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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.
Experts Discuss What Pregnant Women Should Know About Coronavirus
The New York Times (3/17, Caron) interviewed experts to discuss what pregnant women should know about coronavirus. Dr. Denise J. Jamieson, chair of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, said, there is currently no evidence that...
Schools For More Than 30 Million Children Closed Across US
The Wall Street Journal (3/16, Belkin, Subscription Publication) reports that as of Monday, schools for more than 30 million children have been closed across the US. The article examines some of the repercussions from the school closures for students, tea...
Researchers Say 8% Of 9- And 10-Year-Old Children Report Having Suicidal Thoughts
Medscape (3/16, Vlessides, Subscription Publication) reports researchers found that “approximately 8% of 9- and 10-year-old children in the United States report having suicidal thoughts, and 2 in every 100 report a suicide attempt.” The findings were publ...
Family Member Deportation And Detainment Tied To Poor Psychological Outcomes In Latinx Youth, Study Suggests
MedPage Today (3/16, Hlavinka) reports researchers conducted “a survey of 547 Latinx adolescents in suburban Atlanta” and found that “family member deportation and detainment was associated with poor psychological outcomes among youth.” The findings were...
Researchers Say Coronavirus Does Not Appear To Pass From Pregnant Women To Infants
TODAY (3/16, Pawlowski) reports researchers in China “followed four pregnant women” with coronavirus in Wuhan “who gave birth to full-term infants,” and found that “none of the three infants whose parents gave consent for them to be checked for the illnes...
Adverse Maternal, Newborn Pregnancy Outcome Risks May Be Lowered By More Favorable Cardiovascular Health, Research Indicates
MDEdge.com (3/16, Brunk) reports “more favorable cardiovascular health at 28 weeks’ gestation was associated with lower risks for several adverse maternal and newborn pregnancy outcomes, according to results from a multinational cohort study.” In a “fully...
Poll Suggests Many Parents Wait Too Long To Talk To Kids About Inappropriate Touching
Reuters (3/16, Rapaport) reports, “Parents should ideally start talking to kids about inappropriate touching during the preschool years, but a new U.S. poll suggests many wait longer.” By the time that children “are in elementary school, one in four paren...
DWI-MRI Has Proven Accuracy In Diagnosing And Evaluating Children With Suspected Arthritis And Can Help Clinicians Avoid Use Of GBCAs, Researchers Say
Aunt Minnie (3/16, Forrest) reports that “diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI-MRI) has proven accuracy in diagnosing and evaluating children with suspected arthritis and can help clinicians avoid the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), accordi...
Potential Shortage Of Basic Supplies Said To Be New Threat To Coronavirus Testing Roll Outs
Politico (3/16, Lim) reports, “A potential shortage of cotton swabs and other basic supplies needed for coronavirus testing is emerging as a new threat to the Trump administration’s plans to roll out high-volume testing to 2,000 sites across the country b...
Research Suggests Children Typically Only Experience Mild Symptoms From Coronavirus, But They Can Shed The Virus Long After Symptoms Disappear
HealthDay (3/13) reports that “a new Chinese study of coronavirus infection in kids could bring comfort to American parents – and highlight the wisdom of at least temporarily closing schools.” Researchers “found that even though children typically only ex...
President Trump Declares Coronavirus Pandemic A National Emergency As Virus Continues Spread In US And Around The World
The AP (3/13, Mascaro, Miller, Taylor, Colvin) reported that on Friday, President Donald Trump “declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, freeing up money and resources to fight the outbreak, and then threw his support behind an aid package...
Diabetes Distress, Body Dissatisfaction May Warn Of High Risk For Disordered Eating In Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes, Research Suggests
Medwire News (3/13, McDermid) reported researchers analyzed data from the Diabetes MILES Youth-Australia study and concluded that “the presence of diabetes distress and body dissatisfaction may warn of a high risk for disordered eating in adolescents with...
Flu Activity Increases Following Weeks Of Decline, Perhaps Due To COVID-19
CHEST Physician (3/13, Franki) reported “the 2019-2020 flu season has taken a somewhat surprising turn, and COVID-19 may be to blame.” Specifically, “the two leading measures of influenza activity – the percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive...
Research May Have Identified Part Of Pediatric Brain That Causes Patients To Stop Breathing During Seizure, According To New Findings
AI in Healthcare (3/13, Walter) reported “researchers have located the part of the brain that causes pediatric patients to stop breathing during a seizure, sharing their findings in JCI Insight.” When “monitoring each patient’s breathing and using an adva...
