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Improving the diagnosis of developmental diseases

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 23:00
The discovery of new genes that underlie developmental disorders, with phenotypes such as congenital heart defects, seizures and intellectual disabilities, is reported in Nature this week.

Flu vaccination rates improved by text reminders

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 07:00
A new study finds that parents who receive text message reminders that their child requires a flu vaccine are significantly more likely to bring their child for vaccination.

Study finds intervention in school health centers is effective in counseling teens about abusive relationships

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00
A study by a Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC researcher provides the first evidence of the potential benefits of a brief, provider-delivered universal education and counseling...

Many children and adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinks

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 23:00
When children aged 10-14 consume energy drinks, one in five consumes too much caffeine.

Longer duration, deeper body cooling for newborns with neurological condition does not reduce risk of death

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 23:00
Among full-term newborns with moderate or severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (damage to cells in the central nervous system from inadequate oxygen), receiving deeper or longer duration cooling...

Maternal supplementation with multiple micronutrients, compared with iron-folic acid, does not reduce infant mortality

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 23:00
In Bangladesh, daily maternal supplementation of multiple micronutrients compared to iron-folic acid before and after childbirth did not reduce all-cause infant mortality to age 6 months, but did...

Learning a musical instrument boosts kids' brains

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 23:00
A child psychiatry team suggests that musical training for children can help them attain greater emotional control, focus their attention and reduce feelings of anxiety.

Teen anxiety may be predicted by the quality of parent-infant relationships and early childhood shyness

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:00
Infants who frequently react to unfamiliar objects, people, and situations by becoming afraid and withdrawing are referred to as having a behaviorally inhibited temperament.

Preterm birth affects subtle but important memory function

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:00
A new study has found that children born prematurely show differences in a subtle but important aspect of memory: the ability to form and retrieve memories about context, such as what, when, and...

Twelve new genetic causes for rare developmental disorders discovered

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:00
Initial results from the world’s largest diagnostic sequencing program have yielded 12 new genetic causes for rare developmental disorders, such as congenital heart defects.

Phthalate emissions from vinyl crib mattress covers increased by heat

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 23:00
The U.S. continues to look at the use and regulation of phthalates, which have been associated with health problems. Of particular concern is the safety of these plastic additives to children.

Social relationships, achievement impacted by childhood caregiving experiences

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 23:00
Do the effects of early caregiving experiences remain or fade as individuals develop?

Child abuse linked to increased risk of migraine in adulthood

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 23:00
Adults who are emotionally abused during childhood may be at much higher risk of experiencing migraine over tension headache in adulthood, a new study finds.

Fast-food consumption in children linked to poorer academic outcomes

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 23:00
A new study found that children who ate fast food in the fifth grade had up to 20% lower test scores in the eighth grade than those who did not eat fast food.

AMA urges vigilance and care around water over holidays

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 00:00
AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, warned Australians to take the utmost care around water this holiday season.

More than half of all children in the US will likely live with an unmarried mother

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 23:00
More than half of all American children will likely live with an unmarried mother at some point before they reach age 18, according to a report issued by Princeton University and Harvard University.

Naming people and objects in baby's first year may offer learning benefits years later

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 23:00
In a follow-up to her earlier studies of learning in infancy, developmental psychologist Lisa Scott and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are reporting that talking to babies in...

CDC: indoor tanning among American youth is decreasing

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 07:00
Rates of indoor tanning among high school students in the US are falling, according to researchers from the CDC, who note that its popularity remains a concern.

Adult anxiety and serotonin transmission affected by early exposure to antidepressants

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00
About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants.

Certain parenting tactics could lead to materialistic attitudes in adulthood

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 23:00
With the holiday season in full swing and presents piling up under the tree, many parents may be tempted to give children all the toys and gadgets they ask for or use the expectation of gifts to...