Daily News Roundup
Epilepsy Drugs’ Risk of Birth Defects May Be Dose-Dependent
Four of the most frequently prescribed epilepsy drugs appear to increase the risk of serious birth defects when taken early in pregnancy, a new study finds. (Yahoo)
New Male Birth Control Concept Shows Promise
A birth control for men may be on the horizon. Now, research to interfere with the body’s ability to use vitamin A is showing some promise, because, in men, vitamin A is necessary for the production of sperm. One recent study found that a compound that interferes with the body’s ability to use vitamin A rendered male mice sterile while they were receiving 8- or 16-week courses. But once the mice were taken off the compound, they resumed making sperm. (Yahoo)
Kids Who Bully Often Get Poor Sleep
Poor sleep may be a factor in aggressive behavior among kids, according to new research that found that children who bully other kids are more likely to be sleepy during the day.
Having More Toys May Boost Exercise Levels in Kids
Providing children with more toys to play with may improve their level of physical activity, researchers say. The new study also found that having more active toys to choose from boosts the intensity of play among children, particularly girls. (Yahoo)
Do Cellphones Cause Infertility?
New studies have linked cell-phone use to sterility. A 2007 rat study found “significantly higher incidence of sperm cell death,” suggesting “that carrying cellphones near reproductive organs could negatively affect male fertility.” And a 2009 rat study found that the radiation from cellphones “negatively affects semen quality and may impair male fertility.” (Yahoo)
Baked goods may improve milk allergy symptoms
Allergic children given cooked milk, baked into muffins, over the course of months or years saw their symptoms disappear faster than children who simply avoided milk products.
The researchers say their results have the potential to change how kids are treated for milk allergies — which affect as many as three percent of young children, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. (Reuters)