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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...
Congress May Miss Deadline To Reauthorize CHIP.
The Hill (9/27, Roubein) reports, “The House has yet to release a bill to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) just days before the deadline.” Meanwhile, “the Senate has released a bipartisan five-year bill to reauthorize the program, but...
Most Insurers Seem Committed To Offering ACA Plans Next Year Despite Continued Uncertainty.
The Wall Street Journal (9/27, A1, Mathews, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that Wednesday was the deadline for insurers to inform state officials if they intend to offer ACA plans in 2018. The article says so far, it does not appear...
Even Kids With Severe Autism Can Learn Techniques To Avoid Drowning, Study Suggests.
STAT (9/27, Samuel) reports that children with autism often are attracted to bodies of water and can end up drowning. In fact, “drowning is the most common fatal injury” among youngsters with autism. Now, “a study published in September in the Journal of...
Study Examines Association Of Gender With Recurrence Of ASD Among Siblings.
Healio (9/27, Bortz) reports, “Female children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] are more likely to have younger siblings also diagnosed with the disorder, with higher rates observed in younger male siblings regardless of the older sibling’s...
Hypertension During Pregnancy May Increase Risk For Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests.
In “Well,” the New York Times (9/27, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports that hypertension during pregnancy may “increase the risk for childhood obesity,” researchers concluded after studying “88,406 mother-child pairs.” The findings (pdf) were pu...
Babies Born Early In A Full-Term Pregnancy May Have A Higher Risk Of Poor Heart-Lung Fitness Later In Life, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (9/27, Preidt) reports that babies “born early in a full-term pregnancy have a higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness later in life,” researchers found after looking at some “800 people in Northern Ireland who were born at full-term (37 to 42 w...
Certain Children With Alopecia Areata Should Undergo Routine Thyroid Function Screening, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (9/27, Monaco) reports, “Certain children with alopecia areata (AA) should undergo routine thyroid function screening,” researchers concluded. The analysis of “298 individuals with AA (all ≤21 years)” revealed that “20% (59) had abnormal fi...
Nearly 20% Of Teens Report Having Been Diagnosed With A Concussion.
TIME (9/26, Sifferlin) reports that research published in JAMA indicates nearly “one in five teens have been diagnosed with a concussion.” Reuters (9/26, Cohen) reports that “the odds were even higher for boys, with” nearly “a quarter last year saying th...
Faced With Dwindling Support, McConnell Cancels Senate Vote On Latest ACA Repeal Bill.
In a front-page article, the New York Times (9/26, A1, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports that on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “pulled the plug” on Senate Republicans’ latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, tell...
Genetics May Account For About 83% Of Autism Cases, Study Indicates.
TIME (9/26, Park) reports investigators “say they have come up with the most accurate figure to date for the role that genes play in autism.” After reanalyzing “existing data from all children born in Sweden between 1982 and 2006,” researchers then found...
Advocates Concerned Pregnant Women Remain Unaware Of Valproate Risks.
Reuters (9/26, Blamont) reports that at a public hearing in London Tuesday hosted by the European Medicines Agency, patients, physicians, and medical researchers gathered to express concern for the fact that many pregnant women are unaware Sanofi’s epile...
Sexually Transmitted Diseases In US Reach Record High, CDC Data Indicate.
The Los Angeles Times (9/26, Karlamangla) reports that “for the second year in a row,” US diagnoses of “chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis reached a record high.” The article says “more than 2 million cases” of the three sexually transmitted diseases were...
Passage Of ACA Repeal Bill In Doubt As Collins Announces Opposition.
On its front page, the New York Times (9/25, A1, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports that on Monday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said “she would oppose the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders clearly...
CHIP Funding Is Set To Expire On September 30.
In an over 3,500-word article, Roll Call (9/25, Adams) reports that current federal funding for CHIP is set to expire on Sept. 30, and “Congress has not yet acted to renew federal funding for the 8.9 million children and women served by” the program. The...
Infants Exposed To Higher Levels Of Indoor Pest And Pet Allergens May Have Lower Risk Of Developing Asthma By Age Seven, Study Suggests.
MD Magazine (9/25, Hoffman) reports that “infants that are exposed to higher levels of indoor pest and pet allergens have a lower risk of developing asthma by the time they reach age 7, according to research from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH)...
More Than Half Of All Rural US Counties Now Without A Single Local Hospital Where Women Can Get Prenatal Care, Deliver Infants.
In a nearly 3,800-word piece, the Huffington Post (9/25, Pearson) reports, “From 2004 to 2014, nine percent of all rural counties lost access to hospital obstetric services, and more than half of all rural counties in this country are now without a singl...
Baltimore Turns To Doulas To Assist Expectant Moms During And After Pregnancy And Delivery.
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (9/25, Ollove) reports that Baltimore, MD, “has opened a new front in its effort to give black newborns the same chances of surviving infancy as white ones: training doulas to assist expectant mothers during pre...
