Getting children to eat their greens? Both parents need to set an example

A positive example set by both the mother and the father promotes the consumption of vegetables, fruit and berries among 3–5-year-old children, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The study explored the association of the home food environment and parental influence with the consumption of vegetables among kindergarten-aged children. The findings were published in Food […]

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Children miss more school when their mothers experience high physical violence

A new study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal, led by Anna M. Scolese, Master of Public Health student at George Mason University, found that 23.3% of women who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) reported their child’s school attendance was disrupted due to IPV. The study used baseline data from a sub-sample of 659 women in Mexico City who […]

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Why many children with autism have oral health problems

The World Health Organisation estimates that one in 160 children around the world has an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a condition related to the development of the brain and is usually noticeable by the time a child is three years old. Statistics aren’t available for any African country, so researchers like me in South Africa are using international prevalence […]

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In some children with autism, ‘social’ and ‘visual’ neural circuits don’t quite connect

Among the first and most-documented symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a child’s aversion to interaction with others. Specifically, they appear uninterested in social activities and stimuli that would normally attract a young child’s attention, such as watching other children play, sing or dance. In a new study, published online December 17, 2019 in the journal eLife, researchers at […]

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Survival worse for nonwhite children with Hodgkin lymphoma

(HealthDay)—Among children with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) enrolled in phase III trials, nonwhite patients have an increased risk for death, according to a study published in the Nov. 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Justine M. Kahn, M.D., from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues used individual-level data from 1,605 patients (

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Why weight blankets for anxiety and sleep can help disorders

Millions of people sleep poorly: in Germany Alone, suffers every tenth economically active sub-sleep disturbance – out of a DAK-health report shows. In the course of “insomnia” a sleep of the person Concerned or by the, but the sleep itself is perceived as not restful. And the consequences are serious: the increasing insomnia are many of the workers during the […]

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MMR vaccine-eligible children traveling abroad fail to get vaccinated

While most U.S. infant and preschool-aged international travelers are eligible for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination prior to departure, almost 60 percent of eligible young travelers were not vaccinated during pretravel consultation, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found. In a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, the team reported that most eligible pediatric international travelers were not vaccinated due to clinician […]

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Diabetes before or during pregnancy linked to early heart disease in children

Children of mothers with diabetes have increased rates of early onset cardiovascular disease or CVD (conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels) from childhood up to the age of 40, finds a study from Denmark published by The BMJ today. The increased rates were more pronounced among children of mothers with a history of CVD or diabetic complications. If this […]

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