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Efforts To Improve Mental Healthcare For Young People Since Sandy Hook Shootings Have Had Mixed Results.
The AP (12/13, Haigh) reports that five years after the shootings at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, “efforts to improve mental health care for young people have had mixed results,” and “many reforms included in key piece of federal legislation,” the 2...
Survey Looks Into Teen Marijuana, Tobacco Use.
The New York Times (12/14, Hoffman, Subscription Publication) reports a new survey “sponsored by the federal government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse and administered by the University of Michigan, found that 22.9% of high school seniors said they h...
Graphic Cigarette Warnings May Encourage Teen Smoking, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/13, Boyles) reports that a study from RAND Corporation researchers questions the effectiveness of a strategy by anti-tobacco advocates to push for “graphic warnings depicting the gruesome effects of cigarette use” as a way to prevent sm...
Children Born To Mothers With RA May Have An Increased Risk For Chronic Diseases, Research Suggests.
Healio (12/13, Laday) reports, “Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis [RA] have an increased risk for chronic diseases, including thyroid disease, epilepsy and rheumatoid arthritis, during childhood and adolescence,” researchers found after...
Teens May Be More Likely To Behave Badly If They Live In Areas With Heavy Air Pollution, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (12/13, Thompson) reports that research suggests “teens are more likely to behave badly – lie, steal, vandalize, use drugs – if they live in areas with heavy air pollution.” The study indicated that “younger kids exposed to increased levels of...
Bivalent Vaccine Against Meningococcal B Disease May Be Safe, Efficacious Against Several Strains Of The Disease In Younger People, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/13, Walker) reports that “two phase III trials” indicated “MenB-FHbp (Trumenba), a bivalent vaccine against meningococcal B disease that targets factor-H binding protein, was safe and efficacious against several strains of the disease i...
CHIP Funding May Be Delayed Into Next Year.
Congressional Quarterly (12/12, Raman, Subscription Publication) reports that several members of the House and Senate “remain committed to renewing funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program in the next legislative vehicle, but” the likelihood of...
Opioid Crisis Strains US Foster Care System.
The AP (12/12, Sedensky, Hoyer) reports that across the US, “soaring use of heroin and other opioids has sent tens of thousands of kids flooding into the foster care system.” New foster care cases involving drug-addicted parents “have hit the highest poi...
Most Healthcare Workers Willing To Procure Medical Marijuana For Young Patients With Advanced Cancer, Survey Finds.
HealthDay (12/12, Preidt) reports an analysis of survey responses from 288 doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, and registered nurses shows that “92% said they’d be willing to help procure medical marijuana f...
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines May Reduce CAP Hospitalizations In Young Kids But Not In Other Age Groups, Research Suggests.
CHEST Physician (12/12, Cooper) reports that research indicated “pneumococcal conjugate vaccines caused declines in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) hospitalizations in children younger than 2 years in the Netherlands.” However, “there was no clear imp...
Food Allergies May Be Linked To Higher Risk For Asthma In Kids, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (12/12, Kitabjian) reports that research suggests kids “with 2 or more food allergies may have a higher risk of developing asthma at age 4 regardless of whether the food allergy resolves.” The findings (12/12, Kitabjian) were publishe...
New York City ACS Improving But Must Fix Deficiencies Monitoring Child Safety, Report Finds.
The New York Daily News (12/13, Smith) describes a report released Tuesday by Kroll Associates which found that New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services “still had issues handling abuse investigations months after vowing to implement reform...
FDA To Review Study Testing Effectiveness Of Probiotics In Kids Taking Antibiotics.
In its “Shots” blog and on its “Morning Edition” program, NPR (12/11, Stein) reports that “some doctors...are recommending probiotics to parents of children taking antibiotics.” One study now in progress has pediatric patients on antibiotics consuming “a...
Long-Term CHIP Reauthorization Unlikely In Next Spending Deal.
The Washington Examiner (12/11, King) reports that a “source familiar with the matter” says that it is “likely there will be a short-term measure to help prop up” the Children’s Health Insurance Program after the current continuing resolution expires on...
Virginia To Send Letter Warning That Children Could Lose CHIP Coverage.
The Hill (12/11, Sullivan) reports Virginia plans to send a letter Tuesday to enrollees in its Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as FAMIS, notifying them that they could lose their insurance on Jan. 31 if Congress fails to renew funding for the...
Consumer Advocates Say Some Glitches Are Being Observed During The Final Days Of The ACA Open Enrollment Period.
The AP (12/11, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that on Monday, consumer advocates pointed to “some glitches...in the final days for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experienc...
Some Obamacare Participants Facing Dramatic Premium Hikes Due To “Automatic Re-Enrollment.”
The New York Times (12/11, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports how consumers enrolled in certain healthcare plans under Obamacare that for various reasons will not be available in 2018 are being enrolled in new plans without their choosing, sometimes...
