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Opioid Crisis Takes Heavy Toll On More Than 2 Million Children In US
U.S. News & World Report (11/13, Galvin) reports that at least 2.2 million children “had been affected by the U.S. opioid crisis by 2017, with that total poised to grow and the consequences likely to be felt for years to come, a new analysis shows.” Paren...
Analysis: US Could Lose Thousands Of Health Workers If Trump Succeeds In Ending DACA Program
In an analysis piece, the Washington Post (11/13) “The Health 202” blog reports that “the country’s already-strained medical system could lose tens of thousands of much-needed workers if the Supreme Court agrees to end the Obama-era program shielding from...
Having A Concussion Within Past Year May Raise Risk Of Suicidal Ideation, Behavior In High School Students, Study Indicates
Psychiatric News (11/13) reports, “Having a concussion within the past year may raise the risk of suicidal ideation and behavior in high school students,” researchers concluded after examining “data from more than 13,000 respondents in grades 9 through 12...
Amount Of “Good” Or “Bad” Cholesterol In Baby’s Blood At Birth May Predict Psychological Development As Toddlers, Study Suggests
Newsweek (11/13, Moyler) reports, “The amount of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ cholesterol contained in a baby’s blood at birth may predict their psychological development as toddlers,” researchers concluded after conducting “an analysis of 1,369 British children belon...
Study: Nearly All Toddlers, And The Majority Of Babies, Eat Too Much Added Sugar In The US
CNN (11/14, Lamotte) reports that a new analysis of national data “published Wednesday finds 98% of toddlers and two-thirds of infants consume added sugars in their diets each day.” In the study, infants aged 6 to 11 months “were typically given added sug...
Screening Newborns For Health Risks Using Genomic Sequencing Can Raise Ethical And Equity Questions, Experts Caution
Reuters (11/13, Crist) reports, “Screening newborns for health risks using genomic sequencing can raise ethical and equity questions, the authors of a new paper” caution in a case study published online in Pediatrics. According to Reuters, “sequencing all...
Children Born Today Face Multiple And Life-Long Harms From Climate Change, Study Indicates
Reuters (11/13, Kelland) reports, “A child born today faces multiple and life-long health harms from climate change – growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases, floods and extreme heat,” researchers concluded in “a maj...
Use Of Healthcare Services, Medical Costs Within 60 Days Of Diabetes Diagnosis Appear To Be Higher For Youth With DKA, Study Suggests
Endocrinology Advisor (11/13, Haapanen) reports, “Use of healthcare services and medical costs within 60 days of diabetes diagnosis are higher for youth with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA),” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from the United States...
TNF Inhibitors May Increase Psoriasis Risk In Children With IBD, JIA, Or Chronic Nonbacterial Osteomyelitis, Study Indicates
Rheumatology News (11/13, Otto) reports, “Tumor necrosis factor [TNF] inhibitors almost quadrupled the risk of psoriasis in children with inflammatory bowel disease [IBD], juvenile idiopathic arthritis [JIA], or chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis,” invest...
Predictive Analytics Algorithm May Accurately Identify Children At High Risk Of Developing Septic Shock In The ED, Researchers Say
Health IT Analytics (11/13, Kent) reports, “A predictive analytics algorithm was able to accurately identify children at high risk of developing septic shock in the emergency department (ED),” researchers concluded. After analyzing data on “2,464 visits,”...
Study Suggests Hiccups May Aid Development By Helping Babies Regulate Breathing
CNN (11/12, Sullivan) reports researchers monitored “13 newborn babies” and “found that hiccupping triggered a large wave of brain signals which could aid their development.” The study’s senior author Lorenzo Fabrizi said that the observed brain activity...
Young People Increasingly Seeking Care For Mental Health Problems, Data Indicates
Kaiser Health News (11/12, Reese) reports, “ERs throughout California are reporting a sharp increase in adolescents and young adults seeking care for a mental health crisis.” In 2018, the state’s “ERs treated 84,584 young patients ages 13 to 21 who had a...
