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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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As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:00
Fewer adolescents also report using marijuana.A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining.

Teen obesity: Could it be driven by low hormone levels?

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 23:00
Researchers suggest a hormone called spexin may be involved in early weight gain, after identifying low levels of the hormone among obese teenagers.

'Suggestive evidence' for link between air pollution and heightened stillbirth risk

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 23:00
Tighter curbs on car exhaust and industrial waste and boost in fuel quality needed.

Smoking while pregnant linked to schizophrenia in offspring

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:00
Smoking during pregnancy may affect the mental health of offspring, increasing their risk of schizophrenia by 38 percent, new research suggests.

Middle school intervention program leads to long-term BMI reduction for obese students

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 04:00
A five-week obesity prevention program for seventh grade students in Southern California helped obese students lose weight over a long-term period, according to a new study from the RAND...

UTHealth study finds e-cigarette marketing linked to teen e-cigarette use

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 04:00
Exposure to e-cigarette marketing messages is significantly associated with e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health...

Teenage pregnancies hit record low, reflecting efforts of England's strategy to reduce under-18 conceptions

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:00
Rates of teenage pregnancy in England have halved since the implementation of the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) in 1999, and the greatest effect is seen in areas of high deprivation...

Discovery of new disease gene will lead to better screening for severe paediatric heart disease

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:00
Cardiomyopathy, or a deterioration of the ability of the heart muscle to contract, generally leads to progressive heart failure.

Poorer health and wealth in later life for preterm, low-birth-weight babies

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Babies born prematurely at an extremely low birth weight may have lower income and poorer health in later life than those born a normal weight.

Are childhood stroke outcomes associated with BP, blood glucose, temperature?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Infarct (tissue damage) volume and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) were associated with poor neurological outcomes after childhood stroke but hypertension and fever were not, according to an...

Counseling guidelines necessary for pediatric patients receiving fertility, sexual function treatment

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 06:00
The drugs and therapies used to treat medical conditions often come with side effects. Doctors, pharmacists and other health care professionals strive to be sure we are made aware.

Heart defect prediction technology could lead to earlier, more informed treatment

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:00
An experimental model uses genetics-guided biomechanics and patient-derived stem cells to predict what type of inherited heart defect a child will develop, according to authors of a new study in...

Bereaved parents should be given full details about how to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome risk factors

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:00
New research indicates parents want paediatricians to give them detailed information about their child's death.

Alcohol intervention programs ineffective on fraternity members

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000...

Colours of autism spectrum described by CanChild researchers

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 06:00
Children with autism have a wide range of ability to talk with other people, but it has been difficult to group children by their specific skills.

Two-pronged attack on chemotherapy-resistant leukemia cells

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 04:00
All stems from malignant transformed precursor lymphocytes, the blood's defense cells. Nowadays, four out of five young leukemia patients can be treated successfully with aggressive chemotherapy.

Birth defect risk may increase with use of pain, anxiety drug in pregnancy

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 23:00
Women who take the drug pregabalin - used to treat pain, anxiety, and epilepsy - during pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with a birth defect, say researchers.

Tourette's syndrome: More than meets the ears

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Though it only affects 10-15 percent of people with Tourette's, involuntary swearing is perceived as a key symptom of the neurological condition. We investigate why.

Hard water linked to risk of eczema in infants

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 06:00
High levels of water hardness in the home may be linked to the development of eczema early in life, according to a new study led by King's College London.

New data show that tiotropium helps children with their asthma symptoms by improving lung function in comparison to placebo

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:00
New data from the Phase III VivaTinA-asthma® study show that when used as an add-on to maintenance asthma therapy (inhaled corticosteroid, ICS, or ICS plus another maintenance therapy)...