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Advanced MR Imaging Shows Disrupted Connectivity In Complex Regions Of Brain Involved In Regulating Appetite Among Obese Teens, Researchers Say.
Diagnostic Imaging (12/1) reported that researchers found that “advanced MR imaging revealed disrupted connectivity in the complex regions of the brain involved in regulating appetite among obese teens.” The findings were presented at the RSNA meeting.
Atopic Dermatitis Without Concomitant Allergic Sensitization May Not Be Linked To Increased Risk Of Asthma, Research Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (12/1, Ranger) reported that research indicates that “atopic dermatitis without concomitant allergic sensitization as elicited by skin prick test at age 1 year is not associated with an increased risk for asthma in children reassessed...
Drug Shortages Worsened By Hurricane In Puerto Rico Could Potentially Impact Premature Babies.
NBC News (12/3, Fox) reports on its website that “drug shortages worsened by Hurricane Maria’s devastation on Puerto Rico are now threatening...premature babies.” According to NBC, “Power outages caused by the hurricane are still hitting production of sa...
HHS Data Show Parental Drug Abuse A Factor In Rising Number Of Kids In Foster Care.
The AP (11/30, Crary) reports the Department of Health and Human Services “counted 437,500 children in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2016, up from about 427,400 a year earlier” and marking the fourth consecutive annual increase. HHS “said substance abuse w...
States Warn Families That They Could Lose Children’s Health Insurance Coverage.
NPR (11/30, Simmons-Duffin, Lopez) reports on how state officials are making preparations for running out of money for their Children’s Health Insurance Programs after Congress allowed federal funding to expire in September. Colorado became the first to...
New York Governor Vetoes Legislation That Would Block Children’s Psychiatric Center From Being Moved To Adult Mental Health Campus.
The AP (11/30, Klepper) reports that on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vetoed legislation that would block a proposal to move the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center from West Seneca to the campus of a mental health facility for adu...
Senate Republicans “Scrambling” To Overcome Unexpected Obstacle To Tax Reform Bill.
The New York Times (11/30, Subscription Publication) reports that GOP senators “are scrambling to figure out how to offset the deficit effects of” their tax reform “bill after the Senate parliamentarian rejected a trigger mechanism that would have automa...
Study Indicates One-Year-Olds With Atopic Dermatitis And Who Are Prone To Allergies Are More Likely To Develop Asthma.
Lung Disease News (11/30, Silva) reports on a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology finding that one-year-old infants with atopic dermatitis, and “who are prone to allergies, are seven times more likely to develop asthma,” and...
Global Vaccine Alliance Sets Aside Funds To Buy New Typhoid Vaccines In Bulk For Children In Poor Countries.
Reuters (11/30, Kelland) reports the GAVI global vaccine alliance “earmarked $85 million to help support the introduction of typhoid vaccines in poor countries where millions of children are at risk.” GAVI will use the funds to buy new typhoid vaccines i...
Global AIDS Rates Reaching Troubling Levels Among Children, UNICEF Report Finds.
Reuters (11/30, Wulfhorst) reports the United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF on Friday released its 2017 UNICEF Statistical Update on Children and AIDS, which said 18 children each hour were infected with HIV in 2016, and projected there will be 3.5 m...
Flu Season Begins Early, Could Peak By Christmas, CDC Says.
STAT (11/30, Branswell) reports the flu season “is off to an early start this year” and could “peak over the holidays,” a new CDC analysis indicates. The piece says the “wildly unpredictable” flu viruses leave experts uncertain of precisely how extensive...
Study Projects 57% Of US Kids, Teens Will Be Obese By Age 35 Should Current Trends Continue.
USA Today (11/29, Painter) reports, “A whopping 57% of the nation’s children and teens will be obese by age 35 if current trends continue,” researchers predicted in findings published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study indicates tha...
Renewal Of CHIP In Limbo As Congress Considers Spending Bill.
ABC News (11/29) reports federal funding for renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) “has been held up by disagreements between the House and Senate over how to offset funds.” The program, which “provides low-cost health coverage to child...
Collins To Vote For Senate Tax Reform If ACA Stabilization Provision Is Included In Funding Bill.
The Hill (11/29, Carney) reports that on Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said “she has received a commitment from Senate GOP leadership to include ObamaCare funding in a must-pass bill.” Collins said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pro...
Colorado Sees 83 Percent Jump In Newborns With Opioid Dependency.
The Denver Post (11/29, Brown) reports the “rise in Colorado newborns addicted to opioids has alarmed physicians and child advocates,” jumping 83 percent from 2010 to 2015. This increase “has resulted in an unprecedented collaboration between hospitals,...
Prevalence Of Children Diagnosed With Developmental Disabilities Has Increased Significantly In Recent Years, Research Suggests.
Medscape (11/29, Brooks) reports, “The prevalence of children diagnosed with any developmental disability increased significantly in recent years, from 5.76% in 2014 to 6.99% in 2016,” researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at...
