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Delayed School Start Time Benefits Singapore Teens’ Sleep, Well-Being, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (4/13, Preidt) reported that most teenagers in Singapore “get well below the recommended eight to 10 hours of shut-eye on school nights.” In that country, “school typically begins around 7:30 a.m.,” which is “an hour earlier than recommended by...
Prevalence Of Dental Cavities For US Kids Dropping, Data Indicate.
The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer (4/13, Schaefer) reported, “The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study from the National Center for Health Statistics that showed the prevalence of dental cavities for” US children “ages two to...
Mental Illnesses Now A Leading Cause Of Disease Burden In Children Aged Five To 14 Years, Researchers Say.
Healio (4/12, Demko) reports, “The epidemiological shift from infectious diseases to mental disorders as the main cause of disability-adjusted life-years that took place in Europe and the Americas has left mental illnesses as a leading cause of disease b...
Air Pollution Exposure Could Increase Rates Of Lower Respiratory Infections To Young Children, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (4/13, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine indicates that exposure to air pollution can increase the number of lower respiratory infections,...
Students’ Aggression Levels, Low Study Skills Important Predictors Of High School Dropout Risk, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (4/12, Preidt) reports a new study suggests that “aggression and weak study skills are two key factors” leading high school students to quit their studies. Researchers examining 620 students found “the dropout rate was 50 percent” for students...
Parents Seeking To Limit Children’s Screen Time Turning To Podcasts.
CNN Money (4/12, Kelly) reports parents seeking to limit their children’s screen time are turning to child-friendly podcasts as engaging alternatives. CNN notes that smart devices “add an interactive layer to audio content,” although Dr. Jenny Radesky, w...
Just 40% Of All Concussions In Children Result From Contact Sports, Researchers Say.
Medscape (4/11, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports that “only 40% of all concussions in children” are “from contact sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and hockey,” researchers found. The findings, which were published online in the Jo...
Disordered Eating Patterns In Adolescents May Be A Risk Factor For Future Depression, Bullying By Peers, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/11, Smith) reports, “Disordered eating patterns in adolescents were a risk factor for future depression and bullying by peers,” researchers found after examining “data on 612 adolescent boys and girls ages 13-17.” In fact, “disordered ea...
Inflammation In Pregnant Women May Be Associated With Their Children’s Brain Organization After Birth And Working Memory Two Years Later, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (4/11, George) reports, “Inflammation in pregnant mothers may be linked to their children’s brain organization after birth and their working memory two years later,” researchers found in a study involving magnetic resonance imaging. The fin...
FDA Approves Everolimus Tablets For Oral Suspension For Adjunctive Treatment Of Adults, Kids Aged Two And Older With TSC-Associated Partial-Onset Seizures.
Medscape (4/11, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval to “everolimus tablets for oral suspension (Afinitor Disperz, Novartis) for the adjunctive treatment of adults and children aged two y...
Toddlers Increasingly Sickened By Loose Prescription Opioids, Benzodiazepines.
HealthDay (4/10, Thompson) spotlights a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse report which found that in 2016, “U.S. poison control centers received an estimated 30,250 reports of children aged 5 and younger sickened by a wide array of addicti...
Increase In C-Sections Resulting In A Less Diverse Array Of Gut Bacteria In Infants, Research Suggests.
According to Newsweek (4/10, Dovey), experts “note that the array of bacteria inside the gut of infants is becoming less diverse, especially in developed countries, such as the US, where cesarean section deliveries are” increasing, with “one bacterium, B...
Whole-Body CT May Offer No Mortality Benefit Over Selective CT Approach Among Children With Blunt Trauma, Study Suggests.
Medscape (4/10, Parry, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “using a whole-body computed tomography (WBCT) or ‘pan-scan’ CT imaging approach among children with blunt trauma offers no mortality benefit over using a selective CT approa...
LGBT Teens And Their Parents Face Difficulties Talking About Sex With Each Other, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (4/10, Preidt) reports researchers found that “many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens feel uneasy and uninformed when it comes to talking to them about sex and dating.” The findings were published in Sexuality Resea...
Hiring More Psychologists And Guidance Counselors Could Help Deter School Violence, Experts Say.
The AP (4/10, Robertson) reports experts testified before the North Carolina House school safety committee that “hiring more psychologists and guidance counselors would help school officials identify students with mental health challenges sooner and dete...
Exposure To SSRIs While In Utero May Affect Brain Volumes In Infants, Study Indicates.
TIME (4/9, Park) reports research suggests “babies whose moms were taking” selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants “showed greater brain volumes in areas associated with emotions and processing emotions, as well as higher connection...
Life-Threatening Food Allergies On The Rise Among Children, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (4/9, Klass, Subscription Publication) provides coverage of a new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield suggesting that life-threatening allergic reactions are rising among children. Data show that among the insurer’s subscribers, which i...
