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PNAS: Childhood leukemias forged by different evolutionary forces than in older adults

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 03:00
For half a century, cancer researchers have struggled with a confusing paradox: If cancer is caused by the occurrence and accumulation of cancer-causing (oncogenic) mutations over time, young...

New online diagnostic support tool set to transform children's health, UK

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 23:00
Paediatric Care Online, hosted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, may reduce child deaths by ensuring children receive the best possible treatment before they become too unwell...

Delivery method, infant diet could impact long-term health

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 08:00
The gut microbiome of infants appears to be affected by delivery method at birth and how they are fed, with possible implications for future health risks.

Preschoolers who eat their veggies just as likely to eat junk food

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 01:00
Public-health experts have long expected that kids who eat more carrots and apples are less likely to eat a lot of candy and fries, but new research is calling that into question.

Monitoring scoliosis patients on brace use prevents curve progression, surgery

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 00:00
Bracing often is recommended for adolescents diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, and a spinal curve between 25 and 45 degrees.

Even children with higher IQs behave better when their sleep apnea is fixed

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 00:00
Many doctors will ask about quality of sleep when children have problems at school, but new research shows it's just as important to pay attention to how high achievers are sleeping.

Turning on the thyroid

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 00:00
Thyroid disease affects about 12 percent of the U.S. population. While many people with thyroid disease don't even know they have it, an overactive or underactive thyroid can cause a slew of...

Ebola medical team develops guidelines for treating infected children

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 23:00
When the Ebola virus outbreak erupted in West Africa in 2014, children infected with the virus -- particularly those under age 5 -- faced overwhelming challenges.

What are the long-term implications for children with cancers affecting vision?

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 23:00
Retinoblastoma is the most common childhood cancer of the eye. New research investigates the health implications for survivors over the ensuing decades.

Low-income communities more likely to face childhood obesity

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 02:00
For a long time researchers have tracked high rates of obesity among black and Hispanic kids, but a closer look at communities shows family income matters more than race in predicting which kids...

Lead exposure linked to ADHD in kids with genetic mutation

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 02:00
Exposure to small amounts of lead may contribute to ADHD symptoms in children who have a particular gene mutation, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the...

New drug may overcome treatment resistance in a high-risk children's cancer neuroblastoma

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 05:00
Pediatric oncologists from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have reported their latest results in devising new treatments for stubbornly deadly forms of the childhood cancer...

Half of primary care doctors provide unnecessary specialty referrals upon patient request

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 04:00
A study recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care found that more than half of primary care providers reported that they made what they considered unnecessary referrals to a...

Generous mothers are nagged less

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 02:00
If a mother is already a generous provider, her offspring will nag her less, according to new research in mice by University of Manchester scientists.

Buprenorphine found superior to Methadone in treating infants born in drug withdrawal

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 02:00
A study of two opioids used to wean babies born in withdrawal from drugs their mothers have taken shows that buprenorphine is superior to methadone in reducing duration of treatment and length of...

Oral contraceptives 'unlikely' to cause birth defects, according to new study

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 00:00
A link between oral contraceptives and birth defects has been posed for decades. The results of the largest study investigating this important question come as a relief.

Why low oxygen levels soon after birth may raise risk for learning & behavioral disorders

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 23:00
New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, shows that the development of white matter in the mouse brains is delayed when they are exposed to chronic low oxygen levels shortly...

E-cigarette adverts target susceptible youth

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 07:00
Young Americans are widely exposed to advertisements for e-cigarettes, putting them at risk of many of the perils caused by conventional tobacco products.

Penetrating head gunshot wounds in children and adolescents: Factors predicting outcomes

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 01:00
Researchers from Memphis, Tennessee, have examined intracranial gunshot wounds (GSWs) in children and adolescents, and identified nine clinical, laboratory, and radiological factors that were...

Intriguing gender differences found in autistic friendships

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 00:00
Autism is considered to be far more common in males. An insightful new study looks at the differences in relationships formed between autistic girls and boys.