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Researchers Examine Use Of Asthma Inhalers In Puerto Rican And Mexican Children In US.
Reuters (3/19, Rapaport) reports researchers found that “Puerto Rican children were less likely than Mexican kids to use asthma inhalers regularly.” The findings were published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
Digital Subtraction Pulmonary Angiography May Be Useful For Evaluating Changes In Pulmonary Vasculature Of Children With Pulmonary Hypertension Tied To Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Study Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (3/19, Jacobs) reports researchers found “digital subtraction pulmonary angiography (DSPA) is a potentially useful imaging modality for evaluating changes in the pulmonary vasculature of children with pulmonary hypertension (PH) associ...
FDA Issues Two Guidances For PrEP And Pediatric HIV Drug Development.
BioCentury (3/19, Romeo, Subscription Publication) reports the “FDA released final versions of two guidances Tuesday aimed at developing drugs for pediatric HIV patients and for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which HHS Secretary Alex Azar said was in li...
FDA Accepts Biologics License Application For Peanut Allergy Treatment.
MD Magazine (3/19, Gingerich) reports the Food and Drug Administration “accepted Aimmune’s Biologics License Application for AR101.” Aimmune “is seeking approval” for AR101 “as a treatment to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis in peanut-allergic children and...
Strain Of Housing Costs Impacts Health Of Children Belonging To Texas’ Poorer Families, Study Finds.
The Houston Chronicle (3/19, Deam) reports the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a recently-released national study, has found that a “majority of poor children in Texas live in families where more than half of the household income goes to housing,...
Schools Turning To Students To Help Curb Teen Vaping.
CNN (3/18, Nedelman) reports on its website that “teen vaping is on the rise, and schools are searching for solutions, with some taking disciplinary action or installing vape detectors in bathrooms.” The resignation of FDA Commissioner “Dr. Scott Gottlieb...
US EDs Seeing Surge In Number Of Kids, Teens Seeking Help For Mental Health Problems, Researchers Say.
Reuters (3/18, Rapaport) reports a study suggests “the number of young people visiting U.S. emergency rooms with psychiatric problems is rising, driven largely by a surge in teens and minority youth seeking urgent help for mental illnesses.” The study fou...
Lanadelumab Safely Reduces Monthly Attack Rate In Adolescents With Hereditary Angioedema, Data Suggest.
Healio (3/18) reports the monoclonal antibody lanadelumab (Takhzyro) “was found to safely reduce monthly attack rates in adolescents with hereditary angioedema, according to [phase 3] research presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immun...
Preteens Are Increasingly Getting Waxing, Laser Treatments, Business Owners Say.
The New York Times (3/19, Vora) reports that “owners of laser hair removal centers, dermatologists and salons that offer waxing and laser treatments report seeing an increasing number of clients as young as 8 and into the early teens.” One laser center’s...
Females In Male-Female Twin Pairs Exposed To More Testosterone In Womb, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/18) reports “having a twin brother could put a woman at a lasting disadvantage, and exposure to his testosterone before birth may play a role, a new study suggests.” The results support “a theory that females in male-female twin pairs are exp...
Bedside Amplitude-Integrated EEG May Not Accurately Detect Or Classify Seizures In Neonates, Study Indicates.
Neurology Advisor (3/15, May) reported researchers found “bedside amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram (EEG) possesses low sensitivity and specificity for detecting seizures compared with conventional EEG and may be prone to error in seizure classifi...
New Hampshire Senate Approves Child Mental Health Bill.
The AP (3/17) reports that “the New Hampshire Senate has approved a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s comprehensive system of care for children with mental health problems.” The bill facilitates “the creation of mobile crisis teams for children with...
Toll Of Autism In Adolescents Even Harder Among Minorities And The Poor, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (3/15, Preidt) reported, “Autism exacts a heavy toll on the families of teens who struggle with the disorder, but the fight to get treatment and services is even harder among minorities who live in poverty, new research” indicates. Investigators...
Cardiovascular Risk Screening Reveals High Rates Of Dyslipidemia, Abnormal HbA1c Levels Among Urban Middle School Students.
Endocrinology Advisor (3/15, Beairsto) reported, “In a study of urban middle school students, cardiovascular risk screening revealed high rates of dyslipidemia and abnormal hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, including 2 cases of diabetes.” The findings, publi...
Children Rarely Called Back To ED Because Of Discrepancies In Radiology Reports, Study Suggests.
HealthImaging (3/15, Pearson) reported researchers found that over a period of eight months, children were rarely “called back to the” emergency department “of an academic children’s hospital in California due to discrepant radiology reports,” but those w...
Research Indicates Babies Born Outside Hospital Three Times More Likely To Die Than Those Born In Hospital.
Medscape (3/15, Melville, Subscription Publication) reported. “Babies born outside of hospital were around three times more likely to die than those born in hospital, according to new research from Israel” that examined 243,682 singleton births in the US...
AAP Updates Influenza Vaccination Recommendations.
Medscape (3/15, Brown, Subscription Publication) reported, “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its influenza vaccination recommendations, saying both the injectable vaccine (inactivated vaccine; IIV) and the nasal spray vaccine (quadriva...
