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Massachusetts State Legislators Introduce Bill That Would Ban Younger Children From Playing Tackle Football.
The Huffington Post (2/26, Golgowski) reports Massachusetts state legislators introduced a bill “that would ban children in the seventh grade or younger from playing tackle football to prevent them from suffering traumatic head injuries.” Massachusetts st...
Texas Lawmakers Introduce Bills Expanding Medicaid For Disabled Children.
The Austin (TX) American Statesman (2/26, Downey, Subscription Publication) reports that eight bipartisan Texas lawmakers have introduced “at least 15 bills that would expand health care access and coverage for children with disabilities who depend on Med...
Proposed North Carolina Legislation On Mental Health Screenings For Public School Students Advances.
The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal (2/26, Craver) reports that “a bill to allow North Carolina officials to study whether and when to conduct mental health screenings on public school students moved forward on Tuesday,” after a North Carolina House “committee...
Many Schools Limit Or Restrict Children’s Use Of Bathrooms, Putting Students At Risk.
The Atlantic (2/26, Wong) reports that many schools make it difficult for students to use the bathroom with rules and policies that restrict or limit access. The article quotes several experts explaining the potential health risks of such barriers, which...
Study Examines Sinusitis Infections In Children With Upper Respiratory Infections.
Infectious Disease Advisor (2/26) reports on a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases which found that children who develop “acute bacterial sinusitis secondary to viral upper respiratory infections (URIs) have higher symptom severity scores and more frequ...
Actual Number Of Childhood Cancer Cases Nearly Double The Recorded Number, Researchers Estimate.
HealthDay (2/26, Preidt) reports that a study suggests that “the actual number of childhood cancer cases worldwide is nearly double the recorded number.” Researchers “found records of 224,000 childhood cancer diagnoses worldwide in 2015,” but they “estima...
Prenatal Nicotine Exposure Linked To ADHD, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/25, Carroll) reports on a study in Pediatrics which found that pregnant women with nicotine in their systems “are more likely to have children who develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).” Researchers used national databases in...
Teenagers May Have Empathy For Peers With Mental Illnesses, Survey Suggests.
The Atlantic (2/25, Mull) reports “70 percent of teens see mental health as a major struggle for their peers,” according to the results of a survey from the Pew Research Council. The article suggests that “even though it’s troubling that so many teens wor...
Teenage Girls May Face Unique Risks When Donating Blood, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (2/25, Preidt) reports researchers found that teenage girls can face unique risks when donating blood including “a higher chance of developing iron deficiency and anemia.” The findings were published in Transfusion.
Teens Whose Parents Abused Prescription Opioids More Likely To Abuse Themselves, Study Shows.
HealthDay (2/25, Norton) reports that a study published in Pediatrics found that teenagers in the US were “30 percent more likely to abuse prescription opioids if one of their parents had.”
FDA Says Varenicline Should Not Be Used By Smokers Under 16.
Medscape (2/25, Cassels, Subscription Publication) reports the FDA has determined that “the smoking cessation drug varenicline should not be used in patients younger than 16 years, owing to a lack of efficacy.” Janet Woodcock, Director of the FDA Center f...
“Anti-Vaxxers” Movement Flourishing Thanks To Online Misinformation, Distrust Of Healthcare.
Newsweek (2/25, Watling) profiles “anti-vaxxers,” people who link vaccines to health problems including SIDS and autism in spite of an overwhelming lack of evidence. The outlet writes that anti-vaccination Facebook groups have “become echo chambers that a...
Study Finds Blood Pressure Lower Among Overweight Or Obese Children Born To Mothers Who Took 600mg Of DHA Daily During Pregnancy.
HealthDay (2/22, Preidt) reported a study examining the effects of fish oil, or DHA, in pregnancy on children found “among kids who were overweight or obese, higher blood pressure was found in those whose mothers took a placebo during pregnancy, but not i...
Exclusive Breastfeeding For First Few Months May Reduce Risk Of Eczema, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (2/23, Preidt) reported researchers found that “children who were breastfed exclusively in their first few months of life were less likely to develop the chronic skin condition known as eczema.” The findings were presented at the annual meeting...
Teenagers May Be Less Likely To Use Marijuana In States With Medical Marijuana Laws, Study Indicates.
Reuters (2/22, Rapaport) reported researchers found that teenagers “may be slightly less likely to use” marijuana in states with medical marijuana. The findings were published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Gestational Duration And C-Sections Linked To Comorbid Atopic Dermatitis And Food Allergies In Children, Respectively, Research Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (2/24) reports that research indicated “gestational duration and Cesarean sections (C-section) were associated with comorbid atopic dermatitis and food allergies in children, respectively.” The findings were presented at the American A...
Use Of Macrolide Adjunctive Therapy Found To Be Safe, Effective For Children With Wheezing Disease.
Pulmonology Advisor (2/24, Jacobs) reports that “the use of macrolide adjunctive therapy has been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of children with wheezing disease, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis of rand...
