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Diagnoses Of Clinical Depression On The Rise Among Young People, Report Indicates.
TIME (5/10, Ducharme) reports that research from Blue Cross Blue Shield indicates “diagnoses of clinical depression – also known as major depression – have risen by 33% since 2013.” While “depression diagnoses were found to be rising in every demographic...
FDA Warns Sellers Of E-Cigarette Liquids That Look Like Kid-Friendly Products.
CNBC (5/10, LaVito) reports on its website that the Food and Drug Administration issued four warning letters to manufacturers and retailers that sell e-cigarette liquids with labeling that resembles kid-friendly food products, like grape soda. FDA Commis...
Researchers Suggest Kids With ADHD May Benefit From After-School Programs.
HealthDay (5/10) reports that according to research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Toronto, “after-school activities might be just what the doctor ordered for kids with” ADHD. Researchers examined records for more than 4,...
Pupillary Light Reflex In Infants May Be Able To Identify Autism Early, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (5/10, George) reports researchers found that “pupillary light reflex in infants may be able to identify autism early.” Researchers found that “babies who were diagnosed later with autism spectrum disorder reacted more strongly to sudden ch...
FDA, School Administrators Taking Action On Student Juuling.
The Washington Post (5/9, Bui) reports that in order to confront Juuling by students, school administrators have removed doors from bathrooms and installed high-tech detectors, and those “are just some of the consequences school administrators and law en...
Survey: New York City-Area Children Average 3.4 Hours Of Electronics Use Daily.
Newsday (NY) (5/10) reports that according to a new survey commissioned by South Nassau of 600 parents with children under 18, “children on Long Island and in New York City are spending an average of 3.41 hours per day of nonacademic screen time with dev...
High-Dose Vitamin D May Help Malnourished Children Gain Weight, Study Suggests.
Medscape (5/9, Subscription Publication) reports that according to a study published May 2 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “administration of two doses of vitamin D3 given along with standardized ready-to-use therapeutic food significantly...
Hospital Admissions For RSV And Bronchitis May Have Increased In Premature Infants Following Change In Guidance Concerning Prophylaxis, Researcher Says.
MedPage Today (5/9, Smith) reports “hospital admissions for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and bronchiolitis rose in premature infants following a change in guidance that restricted RSV prophylaxis,” according to research presented by Dr. Leonard Kril...
Teenagers Who Sext May Be More Likely To Have Been Sexually Abused Than Peers, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (5/9, Mozes) reports researchers found that teenagers who sext “are more likely to have suffered sexual abuse than their peers,” according to the results of a new survey that were presented at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. The...
Many Parents Do Not Know Signs Of Speech Disorders In Children, Survey Finds.
HealthDay (5/9, Preidt) reports many parents do not “recognize the signs of speech and language problems in children” and do not “know that early treatment is important,” according to a survey of audiologists and speech-language pathologists. The America...
Researchers Question Use Of Antibiotics In Premature Babies Without Confirmed Sepsis.
MedPage Today (5/9, Smith) reports “physicians should be cautious about prolonged use of antibiotics in premature babies who don’t have proven sepsis,” according to researchers who spoke at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting. Karen Puopolo,...
Children May Be Vulnerable To Effects Of Climate Change, Study Suggests.
CNN (5/8, Howard) reports a study suggests that children may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Researchers “pointed to Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey and Irma as examples of climate change-related weather events that have affected...
Loss Of Medicaid Funding Could Imperil Children’s Mental Health Treatment Centers In Minnesota.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (5/8, Serres) reports that “after a prolonged review ordered by federal officials” with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Minnesota’s Department of Human Services decided that 11 treatment centers with a total o...
Babies Exposed To Zika In Utero But Born With Normal Neuroimaging May Develop The Same As Unexposed Infants, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (5/8, Smith) reports researchers found that “babies exposed to Zika virus in utero but who are born with normal neuroimaging appear to develop in much the same way as do unexposed infants.” The findings were presented at the Pediatric Acade...
Three Antibiotic Combinations Used To Treat Intra-Abdominal Infections In Premature Infants Found Safe, Effective.
MedPage Today (5/8, Smith) reports on a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies finding that “three broad-spectrum antibiotic combinations commonly used to treat complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAIs) in prematur...
Study Finds Curious Children Do Better In School.
HealthDay (5/8, Preidt) reports on a study published in Pediatric Research finding that “curious children do better in school.” The study included “data from 6,200 kindergartners across the United States.” Researchers found that while “children from poor...
Children In Homes With Adults Who Smoke Both Tobacco And Marijuana Show Increased Risk Of ED Visits.
HealthDay (5/7, Thompson) reports on a Colorado study finding that “clouds of pot and cigarette smoke in a home make it more likely a young child will visit the emergency” department “or have an ear infection.” The researchers concluded, “secondhand smok...
Trump Administration Seeks To Reclaim $15 Billion In Unspent Funds From CHIP, Other Programs.
