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More Advertisements For Unhealthy Foods Than Healthy Foods Air During Hours When Children Watch Television, Study Indicates.
On its website, ABC News (4/19, Shopp) reports a new study conducted in Australia examining the amount of “junk food advertising” children are exposed to found that during the “times in which children were most likely to be watching...there were twice th...
Judge Says Trump Administration Cuts To Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Were “Unlawful.”
The Hill (4/19, Hellmann) reports a federal judge in Washington, DC ruled Thursday that the Trump Administration’s cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program were unlawful, and ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to accept and process...
New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Free E-Cigarette Handouts To Those Under 18.
The New York Daily News (4/19) reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes as promotional items given to minors. The legislation was crafted “in response to complaints” the bill’s sponsor “receive...
FDA Panel Unanimously Recommends Epilepsy Drug Derived From Marijuana.
NBC Nightly News (4/19, story 10, 1:50, Holt) reported that the FDA may be ready to approve “the first prescription medicine with an ingredient found in marijuana” for the treatment of patients with epilepsy. The New York Times (4/19, Kaplan, Subscriptio...
Adolescents, Educators Reflect On How #MeToo Impacts High School Students.
The New York Times (4/19, Lu, Subscription Publication) reports on how the #MeToo movement resonates with adolescents, citing high school girls who say sexual harassment is “just something high school girls know they have to deal with.” The Times reports...
Teens, Young Adults Who Use Cannabis More Frequently More Likely To Have Some Reductions In Cognitive Functioning, Review Suggests.
TIME (4/18, Park) reports that a review published online April 18 in JAMA Psychiatry analyzed “69 studies involving younger cannabis users,” that is, teenagers and young adults. Investigators “found that compared to non-users, those who used marijuana fr...
US Senators, Advocacy Groups Write To FDA, JUUL Labs Calling For Steps To Halt Underage Use.
CNBC (4/18, LaVito) reports 11 Democratic senators wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, “It is imperative that the FDA take immediate steps to remove kid-friendly e-cigarette and cigar flavorings from the market. If companies want to use...
Majority Of Young People Don’t Believe JUUL Contains Nicotine, Survey Shows.
The Washington Times (4/18, Kelly) reports that 63 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds who use JUUL said that they did not know the product contains nicotine, according to a survey from Truth Initiative. Truth Initiative CEO Robin Koval said in a statement, “...
Fewer Than 20% Of Children Who Developed HSP Had A Recurrence Of Pediatric Vasculitis, Study Finds.
MedPage Today (4/18, Walsh) reports, “Fewer than 20% of children who developed Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) had a recurrence of” pediatric vasculitis, research indicated. Youngsters “who did have a second or third episode,” however, “had risk factors i...
Investigational Once-Daily Liquid Drug May Improve Protein Levels In Babies With SMA, Study Indicates.
MD Magazine (4/18, Kunzmann) reports that RG7916, “an investigational once-daily liquid drug, may be able to improve protein levels in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA),” research indicated. Included in the study were “21 babies, aged 3-7 months...
Girls Whose Mothers Were Overweight Or Who Had High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy May Be More Likely To Enter Puberty Early, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (4/17, Dallas) reports, “Girls whose moms were overweight or had high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to enter puberty early,” researchers found after examining “the metabolic health of more than 15,000 women and the start of pu...
Medical Associations, Child-Welfare Institutions Urge States To Prioritize Bills Banning Conversion Therapy For Minors.
USA Today (4/17, Miller) reports that this year, across the US, “a record number of jurisdictions...are taking aim at conversion therapy for minors: an attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through tactics as obvious as hypnos...
Neonatal Caffeine Therapy For Apnea Of Prematurity In Very Low Birth Weight Infants May Improve Visual, Motor Outcomes, Study Suggests.
Healio (4/17, Thiel) reports researchers found that “neonatal caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity in very low birth weight infants showed improved visuomotor, visuoperceptual and visuospatial outcomes at age 11 years compared with infants who did n...
Most Infants Born Since 1980 Lack B. Infantis Bacteria.
TODAY (4/17, Holohan) reports that “one bacteria babies once received from their moms is B. infantis, which defends against harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, Staphylococcus or Streptococcus.” However, most infants “born since 1980 lack B. infantis becau...
Study Finds Increase In Marijuana-Related ED Visits By Colorado Teens.
Reuters (4/17, Lehman) reports a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that between 2005 and 2015 in Colorado, “the proportion of emergency department or urgent care visits by youth ages 13 to 20 for pot-related illnesses rose from 1.8 per 1,00...
FDA Approves Burosumab-Twza For Rare Form Of Rickets.
Reuters (4/17, Mishra) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.’s Crysvita (burosumab-twza) “to treat x-linked hypophosphatemia in children and adults.” The FDA gave Ultragenyx a “rare pediatric disease voucher,” b...
Transgender, Gender Nonconforming Youngsters Vulnerable To Bullying, Long-Term Depression, Large Studies Indicate.
