Kids' Health News

Cortisol levels associated with crash and near-crash rates for teen drivers

Bottom Line: Teenage drivers with a higher response to stress measured by cortisol levels (a neurological marker of stress regulation linked to risky behavior) had lower crash and near-crash rates (CNC).Background: Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death worldwide for people 15 to 29 years of age. The first months after a new driver gets a license are a particularly dangerous time.

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.As the first researcher to study the role of paternal obesity in autism, Dr.

Health benefits of 'green exercise' for kids shown in new study

Children who are exposed to scenes of nature while exercising are more likely to experience health-enhancing effects after activity, according to a Coventry University study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Better-targeted treatment in pediatric radiotherapy

For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment to tumours while helping to spare healthy organs.

Distinguishing between pediatric injuries associated with abuse and those caused by accidents

Roughly 1,500 children are fatally injured each year in association with child abuse and 150,000 are permanently disabled. Child abuse is a leading cause of fatality in children 0-4 years of age. Many serious injuries and fatalities could be prevented if it was possible to distinguish between injuries associated with abuse and those caused by accidents.

Early prevention of osteoporosis begins in youth

High levels of protein intake (HProt) enhance the positive impact of high physical activity (HPA) on bone structure and strength in healthy pre-pubertal boys, according to a study presented during the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Seville.

'Childhood obesity costs $19,000 per child,' researchers say

According to the latest estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of kids and adolescents in the US are overweight or obese. And now, researchers looking at total lifetime medical costs have estimated that, per head, childhood obesity costs $19,000 more than lifetime costs for normal weight children.