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Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with infants, children and adolescents and their diseases. A child's physician provides not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. This category includes news on childhood diseases and illnesses, parenting tips, learning and development, social skills, breastfeeding and infant care.
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Blocking protein in blood may prevent sepsis in premature infants

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:00
UF Health researchers have found that blocking a certain protein in the blood with medication could help protect premature infants from sepsis, a common and sometimes deadly infection, according to a...

The Female Pelvis Adjusts for Childbearing Years

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:00
Mother Nature has the answer: With the onset of puberty, the female pelvis expands; with the onset of menopause, it contracts again.

Childhood obesity is still rising

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 23:00
Obesity in America is arguably one of the country's greatest health concerns. New research shows that childhood obesity is still on the rise.

For some cancers, risk lower among kids of non-U.S.-born Hispanic mothers

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 23:00
The children of Hispanic mothers not born in the United States appeared to have a lower risk for some types of childhood cancers, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

Pregnancy guidelines for harmful acne drug not adhered to by many women

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:00
A new study suggests around 30-50 percent of women who use the acne drug isotretinoin do not adhere to current pregnancy prevention guidelines.

Infants who eat rice products have higher arsenic concentrations

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Rice products are typically among the first solid foods offered to infants, but a new study shows rice can produce higher urinary arsenic concentrations, putting infants at risk.

Restaurants should offer tap water to help fight child obesity

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 05:00
Restaurants should offer tap water to families dining out, so children have an alternative to a sugary drink, say councils.

Research reveals a new secret to the miracle of breast milk

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 23:00
One of the secrets to rich milk production in lactation has been uncovered by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Gender stereotypes may influence perception of babies' cries

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
A new study suggests many adults apply gender stereotypes to babies as young as 3 months old, after finding that higher-pitched cries are often assumed as belonging to baby girls.

Young adult survivors of childhood cancer report feeling middle-aged

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 06:00
Study finds presence or absence of chronic conditions key to health-related quality of life. Do survivors of childhood cancer return to normal health as they grow up?

Mortality rates improve among kids and young adults in the US, especially in poor counties

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:00
Recent studies of mortality trends paint a gloomy picture for many middle-aged and older Americans, but a new study focused on children reveals a more optimistic future.

Increasing cases of anaphylaxis among children

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:00
Anaphylaxis, known to be a sudden and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, seems to be increasing among children, according to a new study led by a team at the Research Institute of the...

Novartis drug Afinitor significantly reduces seizures in Phase III study of patients with tuberous sclerosis complex

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:00
Everolimus is the first adjunctive therapy shown in a prospective randomized Phase III study to achieve clinically significant seizure control in TSC patients1.

Infant BMI is good predictor of obesity at age 2

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:00
CHOP researchers: BMI at 2 months is more accurate than measuring weight-for-length.

In child heart patients, a novel approach improves symptoms of hazardous lymph blockage

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:00
Pediatric researchers have devised an innovative, safe and minimally invasive procedure that helps relieve rare but potentially life-threatening airway blockages occurring in children who had...

Nplate® (romiplostim) study in The Lancet shows significant increase in durable platelet response among children with immune thrombocytopenia

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:00
Amgen has announced that The Lancet published results from a Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Nplate® (romiplostim) in children with symptomatic immune...

Precision medicine: is it becoming a reality for childhood cancer?

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:00
For adults with cancer, precision medicine has emerged as a feasible treatment option. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for childhood cancer. But is this changing?

Gene therapy for immunodeficiency shows promise in older children

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:00
Until now, gene therapy for a severe immune system disorder has only succeeded in infants, but a small clinical trial shows that it can also treat older children and young adults.

Teen moms and infant sleep: Mother doesn't always know best

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:00
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is the leading cause of death in infants 1 month to 1 year of age in the United States.

Childhood obesity, malnutrition connected to mom's perception of child's weight

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 02:00
Research calls for new health screenings at well-child doctor visits. A new study from the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance finds a child's risk for obesity or...