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Matching Children With Advanced Cancer To Targeted Therapies May Improve PFS, Research Suggests
MedPage Today (5/28, Susman) reports researchers found “matching children diagnosed with advanced cancers to targeted anti-cancer agents appears to show some potential for improving progression-free survival.” The findings were presented “in a late-breake...
States Put Efforts To Expand Health Coverage On Hold In Wake Of Pandemic
Politico (5/28, Goldberg) reports the “pandemic has derailed Democrats’ efforts in statehouses across the country to give more Americans government-backed health coverage.” From a Kansas Medicaid expansion initiative to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D)...
Many People With Autism Do Not Receive Two Forms Of Genetic Testing Recommended By Experts, Study Indicates
HealthDay (5/28, Preidt) reports researchers found that many people with autism do not receive two forms of genetic testing recommended by experts: chromosomal microarray testing and Fragile X testing. The researchers found that among 1,280 people with au...
Researchers Say Brain Lesions Are Uncommon In Girls With Central Precocious Puberty
Endocrinology Advisor (5/28, Akirov) reports researchers conducted a retrospective study published in Frontiers in Endocrinology and found that “in the absence of signs or symptoms of central nervous system (CNS) lesions, pathological brain lesions are no...
Children Often Hide From Gunfire Under Beds, In Basements, Caregivers Say
Kaiser Health News (5/28, Anthony) reports, “In communities across the United States this spring, families are dealing with more than just the threat of the coronavirus outside their homes.” According to KHN, “In the midst of violence that does not stop e...
Pediatric Hospitals In Houston Treating Children With MIS-C
The Houston Chronicle (5/28, Ackerman) reports, “Houston’s two major pediatric hospitals are treating children with the inflammatory syndrome linked to the coronavirus, officials at those institutions said Thursday, the area’s first examples of the myster...
Some Childhood Cancer Survivors May Be More Likely Than Siblings To Experience Pain As Adults, Study Indicates
Healio (5/28, Southall) reports researchers found “certain long-term childhood cancer survivors appeared more likely than their siblings who never had cancer to experience pain as adults.” The findings were published in Cancer.
Glargine-300 And Glargine-100 Appear To Have Similar Efficacy, Safety When Used With Mealtime Insulin In Children And Adolescents With T1D, Researchers Say
Medwire News (5/27, Chakraverty) reports, “Findings from the EDITION JUNIOR trial indicate that glargine-300 and glargine-100 have similar efficacy and safety when used with mealtime insulin in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researc...
Oral Add-On Selexipag Safe, Well-Tolerated In Children With PAH, Researchers Say
Pulmonology Advisor (5/27, Jacobs) reports, “With close monitoring, the use of oral add-on treatment with selexipag in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) was safe and well tolerated,” investigators concluded in a 15-child, “prospective, o...
Researchers Examine How Puberty, Menstrual Cycle May Affect Migraine In Girls
Neurology Advisor (5/27, Akirov) reports, “Migraine attacks were more frequent in post-pubertal compared to pre-pubertal girls, while the headache characteristics did not differ between the groups,” investigators concluded in a study that also indicated t...
Asymptomatic Patients With COVID-19 Shed Virus For About Eight Days, Compared With 19 Days For Those Who Have Symptoms, Study Shows
NBC News (5/27, Edwards) reports, “New estimates of the number of asymptomatic people with the coronavirus suggest that ‘silent’ COVID-19 is much more prevalent than once thought – but these individuals may not spread the virus for as long as symptomatic...
Kaiser Foundation Poll: Half Of Americans Know Someone Who Has Foregone Medical Care Due To Pandemic
The Los Angeles Times (5/27, Lawrence) reports a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday “found that 48% of Americans said either they or a family member has skipped or delayed medical care because of the pandemic, and 11% of them said the person...
Clinicians Report Cases Of Dangerous Blood Clots In Patients With Coronavirus
The AP (5/26, Tanner) reports, “Blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and dangerous blockages in the legs and lungs are increasingly being found in” patients with coronavirus, including children. The AP adds, “Even tiny clots that can damage t...
Bullying Appears To Be Common Among LGBTQ Youth Who Died By Suicide Between 2003 And 2017, Research Suggests
CNN (5/26, Azad) reports, “A new study looking at hundreds of LGBTQ youth who died by suicide finds that many were bullied before their death.” MedPage Today (5/26, Hlavinka) reports, “Bullying was common among LGBTQ youth who died by suicide between 2003...
Demanding A Child Eat Or Restricting Food May Be Associated With Some Of The Pickiest Eaters, Study Suggests
CNN (5/26, Lamotte) reports that after following “more than 300 parent-and-child pairs for five years,” investigators found that “demanding that a child eat, or restricting food are associated with some of the pickiest eaters.” HealthDay (5/26, Norton) re...
Pediatric HIV Exposure Or Infection May Be Associated With S. Pneumoniae, P. Jirovecii Carriage Prevalence, Density, Research Suggests
Infectious Disease Advisor (5/26, Gupta) reports, “Pediatric HIV infection and HIV exposure without infection both had an association with carriage prevalence and densities for Streptococcus pneumoniae and Pneumocystis jirovecii, with a more profound effe...
