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Previous Diagnosis Of Depression Tied To Increased Risk Of Concussion In Children Playing Football, Study Indicates.
TIME (12/13, Gregory) reports researchers found that “children who have been previously diagnosed with depression had a five-fold increased risk of suffering a concussion while playing football compared to those who did not have a depression diagnosis.”...
Proposed Oregon Measure Would Require Yearly Mental Health Wellness Check For Every Student In Grades Six Through 12.
The Salem (OR) Statesman Journal (12/13) reports that because “the pervasiveness of mental health issues and child suicide rates leads Oregon to rank as the worst state in the country for the prevalence of mental illness” and due to the fact that the sta...
Suicide The Tenth Leading Cause Of Death For Elementary School Children In 2014, CDC Says.
USA Today (12/13, O'Donnell, Pitofsky) reports, “A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report covering 2007 through 2017 (pdf) found that 17 percent of high school students are bullied,” and approximately seven “percent attempted suicide.” In fact...
FDA Announces Revisions To Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Label To Include Pediatric Patients With Chronic HBV.
Healio (12/13) reports “the FDA announced revisions to the Viread [tenofovir disoproxil fumarate] label to include use in pediatric patients aged 2 years to less than 12 years with chronic hepatitis B based on 48-week safety and efficacy data.”
Illinois Department Of Children And Family Services Sued Over Practice Of Leaving Children Too Long In Psychiatric Hospitals.
The Chicago Tribune (12/12, Gutowski, Cherney, Meisner) reports that on Dec. 13, the public guardian of Cook County, Illinois sued the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, contending “the beleaguered child welfare agency is causing ‘immens...
Most Children Admitted To Non-Children’s Hospitals With CAP May Not Receive Antibiotics In Accordance With Guidelines, Study Indicates.
Medscape (12/12, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports that research indicates “most children admitted to non-children’s hospitals with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) fail to receive antibiotics in accordance with guidelines.” Investigators wrote,...
Extreme Dieting Behaviors May Often Begin In The Teen Years And Worsen In Adulthood, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (12/12, Preidt) reports, “Extreme dieting behaviors often begin in the teen years and worsen in adulthood,” research indicated. The findings of the 1,455-adult study were published online Nov. 27 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders...
Infants With Noninfectious Exposure To HIV May Be Less Likely To Be Prescribed Antibiotics When They Or Their Mothers Received Antiretroviral Prophylaxis While Breastfeeding, Study Indicates.
Healio (12/12, Bortz) reports researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “Malawian infants who were exposed to HIV but were uninfected were less likely to receive antibiotic therapy when either the infant or their mother rec...
Defects More Common Than Expected In Young Toddlers After Being Exposed To Zika Before Birth, Study Suggests.
Medscape (12/12, Subscription Publication) reports a study suggests roughly “1 in 7 babies aged 12 to 18 months who were exposed to Zika virus before birth have significant neurodevelopmental problems.” This rate of 14.5% “is higher than has been reporte...
Teenagers May Get More Sleep And Perform Better In Schools With Later Start Times, Study Suggests.
NPR (12/12, Neighmond) reports researchers at the University of Washington found that the Seattle school district’s decision to move start times for middle schools and high schools from 7:50 to 8:45 resulted in students getting 34 more minutes of sleep o...
Youth Prescribed High Doses Of Antipsychotic Therapy May Have An Increased Risk For Unexpected Death, Study Indicates.
Healio (12/12, Demko) reports, “Youth aged five to 24 years beginning antipsychotic therapy who received doses higher than 50 mg chlorpromazine equivalents had a 3.5-fold increased risk for unexpected death,” researchers concluded after comparing “the ri...
Babies With A Wide Variety Of Bacteria In The Nose May Recover Faster From Their First Cold Than Those With Less Variety, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (12/11, Preidt) reports, “Babies with a wide variety of bacteria in the nose recover faster from their first cold than those with less variety,” researchers concluded after examining nose swabs taken from 183 infants “as they developed symptoms...
House Passes Medicaid Bills.
Congressional Quarterly (12/11, Raman, Subscription Publication) reports, “The House passed several bipartisan health care bills,” including one that “combines aspects of smaller Medicaid bills, including a provision that is designed to improve the coord...
Analysis: 4.2 Million Eligible For ACA Coverage At No Cost.
The Hill (12/11, Sullivan) reports a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that 4.2 million uninsured people can get an ACA plan at no cost “due to the financial assistance under the health-care law being high enough to completely cover the cost of the...
House Approves Bill To Give HHS Power To Reclassify Medications Under Medicaid.
The Hill (12/11, Hellmann) reports the House approved a bill “cracking down on the tactics drug companies use to charge Medicaid” by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services “to reclassify a drug and recoup rebates when a manufacturer deliber...
Gottlieb Says New Policies Should Lower Cost Of Insulin.
STAT (12/11, Florko) reports on a speech given by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb at the FDA/CMS Summit this week. Gottlieb discussed issues around insulin access and offered guidance to spur more competition: “We’ve heard frequent reports of patients ra...
