Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
UNICEF: Millions of Kids Live in Urban Squalor
Millions of children are growing up in squalid urban areas and denied basic services despite living close to them, the United Nations Children’s Fund said Tuesday.
More Drugs Being Approved for Rare Diseases in Kids
A growing number of drugs are coming to market to help treat rare diseases in children, a new U.S. government study finds.
FDA Approves Breath Test to Determine Bacterial Infection in Kids
U.S. health regulators have approved Otsuka America Pharmaceutical’s breath test to detect bacterial infection that causes stomach inflammation and ulcer, for use in children aged 3 to 17 years.
Why Pediatricians Say Breast-Feeding is About Public Health, Not Just Lifestyle
In a quietly worded statement released this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recalibrated the national dialogue on breast-feeding, deeming it a “public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.”
Still Too Much Sugar in Kids’ Diets, Researchers Say
America’s intake of sugary foods and drinks has dropped in recent years, but U.S. kids are still consuming too much, government researchers say.
Sweet Photo of Dad Feeding Baby Turns Controversial
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A father tenderly giving his baby a bottle… what could be wrong with that? Breast-feeding advocates in New Zealand demanded that an ad campaign delete an image of a dad feeding his baby, complaining it undercut their “breast is best” message.
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
Radiation Imaging Is Common in Children
The average child in the U.S. will have around seven medical imaging tests involving radiation by the time he or she reaches the age of 18, a new study suggests. (Web M.D.)
Traditional Care Of Late-Preterm Infants Detrimental To Child’s Health
In the last 15 years the U.S has seen a sharp increase in the number of babies born as late-preterm infants, between 34 and 37 weeks’ gestation. This is approximately 400,000 children each year, comprising over 70 percent of all preterm births. Often, late-preterm infants are treated the same as full-term infants since they are commonly a similar size and weight. Growing research is showing that this can be detrimental to a late-preterm infant’s health and frequently results in readmission to the hospital within the first month of life. (Medical News Today)
Interventions aimed at infants improve school readiness and achievement
Parent education programs delivered through pediatric primary care offices increased parent-child play and reading activities critical for child development and school readiness during infancy in at-risk families. (Medical Net.com)
VIP program appears to promote parent-child interactions in families with low socioeconomic status
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Parent education programs delivered through pediatric primary care offices appeared to increase parent-child interactions during infancy in at-risk families. (Medical Net.com)