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Alabama Will Not Freeze Enrollment In CHIP, Thanks To Stopgap Funding.
The Hill (12/27, Sullivan) reports that Alabama officials announced Wednesday that it “will no longer freeze enrollment for children’s health insurance on Jan. 1, thanks to new temporary funding passed by Congress.” Cathy Caldwell, the director of Alabam...
Minnesota Legislator Calls For Educating Parents Who Want To Opt Out Of Getting Children Vaccinated.
The AP (12/27) reports Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Mike Freiberg of Minnesota is calling on parents who are opposed to vaccinating their children to see physicians before opting out of the state’s immunization schedule. Legislation he sponsors would pre...
Parental Homelessness May Increase Risk For Psychiatric Disorders Among Children, Teens, Researchers Say.
Healio (12/27, Demko) reports that “parental homelessness increased the risk for psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents,” researchers found after conducting a “nationwide, register-based cohort study of 1,072,882 youths aged 0 to 16 years i...
Topiramate Taken In Early Pregnancy May Increase Risk For Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (12/27, Mozes) reports that topiramate, a medication commonly used to prevent seizures, treat bipolar disorder, or prevent migraines “may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women,” researchers found after reviewing “a decade’s worth of Me...
Higher Infant Mortality Rates In Kansas For Black Babies Than Other Racial Groups, Report Finds.
The AP (12/27) reports a recent analysis from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment found the infant mortality rate among black babies in the state was 15.2 per 1,000 live births in 2016, compared to the overall rate of 5.9 per 1,000 during the...
Childhood Lead Levels May Not Be Linked To Later Criminality, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (12/27, Mozes) reports that while “exposure to higher levels of lead during early childhood can affect neurological development,” research indicates that that does not “mean affected kids are doomed to delinquency.” The research, published onli...
Zika Infections Waning As Disease Reaches “Burn Out” In The Americas.
The Washington Times (12/27, Howell) reports the number of Zika cases in the Americas has lowered to the point of indicating the disease has reached “burn out” levels, health experts say. In the continental US, the number of cases has fallen “from more t...
Federal Court Rules EPA Must Tighten Rules On Lead Inside Homes.
The New York Times (12/27, Friedman, Subscription Publication) reports the US’ Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday “ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its nearly 17-year-old standard for dangerous levels of lead in paint and du...
CHIP’s Long-Term Future Still Uncertain.
The AP (12/23) reported that Congress approved short-term funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program before it left the Capitol on Thursday. However, “the program’s long-term future remains in doubt.” Nearly nine million children get healthcare co...
Early Puberty In Girls May Be Associated With Increased Likelihood For Depression, Behavior Problems Lasting Into Adulthood, Research Suggests.
Reuters (12/26, Rapaport) reports, “Girls who go through puberty early could be more likely to experience depression and behavior problems that last into their 20s compared to peers who start menstruation later,” researchers concluded after studying data...
Study Examines Association Of Folic Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy With Risk Of Autistic Traits In Children Exposed To Antiepileptic Medicines During Gestation.
MedPage Today (12/26, Walker) reports, “Mothers treated with antiepileptic” medications “who did not have periconceptional folic acid supplementation during pregnancy had a substantially increased risk of having offspring with autistic traits at age 18 m...
Marijuana Use Among A Sample Of Expectant Mothers In California Has Climbed Over Past Seven Years, Study Indicates.
CNN (12/26, Howard) reports, “The prevalence of marijuana use among a sample of moms-to-be in California climbed from 4.2% to 7.1% from 2009 through 2016, according to a research letter” [pdf] published in the Journal of the American Medical Association....
WHO To Add Gaming Disorder To ICD-11 In 2018.
U.S. News & World Report (12/26, Lardieri) reports that in 2018, the World Health Organization is adding “gaming disorder” to “its list of mental health conditions.” The WHO’s beta draft of the ICD-11 “characterizes gaming disorder as ‘a pattern of persi...
Global Measles Death Rate Drops To Record Low, WHO Says.
The New York Times (12/26, McNeil, Subscription Publication) reports that “[f]or the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000,” according to the World Health Organization. The WHO found the “estimated n...
Congress Passes Stopgap To Avoid Shutdown, Includes Short-Term CHIP Funding.
The New York Times (12/21, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports that the House and Senate successfully avoided a government shutdown by passing a stopgap bill to keep the government funded until Jan. 19. The legislation provided a “short-term fundin...
ACA Enrollment Figures For 2018 Only Slightly Lower Than This Year’s, CMS Says.
The New York Times (12/21, A1, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, the Trump Administration said “8.8 million people had signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace, only slightly lower than last year’s numbers wh...
Children Who Eat Fish Once A Week May Sleep Better, May Benefit From A Higher IQ, Study Indicates.
