Children with autism at a higher risk of weight gain in childhood, suggests study

A recent meta-analysis published in Obesity Reviews revealed that children with autism spectrum disorders had a 41.1% higher risk of developing obesity than matched groups of children, and on average, 22 out of 100 children with autism were found to have obesity

Children with autism at a higher risk of weight gain in childhood, suggests studyThe analysis, which examined results from relevant published studies, also found that children with autism spectrum disorders who were of non-Caucasian race, older in age, female, and living in the United States had especially higher rates of overweight or obesity. “Neurobehavioral abnormalities related to autism, and more importantly, our treatment decisions may contribute to excessive […]

#MentalHealthWeek: Maltreatment in childhood and its impact on mental health in the growing years

Dr Kedar Tilwe, a Psychiatrist and Sexologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares his insights about the impact of being abused in childhood, onto the adult life, and ways to avoid it

#MentalHealthWeek: Maltreatment in childhood and its impact on mental health in the growing yearsAll of us are aware of one of our innate instinct is to protect and care for children, courtesy of the amazing work of Darwin, Lorenz and recent research, which almost confirms the biological basis of the response. However, according to recent estimations by the WHO, abuse faced by children includes physical, sexual, and emotional […]

#WorldHeartDay: What can parents do to safeguard her child’s heart health?

Dr Swati Garekar, a consultant paediatric cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares her insights about how to keep their children healthy in today’s environment where the outside play has been reduced, and consumption of junk foods and the internet has increased

#WorldHeartDay: What can parents do to safeguard her child’s heart health?These days there is increased awareness about health, and everyone spends time at the gym or follow a diet. What one also needs to realise is that childhood is when healthy heart habits should start. Unfortunately, as adults, we are focusing on while getting back to health, the stress on children’s health seems to be […]

Disturbed childhood can lead to adult insomnia, suggests study

Parents should help their children with better sleep patterns, along with any problem behavioural issues, because this can lead to severe insomnia in middle age, a groundbreaking new study shows

Disturbed childhood can lead to adult insomnia, suggests studyPublished in JAMA Network Open journal today, Australian researchers have used data from a long-running UK population study to find links between moderate to severe childhood behavioural problems and insomnia in adults by the age of 42 years old. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in adults, estimated to affect almost one in three […]

Participating in sports during childhood may have long-term benefits for bone health

Young adults who played in organised sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids, a new study suggests

Participating in sports during childhood may have long-term benefits for bone healthYoung adults who regularly participate in sport activities during their childhood and early teens are more likely to have stronger bone density in their early 20’s, new research led by Curtin University has found. The research, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, examined data from The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study […]

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in children

Green spaces are suggested to provide children with opportunities for psychological restoration and prompt important exercises in discovery, creativity and risk taking, which, in turn, are suggested to positively influence different aspects of brain development

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in childrenChildren growing up amid greenery may benefit as their brain development is positively affected leading to better working memory and reduced inattentiveness, a study has said. According to the researchers, primary school children raised in homes surrounded by more green spaces will tend to have larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas […]

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes

Previous research has indicated that low levels of vitamin D may raise the risk of type 1 diabetes. In response to such studies, scientists have been investigating whether or not higher levels of the vitamin could have a preventive effect against type 1 diabetes

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes  Researchers found that children with low blood levels of vitamin D were more likely to experience islet autoimmunity, compared with those who had higher levels of the vitamin. Islet autoimmunity is a process wherein the immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, causing type 1 diabetes. Lead study author Jill Norris, […]

Premature birth tied to higher risk of chronic kidney disease later in life

People born prematurely should be especially vigilant about the onset of kidney disease decades later. The researchers calculated that for each week of prematurity, the risk for chronic kidney disease increased by 4 per cent

Premature birth tied to higher risk of chronic kidney disease later in lifePreterm and early term birth are strong risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) from childhood into mid-adulthood, suggests a study from Sweden published by The BMJ today. Given the high levels of preterm birth (currently 10% in the US and 5-8% in Europe), and better survival into adulthood, these findings have […]

Dental infections in kids linked to heart disease risk in adulthood, finds study

Children who develop cavities and gum disease may be more likely to develop risk factors for heart attacks and strokes decades later than kids who have good oral health, a recent study suggests

Dental infections in kids linked to heart disease risk in adulthood, finds studyResearchers did dental exams for 755 children in 1980, when they were eight years old on average, then followed them through 2007 to see how many of them developed risk factors for heart attacks and strokes like high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, high blood sugar, and hardening of the arteries. Overall, just 33 kids, or […]

To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) releases new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age

To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more: WHOYoung children should not spend more than an hour a day watching television and videos or playing computer games and infants less than one-year-old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams […]
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