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ICHD 3 Criteria May Have Limited Utility In Children Six Years Or Younger, Study Indicates.
Neurology Advisor (4/8, May) reports, “The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd edition (ICHD 3) criteria, which can be used to diagnose varying headache disorders including chronic migraine, chronic tension-type headache, and new daily...
Trofinetide Promising For Treatment Of Kids, Teens With Rett Syndrome, Phase 2 Study Indicates.
Medscape (4/8, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports that trofinetide, “a new medication for the core signs and symptoms of Rett Syndrome (RTT), a life-threatening, neurodevelopmental condition, shows promise in children and adolescents,” researcher...
Hyperkalemia Seldom Found In Transgender Teens Who Are Prescribed Spironolactone, Study Indicates.
Endocrine Today (4/8, Schaffer) reports, “An analysis of transgender teens prescribed spironolactone showed that only 2.2% developed hyperkalemia after initiating therapy, with all cases resolving upon repeat measurement irrespective of spironolactone dos...
Number Of Measles Cases Continues To Increase, CDC Says.
USA Today (4/8, Bacon) reports, “The number of measles cases recorded across the USA rose by” nearly “100 last week as the annual total continued its march toward record levels, federal health officials reported Monday.” The CDC “said 465 cases have been...
USCPSC And Fisher-Price Warning Parents About Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.
According to the New York Times (4/6, Garcia), the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) and “Fisher-Price are warning parents about the Rock ‘n Play sleeper following reports that 10 infants since 2015 have died after rolling over whi...
Researchers Examine Difficulties For Children With Recent-Onset Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy.
Neurology Advisor (4/5, May) reported researchers found “children with new recent-onset juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) are more likely to have difficulty with executive, attention, and verbal faculties than their healthy peers and are also more likely...
Children With Idiopathic Short Stature And Normal But Early Pubertal Timing May See An Increase In Adult Height When Prescribed Combination Growth Hormone And Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Analogue Therapy, Study Indicates.
Endocrine Today (4/5, Schaffer) reported, “Children with idiopathic short stature and normal but early pubertal timing may see an increase in adult height when prescribed combination growth hormone and gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue therapy,” inv...
Children Prescribed More Antibiotics Following Telemedicine Consultations Than Clinic Visits, Study Suggests.
The AP (4/8, Stobbe) reports a new study found that children who displayed symptoms of sniffling and a sore throat during telemedicine visits “were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic,” and many...
Expert Recommends Talking With Families Of Children With Localized Scleroderma To Explain Rationale For Aggressive Treatment To Come.
Rheumatology News (4/5, Jancin) reported, “One of the most important steps to take when a child has received a biopsy-confirmed diagnosis of localized scleroderma is to sit down with the family and explain the rationale for the aggressive therapies to com...
California Physicians Broadly Granting Vaccine Exemptions.
Kaiser Health News (4/5, Ostrov) reported that physicians in California have “broad authority to grant medical exemptions to vaccination,” and some are “wielding that power liberally and sometimes for cash: signing dozens – even hundreds – of exemptions f...
Nasopharyngeal Microbiota May Be Valid Proxy For Lower Respiratory Tract Microbiota In Children, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (4/4) reports researchers found “nasopharyngeal microbiota seem to serve as a valid proxy for lower respiratory tract microbiota in lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) among children.” The findings were published in The Lancet Respiratory...
Parents Ask Rhode Island Legislators For Statewide Sepsis Protocols.
The AP (4/4) reports that three Rhode Island mothers with children who died of sepsis “testified before the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee Wednesday in favor of a resolution requesting the state create protocols similar to ones in place in...
Ninety-Five Percent Of Parents With Vaccine Exemptions In Oregon Use Online Education Certificate, Study Finds.
Kaiser Health News (4/4, Aleccia) reports that newly revealed records from the Oregon Health Authority found that “about 95% of parents whose kids skip one or more vaccines use a print-your-own certificate to do so.” Democratic Oregon Rep. Mitch Greenlick...
Rates Of Pollution-Related Pediatric Asthma Fell By One-Third Over Decade, Study Suggests.
MD Magazine (4/4) reports that “the first study to estimate national childhood asthma rates due to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) found that incident burden dropped 33% in just 1 decade – but that almost all the cases were preventable in the first p...
Researchers Examine Effect Of Azithromycin On Pulmonary Exacerbations In Children With Cystic Fibrosis.
Pulmonology Advisor (4/4) reports researchers found that “although most children with cystic fibrosis (CF) who received azithromycin recovered lung function following intravenous tobramycin treatment for pulmonary exacerbations, these children also had sm...
Study Finds High Risk Of Severe Bleeding Post-Tonsillectomy When Using Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen.
MD Magazine (4/4, Campbell) reports that a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association “has found that ibuprofen may be linked to an increased risk of severe bleeding after pediatric tonsillectomies when compared to acetaminophen.” Inv...
Cancer Cases At Elementary School Prompt Concern About Cell Tower Radiation.
