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NIH Launches Major Study Into How The Coronavirus May Affect Children
The Hill (5/8, Wilson) reported “the National Institutes of Health is launching a major study into the coronavirus’s impacts on children in an effort to better understand how many children are infected and what impacts the virus has on their bodies.” The...
Healthcare Industry Lost 1.4 Million Jobs In April
NPR (5/8, Benincasa) reported that there is “an ironic twist as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation: The very workers tasked with treating those afflicted with the virus are losing work in droves.” According to NPR, “Health care spending fell 18% i...
CT May Effectively Define Trauma Scope In Pediatric Bicycle Handlebar Injuries, Researchers Say
Aunt Minnie (5/7, Yee) reports, “CT can effectively define the scope of trauma in pediatric bicycle handlebar injuries and help clinicians decide on the best treatment,” researchers concluded in an article published online in the journal RadioGraphics. In...
Pets May Be Stress-Relievers For Parents Of Children With Autism And May Also Benefit Those Children, Study Indicates
HealthDay (5/7, Preidt) reports, “Pets are stress-relievers for parents of children with autism and benefit their kids, too,” researchers concluded after surveying some “700 families who have a family member with autism about the benefits and drawbacks of...
Experts Say There Are Several Ways For Parents To Help Children Process Disruption During Pandemic
The New York Times (5/7, Steinberg) reports that “parents can help children use the stress of coronavirus shutdowns as an opportunity for growth, experts say.” Some “children may be processing the disruptions in their lives right now in ways the adults ar...
Some Parents Turn To Online Babysitters During Pandemic
The New York Times (5/7, Gammon) reports, “Babysitting platforms and start-ups are scrambling to switch to screen-based child care,” and “experts say it can work for short breaks.” During a time of shuttered schools and child care centers, “interest in vi...
MRI Interpretation Of Inflammatory, Structural Lesions In Sacroiliac Joints Among Children May Vary Greatly, Research Suggests
Healio (5/7, Laday) reports, “There is a significant amount of variation and discordance among” magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) “interpretations of inflammatory and structural lesions in sacroiliac joints among children,” investigators concluded after co...
Pediatric Addition To Existing EPIQ Elite Ultrasound System Limits Radiation Exposure For Children, Manufacturer Announces
Diagnostic Imaging (5/7, Palmer) reports that in a company statement, “Royal Philips announced a pediatric addition to its existing EPIQ Elite ultrasound system, limiting radiation exposure for children.” The new system, which is “designed and cleared spe...
Approximately 100 Cases Reported Worldwide Of Children With COVID-19 Experiencing A Type Of Inflammatory Shock Syndrome, With Half Found In The United States
The Washington Post (5/6, Cha, Janes) reports on children with COVID-19 reporting to emergency rooms with a type of “inflammatory shock syndrome affecting multiple organs.” By Saturday night, “hospitals worldwide had identified about 100 similar cases,” w...
Industrial Chemical Exposure During Neonatal Cardiac Operations May Explain Why Infants With CHD Suffer Worse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes, Study Suggests
MedPage Today (5/6, Lou) reports, “Exposure to industrial chemicals during neonatal cardiac operations could explain why babies with congenital heart disease (CHD) suffer worse neurodevelopmental outcomes,” investigators concluded in a small study that de...
Music May Help Reduce Pain, Anxiety Tied To Endoscopic Procedures In Children, Researchers say
Healio (5/6, Young) reports, “Music helped reduce anxiety and pain associated with endoscopic procedures in children,” investigators concluded after performing a “single-blinded trial that compared music with no music in 100 children (aged 2 to 18 years)...
Environmental Factors Tied To ASD Unlikely To Explain Increase In ASD Prevalence, Research Suggests
Healio (5/6, Gramigna) reports, “Environmental factors linked to autism spectrum disorder [ASD] did not increase in importance over time and thus are unlikely to explain the increase in ASD prevalence,” investigators concluded in a “twin design study” tha...
