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Teens Who Spend Six Or More Hours Daily In Front Of Screens May Be More Likely To Have Metabolic Syndrome, Study Indicates
Endocrine News (7/1, Bagley) reports there appears to be “a link between teens who spend a lot of time in front of a screen and poor metabolic health,” research indicated. Teens “who spent six or more hours a day in front of screens were 71% more likely t...
Young Children May Be Far More Likely To Suffer Abuse-Related Injuries When Left In Care Of A Man, Study Indicates
HealthDay (7/1, Preidt) reports, “Young children are far more likely to suffer abuse-related injuries when left in the care of a man, versus a woman,” research indicated. What’s more, “those injuries are likely to be more severe,” researchers concluded af...
Hand Dryers May Damage Children’s Hearing, Study Suggests
The New York Times (7/1, Chokshi) reports that according to research published in Pediatrics & Child Health, hand dryers may “pose a threat to children’s hearing.” The study “found that some of the devices can be as loud as a sporting event or an approach...
Infants And Young Children With Vitamin D Deficiency May Have Increased Risk For Elevated Blood Pressure Later In Childhood And In Their Teens, Researchers Say
HealthDay (7/1, Preidt) reports, “Infants and young children with vitamin D deficiency may have a heightened risk for elevated blood pressure later in childhood and in their teens,” research indicated. The findings of the 775-child study were published in...
California Vaccination Rate Drops Again, State Data Show
The Los Angeles Times (7/1, Karlamangla) reports, “California’s kindergarten vaccination rate dropped again in the most recent school year as more parents sought permission from doctors to not immunize their children, according to new state data.” The new...
Kentucky Court Of Appeals Rules In Favor Of State Health Department’s Vaccine Mandate For Private School Student
NBC News (7/1, Li) reports on its website that “the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that state health officials were within their power to ban a chickenpox-afflicted student from school, even at private institutions.” The court “upheld a lower-court rulin...
Teen Vaping In US, Canada On The Rise
Reuters (6/28, Rapaport) reported that more Canadian and American teens are vaping, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers found that the “proportion of 16- to 19-year-olds who reported vaping in the past 30 days rose by almost 5...
Youth Should Not Consume Energy Drinks, Experts Say
TIME (6/28, Talpos) ran an Undark piece writing that a report from 2018 discovered that over “40 percent of American teens in a survey had consumed an energy drink within the past three months,” while a different survey discovered “that 28 percent of adol...
Children Exposed To Opioids In Utero May Have Heightened Risks Of Long-Term Mental And Physical Health Issues, Study Indicates
HealthDay (6/28, Norton) reported, “Children exposed to opioids in the womb may have heightened risks of long-term mental and physical health issues,” researchers concluded after examining data “on more than 8,500 mothers who gave birth at Boston Medical...
Federal Judge Orders CBP To Allow Medical Professionals Into Detention Facilities Holding Migrant Children
Reuters (6/28, Cooke) reported that on Friday, “a U.S. federal judge...ordered the government into mediation to resolve serious concerns about the treatment of migrant children at crowded U.S. border patrol facilities in Texas.” The Hill (6/30, Klar) repo...
Video Game-Loving Kids May Not Be Any Heavier Than Children Who Are Not Into Video Gaming, Study Suggests
HealthDay (6/27, McKiski) reports that “video game-loving kids aren’t any heavier than those who aren’t into the gaming scene,” researchers concluded after looking at “20 studies with more than 38,000 participants.” The findings were published online in t...
Children Of Mothers Who Are Often Exposed To Solvent Chemicals In The Workplace Appear To Have An Increased Risk Of Autism, Researchers Say
HealthDay (6/27, Preidt) reports, “Children of mothers who are often exposed to solvent chemicals in the workplace appear to have an increased risk of autism,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the personal, health, and job history information of par...
ACIP Recommends Hepatitis A Vaccinations Should Be Given To More Than 2 Million US Kids
The AP (6/27, Stobbe) reports that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) “is recommending that more than two million U.S. kids get vaccinated against hepatitis A.” In 2006, ACIP “recommended hepatitis A shots for all U.S. children at age...
Pools, Water Parks Host Parasites That Even Chlorine Cannot Kill, Government Health Officials Warn
USA Today (6/27, Yancey-Bragg) reports that “cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can’t kill.”...
Fisher-Price Recalling Inclined Sleeper Accessory Included With Some Play Yards
USA Today (6/27, Tyko) reports, “More than two months after Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleepers” on April 12, “the company is” now “recalling an inclined sleeper accessory that was included with some play yards.” Affected by the volunt...
Suicide Deaths Among Black Teens Rising, Study Indicates
HealthDay (6/26, Preidt) reports, “Suicide deaths among black females aged 13 to 19 rose 182% between 2001 and 2017, while the rate among black teen males rose 60% during that same period,” research indicated. The study also revealed that “the methods bla...
Senate Health Committee Advances Bipartisan Package That Aims To Lower Healthcare Costs
The Hill (6/26, Sullivan) reports the Senate Health Committee “voted to advance a bipartisan package aimed at lowering health care costs to the full Senate.” The package “protects patients from getting massive ‘surprise’ medical bills when they get care f...
