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Prenatal Tdap Vaccine Not Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Researchers Say.
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (8/13, Bever) reports that after studying some 80,000 youngsters “over a four-year period,” Kaiser Permanent researchers found “no association between the prenatal Tdap (for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also...
Study Offers Insight Into Protective Effect Of Muscular Fitness As Early As Adolescence.
HealthDay (8/13, Preidt) reports, “Weak grip strength in children may point to a higher risk of such health problems as diabetes and heart disease,” researchers concluded. The study revealed that “children with weak grips were over three times more likel...
HPV Vaccine Legislation Appears Not To Impact Adolescent Sexual Activity, Study Indicates.
Reuters (8/13, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “state laws designed to increase teen vaccination against...human papillomavirus (HPV) don’t appear to influence adolescents’ choices about whether to become sexually active or use condoms.” The fin...
Conversations With Adults May Create Stronger Connections Between Two Developing Brain Regions Critical For Language Skills In Kids, Study Suggests.
Reuters (8/13, Rapaport) reports that the “conversational turns” between parents and children may be “strongly related to the physical strength of white-matter connections between the two key language regions in the left hemisphere of the brain,” researc...
DHS Developing Program To Teach Students Bleeding-Control Techniques.
The New York Times (8/13, Gomez) reports that in “a nod to the sad reality that shootings at the nation’s schools are far too prevalent, the United States government will award a $1.8 million grant to create a program to teach high school students proper...
Most Kids With JIA Being Treated With TNF Inhibitors To Date Have Flared If Biologic Therapy Was Withdrawn, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (8/12, Walsh) reported, “Most children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) being treated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors to date have flared if the biologic therapy was withdrawn,” researchers concluded in a study that invo...
Anxiety Disorders Can Also Be Found In Youngsters And Teens.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (8/10, Adams) reported, “An in-depth survey of more than 10,000 teens used face-to-face interviews conducted between 2001 and 2004 to screen for psychiatric conditions,” finding that “anxiety disorders are the m...
Study Highlights Importance Of Sleep For Teenagers.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (8/10, Underwood) reported, “A recent study in Pediatrics highlights the importance of sleep for teenagers, who often struggle to get the recommended eight to nine hours per night” that they need. Just 2.2 perce...
Analysis Shows Little Global Funding Is Devoted To Adolescent Health.
PBS NewsHour (8/10, Santhanam) reported an analysis published Friday in JAMA found that “adolescents make up a quarter of the population in developing countries, but on average receive less than 2 percent of all global health funding.” According to the a...
Pregestational Diabetes Mellitus Combined With Severe Maternal Obesity May Be Associated With Risk For Children’s Psychiatric And Mild Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Study Indicates.
Reuters (8/9, Rapaport) reports, “Pregnant women who have both severe obesity and diabetes may be more likely to have children with autism,” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), and “other psychiatric disorders than mothers who don’t have ei...
HHS Reverses Course, Says It Will Continue To Fund Groups Under The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
The Hill (8/9, Hellmann) reports that on Thursday, HHS said “it will resume grants for groups working to prevent teen pregnancies, a reversal from last year’s announcement that it would end funding two years earlier than expected.” A spokesperson said “H...
Number Of Women With Opioid Use Disorder Who Gave Birth More Than Quadrupled From 1999 To 2014, CDC Report Says.
Bloomberg News (8/9, Giudice, Lu) reports that the number of women with “opioid use disorder” giving birth “more than quadrupled from 1.5 per 1,000 hospital births in 1999 to 6.5 per 1,000 births in 2014, according to the” Centers for Disease Control and...
Prenatal Vitamin D Supplements May Not Improve Growth Of Babies, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (8/9, Reinberg) reports researchers found that “for pregnant women who are vitamin D-deficient, vitamin supplements won’t improve the growth of their fetus or infant.” The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Many US Schools Still Not Fully Prepared For Disasters, CDC Study Says.
Reuters (8/8, Rapaport) reports a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “many US public school districts lack comprehensive plans for responding to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and other emerge...
Children At Risk For Depression Are Less Likely To Think About Or Attempt Suicide If Their Parents Are Religious, Small Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (8/8, Ingram) reports, “Children at risk for depression were less likely to think about or attempt suicide if their parents were religious,” researchers concluded in “an observational study” that included “214 children,” most of whom were C...
California The Only State To Lower Its Infant Mortality Rate, CDC Data Show.
The Huffington Post (8/8, Almendrala) reports that California was the only state to see a decrease in perinatal deaths from 2014 to 2016, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for...
New Ad Campaign Seeks To Raise Awareness Of Unintentional Deaths, Injuries To Kids Caused By Guns.
The New York Times (8/8, Chokshi) reports that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is “leading a coalition of groups behind the” a new campaign “to raise awareness of...unintentional deaths or injuries to children caused by guns.” Produced “in partn...
Approximately One In Seven Babies Exposed To Zika Before Birth Appear To Have Ongoing Health Issues, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (8/7, Cha) reports a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Tuesday found that “about 1 in 7 babies exposed to Zika during pregnancy appear to have significant, ongoing health issues.” The CDC came to this conclusio...
