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25 Sep
Immune System Clues to Why COVID Is Easier on Kids

Immune System Clues to Why COVID Is Easier on Kids

Kids and adults have different immune system responses to infection with the new coronavirus, which may help explain why severe COVID-19 is more common in adults, researchers report.

For their new study, they examined blood and cell samples from patients admitted wit...

24 Sep
Kids Who Need Steroids Face Risk of Diabetes, Other Ills

Kids Who Need Steroids Face Risk of Diabetes, Other Ills

Children who need to take oral steroids for chronic or life-threatening conditions can experience serious side effects, according to new research.

Children with autoimmune disorders such as juvenile arthritis, psoriasis or inflammatory bowel disease are often prescri...

21 Sep
Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Parents of kids with food allergies probably won't be surprised to hear that Halloween is an especially risky time for their youngsters.

A new study found that serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) triggered by peanuts jumped 85% when kids were trick or treat...

15 Sep
Death From COVID-19 Very Rare for Americans 21 and Under: Report

Death From COVID-19 Very Rare for Americans 21 and Under: Report

Only a tiny fraction of children and young adults who have contracted COVID-19 have died from their infection, a new government report shows.

Just 121 people younger than 21 have died from COVID-19 through the end of July, out of nearly 392,000 confirmed or probable ...

08 Sep
Kids Can Have Coronavirus And Antibodies at Same Time: Study

Kids Can Have Coronavirus And Antibodies at Same Time: Study

The new coronavirus and antibodies that fight it can be in children's bodies at the same time, surprised researchers have found.

"With most viruses, when you start to detect antibodies, you won't detect the virus anymore. But with COVID-19, we're seeing both," said D...

25 Aug
Don't Count on Vitamin D to Ease Childhood Asthma

Don't Count on Vitamin D to Ease Childhood Asthma

Vitamin D supplements don't prevent severe asthma attacks in at-risk children, according to a study that challenges previous research.

"The reason that's important is there are colleagues around this country and worldwide who are testing vitamin D levels for kids wit...

21 Aug
Play It Safe With Allergies, Asthma During Pandemic School Year

Play It Safe With Allergies, Asthma During Pandemic School Year

As parents deal with the uncertainty surrounding school this year, allergies and asthma may not be top of their minds.

But even during a pandemic, parents of children with allergies and asthma need to consider the added risks their children may face, one allergist sa...

20 Aug
Air Pollution Tied to Asthma in Young Kids

Air Pollution Tied to Asthma in Young Kids

High levels of air pollution may increase young children's risk of developing asthma and persistent wheezing, researchers warn.

The findings "support emerging evidence that exposure to air pollution might influence the development of asthma," according to a report by...

13 Aug
Special Contact Lenses Can Help Curb Nearsightedness in Kids

Special Contact Lenses Can Help Curb Nearsightedness in Kids

Kids suffering from nearsightedness can slow the progression of their myopia by using soft bifocal contact lenses, a new trial shows.

Bifocal contacts with a powerful corrective prescription slowed the progression of nearsightedness in youngsters by 43% compared ...

07 Aug
As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

U.S. minorities have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and a new study suggests kids are no exception.

Researchers found that at one community testing site, nearly half of Hispanic children and teens were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that ...

04 Aug
Mysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids Is Set to Return, CDC Warns

Mysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids Is Set to Return, CDC Warns

A new outbreak of a mysterious, potentially fatal polio-like illness could strike hundreds of American children within the next few months, U.S. health officials warned Tuesday.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) outbreaks have occurred every two years in the United States...

24 Jun
Vaccine Might Guard Against Bacteria That Cause Diarrhea in Kids

Vaccine Might Guard Against Bacteria That Cause Diarrhea in Kids

An experimental vaccine helps protect monkeys against bacteria that cause diarrhea in millions of children worldwide, researchers report.

Bacterial gastroenteritis -- a digestive problem associated with malnutrition among millions of children younger than age 5 each...

04 Jun
Black Children Hit Especially Hard by COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome

Black Children Hit Especially Hard by COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome

Black children appear to be particularly vulnerable to the rare but severe inflammatory syndrome striking kids with COVID-19, a new French study suggests.

The syndrome may be a delayed immune response to the virus that happens several weeks after infection, the resea...

