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Facial Recognition App Helps Medical Geneticists Treat Kids With Rare Genetic Diseases.
The Boston Globe (8/30) reports on the facial recognition app called Face2Gene, developed by Boston-based FDNA, which, “through crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence, the software ranks the 10 most likely causes of a genetic disorder on the basis of...
Number Of Children With High Lead Levels In New York City Public Housing Dropped To Record Low.
The New York Times (8/30, Ferré-sadurní) says that a Thursday report by New York City’s Department of Health “showed the number of city children with elevated levels of lead in their blood had dropped to a record low of about 5,300.” The Times adds that...
Only 49% Of US Teens Are Fully Vaccinated Against HPV, CDC Says.
Reuters (8/29, Rapaport) reports researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found “that half of U.S. teens are still not fully vaccinated against” human papillomavirus (HPV). Just 49% of US teens had “received the two or three doses ne...
Arterial Stiffening Risk Highest Among Teens Who Drink And Smoke Heavily, Study Says.
HealthDay (8/29, Preidt) reports, “Teens who drink or smoke already have stiffening arteries, and the risk is highest for those who are both heavy smokers and heavy drinkers,” researchers concluded after examining the “smoking and drinking habits of 1,30...
Even If Treatment Begins At A Later Age, Nusinersen Appears To Still Improve Muscle Control In Youngsters With Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (8/29, Preidt) reports that nusinersen (Spinraza), a medication used to treat spinal muscular atrophy in youngsters, “still improves muscle control even if treatment begins at a later age,” research indicated. The findings of the 33-child study...
Detroit Shuts Off Drinking Water In 16 Schools After Lead Is Found.
Reuters (8/29, Gonzales) reports that Detroit officials on Wednesday ordered drinking water be shut off “at all city public schools after elevated levels of lead and copper were found in water at more than a dozen buildings with antiquated plumbing syste...
Preteen Suicides Are Rare But Increasing, CDC Says.
USA Today (8/28, O'Donnell) reports “preteen suicides...remain rare. But as their numbers rise, they’re getting new attention from researchers.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “the death rate among 10- to 14-year-olds more t...
California Becomes First State To Condemn Intersex Surgeries On Children.
USA Today (8/28, Miller) reports that the California Legislature passed a resolution Tuesday “demanding the medical community halt nonconsensual medical procedures that try to cosmetically ‘normalize’ variations in intersex children’s sex characteristics...
Researchers To Study Whether Power Training Can Help Children With Cerebral Palsy Walk Better.
The AP (8/28) reports researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Seattle Children’s Hospital have received a five-year federal grant to study whether “muscle power training can help children with cerebral palsy walk better.” Therapists...
Teens Increasingly Vaping Marijuana.
Kaiser Health News (8/28, Ibarra) reports on the growing prevalence of vaping marijuana among teens. A 2017 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan found that “among high school seniors who reported using a vaping de...
Depression During Pregnancy May Alter Babies’ Brains, Study Indicates.
Reuters (8/27, Rapaport) reports a study published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates that pregnant women with depression and anxiety “may be more likely to have babies with altered brain development that might be linked to behavior problems later in childhood...
Reducing Lead Levels In The Home May Not Affect Neurobehavioral Outcomes For Children, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (8/27, Monaco) reports, “Reducing lead levels in the home may not affect neurobehavioral outcomes for children,” researchers concluded. Included in the study were “355 pregnant women.” While “interventions aimed at reducing lead in the hous...
US Army Forms Plan To Test Homes For Lead Following Reuters Report.
Reuters (8/27, Schneyer, Januta) says the US Army “has drafted a plan to test for toxic lead hazards in 40,000 homes on its bases, military documents show, in a sweeping response to a Reuters report that found children at risk of lead poisoning in milita...
Fear Of Judgment May Begin As Early As 14 Months, Small Study Suggests.
The ABC News (8/27, Kalra) website reports, “The fear of judgment is a real human concern – and may begin as early as 14 months,” researchers concluded in a study that examined “the behavior of 144 children, ages 14 to 24 months, in a variety of scenario...
Children Taking Multiple Medications At Risk For Drug Interactions, Study Says.
ABC News (8/27, Guinness) reports researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago studied how many prescriptions are being given to teens and children, and concluded that almost 20 percent of children and adolescents use at least one prescription...
Infants’ Immune Systems Kick Into High Gear Immediately After Birth, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (8/24, Preidt) reported that an infant’s “immune system kicks into high gear immediately after birth,” researchers found. The findings were published online in the journal Cell.
Psychoactive Chemical In Marijuana Found In Breast Milk, Study Shows.
The AP (8/27, Tanner) reports on a study of 50 nursing mothers who used marijuana that detected THC – the substance’s “main mind-altering ingredient” – in breast milk. Laboratory testing discovered “small amounts of THC, the psychoactive chemical that ca...
