Are Antibiotics Associated with Childhood Obesity?

Image of an obese child illustrating a possible link between obesity and antibiotic use in infancyA study published in JAMA pediatrics on 29/09/2014 has found further evidence for an association between the use of antibiotics in infancy and early childhood obesity.

The study, conducted in North America showed that children who received broad-spectrum antibiotics (these kill a very wide range of bacteria) were 1.11 times more likely to be obese than those who had not been exposed to antibiotics.

Turmeric Compound Stimulates Brain Stem Cell Proliferation

Picture of dried turmeric illustrating article about how turmeric is not useful in alzheimer's disease

A recent article in the Daily Mail Newspaper (26/09/2014) suggested that 'Eating a Curry a Day Helps Beat Dementia' which was too good a claim not to be investigated further.

Turmeric is an interesting herb.  A member of the Ginger family, it is widely used in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine and is used in many supplements.  It contains a number of compounds that are known to be bio-active and are currently under intense investigation in the hope that they will be found to be useful for health.

Paracetamol in Pregnancy - Possible ADHD Link

Pregnant abdomen illustrating article on possible link between paracetamol use in pregnancy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Dsiorder

A new study from Auckland has suggested a possible link between taking paracetamol in pregnancy and the later development of ADHD.

This is consistent with findings in an earlier study in Denmark and has triggered a review of the status of Paracetamol in pregnancy by Medsafe, the government agency that licences medication for use in New Zealand.

The study was published in the PLOS One journal and is available free for public perusal.

 Though mildly worrying, neither the study published this week, nor the previous study have sufficient power to determine whether this is a real effect or simply co-incidence. 

Top Marks for Marie-Lyne

We are proud and delighted to announce that our practice nurse Marie-Lyne has been awarded an outstanding 100% grade in a recent pharmacology assignment. 

Those who have met her will realise just how committed she is to excellence in all fields and this exceptional result fully recognises this.

Marie-Lyne is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner and we look forward to seeing her through to this achievement in time.

Appointments with our nurses are always available - just ring 326 6288.

Amber Necklace Safety

 

Amber necklaces have been sold for several years now, with sellers claiming that they release soothing chemicals into the bloodstream when warmed by your baby's skin. 

They are advertised for relief of teething pain, colic and to improve sleep. 

Many parents receive them as gifts for their baby and a few feel thay they may actually be helpful, though most would admit they notice no change.

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