CDC: Infant deaths declining faster than stillbirths
For the first time, there were more stillbirths than infant deaths in the U.S., according to a CDC report that found both were declining, but infant death rates were falling faster. The report also found disparities in fetal death rates. Teens, women over age 35, and women who are black, Hispanic, American Indian or of Alaska Native descent were among groups facing higher likelihood of fetal death. "The fact that blacks and other minorities have the highest rate is concerning, because research shows that these are not genetic differences but differences in access to care," said Dr. Edward McCabe, chief medical officer at the March of Dimes. HealthDay News
Use of "bath salts" not prevalent among U.S. teens, study finds
Only 1% of U.S. high-school seniors said they have tried "bath salts," or street drugs that are synthetic amphetamine-like stimulants, in the previous 12 months, one-third of whom used them only once or twice, according to a study in the American Journal of Addiction. Researchers surveyed more than 8,600 high-school seniors in 2012 and 2013 and found that 18% of users said they used bath salts 40 times or more in the last year, while more than 90% of bath salt users said they also used alcohol or marijuana. HealthDay News
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EU regulators OK GSK's malaria vaccine
GlaxoSmithKline's Mosquirix, or RTS,S, is the world's first malaria vaccine, and the European Medicines Agency has recommended it as safe and effective to use for babies in Africa who are between the ages of 6 weeks to 17 months and at risk of the disease. The World Health Organization will assess the vaccine and aims to give its guidance on when and where it could be used later this year. Reuters
Study links genetic factors to children's academic ability
A U.K. study published in the journal Scientific Reports revealed that the same genes affect a child's academic achievement in English, mathematics, humanities, art, second languages and science. Researchers looked at the genetic data and General Certificate of Secondary Education scores of 12,500 fraternal and identical twins and found that 54% to 65% of the differences in the pupil's GCSE scores were attributed to genetic factors, compared with environmental factors at 14% to 21%. The Guardian (London)
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The AAP is hosting its second webinar as part of a series aimed at preventing, identifying, and treating opioid dependence. The webinar takes place on Aug. 6 and will build off the previous event on the neurobiology of pain. General pediatricians and other physicians who address pain concerns in children/adolescents will learn about treatment options for pain and how to minimize diversion. Register here.
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