CDC REPORT ON FLU ACTIVITY ACROSS THE US

The CDC reported that influenza was widespread in 49 states during the week ending Jan.13, with flu hospitalizations nearly twice the level seen the previous week and seven additional pediatric deaths reported, bringing the season's total to 20. Flu activity may already have peaked, but 11 to 13 weeks remain in the season, said Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza division.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/15), Reuters

THE NUMBERS ARE HORRIFYING - SURVEY IDENTIFIES HOMELESSNESS TRENDS

One in 10 people ages 18 to 25 -- and 1 in 30 adolescents -- have experienced homelessness over the past year, according to a survey by Chapin Hall, a youth policy center at the University of Chicago. The survey included data from 26,000 young people.
The Washington Post (12/31)

HEALTHY PEOPLE DIE FROM FLU, THIS STORY TOUCHED ME MORE THAN ANY OTHER

SHARING THE POST FROM OUR FELLOW PHYSICIAN MOM:
December 31, 2017 at 8:21am ·

OBESITY NEGATIVELY AFFECTS IMMUNITY IN CHILDREN, STUDY SHOWS

Researchers found that children with obesity had nearly 50% less cellular immunity cell levels, which were also about half as effective at killing tumor cells, compared with normal-weight children. The findings based on 100 children with and without obesity, showed that the defects in cellular immunity were seen in children as young as 6 years old

STUDY LINKS PRENATAL AND EARLY LIFE SUGAR INTAKE TO HIGHER CHILDHOOD ASTHMA RISK

Young people whose mothers consumed the most sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages during pregnancy were 58% more likely to develop asthma in mid-childhood, compared with those whose mothers had the least sugar intake during pregnancy, according to a study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. The findings, based on data involving 1,068 mother-child pairs, also linked increased early childhood sugar and sugary drink intake with asthma development in mid-childhood.
The New York Times (12/8)

ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO DRINK WATER

Water access in schools may curb pediatric obesity
Researchers estimated that 570,000 fewer US children would be overweight or obese if water dispensers were installed in school cafeterias across the country. The findings in Pediatric Obesity -- based on 2009 to 2013 data involving 1,200 elementary and middle schools in New York City -- showed that students in schools with water dispensers had a threefold increase in lunchtime water intake, significantly lower whole-milk consumption and a small but substantial drop in overweight risk after a year.

REDUCED TEEN SLEEP IS TIED TO INCREASED SMARTPHONE USE. SET UP THE LIMITS

Nearly 40% of US teens got fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, a 58% increase over 1991 and 17% increase over 2009 rates, when adolescent smartphone use began to significantly increase, researchers reported in Sleep Medicine. The findings also showed a link between increased time spent online and shorter sleep duration, with a 50% higher likelihood of inadequate sleep among those who were online five hours daily, compared with those who were online an hour daily.
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