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More than half of American Kids With Mental Health Issues Are Not Getting Treated, New Study Finds

Researchers say barriers to mental health treatment, such as a lack of services, long wait times and stigmatization must be addressed.

HealthDay Now: How our children are faring in the pandemic

Parent Tracy Compton talks about turning her dining room into a classroom.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing How Parents Feed Their Kids

Parents with high levels of pandemic-related stress are more likely to use food to manage their children's behaviors and emotions

Do Touchscreens Cause Toddlers To Lose Their Concentration?

Toddlers who spend a lot of time on touchscreens may be less able to control their attention, researchers say.

10 Tips to Help Stop Toddler Tantrums

Occasional outbursts are normal, but what's a parent to do about aggressive behavior?

Young Social Media Celebrities Are Pushing Junk Food On Streaming Platforms, New Study Finds.

90% of the videos reviewed promoted unhealthy foods and beverages, researchers say

Pet Dogs Help Kids Develop Better Social and Emotional Behaviors, New Study Finds

Researchers say pet dogs help make children less antisocial and more considerate

Will You Send Your Kids Back To School This Fall?

The majority of parents say yes, under certain conditions.

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17 Jun
Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

The U.S. fast-food industry has boosted spending on ads targeting kids, especially Black and Hispanic youth, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants and found that annual spending hi...

16 Jun
Treating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: Study

Treating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: Study

When depression strikes teachers, they can suffer mightily, but a new study suggests their students' ability to learn might also be harmed.

Researchers found a correlation between teachers' depressive symptoms and math skills in early learners enrolled in Head Start prog...

16 Jun
Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts Say

Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts Say

Strict rest isn't advised after athletes suffer a concussion because it could slow their recovery, an updated consensus statement from a U.S. expert panel says.

Most adult athletes fully recover within two weeks and children within four, according to the statement publis...

16 Jun
Is Zinc a Friend or Foe to Kidney Stones?

Is Zinc a Friend or Foe to Kidney Stones?

The nutrient zinc can be both helpful and harmful when it comes to kidney stones, a new study finds.

There have been two conflicting theories about the link between zinc and kidney stones. One suggests zinc stops the growth of the calcium oxalate crystals that m...

14 Jun
Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

A rising number of young Americans, including children, are taking their own lives using firearms, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2008 and 2018, gun suicides showed an "alarming" increase among Americans aged 5 to 24. And while those suicides remain ra...

09 Jun
Child Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the Rise

Child Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the Rise

Pool and spa drowning deaths among U.S. children are spiking upwards, and restrictions related to the COVID pandemic may also mean that fewer kids are getting the swimming lessons that might keep them safe, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns.

On average, there ...

08 Jun
ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD medications might help lessen the risk of suicide in children with serious behavioral issues, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that medications like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), were linked to ...

08 Jun
Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your teens' route to a healthy or unhealthy weight may be in their hands -- literally.

New research out of South Korea shows that teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.

One nutri...

07 Jun
Youth Vaping Rates Decline, But 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Still Uses E-Cigs

Youth Vaping Rates Decline, But 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Still Uses E-Cigs

Although the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has dropped significantly, new research suggests that vaping rates are still too high.

"This study underscores that flavored e-cigarettes, especially JUUL, have caused the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use and nicotine ad...

05 Jun
Summer Water Fun Can Bring Drowning Risks: Stay Safe

Summer Water Fun Can Bring Drowning Risks: Stay Safe

As you seek to cool down in a pool or at the beach this summer, always keep water safety for yourself and others in mind, an expert urges.

"With children, I always recommend starting swim lessons at an early age and having parents put on floaties or life vests on their c...

02 Jun
Allergy Treatment Crucial If Your Child Has Asthma

Allergy Treatment Crucial If Your Child Has Asthma

If your child has both allergies and asthma, it's imperative to treat their allergies to prevent asthma from worsening as they spend more time outdoors, an expert says.

"It's a time when after a winter when we're all cooped up inside kids want to go out and play, but the...

