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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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SSRI use in pregnancy linked to speech, language disorders in offspring

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 08:00
Children born to mothers who purchase at least two SSRI prescriptions during pregnancy may be at much higher risk of speech and language disorders.

Parents of children with food allergies 'assume' they are also affected

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 23:00
Parents of children with food allergies may think they also have an allergy to certain foods. The reality is, only 28 percent of parents test positive.

Measles prevention - how to pull the trigger for vaccination campaigns?

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 23:00
Measles is an extremely contagious disease that can cause serious health outcomes in children.

Maternal chronic disease linked to higher rates of congenital heart disease in babies

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 23:00
Pregnant women with congenital heart defects or type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of giving birth to babies with severe congenital heart disease and should be monitored closely in the prenatal...

Triple-drug chemotherapy with topotecan helps preserve vision in retinoblastoma patients

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 04:00
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital researchers report a topotecan-based chemotherapy regimen should be considered front-line therapy for patients with advanced bilateral retinoblastoma; an eye...

Parental absence increases chance of nicotine and alcohol use in children

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 23:00
Parental absence is known to increase the risk of alcohol and tobacco use in adulthood. A new study finds that this behavior begins earlier than thought.

Methadone provides pain relief for kids with sickle cell

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 23:00
Relieves pain more quickly, lasts longer than other drugs.Many children with sickle cell disease experience frequent and severe pain episodes, requiring emergency room visits or hospitalization.

Touchscreens may boost motor skills in toddlers

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 23:00
Does your toddler use a touchscreen tablet? A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology has shown that early touchscreen use, and in particular actively scrolling the screen, correlates...

Brain study reveals how teens learn differently than adults

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:00
Scientists have uncovered a unique feature of the adolescent brain that enriches teens' ability to learn and form memories: the coordinated activity of two distinct brain regions.

Corporal punishment is still legal in US public schools in 19 states

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:00
More than 160,000 children were disciplined using corporal punishment in public schools in the United States in the 2011-2012 school year, according to data recently released by the U.S.

Alternative treatment approaches may be needed for some children with asthma

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:00
A new study by Henry Ford Health System in collaboration with eight other health systems in large U.S.

Preschoolers form body images - but parents are unaware, study says

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:00
Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues - but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be...

Analyzing picture books for nutrition education

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:00
Recommended books must be reviewed carefully, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Rapid blood test by general practitioner can rule out serious infections in children

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 04:00
Using a simple decision rule and a finger prick to test blood, general practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly.

Making medications safer for newborns

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 23:00
Although new drugs must be shown to be both safe and effective for approval by the Food and Drug Administration, sick newborns receive most of their drug treatment off-label and without the...

Developing brain regions in children hardest hit by sleep deprivation

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 23:00
A team of researchers from the University of Zurich has studied the effects of acute sleep deprivation in children for the first time.

Gene found that raises risk of childhood ear infections

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 04:00
Researchers have discovered a gene region that raises the risk a child will have a middle ear infection, known to doctors as acute otitis media (AOM) - and known to parents as one reason for a...

Millions of children 'may not reach full potential' due to extreme poverty, stunting

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 23:00
Many children around the world are not fulfilling their potential because of a lack of nurturing care in the early years. Experts call for more support.

Retroviral diseases: Children who keep HIV in check

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 23:00
Some HIV-infected - and untreated - children do not develop AIDS. A new study shows that they control the virus in a different way from the few infected adults who remain disease-free, and sheds...

NIH report highlights strategies for optimizing youth suicide prevention programs

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 04:00
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a final report from its Pathways to Prevention workshop on youth suicide prevention.