Pediatrics

Wireless Devices Support Home-Schooling, But Not Without Risks

By Kristen Schepker

With most of the nation’s schools closed through summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, children are spending more time looking at digital screens than ever before. Wireless technology is vital for distance learning. But staying constantly connected has consequences, especially for children’s health and wellbeing.

New Autism Treatment Targets Gut Health

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A novel therapy targeting the gut microbiome could open new doors in the treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Investigators at Arizona State University (ASU) found that autistic children who received fecal transplants experienced long-term improvements not only in gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, but in core Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms as well.

Webinar: Pediatric Immune System Support

By Erik Goldman

VIEW WEBINAR Many of our patients experience daily immune system challenges, and children are no exception!  Stress, busy school & extracurricular schedules, and erratic or poor eating habits can all impact the body’s natural defense mechanisms. On top of that, there’s exposure in schools to a whole new host of germs. Kids’ immune systems really […]

Breast Milk Nutrient Test Receives FDA Clearance

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A new medical device that measures macronutrient levels in breast milk has received clearance for clinical use from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first testing system of its kind, the Miris Human Milk Analyzer (HMA) aims to improve neonatal health by facilitating rapid, on-site evaluations of breast milk samples.

Low Folate, MTHFR Polymorphisms Raise Risk of Congenital Heart Defects

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Low folate status, combined with a cluster of certain folate-metabolizing genetic variants, is associated with increased risk of congenital heart disease (CHD). Mothers and children with certain polymorphisms within the MTHFR, MTR, and MTRR genes showed decreased folate and elevated homocysteine levels, both significant risk factors for CHD.

Early Childhood Trauma Raises Adolescent Obesity Risk

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A new study shows that early childhood trauma correlates strongly with higher rates of adolescent obesity. The findings offer important insights into the complex etiology of pediatric obesity which, researchers believe, could stem partly from traumatic psychosocial factors early in life. Using data from the statewide Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), a team of University of […]

Prenatal Multivitamins May Reduce Autism Risk

By Jessica Waller, Contributing Writer

It’s long been known that maternal diet can influence pregnancy outcomes, and the effects of nutritional supplementation during pregnancy can have far-reaching benefits. A recent population-based observational study by an international team of American, Swedish and British researchers suggests that prenatal vitamin use (with and without folic acid) reduces risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

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.

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