Category Archives: Health

Fresh, unprocessed baby foods tied to less allergy

Babies who ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods were less likely to develop food allergies in a new study that looked at overall diet patterns instead of just specific foods.

“We have been aware that certain diets seem to reduce the risk of allergy in infants,” said Dr. Magnus Wickman, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, who was not involved in the study.

“The mechanism behind that is that we think that different kinds of fatty acids and antioxidants, different kinds of vitamins and essential minerals are good for your health and also prevent allergy,” he said.

Researchers estimate that up to eight percent of children have a food allergy.

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Cycling For Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. There are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Saturday along with their supporters, those survivors took to the city streets and even highways to raise money for life saving research.

More than 400 people arrived this morning at the Sanford Cancer Center, ready to bike for breast cancer. While some just wanted a healthy way to give back, others were decked in pink to show their support for a special someone.

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Breastfeeding: World’s most effective, inexpensive life-saver

In 2011, more than 6.9 million children died before their fifth birthday. Over 98% of these deaths occurred in developing countries. India accounted for 1.6 million deaths. Pediatricians and public health experts say exclusive breastfeeding for six months can save many such children.

According to the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF), breastfeeding is the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

“Breastfeeding is a baby’s ‘first immunization’ and the most effective and inexpensive life-saverever,” says UNICEF deputy executive director Geeta Rao Gupta. “There is no other single intervention that has such a high impact for babies and mothers as breastfeeding and which costs so little for governments.” She says starting breastfeeding in the first hour after birth can reduce the risk of newborn death by up to 22% by averting deaths related to sepsis, pneumonia, diarrhoea and hypothermia.

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Brain chemistry differs in kids with autism, study finds

According to a new study from the University of Washington, autistic children between 3 and 10 exhibit distinct brain chemistry from children with developmental delays, as well as those with typical development.

The fact that early brain chemical alterations tend to normalize throughout development provides new insight into efforts aimed at improving early detection and intervention.

According to Stephen Dager, associate director of UW’s Center on Human Development and Disability and corresponding author of the study, this is similar to patterns normally observed in people who have sustained a closed head injury and recovered.

These early chemical alterations may provide insight into specific processes at play in autism, or even hold clues as to how these processes might be reversed.

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Oh baby! Mother gives birth to 13-pound girl in Germany

One of the heaviest babies ever born in Germany was born last week at the University Hospital Leipzig.

The baby girl, Jasleen, weighed a whopping 13.47 pounds and measured nearly 23 inches long.

She was born vaginally, not via a C-section, according to a hospital statement.

“We anticipated that the child would be big,” said Holger Stepan, chief of obstetrics. “We prepared in advance by assembling a special team (of doctors and midwives) to be ready for any possible complications.”

He said he’d never before helped in the birth of such a heavy baby.

The girl’s mother suffered from gestational diabetes, which, when untreated or uncontrolled, can cause babies to be born larger than normal.

Her condition was not discovered until the mother checked herself into the hospital while in labor. She had not previously been a patient there.

The hospital said both mother and child are well.

According to the website for Guinness World Records, the heaviest baby — weighing in at more than 23 pounds — was born in Seville, Ohio, on January 19, 1879. He died 11 hours later.

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