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External link Second Annual Salud America Summit Report Released [PDF | 1.6MB] Exit Disclaimer
This report highlights the work done across the nation throughout 2010 to prevent obesity among Latino children under this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program.
External link Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Exit Disclaimer
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, promote services and discuss ways to prevent relationship violence.
External link 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted annually by SAMHSA, surveys approximately 67,500 people in the United States and released a fact sheet [PDF | 404 KB] with the 2009 survey results. Survey results indicate that current illicit drug use in America increased in 2009 compared to 2008 - with 8.7 percent of the population aged 12 years and older using illicit drugs in 2009 compared to 8 percent in 2008. Most of this increase was due to a rise in marijuana use. Also, the number of current nonmedical users of prescription drugs increased 12 percent in 2008 - from 6.2 million to 7 million Americans ages 12 and older.
External link Autistic Vocal Patterns Tracked Exit Disclaimer
Scientists at the University of Kansas used a device to analyze the vocal patterns of young children to determine if they have autism. They found that the device was able to correctly identify children with autism 86 percent of the time.
External link Pesticide Exposure linked to ADHD Exit Disclaimer
A new study out of UC Berkley has found that children exposed to pesticides while still in the mother’s womb have a greater chance of developing attention disorders.
External linkpdf file California Endowment Report Examines Race, Health and Young Men [PDF | 13MB] Exit Disclaimer
A report funded by the California Endowment looks at the issues of health disparities among minority boys and young men. The impact of location, case studies and policy recommendations are reviewed.
External link Study Focuses on Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Dental Care Exit Disclaimer
A study published in the July issue of Health Affairs reveals that nearly 25 percent of California children have never been to the dentist and that disparities exist across race, ethnicity and type of insurance.
External linkpdf file It Takes Two to Tango: Defining the Role of Fathers [PDF | 616.2KB] Exit Disclaimer
National Healthy Start organization released this brief about the role of fatherhood in child development and the impact involved fathers can have when it comes to encouraging healthy outcomes for mom and child and discouraging negative outcomes, such as infant mortality. The brief also takes a look at what it means to be a father and how maternal-child-health policies could be modified to include men.
External link CDC Survey: High School Students and Prescription Drugs
A CDC survey has found that one in five U.S. high school students say they have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription, according to the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
External link Educational Attainment of Teenage Parents Exit Disclaimer
A study published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health looks at the educational attainment of teenage parents by gender.
External link Basic Facts on Children of Immigrants Exit Disclaimer
The Urban Institute has released findings on recent study involving children and children of immigrants, origin of parents and the family’s socioeconomic status.
External link Guide for Parents Released Exit Disclaimer
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development. The book focuses on the second decade of life for children, healthy adolescent development and dispels myths about children in different categories of spirituality, nutrition and sexuality.
External link Recovery Act Money to Fund Study on Parental Impact
About $740,000 in Recovery Act grant money is being dedicated to a study examining the role of parents and the home environment on adolescents' food intake, physical activity, body image and weight control behaviors.
External linkpdf file Effects of Vitamin D and Calcium on Health [PDF | 6MB]
This 408-page report released by the federal Agency for Health Research Quality looks at the impact of Vitamin D and calcium on several factors, such as a person’s growth and various types of disease and chronic health conditions.
External link Fetal Memory Recorded in Study Exit Disclaimer
A Dutch study has recorded short-term memory in fetuses at 30 weeks, according to a study in the July/August issue of Child Development. Short-term memory recollection seemed to increase as weeks passed, with a recall of about to four weeks
External link Smoking rules at Home Exit Disclaimer
A recent study has found that black Americans have fewer rules banning smoking in the house, compared to house rules of other ethnic groups. However, the rate of African-American teens smoking is lower than their white counterparts. The study will appear in the August issue of Health Education & Behavior.
External link Hearing Loss Study Tries to Prevent the Norm Exit Disclaimer
A Vanderbilt University study finds that most young people and adults would turn down their music or wear protective ear gear if it was suggested by a professional. The study found that half of respondents had experienced symptoms of hearing loss at some point in time.
