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Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Many parents whose kids participate in athletics will be asked to sign a waiver about concussion education, but that’s not enough to ensure parents are confident about handling the injury, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. In the poll, about half of the 912 parents of middle and high school children surveyed reported participation in some type of concussion education: • 23% have read a brochure or online information • 17% have watched a video or attended a presentation • 11% have signed a waiver form, with no other educational component • 49% report no concussion education at all Concussion education is more common among parents of children who play sports compared to non-sports parents (58% vs 31%). Continue reading

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Many parents whose kids participate in athletics will be asked to sign a waiver about concussion education, but that’s not enough to ensure parents are confident about handling the injury, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. In the poll, about half of the 912 parents of middle and high school children surveyed reported participation in some type of concussion education: • 23% have read a brochure or online information • 17% have watched a video or attended a presentation • 11% have signed a waiver form, with no other educational component • 49% report no concussion education at all Concussion education is more common among parents of children who play sports compared to non-sports parents (58% vs 31%). Continue reading

New hepatitis c medication in children to be studied

New hepatitis c medication in children to be studied

After the success of a new drug treatment in adults with hepatitis C infection, a Saint Louis University pediatric researcher is testing the safety and efficacy of the medications in children. Part of a multi-center clinical study, SLU is the only center in the region that will examine a combination of two drugs — Sofosbuvir and Ribavirin — in children between ages 3 and 17 Continue reading

Bad cold or Enterovirus 68? Infectious diseases specialist answers common questions

Bad cold or Enterovirus 68? Infectious diseases specialist answers common questions

Does your child have Enterovirus 68 or just a bad cold? It can be hard to tell the difference between the two, but Pia Pannaraj , MD, Infectious Diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles speaks on how parents should treat their kids’ symptoms and when to seek medical attention Continue reading

Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma

Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma

Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to demonstrate an association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products. Results appear online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives . Children born to mothers exposed during pregnancy to higher levels of the chemicals, butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP) and di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) had a 72 percent and 78 percent increase in risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11, respectively, compared with children of mothers with lower levels of exposure, the researchers found. Continue reading

Brain scans used to forecast early reading difficulties

Brain scans used to forecast early reading difficulties

UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges. In the United States, children usually learn to read for the first time in kindergarten and become proficient readers by third grade, according to the authors Continue reading

Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD brain study finds slower development of key connections

Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD brain study finds slower development of key connections

A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without. Kids and teens with ADHD, a new study finds, lag behind others of the same age in how quickly their brains form connections within, and between, key brain networks. Continue reading

Primary care doctors reluctant to provide genetics assessment in routine care

Primary care doctors reluctant to provide genetics assessment in routine care

Primary care providers report many challenges to integrating genetics services into routine primary care, according to research published today in Genetics in Medicine . Medical genetics medicine has traditionally been used to identify and diagnose rare diseases, but in the last decade it has been increasingly helpful in determining patients at risk for genetically-based conditions who can benefit from preventive health care, says the study’s senior author, Beth Tarini, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P., assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Continue reading

Primary care doctors reluctant to provide genetics assessment in routine care

Primary care doctors reluctant to provide genetics assessment in routine care

Primary care providers report many challenges to integrating genetics services into routine primary care, according to research published today in Genetics in Medicine . Continue reading

New genetic targets discovered in fight against muscle-wasting disease

New genetic targets discovered in fight against muscle-wasting disease

Scientists have pinpointed for the first time the genetic cause in some people of an incurable muscle-wasting disease, Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD). The international research team led by the University of Leicester say the finding of two target genes opens the possibility of developing drugs to tackle the disease in these patients. Their work has been published today in the journal PLOS Genetics . Continue reading