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Newswise: Study Reveals Shyness Could Impact Young Children’s Performance on Language Tests
Released: 12-Oct-2023 10:00 AM EDT
Study Reveals Shyness Could Impact Young Children’s Performance on Language Tests
Southern Methodist University

A recent study from SMU psychologist Sarah Kucker and a student she mentored at Oklahoma State University suggests shyness can influence a child’s performance in language assessments, depending on the level of social interaction required to complete the test.

Released: 23-Mar-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Use of melatonin linked to decreased self-harm in young people
Karolinska Institute

Medical sleep treatment may reduce self-harm in young people with anxiety and depression, an observational study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden suggests.

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Released: 15-Dec-2022 11:25 AM EST
A Heart Fix That Fits

Yvette Honda-Schumacher was 20 weeks pregnant and had just had a routine anatomy ultrasound when she was surprised to hear that a cardiologist was asked to come into the exam room.

Released: 17-Nov-2022 12:00 PM EST
One in five parents report children’s mental health is impacted by gun violence exposure
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Exposure to gun violence is having a negative impact on the mental health of Chicago’s youth, according to the latest study by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Released: 21-Sep-2022 3:35 PM EDT
American Academy of Sleep Medicine advises parents to seek medical advice before giving melatonin to children
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

Melatonin use among children and teenagers is on the rise. Today, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine released a health advisory encouraging parents to talk to a health care professional before giving melatonin or any supplement to children.

Newswise: Sports, Not Screens: The Key to Happier, Healthier Children
Released: 20-Jun-2022 9:05 PM EDT
Sports, Not Screens: The Key to Happier, Healthier Children
University of South Australia

Whether it’s sports practice, music lessons or a casual catch up with friends, when children are involved in after-school activities, they’re more likely to feel happier and healthier than their counterparts who are glued to a screen.

Newswise: Kawasaki Disease Rates Dropped During COVID-19 Pandemic
15-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Kawasaki Disease Rates Dropped During COVID-19 Pandemic
UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego researchers report significant decrease in national cases of Kawasaki disease during COVID-19 pandemic; findings hint at origins of disease.

Newswise: Metabolism of COVID-19 Antibodies from Convalescent Plasma Suggests Possible Safe Treatment for High Risk Children
Released: 7-Feb-2022 12:05 PM EST
Metabolism of COVID-19 Antibodies from Convalescent Plasma Suggests Possible Safe Treatment for High Risk Children
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that a prospective study of 14 infants and children demonstrated that convalescent plasma — a blood product collected from patients recovered from infections with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19— was safe in high risk children infected with or exposed to the virus.

Released: 4-Feb-2022 11:20 AM EST
Shorter Treatment is Better for Young Children with Outpatient Pneumonia
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Five days of antibiotics is superior to 10 days for children with community-acquired pneumonia who are not hospitalized, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What parents need to know about kids and COVID-19
Released: 27-Jan-2022 9:15 AM EST
The Medical Minute: What parents need to know about kids and COVID-19
Penn State Health

Already weary from two years of navigating parenthood during a pandemic, parents are facing a new stress: What to think about surging numbers of kids diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19.

Newswise: Education Researcher: Rethink Our Focus on Weight
Released: 19-Jan-2022 11:40 AM EST
Education Researcher: Rethink Our Focus on Weight
University of Oregon

University of Oregon education professor suggest the medical profession should focus less on the “obesity epidemic,” and more on the epidemics of inactivity, loneliness, and poor dietary options, all better predictors of chronic disease.

Released: 12-Jan-2022 3:05 PM EST
International Study Identifies Predictors of Severe Outcomes in Children with COVID-19
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A new international study offers a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 infection and the risk of severe outcomes on young people around the world.

Released: 11-Jan-2022 1:00 PM EST
Could childhood inflammation or infection be a cause of depression and psychosis?
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

A growing body of research suggests that early-life infection, inflammation, and metabolic changes could contribute to psychiatric disorders – perhaps via effects during critical periods of brain development. New evidence on how "immunometabolic" risk factors in childhood may affect the development of depression and psychotic disorders in adulthood is presented in the January/February special issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 14-Dec-2021 11:25 AM EST
Overweight children are developing heart complications
University of Georgia

The study measured abdominal visceral fat levels and arterial stiffness in more than 600 children, adolescents and young adults. Visceral fat is the fat found in the abdomen that infiltrates vital organs.

Released: 18-Nov-2021 3:10 PM EST
More Than Counting Steps: Common Wearable Fitness Tracker Helps Clinicians Assess At-Home Recovery After Kids’ Surgery
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A recent study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that using a consumer-grade wearable device to track a child’s heart rate and physical activity after surgery could help clinicians decide if at-home recovery is going as expected or if an emergency department (ED) visit is needed to address possible complications.

Released: 6-Oct-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Learning magic tricks can help self-esteem of kids with ADHD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The study, from UAB’s Institute for Arts in Medicine, shows that learning tricks in a magic camp can boost feelings of self-esteem and confidence in children and adolescents with disabilities.

