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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...
Some Experts Concerned Long Break From School Will Be Detrimental For Children’s Health And Lead To Weight Gain
The New York Times (4/28, O'Connor) reports, “With tens of thousands of schools in dozens of states now shuttered through the remainder of the school year because of the coronavirus pandemic, an estimated 55 million students will be home from school for d...
Reports Of Child Sexual Abuse Have Increased During Pandemic Lockdown
NPR (4/28, Kamenetz) reports, “There has been a rise in the number of minors contacting the National Sexual Assault Hotline to report abuse. That’s according to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which runs the hotline.” According to NPR,...
US Now Has More Than One Million Coronavirus Cases As Some States And Cities Ease Lockdowns
USA Today (4/28, Rice, Yomtov) reports the US now has more than one million cases of coronavirus, which is “nearly a third of the world’s cases.” USA Today adds that “despite warnings from national health leaders that the country could face a second wave...
Experts In UK, Italy Warn Of Possible Connection Between COVID-19 And Inflammatory Disease In Children
Reuters (4/27) reports, “Italian and British medical experts are investigating a possible link between the coronavirus pandemic and clusters of severe inflammatory disease among infants who are arriving in hospital with high fevers and swollen arteries.”...
Substance Use During Pregnancy Has Adverse Effects On Maternal, Fetal, Neonatal, And Childhood Health Outcomes, Researcher Says
Healio (4/27, Gramigna) reports that even though “substance use is less prevalent among pregnant women than nonpregnant women, use during pregnancy has significant adverse effects on maternal, as well as fetal, neonatal and childhood health outcomes, acco...
Researchers Examine Perinatal Outcomes Tied To Maternal Asthma During Pregnancy
Pulmonology Advisor (4/27) reports, “Although some research has demonstrated that women with asthma may be at an increased risk for adverse outcomes during pregnancy, there may not be an increased risk for congenital malformations or pregnancy losses in t...
Parental Myopia Tied To A Higher Risk For Early-Onset Myopia In Many Children, Study Indicates
Healio (4/27, Bennett) reports researchers found that “parental myopia, especially childhood-onset parental myopia, correlated with a higher risk for early-onset myopia in children of Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian and African American ethnicity.” The finding...
Report Finds Routine Medical Tests, Cancer Screenings Have Plummeted Since Mid-March Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Reuters (4/28, Respaut, Nelson) reports, “Routine medical tests critical for detecting and monitoring cancer and other conditions plummeted in the United States since mid-March, as the coronavirus spread and public officials urged residents to stay home,...
Judge Orders ICE To Justify Holding Parents For More Than 20 Days In Family Detention Centers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The Washington Post (4/27, Hsu) reports that on Monday, US District Judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia “required U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to individually justify the detention of parents held longer than 20 days at family det...
Researchers Estimate That 11.1 Million Children Will Die Worldwide From Cancer Over Next 30 Years Without Investments To Improve Care
Medscape (4/24, Otto, Subscription Publication) reported, “Unless global investments are made to improve care worldwide, 11.1 million children will die from cancer over the next 30 years; 9.3 million of them (84%) will be in low- and lower-middle–income c...
Parents Who Suppress Feelings Of Stress Around Their Children May Increase Their Children’s Stress, Study Indicates
Healio (4/24, Gramigna) reported, “Parents who suppress feelings of stress around their children may increase their children’s stress,” researchers concluded in a study that “recruited 107 parent-child dyads,” then “separated the parents and children.” Th...
Pediatric Patients With Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis May Have Reduced Age-Expected Brain Growth And Brain Volume Loss, Study Indicates
Neurology Today (4/24, Lyles) reported researchers found in “a longitudinal, European multicenter, cohort study” that “pediatric patients with anti‐NMDAR encephalitis (NMDARE) had significantly reduced age-expected brain growth and brain volume loss.” The...
Incidence Rates Of Severe Asthma May Be Highest In Children With Severe Asthma And A History Of Exacerbations, Research Suggests
Pulmonology Advisor (4/24) reported, “Incidence rates of severe asthma exacerbation (SAE) are highest in children with severe asthma and a history of exacerbations,” researchers concluded after using “data from six European electronic healthcare databases...
Washington D.C. Hospital Data Suggest Children Are At Risk For COVID-19 Hospitalization
The Washington Post (4/25, Swenson) reported that “an analysis by doctors at Children’s National Hospital in Washington calls into question the commonly held – and comforting – assumption that children seem to escape the novel coronavirus’s more serious i...
