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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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Long-term survivors of childhood cancer living longer thanks in part to treatment changes

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 01:00
Evidence from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) suggests that changes in childhood cancer treatment and follow-up care have reduced deaths from the late effects of cancer treatment and...

Food allergy linked to hyperactive immune system at birth

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 23:00
The Australian research team discovered a new pattern of immune activation at birth that was associated with an increased risk of babies developing food allergies in early life.

'No-buy' list could curb youth exposure to alcohol ads

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
One in eight alcohol adverts seen by young people are not compliant with industry guidelines. New criteria may help to curb the problem.

Azithromycin during delivery: weighing benefits and costs

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
Some infants of lactating mothers given the antibiotic and antimalarial, azithromycin, during delivery may be protected from disease, or harmed by the drug.

Neurosurgeons challenged to eliminate all infant deaths from hydrocephalus

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:00
Every year, thousands of babies worldwide die from untreated hydrocephalus, a condition in which the head swells from a buildup of excess fluid.

Parents in dark about using epinephrine shot for kids' food allergies

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:00
When a child has a food allergy, it's critical for pediatricians and allergists to show parents when and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector and to provide a written emergency food allergy...

Lung cell found to act as sensor, regulator of immune response

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:00
An uncommon and little-studied type of cell in the lungs has been found to act like a sensor, linking the pulmonary and central nervous systems to regulate immune response in reaction to...

Immigrant kids' diet is different, less nutritious than mom's

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:00
The diet of Mexican immigrant children in the U.S. is different from what their mothers eat, according to Penn State sociologists, and that may mean kids are trading in the generally healthy diet...

Common gene mutation bad for liver values, good for blood lipids in children

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:00
A common mutation in the TM6SF2 gene raises liver values but at the same time improves blood lipid values in healthy children, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland.

Racial disparity in premature births contributes significantly to infant mortality problem

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 04:00
Black women are nearly four times more likely than white women to have a baby born between 16 and 22 weeks gestation, a time period in which the life of a baby outside the womb is not viable.

The long-term benefits of improving your toddler's memory skills

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:00
If your toddler is a Forgetful Jones, you might want to help boost his or her brainpower sooner rather than later.

Deep poverty puts young children at risk for poor health and development

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 03:00
Young children in deep poverty, whose family income is below 50 percent of the federal poverty line, fare even worse on health and development indicators than children in poverty, according to a...

Unravelling the causes of lymphoma an aggressive childhood cancer

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 02:00
The origins of a type of aggressive childhood lymphoma have been found, giving hope that new drugs could be designed to prevent the disease coming back after treatment.

Experts call for more tailored liver cancer care in developing countries

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:00
Researchers say following international guidelines is costing lives in Peru.

Opioid use in pregnancy puts infants at risk

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:00
Opioid use is increasing during pregnancy and so is the prevalence of neonatal abstinence syndrome. An expert calls for limiting prescriptions and monitoring use in severe cases.

Simplified artesunate regimen is non-inferior to WHO-recommended treatment of malaria in African children

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:00
In African children, a 3-dose intramuscular (i.m.) artesunate regimen is non-inferior to the WHO-recommended regimen for the treatment of severe malaria, according to a trial published this week in...

Simplifying malaria treatment could help children and save nursing time, says new research

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:00
One child dies from malaria every 30 seconds in Africa, but a new treatment strategy could help healthcare workers tackle the disease in a simpler way, research has revealed.

Scientists identify protein interaction that defines an aggressive brain tumor subtype

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the University of Würzburg in Germany have identified a protein interaction that is a hallmark of an aggressive subtype of medulloblastoma...

Do video games affect college students' capability for suicide?

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 07:00
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students in the U.S.

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...