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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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Microcephaly discoveries made in non-Zika cases help explain abnormal brain growth

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
Protein that helps newly born brain cells divide plays key role.Long before Zika virus made it a household word, the birth defect called microcephaly puzzled scientists and doctors - even as it...

Zika infection in pregnancy linked to joint deformities in newborns

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
New research in The BMJ suggests Zika infection in pregnancy may be linked to a condition called arthrogryposis, whereby joints are deformed at birth.

College students who misuse stimulants more likely to have ADHD, substance-use disorder

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
A new study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators finds that college students who misuse stimulant drugs are more likely to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...

Playground zoning increases physical activity during recess

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
Most grade school students are likely to claim recess as their favorite period of the day; however, in many cases recess still can be sedentary with students not engaging in enough physical...

Study finds brain connections key to reading

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 23:00
Pathways that exist before kids learn to read may determine development of brain's word recognition area.

Autism risk in younger children increases if they have older sibling with disorder

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 06:00
A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD.

Could thiamine-fortified fish sauce help fight infant beriberi in Southeast Asia?

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 06:00
Beriberi in infants is a public health concern with reports in parts of Southeast Asia. Caused by thiamine (B1) deficiency, beriberi generally presents among breastfed infants at three months.

High-fat diet in pregnancy reduces beneficial gut microbiota for offspring

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:00
Babies born to mothers who eat a high-fat diet during pregnancy may have lower levels of bacteria important for energy extraction from foods, study finds.

Novel genetic mutation may lead to the progressive loss of motor function

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:00
NIH mouse study identifies the mechanism responsible for a rare form of pediatric neuropathy.

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...