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New Hampshire College To Require Incoming Students To Receive Meningitis B Vaccine.
The New Hampshire Union Leader (10/1, Morin) reports New England College will require that “all incoming students be vaccinated for meningitis B.” The article adds that the CDC says individuals between the ages 16 to 23 are “at an increased risk of contr...
Medical Groups Ask Universities To Require Meningitis B Vaccine.
The AP (8/18) reported a coalition of immunization groups, joined by “the mother of a student who died from bacterial meningitis,” are imploring the University of Wisconsin-Madison to require students to be vaccinated against meningitis B. However, Dr. W...
Many Pediatricians, Family Physicians Do Not Discuss Meningococcal B Vaccine With Teens, Study Suggests.
Reuters (8/20, Rapaport) reports, “Many pediatricians and family physicians don’t discuss the meningococcal B vaccine with teens even though these conversations are recommended to determine whether adolescents should get shots to protect against this let...
Prevention Is The Key To Treatment.
WXYZ-TV Detroit (9/4) reported on the story of a Michigan mother whose daughter died of bacterial meningitis B, and who now is calling on the state of Michigan to require all college students be vaccinated prior to enrollment. Alicia Stillman’s daughter...
SDSU Experienced MenB Outbreak In Late September.
“The San Diego County Public Health Services (SDCPH) confirmed the 3rd case of meningococcal meningitis at San Diego State University (SDSU),”PrecisionVaccinations (9/28) reported, adding that the student underwent treatment at a local hospital beginning...
CDC Issues Updated Vaccine Information Statement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (7/10) carries information for healthcare providers on Meningitis B, particularly as it relates to vaccination recommendations. The resource includes information on why vaccinate, which vaccines have been ap...
Babies Prescribed Antibiotics Before Age Two May Be More Likely To Have Obesity As Children, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (11/1, Mozes) reports, “Babies who are prescribed antibiotics before” their second birthday “may be more likely to” have obesity as children, research indicated. In addition, “acid reflux medications may” also increase that risk, although that...
FDA Continues Pressuring E-Cigarette Manufacturers To Enact Teen Vaping Countermeasures.
People (11/1) reports the FDA is warning that underage e-cigarette use is becoming a “public health tragedy” as it pressures five manufacturers to enact their own countermeasures, which “include better systems to stop the illegal sales of e-cigarettes to...
Children Previously Infected With Measles More Likely To Develop Later Infectious Disease Symptoms, Study Suggests.
Healio (11/1) reports a study suggests that “children residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo...who had previously been infected with measles are more likely to develop acute infectious disease symptoms compared to children who were never infected.”...
Experts, Intersex Patients, Seek End To Genital Surgeries Performed On Children.
The Chicago Tribune (11/1, Schoenberg) reports that for more than 20 years, “intersex people have denounced the surgeries performed on their genitals during infancy or childhood as nonconsensual and damaging, citing consequences including pain, loss of s...
Babies Born To Older Fathers May Be More Susceptible To Certain Health Problems, Study Suggests.
TIME (10/31, Ducharme) reports that research suggests “babies born to older fathers...may be more susceptible to health problems including preterm birth, low birth weight and breathing problems.” The findings were published in the BMJ. Newsweek (10/31, G...
Medications Acting On Brain’s Neurotransmitters Taken During Pregnancy Appear Not To Have An Association With Offspring’s Risk For Autism, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/31, Preidt) reports, “Many pregnant women may wonder if antidepressants – or other drugs acting on the brain’s neurotransmitters – might raise their” infants’ “odds of developing autism.” A new study “suggests that’s not the case.” However,...
Premature Birth Rates Rise For Third Year In A Row, Report Says.
NPR (11/1, Chatterjee) reports that a March of Dimes analysis reveals that the rate of premature births in the US has risen for the third straight year, in what some say is a “worrying trend line” after years of decline from 2007 to 2015. The premature b...
Type Of High School Teens Attend May Determine Whether They’ll Try Marijuana And Other Illegal Drugs, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (10/31, Preidt) reports, “The type of high school teens attend may determine whether they’ll try marijuana and other illegal drugs,” researchers determined after following “nearly 1,300 low-income students who applied to five high-performing Lo...
