Brain Radiation Damage Reversed With Lithium

Brain Radiation Damage Reversed With Lithium

Brain Radiation Damage Reversed With Lithium

“From this, we conclude that lithium, given along the lines of this model, can help to heal the damage caused by radiotherapy, even long after it was caused,” says lead author Giulia Zanni, postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University and former PhD student in Klas Blomgren’s group at Karolinska Institutet.

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Giulia Zanni, Shinobu Goto, Adamantia F. Fragopoulou, Giulia Gaudenzi, Vinogran Naidoo, Elena Di Martino, Gabriel Levy, Cecilia A. Dominguez, Olga Dethlefsen, Angel Cedazo-Minguez, Paula Merino-Serrais, Antonios Stamatakis, Ola Hermanson, Klas Blomgren. Lithium treatment reverses irradiation-induced changes in rodent neural progenitors and rescues cognition. Molecular Psychiatry, 2019; DOI: 10.1038/s41380-019-0584-0

Study finds higher levels of several toxic metals in children with autism

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James Adams, a professor of materials science and engineering, has done extensive research into autism. He directs the ASU Autism/Asperger’s Research Program. Photo: Jessica Slater/ASU

Posted February 25, 2013

In a recently published study in the journal Biological Trace Element Research, Arizona State University researchers report that children with autism had higher levels of several toxic metals in their blood and urine compared to typical children. The study involved 55 children with autism ages 5–16 years compared to 44 controls of similar age and gender.

The autism group had significantly higher levels of lead in their red blood cells (+41 percent) and significantly higher urinary levels of lead (+74 percent), thallium (+77 percent), tin (+115 percent), and tungsten (+44 percent).  Lead, thallium, tin, and tungsten are toxic metals that  can impair brain development and function, and also interfere with the normal functioning of other body organs and systems.

A statistical analysis was conducted to determine if the levels of toxic metals were associated with autism severity, using three different scales of autism severity. It was found that 38-47 percent of the variation of autism severity was associated with the level of several toxic metals, with cadmium and mercury being the most strongly associated.

In the paper about the study, the authors state “We hypothesize that reducing early exposure to toxic metals may help ameliorate symptoms of autism, and treatment to remove toxic metals may reduce symptoms of autism; these hypotheses need further exploration, as there is a growing body of research to support it.”

The study was led by James Adams, a President’s Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.  He directs the ASU Autism/Asperger’s Research Program.

Adams previously published a study on the use of DMSA, an FDA-approved medication for removing toxic metals.  The open-label study found that DMSA was generally safe and effective at removing some toxic metals. It also found that DMSA therapy improved some symptoms of autism. The biggest improvement was for children with the highest levels of toxic metals in their urine.

Overall, children with autism have higher average levels of several toxic metals, and levels of several toxic metals are strongly associated with variations in the severity of autism for all three of the autism severity scales investigated.

The study was funded by the Autism Research Institute and the Legacy Foundation.

Media Contact: Joe Kullman, (480) 965-8122 Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

New health guidelines: no birthday cake candles allowed for Australian children

Posted By Caroline May On 5:29 PM  02/07/2013 @ 5:29 PM In DC Exclusives,DC Exclusives – Blurb,Uncategorized,World | No Comments

New child-care guidelines from Australian health officials will make blowing out candles on birthday cakes a thing of the past down under.

According to new hygiene rules for child-care centers from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council, blowing out birthday cake candle spreads germs and should be avoided.

“Many children like to bring a cake to share with their friends on their birthday,” the guidelines explain. “Children love to blow out their candles while their friends are singing ‘Happy birthday’. Cakes and candles may also be brought into the education and care service for other special occasions.”

The NHMRC advises that to “prevent the spread of germs,” children should blow out a candle on a single piece or a separate cupcake.

Other regulations contained in the nearly 200-page guidance on childcare include regulations on sandbox play (adults and children must wash their hands with soap or sanitizer before and after play), play dough (wash hands before and after, and provide a different untouched batch each day), as well as require child-care centers to wash door handles, cushions, and toys at the end of each day.

While the guidelines are aimed at curbing the spread of illness, the Australian Medical Association has warned against overly sensitive guidance that puts “kids in a bubble,” according to the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

“If you live in a plastic bubble you’re going to get infections [later in life] that you can’t handle,” AMA president Steve Hambleton said, according to the Telegraph. “It’s normal and healthy to be exposed to a certain amount of environmental antigens that build up our immune systems.”

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, who helped to launch the guidance, said that the proposal is just advice at this point, The West Australian reported.

“They are not rules, and we’re not policing them,” she told ABC Radio in Melbourne.

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Undercover officers stole identities of dead children

Police officers stole the identities of 80 dead children to create undercover aliases, it is alleged.

