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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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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.

Babies with gut yeast may be at risk of asthma

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 08:00
A new study suggests a fungus known as Pichia - found in babies' guts - may increase the risk of developing childhood asthma, if acquired in early life.

Study associates proximity to oil and gas development and childhood leukemia

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:00
Young Coloradans diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are more likely to live in areas of high-density oil and gas development compared to young Coloradans diagnosed with other types of...

International study suggests Nodding syndrome caused by response to parasitic protein

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 23:00
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have uncovered new clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and...

ADHD: Large imaging study confirms differences in several brain regions

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:00
The largest study of its kind provides robust evidence to confirm ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by delayed development of several brain regions.

Youth flag football may not be safer than tackle football

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 23:00
University of Iowa Health Care researchers report that the results of a study of injury rates in youth football leagues did not show that flag football is safer than tackle football.

Delinquent youth have more high-risk sex HIV/AIDS behaviors as they age

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 23:00
Delinquent youth are more likely to have high-risk HIV/AIDS sexual behaviors as they age, including multiple sexual partners and unprotected vaginal sex with a high-risk partner, reports a...

Too much soda may raise children's risk of fatty liver disease

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 07:00
Consuming high amounts of fructose - particularly from sweetened drinks - has been linked to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in children and adolescents.

Scientists isolate new antibodies to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 23:00
Researchers from VIB, UGent, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and several collaborators developed a new antiviral strategy to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading...

Dramatic turn-around in cognitive abilities of children born to older mothers

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 23:00
In contrast to 40 years ago, children born to older mothers today are more likely to perform better in cognitive ability tests than those born to younger mothers, reveals new research from the...

Gene discovery sheds light on growth defects linked to dwarfism

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 23:00
A new study shows how errors in a specific gene can cause growth defects associated with a rare type of dwarfism.

Dr. Virginia Apgar: Changing perceptions in medicine

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 07:00
In the first of a series on female role models in medicine, we look at the life and legacy of Dr. Virginia Apgar - the creator of the Apgar score.

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth causes hearing difficulties in children

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 23:00
A new mouse study investigates the neurological impact of perinatal exposure to nicotine. The findings suggests nicotine impacts the offspring's hearing.

What are the effects of traumatic brain injury in children?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 23:00
New research investigates the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury on children, as well as the importance of family in aiding recovery.

Gene discovery suggests new type of congenital muscular dystrophy

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:00
New study finds that mutations in INPP5K gene cause a new type of congenital muscular dystrophy with short stature, cataracts, and intellectual disability.

Parents' extra focus gives first borns mental edge over siblings, a study shows

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 05:00
First-born children's thinking skills outperform their siblings because they receive more mental stimulation from their parents in their early years, research suggests.

Study provides clues to the sex difference in dyslexia

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 23:00
For reasons that are unclear, males are diagnosed with dyslexia more often than females.