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Health News - Pediatrics

Eating chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth, development
Expectant mothers who eat 30 g of chocolate daily - regardless of flavanol content - may be helping their child's growth and development, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Paediatricians continue to encourage watch-and-wait for ear infections
Paediatricians continue to encourage doctors to 'watch and wait' before treating most ear infections with antibiotics in healthy children over six months of age. (Medical News Today)

It's Brush Time! Oral health charity launches new programme for schools
The British Dental Health Foundation have launched their new school tooth brushing programme 'Brush Time' at the Nursery World Show 2016, today in London. (Medical News Today)

Prenatal steroids lower risk of respiratory illness in late preterm infants
Prenatal steroid therapy reduces the chance of respiratory complications among infants born at 34-36 weeks, so-called "late" preterm infants, according to a study by a National Institutes of Health... (Medical News Today)

Cohen Children's Medical Center study: Children on autism spectrum more likely to wander, disappear
A new study by researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (CCMC) suggests that more than one-quarter million school-age children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other... (Medical News Today)

Milk, vitamin supplements and exercise raise children's vitamin D levels
Sufficient intake of fortified dairy products is of significant importance for the serum vitamin D level in primary school children, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (Medical News Today)

Parental preference for boys damages girls' self-esteem and happiness
While most studies of parental sex discrimination explore the devastating social and demographic effects of a cultural preference for boys, a new study examines its psychological effects on the... (Medical News Today)

Researchers hone in on why female newborns are better protected from brain injury
Each year, thousands of newborn babies suffer complications during pregnancy or birth that deprive their brains of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood and result in brain injury. (Medical News Today)

Bone loss associated with leukemia therapy occurs sooner than previously thought
Investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles have found that significant bone loss - a side effect of chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) - occurs during the first month of... (Medical News Today)

Incarceration of a family member during childhood associated with heart attacks in men
A parent's incarceration has immediate, devastating effects on a family. Now, Virginia Tech and University of Toronto researchers say there may be a longer term risk: Men who as children... (Medical News Today)

Early poverty disrupts link between hunger and eating
How much you eat when you're not really hungry may depend on how well off your family was when you were a child, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the... (Medical News Today)

Using steroids before late preterm delivery reduces neonatal respiratory problems
A multicenter clinical trial led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian has found that the use of corticosteroids in mothers at risk for late preterm... (Medical News Today)

Obesity associated with ADHD in females
Obesity and ADHD have been found to coincide in females, says a new study that has followed participants from 1976-2010, suggesting a need for greater awareness of the risks. (Medical News Today)

Case study: despite bright spots, most campus food unhealthy
Only 12 percent of entrées and 36 percent of main dish salads served in and around California Polytechnic State University were found to be healthy, according to researchers at the university. (Medical News Today)

What's the impact of new marijuana laws? The data so far...
How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related... (Medical News Today)

'How much does it hurt?' For preschoolers, cognitive development can limit ability to rate pain
"Rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten"--for most adults and older children, it's a simple concept. (Medical News Today)

Whooping cough booster vouchers don't boost immunization rates of caregivers
Cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have increased dramatically over the past five years, putting infants at risk of serious illness or death. (Medical News Today)

Routine antibiotics should be reconsidered for malnourished children
A new study suggests that the current recommendation to treat severely malnourished children with routine antibiotics does not increase the likelihood of nutritional recovery in uncomplicated cases. (Medical News Today)

Parental depression lowers school grades
Growing up with parents who are depressed can have a negative impact on school grades for children up to the age of 16 years, but intervention could help to mitigate the effects. (Medical News Today)

Practice makes perfect: switching between languages pays off
It's estimated that half of the world's population speaks two or more languages. But are there hidden benefits to being bilingual? (Medical News Today)

New drug target for Rett syndrome
Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have identified a faulty signaling pathway that, when corrected in mice, ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological... (Medical News Today)

Research links prenatal stress to babies' health in war zones
Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study. (Medical News Today)

Penn Nursing study answers: What's a good breakfast for kids?
A team of researchers, led by Tanja Kral, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, concluded that a breakfast... (Medical News Today)

'Gene fusion' mutation uses 3-way mechanism to drive childhood brain cancers
A powerful, three-way mechanism by which a mutation drives the growth of childhood brain cancers, was discovered by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania... (Medical News Today)

Study shows maternal diet alters the breast milk microbiome and microbial gene content
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. EST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers will present findings from... (Medical News Today)

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