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October 2019 Briefing – Pediatrics

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pediatrics for October 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Juul Shipped Tainted Products, Lawsuit Alleges

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 1 million tainted nicotine pods were knowingly distributed by electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs, a former company finance executive claims in a lawsuit.

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Close to 1,900 Cases of Vaping-Linked Lung Illness Reported, CDC Says

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans stricken with a severe, sometimes fatal lung illness tied to vaping has now reached 1,888, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. That is a rise from the 1,604 case total from a week ago.

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Quarter of Fetal Abnormalities ID’d in Late Third-Trimester US

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A high proportion of fetal abnormalities are detected for the first time during a routine ultrasound examination at 35 to 37 weeks of gestation, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Groups Urge Ban of Mint, Menthol E-Cigarette Flavors

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Trump administration must include mint and menthol in any plan to halt sales of flavored electronic cigarette products, more than 50 health and advocacy groups said Tuesday. The groups were responding to media reports that the administration may exempt mint and menthol, CNN reported.

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White House Launches Website to Help Those Battling Substance Abuse

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new website to help Americans with substance abuse problems find treatment was activated Wednesday by the Trump administration.

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Fetal Exposure to Acetaminophen May Increase Risk for ADHD, ASD

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Cord biomarkers of fetal exposure to acetaminophen are associated with an increased risk for childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online Oct. 30 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Maltreatment in Childhood Ups Risk for Physical Pain in Young Women

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Young adult women who experienced child maltreatment are at higher risk for pain, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in PAIN.

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CDC: U.S. Life Expectancy Up Slightly, Mortality Lower in 2017

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Life expectancy has increased slightly in the United States, and mortality is lower than in 2007, according to a report published Oct. 30 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Facebook Launches Preventive Health Tool

TUESDAY, Oct. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new tool designed to help guide preventive care for heart disease, cancer, and seasonal flu was launched in the United States Monday by Facebook.

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CDC: Most Patients With Vaping-Related Lung Injury Report THC Use

TUESDAY, Oct. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most patients with electronic cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) reported use of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products in the three months preceding symptom onset, according to research published in the Oct. 28 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Childhood Cancer Treatment Increases Risk for Breast Cancer Later

TUESDAY, Oct. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The combination of anthracyclines and radiotherapy doses to treat childhood cancer is associated with an increased risk for subsequent breast cancer, according to a study published online Oct. 28 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Prevalence of Pain Higher in Children With Autism

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an elevated prevalence of pain compared with children without ASD, according to a research letter published online Oct. 28 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Outcomes Poor With Medical Care From Fraud, Abuse Perpetrators

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Receiving medical care from fraud and abuse perpetrators (FAPs), subsequently excluded from Medicare, is associated with higher rates of all-cause mortality and emergency hospitalization, according to a study published online Oct. 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Spironolactone Noninferior in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In a head-to-head study of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists, spironolactone was found to be noninferior to eplerenone for slowing the progression of heart damage in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to a study published in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Electronic Device Use Tied to Sugar, Caffeine Intake in Teens

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Greater electronic device use, particularly television, is linked to more consumption of added sugar and caffeine among adolescents, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in PLOS ONE.

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Doctors Mostly Dissatisfied With Electronic Health Record Systems

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The majority of physicians are dissatisfied with their current electronic health record (EHR) systems, according to survey results released Oct. 16 by Medical Economics.

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HPV DNA Identified in Oral Cavity of 6.2 Percent of Teen Girls

FRIDAY, Oct. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA is detected in the oral cavities of about 6.2 percent of sexually active female adolescents, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in JAMA Network Open.

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No Link Found Between Teen Contact Sports, Later Mental Health Issues

FRIDAY, Oct. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Adolescents who play contact sports, including football, are not at increased risk for subsequent cognitive impairment, depression, or suicidal thoughts in early adulthood, according to a study published online Sept. 26 in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Bans on Flavored Products Can Cut Any Tobacco Use in Teens

FRIDAY, Oct. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Teen use of both flavored and nonflavored tobacco decreases with enforced flavored tobacco restriction policies, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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CDC: Cases of Vaping-Linked Lung Illness Now Top 1,600

THURSDAY, Oct. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More than 1,600 Americans have now been struck by a severe, sometimes fatal, lung illness tied to vaping, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

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FDA: N.J. Company Must Stop Selling Unapproved Flavored Vaping Products

THURSDAY, Oct. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Eonsmoke LLC has been ordered to halt illegal sales of 100 unapproved flavored vaping products in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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Disneyland Visitors May Have Been Exposed to Measles

THURSDAY, Oct. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People who were at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and a Starbucks in Los Angeles on Oct. 16 may have been exposed to measles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says.

