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25 Sep

Playtime with Dad Helps Boost Kids’ Grades Significantly, New Study Finds

Fathers who regularly read, play and draw with their young children give them an educational advantage, according to new research.

23 May

Parent Concerns about HPV Vaccine Safety Growing, Study Finds

More than 1 out of 4 parents remain reluctant to vaccinate their preteens against HPV despite growing evidence of the vaccine’s safety, researchers say.

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Kids and young adults who use social media for seven or more hours per day have double the risk of taking up vaping or smoking or both, new research shows.

The study is based on a survey of almost 11,000 young British people ages 10 to 25 who were tracked from 2015 through 2021.

Overall, 8.5% said they currently smoked, 2.5% said they vaped and about 1% did both.

How much ti...

Sleepaway camp can be a lot of fun for kids, but only if they’re ready for the experience.

And that’s the tough part -- figuring out as a parent when a child is ready to stay away from home, and what they’ll need while they’re at camp, said Dr. Laurel Williams, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences a...

More than 320,000 U.S. children lost a parent to drug overdose during the past decade, according to a new study reported May 8 in JAMA Psychiatry.

What’s more, the death rate accelerated during the period, more than doubling between 2011 and 2021, researchers found.

About 27 children per 100,000 had a parent di...

Parents striving to be “perfect” will never attain that goal, and the aim isn’t even healthy for their families, a new study says.

The risks of striving for perfection are such that researchers have now created a scale to help parents track their burnout and, if necessary, counter it.

The first-of-its-kind

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  • May 8, 2024
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  • No one knows what caused the liver and kidney disease that led to Ludwig van Beethoven’s untimely death.

    But one popular theory – that high lead levels killed the great composer – should be ruled out, researchers argue in the journal Clinical Chemistry.

    Analysis of samples taken from preserved locks of Beethoven�...

    Children and young adults who are couch potatoes could wind up with enlarged hearts, increasing their risk of heart attack, stroke and early death.

    Sedentary behavior contributed as much as 40% to the total increase in heart size between the ages of 17 and 24, researchers found.

    Further,...

    Kids are very likely to make the acquaintance of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at some point, whether they know it or not.

    An estimated 95% of children with disabilities enroll in regular schools, experts say.

    “Given the rates of autism diagnosis and our ability to identify it, most kids will meet an autistic child at some point during their school-aged year...

    Parents can be very effective buzzkills for their teens, just by letting kids know they’re being closely watched, a new study reports.

    Teenagers are less likely to drink, smoke or use drugs when parents keep tabs on their activities, according to f...

    Nearly 100,000 U.S. children lost a parent in 2020 to gun violence or drug overdose, a three-fold rise since 1999, according to a new study.

    Overall, these two causes made up nearly a quarter (23%) of parental losses in 2020, almost double the level cited in 1999, according to a team who reported its findings May 4 in the

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 6, 2024
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  • Parents of newborns diagnosed with cystic fibrosis often are confused about both the disease and their next steps, a new national survey has found.

    In fact, about half of new parents don’t even know that newborns are routinely screened for the genetic disorder, the poll found.

    This confusion can lead to a delay in treatment that will have long-term consequences for a child’s hea...

    Everyone knows that specific type of sports parent – the over-the-top dad or mom who curses, shouts and even becomes physically aggressive during their kid’s match.

    While they might think they’re cheering their kid to victory, such poor sports behavior actually can turn a child or teen off to athletics, psychiatrists warn.

    “Some of those behaviors would be setting unrealisti...

    Giving your kid a drink, snack or small bag of fast food on the way home from day care might distract them during a busy commute, but it’s not doing their daily diet any favors, a new study warns.

    The hour after kids are picked up from day care stands ...

    Getting the HPV shot in adolescence can spare kids a lifetime of risk for cervical and other cancers related to the virus, but only half of American kids are up-to-date on these shots.

    Now, a new review suggests that if schools mandate HPV shots as an entry requirement for students, immunization rates rise.

    "A majority of studies evaluating HPV vaccine school-entry requirements fou...

    Having a child with food allergies isn't easy to manage, and now new research shows that most of these parents turn to social media for medical advice.

    When they do, some of the advice is good and some is not, researchers report. 

    In the study, published recently in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and...

    Anne Helms is one busy mom, constantly juggling the demands of working from home with parenting two young children.

    Despite that whirl of activity, Helms says she often feels isolated and lonely.

    “I work from home full time and I actually have a job where I’m on camera a lot and I’m Zoom calling people very often,” Helms, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, said in a news release.<...

    The pandemic caused only “modest” delays in developmental milestones for infants and toddlers, a new study has found.

