Exercise during adolescence may help mitigate the negative health effects shown in children whose mothers had high-fat diets during pregnancy, according to an animal study conducted at Johns Hopkins. The team compared a group of rat offspring whose mothers were given high-fat diets during pregnancy.
Playing violent video games may lead to lack of self-control and impulsive behavior in teens, according to research conducted at Ohio State University. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, included 170 teens. One group of kids played a violent video game, while the other played a non-violent game.
One in every ten children in the United States suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a poll conducted by the CDC. The report noted that the steady rise in cases has begun to slow in recent years. According to the poll, 11 percent of U.S. school-aged children have received an ADHD diagnosis by a health care provider by 2011, as reported by parents.
Vaccination against rotavirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea in kids, may help reduce seizures, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, analyzed nearly 250,000 U.S. children born between 2006 and 2009. The team found that kids vaccinated against rotavirus were at a 20 percent reduced risk of seizure-related hospitalizations.
Over-participation in sports may be just as bad as under-participating, according to research conducted at the University of Lausanne. The study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, surveyed 1,200 Swedish subjects (aged 16-20) about their levels of sports activity. Peak assessment scores were achieved by those teens who doubled the recommended seven hours but did not surpass that.
Kids today are slower and less fit than their parents at the same age, according to research conducted by the American Heart Association. The study analyzed 50 previous studies taken between 1964 and 2010 that involved more than 25 million kids, ages 9 to 17, in 28 countries. The team found that today's children are roughly 15 percent less aerobically fit than their parents at their age.
Young adults with congenital heart disease may benefit from physical activity, according to new recommendations by the Working Group of Grown-up Congenital Heart Disease and the Section of Sports Cardiology of the EACPR. The team pointed to a study that showed just one child in five affected by the disorder was given recommendations on physical activity.
Mothers who suffer from high stress levels may actually transfer their stress onto their children, according to a new study from the University of Haifa in Israel. Researchers examined a group of female rats who possessed increased expression of a gene called CRF1, which is commonly associated with stress.
Children in the southern United States are more likely to suffer from hay fever, according to research conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). Researchers looked at data from over 91,000 kids, finding that over 18 percent suffered from the disorder. Hay fever rates were highest in the southern and southeastern U.S.
Children suffering from autism may be far more likely to also have upset stomachs than those without autism, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected as part of the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) study.
Teens and young adults who receive positive cancer diagnoses may be more likely to commit suicide, according to research conducted by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The study, published in the Annals of Oncology, surveyed data on nearly 8 million Swedes (aged 15 and older) between 1987 and 2009.
Families who eat together at regular times are less likely to have members suffering from obesity, according to research conducted at the University of Cornell. The study, published in the journal Obesity, suggests that steady eating rituals help kids become better socialized. The study also found that the higher the BMI of parents, the more likely they were to eat with the TV on.
Children who grow up in poverty may experience different brain development than those who do not, according to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. Researchers found that those who came from families earning less than $24,000 annually for a family of four were likely to have less grey and white matter in the brain overall.
New York City will make it more difficult for young people to purchase cigarettes, raising the legal age from 18 to 21. The city's council voted 35 to 10 to modify its law, making it the first city in the United States in which it's illegal to buy smokes before your 21st birthday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg previously said he would sign the bill should it pass in the council.
Even comparatively low levels of air pollution have been linked to low birth weight babies, according to a team of European researchers. The study, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, found that fine particulate matter was the culprit in many cases. The team looked at 74,000 women who bore children between 1994 and 2011.