Top 4 Things Parents Need to Know about Measles

You may be hearing a lot about measles lately. And all of this news on TV, social media, Internet, newspapers and magazines may leave you wondering what you as a parent really need to know about this disease. CDC has put together a list of the most important facts about measles for parents like you.

Youth tackle football may increase risk of earlier CTE symptoms

A study in the Annals of Neurology showed that athletes who began playing tackle football before age 12 had cognitive issues and behavioral/mood problems arise 13.39 years and 13.28 years earlier, respectively, compared with those who first played tackle football at age 12 or older. Researchers also tied every additional year of earlier tackle football exposure to 2.5 years earlier symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/30),  USA Today (4/30) 

Survey: One-third of kids regularly use dietary supplements or alternative medicines

The New York Times (6/18, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports, “A third of children under 19 are regular users of dietary supplements or alternative medicines,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from a large national survey.” The data revealed that “multivitamins were the most common supplements, followed by vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and melatonin.” The findings were published online as a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics.

The ABC News (6/18, Tawagi) website reports that “the use of alternative medicines – including digestive aids, probiotics, joint, energy and other non-vitamin substances – in teens nearly doubled, to 6.7 percent from 3.7 percent over” the time period from 2003 to 2014, the data found, with girls “more likely to be taking iron, calcium and vitamin B products, while boys were more likely to use omega-3 and bodybuilding supplements.” According to ABC News, “parents should be aware that these alternative products can have serious side effects, and are not regulated by the FDA for safety, quality or” effectiveness. What’s more, “the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that for most children, a healthy diet is the best source of vitamins and minerals.”

Children exposed to cigarette smoke have higher risk of hearing loss, research indicates

Newsweek (6/11, Dovey) reports researchers from Japan have found that “exposure to smoking, both in utero and in the first few months of a child’s life, is associated with higher prevalence of hearing impairment,” according to a study published in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Among the findings, “children exposed to only their mothers’ past smoking had a 26 percent increased risk of hearing impairment,” and those exposed to only “secondhand smoke at four months had a 30 percent increased risk.” In addition, “those whose mothers smoked during their pregnancy had a 68 percent increased risk of hearing impairment.”

AD/HD in teens linked to higher digital media use, study suggests

The Wall Street Journal (7/17, Hernandez, Morris, Subscription Publication) reports that frequent use of digital media by adolescents may be associated with an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), researchers concluded after following some 2,500 teenagers over two years. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

CNN (7/17, Howard) reports that the study’s “results ‘affirm the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines to prioritize activities that promote adolescent executive functioning and well-being, including sleep, physical activity, distraction-free homework, and positive interactions with family and friends,’ wrote” Jenny Radesky, M.D., “who was a lead author of the academy’s guidelines for young children.”