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Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 02:00
NIH-funded study could have implications for treatmentA guinea pig from the study. The skin conductance sensor can be seen on the child's wrist. Credit: Marguerite O'Haire, Ph.D.

Tracking the trends in youth self-harm visitation rates to Alberta's emergency rooms

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 01:00
A Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry study at the University of Alberta is giving new insight into the youth visiting Alberta's emergency rooms for self-harming behaviour.

UK population is becoming overweight and obese at younger ages

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:00
Children born since the 1980s are two to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

New implications for controversial kwashiorkor treatment uncovered

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:00
For many years, the essential cause of oedema in kwashiorkor was considered to be low oncotic pressure owing to low plasma albumin concentration.

Persistent nightmares in childhood could be linked to psychotic experiences in later life

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:00
Researchers at the University of Warwick have found a significant link between the presence of persistent nightmares in childhood and psychotic experiences in later adolescence.

Secrets of baby talk: why mothers say coo while fathers stay cool

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:00
Even to the casual observer, there's no mistaking how some perfectly mature parents will affect an infantile elocution when talking to their young children, speaking in higher-pitched voices with a...

Text messages can help boost teen birth control compliance

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 02:00
Sending teen girls periodic text messages reminding them to follow through on their clinic appointments for periodic birth control injections can go a long way toward improving timing and adherence...

Researchers determine best anesthesia option for infants

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 01:00
Spinal anesthesia reduces risk of complications during hernia surgeryInfants undergoing some types of surgery could have better recovery if they receive regional anesthesia rather than general...

Treating infants of mothers with opioid dependence -- rising rates, rising costs

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:00
As more infants are born to mothers with dependence on prescription pain medications, the costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have increased dramatically, suggests a...

Temper, anxiety, homework trouble are medical issues? Many parents don't realize it

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:00
Parents often bring their school-aged children to check-ups or sick visits armed with questions. What should he put on that rash? What about her cough that won't go away?

Baby teethers are a novel source of infant exposure to endocrine disruptors

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:00
A new study has found that endocrine disrupting chemicals--which can interfere with the actions of hormones in the body--are present in some plastic teethers for babies, and the chemicals can leach...

Cooling children after cardiac arrest provides no significant benefit

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:00
Although body-cooling has long been a standard of care in treating adults after heart attacks, a recently published multi-center study has concluded that the same procedure -- known as "therapeutic...

Marijuana use linked to earlier puberty, stunted growth in boys

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:00
Boys who smoke marijuana may be at increased risk of earlier puberty and stunted growth, according to new research. This may be down to stress responses triggered by the drug.

Maternal obesity linked to reduced immunity in newborns that may last a lifetime

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:00
A new study finds infants born to obese mothers have weaker immune systems at the time of birth that persist throughout their lifetime, making them more prone to illness.

UCSF-led study explains how early childhood vaccination reduces leukemia risk

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:00
Chronic infections push 'pre-leukemia' cells, common in newborns, into malignancyA team led by UCSF researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute...

Elementary-age suicides: rate rising among black children

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00
Every year in the US, a few dozen 5-11-year-olds die from suicide - a stable overall level, but with the rate rising among black elementary kids and falling among white children.

New school-based program helps reduce absentee rate for urban minority children with asthma

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, and it can only be managed, not cured.

Researchers identify gene mutation linked to rare puberty-preventing disorder

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:00
A new study has identified a mutation in a gene called SEMA3E that is a cause of Kallmann syndrome - a disorder that stops or delayed puberty reduces sense of smell.

Study suggests need for renal protective care in pediatric lung transplant patients

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:00
Caucasian and Hispanic children who undergo lung transplantation appear to be at greater risk for developing chronic kidney disease, or CKD, according to a small retrospective study conducted at...

The power of "clowning around"

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 05:00
Medical clowns can reduce anxiety and length of hospital stay for children undergoing urologic surgery, according to a new study featured at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American...

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