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Experts Say Trump’s Pediatric Cancer Funding Boost Will Support Specific, Actional Research.
STAT (2/8, Begley) reported “experts say there are specific, actionable research questions that the” $500 million in funding promised by President Trump for pediatric cancer research can support. Among the objectives are two identified by the “cancer moon...
Youth Suicides More Common In States With High Rate Of Gun Ownership, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/8, Banerjee) reports a new study suggests that “youth suicides happen more often in US states with high rates of household gun ownership.” Specifically, data show that “in the 10 states with the highest youth suicide rates, 53 percent of househ...
Anti-TNFs Linked To New Onset Psoriasis In Children With IBD, Research Indicates.
Healio Gastroenterology (2/8) reported that research indicated “new-onset psoriasis occurred more frequently in children with inflammatory bowel disease who received anti-TNF biologic therapy than it did in their counterparts who did not receive biologics...
Tennessee County Seeing Higher Number Of Unvaccinated Kids From Parents Using Religious Exemptions.
The Tennessean (2/8) reports Williamson County, Tennessee “has seen the number of unvaccinated students entering the district spike significantly in the last year as more parents request religious exemptions to state immunization rules.” Data show that th...
Many New York City Child Care Facilities Cited For Dangerous Violations, Data Reveal.
The New York Post (2/9, Klein) reported data reveal “that nearly 2,500 day-care centers, preschools and camps in New York City have been cited for dangerous violations in the last three years — some dozens of times,” according to a Post analysis. Health i...
FDA Taking Action Against Retailers Selling Tobacco Products To Minors.
CNN (2/7, Scutti) reports the FDA is “taking to task mega-retailers that are in violation of restrictions against the sale of tobacco products to minors.” Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb “said Thursday that the FDA is evaluating data on large national ret...
Texas Legislators Are Working On 11 Bills To Improve Safety At Child Care Centers Following Investigation.
The Austin (TX) American Statesman (2/7, Ball, Subscription Publication) reports that “months after an American-Statesman investigation into dangerous conditions in some Texas child care centers, state legislators are proposing sweeping reforms aimed at i...
After Teenager’s Suicide, Instagram Prohibits Posts Of Graphic Images Of Self-Harm.
The New York Times (2/7, Jacobs) reports that on Thursday, Instagram announced “it would no longer allow graphic images of self-harm, such as cutting, on its platform,” a change which seems to come “in response to public attention to how the social networ...
Washington Governor Urges Vaccinations Amid Growing Measles Outbreak.
The AP (2/8) reports “Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urged residents to get vaccinated Thursday as public health officials in Oregon and Washington reported a combined 56 confirmed cases of measles.” The state’s “Legislature will likely take a look at ways to tig...
Many Teenagers May Be Driving While High In States Where Marijuana Is Legal, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (2/6, Preidt) reports, “In states where marijuana is legal, teens smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel of a car is common,” researchers concluded after surveying “50 local enforcement agencies in Colorado and Washington state in 2016 an...
Trump To Ask Congress For $500 Million In Additional Funding For Pediatric Cancer Research.
HealthLeaders Media (2/6) highlights the main takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union address, including a promise to end HIV and “a 10-year, $500 million initiative to curb childhood cancer headed by the National Institutes of Health.” During his addre...
Neutrophilic Inflammation In Bronchoalveolar Lavage From Children With Protracted Bacterial Bronchitis Is Linked To Bacterial Biomass But Unrelated To Alpha Diversity, Study Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (2/6) reports that research indicates “neutrophilic inflammation in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) from children with protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB) is associated with bacterial biomass but unrelated to alpha diversity and is not...
Vaccine Exemption “Hot Spots” Described In Study Match Current Measles Outbreak Locations.
Newsweek (2/6, Osborne) reports a study published last June in PLOS Medicine identified specific “anti-vaxx hot spots” and cities that match closely with a number of recent measles outbreaks. These areas have lower rates of vaccinations among children due...
