Urgent Updates | December 21, 2023

New Syndrome May Be Affecting Babies Exposed to Fentanyl

Doctors report they are seeing what they think is a new syndrome in babies who are exposed to fentanyl while in the womb. All of the infants have cleft palates and unusually small heads, and all were born to mothers who said they had used fentanyl and other drugs while pregnant. Full Access: Healthday

Recommendations Developed for Sport-Related Concussion in Children

In a consensus statement issued by the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport and published online Dec. 4 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for managing sport-related concussion among children and adolescents. The authors note that lower SRC rates are seen with prevention strategies, including use of mouth guards, policies disallowing bodychecking in ice hockey, and neuromuscular training in rugby among adolescents. Full Access: Healthday 

5 Conditions MS Patients May Have Years Before Diagnosis

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to experience depression, sexual dysfunction, constipation, inflammation of the bladder, and urinary tract infection in the five years leading up to their diagnosis than those without the disease, a study found. These findings parallel growing evidence that there’s a prodromal phase, in which certain unspecific symptoms become evident, sometimes years before the classic symptoms of MS emerge. Full Access: Multiple Sclerosis

Venous Thromboembolism with Use of Hormonal Contraception and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Nationwide Cohort Study

NSAID use was positively associated with the development of venous thromboembolism in women of reproductive age. The number of extra venous thromboembolic events with NSAID use compared with non-use was significantly larger with concomitant use of high/medium risk hormonal contraception compared with concomitant use of low/no risk hormonal contraception. Women needing both hormonal contraception and regular use of NSAIDs should be advised accordingly. Full Access: PubMed