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The Psychology Behind Why Parents Don't Vaccinate

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Do Genes Play a Role in Peanut Allergies? New Study Suggests Yes

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Researchers have pinpointed a region in the human genome associated with peanut allergy in U.S. children, offering strong evidence that genes can play a role in the development of food allergies.

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Hollie Sobel, PhD, Available to Provide Tips on How Families Can Cope with a Seemingly Endless Winter Season

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Peanut Allergy Expert Available to Speak on New Study

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Early Consumption of Peanuts Prevents Peanut Allergy in High-Risk Infants

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A study reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that consumption of a peanut-containing snack by infants who are at high-risk for developing peanut allergy prevents the subsequent development of allergy. The “Learning Early About Peanut allergy” (LEAP) study, designed and conducted by the Immune Tolerance Network and led by Gideon Lack at Kings College London, is the first randomized trial to prevent food allergy in a large cohort of high-risk infants.

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Breastfeeding, Other Factors Help Shape Immune System Early in Life

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Henry Ford Hospital researchers say that breastfeeding and other factors influence a baby’s immune system development and susceptibility to allergies and asthma by what’s in their gut.

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‘Aging in Place’ May Be the Wrong Answer for Boomers and Their Parents

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Baby boomers trying to pick the best living arrangements for themselves or their parents as they age should be wary of a phrase they coined in their younger years: If it feels good, do it.

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Is My Baby Spitting Up Too Much?

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A baby’s feeding habits are a common source of questions for pediatricians. Though every baby will spit up, some do it considerably more than others, which can cause parents to think something might be wrong.

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Puerto Rican Officials Blame Parents of Children with Obesity, Consider Fines

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In an attempt to address the significant problem of childhood obesity in the United States territory, Puerto Rican officials have proposed a $500 - $800 fine for parents whose children have obesity and have not improved after parent-focused education. While some public and pediatric health organizations have called the bill “unfair,” The Obesity Society (TOS) and The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) go further to call it a misguided policy that ignores the core scientific understanding of obesity as a disease.

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Patient Parenting: Sharing of Food Across Generations Contributes to Humans' Long Life Histories

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A new Santa Fe Institute study by Paul Hooper and collaborators details the intergenerational food sharing in a society of Amazon forager-farmers and shows that differences in relative need determine contributions to children from parents, grandparents, and other kin.