STUDY FINDS HIGHER SUBSTANCE ABUSE RISK AMONG US YOUTH IN ELITE HIGH SCHOOLS

The rates of teen boys and girls who studied at elite high schools in the US who developed drug or alcohol addiction by age 26 were two and three times higher than national norms, respectively, researchers reported in the journal Development and Psychopathology.

Only 22% Of US Moms Exclusively Breastfeed Their Infants For Six Months.

USA Today (5/26) reported that approximately 81% of US mothers “reported breastfeeding at some point, CDC data” indicate, “but that number drastically decreases to about 22% when looking at exclusive breastfeeding for six months, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.” Some women stop nursing their babies because they don’t know if the infant is getting enough milk. Others have difficulties with getting the baby to latch on properly. Still others find the process too painful.

LEGAL MARIJUANA TIED TO HIGHER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT USE AMONG YOUTH

The annual number of teens and young adults who were diagnosed with marijuana intoxication or tested positive for marijuana at a Colorado children's hospital emergency department increased from 146 in 2005 to 639 in 2014, after the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in the state, researchers reported at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. The findings, based on 2005 to 2015 data involving youths ages 13 to 21. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News

EATING HABITS DEVELOP IN INFANCY

Twenty-five percent of babies ages 6 months to 11 months and 20% of toddlers aged 1 had no reported vegetable consumption on days they were surveyed between 2005 and 2012, while nearly 60% of those younger than 6 months weren't breast-fed during the same period, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings, based on National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data involving 2,359 youths, also showed declining consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables among 1-year-olds.

REPORTS SHED LIGHT ON PEDIATRICIAN COMPENSATION, HAPPINESS

The Medscape Compensation Report found that pediatricians earned the least among all specialties, but they were among the happiest in and out of the workplace, according to the Medscape Lifestyle Report.

MOST FLU-RELATED PEDIATRIC DEATHS AMONG UNVACCINATED US YOUTH

CDC researchers found that 74% of children and adolescents ages 6 months to 17 years who died from influenza in the US from 2010 to 2014 did not receive flu vaccines before illness onset. The findings in Pediatrics, based on data from three comparison cohorts, also showed average flu vaccination coverage was 48% and overall vaccine efficacy against pediatric death was 65% during the same period.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News

OVER THE COUNTER AVAILABILITY OF ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES MAY BENEFIT TEENS

Adolescent girls were able to make informed decisions on oral contraceptive use and had similar contraceptive failure rates as adult women, according to a review of studies published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The findings should prompt over-the-counter availability of oral contraceptives for teens, researchers said.
The Baltimore Sun (3/15), United Press International (3/14)

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