Many summer camps don’t require childhood immunizations, study finds

While most children need to show immunization records to attend school, the same may not be true for camps, a new study suggests. Nearly half of summer camps surveyed by researchers didn’t have official policies requiring campers be vaccinated, according to findings led by Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in JAMA Pediatrics. Of 378 camps represented, just 174 reportedly […]

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Scientists discover way to stop spread of devastating childhood cancer

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and University of Manchester have made an important breakthrough that could lead to “kinder” treatments for children with bone cancer, and save lives. Current treatment is grueling, with outdated chemotherapy cocktails and limb amputation. But despite all of this, the five-year survival rate is poor at just 42 percent—largely because of how rapidly […]

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Traumatic childhood increases lifelong risk for heart disease, early death

Exposure to trauma and other adverse experiences during childhood increases lifelong risk for cardiovascular disease and death, regardless of a person’s health during young adulthood, new research shows. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found children who experienced severe adversity—such as verbal, physical or emotional abuse or living with drug or alcohol abusers—were 50% […]

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Childhood eczema cannot be prevented by daily moisturiser use, study finds

Eczema is a very common skin problem affecting around one in five children in the UK. Eczema usually starts in infancy, and a generally dry skin is often one of the first symptoms in babies who go on to develop the condition. It is thought that a faulty skin barrier could be the first step in the development of eczema. […]

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Smart algorithm finds possible future treatment for childhood cancer

Using a computer algorithm, scientists at Uppsala University have identified a promising new treatment for neuroblastoma. This form of cancer in children, which occurs in specialized nerve cells in the sympathetic nervous system, may be life-threatening. In the long term the discovery, described in the latest issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications, may result in a new form of […]

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Researchers ID risks for second childhood cancers

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments have helped children survive cancer. Now University of Minnesota researchers are trying to find the ideal combinations that prevent the disease from coming back. Comparing outcomes for 22,000 survivors, the researchers found, as expected, that children treated with tumor-killing radiation were at elevated risks of second cancers. But they also discovered that certain chemo drugs increased […]

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Childhood sexual abuse linked to a range of physical and mental health conditions

A new review of previous studies into the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse has suggested that earlier mental health support for victims would reduce the chances of victims developing psychiatric conditions and substance misuse later in life. Childhood sexual abuse is known to be associated with a wide range of health conditions, from chronic pain to mental health problems. […]

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Childhood injuries could decrease with balance training in schools

Balance is part of a child’s successful progression in fundamental development. Higher levels of balance can help reduce injuries in children, as well as increase their ability to participate in a variety of sports and activities. Claire Mowling, Ed.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discussed the impact of balance training on development in […]

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Youth empowerment program can prevent childhood obesity

A first-of-its-kind study had Worcester youths create their own narratives about reducing sugary drink consumption, successfully leading to behavior changes and preventing excess weight gain. A new pilot study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers is the first to use youth-produced narratives to empower youth to reduce sugary drink consumption and obesity risk. In the study, […]

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