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New York Governor Pushes Pharmacies To Enroll In Children’s Flu Shot Program.
Newsday (NY) (2/12, Ricks) reports New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Vaccines for Children Program, in which he is imploring pharmacies to enroll to help provide “immunizations to children regardless of their parents’ o...
Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Cut HHS Funding By $18 Billion.
The Washington Post (2/12, Paletta, Werner) reports that on Monday, the White House unveiled “a tax and spending plan.” The proposal, called “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” includes “major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps...
Researchers Find No Link Between Number, Duration Of Prenatal Ultrasounds And Later Diagnosis Of Autism In The Child.
CNN (2/12, Scutti) reports that research indicates “there is no association between the number or duration of prenatal ultrasounds and a later diagnosis of autism in the child.” But, investigators “did find a statistical association between deep ultrasou...
Kids Born Prematurely May Make Fewer Friends, Socialize Less In Early Childhood, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/12, Preidt) reports that children born prematurely may have “more difficulty making friends,” researchers found after examining data on some “1,000 children born in Germany in 1985-1986.” The study revealed that youngsters “who were born pre...
Drinking Water For Up To One-Quarter Of Americans May Violate Federal Standards, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (2/12, Plumer, Subscription Publication) reports a new study has found that between 3% and 10% of the drinking water systems in the US “have been in violation of federal Safe Drinking Water Act health standards each year.” The issue “i...
About Seven Percent Of Children Have Experienced A Head Injury, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/9, Gordon) reported, “About seven percent of children three to 17 years old have experienced a head injury,” researchers found in a “report on children’s head injuries released Feb. 9 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” in...
Labels On So-Called Toddler Drinks May Mislead Customers About Nutrition, Health Benefits, Researchers Say.
The ABC News (2/11, Allen) website reported that labels on “so-called toddler drinks...may be misleading customers about their nutrition and health benefits,” researchers found. A study published online in “Preventive Medicine noted that the drinks – mar...
Serum Lipid Levels After Premature Birth May Predict Risk Of Eye Problems, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/9, Lou) reported that “serum lipid levels in the first few weeks after birth may be predictive of whether a premature infant develops a slowdown in retinal vessel growth and microvascular degeneration potentially leading to retinal detac...
Kids Sustain Esophageal Injuries, Burns After Swallowing Batteries, Parts From Fidget Spinners, Case Reports Find.
HealthDay (2/9, Preidt) reported, “A three-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl suffered severe esophageal burns after they swallowed button batteries from fidget spinners,” researchers found. Meanwhile, “two other case reports describe esophageal injur...
Low Vaccination Rates Put Oregon Schools At High Risk For Measles, Analysis Concludes.
The Oregonian (2/11) reports that an analysis conducted by the Oregonian/OregonLive shows that “nearly 65 percent of the state’s public charter schools lack what scientists call herd immunity against measles, meaning not enough children are immunized to...
Columnist Laments Dangers Lead Paint Continues To Pose To Children.
Renée Loth writes in her column for the Boston Globe (2/12, Loth) about the dangers of lead paint and asks why they continue to be accepted, despite lead being eradicated in other industries. She says Massachusetts has a valuable program of grants and lo...
CDC Warns US Flu Outbreak Still On The Rise.
The AP (2/9, Stobbe) reported that this flu “season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.” A new “government report...shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu.” The AP adds, “...
Rate Of Non-Fatal Assault Injuries Down Among Young People, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (2/8, Walker) reports that research indicated “the rate of non-fatal assault injuries dropped by more than a quarter among young people from 2011 to 2015.” Investigators found that “rates of young people ages 10 to 24 treated for non-fatal...
Senate Passes Delayed Budget Deal To End Government Shutdown.
Bloomberg News (2/9, Kapur, House) reports the Senate passed a two-year budget agreement on Friday that “would boost federal spending by $300 billion and suspend the debt ceiling for a year, as lawmakers sought to end a partial government shutdown that b...
New Hampshire Governor To Sign Bill Aimed At Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning.
The AP (2/8) reports New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) will “sign a bill aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning.” The bill would “require blood testing for lead in all children age 2 and under and would lower the threshold at which the state must...
School-Based Obesity Intervention Program For Young Children May Not Lead To Significant Results, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/7, Minerd) reports that research indicated “a year-long, multi-faceted, school-based obesity intervention program for young children in England’s West Midlands region failed to produce any significant results.” Researchers found that “a...
Family Integrated Care May Help Improve Infant Weight Gain Compared To Standard NICU Care, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/7, Walker) reports that research indicated “Family Integrated Care, an intervention where parents helped provide support to their infants in the NICU, helped improved infant weight gain versus standard NICU care.” Investigators found tha...
Senate Leaders Announce Bipartisan Budget Deal With Funding For Health Programs.
On its website, CNBC (2/7) reports Senate leaders announced a bipartisan budget deal that would increase “funding for a range of health programs, including efforts to combat the national opioid epidemic.” The deal would extend funding for the Children’s...
ACA Enrollment For 2018 Fell By Only 3.7% Compared To 2017, Data Indicate.
The Washington Post (2/7, Goldstein) reports that states which manage their own ACA exchanges “significantly outperformed the rest of the country in attracting consumers to sign up for health plans for 2018,” according to figures compiled by the National...
Bill Would Require Asbestos Warnings On Cosmetics For Children.
The Detroit Free Press (2/7, Zaniewski) reports that Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), has introduced legislation that “would require all makeup marketed to children to contain a warning label that the product may contain asbestos, unless the manufacturer has...
