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Despite Rising Rates Of AD/HD Among Children, Medication Adherence Remains A Stumbling Block For Many Patients, Researchers Say
MD Magazine (2/4, Walter) reported that even though rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “continue to rise among children, medication adherence remains a stumbling block for many patients.” For the study, investigators “described the...
Children With AD/HD Who Also Have Aggression Problems May Benefit From Behavioral Therapy And Adjustments To Stimulant Regiment, Research Suggests
Psychiatric News (2/3) reported, “Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD] who also have aggression problems might benefit from adjustments to their stimulant regimen and behavioral therapy,” researchers concluded in a study that “en...
Natural Green Environments Surrounding Schools May Reduce AD/HD Symptoms In Young Children, Study Indicates
Healio (12/20, Welsh) reported, “Natural green environments surrounding schools may reduce” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “symptoms in young children,” researchers concluded after assessing data on “59,754 children and adolescents acros...
Young Adults With AD/HD May Be At Increased Risk For Nicotine Dependence, Study Suggests
HealthDay (12/16, Preidt) reported, “Young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) may face elevated risk for nicotine dependence, researchers concluded in a study that “used a nasal spray to determine how nicotine affected 136 nonsm...
Fish Oil Supplements May Benefit Children With AD/HD And Omega-3 Fatty Acid Deficiency, Study Indicates
HealthDay (11/20, Preidt) reported a study published in Translational Psychiatry suggests that children with AD/HD “and low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids might benefit from supplements.” The researchers said that fish oil supplements may increase at...
Updated Guidelines Issued For Diagnosis, Evaluation, Treatment Of AD/HD In Children And Teens
The NPR (9/30, Smith) “Shots” blog reported, “The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines on” Sept. 30 “that uphold the central role of medication, accompanied by behavioral therapy, in” the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disord...
Some Experts Worried Marketing Of Stimulants To Treat AD/HD May Contribute To Larger Public Health Problem
In the New York Times (2/10), Perri Klass, MD, wrote that for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), even though “medication should be neither the first nor the only treatment used, some children find that” stimulant medications “...
Only About Half Of Antipsychotic Prescriptions For Young People With Newly Diagnosed AD/HD May Have An Identifiable Clinical Condition, Study Indicates
Medscape (11/4, Vlessides, Subscription Publication) reported, “Only about 50% of antipsychotic prescriptions for children and youth who have been newly diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) “have an identifiable clinical indica...
Exclusive Breastfeeding For First Three Months Of Life May Be Tied To Reduction In Respiratory Allergies Among Children At Age Six, Research Suggests
MedPage Today (3/5, Boyles) reports, “Exclusive breastfeeding during the first three months of life was associated with significant reduction in respiratory allergies among children at age six,” investigators concluded after analyzing “data from 1,177 mot...
Georgia House Republican Seeks More Health Coverage For Mothers Of Newborns
The AP (3/5, Amy) reports, “A top Georgia legislative leader is throwing his support behind a plan” from Rep. Sharon Cooper (R) “to lengthen health insurance for mothers of newborns, trying to prevent maternal deaths.” House Speaker David Ralston said, “I...
Children With T1D Who Grow Up In Close, Affectionate Families More Likely To Flourish As Adults, Researchers Say
Reuters (3/5, Carroll) reports, “Children with type 1 diabetes [T1D] who grow up in families that are close and affectionate are more likely to flourish as adults,” researchers concluded based on data gleaned from “surveys of over 400 young adults who dev...
Patients Who Receive More Antibiotic Prescriptions For Common Infections May Be More Likely To Be Hospitalized For Another Infection, Researchers Say
HealthDay (3/5, Preidt) reports “researchers analyzed data from 2 million patients in England and Wales” who “had received prescriptions for antibiotics between 2000 and 2016 to treat common infections such as upper respiratory tract, urinary tract, ear a...
