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Study of Elite Paralympic Athletes Supports Benefits of Exercise for Children with Cerebral Palsy

For highly trained Paralympic athletes with cerebral palsy (CP), bone mineral density and other measures of body composition are similar to those of able-bodied adults of similar age, reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Drug-Like Peptides Show Promise in Treating 2 Blood Diseases

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Synthetic peptides called minihepcidins may potentially treat two serious genetic blood diseases: beta-thalassemia and polycythemia vera. The compounds restored red blood cell levels of red blood cells and controlled iron absorption in animal models.

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Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Children

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Mothers with a history of depression are not physiologically “in sync” with their kids, according to a new study from Binghamton University. While researchers have known for a while that depression is associated with interpersonal problems with others, this is the first study to examine whether this is also evident physiologically.

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Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less

A new study from Aarhus University has now documented that there is some truth to the claim by parents of children with ADHD that their children have more difficulty falling asleep and that they sleep more poorly than other children.

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Use of Personal Care Products During Pregnancy Linked to Adverse Effects in Newborns

A study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health presents evidence linking personal care products used during pregnancy to adverse reproductive effects in newborns.

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Newborn Screening Test Developed for Rare, Deadly Neurological Disorder

Soon after birth, a baby’s blood is sampled and tested for a number of rare inherited conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. Now, a study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis describes a newborn screening test that identifies infants with a progressive neurodegenerative disease, called Niemann-Pick type C (NPC), that typically is not diagnosed until at least age 2, after neurological symptoms have begun to develop.

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Children in Developing World Infected with Parasite – Even Without Appearing Ill – May Be More Prone to Stunted Growth

Children infected even just once with a certain type of waterborne parasite are nearly three times as likely to suffer from moderate or severe stunted growth by the age of two than those who are not – regardless of whether their infection made them feel sick, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.

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Experts Needed: New Report Says Half of Teens Say They Are Addicted to Smartphones

According to a new report by Common Sense Media, 50 percent of teens admitted that they feel they are addicted to using their smartphones. The actual number is most likely even higher. Experts Needed for media inquiries.

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When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine; Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed; Flowers Not to Blame for Allergies, and More in the Allergies Channel

When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine; Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed; Flowers Not to Blame for Allergies, and More in the Allergies Channel

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Placenta Size and Offspring Bone Development Linked

A larger placenta during pregnancy could lead to larger bones in the children, a new Southampton study has shown.

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Kids' Eating Habits Highlight Need for Healthier Lunch Boxes

New research from the University of Adelaide shows children aged 9-10 years old are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from junk foods.

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Bash ‘Boris’: 10-Year-Old Boy Smashes His 3-D Printed Tumor

How one 10-year-old boy fought back against cancer – he and his friends at school smashed a 3-D printed model of his tumor he named “Boris.”

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Infants Much Less Likely to Get the Flu if Moms Are Vaccinated While Pregnant

A study found that 97 percent of confirmed flu cases among babies 6 months and younger occurred in those whose moms were not vaccinated while they were pregnant.

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Research-Based Exercise Program Turning Preschoolers Into 'Fit Kids'

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Reuben Brough is running around a gym at King Street Youth Center waving his hands in the air and screeching like a cheetah. A stream of children is in hot pursuit of him and four other UVM students who implore the preschoolers to "catch the cheetah." It looks like total chaos, but there's a method to the madness, which is really a highly structured, research-based fitness program called Children and Teachers (CATs) on the Move.

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Approved for $2.9 Million Research Funding Award to Lead Multi-Center Study of Antibiotics to Treat Uncomplicated Appendicitis

Clinical-scientists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have been approved for a $2.9 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a multi-institutional trial of non-operative management of appendicitis.

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Less Body Fat for Toddlers Taking Vitamin D

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A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

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Even Doctors Get Confused About Reflux Disease in Babies

New study shows that clinical symptoms are only rarely validated by the gold-standard reflux test

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Fireworks-Related Burns Requiring Hospital Stays Skyrocket Among Kids

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As states relaxed laws related to fireworks sales during the past decade, emergency doctors saw an increase in both the number and severity of fireworks-related injuries among children, according to new research being presented at the Pediatrics Academic Societies 2016 Meeting.

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Leading Children’s Health Physician-Scientists Present Research at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting

Leading experts in child health from the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine will present research at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), April 30 – May 3 in Baltimore.