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Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

Health
April 13 (UPI) -- Brief exposure to minuscule air pollution particles trigger acute lower respiratory infection in young children, according to research.Scientists from Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah studied exposure to PM2.5, pollution-causing particles that measure about 3 percent of the diameter of a human hair. Their findings were published Friday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, an American Thoracic Society journal.The study involved 146,397 patients with acute lower respiratory infection in Utah between 1999 and 2016. The researchers said this is the largest study involving air pollution and children."The most important finding of this study is that infectious processes of respiratory disease may...
'Unfortunate Events' villain Neil Patrick Harris says kids crave dark humor

'Unfortunate Events' villain Neil Patrick Harris says kids crave dark humor

Entertainment
March 29 (UPI) -- Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the villainous Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events, appreciates that kids -- including his own -- crave dark humor."They'd rather read the Grimm's fairytale and have something caustic happen as the moral, as opposed to being fed a happy tale with a happy ending and, so, I think because of that hunger, it's easy to delve into that," Harris told reporters at a recent roundtable in New York.Harris has 7-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper, with husband David Burtka.Famous for his work in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and known as the go-to emcee for numerous awards shows, the Emmy and Tony winner said he is now drawn to projects he can share with his son and daughter."As a parent, I became highly aware of what they can watch because I...
Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

Technology
Children's habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad.Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor skills they need to write?Sally Payne, head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust has seen evidence this is the case.She recently told the Guardian newspaper: "Children coming into school are being given a pencil but, increasingly, they are not able to hold it because they don't have the fundamental movement skills."To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers. "Children need ...
Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Technology
Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into harmful social media use and to hook young people on Facebook as it tries to compete with Snapchat or its own Instagram app. They say kids shouldn't be on such apps at all — although they often are. "It is disturbing that Facebook, in the face of widespread concern, is aggressively marketing Messenger Kids to even more children," the Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood said in a statement t
New kids messenger app unveiled by Facebook

New kids messenger app unveiled by Facebook

Technology
Facebook has launched a new version of its Messenger app for kids, giving parents complete control over what their children see. Messenger Kids is being trialled in the US as a standalone app that does not require a main Facebook profile - allowing children under the age of 13 to use it.The app is controlled through a parent's Facebook account, from which contacts can be added and approved.Facebook says the app has been designed to enable children to "safely" video chat and message friends and family.It added that during 18 months of development it consulted with 1,200 parents, as well as online security and child development specialists.:: Facebook's new London office brings 800 jobsImage:The app is currently only available in the US on Apple's iOS operating system"Parents are increasingl...