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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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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.

Genes that increases children's risk of blood infection identified

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:00
A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make certain children more susceptible to invasive bacterial infections by performing a large genome-wide association study in African...

Teenagers and young adults still fare worse than children for many common cancers, according to Europe-wide study

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 03:00
More young people of all ages are surviving cancer than ever before, but new research published in The Lancet Oncology journal shows that adolescents and young adults have a lower chance of...

Baby talk words with repeated sounds help infants learn language

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 03:00
Babies find it easier to learn words with repetitive syllables rather than mixed sounds, a study suggests.

Why malnutrition is an immune disorder

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 23:00
Malnourished children are most likely to die from common infections, not starvation alone, and immune disorder may be part of the cause, according to a review led by Queen Mary University of London.

The dying child: Room for improvement in end-of-life care

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 23:00
Many pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists believe that their clinical care extends from treating ill children through end-of-life care.

Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies' cognitive development

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:00
Study discovers previously unknown benefits of fruit consumption in expectant mothers.Most people have heard the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Zika virus may be linked to more eye problems in Brazilian babies with microcephaly

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 03:00
Ophthalmologists find retinal bleeding, abnormal blood vessel development and lesions in infants born to mothers who showed signs of the viral infection during pregnancy.

Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:00
Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction.

Major new report identifies complex factors and final events that contribute to child suicide risk

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:00
Bereavement, bullying, exams and physical health conditions such as acne and asthma are some of the experiences linked to suicide in children and young people according to a new report by The...

Babies fed directly from breast may be at less risk for ear infections

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 08:00
Breast milk may also thwart diarrhea in first 12 months of life.Feeding at the breast may be healthier than feeding pumped milk from a bottle for reducing the risk of ear infection, and feeding...

Alcohol exposure during adolescence leads to chronic stress vulnerability

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 08:00
Drinking during early to mid-adolescence can lead to vulnerability to chronic stress, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Can't resist temptation? That may not be a bad thing

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:00
Researchers from the University of Rochester suggest that children raised in poverty may have been mistakenly labeled as "maladapted" for what appears to be a lack of self-control.

Study finds childhood fitness reduces long-term cardiovascular risks of childhood obesity

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:00
A new study from a group of international researchers has identified a potentially effective tool to reduce the long-term health risks of childhood obesity-aerobic exercise.