Researchers Say Majority Of Physicians And Nurses With Mild Cases Of COVID-19 Developed Antibodies
The Hill (5/26, Johnson) reports researchers in France found that the majority of physicians and nurses who developed mild cases of COVID-19 “while working at the front lines of the pandemic developed antibodies to ward off the disease.” The research shar...
Coronavirus Antibody Tests Might Be Wrong Up To Half The Time, CDC Says
CNN (5/26, Fox) reports that “antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with [SARS-CoV-2] might be wrong up to half the time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website.” CN...
Families May Have Poor Understanding Of Adolescents’ Values Concerning End-Of-Life Care, Study Indicates
Cancer Network (5/26, Slater) reports researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey and “found that families had a poor understanding of their adolescent’s values in terms of their own end-of-life (EOL) care with respect to when to initiate EOL conversat...
Many Questions About Coronavirus Remain Unanswered
The Washington Post (5/25, Achenbach) reports on the frustration caused by the fact that so many questions about SARS-CoV-2 remain unanswered months into the pandemic. According to the Washington Post, “Scientists are still trying to understand the virus...
Eighty Million Babies May Be Missing Routine Vaccines During Pandemic, WHO Says
CNN (5/22, Fox) reported that “as many as 80 million babies worldwide are missing out on routine childhood vaccines because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday.” This “pandemic has disrupted vaccination programs in at le...
Administration’s New Coronavirus Testing Strategy Holds States Responsible
The New York Times (5/25, Mandavilli, Edmondson) reports, “The Trump administration’s new testing strategy, released Sunday to Congress, holds individual states responsible for planning and carrying out all coronavirus testing, while planning to provide s...
In Past Few Weeks, Hundreds Of MIS-C Cases Reported In US
USA Today (5/25, Shamus) reported that around the world, reports have “emerged...about children...who were exhibiting symptoms of a newly identified pediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to the virus with some symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease.” Throu...
Blood Plasma Transfusions In Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 May Improve Survival Rates, Retrospective, Case-Controlled Study Suggests
The New York Times (5/22, Kolata) reported, “A small study of patients who were severely ill from the coronavirus hints that treatment with antibodies from recovered patients may modestly help recovery and survival, scientists reported on Friday.” This “s...
Fear Of Coronavirus Has Reportedly Caused Some Patients To Forego Needed Medical Care
The New York Times (5/25, Hafner) reports, “In a world seeded with anxiety, fear is gripping not just people who are ill with the coronavirus but those in urgent need of other medical care.” While “the number of Covid cases declines in many places, patien...
Coronavirus Re-Infection May Be Possibility, Researchers Say
Newsweek (5/22, Gander) reported, “People who catch the novel coronavirus may be at risk of being reinfected, according to a team of scientists who have reviewed existing studies on different coronaviruses and immunity.” The researchers “looked at researc...
CDC Issues New Guidelines Recommending That All Babies Born To Women With Coronavirus Be Tested For The Virus
CNN (5/21, Christensen) reports the CDC issued new guidelines recommending that all babies born to women with coronavirus be tested for the virus. CNN adds, “Infants may be at a higher risk for severe forms of [COVID-19], compared to older children, accor...
Oral Fluconazole In First Trimester Of Pregnancy May Be Tied To Increased Risk For Congenital Bone And Muscle Abnormalities, Researchers Say
MedPage Today (5/21, D'Ambrosio) reports, “Oral fluconazole in” the first trimester of “pregnancy was linked to increased risk for congenital bone and muscle abnormalities,” investigators found “in a population-based cohort study.” The study revealed that...
Reported Associations Between In Utero Exposure To Antidepressants, Adverse Child Outcomes May Be Driven By Underlying Maternal Disorder, Systematic Review Indicates
Healio (5/21, Gramigna) reports, “Adverse psychiatric, neurodevelopmental and physical outcomes among children reportedly associated with in utero exposure to antidepressants appeared to be caused by the underlying maternal disorder,” investigators conclu...
Volume, Duration Of Headphone Or Earbud Use Can Be Harmful To Children’s Hearing
The New York Times (5/21, Cohen) reports that “lengthy listening on headphones or earbuds can be harmful.” While “volume is only part of the equation,” it is the “noise dose that is significant, or roughly the duration times the volume. As one increases,...
CDC Updates Guidance On Preventing Spread Of Coronavirus
The Washington Post (5/21, Guarino, Achenbach) reports the coronavirus “primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface. That is the takeaway from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which this month updated...
CDC Estimates That About One-Third Of Coronavirus Patients Don’t Have Symptoms
CNN (5/22, Azad) reports that in its “new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials,” the CDC “is estimating that about a third of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic.” The agency also “says its ‘best estimate’ is that 0.4% of peo...
Poll Suggests A Quarter Of Americans Are Hesitant About Receiving A Coronavirus Vaccine, With Some Citing Safety Concerns
Reuters (5/21, Ax, Steenhuysen) reports, “A quarter of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Thursday found, with some voicing concern that the record pace at which vaccine candidates are b...