HPV Vaccine Does Not Endanger Girls’ Future Fertility, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (8/24) reported on a study published in Pediatrics that found HPV vaccination “does not hurt teen girls’ future fertility.” The researchers concluded that of “close to 59,000 young women who received the HPV vaccine, only one later developed po...
EpiPen Shortage Exacerbated By Back-To-School Rush.
The Wall Street Journal (8/25, Walker, Subscription Publication) reported the back-to-school rush has exacerbated an ongoing EpiPen shortage, as some pharmacies are unable to restock for weeks at a time. To help alleviate the shortage, the FDA last week...
Foster Parents Struggle To Meet Healthcare Needs Of Children Despite Medicaid Coverage.
Kaiser Health News (8/24, Galewitz) reported that although “foster parenting has innumerable challenges, health care coverage for the children isn’t one of them. Medicaid...picks up the tab for nearly all children in foster care and often continues to co...
32 Children’s Medications Recalled Because Of Possible “Microbial Contamination.”
CBS News (8/23, Welch) reports King Bio is voluntarily recalling 32 children’s medications due to potential “microbial contamination.” The medicines include several “meant to relieve common illnesses including fever, cough, flu, tummy aches, nosebleeds,...
GAO Says HHS Must Take Steps To Improve ACA Enrollment.
The AP (8/23, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that on Thursday, the Government Accountability Office said “the Trump administration needs to step up its management of sign-up seasons under former President Barack Obama’s health care law after mixed results last...
For Many Children With Depression Or Anxiety, School Nurse’s Office Is First Stop For Needed Attention.
The Chicago Tribune (8/22, Ortiz) reports, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in 20, or 2.6 million, U.S. children ages six to 17 had current anxiety or depression diagnosed by a” healthcare profession “in 2011-12...
From 2011-2015, Reactions, Other Side Effects From Antibiotics Led To An Estimated 70,000 ED Visits Annually In Kids, Study Finds.
The ABC News (8/23, Guinness) website reports, “From 2011-2015, reactions and other side effects from antibiotics led to an estimated 70,000” emergency department visits annually in children, researchers concluded after examining “nationwide estimates fo...
CDC Finds HPV-Related Cancers, HPV Vaccinations Both Growing.
The Washington Post (8/23, McGinley) says that on Thursday the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that “cancers linked to the human papillomavirus have increased significantly over the last 15 years in the United States, with throat c...
Parents Advised To Examine, Review Their Own Screen Time Before Taking Action On Their Children’s.
The NBC News website provides advice for parents who are “looking for ways to reduce” children’s “screen time.” Parents are advised to “examine” and review their own screen time habits before looking at what to do about their children’s. The article adds...
Interactive Robot May Motivate Kids To Read, Better Understand Books, Study Says.
HealthDay (8/22, Thompson) reports, “An interactive robot named Minnie could help make” children “active and happy” readers, research indicated. The robot “is programmed to respond with thoughtful comments as kids read to it.” Youngsters “between the age...
Kids, Teens Who Specialize In One Sport May Be More Likely To Sustain Overuse Injuries, Study Suggests.
Reuters (8/22, Rapaport) reports, “Children and teens who specialize in one sport may be more likely to get injured than those who play a variety of sports,” research indicated. HealthDay (8/22, Salamon) reports that such children and teens may be “nearl...
Children Whose Families Move Homes Frequently May Be At Increased Risk For Serious Psychiatric Illness, Study Indicates.
The New York Times (8/22, Bakalar) reports, “Children whose families move homes frequently may be at increased risk for serious psychiatric illness,” researchers concluded after following “1,440,383 children from birth to age 29, including data on reside...
Experimental Home-Based Social Robot Therapy May Benefit Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (8/22, Mozes) reports, “Robots may hold the keys to social success for kids with autism,” researchers concluded after conducting “an experimental home-based therapy in which autonomous ‘social’ robots modeled and encouraged behaviors like maint...
Convenience Store Tobacco Displays, Advertising Make Teens More Willing To Try E-Cigarettes, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (8/22) reports a study by the RAND Corporation suggests that “tobacco displays and advertising in convenience stores make teens more willing to try electronic cigarettes.” Results show students “said convenience stores were their most common so...
Report Finds 54 Percent Of Teens Surveyed Think They Spend Too Much Time On Their Smartphones.
TIME (8/22, Luscombe) reports that according to “a new Pew report,” 54 percent of teens surveyed “think they spend too much time on their smartphones.” In addition, girls “tend to think they spend too much time on social media while boys are more likely...
Parents Scrambling To Find EpiPens As School Starts.
USA Today (8/22, Haller) reports on parents who are “scrambling” to find EpiPens during a widespread shortage occurring just as their children are heading back to school. The article makes three recommendations: first, to contact Mylan’s customer relatio...
To Combat Shortage, FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration Dates.
HHS Secretary Azar said during an interview on Fox Business’ Varney & Co. (8/21) that his agency is “quite concerned about the EpiPen shortage.” He added, “I have directed the FDA to use all of its regulatory tools at its disposal to bring relief to pare...
