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CDC Recommends Masks, Some Localities Make Them Mandatory
The Washington Post (4/9, Tan) reports that “face masks...are now being mandated in cities and counties across the United States.” The federal government has “reversed its previous position on face coverings, issuing guidance that urges people to wear the...
Coping With Pandemic Difficult For Those With Depression, Anxiety
The Wall Street Journal (4/12, Petersen, Subscription Publication) reports that the coronavirus pandemic has been especially difficult for individuals suffering from depression and anxiety because of additional stress and isolation.
Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Injury May Be Common Among US Transgender Teens, Study Indicates
HealthDay (4/10, Preidt) reported, “Depression, suicidal thoughts and self-injury are common among U.S. transgender teens,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the medical records of 158 transgender teens treated at a pediatric endocrinology clinic bet...
Bedroom Air Filter May Improve Breathing In Children With Asthma
HealthDay (4/10, Preidt) reported “a bedroom air filter can significantly improve breathing in kids with asthma, new research shows.” In the study testing two air filters in children’s bedrooms, “on average, there was a 24% reduction in total airway resis...
Family History Of Atopy May Be Risk Factor For Atopic Dermatitis In Children, Researchers Say
Dermatology Advisor (4/10, Pond) reported, “Family history of atopy has been identified as a significant risk factor for atopic dermatitis (AD) in children,” research indicated, with “household humidity levels, secondhand smoke exposure, and maternal educ...
Brooklyn Maternity Ward Has Delivered 200 Babies During COVID-19 Outbreak
The New York Times (4/12, Fink) reports that nearly 200 babies have arrived since March at the Brooklyn Hospital Center’s maternity floor amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The Times tells the story of a mother with coronavirus that had her baby delivered by c-s...
Researchers Say School Closures Due To Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbate Risk Factors For Weight Gain In Children
Healio (4/9, Schaffer) reports a group of researchers published an article in Obesity discussing the risk of weight gain for children affected by school closures and Healio interviewed one of the authors, Andrew Rundle, DrPH, assistant professor of epidem...
Federal Government Wants States To Take Over Testing Sites
Politico (4/9, Lim) reports, “The federal government wants states to consider taking control of drive-through coronavirus testing sites, currently run by HHS and FEMA, that have tested more than 77,000 people to date.” However, an HHS spokesperson said th...
Researchers Create National COVID-19 Registry For Pregnant Women And Newborns
Medscape (4/9, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports “a multidisciplinary team of researchers has created a national registry to study how COVID-19 affects pregnant women and their newborns.” The Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Registry “is enrolling p...
Experts Say Main Reason For Children To Wear Masks During Pandemic Is To Avoid Infecting Others
The New York Times (4/9, Caron) reports experts say young children should wear masks largely to avoid infecting others during the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC “has said that cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under 2, nor should they b...
Children Of Parents With Mental Illness May Be At Increased Risk For Injuries, Researchers Say
HealthDay (4/9, Preidt) reports, “Children of parents with mental illness are at increased risk for injuries,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 1.5 million children in Sweden born between 1996 and 2011.” The study revealed that risk appear...
Researchers Examine Extent Of Firework-Related Ocular Injuries In US From 1999 To 2017
MD Magazine (4/9, Campbell) reports researchers analyzed data on injuries from thousand of hospitals from 1999 to 2017 and identified 1,007 “firework-related ocular injuries.” The researchers found that “the mean age of patients included was 17.3 years,”...
FDA Grants Fast Track Status To Tozuleristide For Treatment Of Patients With Pediatric Central Nervous System Tumors
Healio (4/9) reports the FDA granted fast track status to Blaze Bioscience Inc’s BLZ-100 (tozuleristide) for the treatment of patients with “pediatric central nervous system tumors.” Tozuleristide “is a tumor-targeting optical imaging agent” that “consist...
NIAID Director Says Death Toll From Coronavirus May Be Closer To 60,000 Due To Social Distancing
USA Today (4/9, Keemahill, Mansfield, Pulver, Wu, Zhang) reports NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci “said Thursday the death toll from the coronavirus could be closer to 60,000 Americans, assuming full social distancing, rather than the previously projected...
Children’s Advocates Say Congress Should Do More To Help Children Affected By Coronavirus Pandemic
CQ Roll Call (4/8) reports children’s advocates “say Congress has not done enough yet to protect children from” becoming infected with coronavirus, “facing delays in other care or suffering from the pandemic’s societal impacts, despite three new laws to r...
Some States Developing Their Own Coronavirus Testing System In Absence Of National Plan
The Washington Post (4/7, Eilperin, McGinley, Mufson, Dawsey) reports, “Three months into the coronavirus epidemic, the Trump Administration has yet to devise a national strategy to test Americans for the deadly disease – something experts say is key to b...
Infant, Parent Heart Rates May Slow During Hugs With One Another, Research Indicates
HealthDay (4/8, Preidt) reports “heart rates in infants less than a year old slowed more during a hug than a hold,” and a “hug had a greater effect when it came from Mom or Dad rather than from a stranger, according to a study published April 7 in the jou...
