The shortage is higher than for other products right now, in part due to a recall of Abbot Similac products. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that despite decades of effort, babies are still dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
USA Today: 2022 infant formula shortage worsens after Abbott Similac recall
Less than two months after an infant formula recall, retailers are reporting shortages, with some stores rationing sales. According to an analysis by Datasembly, which assessed supplies at more than 11,000 stores, nearly 30% of popular infant formula brands could be sold at retailers in the United States. That’s a higher standard than other products, said Ben Reich, CEO of the Tysons, Va.-based research company. (Snider, 4/9)
In other pediatric news –
The Washington Post: Despite decades of effort, babies are still dying from SIDS
In the years since the 1994 launch of the Safe to Sleep campaign, which urged parents to put their babies on their backs at bedtime and to keep their cribs free of pillows, bumpers, blankets, stuffed animals and anything that could pose a choking hazard. , cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have dropped by more than 50%. But then the decline stopped. Some 3,400 babies under the age of one still die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. Of these, the number of infant deaths officially attributed to SIDS is likely underestimated, experts say. In most cases, parents simply find their baby unresponsive in the crib — and autopsy practices aren’t standardized — so most of these heartbreaking deaths remain a mystery and aren’t always classified as SIDS. (Cimons, 4/10)
New Hampshire Public Radio: New children’s book aims to advise NH families on how to avoid lead poisoning at home
The Department of Health and Human Services will release Happy, Healthy, Lead-Free Me!, a new children’s book on lead poisoning prevention. The book contains 23 pages of illustrations and emphasizes the importance of taking a child for an annual medical checkup, in part to prevent lead poisoning. The book also gives parents more in-depth insight into why lead can become a hazard. “Research has shown that a book is more effective than conversations and pamphlets in conveying prevention messages to parents,” said Gail Gettens, co-author of the book. She and co-author Knatalie Vetter are mothers who have dedicated part of their careers to educating families on the lead. (Lozada, 4/8)
And more public health problems —
CIDRAP: Influenza activity in the United States continues its upward trend, driven by the H3N2 strain
The country’s influenza activity increased again last week, with the highest levels in central and southeastern states and increasing in the northeast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. (CDC) of the United States in their weekly update. The percentage of outpatient visits for ILI, a key marker, increased slightly, to 1.9%, but remains below the national benchmark. One state, New Mexico, reported high influenza activity, another measure of clinic visits for ILI. Four states reported moderate activity: Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Utah. (4/8)
CBS News: Ferrero recalls Kinder chocolates in US due to Salmonella fears
Italian confectionery giant Ferrero announced on Thursday that it has recalled certain varieties of its Kinder chocolates from retailers in the United States due to possible salmonella contamination. The move follows reminders earlier this week in the UK and several European countries over concerns over products from Ferrero’s factory in the Belgian town of Arlon, although no Kinder products have so far ‘has now been found to contain the disease. (4/8)
San Francisco Chronicle: Cops say they overdose from fentanyl exposure. What’s really going on?
“The risk of clinically significant exposure to emergency responders is extremely low,” said Dr. Kathy LeSaint, medical toxicologist and assistant professor of emergency medicine at UCSF. Last month, six people, including five West Point cadets, allegedly overdosed after taking cocaine laced with fentanyl. But two said they overdosed – into cardiac arrest – by administering CPR to others, rather than voluntarily ingesting the opioid themselves. Although she said she did not know the specific details of the West Point cadet incident, it seems unlikely to her, as an emergency physician who has seen overdose patients receiving CPR, that anyone one could become intoxicated in this way. (Echeverria, 4/9)
Axios: Why America Needs a New Diet-Related Disease Emergency
Americans were more vulnerable to serious illness and death from COVID, in part because of our poor health as the pandemic approached. Now, preparations for future public health emergencies must include diet-related chronic diseases, including those resulting from the obesity crisis, health experts say. Obesity and related diseases like diabetes were strongly linked to a much higher risk of serious illness and death from COVID. This was especially true among older people, communities of color and disadvantaged communities, Anand Parekh, chief medical adviser at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told Axios. (Reed, 4/11)
Fox News: It’s Not Just You: ‘Senior Moments’ Have Been Prevalent During Pandemic, Experts Say
If you’re not a senior, but you’re still having “senior moments,” you’re in good company, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. “Our brains are like computers with so many tabs open right now,” said Dr. Sara C. Mednick, neuroscientist and professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. “It slows down our processing power, and memory is one of the areas that falters.” According to memory experts, “senior moments,” also known as fleeting bursts of forgetfulness, are becoming more common. (Sudhakar, 4/10)
KHN: It’s your choice: you can change your perspective on aging and improve your life
People’s beliefs about aging have a profound impact on their health, influencing everything from their memory and sensory perceptions to their ability to walk, their full recovery from crippling illness, and their lifespan. When aging is viewed as a negative experience (characterized by terms such as decrepit, incompetent, dependent, and senile), individuals tend to experience more stress later in life and engage in healthy behaviors such as aging less often. ‘practice. When opinions are positive (signaled by words such as wise, alert, accomplished, and creative), people are more likely to be active and resilient and have a stronger will to live. (Graham, 4/11)
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