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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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Standardizing care improves outcomes for infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 00:00
Standardizing hospital care policies across institutions for infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth reduces their length of treatment and hospitalization, according to new...

Do sexist, violent video games reduce empathy for female victims of violence?

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 23:00
A new study found that young male gamers who identified most with their characters were less likely to report empathy toward an image of a girl who had been physically beaten.

Gut microbiota development driven by specific enzyme in breast milk

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:00
A new study has identified the enzyme in breast milk that is key to microbiota development in newborns, and it shows that the enzyme can also be derived from cow's milk.

Health, well-being no different for children raised in same-sex parent families

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:00
Children reared in stable families with same-sex parents show no difference in health and well-being than those raised in families with different-sex parents, say researchers.

Antibiotics may have lasting impact on the immune system of children

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:00
Scientists want to know whether taking antibiotics early in life can disrupt your immune system function lifelong.

Reassurance for parents as cancer causing genetic condition neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) risk lower than previously thought

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 06:00
The odds of children having a genetic condition which causes learning difficulties and tumours have been dramatically cut, thanks to genetic analysis led by The University of Manchester and Central...

Study links environment/parenting to childhood self-control

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 04:00
University of Texas at Arlington researchers have found that by age 3 environmental influences such as parenting are relevant factors in the development of toddlers' self-control when they are...

Neonatal circumcision does not reduce penile sensitivity in men

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:00
New research published in the Journal of Urology ® challenges widely accepted beliefs Few data are available concerning the consequences of neonatal circumcision on penile sensitivity in adults.

Teen BMI predicts risk of cardiovascular death in adulthood

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:00
Nationwide study of 2.3 million Israeli adolescents examined from 1967 through 2010 finds association between elevated BMI in late adolescence and subsequent cardiovascular mortality in midlife.

Zika virus causes microcephaly and other birth defects, confirm CDC

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:00
Following a review of the evidence, the CDC conclude that prenatal infection with Zika virus does cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects in babies.

RERE gene mutations result in features similar to 1p36 deletion syndrome

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 00:00
One in 5,000 babies is born missing a small amount of genetic material from the tip of chromosome 1, a region called 1p36.

Study estimates number of births and terminations with Down syndrome in Massachusetts

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 23:00
A multi-institutional research team has estimated for the first time the number of children born with Down syndrome each year in Massachusetts over the past century, along with the numbers of...

Tobacco use in youths has remained stable since 2011, CDC report

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 23:00
A report states that overall tobacco use in middle and high school students has not changed since 2011, with electronic cigarettes currently the most commonly used tobacco product.

Study links gang membership and depression

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:00
Kids who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal - and these mental health problems only worsen after joining, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State...

Drug candidate halts crippling excess bone growth in animal model of a rare bone disease - fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP)

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:00
CHOP and Penn Medicine researchers prevent excess bone formation, maintain skeletal growth and limb motion in lab animals.

San Francisco's homeless youth at 10 times higher risk of death

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:00
Street-based study shows suicide, substance abuse main cause of mortality among homeless youth.

Most online liquid nicotine vendors fail to prevent sales to minors

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 03:00
UCI-led study shows that self-regulation of e-cigarette industry isn't working.

Sanford scientists create animal model for pediatric brain tumor

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:00
Sanford Research scientists are published in Nature Cell Biology for their work developing a model to explore therapies for a pediatric brain tumor known as choroid plexus carcinoma.

Scans show severe brain damage in babies exposed to Zika

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 23:00
Brain scans show severe brain damage among babies born with microcephaly after probable exposure to the Zika virus, adding to evidence of a link.

Seeing e-cigarettes in shops may influence their use by teenagers

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:00
Adolescents who recall seeing e-cigarettes in shops are more likely to have tried them in the past and are more likely to intend to try them in the future, according to a study published in the...