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Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds In Home Furnishings Found In Children’s Blood Or Urine, Study Reveals.
HealthDay (2/21, Preidt) reports, “Children who live in homes with vinyl flooring and flame-retardant furniture have higher levels of” semi-volatile organic compounds “in their blood or urine,” research indicated. For example, the study revealed that “chi...
FDA Commissioner Says Federal Government May Step In On State Vaccination Exemption Laws.
CNBC (2/21, Haigh) reports that “if states don’t tighten vaccine exemption laws, the federal government may step in...said” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb said in an interview that states granting wide exemptions for vaccines are “creating the...
FDA’s Gottlieb Expresses Concern Over Candy-Flavored Cigars Favored By Black Teens.
Bloomberg (2/21, Edney, Green) reports, “Flavored small cigars, also known as cigarillos, [are] a favored source of nicotine for black teens, according to recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottli...
Biphasic Oxygen Targets May Decrease Incidence, Severity Of Retinopathy Of Prematurity Without Increasing The Risk Of Death, Researchers Say.
Medwire News (2/21, Piper) reports, “Biphasic oxygen targets can decrease the incidence and severity of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) without increasing the risk of death,” researchers concluded in a study of “562 infants born at a corrected gestationa...
Football Players Can Develop CTE After Playing High School Football, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/21, Reinberg) reports that “football players can develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after playing high school football, although higher rates of CTE are tied to college and pro football...researchers said.” The research was schedu...
Majority Of Teens Surveyed Say Anxiety, Depression, Bullying, And Addiction Are Biggest Problems Affecting Their Peers.
The New York Times (2/20, Zraick) reports “most American teenagers — across demographic groups — see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey [of 920 teens] by the Pew Research Center found.” Results show “that 70 percent o...
Washington State Lawmakers Consider Two Vaccine Exemption Bills.
The AP (2/20) reports that “as health officials identified a new case from a measles outbreak in Washington state, lawmakers continue to weigh two measures that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating th...
Teens With Severe Obesity Who Undergo Bariatric Surgery May Experience Reduction In Resting Energy Expenditure 12 Months After The Procedure, Research Suggests.
Endocrine Today (2/20, Schaffer) reports teenagers “with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery experienced a 25% reduction in resting energy expenditure 12 months after the procedure, a figure greater than the level predicted by current BMI,” res...
Research Looks Into Antibiotic Prescriptions in Young Children With Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Respiratory Failure.
MedPage Today (2/20, Hlavinka) reports that research indicated that “across 46 hospitals, 95% of young children intubated with respiratory syncytial virus–associated lower respiratory tract infections were prescribed antibiotics, but the timing, duration,...
Fluconazole Use During Pregnancy Associated With Higher Risk For Miscarriage, Fetal Heart Defects, Researchers Find.
HealthDay (2/19, Reinberg) reports in a study, pregnant women treated with under 150 milligrams of fluconazole had twice the odds for miscarriage, and those treated with over 150 milligrams had three times the risk for miscarriage. The research also showe...
Federal, State Lawmakers Looking At Ways To Address Recent Rise In Measles.
U.S. News & World Report (2/19) reports “state and federal lawmakers are examining efforts to curb the spread of measles amid an outbreak in the Pacific Northwest that has been concentrated mostly among unvaccinated children.” To this end, Washington stat...
Research Suggests In Utero Exposure To Cannabis Associated With Low Birth Weight, Preterm Delivery.
Medscape (2/19, Melville, Subscription Publication) reports that “in utero exposure to cannabis can lead to significantly higher rates of adverse outcomes, including low birth weight and preterm delivery, new research shows.” In “a retrospective chart rev...
Climate Change Could Lead To More Babies In US Being Born With Congenital Heart Defects, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/19, Mathias) reports that a study suggests “more babies could be born with heart defects in the future as global warming puts pregnant women at greater risk of exposure to dangerously high temperatures.” Currently, “congenital heart defects aff...
Children With T1D More Likely Than Non-Diabetic Peers To Seek Primary Care For A Number Of Conditions In Year Before Diagnosis, Study Indicates.
Medwire News (2/19, Cowen) reports, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] are more likely than their non-diabetic peers to seek primary care for a number of specific conditions in the year before their diagnosis, which could aid detection before the onset...
Pinterest Stops Showing Users Results For Search Terms Related To Vaccinations In Effort To Hinder Spread Of Misinformation.
The Wall Street Journal (2/20, McMillan, Hernandez, Subscription Publication) reports that Pinterest has stopped showing users search results for any terms related to vaccinations in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation. Most of the search resul...
Children With Asthma Who Receive Education On Managing The Condition May Have Fewer Attacks, Hospitalizations, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/15, Rapaport) reported that research suggests “school-age children with asthma who receive education on managing the condition may have fewer attacks, emergency room visits and hospitalizations than those who don’t get such classes.” The findin...
Washington State House Committee Passes Bill To Ban Personal, Philosophical Vaccine Exemptions.
