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Expert Says Delays In Vaccination, Care Due To Pandemic May Affect Children In Various Ways
In an article for CNN (4/18, Bracho-Sanchez), Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, an assistant professor at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, wrote that “the virus that causes [COVID-19] has been relentlessly preying on adults around the world for months,”...
Today’s Children Appear To Be As Socially Skilled As Previous Generations, Researchers Say
HealthDay (4/17, Preidt) reported, “Today’s youngsters are as socially skilled as previous generations, despite concerns about their heavy use of technology, like smartphones and social media,” researchers concluded after comparing “teacher and parent eva...
Millions Of Americans Who Have Lost Their Jobs Have Also Lost Their Health Insurance
The Washington Post (4/18, Goldstein) reported that just as millions of people in the US have lost their jobs amid the pandemic, many of them have also lost their health insurance. The Washington Post said “in a nation where most health coverage is hinged...
NIH Says Researchers Have Confirmed There Are Ways To Decontaminate N95 Masks So They Can Be Reused
The New York Times (4/16, Gorman) reports the NIH announced that “researchers have confirmed that there are several effective methods for decontaminating the N95 masks worn by health professionals so that they can be used more than once.” The NIH publiciz...
President Trump Says Governors Will Be “Calling The Shots” On When To Reopen
The Washington Post (4/16, Dawsey, Sonmez) reports “the White House released new guidance late Thursday afternoon for states to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the decisions up to governors to make on a statewide or county-by-county level.”...
Proposed Federal Rule Would Allow Employers And Insurers To Not Count Drug “Coupons” Towards Patients’ Deductibles Or Out-Of-Pocket Maximums
Kaiser Health News (4/16, Andrews) reports “patients who get financial help from drug companies to cover their copayments for prescription drugs [so-called coupons] could owe a bigger chunk of their costs under a proposed federal rule.” Kaiser Health News...
Physicians Provide Recommendations On Managing Stress In Young Children
The New York Times (4/16, Braff) reports that “kids are experiencing their own physical effects of stress, leading to an increase in frantic phone calls to pediatricians during the pandemic.” The Times provides recommendations from various physicians on h...
Teens Experience “Social Reorientation” During Coronavirus Pandemic, Expert Says
CNN International (4/16, Andrew) reports that “in the time of coronavirus, traditional hallmarks of the high school experience have all but disappeared.” According to CNN International, “As everyone settles into new routines inside, at home, teens are fee...
Reductions In Air Pollution From Coal Plants May Translate Into Drop In Both Asthma Symptoms, Asthma-Related Hospitalization Nearby, Research Suggests
According to HealthDay (4/16, Holmes), reductions “in air pollution from coal plants translated into a drop in both asthma symptoms and asthma-related hospitalization nearby, researchers” concluded after focusing “on coal-fired plants around the Louisvill...
Efforts To Fight Coronavirus Could Interfere With Efforts To Fight Other Diseases Around The World
The AP (4/16, Ghosal, Milko) reports efforts to fight coronavirus around the world could interfere with global efforts to fight other diseases, such as HIV. For example, in India, some patients with HIV haven’t been able to obtain their HIV drugs due to t...
Childhood Psychopathology Traits Starting At Age Six And Adult Depression, Its Associated Traits May Share Genetic Factors, Meta-Analysis Suggests
Healio (4/15, Gramigna) reports, “Childhood psychopathology traits starting at age six years and adult depression and its associated traits share genetic factors,” investigators concluded after examining “data from seven ongoing longitudinal birth and chi...
Infants’ Guts May Be Colonized By Two Waves Of Viruses Within Months Of Birth, Study Indicates
STAT (4/15, Sheridan) reports a study published in Nature indicates that “within months of birth, an infant’s gut has already been colonized by two waves of viruses – some of which are linked to the common cold and noroviruses.” The study’s authors conclu...
Independent Association May Exist Between Advanced Parental Age, Increased Risk For ASD Among Offspring, Researchers Say
Healio (4/15, Gramigna) reports investigators “have reported additional evidence suggesting an independent association between advanced parental age and increased risk for autism spectrum disorder [ASD] among offspring.” For the study, researchers used “d...
PARS May Be Able To Predict Development Of Allergic And Nonallergic Asthma In Children, Study Indicates
Pulmonology Advisor (4/15, Moeller) reports, “The Pediatric Asthma Risk Score (PARS) may be able to predict the development of allergic and nonallergic asthma in children,” research indicated. For the study, “PARS values were obtained for infants born to...
Exposure To Adverse Childhood Experiences May Be Tied To Childhood Atopic Dermatitis Across Time, Researchers Say
Dermatology Advisor (4/15) reports, “Exposure to traumatic and stressful childhood events, known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), are associated with childhood atopic dermatitis (AD) across time, with children who experienced a higher number of AC...
Number Of Coronavirus Cases In US May Jump After CDC Tells States To Include Probable Cases In Addition To Lab-Confirmed Cases
The AP (4/15, Stobbe) says the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths may soon jump because the CDC told states this week to begin including probable cases, rather than just lab-confirmed ones, in their reports to the federal agency. For example, in...
