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Artificial sweeteners in pregnancy linked to fatter babies; new study shows

Artificial sweeteners in pregnancy linked to fatter babies, new study shows

Research, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics, demonstrates a link between the consumption of artificially sweetened drinks during pregnancy and an increase in the body mass index of their infants. Although the results of the study cannot prove causation, they are sure to spark further research. “Our study provides the first human evidence that maternal consumption of artificially sweetened beverages ... Read More »

Risk Of Lyme Disease Low, Toronto Public Health says

Risk Of Lyme Disease Low, Toronto Public Health says

Toronto health officials say the risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Toronto is low but are nonetheless advising residents to be on the lookout for black-legged ticks as the weather begins to warm up. The City of Toronto has posted signs where black-legged ticks are known to be found but are still telling people to take precautions while outdoors in ... Read More »

Child Obesity Rates Drop in Canada, Study

Child Obesity Rates Drop in Canada, Study

New numbers show Canada could be turning the corner in the war on childhood obesity. Health officials often warn about a childhood obesity epidemic, but new research suggests that in Canada, for the first time in years, the numbers of overweight and obese kids have decreased. Between 1978 and 2004, the rate of Canadian kids who were overweight or obese ... Read More »

Overweight mums have obese children, study says

Overweight mums have obese children, study says

Putting on excess weight or having high blood sugar levels during pregnancy can “imprint” obesity in children, researchers have claimed. Scientists from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research studied more than 24,000 mothers and their children over the course of 10 years. The study is said to be the largest on the topic and has been published in the ... Read More »

Swaddling May Increase the Risk of SIDS, new research says

Swaddling May Increase the Risk of SIDS, new study

Swaddling may increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when babies are put on their stomach or side to sleep, new research has found. The analysis, carried out by the University of Bristol, looked at four studies, which spanned two decades and covered three diverse geographical areas, including regions of England; Tasmania in Australia; and Chicago, Illinois. Review lead ... Read More »

Baby born with 31 fingers, toes, parents seek help (Photo)

Baby born with 31 fingers, toes, parents seek help (Photo)

A boy has been born in Hunan, China, with 31 fingers and toes, a condition known as polydactylism. The poor parents of the baby, named Honghong, are seeking help because the surgery to correct polydactyly would cost thousands of dollars and would be very difficult. Polydactyly is a family trait and if one parent has the condition there is a ... Read More »

Vitamin found to delay aging process in organs, says new research

Vitamin found to delay aging process in organs, says new research

An international study published in the journal Science seems to suggest, however, that there could be a solution in a form of vitamin B3, niamcimide riboside—a vitamin that’s already been proven to boost metabolism, to boot. An international research team set out to look at exactly why increased age was related to the degeneration of bodily organs such as the ... Read More »

Researchers Discover the Gene that Helps Determine How Old You Look

Researchers Discover the Gene that Helps Determine How Old You Look

The key to looking youthful could be down to one’s genes, new study suggests. Scientists have unlocked part of the secret to youthful looks by identifying a gene variation which is linked to how old people are perceived to be. Researchers from the Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in The Netherlands identify the culprit as certain varieties of the ... Read More »

All you need is 1 minute a day to stay fit, study finds

Scientists Settle On The Fastest And Most Efficient Workout

Can’t think of anything worse than hitting the gym for an hour or going for a 5K run? Us either! But a new study, the findings of which were published in the PLoS One journal, is claiming that a super short, intensive workout is just as effective as a longer, less intensive one. A team of researchers from McMaster University ... Read More »