Children Who See Gun Violence In Movies More Likely To Play With, Fire A Gun If They Have Access To One, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (9/25, Reinberg) reports children “who see gun violence in movies are more likely to play with and fire a gun if they have access to one,” researchers concluded after studying “104 children.” Lead researcher Brad Bushman, PhD, of the Ohio State...
Early Childhood Education And Health Programs May Benefit Participants’ Future Offspring, Research Suggests.
The Wall Street Journal (9/25, Leubsdorf) reports that early childhood education and health programs, like Head Start and Medicaid, may have positive effects on participants and their future children, according to recent research.
Graham And Cassidy Plan Changes To Bill As More GOP Senators Express Doubts.
With several senators from both the conservative and centrist wings of the Republican caucus saying over the weekend that they will not support, or have not yet committed to supporting, the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, the Washington Post (9/24, A1, S...
Study Appearing To Show Link Between Flu Shots In Pregnant Women, Miscarriage Has Shortcomings, CDC Says.
USA Today (9/22, Rossman) reported that a study published in the journal Vaccine “appears to show a link between flu shots in pregnant women and miscarriage,” but experts from the CDC argue “the study has shortcomings” due to the “small number of women s...
Infant, Maternal Tetanus Officially Eliminated From Americas, Pan American Health Officials Say.
The New York Times (9/22, McNeil, Subscription Publication) reported that last Thursday, the Pan American Health Organization announced that infant and maternal tetanus, an infection that once “killed about 10,000 newborns annually in the Western Hemisph...
Hormonal IUD Implanted Immediately After Childbirth Will Not Interfere With Breastfeeding, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (9/22, Dallas) reported, “Women who have a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) implanted immediately after childbirth can still breast-feed,” researchers found. The findings of the 250-woman study were published in the American Journal of Obstet...
Some Children Who Ride Off-Road Vehicles May Inhale Hazardous Mineral Fibers, Toxic Dust, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (9/22, Dallas) reported that research suggests some children who ride off-road vehicles “may...inhale hazardous mineral fibers and toxic dust.” Investigators “examined 15 previous studies investigating toxic mineral fibers and off-road vehicle...
Multilevel Approach May Lead To Improved Asthma Outcomes Among Pediatric Patients With Asthma, Study Suggests.
Medscape (9/22, Parry) reported that researchers have found that “using a hospital-driven, integrated, multilevel, quality improvement approach that extends into the community leads to improved asthma outcomes among pediatric patients with asthma.” The f...
States That Expanded Medicaid Could Lose $180 Billion Under Latest ACA Repeal Bill, Analysis Indicates.
The Washington Post (9/21, Goldstein) reports that according to an analysis conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal “bill would slash federal spending on health coverage and cause most states to lose billions of dollars i...
Three Inexpensive Programs May Be Most Cost-Effective Ways To Reduce Childhood Obesity Rates, Researchers Say.
Medscape (9/21, Frellick) reports, “Three inexpensive programs have proven to be the most cost-effective ways to reduce childhood obesity rates,” researchers concluded in a presentation given at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference...
Statistics Show Texas Youth Obesity Rates Still Above National Average But Down From 2012.
The Houston Chronicle (9/21, Deam) reports statistics from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show that 33.3 percent of Texan kids age 10 to 17 were overweight or obese in 2016; while that is a “rate higher than the national average,” it also shows an im...
Flint’s Lead-Contaminated Water Caused Rise In Fetal Death Rates, Study Finds.
The CBS Evening News (9/21, story 7, 2:10, Mason) reported a new medical research study found that contaminated water in Flint, Michigan has contributed to “severe health problems.” According to the study, “fetal death rates increased by 58 percent in Fl...
Kids With Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Face Higher Cancer Risk, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (9/21, Preidt) reports that research published in the BMJ suggests kids “with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer.” MedPage Today (9/20, Walsh) reports that “during 148,682 patient-years of follow-up in children wi...
Public Citizen Sues FDA Over Benzocaine In Baby Teething Medicine.
The Hill (9/21, Wheeler) reports that Public Citizen has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration “for not responding to its petition to regulate an ingredient found in over-the-counter medicines for teething babies.” The group claims ben...
McConnell To Bring ACA Repeal Bill To Senate Floor Next Week.
The Washington Post (9/20, Sullivan) reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “plans to bring a bill to undo the Affordable Care Act to the Senate floor next week, a McConnell spokesman said Wednesday.” The legislation “would convert funding...
Opioid Epidemic Leading To Increase In Number Of Infants, Toddlers Consuming Opioids.
The New York Times (9/20, Turkewitz, Subscription Publication) reports the opioid crisis is taking a toll on the health of Americans of all ages, even toddlers and infants who mistakenly consume opioids that were left within their reach. According to the...
Flint Water Crisis Impacted Michigan Women’s Pregnancies, Study Suggests.
The Detroit Free Press (9/20, Matheny) reports a study conducted by health researchers and economists at Kansas University and West Virginia University found that data from Flint, Michigan, and the state show that the city had fewer pregnancies and a hig...

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