Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy associated with increased risk of ADHD among children, review finds
Reuters (12/29) reported that women who smoke during pregnancy may increase their children’s risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a review of medical studies published in Pediatrics. The review found that mothers who did smoke while pregnant “had an overall 60 percent higher risk of having a child with ADHD compared to women who didn’t smoke,” with even higher rates for heavy smokers.
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Health Officials Urging People To Get Flu Vaccinations
NBC Nightly News (9/28, story 9, 0:20, Holt) reported, “Tonight, federal health officials say they are bracing for a potentially rough flu season” due to the H3N2 strain “that is popping up. Officials are urging people to get the shot before it spreads.”
USA Today (9/28, Weintraub) reports health officials are urging people to get flu shots, because it could be a particularly bad season “possibly made worse by the spate of recent hurricanes and wildfires that have disrupted medical routines and forced people into close contact at shelters.” Individuals six months of age and older “should be getting an annual flu shot, said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, at a news conference encouraging Americans to get vaccinated.”
The Washington Post (9/28, Sun) reports Secretary Price “noted that vaccination coverage has plateaued and that fewer than half of the US population was vaccinated last season.”