Kid's Health


Kids with irritable bowel syndrome [IBS] may be at a greater risk for celiac disease, according to research conducted at the University of Bari. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, assessed 782 children diagnosed with abdominal pain related disorders. Out of all the kids assessed, 270 had IBS, 201 had indigestion and 311 had functional abdominal pain.

VitaminD-010913.jpg Mothers with low levels of vitamin D may have kids at high risk for cavities later in life, according to research conducted at the University of Manitoba. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, measured levels of vitamin D in 207 pregnant women and then examined the teeth of 135 of their children when they were an average of 16 months old.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg There is no link between induced labor and autism, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG]. The report was intended to shoot down the claims of studies suggesting that existing guidelines on when and how labor should be induced or accelerated are false. In the opinion of the ACOG, limiting labor inductions could have negative effects on the health of women.

child-091813.jpg The effects of childhood bullying may persist into adult years, according to research conducted at King's College London. The study, published by Beat Bullying, surveyed data collected on 7,771 kids whose parents detailed exposure to bullying. Bullying happened to roughly 28% of the children surveyed and had a negative physical and cognitive effect on that percentage of kids.

Drowning deaths have decreased in the United States according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study conducted by the NCHS and published in the CDC's April edition of the NCHS Data Brief looked at the years 1999 through 2010. In all, more than 46,000 people died from unintentional drowning during that time.

Child-Dog-041514.jpg Autistic kids may benefit by having a dog, according to research conducted at the University of Missouri. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, found that dog ownership was linked to responsibility and commitment, two traits that help autistic children cope with their condition. Researchers surveyed data on 70 families with autistic kids.

TV-041414.jpg Kids that watch too much television may be at risk of losing sleep, according to research conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data collected on over 1,800 children (aged six months to eight years), finding a correlation between increased TV viewing and reduced sleep time.

image3-030514.jpg U.S. Democratic lawmakers have accused manufacturers of e-cigarettes of targeting youths at music festivals. The accusations come following the release of a report, "Gateway to Addiction," a survey of e-cigarette marketing submitted to Congress by several dems. Surveying nine e-cig makers, the study found that six had sponsored or provided free samples at 348 events in the last two years.

Antidepressants-042312.jpg Women who use SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children afflicted with autism, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that boys with autism were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the womb.

antidepressants-041114.jpg New research suggests that women taking antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding if they continue taking the medication. The research, which was presented at the 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference in Perth, shows that the amount of antidepressants making its way into the child's system is so low that it is more beneficial for both mother and baby.

Teens with low amounts of the stress hormone cortisol may be at higher risk for car accidents, according to research conducted at the University of Sherbrooke. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, notes that the brain induces the release of cortisol as part of its fight or flight response to various situations.

Aspirin-072111.jpg Low doses of aspirin are safe for pregnant women suffering from preeclampsia, according to research conducted by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. The study recommends that pregnant women should take at most 81 milligrams of aspirin during the final week of the first trimester. Researchers add that women should consult their doctors before determining a medication regime.

hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg Some adults who were vaccinated against measles as a child may no longer be immune to the illness, according to a new report from researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The news comes amidst a rising measles outbreak across Canada impacting residents of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

img1-040314.jpg The characters on some children's cereal boxes may be using eye contact to instill trust in potential buyers, according to a new study from researchers at Cornell University. For the study the researchers examined the faces on cartoon and real-life characters presented on 86 different cereal boxes. Students were asked to judge their desire to purchase a range of different cereals.

nosmoking-033114.jpg Bans on smoking in public places have led to a decrease in premature births and children born with asthma, according to research conducted at the Netherlands' Maastricht University Medical Centre. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, surveyed 2.5 million births and nearly 250,000 asthma flare ups in children.