Adults Who Develop ALS May Have Had Problems Metabolizing Certain Metals In Childhood, Research Suggests
Newsweek (5/21, Gander) reports, “Adults who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) may have had problems metabolizing certain metals in childhood,” investigators concluded after examining “the teeth of ALS patients and 31 people without the condition who wer...
During Pandemic, Childhood Vaccine Rates Have Fallen, Raising Risk Of Additional Health Crisis
The Hill (5/20, Weixel) reports, “Childhood vaccine rates for preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough have fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the possibility of an additional health crisis.” The CDC released data earlier this month...
US Health Officials Release Additional Guidance On Reopening
The AP (5/20, Stobbe) reports “U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but initially shelved.” Similar to “other recently released guidance, religious organizations were not included.” Rat...
Poll Shows 83% Of Americans Worried Lifting Restrictions Will Mean Additional COVID-19 Infections
The AP (5/20) reports that according to an AP-NORC poll, “83% of Americans [are] concerned lifting restrictions in their area will lead to additional COVID-19 infections.”
More Teens Identify As Sexual Minority, And They May Be More Than Three Times As Likely To Attempt Suicide Than Those Who Are Heterosexual, Study Suggests
Healio (5/20) reports that “from 2009 to 2017, the proportion of teens who identified as a sexual minority nearly doubled to more than 14%, according to researchers, who found that these teens are still more than three times as likely to attempt suicide c...
Children’s Risk For Developing Myopia Over Time May Be Affected By Distance At Which Content Is Viewed On Mobile Phone, Research Indicates
Healio (5/20) reports that the distance at which children view “content on a mobile phone may have an effect on their risk for developing myopia over time, according to a speaker at the virtual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting....
Vaccinations Plunge In New York City During Pandemic
POLITICO New York (5/20) reports that “vaccination rates for children in New York City have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, raising fears that the crisis will leave children vulnerable to other health hazards.” Mayor Bill de Blasio “called the...
General Public May Have Trouble Properly Wearing N95 Masks, Study Suggests
MedPage Today (5/20, Walk) reports, “The lay public may have difficulty wearing N95 respirators properly, a study from Singapore suggested.” Among the “participants given N95 respirators with an instruction sheet and then asked to put one on, only about 1...
CDC Issues Advice To Reduce Work Fatigue, Improve Sleep
Newsweek (5/20, Morris) reports “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released advice on how to improve sleep and reduce workplace fatigue for those who are struggling.” Although “there is no one solution that will fit everyone’s needs...
Children With Suspected COVID-19-Related Syndrome Need Immediate Attention, Physicians Say
CNN (5/19, Fox) reports that patients “who may have multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a troubling complication of [COVID-19] infection, need immediate attention and will probably need to be hospitalized, doctors said Tuesday.” The s...
Children’s Hospitals Ask HHS For Coronavirus Relief Funding
The Hill (5/19, Easley) reports that “top executives from 76 of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals signed a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday asking that he immediately release additional money from a federal fund t...
Prenatal Affective Symptoms, Stress May Directly Impact Children’s Mental Health, Study Indicates
Healio (5/19, Gramigna) reports, “Prenatal affective symptoms and stress may have a direct impact on children’s mental health,” investigators concluded after collecting “data of three cohorts of the Developmental Research in Environmental Adversity, Menta...
Maternal Antenatal Corticosteroid Treatment Exposure May Be Tied To Pediatric Mental And Behavioral Disorders, Research Suggests
Healio (5/19, Gramigna) reports, “Maternal antenatal corticosteroid treatment exposure appeared significantly associated with pediatric mental and behavioral disorders,” investigators concluded after analyzing “nationwide registry data of 670,097 singleto...
Pandemic Likely To Increase Suicide Rates, Exacerbate Nation’s Mental Health Challenges, Experts Say
The New York Times (5/19, Carey) reports, “Psychiatrists are confronted with an urgent natural experiment, and the outcome is far from predictable.” The toll on mental health from the “coronavirus pandemic is only beginning to show itself, and it is too e...
Children May Not Spread Coronavirus As Much As Adults, But Human Immunity May Not Last Long, Two UK Epidemiologists Suggest
Reuters (5/19, Faulconbridge) reports that “there are tentative signs that children may not spread the novel coronavirus as much as adults, two top epidemiologists said on Tuesday,” speaking to the science committee of the House of Lords, the second chamb...
COVID-19 Antibodies, Steroids May Restore Heart Function In Children Suffering From MIS-C, Study Suggests
HealthDay (5/19, Preidt) reports, “New research suggests that treatment with COVID-19 antibodies might help in the worst cases” of children suffering from the “serious coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition” called “Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome i...
Single Infusion Of Cord Blood May Not Improve Social Or Communication Skills In Children With Autism, Study Indicates
HealthDay (5/19, Norton) reports that a study involving “180 children” with autism revealed that “a single infusion of cord blood did not improve social or communication skills across the group as a whole.” There were, however, “positive signs in the subg...

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