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Oncology & Cancer

Shortage of vital children's cancer drug stirs fear and outrage

A critical shortage of a chemotherapy used to treat most childhood cancers has galvanized oncologists and parents of sick children.

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Is using cannabis in front of children harmful or not?

Public health agencies are warning parents about using cannabis in the presence of their children. However, parents who use cannabis say that it makes them more empathetic, more patient and more caring towards their young ...

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Outcomes poorer for extreme preemies transferred after birth

(HealthDay)—Birth in a nontertiary hospital and transfer within 48 hours is associated with poorer outcomes compared with birth in a tertiary hospital for extremely preterm infants, according to a study published online ...

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Lead exposure linked to lower quality sleep in youth

Youth who are exposed to lead may have a harder time getting a good night's sleep, which may affect their cognitive abilities, according to a University of Michigan study in Mexico.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

C-sections affect children's health less than previously assumed

Conventional wisdom in medicine associates Cesarean sections to a wide variety of adverse short- and long-term health outcomes. However, a new study suggests that potentially avoidable unplanned cesarean sections increase ...

Health

Tackling inequality could save millions of children

An unprecedented study mapping child deaths over almost two decades finds that nearly half of the 5.4 million under-five deaths in 2017 can be attributed to differences in child death rates within and across countries.

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Hot drinks are the most common cause of burns to young children

New research has shown that hot drink scalds were the commonest cause of children under five presenting to emergency departments, and that only one in four children received adequate first aid before getting to hospital. ...

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2009-2015 saw breastfeeding up for most races/ethnicities

(HealthDay)—From 2009 to 2015, there was improvement in breastfeeding rates in most race/ethnicity groups, although disparities between black and white infants widened, according to a study published online Oct. 14 in JAMA ...

Ophthalmology

New approach to slowing nearsightedness in children shows promise

Combining two different treatment methods to slow the progression of myopia may deliver better results than either can achieve on their own. A new, two-year study shows that treating children with eye drops and contact lenses ...

Surgery

Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of birth defects

Children born to women who underwent gastric bypass surgery before becoming pregnant had a lower risk of major birth defects than children born to women who had severe obesity at the start of their pregnancy. That's according ...