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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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Babies and mealtime: Food selection is more social than nutritional

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 08:00
At the dining table, babies determine food selection based more on social cues, rather than nutritional ones. Findings have implications for policymakers.

Controlling the amount of heparan sulphate - a carbohydrate needed for foetal development

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 06:00
Heparan sulphate occurs as carbohydrate chains which are very important for human body cells both for normal foetal development and during the course of various diseases.

Cardioprotective drug can help prevent long-term heart damage in children who receive chemotherapy

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 04:00
A potent chemotherapy drug can be life saving for children with cancer, but a new review highlights how it can have long-lasting negative effects on the heart.

Breast-feeding may reduce asthma symptoms for at-risk infants

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 23:00
Children with a genetic susceptibility for asthma development may be at lower risk of respiratory symptoms if they are breast-fed, researchers find.

Heatwaves, cold snaps may raise preterm birth risk

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 23:00
Exposure to extreme heat or cold during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, say researchers from the National Institutes of Health.

Induced labor after water breakage poses no harm to mothers or babies, TAU research finds

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 23:00
A new Tel Aviv University study has determined that natural, spontaneous deliveries and induced deliveries following the rupture of the amniotic sac in the mother share similar neonatal outcomes...

Antibiotics in early life could raise children's food allergy risk

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:00
Children prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may be at higher risk of food allergies, with the risk increasing with higher antibiotic use.

Decision-making tool may help doctors cut unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for children with coughs and respiratory tract infections

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 06:00
Respiratory tract infections (RTI) with cough are the most common reason children are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors, but up to a third of prescriptions may be unnecessary.

Parents' psychiatric disease linked to kids' risk of suicide attempt, violent offending

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 04:00
Risk for suicide attempts and violent offending by children appears to be associated with their parents' psychiatric disorders, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.

Newer epilepsy drugs taken while pregnant not associated with lower IQs in children

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 23:00
Two epilepsy drugs, levetiracetam and topiramate, may not harm the thinking skills and IQs of school-age children born to women who took them while pregnant, according to a recent study.

Deadly strep infection in infants could be prevented with breast milk sugars

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 23:00
Naturally occurring sugars present in some women's breast milk have the potential to prevent group B streptococcus infection in babies, researchers find.

New iPad game could help diagnose autism in children

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study involving the University of Strathclyde has found.

iPads as effective as sedatives for children before operations

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
New research presented at this year's World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong (Aug. 28 - Sept.

20 cent school intervention stops unhealthy weight gain in children

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 04:00
A school intervention costing less than 20 cents per child has stopped unhealthy weight gain.

Folic acid may protect against congenital heart defects

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:00
Findings from a study of Canadian data show that fortifying foods with folic acid are associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects.

Baby simulator programs 'increase teen pregnancy risk, not reduce it'

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 23:00
Instead of lowering the risk of teenage pregnancy, baby simulator-based programs increase pregnancy risk among adolescents, a new study finds.

Soluble corn fiber may improve women's bone health

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 23:00
Two studies have shown that soluble corn fiber supplements can help build and retain calcium in the bones of adolescent and postmenopausal women.

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae: What You Need to Know

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:00
Learn all about Mycoplasma pneumoniae, bacteria that can cause mild infections in the lung. This article looks at transmission, symptoms, and treatment.

E-cigarettes: Most teens vape for flavor, not nicotine

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:00
Challenging the common assumption that most youths use e-cigarettes to inhale nicotine, a new study finds most use the devices for the flavor of the vapor.

Traumatic brain injury associated with premature mortality and long-term psychosocial outcomes in a nationwide Swedish cohort

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:00
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) during youth is associated with elevated risks of impaired adult functioning, according to a longitudinal study published in PLOS Medicine.