A multidisciplinary team from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital and other institutions have identified the mechanism of how an extremely rare but serious post-COVID-19 complication develops in children and adolescents. Led by MGHfC pediatric pulmonologist Lael Yonker, MD, researchers determined that viral particles remaining in the gut long after an initial
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Botox is a trade and generic name for an injectable medication prepared from a purified neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. Some of the other names of the toxin include botulin A, botulinum A, and onabotulinumtoxinA. The botulin toxin is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, also known as the
This article may include advertisements, paid product features, affiliate links and other forms of sponsorship. Mental health awareness is essential during pregnancy because these common disorders can complicate the hormonal and emotional roller coaster that is pregnancy. A woman may never again in her life experience the highest highs and lowest lows that she will
Australian scientists have found what could prove to be a new and effective way to treat a particularly aggressive blood cancer in children. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, is the most common cancer diagnosed in children. Despite dramatic improvements in the survival of children with ALL over past several decades, children who develop ‘high risk’
Can you spoil a baby? After all, who else but a baby gets to be picked up, fed, and attended to every time they make a peep of displeasure? It doesn’t quite seem fair, does it? At the same time, parents feel naturally compelled to respond to baby’s cries. A new baby, especially in the
While coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in children is relatively rare and usually mild, some have been known to return with a rare but serious, or even life-threatening, complication called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). These children present with gut symptoms followed by inflammatory symptoms in several organs and often cardiac damage. A new paper
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes lower respiratory tract infections. Although this may infect anyone at any age, RSV infection is common in babies under two years of age. Signs and symptoms may vary from mild, cold-like symptoms to severe, life-threatening breathing problems due to complications. Read this post to know
An environment in which family members support one another and express their feelings can reduce the effects of social deprivation on cognitive ability and development among adopted children, suggests a small study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. In contrast, rule-driven households where family members are in conflict may increase an adopted child’s
When San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure banning the sale of flavored tobacco products in 2018, public health advocates celebrated. After all, tobacco use poses a significant threat to public health and health equity, and flavors are particularly attractive to youth. But according to a new study from the Yale School of Public
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Dragon fruit (pitaya, pitahaya, or strawberry pear) is a tropical fruit grown and consumed in several parts of the world (1). The fruit comes in different varieties that usually have a red-colored, thick outer skin with green scales and a soft-textured pulp with numerous tiny, edible seeds embedded in it.
As the world mourns the loss of one of our favourite children’s book author and illustrators, we look back on how the book came to be. There’s a reason that every 30 seconds, on average, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is purchased somewhere in the world. There’s a reason the book has sold over
In a recently published epidemiological study in the European Journal of Epidemiology, researchers confirmed that the use of paracetamol during pregnancy led to an increased risk of children displaying symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Paracetamol use during pregnancy. Image Credit: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock.com Previous studies on paracetamol use during pregnancy Paracetamol, which
Few things are as special as pregnancy and finding ways to commemorate and remember this time of your life is important. Thankfully, there is no shortage of creative and inventive ways to do this. If you’re currently looking for the best ways to commemorate your pregnant body, here are some ideas to keep in mind.
How does the switch to a high-deductible health plan affect children with asthma? A new study led by researchers at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute suggests that enrollment in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) may not be associated with changes in asthma medication use or asthma exacerbations when medications are exempt from the deductible.
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Uneven head shapes in babies are common due to their malleable skull bones. Pressure on the skull bones may result in distorted head shapes in many babies, and these changes may resolve over time. Some may require specific homecare or helmets to have a normal head shape. However, uneven head
As we mourn the loss of one of our favourite children’s book author and illustrators, here’s one more amazing reason to love him. There’s a reason that every 30 seconds, on average, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is purchased somewhere in the world. There’s a reason the book has sold over 50 million copies globally, and there’s a
UC San Francisco researchers have found a way to double doctors’ accuracy in detecting the vast majority of complex fetal heart defects in utero – when interventions could either correct them or greatly improve a child’s chance of survival – by combining routine ultrasound imaging with machine-learning computer tools. The team, led by UCSF cardiologist
Like a good story, feeding has a beginning, a middle and an end. It begins with appetite prompting the search for food, continues with eating the food and it ends when satiation hits and the consumption of food is stopped. At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Qi Wu, Dr. Yong Han and their colleagues have
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Breastfeeding is the ideal source of nourishment for all babies. However, some babies may be unable to feed from the breast for some reasons. In such cases, alternative feeding methods could be useful in providing expressed breast milk. Finger feeding is one of the methods to feed the baby when
When my son asked to go to the Pride Parade, I hesitated. Wasn’t he too young? But I realized this was an opportunity I never had growing up: a chance to explore an integral part of who he is. I can’t say it was the first time I’d been showered in glitter by dancing men