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2009-10-18 23:01:00

Boosters especially effective in side impact crashes PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study released today in Pediatrics by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers updated evidence that children ages 4 to 8 who are restrained in the rear seat of a car in a belt-positioning booster seat are 45 percent less likely to be injured in a crash compared with children using a seat belt alone. Furthermore, the study showed there was no difference in the level of...

2009-09-28 01:12:00

Study Shows Teens More Likely to Stay Safe if Parents Set Clear Rules and Limit Teens' Access to Keys Two new studies, conducted by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm and published today in Pediatrics, find a link between teen driver crashes, and the way families communicate and approach rules about safety. The study found teens are half as likely to crash and far less likely to drink and drive, use a cell phone, or speed if their parents set clear rules,...

2009-07-14 07:15:00

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As the discussion regarding health care reform moves through Congress and is debated in the public forum, a new policy statement from the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) urges all parties to include adolescent and young adult health issues in the dialogue. Says Dr. Mary-Ann Shafer, President of SAM, "Many aspects of health care reform that are needed for adults and for younger children will also help adolescents. But adolescents require...

2009-06-02 14:37:44

Exposure to audible television has implications for language acquisition and brain development in children, U.S. researchers said. Lead researcher Dimitri A. Christakis of the University of Washington School of Medicine looked at 329 infants age 2 months to age 4. The children wore a small, business card-sized, 2-ounce digital recorder on random days monthly for up to two years. A specially designed vest with a chest pocket held the recorders at a specific distance from the mouth, and...

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2009-04-10 06:40:00

The risk of becoming overweight is much higher in women who bear children in their teens than those who do not, according to new research, Reuters accounted.  "Our findings are potentially important because adolescence has been identified as one of the critical periods of development that set the stage for the onset of obesity later in life," Dr. Erica P. Gunderson of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California and her colleagues write in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent...

2009-03-17 07:15:00

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's adolescents have the dubious distinction of being the most "wired" generation to date. They somehow complete homework while simultaneously texting on mobile phones, listening to iPods, IM-ing from computers and posting photos and video to Facebook. These young people are able to bring the world to their fingertips in a way that previous generations never imagined. The Society for Adolescent Medicine is examining "e-teens" and how they...

2009-03-10 07:25:00

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- New research being released at the annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) reveals significant results about how adolescents navigate their world and where their priorities lie. The theme of the meeting is "E-teens" and how teens incorporate technology into their personal health. Research presentations will address a variety of topics. SAM's meeting will take place in Los Angeles, March 25-28, 2009. Following are five...

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2009-03-03 07:35:00

New Canadian research finds that children judged as impulsive by their kindergarten teachers may be more likely to engage in gambling behavior such as card-playing or placing bets before they reach middle school. The research is the first to show gambling among children this young, said Linda Pagani, who led the study at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center and the Universite de Montreal. "The question has always been, 'What comes before adolescent gambling?'" Pagani said in an...

2009-02-09 10:54:08

Children's National experts say early planning before a serious event occurs can foster trust and communication between the child, the family, and care providers Conversations between adolescents suffering from chronic illnesses and their families about end-of-life wishes well before a serious event occurs won't discourage hope for recovery or cause additional emotional or mental harm to young patients, according to new research from Children's National Medical Center and St. Jude Children's...

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2009-01-06 06:55:00

A new report has found that kids aging from 10 to 19 are going through rapid biological changes that you do not experience at any other age other than infancy. Even though most of the nation's 42 million adolescents seem to be thriving, it is a time of risk-taking and pushing boundaries as they learn to drive, are exposed to alcohol, drugs and sexual situations. It is also an age when many of the habits that determine good health during adulthood are set, or not. "They are quite literally our...


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