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Focused Treatment For Childhood Cancer

A poorly understood type of childhood brain cancer has a unique molecule signature that may point to which therapies could best fight it.// Armed with targeted molecular treatments, doctors may be able to fight the disease without risking the side effects of prolonged and powerful radiation and chemotherapy at an early age. ....The latest research is a collaborative effort looking at a type of ch...

Osteoporosis associated with Childhood Cancer

Survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis or reduced bone density.// Osteoporosis is generally found in women of menopausal age. Depending on the extent of bone loss, osteoporosis may be accompanied by pain, fracture or loss of height. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer and its survivability ra...

Teaching the immune system to fight diseases is the key to reducing childhood infections

Immunity refers to the natural ability of the body to fight against specific diseases. The development of this natural ability is to a certain extent dependent on exposure to agents that cause the disease.// On exposure to a pathogen, the body is capable of recognizing it the next time an infection occurs and combat it more effectively than the earlier exposure. ....This theory holds good in the...

Stroke also in list of common childhood ailments

The most common diseases among children that were known until now were chickenpox, ear infections, colds, etc. However, very recently, researchers and neurologists have found that stroke is also among one of the most common ailments //in newborns that often go unnoticed. A National Hospital's database analysis by Dr. Donna Ferriero, Chief of Neurology at the University of California showed that f...

Asthma is not just a childhood condition

A new survey has suggested that, its a common belief that asthma is a condition only associated with childhood. Asthma is one of the most common long-term conditions affecting people in the UK. The disease can develop at any age. Research indicated that around 40% of people with asthma develop the condition in adulthood. it can be life-threatening if symptoms are not recognised and corrected. How...

Asthma not just a childhood condition

In a recent survey conducted in the UK most people believe that asthma is a condition only associated with childhood. Around 40% of people with asthma develop the condition in adulthood and it can be life threatening, if symptoms are not recognised and managed in early stages. Asthma can occur in an individual for the first time at any age. There also exists a possibility where many people don't...

Childhood Sunburn Can Lead to Skin Cancer Later

Studies show that if you let your children spend even a short amount of time outside without protection from the sun, you're increasing their risks of this disease by a generous proportion... .."Anytime you get a sunburn, at any age, your risk of skin cancer goes up. But get that burn before the age of 18, and your risks go up dramatically -- and the more times a child experiences sunburn or even...

Preventing Childhood Deaths

According to investigators more than 10 million children worldwide die every year, most of them in poor nations and many of them preventable with existing medical treatments. While the childhood mortality rate in these nations has dropped over the past half century, the rate of decline peaked in 1980. About half of the deaths in children under 5 take place in six countries (India, Nigeria, China,...

Radiation Not Needed for Childhood Cancers

Two new studies show radiation can affect how long and how well children survive cancer. ..The first study found children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who received chemotherapy but not radiation to the brain area tended to live longer and with a better quality of life than those who got both treatments. But the long-term outcomes for both groups were quite high...The second study found the r...

Troubled Childhood found to affect your Liver

Researchers believe a troubled childhood can lead to an increased risk of liver disease. ..Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis is one of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. Drug use and high-risk sexual activity are common causes of hepatitis.// ..Alcohol abuse and hepatitis are both causes of liver disease. The researchers theorized abuse or neglect during childhood would lead...

Elevated LDL levels in Childhood could be Predictors of Heart Disease

Childhood cholesterol levels may predict a person's risk of developing heart disease in adulthood, according to new research.// ..A new study finds childhood levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and body mass index (BMI) predict changes in carotid artery wall thickness in young adults. The carotid artery is located in the front of the neck and it transports blood from the heart to the brain...

Persistent Childhood Wheeze Probably Inherited

Childhood wheezing has been linked to many different causes, some of which are typical of childhood asthma and some // of which are not. Previous studies have suggested early onset wheezing is associated with high levels of allergies, impaired lung function, and bronchial hyper-responsiveness. Children with the longest duration of wheezing also appear to have more severe asthma. However, some chi...

Childhood Weight Gain Found To Increase The Risk of Diabetes

Being overweight in childhood can no longer be considered a benign condition or one related only to appearance.// Recent study shows nearly 60 percent of overweight children have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. ..The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increasing rapidly in developing countries such as India. Researchers say the epidemic of type 2 diabetes in developing countrie...

The Link Between Childhood Vaccinations And Diabetes Questioned

Recent researcher has shown that there is no link between childhood vaccinations and type 1 diabetes.Research conducted // over the past few years has suggested vaccinations that kids get in early childhood to protect them against polio, diphtheria and other diseases might be putting children at higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes. ..Studies have shown countries where childhood vaccination...

