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Teenagers With Mental Health Problems More Likely To Use Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Study Suggests
MedPage Today (6/3, Hlavinka) reports that “teens with mental health problems were more likely to take up cigarettes, both electronic and regular, according to a longitudinal study” published in Pediatrics. Youths aged “12-17 with at least four externaliz...
Lesbian, Gay, And Bisexual Teens May Be More Than Twice As Likely As Straight Peers To Practice Self-Harm, Researchers Say
HealthDay (6/3, Mozes) reports, “An alarming number of teens practice self-harm, but lesbian, gay and bisexual teens may be more than twice as likely as their straight peers to cut, hit or bruise themselves,” research indicated. After examining the “self-...
Teens Who Fall Short Of Recommended Hours Of Sleep Each Night May Be More Prone To Have Sex While Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Drugs, Researchers Say
The Deseret (UT) News (6/3, Collins) reports, “A new study published by the American Psychological Association on Monday suggests teens who regularly fall short of the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night may be more likely than well-rested peers...
Blood Glucose Levels That Are Elevated But Below Those Associated With A Diagnosis Of Gestational Diabetes May Be Tied With Obesity Risk In Children, Researchers Say
Medscape (6/3, McCall, Subscription Publication) reports, “Blood glucose levels that are elevated but below those associated with a diagnosis of gestational diabetes are associated with obesity risk in children,” researchers found after examining data on...
Ketamine May Help Teens With Treatment-Resistant Depression, Study Suggests
Medscape (6/3, Lowry, Subscription Publication) reports research indicates ketamine “may help teens with treatment-resistant depression.” The findings of the 17-patient, four-week study were presented at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology...
Parents Of Children With Spinal Muscular Atrophy Say Price Of Gene Therapy Is Not Too High
STAT (6/3, Garde) reports that Novartis’ announced $2.1 million price for Zolgensma, a gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, “has sparked a national debate about just how much society should pay for the medicines it needs.” However, the article sugges...
YouTube Still Has To Turn Off Its Recommendation Systems On Videos Of Children
In a greater than 1,500-word article, the New York Times (6/3, Fisher, Taub) reports that some family videos of an innocent nature uploaded to YouTube can end up being circulated “to people seemingly motivated by sexual interest in children.” While “Jenni...
Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria May Increase Risk Of Food Allergies In Children With Severe Eczema, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (5/31, Boyles) reported researchers found that “colonization with the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium was significantly and independently associated with food allergy in young children with eczema enrolled in a pivotal peanut allergy prevent...
California Governor Voices Concerns About Enacting Tougher Vaccine Rules
The AP (6/1) reported, “Gov. Gavin Newsom [D-CA] says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit doctors from granting medical exemptions for” youngsters’ vaccinations. The bill, now under consideration by the state Assembly, “would give stat...
Researchers Examine How Video Game Gun Violence Exposure May Affect Kids’ Behavior With Real Firearms
HealthDay (5/31, Thompson) reported that children “who played a version of” the video game “Minecraft featuring guns were much more likely to handle a happened-upon but unloaded firearm than kids whose Minecraft game featured swords or no weapons at all,”...
Researchers Examine Impact Of Atopic Dermatitis In Infancy And Childhood On Behavior And Emotional Problems
Pulmonology Advisor (5/31, Rothbard) reported researchers found that “although atopic dermatitis (AD) in infancy was not associated with later behavioral problems, at 6.5 years old, children who experienced asthma or AD symptoms within the previous year w...
Many Pediatric Patients With Multiple Sclerosis May Be Undertreated, Research Indicates
MedPage Today (6/1, George) reported researchers analyzed “administrative insurance claims data in the” US and found that “many pediatric patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are undertreated.” The findings were presented at the Consortium of Multiple Sc...
Children With T1D Who Are Under Age Seven May Have More Variability In Insulin Needs Than Teens Or Adults, Research Suggests
Medwire News (5/31, McDermid) reported, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] who are aged six years or younger have significantly more variability in their insulin needs than adolescents or adults,” research indicated. What’s more, “the highly variable in...
CDC Says Ten Additional Cases Of Salmonella Linked To Pet Hedgehogs
HealthDay (5/31, Preidt) reported, “Ten more cases of salmonella linked to pet hedgehogs have been reported in the United States, bringing the total to 27, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest cases were reported in...
Transgender Teens Said To Be Using “Binders” To Help Flatten Breasts
The New York Times (5/31, Sohn) reported that “for today’s tweens and teens who identify as gender-nonconforming or transgender, shopping for a binder may mean a compression undergarment worn to flatten breasts.” Binders are said to “resemble tight unders...
Controlled Burns Appear To Pose Less Of An Air Pollution Risk To Children Than Wildfires, Study Suggests
HealthDay (5/30, Preidt) reports that “controlled burns pose less of an air pollution risk to children than wildfires,” researchers concluded after analyzing “blood samples from two groups of” seven- and eight-year-old youngsters “in Fresno, Calif.” to as...
