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Symptoms of Long COVID in Kids

Children can experience long COVID just like adults, experts say. The most common symptoms in kids include fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating.

Children with Diabetes at High Risk for Eye Problems, Study Finds

Children with diabetes face an increased risk of developing a condition that damages the retina… and the risk is significantly higher in kids with type 2 diabetes, researchers say.

HealthDay Now: What To Expect From Psychedelic Therapy

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke to award-nominated actor, Tony Head, a research participant in a Johns Hopkins clinical trial of psilocybin. Tony was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2011 and he shares how his experience with psilocybin helped him face his fears of dying.

Books Are Better than Digital Devices for Reading to Kids, Study Finds

Traditional print books are better for learning than digital devices, researchers say .

Most Parents Say Their Kids Aren’t Grateful Enough: Poll

Four out of five parents say their children aren't grateful for what they have and they worry they're giving them too many material things, a new national poll finds.

Halloween 2021 Less Scary as COVID Rates Decline

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers important tips to keep your kids safe and healthy when they're trick-or-treating.

OTC Cold Meds Dangerous to Young Children

Despite major labeling changes and FDA warnings, the misuse of cough and cold medications continues to take young lives, researchers find.


A Simple Way to Boost Kids' Reading Skills?

Extra-large letter spacing helps increase reading speed and accuracy in kids with and without dyslexia, a new study finds.

1 in 5 Kids Eating More Fast Food During the Pandemic: Poll Results

While 50 percent of families report eating healthier during COVID, 20 percent are serving fast food to their kids more often, researchers say.

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.

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19 Jan
Heart Function Rebounds for Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C

Heart Function Rebounds for Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C

A rare and serious inflammatory condition called MIS-C can strike kids weeks after they've recovered from their COVID infection.

But now there's good news for parents: Children tend to recover completely from any heart injury within three months of falling ill, a new st...

18 Jan
Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19?

Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19?

TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As a record number of American kids are being hospitalized with COVID-19, a new study helps clarify which ones are at the highest risk for serious complications.

The study tracked over 3,200 children and teena...

18 Jan
Her Arm Got Caught in Family's Treadmill. It Could Have Been Worse.

Her Arm Got Caught in Family's Treadmill. It Could Have Been Worse.

It can happen so fast.

One moment, a family is eating dinner together like usual. Soon after, they go off to do other things before being brought back together by a child's scream.

That is what unfolded in the Beckman home in State College, Pa., one October ...

18 Jan
At-Home COVID Tests Accurate for Ki​ds: Study

At-Home COVID Tests Accurate for Ki​ds: Study

Despite earlier concerns that at-home COVID-19 tests might be less accurate than PCR tests, new research in U.S. children and teens adds to evidence that the rapid tests are highly accurate.

The scientists said the accuracy of the tests — which can be used at home and ...

17 Jan
CDC Study Shows Power of Flu Vaccine for Kids

CDC Study Shows Power of Flu Vaccine for Kids

Flu vaccines protect children against serious illness, even when the vaccine doesn't match the circulating flu virus, according to a new study that reinforces the importance of flu shots.

Flu viruses are constantly changing, and the effectiveness of flu vaccines can be ...

13 Jan
COVID Hospitalizations Rising in Kids Too Young for Vaccine

COVID Hospitalizations Rising in Kids Too Young for Vaccine

While COVID-19 has taken the lives of many children and caused serious illness for many more, it is generally agreed that the virus is much less likely to inflict severe damage in the young.

But

13 Jan
Study Bolsters Effectiveness of 'Guided Play' for Learning

Study Bolsters Effectiveness of 'Guided Play' for Learning

Hands-on learning can be fun, and new research suggests that it works as well as more traditional teaching methods.

Known as "guided play," the technique involves educational activities that are gently steered by an adult but give kids the freedom to explore while learni...

12 Jan
Nearly 600,000 U.S. Kids Had COVID Last Week

Nearly 600,000 U.S. Kids Had COVID Last Week

In a sign that the highly contagious Omicron variant is sparing no one, a new report shows that new COVID-19 cases among U.S. children spiked to a high of more than 580,000 for the week ending Jan. 6, a 78% increase from the week before.

"Since many children remain unva...

12 Jan
White House to Give Schools 10 Million Free COVID Tests Every Month

White House to Give Schools 10 Million Free COVID Tests Every Month

In an effort to keep kids in classrooms, the White House announced Wednesday that 10 million free coronavirus tests will be provided to schools around the country every month while the wildly contagious Omicron variant continues to surge.

