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Both Pfizer and Moderna have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve their updated coronavirus boosters for children.

The "bivalent" shots, like those that adults were able to start receiving this month, t...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Too few children with sickle cell anemia are getting the recommended screening tests for stroke, a common complication of this disease, a new government report finds.

What’s more, many aren’t receiving

  • By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 21, 2022
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  • Sonia Dhaliwal knows exactly how bad childhood eczema can get.

    That’s because her young daughter, Ariah Khan, has struggled with a severe case of the skin condition ever since she was a baby.

    Ariah's symptoms were relentless and debilitating until the age of 3. They included rashes; skin discolorati...

    While adults typically need steroid medication to treat Bell’s palsy, most children can recover without treatment, a new study finds.

    Bell’s palsy temporarily causes weakness and pa...

    Children should get their flu shot as soon as it is available, preferably by the end of October, a leading medical group recommends.

    Flu vaccination lagged last year, with 55% of children getting their vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted. Coverage levels were 8 percentage points lower for Black childre...

    When it comes to food, kids with Down syndrome have definite likes and dislikes -- and a food's texture is crucial.

    Food with a crispy, oily mouthfeel generally get a big thumbs-up, while brittle or gooey foods get a thumbs-down.

    But picky food choices can result in a less healthful diet, so researchers wanted to better understand how

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 31, 2022
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  • The most widespread form of bullying isn't physical acts like pushing or kicking, nor is it verbal threats or derogatory remarks. Far and away bullies' top tactic is social exclusion.

    Also known as "relational aggression," this involves shutting out peers from group activities and spreading false rumors about them. And research underscores the damage done by this behavior.

    “When a...

    What your kids eat for breakfast and where they eat it could matter for their social and emotional health.

    That's the upshot of a new nationwide study from Spain that concluded that eating breakfast away from home was almost as detrimental as skipping the meal altogether. Researchers said thi...

    School lunches can be nutritious, help kids maintain their energy throughout the day and fit into a budget.

    One nutrition expert offers some tips for cost-effective healthy lunch options.

    "All foods belong in our diet, but we need to view them as energy," said Court...

    Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.

    Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin and calcium, so it's important to find good substitutes, said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College ...

    Children who need kidney transplants have better long-term outcomes when the donor is a living person and not someone who has died and donated organs, a new study finds.

    "The findings of our study should lay to rest any fears and concerns that centers have about accepting organs from unrelate...

    Kids who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills have a head start on academic success.

    That's the takeaway from a new study of nearly 900 4-year-olds and their ability to engage with teachers and peers, as well as their involvement in classroom tasks.

    “The levels of ...

    It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

    The study, of close to 26,000 schoolchildren, found that Black children with elevated blood lead levels had wo...

    While some may think of hearing loss as something that happens with age, it can also happen to kids.

    Parents and teachers should consider hearing loss if a child's academic performance declines or he or she develops behavioral issues, lack of focus and depression, the American Academy of Audiology advises.

    “Because children often don't realize they are missing information and may ...

    Children are not as physically fit as their parents were when they were kids, and this will likely harm them as the Earth warms, new research claims.

    The findings are based on a comprehensive review of more than 150 studies that looked at how children maintain physical activity, exercise and cope with heat, as well as how thi...

    As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new.

    Encouraging kids to make physical activity part of their lives has lifelong benefi...

    Add more frequent headaches in kids who are already vulnerable to them to the list of ills associated with the pandemic.

    Before the pandemic, 60% of kids reported headaches on less than 15 days of the month. After the start of the pandemic, this number fell to 50%. W...

    For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

    A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the advised nine to 12 hours' sleep.

    “We ...

    Financial pressures may have made this a year when some families can't afford pricy extras, such as after-school activities or summer camp.

    It's OK to explain this to your kids, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who offered tips for the conversation, as well as low-cost alternatives for budget-friendly summer fun.

    “It's important to give an optimistic but ...

    More young children may struggle with eating disorders than previously thought, a new study reveals.

    Data on nearly 12,000 U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 10 that was collected as part of a federally funded study found that 5% had engaged in

  • By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 2, 2022
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  • Folks with young kids at home may be less likely than others to develop severe COVID-19, a new study suggests.

    Children bring home colds from day care and school and give them to their parents, and it's thought those lower-level infections may ultimately defend Mom and Dad from the worst of COVID. Both common colds and COVID-19 are coronaviruses, so the theory goes that getting one might ...

    Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.

    One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier.

    Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, offers these tips: Be honest, practice it, provide choices, set a sch...

    Children with ADHD may have less flexibility in the brain circuitry that allows for seamless "multitasking," a new study suggests.

    Research has shown that kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often have more difficulty with so-called cognitive flexibility than their peers wi...

    Living next to nature may improve the function of little lungs.

    Researchers studying kids' exposure to green space found that those who had vegetation near their homes in the first 10 years of life performed better on a test of lung function than those who did not live near nature.

    "Our research suggests the greener, the better," said Diogo Queiroz Almeida, who studies genetic, beha...