Researchers Identify New Genetic Structural Variants In Childhood Leukemias
Cancer Network (3/13, Slater) reported researchers “identified previously unrecognized genetic structural variants in childhood leukemias that could be used to evaluate the presence of minimal residual disease throughout the course of chemotherapy and hel...
Children Younger Than Age 7 Diagnosed With T1D Have Different Endotype From Those Diagnosed At Age 13 Or Older, Study Suggests
MedPage Today (3/15, Minerd) reports that “a histopathology study” suggests that “children younger than age 7 diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have a different endotype from those diagnosed at age 13 or older.” In the study, “pancreas samples from chi...
Researchers Say Padded Helmets, Different Tackling And Blocking Techniques Can Reduce Head Injuries In Middle School Football Players
HealthDay (3/13, McKiski) reported researchers found “padded helmets and safe tackling and blocking techniques can reduce the chance of head injuries for middle school football players.” The findings were published in Neurosurgery.
Researchers Examine Relationship Between Asthma And Type 1 Diabetes In Children
MedPage Today (3/12, Hlavinka) reports researchers found in a Swedish registry study that “children with asthma were more likely to have co-occurring type 1 diabetes, but the reverse was not true.” In the study published in JAMA Network Open, the research...
CDC’s ACIP Chair Says Group May Release Recommendations On Dengue Vaccine This Year
Healio (3/12, Downey) reports CDC’s ACIP “could make recommendations on the use of a newly approved dengue vaccine in U.S. children as early as October, the chair of the ACIP’s dengue vaccines work group said.” Dr. Robert Atmar, the chair of the group, sa...
People Born In Deprived Neighborhoods May Have Higher Risk For Nonaffective Psychosis, Study Indicates
Healio (3/12, Gramigna) reports researchers found in a prospective cohort study that “individuals born in more deprived neighborhoods may be at increased risk for nonaffective psychosis because of subsequent effects that impact cognitive development.” The...
Researchers Use New Genome Sequencing Method To Identify Gene Associated With Chemotherapy Resistance In Children With Leukemia
Health IT Analytics (3/12, Kent) reports researchers “at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital used a novel whole genome sequencing method to identify a gene [CELSR2] associated with chemotherapy resistance in children with leukemia.” The same researche...
Company Says Alprazolam Inhaler Can Stop Seizures Before Or After They Begin In Around Two-Thirds Of Study Participants
STAT (3/12, Sheridan) reports Engage Therapeutics released new data on its experimental inhaler designed to stop seizures “that shows that among the 76 people who took the company’s drug – an inhalable form of the drug commonly known as Xanax [alprazolam]...
NPR Investigates Whether Coronavirus Is Leading To Drug Shortages As Some Fear
NPR (3/12, Lupkin) reports that many in the US are worried “about potential shortages of prescription drugs” due to the coronavirus pandemic, because many drug ingredients are made overseas, including in China. NPR says they reached out to facilities in C...
Roadblocks To Coronavirus Testing Still Reportedly Remain For Many People Who Fear They Have The Virus
The New York Times (3/12, Stockman) reports that many people “who fear they have the virus have faced one roadblock after another as they try to get tested, according to interviews with dozens of people across the country.” Some people “have been rejected...
WHO Says Spread Of Coronavirus Is Now A Pandemic
The Wall Street Journal (3/11, McKay, Ansari, Calfas, Subscription Publication) reports the WHO is now describing the spread of coronavirus as a pandemic, the first time the organization has declared a pandemic since the H1N1 flu in 2009. The AP (3/11, Ke...
Trump Suspends Travel From Europe To US For 30 Days
Reuters (3/12, Holland, Alper) reports that in an Oval Office speech Wednesday, President Trump “suspended travel from Europe to the United States, except for the UK, for 30 days starting on Friday.” The Hill (3/11, Samuels, Chalfant) reports, “A proclama...
Premature Infants’ Immune Systems Appear To Develop At Rate Similar To Those Of Full-Term Infants, Researchers Say
HealthDay (3/11, Preidt) reports, “Premature infants’ immune systems develop at a rate similar to full-term infants,” researchers concluded after tracking “immune system development in babies born before 32 weeks, including identifying different immune ce...
Some US Hospitals Already Struggling With Limited Supplies In Face Of Coronavirus Outbreak
The New York Times (3/11, Popovich, Parshina-Kottas) reports, “As new coronavirus infections accumulate across America, hospitals want to make sure they have everything they need to keep staff safe.” In the US, “some hospitals are already struggling with...
