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There is widespread belief that individuals who were physically abused during childhood are more likely to abuse their own children than those who were not abused, but the studies examining this belief have not been systematically reviewed. The aim of a study by Ilgi Ozturk Ertem and colleagues, detailed in this week's issue of THE LANCET, was to evaluate systematically the design of studies... View News Article (2000-08-30)

New mothers should be screened regularly for postpartum depression
Physicians should screen mothers for postpartum depression regularly for at least a year following childbirth to better identify women who develop symptoms throughout the year and those whose depression persists. View News Article (2006-07-26)

Universal screening lowers risk of severe jaundice in infants
Screening all newborns for excessive bilirubin in the blood can significantly decrease the incidence of severe jaundice which, in extreme cases, can lead to seizures and brain damage. View News Article (2009-09-28)

Friendship May Help Stem Rise of Obesity in Children, Study Finds
Parents are acutely aware of the influence of friends on their children's behavior -- how they dress, how they wear their hair, whether they drink or smoke. View News Article (2010-01-12)

Study looks at how states decide which child receives early intervention for developmental problems
A new study out by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, found large differences in the criteria that states use to determine eligibility for Part C early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have developmental delays. View News Article (2013-01-08)

759,000 children with asthma endure gaps in insurance every year
Every year, 759,000 children with asthma may be at risk of a major asthma attack while they have no health insurance. About 30 percent of those families earn more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, putting them above the threshold for the state children's health insurance program in most states. View News Article (2008-01-16)

Some overweight adolescents may be at risk for weak bones
Overweight adolescents already struggling with risk factors such as insulin resistance may need to add weak bones to their list of health concerns, researchers report. View News Article (2011-03-07)

Both good/bad movie characters who smoke influence teens to do the same
Dartmouth researchers have determined that movie characters who smoke, regardless of whether they are "good guys" or "bad guys," influence teens to try smoking. View News Article (2009-07-02)

Study finds fears of HIV transmission in families with infected parent
Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about HIV, a new study by researchers from UCLA, the RAND Corp., Harvard University and Children's Hospital Boston has found that two-thirds of families with an HIV-infected parent experience fears about spreading HIV in the home. View News Article (2008-11-04)

Society's lack of food allergies impacts those afflicted with food allergies
The level of knowledge and understanding of children with food allergies varies significantly across three key groups: pediatricians and family physicians, the general public and families who have a child with food allergies. The article describing the new findings was published in the September issue of BioMed Central Pediatrics.  View News Article (2008-10-01)

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