Doctors call for changes to prevent cheer injuries
October 24th, 2012
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:44pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A group of U.S. pediatricians on Monday recommended that cheerleading be designated an official sport, mainly to help prevent injuries, which the doctors say can be catastrophic.
Pediatricians warn of kids’ access to guns at home
October 18th, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:52pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – U.S. pediatricians Thursday called for the strictest possible gun sales, safety and storage laws to prevent deaths in kids and teens, as well as better education for parents on the dangers of having a gun at home. In a policy statement published in Pediatrics, researchers representing the American Academy of Pediatrics said the number of gun-related deaths in youth has dropped nationally since the mid-1990s, but is still many times higher than rates in other wealthy countries
Indoor tanning still common in Germany
October 15th, 2012
By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:55pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Four in ten Germans ages 14 to 45 say they have tried indoor tanning and one in seven are current users, according to a survey out today. Germany enacted legislation banning minors from tanning salons in 2009.
Girls may not have riskier sex after HPV vaccination
October 15th, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:07am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Girls who had been vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) weren’t more likely to get other sexually transmitted infections or to become pregnant, in a new study from Georgia. That goes against worries on the part of some that getting the vaccine – which is supposed to ultimately help prevent cervical cancer – would encourage girls to become sexually active or engage in riskier sex than they otherwise would. “Some parents have expressed it as a concern,” said Saad Omer, an infectious diseases and vaccine researcher from Emory University in Atlanta who worked on the study.
Drug shortage led to spike in kids’ infections
October 11th, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:43pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When there was a shortage of a drug used to prevent IV-related infections in kids, the frequency of those infections increased almost ten-fold at one Michigan hospital, a new study shows. Known as ethanol lock therapy, the preventive drug is given to kids with bowel problems who require an IV feeding line because their intestines don’t absorb enough nutrients. Those children are at higher risk of infection to begin with because their gut bacteria don’t have as much practice killing off germs, researchers said
Study finds "dramatic" rise in kids’ CT scans
October 8th, 2012
By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Mon Oct 8, 2012 12:19am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Emergency rooms across the U.S.
Running away common with autism
October 8th, 2012
An autistic child looks out from behind a chair at the Consulting Centre for Autism in Amman, March 30, 2010, one of the few places in the country that helps children with the condition.
Infant fussiness not tied to later mental health
October 3rd, 2012
By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Wed Oct 3, 2012 10:39am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Babies who fuss and cry a lot may not have a greater chance of mental health issues later in life – despite what their mothers might think, a new study suggests. Parents sometimes worry that if their baby seems overly irritable, that could be an omen of distress later in life, too
Docs have mixed feelings on school vaccinations
October 2nd, 2012
A child reacts as he receives the H1N1 swine flu vaccine in a nasal spray at Dodge Park Elementary School in Landover, Maryland, October 9, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Tue Oct 2, 2012 12:09pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Colorado doctors mostly support local efforts to give kids their flu shots and other vaccines at school – but they also have misgivings, a new study shows
HPV vaccine found safe in large study
October 1st, 2012
By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Mon Oct 1, 2012 4:27pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A study of nearly 190,000 young women injected with Merck & Co’s human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil found no new safety concerns. Researchers said the only side effects they observed – rare cases of skin infections and fainting – were benign and expected