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Fewer US Adolescents Participating In Programs Designed To Prevent Substance Abuse, Study Indicates
Reuters (8/22, Mathias) reports, “Fewer U.S. adolescents are participating in programs designed to prevent substance abuse,” researchers concluded after examining data “drawn from the long-standing National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” The study reveal...
Gender Minority Students In US Colleges, Universities May Be Four Times As Likely As Other Students To Experience Mental Health Problems, Study Indicates
Reuters (8/22, Crist) reports, “Gender minority students in U.S. colleges and universities are four times as likely as other students to experience mental health problems,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from the 2015-2017 Healthy Minds Study...
Wearable Device Can Reportedly Predict Aggressive Behaviors In People With Autism
Newsweek (8/22, Gander) reports that researchers at Northeastern University “have created a wearable device they say can predict aggressive outbursts in people with autism.” The technology is worn on the wrist and can reportedly “forecast an outburst of a...
Study Suggests Hospital Readiness Key To Preventing Pediatric Deaths
U.S. News & World Report (8/23, Newman) reports a new study suggests that “critically ill children are more than three times as likely to die if they’re taken to a hospital that’s poorly prepared to provide emergency pediatric care than if they’re brought...
Researchers Examine Tuberculosis Rates Among Young People In The US
HealthDay (8/22, Preidt) reports researchers found that the number of cases of tuberculosis among children and teenagers in the US has decreased, but racial disparities remain. The findings were published in The Lancet Public Health. In an accompanying ed...
CDC: Not Enough Youngsters Receive HPV Vaccination
HealthDay (8/22, Mundell) reports research indicates HPV vaccination rates in girls has plateaued. Meanwhile, “there’s been a slight uptick in the number of American boys who get the HPV vaccine to help prevent certain cancers.” Moreover, the CDC indicate...
Mayors From 70 Cities Decry Trump Administration Food Stamp Proposal
NPR (8/22, Allyn) reports, “The Trump administration’s proposal to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country’s neediest, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, according to mayors fro...
States Turn To Regulators To Enable Minors To Get HPV Vaccines Without Parental Consent
USA Today (8/21, Haller) reports some states are going around laws requiring parental consent for the HPV vaccine in minors “by turning to health departments instead of waiting for laws to change.” For example, “the New York Department of Health has been...
Critically Ill Children In Pediatric ICU With Severe Hyperoxemia May Have Higher In-Hospital Mortality Risk, Research Indicates
Healio (8/21, Foster) reports researchers found that “critically ill children who experience severe hyperoxemia in the pediatric ICU may have a higher risk for in-hospital mortality.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.
Administration Unveils Rule Allowing US To Detain Migrant Families Indefinitely
The New York Times (8/21, Shear, Kanno-Youngs) reports, “The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally.” The Times adds, “The White House has for more...
Treating Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis In Children With Amoxicillin-Clavulanate Superior To Placebo, Researchers Say
MedPage Today (8/21, Boyles) reports, “Treating non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis in children with amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) for 14 days was superior to placebo while exhibiting less evidence of antibiotic resistance than azithromycin (Zithroma...
Researchers Identify Factors That Influence Adherence To Spectacle Wear
Healio (8/21, Lowndes) reports researchers found in a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology that “adherence to spectacle wear is higher in students with poor presenting visual acuity and greater improvement in visual acuity with correction.” The researche...
Researchers Predict Texas Could Be Hit By Large Measles Outbreaks Due To Falling Vaccination Rates
Newsweek (8/21, Gander) reports researchers examined vaccination rates in Texas and using computer simulations predicted that the state “could be hit by large measles outbreaks in which up to 400 people fall ill at a time.” The article says that “between...
Childhood-Onset IBD May Be Associated With Several Psychiatric Morbidities, Including Increased Risk Of Attempted Suicide, Research Suggests
MedPage Today (8/20, Swift) reports, “Childhood-onset inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with several psychiatric morbidities, including an increased risk of attempted suicide,” research indicated. What’s more, “the highest risk of anxiety an...
Pregnant Women Who Undergo MRI May Be Exposed To Contrast Agent That Might Not Be Safe For Fetus, Study Indicates
Reuters (8/20, Crist) reports a study published in Radiology found that “women who don’t realize they’re pregnant when they undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be exposed to” gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), which “might not be safe for...
Thyroid Function Test Abnormalities Associated With Higher Preterm Birth Risk, Analysis Indicates
Medscape (8/20, Melville, Subscription Publication) reports a meta-analysis of 19 study cohorts involving more than 47,000 pregnant women suggests that “thyroid function test abnormalities in pregnancy, including those at subclinical levels, are linked to...
Study Says FDA’s “The Real Cost” Campaign Has Prevented Hundreds Of Thousands Of Young People From Smoking
Healio (8/20, Foster) reports a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the FDA’s “The Real Cost” media campaign “has prevented as many as 587,000 youths nationwide from initiating smoking.” The campaign “was designed to...
