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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Teen Girl Dies After Inhaling Helium at Party
Ashley, 14, died last weekend after inhaling helium from a pressurized tank during a party in Medford, Ore. Her parents hope their daughter’s death will teach others about the dangers of helium.
Eating Disorders on the Rise in Teen Boys
NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman warns parents about the rising number of teenage boys affected by eating disorders, and explains why their symptoms often go unnoticed.
Disturbing Trend: Teen Girls Asking Internet if They’re Pretty
A rising trend among young girls, where they post videos of themselves on Youtube asking others if they are pretty, has some experts and parents concerned, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported.
More U.S. Kids Living in High-Poverty Areas: Study
Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation’s youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study that shows nearly 8 million children residing in poor areas in 2010.
Mainland Chinese Flock to Hong Kong to Give Birth
Parents go to Hong Kong for better medical care and lifelong residency benefits for their children, but locals are outraged over being shut out of maternity wards.
Blood Test Detects Down Syndrome During Pregnancy
A second company reports that it has developed a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome, potentially providing yet another option for pregnant women who want to know whether their unborn child has the condition.
Monday, August 8th, 2011
FBI Launches New Missing Child App
The FBI has launched a new mobile application to help put the safety of children in the hands of their parents or guardians.
The scary trend of tweens with anorexia
In the beginning, Walker never suspected that her fourth-grader might be developing an eating disorder. “She was only 10,” she says. “If she’d been 13, I would have worried, but I didn’t think it could happen to a 10 year old.”
Children learn hacker ways at DefCon
Since DefCon debuted in 1993, many once-nefarious attendees have become computer security good guys bent on defending companies and homes against cyberattacks.
Secret for a safe kid’s lunch: Extra ice
When you’re packing your kid’s lunchbox in the morning, the ice pack is just as important as the fruit and the sandwich. And new research finds you might need more than one to keep your little one healthy.
Children’s HIV Drugs May Cause High Cholesterol
Children with HIV who receive antiretroviral treatments have persistently high cholesterol and other blood fat (lipid) levels, and would benefit from guidelines aimed at reducing their long-term heart risks, researchers say.
UN fears for children in Australia refugee swap
The United Nations children’s agency called on Australia Friday to scrap “inhumane” plans to send unaccompanied minors to Malaysia as part of a refugee swap.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
New Approach Finds Success In Teaching Youth With Autism
As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to increase, the one thing that won’t change is the need for those children to develop social skills. Statistics show that if these students are able to communicate effectively, they can achieve success in the classroom, and later, in the workplace. In addition to the challenges facing each individual student, educators find themselves facing dwindling resources. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are developing an effective social competence curriculum, with a virtual classroom component, that could help educators meet the demand of this growing population. (Medical News Today)
U.S. Premature Birth Rate Declines After Decades Of Increases
After a 30-year climb, the U.S. premature birth rate dropped for the second year in a row from 12.8% in 2006 to 12.3% in 2008, according to a March of Dimes analysis of the latest available data, USA Today reports. The rate of infants born prematurely — before 37 weeks’ gestation — was 9.4% in 1981. The recent decline occurred in 40 states and the District of Columbia. (Medical News Today)
American Society Of Anesthesiologists Helps Parents Reduce Surgery-Related Complications In Obese Children
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is taking action to educate parents about the increased risk of complications faced by obese children undergoing anesthesia. The number of obese children has doubled in the past two decades and tripled among adolescents and the ASA encourages parents to help improve both the surgical outcomes and long-term health of America’s youth. (Medical News Today)
Gene Links to Anorexia Identified: Largest Genetic Study of the Eating Disorder Detects Common and Rare Variants
Scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have identified both common and rare gene variants associated with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. In the largest genetic study of this psychiatric disorder, the researchers found intriguing clues to genes they are subjecting to further investigation, including genes active in neuronal signaling and in shaping interconnections among brain cells. (Science Daily)
Kids’ ER Visits Down After Cold Medicine Withdrawal
Three years after nonprescription infant cold medicines were taken off the market, emergency rooms treat less than half as many children under 2 for overdoses and other adverse reactions to the drugs, a new U.S. government study shows. (US News.com)