CHILDREN WITH SKIN BURNS INCREASE DURING THE WINTER, STUDY SHOWS

A total of 5,349 children were admitted to hospital emergency rooms suffering from skin burns since the beginning of the winter, according to Beterem, the Israel National Center for Child Safety and Health, which is currently holding Burn Safety Awareness Week.

This season’s figure is 6% higher than last year, and there are many more burns that go unreported, said Beterem director-general Orly Silbinger on Monday.

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Parental enrollment in Medicaid yields increase in preventive health care for children

Enrolling in Medicaid may have health benefits not only for low-income parents but also for their children, according to a Johns Hopkins analysis of more than 50,000 parent-child pairs.

In the study, based on survey data, the investigators found that children of low-income parents enrolled in Medicaid had a 29 percent higher probability of receiving a well-child visit compared with children of low-income parents not enrolled in Medicaid.

The relationship between well-child visits and Medicaid enrollment was strongest in families with incomes of 100 percent to less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $24,600 annually for a family of four (in 2017 numbers). Among those families, the probability of a well-child visit was 45 percentage points higher if a parent was enrolled in Medicaid.

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The conversation to have with teens who want tattoos

The barista had at least six tattoos ranging in size from a small rose on the inside of his wrist to a half-sleeve depicting a landscape scene.

When I asked about them, he smiled and told me each one had a special meaning. Then he rolled up his sleeve to show a disfigured area of skin from an infection on one tattoo on his shoulder. His only regret was not talking with someone knowledgeable about the process — beforehand.

The T-Mobile commercial airing on television takes a lighthearted jab at regrettable tattoos as two 30-something women sit poolside, their backs emblazoned with matching tattoos. The song, “Always Something There to Remind Me” plays in the background. It’s innocuous and funny.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

More than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten.

That’s a startling statistic but it’s true. Tooth decay or Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is the single most common chronic childhood disease affecting children today in the US. Tooth decay can compromise the health, development and quality of life in children both short and long term.

Oral health issues, such as tooth decay can cause:

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Preventive heart health tips for kids

High cholesterol is a condition most people wouldn't think affects children, but children can indeed have high levels of cholesterol particularly if they are overweight, obese or have a history of family hypercholesterolemia -- an inherited disorder where the body is unable to remove low-density lipoprotein ("bad" cholesterol).

Laurie Malinowski, APN, MSN, CPNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner for Lurie Children's Preventive Cardiology Program, says, "A diet high in processed food, sugar and saturated (from animals) fat can cause elevated lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides). Genes can also play a role."

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Little Support for Proposed Medicaid Cuts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some of the state's proposed cuts in Medicaid reimbursement will harm children and leave the state responsible for more expensive services, opponents said Thursday.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services took public comment on its proposal to implement about $12.5 million of $49 million in state budget cuts it must make due to lower-than-expected state revenue and a record fire season. The $12.5 million in state cuts over the next 18 months means the loss of another $22.2 million in federal matching funds.

Health department director Sheila Hogan said the agency was required to make the cuts because Republican lawmakers opposed increasing taxes.

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Kid who played tiny Darth Vader in Super Bowl ad faces 13th heart surgery

Seven years after Max Page stole the show as a pint-size Darth Vader in a memorable Super Bowl commercial, he has chosen to use his superpowers to help kids struggling with heart issues.

The 13-year-old has become an advocate for pediatric health care since being born with tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart condition that results in an abnormal pulmonary valve and a connection or defect in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart.

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More Girls Are Playing Football. Is That Progress?

More girls are playing high school football, even as the sport draws fewer participants overall in an injury-conscious era.

At Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday, the National Football League will host its third Women’s Summit “to discuss how football and the broader sports world can continue to support the advancement of women on and off the field,” said Kamran Mumtaz, an N.F.L. spokesman.

The sport remains male-dominated, with no women playing in the N.F.L. and few on college teams. But some high school girls, playing on teams of boys, are gaining attention for their achievements.

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Before 2016, this deadly genetic disease had no treatment. Now that it does, all Utah newborns will be screened, potentially saving 5-6 lives a year.

Janell and Elliot Lewis had no idea there was anything wrong with their first daughter, Blakeley, until weeks after she was born in 2011. That’s when the Ogden couple noticed their new baby hardly moved, Elliot recalled, and that her arms looked “floppy.”

Blakeley was eventually diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, a rare but usually fatal disease that is the leading genetic cause of death for infants. Like most infants with SMA at the time, Blakeley’s motor functions crumbled, and she died before her second birthday.

There was no treatment to save her. But there is now, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug known as Spinraza in late 2016.

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CHIP funding critical for one local family

It was the sort of nightmare every family fears.

Martha Velazquez of Beaverton was making somewhere around $1,700 per month doing janitorial work. It was enough for rent and food, but when her son Diego started showing signs of hearing impairment, she faced potentially astronomic medical bills.

Fortunately, the family qualified for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which has made it possible for the family to get the diagnosis and treatment needed for Diego, now in second grade at William Walker Elementary School.

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