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Four factors predict neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with low birth weight

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:00
Four factors - medical complications at birth, maternal education, early motor assessments, and early cognitive assessments - help predict later cognitive function and motor performance for...

More than 1 in 20 U.S. children have dizziness and balance problems

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:00
First large-scale, nationally representative survey finds issues slightly more common in girls, non-Hispanic white children.More than 1 in 20 (nearly 3.

Basic research led to first FDA-approved immunotherapy for pediatric cancer

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:00
Building upon more than two decades of basic research conducted at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Araz Marachelian, MD, of CHLA, and her colleagues at pediatric academic centers across the U. S.

Researchers mine the epigenome to identify likely origins of childhood brain tumor subtype

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:00
Researchers have identified the cells that likely give rise to the brain tumor subtype Group 4 medulloblastoma.

Life expectancy three years longer for children born into smaller families

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:00
Children born into smaller families in the world's poorest nations will live an expected three years longer than those born into larger families, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

Prenatal exposure to flame retardants linked to poorer behavioral function in children

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 01:00
New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine suggests that prenatal exposure to flame retardants and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) commonly found in the environment...

Children at 'double the risk of aggression, suicide' with antidepressant use

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 00:00
Serious risks of common antidepressant medications prescribed for children have been underplayed by drug companies, increasing the danger of suicide and aggression.

Farsighted kids' reading skills fall behind before they start first grade

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:00
Kids with uncorrected farsightedness lose ground on reading skills before they ever start first grade, a new study has found.

Research: Many Latino kids struggle to reach a healthy weight by kindergarten

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:00
More Latino kids are obese by ages 2-5 than white kids, due to maternal obesity, less exclusive breastfeeding, and workplace and childcare issues that affect nutrition and physical activity levels...

Cardiac and metabolic risk factors significantly more likely in severely obese teens

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:00
Compared to normal weight adolescents, severely obese teens had at least a 2-fold greater risk of having high total cholesterol, triglycerides, and fasting glucose levels, and a greater than...

Air pollution tied to premature birth

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:00
Pregnant women who are exposed to high levels of fine particle air pollution - especially in the third trimester - are more likely to give birth prematurely, new study finds.

Interim guidelines for the evaluation and testing of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:00
The CDC has developed, in consultation with the American Academy of Pediatrics, interim guidance for the evaluation, testing, and management of infants born to mothers who traveled to or resided in...

Findings suggest vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may not reduce risk of asthma, wheezing in offspring

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00
Two randomized trials in JAMA examine if vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy would reduce the risk of asthma or persistent wheezing in offspring.

Serious adverse drug reactions rare from using beta blocker to treat vascular tumor in infants

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00
Sorilla Prey, M.D., of the Université de Bordeaux, France and colleagues examined the safety of propranolol therapy in treating infantile hemangioma, a vascular tumor characterized by rapid growth...

Antibiotic use in early life disrupt normal gut microbiota development

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00
The use of antibiotics in early childhood interferes with normal development of the intestinal microbiota, shows research conducted at the University of Helsinki.

Link between food advertising and child food consumption

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00
New research by University of Liverpool health expert Dr Emma Boyland has confirmed that unhealthy food advertising does increase food intake in children.

Vanderbilt study shows brain function differs in obese children

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00
The brains of children who are obese function differently from those of children of healthy weight, and exhibit an "imbalance" between food-seeking and food-avoiding behaviors, researchers at...

The best way to help homeless youth is hardly ever used: study finds drop-in centers embraced by those who fear, avoid shelters

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:00
Teens without homes, many of whom have suffered at the hands of those entrusted with providing them care and kindness, often refuse to seek warmth and nourishment at shelters.

Bullying hinders positive youth development for sexual-minority youth

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:00
When compared with their heterosexual peers, sexual-minority youth score lower on key indicators of positive youth development--and those disparities may be due in part to more bullying of these...

Childhood cancer survivors face increased risk of metabolic syndrome and premature cardiovascular disease

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:00
A new study of metabolic health risk factors in childhood cancer survivors showed increased risk for modifiable factors such as hypertension and overweight/obesity.