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Rats better at diagnosing TB than standard tests

Rats better at diagnosing TB than standard tests

New research shows that rats can detect up to 70 percent more cases of tuberculosis in children than standard smear tests. The findings may help to treat a significant number of children who have previously been overlooked. Doctors need better tools to detect TB in children. The World Health Organization (WHO) say that tuberculosis (TB) […]

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What causes foamy bowel movements?

What causes foamy bowel movements?

While normal stool is usually solid and brown, there can be many variations. Foamy or frothy stool is typically diarrhea-like and may appear to have bubbles in it. It may also seem oily or contain mucus. Foamy stool is often caused by a reaction to certain foods. If this is the case, it will be […]

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Babies who resemble dad are healthier at 1st birthday

Babies who resemble dad are healthier at 1st birthday

In a study that included hundreds of families, babies that most resembled their father were found to be significantly healthier when they reached the 1-year mark. Does looking like dad improve health outcomes? In some studies, children living in single-mother families have been found to have poorer levels of health. The effect was measured even […]

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What to expect from a baby’s first cold

What to expect from a baby’s first cold

A newborn baby starts building its immune system early on. But before this early immunity is fully developed, a baby may be prone to catching and having to fight off viruses such as colds. Colds are less common in newborns because they have some immunity from their mothers. This immunity wears off by about 6 […]

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New guidelines help doctors tackle teen depression

New guidelines help doctors tackle teen depression

The American Academy of Pediatrics are set to release their first updated guidelines regarding teenage mental health in 10 years. They hope to catch mental health issues earlier and, therefore, intervene more successfully. New guidelines will help to identify and manage depression earlier. Approximately 3.1 million individuals in the United States aged 12–17 had a […]

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Do your children influence how you store your gun?

Do your children influence how you store your gun?

A new study asks whether parents of children with an increased risk of self-harm take more care when storing their guns. The results, perhaps, are surprising. Do parents of at-risk children store their guns more safely? Guns, gun rights, gun storage, gun advocacy, gun usage, gun safety — these terms have ebbed and flowed through […]

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What does reactive airway disease mean?

What does reactive airway disease mean?

Reactive airway disease describes a set of symptoms that may or may not be caused by asthma. The symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Sometimes the terms reactive airway disease and asthma are used interchangeably. However, there are important differences between the two. This article explores how reactive airway disease differs from asthma, […]

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Too much TV in childhood takes its toll as a teen

Too much TV in childhood takes its toll as a teen

A recent study looked into the long-term effects of watching too much television as a toddler. Somewhat surprisingly, the impact could be measured in the children’s dietary habits, weight, and behavior as teenagers. Are there any long-term impacts of watching TV as a toddler? Paradoxically, in this fast-paced modern world we live in, humans are […]

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Meningitis in babies: What you need to know

Meningitis in babies: What you need to know

Meningitis is a condition that causes inflammation in the meninges, which protect the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is most often caused by a virus or bacteria. Meningitis is an uncommon but potentially dangerous infection. Babies under 2 months of age are at greater risk of getting meningitis, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics […]

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What is pneumococcal meningitis?

What is pneumococcal meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Once infected, the membranes swell. Viruses are responsible for most cases of meningitis, but pneumococcal meningitis is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal meningitis is a rare but very serious illness that can develop into a life-threatening […]