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Unstable child care can affect children by age 4

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:00
A new study from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) reveals that disruptions in child care negatively affect children's social development as early as age 4.

Teenage boys' weight perception

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:00
Almost one third of male adolescents inaccurately perceive their weight. This can influence their eating habits and, consequently, their health, according to a study led by the UAB and conducted with...

Childhood obesity: increased risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:00
A new study investigates the links between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and childhood obesity, and emphasizes the importance of blood pressure control for at-risk children.

A little alcohol in pregnancy not tied to low birth weight and preterm delivery

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 02:00
New study finds that low to moderate alcohol consumption through pregnancy is not tied to higher risk of many adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight and preterm delivery.

Kids eat higher calorie foods when eating their own snacks during after-school programs

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:00
On days when children brought their own after-school snack, they consumed more salty and sugary foods and nearly twice as many calories than on days when they consumed only after-school...

App replaces pen and paper to improve at-home recovery and lessen burden on caregivers for infants with heart defects

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 23:00
A powerful new app is directly connecting single ventricle heart defect patients to their doctors, dramatically improving their monitoring while they recover from heart surgery at home.

Only 18 states require federally mandated follow-up services for children with lead poisoning

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 23:00
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University released Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes Services: Findings from...

Childhood eye cancer does not pose cognitive or social problems in adulthood

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 23:00
A new study finds that survivors of retinoblastoma - a rare type of eye cancer that develops in young children - do not have cognitive or social setbacks in adulthood.

Advances in pediatric cardiology highlighted at 2014 AHA Scientific Sessions

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00
Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association's...

Collisions among young drivers affected by drinking age laws

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00
Minimum legal drinking age legislation in Canada can have a major impact on young drivers, according to a new study from the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia...

Computer sensing game identifies bullying behavior among players

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00
A social computer game designed by researchers in computer science and educational psychology at the University of Illinois can identify bullies in elementary school classrooms and help scholars...

Boys and girls who mature early are at higher risk of several adverse outcomes, including depression

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00
Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.

Early end to sickle cell anemia clinical trial prompted by successful outcome

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00
Conclusive data show that hydroxyurea therapy offers safe and effective disease management of sickle cell anemia (SCA) and reduces the risk of stroke, prompting early termination by the National...

Gamification for behavior change: what is it and how is it useful?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
In a world where the majority of children spend hours a day playing computer or console game, researchers are starting to utilize those habits for the better.

New three-tier hierarchy of care needed for critically ill children, says new report, UK

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Children's health experts are calling for a new three-tier hierarchy system of critical care, enhanced staff training, reorganisation of services and a more consistent funding model to bridge the...

Study finds early diagnosis and cord blood transplantation prevents permanent brain damage from rare inherited disease

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Umbilical cord blood from unrelated donors can halt the progression of the neurodegenerative disease Hurler syndrome if performed before the affected child is less than 9 months old, according to a...

Beverage companies still target kids with marketing for unhealthy, sugary drinks

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013, and children and teens remained key target audiences for that advertising, according to a new report released November...

Should we adjust substance use disorder treatment for depressed adolescents?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:00
Although depression and substance use disorders commonly co-occur in adolescents, little is known about how depression influences adolescent substance use disorder treatment retention and outcomes.

Exposure to antibiotics in the womb increases risk of childhood obesity

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:00
A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of...

The effects of childhood adversity on problem drinking

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00
While the influence of heritable factors on the development of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) has been documented in family pedigree and twin studies for decades, identification of specific genetic...

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