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Coaching parents over the phone improves children's asthma treatment

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:00
Managing childhood asthma is difficult. Rather than giving daily medications - even when children feel well - many parents treat asthma only when symptoms become severe.

ESPGHAN committee presents recommendations and checklist for liver biopsy in infants and children

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:00
While noninvasive alternatives are increasingly available, liver biopsy still provides essential information in some children with liver disease, according to a new position paper in the Journal of...

Sleep loss during the school week may contribute to teen drowsy driving risk

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:00
A new study suggests that teen drivers who start class earlier in the morning are involved in significantly more motor vehicle accidents than peers with a later high school start time.

Videos starring the Cookie Monster help preschoolers develop skills critical to school readiness

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:00
Who would have thought a Sesame Street video starring the Cookie Monster, of all characters, could teach preschoolers self-control?

Preterm birth identified as leading cause of death in young children

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 07:00
Today is World Prematurity Day. A new study published in The Lancet reveals that preterm birth is now the leading cause of death worldwide among children under the age of 5 years.

Follow-up testing indicated after initial negative test for inherited cardiac syndrome that can cause sudden death

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 01:00
Giulio Conte, M.D., of the Heart Rhythm Management Centre, UZ Brussel-VUB, Brussels, Belgium and colleagues investigated the clinical significance of repeat testing after puberty in asymptomatic...

Innovative gene therapy treatment demonstrated in canine model of DMD

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:00
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common neuromuscular disease of children (affecting 1 boy in 3500-5000 births).

Energy drinks and kids: 'disproportionate' poison calls for young children

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:00
Over 40% of reports to poison control centers in the US regarding energy drinks are for children under the age of 6, say researchers, who call for improved labeling of such drinks.

Huge gaps in understanding preterm birth revealed - new scientific review

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:00
Preterm birth is now the leading cause of death for children under 5 worldwide, and a new scientific paper reveals a startling lack of knowledge about what causes it and how to prevent it.

Two mutations linked to Ewing sarcoma subtype with poor prognosis

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:00
An international collaboration has identified frequent mutations in two genes that often occur together in Ewing sarcoma (EWS) and that define a subtype of the cancer associated with reduced survival.

Puree helps kids make smooth transition to vegetables

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:00
Adding tiny amounts of vegetable puree to milk and then rice at the time of weaning makes children more likely to eat vegetables, new University of Leeds research shows.

Investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:00
In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening...

Novel method developed to prevent, cure rotavirus infection

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:00
Activation of the innate immune system with the bacterial protein flagellin could prevent and cure rotavirus infection, which is among the most common causes of severe diarrhea, says a Georgia State...

Exposures from plastic devices may be contributing to illness in premature infants

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:00
Hospitalized premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of a chemical found in numerous medical products used to treat them, raising questions about whether critically ill newborns may be...

Office test overestimates eye's ability to change focus in preschoolers

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 23:00
Preschoolers don't have as much accommodation ability as subjective testing suggestsIn preschool-aged children, a simple test performed in the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's office greatly...

Antibiotic use in children linked to juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 23:00
Children exposed to antibiotics - specifically antibacterial medication - may be at higher risk of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, according to a new study.

A child's relationships at school damaged by self-inflation

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:00
"I am the smartest kid in class." We all want our kids to be self-confident, but unrealistic perceptions of their academic abilities can be harmful.

Physical activity may protect against negative effects of consuming sweetened beverages

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:00
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the diets of adolescents in the United States, and young adults ages 15-20 consume more of these drinks than any other age group...