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Infant Antibiotics = Asthma

January 27, 2015
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Three studies have demonstrated an association between antibiotics and childhood asthma. The first study found that “both prenatal (before birth) and post-natal exposure to antibiotics was associated with an increased risk of asthma.” Building on this, the second study notes “antibiotic use in the first year life is associated with an increased risk of...
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Poor Eating on Weekends

January 22, 2015
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A study of overweight adolescents aged 12-16 years looked at when they ate healthy and when they did not: “Overweight adolescent girls were more likely to eat fruit on weekdays than weekends as were boys. “Adolescents consumed more fruit at school than other meals. “Weekday dinner was the meal where girls were most likely to...
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C-Sections + Antibiotics = Infant Eczema

January 13, 2015
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A new study examined the relationship between cesarean deliveries, exposure to antibiotics prior to birth and the potential for the baby to develop atopic dermatitis (AD) also known as eczema. The study found that “the combination of cesarean delivery and prenatal exposure to antibiotics associated significantly and positively with AD.” In fact, exposed prenatally...
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Kid Cannabis Use Lowers IQ Permanently

January 8, 2015
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A 20-year study revealed that “persistent cannabis use over 20 y(ears) was associated with neuropsychological decline (IQ decline), and greater decline was evident for more persistent users. This effect was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, a finding consistent with results of several studies showing executive functioning or verbal IQ deficits among adolescent-onset but not...
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Vitamin D for Infant Food Allergies

December 30, 2014
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A new study examined the relationship between food sensitivity and levels of vitamin D in infants. The study found that “significant differences in (Vitamin D) levels were found between groups on number and degree of food sensitization. Vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of sensitization to food allergens, especially to milk and wheat.” The...
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Importance of Parent-Child Relationship

November 13, 2014
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An interesting study looked at how the quality of their parental relationships impacts the ability of youths to deal with conflict. Researchers specifically examined how young people (ages 10-17 years) reacted to marital conflict and “social evaluative threat” (a situation where the child can be judged negatively by others). What they found is that...
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Prenatal Meditation for Baby’s Health

October 30, 2014
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A study from Hong Kong examined the potential benefits for babies born to mothers who meditated while they were pregnant. The researchers looked to see if they could determine “positive relationships between prenatal meditation and infant health.” Based on several outcome measurements, the authors note that the “study concludes the positive effects of prenatal...
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Casual Sex Dangerous to Mental Health

September 25, 2014
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An interesting study looked at the impact casual sex has on the mental health in “emerging adulthood.” The authors “measured mental health prior to engaging in casual sexual relationships and subsequent mental health after engaging in these relationships.” They found “that suicidal ideation (thoughts or ideas) and depressive symptoms in adolescence were associated with...
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Vaccine Adverse Events

September 16, 2014
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Many people are concerned about the safety of vaccines. A recent study looked at the existing research in an effort to judge the potential for specific adverse events (AEs). The authors found: “Strength of evidence was high for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and febrile seizures (a seizure experienced by children due to a fever). “-...
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Maternal Tylenol Detrimental to Kids

July 29, 2014
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In 2005, over 28 billion doses of Tylenol were taken in the U.S. alone. Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen and paracetamol) has a number of known potential side effects including nausea, vomiting and liver damage. A study from Norway examined children born to mothers taking Tylenol/Paracetamol during pregnancy. At three years of age, “children...
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