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Work does not affect kids’ development

A new study has found that mothers who work during infancy do not necessarily harm their children’s mental development. In the survey conducted by the Institute of Child Health, 17,000 Britons and their children, born mainly in the 1990s, were observed.
Their development and behaviour was assessed through tests and questionnaires.

It was found that those whose mothers had returned to work in the months before their first birthday did not appear to be disadvantaged. Heather Joshi, co-author of the study and a professor at the Institute of Education in London, insisted that other factors, such as a stable home environment could have major influence on kids.

“There was evidence in some cases of a small negative impact of women returning to work in earlier decades — particularly for those born to working mothers in the 1970s and 1980s,” she said. “But when we looked at this other batch of children, mostly born in the 1990s, we found that this smallish wrinkle in a very complicated pattern was not visible,” she added.

Migraine related to hangover
Those suffering from migraine are more vulnerable to alcohol-induced headaches, according to a study. Michael Oshinsky, Thomas Jefferson University, along with Christina Maxwell, a student, compared the effects of alcohol on rats suffering from recurrent migraines with those that did not get headaches.

The researchers found that the rats that were induced with headaches through repeated stimulation of the brain’s dura mater followed by alcohol suffered increased pain sensitivity later while no changes were observed in alcohol-induced sensitivity in the control groups.

Healing: Mind really does matter
A new research has suggested that Hippocrates’ opinion on health and illness, that mind is significant in health and healing, is actually true. Researchers are looking at ways to prevent the damage excessive stress does to a young child’s development.

They are also looking at how the mind can help speed or slow healing and help control pain. Researcher Deborah Gross has found that some behavioural disorders in young people are preventable, particularly if resilience is taught and risk factors for stress are reduced. She claims that a key protective factor that can help reduce stress is parenting.
She said: “Parents are a child’s entire world. If parents are preoccupied, or emotionally or physically absent, their child loses out.”

Apparently, when parents don’t engage their child early and often, brain development related to language and learning may be slowed. Gross intends to buttress child resilience by improving parents’ communications, engagement and involvement.

Vitamin pills can cause cancer
Vitamin supplements do nothing to stave off illness and could even lead to cancer, a leading expert has warned. Martin Wiseman, World Cancer Research Fund, pointed out that people who regularly take vitamin and mineral supplements instead of eating a balanced diet are at greater risk. “Many people think they can reduce their cancer risk by taking supplements, but the evidence does not support this,” Wiseman said.

“Just because a dietary pattern that provides a relatively high level of a particular nutrient might protect against cancer, it does not mean that taking it in tablet form will have the same effect.”

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