Here are the 6 news stories from the past week that you can't afford to miss.
A study looking at 11,779 infant sleep-related deaths found that 348 deaths happened in a sitting device, with 62.9% of those deaths occurring in car safety seats. The research also found the death was more likely to occur under the supervision of a child care provider or babysitter than a parent.
Anew Mott Poll
from the University of Michigan highlighted the need to promote bike, skateboard, and scooter safety. The report found that while 95% of children gave cars the right of way and 82% stopped at stop signs, only 22% of children used hand signals to indicate a turn.
The US Food and Drug Administration approved GATTEX® (teduglutide) for treating Short Bowel Syndrome in children aged 1 year and older. The drug mimics glucagon-like peptide-2 and helps the remaining intestine absorb more nutrients.
In the Health Issue of the New York Times Magazine, Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH, looks at Crescent Cove, one of only 3 hospice homes designed for children, and the need for more pediatric-specific palliative care in the United States.
A new study examined 757 teenagers who had never used any alternative tobacco product. However, 81 of them had items promoting tobacco products and 52 had items promoting e-cigarettes. Over the year studied, 129 participants used alternative tobacco products and 12 started smoking cigarettes.
A new report on suicide trends indicates that the gap between boys and girls is closing. Since 2007, the suicide rates increased in boys aged 10 to 14 years by 7.1% and 12.7% in girls the same age. The rate increased by 3.5% in boys aged 15 to 19 years and 7.9% in girls aged 15 to 19 years.