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EDs Often Prescribe Antibiotics Inappropriately To Babies With Viral Lung Infections, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (1/17, Preidt) reports researchers found that emergency departments “routinely prescribe antibiotics to babies with the common viral lung infection bronchiolitis, counter to recommendations issued more than a decade ago.” The findings were publ...
Most Of 16 Children With Measles In Southwestern Washington Not Immunized, Officials Say.
USA Today (1/17, Shannon) reports that the “measles outbreak in southwestern Washington state has grown to 16 confirmed cases, and most of the children affected are unimmunized against the disease, officials said Thursday.” The AP (1/17) also reports.
HHS IG: Thousands Of Migrant Children Separated From Adults Before “Zero Tolerance” Implementation.
The AP (1/17, Long, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that the HHS inspector general says “thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family...
Debate Continues Over How To Help Young People Addicted To Nicotine.
The AP (1/16, Perrone) reports that “no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine” from using the Juul or other e-cigarette devices, despite the fact that “government officials have rolled out a series of proposals...
In Young Children With T1D, Even A Single Episode Of Moderate/Severe Diabetic Ketoacidosis May Have Long-Term Effects On The Developing Brain, Research Suggests.
Endocrinology Advisor (1/16) reports, “In young children with type 1 diabetes (T1D), even a single episode of moderate/severe diabetic ketoacidosis can have long-term effects on the developing brain,” researchers concluded. The findings of the 144-child...
Many Kids With Food Allergies Experience Exclusion, Discrimination, Expert Says.
The New York Times (1/16, Rabin) reports, “Many children with food allergies experience exclusion and discrimination, which ‘can be more detrimental than the allergy,’ said Dr. James Baker Jr., a professor of medicine and director of the Mary H. Weiser F...
Placing A Child In A Car Seat Correctly Can Help Decrease Risk Of Death Or Serious Injury By More Than 70 Percent, Experts Say.
Good Morning America (1/16, Pelletiere) reports in a piece focusing on child car seat safety that “placing a child in a car seat correctly can help decrease the risk of death or serious injury by more than 70 percent, according to nonprofit child safety...
FDA Approves Generic Version Of Antiseizure Drug Vigabatrin.
Medscape (1/16, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Teva Pharmaceuticals USA’s generic version of Lundbeck’s antiseizure drug Sabril (vigabatrin). The generic drug “is indicated as add-on therapy for the tr...
Junk Food Advertisements Targeting Black And Hispanic Youth, Report Finds.
Fortune (1/15, Corbett) reports, “Companies that sell junk food, from fast food to unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, are spending billions of dollars on ads targeting black and Hispanic youth, according to a new report [pdf] conducted by” researchers f...
Legislation Will Require Participation Of Children In New Cancer Drug Trials.
The Wall Street Journal (1/15, Lagnado, Subscription Publication) reports new legislation that goes into effect in 2020 will require pharmaceutical companies to include children in clinical trials for new cancer drugs. Supporters of the measure hope the...
Virginia State Lawmakers Form Caucus To Reform State’s Foster Care System.
The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (1/15, Brewer) says, “A bipartisan group of lawmakers has formed what they’re calling the Foster Care Caucus to focus on passing laws and funding the costs to reform Virginia’s overwhelmed system of caring for some of the...
Higher Levels Of Maternal Glucose In Utero May Be Associated With Higher Levels Of Insulin Resistance In Childhood, Study Indicates.
Endocrine Today (1/15, Neuffer) reports, “Higher levels of maternal glucose in utero are associated with higher levels of glucose and insulin resistance in childhood regardless of BMI and a family history of diabetes,” researchers concluded after examini...
Amblyopia May Affect Children’s Self-Perception In Different Areas, Study Indicates.
Healio (1/15, Cimberle) reports researchers found that “children with amblyopia have a lower self-perception of scholastic, social and athletic competence, associated with lower reading speed and performance of aiming and catching skills.” The findings w...
Study Finds High Rates Of Unexpected Pregnancy Among Women Who Do Not Begin Birth Control When Sexual Activity Begins.
Reuters (1/15, Rapaport) reports a study found “one in five American women don’t start using birth control when they first start having sex, increasing their risk of unwanted pregnancies.” The study showed “women who don’t use condoms, birth control pill...
Rates Of Late-Onset Group B Streptococcus Now Higher Than Early-Onset Disease Among US Infants, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (1/14, Walker) reports, “Disease caused by early onset group B Streptococcus (GBS) has declined among infants, and rates of late-onset GBS disease are now higher than early-onset disease among U.S. infants,” research indicated. In fact, “fr...
FDA Approves Device To Treat Patent Ductus Arteriosus.
Bloomberg News (1/14, Cortez) reports the Food and Drug Administration approved Abbott Laboratories’ Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder, a “pea-sized device used to seal tiny but potentially deadly holes in the hearts of premature infants,” also know as patent d...
Even Small Amounts Of Marijuana May Change Adolescent Brains, Study Indicates.
