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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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Kids' eating habits highlight need for healthier lunchboxes

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:00
New research from the University of Adelaide in Australia shows children aged 9-10 years old are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from "discretionary" or junk foods.

Obesity rates are not declining in US youth

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:00
A clear and significant increase in obesity continued from 1999 through 2014, according to an analysis of data on United States children and adolescents age 2 to 19 years.In 2013-2014, 17.

Many European schools face barriers to providing mental health support to students

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:00
In a cross-national study of what European schools are doing to support student mental health and well-being, 47% of surveyed schools indicated that mental health provision is a high/essential...

Placenta size and offspring bone development linked

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:00
Researchers at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, studied 518 children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) who underwent...

Early respiratory tract infections may raise children's type 1 diabetes risk

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 23:00
Developing viral respiratory tract infections before 6 months of age may raise a child's risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Shared sanitation may increase diarrhea risk in children according to Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS)

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:00
Sharing a sanitation facility between households can be linked to increased risk of moderate-to-severe diarrhea (MSD) in children under 5 y at some sites, according to Global Enteric Multicenter...

ER reduces radiation exposure in children with suspected appendicitis

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:00
Physicians can safely reduce the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in children who have a suspected appendicitis by performing an ultrasound first, according to preliminary results of a...

Concussion outcomes differ among football players from youth to college

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:00
Concussions in high school football had the highest average number of reported symptoms and high school football players had the highest proportion of concussions with a return-to-play time of at...

Does supplemental donor milk instead of formula reduce infections in preterm infants?

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:00
The combined incidence of serious infection, the intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis and death was similar in very low-birth-weight infants who received either pasteurized donor milk or...

First successful treatment of traumatic paediatric stroke with autologous cord blood

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 06:00
Bochum's medics have succeeded in treating cerebral palsy after paediatric stroke with autologous cord blood.

Children with ADHD may benefit from following healthy behaviors, new study suggests

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:00
A new study shows that children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder follow fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors than non-ADHD youth, suggesting that they may benefit from improving...

Flu vaccination during pregnancy protects infants in early life

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 23:00
Researchers hail flu vaccination during pregnancy as a 'public health priority,' after finding 97 percent flu-infected infants in a new study were born to non-vaccinated mothers.

Exempt from passenger restraint laws, taxis pose risky rides for small children

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 23:00
The vast majority of small children riding in taxis are not restrained in car safety seats, according to new research, even though there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle collisions involving...

Survey suggests children of gay fathers are well adjusted

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 23:00
Compared to a national sample of heterosexual parents, gay fathers report similar parenting behavior and measures of wellbeing in their children, according to new research presented at the Pediatric...

Breastfeeding app shows promise in supporting first-time mothers

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 00:00
Researchers find that the use of texts, private social media support before and after giving birth lead more new moms to begin and continue breastfeeding their babies.

A spoonful of sugar? Swapping sugary drinks for water and dairy seems the best medicine

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 23:00
New research by Andersen et al, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, may have an impact on the sugar tax debate.

Breast milk linked to significant early brain growth in preemies

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 23:00
Preemies fed mostly breast milk had larger brains by their due dates than those who consumed small amounts or none.

One-third of autistic children likely to wander, disappear

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 23:00
A review of data on 1,420 children ages 6 to 17 with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) found that more than one-third had wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according...

Concerns raised with products marketed as 'first finger foods'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 23:00
New study at Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting raises questions about choking hazards in foods marketed as first finger foods for babies.

Study finds adolescent tobacco users commonly report light smoking

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 23:00
A new research abstract being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016 Meeting reveals new details about teen smoking.