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Virtual reality assertiveness training helped teen girls avoid sexual victimization

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 23:00
Teen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a...

New report: 4 in 10 American children live in low-income families

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 23:00
Four out of every ten American children live in low-income families, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of...

CDC: low awareness among women of birth defect risk from opioids

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:00
Many women may be unaware that prescription opioid-based painkillers such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone or morphine may increase the risk for birth defects.

Largest study of babies born after infertility treatment shows significant improvements in health over past 20 years

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:00
The last two decades has seen a steady improvement in the health outcomes of children born after assisted reproduction (ART), with fewer babies being born preterm, with low birth weight, stillborn...

Current guidelines to limit kids' screen-based media use 'may not be tenable'

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
AAP guidelines state children aged 2 and older should spend no more than 2 hours a day using screen-based media. But a new study suggests such recommendations may be unrealistic.

Fetal development promoted by fatty acids in fish; brain likely shielded from mercury damage

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
New findings from research in the Seychelles provide further evidence that the benefits of fish consumption on prenatal development may offset the risks associated with mercury exposure.

Decrease in deaths of extremely premature infants

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:00
In a large, national study of extremely premature infants, researchers found that death rates decreased from 2000 to 2011.

Pre-clinical studies in mice reveal ways to reduce cancer risk in gene therapy with modified treatment

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:00
National Institutes of Health researchers have uncovered a key factor in understanding the elevated cancer risk associated with gene therapy.

Coeliac disease rate among young children has almost tripled in past 20 years

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:00
The number of young children diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has almost tripled over the past 20 years, but kids from poorer families are only half as likely to be diagnosed with the...

Immune system response may play a key role in viral therapy's effectiveness against tumors

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:00
Viral therapy for childhood cancer could possibly improve if treatments such as chemotherapy do not first suppress patients' immune systems, according to findings published in the journal Molecular...

ISMB assessment enables recruitment of 2-5 year olds into Phase IIb trial for next-generation single-dose cure for malaria

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:00
An Independent Safety Monitoring Board (ISMB) has recommended that recruitment of patients aged 2-5 years can begin for the ongoing Phase IIb safety and efficacy trial of a single dose of the...

Evidence at cellular level for connection between childhood adversity and psychiatric disorders

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:00
In a new study published online in Biological Psychiatry, researchers from Butler Hospital identify an association between biological changes on the cellular level and both childhood adversity and...

Significant improvements in health over the last 20 years of babies born after IVF

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:00
The last two decades have seen a steady improvement in the health outcomes of children born after assisted reproduction (ART), with fewer babies being born preterm, with low birth weight, stillborn...

Exposure during pregnancy to BPA causes oxidative stress in mother and child

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:00
Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life...

Some obese children and teens can benefit from bariatric surgery

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:00
Bariatric surgery--as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed--can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents...

UK's first successful organ transplants from a newborn baby

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:00
After successfully transplanting kidneys and liver cells from a newborn baby into two other patients - a first for the UK - doctors praise the extreme generosity of the parents.

Unlocking the kidney riddle in newborns

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:00
Researchers are closer to understanding why babies born with smaller kidneys have a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Iodine deficiency in pregnant women impairs embryonic brain development

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:00
Pregnant women in Austria commonly suffer from an iodine deficiency. This may have a negative impact on the development of their unborn child's brain.

Some combinations bed nets and vaccines may worsen malaria

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:00
Combining insecticide-treated bed nets with vaccines and other control measures may provide the best chance at eliminating malaria, which killed nearly 600,000 people worldwide in 2013, most of them...

Long-term childhood outcomes improved by early parental program

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:00
Children whose parents participated in a prenatal program aimed at enhancing couples' co-parenting relationship were better adjusted at age seven than children whose parents were assigned to a...