New studies measure screen-based media use in children

A new study examines the effectiveness of the ScreenQ, a measure of screen-based media use in children. Findings from the study will be presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2018 Meeting. “In a single generation, the explosion of screen-based media has transformed the experience of childhood, from TV and videos, to an unlimited range of content available at any […]

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Reduction in federal funding could reduce quality of specialized pediatric care

Hospitals caring for children with serious, chronic illness are highly dependent on public payers, according to a new study. The research found that proposals to dramatically reduce federal expenditures on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could destabilize current specialty care referral networks serving all children, including the majority of privately-insured children in greatest need of high quality, specialized, […]

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EPO protects preemies’ brains by modifying genes essential for generating new brain cells

Erythropoietin (EPO) helps to protect and repair vulnerable brains though it remains a mystery how the anemia drug does so. Genetic analyses conducted by a multi-institutional research team finds that EPO may work its neuroprotective magic by modifying genes essential for regulating growth and development of nervous tissue as well as genes that respond to inflammation and hypoxia. Findings from […]

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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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Researchers: Former NHL player Jeff Parker had brain disease

Researchers say former NHL player Jeff Parker suffered from a brain disease that has been linked with repeated head injuries in athletes. The diagnosis comes from Boston University’s CTE Center. Parker is at least the seventh pro hockey player diagnosed with the disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which led to a $1 billion settlement between the NFL and former players. Parker […]

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Type 2 diabetes slowly rising in Auckland kids – Pacific and Māori have highest rates

New research shows increasing numbers of children and teens under-15 in Auckland are developing type 2 diabetes, and that rates among Pacific and Māori children are up to 18 times higher than for European children. The findings are based on 21 years of patient records from Starship Paediatric Diabetes Service. Says study lead Dr. Craig Jefferies: “People still don’t think […]

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Novel signal ID’d for microalbuminuria in europeans with T2DM

(HealthDay)—A novel signal has been identified that is associated with microalbuminuria in Europeans with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published online April 27 in Diabetes. Natalie R. van Zuydam, Ph.D., from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in T2D using eight complementary […]

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New approach for treating neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is the chronic, pathological pain that continues even when the cause of pain is removed. Causes include damage to nerve cells and medicines used to treat cancer. A collaboration between research groups from Indiana University in Bloomington, USA and Turku Centre for Biotechnology in Finland has discovered a novel therapeutic that appears to interrupt the signaling cascades in […]

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