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Patients With Adverse Childhood Events May Be More Likely To Be Incarcerated Or Reincarcerated, Studies Suggest.
MedPage Today (10/27, Hlavinka) reported, “Patients with adverse childhood events...were more likely to be reincarcerated,” research indicated. In particular, “patients who suffered parental deficits in childhood, including the absence, incarceration, or...
Ninth Child Dies Following Viral Outbreak At New Jersey Long-Term Care Center.
The ABC News (10/28, Gilman) website reports, “A ninth child has died in a New Jersey rehabilitation facility that is currently suffering an adenovirus outbreak, according to officials” with the New Jersey Department of Health. The youngster, “whose name...
Early Third Trimester Maternal Immunization With Tdap Vaccine May Result In Higher Pertussis Antibody Concentrations In Neonates, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/9, Garcia, Subscription Publication) reported, “Maternal immunization with tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine early in the third trimester results in higher pertussis antibody concentrations in neonates compared with...
Pregnant Women Commonly Concerned About Effectiveness Of Flu Vaccine, Lack Knowledge Regarding Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy, Research Indicates.
MD Magazine (9/27, Kunzmann) reported, “An internet panel survey” evaluating “influenza vaccination and tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) coverage in pregnant women at the end of the flu season has found that only...
Dose Of Acellular Pertussis Vaccine At Birth Was Associated With Significantly Higher Pertussis Antibody Titers By 10 Weeks, Regardless Of The Mother’s Vaccination Status, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (9/10, Walker) reported, “A dose of acellular pertussis vaccine at birth was associated with significantly higher pertussis antibody titers by 10 weeks, regardless of the mother’s vaccination status,” research indicated. The findings of the...
Study: 70% Of Infant Pertussis Cases Associated With Unvaccinated Mother.
Medscape (10/1, Subscription Publication) reported, “Overall, only 30% of pregnant women whose infants developed pertussis were appropriately vaccinated with tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap)” according to a study...
Study Finds No Ovarian Failure Risk In Young Women After Vaccinations.
Forbes (8/22, Haelle) contributor Tara Haelle wrote that a study published in Pediatrics found “no increased risk of primary ovarian insufficiency in girls occurred after they received the HPV, Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis), MenACWY (four...
Pop-Up Reminder In EMRs May Increase Uptake Of Prenatal Tdap Vaccine By More Than A Third, Study Suggests.
Medscape (4/29, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reported, “A pop-up reminder in electronic medical records [EMRs] increased uptake of the prenatal Tdap vaccine by more than a third,” research indicated. The findings were presented at the annual meeting...
Prenatal Tdap Vaccine Not Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Researchers Say.
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (8/13, Bever) reported that after studying some 80,000 youngsters “over a four-year period,” Kaiser Permanente researchers found “no association between the prenatal Tdap (for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, al...
Study: Combined Meningococcal-Tdap Vaccine May Not Be Inferior To Isolated Vaccination, May Increase Vaccination Coverage.
Clinical Advisor (8/6) reported that a study published in the journal Vaccine found that “the co-administration of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine with incorporated tetanus toxoid (MenACWY-TT) with diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vacc...
CDC Researchers Find No New Or Unexpected Adverse Events Following Introduction Of Tdap Vaccines.
MedPage Today (6/4, Walker) reported CDC researchers found “no new or unexpected adverse events, and serious adverse events were rare, following the introduction of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines.” In their “review of a spontaneou...
NAPNAP Offers Resource On Vaccinations For Children And Teens.
NAPNAP (10/1) carries on its website an information resource covering immunization of children and teens. The resource includes general information, CDC materials, a parent’s guide to childhood immunizations, and two downloadable immunization schedules,...
Many Teens With T1D May Not Fully Understand Implications Of Current Lifestyle Behaviors On Future Health, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/25, Jenkins, Subscription Publication) reports a study of 22 teenagers with type 1 diabetes (T1D) indicated that “many adolescents had limited knowledge about hypertension and dyslipidemia, and did not fully understand the implications of cu...
Enterovirus D68 Remains Top Suspect As Cause Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
NBC News (10/25, Fox) reports on its website that enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is currently the top suspect for the cause of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has not consistently found EV-D68 in confirmed case...
Opioid Prescription Rates For Pediatric Patients With Headache May Be Low But With Considerable Variability Based On Provider Specialty And Setting, Study Indicates.
Neurology Advisor (10/25) reports researchers found that “opioid prescriptions for pediatric patients with headache are low but vary considerably by provider specialty and medical setting.” The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Juul Abandons Vaping Prevention Program For Schools After Criticism.
MedPage Today (10/25, Boyles) reports Juul Labs has “abandoned” its school-based education program shortly after it was proposed. The vaping prevention program was “widely criticized by anti-tobacco advocates and several public officials, including Maura...
