The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown.
About 10,450 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
About 1,350 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2014.
Survival however is with a “cost.” Two-thirds of those who do survive face at least one chronic health condition. One quarter of survivors face a late-effect from treatment that is classified as severe or life-threatening. Late-effects of treatment can include heart damage, second cancers, lung damage, infertility, cognitive impairment, growth deficits, hearing loss, and more. It is becoming increasingly apparent that childhood cancer “is for life.” Late effects from either the disease process or aggressive treatment *regimens are given at a time of life when children have growing bodies and developing brains.
*emphasis added-recognition treatment has negative effect when children have growing bodies and developing brains. Isn’t possible aggressive vaccination and antibiotics could have a late effect?
While we don’t know why asthma rates are rising…
The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009.
Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007.
185 children and 3,262 adults died from asthma in 2007.
The number of people who have a food allergy is growing, but there is no clear answer as to why.
According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.
Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency
Each year in the U.S., it is estimated that anaphylaxis to food results in:
30,000 emergency room visits
The prevalence of food and skin allergies increased in children under age 18 years from 1997–2011.
The exact cause of atopic dermatitis (eczema) is unknown,
New research tracking the number of cases of childhood eczema across the globe has revealed big changes in the prevalence of the condition over the last five to ten years
A continuing rise in younger children aged between six and seven and in the number of cases reported in developing countries is of growing concern.
He says that moderate or severe cases of eczema have a significant impact on family life and carry an economic burden comparable with that of asthma.
The way forward, he suggests, is for all public health responses to the *eczema epidemic
*emphasis added-finally someone calls a childhood disease a epidemic!
Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
The study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found that an estimated two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. According to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
* 6.4 million children in the U.S. (11 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to have received an ADHD diagnosis from a healthcare provider, a 42 percent increase from 2003-04 to 2011-12.
Over 3.5 million children in the U.S. (6 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to be taking medication for ADHD, a 28 percent increase from 2007-08 to 2011-12.
Children with ADHD, compared to children without ADHD, were more likely to have major injuries (59% vs. 49%), hospital inpatient (26% vs. 18%), hospital outpatient (41% vs. 33%), or emergency department admission (81% vs. 74%). [Read article]
Number of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.2 million
Research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, watching too much television, parenting, or social and environmental factors such as poverty or family chaos.
The exact cause of autism is not known
Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
Autism prevalence figures are growing
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
Dr. Bob Sears writes:
I was really hoping that my latest blog would be entitled “Finally, Someone Cares About the Autism Epidemic!” But alas, it is not to be. The word “epidemic” is being reserved for the hundred or so cases of measles we see in the U.S. each year (no fatalities), or the very tragic twenty to thirty annual deaths from whooping cough. But autism? Don’t worry, it’s NOT an epidemic, because the government continues to reassure us it’s not an epidemic.