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Proportion Of Boys, Young Men In US Receiving HPV Vaccine Has More Than Tripled Since 2011, Research Indicates.
Reuters (3/30, Harding) reported that research indicates “the proportion of boys and young men in the U.S. receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has more than tripled since 2011.” Researchers found that “among 9- to 26-year-old males, 27 perce...
Combining Amniocentesis With Whole-Genome Sequencing May Enable Analysis Of A Fetus’ Entire Genetic Makeup For Harmful Mutations, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (3/31, Preidt) reported investigators “found that combining amniocentesis with whole-genome sequencing in 31 pregnant women enabled analysis of a fetus’ entire genetic makeup for harmful mutations.” The findings were published in the journal Cl...
Teenagers Increasingly Drawn To E-Cigarettes.
In a front-page story, the New York Times (4/2, A1, Zernike, Subscription Publication) reports that while e-cigarettes “have been touted by their makers and some public health experts as devices to help adult smokers kick the habit,” school officials “st...
Health Survey Data Indicate Today’s Teens Differ From Previous Generations In Many Ways.
In “Well,” the New York Times (3/30, Parker-Pope, Subscription Publication) reported that “data collected from various health surveys already show that today’s teens are different from previous generations in many ways.” For example, “many risky behavior...
Latest Teen “Challenge” Involves Inhaling Condoms.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (4/1, D'Angelo) reports the newest internet “challenge” targeting adolescents “involves inhaling an unwrapped condom through your nose and pulling it through your throat.” The article says the “Condom Challenge” trend “ap...
FDA Commissioner Announces New Nutrition Policies.
The Washington Post (3/29, Dewey) “Wonkblog” reports that “the Trump Administration will encourage the food industry to reduce the salt in processed foods and will take steps to overhaul some food labels to make them easier to understand, Food and Drug A...
Utah Passes “Free-Range” Parenting Law.
The New York Times (3/29, De La Cruz, Subscription Publication) reports Utah passed a “free-range parenting” law last week that specifies what constitutes child neglect in the state and what does not. Under the law, neglect does not include “permitting a...
Kids Exposed To Anti-TNF Drugs In Utero May Not Have Increased Risk For Severe Infection, Research Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (3/29, Young) reports that research suggests kids “exposed to anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha drugs in utero did not experience increased short- or long-term risk for severe infection.” The findings were published in the American...
Moms From Asian-American Communities Who Want To Breastfeed Face Challenges.
The NBC News (3/29, Luhar) website reports on logistical, language, and cultural challenges faced by women from Asian-American communities who want to breastfeed their infants. The article highlights the personal experiences of former TV reporter To-wen...
Vitamin A Supplementation May Be Associated With Slower Rate Of Cone Electroretinogram Amplitude In Children With Retinitis Pigmentosa, Study Says.
MedPage Today (3/29, Walker) reports researchers found that “children with retinitis pigmentosa who received vitamin A supplementation were” found to have “slower rate of cone electroretinogram amplitude compared to children who did not.” The findings we...
Overprescribing Of Psychotherapeutic Medication For Children On Medicaid, CHIP May Be Due To Provider Shortage, Study Suggests.
Modern Healthcare (3/29, Dickson, Subscription Publication) reports that “physicians may be overprescribing psychotherapeutic medication to children on Medicaid or CHIP,” according to a new CMS study which found that the US has “a shortage of child psych...
SIDS May Have Genetic Basis In Some Cases, Research Suggests.
CNN (3/28, Lieber) reports that research suggests “sudden infant death syndrome [SIDS] – long regarded as an unexplained phenomenon affecting apparently healthy children under 1 – may have a genetic basis in some cases.” In “To Your Health,” the Washingt...
Trump Administration’s School Safety Commission To Meet For The First Time Today.
On its website, CNN (3/28, Summers) reports that the Trump Administration’s “school safety commission will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, days after young activists took to the streets to demand reforms to the nation’s gun laws.” HHS Secretary Alex...