The Washington Post (5/7, Paletta, Werner) reports President Trump “is sending a plan to Congress that calls for stripping back more than $15 billion in previously approved spending, with the hope that it will temper conservative angst over ballooning bu...
First Lady Announces Platform Focusing On Children’s Health.
The CBS Evening News (5/7, story 5, 0:30, Glor) reported First Lady Melania Trump has announced her platform, the “Be Best” initiative, which will focus on “well-being by promoting healthy living and respect.” It also “will highlight the importance of us...
Study Finds Children Hospitalized For Accidental Injury More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Mental Health Condition.
HealthDay (5/7, Norton) reports on a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, finding that “children treated for serious injuries at one pediatric hospital,” had 63 percent greater “odds of being diagnosed with a mental health condition” in the year...
Study Finds Teens Are Drinking More Sugar-Sweetened Sports Drinks.
Philly (PA) (5/7, Schaefer) reports the public health campaign against sugar-sweetened sodas “may have had an unintended consequence: Teens are drinking more sugar-sweetened sports drinks.” Harvard University researchers have “found a small but significa...
Trials Indicate Two Probiotic Products No Better Than Placebo For Infants And Toddlers With Acute Gastroenteritis.
MedPage Today (5/7, Smith) reports on separate randomized controlled trials presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting showing that “two commonly used probiotic products had no effect on the course of acute gastroenteritis in infants an...
Children Less Likely To Be Injured, Burn Out If They Avoid Specializing In One Sport.
Jane E. Brody writes in the New York Times (5/7, Brody, Subscription Publication) that sports are “widely acknowledged to be good for children’s physical, mental and social well-being,” but she adds, the “free play” she experienced as a child in the 1940...
Children Who Receive Sedation Despite Not Meeting Fasting Guidelines Do Not Experience Increased Adverse Events, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (5/7, Lou) reports on a study published in JAMA Pediatrics finding “no danger in providing sedation in the pediatric emergency department (ED) to children who had food or water immediately before arrival.” The study included data from 6,183...
Too Little Sleep May Increase Obesity Risk In Children, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (5/4, Preidt) reported that research suggests “too little sleep can increase a child’s risk of obesity.” Investigators looked at data from 42 studies that included more than 75,000 kids who were followed for approximately three years. The resea...
Differing Criteria Make It Difficult To Determine Number Of Autism Cases In US.
Under the headline “On Autism, Shifting U.S. Standards Cloud The Number Of Cases,” the Wall Street Journal (5/4, McGinty, Subscription Publication) discusses whether there are now, in fact, more autism cases in the US than there have ever been. A recent...
Boston Globe Profiles Child “At The Intersection Of Autism And Mental Illness.”
The Boston Globe (5/4) carries a 5,000-word profile of “a boy who lives at the intersection of autism and mental illness.” While “it isn’t so much a rare place – as many as half of autistic children suffer from mental health problems...it can be a deeply...
SENSE Study To Use Theater, Peer Mentoring To Improve Social Skills Of Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The AP (5/6, Enoch) reported, “Researchers at the University of Alabama are preparing for a four-year study that pairs theater and peer mentoring to help improve social skills of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.” The SENSE (Social Emotional Neu...
Fewer Young Americans Killed By Guns In States That Have Stricter Gun Laws, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (5/5, Preidt) reported that research indicates “fewer young Americans are killed by guns in states with stricter gun laws.” Researchers found that “state rates of gun-related deaths among young people ranged from as low as zero per 100,000 yout...
Michigan Reports One In Seven Highland Park Children Had High Lead Levels.
The AP (5/6) reports Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services “found one in seven children in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park had elevated lead levels in their blood in 2016, a rate higher than any other community evaluated by the state.”...
Single-Dose Packaging May Reduce Kids’ Unintentional Exposure To Narcotic Medicines, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (5/3, Gordon) reports that “better packaging may curb the problem” of toddlers “accidentally overdosing on narcotic medicines,” researchers found. Among children “under the age of six, single-dose packaging prompted a 79 percent decrease in the...
Depressive Symptoms May Be Common In Teens With JIA, Study Indicates.
Medwire News (5/3, Booth) reports, “Depressive symptoms are common in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and could predict future pain and disability,” researchers concluded in a study involving “102 adolescents with JIA.” The findings...
ICDs In Growing Children Should Be Tested Regularly, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (5/3, Lou) reports that research suggests “implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in growing children should be tested regularly to ensure that they continue to work properly.” The findings were published online in JACC: Clinical El...
Long-Term Outcomes In JIA May Be Best Predicted By Clinically Inactive Disease As Defined By cJADAS10, Rather Than By Wallace Preliminary Criteria, Study Suggests.
Medscape (5/3, Kelly, Subscription Publication) reports, “Long-term outcomes in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are best predicted by clinically inactive disease as defined by the clinical Juvenile Arthritis Disease Activity score for 10 joints (cJAD...
