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Minority girls in need of a more uniform child welfare system

Do the Norwegian child welfare service succeed in helping young girls from minority backgrounds who experience strong social control and violence at home? Researchers found that measures should be taken to ensure greater knowledge of and trust in the service, aimed at young people.

Mum's habits determine their children’s weight

A mother's weight influences that of their kids, but Dad’s choices appear to be less influential.

Thousands of children undergo grommet surgery without visible effect

Many children receive the treatment even though doctors do not know how effective it is or whether it is even needed.

Cats protect newborns against asthma

By switching off a genetic variant linked to increased risk of asthma.

UV-treated milk strengthens premature babies’ immune system

Much better than ultra-heat treated milk, show animal trials.

Small children don’t get the pain treatment they need

They may be small, but little children feel as much pain as adults. Their inability to express what they feel means they are often inadequately treated for pain, researchers say.

Gut bacteria in pre-school children are developing resistance to antibiotics

Scientists have studied gut bacteria in children and discovered that at least 21 per cent of the bacteria are resistant to one or more types of antibiotics.

Breakthrough in fight against debilitating childhood disease

Scientists have discovered a defect in a protein in the brain that results in the debilitating disease dystonia. The disease causes loss of control of movements and violent seizures.

Tablets enhance play by taking toddlers on a digital adventure

Tablets do not necessarily make children passive or sedentary. In a Danish nursery, a group of scientists, educators, and education consultants have studied how digital technologies can be used to enhance playful activities.

Children with anxiety get effective help from new program

New research shows that children with anxiety find relief in the cognitive behavioural therapy techniques employed by the “Cool Kids” Program.