Kids' Health News

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.

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.