Researchers from Harvard University reveal that children who drink sugary fruit juice or whose mothers drank sugary beverages during pregnancy are at 79% greater risk of developing asthma.
A team of scientists has analyzed the data regarding eating habits from 1,000 mother-child pairs. They also examined information on kids’ health, including whether they had been diagnosed with asthma between 7 and 9 years.
Study co-author Sheryl Rifas-Shima says: “In addition to influencing asthma through increasing the risk of obesity, we found that sugary beverages and high fructose may influence the risk of asthma not entirely through obesity. This finding suggests that there are additional mechanisms by which sugary beverages and fructose influence asthma risks beyond their effects on obesity.”
Australian scientists report that they developed an immune-based therapy able to treat peanut allergy in kids. After this therapy, children could eat peanuts without any reactions for four years.
A team of Australian researchers added probiotics to an earlier developed immunotherapy treatment which combined probiotics with small doses of peanuts. The results of the research showed that 82% of kids receiving the therapy significantly reduced their allergic reactions to peanuts compared to 4% of children who didn’t receive any treatment.
Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, an associate professor of pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, says: “I think there is certainly a suggestion, but not hard proof, that the probiotics make a difference.”
A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, finds one more advantage of the Mediterranean diet. Researchers associate this diet with lower risk of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
A team of scientists, led by María Izquierdo Pulido, Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences of the University of Barcelona, and José Ángel Alda, Head of the Area of Psychiatry at Sant Joan de Deu Hospital (Barcelona) studied 120 of children and adolescents for this study, among which 60 were diagnosed with ADHD, and other 60 were controls.
María Izquierdo Pulido says that this new research doesn’t establish a cause-effect relation between dietary patterns and ADHD, but it can help determining specific dietary strategies to improve the quality of life for both the affected patients and their families.
Spinal muscular atrophy is a rare genetic disorder that frequently leads to early death in kids. However, an experimental drug provided incredible results in a new trial. This drug even enabled several children with the condition to walk again.
The results of the drug, nusinersen, were so incredible that the trial was cut short in August, as it was unfair and to keep some of kids on placebo.
Scientists believe if the final results of the trial will prove the drug efficiency, they could offer hope for patients with similar conditions, such as Hunrigton’s disease, motor neurone disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.