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Children With Crohn’s Disease Who Are Breastfed May Be Less Likely To Experience Progression To Stricturing Or Penetrating Disease, Study Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (10/4) reports that research suggests kids “with Crohn’s disease who are breastfed are less likely to experience progression to stricturing or penetrating disease, while other environmental factors, like smoking, are linked to adv...
Children Exposed To Efavirenz In Utero May Be More Likely To Develop Neurological Conditions Than Children Exposed To Other Drug Regimens To Prevent HIV Transmission, Research Suggests.
Healio (10/4, Bortz) reports researchers found that “children who were exposed to efavirenz in utero to prevent HIV transmission from their infected mother were 60% more likely to acquire a neurological condition when compared with children exposed to ot...
Reduced Perinatal Proteobacteria Exposure Linked To Childhood Pulmonary Disease, Study Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (10/4, Moeller) reports that a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that “proteobacterial DNA in umbilical cord serum has been linked to features of childhood asthma including maternal atopy, early childho...
Lower Socioeconomic Status In Childhood Linked To Worse Cognitive Performance In Adulthood, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/4, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reports that a study suggests “lower socioeconomic status in childhood is associated with worse cognitive performance in adulthood.” Researchers found that “among more than 20,000 older adult participan...
FDA Expands Approval Of Hemophilia Drug Emicizumab.
Bloomberg News (10/4, Loh, Kresge) reports the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded approval of Roche’s hemophilia drug Hemlibra (emicizumab) for “patients with hemophilia A who haven’t developed resistance to the current standard treatment,...
Current Rates Of HPV Vaccination Among Preteens Too Low To Achieve Goals Set By American Cancer Society, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/4, Preidt) reports that research indicates “current rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among preteens are too low to achieve goals set by the American Cancer Society.” The ACS “wants an 80 percent vaccination rate among 13-year...
Preschoolers Who Quickly Gain Weight May Be At Particular Risk Of Becoming Obese Teens, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/3, Norton) reports, “Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers,” researchers concluded in a study that examined “weight-gain patterns among more than 51,000 German children.” According to...
Marijuana May Affect Teens’ Cognitive Abilities More Than Alcohol, Study Suggests.
NBC News (10/3, Charles) reports a study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that “regular marijuana users, especially those who begin using it earlier in their lives, were far more likely to suffer repercussions in their thin...
Clinical Disease Activity May Not Correlate Well With Endoscopic Scoring In Kids With Newly Diagnosed Crohn’s Disease, Study Indicates.
Healio Gastroenterology (10/3, Young) reports that research suggests “clinical disease activity does not correlate well with endoscopic scoring in children with newly diagnosed Crohn’s disease, therefore clinical disease activity scores should not be use...
FTC Asked To Investigate Facebook’s Kid-Centric Messaging App.
The AP (10/3, Ortutay) reports that alleging “Facebook’s kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids’ personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents,” the “Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and oth...
Many New Parents Now Turning To Postpartum Doulas.
The New York Times (10/2, Greenberg) reports on the trend of new parents “turning to postpartum doulas.” According to the Times, “unlike birth doulas, who assist mothers during pregnancy and childbirth, postpartum doulas step in when the baby is already...
Short-Term Health Plans Now Available.
Politico (10/2, Diamond) reports in a brief that insurance companies “and brokers are gearing up for the first open enrollment period under the Trump administration’s revamp of the individual market, creating new plans and expanding marketing efforts to...
Diet Explains Much Of Racial Difference In Blood Pressure In US, Study Suggests.
NBC News (10/2) reports the “Southern diet” described as including “fried food, cheesy casseroles, and sweet, sweet tea” is “deadly, especially to African-Americans,” by increasing “blood pressure up to killer levels,” according to a study published in t...
Emergency Visits For Congenital Heart Disease Becoming Safer, But More Expensive.
Cardiovascular Business (10/2, Allar) reports a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that “emergency department visits for children with congenital heart disease (CHD) are getting more expensive over time but mortali...
Study: Paraben Exposure May Play Role In Pediatric Respiratory, Asthma Disorders.
Pulmonology Advisor (10/2, Jacobs) reports a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that “parabens may play a role in pediatric respiratory and allergic disorders.” The researchers studied data on 4,023 children and found...
Association Between Asthma Risk And Moderate Bilirubin Most Likely Genetic, Research Indicates.
MD Magazine (10/2, Brewster) reports a recent study published in Pediatrics found that “high bilirubin levels is not associated with asthma.” The research indicated that the “association between moderate hyperbilirubinemia and childhood asthma and lack o...
National Physical Activity Plan Alliance Releases Report Card On Fitness Of American Youth.
Medscape (10/2, Young, Subscription Publication) reports, “The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance on Monday released its latest report card (pdf) on the fitness of American youth.” In this report card, “the group maintained the same D- grade that i...
Parents Should Be Familiar With Different E-Cigarette Types, Experts Say.
U.S. News & World Report (10/2, Schroeder) reports that in a September statement, “Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sounded the alarm about what he described as ‘an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teenagers.’” Experts now “say i...