Total Number Of People Infected And Killed By Coronavirus Remains Unknown Due To Testing Limitations And Other Factors
NBC News (4/15) reports a common problem around the world is that the actual number of people who have been infected and who have died from coronavirus is unknown due to various limitations on testing and so on. NBC News quotes experts explaining how the...
CDC Says More Than 9,000 Healthcare Workers Had Tested Positive For Coronavirus As Of April 9
The Washington Post (4/14, Cha) says more than 9,000 healthcare workers had tested positive for coronavirus as of April 9, according to a report from the CDC released on Tuesday. According to the report, “they are mostly white, female, and in their 40s,”...
California Tracking Maternal Deaths, Requiring Training For Health Workers To Address Maternal Mortality Rate In US
CNN (4/14, Howard) reports, “In 2018, the year with the most recent national data, 658 women in the United States died while pregnant or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy, according to data published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventi...
Experts Worry Postponement Of Routine Immunizations Due To Social Distancing Measures May Lead To Outbreak Of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Modern Healthcare (4/14, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports, “As hospitals and clinics across the country limit ‘non-essential’ healthcare services to stem the spread of the coronavirus, experts worry that the postponement of routine immunizations...
Clinicians Say 15% Of Women Who Delivered At Two Hospitals In New York City Tested Positive For Coronavirus But Most Were Asymptomatic
MedPage Today (4/14, Walker) reports a universal coronavirus screening program for pregnant women at two hospitals in New York City, New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, found that between March 22 and April 4, “15%...
Marijuana Use Before Age 18 May Be Associated With Insomnia Later In Life, Study Suggests
HealthDay (4/14, McNiff) reports, “Teenagers who use marijuana to fall asleep may be setting themselves up for insomnia later in life,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the sleep habits and history of marijuana use among 1,882 teens from Colorado.”...
Health Plans Often Lag Behind Price Increases For Generic Drugs, Analysis Suggests
Ed Silverman writes in his “Pharmalot” blog for STAT (4/14) that “of more than 4,300 instances in which pharmacies saw generic drug prices rise by 50% or more over a recent two-year period, the reimbursement from health plans and pharmacy benefit kept up...
Researchers Say US May Have To Follow Social Distancing Measures Until 2022
CNN (4/14, Asmelash, Fox) reports that “the US may have to endure social distancing measures – such as stay-at-home orders and school closures – until 2022, researchers” from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health projected Tuesday, “unless, a vacc...
More Than 100 Million Children Could Be At Risk Of Measles As Fears Over Coronavirus Halt Vaccines
The New York Times (4/13, Hoffman) reports more than 100 million children “could be at risk for measles because countries around the world are suspending national immunization programs in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, international pu...
Trump Says He’ll Decide When To Reopen Country, Not Governors
The AP (4/13, Miller and Colvin) reports that President Trump “asserted Monday that he is the ultimate decision-maker for determining how and when to reopen the coronavirus-stricken country, though it is unclear what authority he has to overrule the state...
South Dakota, Without Stay-At-Home Order, Has One Of The Largest Virus Hot Spots
The Washington Post (4/13, Witte) reports South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) refrained from issuing a “statewide order to stay home,” and now the state is “home to one of the largest single coronavirus clusters anywhere in the United States, with more than...
Hospital Equipment Shortages Playing Out As State Planners Expected
USA Today (4/13, Wagner) reports that as the coronavirus spreads, it’s “playing out precisely as emergency officials around the country assumed when they drafted response plans over the past decade: A spreading disease would overwhelm hospitals, with a st...
Governors Press For Special Obamacare Enrollment Period Amid Pandemic
The Hill (4/13, Klar) reports that “a dozen Democratic U.S. governors are calling on the Trump administration to open a special ObamaCare enrollment period amid the coronavirus pandemic.” The governors wrote in a letter sent to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and...
Analysis Finds Immigrants An Untapped Pool To Fight Coronavirus
Bloomberg Law (4/13, Subscription Publication) reports that a Migration Policy Institute analysis “found that over 260,000 immigrants and refugees with undergraduate degrees in health-related fields are either underemployed in low-paying jobs that require...
Shelter-In-Place Orders In California Have State Confident In Battle Against Coronavirus, Expert Says
USA Today (4/12, Culver) reports “the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. had barely surpassed 100 in March when a group of counties in the San Francisco Bay Area enacted a sweeping ‘shelter-in-place’ order.” That “early action – followed soon by Gov. Gavi...
FDA Authorizes Saliva Test For COVID-19
The AP (4/13, Perrone) reports Rutgers University researchers “have received U.S. government clearance for the first saliva test to help diagnose COVID-19, a new approach that could help expand testing options and reduce risks of infection for health care...
