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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a treatment for anxiety in children with autism

2017-03-29 05:24

Anxiety has been reported to affect 30 to 80% of people diagnosed with Autism. But Cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to help reduce anxiety in autistic children.

A recent study on cognitive behavioural therapy effectiveness, analyzed 36 children aged between 7-11, who underwent 16 sessi

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Natural ways to treat thyroid dysfunction and improve the life of Autistic children

2017-03-23 23:12

Thyroid dysfunction is frequently found in children with autism. A recent research suggested that the reason for that is because autistic children have a higher expression of Frα (Folate receptor α), during the early prenatal period, although expression decreases significantly in later gestation and postnatal thyroid tissue. The high expression of FRα in the early foetal thyroid, suggests that foetal and neonatal exposure to maternal FRααs could affect the development of the thyroid and may contribute to the pathology in autism. But, there are natural ways to treat thyroid dysfunction and improve the life of Autistic children.

The thyroid is an extremely important gland, because it secrets hormones responsible for metabolic rate and protein synthesis.

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Distracted Driving Might Be the Leading Cause of Car Accidents for Younger People

2017-03-17 11:36

Recent news highlights the dangers of distracted driving amongst the youth. Here's what you should know and what to do.

Did you know that driving distracted actually has a huge impact on your safety?

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Flame retardants could be changing your child's behavior and not in a good way

2017-03-09 18:15

New research suggests flame retardants could be affecting your child's behavior, but not in a good way.

Oregon State University researchers found a strong association between exposure to the chemicals and behaviors in children that included aggression, bullying, hyperactivity and inattention.

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A New Dangerous Trend Among Children: Drinking Hand Sanitizer?

2017-03-04 04:01

Children have been spreading dangerous “dares” throughout the years. This newest one involves gulping down hand sanitizer.

Many dare challenges have been around throughout history. In the 20th century, children and teens used to play chicken with trains and cars.

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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation improves working memory and symptoms of Autism and ADHD, say scientists.

2017-02-28 02:10

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) method has been found to improve cognitive skills like working memory, sensory processing and behavioural traits related to autism and ADHD ( Attention deficit-Hyperactivity disorder).

In a recent study 12 young adults suffering from autism, who presented speech impediment and intellectual disability, were subjected to 10

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) restores cognitive function in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder

2017-02-23 03:36

A double blind controlled trial of children aged 2-7 in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, has brought new hope for people with ASD. The 62 children involved in this trial underwent 40 sessions of Hyperbaric therapy, and it was found that “Children with autism who received hyperbaric treatment at 1.3 ATM and 24% oxygen for 40 hourly sessions had significant improvements in overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness compared to children who received slightly pressurized room air.”

The use of hyperbaric treatment involves inhaling up to 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere (atm) in a pressurized chamber.

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Mercury to blame for sharp rise in Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis

2017-02-19 04:12

The theory that Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is only caused by a genetic defect, has been blown out of the water, with recent studies suggesting that ASD symptoms are caused by neurological damage, likely induced by an inflammatory process, triggered by high levels of mercury in the body.

It is well known that Mercury is a neurotoxin and that it induces inflammatory mediator release from human

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Treating girls like sexual objects should be discouraged

2017-01-26 06:05

Researchers have observed there is a direct association between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression directed towards them. An awareness of this problem should lead to aggressive initiatives to discourage treating girls as if they are sexual objects.

Our society has become increasingly violent in recent years and much of this violence has been directed against young girls.

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Food industry pledge for healthy meals falls flat

2017-01-24 19:49

A Harvard study shows children's menus are still laden with salt, calories and fat, despite a 2011 pledge from national restaurant chains to serve up better nutrition.

Perhaps you remember the Kids LiveWell pledge that was launched by the National Restaurant Association in 2011 that now appears like more rhetoric than action.

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There are ways to help your child sleep well

2017-01-03 20:11

Sleeping well at night is essential to the healthy development of children and there are ways you can help your child sleep well at night.

Getting adequate good quality sleep is essential for the healthy development of children in body and mind. There are many ways you can help your child sleep well naturally at night.

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When it comes to kids ear infection, more antibiotic better than less

2017-01-03 14:39

Researchers put to test best practice when it comes to treating kids' ear infections. What researchers found is that giving too short a course of antibiotics can be inffective. What's the best way to help your child when they are crying and tugging at their ears?

