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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Childrens Health: BPA exposure linked to autism ♦ 2 hours of TV a day increases high blood pressure ♦ Why debunked autism treatment persist ♦ Secondhand smoke risk for infants

BPA exposure linked to autism spectrum disorder, study reports  A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. Continue Reading
More than two hours of TV a day increases high blood pressure in children by 30%  A study on European children concludes that spending more than two hours a day in front of a screen increases the probability of high blood pressure by 30%. The article also points out that doing no daily physical activity or less than an hour a day increases this risk by 50%. Continue reading
Why debunked autism treatment fads persist  The communication struggles of children with autism spectrum disorder can drive parents and educators to try anything. Authors describe treatments for autism that have been attempted with little or no success.including gluten- and casein-free diets, antifungal interventions, chelation therapy, magnetic shoe inserts, hyperbaric oxygen sessions, weighted vests, bleach enemas, sheep-stem-cell injections and many more. Continue Reading
High stress for new mothers increases secondhand smoke risk for infants Mothers with a high level of prenatal social stressors -- including possibly less control over their own housing situation or economic distress -- had 2.5 times higher odds to have only a partial or no restriction on smoking in their home than those with no stressors, which increases secondhand smoke risk, a study has found. Continue Reading

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