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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Children's Health:Childhood vaccination reduces leukemia risk ♦ Teen sleep patterns linked to alcohol or marijuana use ♦ Smoking marijuana stunts growth in boys

Smoking marijuana may cause early puberty and stunts growth in boys Boys who smoke marijuana go through puberty earlier but grow more slowly than those who have never smoked the drug according to a new study.
New school-based program helps reduce absentee rate for urban minority children with asthma Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, and it can only be managed, not cured.It is the most common disease-related reason for children missing school. This can have a negative effect on their academic achievement.
Association between teen sleep patterns, alcohol or marijuana use Studying adolescents in Southern California, researchers found that the link between sleep and alcohol/marijuana use was consistent even after controlling for other known risk factors, such as depression. For every 10 minutes later that teens went to bed, there was a 6 percent increased risk of alcohol or marijuana use in the previous month. In addition, teens who reported significant trouble sleeping were 55 percent more likely to have used alcohol in the past month
44 percent of parents struggle to limit cell phone use at playgrounds Cell phone use at playgrounds is a significant source of parental guilt, research shows. The study also noted that caregivers absorbed in their phones ignored children's requests for attention more than half the time.
How early childhood vaccination reduces leukemia risk A team of researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia(ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer. The Haemophilus influenzae Type b vaccine not only prevents ear infections and meningitis caused by the Hib bacterium, but also protects against ALL, which accounts for approximately 25 percent of cancer diagnoses among children younger than 15 years.

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