur in the pituitary region, and more than two-thirds of pituitary region tumors were present in girls.” The findings were published in Pituitary.

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Moderna Says Its Vaccine Triggers An Immune Response In Laboratory Tests Against The UK And South Africa Variants Of SARS-CoV-2

The Washington Post (1/25, A1, Johnson) reports Moderna announced that its coronavirus vaccine “triggers an immune response that protected in laboratory tests against two variants of the virus first detected in Britain and South Africa.” However, Moderna…

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Pandemic-Related Increase In Use Of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Resulting In Eye Injuries Among Children, Researchers Say

The Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram (1/25, Camero) reports a study from France suggests that hand sanitizer “dispensers might be to blame for the striking rates of chemical exposure to children’s eyes during the pandemic.” The dispensers are just at the rig…

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Patients With Active Polyarticular JIA More Likely To Respond To Early Treatment With Etanercept Plus Methotrexate Than Methotrexate Alone, Study Indicates

Medwire News (1/25, Cowen) reports, “Individuals with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are more likely to respond to early treatment with etanercept plus methotrexate than with methotrexate alone,” researchers concluded in a study…

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Diet May Influence Gut Microbiome In Children With Crohn’s Disease, Researchers Say

Healio (1/25, Stonehill) reports research indicates that “diet may differentially influence the gut microbiome in children with Crohn’s disease,” investigators concluded in a study that included “58 children with Crohn’s disease, 36 of whom had clinically…

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Internet Searches Related To Suicide Appear To Have Decreased During Early Stages Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Say

Healio (1/25, Gramigna) reports, “Internet searches related to suicide decreased during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic,” investigators concluded after using “the Google Trends application programming interface to monitor weekly Google search ra…

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Bipartisan Group Of US Representatives Reintroduces Bill To Expand Access To Telehealth Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthcare IT News (1/25, Jercich) reports, “A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives has reintroduced a bill aimed at expanding access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.” The bill “would help safeguard access to virtual care after COVID-19 via…

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FDA Expands Approval Of Electrical Neuromodulation Device To Treat Migraine In Children Aged 12 Years And Older, Company Says

Healio (1/25, Michael) reports, “The FDA has expanded the approval of a remote electrical neuromodulation device to treat episodic and chronic migraine in children aged 12 years and older, according to a press release” issued by the manufacturer of the de…

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Revised WIC Food Package May Offer Downstream Child Health Benefits, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/25) reports, “Revisions to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may offer downstream child health benefits, such as increased length-for-age z scores and improved infant cognitive development,” res…

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Adverse Events From Influenza Vaccine Typically Occur Within The First Seven Days After Vaccination, Study Indicates

HCPlive (1/23, Lutz) reported researchers found “adverse events from the influenza vaccine, no matter the type, typically occur within the first 7 days post-vaccination.” The findings were published in The Lancet Regional Health – Europe.

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Lurie Children’s Hospital, Rush University To Collaborate On Pediatric Care

Modern Healthcare (1/22, Goldberg, Subscription Publication) reported, “Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Rush University System for Health are joining forces to advance pediatric care and better compete for younger patients.” The partnership will take ef…

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Childhood Leukemia Cluster Identified In Houston’s Fifth Ward And Kashmere Gardens, Report Indicates

The Houston Chronicle (1/22, Despart) reported another cancer cluster in Houston’s “Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens has been identified by a state investigation in a newly released report [PDF], which found that children contracted leukemia at nearly five…

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Gaps May Exist Between Providers And Parents In Disease Status, Prognosis Knowledge In Children With Advanced Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Healio (1/22, Burba) reported researchers surveyed parents and their pediatric healthcare providers, and identified gaps “in knowledge of disease status and prognosis in children with advanced heart disease.” The findings were published online in the Jour…

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Even Modified Specific Carbohydrate Diets May Improve IBD Symptoms In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say

Healio (1/24, Altersitz) reported, “Pediatric patients adhering to a specific carbohydrate diet or modified specific carbohydrate diet showed improved symptoms of their inflammatory bowel disease [IBD],” investigators concluded in the PRODUCE study. The f…

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US Teens Not Consuming Enough Produce, Researchers Say

The New York Times (1/22, Caron) reported research indicates that “most teenagers in the United States have not been eating enough fruits and vegetables.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after examining “survey data from more than 13,000 high sch…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Raises Concerns About Children Gaining Weight

The New York Times (1/25, Klass) reports, “The pandemic has raised worries about children’s weight gain, perhaps exacerbated by the absence of school, not to mention sports and other activities that used to give structure to the day and mark off some no-e…