Meta-Analysis Examines Anxiety Treatments For Children.
In the New York Times (12/11, Subscription Publication) “The Checkup” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes, “Anxieties and worries of all kinds are common in children,” but “when they interfere with the child’s functioning [are] the most common pediatric mental...
Hypotension Occurring Soon After Resuscitation In Children With OHCA Associated With Lower Odds Of Survival, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/11, Lou) reports on a study published in JAMA Pediatrics finding “hypotension soon after resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in children was associated with poorer odds of survival in a trial population.” The study,...
Omalizumab-Oral Desensitization Combo May Help Reduce Allergic Reactions Among Kids With Multiple Food Allergies, Phase II Trial Indicates.
MedPage Today (12/11) reports, “A 16-week course of omalizumab (Xolair) combined with desensitization oral immunotherapy was found to be more efficacious than oral immunotherapy alone for reducing allergic reactions among children with multiple food alle...
Children’s Use Of Mobile Phones Varies Widely Around The Globe.
CNN (12/11, Howard) examines mobile and phone usage by children around the globe, highlighting the wide disparities across various cultures as to how, when, and at what age kids use the devices. But, according to CNN, “the American Academy of Pediatrics...
French Baby Formula Maker Issues Global Recall Over Salmonella Fears.
The AP (12/11) reports “baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.” The French company is “one of the world’s largest dairy groups,” and the AP rep...
Researchers Recommend Ban On Window Blind Cords After Data Show Related Pediatric Deaths Have Not Slowed.
The AP (12/11, Tanner) reports a recent study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found the number of injuries and deaths among children due to window blinds “have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns,” prompting researchers to recommend...
Collins Confident Tax Overhaul Will Include Provisions On Medicare, ACA.
Bloomberg News (12/10, Niquette) reports Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), “a key vote on legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code, said she’s confident agreements she sought as part of her support will be kept but hasn’t made a final decision about the measur...
Stopgap Spending Plan Did Not Include CHIP Funding For 2018.
NBC News (12/8, Fox) reported that the continuing resolution signed by President Trump Friday keeps the federal government from shutdown until December 22, but it did not fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program through 2018. The stopgap measure “sim...
Despite Increase In ACA Sign-Ups, Total Numbers Could Be Lower Than Last Year’s.
NBC Nightly News (12/9, story 7, 1:40, Diaz-Balart) reported that Republicans are still attempting to roll back the ACA, but the healthcare law remains in effect. NBC added that the open enrollment season will soon come to an end, and even though “more p...
ACA Enrollees Facing Higher Premiums, Fewer Options.
The AP (12/10, Murphy) reports that many middle-class consumers who have ACA coverage have been dealing with rising premiums and fewer options for years. They earn too much to qualify for ACA subsidies, yet “they don’t make enough to comfortably afford i...
Some Experts Contend Impact Of Repealing ACA’s Individual Mandate Will Be Muted.
The Wall Street Journal (12/10, Radnofsky, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports that as Republicans move closer to passing their tax reform bill, they could be on the verge of repealing the ACA’s individual mandate. The Senate’s version of the bill...
Emicizumab May Nearly Eliminate Bleeding In Pediatric Patients With Hemophilia A With Factor VIII Inhibitors.
Medscape (12/10, Castellino) reports an analysis of the HAVEN 2 trial presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting found that emicizumab (hemlibra) “was effective in substantially reducing bleeds and was well tolerated.” The trial indic...
Consumers Finding Some Drugs Are Cheaper Without Insurance.
In a front-page article, the New York Times (12/9, A1, Ornstein, Thomas, Subscription Publication) reports that consumers are “increasingly” finding that some drugs are cheaper without insurance than with it. According to the Times, “one industry expert...
UNICEF Calls For Immediate Evacuation Of 137 Sick Syrian Children.
The AP (12/10) reports UNICEF issued a statement Sunday in which it “said its aid workers described seeing one of the worst health situations since the conflict” in Syria “began in 2011 during a rare international aid convoy to a neighborhood in the East...
Flu Season, Already “Tough,” Is Likely To Worsen.
NBC Nightly News (12/8, story 11, 1:30, Holt) reported, “The CDC is warning this flu season is off to a tough start and likely to get more serious,” with the nation already seeing “more than double the number of flu cases than usual for this time of year...
Infant CCHD Deaths Fell By About A Third In States That Adopted Mandatory Screening, Study Finds.
Medscape (12/7, Wendling) reports that even though “the need to mandate critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening in US newborns was initially questioned...a new study shows that infant CCHD deaths fell by about a third in states that adopted ma...
Congress Passes Stopgap Measure To Avert Government Shutdown.
