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As omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

As omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

Two months after Pfizer’s covid vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11, just 27% have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 18%, or 5 million kids, have both doses. The national effort to vaccinate children has stalled even as the …

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Brazil starts vaccinating children after weeks of delay

Brazil starts vaccinating children after weeks of delay

A health worker gives a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 8-year-old Indigenous youth Davi Seremramiwe Xavante at the Hospital da Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. The state of Sao Paulo started the COVID-19 vaccination of children between ages 5 and 11. Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Fifteen Brazilian children received …

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Study: Naïve T cells may be key to the low mortality of children with COVID-19. Image Credit: Martin Lauge Villadsen/Shutterstock

Naïve T cells suggested as critical to low mortality of children with COVID-19

During the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a peculiar phenomenon has been observed: younger individuals infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) had fewer cases and a lower mortality rate. It’s widely assumed that the human immune system develops continuously from birth to adolescence, and that immunity to infections is strongest in …

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Rapid test for detecting COVID-19 highly accurate for children and adolescents

Rapid test for detecting COVID-19 highly accurate for children and adolescents

Creative rendition of SARS-CoV-2 particles (not to scale). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH In a large prospective study of just over 1,000 patients ages 17 and younger who were seen at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH) testing site during a seven-month period last year, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine …

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International study identifies predictors of severe outcomes in children with COVID-19

International study identifies predictors of severe outcomes in children with COVID-19

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new international study offers a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 infection and the risk of severe outcomes on young people around the world.   The study was co-led by a team of researchers from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), Ann & Robert H. Lurie …

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Study: Vaccinating children against COVID-19: commentary and mathematical modelling. Image Credit: New Africa/Shutterstock

Mathematical modeling the vaccination of children against SARS-CoV-2

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers evaluated the safety of mRNA vaccination against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) in children using mathematical modeling. Study: Vaccinating children against COVID-19: commentary and mathematical modelling. Image Credit: New Africa/Shutterstock The mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech has been …

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Traditional martial arts can improve self-regulation in school children

Traditional martial arts can improve self-regulation in school children

The report, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, details how researchers from the University of Surrey studied 240 primary school students aged 7 – 11 years across a period of 11 weeks. Self-regulation describes an individuals’ ability to manage and alter their emotions, behavior and cognition. Good self-regulation is associated with positive mental health benefits …

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Parents should avoid buying children toys with magnets for Christmas, pediatric surgeons urge

Parents should avoid buying children toys with magnets for Christmas, pediatric surgeons urge

Pediatric surgeons are urging parents not to buy toys that include small, often brightly colored magnets as Christmas presents, following a dramatic rise in the number of children needing operations after swallowing them. The Children’s Surery Foundation issued the warning as research showed a five-fold increase in children swallowing magnets in the last five years. …

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International study supports dupilumab for treatment of moderate-to-severe asthma in children

International study supports dupilumab for treatment of moderate-to-severe asthma in children

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new medication has been added to the treatment options for children with moderate-to-severe asthma. In a late-stage clinical trial, the biologic agent dupilumab reduced the rate of severe asthma attacks and improved lung function and asthma control for children ages 6 to 11. The findings of the international multicenter Liberty …

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