Healthcast : Expectant Mothers and Baby's Brain Development

LUBBOCK, TX - A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics put the spotlight on brain development during a baby's first 1,000 days of life. Expectant moms are encouraged to have a diet filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals so the baby's brain grows and develops normally. The organization also recommended breastfeeding and healthy food choices for toddlers.

Researchers in Sweden said teens who drink alcohol increase their risk of developing cirrhosis later in life. The study suggested that guidelines for safe alcohol consumption may need to be changed to avoid liver disease. In some countries, the alcohol cut-off level for men is about three drinks.

New evidence showed cognitive behavioral therapy is a clinically and cost-effective way to treat adolescents diagnosed with depression. The study, published in Pediatrics, found teens who have therapy recover faster than using antidepressant medication.

Sources:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Elsevier
Kaiser Permanente


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