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Flawed Circadian Clock Could Cause Paediatric Bipolar Disorder

Flawed Circadian Clock Could Cause Paediatric Bipolar Disorder

Faulty body clock genes could be the reason behind bipolar disorder among infants. Researchers have penned down this crucial finding in the open access academic journal ‘BMC Psychiatry’ detected 4 adaptations of the dictatorial gene RORB that were related to infancy bipolar disorder. Alexander Niculescu from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, United States, collaborated along with a team of scientists from Harvard, UC San Diego, Massachusetts General Hospital and SANY Upstate Medical University for studying the role of RORA and RORB genes of 152 infants having this condition and 140 infants that were part of a control group. They detected four variations to the RORB genes that are certainly linked to being bipolar. Niculescu stated that their findings indicated that  [...]

Immensely Beneficial Miniature Implant For Hearing Impaired Infants

Immensely Beneficial Miniature Implant For Hearing Impaired Infants

The latest slim line implant could be a more viable choice for those infants having suffered hearing loss. A mere 3.9mm implant that is forty per cent slimmer as compared to the existent auditory implants greatly assists deaf individuals in carrying out their day-to-day communications. Though intended for individuals belonging to all age brackets, the novel hearing aid is particularly beneficial for babies and kids, allowing them to distinguish between tones of voices and sounds – a crucial element of their development. The placement of the innovative Cochlear Nucleus 5 System is under the skin just at the back the ear. Once affixed it collects sound transformed into digital signs via a processor that is placed at the back of the ear. The implant then alters these signs into electrical impulses  [...]

A Revolutionary Shot Saves Life Of Child Ailing From ‘Brain-Dissolving’ Condition

A Revolutionary Shot Saves Life Of Child Ailing From ‘Brain-Dissolving’ Condition

A baby girl, who was faced with a dawdling and agonizing fatality due to her brain ‘melting’, is well on her recuperative course following an astounding foremost experiment. ‘Baby Angel’ –name withheld on grounds of anonymity, had a brain that had started dissolving brusquely subsequent to her birth eighteen months back as she possessed excessive amounts of sulphite in her body – an exceedingly atypical disease that had no visible treatment. Her hopes of surviving were dim, however her parents and doctors present in Melbourne repudiated to stay helpless and see her grow fainter as the poison gnawed into her brain. Doctors and the small girl’s parents – that could not be mentioned for private concerns – started searching all over for any sort of medicine that could offer the  [...]

Antibiotics Could Lead To Birth Abnormalities

Antibiotics Could Lead To Birth Abnormalities

An astonishing relation between commonly employed drugs for treating urinary tract infections and congenital defects was uncovered by the researchers during the course of a study delving into the outcome of antibiotics use during pregnancy. It was reassuring for the researchers to find that the prevalently employed antibiotics during initial pregnancy such as penicillin appeared to be most safe. As bacterial infections when untreated could lead to complications for the fetus, hence experts recommend pregnant women should not totally keep away from antibiotics. Rather women need to speak with their doctors regarding the available and best suited antibiotic options. The study is the foremost large-scaled examination of antibiotics usage during pregnancy. It showed that those mothers that reported  [...]

Home-Use Foetal Heart Monitor – Relying On Them Could Prove Detrimental

Home-Use Foetal Heart Monitor – Relying On Them Could Prove Detrimental

Doctors have cautioned that pregnant mothers must not depend or trust the outcome of the home-use foetal heart monitors for keeping tabs on their unborn foetus. The devices that are obtainable at medical stores or pharmacies (costing twenty to ninety pounds)and have been popularised in media as one of the pregnancy ‘must-haves’ --- must merely be employed for fun sake –the experts have stated. The caveat follows harrowing reports about a thirty-four year old woman who gave birth to a stillborn child subsequent to a home-use heart monitor that calmed her into an incorrect sense of safety. The woman in her thirty-eighth week of gestation became apprehensive about the wellbeing of her unborn child on a Friday following a marked decrease in foetal movement. When she employed one of the home-use  [...]

10 Effectual Tips For Averting Birth Anomalies

10 Effectual Tips For Averting Birth Anomalies

Annually about 1, 50, 000 infants delivered in the United States have one or several commonly noted birth defects. Though the reason for more than sixty percent of the birth anomalies is yet unclear, there are numerous steps that one could take as mothers for ensuring the wellbeing of the developing fetus. Appropriate instructions being timely furnished, staying aware and alert are the vital means of averting birth anomalies in the baby. Subsequently, one needs to take appropriate actions for lowering the chances of birth abnormalities. One could adhere to the diverse tips stated below for enhancing the likelihood of having a normal and healthy pregnancy and also guaranteeing a bonny and normally growing child. Some of the aspects might appear exigent as that would need one to break out of  [...]

