Thursday, June 28, 2012

CT scans raise children's risk for brain cancer, leukemia

From (6/6):

Children who received two to three CT scans of the head had a threefold increased risk of developing brain cancer later in life, while five to 10 scans raised the risk of leukemia threefold, U.K. researchers reported in The Lancet. However, they said that the absolute risk of developing cancer is small and that the immediate benefits of CT scans outweigh the long-term cancer risks.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Educate before you vaccinate

Check out the shocking numbers of vaccines that our children are receiving...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Zinc helps babies fight serious bacterial infection, study says

From: News (5/31)

Adjunct zinc therapy for babies aged 7 days to 120 days with probable serious bacterial infection yielded better outcomes than standard antibiotic treatment, according to an Indian study published in The Lancet. Researchers reported that 10 babies in the zinc group died compared with 17 in the placebo group.

Prenatal antidepressant use linked to preterm birth, newborn seizures

From Reuters (5/30):

Babies born to mothers who took antidepressants during the second trimester were more likely to be born earlier than other babies, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The risk of seizure was also higher in newborns whose mothers took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during the third trimester.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Event REminder: Meet and Greet with Amy M. Greenberg and MedClaims

Event Reminder:
What: Meet and Greet with Amy M. Greenberg and MedClaims
When: Drop in anytime Wednesday, June 20th 6-8pm
Where: Our office 3 Hollyhock Lane Wilton, CT 06897
Questions: contact Betsy @ or 203-834-2813x11

*Do you need help recovering medical reimbursements?

*Does your child need help with relating, communicating and thinking?

*Do you want a comprehensive intervention that builds on your child’s strengths while addressing his or her challenges?

Join us on June 20th!

Come by our office any time between 6:00 and 8:00pm to meet the MedClaims Liaison (MCL) team and Developmental Educator Amy M. Greenberg.

For help recovering medical reimbursements, MCL is a health insurance advocate with extensive experience with reimbursements for ASD therapies, among others. MCL's team of experts manages your claims from start to finish and ensures you recover all the money you deserve. Stop in to learn more on June 20th.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to learn more about MCL, visit their website at

Also joining us on June 20th between 6:00 and 8:00pm is Amy M. Greenberg, MS. Ed., MA. Eng. Amy is a Developmental Educator and DIR®/Floortime™ certified.

DIR/Floortime intervention builds healthy foundations for social, emotional and cognitive growth in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays and disabilities. Play-based and family-focused, DIR/Floortime addresses the whole child as an actively participating member of his or her family, school and community. DIR/Floortime uses your child’s interests, sensory and motor functioning, and family and peer relationships to expand his or her capacities for self-regulation, engagement, gestural and verbal communication, symbolic play, and logical thinking.

Amy provides in-home developmental interventions serving children, ages birth to five, with ASD and other developmental delays and disabilities. Under her guidance, young children with special needs learn to play, initiate ideas and actions, engage in joyful relationships, and experience and manage a wide range of emotions.

If you cannot attend but would like more information, please contact Amy at or 917-597-9434.

Refreshments will be served.

Many babies at risk of development delays don't get early intervention

From Reuters (5/22):

Thirty-six percent of 118 children in California who failed the standardized developmental test and had no previous early intervention did not receive a referral during an initial follow-up visit at ages 4 months to 8 months, a study in Pediatrics found. Researchers said the numbers were similar at the second follow-up visit. Budget cuts to the state's early intervention services and stricter eligibility criteria might explain the low referral rate for such services, they said.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Parents don't turn to pediatricians for autism treatment

From Yahoo!/HealthDay News (5/16) :

A study found that many parents of children diagnosed with autism didn't believe they can rely on pediatricians for advice on treatments. Researchers also noted that many pediatricians said they lack information as well as time for children with autism. The findings will be presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research.

Maternal food sensitivity raises children's schizophrenia risk

From Medical News Today (5/16):

Children born to mothers with high levels of wheat protein gluten antibodies had an almost 50% higher risk of developing schizophrenia later in life than those born to mothers with normal levels of antibodies, a Swedish study found. However, researchers said that abnormally high levels of milk protein antibodies among mothers did not increase the risk for psychiatric conditions in children. The study was published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

FDA warns about fake ADHD drug Adderall sold online

From: The Wall Street Journal (5/29)

The FDA issued a warning on Tuesday about a counterfeit version of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' Adderall, a drug for treating children and teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and chronic sleepiness, being sold online. The fake drug, which contains acetaminophen and tramadol, is ineffective and may be harmful to patients, an FDA spokeswoman said.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Asthma cases in U.S. hit new high, CDC says

From HealthDay News (5/15):

Nearly 19 million adults and about 7 million children had asthma in 2010. The proportion of people in the U.S. with the condition has risen nearly 15% since 2001, according to a CDC report released Tuesday. Asthma was responsible for 1.9 million emergency department visits, 8.9 million visits to doctors' offices, nearly 3,400 deaths and about 480,000 hospitalizations.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Health officials toughen lead poisoning standard for children

From The Wall Street Journal (5/16):

The CDC announced a new lead poisoning standard that lowered the threshold for children younger than 6 from 10 micrograms to 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Although the impact of the revision remains unclear, the standard could increase the number of children with high levels of lead to as many as 450,000.