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soccer-093014.jpg Afterschool exercise programs for elementary school children may help increase thinking ability and fitness, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, collected data on 221 kids (aged 7-9), who participated in a nine-month afterschool exercise program called FITKids.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg A brain wave test may be able to detect signs of autism in children and adolescents, according to research conducted at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, found that the brains of kids with severe autism respond differently to certain audio-visual stimuli than the brains of those kids without autism.

injection-092214.jpg More schools have begun stocking allergic reaction shots following a rise in the number of states mandating their presence. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, just two states - New Hampshire and Rhode Island - have no current or pending legislation regarding stocking epinephrine in schools. "An anaphylactic reaction can progress rapidly and can be fatal," Dr. Scott Sicherer said.

flushot-091914.jpg CDC officials are urging people to get their flu shots. Lyn Finelli, CDC's chief of influenza surveillance and outbreak response in the Influenza Division, says the normal way of thinking is that flu isn't really that serious because people don't know 20,000 people died last year from influenza. She adds that flu victims usually don't know for a while they are sick.

asthma1-071411.jpg Some common household plastics could increase the risk of asthma for kids, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. For the study the researchers collected data from a group of 300 pregnant women. The study focused specifically on exposure to chemical binders called phthalates.

ECG-091614.jpg The routine use of electrocardiograms, or ECGs, is not recommended for young athletes, according to a new guideline released by American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The devices are often used to evaluate the potential risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Use of an ECG to help detect possible heart attack risk has proven ineffective to this point.

drugpoison-091514.jpg Just a few popular medications are responsible for sending a large number of kids to the hospital for accidental poisonings, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that each year from 2007 to 2011 roughly 9,500 kids were hospitalized from accidental ingestion of prescription medications.

antibiotics-052114.jpg Kids are inaccurately prescribed antibiotics for ear and throat infections at an alarming rate, according to research conducted at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed studies published from 2000-2011 on prescriptions for children 18 and younger.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Parents who engage in therapeutic play with children exhibiting early signs of autism may reverse the trends, according to research conducted at UC Davis. The study, published in the journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, tested a play program on seven kids aged 6 to 15 months. The team found that using a therapeutic play program helped six of the seven kids normalize their learning.

kidney-012513.jpg Thyroid and kidney cancer rates are on the rise in U.S. kids, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that from 2001-2009 there were about 120,000 new cancer diagnoses among infants and children aged 1-19. One particular type of kidney cancer - renal carcinoma - saw an average increase of 5.4 percent per year over the past ten years.

asthma1-071411.jpg Men who smoke before becoming fathers may put their children at an increased risk of asthma, according to research conducted at the University of Bergen. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Munich, analyzed the smoking habits of 13,000 men and women, while looking for asthma incidence in their kids.

breastfeeding-081413.jpg Breast-feeding could lower the risk of ear, throat and sinus infections as well as allergies in children, according to two new studies. The studies, published online in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that 6-year-olds who were breast-fed have a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections compared to bottle-fed infants, while the other finds a similar trend when it comes to allergies.

Bilicam-082814.jpg BiliCam, a new smartphone app, allows users to detect jaundice in newborn babies by simply snapping a picture. The disorder, often difficult to detect in newborns, is caused by insufficient elimination of the chemical bilirubin in the baby's system. Babies who do not sufficiently expel the chemical can often appear yellow; however, the discoloration isn't always apparent to the naked eye.

Tiredstudent-082714.jpg Many schools across the U.S. are considering the efficacy of later starting times for junior high and high school populations, according to research conducted at the University of Minnesota and funded by the CDC. The study surveyed data on over 9,000 high school students in five Wyoming school districts.

childcellphone-082114.jpg Children and unborn babies are at a higher risk of harm from microwave radiation [MWR] emitted by cellular phones than adults, according to research conducted at the Environmental Health Trust. The study, published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, surveyed data on cell phone exposure studies from 2009-2014.