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US Records Over 3,000 Coronavirus Deaths As Large Cities Face Shortages Of Hospital Beds
USA Today (3/30, Schnell) reports, “The U.S. hit another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic Monday, recording its 3,000 death as the nation’s most populated cities put out cries for aid and extra hospital beds.” In Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York,...
Social Distancing Measures May Be Reducing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggests
The New York Times (3/30, McNeil) reports social distancing measures may be “contributing to rapid drops in the numbers of fevers – a signal symptom of most coronavirus infections – recorded in states across the country, according to intriguing new data p...
Novel Coronavirus Death Rate May Be Lower Than Previously Thought, But Still More Deadly Than Flu, Study Suggests
CNN (3/30, Azad) reports fewer people “die after being infected with the novel coronavirus” than previously estimated, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, “but still more than die from the flu.” The research “estimated that a...
Reports From COVID-19 Hotspots Do Not Indicate Different Disease Pattern Among Children, Adolescents, Young Adults With Diabetes, Compared To Those Without Diabetes
Clinical Endocrinology News (3/27, McCall, Nainggolan) reported that “reports from pediatric endocrinologists in COVID-19 hot spots globally indicate that children, adolescents, and young adults with diabetes have so far not shown a different disease patt...
New AI Tool May Better Define Various Parts Of The Brain In Newborns, Researchers Say
HealthImaging (3/27, O'Connor) reported, “A new artificial intelligence [AI] tool can better define various parts of the brain in newborns and may be a tremendous benefit for research into children most vulnerable to brain injuries,” researchers concluded...
Environmental Exposure To Metallic Toxins In Early Life May Be Risk Factor For IBD, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (3/27, Swift) reported, “Environmental exposure to metallic toxins in early life may be a risk factor for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and may help explain the rising incidence of IBD in the urbanized world,” researchers concluded. Afte...
FDA Issues EUA For Hydroxychloroquine, Chloroquine For Coronavirus Treatment
Politico (3/29, Diamond) reports that on Sunday, the FDA “issued an emergency use authorization [EUA] for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence.”...
Death Toll From Coronavirus In US Passes 2,000
The Hill (3/28, Moreno) reported that on Saturday, the number of deaths from coronavirus in the US passed 2,000 meaning the death toll in the US “doubled in the span of two days.” Meanwhile, “the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. now...
Pregnant Women May Be Able To Pass Coronavirus To Fetus, Papers Suggest
STAT (3/26, Branswell) reports three recently published scientific papers that pregnant women may be able to pass the new coronavirus to their babies. Two of the papers, “published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported findi...
Autism Rate In Children Has Jumped Over Past Two Years, CDC Says
According to the AP (3/26, Stobbe), a new CDC report found that “autism has grown slightly more common in the U.S., but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared.” The report revealed that about one “in 54 U.S. children were identified as...
Investigators Recommend PFT Monitoring In Pediatric Patients With Chronic Hepatitis B
Infectious Disease Advisor (3/26, Schad) reports, “Pulmonary function test (PFT) monitoring is recommended in pediatric patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB),” investigators concluded after evaluating “PFT abnormalities in 100 children and adolescents w...
Pediatric Endocrinologists Say Young People With Diabetes Do Not Appear To Be At Higher Risk For COVID-19 Compared To Peers Without The Disease
Medscape (3/26, McCall, Nainggolan, Subscription Publication) says “reports from pediatric endocrinologists in COVID-19 hotspots globally indicate that children, adolescents, and young adults with diabetes have so far not shown a different disease pattern...
Number Of Coronavirus Cases Worldwide Passes 500,000 With Death Toll Surpassing 24,000
The AP (3/26, Long, Rising, Schmall) reports the total number of coronavirus cases in the world now exceeds 500,000 and the death toll has now passed 24,000. The article adds that “the human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mount...
Rates Of Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts On The Increase Among US Teens, Research Suggests
HealthDay (3/25, Preidt) reports, “Rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts are all on the rise among U.S. teens,” investigators found after analyzing “data on more than 230,000 teens collected between January 2005 and December 2018 in annual U....
Group Of 16 State AGs Call For President Trump To Use Defense Production Act To Make Supplies Needed To Fight Coronavirus
The Hill (3/25, Sullivan) reports 16 state AGs are calling for President Trump “to immediately use his powers under a defense law to increase production of critically needed supplies to fight the coronavirus.” In a letter to President Trump, the group sai...
Adolescent Students With Psychiatric Disorders May Be Less Likely To Complete Final Exams In Compulsory Schooling Relative To Peers Without Such Diagnoses, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (3/25, Hlavinka) reports, “Adolescent students with psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, substance use disorder, and attachment disorders were less likely to complete final exams in compulsory schooling relative to peers without suc...
Congress Considering Legislation That Could Reduce Availability Of Chinese-Made Pharmaceuticals In US
Newsweek (3/25, Stockler) reports, “Congress is considering two measures that could drastically reduce the availability of Chinese-made pharmaceuticals in the United States, setting up fears that reorganizing international supply chains during a pandemic...
