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Autism Rates In US Children Increased 15% Between 2012 And 2014, Data Indicate.
USA Today (4/26, Weintraub) reports, “Autism rates in schoolchildren jumped 15% between 2012 and 2014, continuing a two-decade rise,” data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal. The data do “not detail the reasons for the increase,”...
New York Considers Bill Preventing People Under 18 From Using Indoor Tanning Booths.
The AP (4/27) reports the New York Legislature is reviewing a bill that would prevent anyone under 18 from using indoor tanning booths. The measure, which passed the Assembly this week and moves to the Senate, would increase the age from 16 under current...
Prolonged Use Of Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Be Associated With An Increased Risk For ASD, AD/HD, Review Suggests.
Medscape (4/26, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Prolonged use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), researchers conclud...
Infants Born Prematurely May Have Abnormal Pulmonary Artery Acceleration Time At One-Year Corrected Age, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (4/26, Ranger) reports researchers found that “infants born before 29 weeks of gestation demonstrated abnormal pulmonary artery acceleration time (PAAT) at one-year corrected age, regardless of neonatal lung disease status.” The findi...
Teens Who Get More Sleep Cut Screen Time But Do Not Increase Physical Activity, Study Indicates.
Reuters (4/26, Rapaport) reports a study published in the journal Sleep Medicine suggests that adolescents who try to get extra sleep on school nights tend to “cut back mostly on sedentary activities like screen time without making major changes to their...
Many Children May Receive Prophylactic Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics While Hospitalized, Study Suggests.
Infectious Disease Advisor (4/26, Paridon) reports researchers found that “high proportions of hospitalized children received prophylactic broad-spectrum antibiotics (BSA) during their stay.” The findings were published in the Journal of the Pediatric In...
Mother’s Depression May Have Negative Links To Children’s Emotional, Intellectual Development, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/25, Weinstock) reports a study published in the journal Child Development indicates that a mother’s depression has links to “her children’s development from infancy through adolescence.” Researchers found that at the age of five, “children wit...
Introducing Key Developmental Protein Into The Uterus Prevented XLHED From Taking Hold In Children, Researchers Say.
STAT (4/25, Boodman) reports the generic disorder called X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) “is quite rare, affecting an estimated 1 in 17,000 people worldwide.” Patients with XLHED “have no sweat pores, and so can get dangerously overhea...
Some Preterm Births May Occur Because The Fetus Rejects The Mother, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (4/25, Thompson) reports research indicated “some preterm births occur because the fetus rejects the mother, after its immune system is triggered too early and senses maternal cells as foreign invaders.” Investigators discovered that “umbilical...
HIV-Infected Pregnant Women Appear To Have No Higher Risk Of Adverse Birth Outcomes When Receiving TDF-FTC-LPV/r Vs Other Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens.
MedPage Today (4/25, Walker) reports, “HIV-infected pregnant women had no higher risk of adverse birth outcomes when receiving tenofovir, emtricitabine, and ritonavir-boosted lopinavir (TDF-FTC-LPV/r) versus women who used other antiretroviral therapy re...
Treatment With Intraventricular Cerliponase Alfa May Decrease Motor And Language Function Declines In Children With Infantile Neuronal CLN2, Research Suggests.
Medscape (4/25, Brauser, Subscription Publication) reports, “Treatment with intraventricular cerliponase alfa (Brineura, BioMarin International) may decrease motor and language function declines in children with infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis t...
Two Doses A Year Of Antibiotics Can Sharply Cut Death Rates Among Infants In Poor Countries, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (4/25, McNeil, Subscription Publication) reports that a large study, called the MORDOR trial, by an international team of researchers suggests “two doses a year of an antibiotic can sharply cut death rates among infants in poor countri...
FDA Announces Crackdown On Sales Of E-Cigarettes To Minors.
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (4/24, McGinley) reports the Food and Drug Administration announced that they are conducting a national crackdown on e-cigarette sales to minors, especially Juul products. The New York Times (4/24, A1, Zernike, Ka...
Receiving Anesthesia Before Age Three Appears Not To Affect A Child’s Intelligence, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (4/24, Preidt) reports, “Receiving anesthesia before age three does not appear to affect a child’s intelligence,” researchers found after examining on data on some “1,000 people born between 1994 and 2007” who “were grouped according to their e...
Revised Guideline For Pediatric Hypertension Has Increased Estimated Prevalence Of Elevated BP In Kids And Teens By 20%, Researchers Say.
Medscape (4/24, Phillips, Subscription Publication) reports, “A revised classification table for pediatric hypertension has increased the estimated prevalence of elevated blood pressure (BP) in children and adolescents by 20%, new data” indicate. Last ye...
CNN Describes Latest Research On How Much Exercise Children Need.
On its website, CNN (4/24, Howard) reports on research on how much exercise children need on a daily basis. While describing genetic differences between children and adults, CNN notes that research institutions across the US have formed the Molecular Tra...
Experimental Drug May Extend Lifespan Of People With Progeria.