MEG Finds Different Patterns Of Rest Activity In Teens With History Of Concussion Compared To Those Without.
MedPage Today (11/29, Susman) reports on a magnetoencephalography study presented at RSNA finding “different patterns of activity at rest among teens with a long-term history of concussion versus their peers who had never sustained a brain injury.” Those...
NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci Predicts “Severe” Flu Season Due To Weak Vaccines.
The Los Angeles Times (11/29, Healy) reports National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday “warned ... that the United States could experience a ‘relatively severe influenza season’” if the US follows the p...
Study Finds Large Variation Among Hospitals In Treatment Of Infants With Bronchiolitis.
Medscape (11/28, Parry) reports on a study published in Pediatrics finding wide variation in hospitals’ use of evidence-based supportive therapies (EBST) for infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis. Medscape adds, “Bronchiolitis is the most common cause...
Senate GOP’s Tax Reform Bill With Repeal Of ACA Mandate Advances.
The New York Times (11/28, Subscription Publication) reports that Senate Republicans “took a big step forward when the Budget Committee voted to pass” their “$1.5 trillion tax package, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on the bill later this w...
Trump Says He Supports Bipartisan Efforts To Shore Up ACA Marketplaces.
The Hill (11/28, Hellmann) reports that on Tuesday, President Trump told GOP senators “he supports two bipartisan efforts to stabilize ObamaCare’s insurance markets.” During a luncheon, Trump said he advocates “a bill proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R...
Texas Requests Additional Federal Funds To Avoid Canceling Children’s Health Insurance.
The Dallas Morning News (11/28, Wang) reports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the state’s Health and Human Services Commission requested $90 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to keep its Children’s Health Insurance Program from r...
Montana Officials Warn That 24,000 Children Could Lose Healthcare Coverage.
The Billings (MT) Gazette (11/28, Michels) reports the Montana health department will begin sending letters to families of 24,000 Montana children covered by the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program in mid-December to notify them that funding will...
Wisconsin Stands To Lose $115 Million If Congress Fails To Renew CHIP.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11/28, Stein) reports Wisconsin state law requires children to remain covered even if Congress fails to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the state would lose up to $115 million a year if...
Physicians Caution On Safety Of Do-It-Yourself Tattoo Trend.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/28, Shah) reports on the popularity of do-it-yourself tattoos among young people under the age of 18. Physicians “and professional tattoo artists say the DIY trend is downright scary,” because of the risk of “contracting...
New FDA Guidance Could Provide Path For Generic Competitors To EpiPen.
CNBC (11/28, Angerer) reports that the Food and Drug Administration issued guidance that potentially streamlines “a path to market for generic copies of complex medicines like the EpiPen and others.” The guidance “says that generic copies with some desig...
Lawmakers Moving Forward On Bipartisan Negotiations On CHIP.
The Hill (11/27, Sullivan, Roubein) reports congressional “staff from the relevant committees in both parties and chambers met over the Thanksgiving break and are getting closer to an agreement” on a bipartisan deal to reauthorize the Children’s Health I...
Colorado Sends Letter Warning CHIP Families To Begin Researching Other Healthcare Options.
The Washington Times (11/27, Howell) reports the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing sent letters Monday “urging families who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program to research other coverage options in case Congress fails to...
Opinion: Congress’ Inaction On CHIP Has Brought Us To The “Nightmare Scenario.”
Michael Hiltzik writes in his column in the Los Angeles Times (11/27) that Congress’ delay on reauthorizing funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program has brought us to what former CMS Administrator Andrew Slavitt called the “nightmare scenario” f...
Editorial: Congress’ Failure To Fix CHIP Is A “Heartbreaking Crisis.”
The Dallas Morning News (11/27) editorializes, “What started as a nagging concern when Congress failed to meet a Sept. 30 funding deadline has turned into a frightening crisis” in which 400,000 Texas children could lose Children’s Health Insurance Progra...
Lawsuits Challenge Nebraska’s Denial Of Extended Foster Care To Immigrant Teens.
The Lincoln (NE) Journal Star (11/27, Pilger) reports the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest filed lawsuits challenging “the state’s denial of extended foster care benefits to two 19-year-olds due to their immigration status” as fed...
Senate GOP Seeks Votes For Tax Reform Bill With Repeal Of ACA’s Individual Mandate.
The New York Times (11/27, A1, Tankersley, Subscription Publication) reports GOP senators “will speed their tax plan toward a possible floor vote this week, and liberal activists will ramp up their efforts to block the bill, in what promises to be a fren...
Insurers Express Concerns About CMS Proposal To Allow States To Determine Essential Benefits.
Modern Healthcare (11/27, Livingston, Subscription Publication) reports that insurance companies are worried “they will be on the hook for greater healthcare costs if the CMS finalizes its proposal to allow states to define their own essential health ben...
