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02 Dec

HealthDay Now: What To Expect From Psychedelic Therapy

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke to award-nominated actor, Tony Head, a research participant in a Johns Hopkins clinical trial of psilocybin. Tony was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2011 and he shares how his experience with psilocybin helped him face his fears of dying.

28 Jun

1 in 4 Parents Worry Their Child Isn't Reaching Milestones

While the majority of parents worried about their child's development seek advice from healthcare providers, many still turn to the internet or family and friends, researchers say.

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FDA Moves to Ease Nationwide Shortage of Baby Formula

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is continuing its efforts to boost the country's supply of infant formula.

Amid shortages due to...

Better School Lunches Blunt U.S. Kids' Weight Gain

MONDAY, May 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- America's kids have a weight problem, but regulations that boosted the nutritional standards for school meals may have helped slowed down weight gain among low-income students, a new study finds.

For decades, the National School Lunch Program has provided free or low-cost...

There's a Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

Do you have a child who refuses to eat anything green? Rewarding them for trying new vegetables may make them more willing to eat them, a new study claims.

"It's important to start eating vegetables from a young age," said lead rese...

Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

It might seem like an unlikely connection at first, but a new study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues -- and maybe other problems --- when their parents can't afford diapers.

"Sleep promotes brain development and solidifies learning and memory," noted study co-author Sallie Porter, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Jersey. "Children with

CDC Investigating 109 Cases of Severe Hepatitis Among Kids

Five children have died in a mysterious wave of acute hepatitis that has sickened dozens of kids across the United States during the past seven months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

U.S. Baby Formula Shortage Worsens

FRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Supply chain issues around the world are fueling a shortage of baby formula – and the problem is only getting worse.

About 40% of the top-selling baby formula products were out of stock during the week ending April 24 in the United States, CBS News reported. That’s an increase from just 11% in November and still a large bump from

Obesity May Be Affecting Heart Health in Kids as Young as 6

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As early as age 6, children who carry extra weight could be headed down a path toward future diabetes or heart disease, a new study suggests.

The study, of nearly 1,000 Danish children, found that kids who were overweigh...

Most Transgender Children Stick With Gender Identity 5 Years Later: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who feel their true gender identity doesn't match the sex they were given at birth are sometimes given the chance to adopt the lifestyle and characteristics of the opposite gender, in a process known as "so...

Obesity Could Raise a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes

Overweight kids don't have it easy, and a new study warns they may also at increased risk for type 1 diabetes later in life.

"A critical window exists in childhood to mitigate the influence of adiposity [being severely overweight, or obese] on the escalating numbers of type 1 diabetes diagnoses," said the study's lead author, Tom Richardson, a research fellow at the University of Bristol ...

How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

For some children with autism, there's a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal, a new study suggests.

The findings could help efforts to develop personalized treatments for autism patients with gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain and constipation, the University of Missouri researchers suggested.

Such problems tend to occu...

Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy for Growing Kids?

MONDAY, May 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Vegetarian diets are a healthy choice for growing kids -- though they may slightly raise the odds of youngsters being underweight, a new study suggests.

The study, of nearly 9,000 young children, found that those on vegetarian diets were, on average, of similar weight and height as their peers who ate meat. They were also on par w...

When Is the Right Time to Tell a Child They Have Autism?

MONDAY, May 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Bella Kofner, a 24-year-old graduate student in special education at the College of Staten Island in New York, was 10 when her parents first told her she had autism. Developmental psychologist Steven Kapp, now 35, was 13 when he was told the same.

So, is there a best time to tell children they have the developmental disorder? New ...

Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to a new British study.

Emo...

Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

FRIDAY, April 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Mom's voice may be music to a young child's brain, but the teen brain prefers to change the station, a new study finds.

Past research using brain imaging has revealed how important a mother's voice is to younger children: The sound stimulates not only hearing-related parts of the brain, but also circuits involved i...