Experts Warn Pediatric Drug Shortages Threaten Recent High Success Rates.
Medscape (3/15, Nelson, Subscription Publication) reported continuing drug shortages of pediatric cancer treatments “are jeopardizing the high success rates that have been achieved in recent decades, say experts.” For example, etoposide and vincristine we...
AAP Updates Water Safety Recommendations.
The CBS News (3/15) website reported, “The American Academy of Pediatrics is putting the spotlight on” drowning “prevention with some updated advice for parents” regarding children’s water safety. In fact, “the AAP stresses all children should learn to sw...
An Estimated Two Million Children Visited An ED For A TBI Sustained During Sports- And Recreation-Related Activities Between 2010 And 2016, Study Indicates.
U.S. News & World Report (3/14, Newman) reports, “An estimated two million children visited an emergency department [ED] for a traumatic brain injury [TBI] sustained during sports- and recreation-related activities between 2010 and 2016,” research indicat...
US Teens, Young Adults More Distressed, More Likely To Suffer From Major Depression, And More Prone To Suicide Than Counterparts In Previous Generation.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (3/14, Healy) reports research reveals “that U.S. teens and young adults in 2017 were more distressed, more likely to suffer from major depression, and more prone to suicide than their counterparts in the millennial...
Around One-Fifth Of Pediatric Epilepsy Hospital Readmissions May Be Preventable, Study Suggests.
Neurology Advisor (3/14) reports researchers concluded that “approximately one-fifth of pediatric epilepsy hospital readmissions, many of which occur within 7 days of index discharge, are preventable.” The findings were published in Pediatric Neurology.
Pertussis Vaccine Now Less Effective Due To Mutation Of Bacteria Behind The Disease, CDC Researchers Say.
The USA Today (3/14, Haller) “All the Moms” blog reports, “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers say that the vaccine used for” pertussis is now “less effective because the bacteria behind the disease has mutated.” After analyzing “lab sa...
Tobacco Executives Bolstered Sales Of Sugary Drinks To Young People, Research Suggests.
The New York Times (3/14, Jacobs) reports that “researchers combing through a vast archive of cigarette company documents at the University of California, San Francisco stumbled on something revealing: Internal correspondence showed how tobacco executives...
FDA Issues Policy To Restrict Sales Of Flavored E-Cigarettes In Effort To Reduce Underage Vaping.
The Washington Post (3/13, McGinley) reports the Food and Drug Administration issued a policy “designed to restrict how and where flavored e-cigarettes are sold” with the aim of reducing the “epidemic” of underage vaping, which has been “a top priority of...
Providing NPs With Standard Order Sets, Education May Promote Enhanced Care In Pediatric Concussion Patients, Researchers Say.
Clinical Advisor (3/13, Morr) reports, “Providing nurse practitioners [NPs] with standardized order sets and education on identifying and treating concussions in pediatric patients promotes enhanced care of these patients,” researchers concluded. The find...
Washington State House Passes Bill Allowing Parents To Initiate Mental Healthcare For Teens, Even If Those Teens Do Not Consent.
STAT (3/13, Thielking) reports that this week, the Washington “state House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow parents to initiate an evaluation for outpatient therapy, residential treatment, and other forms of mental health care for teenagers,...
New Program Teaches Adults How To Help Kids Manage Anxiety.
The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer (3/13, Giordano) reports, “In a new program developed at the Yale Child Study Center called SPACE, or Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions,” adults “are being taught to help their kids manage anxiety by reduci...
Young People Prefer Candy-, Fruit-Flavored E-Cigarettes More Than Older Adults, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/13, Preidt) reports that “candy- and fruit-flavored electronic cigarettes hold far more allure for teens and young adults than older adults,” a new study published in Public Health Reports indicates. Study leader Samir Soneji said of the stud...
Adolescents With High Blood Pressure May Be Twice As Likely To Develop Serious Kidney Disease By Middle Age As Adolescents Who Do Not, Researchers Say.
Reuters (3/13, Rapaport) reports, “Adolescents who have high blood pressure are twice as likely to develop serious kidney disease by middle age as teens who don’t,” researchers concluded after following some “2.7 million teens over about two decades start...
Number Of US Kids With Back Pain Found To Be On The Rise.
HealthDay (3/12) reports that as US children become heavier, “the number of those with back pain is on the rise,” research indicates. In fact, “one in three between the ages of 10 and 18 said they had backaches in the past year, according to a survey of a...
Study Examines Factors Behind Increased Job Satisfaction Among PNPs At A Tertiary Care Children’s Hospital Setting.
Clinical Advisor (3/12, Morr) reports, “Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) at a tertiary care children’s hospital expressed increased job satisfaction when working with patients and their families as well as in dynamic teams with other professionals,” i...
Evidence-Based Toolkit That Provides Parents Of Pediatric Patients With Information About Kids’ Media Use Appears To Be Effective, Beneficial.
Clinical Advisor (3/12, Morr) reports, “An evidence-based toolkit that provides parents of pediatric patients with information about media use in children is effective and beneficial, according to research presented at” the annual meeting of the National...