Bullied Teens May Be Twice As Likely To Bring Guns, Knives To School Than Peers Who Are Not Bullied, Researchers Say.
Reuters (11/27, Rapaport) reports, “One in five teens are victims of bullying, and these adolescents are about twice as likely to bring guns and knives to school than peers who aren’t bullied,” researchers concluded after analyzing “survey responses from...
Kids’ Cardiovascular Health May Also Have An Impact On The Structure Of Their Brains, Scan Study Indicates.
Newsweek (11/27, Frankel) reports, “There may be an association between physical fitness and brain volume in children,” in that “children’s cardiovascular health may also have an impact on the structure of their brains,” researchers found in a study usin...
Lead Poisoning Increased Nearly 28% In Detroit Youngsters Under Six Last Year.
The Detroit Free Press (11/27, Rochester) reports that “lead poisoning in Detroit’s children...jumped nearly 28%” in youngsters “under six who were tested” in 2016. Detroit “had 10 ZIP codes where at least 10% of the children tested had blood levels indi...
States Set To Notify Families CHIP Is Running Out Of Money.
The Washington Post (11/23, Itkowitz, Somashekhar) reported that state officials in “nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families” that their Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income children is running out of funds after Congress mis...
ACA Enrollments Up From Last Year By 900,000.
The CBS Evening News (11/22, story 11, 0:20, Mason) briefly reported, “Months after the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare failed,” the government on Wednesday said 2.3 million Americans have enrolled in individual health plans using Healthcare.gov, w...
Issue Of Narrow Networks Is Reportedly Worse Under ACA.
In its “All Things Considered” segment, NPR (11/26) reports on narrow networks, in which insurers “only contract with a limited number of doctors and hospitals. And the hospitals that they most often don’t contract with are these big teaching hospitals b...
Youngsters With AD/HD May Show Alterations In Different Regions Of The Brain Than Children Without AD/HD, Small Scan Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (11/26, Walker) reported that youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “showed alterations in different regions of the brain versus children without” AD/HD “when both were examined via MRI,” researchers found. Includ...
Rates Of Vaccine Waivers Rising Among Schoolchildren In Michigan.
The AP (11/24) reported the number of vaccine waiver rates for schoolchildren has risen in Michigan, with state Department of Health and Human Services data showing “3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016...
Delaware Health Officials Confirm First Cases Of Flu In Children This Season.
The AP (11/22) reported that the Delaware Division of Public Health confirmed the first cases of flu in children for the 2017-2018 season. The two children bring the total number of cases to 14.
Study Links Kids’ Time With Smartphones, TVs To Obesity.
The Telegraph (UK) (11/22, Reporters) reported European child health experts “have found a strong link between obesity and prolonged exposure to media and technology during their formative years.” According to a study published in the journal Acta Paedia...
High School Athletes Found To Have High Rates Of Hand, Wrist Injuries.
Reuters (11/21, Harding) reports a new study found that “high school athletes have high rates of hand and wrist injuries, especially in certain sports.” Specifically, the article reports, “Football players have the highest risk by far, but lacrosse, fiel...
Preliminary Data Show Higher Number Of ACA Sign-Ups, Although Open Enrollment Period Is Half As Long As In Previous Years.
The New York Times (11/21, Park, Subscription Publication) reports that in spite of the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back the healthcare law, some 300,000 more people have signed up for health insurance through ACA market places during the earl...
Oregon Governor Plans To Spend $35 Million To Continue Children’s Health Insurance.
The Oregonian (11/21, Borrud) reports Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) outlined her plan Tuesday to spend an additional $35 million to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program into 2018 when federal funds run out. The program covers 120,000 children an...
US EDs See Rise In Treatment Of Girls, Young Women Who Intentionally Injured Themselves.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (11/21, Healy) reports that from “2009 to 2015,” US emergency departments (EDs) “saw a sharp rise in treatment of girls 10 to 24 who intentionally injured themselves.” What’s more, “among girls 10 to 14 years old,...
Elevated Maternal Blood Pressure During Pregnancy May Raise Children’s Risk For Childhood Obesity, Research Suggests.
Endocrine News (11/21) reports that when women have “elevated blood pressure during pregnancy, it may raise their children’s risk of developing childhood obesity,” researchers concluded in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Meta...
States Have Growing Concerns Over CHIP With No Signs Of Renewal In Congress.
Roll Call (11/20, Raman) reports on growing concerns among state officials about their Children’s Health Insurance Programs “with just a few days left on the congressional calendar until December and no signs that lawmakers plan in the immediate future t...
Babies Learn Words And What They Mean Before They Begin Talking, Researchers Say.
Reuters (11/20, Boggs) reports, “Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking,” researchers found. After using “eye tracking” to study “six-month-old babies to see whether they recognized” connections between “speech and...

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