The NBC News (1/14, Charles) website reports, “Low levels of marijuana use – as few as one or two times – may change the” brains of adolescents, research suggests. The Burlington (VT) Free Press (1/14, DeSmet) reports investigators “found an increase in...
Higher Tribendimidine Dose More Effective In Children With Hookworm, Study Suggests.
Infectious Disease Advisor (1/14) reports a new study suggests that that higher doses of tribendimidine are more effective “against hookworm in children.” Researchers said, “Using the same dose in adults and school-aged children would simplify treatment...
Parents Can Employ Methods To Lessen Pain Associated With Children’s Vaccines Or Blood Draws.
In the New York Times (1/14) “The Checkup” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes about methods parents can employ to lessen the pain associated with children’s vaccines or “blood draws.” They can ask pediatricians for “topical anesthesia” to numb the skin where...
Parents Often Unaware Of Teens’ Suicidal Thoughts, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (1/14) reports a study funded by the NIH that included a survey of over 5,000 teen-parent pairs suggests that “parents were frequently unaware when their adolescent children had suicidal or morbid thoughts, but when they did believe their c...
Many Youngsters May Start School With Social-Emotional Functioning Vulnerabilities Associated With Emerging Mental Health Conditions, Research Suggests.
Healio (1/11, Demko) reported that in a “prospective cohort study” involving 34,552 children, “more than 40% started school with vulnerabilities in social-emotional functioning tied to emerging mental health conditions,” researchers found. The findings w...
Children With Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis May Be More Likely To Develop Thyroid Nodules Over Four Years Than Youngsters Without The Condition, Researchers Say.
Endocrine Today (1/11, Schaffer) reported, “Italian children with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are more likely to develop thyroid nodules over four years than children without the condition, but the incidence of thyroid cancer remained low,” researchers concl...
Parents Can Help Their Children Quit Vaping.
CNN (1/11, Nedelman) writes about how parents should respond if they find out their child is vaping. The article says Partnership for Drug-Free Kids master addictions counselor Pat Aussem recommends “Smokefree Teen, by the National Cancer Institute, whic...
Georgia Now Facing Severe Shortage Of Mental Health Professionals To Treat Kids, Teens.
The AP (1/12) reported on the “rising number of children and adolescents” in Georgia “who are diagnosed with mental health disorders.” The state now “faces a severe shortage of mental” healthcare professionals, “with only eight youth and adolescent psych...
Last Children Leave Migrant Detention Camp In Tornillo, Texas.
The CBS Weekend News (1/12, story 7, 4:40, Ninan) reported that “the controversial migrant detention camp in Tornillo, Texas...is expected to be taken down by the end of the month.” CBS News reported that the camp “was built in June and at one point was...
Children Conceived With Assisted Reproductive Technologies May Be Prone To Asthma, Study Suggests.
MD Magazine (1/10, Bahrenburg) reports that research suggests kids “conceived with assisted reproductive technologies...may be prone to asthma.” The findings were published online in the journal Thorax.
Youngsters, Like Adults, Also Need Fiber In Their Diets.
HealthDay (1/10, Canter) reports that youngsters, like adults, “need their fair share of fiber.” The article provides the number of “grams of fiber” children in certain age groups need. According to HealthDay, “the American Academy of Pediatrics says to...
Flu Infection Leading To ICU Stay In Mother Linked To Premature, Underweight Babies.
NPR (1/10, Neighmond) reports “pregnant women with the flu who are hospitalized in an intensive care unit are four times more likely to deliver babies prematurely and four and a half times more likely to have a baby of low birth weight,” according to fin...
ACAAI Urges Texas School System To Reconsider Decision To Stock Diphenhydramine Instead Of Epinephrine For Treating Kids’ Allergic Reactions.
MedPage Today (1/10, Boyles) reports that the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), “one of the nation’s leading allergy organizations, urged a Texas school system to reconsider its decision to stock diphenhydramine (Benadryl) inst...
FDA Approves mHealth Smartwatch To Help Children Living With Epilepsy.
mHealth Intelligence (1/10, Wicklund) reports the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared “an mHealth wearable designed to detect epileptic seizures in children and immediately alert care team members.” The device, called the Embrace smartwatch, “dev...
Adverse Birth Outcomes Were More Common In Infants Born To Women With Flu During 2009 Pandemic Year, Study Finds.
MedPage Today (1/9, Walker) reports, “Adverse birth outcomes were more common in infants born to women with the flu, specifically influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, during pregnancy in the 2009 pandemic year,” research indicated. When “compared with births among wo...
Healthier Sides, Drinks Added To US Fast-Food Restaurant Kids’ Menus In The Past Decade, Research Indicates.
Reuters (1/9, Crist) reports, “Healthier sides and drinks were added to U.S. fast-food restaurant kids’ menus in the past decade, but healthy combinations are still rarely offered as the default option,” researchers concluded after analyzing “a national...
Easing Of Rules Means High-Fat Dairy Is Once Again On School Lunch Menus.
Bloomberg News (1/9, Robison, Mulvany) reports that in wake of finalized rules from the Agriculture Department easing school-food rules imposed by the Obama Administration, high-fat or chocolate milk and cheese will once again appear on lunch menus.
