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Infants Exposed To Prolonged Sedation During GI Surgery May Be At Higher Risk For Brain Abnormalities, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/13, Fiore) reports researchers found that “infants exposed to prolonged sedation during surgery to repair gastrointestinal congenital abnormalities may be at higher risk of brain abnormalities compared with babies who don’t have surgery...
Encouraging Breastfeeding May Reduce Infants’ Risk Of Developing Eczema When They Are Older, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (11/13, Mozes) reports researchers found that encouraging women to breastfeed may reduce the chance that their infants will develop eczema when they are teenagers. The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics. MedPage Today (11/13, Walker) re...
Rate Of Miscarriage Far Higher Among Women Who Test Positive For Zika, Study Indicates.
The NPR (11/10, Beaubien) “Goats and Soda” blog reported that in a study involving 1,125 pregnant Brazilian women, researchers found that “the rate of miscarriage...was far higher than among the women” who tested positive for Zika than for those women “w...
New Hampshire Landlords Unhappy With Changes To Bill Aimed At Reducing Lead Paint Hazards For Kids.
The AP (11/12) reported that some landlords in New Hampshire are unhappy “with changes to a bill aimed at reducing the hazard that lead paint poses to children’s health.” Last week, the New Hampshire House Finance Committee “recommended passage of a bill...
Stimulant Medications For AD/HD Taken During Pregnancy May Be Associated With A Modestly Increased Risk For Perinatal And Placental Abnormalities, Studies Indicate.
Medscape (11/10, MacReady) reported, “Two large studies of pregnant women with” attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) indicate that “stimulant medications taken during pregnancy are associated with a modestly increased risk for perinatal and...
CDC Releases New Guidance For Children Born To Mothers Who May Have Been Exposed To Zika.
MD Magazine (11/12, Bender) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance “on diagnosing, evaluating and managing infants of mothers with possible exposure to Zika virus,” which was published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mort...
Online Technologies May Help Improve Self-Management In Patients With JIA, RA.
MedPage Today (11/10, Gever) reported that two studies presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting revealed that “online technologies were able to improve self-management in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and rhe...
Target Pulling Two Fidget Spinners From Store Shelves Over Lead Level Concerns.
USA Today (11/11, Rossman) reported, “Target is pulling two fidget spinners from its store shelves and website after a report found they contained lead levels above federal regulations for” toys for youngsters. The report, which was issued last week by t...
Drinking During Adolescence May Interrupt Normal Brain Development, May Result In Gray Matter Loss, Study Suggests.
Medscape (11/9, Yasgur) reports, “Drinking during adolescence interrupts normal brain development and results in gray matter loss,” researchers found after using magnetic resonance imaging to scan “the brains of 483 youth and young adults (age, 12 to 21...
More Than 600,000 Americans Enrolled In ACA Healthcare Plans In First Four Days, CMS Says.
The Washington Post (11/9, Eilperin, Goldstein) reports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Wednesday reported that 601,462 Americans enrolled in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act from November 1-4, the start of open enro...
Sexual Harassment May Cause Psychological Harm, Study Suggests.
TIME (11/9, Ducharme) reports researchers found that sexual harassment, verbal or physical, can “cause psychological harm.” Investigators arrived at that conclusion after collecting and analyzing “data from two groups of Norwegian high school students, t...
Adults Who Were Spanked As Kids May Face Heightened Risk Of Certain Mental Health Problems, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (11/9, Norton) reports, “Adults who were spanked as kids may face heightened risk of certain mental health problems,” researchers concluded after analyzing “survey responses from over 8,300 California adults.” In particular, the study revealed...
Antibiotic Prophylaxis May Reduce Risk For First Detection Of Staphylococcus Aureus And Pseudomonas Aeruginosa In Young Kids With CF, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (11/9, Ranger) reports that research suggests “antibiotic prophylaxis decreased risk for first detection of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in young children with cystic fibrosis (CF).” However, “flucloxacillin prophy...
HPV Vaccine May Protect Against Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (11/9, Preidt) reports that research suggests the human papillomavirus vaccine may “protect against” recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, “a rare, chronic childhood respiratory disease.” Investigators “analyzed Australian national data and fou...
Some Fidget Spinners May Contain Many Times The Legal Limit For Lead In Kids’ Products, Consumer Research Group Says.
Forbes (11/9) contributor Alice G. Walton writes, “According to research from” the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) Education Fund, “some fidget spinners may contain many times the legal limit for lead in children’s products.” US PIRG, which c...
Federal Funding For CHIP Still Has Not Been Reauthorized.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (11/8) reports federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired Sept. 30, and Congress still has not enacted legislation to restore funding. While the US House passed a bill Friday reauthorizing CHIP funding...
CBO Estimates Repealing ACA’s Individual Mandate Would Save $338 Billion.
