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Self-Reported Suicide Attempts Have Spiked Among Black Teens Since 1991, Research Suggests
The Chicago Tribune (10/14, Buckley) reports, “Suicide attempts that were self-reported by black teens have spiked since 1991, even as their peers in other groups have experienced a downward trend or remained unchanged,” researchers concluded after examin...
California To Push Back Start Times For Middle And High Schools
The New York Times (10/14, Hauser, Kwai) reports that middle and high school students in California “can look forward to extra sleep in the morning once a new law takes effect.” That law, which Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed on Oct. 13, “pushes back the...
Bill Aims To Increase Use Of Genomic, Genetic Testing For Pediatric Patients With Rare Diseases
Health IT Analytics (10/11, Kent) reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) “recently reintroduced the bipartisan Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act, which aims to increase the use of genomic and genetic testing for pediatric patients with rare dise...
Children With Autism Who Take Vitamin And Omega-3 Supplements May Have Fewer Symptoms Than Those Who Do Not, Review Study Suggests
Reuters (10/11, Rapaport) reported researchers found in a review study that “children with autism who take supplements of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids may have fewer symptoms than kids who don’t.” The review study was published in Pediatrics.
Viral Respiratory Tract Infections In Young Children With Cystic Fibrosis Tend To Be Mild And May Not Require Hospitalization, Researchers Say
Cystic Fibrosis News Today (10/11, Viviescas) reported, “Viral respiratory tract infections in young children with cystic fibrosis tend to be mild and not require hospitalization,” research indicated. The study revealed that “infections caused by respirat...
Study Indicates Stent Retrievers And Other Endovascular Thrombectomy Treatments Are Safe For Selected Children And Tied To Good Neurological Outcomes
MedPage Today (10/14, Phend) reports a study published in JAMA Neurology found that “stent retrievers and other endovascular thrombectomy treatments appeared as safe for selected children as seen in adult trials, and also had good neurologic outcomes.” In...
Researchers Testing Genetic Test For T1D To Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations
On its “Morning Edition” program and in its “Shots” blog, NPR (10/14, Harris) reports that currently, almost “half of all children who develop type 1 diabetes [T1D] don’t know they have the disease until they end up in a coma in the hospital.” Now, invest...
Study Examines Factors Posing Barriers To Timely Access To Hearing Aids Among Youngsters
Medscape (10/11, Garcia, Subscription Publication) reported, “Race/ethnicity, insurance type, and primary language may pose barriers to timely access to hearing aids among children,” research indicated. The findings of the 90-patient, “retrospective cohor...
CAR T-Cell Therapy Shows QoL Benefit In Pediatric ALL, Study Suggests
MedPage Today (10/14, Ingram) reports a patient-reported outcomes analysis indicates “chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy led to quick gains in quality of life (QoL) for children and young adults with relapsed or refractory acute leukemia.” Mor...
Scientists Concerned About Effect Vaping Has On The Teenage Brain
On its “Morning Edition” program and in its “Shots” blog, NPR (10/10, Hamilton) reports scientists are “worried about vaping’s effect on teenage brains,” which could present “potential problems” that “include attention disorders...impulse control issues a...
Investigators Collect Trash From Northern California High School Areas To Understand Teens’ Vaping And Smoking Habits
CNN (10/10, Howard) reports, “To better understand the vaping epidemic in high schools across the” US, investigators “in Northern California have ‘systematically scanned the student parking lots and exterior school perimeter areas’ to collect e-cigarette,...
Uncommon, Potentially Deadly Inflammatory Lung Disease Emerging Among Children With JIA, Study Indicates
Rheumatology News (10/10, Sullivan) reports, “An uncommon but potentially deadly inflammatory lung disease is emerging among children with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA], and its history appears to coincide with the rise of powerful biologic...