02 Jun
Scientists Discover Rare Form of ALS That Can Strike Kids

Scientists Discover Rare Form of ALS That Can Strike Kids

A new form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that affects children has been discovered by an international team of researchers.

They used advanced genetic techniques to identify 11 such cases in children who had mysterious neurological disorders.

Most cases of...

01 Jun
Mom's Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Could Affect Child's Stroke Risk Decades Later

Mom's Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Could Affect Child's Stroke Risk Decades Later

Expectant mothers' high blood pressure heightens kids' risk of stroke later in life, a Swedish study finds.

"Our findings indicate that hypertensive disorders during pregnancy are associated with increased risks of stroke and potentially heart disease in offspring up to ...

31 May
Even Preschoolers Want to Be in the 'In Crowd,' Study Finds

Even Preschoolers Want to Be in the 'In Crowd,' Study Finds

People aren't born understanding social norms, but kids do have a desire to fit in with the crowd from an early age, according to a new study.

Researchers from Duke University in Durham, N.C. found that when 3-year-olds were asked to behave in a certain way and did so, t...

25 May
Most Cases of MIS-C in Kids With COVID Resolve After 6 Months

Most Cases of MIS-C in Kids With COVID Resolve After 6 Months

Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, doctors have reported rare but severe cases in infected children of an inflammatory disorder dubbed multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).

Now, a small new study out of Britain delivers some reassuring data for parents: Most symp...

25 May
Bedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might Help

Bedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might Help

Does your teen have the family cat or dog as a nighttime sleep mate? Is that even good for a child's sleep?

In a new study, sleeping with a four-footed friend appears to be fine for pre-teens and teens. For them, sleeping with a furry family member doesn't appear to nega...

19 May
Even Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy Might Raise Baby's Breathing Risks

Even Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy Might Raise Baby's Breathing Risks

Infants exposed to secondhand smoke in the womb and early childhood are likely to have weaker lungs, a new study suggests.

The finding is based on levels of blood cotinine during pregnancy and childhood; blood cotinine is the result of the body processing nicotine. Harva...

18 May
Clues to Rare Disorder Affecting Kids With COVID-19

Clues to Rare Disorder Affecting Kids With COVID-19

New insight into a rare and dangerous disorder that can occur in kids with COVID-19 could improve treatment of the condition, researchers say.

Many children infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) go undiagnosed or have no symptoms, but about one in 1,0...

17 May
Pandemic Caused Rise in Telemedicine Visits for Kids, But Will the Trend Continue?

Pandemic Caused Rise in Telemedicine Visits for Kids, But Will the Trend Continue?

Virtual doctor visits for children grew this past year during the pandemic, but a new poll shows U.S. parents are divided on whether they will continue using this option in the future.

The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the Universit...

17 May
Parents' Input Key When Screening Toddlers for Autism

Parents' Input Key When Screening Toddlers for Autism

Early screening for autism can speed up diagnosis and treatment, and now new research shows that pediatricians are more likely to act when parents express concerns.

According to pediatricians surveyed in the study, only 39% of toddlers who had failed a screening looking ...

14 May
Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic kept young kids indoors, their time spent watching TV and other screens rose dramatically.

That's the finding of a new study that investigated the screen time of kindergarteners from low-income families in Ohio. The researchers found that their...

13 May
What Works Best to Ease Recurrent Ear Infections in Kids?

What Works Best to Ease Recurrent Ear Infections in Kids?

Frequent middle-ear infections are the nemesis of many parents and young children. Now a new study suggests that a common treatment -- "ear tubes" -- may not prevent future bouts.

Middle-ear infections (or acute otitis media) are second only to the common cold in creatin...

12 May
Gene Therapy Uses HIV to Rescue Kids Born Without Immune System

Gene Therapy Uses HIV to Rescue Kids Born Without Immune System

Cora Oakley is a rough-and-tumble 4-year-old who loves gymnastics and outdoor activities, particularly if it involves bouncing on a trampoline.

It's hard to tell from looking at her that she was born without an immune system. Kids with this condition can acquire dangerou...

