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Study Identifies 102 Genes Associated With ASD
USA Today (1/23, Miller) reports, “More than 100 genes associated with autism were identified in a ‘landmark study’ that could help better understand what causes the disability...say” researchers at Mount Sinai. In the 35,000-participant, “large genetic-s...
Wide Variation Appears To Exist In States’ CPO Legal Codes Related To Adolescent Intimate Partner Violence, Study Indicates
Reuters (1/23, Carroll) reports, “Whether filing for a civil protection order [CPO] will be an option for U.S. teens fearing intimate partner violence depends on where they live,” researchers concluded. After examining “legal codes in 50 states and the Di...
MACPAC: Improve Care Coordination To Reduce Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rates
Modern Healthcare (1/23, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports, “Medicaid advisory staff on Thursday said policymakers will need to focus on how to improve care coordination and align state-level policies and programs to speed up a reduction in the num...
Access To Puberty Blockers May Lessen Chances Of Suicide In Transgender Youth, Researchers Say
Reuters (1/23, Rapaport) reports, “While only a minority of transgender youth who want puberty-blocking medicines receive this treatment,” research “suggests they may have a lower suicide risk when they get it.” CNN (1/23, Christensen) reports investigato...
Poor Glycemic Control In Childhood May Be Tied To T1D-Related Premature Death In Young Adulthood, Researchers Say
Medwire News (1/23, McDermid) reports, “People who die in young adulthood from acute complications of type 1 diabetes [T1D] are characterized by poor glycemic control during childhood,” researchers concluded in a study of 12,652 patients. The study reveal...
Survey Finds Most Healthcare Organizations Still Lack Key Technological Components
HIT Infrastructure (1/23, McGrail) reports that “having the right health IT infrastructure in place is critical to succeeding under value-based care, but organizations are still lacking key technological components, according to a new survey conducted by...
Starting School Later May Help Teens Get Extra Sleep, Study Suggests
Reuters (1/22, Rapaport) reports, “Teens who start school at 9 a.m. may get about an hour more sleep at night than peers who have to be in class at 8 a.m.” researchers concluded after following “65 students at a high school in Germany for three weeks befo...
New Jersey Law Will Require Every Baby Born To Be Screened For SMA
NJ News (1/22, Livio) reports that every baby born in New Jersey “will be screened for a potentially deadly genetic disease that is often compared to pediatric ALS under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Tuesday.” Spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, “i...
GOP Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Prevent Physicians From Treating Transgender Teens With Surgery Or Hormones
The Washington Post (1/22, A1, Wax-Thibodeaux, Schmidt) reports, “Republican state lawmakers have filed a wave of bills that ban medical professionals from treating transgender teens with hormones and sex reassignment surgery, reigniting a polarizing nati...
Virginia State Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Conversion Therapy For Minors Under Age 18
Newsweek (1/22, Moyler) reports that on Jan. 21 by a 21-18 vote, the Virginia state Senate passed VA SB245, a measure which, if it passes in the Virginia House of Delegates, the “lower house of the legislature, would make the commonwealth the 20th state t...
CPSC Hears From Medical Experts, Safety Advocates, Business Officials On Potential Danger Of Crib Bumpers
The Washington Post (1/22, Frankel) reports that the “debate over what to do about padded crib bumpers – which has dragged on for the past eight years – continued Wednesday with a public hearing of medical experts, safety advocates and business officials...
Experts Say This Year’s Flu Season May Be Particularly Bad For Children
HealthDay (1/22, Mozes) reports that this flu season has been particularly lethal for children with 39 pediatric deaths so far, according to the CDC. Experts say the high number of pediatric deaths may be due to the early dominance of B strain influenza.
Studies Examine Protection Conferred By Bexsero Vaccine Against Group B Meningitis In Young Children And Teens
Reuters (1/22, Emery) reports, “Inoculating infants with the Bexsero vaccine against group B meningitis provides protection from the deadly infection for at least two years in 75% of young children,” investigators concluded in the “first large real-world...
British School Uses Virtual Reality To Help Children With Autism Adapt To Real World
Reuters (1/22, McDill) reports that a specialist care facility in England “is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and data mining to help children with autism to acclimatize to scenarios they are likely to encounter outside of school.” Staff at Prior’s Co...
Study Suggests US Children Getting More Preventive Checkups, Having Fewer Sick Visits
Reuters (1/21, Rapaport) reports a new study suggests that children in the US “have been getting more preventive checkups and having fewer sick visits in recent years.” Researchers “examined data on more than 71 million pediatric primary care visits from...
Utah To Ban Conversion Therapy For LGBTQ Minors
In a nearly 3,700-word article, Newsweek (1/21, Gander) reports that on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Utah will ban conversion (also known as “reparative”) therapy for LGBTQ minors. The article describes the experiences Nathan Dalley had when forced to undergo such...
Young School-Aged Kids With Behavior Problems May Have Different Gut Bacteria Than Their Well-Behaved Peers, Study Indicates
HealthDay (1/21, Gordon) reports, “Young school-aged children with behavior problems may have different bacteria in their guts than their well-behaved peers,” research indicated. The study also concluded that “parents may play a key role in development of...
