Living near pesticide-treated farms raises risk of childhood brain tumors

Pregnant women living within 2.5 miles of agricultural lands treated with pesticides have a greater risk of their children developing central nervous system (CNS) tumors, according to a recent study. Published on Wednesday, March 31, in the Environmental Research journal, the study also revealed that the pregnant women did not have to be working in agriculture or in close contact … Continue reading Living near pesticide-treated farms raises risk of childhood brain tumors

Oxford suspends trial of AstraZeneca vaccine on children amid fears of its link to deadly blood clots

The University of Oxford announced on Tuesday, April 6, that it has suspended the trial on children and teenagers of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine that it developed jointly with AstraZeneca. The tests were halted as Oxford waits for further information from Britain’s top drug regulator about the vaccine’s possible link with rare blood clots in adults. Oxford began its pediatric trial in … Continue reading Oxford suspends trial of AstraZeneca vaccine on children amid fears of its link to deadly blood clots

Extended coronavirus lockdowns having severe negative effect on mental health of children – report

According to a report by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, mental health problems in children are on the rise due to the devastating toll of extended Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns. The “Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2020” is a report produced by NHS Digital in cooperation with the Office for National Statistics, a statistics agency that reports directly … Continue reading Extended coronavirus lockdowns having severe negative effect on mental health of children – report

Prolonged lockdown can compromise a child’s immune system, warns immunologist

Children could emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with underdeveloped immune systems due to prolonged lockdowns that forbid them from going outside, according to Dr. Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist who teaches at the University of Guelph in Canada. In an article published on March 10 in the Conversation, Bridle explained that regular exposure to the environment is critical for children’s immune systems to learn … Continue reading Prolonged lockdown can compromise a child’s immune system, warns immunologist

Report: Toxic heavy metals found in some baby food

A congressional report found that some of the products made by large commercial baby food manufacturers in the United States contain heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead, that can endanger infant health. The report issued by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy revealed that high levels of heavy metals were present in rice cereals, purees and juices made by … Continue reading Report: Toxic heavy metals found in some baby food

WHO green-lights mRNA vaccine experimentation on pregnant women and newborn infants

In early January, the World Health Organization (WHO) concurred that pregnant women should not receive experimental mRNA vaccines, due to insufficient safety data. By the end of the month, WHO reversed its recommendation and joined the U.S. CDC in promoting experimental mRNA vaccines for pregnant women. Great Britain is already getting the green light to serve up pregnant … Continue reading WHO green-lights mRNA vaccine experimentation on pregnant women and newborn infants

Propionic acid (PPA) in processed foods may be associated with autism spectrum disorder

A recent study has shed light on another possible cause of autism: processed foods. In their report, researchers from the University of Central Florida explored the possible role of the gut microbiome in developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a lifelong neurological and developmental disorder that begins in childhood. Published in Scientific Reports, their study revealed that exposing neural stem cells to high … Continue reading Propionic acid (PPA) in processed foods may be associated with autism spectrum disorder

Moderna starts testing coronavirus vaccine on kids aged 12 to 17 despite dangers of negative side effects

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to ravage countries across the world, with desperate people counting on a vaccine that can help protect them from this infectious disease. And yet despite warnings from health experts about potential negative side effects, Moderna Inc. has already begun testing its experimental coronavirus vaccine on kids aged 12 to 17. Moderna’s vaccine … Continue reading Moderna starts testing coronavirus vaccine on kids aged 12 to 17 despite dangers of negative side effects

New research suggests BPA exposure leads to poor lung function in children

Prenatal exposure to the industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may lead to poor lung function in children, according to a recent study presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress held in Madrid. Researchers from Spain examined pregnant women’s phenol exposure and found that many of them had detectable BPA levels in their urine. Children born to women with higher BPA levels had a smaller … Continue reading New research suggests BPA exposure leads to poor lung function in children

Higher vitamin D levels, stronger immune response protect children from COVID-19

How COVID-19 affects children is a topic that’s getting traction, especially with recent studies saying that the disease is less severe in children than in adults. So far, health experts have observed that fewer children contract the virus. Hospitalization rates in children are also lower than those in adults. In a new study, Petra Zimmermann and Nigel … Continue reading Higher vitamin D levels, stronger immune response protect children from COVID-19