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Childrens Health

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.

Imported Candy Source of Kids' Lead Poisoning-CDC

Thu Aug 8, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Candy imported from Mexico as well as certain folk remedies from Mexico can cause lead poisoning in children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday.

In at least five cases, California children ended up with lead poisoning and investigators traced the source to certain Mexican candies, specifically a type of lollipop, or Mexican folk remedies called greta and azarcon.

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

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.