More Than 9,400 Youngsters Visited Hospitals, EDs In 2017 For Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Colorado Report Finds.
The Denver Post (2/6, Seaman) reports that in 2017, “more than 9,400 children visited hospitals and emergency departments [EDs] in 2017 for diseases that could have been prevented by a vaccine, leading to parents and insurers being charged $55.5 million.....
T1D May Not Affect School Performance Among Children But Glycemic Control Could, Study Suggests.
Medscape (2/5, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports, “Having type 1 diabetes [T1D] per se may not affect school performance among children but glycemic control could,” Danish researchers concluded after comparing 2,000 youngsters with T1D “to those w...
Injuries Occurring At Trampoline Jump Parks May Be More Severe Than Those That Happen On Home Trampolines, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (2/5, Reinberg) reports that after examining data on “439 trampoline injuries reported over two years,” investigators found that 45 “percent of adults’ fractures happened at trampoline parks, compared to 17 percent at home,” while among children...
US, European Regulators Give Special Review Status To Experimental Treatment For RSV In Infants.
Reuters (2/5, Sandle) reports AstraZeneca said that the US Food and Drug Administration granted “breakthrough therapy” status to MEDI8897, its experimental treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in infants, and EU regulators granted “prime” statu...
Intranasal Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Returns As Option For Kids In The 2019 Childhood And Adolescent Immunization Schedules.
MedPage Today (2/5, Walker) reports, “The 2019 immunization schedules” feature “a formal re-addition of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), the addition of Heplisav-B, a recombinant vaccine against HBV, and adding homelessness as an indication for h...
Nerve Transfer Surgery Restored Motor Function In Two Young Patients Partially Paralyzed By AFM, Case Report Says.
HealthDay (2/5, Thompson) reports, “Nerve transfer surgery has restored movement in some children stricken with a more notorious disease, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM),” researchers say. In fact, the surgery has “restored motor function in two young patien...
Truth Initiative Text Messaging Service Designed To Help Teens Quit Vaping.
Fox News (2/5, Hein) reports on the Truth Initiative’s free text messaging service, which is designed to help teens quit e-cigarettes. The nonprofit group, “known mostly known for their youth-targeted anti-smoking campaigns, launched the tailored-by-age g...
Drivers Who Do Not Wear Seatbelts Found To Be More Likely To Skip Seatbelts, Car Seats For Their Children, Research Suggests.
Reuters (2/4, Rapaport) reports, “Drivers who don’t wear seatbelts are more likely to skip seatbelts and car seats for their” children, researchers concluded after analyzing “U.S. crash data.” The findings were published online in Pediatrics. Reuters adds...
Nearly One In Four US Teens Misperceives Their Weight, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (2/4, Preidt) reports, “Nearly one in four American teens misperceives their weight, and that can trigger a bad chain of events,” researchers concluded after analyzing “government data on about 12,000 U.S. teens (aged 15 to 17).” The study revea...
Combination Antibiotics May Be Effective Rescue Therapy In Children With Refractory IBD, Study Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (2/4, Young) reports on a study published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases finding that “oral combination antibiotics appeared to be an effective rescue therapy in children with inflammatory bowel disease who were failing a biologic....
Number Of Measles Cases In Pacific Northwest Now Totals 49.
The AP (2/4) reports “public health officials say there are now 49 confirmed measles cases in the Pacific Northwest and seven suspected cases.” CNN (2/4, Yan, Goldschmidt) reports that Washington state “is averaging more than one new measles case a day as...
Unvaccinated Children Seek Advice On Getting Vaccinated Without Parents’ Consent.
Newsweek (2/1, Gander) reports, “unvaccinated children worried that they are vulnerable to catching infectious diseases are asking online how they can get shots without their parents’ consent.” Newsweek adds that last year, the US had “the second-highest...
