January 02, 2020
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Top 10 most-read Infectious Diseases in Children stories of 2019

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To kick off the new year, IDC has assembled a list of the 10 most-read stories of 2019. Please follow the links to access the full stories.

Thank you, and Happy New Year from IDC and Healio.

1. New autism recommendations emphasize importance of early intervention
The AAP updated is clinical recommendations for autism spectrum disorder for the first time in 12 years in mid-December, revealing new early detection and treatment strategies. Read More.

2. Rates of trampoline-related fractures jump among children
In October, research from the AAP National Conference & Exhibition revealed a significant increase in trampoline-related fractures in children between 2008 and 2017. Read More.

3. Xofluza reduces risk for flu by 86% in household contacts
Phase 3 trial findings from Genentech showed Xofluza significantly decreased the risk for influenza infection among children aged younger than 12 years as well as adults living with infected individuals by 86%. Read More.

4. AAP, ACOG group B strep guidelines replace CDC recommendations
A clinical report published in July confirmed AAP support for testing all pregnant women for group G streptococcal disease. Read More.

5. Religious vaccine exemptions increasing in US
Religious vaccine exemptions rates are on the rise in the United States and may be associated with the availability of personal belief exemptions. States that allow just medical and religious belief vaccine exemptions showed a higher number of children starting kindergarten with religious exemptions than states that also offer personal belief exemptions. Read More.

6. Antihistamines only delay emergency treatment for anaphylaxis
Results from the 2019 AAP National Conference and Exhibition suggest giving antihistamines to children who experience anaphylaxis endangers their lives by delaying emergency treatment. Read More.

7. Not all screen time negatively affects kids’ academic achievement
A systematic review from September showed that overall screen time does not have a negative effect on children’s and teenagers’ academic achievements, and that screen media use “could play a key role in cognition,” according to the authors. Read More.

8. More than 70% of US adults are not aware of HPV cancer risks
Results from a study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed more than 70% of U.S. adults are unaware that HPV causes penile, anal and oral cancers, and only about 20% of men and 32% of women received recommendations for the vaccine from their health care provider over a 12-month period. Read More.

9. Current guidelines may lead to untreated UTIs in children
Findings from a December study in The Journal of Pediatrics revealed current UTI guidelines in children may result in untreated UTI, and that the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria is lower than UTI prevalence in the majority of children aged 19 years or younger. Read More.

10. One-third of US kids not getting enough sleep on weeknights
A study presented at the 2019 AAP National Conference and Exhibition revealed that a third of U.S. schoolchildren do not get the recommended amount of sleep on weeknights, and that schoolchildren who do get adequate sleep are more likely to have a positive outlook on school. Read More.