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Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians
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Microsoft Word - Snippets December 2012 Snippets Snippets from the worldwide web Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2012; 41(4): Sports Drinks, Not Just Sodas, Drive Up Weight in Teens Data on nearly 11,000 offspring of participants in the Nurses' Health Study II, aged 9 to 15 years, were tracked over time at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. At the end of each 2-year interval of the study, the teens had gained almost 2.0 pounds for each can of soda they drank every day. If they drank 2 sodas a day, they gained 4.0 pounds over each 2-year interval. Importantly, this study revealed the previously unknown consequence of drinking sports drinks; the teens gained an average of 3.5 pounds for every sports drink consumed per day. New Form of Autism May Be Treatable With Supplement A homozygous mutation that silences the gene involved in the metabolism of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) has been identified in a group of children who have autism and either epilepsy or abnormalities on electroencephalogram (EEG), an international team of investigators has reported. They identified a mutation in the branched-chain ketoacid dehydrogenase kinase (BCKDK) gene in families among whom parents were cousins and whose children had autism, epilepsy, and intellectual disability. In mice, the researchers were able to show that a BCAA- enriched diet abolished the neurologic deficits within a week. The study was published online September 6 in Science. Probiotics During Pregnancy May Ward off Eczema Babies were less likely to develop eczema when their mothers took probiotics during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, in a new study from Finland. Researchers said it's possible that probi

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