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Some Parents Planning Chickenpox “Parties” To Expose Other Children To Virus.
USA Today (10/18, Haller) reports that some parents of children who have recently contracted chickenpox are planning “parties” that aim to expose the children of other guests to the virus. USA Today reports that before the introduction of the chickenpox...
Prenatal Exposure To Higher Fluoride Levels May Impair Cognitive Development, May Also Significantly Increase Incidence Of AD/HD, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/18, Citroner, Subscription Publication) reports, “Prenatal exposure to higher levels of fluoride not only impairs cognitive development but also significantly increases the incidence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD],” rese...
Young Adults Who Played In Organized Sports As Kids, Teens May Have Stronger Bones Than Peers Who Were Less Active As Children, Researchers Say.
Reuters (10/18, Carroll) reports, “Young adults who played in organized sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids,” researchers concluded after studying “984 children born...between May 1989 and November 199...
Cases Of AFM Reported, Investigated Across US.
ABC World News Tonight (10/18, story 5, 0:20, Muir) reported, “There is new suspected cases tonight of that mystery outbreak we’ve been following, that rare polio-like illness effecting mostly children.” Now, “Maryland and Pennsylvania” are “reporting ei...
Academics Tell British Lawmakers Internet Memes May Be Contributing To UK Obesity Crisis.
According to CNN (10/18, Picheta), “academics have told British lawmakers that internet memes may be contributing to the UK obesity crisis and doing harm to teenagers on a significant scale.” In a “letter sent to a British parliamentary committee,” inves...
Adolescents From Low-Income Families May Be More Likely To Have Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease, Study Suggests.
Reuters (10/17, Rapaport) reports research suggests “adolescents from low-income families are more likely than their affluent peers to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease like obesity, inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use.” The findings we...
Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis At Risk For Uveitis, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/17, Walsh) reports researchers found that “children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis...are at risk for the development of uveitis, with the highest risk in the early years after diagnosis.” The findings were published in Arthritis Car...
CDC Confirms 62 Cases Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis With 127 Total Under Investigation.
Reuters (10/17, Banerjee) reports that across “22 states,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis [AFM], a rare...condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs.” The agency is now “investi...
Index Ranks Risks, Benefits Of High School Sports For Boys And Girls.
MedPage Today (10/17, Basen) reports, “Cross-country running came out tops for male high school athletes and swimming was best for girls in terms of net health benefits, according to a” recently launched Healthy Sport index. But, “among the ten sports an...
CDC Continues To Investigate Rising Number Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases.
The Washington Post (10/16, A1, Sun) reports on the increase federal health officials are observing in cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the “mysterious and rare condition that mostly affects children and can paralyze arms and legs, with 127 confirmed or...
X-Ray Utilization For Diagnosis Of Bronchitis In Infants Has Not Decreased Despite Guidelines, Research Indicates.
The Radiology Business Journal (10/16, Thakar) reports researchers found that “in spite of guidelines recommending against routine x-rays for infants diagnosed with bronchitis, a new analysis of emergency department visits in the United States suggests t...
Increased Intake Of Gluten By Pregnant Mothers Linked To Increased Risk For T1D In Offspring, Study Indicates.
Endocrinology Advisor (10/16) reports that investigators have found that “increased intake of gluten by pregnant mothers” is “associated with an increased risk for type 1 diabetes in their children.” The study was published in BMJ.
Repeated Head Blows Without Concussions May Not Cause Brain Damage In Young Football Players, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/16, Preidt) reports researchers found that “young football players who suffer repeated head blows – but not concussions – may not sustain brain damage.” The findings were published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
Abuse In Childhood Linked To Arthritis Later In Life, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/17, Walsh) reports a study published in Arthritis Care & Research found that “severe and frequent maltreatment during childhood was associated with a significantly elevated risk for arthritis in later life.” The researchers calculated t...
Getting HPV Vaccine Does Not Increase Risky Sex Among Teens, Research Suggests.
USA Today (10/15, Haller) reports a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that teens do not make poor sexual choices after getting the HPV vaccine. USA Today adds that the FDA “announced that the HPV vaccine is expanding for u...
Exposure To Beta-Blockers During First Trimester Of Pregnancy Not Linked To Higher Risk For Cardiac Birth Defects, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/15, Lyles) reports that research indicated that “exposure to beta-blockers during the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with heightened risk for cardiac or other major birth defects.” Investigators found that “the excess r...
Concussion Symptoms May Last For A Year For Children, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/15, Reinberg) reports a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that 31 percent of children who have had a concussion still experience symptoms, such as headache and irritability, up to a year later. The article explains, “Although...
Teens Exhibit Less Violent Behavior In Countries Where Spanking Is Illegal, International Study Finds.