03 Jun
Case Study Examines What's Behind Severe Kids' Illness After COVID-19

Case Study Examines What's Behind Severe Kids' Illness After COVID-19

Four of the earliest U.S. cases of a rare inflammatory syndrome in kids with COVID-19 are described in a study that offers insight into the condition.

The four children -- aged 5, 10, 12 and 13 -- arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City with what is known as...

19 May
COVID-19 Antibodies May Tame Inflammatory Condition in Kids: Study

COVID-19 Antibodies May Tame Inflammatory Condition in Kids: Study

Reports of children suffering from a serious coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition have scared parents everywhere, but new research suggests that treatment with COVID-19 antibodies might help in the worst cases.

The inflammatory condition, now known as Multi-Syst...

19 May
Kids With Cancer Not at Greater Risk for Severe COVID-19

Kids With Cancer Not at Greater Risk for Severe COVID-19

Children with cancer don't have a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19 or of having severe symptoms, a new study finds.

"We are encouraged by these latest findings that kids with cancer are not more endangered by COVID-19 and their symptoms are mild like in heal...

14 May
Italian Doctors Detail Cases of Inflammatory Condition in Kids With COVID-19

Italian Doctors Detail Cases of Inflammatory Condition in Kids With COVID-19

As New York City officials grapple with the sudden appearance of a rare inflammatory condition in children exposed to COVID-19, a new Italian report describes similar cases that have cropped up in that country.

The researchers say their findings provide "the first c...

12 May
Sudden Obsessions, Tantrums: What Is PANS in Kids?

Sudden Obsessions, Tantrums: What Is PANS in Kids?

Researchers may have gained new insights into a mystifying condition that causes children's behavior to change so severely and abruptly, it can be like they woke up as a different person.

The condition is known as pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, or P...

12 May
Stomach Ills May Signal COVID-19 in Kids, Study Says

Stomach Ills May Signal COVID-19 in Kids, Study Says

A cough or other respiratory symptoms aren't the only early signs of COVID-19 in children, according to researchers.

They examined the cases of five children who were admitted to the hospital with digestive tract symptoms and later diagnosed with pneumonia and COVID-...

11 May
COVID-19 Still Rare in Kids, But Far From Harmless: Study

COVID-19 Still Rare in Kids, But Far From Harmless: Study

As U.S. health officials start to learn how the new coronavirus affects children, a new study details the cases of 48 young patients who wound up in the intensive care units at 14 different hospitals after they were infected with COVID-19.

What common threads did th...

10 May
To Prevent Injuries, Give Your Kids a Pass on Cutting the Grass

To Prevent Injuries, Give Your Kids a Pass on Cutting the Grass

Asking your child to mow the lawn is a risky proposition, a new study suggests.

About 9,400 American kids are injured by lawn mowers each year, and mowers cause 12% to 29% of all traumatic amputations among them, according to the American Academy of Orthopaed...

07 May
Condition Affecting Kids With COVID-19 Remains Very Rare, Heart Group Says

Condition Affecting Kids With COVID-19 Remains Very Rare, Heart Group Says

Amid recent warnings about a possible link between COVID-19 in children and an inflammatory condition called Kawasaki disease that can harm the heart and other organs, heart experts stress that such cases seem to be rare.

Most kids with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or...

05 May
Fewer Kids in Cancer Trials, Which Might Not Be a Bad Thing

Fewer Kids in Cancer Trials, Which Might Not Be a Bad Thing

There's been a sharp decline in the number of U.S. children taking part in cancer clinical trials over the past few decades, but researchers say that might be good news.

Why? Having more effective treatments available now may be one reason for that decrease, they exp...

01 May
How One Very Ill Infant Survived COVID-19

How One Very Ill Infant Survived COVID-19

A 3-week-old Texas infant in critical condition with COVID-19 was successfully treated and recovered, doctors report.

This is one of the first cases of its kind, according to the team of doctors at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).<...

29 Apr
In Rare Cases, COVID-19 May Be Causing Severe Heart Condition in Kids

In Rare Cases, COVID-19 May Be Causing Severe Heart Condition in Kids

Children don't typically fall seriously ill from the new coronavirus, but doctors are raising the alarm that some kids with COVID-19 infections in Europe have developed Kawasaki disease, a condition that can trigger serious heart problems.

Children in the United Sta...

