Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 96 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Apr-2004
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Low activity levels found among children with asthma due to parental health beliefs
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center report that 20 percent of children with asthma do not get enough exercise, even though physical activities such as running and swimming have been shown to decrease the severity of asthma symptoms.  more

Online IV nutrition calculator reduces medical errors, saves time
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have designed an online, Web-based system for ordering total parenteral nutrition (TPN) that identifies and pre-emptively eliminates potentially serious calculation errors. more

Infant feeding experiences help shape flavor preferences later in life
Ever wonder why your child loves to eat macaroni and cheese while her best friend likes nothing better than a steaming bowl of cauliflower curry? The answer may lie in part with what they were fed as young infants. Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia report that feeding experiences during the first seven months of life may contribute to food likes and dislikes.  more


Newer drugs more effective at curing strep throat than penicillin
Pediatricians treating a child who has strep throat should reconsider the role of penicillin given that a newer class of antibiotics called cephalosporins are three times more effective, according to a study being published in the April issue of Pediatrics. The findings will spark widespread debate, because they contradict long-established guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, and World Health Organization.  more

Comprehensive study: We know little about environmental effects on kids
An unprecedented effort to compile everything the medical and scientific community knows about how children differ from adults in terms of their biologic vulnerability to environmental agents such as lead, mercury, pesticides, and smoke makes clear how little is known about how environmental factors affect children. more

Researchers caution against linking strep, neuropsychiatric disorders
Doctors should wait for more evidence before signing on to the notion that the sudden development of symptoms like tics or behavioral problems in a child is related to a strep infection, according to researchers writing in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics. more

New study adds weight to link between passive smoking and death
Adults who have never smoked and who live with smokers have a 15% higher risk of death than those living in a smoke-free household, according to new research available on on Monday 5 April 2004.  more

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