The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer (4/16, Giordano) reports that “transgender and gender nonconforming youngsters are at far greater risk for depression, attention-deficit disorder, suicidal thoughts, and other mental and emotional problems than their peers,...
Children Born With Nonchromosomal Abnormalities Have Higher Risk For Childhood Cancers, Analysis Indicates.
Medscape (4/16, Castellino, Subscription Publication) reports that researchers have found, “in a retrospective analysis of registry data on more than 10 million live births, the risk for childhood cancers was 2.6-fold higher in children born with nonchro...
Young People Drinking Less, Baby Boomers Drinking More, Data Show.
The Washington Post (4/16, Achenbach) reports that while teenagers and college-aged Americans are drinking alcohol at lower rates than 10 years ago, “baby boomers” are drinking at an “alarming rate,” according to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring t...
Pregnancy Is Five Times More Likely For Teens In Texas Foster Care System, Analysis Indicates.
The Texas Tribune (4/16, Greene) reports an analysis released by Texans Care for Children shows that teen girls in Texas’ foster care system or who have just left it “have a much higher risk of becoming pregnant or becoming teen parents compared to other...
Short-Term Spikes In Air Pollution May Be Associated With Higher Risk For Respiratory Infections, Especially Among Young Children, Research Suggests.
Medscape (4/13, Mahoney, Subscription Publication) reported that research suggests “short-term spikes in air pollution are linked to an increased risk for respiratory infections, particularly among young children.” The findings were published online in t...
Pediatric Psychologist Discusses Warning Signs Of Depression In Kids, Teens.
HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) interviewed pediatric psychologist Kimberly Burkhart, PhD, of the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, who advised parents on “11 telltale warning signs” indicative of depression in children and adolescents. Such signs...
Preschool, Day Care May Not Increase Kids’ Risk Of Developing Asthma, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (4/13, Preidt) reported that research published in the Journal of Asthma suggests preschool and day care may not increase kids’ “risk of developing asthma.” Investigators analyzed “32 studies published between 1964 and 2017.” The researchers “f...
Delayed School Start Time Benefits Singapore Teens’ Sleep, Well-Being, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (4/13, Preidt) reported that most teenagers in Singapore “get well below the recommended eight to 10 hours of shut-eye on school nights.” In that country, “school typically begins around 7:30 a.m.,” which is “an hour earlier than recommended by...
Prevalence Of Dental Cavities For US Kids Dropping, Data Indicate.
The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer (4/13, Schaefer) reported, “The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study from the National Center for Health Statistics that showed the prevalence of dental cavities for” US children “ages two to...
Mental Illnesses Now A Leading Cause Of Disease Burden In Children Aged Five To 14 Years, Researchers Say.
Healio (4/12, Demko) reports, “The epidemiological shift from infectious diseases to mental disorders as the main cause of disability-adjusted life-years that took place in Europe and the Americas has left mental illnesses as a leading cause of disease b...
Air Pollution Exposure Could Increase Rates Of Lower Respiratory Infections To Young Children, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (4/13, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine indicates that exposure to air pollution can increase the number of lower respiratory infections,...
Students’ Aggression Levels, Low Study Skills Important Predictors Of High School Dropout Risk, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (4/12, Preidt) reports a new study suggests that “aggression and weak study skills are two key factors” leading high school students to quit their studies. Researchers examining 620 students found “the dropout rate was 50 percent” for students...
Parents Seeking To Limit Children’s Screen Time Turning To Podcasts.
CNN Money (4/12, Kelly) reports parents seeking to limit their children’s screen time are turning to child-friendly podcasts as engaging alternatives. CNN notes that smart devices “add an interactive layer to audio content,” although Dr. Jenny Radesky, w...
Just 40% Of All Concussions In Children Result From Contact Sports, Researchers Say.
Medscape (4/11, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports that “only 40% of all concussions in children” are “from contact sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and hockey,” researchers found. The findings, which were published online in the Jo...
Disordered Eating Patterns In Adolescents May Be A Risk Factor For Future Depression, Bullying By Peers, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/11, Smith) reports, “Disordered eating patterns in adolescents were a risk factor for future depression and bullying by peers,” researchers found after examining “data on 612 adolescent boys and girls ages 13-17.” In fact, “disordered ea...
Inflammation In Pregnant Women May Be Associated With Their Children’s Brain Organization After Birth And Working Memory Two Years Later, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (4/11, George) reports, “Inflammation in pregnant mothers may be linked to their children’s brain organization after birth and their working memory two years later,” researchers found in a study involving magnetic resonance imaging. The fin...
FDA Approves Everolimus Tablets For Oral Suspension For Adjunctive Treatment Of Adults, Kids Aged Two And Older With TSC-Associated Partial-Onset Seizures.
Medscape (4/11, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval to “everolimus tablets for oral suspension (Afinitor Disperz, Novartis) for the adjunctive treatment of adults and children aged two y...
