Sensory Therapy Might Work for Kids With Autism
Study found it helped children bothered by ordinary noises, feel of toothbrush or shower water on skin.
IDSA Guidelines: Vaccinate Immunocompromised Patients
New Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines stress that most immunocompromised people should be vaccinated against influenza and other infections.
Handoff Program Cuts Medical Errors, Adverse Events (CME)
Multifaceted program at children's hospital also increases physician time spent at patient bedside.
HPV common among sexually active young gay men
Gay teenagers who have had at least four sexual partners are at increased risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study suggests.
ER Visits Involving Ecstasy Up 128 Percent From 2005 to 2011
Each year about one-third of visits involve alcohol among patients younger than 21 years.
Shingles in Adults Not Linked to Varicella Vaccination in Kids
An increased incidence of shingles in adults did not follow increased vaccination in kids and does not appear to result from loss of natural immunity boosts associated with exposure to children with chickenpox.
Breast Milk Is Most Effective Route to Get Iodine to Infant
The administration of a one-time iodine dose to new mothers in iodine-poor regions is superior to a direct dose to the infant in terms of providing the child with adequate iodine for at least 6 months.
More Than 6 Percent of U.S. Teens Take Psychiatric Meds: Survey
ADHD, depression most common conditions reported by those on medication.
Oxytocin activates 'social' brain regions in children with autism
Researchers from Yale University have found that while engaging with social information, children with autism spectrum disorders experienced enhanced brain activity after a single dose of the hormone oxytocin was administered through a nasal spray.
Low Iron in Brain a Sign of ADHD?
MRI technique might aid diagnosis, treatment, researcher says.
Exercise linked to decreased insulin resistance in children
In a meta-analysis, exercise was found to be associated with decreased fasting insulin and insulin resistance among children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Later teen bedtimes tied to school problems and distress
One quarter of adolescents go to bed after 11:30 on school nights, according to a new U.S. study, which also finds those kids tend to perform worse in school and to have greater emotional distress than peers who go to bed earlier.
Crosslinking Safe in Children, Adolescents With Keratoconus
Almost 90% of younger patients with keratoconus progress after crosslinking procedures, suggesting that vigilant monitoring is needed in this age group.
Peripheral Neuropathy Common in Youth With Type 2 Diabetes
Pilot study finds 1 in 4 young people with type 2 diabetes have peripheral neuropathy, a rate approaching that seen in adults with the condition.
This World AIDS Day, WHO Focuses on Adolescents
New guidelines call for worldwide attention to the needs of adolescents with regard to both HIV prevention and care for those infected.
Spatiotemporal Analysis Emphasizes Value of Vaccination (CME)
Analysis of disease trends since 1888 shows 103 million cases of contagious disease prevented.
Thalidomide May Help Kids With Crohn's Disease
Drug previously tied to birth defects helped induce remission in children with difficult-to-treat disease.
Why Many U.S. Preteens Aren't Getting the HPV Shot
Review found cost, fear of kids becoming sexually active deters some parents
Antiviral Therapy Helps Children Critically Ill With Flu (CME)
Prompt treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors may improve survival
Telemedicine consults may reduce errors at rural ERs
Emergency rooms in rural areas don't see many very sick or badly injured children each year. When they do, bringing in a pediatric critical care specialist by videoconference to help with treatment could prevent errors, a new study suggests.
Screen time again linked to kids' extra weight
Children and teenagers who spend lots of time in front of screens - especially TVs - tend to gain more weight as they age, according to a new study.
ADHD diagnosis increasing in the US, CDC says
A CDC-led study reveals that the number of children diagnosed with ADHD is 2 million higher than nearly a decade ago, suggesting an increasing burden on the US health care system.
'Mixing' of Senses More Common in Autism: Study
With synesthesia, sight, taste, smell and sound may blend
Steroids for Preemies May Raise ADHD Risk, Study Says
Shots are given to boost lung development
Tiniest Newborns Often Lead Normal Adult Lives, Study Finds
Researchers followed 'extreme preemies' into adulthood and found they were satisfied with their lives
Too much Tylenol in pregnancy could affect development
Frequent use of Tylenol by expectant mothers may be linked to poorer language skills and behavior problems among their children, according to a new study.
Long wait over, Discovery Labs launches premature infant drug
Discovery Laboratories Inc. launched Surfaxin Friday, eight years after first seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for the product. Surfaxin was approved last year for use in preventing respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. The compound is the first FDA-approved synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant a substance found in the lungs that is essential for breathing.
Newborn baby is borderline; should the doctor resuscitate?
The newborn resuscitation room was uncomfortably hot the thermostat was set high to prevent a just-born babys body temperature from dropping rapidly. Our neonatology team was finishing up paperwork on a baby we had just resuscitated and stabilized when a nurse from obstetrics popped her head in: Dont leave yet! A 23-weeker just rolled in; she might deliver soon!
East Lancashire's smallest 1lb 6oz baby astonishing doctors
A baby born four months premature, weighing just 1lb 6oz, has stunned doctors with his astonishing progress. Tiny Jordan James McCormack, one of the smallest babies born in East Lancashire, has battled through seven blood and platelet transfusions and a lung infection. He was born 17 weeks early and weighed just 22 ounces at birth, less than an iPad.
Breast Milk Donated or Sold Online Is Often Tainted, Study Says
A cottage industry has sprung up facilitating the sale and donation of human breast milk on the Internet, but a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics confirms the concerns of health professionals over this unregulated marketplace.
The parental consent dilemma: Saving extremely premature babies by signing forms
Our baby was dying a half-dozen ways. She was born in the 23rd week of pregnancy weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces. Twiggy and translucent, her body heaved along with the mechanical whooshing of a ventilator that kept her alive while battering her lungs. No matter what the doctors did, she would probably end up dead or broken.
Even early term is too early
Although most of us used to think that full-term neonates born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation were, as a whole, a low-risk group, research continues to show that tremendous variation exists within this 5-week period, and that although these babies may look healthy, those born early term (at 37 or 38 weeks) have significantly higher rates of problems than those born between 39 and 41 weeks.