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Bacterial Cocktail May Reduce Asthma Exacerbations In Children, Meta-Analyses Indicate
Medscape (6/13, Hein, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found in two meta-analyses that “bacterial lysate, a cocktail of 21 bacterial species, reduces asthma exacerbations in schoolchildren and wheezing in preschool children when taken regular...
New York Eliminates Religious Exemption For Vaccinations
The New York Times (6/13, McKinley) reports that state legislators “in New York, the epicenter of the nation’s measles outbreak, voted on” June 13 “to end religious exemptions for immunizations, overcoming opposition by vaccine skeptics and others who sai...
Colorado Governor Issues Executive Order Addressing Low Vaccination Rates
The AP (6/13, Anderson) reports that Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) “issued an executive order Thursday designed to address the state’s poor vaccination rates for children, but he insisted that he will respect existing religious and personal exemptions...
Students Getting More Sleep In Colorado School District With Delayed Start Times, Research Indicates
MedPage Today (6/13, Boyles) reports researchers found that “high school students in a metro Denver school district increased their nightly sleep times by an average of 48 minutes per night after school start times were delayed by roughly an hour, to 8:20...
Pregabalin Could Make Some Young People More Prone To Suicide, Study Suggests
HealthDay (6/13, Reinberg) reports researchers found that Lyrica (pregabalin), a gabapentinoid used to treat epilepsy and other diseases, “could make some young people more prone to suicide.” The findings of the 191,973-participant study were published on...
Adequacy Of Protections For Children Browsing Internet Considered
The Washington Post (6/13, Timberg) reports “sex, drugs, violence, hate speech, conspiracy theories and blunt talk about suicide” can be easily accessed online by young people, and “even when children are viewing benign content, they face aggressive forms...
Children Who Participate In Athletic Programs May Have Less Emotional Distress, Anxiety, And Shyness By Age 12, Study Indicates
HealthDay (6/11, Mozes) reports researchers found children “who had participated in athletic programs between ages 6 and 10 had less emotional distress, anxiety and shyness by age 12.” The findings of the 1,492-child study were published in Pediatric Rese...
Bills Introduced In Congress To Ban Inclined Sleepers For Infants
The Washington Post (6/12, Frankel) reports Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced bills in the House and Senate that “would ban all infant sleeping devices with an incline of greater than 10 degrees, matching safety regul...
Legislation Aimed At Preventing Deaths Of Detained Immigrant Children
NBC News (6/12, Acevedo) reports that Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) “is pushing border officers to prevent deaths of more [immigrant] children in their custody with some basic health and medical standards ranging from providing adequate drinking water to ensuring...
Durbin: FDA “Not Doing Their Job” To Reduce Youth Vaping
Bloomberg Law (6/12, Baumann, Subscription Publication) reports in paywalled coverage that “the Food and Drug Administration is ‘not doing their job’ to curb skyrocketing youth use of vaping devices from companies like Juul Labs Inc., a leading Senate Dem...
Analysis Suggests Multiple Methods Might Lower Sugary Drink Consumption
Reuters (6/12, Carroll) reports “strategies including limited availability of sodas in schools, removal from children’s menus at restaurants and better labeling could help reduce consumption [of sugary drinks], according to the analysis published in The C...
Researchers Identify Breast Milk As “Major Contributor” To The Infant Microbiome
The New York Times (6/12, Mandavilli) reports that scientists have identified breast milk as a “major contributor to the infant microbiome,” as it “is teeming with bacteria that colonize the infant’s gut, and could help set the course for the baby’s growi...
Environmental Working Group Reports 21 Cereals, Snack Products Containing Glyphosate
CBS News (6/12, Picchi) reports that “Twenty-one oat-based cereal and snack products popular with children contain traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, according to tests from the Environmental Working Group.” CBS News a...
E-Cigarettes Increasingly Alluring To Student Athletes, School Officials And Pediatricians Say
The Springfield (MA) Republican (6/12, Solis) reports that “a growing coalition of school officials and pediatricians...say they have been blindsided by the skyrocketing popularity of e-cigarette use among children.” A big difference “they say sets curren...
New Genetic Tests Aim To Detect Infectious Diseases
The AP (6/12, Marchione) reports that physicians “routinely use genetic tests to spot inherited diseases and guide cancer treatment”; however, “using them to detect infectious diseases is so new that few doctors and even fewer patients know they’re availa...
Rates Of Nonsuicidal Self-Harm Rising, Particularly Among Adolescent Girls And Young Adult Women, Research Suggests
Medscape (6/11, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Rates of nonsuicidal self-harm...are rising, especially among adolescent girls and young adult women,” and “few of these people receive medical or psychological help,” researchers concluded after...
No Difference In Child Outcomes Seen Whether Pregnant Woman With IBD Discontinues Infliximab Therapy Early Or Late In Pregnancy, Research Suggests
Healio Gastroenterology (6/11, Young) reports, “There appeared to be no difference in child outcomes whether a pregnant mother with inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] discontinued Remicade [infliximab] therapy early or late in her pregnancy,” researchers co...
