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Mommy and Me

The first study of its kind, “The contributions of maternal sensitivity and maternal depressive symptoms to epigenetic processes and neuroendocrine functioning,” led by University of Utah assistant professor Elisabeth Conradt in the Department of Psychology, found that certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant.

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Better Definition Needed for Reasonable Medical Certainty in Child Abuse Cases

Physicians use different definitions of "reasonable medical certainty" when testifying as expert witnesses in child abuse cases. The variability is troubling because it could result in flawed rulings, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Infographic: A Closer Look At Birth Defects

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Not all birth defects are preventable, but, there are several ways to increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby.

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Younger T Cells May Improve Immunotherapy for Children's Cancer

Pediatric oncologists from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have investigated techniques to improve and broaden a novel personalized cell therapy to treat children with cancer. The researchers say a patient's outcome may be improved if clinicians select specific subtypes of T cells to attack diseases like acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma.

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Vitamin D-Rich Foods During Pregnancy May Reduce Allergy Risk in Children

Higher intake of foods containing vitamin D during pregnancy – but not supplemental vitamin D intake – was associated with reduced risk of development of allergies in children.

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Baby’s Breath: A New Way to Study Neonatal Lung Disease

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Investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a novel model for studying a lung disorder of newborn babies.

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Fall in One-to-One Nursing Care of Very Sick New-Borns Linked to Higher Death Rate

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University of Warwick research indicates that a fall in one to one nursing care of very sick and premature new-borns is linked to a higher death rate in neonatal intensive care.

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Better Definition Needed for Reasonable Medical Certainty in Child Abuse Cases

Physicians use different definitions of "reasonable medical certainty" when testifying as expert witnesses in child abuse cases. The variability is troubling because it could result in flawed rulings, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Capital Campaign Aims to Raise $1 Million for Children’s Mental Health Services at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

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The not-for-profit PinnacleHealth Health System is launching the Space to Grow, Room to Heal donor campaign to add inpatient beds and services for children ages 4 to 12 at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI).

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A New Home – but with No Medical Home? U-M Study Looks at Immigrants’ Kids with Special Health Needs

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hey may have made America their new home, but immigrants whose children have special medical needs appear to be having trouble finding a true “medical home” for their child, a new study finds.

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Toddler Avoids Transplant, Mended Heart Is Second Chance at Life

Just two years old at the time, Zoey Jones was told she would need a heart and lung transplant for her failing organs, a complication due to the single ventricle heart defect she was born with. She was referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they began to prepare for a transplant, when a second look in the catheterization laboratory (cath lab) led doctors to believe her heart and lungs were strong enough to avoid transplant altogether.

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‘A Word's Worth More Than a Thousand Pictures’ According to New FAU Study on Young Children

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Children play an important role in ensuring that they are cared for by adults by using physical and cognitive cues. But what’s more important in how they influence adults and elicit their nurturing spirit? Is it their physical features or what they say?

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A Child’s Cardiac Arrest Should Prompt Check-Ups for the Rest of the Family

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With fewer than 3,500 episodes a year, cardiac arrest in children is decidedly rare, but it could be a dramatic signal that the victim’s family members may be at a heightened risk for sudden cardiac death. This is why, in the aftermath of such a traumatic event, clinical evaluation of the child’s parents and siblings could lead to lifesaving diagnoses and therapies, averting further tragedy, say cardiologists at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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Common Colds at School a Primary Driver of Asthma Hospitalizations for Children

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The most dangerous times of year for children with asthma are soon after their schools reopen after a break, and a new study finds that cold viruses are largely to blame.

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Penn Medicine and LouLou Foundation Create Program of Excellence for Rare Genetic Disorder That Affects Children

The London-based LouLou Foundation and the Orphan Disease Center of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have established a Program of Excellence to develop effective treatments for children with CDKL5, a rare X-chromosome-linked genetic disorder that causes severe neuro-developmental impairment and early-onset, difficult-to-control seizures.

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Study Suggests More Effective Speech Therapy Approach for Children with Down Syndrome

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A new study indicates that children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients.

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Researchers Home in on Why Female Newborns Are Better Protected From Brain Injury

In a study published this week in the journal eNeuro, researchers at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by Pelin Cengiz, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, show that a particular protein found in the brains of both male and female mice is present at higher levels in females, which offers them stronger protection against one type of brain injury.

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Fast, Accurate Cystic Fibrosis Test Developed at Stanford

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Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a fast, inexpensive and highly accurate test to screen newborns for cystic fibrosis. The new method detects virtually all mutations in the CF gene, preventing missed diagnoses that delay babies’ ability to begin receiving essential treatment.

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'How Much Does It Hurt?' For Preschoolers, Cognitive Development Can Limit Ability to Rate Pain

"Rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten"—for most adults and older children, it's a simple concept. But preschool-aged children generally lack the cognitive skills needed to make reliable pain ratings, according to an article in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.