    Previous research has reported that pandemic-related lockdowns disrupted the lives of many people, including families with young children.

    Day-to-day life was upended as schools and child care centers closed, many people worked from home and the number of play da...

    Parents too often wave the white flag when it comes to young picky eaters, a new survey finds.

    Three out of five parents say they’re willing to play personal chef and cobble up a separate meal for a child who balks at the family dinner, according to a national poll from the University of Michigan.

    This often leads to the kids munching something less healthy, said

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  • April 22, 2024
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  • Another broiling summer looms, along with another season of kids' summer sports.

    It's a potentially harmful, even lethal combination. But experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) have advice for kids, parents and coaches on how to keep young athletes safe when thermometers rise.

    Each year, an estimated 240 people die from heat-linked illnesses, and

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 20, 2024
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  • Teenagers are frequently bullied about their weight on social media, and the bullying increases with each hour they spend on these sites, a new study reveals.

    Nearly one in five teens (17%) said they’d experienced weight-related bullying online,...

    Quiet preteens who feel they're a burden on others are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors, a new study reports.

    Criticism from parents or caregivers also increased the likelihood of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, researchers found.

    Preteen girls with these traits are at especially high risk, according to the study published recently in the

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 15, 2024
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  • Preparing a kid for summer camp is already a daunting task, and it’s even more complicated if your child has allergies or asthma, experts say.

    “Kids with allergies and asthma need an extra layer of protection when they head off to summer camp,” said allergist Dr. Gailen Marshall Jr., president of the ...

    Standardized tests put a lot of pressure on teenagers who want to secure their future and make their parents and teachers proud.

    This stress can lead to symptoms like stomach aches, sleep problems, irritability and heightened emotionality, experts say.

    But there are concrete steps students can take to prepare for a standardized test while also keeping their cool.

    Live ...

    A days-old newborn in Oregon was sickened with salmonella that may have been transmitted from parents who tended infected poultry located 150 miles away, a new report finds.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long warned of the d...

    Toddlers who grow up near nature are less likely to have emotional issues, even if the green space is just a park or a big back yard, a new study shows.

    The more green space there is within three-fourths of a mile from a child's home, the fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression they'll hav...

    Suicides among U.S. college athletes have doubled over the past two years, according to data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Suicide is now the second most common cause of death for college athletes after accidents, results show.

    “Athletes are generally thought of as one of the healthiest populations in our society, yet the pressures of school, internal a...

    U.S. rates of suicide by all methods rose steadily for adolescents between 1999 and 2020, a new analysis shows.

    During those two decades, over 47,000 Americans between the ages 10 and 19 lost their lives to suicide, the report found, and there have been sharp increases year by year.

    Girls and minority adolescents have charted especially steep increases in suicides, said a team le...

    Most parents are torn about letting their middle or high school students take a sick day.

    "In some cases, the decision to keep kids home from school is clear, such as if the child is vomiting or has a high fever," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the Mott Poll from University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's H...

    Babies who die unexpectedly in their sleep often are subjected to many hazards that could have contributed to their deaths, a new study reports.

    Multiple unsafe sleep practices are at play in three-quarters (76%) of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID), according to a

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 25, 2024
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  • Over the first few years of a child's life, foods found in a family's fridge and cupboards tends to get less healthy, new research shows.

    “We found significant changes in several food categories over time," said study lead author Jennifer Barton. "Food items such as non-whole grains, processed meats, savory snacks, candy and micr...

    Baseball season is near, and one orthopedic surgeon is warning young players and their coaches and parents about the very real danger of overuse injuries.

    Dr. Mark Cohen is a hand, wrist and elbow surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, in...

    The cost to American families of caring for a child with a mental health condition rose by almost a third between 2017 and 2021, a new report finds, to an average $4,361 per year. 

    Overall, American families spent an estimated $31 billion in 2021 on child mental health services, which now make up nearly half (about 47%) of all child medical spending, the report found.

    The findi...

    Days clogged with numerous after-school activities are detrimental to the mental health of over-scheduled high school students, a new study finds.

    Researchers also found that these "enrichment' activities -- tutoring, sports, school clubs and even homework -- are unlikely to benefit students academically.

    Many folks think extra study time or tutoring will lead to better grades, but ...

    During the past half-century, the United States' annual number of school shootings has increased more than twelvefold, a new study finds.

    What's more, children are now four times more likely to be a school shooting victim, and the death rate from school shootings has risen more than sixfold.

    “Firearm violence is a public health crisis, and it needs to be addressed,” said lead re...

    As more Americans pop over-the-counter melatonin to help them sleep, their young children are increasingly showing up in ERs after accidentally ingesting the supplements.

