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High School Peer-To-Peer Depression Awareness Program May Increase Adolescents’ Knowledge Of Depression, Study Indicates.
Healio (3/8, Demko) reports, “A high school peer-to-peer depression awareness program in Michigan that encouraged students to both learn about and educate other students about mental illness reduced stigma and increased knowledge about depression, percep...
Subcutaneous Abatacept May Be A Feasible Treatment Option For Kids, Teens With pJIA, Researchers Say.
Medwire News (3/8, Barnard) reports that “subcutaneous abatacept is a feasible treatment option for children and adolescents with polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA),” researchers found. The findings of the “open-label phase III stu...
Texas Health Officials Say Cheerleaders Who Attended National Competition May Have Been Exposed To Mumps.
The Washington Post (3/7, Bever) reports Texas health officials warned that tens of thousands of people who attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship in Dallas last month may have been exposed to mumps. Chris Van Deuse...
Suicides Among Black Children Up 71 Percent In Past Decade, Data Indicate.
The Washington Post (3/7, Moyer) reports, “Nationwide, suicides among black children under 18 are up 71 percent in the past decade, rising from 86 in 2006 to 147 in 2016, the latest year such data is available from the” CDC. During “that same period, the...
Probiotics, Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Reduce Food Allergies, Eczema In Children, Study Indicates.
The New York Times (3/7, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports in its “Well” blog that a new study found probiotics and fish oil supplements during pregnancy and breast-feeding may reduce the risk for food allergies and eczema in early childhood. In...
Infants Born To Moms With Overweight Or Obesity May Be More Likely To Have Overweight Or Obesity At Age One And Three Years, Study Indicates.
Endocrine Today (3/7, Cox) reports, “Infants born to mothers with overweight or obesity were more likely to have overweight or obesity at age 1 and 3 years compared with those born to mothers with normal weight, and those delivered by cesarean section to...
Eosinophilic Esophagitis May Present In Childhood After Eczema And IgE Food Allergies, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/7, Boyles) reports that research indicated “the emerging food allergy eosinophilic esophagitis tended to present in childhood after eczema and IgE food allergies, but slightly before seasonal allergies.” Researchers found that “peak age...
Some US Teens May Have Trouble Getting Emergency Contraception At Pharmacies, Research Suggests.
Reuters (3/7, Rapaport) reports research “suggests that some US teens may have trouble getting emergency contraception at pharmacies even though it’s legally available without a prescription for consumers of all ages.” The study revealed that “about 11 p...
Majority Of US High School Students Now Say They Live In Fear Of A Shooting At Their School, Report Finds.
The Huffington Post (3/7, Bendery) reports, “The majority of high school students in the United States now say they live in fear of a shooting at their school, and among the children who are exposed to a shooting, nearly 40 percent will develop post-trau...
Exposure To Multiple Vaccine Antigens Before Age Two Appears Not To Increase Risk For Other Infectious Diseases Between Two And Four Years Of Age, Study Suggests.
Medscape (3/6, Garcia) reports, “Exposure to multiple vaccine antigens before two years of age does not appear to increase the risk for other infectious diseases between two and four years of age,” researchers found after evaluating “data from 495,193 ch...
Among Children, Teens With MDD, Those With Comorbid Dysthymia, Higher Levels Of Residual Symptoms After Acute Treatment May Be At Greater Risk For Relapse, Study Indicates.
Healio (3/6, Demko) reports, “Among children and teenagers with major depressive disorder [MDD], those with comorbid dysthymia and higher levels of residual symptoms after acute treatment are at greater risk for relapse,” researchers concluded in a study...
Adults Pressured By Their Parents To Diet During Adolescence May Have A Higher Risk Of Obesity, Eating Disorders, Study Indicates.
Reuters (3/6, Rapaport) reports, “Adults who were pressured by their parents to diet during adolescence may have a higher risk of obesity and eating disorders as adults than people who weren’t urged to lose weight as teens,” researchers found after exami...
Exposure To Biologics Among Women With Autoimmune Diseases Not Associated With Increased Risks Of Preterm Delivery Or Having Small For Gestational Age Babies, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/6, Walsh) reports, “Exposure to biologic therapies among women with autoimmune diseases was not associated with increased risks of preterm delivery or having small for gestational age babies,” research indicated. The findings were publis...
Child’s Short- And Long-Term Brain Functioning May Be Influenced By Their Mother’s Immune System Activity During Third Trimester Of Pregnancy, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/6, Preidt) reports that “a child’s short- and long-term brain functioning might be influenced by their mother’s immune system activity during the third trimester of pregnancy,” researchers found. The findings were published online in the Jou...
Increased Exposure To Synthetic Folic Acid In Utero May Be A Risk Factor For Food Allergy, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/6, Boyles) reports that research indicated “newborns with high levels of unmetabolized folic acid had a higher risk for food allergy later in childhood than newborns with lower circulating folic acid levels – suggesting that increased ex...
