A high-profile international study of the impact of cell phones on childhood brain tumor risk is sending the signal that there is no “exposure-response relationship. However, some environmental health experts contend that significant safety concerns are hidden within the data.
a dose of 1,200 IU per day, vitamin D3 reduced the incidence of Influenza A among a cohort of Japanese schoolchildren, but was associated with an increase in incidence of Influenza B, giving no overall advantage in preventing flu-associated illness.
Sublingual immunotherapy is a safe, highly effective alternative to injection-based treatments for managing allergies. Moreover, it enables primary care physicians to treat patients that they are currently referring out to specialists.
Analysis of data from more than 38,000 families suggests that maternal use of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) during pregnancy correlates with a 3-fold greater risk of ADHD in children exposed to the drug in utero. The study is not definitive proof that bupropion causes ADHD. But author Roberto Figueroa says doctors need to be a lot more cautious with this, and any other drug that crosses the placenta.
Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin may have more of an effect on parents and teachers than they do on the children with ADHD who take them.
Chronic recurrent abdominal pain is very common in children. Fortunately, the majority of kids with this problem will respond well to combinations of herbal therapies, dietary changes, and biofeedback, reports Joy Weidert, MD. This is a far safer approach than wanton use of antispasmodics, anti-depressants or other drugs that have little evidence to support their use for abdominal pain in kids.
Daily supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can improve verbal expression, motor coordination, language mastery, and other communication skills in children with speech apraxia, a neurological problem characterized by an inability to organize and produce meaningful speech.
A number of rare childhood metabolic disorders, such as Wilson's disease, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and short bowel syndrome, can be ameliorated with judicious use of various dietary supplements. But variations in quality of existing supplement products has made it difficult for many parents to provide these benefits to their children.
Market research from the Hartman Group, Bellevue, WA, indicates that 60% of parents surveyed indicated that doctors were the most important sources of information on dietary supplements for their children.
Don't expect too much help from federal authorities when trying to figure out what supplements your child might need. Though there are mountains of scientific studies on childhood nutrition, there is little consensus on how to apply that data in a practical way for optimal childhood nutrition. Parents, undaunted by the lack f "official" guidance, are figuring it all out for themselves.