Troubled Childhood found to affect your Liver

Researchers believe a troubled childhood can lead to an increased risk of liver disease. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis is one of the 10 leading // causes of death in the United States. Drug use and high-risk sexual activity are common causes of hepatitis. Alcohol abuse and hepatitis are both causes of liver disease. Researchers theorized abuse or neglect during childhood would lead to risky...

Abuse in Childhood Could Result In Heart Disease in Adulthood

Abused and neglected children are much more likely to develop ischemic heart disease as adults than children who were not abused or neglected //, according to a new study. Stressful childhoods could lead to self-destructive behaviors such as smoking, drug abuse, and inactivity. This may contribute to the increased risk for heart disease, according to the study. ..Results show adults who experienc...

A Sedentary Childhood Could Lead To Chronic Fatigue Latter In Life

Chronic fatigue syndrome is an often disabling condition that affects primarily women. The condition is characterized by deep-seated fatigue // that cannot be overcome with rest and often worsens with physical activity. The cause of the condition is unknown, and there are no diagnostic tests or cures. A recent study explains that children who have sedentary behaviors are at increased risk for dev...

Growth Patterns In Childhood Could Predict Breast Cancer Later In Life

A new study finds growth patterns in childhood can help predict which women will develop breast cancer later on.// ..Specifically, researchers link a high birth weight, reaching peak growth at an early age, being tall for one’s age at age 14, having a low body mass index (BMI) at age 14, and having a high growth rate during childhood with greater likelihood of the disease. ..For the study researc...

The Risks Of Childhood Weight Gain

Weight gain in childhood could lead to an enlarged heart by early adulthood, say researchers based on findings of a recent study .// ..Researchers followed 467 children for almost 22 years. Researchers compared medical data obtained from the participants at childhood with data obtained at young adulthood. Results showed body mass index scores correlated with heart size. Participants who had the...

An Increase In Incidence Of Childhood Cancer

Latest research shows childhood cancer is on the rise. Worldwide, most children with cancer live in developing countries.// Survival rates for children with cancer in Western countries are 80 percent, while most children in developing countries will die due to lack of medical care. ..Researchers analyzed data from 63 European, population-based cancer registries in 19 European countries. The incre...

Childhood Wheezing Could Be Hereditary

Studies in the past have suggested early onset wheezing is associated with high levels of allergies, impaired lung function, // and bronchial hyper-responsiveness. Children with the longest duration of wheezing also appear to have more severe asthma. However, some children who develop wheeze later in childhood end up with the same characteristics as those who begin wheezing early. ..This study in...

Childhood Obesity May Influence The Their Quality Of Life

In a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, researchers said that children who are obese // might have a poor quality of life. ....The study conducted by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia, had compared the quality of life between obese children with non-obese children of the same age. The results of the study say that obese children are more likely to bec...

Infections in childhood may lead to adult heart disease

Severe childhood infections may lead to early signs of adult heart disease say the scientists of UK Institute// of Child Health. ....The children observed were part of a study sample called Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). The research was done to assess the flexibility of the children’s arteries. The study showed that the children who suffered a severe infection showed i...

Survivors of childhood cancer may have long-term health problems

Adult survivors of childhood cancer may have more health risks than their normal //counterparts. ....Researchers of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center had reported that these health risks would be from the treatment for cancer these people have received in their childhood. Some of these problems will be like lung scarring, congestive heart failure, a blood clot in the head or the lun...

Childhood asthma may be triggered by cockroach allergens

Cockroach allergens can increase asthma attacks in children much more than// allergens from dust mites or pets. ....The research, funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US, said that incidence of allergens from cockroaches in homes may however be specific to certain areas of the cities. ....The researchers had exposed children suffering from asthma to cockroach allergens...

Childhood leukemia linked to residence close to high voltage power lines

In a research done by researchers of University of Oxford, UK, incidence// of childhood leukemia had been linked to proximity of residence to high voltage power lines. ....Researchers had looked into the cases of 29081 children with cancer, of which 9700 children had leukemia. These medical records were matched for age, sex and place of residence for controls. ....The results of the study indicat...

Parent’s mental state may affect the childhood asthm

Researcher from Columbian University has been able to link the parental mental health with the childhood atopic //disorders like asthma. ....Atopic disorders are those disorders that are caused by inherited health reasons. These lead to the children being more inclined to develop certain allergic reactions like hay fever, asthma, or chronic urticaria if they are exposed to the allergens that can...

