Category Archives: Children

Alexa could one day save your life by ‘hearing’ you have a cardiac arrest at home – Medical News Bulletin

In a recent study, researchers use smartphones and smart speakers to detect if someone has a cardiac arrest at home. Smartphones and smart speakers are present in an increasing number of households – projected to be present in approximately 75% of homes in the US by the year 2020. So, what if these smart speakers…

New compounds to treat aggressive leukemia show promising results – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers from Purdue University in the United States developed a series of new compounds to treat acute myeloid leukemia and tested them in a preclinical study. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, over 1,300 Canadians were diagnosed with this aggressive leukemia in 2013, with nearly a thousand Canadians died from it….

Staying physically active may cut heart attack risk by half, study suggests – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study in The European Heart Journal determined whether peak oxygen targets could lower individuals’ heart attack risk. VO2 max is also known as maximal oxygen consumption. It is a measure of the volume of oxygen required at an individual’s maximum cardiorespiratory activity. Cardiorespiratory activity is usually an action that…

Do Children’s Antibiotics Lead to Type 1 Diabetes or Celiac Disease? – Medical News Bulletin

In a recent study, researchers investigated whether there is a link between children’s antibiotics and the rise of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. The continued rise of autoimmune diseases (conditions in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells) is believed to be caused in part by the increasing…

Why the Golden Hour is Important for Newborns – Medical News Bulletin

A recent article presented different factors which may help healthcare professionals provide optimal care during the golden hour — a critical period following birth. Neonates, or newborn babies, need to adapt to a lot of changes from the intrauterine environment to the outside world. The first hour after birth is the most difficult and has…

Does Childbirth Method Determine the Quality of Breast Milk?

Researchers in Italy explored whether or not the childbirth method determines the quality of breast milk. Maternal breast milk that is first secreted after giving birth is called colostrum. Colustrum is rich in various components including antibodies, mineral salts, and hormones. Colostrum provides babies with their first protective defences allowing them to adapt to the…

Are Blood Cell Counts Accurate in Identifying Bacterial Infections in Babies?

Researchers studied whether complete blood cell count (CBC) tests are accurate in identifying invasive bacterial infections in babies under two months old. Babies with fevers are often seen in hospital emergency departments to check whether they have serious bacterial infections such as urinary tract infection, bacteremia (blood infection), or bacterial meningitis (infection of the membranes…

What is the Safest Medication for Emergency Sedation in Children?

Researchers examine the risk of serious events during emergency sedation in children. This study is the first of its kind to identify the safest choice of medication. Children are more sensitive to pain than adults. The experience of pain may induce irrational fears in children, affecting them later on in life. To avoid this complication,…

Do Smoking Bans Decrease Child Hospital Admissions?

Recent studies determine whether public smoking bans decrease the amount of children being admitted to the hospital for lower respiratory tract infections. Smoking has a direct impact on the respiratory system. The toxins and carcinogens found in cigarettes travel along the respiratory tract and can lead to both benign and malignant diseases at any point…

Childhood Obesity and Stroke: A Rising Health Concern

A recent study determined whether there is a relationship between childhood obesity and risk of stroke in adulthood. Childhood obesity is a rising health concern that has reached epidemic proportions throughout the world. Obese children have a high risk of developing health problems as adults. One of the major health concerns related to childhood obesity…