    A new report of data from 2012 through 2021 finds a 420% rise in such cases during that time, along with a 530% inc...

    Using TVs and tablets as "e-babysitters" really cuts down on the time toddlers spend interacting with parents or other caregivers, new research shows.

    The Australian team of investigators are calling the phenomenon "technoference" -- a scenario where "young children's exposure to screen time is interfering with opportunities to talk and interact in their home environment."

    The resea...

    As new outbreaks of measles -- a once nearly eliminated illness in the United States -- continue to emerge, experts remind Americans that there's an easy way to stop infection: Get vaccinated.

    "Measles spreads so easily that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not vaccinated or otherwise immune will also become infected," the U.S. Food and Drug Administrat...

    Teens have a higher risk of self-injury -- deliberately cutting or burning themselves -- if they have a fraught relationship with a struggling parent, a new study shows.

    Teenagers were nearly five times more likely to self-injure if, when they were 6, their moms and dads reported stress and discomfort in their role as parents, researchers found.

    Teens also had a nearly doubled risk ...

    Most parents have experienced it: Your young child wakes up distraught, sure that the nightmare they've just suffered through is real.

    Dr. Anis Rehman, an internal medicine specialist and consultant to the Sleep Foundation, says that...

    Well-to-do American families are more likely than poorer families to increase their children's risk of cervical cancer by skipping the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, a new study has found.

    Nearly two-thirds of well-off parents (65%) do not intend to seek out the HPV vaccine for their teens, compared with 40% of disadvantaged parents, researchers report.

    “Parents from socioeco...

    Many younger children could be permanently damaging their hearing by blasting loud music on their earbuds and headphones, a new report finds.

    Two in three parents say that their child between the ages of 5 and 12 regularly pop listening devices in their ears, according to the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health 

    That in...

    Lockdown drills have become a shudder-inducing part of American life, preparing kids to lie low and keep quiet if a gunman chooses to roam their school.

    But a new study finds these drills help children who've been exposed to violence, helping them feel safer at school.

    The findings contradict claims that drills traumatize children rather than making them feel secure, researchers sai...

    Talking about the “good old days” might elicit eye rolls from teenagers, but it could be the key to boosting a preschooler's language skills, a new study finds.

    Reminiscing about past events with preschoolers presents young kids with high-quality speech as good as or better than sharing a book or playing with toys, researchers discovered.

    “Talk in reminiscing is characterized ...

    Television has been wryly referred to as the “electronic babysitter,” but a new study argues TV or other media could stunt a child's language development.

    Children plopped in front of videos for hours on end tend to use phrases and sentences with fewer words, researchers reported recently in the journal Acta Paediatrica....

    A shift in parenting early in a child's development might help curb the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

    When a preschooler exhibits an "excitable or exuberant" temperament, dialing down a "controlling" style of parenting in favor of what's known as "directive" parenting could mean milder ADHD symptoms as a child ages, Canadian researcher...

    Kids are more likely to lie to their parents if their parents have been lying to them -- even with positive “white” lies, a new study shows.

    But researchers found a difference between encouraging white lies and “instrumental” lies that involve false threats or promises.

    Any sort of instrumental lie -- “Behave or I'll call the police” or “Finish your homework and we'll ...

    American teenagers cite stress as the leading reason they might get drunk or high, a new report reveals.

    That only underscores the need for better adolescent mental health care, according to the research team behind the study.

    Better "access to treatment and support for mental health concerns and stress could reduce some of the reported motivations for substance use," concluded inve...

    High school students who smoke, drink or use weed are more likely to be emotionally troubled and have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.

    Teens who turn to nicotine, alcohol or marijuana are more likely to think about suicide, feel depressed or anxious, have psychotic episodes and exhibit inattention or hyperactivity, researchers report Jan. 29 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

    If your preteen or teen skips school activities and social events, it may be more than the typically moody behavior of adolescence, new research warns.

    Being socially withdrawn and having physical discomforts such as headaches, nausea or stomachaches as a preteen may boost the risk of having suicidal thoughts by age 16, researchers report.

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  • January 26, 2024
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  • The health dangers posed by colorful detergent pods continues to plague young children, a new study warns.

    U.S. poison control centers still receive one call every 44 minutes about a young child who's been harmed through exposure to a liquid laundry detergent pod, researchers report.

    The steady stream of calls is evidence that voluntary standards adopted by detergent manufacturers i...

    Kindergarten might seem like child's play, but embracing the adventure can play a key role in a kid's future educational success, a new study finds.

    A successful early transition to kindergarten -- what the researchers called the “big little leap” -- can put a child firmly on the right path, researchers found.

    Kids who made a more successful transition in the first 10 to 14 week...

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