SCREEN TIME IS RELATED TO SERIOUS EFFECTS ON CHILDRENS HEALTH

Adolescents who spent more time doing screen-based activities such as gaming, social messaging, TV watching, or web surfing were more likely to develop symptoms of insomnia and, eventually, depression, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The findings also show that gaming was more strongly linked to depressive symptoms than messaging. U.S. News & World Report (6/5),

PEDIATRICIANS CALL TO ACT IN CURBING FIREARM DEATH, INJURIES

Congress should advance gun legislation improving background checks and firearm trafficking solutions, supporting safe firearm storage, and funding the CDC's gun violence research to curb gun-related deaths and injuries in the wake of mass school shooting events, according to a letter from American Academy of Pediatrics . The AAP "will also continue to work to ensure that children and their families have access to appropriate mental health services, particularly to address the effects of exposure to violence," President wrote.Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (5/23)

CDC REPORTS RECORD LOW FERTILITY RATES IN THE USA

The CDC reported a fertility rate of 60.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2017, a 3% decline from 2016 and the lowest rate since tracking began. Births to teen mothers dropped by 7%, as did fertility among all age groups except women in their early 40s, but the prevalence of preterm births and low birth weight infants rose. Los Angeles Times

RESEARCH ON PARENTAL CIGARETTE AND CANNABIS USE

A study in Pediatrics showed that the rate of parents with children ages 18 and younger at home who smoked cigarettes in the previous month declined from 27.6% in 2002 to 20.2% in 2015, while the rate of those who used cannabis rose from 4.9% to 6.8% during the same period. The findings, based on National Survey on Drug Use and Health data, also showed those who smoked cigarettes were four times as likely to use cannabis at home, compared with nonsmokers.

CHILDREN WITH YOUNGEST AND OLDEST MOTHERS ARE AT RISK OF DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES

A study suggests that children born to mothers ages 15 and younger were more likely to develop developmental issues compared with other children. Analysis of data from almost 100,000 children revealed 21% of them had at least one developmental issue at age 5. This group is followed by kids born to women ages 35 to 45, and lowest among children born to mothers ages 30 to 35. HealthDay News (5/2)

EVEN LOW EFFICACY FLU VACCINES ARE EFFECTIVE, STYDY FINDS

Researchers estimated that a flu vaccine that is only 20% effective at a 43% vaccine coverage rate would prevent more than 20 million illnesses, 129,000 hospitalizations and 61,000 deaths. The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also showed that at a 50% coverage rate, the same vaccine would avert another 3.63 million infections, 21,987 hospitalizations and 8,479 deaths. CNN (4/30),

PEDIATRIC BURN RISKS

Australian researchers found that only 1 in 3 mothers knew that hot beverage scalds were the leading cause of burns in young children, while less than 50% realized that youths ages 6 months to 24 months were most likely to have such injuries. The findings in the journal Injury Prevention also showed that while 94% were aware that cool running water was the best first aid treatment for burns, only 10% knew it should be applied for 20 minutes.

EARLY LIFE ANTIBIOTIC EXPOSURE MAY INCREASE LATER ALLERGY RISK

Researchers found a twofold higher asthma risk and 50% increased odds of anaphylaxis, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and dust allergies among those who were given antibiotics in the first six months of life.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/2)

AUTISM IN 95% OF CASES COMES WITH OTHER CONDITIONS

More than 95% of children with autism have another disorder as well, according to a CDC study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Researchers also found that youths with autism had 4.9 of 18 commonly co-occurring conditions, such as congenital or genetic conditions, behavior problems, cognitive issues, regression, and language disorders, on average, with such conditions more likely among 8-year-olds than 4-year-olds.

FDA PANEL CONSIDERS CHANGING COMPOSITION OF NEXT YEAR'S FLU VACCINE

An FDA advisory panel discussing the change the composition of next year's flu vaccine as the US deals with a difficult flu season that has so far led to 97 pediatric deaths and record hospitalizations. FDA will also work with the CDC and other agencies to understand why this year's flu shot was relatively ineffective against the strain that caused most of this year's illnesses.

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