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Children's Health News
February 21, 2017

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Drugs That Alter Inhibitory Targets Offer Therapeutic Strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia

Feb. 21, 2017 — Memories are formed at structures in the brain known as dendritic spines, which communicate with other brain cells through 'synapses.' Researchers recently discovered that an inhibitory ... read more

Treatment Strategy for Anorexia

Feb. 20, 2017 — New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment ... read more

Workshop Identifies Complex Health Problems Among Zika-Affected Infants

Feb. 20, 2017 — Children exposed to Zika virus in the womb may face complex health and developmental problems as they grow older, according to discussions at a National Institutes of Health ... read more

Mothers and Infants Connect Through Song

Feb. 17, 2017 — New research provides insight into the importance of song for infants and mothers. The work explored the role of infant-directed singing in relation to intricate bond between mother and ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial scourge that is resistant to most common antibiotics and thus difficult to treat, particularly in children where it commonly causes ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Genomic testing of biopsies from patients with deadly, treatment-resistant cancerous blood syndromes called histiocytoses allowed doctors to identify genes fueling the ailments and use targeted ... read more

Site of Care May Partly Explain Survival Difference Between Kids and Young Adults With Leukemia

Feb. 16, 2017 — Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who were not treated at specialized cancer centers had significantly worse five-year ... read more

Doctors Prescribe More Antibiotics When Expectations Are High, Study Says

Feb. 16, 2017 — Experimental evidence confirms what surveys have long suggested: Physicians are more likely to prescribe antibiotics when they believe there is a high expectation of it from their patients, even if ... read more

Adolescents With Weak Working Memory and Progressive Drug Use at Risk for Later Addictions

Feb. 16, 2017 — Drug use in adolescence is often linked to later substance-abuse problems, but a new study suggests that a key risk factor is a combination of weak working memory and difficulties with impulse ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — New clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and a parasitic worm that can cause river blindness have now been ... read more

Getting Inside Teens' Heads: Study Upsets Beliefs About Feelings and Exercise Probability

Feb. 15, 2017 — A pilot study tracking adolescents’ internal psychological states and physical activity in near real-time challenges prevailing assumptions about how to increase physical ... read more

When Does a Man Say 'I'm the Father'?

Feb. 15, 2017 — American men much more readily acknowledge that they are the legal father of a child born out of wedlock when the woman involved is more affluent, educated, and healthy. It also helps (slightly) if ... read more

Depression Symptoms Among Men When Their Partners Are Pregnant

Feb. 15, 2017 — Men who were stressed or in poor health had elevated depression symptoms when their partners were pregnant and nine months after the birth of their child, according to the results of a study of ... read more

Only a Limited HIV Subset Moves from Mother to Child, Study Shows

Feb. 15, 2017 — In the transmission of HIV-1 from mother to child only a subset of a mother’s viruses infects their infants either in utero or via breastfeeding, and the viruses that are transmitted depend on ... read more

Working Memory as Key to Preventing Misdiagnoses, Overrepresentation of Minorities in Special Education

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers have found a link to growth in working memory and growth in English-language reading among young English-language learning students. The findings suggest better assessment and education ... read more

Youth Flag Football May Not Be Safer Than Tackle Football

Feb. 14, 2017 — The results of a study of injury rates in youth football leagues did not show that flag football is safer than tackle football, new research concludes. The study finds Injury is more likely to occur ... read more

Parenting Significantly Impacts Development of Children With Fragile X Syndrome

Feb. 14, 2017 — A longitudinal study of children with Fragile X Syndrome, the leading genetic cause of autism, and their mothers found that sustained maternal responsivity had a significant positive impact on the ... read more

Children of Patients With C9orf72 Mutations Are at a Greater Risk of Frontotemporal Dementia or ALS at a Younger Age

Feb. 14, 2017 — The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene. Researchers have demonstrated that if an ... read more

Fructose Consumption Linked to the Increase of Liver Disease Among Adolescents and Children

Feb. 14, 2017 — Recent research suggests that dietary fructose intake may increase serum uric acid concentrations and that both uric acid concentration and fructose consumption may be increased in individuals with ... read more

Low Birth Weight Babies at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems Later in Life

Feb. 13, 2017 — Babies born with extremely low birth weight are not only at risk for physical problems but are also more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, according to an analysis of ... read more

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