General anesthetic may harm brain development in children

The study firms up earlier conclusions that significant exposure to general anesthetics during development negatively impacts the growing brain. Because of the wide-ranging implications of the study, more research will no doubt follow hot on its heels

General anesthetic may harm brain development in childrenBut over recent years, some concerns have been raised regarding this. So much so that in April 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of potential risks to developing brains. They write that “repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs […] in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant […]

Exposure to sunlight for 30 minutes a week beneficial to infants, says study  

India gets abundant sunlight throughout the year. Still most of the Indian population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. According to the experts, the study done in New Delhi is not only relevant for infants but also holds true for adults

Exposure to sunlight for 30 minutes a week beneficial to infants, says study  In Indian tradition, it is a well-known practice to massage an infant and then keep him/her in the sunlight for a while. This is done to give the baby adequate exposure to sunlight. Now, a study done by doctors at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi shows this custom really does benefit infants.  […]

Gadgets in your bedroom are drastically affecting your kid’s sleep hygiene

72% of all children and 89% of teens have at least one device in their sleep environment

Gadgets in your bedroom are drastically affecting your kid’s sleep hygieneThese days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games. For children and teens, using cell phones, tablets and computers at night is associated with losing sleep time and sleep quality, new research finds. Even children who don’t use their phones or the other technologies […]

Taking multivitamins during pregnancy may protect kids from autism, says study

Researchers found that children born to mothers who used multivitamins during pregnancy - "with or without additional iron or folic acid" - were less likely to have autism with intellectual disability, compared with mothers who did not use these supplements

Taking multivitamins during pregnancy may protect kids from autism, says studyStudy co-author Brian K. Lee, of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and colleagues say that their study is only observational, but that the findings suggest that prenatal vitamin use for autism prevention should be further investigated. Autism – which is also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – […]

Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteria

A study has suggested that rubber ducks harbour potentially disease-carrying bacteria which could make children, and adults, ill. Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained ‘potentially pathogenic bacteria’ in four out of the five toys studied

Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteriaResearchers have found that the cute little rubber ducks that float around in bath tubs and come in contact with potable water are homes to millions of bacteria and harmful microbes. They found that these toys contain water that’s seeped into them and when squeezed, they release this dirty water into the bath water. The […]

Eating fish once a week can improve your kids IQ

Children who eat at least one portion of fish a week sleep better and are more intelligent, a study suggests. They were more alert during the day, snoozed longer at night and scored almost five points higher in IQ tests

Eating fish once a week can improve your kids IQResearchers found that children aged 9–11 years who ate fish at least once weekly had higher IQ test scores and better sleep quality, compared with children who consumed fish less frequently. Study co-author Jianghong Liu, of the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in State College, and colleagues recently reported their findings […]

New study links early school timings to depression in teenagers

The findings provide additional evidence over how school timings impact adolescent health. The results of the study showed that good baseline sleep hygiene was directly associated with lower average daily depressive/anxiety symptoms across all students

New study links early school timings to depression in teenagersTeenagers who start school before 8:30 a.m. are at a higher risk of depression and anxiety, even if they are doing everything else right to get a good night’s sleep, a study has found. The study not only reinforces the theorised link between sleep and adolescent mental health, but is among the first to demonstrate […]

India: More than 6.25 lakh children smoke cigarette daily, reveals study

As per a global study, more than 6.25 lakh children in India smoke cigarette every day. Consumption of tobacco claims 17,887 lives in the country every week, claimed a Global Tobacco Atlas study. In India, in the year 2016, 82.12 billion cigarettes were produced

India: More than 6.25 lakh children smoke cigarette daily, reveals study  The report prepared by American Cancer Society (ACS) and US-based Vital Strategies claimed that the economic cost of smoking in India is Rs 18,18,691 million. More than 4,29,500 boys and 1,95,500 girls smoke cigarette each day. More than 9,03,42,900 men and 1,34,66,600 women smoke cigarettes every day, while 17,10,94,600 people use smokeless tobacco. Dr […]

Mental health: UGC directs universities, colleges to establish student counselling centres

The problem of suicides among Indian students is worsening. In the three years since 2014, as many as 26,476 students have killed themselves in India, according to the latest data sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs by all Indian states and union territories. The central government is considering to include mental health lessons in school syllabus. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed to establish student counselling centres in colleges and universities

Mental health: UGC directs universities, colleges to establish student counselling centresSchool students are a vulnerable population group. They are in a period of their lives that is crucial for development of their mental health. Children will be taught how to handle stress, depression and so on. UGC Secretary  Professor Rajneesh Jain has written this letter to all the colleges and universities on March 01 to […]

How caring for grandchildren proves beneficial for grandparents

Caregiving may give seniors a purpose of life because they may feel useful for the others and for the society

How caring for grandchildren proves beneficial for grandparentsGrandparents who help out occasionally with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to a study from Berlin, Germany. Having full-time custody of grandchildren can have a negative effect on health, but occasional helping can be beneficial for seniors, […]