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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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Happiness and harm awareness could keep young people from drinking and smoking

Fri, 2017-05-26 03:00
Promoting young people's levels of well-being and making them aware of the harms of smoking and drinking could keep them away from alcohol and cigarettes, according to a study published in the open...

Alcohol, drug, and violence related injuries in adolescence carry similar risk of later suicide as self-harm

Fri, 2017-05-26 03:00
Study suggests that adolescents admitted for drug, alcohol, or violence related injury should be seen by a mental health professional, in a similar way to adolescents who self-harm.

Making biological drugs with spider silk protein

Thu, 2017-05-25 09:00
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have managed to synthesise lung surfactant, a drug used in the care of preterm babies, by mimicking the production of spider silk.

Preterm birth linked to higher risk of heart failure

Thu, 2017-05-25 03:00
Babies born preterm run a higher risk of heart failure during childhood and adolescence than those born at full term, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report.

Avoid fruit juice up to the age of 1 year, say the AAP

Mon, 2017-05-22 12:00
Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit for infants under the age of 1 year and should be avoided, say the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Infertility: Century-old procedure offers new hope

Fri, 2017-05-19 03:00
A new study investigating a 100-year-old imaging technique finds that it may help to increase the chances of conception in women experiencing infertility.

Corticosteroid treatment increases survival of preterm infants within hours

Tue, 2017-05-16 09:00
The effects of corticosteroid treatments on pregnant women facing preterm delivery to prevent infant death and morbidity have been thought to develop gradually over days.

More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year, nearly all preventable

Tue, 2017-05-16 09:00
More than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners.

Is your child stressed? Get them a dog

Sun, 2017-05-14 03:00
Just like adults, children can be under enormous amounts of stress. New research says that a dog might help children to cope with stressful situations.

Experts warn parents of the risks of getting vegan diets wrong in young children

Fri, 2017-05-12 12:00
Experts at the 50th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) are warning that young children who follow a vegan diet without medical...

Gluten-free foods may not be healthful, study warns

Thu, 2017-05-11 03:00
A new study suggests that gluten-free products have poor nutritional value, compared with their gluten-containing counterparts. This may mislead consumers.

Dad's involvement with baby early on associated with boost in mental development

Wed, 2017-05-10 03:00
Fathers who interact more with their children in their first few months of life could have a positive impact on their baby's cognitive development.

Low oxygen reverses neurodegenerative disease in mice

Tue, 2017-05-09 11:00
A new study shows that continuous treatment with hypoxia protects mice's brain from lesions typical of Leigh syndrome and can reverse existing damage.

Prevalence of visual impairment among preschool children projected to increase

Mon, 2017-05-08 03:00
The number of preschool children in the U.S. with visual impairment is projected to increase by more than 25 percent in the coming decades, with the majority of visual impairment resulting from...

Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children

Mon, 2017-05-08 03:00
As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk.

Research shows illegal levels of arsenic found in baby foods

Mon, 2017-05-08 03:00
In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a bid to mitigate associated health risks.

Omega-3 intake through mother's breast milk may lower type 1 diabetes risk

Fri, 2017-05-05 12:00
A new study suggests that maternal dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids, if breastfed to infants, can lower their risk of type 1 diabetes.

Heart disease risks experienced in childhood impact cognition later in life

Tue, 2017-05-02 03:00
Cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking have long been associated with cognitive deficiencies in adults.

Unhappy relationships may lead to excessive crying in infants

Mon, 2017-05-01 03:00
Researchers say that an infant's risk of colic, or excessive crying, may be influenced by their mother's relationship happiness and social support.

Study: Replacing existing vaccines with heat-stable versions saves money, protects more mothers and children from deadly diseases

Mon, 2017-05-01 03:00
Replacing the standard vaccines currently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) - most of which require refrigeration - with heat-stable versions would save money and increase...

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