Pregnancy And Child

Pregnancy And Child

Running in pregnancy `doesn`t raise risk` of premature birth

"Women who jog while expecting are not more likely to have babies born prematurely or of a low birthweight, according to the largest study of its kind," reports the Mail Online.

This follows a new UK study investigating whether participating in recreational running during pregnancy increased the risk of premature

Posted On April 09, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

`Weak` evidence linking e-cigarette use with future smoking

"Children who tried e-cigarettes are 12 times more likely to start smoking tobacco," is the hard-hitting headline from the Mail Online. But the link is not as robust or clear-cut as this would have you believe.

The story is based on a survey of more than 1,000 young people from across the UK. They were asked

Posted On March 13, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

Probiotics and fish oil in pregnancy may reduce allergies in children

"Fish oil supplements and probiotic yoghurts during pregnancy may decrease children`s risk of developing allergies," reports The Independent.

Allergies – such as asthma, eczema and food allergies – have become common in the UK. Previous research has suggested that women`s diets while pregnant and breastfeeding, and

Posted On March 01, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

New blood test for autism a long way off

"Autism blood discovery promises earlier tests and treatment," claims The Daily Telegraph, reporting on research into a potential new diagnostic test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The study involved 38 children with ASD and 31 children without. Blood and urine samples were collected from all children and

Posted On February 19, 2018
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Case for folic acid to be added to flour is `overwhelming` argues review

BBC News today reports: "`overwhelming` evidence for adding folic acid to flour".

Folic acid is a type of vitamin B that is essential to good health. It helps the body produce red blood cells, and is crucial during the first weeks of pregnancy to help

Posted On January 31, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

Secondhand toys `may pose toxic threat to children`

"Plastic used in some secondhand toys could pose a health risk for children as they don`t meet the most up-to-date safety guidelines, a study has found," BBC News reports. A British scientist analysed 197 secondhand toys collected from homes, nurseries and charity shops in Plymouth.

He found 31 toys contained

Posted On January 30, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

Statins `safe` for children with genetic heart condition

"Statins have been found to be safe for children as young as seven-years-old," the Mail Online reports. Researchers examined records of 300 children taking statins for a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia and concluded that the cholesterol-lowering drugs were safe

Posted On January 17, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

Over half of 12-24 year olds have side effects from energy drinks, survey reports

"Energy drinks `trigger nasty side effects like heart problems and seizures in half of kids`," is the potentially terrifying, but misleading, headline in The Sun.

This is based on an online survey of more than 2,000 young people aged 12 to 24 years in Canada in 2015. The survey found that more than half of the

Posted On January 16, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

Researchers call for routine mental health screening during pregnancy

"One in four mothers-to-be have mental health issues before birth," is today`s headline from the Mail Online – leading us to suspect that it misunderstood the point of the study.

The fact that 1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health issues isn`t that surprising given previous research has shown that 1 in 6 o

Posted On January 05, 2018
Pregnancy And Child

Sugary fruit juices and drinks linked to childhood asthma

"Children who drink fruit juice have a higher risk of developing asthma," reports the Mail Online.

Researchers in the US say children whose mothers drank more sugary drinks while pregnant, and children who drink a lot of fruit juice in early childhood, are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma

Posted On December 20, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Can shopping vouchers encourage new mums to breastfeed?

"Offer cash incentives to mothers to promote breastfeeding," says The Guardian, reporting on a study carried out in the north of England that tried to increase rates of breastfeeding by offering shopping vouchers worth £40 to women who said they were breastfeeding their babies.

Compared with similar countries,

Posted On December 12, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Scarlet fever cases in England highest in 50 years

"Scarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England," BBC News reports, as the childhood disease makes a puzzling return.

A study of the disease found an unexpected sharp rise in cases in 2014. Up until that year, the number of scarlet fever cases in England had massively declined over the past century.

Posted On November 28, 2017