Met launches new child abuse probe

Scotland Yard confirmed that they have received a complaint about the practice Photo: AP

By Hayley Dixon

8:37PM GMT 03 Feb 2013

The Metropolitan Police took details from birth and death records without the consent of the children’s families and issued fake passports, driving licences and National Insurance Numbers for officers infiltrating protest groups.

Some spent a decade using the stolen identities and the practice went on for 30 years, according to The Guardian

Scotland Yard, who said the practice would not be authorised now, confirmed they have received a formal complaint, which is being investigated by the Directorate of Professional Standards.

They will also examine the practice as part of an investigation into the “past arrangements for undercover identities used by Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) officers”.

The practice, introduced 40 years ago but deemed classified intelligence, was fictionalised in Frederick Forsyth’s novel The Day of the Jackal. As a result officers have nicknamed the process of searching for suitable identities the “jackal run”.

One officer working undercover with anti-racist groups in the 1990s said he felt he was “stomping on the grave” of the four-year-old boy whose identity he had used. He even visited the child’s home to back up his story

Another officer, who used the identity of a car-crash victim, said he was aware the parents would “still be grief-stricken” and he had “dilemmas” as they had not consented.

They had worked for the controversial unit, which was disbanded in 2008, alongside Sergeant John Dines who it is said used the identity of an eight-year-old who died from leukaemia in 1968.

He had a two-year relationship with an activist. When he vanished she tried to trace the family of the dead boy – believing it was his. She said she was relieved she never found them.

There have been claims that the practice stopped in the mid-1990s, but the case being investigated relates to 2003.

Around 80 officers are reported to have used the identities between 1968 and 1994.

The Met have refused to confirm or deny the identity of the undercover officers.

The internet is leaving children brain-dead: Inventor warns ‘Google generation who spend life in front of screens are losing creativity and skills’

By  John Stevens

PUBLISHED: 17:30 EST, 25  December 2012 |  UPDATED: 17:30 EST, 25 December 2012


One of Britain’s leading inventors has warned  that  a ‘Google generation’ who rely on the internet for  everything  are in danger of becoming ‘brain-dead’.

Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up  radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they  spend too much time in front of screens.

The 75-year-old said he fears that the next  generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make  anything with their hands.

Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind up radio, has warned the internet is leaving children 'brain-dead'Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind up radio, has warned  the internet is leaving children ‘brain-dead’

But he said children could rediscover vital  skills if schools used Meccano and other practical toys.

Mr Baylis said: ‘Children have  got to  be taught hands-on, and not to become mobile phone or computer  dependent.

‘They should use computers as and when, but  there are so many people playing with their computers nowadays that spend all  their time sitting there with a stomach.

‘They are dependent on Google searches. A lot  of kids will become fairly brain-dead if they become so dependent on the  internet, because they will not be able to do things the old-fashioned  way.’

Recalling how his career had its roots in the  very different world in which he grew up, he said he was  about five or six  years old when he began to invent devices. ‘During the war, when I was not at  school I used to go out and collect the rubbish,’ said Mr Baylis.

‘One day I was out and went to this house  around the corner  from where I grew up in Southall, Middlesex, and this  lady said, “I’ve got a box of stuff for you Trev, you’d better get a  wheelbarrow.” So I picked up this thing and on the way back I was intrigued and  I looked inside and it turned out to be a huge Meccano set.

Inventor Trevor Baylis says today's children are dependent on Google searchesInventor Trevor Baylis says today’s children are  dependent on Google searches

‘If I wanted to make a five-wheeled motor car  then I could, or a forklift truck. And that’s really what it is about, because  that stays with you all of your life.’

The inventor, who was awarded the OBE in  1997, believes that  simple challenges in schools  using tools such as  Meccano  model kits would give children invaluable skills.

He said: ‘With Meccano you could do your own  reproduction of, say, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

‘If you brought Meccano back into primary or  secondary schools then you’d have class one against class two – you’ve got four  hours  to make the Sydney Harbour Bridge and we’ll see which one is the  strongest.’

Many of Mr Baylis’s inventions have been  gadgets to help the disabled.

He recalled how much of his motivation came  from an accident when he was working as a circus stunt man.

He said: ‘I did an underwater escape act in a  Berlin circus in 1970. When I was in the circus I had a very passionate affair  with an aerial ballet star, a lovely girl from Vienna.

‘One night, she bounced off the net and hit  the side and died halfway through the show and it broke my heart.

‘I suddenly realised disability is only a  banana skin away.’

Mr Baylis still has a workshop  where he  works on his inventions at his home in Twickenham, south-west London. He is  currently lobbying the Government to do more to protect the intellectual  property of inventors.

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Experts warn of misbehaving tooth fairy

Contact: Stephanie Burns 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal

Teeth discovered in children’s ears and wind pipe

The tooth fairy and malpractice

Opinions of the tooth fairy as kind and giving may need to be revised following “mounting reports of less child-friendly activity”, says a paper published in the BMJ Christmas edition and appearing online today.