Anxiety, Depressive Symptoms May Be Associated With Pain And Disability But Not Active Joint Count Or Biomarkers Of Inflammation In Teens With JIA, Study Indicates
Medwire News (6/26, Cowen) reports, “Anxiety and depressive symptoms are associated with pain and disability but not active joint count or biomarkers of inflammation in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),” research indicated. Included in...
Research Suggests Possible Link Between Processed Food Consumption In Pregnancy And Increased Risk Of Autism In Offspring
Medscape (6/26, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports preliminary research suggests “consuming processed foods during pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder in offspring.” Researchers “found that high levels of propi...
Childhood Maltreatment May Be A Risk Factor For Disorders Related To And Characterized By Hyperactive Amygdala Response, Scan Study Suggests
Healio (6/26, Demko) reports, “Childhood maltreatment may be a risk factor for disorders related to and characterized by hyperactive amygdala response,” researchers concluded in a 202-participant study that used “activation and pattern information functio...
Inhaled Hypertonic Saline Improves Lung Clearance Index In Children Aged Three To Six Years With CF, Study Indicates
Healio (6/26, Foster) reports, “New data from the SHIP study show that inhaled hypertonic saline, as compared with isotonic saline, improved lung clearance index in children aged three to six years with cystic fibrosis [CF],” research indicated. The findi...
Groups Reportedly Taking Innovative Approaches To NAS In Native American Communities
The New York Times (6/26, Graham) reports on ways to minimize the risks associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which has created considerable concern in Native American communities. For example, a program in the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Heal...
USPSTF Issues Draft Revised Expert Statement Addressing Youth Tobacco Use
MedPage Today (6/25, Boyles) reports that on June 25, the US. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft “revised expert statement addressing youth tobacco use.” That statement “concluded that there remains ‘insufficient evidence to determine...
Study Suggests Pregnant Women With Migraines And Their Offspring More Likely To Develop Complications
Reuters (6/25, Banerjee) reports a study of over 250,000 pregnant women in Denmark suggests “pregnant women with migraine headaches are more likely to develop complications, and their babies are at higher risk for complications early after birth.” The inv...
Study Examines Disordered Eating Behaviors Among Young People In The US
According to HealthDay (6/25, Gordon), “22% of young men and 5% of young women turn to potentially dangerous methods to ‘bulk up,’” research indicates. Such “unhealthy methods – dubbed ‘disordered eating behaviors’ – include eating to gain weight and usin...
State Laws Mandating Education For US Children May Be Associated With A Lower Risk Of Developing Heart Disease Later In Life, Researchers Say
U.S. News & World Report (6/25, Galvin) reports, “State laws mandating education for U.S. children” implemented “well over a century ago to protect child welfare” may also have “improved American health,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data on mor...
Sofosbuvir With Ribavirin Treatment May Be Safe, Effective For Certain Pediatric Hepatitis C Patients Aged Three To 12 Years, Study Indicates
Healio (6/25, Bennett) reports, “Treatment with Sovaldi [sofosbuvir] and ribavirin was well-tolerated and highly effective in children aged three years to less than 12 years in pediatric patients with hepatitis C genotype 2 or genotype 3,” research indica...
Survivors Of Childhood Brain Tumors May Face Intellectual, Financial Struggles, Study Indicates
HealthDay (6/25, Preidt) reports research suggests that “advances in treatment have prolonged the lives of many childhood brain tumor patients, but survivors may have to contend with a number of effects from the disease and its treatment,” including “inte...
Teens Who Feel Understood By Parents, Teachers May Be Healthier As Adults, Study Finds
Reuters (6/24, Rapaport) reports on a study published in Pediatrics, finding that “teens who feel understood by their parents and teachers may grow up to be healthier adults.” The study included 14,800 participants who “completed health surveys at an aver...
Several States Allow Teenagers To Receive Vaccinations Without Their Parents’ Permission
Stateline (6/24, Ollove) reports that some states are now allowing teenagers to receive vaccinations without their parents’ permission. For example, “California, Delaware, Minnesota, New York and Washington, D.C., enacted laws years before the current mea...
Researchers Indicate Recruiting Additional Adults May Be A Successful Response To Suicide Among Teens
TIME (6/24, Adams) reports on the difficulties of responding to teens who have had “a suicide attempt or suicidal ideation” and have been hospitalized, stating “that where hospitalization provides effective crisis management in such situations, keeping yo...
Many Hispanic Teens Reporting Anxiety And Sleeplessness Due To Immigration Policy, Study Finds
HealthDay (6/24, Thompson) reports on a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics finding that “Hispanic teens are being driven to anxiety and sleeplessness over the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, even though they are U.S.-born citizens...
Echocardiographic Abnormalities In Minors With HIV May Be HIV-Related Heart Muscle Disease, Study Indicates
Infectious Disease Advisor (6/24, van Paridon) reports researchers found that “echocardiographic abnormalities in older children and adolescents with HIV also receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Sub-Saharan Africa are likely primary HIV-related hear...
