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Health News - Pediatrics

What effect does prenatal and postpartum maternal depression have on children?
The results of a large study do not support the notion that prenatal and postpartum maternal depression is particularly detrimental to children's psychological development. (Medical News Today)

Evidence review supports pediatric use of PDE-5 inhibitors for pulmonary hypertension
A systematic review of the comparative effectiveness and safety of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5) inhibitors in pediatric patients with pulmonary hypertension published in Pediatrics demonstrates... (Medical News Today)

Rare but fatal pediatric brain tumor may be stopped with new molecule
Scientists have tested the pharmacological equivalent of a molecule that stops the growth of an extremely aggressive pediatric brain tumor. (Medical News Today)

Animal study finds sons of cocaine-using fathers have profound memory impairments
Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. (Medical News Today)

Study finds resistant infections rising, with longer hospital stays for US children
Infections caused by a type of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics are occurring more frequently in U.S. (Medical News Today)

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults
Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. (Medical News Today)

Mothers, not fathers, get less sleep when living with children
New research finds that living with children has a negative impact on how much sleep mothers get, while fathers' sleep remains unscathed. (Medical News Today)

Cats do not harm children's mental health, study finds
Unlike previous research, a new study finds no link between cat ownership in childhood and increased risk of mental health disorders. (Medical News Today)

Brain scans could help doctors predict adolescents' problem drug use before it starts
There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps - but not the most engaged. (Medical News Today)

Modified Atkins diet helps children with rare form of epilepsy
Doose syndrome or myoclonic-astatic epilepsy is a rare syndrome accounting for one to two percent of childhood epilepsies. (Medical News Today)

Is insufficient weight gain during pregnancy associated with schizophrenia spectrum disorders in children later in life?
Insufficient weight gain during pregnancy was associated with increased risk for nonaffective psychosis - or schizophrenia spectrum disorders - in children later in life in a study that used data... (Medical News Today)

Deprivation in early childhood can affect mental health in adulthood, according to landmark study
Despite living in strong and supportive families for over 20 years, children exposed to early deprivation in Romanian institutions aged 0-3 experience a range of mental health problems in early... (Medical News Today)

Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink and use cannabis
Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink alcohol and use cannabis, than their less academically gifted peers, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (Medical News Today)

Researchers reverse high blood pressure in offspring of hypertensive rats
Mothers contribute a lot of defining traits to their offspring, from eye color to toe length. (Medical News Today)

Headache far more common stroke symptom in children than adults
Headaches were present in nearly half of all children older than 3 years of age having a stroke. Headaches were most common in children with specific forms of blood vessel abnormalities. (Medical News Today)

Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring
Researchers suggest that mothers with a greater immune response to herpes simplex virus 2 in pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism. (Medical News Today)

Fingerprinting young brains: New leads for mental disorders
Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another. (Medical News Today)

Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds
Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds. (Medical News Today)

Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support
Children with congenital heart defects are less likely to meet minimum standards in third-grade reading and math end-of-year testing than peers. (Medical News Today)

Children inherit around 40 percent of parents' BMI
Around 40 percent of a child's weight is inherited from their parents, with 20 percent due to the mother and 20 percent due to the father, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Gay marriage legalization linked to drop in teenage suicide attempts
According to a new analysis, the fact that same-sex marriage has become legal across the United States has reduced suicide attempts among teens. (Medical News Today)

Appendicitis: Antibiotics could be alternative to surgery for children
Evidence review shows antibiotics could be a safe alternative to surgery in children with appendicitis and calls for large randomized trials to confirm it. (Medical News Today)

Study links outdoor air pollution with millions of preterm births
Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year. (Medical News Today)

Cholesterol levels by age: Differences and recommendations
How do the levels of cholesterol differ by age naturally and what are the healthy levels for different age groups? What are the treatment options? (Medical News Today)

Survival rate may be improving for extremely preterm infants
Very early preterm infants are more likely to survive than in previous years, and the survivors are less likely to have neurological problems, according to an analysis of records from a National... (Medical News Today)

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