22 Apr
Up to 50,000 U.S. Kids May Be Hospitalized With COVID-19 by Year's End

Up to 50,000 U.S. Kids May Be Hospitalized With COVID-19 by Year's End

While children seem to have been largely spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests it's possible that up to 50,000 U.S. children might end up hospitalized with COVID-19 by the end of 2020.

And, if around 25% of the U.S. population ha...

21 Apr
Are Immune-Compromised Kids at Greater Risk From COVID-19?

Are Immune-Compromised Kids at Greater Risk From COVID-19?

One of the few bright spots in the COVID-19 pandemic has been the perception that children are mostly spared from its worst effects. But what about kids already at risk of contracting serious infections due to a compromised immune system? Do they have the same protection?

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10 Apr
Bedroom Air Filters May Help Kids With Asthma Breathe Easier

Bedroom Air Filters May Help Kids With Asthma Breathe Easier

A bedroom air filter can significantly improve breathing in kids with asthma, new research shows.

The study included 43 children with mild to moderate asthma, and was conducted during a period of moderately high fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution in Shangh...

27 Mar
Too Little Sleep Takes Toll on Kids' Mental Health: Study

Too Little Sleep Takes Toll on Kids' Mental Health: Study

Kids who don't get enough sleep may be at risk for ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, researchers report.

"If we make sure our children get enough sleep, it can help protect them from mental health problems," said researcher Bror Ranum, a do...

20 Mar
New Drug Helps Shrink Inoperable Tumors in Kids

New Drug Helps Shrink Inoperable Tumors in Kids

A new trial confirms that the drug selumetinib shrinks tumors in children suffering from neurofibromatosis type 1.

The condition is characterized by changes in skin coloring and the growth of tumors along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body. The tu...

11 Mar
When Chronic Pain Leads to Depression in Kids

When Chronic Pain Leads to Depression in Kids

Chronic pain can keep kids from being social and active, leading to anxiety and depression, a child psychiatrist says.

Unfortunately, this can turn into a vicious cycle -- worsening depression and anxiety can also worsen pain perception.

Between 5% and ...

29 Feb
Pick Summer Camps Carefully When Your Kid Has Allergies, Asthma

Pick Summer Camps Carefully When Your Kid Has Allergies, Asthma

If you child has allergies or asthma, you need to take that into consideration when selecting a summer camp.

"Parents and kids alike who are dealing with asthma or severe allergies need to know there's a good fit and that the child's medical needs are being met," sai...

19 Feb
Artificial Heart Valve Would Grow With Kids, Cutting Need for Repeat Surgeries

Artificial Heart Valve Would Grow With Kids, Cutting Need for Repeat Surgeries

An expandable artificial heart valve could save children with congenital heart disease from repeated open heart surgeries as they grow up, researchers report.

Current artificial heart valves are fixed in size, meaning children need to get larger ones as they grow. C...

17 Feb
Kids Raised by Grandparents More Likely to Pile on Pounds: Study

Kids Raised by Grandparents More Likely to Pile on Pounds: Study

Grandparents can be a bad influence on kids' weight, researchers say.

That's the upshot of an analysis of 23 studies conducted in the United States and eight other countries by a team from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

The study fo...

14 Feb
How to Dispel Your Child's Fears About the New Coronavirus

How to Dispel Your Child's Fears About the New Coronavirus

With stories about the new coronavirus outbreak flooding the media, it's easy to get scared. And if you're scared, your kids might be, too -- but they don't have to be.

Honesty and directness are key when talking to your child about this new virus, said Diane Bales, ...

13 Feb
Diabetes Among U.S. Young, Especially Asians, Continues to Climb

Diabetes Among U.S. Young, Especially Asians, Continues to Climb

Diabetes among U.S. youths continued to rise from 2002 to 2015, especially for Asian children and teens, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed type 1 and type 2 diabetes among 5- to 19-year-olds. They found rates were generally higher in blacks and Hispanics than in...

12 Feb
Scientists Spot Antibody That Might Help Diagnose, Treat Autoimmune Disorders

Scientists Spot Antibody That Might Help Diagnose, Treat Autoimmune Disorders

Researchers who have pinpointed an antibody linked to life-threatening autoimmune disorders in children say their discovery could lead to faster diagnosis and treatment of these patients.

The investigators identified the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) anti...

