Kids' Health News

Middle-school girls 'play soccer with concussion symptoms'

For teenagers who play soccer, there are bound to be some bumps to the head from time to time. But a new study has found that concussions are common among middle-school girls who play soccer, and the majority of these girls continue to play when they have concussion symptoms.This is according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Secondhand smoke linked to hospital readmission for asthmatic kids

A new study reveals that children who have asthma are much more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 1 year if they are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or in the car.Researchers from the study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, say their findings could prompt insurance companies to give incentives to parents or guardians who quit smoking.

Gaucher patients offered new hope

What causes brain damage and inflammation in severe cases of Gaucher disease? Little is known about the events that lead to brain pathology in some forms of the disease, and there is currently no treatment available - a bleak outlook for sufferers and their families. Now, scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science have discovered a new cellular pathway implicated in Gaucher disease.

Access to pediatric kidney transplantation in the US may depend on where the child lives

A new study has revealed large geographic variation in waiting times for children across the United States in need of kidney transplants, with differences due mainly to local supply and demand. The findings, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), suggest that broader geographic sharing of kidneys for children should be considered.

Nicotine replacement in pregnancy linked to offspring obesity

It is widely known that smoking during pregnancy may cause harm to offspring. But new research from Western University in Canada suggests that women who use nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy in an attempt to quit the habit may still be putting their child at risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

3 risk factors most highly correlated with child obesity

A University of Illinois study has identified the three most significant risk factors for child obesity among preschoolers: (1) inadequate sleep, (2) a parental BMI that classifies the mom or dad as overweight or obese, and (3) parental restriction of a child's eating in order to control his weight.

UK GPs make youth mental health a priority

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) said: "The majority of GPs are skilled at supporting young people and families in their generalist role but fewer than half of GPs are given the opportunity to undertake a paediatric or psychiatry training placement during their training.

Day-care children learn to respond to hunger cues when allowed to pass bowls family-style

When children and child-care providers sit around a table together at mealtime, passing bowls and serving themselves, children learn to recognize when they are full better than they do when food is pre-plated for them, reports a new University of Illinois study of feeding practices of two- to five-year-old children in 118 child-care centers.

Study points to 'growing class gap' in US teen obesity

Although recent reports suggest the childhood obesity epidemic in the US may have abated somewhat, a new study finds that the overall trend masks growing socioeconomic disparities, with teens in poorer families showing increased rates of obesity.

Positive school climate could work where drug tests don't

School drug testing does not deter teenagers from smoking marijuana, but creating a "positive school climate" just might, according to research reported in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.An estimated 20 percent of U.S.

Antidepressant use linked to infant pulmonary hypertension

New research suggests that infants of mothers who are in the late stages of pregnancy and who take a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors may be at increased rick of developing high blood pressure in the lungs - known as persistent pulmonary hypertension.

ACH researchers lead study linking mitochondrial dysfunction to autism

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is alarmingly high and appears to be continuing to rise. The Centers for Disease Control's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network estimates that about 1 in 88 children has been identified with an ASD. Despite decades of research the cause of autism is not clear.