Teen Virginity Remained The Rule, Not The Exception, Federal Survey Data Indicate
MedPage Today (5/6, D'Ambrosio) reports, “Teen virginity remained the rule rather than the exception in 2015-2017, federal survey data indicated, but use of the most effective methods of contraception among those having sex grew,” investigators with the C...
Adults Who Had Rough Childhood May Have Increased Risk For Heart Disease, Study Suggests
HealthDay (5/6, Preidt) reports, “Adults who had rough childhoods have higher odds for heart disease,” investigators concluded after looking at data from “more than 3,600 people who were followed from the mid-1980s through 2018.” Investigators found that...
Experts Warn Of An “All-But-Certain” Second Wave Of Pandemic
The AP (5/6, Blake) reports that “as Europe and the U.S. loosen their lockdowns against the coronavirus, health experts are expressing growing dread over what they say is an all-but-certain second wave of deaths and infections that could force governments...
Fifteen Children Hospitalized In New York City With Mysterious Illness Potentially Tied To Coronavirus
The New York Times (5/5, Goldstein) reports 15 children between the ages of 2 and 15 “have recently been hospitalized in New York City with a mysterious syndrome that” physicians “do not yet fully understand but that has also been reported in several Euro...
Tummy Time Tied To Gross Motor And Total Development, Review Study Indicates
CNN International (5/5, Prior) reports researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia conducted a review study and “concluded that tummy time is positively associated with gross motor and total development, as well as the ability to move while p...
Children May Be Able To Transmit The Coronavirus, Studies Indicate
The New York Times (5/5, Mandavilli) reports, “Two new studies offer compelling evidence that children can transmit the” coronavirus. In one study published in Science last week, researchers “found that children were about a third as susceptible to corona...
Researchers Say Fewer Children With Cancer May Be Enrolled In Clinical Trials Because Treatments Have Improved
HealthDay (5/5, Preidt) reports, “There’s been a sharp decline in the number of U.S. children taking part in cancer clinical trials over the past few decades, but researchers say that might be good news.” HealthDay adds that the researchers think that bet...
FDA Approves Twice-Yearly Leuprolide Acetate Suspension For Use In Treating Children With Central Precocious Puberty
Healio (5/5, Rollet) reports, “A leuprolide acetate suspension to be dosed every six months has been approved by the FDA for use in treating children aged at least two years with central precocious puberty...Tolmar Pharmaceuticals” announced in a press re...
Use Of Methotrexate May Predict Longer Drug Survival In Children With Atopic Dermatitis, Researchers Say
Dermatology Advisor (5/5, May) reports, “Use of methotrexate predicts longer drug survival in children with atopic dermatitis (AD),” investigators concluded in a study that “also found several other predictors of longer and shorter postdrug survival in ch...
Many Nurses Concerned About Infecting Family And Friends With Coronavirus, Survey Suggests
Health Exec (5/5, Pearson) reports a survey of nurses conducted by staffing firm NurseGrid found that “infecting family and friends” is a top concern of many nurses across the US working through the pandemic. Health Exec adds, “Following the family-and-fr...
Medical Groups Release Guidance On Resuscitating Newborns, Children With COVID-19
CIDRAP (5/4, Van Beusekom) reports guidance from several medical “groups on resuscitating newborns and children with COVID-19 was published today in Pediatrics to bridge the gap between current practice and the need for healthcare workers to protect thems...
Having Supportive Family May Reduce Child’s Future Risk Of Major Depression, Research In Siblings Indicates
HealthDay (5/4) reports, “Having a supportive family can significantly reduce a child’s future risk of major depression,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data on more than 3,200 pairs of siblings in Sweden – including more than 600 pairs of full...
Behavioral Inhibition In Infancy May Be Associated With Reserved, Introverted Personality In Early Adulthood, Small Study Indicates
Healio (5/4, Gramigna) reports, “Behavioral inhibition in infancy appeared associated with a reserved, introverted personality in early adulthood,” investigators concluded after following “a cohort of 165 infants for three decades to determine whether inf...