Short-Term Health Insurance Plans Growing In Popularity.
CNN (12/11, Luhby) reports insurance agents say that short-term health insurance plans “are growing more popular, particularly among consumers who don’t qualify for federal Obamacare subsidies.” Such plans are cheaper because they don’t have to cover all...
Having An Older Sibling With ASD Or AD/HD May Raise Risk Of Being Diagnosed With Either Condition, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/10, George) reports, “Having an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “raised the risk of being diagnosed with either condition,” research indicated. In the study that “in...
ACE Kids Measure Expected To Pass House Tuesday.
Modern Healthcare (12/10, Luthi, Subscription Publication) reports behind a paywall that the House is expected to pass a healthcare package Tuesday that would “establish provider-coordinated health homes for chronically ill children,” even though Congres...
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Tied To Smaller Head Circumference, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (12/10, Thompson) reports researchers found that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) “may be more likely to have smaller heads that might hinder their development.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.
Lithium May Be Tolerable, Safe As Maintenance Treatment In Pediatric Patients With BD, Small Study Suggests.
Healio (12/10, Demko) reports, “Lithium demonstrated tolerability and safety as a maintenance treatment in pediatric patients with bipolar disorder [BD] for 28 weeks,” researchers concluded in a 31-participant study, the findings of which were published...
CDC Warns Consumers Not To Eat Raw Cookie Dough.
USA Today (12/10, May) reports the CDC is warning consumers not to eat raw cookie dough, due to the risk of E. coli infections in flour and salmonella poisoning in raw eggs. Similarly, the FDA and CDC “urge people to avoid handling raw flour – including...
More Than 200,000 US Children Treated Each Year In EDs For Playground-Related Injuries.
HealthDay (12/7, Canter) reported, “According to U.S. health officials, more than 200,000 children aged 14 or under are treated each year in emergency departments for playground-related injuries, about 10 percent of which involve... traumatic brain injur...
Newborns With Vitamin D Deficiency May Have Increased Risk For Schizophrenia In Later Life, Study Indicates.
Healio (12/7, Demko) reported, “Newborns with vitamin D deficiency had a 44% increased risk for schizophrenia in later life compared with those with normal vitamin D levels,” research indicated. The findings of the 2,602-person study were published onlin...
Trump Administration To Ease School Lunch Nutrition Rules.
The Washington Post (12/8, Strauss) reported the U.S. Agriculture Department announced plans to relax regulations on nutrition in school lunches permanently via final rule to be published in the Federal Register. The rule changes requirements for whole g...
Daily Vitamin C Supplementation May Mitigate Some Harm To Fetal Lung Development From Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (12/8, Boyles) reported, “Daily supplements of vitamin C might mitigate some of the harm to fetal lung development from smoking during pregnancy,” researchers concluded. At the age of three months, “infants born to pregnant smokers who took...
Kids With Strong Family Ties, School Support May Be More Likely To Stop Bullying When They See It, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reported, “Children with strong family ties and school support are more likely to try to stop bullying when they see it,” research indicated. Included in the study were “450 sixth-graders and 446 ninth-graders.” The findings were...
“Different Patterns” Found In Brain Scans Among Kids Who Record Heavy Smart Device And Video Game Use.
On its website and on the air, CBS – 60 Minutes (12/9, Ciioer/Cooper) reported, “At 21 sites across the country scientists have begun interviewing nine and ten-year-olds and scanning their brains.” The study will “follow more than 11,000 kids for a decad...
ACA Enrollment Through HealthCare.gov Down 11% Compared To Last Year.
The New York Times (12/6, Abelson, Sanger-Katz) reports that with less than half the ACA open enrollment season remaining, “fewer people have enrolled in coverage than during the same stretch last year.” Federal government data indicate that sign-ups “th...
Study Finds Growing Demand For Physicians And Nurse Practitioners Is Increasing Compensation.
Fierce Healthcare (12/6, Finnegan) reports that 2018 saw a seven-percent increase in job openings for physicians and a three-percent increase for nurse practitioners (NPs), which is “driving up compensation,” according to a new study conducted by Doximit...
MedPAC Recommends Changes To Medicare Provider Payments.
Congressional Quarterly (12/6, Williams, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) “argued the federal government should change how Medicare pays for services performed by nurse practitioners an...
Pediatric Hospital Researchers Find Bedside Rounds Reduce Medical Errors By 38%.
The Boston Globe (12/6, Kowalczyk) reports researchers from eight pediatric hospitals found “it’s far safer” to do daily patient rounds “right at the bedside, with the full involvement of patients and families,” rather than “in hospital hallways and remo...
Study Recommends Asking About Physical Activity.
The Columbus (OH) Dispatch (12/6, Viviano) reports on a study finding that “just 5 percent of youth get the federally recommended amount of exercise – 60 minutes per day,” while “40 percent were either getting too much exercise overall, or too much on ce...
Two Pediatricians Argue For “Narrative Medicine” To Help Patients, Physicians.
