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ASD Prevalence Higher In 2014 Than In 2010 Among Four-Year-Old Children, Research Suggests.
Healio (4/18, Demko) reports, “The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder [ASD] was higher in 2014 than in 2010 among children aged four years... CDC data from the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network” revealed. “‘Measuring ASD p...
Washington State Senate Passes Bill That Would Eliminate Personal, Philosophical Exemptions From MMR Vaccine.
The Washington Post (4/18, Sun, Bernstein) reports the Washington state Senate passed a bill “that would make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children against the measles in response to the state’s worst measles outbreak in more than...
Brooklyn Judge Rules In Favor Of New York City’s Measles Vaccination Order.
Reuters (4/18, Allen) reports that “a Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who challenged New York City’s recently imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, rejecting their arguments that the city’s public health authority exceed...
McConnell Announces Plan To Sponsor Bill Raising Legal Age To Buy Tobacco Products.
The New York Times (4/18, Kaplan) reports Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) “said on Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to raise the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of tobacco and e-cigarettes.” McConnell “said he was motivated by the inc...
Researchers Detect Enterovirus-D68 In Child With Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (4/18, Olson) reports researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other institutions detected enterovirus-D68 “in the spinal fluid of one of six children who suffered” acute flaccid myelitis (AFM),...
Types Of Sexual Experiences Girls Have On The Internet May Help Predict Kinds Of Risk They Face Offline, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (4/18, Gordon) reports, “The types of sexual experiences girls have on the internet can help predict the kinds of risk they face offline, including HIV infections, physically violent relationships and sexual assault,” researchers concluded after...
Five-Year-Olds Who Spend More Than Two Hours Of Screen Time Daily May Have Higher Risk Of Attention Problems, Study Suggests.
On its website, ABC News (4/17, Rosenblatt) reports, “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 diag...
NYC Board Of Health Extends Measles Emergency Declaration.
The Wall Street Journal (4/17, West, Subscription Publication) reports that the New York City Board of Health voted to extend the mandate on measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations and the policy of fining those who do not comply with the mandate within certai...
Researchers Use Gene Therapy To Cure Ten Newborns With “Bubble Boy” Disease.
The Washington Post (4/17, Wan) reports that “ten newborns with the rare genetic disorder known as bubble boy disease were cured with gene therapy, researchers revealed” yesterday. According to the Post, “The treatment appears to have completely rid the b...
Nearly Half Of All Childhood-Onset SLE Appears To Occur In Patients Born During Winter Months, Study Indicates.
Rheumatology News (4/17, Jancin) reports, “Nearly half of all childhood-onset SLE occurs in patients born during the winter months,” researchers concluded in a study involving “760 consecutive SLE patients seen in a university lupus clinic and 700 healthy...
Teens, Young Adults With Childhood Onset SLE Appear To Have Low Quality Of Life, Poor Treatment Adherence, Researchers Say.
Rheumatology News (4/17, Jansen) reports, “Adolescents and young adults diagnosed with SLE during childhood constitute a special subgroup with ‘very, very low’ quality of life and poor treatment adherence – and therein lies the importance of introducing i...
USPSTF Says Current Evidence Insufficient To Evaluate Harms, Benefits Of Screening For Elevated Blood Lead Levels In Asymptomatic Children, Pregnant Women.
CNN (4/16, Howard) reports that the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a new recommendation stating that “current evidence is insufficient” to evaluate the harms and benefits of screening “for elevated blood lead levels in” asymptomatic chi...
Acting FDA Commissioner Says Agency Will Continue Vaping Crackdown.
Bloomberg (4/16, Edney) reports that “the Food and Drug Administration’s new acting commissioner said Tuesday that he’ll maintain the agency’s crackdown on youth vaping.” Ned Sharpless “used his first official remarks to staff to reassure them that he pla...
Republicans Push Back Against Democrats’ Vaccination Proposals.
Politico (4/16, Allen) reports that in several states, Democrat-led initiatives to “tighten childhood immunization laws in the midst of the worst measles outbreak in two decades” have been opposed by most Republicans, many of whom “are loath to diminish t...
Minor Birth Defects Found To Be More Common Among Children Of Female Veterans Of Gulf War.
HealthDay (4/16, Preidt) reports that “an increased risk of minor birth defects was found among U.S. female veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War.” Investigators “found that minor birth defects, such as drooping eyelid, were almost five times more common among...
Gestational Diabetes Linked To Greater Risk For Diabetes In Childhood And Adolescence Among Offspring, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (4/16, Monaco) reports that research indicated “gestational diabetes was associated with higher risk among offspring for diabetes in childhood and adolescence.” In the “retrospective cohort study, children born to mother’s with gestation dia...
Inactive Lifestyle Can Start As Early As Age Seven, Review Suggests.
HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reports that research suggests children “can start becoming couch potatoes as early as age” seven. The “review of 27 studies published between 2004 and 2018 in different countries found high rates of decreasing physical activity a...
Connecticut Legislators Fight Back Against Elimination Of Religious Exemptions For Vaccine Requirements.