President Joe Biden has been pus...

11 Jan
Later School Start Times Boost Parents' Health, Too

Later School Start Times Boost Parents' Health, Too

For several years, a leading U.S. pediatricians' group has called for middle and high schools to start later in the morning, to help these young people get the right amount of sleep.

Now, new research suggests that students aren't the only ones who benefit from later sta...

11 Jan
Kids' Behavior Worsened With Remote Learning: Study

Kids' Behavior Worsened With Remote Learning: Study

Parents, brace yourselves.

As the Omicron variant surges and U.S. schools deal with a substitute teacher shortage and related pandemic fallout, don't be surprised if a return to remote or hybrid learning leads your kids to act out, a

06 Jan
Urban Air Pollution Drives Millions of Cases of Asthma in Kids

Urban Air Pollution Drives Millions of Cases of Asthma in Kids

Far fewer kids might develop asthma if there were less traffic pollution, suggests a new study that researched the issue worldwide.

"Our study found that nitrogen dioxide puts children at risk of developing asthma and the problem is especially acute in urban areas," said...

05 Jan
CDC Panel Backs FDA Approval of Boosters for Those Aged 12-15

CDC Panel Backs FDA Approval of Boosters for Those Aged 12-15

An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shots for those between the ages of 12 and 17.

The Food and Drug Administration had announced the move on Monday.

In arri...

04 Jan
CDC Backs Boosters for High-Risk Kids Aged 5-11, Shorter Time Between Shots

CDC Backs Boosters for High-Risk Kids Aged 5-11, Shorter Time Between Shots

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shot for high-risk kids between the ages of 5 and 11, along with shortening the time period between a second dose and a booster shot from six months to five mon...

04 Jan
'Few-Foods' Diet Could Be Recipe for Easing ADHD Symptoms

'Few-Foods' Diet Could Be Recipe for Easing ADHD Symptoms

Can eating a highly restrictive “few-foods diet” ease the classic symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids?

New research suggests that short-term nutritional intervention, which tests whether certain foods are a trigger for

04 Jan
U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID Patients

U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID Patients

COVID-19 hospitalizations among children are surging across the United States just as students return to school and the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to dominate the country.

At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric ho...

04 Jan
A Better Way to Correct Severe Scoliosis in Kids?

A Better Way to Correct Severe Scoliosis in Kids?

Young patients with early-onset scoliosis, a dangerous curvature of the spine, have two options for surgery, but a new study finds one of the procedures results in fewer complications.

For 8- to 11-year-olds, growth-friendly surgery that allows the spine to continue grow...

03 Jan
Study Finds No Ties Between Youth Tackle Football, Brain/Behavioral Issues

Study Finds No Ties Between Youth Tackle Football, Brain/Behavioral Issues

Many parents struggle with the decision to let their kids play tackle football or other contact sports due to the risk of concussions and long-term brain diseases that may occur with repeated head blows.

Now,

03 Jan
Once-a-Day HIV Pill Works Well for Kids

Once-a-Day HIV Pill Works Well for Kids

An international trial found that a once-a-day antiretroviral medication for kids with HIV is not only cheap and easy to take, but also better at suppressing HIV than standard treatments.

"Our findings provide strong evidence for the global rollout of dolutegravir for ch...

31 Dec
Severe Illness in Children Brings Hardship for Families

Severe Illness in Children Brings Hardship for Families

When a sick child spends time in the intensive care unit, the impact lasts even after the hospital stay is over.

Added to it are days, weeks, sometimes months out of school for the young patient and extended work absences for their primary caregivers.

"Pediatric c...

30 Dec
FDA May Allow Pfizer Boosters for 12- to 15-Year-Olds by Monday

FDA May Allow Pfizer Boosters for 12- to 15-Year-Olds by Monday

Younger adolescents may soon be eligible for COVID-19 booster vaccines, possibly by early next week.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning on Monday to broaden booster eligibility to include 12- to 15-year-olds, sources told the New York Times. This ...

30 Dec
Real-World Data Confirms Pfizer Vaccine Safe for Kids Ages 5-11

Real-World Data Confirms Pfizer Vaccine Safe for Kids Ages 5-11

New U.S. data based on nearly 9 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine delivered to kids ages 5 to 11 shows no major safety issues, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccine was first

29 Dec
Cochlear Implants a Big Help to Deaf Children With Autism

Cochlear Implants a Big Help to Deaf Children With Autism

Having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can make communication a challenge, and some of these children are also deaf, making social interactions even more daunting.