Healthy Eating During Breastfeeding Period Linked To Protection From Obesity In Offspring
HealthDay (5/30) reports research suggests “breastfeeding moms with healthy eating habits have slimmer infants, who could then be protected from obesity later.” Moreover, “rapid weight gain and fat accumulation during an infant’s first six months of life...
Smoking Around Pregnant Women May Increase Children’s Risk Of Asthma, Study Suggests
The Telegraph (UK) (5/31, Bodkin) reports a new study suggests that smoking around pregnant women “significantly increases the risk of the baby developing asthma.” Researchers who “followed 756 children up to the age of six, and included regular medical e...
C-Section Delivery Increases Risk Of Infection In Offspring Up To First Five Years, Study Indicates
OBGYN News (5/30) reports a study of 7.3 million singleton deliveries in high-income countries suggests “delivery by C-section – especially when elective – carries a significantly higher hospitalization risk for severe infection in the first 5 years of li...
Certain FTO Gene Variants May Predict Overeating In Children Who Are Not Obese, Study Suggests
Medscape (5/30, Busko, Subscription Publication) reports, “Children who were not obese and were allowed to eat as much as they wanted of a lunch of familiar foods ate more if they had certain fat mass- and obesity-associated (FTO) gene variants,” research...
Anti-Vaccination Content Still Accessible On Facebook
On its front page, the Wall Street Journal (5/30, A1, Horwitz, Subscription Publication) reports that even though Facebook pledged to combat vaccine misinformation ten weeks ago, such anti-vaccination content still remains widely accessible across the soc...
Design Of “Rock ‘n Play” Infant Sleeper Conflicts With Pediatrician Group Guidelines On What Constitutes Safe Infant Sleep
In a nearly 4,500-word piece titled “Fisher-Price invented a popular baby sleeper without medical safety tests and kept selling it, even as babies died,” the Washington Post (5/30, Frankel) reports that the infant sleeper known as the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper...
When Shots Begin At Younger Age, More Adolescents Appear To Get Meningococcal Vaccine, Researchers Say
Reuters (5/29, Rapaport) reports, “Teens are more likely to get at least one of two recommended doses of the meningococcal vaccine when they receive their first shot by early adolescence,” researchers found after examining “vaccination data collected on m...
Low Socioeconomic Status, Experience Of Traumatic Stressful Events May Be Associated With Brain Structure, Function Parameters, And Behavior In Youths, Research Suggests
Healio (5/29, Demko) reports, “Low socioeconomic status and the experience of traumatic stressful events seemed to be linked with brain structure and function parameters as well as behavior,” researchers concluded after examining “data from a community-ba...
Suicides Increased Among Young People Following March 2017 Release Of “13 Reasons Why” TV Series, Researchers Say
MedPage Today (5/29, Hlavinka) reports, “Suicides increased among young people following the March 2017 release of 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix series exploring a fictional 17-year-old girl’s suicide, and were associated at least temporally with social med...
Report Indicates 20 Percent Of Hospitals Fully Meet National Maternal Care Standards
Modern Healthcare (5/29, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports Leapfrog Group issued a report indicating “approximately one in five hospitals fully met national standards for performing lower rates of Cesarean sections and other maternal care medical...
Children Teased About Their Weight May Gain More In Adulthood, Study Suggests
NPR (5/30, Neilson) reports a new study suggests that children who are overweight or obese and who are teased or bullied may be more likely to gain weight “well into adulthood.” Researchers who followed “110 children and young teens (average age was about...
FDA Authorizes First Diagnostic Test For Zika Virus
On its website, CBS News (5/29, Gibson) reports the FDA has “authorized the marketing of the first diagnostic test for the Zika virus,” developed by Seattle, Washington-based InBios. The authorization applies to the ZIKV Detect 2.0 IgM Capture ELISA test,...
Participation In Team Sports As A Young Person May Significantly Reduce Likelihood Of Depression, Anxiety For People With Childhood Trauma, Study Indicates
The NPR (5/28, Neilson) “Shots” blog reports, “Participation in team sports as a young person can significantly reduce the long-term likelihood of depression and anxiety for people with childhood trauma,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 9...
Research Suggests Direct Correlation Between Increasing Rate Of Childhood Mental Illness, Healthcare Costs
FierceHealthcare (5/28, Renfrow) reports, “There is a direct correlation between the increasing rate of childhood mental illness and healthcare costs,” researchers at IBM Watson Health concluded in a study “presented at the ISPOR 2019 conference.” Specifi...
Majority Of Un- Or Under-Vaccinated Kindergartners In At Least 10 States Were Allowed To Enroll Provisionally For Last School Year Without Any Formal Vaccine Exemption, CDC Data Reveal
The AP (5/28, Smyth) reports in wake of “the worst measles outbreak in decades,” states “are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons.” However, “schoolchildren using suc...
Black And Hispanic Children May Miss More School Days Due To Atopic Dermatitis Than White Children, Study Indicates
Healio (5/28, Jaramillo) reports researchers found “in a cross-sectional study” that “black and Hispanic children had a 1.5-fold and 3.4-fold greater chance, respectively, to be absent at least 6 days from school during a 6-month period because of atopic...