FDA Panels Vote Against Approval Of Stannsoporfin For Treatment Of Severe Hyperbilirubinemia In Infants.
MedPage Today (5/3, Firth) reports the FDA’s Gastrointestinal Drugs and Pediatric Advisory Committees met together and voted 3-31 against recommending approval of stannsoporfin for the treatment of severe hyperbilirubinemia in infants, citing research th...
Study Provides Initial Insights Into Use Of Biosimilar Drugs Among Kids, Teens With JIA.
Medwire News (5/3, Barnard) reports researchers “provide some initial insights into the use of biosimilar drugs among children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).” After examining “data from the Biologics for Children with Rheumatic...
Kids With The Youngest Or Oldest Mothers May Be At Increased Risk For Developmental Vulnerabilities, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (5/2, Preidt) reports, “Children with the youngest and oldest mothers may be at increased risk for developmental vulnerabilities,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from nearly 100,000 children.” Investigators found that “the rate” of...
Heatstroke Is The Foremost Cause Of Non-Accident-Related Deaths In Vehicles In Kids Under 15, Group Says.
According to the Wall Street Journal (5/2, Byron, Subscription Publication), the foremost cause of non-accident-related deaths in cars for youngsters under the age of 15 is heatstroke, the American Academy of Pediatrics has found. Despite numerous campai...
Financial Incentives, Other Measures May Help Dissuade Teen Drivers From Texting, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (5/2, Preidt) reports a new study indicates that “financial incentives and other measures might help to dissuade young drivers from texting while driving.” Many teenagers “who admit to texting while driving said they’d be receptive to cash rewa...
Stannsoporfin May Significantly Reduce Bilirubin Levels In Newborns With Severe Hyperbilirubinemia, But Poses Long-Term Neurological Risk, FDA Briefing Says.
MedPage Today (5/2, Gever) reports one dose of stannsoporfin may significantly reduce “bilirubin levels in newborns with severe hyperbilirubinemia, but at the potential cost of long-term neurological risk, according to an FDA briefing document.” The FDA’...
FDA, FTC Crack Down On E-Cigarette Liquids That Resemble Products For Children.
The Washington Post (5/1, McGinley) reports in “To Your Health” that the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission “warned more than a dozen manufacturers, distributors and retailers Tuesday that they are endangering children by marke...
Survey Shows 87% Of Americans Believe Communities Need More Mental-Health Services For Kids.
The Columbus Dispatch (5/1, Viviano) reports, “A survey released” May 1 by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH “shows that 87 percent of Americans believe their communities need more mental-health services for children, including preventio...
Researchers Working On First Medical Test To Help Diagnose Autism In Children.
ABC World News Tonight (5/1, story 13, 0:15, Muir) reported, “Researchers” are now “working on what could be the first medical test to help diagnose autism in children.” Using EEGs, investigators are measuring “brain waves in infants to predict if childr...
Amid Opioid Crisis, Few Mothers, Newborns Screened For Hepatitis C, Study Indicates.
On its website, PBS NewsHour (5/2, Santhanam) reports “a growing number of infants are born exposed to hepatitis C, but fewer than a third are later screened to monitor and treat the potentially fatal virus, according to a recent study” that experts say...
Early Exposure To Tackle Football May Be Associated With Earlier Symptoms Of Brain Disease, Study Indicates.
According to the Washington Post (4/30, Maese), research indicates “a strong correlation between the age at which some athletes begin playing tackle football and the onset of behavioral and cognitive problems later in life, findings that become significa...
Children With Parents Who Are Addicts May Be More Likely To Develop Their Own Addiction.
The Chicago Tribune (4/30, Chval) reports research suggests “that children of addicts are eight times more likely to develop an addiction of their own.” The article points out that “the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that a quarter of childre...
Medical Experts Say Newborn Screening Test Delays Can Harm Infants, Families.
Robert Mo, principal at Clarion Healthcare, Seamus Levine-Wilkinson, manager at Clarion Healthcare, and Joseph Sterk, an independent consultant and former diagnostics executive, write in STAT (4/30) that “state-run screening programs can identify many af...
Children Receiving Chronic Parenteral Nutrition May Be At Higher Risk Of Iodine Deficiency, Study Suggests.
Endocrinology Advisor (4/30, Kitabjian) reports researchers found that “children who are receiving chronic parenteral nutrition (PN) therapy may be at a higher risk of developing an iodine deficiency and subsequent hypothyroidism.” The findings were publ...
Increasing High School Graduation Requirements May Help Keep Teenagers Out Of Trouble, Study Suggests.
Austin Frakt writes in the New York Times (4/30, Subscription Publication) “The Upshot” blog that raising academic standards may help reduce risky behavior by teenagers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Health Economics. Frakt ar...
School Officials Concerned Over Teen Vaping.
The AP (4/29, Binkley) reports that “health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.” The AP notes that “vaping devices are notoriously difficult to detect for schools...

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