Kids' Health News

Many internists don't feel equipped to manage care of adults who had cancer as children

A recent study shows that many internists feel ill-equipped to care for adult patients who are childhood cancer survivors. Eugene Suh, MD, assistant professor in the division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, was first author of the study that was conducted the University of Chicago with Tara Henderson, MD, MPH.

Researchers analyse microbes found in neonatal intensive care unit

They are one of the cleanest environments in a hospital, but neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) still contain microbes, according to a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. The authors of this pilot study speculate that these non-pathogenic microbes then go on to populate the guts of premature babies, who do not have gut microflora due to antibiotic treatment.

Long-term survival possible for pediatric heart transplant patients

Infants and children who undergo heart transplantation are experiencing good outcomes after surgery and may expect to live beyond 15 years post-surgery with reasonable cardiac function and quality of life, according to a study released at the 50th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Imaging technique identifies delays in premature infants

Infants born prematurely are at elevated risk for cognitive, motor, and behavioral deficits - the severity of which was, until recently, almost impossible to accurately predict in the neonatal period with conventional brain imaging technology.

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy 'increases preeclampsia risk'

Research led by investigators from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health suggests that women who have a vitamin D deficiency in the first 26 weeks of pregnancy are more likely to develop severe preeclampsia. This is according to a study recently published in the journal Epidemiology.

A new initiative improves asthma control in teenagers

What is believed to be the first quality improvement initiative focusing exclusively on asthmatic teenagers - conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio - has reported significant improvements in asthma outcomes.

Gun-related injuries 'hospitalize 20 children in the US every day'

New research suggests that around 20 children in the US are hospitalized every day after being injured by firearms, and approximately 6% of these children die from their injuries. This is according to a study published online in the journal Pediatrics.The research team, led by Dr.

Asthma outcomes in teens improved by quality improvement initiative

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have successfully carried out what is believed to be the first initiative conducted exclusively among teenagers to show significant improvement in their asthma outcomes.The quality improvement initiative, conducted in a primary care setting, dramatically improved asthma control and outcomes for high-risk adolescents.

Music therapy improves coping skills in young cancer patients

A new study has found that a form of music therapy, which involves writing song lyrics and producing videos, is beneficial in helping young cancer patients develop coping skills.Being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for cancer can be a very traumatic experience, especially for young people.

Maternal high-fat diet alters metabolism in offspring, leading to greater risk of obesity

The offspring of obese mothers consuming a high-fat diet during pregnancy are at a higher risk than the children of thin mothers for lifelong obesity, and related metabolic disorders. The molecular and cellular basis for these differences are clarified in a new study published in the recent issue of Cell by researchers at Yale School of Medicine and the University of Cologne.

Caffeine: how does it really affect our health?

When we wake up in the morning, many of us reach for a coffee to kick-start our day. According to the International Coffee Organization, approximately 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day.

40% of minors in Lorca suffer post-traumatic stress a year after earthquake

Spanish researchers have analysed the impact of the Lorca catastrophe by the percentage of minors suffering post-traumatic stress. Results reveal that 55% of young people displayed this disorder a month on from the earthquake and 40% were still suffering a year later.On 11 May 2011, Lorca suffered an earthquake measuring 5.1, preceded by another of 4.

Gene therapy restored muscle function and prolonged lives in animals with a condition similar to X-linked myotubular myopathy in children

Preclinical studies show that gene therapy can improve muscle strength in small- and large-animal models of a fatal congenital pediatric disease known as X-linked myotubular myopathy. The results, appearing in Science Translational Medicine, also demonstrate the feasibility of future clinical trials of gene therapy for this devastating disease.

If overweight, your child will be less active

A new study from the University of Copenhagen's OPUS Research Centre reports that being overweight makes children less active. The findings underscore that parents of overweight children have an obligation to keep their children active, as physical activity is vital for the general health of all children.

Growth chart for the brain may pave the way for preventive early interventions

Researchers at Penn Medicine have generated a brain development index from MRI scans that captures the complex patterns of maturation during normal brain development. This index will allow clinicians and researchers for the first time to detect subtle, yet potentially critical early signs of deviation from normal development during late childhood to early adult.