Advocacy

NAPNAP Daily News

The NAPNAP Daily news is available for Members Only. You will need to login as a Member to to view all of the news.

Florida Teen Becomes First Human Case Of Keystone Virus.
USA Today (6/22, May) reported a 16-year-old Florida teen has become the “first confirmed case of the Keystone virus in humans...leading researchers to believe the virus could be widespread” in the northern part of the state. The article said, “Universit...
Concussions Common Among US High School Students, Researchers Find.
HealthDay (6/21, Mundell) reports that concussions appear to be “common among U.S. high school students,” CDC researchers found. In a “representative survey” conducted last year “of nearly 15,000 kids in grades 9 through 12, just over 15 percent – equal...
PCIT-ED May Benefit Very Young Children With Depression, Study Indicates.
The ABC News (6/21, Forde) website reports that Parent-Child Interaction Therapy-Emotion Development (PCIT-ED), “a community-health based therapy that empowers parents to help children regulate negative feelings, has been shown to help very young childre...
Babies Exposed To Antidepressants In Utero May Have A Slightly Higher Risk Of Motor Skills Problems, Review Indicates.
HealthDay (6/21, Salamon) reports, “Babies exposed to antidepressants during their mother’s pregnancy may face a slightly higher chance of having problems with their motor skills,” researchers concluded after reviewing “18 prior studies evaluating infant...
Study Examines How Stress In Early Childhood And In Adolescence Affects Brain Maturation.
Medscape (6/21, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Stress in early childhood accelerates brain maturation, while stress experienced in adolescence delays it,” researchers concluded after following “37 individuals from early childhood through ado...
Stressed-Out Parents Who Turn To Smartphones May Have Children With More Behavior Problems, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/20, Norton) reports, “Parents who take refuge in their smartphones when their kids throw a tantrum may, in the long run, make matters worse,” researchers concluded in findings published online in Pediatric Research. In the study “of 183 coup...
Dialectical Behavior Therapy May Help Lower Risk For Suicide, Self-Harm In High-Risk Teens, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/20, Smith) reports, “Treatment with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may help lower suicide risk and self-harm in high-risk teenagers,” researchers found in a randomized trial involving “173 participants.” The study revealed that “comp...
Research Suggests Adapted PCIT Can Help Mitigate Depression In Preschoolers.
The Connecticut Post (6/20, Cuda) reports new research indicates that adapted Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) may be “an effective way to treat disruptive behavioral disorders in young children,” particularly children as young as three who face d...
Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment May Benefit From Hypnosis To Combat Anxiety, Study Suggests.
Newsweek (6/20, Spear) reports a study published in Psycho-Oncology suggests that hypnosis could help children undergoing cancer treatment cope with anxiety. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in the UK “measured the effects of hypnos...
Pediatric Patients With Cisplatin-Treated Liver Cancer Have Reduction In Risk Of Significant Hearing Loss If They Receive Sodium Thiosulfate In Addition To Chemotherapy, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (6/20, Bankhead) reports that research indicated “pediatric patients with cisplatin-treated liver cancer had a 50% reduction in the risk of significant hearing loss when they received the antioxidant sodium thiosulfate in addition to chemot...
Opioid Crisis Sending More Children Into Foster Care.
The Hill (6/20, Birnbaum, Lora) reports that based on its analysis, in states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic “the populations of children in foster or state care has risen by 15 percent to 30 percent in just the last four years.” After a decade of de...
Young Athletes With History Of Concussions May Face Higher Risk For Leg Injuries, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (6/19, Preidt) reports that research suggests “young athletes with a history of concussions may be at increased risk for leg injuries.” The research “included boys and girls who played soccer at 52 US high schools.” Participants “who’d suffered...
Low Levels Of Urinary Iodine May Be Linked To Hearing Loss Associated With Speech Comprehension In Teens.
Medscape (6/19, Busko, Subscription Publication) reports, “US teens with the lowest levels of urinary iodine were five-times more likely to have hearing loss associated with speech comprehension than their peers with higher iodine levels,” researchers co...
Stigma Pervasive In Youth With Type 1 Diabetes, Survey Finds.
HealthDay (6/19, Gordon) reports that a “Canadian online survey of nearly 400 teens and young adults (ages 14 to 24) with type 1 diabetes found that stigma is pervasive.” The survey revealed that almost “two-thirds reported feeling stigma because of thei...
Certain Kids With Autism Likely Capable Of Driving A Car Safely, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (6/19, Gordon) reports that researchers have “found that kids with autism who aren’t intellectually disabled are probably capable of driving a car safely, though they may need more practice time before they get their license.” In “the small stu...
Children’s Use Of Social Media May Have Benefits, NIH Study Suggests.
NPR (6/19, Watson) reports findings from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study (PDF), an NIH project, presented Tuesday at the Research Society on Alcoholism in San Diego, California, suggest that “for 9- and 10-year-old children taking part i...
Some Parents Of Children With Severe Epilepsy Concerned As FDA Nears Decision On Cannabidiol Medicine Approval.
