After increasing incredibly over past few decades, asthma rates in children in the US have been reducing, according to a study of data from 2001 to 2013. The rate of children below the age of 17 years suffering from asthma showed slight increase during the beginning of the study and eventually reduced to 8.3% by the end of the research.
A liver hormone responsible for sweet and alcohol preferences in mammals has been detected by researchers of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Cell Metabolism published the paper in which the discovery was revealed. The hormone, named fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), deals with environmental stresses, dietary changes and cold temperature exposure.
In Brazil, the number of infants born with small brains has shown as rise, and considering the same Brazil’s health ministry has cautioned pregnant women to take extreme precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Mosquito bites could infect them with a recently arrived virus.
Some of Brazil’s famous obstetricians have in fact now advised women against becoming pregnant.