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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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Is the baby-friendly hospital initiative improving infant health and breastfeeding outcomes?

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 23:00
The 10-step Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), aimed at promoting breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity to improve early infant health in the U.S.

Study of brain activity shows that food commercials influence children's food choices

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 08:00
Food advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry, with approximately $1.8 billion annually aimed at children and adolescents, who view between 1,000 and 2,000 ads per year.

Oral immunotherapy is safe, effective for peanut-allergic preschoolers, study suggests

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 23:00
Nearly 80 percent of peanut-allergic preschool children successfully incorporated peanut-containing foods into their diets after receiving peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT), a clinical trial has...

Food commercials change children's eating priorities

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 23:00
Researchers find watching food commercials changes children's brain activity, influencing their food decisions by altering taste preferences.

Children failing to meet ideal cardiovascular health guidelines

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 23:00
The American Heart Association's Scientific Statement reveals that most American children have poor diets and low cardiovascular health scores.

Evidence insufficient to make recommendation regarding screening for lipid disorders in children and adolescents

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 23:00
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for lipid disorders in children and...

"Cultural Learners" in the Cradle

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 08:00
Well before starting to speak, children from a very young age pay higher attention to the information received from native speakers of their language compared to the information received from...

Rare genetic variations may solve mystery of porphyria severity in some patients

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 06:00
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and international collaborators have identified variations in a transport protein that help explain symptom severity in porphyria patients and suggest possible...

Positive teacher-student relationships boost good behaviour in teenagers for up to four years

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 06:00
A new study has found that having a positive relationship with a teacher around the age of 10-11 years old can markedly influence the development of 'prosocial' behaviours such as cooperation and...

Developmental psychology: Little strategists

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 06:00
Sharing with others and getting something back: Preschoolers expect someone who has benefitted from their generosity to reciprocate when an opportunity arises to do so.

Scientists identify Down's Syndrome gene

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 06:00
Geneticists have identified an enzyme which regulates the production of sperm and egg cells in human reproduction.

Microcephaly discoveries made in non-Zika cases help explain abnormal brain growth

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
Protein that helps newly born brain cells divide plays key role.Long before Zika virus made it a household word, the birth defect called microcephaly puzzled scientists and doctors - even as it...

Zika infection in pregnancy linked to joint deformities in newborns

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
New research in The BMJ suggests Zika infection in pregnancy may be linked to a condition called arthrogryposis, whereby joints are deformed at birth.

College students who misuse stimulants more likely to have ADHD, substance-use disorder

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
A new study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators finds that college students who misuse stimulant drugs are more likely to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...

Playground zoning increases physical activity during recess

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
Most grade school students are likely to claim recess as their favorite period of the day; however, in many cases recess still can be sedentary with students not engaging in enough physical...

Study finds brain connections key to reading

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
Pathways that exist before kids learn to read may determine development of brain's word recognition area.

Autism risk in younger children increases if they have older sibling with disorder

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 06:00
A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD.

Could thiamine-fortified fish sauce help fight infant beriberi in Southeast Asia?

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 06:00
Beriberi in infants is a public health concern with reports in parts of Southeast Asia. Caused by thiamine (B1) deficiency, beriberi generally presents among breastfed infants at three months.

High-fat diet in pregnancy reduces beneficial gut microbiota for offspring

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:00
Babies born to mothers who eat a high-fat diet during pregnancy may have lower levels of bacteria important for energy extraction from foods, study finds.

Novel genetic mutation may lead to the progressive loss of motor function

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:00
NIH mouse study identifies the mechanism responsible for a rare form of pediatric neuropathy.