21st century children's health
This week HEALTH explores several chronic conditions affecting the younger generation. We look at how 21st century kids are coping with juvenile diabetes, ADHD and a rare aversion to ultra-violet light. In particular, we show you the very latest technology and medicinal advances which are helping young patients to live as normal a life as possible.
The World Health Organisation has warned of an "emerging global epidemic" of diabetes, and experts are particularly worried about the young, with growing numbers of children being born with the chronic disease. But despite decades of international research no one is exactly sure why. In the meantime, we test out the latest child-friendly gadgets which are making life a bit simpler for young diabetics.
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has sparked headlines and courted controversy, with some saying that the restless, destructive behaviour in kids is born out of faulty parenting. And in certain countries, such as the United States, it’s become increasingly diagnosed. Now the very latest research suggests that ADHD could be in the genes.
And how would you feel if your child could never go out and play in the sunshine? HEALTH shines a light on a very rare condition: Xeroderma Pigmentosum. It sufferers have an extreme sensitivity to ultra violet, their skin simply can’t repair the damage caused by the sun’s rays. As a result, patients, who bear the melancholy nickname 'children of the moon', are at a high risk of developing skin cancer. We follow one boy’s story, whose school has made modifications so that he can attend lessons alongside other children.