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New York City’s Lead-Testing Initiative Has Tested Just 73 Children So Far.
The Wall Street Journal (1/25, Gay, Subscription Publication) reports New York City officials say that only 73 children have been tested for lead more than a month after the city began offering free testing to the 3,000 children living in public housing...
Dozens Of Schools Close Due To Flu Season.
Newsweek (1/24, Swaak) reports the flu season has been so severe that 74 schools in “about 20 districts or individual schools in” more than a dozen states “have closed their doors for a day or longer...as the illness spreads at a rate that officials say...
Senate Confirms Alex Azar As The Next HHS Secretary.
The New York Times (1/24, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that on Wednesday, by a vote of 55-43, the Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new HHS Secretary. The article says Azar, who is a former executive at Eli Lilly, “faces two huge challenges.”...
Specific Patterns Of White Matter Within Frontal And Temporal Lobes May Be Associated With General Cognitive And Psychopathology Factors In Children, Teens, Scan Study Suggests.
Healio (1/24, Demko) reports that “specific patterns of white matter within the frontal and temporal lobes were associated with general cognitive and psychopathology factors in children and teenagers,” researchers found after examining “clinical symptoms...
Implementation, Continual Modification Of A Clinical Practice Guideline May Improve Hospital-Based Care, Outcomes For Pediatric Patients With Asthma, Study Indicates.
Medscape (1/24, Parry) reports, “Implementation and continual modification of a clinical practice guideline (CPG) improves hospital-based care and outcomes for pediatric patients with asthma,” research indicated. The findings were published online in Ped...
Systematic Review Looks At Use Of SCIT And SLIT In The Treatment Of Childhood Asthma.
Pulmonology Advisor (1/24) reports that research suggests kids “with allergic asthma who are treated with subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) may not experience a significant change in symptoms compared with patients treated with placebo, but they may expe...
E-Cigarettes Safer Than Traditional Cigarettes, But May Prompt Teenagers To Try Regular Cigarettes, Analysis Concludes.
The New York Times (1/23, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued a study which concluded while e-cigarettes “are safer than traditional smoking products and that they do help smokers...
Senate Panel Considers Pilot Program To Create Interventions For Infants Exposed To Narcotics.
The AP (1/23) reports, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee “held a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that would create a pilot program within the Department of Health and Human Services to help babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome.” The goa...
Review Examines Maternal And Offspring Complication Risk Posed By Cesarean Deliveries.
Healio (1/23, Miller) reports, “Children delivered by cesarean were at higher risk for obesity and asthma, but cesarean deliveries were linked to a lower risk of pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence among mothers,” researchers found after examining “...
Delays May Increase Risk Of Death In Children With Status Epilepticus, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (1/23, George) reports that “a 5-year observational study” indicated “delayed first-line treatment of refractory convulsive status epilepticus (SE) led to a higher frequency of death.” Investigators found that “pediatric patients who receiv...
Macrophage Activation Syndrome Increasingly Recognized As Potential Complication Of Childhood-Onset SLE, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (1/23, Walsh) reports, “Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is increasingly being recognized as a potential complication of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and often is diagnosed concurrently with the SLE,” research ind...
Short-Term Spending Bill Includes Six Years Of Funding For CHIP.
The Washington Post (1/22, Goldstein) reports that the short-term funding bill that Congress passed on Monday “solves a funding crisis in a public health insurance program for children of working-class families that is popular with Republicans and Democr...
Opioid Abuse By Mothers Causing Head And Neck Abnormalities In Newborns.
HealthDay (1/22, Preidt) reports researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that babies exposed to opioids while in the womb run the risk of head and neck abnormalities. “One is a twisting of the neck (torticollis) and the other i...
Study Ties Sudden And Large Drop In Teen Happiness With Smartphone Proliferation.
The Washington Post (1/22, Bahrampour) reports researchers have tied “a sudden and large drop in adolescents’ happiness with the proliferation of smartphones and finding that the more hours a day teens spend in front of screens, the less satisfied they a...
Housing Instability May Be Associated With Maternal Depression, Poorer Health In Kids.
HealthDay (1/22, Norton) reports investigators “found that when families faced various types of ‘housing instability,’ moms had a higher risk of depression and kids were more likely to be in ‘fair’ to ‘poor’ health.” In addition, youngsters were “at a he...
Flu Has Killed 30 Children Nationwide This Season, CDC Data Show.
TIME (1/22, MacMillan) reports data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent weekly update shows the nation has counted 30 flu deaths in children this season. According to CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, the flu season has been “...
More Than 1.75 Million Children At Risk Of Losing Their Health Insurance By End Of February If Congress Does Not Reauthorize CHIP.
