Kids' Health News

No advantage found for single-sex education over coed schools

Single-sex education does not educate girls and boys any better than coed schools, according to research published by the American Psychological Association analyzing 184 studies of more than 1.6 million students from around the world. The findings are published online in the APA journal Psychological Bulletin.

Researchers characterize a biomarker for lysosomal storage disorders

Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are a common cause of neurodegenerative disease in young children.These diseases are difficult to diagnosis in the early stages; therefore, it is difficult to develop therapeutic strategies that prevent symptom onset. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Frances M.

Neonatal mortality rates an increasing trend in home birth

In a study to be presented on Feb. 7 at 2:15 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in New Orleans, researchers will report that patients delivered at home by midwives had a roughly four times higher risk of neonatal deaths than babies delivered in the hospital by midwives.

Women 35 and older may be at decreased risk of having anatomically abnormal child

In a study to be presented on Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in New Orleans, researchers will report that women ages 35 and older are at a decreased risk of having a child with a major congenital malformation, after excluding chromosomal abnormalities.

First step in using pharmacogenomics for prevention of preterm birth

New research findings may soon help doctors personalize preterm birth prevention treatments by identifying which women at higher risk for preterm birth will be helped by progesterone injections.Injections of one type of progesterone, a synthetic form of a hormone naturally produced during pregnancy, have been shown to reduce the risk of recurrent preterm births by about a third.

Toddlers suffer 10 times as many burns and scalds as older children

According to new research in the UK, 1-year-old children receive 10 times the amount of burns and scalds as their older siblings. The authors of the new study, which is published in Archives of Diseases in Childhood, say that half of all burns and scalds cases seen in European hospitals are made up of injuries to children.

Study finds gaps in youth coaches' level of knowledge

Do youth coaches need coaching, too? According to an independent study released by American Council on Exercise (ACE), youth coach participants averaged a "C" grade on a survey evaluating their preparation and qualifications.

Exercise intensities of gardening tasks informs garden-based therapeutic interventions for youth

Gardening, often considered to be an activity reserved for adults, is gaining ground with children as new programs are introduced that promote gardening's "green" attributes. Physical benefits of getting out in the garden have also been reported for adults and seniors - now, a study from researchers in South Korea finds that children, too, can reap the benefits of digging, raking, and weeding.

Childhood depression may lead to heart disease by teen years

Children with depression are more likely to be obese, smoke and be inactive, and can show the effects of heart disease as early as their teen years, according to a newly published study by University of South Florida Associate Professor of Psychology Jonathan Rottenberg.

Could the quality of your attachment to your parents affect your own child's risk for obesity

Could the quality of your attachment to your parents affect your own child's risk for obesity? A new University of Illinois study says it can."If your mother regularly punished or dismissed your anger, anxiety, or sadness instead of being sensitive to your distress and giving you strategies for handling those feelings, you may be insecurely attached and parenting your children in the same way.

Sex-specific patterns of recovery from newborn brain injury revealed by study

Physicians have long known that oxygen deprivation to the brain around the time of birth causes worse damage in boys than girls. Now a study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center conducted in mice reveals one possible reason behind this gender disparity and points to gender-specific mechanisms of brain repair following such injury.

Guide on how to identify child abuse, starvation, compiled by forensic experts

Forensic science experts from North Carolina State University are publishing a comprehensive overview of forensic research that can be used to identify child abuse and starvation."By pulling all of this information together in one place, we hope that we can save the lives of some children and find justice for others," says Dr.

How can adolescent shyness be helped?

A study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (P&P) has examined the value of different treatment strategies in adolescents with problems communicating and social anxiety.Very few studies have investigated the effects of individual disorder-specific treatment of social phobia (SP) in adolescents.

Stress can be contagious: infants can catch it from their mothers

New research shows that babies not only pick up on their mother's stress, they also show corresponding physiological changes."Our research shows that infants 'catch' and embody the physiological residue of their mothers' stressful experiences," says lead researcher Sara Waters, postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco.

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