Two-thirds of Calories in Teens’ and Children’s Diets from Ultraprocessed Foods

American children and teens eat a significant amount of ultraprocessed foods, reports a Tufts University study. And, though foods like while grain breads and dairy fall into the ultraprocessed category, the biggest jump in calories is from ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat dishes, such as takeout burgers and frozen pizza. the secondRead …

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Autistic Children Show Underdeveloped Range & Volume of Gut Bacteria

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As small study from the journal Gut sheds light on the bacterial composition of the gut in autistic children. Researchers say the gut bacteria is distinctive and underdeveloped, but is not related to their diet. The research found these children have significantly fewer bacteria linked to neurotransmitter activity and 5Read …

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Major Boost in COVID-19 Protective Antibodies Seen in Breast Milk after Vaccination

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Nursing mothers who receive a COVID-19 vaccine may pass protective antibodies to their babies through breast milk for at least 80 days following vaccination, suggests new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “Our study showed a huge boost in antibodies against the COVID-19 virus in breastRead …

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Children with COVID-19 Inflammatory Diseases Show Cardiac Complications

During the height of the pandemic, researchers at Children’s National Hospital discovered that as many as one half of children with COVID-19 and multi-system inflammatory disease in children (MIS-C) at the hospital developed cardiac complications including coronary artery abnormalities, even when diagnosed and treated promptly. The data was shared asRead …

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Are all BPA-free Plastics Safe? Scientists Question Alternatives

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Scientists find BPA alternative, bisphenol S, could negatively affect both a mother’s placenta and potentially a developing baby’s brain. Using BPA-free plastic products could be as harmful to human health — including a developing brain — as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists in a new studyRead …

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Is Gluten Transfer an Issue for Children at Play? … Just Don’t Eat It!

You may have been asked by parents whether there is a risk of gluten transfer with common school supplies. It’s a common worry among parents of children with celiac disease who may be exposed to gluten from Play Doh and dry, uncooked pasta A study from Children’s National Hospital publishedRead …

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Low Vitamin D in Newborns Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure in Children and Teens

As poor nutritional status affects more and more children, researchers are beginning to see dramatic health ramifications. For instance, in this study at Boston Medical Center, published in the journal Hypertension, researchers looked at persistent low vitamin D in newborns to early childhood to see how it might be associatedRead …

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Confirmation of Childhood Consumption of Gluten Linked to Celiac

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There has long been a suspicion within the research community that childhood consumption of gluten raises the risk of developing celiac disease. A new observational JAMA study, though not causal, is the most comprehensive of its kind to date and adds further credence to the issue. The researchers note thatRead …

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Acetaminophen in Mid-pregnancy Linked to Terrible Twos and Other Childhood Behaviors

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The research published September 2019 in Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology examined whether acetaminophen in mid-pregnancy and the behavior of the offspring between the ages of 6 months and 11 years, with memory and IQ tested up until the age of 17. Acetaminophen is commonly used to relieve pain during pregnancyRead …

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