Teens Especially Concerned About Guns, Survey Reveals.
Vox (10/31, Resnick) reports, “This week, the American Psychological Association released its annual Stress in America survey, asking thousands of people” what stresses them out. The survey “took a special look at young people ages 15 to 21, a.k.a. Gener...
Teens, Young Adults Who Use Cannabis May Find It Harder To Learn, Study Indicates.
Newsweek (10/30, Gander) reports, “Teenagers and young adults who use cannabis could find it harder to learn,” research indicated. Quitting the substance, however, “was found to boost the memory of regular users after one month.” Included in the study we...
Compared To White Youngsters, Black Children Now Significantly Less Likely To Survive At Least Five Years Following A Transplant, Research Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/30, Dotinga) reports, “Black kids are now significantly less likely to survive at least five years following a transplant compared with white kids,” researchers concluded after examining “data to track outcomes of 3,295 white, 2,049 bla...
Teenagers Report Higher Use Of JUUL Than Young Adults In Survey.
MedPage Today (10/30, Boyles) reports that “compared with young adults, underage teens had roughly 16-times the odds of reporting current use of the electronic cigarette JUULs in a national, probability-based sample.” The findings of the survey were publ...
Safety Concerns The Reason Why US Parents Hesitate To Have Their Children Vaccinated Against HPV, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (10/30, Preidt) reports, “Safety concerns are a main reason American parents hesitate to have their children vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV),” researchers concluded after examining survey data “on vaccine...
Apps Marketed To Young Children Deploy Potentially Manipulating Tactics To Deliver Ads To Kids, Study Suggests.
In “The Switch,” the Washington Post (10/30, Shaban) reports, “Apps marketed to children” ages five “and younger deploy potentially manipulating tactics to deliver ads to children, raising questions about the ethics of child software design and consumer...
Gun Injuries Sent 75,000 US Children, Teens To EDs Over Nine Years, Study Finds.
The AP (10/29, Tanner) reports, “Gun injuries, including many from assaults, sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency” departments (EDs) “over nine years at a cost of almost $3 billion,” researchers concluded in “a first-of-its-kind study.” The s...
Young People Who Spend Long Hours On Screens May Be More Than Twice As Likely To Be Diagnosed With Depression Or Anxiety Than Those Who Use Screens For An Hour A Day, Research Suggests.
TIME (10/29, Heid) reports, “Young people who spend seven hours or more a day on screens are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety than those who use screens for an hour a day,” researchers concluded after examining data “f...
Infants Exposed To HIV In Utero May Have Higher Risk For Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection, Study Indicates.
HealthDay (10/29) reports researchers found that “HIV-exposed infants have high rates of congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection, and in utero HIV infection seems to be a major risk factor for cCMV.” The findings were published in the Pediatric Infec...
Secondhand Aerosol Exposure Associated With Increased Risk Of Asthma Attack In Teens, Study Suggests.
MedPage Today (10/29, Boyles) reports secondhand exposure to electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS) “was associated with a greater risk for asthma attacks among pre-teens and teens participating in a school-based, cross-sectional survey,” which was...
Naps Appear Not To Help Young Children With Down Syndrome Learn, Research Suggests.
HealthDay (10/29, Preidt) reports that naps appear not to “help young children” with Down syndrome learn, researchers concluded after assessing “25 children with Down syndrome, average age 4.5 years, and 24 typically developing children, average age 2.5...
Prenatal Exposure To Phthalates May Be Linked To Elevated Rate Of Language Delay In Early Childhood, Researchers Say.
MedPage Today (10/29, George) reports, “Prenatal exposure to phthalates – synthetic chemicals found in personal care products and common household items – was tied to an elevated rate of language delay in early childhood,” researchers concluded in “an an...
FDA Approves Sodium Oxybate Oral Solution For Treating Symptoms Associated With Pediatric Narcolepsy.
Medscape (10/29, Brauser, Subscription Publication) reports the Food and Drug Administration has given its approval to “an expanded indication for sodium oxybate (Xyrem, Jazz Pharmaceuticals) oral solution for treating symptoms associated with pediatric...

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