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.
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.
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.
Colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase the risk of stroke in children, according to research conducted at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. The study, published in the journal Neurology, surveyed data on 2.5 million kids, 102 of whom had an ischemic stroke without a major infection such as meningitis or sepsis.
The rates of developmental and mental disabilities have jumped 21 percent among U.S. children, according to a new report. The 10-year study, published online in Pediatrics, studied parents' responses about children from birth through age 17 gathered in 2000-2011 government-conducted health surveys. Parents were asked about disabilities from chronic conditions.
Those who suffer from urinary tract infections during childhood may suffer long lasting impacts on the health of their kidneys, according to a study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers examined 1,280 children under the age of 18 for evidence of scarring associated with urinary tract infections.
Babies who are born pre-term may have an increased risk of developing blood clots later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from roughly 3.5 million babies born in Sweden between 1973 and 2008. Out of those babies about 207,000 were born pre-term.
Tonsillectomies, commonly prescribed to relieve sleep apnea in kids, may trigger weight loss gain, according to research conducted at Stanford University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on 815 children who underwent the surgery. On average, the kids' weight rose over 6 percent within 18 months of their surgery, while their BMI rose an average of 8 percent.
Children and adolescents who lose a parent may suffer higher mortality rates than those children and adolescents who are unaffected by parental death, according to research conducted at Aarhus University. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, found a 50 percent greater risk of mortality in kids (aged six months to 18 years) who lost a parent.
Growth hormones may be increasingly more common for use amongst U.S. teens, according to a new study from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. According to the report, 11 percent of teens responded to a survey claiming that they had previously used human growth hormones as a performance enhancing drug. This is a sudden spike in reported usage from the last survey in 2012.
Many obese kids may not have an accurate understanding of their own weight, according to a new study from researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics. For the study the researchers reviewed survey data collected from 6,100 kids between 2005 and 2012 as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).