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Childrens Health

For Crying Out Loud!

Thu Jun 27, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- How old do young children have to be before their screams quiet down?

It depends, notes the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, mostly on whether the kids are boys or girls.

Researchers at the University Regensburg in Germany studied the evolution of children's voices. They found that most girls showed a decline in the loudness of their screams between ages 7 and 8. For boys, the decline began between ages 8 and 9.

Debunking the Sugar High

Fri Jun 28, 2002

FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthScoutNews) -- Parents might be reluctant to let their kids eat sugary snacks, fearing the extra energy they get will make them impossible to control.

Well, Duke University researchers now say let them eat cake -- and candy bars, too, for that matter.

In their new study, the scientists found no evidence of the so-called sugar high.

Super-Clean Kids Get Asthma, Eczema, More Often

Thu Jun 27, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who are overly hygienic appear to be at increased risk of developing wheezing--a symptom of asthma--and the allergy-related skin condition eczema, according to new study findings.

Dr. Andrea Sherriff of the University of Bristol, UK, and her colleagues based their results on surveys of more than 9,000 parents, who indicated how often their 15-month-old children bathed and washed their faces and hands.

Baby's Injury Points to Danger of Kids Imitating TV

Wed Jun 26, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A case report of a 5-year-old child who severely injured his 22-month-old cousin while imitating a violent wrestling move suggests that children may indeed be affected by the violence they see on television.

"This is one of the only cases reported in the medical literature showing a direct effect of television violence on children," study author Dr. Norman A.

Even Newborns Know How to Make Eye Contact

Mon Jun 24, 2002

By Linda Carroll

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even when they're as young as two days old, infants can tell whether someone is trying to make eye contact, a new study shows.

The study's lead author, Teresa Farroni, suspects that humans have evolved to be sensitive to direct gaze very early in life as a survival necessity.

Infant Walkers Delay Movement Milestones: Study

Fri Jun 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study adds to growing evidence that babywalkers can slow infants' motor skill development, delaying such milestones as crawling, standing alone and walking.

Infant walkers are wheeled seats that allow a baby's feet to touch the floor and move the walker around. The seat is surrounded by a frame, and many parents have seen the walkers as a safe way for infants to develop movement skills.

Consumer Groups Say Playgrounds Pose Safety Risk

Thu Jun 20, 2002

By Todd Zwillich

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - A majority of public playgrounds in the US contain conditions that make them potentially unsafe for children, according to a national survey released by two consumer groups Thursday.

The survey of over 1,000 playgrounds in 36 states and the District of Colombia found that many lack basic safety measures that can help children avoid injuries. The playgrounds studied were especially deficient when it came to minimizing the risk from falls, according to the report.

Most poor US kids miss free summer meals-report

June 20, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About four out of five poor US children who get free meals at school do not receive them during their summer vacation despite being eligible, a public policy group said on Thursday.

The Washington-based Food Research and Action Center said about 3.2 million children received government subsidized meals in July 2001, significantly below the 15.3 million kids served during the school year.

"The risk to child nutrition when school is out is real and widespread," the group said in its report.

Head and Neck Cancers Rising Among U.S. Kids

Wed Jun 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Childhood cancer has been on the rise over the past couple of decades in the US and elsewhere, but cancers of the head and neck appear to be outpacing other cancers among American children, according to a new report.

The reasons are unclear and may include factors ranging from better reporting of cases to environmental and prenatal causes, researchers say.