July 3, 2014

Overprotected and Overfed

1 Helicopter Moms Raise Kids’ Obesity Risk

Children of "helicopter moms" are more likely to become obese as pre-teens, according to an analysis of data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children conducted by researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute. Specifically, children of mothers who engaged in patterns of highly protective parenting were, at ten to eleven years old, thirteen percent more likely to be obese than their peers whose mothers were about average in protectiveness. Why the weight gain occurs at that particular age is unknown, but the study's lead author notes that this is the age at which most children begin having more freedom and independent mobility, and that those who don't may be impacted emotionally or even hormonally in ways that exacerbate already obesity-prone diet and activity patterns.

More at Ibtimes.co.uk | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Overprotective Parents May Slow Kids' Brain Growth

Tags: Causes of Childhood Obesity, Childhood Obesity, Overprotective Parents, Helicopter Moms, Helicopter Mothers, Parenting and Obesity

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Low-Dose

2 Aspirin May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Low-dose aspirin may reduce pancreatic cancer risk say researchers who, in a five-year study, compared aspirin use in 362 pancreatic cancer patients with 690 randomly chosen controls. Researchers collected data on participants’ aspirin use and, after controlling for age, sex, race and other factors, found that regular aspirin use - defined as at least once a week for three months - reduced pancreatic cancer risk by 48%. Researchers are unclear as to why regular aspirin use reduces risk however. “We don’t know if the aspirin is preventing the formation of new tumors or helping the immune system to control them later on. Empirically it seems to do something, and at this point that’s all we can say,” said senior author, Dr. Harvey A. Risch, Yale School of Public Health.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer with Spit

Tags: Pancreatic Cancer, Yale School of Public Health, Aspirin Use, Dr. Harvey A. Risch, Reducing Pancreatic Cancer Risk

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