Bill Banning Conversion Therapy On Minors Clears Maryland Senate, Now Heads To House.
The AP (3/28, Witte) reports that by a vote of 34 to 12, the Maryland Senate cleared a bill banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors. The measure, which now goes to the House, “would classify the practice as unprofessional conduct and subject...
Parents Urge Rhode Island Lawmakers To Repeal Child Vaccine Mandate.
The Providence (RI) Journal (3/28, Kathyprojo) reports “opponents of the mandatory vaccination of school children against a virus that causes cervical cancer – and other diseases – came to the [Rhode Island] State House on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to...
Children Presenting With High Irritability, Depressive/Anxious Mood May Be More Likely To Have Suicidal Thoughts Or Attempt Suicide In Adolescence, Study Suggests.
According to Healio (3/28, Demko), “children aged six to 12 years presenting with high irritability and depressive/anxious mood were twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide in adolescence than children with low irritability and depre...
Rubber Ducky Bath-Time Toys May Harbor Potentially Pathogenic Bacteria, Study Suggests.
The AP (3/27, Jordans, Keaten) reports that rubber ducky bath-time toys appear to be “a haven for nasty bugs,” researchers concluded after counting “microbes swimming inside the toys.” The study found that “the murky liquid released when ducks were squee...
High-Dose Ibuprofen May Be Best Medical Option To Close Patent Ductus Arteriosus In Preterm Infants, Meta-Analysis Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/27, Kneisel) reports that a meta-analysis suggests “high-dose oral ibuprofen may be the best medical option to close patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in preterm infants.” The findings were published online in Journal of the American Medica...
Meta-Analysis Reveals Positive Psychosocial Effects Of Parent-Child Reading.
HealthDay (3/27, Salamon) reports that after assessing 19 “prior studies on parent-child reading in children up to age six, researchers...found positive effects for both sides in so-called psychosocial functioning, which includes mental well-being, emoti...
Hospitals Closing Maternity Wards Forcing Many Women To Travel Farther To Give Birth.
The Boston Globe (3/27, McCluskey) reports a growing number of hospitals are closing their maternity wards, thus forcing women to travel farther to give birth. The article focuses on Massachusetts and reports that there are fewer maternity beds in the st...
FDA Approves Glucose Monitoring System As Class II Device.
Reuters (3/27, Mishra) reports the Food and Drug Administration “approved DexCom Inc.’s monitoring system to check blood sugar levels in children and adults suffering from diabetes, which can be used along with devices such as insulin pumps.” The FDA cla...
Children With ASD And Their Siblings May Be Less Likely To Be Fully Vaccinated Than Kids Unaffected By ASD, Research Suggests.
CNN (3/26, Scutti) reports, “Children with autism spectrum disorder are significantly less likely to be fully vaccinated than children unaffected by autism,” researchers found. What’s more, the same appears to be “true of their younger” siblings, investi...
Study Reveals Significant Differences In Brains Of Preschoolers With AD/HD Symptoms.
In “The Checkup,” Perri Klass, MD, writes in the New York Times (3/26, Subscription Publication), “A new study that found significant differences in the brains of preschoolers with symptoms of” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “may help p...
Recent Study Concluding Sudden Infant Deaths Have Not Declined Among Newborns Sparks Controversy.
The Wall Street Journal (3/26, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports there is controversy surrounding a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics that concluded the number of sudden and unexpected infant deaths (SUID) among newborns has not...
Taking Valproate During Pregnancy May Exact Intellectual Toll On Offspring, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (3/26) reports that taking the medication valproate during pregnancy “may take an intellectual toll on offspring,” researchers concluded after tracking “math, language and science test scores for 440 Welsh children, aged seven years, whose moth...
Popularity Of Juul Rising Among High School Students.
Kaiser Health News (3/26, Ibarra) reports the popular Juul electronic cigarette “that’s a sensation among teens, especially in wealthier neighborhoods,” is also a “nightmare for school administrators and public health advocates.” KHN reports that because...
