Interim Guidance for Zika Virus Testing of Urine
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released findings that suggest the Zika virus can be detected in urine for at least two weeks after the onset of symptoms. On the basis of the new data, CDC recommends Zika virus rRT-PCR be performed on urine collected less than 14 days after the onset of symptoms in patients with suspected Zika virus disease. To access the report, click here.
Zika Action Plan (ZAP) Follow-up Teleconferences
Teleconference presentations archived by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide information on pregnancy and birth defects, health messaging and communications for response to the Zika virus transmission, and other relevant resources for health officials. For more information, click here.
Workforce Preparation and Child Outcomes
This brief discusses the available evidence on the associations between the preparation of infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, and improvements in quality and child outcomes. This brief was published by Child Trends scholars, written under contract with the U.S. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Child & Adolescent Health
New CDC Vital Signs on ADHD
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article, "Vital Signs: National and State-Specific Patterns of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Among Insured Children Aged 2-5 Years – United States, 2008-2014," as well as a four-page consumer fact sheet that presents a call to action. The CDC urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children (2 to 5 years old) with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for training in behavior therapy before prescribing ADHD medicine to treat the disorder. The report explains why behavior therapy is an important first step for young children with ADHD and what parents will learn and experience during their training. To view Vital Signs, click here . To view the fact sheet, click here.
New Epilepsy Resources
The American Academy of Pediatrics is the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy under HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The center provides continuous learning opportunities for MCHB grantees, the program's advisory committee, as well as other health professionals. New parent articles have been posted to the Healthy Children's website:
Other articles on the site include:
For more information about the center, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
Maintaining the Downward Trend
Child Trends' archived video resource explores ways to continue the momentum of teen pregnancy prevention work. This discussion around teen pregnancy prevention research and policy took place during the 2015 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture. To view this resource, click here.
Reduced Disparities Birth Rates
The CDC recently released a MMWR entitled "Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15-19 Years—United States, 2006-2007, and 2013-2014." The report highlights that teen birth rates have fallen nearly 50 percent among Hispanic and black teens, dropping the national teen birth rate to an all-time low. To view the resource, click here.