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Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

There is incontrovertible evidence that some harmful drugs and toxins can affect lifelong health. For example, if women take certain drugs in pregnancy, such as thalidomide, there are well documented effects on lifelong health. These have obvious and dramatic effects on the child... [More]
Researcher uncovers secret life of Dab2 protein

Researcher uncovers secret life of Dab2 protein

Sometimes proteins do a lot more than we expect. Dab2, for example, has long been linked to cancer. [More]
Study finds link between physical activity of parents and preschoolers from low-income families

Study finds link between physical activity of parents and preschoolers from low-income families

Preschool-age children from low-income families are more likely to be physically active if parents increase activity and reduce sedentary behavior while wearing movement monitors (accelerometers), according to a Vanderbilt study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. [More]
Overweight, obese children at increased risk of developing surgical site infectios, study shows

Overweight, obese children at increased risk of developing surgical site infectios, study shows

Overweight and obese children are at the highest risk for the most common complications from surgery, an infection at the site of the surgical procedure. This according to a new study, recently published in the medical journal, Surgical Infections. [More]
Study estimates health benefits of UK soft drinks industry levy

Study estimates health benefits of UK soft drinks industry levy

The UK soft drinks industry levy, due to be introduced in April 2018, is estimated to have significant health benefits, especially among children, according to the first study to estimate its health impact, published in The Lancet Public Health. [More]
High adolescent BMI could impact cognitive function in midlife

High adolescent BMI could impact cognitive function in midlife

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have found that higher Body Mass Index (BMI), if it begins in adolescence, can affect cognitive function in midlife. However, the effect appears to be restricted to adults who had lower socioeconomic position as children. [More]
Many U.S. children do not receive evidence-based care for obesity despite USPSTF recommendations

Many U.S. children do not receive evidence-based care for obesity despite USPSTF recommendations

Six years following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that clinicians screen and treat (or refer) children age six and older for obesity, most U.S. children still do not receive evidence-based care for obesity. [More]
Kids' restaurant menus exceed calorie counts recommended by nutrition experts, study finds

Kids' restaurant menus exceed calorie counts recommended by nutrition experts, study finds

Most kids' menu items offered by the nation's top 200 restaurant chains exceed the calorie counts recommended by nutrition experts, a new RAND Corporation study has found. [More]
New study shows link between metabolic syndrome and cognitive abilities in U.S. adolescents

New study shows link between metabolic syndrome and cognitive abilities in U.S. adolescents

A new study of U.S. adolescents shows an association between metabolic syndrome and impairments in reading, attention, and working memory. [More]
Brident Dental provides tips to help keep mouth and gums healthy during festive season

Brident Dental provides tips to help keep mouth and gums healthy during festive season

Thanksgiving arrives this week, signaling the start of a cherished holiday season filled with both giving and receiving. [More]
Researchers to explore how in-womb exposure to environmental chemicals may affect childhood obesity

Researchers to explore how in-womb exposure to environmental chemicals may affect childhood obesity

Kaiser Permanente researchers have received a major new grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how exposures to environmental chemicals during pregnancy may influence the risk of obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. [More]
Spanish children overexposed to TV ads of unhealthy food, study warns

Spanish children overexposed to TV ads of unhealthy food, study warns

Spanish children are overexposed to TV ads of unhealthy food (burgers, pizzas, soft drinks, chocolate, bakery, etc.) both in generalist and children-oriented channels, a situation that could be described as "worrying" and which promotes childhood obesity. [More]
Children at greater risk of unhealthy weight gain during summer holidays, study shows

Children at greater risk of unhealthy weight gain during summer holidays, study shows

Children are at greater risk of gaining unhealthy amounts of weight during summer vacation than during the school year, according to a new study published in the Obesity journal. [More]
Infections, not antibiotics linked to increased risk of childhood obesity

Infections, not antibiotics linked to increased risk of childhood obesity

Infections during infancy - rather than antibiotic use, as previously suspected - were associated with an increased risk of childhood obesity in a Kaiser Permanente study of more than 260,000 infants over 16 years. [More]
Increasing trends in maternal obesity could impact mother and child

Increasing trends in maternal obesity could impact mother and child

The epidemic of obesity is felt in prenatal clinics and delivery rooms around the world with a worrisome trend in high-risk pregnancies that could impact mother and child, according to Patrick M. Catalano, MD, the Dierker-Biscotti Women's Health and Wellness Professor and Director of the Center for Reproductive Health at MetroHealth and Director of the Clinical Research Unit of the Case Western Reserve University. [More]
Sleep loss increases dietary intake of preschoolers, study finds

Sleep loss increases dietary intake of preschoolers, study finds

The preschoolers, all regular afternoon nappers, were deprived of roughly three hours of sleep on one day - they had no afternoon nap and were kept up for about two hours past their normal bedtime - before being awakened at their regularly scheduled times the next morning. [More]
Researchers forecast obesity-related conditions to rise among children

Researchers forecast obesity-related conditions to rise among children

Researchers' global estimates indicate that by 2025, some 268 million children aged 5 to 17 years may be overweight, including 91 million obese, assuming no policy interventions have proven effective at changing current trends. [More]
Children’s consumption levels of sugary drinks linked to combo meals at fast-food restaurants

Children’s consumption levels of sugary drinks linked to combo meals at fast-food restaurants

A new survey of children's and teenagers' eating habits at fast-food restaurants suggests that consumption levels of sugary drinks are closely tied to their automatic inclusion in "combo meal" packages. [More]
New model predicts that prevalence of obesity among Australian adults may significantly increase by 2025

New model predicts that prevalence of obesity among Australian adults may significantly increase by 2025

New modelling predicts the prevalence of obesity and severe obesity among Australian adults will significantly increase by 2025, as part of a wider research project examining the most effective ways to combat obesity. [More]
Hypertension linked to cognitive issues in children and adolescents

Hypertension linked to cognitive issues in children and adolescents

Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, has increased significantly in children, paralleling the current childhood obesity epidemic. [More]
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