High free sugar intake during pregnancy was associated with a heightened risk of allergy and allergic asthma in the children, independent of their sugar intake during early childhood, according to the ALSPAC* study.
Women who consume high amounts of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) during the second trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of their children developing obesity at school-going age, according to a recent study.
Daily administration of two probiotic strains, Bifidobacterium animalis subsp lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, does not appear to be effective in the prevention of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections in infants, as shown in the ProbiComp* study.
The presence of Escherichia coli and normal renal ultrasound findings may allow safe avoidance of voiding cystourethrography (VCUG), an invasive procedure associated with significant radiation exposure, in infants aged 0 to 3 months with a first febrile urinary tract infection (UTI), according to a recent study.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 1 - 15 August 2017 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
The use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy, in addition to antidepressants, benzodiazepines and gabapentin, appears to be associated with an increased risk and severity of neonatal drug withdrawal, suggests a recent study.
Children of mothers on antidepressants during pregnancy appear to have a higher risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) without intellectual disability compared with children of mothers with psychiatric conditions but without exposure to antidepressants during pregnancy, a recent observational prospective cohort study has found.
A recently developed technology for analysing lung sound (ic700) may be able to assess efficacy of inhaled corticosteroid therapy and predict asthma attacks in children, as demonstrated by a study from Japan.
A study recently showed that preterm babies in Hong Kong have significantly higher overall survival rates upon discharge from the hospital compared with that of the Vermont Oxford Network (VON), an international neonatal database. However, the rate of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and growth failure is significantly higher in the Hong Kong cohort.
Oral supplementation with multiple micronutrients, iron, and folic acid during pregnancy improve birth outcome among women in low-and middle-income countries where micronutrient deficiencies are prevalent. This should replace single nutrient iron and folic acid supplementation, a recent review has shown.
Free tongue movement in preverbal infants influences their speech perception, say Canadian researchers. This challenges existing theories on language acquisition, which assume perceptual capabilities as influencers of speech development.