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Small Children Interacting With Digital Assistants Unable To Differentiate Between Fantasy, Reality.
The Wall Street Journal (7/10, Shellenbarger, Subscription Publication) reports that even small children now participate in interactions with digital assistants. This could be problematic for the youngest of children, because they are unable to tell real...
Babies Introduced To Solid Foods At Three Months May Sleep Longer Through The Night, Study Suggests.
CNN (7/9, Scutti) reports, “Both the UK National Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed until about six months of age and then begin to introduce solid foods.” Now, a new study suggests that “a...
Youngsters Face Increased Risk Of Mental Health, Behavioral Problems If Their Parents Struggled With Traumatic Events In Childhood, Study Indicates.
The ABC News (7/9, Powell) website reports research published online July 9 in Pediatrics “finds that traumatic events in childhood increase the risk of mental health and behavioral problems not just for that person but also for their children.” For the...
Chronic Opioid Use Is Increasingly Common Among Younger Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Study Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (7/9, Young) reports researchers found that “chronic opioid use among adolescent and young adult patients with inflammatory bowel disease has become increasingly common.” The findings were published in the journal Inflammatory Bow...
Children Whose Parents Spend Time In Prison More Likely To Lead Risky Lifestyles As Young Adults, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (7/9, Preidt) reports, “Children whose parents spend time in prison are more likely to lead risky lifestyles as young adults,” researchers found after analyzing “data from more than 13,000 young adults, aged 24 to 32,” about 10 percent of whom...
Mother’s Diet During Pregnancy May Affect Makeup Of Child’s Gut Microbiome, Study Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (7/6, Young) reported that research indicates “a mother’s diet during pregnancy might play a role in the makeup of her child’s gut microbiome.” The findings were published in Microbiome.
New York Bill Would Expand Screening For Lead Poisoning Among Children Living In Public, Private Housing.
The New York Daily News (7/8, Smith) reported a bill set to be introduced in New York on Monday “would significantly broaden the categories that prompt an aggressive investigation of the source of lead in housing both public and private.” If enacted, Dak...
Young Pitchers Should Heed Pitch Count Guidelines To Keep Their Elbows Healthy, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (7/8, Preidt) reported, “Young pitchers should heed pitch count guidelines if they want their elbows to stay healthy,” researchers concluded in a study involving “149 pitchers, aged 7 to 11, with no prior elbow pain who were assessed at the sta...
Safety Expert Discusses Hot Weather Safety Precautions With Kids In The Car.
HealthDay (7/7, Preidt) reported, “Every nine days, a child dies in a hot car in the United States, but...safety expert” Susan Katz, coordinator of the pediatric injury prevention program at Stony Brook (NY) Children’s Hospital, “says such tragedies can...
Children Of Same-Sex Parents Not More Likely To Suffer Behavioral Or Social Problems, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (7/6, Preidt) reported, “Children of same-sex parents are not more likely to suffer behavioral or social problems,” researchers concluded in a study including “children, aged 3 to 11, of 195 gay or lesbian parents and 195 heterosexual parents i...
Secondhand Smoke May Be Linked To Snoring In Children, Research Indicates.
Reuters (7/5, Lehman) reports that an analysis of existing research has shown that children’s exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke “increases their risk of developing habitual snoring,” according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Comm...
Tired Teen Athletes May Be At Increased Risk Of ACL Injuries, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (7/5, Preidt) reports that tired teen athletes may be at increased risk of suffering an injury to the knee’s anterior cruciate ligament. In the 85-athlete study, 14 “of 22 athletes with over 20 percent fatigue showed an increased ACL injury ris...
Researchers Examine Tweets To Measure Teenage Use Of Juul.
HealthDay (7/5, Gordon) reports researchers sifted through 80,000 tweets from teenagers and found that nearly one in every 25 teens “detailed using” Juul during school hours. The study was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Italy To Take Word Of Parents On Children’s Vaccination Status.
The New York Times (7/5, Pianigiani) reports that on July 5, “Giulia Grillo, Italy’s health minister and a prominent member of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement,” announced that “Italian parents will no longer have to provide state-run schools wi...
Mothers Who Follow Five Specific Habits May Reduce Obesity Risk In Their Offspring, Researchers Say.
The ABC News (7/4, Kalaichandran) website reports that “mothers who follow five specific habits may reduce the risk of obesity in their offspring,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data of just over 24,000 children ages 9 to 18” and their mothers’...
Folic Acid Fortification May Enhance Fetal Brain Development, Lower Long-Term Risk For Psychosis, Scan Study Indicates.
Reuters (7/4, Boggs) reports, “Folic acid fortification not only protects developing babies against certain birth defects but also supports healthy brain development through the teenage years,” research indicates. HealthDay (7/3, Mozes) reported that aft...
Women Who Struggle To Get Pregnant Or Use Reproductive Technologies May Be More Likely To Have Premature Babies, Children With Birth Defects, Research Suggests.
