Children’s Health

New research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science reveals that teenagers (ages 13–17) in low socioeconomic settings who spend a moderate amount of time online after a stressful experience deal with adversity far better than those who spend many hours online or avoid digital technology altogether. Adolescents are smart, and they make use of
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The breast milk of lactating mothers vaccinated against COVID-19 contains a significant supply of antibodies that may help protect nursing infants from the illness, according to new research from the University of Florida. Our findings show that vaccination results in a significant increase in antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 -; the virus that causes COVID-19 -; in
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Household transmission remains a major driver in the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) throughout communities worldwide. While a number of reports have described the intra-household transmission of SARS-CoV-2, few have compared transmission rates between SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VoCs) in this setting. In a paper recently published on the preprint
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Researchers at Children’s National Hospital identified a vulnerability in a developmental signaling pathway that can be hijacked to drive pediatric low-grade glioma (pLGG) formation, according to a pre-clinical study published in Developmental Cell. The study demonstrated that targeted treatment prevents tumor formation, long before irreversible damage to the optic nerve can cause permanent loss of
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Bacteria known as group B Streptococcus (GBS) are a common cause of blood infections, meningitis and stillbirth in newborns. Although GBS infections can often be treated or prevented with antibiotics, the bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant. Now, researchers have discovered that human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) –– short strings of sugar molecules abundant in breast milk
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As a pediatric physical therapist in Clinton, Missouri, Jessica Luechtefeld was used to a hands-on coaching approach whenever meeting with her patients at their preschools, in their homes or at the Child’s Play Therapy clinic. But the COVID-19 pandemic forced physical therapists like Luechtefeld to cancel in-person sessions and quickly transition to telehealth appointments to
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). SARS-CoV-2, which belongs to the family Coronaviridae of the genus Betacoronavirus, was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. SARS-CoV-2 is extremely infectious and is transmitted through infected human droplets while coughing, sneezing, or even while talking. As of
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Cardiovascular genetic testing in children presents unique challenges, requiring pre- and post-test counseling with an individualized approach for families, ideally with the involvement of a specialized interdisciplinary team, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published today in the Association’s journal Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine. Scientific statements represent the synthesis of data
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New research published today in JAMA Oncology reports how two separate DNA changes appear to predict aggressive childhood leukemias when they occur in combination. Over the course of a decade of work in several study sites spanning multiple continents, the researchers evaluated tumor characteristics of more than 1,300 childhood cancer patients who were diagnosed with
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The child had just started kindergarten. Or, as her mother called it, “Russian roulette.” That’s because her school district in Grand Junction, Colorado, experienced one of the nation’s first delta-variant outbreaks last spring, and now school officials have loosened the rules meant to protect against covid-19. The mother, Venessa, who asked not to be named
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The absence of a protein that activates the body’s antiviral defenses can cause a rare rheumatoid-like autoinflammatory condition that is treatable with an FDA-approved class of drugs known as TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitors, a global research team led by Mount Sinai has found. The condition, which is now termed TBK1 deficiency, was previously known
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Children and young adults who have pain from surgery, dental care and other conditions are often prescribed opioids. But half of these prescriptions, a new national study suggests, are high risk because of their potential for adverse outcomes. What’s more, a small group of prescribers in the top 5% of prescriptions account for half of
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