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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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New drug target for Rett syndrome

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:00
Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have identified a faulty signaling pathway that, when corrected in mice, ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological...

Research links prenatal stress to babies' health in war zones

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:00
Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study.

Penn Nursing study answers: What's a good breakfast for kids?

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:00
A team of researchers, led by Tanja Kral, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, concluded that a breakfast...

'Gene fusion' mutation uses 3-way mechanism to drive childhood brain cancers

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:00
A powerful, three-way mechanism by which a mutation drives the growth of childhood brain cancers, was discovered by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

Study shows maternal diet alters the breast milk microbiome and microbial gene content

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:00
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. EST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers will present findings from...

Emergency visits by youth for mental health, addiction rise by 32 percent over 6 years

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:00
Demand for child and youth mental health care has been steadily rising throughout the health care system in Ontario, Canada, with the biggest growth being felt in emergency departments.

More than 3 million US women at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 09:00
Sexually active women who stop using birth control should stop drinking alcohol, but most keep drinking.An estimated 3.

Study on use of umbilical cord vs. biocellulose film for antenatal spina bifida repair

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:00
Regenerative patch may improve neurological outcomes.In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 in an oral plenary session at 8 a.m.

Vaginal swab could restore beneficial bacteria for C-section infants

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:00
Swabbing newborn infants with their mother's vaginal birth fluid could restore beneficial bacteria that is lost through C-section delivery, new research suggests.

Study finds use of antenatal late preterm steroids reduces neonatal respiratory morbidity

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:00
In a study to be presented on Feb. 4 in the oral plenary session at 8 a.m. EST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers with...

Risk of breaking a bone in childhood depends on where you live in the UK

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:00
The risk of a child breaking a bone can depend upon their ethnicity and where they live in the UK, according to a new study.

Helping teens who self-harm and their families deal with shame and blame

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 03:00
Talking openly about blame and shame can benefit teens who self-harm, their families, and therapists, according to a new article.

Experts establish standards for psychosocial care of children with cancer and their families

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 03:00
Children with cancer and their families often experience considerable psychological and social challenges during and after treatment.

Lupus may contribute to pregnancy-related complications

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 02:00
A new study found that lupus during pregnancy may have negative health impacts for women and their babies.

Study examines long-term effectiveness of hepatitis A vaccination in children

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 02:00
In a follow-up study of children who were vaccinated against hepatitis A virus at ages 6 to 21 months, most children who were vaccinated at 12 or 15 months continued to have anti-hepatitis A...

Novel test detects potentially harmful chemicals in breast milk

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 00:00
Researchers have created a test that they say can accurately detect the presence of bisphenol A and parabens - known endocrine-disrupting chemicals - in breast milk.

Genetic cause identified in rare pediatric brain tumor

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 00:00
Diagnosis and treatment decisions for a recently recognized type of children's brain tumor should be improved by the discovery of the genetic mechanism that causes it, say researchers who...

Prehypertension in late pregnancy linked to poorer fetal outcomes

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 23:00
Women who develop prehypertension after 36 weeks' gestation may be at greater risk of having a stillbirth or an underweight infant, according to researchers from Sweden.

Easily stressed teens have increased hypertension risk later in life

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 23:00
Being an easily stressed 18-year-old might predict high blood pressure later in life, according to a study following the health of 1.5 million Swedish men.

Microcephaly: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 23:00
Microcephaly is a condition where infants are born with smaller than average head sizes. Learn about the causes, risk factors and treatment options for this neurological condition.