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22-Sep-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Common weight loss operation is safe and effective in children and adolescents 10 years on
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Results from a 10-year study of children and adolescents who underwent a common weight loss operation to treat severe obesity show they safely have long-lasting major weight loss and improvement of their obesity-related medical problems without stunting their growth in height. The study, involving the longest known follow-up of pediatric patients after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, is published online by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons ahead of print.

12-Aug-2021 7:00 PM EDT
Just 10% of kids with ADHD outgrow it, study finds
University of Washington School of Medicine

Most children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) don’t outgrow the disorder, as widely thought. It manifests itself in adulthood in different ways and waxes and wanes over a lifetime, according to a study published Aug.13 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Released: 27-Jul-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Heated Chemotherapy Can Help Some Children with Cancer
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Known as HIPEC, the therapy has been available for adults for years at Michigan Medicine. Now it’s an option for kids here, too.

Released: 27-Jul-2021 12:25 PM EDT
High Percentage of Positive Portrayals of Vaping on TikTok

Positive portrayals of e-cigarettes and vaping are freely available without any age restrictions on TikTok--the video sharing platform--and have been viewed many times, finds research published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

Released: 15-Jul-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Self-inflicted Firearm Injuries Three Times More Common in Rural Youth
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A national study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that Emergency Department (ED) visits by youth for self-harm were nearly 40 percent higher in rural areas compared to urban settings. Strikingly, ED visits by youth for self-inflicted firearm injuries were three times more common in rural areas. Youth from rural areas presenting to the ED for suicidal ideation or self-harm also were more likely to need to be transferred to another hospital for care, which underscores the insufficient mental health resources in rural hospitals.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Sleep apnea in children linked to increased risk of high blood pressure in teen years
Penn State College of Medicine

Children with obstructive sleep apnea are nearly three times more likely to develop high blood pressure when they become teenagers than children who never experience sleep apnea, according to a Penn State College of Medicine research study.

Released: 24-May-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Young Teens Should Only Use Recreational Internet and Video Games One Hour Daily, Rutgers Research Suggests
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Middle-school aged children who use the internet, social media or video games recreationally for more than an hour each day during the school week have significantly lower grades and test scores, according to a study from the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Released: 20-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Targeting Abnormal Cell Metabolism Shows Promise for Treating Aggressive Pediatric Brain Tumors
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Two experimental drug approaches that target vulnerabilities in cancer cell metabolism may extend survival and enhance the effectiveness of standard chemotherapies for a highly aggressive type of pediatric brain cancer.

Released: 19-May-2021 8:05 PM EDT
Children’s sleep and adenotonsillectomy
University of South Australia

While a pint-sized snorer may seem adorable, studies shows that children with sleep disordered breathing are likely to show aggressive and hyperactive behaviours during the day. The recommended treatment is an adenotonsillectomy – not only to fix the snore, but also the behaviour. Now, new research from the University of South Australia, shows that while surgery can cure a child’s snoring it doesn’t change their behaviour, despite common misconceptions by parents and doctors alike.

Released: 22-Apr-2021 8:15 AM EDT
Poor iodine levels in women pose risks to fetal intellectual development in pregnancy
University of South Australia

A growing number of young women are at increased risk of having children born with impaired neurological conditions, due to poor iodine intake.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Sugar not so nice for your child’s brain development
University of Georgia

New research led by a University of Georgia faculty member in collaboration with a University of Southern California research group has shown in a rodent model that daily consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages during adolescence impairs performance on a learning and memory task during adulthood. The group further showed that changes in the bacteria in the gut may be the key to the sugar-induced memory impairment.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Some parents do not plan to vaccinate their children, according to preliminary results from an IU study
Indiana University

More than a quarter of all U.S. parents say they do not intend to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, according to preliminary results from a study by Indiana University researchers.

Released: 17-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Researchers Identify Head Impact Rates in Four Major High School Sports
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A new study used head impact sensors in four different sports and studied male and female athletes to determine which of these sports put students at the highest risk for head impacts that could lead to concussions.

Released: 11-Mar-2021 6:05 AM EST
Does Your Child Have MIS-C, COVID-19 or Kawasaki Disease?
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers pediatrician specializing in critical care discusses how to differentiate among multisystem inflammatory syndrome, acute COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease in children

Released: 22-Feb-2021 11:10 AM EST
Experts at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Describe Types of Rashes Associated with MIS-C
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

In a study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) describe the array of rashes seen in MIS-C patients at their hospital through late July 2020, providing photos and information that could help doctors diagnose future cases.

Released: 11-Feb-2021 7:00 AM EST
Exercise during Pregnancy Protects Kids’ Future Health from Parents’ Obesity
American Physiological Society (APS)

New research in mice suggests that exercising during pregnancy may help prevent children—especially boys—from developing health problems related to their parents’ obesity. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It was chosen as an APSselect article for February.

25-Jan-2021 12:30 PM EST
From the clinic to the lab, understanding medulloblastoma relies on molecular profiling
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

A pair of research papers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital report on a medulloblastoma clinical trial that provides insights to guide treatment and shed light on relapsed disease.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 1:30 PM EST
Study: Many Summer Camps Don’t Require Childhood Immunizations
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly half of summer camps surveyed by researchers didn’t have official policies requiring campers be vaccinated, according to findings led by Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in JAMA Pediatrics. Of 378 camps represented, just 174 reportedly had immunization policies for campers and 133 (39%) mandated staffers be vaccinated.