Teens on TikTok: Fun, But Addictive and Maybe Harmful

In the fall of 2021, TikTok announced a major milestone to coincide with its fifth anniversary: The amassing of roughly 1 billion global users, many of them young, turning to the app every month as a way to view, make and share bite-sized videos.

But what exactly do those young users think of the app? Is it a boon to their self-esteem and creativity, or an addictive time-waster that crea...

U.S. Doctors on the Frontlines of Hepatitis Outbreak Striking Kids

As health experts around the world try to understand why nearly 200 children in 12 countries have fallen seriously ill with severe hepatitis, doctors in Alabama are investigating nine such cases in that state.

In each case, seemingly healthy kids ended up in hospital with acute liver inflammation.

What's going on ...

Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

Babies and toddlers who've been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations, new research warns.

The study is the first to suggest that antibiotics might dampen youngsters' ability to generate infection-fighting antibodies in response to vaccination.

Experts caut...

Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

The study included more than 17,700 Canadian adults who took part in a national survey on mental health. Of those respondents, 326 sa...

As Pandemic Continues, Advice for Parents on How to Manage Anxiety in Kids

Anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic is common among young children, and parents may wonder how to quell those concerns.

An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has some advice.

"Parents should have a clear idea of what their thoughts are about the virus and get on the same page as their partner," said Laurel Williams, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behav...

Childhood Vaccination Rates Slipped During Pandemic: CDC

Many kindergartners fell behind on their childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, U.S. health officials warned Thursday.

The drop has not been precipitous: About 94% of kindergarteners had their required vaccines during the 2020-2021 school year, a drop of about one percentage point and just below the 95% vaccination target, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a...

Over Half of American Parents Give Their Picky Eaters Supplements

If your child is a picky eater and you feel you need to give them dietary supplements, you're not alone.

In a new poll of more than 1,200 U.S. parents with at least one child aged 1 to 10, more than half said they struggle to get their child to eat a well-balanced diet and half said they regularly give their child dietary supplements.

About one-third of parents said their child is a...

Family Structure Influences Teen Delinquency

The structure of teens' families influences their risk of delinquent behaviors such as shoplifting, graffiti or robbery, new research suggests.

For the study, the researchers analyzed survey data gathered between 2016 and 2019 from more than 3,800 14- and 15-year-olds in Sweden. They used a statistical measure called incident rate ratio, or IRR, to compare groups.

"This study shows...

Half of Americans Now Think Playing Football 'Inappropriate' for Kids: Survey

As sign-ups for youth football get underway this spring, a new study reveals that Americans may love their football, but half now believe that kids should not play the tackle version of the game.

The researchers found that of nearly 4,000 U.S. adults surveyed, only 45% agreed that tackle football is an "appropriate sport for kids to play." Half disagreed, while the remaining 5% were unsur...

Parents' Expectations Driving College Kids to Dangerous Perfectionism: Study

Kids today feel more pressured by their parents' high expectations, and that may be feeding a rise in perfectionism, a new study suggests.

Some people claim the title "perfectionist" ...

Many U.S. High School Kids Report Sadness, Stress, Abuse During Pandemic

If there's any doubt that America's teens have suffered mightily during the pandemic, a new government survey offers fresh proof of the pain restrictions from the coronavirus has inflicted on this vulnerable group.

Many high schoolers have experienced physical and emotional abuse, poor mental health and chronic sadness and hopelessness as COVID-19 raged across the country for the past two...

Even During Omicron, Pfizer Vaccine Slashed Hospitalizations for Kids Aged 5 to 11

The Pfizer COVID vaccine significantly reduced U.S. children's risk of severe illness and hospitalization during the recent Omicron surge, according to a new study.

But researchers noted that only 27% of 5- to 11-year-olds in the United States and just 57% of 12- to 17-year-olds had received two vaccine doses as of March 16, and said they hoped their findings would help persuade reluctant...