Double Dose Of Flu Vaccine More Effective Than Single Dose Among Young US Children, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (5/4, Hlavinka) reports, “A double dose of the influenza vaccine was more effective than a single dose” among US children, thereby “supporting the U.S. flu vaccine policy,” researchers concluded. CDC investigators found that “among 7,533 chi...
NIH Starts Study To Determine Coronavirus Infection Rate In Children And Their Families In US
Reuters (5/4, Chander) reports the NIH “has started enrolling participants in a study to find out the infection rate of” coronavirus “in children and their families in the” US. The study “will be conducted completely remotely” with the aim of determining...
Immune System Response May Affect COVID-19 Severity, Studies Indicate
Newsweek (5/4, Gander) reports, “Some people may develop severe COVID-19 because of how their immune systems respond to the coronavirus, according to scientists who used a mathematical model to map how our bodies interact with the bug.” According to resea...
Hospitals May Be Contributing Factor To Socioeconomic, Racial Disparities Found In Pregnancy Complications, Research Indicates
Modern Healthcare (5/4, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that “new evidence suggests that hospitals may be a contributing factor to the racial and socioeconomic disparities found in pregnancy complications.” Specifically, “an analysis published...
FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization Of Remdesivir To Treat Patients With COVID-19
The AP (5/1, Perrone, Marchione) reported the FDA granted emergency use authorization of Gilead Science’s remdesivir to treat patients with COVID-19 after evidence emerged that the drug can help recover faster. The agency approved the drug for patients wi...
COVID-19 In Pregnant Women Does Present Some Risk To Expecting Mothers, Infants, Researchers Say
MedPage Today (5/1, D'Ambrosio) reported, “While previous reports of COVID-19 illness in pregnant women show generally good outcomes, the risk to expecting mothers and their infants isn’t zero, researchers said.” For instance, in a research letter publish...
Better Childhood Motor Coordination May Be Tied To Lower Mortality Up To Middle Age, Study Indicates
MD Magazine (5/2, Rosenfeld) reported, “Better childhood motor coordination was associated with lower mortality up to middle age,” investigators concluded after using “the British National Child Development Study to examine the association of performance...
High School Students Who Have Early Start Times More Likely To Be Tardy Or Skip School Entirely, Researchers Say
HealthDay (5/1, Reinberg) reported, “High school students who have early start times are more likely to show up late or cut school entirely,” research indicated. After looking at “five high schools that moved start times from 8:05 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. in ord...
Biologics More Likely To Improve Psoriasis Than Methotrexate In Pediatric Patients, Study Indicates
Healio (5/1, Forand) reported, “Biologics were more likely to improve psoriasis than methotrexate in pediatric patients, as assessed by both the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index and Physician Global Assessment,” investigators concluded in a “retrospectiv...
Race For Coronavirus Vaccine Continues With Many Parties Around The World Involved
The New York Times (5/2, A1, Sanger, Kirkpatrick, Zimmer, Thomas, Wee) reports on the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine with governments, pharmaceutical companies, biotech startups, and academic laboratories all working to create a product that could...
US Has Reported Highest Number Of COVID-19 Recoveries Worldwide
Newsweek (5/2, Kim) reported “The global pandemic has seen more than 1,056,300 patients recover from COVID-19, with the U.S. reporting the highest number of recoveries in the world, as of Saturday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins Univer...
Perinatal Depression In Mothers May Be Tied To Offspring’s Greater Risk Of Psychotic Experiences By Age 18, Researchers Say
MD Magazine (4/30, Kunzmann) reports, “Perinatal depression in mothers is associated with a greater risk of their offspring reporting psychotic experiences by 18 years old,” researchers concluded in a study that suggests “common development mechanisms mig...
Women With Psoriasis May Have Increased Risk For Adverse Maternal And Pregnancy Outcomes, Researchers Say
Healio (4/30, McGee) reports, “Women with psoriasis may have an increased risk for adverse maternal and pregnancy outcomes; however, fertility does not seem to be negatively affected,” investigators concluded in a “population-based study” that “used infor...
