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Treating infants of mothers with opioid dependence -- rising rates, rising costs

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:00
As more infants are born to mothers with dependence on prescription pain medications, the costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have increased dramatically, suggests a...

Temper, anxiety, homework trouble are medical issues? Many parents don't realize it

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:00
Parents often bring their school-aged children to check-ups or sick visits armed with questions. What should he put on that rash? What about her cough that won't go away?

Baby teethers are a novel source of infant exposure to endocrine disruptors

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:00
A new study has found that endocrine disrupting chemicals--which can interfere with the actions of hormones in the body--are present in some plastic teethers for babies, and the chemicals can leach...

Cooling children after cardiac arrest provides no significant benefit

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:00
Although body-cooling has long been a standard of care in treating adults after heart attacks, a recently published multi-center study has concluded that the same procedure -- known as "therapeutic...

Marijuana use linked to earlier puberty, stunted growth in boys

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:00
Boys who smoke marijuana may be at increased risk of earlier puberty and stunted growth, according to new research. This may be down to stress responses triggered by the drug.

Maternal obesity linked to reduced immunity in newborns that may last a lifetime

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:00
A new study finds infants born to obese mothers have weaker immune systems at the time of birth that persist throughout their lifetime, making them more prone to illness.

UCSF-led study explains how early childhood vaccination reduces leukemia risk

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:00
Chronic infections push 'pre-leukemia' cells, common in newborns, into malignancyA team led by UCSF researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute...

Elementary-age suicides: rate rising among black children

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00
Every year in the US, a few dozen 5-11-year-olds die from suicide - a stable overall level, but with the rate rising among black elementary kids and falling among white children.

New school-based program helps reduce absentee rate for urban minority children with asthma

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, and it can only be managed, not cured.

Researchers identify gene mutation linked to rare puberty-preventing disorder

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:00
A new study has identified a mutation in a gene called SEMA3E that is a cause of Kallmann syndrome - a disorder that stops or delayed puberty reduces sense of smell.

Study suggests need for renal protective care in pediatric lung transplant patients

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:00
Caucasian and Hispanic children who undergo lung transplantation appear to be at greater risk for developing chronic kidney disease, or CKD, according to a small retrospective study conducted at...

The power of "clowning around"

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 05:00
Medical clowns can reduce anxiety and length of hospital stay for children undergoing urologic surgery, according to a new study featured at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American...

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 23:00
New study may lead to recommendations for antibiotic usage and a clinical test for measuring gut microbe development in childrenA new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has...

Kids 'inactive most of the time during dance classes'

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 23:00
A warning to all parents that send their kids to dance classes - a new study shows that nearly all youth dance classes supply limited amounts of activity.

Peanut allergies common among children with asthma, but families often do not know

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 23:00
A new study finds that 53% of the families of children who tested positively for peanut sensitivity were not aware of their child's allergy.

Penn research points to omega-3 as an intervention for childhood behavioral problems

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 23:00
At the forefront of a field known as "neurocriminology," Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania has long studied the interplay between biology and environment when it comes to antisocial and...

New study on acupuncture to reduce pain and inflammation in children with acute appendicitis

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:00
Acupuncture was shown to lessen pain and reduce the underlying inflammation in pediatric patients with a diagnosis of acute appendicitis, according to a study published in the Journal of Alternative...

Starving cancer cells instead of feeding them poison

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:00
Simulation offers hope of killing cancers without sickening patientsA patent application for a drug that could destroy the deadly childhood disease known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia -- and...

Alcohol use in first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy may lead to permanent brain changes in offspring

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:00
Drinking alcohol in the first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy - a time when many women are unaware they are pregnant - may alter gene functioning in the brains of offspring, research shows.

Genome-wide DNA study shows lasting impact of malnutrition in early pregnancy

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:00
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Leiden University in the Netherlands found that children whose mothers were malnourished at famine levels during the first 10...

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