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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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Peanut allergy prevention strategy is nutritionally safe, NIH-funded study shows

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 02:00
Early-life peanut consumption does not affect duration of breastfeeding or children's growth and nutrition.

New treatment offers hope for children with debilitating skin and muscle disease

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 02:00
Patients who have failed multiple drug treatments show significant improvements.

Disease that causes blindness in children tied to new gene

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 08:00
Northwestern Medicine and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) scientists have identified a gene that causes severe glaucoma in children.

Cigarette smoking in high school at 'all-time low,' CDC report

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:00
The CDC have announced that cigarette smoking among high school students has fallen to its lowest level since 1991. Concerns remains about e-cigarette use.

Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 08:00
Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of...

Major depression: Most antidepressants ineffective for children, teens

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
A review in The Lancet finds that most antidepressants offer no benefit for children and adolescents with major depression, and they may even cause harm.

Automated overnight closed-loop insulin system shown to improve glucose control for youngsters at diabetes camp

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
Using an automated insulin feedback controller as part of an overnight closed-loop (OCL) control system improved glucose control (increased time within target glucose range) and reduced episodes of...

Thailand is first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
Thailand has received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a...

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 07:00
Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a...

Weight gain between pregnancies increases risk of birth asphyxia

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 04:00
The risk of asphyxia in a second child is higher if the mother has put on weight since the birth of her first child, according to a new large Swedish registry study conducted by researchers at...

Study charts development of emotional control in teens

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 04:00
In the midst of all the apparent tumult, intense emotion, and occasional reckless behavior characterizing the teenage years, the brain is, in fact, evolving and developing the neural circuits...

About one-third of preschool age children living in low and middle income countries are failing to meet basic cognitive or socioemotional milestones

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:00
An estimated 32.9% % of all 3- and 4-yr old children living in low- and middle-income countries scored poorly on either their cognitive or socioemotional development, according to a study published...

Green tea compound could help treat Down syndrome

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 08:00
Researchers suggest a compound in green tea called epigallocatechin gallate may improve cognitive function for people with Down syndrome.

Intervention reduces rates of overweight tots by half

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 08:00
Mothers who practiced responsive parenting - including reacting promptly and appropriately to hunger and fullness cues - were less likely to have overweight babies at their one-year checkup than...

Moving houses in childhood increases suicide, death risk

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 06:00
A new study shows a link between moving houses in childhood and adverse health and well-being outcomes, with adolescents at particular risk.

Almost all food and beverage products marketed by music stars are unhealthy

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 06:00
First quantifiable examination of nutritional quality of food and drink endorsements by music celebrities popular among teens.

Anti-epileptic drug linked to birth defects when taken with other drugs

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:00
In an analysis of pregnancies in Australia from 1999 to 2014 in which women were taking anti-epileptic drugs, fetal malformation rates fell over time in pregnancies where only one drug was taken...

Methotrexate exposure impacts cognitive processes cancer survivors need to multitask

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:00
Research from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital suggests that pediatric leukemia patients exposed to higher concentrations of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate are more likely to struggle with...

Children born late seem to score better on cognitive tests

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 07:00
Children born late, at 41 weeks of gestation, may have a higher level of cognitive functioning overall but a greater chance of physical problems.

Increase in obesity among pediatric hodgkin lymphoma patients may be linked to disease relapse

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 06:00
Obesity has been identified as an adverse risk factor for survival in many adult and childhood cancers, but not in pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma, the most common cancer in adolescents.