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FDA Approves Inhaler To Treat Or Prevent Bronchospasm.
Medscape (12/24, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reported the Food and Drug Administration approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) “for use in people aged 4 years and older to treat or prevent bronchospasm in indiv...
Asfotase Alfa Appears To Be Safe, Effective For Treating Long-Term Hypophosphatasia In Children, Researchers Say.
Endocrine Today (12/21, Schaffer) reported, “Infants and young children with perinatal or infantile hypophosphatasia treated with asfotase alfa before age three years experienced ‘substantial early improvements’ in skeletal mineralization and respiratory...
FDA Warns Against Use Of Teething Jewelry.
Reuters (12/20, Babu, Joseph) reports that in a warning, the Food and Drug Administration is now urging parents to “stay away from” so-called teething jewelry, that is, “necklaces and bracelets used to relieve teething pain in infants.” The FDA’s action...
Several Lawmakers Accuse Trump Of Attempting To “Undermine” Obama Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
The Hill (12/20, Burke) reports that several Democratic senators are “accusing President Trump of trying to undermine the Obama-era Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in defiance of a court order.” They wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar saying “they are co...
More Chicago-Area Hospitals Offering Nitrous Oxide During Childbirth.
The Chicago Tribune (12/20, Schencker) reports on the increasing use of nitrous oxide in metro Chicago hospitals to women during childbirth. While “the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists doesn’t have an official position on its use durin...
About 10 Percent Of Pediatric Asthma Cases Could Be Avoided In The Absence Of Obesity, Study Indicates.
The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer (12/20, Cronan) reports, “About 10 percent of pediatric asthma cases could be avoided in the absence of obesity,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the medical records of more than 500,000 children aged two to 17 using...
From 2003 To 2016, 452 US Children Died As A Result Of Workplace Injuries, GAO Says.
The Washington Post (12/20, Van Dam) reports, “A total of 452 children” in the US “died as a result of workplace injuries from 2003 to 2016,” statistics from the Government Accountability Office reveal. Notably, 73 “of those who died were age 12 or young...
Odds Of A Child Dying Before Age 18 Are Far Higher In The US Than In Other High-Income Countries, Researchers Say.
Reuters (12/19, Emery) reports, “The odds of a child dying before age 18 are far higher in the U.S. than in other high-income countries, with firearms and motor vehicle accidents accounting for much of the exceptionally high mortality,” researchers concl...
Trump Administration Releases Plan To Confront Lead Exposure In Children.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (12/19, Dennis) reports that on Dec. 19, “the Trump administration released a long-awaited ‘federal lead action plan’ to ‘help federal agencies work strategically and collaboratively to reduce exposure to lead w...
Young Children May Be More Likely To Demand Specific Sugary Breakfast Cereals When They See TV Ads For Those Products, Study Suggests.
Reuters (12/19, Rapaport) reports, “Young children are more likely to demand specific sugary cereals for breakfast when they have seen television ads for these products,” researchers found after surveying “parents of 624 preschool-age children every eigh...
Kids Who Live With Cats And Dogs When They Are Infants May Be Less Likely To Develop Allergies Later In Childhood, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (12/19, Bakalar) reports, “Children who live with cats and dogs when they are infants are less likely to develop allergies later in childhood,” researchers found in a study involving 1,278 children. The study also revealed that “the mo...
Smoke Exposure May Be Worse For Kids In Poorer Neighborhoods.
MedPage Today (12/19, Boyles) reports second-hand and third-hand smoke risk appears to be higher for children who live in poor rural areas, research indicated. The study found “15% of children (ages six months to four years) had levels of the nicotine by...
Experts Urge Caution When Considering DNA Kits For Kids.
The Washington Post (12/19, Mullin) reports DNA kits like 23andMe are often marketed to families and children, but some genetic counselors urge caution. Katie Stoll, executive director of the nonprofit Genetic Support Foundation, explained, “Children sho...
US Surgeon General Warns Of The Dangers Of Teen E-Cigarette Use.
The AP (12/18, Perrone) reports in an advisory, Surgeon General Jerome Adams “said parents, teachers, health professionals and government officials must take ‘aggressive steps’ to keep children from using e-cigarettes.” Adams said, “nicotine is dangerous...
Trump’s Safety Commission Suggests That Schools Consider Arming Personnel.
The Washington Post (12/18, Meckler) reports that on Tuesday, President Trump’s Federal Commission on School Safety suggested that “school systems consider arming personnel and advised against increasing the minimum age required for gun purchases.” The c...
Researchers Identify Genetic Mutations Tied To Rare Hereditary Condition That Can Cause Deadly Brain Bleeding In Babies.
HealthDay (12/18, Preidt) reports researchers found “genetic mutations linked with” vein of Galen malformation, “a blood vessel defect that can lead to deadly brain bleeds in babies.” The article explains that vein of Galen malformation is “a rare heredi...
Ondansetron Use In Pregnancy Appears To Carry No Risk Of Malformations, Slight Risk Of Oral Cleft In Infants, Researchers Say.
