Advocacy

NAPNAP Daily News

The NAPNAP Daily news is available for Members Only. You will need to login as a Member to to view all of the news.

Repeated Head Blows Without Concussions May Not Cause Brain Damage In Young Football Players, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/16, Preidt) reports researchers found that “young football players who suffer repeated head blows – but not concussions – may not sustain brain damage.” The findings were published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
Abuse In Childhood Linked To Arthritis Later In Life, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/17, Walsh) reports a study published in Arthritis Care & Research found that “severe and frequent maltreatment during childhood was associated with a significantly elevated risk for arthritis in later life.” The researchers calculated t...
Getting HPV Vaccine Does Not Increase Risky Sex Among Teens, Research Suggests.
USA Today (10/15, Haller) reports a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that teens do not make poor sexual choices after getting the HPV vaccine. USA Today adds that the FDA “announced that the HPV vaccine is expanding for u...
Exposure To Beta-Blockers During First Trimester Of Pregnancy Not Linked To Higher Risk For Cardiac Birth Defects, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/15, Lyles) reports that research indicated that “exposure to beta-blockers during the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with heightened risk for cardiac or other major birth defects.” Investigators found that “the excess r...
Concussion Symptoms May Last For A Year For Children, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/15, Reinberg) reports a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that 31 percent of children who have had a concussion still experience symptoms, such as headache and irritability, up to a year later. The article explains, “Although...
Teens Exhibit Less Violent Behavior In Countries Where Spanking Is Illegal, International Study Finds.
Reuters (10/15, Rapaport) reports a study published Monday in BMJ Open found that adolescents “may be less likely to get in fist fights when they live in countries where it’s illegal for parents to spank or slap children as punishment for bad behavior.”...
More Children Visiting ED In Massachusetts After State Made It Harder For Families To Enter Shelters, Study Indicates.
Reuters (10/15, Rapaport) reports researchers found that visits to the ED “for homelessness surged at a large urban children’s hospital after Massachusetts made it harder for families to get into shelters.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.
Asthma May Be Risk Factor For Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/12, Preidt) reported researchers found that “children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity.” The findings were published in the European Respiratory Journal.
Survey: Increasing Numbers Of Utah Teens Report Depression, Suicidal Thoughts.
The Deseret (UT) News (10/13, Leonard) said that the 2017 Utah Adolescent Health Report found that 27.3 percent of teens in the state indicated being depressed, an increase from 20.8 percent in 2013. The 2017 data “show more than 20 percent of Utah stude...
Poverty May Partially Explain Why Hispanic Infants With Certain Heart Defects Have Worse-Than-Average Outcomes, Study Suggests.
Reuters (10/12, Carroll) reported that “Hispanic infants with certain heart defects have worse-than-average outcomes, and” research suggests “the disparity may be linked with their family’s reliance on public health insurance and lower education levels i...
New Tool Aids CT Decision-Making In Children With Minor Head Trauma, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/12, Brauser, Subscription Publication) reported a study published in JAMA Network Open described how a “new tool may help clinicians and parents work together to make decisions about whether children with minor head trauma (HT) should underg...
More Than 80 Suspected Cases Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Being Investigated In Outbreak.
NBC Nightly News (10/12, story 5, 1:40, Holt) reported that there are more than 80 suspected cases of a “rare illness that causes partial paralysis in children,” acute flaccid myelitis. The segment reported, “NBC News reached out to health departments ac...
CDC Says Rates Of Unvaccinated Children Have Quadrupled Since 2001.
The Washington Post (10/11, Sun) reports data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report show that “a small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or...
Childhood Trauma More Common In Patients With Anxious Depression, Study Finds.
Medscape (10/11, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports on a study presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress and published in Psychoneuroendocrinology finding that “childhood trauma, particularly sexual abuse, is more co...
Severity Of Acute Respiratory Infections In Children Impacted By Viral Etiology, Study Suggests.
Infectious Disease Advisor (10/11, Nelson) reports new research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases examining viral etiology among children with acute respiratory infection shows those who “had preceding infection with adenovirus (hazard rati...
Cold Medicines Should Be Avoided In Children, Study Says.
HealthDay (10/11, Thompson) reports on a study published in the BMJ finding that “decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there’s no evidence that they do any good.” According to HealthDay, the study found that these over the...
Hispanic Infants’ Odds Of Surviving Critical Congenital Heart Disease Influenced By Mother’s Education, Insurance Status, Study Indicates.
Cardiovascular Business (10/10, Slachta) reports, “Socioeconomic factors – namely a mother’s insurance status and level of education – weigh heavily on Hispanic infants’ chances of surviving critical congenital heart disease (CHD) in their first year of...
