Experts call for halt to CRISPR editing that allows gene changes to pass on to children

Remember the global outrage four months ago at world-first claims a researcher had used the gene editing tool CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls? The molecular scissors known as CRISPR (CRISPR/cas9 in full) allow scientists to modify DNA with high precision and greater ease than previous technologies. Now researchers from the USA, Europe, China and New Zealand have […]

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In the age of smart devices, young children spending more time in front of TV screens

A new study by Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work researchers about screen time shows that children are spending more time watching television than ever before. Comparing pre-mobile device usage in 1997 to when mobile devices were widely available in 2014, the study found that television consumption still significantly outpaced mobile devices such as smart phones or […]

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General anesthesia is unlikely to have lasting effects on the developing brains of young children: study

A single hour of general anaesthesia in early infancy—longer than is necessary to perform the most common types of minor surgeries in childhood—does not result in measurable neurodevelopmental or behavioural problems up to the age of 5 years, according to the first randomised trial of its kind involving 722 infants in seven countries, published in The Lancet. The trial provides […]

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Up to 15 percent of children have sleep apnea, yet 90 percent go undiagnosed

Children are grossly underdiagnosed for sleep disordered breathing (SDB), which includes obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and the symptoms may be wrongly attributed to behavior issues, according to research in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Sleep apnea and related conditions can cause lasting damage to brain development during crucial years. As a result, children with undiagnosed SDB have been […]

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Britain is in the midst of a ‘toxic air crisis’, Unicef warns

Britain is in the midst of a ‘toxic air crisis’ as a THIRD of children are breathing in air so polluted it risks damaging their health, warns Unicef At least 4.5million children in the UK are living in areas with unsafe pollution ‘This is a fundamental threat to their right,’ Unicef has warned in a report  Experts are increasingly alarmed […]

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Cancer – now what? Ten tips for family and friends

1. Signal: I’m here The diagnosis of cancer for patients, their families, and friends a shock. Take the time it takes to process the diagnosis. This need is quite normal. In the long run, silence is not, however, often be misleading. You dare, to the Diseased reach out and ask you gently to his needs, As he or she experienced […]

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Screen time before bed puts children at risk of anxiety, obesity and poor sleep

Pre-teens who use a mobile phone or watch TV in the dark an hour before bed are at risk of not getting enough sleep, a new study reveals. The risk is comparatively lower for children who use these devices in a lit room or do not use them at all before bedtime. Pre-sleep device use The study by researchers from […]

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Family of premature baby struggles to change insurance due to shutdown

This story is from Kaiser Health News. Interested in Government Shutdown? Joseph Daskalakis’ son was born New Year’s Eve, a little over a week into the current government shutdown, and about 10 weeks before he was expected. Little Oliver ended up in a specialized neonatal intensive care unit, the only one that could care for him near their home in […]

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Difficulties with audiovisual processing contributes to dyslexia in children

A University at Buffalo psychologist has published a neuroimaging study that could help develop tests for early identification of dyslexia, a disorder that effects 80 percent of those diagnosed with difficulties reading, writing and spelling. Tasks which require audiovisual processing are especially challenging for children with dyslexia, according to Chris McNorgan, an assistant professor in UB’s psychology department and project […]

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