Teenagers May Benefit From Later School Start Times In Several Ways, Research Indicates
Medscape (6/11, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found “more evidence that middle and high school students benefit from starting school later in the morning (at or after 8:30 AM),” and that “starting school later leads to increased sl...
Hyperglycemia Appears To Show Signs Of Impairing Brain Development In Kids With T1D, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (6/11, Monaco) reports, “Hyperglycemia showed signs of impairing brain development in children,” researchers concluded in a study including 137 kids diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The “children with type 1 diabetes had significantly l...
Abbreviated Brain MRI Protocol Developed For Pediatric Patients With Headaches
Aunt Minnie (6/11, Forrest) reports investigators have “developed an abbreviated MRI protocol for brain scans of pediatric patients with headaches, dramatically reducing the need to sedate the children.” The new “protocol reduced the use of sedation by 74...
Study Suggests Single Course Of Antibiotics Could Expand Gut Resistome In Children
Healio (6/11) reports a new study suggests that a single course of antibiotics “could expand the gut resistome in children,” and researchers also “suggested that azithromycin may cause more drastic changes to the gut.” The results from a randomized clinic...
FDA Issues Health Alert For Bobbie Bay Infant Formula
The Food Poisoning Bulletin (6/11, Larsen) reports that “the FDA has issued a health alert to consumers about Bobbie Baby infant formula,” which “was manufactured in Germany and exported to the United States,” because “the products do not provide adequate...
Study Shows Concussions Are Leading Injury Risk For Children As Young As Age Five Who Play Sports
HealthDay (6/10, Mozes) reports that a new study has found that concussions are “a leading injury risk for kids as young as age 5 who play sports.” The study was published online in PLOS ONE.
Infant Mortality Fell Markedly In States Which Expanded Medicaid, Data Indicate
The Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune (6/10, Doleatto) reports that the US “has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world, so that last one might be justified.” Data indicate states which expanded Medicaid under the ACA “saw a 50% grea...
National Safety Council Data Show 52 Children Died Last Year In Overheated Vehicles
The Washington Post (6/10, Searing) reports that “last year, 52 children died after being trapped inside an overheated vehicle – the country’s deadliest year in the past 20, according to the National Safety Council.” According to the Post, “the American A...
Study Finds Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Effectiveness Over Time
HealthDay (6/10, Thompson) reports that “the waning effectiveness of a flawed whooping cough vaccine is the main culprit in recent outbreaks of the highly contagious bacterial infection, a new study reports.” The findings were published online Monday in P...
FDA Approves Deflazacort For Patients With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy As Young As Two Years Old
FiercePharma (6/10, Sagonowsky) reports the Food and Drug Administration has approved PTC Therapeutics’ Emflaza (deflazacort) for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy “as young as two years old.” The drug was previously approved to treat patients who...
FDA Says Novavax Will Have To Conduct Another Clinical Trial Of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine Candidate For Infants
The Washington Business Journal (6/10, Gilgore, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Novavax Inc. stating that the company will have to conduct another clinical trial for ResVax, a respiratory syncytial virus...
Report Looks At Physical, Psychological Trauma Faced By Many Central American Children Arriving At US Border
Newsweek (6/10, da Silva) says that “a new report shines a light on the physical and psychological trauma that many Central American children arriving at the U.S. border from Northern Triangle countries have fled – and could once again face if they are fo...
Chickenpox Vaccine May Reduce Child’s Risk Of Shingles Years Later, Study Suggests
The New York Times (6/10, Bakalar) reports a new study found children who were “vaccinated against chickenpox had a 78 percent lower rate of shingles than their unvaccinated peers.” The study, published in Pediatrics, “included 6.4 million children under...
Childhood Maltreatment Linked To Use Of E-Cigarettes In Young Adults, Study Indicates
Pulmonology Advisor (6/7) reported researchers linked “childhood maltreatment...to the use of e-cigarettes in young adults.” The findings were published in The American Journal of Addictions.
Adolescent Asthma Self-Efficacy Questionnaire May Be Valid, Reliable Tool For Assessment Of Adolescent Asthma Management, Study Indicates
Pulmonology Advisor (6/7) reported researchers found that “the Adolescent Asthma Self-Efficacy Questionnaire...demonstrated validity and reliability in assessing adolescent asthma management.” The findings were published in the European Respiratory Journa...
FDA Clears Electrical Nerve Stimulator To Reduce Pain In Pediatric Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
MedPage Today (6/7, George) reported the Food and Drug Administration cleared the IB-Stim device “to help reduce functional abdominal pain in patients ages 11 to 18 with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) when combined with other IBS therapies.” The device is...
