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Apnea Risk May Be More Greatly Associated With Low Serum Albumin Levels In Infants With Bronchiolitis, Researchers Say
MD Magazine (7/24, Kunzmann) reports, “Apnea risk is more greatly associated with low serum albumin levels in infant patients with bronchiolitis,” researchers concluded after conducting “a secondary analysis using the patient data from three consecutive b...
Ionizing Radiation Exposure From CT Scans In Pregnant Women Increased From 1996 To 2016, Research Indicates
Medscape (7/24, Hackethal, Subscription Publication) reports a study showed “during the past two decades, rates of exposure to ionizing radiation from medical imaging during pregnancy has increased dramatically in the United States and Canada.” The invest...
Changes In Daily Glucose Variability May Differ By Pubertal Status In Young People With T1D, Study Indicates
Medwire News (7/24, Chakraverty) reports, “Changes in glucose levels through the day and night in young people with type 1 diabetes [T1D] may differ according to whether or not they have gone through puberty,” research indicated. In the study, “continuous...
Pediatric Cardiac Disease May Be Linked To Increased Risk Of Arterial Ischemic Stroke Following Cardiac Procedures, Study Indicates
Neurology Advisor (7/24) reports researchers found that “pediatric cardiac disease is associated with an increased risk for arterial ischemic stroke (AIS) following cardiac procedures.” The findings were published in Pediatric Neurology.
Miami Herald Highlights Rare Condition Of Pediatric Glaucoma
The Miami Herald (7/24, Veciana-Suarez) reports on the rare condition of pediatric glaucoma, which is often mistaken for cataracts. The article explains how pediatric glaucoma differs from the kind that is more common in adults, and how pediatric glaucoma...
Stimulant Medications May Benefit Children With AD/HD, Review Indicates
HealthDay (7/23) reports that even though “some parents may be reluctant to give their kids powerful stimulants to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD],” a “new review” indicates that “the medications bring significant be...
House Oversight Subcommittee To Hold Hearings On JUUL And Youth Nicotine Addiction
The Hill (7/23, Frazin) reports the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy will hold two days worth of hearings this week on whether electronic cigarette company JUUL Labs, Inc. has played a role in youth nicotine addiction. Two JUUL...
Atypical Eating Behaviors May Indicate Autism In Young Children, Researchers Say
HealthDay (7/23, Preidt) reports that extreme eating habits “in young children...could be a sign of autism, researchers say.” The study, which included more than 2,000 youngsters, revealed “atypical eating behaviors – such as hypersensitivity to food text...
Rising Temperatures May Increase Risk For Low Birth Weight, Research Suggests
Medscape (7/23, Najjar, Subscription Publication) reports on findings from an observational study of 29.6 million singleton births between 37 and 44 weeks gestation from 1989 to 2002 in the US. The research showed that rising temperatures may increase ris...
USPSTF: All Pregnant Women Should Get Early HBV Screening
HealthDay (7/23, Preidt) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force published guidelines recommending that all women be screened for hepatitis B virus (HBV) early in pregnancy. Screening is recommended “at their first prenatal visit for hepatitis B,” t...
State, Local Laws Requiring More Fencing, Security Measures Around Swimming Pools Contributing To Fall In Rates Of Child Drownings
Kaiser Health News (7/23, Reese) reports, “Children are far less likely to drown in California than they were in the 1980s – and child drowning rates have continued to fall even in the past decade...data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Since 2016, Number Of Home-Schooled, Unvaccinated Children In California Has Quadrupled, Analysis Reveals
According to the Los Angeles Times (7/22, Karlamangla), three years ago, “California implemented one of the strictest immunization laws in the country, requiring that all children be up to date on their vaccinations to attend school unless a doctor says o...
Boys Entering Puberty Earlier, Researchers Say
CNN (7/22, Nigam) reports, “Girls aren’t alone in hitting puberty earlier – boys are, too,” research indicated. What’s more, “boys’ body mass index as children might play a role,” the study revealed. Investigators found that the age at peak height velocit...
Missouri House Minority Leader Calls For Investigation After Data Shows Almost 90,000 Children, 23,000 Adults Have Been Dropped From State’s Medicaid Program
The AP (7/22, Ballentine) reports Missouri House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D) called for an investigation after data showed that “nearly 90,000 children and close to 23,000 adults were dropped from” the state’s Medicaid program over the past year. In...
Dolutegravir Tied To Small Risk Of Neural Tube Defects In Children Born To Women Taking The Treatment, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (7/22, Susman) reports researchers found that “children born to women on HIV therapy that contained dolutegravir (Dovato) at conception had a small risk of neural tube defects versus children born to women on other antiretroviral (ART) regim...
Children With T1D More Likely To Have Worse Health Outcomes And To Miss School, Study Suggests
Medwire News (7/22, Cowen) reports, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] have worse health outcomes and are more likely to miss school and have special educational needs than their nondiabetic peers,” researchers concluded after performing a “record-linka...
