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Kids With Autism May Be More Likely To Have A Food, Respiratory, Or Skin Allergy, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/8, Gordon) reported, “Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy,” researchers concluded after examining survey data on “a nationally representative group of almost 200,000 US children between the a...
New Hampshire Now 13th State To Ban Practice Of Conversion Therapy For Minors.
The Hill (6/8, Gstalter) reported that on June 8, Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) signed into law a measure that bans “conversion therapy for minors.” According to The Hill, “medical and mental health professionals...say attempting to change a minor’s sexual or...
US Toddlers Consuming Too Much Added Sugar, CDC Researchers Say.
The ABC News (6/10, Tawagi) website reports US toddlers “are eating too much added sugar, and the problem only gets worse as they get older,” according to “a new study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control” and Prevention. HealthDay...
Shuttering Of Oil, Coal Power Plants May Be Linked To Drop In Preterm Births, Study Suggests.
Reuters (6/8, Lehman) reports a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the closure “of eight oil- and coal-fueled electric plants in California was associated with a sizeable decrease in preterm births among women living n...
Rapid Genome Sequencing Could “Revolutionize” Healthcare For Acutely Ill Infants.
The Washington Post (6/8, Richards) reported on rapid whole genome sequencing that physicians say could “revolutionize health care for acutely sick infants.” As part of a $25 million federal project that funds newborn sequencing research, Rady Children’s...
This Year’s Flu Season Killed Record Number Of Children.
The Washington Post (6/8, Sun) said a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the flu “killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pedia...
High School Baseball Players Who Both Pitch, Catch Suffer More Injuries Than Pitchers Who Play Other Positions, Study Finds.
HealthDay (6/9, Reinberg) reported, “High school baseball players who both pitch and catch suffer more injuries than pitchers who play other positions,” research indicated. The findings of the 384-player study were published online in the Journal of Athl...
Louisiana The State Where Childhood Is Most Threatened In The US, Report Finds.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune (6/8, Nobles) reported, “Louisiana is a state where childhood is the most threatened in the country,” researchers concluded in the Save the Children’s “annual End of Childhood report released May 30.” The report found that...
CDC Finds E-Cigarette Use “Steady” Among High School Students.
The AP (6/7, Stobbe) reports e-cigarette use “held steady” in 2017 among U.S. high school students at about 11% while it declined among middle schoolers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Youth Tobacco Survey (N...
White House Unveils Ad Campaign Targeting Opioid Abuse Among Young People.
On Thursday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy launched a new “Stop Youth Opioid Abuse” ad campaign. The Hill (6/7, Sullivan) says the campaign includes “four ads telling the true stories of people who went to extreme lengths to fuel...
Administration Won’t Defend ACA Against States’ Legal Challenges.
The Washington Post (6/7, Goldstein) reports that in “a dramatic break from the executive branch’s tradition of arguing to uphold existing statutes,” the Trump Administration “said Thursday night that it will not defend the Affordable Care Act against th...
Virginia Governor Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill.
The Washington Post (6/7, Vozzella) reports that on Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a state budget bill which expands Medicaid to 400,000 low-income Virginians. This move “brought a Medicaid battle that raged for four years under his predecessor...
Teens On Native American Reservations Continue To Be More Likely To Use Substances Than Peers Elsewhere In The US, Research Suggests.
Reuters (6/7, Rapaport) reports, “Teens on Native American reservations continue to be more likely to report using alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs than peers elsewhere in the US and to start using at younger ages,” researchers concluded after...
Parents Should Have Kids Get The Flu Shot In The Fall Instead Of The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine, Experts Say.
HealthDay (6/7, Dallas) reports, “Parents should choose to have their children get the flu shot in the fall instead of the nasal spray flu vaccine,” experts say. “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the shot, which is an inactivated fl...
Obese Teens Who Undergo Weight Loss Surgery Likely To Lose Same Amount Of Weight Regardless Of Previous Diagnosis Of Psychiatric Disorder, Study Indicates.
Reuters (6/6, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “obese teens who have weight loss surgery are likely to lose the same amount of weight regardless of whether they were previously diagnosed with psychiatric problems.” The research was published onli...
Primary Care Practices Increasingly Employing Nurse Practitioners To Help Close Care Delivery Gap, Study Finds.
Medscape (6/6, Parry, Subscription Publication) reports, “Primary care practices increasingly employ nurse practitioners (NPs) to help close the gap in care delivery, especially in rural areas,” research indicated. The study revealed that “the proportion...
Cannabis Use Precedes Onset Of Psychosis Symptoms In Teens More Often Than The Reverse, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (6/6, Lou) reports, “Cannabis use preceded onset of psychosis symptoms in teens more often than the reverse,” researchers found after examining survey data from “3,966 adolescents.” The findings were published online June 6 in a research le...
Children Born To Mothers Exposed To Hypertensive Disorders Of Pregnancy May Be At Increased Risk Of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Including ASD And AD/HD, Meta-Analysis Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/6, Smith) reports, “Children born to mothers exposed to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy...were at increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder...
One In Four US High School Seniors Would Try Marijuana Or Use It More Often If Legalized, Survey Data Indicate.
