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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...

28 Oct
Antihistamines Linked to Delayed Care for Severe Allergic Reaction: Study

Antihistamines Linked to Delayed Care for Severe Allergic Reaction: Study

Giving antihistamines to a child suffering a potentially fatal allergic reaction may do more harm than good if it causes a delay in emergency treatment, a new study warns.

Researchers reviewed the medical records of young patients, aged 8 months to 20 years, who were...

28 Oct
Pediatricians' Group Calls for More Research on Artificial Sweeteners

Pediatricians' Group Calls for More Research on Artificial Sweeteners

There are many unanswered questions about the long-term safety and impacts of artificial sweeteners in children, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement says.

The AAP statement also recommends that the amount of artificial sweeteners should be li...

21 Oct
Scientists Spot Signs of Virus Behind Disease Paralyzing Kids

Scientists Spot Signs of Virus Behind Disease Paralyzing Kids

A new antibody test appears to have honed in on the most likely cause of a mysterious polio-like disease that regularly sweeps through the United States.

The new test detected antibodies for two types of enteroviruses in the spinal fluid of dozens of patients diagnos...

21 Oct
Secondhand Smoke May Harm Kids' Eyes

Secondhand Smoke May Harm Kids' Eyes

Smoking around kids may harm their vision as their eyes are still developing, a new study suggests.

Secondhand smoke has long been linked to increased risks for cancer and stroke in adults, and asthma, lung infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in childr...

16 Oct
For Kids With Genetic Condition, Statins May Be Lifesavers

For Kids With Genetic Condition, Statins May Be Lifesavers

When children with genetically high cholesterol are prescribed statins, it can drastically cut their risk of heart disease and death before the age of 40, a new study finds.

At issue is a condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), an inherited genetic disor...

15 Oct
Good News, Bad News on Concussions in High School Sports

Good News, Bad News on Concussions in High School Sports

New research on concussions reports mixed news for kids playing high school sports.

The good news? Concussions are down during football practices. And the number of recurrent concussions is down in all sports.

The bad news? Concussions are on the rise dur...

10 Oct
New Treatment Offers Hope for Kids With Deadly Nerve Cancer

New Treatment Offers Hope for Kids With Deadly Nerve Cancer

Early treatment with an immune-boosting therapy might improve the outlook of young children with an advanced form of cancer, a new small study suggests.

The trial involved 43 children with high-risk neuroblastoma, a cancer that starts in immature nerve cells. Researc...

07 Oct
High Lead Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Kids Years Later

High Lead Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Kids Years Later

Children whose moms had high levels of lead in their blood during pregnancy are more likely than others to carry excess weight by age 8, new research reveals.

The conclusion stems from a look at blood tests of more than 1,440 mothers within three days after delivery....

07 Oct
Cause of Paralyzing Illness in Kids Remains Elusive

Cause of Paralyzing Illness in Kids Remains Elusive

There is still no clear cause for a mysterious paralytic condition that has been striking U.S. children over the past five years, government health officials report.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspect that a virus of some kind ...

30 Sep
For Kids With Asthma, Depression Makes ER Visit More Likely

For Kids With Asthma, Depression Makes ER Visit More Likely

New research suggests that anxiety and depression can make it hard for some kids to manage their asthma.

Young patients with all three conditions ended up in the emergency room nearly twice as often as kids who only struggle with asthma, the study found.

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16 Sep
Kids Often Prescribed Drugs 'Off-Label,' Raising Concerns

Kids Often Prescribed Drugs 'Off-Label,' Raising Concerns

When a child gets sick, doctors are increasingly relying on what's known as "off-label" use of medications, a new study says.

Off-label use of a drug means that it hasn't been specifically studied and approved for the condition, age group or weight of the person gett...

23 Aug
A Kid-Friendly Emergency Room Saves Lives

A Kid-Friendly Emergency Room Saves Lives

Critically ill kids are far more likely to survive if they're treated at hospital emergency rooms that are well-equipped to care for children, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 20,400 critically ill youngsters seen in ERs at 426 hospitals in F...

22 Aug
TB Cases Drop Among the Young, But Racial Disparities Persist

TB Cases Drop Among the Young, But Racial Disparities Persist

There's good and bad news in a new report on tuberculosis rates among American children and teens: Overall, the number of cases have fallen by nearly half, but they still remain much higher among minorities than whites.

Tuberculosis (TB), a bacterial lung disease, is...

19 Aug
Many Parents Would Switch Doctors Over Vaccination Policy, Poll Finds

Many Parents Would Switch Doctors Over Vaccination Policy, Poll Finds

Forty percent of U.S. parents say they would likely find a new doctor if their child's primary care provider sees families who refuse childhood vaccines, a nationwide poll finds.

And three in 10 say their child's primary care provider shou...

14 Aug
For Kids Born With HIV, Taking Needed Meds Gets Harder With Age: Study

For Kids Born With HIV, Taking Needed Meds Gets Harder With Age: Study

As they get older, U.S. children born with HIV are less likely to take the medicine they need to fight the AIDS-causing virus, a new study finds.

About 12,000 children, teens and young adults in the United States have had HIV since birth. Antiretroviral therapy (ART)...

30 Jul
Are Too Many Kids Prescribed Antihistamines?

Are Too Many Kids Prescribed Antihistamines?

Many U.S. doctors are much less likely to recommend cough and cold medicines for young children ever since experts advised against it in 2008, new research shows.

That's the good news. The bad news?

Physicians are still more likely to recommend antihistamin...

30 Jul
Childhood Cancer Steals Over 11 Million Years of Healthy Life: Study

Childhood Cancer Steals Over 11 Million Years of Healthy Life: Study

Researchers are closing in on the toll of childhood cancer, finding it stole 11.5 million years of healthy life lost worldwide in 2017.