Two Recent Randomized Controlled Trials Focus On Preventing Obesity In Young Children.
MedPage Today (8/7, Minerd) reports, “Of two new recent randomized, controlled trials on preventing obesity in young children, only one reported success and that was only modest – but those results still offer ‘a glimmer of hope’ for curbing the childhoo...
LGBQ Teens At Higher Risk Of Using Illicit Street Drugs, Study Indicates.
Reuters (8/7, Rapaport) reports that “lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning teens are at least twice as likely as their heterosexual peers to use illegal drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and methamphetamines,” according to a study (7/11) published onl...
Children’s Advocates Condemn Psychological Techniques Being Used To Keep Kids Online.
The AP (8/8, Tanner, O'Brien) reports that children’s advocacy groups are pressing the American Psychological Association to “condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens.” The advo...
FDA Approves Use Of Cystic Fibrosis Drug In Younger Children.
The Boston Globe (8/7, Saltzman) reports the FDA extended approval of Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) to children ages two to five with cystic fibrosis. The agency found that “it was generally safe and well tolerated for 24 weeks, with a safety profile si...
Some Back-To-School Supplies Contain Dangerous Chemicals, Group Warns.
USA Today (8/7, Spector) reports that “the U.S. Public Interest Research Group sent 27 school supplies it purchased to an independent laboratory to test for chemicals of concern.” Most of the products tested “were found to be safe,” but “a few school sup...
Homelessness In Infancy May Pose Long-Term Harms, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (8/6, Preidt) reports, “Homelessness in infancy poses long-term harms, including greater risk for poor health and development later in childhood,” researchers concluded after interviewing “nearly 10,000 families of young children seen at emerge...
Plates With Pictures Of Fruit, Veggies May Spur Produce Consumption In Preschoolers, Study Indicates.
Reuters (8/6, Rapaport) reports, “Handing kids plates with pictures of fruits and vegetables may nudge them to serve themselves more of these foods and eat more of them,” researchers concluded after conducting “a small experiment” at a Colorado preschool...
Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes More Likely To Subsequently Use Marijuana, Study Indicates.
CNN (8/6, Moulite) reports, “Teens who used e-cigarettes and hookah were up to four times more likely to use marijuana later, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.” The findings are based on surveys of 2,668 students at 10 publ...
Relationship May Exist Between Immunoglobulin E-Mediated Allergy, Complicated Appendicitis In Children, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (8/6, Lou) reports, “There may be a relationship between immunoglobulin E-mediated allergy and appendicitis,” research indicated. In a study involving “605 patients younger than 15 who underwent an appendectomy in 2007 to 2017 at the tertia...
“Screen” Time Associated With Increased Hours Of Inactivity In Youngsters And Teens, Heart Group Says.
The ABC News (8/6, Chacon) website reports the American Heart Association has released a “new scientific advisory” saying that “time spent on ‘screens’ (computers, phones, tablets, video games, television and other outlets) is associated with increased h...
Severe And Adverse Late Findings On Neonatal CUS, MRI In Preterm Infants May Predict Cognitive Impairment, Disability At Age Six To Seven, Research Suggests.
Neurology Advisor (8/3, May) reported, “Severe and adverse late findings on neonatal cranial ultrasound (CUS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in preterm infants, including cerebellar lesions and white matter abnormalities, may predict cognitive impa...
Baby Talk May Speed Infants’ Language Development, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (8/3, Preidt) reported that baby talk may speed “infants’ language development,” research indicated. After recording “people talking to 47 infants whose language development was assessed at ages nine, 15 and 21 months,” investigators found that...
Most Pregnant Women Told Little Or Nothing About Reducing Their Exposure To Chemicals.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (8/3) reported that most pregnant women “are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that ingredients in plastics, vehicle exhaust and cosmetics additives ca...
Women With Lowest Levels Of Fatty Acids From Fish During Pregnancy May Be More Likely To Have A Premature Birth, Study Indicates.
Newsweek (8/3, Interrante) reported, “A lack of fish in pregnancy may lead to preterm birth,” research indicated. HealthDay (8/3, Gordon) reported that “women who had the lowest levels of fatty acids from fish during their first and second trimester were...
Survey Reveals Bad Driving Behaviors In Parents And Teens.
The Chicago Tribune (8/3, Wisniewski) reported, “A new national study” of 2,000 adolescents and “1,000 parents” conducted by “Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance” revealed that “37 percent of parents of teen drivers use apps while driving, which is alm...
Ketamine Promising For Treatment Of Resistant Depression In Teenagers, Study Suggests.
Newsweek (8/2, Georgiou) reports, “Young people suffering from treatment-resistant depression (TRD) showed a significant reduction of their symptoms after being administered ketamine injections,” researchers concluded in a study involving “13 young peopl...
Google Glass With Superpower Glass Software May Help Children With Autism Understand Facial Expressions And Improve Social Skills, Study Suggests.
