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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
FDA looking at caffeine impact on kids after new Wrigley gum
Wrigley’s new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to look into the potential impact added caffeine may have on children and adolescents. (via Reuters)
U.S.-born kids have more allergies, asthma
Kids and teens who are born abroad and immigrate to the United States are about half as likely to have asthma and allergies as those who are born in the U.S., according to a new study. (via Reuters)
New guidelines help pediatricians diagnose acid reflux in infants
The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology is created a new list of recommendations for pediatricians to follow when diagnosing and treating acid reflux. (via Fox News)
Heart attack risk may start in early childhood
A new study suggests there is a simple way to assess a child’s arterial health with a calculation based on an often-overlooked component of cholesterol: triglycerides. (via Fox News)
Brain structure may influence a child’s ability to benefit from math tutoring
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Parents whose children are struggling with math often view intense tutoring as the best way to help them master crucial skills, but a new study released on Monday suggests that for some kids even that is a lost cause. (via Fox News)
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Monday, November 19th, 2012
Likely Basis of Birth Defect Causing Premature Skull Closure in Infants Identified
An international team of geneticists, pediatricians, surgeons and epidemiologists from 23 institutions across three continents has identified two areas of the human genome associated with the most common form of non-syndromic craniosynostosis ― premature closure of the bony plates of the skull. (via ScienceDaily)
Flame Retardants Used in Foam Upholstered Furniture and Other Products Linked to Neurodevelopmental Delays in Children
Prenatal and childhood exposure to flame retardant compounds are linked to poorer attention, fine motor coordination and IQ in school-aged children, a finding by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health that adds to growing health concerns over a chemical prevalent in U.S. households. (via ScienceDaily)
Study: Youngest Kids in Class May Be More Likely to Get ADHD Diagnosis
A new study from Iceland adds to existing evidence that kids are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if they’re among the youngest in their grade at school. (via US Health News)
Study: One in 20 Youth has Used Steroids to Bulk Up
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If the government is unable to resolve the looming debt crisis, federal education programs for elementary and high schools will lose a little over $2 billion starting next fall. (via Reuters)
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Obama Win Clears Health Law Hurdle, Challenges Remain
President Barack Obama’s re-election eliminates the possibility of a wholesale repeal of his signature healthcare reform law, but leaves questions about how many of the changes will be implemented as the national focus shifts to tackling the U.S. debt and deficit. (via Reuters)
What Obama Win Means for Education Reform
President Barack Obama—who pushed through an unprecedented windfall of education funding in his first term and spurred states to make widespread changes to K-12 policy through competitive grants—has been re-elected. With education issues, including funding and college loans, a steady though never central theme on the campaign trail, there is a lot left on President Obama’s to-do list. (via Education Week)
Children, Teens at Risk for Lasting Emotional Impact from Hurricane Sandy
After Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters have receded and homes demolished by the storm repaired, the unseen aftershocks of the storm may linger for many children who were in the storm’s path, particularly those whose families suffered significant losses. (via Science Daily)
FDA Grants Priority Review to Roche’s Breast Cancer Drug
Roche, the world’s biggest maker of cancer drugs, said U.S. health regulators granted a priority review to its experimental breast cancer drug TDM-1, expediting the review process for the marketing application of the drug. (via Reuters)
DNA Sequencing of Infants and Children With Anatomical Defects of Unknown Causes
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A one-year-old research initiative brought together researchers, clinicians and policy experts to tackle the challenges of incorporating new genomic technologies into clinical care of newborns, infants and children with anatomical defects whose causes are unknown. (via Science Daily)
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
New Field of Developmental Neuroscience Changes Our Understanding of Early Years of Human Life
For the first time, scientists have amassed a large collection of research that looks “under the skin,” to examine how and why experiences interact with biology starting before birth to affect a life course. (via Science Daily)
Mother’s Fish, Mercury Intake Tied to Kids’ ADHD Risk: Study
Children’s risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life may be tied to how much fish their mothers ate while pregnant, according to a U.S. study. (via Reuters)
New Test Can Diagnose Genetic Disorders in Infants in 50 Hours
Too often, newborns die of genetic diseases before doctors even know what’s to blame. Now scientists have found a way to decode those babies’ DNA in just days instead of weeks, moving gene-mapping closer to routine medical care. (via AP)
Meningitis Outbreak Stirs Calls for FDA Pharmacy Oversight
A deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated steroid shots should spur new legislation to regulate how pharmacies mix and dose drugs, experts said on Monday. (via Reuters)
CT Scans of Kids in ER With Stomach Pain Skyrockets
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The use of CT scans on children being brought to emergency rooms with abdominal pain has skyrocketed, new research reveals. (via U.S. News and World Report)
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Pacifiers May Have Emotional Consequences for Boys
Pacifiers may stunt the emotional development of baby boys by robbing them of the opportunity to try on facial expressions during infancy. (via Science Daily)
‘SimplyThick’ a Risk to All Infants, FDA Cautions
A product used to help infants with difficulty swallowing could increase their risk of developing a life-threatening illness, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday. (via CNN)
Longer Exercise Provides Added Benefit to Children’s Health
Twenty minutes of daily, vigorous physical activity over just three months can reduce a child’s risk of diabetes as well as his total body fat — including dangerous, deep abdominal fat — but 40 minutes works even better, researchers report. (via Science Daily)
Study Shows Almost Half of Children with Autism Victimized by Bullies
A recent study shows that children with autism are more than four times as likely to be the victims of bullying than their typically developing siblings. (via The Washington Post)
Teens Follow Parents Example in Texting and Driving
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According to a recent study, 78% of teens have seen their parents text and drive. (via TODAY)
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012
Breast Cancer Charity Overstated Screening Benefits, Researchers Say
Researchers say Susan G. Komen for the Cure overstated the benefit mammograms have on survival rates of women with breast cancer. Komen’s messages stated 98 percent of women who get the screening tests survive at least five years, while 23 percent who do not get mammograms survive that long — a difference of 75 percentage points. (via NBC News)
New Pets May Help Autistic Kids Socially
Getting a pet may help children with autism to develop their social skills, if the furry friend is brought into the home when the child is about 5 years old, according to a new French study. The researchers discovered the children showed improvement in their abilities to share with others and to offer comfort. (via Fox News)
Hidden Dangers in Vitamins & Supplements?
