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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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Thirdhand smoke affects weight, blood cell development in mice

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 23:00
The sticky residue left behind by tobacco smoke can do worse damage than stinking up furniture and discoloring walls.

Research finds flaws in studies of mass deworming efforts for children in poor countries

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 23:00
The International Journal of Epidemiology finds that three widely cited research studies relating to mass deworming in Africa have substantial problems in their methods and analysis.

Is licorice intake during pregnancy linked to ADHD in offspring?

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 07:00
Researchers have associated high licorice intake in pregnancy with the development of poorer memory and ADHD-like behaviors in offspring.

Monoclonal antibody given to preterm babies may reduce wheeze later

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 05:00
Preterm babies given the monoclonal antibody palivizumab to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) also appear less likely to develop recurrent wheeze, at least until the age of six, according...

High levels of hospital-acquired infection on children's intensive care wards, study shows

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 23:00
A study has demonstrated 'unacceptably high' rates of hospital-acquired infections among children in the UK and Europe.

Childhood cancer treatment may hinder later-life sexual relationships

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 23:00
Researchers have found that high-intensity neurotoxic cancer treatment in childhood may lead to psychosexual impairment later in life.

Large increase in eye injuries linked to laundry detergent pods among young children

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 23:00
Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children in the U.S.

Study: Children, parents over-report leukemia treatment adherence

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 23:00
New research suggests that young patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) - the most common type of pediatric cancer - and their parents are likely to report to their physician that they took...

Childhood pets surpass siblings for relationship satisfaction

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 23:00
Children may be more likely to have a satisfying, less conflicting relationship with their pets than with their siblings, a new study finds.

Acid Reflux in Infants: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 05:00
How is acid reflux in infants diagnosed and what are the possible risk factors to be aware of? Can any lifestyle changes help? Do babies outgrow reflux?

Food insecurity: A pervasive and persistent threat to the developmental and psychosocial health of children

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 23:00
Household food insecurity (FI) (without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, even for a temporary period), is associated with children's behavioral, academic and...

Majority of Americans think childhood vaccines are safe and necessary

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 23:00
A recent survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of American adults think the benefits of childhood vaccinations outweigh the risks.

Could a Mediterranean diet protect against ADHD?

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 07:00
Researchers from Spain have identified a link between low adherence to the Mediterranean diet and the risk of an ADHD diagnosis in children.

Study finds children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 23:00
Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser...

Parents of children with serious heart defects may be at risk of PTSD

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 23:00
Parents of children with "critical" congenital heart defects - which require at least one cardiac surgery - are at high risk for mental health problems, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder...

Low thyroid hormone before birth alters growth and development of fetal pancreas

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 05:00
Levels of thyroid hormone in babies influence insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas, according to a new study published in The Journal of Physiology.

Two new trials for pediatric brain cancer open at UTHealth/Children's Memorial Hermann

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 05:00
Two new clinical trials for pediatric brain cancer have begun at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Re-assessing "at risk" cutoffs for birth weight

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 23:00
A research article published in PLOS Medicine contributes to the evidence base regarding the use of population charts for detection of fetal growth disorders and how best to determine risk of...

Could physical activity protect children from depression?

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 06:00
Evidence shows that physically active adults and teens are less likely to develop depression. Now, a new study suggests the same may be true of children.

FDA confirms elevated levels of belladonna in certain homeopathic teething products

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:00
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes...