Health headlines: marijuana use is up, fewer toddlers are vaccinated and docs should ask about TV time

More teens are using marijuana

American teens are more likely to smoke marijuana according to a new study. It also noted that the age of first time users has gone down over the past two years.

Less toddlers are getting vaccinated.

The National Committee on Quality Assurance says the number of 2-year-olds getting vaccinated has gone down, which concerns many in the medical profession.

Adults coming into contact with infants are urged to get a pertussis vacination

Whooping cough rates are on the rise among children, and more deaths have been attributed to the condition in 2010 than in the last 50 years. It’s recommended that adults who will be in contact with newborns get a pertussis booster, even if they have been vaccinated before. Because the booster wears off over time its likely adults can carry traces of the disease. While not strong enough to make and adult sick, trace amounts can be harmful for infants who aren’t old enough to have received the vaccination.

Hospitalization for diabetes up 66% over 13 years.

From 1993- 2006, hospitalization rates for diabetes increased by 66%. The increase was across the board in terms of age and gender. People in their 30s were most likely to be hospitalized for the condition.

AAP: Pediatricians need to address patients screen time

Pediatrics has released a statement urging pediatricians to question parents about their child’s media use as belief that it may relate to behavior and/or neurological development gains acceptance.