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Sleeping in bed with parents riskier for younger infants, MDs find

Newborns were more likely to die while sharing a bed compared with older infants, say doctors who want parents to know about the risks. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death have known risk factors but researchers wanted to know if the factors differed by age group. In a total of 8,207 deaths analyzed, the majority of the infants, 69 per cent, were bed-sharing at the time of death, researchers said in Monday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics. More...

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New infertility treatment could grow sperm from skin cells

nfertile men who do not produce enough sperm to have children of their own could in the future be offered a new form of treatment based on converting their skin cells into the sperm-making tissue that is missing in their testicles, scientists said. A study has found that it is possible to convert skin cells into the male “germ cells”, which are responsible for sperm production in the testes, using an established technique for creating embryonic stem cells using a form of genetic engineering. The researchers showed that stem cells derived from human skin become active germ cells when transplanted into the testes of mice even when the man suffers from a genetic condition where he lacks functioning germ cells in his own testes. More...

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High-fibre diet 'benefits heart attack patients'

If you have had a heart attack, eat plenty of fibre because it may improve your long-term chances of recovery, say US researchers. Heart-attack survivors were more likely to be alive nine years later if they followed a high-fibre diet, a study in the British Medical Journal found. Every 10g-per-day increase in fibre intake was linked with a 15% drop in death risk during the study. Dietary fibre may improve blood pressure and cholesterol, experts say. On average, most people in the UK get about 14g of fibre a day, against a target of at least 18g. US experts recommend up to 38g a day. More...

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Myths of Motherhood: True or False?

I’m thinking about having a baby, but I have battled with depression in the past, which means I am doomed to getting PPD. FALSE! Although having a past history of depression or mental illness can increase your risk of developing a perinatal mental illness, it does not necessarily mean you WILL develop one. There are some proactive steps you can take to be prepared if a perinatal mental illness does hit. The first step is being honest with your partner, doctor and public health nurse. More...

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Smartphone overuse may 'damage' eyes, say opticians

Opticians say people are so addicted to smartphones they may be increasing their risk of eye damage. They are warning overuse from phones and other devices like computers, tablets, and flat screen TVs can lead to long-term damage. It comes as a survey of 2,000 people suggests under 25s check their phones thirty-two times a day. Optician Andy Hepworth said: "Blue violet light is potentially hazardous and toxic to the back of your eyes. More...

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New insight into how children learn maths

Teaching maths using abstract gestures is a good way to help children learn, research suggests. Eight-year-olds gained a deeper understanding of mathematical principles by using their hands as well as their brains, say US psychologists. Children were taught to solve formulae such as: "4 + 2 + 6 = _ + 6" by making a V-point beneath the numbers to be added, then pointing at the blank. The actions helped in generalisation, a report in Psychological Science says. Previous studies have shown that gesture helps learning. More...

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Kids need to offset 'screen time' with 'nature time'

While experts worry about the ills of the internet age and the health problems linked to kids' hours of screen time, Richard Louv says there is an antidote - and it's free. Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, and he coined the term "nature deficit disorder." He says spending time in nature has a wide range of benefits for physical and mental health. "The symptoms of attention deficit disorder go down in kids as young as five. In schools, first there's evidence it's connected to cognitive development, the ability to learn, and executive development which is the ability to control ourselves," Louv says. More...

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Vitamin D is most needful for adult or kids??

Vitamin D is extremely important from babies to adults to have healthy bones and teeth. Deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to serious health issues such as allergies, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer,depression, diabetes and heart disease. Where to get Vitamin D? Frequent sun exposure may help your body to boost your vitamin D level on track. However, if you get sun exposure through a window you won’t be able to get enough, since Vitamin D won’t pass through window glass. If you put sunscreen it also blocks Vitamin D entering into your skin. More...

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Pregnancy weight that persists may be harmful to heart

Women who don't lose all their "baby weight" within the first year after giving birth could be setting themselves up for diabetes, heart disease or a stroke later in life, new Canadian research suggests. In a study published Tuesday in the journal Diabetes Care, Toronto researchers found women who maintained excess pounds between three and 12 months postpartum had elevated risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More...

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Acetaminophen use in pregnancy studied for ADHD risk

Taking acetaminophen during pregnancy is linked to a slightly higher risk of children being diagnosed with ADHD and behaviour problems, but it is still the pain reliever of choice when expecting, doctors say. Acetaminophen, found in Tylenol and some cold medications, is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever during pregnancy. While it has no known links to birth defects, studies in humans and animals suggest it could affect hormones that are key to brain development. More...

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Autism diagnoses may drop by a third under new guidelines: study

New guidelines for defining autism spectrum disorders may reduce the number of diagnoses by almost one-third, according to new research from Columbia University. A review of relevant literature and data, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, raises questions about the future of children who have developmental delays, but no longer meet criteria for an autism diagnosis. Kristine M. Kulage, who led the review, said the new guidelines, issued last year by the American Psychiatric Association, may leave thousands of children in the U.S. More...

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What parents need to know about 'off-label' drug prescriptions for kids

If your pediatrician prescribes your child a drug to treat a disease or condition, it’s likely to be an “off-label” use, with no specific instructions given for kids by the drug company who produced it. But that’s not to say the doctor is doing anything wrong – since most drug testing happens on adults, not kids, and most drugs prescribed to children are off-label. A new position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the topic highlights the issues and suggests while there is much to do, great strides have been made in ensuring the safety and efficacy of drugs prescribed to children in the United States. More...

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