Old Vaccines Could Be Used To Protect Against COVID-19
The AP (4/13, Neergaard) reports that scientists “are dusting off some decades-old vaccines against other germs to see if they could provide a little stopgap protection against COVID-19 until a more precise shot arrives.” Given “that a brand-new vaccine i...
Survey: Most Risk-Bearing ACOs May Leave Medicare Shared Savings Program
Modern Healthcare (4/13, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reports that “most accountable care organizations taking on downside risk in the Medicare Shared Savings Program are considering dropping out due to concerns they will suffer financial losses...
Study Finds Coronaviruses Are Highly Seasonal
Healio (4/13) reports that “an analysis of four different coronaviruses over an 8-year period demonstrated that they were detected in a limited timeframe, from December to April and May, with a peak during January and February, according to a recent study...
Lack Of Regular Health Provider Visits During Pandemic Reportedly Could Lead To Catastrophic Consequences
ABC News (4/13) reports that “as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the nation’s public health leaders have advised Americans to skip regular check-ups, elective procedures and routine cancer screenings.” However, “doctors are starting to worry that the nati...
E-Consults May Serve As Alternative Way For Patients To Access Specialists, Research Suggests
MD Magazine (4/13, Rosenfeld) reports, “Electronic consultations (e-consults) can serve as an alternate way for patients to access specialists,” investigators concluded after reviewing “medical records across five specialties with a high volume of e-consu...
Researchers Using AI To Identify Healthcare Workers With COVID-19
AI in Healthcare (4/13) reports that researchers from West Virginia University “have launched a new study aimed at identifying healthcare workers infected with the new coronavirus before they become symptomatic.” The project is a collaboration with Oura H...
Pediatric Practices Struggling Amid COVID-19
Kaiser Health News (4/10, Gold) reported that “since March 17, when San Francisco Bay area officials issued the nation’s first sweeping orders for residents to shelter in place, patient volume at [Berkeley Pediatrics] has dropped by nearly 60 percent.” It...
Experts: Broad Coronavirus Testing Crucial To Lifting Restrictions
Reuters (4/12, Chiacu) reports that the US “needs to ramp up testing for the coronavirus as the White House considers when and how to lift stay-at-home restrictions and lockdowns triggered by the pandemic, U.S. health experts said on Sunday.” FDA Commissi...
Private Insurers Required To Provide Free COVID-19 Antibody Tests
Politico (4/11, Ravindranath) reported that the Administration said “it will require health insurers to provide free antibody tests that could provide better insight into the scale of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.” Congress has “required that all America...
CMS Temporarily Suspends Regulations To Allow Telehealth Services Across State Lines
Healthcare IT News (4/10, Miliard) reported CMS “has temporarily suspended several regulations to enable hospitals, clinics and other providers to boost their front-line medical staff during the coronavirus pandemic.” The changes “reduce certification req...
COVID-19 Surges Amongst Homeless Population
STAT (4/11, Bond) reported that coronavirus is spreading rapidly through San Francisco’s homeless population. Mayor London Breed announced that “out of about 800 known cases in the city, 68 have been reported among people staying at the city’s largest hom...
CDC Recommends Masks, Some Localities Make Them Mandatory
The Washington Post (4/9, Tan) reports that “face masks...are now being mandated in cities and counties across the United States.” The federal government has “reversed its previous position on face coverings, issuing guidance that urges people to wear the...
Coping With Pandemic Difficult For Those With Depression, Anxiety
The Wall Street Journal (4/12, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports that the coronavirus pandemic has been especially difficult for individuals suffering from depression and anxiety because of additional stress and isolation.
Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Injury May Be Common Among US Transgender Teens, Study Indicates
HealthDay (4/10, Preidt) reported, “Depression, suicidal thoughts and self-injury are common among U.S. transgender teens,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the medical records of 158 transgender teens treated at a pediatric endocrinology clinic bet...
Bedroom Air Filter May Improve Breathing In Children With Asthma
HealthDay (4/10, Preidt) reported “a bedroom air filter can significantly improve breathing in kids with asthma, new research shows.” In the study testing two air filters in children’s bedrooms, “on average, there was a 24% reduction in total airway resis...
Family History Of Atopy May Be Risk Factor For Atopic Dermatitis In Children, Researchers Say
Dermatology Advisor (4/10, Pond) reported, “Family history of atopy has been identified as a significant risk factor for atopic dermatitis (AD) in children,” research indicated, with “household humidity levels, secondhand smoke exposure, and maternal educ...
Brooklyn Maternity Ward Has Delivered 200 Babies During COVID-19 Outbreak
The New York Times (4/12, Fink) reports that nearly 200 babies have arrived since March at the Brooklyn Hospital Center’s maternity floor amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The Times tells the story of a mother with coronavirus that had her baby delivered by c-s...
Researchers Say School Closures Due To Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbate Risk Factors For Weight Gain In Children
Healio (4/9, Schaffer) reports a group of researchers published an article in Obesity discussing the risk of weight gain for children affected by school closures and Healio interviewed one of the authors, Andrew Rundle, DrPH, assistant professor of epidem...

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