Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Children with multiple islet autoantibodies – biological markers of autoimmunity — are more likely to progress to symptomatic type 1 diabetes (T1D) than those who remain positive for a single autoantibody. Now, new findings from The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study in the U.S.
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Toddlers continue to grow by a few inches and a few pounds each year of toddlerhood (1). Some toddlers may have a sudden increase in growth and often appear hungry during growth spurts since their bodies need extra energy. All healthy toddlers grow at a normal pace to achieve the
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Infantile spasms (IS) or West Syndrome is a type of epilepsy in babies. This disorder is rare and is considered a severe brain disorder or epileptic encephalopathy, which means an epilepsy disorder that damages the brain. The onset of infantile spasms is usually around four to six months of age
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 29 2020 Since 2017, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers Casey Morrow, Ph.D., and Hyunmin Koo, Ph.D., have used powerful genomic tools and supercomputers that analyze massive amounts of genetic data to identify individual strains within single species of the gut microbiome. This microbiome “fingerprint” method has helped show the
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 29 2020 The use of bariatric surgery to treat severe obesity in adolescents, and the racial disparities in access to that treatment, were analyzed in a retrospective study published in Annals of Surgery by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Nearly 19% of children
Image: Shutterstock Newborns cry right from the moment they take their first breath outside the mother’s womb. While the crying is both memorable and endearing for the parents, did you know they don’t shed a tear while crying? The lacrimal glands or the tear glands take time to produce adequate tears to shed while crying.
For some, the pumpkin spice latte is life. For us, the literal pumpkin is life—specifically, the first year of life as a parent. Have you seen this weird internet trend: Halloween pumpkins giving birth? Apparently it’s a thing. So, obviously we decided to illustrate the joys of parenthood through, well, pumpkins. Welcome to the strangest article ever written.
This article may include advertisements, paid product features, affiliate links and other forms of sponsorship. Did the ‘rona crash your Disney vacation? Cancelled plans are one of the most difficult parts of parenting during the coronavirus pandemic. Especially when those plans involve planning a Disney vacation. For some, this is a cancelled once-in-childhood (or lifetime!)
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 28 2020 Handgun sales in California have risen to unprecedented levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts say first-time buyers are driving the trend. The FBI conducted 462,000 background checks related to handgun purchases in California from March through September, an increase of 209,000, or 83%, from the same period
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 28 2020 Genetic factors that reduce the placenta’s capacity to protect the fetus from the zika virus are described by Brazilian researchers in an article published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. According to the authors, the findings help explain why only some babies whose mothers are infected by zika virus
Image: iStock IN THIS ARTICLE Babies with chubby cheeks, round tummy, and prominent skin folds look adorable. Besides, they are generally considered healthier than their lean peers. But many parents might be curious if that baby fat indicates overweight or obesity. Are the so-called “fat babies” really healthy? It is normal for most babies to
You can’t stay inside all winter. With these very Canadian additions to your wardrobe, babywearing in colder temperatures is much more doable. If you’re expecting a baby this fall or winter, you might be wondering which gear to stock up on. Do you need a teeny-tiny puffy snowsuit for your infant? A giant down-filled stroller
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 27 2020 Research from Saint Louis University finds that high fat or “ketogenic” diets could completely prevent, or even reverse heart failure caused by a metabolic process. The research team, led by Kyle S. McCommis, Ph.D., assistant professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at SLU, looked at a metabolic process
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 27 2020 Findings from a new study conducted by a team of researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports, show that involving pediatric practices in the promotion of private well water testing can influence parental compliance. More than 43 million people living
Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Banana is a carbohydrate-rich, all-season fruit with several varieties available in different sizes and colors (1). It is common for parents to feed ripe bananas to babies due to the fruit’s sweet taste, soft texture, and easy digestibility. Besides, they offer essential nutrients and bioactive compounds that could provide health
Spending on big splurges to improve our quality of life during lockdown is (apparently) one way to deal with chronic stress. I recently downloaded a budget tracking app on my phone, but it didn’t take long before I was internally screaming and tossing the phone across the room. My daughter was sitting at the kitchen
This article may include advertisements, paid product features, affiliate links and other forms of sponsorship. Bringing your newborn home is one of the most exciting and scary times as a new parent. Will I ever get to sleep again? How do I get my baby to sleep longer at night? Learning how to swaddle your
Let your little ones kick off the winter the right way in these stylish boots. Snowball season is almost here! Keep your kid’s toes nice and toasty this year with some high performance boots, which are just as warm as they are stylish. Here are 20 of our favourite winter boots for kids. 1. The
Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada have warned that within the school setting, even small differences in individuals’ contribution, their environment, and their activities to the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) result in highly variable sizes of transmission clusters. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the current coronavirus disease 2019
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 22 2020 The Alzheimer’s Biomarkers Consortium – Down Syndrome (ABC-DS), a multi-institution research team, co-led by members from the University of California, Irvine, has been awarded an unprecedented five-year, $109 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to expand research on the biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in adults