The Hill (2/16, Gstalter) reported that Washington state’s House Health Care and Wellness Committee passed a bill last Friday that would ban the personal or “philosophical exemption for the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) for school-age c...
Screen Times Has More Than Doubled For Children Under Two Since 1997, Researchers Say.
CNN (2/18, Bracho-Sanchez) reports, “Screen time has more than doubled for children under two years old since 1997,” researchers concluded in a letter (2/18) published online in JAMA Pediatrics, “with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver.” CNN a...
Glass-Fronted Gas Fireplaces Pose Risk To Young Children, Emergency Physician Warns.
HealthDay (2/15, Preidt) reported, “Glass-fronted gas fireplaces can pose a serious risk to young children, an emergency....physician warns.” Specifically, “Dr. Michael Gittelman, from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, cited the case of a thr...
Experts Question Hormonal Treatment Of Children, Teens With Gender Dysphoria In Certain Countries.
Medscape (2/15, Nainggolan, Subscription Publication) reported, “Three separate groups of physicians have recently written to leading medical journals questioning hormonal treatment of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria in countries such as th...
Herbal Supplemental Water For Infants Recalled Over Choking Hazard.
The Miami Herald (2/17, Neal) reported that Dollar General’s “knockoff herbal supplement water for infants has been recalled because an undissolved ingredient creates a choking hazard.” The citrus flavonoid ingredient in Dollar General’s DG Baby Gripe Wat...
Kids’ Gluten-Free Cereal Recalled For Undeclared Gluten.
USA Today (2/18, Tyko) reports that “Nature’s Path Foods is recalling more than 400,000 boxes of its kids’ gluten-free cereal because they may contain an ‘undeclared gluten,’ according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall notice.” The recall affe...
One Hour Of General Anesthesia In Early Infancy Does Not Lead To Neurodevelopment Problems, Study Suggests.
The AP (2/14, Johnson) reports that “an experiment involving hundreds of infants in seven countries” indicates “anesthesia during a short surgery doesn’t harm a baby’s brain development.” The findings were published in The Lancet. MedPage Today (2/14, Geo...
Montana Lawmakers Considering Bill To Make Changes To The State’s Child Protection System.
The AP (2/14, Hanson) reports that “Montana lawmakers heard several bills seeking to make changes to the state’s child protection system, including reducing turnover of caseworkers, setting higher standards for removing children from their homes and incre...
Enterovirus Infection In Early Childhood May Trigger Development Of Celiac Disease In Certain Children, Research Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (2/14) reports that research suggests “an enterovirus infection in early childhood could be a trigger for the development of celiac disease in children with increased genetic risk for the disease.” The findings were published in Th...
Youngsters May Be More Likely To Be Bullied By A Sibling, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (2/14, Preidt) reports youngsters may be “more likely to be bullied by a sibling if they have more than one, and firstborn children and older brothers are most likely to bully siblings,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from more than...
States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Fewer Teenage Pot Smokers Than States Without Such Laws, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/14, Thompson) reports investigators “found fewer teen marijuana users in states that have adopted medical marijuana laws.” In fact, “states with medical marijuana laws had 1.1 percent fewer teenage pot smokers than states without such laws, r...
Flu Vaccine Relatively Effective This Season, CDC Says.
The Washington Post (2/14, Sun) reports CDC officials said the flu vaccine appears to be relatively effective this season and is protecting roughly half of those who received it. Compared to “last winter, when flu killed and hospitalized more people in th...
EPA Unveils Plan To Control PFAS In Drinking Water.
The AP (2/14, Knickmeyer, Casey, Flesher) reports that the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a plan moving toward setting limits for the toxic class of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, in drinki...
Study Finds Pumped Breast Milk Inferior To Breastfed Version.
HealthDay (2/13, Norton) reports “researchers found that breast milk from women who pumped tended to have more potentially bad bacteria – and less abundance and diversity of friendly germs – than milk from women who only fed their infants from the breast....
Health Experts Ask Texas Legislature To Eliminate Parents’ Ability To Opt Out Of Vaccines For Their Children.
The Houston Chronicle (2/13, Jordan) reports that “doctors and scientists are pushing for the Texas Legislature to eliminate the ability for most parents to opt out of vaccines for their children.” In Texas, “parents who have ‘reasons of conscience’ for n...
MRI Offers Value As Initial Imaging Technique For Children With Suspected Acute Appendicitis, Study Suggests.
The Radiology Business Journal (2/13, Walter) reports that research suggests “MRI provides value as an initial imaging technique for pediatric patients with suspected acute appendicitis.” The findings were published in Radiology.
Facebook Struggling To Stop Spread Of Anti-Vaccine Misinformation.
The Washington Post (2/13, Telford) reports “Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation about vaccinations on its platform, which has become a haven for the anti-vaccination movement.” The company is struggling to address the situat...
New Jersey State Interscholastic Association Adopts New Limits On High School Football To Address Player Safety Concerns.