Parents’ Emotions May Be Tied To Trajectory Of Their Child’s Chronic Pain, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/6, Monaco) reports, “Parents’ emotions are tied to the trajectory of their child’s chronic pain,” an “observational study” indicated. The findings of the 144-child study were presented at the American Pain Society’s Scientific Summit.
FDA Approves Small Mechanical Heart Valve That Could Be Used In Newborns.
Reuters (3/6, Staff) reports the Food and Drug Administration “approved Abbott Laboratories’” 15 mm Masters HP series mechanical heart valve, which is the smallest approved in the world. The article reports that the small valve could be used in newborns....
Study Reveals Need For Parents, Their Children’s Clinicians To Have More Open Conversations Regarding Complementary Health Approaches.
In the New York Times (3/6, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog, Amitha Kalaichandran, MD, Sunita Vohra, MD, and Roger Zemek, MD, write, “The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health,” defines...
Specially Trained Dogs Alert Kids With T1D In Advance Of Low Or High Blood Sugar Events.
The AP (3/6, Doyle) reports that for some children with type 1 diabetes, a specially trained dog may help warn them “in advance of low or high blood sugar events before they become dangerous.” This allows children to “take steps to return their blood sug...
Number Of Minors Hospitalized For Opioid Poisonings Or Overdoses May Be Increasing, Study Suggests.
The AP (3/5, Tanner) reports researchers found that a growing number of minors in the US are being hospitalized because of opioid poisonings or overdoses, according to a study published in Pediatrics. The study found that such “hospitalizations were most...
Depression In Teens May Manifest Itself As Physical Ailments, Anger, Or Irritability.
The Wall Street Journal (3/5, Bernstein, Subscription Publication) reports that in an effort to help parents discern whether their adolescent children are depressed or merely moody, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines in February to...
Poor Nutrition In Early Childhood May Increase Risk Of Hearing Loss In Adulthood, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (3/5, Preidt) reports researchers found that “poor nutrition in early childhood may make hearing loss more likely in adulthood.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Minnesota Adds Spinal Muscular Atrophy To Its Newborn Health Screening System.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (3/5, Olson) reports that Minnesota has added spinal muscular atrophy to its newborn screening program now that a drug treatment for the disorder is available. Unless parents decline testing, all babies born in Minnesota are...
Adolescents Who Use E-Cigarettes May Be Exposed To Chemicals That May Potentially Cause Cancer, Study Suggests.
On its website, CBS News (3/5) reports that research suggests adolescents who use e-cigarettes “are exposed to significant levels of chemicals that could potentially cause cancer.” Investigators found that “teens who used e-cigarettes had as much as thre...
CDC Says 114 Children Have Died From Flu This Season.
ABC World News Tonight (3/2, story 10, 0:15, Muir) reported the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data showing that nationally, 17 more children have died due to flu-related illnesses this season, bringing the total to 114....
Nurse Practitioners Practice In Lower-Income Areas Than Other Healthcare Workers, Study Finds.
U.S. News & World Report (3/2, Oliver) reported that according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, “physicians, physician assistants and chiropractors flock to the higher-income areas with high life expectancy, while nurse practitione...
Washington Sate Passes Bill Outlawing Conversion Therapy For Minors.
Newsweek (3/4, Porter) reported that Washington “will become the tenth US state to outlaw” conversion therapy for minors once signed by Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA). Under HB 5722, “a licensed healthcare practitioner performing conversion therapy on a pati...
GAO: Officials Do Not Properly Evaluate Impact Of Medicaid Experiments.
The New York Times (3/4, Pear, Subscription Publication) says that while the Trump Administration hopes to “transform Medicaid by allowing states to test work requirements, premiums and other conservative policies,” a GAO report “says federal and state o...
Not Enough Research Yet Regarding Addictiveness, Harm Of Technology Use Among Young People, Author Says.
In an opinion piece in the New York Times (3/4, SR7, Subscription Publication), author Anya Kamenetz wrote, “A new national ad campaign,” called “‘Truth About Tech,’ is designed to expose the ways that platforms like YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook are ha...
Early Use Of Biologics May Prevent Disease Progression Among Kids With Crohn’s Disease, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/2, Walsh) reported that research indicated “the early use of biologic therapies helped prevent disease progression among children with Crohn’s disease, but did not delay or avoid the need for surgery.” Researchers found that of the “1,44...
Medication For AD/HD May Be Associated With Lower Risk Of Seizures, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (3/2, George) reported that research suggests “medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) – including methylphenidate (Ritalin) – may be associated with lower risk of seizures.” Although “patients with AD/HD were at hig...
Young Patients, Parents May Often Disagree On What The Child’s In-Hospital Experience Was Really Like, Study Suggests.
Reuters (3/1, Crist) reported, “Young patients and their parents may often disagree on what the child’s experience in the hospital was really like,” concluded a UK study that “found differing perceptions on issues such as safety, decision-making and priv...
Bedside Pediatric Early Warning System No More Effective Than Usual Care For Preventing Deaths Among Hospitalized Youngsters, Study Finds.
MedPage Today (3/1, Boyles) reports, “The Bedside Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) was...no more effective than usual care for preventing deaths among hospitalized children,” researchers found in a randomized trial including “21 hospitals in seven c...
