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Teens, Young Adults Engaging In Oral Sex Seldom Use Condoms To Prevent Spread Of STDs, Study Finds.
Reuters (12/6, Cohen) reports, “Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases [STDs],” researchers found after examining “reports of heterosexual oral sex and condo...
FDA Issues Draft Guidance On Developing Drugs For Rare Pediatric Disorders.
Reuters (12/6, Grover) reports the Food and Drug Administration “issued a draft guidance...to simplify the procedure of developing drugs for rare pediatric disorders, such as Gaucher’s disease, by eliminating the need for certain trials and minimizing pa...
Nebraska Officials See Striking Increase In Number Of Children In Foster Care.
The Omaha (NE) World-Herald (12/6, Stoddard) reports that according to the Nebraska Foster Care Review Office, foster care numbers have risen for a second straight year. “Officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services attributed the...
Flu Could Be Particularly Virulent This Season, Health Experts Warn.
Newsday (NY) (12/6, Ricks) reports health experts caution that this year’s flu season could be particularly aggressive. Experts are warning that this year’s vaccine “may have had only 10 percent effectiveness in Australia,” and the US CDC says it has con...
ACA Enrollment Continues To Rise, But Still Lower Than Last Year.
The Washington Post (12/6, Goldstein) reports that the number of consumers signing up for 2018 ACA coverage through HealthCare.gov “accelerated last week...bringing the total to 3.6 million sign-ups with less than two weeks left in an abbreviated enrollm...
Healthcare Spending In US Rose To $3.3 Trillion Last Year, CMS Data Indicate.
The Washington Post (12/6, Johnson) reports data compiled by CMS show healthcare spending in the US rose to $3.3 trillion in 2016, “with out-of-pocket health care costs borne directly by consumers rising 3.9 percent – the fastest rate of growth since 200...
States Requiring Infant Screening For Congenital Heart Disease Showed Fewer Infant Cardiac Deaths.
MedPage Today (12/5, Walker) reports on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finding that “states with mandatory policies for screening infants for congenital heart disease had lower rates of infant cardiac death compared...
Uncertainty In CHIP Affects Children, Pediatricians, States.
The New York Times (12/5, A1, Goodnough, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that the “uncertainty” surrounding the Children’s Health Insurance Program “has been unsettling to parents, pediatricians and state officials around the co...
Study Of Children With Epilepsy Finds Most Can Control Seizures With Ketogenic Diet.
HealthDay (12/5, Gordon) reports on two studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting finding that “for children with epilepsy who don’t find relief from their seizures with medication, a tightly controlled nutrition plan might help.”...
FDA Approves Weekly Diabetes Drug.
Reuters (12/5, Clarke) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Novo Nordisk’s weekly-injection diabetes drug Ozempic (semaglutide), which is in a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogs. The article reports that Novo hopes...
Air Pollution May Increase Risk Of Low Birth Weight.
The New York Times (12/5, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports on a study published in BMJ finding that “air pollution may be harmful to babies even before they are born.” The study indicates that “for each 5 microgram per cubic meter increase in P...
Later School Start Times May Help Teens Get The Amount Of Sleep They Need, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (12/5, Preidt) reports, “Later school start times could help teens get the amount of sleep they need,” researchers concluded. The 413-participant study revealed that when high school classes began “at 8:30 a.m. or later, teens were more likely...
Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes May Be More Likely To Smoke Cigarettes Later On, Research Suggests.
Forbes (12/4, Haelle) contributor Tara Haelle discusses a study published in Pediatrics finding that “teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes later on,” but that those who smoke tobacco cigarettes are “not more likely to la...
House Republicans Introduce Stop-Gap Spending Bill To Fund Government, Children’s Health Insurance Program.
CNBC (12/4, Wilkie) reports on its website that House Republicans on Monday introduced a “stop-gap spending bill” that would fund the federal government until December 22. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) predicted the measure would pass his...
Premiums For Bronze ACA Plans Rose By About 18% From 2017 To 2018, Data Indicate.
The New York Times (12/4, Park, Subscription Publication) reports that according to McKinsey, the “median rise in premiums for bronze plans was 18 percent from 2017 to 2018.” Data show that in many areas, “the cost of a bronze plan, which generally has h...
Young Children Who Have Greater Sleep Problems May Be More Likely To Have Certain Types Of Behavioral Problems Years Later, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (12/4, Walker) reports, “Young children who had greater sleep problems were more likely to have certain types of behavioral problems years later,” researchers concluded. The 4,983-child study revealed “a bidirectional association between sl...
NICU Admissions May Not Be Tied To Level Of Illness Acuity In Neonates Born At Gestational Age Of 34 Weeks Or More, Researchers Say.
Medscape (12/4, Parry) reports, “For neonates born at a gestational age (GA) of 34 weeks or more, although inborn admission rates vary substantially across neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), the percentage of very ill admissions fails to explain this...
