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US Teens More Likely To Smoke Hookah Due To Often Inaccurate Perceptions Of Peers’ Smoking Habits, Study Suggests.
Reuters (7/2) reports a new study by researchers at the CDC suggests US teens may be over nine times more likely to smoke hookah because they overestimate how frequently other teens are using it. Lead study author Dr. Israel Agaku, a scientist at the Off...
Offering Teens Possibility Of A Good Future May Help Them Become More Peaceful People, Study Says.
HealthDay (7/2, Preidt) reports, “Offer teens the possibility of a good future, and you might help them become more peaceful people,” researchers concluded after surveying “866 male teens in poor Pittsburgh neighborhoods who were asked their thoughts abo...
Learning To Play Piano May Help Children Build Up Language Skills, Study Indicates.
TIME (7/1, Ducharme) reported research indicates learning to play the piano may help children “build up their language skills.” As youngsters’ “ears become trained to distinguish between different pitches and tones at the piano...they also seem to get be...
NYC Expands Lead Testing Program For Children.
The New York Times (7/1, A18, Ferré-Sadurní) reported that in New York City, “the exact number of children residing in public housing poisoned by lead was never disclosed.” This past weekend, however, “the city department of health offered a number,” say...
Hospitals Across US Experiencing Shortages Of Beds For Children With Mental Health Illnesses.
NBC Nightly News (6/29, story 8, 4:05, Holt) reported on a “growing crisis” in American hospitals: “there are simply not enough beds to accommodate kids who need to be hospitalized” for mental illnesses. According to NBC News, “the crisis is nationwide,...
Michigan’s Detroit Area Becoming A “Hotspot” For Vaccination Waivers, Study Suggests.
The Detroit News (7/1) reports that according to health researchers, a growing number of “parents choosing not to vaccinate their children for non-medical reasons” has led to the rise of “‘hotspots’ across the country and in Metro Detroit.” The piece say...
Tech Company CEO: Children Need To Be Guided Through Technology Thoughtfully.
In an opinion piece in USA Today (6/30, Ingram-Cauchi, Contributor), Pete Ingram-Cauchi, “CEO of iD Tech Camps, a STEM education company based in” California, wrote that even though “technology has its downsides...it holds untold promise and it is not go...
Smoke Exposure During Pregnancy And Infancy Tied To Hearing Loss, Study Suggests.
Reuters (6/28, Rapaport) reports a study published in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology found that children exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb and early in infancy “could have double the odds of developing hearing loss compared with children who we...
Court Rules That New York City Can Require Children In Licensed Day Cares To Receive Flu Vaccine.
The Wall Street Journal (6/28, Ramey, Subscription Publication) reports that in a unanimous decision on Thursday, the highest court in New York state ruled that New York City’s Board of Health can mandate that children between the ages of six months and...
Childhood Cancer Rates Highest In More Affluent Counties, Big Cities, CDC Report Finds.
U.S. News & World Report (6/28, Galvin) states that a new analysis by the CDC indicates the US counties where children and teens “are most likely to suffer from cancer are also the most economically successful.” The report found that in the US overall, “...
Physicians, Advocates Raise Alarm On Medical Care For Immigrant Children Held By US.
The Dallas Morning News (6/28, Manrique) reports that physicians and immigrant advocates that have traveled to the facilities used for detaining children at the border are concerned that they “may not be getting the care they need while in federal custod...
Colorado’s Childhood Vaccination Rates Rose For Second Consecutive Year, Data Show.
The Denver Post (6/28, Whaley) reports new data from the Colorado health department indicate that “for the second school year in a row...more than 90 percent of students got their required shots.” According to information reported by schools and child ca...
Research Describes How Family Separation Policy Could Damage Kids’ Well-Being.
The AP (6/28, Tanner) reports that researchers have studied how “separating families and other traumatic events can damage children’s well-being” by creating “toxic stress” that can “cause brain changes” that could result in “lasting psychological and ph...
Early-Onset Persistent Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness In Children Associated With High Atopic Burden And Increased Risk For Asthma.
Pulmonology Advisor (6/27, Ranger) reports on a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology finding that “early-onset persistent bronchial hyperresponsiveness in children was associated with high atopic burden and increased risk for new...
Mother Warns About Danger Tied To Riding With A Child Down A Playground Slide.
USA Today (6/27, Shannon) reports, “A graphic photo showing a playground accident that broke a year-old girl’s leg is calling national attention to slide safety for” little ones. TODAY (6/27, Stump) reports that on a video shared to Facebook on an incide...
Joint Commission Will Require Hospitals To Use Specific Naming Conventions For Newborns.
Modern Healthcare (6/27, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reports that starting next year, the Joint Commission will cite hospitals if they fail to use specific naming conventions to identify newborns. The new requirement, which will begin January...
More Than 2.2 Million US Kids Treated In EDs For Bike-Related Injuries Annually, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/26, Preidt) reports, “More than 2.2 million American children a year – or about 25 an hour – were treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries over a 10-year period,” researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Polic...
