Pediatrics

Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children

As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research being presented at the 2017 ...

Medications

Brineura approved for rare genetic illness affecting kids

(HealthDay)—Brineura (cerliponase alfa) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a specific form of Batten Disease, a rare set of genetic disorders that typically begin in childhood between ages ...

Pediatrics

Screenbased activities can't replace personal interactions

A new article stresses the importance of direct interactions with family members for infants' development and finds no scientific evidence for benefits of iPad or DVD programs, which in fact might even cause language delays.

Pediatrics

USPSTF: Evidence low for speech delay screen in young children

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that there is currently insufficient evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of screening and treating children aged 5 and under for speech and language ...

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