New York, Washington Reportedly Struggle To Meet Demand For Coronavirus Testing
Reuters (3/11, O'Donnell, Layne) reports New York and Washington, the two states with the most cases of coronavirus, “are struggling to make testing for the virus widely available, with local officials estimating it could take weeks more to reach peak tes...
Proposed Alabama Transgender Healthcare Ban For Minors Strongly Opposed By Civil Rights Groups, Medical Experts
NBC News (3/10) reports, “Last week, the Alabama Senate voted 22 to 3 in favor of the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, which would make it a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for any doctor or other health care professio...
FDA Halts Routine Inspections Overseas Through April Due To Coronavirus
The New York Times (3/10, Kaplan, Thomas) reports the FDA announced “it would stop routine inspections of food, drugs and medical devices overseas through April, citing the worldwide spread of the coronavirus.” The agency previously withdrew its inspector...
Researchers Examine How Paternal Health Impacts Perinatal Outcomes
HealthDay (3/10, Reinberg) reports that in a “study of nearly 786,000 births, researchers found that dads who weren’t in the best of health were more likely to have preterm and low birth weight infants who spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit (N...
Lesbian, Gay, And Bisexual Teens Far More Likely Than Straight Peers To Suffer Physical And/Or Sexual Violence, Survey Data Indicate
HealthDay (3/10, Mozes) reports, “Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are far more likely than their straight peers to suffer physical and/or sexual violence,” investigators concluded after examining data from “surveys of nearly 29,000 teens, aged 14 to 18, c...
Researchers Investigating Why Coronavirus Appears To Largely Spare Children
The Washington Post (3/10, Wan, Achenbach) reports, “One of the few mercies of the spreading coronavirus is that it leaves young children virtually untouched – a mystery virologists say may hold vital clues as to how the virus works.” According to the WHO...
Some Healthcare Professionals Working Together To Push Back Against Anti-Vaxxers Online
The New York Times (3/10, Hoffman) reports that in response to the spread of vaccine misinformation online by anti-vaxxers, some healthcare workers “are beginning to link arms virtually in an organized effort to defend not only each other, but also vaccin...
Infants With Very Disturbed Sleep Patterns May Have Higher Risk For Anxiety, Emotional Issues In Later Childhood, Research Suggests
CNN (3/9, Hunt) reports that research suggests “infants with very disturbed sleep patterns could be at greater risk for anxiety and emotional issues in later childhood.” Investigators found that “compared with infants whose sleep patterns were settled, th...
Officials Announce Final EHR Rules
The AP (3/9, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that on Monday, senior Trump Administration officials announced final rules regarding electronic health records. Specifically, “one rule from the HHS agency that oversees health care technology would implement congres...
Rotavirus Vaccination Not Tied To T1D Incidence In Children, Research Suggests
Clinical Endocrinology News (3/9, Remaly) reports, “Rotavirus vaccination was not associated with the incidence of type 1 diabetes [T1D] in a study of more than 385,000 children,” research indicated. Investigators arrived at this conclusion after having “...
Housing Subsidies May Be Associated With Fewer Asthma Emergencies Among Children Living In Poverty, Research Suggests
Reuters (3/9, Rapaport) reports, “Among kids who had asthma attacks, those whose families received federal government housing assistance were about 25% to 30% less likely to visit the emergency room than children from households on a waiting list for hous...
CDC Official Says Many Americans Will Likely Become Infected By Coronavirus
The Hill (3/9, Weixel) reports Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that many Americans will likely become infected by the coronavirus and that older Americans with underlying heal...
Last Quarter Of 2019 Saw 350% Increase In Ransomware Attacks Against Healthcare Providers, Report Shows
HealthIT Security (3/9, Davis) reports “ransomware attacks against healthcare providers increased a whopping 350 percent during the last quarter of 2019 with the rapid pace of attacks already continuing throughout 2020, according to a new report from Corv...
More Than One-Third Of Younger Professionals In Healthcare Report Being Overwhelmed By Digital Patient Data, Survey Finds
Health IT Analytics (3/9, Kent) reports “thirty-five percent of younger healthcare professionals are overwhelmed by digital patient data or are unsure about how to use patient data and analytics to inform care, according to a global survey from Philips.”...
Flu Season Worse Than Expected For Children, CDC Reports
NBC News (3/7) reported “at least 34 million Americans have been sickened with the flu so far this season and an estimated 20,000 people have died from it, with the illness taking a higher-than-expected toll on children, the Centers for Disease Control an...

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