On its website, CBS News (4/4) reports telecommunications company Sprint has “shut down a cell phone tower on the campus of a California elementary school after some parents said it may be linked to several recent cases of childhood cancer.” The parents “...
Children At Risk Of Developing Certain Mental Health Disorders Have Higher Likelihood Of Being Bullied, Study Suggests.
Newsweek (4/3, Gander) reports, “Children at risk of developing” certain “mental health disorders” may be “more likely to be bullied, according to scientists” who “studied 5,028 children of European ancestry from the Avon region of the U.K., who were taki...
Some States Taking Action To Increase Vaccinations In Light Of Measles Outbreaks.
USA Today (4/3, Ortiz) reports in light of recent measles outbreaks, some states are taking action to increase vaccinations by eliminating or restricting certain exemptions. The article points out that “the urgency to address the issue has been far from u...
Senate Passes ACE Kids Act.
Modern Healthcare (4/3, Luthi, Subscription Publication) reports that the Senate has passed the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act, which aims “to help states establish hospital-coordinated health homes for chronically sick kids through a boost...
School-Age Lung Function Found To Be Significantly Lower In Individuals With All Types Of Early Life Wheeze.
Pulmonology Advisor (4/3) reports, “School-age lung function was significantly lower in individuals with all types of early life wheeze,” researchers concluded in a study including “7719 participants from five different birth cohorts, all of whom had comp...
Measles Outbreaks That Begin Overseas Can Spread To US If Vaccination Rates Are Too Low.
The New York Times (4/3, McNeil) reports “measles declined worldwide by nearly 80 percent between 2000 and 2016, with fatalities — mostly among children younger than age 5 — plummeting to about 90,000 per year from about 550,000,” but then “two years ago,...
FDA Warns Of Possible Seizure Risks In Some E-Cigarette Users.
Reuters (4/3, Joseph) reports the FDA has “warned of potential safety risks from the use of e-cigarettes after it found certain users had suffered from seizures.” The agency “said it had observed a slight increase in the reports of seizures since last Jun...
Acute Flaccid Myelitis Now Alarming Public Health Officials, Report Says.
The AP (4/2, Stobbe) reports that “acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness that seems to ebb and flow on an every-other-year cycle,” is now starting “to alarm public health officials because it is strikin...
Different Methods Of Classifying Childhood Body Weight Often Give Very Different Answers, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (4/1, Monaco) reports, “Different methods of classifying childhood body weight often gave very different answers,” researchers concluded after comparing “five different methods of determining ideal body weight in children: McLaren, Moore, BM...
Gottlieb Says E-Cigarettes Might Be Taken Off The Market.
CBS News (4/2) reports on its website that “in an exclusive interview with CBS News’ Dr. Jon LaPook,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes may have to be imposed. Gottlieb stated, “We think that these products can offer a...
Texas Legislation Seeks Transparency In Denials Of Medicaid Services For Disabled Children.
The Austin (TX) American Statesman (4/2, Chang, Subscription Publication) reports that Tuesday, the Texas House Committee on Human Services and Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held hearings on “more than a dozen bills” to improve the state M...
Children With Proliferative Lupus Nephritis Appear To Do Similarly Well After Using Induction Treatment With Mycophenolate Or IV Cyclophosphamide.
Rheumatology News (4/2, Evans) reports, “Children with proliferative lupus nephritis appear to do similarly well after using induction treatment with mycophenolate mofetil or IV cyclophosphamide,” investigators concluded in the “real-world U.K. Juvenile S...
Vaccination Rate Among Kentucky Students Below State’s Goal, Survey Reveals.
The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader (4/2) reports that “the latest statewide immunization survey of Kentucky students showed that the percentage of kindergarteners who received required immunizations against diseases ranging from chickenpox to hepatitis B wa...
Most Parents Would Support Age Restrictions On Tackling In Football, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/1, Rapaport) reports on a study (3/28) published in Pediatrics finding that “most parents would support rules prohibiting” tackling in football “for younger players because of the injury risk.” Reuters adds, “as many as 1.9 million kids ages fi...
Some Childhood Cancers May Be More Common In Children Conceived Via In Vitro Fertilization, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/1, Rapaport) reports a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota suggests that “certain rare childhood cancers may be more common in children conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF), a U.S. study suggests, but parents needn’t l...
Vaping Has Not Slowed Down Decline In Cigarettes’ Popularity Among Youth, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (4/1, Mozes) reports that “vaping has done little to slow or reverse a two-decade decline in the popularity of regular cigarettes among youth, a British study suggests.” Researchers “analyzed surveys conducted between 1998 and 2015 of roughly 24...
Total Number Of Measles Cases In US So Far This Year Surpasses Last Year’s Total.
The Washington Post (4/1, Sun) reports that “the number of people sickened by measles in the first three months of this year” is “the second-highest number reported since” the year 2000, “according to figures released Monday by the Centers for Disease Con...