External link Rates Seem to Be Slowing
About one in seven preschoolers from low-income families is obese, but a study is suggesting that the increases in prevalence rates may be slowing down. In 2003 the obesity rate for this group was 14.6. In 2008 the rate was 14.8.
External link Study Pinpoints FASD Traits Exit Disclaimer
A study from a mental health team in Toronto has found that the characteristics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are similar to traits for attention deficit disorder. The study will appear in the October 2009 of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Exit Disclaimer
External link Study looks at Causes of Alcoholism Exit Disclaimer
A study about adolescents and alcohol scheduled to appear in the October 2009 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research finds that environmental factors play a role in highlighting how environmental factors interact with genetic predispositions for alcohol use.
External link Obesity Linked to Social Network Exit Disclaimer
A study from University of Southern California researchers have found that obese children are twice as likely to have overweight friends and less likely to be named as a friend of a normal-weight child
External link Childhood Obesity linked to Parent Exit Disclaimer
A study in the International Journal of Obesity finds that childhood obesity is strongly linked to behavioral habits of the parent with the same gender versus being a solely genetically-driven condition
External link Ability to Naturally Regulate Blood Pressure Unavailable Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have found that a group of healthy, black adolescents did not possess the natural ability to remove high levels of salt from their system in order to lower blood pressure levels. The reason for the abnormality has not been found.
External link Exercise as Medicine Exit Disclaimer
Doctors and the American College of Sports Medicine are encouraging individuals and their physicians to turn to recommendations of physical activity in order to help combat chronic diseases and promote health.
External link Physical Activity Omitted for Many Children Exit Disclaimer
About 75 percent of children, ages 3 to 6, are not getting enough play time while at child care centers, according to a study out of the University of Cincinnati. Many child care providers say parents place more emphasis on preparing for the academics of kindergarten.
External link Obese Children Incurring Injuries Exit Disclaimer
A University of Cincinnati study finds that children who are obese are more likely to experience injuries in their lower bodies, such as ankles, and experience longer recovery times.
External link Language-skills Program Aids Deaf Exit Disclaimer
A study from the University of Cincinnati found that deaf children who participated in language skills programs before the age of six months were more likely to have age-appropriate language skills, which the author believes stresses the importance of follow-up screenings.
External link Study Shows Alcohol Consumption Persists
A 15-year CDC study found that, on average, one out of eight women consumes alcohol during pregnancy and that number has not decreased, despite warnings from the surgeon general.
External link The study of Epigenetics Exit Disclaimer
An article in the FASEB journal explains the science of epigenetics or the study of genetics across life spans, finding that a lack of nutrients for a pregnant mother results in smaller offspring predisposed to being undernourished.
External link Exercise Benefits Overweight Children Exit Disclaimer
A study out of the Medical College of Georgia found that overweight children who exercise daily boosted self esteem and reduced depressive symptoms.
External link Parents are Key Factor in Obesity Exit Disclaimer
Researchers out of UCLA have found that a strong link to teens and obesity is the amount and types of food they consume because they follow their parents’ eating habits.
External link Ritalin Leads to Brain Changes Exit Disclaimer
Methylphenidate, sold as Ritalin for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, causes changes to neurons in the reward areas of the brain similar to those seen in cocaine users, according to new research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
External link Leukemia Relapse Indicator Identified
Scientists have identified the gene mutations that indicate the likelihood of leukemia relapse in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to an article in the Jan. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
External link Measurement of Kidney Function Improves
To determine how much kidney function a child with chronic kidney disease has, scientists have modified the formula that measures the rate that fluids flow through capillaries of the kidneys. This allows the measurement to be more accurate and for the doctor to adjust the dosage of medicine to prevent kidney failure.
External link Studies show Spirituality May Help Teens Exit Disclaimer
Two studies out of the University of Cincinnati have found that teens with chronic illnesses cope better if they have a sense of spirituality in their lives.