Researchers Identify Factors Tied To Persistent Atopic Dermatitis In Children.
Dermatology Advisor (1/9, Jacobs) reports researchers found that “in a population of children at-risk for asthma, heritability, environmental exposures, asthma and allergic sensitization, and clinical characteristics at diagnosis are among factors associ...
Oral Propranolol And Topical Timolol Maleate May Be Effective Treatment For Infantile Hemangiomas, Review Indicates.
Dermatology Advisor (1/9, Jacobs) reports researchers found in a medical literature review that “in patients with infantile hemangiomas of the skin, the use of oral propranolol and topical timolol maleate has been shown to be more beneficial than placebo...
Methylphenidate Likely Poses No Risk Of Heart Damage In Children, Research In Monkeys Suggests.
HealthDay (1/9, Preidt) reports, “Ritalin [methylphenidate], a widely used stimulant” medication “to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD), “likely poses no risk of heart damage in children,” researchers concluded after working with mon...
FDA Clears Smartwatch For Seizure Tracking In Children.
Medscape (1/9, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports, “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing the Embrace smartwatch (Empatica Inc) for seizure tracking in children as young as age” six. The device “detects patterns in mo...
Teens Turning To Vaping Rehab.
NBC Nightly News (1/8, story 10, 1:35, Holt) reported that vaping is “so addictive that some teens are now turning to rehab.” Dr. Sharon Levy of Boston Children’s Hospital was shown saying, “They’re getting very high nicotine levels in their bloodstream,...
White House Will Not Carry Out Medicare Cuts During Federal Shutdown.
CQ Roll Call (1/8, Krawzak) reports, “The Trump administration won’t order up a round of cuts in federal benefit programs, primarily Medicare, if the partial government shutdown remains in effect later this month.” The article says that if the shutdown c...
California Gov. Newsom Calls For Insurance Mandate, Medi-Cal Expansion.
The Los Angeles Times (1/7, Gutierrez) reports that on Monday, California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom (D), unveiled “sweeping proposals to tackle the state’s healthcare needs” including “a dramatic Medi-Cal expansion that would cover young undocumented...
Washington Gov. Inslee Proposes Public Health Insurance For State’s Uninsured.
The AP (1/8, Ho) reports that “likely presidential candidate” and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “proposed Tuesday a public health insurance option for state residents.” Inslee plans to encourage state lawmakers to direct the Washington State Health Care Aut...
New York Mayor De Blasio Pledges $100 Million For Health Insurance For Illegal Immigrants.
The New York Times (1/8, Goodman) reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday the city “will spend at least $100 million to ensure that undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance can receive medical treatment.” B...
Children May Be More Likely To Develop Depression, Anxiety When Their Parents Are Regular Drinkers, Research Suggests.
According to Reuters (1/8, Rapaport), children “may be more likely to develop depression and anxiety when their parents are regular drinkers, even when neither parent drinks enough to be considered an alcoholic,” researchers concluded after studying “8,7...
Several Hospitals Ban Younger Visitors Amid Flu Season Activity.
Fox News (1/8, Hein) reports “the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has announced a temporary ban on visitors under the age of 12 in the hopes that it will help stop the spread of the flu virus.” The hospital’s press release explained that the ban, which...
New York Seeing Worst Measles Outbreak In Decades.
CNN (1/8, Howard) reports New York state is dealing with a measles outbreak “called the largest in the state’s recent history, and it’s occurring at a time when there have been spikes in measles cases globally.” Since the outbreak began last fall, “measl...
US Cancer Deaths Declined By 27% From 1991 To 2016, Study Shows.
The CBS Evening News (1/8, story 10, 0:20, Glor) reported that the Americans’ “cancer death rate has now been falling for at least 25 years, down 27 percent over that period,” driven by lower smoking rates and medical advances. However, “obesity-related...
Eli Lilly To Begin Including Website With Drug Price Information In Television Advertisements.
Bloomberg News (1/8, Koons) reports Eli Lilly & Co. will begin mentioning a website with drug price info in their television advertisements. The article points out that the Trump Administration has called for pharmaceutical companies to include drug pric...
Stronger Regulations Deter Teens From Trying Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Research Indicates.
NBC News (1/7, Fox) reports research just published in the journal Pediatrics concluded that “teens living in cities or towns that more strictly policed retail sales of tobacco products were a third less likely to try cigarettes or e-cigarettes” than tho...
Clinicians Turning To Telepsychiatry To Help Youngsters And Teens.
The Wall Street Journal (1/7, Landro, Subscription Publication) reports that as the shortage of mental health practitioners grows, particularly those who treat teens and youngsters, a number of clinicians inside and outside the field of mental health are...
Rift Valley Fever Virus May Severely Injure Human Fetuses If Mothers Are Infected During Pregnancy, Study Suggests.
The New York Times (1/7, Baumgaertner) reports a new study suggests that “the mosquito-borne virus that causes Rift Valley fever may severely injure human fetuses if contracted by mothers during pregnancy.” The virus “primarily occurs in livestock in sub...

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