Prenatal alcohol exposure: Services insufficient in supporting those affected There is an urgent need to do more to recognize prenatal alcohol exposure at an early stage and to integrate better pathways for diagnosis, assessment and support. The importance of raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is the focus of new research, as there are unclear protocols and guidelines in place to adequately support those directly affected.
Study shows why four-year-olds don't thrive in head start classes Most Head Start classrooms serve children of mixed ages and that hurts the academic growth of older children, a new national study suggests.
Gastric bypass for teens: Weight loss and lipid improvements sustained 8 years after surgery Eight years after having gastric bypass surgery as teenagers, patients continue to have significant weight loss and improvement in their lipid profilesObese kids young as age eight show signs of heart disease Imaging tests of obese children's hearts showed signs of heart disease, including kids as young as 8 years old. Obese children had 27 percent more muscle mass in the left ventricle of their hearts and 12 percent thicker heart muscles -- both signs of heart disease -- compared to normal weight children. Forty percent of the obese children were considered 'high-risk' because of problems with thickened muscle in the heart as well as impaired pumping ability.