External link Combating Third-hand Smoke Exit Disclaimer
According to a journal article in the January issue of Pediatrics, parents who smoke outside of the house or while their children aren’t around, may still be exposing their offspring to harmful toxins. “Toxic particulate” matter is released from cigarette smoke and can rest in hair and clothing, which is referred to as third-hand smoke.
External link Views of Alcohol, Coercion Vary Greatly for Boys, Girls Exit Disclaimer
A UK study found that boys and girls opinions varied greatly when presented with different scenarios about teens having sex and when it may be acceptable to for a person to be forced into having intercourse. The use of alcohol as a means to getting a person’s way was viewed as acceptable in the boys’ focus groups.
External link Hormone Therapy Produces Miracle Growth Exit Disclaimer
Growth hormones have been proven to increase a child’s final height regardless of whether the child is hormone growth deficient, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. An average of three inches were added to final heights and seemed to work better in children of parents with average heights.
External link Diabetes linked to Language Delays in Children Exit Disclaimer
According to an article in Pediatrics, children of women with pregnancy-related diabetes are twice as likely to experience language development problems.
External link School-based Program Focuses on Chronic Disease Exit Disclaimer
A study in the December issue of the Journal of School Health details the program Kickin’ Asthma and how it is used within a target school to teach children disease-management skills.
External link Secondhand smoke raises odds of fertility problems in women Exit Disclaimer
Females exposed to secondhand smoke, at any age, are more likely to be infertile and experience miscarriages, according to a report from scientists at the University of Rochester.
External link Place of Birth Contributes to Asthma Disparity Exit Disclaimer
A person’s birthplace seems to play a role in whether or not asthma develops, according to researchers from Tuft University who compared rates between American-born and foreign-born individuals. The study appears in the Journal of Asthma.
External link Study Pinpoints “hidden homeless” and Link to Poor Health Exit Disclaimer
A study out of Boston University finds that children in Boston who experience frequent moves are more likely to have poor health.
External link Study Examines Rare Injuries of High School Athletes Exit Disclaimer
A study from researchers at the Center for injury Research and Policy have found that 3.5 percent of injuries are deemed rare injuries and can lead to surgery and possibly death, according to an article in the Journal of Athletic Training.
External link Exercise Relieves Children’s Anger Exit Disclaimer
A study out of the Medical College of Georgia that looked at 208 children, found that regular exercise reduced the amount of anger children expressed.
External link Sleep Linked to Weight Exit Disclaimer
A study out of the University of Montreal finds that 26 percent of children who did not get enough sleep—at least 10 hours—were overweight by age 6. Some of the causes for fewer hours of sleep were episodes of bed-wetting, nightmares and teeth-grinding.
External link Study Finds Teens Susceptible Exit Disclaimer
A study appearing in the journal BMC Pediatrics found that teens who did not use drugs, but who smoke, drank alcohol and were sexually active were more likely to use methamphetamines.
External link Researchers Link Autism to Environment Exit Disclaimer
The cause for autism in “genetically vulnerable children” seems to point toward several environmental factors, according to researchers at Cornell University and their article published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
External link Removing Sodas from School doesn’t Affect Consumption Exit Disclaimer
A study published in the November/December issue of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that even when sodas were removed from a Maine high school, the level of children’s soda consumption was similar to students in high schools where soda was available.
External link Relying on the Grandparents Exit Disclaimer
According to a study out of John Hopkins, utilizing grandparents to care for children instead of organized daycare cut child injury rates in half. This study appears in the November 2008 issue of Pediatrics.
External link Counseling Needed for Violence Victims Exit Disclaimer
A study out of John Hopkins finds that children who are victims of violence respond better after receiving one-on-one counseling and mentoring.
External link TV Programming linked to Teen Pregnancy Exit Disclaimer
A study from the RAND Corporation found that teens who watch television programming that contains sexual content were twice as likely to become pregnant than their peers, according to the November issue of Pediatrics.
External link At-risk Adolescents Lagging Behind Exit Disclaimer
According to a study published in the November issue of Pediatrics, adolescents who may be at a higher risk for getting the flu and battling its complications are not receiving the vaccination.
