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Study Finds Children Hospitalized For Accidental Injury More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Mental Health Condition.
HealthDay (5/7, Norton) reports on a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, finding that “children treated for serious injuries at one pediatric hospital,” had 63 percent greater “odds of being diagnosed with a mental health condition” in the year...
Study Finds Teens Are Drinking More Sugar-Sweetened Sports Drinks.
Philly (PA) (5/7, Schaefer) reports the public health campaign against sugar-sweetened sodas “may have had an unintended consequence: Teens are drinking more sugar-sweetened sports drinks.” Harvard University researchers have “found a small but significa...
Trials Indicate Two Probiotic Products No Better Than Placebo For Infants And Toddlers With Acute Gastroenteritis.
MedPage Today (5/7, Smith) reports on separate randomized controlled trials presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting showing that “two commonly used probiotic products had no effect on the course of acute gastroenteritis in infants an...
Children Less Likely To Be Injured, Burn Out If They Avoid Specializing In One Sport.
Jane E. Brody writes in the New York Times (5/7, Brody, Subscription Publication) that sports are “widely acknowledged to be good for children’s physical, mental and social well-being,” but she adds, the “free play” she experienced as a child in the 1940...
Children Who Receive Sedation Despite Not Meeting Fasting Guidelines Do Not Experience Increased Adverse Events, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (5/7, Lou) reports on a study published in JAMA Pediatrics finding “no danger in providing sedation in the pediatric emergency department (ED) to children who had food or water immediately before arrival.” The study included data from 6,183...
Too Little Sleep May Increase Obesity Risk In Children, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (5/4, Preidt) reported that research suggests “too little sleep can increase a child’s risk of obesity.” Investigators looked at data from 42 studies that included more than 75,000 kids who were followed for approximately three years. The resea...
Differing Criteria Make It Difficult To Determine Number Of Autism Cases In US.
Under the headline “On Autism, Shifting U.S. Standards Cloud The Number Of Cases,” the Wall Street Journal (5/4, McGinty, Subscription Publication) discusses whether there are now, in fact, more autism cases in the US than there have ever been. A recent...
Boston Globe Profiles Child “At The Intersection Of Autism And Mental Illness.”
The Boston Globe (5/4) carries a 5,000-word profile of “a boy who lives at the intersection of autism and mental illness.” While “it isn’t so much a rare place – as many as half of autistic children suffer from mental health problems...it can be a deeply...
SENSE Study To Use Theater, Peer Mentoring To Improve Social Skills Of Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The AP (5/6, Enoch) reported, “Researchers at the University of Alabama are preparing for a four-year study that pairs theater and peer mentoring to help improve social skills of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.” The SENSE (Social Emotional Neu...
Fewer Young Americans Killed By Guns In States That Have Stricter Gun Laws, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (5/5, Preidt) reported that research indicates “fewer young Americans are killed by guns in states with stricter gun laws.” Researchers found that “state rates of gun-related deaths among young people ranged from as low as zero per 100,000 yout...
Michigan Reports One In Seven Highland Park Children Had High Lead Levels.
The AP (5/6) reports Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services “found one in seven children in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park had elevated lead levels in their blood in 2016, a rate higher than any other community evaluated by the state.”...
Single-Dose Packaging May Reduce Kids’ Unintentional Exposure To Narcotic Medicines, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (5/3, Gordon) reports that “better packaging may curb the problem” of toddlers “accidentally overdosing on narcotic medicines,” researchers found. Among children “under the age of six, single-dose packaging prompted a 79 percent decrease in the...
Depressive Symptoms May Be Common In Teens With JIA, Study Indicates.
Medwire News (5/3, Booth) reports, “Depressive symptoms are common in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and could predict future pain and disability,” researchers concluded in a study involving “102 adolescents with JIA.” The findings...
ICDs In Growing Children Should Be Tested Regularly, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (5/3, Lou) reports that research suggests “implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in growing children should be tested regularly to ensure that they continue to work properly.” The findings were published online in JACC: Clinical El...
Long-Term Outcomes In JIA May Be Best Predicted By Clinically Inactive Disease As Defined By cJADAS10, Rather Than By Wallace Preliminary Criteria, Study Suggests.
Medscape (5/3, Kelly, Subscription Publication) reports, “Long-term outcomes in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are best predicted by clinically inactive disease as defined by the clinical Juvenile Arthritis Disease Activity score for 10 joints (cJAD...
FDA Panels Vote Against Approval Of Stannsoporfin For Treatment Of Severe Hyperbilirubinemia In Infants.
MedPage Today (5/3, Firth) reports the FDA’s Gastrointestinal Drugs and Pediatric Advisory Committees met together and voted 3-31 against recommending approval of stannsoporfin for the treatment of severe hyperbilirubinemia in infants, citing research th...
Study Provides Initial Insights Into Use Of Biosimilar Drugs Among Kids, Teens With JIA.
Medwire News (5/3, Barnard) reports researchers “provide some initial insights into the use of biosimilar drugs among children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).” After examining “data from the Biologics for Children with Rheumatic...
