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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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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...

ADHD in Toddlers: Early Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 23:00
What age are children diagnosed with ADHD and is there evidence that it can be diagnosed in toddlers? What is the outlook for a child who is diagnosed?

Specialized physical therapy helps teens with scoliosis get ahead of the curve

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 23:00
For teens with scoliosis, a new study shows specialized physical therapy exercises can improve the curve of the spine, muscle endurance and quality of life, as researchers advocate for conservative...

Large study finds 14 new genetic disorders in children

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 07:00
The largest genetic study to be performed in children with previously undiagnosed developmental disorders uncovers 14 new mutations.

Human rotavirus manipulates immune response to maintain infection

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 01:00
The gut of a child infected with rotavirus is like a battle ground. On one side, the virus invades the epithelial cells that form the lining of the small intestine.

Babies with diarrheal infection have shorter telomeres as adults

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 08:00
New research shows a link between early-life diarrheal infection and the length of telomeres - protective strands of DNA associated with aging and disease.

Mother's BMI during pregnancy has little effect on risk of childhood obesity

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 23:00
Mothers' genes during pregnancy, not BMI, are linked to obesity risk in childhood and adolescence, according to new research by the University of Bristol.

NYC toddlers exposed to potentially harmful flame retardants

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 23:00
Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) within the Mailman School of Public Health report evidence of potentially harmful flame retardants on the hands and in...

Smartphone-integrated baby monitors may do more harm than good

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 07:00
There is little evidence that physiological baby monitors benefit infants or parents, caution medical experts from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Positive outcomes after obesity surgery in adolescents

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 05:00
Obesity surgery has proven to be just as effective for teenagers as for adults.

Types of ADHD: Differences and Similarities in Symptoms and Treatments

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 23:00
What are the types of ADHD and what are the differences in signs and symptoms? Learn how ADHD is diagnosed and how the different types are treated.

Research leads to new treatment recommendations for a high-risk pediatric leukemia

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 23:00
Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has identified three genetic alterations to help identify high-risk pediatric patients with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL) who may...

New clinical trial shows 'promising results' for ASD treatment

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:00
Researchers from Arizona State University are developing autism treatments by improving the gut microbiota through fecal microbial transplants.

Protein IL-33 found to drive allergic sensitivity in the neonatal lung

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 05:00
Scientists from the lab of Bart Lambrecht (VIB-UGent) and Erasmus University have found evidence that interleukin-33 (IL-33), a protein created by white blood cells, is a key driver of allergic...