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Should cardiac screening guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer be reviewed?

Should cardiac screening guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer be reviewed?

One of the first studies to analyze the effectiveness of screening survivors of childhood cancer for early signs of impending congestive heart failure (CHF) finds improved health outcomes but suggests that less frequent screening than currently recommended may yield similar clinical benefit. Continue reading

Intake of dietary methyl donors in first trimester affects asthma risk in children

Intake of dietary methyl donors in first trimester affects asthma risk in children

Maternal intake of dietary methyl donors during the first trimester of pregnancy modulates the risk of developing childhood asthma at age 7, according to a new study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference. “Evidence on the effects of dietary methyl donor intake on childhood asthma has been mixed,” said lead author Michelle Trivedi, MD, Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Pulmonology at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston Continue reading

Ataluren Phase 3 trial results in nonsense mutation cystic fibrosis

Ataluren Phase 3 trial results in nonsense mutation cystic fibrosis

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced that the results of a Phase 3 study of ataluren in patients with nonsense mutation cystic fibrosis (nmCF) were published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine Continue reading

Mothers’ symptoms of depression predict how they respond to child behavior

Mothers’ symptoms of depression predict how they respond to child behavior

Depressive symptoms seem to focus mothers’ responses on minimizing their own distress, which may come at the expense of focusing on the impact their responses have on their children, according to research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Depressive symptoms are common among mothers, and these symptoms are linked with worse developmental outcomes for children Continue reading

Rare, childhood neurodegenerative diseases linked to common problem in DNA repair

Rare, childhood neurodegenerative diseases linked to common problem in DNA repair

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists studying two rare, inherited childhood neurodegenerative disorders have identified a new, possibly common source of DNA damage that may play a role in other neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and aging. Continue reading

Improving air quality in NYC would boost children’s future earnings by increasing IQ

Improving air quality in NYC would boost children’s future earnings by increasing IQ

Reducing air pollution in New York City would result in substantial economic gains for children as a result of increasing their IQs. Continue reading

Family-based exposure therapy effective treatment for young children with OCD

Family-based exposure therapy effective treatment for young children with OCD

A new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center has found that family-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is beneficial to young children between the ages of five and eight with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study, now published online in JAMA Psychiatry , found developmentally sensitive family-based CBT that included exposure/response prevention (EX/RP) was more effective in reducing OCD symptoms and functional impairment in this age group than a similarly structured relaxation program. Jennifer Freeman, PhD, a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center and clinical co-director of the Intensive Program for OCD at Bradley Hospital, led the study. Continue reading

Physician practice facilitation ensures key medical care reaches children

Physician practice facilitation ensures key medical care reaches children

Leona Cuttler, MD, knew in her core that the simple act of adding an outside eye could dramatically improve pediatric care. Today, a study of more than 16,000 patient visits published online in the journal Pediatrics proves Cuttler’s thesis correct. The lead investigator on the research project, Cuttler succumbed to cancer late last year. Continue reading

Robot caregivers help the elderly

Robot caregivers help the elderly

Our life expectancy lengthens and members of the ‘silver generation’ make up an ever-larger proportion of the population. Can technologies help us in caring for ourselves, our older relatives and friends Continue reading

Robot caregivers help the elderly

Robot caregivers help the elderly

Our life expectancy lengthens and members of the ‘silver generation’ make up an ever-larger proportion of the population. Can technologies help us in caring for ourselves, our older relatives and friends? Could we learn to live together with robots while being watched over by sensors? Continue reading