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Poverty a strong risk factor for obesity in kids
Tristan Manalac, 5 days ago
Poverty status appears to be a prominent predictor of obesity risk in children, according to a recent study.
Vision impairment tied to depression, anxiety in children
Stephen Padilla, 6 days ago
Children with vision impairment are at higher risk of developing symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a study, noting that surgical treatment of strabismus may improve these symptoms.
Inborn errors of immunity aggravate COVID-19 death risk
27 Sep 2022
Children with pre-existing inborn errors of immunity are at greater risk of death when infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a new study.
Eczema in kids: Ciclosporin induces rapid response, methotrexate affords sustained disease control
27 Sep 2022
In the treatment of children with atopic eczema, ciclosporin is linked to a more rapid response while methotrexate (MTX) is associated with sustained disease control following discontinuation, a study has found.
Teen deaths due to unintentional drug overdose at an all-time high
26 Sep 2022
Among adolescents, deaths due to unintended drug overdoses reached a record high in 2020, reports a recent study. Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids were responsible for most of these deaths.
Music therapy is overused and overestimated
Tristan Manalac, 23 Sep 2022
Children suffering from bronchiectasis may benefit from a play-based therapeutic exercise regimen, which results in better fitness and fundamental movement skill (FMS), according to a recent pilot trial.
What happens in women pregnant after COVID-19 vax?
21 Sep 2022
Prenatal exposure to air pollution appears to disrupt immune development in the offspring’s early life, in turn increasing the risk of allergic rhinitis and asthma, a recent study has found.
Special Reports
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Kids hard-hit by Delta; which ART performs best?
Elvira Manzano, 24 Oct 2021
That COVID-19 mostly spared children might be changing. The Delta variant has taken a severe, unthinkable toll on kids – at least in Arkansas, US, reports an expert at IDWeek 2021.
ID NOW rapid molecular assay an effective COVID-19 test for kids
Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 Oct 2021

A large retrospective study from the US, presented at IDWeek 2021, has shown that the Abbott ID NOW rapid molecular COVID-19 assay is highly sensitive and specific at detecting SARS-CoV-2 infection in a paediatric population.

Combined Ag/Ab rapid testing boosts case-finding in COVID-19
Elvira Manzano, 29 Jul 2021
A rapid and affordable test for diagnosing COVID-19 outside the walls of the healthcare units could improve case-finding, contact tracing, and infection control, says an expert during a pre-ECCMID 2021 session.
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16 Jun 2021
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Navigating the CPP patient journey – case-based discussion for nurses
06 May 2021
In a webinar held on 27 March 2021, paediatric endocrinology nurses Karen Blair, Kate Davies, and Siti Zarina Yaakop shared insights and clinical experience based on their frontline roles in caring for patients with central precocious puberty (CPP) and supporting their family members.
A Guide on Primary Immunodeficiency Disease and Allergies
05 Feb 2021

Primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) and allergies are two groups of conditions related to the immune system. However, they are uniquely different in terms of symptoms and treatment.

Conference Reports
ALLEGRO-LT shows long-term benefit of ritlecitinib for alopecia areata
Audrey Abella, 21 Sep 2022
In the interim analysis of the ongoing phase III ALLEGRO-LT trial, the investigational oral JAK3*/TEC inhibitor ritlecitinib demonstrated long-term safety and remarkable scalp hair regrowth in adults and adolescents with alopecia areata (AA).
Similar asthma outcomes, but higher allergy rates, in ART-conceived children
Elaine Soliven, 11 Aug 2022
Children conceived through assisted reproductive technology (ART) showed similar asthma outcomes but had a higher risk of allergies and slightly altered lung function compared with those who were born after spontaneous conception, according to a study presented at ESHRE 2022.
Timing of maternal antibiotic administration affects infant gut microbiome
Audrey Abella, 28 Jun 2021
Maternal administration of antibiotics prior to Caesarean section (CS) disrupts infant microbial colonization, according to the findings of the MAMI* trial presented at WCPGHAN 2021.
Bioactive nutrient-enriched infant formula may enhance neurocognitive outcomes
Elaine Soliven, 22 Jun 2021
A new infant formula supplemented with bioactive nutrients — containing MFGM* components, LC-PUFAs**, and synbiotics — may improve neurocognitive function and brain development in healthy children at 6 years of age, according to the COGNIS*** study presented at WCPGHAN 2021.
New anti-regurgitation formula confers benefit for infants with severe GI burden
Audrey Abella, 21 Jun 2021
A novel anti-regurgitation (AR) formula combining carob bean gum (CBG) with prebiotics and postbiotics was found to have a more pronounced benefit for infants with more severe gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, according to the results of a post hoc analysis presented at WCPGHAN 2021.
Undiagnosed coeliac disease in children common, indicates need for widespread screening
Jairia Dela Cruz, 14 Jun 2021
Coeliac disease cases among school age children have doubled over two and a half decades, and without a wider screening strategy, most cases will remain undiagnosed, as shown in the CELI SCREEN trial.
Mothers passing on HBV to children due to patchy hospital policies across Europe
Stephen Padilla, 14 Jun 2021
A recent European survey has found major discrepancies and gaps in hospital policies and procedures to prevent the direct transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) from mother to child, particularly before and after birth.