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Lowering Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake by Children Linked to More Favorable HDL-C Changes

A study measuring blood lipid levels of a diverse sample of Boston area schoolchildren found that reducing SSB intake by at least one serving a week was associated with a greater increase in HDL-cholesterol over 12 months. Higher SSB consumption was also linked to lower fruit and vegetable intake.

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Study: ‘Guilting’ Teens Into Exercise Won’t Increase Activity

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Adults who try to guilt middle-schoolers into exercising won’t get them to be any more active.

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Exposure to Phthalates Could Be Linked to Pregnancy Loss

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A new study of more than 300 women suggests that exposure to certain phthalates — substances commonly used in food packaging, personal-care and other everyday products — could be associated with miscarriage, mostly between 5 and 13 weeks of pregnancy.

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Genetic Landscape Can Impact Treatment for Children with Rare, Aggressive Cancer

For children with rare, aggressive and advanced cancer, precision medicine may help doctors determine their best treatment options, a new study finds. Using information from a patient’s entire genome helped suggest personalized treatment options for nearly half of children with cancer, and led to specific treatment changes in a quarter of these patients.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Screening for Children with Type 1 Diabetes Should Start at Later Stage, New Study Says

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A new study has found that the occurrence of advanced forms of a diabetic eye disease remains low among children living with diabetes, regardless of how long they have had the disease or their ability to keep blood sugar levels controlled. Researchers are therefore recommending that most children with type 1 diabetes delay annual diabetic retinopathy screenings until age 15, or 5 years after their diabetes diagnosis, whichever occurs later. Their findings were published online today in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

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“Happy Meals” Bill Could Improve Healthfulness of Fast Food Meals for Kids in New York City

A bill to improve the nutritional value of fast food restaurant meals marketed to children—like McDonald’s Happy Meals—could have a wide enough impact to reduce calories, fat, and sodium, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Children in Ohio’s Appalachian Counties Face Similar Health Care Challenges to Metropolitan Areas, Study Finds

Despite the fact that previous research shows the Appalachian region of the United States as limited in access to health care services, researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have found that children with special health care needs in Appalachian areas face similar levels of health status as their metropolitan counterparts.

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Interrupting Sitting with Walking Breaks Improves Children’s Blood Sugar

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children’s blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Survivors of Childhood Cancer Have High-Risk of Recurrent Stroke

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A new study from the UC San Francisco Pediatric Brain Center shows that childhood cancer survivors suffering one stroke have double the risk of suffering a second stroke, when compared with non-cancer stroke survivors.

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Developing a New Tool to Detect a Frequently Missed Sex Chromosome Disorder in Boys

Klinefelter syndrome is the most common disorder of the male sex chromosomes, yet is rarely diagnosed in children. A new assessment tool is being developed by researchers at Columbia to help pediatricians detect the physical traits of the syndrome.

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Many Parents Unaware of E-Cigarette Dangers to Children​

Many parents and guardians who use e-cigarettes are not aware of the dangers they pose to children, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Medical Terms Lead to Divide Between Parents and Doctors

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Few things are more stressful than dealing with a sick child. From discussing treatment with a pediatrician to complying with day care policies, a parent must consider many factors when making a decision about their child’s health. Now, a recent study from the University of Missouri and the University of Michigan is shedding light on the significant divide that can exist between patients and physicians about the same terminology—especially when it comes to discussing “pink eye,” a particular flashpoint in childcare.

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Genetic Overlapping in Multiple Autoimmune Diseases May Suggest Common Therapies

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Scientists who analyzed the genes involved in 10 autoimmune diseases that begin in childhood have found 22 genome-wide signals shared by two or more diseases. These shared gene sites may reveal potential targets for treatment with existing drugs.

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Maltreated Children’s Brains Show ‘Encouraging’ Ability to Regulate Emotions

A new study led by the University of Washington finds that given the right strategies, abused children have a surprising ability to regulate their emotions.

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Teen E-Cig Users More Likely to Smoke

As e-cigarette usage among high school students continues to climb, a recent study from The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals an unsettling trend: that adolescent e-cigarette users are more likely than their non-vaping peers to initiate use of combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and hookahs.

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Eczema Common and Extremely Uncomfortable Condition for Infants

The excitement of a newborn baby turned to worry when a few weeks after Lorenzo Torres-Ramirez was born his parents started to notice red spots on his face.

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The First Steps of Sun Protection: How to Keep Your Baby Safe

According to new research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2015 Summer Academy Meeting in New York, some parents are not taking the proper steps to protect their infants from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.