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Ibuprofen May Be Better Than Oral Morphine For Pain Relief In Kids After Minor Orthopedic Surgery, Researchers Say.
Medscape (10/10, Hackethal) reports, “Ibuprofen has fewer adverse effects and may be better than oral morphine for pain relief in children after minor orthopedic outpatient surgery,” researchers concluded. The findings of the 154-child study were publish...
USPSTF Recommends Physicians Begin Discussing Skin Cancer Prevention With Parents Of Children With Fair Skin At Six Months.
HealthDay (10/10, Dallas) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that physicians begin discussing skin cancer prevention with the parents of children with fair skin as soon as six months. Karina Davidson, a member of USPSTF, said, “Prov...
Column: California Must Give Nurse Practitioners More Independence.
Columnist David Lazarus writes for the Los Angeles Times (10/10) that one way to manage California’s physician shortage is to broaden “the role of well-trained nurse practitioners.” However, the article says doctors oppose “this obvious remedy” and, cons...
Smartphones May Increase Risk Of Depression Among Teens, Analysis Suggests.
TIME (10/10, Heid) reports on the connection between smartphones and an uptick in depression among adolescents. The article cites a Department of Health and Human Services survey that showed 13 percent of kids had a “major depressive episode” – an increa...
Trump Expected To Sign Executive Order On Health Coverage Options.
The New York Times (10/7, Pear, Subscription Publication) reported that President Trump “is poised to issue an order that could ease some federal rules governing health insurance and make it easier for people to band together and buy coverage on their ow...
States Face Uncertainty Over Federal CHIP Funding.
Modern Healthcare (10/7, Subscription Publication) reported that “uncertainty around the fate of the Children’s Health Insurance Program is placing states in a difficult predicament of figuring out if coverage for these individuals can continue.” With no...
Elementary School Kids With Facial Anomalies May Struggle More Than Older Kids With Anger, Anxiety, And Stress, Study Indicates.
Reuters (10/6, Crist) reports that children in elementary school, particularly those between ages eight and 10 “with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial anomalies may struggle more than older kids with anger, anxiety, depression and stress,” researc...
Columnist Says Only Newborns, Those With Severe Allergies Should Avoid Getting Flu Shots.
The New York Times (10/6, Rabin, Subscription Publication) featured a question in their “Ask Well” column asking, “Is there any reason someone should not get a flu shot?” Health reporter Roni Rabin writes that only people under 6 months old, or those wit...
Opioid Epidemic Affecting Children, Infants.
NBC Nightly News (10/8, story 9, 2:35, Snow) reported on cases of opioid abuse in Montgomery County, Ohio, which this year has experienced more than 500 deaths from accidental overdoses – “a record for that county and a death rate much higher than most o...
Kids Shouldn’t Miss School Because Of Head Lice Or Nits, Group Says.
In the New York Times (10/9, Subscription Publication) “The Checkup” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes that “when it comes to head lice, the pediatric role in recent years has largely been to reassure, to beg for calm, and to try to get kids back to school a...
Hot Cars Can Be A Threat For Kids Even During Cooler Months Of The Year, Consumer Reports Says.
The ABC News (10/6, Thorbecke, Benitez) website reported, “Hot cars can be a threat for children even during the cooler months of the year,” a Consumer Reports study found.
Antibiotic Use In First Four Years Of Childhood Not Associated With T1D, Celiac Disease, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (10/9, Monaco) reports, “Within the first four years of life, exposure to commonly prescribed antibiotics for children – cephalosporins, penicillins, and macrolides – was not associated with autoimmunity development for celiac disease and t...
Maternal Multivitamin Supplementation During Pregnancy May Reduce A Child’s Risk Of Developing Autism.
HealthDay (10/5, Reinberg) reports, “Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child’s risk of developing autism,” research indicated. After analyzing data on “more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden,” investigators found that...
Study Examines Relationship Between Maternal Meat Consumption During Pregnancy And Substance Abuse In Offspring At Age 15.
STAT (10/5, Begley) reports in “Gut Check” that Joseph Hibbeln, MD, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues “analyzed data from 5,109 women and their children in a long-running study...
Researchers Identify Three Criteria Suggesting An Extremely Premature Infant Has A Low Risk Of Developing Sepsis.
HealthDay (10/5, Gordon) reports investigators “say they have identified three criteria that suggest an extremely premature infant has a low risk of developing sepsis.” The criteria were developed after researchers “looked at a large database of more tha...
Daily Vitamin D Supplementation In Prepregnancy May Be Associated With A Lesser Likelihood Of Developing Gestational Diabetes.
Endocrine Today (10/5, Schaffer) reports, “Women reporting daily vitamin D supplementation of at least 400 IU per day before becoming pregnant were nearly 30% less likely to develop gestational diabetes than women who did not report taking a vitamin D su...
