SUCH A BRILLIANT IDEA TO INCORPORATE NUTRITION LESSONS INTO THE MEDICAL PRACTICE! WHAT DO YOU THINK?

A Virginia pediatrician's practice includes a test kitchen where children and their parents can taste and prepare HEALTHY foods. The doctor has also developed a nutrition curriculum, which has been implemented in local preschools.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (3/23)

HEALTH CONSORTIUM WARNS OF PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change has exacerbated heart and lung diseases tied to wildfires and air pollution, infectious diseases such as the Zika virus and Lyme disease, heat-related health risks, and physical and mental health problems associated with extreme weather conditions, according to a report by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, which includes the American Academy of Pediatrics and 10 other health organizations. The report also showed that children, pregnant women, the elderly and student athletes are among the most vulnerable to climate change health risks.

PRENATAL SINGING AND MUSIC EXPOSURE MAY REDUCE INFANT CRYING

Babies born to women who sang lullabies during pregnancy and after birth generally cried for 18.5% of the time, compared with 28.2% of infants whose mothers did not sing to them, a study found. Researchers wrote in the journal Women and Birth that singing and listening lullabies also was helpful for infants with colic and for mother-baby bonding.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model)

BAD DIETARY HABITS AMONG YOUNG WOMEN TIED TO EARLY BREAST CANCER RISK

Women with the most inflammatory diets containing high levels of red meats, sugar and refined carbohydrates during adolescence and young adulthood were 35% and 41% more likely to have premenopausal breast cancer, respectively, compared with those whose diets had low inflammatory scores. The findings in Cancer Epidemiology were based on data involving more than 45,000 women. NBC News (3/1)

INFANTS MAY BENEFIT MORE FROM HOMEMADE FOOD

Babies who only consumed homemade foods had increased dietary diversity and lower body fat mass at ages 1 and 3, compared with those who ate both homemade and commercial foods and those who ate only commercial foods, according to a Canadian study in the International Journal of Obesity. The findings, based on data involving 65 infants. Reuters (2/23)

BRAIN IMAGING MAY PREDICT AUTISM RISK IN INFANTS

Researchers examined MRI scans from 148 babies and found that 15 high-risk infants had cortical surface area hyperexpansion and brain overgrowth prior to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis at age 24 months. The findings in Nature also showed that a computer algorithm based on brain measurements yielded 81% accuracy and 88% sensitivity in predicting ASD, as well as 97% accuracy in predicting those who wouldn't develop the disorder.
CNN (2/15), Medscape

MORE THAN 350 GROUPS REAFFIRM VACCINE SAFETY

More than 350 national and state-based health care, professional and advocacy organizations led by the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a letter to President Donald Trump asserting their support for vaccine safety and willingness to discuss scientific evidence on the safety and efficacy of vaccinations. "Delaying vaccines only leaves our nation's citizens at risk of disease, particularly children," the groups wrote.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/8)

INTERNATIONALLY TRAINED PHYSICIANS IN U.S. PRACTICE MEDICINE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT

More cautious approach with more tests and longer hospital stays results in lower mortality : A study in The BMJ found slightly lower 30-day mortality rates for Medicare patients treated by general internists who graduated from medical schools outside the US, compared with those who graduated from US schools. Data showed slightly higher adjusted costs of care per admission for internationally trained physicians, but no difference in readmission rates.

25% OF CHILDREN LACK ACCCESS TO ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.

Although more US children have health care coverage than ever before, 1 in 4 lacks access to necessary health care, the Children's Health Fund reports. That's in part because almost 14 million children live in places experiencing health care provider shortages, including 65% of rural areas.
The New York Times

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