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HHS Says ACA Premiums To Rise By 37% On Average, But More Consumers Will Pay Less For Coverage.
The Wall Street Journal (10/30, Armour, Subscription Publication) says the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released an analysis showing the number of insurers participating on the ACA’s federal exchange will fall from 167 this year to 1...
Research Evaluates ECMO For Kids Suffering Near Fatal Asthma Exacerbation.
MedPage Today (10/30, Smith) reports that children “suffering a near fatal asthma exacerbation can, for the most part, be safely treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), researchers said” at the CHEST annual meeting. Investigators found,...
Use Of Prescription Opioids Increased 343% Among College Students From 1993 To 2005, Review Indicates.
Healio (10/30, Oldt) reports, “From 1993 to 2005, use of prescription opioids increased by 343% among college students,” researchers found after conducting “a comprehensive literature review of research on the rise of opiate use among college students, t...
Fingolimod May Significantly Cut Relapses In Pediatric MS Compared With Interferon Beta-1a, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (10/29, Fiore) reported that “fingolimod (Gilenya) significantly cut relapses compared with interferon beta-1a (Avonex)” in patients with pediatric multiple sclerosis, researchers found. Specifically, in the 215-child “PARADIGMS trial, chil...
Many Patients Visiting ED For Substance Misuse May Have Mental Health Issues, May Have Been Severely Traumatized As Children.
Modern Healthcare (10/30, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that “a study presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians” reveals that “55% of patients who visited the” emergency department “for substance...
States Turn To Unspent Money For Children’s Health Insurance.
The Hill (10/29, Hellmann, Roubein) reports that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired a month ago which is causing states to dip “into unspent money or” ask “for help from the Trump administration to maintain coverag...
Trump Administration Mulling Changes To ACA’s Basic Benefits.
The AP (10/27, Alonso-Zaldivar) reported that on Friday, the Trump Administration “proposed new health insurance regulations that could affect basic benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, but not for a couple of years.” The article said this “comp...
Long-Term Use Of Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of ADHD In Children, Study Suggests.
CNN (10/30, Scutti) reports that research suggests “long-term use of acetaminophen during pregnancy” may be “associated with twice the risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.
Teen Girls More Likely To Report Experiencing Cyberbullying, Small Study Indicates.
Healio (10/27, Oldt) reported that teenage girls “were more likely to report experiencing cyberbullying and had higher levels of panic/somatic and school-related anxiety symptoms,” researchers found after administering various trauma and mental health “q...
Behavioral Problems In Kids With Congenital Hypothyroidism May Be Mitigated Through Appropriate Levels Of Treatment During Infancy, Study Suggests.
Endocrinology Advisor (10/30, Biscaldi) reports, “Behavioral problems in children with congenital hypothyroidism can be mitigated through appropriate levels of treatment during infancy,” researchers concluded after examining “the relationships among cong...
School-Aged Children With Obesity And Asthma Miss More School, Have Poorer Health Than Children Of Normal Weight, Study Suggests.
Healio (10/27) reports that research suggests “school-aged children with both obesity and asthma miss more school, have higher expenditures and exhibit both poorer health and more worry than children of normal weight.” The findings were presented at the...
Pediatric Eczema May Be Associated With Severe Asthma-Related Hospitalization, Research Suggests.
Healio (10/27) reports that researchers found that while “total immunoglobulin E levels were unrelated to severity of hospital stay, children experience increasingly intense hospital courses if they have a family history of asthma or prior pediatric ecze...
House To Vote On Children’s Health Insurance Program Funding Next Week.
The Hill (10/26, Hellmann) reports the US House of Representatives plans to vote on legislation extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) next week. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made the announcement Thursday and...
Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic A “Public Health Emergency.”
The Washington Post (10/26, Wagner, Bernstein, Johnson) reports that yesterday, “President Trump...called the nation’s opioid epidemic the ‘worst drug crisis in American history,’ saying his administration is declaring it a public health emergency and pu...
Analyst: US Should Expand Free Child Care.
In a USA Today (10/26) op-ed, Barbara Janta, a senior analyst at the not-for-profit RAND Europe, writes that the US should seek to emulate Britain’s recent $1.3 billion per year extra investment in a free child care system, which took effect on Sept. 1....
Screening For Depression Alone May Not Accurately Identify Suicide Risk In Pediatric Inpatient Medical Units, Research Suggests.
Healio (10/26, Oldt) reports, “Screening for depression alone did not accurately identify suicide risk in pediatric inpatient medical units,” researchers concluded in a study involving “400 medical inpatients aged 10 to 21 years.” The findings were prese...
Inpatient, Multidisciplinary Bio-Behavioral Treatment Model May Be Associated With Improved Behavior In Children With Autism From Admission To Discharge, Researchers Say.
