Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism risk

Kids were less likely to be diagnosed with autism if their moms took supplements before pregnancy and while they were expecting, according to a study of just over 45,000 Israeli children

Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism riskWomen who take multivitamins and folic acid during or before pregnancy cut the risk of their children developing autism by nearly three quarters, according to new research. A study of more than 45,000 children whose mothers had taken supplements were 73 per cent less likely to be on the autism spectrum. Mothers who consumed 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 […]

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesight

More time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future. The size of the effect was impressive

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesightThe ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen time affect the development of their eyes? While conventional wisdom dictates that children should do less up-close viewing, sit farther from the television and perhaps even wear their eyeglasses less, we have […]

Domestic violence can impact your child’s mental health

Most of us today, may not have heard about cases of domestic violence apart from those that our house maids may be telling us about. If you think it is a rural problem that didn’t really exist in our urban set up, you are probably wrong

Domestic violence can impact your child’s mental healthAn individual named, Shweta Rajesh Shah who is a surface print textile designer from Mumbai will host an open-for-all event at Bandra-Kurla Complex on Saturday, Dec 23 in order to educate audiences about domestic violence by holding panel discussions, talks and plays. The WHO multi-country study on women’s health estimated that 15–71% of women had even been […]

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) – […]

Soon: Crash course to integrate ayurveda and allopathy, says AYUSH ministry

Since Modi government has come to power, a lot of emphasis has been on Ayurveda and yoga. Ayurveda is promoted as an alternative medicine. My Medical Mantra spoke to Shripad Naik, The Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), about ayurvedic and allopathic doctors’ integration, government measures to take yoga-ayurveda at school level and so on

Soon: Crash course to integrate ayurveda and allopathy, says AYUSH ministryMMM: Is there are need to integrate Ayurveda and allopathy? Shripad Naik: Our focus is on the patient, may it be any medicine. We will give a medicine which is good for the patient to help him recover. Owing to which, the integration of these two branches is important. AYUSH ministry is prepared for it. […]

Don’t neglect your first born, warn experts

Parents love their children equally. But do the parents take care of all children equally? But, if the first child is neglected due to the second one, it can affect him

Don’t neglect your first born, warn expertsThis issue was highlighted after a 25-year-old girl, who was in Mumbai for her education. Mithila D’Souza (25) (name changed) was brought up in Singapore. She had to shoulder her younger sisters’ responsibility since the age of 9. As her parents were busy, Mithila had to play the role of their mother. The tender age at […]

The number of gastro cases have decreased in Pune, experts

Gastroenteritis (gastro) is the most common digestive disorder amongst children. Severe gastroenteritis causes dehydration and an imbalance of blood chemicals (electrolytes) because of a loss of body fluids in the vomit and stool. But surprisingly, it has come down. According to Pune paediatricians, in this year, the incidents of children with gastro related illnesses have reduced. While, the percentage of viral flu has increased at an alarming rate

The number of gastro cases have decreased in Pune, expertsChildren usually contract viral gastroenteritis from other children who have had it or who have been exposed to it, such as those kids in child care centres, schools, and other crowded settings. Viral gastroenteritis is very contagious and spreads easily from child to child. On the other hand, your child is sent home from school […]

The guilty secret of distracted parenting

We’re distractible because tending young children day after day after day can wear you down. The paradox of parenting is that the actual minutes and hours can creep; you can find yourself stuck in the world’s longest 15 minutes embedded in those fast-spinning years

The guilty secret of distracted parentingYour phone can seem to call to you in an especially seductive way when you are a parent on playground duty. And one reason is, let’s face it, that playground duty can get old long before your children do. At a recent paediatric meeting where we discussed the new recommendations from the American Academy of […]

Pune: MARD doctors donate medicines to the orphanage

During Diwali, after donating frits to the needy patients in the Sassoon Hospital, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, (MARD), Pune, has now donated syrups and medicines to the orphanage kids

Pune: MARD doctors donate medicines to the orphanage  Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, (MARD), Pune branch donated medicines to Shreevatsa; a care centre for the family deprived children in the city. Different syrups and medicines which are frequently needed for these kids were given by the MARD members. Dr Sagar Phate, President of MARD Pune, said, “We had written to the organisation […]
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