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Montana Officials Warn That 24,000 Children Could Lose Healthcare Coverage.
The Billings (MT) Gazette (11/28, Michels) reports the Montana health department will begin sending letters to families of 24,000 Montana children covered by the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program in mid-December to notify them that funding will...
Wisconsin Stands To Lose $115 Million If Congress Fails To Renew CHIP.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11/28, Stein) reports Wisconsin state law requires children to remain covered even if Congress fails to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the state would lose up to $115 million a year if...
Physicians Caution On Safety Of Do-It-Yourself Tattoo Trend.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/28, Shah) reports on the popularity of do-it-yourself tattoos among young people under the age of 18. Physicians “and professional tattoo artists say the DIY trend is downright scary,” because of the risk of “contracting...
New FDA Guidance Could Provide Path For Generic Competitors To EpiPen.
CNBC (11/28, Angerer) reports that the Food and Drug Administration issued guidance that potentially streamlines “a path to market for generic copies of complex medicines like the EpiPen and others.” The guidance “says that generic copies with some desig...
Lawmakers Moving Forward On Bipartisan Negotiations On CHIP.
The Hill (11/27, Sullivan, Roubein) reports congressional “staff from the relevant committees in both parties and chambers met over the Thanksgiving break and are getting closer to an agreement” on a bipartisan deal to reauthorize the Children’s Health I...
Colorado Sends Letter Warning CHIP Families To Begin Researching Other Healthcare Options.
The Washington Times (11/27, Howell) reports the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing sent letters Monday “urging families who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program to research other coverage options in case Congress fails to...
Opinion: Congress’ Inaction On CHIP Has Brought Us To The “Nightmare Scenario.”
Michael Hiltzik writes in his column in the Los Angeles Times (11/27) that Congress’ delay on reauthorizing funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program has brought us to what former CMS Administrator Andrew Slavitt called the “nightmare scenario” f...
Editorial: Congress’ Failure To Fix CHIP Is A “Heartbreaking Crisis.”
The Dallas Morning News (11/27) editorializes, “What started as a nagging concern when Congress failed to meet a Sept. 30 funding deadline has turned into a frightening crisis” in which 400,000 Texas children could lose Children’s Health Insurance Progra...
Lawsuits Challenge Nebraska’s Denial Of Extended Foster Care To Immigrant Teens.
The Lincoln (NE) Journal Star (11/27, Pilger) reports the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest filed lawsuits challenging “the state’s denial of extended foster care benefits to two 19-year-olds due to their immigration status” as fed...
Senate GOP Seeks Votes For Tax Reform Bill With Repeal Of ACA’s Individual Mandate.
The New York Times (11/27, A1, Tankersley, Subscription Publication) reports GOP senators “will speed their tax plan toward a possible floor vote this week, and liberal activists will ramp up their efforts to block the bill, in what promises to be a fren...
Insurers Express Concerns About CMS Proposal To Allow States To Determine Essential Benefits.
Modern Healthcare (11/27, Livingston, Subscription Publication) reports that insurance companies are worried “they will be on the hook for greater healthcare costs if the CMS finalizes its proposal to allow states to define their own essential health ben...
Bullied Teens May Be Twice As Likely To Bring Guns, Knives To School Than Peers Who Are Not Bullied, Researchers Say.
Reuters (11/27, Rapaport) reports, “One in five teens are victims of bullying, and these adolescents are about twice as likely to bring guns and knives to school than peers who aren’t bullied,” researchers concluded after analyzing “survey responses from...
Kids’ Cardiovascular Health May Also Have An Impact On The Structure Of Their Brains, Scan Study Indicates.
Newsweek (11/27, Frankel) reports, “There may be an association between physical fitness and brain volume in children,” in that “children’s cardiovascular health may also have an impact on the structure of their brains,” researchers found in a study usin...
Lead Poisoning Increased Nearly 28% In Detroit Youngsters Under Six Last Year.
The Detroit Free Press (11/27, Rochester) reports that “lead poisoning in Detroit’s children...jumped nearly 28%” in youngsters “under six who were tested” in 2016. Detroit “had 10 ZIP codes where at least 10% of the children tested had blood levels indi...
States Set To Notify Families CHIP Is Running Out Of Money.
The Washington Post (11/23, Itkowitz, Somashekhar) reported that state officials in “nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families” that their Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income children is running out of funds after Congress mis...
ACA Enrollments Up From Last Year By 900,000.
The CBS Evening News (11/22, story 11, 0:20, Mason) briefly reported, “Months after the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare failed,” the government on Wednesday said 2.3 million Americans have enrolled in individual health plans using Healthcare.gov, w...
Issue Of Narrow Networks Is Reportedly Worse Under ACA.