Rash Decisions: Many Triggers for Children's Skin Outbreaks

A sudden rash can be a puzzling and alarming symptom in a child. But as one expert explains, rashes are common in kids and often caused by eczema or an allergic reaction.

"Eczema is a disease that causes patches of dry skin, which is often accompanied by intense itching. Scratching can damage the skin, make the rash worse, and increase the risk for an infection," said Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu,...

Out-of-Network Costs Raise Medical Bills for Special Needs Kids

Special needs children often require out-of-network care from specialists, which means more out-of-pocket costs and extra stress for families, a new study finds.

"In the U.S., the reality is that the more health care needs you have, especially from specialists, the greater chance you will find your needs won't be met, even if you have private insurance coverage," said lead author Wendy Xu...

Home COVID Tests Can Cause Harm If Not Stored Safely: FDA

At-home COVID-19 tests are a key tool in containing the spread of the coronavirus. But a few safety precautions are in order to prevent serious injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

The tests can cause harm if they're not used according to manufacturers' instructions, and they also need to be kept out of reach from children and pets, the FDA said.

It said it has recei...

Raising a Special Needs Child: An Expert Offers Guidance

Parents of children with special needs face a number of challenges, so here's some advice from an expert.

“Raising children is an adventure for any parent, but the journey for parents of children with special needs often has a few more twis...

Would Your Teen Admit a Mental Health Issue? Poll Finds Roadblocks to Getting Help

Would you know if your teen was struggling with mental health issues?

Most parents say yes, but many also doubt their teen would tell them something was wrong, a new poll shows.

Specifically, nearly 95% of the parents surveyed said they were somewhat or very confident that they would notice the signs of trouble. Yet, only about 25% think their adolescent would definitely talk to th...

Omicron COVID Causing Severe Croup in Young Children

FRIDAY, March 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) --The Omicron COVID-19 variant can cause croup in young children, including severe cases that require hospitalization and intensive care, a new study shows.

"The relatively high hospitalization rate and the large number of medication doses our COVID-19 croup patients required suggests that COVID-19 might cause more severe croup compared to other vir...

Suicide Rate Is Spiking Upwards in Preadolescent Children

In the past two decades, a growing number of preteens have taken medicines or other chemicals as a way to end their lives, new research warns.

The mental health of children has become a big talking point in light of the pandemic, but the study data showed the problem has been percolating for years: There has been a 4.5-fold increase in suicidal ingestion cases among children between the a...

Early-Life Day Care Tied to Worsening Behavior in Kids

The more time kids spend in day care, the greater their risk for problem behaviors in primary school, according to a Swiss study.

But, parents can take heart: The study also found that such problems generally disappear by the end of primary school.

"It's possible that external childcare may lessen the strength of child-parent attachment and interaction," said first author Margit Ave...

Mental Health of America's Children Only Getting Worse

A fresh review of recent government surveys suggests the well-being of 73 million American kids is under strain and seems to be getting worse.

The upshot: anxiety,

Another Study Finds Bogus 'Conversion Therapy' Harms LGBTQ Teens

There are serious mental harms and high financial costs associated with so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQ people, researchers report.

Conversion therapy attempts to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people "straight." Its safety and effectiveness has been discredited in multiple prior studies.

In the new

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  • Immunization Against Common Infection of Babies Could Be Near

    Each year, RSV sends as many as 58,000 kids under age 5 to U.S. hospitals, but a vaccine in development may dramatically reduce the risk for severe illness.

    RSV, short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, typically circul...

    What You Need to Know About the Infant Formula Recall

    If you're a parent using Similac, Alimentum or EleCare infant formulas, here's updated facts on the ongoing product recall.

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates, Abbott Nutrition has recalled certain powdered formulas made at its Sturgis, Mich., facility. The products have been linked to bacterial infections in five babies. All had to be hospitalized and two died, possibl...

