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  • Conjoined twins successfully separated in first-of-its-kind surgery
    Team of surgeons successfully separate conjoined twins in historical surgery
    Texas Children’s Hospital announced this week that conjoined twin girls were separated in a successful surgery on Feb. 17, 2015.Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in Houston, Texas on...
  • Overweight
    Proposed law in Puerto Rico would fine parents of obese kids
    A bill slated to go before the Puerto Rican legislature Feb. 13 calls for fining the parents of obese children up to $800. Supporters of the bill believe that holding parents accountable is necessary in a society where nearly 30 percent of the...
  • Pediatric ER
    Medication problems cause 1 in 12 pediatric ER visits
    Findings from a new study indicate that many children are seen in the emergency room as a result of medication-related events. The research, published in the Feb. 2 online edition of Pediatrics, found that at one Canadian children’s hospital...
  • Medical marijuana
    Pediatricians against legalized marijuana, with some exceptions
    Citing concerns about its potential harm to children and adolescents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new policy statement opposing the legalization of marijuana. The Jan. 26 statement, however, does allow for the use of...
  • Autism
    Video-based therapy may benefit babies at risk for autism
    Video-based therapy may help babies at high risk of autism improve their interactions with others, suggests a first-of-its-kind study. The research, published in the Jan. 21 online issue of The Lancet Psychiatry, reports that when parents of...
  • Mata conjoined twins
    Conjoined twins readied for separation
    Surgeons at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston have been preparing for months to separate conjoined twins Knatalye and Adeline Mata. Joined at the chest and pelvis, the identical girls are positioned nearly face-to-face and share a...
  • Bed rest
    More bed rest may not benefit kids with concussions
    Bed rest beyond 24 to 48 hours following mild concussions in teens may be a classic example of “more isn’t always better,” according to a new study. The research, published in the Jan. 5 online edition of Pediatrics, suggests...
  • Ultrasound
    FDA warns against fetal ultrasound images as ‘keepsakes’
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement advising parents to leave the use of ultrasound and Doppler heartbeat monitors to healthcare professionals and avoid extra exposures just for the sake of having “keepsake”...
  • Energy Drinks
    Energy drinks linked to poison risk in young kids
    Although the dangers of energy drinks to adults and teens have been widely reported, a new study reveals that 40 percent of calls to U.S. poison control centers involved children under the age of 6. The study, presented Nov. 16 at the American...
  • Laundry Detergent Pods
    Laundry detergent pods pose a serious poisoning hazard to young children
    More than 17,000 children were exposed to the highly concentrated liquid detergent found in laundry detergent pods in 2012 and 2013, according to a study published today in Pediatrics. Children exposed to the pods suffer vomiting, choking,...
  • Chicago pediatricians: Now making house calls
    Chicago pediatricians: Now making house calls
    Ever wish a pediatrician could magically appear in your living room each time your kids got sick? Look no further than Weissbluth Pediatrics, a general pediatric practice located in the heart of Chicago.Weissbluth Pediatrics, or "WP" as...
  • Shriners brings ‘Love to the Rescue’ in 2014 Rose Parade, wins Volunteers Trophy
    Shriners brings ‘Love to the Rescue’ in 2014 Rose Parade, wins Volunteers Trophy
    With a fluffy teddy bear of light and dark beau mums and fuzzy paws of natural dry cordon puffs, rose-bordered hearts and riders nestled on a bed of roses and carnations, Shriners Hospitals for Children won the Tournament Volunteers Trophy in the...
  • Doctor examining boy in office
    Childhood obesity prevention programs significantly lower blood pressure
    Greater reductions found in programs with diet and physical activityChildhood obesity is foremost risk for high blood pressure in children. Obese children quadruple their risk and overweight children double their risk of developing high blood...
  • violent video games
    Violent video games teach children aggressive thought and behavior patterns
    Children’s thought and behavior patterns are influenced by the video games they repeatedly play, according to an Iowa State University study. The study, published March 24 in the journal Pediatrics, found that playing violent video games led...
  • Overweight Child Eating Junk Food
    Obesity linked to lower academic performance in tween girls
    Girls obese at age 11, 13 and 16 linked to adverse impact on gradesAccording to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one third of children and...