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For Autistic Youth Transition to Adulthood Is Very Rocky

By Margarita Nahapetyan One in three adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not have post-secondary education and have no paying job or technical training nearly seven years after high school graduation, says a new research. The experts found that, when it comes to work and education, autistic young people often fare much worse that young adults with other types of developmental disabilities, including those who are mentally disabled.

Pregnancy Obesity May Be Linked to Autism In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women, who suffer from excess weight or have Type 2 or gestational diabetes during pregnancy, are at an increased risk of having a child with developmental disorders such as autism, found a new research into the sobering risks of obesity in pregnancy. The new findings provide evidence that obesity and diabetes during pregnancy may pose an increased risk for ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and other neurodevelopm

Abused Children Age Prematurely

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children, who are exposed to multiple instances of early-life violence and abuse, age fast on a cellular level, experiencing wear and tear to their DNA, found a new study by North Carolina's Duke University scientists. The study results indicate that chromosomes of kids who were exposed to domestic violence, bullying or physical abuse by an adult, showed signs of biological aging. The findings may help explain

Baby Body Signs; The Head to Toe Guide to Your Child's Health

Excerpted from Baby Body Signs; The Head to Toe Guide to Your Child's Health: from Birth Through the Toddler Years By Joan Liebmann-Smith, Jacqueline Egan MOST NEW PARENTS-WHETHER FIRST-TIME moms and dads or not - are understandably a bit paranoid about the health of their babies. Babies are tiny, fragile, and helpless beings. If they're not feeling well or are in pain, they can't tell anyone what's bothering them or where it hurts. They are totally dependent on doctors

The Movement of Imperfection

Excerpted from Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children By Gina Gallagher, Patricia Konjoian They are here. There. And everywhere. You can hear them buzzing at spelling bees. Running at the mouth at track meets. Even trumpeting at concerts. They are the parents of those "perfect" kids. You know them - those people you meet in life who love to tell you how smart, athletic, gifted, and talented (blah, blah, blah) their kids

The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce

Excerpted from The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce By Richard A. Gardner, M.D. My name is Dr. Richard Gardner. I am a child psychiatrist. For those of you who don't know what that is, a child psychiatrist is a special kind of doctor who tries to help children who have troubles and worries. Some of the children I see in my office have problems because their parents are divorced. These children often feel better about their worries after they le

Teen Alcohol Drinking May Cause Breast Disease

By Margarita Nahapetyan Results of a new study by U.S. scientists show that female teenagers who consume alcohol are putting themselves at higher risk of developing breast disease later in life, a condition that is a known risk factor for cancer. Breast disease is characterized by hard lumps in the breast which can turn cancerous at a certain point. According to the National Cancer Institute, women with benign breast disease also may

Part-Time Working Mothers Have Healthier Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Mothers who work part-time are raising much healthier kids when compared to mothers who stay at home or those who have a full-time job, a new Australian study has found. Researchers from the University of New England in New South Wales Tlooked at 4,500 preschool children and discovered that the offspring of mothers who worked part-time consumed less junk food, watched about an hour less television, spent more t

Sinus Infections Can Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Sinus infections can put kids at an increased risk of developing toxic shock syndrome, report the scientists from the United States, who state that sinus infections might be responsible for more than 20 per cent of all cases of toxic shock syndrome in children. Toxic shock syndrome, a potentially fatal condition caused by bacterial toxins, is often linked to tampon use (nearly half of all cases), surgical wound

Unvaccinated Children At Higher Risk Of Illnesses

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children whose parents do not want to immunize them are 23 times more likely to develop the whooping cough, or pertussis, compared to those kids who have all their vaccinations done on time, U.S. researchers reported last week. In contrast, only one in 500 children who received their vaccination shots, developed whooping cough in the study by Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Institute for Health Research. The inves

Flu Vaccine Doesn't Work For All Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Flu vaccine can triple the risk of hospitalization for children, and especially the ones with asthma, when compared with kids who have not received the shot, according to a new study by the U.S. scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The main goal of a new research was to evaluate the effectiveness of the flu vaccine (trivalent inactivated flu vaccine, or TIV) in children, said Dr. Avni Joshi, M

Obese Mothers Put Their Babies At Asthma Risk

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children born to mothers with obesity may be at an increased risk of respiratory problems and, in particular, asthma, according to new findings presented on May 19 at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. "Obesity is not a neutral state; adipose tissue is an active producer of pro-inflammatory cytokines, while it also suppresses the action of anti-inflammatory cytokin

