Category: Pediatric Research

Learn more about recent pediatric research from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, home to the largest hospital-based research program in the United States.

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New Research Finds ADHD Diagnoses are More Common Among Younger Children in the Classroom

A recent study by investigators from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that children with August birthdays in school systems that have a September 1st grade cutoff are up to 30% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Research Suggests Thirdhand Smoke May Be the New Thing For Parents to Watch Out For

Many people have heard about secondhand smoke or have experienced it being near a smoking bystander. But what about thirdhand smoke? Thirdhand smoke is the tobacco smoke residue remaining after a cigarette has been smoked. It can be residual smoke left in the air, but can also accumulate on surfaces, furniture, clothing and in dust. […]

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Not All E-Cigarettes are the Same: What Parents Need to Know

You have probably seen a futuristic-looking hunk of metal clutched in the hands of a passing stranger, followed by seemingly endless, thick clouds of sweet-smelling smoke. E-cigarette. E cig. Mod. Tank system. Vape pen. E-hookah. All of them are names for cigarettes’ flavored and more modern new competitor that has become incredibly popular with adolescents. […]

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Research Study Helps Improve Feeding Strategies in the Mass General NICU

You may not realize it, but each time you take a squirt of water from a sports bottle or sip a milkshake through a straw, your body is performing a series of coordinated actions known as suck, swallow and breathe (SSB). In most people—even most newborn babies—this process is managed without much conscious control. However, […]

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Mass General Hospital for Children Celebrates 10th Annual Research Day

This year, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its 10th annual Research Day, an event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease. This year, Randy L. Buckner, PhD, gave the MGH Faculty Keynote Address, titled “The Ancestral Brain Developing in the Modern World: […]

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Mass General Pediatrician Engages Communities to Make a Lasting Impact on Child Health

Imagine you are a pediatric clinician in an urban community health center. You notice that the majority of your patients have the same triad of conditions – obesity, asthma and behavioral health problems. You can encourage your patients to lose weight, prescribe asthma medication or connect them with psychiatric services, all of which may help […]

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Mass General Researchers Find That Early Treatment for ADHD May Lessen Risk of Substance Abuse Disorders

Mass General researcher Timothy Wilens, PhD, has found that the earlier children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive treatment with stimulants, the less likely they are to use marijuana or develop a substance use disorder (SUD). Dr. Wilens is chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and director of the Center for […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: Lack of Sleep Can Impact Childhood Behavior

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. March 2017: Children’s Sleep Habits Could Improve Their Ability to Focus, Make Friends and Solve Problems Later on in Childhood: Five Things […]

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Law Restricting Use of Off-Road-Vehicles by Young Drivers Helps to Curb Injury Rates, Researchers Say

Although off-road-vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), bear a striking resemblance to motorized toy cars, they are not intended for all ages — their high centers of gravity and capability for high speeds make them unstable and unsafe for children. Despite the dangers, children still operate these vehicles, often with disastrous results. In response to […]

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Obesity Prevention Researchers Make Strides with First 1,000 Days Program

How early should we start taking steps to prevent childhood obesity? It could be before the baby is even born. That’s the thinking of the research team behind the First 1,000 Days Program, an initiative launched by Massachusetts General Hospital for Children that provides assistance to women during the timeframe believed to be most critical […]

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