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Childrens Health

Baby Feat

Wed Aug 14, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthScoutNews) -- When it comes to reaching for something they want, babies jump feet first into the task -- literally.

That's the conclusion of University of Delaware researcher J. Cole Galloway, who has studied the movements of more than three dozen babies. He was surprised to discover that long before they try to grasp objects with their hands, babies reach with their feet.

Hey, Wassup Doc?

Wed Aug 14, 2002

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthScoutNews) -- Taking the time to build trust is the best way for doctors to create a productive and long-lasting relationship with young patients.

So says a new study in the August issue of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

"Adolescents want a strong interpersonal relationship with their [health-care] provider, a sense of emotional and physical safety, and a provider who offers counseling," says study author Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Truth About Child Sexual Abuse

Wed Aug 14, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- Much so-called "common knowledge" about child sexual abuse is, actually, incorrect. Among many misconceptions on the subject:

  • Most pedophiles are homosexuals.
    False: The vast majority of child sexual abusers are heterosexual.


  • Boys are sexually abused more often than girls.
    False: Studies indicate that girls are three times more likely to be sexually abused than boys.


Boost Air Quality to Help School Kids Breathe: EPA

Mon Aug 12, 2002

By Brian Reid

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - American schools can fight asthma and other health problems by attacking indoor air quality with a systematic, low-cost program, experts said here at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) meeting on tackling air quality problems in schools.

The EPA's program, dubbed "Indoor Air Quality: Tools for Schools," gives teachers, staff and administrators access to information about common sources of indoor air quality problems and a blueprint for addressing poor air quality.

Program Screens Young Athletes for Heart Trouble

Fri Aug 9, 2002

By Amanda Gardner
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthScoutNews) -- It all started in Dr. Butch Rosser's basement. He was in the middle of his morning workout when a television news flash announced the sudden death of a promising young linebacker at Florida State University.

Keeping Kids Kinetic

Sat Aug 10, 2002

SATURDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthScoutNews) -- Don't depend on a school's physical education program to keep your children in shape. You have to do your bit to pump them up.

"Parental involvement is key not only in a child's academic development, but in their physical development as well," says Jack C. Kern, an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Arkansas.

Backpacks Stress the Spine

Sun Aug 11, 2002

SUNDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthScoutNews)-- Backpacks can take their toll on a child's back and neck, recent research finds.

"There's a fairly high incidence of back pain in children, and it appears to be greatest during the period of rapid growth -- ages 11 to 16. One U.S. study reported a back pain prevalence of 36 percent in adolescents," says Dr. Mary Ellen Franklin, a physical therapist and exercise physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia.

Deciphering Leukemia in Children with Down Syndrome

Mon Aug 12, 2002

MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthScoutNews) -- A gene defect that causes development of a rare leukemia in children with Down syndrome has been identified by University of Chicago researchers.

The finding could mean quicker diagnosis and offer a new target for treatment. The study appears today on the Nature Genetics journal Web site.

Foreign Adoptees Have Higher Mental Health Risk

Fri Aug 9, 2002

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Children adopted from foreign countries have a higher risk of suffering mental health problems in adolescence and early adulthood, Swedish researchers said on Friday.

They are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for psychiatric treatment and have four times the risk of attempting suicide compared to children born in Sweden.