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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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Watching cartoons could help children overcome anxiety of dental treatment

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 04:00
Watching cartoons through video glasses during dental treatment could help lessen children's anxiety and distress as well as reducing disruptive behaviour, according to a randomized controlled...

Dangerous chemical eye burns common in young children

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 23:00
Despite long held belief that problem was confined to adult workers, toddlers appear to be at great risk.

Sleep apnea triggers pediatric fatty liver disease progression

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 23:00
Obstructive sleep apnea and low nighttime oxygen, resulting in oxidative stress, could trigger progression of pediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Growing up on an Amish farm protects children against asthma by reprogramming immune cells

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 01:00
House dust differences between communities affect immune development.By probing the differences between two farming communities - the Amish of Indiana and the Hutterites of South Dakota - an...

Pregnancy procedure associated with increased risk of preterm birth and neonatal loss

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 01:00
Researchers are urging surgeons to reconsider using a particular type of thread for a procedure to prevent premature birth, after new research found this thread was associated with an increased...

High school students with mental health issues more likely to drink, smoke cigarettes and use marijuana

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 04:00
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health with collaborators at the Federal University of Sao Paulo studied the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and patterns of...

Longer duration of untreated childhood schizophrenia-spectrum psychosis predicts poorer outcomes

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 23:00
A review of 35 studies of early-onset schizophrenia-spectrum psychosis (EOS) identified the most common psychotic symptoms and the disorders that most often co-occur in children and adolescents...

Depression screening tools not accurate for children and adolescents

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 23:00
A common way for doctors to try and identify depression in children and adolescents is by using short questionnaires.

Reducing 'mean girl' behaviors in classrooms benefits boys and teachers too

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 23:00
When a targeted program to reduce relational aggression among at-risk girls is shared with the entire classroom, the entire class benefits--not just the aggressive girls for whom the program was...

Asthma: Child's home address can help guide health care

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 23:00
A child's home address may be enough information to identify children and families at risk for more severe cases of asthma due to social and economic hardships.

New study supports link between alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 04:00
A study published today [3 August 2016] in the scientific journal Addiction, finds that exposure to several different types of alcohol marketing is positively associated with the amount and...

Handheld device takes high-resolution images of children's retinas

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 23:00
Engineers and physicians at Duke University have developed a handheld device capable of capturing images of a retina with cellular resolution.

Study shows heat dangers of inflatable bounce houses

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 08:00
Heat safety issues in bounce houses can put children in danger, says a new University of Georgia study.

Pediatric cancer families benefit from Facebook conversations

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 04:00
When it comes to sharing experiences caring for a child with cancer, parents often turn to social media as a way to connect with support.

Study examines symptom spikes in kids after concussion

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 04:00
Symptom exacerbations after concussion appeared to be common in a secondary analysis of a clinical trial that included 63 children studied for 10 days after injury, according to an article...

Combining medications could offer better results for ADHD patients

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 04:00
Three studies to be published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) report that combining two standard medications could lead...

Largest genomic study of heart disease in children reveals inherited genetic roots and new disorders

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 23:00
In one of the largest international genetic studies of congenital heart disease (CHD), researchers have discovered gene mutations linked to three new rare congenital heart disorders.

Urinary markers may indicate kidney injury in preterm infants

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 23:00
A new study indicates that several proteins are excreted differently in preterm infants with kidney injury compared with those with healthy kidneys.

Breastfed preterm babies may have better IQs, working memory, motor function

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 23:00
Preterm infants fed breast milk within the first 28 days of life have better brain development and neurocognitive outcomes, finds a new study.

Maternal HIV status may disrupt normal microbiome development in uninfected infants

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:00
A study led by researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) suggests that maternal HIV infection influences the microbiome of their HIV-uninfected infants.