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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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Over half of UK toddler deaths from unintentional drug poisoning due to methadone

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:00
Drug also accounts for significant proportion of young kids' intensive care admissions.

New implantable VAD for severe heart failure in children shows encouraging results in sheep

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:00
For children with severe heart failure, the only available means of life support are ventricular assist devices (VADs) placed outside the body.

Omega-3 lowers childhood aggression in short term, Penn research shows

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 00:00
Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional...

Father's age, drinking impacts offspring development, say researchers

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 23:00
A child's risk of birth defects, obesity, autism, and other conditions may be influenced by their father's age, alcohol use and other lifestyle factors, says a new review.

Is a written asthma action plan for children necessary?

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 23:00
Parents of children with asthma need ongoing education and guidance on this chronic condition and how to prevent and manage symptoms, but does a written asthma action plan improve outcomes more than...

Obesity on the rise in Indonesia

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 23:00
The 'double burden of malnutrition.'Obesity is on the rise in Indonesia, one of the largest studies of the double burden of malnutrition in children has revealed.

Prenatal stress could enhance protective mechanisms of babies

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:00
Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies.

Arterial switch to 12 o'clock associated with reduced coronary reserve in adolescence

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:00
Babies born with transposition of the great arteries undergo arterial switch in first days of life.

Study describes potential transmission of nongenetic behavioral traits to new generations

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Individual symptoms of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, avoidance and a heightened response to stress, can be transmitted from mother to child and even grandchild by multiple non-genetic...

Greater social media use tied to higher risk of eating and body image concerns in young adults

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 04:00
Logging on to social media sites frequently throughout the week or spending hours trolling various social feeds during the day is linked to a greater risk of young adults developing eating and body...

Scans reveal babies of mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 03:00
Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat at two months of age compared to babies born to healthy mothers, says a new study.

Genetic link found between impulsivity and binge-drinking teens

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:00
Psychologists have discovered a new genetic link between impulsivity and teenage binge-drinking.

Pertussis vaccination in pregnancy is safe, study finds

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 09:00
Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women in the U.S. as the key medical intervention to protect newborn infants from pertussis (whooping cough).

Tooth decay among 5 year olds in England continues significant decline

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 05:00
The number of 5 year olds with tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade, according to a PHE oral health survey.

Persistent childhood asthma linked to COPD: Early lung function predicts lung growth later in life

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 04:00
The development of persistent childhood asthma - characterized by having trouble breathing on an almost daily basis - is not well understood.

Children of depressed parents at high risk of adverse consequences into adulthood

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 02:00
The latest report from a 30-year study of families at high- and low-risk for depression reveals that the offspring of depressed parents have a higher risk for depression, morbidity and mortality that...

CDC study looks at link between age at first solid foods and later child obesity

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:00
Does the timing of introducing solid foods to the infant diet affect a child's risk of being obese by 6 years of age?

Children with swollen, painful knees: Is it Lyme disease or septic arthritis?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:00
In new study, 74 percent of patients had Lyme disease and not septic arthritis.