February 23, 2023
- First RSV vaccine for newborns gets fast-tracked - Pfizer’s vaccine for pregnant moms to protect their babies up to 6 months from RSV has been granted priority review by the FDA. That means they’ll review the application within 6 months. Hallelujah, but also - do it faster please-and-thank-you.
- Nightly atropine eye drops may slow near-sightedness for kids - New research from Hong Kong shows nightly drops may slow the progression of, and maybe even prevent, near-sightness in kids 4 - 9 years old. Many optometrists are already prescribing the treatment.
- United Airlines is rolling out a family seating policy - If you’re flying United with your kids, the seating engine will now automatically try to seat you with your child, no extra charge. The feature should be fully functional by early March.
- Inflation is pushing school meal programs to the brink - schools around the country are struggling to provide nutritious meals for kids as food and labor costs remain high. Federal waivers from the pandemic have expired, and we’re back to seeing school meal debt, at more than $19 million this year.
- We may be able to reduce infant deaths with genetic therapies - According to a study published in JAMA Network Open, 4 in 10 infant deaths could be traced back to a genetic disease and 30% of these cases have therapies that could reduce these deaths.
- Women who give birth to bigger babies at risk for Type 2 diabetes later - A recent large study of pregnant women showed that moms who give birth to “large-for-gestational-age” babies are 10% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life, even if they didn’t develop gestational diabetes.