Children exposed to second-hand smoke are at a higher risk at suffering arterial damage, according to research conducted at the University of Tasmania. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, collected data on 2,401 participants from Finland and 1,3775 people from Australia between the ages of three and 18. The team performed ultrasound scans on the main artery of the subjects, comparing the results between those exposed to second-hand smoke and those unexposed.
Children with televisions in their bedrooms may be statistically more likely to suffer from childhood obesity than those who do not, according to a study from researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in Lebanon, New Hampshire. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 6,522 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 over the course of 30 years.
Black kids are twice as likely to develop food allergies, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The report, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, found that food allergy incidence has doubled over the past 23 years in black children. The team analyzed data on 452,237 children from 1988 to 2011.
Infant sound machines may cause hearing damage, according to research conducted at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, warns against using the machines at top volume with prolonged exposure. The team bought 14 types of machines for the study which featured 65 different sounds ranging from white noise to a simulated heart beat.
Some teens who suffer with fibromyalgia may be more likely to experience chronic pain as adults, according to a new study from researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Researchers followed a group of 94 teens diagnosed with the condition over the course of six years. They found that by the end of the study about 51 percent of the subject still had pain.
Children born to older fathers may be at an increased risk of mental disabilities, according to a new study from researchers at Indiana University. Researchers examined health records shared by about 2.6 million kids in Sweden between 1973 and 2001. They found that compared to a child born to a 24-year-old father, a child born to a 45-year-old father was 3.5 times more likely to be autistic and 13 times more likely to have ADHD.
Women who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke may be at an increased risk for a miscarriage, according to new data from researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. For the study the researchers examined data from 80,000 women collected as part of the Women's Health Initiative study.
Children born via C-section may be at an increased risk of obesity later in life according to a new study by researchers at the Imperial College of London. For the study the researchers collected data from 38,000 people from 10 countries. They found that by the time children born via C-section reached adulthood they were 22 percent more likely to be obese.
Women who use acetaminophen during pregnancy may risk having children with symptoms similar to ADHD, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health. For the study the researchers reviewed health records collected from 64,000 children as part of the Danish National Birth Cohort study between 1996 and 2002.
Continuing her fight against childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama has proposed new government regulations that would ban the advertising of sugary drinks and junk food in public schools. The proposed rules, announced by Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday, would prevent companies from advertising high calorie products on cups, vending machines, posters and menu boards.
Regular children's health checkups should include screening for depression and cholesterol checks, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the new suggested guidelines teens starting from age 11 should have depression tests and cholesterol screening should begin between 9 and 11.
The yellow dyes found in many household products including clothing may be hazardous, according to a new study from researchers at Rutgers University. For the study the researchers focused specifically on a particular dye called PCB11. They found that the dye has been linked to irritations, cancer, birth defects and developmental problems and bad acne.
The sound of a mother's voice could be beneficial for some preterm babies learning how to feed, according to researchers at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For the study the researchers examined 100 preterm babies who were in the early stages of learning to feed. Some of the children were given a special pacifier that sensed when the babies were making a sucking motion.
Kids who are bullied may display negative long term effects in physical and mental health, according to research conducted at Boston Children's Hospital. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed 4,300 students attending public schools in Los Angeles, Houston and Birmingham, Ala. The students completed questionnaires on whether they'd been bullied.
The U.S. saw a record number of test tube baby births in 2012, according to a report released by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). SART surveyed the procedures performed by its 379 member clinics, finding that in 2012 165,172 procedures involving in vitro fertilization (IVF) were performed.