The Los Angeles Times (11/8, Mascaro) reports the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday issued its analysis of the House Republican tax reform bill, concluding that it would increase the federal debt by $1.7 trillion by 2027. The Times adds that Senat...
Maine Governor Plans To Stop Medicaid Expansion Despite Voters’ Will.
USA Today (11/8, Bacon) reports that “Maine could become” the ACA’s “next fierce battlefield after Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Wednesday rejected the will of state voters and slammed the brakes on a plan to expand Medicaid.” In his statement, LePage said, “C...
Roughly Six Percent Of Teens Have Bullied Themselves Digitally, Study Suggests.
USA Today (11/8, Yancey-Bragg) reports that research suggests roughly “6% of kids from the ages of 12 through 17 have bullied themselves digitally.” According to the article, “a strong link already exists between physical self-harm and suicide attempts,...
Physicians Use Gene Therapy To Create New Skin For Boy With Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa.
The New York Times (11/8, Grady, Subscription Publication) reports a group of physicians “used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin that saved the life of a 7-year-old boy with” junctional epidermolysis bullosa that “had destroyed most of his skin...
Minnesota State Officials Highlight Risks Of Placing Infants In Unsafe Sleeping Positions.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/4, Olson) provides coverage of a new analysis from the Minnesota Department of Health finding that “Minnesota recorded 54 unexplained infant deaths in 2015...but all except one involved a child in an unsafe sleeping envir...
Parental Exposure To Workplace Chemicals May Increase Children’s Risk Of Retinoblastoma, Study Suggests.
Reuters (11/7, Gillis) reports researchers found that parental exposure to “workplace chemicals such as paints, pesticides, and metals” may increase the risk of children developing retinoblastoma. The findings were published in Occupational and Environme...
California Imposes Stricter Rules On Pesticide Spraying Near Schools.
On Tuesday, California announced a new rule that prohibits farmers in the state “from spraying pesticides within a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) of public K-12 schools and licensed daycare centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week,” the AP (11...
Current House Tax Plan Would End Adoption Tax Credit.
USA Today (11/7, Groppe) reports that the current House version of the tax plan would end the federal tax credit supporting adoptions, a proposal that “is being fought by adoption advocates” and “national social conservative leaders.” According to the ar...
CMS Administrator Welcomes Community Engagement Requirements For Medicaid.
The Washington Post (11/7, Cunningham) reports Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday said in an address to the National Association of Medicaid Directors, that CMS will allow states “to impose work requirements o...
Maternal Use Of A Biologic Agent For Treatment Of RA May Not Increase Risk Of Serious Or Opportunistic Infections During Infancy, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/7, Kuznar) reports that research suggests “the risk of serious or opportunistic infections during infancy is not increased with maternal use of a biologic agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).” Investigators found, “in a...
Live Attenuated Tetravalent Vaccine Against Dengue Effective Against All Four Serotypes Of The Virus, Well-Tolerated Among Children, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (11/7, Walker) reports that “a live attenuated tetravalent vaccine against dengue was effective against all four serotypes of the virus and well-tolerated among children, according to researchers.” Researchers found that “interim results fr...
Around 250 Preschool Children Suspended Or Expelled Each School Day, Analysis Suggests.
In an analysis piece, the Washington Post (11/7, Strauss) “The Answer Sheet” blog says that around 250 preschool children were suspended or expelled every school day in 2016, according to a report from the Center for American Progress. The report also fo...
More Than Two-Thirds Of Adults Think Kids Today Are Less Healthy Than Previous Generations Of Youngsters, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (11/6, Preidt) reports, “More than two-thirds of adults think children today are less healthy than previous generations of youngsters, and more than 75 percent believe kids’ mental health is also worse,” researchers concluded after analyzing “2...
Administration Has Prepared Executive Order To Weaken ACA’s Individual Mandate.
The Washington Post (11/6, Eilperin) cites “people briefed on the matter” who say White House officials “have prepared an executive order that would weaken the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that taxpayers demonstrate proof of insurance.” These people...
Number Of Food Ads Targeting American Kids Has Declined, But Most Of Those Ads Are For Unhealthy Foods, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (11/6, Preidt) reports, “The number of food ads targeting American children has declined, but most of the ads they do see are for unhealthy foods,” researchers found. Specifically, the study revealed that youngsters “still see 10 to 11 food-rel...
Group B Streptococcus Kills 150,000 Babies, Infants Yearly, Study Finds.
Reuters (11/6, Peyton) reports a global study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found Group B Streptococcus (GBS) “passed from mothers to babies kills around 150,000 unborn children and infants a year but has been widely overlooke...
Marijuana Usage Prevalence Among US Teens Examined.
HealthDay (11/6, Norton) reports, “Today’s American teens are smoking less than ever, and the trend may be keeping many from smoking pot, too,” researchers concluded after tracking some one “million teens from 1991 to 2016.” The findings were published o...
