Kids' Health News

How parents cope when their children undergo stem cell transplant

A child's illness can challenge a parent's wellbeing. However, a study recently published in the journal Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation shows that in the case of a child's stem cell transplant, parents feel increased distress at the time of the procedure, but eventually recover to normal levels of adjustment.

No increased risk of stroke found in children taking ADHD drugs

Children who take medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) don't appear to be at increased stroke risk, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2014.In a study of 2.

Rises in income inequality associated with increase in child abuse

In the aftermath of the Great Recession and the increased attention to the widening income gap, concern over the impact of inequality on children and families has risen. According to a nationwide study by Cornell researchers the list of bad outcomes associated with income inequality now includes child abuse and neglect.

Common infections linked to stroke in children; vaccines may reduce risk

Common infections are associated with a significantly higher chance of stroke in children, but routine vaccinations may help decrease risk, according to preliminary research (abstract 39) presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2014.

EU rules stop children with cancer benefiting from new drug

Leading cancer experts are calling for a change in the European Union regulations on children's cancer drug trials. They argue that the current system denies children new, potentially life-saving drugs.The UK's Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) says if the rules were changed, children would have access to drugs that are currently only being tested in adults.

Effective use of ultrasound for suspected appendicitis in children

Using portable ultrasound as a first-line imaging study in kids with suspected appendicitis helps reduce emergency room length of stay and reduces the need for CT scans, according to a team of Mount Sinai researchers. Bedside ultrasound, often referred to as point-of-care ultrasonography, has a specificity of about 94%, meaning that it misses few cases, , the Mt. Sinai researchers add.

Schema Therapy for personality disorders proven more effective than other major treatments

A large scale randomized control trial, just released in the American Journal of Psychiatry (the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association) shows Schema Therapy to be significantly more effective than two major alternative approaches to the treatment of a broad range of personality disorders (avoidant, obsessive compulsive, dependent, paranoid, histrionic, and narcissistic).

Defects in minor class splicing likely cause of developmental disease

Melbourne researchers have made a major step forward in understanding how changes in an essential cellular process, called minor class splicing, may cause a severe developmental disease.Using zebrafish, which is a popular laboratory model for studying development, the researchers discovered that the action of a protein called Rnpc3 is critical for the growth of many organs.

3-fold increase in pregnancy among young girls with mental illness

Young girls with mental illness are three times more likely to become teenage parents than those without a major mental illness, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women's College Hospital.

Preterm infants more likely to have elevated insulin levels in early childhood

Researchers have found that preterm infants are more likely to have elevated insulin levels at birth and in early childhood compared to full-term infants, findings that provide additional evidence that preterm birth may be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, according to a study in JAMA.

Novel immune signature 'predicts severity of flu symptoms'

New research recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine details the discovery of an immune signature that may predict whether patients who have been newly diagnosed with influenza are likely to develop severe symptoms and experience poor outcomes.The research team, led by Investigators from St.