Autism Risk for Developing Children Exposed to Air Pollution: Infant Brain May Be Affected by Air Quality
Research demonstrates that polluted air — whether regional pollution or coming from local traffic sources — is associated with autism. (via ScienceDaily)
Study Leaves Women with Conflicting Advice on Mammograms
Controversial U.S. guidelines for mammography issued in 2009, calling for screening every two years rather than annually for women over 50 years old, can result in breast cancers being missed, according to U.S. researchers studying the hotly debated topic. (via Reuters)
U.S. Children Get Recommended Amounts of Sleep: Study
While parents may sometimes despair of their children getting enough shut-eye, especially with age-old stalling tactics of another story or another glass of water, children in the United States do appear to be getting the recommended amount of sleep. (via Reuters)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Improves Quality of Life in Children With Asthma and Anxiety
Researchers have found that a program of cognitive behavior therapy delivered by nurses to children who had asthma and anxiety improved the children’s quality of life scores and reduced the risk of escalation of treatment. (via ScienceDaily)
7-Year-Old Girl One of Oregon’s Youngest Medical Marijuana Patients
A 7-year-old girl suffering from leukemia is one of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patients. (via Fox News)
Fewer Children for Women After Ectopic Pregnancy
Women whose first pregnancy is ectopic have fewer children and are at increased risk for another ectopic pregnancy, a new study says. (via HealthDay News)
Children With Autism Can Identify Misbehavior But Have Trouble Putting it in Words
New brain imaging studies show that children with autism may recognize socially inappropriate behavior, but have difficulty using spoken language to explain why the behavior is considered inappropriate. (via ScienceDaily)
Florida School Officials Defend Racial and Ethnic Learning Goals
When the Florida Board of Education voted this month to set different goals for student achievement in reading and math by race and ethnicity, among other guidelines, the move was widely criticized as discriminatory and harmful to blacks and Hispanics. But the state intends to stand by its new strategic plan. (via New York Times)
Prolonged Formula Feeding, Delay in Solid Foods Associated with Increased Risk for Leukemia
Results of one study indicate that the risk for developing pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia increased the longer a baby was fed formula and the longer solid foods were delayed. (via ScienceDaily)
Some Parents Misunderstand Kids’ Cancer Studies
Children with incurable cancer can take part in early trials of a new drug’s safety, but many parents may misunderstand the goals of those studies, new research finds. (via Reuters)
N.J. Father Catches Teacher Abusing Autistic Son
When Stuart Chaifetz, a father in Cherry Hill, N.J., was told his autistic son was acting uncharacteristically violent at school, he sent him to class wearing a hidden recording device that caught a teacher on tape bullying students.
A Child’s Helping Hand on Portions
After being bullied about his weight for years, Marshall Reid, a sixth grader from Sanford, N.C., decided to diet, and chronicled his efforts in a book, “Portion Size Me: a Kid-Driven Plan to a Healthy Family.”
When Water Breaks, Does Labor Need to Be Induced?
Pregnant women have long been told that when their water breaks, they should be ready to deliver the baby within 24 hours to avoid infection. But a small new study suggests labor may not always need to be induced.
Fewer Kids Dying From Leukemia
Kids with one type of leukemia are living longer than they used to, most likely thanks to new drug combinations that mean fewer patients are relapsing after a first round of treatment.
Keep Kids Away From the Medicine Cabinet
The report, which contains poisoning data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Poison Control Centers, reveals that while overall U.S. poisoning deaths among kids plunged by half from 1979 to 2006 – the percentage of those deaths from medications – both prescription and over-the-counter products – has nearly doubled, jumping from 36% to 64%.
Calif. Baby Jayden Sigler Tips Scales at 14 Pounds
Doctors told Cynthia Sigler she’d give birth to a big baby boy. But the Southern California woman didn’t know just how big they were talking. Sigler, of Vista, Calif., gave birth Thursday to her son Jayden who weighed in at 13 pounds, 14 ounces.
Can Calorie Counts Convince Teens Not To Buy Sugary Drinks?
Does calorie information help consumers make healthier choices? Not always. But a new study finds that when calorie counts are presented in an easily understandable way, even teenagers — those experts in never listening to useful advice — can be persuaded to avoid high-sugar choices.
Solange Knowles — singer, actress, and younger sister of Beyonce — and DKMS released a new PSA today encouraging people to register as bone marrow donors to help blood cancer patients. “Blood cancer kills more children in the US than any other disease,” says Knowles in the video. Mother to 7-year-old Juelz and a soon-to-be aunt, Knowles wants to help find cures for children who are suffering.
Watch Knowles’ PSA below and visit GetSwabbed.org to find out how to become a donor today.