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Algorithm Reduces Use of CT Scans When Diagnosing Children with Appendicitis

Implementation of an algorithm aimed to diagnose pediatric patients with suspected appendicitis reduces the utilization of computed tomography (CT) scans, without affecting diagnostic accuracy, Mayo Clinic Children's Center researchers have found. The study was recently published in the journal Surgery.

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Does Your Child’s Back-to-School List Include an Allergy Action Plan?

Backpacks. Crayons. Glue Sticks. Epipen? For more and more school-age children the Epipen is becoming a necessity for completing the back-to-school supply list. In fact, allergic conditions are one of the most common medical conditions affecting children in the U.S.

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Drug Target Identified for Common Childhood Blood Cancer

In what is believed to be the largest genetic analysis of what triggers and propels progression of tumor growth in a common childhood blood cancer, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center report that they have identified a possible new drug target for treating the disease.

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The Medical Minute: Children and Hot Cars a Cause for Deadly Concern

Nearly 700 children have lost their lives over the last 20 years in the United States as a result of being left in or playing in a hot car. At last count, the total in the U.S. this year is 18. July 31 is National Heat Stroke Prevention Day.

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Make Sure Your Kids and their Classrooms are Ready for Back-to-School

For parents of kids who have asthma and allergies, getting them ready to head back to school sometimes requires meetings with school administrators, teachers and nurses to develop a plan to ensure avoidance of triggers, and safe studying and eating.

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Transplantation Shown to Be Highly Effective in Treating Immune Deficiency in Children

Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts led by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Richard J. O’Reilly, MD.

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Kids with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders Show Differences in Brain Wiring

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD as a clinically important neurodevelopmental disorder.

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Research Identifies New Frontiers for Cerebral Palsy Treatment

New research from the Motion and Sports Lab at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas may give children with cerebral palsy better treatment options in the future – and it all starts with looking at how cerebral palsy patients move compared to their peers.

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Birthweight and Breastfeeding Have Implications for Children’s Health Decades Later

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Young adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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