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Washington Gov. Inslee Proposes Public Health Insurance For State’s Uninsured.
The AP (1/8, Ho) reports that “likely presidential candidate” and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “proposed Tuesday a public health insurance option for state residents.” Inslee plans to encourage state lawmakers to direct the Washington State Health Care Aut...
New York Mayor De Blasio Pledges $100 Million For Health Insurance For Illegal Immigrants.
The New York Times (1/8, Goodman) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday the city “will spend at least $100 million to ensure that undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance can receive medical treatment.” B...
Children May Be More Likely To Develop Depression, Anxiety When Their Parents Are Regular Drinkers, Research Suggests.
According to Reuters (1/8, Rapaport), children “may be more likely to develop depression and anxiety when their parents are regular drinkers, even when neither parent drinks enough to be considered an alcoholic,” researchers concluded after studying “8,7...
Several Hospitals Ban Younger Visitors Amid Flu Season Activity.
Fox News (1/8, Hein) reports “the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has announced a temporary ban on visitors under the age of 12 in the hopes that it will help stop the spread of the flu virus.” The hospital’s press release explained that the ban, which...
New York Seeing Worst Measles Outbreak In Decades.
CNN (1/8, Howard) reports New York state is dealing with a measles outbreak “called the largest in the state’s recent history, and it’s occurring at a time when there have been spikes in measles cases globally.” Since the outbreak began last fall, “measl...
US Cancer Deaths Declined By 27% From 1991 To 2016, Study Shows.
The CBS Evening News (1/8, story 10, 0:20, Glor) reported that the Americans’ “cancer death rate has now been falling for at least 25 years, down 27 percent over that period,” driven by lower smoking rates and medical advances. However, “obesity-related...
Eli Lilly To Begin Including Website With Drug Price Information In Television Advertisements.
Bloomberg News (1/8, Koons) reports Eli Lilly & Co. will begin mentioning a website with drug price info in their television advertisements. The article points out that the Trump Administration has called for pharmaceutical companies to include drug pric...
Stronger Regulations Deter Teens From Trying Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Research Indicates.
NBC News (1/7, Fox) reports research just published in the journal Pediatrics concluded that “teens living in cities or towns that more strictly policed retail sales of tobacco products were a third less likely to try cigarettes or e-cigarettes” than tho...
Clinicians Turning To Telepsychiatry To Help Youngsters And Teens.
The Wall Street Journal (1/7, Landro, Subscription Publication) reports that as the shortage of mental health practitioners grows, particularly those who treat teens and youngsters, a number of clinicians inside and outside the field of mental health are...
Rift Valley Fever Virus May Severely Injure Human Fetuses If Mothers Are Infected During Pregnancy, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (1/7, Baumgaertner) reports a new study suggests that “the mosquito-borne virus that causes Rift Valley fever may severely injure human fetuses if contracted by mothers during pregnancy.” The virus “primarily occurs in livestock in sub...
Use Of Flavored Tobacco Products By US Teens “Rebounded” In 2017 With Rising E-Cigarette Use.
Reuters (1/7, Rapaport) reports US teen use of flavored tobacco products “rebounded” in 2017 as flavored e-cigarette use increased and use of other flavored tobacco products “decreased or leveled off,” according to Hongying Dai, PhD, of the University of...
One-Quarter Of Children With Celiac Disease Are Lost To Follow-Up Within A Year Of Diagnosis, Research Indicates.
Healio Gastroenterology (1/7, Young) reports that research indicated “one-quarter of children with celiac disease were lost to follow-up within a year of diagnosis, and some failed to even see a gastroenterologist after their diagnostic biopsy.” The find...
No Large-Scale Studies Have Been Carried Out To Estimate Prevalence Of Youth Who Identify As Transgender.
Medscape (1/7, Brookes, Subscription Publication) reports that to date, “no large-scale studies have been carried out to estimate the prevalence of youth who identify as transgender.” According to Medscape, “Lynn Hunt, MD, from the department of pediatri...
Offspring Of Women Who Use Valproate During Pregnancy May Be At Increased Risk For AD/HD, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (1/4, Mundell) reported that maternal use of valproate during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) in offspring, research indicated. After following some 900,000 infants “born i...
Prenatal Genetic Testing Gains Popularity.
The Washington Post (1/4, Richards) reports on the growing popularity of “cell-free DNA” screening, which “analyzes the fetal genetic information that travels from the mother’s placenta and poses no risk to the baby.” Physicians are increasingly recommen...
LAIV4 Less Effective Than Inactivated Influenza Vaccine At Preventing Flu In Children In Recent Flu Seasons, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (1/7, Walker) reports research indicates that the “live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4), or FluMist, was less effective at preventing flu, especially influenza A/H1N1, in recent flu seasons among kids than inactivated influenza vaccine...
