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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...
Green Schoolyards May Provide Health Benefits To Kids.
HealthDay (9/20, Preidt) reports that “green schoolyards provide benefits in areas such as heart health, weight control, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder...and stress relief” in children, researchers found after summarizing “the findings of prior...
Kids Whose Mothers Have Trouble Sleeping May Have Sleep Troubles Themselves, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (9/20, Dallas) reports that “children whose mothers have trouble sleeping fall asleep later, don’t stay asleep as long and spend less time in deep slumber.” Researchers arrived at that conclusion after using “in-home electroencephalography (EEG...
AD/HD May Itself Be A Sleep Disorder, Researchers Posit.
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (9/20, Cha) reports that researchers posit attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “may itself be a sleep disorder.” Investigators examined circadian rhythms and found that “study subjects with AD/HD had...
Football Participation Before Age 12 Linked With Future Mood And Behavior Problems, Study Suggests.
The Washington Post (9/19, Maese) reports that “children who play football before age 12” later experience “mood and behavior problems” at “significantly higher” rates than those who begin playing football when older, according to a new study published i...
Support For Latest ACA Repeal Bill Continues To Grow.
The Wall Street Journal (9/19, Armour, Hughes, Subscription Publication) reports that while Senate Republicans’ last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is gaining more support, it still faces some challenges, such as the fact that certain key...
US Youth Obesity Rates Leveling Off, Report Finds.
HealthDay (9/19, Preidt) reports, “Youth obesity rates are leveling off in the United States, with about one-third of kids and teens now overweight or obese,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation researchers found. Their findings were released in the RWJF annu...
US Adolescents On Slow Road To Adulthood, Study Indicates.
USA Today (9/19, Painter) reports that US adolescents today appear to be “on a slow road to adulthood, putting off risky behaviors from drinking to sex, but also delaying jobs, driving, dating and other steps towards independence.” The Washington Post (9...
Children Of US-Born Parents May Be More Likely To Experience Adverse Childhood Experiences Than Children Of Immigrant Parents, Study Indicates.
MedPage Today (9/19, Walker) reports, “Children of US-born parents were more likely to experience adverse childhood experiences than children of immigrant parents,” researchers found, “such as poverty and bullying, for themselves and their children.” Inc...
Some Epinephrine Injections Given To Students At School May Not Be Administered By Nurses, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (9/18, Preidt) reports about 16% of epinephrine injections given to students at school were administered by people who are not nurses, including fellow students, according to research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeti...
ACA Repeal Effort Seems To Be Gaining Momentum.
In a front-page story, the New York Times (9/18, A1, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports just as it seemed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act had failed, “a last-ditch push to obliterate the law could be nearing a showdown vote in the Senate,...
Many Parents Don’t Believe Schools Could Help Students With Suspected Mental Health Problems, Survey Suggests.
HealthDay (9/18, Preidt) reports 38% of parents believe “schools could assist a student suspected of having a mental health problem,” according to the results of a survey released by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Women Who Take Folic Acid Supplements During Pregnancy May Be Less Likely To Have Children With Autism, Study Suggests.
Reuters (9/18, Cohen) reports women who took folic acid supplements during their pregnancies were less likely to have children with autism even when the mothers were exposed to pesticides that have been linked to the disorder, according to a 510-child st...
Prenatal Exposure To Fluoride May Lead To Lower IQ Later In Child’s Life, Study Suggests.
CNN (9/19, Kounang) reports on its website that a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives that evaluated about 300 groups of children and mothers in Mexico found that higher “levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated...
Girls May Be 400% More Likely Than Boys To Return To Play After Sustaining Concussion During Soccer Game, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (9/18, Walker) reports girls who play soccer are 400% more likely to return to play on the same day they sustained a concussion compared to boys, according to research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. The arti...
Senate, House Work On Crafting CHIP Reauthorization Bills As Expiration Deadline Approaches.
The Hill (9/17, Weixel) reports senators introduced a bipartisan bill last week to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years; however, its passage before the September 30 deadline remains uncertain, as funding for the bill...
Hypertension Can Lead To Organ Damage In Teens, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (9/17, Moschella) reported that research suggests that research suggests hypertension “can lead to organ damage – and the risk isn’t limited to adults.” HealthDay added, “Along with a growing number of obese children in the” US, hypertension “i...
Young Kids Who Go Down A Slide On A Parent’s Lap May Be At Risk For Injuries, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (9/15) reported that research indicates that “while young kids may feel safer going down a slide on a parent’s lap, this common practice actually raises their risk for harm.” The data indicated that “more than one-third of children who landed i...
Growing Number Of Children, Teens Are Turning Up In EDs Dependent On Opioids, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (9/15, Norto) reported that research indicates “a growing number of children and teens are turning up in U.S. emergency departments [EDs] dependent on opioids – including prescription painkillers and heroin.” Investigators “found that in 2013,...
Parents Doing Better Job Of Properly Positioning Infants, Toddlers In Car Seats, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (9/15, Dallas) reported that research suggests “parents are doing a better job of properly positioning infants and toddlers in their car seats, but older kids aren’t always safely seated.” The study “suggests that child passenger safety educati...
