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Childrens Health

Nursery School Linked to Lower Leukemia Risk

Tue May 7, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Children's immune systems, as well as their minds, are being stimulated at nursery schools, and it could help reduce their risk of developing leukemia, researchers said Tuesday.

A study by scientists in California found that children who started nursery school or day care early in life and mixed with a large number of children were less likely to develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer in developed countries.

Preterm Birth Risk Higher if Mom's Asthma Untreated

Mon May 20, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with untreated asthma during pregnancy are at risk of preterm birth, researchers reported Sunday at the 98th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society.

Dr. Michael B. Bracken of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, reported results of a study of 735 women with asthma and 1,848 women without asthma who were followed throughout their pregnancies.

'Controlled Crying' Helps Babies, Moms Get Sleep

Fri May 3, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - "Controlled crying," a long-used tactic for teaching fussy babies to fall asleep on their own, may also ease the mother's depression, new study findings suggest.

Australian researchers found that teaching mothers controlled-crying techniques reduced their babies' sleep problems over 2 months. Moreover, it also appeared to help women who reported symptoms of depression, according to findings published in the May 4th issue of the British Medical Journal.

US Safety Agency Warns on Babies in Adult Beds

Fri May 3, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following up on reports of scores of juvenile deaths associated with placing infants and toddlers in adult beds, US consumer safety regulators planned on Friday to launch a campaign to encourage safe sleeping practices for babies.

At least 180 US children under 2 years of age died after being placed in adult beds during a 2-year period from 1999 through 2001, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said, adding that the vast majority of the deaths were due to suffocation.

Home Births Linked to More Infant Deaths

Wed May 8, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Health) - Twice as many infant deaths occurred during home births than with hospital deliveries, according to the results of a study in one US state.

Among births between 1989 and 1996 in the state of Washington, there were 3.3 infant deaths per 1,000 home deliveries, compared with 1.7 per 1,000 hospital births, the investigators found. The study excluded cases in which women had complications during their pregnancies.

Breast-Feeding for 6 Months Can Cut Infections

Mon May 6, 2002

By Alicia Ault

BALTIMORE (Reuters Health) - Breast-feeding for 6 months provides a greater reduction in a baby's risk of respiratory infections than feeding for fewer months, according to a study presented here Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.

Most U.S. Kids Bike Ride with Bare Heads

Thu May 2, 2002

By Todd Zwillich

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Less than half of all US kids wear helmets each time they ride a bicycle, and only one-third wear them while using in-line skates or scooters, according to a national survey released Thursday.

Curious, Active Tots Showing Signs of Bright Mind

Mon Apr 29, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Your toddler's constant questions may at turns delight, annoy, stump or embarrass you, but according to a recent study, curiosity may be a sign of superior intelligence.

The report found that curious 3-year old children, dubbed "high stimulation seekers," scored 12 points higher on IQ tests and had better reading skills by age 11 regardless of the parents' occupation and education.

Boys with Anorexia Lose Bone Mass, Too: Report

Wed May 1, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Just like girls, boys with anorexia can develop weakened bones as a result of the eating disorder, new research shows.

The researchers, based in Barcelona, Spain, also note that anorexic boys, like girls with the disorder, can "catch-up" with their peers in bone strength if they return to normal weights.