The anesthesia dilemma

Researchers are trying to determine if chemicals used to knock out young children during surgery can have long-term repercussions on memory and development

The anesthesia dilemmaThe game is a contemporary of the original Nintendo but it still appeals to today’s teens and lab monkeys alike — which is a boon for neuroscientists. It offers no lifelike graphics. Nor does it boast a screen. Primate players — whether human or not — are simply required to pull levers and replicate patterns […]

Kids are eating nearly 200 per cent more fake sugar

Sugar substitutes are getting more popular among adults, too. Forty-four percent of adults and 20% of children in the survey reported consuming low-calorie sweeteners more than once a day

Kids are eating nearly 200 per cent more fake sugarThe number of children who eat or drink artificial sweeteners—like aspartame, sucralose and saccharin—has skyrocketed over the years, with a nearly 200% increase from 1999 to 2012, a new study shows. The survey results, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reveal that in 1999, less than 9% of kids consumed […]

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 […]

New centre for children with developmental disabilities inaugurated in Mumbai

The center provides assessment and therapies for children with developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Behavioural and Emotional challenges

New centre for children with developmental disabilities inaugurated in MumbaiUmmeed Child Development Centre, along with Cipla Foundation, started a new centre for children with developmental disabilities in Parel (Mumbai) on Wednesday. The centre is located in Trust House building. “The aim is to provide training, along with clinical services for children with development disabilities,” said Dr Vibha Krishnamurthy, MD Founder, Executive Director, Ummeed Child […]

Pigeon-toed child and how to deal with the condition

Seeing a child's toes point inward may cause a parent concern. However, this common and painless condition, known as pigeon toe or paediatric in toeing occurs very often in children under the age of 2

Pigeon-toed child and how to deal with the conditionPigeon toe often develops in the womb or is due to genetic birth defects, so little can be done to prevent it. Contrary to popular belief, there are no known shoes that help prevent pigeon toe and no evidence to suggest that learning to walk in bare feet has any effect on the condition. Causes […]

Your child with a smartphone may not be as smart, warn experts 

If gadget hygiene is not maintained, it is observed that children often suffer from insomnia and depression

Your child with a smartphone may not be as smart, warn experts Are you proud of your child on how s/he uses smartphones, iPads or any other electronic gadgets so efficiently at their age? Psychiatrists and psychologists point how continuous use of gadgets is making children addicted to it. In case of four-year-old girl Riya Sharma (name changed), her gadget addiction was so much that this toddler […]

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, […]

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant women

Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or ACOG, shot back its objection

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant womenRepeated or lengthy use of general anaesthetic and sedation drugs in infants, toddlers and pregnant women in their third trimester might damage children’s developing brains, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this month. Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or […]

Skipping breakfast and lack of sleep can influence weight gain in children

Being overweight or obese is linked to a child having poorer mental health, which can extend into adolescence and adulthood

Skipping breakfast and lack of sleep can influence weight gain in childrenAll three are early life factors which can be modified and the research highlights the possibility that prompt intervention could have an impact in curbing the growth in childhood overweight and obesity. The paper, which was published in US journal Pediatrics, is the first research in the UK to look at the patterns of body […]

Scary: Inhalant addiction rises among children

Child psychiatrists say easy availability and negligible cost of inhalants like whitener and acetone makes them popular among children

Scary: Inhalant addiction rises among childrenAddiction to whitener, acetone, korex and other such inhalants may not sound alarming to many of us, but doctors at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (Sion) Hospital warn otherwise. A few weeks ago, the psychiatry department treated a 13-year-old boy who was addicted to flavoured whitener. Though whitener addiction is common among children, doctors were […]