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FDA Approves First Long-Acting Drug Combo For HIV

The AP (1/21, Marchione) reports that the FDA has “approved the first long-acting drug combo for HIV, monthly shots that can replace the daily pills now used to control infection with the…virus.” The “approval of the two-shot combo called Cabenuva [cabo…

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Current Coronavirus Wave Appears To Have Peaked, Researchers Say

NPR (1/21, Stein) reports, “The devastating fall and winter wave of coronavirus infections that is causing so much misery across the U.S. appears to have finally peaked, according to several researchers who are closely tracking the virus.” The article add…

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Community-Based Health Program Targeting Expectant And New Moms May Reduce Infant Mortality Rates, Study Indicates

PatientEngagementHIT (1/21, Nelson) reports, “A community-based health program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center targeting both expectant and new mothers has significantly reduced infant mortality rates,” researchers concluded. This progr…

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Broad Screening Efforts To Identify Rheumatic Heart Disease Using Echocardiography Among Schoolchildren May Enable Prompt Care, Researchers Say

TCTMD (1/21, Cox) reports, “Broad screening efforts to identify rheumatic heart disease…using echocardiography among schoolchildren can enable prompt care,” investigators concluded in a Nepalese study in which “a total of 35 public and private schools s…

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Novel Test Based On BDNF Protein Levels May Help Predict Mood Disorders, Small Study Suggests

Healio (1/21, Gramigna) reports investigators say they “have developed a novel test to predict mood disorders based on levels of” brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), “a protein found in the brain.” The study revealed “significantly decreased serum m…

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Coalition Of 19 Organizations Asks CDC To Recommend That People With Type 1 Diabetes Be Given Prioritization For Coronavirus Vaccines

The Hill (1/21, Gans) reports a coalition of 19 organizations sent a letter to top CDC officials asking the federal agency to recommend that people with type 1 diabetes be given prioritization for coronavirus vaccines. The groups cited “new research on th…

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Biden Administration Rejects Calls From Some States To Buy Own COVID-19 Vaccines

CBS News (1/21, Tin) reports that the Biden Administration “is rejecting calls from some states to buy COVID-19 vaccine doses directly from Pfizer, as governors hunt for ways to supplement their limited supply of shots.” The “divide on that question count…

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President Biden Introduces New Plan To Address The Coronavirus Pandemic

The Washington Post (1/21, A1, Goldstein, Stanley-Becker, Meckler) reports President Biden unveiled “a new national strategy Thursday to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and took executive actions intended to make tests and vaccines more abundant, scho…

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Researchers Say Children Who Become Ill From SARS-CoV-2 Infection Are More Likely Than Seniors To Infect Other Family Members

HealthDay (1/21, Preidt) reports researchers found that while children are less likely to become ill when infected with SARS-CoV-2, “they are nearly 60% more likely than adults over 60 to infect other family members when they are sick.” The findings were…

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Abdominal CT Scan For Appendicitis May Increase Risk Of Developing Blood Cancer, Especially In Children, Study Suggests

Diagnostic Imaging (1/20, Palmer) reports, “Getting an abdominal CT scan for suspected acute appendicitis can increase the risk of developing a blood cancer, particularly in children under age 16, a new study has found.” The debate “about whether exposure…

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Researchers Say Rates Of Death Are Increased Among Women In US With COVID-19 Hospitalized For Childbirth

HealthDay (1/20) reports researchers found among women in the US “hospitalized for childbirth, the rates of death and certain adverse events are increased among those diagnosed with COVID-19.” The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Inter…

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Researchers Examine Factors Tied To Severe Atopic Dermatitis In Children

Dermatology Advisor (1/20, May) reports, “Factors associated with severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in children include AD onset during the first six months of life, AD onset on multiple body regions, having a history of hay fever, low maternal education, as…

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Children Born To Women Diagnosed With Thyroid Disorders Before Or During Pregnancy Are More Likely To Develop Thyroid Cancer, Study Indicates

Healio (1/20, Schaffer) reports researchers analyzed registry data and found that “children born to mothers diagnosed with thyroid disorders before or during pregnancy were significantly more likely to develop thyroid cancer, with risk persisting into adu…

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Heavy Marijuana Use By Teens, Young Adults With Mood Disorders May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts, And Death, Study Indicates

CNN (1/20, LaMotte) reports, “Heavy use of marijuana by teens and young adults with mood disorders – such as depression and bipolar disorder – is linked to an increased risk of self-harm, suicide attempts and death,” investigators concluded in a study tha…