    Medical Treatments for Trans Youth Cut Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

    Although Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has deemed it "child abuse," access to "gender-affirming" services cuts the odds of severe depression and maybe even suicide among transgender teens, a new study finds.

    Investigators came to that conclusion after tracking the mental health of 104 transgender and nonbinary kids, aged 13 to 20. Over a year, roughly two-thirds received puberty blockers, gender...

    Which New Moms Are at Highest Risk for Postpartum Depression?

    First-time moms and new mothers of twins may be among those at greatest risk of postpartum depression symptoms, a large new study suggests.

    Postpartum depression is a common illness. In the United States alone, about one in eight women report depression symptoms soon after giving birth, according to the

    Stopped Early, Teen Drug Abuse Won't Harm Life Success

    If they quit early on, there's a good chance that teenage drug abusers can still succeed in life, researchers say.

    The findings show the importance of stopping drug use by early adulthood in order to protect future health and well-being, according to Jake Najman, a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, and co-author of a new study.

    "Adolescent behavior proble...

    Child Developmental Milestone Checklists Updated by CDC, AAP

    Screen your young child early and often for developmental delays.

    That's the message behind updated checklists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

    The

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  • Does Your Child Have Asthma? Look for the Signs

    If you're wondering whether your child may have asthma, there are some tell-tale signs to look for, an expert says.

    Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory disease in children and affects more than 6 million U.S. children. Despite being common, diagnosing asthma in children can be difficult because "there is...

    Poll Finds Most Parents Would Use CBD to Treat a Child — Is That Wise?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) products are wildly popular among older adults for treating chronic pain and anxiety, and a new poll suggests that nearly three-quarters of U.S. parents think CBD might also be a good option for their kids when other meds don't work.

    On the other hand, more than that — 83% — think

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  • February 21, 2022
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  • FDA Warns of Infant Formula Powders Tied to Infections

    Several powdered infant formula products have been recalled by Abbott Inc., following reports of four infants developing bacterial infections after consuming the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    "As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation's newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial...

    A Healthy Mouth Could Be a Lifesaver for Kids With Heart Conditions

    Kids with heart conditions are more likely than their peers to have frequent cavities, toothaches or bleeding gums, a new U.S. government study finds.

    Researchers found that of U.S. children and teenagers with heart conditions, 10% had only "poor" to "fair" dental health, as rated by their parents. That was twice the figure of kids without heart problems.

    It's a concern in part, the...

    Lockdowns May Not Have Harmed Toddlers' Language Learning: Studies

    The pandemic has dramatically disrupted kids' normal routines, but a new study suggests the initial lockdowns of 2020 did not necessarily hinder preschoolers' language development.

    In fact, researchers found, there was an unanticipated "lockdown boost" in youngsters' vocabulary growth -- possibly because parents were spending more time at home.

    Studying families in 13 countries, the...

    Your Baby's Developed a Cough: Expert Advice on What to Do

    If your baby has a cough, you might immediately think it's COVID-19, but coughing is a common wintertime symptom, a pediatrician says.

    Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some advice on what to do when your baby develops a cough.

    Congestion and postnasal drip will wo...

    U.S. Kids Still Dying From Toppling TVs, Furniture

    Before your eyes become glued to the Super Bowl or the Winter Olympics, make sure your TV and furniture are anchored to the wall to protect little ones from potentially deadly tip-overs.

    Between 2018 and 2020, an average of 22,500 Americans a year required emergency department treatment for tip-over injuries, and nearly 44% were under 18, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm...

    Gruesome Warning Images on Soda Labels Could Cut Consumption

    Images of fat-laden, diseased hearts and blackened, rotting feet might be the last thing you expect to see on the label of a can of soda that your child desperately wants, but would such drastic health warnings about the long-term dangers of sugar stop you from buying it?

    Yes, suggests new research that finds parents were 17 percentage points less likely to buy sugary beverages if confron...

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