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  • Kids From Poorer Families May Have Worse Food Allergy Care

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Kids From Poorer Families May Have Worse Food Allergy Care WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A family's income may play a big role in the type of care a child with food allergies receives, a new study suggests. The researchers found that poorer families -- those making under $50,000 a year -- spent less on non-allergenic foods, medical specialists and important medications, such as lifesaving epinephrine injectors. As a result, "poor people may therefore be experiencing more food allergy rea...

  • Kids of Older Moms May Have a Leg Up on Their Peers

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Kids of Older Moms May Have a Leg Up on Their Peers FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although older women may face more potential pregnancy complications, their children seem to fare better in some ways over the long run, a new study suggests. Using data on over 1.5 million Swedish adults, researchers found that people born to mothers who were in their late-30s or 40s tended to be taller, fitter and more educated than those born to younger moms. But, that doesn't guarantee that being born to a...

  • Kids With Two Dads as Well-Adjusted as Other Kids, Study Finds

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Kids With Two Dads as Well-Adjusted as Other Kids, Study Finds SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children of gay fathers are as well-adjusted as kids of heterosexual parents, a new survey finds. Roughly 31,000 male couples are raising children in the United States, and little is known about the well-being of those kids, the researchers said. "Because stigma continues to interfere with the efforts of gay men to become parents and with the lives of gay men and their children, our research under...

  • Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar

    Posted: 03/31/2016

    Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many commercially sold fruit drinks and juices give kids a full day's worth of sugar in a single serving, a new British study shows. One U.S. expert said she wasn't surprised by the finding. "I believe the results would be very similar if this study was conducted with fruit drink products available in the United States," said Pamela Koch, executive director of the nutrition program at Teachers College, C...

  • Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly

    Posted: 03/24/2016

    Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dialysis does not significantly improve survival for elderly kidney failure patients, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that conservative care may be a reasonable option for some kidney failure patients over 80. The researchers don't say that dialysis treatment should not be given to anybody older than 80 or with severe co-occurring conditions. "But we show that the treatment is on average of litt...

  • Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

    Posted: 03/23/2016

    Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children entering kindergarten need to be socially and behaviorally ready for school or they may struggle in later grades, a new study suggests. "In 2015, kindergarten teachers rated more than half of students behind in social and behavioral skills needed for learning, and it's painful for the children who want to succeed, but become frustrated and hopeless," study author Deborah Gross,...

  • Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

    Posted: 02/29/2016

    Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy SUNDAY, Feb. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There are a number of things parents can do to help their children enjoy a lifetime with healthy teeth and gums, a dental expert says. Start by creating a foundation of a balanced diet, limiting snacks, and brushing and flossing each day, said Stephen Mitchell, director of predoctoral pediatric dentistry at the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Of course, regular dental checkups are also crucial. T...

  • Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger

    Posted: 02/29/2016

    Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism and other development disorders are more likely than other youngsters to wander and put themselves in potential danger, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from a 2011 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents and guardians of more than 4,000 children with special needs who were between the ages of 6 and 17. More than 26 percent of the ch...

  • Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

    Posted: 01/21/2016

    Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others. The experience...

  • Kids With Vision-Damaging Cancers May Face Ills Later

    Posted: 01/18/2016

    Kids With Vision-Damaging Cancers May Face Ills Later MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some survivors of childhood cancers that affect vision may face increased risk for long-term health and economic problems, two new studies suggest. The studies, published online Jan. 11 in the journal Cancer , provide new insight that could help improve patient care and follow-up, the researchers say. One study included 470 adult survivors of retinoblastoma who were followed for an average of 42 years. Retino...