Study Finds No Cerebellum Involvement In Reading In Children With Or Without Dyslexia
HealthDay (10/10, Preidt) reports a study has found that “the cerebellum does not affect reading ability in people with dyslexia” contrary to suggestions by some. The study was conducted by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington...
Study Offers Treatment-Decision Score For Diagnosis Of TB In Children With HIV
Infectious Disease Advisor (10/10, van Paridon) reports a study published in Pediatrics found that “a new treatment-decision score for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) in children with HIV performed well, and when used in an algorithm may facilitate pro...
Prevalence Of DKA At Time Of T1D Diagnosis In Children Has Been Increasing In US Since 2010, Researchers Say
Medscape (10/9, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports, “The prevalence of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at the time of diagnosis of type 1 diabetes [T1D] in children has been dramatically increasing in the United States since 2010,” researchers conclude...
California Bans Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children
The AP (10/9, Rogers) reports that a widely used agricultural pesticide “that California environmental officials have said has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with the manufacturer, state o...
Applying Cool Running Water To A Thermal Injury Associated With Improvements In Burn Severity, Reduced Odds Of Skin Grafting In Children, Study Indicates
The Dermatology Advisor (10/9, May) reports, “Consistent with first-aid guidelines, the action of applying cool running water to a thermal injury is associated with improvements in burn severity and reduced odds of skin grafting in children,” researchers...
Medical Community Has Mobilized To Combat Acute Flaccid Myelitis
TIME (10/9, Kluger) reports on “acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a sudden inflammation of spinal tissue resulting in flaccid paralysis of the muscles of the limbs, neck, face and often diaphragm. It’s a lot like polio but it’s not polio; it’s a little like m...
Teens Who Use Or Abuse Cannabis May Be At Risk For Cardiac Arrhythmias, Researchers Say
Cardiovascular Business (10/9, Slachta) reports, “Teens who use or abuse cannabis could be at risk for a number of cardiac arrhythmias...including atrial flutter or fibrillation, palpitations and long QT syndrome,” researchers concluded after studying dat...
Research Indicates Increasing Incidence Of Head, Neck Melanomas In Children And Young Adults
HealthDay (10/9, Reinberg) reports a study indicates “cases of deadly melanomas on the head and neck rose more than 51% over two decades among young people in the United States and Canada.” The study considered data on patients diagnosed with head and nec...
Vamorolone May Be Safe, Effective In Children With DMD, Study Indicates
Neurology Advisor (10/9, Akirov) reports researchers found that “vamorolone, a novel dissociative steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, was found to be effective, safe, and well tolerated in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).” The findings were...
IKEA Recalling 7,000 Infant Bibs Over Choking Hazard Concerns
CNN (10/9, Karimi) reports IKEA is recalling “7,000 MATVRÅ infant bibs” over “concerns their snaps could be a choking hazard if they detach.” The recalled “infant bibs appear as a pair in a pack, and were sold in stores online and worldwide. Each pack has...
Research Into Firearms, Second Leading Cause Of Death In Children, Gets Little Federal Funding
Reuters (10/9, Carroll) reports a new study finds that few federal dollars “are available for research into ways to prevent firearm injuries even though they are the second-leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens and the leading cause of deat...
Cases Of Congenital Syphilis In US Continue To Rise, Data Indicate
The Los Angeles Times (10/8, Barry-Jester) reports, “Nationwide, 1,306 infants acquired syphilis from their mother in 2018, a 40% rise over 2017, according to federal data released Tuesday.” Of those infants, 78 were stillborn “and 16 died after birth.” T...
CDC Urges More Pregnant Women To Get Flu, Whooping Cough Vaccines
The New York Times (10/8, Belluck) reports a CDC report indicates only about 35 percent of pregnant women receive both the flu and whooping cough vaccine. Moreover, “just over half receive one” of the two vaccines. CNN (10/8, Hunt) reports, “The report sa...