In its “All Things Considered” segment, NPR (11/26) reports on narrow networks, in which insurers “only contract with a limited number of doctors and hospitals. And the hospitals that they most often don’t contract with are these big teaching hospitals b...
Youngsters With AD/HD May Show Alterations In Different Regions Of The Brain Than Children Without AD/HD, Small Scan Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (11/26, Walker) reported that youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “showed alterations in different regions of the brain versus children without” AD/HD “when both were examined via MRI,” researchers found. Includ...
Rates Of Vaccine Waivers Rising Among Schoolchildren In Michigan.
The AP (11/24) reported the number of vaccine waiver rates for schoolchildren has risen in Michigan, with state Department of Health and Human Services data showing “3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016...
Delaware Health Officials Confirm First Cases Of Flu In Children This Season.
The AP (11/22) reported that the Delaware Division of Public Health confirmed the first cases of flu in children for the 2017-2018 season. The two children bring the total number of cases to 14.
Study Links Kids’ Time With Smartphones, TVs To Obesity.
The Telegraph (UK) (11/22, Reporters) reported European child health experts “have found a strong link between obesity and prolonged exposure to media and technology during their formative years.” According to a study published in the journal Acta Paedia...
High School Athletes Found To Have High Rates Of Hand, Wrist Injuries.
Reuters (11/21, Harding) reports a new study found that “high school athletes have high rates of hand and wrist injuries, especially in certain sports.” Specifically, the article reports, “Football players have the highest risk by far, but lacrosse, fiel...
Preliminary Data Show Higher Number Of ACA Sign-Ups, Although Open Enrollment Period Is Half As Long As In Previous Years.
The New York Times (11/21, Park, Subscription Publication) reports that in spite of the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back the healthcare law, some 300,000 more people have signed up for health insurance through ACA market places during the earl...
Oregon Governor Plans To Spend $35 Million To Continue Children’s Health Insurance.
The Oregonian (11/21, Borrud) reports Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) outlined her plan Tuesday to spend an additional $35 million to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program into 2018 when federal funds run out. The program covers 120,000 children an...
US EDs See Rise In Treatment Of Girls, Young Women Who Intentionally Injured Themselves.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (11/21, Healy) reports that from “2009 to 2015,” US emergency departments (EDs) “saw a sharp rise in treatment of girls 10 to 24 who intentionally injured themselves.” What’s more, “among girls 10 to 14 years old,...
Elevated Maternal Blood Pressure During Pregnancy May Raise Children’s Risk For Childhood Obesity, Research Suggests.
Endocrine News (11/21) reports that when women have “elevated blood pressure during pregnancy, it may raise their children’s risk of developing childhood obesity,” researchers concluded in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Meta...
States Have Growing Concerns Over CHIP With No Signs Of Renewal In Congress.
Roll Call (11/20, Raman) reports on growing concerns among state officials about their Children’s Health Insurance Programs “with just a few days left on the congressional calendar until December and no signs that lawmakers plan in the immediate future t...
Babies Learn Words And What They Mean Before They Begin Talking, Researchers Say.
Reuters (11/20, Boggs) reports, “Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking,” researchers found. After using “eye tracking” to study “six-month-old babies to see whether they recognized” connections between “speech and...
Pregnant Women Who Sleep On Their Backs In Third Trimester May Have Higher Risk Of Stillbirth, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (11/20, Wan) reports that research published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests “pregnant women might increase their risk of a stillbirth if they sleep on their backs during their third trimester.” Investiga...
Non-Medical Use Of Prescription Drugs May Be Linked To Teen Dating Violence, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (11/20, Reinberg) reports that adolescents who abuse prescription medications may be “prone to initiating or being victims of dating violence,” CDC researchers found after reviewing data from a “nationwide survey of more than 10,000 teenagers w...
Many US Schools Don’t Teach CPR Despite State Requirements, Survey Finds.
Reuters (11/20, Rapaport) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that “only about 2.4% of Americans are trained in CPR each year,” although “more than 350,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hosp...
FDA Approves Epinephrine Auto-Injector For Infants, Small Children.
MedPage Today (11/20) reports, “The FDA has approved the first epinephrine auto-injector specifically designed for infants and small children weighing 16.5-33 pounds,” according to an announcement from the device’s manufacturer, kaléo. The approved AUVI-...
Saliva Test May Someday Help Diagnose Concussion, Predict Symptom Duration, Study Suggests.
CNN (11/20, Scutti) reports, “A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to” findings published online in JAMA Pediatrics. In the study, investigators “found five small molecules called microR...
Nearly Two-Thirds Of US Parents With Young Kids Say It’s Hard To Find Childcare That Meets Their Health And Safety Standards, Poll Reveals.
