Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar
31

A novel study published in PLoS Computational Biology has revealed that environmental factors may be associated with the increasing incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)

A novel study published in PLoS Computational Biology has revealed that environmental factors may be associated with the increasing incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and intellectual disability (ID). The study noted that ASD and ID rates correlated with the incidence of genital malformations in male newborns. This was a potential indicator of possible congenital …

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Mar
31

Children who are fully vaccinated against influenza may have a 74% reduced risk of developing life–threatening influenza illness as compared to unvaccinated children

Children who are fully vaccinated against influenza may have a 74% reduced risk of developing life–threatening influenza illness as compared to unvaccinated children, reports a study published online March 26 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study with 216 children aged 6 months–17 years …

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Mar
30

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has stated in a report published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology that physicians should consider a multidimensional assessment process that evaluates all the potential contributing factors in cases of neonatal encephalopathy. Researchers recommend doing a root–cause analysis in order to identify issues that may …

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Mar
30

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved topiramate for the prevention of migraine headache in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved topiramate for the prevention of migraine headache in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. This comes as the first FDA approval of a drug for migraine prevention in this age group. The study reported that the frequency of migraine decreased by about 72% in patients …

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Mar
29

Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Exeter and Plymouth have discovered that a simple blood test

Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Exeter and Plymouth have discovered that a simple blood test, which can read DNA, could successfully predict obesity levels in children. The test evaluates the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene – a gene that regulates fat storage in the body. Results of a study conducted by …

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Mar
29

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently issued a report that 1 in 68 children aged 8 years (or 14.7 per 1000) have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the US. The number is approximately 30% higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1000) …

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Mar
28

A latest report by US researchers has stated that approximately 32,000 children are affected each year with a drug–resistant strain of tuberculosis globally

A latest report by US researchers has stated that approximately 32,000 children are affected each year with a drug–resistant strain of tuberculosis globally. The study reported that overall about 1 million children become sick with TB each year, which is twice the number previously speculated. Of note, only one–third of these cases are ever diagnosed. …

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Mar
28

More violent video games are linked to aggressive thoughts and behavior in children, reports a new study

More violent video games are linked to aggressive thoughts and behavior in children, reports a new study. The games appeared to affect children more if they started out less aggressive. Children with low aggression initially exhibited a 16% increase in aggressive behavior, while those with high aggression increased by 10%. The findings were published online …

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Mar
27

A latest report by US researchers has stated that approximately 32,000 children are affected each year with a drug–resistant strain of tuberculosis globally

A latest report by US researchers has stated that approximately 32,000 children are affected each year with a drug–resistant strain of tuberculosis globally. The study reported that overall about 1 million children become sick with TB each year, which is twice the number previously speculated. Of note, only one–third of these cases are ever diagnosed. …

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Mar
27

More violent video games are linked to aggressive thoughts and behavior in children

More violent video games are linked to aggressive thoughts and behavior in children, reports a new study. The games appeared to affect children more if they started out less aggressive. Children with low aggression initially exhibited a 16% increase in aggressive behavior, while those with high aggression increased by 10%. The findings were published online …

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