Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 03, 2003
Obesity in preschool? It's not unusual, UB study finds
Children are becoming obese as young as 3 years old, and obese 10-year-olds are showing abnormal liver function and abnormally high insulin levels, which may lead to type 2 diabetes, analysis of data from a group of children referred to University at Buffalo pediatric endocrinologists has shown.

Placebo study indicates lower doses may effectively treat ADHD
A significant percentage of children with attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder did just as well when harmless placebos, pills without any specific effect, replaced some of their medications, a study led by two N.C researchers shows.

Sleep loss and driving do not mix for medical residents, study finds
In a driving simulation, fatigued pediatric residents performed equally or worse than they did when moderately intoxicated, according to a pilot study presented at the 2003 Pediatric Academic Societies' meeting by Brown Medical School researchers.

Microbes related to infant lung infections reduced using specialized ventilation system device
Pediatric researchers at Women and Children's Hospital here have shown that the incidence of disease-producing microorganisms in the lungs of its infants on life support can be reduced markedly by installing an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation device in the ventilation system of its neonatal intensive care unit.

Residents often feel unprepared to break bad news to kids and parents
Medical residents have not had enough education or experience in sharing bad news with younger patients and their families, suggests a new study by researchers at Brown Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School.

Wake Forest researcher identifies syndrome as leading cause of death in premature infants
A Wake Forest School of Medicine researcher has identified brain malformations that appear to be part of a syndrome that could potentially be a leading cause of death in premature infants.

Depression hampering mothers' ability to care for children
Depression may play a significant role in hindering the ability of mothers to care for their children.

Low income kids' height doesn't measure up by age 1
A new study reveals that children from low-income families, at or below the poverty level, had lower birth weights and were measurably shorter by age one than children from higher-income families, based on average growth rates of children.
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