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TOP RANKING OF BEST STATES FOR HEALTHCARE

WalletHub ranked Minnesota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., and Vermont as tops for health care, based on factors such as health care costs, accessibility and outcomes. Rounding out the top 10 were New Hampshire, Hawaii, Maine, North Dakota and Iowa, while Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi, North Carolina and Alaska were at the bottom of the list.

INCREASE IN PRETERM BIRTH IS SEEN AMONG HISPANICS AFTER TRUMP'S ELECTION

There were 2,337 additional preterm births to Hispanic mothers during the nine months after the election of President Donald Trump in November 2016, compared with the expected number of premature births during that time, researchers reported in JAMA Network . CNN (7/19),

DRUG USE IS ON THE RISE. FOSTER CARE ENTRIES STATISTICS

A study in JAMA Pediatrics showed that the rate of children entering the foster care system because of parental drug use rose from 14.53% of entries in 2000 to 36.26% in 2017. Researchers also found increased odds of parental drug-use-related foster care placements among those ages 5 and younger and among whites. WBUR-FM (Boston) (7/15),

MORE US AND CANADIAN TEENS ARE VAPING, STUDY SHOWS

Researchers found that the rate of US and Canadian adolescents ages 16 to 19 who reported vaping during the past month increased by nearly 50% and almost twofold, respectively, from 2017 to 2018. The findings also showed that teen Juul e-cigarette use became more prevalent in all countries, with the rate of US youths with Juul as their preferred brand rising from 1% to 4.5% during the study period. Reuters (6/28)

BRAIN CHANGES FOUND IN YOUTH WITH REGULAR CANNABIS USE

Teens and young adults with frequent cannabis use who underwent a cognitive control task had reduced brain activity in the frontostriatal circuits involved in conflict resolution and cognitive control, compared with those who didn't use cannabis, with elevated and more persistent changes among those with earlier cannabis initiation, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings were based on functional MRI scans from 60 youths ages 14 to 23. Psych Central (6/22)

STUDY LOOKS AT MOTORIZED SCOOTER RELATED HEAD INJURIES

The annual incidence of motorized scooter-related head and facial injuries rose by threefold from 2008 to 2017, and young children ages 6 to 12 and teens ages 13 to 18 accounted for 33.3% and 16.1% of the injuries, respectively, according to a study in the American Journal of Otolaryngology. The findings should prompt standardization of electric scooter policies and license requirements to curb risky behaviors, said researcher. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (6/14)

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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