Blood Lead Levels In Flint’s Young Children Reached Historic Low In 2016, Study Suggests.
The Detroit Free Press (3/26, Shamus) reports researchers found that “blood lead levels in Flint’s young children hit an all-time low in 2016, according to” a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The researchers found that “the percentage of kid...
More Than 26,000 Kids Treated In EDs For Hoverboard Injuries In 2015-2016, Study Indicates.
CBS News (3/26, Welch) reports on its website that researchers found that “the hoverboard craze that swept the nation in 2015 and 2016 landed more than 26,000 kids in hospital emergency” departments. Investigators “analyzed data from across the country r...
Approximately 18.5 Percent Of Kids Were Obese In 2015-2016, Data Indicate.
The New York Times (3/23, Richtel, Jacobs, Subscription Publication) reports that data published in JAMA indicate that “nearly 40 percent of” American adults “were obese in 2015 and 2016, a sharp increase from a decade earlier.” HealthDay (3/23, Thompson...
Most Food Products Shown In Ads Promoting A Sports Organization Sponsorship Are Unhealthy, Study Indicates.
CNN (3/26, Howard) reports that research published in Pediatrics “sheds light on just how intertwined sports and unhealthy foods really are.” Researchers at NYU discovered that “76% of food products shown in ads promoting a sports organization sponsorshi...
Bariatric Surgery May Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke In Severely Obese Teens, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (3/23) reported that research suggests “bariatric surgery in severely obese teenagers could lower their risk of heart attack and stroke by about 40 to 50 percent – and could maintain that lower risk for at least five years.” Investigators “foun...
An Increasing Number Of Extremely Premature And Underweight Babies Appear To Have Cerebral Palsy Or Other Motor Impairments, Study Indicates.
Reuters (3/22, Rapaport) reports, “More than one-third of extremely premature and underweight babies have cerebral palsy or other motor impairments that can make it hard for them to do basic things like ride a bike or use a fork,” researchers found after...
Oklahoma Measure Requiring Kids Under 14 To Wear Seat Belts Now Heads To State Senate.
TIME (3/22, Zorthian) reports that HB 3026, a measure requiring youngsters “under 14 to wear seat belts, has passed the Oklahoma House.” The bill now heads to the state senate for its consideration. Currently, Oklahoma kids “between the ages of 8 and 13...
Resilience To MDD In High-Risk Adolescent Girls May Be Associated With Specific Patterns Of Brain Function, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/22, Smith) reports that research indicated that “resilience to major depressive disorder (MDD) in high-risk adolescent girls was linked to specific patterns of brain function.” In the study, “among 20 adolescents considered resilient – t...
High-Flow Oxygen Therapy May Be Linked To Improved Outcomes In Hospitalized Infants With Bronchiolitis Treated Outside ICUs, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/22, Boyles) reports that research indicated “high-flow oxygen therapy was associated with improved outcomes among hospitalized infants with bronchiolitis treated outside intensive care units (ICUs).” Researchers found that “compared with...
Infants Of IBD Patients On Biologics Appear Not To Have A Diminished Response Rate To Routine Inactivated Vaccines Given Routinely During First Six Months Of Life, Study Indicates.
Ob Gyn News (3/22, Jancin) reports, “The infants of inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] patients on biologic therapy during pregnancy and breastfeeding do not have a diminished response rate to the inactivated vaccines routinely given during the first 6 mon...
Many Teenage Tobacco Users Deny Use, Study Says.
Healio (3/22, Bortz) reports researchers say that teens “who use one or more forms of tobacco may not perceive themselves as tobacco users, with more than half of e-cigarette users denying their tobacco use status,” according to a study published in Pedi...
Between 2011 And 2015, Suicide Rate Among Utah’s Teens More Than Doubled, CDC Finds.
HealthDay (3/22, Mundell) reports that the CDC is investigating a worrisome increase in the number of suicides among teenagers in Utah. Between the years “2011 and 2015, the rate of suicide for Utah’s teens – mostly boys – more than doubled and greatly o...
