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Health > Children’s Health
Peanuts for infants? Studies back allergy prevention strategy
Two new studies bolster evidence that feeding babies peanuts or other allergy-inducing foods is more likely to protect them than to cause problems.
 
Researchers in Chile said Friday they have developed the first vaccine against a virus that commonly causes lung and respiratory tract infections in children.
 
Breast milk banks tackle infant mortality in S. Africa
Patrick, a premature baby weighing a minuscule 1.2 kilograms, was "saved" by a breast milk bank in South Africa, where child mortality is high despite being the continent's most developed economy.
 
Brazil fears birth defects tied to mosquito virus
In the early weeks of Angelica Pereira's pregnancy, a mosquito bite began bothering her. At first it seemed a small thing. But the next day she awoke with a rash, a headache, a fever and a burning in her eyes.
 
The dengue-like Zika virus has been linked for the first time to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly, Brazil's government said.
 
Experts at a child health forum in Taipei on Saturday suggested that the government set up a special unit to deal with child mortality, an issue that they said requires greater attention despite the falling rate.
 
Children at high risk of getting asthma may be missing some important gut bacteria in their first few months of life, according to a study Wednesday that helps explain why asthma is on the rise.
 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved the powerful painkiller OxyContin for a new use in children 11 to 16 who are suffering from severe, long-term pain.
 
Forrest Bird, an inventor whose medical respirators breathed life back into millions of patients around the world, has died. He was 94.
 
Malnutrition brings terrible disease to Niger kids
Mourdja's nose has been eaten away, like one lip and part of her upper gum, leaving the 13-year-old girl atrociously disfigured by noma, a disease that thrives on malnutrition.
 
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