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Acetaminophen Use In Pregnancy May Be Associated With Language Delays In Girls, Researchers Say.
TIME (1/10, MacMillan) reports, “Two-year-old girls whose mothers took acetaminophen during their pregnancies had higher rates of language delays compared to those whose mothers did not,” researchers found. In boys, however, “similar delays were not seen...
Pressure Mounts On Lawmakers To Fund CHIP As States Remain In Limbo.
The Wall Street Journal (1/10, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports that pressure is mounting on Congress to authorize long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program because some states, including Virginia, will exhaust the funds from...
Babies, Children Particularly Vulnerable To Flu, CDC Says.
CBS News (1/10) reports children “are particularly vulnerable” to the flu that has led to widespread illness in 46 states. The CDC says children under the age of five are at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications, and “estimates that sin...
Antacid Use During Pregnancy Associated With Increased Risk Of Asthma In Offspring, Review Finds.
The New York Times (1/11, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog reports “using antacids during pregnancy is linked to asthma in offspring, a systematic review of research has found.” Specifically, a review of data from eight observational studies showed...
Many Parents Have Never Heard Of RSV, Even Though Most Kids Contract The Illness.
The New York Times (1/10, Caron, Subscription Publication) reports that many parents have never heard of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), even though by age two, “nearly every child has contracted” the illness. For most youngsters, RSV “presents as a b...
Black Children May Be More Likely Than White Children To Die From Surgery Complications, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (1/10, Norton) reports that research suggests “black children are more than twice as likely as white kids to die from surgery complications in the” US. Investigators “found that black kids more often had risk factors that raised their odds of d...
It Is Not Clear If All Kids, Teens Can Benefit From Routine Scoliosis Screening, USPSTF Panel Concludes.
According to Reuters (1/9, Rapaport), a panel from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that it is “unclear if all children and teens can benefit from routine screening for scoliosis.” But, “the USPSTF statement doesn’t...
CBO Cuts Cost Estimate For Reauthorization Of CHIP.
The AP (1/9, Fram) reports that the Congressional Budget Office says the Senate’s bill to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years would cost $800 million. The CBO had previously estimated that the funding would cost $8.2 billio...
GOP Backing Away From Plans To Repeal ACA, Overhaul Safety-Net Programs.
The Wall Street Journal (1/9, Peterson, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports that GOP lawmakers are scaling back plans to reform safety-net programs and repeal the ACA after President Trump and party leaders participated in a retreat over the weeken...
Parents Continue To Practice Unsafe Habits Associated With Sleep-Related Infant Deaths, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (1/9, Thompson) reports that after analyzing data from the state-based Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have...
FDA Issues New Guidelines Warning About Pediatric Exposure To X-Rays.
The Connecticut Post (1/9, Cuda) reports the Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings cautioning against giving children X-rays. According to the agency, “the risks from the radiation associated with X-rays is small;” but it nonetheless “can cont...
Fitbit Considering Developing Health-Related Wearable Device For Children, Sources Say.
Bloomberg News (1/9, Turner, Wang) reports, “Fitbit Inc. is considering developing a wearable device for children, according to people familiar with the matter.” One of the sources indicated that “the product was focused around health.”
Severe Obesity Declining Among Low-Income US Toddlers Receiving Government Food Assistance, Research Suggests.
Reuters (1/8, Rapaport) reports, “The proportion of” low-income children “receiving government food assistance who are severely obese has declined following benefits changes designed to encourage healthier purchases,” researchers found after examining da...
CBO Says Cost Of CHIP Renewal Smaller Than Previously Projected.
Roll Call (DC) (1/8, Raman) reports that a Congressional Budget Office analysis released Friday shows that legislators will only need funds of $800 million over 10 years to fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. This estimate is less than pr...
ACA’s Attempts To Encourage Nonprofit Hospitals To Increase Community Benefits Largely Unsuccessful, Study Indicates.
Kaiser Health News (1/8, Connor) reports that the ACA’s attempts to encourage “nonprofit hospitals to provide more community-wide benefits in exchange for their lucrative tax status has gotten off to a slow start,” and some analysts are predicting that t...
Study Examines How US Ended Up Ranking Last In Child Mortality Among The World’s Wealthiest Countries.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (1/8, Kaplan) reports that a study published in Health Affairs “examines” how the US ended up ranking “absolutely last in child mortality among the world’s wealthiest countries.” For the study, investigators examin...
Eye Injuries From Air Guns On The Rise Among Children, Study Indicates.
On its website, CNN (1/8, Howard) reports that the number of eye injuries from “nonpowder guns,” including BB, pellet, and paintball guns, has increased 168.8 percent from 1990 through 2012, according to a new study published in Pediatrics. CBS News (1/8...
Short-Term Funding Solutions For CHIP Reportedly Doing More Harm Than Good.
