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CDC Warns Consumers Not To Eat Raw Cookie Dough.
USA Today (12/10, May) reports the CDC is warning consumers not to eat raw cookie dough, due to the risk of E. coli infections in flour and salmonella poisoning in raw eggs. Similarly, the FDA and CDC “urge people to avoid handling raw flour – including...
More Than 200,000 US Children Treated Each Year In EDs For Playground-Related Injuries.
HealthDay (12/7, Canter) reported, “According to U.S. health officials, more than 200,000 children aged 14 or under are treated each year in emergency departments for playground-related injuries, about 10 percent of which involve... traumatic brain injur...
Newborns With Vitamin D Deficiency May Have Increased Risk For Schizophrenia In Later Life, Study Indicates.
Healio (12/7, Demko) reported, “Newborns with vitamin D deficiency had a 44% increased risk for schizophrenia in later life compared with those with normal vitamin D levels,” research indicated. The findings of the 2,602-person study were published onlin...
Trump Administration To Ease School Lunch Nutrition Rules.
The Washington Post (12/8, Strauss) reported the U.S. Agriculture Department announced plans to relax regulations on nutrition in school lunches permanently via final rule to be published in the Federal Register. The rule changes requirements for whole g...
Daily Vitamin C Supplementation May Mitigate Some Harm To Fetal Lung Development From Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (12/8, Boyles) reported, “Daily supplements of vitamin C might mitigate some of the harm to fetal lung development from smoking during pregnancy,” researchers concluded. At the age of three months, “infants born to pregnant smokers who took...
Kids With Strong Family Ties, School Support May Be More Likely To Stop Bullying When They See It, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reported, “Children with strong family ties and school support are more likely to try to stop bullying when they see it,” research indicated. Included in the study were “450 sixth-graders and 446 ninth-graders.” The findings were...
“Different Patterns” Found In Brain Scans Among Kids Who Record Heavy Smart Device And Video Game Use.
On its website and on the air, CBS – 60 Minutes (12/9, Ciioer/Cooper) reported, “At 21 sites across the country scientists have begun interviewing nine and ten-year-olds and scanning their brains.” The study will “follow more than 11,000 kids for a decad...
ACA Enrollment Through HealthCare.gov Down 11% Compared To Last Year.
The New York Times (12/6, Abelson, Sanger-Katz) reports that with less than half the ACA open enrollment season remaining, “fewer people have enrolled in coverage than during the same stretch last year.” Federal government data indicate that sign-ups “th...
Study Finds Growing Demand For Physicians And Nurse Practitioners Is Increasing Compensation.
Fierce Healthcare (12/6, Finnegan) reports that 2018 saw a seven-percent increase in job openings for physicians and a three-percent increase for nurse practitioners (NPs), which is “driving up compensation,” according to a new study conducted by Doximit...
MedPAC Recommends Changes To Medicare Provider Payments.
Congressional Quarterly (12/6, Williams, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) “argued the federal government should change how Medicare pays for services performed by nurse practitioners an...
Pediatric Hospital Researchers Find Bedside Rounds Reduce Medical Errors By 38%.
The Boston Globe (12/6, Kowalczyk) reports researchers from eight pediatric hospitals found “it’s far safer” to do daily patient rounds “right at the bedside, with the full involvement of patients and families,” rather than “in hospital hallways and remo...
Study Recommends Asking About Physical Activity.
The Columbus (OH) Dispatch (12/6, Viviano) reports on a study finding that “just 5 percent of youth get the federally recommended amount of exercise – 60 minutes per day,” while “40 percent were either getting too much exercise overall, or too much on ce...
Two Pediatricians Argue For “Narrative Medicine” To Help Patients, Physicians.
Reuters (12/6, Carroll) reports two pediatricians writing in the journal Pediatrics are making a plea for the use of “narrative medicine” in medical programs to teach physicians how “to focus on patients’ stories” as well as attend to “the heavy emotiona...
Pediatricians, Emergency Physicians Voice Alarm At Growing Number Of Child And Teen Suicides Involving Firearms.
U.S. News & World Report (12/6, Castaneda) reports, “Pediatricians and emergency department physicians are” voicing alarm “at the growing number of children, mostly adolescents, who are taking their lives with firearms.” Currently, “suicides by gun claim...
Tris Pharma Recalling Liquid Ibuprofen For Babies Over Potency Concerns.
ABC World News Tonight (12/6, story 11, 0:20, Muir) reported in its broadcast that “New Jersey-based Tris Pharma [is] voluntarily recalling three lots of liquid ibuprofen for babies sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar locations under store brand names...
US Healthcare Spending Slowed For Second Consecutive Year In 2017.
The New York Times (12/6, Pear) reports that US “health spending, which surged as millions of Americans gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, slowed last year, the Trump administration said on Thursday.” Data show spending “totaled $3.5 trillion...
Infant Ibuprofen Recalled.
