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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Childrens Health:Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure fire retardants ♦ Weight loss surgery can be a safe option for children ♦ Poverty, not the 'teenage brain,' accounts for high rates of teen crime

Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to commonly found fire retardants, phthalates  Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals -- both present in the average home -- can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according to an animal study. Continue Reading
Family interventions reduce rates in children, adolescents  A global review into the effectiveness of family-based programs has found these programs can be highly effective in stopping children from taking up smoking. "Preventing children from starting to smoke is important to avoid a lifetime of addiction, poor health, and social and economic consequences." Continue Reading
Weight loss surgery can be a safe option for obese children, experts say  Weight loss surgery does not stunt the growth of obese children when applied within a clinical pathway. It is a safe option to use and provides hope for youngsters who are unable to shed pounds through weight management programs that include counseling and lifestyle changes, Continue Reading
Simple sideline test shown effective in diagnosing concussion in student athletes as young as 5 years old  An easy-to-administer vision test has shown effective in diagnosing concussion in student athletes as young as 5 years old..Continue reading
Poverty, not the 'teenage brain,' accounts for high rates of teen crime  While many blame the 'teenage brain' for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average poverty rates than do older adults. A new study finds that teenagers are no more naturally crime-prone than any other group with high poverty rates. Continue Reading

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