Short Duration of Breastfeeding and Maternal Obesity Linked to Fatty Liver in Adolescents
Novel study finds evidence for association between breastfeeding duration and maternal obesity and development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in adolescents, reports the Journal of Hepatology
What Causes Women to Stop Breastfeeding Early?
A recent systematic literature review has investigated potential sociodemographic, physical, mental, and social factors that may cause breastfeeding mothers to stop breastfeeding before infants reach 6 months of age.
Are Soft Contact Lenses Safe for Children? Risks Seem No Higher Than in Adults
Available evidence suggests that soft contact lenses can be safely prescribed to children and adolescents, with no increase in adverse effects compared to adults, according to a review in the June issue of Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy…
Mum and Baby Sleeping in Same Room Associated with Less Sleep, Unsafe Sleep Habits
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends parents keep babies in the same room with them to sleep for the first year to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But room sharing between babies and mothers beyond the first four months is associated with…
Preterm birth linked to higher risk of heart failure
Babies born preterm run a higher risk of heart failure during childhood and adolescence than those born at full term, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report. The registry-based study is published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).
Parents responsible for obesity in children?
‘The idea that overweight and obesity are the fault of parents and/or the child, is rubbish.’ Roxanna Camfferman, who specialises in child and adolescent studies, explains her proposition. Her PhD dissertation is on the role of upbringing in child obesity.
Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Proven Safe and Effective for Patients with Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital heart disease (CHD) includes a range of defects that occur in the heart which patients are born with, such as a hole in the heart’s wall, a leaky valve or even an inversion in the heart’s orientation. CHD was once a severe condition often…
Watching movies can replace general anaesthesia for children with cancer having radiotherapy
Children with cancer could be spared dozens of doses of general anaesthesia by projecting a video directly on to the inside of a radiotherapy machine during treatment, according to research presented at the ESTRO 36 conference.
Breast-Feeding Plays Important Role in ‘Seeding’ Infant Microbiome with Beneficial Bacteria
Mothers protect their babies and teach them habits to stay healthy and safe as they grow. A new UCLA-led study shows that beneficial bacteria from mothers do much the same thing.
Paternal Age at Conception May Influence Social Development in Offspring
Children of very young and older fathers show distinct patterns of learning social skillsThe age of the father at the time his children are born may influence their social development, suggests a study published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of the American…
Children at High Risk of Diabetes Should Be Screened by HbA1C and Oral Glucose Tolerance Tests
Doctors should add an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) to their hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) when they screen high-risk children for prediabetes and diabetes, new research from South Korea suggests.
Vitamin D Deficiency May Indicate Cardiovascular Disease in Overweight and Obese Children
In overweight and obese children and adolescents, vitamin D deficiency is associated with early markers of cardiovascular disease, a new study reports.