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LSTM researchers to conduct extensive research on HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in African children

LSTM researchers to conduct extensive research on HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in African children

​Researchers from LSTM have called for more research to be carried out into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in children in sub-Saharan Africa. [More]
Probiotics usage proves ineffective for infant colic symptoms

Probiotics usage proves ineffective for infant colic symptoms

​Colic affects about one in five infants in the United States annually and accounts for numerous pediatric visits during the first several months after birth. [More]
Prenatal risk factors linked with development of chronic kidney disease in children

Prenatal risk factors linked with development of chronic kidney disease in children

Certain prenatal risk factors are associated with the development of chronic kidney disease in children, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Future studies should investigate whether modifying these factors could help protect children's kidney health. [More]
Fish consumption advisories for pregnant women ineffective in reducing infant exposure to POPs

Fish consumption advisories for pregnant women ineffective in reducing infant exposure to POPs

A new modeling study suggests that fish consumption advisories for expecting mothers are ineffective in reducing infant exposure to long-lived contaminants like persistent organic pollutants (POPs). [More]

New parents need to pay attention to baby’s poop color, say pediatric gastroenterologists

Fecal color and consistency are well-known markers of digestive health in both children and adults, but paying attention to a newborn’s shade of poop can be a decided lifesaver in babies born with the rare, liver-ravaging disorder biliary atresia, commonly heralded by white or clay-colored stool. [More]

Research on HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in sub-Saharan Africa children

Paper shows that more work is needed to fully understand the consequences of coinfection. Researchers from LSTM have called for more research to be carried out into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in children in sub-Saharan Africa. [More]

Children with Tourette syndrome may unconsciously train brain to effectively control tics

Children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) may unconsciously train their brain to more effectively control their tics. [More]

Delayed umbilical cord clamping is effective even when newborn is placed on mother's abdomen

A recent study has shown that a newborn benefits from delayed cord clamping even when placed immediately on the mother's abdomen. [More]

Study shows infants' language comprehension abilities are surprisingly sophisticated

A new University of Toronto study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before. [More]

Introduction of free GP care for children under six increases GP visits in Ireland

A paper published in this month’s Irish Medical Journal highlights an estimated three-quarters of a million extra GP visits per year with the introduction of free GP care for children under six. The study examined 1931 children at six practices selected to be comparable to Ireland’s national population and evaluated the current landscape in service demand and expected impact of the new programme due to be rolled out in June of this year. [More]
Young children suffering from diarrheal diseases less likely to receive ORT in private facilities

Young children suffering from diarrheal diseases less likely to receive ORT in private facilities

Young children suffering from diarrheal diseases are less likely to receive life-saving oral rehydration therapy (ORT) if they seek treatment at private, for-profit clinics, according to the first-ever, large-scale study of child diarrhea treatment practices in sub-Saharan Africa. [More]

Research sheds new light onto possible causes of sudden infant death syndrome

Research at the University of Adelaide has shed new light onto the possible causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which could help to prevent future loss of children's lives. [More]
Two biomarkers could help predict ASD, other developmental delays in young children

Two biomarkers could help predict ASD, other developmental delays in young children

Researchers, including a team from Children's National Health System, have identified head circumference and head tilting reflex as two reliable biomarkers in the identification of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children that are between 9 and 12 months of age. [More]
Antibiotics improve growth in kids at risk of undernourishment in low income countries

Antibiotics improve growth in kids at risk of undernourishment in low income countries

Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, according to researchers at McGill University who have just conducted a research literature review on the subject. [More]
Researchers develop screening tool to identify infants prior to 12 months at risk for ASD

Researchers develop screening tool to identify infants prior to 12 months at risk for ASD

The aim of this study was to develop a screening tool to identify infants prior to 12 months at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental learning delay (DLD) and provide immediate determination of risk for autism spectrum disorder. [More]

Antibiotics present a safe option for treating children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable alternative to surgery that leads to less pain and fewer missed school days, according to a pilot study. [More]
Research may provide insight into identifying, helping children with emotional behavior issues

Research may provide insight into identifying, helping children with emotional behavior issues

Research on children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa may provide insight on how to identify and help children with emotional behavior issues in other areas of the world, which may have limited access to healthcare and further research that could lead to successful interventions. [More]

New study of NC Pre-K program to prepare four-year-olds for success in kindergarten

Scientists from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have released their new study of NC Pre-K, the state's program to prepare four-year-olds for success in kindergarten. According to FPG's report, students enrolled in NC Pre-K show significant gains across all areas of learning. [More]

Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy may increase risk of having obese child, says study

Gaining both too much or too little weight during pregnancy appears to increase the risk of having an overweight or obese child, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. [More]

Long-term study confirms association between more television viewing and reduced sleep in kids

A study following more than 1,800 children from ages 6 months to nearly 8 years found a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration. [More]