Reuters (8/2, Crist) reports researchers found in a pilot study that using Google Glass with Superpower Glass software may help children with autism “be better able to understand facial expressions and improve their social skills.” The findings of the 14...
Cannabis Use By Parents Linked To Increased Risk Of Psychotic Episodes In Children, Study Suggests.
Reuters (8/2, Rapaport) reports a study suggests that “cannabis use by mothers or fathers during pregnancy, or even only before pregnancy, is associated with an increased risk of psychotic-like episodes in their children.” The study was published in Schi...
Teens With Elevated Levels Of Psychotic-Like Experiences While Engaging In A Reward Processing Task Showed Differential Activation In Frontostriatal Brain Areas Compared With Control Adolescents, Study Indicates.
Healio (8/2, Demko) reports, “Teenagers with elevated levels of psychotic-like experiences while engaging in a reward processing task showed differential activation in frontostriatal brain areas compared with control adolescents,” researchers concluded a...
When Parents Are Depressed, Children May Be More Likely To Visit The ED, Be Admitted To The Hospital, Study Indicates.
Reuters (8/1, Rapaport) reports, “When parents are depressed, kids are 41 percent more likely to visit the emergency” department, “47 percent more likely to be admitted to the hospital and 67 percent more likely to have outpatient clinic visits than when...
Democrats Object To Rule That Would Ease Statutes On Teen Employment.
Bloomberg BNA (8/1, Penn) reports that 47 House Democrats have written Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to object to a rule being considered, which they say would “let teenagers work in health-ca...
Folic Acid Supplementation Before Pregnancy And During First Trimester May Reduce Language Problems In Children Exposed To Anti-Epileptic Drugs In Utero, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (8/1, George) reports researchers found that folic acid supplementation prior to “pregnancy and during the first trimester may limit language development problems in children exposed to anti-epileptic drugs in utero.” The findings were publ...
Glasgow Coma Scale Of 13 Or Under Suggests Cranial CT Is Recommended For Pediatric Polytrauma Patients, Research Indicates.
Diagnostic Imaging (8/1) reports that research indicates “a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of 13 or under suggests that cranial CT (CCT) is recommended for pediatric polytrauma patients.” The findings were published in the European Journal of Radiology.
Child Abuse In Texas Claimed 172 Lives Last Year, State Data Show.
The Houston Chronicle (8/1, Ramirez) reports that the number of deaths caused by child abuse and neglect in Texas “dropped by 22.5 percent last year,” according to data from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The data indicate a decr...
Heading Soccer Balls May Be More Damaging For Female Players Than Male Players, Study Suggests.
Reuters (7/31, Rapaport) reports researchers found that “the volume of damaged white matter in” female soccer players who frequently headed the ball “was five times greater than it was for” their male counterparts. The researchers used diffusion tensor i...
CMS Unveils New SNF Payment System.
Congressional Quarterly (7/31, Clason, Williams, Subscription Publication) reports CMS revealed Tuesday that it has “established a payment system for skilled nursing facilities that reimburses providers based on evaluations on the quality of care offered...
At Least 90% Of Teens, Young Adults With Symptoms Of Depression Say They Have Gone Online For Information About Mental Health Issues, Survey Finds.
The NBC News (7/31, Fox) website reports, “At least 90 percent of teens and young adults with symptoms of depression said they had gone online for information about mental health issues, compared with 48 percent of those without any symptoms, according t...
People With Depression Appear To Have Low Levels Of Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Small Study Suggests.
USA Today (7/31, Molina) reports that “people with depression” appear to have “low levels of acetyl-L-carnitine [LAC], which helps the body produce energy,” researchers say. The findings were published online July 30 in the journal Proceedings of the Nat...
Increased Or Riskier Maternal Alcohol Consumption While Breastfeeding May Be Associated With Reduced Abstract Reasoning In Children Ages Six And Seven, Study Indicates.
The USA Today (7/31, Seely) “All the Moms” blog reports that “‘increased or riskier maternal alcohol consumption’ while breastfeeding was associated with reduced abstract reasoning in children” six and seven years old. Included in the study were “5,107 A...
Three In Five Infants Not Breastfed During First Hour After Birth, Joint UNICEF-WHO Report Concludes.
The Washington Examiner (7/31, Leonard) reports, “Three in five babies are not breastfed during the first hour of birth, putting them at higher risk of disease or death...a joint report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization” concluded. The report u...
Automakers Designing Backseat Alarm Systems To Prevent Child Deaths In Hot Cars.
The CBS Evening News (7/31, story 6, 1:50, Glor) reported, that “automakers are trying new way to prevent tragedies” caused when children are locked in hot cars. CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave said, “So far this year, 29 children have died in hot...
Enrollment In Individual Insurance Market Fell By 12% In 1Q, Analysis Indicates.
The Hill (7/31, Hellmann) reports the number of people enrolling in individual plans fell by 12 percent during the first quarter of this year, according to an analysis conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Data show “enrollment in the individual mar...

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