11 May
New Insights Into Treating Mild Head Injuries

New Insights Into Treating Mild Head Injuries

It may be possible to treat the thinking problems that result from repeated hits to the head, a new laboratory study suggests.

The new experiments with mice are the first to offer a molecular analysis of what happens in the brain after repetitive but mild blows to the he...

11 May
In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?

New research from Denmark suggests that childhood body mass index (BMI) may offer important clues. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

The ...

11 May
FDA Approves Emergency Use of Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 to 15

FDA Approves Emergency Use of Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 to 15

In a move that should hasten the country's recovery from the pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the emergency use of Pfizer's two-dose coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.

"Today's action allows for a younger population to be...

10 May
Road to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in Childhood

Road to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in Childhood

Could having heart disease risk factors in childhood sow the seeds of thinking declines in middle-age?

It looks like it might, new research claims.

"I think it was not so big of a surprise for us, but maybe for the scientific community who have been focusing mainly...

09 May
How Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVID

How Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVID

As kids get ready for summer camp, parents might be fretting about exposure to COVID-19, but a doctors' group says they also need to make sure their campers will be protected from allergy and asthma triggers.

"The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has issued ...

08 May
Could Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning Signs

Could Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning Signs

Heart defects are often - but not always - detected at birth, so it's important to pay attention when a child gets dizzy, passes out or says her heart is "beeping."

These and other warning signs, such as an apparent change in fitness, shouldn't be overlooked, an expert s...

07 May
Poll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids Vaccinated

Poll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids Vaccinated

As U.S. health officials prepare to authorize Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in younger children, a new poll shows that less than a third of parents would get their child vaccinated as soon as the shots are approved for kids.

Only 29% of parents of c...

07 May
Air Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a Lifetime

Air Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a Lifetime

Air pollution isn't hard on the hearts of adults only, suggests a new analysis that found it can raise blood pressure in kids as young as 5.

Children experienced increases in blood pressure if they had short-term exposure to air polluted with coarser particles or long-te...

05 May
ADHD Meds Can Help Preschoolers, But Effects Vary

ADHD Meds Can Help Preschoolers, But Effects Vary

Parents of preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be advised to give their child medication to help them concentrate, sit still and/or control impulsive behaviors.

A new study comparing two classes of medications might help them arrive at a...

01 May
5 Steps to Protect Young Athletes' Eyes

5 Steps to Protect Young Athletes' Eyes

As children begin to return to their favorite sports, parents need to ensure that their youngsters use protective eyewear, a leading group of eye specialists says.

Nearly 30,000 people suffer sports-related eye injuries every year in the United States, but 90% of emergen...

30 Apr
Few Kids Seeing a Dentist Have COVID-19, Study Finds

Few Kids Seeing a Dentist Have COVID-19, Study Finds

Just 2% of young dental patients without COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to a new study.

Kids with COVID-19 are typically asymptomatic but can carry high levels of SARS-CoV-2 and spread it to others, University of Illinois Chicago (UI...

29 Apr
Breathing Dirty Air Could Raise a Child's Risk for Adult Mental Illness

Breathing Dirty Air Could Raise a Child's Risk for Adult Mental Illness

Kids exposed to air pollution may be at risk for mental illness in early adulthood, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that young adults in Britain who were exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants during their childhood and teen years were prone t...

28 Apr
Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of Violence

Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of Violence

Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others, a new study warns.

"One way to think about fantasies is as our brain rehearsing future scenarios," said lead author Manuel Eisner, director of the University of Cambridge Viol...

28 Apr
Pandemic May Be Upping Cases of Severe Complication in Kids With Diabetes

Pandemic May Be Upping Cases of Severe Complication in Kids With Diabetes

A U.S. hospital has seen a surge in the number of kids with a life-threatening complication of type 2 diabetes.

The trend at Children's Hospital Los Angeles highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting kids' health in unexpected ways, according to a new study le...

22 Apr
Brain Study Suggests Autism Develops Differently in Girls Than Boys

Brain Study Suggests Autism Develops Differently in Girls Than Boys

Autism appears to develop differently in girls and boys, so the findings of research conducted mainly with boys might not apply to girls, a new study suggests.

