Child Health

Study: Boys with ADHD have more problems as Adults

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(Best Syndication News) - A 33-year follow-up study found that boys that were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in childhood grew up to have significantly worse outcomes with education, occupation, income, and social areas of their lives. The report was published in the Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry.

Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D., of the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, and colleagues, studied the outcomes of adult men who were diagnosed as being ADHD around the age of 8 years old. The study involved 135 men who were diagnosed with ADHD in childhood and 136 men who were not diagnosed with ADHD.

Teens who abandon Sugared Drinks for Calorie Free Options Weighed Less than Peers

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that teens who switched from sugar-sweetened beverages to calorie-free beverages weighed less than their peers who continued to drink sugared drinks. After one year of drinking calorie free drinks instead of the sugared drinks, the teens weighed an average of four pounds less than those kids who continued to drink sugared drinks.

Cara Ebbeling, PhD (associate director) and David Ludwig, MD, PhD (director), both from the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

The study involved 224 overweight or obese teenagers who were either 9th or 10th grade students. The participants all drank sugary drinks on a regular basis at the start of the study. One group was assigned to drink no-calorie beverages and gave up the sugared drinks completely. The control group was to continue drinking the sugared beverages.

High amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) showed increased risk for obesity in Children and Teens

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found children and teens that had higher amounts of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine were at an increased risk of being obese. The study results were reported in the September 19 issue of JAMA.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in many consumer products. It can be found in plastics and in the lining of cans. Over the last four years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating the safety of BPA. The FDA approved BPA in the 1960’s. Currently, the FDA says, “The scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.”

Toddlers at risk for swallowing Liquitabs Dishwasher and Laundry Detergent Products

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(Best Syndication News) - Doctors in the UK are calling for better safety warnings and childproof packaging for liquitab products, which are individually portioned out dishwashing and laundry soap. The online version of the Archives of Disease in Childhooddoctors reported five cases of toddlers swallowing the products.

The youngest child to swallow a liquitab was only 10-month old. The other four children were under 2 years of age. All of the incidences happened over one and a half years and they were all taken to a Glasgow hospital. All of the children survived, but one child had to get surgery to treat the swelling and ulceration. Four of the children had to have intubation for swelling and ulceration. The oldest child was treated with antibiotics and steroids.

Mother’s Touch Deluxe Baby Bather recall announced for Repair

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) along with Health Canada announced the voluntary recall of over 2 million Mother’s Touch Deluxe Baby Bather products because the wire frame could give way when carrying the baby in the seat. If this happens, the baby could fall and hit its head. The manufacturer, Summer Infant, is offering consumers a free repair kit to remedy this problem.

Seven incidents in the US have been reported to the CPSC and Summer Infant. Five infants had sustained head injuries after falling from the bather. Four of these babies had skull fractures from the fall. One child had to be admitted to intensive care to be treated for bleeding on the brain.

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