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FDA Proposes Graphic Image Warnings With Vivid Descriptions On Cigarette Packs
The Washington Post (8/15, Bever) reports the Food and Drug Administration has proposed requiring graphic images depicting damage done by smoking “along with vivid descriptions” on cigarette packs. The agency’s proposed images include “black-tinged lungs,...
Researchers Find Overlap Between AD/HD And Hypomanic Symptoms Across Childhood And Adolescence
According to Healio (8/15, Demko), investigators “found overlap” between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “and hypomanic symptoms across childhood and adolescence, which appears to reflect a genetic link between these phenotypes.” Included...
Most Children On Medicaid Who Are Prescribed AD/HD Medications Not Getting Proper Follow-Up, Report Finds
The NPR (8/15, Neighmond) “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” program reports, “Most children enrolled in Medicaid who get a diagnosis of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “don’t get timely or appropriate treatment afterward,” concluded a r...
FDA Approves Entrectinib For Adult, Pediatric Tumors Positive For Fusions In The NTRK Gene, ROS1-Positive NSCLC
Medscape (8/15, Mulcahy, Subscription Publication) reports entrectinib received FDA approval “today for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with a variety of tumors that are positive for fusions in the neurotrophic tropomyosin receptor kinase (N...
CDC Releases New HPV Vaccination Recommendations
TIME (8/15, Ducharme) reports that on Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination recommendations. According to the article, “The CDC reaffirmed that its prior recommendations...
Adequate Sleep Coupled With Limits On Screen Time May Help Reduce Impulsive Behavior In School Children, Study Indicates
HealthDay (8/14, Norton) reports, “School kids who get to bed early rather than staring at their devices at night may be better equipped to control their behavior,” research indicates. Investigators “found that 8- to 11-year-olds who got adequate sleep an...
New Illinois Law Requires Insurance Companies To Cover Costs For Kids Needing Epinephrine Injections
CNN (8/14, Prior) reports, “Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker [D] has signed” into law House Bill 3435. The legislation requires “insurance companies to cover costs for kids needing EpiPen [epinephrine injection, USP] injections for cases of severe allergic react...
New York Judge To Decide Whether Students With Previous Non-Medical Exemptions Can Continue To Attend School Without Vaccinations Under New State Law
The AP (8/14) reports a New York judge in Albany will hear a case arguing that students who were previously allowed to attend school without vaccinations because of non-medical exemptions should be allowed to continue attending without vaccinations. Earli...
New California Law Puts Suicide Hotline Numbers on Student ID Cards
CNN (8/14, Williams) reports California high school and middle school students “will have some lifesaving information at their fingertips as they go back to school this year.” A law that went into effect in July “requires schools to print the number for t...
Poorer Elementary School Kids Appear To Have Less Shade In Schoolyards, Study Indicates
Reuters (8/14, Carroll) reports, “Elementary schools with the greatest proportions of poor children may have the least amount of shade in their schoolyards where kids spend their recess,” research indicated. Investigators “analyzing available shade in St....
T1D May Be Frequently Misdiagnosed In Both Children And Adults, Researchers Say
Medscape (8/14, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports, “Type 1 diabetes [T1D] is frequently misdiagnosed in both children and adults, and misdiagnosis increases the risk for diabetic ketoacidosis...in children,” research indicated. The findings of the...
Prophylactic Treatment With Bisphosphonates May Improve BMD In Children, Teens Receiving Steroids For Chronic Rheumatic Disease, Study Indicates
Clinical Endocrinology News (8/14, Nogrady) reports, “Prophylactic treatment with bisphosphonates could significantly improve bone mineral density (BMD) in children and adolescents receiving steroids for chronic rheumatic disease,” research indicates. Inc...
US Children Born With HIV May Be Less Likely To Take ART As They Get Older, Study Indicates
HealthDay (8/14, Preidt) reports researchers found that “as they get older, U.S. children born with HIV are less likely to take” antiretroviral therapy (ART). The researchers followed 381 such children “for an average of 3.3 years,” and found that “rates...
Eating Higher-Than-Normal Levels Of Gluten During First Five Years Of Life May Increase Children’s Likelihood Of Developing Celiac Disease, Research Suggests
CNN (8/13, Andrew) reports research indicates that “eating higher-than-normal levels of gluten during the first five years of life can increase a child’s likelihood of developing celiac disease.” The study of “more than 6,600 newborns in the United States...
Research Examines Social Media’s Link To Mental Health Issues In Teens
CNN (8/13, Asmelash) reports that while “social media use has been linked to depression, especially in teenage girls,” research involving interviews with nearly “10,000 children between the ages of 13 and 16 in England” contends “that the issue may be mor...
Study Suggests Vitamin D Intake During Pregnancy May Reduce Risk Of Dental Problems In Children
The New York Times (8/13, Bakalar) reports, “Women who take large doses of vitamin D during pregnancy may be giving their children a lower risk of dental problems,” a “double-blinded clinical trial” suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 623 women into t...
