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Influenza, Tdap Vaccination In Pregnancy May Be Safe For Infants, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (2/20, Thompson) reports researchers have found that “getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns.” After reviewing “records on more than 400,000 infants born between 2004 and 2014” from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, inve...
Azar Announces Proposal To Allow Expanded Access To Short-Term Plans That Do Not Comply With ACA Rules.
The Washington Post (2/20, Goldstein) reports that on Tuesday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced that the Trump Administration wants “to significantly broaden Americans’ ability to rely on short-term health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Ca...
Topical Therapy May Improve Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis In Children, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/20, Bankhead) reports that an analysis indicated approximately “80% of pediatric patients with primary axillary hyperhidrosis had at least a 50% decrease in sweat production when using anticholinergic-containing towelettes.” Researchers...
Peanut Allergy Treatment Found To Be Successful In Phase 3 Trial.
The AP (2/20, Marchione) reports that Aimmune Therapeutics has announced that its treatment for peanut allergies was successful in a clinical study. In the study, “nearly 500 kids ages 4 to 17 with severe peanut allergies” were given daily capsules conta...
UNICEF Report Ranks Infant Mortality Rates Worldwide.
The AP (2/20, Gannon) reports that on Feb. 20, UNICEF issued a report that “singled out Pakistan as the riskiest country for newborns, saying that out of every 1,000 children born in Pakistan, 46 die at birth.” The report, which generally showed “South A...
National Pediatric Flu Death Toll Reaches 84, CDC Says.
ABC World News Tonight (2/16, story 5, 1:35, Muir) reported the CDC released new figures showing that the nation’s pediatric flu death toll has risen after 22 more children died in the most recent week recorded. Additionally, data show that the flu remai...
Infant Deaths From Suffocation Rising In Part Due To Bedsharing With Parents, Researchers Say.
Reuters (2/19, Rapaport) reports, “The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, driven at least in part by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants,” researchers found...
Strokes In Babies May Not Result In Language Loss, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (2/17, Preidt) reports that in a 12-person study, investigators “found that people who’d had a stroke as a newborn that damaged the left side of their brain – the side that normally controls language – used the other side of their brain for lan...
Imaging Technique May Be An Alternative To MRI In Restless Children, Study Suggests.
The Radiology Business Journal (2/16, Slachta) reported scientists may have “found a viable alternative to conventional MR imaging in pediatric patients who have a hard time keeping still during exams,” according to a study (2/15) published this month in...
Less Than A Fifth Of US Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia May Be Getting Antibiotics That Could Save Their Lives, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (2/16, Preidt) reports, “Less than a fifth of US children with sickle cell anemia are getting the antibiotics that could save their lives,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 2005 to 2012 on more than 2,800” US “children, three mo...
Shortage Of Clinicians Specializing In Pediatric Behavioral, Developmental Disorders Resulting In Long Wait Times For New Patient Appointments, Researchers Say.
Reuters (2/16, Rapaport) reports, “A shortage of clinicians specializing in pediatric behavioral and developmental disorders is translating into long wait times for new patient appointments amid surging demand,” researchers found after examining “survey...
This Season’s Flu Vaccine Only 36% Effective, New CDC Data Suggest.
NBC Nightly News (2/15, story 7, 1:15, Holt) reported new CDC data show this season’s flu vaccine overall is “only 36 percent effective” – but, “there’s a bit of good news”: The effectiveness is “significantly better for children.” According to correspon...
Lawsuits Filed Challenging Trump Administration’s Cuts To Funding For Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs.
The Washington Post (2/15, Cha) reports nine organizations have filed four separate lawsuits against the Trump Administration challenging cuts to grants that fund teen pregnancy prevention programs. The organizations include Planned Parenthood, Democracy...
Infant Death Rates Are Higher In Rural America For Most Causes, Report Says.
The Washington Post (2/15, Cha) says that a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics on Thursday examines the five leading causes of infant death: “congenital malformations, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), mater...
Minnesota Teens’ Use Of E-Cigarettes Increased While Use Of Traditional Cigarettes Fell, Report Says.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (2/15, Olson) reports the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers in Minnesota has increased almost 50% over the last three years, which led to “the first increase in overall youth tobacco use in the state in two decades.” The Mi...
Vaping May Be Socially Contagious Among Teenagers, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (2/15, Steele) reports researchers found that “nearly four out of 10 US teens who use e-cigarettes said seeing others vape led them to try the devices themselves, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Before-School Exercise Program May Make Young Kids Healthier, Happier, Study Indicates.
The New York Times (2/14, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports a “supervised exercise program that gets young children running and playing for an hour before school could make them happier and healthier, while also jibing with the needs and schedu...