NBC News (1/21, McCausland) reported on its website that “more than 1.75 million children in 20 states and Washington D.C. are at risk of losing their health insurance by the end of February if Congress does not reauthorize the Children’s Health Insuranc...
WPost Highlights Growth Of Adolescent Gender Clinics.
In a greater than 2,100-word article, the Washington Post (1/19, Solovitch) reported on the growing number of adolescent gender clinics in the US that offer a variety of services to adolescents who want changes “in their physical sex characteristics to a...
Ingesting Laundry Detergent Packets Poses Serious Health Risks.
The New York Times (1/20, Chokshi, Subscription Publication) reported on the “dangerous” fad of the “Tide pod challenge,” which “involves biting down on a brightly colored laundry detergent packet of any brand and spitting out or ingesting its contents,...
Flu Season Reaches Worst Level In Nearly A Decade, CDC Data Show.
ABC World News Tonight (1/19, story 6, 2:20, Muir) reported that “new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal what so many have suspected: This is the worst flu season in nearly a decade.” Correspondent Steve Osunsami reported...
Minnesota’s Child Protection Services Strained By Opioid Crisis.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (1/20, Serres) reported that new data from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) show that “the number of children being removed from their homes because of parental drug abuse has more than doubled since 2012.” Th...
Increasing Number Of Children With Commercial Health Insurance Are Getting Recommended Vaccines, Report Finds.
Forbes (1/18) contributor Bruce Japsen writes, “An increasing number of children with commercial health insurance are getting their recommended vaccines while a small but growing number of parents are also refusing vaccinations for their kids, a new repo...
House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, But Senate Remains At An Impasse.
The New York Times (1/18, Kaplan, Stolberg, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday night, the House “approved a stopgap spending bill...to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats – angered by President Trump’s vulgar aspers...
Senate Democrats Say Medicaid Work Requirements May Not Be Legal.
The AP (1/18, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that on Thursday, 29 senators said the Trump Administration’s policy change which allows states to impose Medicaid work requirements “is legally questionable.” The article adds that they framed “an argument likely t...
Repeated Hits To The Head, Even Without Concussions, May Cause CTE, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (1/18, Boren) reports researchers “found further evidence linking hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy [CTE], the neurodegenerative disease traced back to the kind of head trauma ex...
Most US States Do Not Require Children To Be Checked For Health Conditions That Can Affect Learning, Study Suggests.
Reuters (1/17, Harding) reports, “Most US states don’t require that children be screened for health conditions that can affect learning,” research indicates. Specifically, the investigators “focused on seven conditions clearly linked to worse academic pe...
Alabama State Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Would Ban Smoking In Cars With Children.
Alabama Live (1/17, Gason) reports that today the Alabama House Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would ban smoking in cars with children. If the bill becomes law, “it would make it a violation punishable by a fine of up to $100 to smoke in a...
Montana Can Reduce Number Of Child Deaths By Helping Drug-Addicted Pregnant Women, New Mothers, DOJ Says.
The AP (1/17, Hanson) reports the Department of Justice recently issued a review indicating Montana may be able to curb the number of child deaths “by offering more treatment services for pregnant women and new mothers who are battling drug and alcohol a...
Arizona Bill Would Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors.
The Arizona Republic (1/17, Polletta) reports that if passed, the newly introduced Arizona Senate Bill 1160 would “bar mental-health professionals from practicing ‘conversion therapy,’ making attempts to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender iden...
Adolescents Who Use Cannabis Or Tobacco May Be At Increased Risk For Subsequent Psychotic Experiences, Study Indicates.
Healio (1/17, Demko) reports that “adolescents who use cannabis or tobacco are at increased risk for subsequent psychotic experiences; however, this association was greater among cannabis users,” researchers found after assessing “12 psychotic experience...
Oral Contrast On CT For Children’s Appendicitis Adds Wait Time, Without Diagnostic Benefit, Study Suggests.
Aunt Minnie (1/18, Kim) reports that research suggests “[a]dministering oral plus intravenous (IV) contrast to children who were in the emergency department undergoing CT exams for suspicion of acute appendicitis increased their wait time without providi...
Republicans Plan Stopgap Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown, Add CHIP Reauthorization To Entice Democrats.
In a front-page story, the New York Times (1/16, A1, Kaplan, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that congressional Republicans are preparing another stopgap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown Friday which includes “long-term funding for...
Data Show 3.2 Million More Americans Were Uninsured At The End Of 2017 Compared To A Year Earlier.
The Washington Post (1/16, Bump) reports that there were 3.2 million more uninsured Americans at the end of 2017 than there were a year earlier, according to an analysis conducted by Gallup. Data show that during the fourth quarter of 2016, 10.9 percent...