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Vergence/Accommodative Tx Improves Visual Function

THURSDAY, Oct. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For children with convergence insufficiency, treatment with office-based vergence/accommodative therapy improves near point of convergence but does not improve reading performance, according to two studies published online Oct. 23 in Optometry and Vision Science.

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Effect of Fluoxetine on Repetitive Behaviors in ASD Youth Unclear

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Treatment with fluoxetine appears to result in significantly lower scores for obsessive compulsive behaviors at 16 weeks among children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but interpretation of the data is limited, according to a study published in the Oct. 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Patients With Diabetes Still Require More Hospitalizations for Infections

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Rates of hospitalizations for common infections requiring hospitalization remain substantially higher in adults with diabetes compared with adults without diabetes, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Diabetes Care.

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First Use of Flavored Tobacco Linked to Subsequent Use

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — First use of a flavored tobacco product is associated with increased risk for subsequent tobacco use, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in JAMA Network Open.

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More Choices, Lower Premiums for ACA Consumers Next Year

TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There will be more health insurance choices and a slight decrease in premiums for many consumers next year under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Trump administration.

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Most Preemies Survive Into Adulthood Without Major Comorbidities

TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most persons born preterm in Sweden between 1973 and 1997 survived until early to mid-adulthood without major comorbidities, according to a study published in the Oct. 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Antiviral Antibodies ID’d in CSF of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases

MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Enterovirus (EV)-specific antibodies have been identified in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of pediatric cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) versus controls, according to a study published online Oct. 21 in Nature Medicine.

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Exercise Intolerance May Harm Neurocognition in ALL Survivors

MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), exercise intolerance is associated with worse neurocognitive outcomes, according to a study published online Oct. 21 in Cancer.

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Lower Birth Weight May Protect Against Allergies

MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Intrauterine growth restriction protects against allergic diseases, according to a review published online Oct. 12 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Safe Infant Sleep Practices Suboptimal Across the U.S.

MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Safe infant sleep practices are suboptimal in the United States, according to a study published online Oct. 21 in Pediatrics.

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NATA: Single-Sport Focus Not Good for Children

FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Parents should try to keep their children from focusing on a single sport for as long as possible to reduce their risk for injuries and other problems, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) says.

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CDC: Coverage 94.7 Percent for Two Doses of MMR in 2018 to 2019

FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For the 2018 to 2019 school year, coverage was 94.7 percent for two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to research published in the Oct. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Linked to Choroidal Thinning in Children

FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to secondhand smoking is associated with choroidal thinning among children aged 6 to 8 years, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Juul Stopping Sales of Fruit, Dessert Flavors of E-Cigarettes

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Juul, which makes the top-selling brand of electronic cigarettes in the United States, said Thursday it will no longer sell fruit or dessert flavors of its products. The company’s decision comes as it faces widespread criticism that its flavored nicotine products are hooking a generation of teenagers on nicotine and vaping, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

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CDC: Vaccination Coverage Generally High for Those Born in 2015-16

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For children born in 2015 to 2016, vaccination coverage is generally high, although coverage can be improved with increased access to providers and health insurance, according to research published in the Oct. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Study Looks at Pediatric Firearm-Related Eye Injuries in the U.S.

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A quarter of all U.S. ocular firearm injuries occur within the pediatric population, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Outcomes Poorer for Extreme Preemies Transferred After Birth

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Birth in a nontertiary hospital and transfer within 48 hours is associated with poorer outcomes compared with birth in a tertiary hospital for extremely preterm infants, according to a study published online Oct. 16 in The BMJ.

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Suicide, Homicide Rates Up Among Youth Aged 10 to 24

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Suicide rates increased from 2007 to 2017 among youth aged 10 to 24 years, according to an October data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Statins in Childhood Aid Familial Hypercholesteremia Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Initiation of statin therapy during childhood in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia slows the progression of carotid intima-media thickness and reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease over 20 years, according to a study published in the Oct. 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Sweetened Drinks Represent Majority of Children’s Drink Sales

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — None of the 34 top-selling sweetened children’s drinks meet expert recommendations for healthier drinks for children, according to Children’s Drink FACTS 2019, a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

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Maternal Lead Exposure Tied to Obesity Risk in Offspring

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Maternal elevated lead exposure is associated with an increased risk for intergenerational overweight or obesity (OWO), independent of postnatal blood lead levels, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in JAMA Network Open.