Americans Borrowed Nearly $88B In 2018 To Pay For Healthcare Costs, Survey Finds.
The New York Times (4/2, Zraick) reports a new survey by Gallup and the nonprofit West Health found Americans “borrowed an estimated $88 billion over the last year to pay for health care.” In addition, the survey found “one in four Americans have skipped...
Higher Consumption Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Be Tied To Reduced Asthma In City Kids Exposed To Fairly High Levels Of Indoor Air Pollution, Researchers Say.
In its “Shots” blog and on its “Weekend Edition Saturday” program, NPR (3/30, Aubrey) reported research indicated that “higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines and lake trout, and in some plant sources such a...
Texas Removes Children From Medicaid After Families Fail To Verify They Qualify For Program.
The Houston Chronicle (3/29, Morris) reported nearly “50,000 Texas children are losing Medicaid coverage each year” because their families failed to provide evidence to the state that they are “still poor enough to qualify, state data show.” Texas reviews...
Missouri Sees Rise In Measles As Bills Get Introduced To Restrict Vaccine Exemptions.
The Columbia (MO) Missourian (3/30, Baiter) reported the number of measles cases is rising in Missouri, with a case confirmed March 13 “due to out-of-state exposure.” Amid anti-vaccination trends, two bills were introduced in the Missouri state legislatur...
Ratio Of Omega-6 Fatty Acids To Omega-3 Fatty Acids In Umbilical Cord Blood May Be Associated With AD/HD In Children, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (3/29, Preidt) reported researchers assessed the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids in umbilical cord blood of children and found that at the age of seven, “the number of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “sympto...
RSV Burden Among Young Children Greater Than Previously Thought, New Estimates Indicate.
Healio (3/29) reported “new [CDC] estimates show that the burden of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, among children aged younger than 2 years in the outpatient setting is higher than previously reported, and children aged younger than 6 months are par...
Researchers Successfully Treat Two Children With Inherited Retinal Diseases With Voretigene Neparvovec.
MD Magazine (3/30, Lutz) reported researchers at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center have successfully treated children with inherited retinal diseases with Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec) gene therapy “through retinal surgery.” The team trea...
Information Campaign Aims To Combat Anti-Vaccine Movement In New York.
CNN (3/29, Lamotte) discusses the factors partially responsible for the measles outbreak in New York, including the anti-vaccine movement and unwillingness among the community to cooperate with health official inquiries. Amid anti-vaccine information pamp...
Health Officials Call On FDA To Strengthen Response To Youth E-Cigarette Use.
Kaiser Health News (3/28, Luthra) reports that “in an almost uniform response to the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, city and county public health officials are urging the Trump administration to go bigger in it...
Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Rule On Association Health Plans.
The New York Times (3/28, Pear) reports that on Thursday, a federal judge, John D. Bates, of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, “struck down a Trump administration rule that allows small businesses to band together and set up health...
Extremely Preterm Infants Born Weighing Less Than 400 Grams At High Risk For Significant Morbidity, Mortality, Researchers Say.
Medscape (3/28, Parry, Subscription Publication) reports, “Extremely preterm infants born weighing less than 400 grams (0.9 lb) are at high risk for significant morbidity and mortality,” investigators concluded in a study including “205 (121 girls, 84 boy...
Risk Of PTSD Among Kids, Teens May Be Higher If They Think Their Response To A Traumatic Event Is Abnormal, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (3/28) reports, “The risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among children and teens is higher if they think their response to a traumatic event is abnormal,” researchers concluded in a study that “included more than 200 children, aged ei...
Youngsters With High-Functioning Autism Can Read Emotions On Their Mothers’ Faces As Well As Kids Without Autism, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/28, Preidt) reports, “Children with autism may have trouble interpreting facial emotions in strangers, but” research indicates “some are as ‘in-tune’ with their mother’s expressions as kids without autism.” Included in the study were four- to...
Research Suggests Possible Link Between Enterovirus D68 And Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
NBC News (3/28, Carroll) provides coverage on its website of a new CDC report revealing new research that suggests a link between a respiratory virus called enterovirus D68 and acute flaccid myelitis in children, both of which have saw a rise in incidence...
Disney Bans Smoking Inside Theme Parks.
On its website, CBS News (3/28, Launerts) reports that “starting May 1, Disney will eliminate all smoking sections from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, California’s Downtown Disney and Florida’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and all water parks.” The c...
Urban Air Pollution May Be Associated With Increased Risk For Psychotic Experiences In Teenagers, Study Indicates.
The New York Times (3/27, Bakalar) reports, “Urban air pollution is associated with an increased risk for psychotic experiences in teenagers,” researchers concluded in a study involving “2,063 British teenagers whose health had been followed from birth th...
FDA To Release Unpublished Injury, Malfunction Reports Tied To Medical Devices.
Kaiser Health News (3/27, Jewett) reports FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb “announced in a tweet Wednesday that the agency plans to release hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of previously unpublished injury and malfunction reports tied to about 100 m...

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