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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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Understanding baby's first steps could improve spinal injury rehab

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 08:00
Understanding the brain patterns of a baby's primitive stepping reflex may help children with cerebral palsy and adults with spinal cord injury.

Children make poor dietary choices shortly after advertisements of unhealthy foods and beverages: Study

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 08:00
Ads for unhealthy foods and beverages high in sugar or salt have an immediate and significant impact on children and lead to harmful diets, according to research from McMaster University.

New type of rare brittle-bone disease discovered

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 08:00
Researchers from the University of Zurich and University Children's Hospital Zurich have discovered the first X-chromosome-inherited type of the congenital disease osteogenesis imperfecta, also...

Research highlights adolescent abuse and neglect risk

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 06:00
New research from the University of Warwick reveals an increase in the number of adolescents who died or were seriously harmed as a result of abuse or neglect.

Concern over number of premature babies not receiving potentially lifesaving care

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 03:00
Study highlights an important shortfall in the uptake of evidence into practice.

Flu shot in pregnancy may only protect infants for 8 weeks after birth

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 23:00
Infants born to mothers who receive the flu vaccine in pregnancy may only be protected against the virus for the first 8 weeks of life, find researchers.

Want kids to eat their veggies? Turn squash into a superhero

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 08:00
Cartoon characters can triple salad bar trips in elementary schools.Convincing kids to choose vegetables becomes easier when you deploy a team of animated characters to sell them on the good...

Does home comfort promote complacency?

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 03:00
Youth who experienced high parental warmth and support are less civically engaged in young adulthood - in comparison to their peers who received less parental affection.

Children growing up in solo mother families are well adjusted and developing well

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 23:00
They nevertheless have questions about the absence of a father.The number of children born to single women is increasing, partly as a result of social and legislative changes (in most...

Key difference in immune cells may explain children's increased susceptibility to illness

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 08:00
Schools are commonly known as breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria, but this may not necessarily be linked to hygiene.

Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 05:00
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation...

Marijuana use may start from age 11, study finds

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 23:00
Adolescents are at risk of marijuana use from the age of 11, a new study reveals, suggesting that drug intervention programs may need to start earlier.

How often should you bathe your child with eczema? Daily 'soak and smear' or steer clear?

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 08:00
If you have a child with newly-diagnosed eczema, you may be wondering how often you should bathe him. You are not alone.

Microcephaly screening alone won't detect all cases of Zika virus in newborns, study suggests

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
Zika virus infection cannot be accurately diagnosed in newborns solely on the basis of microcephaly screening, according to the largest study of its kind to date published in The Lancet.

Zika virus identified in brain and placenta tissue, strengthening link to birth defects

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:00
New research, published in The Lancet, reveals that Zika virus has been detected in the brain tissue of a deceased 2-month-old baby in Brazil who was diagnosed with microcephaly, in the brain...

Danish researchers identify possible link between the environment and puberty

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:00
Danish researchers have discovered a possible epigenetic link between the environment and pubertal timing.

Study uses diverse sample to examine childhood weight's link to age of first substance use

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:00
Girls who were overweight as children are likely to begin using cigarettes, marijuana or alcohol at an earlier age than their healthy-weight peers, according to a new study by researchers in the...

Childhood binge eating: Families, feeding, and feelings

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:00
Binge eating is the most prevalent type of eating disorder across races, ethnic groups, ages, and genders. Surprisingly, binge eating has even been reported in children as young as 5 years old.

Zika infection lingers longer in pregnancy, monkey study finds

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 08:00
Scientists studying Zika virus infection in monkeys find one infection protects against future infection, but it takes much longer to clear in pregnancy.

Stress contagion possible amongst students and teachers: UBC study

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 06:00
Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a University of British Columbia study.