Poverty Associated With Higher Rates Of Inpatient Stays For Pediatric Patients, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/8, Cheney) reports a study evaluating data collected from all pediatric hospitalizations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center between 2011 and 2016 suggests “poverty is associated with higher rates of inpatient stays for pedi...
Regular Healthcare Access For Teens With Type 1 Diabetes Is Key To Preventing Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Analysis Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/9, Monaco) reports a population-based retrospective cohort analysis by researchers at the Montreal Children’s Hospital suggests “regular access to healthcare for teens with type 1 diabetes is vital for preventing diabetic ketoacidosis (D...
Parents Reading Aloud To Toddlers May Help Them Develop Better Social Skills, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (4/9, Reinberg) reports a new study by researchers at New York University School of Medicine suggests “parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school.” Specifically, res...
Juuling Has Replaced Smoking For Teenagers.
The New York Times (4/7, Barshad, Subscription Publication) reported on the rise of vaping and Juuling, saying that by “late 2017, an informal consensus had burbled up from students, teachers, parents and the internet: All across the country teenagers wh...
Teachers, Parents At Odds On How Digital Devices Affect Kids’ Mental And Physical Health.
The Washington Post (4/6, Joyce) “On Parenting” blog reports, “Teachers and parents are at odds when it comes to how much they think digital devices are affecting children’s mental and physical health,” research from Gallup reveals. Teachers are far more...
Kids Coming From Areas Of “Low Opportunity” May Be More Likely To Be Treated At An Urgent Care Facility Or ED, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (4/6, Gordon) reported, “When children came from areas of ‘low opportunity,’ they were about one-third more likely to have been treated at an urgent care center or an emergency” department (ED) “than kids from areas with more opportunity,” rese...
IL-6 Blockade Using Tocilizumab Can Be Effective For Patients With Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/6, Walsh) reported that research suggests “interleukin (IL)-6 blockade using tocilizumab (Actemra) can be an effective treatment for systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA).” In the “group of 46 children with sJIA treated with toci...
Opinion: New Federal Criteria For Health Records Could Help To Improve Health IT Safety For Kids.
Dr. Josh Rising, a pediatrician who directs healthcare programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Ben Moscovitch, who manages Pew’s health information technology project, wrote in The Hill (4/6) that new federal criteria for electronic medical records us...
New Guide Aims To Help Children, Adolescents Living With Ostomies.
Reuters (4/5, Harding) reports on a resource written by and for young people who have undergone “temporary or permanent ostomy surgery, usually to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and now have a surgically created opening, or ostomy, that allows s...
Virginia Governor Ratifies Bill Permitting Nurse Practitioners To Practice Without Physician Oversight.
The AP (4/5) reports Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Thursday signed legislation permitting “most nurse practitioners to gain the autonomy to practice without a physician’s oversight,” allowing practitioners “with five years of full-time clinical expe...
Maryland Measure Prohibiting Gay Conversion Therapy On Minors Now Heads To Governor.
The AP (4/4, Witte) reports that on April 4 by a 95-27 vote, the Maryland House voted “to prohibit health professionals from practicing ‘gay conversion therapy’ on minors.” The measure will now go to Gov. Larry Hogan (R). A spokesperson for the Hogan “sa...
Increasing Popularity Of Juul Among Teens Prompting Review Of FDA Policies.
The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal (4/5, Craver) reports on Juul’s “popularity with teens,” including students at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools “might compel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to act sooner than its stated August 2022 timetable on...
Effects Of Fragile X Gene Expression On White Matter Brain Structure Connectivity May Be Well-Established When A Child Is As Young As Six Months Old, Study Suggests.
Healio (4/5, Demko) reports that “the effects of fragile X gene expression on the development of connectivity in white matter brain structures are well-established when a child is as young as six months old,” researchers found after analyzing “longitudin...
Kids Who Lose Excess Weight By Age 13 May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/4, Emery) reports that while “being overweight as a child increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood,” research published in The New England Journal of Medicine “shows that the extra risk disappears if that excess weight is lost by age...
Virginia General Assembly Passes Bill That Would Allow Some Nurse Practitioners To Practice Without A Contract With A Physician.
Healthcare Dive (4/4, Masterson) reports the Virginia General Assembly passed Virginia HB 793, which would allow “nurse practitioners with five years of full-time clinical experience...to practice without a contract with a physician.” Gov. Ralph Northam...
Nebraska Governor Signs Bill Requiring Car Passengers Up To Age 8 Be In Child Restraints.
The Lincoln (NE) Journal Star (4/4, Young) reports that Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) signed a bill Wednesday that will “require babies and toddlers up to age 2 to sit in rear-facing car seats, and all kids under 8 in child restraints in the back seat....
Children Born To Parents Who Are Cousins May Have A Significant Risk For Developing A Mood Disorder, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (4/4, Mozes) reports, “Children born to parents who are cousins have a significant risk for developing a mood disorder – such as depression or anxiety – when they grow up,” researchers concluded after conducting “an analysis of nearly 364,000 p...
