Study uses eye tracking to assess receptive language in children

A new study found that eye tracking (ET) can be explored as a modality for assessing receptive language (RL) in typically developing (TD) children and those with neurodevelopmental delay (NDD). The research findings will be presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2018 Meeting in Toronto. NDD assessment in children with significant motor delays (e.g., cerebral palsy), which is often […]

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UNICEF ‘muted’ on tobacco control for children

The tobacco industry manipulated the renowned children’s rights agency UNICEF for more than a dozen years, from 2003 until at least 2016, during which time UNICEF’s focus on children’s rights to a tobacco-free life was reduced, according to previously secret documents uncovered by UC San Francisco. The research appears April 30, 2018, in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy […]

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Multiple anesthesia exposures affect learning and attention

(HealthDay)—Children with multiple exposures to anesthesia before age 3 are more likely to develop adverse outcomes related to learning and attention, according to a recent study published in Anesthesiology. Danqing Hu, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues retrospectively identified a cohort of children born between 1996 and 2000. Propensity matching selected children based on exposure or […]

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Study reveals large differences in drug prescriptions for newborns between NICUs

Little is known concerning how extensively drugs are prescribed to newborns in different neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study of nearly 1,500 newborns admitted during 12 months to four different NICUs in The Netherlands found that drug use varies widely. Cardiovascular and nervous system drugs were most often prescribed off-label in relation to […]

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Stories of child patients in early NHS unearthed

A University of Manchester historian is to highlight the untold experiences of children who were admitted to hospital in the early years of the NHS. In a special lecture on April 24 supported by the NHS Confederation—marking the NHS’s 70th anniversary of the launch of the National Health Service—Dr. Stephanie Snow will explore the human stories which define the NHS […]

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Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes still a danger to children despite recent decline in exposures

A new study published online today by Pediatrics and conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that there were more than 8,200 calls to US poison centers regarding exposures to liquid nicotine and e-cigarettes among children younger than 6 years of age from January 2012 through April […]

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Self-regulation interventions beneficial for children

(HealthDay)—A range of interventions can successfully improve self-regulation in children and adolescents, according to research published online April 16 in JAMA Pediatrics. Anuja Pandey, M.D., from the University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of rigorously evaluated interventions to improve self-regulation in children and adolescents. The final review included […]

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Cyberbullying, unmet medical needs contribute to depressive symptoms among sexual minority youth

Cyberbullying, dissatisfaction with family relationships, and unmet medical needs are major contributors to the high rates of depressive symptoms seen among adolescents who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning their sexual orientation, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Their new study on sexual minority youth now appears in Pediatrics. Researchers used data from the NEXT Generation Health […]

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