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Prevention better than cure for pediatric brain injury

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 23:00
An exhaustive analysis of data from more than 40,000 cases of brain trauma in children - published by the authoritative New England Journal of Medicine - provides convincing evidence that protecting...

Ethnic discrimination during pregnancy impacts health of offspring

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 23:00
New research from the University of Colorado Denver shows that women who experience racial discrimination while pregnant suffer significant health impacts that are passed on to their infants.

Could sunlight affect fertility and lifespan?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:00
New research has associated high levels of ultraviolet radiation from the sun with reduced fertility and shorter lifespans for children.

Rear-facing car seats should be used until child is 2 years old; almost three-quarters of parents don't follow guidelines

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 23:00
Using a rear-facing car seat until a child is age two reduces risk of serious injury, but close to one-quarter of parents report they turned the seat around before their child was even one year old...

Teens influenced by misconceptions of their peers

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:00
Adolescents tend to judge their peers according to misguided stereotypes, and these misconceptions can in turn lead to risky behavior, according to a new study.

Risks of youth rugby need urgent scrutiny

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:00
The unknown risks of youth rugby need urgent assessment to ensure the safety of junior players, says a senior doctor in The BMJ.

Twin study suggests genetic factors contribute to insomnia in children and teens

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:00
A new study of twins suggests that insomnia in childhood and adolescence is partially explained by genetic factors.

12-year study confirms overall safety of measles vaccines

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:00
A 12-year study of two measles-containing vaccines, published in Pediatrics, found that seven main adverse outcomes were unlikely after either vaccine.

Exercise during pregnancy confers blood pressure benefits to kids

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 23:00
It's been well established among doctors and researchers alike, that babies with lower birth weight have a greater risk of having high blood pressure later in life.

Some children are more sensitive to their environments, for better and worse

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 23:00
Some children are more sensitive to their environments, for better and for worse.

Respiratory syncytial virus infection may be associated with higher risk for bacterial pneumonia

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:00
Two common and sometimes dangerous respiratory diseases, a viral one caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and a bacterial one caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae may be linked, suggests a...

Risk factors identified that link low birthweight to diabetes

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00
Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults.

Cooler temperatures encourage replication of cold virus

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 23:00
The common cold virus can reproduce itself more efficiently in the cooler temperatures found inside the nose than at core body temperature, according to a new Yale-led study.

Genetic factors may contribute to insomnia in children, teens

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 23:00
A new study of twins suggests that insomnia in childhood and adolescence is partially explained by genetic factors.

Small screens in the bedroom hinder children's sleep

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:00
Researchers report that sleeping in the same room as smartphones or other devices with small screens can have a negative impact on the amount of sleep that schoolchildren get.

Is prolonged rest the best medicine for concussion?

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:00
Although strict rest - sometimes for several days, in a darkened room - is standard care for concussed patients, a new study suggests it may actually impede recovery.

BMC receives award to improve care for pediatric patients with complex health issues

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 00:00
Boston Medical Center (BMC) has received a $6.1 million award from the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to establish the Massachusetts Alliance for Complex Care (MACC) and expand...

Cannabidiol trials begin at Georgia Regents University

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 00:00
Two clinical trials aimed at treating children with medication-resistant epilepsy with cannabidiol have been approved at Georgia Regents University.

Project pinpoints 12 new genetic causes of developmental disorders

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 23:00
The first results to emerge from a nationwide project to study the genetic causes of rare developmental disorders have revealed 12 causative genes that have never been identified before.

High IV doses of the antibiotic vancomycin increase the risk of kidney damage in children

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 23:00
Results of a small Johns Hopkins Children's Center study show that hospitalized children given high-dose IV infusions of the antibiotic vancomycin to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections face...