FDA Warns Against Use Of Hydroxychloroquine And Chloroquine For Patients With COVID-19
The New York Times (4/24, Grady) reported the FDA issued a safety warning saying that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine should only be used in hospitals or as part of clinical trials for the treatment of coronavirus. The FDA warned that the drugs can cau...
Global Death Toll From Coronavirus Passes 200,000
NBC News (4/25, Suliman) reported, “The global coronavirus death toll surpassed 200,000 on Saturday, according to John Hopkins University data.” NBC News added, “The grim total was reached a day after presidents and prime ministers agreed to work together...
WHO Says There Is “No Evidence” People Can Only Be Infected By The New Coronavirus Once
NPR (4/25, Dwyer) reported the WHO “pushed back against the theory that individuals can only catch the coronavirus once, as well as proposals for reopening society that are based on this supposed immunity.” The WHO “said the idea that one-time infection c...
Experts Fear Postponed Well-Child Visits, Dropping Immunization Rates During Pandemic Put Children At Risk For Life-Threatening Diseases
The New York Times (4/23, Hoffman) reports, “Afraid of [COVID-19], parents are postponing well-child checkups, including shots, putting millions of children at risk of exposure to preventable deadly diseases.” As parents throughout “the country cancel wel...
Study Examines Trends In Suicidal Acts In The US From 2006 To 2015
Healio (4/23, Gramigna) reports, “Suicidal acts have increased among women, adolescents and older adults,” investigators concluded after examining “trends from 2006 to 2015 among individuals aged 10 to 74 years” by identifying “1,222,419 suicidal acts, in...
Review Study Shows MMR, Varicella Vaccines Are Highly Effective And Do Not Cause Autism
HealthDay (4/23) reports, “Vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) are highly effective and do not cause autism, say” investigators “who reviewed 138 studies that included 23 million children.” Specifically, researchers examined da...
Low-Dose Intravitreous Injections of Bevacizumab May Be Effective Treatment For Type 1 ROP, Researchers Say
MD Magazine (4/23, Campbell) reports research indicates that “a low-dose version of a common anti-VEGF injection could help prevent blindness in preterm infants.” In a study involving 59 babies, researchers “found intravitreous injections of 0.004 mg beva...
Social Deprivation, Environmental Pollutant Exposure May Be Potential Risk Factors For Live-Born Congenital Heart Disease In California, Study Indicates
Healio (4/23, Buzby) reports, “Social deprivation and environmental pollutant exposure are potential risk factors for live-born congenital heart disease in California,” investigators concluded in a study “indicating that harmful toxins may be prevalent in...
Lung Ultrasound May Be Acceptable For Finding Lung Abnormalities In Children With COVID-19, Researchers Suggest
Diagnostic Imaging (4/23, Palmer) reports, “According to an article published on April 23 in Pediatrics, investigators from the Regina Margherita Children’s Hospital in Turin, Italy, determined lung ultrasound is an acceptable strategy for finding lung ab...
As Public Health Resources Shift Towards Coronavirus Pandemic, STD Rates May Rise
The Hill (4/23, Hellmann) reports “the pandemic that has upended life in the U.S. could lead to increased STD rates and setbacks in the fight against HIV as public health resources are shifted to the coronavirus response.” The Hill adds that “access to ST...
Delay In Removing Gastric Button Batteries May Result In Greater Likelihood Of Gastric Damage In Children, Research Suggests
Healio (4/23, Young) reports, “Children who swallow button batteries are more likely to experience gastric damage if the object is removed 12 or more hours after ingestion,” investigators concluded after conducting “a retrospective cohort study comprising...
By Year’s End, Up To 50,000 Children In US May Be Hospitalized With COVID-19, Study Suggests
HealthDay (4/22, Gordon) reports that “while children seem to have been largely spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests it’s possible that up to 50,000 U.S. children might end up hospitalized with COVID-19 by the end of 202...
Children Who Follow Key Healthy Lifestyle Recommendations At Ages 10 And 11 May Be Much Less Likely To Be Diagnosed With AD/HD By Age 14, Research Suggests
Medscape (4/22, Vlessides, Subscription Publication) reports, “Children who follow key healthy lifestyle recommendations at age 10 and 11 are much less likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “by age 14,” researchers...
In Recent Study, When Parents Repressed Stressful Feelings, Both Parents And Children Rated As “Less Warm,” “Less Engaged” With Each Other
CNN (4/22, Lamotte) reports that a new study published Wednesday in the journal Family Psychology investigated interactions between parents and their children. The research shows “that when parents repressed their stressful feelings, both the parents and...
Sexual Health Programs May Help Increase Condom Use, Abstinence Among Black US Teens, Systematic Review Suggests
HealthDay (4/22, Preidt) reports, “Sexual health programs appear to help increase condom use and abstinence among black American teens,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 29 studies that examined the effect of school- and community-based pr...
