Some 250 million children worldwide risk not reaching their full potential due to extreme poverty and stunting, cutting their future earnings by up to 26 percent and seriously impacting national growth, scientists said.
Cancer treatment has improved significantly, leading to many more survivors of childhood cancer, but researchers say better monitoring of survivors is needed because of long-term damage from the treatment.
Children raised in poor circumstances are likely to have altered brain connectivity, says a new study. Such kids tend to have poorer cognitive and educational outcomes and are also at a higher risk for psychiatric illnesses, including depression and anti-social behavior, the study said.
For a long time researchers have tracked high rates of obesity among black and Hispanic kids, but a closer look at communities shows family income matters more than race in predicting which kids are overweight.
A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent research made by University of Illinois looks at overall health, depression, and smoking as a health-related behavior and finds that, for girls, all three are worse.
"Girls' health is more sensitive to family structure," said Andrea Beller, a U of I economist who studies educational attainment and the effects of single-parent family living, Physorg reported.