First Weeks In Child Care May Be Riskiest For Infants.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (2/7, Olson) reports, “Although day-care deaths are rare in Minnesota – and have declined in the past decade – state records show a pattern of tragedies occurring during an infant’s first weeks at a new provider.” The Star Tr...
Medical Experts Discuss Signs Of Serious Flu Symptoms In Children.
The New York Times (2/7, Rabin, Subscription Publication) reports on signs parents should be aware of that indicate their child may have a serious case of the flu, as advised by medical experts. The piece says it is important to pay particular attention...
As Many As One In 10 US Children May Have A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (2/6, Belluck, Subscription Publication) reports that a greater number of US “children than previously thought may be suffering from neurological damage because their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy,” research published in the J...
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Considering Bill To Require Lead Testing In Schools’ Drinking Water.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/6, Martines) reports that Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill that would require schools to test for lead in their buildings’ drinking water. The bill was moved to the House Education Committee on Monday. The me...
Parents Of Children With Food Allergies May Often Engage In Behaviors That Could Trigger An Allergic Reaction In Their Kids, Research Suggests.
Reuters (2/6, Lehman) reports, “Parents of kids with food allergies often engage in behaviors that could trigger an allergic reaction in their child,” research indicated. The findings were published online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunolog...
Fewer US Kids Having Asthma Attacks, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (2/6, Reinberg) reports that research indicates “fewer US children are having to deal with asthma attacks in recent years.” The research, from the CDC, indicates “the number of kids with asthma who had one or more asthma attacks in the past yea...
Groups Release 2018 Immunization Schedule For Children And Adolescents.
Medscape (2/6, Frellick) reports, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have released the 2018 immunization schedule for” youngsters and...
Opioid-Exposed Newborns May Fare Better With Mother Instead Of In NICU, Review Suggests.
Reuters (2/5, Rapaport) reports that a research review of six previously published studies covering a total of 549 babies suggests that opioid-exposed newborns “might have shorter hospital stays and less need for medications if they stay in a room with t...
Trump Administration Considering Medicaid Waivers To Impose Lifetime Limits.
McClatchy (2/5, Pugh) reports that at least five states have requested a waiver from the Trump Administration to allow them to impose lifetime Medicaid coverage limits. McClatchy adds that the proposals “reflect the administration’s belief that Medicaid...
Infants Born With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome May Have Significantly Smaller Head Circumference Than Babies With No Fetal Exposure To Opioids, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (2/5, Walker) reports, “Infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) had significantly smaller head circumference than infants with no fetal exposure to opioids,” researchers found in a study presented at the Society for Maternal-Fe...
CDC Officials Warn On Seoul Virus Transmission Among Owners, Breeders Of Pet Rats.
HealthDay (2/5, Thompson) reports that in an article published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Barbara Knust, DVM, MPH, a veterinarian and epidemiologist with the CDC’s Viral Special Pathogens Branch, and colleagues report on the tran...
New Campaign Pressures Tech Giants To Make Their Products Less Addictive.
USA Today (2/5, Guynn) reports on the “Truth About Tech” campaign in which “former Facebook and Google employees and investors who helped build the services used by billions are putting pressure on the technology giants to make their products less addict...
CDC Officials Say Flu Responsible For Deaths Of 53 Children.
On its website, CBS News (2/3, Begnaud) reported that the flu epidemic has led to the deaths of 53 children so far. As CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat explained, “We’re seeing deaths increase in children and in adults. ... So it’s proving to be a v...
Several States Considering Their Own Version Of The ACA’s Individual Mandate.
The Wall Street Journal (2/4, Armour, Subscription Publication) reported that several states are mulling their own versions of the ACA’s individual mandate, which could exacerbate differences between Democratic states that aim to stabilize the ACA, and R...
New Hampshire Senate OKs Bill To Preserve Child Abuse, Neglect Records For Seven Years.
The AP (2/4, Ramer) reports the New Hampshire Senate approved a bill that would require the Division of Children, Youth, and Families to keep records of child abuse and neglect allegations determined “unworthy of investigating” for at least seven years....
Researchers Focusing On Importance Of Infants’ Exposure To Microorganisms.
Jane E. Brody writes in the New York Times (2/5, Subscription Publication) that research suggests “cesarean deliveries and limited breast-feeding can distort the population of microorganisms in a baby’s gut and may explain the unchecked rise of worrisome...
Child Abuse Deaths Rise, HHS Report Says.
The AP (2/2, Slodysko, Crary) reported that an analysis last week from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau revealed that child abuse fatalities have increased, “with the bulk of the increase occurring in two states – Indiana an...
Children In Daycare May Not Learn About Sun Safety, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/2, Rapaport) reported researchers found that children in daycare “may not always learn about sun safety because their teachers are more focused on lessons about” other health matters. Dr. Henry Lim, the president of the American Academy of Der...
More Teens Identify As Transgender Or Gender Nonconforming Than Previously Believed, Study Suggests.
The AP (2/4, Tanner) reports a new study published in Pediatrics analyzed almost 81,000 students in ninth and 11th grade and found that nearly 2,200, or nearly three percent, identified as transgender or gender nonconforming. The study found that these c...
Parents Need To Discuss Tattoo Safety With Their Kids, Nurse Says.
In a perspective piece in the Washington Post (2/2) “On Parenting” blog, registered nurse Lynn Mohr, PhD, wrote, “Thirty-eight states have laws prohibiting minors from obtaining a tattoo without” permission from their parents. Now, “with the cultural acc...

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