States Step In To Address Challenges Facing Children Whose Parents Are Deported.
The Stateline (10/25, Wiltz) reports that as the Trump Administration increases its deportation of immigrants, extended family members “are stepping in to care for many of those children left behind.” These extended family members, who are often immigran...
Nearly 16 Percent Of Kids Ages 10 To 17 Have Obesity, Report Finds.
TIME (10/24, Ducharme) reports that “nationwide, nearly 16% of kids ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to a report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based on data from the 2016-2017 National Survey of Children’s Health.” The...
Many Pregnant Undocumented Immigrants Have Little Or No Access To Healthcare.
CNN (10/23, Howard) reports on the health of pregnant undocumented immigrants, many of whom have little or no access to healthcare. Many of these women are afraid of “having their immigration status exposed,” so they choose not to “access the health reso...
Children With Asthma Who Live In Areas With Polluted Air May Be More Likely To Need Emergency Medical Care, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/24, Preidt) reports researchers found that “children with asthma who live in areas with dirty air require emergency medical care more often than those with less exposure to air pollution.” The findings were published in Pediatric Research.
Rhinitis May Be Very Common In Urban Children With Asthma, Study Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (10/24) reports researchers found that “rhinitis is present in nearly all urban children with asthma,” and “perennial allergic rhinitis with seasonal exacerbations (PARSE) is the most severe phenotype and may be linked to difficult-to...
Entire Family Of Organophosphate Pesticides Appears To Cause Brain Damage In Children Even At Low Levels Of Exposure, Researchers Say.
The Huffington Post (10/24, Kaufman) reports, “The entire family of widely used pesticides known as organophosphates causes brain damage in children even at low levels of exposure – and should be phased out,” concluded researchers in a “first-of-its-kind...
Children With Autism Or Developmental Delays May Be At Increased Risk For Obesity, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (10/23, Preidt) reports, “Children with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity,” researchers concluded in a study involving some “2,500 two- to five-year-olds in the” US who were divided into children with autism sp...
Proposed Rule Could Cut Medical Coverage For 1.7 Million Immigrant Children.
Congressional Quarterly (10/23, Williams, Subscription Publication) reports a Trump Administration proposal aimed at immigrants who rely on government programs “could lead to as many as 1.7 million children who need medical care leaving Medicaid and the...
Texas Officials Mandate Larger Schools To Report Concussions Among High School Athletes.
The AP (10/23, Warren) reports Texas’ University Interscholastic League, the state’s “governing body for public high school sports,” has mandated “that the state’s largest schools report concussions suffered by high school athletes in a move seen as the...
Researchers Compare Effectiveness Of Bariatric Procedures Among Teenagers With Severe Obesity.
Medscape (10/23, Jenkins, Subscription Publication) reports, “The largest retrospective US study to directly compare outcomes from the most common weight loss surgeries for severe obesity in” teenagers reveals that “significant and sustained weight loss...
Teens Use Juul More Often Than Other Vaping Devices, Traditional Cigarettes, Study Suggests.
Science News (10/23, Cunningham) reports a study published in JAMA Network Open found that “teens who try the latest, sleekest iteration of electronic cigarettes may be more likely to become regular users, compared with those who try other e-cigarettes o...
FDA Approves Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine For Pediatric Patients.
MD Magazine (10/23, Kunzmann) reports the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the Alfuria Quadrivalent influenza vaccine manufactured by Seqirus “for use in younger patients.” The FDA gave the vaccine “an indication that expands its availability...
Children With Obesity May Have Higher Risk For Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, Study Indicates.
Reuters (10/22, Rapaport) reports researchers found that children with obesity are more likely to develop slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), which “is one of the most common hip problems in children and adolescents.” The findings were published in...
Mothers More Likely To Use Proven Soothing Techniques To Ease Infants’ Vaccination Pain If Taught To Do So Before Taking Newborns Home From The Hospital, Researchers Say.
Reuters (10/22, Carroll) reports, “When getting their infants vaccinated, mothers were more likely to use proven techniques to ease babies’ pain if they had been taught how to do so before taking their newborns home from the hospital,” research indicated...
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy May Be Most Popular Choice For Children Undergoing Metabolic Surgery, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/22, Monaco) reports researchers found that “trends in metabolic surgery procedures for kids have recently shifted,” and that “vertical sleeve gastrectomy has become the most popular choice.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatric...
Prepubertal Children With Short Stature Appear To Maintain Height Gained After Reduction In Growth Hormone, Research Suggests.
Endocrine Today (10/22, Schaffer) reports, “Prepubertal children with short stature who achieved catch-up height with growth hormone therapy were able to maintain normal height velocity after a reduction in” growth hormone dose, research indicated. The f...
CDC Survey Suggests Vaping May Be Contributing To Rise In Smoking.
