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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...

Epilepsy surgery in childhood can protect memory

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:00
A type of brain surgery conducted in childhood for medication-resistant epilepsy not only reduces chronic seizures but can protect memory development, a study by a team from Great Ormond Street...

Illinois counties at high risk for self-inflicted injuries among youth

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:00
A new study by the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH's) Youth Suicide Prevention Project (YSPP) describes the burden of self-inflicted injury among Illinois youth and maps it at the...

Youth tobacco smoking rates putting millions at risk of premature death

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:00
Almost 23 percent of high school students currently use a tobacco product, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report...

Focusing on executive functions in kindergarten leads to lasting academic improvements

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:00
An educational approach focused on the development of children's executive functions - the ability to avoid distractions, focus attention, hold relevant information in working memory, and regulate...

For teens, top causes of head injuries are assaults, sports, car crashes; for younger children, falls lead the list

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:00
A study in which more than 43,000 children were evaluated for head trauma offers an unprecedented picture of how children most frequently suffer head injuries, report physicians at Washington...

Tobacco smoke and roadway air pollution associated with childhood obesity

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:00
New research from Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) bolsters evidence that exposure to tobacco smoke and near-roadway air pollution contribute to the development of obesity.