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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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Moving houses in childhood increases suicide, death risk

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 06:00
A new study shows a link between moving houses in childhood and adverse health and well-being outcomes, with adolescents at particular risk.

Almost all food and beverage products marketed by music stars are unhealthy

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 06:00
First quantifiable examination of nutritional quality of food and drink endorsements by music celebrities popular among teens.

Anti-epileptic drug linked to birth defects when taken with other drugs

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:00
In an analysis of pregnancies in Australia from 1999 to 2014 in which women were taking anti-epileptic drugs, fetal malformation rates fell over time in pregnancies where only one drug was taken...

Methotrexate exposure impacts cognitive processes cancer survivors need to multitask

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:00
Research from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital suggests that pediatric leukemia patients exposed to higher concentrations of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate are more likely to struggle with...

Children born late seem to score better on cognitive tests

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 07:00
Children born late, at 41 weeks of gestation, may have a higher level of cognitive functioning overall but a greater chance of physical problems.

Increase in obesity among pediatric hodgkin lymphoma patients may be linked to disease relapse

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 06:00
Obesity has been identified as an adverse risk factor for survival in many adult and childhood cancers, but not in pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma, the most common cancer in adolescents.

Social adversity early in life may affect the expression of stress-related genes

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 03:00
New research suggests that early severe social deprivation may impact DNA modifications that affect the expression of stress-related genes.

Use of neighborhood environment can help overweight adolescents increase physical activity

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 08:00
Use of local parks, playgrounds - freely accessible to all - may help build habits for a lifetime.

Health concerns about global baby formula boom

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 23:00
A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found a global boom in the sale of infant and baby formula, especially in China and Southeast Asia, raising concerns about the health...

ADHD drugs could cause irregular heartbeat

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 06:00
New research has found that a drug commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) can increase the risk of an irregular heartbeat in children.

US may be greatly undercounting pediatric concussions

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 08:00
New research from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights a substantial gap in how the United States currently estimates...

Autism care improved, diagnosis time shortened by new MU program

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 06:00
Wait lists for a specialist to confirm an autism diagnosis can be agonizing and last months.

Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: Folic acid could help to prevent autism

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits.

Effects of maternal smoking continue long after birth

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new Yale-led study has found.

Chemicals in food packaging, fungicides might damage children's teeth

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 06:00
Exposure to the chemicals BPA and vinclozolin may irreversibly damage children's tooth enamel by blocking sex hormones important for its production.

Preterm babies with low birth weight may be at increased risk of osteoporosis

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 04:00
Adults who were born prematurely or at a below average weight are more likely to have weaker bones and an increased risk of fracture and osteoporosis later in life.

Next-generation gene sequencing helps diagnose rare diseases in newborns

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 08:00
The use of next-generation gene sequencing in newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) may improve the diagnosis of rare diseases and deliver results more quickly to anxious families...

Let a baby cry for better sleep, say researchers

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 23:00
Researchers suggest a technique that involves letting a baby cry rather than rushing to their aid may result in better sleep for infants and parents.

Zika virus infects human placental macrophages

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 08:00
One of Zika's mysteries is how the virus passes from an infected mother, through the placenta, to a developing fetus.

Weight gain in children associated with low hormone levels

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:00
A Mayo Clinic-led study found that obese teenagers have lower levels of a hormone potentially tied to weight management than teens of normal weights.