But new research suggests that cochlear implants can go a long way toward helping these kids understand spee...

29 Dec
Weak Action on Climate Change Is Stressing Young People Worldwide

Weak Action on Climate Change Is Stressing Young People Worldwide

While climate change calls to mind extreme weather and melting polar ice caps, government officials' inaction to stop it is also affecting the mental health of young people, new research reveals.

"This

28 Dec
New Clues to Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Young Kids

New Clues to Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Young Kids

Every year in the United States, a few hundred children die suddenly and without explanation. Now researchers have found gene variants that may contribute to some of those tragic deaths.

The hope, experts said, is that understanding the underlying mechanisms will eventua...

28 Dec
As Omicron Spreads, Child Hospitalizations Climb 30% in Past Week

As Omicron Spreads, Child Hospitalizations Climb 30% in Past Week

Child hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped 30% this past week as the Omicron variant spread like wildfire throughout the United States.

By Dec. 28, the country had an average of 260 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations each day, according to the

28 Dec
Do Kids Act Better When School Uniforms Are the Norm? Maybe Not

Do Kids Act Better When School Uniforms Are the Norm? Maybe Not

Ask a teacher whether school uniforms make a difference in their classrooms, and many are sure of it.

They insist those crisp shirts and ties and those modest plaid skirts help kids focus on their classwork, level the playing field and boost attendance, among other perks...

28 Dec
Gun-Related Spinal Cord Injury in Childhood Brings Hardship Later

Gun-Related Spinal Cord Injury in Childhood Brings Hardship Later

Spinal cord injuries in childhood are devastating no matter how they happen, but new research suggests that kids felled by gunshots are even worse off than those who suffer such an injury nonviolently.

About 13% of

22 Dec
School COVID Outbreaks Drop When Adults Wear Masks, Study Finds

School COVID Outbreaks Drop When Adults Wear Masks, Study Finds

Of course kids make up the bulk of people at schools, but new evidence shows that requiring masks for adults working at schools greatly reduces the severity of COVID-19 outbreaks.

In the study, the researchers found that children were most often the first identified cas...

22 Dec
Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

A new program to boost the supply of cancer medicines for children in low- and middle-income countries has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The hospital is making a six-year, $200 million investment to launc...

21 Dec
Scientists Get to the Root of 'Chalky Teeth' in Kids

Scientists Get to the Root of 'Chalky Teeth' in Kids

Researchers who say they have discovered what causes kids to have "chalky teeth" predict it could lead to new ways to fight it and cut cavities by half.

One in five children have chalky teeth -- visible as discolored enamel spots -- which can cause severe toothache and d...

20 Dec
Many Overweight Kids Already Have Hardened Arteries, Diabetes

Many Overweight Kids Already Have Hardened Arteries, Diabetes

If your children struggle with their weight, new research suggests they may also suffer from diseases once seen only in adults.

Stiffening of the arteries, which can lead to early heart attacks and strokes, and type 2 diabetes were found in many of the more than 600 obes...

20 Dec
Mom & Dad's Holiday Stress a Downer for Kids, Poll Finds

Mom & Dad's Holiday Stress a Downer for Kids, Poll Finds

Many parents want to make the holiday season magical for their kids, but for some the stress they feel trying to live up to that ideal may actually be doing the opposite.

A poll from Michigan ...

20 Dec
Scientists Find Clue to Links Between Autism, Epilepsy

Scientists Find Clue to Links Between Autism, Epilepsy

Kids with autism have low levels of a protein that quiets overactive brain cells, which may explain why so many have epilepsy, according to a new study.

Because the protein can be detected in cerebrospinal fluid, it may have promise as a marker to diagnose

17 Dec
CDC Supports 'Test-to-Stay' Strategy for Schools

CDC Supports 'Test-to-Stay' Strategy for Schools

Unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 can remain in the classroom as long as they're regularly tested for the virus at school, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC pointed to

17 Dec
Pfizer Vaccine Disappoints in Kids Ages 2 to 5

Pfizer Vaccine Disappoints in Kids Ages 2 to 5

Two doses of a pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine failed to spur an adequate immune response in children aged 2 to 5, the companies announced Friday.

That's a setback for parents hoping to get their youngest children immunized against the new coronavirus as soon ...

16 Dec
Pandemic Saw Big Declines in Kids' Use of Drugs, Alcohol, Vaping

Pandemic Saw Big Declines in Kids' Use of Drugs, Alcohol, Vaping

There may be a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, with U.S. health officials reporting an "unprecedented" decline in teens' use of alcohol, marijuana, other illegal drugs and vaping.

