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About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

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...

Harnessing a Virus to Fight a Killer Brain Tumor in Kids

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

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  • June 30, 2022
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  • Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

    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...

    CDC Panel Backs Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6-17

    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 ...

    Long COVID Can Hit Kids, Even Babies

    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...

    Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

    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 Is More Dangerous Than Flu for Kids, Study Finds

    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....

    Doctors Transplant Kidneys to Children Without Need for Immune-Suppressing Drugs

    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...

    FDA Panel Backs Pfizer, Moderna Shots for Kids 5 and Under

    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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  • FDA Advisors Back Moderna Shot for Older Children, Teens

    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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  • FDA Panel to Weigh Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6 to 17

    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

    Pfizer, Moderna COVID Shots Work for Kids Under 5, FDA Says

    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...

    Pandemic Means Many Kids Didn't Get Lifesaving Swim Lessons

    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 ...

    Millions of COVID Shots Ready for Kids Under 5: White House

    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...

    Technology Helped Kids With Type 1 Diabetes During Pandemic

    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...

    Intentional Overdoses Rise Among U.S. Kids, Teens

    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 bi...

    COVID Shots Coming for Kids Under 5 in June: White House

    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 Asks FDA to OK COVID Vaccine for Youngest Kids

    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...

    Prior COVID Won't Shield Kids From Omicron, But Vaccine Might

    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.<...

    Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

    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...

    3-Dose Pfizer COVID Vaccine Spurs Strong Response in Youngest Kids

    Pfizer/BioNTech says a three-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine appears to provoke a strong immune response in the youngest age group of children — those aged 6 months to 5 years.

    This is the only age group not yet approved for COVID-19 vaccination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to CNN, Pfizer said it plans to submit its new data to the agency this week.<...

    Poll Finds COVID Low on Parents' Summer Camp Checklist

    When choosing a summer camp for their children, many U.S. parents prioritize location, cost and activities. Only one in 10 said COVID-19 precautions are important, a new survey reveals.

    Among parents who said

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 23, 2022
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  • It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

    It's a good idea to get children outside every day, but especially on Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play on May 21.

    "Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, outdoor time and nature exploration are safe for most kids," pediatrician Dr. Danette Glassy said in an ...

    Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

    Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who've developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.

    "The evidence is accumulating that there's a role for adenovirus, particularly adenovirus 41," Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC's deputy director for infectious ...

    CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

    A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds.

    The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, and follows on authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday..

    The third ...

    U.S. Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Keep Rising: CDC

    The number of American children affected by acute hepatitis of unknown cause continues to grow, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

    So far, the agency's investigation has spotted 180 pediatric cases in 36 states and territories over th...

    Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

    Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.

    Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.

    National guidance for child care programs calls for providing at least two opportunities a day for physical activity, totaling 60 to 90 minutes. While the new study found that 74% of ...

    FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

    A single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.

    The third shot can be given at least five months after healthy kids complete the two-dose vaccine series, the FDA said. Its action, which now goes to the U.S.

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 17, 2022
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  • Only 1 in 5 Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5 When Available: Survey

    Only 18 percent of parents of children under 5 say they plan to get their child vaccinated against COVID as soon as they can, while nearly 4 in 10 say they will "wait and see" before getting shots for their child, a new U.S. survey reveals.

    Nearly 3 in 10 (27%) said they would "definitely not" get their child vaccinated and 11% said they would do so only if required, according to the Kais...

    3 More Children Have Died of Mysterious Liver Disease

    A serious liver disease that's struck hundreds of young children worldwide has caused the deaths of three children in Indonesia, bringing the global death toll to at least four.

    Nearly 170 children in 11 countries have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in recent months, and the World Health Organization has

    How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

    For some children with autism, there's a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal, a new study suggests.

    The findings could help efforts to develop personalized treatments for autism patients with gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain and constipation, the University of Missouri researchers suggested.

    Such problems tend to occur...

    Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

    If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

    Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to a new British study.

    Emot...

    Moderna Asks FDA to Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Children Under 6

    Moderna announced Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 6.

    It's the first vaccine maker to seek U.S. authorization of a COVID-19 shot for that age group.

    "We believe mRNA-1273 [the Moderna vaccine] will be able to safely protect these children against SARS-CoV-2, which is ...

    Another Long-Term Health Issue Tied to Abuse in Childhood: Cholesterol

    The toll of child abuse is wide-ranging and long-lasting. Researchers warn that childhood abuse is tied to high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes in adulthood, raising odds for heart disease and stroke.

