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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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Nurturing during preschool years boosts child's brain growth

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 03:00
Mothers' support linked to robust growth of brain area involved in learning, memory, stress response.

Public Health England urges parents to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 03:00
Public Health England (PHE) experts are calling for all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) when the vaccine is offered, or for them to take it up now...

Nearly 1 in 4 babies in NICUs receive acid suppressing medication

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:00
Numbers have dropped in recent years, however, as doctors heed warnings. Since 2006, several published studies have associated the use of some acid suppression medications in hospitalized...

China pays price of western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 16:00
China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, shows a 29 year study in nearly 28 000 children and adolescents published today in the European Journal of...

Child homicide - speaking of the unspeakable

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:00
New estimates published in PLOS Medicine suggest that homicide could be responsible for just over 1% of all neonatal deaths in South Africa.

Laundry detergent pods an increasing health hazard for children

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 08:00
Researchers reveal that the number of calls to poison centers in the United States for child exposure to laundry detergent pods increased by 17% in 2013-2014.

Music exposure benefits babies' brains

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 06:00
Infants who participate in music lessons appear to benefit in terms of neurological development more than those involved in other play-related activities.

Blocking protein in blood may prevent sepsis in premature infants

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:00
UF Health researchers have found that blocking a certain protein in the blood with medication could help protect premature infants from sepsis, a common and sometimes deadly infection, according to a...

The Female Pelvis Adjusts for Childbearing Years

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:00
Mother Nature has the answer: With the onset of puberty, the female pelvis expands; with the onset of menopause, it contracts again.

Childhood obesity is still rising

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 23:00
Obesity in America is arguably one of the country's greatest health concerns. New research shows that childhood obesity is still on the rise.

For some cancers, risk lower among kids of non-U.S.-born Hispanic mothers

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 23:00
The children of Hispanic mothers not born in the United States appeared to have a lower risk for some types of childhood cancers, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

Pregnancy guidelines for harmful acne drug not adhered to by many women

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:00
A new study suggests around 30-50 percent of women who use the acne drug isotretinoin do not adhere to current pregnancy prevention guidelines.

Infants who eat rice products have higher arsenic concentrations

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Rice products are typically among the first solid foods offered to infants, but a new study shows rice can produce higher urinary arsenic concentrations, putting infants at risk.

Restaurants should offer tap water to help fight child obesity

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 05:00
Restaurants should offer tap water to families dining out, so children have an alternative to a sugary drink, say councils.

Research reveals a new secret to the miracle of breast milk

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 23:00
One of the secrets to rich milk production in lactation has been uncovered by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Gender stereotypes may influence perception of babies' cries

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
A new study suggests many adults apply gender stereotypes to babies as young as 3 months old, after finding that higher-pitched cries are often assumed as belonging to baby girls.

Young adult survivors of childhood cancer report feeling middle-aged

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 06:00
Study finds presence or absence of chronic conditions key to health-related quality of life. Do survivors of childhood cancer return to normal health as they grow up?

Mortality rates improve among kids and young adults in the US, especially in poor counties

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:00
Recent studies of mortality trends paint a gloomy picture for many middle-aged and older Americans, but a new study focused on children reveals a more optimistic future.

Increasing cases of anaphylaxis among children

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:00
Anaphylaxis, known to be a sudden and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, seems to be increasing among children, according to a new study led by a team at the Research Institute of the...

Novartis drug Afinitor significantly reduces seizures in Phase III study of patients with tuberous sclerosis complex

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:00
Everolimus is the first adjunctive therapy shown in a prospective randomized Phase III study to achieve clinically significant seizure control in TSC patients1.