Teens Subjected To Derisive Parenting May Be More Likely To Be Bullied And To Bully, Research Suggests
HealthDay (7/22, Preidt) reports, “Teens who are belittled and demeaned by their parents are more likely to be bullied and to bully others,” research indicated. After following “more than 1,400 teens from ages 13 to 15,” investigators “found that derisive...
Many Parents Lack Confidence In Their Teens’ Ability To Be Independent, Poll Reveals
HealthDay (7/22, Thompson) reports poll findings from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health reveal that many “parents aren’t especially confident that their” teenagers “are fully prepared to take care of their own money mana...
Children Born To Women Living Near Oil Wells May Face Elevated Risk For Heart Defects, Research Suggests
Newsweek (7/19, Georgiou) reported a study indicates “mothers living near oil and natural gas wells in Colorado have a higher chance of giving birth to children with heart defects.” Specifically, “the team found that mothers in these areas were between 40...
Oregon Law To Allow Students To Take “Mental Health Days”
The AP (7/21, Zimmerman) reports that under legislation signed into law last month, Oregon will now “allow students to take ‘mental health days’ just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behaviora...
Massachusetts’ Bill Targeting Flavored Tobacco To Curb Youth Vaping
The AP (7/20, Salsberg) reported, “One year after concluding a successful campaign to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 across Massachusetts, anti-smoking advocates are now zeroing in on flavored tobacco products like those popular wi...
Differing Brain Activity, Such As Motor Cortex Inhibition, Modulation, May Provide More Precise Diagnosis Of AD/HD, Study Suggests
Medscape (7/19, Wolfson, Subscription Publication) reported, “Differing brain activity, such as motor cortex inhibition and modulation, in” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “could provide a more precise diagnosis of the condition,” researc...
Moms, Not Dads, With Migraine More Likely To Have An Infant With Colic
Medscape (7/19, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reported, “Mothers, but not fathers, with migraine are significantly more likely to have an infant with colic,” research indicated. The study revealed that “infants four to eight weeks old were 70% more...
Consumer Reports Investigation Finds Potentially Unsafe Helmets Are “Widely Available” Online
The NBC News (7/19, Weisbaum) reported on its website, “A recent investigation by Consumer Reports found that potentially unsafe helmets – not legal to sell in the U.S. – are ‘widely available’” on the Internet. In addition, there is a “significant risk o...
Florida Public Schools To Be Required To Teach Students About Mental Health
The AP (7/19) reported that public schools in Florida “will now be required to teach students about mental health under a new mandate passed by the state board of education” unanimously on July 17. The board voted “to require that students from sixth thro...
Pennsylvania School District Threatens To Remove Children From Parents’ Care Over Unpaid School Lunch Bills
The AP (7/19) reported Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley West School District “is warning that children could end up in foster care if their parents do not pay overdue school lunch bills.” The school district “says that it is trying to collect more than $20,0...
EPA Rejects Petition By Environmental And Public Health Groups To Ban Widely Used Pesticide Linked To Neurological Damage In Children
The Washington Post (7/18, Dennis, Eilperin) reports that “the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a petition by environmental and public health groups” yesterday “to ban a widely used pesticide that has been linked to neurological damage in children...
Ohio Governor Signs Law Raising Age To Buy Tobacco, Vape Products To 21
The Hill (7/18, Gstalter) reports, “Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signed into law a new state budget bill Thursday that raises the legal age from 18 to 21 for purchases of cigarettes, cigars, vape pens and other tobacco products. The new legislation went into...
House Committee Approves Bill That Aims To Curb Surprise Bills
Kaiser Health News (7/17, Bluth) reports the House Energy and Commerce Committee “approved its version of legislation to curb surprise medical bills.” The article adds, however, that while “this step was an important advance, there’s still a long way forw...
Researchers Examine Relationship Between Work Hours And Risk Of Miscarriage Or Preterm Birth
Reuters (7/18, Rapaport) reports researchers found in a review study that pregnant women who worked night shifts “were 21% more likely to have preterm deliveries and 23% more likely to have miscarriages than women who worked days,” and pregnant women who...
Palivizumab May Not Be Tied To Improved Long-Term Outcomes In Children With CF, Study Indicates
Pulmonology Advisor (7/18, Jacobs) reports researchers found in a retrospective study that “treatment with palivizumab was not associated with improved long-term outcomes in children with cystic fibrosis (CF).” The findings were published in Pediatrics.
Dangers Of Residential Elevators Discussed
The Washington Post (7/18, Frankel) reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission “has done little to address” the danger of death and injury to children from residential elevators, “despite knowing about child fatalities since 1981 and having studied th...
Increasing Number Of US Teens Trying To Lose Weight, Data Indicate
TIME (7/17, Ducharme) reports, “From 2013 to 2016, almost 38% of American adolescents ages 16 to 19 said they had tried to lose weight during the past year...a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Hea...
