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Children’s Hospitals Ask HHS For Coronavirus Relief Funding
The Hill (5/19, Easley) reports that “top executives from 76 of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals signed a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday asking that he immediately release additional money from a federal fund t...
Prenatal Affective Symptoms, Stress May Directly Impact Children’s Mental Health, Study Indicates
Healio (5/19, Gramigna) reports, “Prenatal affective symptoms and stress may have a direct impact on children’s mental health,” investigators concluded after collecting “data of three cohorts of the Developmental Research in Environmental Adversity, Menta...
Maternal Antenatal Corticosteroid Treatment Exposure May Be Tied To Pediatric Mental And Behavioral Disorders, Research Suggests
Healio (5/19, Gramigna) reports, “Maternal antenatal corticosteroid treatment exposure appeared significantly associated with pediatric mental and behavioral disorders,” investigators concluded after analyzing “nationwide registry data of 670,097 singleto...
Pandemic Likely To Increase Suicide Rates, Exacerbate Nation’s Mental Health Challenges, Experts Say
The New York Times (5/19, Carey) reports, “Psychiatrists are confronted with an urgent natural experiment, and the outcome is far from predictable.” The toll on mental health from the “coronavirus pandemic is only beginning to show itself, and it is too e...
Children May Not Spread Coronavirus As Much As Adults, But Human Immunity May Not Last Long, Two UK Epidemiologists Suggest
Reuters (5/19, Faulconbridge) reports that “there are tentative signs that children may not spread the novel coronavirus as much as adults, two top epidemiologists said on Tuesday,” speaking to the science committee of the House of Lords, the second chamb...
COVID-19 Antibodies, Steroids May Restore Heart Function In Children Suffering From MIS-C, Study Suggests
HealthDay (5/19, Preidt) reports, “New research suggests that treatment with COVID-19 antibodies might help in the worst cases” of children suffering from the “serious coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition” called “Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome i...
Single Infusion Of Cord Blood May Not Improve Social Or Communication Skills In Children With Autism, Study Indicates
HealthDay (5/19, Norton) reports that a study involving “180 children” with autism revealed that “a single infusion of cord blood did not improve social or communication skills across the group as a whole.” There were, however, “positive signs in the subg...
Schools, Camps Consider Coronavirus Risks To Children
The Wall Street Journal (5/19, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports evidence that coronavirus can cause serious illness in children could impact decisions to reopen camps and schools. Some experts says multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MI...
Use Of Surgical Masks May Reduce Spread Of Coronavirus Up To 75%, Research Indicates
The Hill (5/19, Budryk) reports, “A study by Hong Kong researchers suggests wearing surgical masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus by up to 75 percent.” In a study using cages of hamsters, the researchers found “without any masks between the cages, t...
Researchers Suggest Hospitals Should Prepare For Telehealth Demands
Healthcare IT News (5/19) reports that “in an article published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association this week, Duke University researchers examined COVID-19’s effect on transforming the telehealth landscape.” Specifically, “after examin...
Asian American Healthcare Workers Report Increase In Racist Incidents
The Washington Post (5/19, A1, Jan) reports that Asian American healthcare workers across the country “have reported a rise in bigoted incidents.” Asian Americans “have experienced a sharp increase in racist verbal abuse and physical attacks during the pa...
CDC Report: US Childhood Vaccinations Dropping Amid Pandemic
CNN (5/18, Azad) reports that “the number of childhood vaccines administered in Michigan has dropped by as much as 22% amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” CNN says “th...
Coronavirus Pandemic Reportedly Delivering “Devastating Financial Blow” To US Healthcare Sector
The AP (5/18, Murphy) reports, “The global coronavirus pandemic has created a huge need for health care in the U.S., but it also is delivering a devastating financial blow to that sector.” According to the AP, “Health care provided the biggest drag on the...
Children May Suffer From Increase Of ACEs During Pandemic, But “Adequate Buffering Caregiving” Can Buffer Stress Response, California Surgeon General Says
CNN International (5/18, Wolf) publishes a telephonic question-and-answer session with California surgeon general Dr. Nadine Burke Harris about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on children. Harris mentions the 10 criteria for adverse childhood experiences (...
Many Parents Giving Their Young Children Melatonin To Help Them Sleep Despite Lack Of Research
The New York Times (5/18, Caron) reports, “A survey suggests that nearly half of children with difficulty sleeping have taken melatonin,” but this use among young children “isn’t well studied nor are there any universally agreed upon standards on how much...
Children May Be Asymptomatic For Coronavirus And Still Develop MIS-C, CDC Warns
Newsweek (5/18, Fink) reports, “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that children could develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, a rare inflammatory syndrome, without ever knowing they were infected with the ne...
Moderna Announces Encouraging Results For Coronavirus Vaccine
The AP (5/18, Marchione) reports that drugmaker Moderna announced today that “an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers....
Floating Healthcare Workers May Be At Higher Risk Of Catching, Spreading Coronavirus
ProPublica (5/18, Kofman) reports on the experience of one pharmacist who works as “a floater – a substitute for employees who call out sick or take vacation,” traveling “between 10 stores.” According to ProPublica, “Floaters are common in hospitals, nurs...