Illinois House Committee Advances Bill That Would Set Minimum Age For Tackle Football.
The AP (3/1, O'Connor) reports that on March 1, the Illinois House Mental Health Committee “advanced” HB4341, a measure under which children in the state “could not play tackle football until age 12.” The measure advanced after committee members heard “p...
Op-Ed: Flu Shots Should Be Mandatory For Children.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, partner at the Oak HC/FT healthcare investment company and a vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania, and Justin Bernstein, who is completing his doctorate at the university, argue in a New York Times (3/1, Subscription Publica...
Policy Statement Recommends EDs Create A Standard Formulary For Pediatric Patients.
MedPage Today (3/1, Walker) reports that in order to reduce the number of medication errors, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a policy statement in which it recommends emergency departments (EDs) “create a standard formulary for pediat...
North Dakota Immunization Rate For Kindergarteners At 94%.
The AP (3/1) reports that North Dakota’s immunization rate for kindergarteners “remains at about 94 percent for all required vaccines,” according to health officials, who say that a 95 percent rate is the goal that is recommended to maintain immunity in...
More Than Half Of LGBTQ Youths Struggle With Eating Disorders, Survey Finds.
The Huffington Post (3/1, Herreria) reports on a new survey (pdf) by The Trevor Project which “found that more than 50 percent of LGBTQ youths who participated in its national survey had been diagnosed with an eating disorder.” Among respondents to the “...
Indiana House Approves Measure That Allows Parents To Opt Their Children Out Of Sex Education.
The AP (2/28) reports that Indiana’s House approved a bill that allows “public school parents to review [the] sex education curriculum and ‘opt’ their student out of such instruction.” On Wednesday, legislators voted 68-27 to pass the measure. The articl...
Proposal To Allow Greater Access To Association Health Plans Would Lead To More Uninsured, Higher Premiums, Analysis Indicates.
The Hill (2/28, Hellmann) reports that the Trump Administration’s proposal to allow small business owners to set up association health plans would “shift more than 3 million enrollees out of” the ACA’s “marketplaces and lead to premium increases,” accord...
One In 14 Pregnant Women Still Smokes, CDC Study Finds.
USA Today (2/28, May) reports that despite the “host of birth defects” linked to smoking while pregnant, one in 14 women are doing it, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis released Wednesday. The CDC’s National Center for He...
Subcutaneous Abatacept May Be Effective In Kids With JIA, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/28, Walsh) reports, “Subcutaneous abatacept (Orencia) showed efficacy among children with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),” research indicated. The findings of the “open-label phase III trial” were published online in A...
More US Kids Taking Part In Mandatory “Active Shooter” Drills.
The Atlantic (2/28, Hamblin) reports that with the increased number of school shootings in the US, “more children are taking part in mandatory ‘active-shooter drills’” at their schools. Now, “many parents, teachers, and students say that the experience i...
Diet In Early Life May Impact Likelihood Children Will Develop Celiac Disease, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/27, Walsh) reports that research suggests that “in early-life, post-weaning, diet can influence the likelihood that children will develop celiac disease.” Investigators found that “children whose diets were rich in vegetables, grains, an...
Trump Signs Executive Order Emphasizing Team Sports Play In Children.
The Washington Times (2/27, Miller) reports that on Feb. 27, “President Trump...ripped up the executive order that helped boost Michelle Obama’s physical fitness crusade and replaced it with a new order that emphasized getting the nation’s children once...
Gay Or Lesbian Teens Who Engage In Heterosexual Sex May Be At Highest Risk Of A Suicide Attempt, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (2/27, Preidt) reports, “Teens who are gay or lesbian but engage in heterosexual sex are at higher risk of a suicide attempt,” researchers found after examining CDC survey “responses from 6,800 US students in grades 9 through 12 who’d become se...
Children Born Of Moms With PCOS Who Took Metformin During Pregnancy May Be More Likely To Have Weight Issues As Toddlers, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/27, Monaco) reports, “Children born of mothers with polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS] who took metformin during pregnancy were more likely to have weight issues as toddlers,” researchers found. The findings of the 182-child study were p...
Half Of All US Kids Have Experienced At Least One Potentially Traumatic Adverse Childhood Experience, Report Finds.
The Atlantic (2/27, Kirk) reports that “a new report from Child Trends, a Bethesda, Maryland, nonprofit that conducts research on improving children’s lives, found that almost half of all American children have experienced at least one potentially trauma...
Sexting Appears To Be On The Rise Among Teens, Meta-Analysis Suggests.
The ABC News (2/26, Allen) website reports that among teenagers, sexting is on the increase, research indicates. Nearly “27 percent of teens are receiving sexts and almost 15 percent are sending them, according to findings” published online in JAMA Pedia...
New York City Lawmakers Propose Requiring Opioid Education In Schools.
The New York Daily News (2/27, Durkin) reports under a new bill proposed in the New York City Council, the city would be required “to draw up pamphlets on the heroin and prescription drug crisis aimed at middle and high school students.” The Daily News r...

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