CNN (12/18, Howard) reports ondansetron, a medication prescribed to women suffering from vomiting and nausea during pregnancy who do not respond to homeopathic or other treatments, does not carry an associated risk or heart-related or other malformations...
Young Infants At Risk For Severe Pertussis Despite Acellular Vaccine Programs, Study Suggests.
Healio (12/18) reports a study suggests “infants aged younger than 2 months had higher rates of morbidity and death related to pertussis in the era of acellular vaccination.” Also, of the “1,402 patients aged 16 years and younger with pertussis who were...
Teens Who Use Marijuana May Experience Hallucinations, Paranoia, And Anxiety, Study Suggests.
Reuters (12/18, Rapaport) reports, “More than two in five teens who use marijuana experience psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety,” researchers found after surveying “146 teen marijuana users, ages 14 to 18.” The study revealed th...
Friday Report Cards Linked To Increased Risk Of Child Abuse, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (12/17, Jacobs) reports that researchers have “found a nearly fourfold increase in confirmed reports of child abuse on the Saturdays immediately after the distribution of report cards at Florida public schools.” The findings were publi...
FDA To Hold Hearing On Products To Help Teens Stop Vaping.
NBC News (12/17, Fox) reports the FDA, in a statement said it “is holding a public hearing to obtain the public’s perspectives on the potential role drug therapies may play in the broader effort to eliminate youth e-cigarette and other tobacco product us...
Low Birth-Weight Infants Have Increased Risk For Malaria, Study Suggests.
Healio (12/17) reports a new study suggests that “infants who were born with a low birth weight for their gestational age were approximately two times more likely to have malaria infection or clinical malaria compared with infants born at a normal weight...
Fathers Who Talk With Their Teenage Sons About Condom Use Can Help Prevent STIs, Unplanned Pregnancies, Researchers Say.
Reuters (12/17, Rapaport) reports a new study reveals the ways in which fathers struggle to discuss proper condom use and safe sex with their sons. Although “most of the fathers and sons had talked about sex,” a number “of the dads felt ill prepared to e...
Purified Form Of Cannabidiol Reduces Seizure Burden In Children With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy, Review Confirms.
Medscape (12/17, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reports that a review confirms that “an FDA-approved, purified form of cannabidiol (Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals) reduces seizure burden in children with drug-resistant epilepsy.” The findings were pu...
Administration To Roll Back Obama-Era School Discipline Policies.
The New York Times (12/17, A1, Green, Benner) reports the Trump Administration is looking “to roll back Obama-era policies aimed at ensuring that minority children are not unfairly disciplined, arguing that the efforts have eased up on punishment and con...
Annual Survey Finds Steep Increase In Teen Vaping.
The AP (12/17, Stobbe) reports a federally funded study conducted by University of Michigan researchers has found “twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a...
Experts Debate Whether Digital Technology And Social Media Usage Is Responsible For Rising Rates Of Depression Among Children And Young Adults.
USA Today (12/14, Alltucker) reported that “some experts are debating whether...smartphones, tablet computers and social media” usage “is responsible for the rising rates of depression among children and young adults.” Currently, “major depression rates...
Teenage Boys More Likely Than Teenage Girls To Die By Suicide, Researchers Say.
The NBC News (12/15, Compton) website reported that even though “teenage girls attempt suicide more often than teenage boys, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, boys are more likely to die by suicide.” In fact, “suicide rates for...
Good Sleep Routines May Help Children Get Their Needed Rest, Review Suggests.
HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reported, “Good sleep routines can help children get the rest they need,” investigators concluded after reviewing “44 studies from 16 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.” Included in the studies were “nearly 300,000 chi...
Flu Vaccinations Rise Sharply In Both Children And Adults, Data Show.
STAT (12/14) reported that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that the number of children and teens vaccinated as of mid-November was up nearly 7 percentage points over last year at that time and coverage among adults was up...
FDA Approves Romiplostim For Pediatric Patients With Immune Thrombocytopenia.
MD Magazine (12/14) reported the Food and Drug Administration approved Amgen Inc’s NPLATE (romiplostim) “for the treatment of pediatric patients aged 1 year and older with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) for a minimum of 6 months and who have had an insuff...
Previous Diagnosis Of Depression Tied To Increased Risk Of Concussion In Children Playing Football, Study Indicates.
TIME (12/13, Gregory) reports researchers found that “children who have been previously diagnosed with depression had a five-fold increased risk of suffering a concussion while playing football compared to those who did not have a depression diagnosis.”...
Proposed Oregon Measure Would Require Yearly Mental Health Wellness Check For Every Student In Grades Six Through 12.
The Salem (OR) Statesman Journal (12/13) reports that because “the pervasiveness of mental health issues and child suicide rates leads Oregon to rank as the worst state in the country for the prevalence of mental illness” and due to the fact that the sta...
Suicide The Tenth Leading Cause Of Death For Elementary School Children In 2014, CDC Says.
