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Birth weight linked to childhood allergies

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The more a baby weighs at birth relative to its gestational age the greater the risk of childhood food allergies and eczema, according to South Australian researchers. University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute senior lecturer and researcher Dr. Kathy Gatford said the team assessed past studies …

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In-home visits may be key to reversing childhood obesity

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Behavioral medicine experts at Rush University Medical Center are going straight to patients’ homes to see if they can find solutions to address childhood obesity. An ongoing study called “Creating Healthy Environments for Chicago Kids” (CHECK) is comparing a family-based treatment program delivered in the home …

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Fish in early childhood reduces risk of disease

One conclusion from the study is that we should increase children’s fish intake in the first year of life to have a preventive effect against eczema and asthma. Credit: Shutterstock, NTB Scanpix It doesn’t take that much fish for young children to reap big health benefits. Even eating fish just …

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Gut bacteria is key factor in childhood obesity

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New information published by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Health suggests that gut bacteria and its interactions with immune cells and metabolic organs, including fat tissue, play a key role in childhood obesity. “The medical community used to think that obesity was a result of consuming …

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Childhood TB shot may offer long-term protection from lung cancer

(HealthDay)—A tuberculosis vaccine commonly used in other parts of the world might reduce a person’s risk of developing lung cancer if given early in childhood, a six-decade-long study reports. The Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is the only vaccine approved for preventing tuberculosis (TB)—a potentially fatal infectious disease that typically attacks …

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Leukemia drug shows promise for treating a childhood brain cancer

Cancer cell during cell division. Credit: National Institutes of Health A drug used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia appears to be more effective at stopping a type of medulloblastoma in mouse models than existing treatments for the deadly pediatric brain tumor, reports a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Skaggs …

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A rough childhood could stunt your brain’s growth

Credit: CC0 Public Domain U.S. researchers say kids who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse or neglect, during their preschool years, can have stunted growth of some brain structures by the time they reach adolescence. The researchers used data from a 15- year study that followed 211 …

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One way childhood trauma leads to poorer health for women

A new study shows one reason why childhood trauma may lead to poor health for women. Credit: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Researchers have long known that childhood trauma is linked to poorer health for women at midlife. A new study shows one important reason why. The national study of more …

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