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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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Drug Dangers during Pregnancy

July 15, 2014
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There is no such thing as a totally safe drug, especially when you are pregnant. A new study “analyzed 97,680 pregnancies. Prevalence of medication use was 74% pre-pregnancy, 56% during pregnancy, and 80% post-pregnancy. Most frequently used medications during pregnancy were antibiotics (47%), antiemetic (nausea) drugs (23%), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin,...
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Exercise for ADHD?

July 8, 2014
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An interesting study looks at how daily exercise might impact people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The investigators found that “the present results suggested that treadmill exercise might exert ameliorating effect on ADHD through reduction of Purkinje cell loss and astrocytic reaction in the cerebellum.” While this was a study on rats, it has...
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2nd Hand Smoking Increases Heart Risk

July 1, 2014
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Parental smoking has been shown to have an adverse effect on the health of their children. A new study looks at how second-hand smoke impacts children’s “vascular age”, the “age” of the child’s arteries based upon their health. The study found that “having both parents smoke was associated with vascular age 3.3 years greater...
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Safer Pregnancy with Vitamin D

June 26, 2014
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Vitamin D has been shown to be very important for many physiological processes in our bodies. So much so that the findings of the latest study regarding pregnancy come as no surprise: “Normal plasma levels of Vitamin D3 are needed for physiological development of pregnancy, normal skeletal mineralization of the fetal skeleton and lactation....
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Eating Habits Impact ADHD

June 19, 2014
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There are several studies that show an association between what a child eats and their risk of learning challenges, particularly attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The latest study confirmed what others studies have found that “a high intake of sweetened desserts, fried food, and salt is associated with more learning, attention, and behavioral problems, whereas...
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Hospital Formulas Reduce Breast Feeding

June 10, 2014
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There is little argument that breast feeding is best for both mother and infant. Breast feeding reduces the potential for infections, diarrhea and obesity in babies. It also provides significant health benefits to moms including the reduction of postpartum bleeding and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive...
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Autism from Vitamin D Deficiency

June 3, 2014
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Several studies are associating autism with a lack of sufficient vitamin D. Researchers note that “evidence is mounting that vitamin D deficiency is intimately involved in autism.” Others cite “a growing body of literature suggests that higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (vitamin D) concentrations, either in utero or in early life, may reduce the...
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Friends Keep You Healthy

April 24, 2014
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An interesting study looked at “Long-term illness (LTI) and psychosomatic complaints (PSC)” in children ages 2 – 17 and how these are impacted by leisure time activity. What they found is that “’Reading books’, ‘visiting friends’, ‘listening to music’ and ‘activity in organisations’ were related to an absence of PSC, LTI and well-being. ‘Surfing/blogging...
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Decongestants & Birth Defects

April 8, 2014
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A study looking at decongestants and birth defects found that one of the most common ingredients,  phenylephrine, is associated with a specific birth defect. Researchers found “accumulating evidence supports associations between first-trimester use of specific oral and possibly intranasal decongestants and the risk of some infrequent specific birth defects.” Specifically, when taken during the...
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