Concern Grows About Shortage Of Medical Equipment, Health Worker Protective Gear Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The Washington Post (3/5, Mettler, Hernandez, Wan, Bernstein) reports healthcare workers are increasingly concerned about a shortage of staff, key medical equipment, and protection gear amid the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, “some health care worker adv...
Black Children Appear To Be More Likely Than White Children To Be Diagnosed With AD/HD, NCHS Survey Data Indicate
The AP (3/3, Stobbe) reports, “For the first time, a U.S. survey found that black children appear to be more likely than white kids to be diagnosed with” attention -deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “and other learning disabilities.” Investigators ba...
FDA Bans Electrical Shock Devices Used To Discourage Aggressive, Self-Harming Behavior In Patients With Mental Disabilities
The AP (3/4, Perrone) reports that on March 4, the FDA “banned electrical shock devices used to discourage aggressive, self-harming behavior in patients with mental disabilities.” The agency’s announcement “follows years of pressure from patient groups an...
Legislation Introduced To Stop Trump Administration From Using Confidential Therapy Notes Against Immigrant Children In Detention And Deportation Proceedings
The Washington Post (3/4, Dreier) reports that on March 4, “seeking to end a practice that one senator called a ‘profound betrayal of trust,’ legislation was...in the Senate and House of Representatives to stop the Trump administration from using confiden...
Handbags, Backpacks, And Diaper Bags May Create Minefield Of Choking, Poisoning Hazards For Babies And Toddlers, Expert Warns
HealthDay (3/4, Norton) reports that when parents “routinely stuff their purses and bags with every item their family might need for the day,” it can create “a minefield of choking and poisoning hazards for babies and toddlers, pediatricians warn.” A hand...
Death Toll From Coronavirus In US Rises To 11 With First Death In California
The Wall Street Journal (3/4, Calfas, Carlton, Subscription Publication) reports the death toll from coronavirus in the US increased to 11 on Wednesday with Washington reporting its 10th death and California reporting its first. The Los Angeles Times (3/4...
Teens Bullied About Their Weight May Be At Increased Risk For Substance Use, Research Suggests
HealthDay (3/3, Preidt) reports, “Teens who are bullied about their weight are at increased risk for alcohol or marijuana use – and this is especially true for girls,” researchers concluded after surveying “more than 1,300 students at five public middle s...
Virginia To Prohibit Conversion Therapy For Those Under 18
NBC News (3/3, Sopelsa) reports, “Virginia is the first state in the South, and the 20th overall, to prohibit ‘conversion therapy,’ the debunked practice of trying to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” The measure, “which take...
Researchers Examine Imaging Data From 14 Teenagers With EVALI
Aunt Minnie (3/3, Kim) reports researchers at “the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center evaluated the imaging data of 14 teenagers with EVALI who underwent chest x-ray and CT exams” and published their findings in Radiology. The study “details...
Researchers Say Net Prices For Drugs Increased 3.5 Times The Inflation Rate Over Period Of 11 Years
Ed Silverman writes in his “Pharmalot” blog for STAT (3/3, Silverman) that researchers found “over a recent 11-year period, net prices for hundreds of drugs rose 60%, which was 3.5 times the inflation rate,” according to a study published in JAMA. The res...
Death Toll From Coronavirus In US Increases To Nine With More Deaths In Washington
The Wall Street Journal (3/3, Carlton, Calfas, Yang, Subscription Publication) reports there have now been nine deaths from coronavirus in the US, all occurring in the state of Washington and most of whom were residents of Life Care Center nursing home in...
CDC Says Flu-Related Hospitalization Rates For Infants, Children Younger Than Five Have Reached Record Highs For This Point In The Season
Medscape (3/2, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports flu-related “hospitalization rates for infants and children younger than five years are the highest on record at this point in the season, ‘surpassing rates reported during the second wave of the 200...
Supreme Court Will Hear Third Major Challenge To Affordable Care Act
The New York Times (3/2, A1, Liptak, Goodnough) reports, “The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a third major challenge to the Affordable Care Act, setting up likely arguments this fall in a case that could wipe out” the law. Democrats “had urged the...
