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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.

Autistic Kids May Not Recognize Mom From Early On

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An inability to recognize familiar faces by the age of 1 year may signal the type of abnormal brain development characteristic of autism, new study findings suggest.

Children at Risk for Medical Errors in the Hospital

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly one out of every 17 medications ordered by doctors for infants and children in the hospital is incorrect, according to a new study.

Many of these mistakes are caught before a child is given an incorrect dosage or drug. However, the rate of near misses or close calls is three times higher in children and infants than it is in adults, lead author Dr. Rainu Kaushal of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, explained in an interview with Reuters Health

Doctors Find Early-Warning Indicator for Autism

Wednesday April 25, 01

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elevated levels of proteins in the blood at birth appear to foreshadow the development of autism and mental retardation later in childhood, researchers said on Wednesday in a finding that could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

Researchers studied archived neonatal blood samples from children born in four northern California counties from 1983 to 1985 who were later diagnosed with autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy or developed normally.

Parents Urged to Take Toddlers to the Dentist

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most parents don't bring their child to the dentist before age 3, despite pediatrician and dentist guidelines urging early dental visits, study findings suggest.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit during their first year of life, while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that first visit be at age 3.

Pediatricians Urge Vision Screening for All Kids

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - All children should be screened for amblyopia, or lazy eye, and a new test could help increase vision screening rates, especially in young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a statement released this week.

Exclusive Breast-Feeding Boosts IQ of Small Babies

Fri Mar 22, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast-feeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life may boost the IQ of full-term infants weighing less than 6 pounds, new study findings suggest.

Small infants who received only breast milk for the first 6 months of life scored an average of 11 points higher on IQ tests at age 5 than infants who received formula and solid food in addition to breast milk, according to researchers.