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Study identifies factors that can help children thrive in the face of adversity

BALTIMORE, MD - Research shows that people who experience four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as economic hardship, exposure to violence or the death of a loved one, are more likely to have lasting physical and mental health problems. Show More Summary

Survey suggests children of gay fathers are well adjusted

BALTIMORE, MD - Compared to a national sample of heterosexual parents, gay fathers report similar parenting behavior and measures of wellbeing in their children, according to new research to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016 Meeting. read more

Exposure to tobacco smoke in the home increases childhood illnesses, health care demand

BALTIMORE, MD - Children who live with smokers end up in the doctor's office or hospital more often than those not exposed to tobacco smoke, according to new research being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting. read more

Breastfeeding app shows promise in supporting first-time mothers

BALTIMORE, MD - A pilot study found that use of a mobile phone app that provided supportive texts and an online community significantly increased the rate of breastfeeding among new mothers. An abstract of the study, "Mother's Milk Messaging...Show More Summary

Exempt from passenger restraint laws, taxis pose risky rides for small children

BALTIMORE, MD - The vast majority of small children riding in taxis are not restrained in car safety seats, according to new research, even though there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle collisions involving taxis, limousines and...Show More Summary

Study finds adolescent tobacco users commonly report light smoking

BALTIMORE, MD - A new research abstract being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016 Meeting reveals new details about teen smoking. Most young smokers report that they don't light up every day, and many smoke only a few cigarettes on the days they do smoke. Show More Summary

Mental health diagnoses rise significantly for military children

BALTIMORE, MD - Mirroring national estimates, a new study that will be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting found the percentage of children enrolled in the U.S. Military Healthcare System diagnosed with and treated for mental health disorders increased significantly during the past 15 years. read more

Complete rest until symptom-free after concussion may not be best for recovery

BALTIMORE, MD - Rest has long been the cornerstone of concussion treatment. For sports-related head injuries, for example, current guidelines say children should avoid returning to play --and all other physical activity--until all concussion symptoms such as headaches are gone. Show More Summary

Concerns raised with products marketed as 'first finger foods'

BALTIMORE, MD - A research abstract to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting found many products marketed as "first finger foods" for babies failed to meet American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations that they be small, soft and easy to swallow. read more

Stress and depression is linked to HPV-related health problems

BALTIMORE, MD - New research to be highlighted at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting is the first to suggest that stress and depression play a significant role in whether a woman with human papillomavirus (HPV) can get rid of her infection or not. HPV that lingers in a woman's system eventually can lead to cervical cancer. read more

Alcohol brand placement on TV linked with teens' brand preferences and drinking behaviors

BALTIMORE, MD - While tobacco companies have not been allowed to buy product placement in television shows since 2000, alcohol brands continue to self-regulate their marketing in media. But a new research abstract to be presented atShow More Summary

One-third of autistic children likely to wander, disappear

NEW HYDE PARK, NY - A review of data on 1,420 children ages 6 to 17 with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) found that more than one-third had wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according to findings from two studies reported at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Baltimore. read more

One in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation positive for marijuana exposure

BALTIMORE, MD - A new study to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting found that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure. read more

Stronger state policies reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths among teens

BALTIMORE, MD - Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among youth in the United States, and one in three deaths from automobile crashes are alcohol-related. However, stronger alcohol policies adopted by states appears to...Show More Summary

Aerial spraying to combat mosquitos linked to increased risk of autism in children

BALTIMORE, MD - New research to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting suggests that the use of airplanes to spray anti-mosquito pesticides may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays among children. read more

Inadequate financial savings tied to increased childhood health risks

The connection between a family's income and childhood health has been well-established, with lower income linked to poorer health and a greater likelihood of more chronic conditions. Now a new study by UCLA researchers shows that the size of the paycheck is not all that matters when it comes to children's health risks. Show More Summary

Legalization of marijuana in Washington had no effect on teens' access to drug

BALTIMORE, MD - Despite concerns that legalizing marijuana use for adults would make it easier for adolescents to get ahold of it, a new study in Washington State shows that teens find it no easier now than before the law was passed in 2012. read more

Percentage of US children who have chronic health conditions on the rise

BALTIMORE, MD - The percentage of children with chronic health conditions is on the rise, and new research being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting shows this is especially true among children who live in or near poverty. read more

Children are diagnosed with autism at younger ages since push for universal screening

BALTIMORE, MD - Researchers say children with autism who were born before the 2007 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that all children be screened for the disorder at the 18- and 24-month well child visits were diagnosed significantly later than they are today. Show More Summary

Breast milk linked to significant early brain growth in preemies

Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth, compared with babies given little or no breast milk. Studying preterm infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Show More Summary

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