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A Third Of Kids Under 19 Regularly Use Dietary Supplements Or Alternative Medicines, Researchers Say.
The New York Times (6/18, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports, “A third of children under 19 are regular users of dietary supplements or alternative medicines,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from a large national survey.” The data re...
Washington Professor To Become National Association Of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners President.
The Clark County (WA) Columbian (6/18, Vogt) reports Washington State University Vancouver professor Dawn Garzon Maaks will assume the position of president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on July 1. Throughout her one-year t...
US Senator Issues Call To Action Over “Acute” Suicide Crisis Among LGBTQ Youth.
The ABC News (6/18, Rivas) website reports that Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) “marked Pride Month on the Senate floor with a call to action over an ‘acute’ suicide crisis among LGBTQ youth.” The conservative Republican’s “speech Wednesday came after a new repor...
Mom’s Voice May Help Improve Sleep For Babies In NICUs, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (6/18, Preidt) reports, “The soothing sound of their mother’s voice may help improve sleep for babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units,” researchers concluded in a study involving 50 “medically stable” infants in the NICU “who were bor...
Helicopter Parenting May Stunt Children’s Emotional Development, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/18, Mozes) reports, “Overcontrolling moms and dads – so-called ‘helicopter’ parents – can stunt their children’s emotional development,” research indicates. After following some “422 US children for eight years, assessing them at ages two, f...
Experimental Drug Improves Development Scores In Babies With Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Reuters (6/18, Miller) reports the experimental drug RG7916, which is being developed by Roche and PTC Therapeutics, “helped improve development scores in babies with” spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). PTC “said more than 90 percent of babies with severe Ty...
Sulfonylureas An Appropriate Long-Term Treatment For Certain Young Patients With Permanent Neonatal Diabetes, Research Suggests.
Medscape (6/18, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports that research suggests that “high-dose sulfonylurea therapy is an appropriate long-term treatment for young patients with permanent neonatal diabetes arising from KCNJ11 mutations.” Investigators...
Enforcing Bedtime Rules May Be Critical For Teens’ Health.
NBC Nightly News (6/16, story 7, 1:45, McCoy) reported, “A new study shows enforcing bedtime rules may be critical for your child’s health.” NBC News correspondent Catie Beck explained that according to the study, “sleep-deprived adolescents and teens sh...
Virginia, New York Enact Laws Requiring Public Schools To Include Mental Health Education In Basic Curriculum.
Stateline (6/15, Vestal) reported that “amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness,” Virginia and New York “have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic cu...
Rapid Pharmacogenetic Test For Newborns Being Treated For Sepsis May Help Prevent Hearing Loss Related To Aminoglycoside Antibiotics, Researcher Says.
MedPage Today (6/15, Walker) reported that “a rapid pharmacogenetic test performed at the bedside for newborns being treated for sepsis may help to prevent hearing loss related to aminoglycoside antibiotics, a researcher said” at the European Society of...
Infection Control Measures Needed For Giving “Kangaroo Care” To Preemies In The NICU, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/15, Preidt) reported, “A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving ‘kangaroo care’ to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit,” researchers concluded. Officials at a Michigan hospital “noted that skin-to-...
Number Of Parents In South Carolina Taking Religious Exemptions To Child Vaccine Requirements Rising.
The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier (6/17) reports that the number of parents exercising religious exemptions to child vaccine requirements has increased in South Carolina by about 315% since 2010. The piece explains that “unlike medical exemptions, whi...
US Teens Taking Fewer Risks With Sex And Drugs, But Face Newly Recognized Risks, CDC Survey Finds.
USA Today (6/14, Painter) reports that US high school students today “have less sex and take fewer drugs than those of decades past, but they face some newly recognized risks, including misuse of pain” medicines, CDC researchers found after reviewing sur...
Adolescent Girls Who Regularly Binge Drink May Be Setting Themselves Up For A Lifetime Of Lower Bone Density, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/14, Gordon) reports, “Teen girls who regularly toss back four or five alcoholic drinks,” that is, take part in binge drinking, “may be setting themselves up for a lifetime of lower bone density,” researchers concluded in a study involving “8...
Vision Impairment May Affect Children’s Performance On Multiple-Choice Standardized Tests, Study Suggests.
MD Magazine (6/14, Hoffman) reports researchers found that vision “impairment due to amblyopia or strabismus, commonly known as lazy eye and crossed eyes, respectively, can have an impact on children’s ability to complete multiple-choice standardized tes...
Teen Who Struggled With Suicidal Thoughts Invents App To Help Others.
On its website, CNN (6/14, Perano, Ahmed) reports 16-year-old Amanda Southworth, the developer of the app AnxietyHelper which “features games and exercises to help people through panic attacks” and combat suicide. Southworth, who has “fought off anorexia...
Children, Teens Treated With Antipsychotic Medications May Experience Weight Gain, Develop Increased Risk Of Diabetes, Study Indicates.