Modern Healthcare (1/5, Luthi, Subscription Publication) reported that short-term funding solutions for CHIP “have put states in the precarious position of running on fumes,” and these temporary measures “may do more harm than good as they hamstring CHIP...
Kentucky Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Let Students Apply Sunscreen At School.
The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader (1/7, Spears) reports Kentucky state Rep. Brandon Reed (R) has filed legislation that would clarify that children can carry sunscreen to school and may self-apply it. The piece explains that the Food and Drug Administrati...
Pregnant Women Who Take Methylphenidate May Be More Likely To Have Babies With Heart Deformities, Other Birth Defects, Research Suggests.
Reuters (1/5, Rapaport) reported that “pregnant women who take” methylphenidate for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “are more likely than those who don’t to have babies with heart deformities and other birth defects,” researchers found i...
Effects Of Zika Infection On Developing Fetus May Stem From Immune Response Of The Expecting Mother, Research In Mice Suggests.
According to HealthDay (1/5, Thompson), “the ravaging effects of Zika infection on a developing fetus appear to stem from the immune response of the expecting mother,” researchers found after working with mice. Laboratory “mice bred without a key step in...
Stomach Reduction Surgery May Improve Heart Health In Obese Teens, Research Suggests.
The NPR (1/8, Haelle) “Shots” blog reports a study of 242 teens published Monday in Pediatrics found “that blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and insulin levels all improved” in teens with severe obesity who underwent stomach reduction surgery. St...
Two Apple Shareholders Urge Company To Develop Tools To Better Control Kids’ Smartphone Use.
The Wall Street Journal (1/7, Benoit, Subscription Publication) reports that activist shareholders California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Jana Partners LLC have sent a letter to Apple in which they ask it to develop tools to help parents better...
Number Of High-School-Age Teens Having Sex Has Declined, Study Indicates.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (1/4, Bernstein) reports, “The number of high-school-age teens who are having sex dropped markedly over a decade, a trend that includes substantial declines among younger students, African Americans and Hispanic...
Trump Administration’s Proposed Rules Would Exempt Association Health Plans From Many ACA Protections.
The New York Times (1/4, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, the Trump Administration unveiled “sweeping new rules that could make it easier for small businesses to band together and create health insurance plans that would be exemp...
More Than Half Of US Babies Introduced To Complementary Foods Earlier Than They Should Be, Experts Say.
The CBS News (1/4, Welch) website reports that “more than half of all babies in the US are introduced to complementary foods – meaning foods or drinks other than breast milk or formula – earlier than they should be,” researchers concluded after analyzing...
CDC Releases New Data On Infant Mortality.
The Detroit News (1/4, Bouffard) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data that showed overall infant mortality decreased in the US from 6.86 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.90 in 2015. The CDC’s data also showed that in...
California Health Officials Issue Warning On Dangers Of Marijuana Use In Underage Users.
Newsweek (1/4, Dovey) reports that last week, California “health officials issued a public warning that” marijuana “may still be dangerous for underage users.” In fact, “according to the official warnings, evidence suggests the drug could damage still de...
Physician-Teacher Partnerships May Help Students, School Staffers Better Deal With “Toxic Stress,” Pediatrician Says.
Reuters (1/4, Crist) reports, “Partnerships between teachers and doctors could help students and school staffers better deal with ‘toxic stress,’ suggests” Dr. Kavitha Selvaraj, of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Selvaraj, “a...
Maternal Folic Acid, Multivitamin Supplementation Before Or During Pregnancy May Reduce Risk For Autism In Children, Research Suggests.
The ABC News (1/3, Francis, Childs) website reports, “Maternal exposure to folic acid and/or multivitamin supplements before pregnancy was statistically significantly associated with a lower likelihood of” autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in their offspri...
Women Who Breathe Polluted Air During Month Before Or After They Get Pregnant May Have Higher Likelihood Of Having Babies With Birth Defects, Research Suggests.
Reuters (1/3, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects.” Investigators looked at “data on birth defects for almo...
Certain Factors May Raise The Odds For Later HIV Infection, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (1/3, Preidt) reports, “Drug use, mental distress and exposure to violence in the teen years appears to raise the odds for later HIV infection,” researchers found after following “850 residents of Flint, Mich., from age 14 until age 32,” assess...
Use Of Low-Dose Aspirin May Raise Risk Of IVIG Resistance In Youngsters With Kawasaki Disease, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (1/3, Walsh) reports, “The use of low-dose aspirin in conjunction with a single dose of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) among children with Kawasaki disease was associated with three times the risk of requiring a second IVIG dose compared...
MRI Study Of Adolescent Brains Seeks To Clarify Impacts Of Alcohol And Drug Abuse.
Science Magazine (1/3, Wadman) reports that some “6,800 children” are “now enrolled in an unprecedented examination of teenage brain development.” Called “the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study – or ABCD Study,” it “aims to follow 10,000 childr...
