AAP Daily Briefing – 07/10/2018

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 Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Youngsters Face Increased Risk Of Mental Health, Behavioral Problems If Their Parents Struggled With Traumatic Events In Childhood, Study Indicates.

The ABC News (7/9) website reports research published online July 9 in Pediatrics “finds that traumatic events in childhood increase the risk of mental health and behavioral problems not just for that person but also for their children.” For the study, researchers “used a national sample of families from previous research – parents who had participated in a 2014 Child Development Supplement and 2,529 of their children who had complete data in the 2014 Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study.” The study revealed an association “between children with a high rate of behavioral problems and parents who had experienced a greater number of adverse childhood events.”

        HealthDay (7/9) reports children of parents who had experienced “abuse or other adversities” as children were themselves “twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” and “four times as likely to have been diagnosed with any mental health disorder.”


        Parents’ Adverse Childhood Experiences Can Carry Across Generations

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AAP Voices: Caring for Zika-Exposed Children in the Wake of Two Hurricanes
A 2-year Zika outbreak in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) has dropped off, but babies born to mothers who tested positive for the virus need ongoing screening and care. Access to pediatric specialists is a challenge, especially with the territory battered by two hurricanes last fall. In a new AAP Voices blog post, Dr. Shana Godfred-Cato, DO, FAAP, describes how providers led by the USVI Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined forces to help. “Our team’s goal was to help families avoid the need to leave the islands and their homes to get the assessments and care they needed,” she writes. “Instead, we’d bring medical specialists to them.”

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Insurers Warn Of Higher Premiums Following Administration’s Move To Suspend ACA Risk Adjustment Payments.

The Hill (7/9) reports that the Trump Administration’s “abrupt suspension of billions of dollars in payments” to ACA insurers has resulted in “new warnings of rising premiums as health companies scramble to adjust.” The industry is “pressing the administration to resolve the issue and resume the payments, arguing that premiums will rise for” ACA “enrollees if funding is cut off.”

        Bloomberg News (7/9) reports that the Administration’s suspension impacts about $10.4 billion in ACA risk adjustment payments to insurers. This action “is likely to further destabilize an already volatile market by depriving companies of compensation for extending coverage to riskier patients.”


Babies Introduced To Solid Foods At Three Months May Sleep Longer Through The Night, Study Suggests.

CNN (7/9) reports, “Both the UK National Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatricsrecommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed until about six months of age and then begin to introduce solid foods.” Now, a new study suggests that “an alternative feeding plan is also safe for babies.” Researchers found that “introducing a child to solid baby foods after just three months was associated with a small but significant improvement in nighttime sleep and slightly fewer wakings throughout the week compared with babies who began eating solids later, according to a studypublished” online in JAMA Pediatrics.

        Newsweek (7/9) points out, “The findings” also “contradict current recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises parents to move babies on to solid food at six months old.”

        Also covering the story are MedPage Today (7/9) and HealthDay (7/9).


        Infant Food and Feeding



Children Whose Parents Spend Time In Prison More Likely To Lead Risky Lifestyles As Young Adults, Researchers Say.

HealthDay (7/9) reports, “Children whose parents spend time in prison are more likely to lead risky lifestyles as young adults,” researchers found after analyzing “data from more than 13,000 young adults, aged 24 to 32,” about 10 percent of whom “had a parent incarcerated during their childhood.” The study revealed that “young adults who had a parent incarcerated during their childhood were more likely to skip needed health care, smoke cigarettes, engage in risky sex, and abuse alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs.” The findings were published online in the journal Pediatrics.



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