Study Ties Recurrent Febrile Seizures To Epilepsy And Psychiatric Disorders
Medscape (10/8, Lewis, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “recurrent febrile seizures in children are associated with an elevated risk for epilepsy and psychiatric disorders, with increased mortality among individuals who developed e...
Study Suggests Children With Eosinophilic Esophagitis Often Experience Sleep Disturbances
CHEST Physician (10/8, Sullivan) reports researchers found that “children with eosinophilic esophagitis often experience respiratory and motor disturbances during sleep, which appear related to dysregulated sleep architecture.” The findings were published...
Chronic Stress Exposure Through Persistent Threat Of Racism May Play Role In Higher Prevalence Of Asthma Among Black Children, Study Indicates
Pulmonology Advisor (10/8, Moeller) reports researchers found in a pilot study that “chronic stress exposure brought about through the persistent threat of racism may play a role in the higher prevalence of childhood asthma in black populations.” The find...
Nearly All Medicaid-Insured Teens, Young Adults With Diagnosed NUD May Not Receive Counseling Or Pharmacologic Treatment For Their Condition, Research Suggests
Healio (10/8, Bortz) reports, “Nearly all Medicaid-insured adolescents and young adults with diagnosed nicotine use disorder, or NUD, do not receive counseling or pharmacologic treatment for their condition,” researchers concluded in a study that involved...
Research Suggests RSV Fusion Glycoprotein Subunit Vaccine Antigen May Be Promising For Development Of Vaccine To Immunize Pregnant Women To Prevent Disease In Infants
Infectious Disease Advisor (10/8) reports research presented at IDWeek 2019 supports the development of “a prefusion respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) fusion glycoprotein (F) subunit vaccine antigen” for the prevention of “RSV disease in infants by immuni...
EV-D68 May Be Linked To Acute Flaccid Myelitis, Researchers Say
The NPR (10/7, Aubrey) “Shots” blog reports that as researchers struggle “to understand what causes” acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a new “theory is gaining ground.” Research published online in the journal Pediatrics indicates “the condition may be trigge...
Medicaid, CHIP Saw Record High Drop In Enrollment From 2017 To 2019
Bloomberg Law (10/7, Subscription Publication) reports, “Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program experienced a 2.5% enrollment decrease between May 2017 and May 2019 – the largest drop in 40 years.” Many dropped beneficiaries “are still eligi...
Young People Reportedly Starting To Fear E-Cigarettes
The Wall Street Journal (10/7, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports young people are starting to be afraid of vaping following news of vaping-related lung injuries. The article highlights Buffalo High School near Minneapolis, where administrators a...
Study Finds Increase In Children With Hypertension
MedPage Today (10/7, George) reports a study in JAMA Pediatrics found “the prevalence of childhood hypertension rose at a relative rate of 75% to 79% from 2000 to 2015 and was tied to BMI.” Researchers found that “in 2015, childhood hypertension prevalenc...
Average Total Cholesterol Level For US Youths Dropped Nine Points In Less Than Two Decades, Researchers Say
The Washington Post (10/7, Searing) reports, “The average total cholesterol level for U.S. youths dropped nine points in less than two decades (from 164 mg/dL to 155 mg/dL),” researchers found. In fact, “based on data from a nationally representative grou...
Research Suggests Positive Association Between CSF And NfL In Pediatric Patients With First Attack Of ADS
Neurology Advisor (10/7, May) reports researchers found that “in pediatric patients with a first attack of acquired demyelinating syndrome (ADS), there exists a positive association between CSF and serum neurofilament light chain (NfL).” The findings were...
Vincristine-Induced Neuropathy May Not Be Tied To Nutritional Deficiencies In Pediatric Patients With ALL, Study Indicates
Cancer Therapy Advisor (10/7, Barouch) reports researchers found “incidence of vincristine-induced neuropathy does not appear to be associated with nutritional deficiencies” in pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The findings were...