SSRI Use In Late Pregnancy May Be Associated With Anxious, Depressed Behaviors In Offspring.
Healio (1/16, Demko) reports that maternal SSRI use during late pregnancy may be associated with “anxious/depressed behaviors in offspring,” researchers concluded after examining “data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study and the Medical Birt...
Experts Express Concern Over Extent Of Flu Season.
ABC World News Tonight (1/16, story 8, 1:30, Muir) correspondent Steve Osunsami reported CDC has indicated that the strain of flu in circulation is a danger, issuing warnings that 20 children across the nation have died due to the flu so far this season....
Home Visits May Cut Obesity In Young Children, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (1/16) reports a prospective study found that “a home visit program designed to foster secure attachment between socially disadvantaged mothers and their babies significantly reduced the likelihood that the children would be overweight or o...
Families Anxious About Continued Inaction On CHIP.
TIME (1/12) spotlighted a family whose daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome and who receives healthcare services paid for by the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The family described the anxiety caused by Congress’ failure to reauthorize the pro...
CMS Approves Kentucky’s Waiver For Medicaid Work Requirement.
The CBS Evening News (1/12, story 12, 0:20, Glor) reported that on Friday, Kentucky “became the first state to require Medicaid recipients to work in order to receive benefits. Beginning as early as July, recipients will have to complete 80 hours a month...
Severe Bullying During Childhood May Be Associated With Higher Risk For Mental Health Problems, Suicide Attempts In Teens, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (1/15, Preidt) reports that research indicated “teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts.” Researchers looked at data on more than 1,300 kids. Researchers found that “at a...
Mental Health Issues May Be Common Among Kids With Chronic Illnesses, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (1/15, Dallas) reports that a study suggests that “when children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they’re likely to suffer emotionally, too.” Investigators surveyed “50 kids with a chronic illness and their par...
Parasites Found On Playgrounds May Affect Five Percent Of US Population.
The New York Times (1/16, Beil, Subscription Publication) reports that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around “5 percent of the United States population – or about 16 million people” – may be carrying antibodies to a parasite...
Researchers Build Immune Systems For “Bubble Boy” Disease.
USA Today (1/14, Charlier) reported that a new type of gene therapy “pioneered at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital appears to build fully functional immune systems in babies born with the so-called ‘Bubble Boy’ disease, offering hope of a permanent...
FDA Says Minors Should Not Take Cough And Cold Medicines With Opioid Ingredients.
NBC Nightly News (1/11, story 9, 0:15, Holt) reported, “A new warning from the FDA” that “cough medicines that contain opioids like codeine should never be given to children.” The Washington Post (1/11, McGinley) reports the Food and Drug Administration...
Renewing CHIP For 10 Years Saves The Government Money, CBO Says.
The Washington Post (1/11, Cunningham) reports in “Health 202” that “now there is really, truly no excuse for Congress to let health insurance for 9 million low-income kids collapse” following the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis this week that “re...
Trump Administration To Allow States To Impose Work Requirements On Some Medicaid Recipients.
In a front-page article, the New York Times (1/11, A1, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, the Trump Administration said “it would allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid, a major policy shift in the health program for...
DC City Council May End Sunscreen Ban In Schools.
The Washington Post (1/11, Stein) reports the District of Columbia City Council may end a ban on sunscreen in schools without a doctor’s note. The School Sunscreen Safety Act “would exempt sunscreen from the stringent ways schools typically handle medica...
Many Pregnant Women Prescribed Antibiotics That Are Potentially Dangerous To Offspring, Report Suggests.
ABC News (1/11, Alam) reports a new study by the CDC analyzing “500,000 privately insured pregnant women in 2014...found that about 70% of women in the first trimester received antibiotics for UTIs.” However, the piece says that some of “these medication...
Teens Putting Laundry Detergent Pods In Their Mouths In New Online Challenge Craze.
USA Today (1/11, May) reports on the “dangerous new online challenge” in which teenagers “are putting laundry” detergent pods in their mouths, then posting online videos of themselves doing so. The practice is dangerous, because “swallowing even a small...
Obesity May Contribute To Comorbidities In Children With Psoriasis, Study Suggests.
Healio (1/11, Thiel) reports that even though “children with psoriasis are at greater risk for developing various comorbidities than children without psoriasis, obesity is a stronger independent risk factor than psoriasis in comorbidity development.” The...
Pediatric Body CT Exams On The Rise In The US, Data Indicate.
The Radiology Business Journal (1/11, Walter) reports that an “analysis of data from the American College of Radiology... CT Dose Index Registry” indicates “pediatric body CT exams are on the rise in the United States, especially among older children.” T...

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