Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers. Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times. The approach has been shown to work in mouse studies, described in the journal Science. The researchers say the technology could help patients around the world. Childhood immunisations come with tears and screams. And there are a lot of them. Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib and hepatitis B at…

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Childhood Cancer: Why Only 1 in 5 Indian Children Survives Cancer

Childhood Cancer: Why Only 1 in 5 Indian Children Survives Cancer

A heavyweight in the category of dangerous diseases, cancer ranks high on the list. It is one of the major causes of death among adult, as well as children, and across the globe. It is alarming how the disease is growing and affecting more and more people every year. As per the National Cancer Registry programme of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), one out of eight men today has the possibility of developing cancer in his lifetime (0-74 years). Similarly, one out of nine women has…

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Childhood Asthma May Up Obesity Risk: Study

Childhood Asthma May Up Obesity Risk: Study

If your child is suffering from asthma, they may be at higher obesity risk later in childhood or adolescence according to this new study. In fact, asthmatic children were 51 per cent more likely to become obese over the next decade in comparison to those who did not have asthma in which a person’s airways become inflamed. “Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Frank D. Gilliland, Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Although, the researchers are unclear…

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Health Problems With Newer Treatments

Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Health Problems With Newer Treatments

Despite advances that have made treatments safer and more effective, childhood cancer survivors don’t appear to have experienced gains in long-term health outcomes, a new study suggests. Their survival odds are better, but as adults they may have chronic medical problems linked to cancer and tumor treatments, the study found. Up to one in four childhood cancer survivors report health problems in their 20s and 30s, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “They have chronic conditions at higher rates than siblings and the general population and they perceive…

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Soy protein in childhood may prevent bone loss in adulthood

Soy protein in childhood may prevent bone loss in adulthood

Move over milk, soy protein isolate early in life might be what’s needed for strong, healthy bones in adulthood, researchers say. The findings showed that giving children a diet high in soy protein isolate can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood as well as help ensure overall better bone quality. “Appropriate early-life nutrition can optimise peak bone mass,” said Jin-Ran Chen, researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Consumption of soy foods has a variety of health benefits, including amelioration of bone loss…

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Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Food Allergy Risk

Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Food Allergy Risk

Antibiotic treatment within the first year of life is associated with an increase in food allergy diagnosis, suggests new research. The researchers found that children prescribed antibiotics within the first year of life were 1.21 times more likely to be diagnosed with food allergy than children who hadn’t received an antibiotic prescription. “Overusing antibiotics invites more opportunity for side effects, including the potential development of food allergies, and can encourage antibacterial resistance,” said lead researcher Bryan Love from South Carolina College of Pharmacy in the US. The study involved analysis…

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Childhood Head Injury May Up Mental Illness, Mortality Risk

Childhood Head Injury May Up Mental Illness, Mortality Risk

Brain injuries, including concussions in childhood, can increase the risk of mental illness, poor school attainment as well as premature death, finds a study. The findings showed that people who had experienced a single mild, moderate or severe brain injury during childhood were at twice the risk of being admitted to hospital as a mental health inpatient (an increase in absolute risk from 5 per cent to 10 per cent). They were 50 per cent more likely to use a mental health service (increase from 14 per cent to 20…

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Alzheimer’s gene may shrink brain starting in childhood

Alzheimer’s gene may shrink brain starting in childhood

A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease may shrink brain structures and lower thinking skills as early as in childhood, decades before the illness actually appears, says a research. The findings showed that children with epsilon(E)4 variant of the apolipoprotein-E gene showed differences in their brain development compared to children with E2 and E3 forms of the gene and were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. In such children the size of the hippocampus — a brain region that plays a role in memory — was found to be approximately 5…

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