Reuters (12/6, Carroll) reports two pediatricians writing in the journal Pediatrics are making a plea for the use of “narrative medicine” in medical programs to teach physicians how “to focus on patients’ stories” as well as attend to “the heavy emotiona...
Pediatricians, Emergency Physicians Voice Alarm At Growing Number Of Child And Teen Suicides Involving Firearms.
U.S. News & World Report (12/6, Castaneda) reports, “Pediatricians and emergency department physicians are” voicing alarm “at the growing number of children, mostly adolescents, who are taking their lives with firearms.” Currently, “suicides by gun claim...
Tris Pharma Recalling Liquid Ibuprofen For Babies Over Potency Concerns.
ABC World News Tonight (12/6, story 11, 0:20, Muir) reported in its broadcast that “New Jersey-based Tris Pharma [is] voluntarily recalling three lots of liquid ibuprofen for babies sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar locations under store brand names...
US Healthcare Spending Slowed For Second Consecutive Year In 2017.
The New York Times (12/6, Pear) reports that US “health spending, which surged as millions of Americans gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, slowed last year, the Trump administration said on Thursday.” Data show spending “totaled $3.5 trillion...
Infant Ibuprofen Recalled.
USA Today (12/5, Shannon) reports that infant ibuprofen slated “to be sold at several national retailers might contain a higher concentration of ibuprofen, leading to potential risks in infants, according to a Wednesday voluntary recall notice.” Tris Pha...
Manchin Pitched Idea Of Reviving ACA Fix To Trump.
The Hill (12/5, Sullivan) reports Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that when he and the President had lunch on Monday, he pitched the idea of “reviving a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act.” Manchin told reporters Wednesday, “I said he’s the one who c...
Proposed HHS Rules Would Open Up More Potential Homes For Foster Children, Expert Says.
The Stateline (12/5) suggests in its “Stateline” blog that proposed HHS regulations would “make it easier for many foster care parents to get licensed, giving a boost to recruiting efforts, particularly among extended family members.” Instead of having “...
A Wide Variety Of Infections May Be Associated With A Higher Risk Of Many Mental Illnesses In Children And Adolescents, Research Suggests.
The NPR (12/5, Chatterjee) “Shots” blog reports investigators “have traced a connection between some infections and mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.” Findings published online Dec. 5 in JAMA Psychiatry reveal that “a...
Studies Find Migrants Have Mortality Advantage Over Host Populations; Children Benefit From Being With Parents.
CNN (12/5, Christensen) reports that a new series of papers presented at a UN Intergovernmental Conference this week and published Wednesday in the journal Lancet found that “most migrants have a mortality advantage, or greater life expectancy, than peop...
Researchers Develop Algorithm That Could Screen For Anemia From Fingernail Image.
Reuters (12/5, Carroll) reports, “An algorithm developed by researchers in Atlanta was able to accurately pick up signs of anemia just from the coloration of people’s nailbeds, the team reports in Nature Communications.” Senior study author Dr. Wilbur La...
Study Finds Parental Subfertility, ART Linked To Offspring Asthma Risk.
MedPage Today (12/5, Boyles) reports that a study published in Thorax, based on national birth and health registry data from Norway, found that “offspring born following assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures were 42% more likely to have asthm...
Over 40% Of Adults Do Not Plan To Get Flu Shot This Season, Survey Reveals.
The Hill (12/5, Hellmann) reports a survey from NORC at the University of Chicago indicates that as of the middle of last month, “41 percent of adults said they haven’t been vaccinated and have no plans to change that, despite last season’s record-high d...
Rural South Carolina Infant Mortality Rate Remains High.
The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier (12/4, Alani) examines the factors in rural South Carolina that affect infant mortality, where rates “still rival those in the developing world,” according to state data. In 2017, “an average 6.5 infants out of every...
AHIP, CMS, NQF Formalize Collaborative To Align Quality Measures.
Fierce Healthcare (12/4, Meltzer) reports a group that “developed eight core measure sets that cover primary care and seven medical specialties” and offer guidance to payers was “formalized on Tuesday by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the Cente...
Senators Propose Bill To Give CMS Authority On Medicaid Drug Prices.
The Hill (12/4, Weixel) reports that a measure “introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will seek to crack down on the tactics used by drug companies like Mylan to overcharge taxpayers for Medicaid rebates.” This bipartisan pro...
Narrow Networks Continue To Dominate ACA Exchanges, Analysis Reveals.
Modern Healthcare (12/4, Livingston, Subscription Publication) reports the consulting firm Avalere said in a report that health insurers are largely continuing a strategy for 2019 of “offering mostly narrow-network plans on the public health insurance ex...
Analysis Finds “Public Charge” Rule Could Discourage Insurance For Children.
Congressional Quarterly (12/4, Williams, Subscription Publication) reports an analysis by “the left-leaning” Urban Institute of census data found a Trump Administration proposed rule on who is likely to become a “public charge” in the US “could put healt...

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