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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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Over-the-counter head lice treatments are likely to fail

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 06:00
A recent review on head lice treatments available in the United States described a marked decline in the effectiveness of permethrin/synergized pyrethrins (collectively pyrethroids), likely due...

Does early-life diet affect longevity? A meta-analysis across experimental studies

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 04:00
While a nutritious diet has clear benefits for health and longevity, the general support for a lasting effect of early diet on lifespan is unknown.

Cesarean delivery may increase risk of childhood obesity

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 23:00
Cesarean birth may be associated with higher risk of obesity in children and is significant in families when compared with siblings born by vaginal birth.

MRIS during pregnancy and outcomes for infants, children

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 23:00
In an analysis that included more than 1.4 million births, exposure to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during the first trimester of pregnancy compared with nonexposure was not associated with...

Babies chew on subtle social, cultural cues at mealtime

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 23:00
At the dinner table, babies do a lot more than play with their sippy cups, new research suggests.

Babies born with a low birth weight may be less active in later life

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 23:00
Individuals who are born with a low birth weight are less likely to be good at sports at school or participate in exercise later on in life.

Babies and mealtime: Food selection is more social than nutritional

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 08:00
At the dining table, babies determine food selection based more on social cues, rather than nutritional ones. Findings have implications for policymakers.

Controlling the amount of heparan sulphate - a carbohydrate needed for foetal development

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 06:00
Heparan sulphate occurs as carbohydrate chains which are very important for human body cells both for normal foetal development and during the course of various diseases.

Cardioprotective drug can help prevent long-term heart damage in children who receive chemotherapy

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 04:00
A potent chemotherapy drug can be life saving for children with cancer, but a new review highlights how it can have long-lasting negative effects on the heart.

Breast-feeding may reduce asthma symptoms for at-risk infants

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 23:00
Children with a genetic susceptibility for asthma development may be at lower risk of respiratory symptoms if they are breast-fed, researchers find.

Heatwaves, cold snaps may raise preterm birth risk

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 23:00
Exposure to extreme heat or cold during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, say researchers from the National Institutes of Health.

Induced labor after water breakage poses no harm to mothers or babies, TAU research finds

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 23:00
A new Tel Aviv University study has determined that natural, spontaneous deliveries and induced deliveries following the rupture of the amniotic sac in the mother share similar neonatal outcomes...

Antibiotics in early life could raise children's food allergy risk

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:00
Children prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may be at higher risk of food allergies, with the risk increasing with higher antibiotic use.

Decision-making tool may help doctors cut unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for children with coughs and respiratory tract infections

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 06:00
Respiratory tract infections (RTI) with cough are the most common reason children are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors, but up to a third of prescriptions may be unnecessary.

Parents' psychiatric disease linked to kids' risk of suicide attempt, violent offending

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 04:00
Risk for suicide attempts and violent offending by children appears to be associated with their parents' psychiatric disorders, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.

Newer epilepsy drugs taken while pregnant not associated with lower IQs in children

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 23:00
Two epilepsy drugs, levetiracetam and topiramate, may not harm the thinking skills and IQs of school-age children born to women who took them while pregnant, according to a recent study.

Deadly strep infection in infants could be prevented with breast milk sugars

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 23:00
Naturally occurring sugars present in some women's breast milk have the potential to prevent group B streptococcus infection in babies, researchers find.

New iPad game could help diagnose autism in children

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study involving the University of Strathclyde has found.

iPads as effective as sedatives for children before operations

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
New research presented at this year's World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong (Aug. 28 - Sept.

20 cent school intervention stops unhealthy weight gain in children

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 04:00
A school intervention costing less than 20 cents per child has stopped unhealthy weight gain.