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Schools Try To Address Nurse Shortages.
Kaiser Health News (10/23, Ibarra) reports on the shortage of school nurses in elementary schools in California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Kaiser Health News adds that...
New State Laws Seem Effective In Reducing Recurring Concussions Among Teen Athletes, Research Suggests.
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (10/19, Wan) reports that new state laws appear to have been effective “in reducing recurring concussions” among teen athletes. The study revealed that such laws “have led to a noticeable nationwide decline in rep...
Bipartisan Bill To Stabilize ACA Marketplaces Gains 24 Sponsors.
The AP (10/19, Werner, Fram) reports that on Thursday, the bipartisan bill which seeks to stabilize ACA marketplaces “gained momentum...when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support.” The measure’s sponsors, Se...
Self-Harm Increasing Among Adolescent Girls, Study Reveals.
HealthDay (10/19, Preidt) reports that adolescent “girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise,” researchers concluded after reviewing “data on almost 9,000 patients aged 10 to 19 who self-harmed between 2...
CDC Releases Updated Interim Guidelines On Treatment Of Infants With Possible Congenital Zika Infection.
MedPage Today (10/19, Walker) reports that in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated interim guidelines on the treatment of “infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection.” The a...
Data Reveal 47% Of Kids, Teens In The District Of Columbia Have Experienced A Traumatic Event.
The Washington Post (10/19, Chandler) reports that in the District of Columbia, “47 percent of children and teens have experienced a traumatic event, such as the death or incarceration of a parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with...
Concussions In Adolescents May Increase Risk Of Later Developing MS, Study Indicates.
In “Phys Ed,” the New York Times (10/18, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports that “concussions in adolescents can increase the risk of later developing multiple sclerosis [MS],” researchers found after examining “the medical histories of every pe...
Trump Signals Opposition To Senate Deal On Health Subsidies.
The Washington Post (10/18, Sullivan, Eilperin) reports that on Wednesday, President Trump seemed “to distance himself further from a bipartisan Senate health-care effort,” and he warned “against ‘bailing out’ insurance companies.” The New York Times (10...
CHIP Reauthorization Negotiations Stall Over Costs As State Budget Deadlines Loom.
The Huffington Post (10/18, Bobic) reports that nearly three weeks have passed since the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired “and bipartisan negotiations over how to finance it appear to be at a standstill” though some states face funding...
Higher Doses Of Vitamin D May Improve Bone Health Of Premature Babies, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (10/18, Dallas) reports that a study suggests “higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies.” Study author Dr. Ann Anderson Berry said, “We are hopeful that neonatologists will consider giving preterm infants 800 IU...
Survey Finds Children Of Wealthier, More Educated Parents Spend Less Time Watching TV, Using Devices.
The AP (10/19, Elber) reports on a survey by Common Sense Media of over 1,400 children age eight and under which found “children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes.” Overall,...
Obesity Found To Be A Risk Factor For 30-Day Readmission Among Young Children Recently Hospitalized For Asthma.
MedPage Today (10/18, Boyles) reports that research indicated “obesity was...a risk factor for 30-day readmission among young children recently hospitalized for asthma.” In the “study of more than 38,000 children living in Japan, obese patients were more...
Seeing Parents Drink May Make Kids Anxious, Embarrassed, Study Suggests.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (10/18, Van Hare) reports that research “led by the Institute of Alcohol Studies” suggests “witnessing moderate drinking from parents can leave kids feeling anxious, embarrassed, and even less likely to get to bed on time.” Th...
Senators Reach Bipartisan Agreement To Fund ACA Subsidy Payments.
The New York Times (10/17, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) “have reached a bipartisan deal to provide funding for critical subsidies to health insurers that President T...
“Bickering” Over CHIP, Community Health Centers Reportedly Harming Nation’s Healthcare.
The Washington Post (10/17) reports in “The Health 202” on the ongoing discussions between Democrats and Republicans over how to pay “for states to keep running the Children’s Health Insurance Program and for community health centers to care for low-inco...
Pediatric Patients Using Antidepressants May Have An Elevated Risk For T2D, Study Indicates.
Medscape (10/17, MacReady) reports, “Pediatric patients who use antidepressants may have an elevated risk for type 2 diabetes [T2D],” researchers concluded after conducting a “retrospective cohort study of more than 119,000 youths five to 20 years of age...
Farsightedness May Affect Young Children’s Academic Performance, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/17, Preidt) reports researchers found that “farsightedness affects young children’s ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom.” The findings were published in Optometry and Vision Sc...
Certain Positions Played By Young Football Players May Increase Likelihood Of Brain-Jarring Hit To The Head, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/17, Thompson) reports, “Young football players are more likely to experience a brain-jarring hit to the head if they’re part of a team’s running and passing game or a fast-moving defender,” researchers concluded in a study involving “45 pla...
