An advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concluded that Biomarin's (BMRN) experimental therapy Kyndrisa or drisapersen for Duchenne muscular dystrophy did not effectively treat the condition.
The use of Facebook may impact the level of stress hormones produced by some teens, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Montreal and the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal. For the study the researchers tested 88 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 examining the number of Facebook friends and their relative levels of cortisol, a common stress hormone.
The use of antibiotics in animal feed is making it harder for doctors to treat potentially deadly infections in children, a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. The report states that the widespread practice of giving antibiotics to healthy livestock to promote growth and prevent disease among animals is making the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections.
Obese children as young as the age of eight could begin showing symptoms of heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. For the study the researchers collected data from 40 children between the ages of 8 and 16. Each of the children underwent an MRI examining the density of the muscle in their heart.
One out of every five U.S. pediatricians has dismissed families because parents refused to vaccinate their children, according to a recent study. For the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers conducted a national survey of 815 pediatricians and family doctors between June and October 2012, asking questions about providing vaccinations and prevalence of parental refusal.
Teenagers spend nearly nine hours each day consuming various types of media, according to a new study. The study, released by Common Sense Media, revealed that two-thirds of teenagers said they listen to music every day and 58 percent said the same about watching television. By contrast, 45 percent reported using social media every day and only 36 percent said they enjoyed that activity "a lot."
The age at which children become experienced tablet and smartphone users may be decreasing, according to a new study from researchers at Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Philadelphia. For the study the researchers collected data from the parents of 350 children between the ages of 4 and 6. The researchers found that by age 4, three quarters of the children owned their own mobile device.
Television commercials for fast food may be especially effective on children, according to a new study from researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. For the study the researchers closely reviewed all of the fast food television advertisements that were released since 2009. They found that many of the major fast food chains focus marketing directly on children.
Children that grow up with dogs may be less likely to develop asthma, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 376,600 pre-school aged kids and another 276,200 school aged kids. They found that kids who grow up around dogs had a 13 percent decreased risk of developing asthma by school age.
Children with food allergies may better be able to enjoy Halloween by simply trick-or-treating at houses with teal-colored pumpkins. The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched by the Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE) as a way to indicate that non-food treats are available for kids with allergies. "With 1 in 13 children in the U.S. affected . . ."
Children born to women who experience stress during their pregnancy may be affected later in their lives, according to a new study. The new study, published in the journal Child Development, saw doctors ask 2,900 women in Australia twice during their pregnancies, at 18 weeks and 34 weeks, whether they had experienced stressful events while they were pregnant.