Premature death took 97% of that toll, and impaired quality of life about 3%, the study found.

"Estimating the ye...

26 Jul
Most Airplanes Not Equipped With First Aid for Kids

Most Airplanes Not Equipped With First Aid for Kids

You're on an overseas flight with your young child, who starts complaining of fever and chills. You ask the flight attendant for help, maybe some pain relievers. Will the plane's first aid kit have what your child needs?

Not likely, new research finds. While children...

25 Jul
For Asthmatic Kids in Tough Neighborhoods, Family Is Key

For Asthmatic Kids in Tough Neighborhoods, Family Is Key

Good family relationships may help buffer asthma's effects in children facing difficult neighborhood conditions, a new study says.

It's known that neighborhood environmental factors such as pollution and allergens can affect the wheezing and breathing children with a...

09 Jul
CDC Warns of Start to 'Season' for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids

CDC Warns of Start to 'Season' for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids

The "season" for a polio-like illness that mainly strikes children is about to begin, so public health officials sent out an early warning to doctors on Tuesday.

The largest recorded outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) occurred last year, with the illness debil...

01 Jul
White House Immigration Proposal May Harm Health of 1.9 Million Kids

White House Immigration Proposal May Harm Health of 1.9 Million Kids

Almost 2 million children could lose out on vital public health care and food assistance due to a proposed Trump administration rule change related to U.S. immigration, a new study argues.

As many as 1.9 million children with specific medical problems are projected t...

01 Jul
Low Vitamin D at Birth Linked to Kids' High Blood Pressure Risk

Low Vitamin D at Birth Linked to Kids' High Blood Pressure Risk

Infants and young children with vitamin D deficiency may have a heightened risk for elevated blood pressure later in childhood and in their teens, a new study finds.

Researchers followed 775 children in Boston from birth to age 18. Most were from low-income families ...

28 Jun
Meet 'Huggable,' the Robot Bear Who's Helping Hospitalized Kids

Meet 'Huggable,' the Robot Bear Who's Helping Hospitalized Kids

He sings, he plays games -- and Huggable the 'social robot' teddy bear could be good medicine for kids in the hospital.

In a study of 50 children, aged 3 to 10 years, the plush bear boosted spirits, eased anxiety and even lowered perceived pain levels, say Boston Chi...

28 Jun
How Do Kids Learn To Turn Off Troublesome Tics?

How Do Kids Learn To Turn Off Troublesome Tics?

Many kids with tics can suppress them, and learning how they do it could lead to ways to help prevent major tic disorders such as Tourette syndrome, researchers say.

At least 20% of elementary school-age children develop tics, such as excessive blinking, throat c...

20 Jun
How Do Birth Defects Affect Childhood Cancer Risk?

How Do Birth Defects Affect Childhood Cancer Risk?

Children with birth defects may be at increased risk for childhood cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 10 million children born in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina between 1992 and 2013.

Compared to children witho...

14 Jun
Overweight Kids Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure

Overweight Kids Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure

Overweight preschoolers have twice the odds of developing high blood pressure by age 6, putting them at risk of heart attack and stroke later in life.

And those odds begin building as early as age 4, a new study reports.

"The myth that excess weight in chil...

13 Jun
Type 1 Diabetes Might Affect Young Kids' Brain Development

Type 1 Diabetes Might Affect Young Kids' Brain Development

Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an early age have slowed growth in brain areas linked to mild cognitive deficits, new research suggests.

The study compared MRIs of the brain in kids with type 1 diabetes to age-matched children without the condition. Resear...

10 Jun
Concussion Often Hits Elementary School Kids, Too

Concussion Often Hits Elementary School Kids, Too

Concussions aren't only a concern for high school and college athletes -- they're also a leading injury risk for kids as young as age 5 who play sports.

That's the upshot of a new study of injury risk among 1,500 elementary school athletes in one Florida county. For...

10 Jun
Chickenpox Vaccine Shields Kids From Shingles, Too

Chickenpox Vaccine Shields Kids From Shingles, Too

Shingles isn't usually considered a kids' disease, but children can get this painful condition. Fortunately, the chickenpox vaccine can also protect them against it, a new study finds.

"The virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. It's pretty uncommon in kid...

21 May
Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

Despite an epidemic of childhood obesity, the cholesterol levels of American kids have been improving over the past 20 years, a new study shows.

Researchers found that since 1999, levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol among U.S. children and teens have declined, while leve...

10 May
Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?

Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?

Medical marijuana extracts appear to help children with autism, reducing their disruptive behavior while improving their social responsiveness, a new Israeli clinical trial reports.

Kids treated with either a whole-plant cannabis extract or a pure combination of cannab...

30 Apr
Newer Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Kids, Teens

Newer Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Kids, Teens

A type 2 diabetes drug for adults also controls blood sugar levels in children and teens with the disease, researchers report.

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise among children and teens, but they have fewer treatment choices than adults, the study authors said. Currentl...

30 Apr
Asthma Inhalers Incorrectly Used by Most Kids in Study

Asthma Inhalers Incorrectly Used by Most Kids in Study

Asthma inhalers can't do the job if they're not used correctly. And that's an issue for many children, U.S. researchers say.

"We know from past studies that both parents and children overestimate the ability of children to properly use their inhaler," said study auth...

19 Apr
Almost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse Inhalers

Almost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse Inhalers

Many children with asthma don't use their inhalers properly and don't get a full dose of medicine, researchers report.

They evaluated inhaler use among 113 children between the ages of 2 and 16 who were hospitalized for asthma. Such patients are at highest risk for c...