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Breast Reduction Surgery Improves Well-Being for Young Patients

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Breast reduction surgery improves physical and psychosocial well-being in young women undergoing surgery for concerns related to excessively large breasts, according to a study published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Gastric Bypass Linked to Lower Risk for Major Birth Defects

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Infants born to women who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery have a lower risk for major birth defects than those born to matched control women, according to a study published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Children With Autism Found to Have Higher Risk for Obesity

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) appear to increase the risk for childhood obesity, according to a review published online Oct. 8 in Obesity Reviews.

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Decrease Seen in Football Practice-Related Concussions

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Rates of concussion during football practice and recurrent concussion rates across all high school sports decreased from the 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 school years, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Pediatrics.

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2009-2015 Saw Breastfeeding Up for Most Races/Ethnicities

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 2009 to 2015, there was improvement in breastfeeding rates in most race/ethnicity groups, although disparities between black and white infants widened, according to a study published online Oct. 14 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Rates of Head, Neck Melanoma Up in North American Youth

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 1995 to 2014, there was a 51.1 percent increase in the incidence of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult head and neck melanoma in North America, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Increase in Suicide Attempts Seen for Black Adolescents

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 1991 to 2017, black high school students experienced an increase in suicide attempts, according to a study published online Oct. 14 in Pediatrics.

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Nearly 5 Million Youth Are Obese in the United States

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Nationwide, 4.8 million young people ages 10 to 17 years have obesity, according to the State of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grow Up Healthy report published Oct. 10 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Global Prevalence of Pediatric Hypertension About 4 Percent

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The estimated pooled prevalence of hypertension in children is 4 percent, according to a review published online Oct. 7 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Too Much, Too Little Weight Gain May Harm Twin Pregnancies

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Very low or very high weight gains during twin pregnancies are associated with adverse birth outcomes, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Lumacaftor-Ivacaftor Aids Cystic Fibrosis in Real-World Setting

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — After one year of therapy with lumacaftor-ivacaftor in a real-world setting, adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis and Phe508del homozygous mutation experienced an improvement in lung function, increase in body mass index, and reduced need for IV antibiotics, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Barriers to Timely Access to Pediatric Hearing Aids Identified

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Public insurance, race/ethnicity, and primary language may be barriers to accessing pediatric hearing aids, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Close to 1,300 Cases of Vaping-Linked Illness Now Identified

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans sickened with a severe lung injury tied to vaping just keeps rising, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

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CDC: Seasonal Influenza Viruses Circulating in Southern Hemisphere

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Seasonal influenza viruses are circulating widely in the Southern Hemisphere, but influenza activity is currently low in the United States, according to research published in the Oct. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Racial, Ethnic Minorities Want to See Doctor Who Shares Their Culture

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Minority racial and ethnic groups are more likely to perceive the importance of seeing a health care provider who shares or understands their culture, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Odds of Autism Up in Children With Congenital Heart Disease

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The odds of developing autism spectrum disorder (AuSD) are increased for children with congenital heart disease (CHD), according to a study published online Oct. 10 in Pediatrics.

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Rate of Advancement of Feeding Volume Does Not Impact Survival

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For very preterm or very low-birth-weight infants, advancing feeding volume in faster increments versus slower increments is not associated with a difference in survival without moderate or severe neurodevelopmental disability at 24 months, according to a study published in the Oct. 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Diet Intervention Can Cut Depression Symptoms in Young Adults

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A brief diet intervention can reduce symptoms of depression among young adults with elevated depression symptoms, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in PLOS ONE.

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Medicare Fraud-Prevention Rules to Be Revised

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Revision of decades-old Medicare rules meant to prevent fraud has been proposed by the Trump administration.

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2000 to 2015 Saw Increase in Medicare GME Payments

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Medicare graduate medical education (GME) payments increased significantly from 2000 to 2015, according to a study published online Oct. 7 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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2017 to 2018 Saw Increases in Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — During 2017 to 2018, there were increases in the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, according to a report published online Oct. 8 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Only Half of Pregnant Women Receive Recommended Vaccines

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many pregnant women do not receive the recommended flu and tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines to protect themselves and their infants, according to a Vital Signs report published in the Oct. 8 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Walgreens and Kroger Halt E-Cigarette Sales

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Walgreens and Kroger have followed Walmart and Rite Aid in halting sales of electronic cigarettes.