Researchers Say Brain Waves May Play Role In Sleep Problems In Children With Autism
HealthDay (1/21, Preidt) reports researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found that “shallower-than-normal brain waves may play a role in serious sleep problems in children with autism.” Previous studies have concluded “that between 40...
When Deciding To End JIA Therapy, Patients And Caregivers May Weigh Risks Of Disease And Treatment, Study Suggests
Healio (1/21, Laday) reports, “Among patients with well-controlled juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA], and their caregivers, when and how they decide to discontinue treatment likely depends on whether they are more concerned with disease- or treatment-re...
Researchers Find No Association Between Rotavirus Vaccination, T1D Among US Children Who Are Commercially Insured
MedPage Today (1/21) reports research indicates there is no association “between rotavirus vaccine and type 1 diabetes [T1D] among U.S. children who were commercially insured,” researchers found after examining “data from the IBM MarketScan Commercial Dat...
New Research Suggests Phone Time Should Not Be Primary Focus Of Adolescent Mental Health Concerns
The New York Times (1/17, Popper) reported some researchers “are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.” For example, a review study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry indic...
Illinois Law Prevents Pharmacists From Administering Flu Shot To Small Children
The Chicago Tribune (1/17, Jimenez) reports Illinois “parents may wonder why they are limited in where they can take their kids to get a flu shot” amid an aggressive flu season, but “under the Illinois Pharmacy Practice Act, pharmacists can only give the...
USDA Proposes New Rules For School Lunches
NPR (1/17, Aubrey) reported that the USDA “has proposed new rules for school meals aimed at giving administrators more flexibility in what they serve in school cafeterias around the country each day.” For example, “schools would have more discretion over...
“Kangaroo Care” Tied To Better Outcomes For Low Birth Weight Babies, Study Finds
HealthDay (1/20, Reinberg) reports a study found “low birth weight babies stand a better chance of surviving when their mothers hold them close throughout the day,” in a technique known as “kangaroo care.” The research indicates holding an infant very clo...
Many American Parents Feel Their Teens Spend Too Much Time Playing Video Games
Reuters (1/20, Rapaport) reports “most American parents think their teens spend too much time playing video games, but many of them also believe this is typical adolescent behavior, a U.S. study suggests.” A total of “86% of parents ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly...
Research Indicates Low-Income Children In The US At Risk For Cognitive Problems Tied To Lead Exposure
Medscape (1/20, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reports a study suggests “despite long-standing efforts to ban lead-based paint, some children in the United States remain at risk for the neurotoxic effects of lead exposure, particularly those living i...
CDC Says Fertility Rate Fell To Record Low In 2018
The Washington Post (1/17, Searing) reported a CDC analysis of National Vital Statistics System data revealed the birth rate fell to 1.73 births per mother in 2018, a record low. The rate “is below what is considered the replacement rate – producing as ma...
Columnist Highlights Guidance For Researchers Studying Obesity In Pediatric Patients
Pediatrician Aaron E. Carroll writes in the New York Times (1/20) about a paper published in Pediatric Obesity that offers guidance for how researchers can better investigate obesity in pediatric patients. The paper encourages avoiding the “differences in...
Study Suggests Gene Mutation Responsible For Unexplained Deaths Of Amish Children
CNN (1/16, Kaur) reports that researchers employing a new type of technology have concluded that some Amish children who died without explanation “all inherited the same genetic mutation from both of their parents,” and “out of the 23 young people who had...
CMS Requests Feedback On Best Ways To Use Out-Of-State Providers For Medicaid-Covered Children
Modern Healthcare (1/16, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reports the CMS “wants information on the best tactics to deploy when providers in other states care for medically complex children insured by Medicaid.” Congress “required the CMS to post th...
Perspective: People Should Use Children’s Identified Pronouns
Ellen Friedrichs, a health and sex education teacher, writes in the Washington Post (1/16) “On Parenting” newsletter that people should use children’s identified pronouns. Friedrichs walks through several arguments against this practice, offering rebuttal...
Researchers Use MRI To Compare The Brains Of Preschoolers Who Were Read To More Versus Those Who Looked At Screens More
CNN (1/16, LaMotte) reports researchers at the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center of Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital used diffusion tensor imaging “to examine the white matter of 47 healthy children between the ages of three and five who had not yet sta...
Vaping-Related Death Toll Rises To 60 Following Report Of Three More Deaths This Week
Reuters (1/16, Maddipatla, Joseph) reports “U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 3 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 60.” The CDC, as of Jan. 14, “reported 66 new cases from the illness...
US Ranked At Number 18 For Best Country To Raise A Child
CNN (1/15, Lamotte) reports that when taking into account “such qualities as safety, gender equality, green living, family friendly laws and human rights,” the United States “came in at number 18 for best country to raise a child, beaten by many countries...
