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Released: 26-Jul-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Unhealthy food and beverage brands encouraging TikTok users to market their products for them

Unhealthy food and beverage brands are encouraging TikTok users to market their products for them—effectively turning them into ‘brand ambassadors’—as well as using their own accounts for promotional activity, finds an assessment of video content posted on the social media platform and published in the open access journal BMJ Global Health.

Newswise: A Game-Changer for Young Children With Femur Fractures
Released: 19-Jul-2022 12:05 AM EDT
A Game-Changer for Young Children With Femur Fractures
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

For decades, the treatment for a young child with a broken femur has been the same: a surgically placed spica cast, commonly known as a body cast. But now, thanks to a new study led by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the days of casting these injuries may soon be over. The study, led by Lindsay Andras, MD, Vice Chief of the Jackie and Gene Autry Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, found that a pre-made functional brace provides equal healing to the cumbersome spica cast for young children with femur (thighbone) fractures. The braces also eliminate the need for anesthesia and are easier for parents to clean and care for.

Released: 12-Jul-2022 4:30 PM EDT
Emotional Patterns a Factor in Children's Food Choices

The emotional context in which eating occurs has been thought to influence eating patterns and diet, with studies finding negative emotions predict excessive calorie intake and poor diet quality.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 11:40 AM EDT
Under 30 Percent of U.S. Kids Have High Scores for Heart Health
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Most children and adolescents living in the U.S. have suboptimal scores for cardiovascular health (CVH), according to the first study to use the American Heart Association’s new “Life’s Essential 8” metrics and scoring algorithm for quantifying CVH levels in adults and children. Overall, under 30 percent of 2-19-year-olds had high CVH. The proportion of children with high CVH declined markedly with older age: 56 percent of 2-5-year-old children had high CVH, compared with 33 percent of 6-11-year-olds and 14 percent of 12-19-year-olds.

Released: 23-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Living with dogs (but not cats) as a toddler might protect against Crohn’s disease
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

Young children who grow up with a dog or in a large family may have some protection later in life from a common inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s disease, according to a study to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022.

Released: 3-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Children Without Diapers Sleep Poorly
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Children whose parents cannot afford diapers do not get quality sleep, according to a study by the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Released: 2-May-2022 2:25 PM EDT
Study finds children with vegetarian diet have similar growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat
St. Michael's Hospital

A study of nearly 9,000 children found those who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat.

Released: 28-Apr-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Childhood Obesity Increases Risk of Type 1 Diabetes
University of Bristol

Being overweight in childhood increases the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in later life, according to the findings of a new study that analysed genetic data on over 400,000 individuals. The study, co-led by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Oxford and published today in Nature Communications, also provides evidence that being overweight over many years from childhood influences the risk of other diseases including asthma, eczema and hypothyroidism.

Released: 27-Apr-2022 11:05 AM EDT
More and More Young Children Are Accidentally Ingesting Cannabis Edibles
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

For the fourth year in a row the NJ Poison Control Center has seen an increase in calls concerning children who accidentally consumed cannabis (marijuana, THC) edibles. Last year (2021), the NJ Poison Control Center assisted in the medical treatment of more than 150 children who were accidentally exposed to cannabis edibles — nearly 100 children 5-years-old and younger; more than 55 children between the ages of 6 and 12.

Newswise: Half of Parents Regularly Give Kids a Dietary Supplement
13-Apr-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Half of Parents Regularly Give Kids a Dietary Supplement
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most parents have given their child dietary supplements, a new national poll suggests.

24-Mar-2022 4:05 PM EDT
CHOP Researchers Redefine the Mechanisms of Dravet Syndrome
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers have found that dysfunction in an important cell subtype in the brain’s neuronal network contribute to chronic symptoms in the neurodevelopmental disorder Dravet syndrome.

Newswise: Cerebrospinal Fluid May Be Able to Indentify Aggressive Brain Tumors in Children
Released: 2-Mar-2022 12:05 PM EST
Cerebrospinal Fluid May Be Able to Indentify Aggressive Brain Tumors in Children
Johns Hopkins Medicine

It may be possible to identify the presence of an aggressive brain tumor in children by studying their cerebrospinal fluid, according to new research led by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center investigators.