Implementing Fellowship Programs For Nurse Practitioners May Help Alleviate Workforce Shortage Of Physician Providers In Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Research Suggests.
Clinical Advisor (3/12, Aghjayan) reports, “Implementing fellowship programs for nurse practitioners may help alleviate the workforce shortage of physician providers in developmental-behavioral pediatrics...according to research presented at” this year’s...
New York State Lawmakers Introduce Bill That Would Allow Teens To Get Vaccinations Without Parental Approval.
The AP (3/12) provides continuing coverage of the news that two New York state lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow minors to receive vaccinations without parental consent. In response to the news, “the New York chapters of the American Acade...
Proposed Bill In Maine Would End Non-Medical Opt-Outs For Vaccinations.
The AP (3/13) reports “Maine lawmakers could tighten vaccination requirements under a Democrat’s bill” that “would end non-medical exemptions for routine childhood vaccines required by schools and certain health care facilities.”
Nearly A Third Of Children Aged 10 To 12 Years Presenting To ED Screened Positive For Suicide Risk In Small Study.
Healio (3/12, Demko) reports that among 79 youngsters “aged 10 to 12 years presenting to the” emergency department (ED), “nearly one-third screened positive for suicide risk, according to” research conducted by Lisa Horowitz, PhD, MPH, and colleagues of t...
Babies Have Consistent Immune Development, Study Indicates.
STAT (3/12, Branswell) reports that according to a study published in Nature Communications, researchers found “discernible and consistent patterns of change that occur” in infants’ immune systems soon after birth after analyzing blood from 60 babies in G...
More Young People Are Using Hookah Despite Risks, Studies Indicate.
Reuters (3/12, Rapaport) reports that “a growing number of American teens and young adults are using hookah, or water pipes, and many of them may be under the mistaken impression that it’s risk-free and non-addictive, U.S. heart doctors warn.” In a new st...
Students With Poorly Controlled Asthma Have More Trouble In School, Researchers Say.
Reuters (3/11, Rapaport) reports on a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology finding that children “with asthma may struggle more in school when their symptoms aren’t well-controlled, and minority students with this breathing diso...
Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposes Cuts To Medicaid, Medicare, NIH.
This morning, there is extensive television and print coverage of President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget. News outlets say the proposal includes some significant cuts to safety-net programs, and predict that Congress will not approve many of those changes...
Hospitals, Insurers Ready To Resist Medical Service Price Disclosure Mandate.
The Wall Street Journal (3/11, Armour, Mathews, Subscription Publication) reports that hospitals and insurers plan to argue against a Trump Administration proposal that may mandate the public disclosure of medical services’ negotiated prices. Healthcare i...
Florida Senate Committee Agrees To Advance Bill Increasing Oversight Of Children’s Heart Surgery Programs.
The Tampa Bay (FL) Times (3/11, Koh, McGrory) reports that by a unanimous vote, the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee agreed “to advance SB 1126, which would let teams of physician experts make unannounced visits to children’s heart surgery departmen...
New York State Lawmakers Introduce Bill Allowing Minors To Get Vaccinated Without Parental Consent.
The New York Times (3/11, McKinley) provides continuing coverage of the news that a pair of New York State lawmakers “are proposing allowing minors to receive vaccinations without permission from their parents.” The proposal “would allow any child 14 year...
New York City’s Public Schools Will Not Serve Meat On Mondays.
The AP (3/11) reports New York City’s public schools will not serve meat on Mondays beginning in the fall. The school system launched a “Meatless Mondays” pilot program in 15 schools in Brooklyn last spring, and will now expand the program to the whole sy...
Parents Who Do Not Smoke Around Children At Home May Still Vape Around Them, Study Indicates.
Reuters (3/11, Rapaport) reports researchers found “parents who use both traditional and e-cigarettes may vape around kids at home and in cars even when they don’t smoke around their kids.” The findings (3/7) were published in Pediatrics. TODAY (3/11, Paw...
Children Whose Mothers, Grandmothers Were Adolescent Moms Less Ready For Kindergarten, Researchers Say.
The Atlantic (3/11, Wong) reports children who have a grandmother whose first child was born when the women was a teenager are “39 percent more likely to place in the bottom 10th percentile of scores measuring whether kindergartners are ready for school t...
Fake Drugs Killing More Children Worldwide, Report Indicates.
CNN (3/11, Scutti) reports that a new analysis published Monday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene says “hundreds of thousands of children each year are dying due to a surge of poor-quality or outright fake medicines.” Dr. Joel Brema...
FDA Approves Dupilumab For Atopic Dermatitis In Teenagers.
Reuters (3/11, Mishra, Mathias) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Dupixent (dupilumab) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in younger patients. The article notes that the drug was previously approved for adults in 201...
Child Enrollment In Medicaid, CHIP Fell By Almost 600,000 Last Year, Data Show.
Stateline (3/8, Ollove) reported that the number of children “enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – two government health plans for the poor – fell by nearly 600,000 in the first 11 months of 2018, a precipitous drop th...

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