Health & Wellness
It seemed like a typical art show opening. Happy people mingling and snacking on cheese and strawberries, scrutinizing each painting and piece of sculpture. Proud artists interpreting their work and explaining their creative processes to admiring family and friends.
But the Spring Art Gallery show at the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto is special. The young artists all struggle with emotional or social disabilities. The nearly 200 paintings, photographs and sculptures were created in art therapy sessions at the Health Council's Esther B. Clark School, where children ages 8-16 who have trouble coping in public schools receive intensive help from teachers and therapists.
This month, researchers from several institutions including the University of Oulu in Finland and the Imperial College in London reported the results
of a study which found an association between high-dose vitamin D supplementation in infancy and an increased risk of atopy, allergic rhinitis, and asthma later in life. Atopy, or atopic syndrome, is an allergic hypersensitivity affecting parts of the body not in direct contact with an allergen. It may involve eczema (inflammation of the upper skin layers), allergic conjunctivitis, allergic rhinitis and asthma.
A Bahraini woman has given birth to sextuplets, three boys and three girls, national media reported on Tuesday.
The sextuplets, weighing between 460 and 650 grams, are reportedly in a "stable and good condition." They were delivered on Sunday by caesarean section, with 35 minutes between the first and last baby.
Fifty residents along Escambia Bay are suing the companies they say are responsible for polluting the water and fish near their property with cancer-causing industrial chemicals.
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Comment: Has Mr. Young or Monsanto not read the facts? The facts state that levels of PCBs in the Escambia are higher river than the safety limit. Can you see how this case will be held up on court? By arguing trifles, tiny bits of data and semantics nothing will be done. It's this way all over the world thanks to the mind of the psychopath.
Geelong's water is expected to be fluoridated by this time next year, with infrastructure now being developed.
A spokesman for the state health department said yesterday Geelong would need at least three fluoride treatment plants for the project because of the configuration of its water supply.
The city's water is drawn from the Barwon catchment to the west and the Moorabool catchment to the north.
Fluoridation equipment was installed at Anakie, She Oaks and Wurdee Boluc Reservoir in 1986, but union bans stopped their commissioning just days before the tap was turned on, and the original equipment was dismantled many years ago.
The way mothers interact with their babies in the first year of life is strongly related to how children behave later on. Both a mother's parenting style and an infant's temperament reliably predict challenging behavior in later childhood, according to Benjamin Lahey and his team from the University of Chicago in the US. Their findings1 have just been published online in Springer's Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
The researchers looked at whether an infant's temperament and his mother's parenting skills during the first year of life might predict behavioral problems, in just over 1,800 children aged 4-13 years. Measures of infant temperament included activity levels, how fearful, predictable and fussy the babies were, as well as whether they had a generally happy disposition. The researchers looked at how much mothers stimulated their baby intellectually, how responsive they were to the child's demands, and the use of spanking or physical restraint. Child conduct problems in later childhood included cheating, telling lies, trouble getting on with teachers, being disobedient at home and/or at school, bullying and showing no remorse after misbehaving.
Twenty-three people have died in the past five years after a routine flu jab.
Official figures show that a further 123 people given the winter vaccine suffered a suspected reaction so severe they were taken to hospital.
Causes of death included heart attacks, blood infections and pneumonia, while asthma and kidney failure were among reported side-effects.
The statistics, revealed by Health Minister Dawn Primarolo, raise fears over the safety of the vaccine, which is taken by eight million people in Britain every year.
Apparently not safe enough, especially when there is an overwhelming evidence
that vaccinations sabotage natural immune systems and cause a host of invasive infections.
Some general anaesthetics could actually worsen the pain following surgery, say scientists. So-called "noxious" anaesthesia drugs - used commonly worldwide - stimulate nerves to cause irritation long after the operation is over.
The US research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, could prompt the choice of different drugs. A UK expert said solving post-surgical pain was a priority for anaesthetists.
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|Eric Hollingsworth - June 19, 2008)
Colchester, Connecticut - Eric Hollingsworth was just 2 years old when doctors told his parents his severe autism would prevent him from talking or ever going to school in a regular classroom.
"They painted a really grim picture," Eric's mother, Karen Hollingsworth said. "They told us to expect the Rain Man without any savant skills."
Fast forward 17 years, and Eric Hollingsworth, now 19, was finishing the last day of a food service class at Bacon Academy this week, sitting at a table with other students making baskets of scallion flowers and radish roses for a party for a retiring school board member.
Maggie Fox and Julie SteenhuysenReuters
Fri, 06 Jun 2008 18:38 CDT
Researchers who compared two diabetes trials said on Friday they are getting some insight into why patients in one were more likely to die after aggressive treatment, while patients in another were not.