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Childrens Health

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.

Pregnancy Stress Linked to Child's Blood Pressure

Mon Apr 22, 2002

By E. J. Mundell

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters Health) - A new study in animals suggests that women who experience a few days of emotional stress very early in their pregnancy may pass on a higher risk of adult high blood pressure to their child.

But there's good news, too--the researchers believe that women who take even a brief "time out" from worry may eliminate the effects of stress hormones on their offspring's cardiovascular health.

Youngsters Unaware TV Ads Are Sales Pitch

Tue Apr 16, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new UK study suggests children may not be able to grasp the point of television ads until they are at least 8 years old--countering the notion that kids as young as 4 can be shrewd advertising consumers, researchers say.

Child Abuse Cases Rise in 2000

Fri Apr 19, 2002

By LAURA MECKLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cases of child abuse and neglect rose in 2000 for the first time in seven years, the government said Friday, with nearly 900,000 victims.

Officials said they were uncertain whether the small increase would mark the end of a downward trend.

Whether or not it does, the number is too high, said Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at the Department of Health and Human Services.