Toddlers Increasingly Sickened By Loose Prescription Opioids, Benzodiazepines.
HealthDay (4/10, Thompson) spotlights a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse report which found that in 2016, “U.S. poison control centers received an estimated 30,250 reports of children aged 5 and younger sickened by a wide array of addicti...
Increase In C-Sections Resulting In A Less Diverse Array Of Gut Bacteria In Infants, Research Suggests.
According to Newsweek (4/10, Dovey), experts “note that the array of bacteria inside the gut of infants is becoming less diverse, especially in developed countries, such as the US, where cesarean section deliveries are” increasing, with “one bacterium, B...
Whole-Body CT May Offer No Mortality Benefit Over Selective CT Approach Among Children With Blunt Trauma, Study Suggests.
Medscape (4/10, Parry, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “using a whole-body computed tomography (WBCT) or ‘pan-scan’ CT imaging approach among children with blunt trauma offers no mortality benefit over using a selective CT approa...
LGBT Teens And Their Parents Face Difficulties Talking About Sex With Each Other, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (4/10, Preidt) reports researchers found that “many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens feel uneasy and uninformed when it comes to talking to them about sex and dating.” The findings were published in Sexuality Resea...
Hiring More Psychologists And Guidance Counselors Could Help Deter School Violence, Experts Say.
The AP (4/10, Robertson) reports experts testified before the North Carolina House school safety committee that “hiring more psychologists and guidance counselors would help school officials identify students with mental health challenges sooner and dete...
Exposure To SSRIs While In Utero May Affect Brain Volumes In Infants, Study Indicates.
TIME (4/9, Park) reports research suggests “babies whose moms were taking” selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants “showed greater brain volumes in areas associated with emotions and processing emotions, as well as higher connection...
Life-Threatening Food Allergies On The Rise Among Children, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (4/9, Klass, Subscription Publication) provides coverage of a new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield suggesting that life-threatening allergic reactions are rising among children. Data show that among the insurer’s subscribers, which i...
Poverty Associated With Higher Rates Of Inpatient Stays For Pediatric Patients, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/8, Cheney) reports a study evaluating data collected from all pediatric hospitalizations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center between 2011 and 2016 suggests “poverty is associated with higher rates of inpatient stays for pedi...
Regular Healthcare Access For Teens With Type 1 Diabetes Is Key To Preventing Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Analysis Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/9, Monaco) reports a population-based retrospective cohort analysis by researchers at the Montreal Children’s Hospital suggests “regular access to healthcare for teens with type 1 diabetes is vital for preventing diabetic ketoacidosis (D...
Parents Reading Aloud To Toddlers May Help Them Develop Better Social Skills, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (4/9, Reinberg) reports a new study by researchers at New York University School of Medicine suggests “parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school.” Specifically, res...
Juuling Has Replaced Smoking For Teenagers.
The New York Times (4/7, Barshad, Subscription Publication) reported on the rise of vaping and Juuling, saying that by “late 2017, an informal consensus had burbled up from students, teachers, parents and the internet: All across the country teenagers wh...
Teachers, Parents At Odds On How Digital Devices Affect Kids’ Mental And Physical Health.
The Washington Post (4/6, Joyce) “On Parenting” blog reports, “Teachers and parents are at odds when it comes to how much they think digital devices are affecting children’s mental and physical health,” research from Gallup reveals. Teachers are far more...
Kids Coming From Areas Of “Low Opportunity” May Be More Likely To Be Treated At An Urgent Care Facility Or ED, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (4/6, Gordon) reported, “When children came from areas of ‘low opportunity,’ they were about one-third more likely to have been treated at an urgent care center or an emergency” department (ED) “than kids from areas with more opportunity,” rese...
IL-6 Blockade Using Tocilizumab Can Be Effective For Patients With Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/6, Walsh) reported that research suggests “interleukin (IL)-6 blockade using tocilizumab (Actemra) can be an effective treatment for systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA).” In the “group of 46 children with sJIA treated with toci...
Opinion: New Federal Criteria For Health Records Could Help To Improve Health IT Safety For Kids.
Dr. Josh Rising, a pediatrician who directs healthcare programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Ben Moscovitch, who manages Pew’s health information technology project, wrote in The Hill (4/6) that new federal criteria for electronic medical records us...
New Guide Aims To Help Children, Adolescents Living With Ostomies.
Reuters (4/5, Harding) reports on a resource written by and for young people who have undergone “temporary or permanent ostomy surgery, usually to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and now have a surgically created opening, or ostomy, that allows s...
Virginia Governor Ratifies Bill Permitting Nurse Practitioners To Practice Without Physician Oversight.
The AP (4/5) reports Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Thursday signed legislation permitting “most nurse practitioners to gain the autonomy to practice without a physician’s oversight,” allowing practitioners “with five years of full-time clinical expe...

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