FDA Accusing Juul, Altria Of Backing Off Plan To Keep E-Cigarettes Away From Minors.
The New York Times (1/4, Kaplan) reported that the Food and Drug Administration “is accusing Juul and Altria of reneging on promises they made to the government to keep e-cigarettes away from minors.” FDA Commissioner Gottlieb “is drafting letters to bot...
Neonatal Falls Increasingly Recognized As A Postpartum Safety Risk, Researchers Say.
Reuters (1/3, Rapaport) reports, “Neonatal falls are increasingly recognized as a postpartum safety risk, with as many as 1,600 newborn falls occurring in U.S. hospitals each year, researchers” concluded in research published in Pediatrics. Even though “...
Self-Harm In Adolescents Associated With Higher Risk Of Committing Violent Crime, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (1/4) reports a study by researchers at Duke University analyzing data from the UK suggests “self-harm in adolescents was associated with more than threefold higher risk of committing violent crime...with certain risk factors raising the li...
Social Media Use, Depressive Symptoms Appear To Be Connected In 14-Year-Olds, Research indicates.
CNN (1/3, Howard) reports, “There appears to be a connection between social media use and depressive symptoms in 14-year-olds, and that connection may be much stronger for girls than boys,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data on 10,904 14-year-ol...
Report Examines Leading Risk Factors Contributing To Growing Number Of Youth Suicides In Colorado.
The Denver Post (1/3, Seaman) reports, “The pressure placed on children and teenagers to perform well in school and extracurricular activities, along with the anxiety it creates regarding failure, are among the leading risk factors contributing to the gr...
Interrupted Antiretroviral Therapy In HIV-Exposed Children Reduces Measles Vaccine Efficacy, Study Suggests.
Infectious Disease Advisor (1/3) reports a study suggests that “children with HIV who had antiretroviral therapy (ART) that was interrupted at either age 12 or 24 months have lower measles antibody geometric mean titers and seroprotective titers after me...
Asthma May Go Undiagnosed, Untreated In Many City-Dwelling Teens, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (1/2, Reinberg) reports that research indicates that “for many city-dwelling teens with asthma, their chronic lung disease may go undiagnosed and untreated.” HealthDay adds that “according to a survey of more than 33,000 New York City high scho...
Two-Thirds Of States Do Not Track How Many Families Give Up Custody To Help A Child Get Mental Health Services.
The NPR (1/2, Herman) “Shots” blog reports, “Two-thirds of states don’t keep track of how many families give up custody to help the child get mental health services.” However, research “by the Government Accountability Office found that back in 2001, mor...
Black Teens Less Likely To Get Flu Shot Than White Teens, Analysis Suggests.
MD Magazine (1/2) reports an analysis by researchers at Florida State University suggests that “black teens in the US had 5% lower odds of getting an influenza vaccine shot than their white counterparts – and that gap is growing.” The findings were publi...
Indiana Parents Demand Investigation Of Carcinogenic Leak After Spike In Child Cancers.
On its front page, the New York Times (1/2, A1, Tabuchi) reports parents from Johnson County, Indiana are calling “for a federal investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General” into toxic plumes of trichloroethylene (T...
CBP Head Says More And More Immigrant Children Are Sick When They Arrive At The US Border.
The Washington Post (12/31, Morello) reported that more and more “families and children apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico are requiring medical treatment after a rigorous journey north in very crowded conditions,” Kevin K. McAleenan, commissione...
UK Kids Exceeding Minimum Required Sugar Intake By Age 10, Experts Say.
BBC News Online (UK) (1/2) reports, “Children in the UK exceed the minimum recommended sugar intake for an 18-year-old by the time they are 10,” research “based on their total sugar consumption from the age of two” from Public Health England. The Telegra...
Researchers Find Elevated Inflammatory Markers In Only 39.6% Of Patients With Chronic Nonbacterial Osteitis.
Healio (12/31, Laday) reported, “Inflammatory markers were elevated in only 39.6% of patients with chronic nonbacterial osteitis, a condition that can trigger significant disease-related ramifications, with vertebral and mandibular involvement necessitat...
Arizona Begins PSA Campaign Aimed At Teens About Opioid Abuse.
The Arizona Republic (12/31, Innes) reports on Arizona’s $406,000 public service announcement campaign against opioid abuse that includes two 30-second video spots that officials hope “will dissuade their target audience – Arizona kids ages 12 to 17 – fr...
Opioid-Related Deaths Among Young People May Have Tripled Since 1999, Study Indicates.
The Hill (12/28, Bowden) reported “opioid-related deaths among teens and young children have nearly tripled since 1999.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open. ABC News (12/28, Bracho-Sanchez) reported on its website that researchers “examined...
Researchers Find Associations Between Paternal Postnatal Depression And Daughters’ Mental Health At Age 18.
