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Rates Of Vaccine Waivers Rising Among Schoolchildren In Michigan.
The AP (11/24) reported the number of vaccine waiver rates for schoolchildren has risen in Michigan, with state Department of Health and Human Services data showing “3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016...
Delaware Health Officials Confirm First Cases Of Flu In Children This Season.
The AP (11/22) reported that the Delaware Division of Public Health confirmed the first cases of flu in children for the 2017-2018 season. The two children bring the total number of cases to 14.
Study Links Kids’ Time With Smartphones, TVs To Obesity.
The Telegraph (UK) (11/22, Reporters) reported European child health experts “have found a strong link between obesity and prolonged exposure to media and technology during their formative years.” According to a study published in the journal Acta Paedia...
High School Athletes Found To Have High Rates Of Hand, Wrist Injuries.
Reuters (11/21, Harding) reports a new study found that “high school athletes have high rates of hand and wrist injuries, especially in certain sports.” Specifically, the article reports, “Football players have the highest risk by far, but lacrosse, fiel...
Preliminary Data Show Higher Number Of ACA Sign-Ups, Although Open Enrollment Period Is Half As Long As In Previous Years.
The New York Times (11/21, Park, Subscription Publication) reports that in spite of the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back the healthcare law, some 300,000 more people have signed up for health insurance through ACA market places during the earl...
Oregon Governor Plans To Spend $35 Million To Continue Children’s Health Insurance.
The Oregonian (11/21, Borrud) reports Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) outlined her plan Tuesday to spend an additional $35 million to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program into 2018 when federal funds run out. The program covers 120,000 children an...
US EDs See Rise In Treatment Of Girls, Young Women Who Intentionally Injured Themselves.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (11/21, Healy) reports that from “2009 to 2015,” US emergency departments (EDs) “saw a sharp rise in treatment of girls 10 to 24 who intentionally injured themselves.” What’s more, “among girls 10 to 14 years old,...
Elevated Maternal Blood Pressure During Pregnancy May Raise Children’s Risk For Childhood Obesity, Research Suggests.
Endocrine News (11/21) reports that when women have “elevated blood pressure during pregnancy, it may raise their children’s risk of developing childhood obesity,” researchers concluded in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Meta...
States Have Growing Concerns Over CHIP With No Signs Of Renewal In Congress.
Roll Call (11/20, Raman) reports on growing concerns among state officials about their Children’s Health Insurance Programs “with just a few days left on the congressional calendar until December and no signs that lawmakers plan in the immediate future t...
Babies Learn Words And What They Mean Before They Begin Talking, Researchers Say.
Reuters (11/20, Boggs) reports, “Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking,” researchers found. After using “eye tracking” to study “six-month-old babies to see whether they recognized” connections between “speech and...
Pregnant Women Who Sleep On Their Backs In Third Trimester May Have Higher Risk Of Stillbirth, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (11/20, Wan) reports that research published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests “pregnant women might increase their risk of a stillbirth if they sleep on their backs during their third trimester.” Investiga...
Non-Medical Use Of Prescription Drugs May Be Linked To Teen Dating Violence, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (11/20, Reinberg) reports that adolescents who abuse prescription medications may be “prone to initiating or being victims of dating violence,” CDC researchers found after reviewing data from a “nationwide survey of more than 10,000 teenagers w...
Many US Schools Don’t Teach CPR Despite State Requirements, Survey Finds.
Reuters (11/20, Rapaport) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that “only about 2.4% of Americans are trained in CPR each year,” although “more than 350,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hosp...
FDA Approves Epinephrine Auto-Injector For Infants, Small Children.
MedPage Today (11/20) reports, “The FDA has approved the first epinephrine auto-injector specifically designed for infants and small children weighing 16.5-33 pounds,” according to an announcement from the device’s manufacturer, kaléo. The approved AUVI-...
Saliva Test May Someday Help Diagnose Concussion, Predict Symptom Duration, Study Suggests.
CNN (11/20, Scutti) reports, “A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to” findings published online in JAMA Pediatrics. In the study, investigators “found five small molecules called microR...
Nearly Two-Thirds Of US Parents With Young Kids Say It’s Hard To Find Childcare That Meets Their Health And Safety Standards, Poll Reveals.
HealthDay (11/20, Preidt) reports that 62 percent “US parents with young children say it’s difficult to find a childcare or preschool facility that meets their health and safety standards,” researchers found after questioning some “300 parents nationwide...
Getting Kids Vaccinated Against The Flu May Reduce Their Risk For Hospitalization, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (11/17, Preidt) reported that getting children vaccinated appears to reduce the kids’ chances of being hospitalized with influenza. Investigators arrived at this conclusion after analyzing “the medical records of nearly 10,000 children, aged si...
