A new study suggests that it is the physical activity, rather than the diet, which makes a huge difference in determining the weight of children. The study results are an analysis of the new data from the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) longitudinal study. According to lead researcher Professor Richard Telford from the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the Clinical Trials Unit at The Canberra Hospital, the new study provides one of the strongest evidences so far in the debate on how to tackle childhood obesity.
The 4-D scans of 15 healthy fetuses by Durham and Lancaster Universities has put an end to the debate among researchers about fetuses being able to open their mouth inside the womb. The study findings, where ultrasound scans have shown fetuses yawning in the womb, also suggest that yawning is a developmental process, and this could potentially give doctors another index of a fetus' health. The findings distinguish 'yawning' from 'non-yawn mouth opening' based on the duration of mouth opening with the help of 4-D video footage which closely examines all events where a mouth stretch occurred in the fetus, Medical Xpress reported.
Health officials warn parents against using bolsters, used to keep sleeping babies on their backs, as they say that the pillows pose a threat of suffocation in infants. The warning comes after the number of deaths caused by the 'sleep positioners' rose to at least 13 U.S. infants recently. Bolsters are long narrow pillows or cushions filled with cotton, down, or fibre and are used as bumpers in cribs.
A new study suggests that adolescents whose parents have chronic pain may also be a victim of chronic nonspecific pain and chronic multisite pain, which can cause disabilities and difficulties in life for them. The cause of chronic nonspecific pain has still not been understood clearly by researchers. In the current study, researchers Gry B. Hoftun, M.D., of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, and colleagues examined a possible link between parental chronic pain and chronic pain in young adults.
A new study suggests that the youngest children in a class are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. The study confirms the findings of the previous studies which have produced similar results. The findings of the study from Iceland only suggest, and do not prove that some children are diagnosed with ADHD, if they are less mature than their class mates.
Smoking is harmful to anyone. But the ill effects of maternal smoking are particularly severe, as the consequences and harm to the unborn child may last for a lifetime. A new research by scientists from Yale School of Medicine reveals that children born to mothers who smoked more than one pack per day during pregnancy have trouble in reading and comprehension. A test conducted by the researchers showed that such children did not score well on tests designed to measure how accurately a child reads aloud and comprehends what they read, Yale News reported.
A new study by Dutch researchers suggests that if children are fed fish in the first year of their life, it reduces their chances of contracting asthma in the future. The study was released Friday. Asthma affects over 40 million people around the world. "Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing," the U.S. Public Health Med website states.
With the rising number of obese children and increasing evidence of obesity causing health issues in children, scientists around the world are constantly working to find the various factors that may be responsible for childhood obesity. A new study by researchers at the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Centre suggests that children left at daycare on a regular basis are 50 percent more likely to be overweight as compared to those who stayed at home with their parents.
A new study suggests that a deficiency of vitamin C in women during pregnancy could harm the foetal brain and once the damage is done, it cannot be reversed with vitamin C supplements after the birth. The research by scientists at the University of Copenhagen warns women of omitting the daily vitamin pills. "Even marginal vitamin C deficiency in the mother stunts the foetal hippocampus, the important memory centre, by 10-15 per cent, preventing the brain from optimal development," says Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt. He heads the group of scientists that reached this conclusion by studying pregnant guinea pigs and their pups, Medical Xpress reports.
A study by researchers from University of Georgia has found that children who complain of chest pain could have psychological factors affecting them. The university psychologists have discovered that children who are diagnosed with a noncardiac chest pain have higher levels of anxiety and depression than those who are diagnosed with innocent heart murmurs-the noise of normal turbulent blood flow in a structurally normal heart, Medical Xpress reported.
A new study suggests that children who learn to swim at a young age are smarter and more skilled than others. A research by scientists from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, which surveyed parents of 7000 children from Australia, New Zealand and the US revealed the findings. The children in the study were all below five years of age and the study lasted for a span of three years.
A new study has revealed that music may have similar effects as medication for children with ADHD. The study, led by FIU Center for Children and Families Director William E. Pelham Jr., aimed at examining how distractions such as music and television affect children with ADHD.
Meals cooked at home are the best, for they are low on calories and high in their nutrient content. A new study reveals that those eating food outside tend to consume more calories than those who stick to home-cooked food. Since children and adolescents, compared to adults, are more likely to eat outside at either fast food or full-service restaurants, they are more likely to have poorer nutrient-intake, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago in their study examined calorie intake, diet quality and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly soda, on days when youngsters ate out as compared to days they did not.
Poor advice and parental anxiety are two of the most common reasons why parents and infants lose sleep and struggle with sleep deprivation for weeks, months, even years together sometimes, according to child health nurse and Sunshine Coast author Rowena Bennett. The Queenslander's new book "Your Sleepless Baby: The Rescue Guide" talks about various sleeping problems and also guides parents through a step-by-step process so that they can identify and find a solution to their baby's issues, reports Fraser Coast Chronicle.
A new anti-smoking campaign, which starts just a month before all cigarettes have to be sold in plain packaging, is targeting pregnant women and indigenous Australians. The Australian government has made it compulsory for cigarette packs to be sold with plain packing from December 1. Meanwhile, according to the latest statistics, one in seven Australian women reportedly smoke during pregnancy, and as of 2009, 37 percent of pregnant teens reportedly smoked.