Child Health

Children not getting Measles Vaccination for fear of Autism – Over 150 Measles cases in US this Year

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(Best Syndication News) - Measles is making a comeback with over 150 cases being reported in the United States this year. Gregory Poland, M.D. from the Mayo Clinic wrote an article in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings that suggested doctors should review. Poland said there is no association between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

The autism vaccine debate started in 1998 when Andrew Wakefield, M.D., wrote of the associated risk. This finding was later found to be fraudulent by the British General Medical Council. The research paper was then retracted. However, the suspected thimerosal link to autism still worries parents and they will sometimes avoid the early routine childhood vaccinations.

Radio Flyer Scoot ‘n Zoom Riding Toy recall announced for some models

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall for some of the Radio Flyer Scoot ‘n Zoom riding toys for preschoolers. Some of the models are short and could tip and fall forward when riding on the toy car.

Radio Flyer received ten reports with six children being injured. Three of the children had either their teeth loosened or removed. The other three had chin wounds that required stitches.

There are 165,000 of these riding toys being recalled. They were sold at Wal-Mart stores, Amazon.com, Target.com, as well as other retailers between August 2010 and August 2011 for around $20.

Birth Defects linked with Long-Term High-Dose intake of Diflucan (Fluconazole) during First Trimester of Pregnancy

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a public warning that taking high doses of Diflucan (fluconazole) during the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the risk for the baby to develop an uncommon and discrete set of birth defects. Only long-term doses between 400-800 mg per day are associated with the birth defect risk. A one-time use of 150 mg dose did not have the birth defect risk.

Fluconazole is commonly used to treat vaginal yeast infections called candidiasis. It can also be used to treat yeast infections in other parts of the body. The medication can also be used to treat meningitis for a specific kind of fungus.

Exercise improves Memory and Brain Function

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers reviewed over one hundred studies on exercise and the effect it has on the brain. They concluded that aerobic and strength-training exercises are important for preserving brain and cognitive health. The “Exercise, Brain and Cognition Across the Lifespan” report is published in the online edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Michelle W. Voss, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her colleagues reviewed 111 current animal and human studies to highlight the brain function benefits from aerobic exercise and strength training workouts for humans at all ages.

Childhood Obesity Epidemic - Fathers contribute more to their child’s fast food eating habits

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(Best Syndication News) - Fathers should take note; a new study found that his ideas about food and eating out might attribute to childhood obesity. This study was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Texas AgriLife Research study results will be published in the The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Dr. Alex McIntosh, AgriLife Research sociologist, said that a father might see eating out as a special family time. He said that if the father eats at fast food restaurants, the kids would also do the same. The study found that if the father does not say no to his kids, he was more likely to make more trips to fast food restaurants.

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