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Childhood Friendships May Be Key to Health Later On.

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Your childhood best friend may have a surprising protective effect on your health in adulthood. In this study, researchers monitored the social lives of 267 individuals between age six and age sixteen and found that boys who spent more time with friends had a lower risk for high blood pressure and obesity in their early thirties. Researcher Dr. Jenny M. Cundiff notes, “These findings suggest that our early social lives may have a small protective influence on our physical health ...

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Obesity May Cause Liver Damage By Age Eight.

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A long-term study involving 635 children found that obese eight-year-olds are almost twice as likely to have elevated levels of an enzyme called ALT in their blood, which signals their liver function may be impaired. Lead author Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal writes, “With the rise in childhood obesity, we are seeing more kids with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in our pediatric weight management practice… Many parents know that obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions, but ...

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Stressful Life Events Increase Diabetes Risk.

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According to a new study that involved almost 8,000 middle-aged adults, there is a relationship between an elevated risk for type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and the total number of major stressful events an individual encounters in his or her lifetime. Examples of stressful life events include the death of a spouse or child, divorce, marital separation, imprisonment, the death of a close family member, personal injury or illness, and job loss. The researchers conclude, “Reducing the direct effect of stress ...

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Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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In this study, researchers compared the health history of 8,760 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 26,280 children without ASD. They found the following risk factors associated with ASD: maternal mental illness, epilepsy, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, infection, or asthma; assisted fertility; hyperemesis, younger maternal age; labor complications; low birth weight; infant infection; epilepsy; birth asphyxia; and newborn complications.
Pediatric Research, March 2018

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Child Obesity Levels Not Improving As Once Thought.

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Data from an ongoing health and nutrition study indicates that almost 14% of preschool children were mildly obese in 2015-2016, up 5% from 2013-2014. Additionally, researchers found no evidence of any sustained improvements in childhood obesity rates at any age. Instead, their long-range view suggests a continued upward trend. The findings confirm the need for continued education and funding for programs that teach healthy diet and lifestyle habits for children and parents.
Pediatrics, February 2018

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