TEENS MAY BENEFIT FROM LATER SCHOOL START TIMES

A study in the journal Sleep showed that middle- and high-school students had 31 minutes and 48 minutes longer sleep on school nights a year after their school start times were delayed by 50 minutes and 70 minutes, respectively. The findings, to be presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, also associated later school start times to reduced rates of homework sleepiness, as well as significantly increased academic engagement among youths. Psych Central (6/8)

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CHILDREN ARE EATING LESS FISH

Children have consumed less seafood each year since 2007, and eat less fish than meat, researchers wrote in an American Academy of Pediatrics report published in Pediatrics that examined the benefits and risks associated with fish consumption. Registered dietitian Maria Romo-Palafox said fish has a specific taste, so children should learn to like it early, because by age 5 they have most of their eating habits and preferences in place.

MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT MEASLES VACCINATION

Seventy-seven percent of US adults said that measles vaccinations should be given to children despite the objection of their parents, while only 4% believed that vaccines were unsafe, according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey. The poll also found that 22% of adults were either unvaccinated against measles or were unsure if they had received the vaccine in childhood.Medscape/Reuters

HERE'S WHERE MEASLES OUTBREAKS ARE MOST LIKELY

A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases ranked the top 50 US counties at greatest risk of measles outbreaks based on four factors: population, international air travel volume, nonmedical vaccine exemptions and measles incidence in countries people visit. The top five counties are Cook County, Ill.; Los Angeles County; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Queens County, N.Y.; and King County, Wash.CNN (5/11)

CDC: MORE US YOUTHS DEVELOPING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD). OVERLY DIGNOSED?

CDC researchers reported that the rate of autism spectrum disorder among 4-year-olds in the US rose from 13.4 per 1,000 children in 2010 to 17 per 1,000 in 2014. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed significantly higher ASD rates among boys. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/11)

OFFCIAL PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE ON MEASELES OUTBREAK AND RECOMMENDATIONS

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/measles/index.htm
Situation:The count of confirmed measles cases in Los Angeles County remains at 5. An additional 5 cases were diagnosed among travelers who do not reside in LAC. LAC DPH is conducting outreach to identify and conduct contact investigations for hundreds of exposures.

CDC: 314 MEASLES CASES CONFIRMED IN 15 STATES

CDC officials reported that 314 measles cases in 15 states have been confirmed this year as of March 21, compared with 372 confirmed cases for all of 2018. An outbreak in Rockland County, New York, has prompted an emergency declaration that prohibits unvaccinated people younger than 18 from public places.

CATCH UP SLEEP ON WEEKENDS MAY HAVE NEGATIVE EFFECT ON METABOLISM

The findings, based on 36 healthy young adults, showed that those who had catch-up sleep on the weekend had reduced insulin sensitivity in the muscles and liver, which could lead to type 2 diabetes, compared with those who did not sleep in on the weekend. Most likely due to nighttime overeating on the weekdays, which also is strongly correlating with weekend sleeping in. HealthDay News (2/28)

NEW RECOMMENDATIONS TO CURB PEDIATRIC ALLERGIES

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued an updated clinical report in Pediatrics stating that there is strong evidence linking peanut introduction at age 4 months to peanut allergy prevention among high-risk infants.

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