NZ children see more than 40 ads for unhealthy products each day

Unhealthy products—including junk food, alcohol and gambling—are leading causes of cancer, obesity, diabetes, mental illness and many social harms. In New Zealand, alcohol alone contributes to an estimated 800 deaths and costs the economy approximately NZ$7.85 billion each year. Two comprehensive reports, published by the Law Commission in 2010 and Continue Reading

Offering children a variety of vegetables increases acceptance

Although food preferences are largely learned, dislike is the main reason parents stop offering or serving their children foods like vegetables. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, demonstrated that repeatedly offering a variety of vegetables increased acceptance and consumption by children. “In Continue Reading

One-third of young children admitted to intensive care for sepsis show PTSD symptoms years later

Doctors have found that children who have been in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for sepsis have a significantly increased risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with around 1/3 showing PTSD symptoms. In some young people, these may persist for years following discharge. There is some evidence that these children have Continue Reading

Building a storytelling app to support literacy amongst deaf children

Advances in digital technology including tablets, smartphones, and mobile apps have revolutionized the way people interact, communicate, and learn at home (and in classrooms) around the world. Now, an international team of researchers are working to ensure that this shifting educational landscape doesn’t leave deaf children behind and will help Continue Reading

Type 1 diabetes misdiagnosed in one-fourth of children, adults

(HealthDay)—Type 1 diabetes diagnosis is missed less frequently when patients present during childhood or adolescence, but unlike in adults, misdiagnosis in childhood is associated with an increased likelihood of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), according to a study published in the July issue of Clinical Diabetes. Cynthia Munoz, Ph.D., from the University Continue Reading

Children with type 1 diabetes have poorer educational outcomes

(HealthDay)—Children with type 1 diabetes have worse education and health outcomes than their peers, according to a study published online July 15 in Diabetes Care. Michael Fleming, from University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, and colleagues linked nine Scotland-wide databases (diabetes register, dispensed prescriptions, maternity records, hospital admissions, death Continue Reading