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Health News - Pediatrics

Children with autism learn new words much like others do, study finds
Autistic children are capable of following someone's eyes as they name an object. (Medical News Today)

NIH resources to help families navigate pediatric palliative care
As part of its Palliative Care: Conversations Matter campaign, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has created new materials for families of children with serious illnesses. (Medical News Today)

Double-blinded randomized controlled trial of the Xiao procedure in children with spina bifida
Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital report the results of a double-blinded randomized controlled trial of the "Xiao procedure" in children with spina bifida. (Medical News Today)

Assessment of total choline intakes in the United States
Choline is an essential nutrient and plays a critical role in brain development, cell signaling, nerve impulse transmission, liver function, and maintenance of a healthy metabolism. (Medical News Today)

More young children with ADHD could benefit from behavior therapy
Behavior therapy recommended before medicine for young children with ADHD.More young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could benefit... (Medical News Today)

Kids' eating habits highlight need for healthier lunchboxes
New research from the University of Adelaide in Australia shows children aged 9-10 years old are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from "discretionary" or junk foods. (Medical News Today)

Obesity rates are not declining in US youth
A clear and significant increase in obesity continued from 1999 through 2014, according to an analysis of data on United States children and adolescents age 2 to 19 years.In 2013-2014, 17. (Medical News Today)

Many European schools face barriers to providing mental health support to students
In a cross-national study of what European schools are doing to support student mental health and well-being, 47% of surveyed schools indicated that mental health provision is a high/essential... (Medical News Today)

Placenta size and offspring bone development linked
Researchers at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, studied 518 children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) who underwent... (Medical News Today)

Early respiratory tract infections may raise children's type 1 diabetes risk
Developing viral respiratory tract infections before 6 months of age may raise a child's risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Shared sanitation may increase diarrhea risk in children according to Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS)
Sharing a sanitation facility between households can be linked to increased risk of moderate-to-severe diarrhea (MSD) in children under 5 y at some sites, according to Global Enteric Multicenter... (Medical News Today)

ER reduces radiation exposure in children with suspected appendicitis
Physicians can safely reduce the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in children who have a suspected appendicitis by performing an ultrasound first, according to preliminary results of a... (Medical News Today)

Concussion outcomes differ among football players from youth to college
Concussions in high school football had the highest average number of reported symptoms and high school football players had the highest proportion of concussions with a return-to-play time of at... (Medical News Today)

Does supplemental donor milk instead of formula reduce infections in preterm infants?
The combined incidence of serious infection, the intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis and death was similar in very low-birth-weight infants who received either pasteurized donor milk or... (Medical News Today)

First successful treatment of traumatic paediatric stroke with autologous cord blood
Bochum's medics have succeeded in treating cerebral palsy after paediatric stroke with autologous cord blood. (Medical News Today)

Children with ADHD may benefit from following healthy behaviors, new study suggests
A new study shows that children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder follow fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors than non-ADHD youth, suggesting that they may benefit from improving... (Medical News Today)

Flu vaccination during pregnancy protects infants in early life
Researchers hail flu vaccination during pregnancy as a 'public health priority,' after finding 97 percent flu-infected infants in a new study were born to non-vaccinated mothers. (Medical News Today)

Exempt from passenger restraint laws, taxis pose risky rides for small children
The vast majority of small children riding in taxis are not restrained in car safety seats, according to new research, even though there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle collisions involving... (Medical News Today)

Survey suggests children of gay fathers are well adjusted
Compared to a national sample of heterosexual parents, gay fathers report similar parenting behavior and measures of wellbeing in their children, according to new research presented at the Pediatric... (Medical News Today)

Breastfeeding app shows promise in supporting first-time mothers
Researchers find that the use of texts, private social media support before and after giving birth lead more new moms to begin and continue breastfeeding their babies. (Medical News Today)

A spoonful of sugar? Swapping sugary drinks for water and dairy seems the best medicine
New research by Andersen et al, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, may have an impact on the sugar tax debate. (Medical News Today)

Breast milk linked to significant early brain growth in preemies
Preemies fed mostly breast milk had larger brains by their due dates than those who consumed small amounts or none. (Medical News Today)

One-third of autistic children likely to wander, disappear
A review of data on 1,420 children ages 6 to 17 with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) found that more than one-third had wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according... (Medical News Today)

Concerns raised with products marketed as 'first finger foods'
New study at Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting raises questions about choking hazards in foods marketed as first finger foods for babies. (Medical News Today)

Study finds adolescent tobacco users commonly report light smoking
A new research abstract being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016 Meeting reveals new details about teen smoking. (Medical News Today)

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