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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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Her Arm Got Caught in Family's Treadmill. It Could Have Been Worse.

It can happen so fast.

One moment, a family is eating dinner together like usual. Soon after, they go off to do other things before being brought back together by a child's scream.

That is what unfolded in the Beckman home in State College, Pa., one October evening three months ago. The youngest of the family's three children, 3-year-old Hazel, suffered a serious friction bur...

CDC Study Shows Power of Flu Vaccine for Kids

Flu vaccines protect children against serious illness, even when the vaccine doesn't match the circulating flu virus, according to a new study that reinforces the importance of flu shots.

Flu viruses are constantly changing, and the effectiveness of flu vaccines can be influenced by the similarity between the viruses used in vaccine production and the viruses circulating in a given flu s...

Baby's Feeding Troubles Tied to Later Developmental Delays

Parents struggling with infant feeding issues may have another reason to persevere: New research ties feeding problems with an increased risk of developmental delays.

For the study, the mothers of nearly 3,600 children were surveyed about feeding problems at 18, 24 and 30 months of age, such as gagging, crying during meals or pushing food away. The children were also screened for developm...

Worried About Your Teen's Social Media Use? Experts Offer Help

Is your teen staring at their smartphone all day? There's many things parents can do to protect kids from the potentially negative effects of social media, experts say.

While there are positive aspects to social media, there's evidence it can pose risks to teens' mental health due...

Later School Start Times Boost Parents' Health, Too

For several years, a leading U.S. pediatricians' group has called for middle and high schools to start later in the morning, to help these young people get the right amount of sleep.

Now, new research suggests that students aren't the only ones who benefit from later start times: Their parents also catch a break.

"Kids don't live in a vacuum. They live in a complex family system. In...

Kids' Behavior Worsened With Remote Learning: Study

Parents, brace yourselves.

As the Omicron variant surges and U.S. schools deal with a substitute teacher shortage and related pandemic fallout, don't be surprised if a return to remote or hybrid learning leads your kids to act out, a new study warns.

Previous shifts from in-person to re...

'Baby Talk' Could Help Spot Infants With Autism

That sing-song speech parents use when talking to their babies is universal, and infants tend to prefer it.

So, when a baby doesn't seem to engage with this melodic "motherese," or baby talk, it can be an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Researchers at the University of California, S...

Getting Your Child Their Vaccine?  Some Tips on Easing Needle Fears

If your child gets upset when it’s time to get a shot, you know how challenging that experience is -- for both of you.

Yet, vaccines are an essential fact of life, especially in the age of COVID-19. Children aged 5 and up are advised to get the COVID vaccine or, depending on their age, a COVID booster. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Pfizer

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  • A Better Way to Correct Severe Scoliosis in Kids?

    Young patients with early-onset scoliosis, a dangerous curvature of the spine, have two options for surgery, but a new study finds one of the procedures results in fewer complications.

    For 8- to 11-year-olds, growth-friendly surgery that allows the spine to continue growing might sound preferable, but researchers say it leads to far more operations and complications than

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  • Severe Illness in Children Brings Hardship for Families

    When a sick child spends time in the intensive care unit, the impact lasts even after the hospital stay is over.

    Added to it are days, weeks, sometimes months out of school for the young patient and extended work absences for their primary caregivers.

    "Pediatric critical illness impacts a family’s health and well-being not only during the child’s treatment but after they leave ...

    Severe Illness in a Child Takes Big Toll on Parents, Siblings: Study

    When a child has severe health problems, the suffering often extends to the entire family, new research finds.

    Using data from a single health insurance provider, the study authors assessed nearly 7,000 children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and compared them to a control group of more than 18,600 children without a life-threatening condition and their families.

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    Parents Underestimate How Much Time Teens Spent Online During Pandemic

    Parents, think you have a good handle on how much time your teens are spending on social media?

    Don't bet on it. New research suggests your best guesstimate is likely way off.

    Parents significantly underestimated their teens' social media use — especially girls' — during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the study showed.

    "Although most parents and their teens spe...

    Teens With Autism and Driving: Often a Tough Discussion

    Determining whether a young person with autism is ready to drive can be tricky for their health care providers.

    That's the upshot of a new survey that included 78 pediatric physicians, psychologists and other providers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    Half of the respondents said they routinely...