State, Federal Officials Seek Stopgap Measures For Children’s Health Insurance.
The Washington Examiner (11/20, King) reports that several states and the Trump Administration are “searching for stopgap measures to keep insurance for low-income children while Congress debates spending” for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, whi...
Adding Ring Block To Local Anesthetic Cream And Sucrose May Improve Pain Relief During Circumcision Of Newborns, Researchers Say.
Medscape (11/17, Lewis) reported, “Adding ring block to a local anesthetic cream and sucrose improves pain relief for newborns being circumcised,” researchers concluded. The findings were published online in Pediatrics. The authors of an accompanying edi...
Teenagers With Friends More Likely To Be Active Teens, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (11/18, Preidt) reported that teenagers “with friends are active teens,” researchers concluded after following 80 adolescents “who wore devices that measured their activity levels for seven consecutive days.” The findings were published online...
Scan Study Seeks To Unlock Mystery Of How Fetal Brains React To Alcohol.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/18, Serres) reported that investigators “are starting to deploy powerful brain imaging technology to unlock the mystery of how fetal brains react to alcohol.” Just “this month, they began conducting MRI brain scans of 90...
Peer Review Prior Authorization Policy Implementation Resulted In Significant Decrease In Atypical Antipsychotic Use Among Kids In Medicaid Programs, Researchers Say.
Healio (11/17, Oldt) reported, “Following implementation of the peer review prior authorization policy, atypical antipsychotic use significantly decreased among children aged younger than five to eight years in Medicaid programs,” researchers concluded a...
Counterfeit Opioid Pills “Flooding” Illicit Drug Market.
On its front page, the Washington Post (11/19, A1, Zezima) reports that law enforcement officials and medical professionals say counterfeit opioid pills “have been flooding the illicit drug market and have been sickening — and killing — those who are see...
Depression In Fathers May Be Associated With Depression In Teenagers, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/15, Walker) reports, “Fathers who exhibited symptoms of depression when their children were younger were more likely to have teenagers who exhibited similar symptoms,” researchers found after examining “data from two large, contemporary...
More Than Half Of Adolescents Skip Regular Physical Exams Despite ACA Protections.
Kaiser Health News (11/17, Andrews) (11/17, Andrews) reports that even though the Affordable Care Act required health insurers to cover well-child visits at no charge, “fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams” bot...
Calm, Positive Parenting May Help Kids With ADHD Master Their Own Emotions, Behaviors.
HealthDay (11/16) reports that “new research offers biological evidence that calm, positive parenting may help” children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “master their own emotions and behaviors.” The findings of the 99-child study we...
Kids Spanked By Parents At Age Five May Have More Behavior Problems Later Than Kids Who Had Never Been Spanked, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (11/16) reports investigators “analyzed data from more than 12,000 children in the United States and found that those who had been spanked by their parents at age five had more behavior problems at ages six and eight than those who had never be...
Smog May Raise A Women’s Risk Of Miscarriage Early In Her Pregnancy, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (11/16, Thompson) reports, “Smog might raise a woman’s risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy,” researchers found after reviewing “data from a long-term study from the US National Institutes of Health that followed 501 couples between 2005...
Some Pediatric Thyroid Carcinomas May Not Continue To Proliferate, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/16, Monaco) reports that research suggests “in young patients, a portion of pediatric thyroid carcinomas may not continue to proliferate.” Researchers found that “during an average 6-month observational period of young people exposed to...
Researchers Postulate Infant’s Death Stemmed From Myocarditis Following Marijuana Consumption.
The Washington Post (11/17, Silverman) reports physicians recently published a study in the journal Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine as a case report concerning the “seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis,” which...
Young Athletes Have Very Low Risk Of Fatal Cardiac Arrest, Research Suggests.
Reuters (11/15, Emery) reports, “Screening exams to identify young athletes at risk for cardiac arrest might not be worthwhile,” research suggests. HealthDay (11/15, Norton) reports that the research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, ind...
ACA Enrollment Up By 47% So Far This Year, CMS Says.
The Washington Post (11/15, Eilperin) reports that figures from CMS indicate enrollment in ACA plans for the 39 states which use HealthCare.gov “surged at least 47 percent compared to the same period last year.” Data show almost “1.5 million Americans si...
Repeal Of Individual Mandate Would Reshape ACA Marketplaces.
The AP (11/15, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports about 13 million consumers are expected to lose healthcare coverage “if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won’t get sick and boosting premiums for ot...
Researchers Studying Health Of Babies Born From Zika-Infected Mothers.
NPR (11/15, Simmons-Duffin) “Shots” reports that researchers are studying how healthy babies born to women with Zika are a year after they were born. While Zika infection is dangerous for expectant mothers, researchers have found “about 94 percent of bab...