Association between childhood diet and stroke

Could higher intake of vegetables in childhood lower risk// of stroke.This link between childhood diet and cardiovascular mortality was examined in a very interesting study published in the journal Heart. ..Cardiovascular disease, which occurs in adults is not just due to exposure to risk factors in adulthood but is more of an accumulated event over an entire lifetime. Previous studies have sugg...

Use Of Sunscreen In Childhood And Prevents Future Skin Cancer

A study conducted in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia reveals that adopting a // regular sunscreen routine in childhood can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer in the future. .. ...."Sunscreen has always been an important part of an overall sun-safety regime to protect the skin and reduce the number of sunburns, especially for children," said dermatologist Ja...

Co-trimoxazole Use Reduces Childhood AIDS –Related Death

Trial in Zambia led by Dianne Gibb reported that administrating the antibiotic// Co-trimoxazole to HIV-infected children reduced fatalities by more than 40% over a 19 month period. Co-trimoxazole usage reduced the secondary complications and infections in children with AIDS, which can be just as fatal as HIV. This affordable treatment was successful in spite of wide spread resistance to Co-trimox...

New Vaccine Found To Be Effective In Reducing Childhood Pneumonia

Beginning in 2000, doctors began distributing a new vaccine to children. Researchers found that between 1998 and 2002 annual incidence rates for invasive pneumococcal disease (pneumonia or meningitis) decreased among both // blacks and whites. In 2002, 14,730 fewer cases occurred among whites and 8,780 fewer cases occurred among blacks compared with the average number in two prevaccine years, 199...

Umbilical Cord Blood Could Predict Childhood Allergies

Allergen levels in cord blood may be a more important factor associated with childhood allergies and asthma than environmental exposure , or non-exposure, to allergens say researchers according to a new study . // ..The study tracked 1,300 children born between 1989 and 1990 who had a sample of their cord blood serum taken at birth to measure IgE levels, which is an immune system response showin...

Myth Of Childhood Vaccinations Linked To Increased Hospitalization Busted

Researchers had shown that the pre-existent belief, of children who had received multiple vaccinations may have to be hospitalized more often for other diseases, is a myth and nothing else. The research report was published in the latest issue of JAMA. ....During the last 2 decades, more vaccinations have become available and routine vaccination schedules// have become increasingly complex, acco...

Second Hand Exposure To Smoke In Childhood Can Cause Respiratory Problems Later

Researchers from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) had found that second-hand exposure to smoke during childhood increases the risk of respiratory problems that may last a lifetime. // ....The study of 35,000 adult non-smokers in Singapore found that those who lived with a smoker during childhood had more respiratory problems, including chronic cough. Study participants...

Socialization A Serious Trouble For Childhood Cancer Survivors

A new study finds children who survive cancer have about twice the rate of educational and social problems compared to children without a history of cancer. The study finds children with brain tumors, neuroblastoma // , or leukemia and children treated with cranial radiation therapy (CRT) are at greatest risk for educational difficulties and social isolation. ..As therapies for childhood cancer...

Risk of Thyroid cancer is increased after Childhood Irradiation of Neck region

Professor Alice Sigurdson and Colleagues has reported the dosage difference which is required for treatment and the dosage which increases the risk of thyroid cancer. ..The study was conducted in 72 patients // who were treated for thyroid cancer during their childhood. The thyroid gland which is irradiated during childhood has greater risk of developing thyroid cancer and there seems to be a re...

Improved parent-physician communication to prevent hospitalizations for childhood asthma

Asthma is one of the most common breathing problems encountered by many in day-to-day life. In the recent years, there has been a considerable increase in the incidence of the disease, particularly among children. //.. ..It has been estimated that nearly 196,000 children are hospitalized in the United States every year with asthma attacks. A considerable amount is being spent on the health issue...

Childhood Asthma Can Be Kept Under Control By Cost-Effective Home Based Interventions

A study conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental interventions on asthma incidence has suggested that home based intervention program would be a cost effective way to improve the health of children// with the condition. The study was conducted among 900 children suffering from mild to moderate asthma. ..The home-based program focused on six major classes of allergens that trigger...

A New Initiative To Fight Childhood Obesity

In a novel initiative to combat the spread of childhood obesity, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative// of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Nickelodeon's award-winning Let's Just Play pro-social campaign. ..The three organisations are combining forces on a comprehensive media and...

Ketoacidosis Is The Main Cause On Mortality In Childhood-Onset Type 1 Diabetes

Although the main part of excess mortality in type 1 diabetes is due to long-term complications, an excess death rate// has also been reported from several countries in case subjects with short duration without signs of long-term complications. Except for the mortality caused by onset ketoacidosis or diabetic ketoacidosis after onset, part of the excess mortality has been unexplained deaths in be...
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