Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancer
An emerging study conducted by researchers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that the urine of children with a specific type of cancer contains increased levels of common household pesticides. The research discovered the finding occurred in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer that generally develops when children are between three and seven years of age.
The research revealed that two common organophosphates—diethylthiophosphate (DETP) and diethyldithiophosphate (DEDTP)—tested higher in pediatric ALL patients versus children in the control group.
While this isn't a cause and effect finding, future research will be conducted to udnerstand the exact role of pesticides in the development of cancer. It is suggested that pre-natal exposure coupled with genetic susceptibility or an additional environmental insult after birth could be to blame.
Reuters also previously reported that the results of a study of 319 Parkinson’s patients and 200 nonParkinson’s-affected relatives found that people diagnosed with Parkinson’s are more than two times likelier to report pesticide exposure over people not diagnosed with the disease.
Weight Loss Tips That Work
Whether you're a new mom or have kids that are all grown up, it's hard to find the time and energy to lose that extra weight. We all know that "diets" don't work and its a matter of creating a healthy lifestyle. Eating well and exercising will not only keep your body in check, but it will boost your chances at a longer, healthier life. Yes, it's easier said than done. So, here are some little tips to get you started.
International Adoption Guide
Angelina Jolie and Meg Ryan are just a couple of the many parents adopting overseas. Also known as intercountry adoption, the international adoption is deemed more predictable and structured than the domestic adoption. Perhaps this is due to the fact that unlike the domestic one, the international adoption poses a low rate of contesting custody between birth parents. This is also due to the fact that a number of children today are available legally for adoption overseas.
The Summer Camp Guide
If you haven't begun to think about it yet, now is the time to firm up your kids' summer child care arrangements. Will you be going with the same babysitter you used last summer, or relying on friends and family members to help out? Keep in mind that another option is summer camp.