Released: 17-Feb-2022 10:00 AM EST
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Releases Position Paper: “Registered Dietitian Nutrtionists Play Vital Role in Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Children”
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Registered dietitian nutritionists can help decrease the number of children diagnosed with overweight or obesity by collaborating with caregivers, educators, health care providers and legislators to provide children with nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity, according to a new position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Released: 23-Dec-2021 11:45 AM EST
Cochlear Implant in Deaf Children with Autism Can Improve Language Skills and Social Engagement
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Restoring hearing through cochlear implantation for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can help them understand spoken language and enhance social interactions, according to a study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The study reported long-term outcomes of the largest number of children with ASD who received a cochlear implant, with mean follow-up of 10.5 years.

Newswise: Speaking “baby talk” to infants isn’t just cute: It could help them learn to make words
7-Dec-2021 11:05 AM EST
Speaking “baby talk” to infants isn’t just cute: It could help them learn to make words
University of Florida

By mimicking the sound of a smaller vocal tract, the researchers think, caretakers are cluing babies in to how the words should sound coming out of their own mouths.

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Released: 2-Dec-2021 2:15 PM EST
Data Shows Increase in Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) researchers, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network, report an increase in the number of children in Tennessee with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Released: 2-Dec-2021 9:55 AM EST
Open talk, open door: Helping kids, teens after a school shooting
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Tips and resources for parents of children in the wake of the Michigan school shooting and amid the stress of the pandemic

Newswise: Enhanced therapeutic foods improve cognition in malnourished children
Released: 3-Nov-2021 8:40 AM EDT
Enhanced therapeutic foods improve cognition in malnourished children
Washington University in St. Louis

A nutritional supplement popular in the U.S. and added to some types of yogurt, milk and infant formula can significantly improve cognition in severely malnourished children, according to a study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Released: 29-Oct-2021 11:45 AM EDT
The power of vitamin D: What experts already know (and are still learning) about the ‘sunshine vitamin’
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

It’s no secret that vitamin D is critical to balancing many areas of health. But from pediatric broken bones to cluster headaches, physicians and scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) are still learning just how powerful the so-called “sunshine vitamin” is.

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Released: 19-Oct-2021 5:35 PM EDT
Nearsightedness is a Public Health Crisis
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Nearsightedness has risen dramatically over the last 50 years. If nothing is done to help slow the increase, half the world’s population may be nearsighted by the year 2050.

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Released: 19-Oct-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Getting Your Child Back to Sleep
Valley Health System

Having a good night’s sleep is vital for a child’s well-being. But getting your child to sleep is not always the easiest task. With the stressors of the past almost two years, there has also been an increase in the incidence and severity of hyperactivity, insomnia, anxiety, and depression in children, especially adolescents. Prabhavathi Gummalla, MD, FAAP, pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine specialist at The Valley Hospital’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, in Ridgewood, NJ, discusses how to get your child back to sleep.

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Released: 14-Oct-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Young ‘Social Butterfly’ Takes on Life-Threatening COVID-19 Complication and Wins
Johns Hopkins Medicine

When 8-year-old Morgan Deitz, known for her “spunky” and “social” personality, came down with COVID-19 in late July 2021, the symptoms were no more than your average cold. “She was a little fatigued, had a runny nose and her throat was a little sore,” her mom, Lauren Deitz, recalls of the symptoms that lasted about two days.

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Released: 7-Oct-2021 10:45 AM EDT
Are You Addicted to Technology?
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

According to the Pew Research Center, about 30 percent of Americans are almost constantly online, and health officials are concerned about the amount of time children and adults spend with technology. China recently banned children from playing online games for more than three hours a week, internet addiction centers have been opening in the United States and Facebook has come under fire for teenagers’ obsessive use of its Instagram app.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Another COVID-19 Halloween: Keeping Kids Safe from Viruses, Allergies and Asthma
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Parents need to put precautions in place for Halloween to make sure kids stay safe from COVID-19, and allergy and asthma triggers.

Released: 29-Sep-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Science backs nature as key to children’s health
Washington State University

The presence of greenspaces near homes and schools is strongly associated with improved physical activity and mental health outcomes in kids, according to a massive review of data from nearly 300 studies.