Prevalence Of Metabolic Syndrome Among Young People With Bipolar Disorder May Be About Quadruple That Of The General Population, Small Study Indicates
Healio (8/13, Demko) reports, “The prevalence of metabolic syndrome among young people with bipolar disorder was about quadruple that of the general population,” research indicated. The findings of the 162-participant study were published online in the Jo...
Methylphenidate Appears To Alter Brains Of Boys With AD/HD, Study Indicates
HealthDay (8/13, Salamon) reports that methylphenidate, “one of the most popular and effective medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD],” seems “to alter the brains of boys with the disorder,” research indicates. For the...
Minnesota Health Officials Say Severe Vaping-Related Lung Damage Has Been Reported Among Young People
The AP (8/13) reports health officials with the Minnesota Department of Health “say severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping.” Specifically, “Children’s Minnesota has reported finding four cases of lung injury in the Minnea...
JUUL Copycats Flood Market With Fruity Nicotine Products
The New York Times (8/13, Kaplan) reports that after JUUL Labs, “under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, stopped selling most of its hugely popular flavored nicotine pods in stores last fall, upstart competitors swooped in to grab the shelf...
Adolescents Who Vape Also More Likely To Use Marijuana, Research Indicates
CNN (8/12, Azad) reports research examining over 20 studies on people between the ages of 10 and 24 “found that the odds of marijuana use were 3.5 times higher in people who vaped compared to those who didn’t.” Lead study author Dr. Nicholas Chadi said th...
Trump Administration Issues “Public Charge” Rule, Discouraging Migrants From Participating In Medicaid, Other Public Benefits
The Washington Post (8/12, A1, Hauslohner, Miroff, Sacchetti, Jan) reports under a policy change issued by the Trump Administration Monday, “legal immigrants who use public benefits – such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance – could have a toug...
August Heat Dangerous For High School, College Football Practice, Researchers Say
HealthDay (8/12, Reinberg) reports research indicates grueling practice sessions in August’s high temperatures “can be costly if players are pushed too hard. It is the most common way players die of non-traumatic injuries in high school and college footba...
Many Children With Spinal Muscular Atrophy May Need Ventilation Support, Study Indicates
SMA News Today (8/12, Pena) reports researchers found that “need for ventilation support is common among children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and those who are older and with more abnormal breathing seem to be at greater risk.” The findings were p...
New York Probation Officers In 10 Counties Screen Youth For Suicide Risk Under New Program
The AP (8/12) reports probation officers in 10 counties in upstate New York are “screening young offenders for risk of suicide as a way to connect them with mental health services.” Researchers at Columbia University developed the program called e-Connect...
Indiana Health Department Asks Healthcare Providers To Report Young Vapers Who Develop Severe Respiratory Illnesses
The AP (8/12) reports the Indiana State Department of Health is “asking health care providers to report any young patients with a history of vaping who unexpectedly developed severe respiratory illnesses.” The article adds that last week, Illinois and Wis...
Late Growth Spurts In Kids May Be Associated With Lower Bone Density, Study Indicates
Reuters (8/9, Carroll) reported that, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open, “kids who experienced their growth spurts – which occur around the age of puberty – late had lower than average bone density in young adulthood.” Researchers found...
New Jersey Law Requires School Districts To Include Mental Health Instruction From Kindergarten To 12th Grade
The AP (8/9) reported, “New Jersey public schools will be required to include instruction on mental health under a new law Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has signed.” The new law “requires school districts include mental health instruction from kindergarten to 12th...
Diagnosing Young Children Soon After Symptom Emergence May Expedite Start Of Interventions For ASD, Researchers Say
Healio (8/9, Demko) reported, “Diagnosing young children soon after symptom emergence expedites the start of interventions for autism spectrum disorder [ASD], and can help prepare children and their parents,” researchers concluded in a JAMA Network Insigh...
Every Additional Day Of Antibiotic Administration In The NICU May Harm The Gut, Researchers Say
Healio (8/9, Bortz) reported, “Every additional day of antibiotic administration in the NICU results in lower anaerobe richness and butyrate producers, with more potential pathogens dominating the gut,” researchers found in a 72-infant study. The findings...
In Utero Exposure To Common Air Pollutants May Be Associated With Increased Odds Of NICU Admission, Study Indicates
Healio (8/9, Gramigna) reported, “In utero exposure to common air pollutants appears to be associated with increased odds of NICU admission,” researchers concluded after using “an air quality model that relies on meteorological and emissions data to estim...
Establishing A Bedtime Routine Prior To Start Of School Helps Kids Get Needed Rest, Research Indicates
In a “Back to School” magazine piece focused on how to adjust children’s sleep schedule for school, USA Today (8/10, Finholm) reported research indicates that youngsters “need more sleep than adults – lots more – to support their growth and development.”...
Kansas Anti-Vaccination Group Says Membership Is Growing After State Issues Two New Vaccination Requirements
The AP (8/11) says that Connie Newcome, president of the anti-vaccination group Kansans for Health Freedom, “said the nonprofit has grown larger since the Kansas Department of Health and Environment held a hearing on the two new vaccination requirements i...
