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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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Does a 'bad' apple spoil the bunch? Study shows how problem behaviors spread in siblings

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 23:00
Siblings bear responsibility for the spread of problem behaviors. Adolescents with a delinquent brother or sister are more likely to misuse alcohol and other substances than those without a...

Nutrition protects against the impact of stress on the brain in early life

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 05:00
Young mice that grow up in stressful circumstances go on to have fewer cognitive-impairments and memory problems as adults if they are given enriched breast milk.

Unhealthy weight management practices associated with non-medical use of prescription drugs among adolescents

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 02:00
Non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) is a serious public health concern in the U.S. Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S.

Teens with asthma almost twice as likely to smoke as their healthy counterparts

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 23:00
Study finds they believe it lessens their anxiety and stress.Curiosity is a driving factor in why most kids start smoking, and the same is true for kids with asthma.

Skipping breakfast and not enough sleep can make children overweight

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 23:00
Mothers smoking in pregnancy, children skipping breakfast and not having a regular bedtime or sufficient sleep all appear to be important factors in predicting whether a child will become overweight...

Fun, comfort with exercise helps young people with conditions like autism and ADHD remain active

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 23:00
The best way to help young people with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder get more exercise is to make it fun, according to a small international...

Childhood cancer survivors are living longer but do not report improvement in health status

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 13:00
Research from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study that looks at how patients diagnosed with cancer over three decades perceive their health shows need for further progress.

Mother's blood sugar measurement associated with baby's congenital heart disease risk

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:00
For the first time, researchers have shown that the level of blood sugar measured in the first trimester of pregnancy may be associated with the risk of delivering a baby with congenital heart...

Children born by Cesarean section may have a greater risk of obesity

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 04:00
Compared with vaginally-delivered children, those born by Cesarean section had a 1.4 times greater odds of becoming overweight or obese in childhood.

Global progress on reducing child deaths largely due to fewer cases of pneumonia, diarrhoea, death during birth, malaria and measles

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 05:00
Estimates for 2015 suggest that 5.9 million children worldwide died before reaching the age of five, including 2.7 million newborns. Globally, four million (4.

Ways to Induce Labor: Medical and Natural Options

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 23:00
Why might some pregnancies need to be induced and how is this achieved? Learn about the natural ways that may be used to induce labour.

How should you introduce peanuts to your child?

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 23:00
Food allergies can be serious and even life-threatening. Introducing peanuts into your child's diet is nerve-wracking. New guidelines offer assistance.

Childhood flu, birth year predicts immunity in adulthood

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 23:00
New research suggests our birth year and the virus we were exposed to as children can help predict how we would cope in the event of a new flu pandemic.

Scouts and guides have better mental health in later life, study finds

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 23:00
Taking part in the scouts or guides appears to help lower the risk of mental illness in later life, a study suggests.

Particle clusters named a culprit in premature birth

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 23:00
A new study of more than 100 pregnant women pinpoints the abnormal buildup of mineral-protein clusters in amniotic fluid (AF) as a potential culprit in premature birth.

Excessive BMI increase during puberty identified as a new risk factor for mortality due to cardiovascular disease

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 23:00
Boys with a large increase in body mass index (BMI) during puberty are at increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease later in life.

Alcohol damage to fetus measured by new blood test

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 23:00
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders include physical and mental disabilities. New research finds a way to predict the extent of the damage at an early stage.

Parents don't notice young children's PTSD - but may need support themselves

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 23:00
Young children may experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for years without it being recognised by their parents according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Classroom-based sex education programmes largely ineffectual, but incentives to stay at school can help

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 23:00
A global review of school-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pregnancy in adolescents shows sex education programmes have no impact in lowering...

When do speech difficulties in children matter for literacy?

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 05:00
A new study found that speech difficulties are linked with difficulties in learning to read when children first start school, but these effects are no longer apparent at 8 years of age.