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Children's health

Teaching children to think critically about health

Norwegian researchers have helped teach children in Uganda to be sceptical of purported health cures and treatments. It turns out that Norwegian children could use the same kind of training.

Male circumcision greatly increases risk of urinary tract problems

Circumcised boys are 16-26 times more likely to develop urinary tract problems, shows new research.

Infants who grow fast are more prone to becoming diabetics

But scientists have yet to find out why.

Should pneumonia be treated with antibiotics?

Many children are given antibiotics for pneumonia unnecessarily. Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections and most cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses.

Children cannot be cheated into healthy eating

Imposing strict food restrictions on children does not teach them how to eat more healthily, suggest researchers in a new book.

Obesity during pregnancy puts children at risk of developing diabetes

New study links obesity in the early stages of pregnancy with an increased risk of type 1 diabetes in children.

Children’s sleep and mental health are interrelated

Scientists have found a clear correlation between sleep problems and psychiatric problems in children.

MMR vaccine: Science exposes the biggest myths

The MMR vaccine has been accused of many things, from containing mercury to triggering autism. Here we look at four of the most serious claims and separate fact from fiction.

Three out of four institutionalized children are severely mentally ill

A new report reveals that 76 percent of children and adolescents who live in Norwegian child welfare institutions have serious psychiatric diagnoses. Only 38 percent report that they receive appropriate psychiatric help.

Much less allergy in families who do the dishes by hand

A simple dish brush appears to be a great weapon against allergy development. Children in households that don’t use dishwashers are much less prone to be allergenic.