DHA-enriched milk might help brain development of preemies

ULaval.ca – Giving breastfeeding mothers DHA supplements, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, increases the concentration in their milk of this nutrient essential to brain growth and brain development, concludes a study presented recently by Université Laval researcher Dr. Isabelle Marc at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Babies born before the 30th week […]

Waist size, not BMI, best predicts cardiovascular risk in children

UGA.edu – Waist circumference (or waist size), rather than the commonly used body mass index measure (BMI), is the best clinical measure to predict a child’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes later in life, according to a new long-term study published by researchers at the University of Georgia, the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart, Australia and the […]

Food allergies increase risk of asthma attacks

NationalJewish.org – Food allergies are more common among people with asthma and may contribute to asthma attacks, according to one of the most comprehensive surveys of food allergies ever undertaken. National Jewish Health Associate Professor of Pediatrics Andrew H. Liu and his colleagues also report in the November 2010 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that food allergies are more […]

Poor diet, inadequate exercise increase asthma risk in children

Even children of a healthy weight who have an imbalanced metabolism due to poor diet or inadequate exercise may be at increased risk of asthma, according to new research, which challenges the widespread assumption that obesity itself is a risk factor for asthma. “Our research showed that early abnormalities in lipid and/or glucose metabolism may be associated to the development […]

Trans fats in breastfeeding diet linked to excess body fat in babies

UGA.edu – Breastfeeding mothers who consume a diet high in trans fats double the likelihood that their babies will have high levels of body fat, according to a new University of Georgia study. Researchers, whose results appeared in the online edition of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that infants whose mothers consumed more than 4.5 grams of trans fats […]

ADHD linked to exposure to common polyfluoroalkyl chemicals

BU.edu – A link between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and exposure to polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) – industrial compounds which are widely used in many consumer products – has been uncovered by a new study led by a team of Boston University School of Public Health researchers. Published online, ahead of print, in the […]

ADHD linked to organophosphate pesticide exposure in children

UMontreal.ca – Exposure to organophosphate pesticides at relatively common levels is associated with increased risk of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard University. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the investigation found a connection between exposure to pesticides and the presence of symptoms of ADHD. The […]

Vitamin D3, sun and type 1 diabetes risk in children

Sun exposure and vitamin D levels may play a strong role in risk of type 1 diabetes in children, according to new findings by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This association comes on the heels of similar research findings by this same group regarding vitamin D levels and several major cancers. In this new study, the […]

New deep pressure vest for children with autism, sensory integration problems

UMass.edu – Children with autism and ADHD may soon get anxiety relief from a novel “deep-pressure” vest developed by Brian Mullen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The vest, which can also be used for adults with mental illness, delivers a “portable hug” called deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS). “People with developmental disorders and mental […]