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Sunday, January 4, 2015

1/4/15 Health News:Neonatal HBV vaccine reduces liver cancer ♦ Children with autism whohave pets are more assertive ♦ Skin adipocytes help protect against infections

Neonatal HBV vaccine reduces liver cancer risk
Neonatal HBV vaccination reduces the risk of liver cancer and other liver diseases in young adults in China, according to a study. By collecting data on new cases of liver diseases over 30 years from a population-based tumor registry, the researchers estimated that the protective efficacy of vaccination was 84% for primary liver cancer (vaccination reduced the incidence of liver cancer by 84%), 70% for death from liver diseases, and 69% for the incidence of infant fulminant hepatitis. Continue Reading
Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive
Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals' social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home Continue Reading
Parental history of suicide attempt associated with increased risk in kids
A suicide attempt by a parent increased the odds nearly five-fold that a child would attempt suicide, according to a report. Other studies have established that suicidal behavior can run in families but few studies have looked at the pathways by which suicidal behavior is transmitted in families. Continue Readimg
Fat isn't all bad: Skin adipocytes help protect against infections
When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. In a new paper, researchers report the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria. Continue Reading

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