FDA Approves Smallest Ever Transcatheter For Pediatric Patients.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (2/22, Carlson) reported as many as 12,000 premature babies in the US are born with a heart defect known as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), “which happens when a temporary conduit between a major artery and a major vein fails...
Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds In Home Furnishings Found In Children’s Blood Or Urine, Study Reveals.
HealthDay (2/21, Preidt) reports, “Children who live in homes with vinyl flooring and flame-retardant furniture have higher levels of” semi-volatile organic compounds “in their blood or urine,” research indicated. For example, the study revealed that “chi...
FDA Commissioner Says Federal Government May Step In On State Vaccination Exemption Laws.
CNBC (2/21, Haigh) reports that “if states don’t tighten vaccine exemption laws, the federal government may step in...said” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb said in an interview that states granting wide exemptions for vaccines are “creating the...
FDA’s Gottlieb Expresses Concern Over Candy-Flavored Cigars Favored By Black Teens.
Bloomberg (2/21, Edney, Green) reports, “Flavored small cigars, also known as cigarillos, [are] a favored source of nicotine for black teens, according to recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottli...
Biphasic Oxygen Targets May Decrease Incidence, Severity Of Retinopathy Of Prematurity Without Increasing The Risk Of Death, Researchers Say.
Medwire News (2/21, Piper) reports, “Biphasic oxygen targets can decrease the incidence and severity of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) without increasing the risk of death,” researchers concluded in a study of “562 infants born at a corrected gestationa...
Football Players Can Develop CTE After Playing High School Football, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/21, Reinberg) reports that “football players can develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after playing high school football, although higher rates of CTE are tied to college and pro football...researchers said.” The research was schedu...
Majority Of Teens Surveyed Say Anxiety, Depression, Bullying, And Addiction Are Biggest Problems Affecting Their Peers.
The New York Times (2/20, Zraick) reports “most American teenagers — across demographic groups — see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey [of 920 teens] by the Pew Research Center found.” Results show “that 70 percent o...
Washington State Lawmakers Consider Two Vaccine Exemption Bills.
The AP (2/20) reports that “as health officials identified a new case from a measles outbreak in Washington state, lawmakers continue to weigh two measures that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating th...
Teens With Severe Obesity Who Undergo Bariatric Surgery May Experience Reduction In Resting Energy Expenditure 12 Months After The Procedure, Research Suggests.
Endocrine Today (2/20, Schaffer) reports teenagers “with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery experienced a 25% reduction in resting energy expenditure 12 months after the procedure, a figure greater than the level predicted by current BMI,” res...
Research Looks Into Antibiotic Prescriptions in Young Children With Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Respiratory Failure.
MedPage Today (2/20, Hlavinka) reports that research indicated that “across 46 hospitals, 95% of young children intubated with respiratory syncytial virus–associated lower respiratory tract infections were prescribed antibiotics, but the timing, duration,...
Fluconazole Use During Pregnancy Associated With Higher Risk For Miscarriage, Fetal Heart Defects, Researchers Find.
HealthDay (2/19, Reinberg) reports in a study, pregnant women treated with under 150 milligrams of fluconazole had twice the odds for miscarriage, and those treated with over 150 milligrams had three times the risk for miscarriage. The research also showe...
Federal, State Lawmakers Looking At Ways To Address Recent Rise In Measles.
U.S. News & World Report (2/19) reports “state and federal lawmakers are examining efforts to curb the spread of measles amid an outbreak in the Pacific Northwest that has been concentrated mostly among unvaccinated children.” To this end, Washington stat...
Research Suggests In Utero Exposure To Cannabis Associated With Low Birth Weight, Preterm Delivery.
Medscape (2/19, Melville, Subscription Publication) reports that “in utero exposure to cannabis can lead to significantly higher rates of adverse outcomes, including low birth weight and preterm delivery, new research shows.” In “a retrospective chart rev...
Climate Change Could Lead To More Babies In US Being Born With Congenital Heart Defects, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/19, Mathias) reports that a study suggests “more babies could be born with heart defects in the future as global warming puts pregnant women at greater risk of exposure to dangerously high temperatures.” Currently, “congenital heart defects aff...
Children With T1D More Likely Than Non-Diabetic Peers To Seek Primary Care For A Number Of Conditions In Year Before Diagnosis, Study Indicates.
Medwire News (2/19, Cowen) reports, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] are more likely than their non-diabetic peers to seek primary care for a number of specific conditions in the year before their diagnosis, which could aid detection before the onset...
Pinterest Stops Showing Users Results For Search Terms Related To Vaccinations In Effort To Hinder Spread Of Misinformation.
The Wall Street Journal (2/20, McMillan, Hernandez, Subscription Publication) reports that Pinterest has stopped showing users search results for any terms related to vaccinations in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation. Most of the search resul...
Children With Asthma Who Receive Education On Managing The Condition May Have Fewer Attacks, Hospitalizations, Study Suggests.
