No justifiable link found between exposure to epidural analgesia and autism

(HealthDay)—Exposure to epidural analgesia during labor seems not to be associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in Denmark, while a slightly increased risk was seen in a second cohort in British Columbia, Canada, according to two studies published in the Sept. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Anders Pretzmann Mikkelsen, M.D., from Copenhagen University […]

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Plague found in six Colorado counties, linked to death of 10-year-old child

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging everyone to be careful around animals after plague was found in mammals and fleas from six counties and the state recorded its first death from the disease since 2015. The state didn’t release the full list of counties, but said La Plata was one of them. The 10-year-old child who […]

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Link found for weight-, shape-related bullying, eating disorder behaviors

(HealthDay)—Weight- or shape-related bullying (WSB) is associated with purging and muscularity-oriented behavior (MOB), but not other eating disorder behaviors, according to a study published online June 28 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Sinead Day, from Macquarie University in Sydney, and colleagues examined the correlation between WSB and specific forms of disordered eating in adolescence in a large, representative […]

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West Nile virus found in Weld County mosquitoes

Colorado’s weekly mosquito tests found West Nile virus in Weld County, but people statewide should take precautions, the state health department said. Not all counties and cities have mosquito-testing programs, so the virus could also be in other parts of the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The best way to protect yourself is to […]

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Compound found in some vegetables may reduce diabetes-related kidney damage

New research conducted in rats suggests a compound that gives some cruciferous vegetables their pungent taste could help to reverse kidney problems associated with diabetes. It is estimated that about one-quarter of people with diabetes will eventually develop diabetic nephropathy, a gradual loss of kidney function eventually requiring dialysis. The condition is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease in […]

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Indian COVID variant found in Switzerland: health authority

A first case of the COVID-19 variant contributing to the exploding outbreak in India has been detected in Switzerland, the public health authority said Saturday. “The first case of the Indian variant of COVID-19 has been discovered in Switzerland,” Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) said in a tweet. The virus variant was found in “a passenger who arrived […]

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Racial, ethnic disparities found in diagnosis, treatment of ADHD

(HealthDay)—There are racial and ethnic disparities evident in the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published online March 1 in JAMA Network Open. Yu Shi, M.D., M.P.H., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues explored differences in rates of diagnosis and treatment of ADHD among children by race and ethnicity using insurance claims […]

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Research identifies obesity and infection link, as well as treatment found on healthy human skin

The list of diseases and conditions complicated by obesity is a long one; it includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes and impaired wound healing, as well as skin infections. It is not always clear, however, in what way this complication is caused. New research from the School of Pharmaceutical Science at Xiamen University and the Gallo Lab at UC San Diego […]

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White matter changes in brain found in frontotemporal dementia

Areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are commonly linked to vascular health problems. They have also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study has shown that white matter hyperintensities are also found in frontotemporal dementia. The study is published in the February 17, 2021, online issue of Neurology. Frontotemporal dementia, which often affects people under the […]

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Link found between time perception, risk for developmental coordination disorder

Neuroscientists at McMaster University have found a link between children who are at risk for developmental coordination disorder (DCD), a common condition that can cause clumsiness, and difficulties with time perception such as interpreting changes in rhythmic beats. Accurate time perception is crucial for basic skills such as walking and processing speech and music. “Many developmental disorders, including dyslexia or […]

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