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Children's noses 'hold clues' to serious lung infections

Children's noses 'hold clues' to serious lung infections

Health
Examining the bacteria and viruses in the noses of children could give clues to improve the diagnosis and treatment of severe lung infections, a new study has found. Lung infections are a leading cause of death in under-fives worldwide. The study found the make-up of bacteria and viruses was altered in the noses of children with respiratory infections. Researchers say the study helps explain why some children are more prone to developing infections than others. It could also be key to preventing serious lung infections. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that the differences indicated the severity of the condition and could help doctors predict how long the child needs to stay in hospital.They said that in less serious cases, it could reduce...
Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

Health
There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says.Parents should worry less as long as they have gone through a checklist on the effect of screen time on their child, it says.While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in the hour before bedtime. Experts say it is important that the use of devices does not replace sleep, exercising and time with family. It was informed by a review of evidence published at the same time in the BMJ Open medical journal, and follows a debate around whether youngsters should have time on devices restricted.Meanwhile, a separate study has found that girls are twice as likely to show signs of depressive symptoms linked to soci...
To improve children's diets, conserve forests

To improve children's diets, conserve forests

Science
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- According to new research, children who live closer to forests are more likely to eat healthier, more nutritious foods. The findings are the latest to link forest conservation to human health. Several studies have linked proximity forests, trees and green space with positive human health and behavior outcomes. "The data show that forests aren't just correlated with improvements in people's diets," Ranaivo Rasolofoson, a scientist at the University of Vermont, said in a news release. "We show that forests cause these improvements." In developing countries, some argue trees must make way for farms and gardens to boost nutrition. But the latests findings, published this week in the journal Science Advances, suggest the opposite. Many children in developing countries consume...
Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Technology
Two of Apple's major investors have urged the iPhone maker to take urgent action to curb children's growing addiction to its smartphones, amid fears frequent use may be damaging the next generation.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, which collectively control $ 2bn (£1.47bn) worth of Apple shares, said the US firm must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.At present, parents can block or limit specific apps and features on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.In an open letter to Apple on Monday, the investors suggested the company goes a step further and allow users' ages to be inputted into phones, screen time to be limited, as well as a restriction on use to certain hours.They also called o...
YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged

YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged

Technology
YouTube is to restrict the availability of videos showing children's characters in violent or sexual scenes if they are reported by viewers.Last week, a blog post by writer James Bridle highlighted how YouTube was still being swamped by bizarre and indecent videos aimed at children.The site says it already stops such videos earning advertising revenue.YouTube said its team was "made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting this right".But critics say YouTube is not taking enough action by waiting for viewers to report inappropriate videos.'Something's wrong'The problem of video-makers using popular characters such as Peppa Pig in violent or sexual videos, to frighten children, has been widely reported.However, Mr Bridle's blog post went deeper into what he called t...