Adalimumab Well Tolerated Through Seven Years Of Use In Children With Polyarticular JIA, Researchers Say
MedPage Today (8/20, Walsh) reports, “Adalimumab (Humira) continued to be well tolerated through seven years of use in children with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),” research indicated. The findings of the 838-patient “interim analysis...
Teva’s Generic EpiPen To Be Available For Young Children
Reuters (8/20, Banerjee) reports Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd announced that “its generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen [epinephrine injection] for young children will be available in most retail pharmacies at a price of $300 for a 2-pack.” The article...
Texas Group Becomes First In Country To Require All Of Its Players Wear Soft-Shell Helmets
The New York Times (8/20, Belson) reports that the “Texas State 7on7 Organization, aware that parents are more concerned than ever about safety,” has “become the first statewide group in the country to require that all of its players wear soft-shell helme...
Research Finds Teens With Asthma More Likely To Vape
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (8/20, Olson) reports that “vaping and smoking habits are more common among children with asthma who are most susceptible to their harmful health effects, state health research has found.” Minnesota Department of Health expert...
Vaccine Exemptions Rose In The Five Years Before 2017-2018 School Year, CDC Says
Bloomberg Law (8/19, Ruoff, Subscription Publication) reports, “More than 81,000 U.S. children were granted exemptions from state vaccine requirements in the five years before the 2017-2018 school year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Contr...
Study Suggests Parent Questionnaire May Help Identify Psychosocial Risks In Minors With Recurrent Headache
Neurology Advisor (8/19, May) reports researchers found that “the brief, parent-report Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0_General (PAT) questionnaire may be effective for screening psychosocial risks in children and adolescents with recurrent headache.” The...
Austin, Texas Creating Ambitious School-Based Mental Health Systems
In a 2,000-word article, the Washington Post (8/16, Leffler) reports that Austin, Texas, “is creating one of the country’s most ambitious school-based mental health systems in a state that, according to the nonprofit group Mental Health America, ranks las...
Study Suggests Maternal Fluoride Intake During Pregnancy May Be Associated With Lower IQ In Offspring
The Washington Post (8/19, Guarino) reports a study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that children “whose mothers drank fluoridated tap water while pregnant had slightly lower IQ scores than children whose mothers lived in non-fluoridated cities.” US...
Adding Fluoxetine To CBT May Fail To Further Decrease Depressive Symptoms In Youth With Moderate-To-Severe MDD, Small Study Indicates
Healio (8/19) reports, “Adding fluoxetine to cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] failed to further decrease depressive symptoms in youth with moderate-to-severe major depressive disorder [MDD],” research indicated. In the study, “59 patients who received C...
Add-On Liraglutide Beneficial For Glycemic Control In Kids, Teens With T2D For Up To A Year, Researchers Say
MD Magazine (8/19, Kunzmann) reports, “Add-on therapy liraglutide is beneficial for glycemic control in children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes (T2D) for up to a year,” research indicated. The findings of the 52-week, 135-patient study were publishe...
FDA Approves First Spinal Tether Device For Idiopathic Scoliosis In Kids, Teens Who Do Not Respond To More Conservative Treatments
MedPage Today (8/16, Hlavinka) reported that on Aug. 16, the FDA approved “the first spinal tether device for idiopathic scoliosis in children and teens who don’t respond to more conservative treatments.” The new “device, called The Tether – Vertebral Bod...
Twenty-Four States Do Not Allow Dependent Teens To Be Vaccinated Without Parental Consent
The NBC News (8/18, Almendrala) website reports that in 24 states, there are no regulations or statutes allowing “dependent teens to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent.” Overall, “unless teens are legally emancipated, married or are already pare...
Whole-Food Based Diet May Be Beneficial For Children With Crohn’s Disease, Research Suggests
MD Magazine (8/16, Walter) reported, “A new whole-food based diet could replace the traditional liquid-based diet aimed at helping children suffering from Crohn’s disease,” researchers concluded after comparing “the exclusive enteral nutrition...diet with...
Massachusetts Poison Control Center Experiencing Increase In Calls About Toddlers Ingesting Marijuana Products, Research Indicates
The AP (8/16) reported that research indicates “there has been an increase in calls to” Massachusetts’ “poison control center about toddlers ingesting marijuana products.” Figures from the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention indicate that “t...
Growing Number Of Parents Giving Herbal Dietary Supplements To Their Children
The Washington Post (8/16, Blakemore) reported that a “a growing number of parents” are now giving “herbal dietary supplements to their children,” even though the majority of these supplements are not “designed or marketed for kids.” Currently, “about a t...