Study Suggests Dose-Dependent Association Between Antibiotic Use In Infancy And Childhood Asthma
Healio (8/8, Bortz) reports a new study suggests there is “a dose-dependent association between antibiotic use in infancy and the development of asthma in childhood, regardless of the type of antibiotic administered or the timing of the prescription.” The...
State-Level Policies Impacting NPs Highlighted
The Washington Examiner (8/8, Leonard) reports that while nurse practitioners (NPs) are increasingly seeing patients, they “don’t have the same authorities in every state.” For example, “in Washington, D.C., nurse practitioners can set up their own practi...
PRT May Benefit Children With ASD Who Have Limited Speech And Inhibited Social Skills, Researchers Say
HealthDay (8/8, Mozes) reports that “pivotal response treatment” (PRT) may “open up a whole new verbal world for kids” with autism spectrum disorder who have “limited speech and inhibited social skills.” The findings of the 48-child study were published o...
Study Suggest Preterm Babies Less Likely To Have Romantic Relationships As Adults
Reuters (8/8, Rapaport) reports a new research review suggests “adults who were underweight babies or early arrivals may be less likely to have romantic or sexual relations or become parents than their counterparts who were full-term infants.” Compared to...
CGM Offers Benefits, Challenges To Families Of Young Children With T1D, Researchers Say
Medwire News (8/8, Cowen) reports, “Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) offers many benefits to the families of young children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] but also a number of challenges that cannot always be overcome,” research indicated. The findings of...
Children Are Being Prescribed Powerful Opioid Analgesics After Tonsillectomy, Researchers Say
HealthDay (8/8, Preidt) reports research indicates “children are being prescribed powerful opioid” analgesics after tonsillectomy. Investigators arrived at this conclusion after tracking “data on nearly 15,800 U.S. children under the age of 18,” all of wh...
Getting World’s Most Expensive Drug Can Be Complicated For Parents Of Children Who Need It
The Boston Globe (8/8, Saltzman) reports that the approval of Zolgensma, the world’s most expensive drug, as typified by two families whose stories the Globe highlighted “has led to an emotional roller coaster for some families of children with spinal mus...
Opinion: US Should Find A Path To Put Children First On Liver Transplant Waiting Lists
In an opinion piece in The Hill (8/8) healthcare blog, Dr. George V. Mazariegos, Chair of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network’s Pediatric Transplant Committee, writes that “currently, one in 10 infants and one in 20 children who are awaiting...
New York Officials Confirm Five Measles Cases In Mennonite Community
The AP (8/8) reports New York state health officials “say they’ve confirmed five cases of measles in a Mennonite community in western New York.” The state Health Department “sa[id] Thursday the cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease were recor...
As Many As One Third Of Premature Babies May Lag Behind Full-Term Infants In Getting Routine Vaccinations By Age Three, Researchers Say
HealthDay (8/7, Norton) reports, “Preemies often lag behind full-term babies in getting routine vaccinations – and the difference remains at age” 3, researchers concluded after reviewing the records of “more than 10,000 babies born in Washington state bet...
Recalled Inclined Infant Sleeper Still Found In Day Care Facilities Despite April Recall
In the New York Times “Children’s Health” column, author Carrie Arnold writes, “Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper was recalled in April, but a new survey shows not everyone has gotten the message.” Following “a lengthy Consumer Reports investig...
Providers More Likely To Prescribe Antibiotics To Children When Seen Via Telemedicine, Research Suggests
An item in the Politico (8/7, Tahir) “Morning eHealth” blog reports research recently “published in the journal Pediatrics” indicates that providers “on...direct-to-consumer telemedicine platforms treat patients differently than they would in-person: chil...
Advocacy Organizations Team Up To Prevent Deaths Of Kids And Pets In Hot Cars
The Wall Street Journal (8/7, Byron, Subscription Publication) reports that the animal advocacy organization PETA is teaming up with KidsAndCars.org to prevent deaths of children and animals in hot cars.
Dietitian Examines Health Effects Of Fruit Juice
In the Washington Post (8/6), registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom examined the question of whether fruit juice is a healthy beverage. Rosenbloom wrote that fruit juice “contains ‘natural’ sugar – but that does not make it healthier than the sugar in cola...
Experts Discuss Risk Of Lead Poisoning From Imported Products Among Immigrant Children
The Washington Post (8/6, Tan) reports that Aparna Bole, the chair of the American Association of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health, “said lead poisoning from imported products is a well-described issue among pediatricians but not particularly w...
Tactics To Ease Transition Away From Electronic Devices Highlighted
Writing in the New York Times (8/6) “Children’s Health” blog, journalist Andrea Petersen describes the difficulty parents face in transitioning children away from electronic devices. She writes, “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children...
Parent Training Plus Clinician-Derived Interventions May Be Associated With Improvements In Functional And Social Communication Behaviors In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Researchers Say
MD Magazine (8/6, Campbell) reports research indicates that “a pivotal response treatment package...combining parent training and clinician-delivered interventions was associated with improvements in functional and social communication behaviors in childr...

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