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Trump Administration Unveils Children’s Health Programs After Placing Top Scientist On Leave.
ABC News (10/1, Ebbs) reports acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler announced the agency will dole out $20 million in state grants to test drinking water for lead in schools and childcare facilities. The event came less than one week after the director of chil...
CMS Upgrades Medicare Website As Open Enrollment Season Approaches.
The AP (10/1, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that as the annual open enrollment season approaches, “Medicare is modernizing its website to make it more useful for beneficiaries already accustomed to searching online for insurers, hospitals and doctors, officia...
Short-Term Plans Available Starting Today.
NPR (10/1, Kodjak) reports that for consumers who are seeking cheaper healthcare coverage, new options will become available as of Tuesday, but there may be some drawbacks. When people get sick, these “new plans – known as short-term, limited duration in...
Teens Who Get Too Little Sleep May Be More Likely To Engage In Risky Behaviors, Consider Suicide, Study Indicates.
Reuters (10/1, Rapaport) reports, “Teens who get too little sleep may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors like drinking, smoking, and unprotected sex than their peers who get enough rest at night,” researchers concluded after examining “nearly 68...
Artificial Sweeteners, Sport Supplements May Be Toxic To Your Gut, Research Suggests.
Newsweek (10/1, Interrante) reports a study published in Molecules found that FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements could have “toxic effects on E. coli, and therefore on human health.” The researchers studied six types of sweeteners:...
Childhood Mortality Rates Higher In US Than In Comparable Countries.
Reuters (10/1, Rapaport) reports new research published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates that while mortality rates for infants, children, and young adults are down in the U.S., Canada, England, and Wales, death rates still were “higher for American youth th...
Teens Turning To Edible And Vaporized Marijuana, Study Suggests.
Kaiser Health News (9/28, Bluth) reported, “A survey of more than 3,000 10ᵗʰ-graders from 10 high schools in Los Angeles showed that while traditional combustible marijuana is still the most popular method,” teens today are now “turning to edible and vap...
Younger Siblings May Be Less Likely Than Firstborns To Learn Sex Education From Their Parents, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (9/28, Reinberg) reported, “Younger siblings are less likely than firstborns to hear about the birds and the bees from their parents,” research indicated. Rather, “they may learn what’s what from their older brothers and sisters,” investigators...
For Middle School Kids, Witnessing School Violence May Be As Bad As Being Bullied, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (9/28, Dallas) reported, “For middle school students, witnessing school violence can be as bad as being bullied,” researchers concluded in a study that “involved nearly 4,000 students in Quebec.” The study revealed that children “who had seen p...
Benefits Of Burosumab Among Youngsters With X-Linked Hypophosphatemia May Persist To Week 88, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (9/30, Walsh) reported, “The benefits of burosumab (Crysvita) among children with X-linked hypophosphatemia persisted to week 88, with sustained improvements in serum phosphorus and rickets severity,” research indicated. The findings of the...
Teachers Use Meditation Apps To Improve Students’ Performance.
On its website, CNBC (9/30, LaVito) reports on teachers who are using meditation apps in the classroom to improve students’ performance. The American Academy of Pediatrics “encourages parents and teachers to teach kids meditation, saying it helps them fu...
Report Finds 74 Percent Of Children Still Receive Unhealthy Drinks, Side Items With Their Fast Food Meals.
The NPR (9/27, Cohen) “Goats and Soda” blog reports that “voluntary pledges to make fast food healthier” do not “mean parents are purchasing more of the healthier food for their kids at the restaurants.” In fact, according to research released Sept. 27 b...
Older Kids In Cardiac Arrest More Likely Than Younger Children To Have A Bystander Use A Defibrillator To Treat Them, Study Indicates.
Reuters (9/27, Rapaport) reports that research indicates “older children in cardiac arrest are more likely than younger kids to have a bystander use a defibrillator to treat them before an ambulance arrives.” In the study, “patients who got defibrillator...
Researchers Find Problems With Care Of Pediatric Asthma Patients.
MD Magazine (9/27, Bender) reports researchers conducted a study “with pediatric asthma patients in an urban Head Start program,” and “found that the unfocused issues of at-home prescription asthma medication availability and treatment administration wer...
DEA Labels Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Treatment As Having “Low Abuse Potential.”
Reuters (9/27, Mathias) reports GW Pharmaceuticals said that its marijuana-based treatment Epidiolex (cannabidiol) has “cleared the last hurdle after the Drug Enforcement Administration labeled the drug as having a low abuse potential.” The company now p...

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