Research Examines Ethnic, Socioeconomic Disparities In Mortality Risk Among AYA Cancer Survivors
HemOnc Today (7/17, Amorosi) reports research suggests “non-Latino white adolescents and young adults (AYAs) who are cancer survivors have a lower risk for subsequent death compared with survivors of other races and ethnicities.” Moreover, the investigato...
Computerized Eyewear May Help Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Learn To Recognize Emotion, Make Eye Contact, Small Study Suggests
In a 1,300-word article, the New York Times (7/17, Metz) reports the “computerized eyewear” known as Google Glass may help children with autism spectrum disorder “learn to recognize emotion and make eye contact,” researchers say. The findings of the two-y...
FDA Warns About Potential Interactions Between Implanted Programmable CSF Shunts And Hearing Implants With Magnets
Medscape (7/17, Cassels, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration “is warning healthcare providers about potential hazards from interactions between implanted programmable cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts and hearing implants tha...
German Government Backs Mandatory Vaccination Bill
CNN (7/17, Picheta) reports the German government has “backed a bill” that would require “all children to receive a measles jab before entering school or kindergarten.” If the bill is approved, “parents will be required to provide evidence that their chil...
Autism Spectrum Disorders Appear To Be 80 Percent Reliant On Inherited Genes, Study Indicates
HealthDay (7/17, Mundell) reports, “The largest study of its kind, involving more than two million people across five countries,” suggests that “autism spectrum disorders are 80% reliant on inherited genes,” meaning that “environmental causes are responsi...
Babies Whose Mothers Had Surgery Before Pregnancy Are More Likely To Be Born With NAS, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (7/16, D'Ambrosio) reports that research indicated “babies whose mothers had surgery before pregnancy were more likely to be born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).” In the “longitudinal cohort study, the risk ratio for NAS was 1.63......
Women Exposed To Solvents On The Job May Be More Likely To Have Children With Autism Than Mothers Without Such Occupational Exposure, Study Indicates
Reuters (7/16, Rapaport) reports, “Women who are exposed to solvents on the job may be more likely to have children with autism than mothers without this occupational exposure,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data on work histories for 750 mothers...
Prenatal Exposure To Antiepileptic Drugs Tied To Behavioral Problems In Childhood, Study Indicates
Neurology Advisor (7/16, May) reports researchers “found a higher percentage of behavioral problems reported in children of mothers with epilepsy prenatally exposed to antiepileptic drug (AED) monotherapy.” The findings were published in Epilepsia.
Children With Obesity May Be Twice As Likely To Develop MS, Researchers Say
HealthDay (7/16, Norton) reports that children with obesity “may be twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis [MS],” research indicated. What’s more, once children with obesity “are diagnosed, they tend to have a poorer response to their initial treat...
GE Healthcare Has Recalled More Than 25,000 Infant Warmers, FDA Says
Healio (7/16) reports that “GE Healthcare has recalled 25,204 Giraffe Infant Warmers and Panda i-Res Infant Warmers manufactured between Oct. 1, 2007, and Feb. 28, 2019, according to a press release from the FDA.” According to Healio, “The agency has labe...
Stricter State Gun Laws May Be Associated With Fewer Childhood Gun Deaths, Study Suggests
Reuters (7/15, Rapaport) reports, “U.S. states with tighter restrictions on the purchase and use of guns and ammunition may have fewer children die from shootings,” researchers concluded after examining “data on children under age 21 who were killed by fi...
High Levels Of Social Media Use Over Four Years May Be Associated With Increased Depression In Young People, Research Suggests
CNN (7/15, Howard) reports, “For every additional hour young people spend on social media or watching television, the severity of depressive symptoms they experience goes up,” research indicated. The study revealed that “high levels of social media use ov...
More Children Entering US Foster Care System Due To Parental Drug Use, Study Suggests
CNN (7/15, Nigam) reports, “As the opioid crisis swept across the” US, the number of children “entering the foster care system” increased. Investigators found that “from 2000 to 2017, there was a 147% increase in foster care entries due to parents’ drug u...
Some Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Experience Complete Resolution As Part Of Transition To Adulthood, Study Indicates
Healio (7/15, Foster) reports researchers found that “some children may experience complete resolution of obstructive sleep apnea as they transition to adulthood, but persistent disease is more likely in those with certain characteristics.” The findings w...
Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Antegrade Continence Enemas May Both Offer Positive Experiences For Children With Severe Constipation, Researchers Say
Healio Gastroenterology (7/15, Altersitz) reports, “Sacral nerve stimulation and antegrade continence enemas, when compared with each other, both offer positive experiences for children with severe constipation and each may best suit a different cohort of...
Last Year, 20 Million Children Missed Out On Vaccines, UN Agencies Say
Reuters (7/15, Kelland) reports that 20 million children around the world “missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children’s fund said on Mon...
Teens Abusing Prescription Opioids May Be Taking Step Toward Heroin Use, Research Suggests
HealthDay (7/12, Preidt) reported, “Teens who take prescription opioid” analgesics “to get high could be taking a step toward heroin use,” researchers concluded after studying some “3,300 students at 10 Los Angeles-area high schools who were followed from...

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