Kroger’s Issues Recall Of Mold-Contaminated Purified Water For Infants.
CNN (12/5, Holcombe) reports on its website that The Kroger Company, the nation’s “largest grocery store chain,” recently issued a recall of six months’ worth of its Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after testing revealed mold in the...
FDA Panel Recommends Relaxed Standards For Testing Donated Blood For Zika Virus.
Reuters (12/1, Clarke) reported a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel “recommended that the requirements for screening blood donations for the Zika virus be relaxed due to diminished risk of transfusion-transmitted infection.” The panel voted tha...
Texas Requests $90 Million To Keep Children’s Health Insurance Through February.
The Houston Chronicle (12/1, Matos) reported that 400,000 Texas children may lose their health coverage in late January if Congress fails to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. State officials requested $90 million from CMS t...
Senate GOP Lawmakers Pass Tax Bill That Includes Repeal Of ACA’s Individual Mandate.
The New York Times (12/2, Tankersley, Kaplan, Rappeport, Subscription Publication) reported that early on Saturday morning, the Senate passed “the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades...with Republicans lining up to approve an overhaul that will touch al...
Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk Of Eczema During Teenage Years, Study Suggests.
Healio (12/1, Bortz) reported researchers found that “exclusive and prolonged breast-feeding during infancy can reduce the risk of eczema in teenagers.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Advanced MR Imaging Shows Disrupted Connectivity In Complex Regions Of Brain Involved In Regulating Appetite Among Obese Teens, Researchers Say.
Diagnostic Imaging (12/1) reported that researchers found that “advanced MR imaging revealed disrupted connectivity in the complex regions of the brain involved in regulating appetite among obese teens.” The findings were presented at the RSNA meeting.
Atopic Dermatitis Without Concomitant Allergic Sensitization May Not Be Linked To Increased Risk Of Asthma, Research Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (12/1, Ranger) reported that research indicates that “atopic dermatitis without concomitant allergic sensitization as elicited by skin prick test at age 1 year is not associated with an increased risk for asthma in children reassessed...
Drug Shortages Worsened By Hurricane In Puerto Rico Could Potentially Impact Premature Babies.
NBC News (12/3, Fox) reports on its website that “drug shortages worsened by Hurricane Maria’s devastation on Puerto Rico are now threatening...premature babies.” According to NBC, “Power outages caused by the hurricane are still hitting production of sa...
HHS Data Show Parental Drug Abuse A Factor In Rising Number Of Kids In Foster Care.
The AP (11/30, Crary) reports the Department of Health and Human Services “counted 437,500 children in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2016, up from about 427,400 a year earlier” and marking the fourth consecutive annual increase. HHS “said substance abuse w...
States Warn Families That They Could Lose Children’s Health Insurance Coverage.
NPR (11/30, Simmons-Duffin, Lopez) reports on how state officials are making preparations for running out of money for their Children’s Health Insurance Programs after Congress allowed federal funding to expire in September. Colorado became the first to...
New York Governor Vetoes Legislation That Would Block Children’s Psychiatric Center From Being Moved To Adult Mental Health Campus.
The AP (11/30, Klepper) reports that on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vetoed legislation that would block a proposal to move the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center from West Seneca to the campus of a mental health facility for adu...
Senate Republicans “Scrambling” To Overcome Unexpected Obstacle To Tax Reform Bill.
The New York Times (11/30, Subscription Publication) reports that GOP senators “are scrambling to figure out how to offset the deficit effects of” their tax reform “bill after the Senate parliamentarian rejected a trigger mechanism that would have automa...
Study Indicates One-Year-Olds With Atopic Dermatitis And Who Are Prone To Allergies Are More Likely To Develop Asthma.
Lung Disease News (11/30, Silva) reports on a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology finding that one-year-old infants with atopic dermatitis, and “who are prone to allergies, are seven times more likely to develop asthma,” and...
Global Vaccine Alliance Sets Aside Funds To Buy New Typhoid Vaccines In Bulk For Children In Poor Countries.
Reuters (11/30, Kelland) reports the GAVI global vaccine alliance “earmarked $85 million to help support the introduction of typhoid vaccines in poor countries where millions of children are at risk.” GAVI will use the funds to buy new typhoid vaccines i...
Global AIDS Rates Reaching Troubling Levels Among Children, UNICEF Report Finds.
Reuters (11/30, Wulfhorst) reports the United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF on Friday released its 2017 UNICEF Statistical Update on Children and AIDS, which said 18 children each hour were infected with HIV in 2016, and projected there will be 3.5 m...
Flu Season Begins Early, Could Peak By Christmas, CDC Says.
