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For Kids, Medical Pot a Last Resort Only: Docs Group

New AAP policy worries about pot's effects on developing brains

(Newser) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy published today in Pediatrics. Some... More »

Chris Christie OKs More Medical Marijuana for Kids

But wants lawmakers to tweak the bill a little

(Newser) - Kids in New Jersey are a signature away from gaining easier access to medical marijuana, CNN reports. Gov. Chris Christie today agreed to sign a medical-marijuana bill if lawmakers would make two changes:
  • Make edible marijuana forms available to qualified children, not to everyone
  • Require a psychiatrist and pediatrician to
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Black Kids Not Receiving Equal Care in ER: Study

Odds of getting pain meds lower than those of white kids

(Newser) - Black kids don't receive the same emergency-room care that white children do, according to a new study of 2,000 kids who sought treatment for abdominal pain in 550 hospitals. It found that black children were 39% less likely to receive painkillers than their white peers. The racial gap... More »

Strep Throat Linked to OCD, Tics

Bacteria may unleash host of neurological problems in some

(Newser) - Strep may be causing much more than a sore throat among children. The powerful bacteria could be triggering a host of neurological problems from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to nervous tics, anorexia, and hyperactivity, some scientists believe. Millions of US children develop strep throat each year, and most cases are quickly... More »

Best Place to Be a Mom Is...

...Norway, says index that considers maternity leave, mortality rates

(Newser) - Moms who want the good life should consider heading north. That's because Norway is the best place in the world to be a mother, according to new survey. Why? Norway has great health benefits, an average year-long maternity leave from work, and low child mortality rates, along with a... More »

Dieting Wastes Your Time and Money

Essay: It's more important to focus on kids' healthy habits

(Newser) - Adults should give up on the charade of dieting, writes sociologist Amitai Etzioni. The body we have when we reach adulthood is pretty much the one we're going to keep. We may take off weight here or there, but it always comes back. Think of anyone you know, famous or... More »

Insurers Cave on Covering Sick Kids Now

Industry argued for narrow interpretation of health bill

(Newser) - The insurance industry, faced with an outraged administration, has retreated from efforts to deny sick children with pre-existing conditions coverage until 2014. Health secretary Kathleen Sebelius plans to issue regulations in the coming weeks making it clear that sick children must be given access to their parents' insurance plans by... More »

Obama Scrambles to Patch Kids' Health Gap

Extent of 'pre-existing exclusion' in new health law unclear

(Newser) - The Obama administration is scrambling to fix a potential problem with a much-touted benefit of its new health care law: a gap in coverage improvements for children in poor health. Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing... More »

Obama's Signature Changes Some Rules Now

States can't alter guidelines on Medicaid, kids' insurance

(Newser) - It will take years for the entirety of the health care reform to be enacted, but some provisions went into effect the moment President Obama signed it into law today. One of the most wide-ranging prevents states from cutting Medicaid and children’s health insurance coverage—or tightening rules to... More »

Donate $, Get Free Pancakes

Chain hopes to raise millions with annual event

(Newser) - If hunger pangs and altruism happen to strike at the same time tomorrow, head to your nearest IHOP. The chain is celebrating National Pancake Day from 7am-10pm, and a donation to local children’s hospitals will get you a free short stack. Check here for details. More »

Yes, Your Kid Can Have a Stroke

Jonathan Dienst recalls the toll of an injury he thought impossible

(Newser) - Jonathan Dienst didn’t believe his 7-year-old could have a stroke, but more than a year of rehabilitation and expert opinion has certainly changed his mind. Son Jared was struck with a still-mysterious blood clot in the brain in June 2008, and he went undiagnosed for hours. Though Deinst writes... More »

Medicaid Kids Given Antipsychotics 4X More

Seen as most effective treatment; counseling often goes by wayside

(Newser) - Kids on Medicaid rolls are prescribed antipsychotic drugs at an eye-popping rate four times that of kids with private insurance, federal data show, underlining how pills rather than counseling are often seen as the most efficient way to deal with underprivileged children. And not only are Medicaid kids receiving more... More »

Half of US Kids Will Get Food Stamps at Some Point

Figure hits 90% for black children, study finds

(Newser) - Nearly half of all US children and 90% of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout from the current recession could push those numbers even higher, researchers say. The estimate comes from an analysis of 30 years of national data, and bolsters other... More »

Kennedy Raising Voice Again on Health Care

(Newser) - Ted Kennedy is back, and ready to make the more liberal argument for health care, Politico reports. The ailing senator had been working on the issue behind the scenes as he battled brain cancer, but yesterday his committee began circulating a 12-page “policy overview” on a potential bill. The... More »

Hidden Health Care Crisis: The Underinsured

(Newser) - Health-care policy debate in America is usually framed around the 45 million (and rising) uninsured, but rarely do policymakers bring up the additional 25 million facing the “shadow problem” of under-insurance, Time reports. These people pay more than 10% of their income on out-of-pocket medical costs, often on flimsy... More »

NYC Cigs Hit a Smokin' $10 a Pack

Advocates hope 62-cent federal tax will reduce deaths, costs

(Newser) - Smokers in New York City will soon be shelling out $10 for a pack of cigarettes, the New York Post reports. Lawmakers plan to pay for the new Children’s Health Insurance Program law with a 62-cent federal tax on cigarettes, pushing the NYC price to a 10-spot—the nation’... More »

Obama Signs Kids' Health Bill

SCHIP extension, twice vetoed by Bush, brings care to 4M, adds 62¢ to cigarette tax

(Newser) - President Obama today signed into law a measure that will bring health care to an estimated 4 million children, CNN reports. The $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, a move twice vetoed by President Bush, will be financed by adding 62¢ per pack to the... More »

Senate Passes Children's Health Insurance Bill

Expansion of health insurance for low-income kids passes over GOP objections

(Newser) - The Senate has passed a $32.8 billion bill to dramatically expand children's health insurance, the Washington Post reports. The State Children's Health Insurance Program will now cover 11 million low-income children, up from 7 million. The bill, which will be funded by an extra 61-cent tax on every packet... More »

Feds: Blago Extorted Hospital Honcho

Guv planned to seek campaign cash in return for state funding

(Newser) - The Rod Blagojevich scandal extends beyond politics to medicine, the Chicago Tribune reports. He threatened to withhold $8 million in state funding for a pediatric health initiative unless the head of Children’s Memorial Hospital gave his campaign $50,000, according to the federal criminal complaint against the Illinois governor.... More »

As Kids' Allergies Soar, So Do Sales of EpiPens

Doctors prescribed nearly 2 million EpiPens in the US last year

(Newser) - Foods once thought of as wholesome—eggs, milk, wheat, peanut butter—now threaten the lives of some 3 million children with food allergies every year, MSNBC reports. As a result, US sales of EpiPens and their accessories are skyrocketing. These single-use shots of epinephrine can be self-administered and stop severe... More »

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