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People Who Survive Cancer During Childhood, Early Adulthood May Be More Likely to Develop Severe Health Conditions Later In Life, Study Suggests
Reuters (2/17, Rapaport) reports that research suggests individuals “who survive cancer during childhood and early adulthood are more likely to experience severe, life-threatening health problems and die prematurely.” MedPage Today (2/14, Lawrence) report...
Measles Can Sometimes Lead To Serious, Fatal Complications, Study Suggests
CNN (2/17, Yu) reports a study published in BMJ Case Reports found that “almost a third of all reported cases of measles have complications such as pneumonia, hepatitis and viral meningitis.” The study suggests that “measles may lead to serious, fatal com...
National Longitudinal Study Examines Risk Of Suicide Among Nurses
MedPage Today (2/17, Firth) reports that “the first national longitudinal study of nurse suicide in the U.S. found that nurses were substantially more likely than others to” die by suicide, researchers found. The study revealed that female nurses were at...
Diabetes Continuing To Climb Among US Youths, Researchers Say
HealthDay (2/13, Preidt) reports, “Diabetes among U.S. youths continued to rise from 2002 to 2015, especially for Asian children and teens,” researchers concluded after analyzing rates of “type 1 and type 2 diabetes among 5- to 19-year-olds.” The study re...
Numerous Proposed Bills Target Gender Identity, Would Ban Physicians From Prescribing Puberty-Blocking Drugs To Children
Reuters (2/14, Greenhalgh) reports that a case in Texas last year involving a battle between two parents over “the gender identity of their child sparked a raft of bills across the United States that have been dubbed anti-LGBT by campaigners and pro-famil...
Oklahoma House Committee Passes Legislation That Would Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors
CNN International (2/13, Kaur) reports an Oklahoma House committee passed legislation “that would prohibit licensed medical practitioners from providing conversion therapy” to minors. The article says that healthcare professionals reject conversion therap...
Senators Call On FDA To Ban Device Used In Massachusetts To Shock Disabled Students
The Hill (2/13, Budryk) reports, “Eight Democratic senators asked the FDA in a signed letter to ban the use of a device, available exclusively in Massachusetts, used to administer electric shocks to disabled students.” The FDA “announced in 2018 that it i...
Researchers Examine Ties Between GI And Respiratory Illness To Income And School Absenteeism
Infectious Disease Advisor (2/13, van Paridon) reports, “During the period from 2010 to 2016, parents of children from low-income households were more likely to report recent childhood gastrointestinal (GI) and respiratory illnesses than were parents with...
Many Apparent Sleep Problems May Be Part Of Normal Infant Development, Researchers Say
Reuters (2/12, Rapaport) reports, “New parents who struggle to get babies to sleep through the night may not be doing anything wrong, according to” a new study “suggesting that many apparent sleep problems are really part of normal infant development.” Fo...
Two Ohio State Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Gender-Affirming Care For Minors
The Hill (2/12, Skrikanth) reports, “One day after South Dakota” lawmakers “rejected a ban on transgender treatment for minors, two Ohio lawmakers introduced a similar bill in their state.” State Res. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Bill Dean (R-Xenia) “announc...
Researchers Say Medical Information Gathered From Students At School May Not Be Protected In Accordance With HIPAA
Reuters (2/12, Carroll) reports a study published in Pediatrics suggests that medical information gathered in school settings may not be protected in accordance with HIPAA. The article says that “when a school nurse is involved in a student’s medical care...
Neurology Group Issues Practice Guidelines On Treatment Of Sleep Problems In Youngsters With ASD
MedPage Today (2/12, George) reports, “Identify whether sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be caused by medication or other medical conditions and if so, address these factors, say new recommendations” the American Academy...
Neonatal Transfer May Not Reflect True Rate Of Complications, Study Suggests
Medscape (2/12, Subscription Publication) reports that “neonatal transfer was the factor most often associated with unexpected, severe complications at birth, particularly at hospitals that had the highest rates of complications, according to a cross-sect...
New Study Casts Doubt On Previous Report Of Maternal-Fetal Transmission Of Coronavirus
HealthDay (2/12, Preidt) reports a small study published in The Lancet that suggests that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted from mother to fetus. The researchers identified nine women in their third trimesters with COVID-19, then tested six of the nin...
Parents, Grandparents May Be To Blame For Accidental Prescription Medication Poisonings Of Kids Under Age 5, Study Indicates
CNN (2/12, Lamotte) reports, over half of cases of accidental ingestion of perscription medications occurred “after an adult removed the childproof safety packaging,” investigators found after analyzing 4,496 cases “in Arizona, Florida and Georgia over an...
