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Study offers new details on pediatric mental health boarding

A Dartmouth-led study, published in the journal Pediatrics, offers new details about pediatric mental health boarding in emergency departments across the country, a problem that has steadily increased in the last 10 years and been made worse by a shortage of psychiatric resources.

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Kids much less prone to coronavirus infection than adults: study

(HealthDay)—Combined data from 32 studies from around the world suggest that children under the age of 10 are much less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2 compared with adults, given the same daily contacts.

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ACIP provides recommendations on meningococcal vaccination

(HealthDay)—Routine vaccination with a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) is recommended for adolescents aged 11 to 12 years with a booster at age 16 years, according to a report published in the Sept. 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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An area of the brain where tumor cells shelter from chemotherapy in childhood leukaemia

The stroma of the choroid plexus is one of the locations within the central nervous system (CNS) that serves as a shelter for tumor cells, allowing them to elude chemotherapy and potentially cause subsequent relapses in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to research led by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

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New bedside tool predicts critical care admission in febrile children

A team of Liverpool researchers has developed a novel rapid bedside tool to improve the detection of serious infections in children.

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COVID-19 discovery in children may inform development of vaccines, treatments

New discoveries about the immune response made against a particular part of the COVID-19 virus in children who have the rare but dangerous multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, may have important implications for the development of vaccines and immune therapies for COVID-19, according to a new commentary from Dr. Steven Zeichner of UVA Children's and Dr. Andrea Cruz of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, published in the scientific journal Pediatrics. Both Zeichner and Cruz are associate editors of Pediatrics.

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Low-level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child's brain development

New research from the University of Sydney finds that even low levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy can have an impact on a child's brain development and is associated with greater psychological and behavioral problems in youth including anxiety, depression and poor attention.

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Age restrictions for handguns make little difference in homicides

In the United States, individual state laws barring 18- to 20-year-olds from buying or possessing a handgun make little difference in the rate of homicides involving a gun by people in that age group, a new University of Washington study has found.

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After COVID-19 exposure, when can young athletes resume play?

(HealthDay)—Young athletes who've had moderate COVID-19 symptoms should be symptom-free for 14 days and get their doctor's OK before returning to practices or games, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.

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Parental touch reduces pain responses in babies' brains

Being held by a parent with skin-to-skin contact reduces how strongly a newborn baby's brain responds to a painful medical jab, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and York University, Canada.

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