UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital join new study to
better understand long-term impact of COVID-19

UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital join new study to better understand long-term impact of COVID-19

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego have joined a nationwide study to better understand the long-term impact of COVID-19 on patients in the United States across all demographic groups. The $1.15 billion, four-year study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is called the RECOVER…

Children are less fit and more obese than ever before, study
says

Children are less fit and more obese than ever before, study says

Record levels of obesity and physical inactivity among children mean they are set to bear the brunt of poorer health effects from rising global temperatures – that’s the stark warning in a new comprehensive review of current studies on the topic. Publishing her findings in the peer-reviewed journal Temperature, Dr Shawnda Morrison, an environmental exercise…

Music could be a powerful tool to help mothers promote
infant development

Music could be a powerful tool to help mothers promote infant development

Professor Shannon de l’Etoile knows the impact of a mother’s lullaby. As a young music therapist in Colorado, de l’Etoile saw that when disadvantaged mothers were encouraged to sing to their babies, they were amazed by the positive responses they received. She quickly realized that music could be a powerful tool to help mothers learn…

Early-life acquisition of antibiotic resistance in neonates
from developing countries

Early-life acquisition of antibiotic resistance in neonates from developing countries

Every year, almost 7 million potentially serious bacterial infections are estimated to occur in newborns, resulting in more than 550,000 annual neonatal deaths. Most of these infections and deaths happen in LMICs, where often scarce resources can limit the capacity to diagnose and treat sepsis. These problems are further complicated by the global rise of…

Exposure to air pollutants released during wildfires has ill
effects among children

Exposure to air pollutants released during wildfires has ill effects among children

New research linking air pollution data from federal monitors in the Sacramento area of California, including during significant fires, is showing ill effects of pollution exposure among children, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests. Blood samples show that children have elevated markers of inflammation, such as interleukin 6, if they were exposed to…

CHOP helps launch new computational platform to harmonize pediatric cancer data

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has helped launch a new computational platform that will harmonize pediatric cancer data, allowing researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and advocacy groups to accelerate the pace of drug development for pediatric cancer. With funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) via a subcontract with Leidos Biomedical Research, current operator of the NCI’s…

Step up for breastfeeding: World Breastfeeding Week

Step up for breastfeeding: World Breastfeeding Week

By Tasneem Bhaigora, lactation consultant at CHOC Aug. 1 through 7 is Annual World Breastfeeding Week.   Breastfeeding is more than just an action performed by parents; it’s a crucial source of nutrition that babies can use to thrive and grow. This year’s theme urges the community to step up for breastfeeding,” by providing education and…

‘Children are not little adults’ and need special protection during heat waves

After more than a week of record-breaking temperatures across much of the country, public health experts are cautioning that children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults are — even more so when they’re on the athletic field, living without air conditioning, or waiting in a parked car. Cases of heat-related illness are rising…