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Long-Term Screening For Cancer Important For Kids Receiving TNF Inhibitors, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (3/20, Walsh) reports that “long-term screening for cancer – especially for unusual neoplasms – is an important aspect of safety monitoring among pediatric patients receiving tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors...researchers cautioned” i...
Young People Who Self-Harm May Be At An Increased Risk Of Suicide In The Next Year, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (3/19, Walker) reports, “Young people on Medicaid who performed non-fatal, deliberate self-harm were at increased risk of suicide in the next year,” researchers concluded after examining data on “a national cohort of 32,395 Medicaid patient...
Early Childhood TBI May Be Associated With An Increased Risk Of AD/HD That Does Not Appear For Several Years, Small Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (3/19, George) reports, “Early childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be linked to an increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) that does not “appear for several years,” research indicated. Included in the stud...
Children Whose Grades Decline Through Elementary And High School May Be More Likely To Develop Depression In Adolescence, Researchers Say.
Healio (3/19, Demko) reports that “children whose grades declined throughout elementary and high school were more likely to develop depression in adolescence, and self-harm was only linked to declining grades during high school,” researchers found after...
Adjusted SIDS Risk Is Up To Fourfold Higher Among Siblings With SIDS Infants Than In The General Population, Research Indicates.
Medscape (3/19, Wendling) reports, “The adjusted risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is up to fourfold higher among siblings of SIDS infants than in the general population,” researchers concluded after examining data on “2,516,785 Danish childre...
Regular Exposure To Lavender Or Tea Tree Oil May Be Linked To Abnormal Breast Growth In Young Boys, Study Suggests.
Newsweek (3/18, Delzo) reports that research suggests “young men who are regularly exposed to lavender or tea tree oil may be at risk of developing large breasts.” The findings are to be presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. Forbes (3/18)...
Congress To Begin Debating Whether To Include Funding For ACA Subsidy Payments In Spending Bill.
The Wall Street Journal (3/18, Peterson, Subscription Publication) reports that on Monday, congressional lawmakers are expected to begin debate on a spending bill which will fund the federal government until October. The article says lawmakers were still...
Number Of US Children Killed By Gunfire Since Sandy Hook Surpasses Number Of US Soldiers Killed In Overseas Combat Since 9/11, Report Finds.
Newsweek (3/16, Sit) reported, “The number of children killed by gunfire in the US since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, surpasses the total of American soldiers killed in overseas combat since 9/11,” a rep...
Many Young Athletes May Manifest Bone Marrow Edema In Sacroiliac Joint, Study Finds.
MedPage Today (3/17, Cush) reported researchers found “that around 30%-40% of young elite athletes will manifest bone marrow edema in the sacroiliac joint following activity.” The researchers “assessed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings...in patie...
Over 20% Of Utah Students In Eighth Grade And Above Have Tried Vaping, Survey Indicates.
The Deseret (UT) News (3/18, Lockhart) reports that a survey carried out by the Utah Departments of Health and of Human Services, along with the State Board of Education, revealed that 23.1 percent of students in eighth grade and above have tried using a...
ACA Marketplace Insurers Made Profits Last Year, Thanks To Premium Spikes.
Politico (3/17, Demko) reports many of the insurers still offering plans in Affordable Care Act marketplaces made a profit on those plans for the first time last year, thanks primarily to a dramatic increase in premiums. A Politico analysis of 29 regiona...
Maryland Passes Legislation To Stabilize Insurance Premiums.
The Washington Post (3/16, Wiggins, Chason) reported Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has reached an agreement with state lawmakers to stabilize rising health insurance premiums “by taxing insurance companies and using the money to pay the biggest claims.” The...
LATimes: California Lawmakers Should Conduct More Research Before Implementing Single-Payer Healthcare.
In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times (3/17) praises California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s decision to kill a “fast-moving but half-baked” statewide single-payer healthcare plan last year, pointing to a study by UC San Francisco released last wee...
Planned Parenthood Seeks Injunction To Force Continued Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Payments.
The Hill (3/17, Bowden) reports Planned Parenthood has filed for an injunction to force continued funding under the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, after the Trump Administration announced last year that it would end the TPPP grants to 81 recipients t...
Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment Involves Many Kinds Of Healthcare Providers.
U.S. News & World Report (3/16) reports on the variety of healthcare providers involved in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which includes autism, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified, accordi...
Grilled Meats Appear To Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk
A new study suggests that open-flame or high-temperature cooking methods for chicken and red meat (such as grilling/barbecuing, broiling, or roasting) are associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). Authors of the Diabetes Care...
Women With History of Kidney Stone Formation May Have Higher Risk of Gestational Diabetes, Preeclampsia.
Renal & Urology News reported that research suggests “women with a history of kidney stone formation are at elevated risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.” The findings (pdf) were published online in the Clinical Journal of the American Society...
Teens Often Think E-Cigs, Hookahs Harmless, Survey Indicates.
