Is COVID-19 a cause of diabetes in children?With U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating now that children with coronavirus might be at greater risk for developing diabetes due to the virus, it continues the scary COVID-19 list. However, the CDC study may have some flaws and reporting it on them could be misleading.
“Persons aged <18 years with COVID-19 were more likely to receive a new diabetes diagnosis >30 days after infection than were those without COVID-19 and those with prepandemic acute respiratory infections,” the CDC announced on January 7.
Two insurance databases were examined by researchers who found new diabetes diagnoses among children who had COVID-19. These numbers varied depending on which database was used. Children with COVID-19 were 116% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than children who had pre-COVID lung infections.
Sharon Saydah, a lead researcher for the CDC and author of the study, said The New York Times that the study—which did not distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes—illustrates the importance of getting kids vaccinated and of behaviors like wearing masks. The CDC summary states, in similar fashion, that the study highlights the importance COVID-19 prevention strategies for this age group.
These statements indicate that COVID-19 may be possible. causeChildren with diabetes.
There are many reasons to doubt the notion that COVID-19 is possible. CausesChildren with diabetes are more than just being related.
Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist and an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, details some such reasons, calling the study “embarrassing.” Prasad first points out that the absolute number of children with COVID-19 who had also been diagnosed with diabetes in these databases was very low. One database had 68 of the 80,000 children with COVID-19, which is 0.08 percent. It’s 0.03 percent for those without COVID-19. The other showed that “the risk for diabetes after COVID19 was 0.25 percent (a quarter percent)” as compared with 0.19 percent in the case of children without COVID-19.
“The CDC trumpets this finding as ‘children and teens 18 years & younger who have had #COVID19You can get as high as 2.5 times more likelyYou can find out more about a #diabetes diagnosis after infection,'” notes Prasad. Is it a fair or fear-mongering take away?
Importantly, the study included only children who had received a COVID-19 official diagnosis and sought treatment for it. NotALL children with COVID-19. This could mean that the absolute risk may be smaller.
The CDC’s implication that causation is causal has at least a few other flaws. One is that it assumes the COVID-19 cohort of COVID-19-infected children are identical to the COVID-19 cohort. Prasad notes that COVID might be more prevalent in kids with lower socioeconomic standing, certain races and children who have been overweight, or are suffering from other medical conditions.
Children who have COVID-19 may be at greater risk for diabetes due to differences in their weight or family income.
Is there any attempt by the CDC to rectify these errors? Not at all,” notes Prasad. Prasad says, “They certainly have height and weight and could adjust to BMI. But they don’t.” It is truly a mystery to me why.
A second factor that can be confusing is the increased activity and weight gain seen in children during the pandemic. This could increase the likelihood of developing diabetes, regardless of whether or not a child has ever had COVID-19. It also explains why recent diagnosis rates have been higher than they were in previous years. Researchers point out that COVID-19 may have increased diabetes risk indirectly through pandemic-associated rises in body mass, which could be a risk factor both for serious COVID-19 illnesses and diabetes. “Future studies addressing the role of comorbidities and increases in body mass index in post–COVID-19 diabetes are warranted.”)
Children who are treated for COVID-19 could be required to undergo more testing than children who have been diagnosed with a different respiratory condition. These additional tests may lead to more diabetes diagnosis.
Still! It is possibleCOVID-19 is linked to diabetes in children. This study does not prove that.
New York City will permit legal, but not-citizen immigrant to vote.According to reports, “The measure is applicable to legal residents including Dreamers and those holding green cards who came to this country illegally as kids but were permitted to stay under the federal program DACA.” The New York Times. This will allow over 800,000. non-citizens to vote for New York City in the upcoming elections.
Baseball’s antitrust exemption is to be ended by a lawsuit It was almost 100 years ago when the Supreme Court “ruled professional baseball exempt from Sherman Antitrust Act,” which allowed teams to conspire in order to suppress wages and control the fortunes for member clubs in ways not permitted in any other large business sector. The Washington Post. “Now, one century later, four lawyers representing 40 minor league team affiliations have hoped they had the right argument to convince the Supreme Court that the exemption should be revoked. More:
In late December, lawyers representing three teams and the Staten Island Yankees filed a suit against the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In the suit, they argue that Major League Baseball’s decision to end big league affiliations with those minor league clubs represents anticompetitive behavior in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act — collusion on the part of MLB and its member organizations to eliminate the free market’s role in determining which franchises survive and which do not.
They argue, more importantly, that MLB’s unique antitrust exemption has permitted it to violate the act in different ways over the years. This is despite the fact that they claim that this exemption should be “intothe dustbin of antitrust historical.” Citing the court’s own doubts about MLB exemptions as set forth in its landmark NCAA v. Alston decision last year about amateurism.
Also see: Matt Welch’s “How government devastated minor league baseball” There are reasonsIssue November 2021.
• The U.S. Department of Defense has a new office to study “unidentified aerial phenomenon.”
• The California Department of Public Health says hospital workers who test positive for COVID-19 can continue working.
• Classes are canceled at Chicago public schools again today.
• Assessing President Joe Biden’s immigration record:
This report is a damning one on Biden’s first year of immigration policy. According to Cato, it is Donald Trump’s second term as immigration experts. https://t.co/9s4tWOJs2H
— Timothy B. Lee (@binarybits) January 6, 2022
• “So far, web3 has been more like a buzzword that’s designed more to confuse than to illuminate, and it’s causing something like an identity crisis for the tech industry — with implications for the rest of us,” suggests David Ingram at NBC News.
• Omicron by the numbers: “In New York City, Boston and Chicago — cities with some of the country’s earliest Omicron surges — deaths have followed cases at a slightly reduced scale than in previous peaks. The extremely high death rate from Omicron surges in America could make it difficult to reduce the number of cases.
• Interesting findings from a new study on policing:
You can read the whole thread about Blacks’ perceptions on policing.
You should also know this: Most Black respondents fear being searched more than being robbed by police.
This is a MAJOR discovery. https://t.co/dLw2wYlTyB
— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff) January 9, 2022
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• In Kazakhstan, “at least 164 people have been killed and more than 5,000 detained” during recent protests, CNN reports. In response to the violent protests in Kazakhstan, the government has been forced to resign. A state of emergency was declared and troops have been sent from Russia’s military alliance.