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Low vitamin D linked to fatty liver disease in UK children

Low vitamin D linked to fatty liver disease in UK children

A UK studyi investigating the link between low vitamin D status and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in British children has identified a genetic variant associated with the disease’s severity. The research, conducted by the King’s College Hospital Paediatric Liver Centre and the University of Surrey’s School of Biosciences and Medicine, and funded by the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation retrospectively analysed the medical records of 120 paediatric patients with NAFLD Continue reading

Common sense health for young adult cancer survivors

Common sense health for young adult cancer survivors

Many factors influence the life expectancy of childhood cancer survivors: not getting enough exercise, being underweight, and being worried about their future health or their health insurance. Continue reading

Common sense health for young adult cancer survivors

Common sense health for young adult cancer survivors

Many factors influence the life expectancy of childhood cancer survivors: not getting enough exercise, being underweight, and being worried about their future health or their health insurance. These are the findings of research led by Cheryl Cox of the St. Continue reading

Genes increase the stress of social disadvantage for some children

Genes increase the stress of social disadvantage for some children

Genes amplify the stress of harsh environments for some children, and magnify the advantage of supportive environments for other children, according to a study that’s one of the first to document how genes interacting with social environments affect biomarkers of stress. “Our findings suggest that an individual’s genetic architecture moderates the magnitude of the response to external stimuli — but it is the environment that determines the direction” says Colter Mitchell, lead author of the paper and a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , uses telomere length as a marker of stress. Continue reading

Fathers can lower their children’s risk of going hungry by staying involved

Fathers can lower their children’s risk of going hungry by staying involved

Fathers who don’t live with their children can actually lower their son’s or daughter’s risk of not having enough food by just maintaining involvement in the child’s life. And if the father provides support beyond money, such as gifts, groceries and other offerings, the child’s risk of food insecurity may be further reduced. Continue reading

Gene sequencing project discovers mutations tied to deadly brain tumors in young children

Gene sequencing project discovers mutations tied to deadly brain tumors in young children

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project has identified new mutations in pediatric brain tumors known as high-grade gliomas (HGGs), which most often occur in the youngest patients Continue reading

Gene sequencing project discovers mutations tied to deadly brain tumors in young children

Gene sequencing project discovers mutations tied to deadly brain tumors in young children

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project has identified new mutations in pediatric brain tumors known as high-grade gliomas (HGGs), which most often occur in the youngest patients Continue reading

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child: Is paternal obesity a greater risk factor than maternal obesity?

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child: Is paternal obesity a greater risk factor than maternal obesity?

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. As the first researcher to study the role of paternal obesity in autism, Dr. Continue reading

Potential drug targets in deadly pediatric brain tumors

Potential drug targets in deadly pediatric brain tumors

Researchers studying a rare, always fatal brain tumor in children have found several molecular alterations that drive the cancer, according to a new study from scientists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and McGill University. The findings identify potential new targets for drug treatments. The new research could help physicians choose targeted agents with a better chance of combating pediatric high-grade astrocytomas, which are extremely difficult to treat with radiation and surgery Continue reading

Nowhere to hide: Kids, once protected, now influenced by tobacco marketing

Nowhere to hide: Kids, once protected, now influenced by tobacco marketing

More than 15 years ago, many states and tobacco manufacturers established restrictions to prevent youth exposure to the marketing of nicotine products. This follows regulations imposed 50 years ago that banned cigarette ads from TV. Despite these continued efforts, a new study by Dartmouth researchers reveals that not only are young people exposed to tobacco marketing, they are influenced by it. Continue reading