U.S. News & World Report (6/13, Lardieri) reports, “Children and adolescents treated with antipsychotic medications experience weight gain and develop an increased risk of diabetes,” research indicated. MedPage Today (6/13, Smith) reports, “First time ad...
Analysis: More Than 60% Of US Children Were Enrolled In Either Medicaid Or CHIP In 2017.
A Washington Post (6/13, Bump) analysis says that according to data released by CMS on Tuesday, in 2017, 46.3 million children in the United States were enrolled at one point in either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, “a number that t...
Children With Neuroblastoma May Be Vulnerable To Mental Health, Behavioral Problems, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/13, Preidt) reports that research indicates kids “with neuroblastoma...are vulnerable to mental health and behavioral problems.” Researchers found that “the neuroblastoma patients were more likely than the siblings to have anxiety/depression...
Infusion Type Does Not Impact Brain Outcomes in Pediatric Patients With DKA, Study Indicates.
Medscape (6/13, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports that a study indicates that “in children presenting to the emergency department with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), neither the rate of administration nor the sodium chloride content of intravenous...
Drowning Number Two Leading Cause Of Death Among Young Children In The US.
TIME (6/13, Martinez) reports that drowning is now “the no. 2 cause of death among young children in the” US. Each year in the US, “between 800 and 900” youngsters drown, “according to the Centers for Disease Control.” Unfortunately, many drowning deaths...
Anti-Vaccination “Hotspots” Increasing Across The US, Researchers Say.
“To Your Health,” the Washington Post (6/12, Sun) reports that research published online in PLOS Medicine “tracked the increasing number of children with” vaccination “exemptions in all 18 states from the 2009-2010 to 2016-2017 school years.” Investigato...
Mode Of Birth Appears To Have No Effect On BMI In Children, Researches Say.
The New York Times (6/12, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports that “mode of birth has no effect on body mass index [BMI] in children,” researchers concluded after examining “a large clinical database to study 16,140 siblings born between 1987 and...
Researchers Examine Epilepsy Frequency And Age Of Onset Among Children With Seizures With Symptomatic Causes In Neonatal Period.
Neurology Advisor (6/12, May) reports researchers found that “in children with seizures with symptomatic causes in the neonatal period, epilepsy frequency tends to be relatively low and age of onset appears to be around age 5.” The findings were publishe...
Major Blood Flow Changes In The Brain May Put Children With Chronic Kidney Disease At Increased Risk Of Cognitive Impairment, Study Suggests.
HealthImaging (6/12, Rohman) reports researchers found that “children with chronic kidney disease [CKD] may have an increased risk of cognitive impairment due to major blood flow changes occurring in the brain.” The researchers wrote, “Our results confir...
One In Five Youths Seeing Unwanted Sexual Material Online, Study Says.
TIME (6/12, Sifferlin) reports research suggests that “one in five youths are seeing unwanted sexual material online – and one in nine are getting unwanted requests for sexual material from their peers or adults.” The findings were published online in th...
Effects Of Neighborhood Violence Can Seep Into Schools, Lead To Lower Grades, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/12, Preidt) reports, “The effects of neighborhood violence can seep into schools and lead to lower grades, even among students who have no direct exposure to the violence,” research indicated. The findings were published online in the journa...
Children Exposed To Cigarette Smoke Have Higher Risk Of Hearing Loss, Research Indicates.
Newsweek (6/11, Dovey) reports researchers from Japan have found that “exposure to smoking, both in utero and in the first few months of a child’s life, is associated with higher prevalence of hearing impairment,” according to a study published in Paedia...
FDA Issues Class I Recall Of Draeger Jaundice Meters.
Mass Device (6/11, Densford) reports the FDA recently posted a recall notice for “Draeger Medical Jaundice Meters over issues with users misinterpreting the display.” The Class I recall, which indicates “the potential for serious injury or death,” affect...
Feeding Children Honey After Swallowing A Small Battery Can Prevent Serious Injury, Study Suggests.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (6/11, Giordano) reports “a team of pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialists from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nationwide Children’s Hospital has discovered that giving a child honey to eat after he or she has...
Pancreas Divisum May Be Independent Risk Factor For Chronic And Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis In Children, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/11, Swift) reports researchers found that pancreas divisum is an independent “risk factor for chronic and acute recurrent pancreatitis in children.” The findings were published “in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.”
Walkable Neighborhoods May Be Linked To Lower Asthma Risk In Kids, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (6/11, Preidt) reports that research suggests kids “may be more likely to develop asthma if they live in neighborhoods where it’s difficult to get around on foot.” Investigators looked at “data from more than 326,000 children in Toronto who wer...
Random Dot Computer Video Game May Improve Stereopsis In Children With Amblyopia, Study Suggests.