Among Individuals Who Smoke, Those Who Start At Younger Age More Likely To Smoke Daily As Adults, Research Indicates
CNN (4/8, Hunt) reports that a recent study indicates that “the younger people were when they started smoking, the more likely they were to be smoking daily in their 20s and less likely to have quit by their 40s.” Moreover, “even children who only experim...
Two-Thirds Of Rural Counties Have Confirmed At Least One Coronavirus Case
The New York Times (4/8, Healy, Tavernise, Gebeloff, Cai) reports, “More than two-thirds of rural counties have confirmed at least one case” of coronavirus as a wave of new cases spreads “deep into rural corners of the country where people once hoped thei...
Parents Need To Keep Kids Away From Playgrounds, Shared Toys And Sports Equipment During Coronavirus Pandemic, Experts Say
HealthDay (4/7, Preidt) reports, “It’s a tough task, but parents need to keep kids away from playgrounds, shared toys and sports equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, experts emphasize.” A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found tha...
Federal Government Is Seizing Medical Supplies, Leaving Providers In the Dark, Hospitals Say
The Los Angeles Times (4/7, Levey) reports that although the President “has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about wh...
Majority Of Pregnant Women Diagnosed With Coronavirus Don’t Experience More Severe Illness Than General Population, Study Finds
CNN (4/7, Silverman, Christensen) reports, “A majority of pregnant women who are diagnosed with coronavirus don’t experience more severe illness than the general population, according to a new study.” In addition, they “don’t seem to pass the infection on...
Study Suggests School Closures Would Only Prevent Two To Four Percent Of Deaths From COVID-19
CNN (4/7, Kottasová) reports, “Schools around the world have been shut to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but one team of scientists is questioning whether the havoc the closures are causing to millions of people is actually worth it – sugges...
US Influenza Activity Decreasing But Hospitalization Rates Increased Slightly, CDC Report Shows
Medscape (4/7, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports, “Influenza activity is decreasing in the United States, but hospitalization rates rose slightly, according to an April 3 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” The CDC sa...
Opinion: Parents Worried About Children Needing Healthcare Services Not Related To COVID-19
Sindya N. Bhanoo, a health and science writer in Austin, writes in the Washington Post (4/7) that her kids “are at home as the world battles the novel coronavirus pandemic,” and “biking is one of the few outdoor pleasures kids can still enjoy while we wai...
Leading Model For Coronavirus Pandemic Projects US Will See Fewer Deaths Than Previously Predicted
The Washington Post (4/7, Wan, Johnson) reports “a leading forecasting model used by the White House to chart the coronavirus pandemic predicted Monday that the United States may need fewer hospital beds, ventilators and other equipment than previously pr...
Surgical, Cotton Masks May Not Be Effective At Stopping The Coronavirus From Spreading When People Cough, Study Suggests
Newsweek (4/7, Gander) reports a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests “neither surgical nor cotton masks are effective at stopping the new coronavirus from spreading when a person coughs.” The study’s authors “said more research is...
CDC Says Coronavirus Infection Is Typically Mild In Children, But Some Children Do Require Hospitalization
The AP (4/6, Tanner) says the CDC released a report on Monday indicating that while coronavirus infection “usually isn’t severe in kids, some do get sick enough to require hospital treatment.” The CDC report “shows that fever, cough and shortness of breat...
India Lifts Export Restrictions For Select Medicines, Pharmaceutical Ingredients
Reuters (4/6, Dasgupta) reports India “has lifted restrictions on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines made from them, the government said in a statement.” The country “had imposed the restrictions last month as the coronavirus outbre...
US Death Toll From Coronavirus Passes 10,000
The Wall Street Journal (4/6, Calfas, Ping, Kostov, Subscription Publication) reports the US death toll from coronavirus has passed 10,000 at the beginning of a week that some health officials have predicted will be the worst yet. The Hill (4/6, Sullivan)...
HHS IG Report Confirms Hospitals Face Testing, Equipment Shortages
The Washington Post (4/6, Goldstein) reports the HHS Inspector General “is corroborating warnings by governors and front-line health-care workers that hospitals’ ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic is being impeded by shortages of tests, protective...
Hundreds Of Clinical Trials Already Underway Testing Potential Vaccines Or Treatments For Coronavirus
The Wall Street Journal (4/6, Walker, Loftus, Hopkins, Subscription Publication) reports there are currently 254 clinical trials testing potential vaccines or treatments for coronavirus, and hundreds more are planned.
Depression In Women Towards End Of Pregnancy May Lead To Lowered Immunity In Infants, Study Suggests
Healio (4/3, Michael) reported, “Mothers who experienced symptoms of depression near the end of their pregnancy were more likely to have children with lowered immunity than mothers without depressive symptoms, according to a study recently published in Cl...
Trump Administration Says Federal Government Will Reimburse Hospitals Treating Uninsured Patients With Coronavirus
The Hill (4/3, Chalfant) reported the Trump Administration announced “the federal government will reimburse hospitals treating uninsured patients for the novel coronavirus.” President Trump said the funding will be provided by the economic relief package...
