CANADA–Doing light exercise while pregnant may improve the future health of a child as the weight in the womb is controlled. A study of 84 first-time mothers found that exercise is associated with lighter babies. Increasing evidence shows that the environment in the womb influences the future metabolism of a child. Official guidance in the UK tells doctors to encourage women to eat healthy, not over eat and lightly exercise on a regular basis. To read more about the study, click the link below.
LONDON, ON – The journal Virology reports that chickenpox is less common in regions with increased UV levels. Sunlight may reduce the effect of viruses on the skin, therefore reducing the likeliness of it spreading. Other experts emphasize that additional factors play a role in the reduction of the spread of chickenpox such as temperature, humidity and living conditions. Dr. Phil Rice from St. George’s, University of London, believes that this is the key to why it is less common among those in tropical countries. This explains why chickenpox is more common in colder seasons in countries such as the UK (due to reduced exposure). To read more about the study and the link between UV levels and the prevalence of the chickenpox virus, click the link below.
ISRAEL–During a conference on the relationship between pollution and children’s health problems, strong evidence from Israeli and foreign scientists suggests a link between pollution and developmental problems among children. Professor Phillip Landrigan, a pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, discussed the sharp rise in the prevalence of developmental disorders such as autism, ADD, and even dyslexia. This rise cannot be solely connected to genetic factors, and may instead be tied to exposure to certain substances within the environment such as lead, mercury, and pesticides. Researchers have been convinced that environmental factors account for at least 25 percent of the rise in the number of children diagnosed with developmental delay. To read more about the link between pollution and developmental disorders, click the link below:
The environment around us has a great effect on our life style and how active we are. It can restrict us from being able to exercise daily. An article from the Toronto Star’s Parent Central discusses the effects that living in the suburbs has on families compared to living in the city, preventing parents and children from achieving a balanced and active lifestyle. Read the full article by clicking the link below.
Keeping our children healthy and active is one of the most important issues parents face today. The number one solution is to enroll them in some type of sports. However, are these sports activities actually helping our children or causing even more bodily harm? Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer, wrote an article on Yahoo! Sports looking at the increase of children in hospitals for concussions from being an athlete. Read more of this article by clicking the link below.
Pacifiers have been the number one solution to soothing a baby for years. However, recent studies indicate that parents should question whether their use really is the best solution to the problem. Although pacifiers and thumb sucking may calm a child momentarily, these methods of soothing may cause bodily damage and lead to deformity simply through consistent use. Examples of possible problems include facial and oral changes such as over bites, since at such a young age these bones and muscles are still developing. If possible, parents should look to alternatives such as a blanket to sooth children from crying. Read this article in the Toronto Metro by clicking the link below.