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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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Study details how good bacteria might help prevent middle ear infections and pneumonia

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 23:00
A new study from the Forsyth Institute is helping to shed more light on the important connections among the diverse bacteria in our microbiome.

Infertility treatment 'does not affect offspring's early development'

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 08:00
In a new study, researchers found no difference in the risk of early developmental disabilities between children conceived through infertility treatment and those who were not.

Poverty may slightly increase childhood risk of neurological impairment, NIH study suggests

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 08:00
Children from low income environments appear to have a higher risk of neurological impairment than those from more economically secure circumstances, according to researchers at the National...

New findings on embryonic heart valves may prevent congenital heart defects in newborns

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 08:00
Cornell biomedical engineers have discovered natural triggers that could reduce the chance of life-threatening, congenital heart defects among newborn infants.

Increase seen in subsequent maltreatment in children with disabilities after an unsubstantiated report for neglect

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 07:00
Caroline J. Kistin, M.D., M.Sc., of Boston Medical Center, and colleagues examined the incidence and timing of re-referral to child protective services, substantiated maltreatment, and foster care...

Antidepressant use in pregnancy: increased risk of birth defects

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 06:00
Use of paroxetine - a drug that is part of the SSRI class of antidepressants - during early pregnancy is linked to increased risk of birth defects in newborns, say researchers.

Is your child's achy back more than just growing pains?

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 04:00
Nearly one in three adolescents report back pain.According to a new literature review in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, it's becoming more...

Recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis in children has high disease burden, health care costs

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 01:00
The burden of recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis in children may be higher than previously thought, with high costs related to repeated hospitalizations, report a pair of studies in the...

25 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 23:00
Find out what is happening in week 25 of your pregnancy. Your baby is now the size of a rutabaga and their lungs are almost ready for life outside the womb.

School meals more nutritious, thanks to revised standards

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 23:00
The Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act that came into force in 2012 has improved the nutrition of school meals without negatively impacting meal participation rates, new research finds.

Asymptomatic cardiovascular disease is prevalent and occurs earlier in adult survivors of childhood cancer

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 13:00
For adult survivors of childhood cancer, cardiovascular disease presents at an earlier age, is associated with substantial morbidity, and is often asymptomatic.

5 year olds eat and drink their body weight in sugar every year

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 06:00
A new campaign launches today (4 January 2016) encouraging parents to get "Sugar Smart" and take control of their children's sugar intake.

Could bug-busting viruses control food poisoning?

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 06:00
Viruses that can seek and destroy food poisoning bugs in the gut are being investigated by researchers at The University of Nottingham, thanks to a prestigious new grant.

Maternal and infant microbiomes affect offspring's later-life disease risk

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 23:00
Researchers have conducted a review of studies analyzing how disruptions to maternal and infant microbiomes may increase the risk of certain illnesses later in life.

Research finds parents can play a role in preventing teen fighting

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 23:00
Nearly one-fourth of all teens reported being involved in a physical fight in the past year, with higher rates of violent altercations among African American and Latino adolescents.

Epilepsy and marijuana: could cannabidiol reduce seizures?

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 07:00
A newly published study reveals that CBD reduces seizure frequency for children and young adults with epilepsy, offering hope for the over 5 million Americans with the condition.

Adolescents hospitalised in England with adversity-related injury at increased long-term risk of death or further hospitalisation

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 10:00
Adolescents discharged from hospitals in England after an admission for violent, drug- or alcohol-related, or self-inflicted injuries have increased risks of subsequent death and emergency...

Mosquito virus tied to potential brain damage in newborns spreading in Brazil

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 02:00
Six states in Brazil have declared a state of emergency due to rapid spread of mosquito-borne Zika virus - which has been linked to rise in babies born with microcephaly.

24 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 23:00
What is happening in week 24 of your pregnancy? Your baby is now the size of an ear of corn and has now developed a fully formed face.

Post-birth skin-to-skin contact reduces infant death

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 07:00
For infants with a low birthweight, skin-to-skin contact lowers the risk of death, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.