External link Drug Use Increases among Young Exit Disclaimer
A study out of Saint Louis University finds that children, ages 10 to 14, have more than doubled their use of drugs for obesity-related diseases.
External link Aggressive Phototherapy Improves Babies' Odds Exit Disclaimer
In the Oct. 30 New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that aggressive phototherapy led to decreased rates of premature babies developing blindness, deafness or cerebral palsy.
External link Study reveals Importance of Treating Jaundice
A study by NIH found that treating severe jaundice in premature infants decreased their rate of brain injury, according to the article in the Oct. 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
External link The risk of flaxseed Exit Disclaimer
At the University of Montreal, researchers have found that the consumption of flaxseed oil, during the last two trimesters by pregnant women, quadrupled their risk of giving birth prematurely.
External link Breastfeeding and Obesity Link Exit Disclaimer
Temple researchers conducted a study to find out how breastfeed is linked to lower obesity rates in children. They found that children who are breastfed were able to tell when they were full, while children who were bottle fed were less likely to know they were full and had a higher BMI rate.
External link Researchers id Puberty Disorder Gene Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have pinpointed a gene that can lead to puberty disorders, infertility, cleft palates, mental retardation and an inability to smell.
External link Extra Cash leading to more calories Exit Disclaimer
A cash-incentive program begun by the Mexican government and modeled in the US is aimed at alleviating poverty. And while the outcomes have been positive for children, a UC Berkley study shows that the results have had a downside for parents and even led to greater risks of obesity.
External link Asthma-related Virus may hide in Lungs Exit Disclaimer
A virus that can lead to asthma and was once thought to clear up over time may still be present in the lungs to cause recurrent episodes of wheezing and chronic airway disease.
External link Health Factors effecting GPA Exit Disclaimer
External link Bred for Obesity Exit Disclaimer
Researchers have tested which factors determine fetal overgrowth and whether or not a child will have a greater chance of being obese based on a pregnant mother’s food consumption.
External link Early Drug Exposure Leads to Health Risks Exit Disclaimer
Research out of Duke University has found a connection between drug use during a person’s teen years and health factors when that person is in their thirties. Although this may be considered common knowledge, the authors of the study classified their survey participants as “good” or “bad” kids and found that both groups incurred similar results, such as pregnancies, criminal convictions and sexually transmitted diseases, at similar rates.
External link Disparities in Cardiovascular Health Linked to Race Exit Disclaimer
An article published in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that the likeliness of cardiovascular problems later in life may be linked to low birth weight and that a baby’s low birth weight may be attributed to social factors instead of genetics, making it possible for a great-grandmother’s health to affect her great-grandson.
External link Marijuana’s effect on teenage brain Exit Disclaimer
Researcher presented at the annual American Academy of Pediatrics meeting on Oct. 12 revealed that brains of teens who use marijuana are working harder than teens who abstain from the drug. The effects were even more noticeable in females and resulted in a compromise of the prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of concentration, planning and decision making.
External link Study of boys who commit dating violence Exit Disclaimer
A qualitative study, which appeared in the September issue of the American Journal of Men’s Health, focuses on the lives of teen boys who are violent toward girls. Several common themes among the boys studied were witnessing violence in the home, failing in school and family troubles.
External link The Perks of Walking Exit Disclaimer
A study conducted at the University of Illinois found that children with ADHD showed increased attention levels and decreased symptoms after a 20-minute walk in the park, compared to a walk in a more urban setting for the same length of time.
External link Treatment for Eye Muscle Problem
Researchers have found a more effective way to treat a common problem with children’s eye muscle coordination. Based on a 12-week study, results showed that children who received in-office therapy from a trained therapist and then received at-home treatments did better than children who only received in-office treatment.
External link Fumes from Stove Aggravate Asthma Exit Disclaimer
In the October issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers studied asthma flare-ups in children from poor, inner-city neighborhoods and found that attacks were related to the presence of nitrogen dioxide, which is often emitted from unvented gas stoves.