Even Light Exercise May Reduce Children’s Risk Of Developing Depression Later On, Research Suggests
CNN (2/11, Lamotte) reports that a study published in Lancet Psychiatry suggests that “even light exercise may help protect children against developing depression.” The study “found that 60 minutes of simple movement each day at age 12 was linked to an av...
Even When Planned In Advance, US Home Births Account For Higher Proportion Of Neonatal Mortality, Research Suggests
Medscape (2/11, Millard, Subscription Publication) reports, “About 2% of deliveries in the United States are home births, but they account for a significantly higher proportion of neonatal mortality, even when planned in advance,” researchers concluded af...
Research Suggests Association Between Overweight In Children And Mother’s Use Of Certain Cosmetics During Pregnancy
Reuters (2/11, Rapaport) reports, “Mothers who use beauty products containing chemicals known as parabens during pregnancy may be more likely to have overweight daughters,” research indicated. The study was published online in Nature Communications. Healt...
Researchers Say Many Teenage Boys At Risk For HIV Have Never Been Tested
HealthDay (2/11, Preidt) reports researchers found that less than a quarter of teenage boys at risk for HIV had ever been tested for the virus, according to a study published in Pediatrics. The researchers “asked nearly 700 gay, bisexual and questioning m...
Daily Aspirin Tied To Lower Risk For Premature Birth In Study Of Women In Countries With High Premature Birth Rates
The New York Times (2/11, Bakalar) reports that in a randomized clinical trial of nearly 12,000 women in six countries with high premature birth rates, researchers found women who took 81 milligrams of aspirin daily “had an 11 percent lower relative risk...
NICU Stays Said To Be Financially Burdensome, Even For Families With Private Health Insurance
The New York Times (2/11, Caron) reports that even for patients with private health insurance, “the out-of-pocket costs of NICU care, as well as maternity care and any necessary at-home rehabilitative services, can become a huge burden in the midst of wha...
Surviving Sepsis Campaign Releases New Treatment Guidelines For Children
Modern Healthcare (2/10, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reports, “The influential Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently released guidelines on how hospitals can diagnose and treat sepsis in children.” The suggestions “are the first from the Surviving...
President Trump Releases $4.8 Trillion Budget Plan With Proposed Cuts To Medicaid And Other Domestic Programs
The New York Times (2/10, A1, Tankersley, Sanger-Katz, Rappeport, Cochrane) reports “President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal on Monday that includes a familiar list of deep cuts to student loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food...
South Dakota Senate Committee Denies Ban On Treatment For Transgender Children
The AP (2/10, Groves) reports that on Feb. 10, “legislation aimed at stopping South Dakota physicians from providing puberty blockers and gender confirmation surgery to transgender children under 16 failed to get enough support...in a Senate committee.” B...
Recent Increases In Percentage Of Teens, Young Adults Reporting They Are Not Heterosexual May Be Tied To Decline In Suicide Attempts Among Sexual Minority Youth, Data Indicate
Reuters (2/10, Rapaport) reports, “Youth suicide rates are dropping in the U.S., but the proportion of teens who have suicidal thoughts or make an attempt remains consistently higher among sexual minorities than among heterosexual young people,” research...
Smartphones, Social Media Use May Be Exacting Toll On Adolescent Mental Health, Multi-Study Analysis Suggests
HealthDay (2/10, Mundell) reports, “Smartphones, and being on Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and the like may be taking a big toll on teens’ mental health,” investigators concluded after poring “over dozens of studies.” The findings of the multi-study analysi...
Some Experts Worried Marketing Of Stimulants To Treat AD/HD May Contribute To Larger Public Health Problem
In the New York Times (2/10), Perri Klass, MD, writes that for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), even though “medication should be neither the first nor the only treatment used, some children find that” stimulant medications...
Migraine Medications That Work For Adults Appear Not To Prevent Pediatric Migraines, Review Study Indicates
HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports medications for migraine “that might work for adults won’t prevent the debilitating headaches in kids and teens,” investigators concluded after reviewing “23 studies conducted between 1967 and 2018” that “included more tha...
Opinion: Ease Restrictions On Nurse Practitioners To Help Address Shortage Of Physicians
USA Today (2/10) opinion contributors Emily Barson, executive director of United States of Care, and Russ Latino, vice president of economic opportunity at Americans for Prosperity, argue that the nation’s looming shortage of physicians “can be filled by...

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