10 Feb
Meds May Not Prevent Migraines in Kids

Meds May Not Prevent Migraines in Kids

Migraine drugs that might work for adults won't prevent the debilitating headaches in kids and teens, a new study shows.

A number of drugs are used to prevent migraines, but treatment of youngsters has largely been based on the results of adult studies, the internat...

28 Jan
What's the Best Treatment for a Child's Broken Bone?

What's the Best Treatment for a Child's Broken Bone?

Fiberglass and plaster casts are widely used to treat broken bones in kids, but they have drawbacks compared with other methods such as braces and splints, experts say.

Doctors and patients should review the available options, considering not only treatment of the fr...

24 Jan
A Flu Shot May Spare Your Young Child a Hospital Visit

A Flu Shot May Spare Your Young Child a Hospital Visit

This flu season is hitting children particularly hard, but new research shows that a flu shot is still well worth it for these youngest patients.

Getting vaccinated halved the risk of hospitalization for flu-related complications among young kids, scientists found.

21 Jan
Could a Kid's Microbiome Alter Their Behavior?

Could a Kid's Microbiome Alter Their Behavior?

Young school-aged children with behavior problems may have different bacteria in their guts than their well-behaved peers, new research suggests.

The study also noted that parents may play a key role in development of the particular bacteria in their child's gut (co...

17 Jan
Fewer Childhood Cancer Survivors Getting Hit by Heart Troubles

Fewer Childhood Cancer Survivors Getting Hit by Heart Troubles

Since the 1970s, serious heart disease among childhood cancer survivors had declined remarkably, a new study finds.

The decline suggests that efforts to make cancer treatments, including radiation, less toxic are paying off, researchers say.

For the study...

14 Jan
Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

Severe deprivation in childhood can lead to a smaller-than-normal brain, lower IQ and attention deficits in early adulthood, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed MRI brain scans of 67 young adults, ages 23 to 28, who were institutionalized as children in Romani...

07 Jan
U.S. Doctors Often Test, Treat Kids Unnecessarily

U.S. Doctors Often Test, Treat Kids Unnecessarily

Regardless of their family's insurance status, many children get medical care they don't need, a new study suggests.

One in 11 publicly insured and 1 in 9 privately insured children in the United States were given what the researchers called unnecessary, "low-value" ...

24 Dec
Surgery Is Far Too Often Fatal for Kids in Poor Nations

Surgery Is Far Too Often Fatal for Kids in Poor Nations

Kids in poor countries are up to 200 times more likely to die after surgery than kids in rich nations, a new study finds.

As the need for pediatric surgery grows in poor and moderate-income countries, it leaves 2 billion children without access to safe surgery and a...

24 Dec
Kids' 'Microbiome' May Play Key Role in Asthma

Kids' 'Microbiome' May Play Key Role in Asthma

Microbes that live in a child's upper airway could be linked to severe asthma attacks, new research suggests.

For parents, it's an all-too familiar scene: A child's seemingly harmless cough quickly escalates to wheezing, gasping and an urgent need for emergency treat...

23 Dec
Vaccinations Rose After California Curbed Exemptions

Vaccinations Rose After California Curbed Exemptions

If new research is any indication, tougher vaccine exemption laws work.

After California eliminated nonmedical exemptions from vaccinations in 2016, the number of children receiving recommended immunizations rose -- especially in counties where "vaccine hesitancy" ru...

23 Dec
Many Child Care Centers Don't Require Flu Shots

Many Child Care Centers Don't Require Flu Shots

As an early flu season spreads its misery across the United States, new research shows that few child care centers require children or their adult caregivers to get a flu shot.

Flu can be especially dangerous for children, who have a great...

13 Dec
Indoor Pollutants May Raise Allergy Risk in Toddlers

Indoor Pollutants May Raise Allergy Risk in Toddlers

Toddlers have an increased risk of allergies if they are exposed to multiple indoor pollutants in their first years of life, a new study finds.

It included 108 mother-child pairs. Researchers assessed exposures to various household pollutants such as pet dander and t...

04 Nov
Many U.S. Parents Can't Find a Psychiatrist to Help Their Child

Many U.S. Parents Can't Find a Psychiatrist to Help Their Child

Despite a growing need for mental health care for children and teens -- including a rise in youth suicide -- many areas of the United States lack any child psychiatrists, new research reports.

The study found that almost three-quarters of American counties don't hav...