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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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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.

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 04:00
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children.

With worrisome animal research, more focus needed on effects of cannabis on human development

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 23:00
In this new era of legalized marijuana, far too little research has been conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical...

Do children with Tourette syndrome have an advantage at language?

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 23:00
Children with Tourette syndrome may process aspects of language faster than other children, a new study shows.

Parents cite lack of need as reason for not getting kids flu shots

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 23:00
Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against...

Hypertension in children, teens linked to poorer cognitive skills

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:00
Researchers found that children and adolescents with high blood pressure performed worse on cognitive tests than those with normal blood pressure.

Pre-screening for young athletes at risk of sudden cardiac death: What works and what doesn't, and at what cost

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 05:00
Although rare, sudden cardiac death in young athletes raises serious concerns, especially because most victims report no warning symptoms.

Marasmus: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:00
Marasmus is a form of malnutrition, caused by a shortage of protein and calories in the body. Learn more about its causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Much more than 'brain games': Clinician-delivered cognitive training improves multiple cognitive skills and general intelligence in children

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
The results of a randomized controlled trial, published in the September/October edition of the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, support the efficacy of the ThinkRx one-on-one cognitive...

Study demonstrates feasibility of therapeutic gene delivery for inherited retinal degeneration in children

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 04:00
Researchers have demonstrated the ability to deliver a fully functional copy of the CLN3 gene to stem cells of patients with juvenile NCL, an inherited neurodegenerative disease in which a mutation...