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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.