During Pandemic, Providers Face Pay Cuts, Practices Face Closures, Surveys Reveal
Modern Healthcare (4/22, Kacik, Subscription Publication) reports “a quarter of frontline healthcare providers and nearly half of primary care physicians expect pay cuts this month as COVID-19 strains their organizations, according to a new survey.” Among...
FDA Grants Emergency Approval To First In-Home Test For Coronavirus
The New York Times (4/21, Thomas) reports the FDA “granted emergency approval to the first in-home test for Covid-19, a nasal swab kit that will be sold by LabCorp.” According to the agency, the company has demonstrated their test “is as safe and accurate...
Clinicians Using Continuous Pulse Oximetry In Infants Hospitalized With Bronchiolitis Without Supplemental Oxygen, Researchers Say
MedPage Today (4/21, Hlavinka) reports many clinicians “are using continuous pulse oximetry monitoring in infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis without supplemental oxygen, contrary to guidelines from professional organizations, researchers reported.” I...
Crisaborole Ointment Effective In Treating Infants With Mild To Moderate Atopic Dermatitis, Research Suggests
Healio (4/21, Burba) reports, “Crisaborole ointment was well tolerated and effective in treating infants with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis,” researchers concluded in the “multicenter, open-label, single-arm, phase 4 CrisADe CARE 1 study” that “evalu...
Coronavirus Lockdowns Have Disrupted Life For People With Autism Who Depend On Routines, Therapy, And Other Services
The Wall Street Journal (4/21, MacDonald, Subscription Publication) reports coronavirus lockdowns have disrupted the routines, therapy, and special education that many people with autism depend on, which has increased anxiety for many of them and their fa...
Cost, Negative Attitudes, Technology-Related Anxiety May Act As Obstacles Preventing Device Use In US Adolescents With T1D, Survey Study Indicates
Medwire News (4/21, Chakraverty) reports, “A survey of US adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D] has found that cost, negative attitudes towards wearing a device, and technology-related anxiety all act as obstacles preventing the use of devices in this ag...
Severe TBI May Be Debilitating For Children, Even Seven Years After The Injury, Study Suggests
MD Magazine (4/21, Walter) reports, “A severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be debilitating for children, even seven years following the injury,” investigators concluded in a “prospective longitudinal study” in which “38 participants between seven and...
Commentators Say More Needs To Be Done To Help Children And Families Affected By The Pandemic And Public Health Measures Taken In Response
CIDRAP (4/21, Van Beusekom) reports a commentary published in Pediatrics says the US needs strategies to manage the consequences of public health measures taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including school closings and social distancing, for...
NIAID Expert Panel Issues Guidelines Stating There Is No Proven Drug For Treating Patients With Coronavirus
The New York Times (4/21, Grady) reports a panel of experts with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases “issued guidelines on Tuesday that stated there is no proven drug for treating coronavirus patients.” CNN (4/21, Fox) reports, “The...
In Absence Of National Strategy, Coronavirus Testing Gap Reportedly Widens Among States
The Washington Post (4/21, A1, Eilperin, Mooney) reports Rhode Island and Kentucky have “done comparable numbers of diagnostic tests and lost similar numbers of residents to the disease.” However, “there’s one key difference. Kentucky has more than four t...
CDC Director Warns Second Wave Of Coronavirus This Winter May Be Worse
The Washington Post (4/21, Sun) reports CDC Director Robert Redfield “warned Tuesday that a second wave of the novel coronavirus will be far more deadly because it is likely to coincide with the start of flu season.” In an interview with The Washington Po...
Rise In Accidental Poisonings From Cleaners, Disinfectants Coincides With Coronavirus Pandemic
The AP (4/20, Stobbe) reports that “reports of accidental poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants are up this year, and researchers believe it’s related to the coronavirus epidemic.” According to a Monday report from the CDC, these types of poisonings...
Hypertensive Disorders During Pregnancy May Predict Increased Risk For Childhood Mental Disorders, Researchers Say
Healio (4/20, Dobkowski) reports, “Hypertensive disorders during pregnancy predicted an increased risk for childhood mental disorders,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 4,743 mother-child dyads who gave birth between 2006 and 2010,” then f...
Screen Time For One-Year-Old Children May Increase Odds Of Autism-Like Symptoms During Next Year, Study Indicates
HealthDay (4/20, Gordon) reports, “Letting a baby watch a smartphone, tablet or TV at 12 months increases the odds the child will develop autism-like symptoms during the next year,” investigators concluded after examining “data from a previous study that...

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