Childhood cancer survivors are not more likely to terminate their pregnancies

Female childhood cancer survivors face a lower likelihood of becoming pregnant than women in the general population, but once pregnant, they are not more likely to undergo an abortion. The findings come from a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Cancer survivors might be reluctant to […]

Making microwaves safer for children

A 15-year research and advocacy effort to make microwave ovens safer has led to a change in national manufacturing standards that will make microwaves more difficult for young children to open, protecting them from the severe microwave-related burns that scar hundreds of kids under 5 years old in the United States each year. Researchers at […]

Scientists shed light on how and why some people report “hearing the dead”

IMAGE: The Fox sisters: Kate (1838-92), Leah (1814-90) and Margaret (or Maggie) (1836-93). Lithograph after a daguerreotype by Appleby. Published by N. Currier, New York. In 1848, two sisters from upstate… view more  Credit: N. Currier, New York Spiritualist mediums might be more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences early in life, according […]

Students returning home may have caused 9,400 secondary COVID-19 infections across UK

A student infected with COVID-19 returning home from university for Christmas would, on average, have infected just less than one other household member with the virus, according to a new model devised by mathematicians at Cardiff University and published in Health Systems. Professor Paul Harper and colleagues defined an equation to predict the number of […]

Special interests can be assets for youth with autism

IMAGE: Dr. Kerri Nowell is an assistant clinical professor in the MU School of Health Professions. view more  Credit: MU School of Health Professions COLUMBIA, Mo. – When he was in middle school, teachers would give Sam Curran a list of words to type in a computer to practice his vocabulary. But Sam, who has autism, […]

Dairy product purchasing differs in households with and without children

IMAGE: A new study published in JDS Communications found that households with children reported purchasing larger quantities and higher-fat dairy products compared to households without children. view more  Credit: JDS Communications Champaign, IL, January 15, 2021 – American dairy consumers are often influenced by a variety of factors that can affect their buying habits. These factors […]

Child marriage is legal and persists across Canada

IMAGE: Figure: Trends in the number of children granted marriage certificates per 10,000 16-17-year-olds in five provinces between 2000 and 2018 view more  Credit: Alissa Koski and Shelley Clark Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad. Yet this practice remains legal and persists across the country. In Canada, more than […]

How effective are educational support programs for children with cancer?

As children undergo treatment for cancer, they may miss school and risk falling behind in their education. An analysis published in Pyscho-Oncology has examined the educational support programs provided to children with cancer. The analysis looked at several different peer programs, teacher programs, and school re-entry programs. School re-entry programs appeared to provide a promising […]