Newsweek (12/21, Matthews) reports investigators have “found that kids who ate fish once a week slept better and benefited from a higher IQ, by about four more points on average,” compared to “children who ate fish very infrequently.” Newsweek adds, “The...
Gut Microbiome May Influence Infant Cognitive Development, Small Study Suggests.
Medscape (12/21, Yasgur) reports, “The gut microbiome may influence infant cognitive development,” researchers concluded after analyzing “fecal samples from normally developing one-year-olds to determine the bacterial composition of their gut.” When the...
Sexually Abused Girls May Be More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Urinary And Genital Health Problems, Study Indicates.
Medscape (12/21, Frellick) reports, “Girls who have been abused sexually are more likely to be diagnosed with urinary and genital health problems,” researchers concluded after comparing “a group of 882 children who had been victims of sexual abuse with a...
Ohio Child Advocacy Groups Reports Opioid Crisis Straining Foster Care System.
The AP (12/21, Welsh-Huggins) reports Ohio has more than 15,500 children now in foster care and it “is on track to place more than 20,000 children in foster care by 2020,” a trend “driven by the worsening opioid epidemic,” according to the Public Childre...
Slowing BMI Growth In Adolescence, Early Adulthood May Prevent Obesity In Many Adults, Researchers Say.
Medscape (12/20, Harrison) reports, “Slowing body mass index (BMI) growth in adolescence and early adulthood could prevent obesity in many adults,” investigators concluded after analyzing 31 years of “BMI data from the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns...
CHIP Remains Unfunded.
The Washington Post (12/20, Samuels) reports that Congress may reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program this week, and if “no decision comes by Friday, then lawmakers are likely to take up the issue in early January.” However, “with each delay...
Infants With Post-Infectious Hydrocephalus May Have Same Cognitive Outcomes Whether Treated With Shunting Or Two-Part Procedure, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/20, Walker) reports researchers found that “there was no difference in cognitive outcomes when African infants with post-infectious hydrocephalus, an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, were treated with a shunt or a two-p...
Racial Discrimination Experienced By Black Women May Cause Higher Infant Mortality, Research Suggests.
The NPR (12/20) “Shots” blog reports that “for every 1,000 live births,” 11.7 black babies die during the first year, compared to only 4.8 white infants, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many babies that die during t...
Overweight Children With Asthma May Have Higher Likelihood Of Suffering Symptoms, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/20, Boyles) reports that in a study, “obesity proved to be a major risk factor for increased asthma symptom days in asthmatic preschoolers who were not using inhaled corticosteroids.” The findings were published in the Journal of Clinic...
Children Who Inhale Coarse Particles May Have Higher Asthma Risk, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (12/20, Mozes) reports that research suggests kids “who inhale coarse particles – like dust, sand or even rubber emissions from tires – increase their chances of developing serious asthma.” Researchers “determined that the more a child is expos...
Increasing Number Of US Kids Presenting To EDs Cannot Get Needed Treatment At Their Local Hospitals And Must Be Transferred Elsewhere, Research Suggests.
Reuters (12/20, Rapaport) reports that an increasing number of US children who present to emergency departments cannot “get the treatment they need at their local hospital and need to be transferred elsewhere for care,” researchers concluded after examin...
Many Parents Fail To Provide Substitute Babysitters Critical Emergency Information, Poll Finds.
HealthDay (12/20, Preidt) reports on findings from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health that “many parents fail to provide” back-up or fill-in babysitters “critical information about what to do in an emergency.” The poll r...
House Republicans To Roll Out Government Funding Bill With CHIP Extension.
Reuters (12/19, Cowan) reports that House Republicans intend to attach spending provisions to a short-term funding bill that would avoid a government shutdown Friday and fund the government until Jan. 19, according to a congressional aide. The continuing...
Sexual Minority Teens Significantly More Likely To Report Suicide Risk Behaviors Compared To Their Heterosexual Peers, Research Suggests.
Reuters (12/19, Rapaport) reports, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) teens are more than three times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers,” researchers found. CNN (12/19, Christensen) reports that investigators “found tha...
FDA Seeking To Tighten Norms For Granting Orphan Drug Status To Pediatric Treatments.
Reuters (12/19, Mathias) reports the Food and Drug Administration is seeking “to tighten the norms for granting orphan drug status to treatments for children in a bid to clamp down on companies trying to use the special status to bypass pediatric drug tr...
Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics As Effective As Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics For Treatment Of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections In Children, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (12/19, Boyles) reports, “Penicillin, amoxicillin and other narrow-spectrum antibiotics were as effective as broad-spectrum antibiotics for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infections in children,” researchers concluded. The use of...
States Freeze CHIP Enrollment, Prepare To Close Programs.
Modern Healthcare (12/18, Luthi, Subscription Publication) reports that as “federal lawmakers continue to bicker over how to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program moving forward, states across the country are freezing enrollment and preparing for...
