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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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Bariatric surgery associated with improved mobility, less walking pain

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 04:00
A new study published online by JAMA Pediatrics suggests bariatric surgery was associated with faster walking by teens, less walking-related musculoskeletal pain and lower heart rates as soon as...

HIV therapy for breastfeeding mothers can virtually eliminate transmission to babies

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 23:00
For HIV-infected mothers whose immune system is in good health, taking a three-drug antiretroviral regimen during breastfeeding essentially eliminates HIV transmission by breast milk to their...

"Cool, fun factor" motivates e-cigarette use in teens

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 08:00
The novelty factor of e-cigarettes is the key motivation for their use by adolescents, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Garlic aroma found in breast milk

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 02:00
Food chemists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have found that garlic aroma is evident in the breast milk of women who have consumed garlic.

Marrying young: Marital expectations for kids influenced by mom

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 23:00
Children's expectations of when or if they will marry, particularly if they will marry young, are heavily influenced by the experiences of their mothers.

FaceTime might help toddlers learn new skills and social interactions

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 23:00
Screen time is discouraged in children under the age of 2 to avoid poor language skills. However, a new study shows that video chat may enhance learning.

'Go to bed!' Late preschool bedtimes increase obesity risk

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
When kids ask why they have to go to bed so early, science has an answer: because it will reduce the chances of obesity in the teenage years.

Adolescent birth rate drops across all racial groups, annual report shows

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 06:00
America's Children report also finds improvements in child education, health care.

Sound waves may hold potential to treat twin pregnancy complications

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 04:00
High energy sound waves could treat a potentially deadly complication that affects some twin pregnancies, says new research.

Side effects of Alzheimer's gene visible in child brain development

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 23:00
Effects of the apolipoprotein E gene, with the greatest influence on the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, may be present in childhood.

Clozapine shows better efficacy in children with schizophrenia than in adults

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 04:00
Childhood-onset schizophrenia is a rare, severe, and difficult to treat form of the disease, but a new study suggests that children show a stronger response to clozapine than to other antipsychotic...

UTHealth researchers: Umbilical cord patch could be method for fetal spina bifida repair

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 23:00
A patch made from cryopreserved human umbilical cord may be a novel method for treating spina bifida in utero, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health...

Research will help GPs diagnose urinary tract infections in children and improve antibiotic use

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 04:00
Urinary tract infections (UTI) in young children can lead to kidney damage, but are notoriously difficult to diagnose in primary care because symptoms can often be vague and unclear.

Are vitamin supplements for pregnant women a waste of money?

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 23:00
Nutritional supplements are widely marketed to pregnant women. A review asks whether scientific research backs up the relatively high cost of these pills.

Children who suck their thumbs and bite their nails less likely to develop allergies

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 06:00
Study finds adults who sucked their thumbs and bit their nails in childhood were less likely to test positive in a skin prick test for allergies.

Concussions on the rise for adolescents, researchers say

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 06:00
Sustaining a concussion during adolescence may be more common than previous estimates, according to researchers presenting their study at the American Orhopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's...

Teen vaping could reverse progress in the control of tobacco

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 06:00
Nicotine experimentation could become nicotine addiction for youth who never used any other tobacco products, USC study suggests.

Look-back study suggests some major scoliosis surgeries can be avoided

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 02:00
In a look-back study of medical records, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine concluded that a major operation to fuse the spines of children with a rare form of severe, early-onset scoliosis can...

Composition of artificial turf surfaces key to preventing high school football injuries

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 02:00
As artificial turf systems are increasingly used at all levels, new research is needed to understand how these surfaces can impact athlete safety.

Increase in childhood and adult asthma linked to London's 1952 Great Smog

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 02:00
London's Great Smog of 1952 resulted in thousands of premature deaths and even more people becoming ill.

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