    5 Million More Americans Became Gun Owners During Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a surge in new gun owners across the U.S., a new study finds.

    The data shows that between January 2020 and April 30 of this year, 5.1 million Americans bought their first guns, following 2.4 million who did so in 2019.

    The numbers are concerning, experts said, because when guns are brought into a home for the first time, everyone who lives there i...

    No Health Issues for Babies Born to Women Who Had COVID in Pregnancy

    Moms who had COVID-19 in pregnancy can breathe easier thanks to a small, new study that found no growth or development problems in 6-month-old babies whose mothers had the virus while expecting.

    “Our results should be reassuring to pregnant women with COVID-19 who are worried about how the virus might affect the baby,” said study co-author Dr. Malika Shah, a neonatologist at the Child...

    Mom & Dad's Holiday Stress a Downer for Kids, Poll Finds

    Many parents want to make the holiday season magical for their kids, but for some the stress they feel trying to live up to that ideal may actually be doing the opposite.

    A poll from Michigan Medicine found that about 1 in 5 parents said their ...

    Junk Food Ads Reaching Kids Through Livestream Gaming Platforms

    Children and teens who use livestreaming gaming platforms may be bombarded with influencer-endorsed ads for energy drinks, junk food and alcohol, new research shows.

    "This type of marketing can normalize high-fat, high-sugar and high-sodium foods at a time in young viewers' live...

    Medical Marijuana May Help Ease Severe Epilepsy in Kids: Study

    Kids with severe epilepsy may take multiple medications and follow special diets, yet still suffer seizures. Now a small study suggests medical marijuana may sometimes help when other therapies fail.

    British researchers found that medical pot slashed seizures by almost 90% and reduced use of traditional medications.

    But at least one outside expert cautions that it’s way too early ...

    T-Shirt Study Shows Importance of Mom's Smell to Bond With Baby

    The sound of mom's voice can soothe a fussy baby like nothing else, but now new research suggests that an infant is also calmed by the scent of its mother.

    Prior animal studies had already shown that olfaction -- smell -- "is very important, that mother's smell is very critical for attachment," noted study author Ruth Feldman. "Young recognize mother by her smell, and mother and habitat a...

    'Baby Talk' Is Really Helping Baby Learn

    You may feel silly doing it, but baby talk helps your infant learn the basics of human language, a new study suggests.

    By mimicking the sound of a smaller vocal tract, baby talk guides babies on how words should sound coming out of their own mouths, the researchers explained.

    "It seems t...

    Febrile Seizures: How to Protect Your Child

    Fever-related seizures in young children can be alarming for parents, but they're usually not life-threatening, an expert says.

    During a so-called febrile seizure, a child may lose consciousness, experience body stiffness and have full-body shaking. The seizures — which typically last a minute or two, but can go on longer — rarely require medication, and the majority don't require hos...

    Half of U.S. Parents of Teens Got Their Child Vaccinated, But Uptake Slows

    Nearly half of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, but the initial rush to get teens immunized has stalled, a new survey of parents shows.

    Only 1% of parents now plan to get their teen vaccinated as soon as possible; 13% said they'll wait and see how vaccination works for others; and 30% said they won't get their teen vaccinated.

    The...

    Another Benefit to Asthma Control for Kids: Less Bullying

    Kids can be cruel, and bullies often zero in on kids they view as weak or different, including those with asthma.

    One in 10 children with asthma say they have been bullied or teased as a result of their condition, but tight asthma control seems to keep bullying at bay, a new study suggests....

    1 in 3 U.S. Children Lack Adequate Health Insurance

    Though they live in one of the world’s richest nations, a growing number of young Americans are without ample health insurance.

    A new study reports that 34% of U.S. kids age 17 and under were...

    1 in 3 College Freshmen Has Depression, Anxiety

    Starting college can be a time of fun, new experiences and growth. Yet it can also be a rough transition for many students who struggle with mental health issues.

    A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom and Canada found about one-third of first-year students have or develop moderate to severe anxiety or depression.

    When these young adults had increasing use of illicit dru...

    Reading With Your Toddler? Books May Beat Screens

    Parents who want to read to their toddlers and give them a developmental boost ought to pick up a traditional paper book rather than an e-book on a tablet, a new study reports.