Review Study Suggests There Is Little Scientific Evidence Behind US Health Organizations’ Recommendations That Children Should Stop Consuming Full-Fat Dairy After Age Of Two
CNN (3/2, LaMotte) reports, “There’s little scientific evidence behind recommendations by US health organizations that kids should stop eating full-fat dairy after the age of two...a new analysis of 29 peer-reviewed studies on the role of dairy and childh...
State Child Access Prevention Laws May Be Associated With Reduction In Childhood Firearm-Related Fatalities, Study Indicates
MedPage Today (3/2, Hlavinka) reports, “State child access prevention (CAP) laws were linked with a 13% relative reduction in childhood firearm-related fatalities compared with states without such laws in the years 1991-2017,” researchers concluded after...
Fewer US Teens Beginning Substance Use Before Their Sixteenth Birthday, Research Suggests
HealthDay (3/2, Reinberg) reports fewer US teens are beginning drug and alcohol use “before their 16th birthday, a new study finds.” After examining data from the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health for 2004 to 2017, investigators “found that betwee...
Health Experts Reportedly Troubled By Increase In Number Of Uninsured Children Under Age Six
Stateline (3/2, Ollove) reports that for “health experts, the most troubling aspect of a recent increase in the number of children without health insurance is a spike in the number of uninsured kids under” six. That figure has increased “above a million f...
Death Toll From Coronavirus In US Rises To Six With Four More Deaths In Washington
The Los Angeles Times (3/2, Wigglesworth, Karlamangla, Shalby, Read) reports the death toll from coronavirus in the US rose to six with four more deaths in Washington, and four of the deaths have been among residents of Life Care Center, a nursing home in...
For Children With Acute Arrhythmias, IV Sotalol Could Be Safe, Effective When Administered With A Standardized Protocol, Research Suggests
MedPage Today (2/28, Lou) reported, “For children with acute arrhythmias, IV sotalol could be safe and effective when administered with a standardized protocol,” a group led by Alejandro Borquez, MD, of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, reported. The...
House Passes Legislation To Ban Manufacturing, Sale Of Flavored E-cigarettes And Tobacco
The Washington Post (2/28, DeBonis) reported that on Friday, the House “passed legislation to ban the manufacturing and sale of flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco, a far-reaching step to combat a youth vaping epidemic that had ensnared 5 million teenagers....
Maine Residents To Vote On Whether To Limit Vaccine Exemptions
The Wall Street Journal (2/29, Kamp, Subscription Publication) reported Maine residents will vote on a ballot measure that could override a state law that eliminated nonmedical exemptions for vaccines.
US Newborns More Likely To Survive Hospital Delivery Than Planned Home Birth, Study Indicates
Reuters (2/29, Mathias) reported, “Newborns in the U.S. are much more likely to survive a hospital delivery than a planned home birth, regardless of how qualified the attending midwife may be,” investigators concluded after examining “mortality rates with...
Algorithm Developed That Can Track Epidemiology Of Sepsis Among Pediatric Patients
Health IT Analytics (2/28, Kent) reported investigators “have developed a new algorithm that can track the epidemiology of sepsis among pediatric patients, allowing for more accurate data collection and improved treatment of the condition.” After developi...
Researchers Say Ultrasound May Help Identify Children At Risk For Advanced Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease
MD Magazine (2/29, Walter) reports researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine concluded that “a heterogeneous pattern on” a liver ultrasound could identify children at risk for advanced cystic fibrosis liver disease. The researchers publi...
About One In Six US Children Has A Mental, Behavioral, Or Development Disorder, Researchers Say
CNN (2/27, Rogers) reports, “Around one in six US youth ages six to 17 has a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder such as anxiety, depression or attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder,” researchers concluded in a research letter published last Feb...
White House Names HIV/AIDS Expert As New Coronavirus Response Coordinator
NPR (2/27, Ordoñez) reports the White House named Debbie Birx “as its new coronavirus response coordinator.” Birx is “an internationally recognized HIV/AIDS expert” and “a State Department ambassador-at-large who works on global health diplomacy issues.”...