The New York Times (2/13, B8, Waldstein) reports that on Feb. 13, “the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association...adopted new guidelines” for high school football “to sharply reduce the amount of contact allowed in practices and, in doing so,...
Children Who Have Surgery For A Broken Elbow May Be Overprescribed Opioid Analgesics, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/12, Preidt) reports, “Children who have surgery for a broken elbow may be overprescribed potentially addictive opioid” analgesics, researchers concluded in a study involving “81 patients, average age about six years, who had surgery for the m...
Texas Senate Panel Approves Bill Aimed At Identifying And Helping Children With Mental Health Needs.
The Austin (TX) American-Statesman (2/12, Chang, Subscription Publication) reports that on Feb. 12, a Texas “Senate committee unanimously approved” a measure “aimed at identifying children with mental health needs and helping them before they become a dan...
Reinterpretation Of Genomic Test Results For Children With Epilepsy May Lead To Clinically Significant Changes, Study Indicates.
MD Magazine (2/12, Lutz) reports researchers “retrospectively reviewed 309 pediatric epilepsy screenings in order to examine the value of reinterpreting previously reported genomic test results,” and reclassified variants in “about a third of patients,” w...
School-Based, Self-Managed Asthma Interventions Appear To Reduce Hospitalizations, Study Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (2/12) reports, “School-based, self-managed asthma interventions appear to reduce hospital admissions, the number of days children experience asthma symptoms, emergency department (ED) visits, and are likely lead to small improvements...
Social, Community Support May Improve Outcomes In Pediatric Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/12, Lyles) reports researchers found that “social and community support may be tied to fewer health system barriers and improved health outcomes at diagnosis in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).” The findings were...
Daily Dasotraline Treatment May Improve AD/HD Symptoms In Youngsters Aged Six To 12 Years, Study Indicates.
Healio (2/12, Demko) reports, “Treatment with daily dasotraline 4 mg significantly improved...symptoms and behaviors” of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in children aged six to 12 years,” researchers concluded. The findings of the random...
NIH Announces Updated Labeling For Acyclovir Use In Premature Infants With HSV.
According to Healio (2/12, Thiel), the National Institutes of Health “recently announced that the labeling for the antiviral acyclovir has been updated to include information for health care providers on the recommended usage and dosage in newborns aged t...
Incidence Of Pneumococcal Sepsis In Children Remained High After Introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine In Switzerland, Study Suggests.
Infectious Disease Advisor (2/12) reports a new study suggests that “the incidence of pneumococcal sepsis in children remained high after the introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)-13 in Switzerland.” Researchers “also found that meningi...
E-Cigarette Use Increased Among High School Students In 2018, CDC Report Says.
CNN (2/11, Kounang) reports health officials are “continuing to sound the alarm on the teen vaping epidemic, tying the nearly 80% spike in youth tobacco use from 2017 to 2018 directly to e-cigarettes” in a report released Monday by the Centers for Disease...
Fifty-One Children Died In 2018 From Heatstroke While Being In A Car.
The Wall Street Journal (2/11, Byron, Subscription Publication) reports that in 2018, 51 youngsters died of heatstroke sustained while being in a car. In many cases, the children had been accidentally left behind by parents or caregivers. The American Aca...
Young Children With Autism May Be More Likely To Have Sleep Problems, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (2/11, Thompson) reports, “Young children with autism are more than twice as likely to have sleep problems than typical kids or those with other developmental delays,” researchers concluded in a study involving 522 children between the ages of t...
Researchers Find AI Accurately Diagnoses Common Childhood Conditions.
The New York Times (2/11, Metz) reports a group of researchers testing artificial intelligence as a diagnostic tool to aid physicians found the system to be “highly accurate” in diagnosing common childhood conditions, such as influenza. Study co-author Ka...
About One In Every Six US Kids Has At Least One Mental Health Issue, Study Indicates.
Reuters (2/11, Rapaport) reports around one in six children in the US “have at least one mental health disorder, and only about half of them receive treatment from a mental health professional,” researchers found. HealthDay (2/11, Gordon) reports investig...
LGBT Teens Three Times More Likely To Live In Foster Care, Research Suggests.
Reuters (2/12, Long) reports that “LGBT+ teens in the United States are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to live in foster care, often after being rejected by their families over their sexuality, according to research released on Monday.” T...
Treating Children’s Sleep Apnea May Lower Risk Of Accidents With Oncoming Vehicles, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/8, Crist) reports a new study suggests that children “with obstructive sleep apnea may be at lower risk of accidents with oncoming vehicles during the day if they use positive airway pressure, or PAP, therapy at night.” Notably, “children must...
Anti-Vaccine Activists In Washington State Oppose Bill Imposing Stricter Vaccine Requirements.
The Washington Post (2/8, Young) reports “anti-vaccine activists packed a public hearing Friday [in Washington state’s capital] to oppose a bill that would make it harder for families to opt out of vaccination requirements for measles, mumps, and rubella...

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