Regions Of US With Stronger Firearm Restrictions May Have Fewer Children Admitted To EDs With Firearm Injuries.
MedPage Today (9/17, Walker) reported that research indicated “regions of the country with stronger firearm restrictions had fewer children admitted to the emergency department (ED) with firearm injuries.” Investigators found that “a higher regional Brad...
CBO Predicts Higher Premiums For ACA Plans, Lower Enrollment.
The AP (9/14, Fram) reports that according to the Congressional Budget Office, average premiums for plans purchased through Affordable Care Act exchanges will increase by about 15 percent in 2018, mainly due to “marketplace nervousness over whether Presi...
Experts Offer Advice On Coping With Mental Stress Caused By Hurricanes Irma And Harvey.
HealthDay (9/14, Preidt) reports, “Even after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disappears, survivors could still suffer from mental stress caused by the massive storms, experts” contend. In a news release, crisis psychiatrist Carol No...
Studies Examine Vision Problems In Infants Infected In Utero With Zika.
HealthDay (9/14, Preidt) reports, “Two studies of Brazilian infants with confirmed and suspected Zika virus infection in the womb found that all of them had vision problems,” including “scarring, misalignment of the eyes, repetitive movement of the eye,...
Burosumab Safe, Effective For Both Adults, Kids With X-Linked Hypophosphatemia, Studies Indicate.
MedPage Today (9/14, Walsh) reports, “The monoclonal antibody burosumab was effective and safe for both adults and children with X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH),” researchers reported in two studies presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral...
New Product Claims It May Reduce Peanut Allergies In Infants.
The New York Times (9/14, Rabin, Subscription Publication) “Well” reports a new powered peanut product, called Hello, Peanut, “is the first food item allowed to claim it may reduce peanut allergies in infants, though parents of susceptible babies are urg...
Serious Emotional Disturbance May Affect One In Ten US Children, Meta-Analysis Reveals.
Medscape (9/13, Brooks) reports, “One in 10 children in the United States suffer from serious emotional disturbance (SED) and are likely to require treatment or referral to appropriate mental health services,” researchers concluded after reviewing data f...
GOP Senators Unveil Last-Ditch Effort To Repeal ACA.
The Washington Post (9/13, Weigel, Goldstein) reports that on Wednesday, four GOP senators unveiled “a plan to devolve federal health care spending into state-by-state block grants – legislation that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham described as con...
Sanders Releases “Medicare For All” Proposal.
The Washington Post (9/13, Weigel) reports that on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled a proposal that “would expand Medicare into a universal health insurance program with the backing of at least 15 Democratic senators – a record level of sup...
Certain Common Mental Health Disorders May Not Pose A Serious Threat To Pregnant Women, Health Of Their Babies, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (9/13, Preidt) reports, “Three common mental health disorders – depression, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder – pose no serious threat to pregnant women or the health of their” infants, researchers found after following some “2,60...
FDA To Close Loophole Allowing Drugmakers To Skip Pediatric Testing Requirements For Orphan Drugs.
Kaiser Health News (9/13, Tribble) reports that Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced the agency will change the way it approves orphan drugs “after revelations that drugmakers may be abusing a law intended to help patien...
Suicide Attempts By Younger Adults Now On The Rise, Data Indicate.
Reuters (9/13, Seaman) reports, “Young adults with low levels of education and people with mental health disorders bore the greatest burden of a recent increase in suicide attempts in the US,” researchers concluded. HealthDay (9/13, Dotinga) reports that...
Senators Strike Deal To Extend CHIP Program.
The New York Times (9/12, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports top senators on the Senate Finance Committee announced on Tuesday night “that they had reached agreement on a plan to prevent the imminent exhaustion of federal funds for the Children’s He...
Census Data Show US Uninsured Rate Fell To 8.8% In 2016.
In a front-page story, the New York Times (9/12, A1, Appelbaum, Subscription Publication) reports that according to Census Bureau data which were released on Tuesday, the median household income in the US “was $59,000 in 2016, an increase of 3.2 percent....
More Than A Third Of Transgender High School Students In California Reported Having Suicidal Thoughts In The Past Year, Researchers Say.
Healio (9/12, Leitenberger) reports, “More than a third of transgender high school students in California reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year, almost twice that of their cisgender peers,” researchers found after evaluating “data on more th...
Researchers Find Potential Link Between Flu Shot And Miscarriage Early In Pregnancy.
The Washington Post (9/13, Sun) reports that investigators “studying the impact of the flu vaccine in pregnancy have found a possible link between miscarriage early in pregnancy in women who received the flu vaccine two years in a row.” The Post adds, “T...
Telemedicine Heralded As Means Of Helping Pregnant Women Facing Health Risks.
The Wall Street Journal (9/12, McKay, Subscription Publication) reports on the expanded use of telemedicine for women with high-risk pregnancies or who may be at risk of such pregnancies. Some medical professionals say telemedicine offers women in rural...
People Continue To Believe Vaccine Myths Despite Being Presented Facts, Study Finds.
The Wall Street Journal (9/12, Dizik, Subscription Publication) reports a study published in the journal PLOS One examining the prevalence of belief in myths about vaccines found that those who believed that certain vaccines have harmful effects on child...

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