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Otitis Media Ear Infection – a new Clinical Trial for Developing a new Vaccination for prevention of Hearing Loss

Otitis Media Ear Infection – a new Clinical Trial for  Developing a new Vaccination for prevention of Hearing Loss

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Children can be plagued with ear infections that can lead to hearing loss. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center has recently received a $4 million to help develop a vaccination to prevent bacterial ear infections in children.

Ear infections called acute otitis media can be painful fluid build up in the canals of the middle ear. In some children this repetitive infection can cause hearing loss while others are not affected.

These researchers feel confident in a new vaccine that is set to begin with preliminary clinical trials scheduled for next year. This vaccination, if the trials are successful would help protect against acute otitis media infections.

Autism and Oxytocin

Autism and Oxytocin

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Oxytocin is a nine amino acid peptide produced in the brain and released by the pituitary gland. It is produced in the body naturally, by both males and females, and plays a role in reproduction and may even contribute to those feelings we call "love."

Recent research has linked oxytocin with the ability to trust others. Evidence suggests that it may even play a major role in a person's ability to take care of others and for avoiding conflict.

It's been demonstrated in animals that oxytocin acting within the brain plays a major role in establishing maternal behavior, as scientists put oxytocin into the ventricles of the brains of virgin rats and non-pregnant sheep, and it rapidly induced maternal behavior.

Playground Bully is more likely to be exposed to Violence at Home

Playground Bully is more likely to be exposed to Violence at Home

Bully Book at Amazon

Children that are bullies at school are more likely to have witnessed violence at home compared to children that did not see this aggressive behavior. Researchers from the University of Washington and Indiana University have completed one of the first of its kind study in the United States that examined the relationship of violent parents and the effects of the child becoming a bully at school.

The researchers also were able to group two different kinds of bullying. One kind of bullying is called physical aggression which includes hitting, pushing and any other outward expression of hostility. The second type of bullying is called relational aggression which includes teasing, being mean, and ostracizing peers.

Caesarean More Dangerous than Traditional Birth – Death Rate 3 Times Higher For C-Section Births Compared to Vaginal

Caesarean More Dangerous than Traditional Birth – Death Rate 3 Times Higher For C-Section Births Compared to Vaginal

A new study indicates that neonatal and infant mortality rates were 1.77 per 1,000 infants delivered via voluntary c-section, compared with 0.62 per 1,000 infants delivered vaginally. Even after other risk factors were considered, the risk was three times higher for death within a month following a voluntary Caesarean section.

Researchers are not yet sure why the risk is higher with c-section births, but they have some ideas. They speculate that the risk is lower during vaginal birth because the mother’s body releases hormones that promote healthy lung function. Also, the baby in compressed during non-c-section births helping to eliminate fluid from the lungs.

Obesity - Overweight Children more likely to become Fat Adults

Obesity - Overweight Children more likely to become Fat Adults

Obesity has been a huge concern in the United States which has prompted a group of researchers’ to study children and found that overweight children will be overweight by the time they reach age 12. Philip R. Nader, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, is primary author of the study, with co-authors from 10 different institutions around the nation have reported this study in the September issue of Pediatrics.

The children were overweight at any time during growth before the age of 12 were more likely to be overweight by the time they turn 12. If the child was measured as being overweight more often than not, this too will increase their chances of being overweight by 12 years of age.

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