Dear moms-to-be, don’t fear Zika virus. A new vaccine can protect your unborn child

Dear moms-to-be, don’t fear Zika virus. A new vaccine can protect your unborn child

The Zika virus has got a lot of people worried. Many efforts are being made by researchers tominimise the transmission and effects of the virus. Pregnant women need to be especially careful as their healths and habits affect the child. Now, researchers have found that immunising women with a Zika vaccine during pregnancy can protect the transmission of virus from mother to her baby in utero. Researchers from the University of Texas’s medical branch at Galveston in the US found that the Zika vaccine can protect unborn child against infection and birth…

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Keeping Pets Could Be The Best Thing For Child Development

Keeping Pets Could Be The Best Thing For Child Development

There’s no greater joy than coming home and finding an overly enthusiastic creature waiting to embrace you and show affection. Pets are the epitome of unconditional love. Their presence in the house brings the whole family together and puts an end to the blues. Imagine coming home after a tough day at work and seeing your dog wagging his tail excitedly at the sight of you. That instant you will find your sorrows vanish and the feeling of happiness seep in. No wonder dogs are known as man’s best friend….

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​Does your child really need all the prescribed vaccines?

​Does your child really need all the prescribed vaccines?

The biggest association of paediatricians in India is heavily dependent on funding from vaccine manufacturers. The influence allegedly leading to immunisation guidelines being tweaked to include products of the funding companies. Technical committee members deciding the guidelines being on the board of vaccine manufacturers and getting paid by them. Hefty margins on vaccines being given to paediatricians administering the vaccines. These and several others skeletons came tumbling out of the cupboard of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians (IAP) when the convenor of its Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization Practices…

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​Does your child really need all the prescribed vaccines?

​Does your child really need all the prescribed vaccines?

The biggest association of paediatricians in India is heavily dependent on funding from vaccine manufacturers. The influence allegedly leading to immunisation guidelines being tweaked to include products of the funding companies. Technical committee members deciding the guidelines being on the board of vaccine manufacturers and getting paid by them. Hefty margins on vaccines being given to paediatricians administering the vaccines. These and several others skeletons came tumbling out of the cupboard of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians (IAP) when the convenor of its Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization Practices…

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Mothers’ Nutrition Pivotal for Healthy Child Growth, Study

Mothers’ Nutrition Pivotal for Healthy Child Growth, Study

Improving mothers’ nutrition before and during pregnancy is pivotal to reducing child stunting in developing countries, researchers said on Tuesday, as a new study showed poor child growth often starts in the womb. Defined as low height-for-age, stunting affects one in three children in the developing world and carries severe, irreversible consequences for both physical health and cognitive function. An analysis of data from 137 developing nations by a team of Harvard scientists found the leading cause of stunting is fetal growth restriction (FGR) – poor fetal growth in the…

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Daycare Not Linked to Child Obesity

Daycare Not Linked to Child Obesity

Working parents who send their children to daycare no longer need to worry about whether this puts their kids at increased risk for obesity, a U.S. study suggests. While several previous observational studies have suggested children in daycare may be more likely to gain too much weight than similar kids cared for by parents at home, the current study looked at data on more than 10,000 youngsters and found no such connection. “Our study casts doubt on previously held beliefs that non-parental  is associated with a higher risk of obesity,”…

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Child Fitness Gap Linked to Income Inequality

Child Fitness Gap Linked to Income Inequality

In a comparison of fitness levels among children in 50 countries, the nations with the biggest internal income disparities tended to have the least fit youth. African and northern European nations, as well as Japan, had the highest scores on cardio-respiratory fitness among kids aged 9 to 17, while Mexico was last among the 50 and the United States fourth from the bottom. When looking for social, economic and health factors that went along with high or low fitness levels, researchers found that the greater a country’s internal income inequality,…

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Under-5 Child Mortality Rate Fell Four Points in 2014: Nadda

Under-5 Child Mortality Rate Fell Four Points in 2014: Nadda

There has been a four-point decline in the Under 5 Mortality Rate (U5MR) during 2013-14, said Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday. “Recent data from the Registrar General of India (RGI) for the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) for the year 2014 indicates 8.16 per cent decline in under-five mortality (during 2013-2014) as compared to 5.76 per cent decline during 2012-2013,” said Nadda addressing media at the Health Ministry here. “Focussed, committed and targeted interventions of the government have borne positive fruits in 2014. The Under-5 Child Mortality has fallen by…

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Brain cancer emerges as major cause for child deaths: Study

Brain cancer emerges as major cause for child deaths: Study

According to a recent research, brain cancer has taken over leukemia and has become the major cause of cancer deaths in children. The report states that pediatric cancer death rates have been dropping since the mid 1970s and describes the changes in cancer death rates among the children and teens aged between 1 to 19. Lead author Sally Curtin said, “The shift from leukemia to brain cancer as the leading site of cancer death is a noteworthy development in the history of childhood cancer as it was always leukemia until…

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Obstructive sleep pattern could be why your child snores at night: Docs

Obstructive sleep pattern could be why your child snores at night: Docs

Recently, when Subham, 4, was brought to a city hospital with complaints of persistent mouth breathing, snoring with gasps and frequently waking up from sleep, doctors found his case to be syndromic -the boy had a large tongue, narrowed facial features, weakness of muscles and enlarged tonsils. Subham (name changed) had already developed pulmonary hypertension (elevated pressure on the right side of the heart). All these was due to Obstructive sleep Apnoea (OSA), a sleep-related breathing disorder affecting 2% to 6% children of all ages and even newborns with enlarged…

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