Reuters (10/15, Rapaport) reports a study published Monday in BMJ Open found that adolescents “may be less likely to get in fist fights when they live in countries where it’s illegal for parents to spank or slap children as punishment for bad behavior.”...
More Children Visiting ED In Massachusetts After State Made It Harder For Families To Enter Shelters, Study Indicates.
Reuters (10/15, Rapaport) reports researchers found that visits to the ED “for homelessness surged at a large urban children’s hospital after Massachusetts made it harder for families to get into shelters.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.
Asthma May Be Risk Factor For Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/12, Preidt) reported researchers found that “children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity.” The findings were published in the European Respiratory Journal.
Survey: Increasing Numbers Of Utah Teens Report Depression, Suicidal Thoughts.
The Deseret (UT) News (10/13, Leonard) said that the 2017 Utah Adolescent Health Report found that 27.3 percent of teens in the state indicated being depressed, an increase from 20.8 percent in 2013. The 2017 data “show more than 20 percent of Utah stude...
Poverty May Partially Explain Why Hispanic Infants With Certain Heart Defects Have Worse-Than-Average Outcomes, Study Suggests.
Reuters (10/12, Carroll) reported that “Hispanic infants with certain heart defects have worse-than-average outcomes, and” research suggests “the disparity may be linked with their family’s reliance on public health insurance and lower education levels i...
New Tool Aids CT Decision-Making In Children With Minor Head Trauma, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/12, Brauser, Subscription Publication) reported a study published in JAMA Network Open described how a “new tool may help clinicians and parents work together to make decisions about whether children with minor head trauma (HT) should underg...
More Than 80 Suspected Cases Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Being Investigated In Outbreak.
NBC Nightly News (10/12, story 5, 1:40, Holt) reported that there are more than 80 suspected cases of a “rare illness that causes partial paralysis in children,” acute flaccid myelitis. The segment reported, “NBC News reached out to health departments ac...
CDC Says Rates Of Unvaccinated Children Have Quadrupled Since 2001.
The Washington Post (10/11, Sun) reports data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report show that “a small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or...
Childhood Trauma More Common In Patients With Anxious Depression, Study Finds.
Medscape (10/11, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports on a study presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress and published in Psychoneuroendocrinology finding that “childhood trauma, particularly sexual abuse, is more co...
Severity Of Acute Respiratory Infections In Children Impacted By Viral Etiology, Study Suggests.
Infectious Disease Advisor (10/11, Nelson) reports new research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases examining viral etiology among children with acute respiratory infection shows those who “had preceding infection with adenovirus (hazard rati...
Cold Medicines Should Be Avoided In Children, Study Says.
HealthDay (10/11, Thompson) reports on a study published in the BMJ finding that “decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there’s no evidence that they do any good.” According to HealthDay, the study found that these over the...
Hispanic Infants’ Odds Of Surviving Critical Congenital Heart Disease Influenced By Mother’s Education, Insurance Status, Study Indicates.
Cardiovascular Business (10/10, Slachta) reports, “Socioeconomic factors – namely a mother’s insurance status and level of education – weigh heavily on Hispanic infants’ chances of surviving critical congenital heart disease (CHD) in their first year of...
Mental Illness In Mothers May Impair Recognition Of Childrens’ Emotions, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/10, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports study findings presented at the 31st European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress suggest that pregnant women with a history of affective disorders may “have difficulty recogniz...
Adolescent Obesity In Girls Associated With Multiple Negative Outcomes In Adulthood, Study Indicates.
Endocrinology Advisor (10/10) reports girls with obesity “were less likely to achieve a bachelor’s degree, make more than $50,000 per year, or enter marriage/partnership in young adulthood compared with girls without obesity,” according to a study publis...
Health Authorities Investigating Spike In Cases Of Rare Polio-Like Disorder In Children.
The New York Times (10/10, Hauser) reports health authorities said this week they are investigating an unusual spike in cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Since September, six cases of AFM in children younger than age 10 have been reported in Minneso...
Immigrant Youth May Be More Likely To Present To ED With A First Mental Health Crisis, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/9, Monaco) reports, “Immigrant youth were more likely to present to the emergency department (ED) with a first mental health crisis,” researchers found after studying “a total of 2,194 refugee and 6,690 non-refugee immigrant youth, ages...
Early Third Trimester Maternal Immunization With Tdap Vaccine May Result In Higher Pertussis Antibody Concentrations In Neonates, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/9, Garcia, Subscription Publication) reports, “Maternal immunization with tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine early in the third trimester results in higher pertussis antibody concentrations in neonates compared with...
Juvenile Huntington’s Disease Should Be Classified As Two Subtypes, Researchers Suggest.