Predictive Model For CSI Risk Factors May Reduce Unnecessary CT Scans, Researchers Say
HealthImaging (8/16, O'Connor) reported a study of over 4,000 children “suggests screening kids for cervical spine injury (CSI) risk factors could reduce unnecessary CT scans by 50%, significantly limiting radiation exposure.” The investigators “identifie...
New Proposed Guidelines On Lyme Disease Include Use Of Doxycycline In Children
In her New York Times (8/19) column ‘The Checkup,’ Dr. Perri Klass says, “For all of you with strong opinions and relevant experiences regarding Lyme disease, the public comment period on the 2019 Draft Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatme...
One In Ten Daycares Still Using Recalled Inclined Sleepers For Infants, Investigation Reveals
USA Today (8/16, Haneline) reported on Adam Garber, a father who is “pushing for big changes in the U.S. recall system after he discovered his son’s day care – and many other child care providers – were still using inclined sleepers for infants.” USA Toda...
Differing Brain Activity, Such As Motor Cortex Inhibition, Modulation, May Provide More Precise Diagnosis Of ADHD, Study Suggests
Medscape (7/19, Wolfson, Subscription Publication) reported, “Differing brain activity, such as motor cortex inhibition and modulation, in” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “could provide a more precise diagnosis of the condition,” research...
Methylphenidate Appears To Alter Brains Of Boys With ADHD, Study Indicates
HealthDay (8/13, Salamon) reported that methylphenidate, “one of the most popular and effective medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,” seems “to alter the brains of boys with the disorder,” research indicates. For the study,...
Half Of Youth With ADHD May Receive Antipsychotics Without Proper Indication, Insurance Data Suggest
Healio (7/30, Demko) reported, “Approximately half of youth who received antipsychotics during the year after” a diagnosis with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “had a diagnosis for which antipsychotics are indicated, and less than half of...
College Athletes With ADHD May Be Slower To Recover From A Concussion, Study Suggests
HealthDay (7/26, Preidt) reported, “College athletes with attention- deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be slower to recover from a concussion and may have more severe symptoms.” Preliminary conclusions in a study found 40 “had ADHD; 80 did not. Of...
New Study Says ADHD Children Take More Time In Adjusting To School Setting
International Business Times (7/22) reported, “Children who have symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) take a lot of time in adjusting with school setting compared to other kids of the same age, according to a study.” The study said...
Children Exposed To Opioids In Utero May Have Heightened Risks Of Long-Term Mental And Physical Health Issues, Study Indicates
HealthDay (6/28, Norton) reported, “Children exposed to opioids in the womb may have heightened risks of long-term mental and physical health issues,” researchers concluded after examining data “on more than 8,500 mothers who gave birth at Boston Medical...
New Teen Drivers With ADHD More Likely To Crash Than Teens Who Do Not Have The Disorder, Research Indicates
Reuters (5/20, Rapaport) reported, “New teen drivers with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “are more likely to crash their cars than adolescents who don’t have” the disorder, particularly “right after they get their license,” researchers c...
Too much screen time for five-year-olds may increase risk of ADHD
On its website, ABC News (4/17, Rosenblatt) reported, “A new study out of the University of Alberta has found that by the age of 5, children who spent two hours or more looking at a screen each day were 7.7 times more likely to meet the criteria for a dia...
Report: Many Students With Significant ADHD Get No Services From Schools
Education Week (3/6) reported a new study from the College of Education at Lehigh University indicates that “a substantial percentage of students with ADHD symptoms severe enough to affect them both academically and socially are not getting any support in...
Prenatal nicotine exposure linked to ADHD, study suggests
Reuters (2/25, Carroll) reported on a study in Pediatrics which found that expectant mothers with nicotine in their systems “are more likely to have children who develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).” Researchers used national databases...
Stimulant Medications May Benefit Children With ADHD, Review Indicates
HealthDay (7/23) reported that even though “some parents may be reluctant to give their kids powerful stimulants to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD],” a “new review” indicates that “the medications bring significant be...
Expert Discusses Non-Medical Use Of Prescription Stimulant Medications Among US College Students
Healio (5/21, Demko) reported that at a session at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting, “Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program Perelman School of Medicine, Univer...
FDA Approves Device To Treat ADHD
MedPage Today (4/22, George) reported, “The first medical device to treat” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “in children won marketing approval from the FDA Friday.” The “Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) system” was deve...
More Than A Third Of American Non-Smoking Young People Have Been Exposed To Secondhand Smoke, Research Indicates
CNN (8/15, Kim) reports, “More than a third of American young people who don’t smoke have been exposed to secondhand smoke...Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” researchers have found. Investigators “looked at nonsmoking youth from 2013 to 2016 an...
Judges Rule Soap, Clean Water, Sleep Are Essential To Children’s Safety
The AP (8/15, Taxin) reports that a three-judge panel for the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that immigrant children in US government detention “should get edible food, clean water, soap and toothpaste under a longstanding agreement over...

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