Survey Finds 52% Of US Parents Say They’ve Considered Keeping Their Kids Out Of Sports Over Injury Concerns.
HealthDay (6/26, Preidt) reports that 52 percent of US “parents say they’ve considered keeping their children out of sports over concerns about injuries, a new survey finds.” But, “the poll of more than 1,000 parents found that nearly 60 percent said the...
Kids With Ventricular Arrhythmias Who Wear Cardioverter Defibrillator Generally Likely To Comply With Appropriate Wear Times, Durations, Study Indicates.
Healio Cardiology Today (6/26, Dobkowski) reports that research indicated kids “with ventricular arrhythmias who wore a cardioverter defibrillator were generally likely to comply with appropriate wear times and durations.” MedPage Today (6/26, Lou) repor...
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy Tied To Early Decrease In Severe Asthma Exacerbations In Children, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (6/26, Jacobs) reports researchers found that the use of subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) “is associated with an early decrease in severe exacerbations of asthma, despite a reduction in” equivalent of fluticasone propionate (EFP) “do...
FDA Approves Cannabidiol For Treatment Of Two Rare Forms Of Childhood Epilepsy.
The Wall Street Journal (6/25, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved GW Pharmaceuticals PLC’s Epidiolex (cannabidiol or CBD) for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, two rare forms of...
Early Premature Birth May Increase Risk Of AD/HD Symptoms In Preschoolers, Inattention Symptoms In School-Age Children, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (6/25, George) reports that “a prospective sibling-comparison study” suggests “early premature birth may increase the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “symptoms in preschoolers and inattention symptoms in school-age...
Experts Discuss How Time Spent On Digital Media Affects Teens’ Mental Health.
The Wall Street Journal (6/24, Seay, Whalen, Subscription Publication) interviewed three experts regarding the connection between time spent on digital media by adolescents and their mental health, as well as the effect on sleep and socialization.
More Young People Who Are Overweight Are Not Trying To Lose Weight, Study Indicates.
The Washington Times (6/25, Kelly) reports, “More young people who are overweight aren’t trying to lose weight,” researchers concluded after examining “data over 26 years from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” The study revealed that...
Young Children In US Being Poisoned By Buprenorphine, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/25, Mozes) reports, “Young American children are being sickened – and even dying – after being poisoned by” buprenorphine, a medication “used to fight opioid addiction,” researchers found. Investigators found that “between 2007 and 2016, mor...
Nonstandard Shifts Worked By Parents May Affect How Children Behave, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/25, Dallas) reports that “nonstandard shifts” worked by parents appear to affect how children behave, researchers concluded after examining “data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which began following a group of nearly 13...
Adolescents With Eczema May Not Use Topical Corticosteroids As Directed, Study Suggests.
Reuters (6/22, Rapaport) reported researchers found that “adolescents with eczema who are prescribed topical corticosteroids to ease symptoms like itching and inflammation may not use their medicines as directed.” The findings were published in JAMA Derm...
Maternal Diabetes May Be Linked To Higher Autism Risk In Offspring, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/23, Monaco) reported that research suggests “maternal diabetes may increase autism risk among offspring.” Investigators found that “compared with mothers without diabetes, in utero exposure to the main diabetes types – type 1, type 2, or...
One In Five Parents Don’t Talk To Kids About Safety Issues At Amusement Parks, Poll Finds.
Reuters (6/22, Crist) reported, “One in five parents don’t talk to their kids about safety issues at amusement parks, especially what to do if they get lost,” researchers concluded after analyzing data from “a poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in...
Exposure To Medical Marijuana Advertising May Contribute To Increased Use Through Adolescence, Behavioral Scientist Says.
In a perspective piece for the Washington Post (6/22, D'amico) “Health & Science” blog, Elizabeth J. D’amico, PhD, “a clinical psychologist and senior behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation,” wrote, “Since recreational marijuana became legal this y...
Florida Teen Becomes First Human Case Of Keystone Virus.
USA Today (6/22, May) reported a 16-year-old Florida teen has become the “first confirmed case of the Keystone virus in humans...leading researchers to believe the virus could be widespread” in the northern part of the state. The article said, “Universit...
Concussions Common Among US High School Students, Researchers Find.
HealthDay (6/21, Mundell) reports that concussions appear to be “common among U.S. high school students,” CDC researchers found. In a “representative survey” conducted last year “of nearly 15,000 kids in grades 9 through 12, just over 15 percent – equal...
PCIT-ED May Benefit Very Young Children With Depression, Study Indicates.
The ABC News (6/21, Forde) website reports that Parent-Child Interaction Therapy-Emotion Development (PCIT-ED), “a community-health based therapy that empowers parents to help children regulate negative feelings, has been shown to help very young childre...