Rare Disease Report (10/8, Lutz) reports that researchers called for the creation of two subtypes of juvenile Huntington’s disease after conducting a “a retrospective analysis of” patients with the condition. The researchers found that juvenile Huntingto...
Three More Cases Of Rare Polio-Like Illness Reported.
The CBS Evening News (10/9, story 6, 1:40, Glor) reported that in Pittsburgh, there are three new cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare illness with symptoms similar to polio. The cases follow an “unusual rise this year” in incidence of the illne...
Sexual Minority Adolescents May Be More Likely Than Their Peers To Attempt Suicide, Meta-Analysis Suggests.
Reuters (10/8, Carroll) reports, “LGBT adolescents are more likely than other kids their age to try to kill themselves,” research indicated. In fact, “data pooled from 35 earlier studies show that sexual minority youth were more than three times as likel...
Awareness Growing Of Link Between Childhood Trauma, Long-Term Physical And Mental Health.
USA Today (10/5, O'Donnell) reported, “Medical professionals and researchers have long” examined how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) affect “lifelong mental health and addiction.” Currently, “awareness is growing of the link between childhood trauma...
Just One-Third Of Youth With Documented Opioid Use Disorder Tested For HCV, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/5, Walker) reports that “only a little over a third of youth with documented opioid use disorder were tested for hepatitis C, and of those, one in ten were positive for exposure to HCV, according to research presented” at “the IDWeek an...
Children Whose Asthma Is Optimally Controlled Do Not Suffer From Exacerbations, Loss Of Disease Control Following Exposure To Triggers, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/8, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports that a study suggests that “when asthma is optimally controlled, children do not suffer from exacerbations or loss of disease control after exposure to triggers such as pets in the home.” The fi...
Hand Sanitizer May Be A Better Way To Clean Hands Than Washing With Soap And Water, Study Suggests.
The USA Today (10/8, McClellan) “All the Moms” blog reports, “Hand sanitizer is a better way to clean hands than washing with soap and water,” researchers found in a study involving 911 daycare children. The study revealed that toddlers and kids who used...
Six Minnesota Children Diagnosed With Rare “Polio-Like” Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
ABC World News Tonight (10/8, story 8, 1:30, Muir) reported on a “troubling rise” in the number of cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), “a rare polio-like disorder that could seem at first to be just a common cold.” ABC’s Alex Perez reported that an ou...
Children With Crohn’s Disease Who Are Breastfed May Be Less Likely To Experience Progression To Stricturing Or Penetrating Disease, Study Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (10/4) reports that research suggests kids “with Crohn’s disease who are breastfed are less likely to experience progression to stricturing or penetrating disease, while other environmental factors, like smoking, are linked to adv...
Children Exposed To Efavirenz In Utero May Be More Likely To Develop Neurological Conditions Than Children Exposed To Other Drug Regimens To Prevent HIV Transmission, Research Suggests.
Healio (10/4, Bortz) reports researchers found that “children who were exposed to efavirenz in utero to prevent HIV transmission from their infected mother were 60% more likely to acquire a neurological condition when compared with children exposed to ot...
Reduced Perinatal Proteobacteria Exposure Linked To Childhood Pulmonary Disease, Study Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (10/4, Moeller) reports that a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that “proteobacterial DNA in umbilical cord serum has been linked to features of childhood asthma including maternal atopy, early childho...
Lower Socioeconomic Status In Childhood Linked To Worse Cognitive Performance In Adulthood, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/4, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reports that a study suggests “lower socioeconomic status in childhood is associated with worse cognitive performance in adulthood.” Researchers found that “among more than 20,000 older adult participan...
FDA Expands Approval Of Hemophilia Drug Emicizumab.
Bloomberg News (10/4, Loh, Kresge) reports the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded approval of Roche’s hemophilia drug Hemlibra (emicizumab) for “patients with hemophilia A who haven’t developed resistance to the current standard treatment,...
Current Rates Of HPV Vaccination Among Preteens Too Low To Achieve Goals Set By American Cancer Society, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/4, Preidt) reports that research indicates “current rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among preteens are too low to achieve goals set by the American Cancer Society.” The ACS “wants an 80 percent vaccination rate among 13-year...
Preschoolers Who Quickly Gain Weight May Be At Particular Risk Of Becoming Obese Teens, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/3, Norton) reports, “Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers,” researchers concluded in a study that examined “weight-gain patterns among more than 51,000 German children.” According to...
Marijuana May Affect Teens’ Cognitive Abilities More Than Alcohol, Study Suggests.
NBC News (10/3, Charles) reports a study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that “regular marijuana users, especially those who begin using it earlier in their lives, were far more likely to suffer repercussions in their thin...

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