Kid's Health


Drowning deaths have decreased in the United States according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study conducted by the NCHS and published in the CDC's April edition of the NCHS Data Brief looked at the years 1999 through 2010. In all, more than 46,000 people died from unintentional drowning during that time.

Child-Dog-041514.jpg Autistic kids may benefit by having a dog, according to research conducted at the University of Missouri. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, found that dog ownership was linked to responsibility and commitment, two traits that help autistic children cope with their condition. Researchers surveyed data on 70 families with autistic kids.

TV-041414.jpg Kids that watch too much television may be at risk of losing sleep, according to research conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data collected on over 1,800 children (aged six months to eight years), finding a correlation between increased TV viewing and reduced sleep time.

image3-030514.jpg U.S. Democratic lawmakers have accused manufacturers of e-cigarettes of targeting youths at music festivals. The accusations come following the release of a report, "Gateway to Addiction," a survey of e-cigarette marketing submitted to Congress by several dems. Surveying nine e-cig makers, the study found that six had sponsored or provided free samples at 348 events in the last two years.

Antidepressants-042312.jpg Women who use SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children afflicted with autism, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that boys with autism were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the womb.

antidepressants-041114.jpg New research suggests that women taking antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding if they continue taking the medication. The research, which was presented at the 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference in Perth, shows that the amount of antidepressants making its way into the child's system is so low that it is more beneficial for both mother and baby.

Teens with low amounts of the stress hormone cortisol may be at higher risk for car accidents, according to research conducted at the University of Sherbrooke. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, notes that the brain induces the release of cortisol as part of its fight or flight response to various situations.

Aspirin-072111.jpg Low doses of aspirin are safe for pregnant women suffering from preeclampsia, according to research conducted by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. The study recommends that pregnant women should take at most 81 milligrams of aspirin during the final week of the first trimester. Researchers add that women should consult their doctors before determining a medication regime.

hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg Some adults who were vaccinated against measles as a child may no longer be immune to the illness, according to a new report from researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The news comes amidst a rising measles outbreak across Canada impacting residents of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

img1-040314.jpg The characters on some children's cereal boxes may be using eye contact to instill trust in potential buyers, according to a new study from researchers at Cornell University. For the study the researchers examined the faces on cartoon and real-life characters presented on 86 different cereal boxes. Students were asked to judge their desire to purchase a range of different cereals.

nosmoking-033114.jpg Bans on smoking in public places have led to a decrease in premature births and children born with asthma, according to research conducted at the Netherlands' Maastricht University Medical Centre. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, surveyed 2.5 million births and nearly 250,000 asthma flare ups in children.

obesity-022412.jpg An alarming amount of children have borderline or "abnormal" cholesterol levels, according to a new study. The new study, which will be presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting next week, of over 12,000 children found that about 35% of all the 9 to 11-year-old children had borderline or abnormal cholesterol levels.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Autism may actually begin to develop when certain cells in the brain fail to properly develop in the womb, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California at San Diego's Autism Center of Excellence. For the study the researchers examined brain tissue from 22 deceased kids between the ages of 2 and 15, all of whom had been diagnosed with autism before their death.

Walmart-032614.jpg Wal-Mart has recalled the My Sweet Love/My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll toy after receiving reports that the doll can overheat and cause burns. The retailer has recalled 174,000 of the dolls having had 12 reports including two that the doll caused burns or blisters to the user's thumb. The dolls in question were sold from August 2012 through March 2014 for $20.

videogames-120413.jpg Children who regularly play violent video games may be more likely to display violent tendencies later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Iowa. For the study the researcher surveyed a group of 3,000 children in third, fourth, seventh and eighth grades over the course of three years monitoring increases in aggressive behavior.