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Childrens Health

SIDS Inside Story

The Guardian Weekend

April 1st 1995

by Inside Story: Bob Woffinden

Seven years ago Barry Richardson came up with what remains the most persuasive explanation of cot death. It makes far more sense than the latest theory - that the syndrome is caused by smoking. So why is his work ignored or condemned?

Asthma Campaign: Poor Diet in the Womb Raises Risk of Illness

March 2002

Newborn babies could be at much greater risk of developing asthma if their mothers eat food which is low in vitamin E during pregnancy, a new study has discovered.

The study, involving laboratory tests on the blood of 223 newborn babies, has added further weight to the theory that diet plays a very significant part in the development of asthma among children.

Study: Bullying Common in Schools

Tuesday April 24, 2001

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bullying is widespread in U.S. schools, creating a public health problem that impacts both victims and perpetrators later in life, a government study said on Tuesday.

``Being bullied is not just an unpleasant rite of passage through childhood,"" said Duane Alexander, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which conducted research on 16,686 students in public and private schools from grades six through 10.

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.