Medscape (12/28, Broyd, Subscription Publication) reported that research “involving 3,176 father-offspring pairs from the Bristol area has found links between fathers who experience postnatal depression (PND) and their daughters who go on to have mental...
Regular Bedtimes, Adequate Sleep During Childhood May Contribute Toward A Health Weight In The Teen Years, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/28, Preidt) reported, “Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years,” researchers concluded. The findings of the 2,200-child study were published in the journal Sleep.
Epilepsy May Be More Common In Children With Congenital Heart Disease, Study Indicates.
MD Magazine (12/30, Bender) reports researchers found “a high overall incidence of epilepsy in children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and a markedly higher incidence in those with perioperative clinical seizures (CS),” and as a result called for “i...
Teens Who Are Often Bullied May Be Left With Shrinkage In Key Parts Of The Brain, Study Reveals.
HealthDay (12/27, Mozes) reports, “Teens who are often bullied may be left with shrinkage in key parts of their brain, increasing their risk for mental illness,” researchers concluded after analyzing “brain scans of nearly 700 14- to 19-year-olds.” The s...
Michigan Governor Signs Cyberbullying Bill, Vetoes “Baby Boxes.”
The Detroit Free Press (12/27, Gray) reports Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) “signed 48 bills into law this week.” One bill signed into law makes “cyberbullying a crime, punishable by 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.” Snyder vetoed a bill that “would have...
CDC Warns Respiratory Syncytial Virus Can Cause Severe Respiratory Infection In Infants.
The New York Post (12/27, Eustachewich) reports CDC officials are warning that the highly contagious cold-like virus, called Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), “can cause severe infections like bronchitis...and pneumonia in children under 1,” following t...
Researchers Worried Acute Flaccid Myelitis Could Continue Spreading.
The New York Post (12/27, Bressner) reports researchers are concerned that acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) could spread further across the US over the next several years. Thomas A. Clark, the epidemiologist in charge of the CDC’s response to the polio-like...
Rectal Acetaminophen May Be Safe, Effective Treatment To Prevent Febrile Seizure Recurrence, Study Indicates.
Neurology Advisor (12/27, May) reports researchers found that “rectal acetaminophen is a safe and acceptable treatment for preventing recurrence of febrile seizure (FS) in infants and young children during the same fever episode.” The findings were publi...
Number Of Pertussis Cases Nowhere Near The Lows Of Earlier Decades Following Introduction Of Pertussis Vaccine.
HealthDay (12/27, Canter) reports that “pertussis jumped from fewer than 2,000 cases in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s to more than 48,000 in 2012, according to” figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, even though “the...
Students In School Meal Programs May Be More Likely To Choose Fruit Juice Over Whole Fruit Or Milk, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/26, Preidt) reports that when a given a choice, “students in school meal programs are more likely to choose fruit juice over more nutritious whole fruit or milk,” researchers concluded after analyzing “cafeteria register data from three low...
Health Tests Ordered For All Children In Border Protection Custody.
USA Today (12/26, Schnell, McCoy) reports in the aftermath of the second death of an immigrant child in federal detention within one month, health checks have been ordered for all children in US Customs and Border Protection custody. The order for health...
FDA Clears Diagnostic Test That Can Measure Nutrients In Breast Milk.
Medscape (12/26, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Miris Human Milk Analyzer, “a diagnostic test to measure nutrients in breast milk, including the concentration of fat, carbohydrates, protein, tot...
Evidence Mounting Obesity In Childhood And Adolescence May Increase Risk For Future CVD, Expert Says.
Clinical Endocrinology News (12/26, Brunk) reports, “Mounting evidence indicates that obesity in childhood and adolescence increases the risk for future cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to” a presentation at the World Congress on Insulin Resistanc...
FDA Approves Pediatric Hexavalent Vaccine.
Reuters (12/26, Landauro) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Sanofi’s and Merck’s Vaxelis, a hexavalent vaccine that can immunize children against “diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to hae...
Bullying Appears To Harm Children Who Witness It, Research Suggests.
U.S. News & World Report (12/21, Levine) reported, “Bullying...harms children who witness it,” researchers found after examining “data from nearly 4,000 Quebec high school students.” The findings were published in the December issue of the Journal of Epi...
New Clinical Practice Guideline Issued On Management Of Infantile Hemangiomas.
Medscape (12/24, Phllips, Subscription Publication) reported, “In a new clinical practice guideline on the management of infantile hemangioma” published online in Pediatrics, “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants at high risk...
Thrombotic Risk Factors More Common Among Kids With Migraines Who Experience Visual Or Motor Aura Than Among Kids With Migraines Who Do Not Experience Aura, Study Indicates.
Neurology Advisor (12/25) reported that research suggests “children with migraines who experience visual or motor aura are likelier than children with migraines who do not experience aura to have at least one thrombotic risk factor.” The findings were pu...
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...

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