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Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill diseased cells, modify others

Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill diseased cells, modify others

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — Researchers at Rice University have found a way to kill some diseased cells and treat others in the same sample at the same time. Continue reading

Gene linked to respiratory distress in babies

Gene linked to respiratory distress in babies

ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2012) — Some infants are more susceptible to potentially life-threatening breathing problems after birth, and rare, inherited DNA differences may explain why, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St Continue reading

Autism risk for developing children exposed to air pollution: Infant brain may be affected by air quality

Autism risk for developing children exposed to air pollution: Infant brain may be affected by air quality

ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2012) — Research conducted by University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles scientists demonstrates that polluted air — whether regional pollution or coming from local traffic sources — is associated with autism. The study titled “Traffic Related Air Pollution, Particulate Matter, and Autism,” shows that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and the first year of life is associated with a more than two-fold risk of autism. Continue reading

Daycare linked to being overweight

Daycare linked to being overweight

ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2012) — Young children who attend daycare on a regular basis are 50% more likely to be overweight compared to those who stayed at home with their parents, according to a study by researchers at the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Centre. “We found that children whose primary care arrangement between 1.5 and 4 years was in daycare-center or with an extended family member were around 50% more likely to be overweight or obese between the ages of 4-10 years compared to those cared for at home by their parents,” said Dr Continue reading

Anxiety linked to chest pain in children

Anxiety linked to chest pain in children

ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2012) — Psychological factors can have as much-or more-impact on pediatric chest pain as physical ones, a University of Georgia study found recently. Continue reading

Dance intervention improves self-rated health of girls with internalizing problems

Dance intervention improves self-rated health of girls with internalizing problems

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2012) — A dance intervention program improved the self-rated health of Swedish girls with internalizing problems, such as stress and psychosomatic symptoms, according to a report of a study published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine , a JAMA Network publication. Exercise is considered a strategy to prevent and treat depression in school-aged youth and has been shown to promote positive feelings, enhance confidence to cope with problems, and increase confidence and self-control, the authors write in the study background. Continue reading

Smoking parents often expose children to tobacco smoke in their cars

Smoking parents often expose children to tobacco smoke in their cars

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2012) — MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGH f C) investigators found that a majority of interviewed smoking parents exposed their children to tobacco smoke in their cars, even though many had smoke-free policies at home. Continue reading

Mutations in genes that modify DNA packaging result in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)

Mutations in genes that modify DNA packaging result in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)

ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2012) — A recent finding by medical geneticists sheds new light on how Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy develops and how it might be treated Continue reading

Kids need at least seven minutes a day of ‘vigorous’ physical activity, but most aren’t getting that

Kids need at least seven minutes a day of ‘vigorous’ physical activity, but most aren’t getting that

ScienceDaily (Nov. Continue reading

New drug target found for cystic fibrosis lung disease

New drug target found for cystic fibrosis lung disease

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — Vancouver researchers have discovered the cellular pathway that causes lung-damaging inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF), and that reducing the pathway’s activity also decreases inflammation. Continue reading