Dr. Scott Bialik – Pediatric Dentistry

Serving Brookfield, Bethel, Ridgefield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sandy Hook, Southbury and the Greater Danbury, CT area. Also serving Carmel, Patterson, and Brewster NY

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Damaged Eyesight May Be First Indication Of Zika Infection In Babies, Study Suggests.

HealthDay (7/17) reports that impaired vision may be the only initial symptom of Zika infection in infants, according to a new study “published July 17 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.” As a result, the authors recommend, “All infants with potential Zika virus exposure should undergo screening eye examinations regardless of [central nervous system] abnormalities, timing of maternal infection during pregnancy, or laboratory confirmation.” Medscape (7/17) also covers the story.
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After-School Exercise Program Leads To Loss In Visceral Fat, Better Test Scores In Elementary-Age Kids, Study Finds.

In its Sunday Magazine and in its “Well” bog, the New York Times (6/18, Subscription Publication) reported, “A new study of elementary-age children shows that those who were not part of an after-school exercise program tended to pack on” visceral fat, “a particular type of body fat that can have deleterious impacts on brain health and thinking.” In a study to be published soon, researchers found that kids who participated in a “nine-month after-school exercise program” not only shed visceral fat, but also performed better on “a computerized test that measures how well children pay attention, process information and avoid being impulsive.”
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One-Fifth Of Baby Food Samples Contaminated With Lead, Report Finds.

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (6/15) reports 20% of 2,164 baby food samples “had detectable levels of lead,” according to a report published by the Environmental Defense Fund. The group analyzed data from the Food and Drug Administration’s Total Diet Study between 2003 and 2013. The Huffington Post (6/15) reports fruit juice for babies “stood out as a large offender” in the report.
On its website, TODAY (6/15) reports the group also found that 14% of other food was contaminated with lead, based on the same analysis. The Environmental Defense Fund called for food manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration to get lead out of all foods.
On its website, WRC-TV Washington (6/15) reports the FDA says on its website that “lead is in food because it is in the environment and lead cannot simply be removed from food.”
AAP News (6/15) reports Dr. Jennifer A. Lowry, MD, FAAP, the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, said, “I think the onus is really on FDA and industry to change their standards to reflect what we know, that there is no safe lead level. These are old standards they currently have and they haven’t been updated in decades.” Dr. Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, FAAP, the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Nutrition, said, “Pediatricians can help parents understand this issue and use AAP guidance to build a healthy diet for children and limit exposure to lead from different sources.” The Salem (OR) Statesman Journal (6/15) also covers the story.
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Even Small Amounts Of Maternal Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy May Result In Babies With Slight Facial Abnormalities, Study Indicates.

Reuters (6/9) reported, “Women who drink even a little bit of alcohol during pregnancy may be more likely than other mothers to have babies with slight facial abnormalities that have been linked to developmental problems,” researchers concluded after examining “data from facial images for 415 one-year-old children.” The study revealed “subtle changes in babies’ faces mostly around the nose, eyes and lips associated with almost all levels of alcohol exposure regardless of whether drinking occurred only in the first trimester or throughout the pregnancy.” The findings were published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
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Early-Life Exposure To Certain Phthalates May Be Linked To Lower Thyroid Function In Young Girls, Research Suggests.

TIME (5/31) reports research published online in Environment International indicates that “early-life exposure to certain phthalates – a group of chemicals found in a wide variety of household items including shampoos, perfumes, nail polish, plastic toys, house building materials and more – is linked to lowered thyroid function in young girls.” Included in the study were 229 pregnant women and “229 children who were three years old.” TIME points out that “phthalates are thought to be endocrine disruptors, which means they interfere with the body’s hormones.”
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