April 9, 2012

Developmental Disorders Too

1 Autism May Be Linked to Mom's Obesity

Maternal obesity may be linked to an increase in the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder finds a study published in the online journal Pediatrics. Researchers compared medical histories of 315 normally developing children with those of 517 children with autism and 172 children with development disorders and found that the risk of autism increased by 70% when the mother was obese, defined as having a BMI of 25+. In addition, maternal obesity doubled the risk of having a baby with neurodevelopmental delays, found the study. Researchers say the study shows an association between maternal obesity and autism and not that obesity causes autism. In the meantime, women planning on becoming pregnant are advised to watch their weight.

More at Http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com | Hat tip to http://online.wsj.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: US Autism Rates Soar

Tags: Autism, Babies, BMI, Journal Pediatrics, Obesity, Pregnancy, Obesity and Autism, Developmental Disorders

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Don't Panic, Say Researchers

2 Dental X-Rays May Increase Brain Tumor Risk

Dental X-rays received in the past may increase risk for meningioma, say researchers. Meningioma, a common brain tumor, is usually not malignant. Published in Cancer, the research involving people with an average age of 57 found that meningioma risk increased for those who reported receiving bitewing exams yearly or more often. Researchers found that adults who had a panorex exam when they were younger than 10 had five times greater risk of meningioma. Despite the suggested increase in risk, researchers say dental patients shouldn't panic. The study refers to past X-ray exposures, not what people receive today. Dental X-rays performed now involve less radiation. Plus, the case control study relied on patient recall, which may be affected by recall bias.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cellphone Cancer Link Still Uncertain

Tags: Pesticide Exposure, Brain Tumor Risk, Harm Dental X-Rays, Skip Dental X-Rays, Meningioma Risk Factors, Cell Phone Use, Panorex Exam, Bitewing Exams

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Reduce Now to Meet 2020 Goals

3 Kids: Eliminate About 64 Excess Calories

Kids today should eliminate an average 64 excess calories daily to reduce obesity rates by 2020, say researchers. Published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the calculations reveal how childhood obesity prevention goals can be met. The federal government has set goals to reduce obesity rates by the year 2020, when researchers say that, without changes, more than one in five young people will be obese. Unless changes are made, researchers say that the average young person will be almost four pounds heavier than a child or teen in 2007, and more than 20 percent of young people will be obese, compared to 16.9 percent today. Experts say that kids should get rid of excess calories by increasing physical activity and reducing calorie intake.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: First Lady Michelle Obama Does Cleanses

Tags: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Childhood Obesity Prevention Goals, Childhood Diets, How Kids Lose Weight, 64 Excess Calories Per Day

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