Children’s Health

Developmental language disorder (DLD) is a problem involving the acquisition and development of language, and children with it experience difficulties speaking, communicating, understanding and expressing themselves. It is also considered an “invisible disorder” because the markers of the condition are difficult to diagnose and to understand by professionals and the child’s relatives, and some of
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Potentially life-saving steroids commonly given to preterm babies also increase the risk of long-term cardiovascular problems, but a new study in rats has found that if given in conjunction with statins, their positive effects remain while the potential negative side-effects are ‘weeded out’. Cambridge scientists gave new-born rats, which are naturally born prematurely, combined glucocorticoid
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Minister for Development, Andrew Mitchell, has signed an agreement with the US today (Friday 3 February) to help children around the world secure twelve years of quality education. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will particularly support girls, who are disproportionately affected by marginalization, conflict and crisis, including extreme weather events such as flooding and
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Implementing financial coaching for parents of infants in a pediatric primary care setting reduced missed well-child care visit rates by half and significantly improved receipt of vaccinations at a timely age, according to a new community-partnered pilot study led by UCLA researchers. The study, published in Pediatrics, is the first to examine the effectiveness of
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Despite laws against advertising cannabis to teens, young people reported in surveys that they still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts. Washington State University researchers found these messages were also connected to the teens’ intentions to use cannabis, and for college students, with their actual use. Anti-cannabis messages also had
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In a recent study posted to Research Square* and under review at the European Journal of Pediatrics, researchers reported findings of a multicenter study conducted across ten hospitals in Italy to investigate the safety of Remdesivir (RDV) in children affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Additionally, they examined its tolerability and the clinical characteristics of
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The Brain Tumor Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric brain tumor programs in the country, integrating experts from multiple specialty areas into a coordinated treatment team. That team includes pediatric specialists in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neurology, neuropathology, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, neuro-endocrinology and rehabilitation, as well as experts
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Recent advances in newborn heart surgery have greatly reduced brain injuries in infants with congenital heart disease, according to a 20-year study by scientists at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH). The study, begun in 2001 and published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, analyzed brain
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The emergence and rapid outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) resulted in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have worked rapidly to develop numerous vaccines, several of which received emergency use authorization from global regulatory bodies, such as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causal agent of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, causes respiratory infection in people of all ages. Compared to adults, children are less frequently and severely affected by SARS-CoV-2. Although the exact reason for this is unclear, reduced expression of the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor
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The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), the clinical and educational leader in the care of patients with obesity, applauds the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) first comprehensive Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Obesity released this month. One of the most common pediatric chronic diseases, childhood obesity is a
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The world’s first international clinical guidelines to help prevent and treat heart complications in children undergoing cancer treatment have been created. The guidelines, published in JACC:Advances, cover cardiovascular disease assessment, screening and follow-up, for pediatric patients receiving cancer treatment with new molecular therapies, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The expert consensus, led by researchers from the
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In a recent study published in the journal Communications Biology, researchers investigated the effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine booster on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-specific antibodies in the milk of lactating women. Additionally, they explored whether the booster-induced antibody response differed from the homologous and heterologous boosting schedule of their
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In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers discuss the efficacy of the bivalent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine against symptomatic infection with several SARS-CoV-2 variants that are currently circulating throughout the U.S.   Study: Early Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Booster Dose Vaccine
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