Health-Points: Tuesday 11.25.08

  • Having no stress would be great! And there’s an added perk for cancer patients. New research in Cancer claims reducing stress, by exercising and eating healthfully, can help prevent relapses and fight cancer; via NewScientist.
  • China’s food safety has drawn intense scrutiny, prompting the FDA to open an office in Beijing. According to a spokesperson it will enhance the regulatory cooperation between the United States and China; CNN reports.

Smoking Parents Hurt Kids' Hearts

Smoking is bad. Don’t do it. And here’s more reason not to smoke. Scientists claim parents who smoke can cause vascular damage in their children.

The study appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. HealthDay News reports:

The inner lining of the carotid arteries was thicker for the young adults who had both parents smoking during pregnancy, a sign of potential danger in the years ahead. The thickening was strongest for maternal smoking.

"We believe that our findings with regard to fetal exposure may serve as a first signal which will have to be confirmed by other research in this area," Dr. Cuno S.P.M. Uiterwaal, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the University Medical Center in Utrecht said.

Who would smoke around a kid! In fact, Ontario is so against it, they’ve proposed fining drivers who smoke in their cars when children are present.

And if California quits smoking they can save $86 Billion! Smoking ups heart disease risk too.
 

Autumn Ups Asthma Risk...

A new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine claims babies born in the fall have a 30% greater risk of developing asthma than babies born at some other time. Researchers blame winter viruses, like respiratory syncytial virus; HealthDay News reports.

And a previous report suggests over-stressed moms can increase their baby’s likelihood of developing asthma or allergies later in life. So can public swimming pools. But according to Dr. Fuhrman breastfeeding reduces the risk of asthma in children. It works in mice too!
 

Cockroaches Cause Asthma and Allergies, Eek!

And not just roaches. Mice too! New research in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims antibodies developed to cockroach and mouse proteins increase the risk of wheeze, hay fever and eczema in young children; from Eurekalert.

That’s creepy. Even ickier than likening trans-fat to rat poop. More reason to be mindful of your child’s living space. Dr. Fuhrman insists it’s the parent’s responsibility to ensure a safe and toxin-free environment. Eating organic food helps too!

Via TreeHugger.
 

Fat Pregnancy, Tubby Teenagers...

Let’s see. A mother’s diet can affect the sex of her baby. Exposure to BPA during pregnancy can up the kid’s chance of becoming obese. And now, a new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology claims women who gain too much weight while pregnant may have fat teenagers; Reuters reports.
 

 

Research: Eat Peanuts Early, Avoid Allergies Later

Last year a report claimed peanut allergies were up in children and then, just last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 3 million children have food allergies

Now, amidst nut-phobia, new research in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims eating peanuts in infancy is associated with a lower instance of peanut allergy; Reuters reports.

I asked Dr. Fuhrman. He said the mother has to be eating peanuts, while nursing, at the same time the food is first introduced to maximally prevent allergies. The mother’s antibodies are key!