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President Biden Signs Executive Orders That Impact Healthcare Industry

Modern Healthcare (1/20, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports that “President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed several executive orders that would impact the healthcare industry.” The President, “in addition to several actions to address the COVID-19 pan…

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Researchers Observe General Safety Of Biologics For Treatment Of IBD In Children

HCPlive (1/20) reports, “There is a general safety of biologics for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children,” investigators concluded after conducting “a retrospective, observational study of 185 children from a single center in orde…

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CDC Compares Abbott Laboratories’ Rapid Coronavirus Antigen Test To PCR Testing

Reuters (1/19, Chander) reports researchers at the CDC compared Abbott Laboratories’ rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test BinaxNOW to PCR testing and concluded that the rapid antigen test “is highly likely to correctly detect if people have ever contracted the v…

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Women With Autoimmune Disorders May Be More Likely To Have Babies That Later Develop AD/HD, Study Indicates

CNN (1/19, LaMotte) reports, “Women with autoimmune disorders who become pregnant are significantly more likely to have babies that later develop” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), investigators concluded in a “longitudinal study of babies…

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Children Who See Parents Bickering During Separation, Divorce May Be More Likely To Develop A Fear Of Abandonment, Study Indicates

HealthDay (1/19) reports research indicates that children “who see their parents bicker during a separation or divorce are more likely to develop a fear of abandonment.” After analyzing interview data from “roughly 560 kids between nine and 18 years of ag…

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Adopting A Shelter Cat May Help Reduce Separation Anxiety, Improve Empathy In Children With ASD, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/19, Mann) reports research indicates that “adopting a shelter cat may help reduce separation anxiety and improve empathy in kids with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).” Included in the study were “11 families that had children with autism be…

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US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 400,000

CNN (1/19, Maxouris, Hanna) reports that the US “has reported at least 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.” Bloomberg (1/19, Gale) reports, “With more than 24 million COVID-19 infe…

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US Records 11% Drop In New COVID-19 Cases Since Hitting Peak Last Week

CNN (1/18, McPhillips) reports, “New Covid-19 cases in the United States have been trending down since hitting a peak last week, but experts say it’s too soon to be overly optimistic.” The US reported “1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days…

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Small Study Observes Direct Link Between Pediatric AD/HD, Likelihood Of Alcohol Problems At Adulthood

HCPlive (1/17, Kunzmann) reported researchers “have observed a significant and direct link between pediatric” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “and a likelihood of alcohol problems at adulthood.” The findings of the 142-patient study were…

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Pandemic-Induced Increase In Children’s Screen Time Has Parents Concerned

The New York Times (1/16, A1, Richtel) reported that “parents across the country – and the world – are watching their children slide down an increasingly slippery path into an all-consuming digital life.” When the coronavirus pandemic struck, numerous par…

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Pediatric ER Trauma Visits Increased During Lockdown Even As Total ER Visits Declined, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/18, Preidt) reports, “When the coronavirus pandemic began, one U.S. children’s hospital saw an increase in trauma cases from recreational and outdoor activities, even as total ER visits dropped by 50%, researchers report.” Researchers “looked…

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Elevated Childhood Insulin Levels May Be Tied to Psychosis In Young Adulthood, Research Suggests

Medscape (1/15, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reported investigators have associated “elevated insulin levels in childhood with psychosis in young adulthood.” Included in the study were “14,541 pregnant women in southwest England, who delivered 14,0…

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CMS Finalizes Rule Updating Definition Of “Reasonable And Necessary” Medicare Coverage

The RevCycle Intelligence (1/15, LaPointe) reported, “CMS has codified how it defines ‘reasonable and necessary’ coverage for items and services that may be covered under Medicare Parts A and B in a new final rule.” The finalized rule “updated the definit…

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CMS Approves Plan To Streamline Prior Authorization, Improve Patient, Provider Medical Records Access

Modern Healthcare (1/15, Brady, Subscription Publication) reported, “CMS on Friday approved its plan to streamline prior authorization and improve patient and provider access to medical records.” This “final rule requires payers – including Medicaid, the…

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CDC Warns Of Potential COVID-19 Surge Due To More Contagious Coronavirus Variant

The New York Times (1/15, A1, Mandavilli, Rabin) reported, “Federal health officials sounded the alarm Friday about a fast spreading, far more contagious variant of the coronavirus that is projected to become the dominant source of infection in the countr…

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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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