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Well: CT Scans Increase Children's Cancer Risk, Study Finds

CT Scan

Researchers say the small but significant increases in the risk of leukemia and brain cancer do not mean that CT scans should be avoided entirely, but that the test should be performed only when necessary.


Studies overstate drugs' ability to treat autism symptoms: report

Publication bias: It has long been a problem in medical research. Studies that show a drug or treatment is effective are more likely to be published than studies with negative findings.


How Kids With Autism Spend Screen Time

Watching TV

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) tend to be preoccupied with screen-based media. A new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, looks at how children with ASDs spend their "screen time."

Senh: The study doesn't say whether or not watching too much tv or playing too much video games causes autism. It just says that autistic kids prefers to do those activities, and therefore parents should use those devices to teach their kids to be more social.


Kids sexting less common than thought, study says


Explicit “sexting” by kids may be far less prevalent than previously thought, and police intervention may also be less common according to two new reports published online today in the journal Pediatrics.


Study: Gamer Kids are More Creative

Study: Gamer Kids are More Creative

HealthCanal reports that a new study of nearly 500 12 year olds found noticeably increased creativity among those who played video games, while use of cellphones, the Internet and computers (for non-gaming purposes) were unrelated to that particular branch of the imagination.

Senh: It's probably the creative ways they have to use to solve problems while playing video games. Video games, despite what Roger Ebert thinks, does involve a lot of artistic disciplines.


Study: ADHD drugs don't raise heart risks for kids

Ritalin and similar medicines that millions of children and teens take to curb hyperactivity and boost attention do not raise their risk of serious heart problems, the largest safety study of these drugs concludes.


Summer-born 'struggle at school'

Summer-born 'struggle at school'

The month children are born in can have far-reaching implications for their school achievement and working lives, a study suggests.

Senh: Even though the study was conducted in England, it's probably the same for other schools using a similar schedule. Mainly, the youngest kids tend to not do as well as the older kids, and they tend to be bullied. Allowing kids to start school later depending on their age will probably help.


Many parents opt for "alternative" vaccination schedule

Many parents opt for

Health officials are concerned about the trend at a time when many infectious diseases are making a comeback.


Study: Whooping cough vaccination fades in 3 years

The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness after just three years - a lot faster than doctors believed - and that could help explain a recent series of outbreaks in the U.S. among children who were fully vaccinated, a study suggests....


Study: Child abuse increased as economy crashed

Study: Child abuse increased as economy crashed

A new study looks at child abuse cases before, during and after the economy's 2007 crash, and found that abusive head injuries increased dramatically after the financial meltdown.


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