FDA Approves OnabotulinumtoxinA For Upper Limb Spasticity In Minors
Medscape (6/24, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Allergan’s Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) “to ease upper limb spasticity in children and adolescents aged 2 to 17 years.” The article points out that “common c...
Long-Term Use Of Inhaled Antibiotics May Increase Risk Of Aspergillus Fungi Infection In Young Children With Cystic Fibrosis, Study Indicates
Cystic Fibrosis News Today (6/24, Inacio) reports researchers found that “long-term use of inhaled antibiotics, given to treat lung infections caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), can for young children raise...
Study Finds Young Infants With UTIs Treated With Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics No More Likely To Relapse Than Those Treated With Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics
Healio (6/24, Gramigna) reports on a study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society finding that “infants aged 60 days or younger with UTIs caused by Escherichia coli or Klebsiella pneumoniae who were treated with narrow-spect...
Study Finds About Half Of Tobacco And Vape Shops Failed To ID Decoys Purchasing Products
HealthDay (6/24, Reinberg) reports on a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics finding that even though the “U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires tobacco retailers to check an ID for anyone appearing to be under 27,” and California prohibits t...
Kids With T1D Appear To Have Smaller Pancreases Than Kids Without The Disease, Research Suggests
Endocrine Today (6/23) reported, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] have smaller pancreases than children without the disease, and this may adversely affect exocrine function in this population,” researchers concluded after comparing “both transverse an...
High School Start Time May Not Affect Headache Frequency In Students With Migraine, Study Indicates
Neurology Advisor (6/21) reported researchers found that “high school start time does not have a large effect on headache frequency in high schoolers with migraine.” The findings were published in the journal Headache.
Pediatric IBD Associated With Increased Risk For Cancer, Mortality, Research Suggests
Oncology Nurse Advisor (6/21, Morr) reported research suggests “cancer surveillance should be implemented in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (pIBD), as these patients have been found to be at an increased risk for cancer and mortality.” The findings...
FDA Expands Indication For Cystic Fibrosis Drug For Children As Young As Six With Specific Mutations
Medscape (6/21, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reported the Food and Drug Administration “expanded the indication for” Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Symdeko (tezacaftor/ivacaftor) for “children as young as 6 years with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have two copie...
Experimental Drug Increases Growth Rates In Children With Most Common Type Of Dwarfism
HealthDay (6/21, Preidt) reported researchers found in a phase 2 trial that BioMarin Pharmaceutical’s vosoritide “increased growth rates in children with” the most common form of dwarfism, a genetic disorder called achondroplasia. The disease “is caused b...
Adding Citalopram To Stimulant Medication May Benefit Youth With Severe Symptoms Of Irritability, Study Indicates
Healio (6/21, Demko) reported, “Youth unresponsive to stimulant medication alone saw greater improvement in severe irritability symptoms when they received add-on citalopram than those who received add-on placebo,” researchers concluded in a 49-patient, “...
Georgia Health Department Investigating After 54 Kids Became Ill At A Summer Camp
The Hill (6/22, Bowden) reported that officials with Georgia’s Department of Health “are reportedly investigating after 54 children attending an Atlanta-area summer camp became ill.” The youngsters were attending the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Putnam County...
Baby Formula Recalled
USA Today (6/22, Rodriguez) reported on the recall of “thousands of containers of baby formula” by Perrigo after the discovery that “one of the lots may contain metal,” the Food and Drug Agency announced on June 21. Affected by the recall are “23,388 cont...
Children Born With Genetic Defects May Be Almost 12 Times More Likely To Develop Cancer By Age 18, Research Suggests
HealthDay (6/20, Preidt) reports a study suggests that “compared to children without a birth defect, those with genetic defects were almost 12 times more likely to develop cancer by age 18. Those whose birth defect had no known genetic cause – also known...
California Assembly Committee Backs New Rules For Oversight Of Vaccination Exemptions
The AP (6/20, Thompson) reports that a California Assembly committee “backed new rules for vaccination exemptions on Thursday following a raucous, hours-long hearing in the midst of a national measles outbreak and renewed scrutiny of immunization policies...
Marijuana Use By Teens In The US Has Risen Tenfold Since The 1990s, Research Indicates
HealthDay (6/20, Mundell) reports, “As society relaxes its rules around marijuana, U.S. teens seem to be responding by using the drug in much bigger numbers than a generation ago,” researchers concluded after examining “1991-2017 U.S. federal health data...
Research Indicates Children Conceived Through ART Do Not Face Increased Cancer Risk
Medscape (6/20, Kovachs, Subscription Publication) reports a study of almost 50,000 live-born children in the Netherlands suggests “the overall cancer risk was not increased among” children conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) “compared w...
Bacteremia May Be Uncommon In Children Hospitalized With CAP, Study Indicates
Healio (6/20, Bortz) reports researchers found that “bacteremia is uncommon among children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).” The findings were published in Pediatrics. The researchers “noted that the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Soci...

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