Bariatric Surgery In Teens May Be Associated With Increasing Prevalence Of Several Nutritional Deficiencies Over Five Years, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (11/12, Swift) reports, “Bariatric surgery in adolescents, particularly Roux-en-Y gastric bypass...was associated with an increasing prevalence of several nutritional deficiencies over five years,” investigators concluded. The study revealed...
Vaginal Delivery, Breast-Feeding May Diminish Incidence Of Allergy, Asthma In Children Up To Age 18, Research Suggests
Medscape (11/12, Hein, Subscription Publication) reports, “Vaginal delivery and breast-feeding diminish the incidence of allergy and asthma in children up to the age of 18 years,” researchers concluded after comparing “the records of 158,422 children to s...
Maralixibat May Reduce Pruritus, Xanthoma In Children With Alagille Syndrome, Study Suggests
Healio (11/12, Bennett) reports, “Maralixibat demonstrated durable control of serum bactericidal antibody, pruritus, and xanthoma in children with Alagille syndrome, according to data from” a long-term open extension of “the ICONIC study.” The drug “is an...
Seattle Children’s Hospital Shuts Down Operating Rooms For A Second Time Due To Mold Problems
CNN (11/12, Sanchez) reports on its website Seattle Children’s Hospital shut down several areas including operating rooms “for the second time this year due to mold problems, according to the hospital.” The hospital “said routine air tests revealed Asperg...
Pneumonia Killed More Than 800K Babies, Young Children Last Year, Global Health Agencies Say
Reuters (11/12, Kelland) reports that “pneumonia killed more than 800,000 babies and young children last year – or one child every 39 seconds – despite being curable and mostly preventable, global health agencies said on Tuesday.” In their “report on what...
Tobacco 21 Law Goes Into Effect In New York On Wednesday
Newsday (NY) (11/11, Dowdy) reports, “The minimum age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes in New York State will be 21 starting Wednesday.” The Buffalo (NY) News (11/11, Precious) reports, “The new law puts the onus on retailers, not the actual smoke...
DBT Appears To Be Promising Treatment For Breaking Habit Of Self-Harm, Study Indicates
In a greater than 1,700-word piece, the New York Times (11/11, Carey) reports on the increasing rates of “cutting and other forms of self-injury...among adolescents.” Currently, “there are very few dedicated research centers for self-harm, and even fewer...
Research Indicates That Infants With Mild Or Severe Forms Of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension Of The Newborn Who Were Discharged Were More Likely To Be Readmitted Or Die Within First Year Primarily Due To Congenital Abnormalities
Pulmonary Hypertension News (11/11, Bryson) reports researchers found that “infants with mild or severe forms of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, who were discharged from hospital, were significantly more likely to be readmitted or die wi...
New Guidance On Concussions Shows Insufficient Evidence To Determine What Age Is Safest For Kids To Begin Contact Sports
The AP (11/11, Tanner) reports, “New guidance on concussions shows there isn’t enough solid evidence to” determine what age is the safest for kids to begin playing contact sports. The consensus statement from an expert panel was published online as a spec...
Conference Presentation Highlights Unique Challenges For Young Adults With PAHIV
MedPage Today (11/11, Susman) reports that “young adults living with perinatally acquired HIV (PAHIV) experienced unique physiological, psychological, and sociological challenges,” according to a presentation given at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Car...
Hospital ED Visits For Anaphylaxis Among Very Young Children Appear To Have Doubled In Recent Years, Research Indicates
MedPage Today (11/11, Boyles) reports, “Hospital emergency department (ED) visits for anaphylaxis among very young children have doubled in recent years, though hospitalizations fell by more than half among this age group,” researchers concluded. The find...
Researchers Observe Reactivation Of Herpes Zoster Virus In Children
Dermatology Advisor (11/11, Peckel) reports researchers found “reactivation of the dormant herpes zoster virus, once believed to occur only in advanced adulthood, has been increasingly observed in children within just a few years of original exposure to t...