Reuters (7/3, Rapaport) reported, “Women who struggle to get pregnant or use reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be more likely to have preemies and kids with birth defects than their peers who conceive without difficulty,” re...
Immigrant Children Separated From Parents Now Experiencing Trauma.
The Los Angeles Times (7/3, Mejia) reported that immigrant parents who were separated from their children at the border and then later reunited are now dealing with the consequences. A three-year old boy now wakes up screaming, and has starting wetting t...
Teens 15 To 19 Years Old In Urban Areas Have Highest Rate Of Firearm Injury Among US Children, Study Finds.
CNN (7/2, Moulite) reports, “Teens 15 to 19 years old in urban areas have the highest rate of firearm injury among children in the” US, researchers found after examining “data from the nationally representative Kids’ Inpatient Database, which was created...
About One In Four Adolescent Girls Deliberately Harmed Herself In The Previous Year, Researchers Say.
The New York Times (7/2, Baumgaertner) reports, “Up to 30 percent of teenage girls in some parts of the United States say they have intentionally injured themselves without aiming to commit suicide,” researchers concluded after drawing on “data from a ri...
US Teens More Likely To Smoke Hookah Due To Often Inaccurate Perceptions Of Peers’ Smoking Habits, Study Suggests.
Reuters (7/2) reports a new study by researchers at the CDC suggests US teens may be over nine times more likely to smoke hookah because they overestimate how frequently other teens are using it. Lead study author Dr. Israel Agaku, a scientist at the Off...
Offering Teens Possibility Of A Good Future May Help Them Become More Peaceful People, Study Says.
HealthDay (7/2, Preidt) reports, “Offer teens the possibility of a good future, and you might help them become more peaceful people,” researchers concluded after surveying “866 male teens in poor Pittsburgh neighborhoods who were asked their thoughts abo...
Learning To Play Piano May Help Children Build Up Language Skills, Study Indicates.
TIME (7/1, Ducharme) reported research indicates learning to play the piano may help children “build up their language skills.” As youngsters’ “ears become trained to distinguish between different pitches and tones at the piano...they also seem to get be...
NYC Expands Lead Testing Program For Children.
The New York Times (7/1, A18, Ferré-Sadurní) reported that in New York City, “the exact number of children residing in public housing poisoned by lead was never disclosed.” This past weekend, however, “the city department of health offered a number,” say...
Hospitals Across US Experiencing Shortages Of Beds For Children With Mental Health Illnesses.
NBC Nightly News (6/29, story 8, 4:05, Holt) reported on a “growing crisis” in American hospitals: “there are simply not enough beds to accommodate kids who need to be hospitalized” for mental illnesses. According to NBC News, “the crisis is nationwide,...
Michigan’s Detroit Area Becoming A “Hotspot” For Vaccination Waivers, Study Suggests.
The Detroit News (7/1) reports that according to health researchers, a growing number of “parents choosing not to vaccinate their children for non-medical reasons” has led to the rise of “‘hotspots’ across the country and in Metro Detroit.” The piece say...
Tech Company CEO: Children Need To Be Guided Through Technology Thoughtfully.
In an opinion piece in USA Today (6/30, Ingram-Cauchi, Contributor), Pete Ingram-Cauchi, “CEO of iD Tech Camps, a STEM education company based in” California, wrote that even though “technology has its downsides...it holds untold promise and it is not go...
Smoke Exposure During Pregnancy And Infancy Tied To Hearing Loss, Study Suggests.
Reuters (6/28, Rapaport) reports a study published in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology found that children exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb and early in infancy “could have double the odds of developing hearing loss compared with children who we...
Court Rules That New York City Can Require Children In Licensed Day Cares To Receive Flu Vaccine.
The Wall Street Journal (6/28, Ramey, Subscription Publication) reports that in a unanimous decision on Thursday, the highest court in New York state ruled that New York City’s Board of Health can mandate that children between the ages of six months and...
Childhood Cancer Rates Highest In More Affluent Counties, Big Cities, CDC Report Finds.
U.S. News & World Report (6/28, Galvin) states that a new analysis by the CDC indicates the US counties where children and teens “are most likely to suffer from cancer are also the most economically successful.” The report found that in the US overall, “...
Physicians, Advocates Raise Alarm On Medical Care For Immigrant Children Held By US.
The Dallas Morning News (6/28, Manrique) reports that physicians and immigrant advocates that have traveled to the facilities used for detaining children at the border are concerned that they “may not be getting the care they need while in federal custod...
Colorado’s Childhood Vaccination Rates Rose For Second Consecutive Year, Data Show.
The Denver Post (6/28, Whaley) reports new data from the Colorado health department indicate that “for the second school year in a row...more than 90 percent of students got their required shots.” According to information reported by schools and child ca...
Research Describes How Family Separation Policy Could Damage Kids’ Well-Being.
The AP (6/28, Tanner) reports that researchers have studied how “separating families and other traumatic events can damage children’s well-being” by creating “toxic stress” that can “cause brain changes” that could result in “lasting psychological and ph...