External link Families Benefit from Sports Exit Disclaimer
This study involving more than 2,000 students and 800 parents found that communication is often better in families whose children play sports and that girls living in urban settings are less likely to have opportunities to play.
External link Navigating the Maze
The Department of Defense is offering its online toolkit tailored to military parents of children with special needs. The kit contains sample letters, parent resources and intervention tools.
External link Protecting Your Family from Lead Poisoning
The CDC will offer two new podcasts for parents who are looking to protect their family from lead poisoning, especially for families living in homes built before 1978.
External link Tracking Your Child’s Developments
The CDC is offering information and interactive tools to help parents monitor their child’s development beyond the usual signs parents look for, like height and weight. Although the site provides information for parents who may be concerned about autism, developmental signs are available to any parent who desires to see if their child’s behavior corresponds with his or her age.
External link NIH Site Reveals Info on Clinical Trials and Minors
The new Web site from NIH uses videos to discuss the reasoning behind involving children in clinical trials and what trials are being conducted across the nation. The site is aimed at parents and health care providers and explains the different methods of research and what can be expected if a child participates in a clinical trial.
External link Vending Machines still Offer Calories Exit Disclaimer
Despite changes, researchers from Temple University found that of the seven participating middle schools they looked at, the vending machines still offered items ranging from no calories (water) to items with 480 calories. One of the goals of the HEALTHY Study, funded by NIH, is to curb the risk for Type II diabetes in middle school children. “The program’s goal is to ultimately remove all juice and sugar added beverages, offer water instead and eliminate candy from vending machines,” said Amy Virus, senior health services coordinator for the study and president of the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association.
External link Parent-controlled Asthma Exit Disclaimer
According to a study published in the October issue of Pediatrics, researchers found that “parents’ expectations and perceptions are key factors” when it comes to how effectively children use prescribed medications.
External link Parents Unaware of Risks Exit Disclaimer
Survey results presented at the American Scientists of Gastroenterology’s annual conference, found that less that 13 percent of parents do not view their children’s risk for obesity correctly. Although all of the parents surveyed had children whose weight was high compared to children of the same height, less than one third of parents were aware of this fact, which increases a child’s risk of having gastrointestinal problems later in life.
External link Online Bullying Common among Young Internet Users Exit Disclaimer
According to a study published in the Journal of School Health, online bullying is not a rarity among students, ages 12 to 17, who frequently use the internet. More than 70 percent of survey participants encountered one incident in the previous year and more than 80 percent of them also experienced a bullying event at school.
External link NIH Focuses on Little Ears
NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders rolled out their new program on Oct. 2, targeting the parents of children, ages 8 to 12. The goal is to educate parents and their children about the importance of protecting a child’s hearing. Their site, Noisy Planet, can be used to target questions from parents and children about possible causes of hearing loss in everyday life.
External link Asthma Rate Higher in Sexually Abused Exit Disclaimer
In a study released in the Sept. 2008 issue of American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, researchers studied a sample of more than 1,300 Puerto Rican children and their parents. They found that children who are physically or sexually abused were twice as likely to develop asthmas as their peers.
External link Jumping toward Health Exit Disclaimer
A study involving a group of 99 children underwent an eight-month process of jumping for 10 minutes twice a week to measure the effects of the weight-bearing exercise on bone mass. The study revealed that the jumping warm-up improved muscle and bone strength, particularly in the hips and lower spines of the girls and increased fat loss in the boys.
External link Combating Childhood Obesity Exit Disclaimer
A report issued during the third week of August draws attention to the fact that obesity rates in adults have risen in every state except for Colorado, leaving rates above 20 percent in the 49 states. Oregon State University Researcher Stewart Trost views obesity as a problem that begins during childhood and encourages 60 minutes of daily activity for young people.
External link Sleep Linked to Blood Pressure
A study published in the Aug. 19 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association found a link between lack of sleep or poor sleep habits and higher blood pressure rates in teens.
External link Child’s Play can Hurt Exit Disclaimer
Doctors find that overtraining due to year-round sports can lead to early onset of injuries in children as early as kindergarten.



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