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Early-In-Life Probiotics Reduce Risk of Diabetes, Otitis Risk

By Kristen Schepker

In recent years, the popularity of probiotics has surged dramatically in the US. Their burgeoning reputation as powerful health-enhancing tools is backed by a growing body of microbiome research into the manifold benefits these friendly bacteria can confer.

Prenatal Antibiotics Raise Risk of Childhood Obesity

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

A recent study shows that prenatal exposure to systemic antibiotics can be associated with a marked increase in risk that a child will become overweight or even obese.

Documenting Hope: New Film Profiles Families That Beat Chronic Disease

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

Asmorechildrenarediagnosedwith chronicdisorders — 1 in every 2 kids according to some statistical models — an ever-growing number of parents are witnessing the light in their childrens' eyes grow dim with the burden of disease and medication. Butin every darkness, therecan be a light. One organization is giving parents a glimpse of hope and prove that kids with a wide range of chronic conditions can get better with lifestyle and nutritional changes.

The Myths & Realities of Precocious Puberty

By Kathleen Jones, MS, Contributing Writer

Early puberty—especially in girls—has become a topic of mainstream conversation, one that has raised significant concern for many parents, and everyone concerned with the issue has a pet theory about what’s to blame.

The downward shift in female pubertal age been well documented epidemiologically, and in recent years it has received considerable media attention.

But is it really a new phenomenon? Probably not. Does it have real health consequences? Very definitely.

Peanut Patch Provides Relief for Allergic Kids

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

An innovative new product that delivers peanut protein directly onto the skin but not into the bloodstream, could transform the treatment of children who suffer from peanut allergy.

Want Smarter Kids? Breastfeed!

By By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

Babies who are breast-fed for at least one year grow up to be significantly more intelligent than those breast-fed for less than one month, according to a Brazilian study published in The Lancet Global Health.

Surging Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pediatric Deaths

By Kristen Schepker

Throughout all developmental stages, adequate vitamin D intake is essential for optimal bone health and immune regulation. The medical community has long known that among infants and children, the consequences of vitamin D deficiency can be dire, ranging from rickets -- characterized by softened, weakened bones -- to unexpected death.

Teen Asthma Strongly Linked To Insulin Resistance

By Madiha Saeed, MD

Data from a recent cross-sectional study shows a strong link between insulin resistance and poor pulmonary function in a large cohort of adolescents. The correlation held for kids with asthma and, alarmingly, also in those without the disease.

Probiotics Plus Vitamin C Prevent Colds

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Cold and flu season can be a dreaded time of year for families with young children. But according to new research published last month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin C and probiotics can be real allies for parents wondering how to protect their kids from common school-borne illnesses.

Oral Immunotherapy Highly Effective for Childhood Peanut Allergy

By August West | Contributing Writer

Oral immunotherapy is a safe, highly effective modality for desensitizing children with peanut allergy, according to data from a recent UK trial.

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