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Boys and girls who mature early are at higher risk of several adverse outcomes, including depression

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00
Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.

Early end to sickle cell anemia clinical trial prompted by successful outcome

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00
Conclusive data show that hydroxyurea therapy offers safe and effective disease management of sickle cell anemia (SCA) and reduces the risk of stroke, prompting early termination by the National...

Gamification for behavior change: what is it and how is it useful?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
In a world where the majority of children spend hours a day playing computer or console game, researchers are starting to utilize those habits for the better.

New three-tier hierarchy of care needed for critically ill children, says new report, UK

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Children's health experts are calling for a new three-tier hierarchy system of critical care, enhanced staff training, reorganisation of services and a more consistent funding model to bridge the...

Study finds early diagnosis and cord blood transplantation prevents permanent brain damage from rare inherited disease

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Umbilical cord blood from unrelated donors can halt the progression of the neurodegenerative disease Hurler syndrome if performed before the affected child is less than 9 months old, according to a...

Beverage companies still target kids with marketing for unhealthy, sugary drinks

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013, and children and teens remained key target audiences for that advertising, according to a new report released November...

Should we adjust substance use disorder treatment for depressed adolescents?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Although depression and substance use disorders commonly co-occur in adolescents, little is known about how depression influences adolescent substance use disorder treatment retention and outcomes.

Exposure to antibiotics in the womb increases risk of childhood obesity

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of...

The effects of childhood adversity on problem drinking

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00
While the influence of heritable factors on the development of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) has been documented in family pedigree and twin studies for decades, identification of specific genetic...

Peanut allergy in children with eczema during infancy linked to peanut in household dust

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00
A new study led by researchers at King's College London in collaboration with the US Consortium of Food Allergy Research and the University of Dundee has found a strong link between environmental...

Depressive-like behavior likely exacerbated by high-fructose diet in adolescence

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00
The consumption of a diet high in fructose throughout adolescence can worsen depressive- and anxiety-like behavior and alter how the brain responds to stress, according to new animal research...

Marketing rather than medicine may have led to a global surge in ADHD diagnosis

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00
You can't catch attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Yet the diagnosis and treatment of this behavioral condition is spreading like a contagion -- surging as much as tenfold in some...

UCLA stem cell researcher pioneers gene therapy cure for children with "bubble baby" disease

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 01:00
UCLA stem cell researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with adenosine deaminase (ADA)-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), often called "Bubble...

Study finds cyber dating abuse common among teens

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 01:00
Two in five teens surveyed experienced cyber dating abuse, which involves the use of technology to control, harass, threaten or stalk another person in the context of a dating relationship, in the...

Child abuse and adversity associated with poor health and employment outcomes later in life

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 01:00
People who currently fall into low-income and educational brackets are up to five times as likely to have faced abuse and adversity during childhood as people who fall into higher socioeconomic...

National Poll on Children's Health finds 74 percent of parents would remove their kids from daycare if others are unvaccinated

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:00
Most parents agree that all children in daycare centers should be vaccinated, and that daycare providers should be checking vaccine records every year, according to the University of Michigan C.S.

Restrictions for saturated fat and calories, but no limits for added sugars, can mean more carbs for school meals

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:00
New federal regulations requiring school meals to contain more whole grains, less saturated fat and more fruits and vegetables, while perhaps improving some aspects of the food being served at...

Very premature babies benefit from early sodium supplementation

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:00
Early sodium supplementation for very premature infants can enhance weight gain according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's...

Infants experience less pain in mother's soothing presence and gene activity in infant brain altered

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:00
Research led by NYU Langone Medical Center offers insight into short-term effects of maternal caregiving on a developing brainA mother's "TLC" not only can help soothe pain in infants, but it may...

New drug targets mutation and prolongs survival of incurable pediatric brain tumor in mice

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:00
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a new potential drug therapy for a rare, incurable pediatric brain tumor by targeting a genetic mutation found in children with the cancer.

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