The AP (6/19, Foody, Banda) reports that some “US parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as US regulators near a decision on whether to approve the first dru...
A Third Of Kids Under 19 Regularly Use Dietary Supplements Or Alternative Medicines, Researchers Say.
The New York Times (6/18, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports, “A third of children under 19 are regular users of dietary supplements or alternative medicines,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from a large national survey.” The data re...
Washington Professor To Become National Association Of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners President.
The Clark County (WA) Columbian (6/18, Vogt) reports Washington State University Vancouver professor Dawn Garzon Maaks will assume the position of president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on July 1. Throughout her one-year t...
US Senator Issues Call To Action Over “Acute” Suicide Crisis Among LGBTQ Youth.
The ABC News (6/18, Rivas) website reports that Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) “marked Pride Month on the Senate floor with a call to action over an ‘acute’ suicide crisis among LGBTQ youth.” The conservative Republican’s “speech Wednesday came after a new repor...
Mom’s Voice May Help Improve Sleep For Babies In NICUs, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (6/18, Preidt) reports, “The soothing sound of their mother’s voice may help improve sleep for babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units,” researchers concluded in a study involving 50 “medically stable” infants in the NICU “who were bor...
Helicopter Parenting May Stunt Children’s Emotional Development, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (6/18, Mozes) reports, “Overcontrolling moms and dads – so-called ‘helicopter’ parents – can stunt their children’s emotional development,” research indicates. After following some “422 US children for eight years, assessing them at ages two, f...
Experimental Drug Improves Development Scores In Babies With Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Reuters (6/18, Miller) reports the experimental drug RG7916, which is being developed by Roche and PTC Therapeutics, “helped improve development scores in babies with” spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). PTC “said more than 90 percent of babies with severe Ty...
Sulfonylureas An Appropriate Long-Term Treatment For Certain Young Patients With Permanent Neonatal Diabetes, Research Suggests.
Medscape (6/18, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports that research suggests that “high-dose sulfonylurea therapy is an appropriate long-term treatment for young patients with permanent neonatal diabetes arising from KCNJ11 mutations.” Investigators...
Enforcing Bedtime Rules May Be Critical For Teens’ Health.
NBC Nightly News (6/16, story 7, 1:45, McCoy) reported, “A new study shows enforcing bedtime rules may be critical for your child’s health.” NBC News correspondent Catie Beck explained that according to the study, “sleep-deprived adolescents and teens sh...
Virginia, New York Enact Laws Requiring Public Schools To Include Mental Health Education In Basic Curriculum.
Stateline (6/15, Vestal) reported that “amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness,” Virginia and New York “have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic cu...
Rapid Pharmacogenetic Test For Newborns Being Treated For Sepsis May Help Prevent Hearing Loss Related To Aminoglycoside Antibiotics, Researcher Says.
MedPage Today (6/15, Walker) reported that “a rapid pharmacogenetic test performed at the bedside for newborns being treated for sepsis may help to prevent hearing loss related to aminoglycoside antibiotics, a researcher said” at the European Society of...
Infection Control Measures Needed For Giving “Kangaroo Care” To Preemies In The NICU, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/15, Preidt) reported, “A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving ‘kangaroo care’ to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit,” researchers concluded. Officials at a Michigan hospital “noted that skin-to-...
Number Of Parents In South Carolina Taking Religious Exemptions To Child Vaccine Requirements Rising.
The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier (6/17) reports that the number of parents exercising religious exemptions to child vaccine requirements has increased in South Carolina by about 315% since 2010. The piece explains that “unlike medical exemptions, whi...
US Teens Taking Fewer Risks With Sex And Drugs, But Face Newly Recognized Risks, CDC Survey Finds.
USA Today (6/14, Painter) reports that US high school students today “have less sex and take fewer drugs than those of decades past, but they face some newly recognized risks, including misuse of pain” medicines, CDC researchers found after reviewing sur...
Adolescent Girls Who Regularly Binge Drink May Be Setting Themselves Up For A Lifetime Of Lower Bone Density, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/14, Gordon) reports, “Teen girls who regularly toss back four or five alcoholic drinks,” that is, take part in binge drinking, “may be setting themselves up for a lifetime of lower bone density,” researchers concluded in a study involving “8...
Vision Impairment May Affect Children’s Performance On Multiple-Choice Standardized Tests, Study Suggests.
MD Magazine (6/14, Hoffman) reports researchers found that vision “impairment due to amblyopia or strabismus, commonly known as lazy eye and crossed eyes, respectively, can have an impact on children’s ability to complete multiple-choice standardized tes...
Teen Who Struggled With Suicidal Thoughts Invents App To Help Others.
On its website, CNN (6/14, Perano, Ahmed) reports 16-year-old Amanda Southworth, the developer of the app AnxietyHelper which “features games and exercises to help people through panic attacks” and combat suicide. Southworth, who has “fought off anorexia...
Children, Teens Treated With Antipsychotic Medications May Experience Weight Gain, Develop Increased Risk Of Diabetes, Study Indicates.