Ragweed SLIT Tablet Appears To Be Beneficial For Children With Ragweed Allergic Rhinitis With Or Without Conjunctivitis In Clinical Trial
Pulmonology Advisor (11/11, Gambino) reports researchers found in a clinical trial that “ragweed sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) tablet improved symptoms and decreased the need for rescue medication in the largest allergy immunotherapy trial in children w...
EPA Proposal Would Limit Scientific, Medical Research Used To Determine Public Health Regulations
The New York Times (11/11, Friedman) reports that the EPA “is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who s...
Data Show “Unprecedented” Number Of Migrant Children Held In US Custody Over Past Year
The AP (11/12, Sherman) reports that new government data this month show “an unprecedented 69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year, enough to overflow the typical NFL stadium.” The piece says that this is “more kids deta...
Research Suggests Vaping Is Potentially More Harmful To The Heart Than Smoking
On its website, NBC News (11/11, Edwards) reports that two studies scheduled to be presented at the American Heart Association’s upcoming meeting indicate that vaping is just as harmful, or possibly more harmful, for the heart than smoking. In one study,...
Vitamin E Acetate Is A “Very Strong Culprit” In Vaping-Related Illnesses, CDC Report Says
The New York Times (11/8, A1, Grady) reported an analysis of lung fluid samples taken from 29 patients with vaping-related illness, “including two who died,” suggests that vitamin E acetate is a “very strong culprit” in causing the lung injuries. The arti...
President Trump Says He Will Pursue Raising The Minimum Age For Purchase Of E-Cigarettes To 21
The AP (11/8, Perrone) reported President Donald Trump said he will attempt to raise the minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. The article says that many states already require people to be 21 to purchase e-cigarettes, but federal law onl...
New York State Senator Announces Bill That Would Protect Intersex Children From “Medically Unnecessary” Surgeries Without Informed Consent
On its website, CNN (11/8, Neus) reported New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman announced legislation that would protect intersex children from “medically unnecessary” surgeries without informed consent. State Sen. Hoylman said the bill would “protect intersex...
Psychologist Discusses Impact Active Shooter Drills May Have On Kids
On its website and its Weekend Edition Sunday show, NPR (11/10, Garcia-Navarro, Boyd, Doubek) reported, “Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016,” figures from the National Center for Education Statistics...
Gut Microbiome Of Premature Infants In NICUs May Hinder Future Growth, Study Indicates
HealthDay (11/8) reported, “The gut microbiome of premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) may hinder their future growth,” researchers concluded in a study that “included 78 infants who weighed less than three pounds at birth.” All of t...
Babies Born Vaginally May Be Less Likely To Have Allergies Compared With Those Delivered Via C-Section, Researchers Say
Newsweek (11/8, Gander) reported, “Babies who are born vaginally are less likely to have allergies compared with those delivered via C-section,” researchers concluded after examining “the medical records of 158,422 children who were seen at the Children’s...
Asthma Plus Atopic Dermatitis May Lead To Poorer Sleep-Specific Outcomes In Pediatric Patients, Researchers Say
Pulmonology Advisor (11/10) reported, “Asthma plus atopic dermatitis may lead to poorer sleep-specific outcomes in pediatric patients,” research indicated. The findings of the 371-child study were presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American...
App Can Reportedly Screen Young Children For Vision Problems
Modern Healthcare (11/9, Cohen, Subscription Publication) reported on the photoscreening app GoCheck Kids, which can screen younger children “for vision disorders.” The app works by analyzing “how light refracts off the patient’s eyes to deduce the risk o...
There Appears To Be No Increased Risk For Serious Cardiovascular Events Associated With Stimulant Medication Use By Children, Teens With ASD, Study Suggests
Medscape (11/8, Vlessides, Subscription Publication) reported, “There appears to be no increased risk for serious cardiovascular events associated with stimulant medication use by children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” researchers...
Pediatric Allergy Patients Equally Satisfied With Telemedicine Appointments, Study Suggests
Becker’s Hospital Review (11/8, Drees) reports a study suggests “most pediatric patients and their families are more or equally satisfied with allergy and asthma treatment delivered via telemedicine as opposed to in-person.” The study of “299 pediatric al...
