Kids' Health News

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.

New structural insights into the mechanics of rotavirus RNA synthesis

New nanoscale imaging approaches being used by researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI to shed light on the dynamic activities of rotaviruses, important pathogens that cause life-threatening diarrhea in young children. Once a rotavirus enters a host cell, it sheds its outermost protein layer, leaving behind a double-layered particle (DLP).

Hearing aids in children associated with improved speech, language abilities

Fitting children with mild to severe hearing loss (HL) with hearing aids (HAs) appears to be associated with better speech and language development. Poor communication skills at the end of the preschool years can affect social, academic and work success later in life. Hearing loss in childhood is a contributor to poor speech and language development.

A new risk for energy drink users

Newfound evidence indicates another risk factor for young adults consuming energy drinks. A research team representing six American universities found that the frequency of energy drink use is associated with increased odds of illicit prescription stimulant medication use.

New report documents cardiopulmonary arrest in premature infant after cyclomydril eyedrops

Eyedrops administered to infants as part of routine outpatient retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening can have life-threatening consequences. A case report published in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) describes cardiopulmonary arrest in a 27-week-old infant following administration of three sets of cyclopentolate 0.

Boys who started smoking before age 11 went on to have fatter sons

According to new research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol, men who started smoking regularly before the age of 11 had sons who, on average, had 5-10kg more body fat than their peers by the time they were in their teens.

Psychology used in cereal box retailing

In a study of 65 cereals in 10 different grocery stores, Cornell researchers found that cereals marketed to kids are placed half as high on supermarket shelves as adult cereals - the average height for children's cereal boxes is 23 inches verses 48 inches for adult cereal.

Potentially harmful chemicals emitted by crib mattresses

Infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from crib mattresses while they sleep according to a first-of-its-kind study by a team of environmental engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Healthy weight and academic achievement linked

Obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it, a new University of Illinois study finds. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring.

CDC: e-cigarette-related calls to US poison centers have soared

The safety of e-cigarettes has caused much debate in recent months. Now, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the number of phone calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine has dramatically increased, from one call per month in 2010 to 215 calls per month in 2014.