Mental Illness In Mothers May Impair Recognition Of Childrens’ Emotions, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/10, Davenport, Subscription Publication) reports study findings presented at the 31st European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress suggest that pregnant women with a history of affective disorders may “have difficulty recogniz...
Adolescent Obesity In Girls Associated With Multiple Negative Outcomes In Adulthood, Study Indicates.
Endocrinology Advisor (10/10) reports girls with obesity “were less likely to achieve a bachelor’s degree, make more than $50,000 per year, or enter marriage/partnership in young adulthood compared with girls without obesity,” according to a study publis...
Health Authorities Investigating Spike In Cases Of Rare Polio-Like Disorder In Children.
The New York Times (10/10, Hauser) reports health authorities said this week they are investigating an unusual spike in cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Since September, six cases of AFM in children younger than age 10 have been reported in Minneso...
Immigrant Youth May Be More Likely To Present To ED With A First Mental Health Crisis, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/9, Monaco) reports, “Immigrant youth were more likely to present to the emergency department (ED) with a first mental health crisis,” researchers found after studying “a total of 2,194 refugee and 6,690 non-refugee immigrant youth, ages...
Early Third Trimester Maternal Immunization With Tdap Vaccine May Result In Higher Pertussis Antibody Concentrations In Neonates, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/9, Garcia, Subscription Publication) reports, “Maternal immunization with tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine early in the third trimester results in higher pertussis antibody concentrations in neonates compared with...
Juvenile Huntington’s Disease Should Be Classified As Two Subtypes, Researchers Suggest.
Rare Disease Report (10/8, Lutz) reports that researchers called for the creation of two subtypes of juvenile Huntington’s disease after conducting a “a retrospective analysis of” patients with the condition. The researchers found that juvenile Huntingto...
Three More Cases Of Rare Polio-Like Illness Reported.
The CBS Evening News (10/9, story 6, 1:40, Glor) reported that in Pittsburgh, there are three new cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare illness with symptoms similar to polio. The cases follow an “unusual rise this year” in incidence of the illne...
Sexual Minority Adolescents May Be More Likely Than Their Peers To Attempt Suicide, Meta-Analysis Suggests.
Reuters (10/8, Carroll) reports, “LGBT adolescents are more likely than other kids their age to try to kill themselves,” research indicated. In fact, “data pooled from 35 earlier studies show that sexual minority youth were more than three times as likel...
Awareness Growing Of Link Between Childhood Trauma, Long-Term Physical And Mental Health.
USA Today (10/5, O'Donnell) reported, “Medical professionals and researchers have long” examined how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) affect “lifelong mental health and addiction.” Currently, “awareness is growing of the link between childhood trauma...
Just One-Third Of Youth With Documented Opioid Use Disorder Tested For HCV, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (10/5, Walker) reports that “only a little over a third of youth with documented opioid use disorder were tested for hepatitis C, and of those, one in ten were positive for exposure to HCV, according to research presented” at “the IDWeek an...
Children Whose Asthma Is Optimally Controlled Do Not Suffer From Exacerbations, Loss Of Disease Control Following Exposure To Triggers, Research Suggests.
Medscape (10/8, Harrison, Subscription Publication) reports that a study suggests that “when asthma is optimally controlled, children do not suffer from exacerbations or loss of disease control after exposure to triggers such as pets in the home.” The fi...
Hand Sanitizer May Be A Better Way To Clean Hands Than Washing With Soap And Water, Study Suggests.
The USA Today (10/8, McClellan) “All the Moms” blog reports, “Hand sanitizer is a better way to clean hands than washing with soap and water,” researchers found in a study involving 911 daycare children. The study revealed that toddlers and kids who used...
Six Minnesota Children Diagnosed With Rare “Polio-Like” Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
ABC World News Tonight (10/8, story 8, 1:30, Muir) reported on a “troubling rise” in the number of cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), “a rare polio-like disorder that could seem at first to be just a common cold.” ABC’s Alex Perez reported that an ou...
Children With Crohn’s Disease Who Are Breastfed May Be Less Likely To Experience Progression To Stricturing Or Penetrating Disease, Study Suggests.
Healio Gastroenterology (10/4) reports that research suggests kids “with Crohn’s disease who are breastfed are less likely to experience progression to stricturing or penetrating disease, while other environmental factors, like smoking, are linked to adv...
Children Exposed To Efavirenz In Utero May Be More Likely To Develop Neurological Conditions Than Children Exposed To Other Drug Regimens To Prevent HIV Transmission, Research Suggests.
Healio (10/4, Bortz) reports researchers found that “children who were exposed to efavirenz in utero to prevent HIV transmission from their infected mother were 60% more likely to acquire a neurological condition when compared with children exposed to ot...
Reduced Perinatal Proteobacteria Exposure Linked To Childhood Pulmonary Disease, Study Indicates.
