Study: Spanking May Change Children’s Brains

Rare is the parent who’s never so much as thought about spanking an unruly child. But a new study provides another reason to avoid corporal punishment: Spanking may cause changes in the same areas of a child’s brain affected by more severe physical and sexual abuse. Previous research has consistently found links between spanking and behavioral problems, aggression, depression, and […]

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COVID-19 in Children: New Cases on the Rise Again

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of new COVID-19 cases in children rose for the third time in the last 4 weeks, reaching the highest point since mid-February, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.   Just over 73,000 cases were reported […]

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Doctor Survived Cambodia’s Killing Fields, but Not COVID

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.   Linath Lim’s life was shaped by starvation. She was not yet 13 when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia and ripped her family apart. The totalitarian regime sent her and four siblings to work camps, where they planted rice and dug irrigation canals from […]

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Doctor Survived Cambodia’s Killing Fields, but Not COVID

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.   Linath Lim’s life was shaped by starvation. She was not yet 13 when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia and ripped her family apart. The totalitarian regime sent her and four siblings to work camps, where they planted rice and dug irrigation canals from […]

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Fine Particle Pollution From Wildfires May Harm Kids More Than Other PM2.5

(Reuters Health) – Fine particles produced by western wildfires was associated with larger surges in child visits to the emergency department and urgent care than pollution from traditional sources, such as traffic and industry, a new study suggests. An analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data on particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM 2.5) and data on children’s emergency department and […]

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Child Vaccinations Likely Needed to Reach Herd Immunity

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The United States probably won’t reach herd immunity until children are vaccinated, Anthony Fauci, MD, said. “We don’t really know what that magical point of herd immunity is, but we do know that if we get the overwhelming population vaccinated, we’re going to be in good […]

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FDA OKs First ‘Targeted Treatment’ for Rare DMD Mutation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the antisense oligonucleotide casimersen (Amondys 45, Sarepta Therapeutics) injection for the treatment of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) plus a rare DMD mutation, the agency has announced.  This particular mutation of the DMD gene “is amenable to exon 45 skipping,” the FDA noted in a press release. It added that […]

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South Korea’s Fertility Rate Falls to Lowest in the World

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s fertility rate fell to the lowest in the world last year, data showed on Wednesday, as uncertainty over the coronavirus discouraged couples from marrying and having children. The number of expected babies per South Korean woman fell to 0.84 in 2020, dropping further from the country’s previous record low of 0.92 a year earlier, the […]

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1 in 4 kids who get antibiotics in children’s hospitals are prescribed the drugs incorrectly

The overuse of antibiotics poses an increasing threat to children who develop — or already have — drug-resistant infections that are difficult or impossible to treat, and can cause extended hospitalization, disability and even death. At any given time, about 1 in 3 patients in U.S. children’s hospitals receive one or more antibiotics. However, for one-quarter of those children, the […]

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