Experience Of One Teen Highlights Symptoms, Treatment Of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome In Children Linked To Coronavirus
The New York Times (5/17, Belluck) reports on the experience of a 14-year-old boy, who “was hospitalized with heart failure...in a stark example of the newly discovered severe inflammatory syndrome linked to the coronavirus that has already been identifie...
Electronic Nicotine Device Use May Ultimately Cause Lung Injuries, Dysfunction For Adolescents, Researchers Say
MD Magazine (5/17, Walter) reports, “Electronic nicotine device” use “could ultimately cause lung injuries or dysfunction for adolescents,” research indicated. In findings “planned for presentation at the American Thoracic Society...2020 International Con...
Fine Particulate Matter Pollution Tied To Mortality In Pediatric, Adolescent, And Young Adult Patients With Certain Cancers, Study Indicates
Cancer Network (5/15, Slater) reported researchers “found that fine particulate matter pollution was associated with mortality in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with specific cancers.” Cancer Network lists the types of cancer identified b...
Toxic Chemicals In Wide Range Of Products May Be Tied To Increased Risk Of Celiac Disease In Children, Young Adults, Study Indicates
HealthDay (5/15, Preidt) reported, “Toxic chemicals in a wide range of products are associated with an increased risk of celiac disease in children and young adults,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the blood of 30 children and young adults newly d...
Child Abuse Reports Have Dropped During The Pandemic, But Experts Say That More Cases Might Be Going Unnoticed
CNN (5/17, Leblanc) reports, “A drop in child abuse would usually be welcome news – but with schools closed and kids at home, experts believe that the recent decline in calls to child abuse and neglect hotlines might really mean more cases are going unnot...
Researchers Say Testosterone Levels Falling Among Adolescent And Young Adult Men In The US
Renal & Urology News (5/17, Charnow) reports researchers found in separate studies that “testosterone levels are decreasing among adolescent and young adult (AYA) men in the United States, but” men with obesity and “with higher-than-recommended levels of...
CDC Director Says US Is Heading Toward More Than 100,000 Deaths From Coronavirus By June 1
Politico (5/15, Luthi) reported CDC Director Robert Redfield tweeted that the US is headed towards more than 100,000 deaths from coronavirus by June 1. Redfield’s “assessment cited 12 different models tracked by his agency and marked the first time Redfie...
CDC Issues Health Advisory On Childhood Illness Linked To COVID-19
CNN (5/14, Fox) reports the CDC “issued a health advisory” warning healthcare workers “to be on the lookout for a troubling new syndrome that may be associated with” coronavirus infection. The syndrome, “called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in childre...
President Trump Announces Plan To Reconfigure National Stockpile
The Washington Post (5/14, Goldstein) reports President Trump announced “a plan to reconfigure the government’s chronically undersupplied stockpile of emergency gear to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, accelerating manufacturing and broadening the ar...
Children May Be Experiencing Mental Health Issues During Pandemic, According To Parents And Experts
NPR (5/14, Kamenetz) reports, “In response to a call on social media, parents across the country shared with NPR that the mental health of their young children appears to be suffering as the weeks of lockdown drag on.” According to Dr. Dimitri Christakis,...
Children Can Also Be Affected By Migraines
In a piece on parenting in the New York Times (5/14), Emily Sohn writes that migraine, a neurological condition that’s “typically thought of as an ‘adult’ problem,” can also affect children. Children with migraines “might point at or grab their head, clim...
Research Suggests Healthcare Workers Should Be Screened For More Symptoms Of Coronavirus To Avoid Missing Cases
Healio (5/14, Dreisbach) reports researchers found “screening only for cough, shortness of breath, fever or sore throat may have missed 17% of symptomatic health care personnel” with coronavirus. The findings were published in JAMA.
Coronavirus Cases Are Decreasing Or Holding Steady In Most States, But Still Increasing In Others, Data Indicates
CNN (5/14, Yan, Karimi) reports coronavirus cases are generally decreasing in 24 states, “holding steady” in 17, and increasing in 9, “according to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.” However, as more states ease restrictions, “it will tak...
Study Provides Strongest Evidence Yet That New Inflammatory Condition In Children Probably Linked To Coronavirus
The New York Times (5/13, Belluck) reports that as concerns “mount over children with a serious and potentially deadly inflammatory condition, a new study sheds light on the illness’s distinctive characteristics and provides the strongest evidence yet tha...
Pediatric Cancer Patients May Not Be At Higher Risk For Coronavirus Infection Or COVID-19 Morbidity Compared To Peers Without Cancer, Research Letter Says
Healio (5/13, Southall) reports, “Children and adolescents with cancer do not appear at higher risk for infection or morbidity from COVID-19 compared with their cancer-free counterparts, according to single-center findings published as a research letter i...
Harms Of Childhood Obesity May Be Avoided By Attaining Healthy BMI By Adulthood, Study Indicates
Medwire News (5/13, McDermid) reports, “Findings from a genetic analysis” published online in the BMJ “support the notion that the harms of childhood obesity can be avoided by attaining a healthy BMI by adulthood.” For the study, investigators “used data...