More Massachusetts Teens Using E-Cigarettes And Fewer Smoking Cigarettes, Survey Finds.
The Springfield (MA) Republican (10/17, Demers) reports that the 2017 Massachusetts Prevention Needs Assessment Survey suggests that “marijuana and e-cigarette usage among some Western Massachusetts teenagers appear to be on the up while fewer smoke toba...
Many Parents Are Uncertain When To Take Their Children To ED, Survey Suggests.
HealthDay (10/16, Preidt) reports many American parents are uncertain when they should take their children to the emergency department, according to a new survey. The survey found that under certain circumstances, many parents would take their children t...
Lawmaker Says There Has Been Little Progress On Bill To Reauthorize CHIP Funding.
The Hill (10/16, Hellmann) reports that on Monday, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) said there has been little progress on a bill to reauthorize funding for CHIP. He explained that “Democrats have not made a counteroffer on payin...
Trump Hints He May Sign Measure That Seeks To Stabilize ACA In The Short Term.
TIME (10/16, Rhodan) reports that on Monday, President Trump suggested “he may sign off on a ‘short-term fix’ to the Affordable Care Act being put together by Democratic and Republican senators.” During a Cabinet meeting, the President seemed “to referen...
Infants Born To Mothers Who Breathe Fine Particle Pollution During Pregnancy May Have Shorter Telomeres, Researchers Say.
Reuters (10/16, Rapaport) reports that infants born to mothers who breathed fine particle pollution during pregnancy had shorter telomeres, researchers found after examining “telomere length from samples of cord blood and placental tissue for 641 newborn...
Certain Mothers May Be Less Likely To Seek Medical Help For Young Children With Developmental Delays, Study Suggests.
Reuters (UK) (10/16, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “when mothers trust their friends and neighbors more than” physicians “or struggle to access or afford care, they may be less likely to seek out medical help for young kids with developmental...
Georgia Panel Discusses Healthcare Role Of Advanced Practice Nurses.
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle (10/16, Corwin) reports a panel at Augusta University on Monday discussed expanding the “role of advanced practices nurses” to address Georgia’s lack of healthcare providers. Dr. Suzanne Staebler, a professor at Emory Universit...
Several States Sue Trump Administration Over Decision To End ACA Subsidy Payments.
Reuters (10/13, Abutaleb, Levine) reported that on Friday, 18 states sued the Trump Administration in order to prevent President Trump from ending ACA subsidy payments to insurers. The article said these subsidies “help millions of low-income people pay...
Rep. Pallone Says Republicans Not Budging On CHIP Funding.
The Washington Examiner (10/13, King) reported Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced Friday that “Republicans remain fixated on sabotaging” the Affordable Care Act “any way they can,” and that the...
Dayton Children’s Hospital Treating Children Of Opioid Addicts.
NBC Nightly News (10/13, story 5, 3:30, Holt) reported in its “One Nation Overdosed” series on how the opioid epidemic has affected children of addicts. The piece detailed efforts by Dayton Children’s Hospital, which has reduced the average hospital stay...
Kids With AD/HD May Exhibit Poorer Tactile Functioning, Study Indicates.
Healio (10/13, Oldt) reported that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “exhibited poorer tactile functioning, including reaction time and detection threshold, compared with typically developing” youngsters, researchers found af...
Pediatric Psoriasis May Be Associated With Sharply Increased Risks Of Selected Autoimmune Diseases, Study Suggests.
Rheumatology News (10/14, Jancin) reported, “Pediatric psoriasis is associated with sharply increased risks of selected autoimmune diseases,” researchers concluded after studying “1,925 children and adolescents with dermatologist-diagnosed psoriasis, inc...
Black Children May Be Less Likely Than White Children To See A Physician For Eczema, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (10/13, Dallas) reported that research suggests “black children may have more severe eczema than white children, but they are less likely to visit a” physician for the condition. Investigators found that “overall, black children and teens with...
Trump To End Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies.
In a front-page story, the Washington Post (10/13, A1, Goldstein, Eilperin) reports that the White House confirmed Thursday that it will stop making federal payments for “cost-sharing reductions,” payments to health insurers “that help millions of lower-...
Happier Emotional Atmosphere During Meals May Allow Preschoolers To Make Healthier Food Choices, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/12, Dallas) reports, “Parents who struggle to get their children to follow a healthy diet may want to make dinnertime a pleasant experience,” researchers found. The findings, published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, revealed that “...
Kids With Oligoarticular And Polyarticular JIA Who Stop Treatment Less Than Two Years After Remission May Have Greater Chance Of Relapsing After Discontinuing Biologics.
MedPage Today (10/12, Swift) reports, “Children with oligoarticular and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) who stopped treatment less than 2 years after remission had a greater chance of relapsing after discontinuing biologics,” researcher...
