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Eye exams linked to kids’ reading levels

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study showed that children with reading challenges may have lower than expected binocular vision test results, something a standard eye exam may overlook.” (more)

Regular bedtimes stop children getting ‘jet lag’

Medical X-Press – Yvonne Kelly

“What happens in the early years of a person’s life has a profound effect on how they fare later on. Thousands of research papers – many of them using the rich data in the British Birth Cohort studies – have shown that children who get a poor start in life are much more likely to experience difficulties as adults; whether that’s to do with poor health, or their ability to enjoy work and family life. Ensuring that children get enough sleep is one of a number of ways to get them off to the best possible start in life. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that toddlers should get roughly 11 to 14 hours of sleep every day. For children aged three to five years, the recommendation is ten to 13 hours, or nine to 11 hours for children once they’re at primary school.”(more)

Screen children with reading difficulties for hearing problems, says report

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found 25 per cent of its young participants who had reading difficulties showed mild or moderate hearing impairment, of which their parents and teachers were unaware. The researchers believe that if there was more awareness of youngsters’ hearing problems – as well as an understanding of what particular aspects of literacy they struggled with – then the children might be able to receive more structured support that could help them improve their reading and writing skills.”(more)

Study suggests an answer to young people’s persistent sleep problems

Medical X-Press – Mikhail Zinshteyn

“A collaborative research project involving James Cook University and the University of Queensland indicates high rates of sleep problems continuing through teenage years and into early adulthood – but also suggests a natural remedy. Dr. Yaqoot Fatima from JCU’s Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health was associated with a study that tracked more than 3600 people from the age of 14 until they were 21. “Just over a quarter of the 14-year-olds reported sleep problems, with more than 40 percent of those still having sleep problems at 21,” said Dr. Fatima. She said the causes of sleep problems were different at different ages.”(more)

Vaccination 101: make sure kids are up to date

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As the new school year begins, make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations. “Schools are a great environment for spreading bacteria and viruses because students are in crowded classrooms, sharing things and in close proximity to one another,” said Zachary Klase. He’s an assistant professor of biological sciences at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “A major factor contributing to many viral outbreaks is being in an environment where you are close to others such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team or living in a residence hall,” he added in a university news release.”(more)

Infectious disease physician dispels vaccine myths ahead of back-to-school physicals

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Having updated vaccinations is an important step for children heading back to school. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that vaccines have saved more the 732,000 lives during the past two decades. While studies have repeatedly shown vaccines are the best way to protect our communities from some of the deadliest illnesses, questions still arise. Nadia Qureshi, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician at Loyola University Medical Center, and assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, sheds light on some common myths about vaccines.”(more)