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Medical marijuana for children with developmental and behavioral disorders?

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 23:00
Despite lack of evidence, some are advocating cannabis for children with autism, reports Journal of Developmental and Behavioral PediatricsAs medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted...

Youth hockey brain imaging study suggests early marker for concussion damage

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 23:00
James Hudziak, M.D., has two children who love ice hockey. His son skates for his college team and one of his daughters plays in high school.

Cell signaling pathway goes awry in common pediatric brain tumor

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 23:00
A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers links a well-known cell communication pathway called Notch to one of the most common -- but overall still rare -- brain tumors found in children.

A very low birth weight 'may increase risk of later-life psychiatric problems'

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:00
Babies born a very low birth weight may be at higher risk of psychiatric problems as an adult but at lower risk of alcohol and substance use disorders, a new study finds.

Babies with more frequent eye movements are at increased likelihood of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders as children

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:00
Researchers funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) have found that babies who move their eyes more often than their peers at the age of six months are more likely to meet criteria for Autism...

Circadian clock-Angelman syndrome link established

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00
Link could provide quickest way to determine effectiveness of experimental AS treatmentsMonitoring participants' biological clocks may be the quickest way to determine the effectiveness of...

MRI technique developed for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00
Study makes strides toward noninvasive diagnostic for increasingly common pediatric liver diseaseThis is an MRI of child's liver with severe NAFLD -- 38 percent is fat whereas 1 percent is normal.

Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby's belly for solid food

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:00
A close examination of gut bacteria reveals that exclusively breastfed babies are better equipped for the transition to solids and potentially an early life with fewer stomach woes.

Premature babies grow out of asthma

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 23:00
Large-scale Danish study from the University of Copenhagen shows that premature babies grow out of the asthma which they are likely to develop in early life.

Newly discovered protein has link to gestational diabetes

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 23:00
For at least 40 years, scientists who study how the body metabolizes sugar have accepted one point: there are four enzymes that kick-start the body's process of getting energy from food.

New data revealed on Q10 coenzyme, whose deficiency causes a rare mitochondrial disease

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:00
Some of the better known functions of this coenzyme include its role in the production of energy for the cell and its anti-oxidant capacityMarta Luna is a researcher at the lab of the University...

Children who are given vitamin A may be less likely to develop malaria

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:00
Large study in sub-Saharan Africa suggests vitamin A's protective effectChildren under age 5 living in sub-Saharan Africa were 54 percent less likely to develop malaria if they had been given a...

Are ongoing concerns about vaccine safety to blame for the measles epidemic?

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:00
This year looks set to hold the highest number of measles cases since the virus was declared eliminated in the US. Are concerns about vaccine safety to blame? We investigate.

Smoking while breastfeeding puts children at risk of obesity later in life

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00
Children of mothers who smoke while breast feeding are more likely to develop serious health problems such as obesity, hypothyroidism, diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life, according...

Study sheds new light on aggressive cancer in children

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 00:00
A new study involving researchers at The University of Nottingham has revealed how children with an aggressive cancer predisposition syndrome experience a never before seen flood of mutations in...

Children's hunger born from mothers' trauma

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 00:00
Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs, linked to household food insecurityThe roots of children's hunger today may stretch back, in part, to the past childhood trauma of their caregivers.

More evidence that musical training protects the brain

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 23:00
Scientists have found some of the strongest evidence yet that musical training in younger years can prevent the decay in speech listening skills in later life.

Birth method, gestation duration may alter infants' gut microbiota

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 23:00
Environmental factors like mode of delivery and duration of gestation may affect how infants' gut bacteria mature, and that rate could help predict later body fat, international researchers from the...

Study investigates the complex roads that lead families to food insecurity

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 23:00
Health and human performance research focuses on 4 risk factorsFood insecurity creates a host of unhealthy consequences. The roads leading there can be very different.

Health inequality 'is widening' among young people in rich countries

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 06:00
An international report looking at half a million adolescents finds that, despite rising wealth among high-income countries, the gap in health between rich and poor has widened.