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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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Twin birth defect risk may be higher among mums not on fertility treatment

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 04:00
Fertility treatment boosts twin births and thought to be linked to higher abnormality rate.

Depression, adverse childhood events and sleep disturbances linked to changes in the immune system

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 23:00
Adverse childhood experiences and sleep disturbances interfere with immune system regulation, shows research from the University of Eastern Finland.

Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data to families

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 23:00
Transparency without accessibility is not enough: stats must be put in context, say researchers.

Simple reward-based learning suits adolescents best

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:00
Adolescents focus on rewards and are less able to learn to avoid punishment or consider the consequences of alternative actions, finds a new UCL-led study.

Sharing of a bacterium related to tooth decay among children and their families

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 08:00
Research presented at the ASM Microbe research meeting provides compelling evidence that children acquire Streptococcus mutans, the bacterium most frequently associated with dental caries, from...

Racial disparities found in children's urologic surgery

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 03:00
Black children who undergo urologic surgery are more likely than white children to have postsurgical complications and hospital-acquired infections 30 days after the surgery.

E-cigarettes: Gateway or roadblock to cigarette smoking?

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 03:00
New research suggests e-cigarettes act as 'roadblock' to tobacco among young people.

Study: Exercise can help adults better cope with ADHD symptoms

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 23:00
Exercise, even a small amount, can help alleviate symptoms of ADHD in adults, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers.

Brains of teens with conduct disorder are different

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 08:00
MRI maps reveal multi-regional brain structure differences between teens, young men with severe antisocial behavior problems, and their peers.

Hospital ERs play vital role in reducing youth violence in urban communities

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 06:00
Thirty minutes of counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease a young person's involvement in future violent behaviors, researchers at the University of Michigan have found.

Scientists discover mechanism of thalidomide

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 06:00
Malformations and anti-cancer effects have a common mechanism.In the 1950s, thalidomide (Contergan) was prescribed as a sedative drug to pregnant women, resulting in a great number of infants...

Certain factors affect vitamin D levels in children with chronic kidney disease

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 06:00
Researchers have identified certain modifiable and non-modifiable factors associated with vitamin D deficiency in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

How much you weigh as a teenager is linked to your risk of heart failure in early middle age

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 03:00
Research that followed more than 1.6 million Swedish men from adolescence onwards between 1968 and 2005 has shown that those who were overweight as teenagers were more likely to develop heart...

Changed gut bug mix linked to C-section, antibiotics and formula lasts through baby's first year

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 23:00
Birth by C-section, exposure to antibiotics and formula feeding slow the development and decrease the diversity of a baby's microbes through the first year of life.

High-fat diet in pregnancy can affect three future generations

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 08:00
New mouse study shows that pups, grand pups, and great-grand pups of mothers fed a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy developed metabolic problems.

Antidepressive treatment during pregnancy can affect newborn brain activity

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 06:00
A new Finnish study shows that fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns.

'Map' of teenage brain provides strong evidence of link between serious antisocial behaviour and brain development

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 03:00
The brains of teenagers with serious antisocial behaviour problems differ significantly in structure to those of their peers, providing the clearest evidence to date that their behaviour stems from...

Recharge with sleep: Pediatric sleep recommendations promoting optimal health

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 23:00
For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released official consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and teenagers...

Physical activity builds stronger bones, even in children with genetic risk

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 08:00
Exercise, particularly high-impact activity, builds stronger bones in children, even for those who carry genetic variants that predispose them to bone weakness, according to new research.

Marijuana, alcohol use may harm teens' mental health, academic outcomes

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:00
New research finds that marijuana and alcohol use during middle and high school may lead to poorer academic outcomes and mental health problems.