Blood Levels Of PBDEs Have Fallen In US Kids.
HealthDay (4/4, Preidt) reports that “blood levels” of the flame retardant chemicals polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) “have fallen in American children since use of the chemicals was banned in consumer products,” researchers found after examining “...
Rear-Facing Car Seats Protect Infants, Toddlers Well Even In Rear-Impact Collisions, Study Finds.
Reuters (4/3, Rapaport) reports, “Infants and toddlers in rear-facing car seats are well-protected even in rear-impact collisions, crash test results” revealed. HealthDay (4/3, Preidt) reports that in the crash tests, “all of the seats were effective whe...
Virginia Measure Would Give Most Types Of Nurse Practitioners More Autonomy.
The AP (4/3, Rankin) reports that a Virginia measure “would allow most types of nurse practitioners with five years of full-time clinical experience to earn approval to practice without maintaining a contract with a physician who oversees them,” should G...
Rhode Island Senate Passes Bill That Would Prohibit Minors From Using Tanning Facilities.
The AP (4/3) reports the Rhode Island Senate passed a bill that would prohibit minors “from using tanning facilities in the state.” The bill would exempt minors who have a prescription for “ultraviolet radiation treatment.”
New Jersey Measure Would Make It More Difficult For Children To Forgo Vaccines For Religious Reasons.
The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger (4/3, Livio) reports that parents in New Jersey currently can be allowed to opt their children out from vaccinations by writing “a letter simply stating ‘immunization interferes with the free exercise’ of their family’s religi...
Toddlers’ Waist Circumference Predicts Later Risk Of Fatty Liver Disease, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (4/4, Monaco) reports, “Higher waist circumference of toddlers predicts development of pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by age 8, according to a prospective study.” While “other studies have suggested a link between adipos...
Babies Given Antibiotics Or Antacids In Infancy May Be At Increased Risk For Allergies In Childhood, Researchers Say.
In “Well,” the New York Times (4/2, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports that babies “given antibiotics or antacids in infancy may be at increased risk for allergies in childhood,” researchers concluded after studying 792,130 babies “covered by a h...
Baby’s Risk Of Death From Being Placed In Unsafe Sleeping Position May Be Higher While Under Nonparental Supervision.
HealthDay (4/2, Preidt) reports, “A baby’s risk of death from being placed in an unsafe sleeping position or location is higher when they’re under the care of a baby sitter, relative or friend,” researchers found after analyzing data on some “10,000 infa...
Slightly Elevated Blood Pressure Before Pregnancy May Be Associated With An Increased Risk Of Miscarriage, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/2, Rapaport) reports, “Women with slightly elevated blood pressure before they get pregnant may have an increased risk of miscarriage even when they’re not diagnosed with hypertension,” researchers found after examining “data on 1,228 women wi...
Research Does Not Support Ability Of Diuretics To Substantially Improve Respiratory Status In Extremely Premature Infants.
Healio (4/2, Bortz) reports that research suggests “extremely preterm infants who are treated with diuretics for respiratory conditions are more likely to require more invasive respiratory support every day after the treatment began.” The findings were p...
Schools, Parents, Advocacy Groups Challenge The Rise Of E-Cigarette Use.
The Wall Street Journal (4/2, Chaker, Subscription Publication) reports that after 20 years of declining teen cigarette use, underage use of Juul e-cigarettes is on the rise, drawing concern from parents and school administrators. Medical and health advo...
Study Investigating Whether Balovaptan May Help With Autism Symptoms.
On its website, CBS News (4/2) reports that “researchers at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx are studying whether a first-of-its-kind” medication called balovaptan “could make a difference for” children with autism. Investigators are looking into w...
Proportion Of Boys, Young Men In US Receiving HPV Vaccine Has More Than Tripled Since 2011, Research Indicates.
Reuters (3/30, Harding) reported that research indicates “the proportion of boys and young men in the U.S. receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has more than tripled since 2011.” Researchers found that “among 9- to 26-year-old males, 27 perce...
Combining Amniocentesis With Whole-Genome Sequencing May Enable Analysis Of A Fetus’ Entire Genetic Makeup For Harmful Mutations, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (3/31, Preidt) reported investigators “found that combining amniocentesis with whole-genome sequencing in 31 pregnant women enabled analysis of a fetus’ entire genetic makeup for harmful mutations.” The findings were published in the journal Cl...
Teenagers Increasingly Drawn To E-Cigarettes.
In a front-page story, the New York Times (4/2, A1, Zernike, Subscription Publication) reports that while e-cigarettes “have been touted by their makers and some public health experts as devices to help adult smokers kick the habit,” school officials “st...
Health Survey Data Indicate Today’s Teens Differ From Previous Generations In Many Ways.
In “Well,” the New York Times (3/30, Parker-Pope, Subscription Publication) reported that “data collected from various health surveys already show that today’s teens are different from previous generations in many ways.” For example, “many risky behavior...

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