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Sanford Study Reveals Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalence in U.S.

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Nearly 5 percent of U.S. children may be affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, according to a new study co-authored by Sanford Research’s Gene Hoyme, M.D., and Amy Elliott, Ph.D., and published by Pediatrics.

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South African ‘Mentor Mothers’ Improve Perinatal Health Outcomes

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More than one-fourth of pregnant South African women are infected with HIV; in some communities, the infection rates are even higher. Now a UCLA-Stellenbosch University (South Africa) study has found that regular home visits of pregnant mothers, and later of those mothers and their infants, by specially trained lay community mothers from the “Mentor Mothers” program led to significantly better health outcomes 18 months later in both the mothers and their children.

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One-Third of Foster Kids Returned to Their Family Are Abused Again

One in three children who have been reunified with their families after being placed in foster care will be maltreated again, according to a study into Quebec’s youth protection system. The study, the first of its kind in the world, was undertaken in the wake of a new law.

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Placebo Better Than 'Watchful Waiting' When Treating Young Children's Coughs

Both agave nectar and a placebo were more effective than no treatment for young children's cough symptoms, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. The findings suggest that a placebo could help children more than "watchful waiting."

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Obese Youths with Leukemia More Likely to Have Persistent Disease

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As reported in First Edition of the journal Blood on October 27, following induction chemotherapy, obese patients were more than twice as likely to have minimal residual disease, than non-obese patients.

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When it Comes to Plastic Surgery for Children, Earlier is Better

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Mark Urata, MD, chief, Division of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, discusses the future of pediatric cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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Changes at the Grocery Store Could Turn the Burden of Shopping with Children on Its Head

Avoiding power struggles in the grocery store with children begging for sweets, chips and other junk foods – and parents often giving in – could be helped by placing the healthier options at the eye level of children and moving the unhealthy ones out of the way. A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that this dynamic is particularly frustrating for caregivers on limited budgets who are trying to save money and make healthy meals.

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