Researchers have flagged a handful of factors, including the mother’s pre-baby body mass index (BMI) and the child’s sleep duration and activity level, that might explain the growing problem of early childhood obesity. But those are just the obvious explanations. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association published on Sept. 29 suggests that taking antibiotics before age 2 may predispose children to packing on the pounds. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 60,000 children who had seen a primary care doctor at least twice in their first 24 months, and then again after age 2. Of particular interest was how often the pediatric patients had received antibiotics from birth to age 23 months and how that related to their BMI later in childhood. Related:New Anti-Obesity Drug Enters Market, But Roadblocks to Treatment Remain In the study, 69 percent of the children had received antibiotics at some point in their first two years of life, and 14 percent had received the drugs even before they turned 6 months old.
The researchers wanted to see if mental burnout would affect physical performance. “Brain tissue is similar to muscle tissue—at some point the tissue is going to fatigue,” said Ranjana Mehta, a biomechanics researcher at Texas A&M Health Science Center who was not affiliated with the study. “You can be tired after a hard day using your mind at work and with things going on in your life, and then not realize that this is the reason for a decline in your performance, not your level of fitness,” said study author Clare MacMahon of Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.
Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal are ‘contained’, say US health officials, bringing hope to rest of Africa
Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, U.S. and African health officials said on Tuesday.
Photo by In his 2013 New York Times best-seller “Grain Brain,” neurologist and functional medicine expert David Perlmutter, MD, warned that eating wheat and sugar—staples of the typical American diet—has a deleterious effect on the brain and body, leading to conditions such as diabetes, depression, insomnia, anxiety, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Elevated blood sugar levels lead to brain shrinkage, specifically in the areas that determine cognitive and memory function, Perlmutter noted. Moreover, researchers discovered that people with higher than average blood sugar levels had a statistically significant increased risk for dementia. “It can be hard to know what’s going on in your brain until it’s too late,” said Perlmutter, “and once the diagnosis is in for brain disease, it’s difficult to turn the train around.” Related: Type AB Blood?
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