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 Snacking could be banned on local transport in a bid to curb childhood obesitySnacking could be banned on local transport in a bid to curb childhood obesity
 
England’s outgoing Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dame Sally Davies, the top doctor in the country, believes that snacking ought to be banned on public transport and additional taxes should be placed on unhealthy foods to make them less affordable, in order to fight the menace of childhood obesity.
 
   UK opens first clinic for children addicted to video gamesUK opens first clinic for children addicted to video games
 
GPs in the UK will now be able to refer young people to a clinic that has been established in order to address the recently defined ‘gaming disorder’, a health problem that has been seen to impact the lives of a rapidly increasing number of children and adolescents.
 
   Eco-friendly washing machines may harbor harmful bacteriaEco-friendly washing machines may harbor harmful bacteria
 
A new study has revealed that high-efficiency home washing machines may be facilitating the spread of harmful bacteria, due to their reliance on low energy and low-temperature wash settings that do not thoroughly remove bacteria. Recently, a study concluded that consumer-grade washing machines were to blame for an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria at a hospital in Germany.
 
 Volatile substances inhaled during chroming may ‘dissolve the brain’
 
Volatile substances inhaled during chroming may ‘dissolve the brain’Social workers have reported seeing children as young as nine engaging in chroming, although children generally tend to be aged between 12 and 14. The inhalants can affect vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, and in particular, the brain.
 
 
 BB guns dangerous for kids as they increase risk of eye injuries
 
BB guns dangerous for kids as they increase risk of eye injuriesOften marketed as toys, non-powder firearms like BB guns, pellet guns, airsoft, and paintball guns are dangerous for children and teenagers due to a high risk of eye injury. A team of researchers from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that between 1990 and 2016, there had been a decrease of overall non-powder firearms injuries, but a marked increase in eye injuries, which is quite alarming.
 
 
 Measles resets children’s immune systems to a “baby-like” state
 
Measles resets children’s immune systems to a “baby-like” stateNew studies have shown that measles can compromise the immune system’s ability to fight off other infections for months or even years by causing “immune amnesia.” Two studies involving unvaccinated Dutch children found measles makes the body “forget” the immunity it had developed and “resets” the immune system to a baby-like state.
 
 
 CDC advises vaccination for pregnant women against flu and whooping cough
 
CDC advises vaccination for pregnant women against flu and whooping coughThe Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has recommended that all pregnant women should be vaccinated against influenza and whooping cough to provide protection to the baby against these deadly infections during the first few months of their lives.