Prudent Tactics To Safeguarding Your Kids

Prudent Tactics To Safeguarding Your Kids

Parents would perennially be faced with situations wherein they would be away from their kids. This is more relevant in present times wherein parents need to leave for work-related matters when their kids are at school. In such circumstances when kids would be required to take the bus by themselves for reaching home or would be staying alone at home, then as parents one would need to do certain things to ascertain the kids’ safety, security and well-being. Much alike the case with any of the regular one-on-one sessions with the kids regarding fires, health or their schooling, parents need to tender information regarding sexual predators in a matter-of-fact way. This would aid in enhancing the kid’s alertness and managing skills. It is imperative that one additionally finds the appropriate  [...]

Online Grooming – Marring Many Impressionable Lives

Online Grooming – Marring Many Impressionable Lives

Online grooming and ‘solicitation’ are the most prevalent types of infant sexual abuse. Grooming is a process wherein a pervert adult with dire interests in kids actively seeks for preparing or ‘grooming’ a kid for sexual abuse. Studies have revealed that nearly 1 in twelve of the 8 million Britain-based kids having access to internet have met up with an online contact in real life. A speaker for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre stated that there was an outstanding rise in the number of social networking sites and youngsters have been placing intimate information on the net that proffers easy identification –making it quite risky – as where youngsters get online –so do paedophiles. It is not about shutting these sites down, but being more prudent and vigilant  [...]

Cyber Bullying – Safeguarding Kids From Virtual Threats

Cyber Bullying – Safeguarding Kids From Virtual Threats

With the palpable rise in the usage of mobiles and computers, has gradually risen the malevolent trend of Cyber Bullying wherein individuals employ electronic communication for harming others. Cyber bullies could make use of text messaging, telephone calls, email, instant messaging services, social networking websites and web pages as a means of causing embarrassment to others. Bullying also dubbed as harassment, would translate to passing around malicious fake gossips, sending derogatory messages, saying humiliating stories or putting up pictures intended to make others feel discomforted. They could additionally involve pestering, vicious or sexual warnings or threats. Cyber bullying is an array of things ranging from circulating odious messages or caricatures about the individual to letting  [...]

Bubble Boy Disease

Bubble Boy Disease

Bubble Boy Disease also known as SCID, is a congenital problem occurring among children leading to failure in their immune system effectively functioning, thus making them more prone to fungus, bacteria and virus-related diseases.  The term ‘bubble boy disease’ came into existence due to the familiar SCID kid several years back that was placed in a specialised ‘sterile bubble’ for safeguarding him from infections. When SCID is undetected and not treated, such infants rarely live past a year’s time. SCID treatment is conducted by transfusion of bone marrow cells from a matching donor in good health. These transfused stem cells attain maturity in the receiver’s body transforming into T and B cells – the specialized WBC’s known as lymphocytes that don crucial roles as infection-combatants  [...]

Smart Ways to Identifying a Conniving Paedophile

Smart Ways to Identifying a Conniving Paedophile

Paedophiles subsist amongst us in our neighbourhoods and do not have any easily perceivable characteristics that make them stand out from a crowd. A wishful thinking if only it was such an easy task, scores of innocent infant lives would have been saved catastrophic consequences of being caught in the web of a paedophile. Paedophiles are mostly exceptionally scheming and witty at masking their true intentions, in order to gain contact with one’s kids. Most of the paedophiles are men and nearly 2/3rds of them would be known to the abused kid. Signs of an individual who might prove to be a potential harm to one’s kids Infant abusers are mostly those that actively endeavour at befriending the kin for gaining access to their kids. Being weary of those who display increased interest in one’s  [...]

Surviving Hurler’s Syndrome

Surviving Hurler’s Syndrome

Sixteen month old Marcus Espino was diagnosed on July 1994 with a grave genetic storage ailment known as Muccopolysaccaridosis 1H, also called as MPS1 or Hurler’s syndrome. The doctors informed his parents that his sole likelihood of survival was if underwent a bone marrow transplant or BMT. The onset of Hurler’s syndrome is the result of the body’s incapability for producing a particular enzyme known as alpha-iduronidase. Generally, the body utilises enzymes for processing proteins, sugars and other matter alongside breaking down and reprocessing cells following their death. However, in kids having Hurler’s syndrome and other storage disorders, the absent or deficient enzyme thwarts this normally occurring process from taking place, leading to depositions occurring in nearly all the  [...]