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Size of baby in womb as an indicator of childhood asthma and allergies

Children with asthma at five and 10 years had been 5mm or 10 per cent smaller than average as 10 week old embryos



Largest gene study of childhood IBD

International research team has identified five new gene regions of childhood-onset inflammatory bowel disease, including one involved in a biological pathway that helps drive the painful inflammation.



Brain tumours in childhood

The first study of the lasting impact of these tumours -- the most common solid malignancies in childhood -- shows that survivors have ongoing cognitive problems.



New treatment doubles childhood leukaemia survival

A study shows that adding continuous daily doses of a targeted drug called imatinib mesylate to regular chemotherapy more than doubled three-year survival rates for children with a high risk type of blood cancer called Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.



Childhood virus may save lives

A harmless shard from the shell of a common childhood virus may halt a biological process that kills a significant percentage of battlefield casualties, heart attack victims and oxygen-deprived newborns.



Childhood obesity

Obesity is one of the most important health problems in industrialised countries irrespective of socio-economic status, age, sex or ethnicity.



Early childhood conditions carry over to adulthood

An intervention to relieve toxic stress that children experience early in life could not only affect their well-being and longevity but also improve societal health overall, researchers report.



Mutations cause childhood brain cancer

Researchers funded by the Canadian Cancer Society have discovered eight similar genes that, when mutated, appear to be responsible for medulloblastoma – the most common of childhood brain cancers.



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