Pediatrics

Inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based foods

arsenic in rice
Experts are concerned about presence of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based products, reports Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based foods: What you must know Studies have confirmed the presence of inorganic arsenic in rice and associated foods. The level of arsenic is believed to pose health concerns in infants and children and appropriate steps must be taken to reduce arsenic exposure. Experts suggest that regulation of inorganic...

Thalidomide may be useful in treating refractory Crohn's disease in children

crohn disease thalidomide
The use of thalidomide has been consciously avoided since the 1960s when many children were born with phocomelia as a side effect of the drug. It has been banned by the FDA except for treating Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and multiple myeloma. However, off late, thalidomide has been found to be effective in treating debilitating cough of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, aphthous stomatitis, Bechet syndrome, and ulcers of mouth and esophagus in HIV patients. Now, a new study published in the Journal...

Adult obesity related to childhood spanking

child spanking obesity
Studies conducted in the past have shown an association between physical punishment received during childhood and development of mental disorders, aggression and delinquency in later life. But no study has explored the effect of physical punishment on the long term health consequences. In a first study of its kind published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers explored the association between harsh physical punishment in the absence of more severe child maltreatment and severe physical...

Lead exposure has an impact on the reading readiness of a child

lead exposure reading ability
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCs), a blood lead level of 5mcg/dL or above, in a child should be treated as a matter of concern and all necessary interventions must be carried out to bring the lead levels in the blood down. However, up till now, no study had been carried out to find whether blood lead levels have any impact on the reading readiness of a child. A new research, published in the journal Pediatrics has found that small children who are exposed to...

Use of antipyretics does not prolong febrile illness in children

The use of antipyretics in children to combat fever associated with an acute infection, has often been a matter of intense debate among pediatricians. While some doctors have advocated the use of antipyretics saying that lowering the temperature would help in the recovery process, others are strongly against it believing that using antipyretics interferes with the resolution of infection and in fact, prolongs the febrile illness. But what is surprising is that very few studies have been carried...

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