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Largest international pediatric research meeting to showcase cutting-edge discoveries on children’s health – April 30,2016



Abstracts presented on Saturday, April 30 – 2016:

Combination of face-to-face and online bullying may pack a powerful punch 
A new study abstract researchers will present on Saturday, April 30, at 11: 30 a.m. shows that the combined effect of both face-to-face bullying and its online forms may have a powerful effect on adolescents, more than doubling the odds that victims themselves show aggressive behaviors such as verbal hostility, physical fighting and damaging property.

Alcohol brand placement in television shows associated with adolescents’ brand preferences and drinking behaviors
While tobacco companies have not been allowed to buy product placement in television shows since 2000, alcohol brands continue to self-regulate their marketing in media. New research being presented Saturday, April 30, at 12 p.m. shows how strongly alcohol brand placement relates to the drinking behavior of underage youth, suggesting more regulation may be needed.

Aerial spraying to combat mosquitos linked to increased risk of autism in children 
A new study abstract being presented Saturday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m. suggests that the use of airplanes to spray anti-mosquito pesticides may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays among children.

Exposure to tobacco smoke in the home increases childhood illnesses, demand for healthcare services
Children who live with smokers end up in the doctor’s office or hospital more often than those not exposed to tobacco smoke, according to new research being presented Saturday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m.

Parents’ presence at bedside found to decrease Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome severity
Newborns whose parents spent more time at their bedside had less severe withdrawal symptoms and shorter hospital stays during treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, an increasingly common condition caused by opioid exposure during pregnancy. Researchers will present the study abstract on Saturday, April 30, at 4:15 p.m.

Abstracts presented on Sunday, May 1 – 2016:

Stress and depression is linked to HPV-related health problems
New research being presented Sunday, May 1, at 11:15 a.m. is the first to suggest stress and depression play a significant role in whether a woman with human papillomavirus (HPV) can get rid of her infection or not. HPV that lingers in a woman’s system eventually can lead to cervical cancer.

Survey suggests children of gay fathers are well adjusted 
Gay fathers rate their children’s self-esteem, peer relationships and other measures of well-being similarly to parents in general U.S. population, according to a study abstract being presented Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m.

Recommendation for complete rest until symptom-free after concussion may not be best approach for recovery
Despite current recommendations that complete rest is best for concussions, a new study to be presented on Sunday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m. finds that youth who exercised within seven days of head injury had nearly half the rate of persistent post-concussive symptoms a month later.

Legalization of marijuana in Washington State shown to have had no effect on teens’ access to drug
Despite concerns that legalizing marijuana use for adults would make it easier for adolescents to get ahold of it, new research in Washington State being presented Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. shows that teens find it no easier now than before the law was passed in 2012.

Breastfeeding app shows promise in supporting first-time mothers 
A pilot study being presented Sunday, May 1, at 4:15 p.m. found that use of a mobile phone app that provided supportive texts and an online community significantly increased the rate of breastfeeding among new mothers

Exempt from passenger restraint laws, taxis pose risky rides for small children 
The vast majority of small children riding in taxis are not restrained in car safety seats, according to new research being presented Sunday, May 1, at 4:15 p.m., even though there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle collisions involving taxis, limousines and car services each year.

Percentage of U.S. children who have chronic health conditions on the rise
The percentage of children with chronic health conditions in the United States is on the rise, and new research being presented on Sunday, May 1, at 5:45 p.m. shows this is especially true among children who live in or near poverty.

Children are diagnosed with autism at younger ages since push for universal screening 
According to new research being presented on Sunday, May 1, at 5:45 p.m., a universal autism screening policy helps identify children with autism sooner so they can benefit from early intervention.

Abstracts presented on Monday, May 2 – 2016:

Concerns raised with products marketed as “first finger foods” 
New research to be presented Monday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m. raises questions about choking hazards in several products marketed as first finger foods for babies.

Study finds adolescent tobacco users commonly report light smoking 
Nearly three quarters of teens who consume cigarettes report being light or intermittent smokers, researchers find, yet still risk the dangerous health effects of tobacco. The study abstract will be presented Monday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m.

Mental health diagnoses rise significantly for military children
The percentage of youth cared for in the U.S. Military Healthcare System diagnosed with anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other mental health conditions increased by more than one-third during the past 15 years. The study abstract will be presented on Monday, May 2, at 9 a.m.

Stronger state-level alcohol policies reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths among teens
New research shows a protective effect in states with stiffer alcohol regulations, particularly when policies target the general population rather than focusing on youth specifically. The study abstract will be presented Monday, May 2, at 1:15 p.m.

Study identifies factors that can help children thrive in the face of adversity
Researchers will outline certain family, social and community supports that appear to help shield kids from long-term physical and mental health problems that can result from childhood hardship and trauma. The abstract presentation will be on Monday, May 2, at 4:15 p.m.

Abstracts presented on Tuesday, May 3 – 2016:

Fireworks-related burns requiring hospital stays skyrocket among kids 
Researchers presenting new findings on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 a.m. say loosening U.S. laws that let people buy pyrotechnics at younger ages is tied to increased incidence and severity of fireworks-related burns in children.

Colorado study finds one in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation test positive for marijuana exposure
One in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure. Few states where marijuana use is legal restrict its use around children, say researchers. They will present their findings on Tuesday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m.

Study shows asthma-related Twitter posts can predict rise in hospitals visits
Keeping tabs on Tweets may be an effective tool to help prepare for – and prevent — increases in asthma emergencies. Researchers will present the study abstract on Tuesday, May 3, at 12:15 p.m.

Study suggests breastmilk promotes brain development in preemies
With organs including the brain completing development during the final months and weeks of pregnancy, it may not be surprising that preterm birth is a leading cause of neurologic problems in children. New research to be presented Tuesday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. suggests that feeding premature babies at least half of their daily fluid intake in the form of breastmilk may help offset the increased odds of neurologic problems they face. REYNOLDS ROGERS BREASTMILK

Inadequate cushion of savings tied to increased child health risks
Studies already show that family income affects a child’s health.  This research is the first to indicate it’s not just the size of the paycheck, but also whether there’s enough left after bills are paid to save for a “rainy day,” that is associated with children’s medical risks. Study authors will highlight their findings on Tuesday, May 3, at 12:45 p.m.


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