Updated Sunday, January 24, 2016A new iPhone app, Mole Mapper, lets users measure, map, monitor and photograph skin moles. This information shows users changes in moles that could be signs of skin cancer. In addition, users can share their data with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Melanoma Registry to help melanoma research. Dan Webster, PhD, a cancer biologist, created the first version of the app to watch his wife’s moles because of her high risk of developing melanoma. Then, Webster collaborated with Oregon Health and Science University, Sage Bionetworks and Apple to use the app for melanoma research.
Updated Wednesday, February 10, 2016Children who are the victims of bullying have an increased risk for anxiety, depression and eating disorders. New research indicates bullies also have an increased risk of bulimia, an eating disorder. After studying over 1,400 children, researchers determined that bullies are twice as likely to develop bulimia than their peers are. “For a long time, there’s been this story about bullies that they’re a little more hale and hearty,” said lead author William Copeland, Ph.D., “Maybe they’re good at manipulating social situations or getting out of trouble, but in this one area it seems that’s not the case at all. Maybe teasing others may sensitize them […]
Updated Sunday, May 29, 2016 By the time dyslexic children reach first grade, around age 6 or 7, their reading skills are already way behind their peers, reports a new study. This disparity suggests later reading problems in children with dyslexia are caused by the lack of early intervention and not solely by worsening of dyslexia symptoms. “If the persistent achievement gap between dyslexic and typical readers is to be narrowed, or even closed, reading interventions must be implemented early, when children are still developing the basic foundation for reading acquisition,” said Emilio Ferrer, a UC Davis psychology professor. He is lead author of the article published in The Journal […]
Updated Wednesday, February 10, 2016Three-year-old Cameron Thomas had his whole life to live. He also had autism. We do not know whether he wandered before, but yesterday evening he did and it was deadly. Cameron’s parents reported him missing around 6.15 pm. His godmother appealed for help finding the “beautiful blond haired, blue eyed baby.” So many people answered her appeal that officials asked some to go home. Hours later searchers found Cameron’s body in a marsh near his home in Chesapeake, Virginia. His parents’ pain is unimaginable. Autism and Wandering – Facts Although there are still a lot of mysteries about autism, we know some facts about autism and wandering. […]
Updated Sunday, October 18, 2015The incidence of falling televisions is increasing and causing severe head and neck injuries to children, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. Of children, toddlers between ages one and 3 are most likely to suffer severe injuries, reports Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon and lead author of the paper. Toppling televisions lead to over 15,000 emergency room visits each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Of these incidents, nearly 280 result in death. Most falling television incidents occur in the home. Although many reported cases involve minor injuries, over half cause potentially fatal skull fractures, intracranial bleeding and/or […]
Updated Sunday, January 31, 2016Stimulant medications prescribed for ADHD are safe for children with congenital heart disease and other severe heart conditions, according to research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Researchers report that children with heart conditions taking stimulant medications did not have a higher risk of cardiovascular side effects. They found no evidence of changes in blood pressure or heart rate in the children taking ADHD medications. “Children with congenital heart disease are at high risk for ADHD, but fears about cardiovascular side effects, including sudden death, limit the use of stimulant medications,” says Julia Anixt, MD, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s and senior author […]