Young Children Use Same Mechanisms, Brain Networks To Solve Math Problems No Matter What Their Gender, fMRI Study Reveals
CNN (11/8, Hunt) reported that “brain imaging...proves young children use the same mechanisms and networks in the brain to solve math problems no matter their gender.” The NPR (11/8, Hamilton) “Shots” blog reported that 104 children ranging in age from th...
3DO Whole-Body Scanning May Be Safe, Cost-Effective Alternative To DXA For Measuring Body Composition In Children, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (11/7, Monaco) reports, “Three-dimensional optical (3DO) whole-body scanning may serve as a safe, cost-effective alternative for measuring body composition in kids,” research indicated. The 112-participant study revealed that “positioned as...
Investigators Examine Differences In Transgender Teens’ Tendency Toward Suicidal Thoughts And Behavior
STAT (11/7) reports that in findings published last month in Pediatrics, researchers “analyzed mental health among 2,000 teens, more than half of whom were transgender.” The researchers “asked teens to identify their current gender identity and what gende...
Long-Term Outcomes Of Patients Born With Cardiac Neonatal Lupus May Vary Widely, Researchers Say
MedPage Today (11/7, Walsh) reports, “The long-term outcomes of patients born with cardiac neonatal lupus varied widely, with disease resolving in childhood for many, cardiac dysfunction persisting for some, and de novo disease developing after initially...
Researchers Say Asian Mothers Rarely Talk With Their Daughters About Sex Which May Make Them More Vulnerable To STIs
MedPage Today (11/7, Susman) reports during a presentation at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care conference, researchers said that Asian women rarely talk to their daughters about sex, which may make them more vulnerable to HIV and other STIs. BoRam K...
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy May Be Beneficial In Reducing PFAS In Pediatric Patients, Research Suggests
MD Magazine (11/7, Kunzmann) reports, “Subcutaneous immunotherapy may provide significant benefit in reducing pollen food allergy syndrome (PFAS) in pediatric patients,” researchers concluded after conducting “a survey assessment of 20 patients between ag...
JUUL To Stop Selling Mint-Flavored E-Cigarettes In US
The New York Times (11/7, Kaplan) reports JUUL announced it would stop selling mint-flavored e-cigarettes in the US due to their popularity among young people. The announcement follows two studies, both published in JAMA, that highlighted the popularity o...
Higher Liver Fat Content Independent Of BMI May Correlate With An Adverse Cardio-Metabolic Risk Profile Among Children, Researchers Say
Healio (11/6, Bennett) reports research indicates that “higher liver fat content independent of BMI correlated with an adverse cardio-metabolic risk profile among children.” Included in the study were “3,170 children who attended an MRI subgroup study at...
White House Aide Says Administration May Exempt Vape Shops From E-Cigarette Restrictions
Bloomberg (11/6, Porter) reports the Trump Administration “may exempt vape shops when it unveils expected restrictions on e-cigarette flavors, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said.” Conway also “said the Department of Health and Human Services has ju...
Azithromycin May Reduce Pulmonary Exacerbations And Use Of IV Antibiotics In Children With CF, Study Suggests
Pulmonology Advisor (11/6, May) reports researchers found that over a five-year period, “treatment with azithromycin...was associated with reductions in the use of intravenous (IV) antibiotics and pulmonary exacerbations in children with cystic fibrosis (...
Combination Of Outpatient Dihydroergotamine Infusion And Multidisciplinary Nonpharmacological Care Tied To Improvements In Pediatric Patients With Migraine, Study Indicates
Neurology Advisor (11/6, May) reports researchers found in a retrospective study that “the combination of outpatient dihydroergotamine infusion for up to 5 days with multidisciplinary nonpharmacological care is associated with noticeable 3-month improveme...
New Lawsuits Against JUUL Decreasing Likelihood Of FDA Approval
TIME (11/6, Ducharme) reports that after weeks of intensifying scrutiny from federal regulators, “resulting in plans to pull many of its products off the market entirely, the company was hit on Oct. 29 with an explosive lawsuit filed by a former financial...

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