USA Today (12/5, Shannon) reports that infant ibuprofen slated “to be sold at several national retailers might contain a higher concentration of ibuprofen, leading to potential risks in infants, according to a Wednesday voluntary recall notice.” Tris Pha...
Manchin Pitched Idea Of Reviving ACA Fix To Trump.
The Hill (12/5, Sullivan) reports Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that when he and the President had lunch on Monday, he pitched the idea of “reviving a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act.” Manchin told reporters Wednesday, “I said he’s the one who c...
Proposed HHS Rules Would Open Up More Potential Homes For Foster Children, Expert Says.
The Stateline (12/5) suggests in its “Stateline” blog that proposed HHS regulations would “make it easier for many foster care parents to get licensed, giving a boost to recruiting efforts, particularly among extended family members.” Instead of having “...
A Wide Variety Of Infections May Be Associated With A Higher Risk Of Many Mental Illnesses In Children And Adolescents, Research Suggests.
The NPR (12/5, Chatterjee) “Shots” blog reports investigators “have traced a connection between some infections and mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.” Findings published online Dec. 5 in JAMA Psychiatry reveal that “a...
Studies Find Migrants Have Mortality Advantage Over Host Populations; Children Benefit From Being With Parents.
CNN (12/5, Christensen) reports that a new series of papers presented at a UN Intergovernmental Conference this week and published Wednesday in the journal Lancet found that “most migrants have a mortality advantage, or greater life expectancy, than peop...
Researchers Develop Algorithm That Could Screen For Anemia From Fingernail Image.
Reuters (12/5, Carroll) reports, “An algorithm developed by researchers in Atlanta was able to accurately pick up signs of anemia just from the coloration of people’s nailbeds, the team reports in Nature Communications.” Senior study author Dr. Wilbur La...
Study Finds Parental Subfertility, ART Linked To Offspring Asthma Risk.
MedPage Today (12/5, Boyles) reports that a study published in Thorax, based on national birth and health registry data from Norway, found that “offspring born following assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures were 42% more likely to have asthm...
Over 40% Of Adults Do Not Plan To Get Flu Shot This Season, Survey Reveals.
The Hill (12/5, Hellmann) reports a survey from NORC at the University of Chicago indicates that as of the middle of last month, “41 percent of adults said they haven’t been vaccinated and have no plans to change that, despite last season’s record-high d...
Rural South Carolina Infant Mortality Rate Remains High.
The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier (12/4, Alani) examines the factors in rural South Carolina that affect infant mortality, where rates “still rival those in the developing world,” according to state data. In 2017, “an average 6.5 infants out of every...
AHIP, CMS, NQF Formalize Collaborative To Align Quality Measures.
Fierce Healthcare (12/4, Meltzer) reports a group that “developed eight core measure sets that cover primary care and seven medical specialties” and offer guidance to payers was “formalized on Tuesday by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the Cente...
Senators Propose Bill To Give CMS Authority On Medicaid Drug Prices.
The Hill (12/4, Weixel) reports that a measure “introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will seek to crack down on the tactics used by drug companies like Mylan to overcharge taxpayers for Medicaid rebates.” This bipartisan pro...
Narrow Networks Continue To Dominate ACA Exchanges, Analysis Reveals.
Modern Healthcare (12/4, Livingston, Subscription Publication) reports the consulting firm Avalere said in a report that health insurers are largely continuing a strategy for 2019 of “offering mostly narrow-network plans on the public health insurance ex...
Analysis Finds “Public Charge” Rule Could Discourage Insurance For Children.
Congressional Quarterly (12/4, Williams, Subscription Publication) reports an analysis by “the left-leaning” Urban Institute of census data found a Trump Administration proposed rule on who is likely to become a “public charge” in the US “could put healt...
Premature Infants Require Regular Screening For Retinopathy Of Prematurity, Pediatrics Group Says.
Medscape (12/4, Parry, Subscription Publication) reports, “Premature infants require regular screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)” that was published online...
Ketogenic Diet May Reduce Need For Anti-Seizure Drugs In Children With Epilepsy, Research Indicates.
MD Magazine (12/4, Hoyle) reports researchers found that the ketogenic diet may reduce, or even eliminate, the need for anti-seizure drugs (ASDs) in some children with epilepsy. In “the study involving 232 children with epilepsy...who were taking multipl...
Survey Finds Chicago Residents Think Drug Abuse Is Biggest Problem For Children.
The Chicago Tribune (12/4, Bowen) reports a survey by the city and Lurie Children’s Hospital found that Chicago residents “consider drug abuse, obesity, and child abuse and neglect the biggest problems facing the city’s children,” with 64 percent citing...
US Healthcare System Highly Dependent On Professionals Born In Other Countries, Analysis Finds.
Reuters (12/4, Rapaport) reports, “More than one in four” US physicians “were born in another country, and a new study suggests many nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and home health aides are also immigrants.” The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer (12/4, McCullou...
