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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 chi



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Very premature babies benefit most from corticosteroids before birth

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Giving corticosteroid drugs to mothers at risk of preterm delivery - from as early as 23 weeks of pregnancy - is associated with a lower rate of death and serious illness for their babies, finds a...



Mathematicians predict delaying school start times won't help sleep deprived teenagers

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Insufficient sleep during the week, and attempts to catch up at the weekend lead to 'social jet lag', study finds.



Lead exposure in childhood linked to lower IQ, lower status

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A long-term study of more than 500 children who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline has shown that their exposure to the powerful neurotoxin may have led to a loss of intelligence and...



The importance of relating to others: why we only learn to understand other people after the age of four

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

When we are around four years old we suddenly start to understand that other people think and that their view of the world is often different from our own.



How children's temperament and environment shape their problem-solving abilities

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study indicates that early experiences of environmental harshness, in combination with a child's temperament, can influence later problem-solving abilities.



Effective one-shot vaccination of newborns moves closer to reality

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Newborns are highly vulnerable to infections and don't respond optimally to most vaccines because their young immune systems typically mount weak antibody responses.



Inactive teens develop lazy bones, study finds

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Inactive teens have weaker bones than those who are physically active, according to a new study.



Children with poor vitamin B12 status early in life struggle more with tasks, recognition and interpreting feelings

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Small children with low levels of vitamin B12 had more difficulties solving cognitive tests, such as the ability to do puzzles, recognize letters and interpret other children's feelings.



New, cheaper, and heat-stable rotavirus vaccine could prevent thousands of childhood deaths

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new, heat-stable vaccine is safe and effective against rotavirus, according to results of a recent Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres vaccine trial in Niger, published in the New...



Emergency department attendances continue to rise, as figures show 2.5 times more under 15 years olds at emergency departments than over 80 year olds

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The number of children and young people being seen in hospital emergency departments rose by over 7.5% between 2014/15 and 2015/16, equating to 4.



Consumption of 'Cannibal drug' in adolescence has prejudicial effects on adulthood

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Consumption of the synthetic drug MDPV - a powerful psychostimulant known as 'cannibal drug'- in adolescence, can increase vulnerability of cocaine addiction during adulthood, according to a study...



Study suggests new way to prevent vision loss in diabetics and premature babies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the...



States can lower risk of measles outbreak by strengthening exemption policies

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from the University of...



Survival of children receiving dialysis varies widely across Europe

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

All European Union Member States have made commitments towards reducing inequalities in access to health care and in health outcomes.



Caution needed for drugs in development for most common malignant pediatric brain tumor

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have worked out how a crucial cancer-related protein, a "histone writer" called Ezh2, plays a role in suppressing as well as...



Food insecurity in early childhood linked to young children's skills in kindergarten

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

In the United States, estimates show that a substantial number of children under age 5 live in households that are food insecure.



One in four U.S. middle and high school students say they've been exposed to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

About one in four U.S. middle and high school students - nearly 6.5 million youths - report being exposed to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes at least once within the past 30 days, according to...



Mobile health apps show promise for improving health outcomes

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Consumers and health providers have their pick of thousands of health apps and programs delivered via mobile devices, but there has been little information available on how effective they are at...



Young survivors have social difficulties years after cancer diagnosis

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research reveals that adolescent and young adult cancer survivors report low social functioning years after receiving their diagnosis.



High uric acid levels in young children may result in higher blood pressure later on

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new article published in the American Journal of Hypertension finds that very young children with increased uric acid levels had higher blood pressure at 3 years of age.



Sleep apnea in children may stunt brain development

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A recent study investigated the effects of obstructive sleep apnea on children's brains. The results demonstrate a worrying reduction in gray matter.



New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New method uses biochemistry to accurately predict whether a child will develop autism spectrum disorder by measuring the products of metabolic processes.



Antibody fights pediatric brain tumors in preclinical testing, study finds

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Five types of pediatric brain cancer were safely and effectively treated in mice by an antibody that causes immune cells to engulf and eat tumors without hurting healthy brain cells, according to a...



A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies' brains

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants - including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term ...



Female soccer players suffer the most concussions in high school sports

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Study finds significant increase in overall reported concussions since traumatic brain injury laws enacted.