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Friday, May 22, 2015

Childrens Health: Endocrine disrupting chemicals in baby teethers ♦ Air pollution linked to risk of childhood autism ♦ Snacking on protein can improve appetite control

Fine particulate air pollution linked to risk of childhood autism Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of the child's life may be associated with an increased risk of a child developing autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects one in 68 children.
Workplace intervention improves sleep of employees' children A workplace intervention designed to reduce employees' work-family conflict and increased schedule flexibility also has a positive influence on the sleep patterns of the employees' children.
Snacking on protein can improve appetite control, diet quality in teens Although eating high-protein, afternoon snacks can aid appetite control in adults, little information exists to guide parents on what types of snacks might benefit their adolescent children. Now, researchers have found that afternoon snacking, particularly on high-protein-soy foods, reduces afternoon appetite, delays subsequent eating and reduces unhealthy evening snacking in teenagers.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals in baby teethers In laboratory tests, two out of ten teethers, plastic toys used to sooth babies' teething ache, release endocrine disrupting chemicals. One product contains parabens, which are normally used as preservatives in cosmetics, while the second contains six so-far unidentified endocrine disruptors

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