Exposure to second-hand smoke during childhood increases risk for COPD mortality in adulthood

Second-hand smoke is associated with many negative health outcomes for both children and adults. In children, second-hand smoke can cause era infections, more frequent and severe asthma exacerbations, and respiratory infections. As adults, exposure to second-hand smoke has been linked to heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. In recent year second-hand smoke exposure has been…

Is autism a problem of too many connections in the brain?

Autism is a disorder characterized by impairments in social relationships, trouble communicating, behavioural problems, dependence upon a routine and others. Autism is not a single disease (like say cystic fibrosis) but instead is made up of a variety of disorders, like Asperger’s syndrome or Pervasive development disorder, which are collectively termed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD…

DNA damage from bad parenting?

It has been known for some time that people who come from families in disadvantaged environments are more prone to getting sick and ultimately dying from disease. What isn’t known is why these people are getting sick. Is it because they are exposed to more toxins or infectious agents? Or is their environment some how…