    In contrast, those who grew up in nurturing homes are less likely to have heart disease risk factors.

    "Our findings demonstrate how the negative and positive experiences we have in chi...

    Pfizer SeekS FDA  Approval of COVID Boosters for Children Ages 5-11

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve emergency use of its booster shot for children ages 5 to 11.

    The application hinges on a study of 140 children with no evidence of prior coronavirus infection. Their antibody levels against the original strain of the virus were six times higher a month after a booster dose than a month after a...

    Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

    Babies and toddlers who've been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations, new research warns.

    The study is the first to suggest that antibiotics might dampen youngsters' ability to generate infection-fighting antibodies in response to vaccination.

    Experts caut...

    Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

    Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

    The study included more than 17,700 Canadian adults who took part in a national survey on mental health. Of those respondents, 326 sa...

    WHO Says Acute Hepatitis Cases in Children Now Reported in 11 Countries

    The World Health Organization said it is investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis among children that now involves 11 countries, including the United States.

    Among the 169 reported cases, at least one child has died from this inflammation of the liver and 17 children needed liver transplants, the WHO said Saturday in a

  • By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • April 25, 2022
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  • As Pandemic Continues, Advice for Parents on How to Manage Anxiety in Kids

    Anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic is common among young children, and parents may wonder how to quell those concerns.

    An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has some advice.

    "Parents should have a clear idea of what their thoughts are about the virus and get on the same page as their partner," said Laurel Williams, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behav...

    Childhood Vaccination Rates Slipped During Pandemic: CDC

    Many kindergartners fell behind on their childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, U.S. health officials warned Thursday.

    The drop has not been precipitous: About 94% of kindergarteners had their required vaccines during the 2020-2021 school year, a drop of about one percentage point and just below the 95% vaccination target, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a...

    Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

    Guns have surpassed road crashes as the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens.

    Gun-related deaths rose 29% among 1- to 19-year-olds from 2019 to 2020, according to a new University of Michigan study. In all, there were more than 4,300 gun-related deaths — including suicides, homicides and accidents — in that age group in 2020.

    The rising rates demonstrate that the...

    Unvaccinated Kids Were Twice as Likely to End up in Hospital During Omicron Surge

    Nearly 9 in 10 children ages 5-11 who were hospitalized for COVID-19 from mid-December to late February were unvaccinated, a rate that was two times higher than for vaccinated children, a new government study shows.

    Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found<...

    Over Half of American Parents Give Their Picky Eaters Supplements

    If your child is a picky eater and you feel you need to give them dietary supplements, you're not alone.

    In a new poll of more than 1,200 U.S. parents with at least one child aged 1 to 10, more than half said they struggle to get their child to eat a well-balanced diet and half said they regularly give their child dietary supplements.

    About one-third of parents said their child is a...

    Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

    Marijuana edibles that mimic the packaging of popular snack foods pose a risk to children, a new study warns.

    Researchers looked at the packaging of more than 200 types of edible marijuana products and found that nearly one in 10 resembled commercial snacks foods, including candies and chips....

    Virtual Learning Didn't Slow Preschoolers' Reading Skills

    Preschoolers can learn reading skills in a virtual classroom, University of Washington researchers say.

    "Children are ready to learn to read at the age of 5. But the pandemic robbed children of the opportunity for in-person reading instruction," said Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), in Seattle. "What we've shown here is that an online rea...

    Health Officials Investigate Mysterious Hepatitis Cases Among Children in U.S., U.K.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating an unexplained increase in severe liver infection in children around the world including in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    The severe acute hepatitis cases have led to hospitalizations and even some liver transplants, but not deaths, CBS News report...

    Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

    New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters.

    The association between lead exposure and children's IQ is well-documented, but these Univers...

    New Treatment May Curb Low Blood Sugar in Kids With Insulin Disorder

    A new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with a genetic disorder that causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin, researchers say.

    Congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) is the most common cause of...

    Kids Think Farm Animals Deserve Same Treatment as Pets

    Life would be much better for farm animals if children were in charge, a new British study suggests.

    Unlike adults, children believe farm animals should be treated the same as people and pets, and children are less likely to view eating animals as morally acceptable.

    The study included 479 people in England from three age groups -- 9-11, 18-21 and 29-59 -- who were asked their views...

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