Prenatal Vitamin Intake May Reduce Autism Recurrence Risk in Siblings

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Maternal use of folic acid supplements has been inconsistently associated with reduced risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the child. This study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, examined whether prenatal vitamin use by mothers was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) recurrence in high-risk families. This prospective cohort study analyzed dataRead …

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Prenatal Phthalate Exposure Associated with Language Delays in Early Childhood


In this JAMA Pediatrics study, researchers examined the association between prenatal phthalate exposure and language development in children. Previous studies examined neuro-developmental outcomes, but little is known about language skills. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring and wall covering, detergents,Read …

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The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Food Additives and Children’s Health

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On July 19, 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement on and technical report on the dangers of direct and indirect food additives on children’s health. The following is an press release on the report with access to the full report at the end of thisRead …

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Webinar: Medical Food for Pediatric Asthma, by Dr. Julienne Lindemann

Children shouldn’t be sidelined by asthma. Today’s Practitioner is offering a free webinar for licensed practitioners on leukotriene management in pediatric asthma. Leukotrienes can exacerbate asthma by sustaining inflammatory reactions. This webinar will discuss the clinical benefits of the medical food, Lunglaid,™ which provides the nutritional support to manage leukotrieneRead …

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Re-emerging Virus Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Linked to Paralysis of Children

A cluster of children from Colorado in the USA have been treated for muscle weakness or paralysis that may be connected to a nationwide outbreak of a usually rare respiratory virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. The study, published in The Lancet, highlights theRead …

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Doctors Teaching Parents Baby Talk for Early Childhood Development

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OP/ED I was recently in a YMCA board meeting with visiting guests from our local school board. The topic was early childhood development and narrowing the achievement gap for preschoolers. In our community alone there are at least 700 children who are not prepared to start school. The solution was something our school board calls small talk. It’s not a complicated system of education preparedness, it’s simply talking to infants in full sentences from birth to age three. Brilliant idea.Who will be the teacher? You the doctor. Are you prepared to teach parents baby talk?

Breastfeeding & Intestinal Microbiota in Infants

It is well known that breastfeeding contributes to an infant’s immune health. But a new study shows that breastfeeding also has a significant impact on the development of a child’s gut flora for up to three years, according to a new study by the National Food Institute, Technical University of

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Citicoline Improves Teen/Adult Attention in Two Trials

In an age where attention spans are short and activity levels are low for teen boys, a new study shows citicoline may improve concentration and motor speed. The randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled human clinical trial conducted by The Brain Institute, at the University of Utah, was presented at the annual American

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Wet Wrap, a Drug-free Option for Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema

Parents are very reluctant to use steroids on their children’s eczema, which is why they often request alternative therapies. Wet wrapping is one option. From a practitioner perspective, wet wrapping to address atopic dermatitis and eczema seems like a fairly simple and straightforward approach. But does it work? Our slideshow introduces you to Lucie, a two-year old with chronic eczema and how her condition inspired the the largest study ever conducted on wet-wrap therapy. Experts at National Jewish Health in Denver saw a dramatic improvement in symptoms without traditional therapies like antibiotics, steroids or immunotherapy drugs. By Noreen Heer Nicol PhD, Mark Boguniewicz, MD et al, published in J. of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol. 2, Issue 4, July 2014.

Are Today’s Adolescents Tomorrow’s Hip-Fracture Patients?

The seeds of the pernicious disease osteoporosis are sown during adolescence, when the skeleton is most active in absorbing dietary calcium and building up nearly all the bone mass that will carry the teenager throughout life. Along with calcium, both vitamin D and vitamin K (particularly vitamin K2) are essential for bone formation. Little research has been done to evaluate adolescents’ vitamin K requirements for optimal bone development, but recent papers indicate that vitamin K status plays an important role in children’s bone health, and that bone metabolism requires significantly more vitamin K than blood coagulation. Calcium and vitamin D intake is well understood in the medical community, though fewer physicians are aware of the importance of vitamin K2, and little has changed with respect to dietary intake. By Karan Baucom, MD; Lara Pizzorno, MA; and Joseph Pizzorno, ND, published in the J of Restorative Medicine, Osteoporosis: The Need for Prevention and Treatment.