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Surprise, surprise: Soft drinks cause behavioral problems in young children, research proves


It is safe to say that the link between soda consumption and health conditions like diabetes and weight gain has been clearly established by a plethora of scientific research published in recent years. But what has not necessarily been fully recognized or understood is how consuming soft drinks affects the behavioral normalcy of children, particularly young children -- that is, until now.
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Mother's junk food diet predisposes children to a high fat, high sugar diet for life


Researchers are beginning to compile an impressive wealth of scientific evidence to explain how the nutritional status, and specifically the diet of a mother during gestation, plays a critical role in setting the initial gene set or expression for the newborn child that will determine susceptibility toward many chronic diseases throughout life. It is not only important for a mother to ensure they eat to obtain a full complement of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, but eating foods high in hydrogenated and oxidized fats and sugary junk foods can lead to a lifelong struggle with overeating by increasing the desire to make unhealthy food choices.

Bayer and US Government Knowingly Gave HIV to Thousands of Children


What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the other way, but was complicit in this exchange?

US and China Caught Secretly Testing GMO Rice on Children


Instead of putting genetically modified foods through proper trials as consumers have been demanding for years, it appears the United States Department of Agriculture in alliance with the Chinese government have instead chosen to secretly test their latest GMO rice on young Chinese children. What’s particularly interesting is the fact that the agencies decided they even needed to test the rice, after claiming that GMO rice and all other GM creations are virtually identical to natural foods.

Soy-based lunch kills 22 children in India: Have GMOs and pesticides become instant killers?


At least 22 children in India have died as a result of eating soy-based school lunches served to them in the country's Bihar state, according to new reports. The tainted lunches, which were loaded with genetically-modified (GM) soybeans and pesticide chemical residues, were given to the student victims as part of a U.K.-based government meal program similar to the one currently being implemented in the U.S. by Michelle Obama for American public schoolchildren.

Parents should limit their child's cell phone use; says federal radiation health watchdog


It's an all too familiar scene: children, some as young as nine, spending an exorbitant amount of time on cell phones. What may not be as familiar, and therefore go unnoticed, is the sight of children who are suffering and sick from cancer, specifically brain cancer. Australia has noticed and is very concerned about the connection between these two trends. Through the federal government health watchdog, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), Australia has issued a warning. One which speaks volumes.

Child vaccines are becoming more unpopular with parents


The concern over child vaccines is growing among health conscious parents. In a new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that 49 percent of children ages 2-24 months did not receive all recommended vaccinations or did not get vaccinated according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices schedule.

The harmful effects of fluoride and lead on our children


Approximately 30,000 calls to United States poison control centers concerning acute exposure to fluoride, in children, are made each year. Some researchers state that fluoride is safe while others state that it can be detrimental to health. As with vaccines, researchers will often look at just one factor – is it the mercury, is it the aluminum, but do not really take all the elements into account.

Traffic pollution threatens the health of our children


The University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles recently released the outcome of a study performed to determine if there was a link between pollution and autism. The study looked at people living near freeways and examined how far away people lived from streets, how many cars frequented nearby roads and where the pollution came from.