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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Children's Health:Night driving restriction reduces young driver crashes ♦ Early behavior problems may be linked to 'aging' bio markers ♦ Engage communities in preventing childhood obesity

Novel method identifies children with rheumatic disease eligible for life-saving vaccine New results have shown that the chickenpox vaccine can be effective and safe even in children with pediatric rheumatic disease receiving immunosuppressive treatment. By using a checklist to pre-screen children, the investigators were able to identify diverse patient groups suitable for vaccination, protecting them from a potentially life-threatening infection.
SCOPE program developed to engage communities in preventing childhood obesity A multidisciplinary group of Canadian researchers has developed a participatory action research program to help address healthy body weight in children. The SCOPE program promotes 'Live 5-2-1-0', which encourages children to enjoy five or more fruits per day; to power down -- no more than two hours of screen time per day; to play actively for at least 1 hour per day; and to choose healthy foods
Early behavior problems may be linked to 'aging' biomarkers in preschoolers Preschoolers with oppositional defiant behavior are more likely to have shorter telomeres, a hallmark of cellular aging, which in adults is associated with increased risk for chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, obesity and cancer.
Night driving restriction reduces young driver crashes Restricting teenagers from driving unsupervised at night, and introducing strict penalties and other licensing requirements, could reduce crashes significantly. The study shows that driving laws that eliminate or deter unsupervised night driving by people younger than 18 achieve substantial reductions in car crashes.

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