    Parents have had to wait a long time to have access to a COVID-19 vaccine for their kids under the age of 5, but a new survey shows many still won't get a shot for their children.

    About 43% of U.S. parents of children aged 6 months to 4 years said they would not get...

    A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.

    The jump in risk appears to have been largely driven by big spikes in gun-related

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 26, 2022
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  • For the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids is obese.

    From 2011 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020, rates of obesity rose for kids between 2 and 5 years of age as well as 12- to 19-year-olds, a new analysis of nationwide health survey data shows. And the uptick was true for U.S. kids of every race and ethnic background, according to study leader Amanda Staiano.

    "The pro...

    Most parents are overlooking simple steps to protect their kids' eyes from overexposure to electronic screens, a new nationwide poll shows.

    One in 7 respondents said their 3- to 18-year-olds haven't had a vision test in two years. Yet half of respondents acknowledged that screen time has a big imp...

    Long, restful and - most importantly - regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.

    Researchers found that kids who regularly got 10 hours of sleep or more b...

    Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

    In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

    However, fast forward 12 years and just 69% of kids started kindergarten at a normal BMI, a new study finds.

    An...

    A therapy that uses a virus to kill tumor cells can be safely given to children with a rare, incurable form of brain cancer, an early study has found.

    The study -- published June 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine -- involved just 12 children with the disease, called

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 30, 2022
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  • New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours.

    "Scr...

    An expert panel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine be approved for kids between the ages of 6 and 17.

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) endorsed the shots after hearing the latest evidence on the vaccine's effectiveness, along with safety data on a rare heart condition ...

    Even babies aren't immune from the effects of long COVID, Danish researchers report.

    Their study found that about one in three kids aged 14 and younger who tested positive for the virus were suffering from mood swings, trouble remembering or concentrating, and rashes as much as two months later.

    "Prolonged symptoms in children must be taken seriously, regardless of whether the pare...

    Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.

    Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall asleep after midnight, while folks in their 40s go to bed earlier but devote the fewest hours to sleep.

    That might...

    COVID-19 poses far more danger to kids than seasonal flu, a new study confirms.

    "We found the impact to pediatric hospitalization among the two viruses are not equivalent and, in fact, children admitted with COVID-19 or MIS-C experienced longer stays and required more invasive treatments like mechanical ventilation than children admitted with the flu," said principal investigator Dr....

    Researchers have figured out a way to safely give children a donor kidney without the need for immune-suppressing drugs -- an advance they hope to expand to many more kidney transplant patients in coming year...

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend the emergency use of both the Pfizer and

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 15, 2022
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  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the agency approve the emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 17.

    Despite the unanimous support, some panel members worried that trials of the vaccine were conducted before the emergence of the

  • By Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 15, 2022
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  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel will decide on Tuesday whether to recommend the agency approve the emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 17.

    The panel will

    Antibody levels suggest that three doses of Pfizer's pediatric COVID vaccine help guard children under 5 against infection, a new analysis from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows.

    It was posted online Sunday ahead of an FDA advisory panel meeting scheduled for Wednesday. On that day, the panel will weigh whet...

    Many children missed out on potentially lifesaving swimming lessons during the pandemic, so parents should enroll them in classes as soon as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends.

    "Drowning is the single leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4, and it's one of the top causes ...

    Pharmacies and states have ordered millions of doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for children younger than 5 in advance of possible U.S. authorization of the shots next week, the Biden administration said Thursday.

    Senior officials said that 5 million doses -- half from Pfizer and half from Moderna -- are initially available, and states and pharmacies were given the green lig...

    High-tech devices and communication helped ease the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children with type 1 diabetes, researchers said in a new study.

    Pandemic shutdowns caused significant disruptions in health care, and previous studies have shown that diabetes patients had worse blood sugar (glucose) control and more difficulty accessing care during the early days of the pandemic.

    Bu...

    A growing number of U.S. kids are attempting suicide by medication overdose - with the biggest increase seen among preteens, a recent study shows.

    Researchers found that between 2015 and 2020, there was a 27% increase in overdose suicide or attempted suicide among U.S. children and teenagers. While teens accounted for most of those incidents, it was 10- to 12-year-olds who showed the bigg...

    Children under the age of 5 may be able to get their first COVID vaccinations as early as June 21, the White House said Thursday.

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet

    Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under the age of 5.

    The company said in a statement that it has provided the agency with data from a phase 2/3 trial that inc...

    Children who have had COVID-19 aren't protected against the Omicron variant, but vaccination does cut their chances of infection, a new study shows.

    "I hear parents say, 'Oh, my kid had COVID last year,'" said senior study co-author Dr. Adrienne Randolph, from Boston Children's Hospital.<...

    Children raised by same-sex parents are just as well-adjusted as kids raised by different-sex parents, researchers say.

    In the new study, the researchers compared 62 Dutch children (aged 6 to 16 years) whose parents were the same sex with 72 kids whose parents were different sexes. The investigators considered prosocial behavior, hyperactivity, peer problems, emotional adjustment and gene...

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