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Novel research finds genetic explanation for bone damage among survivors of childhood cancer

The majority of children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) will survive thanks to the success of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. ...

Children with asthma are more likely to become obese, USC study finds

Even after accounting for exercise, asthmatic children may be more at risk of obesity ...

Brain scan of premature infants could predict disability and improve outcomes, study finds

Every year, nearly 4,500 babies in Canada and three million worldwide are born very preterm at 24 to 32 weeks of gestation. These babies are ... Full story

Trial determines safest airway device for babies in surgery

A ground-breaking Western Australian medical trial, involving babies with breathing problems, has determined that a laryngeal mask (a medical device that keeps a patient's airway open) is the preferred option over an endotracheal tube during minor surgical procedures. ... Full story

New insights in genetic defect allow prevention of fatal illnesses in children

A team of scientists led by prof. Adrian Liston (VIB–KU Leuven) and prof. Isabelle Meyts (UZ Leuven – KU Leuven) were able to characterize a new genetic immunodeficiency resulting from a mutation in a gene named STAT2. This mutation causes patients to be extremely vulnerable to normally mild childhood illnesses such as rotavirus and enterovirus. Prof. Liston’s comprehensive analysis of the genetic defect allows clinicians to provide children with the proper therapies before illnesses prove fatal. The findings of the research have been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. ... Full story

New drive to cut childhood brain tumour diagnosis times

A new campaign to reduce the time it takes to diagnose brain tumours in children and young people has being launched today. ... Full story

'Moderate amounts of screen time may not be bad for teenagers’ well-being'

While a lot has been said by scientists and paediatricians about the possible dangers of teenagers spending time on digital devices or computers, a new paper argues there is little robust evidence to back up their claims. The co-authors from Oxford and Cardiff universities say they are the first to systematically test for links between well-being and screen time measured continuously, separately for different digital activities and days of the week. ... Full story

Children Born With Heart Defects at Increased Risk for Epilepsy

Children with congenital heart disease have a higher risk of the seizure disorder epilepsy through adulthood, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the ... Full story

Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Children and adolescents in mainland China are facing two serious and conflicting public health threats: ongoing exposure to air pollution and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with little regular physical activity outside school. ... Full story

Preterm infants fare well in early language development

Study advances understanding of earliest link between language and cognition in vulnerable population ... Full story

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