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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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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.

Folic acid may protect against congenital heart defects

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:00
Findings from a study of Canadian data show that fortifying foods with folic acid are associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects.

Baby simulator programs 'increase teen pregnancy risk, not reduce it'

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 23:00
Instead of lowering the risk of teenage pregnancy, baby simulator-based programs increase pregnancy risk among adolescents, a new study finds.

Soluble corn fiber may improve women's bone health

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 23:00
Two studies have shown that soluble corn fiber supplements can help build and retain calcium in the bones of adolescent and postmenopausal women.

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae: What You Need to Know

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:00
Learn all about Mycoplasma pneumoniae, bacteria that can cause mild infections in the lung. This article looks at transmission, symptoms, and treatment.

E-cigarettes: Most teens vape for flavor, not nicotine

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:00
Challenging the common assumption that most youths use e-cigarettes to inhale nicotine, a new study finds most use the devices for the flavor of the vapor.

Traumatic brain injury associated with premature mortality and long-term psychosocial outcomes in a nationwide Swedish cohort

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:00
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) during youth is associated with elevated risks of impaired adult functioning, according to a longitudinal study published in PLOS Medicine.

Metformin associated with decreasing weight gain in kids with autism

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:00
The diabetes medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with decreased weight gain in a small clinical trial of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who were taking...

Studies explore use of genetics to help determine appropriate treatment for fever in children

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 04:00
Two studies appearing in JAMA examine the use of genetic tests to help rule out a serious bacterial infection in infants with fever, and also to determine if an infection is bacterial or viral in...

First randomised trial shows IVF culture media affect the outcomes of embryos and babies. Fertility experts call for full information on composition

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 04:00
Fertility experts are calling on the companies who make the solutions in which embryos are cultured during in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to give a clear list of ingredients following publication of...

Test that differentiates between bacterial, viral infections in development

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 23:00
A test could be developed to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections after scientists identified two genes switched on in bacterial infections.

Genetic regulation of the thymus function identified

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 23:00
Researchers at the universities of Basel and Oxford have for the first time identified all genes regulated by the protein Foxn1.

Study shows acetaminophen can be tolerated by children with mild, persistent asthma

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 23:00
A new study finds young children with mild, persistent asthma, can tolerate acetaminophen without the worsening of asthma, when compared with ibuprofen use.

The war on sugar: 'Children should consume fewer than 6 teaspoons daily'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 07:00
A new statement from the American Heart Association recommends children aged 2-18 limit their added sugar intake to fewer than 6 teaspoons a day.