Reuters (2/15, Rapaport) reported that research suggests “school-age children with asthma who receive education on managing the condition may have fewer attacks, emergency room visits and hospitalizations than those who don’t get such classes.” The findin...
Washington State House Committee Passes Bill To Ban Personal, Philosophical Vaccine Exemptions.
The Hill (2/16, Gstalter) reported that Washington state’s House Health Care and Wellness Committee passed a bill last Friday that would ban the personal or “philosophical exemption for the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) for school-age c...
Screen Times Has More Than Doubled For Children Under Two Since 1997, Researchers Say.
CNN (2/18, Bracho-Sanchez) reports, “Screen time has more than doubled for children under two years old since 1997,” researchers concluded in a letter (2/18) published online in JAMA Pediatrics, “with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver.” CNN a...
Glass-Fronted Gas Fireplaces Pose Risk To Young Children, Emergency Physician Warns.
HealthDay (2/15, Preidt) reported, “Glass-fronted gas fireplaces can pose a serious risk to young children, an emergency....physician warns.” Specifically, “Dr. Michael Gittelman, from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, cited the case of a thr...
Experts Question Hormonal Treatment Of Children, Teens With Gender Dysphoria In Certain Countries.
Medscape (2/15, Nainggolan, Subscription Publication) reported, “Three separate groups of physicians have recently written to leading medical journals questioning hormonal treatment of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria in countries such as th...
Herbal Supplemental Water For Infants Recalled Over Choking Hazard.
The Miami Herald (2/17, Neal) reported that Dollar General’s “knockoff herbal supplement water for infants has been recalled because an undissolved ingredient creates a choking hazard.” The citrus flavonoid ingredient in Dollar General’s DG Baby Gripe Wat...
Kids’ Gluten-Free Cereal Recalled For Undeclared Gluten.
USA Today (2/18, Tyko) reports that “Nature’s Path Foods is recalling more than 400,000 boxes of its kids’ gluten-free cereal because they may contain an ‘undeclared gluten,’ according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall notice.” The recall affe...
One Hour Of General Anesthesia In Early Infancy Does Not Lead To Neurodevelopment Problems, Study Suggests.
The AP (2/14, Johnson) reports that “an experiment involving hundreds of infants in seven countries” indicates “anesthesia during a short surgery doesn’t harm a baby’s brain development.” The findings were published in The Lancet. MedPage Today (2/14, Geo...
Montana Lawmakers Considering Bill To Make Changes To The State’s Child Protection System.
The AP (2/14, Hanson) reports that “Montana lawmakers heard several bills seeking to make changes to the state’s child protection system, including reducing turnover of caseworkers, setting higher standards for removing children from their homes and incre...
Enterovirus Infection In Early Childhood May Trigger Development Of Celiac Disease In Certain Children, Research Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (2/14) reports that research suggests “an enterovirus infection in early childhood could be a trigger for the development of celiac disease in children with increased genetic risk for the disease.” The findings were published in Th...
Youngsters May Be More Likely To Be Bullied By A Sibling, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (2/14, Preidt) reports youngsters may be “more likely to be bullied by a sibling if they have more than one, and firstborn children and older brothers are most likely to bully siblings,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from more than...
States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Fewer Teenage Pot Smokers Than States Without Such Laws, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/14, Thompson) reports investigators “found fewer teen marijuana users in states that have adopted medical marijuana laws.” In fact, “states with medical marijuana laws had 1.1 percent fewer teenage pot smokers than states without such laws, r...
Flu Vaccine Relatively Effective This Season, CDC Says.
The Washington Post (2/14, Sun) reports CDC officials said the flu vaccine appears to be relatively effective this season and is protecting roughly half of those who received it. Compared to “last winter, when flu killed and hospitalized more people in th...
EPA Unveils Plan To Control PFAS In Drinking Water.
The AP (2/14, Knickmeyer, Casey, Flesher) reports that the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a plan moving toward setting limits for the toxic class of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, in drinki...
Study Finds Pumped Breast Milk Inferior To Breastfed Version.
HealthDay (2/13, Norton) reports “researchers found that breast milk from women who pumped tended to have more potentially bad bacteria – and less abundance and diversity of friendly germs – than milk from women who only fed their infants from the breast....
Health Experts Ask Texas Legislature To Eliminate Parents’ Ability To Opt Out Of Vaccines For Their Children.
The Houston Chronicle (2/13, Jordan) reports that “doctors and scientists are pushing for the Texas Legislature to eliminate the ability for most parents to opt out of vaccines for their children.” In Texas, “parents who have ‘reasons of conscience’ for n...
MRI Offers Value As Initial Imaging Technique For Children With Suspected Acute Appendicitis, Study Suggests.
The Radiology Business Journal (2/13, Walter) reports that research suggests “MRI provides value as an initial imaging technique for pediatric patients with suspected acute appendicitis.” The findings were published in Radiology.

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