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Pediatric Firearm Injury Prevention Research Underfunded

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Funding for pediatric firearm injury prevention research is only 3.3 percent of that predicted according to the mortality burden, say the authors of a report published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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Burnout Linked to Poor Quality Care in Published Literature

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In the published literature, burnout in health care professionals is frequently associated with poor-quality care, but the effect size may be smaller than reported, according to data from a systematic review published online Oct. 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Cost of Waste in U.S. Health System Estimated

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The estimated cost of waste in the U.S. health care system varies from $760 to $935 billion, according to a special communication published online Oct. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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OTC Meds Often Used in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts in Youth

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Over-the-counter medications are commonly used in suicide attempts by self-poisoning among young people, according to a study published online Oct. 7 in Clinical Toxicology.

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Bill Aims to Limit Nicotine in E-Cigarette Products

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A bill to limit the amount of nicotine in electronic cigarette products was introduced Monday by U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi in a bid “to make them significantly less addictive and appealing to youth.”

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Data Suggest Viral Etiology for Pediatric Acute Flaccid Myelitis

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Surveillance data for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) suggests a viral etiology, according to a study published online Oct. 7 in Pediatrics.

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Back Sleeping in Late Pregnancy Linked to Lower Birth Weight

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Back sleeping in late pregnancy is independently associated with lower birth weight, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in JAMA Network Open.

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Teens Using Oral Contraceptives Report More Depressive Symptoms

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Sixteen-year-old girls report more depressive symptoms when using oral contraceptives compared with nonusers, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Food Insecurity Linked to Chronic Disease in Young Adults

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For young adults, food insecurity is associated with chronic disease and with mental health problems, according to two studies published online Oct. 1 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Survey: Many U.S. Adults Not Planning to Get Flu Vaccine

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many U.S. adults, including some at the highest risk for the flu and pneumonia, do not plan to get preventive vaccines, according to a survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago on behalf of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

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Factors Predict Low BMD in Pediatric Blood Cancer Survivors

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Low bone mineral density (BMD) is common in childhood leukemia and lymphoma survivors, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in Cancer.

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2014 to 2018 Saw Drop in Flavored Tobacco Products in Youth

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 2014 to 2018, there was a decrease in current use of one or more flavored tobacco products among youth, according to research published in the Oct. 4 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is associated with a higher risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online Oct. 3 in the American Journal of Perinatology.

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Cases of Serious Vaping-Linked Lung Injury Now Top 1,000

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans sickened with a severe lung illness tied to vaping continues to climb, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

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United States Will Keep Measles Elimination Status

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite recent outbreaks among unvaccinated people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects the United States will maintain its measles elimination status.

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Changes in Air Pollution Levels May Affect Risk for Preterm Birth

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Persistent or increased exposure to high levels of air pollutants may increase the risk for preterm birth (PTB), particularly among women without a prior preterm birth, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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Universal Screening for Autism Feasible in Pediatric Network

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Universal screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is feasible in a pediatric primary care network, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in Pediatrics.

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2014 to 2018 Saw Decrease in Twin Birth Rate in U.S.

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 2014 to 2018, there was a decrease in the twin birth rate, according to an October data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Bans on Flavored Electronic Cigarettes Continue

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Los Angeles County and the state of Ohio are the latest to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, joining Massachusetts, Washington, Michigan, and New York, along with San Francisco.

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Only Half of Ear, Nose, Throat Infections Receive Recommended Antibiotics

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In outpatient settings, only 50 percent of visits for pharyngitis, sinusitis, and acute otitis media (AOM) receive recommended first-line antibiotics, according to a study published online Sept. 23 in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

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Youngest in Classroom at Higher Risk for Diagnosis of Depression

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Children who are younger compared with their school peers have an increased risk for diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disability, and depression in childhood, according to a study published online Sept. 23 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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USPSTF Finds Evidence Lacking to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Youth

TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finds that the current evidence is insufficient to recommend primary care-based interventions to prevent illicit drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults. These findings form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Oct. 1 by the USPSTF.

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Juul Halts Funding for San Francisco Vaping Ballot Initiative

TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — On Monday, San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc. said it will no longer fund an effort to quash an antivaping law in the city, effectively ending the campaign.

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Asthma-Related ED Use Up for Children With Anxiety, Depression

TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Children with asthma and with anxiety, depression, or both have increased rates of asthma-related emergency department use, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in Pediatrics.

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