Babies Born At An Extremely Low Birth Weight May Have An Increased Risk For Developing Mental Health Issues As An Adult, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/5, Mozes) reports, “Being born at an extremely low birth weight,” that is, at 2.2 pounds or less, “seems to increase the risk for developing mental health issues as an adult,” but such “risk can be lowered by lessening exposure to bullying...
Regular Hand-Washing In Children Associated With A Reduction In The Number Of Days Off School.
MedPage Today (10/5, Smith) reports that “in second-grade classrooms in Virginia Beach, Virginia, children tested the efficacy of washing in reducing the presence of microbes on their hands, according to Kavita Imrit-Thomas, DO, of LifeNet Health.” The y...
Retention In Medical Care Examined Among Insured Youngsters With Diagnosed HIV Infection.
MedPage Today (10/5, Walker) reports, “Sixty percent of children with Medicaid and 69% of those with commercial insurance” who had a diagnosed HIV infection “were retained in care for two years (months 0-24), among whom 93% and 85%, respectively, were re...
Mattel Cancels Plans To Market Smart Device Aimed At Kids.
The New York Times (10/5, Peachman, Subscription Publication) reports that on Oct. 4, Mattel “announced...it was canceling plans to bring to market a smart device called Aristotle, which was aimed at children from infancy to adolescence and was set to hi...
States Worried Congress May Not Renew CHIP Funding In Time To Avert Budget Shortfalls.
The Wall Street Journal (10/4, Hackman, Subscription Publication) reports that increasingly, states are worried Congress will not reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program before they are compelled to end coverage for needy children...
GOP Threats To Repeal ACA Preventing Some Consumers From Enrolling In Plans For Next Year.
Reuters (10/4, Abutaleb) reports that President Trump’s “threats to let” the ACA “collapse are sowing confusion about its fate and dampening 2018 enrollment expectations.” The article says the growing uncertainty in Arizona and other states indicates tha...
Low Consumption Of Foods Rich In Vitamin K May Be Linked To Higher Risk For Enlargement Of Heart’s Left Pumping Chamber In Teens, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/4, Dallas) reports that a study suggests “bypassing leafy green veggies could take a toll on teens’ heart health.” The research indicated “teens who ate the least vitamin K-rich foods...had triple the risk for enlargement of the heart’s lef...
Mothers Of Children With ALD Urge More States To Adopt Newborn Screening.
Kaiser Health News (10/5, Gorman) profiles mothers of children with a rare genetic illness called adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, whose children were diagnosed early because of California is one of only five states that “screens babies for the gene mutatio...
Federal Officials, Industry Leaders Concerned About Potential Shortages Of Drugs, Medical Devices Due To Devastation In Puerto Rico.
In a front-page story, the New York Times (10/4, A1, Thomas, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports federal officials, as well as manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, are concerned about potential shortages following the devastation c...
Several States Could Soon Run Out Of Funding If Congress Fails To Reauthorize CHIP.
The New York Times (10/3, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that nationwide, “officials are preparing for the worst as lawmakers in Washington struggle to find money” for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which lost its spending authority on...
Insurers Defend Large Premium Hikes, Citing Continuing Uncertainty About ACA’s Future.
The New York Times (10/3, Abelson, Subscription Publication) reports that insurers are “aggressively increasing” 2018 prices for ACA plans, “with some raising premiums by more than 50 percent.” The Times says that by approving the large increases, state...
Unvaccinated People May Be The Cause Of Increase In Measles Outbreaks In US, Study Suggests.
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (10/3, Sun) reports unvaccinated people “are the most likely reason for the steady increase in the rate of measles and major outbreaks in the United States,” according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disea...
Campylobacter Outbreak Now At 55 Cases, CDC Says.
Newsweek (10/3, Firger) reports that yesterday, the CDC “confirmed an additional 16 cases of Campylobacter infection that appear to be linked to puppies from Petland pet stores.” The CDC “also said the strain of this type of bacteria appears to be resist...
House Republicans Propose CHIP Bill.
The Washington Post (10/2, Cunningham) reports in its “Power Post” that a Republican proposal from the House Energy and Commerce Committee provided Monday night to the Post would fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and send...
Combination Of CBT, Sertraline May Be Better Treatment Than Either Treatment Alone For Young People With Anxiety, Study Suggests.
On its website, the NPR (10/2) “Shots” blog reports that the combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and sertraline (Zoloft) may be a better treatment for young people with anxiety than either treatment alone, according to a study published onlin...
Genetic Disorders Due To A Single Gene Mutation Identified In Just Over A Third Of Critically Ill Infants Who Had A Portion Of Their DNA Sequenced.
MedPage Today (10/2, Walker) reports, “Genetic disorders due to a single gene mutation were identified in a little over a third of critically ill infants who had a portion of their DNA sequenced,” researchers found. In fact, “clinical exome sequencing of...