US Death Toll From Coronavirus Passes 1,000 Mark
USA Today (3/25, Yomtov) reports that “the death toll in the United States topped 1,000 on Wednesday night as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country.” According to USA Today, “America’s first death was reported on Feb. 29 and the rat...
Investigators Examine Dietary Quality Trends From 1999 To 2016 Among US Children
MedPage Today (3/24, Minerd) reports, “The average American child’s diet improved considerably from 1999 to 2016, with less soda and more fruits and vegetables, though unhealthy diets remained the rule rather than the exception,” research indicated. Healt...
Expert Says Parents Should Remain Calm To Mitigate Effects Of Public Health Measures On Children’s Mental Health
Healio (3/24, Rathore) reports the coronavirus pandemic “will likely present mental health challenges for children, according to child health experts who participated in a live panel discussion organized by Newswise.” Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of the depa...
In Utero Exposure To Magnetic Field Nonionizing Radiation May Increase Risk For AD/HD, Study Indicates
HealthDay (3/24, Reinberg) reports, “Pregnant women exposed to high levels of radiation from cellphones, microwaves and Wi-Fi,” that is, magnetic field (MF) nonionizing radiation, “may be increasing their baby’s risk for” attention-deficit/hyperactivity d...
Analysts Warn Of Disruptions In Drug Supply Chain As India Combats Coronavirus Spread
CNBC (3/24, Tatelbaum) reports, “Analysts warn that the COVID-19 pandemic could disrupt the global pharmaceutical supply chain which is heavily reliant on China and India, as India takes harsh measures to combat the spread of the virus, exacerbating an al...
Gallup Poll Says More Americans Are Practicing Social Distancing This Week Compared To Last Week
The Hill (3/24, Coleman) reports that the number of US adults practicing social distancing increased from 54% last week to 72% this week, according to a Gallup poll. The article says that “the biggest change from last week is the number of people who are...
US Hospitals Reportedly Trying To Cope With Shortage Of Nurses Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
NBC News (3/24, Fitzpatrick, McFadden, Whitman and Monahan) reports, “As hospitals around the country prepare for a surge of tens of thousands of coronavirus patients expected in the coming weeks, they are trying to fill thousands of ‘crisis’ nursing jobs...
Children’s Hospitals Reportedly Resist Calls To Accept Adult Patients Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Modern Healthcare (3/24, Bannow, Subscription Publication) reports that as the coronavirus pandemic “threatens to overwhelm hospitals in the U.S., many children’s hospitals are united in the message: Don’t send your adult patients here.” The article says...
US Medical Practices Facing Economic Impacts Of Coronavirus Pandemic
Bloomberg (3/24, Tozzi) reports, “Physicians have deferred nonessential care or seen wary patients cancel en masse” due to the spread of the coronavirus in the US. Some offices “have staff quarantined because of potential exposure, while others are rushin...
WHO Director-General Says “Pandemic Is Accelerating” With More Than 350,000 Cases Worldwide
The Hill (3/23, Wilson) reports on Monday, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The pandemic is accelerating” with more than 350,000 cases in the world. Tedros called for countries to cooperate, “We need to attack the virus with aggr...
President Trump Signs Executive Order In Effort To Prevent Hoarding Of Critical Medical Supplies, Price Gouging
The Hill (3/23, Chalfant) reports that on Monday, President Trump signed an executive order “aimed at preventing price gouging and hoarding of critical medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.” Attorney General William Barr “said the Justice Depart...
Screen Time May Delay Or Limit Language Skills In Young Children, Systematic Review Suggests
HealthDay (3/23, Gordon) reports research indicates that “screen time could delay or limit...language skills” in young children, investigators concluded in a 42-study systematic review that included data on nearly 19,000 children under the age of 12. The...
Use Of CGM Devices May Positively Correlate With Fewer Sleep Disturbances In Children With T1D, Researchers Say
Endocrinology Advisor (3/23, Reeb) reports, “Use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices positively correlated with fewer sleep disturbances in children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) but higher sleep disturbances in their parents,” researchers conclud...
New Patch May Allow People To Consume Trace Amount Of Peanut Remnants Without Fear Of Reaction, Expert Says
MD Magazine (3/23, Walter) reports that even though “cross-contamination remains a major concern for individuals with peanut allergies, a new patch could allow people to consume a trace amount of peanut remnants” without “fear of a reaction,” research ind...
PPIs May Slightly Increase Risk For Bone Fractures In Children, Researchers Say
The New York Times (3/23, Bakalar) reports, “Proton pump inhibitors [PPIs] – the widely used heartburn drugs – may slightly increase the risk for bone fractures in children,” researchers concluded. For the study, investigators looked at “Swedish governmen...
Trump Administration Considers Special Enrollment Period Under ACA So People Can Purchase Health Insurance During Coronavirus Pandemic
The Wall Street Journal (3/21, Armour, Subscription Publication) reported that in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump Administration is considering launching a special enrollment period under the ACA so people can buy health insurance. The Hil...
Low Maternal Levels Of Vitamin D May Increase Risk For AD/HD In Offspring, Researchers Say
Healio (3/20, Miller) reported, “Pregnant women who had maternal vitamin 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels less than 100 nmol/L were more likely to have children with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), investigators concluded after analyzing “ser...
Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Increase To Almost 330,000 On Sunday While Congress Discusses $1.3 Trillion Stimulus Bill
The Wall Street Journal (3/22, Calfas, Andrews, Wise, Subscription Publication) reports the number of coronavirus cases worldwide was almost 330,000 on Sunday while Congress discussed a federal stimulus bill that could be worth more than $1.3 trillion. Th...
Study Examines CT Scans Of Pregnant Women With COVID-19
Aunt Minnie (3/20, Kim) reported a current study Published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, which involved researchers who “reviewed the clinical data and CT exams of 15 pregnant women diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia, with gestational ages rang...
Number Of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In US Passes 14,000
The Wall Street Journal (3/19, A1, Calfas, Yap, Stancati, Subscription Publication) reports on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US passed 14,000. The article adds that the number of cases jumped in several states including New...
Hospitals Demand $100B Be Included In Coronavirus Relief Package
Politico (3/19, Luthi, Roubein, Goldberg) reports that hospitals “bracing for a flood of coronavirus cases are demanding a federal bailout.” They “want $100 billion in the next relief package along with targeted changes to tax laws they say are needed to...
Social Media Rife With Vaccine Safety Misinformation, Researchers Conclude
HealthDay (3/19, Reinberg) reports, “Social media is rife with misinformation about the safety of vaccines,” researchers concluded after searching “the internet for information on vaccines by asking questions such as, ‘Should I vaccinate my child?’” The s...
Influenza-Related Hospitalization Rates Highest On Record For Young Children And Younger Adults, CDC Says
Medscape (3/19, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports, “Influenza-related hospitalization rates are the highest on record for children younger than five years and adults aged 18 to 49 years, according to the latest report from the” CDC. What’s more, “t...
Experts Discuss How Coronavirus Pandemic Could Affect Pregnant Women
ProPublica (3/19, Martin) reports that around a million pregnant women in the US are in their third trimesters, so they face the prospect of giving birth in a health system potentially overwhelmed by treating patients with coronavirus. The article quotes...
President Trump To Invoke Defense Production Act To Increase Production Of Medical Supplies In Response To Coronavirus Pandemic
The AP (3/18, Lemire, Colvin) reports “President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will invoke emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against a coronavirus pandemic threatening to overwhelm hospitals and other treatment centers.” Presiden...
Acid Suppressants May Increase Risk For Wheeze By Age Three Among Children With History Of Severe Bronchiolitis, Study Indicates
Healio (3/18, Downey) reports, “Among children with a history of severe bronchiolitis, exposure to acid suppressant medications during infancy increased their risk for developing recurrent wheeze by age three years,” investigators concluded in a study tha...
Teens Who Live Around Lots Of Peers With Overweight Or Obesity May Come To See Their Body Types As Ideal, Researchers Say
HealthDay (3/18, Reinberg) reports, “Teens who live around lots of” youngsters with overweight or obesity may “come to see their body types as ideal,” and therefore may “tend to be obese or overweight themselves, researchers say.” Investigators arrived at...
Clinical Trials Of Dengue Vaccine Candidate Indicate It Is Safe, Protects Against The Disease, And Produces Immunity In Children
CIDRAP (3/18, Van Beusekom) reports, “Phase 2 and 3 randomized, controlled clinical trials of Takeda’s tetravalent (four-strain) dengue vaccine candidate show that it is safe, produces immunity in children, and protects against the disease – regardless of...
One To Three Servings A Week Of Fish During Pregnancy May Be Associated With Better Metabolic Health In Children, Study Indicates
The New York Times (3/18, Bakalar) reports, “Eating fish when pregnant – but not too much – is linked to better metabolic health in children,” researchers concluded. For the study, investigators “recorded fish consumption and blood mercury levels in 805 w...
Researchers Say Coronavirus Infections Tend To Be Less Severe In Children
The Washington Post (3/17, Cha) reports a study released in the journal Pediatrics suggests that coronavirus infections tend to be less severe in children, “with more than 90 percent having mild to moderate disease or even being asymptomatic.” However, th...
Researchers Say Rotavirus Vaccination Program Has Reduced Hospitalizations And ED Visits Across US
Infectious Disease Advisor (3/17) reports researchers found “the introduction of a rotavirus vaccination program has led to significant and sustained reductions in both hospitalizations and emergency department visits across the” US. The findings were pub...
Adherence To ACE Inhibitors, Statins In Adolescents With T1D May Frequently Deteriorate Over Time, Study Suggests
Endocrinology Advisor (3/17, Akirov) reports, “Although medication adherence to both angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and statins is initially high in adolescents with type 1 diabetes [T1D], it frequently deteriorates over time,” researchers...
Intranasal Ketamine May Reduce Pain In Children Hospitalized With Migraine, Study Indicates
Neurology Advisor (3/17, May) reports researchers found that “intranasal ketamine effectively reduced pain in children with migraine from hospital admission to discharge.” The findings were published in Pediatric Neurology.

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