Autism spectrum disorder is four times more common in boys, which may help explain why there's far less researc...

19 Apr
Unexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth 'Not a Good Thing'

Unexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth 'Not a Good Thing'

Children who have a sudden lowering of their resting heart rate as they move into young adulthood may be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, researchers report.

For their new study, they assessed data from 759 Black and white participants in the Augusta He...

17 Apr
Strike Out Kids' Overuse Injuries This Baseball Season

Strike Out Kids' Overuse Injuries This Baseball Season

Young baseball players are at risk for overuse injuries, but there are ways to play it safe and prevent such problems, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says.

"Overhead athletes, such as baseball players, place significant repetitive stress on the shoul...

16 Apr
Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

While ER visits have stayed below normal levels as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of people showing up in the emergency department with mental woes is increasing, new federal government data shows.

Between March 29 and April 25, 2020, visits to emergency ...

15 Apr
Later School Start Times Mean Better-Rested Kids: Study

Later School Start Times Mean Better-Rested Kids: Study

Starting the school day a little later helps middle and high school students get more and better sleep, according to a new study.

The research is based on annual surveys of about 28,000 elementary, middle and high school students and their parents. The surveys were compl...

13 Apr
Some Kids Snore, and It Could Affect Behavior

Some Kids Snore, and It Could Affect Behavior

Snoring just isn't for adults, and behavior problems in kids who regularly snore may be due to changes in their brain structure, researchers say.

Prior studies have found a link between regular snoring and behavior problems such as inattention or hyperactivity, but this ...

13 Apr
Most Parents OK About School Rules for Kids' Return to Sports: Poll

Most Parents OK About School Rules for Kids' Return to Sports: Poll

Though playing youth sports comes with new pandemic-era precautions and some experts are linking these activities to community spread of COVID-19, many kids are still participating, according to a parent survey.

In the survey, about three-quarters of parents said their c...

09 Apr
Kids With Autism Can Really Benefit From Exercise

Kids With Autism Can Really Benefit From Exercise

FRIDAY, April 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) - Being active is good for most everyone, and new studies now show it can help kids with autism manage common behavioral issues.

"Exercise goes beyond health-related benefits and increased levels of fitness for those with autism," s...

07 Apr
Do You 'Wolf Down' Your Food? Speedy Eaters May Pack on More Pounds

Do You 'Wolf Down' Your Food? Speedy Eaters May Pack on More Pounds

Are you the type to linger over a meal, or do you tend to eat quickly without giving it much thought?

New research confirms that you're better off going the slow route, because fast eaters tend to consume more and be more vulnerable to gaining weight and becoming obese. ...

06 Apr
Why Are ER Wait Times Getting Longer for Kids in Mental Health Crisis?

Why Are ER Wait Times Getting Longer for Kids in Mental Health Crisis?

U.S. children commonly wait hours in the emergency room for help with a mental health crisis -- a problem that has worsened over time, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2005 and 2015, prolonged ER stays became ever more common for children and teenagers i...

05 Apr
About 40,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Parent to COVID-19

About 40,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Parent to COVID-19

More than 40,000 U.S. kids have lost a parent to COVID-19 and the long-term impacts could be severe, experts warn.

Americans under age 65 account for about 1 in 5 COVID deaths. Of those, as many as 15% involve someone in their 40s and 3% someone in their 40s.

"In t...

05 Apr
More Kids With Autism May Be Doing Well Than Thought

More Kids With Autism May Be Doing Well Than Thought

School-age children with autism may be faring better than commonly thought, with most "doing well" in at least some aspects of development, a new study suggests.

The study, of 272 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), found that nearly 80% were doing well in at l...

05 Apr
C-Section Babies Have Microbiome Deficit, But Catch Up Over Time

C-Section Babies Have Microbiome Deficit, But Catch Up Over Time

Infants born by cesarean section initially have less diverse gut bacteria than those delivered vaginally, but they catch up within a few years, new research reveals.

The researchers also found that it takes a long time for these bacteria colonies -- known as the gut micr...

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