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Keeping Pets Could Be The Best Thing For Child Development

There’s no greater joy than coming home and finding an overly enthusiastic creature waiting to embrace you and show affection. Pets are the epitome of unconditional love. Their presence in the house brings the whole family together and puts an end to the blues. Imagine coming home after a tough day at work and seeing your dog wagging his tail excitedly at the sight of you. That instant you will find your sorrows vanish and the feeling of happiness seep in. No wonder dogs are known as man’s best friend….

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​Does your child really need all the prescribed vaccines?

The biggest association of paediatricians in India is heavily dependent on funding from vaccine manufacturers. The influence allegedly leading to immunisation guidelines being tweaked to include products of the funding companies. Technical committee members deciding the guidelines being on the board of vaccine manufacturers and getting paid by them. Hefty margins on vaccines being given to paediatricians administering the vaccines. These and several others skeletons came tumbling out of the cupboard of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians (IAP) when the convenor of its Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization Practices…

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​Does your child really need all the prescribed vaccines?

The biggest association of paediatricians in India is heavily dependent on funding from vaccine manufacturers. The influence allegedly leading to immunisation guidelines being tweaked to include products of the funding companies. Technical committee members deciding the guidelines being on the board of vaccine manufacturers and getting paid by them. Hefty margins on vaccines being given to paediatricians administering the vaccines. These and several others skeletons came tumbling out of the cupboard of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians (IAP) when the convenor of its Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization Practices…

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Mothers’ Nutrition Pivotal for Healthy Child Growth, Study

Improving mothers’ nutrition before and during pregnancy is pivotal to reducing child stunting in developing countries, researchers said on Tuesday, as a new study showed poor child growth often starts in the womb. Defined as low height-for-age, stunting affects one in three children in the developing world and carries severe, irreversible consequences for both physical health and cognitive function. An analysis of data from 137 developing nations by a team of Harvard scientists found the leading cause of stunting is fetal growth restriction (FGR) – poor fetal growth in the…

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Daycare Not Linked to Child Obesity

Working parents who send their children to daycare no longer need to worry about whether this puts their kids at increased risk for obesity, a U.S. study suggests. While several previous observational studies have suggested children in daycare may be more likely to gain too much weight than similar kids cared for by parents at home, the current study looked at data on more than 10,000 youngsters and found no such connection. “Our study casts doubt on previously held beliefs that non-parental  is associated with a higher risk of obesity,”…

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Child Fitness Gap Linked to Income Inequality

In a comparison of fitness levels among children in 50 countries, the nations with the biggest internal income disparities tended to have the least fit youth. African and northern European nations, as well as Japan, had the highest scores on cardio-respiratory fitness among kids aged 9 to 17, while Mexico was last among the 50 and the United States fourth from the bottom. When looking for social, economic and health factors that went along with high or low fitness levels, researchers found that the greater a country’s internal income inequality,…

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