7-Jan-2021 3:50 PM EST
Study Shows Conflict Between Divorced Parents Can Lead to Mental Health Problems in Children
Arizona State University (ASU)

A study from Arizona State University’s REACH Institute has found that when children are exposed to conflict between their divorced or separated parents, they experience fear of abandonment. This worry about being abandoned in response to interparental conflict was associated with future mental health problems in children, especially for children who had strong relationships with their fathers.

Released: 2-Dec-2020 2:05 PM EST
Differences in immunity and blood vessels likely protect children from severe COVID-19
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Differences in the immune systems and better blood vessel health were among the factors protecting children from severe COVID-19, according to a new review.

Released: 30-Nov-2020 11:30 AM EST
More than one-third of children with COVID-19 show no symptoms: study
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

More than one-third of kids who have COVID-19 are asymptomatic, according to a University of Alberta study that suggests youngsters diagnosed with the disease may represent just a fraction of those infected.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 10:30 AM EST
Young people's anxiety levels doubled during first COVID-19 lockdown, says study
University of Bristol

The number of young people with anxiety doubled from 13 per cent to 24 per cent, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown 1, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

8-Nov-2020 7:00 PM EST
The Hidden Reason Children Born by C-Section Are More Likely to Develop Asthma
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Researchers at Rutgers University, the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood and the University of Copenhagen have described for the first time how delivery by caesarean section interferes with a baby’s ability to obtain beneficial germs from the mother’s microbiome, and how this can lead to early childhood asthma.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Children With Asymptomatic Brain Bleeds As Newborns Show Normal Brain Development At Age 2
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

A study by UNC School of Medicine researchers finds that neurodevelopmental scores and gray matter volumes at age two years did not differ between children who had MRI-confirmed asymptomatic subdural hemorrhages when they were neonates, compared to children with no history of subdural hemorrhage.

Released: 29-Sep-2020 6:20 PM EDT
Cerebral palsy also has genetic underpinnings
Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists have identified mutations in single genes that can be responsible for at least some cases of cerebral palsy, according to a new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study indicates that many of the mutations occur randomly and are not inherited from a child’s parents. The new knowledge could help improve the diagnosis of cerebral palsy and lead to future therapies.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Michigan Medicine Team Separates Conjoined Twins at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Doctors have successfully separated one-year-old conjoined twins at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The nearly 11-hour surgery, which is the first of its kind at Mott, involved a team of more than two dozen doctors, nurses and other specialists who spent months preparing for the complex procedure.

Released: 28-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Kids eat more calories in post-game snacks than they burn during the game
Brigham Young University

Almost every parent knows the drill: When it's your turn, you bring Capri Suns and Rice Krispies Treats to your child's soccer game as a post-game snack.

22-Jan-2020 8:00 AM EST
Study results will inform immunization programs globally
University of Adelaide

The results of the B Part of It study – the largest meningococcal B herd immunity study ever conducted – are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Released: 20-Jan-2020 11:05 PM EST
Parent Confidence Is Key to Keeping Kids From Unhealthy Foods
University of South Australia

As the countdown to a new school year begins, many parents will soon find themselves facing the often-arduous task of filling the school lunchbox which, despite the best of intentions, often ends up containing more junk food than nutrition. Cutting kids’ consumption of unhealthy food is the focus on a new study by the University of South Australia and Flinders University, where lead researcher and PhD candidate Brittany Johnson says there is clear connection between parents’ motivations, and their children’s intake of unhealthy foods.

Released: 16-Jan-2020 11:00 AM EST
Most Youths Surviving Opioid Overdose Not Getting Timely Treatment to Avoid Recurrence
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A study of more than 4 million Medicaid claims records during a recent seven-year period concludes that less than a third of the nearly 3,800 U.S. adolescents and young adults who experienced a nonfatal opioid overdose got timely (within 30 days) follow-up addiction treatment to curb or prevent future misuse and reduce the risk of a second overdose.

Released: 20-Dec-2019 11:05 AM EST
Rise in serious harm to children caused by powerful painkillers, says study
Taylor & Francis

The proportion of high-strength painkiller poisonings among children which result in emergency hospital admissions has increased, according to research published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST
Number of Youth Who Start Vaping at 14 or Before Has Tripled
University of Michigan

The number of e-cigarette users who began vaping at age 14 or younger has more than tripled in the last five years, say University of Michigan researchers.

Released: 15-Dec-2019 5:05 PM EST
The rare genetic disorder identified in only three people worldwide
University of South Australia

An extremely rare genetic disease that causes severe degeneration in infants has been identified for the first time.

Released: 11-Dec-2019 7:05 PM EST
Do summer holidays undo the good work of school?
University of South Australia

As thousands of Aussie kids start summer holidays this week, there’s no doubt parents will see an increase in kids’ screen time, snack time and general relaxation. After a busy school year, it’s well-deserved, but could this change in activity have an adverse impact on their health?


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