Kid's Health


A new controversial "three-parent baby" treatment may be available on the United Kingdoms National Health Service plan by next spring. The Daily Mail reports that "An independent panel of experts has cleared away remaining safety hurdles to recommend "cautious adoption" of mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) for devastating inherited diseases."

According to a new study released Monday, November 21, one in four children lack access to "essential primary and secondary health services." The study was based on analysis on national data of the Children's Health Fund's nationwide clinical treatment operations to assist uninsured or underinsured families. Currently more children have health coverage than any other time in United States.

painting-112116.jpg More children in the United States are developing infections that are resistant to drugs, according to a new study. The study, which was published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, saw researchers analyze blood samples that were collected from children aged 1 to 17 who received outpatient, inpatient, intensive care unit, and long-term care between 1999 and 2012.

The likelihood of individuals contracting the flu may be directly linked with the year of their birth, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona. For the study the researchers examined the exposure to certain strains of the flu virus during a child's early life. "But as far as the data tell us, there is something kind of magical about the first time . . ."

E-Cigarette-110916.jpg A new study shows that teens who "vape" e-cigarettes are more likely to move on to regular cigarettes. The survey was conducted over ten Los Angeles county schools. The study was published November 8 in the Journal of American Medical Association. Leading researcher Adam Leventhal cited that, "teens who vape frequently are more than twice as likely to start smoking on about a weekly basis."

A new study has found that the number of opioid painkiller overdose deaths among young children and teens has risen substantially over the past three years. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed data from children's hospitals from 1997 through 2012 that was taken at three-year intervals.

AirPollution-110116.jpg UNICEF has just put out a report that shows one in seven children are breathing in toxic air. Approximately 300 million children live in areas with toxic outdoor air pollution. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake states that, "Air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600,000 children under five every year - and it threatens the lives and futures of millions . . ."

A deadly complication related to measles may not be as rare as doctors once thought. The complication is fatal and incurable. At least 16 people in Los Angeles and San Francisco have died from it. The condition is called, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis or SSPE. Studies from the University of California cite that it is "caused when the measles virus stays in the brain, usually for years.

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