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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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Kansas State University researcher finds integrated approach critical to teen health

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 02:00
As rural communities struggle to obtain access to health services, a Kansas State University student is researching how medical, dental, social work and mental health providers can collaborate to...

Children born prematurely are disadvantaged at school and into adulthood but delaying school entry may not be the answer

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 02:00
Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at school continue to have effects into adulthood: by...

School entry age may impact risk of ADHD diagnosis

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 23:00
The age at which a child starts school may affect their likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD and their prescription of medication for the disorder, new research suggests.

Get sleep sorted by age 5 to help children settle at school

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 23:00
A child who soothes themselves back to sleep from an early age adjusts to school more easily than those who don't, new QUT research has found.

Physical activity encouraged more in boys than in girls

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 10:00
Home, school environments may provide less encouragement for girls to be physically active.

A child's first eight years critical for substance abuse prevention

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the...

England's teenage pregnancy rate halved in last 15 years

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 06:00
The rate of under-18 conceptions in England has declined by 51% since 1998*, exceeding the goal of the original teenage pregnancy strategy, according to data released by the Office for National...

Kids with high BMI more impatient and impulsive - greater risk of pedestrian injury

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 02:00
Child development experts already know obese children are at greater risk than their peers for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and joint problems.

Hydrolized infant formula does not prevent allergies

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 00:00
Researchers call for an overhaul of infant feeding guidelines, after finding no evidence that hydrolized formula protects against allergies.

Chemical exposure decreases with change of cosmetics

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
By switching to cosmetic products without endocrine-disrupting chemicals, teenage girls had lower urinary concentrations of the chemicals in a new study.

Low-level arsenic may impact fetal growth, Dartmouth-led study finds

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
Fetal growth may be impacted by low levels of arsenic that pregnant women consume in drinking water and food, a Dartmouth College study finds.

Leading cause of stroke in young going untreated -- and it shouldn't, study finds

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
Risk of Gamma Knife treatment often far outweighed by mounting risk of stroke.

Preemies' gut bacteria reveal vast scope of antibiotic resistance

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 07:00
A new study of gut bacteria in premature infants reveals the vast scope of the problem of antibiotic resistance and gives new insight into the extreme vulnerability of these young patients...

Concussion assessment tool may help predict risk of persistent postconcussion symptoms among children

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 07:00
A clinical risk score developed among children presenting to an emergency department with a concussion was significantly better than physician judgment in predicting future persistent postconcussion...

Improving modern vaccines -- sugar polymer tails wag the protein dog

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 06:00
Millions of people - particularly infants in underdeveloped countries -- suffer from the serious life threatening illnesses of meningitis, pneumonia and influenza.

VCU scientists work to bring about a new treatment for rare childhood cancer

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 04:00
Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that develops in very early forms of nerve cells in the embryo or fetus, and it accounts for the most pediatric deaths for any tumor outside of the brain.

Bid to beat baby chest infection boosted by immune study

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 04:00
Babies at risk of a serious lung infection could be helped by a therapy based on the body's natural immune defences.

Children know best whether an allergy spray works for them

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 03:00
A recent 14-day study that compared the efficacy of an allergy spray in 304 children aged 6-11 years with seasonal allergic rhinitis showed that the result depended on who assessed symptoms...

Group identifications affect likelihood of teenagers smoking, drinking and taking cannabis

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 02:00
Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups...

Adolescents drink too much caffeine

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 00:00
Teenagers are drinking too much caffeine, despite being aware of the risks. Easy availability, parental influence, advertising and social norms all play a role.