PEDIATRIC VACCINE EXEMPTION IS GIVEN QUESTIONABLY BY SOME DOCTORS IN CALIFORNIA

A study showed that the rate of kindergarten students in CA who were given all required vaccinations increased from 92.8% to 95.1%, but the rate of those with medical exemptions rose from 0.2% to 0.7% after the implementation of state legislation eliminating personal belief exemptions in 2015. Interviews with local health officials showed they have concerns regarding their authority to approve or disapprove of questionable medical exemptions and concerns about physicians who charge fees to authorize medical exemptions.Los Angeles Times

IT'S NOT AS BENIGN AS WE THINK

Cannabis Use Disorder: DSM-58
The DSM-5 defines CUD as a pattern of cannabis use that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress, as evidenced by the presence of at least two of the following criteria within a 12-month period:
Taking more cannabis than intended
Difficulty controlling or cutting down cannabis use
Spending a lot of time on cannabis use
Cannabis cravings
Problems at work, school, and home as a result of cannabis use
Continuing to use cannabis despite social or relationship problems

NEW SPECULATIONS ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC USE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

Newsweek (9/19) reports researchers “believe the bacteria that live in a toddler’s mouth could provide clues as to whether they will become obese.” After collecting “the gut and oral microbiota of 226 two-year-old children by swabbing their mouths and taking stool samples,” investigators found that “children with rapid infant weight gain – a growth pattern which is a key indicator of whether a baby will become obese – were found to have a less diverse range of microbes in their mouths.”

AND THIS IS A BITTER TRUTH:

Hospital costs could be cut by $2B if patients follow prescriptions
Half of people who have been prescribed a drug do not take it properly, and getting patients to adhere to prescriptions could reduce hospital costs by $2 billion by 2025, according to the National Council for Behavioral Health's Medical Director Institute.FierceHealthcare (9/20)

EARLY LIFE ACETAMINOPHEN MAY INCREASE ODDS OF ASTHMA

Youths who were regularly given acetaminophen before age 2 were more likely to develop asthma by age 18, and those with a particular form of the GSTP1 gene and regular acetaminophen use had 1.8 times increased odds of asthma, researchers reported at a meeting of the European Respiratory Society. The findings were based on data involving 620 children.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDS FLU SHOTS FOR EVERYONE OLDER THAN 6 MO

The New York Times (9/6) reports, The AAP policy “states that the inactivated influenza vaccine, which is given as a shot, is best.” The Times adds, “Influenza can be fatal: 180 children died from the flu during the 2017-18 season, according to the CDC, and about 80 percent of those children” had not had a flu shot. The chairwoman of the A.A.P.’s committee on infectious disease,” said, “When we look at kids with the flu who died...half of them have no underlying health conditions. This is not a simple cold. It’s a significant cause of hospitalization and death.”

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