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4 tips to help kids to cope with COVID-19 anxiety

The news coverage on COVID-19 is pervasive, persistent, and in my view as a professor of psychiatry, perilous. Sometimes it seems as though the pandemic is all we talk about. As difficult as this experience is, it’s easier for educated adults than it is for children. We adults look through a lens of life experience; […]

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Where are kids getting the most ’empty calories’?

U.S. children and teenagers are still downing too many “empty calories”—primarily from sugary beverages, sweets and pizza, a new government study finds. The study, based on a long-running federal health survey, did turn up some good news: In recent years, kids have been eating fewer empty calories, versus a decade before. The bad news is, […]

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Parents unaware of young kids’ smartphone use: study

(HealthDay)—Preschoolers may spend more time on smartphones or tablets than their parents realize, and some use apps intended for teens and adults, researchers report. A new study tracked mobile device use among 350 children aged 3 to 5 over nine months and compared their findings with parents’ estimates of their use. Preschoolers with their own […]

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Masking your kids during COVID-19

Do you or don’t you wear a mask? If you do, what material is best? And what about children? Questions around masks during the COVID-19 pandemic abound, especially in light of the recent recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all Americans wear masks in public settings. “The direction around face […]

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To prevent antimicrobial resistance, vaccinate the world’s kids: study

Childhood vaccination may be a powerful tool in the fight against antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries, finds a new analysis led by researchers University of California, Berkeley. Around the world, overuse of antibiotics is driving the proliferation of bacterial “superbugs” that have evolved to survive antimicrobial exposure, making humans more vulnerable to diseases […]

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Are immune-compromised kids at greater risk from COVID-19?

(HealthDay)—One of the few bright spots in the COVID-19 pandemic has been the perception that children are mostly spared from its worst effects. But what about kids already at risk of contracting serious infections due to a compromised immune system? Do they have the same protection? “One group we always worry about when it comes […]