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Animal companions reduce social anxiety in children with ASD

May 27, 2015

Social anxiety, as measured by skin conductance responses, decreased in children with autism spectrum disorder when animals were present, according to a recent study.

“This study provides physiological evidence that the proximity of animals eases the stress that children with autism may experience in social situations,” James Griffin, PhD, from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in a press release.

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Rapid stool test decreases recurring pediatric diarrhea in Botswana

May 26, 2015
Treatment targeting specific enteropathogens, detected by novel rapid-stool testing, decreased the incidence of diarrhea in children in Botswana with gastroenteritis…
In the Journals

Chlamydia vaccine could be cost effective

May 26, 2015
A model of hypothetical chlamydia vaccination suggests a highly effective vaccine provided to the majority of young women before their first sexual intercourse could…
In the Journals

Delaying cord clamping improves neurodevelopment at 4 years

May 26, 2015
While no differences were observed in full-scale IQ between infants with delayed umbilical cord clamping vs. those with early umbilical cord clamping, delayed clamping…
Opening a new ‘chapter’ on pediatric asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis Blog

Opening a new ‘chapter’ on pediatric asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis

May 25, 2015
Living with allergies can be challenging, especially for children, but if patients follow simple measures they can stay safe and healthy. Food allergy management…
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Healthy Baby/Healthy Child

The Toddler Gait—Normal or Not

Pediatric Annals, May 2015, Volume 44 Issue 5
The first birthday is a time of great joy and relief for most parents as they celebrate the emergence of a toddler from…
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Conjuctivitis

Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Alcon Research, LTD.

Acute bacterial conjunctivitis affects approximately 1 of every 8 children each year, and 5 million cases occur in the…
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New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

May 12, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, from the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado…
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