Researchers create a child-friendly ‘gaze test’ to identify autism in young kids

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a very difficult condition to diagnose, particularly in young children. Previously, we’ve seen technology intended to detect it by ‘reading’ kids’ faces. A new system, however, also gets children to read the faces of others

Researchers create a child-friendly ‘gaze test’ to identify autism in young kidsCurrently, doctors determine if children have ASD based on interviews with them, or via questionnaires that the young patients complete. Unfortunately, both of these approaches can be quite tiresome for restless toddlers, potentially resulting in inaccurate diagnoses. With that in mind, scientists at Canada’s University of Waterloo have developed what is said to be a […]

What strategies can parents use to help prevent smartphone addiction in children?

Parents around the United States, alarmed by the steady patter of studies around screen time are trying to turn back time to the era before smartphones. They are hiring coaches or screen consultants who are coming into homes, schools, churches to remind parents how people parented before the age of smartphones

What strategies can parents use to help prevent smartphone addiction in children?It’s not easy to remember what exactly things were like before smartphones. So they are hiring professionals. A new screen-free parenting coach economy has sprung up to serve the demand. Screen consultants come into homes, schools, churches and synagogues to remind parents how people parented before. Rhonda Moskowitz is a parenting coach in Ohio. She […]

Do hand dryers hurt kids’ ears? 13-year-old girl’s study offers answers

Do hand dryers pose a threat to children’s hearing? The answer may be yes, according to a new study published in the official journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society, which found that some of the devices can be as loud as a sporting event or an approaching train

Do hand dryers hurt kids’ ears? 13-year-old girl’s study offers answersWe commonly come across hand dryers at various places like the airport, mall, restrooms or restaurants. While we dry our hands, we also hear the whooshing sound of the machine. But have we ever considered the damage that the sound could have on our hearing. Previous research has suggested that hand dryers may operate at […]

Know about the 4 downsides of a lack of playtime in children

Playtime offers a number of benefits to children. Various studies suggested that spontaneous, fun and meaningful play can significantly contribute to a child’s development

Know about the 4 downsides of a lack of playtime in childrenDiscouraging children to spend time with friends or to get outside of the house to enjoy have been found to have negative effects on their growth, according to WellnessMama.com. Lack of playtime in children has been linked to the following: excessive anxiety, over-reaction to innocent social interactions, trouble coordinating movements with peers and reduced ability […]

Children with birth defects may be at increased risk for childhood cancer, new study finds

Compared to children without a birth defect, those with genetic defects were almost 12 times more likely to develop cancer by age 18

Children with birth defects may be at increased risk for childhood cancer, new study findsResearchers analysed data from more than 10 million children born in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina between 1992 and 2013. Compared to children without a birth defect, those with genetic defects were almost 12 times more likely to develop cancer by age 18. Those whose birth defect had no known genetic cause, also known […]

HealthXP and CRY sign pact to fight against malnutrition together  

HealthXP, the prominent sports nutrition supplement provider and the leading NGO CRY Foundation have come together in their fight against the rise of malnutrition amongst the Indian children

HealthXP and CRY sign pact to fight against malnutrition together  Announcing the details of the pact Girish Joshi, Co-founder and Managing Director, HealthXP said “With every purchase of a product from HealthXP, Rs. 10 will be donated towards helping children get healthy again. Every contribution will ensure children get proper nutrition, better healthcare and a healthy start to life. The collected corpus will be used […]

Mumbai: Major civic-run hospitals to offer newborn screenings?

If a new proposal is accepted in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) standing committee meeting on Wednesday, June 12 then it will pave the way for newborn screening tests to be conducted upon children to diagnose and detect disease which they might be prone to in the future or any defects/disabilities

Mumbai: Major civic-run hospitals to offer newborn screenings?The newborn screening will be made available in civic-run hospitals like KEM, Nair, Sion, and Cooper Hospital. These tests are important to detect any diseases in the newborn child, so that treatment can be started early. The BMC is soon going to make a decision about this, KEM Hospital had suggested this proposal. This proposal […]

What can parents do to safeguard her child’s heart health?

Dr Swati Garekar, a consultant paediatric cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares her insights about how to keep their children healthy in today’s environment where the outside play has been reduced, and consumption of junk foods and the internet has increased

What can parents do to safeguard her child’s heart health?These days there is increased awareness about health, and everyone spends time at the gym or follow a diet. What one also needs to realise is that childhood is when healthy heart habits should start. Unfortunately, as adults, we are focusing on while getting back to health, the stress on children’s health seems to be […]

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals study

Children and teens who are bullied are more than twice as likely as peers who are not victimised to take painkillers, a study of school kids in Iceland suggests

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals studyWhile bullying has long been linked to an increased risk of suffering from chronic pain and a variety of physical and mental health complaints, research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture of how bullying influences painkiller use, the researchers note in Acta Paediatrica. For the current study, Garmy’s team examined data on 10,626 youth […]

Autism may be accurately diagnosed as early as 14 months of age

It is well known that detecting autism as early as possible is critical for successful intervention

Autism may be accurately diagnosed as early as 14 months of ageNow, researchers have concluded that the disorder can be stably diagnosed from 14 months (1 year and 2 months) of age, providing an opportunity for medical advancement. A landmark event in the life of a toddler is their first birthday. This is the time when toddlers start learning to walk, talk, engage in joint social […]
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