Thursday, March 28, 2013

Upcoming events next week... April 5th and April 6th

Dr. O'Hara will be speaking at the TACA Real Help Now Conference in Malvern, PA on Saturday, April 6th.

For more information and to register, please visit:

On Friday, April 5th, National Autism Assoc. NY Chapter will be hosting NAAvigating the Maze - Current Trends in Autism Research at the Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC.

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Short bouts of exercise may improve cognitive function in youths

From HealthDay News (3/6):

A Dutch analysis of studies involving 586 6- to 35-year-olds showed that short periods of moderately intense exercise was associated with significant improvements in higher-order cognitive function such as self-control. The impact of brief exercise on cognition could have relevance for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism, researchers said. The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Food allergies may be affected by early antibiotics, study says

From Family Practice News (3/4):

The risk of food allergy was greatest among children who were exposed to more antibiotics during the first year of life, a case-control study showed. Receiving one or two antibiotic courses did not substantially raise children's food allergy risk, researchers reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting.

TACA CT Press Release

As a follow up to our recent TACA CT post...

First meeting will be held next Thursday, April 4th from 9:30-11:30 at Garelick & Herbs in New Canaan, CT

C-section babies are at greater risk for allergies

From U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/25):

Babies delivered via cesarean section were five times more likely to develop allergies by age 2 than those born vaginally when exposed to high levels of allergens, a study found. Gastrointestinal microbes may increase C-section babies' development of immunoglobulin E after allergen exposure, lead author Christine Cole Johnson said. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference.

Bloomberg defends soda rule after judge strikes it down

From National Public Radio/The Associated Press (3/12):

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his ban on sugar-sweetened drinks that are larger than 16 ounces and said the city will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the measure hours before it was to take effect. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling called the ban arbitrary and said the "loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose."

Saturday, March 16, 2013

It's official...TACA is coming to Connecticut!

It's official...TACA is coming to Connecticut!

The first meeting will take place on Thursday, April 4th from 9:30-11:30 at Garelick & Herbs in New Canaan, CT

Thank you Michelle!

For more information about the monthly meetings, please visit:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BPA exposure may put children at greater risk for asthma

From HealthDay News (3/1):

Exposure to bisphenol A in early childhood was associated with a greater likelihood of childhood wheezing and asthma, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. However, researchers found no evidence that BPA exposure during the third trimester of pregnancy was linked to increased asthma risk.

Monday, March 4, 2013

5 mental disorders share same gene variations, study finds

From News (2/27):

A study published in The Lancet found four genetic markers associated with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Of these gene variants, researchers said two help regulate calcium levels in brain cells. While detecting these genes is not enough to predict a person's risk for psychiatric disorders, the findings offer a better understanding of the conditions, lead researcher Dr. Jordan Smoller said.

AAP updates guidelines for treating ear infections

From CNN/The Chart blog (2/25):

Antibiotics for acute otitis media should only be prescribed in children ages 6 months and older presenting with serious signs or symptoms, the AAP said. In the group's revised ear infection guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics, pediatricians are advised only to diagnose acute ear infections if the eardrum is moderately to severely bulging or if there is discharge leaking from the ear.