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Smoke alarms with mom’s voice wake kids up faster: study

WASHINGTON: A smoke alarm that broadcasts a mother’s voice would wake children much more quickly than alarms that blast high-pitched tones, a new U.S. study finds. Sleeping children, as it turns out, are fairly impervious to the screeching of a smoke alarm. Researchers found that most children ages 5 through 8 took more than five minutes to wake up with a standard alarm, as compared with around four seconds when they heard the sound of their mother’s voice, according to the results published in The Journal of Pediatrics.…

Adult bones healthier when kids participate in organized sports

SYDNEY: Young adults who played in organized sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids, a new study suggests Australian researchers found boys and girls who consistently participated in sports between the ages of 5 and 17 ended up with better bone density at age 20 than those who dropped out or never played, according to the results in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. “Our study provides a strong rationale for the early and persistent encouragement of sports…

Turning tide on climate change: Bangladesh kids attend floating schools

DHAKA: Mosammat Rekha's older cousins grew up unable to read and write, their tiny village so frequently cut off from the nearest school by floods that would rise suddenly in their remote corner of disaster-prone Bangladesh. But seven-year-old Mosammat is learning her ABCs aboard a boat fitted with a classroom and play equipment that is helping children thrive even as climate change alters the world around them. "We can attend classes even during the rainy season, when our homes are barely above water," the…

40 kids die in September at Mithi hospital

MITHI: Two more kids have passed away because of viral diseases and malnutrition on Sunday, mounting the number of children's death to 40 in last month, at a public hospital in Mithi. Civil Hospital Mithi sources told that 40 minors conked out in September only, while the number of total such deaths in the following year so far has reached 360.  The sources said the district hospital was also facing dearth of medicines. Water level too has dropped in drought-hit Tharparkar. People have complaint of lack of health…

Too much screen time, too little horseplay for kids: study

PARIS: Only one in 20 kids in the United States meets guidelines on sleep, exercise and screen time, and nearly a third are outside recommendations for all three, according to a study published Thursday. On average, children aged eight to 11 spent 3.6 hours per day glued to a TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer screen, nearly double the suggested limit of two hours, researchers found. Too little sleep and excess screen time were clearly linked to a drop off in cognitive skills, such as language ability, memory, and…

Kids of govt teachers to study in public schools: govt

PESHAWAR: In an attempt to improve standard of educational institutions, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to make it mandatory for children of government teachers to study in public schools. Advisor to CM for Elementary and Secondary Education Ziaullah Bangash said new policy regarding improvement of public educational institutions in KP was on the anvil. He said getting education of children of school teachers in government schools would uplift the quality of education. Read More: PM says experts to be…

BISP partners with NDF for rehabilitation of physically, mentally challenged kids

ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Disability & Development Forum (NDF) to work in joint collaboration for the rehabilitation of mentally and physically disabled children. The MoU was signed by DG Complementary Initiatives from BISP and CEO NDF Abid Lashari in the presence of Secretary BISP Omar Hamid Khan. NDF has its operational working scope across the country. The organization is extensively working in collaboration with planning and…

Sindh govt to bear treatment expenses for kids victims of power wire accident

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday directed health department to make necessary arrangements for the treatment of two boys who lost their arms and hands when high tension wires fell on them. Presiding over a cabinet meeting here at the CM House, the chief minister said that the incident of Umar, 8, of Ahsanabad and Haris, 9, of Surjani Town were extremely painful. “I want to rehabilitate them at any cost and the provincial government would bear all their treatment expenses wherever it is…

Five kids expire in Thar due to malnutrition, viral diseases

THARPARKAR: At least five children have died in Tharparkar because of malnutrition and epidemic diseases, ARY News reported. The deaths took place at Civil Hospital Mithi in last 24 hours. Doctors said starving pregnant mothers arrive at the hospital and give birth to dead children.  Health and medical facilities in Thar district are far from existence. Several health centers have not been inaugurated so far. Contrary to the ground realities, Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuho, during her visit to…

Parents’ childhood trauma tied to behavior problems in kids

NEW YORK: Parents who had a lot of traumatic or stressful experiences during childhood may be more likely to have kids with behavioral problems, a U.S. study suggests. Adverse childhood experiences can include witnessing parents fight or go through a divorce, having a parent with a mental illness or substance abuse problem, or suffering from sexual, physical or emotional abuse. These childhood experiences have been linked to what’s known as toxic stress, or wear and tear on the body that leads to physical and mental health…