Qatar seeks to transform diabetes care with ‘whole nation’ project

In an unremarkable office in a Doha hospital, a study is taking place which could transform the way Qatar deals with one of its most persistent health issues—diabetes. A small team led by professor Khalid Hussain has since last year been entering youngsters aged up to 18 with diabetes into a nationwide database, something he … Read more

More US kids coming to ERs for swallowing small items

Children eating lunch at the federally funded Head Start school in Woodbourne, New York. (Photo: AFP/John Moore/Getty Images/File) A growing number of American children are being treated in emergency rooms after swallowing foreign objects like coins, toys, and jewelry, a US study suggests. Researchers examined data on 29,893 kids under six years old who were treated … Read more

Research finds new Rx target for childhood cancer

Credit: Shutterstock Research led by Michael Lan, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, found that a compound named 5′-iodotubercidin (5′-IT) suppresses the growth of neuroblastoma cells and identified a potential new therapeutic approach for the disease. The paper, currently available online here, will be published in the … Read more

Researchers look at the link between gut bacteria and autism

New research looks to the gut microbiome to try to address some of the symptoms associated with autism, but this investigation comes with its own set of problems. New research looks at the importance of gut bacteria in autism. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explain that “[a]utism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to … Read more

Increase in foreign body ingestions among young children

A new study from researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) for children younger than six years who were treated in a US emergency department due to concern of a foreign … Read more

On the Sahara’s edge, the fight to protect children against measles

Health workers are doing their best to administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to poor children in eastern Chad. (Photo: AFP/Amaury Hauchard) ADRÉ, Chad: Dinar Tchere is fighting time and the sun, and he fears he may be losing. This morning, the health worker is expected in a remote village of eastern Chad, where he … Read more

Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50 percent two years after fecal transplant

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, up from one in every 150 in 2000. They report that “about half a million people on the autism spectrum will become adults over the next decade, a swelling tide for which the … Read more

Suicidal thoughts, attempts sending more US kids to emergency rooms

The number of kids and teens visiting U.S. emergency rooms after considering or attempting suicide has almost doubled in recent years, according to a new study, suggesting these young patients may not be getting the mental health care they need. From 2007 to 2015, annual ER visits for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts by kids … Read more

Is it genetic code or postal code that influence a child’s life chances? Study provides insights on children’s physical and mental health risk outcomes; genetics are a small piece of the puzzle

Most children inherit both their postal code and their genetic code from their parents. But if genetic factors influence where families are able to live and children’s health and educational success, improving neighborhoods may not be enough. Latest research at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and University of California at Irvine, provides new … Read more

Telemedicine not ideal for kids with respiratory infections

(Photo: Unsplash/ PITTSBURGH: Children with acute respiratory infections were prescribed antibiotics more often when the doctor “visit” was via telemedicine instead of at a primary care office or an urgent care clinic, a new study shows. “We found that compared to primary care and urgent care, children with these acute respiratory infections who received care … Read more

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