House Democrats “Racing” To Save Anti-Vaping Bill After Facing Sudden Resistance From Own Party Members
Politico (2/27, Ferris, Caygle, Owermohle, Zanona) reports, “House Democratic leaders are racing to lock down votes for a sweeping e-cigarette bill that is facing a sudden swell of resistance from some of its members – including Majority Whip Jim Clyburn....
Researchers Aim To Understand Role Of Children In Transmission Of Coronavirus
STAT (2/27, Begley) reports public health experts are trying to understand the role of children in the transmission of the coronavirus. The article says that “knowing whether kids are innocent bystanders, getting infected if someone brings the virus into...
Pedestrian Deaths In US In 2019 Hit A 30-Year High, Report Indicates
CNN (2/27, Asmelash) reports that “pedestrian deaths in the United States last year hit a 30-year high, according to” a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). HealthDay (2/27, Preidt) reports, “Based on data from the first six months...
Experts Recommend That Parents Of Children With Food Allergies Should Acknowledge Their Anxiety
Reuters (2/26, Crist) reports that “parents of children with food allergies should acknowledge their kids’ anxiety, as well as their own, a group of allergy experts advises” in an article published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dr. Ruchi...
Two Alabama Legislative Committees Approve Measure That Would Ban Certain Treatments For Transgender Minors
The AP (2/26) reports that on Feb. 26, “two Alabama legislative committees approved a” measure that would prohibit transgender minors from receiving certain treatments, “such as prescription hormones or gender reassignment surgery.” On Wednesday morning,...
Comprehensive Community Initiative In Rochester, New York Significantly Increased LARC Adoption Among Sexually Active Female High School Students, Study Shows
MD Edge ObGyn (2/26, Oakes) reports, “In Rochester, N.Y., a comprehensive community initiative that raised awareness about and delivered training in the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) significantly upped LARC adoption among sexually...
Robots Programmed Using AI Can Help Children With ASD Develop Social Skills Needed For More Effective Communication, Researchers Say
STAT (2/26, Zia) reports research published online in Science Robotics reveals that “robots, programmed using artificial intelligence [AI], can...help children with” autism spectrum disorder (ASD) “develop the social skills they need in order to communica...
Parents Who Want Their Preschoolers To Eat Produce Must Set An Example Themselves, Researchers Say
HealthDay (2/26, Preidt) reports that for parents who want their preschool-aged children to eat “fruit and vegetables,” both mom and dad need to set an example. After surveying “100 parents to see how they influenced their three- to five-year-olds to eat...
Kids Who Feel Connected To Nature May Be More Likely To Say They Are Happy, Research Suggests
Newsweek (2/26, Gander) reports, “Children who feel connected to nature are...more likely to say they’re happy,” research indicates. Included in the study were “296 children in a northwestern Mexican city, who were aged between nine to 12.” For the study,...
Combination Of Horseback Riding, Brain-Building Activities May Help Improve Motor Skills In Children With Neurodevelopmental Conditions, Researchers Say
Reuters (2/26, Chander) reports, “A combination of horseback riding and brain-building activities may help improve motor skills in children with neurodevelopmental conditions like autism-spectrum disorders and” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, re...
More Research About Social Determinants Of Health In Pediatric Settings Needed To Improve Patient No-Show Rates For Well-Child Visits, Researchers Say
PatientEngagementHIT (2/25, Heath) reports, “More research about the social determinants of health in pediatric settings will be necessary to improve patient no-show rates for well-child visits,” researchers concluded . According to the article, “the Amer...
New California Laws Limiting Which Kids Can Skip Vaccines Said To Be “Stuck In Bureaucratic Limbo”
The Los Angeles Times (2/25, Gutierrez) reports, “A pair of hotly debated new California laws limiting which schoolchildren can skip vaccines appears stuck in bureaucratic limbo, the result of uncertainty over how to interpret last-minute changes made bef...

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