    Toddlers are more likely to interact with their parents when they're sharing a paper children's book rather than a tablet, University of Michigan researchers found.

    Parents also tended to talk more to their c...

    Nearly 7% of U.S. Kids Have Had a Head Injury or Concussion

    Blows to the head are common among America's kids, with close to 7% showing signs of a brain injury at some time in childhood, U.S. health officials report.

    Sports, falls and abuse are likely causes, experts say.

    Concussions and other head injuries are more common among white kids than Black or Hispanic kids. And prevalence increases with age — from 2% in children up to 5 years o...

    Are Your Holiday Gifts on the 'Noisy Toy List'?

    Stop that racket!

    A screeching rubber chicken tops this year's list of noisy toys that pose a threat to children's hearing.

    The Sight & Hearing Association's annual Noisy Toys List for 2021 includes toys that tested louder than 85 decibels (dB), which is the U.S. National Institute...

    Many Kids, Teens Think Girls Don't Care About Computer Science

    The misconception that girls are less interested than boys in computer science and engineering begins at a young age in the United States.

    And it's one reason for the gender gap in those career fields, according to a new study.

    In surveys of more than 2,200 U.S. children and teens in grades 1 through 12, researchers found that half 51% believed girls are le...

    Adding Juice to Baby's Diet Could Set Stage for Obesity

    Giving your baby fruit juice too early in life could lead to greater intake of sugary drinks later in childhood and much higher odds for obesity and tooth decay, a new study of more than 4,000 American mothers has found.

    According to a team led by Edwina Yeung, of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, introducing fruit juice to infants before they were a year ...

    Most Parents Say Their Kids Aren't Thankful Enough: Poll

    As American families sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving, a majority of parents say they want to raise grateful kids but they don't think they're succeeding.

    Four out of five respondents to a new nationwide poll said children aren't as thankful as they should be, and half worry that they overindulge their own kids. Two in five also said they're sometimes embarrassed by how selfish their ch...

    TV, Furniture on Your Holiday Gift List? Add in an 'Anti-Tip-Over' Kit

    If you buy or get items such as furniture or TVs during the holidays, be sure to get anti-tip-over kits for them to protect your children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says.

    From 2017 through 2019, an average of 11,100 U.S. children were treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for injuries from tip-overs. And between 2000 and 2019, 469 children aged 17 and you...

    Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

    A new study is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight.

    The findings, researchers said, are no surprise. Many adults, faced with normal life being upended during the pandemic, have seen changes on the bath...

    Grandmother's Brain In Sync With Her Grandkids': Study

    Grandmothers can have a strong bond with the little children in their families — and the connection even shows up on brain scans, researchers say.

    The investigators embarked on a unique study, looking at the brains of older women — not for signs of dysfunction, as with dementia, but to study their connections with their grandchildren.

    "What really jumps out in the data is the ac...

    HPV Vaccination Rises in States That Don't Require Parental Consent

    When young people are allowed to give their own consent for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, vaccination rates are higher, new research shows.

    The new study suggests that allowing teens to consent without parental involvement could be an important strategy for boosting HPV vaccination rates. This consent is already a policy in several U.S. states.

    While researchers can't say def...

    Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

    Marijuana use in pregnancy may increase your child's risk for stress and anxiety, a new study suggests.

    Although some moms-to-be use pot hoping to relieve morning sickness and anxiety, they should know it may cause genetic changes in the uterus that result in children becoming anxious, aggressive and hyperactive, researchers say.

    "People are saying that cannabis is benign, and take ...

    9-Year-Old Becomes 10th Casualty of Astroworld's Crowd Surge

    A young boy who was injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston has become the 10th person to die from a huge crowd surge at the event.

    Ezra Blount, 9, was trampled at the festival and had been placed in a medically induced coma in an attempt to deal with severe brain, liver and kidney trauma, attorneys for his family said last week, CBS News reported.

    "The Blount family ...

    Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: Study

    As if suffering through a childhood trauma weren't enough, new research suggests it might raise the risk of poor mental and physical health later in life.

    Researchers analyzed nearly 2,900 responses to the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey and found that about 45% of respondents said they had no adverse childhood events, a majority experienced at least one, and one-third reported mo...