USA Today (12/13, O'Donnell, Pitofsky) reports, “A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report covering 2007 through 2017 (pdf) found that 17 percent of high school students are bullied,” and approximately seven “percent attempted suicide.” In fact...
FDA Announces Revisions To Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Label To Include Pediatric Patients With Chronic HBV.
Healio (12/13) reports “the FDA announced revisions to the Viread [tenofovir disoproxil fumarate] label to include use in pediatric patients aged 2 years to less than 12 years with chronic hepatitis B based on 48-week safety and efficacy data.”
Illinois Department Of Children And Family Services Sued Over Practice Of Leaving Children Too Long In Psychiatric Hospitals.
The Chicago Tribune (12/12, Gutowski, Cherney, Meisner) reports that on Dec. 13, the public guardian of Cook County, Illinois sued the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, contending “the beleaguered child welfare agency is causing ‘immens...
Most Children Admitted To Non-Children’s Hospitals With CAP May Not Receive Antibiotics In Accordance With Guidelines, Study Indicates.
Medscape (12/12, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports that research indicates “most children admitted to non-children’s hospitals with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) fail to receive antibiotics in accordance with guidelines.” Investigators wrote,...
Extreme Dieting Behaviors May Often Begin In The Teen Years And Worsen In Adulthood, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (12/12, Preidt) reports, “Extreme dieting behaviors often begin in the teen years and worsen in adulthood,” research indicated. The findings of the 1,455-adult study were published online Nov. 27 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders...
Infants With Noninfectious Exposure To HIV May Be Less Likely To Be Prescribed Antibiotics When They Or Their Mothers Received Antiretroviral Prophylaxis While Breastfeeding, Study Indicates.
Healio (12/12, Bortz) reports researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “Malawian infants who were exposed to HIV but were uninfected were less likely to receive antibiotic therapy when either the infant or their mother rec...
Defects More Common Than Expected In Young Toddlers After Being Exposed To Zika Before Birth, Study Suggests.
Medscape (12/12, Subscription Publication) reports a study suggests roughly “1 in 7 babies aged 12 to 18 months who were exposed to Zika virus before birth have significant neurodevelopmental problems.” This rate of 14.5% “is higher than has been reporte...
Teenagers May Get More Sleep And Perform Better In Schools With Later Start Times, Study Suggests.
NPR (12/12, Neighmond) reports researchers at the University of Washington found that the Seattle school district’s decision to move start times for middle schools and high schools from 7:50 to 8:45 resulted in students getting 34 more minutes of sleep o...
Youth Prescribed High Doses Of Antipsychotic Therapy May Have An Increased Risk For Unexpected Death, Study Indicates.
Healio (12/12, Demko) reports, “Youth aged five to 24 years beginning antipsychotic therapy who received doses higher than 50 mg chlorpromazine equivalents had a 3.5-fold increased risk for unexpected death,” researchers concluded after comparing “the ri...
Babies With A Wide Variety Of Bacteria In The Nose May Recover Faster From Their First Cold Than Those With Less Variety, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (12/11, Preidt) reports, “Babies with a wide variety of bacteria in the nose recover faster from their first cold than those with less variety,” researchers concluded after examining nose swabs taken from 183 infants “as they developed symptoms...
House Passes Medicaid Bills.
Congressional Quarterly (12/11, Raman, Subscription Publication) reports, “The House passed several bipartisan health care bills,” including one that “combines aspects of smaller Medicaid bills, including a provision that is designed to improve the coord...
Analysis: 4.2 Million Eligible For ACA Coverage At No Cost.
The Hill (12/11, Sullivan) reports a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that 4.2 million uninsured people can get an ACA plan at no cost “due to the financial assistance under the health-care law being high enough to completely cover the cost of the...
House Approves Bill To Give HHS Power To Reclassify Medications Under Medicaid.
The Hill (12/11, Hellmann) reports the House approved a bill “cracking down on the tactics drug companies use to charge Medicaid” by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services “to reclassify a drug and recoup rebates when a manufacturer deliber...
Gottlieb Says New Policies Should Lower Cost Of Insulin.
STAT (12/11, Florko) reports on a speech given by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb at the FDA/CMS Summit this week. Gottlieb discussed issues around insulin access and offered guidance to spur more competition: “We’ve heard frequent reports of patients ra...
Short-Term Health Insurance Plans Growing In Popularity.
CNN (12/11, Luhby) reports insurance agents say that short-term health insurance plans “are growing more popular, particularly among consumers who don’t qualify for federal Obamacare subsidies.” Such plans are cheaper because they don’t have to cover all...
Having An Older Sibling With ASD Or AD/HD May Raise Risk Of Being Diagnosed With Either Condition, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/10, George) reports, “Having an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “raised the risk of being diagnosed with either condition,” research indicated. In the study that “in...
ACE Kids Measure Expected To Pass House Tuesday.
Modern Healthcare (12/10, Luthi, Subscription Publication) reports behind a paywall that the House is expected to pass a healthcare package Tuesday that would “establish provider-coordinated health homes for chronically ill children,” even though Congres...

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