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Health News - Pediatrics

Let a baby cry for better sleep, say researchers
Researchers suggest a technique that involves letting a baby cry rather than rushing to their aid may result in better sleep for infants and parents. (Medical News Today)

Zika virus infects human placental macrophages
One of Zika's mysteries is how the virus passes from an infected mother, through the placenta, to a developing fetus. (Medical News Today)

Weight gain in children associated with low hormone levels
A Mayo Clinic-led study found that obese teenagers have lower levels of a hormone potentially tied to weight management than teens of normal weights. (Medical News Today)

Genes that increases children's risk of blood infection identified
A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make certain children more susceptible to invasive bacterial infections by performing a large genome-wide association study in African... (Medical News Today)

Teenagers and young adults still fare worse than children for many common cancers, according to Europe-wide study
More young people of all ages are surviving cancer than ever before, but new research published in The Lancet Oncology journal shows that adolescents and young adults have a lower chance of... (Medical News Today)

Baby talk words with repeated sounds help infants learn language
Babies find it easier to learn words with repetitive syllables rather than mixed sounds, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Why malnutrition is an immune disorder
Malnourished children are most likely to die from common infections, not starvation alone, and immune disorder may be part of the cause, according to a review led by Queen Mary University of London. (Medical News Today)

The dying child: Room for improvement in end-of-life care
Many pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists believe that their clinical care extends from treating ill children through end-of-life care. (Medical News Today)

Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies' cognitive development
Study discovers previously unknown benefits of fruit consumption in expectant mothers.Most people have heard the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away. (Medical News Today)

Zika virus may be linked to more eye problems in Brazilian babies with microcephaly
Ophthalmologists find retinal bleeding, abnormal blood vessel development and lesions in infants born to mothers who showed signs of the viral infection during pregnancy. (Medical News Today)

Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other
Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction. (Medical News Today)

Major new report identifies complex factors and final events that contribute to child suicide risk
Bereavement, bullying, exams and physical health conditions such as acne and asthma are some of the experiences linked to suicide in children and young people according to a new report by The... (Medical News Today)

Babies fed directly from breast may be at less risk for ear infections
Breast milk may also thwart diarrhea in first 12 months of life.Feeding at the breast may be healthier than feeding pumped milk from a bottle for reducing the risk of ear infection, and feeding... (Medical News Today)

Alcohol exposure during adolescence leads to chronic stress vulnerability
Drinking during early to mid-adolescence can lead to vulnerability to chronic stress, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (Medical News Today)

Can't resist temptation? That may not be a bad thing
Researchers from the University of Rochester suggest that children raised in poverty may have been mistakenly labeled as "maladapted" for what appears to be a lack of self-control. (Medical News Today)

Study finds childhood fitness reduces long-term cardiovascular risks of childhood obesity
A new study from a group of international researchers has identified a potentially effective tool to reduce the long-term health risks of childhood obesity-aerobic exercise. (Medical News Today)

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline
Fewer adolescents also report using marijuana.A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. (Medical News Today)

Teen obesity: Could it be driven by low hormone levels?
Researchers suggest a hormone called spexin may be involved in early weight gain, after identifying low levels of the hormone among obese teenagers. (Medical News Today)

'Suggestive evidence' for link between air pollution and heightened stillbirth risk
Tighter curbs on car exhaust and industrial waste and boost in fuel quality needed. (Medical News Today)

Smoking while pregnant linked to schizophrenia in offspring
Smoking during pregnancy may affect the mental health of offspring, increasing their risk of schizophrenia by 38 percent, new research suggests. (Medical News Today)

Middle school intervention program leads to long-term BMI reduction for obese students
A five-week obesity prevention program for seventh grade students in Southern California helped obese students lose weight over a long-term period, according to a new study from the RAND... (Medical News Today)

UTHealth study finds e-cigarette marketing linked to teen e-cigarette use
Exposure to e-cigarette marketing messages is significantly associated with e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health... (Medical News Today)

Teenage pregnancies hit record low, reflecting efforts of England's strategy to reduce under-18 conceptions
Rates of teenage pregnancy in England have halved since the implementation of the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) in 1999, and the greatest effect is seen in areas of high deprivation... (Medical News Today)

Discovery of new disease gene will lead to better screening for severe paediatric heart disease
Cardiomyopathy, or a deterioration of the ability of the heart muscle to contract, generally leads to progressive heart failure. (Medical News Today)

Poorer health and wealth in later life for preterm, low-birth-weight babies
Babies born prematurely at an extremely low birth weight may have lower income and poorer health in later life than those born a normal weight. (Medical News Today)

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