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Mineral Medicine: Zinc helps kids recover from pneumonia

The addition of zinc to standard antimicrobial treatment may accelerate recovery from pneumonia, say researchers in this week's issue of the Lancet. Pneumonia is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in children less than five years old. Zinc is reported to prevent pneumonia, and to prevent and treat diarrhoea, and it may boost the [...]

Mineral Medicine: Zinc helps kids recover from pneumonia 2015-09-09T13:50:28+00:00

Cod liver oil for kids: more benefits

Our parents and grandparents often claim to know what’s best for us. In the case of cod liver oil, it turns out they were right! Recent studies show that giving kids this traditional remedy (and supplementing with it while pregnant) can help reduce the risk of a child developing diabetes. Two new studies reveal further [...]

Cod liver oil for kids: more benefits 2015-09-09T13:50:29+00:00

Moms can lower kids’ diabetes risk

Cod liver oil is an important source of vitamin D and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which aid in the prevention of type 1 diabetes. At Ulleval University Hospital in Norway, researchers investigated whether cod liver oil or other vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of type [...]

Moms can lower kids’ diabetes risk 2015-09-09T13:50:30+00:00

Healthy Kids: Iron deficiency

Many parents are concerned that their kids may not be getting enough iron. Iron deficiency is relatively common in babies (up to 2 years) and adolescents. These two age groups are especially susceptible due to high iron requirements and rapid growth. Iron is essential for the production of blood and the building of muscle. A [...]

Healthy Kids: Iron deficiency 2019-01-09T14:48:19+00:00

Fish oils ease asthma symptoms

Asthma is one of the most common illnesses, affecting 13% of Canadians aged 5 to 19 years. Since the body uses the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in fish to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, it is believed that fish oils can benefit asthma sufferers. In fact, studies show that in populations eating large amounts [...]

Fish oils ease asthma symptoms 2015-09-09T13:50:31+00:00

Childhood asthma: look at the diet

Two recent studies highlight how vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids in a child’s diet benefit lung function and reduce the risk of asthma. In a study at the University of Southern California in LA, researchers investigated the possible relationship between children’s lung function and their intake of fruits, vegetables and juices. These foods provide [...]

Childhood asthma: look at the diet 2019-01-09T14:48:19+00:00

Healthy Kids: Take aim at allergies

Hay fever is triggered by pollen or mould spore allergens during the spring, summer or fall. The proper term is “seasonal allergic rhinitis” and symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, itchy skin and eyes, and red, watery eyes. Hay fever is the most prevalent chronic illness diagnosed in children younger than 18 years — [...]

Healthy Kids: Take aim at allergies 2019-01-09T14:48:20+00:00

Food Additives and Hyperactivity: Study suggests “cleaning up” kids’ foods may help

Artificial food colourings and preservatives have a "significant" impact on hyperactivity levels in very young children, say researchers, and removal of these substances could be in the long-term interest of public health. The authors base their findings on over 1,800 three-year-old children, who were screened for hyperactivity and allergies. Almost 300 children, divided into four [...]

Food Additives and Hyperactivity: Study suggests “cleaning up” kids’ foods may help 2015-09-09T13:50:32+00:00

Enzyme Helps Asthma: Bromelain reduces lung inflammation, study finds

According to a researcher from the University of Connecticut Health Center, the enzyme bromelain appears to reduce inflammation associated with asthma. Dr Eric Secor tested three groups of mice with acute asthma over eight days with either a placebo or two doses of bromelain – 2 mg or 6 mg per kg. Bromelain is extracted [...]

Enzyme Helps Asthma: Bromelain reduces lung inflammation, study finds 2015-09-09T13:50:33+00:00

ADHD Breakthrough? Low iron found in many ADHD kids

According to French scientists, many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have iron deficiency that may be linked to the disease. They suggest that such kids may benefit from iron supplements. Low iron levels cause abnormal functioning of the brain neurotransmitter dopamine "and may contribute to the physiopathology of ADHD," say the researchers in their report [...]

ADHD Breakthrough? Low iron found in many ADHD kids 2015-09-09T13:51:12+00:00

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