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Placebo as good as drugs for kids’ migraines

Placebo as good as drugs for kids’ migraines

A drug-free placebo pill prevents migraines in kids and teens just as well as most headache medicines, according to a new review of past evidence.

Researchers found only two drugs known to help migraine-plagued adults reduced the frequency of kids’ headaches better than a placebo. And even in those cases, the effect was small — a difference of less than one headache per month compared to the dummy pills.

«Parents should be aware that our medication choices aren’t as good as they should be,» said Dr...

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Prenatal Inflammation Linked to Autism Risk

Prenatal Inflammation Linked to Autism Risk

Maternal inflammation during early pregnancy may be related to an increased risk of autism in children, according to new findings supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found this in children of mothers with elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), a well-established marker of systemic inflammation.

The risk of autism among children in the study was increased by 43 percent among mothers with CRP levels in the top 20th percentile, and by 80 percent for maternal CRP in the top 10th percentile...

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How to keep your child’s teeth healthy

How to keep your child’s teeth healthy

Brushing twice a day should definitely be non-negotiable in your house, especially since experts are seeing more and more kids with cavities. The problem actual starts with the preschool set. In fact, more than 25 percent of children aged 2 to 5 years old in the United States have tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, pediatric dental disease is the primary reason children visit the emergency room each year, according to the Forsyth Institute.

So what more can you do to make sure your child’s teeth and gums will be healthy throughout his lifet...

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Salmonella causes most foodborne-illness outbreaks, CDC reports

Salmonella causes most foodborne-illness outbreaks, CDC reports

Food poisoning sickens millions of Americans each year, and most outbreaks are caused by salmonella-tainted foods or norovirus, federal health officials report.

Salmonella-contaminated eggs alone accounted for 2,231 illnesses in 2009-2010, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who set out to identify the specific pathogens responsible for widespread foodborne illnesses.

«CDC estimates that one in six Americans get sick from a foodborne illness each year,» said lead author L...

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Diabetic Kids’ New Regimen

Diabetic Kids’ New Regimen

American pediatricians, alarmed by the rise of Type 2 diabetes in children and failure rates for oral medication, are recommending early aggressive treatments with insulin shots for many youth who are diagnosed with the disease.

The recommendation will be made Monday, when the American Academy of Pediatricians issues its first-ever clinical guidelines for Type 2 diabetes—a grim milestone for a disease that used to be rare in children before obesity rates began to rise.

As a result of the guidelines, which also recommend kids improve their diets and get more exercise, children may now have to...

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Glasses help our kids pass classes

Glasses help our kids pass classes

THOSE who wear glasses are more likely to get passes.

That’s the back-to-school message from Geelong optometrist Bruce McNeel, who is urging parents to have their children’s eyes checked as part of routine preparations for the start of the new school year on Wednesday.

For six-year-old AJ Williams, who will start prep at Bellaire Primary School, and his sister, Sydney, who will move into grade three at the same Highton school, glasses will not be needed.

But Mr McNeel said one in four Australian children had an eye condition or suffered some level of vision impairment.

Since sight is involved ...

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Three questions about HPV vaccination

Three questions about HPV vaccination

The HPV vaccine contains virus-like particles (blue) that are noninfectious and stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies (red) that can prevent HPV infections.

In 2009, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. learned they had cancer linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. This virus is best known for causing cervical cancer, but it’s also the culprit behind many cancers of the mouth, throat, anus, and genitals. Unlike many forms of cancer, for which we lack the knowledge and tools to prevent, scientists have figured out how to dodge HPV-triggered cancers—by HPV vaccination...

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Close to half of kids late receiving vaccines: study

Close to half of kids late receiving vaccines: study

 More and more babies and toddlers aren’t getting their recommended vaccines on time, a new study suggests.

Of more than 300,000 U.S. kids born between 2004 and 2008, almost half were «undervaccinated» at some point before their second birthday — in some cases because parents chose to forgo shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers said that trend is cause for concern because if enough kids skip their vaccines, whole schools or communities may be at higher risk for preventable infections such as whooping cough and measles.

«When that happens, it can crea...

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Smoking ban linked to drop in kids’ asthma attacks, study finds

Smoking ban linked to drop in kids’ asthma attacks, study finds

Introducing laws banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to swift and dramatic falls in the number of children admitted to hospital suffering from asthma attacks, according to a British study.

Researchers at Imperial College London found there was a 12.3-per-cent fall in hospital admissions for childhood asthma in the first year after laws against smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces came into effect in July, 2007.

Similar anti-smoking legislation has been introduced in many other countries where it has also been linked to a reduction in childhood asthma emergencies.

“Th...

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Many Kids Vaccinated Late or Not at All

Many Kids Vaccinated Late or Not at All

About half of infants and young children in the United States receive vaccinations late or not at all, a new study suggests.

Between 2004 and 2008, about 49 percent of children ages 2 months to 2 years were «undervaccinated,» meaning they received at least one vaccine or more a month later than is recommended by the current vaccine schedule. The percentage of undervaccinated children increased during the study period.

In about 13 percent of cases analyzed, parents intentionally delayed their child’s vaccination, the researchers said.

Some parents say they intentionally delay vaccinations, bec...

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