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Antibiotics & Asthma, Asthma & Cavities, & Other News of Note

Posted Jan 14 2011 9:06am

Antibiotic Use in Infancy May Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma (PhysOrg)

Children who receive antibiotics within the first six months of life are at a significantly increased risk of developing asthma and allergies by 6 years of age, even without a genetic predisposition, new research by the Yale School of Public Health suggests. The findings are reported online in the American Journal of EpidemiologyMore

Young People with Asthma Run a Greater Risk of Developing Caries (PhysOrg)

Children and adolescents with asthma have somewhat more caries and suffer more often from gingivitis (gingival inflammation) than people of similar age without asthma. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

The work presented in the thesis has examined children, adolescents and young adults in the age groups 3, 6, 12-16 and 18-24, with and without asthma. The first study revealed that 3-year-olds who suffer from asthma have more caries than 3-year-olds without asthma. “The children with asthma had a greater tendency to breathe through the mouth; they became dry in the mouth and were therefore given sugary drinks more often. This may have contributed to them developing higher caries prevalence”, explains Malin Stensson, dental hygienist and researcher at the Department of Cariology, Institute of Odontology at the Sahlgrenska Academy… More

Link between PCBs & Blood Pressure Broader than Suspected (Environmental Health News)

Among a highly exposed Alabama community, PCBs were more strongly associated with elevated blood pressure than any other risk factor except age.

High levels of certain PCBs in people’s blood may contribute to elevated blood pressures across the full range of readings – not just in those at the high end that might cause disease, as was previously thought. New findings show that exposure to the persistant pollutants could increase blood pressure in healthy people, too…. More

Call for Truth in Trans Fats Labeling (ScienceDaily)

Did you know that when you pick up a product promoted as trans fat free, you may still be ingesting a significant amount of this potentially harmful substance?

An article by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Eric Brandt, published in the January/February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion, reveals that misleading labeling practices can result in medically significant intake of harmful trans fat, despite what you read on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved labels. Indeed, consumers’ inability to identify high-risk foods may cause individuals to exceed the daily recommended value of 1.11 grams of trans fat from processed foods and lead to adverse long-term health side effects… More

Metabolic Syndrome Tied to Poor Nutrition (NewsInferno)

Metabolic syndrome has been linked to poor nutrition in a study conducted by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and the Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Biotecnologia. The study was concerned with increased life expectancy seen in Latin America and diseases that appear to be age related. Study results have been published online ahead of print in the journal Public Health NutritionMore

Exercise Can’t Undo the Damage of Too Much Screen Time (LiveScience)

Spending more than four hours a day sitting in front of a television or computer more than doubles your risk of dying from or being hospitalized for heart disease, according to a new study.

And even those who exercise can’t overcome the detrimental effects of too much screen time, said study researcher Emmanuel Stamatakis, of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University College London.

Many people have sedentary jobs, and spend five to seven hours sitting at their desk or in their cars during their daily commute, he said. Tack on two to four hours of leisure time spent sitting, and the total can balloon to 10 hours a day spent parked in a chair.

“This is excessive,” Stamatakis told MyHealthNewsDaily.

The study is published in the Jan. 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of CardiologyMore

Eating Vegetables Gives Skin a More Healthy Glow than the Sun, Study Shows (ScienceDaily)

New research suggests eating vegetables gives you a healthy tan. The study, led by Dr Ian Stephen at The University of Nottingham, showed that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy golden glow than the sun.

The research, which showed that instead of heading for the sun the best way to look good is to munch on carrots and tomatoes, has been published in the Journal Evolution and Human BehaviourMore

Touching Makes You Healthier (CNN)

Whether it’s a squeeze of the hand, a big bear hug, a kneading massage, even a bedroom romp, touch is shaping up to be the ultimate mind-body medicine.

From lowering blood pressure and heart rate to increasing immune function and relieving pain, getting touched or doing some touching makes you healthier — not to mention happier and less anxious… More


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