The AP (4/24, Tanner) reports the experimental drug lonafarnib may extend the lifespan of people with progeria, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the AP, “Researchers and others...
Vaping Linked To Higher Risk That Teens Will Try Marijuana, Study Indicates.
Reuters (4/23, Rapaport) reports a study suggests that teens who use e-cigarettes may be around twice as likely to try marijuana as their peers, according to research published in Pediatrics. The study found that “younger teens aged 12 to 14 were 2.7 tim...
Administration Favors Abstinence In Teen Pregnancy Programs.
The New York Times (4/23, Belluck, Subscription Publication) reports that HHS “has issued new rules for funding programs to prevent teenage pregnancy, favoring those that promote abstinence and not requiring as rigorous evidence of effectiveness.” The fu...
Iowa Governor Issues Order To Establish Children’s Mental Health Service.
The AP (4/23) reports that on Monday Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) “issued an order to begin establishing a children’s mental health service system.” The order creates a state board that “will submit recommendations on how Iowa can better serve children in...
Deaths From Suicide In Children, Teens Have Increased During The Past Decade, Report Finds.
Medscape (4/23, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Deaths from suicide in children and teenagers have dramatically increased during the past decade, with a notable spike in the past year,” researchers concluded in a report (pdf) released by the...
Rate Of Young Children Exposed To E-Cigarette Liquid Declines After Larger Increase, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (4/23, Salamon) reports a new study published in Pediatrics shows that after the rate of annual exposures of children to toxic liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes leaped 1,400 percent between 2012 and 2015, it dropped by 20 percent from 2015 t...
Many US Children With Brain Injuries Not Getting All The Rehabilitation Services They Need, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/20, Rapaport) reported that research indicates that “many children hospitalized in the US for brain injuries don’t receive all the rehabilitation services needed for them to potentially make a full recovery.” Investigators found that “children...
Trump Administration Announces Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Funding Will Focus On Abstinence.
The Hill (4/20, Hellmann) reported that the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday it will shift federal funding aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates to programs that teach abstinence. Grants from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program “wil...
MRI Study Finds Differences Between Normal Brains And Brains Of Kids With ADHD.
Medscape (4/20, Jacobs, Subscription Publication) reports on a study using cerebral radiomics, “an analytical framework for psychoradiology.” In the study, “eighty-three children between ages 7 and 14 years with newly diagnosed and never treated ADHD, an...
Bladder Wall Thickness, Pattern Of Uroflowmetry Curve Shape Linked To Healing Period In Pediatric Patients With OAB, Research Suggests.
Renal & Urology News (4/20, Charnow) reported that research suggests “bladder wall thickness and the pattern of uroflowmetry curve shape are associated with the healing period in pediatric patients with overactive bladder (OAB).” The findings were publis...
New JIA Guidelines Place Emphasis On Treating To Target.
Rheumatology News (4/20, Kling) reported, “New guidelines for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) place an emphasis on treating to target – a strategy made possible with new therapies that have transformed treatment in recent years, incl...
More Advertisements For Unhealthy Foods Than Healthy Foods Air During Hours When Children Watch Television, Study Indicates.
On its website, ABC News (4/19, Shopp) reports a new study conducted in Australia examining the amount of “junk food advertising” children are exposed to found that during the “times in which children were most likely to be watching...there were twice th...
Judge Says Trump Administration Cuts To Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Were “Unlawful.”
The Hill (4/19, Hellmann) reports a federal judge in Washington, DC ruled Thursday that the Trump Administration’s cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program were unlawful, and ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to accept and process...
New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Free E-Cigarette Handouts To Those Under 18.
The New York Daily News (4/19) reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes as promotional items given to minors. The legislation was crafted “in response to complaints” the bill’s sponsor “receive...
FDA Panel Unanimously Recommends Epilepsy Drug Derived From Marijuana.
NBC Nightly News (4/19, story 10, 1:50, Holt) reported that the FDA may be ready to approve “the first prescription medicine with an ingredient found in marijuana” for the treatment of patients with epilepsy. The New York Times (4/19, Kaplan, Subscriptio...
Adolescents, Educators Reflect On How #MeToo Impacts High School Students.
The New York Times (4/19, Lu, Subscription Publication) reports on how the #MeToo movement resonates with adolescents, citing high school girls who say sexual harassment is “just something high school girls know they have to deal with.” The Times reports...
Teens, Young Adults Who Use Cannabis More Frequently More Likely To Have Some Reductions In Cognitive Functioning, Review Suggests.
TIME (4/18, Park) reports that a review published online April 18 in JAMA Psychiatry analyzed “69 studies involving younger cannabis users,” that is, teenagers and young adults. Investigators “found that compared to non-users, those who used marijuana fr...
US Senators, Advocacy Groups Write To FDA, JUUL Labs Calling For Steps To Halt Underage Use.
CNBC (4/18, LaVito) reports 11 Democratic senators wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, “It is imperative that the FDA take immediate steps to remove kid-friendly e-cigarette and cigar flavorings from the market. If companies want to use...