"We have never seen such dramatic decreases in drug use among teens in just a one-y...

16 Dec
Junk Food Ads Reaching Kids Through Livestream Gaming Platforms

Junk Food Ads Reaching Kids Through Livestream Gaming Platforms

Children and teens who use livestreaming gaming platforms may be bombarded with influencer-endorsed ads for energy drinks, junk food and alcohol, new research shows.

"This type of marketing can normalize high-fat, high-sugar and

15 Dec
Baby's Immune System Is Tougher Than You Think

Baby's Immune System Is Tougher Than You Think

When it comes to fending off new viruses, baby has Mom and Dad beat.

An infant's immune system is better than an adult's at combating new viruses, researchers say.

Compared to adults, babies get a lot of viral respiratory infections, but babies are dealing with the...

13 Dec
Pandemic Brought Big Rise in New Cases of Anorexia

Pandemic Brought Big Rise in New Cases of Anorexia

A new study confirms yet another consequence of the pandemic for children and teenagers: Eating disorders, and hospitalizations for them, rose sharply in 2020.

The study of six hospitals across Canada found new diagnoses of anorexia nearly doubled during the first wave o...

13 Dec
What Does 'Long COVID' Look Like in Kids?

What Does 'Long COVID' Look Like in Kids?

Long COVID can be tough to diagnose in children, but there are a number of things to look for.

“Many children don’t have any symptoms when they have a COVID infection,” said Dr. Sindhu Mohandas, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and attending physician at C...

11 Dec
Febrile Seizures: How to Protect Your Child

Febrile Seizures: How to Protect Your Child

Fever-related seizures in young children can be alarming for parents, but they're usually not life-threatening, an expert says.

During a so-called febrile seizure, a child may lose consciousness, experience body stiffness and have full-body shaking. The seizures — whic...

10 Dec
New Treatment Greatly Boosts Survival for Kids With Aggressive Brain Cancer

New Treatment Greatly Boosts Survival for Kids With Aggressive Brain Cancer

Children with the rare cancer neuroblastoma often succumb to the disease despite aggressive treatment. But researchers have found that adding an experimental antibody to that treatment, right off the bat, may improve their outlook.

Of 64 children treated with the antibod...

09 Dec
New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

Children with hard-to-control asthma may get relief from adding an injectable antibody drug to their standard treatment, a clinical trial has found.

The drug, called dupilumab (Dupixent), has been available for several years to treat stubborn asthma in adults and teenage...

09 Dec
More Time Outdoors May Lower Risk of MS in Youth

More Time Outdoors May Lower Risk of MS in Youth

Children at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) might find some protection from the disease by spending more time in the sun, a small study suggests.

Although MS is rare in children and young adults, those with relatives who have the condition have increase...

09 Dec
Risk of Vision Trouble Rises in Children With Type 2 Diabetes

Risk of Vision Trouble Rises in Children With Type 2 Diabetes

A condition called "diabetic retinopathy" often threatens the vision of adults with diabetes, but new research suggests that kids with type 2 diabetes may be particularly vulnerable to the vision-robbing complication.

In fact, these kids were nearly twice as likely to de...

08 Dec
Another Benefit to Asthma Control for Kids: Less Bullying

Another Benefit to Asthma Control for Kids: Less Bullying

Kids can be cruel, and bullies often zero in on kids they view as weak or different, including those with asthma.

One in 10 children with asthma say they have been bullied or teased as a result of their condition, but tight asthma control seems to keep bullying at bay, <...

07 Dec
1 in 3 U.S. Children Lack Adequate Health Insurance

1 in 3 U.S. Children Lack Adequate Health Insurance

Though they live in one of the world’s richest nations, a growing number of young Americans are without ample health insurance.

07 Dec
What's Behind Unexplained Epilepsy in Kids? A Gene Test May Tell

What's Behind Unexplained Epilepsy in Kids? A Gene Test May Tell

Genetic testing can help guide management and treatment of unexplained epilepsy in children, new research suggests.

"A genetic diagnosis impacted medical management for nearly three out of four children in our study," said study author Dr. Isabel Haviland. She's a postdo...

06 Dec
1 in 3 College Freshmen Has Depression, Anxiety

1 in 3 College Freshmen Has Depression, Anxiety

Starting college can be a time of fun, new experiences and growth. Yet it can also be a rough transition for many students who struggle with mental health issues.

A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom and Canada found about one-third of first-year students h...

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