USPSTF Recommends Primary Care Clinicians Provide Interventions To Prevent Tobacco Use In School-Aged Children And Teenagers
Healio (4/30, Miller) reports, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] recommended that primary care clinicians provide interventions to prevent school-aged children and adolescents from using tobacco, such as offering education or brief counsel...
Weight Throughout Childhood May Predict Development Of Hidradenitis Suppurativa In Adulthood, Research Suggests
MedPage Today (4/30, Monaco) reports, “Weight throughout childhood was predictive of developing hidradenitis suppurativa in adulthood,” investigators in Denmark concluded. In the study, babies “born with low birth weight – 4.4 to 6.1 lbs (2.00- 2.75 kg) –...
Study Indicates Childhood Vaccines Could Be Potent Weapon Against Antibiotic Resistance
CIDRAP (4/30, Dall) reports a new study “suggests that among the strategies to combat global antibiotic resistance, childhood vaccines may provide the most bang for the buck.” The study published in Nature “found that pneumococcal conjugate vaccines and r...
Well-Child Visits Have Reportedly Declined During Pandemic
NPR (4/29, Pao) reports there has been decline in routine well-child visits during the coronavirus pandemic, and some pediatric care providers say that “is a big problem – for those children and for the nation – though parents are understandably concerned...
WHO Says A Small Number Of Children Develop A Rare Inflammatory Syndrome When Infected With Coronavirus
Reuters (4/29, Nebehay, Farge) reports the WHO said that most children infected with coronavirus have mild symptoms, if any, and recover completely, but a small number have developed a rare inflammatory syndrome. Clinicians have reported cases of the rare...
Right Atrial Conduit Phase Emptying May Predict Risk For Adverse Clinical Events In Pediatric Patients With PAH, Research Indicates
Pulmonology Advisor (4/29, Gambino) reports, “Right atrial (RA) conduit phase emptying may predict the risk for adverse clinical events in pediatric patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH),” investigators concluded after conducting “a single c...
Sexual Health Interventions Among Black Adolescents May Be Tied To Improvements In Abstinence, Condom Use, And Sexual Health Knowledge, Systematic Review Suggests
Healio (4/29, Downey) reports that in “a systematic review and meta-analysis of 29 studies published over the course of 30 years,” investigators found that “sexual health interventions among black adolescents were significantly associated with improvement...
FDA Approves Supplemental NDA For Efinaconazole Topical Solution 10% For Treatment Of Onychomycosis In Children Six Years And Older, Company Announces
Healio (4/29) reports, “The FDA approved a supplemental new drug application [NDA] for Jublia” (efinaconazole topical solution 10%) “to extend the age range in the product’s label to include children six years and older, Ortho Dermatologics, Bausch Health...
NIAID Director Says Remdesivir Speeds Recovery In Patients With Coronavirus
The Washington Post (4/29, Rowland) reports NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said that based on the results of a federal trial testing Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir against coronavirus, the drug “doesn’t seem like a knockout,” but the trial was a strong “pr...
Three Children In The US With Coronavirus Are Receiving Treatment For Rare Inflammatory Syndrome
Reuters (4/28, Steenhuysen) reports three children in the US “infected with the coronavirus are being treated for a rare inflammatory syndrome that appears similar to one that has raised concerns by doctors in Britain, Italy and Spain,” according to a spe...
FDA Approves Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
PharmaNewsIntelligence (4/28, McGrail) reports the FDA approved Sanofi’s “biologics license application for a MenQuadfi meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y, W) conjugate vaccine for the prevention of meningitis in individuals two years of age and older.” Pharma...
Environment In Which A Child Is Raised May Influence Risk For Developing Depression Later In Life, Researchers Say
Healio (4/28, Gramigna) reports, “Among matched full and half siblings at high risk for major depression, those raised in adoptive homes had a significantly reduced risk compared with those raised in their home environment,” researchers concluded after id...

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