Majority Of Young People Don’t Believe JUUL Contains Nicotine, Survey Shows.
The Washington Times (4/18, Kelly) reports that 63 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds who use JUUL said that they did not know the product contains nicotine, according to a survey from Truth Initiative. Truth Initiative CEO Robin Koval said in a statement, “...
Fewer Than 20% Of Children Who Developed HSP Had A Recurrence Of Pediatric Vasculitis, Study Finds.
MedPage Today (4/18, Walsh) reports, “Fewer than 20% of children who developed Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) had a recurrence of” pediatric vasculitis, research indicated. Youngsters “who did have a second or third episode,” however, “had risk factors i...
Investigational Once-Daily Liquid Drug May Improve Protein Levels In Babies With SMA, Study Indicates.
MD Magazine (4/18, Kunzmann) reports that RG7916, “an investigational once-daily liquid drug, may be able to improve protein levels in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA),” research indicated. Included in the study were “21 babies, aged 3-7 months...
Girls Whose Mothers Were Overweight Or Who Had High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy May Be More Likely To Enter Puberty Early, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (4/17, Dallas) reports, “Girls whose moms were overweight or had high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to enter puberty early,” researchers found after examining “the metabolic health of more than 15,000 women and the start of pu...
Medical Associations, Child-Welfare Institutions Urge States To Prioritize Bills Banning Conversion Therapy For Minors.
USA Today (4/17, Miller) reports that this year, across the US, “a record number of jurisdictions...are taking aim at conversion therapy for minors: an attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through tactics as obvious as hypnos...
Neonatal Caffeine Therapy For Apnea Of Prematurity In Very Low Birth Weight Infants May Improve Visual, Motor Outcomes, Study Suggests.
Healio (4/17, Thiel) reports researchers found that “neonatal caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity in very low birth weight infants showed improved visuomotor, visuoperceptual and visuospatial outcomes at age 11 years compared with infants who did n...
Most Infants Born Since 1980 Lack B. Infantis Bacteria.
TODAY (4/17, Holohan) reports that “one bacteria babies once received from their moms is B. infantis, which defends against harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, Staphylococcus or Streptococcus.” However, most infants “born since 1980 lack B. infantis becau...
Study Finds Increase In Marijuana-Related ED Visits By Colorado Teens.
Reuters (4/17, Lehman) reports a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that between 2005 and 2015 in Colorado, “the proportion of emergency department or urgent care visits by youth ages 13 to 20 for pot-related illnesses rose from 1.8 per 1,00...
FDA Approves Burosumab-Twza For Rare Form Of Rickets.
Reuters (4/17, Mishra) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.’s Crysvita (burosumab-twza) “to treat x-linked hypophosphatemia in children and adults.” The FDA gave Ultragenyx a “rare pediatric disease voucher,” b...
Transgender, Gender Nonconforming Youngsters Vulnerable To Bullying, Long-Term Depression, Large Studies Indicate.
The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer (4/16, Giordano) reports that “transgender and gender nonconforming youngsters are at far greater risk for depression, attention-deficit disorder, suicidal thoughts, and other mental and emotional problems than their peers,...
Children Born With Nonchromosomal Abnormalities Have Higher Risk For Childhood Cancers, Analysis Indicates.
Medscape (4/16, Castellino, Subscription Publication) reports that researchers have found, “in a retrospective analysis of registry data on more than 10 million live births, the risk for childhood cancers was 2.6-fold higher in children born with nonchro...
Young People Drinking Less, Baby Boomers Drinking More, Data Show.
The Washington Post (4/16, Achenbach) reports that while teenagers and college-aged Americans are drinking alcohol at lower rates than 10 years ago, “baby boomers” are drinking at an “alarming rate,” according to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring t...
Pregnancy Is Five Times More Likely For Teens In Texas Foster Care System, Analysis Indicates.
The Texas Tribune (4/16, Greene) reports an analysis released by Texans Care for Children shows that teen girls in Texas’ foster care system or who have just left it “have a much higher risk of becoming pregnant or becoming teen parents compared to other...
Short-Term Spikes In Air Pollution May Be Associated With Higher Risk For Respiratory Infections, Especially Among Young Children, Research Suggests.
Medscape (4/13, Mahoney, Subscription Publication) reported that research suggests “short-term spikes in air pollution are linked to an increased risk for respiratory infections, particularly among young children.” The findings were published online in t...
Pediatric Psychologist Discusses Warning Signs Of Depression In Kids, Teens.
HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) interviewed pediatric psychologist Kimberly Burkhart, PhD, of the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, who advised parents on “11 telltale warning signs” indicative of depression in children and adolescents. Such signs...
Preschool, Day Care May Not Increase Kids’ Risk Of Developing Asthma, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (4/13, Preidt) reported that research published in the Journal of Asthma suggests preschool and day care may not increase kids’ “risk of developing asthma.” Investigators analyzed “32 studies published between 1964 and 2017.” The researchers “f...

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