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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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Prescription opioids blamed for rise in pediatric poisonings

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 07:00
Widespread use of prescription opioids has been linked to a dramatic rise in drug-related emergencies and hospitalization among children and adolescents.

Promise of better targeted treatments now possible in children's brain cancer

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 23:00
More than 4,000 children and teens are diagnosed with brain cancer each year and the disease kills more children than any other cancer.

New study links autism to mutations in mitochondrial DNA

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 23:00
Children with autism spectrum disorder have a higher number of mutations in their mitochondrial DNA than their family members, according to new research.

Infants born to obese women and fed with breast milk gain less weight than those fed with powdered milk within their first 6 months of life

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 23:00
An international study coordinated by professor Cristina Campoy from the department of Paediatrics at the University of Granada (UGR) has showed that breastfed infants born to obese women keep a...

Treating children's peanut allergy via skin patch shows promise in trial

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 06:00
Clinical trial of a skin patch to treat peanut allergy concludes treatment is safe and modestly effective, with greatest benefits for younger children.

Majority of stillbirth cases remain unexplained, suggesting post mortem investigation needs to be refined, GOSH research finds

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 05:00
Analysis by a Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) led team looking at the effectiveness of different elements of the post mortem process shows that, despite full standard investigation, in the...

MRI shows brain disruption in children with PTSD

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 23:00
Children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience disruptions in the structure of the neural networks inside their brains, according to a study appearing online in the journal...

IU research finds link between molecular mechanisms in prostate cancer and Ewing's sarcoma

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 23:00
Gene link could mean children suffering from rare cancerous tumor may respond to future prostate cancer treatments.

Adolescents do not 'get the gist' when it comes to making risky decisions online

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 23:00
Adolescents are more likely than adults to take online risks, regardless of the gamble involved, according to new research by the University of Plymouth.

Importance of universal sanitation underestimated in efforts to reduce child mortality

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 23:00
The value of sanitation at reducing child mortality in many low income countries has been substantially underestimated according to recent research.

Children should be screened to prevent early heart attacks

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 23:00
Inherited heart disease can be successfully detected within families by screening one-to-two year old children at the time of their routine vaccinations, according to a clinical study led by...

Brain scans of children with Tourette's offer clues about disorder

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 23:00
Differences noted in brain regions involving sensation, sensory processing.Using MRIs, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Combining dental, medical procedures may safely limit children's anesthesia exposure

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 23:00
Children who require both dental and non-dental medical procedures should have them completed under one general anesthesia session whenever possible, which is ideal for both the patient and family...

Dose of dextrose gel lowers risk of low blood sugar in newborns

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 05:00
A single dose of dextrose gel, rubbed inside a newborn's mouth an hour after birth, can lower their risk of developing neonatal hypoglycaemia, according to a randomized study published in PLOS...

Children of severely obese mothers at higher risk of ADHD

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 05:00
Babies born to severely overweight mothers have a greater chance of developing conditions such as ADHD, research has found.

Vitamin A orange maize improves night vision

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 23:00
A new study has found that vitamin A-biofortified orange maize significantly improves visual functions in children.

Early intervention for parents of children with autism reduces symptoms

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 23:00
Kids with autism whose parents took part in an early intervention - focusing on how to communicate with the child - showed reduced symptoms 6 years later.

Asthma research unexpectedly yields new treatment approach for inherited enzyme disease

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:00
Experiments designed to reveal how a protein protects the lungs from asthma-related damage suggest a new way to treat a rare disease marked by the inability of cells to break down fats, according...

Genetic hallmarks of acute lymphoblastic leukemia subtype uncovered

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 23:00
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project team identifies genetic changes underlying a type of B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemiaAn...

Blood test could predict pregnancy complications, poor fetal growth

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 08:00
Researchers find that low levels of a protein called DLK1 in the blood of pregnant women could indicate a greater risk of pregnancy complications.