The New York Times (12/7, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, Congress passed “a two-week stopgap measure...that will avoid a government shutdown this weekend, pushing until just before Christmas a broader possible showdown over s...
Op-Ed: Four Governors Call On Congress To Act On CHIP.
Govs. Charlie Baker (R-MA), Kate Brown (D-OR), Steve Bullock (D-MT), and Brian Sandoval (R-ND) write in the New York Times (12/7, Subscription Publication) that nearly nine million children receive healthcare through CHIP, including more than 300,000 in...
Certain Complexities Make It Difficult To Interpret Evidence On Autism Prevalence In Immigrant Communities, Experts Say.
Scientific American (12/7, Sohn) reports that certain “complexities, experts say, make it difficult to interpret the evidence that certain immigrant communities have an unusually high or low prevalence of autism.” Even as some scientists “dig into possib...
Parents Advised To Limit Babies’ Consumption Of Rice Cereals Over High Arsenic Content.
The New York Times (12/7, Rabin, Subscription Publication) reports that according to a new report from Healthy Babies Bright Futures, rice cereal, “often a baby’s first solid food,” contains “six times more inorganic arsenic, on average, than infant cere...
Babies Exposed To Metformin In Utero May Have Larger Head Circumferences, Study Indicates.
Endocrine Today (12/7, Polhamus) reports, “Among babies born to women with polycystic ovary syndrome [PCOS], those who were exposed to metformin in utero had larger head circumferences compared with those exposed to placebo,” researchers found after cond...
Using Trend Arrow Data From A Real-Time CGM System May Improve Glucose Control In Pediatric Patients With T1D, Researchers Say.
Endocrinology Advisor (12/7, Schad) reports, “Using trend arrow data from a real-time continuous glucose monitoring [CGM] system improves glucose control in pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes [T1D],” researchers concluded in findings published in th...
Use Of Cannabis In Adolescence Appears To Be Independently Associated With Future Hypomania, Study Indicates.
Healio (12/7, Byrne) reports, “The use of cannabis in adolescence appears to be independently associated with future hypomania,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data on 3,370 participants in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.” Th...
Maine’s New Standard For Lead Exposure Behind Tenfold Jump In Interventions After Youngsters Test Positive.
The Portland (ME) Press Herald (12/7, Lawlor) reports, “The number of Maine households notified of childhood lead exposure has increased tenfold in the first year since the state implemented a new law designed to combat lead poisoning with early interven...
Audit Of Massachusetts Child Welfare Agency Finds Unreported Injuries.
The AP (12/7, Salsberg) reports on an audit of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families released Thursday by Democratic Auditor Suzanne Bump which “uncovered 19 cases in which the department failed to notify district attorneys of such allega...
Poll Shows Voters Support Shutting Down Government Until Congress Renews CHIP.
Morning Consult (12/6, Reid) reports a Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 67 percent of voters would support “shutting down the federal government until Congress reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which lawmakers let expire in Se...
Congress’ Failure To Renew CHIP Could Cost California Billions.
The San Francisco Chronicle (12/7, Ho) reports, “It’s been 67 days and counting since Congress missed the deadline to renew federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides low-cost health coverage for 9 million poor children n...
Illinois Has CHIP Funding To Last Through September.
The Chicago Tribune (12/6, Schencker) reports that Illinois has enough funding for its Children’s Health Insurance Program to last through September, according to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The state’s program covers 255,0...
Louisiana’s CHIP To Run Out Of Funds In January If Congress Does Not Act.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune (12/6, O'Donoghue) reports Louisiana will exhaust funding for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program in mid-January if Congress does not renew federal funding. The program covers 121,000 Louisiana children and if C...
Congress’ Inaction On CHIP Could Lead To Fewer Services For Tennessee Children.
The Tennessean (12/6, Fletcher) reports the “uncertain future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP and called CoverKids in Tennessee, is worrying physicians and advocates as well as state officials who could be left to decide whether...
Texas Officials Consider “Accounting Trick” To Keep CHIP Running For A Few More Weeks.
The Dallas Morning News (12/6, Wang) reports Texas is considering “an accounting trick” to extend its Children’s Health Insurance Program “a few more weeks.” The Morning News says that “by not taking matching money from the federal government for kids wh...
Senate Votes To Begin Process Of Reconciling Its Tax Reform Bill With House Version.
The Wall Street Journal (12/6, Rubin, Subscription Publication) reports the Senate voted Wednesday to begin formal tax-bill negotiations with the House to reconcile both chambers’ bills. Republicans are weighing changes that would expand tax cuts and cou...
Ryan Says Republicans Will Address Entitlement Reform Next Year.
The Washington Post (12/6, Stein) reports that House Speaker Ryan said during a radio interview Wednesday that Republicans will seek next year to decrease spending on federal healthcare and anti-poverty programs. During an appearance on Ross Kaminsky’s t...

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