Medicaid, CHIP Covered 20,000 Fewer Children In Georgia Last Year As The Number Of Uninsured Grew Nationwide
The Gainesville (GA) Times (6/8, Silavent) reported that the ACA “helped significantly lower the number of uninsured Americans from 2013 through 2016, particularly because it expanded Medicaid eligibility to more families.” However, “the trend line is hea...
Public Health Detectives Employ Multiple Methods To Track Spread Of Measles
Kaiser Health News (6/10, Gold) reports on how “public health detectives who work at health departments across the country” trace the spread of measles. According to the article, “Using basic techniques in place for over 100 years, public health investiga...
Public Officials Beg Parents To Vaccinate Children As Number Of US Measles Cases Tops 1,000
The Hill (6/6, Weixel) reports that “the number of measles cases in the U.S. has topped 1,000 as public officials continue to plead with parents to vaccinate their children.” In a statement on Wednesday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, “The 1,000th case of...
New York State Senator Introduces Bill Requiring Vaccinations For Camp-Bound Kids
The New York Post (6/6, Hogan) reports that a New York state senator “introduced a bill Thursday that would require all kids going to New York summer camps prove they’ve received a slew of vaccinations” as the state “desperately tries to curb a growing me...
Advocates Push For Legislation To Help Address Issue Of Children Dying Of Heatstroke In Cars
The New York Times (6/6, Stenquist) reports that “as the summer months heat up across America, advocates are hoping to draw attention to the issue” of children dying in hot cars, as well as “push for legislation to help address the problem.” The piece exp...
Trump Administration Opens New Facility In Texas To House Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
The AP (6/6, Burke) reports that the Trump Administration “is opening a new mass facility to hold [im]migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youth on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the al...
Crohn’s Disease Exclusion Diet Plus Partial Enteral Nutrition May Lead To Sustained Remission In Children, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (6/6, Swift) reports researchers found that “a Crohn’s disease exclusion diet (CDED) plus partial enteral nutrition (PEN) yielded sustained remission in a randomized controlled study of children with mild to moderate Crohn’s.” The findings w...
Researchers Identify Factors Tied To Hospitalization Risk In Pediatric Patients With Atopic Dermatitis
Dermatology Advisor (6/6, May) reports researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that “in children with atopic dermatitis (AD), factors associated with higher odds for hospitalization include being a race other than whi...
Research Suggests Teens Using Dietary Supplements May Be At Risk For Serious Injury, Death
NBC News (6/5, Edwards) reports, “Teenagers using dietary supplements to lose weight, gain weight or build muscle could be putting themselves at risk for serious harm and even death.” Researchers “looked at reports of health problems that occurred after k...
Maine Legislature Passes Bill That Would Ban Minors From Using Tanning Beds
The AP (6/5) reports the Maine Legislature approved a bill that would ban minors from using tanning beds. If the governor signs the bill, then Maine would be the 18th state to pass such a ban. The article mentions that “over half of indoor tanners started...
Teen Boys’ Eating Disorders May Focus On Muscles Rather Than Weight Loss, Researchers Say
Reuters (6/5, Rapaport) reports, “Many people may mistakenly assume teen boys are not prone to eating disorders because their symptoms are different from what’s typically seen in girls and their focus is on building muscle rather than becoming impossibly...
Researchers Identify Factors That May Be Helpful In Assessment Of Risk For Lung Transplantation And Death In Patients With Pediatric Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Pulmonology Advisor (6/5, May) reports researchers found that “in the management of pediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), identification of World Health Organization (WHO) Functional Class (FC) deterioration, PAH-related hospitalization, and oc...
Many Minors With Migraines May Experience The Same Premonitory Symptoms As Adults Who Experience Migraines, Study Indicates
Neurology Advisor (6/5) reports researchers found that “many children and adolescents with migraines experience the same premonitory symptoms as adults who experience migraines.” The findings were published in Pediatric Neurology.
Surgeon General Says Combating Vaccine Misinformation Will Require “All Hands On Deck”
The Hill (6/5, Manchester) reports US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams “said in an interview that aired Wednesday on ‘Rising’ that combating misinformation surrounding vaccines will take an ‘all hands on deck approach,’ involving doctors, parents, teacher...
CDC Has Recorded More Than 1,000 Measles Cases So Far This Year
According to Reuters (6/5, O'Brien), the US has reported “1,001 measles cases so far this year in the worst outbreak of the highly contagious disease in more than a quarter-century, federal health officials said on Wednesday as they issued a new plea for...
Research Highlights Risk Factors For Intussusception In Infancy
OBGYN News (6/4, Jancin) reports a study indicated “the first dose of rotavirus vaccine emerged as the strongest independent risk factor for intussusception in infancy, but breastfeeding had a protective effect” against the condition. The research also in...
Connecticut House Approves Bill Allowing Children To Apply Sunscreen At School
The Hartford (CT) Courant (6/5, Altimari) reports that in Connecticut, “school children will be allowed to apply their own sunscreen at school before heading outside, if Gov. Ned Lamont signs” a bill that “received final legislative approval by the House...

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