Children’s Health

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 1 2020 The causes of 40 percent of all cases of certain medulloblastoma – dangerous brain tumors affecting children – are hereditary. These are the findings of a recent genetic analysis carried out by scientists from the Hopp Children’s Cancer Center (KiTZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and numerous
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In a new pre-clinical study published this week in the journal Leukemia, the research team of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles investigator Hisham Abdel-Azim, MD, MS, worked with colleagues to engineer T-cells to identify and target multiple sites on acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells instead of just one. The early collaboration points the way to future clinical
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 31 2020 New research from University of California, Davis, suggests that parents should delay introducing their children to any screen media, as well as limit preschool-age children’s use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics this week.
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 26 2020 Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine are launching a pair of studies to answer critical questions regarding the roles COVID-19 may play in breast milk and pregnancy. Breastmilk and COVID-19 The University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 30 2020 Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have explored the relationship between parental alcohol consumption — before conception in the case of fathers and during pregnancy in the case of mothers — and offspring development. In a paper published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the researchers report
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 26 2020 The University of Maryland School of Medicine has launched a special COVID-19 website for pediatric healthcare providers and practices, parents, and children. This resource brings together important research, professional guidance for pediatric practices, and practical tips for parents and caregivers. “It’s very important that our health systems are
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 26 2020 Shortages of respiratory protective devices for healthcare personnel are major concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Emory University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Centers at the Centers
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 27 2020 Allison Jack, Assistant Professor, Psychology, is examining gene coexpression and brain connectivity in females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To do this, Jack is conducting a secondary analysis of de-identified data from a National Database for Autism Research collection called “Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics of Females with Autism.” During
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Researchers from Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China have looked at the outcomes of pregnant mothers with COVID-19 and their newborns. Their study titled, “Clinical features and obstetric and neonatal outcomes of pregnant patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective, single-center, descriptive study” was published in the latest
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Poor diet is a significant contributor to chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes accounting for early mortality. A new study published in the journal JAMA in March 2020 shows that dietary deficiency is both prevalent and pathogenic in today’s young America. Factors that affect diet quality include what children are fed when
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 23 2020 A multistate study of Medicaid enrollees led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that suicide risk was highest among youth with epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, substance use and bipolar disorder. In addition, the odds of suicide decreased among those who had more mental health
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 19 2020 Visual processing is about how the brain perceives and processes the impressions of the eyes. Problems with processing visual impressions can also impact a variety of other skills. We’ve confirmed that visual processing may apply to dyslexia, but also to why some children have problems with mathematics and
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A study has uncovered a new neurodegenerative disorder in which children experience developmental regression and severe epilepsy. The study, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, found a variation in a gene causes a severe childhood-onset neurodegenerative disorder that has never before been described. MCRI
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