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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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Famine in pregnancy impacts offspring's mental health in adulthood

Fri, 2017-11-17 05:00
In the Dutch famine of 1944–1945, rations fell to just 500 calories per day. A new study looks at how this affected the future mental health of babies.

Obesity: Five surprising facts

Thu, 2017-11-16 05:00
Obesity rates are on the rise. But did you know that weight gain tends to sneak up, and that our diet influences our children's genes?

Diabetes: Sudden cardiac death risk sevenfold higher in young people

Tue, 2017-11-14 10:00
A new Danish study suggests that young people with diabetes may have seven times the risk of sudden cardiac death than young people without the disease.

What is a sinus arrhythmia?

Sun, 2017-11-12 03:00
Sinus arrhythmias commonly cause irregular heartbeats in children. In this article, we look at the symptoms, types, and outlook for sinus arrhythmia.

Sleep apnea in children impairs memory consolidation

Thu, 2017-11-09 05:00
Obstructive sleep apnea is a relatively common condition in children. New research uncovers how it can interfere with memory formation.

How gene therapy saved a little boy's life

Wed, 2017-11-08 13:00
Epidermolysis bullosa gives rise to painful blisters and chronic wounds. Doctors were sure that one little boy was going to lose his life — but he didn't.

Ectopia cordis: Survival and outlook

Sun, 2017-11-05 09:00
Ectopia cordis occurs when the heart of a fetus develops outside of the chest. Learn about causes and treatment of this cogenital condition.

Acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with ADHD

Fri, 2017-11-03 05:00
Acetaminophen use by pregnant women has previously been linked with ADHD in the offspring. A new study backs up these concerning findings.

What causes genu valgum (knock-knees)?

Thu, 2017-11-02 12:00
Genu valgum or knock-knees is a condition where a person's knees touch but their ankles do not. Learn more about the symptoms and outlook here.

Cot death risk halved with just 2 months of breast-feeding

Wed, 2017-11-01 10:00
Pooled analysis of eight global studies finds that just 2 months of (even partial) breast-feeding is tied to half the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Obese children with asthma spend longer in hospital

Tue, 2017-10-31 11:00
The relationship between obesity and asthma is complex. The latest study looks at the impact of obesity on hospital readmission for children with asthma.

Your mother-in-law may affect your fertility

Sun, 2017-10-29 03:00
A new, cross-cultural study examines the effect that a woman living with her own or her husband's mother may have on her fertility.

Dogs may lower risk of childhood eczema, reduce asthma symptoms

Sat, 2017-10-28 13:00
Researchers reveal how exposure to a canine companion in early life could help to protect against eczema and reduce asthma symptoms in childhood.

Fertility preservation: What are women's options?

Sat, 2017-10-28 11:00
Medical or personal reasons may prompt women to consider fertility preservation. Find out what the options are and what research may bring in the future.

E-cigarette aerosols caused embryo defects in the laboratory

Fri, 2017-10-27 03:00
E-cigarettes are more popular than ever, but could they harm the developing embryo? According to the latest study, it is possible.

Vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes

Tue, 2017-10-24 13:00
Higher levels of vitamin D in infancy and childhood may protect children against islet autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

High school synthetic cannabis users more likely to take other drugs

Tue, 2017-10-24 05:00
Synthetic cannabis users are more likely to take drugs other than cannabis, according to a snapshot of current drug use in American high school seniors.

What are these white spots on my face?

Sun, 2017-10-22 08:00
In this article, learn about five possible causes of white spots on the face. Why might spots appear and what treatment options are available?

Is gene editing ethical?

Fri, 2017-10-20 11:00
Advances in molecular biology are bringing the possibility of editing the human genome ever closer. But do we think this is ethical?

Everything you need to know about nuchal chord

Fri, 2017-10-20 10:00
We look at nuchal chord, a birth complication involving the umbilical chord becoming wrapped around the baby’s neck. Learn more about the condition here.

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