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2009-05-05 14:53:00

Obese Children are More Likely to Suffer from Lower Body Injuries CINCINNATI, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In comparison to non-obese children, obese children are significantly more likely to have lower body injuries, such as in their ankles and legs. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study, which was conducted to determine if different body parts are injured in obese children compared to non-obese children so that prevention strategies can be developed, was presented May...

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2009-04-30 06:55:00

Spending large amounts of time watching TV and staring at computer screens poses high levels of psychological distress in young children. When combined with inactivity, the harm may be even worse, a new study indicated in the journal Pediatrics, Reuters reported.  There have been many previous studies of "screen time" and mental health conducted on adolescents and teens, but this study included children as young as 4 years of age, said Dr. Mark Hamer of University College London, the...

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2009-04-28 07:57:49

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics should eliminate one of the many stresses of bringing a preterm or low birth weight infant home from the hospital. The new AAP clinical report, "Safe Transportation of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants at Hospital Discharge," co-authored by Marilyn J. Bull, M.D., and William A. Engle, M.D., of Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children, provides guidelines for secure transport and also advises parents that...

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2009-04-27 13:11:09

The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging doctors to adopt a more scientifically descriptive term for shaken baby syndrome. The group suggests a term - such as "abusive head trauma" - which communicates diagnosis of brain, skull and spinal injuries associated with shaking as well as other head injuries experienced, to be issued in a policy statement being published in the May issue of its journal, Pediatrics. The academy says that the use of the new diagnostic term in medical...

2009-03-02 12:12:00

TRENTON, N.J., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique coalition of health care providers and other stakeholders announced plans on Monday to convene an important groundbreaking summit on March 31st to provide professionals and other caregivers of children with practical hands-on guidance to help prevent childhood obesity in a child's early years. The all-day "New Jersey Conference on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity" will be held on March 31, 2009 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Monroe, New Jersey....

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2009-02-17 13:25:00

Less than one percent of children aged 12 to 17 are likely to need drug treatments for high cholesterol, according to a new study. Researchers took data of about 10,000 kids from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2006 for participants aged 6 to 17 years. Of those, about 2,700 in the 12-to-17 group had LDL levels measured. About 5 percent to 7 percent of those youth had elevated LDL. Additionally, researchers concluded that about 0.8 percent of adolescents...

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2009-02-13 08:10:00

A new federal report released on Thursday found that Marlboro cigarettes are the runaway favorite of teen smokers, the Associated Press reported. Because Marlboro is also the favored cigarette of most adults, anti-smoking advocates argued that the same advertising targeting adults is also influencing teens, despite smoking rates for that age group showing a recent decline. Dr. Victor Strasburger, a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a spokesman for...

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2009-02-04 13:26:01

Those with asthma may be more vulnerable to negative effects of excessive TV watching Urban children with asthma engage in an average of an hour more of screen time daily than the maximum amount American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends. This is the first study to examine screen time among children with asthma. "We know that both asthma and excessive screen time can be associated with other difficulties, including behavior problems, difficulty with attention, poor school performance and...

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2009-01-26 09:03:02

Researchers announced Monday that limiting free time at school could cause disorderly classrooms and deprive children of exercise and an imperative possibility to socialize. 10,000 children aged 8 and 9 had better classroom behavior if they had a 15-minute break contrasting to those who did not have one, Dr. Romina Barros and colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York stated. "The available research suggests that recess may play an important role in the learning, social...

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2008-12-29 12:15:00

Researchers reported new findings on Monday that suggest a correlation between family rejection of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) teens and their health. LGB children whose parents respond negatively toward them have a higher risk of developing serious health problems, such as depression, illegal drug use, risk for HIV infection, and suicide attempts, according to lead author Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project. Ryan led a team of researchers at the C©sar E....