Children’s Health

A new viewpoint article published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics in April 2020 discusses the manifestation and management of the novel coronavirus disease devastating several countries. First described in Wuhan, China, as pneumonia of unknown origin, it has rapidly moved over the world, currently infecting almost 210 countries and territories, with a caseload of well
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 6 2020 Although mostly preventable, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children worldwide, particularly in developing countries. If left untreated, cavities can be painful and may negatively affect a young child’s overall health, development and quality of life. Clemson University College of Science researchers recently
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Apr 6 2020 A targeted therapy, currently being studied for treatment of certain cancers including glioblastoma, may also be beneficial in treating other neurologic diseases, a study at the University of Cincinnati shows. Image Credits: Chinnapong / Shutterstock.com The study, being published online April 6 in the journal EBioMedicine, revealed that the effects of a
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 5 2020 Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine has joined a clinical trial to evaluate the experimental drug remdesivir to treat people who are hospitalized with severe COVID-19 infection. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring
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Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out-of-school time this year for many children in
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 31 2020 Combining 89Zr-labeled antibodies with total-body positron emission tomography (PET) has extended the utility of novel total-body PET scanners, providing suitable images up to 30 days after the initial injection. A new study, published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, compared four different types of
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 3 2020 Deaths of children and adolescents in China due to infectious diseases were becoming rare prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. Quarantinable conditions with high death rates such as cholera and plague had effectively disappeared and many traditional and vaccine-preventable infectious diseases of childhood including
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 31 2020 New research from University of California, Davis, suggests that parents should delay introducing their children to any screen media, as well as limit preschool-age children’s use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics this week.
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 1 2020 The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has funded up to $50 million to evaluate hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a preventive drug for the novel coronavirus. The funding creates a new rapid-response study designed and led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) which seeks to engage healthcare workers across the
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 1 2020 The causes of 40 percent of all cases of certain medulloblastoma – dangerous brain tumors affecting children – are hereditary. These are the findings of a recent genetic analysis carried out by scientists from the Hopp Children’s Cancer Center (KiTZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and numerous
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In a new pre-clinical study published this week in the journal Leukemia, the research team of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles investigator Hisham Abdel-Azim, MD, MS, worked with colleagues to engineer T-cells to identify and target multiple sites on acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells instead of just one. The early collaboration points the way to future clinical
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 26 2020 Canadian scientists have developed an innovative new technique that uses artificial intelligence to better define the different sections of the brain in newborns during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam. The results of this study — a collaboration between researchers at Montreal’s CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital and the
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