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May 7, 2015

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May 7, 2015

Blood Markers Could Help Predict Outcome of Infant Heart Surgery

May 6, 2015 — New research suggests it may be possible to predict an infant's progress following surgery for congenital heart disease by analysing a number of important small molecules in the ... read more

Scientists Dramatically Improve Method for Finding Common Genetic Alterations in Tumors

May 4, 2015 — Scientists have developed a significantly better computer tool for finding genetic alterations that play an important role in many cancers but were difficult to identify with whole-genome sequencing. ... read more

School Competitive Food Policies Appears Tied to Neighborhood Socioeconomics

May 4, 2015 — Policy changes in California to make the food and beverages that compete with school meal programs more healthy for students appear to have improved childhood overweight/obesity prevalence trends, ... read more

Kids Likely to Sleepwalk If Parents Have History of Nocturnal Strolls

May 4, 2015 — More than 60 percent of children developed sleepwalking when both their parents were sleepwalkers in a study among children born in the Canadian province of ... read more

Researchers Hope to Improve Dental Health by Changing Caregiver's Behavior

May 4, 2015 — Studies have long associated low-income areas with poor oral health. But dental researchers have sensed that other factors related to income may be at work -- in particular, education level. So they ... read more

Identifying Speech, Hearing Problems Early May Prevent Future Losses

May 1, 2015 — Experts share tips and tools that identify and prevent speech, voice, and hearing impairments. Such impairments affect 43 million Americans, they say, noting how important it is to diagnose these ... read more

Teens Who Mix Energy Drinks With Alcohol More Likely to Have Alcohol Use Disorder

May 1, 2015 — Teens aged 15-17 years old who had ever mixed alcohol with energy drinks were four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder, a new study concludes. The team looked at a sample ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — The mechanism by which embryos receive nutrition during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy has been revealed by scientists. The new study explains some of how this crucial stage of development operates, ... read more

Fresh Whole Blood Reduces Possible Complications in Pediatric Heart Surgery Patients

Apr. 30, 2015 — Using fresh whole blood from single donors is better than using component blood from multiple donors in pediatric heart surgery patients, new research ... read more

Babies Born With Drug Withdrawal Symptoms on the Rise, Study Shows

Apr. 30, 2015 — The number of infants born in the United States with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), nearly doubled in a four-year period. By 2012, one infant was born ... read more

Toxic Combination of Air Pollution and Poverty Lowers Child IQ

Apr. 29, 2015 — Children born to mothers experiencing economic hardship, who were also exposed during pregnancy to high levels of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), scored significantly lower on IQ tests at age ... read more

Parents Describe Arduous Journey to Pediatric Epileptic Surgery When Their Child's Disease Becomes Resistant to Anti-Seizure Meds

Apr. 29, 2015 — Now, parents share their arduous and “circuitous” journey to get referrals for pediatric epilepsy surgery once their child’s disease stops responding to anti-seizure medications. The study ... read more

Economic Instability Could Contribute to Low Fertility Rates, Finds New Research

Apr. 29, 2015 — Environmental factors like economic downturn and high mortality rates could contribute to changing fertility desires, new research finds. The number of women in the United States who are childless is ... read more

Lack of Safety at School, Poverty Linked to Childhood Obesity

Apr. 28, 2015 — A lack of safety at school is one of the correlates of childhood obesity, say researchers. The researchers came to their conclusions by reviewing data provided by 1,234 Quebec youths who had just ... read more

Brain Differences Seen in Children With Dyslexia, Dysgraphia

Apr. 28, 2015 — Structural brain differences between children with dyslexia and dysgraphia and children who are typical language learners have been observed by researchers in a recent study. Researchers say the ... read more

Genetic Markers for Fetal Overgrowth Syndrome Discovered

Apr. 28, 2015 — Researchers have identified a number of genes that contribute to large offspring syndrome, which can result in the overgrowth of fetuses and enlarged babies. In humans, this disorder is called ... read more

First Six Months Best for Stimulating Heart Growth, Study Reveals

Apr. 28, 2015 — The optimal window of time to stimulate heart muscle cell regeneration -- cardiomyocyte proliferation -- in humans is the first six months of life, researchers have discovered. The drug neuregulin is ... read more

Watching Cartoons Helps Children Undergoing Immunization

Apr. 28, 2015 — Watching cartoons can reduce pain and distress in children undergoing immunization before, during and after the procedure, a study has found. Results showed that levels of distress were lowered in ... read more

Healthy Children's Menu Items Tied to Healthier Ordering Patterns, Sustained Restaurant Revenue

Apr. 28, 2015 — The first study of its kind evaluating ordering patterns of children’s meals when provided with healthier menu items and changes in restaurant revenues shows potential for both improved ... read more

Childhood Obesity: One Epidemic or Two?

Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists have compared data on contemporary children with those of the 1980's. They discovered that the rise in obesity among very young children has been largely restricted to the minority ... read more

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