Decline In Physical Activity, Increase In Sedentary Behavior Begin At Around Six Years Of Age, Study Indicates.
Medscape (12/3, Garcia, Subscription Publication) reports, “A decline in physical activity” and “an increase in sedentary behavior...begin at around six years of age, earlier than previously thought,” researchers concluded in a study including “600 child...
White House Unveils Recommendations To Increase Competition In Healthcare.
Congressional Quarterly (12/3, Siddons, Subscription Publication) says that on Monday, the Trump Administration unveiled “a report with recommendations for increasing competition for health services, including steps that federal agencies, states and Cong...
Millions Of Americans Expected To Drop Health Coverage In 2019 Following Repeal Of ACA Penalty.
The Los Angeles Times (12/3, Bazar) publishes a Kaiser Health News piece which says millions of Americans are likely to drop their health insurance for next year now that the ACA’s penalty for not having coverage has been eliminated. The Congressional Bu...
Trump Administration Examining How Social Services Could Fit In Medicaid.
The Washington Examiner (12/4, Leonard) reports the Trump Administration “is taking a closer look” at adding flexibility to Medicaid for social services that affect healthcare, based on public remarks by HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who said recently, “What...
Puerto Rico Passes Law Aimed At Reducing Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.
The AP (12/3) reports Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello said Monday he plans to install 13 panels consisting of a “health expert, a public advocate and a lawyer or former judge,” to review medical malpractice suits. Plaintiffs making claims of medica...
AD/HD Diagnoses Higher Among Younger School Grade Cohorts In Children Ages Five Through Seven, Study Suggests.
The Wall Street Journal (12/3, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports that diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) appear to be considerably higher among younger school grade cohorts in children ages five through seven. The findin...
Study Reveals Steady Decline In Opioid Prescriptions For Children, Teens In US Since 2012.
HealthDay (12/3, Preidt) reports on “a steady decline in opioid prescriptions for children and teens in the United States since 2012,” as revealed by findings published online in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics.
Federal Action Level Of 15 PPB Of Lead Based On Old Science, Expert Says.
The New York Times (12/3, Leyden) reports in an article focused on lead pipes in Newark, New Jersey, and the effect that lead has on people who drink the city’s water, that “many experts say that the federal action level of 15 parts per billion [PPB], es...
Certain Chemicals Found In Personal Care Products May Be Associated With Early Puberty In Girls, Researchers Say.
Reuters (12/4, Rapaport) reports, “Girls who are exposed before birth to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products may hit puberty earlier than their peers who aren’t exposed to these chemicals in” utero, resea...
Dental Opioid Prescriptions May Increase Risk Of Subsequent Abuse, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (12/3, Cohen) reports a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that “nearly 6 percent of almost 15,000 people between 16 and 25 years old who received initial opioid prescriptions in 2015 from dentists were diagnosed with opi...
Diagnosing Acute Flaccid Myelitis Poses Problems.
Reuters (11/30, Carroll) reported on acute flaccid myelitis, a condition that closely resembles polio and is often misdiagnosed in children because the disease is so rare. Subtle differences in symptoms can help physicians diagnose the condition, such as...
Maine Gains More Prescribers For Suboxone After Medical Association Effort.
The Portland (ME) Press Herald (12/1, Lawlor) reported that estimates based on federal data suggest the Maine Medical Association’s efforts to convince more clinicians to become Suboxone prescribers is gaining ground, with some 200 physicians, physicians...
Senators From Both Parties Want To Delay ACA Health Insurance Tax.
The Hill (11/30, Weixel) reported that a small group of senators from both parties is “urging leadership to extend a delay of ObamaCare’s health insurance tax before the end of the lame duck session.” The article said this tax “has been criticized by Rep...
Republican Opposition To Trump’s Plan To Lower Drug Prices Is Growing.
The Hill (12/2, Sullivan) reports there is growing Republican opposition to President Trump’s proposal to lower Medicare drug prices by tying “certain Medicare drug prices to lower prices in other countries.” A “coalition of conservative groups” on Tuesd...
FDA Approves Marketing Of Test For CMV In Babies Younger Than 21 Days.
Reuters (11/30, Mathias) reported the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Meridian Bioscience Inc.’s Alethia CMV Assay Test System to detect cytomegalovirus “DNA from saliva swabs and won approval for use in babies younger than 21 days of...
Pediatricians Recommend Blocks, Boxes For Kids Over High-Tech Toys.
The AP (12/3, Tanner) reports that pediatricians recommend that the “best toys for tots” are not electronics, rather the best are “old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents – things like blocks, puzzles – even throwaway...
Flu Killed At Least Five Children This Year, CDC Reports.
The Washington Times (11/30, Kelly) reported that the CDC said on Friday that at least five children died of the flu this fall. In the 2017-2018 flu season, 180 children died, which was one of the deadliest flu seasons on record.

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