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New Campaign Pressures Tech Giants To Make Their Products Less Addictive.
USA Today (2/5, Guynn) reports on the “Truth About Tech” campaign in which “former Facebook and Google employees and investors who helped build the services used by billions are putting pressure on the technology giants to make their products less addict...
CDC Officials Say Flu Responsible For Deaths Of 53 Children.
On its website, CBS News (2/3, Begnaud) reported that the flu epidemic has led to the deaths of 53 children so far. As CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat explained, “We’re seeing deaths increase in children and in adults. ... So it’s proving to be a v...
Several States Considering Their Own Version Of The ACA’s Individual Mandate.
The Wall Street Journal (2/4, Armour, Subscription Publication) reported that several states are mulling their own versions of the ACA’s individual mandate, which could exacerbate differences between Democratic states that aim to stabilize the ACA, and R...
New Hampshire Senate OKs Bill To Preserve Child Abuse, Neglect Records For Seven Years.
The AP (2/4, Ramer) reports the New Hampshire Senate approved a bill that would require the Division of Children, Youth, and Families to keep records of child abuse and neglect allegations determined “unworthy of investigating” for at least seven years....
Researchers Focusing On Importance Of Infants’ Exposure To Microorganisms.
Jane E. Brody writes in the New York Times (2/5, Subscription Publication) that research suggests “cesarean deliveries and limited breast-feeding can distort the population of microorganisms in a baby’s gut and may explain the unchecked rise of worrisome...
Child Abuse Deaths Rise, HHS Report Says.
The AP (2/2, Slodysko, Crary) reported that an analysis last week from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau revealed that child abuse fatalities have increased, “with the bulk of the increase occurring in two states – Indiana an...
Children In Daycare May Not Learn About Sun Safety, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/2, Rapaport) reported researchers found that children in daycare “may not always learn about sun safety because their teachers are more focused on lessons about” other health matters. Dr. Henry Lim, the president of the American Academy of Der...
More Teens Identify As Transgender Or Gender Nonconforming Than Previously Believed, Study Suggests.
The AP (2/4, Tanner) reports a new study published in Pediatrics analyzed almost 81,000 students in ninth and 11th grade and found that nearly 2,200, or nearly three percent, identified as transgender or gender nonconforming. The study found that these c...
Parents Need To Discuss Tattoo Safety With Their Kids, Nurse Says.
In a perspective piece in the Washington Post (2/2) “On Parenting” blog, registered nurse Lynn Mohr, PhD, wrote, “Thirty-eight states have laws prohibiting minors from obtaining a tattoo without” permission from their parents. Now, “with the cultural acc...
Fit Kids May Have Healthier Lungs Later In Life, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (2/1, Preidt) reports that research published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests “fit children have healthier lungs later” in life. MedPage Today (2/1, Boyles) reports that investigators found that “children who had greater improvemen...
Virginia’s Nurse Practitioner Bill Passes Through Committee, But With More Training Requirements.
The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (2/1, O'Connor) reports a Virginia state bill that would allow nurse practitioners to practice more independently of supervising physicians passed Thursday through its first committee, the House Health, Welfare, and Insti...
Infant Mortality Rates Rose In States That Did Not Expand Medicaid, Data Show.
Quartz (2/1, Merelli) reports that data from the United Nations show “the US ranks 30th of 193 countries in infant mortality rate.” The article says the US infant mortality rate has improved in recent years. Figures indicate it dropped from “6.7 deaths p...
Among Teens With T1D, Greater Central Adiposity, BMI Standard Deviation Scores May Predict Poor Heart Rate Variability, Research Suggests.
Endocrine Today (2/1, Schaffer) reports, “Among adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D], greater central adiposity and BMI standard deviation score were predictors of poor heart rate variability, independent of glycemic control and insulin dose for body w...
Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Lower Than Last Year’s, Study Suggests.
STAT (2/1, Branswell) reports Canadian flu researchers on Thursday published a study in the journal Eurosurveillance which found “that the H3N2 component of” this year’s flu “vaccine is 17 percent effective at preventing infection,” compared to 37 percen...
Obesity Rates In Community May Influence Parents’, Children’s Weight, Study Suggests.
Reuters (1/31, Rapaport) reports a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that parents and children who live in areas with high rates of obesity are “more likely to become overweight themselves than families living in communities where more p...
Virginia Bill Loosening Regulations On Nurse Practitioners To Be Reviewed Thursday.
The Roanoke (VA) Times (1/31, Forman) reports a bill filed by Virginia state Del. Roxann Robinson (R) that would allow nurse practitioners “to see patients independent of a physician’s supervision” will be up for review by the House Health, Welfare, and...
Despite Six Year Extension, CHIP Faces A Funding Cliff, According To Experts.
Fierce Healthcare (1/31, Minemyer) reports some experts are concerned that the six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program includes a “CHIP cliff” that could cause the program to “face financial issues down the line.” Bruce Lesley, p...
Persistent, Severe Maternal Postpartum Depression May Significantly Increase Risk For Behavioral Problems, Depression In Offspring.
