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Childrens Health

Study Finds Medication Errors for Young

Tuesday April 24, 2001

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Medication errors involving children are commonplace in U.S. hospitals, with newborns particularly at risk for mistaken treatment, according to a study published on Tuesday.

Researchers at Children's Hospital in Boston said they reached the conclusion after studying data from patients admitted to two urban teaching hospitals in 1999.

Childhood Food Allergy Rarely Causes Death: Study

Mon Mar 25, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many parents will be relieved to learn that food allergy-related deaths in children are much more rare than they might have thought, according to the results of a study.

While fears of peanut allergies have garnered much attention in the media, the study conducted in the UK found that no young children died as a result of a peanut allergy between 1990 and 2000. However, peanut-related deaths did occur in two older children in that country--one 13-year-old and one 15-year-old.

Delayed Delivery Can Save the Life of Twin

Wed Mar 27, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prolonging the delivery of a second-born twin by several weeks after the other twin has died in utero can benefit the surviving baby without harming the mother, a small study reports.

In the study, a second twin was born in five out of six cases in which delayed-interval delivery was used. The second twins were delivered 23 to 153 days after the loss of the first.

Soy-Based School Lunches Lower Kids' Fat Intake

Friday April 13, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Schools that substitute soy protein for beef, pork and turkey appear to make the grade when it comes to students' health, results of a study suggest.

According to the report in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, reducing the meat-based portion of school lunches by 30% and adding a soy protein reduced the amount of calories, fat and saturated fat students consumed.

'Good' Bacteria Reduce Diarrhea in Babies

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Common bacteria can help cut the risk that hospitalized infants will develop diarrhea by 80%, Polish researchers report.

The research team investigated whether providing the infants with formula containing Lactobacillus GG (LGG) bacteria could prevent onset of diarrhea. LGG is known as a ``good"" microbe, or ``probiotic,"" which is naturally present in the gut and can help balance the presence of other harmful microbes, warding off intestinal problems.

Slow Growth in Infancy Increases Heart Disease Risk

Friday April 20, 2001

By Will Boggs, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies that do not gain sufficient weight in the first year of life appear to be at higher risk of developing heart disease later on, according to the latest research on the influence of early nutrition on adult heart disease.

After age one, the reverse appears to be true. Those youngsters who were born below normal weight but gained weight rapidly after their first birthday faced an increased risk of heart disease later in life.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Damage Same Across Cultures

Friday April 20, 2001

By Emma Patten-Hitt, PhD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The children of women who drink during pregnancy exhibit similar intellectual and physical problems no matter what their cultural background, a new study suggests.

Drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause a range of birth defects collectively known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Symptoms include physical defects as well as problems with intellectual functioning, including lowered IQ, attention deficits and behavioral and emotional problems.

Child's Post-Traumatic Stress Differs From Adult's

Child's Post-Traumatic Stress Differs From Adult's

October 29, 2001

HONOLULU (Reuters Health) - Children who have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety may actually be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a New York physician said here at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.