Research Finds Family History Tied to Childhood Obesity

Research Finds Family History Tied to Childhood Obesity


New European research has revealed that a family history of health conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure could be key risk factors for the development of childhood obesity. 

Carried out by the University of Messina, Italy, the study set out to investigate if a family history of obesity and cardiometabolic diseases could influence the onset and severity of childhood obesity.

The researchers looked at 260 overweight and obese children aged between two and 17 years old and carried out a medical assessment on each participant. > >> read more ...

More Evidence Links Air Pollution to Childhood Asthma

More Evidence Links Air Pollution to Childhood Asthma


New US research has found yet more evidence to suggest that there is a strong link between traffic pollution and asthma in young children. 

Led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the study analyzed data from 1,522 children to assess the effect of long-term exposure to air pollution on asthma.

The children’s mothers were already enrolled in a long-term study called Project Viva, which gave the researchers access to comprehensive medical, socio-economic and demographic information, including their residential address history. > >> read more ...

Childhood Pets Can Influence Adult Food Choices: Study

Childhood Pets Can Influence Adult Food Choices: Study


New US research has found that the number of pets you have as a child could influence your eating habits in adulthood, with those who grow up around animals more likely to be vegetarian when they are older.

Carried out by researchers at the University at Albany, the study looked at 325 men and women with a mean age of 30 years and asked the participants about the number and types of pets they had as children.

Participants were also asked about their relationships with their pets, including how often they were responsible for caring for them, how close they felt to them, and about their beliefs and attitudes towards use of animals in food, clothing and research. > >> read more ...

The Foundation for COPD May Begin in Childhood

The Foundation for COPD May Begin in Childhood


COPD may seem like an adult disease, often tied to smoking. But two new studies suggest it could have roots in life’s earliest years.

Kids with issues such as asthma or those exposed to secondhand smoke may be more susceptible to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) decades later — especially if they grow up to become smokers, researchers found.

COPD is a chronic, debilitating and largely incurable form of progressive lung disease affecting more than 11 milllion Americans, according to the American Lung Association. A combination of bronchitis and emphysema, COPD is the third biggest killer in the United States. > >> read more ...

Diabetic Kids: Best Ways to Manage Childhood Blood Sugar

Diabetic Kids: Best Ways to Manage Childhood Blood Sugar


Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the body’s immune system fails to produce much-needed insulin. Once called juvenile-onset diabetes, it accounts for about 5 percent of all diabetes diagnoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most often occuring in children between the ages of 5 to 7 years old.

For families, caring for a diabetic child means taking on a challenging, active role of learning everything about high and low blood sugar, glucose, insulin shots, meal planning and administering round-the-clock care. > >> read more ...

Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Higher Heart Risks

Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Higher Heart Risks


Adult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease and develop risk factors like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol earlier in life compared to the general population, a German study suggests.

Researchers studied 951 adults, ages 23 to 48, who had been diagnosed with cancer when they were less than 15 years old. The study team looked at lab tests for risk factors for heart disease, and also for conditions like heart failure, stroke and heart attacks. Along with the cancer survivors, they studied more than 15,000 similar people who didn’t have malignancies as children. > >> read more ...

Birth Interventions Linked to Childhood Health Problems: Study

Birth Interventions Linked to Childhood Health Problems: Study


A new study has found for the first time that there is a significant link between medical interventions such as cesarean section and induction during birth and increased risk of long-term health problems in children. 

Carried out by an international research team, the study was led by Western Sydney University along with collaborators from University Medical Center Groningen and VU Medical Center (Netherlands), Flinders University (South Australia), UCLAN University (UK), Sydney University and the University College Cork (Ireland). > >> read more ...

Bad Sleeping Habits Often Begin in Childhood

Bad Sleeping Habits Often Begin in Childhood


Children as young as eight may already show unhealthy sleeping habits normally associated with adolescence according to new research, which could be affecting their school performance and health.

Carried out by researchers at McGill University, Canada, the new study looked at the sleep patterns of 144 children aged six to 11 years old during the academic year.

Participants were divided into three age groups, 6-7 years; 8-9 years; and 10-11 years, with each participant’s sleep pattern assessed over seven nights using a miniature actigraph, a wristwatch-like device that measures movement to evaluate sleep. > >> read more ...

‘Toxic Stress’ in Childhood Leads to Parenting Challenges Later: Study

‘Toxic Stress’ in Childhood Leads to Parenting Challenges Later: Study


Parents who endured “toxic stress” during childhood may be more likely to have kids with developmental delays and have a harder time coping with their children’s health issues, new research suggests.

Adverse childhood experiences, commonly called ACEs, can include witnessing parents fight or go through a divorce, having a parent with a mental illness or substance abuse problem, or suffering from sexual, physical or emotional abuse.

Previous research has linked these experiences to what’s known as toxic stress, or wear and tear on the body that leads to physical and mental health problems that often continue from one generation to the next. > >> read more ...

Breastfeeding Could Protect High-Birthweight Infants From Childhood Obesity: Study

Breastfeeding Could Protect High-Birthweight Infants From Childhood Obesity: Study


New South Korean research suggests that breastfeeding could have a protective effect against childhood obesity for high-birthweight infants, who are at a higher risk of developing the condition.

Researchers from Ewha Womans University College of Medicine in Seoul followed 38,039 babies from birth until the age of six.

The children were split in to one of three groups dependent on their birthweight. The low-birthweight group were born less than or equal to 2,500 grams; the normal-birthweight group, over 2,500 grams and under 4,000 grams; and the high-birthweight group, 4,000 grams or more. > >> read more ...