Healio (1/31, Demko) reports that “persistent and severe maternal postpartum depression significantly increased the risk for behavioral problems, lower grades in math and depression in the child,” researchers concluded after analyzing data on “9,848 moth...
Brains Of Teen Boys, Mice With Head Trauma May Show Signs Of Damage Within Days, Study Indicates.
In “Well,” the New York Times (1/31, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports that research indicates “when a teenager is hit in the head, his brain can begin to show signs, within days, of the kind of damage associated with degenerative brain disease...
Sleep Problems In Younger Children May Be Linked To Higher Student-Teacher Conflict, Research Suggests.
Reuters (1/31, Grover) reports that research suggests “sleep problems in younger children may be associated with higher student-teacher conflict.” Investigators “analyzed responses from 175 students in grades one through six who answered an 18-item quest...
Researchers Following 11,000 Kids For The Next Decade To Study How Dozens Of Factors Impact Their Brains.
TODAY (1/31, Powell) reports researchers are “following more than 11,000 children for the next decade, studying how dozens of factors – including drugs and alcohol, diet and exercise, screen time, academic and social stress, sleep patterns, sibling and p...
OnabotulinumtoxinA May Significantly Reduce Migraines In Kids, Research Indicates.
NBC Nightly News (1/31, story 8, 1:55, Holt) reported, “Nearly 10 percent of kids get migraines.” Physicians “are now using an unusual treatment to stop them.” On its website, NBC News (1/31, Charles) reports that “in a new small pilot study,” investigat...
Study Challenges Popular Notion Psychiatric Medications Are Overprescribed In US Kids And Teens.
MD Magazine (1/31, Payesko) reports that research “challenges the popular notion that psychiatric medications are overprescribed in children and adolescents in the US.” Researchers arrived at that finding after examining “data from a national prescriptio...
Many Medications Used To Treat Kids Do Not Mention On Their Labels How A Child’s BMI Affects The Medicine, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (1/30, Dallas) reports, “Obesity can change how prescription drugs work, but many medications used to treat children don’t say so on their labels,” researchers found after identifying “89 drug labels that provided no dosing information related...
Battle Over CHIP Created Months Of Uncertainty, Advocates Say.
The Washington Post (1/30, Samuels) reports on the “bureaucratic and psychological debris” left by the months-long debate over CHIP. Jim Carnes, policy director for Alabama Arise, a local advocacy group, said, “There was harm and foul in this limbo perio...
Ultrasound May Predict Risk Of Premature Birth, Research Suggests.
Aunt Minnie (1/31) reports that a team of research nurses from the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that “ultrasound may be able to identify women who are at risk of giving birth prematurely,” according to UIC nursing professor Barbara McFarl...
Nasopharyngeal Detection And Increased Abundance Of Lactobacillus During Acute Respiratory Infection With RSV In Infancy May Be Linked To Decreased Risk For Childhood Wheezing Illnesses At Age Two, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (1/30, Jacobs) reports that research suggests “nasopharyngeal detection and increased abundance of Lactobacillus during acute respiratory infection (ARI) with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in infancy are associated with a decrease...
Machinery Accidents Raise Questions About Child Safety On Family Farms.
A 1,700-word piece in the New York Times (1/29, A11, Healy, Subscription Publication) looks at “the debate over safety standards on family farms,” which “raises difficult questions about the line where personal responsibility should end and government ov...
Alex Azar Sworn In As HHS Secretary.
The AP (1/29, Thomas) reports that on Monday, Alex Azar was sworn in as HHS Secretary. Azar has indicated that “his priorities include curbing the cost of prescription drugs, making health insurance more affordable and available, and confronting the opio...
CBT May Be A Cost-Effective Way To Treat Teens With Depression Who Are Not On Antidepressants, Small Study Indicates.
HealthDay (1/29, Preidt) reports that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be “a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don’t take or stop using antidepressants,” researchers concluded. The 212-teen study revealed that “over a two-year p...
Teens, Young Adults With ASD May Have A Higher Risk For Suicide Attempts, Study Indicates.
Medscape (1/29, Yasgur) reports, “Adolescents and young adults with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) have a higher risk for suicide attempts, compared to the” population without ASD, researchers found after examining data “from a national insurance datab...
Computer-Based Natural Language Processing Analysis May Predict Young People At Risk For Developing Later Psychosis, Study Indicates.
Healio (1/29, Demko) reports, “A computer-based natural language processing analysis of speech transcripts predicted – with an 83% accuracy – young people at risk for developing later psychosis,” researchers found. The findings of the 94-participant stud...
Offspring Of A Parent With T1D May Have An Increased Risk For AD/HD, Research Suggests.
Endocrine Today (1/29, Cox) reports, “Offspring of a parent with diagnosed type 1 diabetes [T1D], particularly a mother with the disease, have an increased risk for” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), researchers found after identifying “a...
Child Health Experts Urge Facebook To Stop Children’s Messaging App.
The New York Times (1/30, Kang, Subscription Publication) reports that “dozens of pediatric and mental health experts” sent a letter to Facebook urging the company to “kill a messaging service the company introduced last month for children as young as 6....