Maine Department Of Health Warning Parents To Keep Marijuana Away From Children.
The AP (10/2) reports, “The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is warning parents to keep marijuana away from” youngsters. In 2017, “the department says the Northern New England Poison Center received 16 calls from Maine...about children five...
US Saw Most Flu Deaths In Over A Decade Last Winter.
The New York Times (10/1, McNeil) reports that “more than 80,000 Americans died of the flu in the winter of 2017-2018, the highest number in over a decade, federal health officials said last week.” Although 90 percent of those deaths were in people over...
Trump Administration Unveils Children’s Health Programs After Placing Top Scientist On Leave.
ABC News (10/1, Ebbs) reports acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler announced the agency will dole out $20 million in state grants to test drinking water for lead in schools and childcare facilities. The event came less than one week after the director of chil...
CMS Upgrades Medicare Website As Open Enrollment Season Approaches.
The AP (10/1, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that as the annual open enrollment season approaches, “Medicare is modernizing its website to make it more useful for beneficiaries already accustomed to searching online for insurers, hospitals and doctors, officia...
Short-Term Plans Available Starting Today.
NPR (10/1, Kodjak) reports that for consumers who are seeking cheaper healthcare coverage, new options will become available as of Tuesday, but there may be some drawbacks. When people get sick, these “new plans – known as short-term, limited duration in...
Teens Who Get Too Little Sleep May Be More Likely To Engage In Risky Behaviors, Consider Suicide, Study Indicates.
Reuters (10/1, Rapaport) reports, “Teens who get too little sleep may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors like drinking, smoking, and unprotected sex than their peers who get enough rest at night,” researchers concluded after examining “nearly 68...
Artificial Sweeteners, Sport Supplements May Be Toxic To Your Gut, Research Suggests.
Newsweek (10/1, Interrante) reports a study published in Molecules found that FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements could have “toxic effects on E. coli, and therefore on human health.” The researchers studied six types of sweeteners:...
Childhood Mortality Rates Higher In US Than In Comparable Countries.
Reuters (10/1, Rapaport) reports new research published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates that while mortality rates for infants, children, and young adults are down in the U.S., Canada, England, and Wales, death rates still were “higher for American youth th...
Teens Turning To Edible And Vaporized Marijuana, Study Suggests.
Kaiser Health News (9/28, Bluth) reported, “A survey of more than 3,000 10ᵗʰ-graders from 10 high schools in Los Angeles showed that while traditional combustible marijuana is still the most popular method,” teens today are now “turning to edible and vap...
Younger Siblings May Be Less Likely Than Firstborns To Learn Sex Education From Their Parents, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (9/28, Reinberg) reported, “Younger siblings are less likely than firstborns to hear about the birds and the bees from their parents,” research indicated. Rather, “they may learn what’s what from their older brothers and sisters,” investigators...
For Middle School Kids, Witnessing School Violence May Be As Bad As Being Bullied, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (9/28, Dallas) reported, “For middle school students, witnessing school violence can be as bad as being bullied,” researchers concluded in a study that “involved nearly 4,000 students in Quebec.” The study revealed that children “who had seen p...
Benefits Of Burosumab Among Youngsters With X-Linked Hypophosphatemia May Persist To Week 88, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (9/30, Walsh) reported, “The benefits of burosumab (Crysvita) among children with X-linked hypophosphatemia persisted to week 88, with sustained improvements in serum phosphorus and rickets severity,” research indicated. The findings of the...
Teachers Use Meditation Apps To Improve Students’ Performance.
On its website, CNBC (9/30, LaVito) reports on teachers who are using meditation apps in the classroom to improve students’ performance. The American Academy of Pediatrics “encourages parents and teachers to teach kids meditation, saying it helps them fu...
Report Finds 74 Percent Of Children Still Receive Unhealthy Drinks, Side Items With Their Fast Food Meals.
The NPR (9/27, Cohen) “Goats and Soda” blog reports that “voluntary pledges to make fast food healthier” do not “mean parents are purchasing more of the healthier food for their kids at the restaurants.” In fact, according to research released Sept. 27 b...
Older Kids In Cardiac Arrest More Likely Than Younger Children To Have A Bystander Use A Defibrillator To Treat Them, Study Indicates.
Reuters (9/27, Rapaport) reports that research indicates “older children in cardiac arrest are more likely than younger kids to have a bystander use a defibrillator to treat them before an ambulance arrives.” In the study, “patients who got defibrillator...
Researchers Find Problems With Care Of Pediatric Asthma Patients.
MD Magazine (9/27, Bender) reports researchers conducted a study “with pediatric asthma patients in an urban Head Start program,” and “found that the unfocused issues of at-home prescription asthma medication availability and treatment administration wer...
DEA Labels Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Treatment As Having “Low Abuse Potential.”
Reuters (9/27, Mathias) reports GW Pharmaceuticals said that its marijuana-based treatment Epidiolex (cannabidiol) has “cleared the last hurdle after the Drug Enforcement Administration labeled the drug as having a low abuse potential.” The company now p...

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