Prevalence Of Autism Spectrum Disorders In The US May Have Reached A Plateau, Study Indicates.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (1/2, Kaplan) reports investigators “have a new reason to believe that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders [ASD] in the US has reached a plateau.” Their “evidence comes from the National Health Interview Su...
Disparities Among Preterm Infant Mortality Rates May Be Partially Tied To Race, Hospital Performance, Study Suggests.
Reuters (1/2, Rapaport) reports, “Among the tiniest preemies, black and Hispanic infants are more likely than white babies to be born at hospitals with worse death and complication rates,” researchers found. Medscape (1/2, Hackethal) reports that accordi...
Infants Drinking Formula Made From Cow’s Milk Not At Higher Risk For Developing T1D, Study Indicates.
NPR (1/2, Harris) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that infants are not at higher risk for developing type 1 diabetes (T1D) “from drinking formula made from cow’s milk.” Researchers arrived at th...
Use Of Non-Cigarette Tobacco Product Doubles The Chance That Youth Will Smoke Cigarettes The Next Year, Study Finds.
CNBC (1/2, LaVito) reports that a study published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that “any use of e-cigarettes, hookah, non-cigarette combustible tobacco or smokeless tobacco in one year doubled the chance that youths smoked cigarettes the following year.” The...
Teens Exposed To Traumatic Events May Have Higher Risk For Headaches, Migraines, Study Suggests.
Reuters (1/2, Crist) reports that according to a study published online in the journal Neurology, “teens exposed to traumatic or terror events may have a higher risk for weekly and daily migraines.” The study followed 213 survivors of a 2011 terrorist at...
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Using Predictive-Analytics Algorithm To Assist Case Workers In Identifying Families Most In Need Of Intervention.
In a nearly 4,100-word piece in its Magazine, the New York Times (1/2, MM31, Hurley, Subscription Publication) reports, “In August 2016, Allegheny County,” PA, “became the first jurisdiction in the United States, or anywhere else, to let a predictive-ana...
Smoking Cigarettes During Pregnancy Associated With Increased Risk Of ADHD Among Children, Review Suggests.
Reuters (12/29) reported that women who smoke during pregnancy may increase their children’s risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a review of medical studies published in Pediatrics. The review found that mothers who did smoke...
Congress Returns To Many Issues, Including CHIP Funding.
The Washington Post (1/1, Stein) reports that as Congress returns, it has “a jam-packed to-do list,” including funding the government and averting a shutdown, stabilizing the Children’s health Insurance Program and, whether to shield so-called Dreamers f...
Lactobacillus Reuteri Probiotic May Reduce Crying, Fussing In Breastfed Babies With Colic, Review Suggests.
The Huffington Post (12/29, Pearson) reported that last week, “the American Academy of Pediatrics published a late holiday present for spooked parents of colicky babies.” A new review “of four double-blind, randomized, controlled studies found that a pro...
Preschoolers, Kindergartners Most Likely To Start Fires Caused By Play.
The New York Times (12/30, Salam, Subscription Publication) reported, “Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start fires caused by play, and are most likely to die in them, according to” research conducted by the National Fire Protection Ass...
Few US Schools Use Evidence-Based Programs To Reduce Obesity, CDC Paper Says.
The Washington Times (12/28, Howell) reports very few public schools in the US “are implementing evidence-based programs to combat obesity despite the substantial amount of research that’s gone into developing them, according to a paper published Thursda...
ACA Enrollment Totaled 8.7 Million This Year, Revised CMS Figures Show.
The AP (12/29, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that on Thursday, CMS said ACA enrollment through HealthCare.gov totaled about 8.7 million. The article says this final count is about 80,000 lower than initial estimates because of late cancellations, according to...
Both Direct And Indirect Voice Therapy May Improve QoL Scores For Kids With Vocal Nodules, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (12/28, Walker) reports, “For children with voice nodules, both direct voice therapy – which focuses more on voice simulation and practice – and indirect voice therapy – which focuses on education and discussion of voice principles – improv...
Fear Of Needles May Lead Some Young People To Skip HPV Vaccine, Study Suggests.
The NPR (12/28, Haelle) “Shots” blog reports that researchers have found that young people who are afraid of needles are less likely to receive the HPV vaccine, and that “teens were more likely to fear needles if they had received multiple vaccine inject...
Retail Chain Recalls Some Makeup Products Due To Reports Of Cancer-Producing Asbestos.
USA Today (12/28, Graham) reports that retail chain “Claire’s, which sells jewelry and accessories targeted to young women, has pulled some of its makeup products off the shelves, due to reports of cancer-producing asbestos.” The recall was announced on...
Children Who Spend At Least Seven Hours Per Week Using Screens May Have Triple The Risk Of Myopia, Study Suggests.
On its website, CBS News (12/27) reports researchers found that “school-aged children who spent seven hours or more a week using computers or mobile video games tripled their risk for myopia.” The findings were published in PLOS One.

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