Smartphone Photos Provided By Parents May Be Used For Accurate Diagnosis Of Skin Conditions In Kids, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/15, Bachert) reports that research suggests “parent-provided smartphone photos may be used for the accurate diagnosis of skin conditions in children.” Researchers found, in “a randomized clinical trial of 40 patient-parent dyads...that...
Use Of Inhaled Corticosteroids In Children May Not Be Linked To Higher Risk For Bone Fractures, Study Suggests.
Medscape (11/15, Hackethal) reports that research suggests kids “who use daily inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) for moderate persistent asthma do not have significantly increased risk for bone fractures compared with children with asthma who are not taking...
Some Children Still Being Prescribed Codeine After Surgery, Study Indicates.
The NPR (11/16, Jochem) “Shots” blog provides coverage of new research finding that “in December 2015...5 percent of children were being prescribed” codeine after surgery. In light of these findings, the piece mentions at the outset that “in 2013, the FD...
Prenatal Tobacco Smoke Exposure May Be Linked To Airflow Obstruction In Kids With Asthma, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (11/15, Ranger) reports that research indicated “current tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) was not independently associated with airflow obstruction in school-age children, but prenatal TSE may be associated with airflow obstruction in chi...
E-Cigarette Use Among Teens Discussed.
The Boston Globe (11/16, Teitell) discusses the growing trend of so-called “Juuling,” which the piece describes as “a discreet form of vaping that is the most widespread phenomenon you’ve likely never heard of.” The Globe adds, “In some high schools, the...
Senate Republicans Add Repeal Of ACA’s Individual Mandate To Tax Reform Bill.
The New York Times (11/14, A1, Kaplan, Tankersley, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that GOP senators have decided to add a provision to repeal the ACA’s individual mandate to their tax reform bill, thus “merging the fight over health...
Concussion Laws May Help Reduce The Number Of Traumatic Brain Injuries Suffered By High School Athletes.
The Denver Post (11/14, Ingold) reports a study published online this month in the American Journal of Public Health has found that “new laws that require better reporting and monitoring of concussions for high school athletes appear to be working to red...
Long-Term Maternal Use Of Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Be Associated With AD/HD In Youngsters, Researchers Say.
Healio (11/14, Bortz) reports that even though short-term acetaminophen use “for pregnant women was not associated with a future” diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “in their offspring, long-term maternal use of the drug for fe...
Weighing Too Much, Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (11/14, Gordon) reports a new study found that “too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom’s risk for severe illnesses and death.” According to the article, “Severe illness included such conditions as eclampsia (convulsions o...
Inducing Labor At 40 Weeks Reduces Risk Of Perinatal Death And Stillbirth, Study Finds.
MedPage Today (11/14, Walker) reports research found that “inducing labor at 40 weeks gestation for pregnant women ages 35 and older significantly reduced the risk of perinatal death and stillbirth compared to expectant management.” The piece notes that...
Scientific American Examines Marijuana’s Impact On Adolescent Brains.
Scientific American (11/15, Wallis) draws on available research to examine the effect marijuana has on the adolescent brain. According to the article, “various lines of research suggest that cannabis use could disrupt...processes” in adolescent brain mat...
One In Five North Texas Children Lives In Poverty, Report Finds.
The Dallas Morning News (11/14, Smith) reports a biennial study released Tuesday shows that one in five North Texas children live in poverty and more than 260,000 kids in the area are considered “food insecure.” The 97-page report, titled “Beyond ABC” an...
Low-Income US Children Whose Parents Qualify For Medicaid More Likely To Receive Preventive Care, Researchers Say.
Reuters (11/13, Cohen) reports, “Low-income children in the US whose parents qualified for Medicaid were more likely to receive preventive care, regardless of their own insurance coverage,” researchers found. In fact, youngsters whose parents “were enrol...
Trump Selects Alex Azar As Nominee For HHS Secretary.
The Washington Post (11/13, Eilperin, Goldstein) reports that the Trump Administration has nominated Alex Azar, “a former pharmaceutical executive and a top health official during the George W. Bush administration,” to be the next HHS Secretary. The arti...
Increase In Teen Suicide Rates Associated With Surge In Social Media Use, Analysis Suggests.
The AP (11/14, Tanner) reports a new analysis of CDC data suggests that there may be an association between a rise in the rate of suicides among US teens and a surge in the use of social media. The article adds, however, that “researchers didn’t examine...
Fewer Americans Consuming Sugary Beverages, Study Finds.
The New York Times (11/14, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports fewer Americans are drinking sugary beverages, according to a study published in the journal Obesity. Researchers found “60.7 percent of children and 50 percent of adults drank a sugar...

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