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Doctors Find Early-Warning Indicator for Autism

Wednesday April 25, 01

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elevated levels of proteins in the blood at birth appear to foreshadow the development of autism and mental retardation later in childhood, researchers said on Wednesday in a finding that could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

Researchers studied archived neonatal blood samples from children born in four northern California counties from 1983 to 1985 who were later diagnosed with autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy or developed normally.

Parents Urged to Take Toddlers to the Dentist

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most parents don't bring their child to the dentist before age 3, despite pediatrician and dentist guidelines urging early dental visits, study findings suggest.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit during their first year of life, while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that first visit be at age 3.

Pediatricians Urge Vision Screening for All Kids

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - All children should be screened for amblyopia, or lazy eye, and a new test could help increase vision screening rates, especially in young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a statement released this week.

Exclusive Breast-Feeding Boosts IQ of Small Babies

Fri Mar 22, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast-feeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life may boost the IQ of full-term infants weighing less than 6 pounds, new study findings suggest.

Small infants who received only breast milk for the first 6 months of life scored an average of 11 points higher on IQ tests at age 5 than infants who received formula and solid food in addition to breast milk, according to researchers.

SIDS Inside Story

The Guardian Weekend

April 1st 1995

by Inside Story: Bob Woffinden

Seven years ago Barry Richardson came up with what remains the most persuasive explanation of cot death. It makes far more sense than the latest theory - that the syndrome is caused by smoking. So why is his work ignored or condemned?

Asthma Campaign: Poor Diet in the Womb Raises Risk of Illness

March 2002

Newborn babies could be at much greater risk of developing asthma if their mothers eat food which is low in vitamin E during pregnancy, a new study has discovered.

The study, involving laboratory tests on the blood of 223 newborn babies, has added further weight to the theory that diet plays a very significant part in the development of asthma among children.

Study: Bullying Common in Schools

Tuesday April 24, 2001

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bullying is widespread in U.S. schools, creating a public health problem that impacts both victims and perpetrators later in life, a government study said on Tuesday.

``Being bullied is not just an unpleasant rite of passage through childhood,"" said Duane Alexander, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which conducted research on 16,686 students in public and private schools from grades six through 10.