Head Trauma In Kids Still An Occasion For Difficult Decision Making For Pediatricians And Parents.
In “The Checkup” in the New York Times (10/2, Subscription Publication), Perri Klass MD, writes that “for pediatricians and for parents, head trauma in children is still an occasion for difficult decision making.” Currently, “public awareness” about link...
Overuse Injuries Appear Not To Be A Major Problem Among US Youth And High School Football Players, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/1, Preidt) reports, “Overuse injuries do not appear to be a major problem among young football players,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data on injuries among youth and high school football players across the United States during th...
Teens On Medicaid Who Have Been Arrested May Be More Likely To Seek Costly ED Care, Less Apt To Get Preventive Primary Care, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/2, Salamon) reports that teenagers “on Medicaid who have been arrested at least once are more likely to seek costly emergency” department (ED) “care and less apt to receive preventive primary care,” researchers concluded after reviewing “me...
Congress Allows CHIP To Expire.
The Washington Post (10/1, Strauss) reports that “Congress just allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire.” If Congress fails to act to restore the program, many children wi...
So-Called “Little Lobbyists” Impacted Healthcare Debate.
The New York Times (10/1, A16, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports on the “children with serious medical” conditions who traveled to the Capitol to urge members of Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The article suggests that the so-calle...
Expectant Mothers Should Cautiously Limit Intake Of Caffeinated Coffee, Expert Says.
CNN (9/29, Drayer) reported, “In a new observational study involving close to 20,000 individuals, people who consumed at least four cups of coffee daily had a 64% lower risk of early death compared to those never or rarely consumed coffee,” researchers r...
Organizations Say There Is No Safe Amount Of Alcohol To Drink While Pregnant.
Forbes (9/30, Rubin) contributor Rita Rubin wrote that the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics say there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink while p...
Experts Concerned That Syphilis Is Still Affecting US Births.
The New York Daily News (9/29, Scotti) reported that more than 600 babies born last year in the US were affected by syphilis. Of them, 45 “were stillborn, had birth defects or later died within the first month of their lives,” an “alarming figure to many...
Nasal Flu Vaccine Not Recommended For 2017.
Alabama Live (9/29, Gore) reported the CDC “is recommending against using a nasal flu vaccine” for the second year in a row. The article said “some studies put [FluMist’s] effectiveness at only 3 percent compared to an effectiveness rate of more than 60...
Mother May Face Jail Time For Refusing Court Order To Vaccinate Son.
The Washington Post (9/30, Phillips) reported that a Detroit mother may face imprisonment “this week if she refuses a court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son.” The article mentioned that “the American Medical Association has long decried allowing par...
Babies With Older Siblings May Be At Higher Risk Of Hospitalization For Influenza, Researchers Say.
In “Well,” the New York Times (9/28, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports, “Having older brothers and sisters puts infants at higher risk for being hospitalized” for influenza, researchers concluded after studying “1,115 hospital admissions of chil...
House Committee To Consider CHIP, Community Health Center Reauthorization Bill On October 4.
The Hill (9/28, Weixel) reports that a measure to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) “will get a markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Oct. 4.” The program’s funding expires Saturday; however, the article says, “most stat...
Alexander Says He And Murray Are Close To Deal That Would Shore Up ACA Marketplaces.
Bloomberg News (9/28, Edney, Litvan) reports that on Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) “are close to an agreement” to stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces, “but the real issue now is securing the backing of...
Op-Ed: Autism Research Needs New Funding Paradigm To See Innovation, Growth.
John Rodakis, founder and president of the nonprofit N of One: Autism Research Foundation, writes in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (9/28, Subscription Publication) that a recent study of children with autism by University of California, San Diego p...
Single Mutation May Have Created Zika Virus Strain That Is More Dangerous To Developing Brain Cells, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (9/28, Wan) reports in “Speaking of Science” that a single mutation in the Zika virus around 2013 may have “created a new strain” that is “much more dangerous to developing brain cells,” according to a study published in Science. The...
Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy May Protect Newborns Against Pertussis, Study Suggests.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (9/28, McCullough) reports that research from the CDC indicated that the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine “cut the risk of whooping cough, or pertussis, by 78 percent in babies younger than two months whose moth...
Health Officials Urging People To Get Flu Vaccinations.
NBC Nightly News (9/28, story 9, 0:20, Holt) reported, “Tonight, federal health officials say they are bracing for a potentially rough flu season” due to the H3N2 strain “that is popping up. Officials are urging people to get the shot before it spreads.”...
Consumer Group Issues Warning About Toxic Flame Retardants.
CNN (9/28, Scutti) reports on its website that on Thursday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published guidance in the Federal Registry to warn consumers against purchasing products containing organohalogen chemicals, a kind of toxic flame retardan...

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