U.S. News & World Report (6/13, Lardieri) reports, “Children and adolescents treated with antipsychotic medications experience weight gain and develop an increased risk of diabetes,” research indicated. MedPage Today (6/13, Smith) reports, “First time ad...
Analysis: More Than 60% Of US Children Were Enrolled In Either Medicaid Or CHIP In 2017.
A Washington Post (6/13, Bump) analysis says that according to data released by CMS on Tuesday, in 2017, 46.3 million children in the United States were enrolled at one point in either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, “a number that t...
Children With Neuroblastoma May Be Vulnerable To Mental Health, Behavioral Problems, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/13, Preidt) reports that research indicates kids “with neuroblastoma...are vulnerable to mental health and behavioral problems.” Researchers found that “the neuroblastoma patients were more likely than the siblings to have anxiety/depression...
Infusion Type Does Not Impact Brain Outcomes in Pediatric Patients With DKA, Study Indicates.
Medscape (6/13, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reports that a study indicates that “in children presenting to the emergency department with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), neither the rate of administration nor the sodium chloride content of intravenous...
Drowning Number Two Leading Cause Of Death Among Young Children In The US.
TIME (6/13, Martinez) reports that drowning is now “the no. 2 cause of death among young children in the” US. Each year in the US, “between 800 and 900” youngsters drown, “according to the Centers for Disease Control.” Unfortunately, many drowning deaths...
Anti-Vaccination “Hotspots” Increasing Across The US, Researchers Say.
“To Your Health,” the Washington Post (6/12, Sun) reports that research published online in PLOS Medicine “tracked the increasing number of children with” vaccination “exemptions in all 18 states from the 2009-2010 to 2016-2017 school years.” Investigato...
Mode Of Birth Appears To Have No Effect On BMI In Children, Researches Say.
The New York Times (6/12, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports that “mode of birth has no effect on body mass index [BMI] in children,” researchers concluded after examining “a large clinical database to study 16,140 siblings born between 1987 and...
Researchers Examine Epilepsy Frequency And Age Of Onset Among Children With Seizures With Symptomatic Causes In Neonatal Period.
Neurology Advisor (6/12, May) reports researchers found that “in children with seizures with symptomatic causes in the neonatal period, epilepsy frequency tends to be relatively low and age of onset appears to be around age 5.” The findings were publishe...
Major Blood Flow Changes In The Brain May Put Children With Chronic Kidney Disease At Increased Risk Of Cognitive Impairment, Study Suggests.
HealthImaging (6/12, Rohman) reports researchers found that “children with chronic kidney disease [CKD] may have an increased risk of cognitive impairment due to major blood flow changes occurring in the brain.” The researchers wrote, “Our results confir...
One In Five Youths Seeing Unwanted Sexual Material Online, Study Says.
TIME (6/12, Sifferlin) reports research suggests that “one in five youths are seeing unwanted sexual material online – and one in nine are getting unwanted requests for sexual material from their peers or adults.” The findings were published online in th...
Effects Of Neighborhood Violence Can Seep Into Schools, Lead To Lower Grades, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (6/12, Preidt) reports, “The effects of neighborhood violence can seep into schools and lead to lower grades, even among students who have no direct exposure to the violence,” research indicated. The findings were published online in the journa...
Children Exposed To Cigarette Smoke Have Higher Risk Of Hearing Loss, Research Indicates.
Newsweek (6/11, Dovey) reports researchers from Japan have found that “exposure to smoking, both in utero and in the first few months of a child’s life, is associated with higher prevalence of hearing impairment,” according to a study published in Paedia...
FDA Issues Class I Recall Of Draeger Jaundice Meters.
Mass Device (6/11, Densford) reports the FDA recently posted a recall notice for “Draeger Medical Jaundice Meters over issues with users misinterpreting the display.” The Class I recall, which indicates “the potential for serious injury or death,” affect...
Feeding Children Honey After Swallowing A Small Battery Can Prevent Serious Injury, Study Suggests.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (6/11, Giordano) reports “a team of pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialists from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nationwide Children’s Hospital has discovered that giving a child honey to eat after he or she has...
Pancreas Divisum May Be Independent Risk Factor For Chronic And Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis In Children, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (6/11, Swift) reports researchers found that pancreas divisum is an independent “risk factor for chronic and acute recurrent pancreatitis in children.” The findings were published “in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.”
Walkable Neighborhoods May Be Linked To Lower Asthma Risk In Kids, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (6/11, Preidt) reports that research suggests kids “may be more likely to develop asthma if they live in neighborhoods where it’s difficult to get around on foot.” Investigators looked at “data from more than 326,000 children in Toronto who wer...
Random Dot Computer Video Game May Improve Stereopsis In Children With Amblyopia, Study Suggests.
Healio (6/11, Cimberle) reports researchers found that “a random dot computer video game used regularly at home can improve stereopsis in children with amblyopia.” The findings were published in Optometry & Vision Science.

Pages