HealthDay (11/20, Preidt) reports that 62 percent “US parents with young children say it’s difficult to find a childcare or preschool facility that meets their health and safety standards,” researchers found after questioning some “300 parents nationwide...
Getting Kids Vaccinated Against The Flu May Reduce Their Risk For Hospitalization, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (11/17, Preidt) reported that getting children vaccinated appears to reduce the kids’ chances of being hospitalized with influenza. Investigators arrived at this conclusion after analyzing “the medical records of nearly 10,000 children, aged si...
State, Federal Officials Seek Stopgap Measures For Children’s Health Insurance.
The Washington Examiner (11/20, King) reports that several states and the Trump Administration are “searching for stopgap measures to keep insurance for low-income children while Congress debates spending” for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, whi...
Adding Ring Block To Local Anesthetic Cream And Sucrose May Improve Pain Relief During Circumcision Of Newborns, Researchers Say.
Medscape (11/17, Lewis) reported, “Adding ring block to a local anesthetic cream and sucrose improves pain relief for newborns being circumcised,” researchers concluded. The findings were published online in Pediatrics. The authors of an accompanying edi...
Teenagers With Friends More Likely To Be Active Teens, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (11/18, Preidt) reported that teenagers “with friends are active teens,” researchers concluded after following 80 adolescents “who wore devices that measured their activity levels for seven consecutive days.” The findings were published online...
Scan Study Seeks To Unlock Mystery Of How Fetal Brains React To Alcohol.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/18, Serres) reported that investigators “are starting to deploy powerful brain imaging technology to unlock the mystery of how fetal brains react to alcohol.” Just “this month, they began conducting MRI brain scans of 90...
Peer Review Prior Authorization Policy Implementation Resulted In Significant Decrease In Atypical Antipsychotic Use Among Kids In Medicaid Programs, Researchers Say.
Healio (11/17, Oldt) reported, “Following implementation of the peer review prior authorization policy, atypical antipsychotic use significantly decreased among children aged younger than five to eight years in Medicaid programs,” researchers concluded a...
Counterfeit Opioid Pills “Flooding” Illicit Drug Market.
On its front page, the Washington Post (11/19, A1, Zezima) reports that law enforcement officials and medical professionals say counterfeit opioid pills “have been flooding the illicit drug market and have been sickening — and killing — those who are see...
Depression In Fathers May Be Associated With Depression In Teenagers, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/15, Walker) reports, “Fathers who exhibited symptoms of depression when their children were younger were more likely to have teenagers who exhibited similar symptoms,” researchers found after examining “data from two large, contemporary...
More Than Half Of Adolescents Skip Regular Physical Exams Despite ACA Protections.
Kaiser Health News (11/17, Andrews) (11/17, Andrews) reports that even though the Affordable Care Act required health insurers to cover well-child visits at no charge, “fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams” bot...
Calm, Positive Parenting May Help Kids With ADHD Master Their Own Emotions, Behaviors.
HealthDay (11/16) reports that “new research offers biological evidence that calm, positive parenting may help” children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “master their own emotions and behaviors.” The findings of the 99-child study we...
Kids Spanked By Parents At Age Five May Have More Behavior Problems Later Than Kids Who Had Never Been Spanked, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (11/16) reports investigators “analyzed data from more than 12,000 children in the United States and found that those who had been spanked by their parents at age five had more behavior problems at ages six and eight than those who had never be...
Smog May Raise A Women’s Risk Of Miscarriage Early In Her Pregnancy, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (11/16, Thompson) reports, “Smog might raise a woman’s risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy,” researchers found after reviewing “data from a long-term study from the US National Institutes of Health that followed 501 couples between 2005...
Some Pediatric Thyroid Carcinomas May Not Continue To Proliferate, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (11/16, Monaco) reports that research suggests “in young patients, a portion of pediatric thyroid carcinomas may not continue to proliferate.” Researchers found that “during an average 6-month observational period of young people exposed to...
Researchers Postulate Infant’s Death Stemmed From Myocarditis Following Marijuana Consumption.
The Washington Post (11/17, Silverman) reports physicians recently published a study in the journal Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine as a case report concerning the “seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis,” which...
Young Athletes Have Very Low Risk Of Fatal Cardiac Arrest, Research Suggests.
Reuters (11/15, Emery) reports, “Screening exams to identify young athletes at risk for cardiac arrest might not be worthwhile,” research suggests. HealthDay (11/15, Norton) reports that the research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, ind...
ACA Enrollment Up By 47% So Far This Year, CMS Says.
The Washington Post (11/15, Eilperin) reports that figures from CMS indicate enrollment in ACA plans for the 39 states which use HealthCare.gov “surged at least 47 percent compared to the same period last year.” Data show almost “1.5 million Americans si...

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