Kids' Health News

Children with better muscle health had improved metabolic and heart health

Adolescents with stronger muscles have a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study that examined the influence of muscle strength in sixth grade boys and girls.Stronger kids also have lower body mass index (weight to height ratio), lower percent body fat, smaller waist circumferences, and higher fitness levels, according to the study that appears in Pediatrics.

Schizophrenia reversed in adolescent mice by experimental cancer drug

Johns Hopkins researchers say that an experimental anticancer compound appears to have reversed behaviors associated with schizophrenia and restored some lost brain cell function in adolescent mice with a rodent version of the devastating mental illness.

Study on why 1 in 3 youth still presenting with diabetic ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening but preventable condition, remains an important problem for youth with diabetes and their families. Diabetic ketoacidosis is due to a severe lack of insulin and it is often the presenting symptom of type 1 diabetes. It can also be present at the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Probiotics do not help infants with colic

Giving probiotics to infants with colic does not appear to have any benefit, according to a large trial published on findings differ from previous smaller trials and do not support a general recommendation for the use of probiotics to treat colic in infants.

Healthy fast food advertising for kids goes unnoticed, study shows

In 2009, fast food restaurants agreed to include healthy foods in advertising targeted at children in order to combat the obesity epidemic in the US. Now, a new study examining children's reactions to such ads suggests the healthy message is lost in unclear depictions of the foods.

Children in the US: 1 in 3 may have high cholesterol

Approximately 1 in 3 children in the US may have borderline or high cholesterol, according to a new study recently presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.The research team, led by Dr.

Are allergies made worse by stress?

Researchers from Ohio State University in Columbus explore the link between allergies and stress in a new study, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.Allergies happen when a person's immune system overreacts to a - generally harmless - foreign substance (an "allergen"), launching chemicals such as histamines that provoke allergy symptoms.

Popular teens are also bullied, study shows

As adolescents climb their school's social ladder, so does the risk of falling victim to bullying, with greater negative consequences, says a new study published in the American Sociological Review.

FDA approves Topamax for migraine prevention in adolescents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention (prophylaxis) of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 to 17. This is the first FDA approval of a drug for migraine prevention in this age group. The medication is taken on a daily basis to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Topamax was first approved by the FDA in 1996 to prevent seizures.

Obesity prevention programs can lower kids' blood pressure, even if they don't reduce body fat

One of the serious health consequences of obesity is elevated blood pressure (BP), a particular problem in children because research has found that high BP in children usually follows them into adulthood, carrying with it a wide range of possible negative consequences.Even modest elevations in the BP of adolescents, according to recent research, can pose cardiovascular problems later in life.

Preserving fertility in boys with cancer

Scientists have moved a step closer to being able to preserve fertility in young boys who undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. The new research, published in Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, addresses the safety of an option scientists are developing for boys who aren't sexually mature and cannot bank sperm.

Chronic stress in early years leads to anxiety, aggression in adulthood

In recent years, behavioral neuroscientists have debated the meaning and significance of a plethora of independently conducted experiments seeking to establish the impact of chronic, early-life stress upon behavior - both at the time that stress is experienced, and upon the same individuals later in life, during adulthood.

Life-threatening experiences in infants likely involve esophageal function

About 1 percent of all emergency room visits are prompted by near-death experiences in infants, such as extended periods without breathing or sudden changes in skin pallor or muscle tone. What causes these frightening experiences is often unknown, but the result can be long hospital stays and neurological impairment.

Findings underscore the importance of universal pediatric cholesterol screening

Roughly one out of three kids screened for high cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 has borderline or high cholesterol, potentially placing them at greater risk for future cardiovascular disease, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

Influence of TV on snacking habits, cardiovascular risk in middle schoolers

Middle school kids who park themselves in front of the TV for two hours or more each day are more likely to consume junk food and have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even compared to those who spend an equal amount of time on the computer or playing video games, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

Cameroon to protect its children against leading cause of severe diarrhoea

Children in Cameroon will receive protection against rotavirus diarrhoea, thanks to the introduction of rotavirus vaccines in Cameroon's routine immunization programme with GAVI Alliance support. Rotavirus, the most common cause of severe and fatal diarrhoea, takes the lives of almost 6,000 Cameroonian children under five every year.