Kids' Health News

Higher depression risk in boys who think they are underweight

The focus on teenage weight issues tends to center around girls, but boys are not immune to body image pressures. In two new studies, researchers found that teen boys of a healthy weight who think they are too skinny have a higher risk of being depressed, compared with other boys - even those who think they are overweight.

Fully automated venipuncture device can improve paediatric experience

A new medical device has been developed that will provide phlebotomists and clinicians with a technology to enable blood drawing accuracy at first stick. This is particularly important considering the diverse patient demographic each with various levels of difficult venous access. Soon, this enhanced accuracy will greatly reduce patient discomfort as well as procedure time and cost.

ERA-EDTA announces a collaboration with the European Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ESPN)

The European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) announces a non-exclusive collaboration with the European Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ESPN). Both societies focus on the care of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), promote clinical research in the field of nephrology and have similar interests in basic research.

Mouse model developed for atopic dermatitis

A study reports the development of a new mouse model for atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin disorder commonly known as eczema. The findings, published in Cell Reports, suggest that mast cells, a type of immune cell, are critical for both spontaneous and allergen-induced eczema.

Children have skewed view of gender segregation

Children believe the world is far more segregated by gender than it actually is, implies a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar.Jennifer Watling Neal and colleagues examined classroom friendships in five U.S. elementary schools.

NHS could save £12 million per year by controlling blood sugar levels in critically ill children

A major UK-wide study (The CHiP trial) led by Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has found that the NHS could reduce the length of hospital stay for critically ill children and save around £12 million a year, by changing the way paediatric intensive care units (PICU) commonly control blood sugar levels for some...

Bacteria 'could be a cause of preterm births'

New research from the US has found a link between preterm births where the water sac around the baby breaks prematurely, and bacteria near where the walls of the sac arethinner.The researchers, including Amy P. Murtha, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine, report their work in a recent online issue of PLOS ONE.Prof.

Pediatric fractures may indicate bone-density problems

Broken bones may seem like a normal part of an active childhood. About 1 in 3 otherwise healthy children suffers a bone fracture. Breakage of the bone running from the elbow to the thumb side of the wrist (distal forearm fracture) is the most common. It occurs most often during the growth spurt that children typically undergo in early adolescence.

Waterproof glue seals holes in beating hearts

Next time you catch a slug meandering its way across your prize lettuces, think about this: that slimy trail could be the key to life-saving technology for healing damaged tissue, such as in beating hearts.

Significant link between percentage of dietary fat consumed in adolescence and increase in abdominal adiposity, regardless of exercise

The prevalence of excess weight and obesity among adolescents and, as a result, the concomitant problems, has increased considerably in recent years. A study by the UPV/EHU has confirmed that, irrespective of the total calories consumed and the physical activity done, an excessive proportion of fat in the diet leads to a greater accumulation of fat in the abdomen.

Teaching Assistants feel they make a difference to vulnerable children

A study on the role of Teaching Assistants (TAs) in primary schools has suggested that TAs perceive themselves to have a positive effect on children displaying challenging behaviour and believe that without their support many of these children would be excluded from mainstream school.

Two new genetic causes of neonatal diabetes

Research by the University of Exeter Medical School has revealed two new genetic causes of neonatal diabetes.The research, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, provides further insights on how the insulin-producing beta cells are formed in the pancreas. The team discovered that mutations in two specific genes which are important for development of the pancreas can cause the disease.

Risk for asthma in childhood may be increased by low diversity of gut bacteria

Low gut microbial diversity in the intestines of infants can increase the risk for asthma development. These are the findings of the age 7 follow-up in a multi-year study led by researchers at Linkoping University.In 2011 the results of a comprehensive survey of the intestinal microbiota of allergic and healthy children were published.

'Wellbeing improved' if children with autism recruit imaginary helpers

Researchers believe they have developed a psychological technique that improves the mental wellbeing of children with autism - through an activity that invents tiny characters the kids can then imagine are in their heads helping them out with their thoughts.