CNBC (10/22, LaVito) reports on new preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual National Youth Tobacco Survey “suggest” a rise in teen smoking “may be happening.” The data indicate that in 2017, “8.1 percent of high scho...
Metabolic Syndrome May Be Prevalent Even In Very Young Children, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/19, Monaco) reported, “In a cohort of 212 Swedish children around six years old, 26% possessed at least one of the criteria for metabolic syndrome – including hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, or a large waist circumferenc...
Researchers Lay Out Case For Using Whole-Genome Sequencing In NICU Setting.
STAT (10/19, Keshavan) reported researchers are “laying out a case for using” whole-genome sequencing in the neonatal “intensive care setting, despite upfront costs,” to help babies who are seriously ill. At the recent American Society of Human Genetics...
Placenta Study Hopes To Help Determine When Premature Birth Is Likely To Occur.
The AP (10/21) reported researchers from the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin are now “studying placentas from births at a local hospital to identify structural changes in fetal membranes that could help determine when a pr...
Children Diagnosed With IBD Appear To Have Higher Risk Of Death As Adults, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/19, Swift) reported that research indicated kids “diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) had triple the risk of death as adults compared with members of the general population.” While “the absolute number of deaths in the study...
Scientists Still Trying To Understand Origins And Causes Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Amid Ongoing Outbreak.
USA Today (10/19, Alltucker) reported scientists are still trying to understand what is causing acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), “the rare but paralyzing illness that has afflicted scores of children this year.” Last week, the Centers for Disease Control an...
Some Parents Planning Chickenpox “Parties” To Expose Other Children To Virus.
USA Today (10/18, Haller) reports that some parents of children who have recently contracted chickenpox are planning “parties” that aim to expose the children of other guests to the virus. USA Today reports that before the introduction of the chickenpox...
Prenatal Exposure To Higher Fluoride Levels May Impair Cognitive Development, May Also Significantly Increase Incidence Of AD/HD, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/18, Citroner, Subscription Publication) reports, “Prenatal exposure to higher levels of fluoride not only impairs cognitive development but also significantly increases the incidence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD],” rese...
Young Adults Who Played In Organized Sports As Kids, Teens May Have Stronger Bones Than Peers Who Were Less Active As Children, Researchers Say.
Reuters (10/18, Carroll) reports, “Young adults who played in organized sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids,” researchers concluded after studying “984 children born...between May 1989 and November 199...
Cases Of AFM Reported, Investigated Across US.
ABC World News Tonight (10/18, story 5, 0:20, Muir) reported, “There is new suspected cases tonight of that mystery outbreak we’ve been following, that rare polio-like illness effecting mostly children.” Now, “Maryland and Pennsylvania” are “reporting ei...
Academics Tell British Lawmakers Internet Memes May Be Contributing To UK Obesity Crisis.
According to CNN (10/18, Picheta), “academics have told British lawmakers that internet memes may be contributing to the UK obesity crisis and doing harm to teenagers on a significant scale.” In a “letter sent to a British parliamentary committee,” inves...
Adolescents From Low-Income Families May Be More Likely To Have Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease, Study Suggests.
Reuters (10/17, Rapaport) reports research suggests “adolescents from low-income families are more likely than their affluent peers to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease like obesity, inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use.” The findings we...
Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis At Risk For Uveitis, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/17, Walsh) reports researchers found that “children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis...are at risk for the development of uveitis, with the highest risk in the early years after diagnosis.” The findings were published in Arthritis Car...
CDC Confirms 62 Cases Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis With 127 Total Under Investigation.
Reuters (10/17, Banerjee) reports that across “22 states,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis [AFM], a rare...condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs.” The agency is now “investi...
Index Ranks Risks, Benefits Of High School Sports For Boys And Girls.
MedPage Today (10/17, Basen) reports, “Cross-country running came out tops for male high school athletes and swimming was best for girls in terms of net health benefits, according to a” recently launched Healthy Sport index. But, “among the ten sports an...
CDC Continues To Investigate Rising Number Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases.
The Washington Post (10/16, A1, Sun) reports on the increase federal health officials are observing in cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the “mysterious and rare condition that mostly affects children and can paralyze arms and legs, with 127 confirmed or...
X-Ray Utilization For Diagnosis Of Bronchitis In Infants Has Not Decreased Despite Guidelines, Research Indicates.
The Radiology Business Journal (10/16, Thakar) reports researchers found that “in spite of guidelines recommending against routine x-rays for infants diagnosed with bronchitis, a new analysis of emergency department visits in the United States suggests t...
Increased Intake Of Gluten By Pregnant Mothers Linked To Increased Risk For T1D In Offspring, Study Indicates.
Endocrinology Advisor (10/16) reports that investigators have found that “increased intake of gluten by pregnant mothers” is “associated with an increased risk for type 1 diabetes in their children.” The study was published in BMJ.

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