October 2, 2014

2-5 Years Apart Is Safest

1 “Spacing” Pregnancies May Cut Autism Risk

A new study indicates that "spacing pregnancies" between two and five years apart may lower each child’s risk of being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Previous research has linked closely-spaced pregnancies to higher autism rates, but a new Columbia University study has found the same to be true when pregnancies are widely separated in time. Based on health records of over 7,300 children, researchers determined that children born between two and five years apart were in the safest range, while those conceived less than one year after a sibling were 50 percent more likely to be autistic, those conceived after more than five years were 30 percent more likely, and those conceived after more than ten years were 40 percent more likely.

More at Autismspeaks.org | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Babies of Older Mothers at Greater Risk for Autism

Tags: Causes of Autism, Preventing Autism, Factors Linked to Autism, Pregnancy and Risk of Autism

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First Two Years of Life

2 Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity

The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in the first two years of life increases the risk of childhood obesity finds a study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Children who received four or more courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, including amoxicillin, tetracycline, streptomycin, moxifloxacin and ciprofloxacin, had a 17% higher risk of obesity between ages 3 and 5. The study was based on medical records of 54,580 babies and children. Research suggests that the mix of bacteria in the gut plays a role in obesity. Gut bacteria destroyed by antibiotics has been linked to a higher risk. "This really gives strong evidence that, often, obesity really is not a personal choice," said Dr. Stephen Cook, American Academy of Pediatrics.

More at Www.latimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Childhood Obesity May Affect Puberty

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Amoxicillin, Childhood Obesity, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Tetracycline, University of Pennsylvania, Childhood Obesity and Antibiotics, Dr. Stephen Cook, Streptomycin

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