HealthDay (6/6, Preidt) reports, “One in four US high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal,” survey data indicated. This rate is “the highest in the 43-year history of the Monitoring the Future Survey” and “likely refle...
JUUL Labs Announces Campaign To Inform Parents Of Risks Of Teen Use.
The Washington Times (6/6, Kelly) reports JUUL Labs announced a public service campaign for June that will appear in print, online and on radio in “select markets” to better inform parents of their products and “the dangers of use by teenagers.” The ad r...
High School Seniors On Heroin May Be Likely To Misuse Other Drugs, Medications, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (6/5, Reinberg) reports, “High school seniors hooked on heroin are likely to misuse a multitude of other drugs” and medications, researchers concluded after examining “data on 327 high school seniors who reported using heroin in the past month....
Hundreds Of Children In Illinois Held In Psychiatric Hospitals For Weeks Or Months Despite Clearance For Release.
In an investigative piece co-published with The Atlantic, ProPublica (6/5, Eldeib) reports on the “hundreds of children in the care” of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services “who are held each year inside psychiatric hospitals for weeks...
Rate Of Death Among Extremely Premature Infants Higher Among Those In A Lower Oxygen Saturation Group, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (6/5, Walker) reports, “While there was no significant difference in rates of a composite outcome of death and major disability in extremely preterm infants, regardless of whether a higher or lower oxygen saturation target was used, the rat...
Death Rate For Youth Aged 10 To 19 Rose 12% Between 2013 And 2016, CDC Researchers Say.
Reuters (6/5) reports, “Murder, suicide, car crashes, and addiction have all contributed to a spike in deaths among US children and teens in recent years,” research from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention suggests. The study revealed that “the...
Greater Amounts Of Electronic Use Throughout The Day May Be Associated With Decreased Sleep Duration, Increase In Insomnia, Depressive Symptoms In Teens.
U.S. News & World Report (6/5, Lardieri) reports, “Greater amounts of electronic use throughout the day are linked to decreased sleep duration and an increase in insomnia and depressive symptoms in adolescents,” researchers concluded after surveying some...
CDC Researchers Find No New Or Unexpected Adverse Events Following Introduction Of DTaP Vaccines.
MedPage Today (6/4, Walker) reports CDC researchers found “no new or unexpected adverse events, and serious adverse events were rare, following the introduction of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccines.” In their “review of a spontaneous...
Some Respiratory Viruses May Increase Risk Of Treatment Failure In Children With Moderate To Severe Asthma Exacerbations, Study Suggests.
The USA Today (6/4, Haller) “All The Moms” blog reports research indicates that “a flu shot is key for children with asthma to keep them out of the emergency” department. Medscape (6/4, Hackethal, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that...
More Than Half Of All High School Pitchers May Be Likely To Suffer Throwing Arm Discomfort During Baseball Season, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/4, Reinberg) reports research indicates that “more than half of all high school pitchers are likely to suffer discomfort in their throwing arm during the season.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after asking “97 players to submit a...
New Apple App Will Let Parents Set Time Limits On How Long Their Kids Can Use Apps.
The NPR (6/4, Sydell, Norsworthy) “The Two-Way” blog reports that on June 4, Apple “announced a new app to allow users to get reports on how much their kids are using particular apps on their iPhones and iPads.” The app, called Screen Time, “will let par...
FDA Commissioner Warns Tobacco Companies To Address Sales Of E-Cigarettes To Minors.
Bloomberg News (6/2, Kaplan, Edney) reported U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in an address at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago called on tobacco companies to “step up and step...
Just 20% Of Young People Who Receive Treatment For Anxiety Stay Well Over The Next Four Years, Research Suggests.
Medical Daily (6/1, Bharanidharan) reported that just “20 percent of young people who receive treatment for anxiety stay well over the next four years,” research indicated. Included in the study were some “300 participants aged 10 to 25.” The findings we...
Biologics For IBD May Be Safe For Nursing Women, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/1, Swift) reported researchers found that it is safe for women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) taking maternal biologic therapy to breastfeed their babies. The researchers “found minimal transfer rates of anti-tumor necrosis factor...
Vitamin D May Help Black Preterm Infants With Wheezing, Clinical Trial Shows.
MD Magazine (6/3, Bender) reports a randomized clinical trial suggests supplementing vitamin D with a “multivitamin product reduced recurrent wheezing in black infants who were born preterm compared to vitamin D enriched feedings.” The findings were publ...
Children With Acquired Demyelinating Syndromes Who Report Lighter Skin Tone, Non-White Race May Be More Likely To Be Diagnosed With MS, Research Suggests.
Neurology Advisor (6/1) reported researchers found “that children with acquired demyelinating syndromes ..who report a lighter skin tone and a non-white race are more likely to receive a diagnosis of” multiple sclerosis (MS), “though this effect is likel...
Nearly Half Of Parents Concerned Their Kids May Be Addicted To Mobile Devices.
The CBS Weekend News (6/2, story 7, 2:10, Ninan) reported children eight and under “spend an average of two hours and 19 minutes in front of a screen every day,” and 47 percent of parents worry their children may be addicted to mobile devices. Caroline K...

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