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Vaccination messages may backfire, study finds

Vaccination messages may backfire, study finds

Although public health researchers have worked to counter misinformation about vaccines and raise vaccination rates, a number of the methods they are using may be ineffective, according to a new study.

In the study, researchers focused on the now-debunked idea that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (or MMR) caused autism...

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Toddler Fitness (Or Why We Need To Reduce Screen Time Before It Hurts Our Children)

Toddler Fitness (Or Why We Need To Reduce Screen Time Before It Hurts Our Children)

Todays toddlers are unfit.. that’s not a headline you’d expect to hear, surely little children are the only ones in our society who naturally use all the energy given to them? If you have a toddler in your house you probably think they never sit still but studies are showing that disturbingly, toddlers are not as active as they were a generation ago and as a society we are about to discover just how dangerous this can be for long term health outcomes.

I could start quoting you a heap of very scary statistics now...

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Yet more science proves breastfeeding boosts IQs of babies

Yet more science proves breastfeeding boosts IQs of babies

Nurturing a baby through breastfeeding is a proven method of care that boosts a child’s IQ. A new study out of Boston, published in the AMA Journal of Pediatrics, points out that the longer a child is breastfed, the higher their IQ will be. The correlation was made even after variables like mother’s intelligence, income, and education status were controlled.

A year of breastfeeding gives a child a 4 point IQ advantage by age 7

The results were clear, examining 1,300 mothers whose nursing time varied between six months up to a year.

  • When they compared the breastfed children at age three, the r...
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Car exhaust linked to childhood cancers

Car exhaust linked to childhood cancers

If you’re like most people, your car is more than just a means of transportation — much, much more. It represents freedom. Your independence to go places, choose your own path and for the adventurous types, discovering the previously unexplored.

For nearly a century the hyper-mobile society we live in has meant we have developed a deep love affair with our automobiles. The social interdependence between human and machine is undeniable, but it goes farther than that.

There’s a psychological dependence too...

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New guidelines on child antisocial behaviour

New guidelines on child antisocial behaviour

BBC News is reporting that there is a new ‘Guide to help parents to spot ‘problem behaviour’’, while The Daily Telegraph claims that ‘More than one million parents could be offered state-funded lessons in how to play with their children under NHS guidelines’.

Both reports are based on new guidelines, published today by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), into a condition known as conduct disorder.

Conduct disorder is a relatively common but often overlooked mental health condition in children and you...

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High UK child death rates unfairly blamed on GPs

High UK child death rates unfairly blamed on GPs

«Almost 2,000 British children a year die from ‘avoidable’ causes because family doctors lack training in paediatric care,» The Independent alarmingly claims.

The story comes from a review of health services for children across 15 countries in the European Union. It found that while child survival rates have improved greatly in the past 30 years, many countries are not keeping pace with changing patterns in child health.

Increasingly, non-infectious chronic disorders such as asthma have become causes of disability and death, as have accidental causes such as poisoning and injury.

The revie...

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Safety agency says baby study failed to disclose risks of blindness, death

Safety agency says baby study failed to disclose risks of blindness, death

The federal agency that protects patients in U.S. clinical trials has concluded that leading universities didn’t adequately inform parents of the risk of death or blindness in a study of how much oxygen should be given to very premature infants.

The Office for Human Research Protections concluded that the study of 1,300 babies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and elsewhere between 2004 and 2009 posed risks to the patients that weren’t adequately described to parents...

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Spotlight on children with heart disease

Spotlight on children with heart disease

Scientists at the Sixth World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, held this week in Cape Town, spoke of promising new developments in their field. “It is the best of times – we are achieving amazing new insights in cardiac development,” said Dudley Woodrow Benson, cardiology department researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre.

The congress, which is hosting over 2 400 delegates from around the world, is being held in Africa for the first time...

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Babies’ immune system development influenced by birth month

Babies’ immune system development influenced by birth month

Newborn babies’ immune systems and vitamin D levels differ – depending on which month of the year they were born, Medical News Today reported.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, helps explain why a person’s risk of developing the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) is impacted by their birth month.

Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition in which the body’s own immune system harms the central nervous system...

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Doctors save baby’s life by operating on her lung before she was born

Doctors save baby’s life by operating on her lung before she was born

Lake Annabelle Hall wouldn’t be alive today if doctors at Children’s Hospital of Colorado hadn’t operated on a cyst on her left lung before she was born.

Doctors pulled her halfway out of her mother’s womb, leaving her connected to her the umbilical cord and placenta, which served as life support for her while a team of 43 doctors and nurses operated on her.

She is now 5 months old after the medical procedure for a rare condition that saved her life. Dr. Timothy Crombleholme performed the surgery just before Lake’s birth Nov...

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