The Boston Globe (4/15, Haigh) reports that “a group of state lawmakers is fighting back against discussions to possibly eliminate a religious exemption to the requirement that Connecticut schoolchildren be vaccinated, arguing it would be unconstitutional...
Psychologist Develops Therapy To Train Parents To Encourage Kids To Face Anxieties.
On its “Morning Edition” program and in its “Shots” blog, NPR (4/15, Chen) reports that “accommodation can actually be counterproductive for children with anxiety disorders.” Eli Lebowitz, PhD, “a psychologist at the Yale School of Medicine,” developed tr...
Ninety Percent Of Under-18s Who Are Killed By Current Or Ex-Partner Are Girls, Study Indicates.
Newsweek (4/15, Gander) reports that research indicates “90 percent of under-18s who are killed by a current or ex-partner are girls, while almost 90 percent of perpetrators are men.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics. The NPR (4/15, Chatterj...
Sexting Teens Should Not Be Prosecuted As Child Pornographers, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (4/15, Norton) reports that “in many U.S. states, teenagers who send ‘sext’ messages to each other can be prosecuted as child pornographers – and that should end, researchers argue.” The researchers, “writing in the May issue of the journal Pedi...
Researchers Develop Non-Invasive Index Score To Help Assess Mucosal Healing In Kids With Crohn’s Disease.
Healio Gastroenterology (4/15, Young) reports that investigators have “developed a non-invasive index score to help assess mucosal healing in children with Crohn’s disease.” The researchers “built their index – known as Mucosal-Inflammation Non-Invasive,...
FDA Warns Of Temporary Shortage Of Tracheostomy Tubes.
Medscape (4/15, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports that “the closing of an ethylene oxide sterilization plant in Illinois has led to a temporary shortage of Bivona tracheostomy tubes manufactured by Smiths Medical...said” the FDA. While “Bivona tra...
Some Schools Turning Away Unvaccinated Students.
The Wall Street Journal (4/13, Hobbs, Subscription Publication) reported that with the measles outbreak spreading rapidly in some states, certain school districts are turning away unvaccinated students from campuses where cases of measles have been confir...
Newborn’s First Stool Could Offer Clues About Later Likelihood Of Being Overweight, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (4/12, Preidt) reported that research indicates “a newborn’s first stool holds telltale clues about his risk for becoming an overweight 3-year-old.” Investigators “found that the greater the abundance of Staphylococcus bacteria in an infant’s fi...
Off-Label Use Of High-Dose Antipsychotics Appears To Significantly Increase Risk Of Unexpected Death In Children And Young Adults, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/14, Nelson) runs an American Journal of Nursing piece that reported, “The off-label use of high-dose antipsychotics for conditions such as” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “appears to significantly increase the risk of un...
Adolescents With Slower CYP2C19 Metabolism May Have Greater Maximum Blood Concentration, Exposure To Both Sertraline And Escitalopram, Research Suggests.
Healio (4/12, Demko) reported, “Adolescents with slower CYP2C19 metabolism had greater maximum blood concentration and exposure to both sertraline and escitalopram,” researchers concluded in findings published online Feb. 28 in Journal of Child and Adoles...
CDC Advisers Say More Needed To Combat Anti-Vaccination Activists.
CNN (4/12, Cohen) reported on its interview with “10 current and former liaison members of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices,” who are “concerned that anti-vaccination activists are winning the war on social media,” and “say public he...
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers Recalled.
The Washington Post (4/12, Fritz, Frankel) said that “all models of Rock ‘n Play Sleepers by Fisher-Price are being recalled after reports of infant fatalities occurring while using the product.” Specifically, “more than 30 infant fatalities have been rep...
Number Of ED Visits Related To Children Swallowing Small Objects Increasing, Study Suggests.
The AP (4/11, Tanner) reports that “the number of young kids who went to U.S.” emergency departments (EDs) “because they swallowed toys, coins, batteries and other objects has more than doubled, a new study says.” Four years ago, “there were nearly 43,000...
Arizona Governor Repeals State Law Barring HIV, AIDS Instruction In Public Schools.
The AP (4/11, Christie) reports that Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) “quickly signed a bill Thursday repealing a 1991 state law that barred HIV and AIDS instruction in public schools.” The legislation “came a day after Arizona’s attorney general, Mark Brnovich (R)...
Suicidal Ideation May Occur More Frequently In Teens With Superior Cognitive Performance Than In Youngsters With Lower Cognition, Researchers Say.
Medscape (4/11, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Suicidal ideation (SI) occurs more frequently in adolescents with superior cognitive performance than in youngsters with lower cognition,” researchers concluded after studying “more than 6000 typ...
Fetal Brain Development May Be Hampered By Mild To Moderate Maternal Iodine Deficiency, Study Indicates.
Endocrinology Advisor (4/11, Rice) reports, “Fetal brain development might be hampered by mild to moderate maternal iodine deficiency, especially in the first trimester,” researchers concluded after conducting “a meta-analysis of 6180 mother-child pairs f...
