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One in 4 high school seniors now try smoking water pipes

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 23:00
Despite declines in the number of youths who smoke cigarettes, hookah or water pipe use continues to rise among Canadian youth, a new study from the University of Waterloo reports.

American kids are consuming less fast food, study finds

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 23:00
Researchers assessing the amount of calories consumed by children at fast food restaurants have observed a fall in the percentage of children eating fast food on a given day.

New Canadian guidelines to prevent and manage obesity in children must focus on family

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 08:00
New guidelines from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care to help prevent and manage obesity in children and youth recommend regular growth monitoring at routine health care visits as...

Schools can help battle obesity

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 08:00
Schools have an important role in helping children and teenagers develop healthy lifestyles to avoid obesity, argues Dr.

Many parents may not recognize child obesity

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 02:00
A new study of nearly 3,000 UK children finds that only four parents described their child as being very overweight despite BMI scales showing 369 children were in that category.

A metabolic imbalance increases the risk of respiratory diseases in childhood

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 01:00
An imbalance in our metabolism can trigger inflammatory processes in the body and activate the immune system.

Study shows medication can improve hearing for children with viral infection

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 01:00
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Collaborative Antiviral Study Group has found that treatment with the anti-viral medication valganciclovir for six months improves hearing...

New guidance for looked after children includes call for increased time for named doctors to assess and support patients, UK

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 01:00
There are an estimated 92,000 children in care across the UK, many with complex health and well-being needs - and professionals caring for them are crucial to ensuring the poor health, education...

Revision robs teens of sleep

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 01:00
Teenagers are being robbed of vital sleep as they cram in up to 14-plus hours of exam revision each week.

NC Pre-K children outpace normal expectations through kindergarten

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 23:00
Students who were enrolled in the NC Pre-K Program are making significant gains across all areas of learning through the end of kindergarten, according to a new report from scientists at UNC's...

New insights into little known but common birth defect: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 23:00
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is not as well known as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, but like them it is a life-threatening birth defect, and is just as common.

Are our schools damaging children's eyes?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Over the last 30 years, short sight, or myopia, has become a global health problem. The most dramatic rise has been in Singapore, Taiwan, China's cities and elsewhere in East Asia.

Majority of parents unaware of safe pitching practices

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
Sixty-four percent of parents said their child had suffered upper extremity pain due to pitchingA new study presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons...

HBV exposure matures infants' immune systems

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00
A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis B Virus Infection (HBV) exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial...

Higher volume of scoliosis surgeries linked to reduced reoperation rates

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:00
Adolescent patients who need scoliosis surgery may benefit most from going to a hospital that performs a high volume of the procedures, according to new research from NYU Langone spine surgeons...

Legally high? Teenagers and prescription drug abuse

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:00
Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined.

Many things can be read in a newborn's gaze

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:00
Experienced nannies and doctors have always known how much the visual contact with a newborn can convey. A recent Finnish study provides scientific evidence for this everyday belief.

More schools, more challenging assignments add up to higher IQ scores

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:00
More schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores during the past century, often referred to as...

Study identifies genetic cause of increased leukemia risk

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:00
The discovery of a gene mutation that increases the risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, may help doctors to increase monitoring and to develop strategies to prevent the disease.

Restaurants lack healthy food options for kids in certain Southern regions

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:00
A study from Virginia Tech researchers finds children's menus at restaurants in the Dan River region of Virginia and North Carolina lack healthy food options, particularly in areas with high black...

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