ACA Dependent Coverage Provision Has Allowed Many Pregnant Young Women To Obtain Prenatal Care, Study Finds.
HealthDay (2/14, Mundell) reports that the Affordable Care Act dependent care provision under which adults through age 26 are able to get insurance though their parents’ health plans “allowed many pregnant young women to obtain prenatal care,” researcher...
Follow-Up Visits For Younger Kids Who Had Been Hospitalized For Bronchiolitis May Offer Reassurance For Families, Study Suggests.
Healio (2/14, Thiel) reports that research indicated “follow-up visits scheduled for younger children who had been hospitalized for bronchiolitis offered reassurance for families.” The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Public Health Experts, Arts Educators Team Up To Prevent Type 2 Diabetes In Young People.
In a nearly 1,300-word article, the New York Times (2/14, O'Connor, Subscription Publication) reports that “public health experts and arts educators have teamed up to try a novel approach to preventing” type 2 diabetes “in young people.” The new “campaig...
Study Examines Parents’ Perception And Reactions To Their Children’s BMI Report Cards.
HealthDay (2/14, Preidt) reports that some parents who receive BMI report cards about their children’s weight and health may not accurately interpret that information or accurately categorize their children’s weight, researchers concluded after examining...
Annual US Healthcare Spending Will Grow To $5.7 Trillion By 2026, Analysis Indicates.
The Washington Post (2/14, Johnson) reports that according to an analysis conducted by CMS actuaries and published in Health Affairs, prescription drug spending will increase “faster than any other major medical good or service over the next decade.” Dat...
Psychologist Offers Advice On How To Talk With Teenagers About Vaping.
In “Well” in the New York Times (2/14, Subscription Publication), psychologist Lisa Damour, PhD, offers advice on how parents can talk with their teenage children about vaping. Damour points out that vaping has become more popular among teenagers in rece...
House Republicans Mulling Repeal, Delay Of ACA’s Employer Mandate.
The Hill (2/13, Sullivan) reports that House GOP lawmakers are debating whether to repeal or delay the ACA’s “employer mandate to offer health insurance, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Tuesday.” Brady said “he has disc...
Repeal Of ACA’s Individual Mandate To Take Effect In 2019.
The Wall Street Journal (2/13, Subscription Publication) reports that congressional Republicans repealed the ACA’s individual mandate in December as part of their tax reform bill. This change will take effect in 2019. The article says some warn the repea...
Parents Getting Conflicting Information About Safest Way For Newborns To Sleep, Study Suggests.
USA Today (2/14, Weintraub) reports a study suggests there is still conflicting information about SIDS and how parents should best put their newborn to bed. While one study researcher says that newborns are safest in a crib alone and should not share a b...
Experts Warn Parents About YouTube’s Effects On Kids Under Age 13.
According to CNBC (2/13, Bila), “experts warn that YouTube is a growing source of anxiety and inappropriate sexual behavior among kids under the age of 13, and parents and educators need to get involved.” The article interviews social worker Natasha Dani...
HPV Vaccine Use Among Children Rising, But Still Low, Study Suggests.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/13, Giordano) reports “a new national study of children covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance shows that use of the vaccine that protects against cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV) has risen.” Results sho...
Levetiracetam May Be Significantly More Effective Than Phenobarbital As Initial Therapy For Babies With Nonsyndromic Epilepsy, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (2/13, George) reports, “Levetiracetam (Keppra) may be significantly more effective than phenobarbital as initial therapy for infants with nonsyndromic epilepsy,” researchers concluded after studying youngsters “in 17 US pediatric epilepsy...
US Sees Only Small Declines In Rate Of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death In Recent Years, Study Indicates.
Reuters (2/12, Rapaport) reports that “US progress” against “unexplained and sleep-related infant deaths...has been minimal in recent years,” CDC researchers found. While “death rates plunged by 45 percent from 1990 to 1998,” they “dipped by just 7 perce...
New York Governor Pushes Pharmacies To Enroll In Children’s Flu Shot Program.
Newsday (NY) (2/12, Ricks) reports New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Vaccines for Children Program, in which he is imploring pharmacies to enroll to help provide “immunizations to children regardless of their parents’ o...
Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Cut HHS Funding By $18 Billion.
The Washington Post (2/12, Paletta, Werner) reports that on Monday, the White House unveiled “a tax and spending plan.” The proposal, called “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” includes “major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps...
Researchers Find No Link Between Number, Duration Of Prenatal Ultrasounds And Later Diagnosis Of Autism In The Child.
CNN (2/12, Scutti) reports that research indicates “there is no association between the number or duration of prenatal ultrasounds and a later diagnosis of autism in the child.” But, investigators “did find a statistical association between deep ultrasou...