Two Smartphone-Integrated Baby Monitors Claiming To Track Vital Signs Tested Poorly When Compared With Actual Hospital Quality Monitors, Researchers Say.
Reuters (8/21, Carroll) reports that two “commercially available” and “popular monitors that promise to keep parents informed about their babies’ vital signs scored poorly in a test comparing them with actual hospital quality monitors,” research indicate...
Mother’s Depression May Negatively Impact Their Child’s Overall Health, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (8/22, Monaco) reports that a study by researchers in Israel suggests that “depression among mothers seemed to negatively affect their children on several levels.” The study published in Depression & Anxiety shows that the children of mothe...
Radiation Treatment For Medulloblastoma In Children May Weaken Memory For Events After The Therapy.
HealthDay (8/21, Salamon) reports on a study finding that radiation treatment for medulloblastoma “can cause memory problems” particularly related to “memories of recent personal events” happening after the treatment. Study author Melanie Sekeres, assist...
USPSTF Releases Updated Guidelines On Cervical Cancer Screening.
Reuters (8/21, Rapaport) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force issued new guidelines published in JAMA regarding cervical cancer screening, suggesting that “some women can get a test that looks for” human papilloma virus in order to “reduce ‘fals...
CDC Finds Most US Babies Breastfed, But Only One Fourth Exclusively For Six Months.
U.S. News & World Report (8/20, Galvin) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “while 4 in 5 babies born in the U.S. in 2015 were ever breastfed, just 1 in 4 exclusively breastfed during the first 6 months of life.” The CDC rep...
CMS Awards $8.6 Million To Help States Improve ACA Marketplaces.
The Washington Examiner (8/20, Leonard) reports that the Trump Administration is awarding “$8.6 million in leftover funds...to states to help develop their Obamacare markets.” The article says CMS “awarded the grants to 30 states and the District of Colu...
Many Pediatricians, Family Physicians Do Not Discuss Meningococcal B Vaccine With Teens, Study Suggests.
Reuters (8/20, Rapaport) reports, “Many pediatricians and family physicians don’t discuss the meningococcal B vaccine with teens even though these conversations are recommended to determine whether adolescents should get shots to protect against this let...
AAP Urging Physicians To Prescribe Play Liberally To The Children In Their Care.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (8/20, Healy) reports the American Academy of Pediatrics is “urging doctors to prescribe” play “liberally to the children in their care.” In a clinical report published in Pediatrics, the AAP asks physicians “to ad...
Moderate Screen Use Above AAP’s Recommended Limits May Actually Contribute Positively To Well-Being Of Children, Study Suggests.
TODAY (8/20) “asked experts how much is ‘too much’ when it comes to” youngsters playing “the popular online game” Minecraft. One expert equated the game to “online Legos.” Meanwhile, a study “published” last year “in the journal Child Development...found...
As Many As 38 Percent US Teens Text While Driving, Researchers Say.
Newsweek (8/20, Gander) reports, “As many as 38 percent of teenagers text while driving,” research indicated. In addition, “South Dakota had the highest rate of teen texting and driving in the 35 states assessed, at 64 percent, in contrast with Maryland,...
Today’s High School Students Texting, Scrolling, Using Social Media Instead Of Reading Books, Magazines, Study Says.
In “The Inspired Life,” the Washington Post (8/20) reports, “High-schoolers today are texting, scrolling and using social media instead of reading books and magazines,” research indicated. The findings were published by the American Psychological Associa...
Vitamin D Deficiency Found In Ancient Skeletons Of Children From Northern Region Of The Roman Empire.
CNN (8/20, Strickland) reports research revealed “vitamin D deficiency...in the skeletons of children from the northern region of the Roman Empire.” After comparing “bones from ancient cemeteries spread from northern England to southern Spain, dating fro...
Developers Of Videogames Making Games More Engrossing To Continue Player Engagement.
The Wall Street Journal (8/20, Needleman, Subscription Publication) reports on the efforts of the developers of videogames to make them more engrossing so people, including children, will continue to play them.
Poll Finds 78% Of Parents Would Not Even Consider Allowing Their Teenager To Get A Tattoo.
Reuters (8/20, Carroll) reports that “78 percent of parents” polled “wouldn’t even consider allowing their teenager” to get a tattoo. The findings of the C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health can be seen here. HealthDay (8/20, P...
Whole-Genome Analysis May Offer Much More Rapid, Cost-Effective Clinical Diagnosis Of Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy, Research Suggests.
Medscape (8/17, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reported, “Whole-genome analysis (WGA) may offer much more rapid and cost-effective clinical diagnosis of” infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE), research indicated. The findings of the 14-infant st...
California Assembly Passes Legislation Aimed At Combating Childhood Obesity.
The Hill (8/19, Keller) reports a California bill “seeking to limit restaurants to serving children only water or unflavored milk with their meals passed the Assembly this week and is now making its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.” While the American Can...

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