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Archive for the 'Children' Category

CAM use by children with pain in the United States

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

CAM is frequently used by children with pain in the USA and many parents report benefits for their child’s symptoms.

What we know

Chronic pain is reported by 15-25% of children. The objective of this study was to provide estimates of CAM use by children with pain in the United States.

The study revealed

CAM use among children with pain was associated with female sex, higher income, and presence of 4+ comorbidities.

The 2 most commonly used CAM were biologically-based therapies (47.3%) (e.g., special diets and herbal supplements) and manipulative or body-based therapies (46.3%) (e.g., chiropractic and massage).

Cranberry-containing products to prevent urinary tract infections

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Cranberry-containing products are a folk remedy to prevent UTIs.

Researchers in Taipei and Boston evaluated their value and factors influencing their effectiveness. (more…)

Risk of injury to children who use trampolines

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Trampoline jumping is a beneficial and constructive physical exercise for children, but it has a significant risk for injuries.

Now, after reviewing the evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics is discouraging recreational use of trampolines in the home. (more…)

How much sleep do children need?

Monday, February 13th, 2012

There’s a common belief that children don’t get enough sleep.

Researchers at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, described historical trends in recommended and actual sleep durations for children and adolescents. (more…)

Safety of CAM in children

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Researchers at the Royal Children’s Hospital, in Melbourne, Australia, report the adverse events associated with the use of CAM that came to the attention of Australian pediatricians. (more…)

Use of dietary supplements to enhance sports performance

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Researchers at Texas Chiropractic College, in Pasadena, studied children in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in order to estimate their use of supplements. (more…)

Homeopathy for children with atopic dermatitis

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Researchers at the Tuscany Regional Homeopathic Reference Centre, in Italy, studied the long-term outcome of children suffering from atopic dermatitis (the most common form of eczema) after an about 8 years. (more…)

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

CAM Archive: Singing by people with cystic fibrosis?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

They are at risk for respiratory infections due to excessive mucus in their airways. Airway clearance is therefore an important part of cystic fibrosis management.

This Cochrane review analyzed the evidence. (more…)

Chewing gum to prevent otitis media

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Acute otitis media is the most common bacterial infection among young children in the United States.

In this Cochrane review, the results of studies of xylitol to prevent acute otitis media in children up to 12 years old were evaluated. (more…)

Failed policy: Banning sugar-sweetened drinks in schools

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago determined the effect of state policies that regulate beverages among adolescents. (more…)

Is yoga for children a good idea?

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

MayoClinic.com has reviewed the pros and cons. (more…)

The effect of prenatal folic acid on language in children

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

An international group of researchers examined the association between mothers’ use of prenatal folic acid supplements and the risk of severe language delay in their children at age 3 years. (more…)

Air cleaners and air quality for children with asthma

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland, looked for any change in air quality and symptoms in children with asthma. (more…)

Vitamin D levels and adiposity

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, investigated the association between vitamin D and BMI (body mass index). (more…)

Reviewing the value of music in pediatric healthcare

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Researchers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, in Ontario, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Vitamin A supplements prevent morbidity and mortality in children

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Vitamin A deficiency is a major public health problem in low and middle income countries and can lead to many adverse health consequences, including death.

This Cochrane review evaluated the effect of vitamin A supplementation in children aged 6 months to 5 years. (more…)

Chiropractic care of infants with colic

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Researchers in Pennsylvania and California reviewed the evidence on the chiropractic care of patients with infantile colic. (more…)

Vitamin D deficiency and the risk of dying from pneumonia

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Vitamin D plays a role in the immune response to infection.

Researchers in New Zealand studied whether vitamin D deficiency was associated with a lower immune response and worse outcomes in patients admitted to the hospital with community-acquired pneumonia. (more…)

Review: Probiotics to treat diarrhea

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Here are 2 Cochrane reviews that evaluate the evidence for using probiotics to treat persistent diarrhea, and the value of probiotics + rehydration to treat diarrhea.

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