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Hypertension, learning disabilities linked
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U.S. researchers have linked children's high blood pressure to higher risk for learning disabilities. Researchers at New York state's University of Rochester Medical Center said after controlling for other variables such as socioeconomic level, children with hypertension were four times more likely to have cognitive problems than children without hypertension. More


Focus on a fitter future
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The NACHRI Childhood Obesity Focus Group has recently released a host of outcomes, including a new report, "Realizing the Vision: Continuity of Care for Children and Adolescents with Obesity," that highlights initial findings of our collaborative effort to identify optimal ways to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care and improved services for children and families affected by obesity. All are freely available at

Emergency Services FOCUS Group
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The NACHRI Emergency Services FOCUS Group, which addresses current issues facing pediatric emergency departments, is now recruiting for 2011. Multidisciplinary hospital teams review clinical and educational issues, explore patient flow and throughput, and consider staffing issues specific to the pediatric emergency department. The multi-site projects focus on process improvement, efficiency, fiscal responsibility and satisfaction of patients, family and staff. More

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Study urges teens to cut down on salt
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Teens who eat less salt lower their long-term risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, new research indicates. The finding stems from a computerized projection of what would happen if adolescent boys and girls were to shave off three grams of salt from their daily consumption of common processed foods. More

Even short-term poverty can hurt kids' health
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Being poor for even a short period of time can have lasting health implications for children, according to a new report by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 15.5 million children are living in poverty in the United States, that's one in five children according to the Census Bureau. Researchers looked at data surrounding four topics: Health, food security, housing stability and maltreatment. More

Teen brain more prone to drug, alcohol damage
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Teens may act invincible, but when it comes to drugs and alcohol, they're actually more vulnerable than adults to harmful effects on the brain, researchers said recently at Neuroscience 2010, the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego. The effects of getting high in the teen brain are longer-lasting than in the adults. Even several days later, cannabis can stay in the teen's system, affecting the building blocks of learning and memory. More

New protocol reduces children's radiation exposure during cardiac procedures    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A protocol that uses continuous real-time radiation monitoring, low-dose imaging programs and requires physician awareness of radiation dose, significantly reduced radiation exposure during electrophysiology procedures and catheter ablations to diagnose and treat heart arrhythmias in children, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010. More
Mon Health Endorses Indoor Play Area to Reach Moms and Promote Healthy Kids
"It is our mission to do what we can to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients, who are our friends and neighbors," says Greg Kealey, Director of Corporate Marketing for Monongalia Health System, Morgantown, WV. "And that includes providing safe, healthy play amenities." MORE
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Intervention to reduce pain, anxiety of immunization feasible in pediatric practices
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Implementing an intervention to reduce the pain and anxiety associated with immunization delivery is feasible in pediatric practices, according to the results of a study reported online first on Nov. 15, and in the December print issue of Pediatrics. More

Mom's smoking may increase SIDS risk
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U.S. researchers say the greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies of mothers who smoke may be linked to nicotine. Hemant Sawnani and colleagues at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center reviewed human and animal studies concerning SIDS and concluded nicotine may negatively affect the development of the brain centers regulating breathing. More

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Video games not harmful to most teens: Study
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Most teens who play video games don’t fall into unhealthy behaviors, but an "addicted" minority may be more likely to smoke, use drugs, fight or become depressed, a new Yale University study suggests. The findings add to the large and often conflicting body of research on the effects of gaming on children, particularly its link to aggressive behavior. However, this study focused on the association of gaming with specific health behaviors, and is one of the first to examine problem gaming. More

Probiotics may ease kids' belly aches
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A daily dose of "friendly bacteria" could provide relief for kids suffering from the cruel pain of a chronic tummy ache, suggests a new Italian study. Between 10 and 15 percent of school-aged children suffer from frequent stomach pain. Yet little evidence exists to date for helpful medications or dietary changes, Dr. Ruggiero Francavilla of the University of Bari, in Italy, told Reuters Health. More

School programs for cardiac arrest saving lives
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School-based programs that teach CPR and the proper use of automated external defibrillators (AED) boost survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest, new research reveals. A team led by Dr. Stuart Berger, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, says that it has found evidence of success in recent efforts to bring cardiac emergency skills to school settings, which are the weekday stomping ground for fully one-fifth of the American population (children and adults). More

Spontaneous mutations important cause of mental retardation, research finds
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New research by Dutch geneticists affiliated with the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre demonstrates that spontaneous mutations are an important cause of mental retardation. The majority of mental retardation is caused by spontaneous mutations in paternal sperm or maternal egg cells, the scientists say. More

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Ability seen in toddlers to judge others' intent
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Understanding another's intent is an important skill for lawyers, and perhaps politicians and businessmen as well, but according to a new study, it is an ability that even toddlers have. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany report that children as young as 3 are less likely to help a person after they have seen them harm someone else — in this case adult actors tearing up or breaking another adult's drawing or clay bird. More

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