School children in Switzerland show willingness to mask-wearing

A school-based survey conducted by scientists of the University of Zurich has revealed that about 60% of primary and secondary school students in Zurich, Switzerland, perceive mask-wearing at school as a useful intervention for controlling severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission. However, some students have reported discomfort and side effects. The detailed report on survey findings is currently […]

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Helping children with autism and hyperlexia learn to understand what they read

Hyperlexia is a condition where preschool children display an intense early interest in letters in a way that is very advanced for their age. They can decode words accurately, but without understanding their meaning. It is most common among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—with approximately 6–20% of children with autism demonstrating hyperlexia. There is a lot of debate in […]

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Covid politics and fatigue work against contact-tracing foot soldiers

Health departments nationwide scaled back their contact tracing in late spring or early summer when covid-19 cases started to decrease as vaccination efforts took center stage. Then delta hit. Now state and local health departments are trying to build back operations with depleted resources, as covid fatigue among their workers and the public alike complicate those efforts. "Contact tracing from […]

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Teenager with rare and violent 'exorcist syndrome' lands his first job

‘Exorcist syndrome’ can cause violent episodes in which someone might physically harm the people they love. A proud mum whose son has the syndrome, causing him to even threaten the family with knives, has praised the teenager for ‘fighting back’ and getting his first job. Cameron Lindsay, 18, from Northern Ireland, developed the rare and terrifying neurological condition known in […]

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Assessing the safety of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (CoronaVac) in healthy children and adolescents

Clinical trials for vaccines and therapies against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have predominantly focused on adults thus far. With a few rare exceptions, healthy children and adolescents infected with the virus often present with either asymptomatic or mild manifestations of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, due to the transmission risk that children and adolescents pose as […]

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Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children significantly affects more Black and Latino children

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) significantly affected more Black and Latino children than white children, with Black children at the highest risk, according to a new observational study of 124 pediatric patients treated at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Researchers also found cardiac complications, including systolic myocardial dysfunction and valvular regurgitation, were more common in MIS-C patients who […]

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First spatial scan analysis helps identify hotspots of undervaccinated children

The map of Montana Kayla Irish pulls up is peppered with red circles, each cluster providing details behind one of today's timely topics – childhood vaccination. The project, led by Dr. Sophia Newcomer in the University of Montana's Center for Population Health Research, is the first spatial scan analysis to identify hotspots of undervaccinated children across Montana and evaluate whether […]

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Nintendo Wii therapy can help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy

Therapy based on the Nintendo® Wii Balance Board can help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy, according to an analysis published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. For the analysis, researchers from the University of Jaén, in Andalusia, Spain examined data from all relevant randomized controlled trial published to date. In 11 trials with 270 children with cerebral palsy, […]

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Covid hospitalizations are rare among children, but still more frequent than for flu, the C.D.C. says.

The number of hospitalizations related to Covid-19 among adolescents in the United States was about three times greater than hospitalizations linked to influenza over three recent flu seasons, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. The findings run counter to claims that influenza is more threatening to children than Covid-19 is, an […]

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