No Link Between C-Sections And Autism, Study Says

Previous research has raised the possibility of a causal link between Cesarean delivery and autism spectrum disorders, both of which are on the rise. But a new two-part study should go a long way in reassuring parents whose babies are born via C-section that their children are not at any greater risk of developing the disorder because of how they were delivered. Researchers with the Irish Center for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research analyzed data on deliveries and subsequent autism diagnoses among nearly 2.7 million children born in Sweden in the past three decades. Children born via elective C-section were roughly 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism, which was in line with previous estimates. However, when the researchers further analyzed the mode of delivery among more than 13,400 pairs of siblings in which one child was diagnosed with autism and the other was not, the association did not hold up. They concluded that any link was likely due to unknown genetic or environmental factors and not because of how the children were delivered. "Based on our data, there is no evidence that birth by Caesarean section causes ASD," study co-author Ali Khashan of the Irish Center for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research in Cork, Ireland, told The Huffington Post in an e-mail. His team's findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday. Previously, researchers have surmised that certain factors associated with C-sections, such as changes in t...
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CONCLUSION: ASD is associated with a range of prenatal, perinatal, and neonatal factors, with the highest magnitude associations with maternal medication use and neonatal seizure.Pediatric Research accepted article preview online, 14 March 2018. doi:10.1038/pr.2018.23. PMID: 29538366 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Pediatric Research - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Pediatr Res Source Type: research
This article provides an overview of public health efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the past two decades to protect children’s health from environmental hazards. It highlights examples of concrete steps and accomplishments toward improving environmental protection and health outcomes achieved through public policy, rules and regulations, increased scientific understanding, and public health messaging. Additionally, examples of future challenges for better understanding and improving children’s environmental health are discussed. Citation: Firestone M, Berger M, Foos B, Etzel R....
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Perspectives Brief Communications Children's Health December 2016 Source Type: research
DISCUSSION SESSION 1: Food allergy (PD01 –PD05)PD01 Allergen-specific humoral and cellular responses in children who fail egg oral immunotherapy due to allergic reactionsMarta Vazquez-Ortiz, Mariona Pascal, Ana Maria Plaza, Manel JuanPD02 FoxP3 epigenetic features in children with cow milk allergyLorella Paparo, Rita Nocerino, Rosita Aitoro, Ilaria Langella, Antonio Amoroso, Alessia Amoroso, Carmen Di Scala, Roberto Berni CananiPD04 Combined milk and egg allergy in early childhood: let them eat cake?Santanu Maity, Giuseppina Rotiroti, Minal GandhiPD05 Introduction of complementary foods in relation to allergy and gut...
Source: Clinical and Translational Allergy - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
This week’s Republican National Convention has resembled nothing so much as a circus sideshow. There was the norovirus outbreak among California staffers, a plagiarized speech delivered by the potential first lady of the United States, and even a moment when former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson linked Hillary Clinton to Lucifer. As wacky as the RNC seems, it’s only the latest example of Republican leaders’ willingness to venture into the realm of the imagination. When it comes to nearly every aspect of health, for instance, from health care to women’s issues to vaccines to mental heal...
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Conclusions Patterns of disease are changing rapidly in LMICs. Pollution-related chronic diseases are becoming more common. This shift presents a particular problem for children, who are proportionately more heavily exposed than are adults to environmental pollutants and for whom these exposures are especially dangerous. Better quantification of environmental exposures and stepped-up efforts to understand how to prevent exposures that cause disease are needed in LMICs and around the globe. To confront the global problem of disease caused by pollution, improved programs of public health monitoring and environmental protecti...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Brief Communication March 2016 Source Type: research
We have the perfect storm for creating an environment that will continue to injure and destroy the health of our most precious gifts, our children. We live in America, which is the most highly vaccinated country on the planet. Vaccinations alone are responsible for tremendous health damage. We are also a country that consumes a highly processed, sugar-laden, vitamin-deficient diet, which adds its own set of health problems. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of a strong immune system capable of maintaining health and naturally fighting disease. The combination of vaccinations and poor diets contribute to our growing health ...
Source: vactruth.com - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Top Stories Asthma autism autoimmune disorders Malnutrition official dietary recommendations vaccine schedule Weston Price Source Type: blogs
1Editor-in-Chief and 2Children’s Health Editor, Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA About This Article open Citation: Darney SP, Dimes MM. 2016. Perspectives on the Children’s Health Collection 2015. Environ Health Perspect 124:A1–A2; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1511049 E-mail: sally.darney@nih.gov Final Publication: 1 January 2016 PDF Version (158 KB) EHP’s sixth annual Children’s Health Collection, now onlin...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Editorial January 2016 Source Type: research
There's a universe of living organisms in your digestive tract, and the little critters can do a ton for you. Up to 100 trillion cells live in your gut microbiome, forming a world that scientists are still working to understand. 100 trillion cells -- that's enough microbes to make it the highest density natural bacterial ecosystem that we know of. Way more than your compost bin. If all is going well, these organisms live in perfect homeostasis with you, their host. From regulating your immune system to keeping the lining of your gut strong, these organisms can be a part of how you take control of your own biology. Just d...
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Charles W. Schmidt, MS, an award-winning science writer from Portland, ME, has written for Discover Magazine, Science, and Nature Medicine. Background image: © Roy Scott About This Article open Citation: Schmidt CW. 2015. Growing a new study: Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes. Environ Health Perspect 123:A260–A263; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.123-A260 News Topics: Asthma, Birth Defects, Children’s Health, Laws, Regulations, and Policy, Mental Health, Neurologic Health, Obesity, Research Issues and Initiatives, Respiratory Health Published: 1 October 2015 PDF Version (1.6...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Featured News Spheres of Influence and Policy Asthma Birth Defects Children's Health Laws Mental Health Neurologic Health Obesity October 2015 Regulations Research Issues and Initiatives Respiratory Health Source Type: research
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-AR-15-014 Opportunity Category: DiscretionaryFunding Instrument Type: Cooperative AgreementCategory of Funding Activity: HealthCFDA Number: 93.846Eligible Applicants State governmentsCounty governmentsCity or township governmentsSpecial district governmentsIndependent school districtsPublic and State controlled institutions of higher educationNative American tribal governments (Federally recognized)Public housing authorities/Indian housing authoritiesNative American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with th...
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