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Experts issue guidelines for gene tests in kids

Experts issue guidelines for gene tests in kids

Groups representing pediatricians and geneticists issued new recommendations on Thursday to provide doctors with guidance about when to test a child’s DNA for genetic conditions.

The recommendations are the first collaboration between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Neither organization has issued guidelines for genetic testing of kids in over a decade, according to one of the study’s lead authors.

«What we’re trying to show is a unified and consistent message about genetic testing in children,» said Dr...

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Kids With Ear Infections May Not Need Antibiotics, New Guidelines Say

Kids With Ear Infections May Not Need Antibiotics, New Guidelines Say

Young children with ear infections don’t necessarily need antibiotic treatment right away. In fact, they may not need the medication at all, according to new guidelines from an influential group of doctors.

Children ages 6 months to 2 years with an infection in one ear who don’t have a high fever, severe pain or other complications can be watched for 48 hours without antibiotic treatment to see if the infection gets worse, the guidelines say. The same watching period applies to older children with amild infection in one or both ears.

The new guidelines, from the American Academy of P...

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Fluoride: Necessary or too much of a good thing?

Fluoride: Necessary or too much of a good thing?

Community water fluoridation has been around for more than 65 years, and although proponents cite many benefits, the practice has come under fire recently as critics are questioning the amount our children are consuming – and if it’s even necessary.

Touted as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, community water fluoridation has been shown to significantly decrease tooth decay...

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Parents: Don’t tell kids about past drug use

Parents: Don’t tell kids about past drug use

Discussing the regrets of past drug use may seem like a good way to convey the dangers of drugs, but the move could backfire, according to a new study.

Children of parents who disclose past alcohol, drug or tobacco use are more likely to have more positive views about drugs than peers whose parents don’t, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in the journal Human Communication Research. That held even if the parents were describing their regrets about drug use.

«This is a really cool article, because it does break down the dialogue» and give parents some ideas for what to say, said Mi...

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To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies

To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies

Why do some children who grow up in poverty do well, while others struggle?

To understand more about this, a group of psychologists recently did a study.

It began in a small spare room where a series of very poor mothers and their 5-month-old babies came to watch a soothing video. Soothing the baby was the point, says Elisabeth Conradt, a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University’s Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk. The researchers needed to take measurements of the babies when they were calm.

On the screen, circles of gently colored shapes flickered and music softly played whil...

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Doctors issue new guidelines for treating kids’ ear infections

Doctors issue new guidelines for treating kids’ ear infections

It’s estimated that half of all children under the age of 1 will experience a middle ear infection, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Seventy-five percent of kids will have one before the age of 3.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is putting out new guidelines for pediatricians and parents to follow regarding ear infections.

“There’s not much you can do for an ear infection at home,” said Dr. Emma Raizman, a pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic. “Some of them are viral, which means they’ll go away on their own. But, a lot of them are bacterial, which means they’ll need medication...

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Seven tips for helping kids eat healthy

Seven tips for helping kids eat healthy

1. Stop buying junk food.

We generally don’t eat any junk food, so we don’t buy any. This means no cookies, chocolate, crisps or fizzy drinks. Occasionally, we’ll buy arrowroot biscuits. About once every fortnight I’ll bake some cookies, muffins or cakes. This means that when my toddler is hungry between meals, she gets fruit, veggies, nuts, dried fruit, yoghurt, cheese, crackers or a glass of milk.

2. Keep offering healthy food choices.

I have persisted in offering healthy food choices during all meals and snacks. My toddler is now eating food she has disliked or refused in the past...

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Undervaccinated children have better health

Undervaccinated children have better health

The controversy about the efficiency and necessity of vaccines is well known. While conventional medicine advocates the use of vaccines, it also ignores the variety of toxic substances that vaccines contain and compromise the immunological responses. At the same time that medical authorities push for compulsory vaccinations, new data proves that these artificial immunization strategies simply do not work as they are supposed to. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that undervaccinated children have better health, as it is indicated by the frequenc...

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Pediatricians issue first-ever guidelines for treating juvenile diabetes

Pediatricians issue first-ever guidelines for treating juvenile diabetes

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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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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