Exposure to the common plastics' chemical, phthalates, may have a negative impact on the genital development of baby boys, according to research conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, measured metabolites of five phthalates in the urine of pregnant women during the first trimester.
Type 1 diabetes is on the rise among white kids in the U.S., according to research conducted at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. The study, published in the journal Diabetes, found nearly 6,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed in kids (aged 19 and younger) between 2002 and 2009. Most of the increase came in the 5 to 9 age range.
Over 10 percent of babies born with an infection called cytomegalovirus will suffer permanent hearing loss; yet, screening for the infection is not routine, according to research conducted at the University Hospital Ghent in Belgium. The study, published in the journal pediatrics, found that CMV is the most common non-inherited cause of hearing loss in children.
Nutek Disposables has issued a recall for baby wipes after some customers complained of wipes giving off odor and showing discoloration. A subsequent test revealed that the wipes hosted the bacteria Burholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). The wipes are sold under the following brand names: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and others.
Kids with nagging coughs may have their conditions improved by a placebo, according to research conducted at Texas A&M University. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, surveyed data on three groups of 120 kids under the age of four. The first group got no treatment, the second group got a placebo, and the third group was given pasteurized agave nectar.
Children who fracture bones should be treated with ibuprofen not morphine, according to research conducted London Health Sciences Center in Ontario. The study, published in the journal CMAJ, surveyed data on 134 children, aged 5 to 17, who suffered broken bones but did not have surgery. One group was treated with ibuprofen, while the other group was treated with morphine.
Peanut allergies in kids has been linked to a gene mutation, according to research conducted at King's College London. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, hypothesized that a specific skin gene mutation results in infants that are exposed to peanut protein in household dust.
Pregnant women living in areas plagued by high pollution may be more likely to give birth to children with damaged lungs, according to research conducted at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. The study, published in the journal Thorax, surveyed data on 1,295 women at the beginning of their terms. The research team collected data on exposure to air pollution.
Vitamin D supplements may help kids with eczema, according to research conducted at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, collected data on 107 Mongolian kids (aged 2-17) with atopic dermatitis (AD) that had flared up in cold weather.
Eating disorders may start in elementary school, according to research conducted at the University of Montreal. The study, presented at a meeting of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada in Vancouver, surveyed data on 215 kids (ages 8-12) with eating problems. The research team found that over 15 percent made themselves vomit from time to time and 52 percent had been hospitalized.
Enjoying calm and positive family meal times can help manage childrens' weight and prevent childhood obesity. Researchers examined recordings of the mealtimes of 120 families with children between the ages of 6 and 12, tracking the length of meals, the type of food served, and the way that family members related to each other during the meal.
A new study has revealed that physical activity may not help teens cope with depression symptoms nor does it stop them from developing depression. Researchers at the University of Cambridge tracked the physical activity of 736 participants with an average age of 14.5 for three years. They found that there was no link between physical activity and a lower incidence of depression symptoms.
A new study has found that a compound in broccoli sprouts may help improve the behavioral symptoms of autism. Researchers examined the effects of giving sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli sprouts, to a group of 44 boys and men with autism between the ages of 13 and 27. Some received the compound and others a placebo.
Obese children are likely to show early signs of heart trouble, according to research conducted at the University of Leipzig Heart Center in Germany. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, surveyed data collected on 101 kids (aged 9-16). One group was obese, while the other was not. The research team used two-dimensional echocardiograms with ultrasound.
Life expectancy in the U.S. reached a record high in 2012, according to research conducted by the CDC. The report found that compared to 2011 to 2012 the life expectancy at birth increased from 78.7 years to 78.8 years. For women, the life expectancy stood at 81.2 years, while men would average a life span of 76.4 years. The 4.8 year difference is the same as that reported in 2011.