Kids Born Prematurely May Make Fewer Friends, Socialize Less In Early Childhood, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/12, Preidt) reports that children born prematurely may have “more difficulty making friends,” researchers found after examining data on some “1,000 children born in Germany in 1985-1986.” The study revealed that youngsters “who were born pre...
Drinking Water For Up To One-Quarter Of Americans May Violate Federal Standards, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (2/12, Plumer, Subscription Publication) reports a new study has found that between 3% and 10% of the drinking water systems in the US “have been in violation of federal Safe Drinking Water Act health standards each year.” The issue “i...
About Seven Percent Of Children Have Experienced A Head Injury, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (2/9, Gordon) reported, “About seven percent of children three to 17 years old have experienced a head injury,” researchers found in a “report on children’s head injuries released Feb. 9 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” in...
Labels On So-Called Toddler Drinks May Mislead Customers About Nutrition, Health Benefits, Researchers Say.
The ABC News (2/11, Allen) website reported that labels on “so-called toddler drinks...may be misleading customers about their nutrition and health benefits,” researchers found. A study published online in “Preventive Medicine noted that the drinks – mar...
Serum Lipid Levels After Premature Birth May Predict Risk Of Eye Problems, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/9, Lou) reported that “serum lipid levels in the first few weeks after birth may be predictive of whether a premature infant develops a slowdown in retinal vessel growth and microvascular degeneration potentially leading to retinal detac...
Kids Sustain Esophageal Injuries, Burns After Swallowing Batteries, Parts From Fidget Spinners, Case Reports Find.
HealthDay (2/9, Preidt) reported, “A three-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl suffered severe esophageal burns after they swallowed button batteries from fidget spinners,” researchers found. Meanwhile, “two other case reports describe esophageal injur...
Low Vaccination Rates Put Oregon Schools At High Risk For Measles, Analysis Concludes.
The Oregonian (2/11) reports that an analysis conducted by the Oregonian/OregonLive shows that “nearly 65 percent of the state’s public charter schools lack what scientists call herd immunity against measles, meaning not enough children are immunized to...
Columnist Laments Dangers Lead Paint Continues To Pose To Children.
Renée Loth writes in her column for the Boston Globe (2/12, Loth) about the dangers of lead paint and asks why they continue to be accepted, despite lead being eradicated in other industries. She says Massachusetts has a valuable program of grants and lo...
CDC Warns US Flu Outbreak Still On The Rise.
The AP (2/9, Stobbe) reported that this flu “season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.” A new “government report...shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu.” The AP adds, “...
Rate Of Non-Fatal Assault Injuries Down Among Young People, Research Indicates.
MedPage Today (2/8, Walker) reports that research indicated “the rate of non-fatal assault injuries dropped by more than a quarter among young people from 2011 to 2015.” Investigators found that “rates of young people ages 10 to 24 treated for non-fatal...
Senate Passes Delayed Budget Deal To End Government Shutdown.
Bloomberg News (2/9, Kapur, House) reports the Senate passed a two-year budget agreement on Friday that “would boost federal spending by $300 billion and suspend the debt ceiling for a year, as lawmakers sought to end a partial government shutdown that b...
New Hampshire Governor To Sign Bill Aimed At Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning.
The AP (2/8) reports New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) will “sign a bill aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning.” The bill would “require blood testing for lead in all children age 2 and under and would lower the threshold at which the state must...
School-Based Obesity Intervention Program For Young Children May Not Lead To Significant Results, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/7, Minerd) reports that research indicated “a year-long, multi-faceted, school-based obesity intervention program for young children in England’s West Midlands region failed to produce any significant results.” Researchers found that “a...
Family Integrated Care May Help Improve Infant Weight Gain Compared To Standard NICU Care, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (2/7, Walker) reports that research indicated “Family Integrated Care, an intervention where parents helped provide support to their infants in the NICU, helped improved infant weight gain versus standard NICU care.” Investigators found tha...
Senate Leaders Announce Bipartisan Budget Deal With Funding For Health Programs.
On its website, CNBC (2/7) reports Senate leaders announced a bipartisan budget deal that would increase “funding for a range of health programs, including efforts to combat the national opioid epidemic.” The deal would extend funding for the Children’s...
ACA Enrollment For 2018 Fell By Only 3.7% Compared To 2017, Data Indicate.
The Washington Post (2/7, Goldstein) reports that states which manage their own ACA exchanges “significantly outperformed the rest of the country in attracting consumers to sign up for health plans for 2018,” according to figures compiled by the National...
Bill Would Require Asbestos Warnings On Cosmetics For Children.
The Detroit Free Press (2/7, Zaniewski) reports that Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), has introduced legislation that “would require all makeup marketed to children to contain a warning label that the product may contain asbestos, unless the manufacturer has...

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