October 18, 2011

It Slows Learning

1 No TV for Kids Under 2, Say Docs

Children under the age of two should not watch TV or videos because it may delay learning, says the Am. Academy of Pediatricians, a group that first issued the warning in 1999. Kids learn through play and interaction with others, say doctors. Television sets should not be allowed in kids’ bedrooms and parents should monitor their own media use so as not to be distracted from play time with their children. A decade’s worth of new studies on the ramifications of TV on learning prompted the new recommendations which will be published next month in the journal Pediatrics. The recommendations include new data indicating that watching TV before bedtime causes poor sleep. They also state that young children with “heavy media use” are at risk for language delays once they start school.

More at BusinessWeek.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: One Hour of TV Can Shorten Life by 22 Minutes

Tags: Pediatrics, Television, TV, Television and Young Children, American Academy of Pediatricians, TV Watching and Children, Sleeping, Impaired Sleep, Language Delays

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Men Have More Acid Damage

2 Fewer Acid Reflux Symptoms but Worse Disease

While women complained of more frequent heartburn and trouble swallowing solid foods, men were found to have more severe acid reflux disease, find researchers who surveyed thousands of Australian adults. The research, reported in Archives of Surgery, shows that among the patients having surgery, men had more physical manifestations of acid reflux disease, including more Barrett's esophagus or esophagitis, conditions caused by chronic acid exposure. The male surgical patients in the study were around seven years younger than the female patients, but were more likely to have weak valves where the stomach and esophagus meet. WebMD reports that some people are born with the weak valves, but others develop them over time due to chronic acid exposure.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: GERD? You Don't Need Throat Cancer Screening

Tags: Acid Reflux Levels, How Men Experience Acid Reflux, Severe Acid Reflux, Gerd Symptoms, Archives of Surgery, Men Fewer Reflux Symptoms, Barrett's Esophagus, Esophagitis, Trouble Swallowing Solid Foods, Chronic Acid Exposure

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50 Percent Protection

3 Cautious Optimism About New Malaria Vaccine

Preliminary results from a study started in 2009 have shown that the experimental vaccine against malaria protected approximately half of 6,000 five to 17 month olds. Results in six week to 3 month old babies are still pending. The vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline provides protection against the deadliest form of the parasite. While 50 percent is not great, researchers predict that it may protect hundreds of thousands of kids against malaria which kills about a million people a year, mostly young kids and pregnant women in Africa. This vaccine is given as a series of three and is the best one compared to those made in the past. Prevention methods such as nets and insecticides have cut child mortality due to malaria by half. Meningitis and seizure were increased in the vaccine group.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: One Dose Antimalarial Drug Effective in Mice, Malaria in Humans May Have Originated in Gorillas

Tags: GlaxoSmithKline, Malaria, Malaria Vaccine

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