Childhood diet has lifelong impact

Child reaching for broccoli and cauliflower (stock image).Credit: © Jevanto Productions / stock.adobe.com Eating too much fat and sugar as a child can alter your microbiome for life, even if you later learn to eat healthier, a new study in mice suggests.advertisement The study by UC Riverside researchers is one of the first to show […]

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COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate childhood obesity

Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out-of-school time this year for many children in […]

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First childhood flu helps explain why virus hits some people harder than others

Taking temperature of child (stock image).Credit: © ladysuzi / Adobe Stock Why are some people better able to fight off the flu than others? Part of the answer, according to a new study, is related to the first flu strain we encounter in childhood.advertisement Scientists from UCLA and the University of Arizona have found that people’s […]

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Severe childhood deprivation has longstanding impacts on brain size in adulthood

Researchers from King’s College London have shown that the brains of young adult Romanian adoptees who were institutionalised as children are around 8.6% smaller than the brains of English adoptees who have not suffered this form of deprivation.advertisement According to the research, the longer the time the Romanian adoptees spent in the institutions, the smaller […]

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Scientists find promising drug combination against lethal childhood brain cancers

Researchers have devised a new plan of attack against a group of deadly childhood brain cancers collectively called diffuse midline gliomas (DMG), including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), thalamic glioma and spinal cord glioma. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, California, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, identified a drug pair that worked […]

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Evidence in mice that childhood asthma is influenced by the neurotransmitter dopamine

Neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine communicate with T cells to enhance allergic inflammation in the lungs of young mice but not older mice, researchers report November 19 in the journal Immunity. The findings potentially explain why asthma susceptibility is higher in children than in adults. By highlighting the important role of interactions between the nervous […]

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Trauma and kids: The role of the early childhood teacher

As catastrophic bushfires continue to rage across New South Wales and Queensland, thousands of people are reeling from the devastation. It’s a shocking start to Australia’s fire season, but beyond the physical damage, the emotional scars persist, especially for Australia’s youngest citizens.advertisement Now, in new research from the University of South Australia, researchers have explored […]

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