Drinking chlorinated water during pregnancy linked to birth defects

Drinking water disinfected by chlorine while pregnant may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health. This finding, based on an analysis of nearly 400,000 infants in Taiwan, is the first that links by-products of water chlorination to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Television viewing linked to high blood pressure in children

Researchers have determined that television viewing is not only linked to childhood obesity, but also to hypertension in children, according to a study published in the December 2007 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Childhood obesity is a major health concern in the United States. As of 2004, the National Health and Nutrition […]

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 […]