Healio (10/26, Oldt) reports, “In inpatient psychiatry units, a multidisciplinary bio-behavioral treatment model was associated with improved behavior among children with autism from admission to discharge, but not after discharge,” researchers found in...
Wisconsin Experiencing A Near Doubling Of Women On Medicaid Who Have HCV In Pregnancy, Study Finds.
HealthDay (10/26, Steele) reports that due to the US opioid epidemic, “Wisconsin has seen a near doubling of women on Medicaid who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in pregnancy,” which in turn “has fueled a rise in babies born” with HCV. Researchers arri...
Minnesota Kids With At Least One Parent Born Outside The US May Be Less Likely To Be Current On Their Vaccines, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/26, Walker) reports, “Through ages 2-36 months, Minnesota children with at least one parent born outside of the country were less likely to be up-to-date on their vaccines compared to children with two US-born parents, though vaccinatio...
Brain Changes In Concussed Teen Hockey Players Persist For At Least Three Months, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/25, Thompson) reports that magnetic resonance imaging scans “of concussed teen hockey players revealed brain changes persist for at least three months – weeks after other symptoms resolve and skaters are cleared to hit the ice,” researchers...
Judge Dismisses Challenge To Order Ending ACA Subsidies.
The San Francisco Chronicle (10/26, Ho) reports “a federal judge on Wednesday denied an attempt by the state of California to force the Trump administration to pay billions of dollars to insurance companies to subsidize health plans for low-income Americ...
Declining Substance Abuse Among US Teens Appears To Correlate With Decline In Behavioral Issues Tied To Criminal Violence, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (10/25, Preidt) reports, “As substance abuse has declined among American teens, so have behavioral issues tied to criminal violence,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from more than 210,000 teens, 12 to 17 years old, who took part in...
Study Finds Arsenic In 65 Percent Of Baby Food Products.
USA Today (10/25, May) reports that an “alarming” study released Wednesday by the Clean Label Project “found many baby food products test positive for arsenic, including 80% of infant formulas.” The nonprofit advocacy group tested about 530 baby products...
US Adolescents Appear To Underestimate Use Of Amphetamines, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/25, Preidt) reports that US adolescents “underestimate their use of amphetamines, likely because many don’t know that the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) medication Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts) “is...
Surgery May Reduce Seizures In Children And Adolescents With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/25, Walker) reports that research indicated “children and adolescents with drug-resistant epilepsy who underwent brain surgery – extent and location of seizure foci dictating the particular type – were more likely to be seizure-free a y...
Brief In-Person Intervention May Improve Psychosocial Health Among Adolescents And Young Adults With Cancer, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/25, Nelson) reports that research suggests “a brief in-person intervention that only requires four counseling sessions appears to improve psychosocial health among adolescents and young adults living with cancer.” This “intervention, called...
Physicians Remove Button Magnets From Nasal Cavity Of 11-Year-Old Boy.
According to HealthDay (10/25, Mundell), a case report (10/25) published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported on an 11-year-old boy from Cyprus who “wedged two small magnetized disks up his nostrils – causing serious medical issues.” The magne...
FDA Declines To Approve Ataluren For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Reuters (10/25, Clarke) reports the Food and Drug Administration declined to approve PTC Therapeutics’ ataluren to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The agency said another trial would be necessary to demonstrate that the drug is effective, but “the com...
CDC Launches Milestone Tracker App To Help ID Children’s Developmental Delays.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10/25, Poole) reports that the CDC launched an app called the CDC Milestone Tracker that aims “to improve the early detection of children with developmental delays and disabilities so families can get support early.” CDC...
Financial Incentives for Teens With T1D To Monitor Blood Glucose Levels More Often May Not Translate To Improved Glycemic Control, Study Indicates.
Medscape (10/24, Tucker) reports, “Financial incentives may encourage teenagers with type 1 diabetes [T1D] to monitor their blood glucose levels more often, but that may not translate to improved glycemic control,” researchers concluded in a study publis...
Texas May Run Out Of CHIP Funding Sooner Than Expected Due To Hurricane Harvey.
The Texas Tribune (10/24, Lopez) reports that officials and advocates now say that Texas will run out of funding for the 400,000 children enrolled in its Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) sooner than expected due to Hurricane Harvey. Carrie Will...
Lawmakers Reach Deal To Fund ACA Insurer Payments.
The Washington Examiner (10/24, King) reports Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance committee, and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, on Tuesday announced they had “reached a deal to fund” ACA “insu...
Teens With Greatest Need For Mental Health Services May Be More Likely To Seek Help From Peers, Online Communities Than From Adults Or Professionals, Literature Review Reveals.
Healio (10/24, Oldt) reports that teenagers “with the greatest need for mental health services were more likely to seek help from peers or informal online communities than from adults or professionals,” researchers concluded after reviewing “available re...
