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Household Cleaners May Alter Kids’ Gut Flora And Contribute To Being Overweight, Says Study

Household Cleaners May Alter Kids’ Gut Flora And Contribute To Being Overweight, Says Study

Commonly used household disinfectants could increase the risk of young children becoming overweight by altering the makeup of their gut bacteria during the first few months of life, a study suggests. The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, analyzed the gut flora of 757 infants at age three to four months and their body mass index, or BMI, at one and three years old, looking at exposure to disinfectants, detergents and eco-friendly products used in the home….

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Easy Tricks To Teach Kids How To Deal With Stress Through Mindfulness

Easy Tricks To Teach Kids How To Deal With Stress Through Mindfulness

But experts say if you want to teach your children to be mindful, you have to be mindful, too. The back-to-school season brings its own unique stressors to just about everyone: young children starting school for the first time, older kids dealing with longer days and social pressures, teenagers who have to make decisions about their futures, and of course to parents who might also feel overwhelmed. But researchers at Vancouver’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre have suggested strategies to…

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Prenatal And Early Childhood Fructose Tied to Asthma in Kids

Prenatal And Early Childhood Fructose Tied to Asthma in Kids

Grade school kids may be more likely to develop asthma if they consumed lots of drinks sweetened with sugar and high fructose corn syrup or if their mothers drank these beverages often during pregnancy, a recent study suggests. To assess the connection between childhood asthma, sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers examined data about eating habits from about 1,000 mother-child pairs as well as information on kids’ health, including whether they had an asthma diagnosis by ages 7 to 9….

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Experts Now Recommend Introducing Peanuts To Babies At High Risk Of Allergies

Experts Now Recommend Introducing Peanuts To Babies At High Risk Of Allergies

Withholding the nuts may actually contribute  to the deadly allergy, a national panel concludes. For millions of children who have peanut allergies, mealtimes can be deadly. And for years, doctors have advised parents to keep peanut products away from children thought to be at high risk. But new guidelines issued Thursday state that infants should be introduced to peanut products as early as 4 months old if they appear to be at high risk of developing food allergies. A panel…

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Bigger Baby Bottles Linked to Weight Gain

Bigger Baby Bottles Linked to Weight Gain

BY LISA RAPAPORT   Tue Jun 7, 2016  (Reuters Health) – Babies who drink from large bottles early in life may be experience more weight gain by six months of age than infants who drink from smaller bottles, a study suggests. Starting when the babies were two months old, researchers tracked their weight based on the size of their bottles, which ranged from 2 ounces to 10 ounces. About 45 percent were being fed from bottles that held at least…

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Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

Study suggests that antibiotics in infancy might also play a role WebMD News from HealthDay      By Steven Reinberg      HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) – The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child’s risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report. Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antibiotics that kill these bacteria, and some are not exposed to them for various reasons,…

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Cat Parasite May Be Tied to Human Mental Disorders

Cat Parasite May Be Tied to Human Mental Disorders

WebMD News from HealthDay June 8, 2015 – Could a common cat parasite put people with a weakened immune system at risk for schizophrenia and other types of mental illness? CBS News reports that new research suggests such a possible link, but doesn’t prove a cause-and-effect connection. More than 60 million people in the United States have the Toxoplasma gondiiparasite, but most never experience any symptoms. But in people with a weakened immune system, T. gondii can cause an illness…

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