Newswise: 1 in 5 Parents Say Kids Eat Fast Food More Often Since Pandemic
15-Sep-2021 10:40 AM EDT
1 in 5 Parents Say Kids Eat Fast Food More Often Since Pandemic
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Around 1 in 6 parents say their child eats fast food at least twice a week; families’ views on fast food consumption varied based on parents’ perceptions of their child’s weight.

Released: 7-Sep-2021 5:40 PM EDT
Chemotherapy drug puts young children with cancer at high risk of hearing loss
University of British Columbia

A chemotherapy drug known to cause hearing loss in children is more likely to do so the earlier in life children receive it, new UBC research has found.

Released: 31-Aug-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Biomarkers Found for COVID-19 Condition in Children

A rare but serious inflammatory condition that affects children who contract COVID-19 produces a distinctive pattern of biomarkers that may help physicians predict disease severity and also aid researchers in developing new treatments, according to a study led by Cedars-Sinai.

25-Aug-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Every 46 Minutes a Child is Treated in a U.S. Emergency Department for an Injury from a Furniture or TV Tip-Over
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Furniture and TV tip-overs are an important source of injury, especially for children younger than 6 years old. A recent study led by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that an estimated 560,200 children younger than 18 years old were treated in U.S. emergency departments for furniture or TV tip-over injuries from 1990 through 2019. In 2019, there were 11,521 injured children, which is an average of one child every 46 minutes.

Released: 17-Aug-2021 12:35 PM EDT
When it comes to innovation, this researcher is all ears
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB funding drives progress in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of middle ear infections

5-Aug-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Ultraprocessed Foods Now Comprise 2/3 of Calories in Children and Teen Diets
Tufts University

Results from two decades of data show ultraprocessed foods have become a larger part of kids’ and teens’ diets, with disparities by race and ethnicity.

Released: 9-Aug-2021 5:00 PM EDT
Physical Activity Protects Children From the Adverse Effects of Digital Media on Their Weight Later in Adolescence
University of Helsinki

A recently completed study shows that six hours of leisure-time physical activity per week at the age of 11 reduces the risk of being overweight at 14 years of age associated with heavy use of digital media.

Released: 20-Jul-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Researchers Develop Novel Method for Glucagon Delivery
University of Notre Dame

In a new study, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Matthew Webber, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is rethinking the traditional use of glucagon as an emergency response by administering it as a preventive measure.

7-Jul-2021 10:50 AM EDT
Study: Hospitalizations For Eating Disorders Spike Among Adolescents During COVID
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

At one center, the number of hospital admissions among adolescents with eating disorders more than doubled during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 16-Jun-2021 11:35 AM EDT
How Conversations About Race Can Help Black Parents Improve Adolescents' Psychological Outcomes
University of Michigan

Black parents' experiences of racial discrimination can negatively affect their children's psychological outcomes—but talking about these experiences and improving racial socialization competency could help prevent these negative outcomes. according to a new study by a University of Michigan researcher.

2-Jun-2021 2:05 PM EDT
ADHD Medications Associated with Reduced Risk of Suicidality in Children with Significant Behavioral Symptoms
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

ADHD medications may lower suicide risk in children with hyperactivity, oppositional defiance and other behavioral disorders, according to new research from the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. The findings, published today in JAMA Network Open, address a significant knowledge gap in childhood suicide risk and could inform suicide prevention strategies at a time when suicide among children is on the rise.

Released: 18-May-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Primary school children have long-term mental health benefit from counselling in school
University of Exeter

Counselling sessions improve long term mental health in primary-school aged children, according to a new study. The research has implications for reversing declining mental health in young people in a COVID-19 era.

Released: 17-May-2021 4:35 PM EDT
More Latinx and Black Children Enrolled in Managed Care Health Plans
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Latinx and Black children are enrolled in public and private managed care health plans in greater proportions than white children, according to data from a national survey published in the journal JAMA Network Open. This pattern persists even when controlled by household income and whether a child has special healthcare needs.

Released: 10-May-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Scientists develop better way to block viruses that cause childhood respiratory infections
University of Wisconsin-Madison

By engineering a short chunk of protein, or peptide, that can prevent the attachment of human parainfluenza viruses to cells, researchers have improved a method in rodent models intended to help keep children healthy.