According to a new report in Consumer Reports, vitamins and supplements could do more harm than good in some cases. Between 2007 and mid-April 2012, the FDA received more than 6,300 reports of serious adverse events linked to dietary supplements, including vitamins and herbs. (via CNN)
Disharmony in the Land of Nod
A new study suggests that even moderate levels of household conflict can alter basic brain function in infants, leaving them hypersensitive to negative emotions. Researchers found chronic family conflict made infants more likely to have abnormal brain responses to angry speech. (via Huffington Post)
Chile Bans Marketing of Toys in Children’s Food
A new law in Chile aims to take some fun out of fast-food by forcing McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and other restaurants to stop including toys and other goodies with children’s meals. The complaint also targets makers of cereal, popsicles, and other products that attract children with toys, crayons, or stickers. (via Associated Press)
Speaking Multiple Languages Can Influence Children’s Emotional Development
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Researchers are investigating how using different languages to discuss and express emotions in a multilingual family might play an important role in children’s emotional development. They propose the particular language used when discussing and expressing emotion can have significant impacts on children’s emotional understanding, experience, and regulation. (via Science Daily)
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Thursday, May 19th, 2011
The FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and the Pediatric Advisory Committee met yesterday morning to discuss adding dosing directions for infants to the labels of medication containing acetaminophen.
Currently, labels instruct parents to consult pediatricians first before dosing kids under 2 years old. The advisory committees voted in three rounds (two were unanimous) to have future labels include dosing instructions for children as young as 6 months. The dosing instructions were to be based on weight, not age, for accuracy.
As over-the-counter drug manufacturers move toward a standard acetaminophen concentration for liquid medicine, based on a mandate by the FDA, the advisory committees also voted that pills, chewables, and meltaway tablets should also have one standard acetaminophen concentration in the future.
Incorrect dosing of acetaminophen, which is commonly used to relieve symptoms of pain and fever in young children, can lead to liver poisoning. If the FDA agrees to what the committees advise, infant medicine containing acetaminophen will have clearer instructions in the future.
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Monday, May 9th, 2011
In light of last week’s acetaminophen news, Parents spoke to Dr. Edward Kuffner, M.D., Vice President, OTC Medical Affairs & Clinical Research for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Tylenol. Tylenol, part of Johnson & Johnson, is already in the process of making changes to their infants’ and children’s products, says Kuffner.
Along with other OTC medicine manufacturers, Tylenol will be standardizing the acetaminophen doses for infants and children. Currently, Tylenol has removed their infants’ medication from store shelves so only children’s medication is available, but they will still remain separate products. This means infants’ medication will be back in stores in time for the upcoming cold and flu season.
Formulas are also remaining the same, but bottles and dosing equipment will be updated. Infants’ and Children’s liquid Tylenol will have enhanced bottles with flow restrictors that will prevent spilling, provide ease of dispensing, and stop kids from drinking out of the bottle easily. Infants’ Tylenol will also have a new dosing device, a clearly-marked syringe that will provide accurate dosing and administration. Children’s Tylenol will still include a clearly-marked cup.
Right now, all OTC (not just Tylenol) infants’ and children’s medication do not include proper dosing information for children under 2. Instead, labels instruct parents to consult pediatricians. Tylenol is also working with the FDA to change this to include proper dosing instructions for children 6 months and up. Parents with children under 6 months should still consult pediatricians.
Tylenol also has these helpful tips, formed from the acronym NURSE, for giving medicines to infants and children:
Never give adult medicines to children.
Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).
Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.
Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.
Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.
Dr. Kuffner says it’s always best to dose according to your child’s weight instead of age, since it’s more accurate. If you don’t know your child’s weight, dose by age or consult a doctor.
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