First Lady Calls For End Of E-Cigarette Marketing To Young People
The AP (10/7, Superville) reports First Lady Melania Trump said the marketing of e-cigarettes to young people “must stop,” because the products are dangerous and addictive. Trump said “it is important to me that we all work to educate children and familie...
US Health Officials Target Vaping Black Market Amid Teen Vaping And Vaping-Related Lung Illness
The Wall Street Journal (10/6, Maloney, Hernandez, Subscription Publication) reports US health officials are trying to crack down on a growing black market for vaping products in response to teen vaping and the growing number of people affected by vaping-...
Group Of Dozen US Senators Urging Federal Government To Do More To Prevent Vaping In Young People
According to the AP (10/6), “U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT] says he’s leading a group of a dozen senators,” all of whom are Democrats, “in urging the federal government to do more to prevent young people from vaping.” Blumenthal “says the senators as...
Automated Clinical Decision Support During Electronic Order Entry Process May Help Increase Rate Of Blood Testing For AKI Among Pediatric Patients, Study Indicates
Health IT Analytics (10/4, Kent) reported, “Giving clinicians automated clinical decision support during the electronic order entry process helped increase the rate of blood testing for acute kidney injury (AKI) among pediatric patients by nine percent,”...
Study Finds No Difference In Antibody Response Between Egg-Based And Cell-Cultured Influenza Vaccine In Children
MedPage Today (10/6) reported, “There was no difference in antibody response, including hemagglutination inhibition assay (HAI) and microneutralization titers, between egg-based and cell-cultured influenza vaccine in children,” research indicated. In fact...
FDA Approves Self-Administration Of Benralizumab Auto-Injector Pen For Asthma
Reuters (10/4, Aripaka) reported the FDA approved the self-administration of AstraZeneca’s Fasenra (benralizumab) for asthma. The article said Fasenra is “a pre-filled, single-use auto-injector pen.” Medscape (10/4, Brooks, Subscription Publication) repor...
FDA Warns People To Stop Using Vaping Products With THC
CNN (10/4, Howard) reported on its website that the FDA “is warning consumers to stop using THC vaping products as investigations into vaping-related lung injuries and deaths continue.” FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said in a statement that th...
First Baby Screened For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Under Pilot Program In New York
Muscular Dystrophy News Today (10/4, Figueiredo) reported Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) announced the first screening of a baby for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) as part of a pilot program “launched in collaboration with” the state of New Y...
Percentage Of US Teens Using Flavored E-Cigarettes Continues To Climb, Report Finds
CNN (10/3, Hunt) reports, “Flavored e-cigarette use among young people in the United States increased from 2014 to 2018, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration.” The CDC/FDA...
Congenital Heart Defects In Babies May Be Associated With Prospective Parents’ Alcohol Consumption Before Conception, Study Indicates
CNN (10/3, Lamotte) reports research indicates “a link between a baby’s congenital heart defects and their prospective parents’ drinking before conception.” The study revealed that “compared to non-drinkers, fathers who drank during the three months befor...
Researchers Examine Relationship Between Down Syndrome And ALL In GWAS Study
HemOnc Today (10/3, Byrne) interviews Karen Rabin, author of “a genome-wide association study (GWAS) examining the genetic differences between approximately 500 children with Down syndrome who developed [acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)] and 1,000 child...
Thousands Of US Schools Reportedly Do Not Have Measles Vaccination Rates High Enough To Stop Disease From Spreading
The Wall Street Journal (10/3, Abbott, Umlauf, Moriarty, Subscription Publication) reports thousands of schools in the US have measles immunization rates below 95%, the level needed to stop the disease from spreading. The article says that the majority of...
CDC Says There Have Been More Than 1,000 Cases Of Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses
The New York Times (10/3, Grady) reports there have been 1,080 cases of vaping-related lung illness, including 18 deaths, according to the CDC. The article says symptoms of vaping-related lung illnesses including coughing, troubles breathing, as well as f...

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