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Using substances at school may be cry for help

Using substances at school may be cry for help

When teens are caught drinking or using marijuana at school, a trip to the principal’s office may not suffice. These students also should be screened for exposure to trauma, mental health problems and other serious health risks, according to a study to be presented May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Continue reading

Pediatricians call for a Vitamin K tracking system for babies not getting shots

Pediatricians call for a Vitamin K tracking system for babies not getting shots

Doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt have seen a rise in late-onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding in young infants due to parents declining the shot at birth Continue reading

Increased prevalence of GI symptoms among children with autism, study confirms

Increased prevalence of GI symptoms among children with autism, study confirms

A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine indicates that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than four times more likely to experience general gastrointestinal (GI) complaints compared with peers, are more than three times as prone to experience constipation and diarrhea than peers, and complain twice as much about abdominal pain compared to peers. The results are reported in the April 28, 2014, online early edition of the journal Pediatrics. While parents frequently express concern regarding GI symptoms among children with ASD in pediatric settings, this study is the first meta-analysis of all published, peer-reviewed research relating to this topic. Continue reading

Increased prevalence of GI symptoms among children with autism, study confirms

Increased prevalence of GI symptoms among children with autism, study confirms

A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine indicates that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than four times more likely to experience general gastrointestinal (GI) complaints compared with peers, are more than three times as prone to experience constipation and diarrhea than peers, and complain twice as much about abdominal pain compared to peers. The results are reported in the April 28, 2014, online early edition of the journal Pediatrics. While parents frequently express concern regarding GI symptoms among children with ASD in pediatric settings, this study is the first meta-analysis of all published, peer-reviewed research relating to this topic. Continue reading

Estimating baby’s size gets more precise

Estimating baby’s size gets more precise

New Michigan State University research aims to help doctors estimate the size of newborns with a new set of birth weight measurements based on birth records from across the country. “More than 7 million records were reviewed,” said Nicole Talge, an assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, who co-led the study which is now available in the journal Pediatrics. “Our research looked at live births in the United States during 2009-2010 and using a newly developed method, corrected unlikely gestational ages during that time. Continue reading

New genetic brain disorder in humans discovered

New genetic brain disorder in humans discovered

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, is reported in the April 24, 2014 issue of Cell . Continue reading

New genetic brain disorder in humans discovered

New genetic brain disorder in humans discovered

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, is reported in the April 24, 2014 issue of Cell . Continue reading

Oxygen diminishes heart’s ability to regenerate, researchers discover

Oxygen diminishes heart’s ability to regenerate, researchers discover

Scientific research at UT Southwestern Medical Center previously discovered that the newborn animal heart can heal itself completely, whereas the adult heart lacks this ability. New research by the same team today has revealed why the heart loses its incredible regenerative capability in adulthood, and the answer is quite simple — oxygen. Yes, oxygen Continue reading

Oxygen diminishes heart’s ability to regenerate, researchers discover

Oxygen diminishes heart’s ability to regenerate, researchers discover

Scientific research at UT Southwestern Medical Center previously discovered that the newborn animal heart can heal itself completely, whereas the adult heart lacks this ability. New research by the same team today has revealed why the heart loses its incredible regenerative capability in adulthood, and the answer is quite simple — oxygen. Yes, oxygen Continue reading

Pollutants from coal-burning stoves strongly associated with miscarriages in Mongolia

Pollutants from coal-burning stoves strongly associated with miscarriages in Mongolia

Burning coal for domestic heating may contribute to early fetal death according to a new study by experts from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — the coldest capital city in the world. In a paper published today in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth , researchers report “alarmingly strong statistical correlations” between seasonal ambient air pollutants and pregnancy loss in Ulaanbaatar (UB), Mongolia. Continue reading