STAT (11/30, Branswell) reports the flu season “is off to an early start this year” and could “peak over the holidays,” a new CDC analysis indicates. The piece says the “wildly unpredictable” flu viruses leave experts uncertain of precisely how extensive...
Study Projects 57% Of US Kids, Teens Will Be Obese By Age 35 Should Current Trends Continue.
USA Today (11/29, Painter) reports, “A whopping 57% of the nation’s children and teens will be obese by age 35 if current trends continue,” researchers predicted in findings published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study indicates tha...
Renewal Of CHIP In Limbo As Congress Considers Spending Bill.
ABC News (11/29) reports federal funding for renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) “has been held up by disagreements between the House and Senate over how to offset funds.” The program, which “provides low-cost health coverage to child...
Collins To Vote For Senate Tax Reform If ACA Stabilization Provision Is Included In Funding Bill.
The Hill (11/29, Carney) reports that on Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said “she has received a commitment from Senate GOP leadership to include ObamaCare funding in a must-pass bill.” Collins said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pro...
Colorado Sees 83 Percent Jump In Newborns With Opioid Dependency.
The Denver Post (11/29, Brown) reports the “rise in Colorado newborns addicted to opioids has alarmed physicians and child advocates,” jumping 83 percent from 2010 to 2015. This increase “has resulted in an unprecedented collaboration between hospitals,...
Prevalence Of Children Diagnosed With Developmental Disabilities Has Increased Significantly In Recent Years, Research Suggests.
Medscape (11/29, Brooks) reports, “The prevalence of children diagnosed with any developmental disability increased significantly in recent years, from 5.76% in 2014 to 6.99% in 2016,” researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at...
MEG Finds Different Patterns Of Rest Activity In Teens With History Of Concussion Compared To Those Without.
MedPage Today (11/29, Susman) reports on a magnetoencephalography study presented at RSNA finding “different patterns of activity at rest among teens with a long-term history of concussion versus their peers who had never sustained a brain injury.” Those...
NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci Predicts “Severe” Flu Season Due To Weak Vaccines.
The Los Angeles Times (11/29, Healy) reports National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday “warned ... that the United States could experience a ‘relatively severe influenza season’” if the US follows the p...
Study Finds Large Variation Among Hospitals In Treatment Of Infants With Bronchiolitis.
Medscape (11/28, Parry) reports on a study published in Pediatrics finding wide variation in hospitals’ use of evidence-based supportive therapies (EBST) for infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis. Medscape adds, “Bronchiolitis is the most common cause...
Senate GOP’s Tax Reform Bill With Repeal Of ACA Mandate Advances.
The New York Times (11/28, Subscription Publication) reports that Senate Republicans “took a big step forward when the Budget Committee voted to pass” their “$1.5 trillion tax package, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on the bill later this w...
Trump Says He Supports Bipartisan Efforts To Shore Up ACA Marketplaces.
The Hill (11/28, Hellmann) reports that on Tuesday, President Trump told GOP senators “he supports two bipartisan efforts to stabilize ObamaCare’s insurance markets.” During a luncheon, Trump said he advocates “a bill proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R...
Texas Requests Additional Federal Funds To Avoid Canceling Children’s Health Insurance.
The Dallas Morning News (11/28, Wang) reports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the state’s Health and Human Services Commission requested $90 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to keep its Children’s Health Insurance Program from r...
Montana Officials Warn That 24,000 Children Could Lose Healthcare Coverage.
The Billings (MT) Gazette (11/28, Michels) reports the Montana health department will begin sending letters to families of 24,000 Montana children covered by the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program in mid-December to notify them that funding will...
Wisconsin Stands To Lose $115 Million If Congress Fails To Renew CHIP.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11/28, Stein) reports Wisconsin state law requires children to remain covered even if Congress fails to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the state would lose up to $115 million a year if...
Physicians Caution On Safety Of Do-It-Yourself Tattoo Trend.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/28, Shah) reports on the popularity of do-it-yourself tattoos among young people under the age of 18. Physicians “and professional tattoo artists say the DIY trend is downright scary,” because of the risk of “contracting...
New FDA Guidance Could Provide Path For Generic Competitors To EpiPen.
CNBC (11/28, Angerer) reports that the Food and Drug Administration issued guidance that potentially streamlines “a path to market for generic copies of complex medicines like the EpiPen and others.” The guidance “says that generic copies with some desig...
Lawmakers Moving Forward On Bipartisan Negotiations On CHIP.
The Hill (11/27, Sullivan, Roubein) reports congressional “staff from the relevant committees in both parties and chambers met over the Thanksgiving break and are getting closer to an agreement” on a bipartisan deal to reauthorize the Children’s Health I...
Colorado Sends Letter Warning CHIP Families To Begin Researching Other Healthcare Options.
The Washington Times (11/27, Howell) reports the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing sent letters Monday “urging families who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program to research other coverage options in case Congress fails to...

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