July 28, 2006
Childhood Diabetes Linked to Heart Disease
A new study published in the August issue of the Diabetes Care journal has found that children with diabetes are at increased risk for premature heart disease. Researchers examined 2,096 children and teens with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Researchers measured the children's waist circumference, as a marker for obesity. They also did blood tests to determine levels of cholesterol and triglyceridestriglycerides (blood fat), and checked blood pressure readings. They found a high prevalence of these risk factors for heart disease, even in children younger than age 10.
July 25, 2006
Abraham Cherrix Wins Chemotherapy Reprieve
The story that's sweeping the country right now is that of Starchild Abraham Cherrix, the 16-year-old Virginia teen who is fighting the courts for the right to use the alternative Hoxsey therapy to treat Hodgkin's disease rather than the chemotherapy his doctors recommend. Cherrix, who is bright and well-spoken, says he has already been through chemo once and doesn't want to do it again. Last week, a judge decided that what Cherrix wanted didn't matter and that his parents were negligent. Cherrix was ordered to submit to chemotherapy today but managed to receive a stay from another judge who set a trial for August 16.
"I truly believe that this massive dose of chemo and radiation would finish me off completely,'' Cherrix, now 16, said yesterday, describing the further treatment his doctors prescribed. "This is my body, and my parents have the right to help me take care of it the way they are.''
July 18, 2006
Asthma in Children Linked to Indoor Swimming Pools
A study of 190,000 European teens suggests there may be a link between indoor swimming pools and asthma in children. Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels discovered that asthma rates were higher in countries where there were more indoor swimming pools.
Writing in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, they concluded that the rise of asthma in western Europe could at least be partly due to children being exposed to the byproducts of chlorine in the air and water of indoor pools.
July 17, 2006
Depression Linked to Risky Teen Behavior
A new study published in the July issue of Pediatrics shows that depression can lead teens to engage in risky sexual behavior, putting them at risk for AIDS and other STDs as well as unwanted pregnancies.
Boys who rated higher on a clinical scale of depression were more likely to say they had not used a condom or birth control the last time they had sex. As well, the more depressed the boy, the more likely he was to have consumed alcohol or drugs the last time he had sex.
Girls with higher depression scores were also more likely to say that they had not used a condom or birth control the last time they had sex. These girls were also more likely to indicate that they had had three or more sexual partners in the past year.
July 16, 2006
Late Talking Children - Parents Not to Blame
An Australian study of 1,766 children found that parents are not to blame for late talkers. Of the children studied, 13 percent of 2 year-olds began talking late.
"Some people have wrongly believed that delayed language development could be due to a child not being spoken to enough or because of some other inadequacy in the family environment," said Taylor.
"What we also know from this study is that most children who are late talkers do in fact fall into the normal range of language development by the time they are seven years old."