Some Parents Turn To High-Tech Gadgets To Monitor Their Babies.
CNN (11/6, Howard) reported on the “hundreds of high-tech gadgets on the market that promise to help new parents closely monitor their babies’ health and well-being.” Parents should know, however that “the Food and Drug Administration has not cleared or...
House Approves Five More Years Of Funding For Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The AP (11/3, Fram) reported that on Friday, the US House voted 242-174 to approve “five more years of financing for” the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but “a partisan battle over paying for the extension” is expected to delay Senate approval of t...
HHS Announces $10 Million Research Effort Into Helping Teens Make Healthier Choices.
The Hill (11/3, Hellmann) reported on Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services “announced a $10 million research endeavor” to “support and improve” teen pregnancy prevention, “including efforts that encourage teens to avoid sex.” The research...
Psychological Effects Of Hurricane Maria On Puerto Rico’s Youngsters Will Be Long-Lasting, Hard To Erase, Leaders Fear.
USA Today (11/5, Jervis) reported that in wake of Hurricane Maria, “mental health is becoming a growing concern for disaster and Puerto Rican officials.” Now, many “leaders...fear the psychological effects of the storm on children will be long-lasting an...
New Zika Cases Have Decreased In 2017 From Past Two Years.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (11/3, Cunningham) reported the number of new Zika cases in the Western Hemisphere is much lower than it was in 2015 and 2016. However, “if Zika behaves like other arboviruses, such as chikungunya and dengue, it...
Mothers Who Use Social Media-Enhanced Website On Infant Vaccinations More Likely To Have Infants With Current Vaccinations, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/6, Walker) reports a small randomized trial published in Pediatrics found that “pregnant women who received information about infant vaccination via a web site with social media components were more likely to have infants who were curre...
Cord Blood Therapy May Be Beneficial For Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (11/3, Preidt) reported that research suggests that for children with spastic cerebral palsy, “infusions of their own umbilical cord blood might make” certain “basic movements...easier.” Investigators “found that those who received one intraven...
Children With Asthma Who Are Also Obese May Be Admitted To Hospital More Often For Asthma Complications, Study Suggests.
Reuters (11/2, Crist) reports that research suggests kids “with asthma who are also obese are admitted to the hospital more often for asthma complications.” Investigators found that “among children ages 3 to 8 hospitalized for asthma, the obese patients...
House To Vote On CHIP, But Funding Remains At Issue.
The New York Times (11/2, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that the House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill Friday reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and fund community health centers. The Times reports that t...
Screen Time Prior To Bed May Disrupt Children’s Ability To Sleep, Study Suggests.
The Denver Post (11/2, Rubino) reports a study published in the journal Pediatrics found spending time using electronic screens “leads to later bedtimes, less sleep and less-restful sleep in children.” The article says children “have larger pupils and mo...
UK’s Nice Recommends Statins For Kids Under 10 Who Have Inherited High Cholesterol Risk.
The Telegraph (UK) (11/2, Donnelly) reports that guidance issued Nov. 2 from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommends that “statins should be given to thousands of children by the age of 10.” General practitioners “are...
Some 982,000 US Kids Ages Six To 12 Were Core Participants In Tackle Football Last Year, Survey Finds.
Under the headline “Would you let your child play football?,” CNN (11/2, Larned) reports that last year, some 982,000 youngsters in the US “ages 6 to 12 were core participants in tackle football, according to a Sports and Fitness Industry Association sur...
Preterm Birth Rate In US Increased For Second Consecutive Year, Report Indicates.
STAT (11/1, Ross) reports that “the preterm birth rate in the U.S. has increased for the second consecutive year, according to a new report” from the March of Dimes, “and minorities are suffering a disproportionate share of those births.” The report indi...
Trump Wants To Add Repeal Of ACA Individual Mandate To Tax Reform Bill.
The Washington Post (11/1, Paletta) reports that on Wednesday, President Trump “said congressional Republicans should make a major change to their upcoming tax cut bill by including changes to the Affordable Care Act, an idea that has divided the GOP for...
House Advances CHIP and Medicare Panel Bills For Floor Vote.
The Washington Examiner (11/1, King) reports that the House Rules Committee moved to advance legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to the House floor Wednesda...
Survey: Peanut Allergies Up 21% In Children.
Medscape (11/1, Frellick) reports “peanut allergies in children have risen 21% since 2010, according to data from a national survey of 53,000 families” presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, rais...
Pediatric Concussions May Be Underdiagnosed, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/1, Basen) reports researchers found that pediatric concussions were “grossly” underdiagnosed in “a Level 1 trauma center’s pediatric emergency department.” The findings were presented at the American College of Emergency Medicine’s annu...

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