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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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How much you weigh as a teenager is linked to your risk of heart failure in early middle age

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 03:00
Research that followed more than 1.6 million Swedish men from adolescence onwards between 1968 and 2005 has shown that those who were overweight as teenagers were more likely to develop heart...

Changed gut bug mix linked to C-section, antibiotics and formula lasts through baby's first year

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 23:00
Birth by C-section, exposure to antibiotics and formula feeding slow the development and decrease the diversity of a baby's microbes through the first year of life.

High-fat diet in pregnancy can affect three future generations

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 08:00
New mouse study shows that pups, grand pups, and great-grand pups of mothers fed a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy developed metabolic problems.

Antidepressive treatment during pregnancy can affect newborn brain activity

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 06:00
A new Finnish study shows that fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns.

'Map' of teenage brain provides strong evidence of link between serious antisocial behaviour and brain development

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 03:00
The brains of teenagers with serious antisocial behaviour problems differ significantly in structure to those of their peers, providing the clearest evidence to date that their behaviour stems from...

Recharge with sleep: Pediatric sleep recommendations promoting optimal health

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 23:00
For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released official consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and teenagers...

Physical activity builds stronger bones, even in children with genetic risk

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 08:00
Exercise, particularly high-impact activity, builds stronger bones in children, even for those who carry genetic variants that predispose them to bone weakness, according to new research.

Marijuana, alcohol use may harm teens' mental health, academic outcomes

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:00
New research finds that marijuana and alcohol use during middle and high school may lead to poorer academic outcomes and mental health problems.

Proper maternal folate level may reduce child obesity risk

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 04:00
NIH-funded study suggests an optimal level for pregnant women, particularly those who are obese.

Breast-feeding improves later-life heart health for preterm infants

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 23:00
Breast-feeding may improve later-life heart structure and function for infants who are born preterm, according to the results of a new study.

Peanut allergy prevention strategy is nutritionally safe, NIH-funded study shows

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 02:00
Early-life peanut consumption does not affect duration of breastfeeding or children's growth and nutrition.

New treatment offers hope for children with debilitating skin and muscle disease

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 02:00
Patients who have failed multiple drug treatments show significant improvements.

Disease that causes blindness in children tied to new gene

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 08:00
Northwestern Medicine and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) scientists have identified a gene that causes severe glaucoma in children.

Cigarette smoking in high school at 'all-time low,' CDC report

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:00
The CDC have announced that cigarette smoking among high school students has fallen to its lowest level since 1991. Concerns remains about e-cigarette use.

Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 08:00
Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of...

Major depression: Most antidepressants ineffective for children, teens

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
A review in The Lancet finds that most antidepressants offer no benefit for children and adolescents with major depression, and they may even cause harm.

Automated overnight closed-loop insulin system shown to improve glucose control for youngsters at diabetes camp

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
Using an automated insulin feedback controller as part of an overnight closed-loop (OCL) control system improved glucose control (increased time within target glucose range) and reduced episodes of...

Thailand is first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
Thailand has received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a...