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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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Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 05:00
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation...

Marijuana use may start from age 11, study finds

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 23:00
Adolescents are at risk of marijuana use from the age of 11, a new study reveals, suggesting that drug intervention programs may need to start earlier.

How often should you bathe your child with eczema? Daily 'soak and smear' or steer clear?

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 08:00
If you have a child with newly-diagnosed eczema, you may be wondering how often you should bathe him. You are not alone.

Microcephaly screening alone won't detect all cases of Zika virus in newborns, study suggests

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
Zika virus infection cannot be accurately diagnosed in newborns solely on the basis of microcephaly screening, according to the largest study of its kind to date published in The Lancet.

Zika virus identified in brain and placenta tissue, strengthening link to birth defects

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
New research, published in The Lancet, reveals that Zika virus has been detected in the brain tissue of a deceased 2-month-old baby in Brazil who was diagnosed with microcephaly, in the brain...

Danish researchers identify possible link between the environment and puberty

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:00
Danish researchers have discovered a possible epigenetic link between the environment and pubertal timing.

Study uses diverse sample to examine childhood weight's link to age of first substance use

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:00
Girls who were overweight as children are likely to begin using cigarettes, marijuana or alcohol at an earlier age than their healthy-weight peers, according to a new study by researchers in the...

Childhood binge eating: Families, feeding, and feelings

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:00
Binge eating is the most prevalent type of eating disorder across races, ethnic groups, ages, and genders. Surprisingly, binge eating has even been reported in children as young as 5 years old.

Zika infection lingers longer in pregnancy, monkey study finds

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 08:00
Scientists studying Zika virus infection in monkeys find one infection protects against future infection, but it takes much longer to clear in pregnancy.

Stress contagion possible amongst students and teachers: UBC study

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 06:00
Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a University of British Columbia study.

Physical activity boosts kids' brain power and academic prowess

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 23:00
Time taken away from lessons for it is time well spent, says consensus statement.

Could mimicking infants' immune response produce a faster-acting HIV vaccine?

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:00
A study that examines how babies' immune systems produce antibodies to HIV-1 could offer a roadmap to development of a faster-acting vaccine.

Children consuming sports drinks unnecessarily

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 06:00
A high proportion of 12-14 year olds are regularly consuming sports drinks socially, increasing their risk of obesity and tooth erosion, concludes a Cardiff University School of Dentistry survey.

Some viruses could survive on children's toys for hours and cause infection, study finds

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 23:00
Certain viruses, such as influenza, could survive on children's toys long enough to result in exposures, placing children at risk for getting infectious diseases, according to researchers at...

Obese fathers may increase daughters' breast cancer risk

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 23:00
Fathers who are obese are more likely to have daughters who are overweight at birth and at greater risk for breast cancer, new research suggest.

'It's my turn!' Value of turn-taking not understood until the age of 5

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 23:00
Children fail to understand the importance of turn-taking until the age of 5 years, say researchers, likely because it requires complex cognitive skills.

Loss of essential protein in the choroid plexus epithelium linked to hydrocephalus

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 06:00
A team led by researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital report that mice lacking the protein Alix develop hydrocephalus or "water on the brain.

Revealed: New insights on causes of sudden cardiac death in the young

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 23:00
Genetic testing has shed new light on the deaths of nearly 500 young Australians and New Zealanders who died from sudden cardiac death in a 3-year period, the New England Journal of Medicine...

Childhood antibiotic treatments reduce diversity and stability of intestinal microbiota

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 23:00
The DIABIMMUNE project followed the development of 39 Finnish infants from birth to the age of three.

Early behavior problems impact long-term educational attainment more for boys than girls

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 08:00
A new study finds that behavioral problems in early childhood have a larger negative effect on high school and college completion rates for boys than girls, which partially explains the substantial...