Maltreatment Risk Score May Identify Which Kids May Be More Likely To Be In Danger of Post-Neonatal Death And Hospitalization, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (1/29, Walker) reports, “A maltreatment risk score was able to identify which children were more likely to be in danger of post-neonatal death and hospitalization,” investigators found. Youngsters “who were flagged at the 10% and 20% risk t...
Tens Of Thousands Of LGBTQ Youth In The US Will Be Subjected To Conversion Therapy During Their Lifetime, Report Finds.
The Huffington Post (1/29) reports that in spite of “widespread opposition from medical and mental health organizations, tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth in the US will be subjected to anti-gay ‘conversion therapy’ during their lifetime,” the findings of...
Study Links Poor Sleep Quality In Kids To Higher BMI, Obesity Later On.
HealthDay (1/26, Preidt) reported that children who get insufficient sleep may be “more likely to be obese later on,” researchers found in a study involving 120 US youngsters. Investigators “linked poor sleep quality to higher body mass index” in kids. T...
States Relieved That CHIP Renewed For Six Years, But Congress Divided Over Whether It Should Be Ten Years.
Modern Healthcare (1/27, Luthi, Subscription Publication) reported that while states are relieved that Congress reauthorized funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, “children’s healthcare advocates are still leery of a Congress that all too...
Trump Administration’s Approval Of Work Requirements May Help Hold-Out States Expand Medicaid.
The Washington Post (1/28, A1, Stein) reports that Republican lawmakers in “a half-dozen states” – including Utah, North Carolina, Virginia, Wyoming, Idaho, and Kansas – are “launching fresh efforts to expand Medicaid” now that the Trump Administration h...
Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy May Damage The Placenta, Research In Monkeys Indicates.
HealthDay (1/26, Preidt) reported research in rhesus monkeys suggests that “when Zika infection occurs during pregnancy, the virus may damage the placenta,” which could explain “how the infection causes birth defects.” Researchers found that in “monkeys,...
Pertussis Protection The Same Whether Pregnant Women Receive Adacel Tdap Vaccine Early In The Third Trimester Or In The Middle, Study Indicates.
Ob Gyn News (1/28, Otto) reported, “Pertussis protection is the same whether pregnant women receive Adacel Tdap vaccine early in the third trimester or in the middle,” researchers found after comparing “pertussis antibody concentrations in maternal venou...
Behavioral Scientist Makes Case For Mitigating Consequences Of Adolescent Sleep Loss Through Parenting And Policy.
In an opinion piece in USA Today (1/26), Wendy M. Troxel, “a senior behavioral and social scientist” at the RAND Corporation, observed that “over 80% of public middle and high schools in the US have so far failed to heed the scientific evidence that late...
Birth Defects Tied To Zika Virus Were More Common In Areas Where Virus Circulated, CDC Says.
The Miami Herald (1/25, Chang) reports “the kinds of birth defects associated with Zika, including microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, have increased in parts of the United States where mosquitoes were spreading the virus in 2016,...according to...
Illinois Rep. Introduces Bill Banning Tackle Football For Children Under 12.
USA Today (1/25, Perez) reports Illinois “State Rep. Carol Sente filed the Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE in the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday, a bill named after the late Chicago Bears defensive back that would ban participation in tackle footb...
Low-Carbohydrate And Gluten Free Diets Could Be Linked To Serious Birth Defects, Research Suggests.
USA Today (1/25, May) reports, “Low-carbohydrate and gluten free diets could be linked to serious birth defects,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study from 1,740 mothers of infants, stillbirths, and...
Teens Who Get Alcohol From Their Parents May Have Higher Odds Of Binge Drinking, Other Drinking-Related Risks, Study Indicates.
USA Today (1/25, Weintraub) reports that research suggests “teens whose early exposure to alcohol comes from home aren’t protected against the dangers of alcohol, and may even be more likely to drink and suffer alcohol-related harms.” The findings were p...
Flu Season Spreading Rapidly, Striking Children, Experts Say.
On its website, Fox News (1/25, Dadourian) reports that as the flu season worsens, more pediatric deaths are being recorded. Dr. Margarita Rohr from NYU Langone Health said the H3N2 flu strain in circulation this year, which has stricken children and the...
Most US Teens Getting Too Little Sleep, CDC Researchers Say.
HealthDay (1/25, Reinberg) reports, “Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials” with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. In fact, “nearly...
Poison Control Group Issues High Alert In Response To Teens Eating Laundry Detergent Pods.
The Hill (1/25, Anapol) reports that in a press release, “the American Association of Poison Control Centers has issued a ‘high alert’ in response to a sharp rise in the numbers of teenagers eating Tide laundry detergent pods.” This increase is most “lik...
Adding Purified Formulation Of Cannabidiol To Standard Anticonvulsant Therapy May Reduce Number Of Drop Seizures In Kids With Resistant LGS, Study Suggests.
Medscape (1/25, Brooks) reports, “Adding a purified formulation of cannabidiol...to standard anticonvulsant therapy significantly reduces the number of drop seizures in children with resistant Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS),” researchers found. The findin...

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