Some Hospital Workers Report They Have Not Been Notified Of Exposures To Co-Workers, Patients With COVID-19
Kaiser Health News (5/13, Gold, Hawryluk) reports that “from cafeteria staff to doctors and nurses, hospital workers around the country report frustrating failures by management to notify them when they have been exposed to co-workers or patients known to...
Approximately 27 Million People May Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Amidst Pandemic, Study Indicates
ABC News (5/13) reports, “Soaring unemployment numbers could translate into nearly 27 million people losing their health insurance, according to a new report.” The Kaiser Family Foundation report released Wednesday noted, “Between March 1st and May 2nd, 2...
CDC Will Issue Alert Regarding Inflammatory Syndrome In Children That May Be Linked To Coronavirus
CNN (5/13, Maxouris, Fox) reports the CDC “is preparing to release an alert warning” healthcare workers “to be on the lookout for a dangerous inflammatory syndrome in children that could be linked to coronavirus infection, a CDC spokesman told CNN Tuesday...
Fauci Warns Senators Lifting Restrictions May Lead To New Outbreaks
The AP (5/12, Neergaard, Alonso) reports NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Tuesday, “warned bluntly...of ‘really serious’ consequences of suffering, death and deeper economic damage if state and local officials lift stay-at-home orders too quickly.” Fa...
Use Of Propranolol For Treatment Of Infantile Hemangiomas Appears To Vary By Practitioner And Country Of Origin, Study Indicates
Dermatology Advisor (5/12, Pond) reports that even though “oral propranolol is broadly used as first-line treatment for proliferative hemangiomas in infants, propranolol dosing, regimen, and modality varies by practitioner and country of origin,” research...
Drinking, Smoking At Any Level While Pregnant Can Negatively Impact Newborn’s Brain Development, Research Suggests
CNN (5/12, Rogers) reports new research suggests that drinking any amount of alcohol or smoking tobacco products at any frequency “while pregnant – from low to high, and even if [women] quit early – influenced the brain development of the mothers’ newborn...
New York Governor Tells State’s Hospitals To Prioritize COVID-19 Testing For Children With Symptoms
CBS News (5/12) reports on Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “directed the state’s hospitals to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children showing symptoms of ‘pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome.’” New York City has more than 50 cases of it,...
Online Platforms Help Physicians, Hospitals Swap PPE
The AP (5/12, Johnson) reports that in response to coronavirus pandemic-related PPE shortages, “online platforms have popped up to match hospitals that need masks, gowns, ventilators and even doctors with those that have extras,” while “other projects hav...
Counterfeit N95 Medical Masks Have Reportedly Infiltrated American Supply Chains
The AP (5/12, Linderman, Mendoza) reports that a shipment of N95 medical masks that arrived in the US in late March was discovered by an AP investigation to be counterfeit. Prior to the COVID-19 “pandemic, federal trade law enforcement agencies were focus...
Researchers Review Cases Of 48 “Medically Complex” Children Affected By COVID-19 And Admitted To ICUs
The New York Times (5/11, Belluck) reports, “As concern grows over the potential for children to become seriously ill from the coronavirus, a new study paints the most detailed picture yet of American children who were treated in intensive care units thro...
Sleep Problems In Baby’s First Year May Affect Hippocampus Growth, May Precede Autism Diagnosis, Study Indicates
HealthDay (5/11, Reinberg) reports, “Babies who have disrupted sleep, as many with autism do, may experience delayed brain development,” researchers concluded. In fact, “sleep problems in baby’s first year may affect growth of the hippocampus and may also...
Toddlers With Congenital Zika Syndrome May Have Severe Developmental Delays, Researchers Say
HealthDay (5/11, Reinberg) reports, “Toddlers with congenital Zika syndrome have severe developmental delays, researchers” concluded. In a study that “included more than 120” youngsters and that “covered a five-year period,” investigators “found that chil...
PTSD May Affect Nurses, May Worsen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Research Suggests
HealthDay (5/11, Neelam) reports that “new research shows that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can strike nurses, and suggests the new coronavirus may make things even worse for those on the front lines of the pandemic.” In the study published in th...
Pregnant Women May Be No More Likely To Become Severely Ill With COVID-19 Than Other Women, UK Study Indicates
Reuters (5/11, Kelland) reports that “pregnant women are no more likely to become severely ill with COVID-19 than other women, according to a preliminary study in Britain, but most expectant mothers who do develop serious illness tend to be in the later s...
Researchers Say An App Shows Promise In Tracking Coronavirus Cases
The New York Times (5/11, Jacobs) reports that as public health officials struggle “to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in real time,” a team of scientists in the US and the UK “say a crowdsourcing smartphone app may be the answer to that quan...
Childhood Vaccinations Have Dropped As Pandemic Has Spread Throughout US, CDC Reports
CNN (5/8, Fox) reported that “childhood vaccinations have plunged since the [COVID-19] pandemic began spreading through the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.” The agency “reported a ‘notable decrease’ in the num...

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