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Connecticut Center for Health: December 2004 Archives



Natural Health News

Childhood Obesity Leads to Enlarged Heart



Obese children grow up to have bigger left ventricles in their hearts, putting them at risk for heart disease and high blood pressure, according to a study of 467 adults under medical observation since 1970. The doctors who conducted the study said that simply being obese means your heart has to work harder, even in childhood. The added burden of high blood pressure and other related health problems can actually contribute to a change...

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Low Iron Levels May Contribute to ADHD



Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem to have iron deficiency, according to the results of a small study. The researchers suggest that such kids may benefit from iron supplements. Iron deficiency causes abnormal functioning of the brain neurotransmitter dopamine and may contribute to the pathology of ADHD. Researchers measured iron levels in 53 children with ADHD and in a comparison group of 27 matched children who did not have ADHD. Ferritin levels in blood...

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Fruits May Protect Children from Leukemia



Children who ate oranges and bananas or drank orange juice most days of the week before age 2 were significantly less likely than other children to be diagnosed with leukemia before age 14, according to research released this month. Previous research has suggested that diet may influence the risk of certain cancers, including colorectal, prostate, lung and breast cancers. Before age 15, more children become sick from leukemia than from any other type of...

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