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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015

REM Sleep Critical for Young Brain Development; Medication Interferes

July 3, 2015 — Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study. The finding broadens the understanding of ... read more

Millions of Children's Lives Saved Through Low-Cost Investments

July 3, 2015 — More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis. From ... read more

Rapid Response to Kids' Stroke Symptoms May Speed Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 — A rapid response plan for children at a hospital quickly identified stroke and other neurological problems. One in four children with stroke-like symptoms were diagnosed with stroke and 14 percent ... read more

Cause of Acute Liver Failure in Young Children Discovered

July 2, 2015 — Acute liver failure is a rare yet life-threatening disease for young children. It often occurs extremely rapidly, for example, when a child has a fever. Yet in around 50 percent of cases it is ... read more

Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age

July 1, 2015 — Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an ... read more

Extracurricular Sports Produce Disciplined Preteens

July 1, 2015 — Regular, structured extracurricular sports seem to help kids develop the discipline they need in order to engage effectively in the classroom, according to a new ... read more

Obese Teens in Study Less Likely to Use Contraception

July 1, 2015 — Sexually active obese adolescents were significantly less likely to use contraception than normal weight peers, putting them at higher risk of unintended pregnancy, an American study of nearly 1,000 ... read more

Innovative Imaging Study Shows That the Spinal Cord Learns on Its Own

June 30, 2015 — The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an innovative imaging study. The results of the study may offer new opportunities for rehabilitation ... read more

For Women With Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Quality Affects Mood

June 30, 2015 — Poor sleep is associated with negative mood in women with bipolar disorder, according to researchers. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels ... read more

Children from High Conflict Homes Process Emotion Differently, Could Face Social Challenges

June 29, 2015 — Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings ... read more

Specialized Therapy Can Aid Traumatized Children in Developing Nations

June 29, 2015 — A specific type of talk therapy dispensed in the developing world to orphans and other vulnerable children who experienced trauma such as sexual and domestic abuse showed dramatic results, despite ... read more

More Than a Third of Children Were Physically Assault in the Last Year

June 29, 2015 — More than a third of children and teens 17 and younger experienced a physical assault in the last year, primarily at the hands of siblings and peers, according to a new ... read more

Genes Leave Some Kids Prone to Weakness in Wrist Bones

June 29, 2015 — Pediatric researchers have discovered gene locations affecting bone strength in wrist bones, the most common site for fractures in children. Children with these genetic variants could especially ... read more

Interest in Child-Specific Nurse Practitioner Programs Dwindling Despite Strong Job Market for Graduates

June 29, 2015 — While the number of graduates from family or adult nurse practitioner programs continues to rise, student applications to pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner programs are falling, a new study ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Parents could banish their children’s fussy eating habits by following three simple steps, a new study suggests.               ... read more

New Strategies, Solutions to Fight Pediatric Asthma

June 27, 2015 — Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, researchers conclude. This new study ... read more

Children With Asthma Likely Born in Area With High Air Pollution

June 27, 2015 — Children who develop asthma in Toronto are more likely to have been born in a neighborhood that has a high level of traffic-related air pollution, new research ... read more

Emergency Visits for Childhood Food Allergy on Rise in Illinois

June 26, 2015 — Emergency room visits and hospitalizations of children with severe, potentially life-threatening food allergy reactions increased nearly 30 percent in Illinois over five years, reports a new study. ... read more

Pet Care Can Help Improve Adolescents' Type 1 Diabetes Management, Pediatricians Find

June 26, 2015 — Pediatric diabetes researchers found that incorporating routine pet care into a child's diabetes self-care plan can significantly improve monitoring of the disease, resulting in lower blood ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Researchers have developed an innovative, experimental gene transfer-based treatment for children with giant axonal neuropathy (GAN). This extremely rare genetic disorder causes children to gradually ... read more

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