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Improving air quality in NYC would boost children’s future earnings by increasing IQ

Improving air quality in NYC would boost children’s future earnings by increasing IQ

Reducing air pollution in New York City would result in substantial economic gains for children as a result of increasing their IQs. Continue reading

Repeated preschool wheeze may set stage for long-term damage in lung function

Repeated preschool wheeze may set stage for long-term damage in lung function

Children who wheeze are at risk of developing damage that will affect their lung function by the age of 6 years, according to researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital and the University of Montreal. These appear to be persistent, even if asthma symptoms seem to disappear at least temporarily by school age in several cases. Continue reading

Repeated preschool wheeze may set stage for long-term damage in lung function

Repeated preschool wheeze may set stage for long-term damage in lung function

Children who wheeze are at risk of developing damage that will affect their lung function by the age of 6 years, according to researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital and the University of Montreal. These appear to be persistent, even if asthma symptoms seem to disappear at least temporarily by school age in several cases. Continue reading

Looking ‘inside the box’ for sustainable solution for intestinal parasites

Looking ‘inside the box’ for sustainable solution for intestinal parasites

According to the World Health Organization, more than 450 million people worldwide, primarily children and pregnant women, suffer illness from soil-transmitted helminths (STH), intestinal parasites that live in humans and other animals. Considerable effort and resources have been, and continue to be, spent on top-down, medical-based programs focused on administering drugs to control STH infections, with little success. John Hawdon, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, advocates a more sustainable solution for controlling STH infections. Continue reading

Governor signs bill banning extreme-strength alcohol in Maryland

Governor signs bill banning extreme-strength alcohol in Maryland

Today, Gov. O’Malley signed legislation banning the retail sale of alcohol 190-proof and stronger effective July 1. Maryland joins the ranks of more than a dozen other states that ban the sale of such products, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia Continue reading

World facing polio health emergency

World facing polio health emergency

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe World Health Organization declares the recent spread of polio an international public health emergency. Continue reading

Family-based exposure therapy effective treatment for young children with OCD

Family-based exposure therapy effective treatment for young children with OCD

A new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center has found that family-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is beneficial to young children between the ages of five and eight with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study, now published online in JAMA Psychiatry , found developmentally sensitive family-based CBT that included exposure/response prevention (EX/RP) was more effective in reducing OCD symptoms and functional impairment in this age group than a similarly structured relaxation program. Jennifer Freeman, PhD, a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center and clinical co-director of the Intensive Program for OCD at Bradley Hospital, led the study. Continue reading

Domestic violence victims more likely to take up smoking

Domestic violence victims more likely to take up smoking

One third of women around the world have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partners with consequences from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression, to sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Continue reading

Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding is a psychiatric disorder that consists of accumulating large numbers of animals at home, usually cats and dogs, without providing them with a minimal standard of care. Researchers from IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute) publish the first European study to provide data on this disorder, in the Journal Animal Welfare . The disorder is still largely unknown and has a negative effect on the health of both the people who suffer from it and the animals involved Continue reading

Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding is a psychiatric disorder that consists of accumulating large numbers of animals at home, usually cats and dogs, without providing them with a minimal standard of care. Researchers from IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute) publish the first European study to provide data on this disorder, in the Journal Animal Welfare . The disorder is still largely unknown and has a negative effect on the health of both the people who suffer from it and the animals involved Continue reading