New Jersey Bill Cutting Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Collapses
The New York Times (1/16, Tully, Otterman, Hoffman) reports that a New Jersey state bill “ending all nonmedical exemptions” to vaccinations collapsed on Monday “in spectacular fashion, torpedoed by angry parents and the mobilization of national anti-vacci...
Parents May Be Key In Curbing Drowsy Teen Epidemic, Research Suggests
HealthDay (1/15, Reinberg) reports parents “may be key in curbing the epidemic of drowsy teens, a new study suggests.” The research found that while “enforced bedtimes, along with later school start times, had the greatest influence on sleep duration,” ov...
Fewer Than 2% Of Tennessee Providers May Be Responsible For Almost A Quarter Of Pediatric Outpatient Antibiotic Prescriptions In The State In 2016, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (1/15, Walker) reports researchers found that in Tennessee “less than 2% of providers...accounted for about 25% of broad-spectrum antibiotic prescriptions for pediatric patients” in 2016. The findings were published in Infection Control & Ho...
Safe-Sexting Information May Help Teens Stay Safe, Researchers Indicate
Reuters (1/15, Soni, Chander) reports “advocating abstinence to teens hasn’t proven very effective with regard to sex, and the same is likely to be true for sexting, researchers say.” Researchers wrote in the Journal of Adolescent Health “that sexting – s...
Commentary Compares Parents’ Smartphone Use To Secondhand Smoke
In an opinion piece for USA Today (1/16), Theresa H. Rodgers, the 2020 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, writes that “when parents or caregivers spend too much time turning away from their kids and toward technology, the found...
Fewer Americans Today Believe It’s Important To Vaccinate Children Than In The Past, Survey Reveals
U.S. News & World Report (1/14) reports a new Gallup survey indicates that “fewer Americans believe it’s important for parents to get their children vaccinated than in the past.” Results show “that in 2019, 84% of Americans said they think it’s extremely...
Kentucky Lawmakers Seek To Ban “Conversion Therapy” For State-Licensed Mental Health Professionals Treating Children
The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader (1/14, Cheves) reports “‘Conversion therapy,’ a discredited practice by which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals are counseled in order to change their sexual orientation, would be banned for state-licensed...
Severe Deprivation In Childhood May Lead To A Smaller-Than-Normal Brain, Lower IQ And Attention Deficits In Early Adulthood, Study Indicates
HealthDay (1/14, Preidt) reports, “Severe deprivation in childhood can lead to a smaller-than-normal brain, lower IQ and attention deficits in early adulthood,” investigators concluded after analyzing “MRI brain scans of 67 young adults, ages 23 to 28, wh...
Majority Of Infants With Congenital Hypothyroidism Have Transient Disease And May Be Able To Successfully Discontinue Levothyroxine Treatment, Researchers Say
Endocrinology Advisor (1/14, Dellabella) reports, “The majority of infants with congenital hypothyroidism have transient disease and are able to successfully discontinue levothyroxine treatment,” researchers concluded after conducting “a retrospective cha...
NIAID Director Says This Year’s Flu Vaccine Is “Not A Very Good Match” For B/Victoria Strain That Is Particularly Harmful To Children
CNN (1/14, Cohen) reports on its website that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of NIAID, said that this year’s flu vaccine is “not a very good match” for B/Victoria, a strain that’s particularly harmful to children. However, Dr. Fauci said that despite thi...
FDA Approves Diazepam Nasal Spray For Seizure Clusters And Acute Repetitive Seizures
Medscape (1/14, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA approved Neurelis’ Valtoco (diazepam nasal spray) “for the acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity such as seizure clusters and acute repetitive s...
Over A Million Children Have Developed Intellectual Disabilities After Exposure To Flame Retardants, Pesticides, Other Chemicals, Research Indicates
Newsweek (1/14, Gander) reports that research indicates that “over a million children have developed some form of intellectual disability over the past two decades after being exposed to chemicals including flame retardants, pesticides, lead, and mercury....
New Jersey Fails To Repeal Religious Exemptions For Vaccinations
The New York Times (1/13, Tully) reports New Jersey’s sweeping ban on religious exemptions to childhood vaccines “collapsed on Monday in the State Senate” following “weeks of sustained and boisterous protests by vaccine skeptics” and a “last-minute” amend...
California Committee Considers Ban On Intersex Procedures For Children Under 6
The AP (1/13, Beam) reports a California legislative committee is considering “a first-of-its-kind ban on medically unnecessary surgeries for children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia,” or intersex people, “until they are at least 6.” The meas...
Children And Teens Who Self-Harm May Have Increased Risk For Future Suicide Compared With Those In The General Population, Research Suggests
Healio (1/13, Gramigna) reports, “Children and adolescents who self-harm have a significantly increased risk for future suicide compared with those in the general population,” investigators concluded in a 9,173-individual “prospective observational cohort...
Treatment Of Colonized Parents May Reduce Transmission Of Staphylococcus Aureus To Infants In NICU, Study Suggests
Medscape (1/13, Parry, Subscription Publication) reports a study published in JAMA indicates that “treating colonized parents of neonates hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may reduce the risk of parents spreading Staphylococcus aureu...

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