Babies Exposed To Antidepressants In Utero May Have A Slightly Higher Risk Of Motor Skills Problems, Review Indicates.
HealthDay (6/21, Salamon) reports, “Babies exposed to antidepressants during their mother’s pregnancy may face a slightly higher chance of having problems with their motor skills,” researchers concluded after reviewing “18 prior studies evaluating infant...
Study Examines How Stress In Early Childhood And In Adolescence Affects Brain Maturation.
Medscape (6/21, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Stress in early childhood accelerates brain maturation, while stress experienced in adolescence delays it,” researchers concluded after following “37 individuals from early childhood through ado...
Stressed-Out Parents Who Turn To Smartphones May Have Children With More Behavior Problems, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/20, Norton) reports, “Parents who take refuge in their smartphones when their kids throw a tantrum may, in the long run, make matters worse,” researchers concluded in findings published online in Pediatric Research. In the study “of 183 coup...
Dialectical Behavior Therapy May Help Lower Risk For Suicide, Self-Harm In High-Risk Teens, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/20, Smith) reports, “Treatment with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may help lower suicide risk and self-harm in high-risk teenagers,” researchers found in a randomized trial involving “173 participants.” The study revealed that “comp...
Research Suggests Adapted PCIT Can Help Mitigate Depression In Preschoolers.
The Connecticut Post (6/20, Cuda) reports new research indicates that adapted Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) may be “an effective way to treat disruptive behavioral disorders in young children,” particularly children as young as three who face d...
Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment May Benefit From Hypnosis To Combat Anxiety, Study Suggests.
Newsweek (6/20, Spear) reports a study published in Psycho-Oncology suggests that hypnosis could help children undergoing cancer treatment cope with anxiety. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in the UK “measured the effects of hypnos...
Pediatric Patients With Cisplatin-Treated Liver Cancer Have Reduction In Risk Of Significant Hearing Loss If They Receive Sodium Thiosulfate In Addition To Chemotherapy, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (6/20, Bankhead) reports that research indicated “pediatric patients with cisplatin-treated liver cancer had a 50% reduction in the risk of significant hearing loss when they received the antioxidant sodium thiosulfate in addition to chemot...
Opioid Crisis Sending More Children Into Foster Care.
The Hill (6/20, Birnbaum, Lora) reports that based on its analysis, in states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic “the populations of children in foster or state care has risen by 15 percent to 30 percent in just the last four years.” After a decade of de...
Young Athletes With History Of Concussions May Face Higher Risk For Leg Injuries, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (6/19, Preidt) reports that research suggests “young athletes with a history of concussions may be at increased risk for leg injuries.” The research “included boys and girls who played soccer at 52 US high schools.” Participants “who’d suffered...
Low Levels Of Urinary Iodine May Be Linked To Hearing Loss Associated With Speech Comprehension In Teens.
Medscape (6/19, Busko, Subscription Publication) reports, “US teens with the lowest levels of urinary iodine were five-times more likely to have hearing loss associated with speech comprehension than their peers with higher iodine levels,” researchers co...
Stigma Pervasive In Youth With Type 1 Diabetes, Survey Finds.
HealthDay (6/19, Gordon) reports that a “Canadian online survey of nearly 400 teens and young adults (ages 14 to 24) with type 1 diabetes found that stigma is pervasive.” The survey revealed that almost “two-thirds reported feeling stigma because of thei...
Certain Kids With Autism Likely Capable Of Driving A Car Safely, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (6/19, Gordon) reports that researchers have “found that kids with autism who aren’t intellectually disabled are probably capable of driving a car safely, though they may need more practice time before they get their license.” In “the small stu...
Children’s Use Of Social Media May Have Benefits, NIH Study Suggests.
NPR (6/19, Watson) reports findings from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study (PDF), an NIH project, presented Tuesday at the Research Society on Alcoholism in San Diego, California, suggest that “for 9- and 10-year-old children taking part i...
Some Parents Of Children With Severe Epilepsy Concerned As FDA Nears Decision On Cannabidiol Medicine Approval.
The AP (6/19, Foody, Banda) reports that some “US parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as US regulators near a decision on whether to approve the first dru...
A Third Of Kids Under 19 Regularly Use Dietary Supplements Or Alternative Medicines, Researchers Say.
The New York Times (6/18, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports, “A third of children under 19 are regular users of dietary supplements or alternative medicines,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from a large national survey.” The data re...
Washington Professor To Become National Association Of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners President.
The Clark County (WA) Columbian (6/18, Vogt) reports Washington State University Vancouver professor Dawn Garzon Maaks will assume the position of president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on July 1. Throughout her one-year t...
US Senator Issues Call To Action Over “Acute” Suicide Crisis Among LGBTQ Youth.
The ABC News (6/18, Rivas) website reports that Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) “marked Pride Month on the Senate floor with a call to action over an ‘acute’ suicide crisis among LGBTQ youth.” The conservative Republican’s “speech Wednesday came after a new repor...

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