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Early Childhood Cancer Deaths 4 Times More Common Than Estimated

                  One of the biggest menaces of the medical world – cancer – shows no mercy to even the youngest of its victims. While scientists and medical experts across the globe are working day and night to curb the fatal disease, the recent study released in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has come up with findings bound to leave the world startled. The study suggests that the death rate for infants afflicted by cancer is about four times higher than previously estimated…

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Childhood Cancer: Why Only 1 in 5 Indian Children Survives Cancer

A heavyweight in the category of dangerous diseases, cancer ranks high on the list. It is one of the major causes of death among adult, as well as children, and across the globe. It is alarming how the disease is growing and affecting more and more people every year. As per the National Cancer Registry programme of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), one out of eight men today has the possibility of developing cancer in his lifetime (0-74 years). Similarly, one out of nine women has…

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Childhood Asthma May Up Obesity Risk: Study

If your child is suffering from asthma, they may be at higher obesity risk later in childhood or adolescence according to this new study. In fact, asthmatic children were 51 per cent more likely to become obese over the next decade in comparison to those who did not have asthma in which a person’s airways become inflamed. “Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Frank D. Gilliland, Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Although, the researchers are unclear…

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Health Problems With Newer Treatments

Despite advances that have made treatments safer and more effective, childhood cancer survivors don’t appear to have experienced gains in long-term health outcomes, a new study suggests. Their survival odds are better, but as adults they may have chronic medical problems linked to cancer and tumor treatments, the study found. Up to one in four childhood cancer survivors report health problems in their 20s and 30s, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “They have chronic conditions at higher rates than siblings and the general population and they perceive…

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Soy protein in childhood may prevent bone loss in adulthood

Move over milk, soy protein isolate early in life might be what’s needed for strong, healthy bones in adulthood, researchers say. The findings showed that giving children a diet high in soy protein isolate can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood as well as help ensure overall better bone quality. “Appropriate early-life nutrition can optimise peak bone mass,” said Jin-Ran Chen, researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Consumption of soy foods has a variety of health benefits, including amelioration of bone loss…

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Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Food Allergy Risk

Antibiotic treatment within the first year of life is associated with an increase in food allergy diagnosis, suggests new research. The researchers found that children prescribed antibiotics within the first year of life were 1.21 times more likely to be diagnosed with food allergy than children who hadn’t received an antibiotic prescription. “Overusing antibiotics invites more opportunity for side effects, including the potential development of food allergies, and can encourage antibacterial resistance,” said lead researcher Bryan Love from South Carolina College of Pharmacy in the US. The study involved analysis…

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