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.”

PARENTS, BE A ROLE MODELS

Survey Reveals Bad Driving Behaviors In Parents And Teens. “A new national study” of 2,000 adolescents and “1,000 parents” revealed that “37 percent of parents of teen drivers use apps while driving, which is almost at the same rate of teens at 38 percent.” The survey “also found that parents admit to speeding, driving while tired and even taking selfies behind the wheel at similar or higher rates than teenagers.” Notably, “more than a third of teens said their parents claimed more experience as a justification for bad driving habits.”

BITTER FACTS

CDC: Opioid use disorder prevalence up among pregnant women. CDC researchers found that the rate of US pregnant women with opioid use disorder rose from 1.5 per 1,000 deliveries in 1999 to 6.5 in 2014. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that OUD among pregnant women was most prevalent in Vermont and least prevalent in the District of Columbia. CNN (8/9), United Press International (8/9)

SERVE YOUR CHILD'S FOOD RIGHT WAY

Researchers found that children who were given plates with compartments that had pictures of fruits and vegetables took larger average servings and consumed more fruits and vegetables daily, compared with when they received regular plates. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics were based on data involving 325 preschoolers. Reuters (8/6)

OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTATION

Children who received a fruit drink with omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to have disruptive behaviors, compared with those who took the fruit drink alone, researchers reported in Aggressive Behavior. The findings also showed a lower likelihood of interpartner psychological aggression and verbal abuse among parents of those in the omega-3 group. Xinhua News Agency (7/25)

BABIES BORN FROM IVF REACH 8 MILLION WORLDWIDE

Eight million infants have been born from in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies around the world since the first IVF baby was born in 1978, according to an International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies report presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting. The report also showed that the prevalence of twins and multiple births has dropped over the past 40 years and is now at 14%.CNN (7/3)

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