Natural Solutions Radio header image

Childrens Health

Check Baby's Feet

b>Mon Aug 5, 2002

(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.

Children to get Viagra in lung disease trial

Dozens of babies and infants around the world have been given the
drug to try to save them from life-threatening lung conditions, New
Scientist has learned.

The anecdotal evidence and case studies reported so far suggest the
anti-impotence drug is a promising treatment for pulmonary
hypertension (PHT) in both children and adults.

Nonetheless, some critics have expressed serious concern at the fact
that no clinical trials have taken place for this use of the drug.

Japan Reports Sharp Rise in Cases of Child Abuse

Tue Jul 23, 2002

By Teruaki Ueno

TOKYO (Reuters) - Child abuse has skyrocketed in Japan in the last decade and much of the violence was committed by mothers increasingly bereft of the support and advice of the traditional extended family, officials said on Tuesday.

The 2002 white paper on youth, released by the Cabinet Office on Tuesday, said 17,275 cases of child abuse were reported in the year ending March 2001, a rise of some 6,000 cases from a year earlier.

Britain to Treat Blood Plasma with Antiviral Agent

Wed Jul 24, 2002

By Richard Woodman

LONDON (Reuters Health) - A new process to ensure the safety of transfusion plasma is being introduced in Britain but only young children will benefit initially, the Department of Health said on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman said that starting this month, fresh frozen blood plasma for young children and babies would be treated with the antiviral agent methylene blue to further reduce the risk of viral transmission for this "most vulnerable group."

Bullying a Problem for Kids with Cancer: Study

Wed Jul 24, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For children who survive cancer, the toughest challenge in returning to school may be bullying from other kids, a new study in Finland suggests.

Researchers found that among the 43 childhood cancer patients they studied, bullying was the "biggest problem" they faced when they returned to or started school. Compared with their healthy classmates, these children were three times more likely to say they had been picked on, according to findings published a recent issue of the European Journal of Cancer.