Change In Vaccine Order Affects Infants' Response To Pain

By Margarita Nahapetyan Canadian doctors say that the certain order in which vaccine injections are being administered to infants, affects their response to pain. According to scientists, infants who receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) following the combination vaccine for diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DPTaP-Hib vaccine), appear to experience less pain compared to those who receive immunization in the op

Baby Boys Are Weaker Biologically Than Baby Girls

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study by Tel Aviv University (TAU) School of Medicine, offers scientific evidence that baby boys are born with a bigger package of associated risks than their female counterparts. Based on the data taken from 66,000 women who delivered their children at Israel's Rabin medical Center between 1995 and 2006, Professor Marek Glezerman, obstetrician and gynecologist at the TAU School of Medicine, in collaborat

Parental Divorce Affects Children's Education

By Margarita Nahapetyan Couples who are about to get divorced should know that their decision could have a negative impact on their child's long-term academic performance, reports a new study by two Canadian Universities. Researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba found that the consequences of parental divorce lead to higher school drop-out rates among children whose parents are getting a divorce, compa

Water Fountains At Schools Help Kids Stay Lean

By Margarita Nahapetyan Installing water fountains at schools, and teaching children about the health benefits of water, could reduce their risk for getting extra unnecessary pounds, reports a new study that is published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics. The findings are based on a unique intervention in 32 elementary schools in poor areas of two German cities, Dortmund and Essen, during the 2006-2007 academic year. For t

Lead Levels Go Down In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan New government report shows unbelievable progress concerning children's health - far fewer kids have dangerously high levels of lead compared to the numbers of 20 years going back. Lead is a toxic metal that has been widely used in thousands of products, including the ones designed for kids. Lead from paint, water and soil can have a severe impact on the development of a nervous system of young people and cause

Hearing Problems Linked To Vision Problems In KIds

By Margarita Nahapetyan About 20 per cent of all the kids with sensorineural hearing loss also have eye disorders, a new study has reported in the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Sensorineural hearing loss is a hearing loss that is caused by damage to the inner ear or to the nerves that link the ear to the brain. According to the background information in the stu

Cell Phones Pose Dangers For Kids On The Road

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children who talk on a cell phone while crossing a street are at a higher risk to get hit by a vehicle, according to psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Cell phones clearly offer convenience and safeguards to families, but they also may pose risk," UAB researchers wrote in their report which will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics. "Particularly, when children attempt to mul

Breastfeeding Mothers Don't Neglect Their Kids

By Margarita Nahapetyan Mothers who do not breastfeed their infants are nearly 4 times more likely to neglect and abuse their child, according to a Baylor College of Medicine study in Queensland, Australia. To reach this conclusion, researchers, lead by senior author Lane Strathearn, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital, linked data from the University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy - Australia's la

Less Children Need Cholesterol Drugs

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study published in the journal Circulation reports that less than 1 per cent of American teenagers are likely to need medication to lower their cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaque in the artery walls, narrowing a person's arteries, and making it more difficult for blood to flow through the heart and body. The

Children Are Victims Of Divorcing Parents

By Margarita Nahapetyan Divorce of parents is a crisis for the entire family. It becomes especially difficult when children are involved. Children deeply suffer when parents they love fall into conflict and break their relationship. And in many cases the pain, hurt and confusion of divorce leave deep scars in kids' hearts. Many children secretly blame themselves, thinking that they might be the reason of a break-up. When parents fight

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Improves Tiny Brains

By Margarita Nahapetyan Two Adelaide-based researchers Dr Maria Makrides, B.Sc., B.N.D., PhD from the Women's & Children's Health Research Institute and Professor Bob Gibson from the University of Adelaide have made a world breakthrough when they have boosted the brain function of premature female babies by increasing the amount of an omega-3 fatty acid (known as DHA - docosahexaenoic acid) in either infant's formula or breast milk.

Vicks VapoRub Dangerous For Infants

By Margarita Nahapetyan Vicks VapoRub - one of the most popular and trusted over-the-counter remedies against cough and cold for over half a century - can actually be not safe for infants and young children, according to a new study. Research published on Tuesday by the American College of Chest Physicians has discovered that Vicks may cause "serious respiratory distress" on children under two years of age. Scientists reported that th

Children's Past Life Memories

Excerpted from Children's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child By Carol Bowman Ian Stevenson's rigorous research proved that children's memories are real and natural. The past life therapists convinced me that these memories can heal. But where were the researchers and practitioners working with children? In several years of searching, I hadn't found them. So I decided to do my own research to confirm what I knew was true-children's past life memories ca
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