3-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
CHOP Researchers Discover New Disease that Prevents Formation of Antibodies
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Using whole exome sequencing, CHOP researchers discovered the genetic mutation responsible for a condition that prevents patients from making B cells and antibodies to fight infections. The study describing the condition, which CHOP researchers named PU.1 Mutated agammaglobulinemia (PU.MA), was published today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Released: 3-May-2021 4:20 PM EDT
CU Cancer Center Technology Gives Kids a Welcome Distraction During Radiation Treatment
University of Colorado Cancer Center

Thirty days of radiation treatments — five days a week, with Saturdays and Sundays off — are difficult for even the toughest of adults. But for a child, they’re even harder to bear. They involve fasting, waking up early, and lying in a dark room alone, without even your parents there for support. But if during treatment you can take a trip to Agrabah to hang out with Aladdin, Jasmine, and the rest of the characters in Disney’s live-action version of “Aladdin,” it makes the sessions a lot easier to bear — not to mention it makes time go by a lot faster. Thanks to a new innovation at the CU Cancer Center, patients like 5-year-old Piper Lardes are able to do just that — watch their favorite show or movie during their treatment to make the whole experience just a little easier. The technology, called Radflix, has a calming effect on parents as well.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Stem Cell Therapy Shows Potential to Heal Intestinal Disease in Premature Infants
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

WFIRM scientists are tackling necrotizing enterocolitis with a human placental-derived stem cell (hPSC) therapy strategy that is showing promising results.

Released: 19-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Report shows mental health concerns rising among children and teens during the pandemic
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

In addition to the physical health problems caused by the pandemic, there has been a heavy mental health toll from months of lockdown and upheaval - particularly for children and teens.

Released: 3-Mar-2021 11:05 AM EST
Green tea supplements modulate facial development of children with Down syndrome
KU Leuven

Green tea supplements modulate facial development of children with Down syndrome A new study led by Belgian and Spanish researchers published in Scientific Reports adds evidence about the potential benefits of green tea extracts in Down syndrome.

Released: 10-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
Depressed Moms Who Breastfeed Boost Babies’ Mood, Neuroprotection and Mutual Touch
Florida Atlantic University

Feeding method and affectionate touch patterns in depressed and non-depressed mothers and babies as well as infant’s EEG activity showed that mother-infant affectionate touch differed as a function of mood and feeding method (breastfeeding and bottle-feeding). Infants in the depressed and bottle-fed group reduced touch toward their mothers while breastfeeding had a positive effect on both mother and baby. Infants of depressed and breastfeeding mothers showed neither behavioral nor brain development dysregulation previously found in infants of depressed mothers.

Released: 4-Feb-2021 1:10 PM EST
Food Allergies Are More Common Among Black Children
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Black children have significantly higher rates of shellfish and fish allergies than White children, in addition to having higher odds of wheat allergy, suggesting that race may play an important role in how children are affected by food allergies, researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center and two other hospitals have found.

1-Feb-2021 11:55 AM EST
Gene mutations linked to worse outcomes from leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children
Penn State College of Medicine

A combination of genetic mutations may explain the higher incidence of and poorer outcomes from pediatric leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Released: 25-Jan-2021 12:50 PM EST
Biomarkers in mother’s plasma could aid in early autism diagnosis and intervention
UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers used machine learning to crunch 10,000 autoantibody pattern combinations to identify maternal biomarkers associated with a sub-type of autism. The findings have implications for early diagnosis and intervention.

Released: 19-Jan-2021 3:50 PM EST
U.S. schools receive a C in whole child development in reimagined Nation’s Report Card
University at Buffalo

If the Nation’s Report Card, an annual report formerly known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), was reimagined to include physical and emotional health in addition to academics, the United States would receive a C average, says University at Buffalo educational policy expert Jaekyung Lee.

11-Jan-2021 7:55 AM EST
Climate Change is Hurting Children’s Diets, Global Study Finds
University of Vermont

A first-of-its-kind, international study of 107,000 children finds that higher temperatures are an equal or even greater contributor to child malnutrition than the traditional culprits of poverty, inadequate sanitation, and poor education. The 19-nation study is the largest investigation to date of the relationship between our changing climate and children's diet diversity. Of the six regions examined--in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America--five had significant reductions in diet diversity associated with higher temperatures.


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