Maternal stress during pregnancy worsens baby’s allergies

Thoracic.org – Women who are stressed during pregnancy may pass some of that stress-distress condition to their babies in the form of increased sensitivity to allergen exposure and possibly future asthma risk, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School who are presenting their findings at the American Thoracic Society’s 2008 International Conference in Toronto on […]

Separation from parent increases risk of learning problems in children

Study shows time apart from a parent predicts disadvantages in the classroom . Rochester.edu – In the wake of divorce, illness, violence and other problems that can unsettle homes, countless young children are liable to experience temporary separations from one or both parents before packing their knapsack for kindergarten. Published in the May/June 2008 issue of Ambulatory […]

Too much water can cause seizures in infants

It’s a recurrent summer-time scenario in the pediatric emergency room and doctors from Johns Hopkins Children’s are sounding the alarm about it: An otherwise healthy infant is brought in by panicked parents after suffering a seizure, which turns out to be caused by drinking too much water. Pediatricians at Hopkins Children’s see at least three […]

Sun exposure in childhood helps prevent multiple sclerosis

American Academy of Neurology – People who spent more time in the sun as children may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than people who had less sun exposure during childhood, according to a study published in the July 24, 2007 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of […]

Hormone replacement not beneficial for older women

Newswise — New evidence from the WISDOM study confirms that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) should not be prescribed to older women who are many years post menopause to help prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease. The new findings, published on bmj.com (British Medical Journal), are from the Women’s International Study of long Duration estrogen […]

Portion reducing dishes improve weight loss

JAMA Journals – A plate and cereal bowl with markers for proper portion sizes appear to help obese patients with diabetes lose weight and decrease their use of glucose-controlling medications, according to a report in the June 25, 2007 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Between 1960 and 2000, the proportion of U.S. adults who […]

Organic Milk Much Higher in Omega 3 Fatty Acids than Conventional Milk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today received a letter from 14 top scientists, asking the organisation to recognise the mounting body of evidence that organic milk naturally contains higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids than non-organic milk. The letter, sparked by the publication of ground breaking new research and sent to Dame Deidre […]

Toppling Television Sets Injure Young Children

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have reported on a series of children being hurt by falling TV sets in the home.  In one emergency department alone from November 2003 to October 2004, 26 children from 1 to 7 years of age were evaluated for such injuries.  Nine of these required […]