Month: February 2021

Molecules called microRNAs (miRNAs) that are measurable in urine have been identified by researchers at Mount Sinai as predictors of both heart and kidney health in children without disease. The epidemiological study of Mexican children was published in February in the journal Epigenomics. For the first time, we measured in healthy children the associations between
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Experts tout the benefits of making art for child development, but parents know the uncontrollable quantity of art kids are capable of creating. The funny moms and dads of Twitter often share their attempts to interpret their kids’ drawings, approaches to disposing of excess doodles, honest reviews and more. Below, we’ve rounded up 55 relatable
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Have you noticed minute fluid-filled bumps on your baby’s lips? They could be lip blisters, which  are common in babies and usually resolve on their own. Although baby lip blisters do not pose a threat, they could be subtle signs of latching problems. Knowing the reason behind baby lip blisters
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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Nulibry (fosdenopterin) for injection to reduce the risk of death due to Molybdenum Cofactor Deficiency Type A, a rare, genetic,  metabolic disorder that typically presents in the first few days of life, causing intractable seizures, brain injury and death. Today’s action marks the first FDA approval for
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Extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants with moderate to large patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) may benefit from transcatheter PDA closure (TCPC) in the first four weeks of life, according to research published by Le Bonheur Cardiologist Ranjit Philip, MD, and Medical Director of Interventional Cardiac Imaging and Interventional Catheterization Laboratory Shyam Sathanandam, MD. Early PDA
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Norovirus is a virus that spreads through contaminated food and water, leading to severe gastroenteritis, which causes diarrhea and vomiting (1). The virus is known by several names, such as stomach bug, vomiting bug, or winter vomiting bug. The norovirus infection is commonly referred to as food poisoning or stomach
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Does your kid like to tattle? And not just on their friends and siblings, but on other adults? We’ve got advice for parents who hear “I’m telling” more often than they’d like. Kadyn Green is a compulsive tattler. The six-year-old in Edmonton has no scruples about squealing on anyone, from his younger brother and random
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE You might have heard about the importance of breastfeeding from others, but only you can experience the true beauty of it when your baby latches onto your breast and starts to suckle. Breastfeeding is one of the most significant and emotional events of motherhood. It nourishes the baby and helps
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While the amazing regenerative power of the liver has been known since ancient times, the cells responsible for maintaining and replenishing the liver have remained a mystery. Now, research from the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) has identified the cells responsible for liver maintenance and regeneration while also pinpointing where they
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Ahead of Rare Disease Day (28 February), four leading children’s research institutions on three continents are joining forces to decipher pediatric illnesses, including rare diseases, and find better treatments. The four pediatric hospitals — Boston Children’s Hospital; UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital (London); the Murdoch Children’s Research
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This is a mission for top secret agents. Are you one of them? Then check out the awesome spy hacks and ideas we have prepared for you today. These will help you accomplish your missions successfully! First, we’ll show you a very sneaky and effective way to hide your phone inside a juice box so
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When your baby lets a number two slip during their evening dip, here’s how to avoid turning bathtime into a game of hot potato. The first time it happened, I’ll admit I laughed. The tiny rumble, the flurry of bubbles and, best of all, the sheepish grin as my six-month-old let out a burst of
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Sacral dimples, also known as sacrococcygeal or coccygeal dimples or pits, are a common cutaneous (relating to the skin) anomaly found during the neonatal spinal examination. These are shallow or deep indentations on the lower back (lower sacral region), just above the crease of the buttocks. Studies suggest that sacral
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COVID-19, the disease caused by the pandemic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is primarily regarded as a respiratory infection. Yet the virus has also become known for affecting other parts of the body in ways not as well understood, sometimes with longer-term consequences, such as heart arrhythmia, fatigue and “brain fog.” Researchers at University of California San Diego
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Microcephaly is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes significantly small head size in infants compared to other infants of the same gender and age. Most microcephaly cases happen due to abnormal brain development during fetal life or cessation of brain growth during infancy. Smaller head size also means a smaller brain,
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Scientists at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have identified the specialized environment, known as a niche, in the bone marrow where new bone and immune cells are produced. The study, published in Nature, also shows that movement-induced stimulation is required for the maintenance of this niche, as well as the
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