    Adult 'Picky Eaters' on What Parents Did Right and Wrong

    As many parents know, children can be notoriously picky eaters. In some cases, their chronically fearful approach towards food amounts to what is considered a serious psychiatric condition.

    But a new survey of adults who were, and continue to be, finicky eaters suggests that rather than forcing a child to eat foods they don't like, parents will probably make more headway by embracing a no...

    Child Nasal Swab Tests Conducted by Parent Yield Accurate Results: Study

    Parent-collected nasal swab samples from kids could be as good at detecting respiratory infections such as COVID-19 as those taken by nurses, but that's not the case with saliva samples, British researchers say.

    Respiratory infections such as colds and flu are among the most common illnesses in kids treated by primary care doctors. COVID-19 is also a respiratory infection.

    "Our...

    Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: Poll

    In a finding that suggests a family's income influences parents' views on COVID vaccines for their younger kids, a new survey shows the more money parents make, the likelier they are to get their kids a shot.

    The poll of more than 2,000 parents found that 47% of those with annual incomes of $100,000 or more were willing to get their children ages 5-11 vaccinated, compared with just 37% of...

    'Enriched' Baby Formula Won't Boost School Grades Later: Study

    Sorry, parents, but giving your babies enriched formula won't improve their chances of doing well in school when they're in their teens, a new study shows.

    The research was prompted by claims that enriched formula promotes brain development.

    To learn more, researchers analyzed data from seven randomized trials of nutritionally modified infant formula conducted at five British hospit...

    Nearly 900,000 U.S. Kids Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID Shot

    About 900,000 U.S. children aged 5 to 11 received their initial dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine during the first week of eligibility for that age group, the Biden administration said Wednesday.

    Not only that, nearly 700,000 more are scheduled in the coming days, health officials added.

    The low-dose Pfizer vaccine for younger children was approved on Nov. 2 and the first doses w...

    No Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: Study

    Will boys fixated on gore-filled video games become violent in real life? Many parents may worry that's the case, but new and reassuring research finds violent video games don't trigger actual violence in kids.

    The study included boys aged 8 to 18, the group most likely to play violent video games, and examined two types of violence: aggression against other people, and destruction of thi...

    Do Your Kids Really Need Cough & Cold Meds?

    When children have colds, parents may want to hold off on using cough and cold medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests.

    Most children get better on their own, and cough or cold medicines won't change the natural course of a cold or make it go away faster.

    Also, some cough and cold medicines can have serious side effects, such as slowed breathing, which can be life-...

    Let Babies Eat Eggs to Avoid Egg Allergy Later: Study

    Feeding eggs to infants could reduce their risk of egg allergy later on, new research suggests.

    For the study, researchers at the University at Buffalo in New York, analyzed U.S. government data from more than 2,200 parents who were surveyed about their children's eating habits and food allergies from birth to 6 years of age.

    "We found that children who hadn't had egg introduced by ...

    CDC Panel Signs Off on Pfizer Vaccine for Younger Kids

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the emergency use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in kids ages 5-11.

    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is widely expected to sign off on the recommendation later Tuesday, essentially opening the floodgates of vaccination for 28 million of the country's youngest citizens....

    Financial Stress Burdens More Than Half of New U.S. Moms: Study

    The joys of motherhood may be overshadowed in the United States since as many as 50% of new or expectant moms can't pay their bills, including health care bills, new research suggests.

    "Financial hardship is highly prevalent among pregnant and postpartum women," said study co-author Dr. Michelle Moniz. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michiga...

    Caring for a New Baby's Skin, Hair and Nails

    Caring for a baby's delicate skin, hair and nails can be intimidating, but five simple steps can make it easier, according to an expert from the American Academy of Dermatology.

    "With their tiny hands and feet, babies can seem so fragile and vulnerable," said dermatologist Dr. Kachiu Lee. "However, babies are more resilient than you might think, and parents can maintain good hygiene for t...

    Hidden Poisons Can Make Trick-or-Treating Truly Scary

    Accidental poisonings on Halloween can turn a night of fun into one that's truly scary.

    The following poison prevention tips -- from the Nebraska Regional Poison Center -- can help your little ones stay safe:

    The liquid in lighted glow sticks can sting or burn if it gets into the eyes or mouth. Know that glow sticks are soft and can easily break open if children put them in their mo...

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