Early-Onset Persistent Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness In Children Associated With High Atopic Burden And Increased Risk For Asthma.
Pulmonology Advisor (6/27, Ranger) reports on a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology finding that “early-onset persistent bronchial hyperresponsiveness in children was associated with high atopic burden and increased risk for new...
Mother Warns About Danger Tied To Riding With A Child Down A Playground Slide.
USA Today (6/27, Shannon) reports, “A graphic photo showing a playground accident that broke a year-old girl’s leg is calling national attention to slide safety for” little ones. TODAY (6/27, Stump) reports that on a video shared to Facebook on an incide...
Joint Commission Will Require Hospitals To Use Specific Naming Conventions For Newborns.
Modern Healthcare (6/27, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reports that starting next year, the Joint Commission will cite hospitals if they fail to use specific naming conventions to identify newborns. The new requirement, which will begin January...
More Than 2.2 Million US Kids Treated In EDs For Bike-Related Injuries Annually, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/26, Preidt) reports, “More than 2.2 million American children a year – or about 25 an hour – were treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries over a 10-year period,” researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Polic...
Survey Finds 52% Of US Parents Say They’ve Considered Keeping Their Kids Out Of Sports Over Injury Concerns.
HealthDay (6/26, Preidt) reports that 52 percent of US “parents say they’ve considered keeping their children out of sports over concerns about injuries, a new survey finds.” But, “the poll of more than 1,000 parents found that nearly 60 percent said the...
Kids With Ventricular Arrhythmias Who Wear Cardioverter Defibrillator Generally Likely To Comply With Appropriate Wear Times, Durations, Study Indicates.
Healio Cardiology Today (6/26, Dobkowski) reports that research indicated kids “with ventricular arrhythmias who wore a cardioverter defibrillator were generally likely to comply with appropriate wear times and durations.” MedPage Today (6/26, Lou) repor...
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy Tied To Early Decrease In Severe Asthma Exacerbations In Children, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (6/26, Jacobs) reports researchers found that the use of subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) “is associated with an early decrease in severe exacerbations of asthma, despite a reduction in” equivalent of fluticasone propionate (EFP) “do...
FDA Approves Cannabidiol For Treatment Of Two Rare Forms Of Childhood Epilepsy.
The Wall Street Journal (6/25, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved GW Pharmaceuticals PLC’s Epidiolex (cannabidiol or CBD) for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, two rare forms of...
Early Premature Birth May Increase Risk Of AD/HD Symptoms In Preschoolers, Inattention Symptoms In School-Age Children, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (6/25, George) reports that “a prospective sibling-comparison study” suggests “early premature birth may increase the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “symptoms in preschoolers and inattention symptoms in school-age...
Experts Discuss How Time Spent On Digital Media Affects Teens’ Mental Health.
The Wall Street Journal (6/24, Seay, Whalen, Subscription Publication) interviewed three experts regarding the connection between time spent on digital media by adolescents and their mental health, as well as the effect on sleep and socialization.
More Young People Who Are Overweight Are Not Trying To Lose Weight, Study Indicates.
The Washington Times (6/25, Kelly) reports, “More young people who are overweight aren’t trying to lose weight,” researchers concluded after examining “data over 26 years from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” The study revealed that...
Young Children In US Being Poisoned By Buprenorphine, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/25, Mozes) reports, “Young American children are being sickened – and even dying – after being poisoned by” buprenorphine, a medication “used to fight opioid addiction,” researchers found. Investigators found that “between 2007 and 2016, mor...
Nonstandard Shifts Worked By Parents May Affect How Children Behave, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/25, Dallas) reports that “nonstandard shifts” worked by parents appear to affect how children behave, researchers concluded after examining “data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which began following a group of nearly 13...
Adolescents With Eczema May Not Use Topical Corticosteroids As Directed, Study Suggests.
Reuters (6/22, Rapaport) reported researchers found that “adolescents with eczema who are prescribed topical corticosteroids to ease symptoms like itching and inflammation may not use their medicines as directed.” The findings were published in JAMA Derm...
Maternal Diabetes May Be Linked To Higher Autism Risk In Offspring, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/23, Monaco) reported that research suggests “maternal diabetes may increase autism risk among offspring.” Investigators found that “compared with mothers without diabetes, in utero exposure to the main diabetes types – type 1, type 2, or...
One In Five Parents Don’t Talk To Kids About Safety Issues At Amusement Parks, Poll Finds.
Reuters (6/22, Crist) reported, “One in five parents don’t talk to their kids about safety issues at amusement parks, especially what to do if they get lost,” researchers concluded after analyzing data from “a poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in...
Exposure To Medical Marijuana Advertising May Contribute To Increased Use Through Adolescence, Behavioral Scientist Says.
In a perspective piece for the Washington Post (6/22, D'amico) “Health & Science” blog, Elizabeth J. D’amico, PhD, “a clinical psychologist and senior behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation,” wrote, “Since recreational marijuana became legal this y...

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