More Than 40% Of Teens With An STI Who Visited An ED Did Not Fill Their Prescriptions To Treat Those Infections, Researchers Find
MedPage Today (5/28, Walker) reports, “More than 40% of teens who visited an emergency department [ED] with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) didn’t fill their prescriptions to treat those infections,” researchers concluded. The study revealed that a...
Prescription Stimulant Abuse In Youth Once Again On The Increase, Research Indicates
Medscape (5/28, Anderson, Subscription Publication) reports, “After a lull in the rates of prescription stimulant abuse in youth, it looks as though the phenomenon is on the rise again,” researchers concluded after analyzing survey responses “from 1777 re...
Many Teenagers Sleep With Their Phones, Survey Shows
The Washington Post (5/28, Timberg) reports four out of five teenagers with mobile devices said they keep them in their rooms overnight, according to a poll of 1,000 children and parents by consumer advocacy group Common Sense. The poll also found nearly...
Freshly Painted Surfaces Tied To Increased Risk For Asthma Exacerbations In Children, Research Indicates
MedPage Today (5/24, Susman) reported researchers found that “children diagnosed with asthma exposed to freshly painted surfaces in the home were at increased risk for asthma exacerbation, especially when smokers lived in the home and the child was taking...
Maine Governor Signs Bill Into Law Eliminating Religious And Philosophical Exemptions For Vaccinations
The AP (5/24) reported Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) “signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine.” The article added that “Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in th...
Teens Commonly Prescribed Opioids After ED Visits, Study Suggests
On its website, NBC News (5/28, Carroll) reports a new study has found that from 2005 to 2015, “nearly 15 percent of teens and young adults received an opioid prescription during an emergency” department “visit...compared with 3 percent among those who we...
TSA Now Allows Pediatric Epilepsy Drug Containing CBD On Flights
CNN (5/27, Sullivan, Kupperman) reports that “a pediatric epilepsy drug containing cannabis that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration is now permitted on flights, according to the Transportation Security Administration.” The Hill (5/27, R...
FDA Approves Gene Therapy For Spinal Muscular Atrophy Priced At $2.1 Million
The Washington Post (5/24, Rowland) reported the Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis’ Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi), a gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Novartis has priced the one-time treatment for SMA at $2.1 millio...
Schools Said To Be Rethinking Response To Vaping
The AP (5/26, Eaton-Robb) reported that schools “have been wrestling with how to balance discipline with prevention and treatment in their response to the soaring numbers of vaping students.” The piece explained that “experts say the CDC classifies e-ciga...
Exposure To Pool Chemicals Has Sends Thousands Of People To The ED Annually, CDC Says
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (5/24, Searing) reported, “For the past decade, exposure to chemicals that keep swimming pool waters clear and germ-free has sent an average of 4,535 people a year to the emergency” department, research indicated...
Senate Bipartisan Measure Seeks To Address Surprise Medical Bills, Other Healthcare Costs
The AP (5/23, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that on Thursday, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) unveiled a draft bill which seeks “to tackle surprise medical bills and other concerns, from prescription drug costs to uneven vaccination rates....
Summer Camps Said To Be Tightening Vaccine Policies
Reuters (5/23, Borter) reports that “as the United States battles its worst measles outbreak in 25 years, summer camps are tightening their policies on vaccines, with some prepared to turn away children whose parents opted not to vaccinate them against th...
Infants Exposed To Opioids In Womb Experience Heightened Pain, Study Suggests
HealthDay (5/23, Preidt) reports new research indicates newborn infants “who were exposed to opioids in the womb have stronger-than-normal reactions to pain and may require special care sooner than previously thought.” As soon as 24 to 48 hours after birt...
Incidence Of Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Increased Almost 10 Percent Annually From 2016-2013, Research Indicates
MedPage Today (5/23, Lawrence) reports a study indicates “incidence rates of pediatric thyroid cancer have increased almost 10% each year from 2006 to 2013 after increases of closer to 1% per year in the prior three decades.” The “increase was driven most...
Children At Highest Level Of Basketball May Be Susceptible To ACL Injuries, Coaches And Medical Experts Say
The Washington Post (5/23, Pell) reports on the rising number of ACL injuries among students playing basketball, injuries that “have prompted a question within the sport: Amid a demanding, year-round schedule that includes high school games, AAU tournamen...
California Bill Requiring Health Warnings On Sugary Beverages Advances
The Los Angeles Times (5/23, McGreevy) reports that “California lawmakers on Thursday advanced the last major surviving bill in a package aimed at reducing consumption of sodas, approving a measure that would require health warning labels on sugary drinks...
Medicaid Expansion Led To Decline In Maternal, Infant Mortality Rates, Study Indicates
The Orlando (FL) Sentinel (5/22, Miller) reports that Medicaid “plays a key role in improving the health of moms and babies,” according to a study conducted by researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. By examining “the di...
Over 100 Organizations Call On Social Media Platforms To Curb Tobacco Product Advertisements
Reuters (5/22, Kirkham) reports that “more than 100 public health and anti-tobacco organizations are calling on Facebook Inc, Instagram, Twitter and Snap Inc to take ‘swift action’ to curb advertising of tobacco products on their platforms.” The group of...

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