Carcinogenic Parabens Contaminating U.S. Food Supply

Researchers may have solved a vexing mystery as to why parabens contamination in humans has been so pervasive in recent studies: Parabens are increasingly contaminating our food supply.

Researchers from the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, along with the University of New York at Albany have determined in a study Continue reading

Breast Milk Contains More than 700 Bacteria

Microbes taken from breast milk by the infant are identified

Spanish researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breast milk, which is the main source of nourishment for newborns. Continue reading

Babies Are Born With “Intuitive Physics” Knowledge, Says MU Researcher

Numerous infant studies indicate environmental knowledge is present soon after birth

While it may appear that infants are helpless creatures that only blink, eat, cry and sleep, one University of Missouri researcher says that studies indicate infant brains come equipped with knowledge of “intuitive physics.”

“In the MU Developmental Cognition Lab, we study infant knowledge of the world by measuring a child’s gaze when presented with different scenarios,” said Kristy vanMarle, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science.  Continue reading

Early Motor Experiences Give Infants a Social Jump Start

Study indicates infants at risk for autism could benefit from motor training

In a new study published today in the journal Developmental Science (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Vanderbilt University found that early motor experiences can shape infants’ preferences for objects and faces. The study findings demonstrate that providing infants with “sticky mittens” to manipulate toys increases their subsequent interest in faces, suggesting advanced social development.

This study supports a growing body of evidence that early motor development and Continue reading

2-Year-old Children Understand Complex Grammar

Psychologists at the University of Liverpool have found that children as young as two years old have an understanding of complex grammar even before they have learned to speak in full sentences.

Researchers at the University’s Child Language Study Centre showed children, aged two, sentences containing made-up verbs, such as ‘the rabbit is glorping the duck’, and asked them to match the sentence with a cartoon picture. They found that even the youngest two-year-old could identify the correct image with the correct sentence, more often than would be expected by chance.

The study suggests that infants know more about language structure than they can actually articulate, and at a much earlier age than previously thought. The work also shows that children may use the structure of sentences to understand new words, which may help explain the speed at which infants acquire speech.

Dr Caroline Rowland, from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, said: “When acquiring a language, Continue reading

BPA in Packaged Food Linked to Asthma in Infants

BPA, also known as bisphenol-A, is a chemical compound often used in the production of a large variety of plastics. The widespread use of BPA has come under public scrutiny due to known connection to a host of health problems, including heart complications, cancer, neurological issues, diabetes and fertility and sexual issues.

http://www.naturalnews.com/027736_B… The chemical can be found in water bottles, dental fillings, plastic containers, canned food linings http://www.naturalnews.com/025128_B… paper receipts, CD/DVD packaging, and more. Numerous studies have found that BPA acts as an endocrine system disrupter, negatively affecting our bodies’ hormone production. Exposure is almost a certainty -a 2004 study by the CDC found BPA in 93% of the over 2000 urine samples tested.

So, it shouldn’t surprise you that new information has surfaced linking BPA to breathing issues in babies. An article in Mail Online,  Continue reading

An increase in Prevalence of Flattened Head Found in Infants and young Children

The prevalence of plagiocephaly, a condition marked by an asymmetrical, flattening of the skull, appears to be increasing in infants and young children, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

“Plagiocephaly is characterized by unilateral flattening of the head either in the frontal or occipital [rear] region,” the authors write as background information in the study. “The presence of plagiocephaly has reportedly increased since 1992 while the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that infants be put to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome,  Continue reading

Promoting Breast Feeding is Now Encouraged

LOS ANGELES — The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has called for greater efforts to promote breastfeeding, which offers health benefits for both infants and mothers.

Nursing exclusively for six months, then with food until at least 12 months is ideal, the ADA said in a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the ADA.

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that exclusive breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first six months of life and breastfeeding with complementary food from six months until at least 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants,” the ADA said.

“Breastfeeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality and improving maternal morbidity and helping to control health care costs.”

“Research is especially needed on the effectiveness of breastfeeding promotion campaigns,” said the association.

Having conducted an evidence-based review of breastfeeding’s history, practices and health benefits in the United States and other countries, the ADA concluded that breast milk features optimal nutrient composition for infants and reduces the risk for many acute and chronic conditions.

According to the study, breastfeeding offers the following benefits for infants:

— A stronger immune system;

— Decreased risk of asthma, lower respiratory tract infections and gastroenteritis;

— Improved protection against allergies and intolerances;

— Proper development of jaw and teeth;

— Association with higher IQ and better grades in school; and

— Reduced risk for sudden infant death syndrome, as well as chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and childhood leukemia.

The benefits of breastfeeding for mothers include:

— Quality time spent bonding with baby;

— Quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight due to increased calorie expenditure;

— Less postpartum bleeding, faster shrinking of the uterus and return to menstrual cycle;

— Lowered risks for breast and ovarian cancer, as well as type II diabetes;

— Better bone density with less risk of hip fracture;

— Improved self-esteem and less risk of postpartum depression; and

— Cost savings from not buying formula.