Pulmonary Hypertension Linked To Poorer Neurodevelopmental Outcome, Impaired Growth In First Two Years Of Life For Preterm Infants With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Research Indicates.
Pulmonary Hypertension News (2/1, Melão) reported research indicates that “pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with poorer neurodevelopmental outcome and impaired growth in the first two years of life for preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dyspla...
Research Suggests Reversal Of Traditional Advice To Withhold Peanuts From Children Until Age Three To Prevent Allergies.
CBS News (2/3) reports “a rare reversal of medical advice” may be key to reducing the number of people who suffer from peanut allergies. Several years ago, “the American Academy of Pediatrics told parents to avoid giving their kids peanuts until three yea...
Test May Distinguish UC From CD In Children And Adolescents With IBD.
IBD News Daily (2/1, Lopes) reports a study published in PLOS ONE suggests, “a positive test for the proteinase 3-anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (PR3-ANCA) may differentiate ulcerative colitis (UC) from Crohn’s disease (CD) in children and adolesc...
Support Found For Home Use Of Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery In Young Children With T1D.
Medwire News (2/1, Barnard) reported, “Home use of day and night hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery using the Cambridge model predictive control algorithm is feasible in children aged” one to seven “years with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” research indicated....
As More Students Walk Away From Football, Lower-Income Students Remain.
NPR (2/3, Morris, Martin) reports in its “All Things Considered” program that data on enrollment in high school football programs show that participation is down 6.6 percent over the past 10 years, according to the National Federation of State High School...
CDC Reports 24 Children’s Deaths Connected To Flu Through January 26.
U.S. News & World Report (2/1, Galvin) reports according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “two more children have died in connection with the flu” and through January 26, there have been “a total of 24 children...whose deaths were associ...
Tiniest Premature Infants Still Have Low Survival Odds, Meta-Analysis Finds.
Reuters (1/31, Rapaport) reports that even though “extremely preterm birth is no longer the death sentence it once was, the tiniest preemies still have low survival odds and are likely to have severe impairments if they live,” researchers concluded in a 6...
Teens, Young Men In Correctional Facilities May Be At Increased Risk Of Dying By Suicide, Study Indicates.
Reuters (1/31, Crist) reports, “Teens and young men in correctional facilities are at increased risk of dying by suicide, but they are otherwise fairly similar to unincarcerated youth who take their own lives,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the c...
How Much Pain Adults Think Young Patients Are Suffering May Depend On Patient Gender, Study Indicates.
The Washington Post (1/31, Stanley-Becker) reports, “How much pain adult Americans think the young patient is suffering will depend on whether they believe the child to be a girl or a boy,” researchers concluded in findings published in the Journal of Ped...
Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea Spontaneously Resolves In Roughly One-Third Of Young Children, Study Suggests.
CHEST Physician (1/31) reports that results from a single-center study suggest “mild obstructive sleep apnea resolves in about one-third of children younger than age 3 years after an observation period of 3-12 months.” The findings were presented at a mee...
Too Many Young Children Using Too Much Toothpaste, Research From CDC Suggests.
The AP (1/31, Stobbe) reports, “Too many young kids are using too much toothpaste, increasing their risk of streaky or splotchy teeth when they get older,” researchers from the CDC concluded “based on a survey of parents of more than 5,000 kids ages three...
Many Fruit Juices May Include Lead, Other Metals, Consumer Reports Finds.
According to USA Today (1/30, Snider), many commercially available “fruit juices, for kids and adults, may include lead and other metals,” research indicated. Consumer Reports “tested 45 fruit juices (apple, grape, pear and fruit blends) sold across” the...
Climate Change Could Potentially Lead To More Babies Being Born With Congenital Heart Defects, Study Suggests.
The Hill (1/30, Gstalter) reports research suggests that “rising temperatures associated with climate change could trigger heart defects in babies.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. HealthDay (1/30, Preidt) rep...