Kids With The Youngest Or Oldest Mothers May Be At Increased Risk For Developmental Vulnerabilities, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (5/2, Preidt) reports, “Children with the youngest and oldest mothers may be at increased risk for developmental vulnerabilities,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from nearly 100,000 children.” Investigators found that “the rate” of...
Heatstroke Is The Foremost Cause Of Non-Accident-Related Deaths In Vehicles In Kids Under 15, Group Says.
According to the Wall Street Journal (5/2, Byron, Subscription Publication), the foremost cause of non-accident-related deaths in cars for youngsters under the age of 15 is heatstroke, the American Academy of Pediatrics has found. Despite numerous campai...
Financial Incentives, Other Measures May Help Dissuade Teen Drivers From Texting, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (5/2, Preidt) reports a new study indicates that “financial incentives and other measures might help to dissuade young drivers from texting while driving.” Many teenagers “who admit to texting while driving said they’d be receptive to cash rewa...
Stannsoporfin May Significantly Reduce Bilirubin Levels In Newborns With Severe Hyperbilirubinemia, But Poses Long-Term Neurological Risk, FDA Briefing Says.
MedPage Today (5/2, Gever) reports one dose of stannsoporfin may significantly reduce “bilirubin levels in newborns with severe hyperbilirubinemia, but at the potential cost of long-term neurological risk, according to an FDA briefing document.” The FDA’...
FDA, FTC Crack Down On E-Cigarette Liquids That Resemble Products For Children.
The Washington Post (5/1, McGinley) reports in “To Your Health” that the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission “warned more than a dozen manufacturers, distributors and retailers Tuesday that they are endangering children by marke...
Survey Shows 87% Of Americans Believe Communities Need More Mental-Health Services For Kids.
The Columbus Dispatch (5/1, Viviano) reports, “A survey released” May 1 by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH “shows that 87 percent of Americans believe their communities need more mental-health services for children, including preventio...
Researchers Working On First Medical Test To Help Diagnose Autism In Children.
ABC World News Tonight (5/1, story 13, 0:15, Muir) reported, “Researchers” are now “working on what could be the first medical test to help diagnose autism in children.” Using EEGs, investigators are measuring “brain waves in infants to predict if childr...
Amid Opioid Crisis, Few Mothers, Newborns Screened For Hepatitis C, Study Indicates.
On its website, PBS NewsHour (5/2, Santhanam) reports “a growing number of infants are born exposed to hepatitis C, but fewer than a third are later screened to monitor and treat the potentially fatal virus, according to a recent study” that experts say...
Early Exposure To Tackle Football May Be Associated With Earlier Symptoms Of Brain Disease, Study Indicates.
According to the Washington Post (4/30, Maese), research indicates “a strong correlation between the age at which some athletes begin playing tackle football and the onset of behavioral and cognitive problems later in life, findings that become significa...
Children With Parents Who Are Addicts May Be More Likely To Develop Their Own Addiction.
The Chicago Tribune (4/30, Chval) reports research suggests “that children of addicts are eight times more likely to develop an addiction of their own.” The article points out that “the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that a quarter of childre...
Medical Experts Say Newborn Screening Test Delays Can Harm Infants, Families.
Robert Mo, principal at Clarion Healthcare, Seamus Levine-Wilkinson, manager at Clarion Healthcare, and Joseph Sterk, an independent consultant and former diagnostics executive, write in STAT (4/30) that “state-run screening programs can identify many af...
Children Receiving Chronic Parenteral Nutrition May Be At Higher Risk Of Iodine Deficiency, Study Suggests.
Endocrinology Advisor (4/30, Kitabjian) reports researchers found that “children who are receiving chronic parenteral nutrition (PN) therapy may be at a higher risk of developing an iodine deficiency and subsequent hypothyroidism.” The findings were publ...
Increasing High School Graduation Requirements May Help Keep Teenagers Out Of Trouble, Study Suggests.
Austin Frakt writes in the New York Times (4/30, Subscription Publication) “The Upshot” blog that raising academic standards may help reduce risky behavior by teenagers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Health Economics. Frakt ar...
School Officials Concerned Over Teen Vaping.
The AP (4/29, Binkley) reports that “health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.” The AP notes that “vaping devices are notoriously difficult to detect for schools...
HHS Faces Class Action Suit Over Termination Of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Grants.
Congressional Quarterly (4/27, Raman, Subscription Publication) reported that recipients of grants from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program are filing a class action lawsuit against the department over the early...
Illinois House Bill Would Exempt Care For “Medically Fragile” Children From Medicaid Managed Care.
The AP (4/27) reported that Illinois’ House passed a measure which “advocates say would make it easier for seriously ill children to obtain health care.” The proposal, put forward by “Democratic Rep. Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates, affects children consi...
Soda Consumption During Pregnancy Linked To Brain Development Problems In Children.
HealthDay (4/27, Gordon) reports on research that indicates pregnant women who consume high amounts of sugar, “especially from sugar-sweetened sodas,” bore children with “poorer nonverbal problem-solving abilities and verbal memory” and “poorer global in...
Pop-Up Reminder In EMRs May Increase Uptake Of Prenatal Tdap Vaccine By More Than A Third, Study Suggests.