HealthDay (3/15, Norton) reports a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that teenagers who use “tobacco products other than cigarettes” – such as e-cigarettes, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco – consider their habit harmless. Te...
Administration’s Effort To Impose Work Requirements On Recipients Of Federal Benefits Encounters Obstacles.
The New York Times (3/15, Thrush, Subscription Publication) reports that while President Trump said during his State of the Union address that he favors “a plan to force recipients off federal housing vouchers, food assistance and Medicaid if they were n...
Children Under Three Years Old Who Undergo Tonsillectomy May Have Higher Risk Of Complications, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/15, Mundell) reports that research suggests children under three years old who undergo tonsillectomy may have a higher risk of complications. In “the study of more than 1,800 cases involving children under the age of six,” researchers “found...
Early Childhood Vitamin E Intake May Be Associated With Lower Risk For Elevated ALT, Research Suggests.
Healio (3/15, Bennett) reports that research suggests “higher early childhood intake of vitamin E correlated with a lower risk for elevated mid-childhood alanine aminotransferase levels.” The findings were published in Hepatology.
Children With OSA And Hypertension May See Improvements In Blood Pressure After Adenotonsillectomy, Research Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (3/15, Ranger) reports that research indicated “children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and hypertension experienced significant improvements in blood pressure after adenotonsillectomy.” The findings were published in JAMA Otolary...
Researchers Quantify Risk Of Birth Defects In Children Born To Women Infected With Zika.
Reuters (3/14, Emery) reports researchers found that 7% of pregnant women who became infected with Zika gave birth to children with birth defects, but the risk increases to almost 13% if the woman “becomes ill during the first trimester.” The findings we...
Kentucky Legislators Consider Bill To Put Mental Health Professionals In Schools.
The AP (3/13, Schreiner) reported that in light of “deadly school shooting rampages, including one in their own state, Kentucky lawmakers are considering whether to put mental health professionals in schools in hopes of easing stress in students’ lives t...
Childhood Maltreatment, Bullying May Partly Explain Why Lesbians, Bisexual Women Have Higher Teen Pregnancy Rates Than Heterosexual Counterparts.
The NBC News (3/14, Brammer) website reports, “Childhood maltreatment and bullying may partially explain why lesbians and bisexual women have higher rates of teen pregnancy than their heterosexual peers,” researchers concluded after gathering “data from...
E-Cigarettes May Increase Likelihood That Teens, Young Adults Will Start Smoking, Research Suggests.
Bloomberg News (3/14, Wolf) reports that researchers at Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that “vaping has led more people to start a real smoking habit, rather than avoid tobacco or quit in favor of e-cigarettes,” according to a stud...
Mothers’ Exposure To Air Pollution During Pregnancy May Be Linked To Brain Abnormalities In Offspring, Study Suggests.
U.S. News & World Report (3/14, Levy) reports that research suggests “abnormalities observed in the brains of school-aged children in the Netherlands” may be “linked to exposure to fine particulates in the air their mothers were breathing.” These “abnorm...
Number Of Kids Treated In EDs For Anaphylaxis Increasing, Report Indicates.
According to the NBC News (3/13, Fox) website, Blue Cross and Blue Shield has issued a report finding that “the number of children treated in emergency departments for anaphylaxis went up 150 percent between 2010 and 2016,” with “most of the life-threate...
Poor Mothers Who Receive Food Assistance May Face Close Scrutiny Over Their Children’s Weight, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/13, Preidt) reports, “Poor mothers who get food assistance face close scrutiny over their kids’ weight,” researchers found in a study of “138 families in low-income communities in North Carolina.” The study revealed that “poor mothers whose...
Soy-Based Formulas May Cause Differences In Newborns’ Reproductive System Cells And Tissues, Study Suggests.
AFP-Relaxnews (3/13) reports researchers have “found that infants who are fed soy-based formulas as newborns show differences in some reproductive-system cells and tissues, possibly due to exposure to estrogen-like compounds found in this type of milk.”...
Pilot Suggests Sports Medicine Techniques Help Teens With Fibromyalgia More Than CBT Alone.
Medscape (3/13, Melville) reports on research presented at the American Pain Society (APS) 2018 meeting indicating that the Fibromyalgia Integrative Training for Teens (FIT Teens) program, “an innovative multidisciplinary approach to treating fibromyalgi...
Fidget Spinners Pose Risks For Kids, EC Report Finds.
According to the ABC News (3/13, News) website, the European Commission (EC) has released a report saying fidget spinners “pose several risks to children.” The report, called European Union’s Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Product 2017 Annual Report, c...
US Spends Nearly Twice As Much On Healthcare As Some Other Wealthy Countries, Study Indicates.
The Washington Post (3/13, Johnson) “Wonkblog” reports researchers found that the US “spends almost twice as much on health care as 10 other wealthy countries, a difference driven by high prices – including doctors’ and nurses’ salaries, hospital charges...
Bariatric Surgery May Be Better Than Medical Therapies For Severely Obese Teens With T2D, Study Suggests.
