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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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How long should children play video games?

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 23:00
A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental.

Healthy eating standards still not fully adopted among YMCA after-school programs

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 23:00
Researchers found South Carolina YMCAs lacking in compliance with standards, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorHealthy Eating standards...

Spike in teen obesity explained by decreased calorie burn in puberty

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 23:00
A groundbreaking study by the University of Exeter has found that the number of calories burned while at rest drops by up to 500 calories during puberty.

Infant circumcision can be safely performed in rural Africa

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 23:00
A new study indicates that early infant circumcision, which helps to prevent HIV transmission later in life, can be safely performed in rural Uganda.

Atomoxetine improves critical reading skills in children with dyslexia

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 23:00
A new study shows significant improvement in critical components of reading, including decoding and vocabulary, among children treated with atomoxetine compared to placebo.

Mother-to-child obesity clue: Umbilical cord cells show altered expression of genes regulating cell energy and metabolism

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 06:00
Scientists have long known that infants born to women who are obese show higher risks of obesity, but they don't fully understand what boosts those risks.

Adverse drug reactions may be under-reported in young children

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:00
A new study reveals that adverse drug reactions in newborns and infants may be under-reported.

Nasal spray flu vaccine 'ineffective and should not be used,' say AAP

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 08:00
The nasal spray flu vaccine LAIV offers insufficient protection for children and should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season, the AAP recommend.

Optimal delivery for twins is 37 weeks' gestation, new study finds

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 06:00
To minimize risk of stillbirth and newborn deaths, the optimal gestational age for delivery of twins in two-placenta pregnancies is 37 weeks, says study.

Over-the-counter head lice treatments are likely to fail

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 06:00
A recent review on head lice treatments available in the United States described a marked decline in the effectiveness of permethrin/synergized pyrethrins (collectively pyrethroids), likely due...

Does early-life diet affect longevity? A meta-analysis across experimental studies

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 04:00
While a nutritious diet has clear benefits for health and longevity, the general support for a lasting effect of early diet on lifespan is unknown.

Cesarean delivery may increase risk of childhood obesity

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 23:00
Cesarean birth may be associated with higher risk of obesity in children and is significant in families when compared with siblings born by vaginal birth.

MRIS during pregnancy and outcomes for infants, children

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 23:00
In an analysis that included more than 1.4 million births, exposure to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during the first trimester of pregnancy compared with nonexposure was not associated with...

Babies chew on subtle social, cultural cues at mealtime

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 23:00
At the dinner table, babies do a lot more than play with their sippy cups, new research suggests.

Babies born with a low birth weight may be less active in later life

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 23:00
Individuals who are born with a low birth weight are less likely to be good at sports at school or participate in exercise later on in life.

Babies and mealtime: Food selection is more social than nutritional

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 08:00
At the dining table, babies determine food selection based more on social cues, rather than nutritional ones. Findings have implications for policymakers.

Controlling the amount of heparan sulphate - a carbohydrate needed for foetal development

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 06:00
Heparan sulphate occurs as carbohydrate chains which are very important for human body cells both for normal foetal development and during the course of various diseases.

Cardioprotective drug can help prevent long-term heart damage in children who receive chemotherapy

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 04:00
A potent chemotherapy drug can be life saving for children with cancer, but a new review highlights how it can have long-lasting negative effects on the heart.

Breast-feeding may reduce asthma symptoms for at-risk infants

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 23:00
Children with a genetic susceptibility for asthma development may be at lower risk of respiratory symptoms if they are breast-fed, researchers find.

Heatwaves, cold snaps may raise preterm birth risk

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 23:00
Exposure to extreme heat or cold during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, say researchers from the National Institutes of Health.