Pulmonology Advisor (10/4, Moeller) reports that a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that “proteobacterial DNA in umbilical cord serum has been linked to features of childhood asthma including maternal atopy, early childho...
Lower Socioeconomic Status In Childhood Linked To Worse Cognitive Performance In Adulthood, Study Suggests.
Medscape (10/4, McNamara, Subscription Publication) reports that a study suggests “lower socioeconomic status in childhood is associated with worse cognitive performance in adulthood.” Researchers found that “among more than 20,000 older adult participan...
FDA Expands Approval Of Hemophilia Drug Emicizumab.
Bloomberg News (10/4, Loh, Kresge) reports the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded approval of Roche’s hemophilia drug Hemlibra (emicizumab) for “patients with hemophilia A who haven’t developed resistance to the current standard treatment,...
Current Rates Of HPV Vaccination Among Preteens Too Low To Achieve Goals Set By American Cancer Society, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/4, Preidt) reports that research indicates “current rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among preteens are too low to achieve goals set by the American Cancer Society.” The ACS “wants an 80 percent vaccination rate among 13-year...
Preschoolers Who Quickly Gain Weight May Be At Particular Risk Of Becoming Obese Teens, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/3, Norton) reports, “Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers,” researchers concluded in a study that examined “weight-gain patterns among more than 51,000 German children.” According to...
Marijuana May Affect Teens’ Cognitive Abilities More Than Alcohol, Study Suggests.
NBC News (10/3, Charles) reports a study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that “regular marijuana users, especially those who begin using it earlier in their lives, were far more likely to suffer repercussions in their thin...
Clinical Disease Activity May Not Correlate Well With Endoscopic Scoring In Kids With Newly Diagnosed Crohn’s Disease, Study Indicates.
Healio Gastroenterology (10/3, Young) reports that research suggests “clinical disease activity does not correlate well with endoscopic scoring in children with newly diagnosed Crohn’s disease, therefore clinical disease activity scores should not be use...
FTC Asked To Investigate Facebook’s Kid-Centric Messaging App.
The AP (10/3, Ortutay) reports that alleging “Facebook’s kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids’ personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents,” the “Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and oth...
Many New Parents Now Turning To Postpartum Doulas.
The New York Times (10/2, Greenberg) reports on the trend of new parents “turning to postpartum doulas.” According to the Times, “unlike birth doulas, who assist mothers during pregnancy and childbirth, postpartum doulas step in when the baby is already...
Short-Term Health Plans Now Available.
Politico (10/2, Diamond) reports in a brief that insurance companies “and brokers are gearing up for the first open enrollment period under the Trump administration’s revamp of the individual market, creating new plans and expanding marketing efforts to...
Diet Explains Much Of Racial Difference In Blood Pressure In US, Study Suggests.
NBC News (10/2) reports the “Southern diet” described as including “fried food, cheesy casseroles, and sweet, sweet tea” is “deadly, especially to African-Americans,” by increasing “blood pressure up to killer levels,” according to a study published in t...
Emergency Visits For Congenital Heart Disease Becoming Safer, But More Expensive.
Cardiovascular Business (10/2, Allar) reports a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that “emergency department visits for children with congenital heart disease (CHD) are getting more expensive over time but mortali...
Study: Paraben Exposure May Play Role In Pediatric Respiratory, Asthma Disorders.
Pulmonology Advisor (10/2, Jacobs) reports a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that “parabens may play a role in pediatric respiratory and allergic disorders.” The researchers studied data on 4,023 children and found...
Association Between Asthma Risk And Moderate Bilirubin Most Likely Genetic, Research Indicates.
MD Magazine (10/2, Brewster) reports a recent study published in Pediatrics found that “high bilirubin levels is not associated with asthma.” The research indicated that the “association between moderate hyperbilirubinemia and childhood asthma and lack o...
National Physical Activity Plan Alliance Releases Report Card On Fitness Of American Youth.
Medscape (10/2, Young, Subscription Publication) reports, “The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance on Monday released its latest report card (pdf) on the fitness of American youth.” In this report card, “the group maintained the same D- grade that i...
Parents Should Be Familiar With Different E-Cigarette Types, Experts Say.
U.S. News & World Report (10/2, Schroeder) reports that in a September statement, “Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sounded the alarm about what he described as ‘an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teenagers.’” Experts now “say i...
Maine Department Of Health Warning Parents To Keep Marijuana Away From Children.
The AP (10/2) reports, “The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is warning parents to keep marijuana away from” youngsters. In 2017, “the department says the Northern New England Poison Center received 16 calls from Maine...about children five...
US Saw Most Flu Deaths In Over A Decade Last Winter.
The New York Times (10/1, McNeil) reports that “more than 80,000 Americans died of the flu in the winter of 2017-2018, the highest number in over a decade, federal health officials said last week.” Although 90 percent of those deaths were in people over...

Pages