Researchers publishing in the New England Journal of Medicine also found longer time taking antibiotics did not cause any side effects or antibiotic resistance among children age 6 to 23 months.

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Kids have less asthma attacks with indoor smoking bans

2016-12-29 06:27

Researchers have found that there are less visits to the emergency room by kids for asthma after bans on indoor smoking.

Asthma is a very serious potentially life threatening condition for kids to have to cope with. Bans on indoor smoking can have a positive impact for kids in dealing with this condition.

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Unsafe advertising for infant sleep environments could be deadly

2016-12-28 07:40

Researchers say advertisers often depict sleeping environments which are unsafe for infants.

It is very important to be very careful about the safety of environments for babies due to the unusually fragile nature of developing infants.

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There may be BPA leaching from your baby's teether

2016-12-09 06:47

There are many teethers on the market which may soothe your baby but which may also contain low levels of BPA.

Every baby likes to spend time chewing on teethers. However even though just about all teethers seem to soothe a baby not all teethers are healthy for a baby.

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Protect kids from tobacco smoke for better social well being

2016-11-22 06:47

Researchers have reported there is an increased risk of delinquency and dropping out of school by 12 years old when children are exposed to tobacco smoke at home early in life.

It's clearly bad for the respiratory health of young kids when they are exposed to tobacco smoke.

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Weird Health: Autism Miracle Cure Warning

2016-10-27 06:15

A “church” claims to have a miracle cure for autism. Here’s a weird health warning about an autism miracle cure that is a dilution of a bleaching chemical.

According to a recent ABC News report, parents with an autistic child need to be aware that a so-called “miracle cure” for autism is being promoted by members of the Genesis II Church of Health and

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3 Remedies to Soothe Your Newborn's Crying

2016-10-26 17:29

Does your new bundle of joy seem to cry a lot? Here's a small checklist you can go through to see what might be bothering her. If your baby's still crying, you can try these three remedies.

Congratulations on your newborn! The woes of labor have passed and now you've brought a new light into the world. Hopefully your new joy is quiet and very loving.

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High quality early caregiver-child interactions are essential

2016-10-09 09:32

A new study shows that in children’s residential facilities kind and sensitive care-giving is vital for emotional and mental health just like this is important for kid's with families.

Children initially raised in institutions are in need of tender loving care to develop well just like other children.

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Do Not Use Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels for Babies Warns FDA

2016-10-07 02:58

Are you treating your infant’s teething pain with some homeopathic teething tablets or gels sold at your local pharmacy? Here’s why that could be putting your infant’s health at risk of a seizure or other medical complication.

According to a recent warning to consumers from the U.S.

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What Parents Should Avoid after Their Child’s Tonsillectomy

2016-09-20 07:21

Tonsillectomies are no fun for the child or the parent because of the pain that follows surgery for the next several days. Find out now why some health experts believe that parents should avoid what has been the normal course of treatment for many years.

According to a recent CBS News report, the use of codeine in treating a child’s pain after a tonsillectomy poses risks that should cause parents some concern.

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Breast milk may offer babies a good natural remedy for protection from a deadly strep infection

2016-08-28 00:46

Imperial College London reports a type of sugar which is found in some women's breast milk may protect babies from a bacterium called Group B streptococcus which can cause a life threatening infection.

There has been a great deal of interest in the nutritional value of breast milk for babies.

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Kid's should have limited exposure to BPA for natural mental health

2016-08-26 08:31

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health reports prenatal BPA exposure has been linked to anxiety and depression in boys.

Anxiety and depression in children can be a serious problem which can often be prevented by encouraging a naturally healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and daily exercise.

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Is your child getting more than this amount of sugar a day? Why it matters

2016-08-22 21:27

Getting too much sugar each day could be disastrous for your child's health. The American Heart Association has set some new guidelines to make it simple for parents to know how much sugar is just too much.

According to the scientific statement, your child should consume less than six teaspoons of sugar a day. Limiting sugar means your child is likely to eat healthy foods that are heart healthy.

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Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Overweight Toddlers?

2016-05-10 18:38

Results of a new study suggest that vitamin D supplements may do more than help infants and toddlers develop strong bones. Now experts have found that vitamin D may help prevent overweight toddlers, an important discovery given the increasing rate of obesity.

Previous research has suggested that vitamin D can play a role in helping with weight loss.

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