Medscape (3/12, Jenkins) reports that research suggests that “in severely obese teens with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery provides significantly better weight reduction, diabetes remission, and improvement of cardiovascular risk factors than did medi...
Teenagers With Psychiatric Problems More Likely To Become Addicted To Prescription Opioids, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/12, Thompson) reports that “teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid,” according to a new study published online in JAMA Pediatrics. Study author Patrick Quinn at...
Heart Diseases Linked To Genetic Flaws May Cause Fewer SIDS Cases Than Previously Believed, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/12, Preidt) reports that research suggests “heart diseases linked to genetic flaws cause far fewer sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases than once” believed. Investigators “found that genetic mutations associated with heart disease accou...
Economically-Disadvantaged Adolescents Show Marker For Second-Hand Smoke Exposure, Study Suggests.
Reuters (3/12, Lehman) reports a small study found that “nearly all the adolescents in an economically disadvantaged, largely minority population in San Francisco who were tested for a tobacco-smoke byproduct showed evidence of regular exposure.” Lead au...
Number Of US High School Athletes Playing Football Declining Amid Concussion Fears, Study Suggests.
Reuters (3/12, Rapaport) reports fewer high school athletes in the US are playing football “amid mounting concerns about the potential for traumatic brain injuries to lead to lasting health problems,” according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. Research...
Oseltamivir Appears Not To Increase The Risk For Suicide In Children Being Treated For Influenza, Researchers Say.
Medscape (3/12, Phillips) reports, “The antiviral medication oseltamivir does not increase the risk for suicide in children being treated for influenza,” researchers concluded after examining data on “21,047 individuals aged 18 years or younger with an i...
NIH Funding 10-Year Study To Follow Development Of Adolescents’ Brains.
The Salt Lake (UT) Tribune (3/12, Means) reports the National Institutes of Health is funding the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, “a massive 10-year nationwide study” that will follow the development of adolescents’ brains. The study is bei...
Parents Need To Talk To Their Kids About Sexting At A Young Age, Psychologist Says.
In the New York Times (3/12, Subscription Publication) “The Checkup” blog, Perri Klass, MD, spoke with “Sheri Madigan, a psychologist who was first author of a large study on digital sexual activity published at the end of February in the journal JAMA Pe...
Mental Health Problems May Last Into Adulthood For Girls Who Begin Menstruating At An Early Age, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (3/9, Preidt) reported, “Mental health problems can last into adulthood for girls who start having their periods at an early age,” researchers concluded after following some “8,000 US girls for about 14 years, generally from adolescence until t...
California Bill Would Require Schools To Test Students’ Vision.
Healio (3/9) reported the California Optometric Association and California’s State Board of Optometry both support a bill, AB 2444, which would require students’ vision to “be evaluated by the school nurse or other authorized person during the kindergart...
School-Based Mental Health Services May Help Reduce Mental Health Issues In Elementary-Aged Kids, Meta-Analysis Suggests.
Healio (3/9, Demko) reported that “school-based mental health services delivered by teachers and other school personnel helped reduce mental health issues in elementary-aged children,” researchers concluded after reviewing data on some 50,000 elementary...
Decline In US Rural Hospitals Offering Obstetric Care Services May Have Contributed To A Rise In Health Risks, Infant Mortality In Medically Underserved Areas, Researchers Say.
Modern Healthcare (3/9, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reported, “Rural hospitals offering obstetric care services have declined over the past decade, which has contributed to a rise in health risks and infant mortality in some of the country’s most...
Social Networks, Support May Be Stronger Among Teen, Young Adult Cancer Survivors Than Among Counterparts Who Have Not Had Cancer, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/9, Preidt) reported that research suggests “social networks and support appear to be stronger among teen and young adult cancer survivors than among their peers who haven’t had cancer.” The study indicated that “overall, the cancer survivors...
West Virginia Leads US For School-Age Vaccination Rates.
The AP (3/10, Holdren) reprised a Register-Herald article reporting that West Virginia leads the US “for school-age vaccination rates,” due in no small part to a policy not allowing “religious or personal belief exemptions for children in public schools....
Intervention To Foster Communication Between Clinicians, Patients May Be Associated With Improvement In Adolescent HPV Vaccination Rates, Study Suggests.
Medscape (3/8, MacReady) reports a study in JAMA Pediatrics suggests adolescent patients may be more likely to become vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) when clinicians implement “an intervention specifically designed to facilitate communi...
Trump Administration Emphasizing Abstinence-Only Education.
The Hill (3/8, Hellmann) reports that abstinence-only education is making a comeback under President Trump, and says “conservatives at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are putting an emphasis on abstinence to reduce teen pregnancy rates....
At White House Meeting, Trump Raises Concerns About Graphic Depiction Of Violence In Video Games.
The Washington Post (3/8, Romm) reports that at a March 8 meeting at the White House, “Republican lawmakers and conservative media critics pressed President Trump on Thursday to explore new restrictions on the video-game industry, arguing that violent ga...

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