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Children's Health
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Stem cells provide new insight into genetic pathway of childhood cancer      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have discovered a new insight into the genetic pathway of childhood cancer, offering new hope for tailored treatments.

Children's Health Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Birth by C-section more than doubles odds of measles vaccine failure      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Birth by C-section more than doubles odds of measles vaccine failure. Researchers say it is vital that children born by caesarean section receive two doses of the measles vaccine for robust protection against the disease.

Birth Defects Child Development Children's Health Infant's Health
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Metabolism of autism reveals developmental origins      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have shed new light on the changes in metabolism that occur between birth and the presentation of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) later in childhood. The researchers discovered that a small number of biochemical pathways are responsible for the majority of these changes, which could help inform new early detection and prevention strategies for autism.

Children's Health
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New tool to boost battle against childhood undernutrition      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The tool will help researchers better understand major challenges that afflict undernourished children, such as changes in cognitive development and higher infection rates.

Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Study shows heightened sensitivity to PTSD in autism      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study shows that a mild stress is enough to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mouse models of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers demonstrated that the two disorders share a reciprocal relationship, identifying a predisposition to PTSD in ASD, and discovering that core autism traits are worsened when traumatic memories are formed.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Parenting
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Teens who view their homes as more chaotic than their siblings have poorer mental health in adulthood      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Adolescents who view their households as more unstructured, disorganized, or hectic than their siblings develop more mental health and behavioral problems in early adulthood, according to new research.

Depression Mental Health Research Today's Healthcare
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New guidelines for depression care emphasize patient-centred approach      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Psychiatrists and mental health professionals have a new standard for managing major depression, thanks to refreshed clinical guidelines.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Parenting
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Children sleep problems associated with psychosis in young adults      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Children who experience chronic lack of sleep from infancy may be at increased risk of developing psychosis in early adulthood, new research shows.

Child Development Children's Health
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More than 321,000 U.S. children lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2021      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

An estimated 321,566 children in the United States lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2021, according to a new study. The rate of children who experienced this loss more than doubled during this period, from approximately 27 to 63 children per 100,000. The highest number of affected children were those with non-Hispanic white parents, but communities of color and tribal communities were disproportionately affected.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Childhood maltreatment responsible for up to 40 percent of mental health conditions      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study has found the widespread impact of child abuse and neglect, with analysis suggesting they cause nearly half of common mental conditions. Researchers say childhood maltreatment should be treated as a public health priority.

Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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How psychedelic drugs interact with serotonin receptors to potentially produce therapeutic benefits      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have shed valuable light on the complex mechanisms by which a class of psychedelic drugs binds to and activates serotonin receptors to produce potential therapeutic effects in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Children's Health Nutrition
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Sedentary lifestyle puts strain on young hearts      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

According to a recent study, high levels of sedentary behavior and physical inactivity from childhood strain the heart in adolescence. High cardiac workload predicts heart failure and other heart diseases. In light of the findings, increasing moderate and vigorous physical activity from childhood onwards is particularly important in preventing heart diseases.

Birth Defects Child Development Children's Health Infant's Health Psychology Research
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Genetics, not lack of oxygen, causes cerebral palsy in quarter of cases      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The world's largest study of cerebral palsy (CP) genetics has discovered genetic defects are most likely responsible for more than a quarter of cases in Chinese children, rather than a lack of oxygen at birth as previously thought.

Depression Mental Health Research
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New device that emits magnetic field may offer hope for treating depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In an exploratory clinical trial, four male patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder underwent eight weeks of treatment with a device that generates a low-frequency ultralow magnetic field environment (ELF-ELME). An improvement in depressive symptoms was observed, with no adverse effects, among all patients. If the efficacy of the device can be confirmed in larger clinical trials with a control group, this therapy could serve as an alternative treatment for patients who do not want to take antidepressant medications.

Children's Health Today's Healthcare
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Small pump for kids awaiting heart transplant shows promise      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new type of surgically implanted pump that can support a child's failing heart has passed the first stage of human testing in a recent trial.

Children's Health Today's Healthcare
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New study finds increase in exposures to synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols among young children, teens, and adults      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A sharp rise in exposures to synthetic cannabis products among youth -- some leading to hospitalization -- highlights the need for increased education around the dangers of exposure and increased focus on safe storage and packaging.

Children's Health
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Using advanced genetic techniques, scientists create mice with traits of Tourette disorder      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In research that may be a step forward toward finding personalized treatments for Tourette disorder, scientists have bred mice that exhibit some of the same behaviors and brain abnormalities seen in humans with the disorder.

Children's Health Nutrition
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Improved nutrition, sanitation linked to beneficial changes in child stress and epigenetic programming      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study provides some of the clearest and most comprehensive evidence to date on what is known about stress physiology and 'epigenetic programming.'

Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Low intensity light to fight the effects of chronic stress      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Some neurological disorders can be improved through photobiomodulation, a non-invasive technique based on the application of low-intensity light to stimulate altered functions in specific regions of the body. Now, a study reveals how photobiomodulation applied to the brain-gut axis is effective in recovering some cognitive alterations and sequelae caused by chronic stress. The study opens up new perspectives for applying the technique in future therapies for the treatment of neurological diseases in patients.

Children's Health Diabetes Nutrition Obesity Psychology Research
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Researchers identify causal genetic variant linked to common childhood obesity      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have identified a causal genetic variant strongly associated with childhood obesity. The study provides new insight into the importance of the hypothalamus of the brain and its role in common childhood obesity and the target gene may serve as a druggable target for future therapeutic interventions.