Women Less Likely To Have More Children If They Develop Mental Health Problems Following Delivery Of First Child, Research Indicates
HealthDay (4/3, Priedt) reported “women who develop mental health problems after delivering their first child are much less likely to have more, a Danish study finds.” The researchers found that among women who “developed problems such as depression, anxi...
Some Pregnant Women Decide Home Births May Be Safer Than Giving Birth In Hospitals During Pandemic
USA Today (4/4, Nahorniak) reported that “as hospitals around the nation are transformed into coronavirus battle stations where overwhelmed medical teams with limited supplies fight a new, incurable disease, more expectant mothers are deciding it’s safer...
Cancer Risk May Be Doubled In Adulthood For Those With Pediatric-Onset Of IBD, Study Demonstrates
MedPage Today (4/3, Swift) reported “pediatric-onset of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) could double the risk of developing cancer in adulthood, a Canadian study suggested.” This “population-based case-control analysis revealed that 1.7% of patients with...
Experts Say Death Toll From Coronavirus In The US Is Higher Than Official Count
The Washington Post (4/5, A1, Brown, Reinhard, Davis) reports “the fast-spreading novel coronavirus is almost certainly killing Americans who are not included in the nation’s growing death toll, according to public health experts and government officials...
Opioid Epidemic Continues To Affect Young Children, Study Indicates
Medscape (4/2, Vlessides, Subscription Publication) reports “children younger than 6 years are exposed to fewer prescription narcotics now than they were in 2010, but the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc in the lives of society’s most vulnerable c...
Parents Are Grappling With Finding Balance On Discipline During Pandemic
USA Today (4/2, Jervis) reports parents across the US “are grappling with how best to balance being empathetic with children during a crisis with disciplining for bad behavior, as experts closely monitor the well being and mental health of children amid t...
Children Exposed To Pre-Eclampsia May Face Increased Risk Of Epilepsy, Other Neurodevelopmental Problems, Study Suggests
The New York Times (4/2, Bakalar) reports “a new study suggests that children exposed to pre-eclampsia may be at increased risk for a number of developmental problems,” according to findings (4/2, Bakalar) published in JAMA Psychiatry. Following an adjust...
Children, Adolescents Who Discontinue ADHD Medication May Experience Decreased Quality Of Life, Research Indicates
Healio (4/2, Gramigna) reports “children and adolescents with ADHD who discontinued medication experienced a small but statistically significant decrease in quality of life, according to results of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Journa...
Studies Indicate Coronavirus No More Dangerous For Pregnant Women, But More Data Needed
The New York Times (4/2, Mandavilli) reports that the information “available so far is thin, but it appears that pregnant women are no more likely than anyone else to have severe symptoms from the coronavirus.” Two recent small studies – one by the World...
Number Of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Around The World Passes One Million
USA Today (4/2, Stanglin) reports that as of Thursday, there are more than 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world. However, the number was probably reached earlier, because of untested cases including “asymptomatic individuals; people who m...
Coronavirus Cases Reportedly Increasing Among Healthcare Workers In The US
NBC News (4/1, Przybyla, Fitzpatrick) reports there is a growing number of coronavirus cases among healthcare workers in the US as experts predict that the total number of coronavirus cases will continue to rise for weeks. While differences in testing and...
Article Highlights Concerns Of New Parents During Coronavirus Outbreak In US
The Los Angeles Times (4/1, Arellano) reports “the coronavirus has thrown a curveball of anxiety to new mothers and fathers.” In some areas, hospitals are starting “to limit who can be present during a delivery, and even blocking visitors altogether.” The...
Studies Suggest Certain ART Regimens May Decrease BMD In Adolescents, Older Adults Living With HIV
Infectious Disease Advisor (4/1, Masoud) reports “particular antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimens may decrease bone mass density (BMD) in both adolescents living with HIV and older people living with HIV (PWHIV), according to multiple study results prese...
Expecting Parents Reportedly Face Unexpected Anxiety Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
The Baltimore Sun (4/1, Knezevich) reports that “as the pandemic disrupts daily life for Americans, expecting parents are dealing with anxieties they never thought they would face, from new restrictions on hospital visitors to fears of getting sick or exp...
Coronavirus Is Currently Third-Leading Cause Of Death In The US, Analysis Suggests
The Hill (4/1, Deese) reports coronavirus is currently the third leading cause of death in the US, according to an analysis of CDC data conducted by Dr. Maria Danilychev of San Diego. The article says that deaths from coronavirus have surpassed those from...
Liraglutide May Be Associated With Weight Loss Among Children With Obesity When Added To Exercise, Nutritional Counseling, Study Suggests
MedPage Today (3/31, Hlavinka) reports, “Liraglutide (Saxenda) was associated with weight loss among children with obesity when added to exercise and nutrition counseling, according to a randomized trial sponsored by” the manufacturer of the medication. I...

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