Kids' Health News

Health gap between adult survivors of childhood cancer and siblings widens with age

Adult survivors of childhood cancer face significant health problems as they age and are five times more likely than their siblings to develop new cancers, heart and other serious health conditions beyond the age of 35, according to the latest findings from the world's largest study of childhood cancer survivors. St.

UK abortion charity urges that ministers act to reduce avoidable birth defects

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is urging the UK's health ministers to implement recommendations to fortify flour with the vitamin folic acid to reduce cases of neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida and anencephaly in pregnancy. There are an estimated 1,000 cases of these conditions diagnosed every year in the UK, not including miscarriages.

Children's preferences for sweeter and saltier tastes are linked to each other

Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences relate not only to food intake but also to measures of growth and can have important implications for efforts to change children's diets.

Hope for safer, greener alternative to BPA

A waste product from making paper could yield a safer, greener alternative to the potentially harmful chemical BPA, now banned from baby bottles but still used in many plastics. Scientists made the BPA alternative from lignin, the compound that gives wood its strength, and they say it could be ready for the market within five years.

Specific bacterial infection linked to poor pregnancy outcomes

New research published in JAMA has found that pregnant women are more susceptible to infection with the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, which may put them at increased risk of fetal loss, preterm birth and stillbirth.H. influenzae is a bacterium that can cause a number of serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, meningitis and septic arthritis.

Researchers develop a new system to aid cardiovascular risk diagnosis

Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Hospital General de Valencia and the Ophthalmology Unit of the Foundation for the Health and Biomedical Research of the Comunitat Valenciana (FISABIO-Oftalmología Médica) have developed a new software to aid cardiovascular risk diagnosis based on fundus image processing.

Wrist fractures, complications related to healing more common in obese children

Children considered obese are more likely to suffer a distal radius fracture, a bone break near the wrist, and more likely to experience complications related to the healing of the fracture, according to research presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Safe drinking water could reduce school sick days in developing countries

Research published today shows that schools providing clean water report fewer children off sick. It is the first study to investigate whether providing drinking water in schools can reduce absenteeism.Researchers looked at absentee rates in eight schools in Cambodia - half of which received treated drinking water, and half of which did not.

Potential for 'uncapped' newborn organ donations with UK guideline review

In the UK, organ donation from newborns is practically unheard of. New research from the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London suggests that this is primarily due to current death verification and certification standards. But the study authors say such guidelines need to be revised as there is "significant uncapped potential" for newborn organ donation in the UK.

TV, computer, video game use 'linked to poorer child well-being'

For most children, watching television, using computers and playing video games is a part of day-to-day life. But new research suggests that for young children, such activities are linked to poorer well-being.This is according to a study recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

ADHD treatment linked to increased obesity risk

Past research has suggested that children with ADHD are at higher risk of obesity than those without the disorder. Now, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, suggests that this increased risk may be a result of ADHD treatment, rather that the disorder itself.