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Study Finds Blood Test May Detect Concussion in Kids

Posted: 11/18/15 17:23

A simple blood test may one day be able to detect concussions in children, a new study suggests. The test, which has already been used in adults, detected traumatic brain injuries in kids 94 percent of the time. More important, a negative result means a CT scan, and the radiation exposure it brings, may not be needed the researchers said. "When a child comes in with a head injury, we have to decide whether they have a concussion," said study...

Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma

Posted: 11/11/15 14:31

Exposure to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than one million Swedish children. They found that those who grew up with dogs in the home were nearly 15 percent less likely to develop asthma than those not exposed to dogs. The new study also confirmed earlier research showing that children who grow up on farms have lower rates of...

Airline Apologizes After Man With Cerebral Palsy Crawls Off Plane

Posted: 11/04/15 17:01

United Airlines issued an apology after an incident in which a man with cerebral palsy crawled from his airline seat through the airplane because he had to use the bathroom. D'Arcee Neal, 29, of Washington, D.C., was returning on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco and told CBS that a mixup at the gate left him without a wheelchair that would fit in the aisles to get him off the plane. He waited 15 minutes for the other...

'Sesame Street' Unveils Character With Autism

Posted: 10/28/15 20:35

The makers of "Sesame Street" say Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Grover are getting a new friend with autism as part of an effort to reduce stigma and help those on the spectrum learn life skills. Sesame Workshop said Wednesday that it is introducing a new character named Julia, a preschool girl with autism who "does things a little differently when playing with her friends." Julia is part of the nonprofit's "See Amazing in All...

Lazy Eye Treated By Watching Movies: Keeps Kids Entertained While Strengthening Weak Eyes

Posted: 10/21/15 19:30

For decades, children with amblyopia, or a "lazy-eye," have been treated by wearing a patch over the stronger eye to strengthen the weaker eye. Lazy eye is the most common cause of vision problems in children, who end up having a harder time <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align:...

Parents Can Take Steps to Help Make Homework Less Stressful

Posted: 10/14/15 20:14

Homework may be stressful for kids and parents alike, and it can be especially difficult for children with learning and behavior challenges, experts say. Parents can take steps, however, to make homework less of a burden for the entire family, said education specialist Barbara Resnick, of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. "Establish a routine for homework, and dedicate a set time for it to get done," she...

Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care

Posted: 10/07/15 20:28

The U.S. foster care system needs to do a better job of providing consistent, quality health care to children living in foster homes, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. Children in foster care have been removed from their families due to abuse and/or neglect, so they've suffered trauma -- whether physical or emotional -- and they often have health conditions that have been inconsistently treated or not addressed at all, according to the...

Girls Who Are Impulsive, Poor Planners May Be Prone to Weight Gain

Posted: 09/30/15 19:43

Girls who are impulsive and have difficulties planning at age 10 may tend to gain more weight as they enter puberty, and binge eating may be a common path to that result, new research suggests. Girls at age 10 with poorer "executive function" -- characterized in part by problems with self-regulating or planning ahead -- were significantly more likely to have episodes of binge eating by 12 and gain excess weight by 16, the study...

Breast-Feeding Tied to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants

Posted: 09/23/15 20:17

Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular autism "risk" gene, those who were breast-fed longer spent more time looking at images of "happy" eyes and shied away from "angry" eyes. The findings, published online Sept. 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that breast-feeding might enhance social development in certain at-risk infants. However, the...

Sleep Apnea May Hurt Kids' Grades

Posted: 09/16/15 17:39

When children have sleep troubles due to breathing problems -- such as sleep apnea -- they may struggle in school, new research suggests. "Sleep apnea may not be directly causing academic problems," said study lead author Barbara Galland, a research associate professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. "Instead, sleep apnea may interfere with getting a good night's sleep, which may, in turn, contribute to children having...

One-Third of U.S. Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6: Report

Posted: 09/09/15 21:18

Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were diagnosed before the age of 6, even though there aren't many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young, a new federal government report shows. It's difficult to determine whether the results show over diagnosis of ADHD or not, said Joel Nigg, director of the division of psychology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. "Although...

Study: Dads' Involvement Key For Families Affected By ASD

Posted: 09/02/15 21:52

Many women struggle to deal with stress associated with having a child with autism, but new research suggests that fathers can play a big role in boosting moms' mental health. The extent that dads take a hands-on role in caregiving when children are young is directly tied to the level of depressive symptoms mothers experienced later, according to a <a...

Vocabulary at 2 May Help Predict Kindergarten Success

Posted: 08/26/15 19:24

Children with a larger speaking vocabulary at age 2 are better prepared for kindergarten, a new study shows. And prior research has shown that kids who function better in kindergarten have greater social and educational opportunities as they grow up, according to background notes in the study. The analysis of data from more than 8,600 children in the United States showed that 2-year-olds with larger speaking vocabularies did better academically and had...

Missing Piece Surfaces in the Puzzle of Autism

Posted: 08/19/15 18:17

A new gene that plays a crucial role during early development in humans and whose under-expression may induce certain autistic traits has been uncovered by scientists. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which affect 7.6 million people is a major challenge. Characterized by heterogeneous symptoms and a multifactorial origin, this complex condition evolves during brain development. The scientists thus chose to study adult olfactory stem cells as...

Head Injury Tied to Long-Term Attention Issues in Kids

Posted: 08/12/15 20:09

Children who suffer even mild brain injuries may experience momentary lapses in attention long after their accident, new research finds. The study of 6- to 13-year-olds found these attention lapses led to lower behavior and intelligence ratings by their parents and teachers. "Parents, teachers and doctors should be aware that attention impairment after traumatic brain injury can manifest as very short lapses in focus, causing children to be...

Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis?

Posted: 07/29/15 18:49

Here's yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics: Children treated with the antibacterial drugs may face a greater risk for developing juvenile arthritis, new research suggests. The study found that children and teens prescribed antibiotics had about twice the risk of developing juvenile arthritis compared to children the same age who were not prescribed the drugs. "This risk was greatest within a year of receiving antibiotics and increased...

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