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A child’s weight problem goes unnoticed by parents

A child’s weight problem goes unnoticed by parents

One out of two parents of children who are overweight feel that their child’s weight is normal. Four out of ten parents of children who are overweight or obese are even worried that their child will get too thin. These are the findings of a European study of parents of more than 16,000 children, including 1,800 children from Sweden.

Susann Regber has worked for many years with children with obesity as a pediatric nurse. In her dissertation at Sahlgrenska Academy, she studied the parents’ role in the health-promoting and disease-prevention work against child obesity in young children.

The res...

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Text-messaging program good option for keeping teen girls healthy

Text-messaging program good option for keeping teen girls healthy

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine attending physician at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, recently led a study that found a text-message program may be an effective violence prevention tool for at-risk teen girls. The study has been published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

«Mobile health, or ‘mHealth,’ is increasingly being used as a way to improve people’s health, via text-messaging or phone-based applications,» said Ranney...

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Gut microbiota networks may influence autoimmune processes in type 1 diabetes

Gut microbiota networks may influence autoimmune processes in type 1 diabetes

The interactions of the gut microbiota in children with typical diabetes autoantibodies differ from that in healthy children. The fact that these differences already exist before antibodies are detectable in the blood adds to the growing evidence that microbial DNA, the so-called microbiome, may be involved in the development of autoimmune processes. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München have published their findings in the specialist journal Diabetes.

As part of the BABYDIET study, the scientists compared the composition and interaction of the gut microbiota in children who went o...

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Antibiotics versus the gut microbiota

Antibiotics versus the gut microbiota

Antibiotics are valuable, potentially life-saving tools that have significantly reduced human morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, antibiotics may also have unintended consequences from their off-target effects that may increase the risk of many long-term conditions. Recent epidemiologic studies have detected a possible link between antibiotic use in childhood and weight gain1 — with disruption to the normal gut microbiota considered the most likely cause.

«Infancy is an important time in the development of the human microbiota and these studies provide evidence that early exposure to ant...

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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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