One-Third Of Teens Believe Smoking Marijuana And Driving Is Legal In Some States, Survey Suggests.
USA Today (10/12, May) reports that 33 percent of 2,800 surveyed teenagers indicated they believed driving while smoking marijuana is legal in states that permit recreational use. The study also revealed that nearly 90 percent “of teens think driving und...
Families, States Waiting For CHIP Reauthorization.
CBS News (10/11, Konrad) reports on its website that families who rely on CHIP are taking a “wait-and-see attitude” towards CHIP reauthorization as it has become “the latest pawn in the Congressional wrangling over health care.” Jesse Cross-Call, Senior...
Trump, Many GOP Lawmakers At Odds Over Continued Payment Of ACA Subsidies.
The Wall Street Journal (10/11, Radnofsky, Peterson, Subscription Publication) reports that President Trump’s policy changes are putting congressional Republicans in a tough position. Iran is the latest example of such a policy shift, but the same can be...
Trump To Sign Executive Order To Erase Health Insurance Rules Under ACA.
In a front-page story, the Wall Street Journal (10/11, A1, Radnofsky, Armour, Mathews, Subscription Publication) reports President Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday which will attempt to reverse provisions in the Affordable Care Act that pl...
FDA Finalizes Guidance Banning Free Samples Of E-Cigarettes.
The Hill (10/11, Wheeler) reports that the Food and Drug Administration “finalized guidance Wednesday that includes electronic cigarettes in its ban on free tobacco product samples.” In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “One of the most...
Environmental Exposures In Early Life May Impact Risk For Developing Eosinophilic Esophagitis By Interacting With Particular Gene Variants, Researchers Say.
Healio Gastroenterology (10/11, Leitenberger) reports, “Environmental exposures in early life, including breastfeeding and NICU admission, appeared to impact the risk for developing eosinophilic esophagitis by interacting with particular gene variants,”...
Many Opportunities To Give HPV Vaccine May Be Missed, Study Suggests.
OBGYN News (10/11, Nellist) reports, “Opportunities to give the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine were missed, especially during well-adolescent and vaccine-related visits, in a study of more than 14,000 fully insured teen girls” that was published in t...
FDG May Be As Accurate As PET/MR For Diagnosis Of Kids With Localization-Related Epilepsy, Research Suggests.
Diagnostic Imaging (10/11) reports that research suggests “brain imaging with FDG is as accurate as PET/MR scanning for diagnosis of children with localization-related epilepsy.” The findings were published in Pediatric Radiology.
San Diego School District Considers Later Start Times.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (10/11, Warth) reports the San Diego Unified School District “board on Tuesday unanimously supported Trustee John Lee Evans’ motion to provide each school cluster...with information to help decide whether to move back the star...
Number Of Obese Children Has Increased More Than Tenfold In The Past Four Decades, Research Reveals.
NBC Nightly News (10/10, story 7, 0:20, Holt) reported that the World Health Organization is “issuing a new alert showing” a “ten-fold increase since 1975 in childhood obesity.” In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (10/10, Cha) reports research publi...
Trump Says He Will Sign Order Allowing Health Insurance Purchases Across State Lines.
USA Today (10/10, Korte) reports that on Tuesday, President Trump “said he’ll sign an executive order to allow consumers to purchase their health plans across state lines, going around Congress to provide Americans with ‘great health insurance again.’” T...
House Republicans Will Negotiate With Democrats On Bipartisan CHIP Bill.
The Hill (10/10, Hellmann) reports Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee will delay sending their bill to the House floor in order to return to negotiation with Democrats on a bipartisan bill to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Pr...
Analysis: American Teenagers Are Suffering From Severe Anxiety.
The New York Times (10/11, Denizet-Lewis, Subscription Publication) examines severe anxiety among teens in a 7,600-word article. The piece profiles teens who have struggled with severe anxiety and their treatment, such as medications, hospitalizations, a...
Fever, Rather Than Underlying Infection, During First Trimester May Cause Birth Defects, Study Suggests.
CNN (10/10, Scutti) reports on its website that researchers concluded that a fever during the first trimester, rather than the underlying infection, can interfere “with the development of a baby’s heart and jaw during the first three to eight weeks of pr...
Tdap Vaccination Before Or During Pregnancy May Protect Infants From Pertussis, Study Suggests.
OBGYN News (10/10, Nellist) reports researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “Tdap vaccination during any trimester of pregnancy, and even two or fewer years prior to pregnancy, may offer the infant some protection against...
Insulin Pump Use Associated With Better Glycemic Control, Fewer Complications Among Kids, Teens With T1D, Study Reveals.
Reuters (10/10, Rapaport) reports, “Children and teens with type 1 diabetes [T1D] who use insulin pumps may have better-controlled blood sugar and fewer complications than youth who inject insulin,” researchers found after examining “data on 14,460 diabe...

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