Infant Ibuprofen Recall Expanded To Include More Products Manufactured For CVS, Walmart.
USA Today (1/30, Shannon) reports Tris Pharma has “expanded a voluntary nationwide recall of infant ibuprofen amid concerns the medication, which was destined to be sold at several major retailers, may contain a higher concentration of ibuprofen than labe...
Study Finds Rising Infant Mortality In Venezuela.
U.S. News & World Report (1/30, Radu) reports a study published in The Lancet Global Health found that while Venezuela made “substantial improvements in infant mortality rates” between 1950 and 2000, “around 2009, the long-term decline in infant mortality...
Forty Cases Of Measles Now Confirmed In Pacific Northwest.
The AP (1/30, Flaccus) reports health “authorities say there are now 40 confirmed cases of measles in a Pacific Northwest outbreak.” Of those cases, 38 “are in southwest Washington state, one is outside Portland, Oregon, and one is in Seattle.” Additional...
USPSTF Reaffirms Recommendation For Prophylactic Ocular Topical Medication For Newborns to Prevent Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum.
MD Magazine (1/29, Gingerich) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force “reaffirmed its recommendation for prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns for the prevention of gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum (GON),” an infection that can be...
Children Whose Parents Were Diagnosed With A Psychiatric Illness Are 51 Times Higher Risk For Developing Reactive Attachment Disorder, Research Suggests.
Healio (1/29, Demko) reports, “Children whose parents were both diagnosed with a psychiatric illness were at 51 times higher risk for developing reactive attachment disorder than those whose parents were not diagnosed with a disorder,” researchers conclud...
Hydrocortisone Does Not Reduce BPD In Preterm Infants Receiving Mechanical Ventilation, Study Suggests.
Medscape (1/29, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports a study suggests that “systemic hydrocortisone (HC) does not reduce the risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) or for a composite endpoint of BPD or death in very preterm infants receiving mechan...
Higher Long-Term Unemployment Rates, Greater Lack Of Mental Health Clinicians May Be Both Associated With Higher Rates Of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome In US Counties.
MedPage Today (1/29, Walker) reports, “Higher long-term unemployment rates and a greater lack of mental health clinicians were both associated with higher rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in US counties,” researchers concluded after examining “...
Good Sleep Hygiene In Adolescents With Asthma Associated With Improved Attention And Better School Quality of Life, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (1/29) reports a new study suggests that “adolescents with asthma who practice good sleep hygiene may experience improvements in sleep and attention span, better quality of life in school, and lower rates of dysfunction during the dayt...
One Percent Of US High School Seniors Have Tried Synthetic Drug Alpha-PVP, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (1/29, Reinberg) reports, “The synthetic drug alpha-PVP – or Flakka – is sometimes called the ‘zombie’ or ‘cannibal’ drug, and about one percent of U.S. high school seniors have tried it,” researchers found after analyzing “data from a 2016-2017...
Seven-Month-Old Quarantined Over Fears Of Measles Exposure.
ABC World News Tonight (1/29, story 7, 1:35, Muir) reported in its broadcast that amid the ongoing measles outbreak in southwestern Washington state and the recently announced state of emergency, “a 7-month-old has now been quarantined” over fears that sh...
Researchers Find Direct Association Between Screen Time At Ages Two, Three And Development At Ages Three And Five.
Reuters (1/28, Rapaport) reports, “Toddlers who spend too much time in front of televisions, tablets, and smartphones may not become as skilled at problem-solving, communication and other skills needed for school as their peers who have less screen time,”...
Study Examines Timing Of Early Caffeine Administration And Neurodevelopmental Outcomes In Preterm Infants.
Neurology Advisor (1/28, May) reports, “Caffeine therapy to prevent or treat apnea of prematurity within two days of birth is associated with a lower incidence of severe neurologic injury and lower neurodevelopmental impairment compared with caffeine ther...

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