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Marijuana Usage Prevalence Among US Teens Examined.
HealthDay (11/6, Norton) reports, “Today’s American teens are smoking less than ever, and the trend may be keeping many from smoking pot, too,” researchers concluded after tracking some one “million teens from 1991 to 2016.” The findings were published o...
Some Parents Turn To High-Tech Gadgets To Monitor Their Babies.
CNN (11/6, Howard) reported on the “hundreds of high-tech gadgets on the market that promise to help new parents closely monitor their babies’ health and well-being.” Parents should know, however that “the Food and Drug Administration has not cleared or...
House Approves Five More Years Of Funding For Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The AP (11/3, Fram) reported that on Friday, the US House voted 242-174 to approve “five more years of financing for” the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but “a partisan battle over paying for the extension” is expected to delay Senate approval of t...
HHS Announces $10 Million Research Effort Into Helping Teens Make Healthier Choices.
The Hill (11/3, Hellmann) reported on Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services “announced a $10 million research endeavor” to “support and improve” teen pregnancy prevention, “including efforts that encourage teens to avoid sex.” The research...
Psychological Effects Of Hurricane Maria On Puerto Rico’s Youngsters Will Be Long-Lasting, Hard To Erase, Leaders Fear.
USA Today (11/5, Jervis) reported that in wake of Hurricane Maria, “mental health is becoming a growing concern for disaster and Puerto Rican officials.” Now, many “leaders...fear the psychological effects of the storm on children will be long-lasting an...
New Zika Cases Have Decreased In 2017 From Past Two Years.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (11/3, Cunningham) reported the number of new Zika cases in the Western Hemisphere is much lower than it was in 2015 and 2016. However, “if Zika behaves like other arboviruses, such as chikungunya and dengue, it...
Mothers Who Use Social Media-Enhanced Website On Infant Vaccinations More Likely To Have Infants With Current Vaccinations, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/6, Walker) reports a small randomized trial published in Pediatrics found that “pregnant women who received information about infant vaccination via a web site with social media components were more likely to have infants who were curre...
Cord Blood Therapy May Be Beneficial For Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (11/3, Preidt) reported that research suggests that for children with spastic cerebral palsy, “infusions of their own umbilical cord blood might make” certain “basic movements...easier.” Investigators “found that those who received one intraven...
Children With Asthma Who Are Also Obese May Be Admitted To Hospital More Often For Asthma Complications, Study Suggests.
Reuters (11/2, Crist) reports that research suggests kids “with asthma who are also obese are admitted to the hospital more often for asthma complications.” Investigators found that “among children ages 3 to 8 hospitalized for asthma, the obese patients...
House To Vote On CHIP, But Funding Remains At Issue.
The New York Times (11/2, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that the House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill Friday reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and fund community health centers. The Times reports that t...
Screen Time Prior To Bed May Disrupt Children’s Ability To Sleep, Study Suggests.
The Denver Post (11/2, Rubino) reports a study published in the journal Pediatrics found spending time using electronic screens “leads to later bedtimes, less sleep and less-restful sleep in children.” The article says children “have larger pupils and mo...
UK’s Nice Recommends Statins For Kids Under 10 Who Have Inherited High Cholesterol Risk.
The Telegraph (UK) (11/2, Donnelly) reports that guidance issued Nov. 2 from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommends that “statins should be given to thousands of children by the age of 10.” General practitioners “are...
Some 982,000 US Kids Ages Six To 12 Were Core Participants In Tackle Football Last Year, Survey Finds.
Under the headline “Would you let your child play football?,” CNN (11/2, Larned) reports that last year, some 982,000 youngsters in the US “ages 6 to 12 were core participants in tackle football, according to a Sports and Fitness Industry Association sur...
Preterm Birth Rate In US Increased For Second Consecutive Year, Report Indicates.
STAT (11/1, Ross) reports that “the preterm birth rate in the U.S. has increased for the second consecutive year, according to a new report” from the March of Dimes, “and minorities are suffering a disproportionate share of those births.” The report indi...
Trump Wants To Add Repeal Of ACA Individual Mandate To Tax Reform Bill.
The Washington Post (11/1, Paletta) reports that on Wednesday, President Trump “said congressional Republicans should make a major change to their upcoming tax cut bill by including changes to the Affordable Care Act, an idea that has divided the GOP for...
House Advances CHIP and Medicare Panel Bills For Floor Vote.
The Washington Examiner (11/1, King) reports that the House Rules Committee moved to advance legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to the House floor Wednesda...
Survey: Peanut Allergies Up 21% In Children.
Medscape (11/1, Frellick) reports “peanut allergies in children have risen 21% since 2010, according to data from a national survey of 53,000 families” presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, rais...
Pediatric Concussions May Be Underdiagnosed, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/1, Basen) reports researchers found that pediatric concussions were “grossly” underdiagnosed in “a Level 1 trauma center’s pediatric emergency department.” The findings were presented at the American College of Emergency Medicine’s annu...
Kids With History Of Eczema Who Are Hospitalized For Asthma Exacerbation May Have Longer Hospital Stay, Require More Treatment, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/1, Walker) reports that research indicated that “kids with a history of eczema who were hospitalized for asthma exacerbation had a longer hospital stay that required more treatment.” Researchers found, “in a cohort of highly allergic ch...
Bariatric Surgery May Induce Brain Changes In Obese Adolescents, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/1, Monaco) reports that research indicated that “after undergoing vertical sleeve gastrectomy, adolescents with obesity showed improved executive skills and reward functioning.” The study indicated “the surgery group showed a larger gai...
Researchers Call For More Studies On How Smartphones Affect Kids.
USA Today (11/1, Molina) reports researchers studying the effects media have on kids called “for more research into how kids are impacted by increased time in front of digital screens” at Wednesday’s Interdisciplinary Summit on Children and Screen Time,...
House Republicans Remove Medicare Premium Hikes From CHIP Bill.
The Washington Examiner (10/31, King) reports House Republicans agreed to remove a provision of their Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization bill which would increase Medicare premiums for wealthier seniors who make $500,000 or more. The Hou...
Confusion Abounds As ACA Open Enrollment Period Begins.
The New York Times (10/31, Goodnough, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that as the Affordable Care Act’s fifth open enrollment period begins, “the law is reeling from continued attacks by Mr. Trump that have sown confusion and anxiety among the ro...
Kids Whose Moms Had A Dog While Pregnant May Be Less Likely To Develop Atopic Dermatitis As Toddlers, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (10/31, Walker) reports youngsters “whose mothers had a dog while they were pregnant were significantly less likely to develop atopic dermatitis, or eczema, as toddlers,” researchers found. The study was presented at the American College of...
Helmet Use In Baseball, Softball Appears To Be Low, Review Indicates.
HealthDay (10/31, Preidt) reports that helmet use in baseball and softball appears to be low, researchers concluded after reviewing “29 studies that included nearly 243,000 traumatic brain injuries sustained by baseball and softball players between 1982...
Length Of Breast-Feeding May Affect Maternal Bond With Child, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (10/31, Preidt) reports, “The longer a new mom breast-feeds, the stronger her maternal bond may be with her child years later,” according to a 10-year study of nearly 1,300 US families. The findings (pdf) were published in the journal Developme...
US Consumer Safety Product Commission Announced Recall Of Two Baby Products.
CNN (10/31, Scutti) reports that last week, “the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced...the recall of two baby products: Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Seats and PlanToys Baby Gyms.” So far, “no injuries have been reported with either product.”

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