Medscape (4/29, Haelle, Subscription Publication) reported, “A pop-up reminder in electronic medical records [EMRs] increased uptake of the prenatal Tdap vaccine by more than a third,” research indicated. The findings were presented at the annual meeting...
Autism Rates In US Children Increased 15% Between 2012 And 2014, Data Indicate.
USA Today (4/26, Weintraub) reports, “Autism rates in schoolchildren jumped 15% between 2012 and 2014, continuing a two-decade rise,” data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal. The data do “not detail the reasons for the increase,”...
New York Considers Bill Preventing People Under 18 From Using Indoor Tanning Booths.
The AP (4/27) reports the New York Legislature is reviewing a bill that would prevent anyone under 18 from using indoor tanning booths. The measure, which passed the Assembly this week and moves to the Senate, would increase the age from 16 under current...
Prolonged Use Of Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Be Associated With An Increased Risk For ASD, AD/HD, Review Suggests.
Medscape (4/26, Yasgur, Subscription Publication) reports, “Prolonged use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), researchers conclud...
Infants Born Prematurely May Have Abnormal Pulmonary Artery Acceleration Time At One-Year Corrected Age, Study Suggests.
Pulmonology Advisor (4/26, Ranger) reports researchers found that “infants born before 29 weeks of gestation demonstrated abnormal pulmonary artery acceleration time (PAAT) at one-year corrected age, regardless of neonatal lung disease status.” The findi...
Teens Who Get More Sleep Cut Screen Time But Do Not Increase Physical Activity, Study Indicates.
Reuters (4/26, Rapaport) reports a study published in the journal Sleep Medicine suggests that adolescents who try to get extra sleep on school nights tend to “cut back mostly on sedentary activities like screen time without making major changes to their...
Many Children May Receive Prophylactic Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics While Hospitalized, Study Suggests.
Infectious Disease Advisor (4/26, Paridon) reports researchers found that “high proportions of hospitalized children received prophylactic broad-spectrum antibiotics (BSA) during their stay.” The findings were published in the Journal of the Pediatric In...
Mother’s Depression May Have Negative Links To Children’s Emotional, Intellectual Development, Study Suggests.
Reuters (4/25, Weinstock) reports a study published in the journal Child Development indicates that a mother’s depression has links to “her children’s development from infancy through adolescence.” Researchers found that at the age of five, “children wit...
Introducing Key Developmental Protein Into The Uterus Prevented XLHED From Taking Hold In Children, Researchers Say.
STAT (4/25, Boodman) reports the generic disorder called X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) “is quite rare, affecting an estimated 1 in 17,000 people worldwide.” Patients with XLHED “have no sweat pores, and so can get dangerously overhea...
Some Preterm Births May Occur Because The Fetus Rejects The Mother, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (4/25, Thompson) reports research indicated “some preterm births occur because the fetus rejects the mother, after its immune system is triggered too early and senses maternal cells as foreign invaders.” Investigators discovered that “umbilical...
HIV-Infected Pregnant Women Appear To Have No Higher Risk Of Adverse Birth Outcomes When Receiving TDF-FTC-LPV/r Vs Other Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens.
MedPage Today (4/25, Walker) reports, “HIV-infected pregnant women had no higher risk of adverse birth outcomes when receiving tenofovir, emtricitabine, and ritonavir-boosted lopinavir (TDF-FTC-LPV/r) versus women who used other antiretroviral therapy re...
Treatment With Intraventricular Cerliponase Alfa May Decrease Motor And Language Function Declines In Children With Infantile Neuronal CLN2, Research Suggests.
Medscape (4/25, Brauser, Subscription Publication) reports, “Treatment with intraventricular cerliponase alfa (Brineura, BioMarin International) may decrease motor and language function declines in children with infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis t...
Two Doses A Year Of Antibiotics Can Sharply Cut Death Rates Among Infants In Poor Countries, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (4/25, McNeil, Subscription Publication) reports that a large study, called the MORDOR trial, by an international team of researchers suggests “two doses a year of an antibiotic can sharply cut death rates among infants in poor countri...
FDA Announces Crackdown On Sales Of E-Cigarettes To Minors.
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (4/24, McGinley) reports the Food and Drug Administration announced that they are conducting a national crackdown on e-cigarette sales to minors, especially Juul products. The New York Times (4/24, A1, Zernike, Ka...
Receiving Anesthesia Before Age Three Appears Not To Affect A Child’s Intelligence, Research Indicates.
HealthDay (4/24, Preidt) reports, “Receiving anesthesia before age three does not appear to affect a child’s intelligence,” researchers found after examining on data on some “1,000 people born between 1994 and 2007” who “were grouped according to their e...
Revised Guideline For Pediatric Hypertension Has Increased Estimated Prevalence Of Elevated BP In Kids And Teens By 20%, Researchers Say.
Medscape (4/24, Phillips, Subscription Publication) reports, “A revised classification table for pediatric hypertension has increased the estimated prevalence of elevated blood pressure (BP) in children and adolescents by 20%, new data” indicate. Last ye...

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