Certain Factors May Be Associated With Increased Risk For Attachment Disorder In Kids, Study Indicates.
Healio (10/24, Oldt) reports, “Younger maternal age, older paternal age and maternal smoking were associated with increased risk for attachment disorder in children,” researchers concluded after evaluating “775 individuals born in Finland from 1996 throu...
Bill Gates Predicts Polio Will End This Year.
CNBC (10/24, Sipherd) reports Dr. Jay Wenger, head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s polio eradication division, said researchers are approaching “the endgame of polio eradication,” explaining, “We are closer than ever, and we’re optimistic that...
Teen Use Of Electronic Cigarettes With High Nicotine Concentrations May Be Linked To Higher Subsequent Cigarette Smoking, Study Finds.
Reuters (10/23, Rapaport) reports that a study published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that teens who use e-cigarettes “may be more likely to develop a regular smoking habit when the liquid they use in their vaping devices has higher concentrations of nicotin...
Pallone Says House Republicans Will Vote On Partisan Bill To Extend CHIP.
The Hill (10/23, Weixel) reports Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Monday said that party differences over how to pay for the Children’s Health Insurance Program extension will result in a partis...
Botulinum Toxin May Ease Migraines For Kids, Teens, Study Suggests.
TIME (10/23, Sifferlin) reports that “a small new small pilot study suggests that” botulinum toxin “may ease migraines for kids and teens.” Investigators “showed that kids and teens receiving Botox injections every 12 weeks over a five-year period had im...
Medical Marijuana Appears To Offer Only Limited Promise For Sick Kids, Teens, Review Suggests.
HealthDay (10/23, Thompson) reports that a review suggests “medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers.” While, “it can help kids fighting cancer with chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and it can contro...
Minors Waiting For Heart Transplant May Be More Likely To Survive The Waitlist Being On Newer Temporary Circulatory Support Than On ECMO, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/23, Lou) reports that research suggests “minors in line for a heart transplant are more likely to survive the waitlist being on newer temporary circulatory support than on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).” Investigators found...
Perinatally HIV-Infected Children Exposed To HAART May Have Better Cardiac Structure, Function Than Kids Who Did Not Receive The Treatment, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/23, Walker) reports that research indicated “perinatally HIV-infected children exposed to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) had better cardiac structure and function than those children who did not receive the treatment, thou...
Health And Education Experts Argue Recess Is Necessary For Child Development.
TIME (10/23, Reilly) reports, “Many health and education experts argue that recess is a necessary activity for child development, and parents have begun to advocate for” more time for recess. Currently, “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend...
Many Mothers Around The World May Respond To Infants Crying In Similar Ways, Study Suggests.
ABC News (10/23) reports on its website that many mothers around the world “seem to respond to their infants crying in similar ways, according to a new study.” The research was conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health an...
Case Report Says Newborn Developed Life-Threatening Infection Following Water Birth.
Reuters (10/23, Rapaport) reports that a Canadian newborn who was delivered in a hot tub “developed a life-threatening infection...according to a case report that some doctors say offers fresh evidence that women should not deliver babies in water.” The...
US Teens Sleeping Less Due To Time Spent Online, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (10/20, Dallas) reported, “Teens sleep less than they used to, sacrificing shuteye to spend more time on their phones and tablets,” researchers concluded after analyzing data from “a pair of long-term, national surveys of more than 360,000 eigh...
While Congress Remains Inactive On CHIP, Virginia Prepares To Dismantle Program.
The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (10/22) reports that last week Virginia took its first steps to unwind its Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) due to inaction in Congress after funding expired at the end of September. The program provides insuran...
McConnell Will Bring Alexander-Murray Bill To Vote If Trump Approves.
The Los Angeles Times (10/22, Wire) reports Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said that he will wait to hear from President Trump before bringing the “bipartisan healthcare fix” developed by Sens. Lamar Alexan...
Suspected Genetic Disorders Can Be Diagnosed Quickly, At Lower Cost In NICU Patients By Using Whole-Genome Sequencing, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/23, Osterweil) reports that for babies “in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), suspected genetic disorders can be diagnosed using whole-genome sequencing in a fraction of the time it takes to arrive at a diagnosis with standard testing...
Wider Use Of “Split Livers” For Transplant May Save Lives Of Dozens Of Kids, Teens Annually, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/22, Smith) reports, “Wider use of ‘split livers’ for transplant – in which the organ is divided and used in two recipients – could save the lives of dozens of children and teens a year,” research indicated. The findings were presented a...
Experts Discuss Advent Of Sexting, Its Potential Impact On Young People.
Medscape (10/20, Barbor) reported that at an Oct. 19 session at the Institute of Psychiatric Services (IPS): The Mental Health Services 2017 Conference, Swathi Krishna, MD, child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Emory University, “discussed the advent...

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