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Study Sheds New Light On Childhood Obesity EpidemicGoody Blog Daily News Roundup
In comparing physical activity levels among American children, researchers discovered that the most overweight and obese ethnic groups are also some of the most active. This work adds to a growing understanding of the complex relationships among physical activity, nutrition, weight management, fitness and health. (Medical News Today)

Sports Participation Does Not Guarantee That Children Get Enough Physical Activity
Only about one-fourth of children participating in organized sports-such as baseball, softball or soccer-receive the government-recommended amount of physical activity during team practices, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the April 2011 print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (Medical News Today)

Young Children Who Attend Group Child Care Centers Get More Infections Then, But Fewer During School Years
Children who attend large group child care facilities before age 2∏ appear to develop more respiratory and ear infections at that age, but fewer such illnesses during elementary school years, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (Medical News Today)

Disorders Of Sexual Development Linked To Faulty Gene
Scientists have discovered that the alteration of a single gene could cause some male embryos to develop as females. The breakthrough will improve diagnosis and clinical management of patients with disorders of sex development (DSD). These conditions occur when the testis or ovary does not develop properly in the embryo, causing genital abnormalities in one in 4500 babies.  (Medical News Today)

Exposure to Mobile Phones Before and After Birth Linked to Kids’ Behavioral Problems

Pregnant mums who regularly use mobile phones may be more likely to have kids with behavioural problems, particularly if those children start using mobile phones early themselves, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (Science Daily)

Daycare Helps Build Immunity
Working parents often worry that small children in daycare seem to get sick all the time, and bring infections home to the family too. Some parents I know have avoided group child-care centers because they worry about long-term health effects.
A new study promises to ease some of those fears: While children placed in daycare early do tend to get sick more often, they also stay healthier than other kids later in elementary school, apparently because their daycare experience has built up their immunity against colds and other infections. (WSJ)

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