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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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Cats do not harm children's mental health, study finds

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 23:00
Unlike previous research, a new study finds no link between cat ownership in childhood and increased risk of mental health disorders.

Brain scans could help doctors predict adolescents' problem drug use before it starts

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 05:00
There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps - but not the most engaged.

Modified Atkins diet helps children with rare form of epilepsy

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 05:00
Doose syndrome or myoclonic-astatic epilepsy is a rare syndrome accounting for one to two percent of childhood epilepsies.

Is insufficient weight gain during pregnancy associated with schizophrenia spectrum disorders in children later in life?

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 23:00
Insufficient weight gain during pregnancy was associated with increased risk for nonaffective psychosis - or schizophrenia spectrum disorders - in children later in life in a study that used data...

Deprivation in early childhood can affect mental health in adulthood, according to landmark study

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 23:00
Despite living in strong and supportive families for over 20 years, children exposed to early deprivation in Romanian institutions aged 0-3 experience a range of mental health problems in early...

Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink and use cannabis

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 23:00
Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink alcohol and use cannabis, than their less academically gifted peers, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Researchers reverse high blood pressure in offspring of hypertensive rats

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 23:00
Mothers contribute a lot of defining traits to their offspring, from eye color to toe length.

Headache far more common stroke symptom in children than adults

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:00
Headaches were present in nearly half of all children older than 3 years of age having a stroke. Headaches were most common in children with specific forms of blood vessel abnormalities.

Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 09:00
Researchers suggest that mothers with a greater immune response to herpes simplex virus 2 in pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism.

Fingerprinting young brains: New leads for mental disorders

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:00
Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another.

Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:00
Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.

Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:00
Children with congenital heart defects are less likely to meet minimum standards in third-grade reading and math end-of-year testing than peers.

Children inherit around 40 percent of parents' BMI

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:00
Around 40 percent of a child's weight is inherited from their parents, with 20 percent due to the mother and 20 percent due to the father, study finds.

Gay marriage legalization linked to drop in teenage suicide attempts

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 07:00
According to a new analysis, the fact that same-sex marriage has become legal across the United States has reduced suicide attempts among teens.

Appendicitis: Antibiotics could be alternative to surgery for children

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 06:00
Evidence review shows antibiotics could be a safe alternative to surgery in children with appendicitis and calls for large randomized trials to confirm it.

Study links outdoor air pollution with millions of preterm births

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 05:00
Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.

Cholesterol levels by age: Differences and recommendations

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 23:00
How do the levels of cholesterol differ by age naturally and what are the healthy levels for different age groups? What are the treatment options?

Survival rate may be improving for extremely preterm infants

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 23:00
Very early preterm infants are more likely to survive than in previous years, and the survivors are less likely to have neurological problems, according to an analysis of records from a National...

Oxytocin may boost paternal behavior

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:00
The 'love hormone' is known to promote mother-child bonding, but new research indicates that it could do the same for a father and their offspring.

Researcher investigates why mothers sing to their babies

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:00
Mothers from all human societies sing to their babies. Why do they do this, and is it important? One researcher is determined to find out.