Excess Weight Linked To Therapy Nonadherence In Kids With Asthma, Research Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (4/11) reports that research indicates “compared with normal weight children with asthma, overweight children with asthma are less likely to initiate maintenance therapy and less likely to adhere to therapy even when prescriptions are...
Adolescents More Likely To Smoke In Rural Areas Than In Urban Areas, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/11, Joseph) reports that “the odds of smoking for U.S. adolescents are 50 percent higher in rural areas than in urban areas, even as rates of teen smoking in both settings have fallen, a recent study” published in the American Journal of Public...
Four Million Children Develop Asthma Annually Due To Polluted Air, Research Suggests.
Newsweek (4/10, Gander) reports that according to new research published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, “around 4 million children develop asthma each year because they breathe in polluted air, with the U.S. ranking third worst in the world when...
Infants With Severe Bronchiolitis From Rhinovirus C Infection Have Greatest Likelihood Of Developing Recurrent Wheeze By Age Three, Research Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (4/10) reports that research indicates “infants with severe bronchiolitis from the rhinovirus C infection have the highest risk of developing recurrent wheeze by age 3, particularly with immunoglobulin E (IgE) sensitization during infa...
Levels Of Vitamin B9, B12 Deficiency High In Kids And Teens With Psychiatric Disorders, Researchers Say.
Medscape (4/10, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports, “Levels of vitamin B9 and B12 deficiency are high in children and particularly adolescents with psychiatric disorders,” researchers concluded after “retrospectively” assessing “almost 780 young...
Early Adversity In Life May Be Associated With Increased GI Problems In Kids That May Affect Brain Development And Behavior, Research Suggests.
Medscape (4/10, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Early adversity...in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children that may affect brain development and behavior,” researchers concluded after conducting “two stud...
Kids Who Play Sports For Years May Recover From Concussions More Quickly, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (4/10, Gordon) reports researchers have “discovered kids who played a sport for at least seven years and had experienced a concussion recovered more quickly than kids with less experience who experienced a concussion.” The authors of the study h...
New Initiative Aims To Deal With Triggers In The Home For The Quarter Of West Philadelphia Kids With Asthma.
Philly (PA) (4/10, Giordano) reports that nearly a quarter of the children living in West Philadelphia have asthma, and for many, their homes contain “a multitude of triggers.” For example, “nearly invisible dust mites, out-of-the-way mold, second- and ev...
Babies Who Only Consume Breast Milk May Have Healthier Cholesterol Levels By Adolescence, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/9, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “babies who consume nothing but breast milk for their first three months of life may have healthier cholesterol levels by adolescence than infants who drink formula.” The findings were published in Pe...
Teens With AD/HD Who Shortchange Themselves On Sleep May Suffer From Hampered “Thinking Skills,” Researchers Say.
HealthDay (4/9, Preidt) reports that when teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) shortchange themselves on sleep, they may suffer from hampered “thinking skills,” researchers concluded. The findings were presented at the American Phys...
Pulsed Dye Lasers May Be Able To Treat Port-Wine Stains In Infants Without General Anesthesia, Study Indicates.
Dermatology Advisor (4/9) reports researchers found in a retrospective study that the use of pulsed dye lasers to treat port-wine stains in infants without general anesthesia “was safe and effective.” The findings were published in JAMA Dermatology.
Air Pollution May Impact Development In Childhood, Study Indicates.
The Fresno (CA) Bee (4/8, George) reported, “Children near major roads are at higher risk for developmental delays, likely caused by traffic-related pollutants,” research indicated. In order to arrive at these conclusions, scientists from the National Ins...
Chicago Health Systems Warn Families With Unvaccinated Children Amid Measles Outbreaks.
The Chicago Tribune (4/9, Schencker) reports Chicago-area physicians are pressing local families who opt not to vaccinate their children against the measles to reconsider, with at least three local health systems sending letters to those families. The “un...
New York City Declares Public Health Emergency Over Measles Outbreak In Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The New York Times (4/9, Mays) reports New York City “declared a public health emergency following a measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that unvaccinated people in Williamsburg, Brooklyn woul...
Number Of US Children, Teens Who Visited EDs For Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Attempts Doubled Between 2007 And 2015, Study Indicates.
CNN (4/8, Bracho-Sanchez) reports, “The number of children and teens in the United States who visited emergency” departments (EDs) “for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015, according to a new analysis” of “publicly availab...
Missouri Bill Would Ban Discrimination Against Unvaccinated Children.
The AP (4/8, Ballentine) reports that “a panel of Missouri lawmakers on Monday considered enacting a ban on discrimination against unvaccinated children.” The Republican bill under consideration would specifically “ban discrimination against unimmunized c...
Research Examines Prevalence of Sexual Initiation Before Teen Years Among US Males.
Reuters (4/8, Rapaport) reports that research suggests that “it’s possible that as many as one in 13 boys in the U.S. have sex before reaching their teens,” but “the chance that they will do this varies widely depending on where they live.” Investigators...

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