Tomorrow’s Health: kids & COVID, heart disease & mental health, autism in the genes

Tomorrow's Health

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Children are not escaping the latest coronavirus surge in the U.S.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as of December 24, two million children had tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, half of them since November 12.

Heart disease & mental health link

A new study in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests a link between juvenile heart disease and mental health.

The study found 18.2 percent of children with congenital heart problems suffered from anxiety or depression.

That’s compared to just 5.2 percent of kids who don’t have heart disease.

Autism in the genes

Researchers at Cardiff University say people with certain genetic conditions often have significant symptoms of autism but won’t necessarily meet all the criteria to be diagnosed with it.

They say clinicians need be aware of that possibility so no one who needs help is denied it.

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