Children as young as 8 years old should be screened for anxiety and those ages 12 and over for depression, according to new recommendations by the government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

The BA.2 subvariant of Omicron, which appears to be even more transmissible than Omicron, is accounting for more than a third of global COVID-19 cases. In other news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed limits on the use of GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology’s COVID-19 antibody therapeutic, sotrovimab.

Moderna Inc. filed for U.S. authorization to use the company’s Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 through 17, potentially offering healthcare providers and pediatricians an easier-to-store shot ahead of the return-to-school season in the fall.

Some teenagers and young adults who received Covid-19 vaccines experienced heart inflammation, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group said, recommending further study of the rare condition.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12, widening the country’s inoculation program as vaccination rates slowed significantly. Reuters provided information that should help parents decide whether to inoculate their adolescent children.

FCB New York and FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products announced the launch of the next installment of “Little Lungs,” an effective smoking prevention campaign for teens that portrays a set of lungs stunted by teenage smoking.

Teens and tweens with cystic fibrosis are trying to teach other teens a thing or two about social distancing as part of The Social Distance Squad, a program developed by AREA 23, an FCB Health Network company, in partnership with five leading CF nonprofits.

Pfizer’s oral Janus kinase 1 (JAK1) inhibitor, abrocitinib, continues to post strong clinical trial results as a treatment for atopic dermatitis.

FCB New York and the U.S. FDA announced that they have launched the newest evolution of “The Real Cost” youth tobacco prevention campaign.

Sedentary teens may be more likely than their active peers to be depressed, and a new study suggests even light exercise like walking might help reduce this risk.