A systematic review and meta-analysis led by St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto found children who drank whole milk had 40 per cent lower odds of being overweight or obese compared with children who consumed reduced-fat milk. The research, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed 28 studies from seven countries that
Pregnant women exposed to persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, had slightly smaller fetuses than women who haven’t been exposed to these chemicals, according to an analysis of ultrasound scans by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The researchers also found that the women in their study had lower levels of POPs
Photo: iStockphoto Making your family better, stronger, more harmonious may not require a complete overhaul, but rather a few strategic tweaks. Here’s a roundup of the resolutions you and your family should make now to ensure a fabulous 2019! 1. Hold family meetings. Give everyone in the family—including the kids—an opportunity to be heard. Provide the
Sing-along with St. Louis Children’s Hospital Music Therapist, Christy Merrell. Christy provides joy and hope to the pediatric patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. To learn more about St. Louis Children’s Hospital, visit http://www.stlouischildrens.org/.
Identical twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience large differences in symptom severity even though they share the same DNA, according to an analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health. The findings suggest that identifying the causes of this variability may inform the treatment of ASD-related symptoms. The study was conducted by John
Children born prematurely, i.e. before week 37, are more likely to be placed outside the home as a supportive child welfare measure than their full-term counterparts, according to a population study conducted by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The more premature a child is born, the greater the probability that the child
Teenage boys who witness their peers abusing women and girls are much more likely to bully and fight with others, as well as behave abusively toward their dates, compared to teenage boys who don’t witness such behaviors, according to an analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Children’s Hospital of
The number of e-cigarette users who began vaping at age 14 or younger has more than tripled in the last five years, say University of Michigan researchers. Last year, 28% of e-cigarette users said they started no later than age 14, compared to about 9% in 2014. The findings are scheduled to appear online Dec.
Lowering exposure to allergens from mice may lead to improved lung growth for children with asthma living in low-income neighborhoods, helping them avoid lung ailments and possibly live longer, according to newly published research in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. An allergen is any substance that can cause an allergic reaction. To our
St. Louis Children’s Hospital patient Laila Anderson inspired us all in her battle against a rare disease. As her fight continues, her story is being told like never before in this 30-minute documentary that recounts her difficult diagnosis, challenging treatment and inspiring recovery – all of which became forever linked to the St. Louis Blues’
The proportion of high-strength painkiller poisonings among children which result in emergency hospital admissions has increased, according to research published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology. A study involving more than 200,000 US pediatric cases of pain-relief misuse, abuse or self-harm highlights how the opioid crisis is affecting young people. The results show that although
In response to the pressing public health issue of vaping, clinicians of all disciplines are being asked to address this issue with youth, families and community members, despite minimal youth-focused screening or treatment guidelines. Physicians from Boston Medical Center and the University of Montreal have developed a set of recommendations that provide important insights about
Although a fever is not typically dangerous, when it occurs during pregnancy, it may affect a developing fetus. A fever occurs when a person’s body reaches a higher temperature than the expected normal range. In this article, learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for a fever, as well as the effects a
Laila Anderson inspired us all in her battle against a rare blood disease. Now her fight continues and her story is being told like never before in documentary film. The Blues are starting a new season – and so is Laila. Watch the extended trailer!
Photo: iStockphoto It’s no secret that pretty much everything in your life changes when you have kids—and that includes Christmas. Here’s what Christmas was like before kids, and Christmas after kids. 1. Going to the mallBefore kids: Wander around, floating from store to store. Stay out of the ones with the holiday crowds so you
New research from University of Alberta neuroscientists shows that the brains of adolescents struggling with mental-health issues may be wired differently from those of their healthy peers. This collaborative research, led by Anthony Singhal, professor and chair in the Department of Psychology, involved adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 who had a history
Leftover prescription opioids pose big risks to kids, yet most parents keep their own and their child’s unused painkillers even after they’re no longer medically necessary for pain. But a new University of Michigan study suggests that convenient disposal paired with tailored risk education can improve those numbers. Terri Voepel-Lewis, U-M associate professor of nursing,
Image: Shutterstock Studies suggest the occasional use of the Scottish surnames or last names started somewhere between the 10th and 12th centuries when the Normans introduced them in 1066. However, the more frequent use of Scottish surnames started around the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of the Scottish surnames are known to have patronymic, habitational,
In 2016, California removed vaccine exemptions for non-medical reasons, such as parental hesitancy, to requirements for school entry. In other words, California children needed to have a medical reason to refuse vaccination if they wanted to join kindergarten. In so doing, the state may have paved the way for a higher percentage of vaccination recipients
The Parenting Junkie shows how to set boundaries with family. Some family dynamics can be harmful to children and therefore setting boundaries with family is important. When you learn how to set boundaries you can feel more comfortable attending family gatherings. Setting boundaries with parents especially setting boundaries with your parents can sometimes feel more