Healio (6/11, Cimberle) reports researchers found that “a random dot computer video game used regularly at home can improve stereopsis in children with amblyopia.” The findings were published in Optometry & Vision Science.
Kids With Autism May Be More Likely To Have A Food, Respiratory, Or Skin Allergy, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/8, Gordon) reported, “Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy,” researchers concluded after examining survey data on “a nationally representative group of almost 200,000 US children between the a...
New Hampshire Now 13th State To Ban Practice Of Conversion Therapy For Minors.
The Hill (6/8, Gstalter) reported that on June 8, Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) signed into law a measure that bans “conversion therapy for minors.” According to The Hill, “medical and mental health professionals...say attempting to change a minor’s sexual or...
US Toddlers Consuming Too Much Added Sugar, CDC Researchers Say.
The ABC News (6/10, Tawagi) website reports US toddlers “are eating too much added sugar, and the problem only gets worse as they get older,” according to “a new study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control” and Prevention. HealthDay...
Shuttering Of Oil, Coal Power Plants May Be Linked To Drop In Preterm Births, Study Suggests.
Reuters (6/8, Lehman) reports a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the closure “of eight oil- and coal-fueled electric plants in California was associated with a sizeable decrease in preterm births among women living n...
Rapid Genome Sequencing Could “Revolutionize” Healthcare For Acutely Ill Infants.
The Washington Post (6/8, Richards) reported on rapid whole genome sequencing that physicians say could “revolutionize health care for acutely sick infants.” As part of a $25 million federal project that funds newborn sequencing research, Rady Children’s...
This Year’s Flu Season Killed Record Number Of Children.
The Washington Post (6/8, Sun) said a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the flu “killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pedia...
High School Baseball Players Who Both Pitch, Catch Suffer More Injuries Than Pitchers Who Play Other Positions, Study Finds.
HealthDay (6/9, Reinberg) reported, “High school baseball players who both pitch and catch suffer more injuries than pitchers who play other positions,” research indicated. The findings of the 384-player study were published online in the Journal of Athl...
Louisiana The State Where Childhood Is Most Threatened In The US, Report Finds.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune (6/8, Nobles) reported, “Louisiana is a state where childhood is the most threatened in the country,” researchers concluded in the Save the Children’s “annual End of Childhood report released May 30.” The report found that...
CDC Finds E-Cigarette Use “Steady” Among High School Students.
The AP (6/7, Stobbe) reports e-cigarette use “held steady” in 2017 among U.S. high school students at about 11% while it declined among middle schoolers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Youth Tobacco Survey (N...
White House Unveils Ad Campaign Targeting Opioid Abuse Among Young People.
On Thursday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy launched a new “Stop Youth Opioid Abuse” ad campaign. The Hill (6/7, Sullivan) says the campaign includes “four ads telling the true stories of people who went to extreme lengths to fuel...
Administration Won’t Defend ACA Against States’ Legal Challenges.
The Washington Post (6/7, Goldstein) reports that in “a dramatic break from the executive branch’s tradition of arguing to uphold existing statutes,” the Trump Administration “said Thursday night that it will not defend the Affordable Care Act against th...
Virginia Governor Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill.
The Washington Post (6/7, Vozzella) reports that on Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a state budget bill which expands Medicaid to 400,000 low-income Virginians. This move “brought a Medicaid battle that raged for four years under his predecessor...
Teens On Native American Reservations Continue To Be More Likely To Use Substances Than Peers Elsewhere In The US, Research Suggests.
Reuters (6/7, Rapaport) reports, “Teens on Native American reservations continue to be more likely to report using alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs than peers elsewhere in the US and to start using at younger ages,” researchers concluded after...
Parents Should Have Kids Get The Flu Shot In The Fall Instead Of The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine, Experts Say.
HealthDay (6/7, Dallas) reports, “Parents should choose to have their children get the flu shot in the fall instead of the nasal spray flu vaccine,” experts say. “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the shot, which is an inactivated fl...
Obese Teens Who Undergo Weight Loss Surgery Likely To Lose Same Amount Of Weight Regardless Of Previous Diagnosis Of Psychiatric Disorder, Study Indicates.
Reuters (6/6, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “obese teens who have weight loss surgery are likely to lose the same amount of weight regardless of whether they were previously diagnosed with psychiatric problems.” The research was published onli...
Primary Care Practices Increasingly Employing Nurse Practitioners To Help Close Care Delivery Gap, Study Finds.
Medscape (6/6, Parry, Subscription Publication) reports, “Primary care practices increasingly employ nurse practitioners (NPs) to help close the gap in care delivery, especially in rural areas,” research indicated. The study revealed that “the proportion...
Cannabis Use Precedes Onset Of Psychosis Symptoms In Teens More Often Than The Reverse, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (6/6, Lou) reports, “Cannabis use preceded onset of psychosis symptoms in teens more often than the reverse,” researchers found after examining survey data from “3,966 adolescents.” The findings were published online June 6 in a research le...

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