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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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Maternal health: Disparities in care quality, access to services a major concern

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 07:00
A series of papers in The Lancet highlights disparities in maternal health care across the globe and details strategies to reduce maternal mortality.

Zika does cause microcephaly, but questions remain

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 06:00
The preliminary findings of a case control study conclude the microcephaly epidemic is a result of congenital Zika virus infection, but questions remain.

Growth Hormone Injections: Uses and Side Effects

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 23:00
Growth hormone injections can be needed by children and adults alike. Learn more about why they are needed and the alternative uses of these injections.

Lift-the-flap books may hinder kids from learning new words

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 01:00
Features in non-fiction children's books such as lift-the-flap may hinder toddlers from learning new words.

Fantasy play helps creative thinking in children

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 01:00
Engaging in fantasy play could benefit creative thinking in children.This is one of the findings of a study being presented by Dr Louise Bunce of Oxford Brookes University to the annual...

Surveillance unlikely to detect European changes in birth defect linked to Zika virus

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 23:00
A study published by The BMJ finds that surveillance systems in Europe could detect increases in microcephaly (babies born with an abnormally small head) due to the Zika virus of a similar...

Children learn quantifiers in the same order no matter what their language is

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 23:00
The study in which researchers of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country have participated has been published in the PNAS journal.

Children exposed to potentially toxic chemicals daily in household dust

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:00
Toxic chemicals that are associated with cancer and developmental and reproductive health problems have been found widespread in household dust.

Genetic causes of small head size share common mechanism

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:00
Microcephaly is a rare disorder that stunts brain development in utero, resulting in an abnormally small head.

Broccoli v. French fries: Appealing to teens' impulse to rebel can curb unhealthy eating

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:00
It's no secret that the adolescent years can be challenging: young teens have a heightened sensitivity to perceived injustice and react against authority.

Healthy diet boosts children's reading skills

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:00
A heathy diet is linked to better reading skills in the first three school years, shows a recent study from Finland.

Placenta plays pivotal "umpire" role to influence pregnancy outcomes

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 04:00
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother's...

Surprising deep similarities found across thousands of languages

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:00
The relationship between the meaning of a word and the sound it makes is considered to be arbitrary. A large-scale analysis puts this assumption in doubt.

Protect kids from toxic secondhand smoke, experts urge

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:00
Parents and policy advocates should take a "zero tolerance" approach to exposing children to secondhand cigarette smoke, which can be responsible for lifelong cardiovascular consequences in...

School sex education often negative, heterosexist, and out of touch

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:00
And taught by poorly trained, embarrassed teachers, say young people.School sex education is often negative, heterosexist, and out of touch, and taught by poorly trained, embarrassed teachers...

Clues in microbiome of infants point to future allergies and asthma

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 08:00
Composition of the gut microbiome of infants has been found to match the likelihood, or not, of developing asthma and allergies later in life.

Maternal gastric bypass may be associated with low birth weight babies

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 04:00
Women who undergo gastric bypass surgery for weight loss risk giving birth to babies that are small or have lower average birth weights.

Shorter lifespan for WWI babies whose fathers were injured, killed

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 23:00
Children born during World War I whose fathers were injured or killed in action were found to have shorter lifespans in a first-of-its-kind study.

Europeans most worried about vaccine safety, finds global study

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 23:00
In a global insight survey observing the state of confidence in vaccines across 67 countries, Europe was the region most skeptical about vaccine safety.

How long should children play video games?

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 23:00
A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental.