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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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A child's first eight years critical for substance abuse prevention

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the...

England's teenage pregnancy rate halved in last 15 years

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 06:00
The rate of under-18 conceptions in England has declined by 51% since 1998*, exceeding the goal of the original teenage pregnancy strategy, according to data released by the Office for National...

Kids with high BMI more impatient and impulsive - greater risk of pedestrian injury

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 02:00
Child development experts already know obese children are at greater risk than their peers for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and joint problems.

Hydrolized infant formula does not prevent allergies

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 00:00
Researchers call for an overhaul of infant feeding guidelines, after finding no evidence that hydrolized formula protects against allergies.

Chemical exposure decreases with change of cosmetics

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
By switching to cosmetic products without endocrine-disrupting chemicals, teenage girls had lower urinary concentrations of the chemicals in a new study.

Low-level arsenic may impact fetal growth, Dartmouth-led study finds

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
Fetal growth may be impacted by low levels of arsenic that pregnant women consume in drinking water and food, a Dartmouth College study finds.

Leading cause of stroke in young going untreated -- and it shouldn't, study finds

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
Risk of Gamma Knife treatment often far outweighed by mounting risk of stroke.

Preemies' gut bacteria reveal vast scope of antibiotic resistance

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 07:00
A new study of gut bacteria in premature infants reveals the vast scope of the problem of antibiotic resistance and gives new insight into the extreme vulnerability of these young patients...

Concussion assessment tool may help predict risk of persistent postconcussion symptoms among children

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 07:00
A clinical risk score developed among children presenting to an emergency department with a concussion was significantly better than physician judgment in predicting future persistent postconcussion...

Improving modern vaccines -- sugar polymer tails wag the protein dog

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 06:00
Millions of people - particularly infants in underdeveloped countries -- suffer from the serious life threatening illnesses of meningitis, pneumonia and influenza.

VCU scientists work to bring about a new treatment for rare childhood cancer

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 04:00
Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that develops in very early forms of nerve cells in the embryo or fetus, and it accounts for the most pediatric deaths for any tumor outside of the brain.

Bid to beat baby chest infection boosted by immune study

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 04:00
Babies at risk of a serious lung infection could be helped by a therapy based on the body's natural immune defences.

Children know best whether an allergy spray works for them

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 03:00
A recent 14-day study that compared the efficacy of an allergy spray in 304 children aged 6-11 years with seasonal allergic rhinitis showed that the result depended on who assessed symptoms...

Group identifications affect likelihood of teenagers smoking, drinking and taking cannabis

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 02:00
Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups...

Adolescents drink too much caffeine

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 00:00
Teenagers are drinking too much caffeine, despite being aware of the risks. Easy availability, parental influence, advertising and social norms all play a role.

Unusual sporting injuries in young rugby players

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 15:00
Acetabular fractures affect the socket of the hip bone, and are generally sustained after violent trauma, such as road traffic accidents.

Neighborhood features associated with decreased odds of homicide in adolescents

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 07:00
Neighborhood features including street lighting, parks, public transportation and maintained vacant lots were associated with lower odds of homicide among young people ages 13 to 20, according to...

Model placenta could reveal how pathogens reach an unborn child

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00
In the light of the Zika crisis, scientists are searching for clues about the placenta's role in barring diseases before birth. A realistic, new NASA-inspired model could help.

UK diagnoses children's kidney cancer at a later stage than Germany

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00
THE UK diagnoses Wilms' tumours - the most common children's kidney cancer - when they are larger and more advanced compared with those diagnosed in Germany, according to a Cancer Research...

Avoiding peanut after building tolerance is safe for children

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 23:00
Children who were at risk of peanut allergy but who built up tolerance over 5 years can safely stop eating peanut for a year without losing tolerance.