child health

Racial inequity, violence climb list of child health concerns for black adults

Black adults rate school violence and racial inequities higher on their list of children’s health concerns than other groups, a new national poll says. Among black adults, 61 percent believe racial inequities are “a big problem” for children in the U.S., compared to 17 percent of white adults and 45 percent of Hispanic adults, according to the 2016 annual survey of top children’s health concerns by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s…

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Social media can influence teens with pro-drug messages

A new NIDA-funded study analyzed the content and demographic reach of a popular pro-marijuana Twitter handle in 2013 and found that only ten percent of the messages mentioned any risky behaviors associated with marijuana use. Given that over 70 percent of followers were 19 years of age or younger – an age group that is using social media at increased rates – these findings underscore the importance of monitoring social media sites that focus on…

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Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment

Over the last 60 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 20 medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) based on clinical trials that were not designed to study their long-term efficacy and safety or to detect rare adverse events, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital report today in PLOS ONE. The study highlights gaps in how the long-term safety of drugs intended for chronic use in children is assessed as part of the FDA approval…

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