Chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to early puberty in girls

The team studied the levels of chemicals in the mothers during pregnancy and in the children when they were nine years old. Experts found that chemicals in some personal care products were associated with girls starting puberty earlier than their peers

Chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to early puberty in girlsGirls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to a new longitudinal study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. These girls hit puberty earlier than their peers who aren’t exposed to these chemicals in the womb, a U.S. study […]

Doctors witness in the number of children with rheumatic disorders in Mumbai

Nearly 3,000 children in Mumbai live with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Incidence of Kawasaki Syndrome in 2016-17 was the highest ever seen on a year to year basis in Mumbai. This steep rise was noted by physicians across the city

Doctors witness in the number of children with rheumatic disorders in MumbaiIt is a misconception that only adults get arthritis or musculoskeletal diseases. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common chronic rheumatic disease of childhood that affects children below 16 years of age. If not recognised in a timely manner, some of these children can sustain disabilities or even life-threatening complications. Rheumatology is a relatively new […]

02-year-old girl with world’s rarest blood type, prompts global search for donors

Zainab Mughal, a 02-year-old girl from Florida, is sick and needs a blood donor with the same rare blood she has. A global search is underway for a compatible blood donor. Earlier this year, Zainab was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children

02-year-old girl with world’s rarest blood type, prompts global search for donorsZainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world. She’s been battling cancer, and to survive, she’s likely to need blood transfusions from seven to 10 donors who haven’t all been found. That’s because they are as rare as she is. Only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same […]

Five smart and fun tiffin box ideas for your child

Swati Bhushan, Chief Clinical Nutritionist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares five ways to give your child a healthy and a nutritious lunch box

Five smart and fun tiffin box ideas for your childMany times, kids turn fussy when it comes to eating their lunch boxes. Sometimes, they come home with a half-eaten or untouched lunch box. Snacks in a lunch box should comprise of healthy, and nutritious components. However, making them compelling is the priority. In observance of National Nutrition Week, let’s look at five super easy […]

Maha CM Fadnavis appeals parents, enrol your child for measles-rubella vaccination

The measles-rubella vaccination campaign drive in Maharashtra will continue for six weeks. As per the health minister, the vaccine is safe and has no side effects at all. Earlier due to confusion, apprehension and lack of awareness parents had refused for the vaccination campaign

Maha CM Fadnavis appeals parents, enrol your child for measles-rubella vaccinationOn November 27, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched the measles-rubella vaccination drive in the state. CM Fadnavis has appealed to the citizens to participate in the vaccination drive in large numbers. The campaign will run for six weeks in the state. Children between the age group of nine months to 15 years, will […]

Why vaccines are necessary and how rumours around it can be dangerous

Overwhelming medical evidence proves that negative side effects are rare and minor

Why vaccines are necessary and how rumours around it can be dangerousThe world greets new born babies by bombarding them with everything from dust to disease-causing microbes. Babies can deftly parry exposures to certain harmful substances, thanks to antibodies passed onto them in the womb. But this kind of inherited immunity is short-lived, so a child must develop her own immune system response to combat life-threatening […]

Parents: Call the doctor right away for these 4 symptoms

Many parents fail to understand how serious these four symptoms can be. They know that high fevers, cuts that bleed badly, lots of vomiting or diarrhea, bad injuries, or bad coughs need attention, but they don’t always understand the seriousness of these ones

Parents: Call the doctor right away for these 4 symptomsAs a pediatrician, I’ve talked on the phone with lots of parents of sick children. As I ask my questions and try to understand what’s going on and how I can help, there are a few symptoms in particular that I listen for. I don’t hear them often. Most of the time, it’s not serious […]

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals study

A new study conducted by a researcher from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggests that all infectious diseases are driven by seasonal elements

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals studyProfessor of Environmental Health Sciences, Micaela Martinez, gathered data for 69 infectious diseases from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and peer-reviewed journal articles. She then mapped the time of year when outbreaks tended to occur, ranging from common infections to rare tropical diseases. As reported in the journal […]

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 […]

Diet rich in fish helps fight asthma, reveals study

A clinical trial led by La Trobe University has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children

Diet rich in fish helps fight asthma, reveals studyThe international study found children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved lung function after six months. Lead researcher Maria Papamichael from La Trobe said the findings added to a growing body of evidence that a healthy diet could be a potential therapy for childhood asthma. “We already […]