“Smoking Kills” Label May Make Young People Three Times Less Likely To Try Cigarettes, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (12/18, Preidt) reports that a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research of almost 1,000 British 16- to 24-year-olds finds that cigarettes with the printed warning, “Smoking Kills,” on the package made participants “about three times less...
Kidney Failure Risk Equation Also Appears To Work Well For Children, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (12/18, Minerd) reports, “The kidney failure risk equation (KFRE), a validated tool for estimating the risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in adults, works well for children too, researchers reported” in findings published online in JAMA...
Washington State Law Aimed At Discouraging Nonmedical Childhood Vaccine Exemptions Seems To Have Worked, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/18, Norton) reports, “A Washington state law aimed at discouraging nonmedical childhood vaccine exemptions” and enacted in 2011, “seems to have worked,” researchers found. The law “required parents to talk to a doctor before they could get...
Restrictions on Kids’ Screen Time May Be Out Of Date, Researchers Say.
USA Today (12/18, Molina) reports, “Guidelines aimed at limiting how much time children spend in front of screens might not be as useful as first thought, researchers suggest” in findings published in the journal Child Development. Specifically, investig...
FDA To Increase Regulation Of Homeopathic Remedies.
The AP (12/18, Perrone) reports that on Monday, the FDA “issued a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines that have long been on the fringe of mainstream medicine.” The agency intends “to target products that pose the biggest safety risks, incl...
Senate Working On Five-Year Extension Of CHIP.
The CBS Weekend News (12/17, story 7, 2:05, Quijano) reported the Senate “is working on a five-year extension of CHIP and hopes to pass it before the end of the year.” Politico (12/15, Haberkorn) reported the historically bipartisan Children’s Health Ins...
Tax Reform Bill Includes Provision To Repeal ACA’s Individual Mandate.
The AP (12/16, Alonso-Zaldivar) reported that although congressional Republicans were unable to repeal the ACA, the tax bill which is heading towards a final vote includes a provision to repeal the healthcare law’s individual mandate. The article said th...
Trump Administration To Extend ACA Enrollment For Consumers Who Called Before Deadline.
The AP (12/16) reported that following “a rush of last-minute sign-ups, the Trump administration says it’s extending the deadline for some people to finish health insurance applications for next year under the Affordable Care Act.” Consumers who called “...
Steady Diet Of Takeout Food Could Raise Children’s Risk Of Heart Disease, Diabetes Later In Life, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/15, Preidt) reported that “a steady diet of takeout food could raise your child’s risk of heart disease and diabetes later in life,” researchers concluded after examining “the eating habits and health of more than 1,900 ethnically diverse c...
Babies Who Feed Themselves Some Finger Foods May Be No More Likely To Choke Than Infants Who Are Spoon-Fed, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/15, Dallas) reported, “When babies are ready to eat solid foods, those who feed themselves some finger foods are no more likely to choke than babies who are spoon-fed,” researchers concluded after studying some “1,100 mothers with babies fo...
Babies Born With Microcephaly During Zika Epidemic May Face Serious Developmental Problems Requiring Extensive Care, CDC Says.
The New York Times (12/14, Belluck, Subscription Publication) reports researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that babies born with microcephaly during the Zika epidemic “are falling further behind in their development and wil...
Some States Running Out Of CHIP Funding.
The New York Times (12/14, Park, Subscription Publication) reports that millions of children are vulnerable to a loss of health coverage next month if Congress fails to authorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CNN (12/14, Petulla) r...
Alexander-Murray Bill To Shore Up ACA Marketplaces Losing Steam.
The Wall Street Journal (12/14, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports that a measure to shore up ACA marketplaces, sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), is losing steam because more analysts are saying it could result in...
Women Who Have High Glucose Levels Early In Pregnancy More Likely To Have Babies With Heart Defects, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (12/15, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found pregnant women who have high glucose levels early in pregnancy have a higher risk of having a baby with heart defects, “even...
“Exorbitant” Cost Of Nusinersen For Treatment Of SMA Is Restricting Access To Treatment, Experts Contend.
Medscape (12/14, Hughes) reports, “The ‘exorbitant’ cost of nusinersen...a new drug for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and complicated logistics related to its administration are restricting access to treatment, experts” contend. In a special communicati...
Living Near Fracking Well During Pregnancy May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of Low Birth Weight In Babies, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (12/13, Fears) reports, “Living within half a mile of a hydraulic fracturing site carries a serious risk for pregnant women,” investigators found in a “five-year study of more than 1.1 million births” in Pennsylvania. TIME (12/13, Wor...
ACA Enrollment Expected To Fall Short Of Last Year’s Totals.
The Washington Post (12/13, Goldstein, Shaban) reports enrollment in insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act “is running ahead of the same time last year but is almost sure to fall short” given Friday’s deadline. As of December 9, 4.7 million pe...

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