Maternal pre-pregnancy BMI linked to pediatric allergic disease development

A University of Ottawa-led study of nearly 250,000 children in Ontario over seven years – the largest of its kind – found a mother's weight before pregnancy may impact their newborn's risk of developing allergic diseases in early childhood, whereas weight gain during pregnancy did not seem to have the same effect. Here are the key points from the study, […]

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Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone performs first-ever pediatric lung transplant

Surgeons at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone and the NYU Langone Transplant Institute reached a historic milestone when they used a lung transplant to treat a 16-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis whose organs were irreversibly damaged. The surgery took place on May 20, 2021, marking the first-ever pediatric lung transplant performed at NYU Langone Health. Cystic fibrosis, which affects […]

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Children with autism twice as likely to report suicidal thoughts, according to new research

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are twice as likely to report suicidal thoughts during screened for suicidal ideation during routine medical assessments, according to new research from the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The study, which was published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, highlights the importance of implementing suicide risk screenings as part of routine health care in […]

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Antibiotics alone cannot prevent stunted growth in children, study finds

Antibiotics alone likely cannot overcome the complex factors that cause stunted growth and perpetuate the cycle of poverty in the developing world, new research suggests. To prevent stunted growth in the developing world, a "much more comprehensive approach" is needed than antibiotics alone, said Mark DeBoer, MD, of UVA Children's. Image Credit: UVA Health An international team of researchers had […]

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Parents of children with chronic lung conditions concerned with safety and side effects of COVID-19 vaccine

With the emergence of different SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern including the more transmissible Delta variant, children are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 than with previous variants. Although in most countries children are yet not vaccinated against COVID-19, many high-income countries including Australia have started vaccinating children aged 12 years and above. It is likely that by end of […]

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COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial for children is underway in St. Louis

A pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial is underway in St. Louis. Led by Washington University School of Medicine, about 140 area children will receive the two-shot Moderna vaccine or placebo at St. Louis Children's Hospital as part of a clinical trial involving about 100 medical institutions in the U.S. and Canada. A pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial is underway in […]

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Study highlights need to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S.

Researchers in the United States have warned that as of July 15th this year (2021), the level of population immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – may still have been insufficient to contain infection outbreaks and safely return to pre-pandemic social behavior. Study: Population Immunity Against COVID-19 in […]

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