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Cellphones and Cancer: Critics Say Kids Risk Brain Tumors

Cellphones and Cancer: Critics Say Kids Risk Brain Tumors

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists are calling into question a study published last year that failed to find a link between cellphone use and brain tumors in children and teens. They say the study actually shows that cellphone use more than…

Autism Linked to Family Inherited Gene Mutations

Autism Linked to Family Inherited Gene Mutations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Joslyn Gray, 38, of Drexel Hill, Pa., resisted her pediatrician’s recommendation that she have her 4-year-old son tested for autism. She didn’t think he fit the classic description.”I didn’t understand what autism …

Autism Rates Rise to 1 in 88, CDC Says

Autism Rates Rise to 1 in 88, CDC Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — One in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, by age 8, according to a study released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a rate that has risen far above t…

Toddler Takes Cannabis Oil for Cancer Treatment

Toddler Takes Cannabis Oil for Cancer Treatment

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(MISSOULA, Mont.) — Marijuana was the best medicine for 3-year-old Cash Hyde of Missoula, Mont. At least that’s what his parents, Mike and Kalli Hyde, believe. The couple said they defied doctor’s orders — and Montana law -…

Nearly Half of Children of Hoarders Fight Guilt, Depression

Nearly Half of Children of Hoarders Fight Guilt, Depression

Little sad girl (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — Life as a teenager is often chaotic and confusing. When the home — usually the most controllable, supportive place in teens’ lives — is bursting with piles of clutter, it can get…

Progeria Teen Recounts Life With Accelerated-Aging Disease

Progeria Teen Recounts Life With Accelerated-Aging Disease

Accent Press Ltd(BOSTON) — When she celebrated her 14th birthday Dec. 3, 2011, Hayley Okines had surpassed the average lifespan for someone born with progeria, the rare disorder that turns children old before they reach adolescence.Because progeria ag…

Surgeon General: 1 in 4 High School Seniors Smokes

Surgeon General: 1 in 4 High School Seniors Smokes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Despite decades of anti-smoking education, one in four U.S. high school seniors still smokes. And three in four high school smokers continue to smoke as adults, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon Gener…

Fewer Preterm Births Due to Public Smoking Bans?

Fewer Preterm Births Due to Public Smoking Bans?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GLASGOW, Scotland) — Do smoking bans mean fewer preterm births?  The answer could be yes, according to a new study published online Tuesday in the journal PLoS Medicine.After a nationwide smoking ban on public areas in Scot…

Preschool Mouths: Dental Disaster Zones

Preschool Mouths: Dental Disaster Zones

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Preschoolers across the country are increasingly getting fillings and extractions for extensive dental decay, sometimes requiring surgery and general anesthesia in an operating room, pediatric dentists report.The tre…

Concussion Symptoms in Children Can Last Up to a Year

Concussion Symptoms in Children Can Last Up to a Year

Dorling Kindersley RF/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Concussion symptoms in children could last much longer than you think.  Study findings, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, show that some children who suffe…

Depression During Pregnancy: Weighing Risks, Benefits of SSRIs

Depression During Pregnancy: Weighing Risks, Benefits of SSRIs

Comstock/Thinkstock(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — After two years of trying, Tricia Stream was overjoyed to find herself pregnant with twins. But her mind quickly turned to the drug she’d been taking to treat her depression.”I didn’t know what to do,” sai…

Parents Sue Hospital for Child’s Misdiagnosis

Parents Sue Hospital for Child’s Misdiagnosis

Pixland/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.)  — The parents of a 4-year-old Oregon girl with Down syndrome are suing Legacy Health in Portland because they say doctors misdiagnosed their daughter as not having the condition during a prenatal screening.As…

On Rare Leap Day, Remember Rare Diseases

On Rare Leap Day, Remember Rare Diseases

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When Deborah Sittig noticed her son was not making the typical baby milestones like sitting up, walking and crawling at the usual ages, she knew something was wrong.At 18 months, baby Cannon was diagnosed wit…

Down Syndrome Basketball Player Inspires Tennessee Team

Down Syndrome Basketball Player Inspires Tennessee Team

ABC News(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — David Andrews plays for his freshman basketball team at Germantown High School outside of Memphis.He wears the number 40. He leads the pregame chant. He swishes threes. And he has Down syndrome.When Andrews’ mother, Ma…

Child Obesity Grows: School Desks Too Small for Heavier US Kids

Child Obesity Grows: School Desks Too Small for Heavier US Kids

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than one-third of children and teens are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s starting to show in U.S. classrooms as more children are proving too la…

Shortage of Child Leukemia Drug Could Be Avoided, FDA Says

Shortage of Child Leukemia Drug Could Be Avoided, FDA Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that a shortage on the life-saving drug used in childhood leukemia treatments could be averted.Last week, doctors spoke out about the looming shortage of methotrex…

Critical Shortage of Children’s Leukemia Drug

Critical Shortage of Children’s Leukemia Drug

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Medication used to treat the most common form of childhood leukemia is in short supply, adding to the largest nationwide shortage of critical lifesaving hospital medications in nearly a decade.All five pharmaceutical …

Mentally Disabled Girl May Get Kidney Transplant After All

Mentally Disabled Girl May Get Kidney Transplant After All

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Chrissy Rivera, the mother of the 3-year-old girl who was initially told by a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that he would not recommend a kidney transplant for her mentally disabled daughter, is…

Chemicals Found in Manufacturing Affect Some Childhood Vaccines

Chemicals Found in Manufacturing Affect Some Childhood Vaccines

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(ROCHESTER) — New research finds that chemicals commonly found in non-stick cookware, microwave popcorn bags and other manufactured goods may make childhood vaccines less effective, perhaps making it easier for certain diseases …

Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children Linger Years Later

Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children Linger Years Later

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Traumatic brain injuries in children are more common that you might know. Now, the latest research, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, finds that, in some cases, it can last a lifetime.  Tra…

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