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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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Genetic causes of small head size share common mechanism

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:00
Microcephaly is a rare disorder that stunts brain development in utero, resulting in an abnormally small head.

Broccoli v. French fries: Appealing to teens' impulse to rebel can curb unhealthy eating

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:00
It's no secret that the adolescent years can be challenging: young teens have a heightened sensitivity to perceived injustice and react against authority.

Healthy diet boosts children's reading skills

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:00
A heathy diet is linked to better reading skills in the first three school years, shows a recent study from Finland.

Placenta plays pivotal "umpire" role to influence pregnancy outcomes

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 04:00
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother's...

Surprising deep similarities found across thousands of languages

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:00
The relationship between the meaning of a word and the sound it makes is considered to be arbitrary. A large-scale analysis puts this assumption in doubt.

Protect kids from toxic secondhand smoke, experts urge

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:00
Parents and policy advocates should take a "zero tolerance" approach to exposing children to secondhand cigarette smoke, which can be responsible for lifelong cardiovascular consequences in...

School sex education often negative, heterosexist, and out of touch

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:00
And taught by poorly trained, embarrassed teachers, say young people.School sex education is often negative, heterosexist, and out of touch, and taught by poorly trained, embarrassed teachers...

Clues in microbiome of infants point to future allergies and asthma

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 08:00
Composition of the gut microbiome of infants has been found to match the likelihood, or not, of developing asthma and allergies later in life.

Maternal gastric bypass may be associated with low birth weight babies

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 04:00
Women who undergo gastric bypass surgery for weight loss risk giving birth to babies that are small or have lower average birth weights.

Shorter lifespan for WWI babies whose fathers were injured, killed

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 23:00
Children born during World War I whose fathers were injured or killed in action were found to have shorter lifespans in a first-of-its-kind study.

Europeans most worried about vaccine safety, finds global study

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 23:00
In a global insight survey observing the state of confidence in vaccines across 67 countries, Europe was the region most skeptical about vaccine safety.

How long should children play video games?

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 23:00
A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental.

Healthy eating standards still not fully adopted among YMCA after-school programs

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 23:00
Researchers found South Carolina YMCAs lacking in compliance with standards, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorHealthy Eating standards...

Spike in teen obesity explained by decreased calorie burn in puberty

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 23:00
A groundbreaking study by the University of Exeter has found that the number of calories burned while at rest drops by up to 500 calories during puberty.

Infant circumcision can be safely performed in rural Africa

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 23:00
A new study indicates that early infant circumcision, which helps to prevent HIV transmission later in life, can be safely performed in rural Uganda.

Atomoxetine improves critical reading skills in children with dyslexia

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 23:00
A new study shows significant improvement in critical components of reading, including decoding and vocabulary, among children treated with atomoxetine compared to placebo.

Mother-to-child obesity clue: Umbilical cord cells show altered expression of genes regulating cell energy and metabolism

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 06:00
Scientists have long known that infants born to women who are obese show higher risks of obesity, but they don't fully understand what boosts those risks.

Adverse drug reactions may be under-reported in young children

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:00
A new study reveals that adverse drug reactions in newborns and infants may be under-reported.

Nasal spray flu vaccine 'ineffective and should not be used,' say AAP

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 08:00
The nasal spray flu vaccine LAIV offers insufficient protection for children and should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season, the AAP recommend.

Optimal delivery for twins is 37 weeks' gestation, new study finds

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 06:00
To minimize risk of stillbirth and newborn deaths, the optimal gestational age for delivery of twins in two-placenta pregnancies is 37 weeks, says study.