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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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Preterm babies more prone to autism

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 06:00
Nearly 30% of babies born very prematurely developed autism, compared with 1% of babies born full term, suggesting that environmental factors can influence the development of ASD.

Study links epigenetic processes to the development of the cerebellar circuitry

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 03:00
From before birth through childhood, connections form between neurons in the brain, ultimately making us who we are.

Healthy theme park meals?

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 00:00
When meals at Disney World restaurants came with a fruit or vegetables instead of fries, about half of diners opted to keep the healthier option!

South Africa's child mortality reduction deemed 'a successful failure'

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 23:00
As the 25-year period for the UN Millennium Development Goals concludes on Dec. 31.

Vitamin A quells severity of preemie gastrointestinal disease in mice

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 08:00
After observing that some gastrointestinal disease in premature human and mouse infants progresses only when certain immune system white blood cells go into inflammatory overdrive, Johns Hopkins...

A call to regulate starvation of 'Paris thin' models

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 07:00
Prohibiting runway models from participating in fashion shows or photo shoots if they are dangerously thin would go a long way toward preventing serious health problems among young women ...

Pediatric medication poisonings more likely in poor, rural areas

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 07:00
Children younger than 5 who live in economically disadvantaged areas had a greater risk of medication poisoning that resulted in referral to a health care facility, according to scientists at the...

Bones of obese children may be in trouble, UGA study finds

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 04:00
Studies have shown that obese children tend to have more muscle, but recent University of Georgia research on the muscle and bone relationship shows that excess body fat may compromise other...

Children with epilepsy are at increased risk of dying early

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 02:00
While epilepsy and migraines in children and adolescents are closely related neurologic disorders, youth with epilepsy face a significantly higher risk of dying prematurely.

Parent touch, play and support in childhood vital to well-being as an adult

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 02:00
Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood.

23 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 23:00
What is happening in week 23 of your pregnancy? Your baby is the size of a papaya and their heartbeat can now be heard through a standard stethoscope.

Touch-screen devices might help measure child development

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 23:00
A new report into toddlers and their usage of touch-screen devices asks whether the technology might be useful to help assess child development.

Home births not linked to increased risk of complications

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 08:00
A large study reveals that planned home births do not put babies or their mothers at increased risk of harm, compared with planned hospital births.

Women experiencing delay in labour willing to forsake their own birth plans

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 07:00
Choice less important than safe delivery for women in this situation.A new study of women's experiences of delay in labour has revealed that many mums-to-be are prepared to abandon their...

Candy games stimulate appetite

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 05:00
At least once a week, two thirds of all children of primary-school age will play an internet game that was created to draw attention to a brand.

FDA approves wearable defibrillator for children at risk for sudden cardiac arrest

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 04:00
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication for the LifeVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator.

Study: Childhood concussions impair brain function

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 01:00
A new study finds that pre-adolescent children who have sustained sports-related concussions have impaired brain function two years following injury.

Teens with fewer mental health issues turn to e-cigarettes

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 01:00
Adolescents with moderate emotional health problems do not smoke, but they may vape, USC study finds.

Baby safety: know your car seat

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 23:00
Most families putting a newborn baby in a car seat for the first time make a mistake, often a serious one, putting the child at risk in case of an accident.

Acupuncture 'safe and effective' for chronic pain in children

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 23:00
While studies have shown acupuncture is effective for chronic pain in adults, new research suggests the treatment may also be a feasible treatment for children with the condition.