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End-Of-Life Care For Dying Parents Has Lasting Impact On Teens’ Mental Health, Study Suggests.
Reuters (8/25, Rapaport) reported that the mental health of “young adults” who experience the death of “a parent during adolescence” may rely on “how comfortable they were with the treatment and support” their dying parent received, according to a recent...
Food Preferences, Cost May Affect What Snacks Children Purchase, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (8/25, Doheny) reported a study in the October issue of the journal Appetite suggested that children are “mostly driven by food preferences – not healthy eating – in choosing their snacks,” but findings suggest kids who get an allowance “were m...
Food Restriction, Including Food With High Fructose Corn Syrup, May Not Induce Weight Loss Or Decrease Insulin Resistance In Kids With Obesity, Study Suggests.
Endocrinology Advisor (8/25, Biscaldi) reported, “Food restriction, including restriction of food with high fructose corn syrup, did not induce weight loss or a decrease in insulin resistance in school-age children with obesity,” researchers found. The f...
CDC Officials Say Some Newborns Don’t Receive Heart Defect, Hearing Loss Tests.
HealthDay (8/25, Dotinga) reported some newborns in the US are not screened for hearing loss or congenital heart disease, according to a report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. National recommendations suggest that “newborns...
Pediatricians Concerned About Head Injuries For Young MMA Fighters.
CBS News (8/25) reported on its website that as more people, particularly young people, become interested in mixed-martial arts, pediatricians are concerned about possible head injuries and concussions. According to the article, MMA has special rules for...
More US Teens Getting Vaccinated Against HPV, But Many Don’t Get Necessary Second Dose.
STAT (8/24, Branswell) reports a CDC report published in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found rural and urban adolescents had nearly equal uptake rates – about 88 percent – in being vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis...
Insurer To Offer ACA Coverage In Last “Bare County” In The US.
The Washington Post (8/24, Bump) reports that as of Thursday morning, the 334 people in Paulding County, Ohio, who were facing the prospect of not having any Affordable Care Act plans in 2018, will be able to enroll in ACA coverage. The article says ever...
Children Who Skip Breakfast May Miss Key Nutrients, Study Indicates.
Reuters (8/24, Lehman) reports a UK study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition found children who skip breakfast on a regular basis “were less likely to get enough iron, calcium, iodine and folate when compared to kids who ate breakfast e...
Paper Casts Doubt On Value Of USDA’s Multi-Million Dollar Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.
The Washington Post (8/24, Dewey) reports that a seven-year, multi-million dollar Department of Agriculture program intended to get “students to eat significantly more fruits and vegetables” has exaggerated its achievements, according to a preliminary cr...
Chronic Cough In Kids Often Indicates Underlying Respiratory Illness, Study Finds.
Medscape (8/24, Brown) reports a study published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found “children who continue to cough four weeks after an acute respiratory illness (ARI) often have underlying respiratory pathology.” About 30 percent of ch...
Parents Encouraged To Understand Risks, Alternatives To Sedation Of Children At The Dental Office.
The New York Times (8/24, Saint Louis, Subscription Publication) reported that when children are sedated for a dental procedure, “ideally, it makes them less anxious and more cooperative.” The article reports, however, that “in rare cases, children fall...
Youth Sports May Have Mental, Physical Repercussions For Children.
TIME (8/24, Gregory) reports on how children’s sports leagues have become a $15.3 billion industry. According to WinterGreen Research, a private firm that tracks the industry, the US youth-sports economy includes “everything from travel to private coachi...
Poll Shows Top Health Concerns Parents Have For Their Children.
An analysis in the Washington Post (8/24, Strauss) “Answer Sheet” shows that a new national poll, conducted by the CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, finds that the top health concern for White and Hispanic parents for their child...
Review Finds Abstinence-Only Sex Education Programs Are Not Effective.
MedPage Today (8/23, Walker) reports a scientific review found “teaching abstinence-only as a method of sexual education provides both medically inaccurate information while withholding information on human sexuality.” The authors said the “weight of sci...
Several Governors To Testify About How To Shore Up ACA Marketplaces.
The Hill (8/23, Hellmann) reports that five governors intend to “testify in front of the Senate Health Committee next month on ways to fix” the Affordable Care Act. They are Govs. Charlie Baker (R-MA), Steve Bullock (D-MT), Bill Haslam (R-TN), Gary Herbe...
Oklahoma Physicians Worried Congress May Not Extend CHIP.
The Oklahoman (8/23, Wingerter) reports that Oklahoman pediatricians are urging the US Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it expires in September, potentially costing their state $49 million. The uncertainty com...
Suicide Attempts More Common In Both Cyberbullied, Cyberbulliers, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (8/23, Dotinga) reports researchers found children and young adults targeted by cyberbullies appear to be twice as likely to hurt themselves or attempt suicide than their non-bullied peers. Investigators said cyberbullies also are more likely t...
Mitochondria May Play Significant Role In Risk For Autism, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (8/23) reports human cell mitochondria “may play a significant role in autism risk,” researchers concluded after examining “the genetic data of 1,624 autism patients and 2,417 healthy parents and siblings.” In addition, investigators posited th...
Virginia Parents To Receive “Baby Boxes” As Part Of Campaign To Promote Safe Sleep.
The Washington Post (8/23, Chandler) reports the Virginia Department of Social Services and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University announced plans on Wednesday to provide each new parent in the state with an “online-tutorial...
Robotic Skeletons Show Promise Helping Children With Cerebral Palsy Walk More Easily.
STAT (8/23, Joseph) reports a study (8/23) published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggested that robotic exoskeletons fitted on children with cerebral palsy “helped most participants straighten their legs as they walked, alleviating the...
Few High Schools Start At Recommended Time Of 8:30 AM.
The Washington Post (8/23, Balingit) reports a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics found that “only a fraction of high schools are starting later than 8:30 a.m., which is what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.” Pedi...

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