Parents Who Endure Toxic Stress In Childhood May Be More Likely To Have Children With Development Delays, Research Suggests.
Reuters (3/21, Rapaport) reports, “Parents who endured ‘toxic stress’ during childhood may be more likely to have kids with developmental delays and have a harder time coping with their children’s health issues,” researchers found after focusing on mothe...
Family-Focused, Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Conducted In Middle School May Reduce Likelihood Of Alcohol Use Disorders Later In Mexican American Teens, Study Indicates.
Healio (3/21, Demko) reports, “A family-focused, substance abuse prevention intervention conducted in middle school reduced the likelihood of alcohol use disorders among Mexican American teenagers five years later,” researchers concluded in a 516-teen st...
Parents Still Hesitant To Feed Babies Peanuts From An Early Age, Survey Finds.
Newsweek (3/21, Glowatz) reports, “Parents are hesitant to feed their babies peanuts from an early age...despite new guidelines that call for introducing the food at a younger age in order to prevent an allergy from forming,” survey results revealed. New...
US Infant Mortality Rates For Full-Term Babies Worse Than In Many European Countries, Researchers Say.
Reuters (3/21, Rapaport) reports, “Across the US, infant mortality rates for full-term babies were 50 percent to 200 percent higher than in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland,” researchers found after examining data on “more than 1...
Children With Type 1 Diabetes May Benefit From Closed-Loop Insulin Pump System, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/21, Monaco) reports that research suggests children “with type 1 diabetes as young as 7-years-old could benefit from a closed-loop insulin pump system.” The trial, which “tested Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G hybrid closed-loop system in patie...
Children In Cleveland Still Have Blood Levels Of Lead Four Times The National Average, Data Reveal.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (3/21, Dissell, Zeltner) reports that approximately “12 percent” of Cleveland’s “children under six who were screened for lead in 2016 and 2017 had a level of the toxin in their blood that required action, according to new data...
Golf Cart Crashes Involving Kids May Result In Serious Injuries, Researchers Say.
Reuters (3/20, Crist) reports, “Golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries,” researchers concluded after analyzing “golf cart-related injuries in patients under age 18 at their pediatric trauma center between 2008 and 2016.” The...
FDA Considering Restrictions On Tobacco Flavors.
Bloomberg News (3/20, Edney) reports that the “Food and Drug Administration will consider restricting” flavored cigarettes, “the second move in a week by the agency to make smoking less enjoyable as part of an ambitious anti-tobacco push.” FDA Commission...
Pre-Pregnancy Width Of A Woman’s Waist May Be Linked To Autism Risk In Her Children, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/20, Preidt) reports that research suggests “the pre-pregnancy width of a woman’s waist – but not whether or not she is actually obese – may be tied to autism risk in her children.” After tracking “data on more than 36,000 US mothers who had...
Pre-Teen And Young Teen Girls Who Spend Too Much Time On Social Media May End Up Feeling Worse About Themselves, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (3/20, Thompson) reports that “pre-teen and young teen girls who spend too much time on Facebook, Instagram and other social media might wind up feeling worse about themselves,” researchers concluded after tracking “nearly 9,900 British boys an...
Youngsters, Teens Experiencing Family Homelessness May Be At A Higher Risk For Self-Harm, Suicidal Thoughts And Attempted Suicide, Researchers Say.
Healio (3/20, Demko) reports that “children and teenagers experiencing family homelessness are at higher risk for emotional distress, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide than nonhomeless youth,” researchers concluded after examining “cross...
Nearly One-Third Of School Nurses Reported At Least One Severe Reaction To Food Among Students In Last Year, Survey Finds.
HealthDay (3/20, Preidt) reports survey data show that “nearly one-third of US school nurses [reported] at least one severe reaction to food among their students in the last school year.” Data indicate that 96 percent “of the nurses said school staffers...

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