Surgeon General Warns Social Media Poses ‘Profound Risk’ to Young People
Mental Health
Surgeon General Warns Social Media Poses ‘Profound Risk’ to Young People
2023-05-24 17:48:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — While social media use may be beneficial to some people, the U.S. surgeon general warned Tuesday that not enough is being done to fully understand or address the likely harm it does to the mental health and well-being... Read More

Biomarker Found in Kids With COVID-Linked Inflammatory Syndrome
2023-04-25 18:34:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare condition linked to the virus that causes COVID-19, have biochemical indicators that are distinct from other kids suffering from the virus and that could lead to new means of diagnosis and... Read More

FDA Approves Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines for Children as Young as 6 Months
2022-12-08 15:37:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday amended its emergency use authorizations for the updated (bivalent) Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, saying the shots are safe to administer to children as young as 6 months old. “More children... Read More

FDA Clears Updated COVID Boosters for Kids as Young as 5

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave. Tweaked boosters rolled out for Americans 12 and older last month, doses modified to target today’s most common... Read More

US Sees Increase in Respiratory Infections That Can Cause Paralysis in Children
2022-10-05 19:13:18
by TWN Staff

ATLANTA — Doctors should be on the lookout for a possible increase in enterovirus D68, a respiratory infection that may be linked to more cases of the rare, paralyzing condition acute flaccid myelitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

Study Offers Insight Into Devastating Childhood Battery Injuries
2022-09-19 17:00:02
by Eden Metzger

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Despite efforts at prevention, the number of children aged 5 and younger who are taken to emergency rooms after ingesting or inserting batteries is continuing to rise, according to a recent study. The study was conducted... Read More

Privacy Laws for Children Pass Out of Committee
2022-07-27 23:43:41
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON  — Two new bills aiming to protect children’s privacy rights on the internet passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Wednesday. Both bills passed through the committee and moved to a possible vote for the... Read More

Theories Emerge for Mysterious Liver Illnesses in Children

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials remain perplexed by mysterious cases of severe liver damage in hundreds of young children around the world. The best available evidence points to a fairly common stomach bug that isn't known to cause liver... Read More

FTC to Increase Efforts to Protect Children's Privacy
2022-05-20 18:10:13
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Parents will no longer have to choose between their children’s data privacy and online learning as the Federal Trade Commission steps up its enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. “Students must be able to do their... Read More

In The States
Public Health Experts Concerned Over Severe Liver Inflammation Found in Children
2022-04-20 14:53:47
by Alexa Hornbeck

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Public Health sent notifications to the public and providers recently to warn that nine children under the age of 10 were identified as testing positive for adenovirus, a common virus that typically causes... Read More

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Mental Health Issues
2022-02-23 18:37:09
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss efforts to address the mental health needs of Americans, particularly children, after data collected during the pandemic revealed sharp increases... Read More

Mental Health
Momentum Builds for Federal Package to Address Growing Mental Health Crisis in Children
2022-02-02 17:08:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — Claire Rhyneer, a mental health youth advocate from Anchorage, Alaska, was a student in middle school when she began to experience a difficult and dark period of depression and self-harm.  “I’m more than an anecdote … I need... Read More

In The States
School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike
2022-01-06 00:14:47
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start dates or shifted to virtual learning in response to the growing spike in cases. As many schools nationwide have either... Read More

NYC to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates to Children
2021-12-06 22:33:13
by Brock Blasdell

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that, in an effort to combat the omicron variant, children aged 5-11 will soon be required to present proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccination before they can enter any... Read More

CDC Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccine for 5- to 11-Year-Olds
2021-11-02 21:36:05
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday night gave its formal approval for children ages 5-11 to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on the plan just hours after an advisory... Read More

White House Details Plans to Vaccinate 28M Children Age 5-11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected... Read More

Pfizer Asks US to Allow COVID Shots for Kids Ages 5 to 11

Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 in what would be a major expansion that could combat an alarming rise in serious infections in youngsters and help schools... Read More

Pfizer Vaccine for Kids May Not Be Available Until November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer has submitted research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children but the shots may not be available until November. The company said Tuesday it provided health regulators... Read More

Medical Groups Join Lawsuit to Support DC’s Vaccination Law for Children
2021-08-11 20:48:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A group of medical associations is speaking out to support the District of Columbia’s new law that allows children as young as 11 years old to request vaccinations from health care professionals without their parents' permission. The plaintiffs... Read More

Moderna Expanding Kids Vaccine Study to Better Assess Safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderna said Monday it plans to expand the size of its COVID-19 vaccine study in younger children to better detect rare side effects, such as a type of heart inflammation recently flagged by U.S. health authorities. The... Read More

Mental Health
Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU
2021-05-26 20:24:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

A study published this week indicates that just one session of storytelling can increase oxytocin, reduce cortisol and pain, and promote positive emotional shifts in children admitted into an intensive care unit. “As a storyteller myself I decided to investigate... Read More

Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19
2021-05-12 12:54:40
by Alexa Hornbeck

According to a recent study which followed a cohort of Israeli children there is little chance that kids up to age 9 will spread COVID-19 while returning to school.    “The main question was whether school reopening was accompanied by higher... Read More

Number of Children Traveling Alone at Border Eases in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico in April eased from an all-time high a month earlier, while more adults were found coming without families, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities encountered 17,171... Read More

Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for... Read More

Immigration Bills Face Challenge as Border Crossings Surge
2021-03-18 19:35:51
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Democrats are poised to capitalize on their legislative momentum by passing a pair of immigration bills that would grant legal status to millions of immigrants if enacted.  Conversely, congressional Republicans are capitalizing on the surge of migrant border... Read More

Digital Theater Initiative Raises Over $100K for Child Hunger Fund
2020-08-06 13:13:40
by Sara Wilkerson

The Homebound Project, a digital theater initiative created by a volunteer coalition of theater directors, producers, stage and screen actors, has raised over $100 thousand in its efforts to provide funds for No Kid Hungry, a national organization driven to... Read More

Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says

A federal judge called on the U.S. government to speed the release of migrant children in detention centers to suitable adult guardians, saying there are serious questions about whether the facilities are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an order... Read More

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