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Childrens Health

Kids Are Healthier Now

August 7, 2002

By Adam S. Valerio

Is today's vast supply of health and parenting advice making a difference in the well-being of American children?

Statistics on children's economic security, health, behavior, social environment, and education reveal some good news, according to a report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics: Kids in the U.S. are growing up healthier. "The well-being of America's children is probably better than it ever has been," says Dr. Duane Alexander of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

New research suggests toddlers should learn to fight

Canadian researchers believe parents should teach their toddlers to fight.

A study has found the peak of physical aggression for boys is between the ages of two and three and parents should teach how to control it.

Richard Tremblay, of the University of Montreal, believes the best way is through play fighting with fathers, brothers and sisters or friends.

He said: "It is in play-fighting that you learn where the limits are, and that is fun but only until a certain point."

Fat Children Can Overcome Classmates' Teasing

Mon Aug 5, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Not surprisingly, overweight kids who are teased while exercising are less likely than their untaunted peers to engage in and enjoy physical activity, according to new study findings.

However, Dr. Myles S. Faith of Columbia University and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York and his colleagues found that teased kids can soften the impact of their peers' taunting by adopting certain coping strategies.

Add Seeing to Reading and Writing

Sat Aug 3, 2002

SATURDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthScoutNews) -- When you send your children back to school this fall, you're likely to get them new clothes and school supplies, but what about an eye exam?

More than 10 million American children will start the school year with an undetected vision problem, says the Vision Council of America (VCA).

Check Baby's Feet

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(HealthScoutNews) -- New parents are understandably concerned about the health of their baby. But amid worrying about hearing, eyesight and other things, they might forget the feet.

The American Podiatric Medical Association warns that problems that flare up in adults often start in infancy.

U.S.: Asthma May Have Leveled Off

Mon Aug 5, 2002

CHICAGO (AP) - Asthma rates may have leveled off in U.S. children after increasing in the 1980s and early 1990s, government research shows.

Earlier data suggested a similar trend among adults, but more evidence is needed to confirm it, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reports Probe Safety of Water Births

Mon Aug 5, 2002

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Delivering babies underwater in so-called water births could result in occasional near-drownings and deaths, reports suggest in the August issue of Pediatrics.

New Zealand doctors described four babies they say nearly drowned, and said more safety evidence is needed before water births are offered routinely.

Antibiotics Not Tied to Childhood Asthma, Allergies

Fri Aug 2,  2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to earlier findings, there appears to be no link between the use of antibiotics in babies and the development of asthma and allergies later in childhood, according to Boston-based researchers.

"Since five retrospective studies had reported an association between antibiotic use in early life and asthma in childhood," Dr. Juan C. Celedón told Reuters Health, "we were interested in studying the relation between the use of oral antibiotics in the first year of life and allergic diseases."

Gene May Change Behavior of Abused

Thu Aug 1, 2002

By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Abused children who become violent criminals as adults may be influenced by a gene that fails to make enough of an essential brain chemical, a study says.

Based on a 26-year analysis of the lives of 442 males in New Zealand, the study found those men who had a combination of abuse and a less active brain chemical gene were about nine times more likely to commit criminal or anti-social acts as adults than others in the group.

Black Children Tend to Have Higher Blood Pressure

Thu Jul 25, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black children as young as 8 years old tend to have higher blood pressure than whites, according to new research. What's more, black youngsters are more likely to have insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition in which the body fails to efficiently respond to insulin.

Having both conditions in childhood does not bode well for health in adulthood, lead author Dr. Martha L. Cruz of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles told Reuters Health.