Researchers from across London became concerned following misdemeanours of the mythical character and a worrying trend in malpractice. One boy in particular became extremely distressed because the tooth fairy “had put a tooth in his left ear” after he left it under his pillow. Further investigation turned out he was right.

Further supporting their evidence are another two cases showing teeth being found in the oesophagus (causing “a trauma situation”) and a man who developed an abscess after placing his child’s tooth in his nipple piercing so it could be “near to his heart”.

The researchers conclude that as there is no clear guidance on how to avoid such complications, they suggest that clinicians have a “high index of suspicion with tooth related presenting complaints”.

They add: “As far as we are aware there is no revalidation procedure for the tooth fairy and no clear guidance or standard operating procedures in place to ensure outcomes are avoided”.

A huge database containing the personal details of around eight million schoolchildren is being created without parents’ knowledge, it emerged today.

Warning over secret database featuring 8m children

A new database created by Capita features the personal details of 8m schoolchildren, it has emerged.

A new database created by Capita features the personal details of 8m schoolchildren, it has emerged. Photo: PA

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5:08PM GMT 11 Nov 2012

IT specialists from one of Britain’s biggest private companies are compiling the system, which features information on pupils’ age, sex, address, exam results, absenteeism and disciplinary record, it was revealed.

The database – set up by Capita – is reportedly being used by around 100 local authorities to act as a single source of information for officials working with children.

But the move raised fresh concerns about data security.

It comes just two years after Labour’s controversial ContactPoint system – containing the personal details of all children in England – was scrapped because of major fears that it was vulnerable to hackers.

Nick Pickles, director of the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, told The Sunday Times: “It is ContactPoint by another name. Parents will be shocked that they are being kept in the dark about how their child’s information is being gathered and exactly what it is used for.”

According to reports, teachers are currently uploading information on pupils to the “Capita One” database as often as six times a day.

Capita also hires photographers to take pictures of pupils, which are offered for sale to parents before being uploaded onto the database, it emerged.

The data is currently employed by local authorities but it is thought that other organisations working with children, including youth offending teams and police officers, will also be given access.

Capita said the information provided a “single view” of a child in each local area but insisted schools and councils took data protection seriously.

A spokesman told The Sunday Times: “Each local authority holds and manages permission and access to its own information held in its Capita One database. Capita One is not a centralised database for the whole country.”

More dodgy stats misleading the child protection debate

Last month we detailedhow one of the key statistics being relied upon by campaigners calling for ‘default blocking’ of some internet content was based upon one very dubious survey in a single school.

This kind of deliberately misleading scaremongering undermines the discussion about how best to protect children, and now it’s clear that commercial pressures are also leading to dodgy stats being pushed into the debate.

This week, the Advertising Standards Authority has rebuked Carphone Warehouse for it’s marketing of a service we’ve previously been very critical of, Bemilo. The service hit the headlines for it’s feature that allowed parents to read the text messages of children, prompted by our warning that parenting is not spying.


Four claims made in advertisements were challenged, relating to how children use mobile phones and the effects it has.

1. “33% are sleep deprived”;

2. “1 in 10 receive bullying texts or calls”;

3. “25% of children call or text in a class during school”; and

4. “33% spend up to 5 hours a day browsing the web on their phone”.


When the ASA investigated the claims, it found that the first three points the advertisement breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 (Misleading advertising) and 3.7 (Substantiation).

On the fourth point the ASA found it breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 (Misleading advertising).

In other words four key statistical claims in the advertisement were misleading, and three of them could not be properly substantiated.


Carphone Warehouse has been told not to run the advert again, and we hope that this will once again demonstrate how the child protection debate is being driven by vested interests whose primary concern is not the protection of children.

One in a hundred children are ‘psychopathic’, warn researchers – and they say there is nothing parents can do to control them

  • Scientists say affected children lie, cheat,  manipulate and commit acts of remorseless cruelty
  • Traditional punishments have no effect on  their behaviour

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:11:49 EST, 30  August 2012| UPDATED:15:22 EST, 31 August 2012


Around 1 per cent of children could be  inherently psychopathic, with parents unable to turn around their behaviour,  according to researchers.

Up until now, children who lie, manipulate  and commit acts of cruelty without remorse were thought to be the product of  poor parenting.

But psychologists at University College  London said two studies which they carried out showed such traits are largely  genetic.

Researchers found that one in 100 British children display signs of psychopathic behaviour, and that normal parenting methods rarely work because the children an incapable of empathyResearchers found that one in 100 British children  display signs of psychopathic behaviour, and that normal parenting methods  rarely work because the children an incapable of empathy

It means typical punishments such as the  ‘naughty step’ are unlikely to be effective.

The theme is explored in bestselling  novel  We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which is about a  mother  struggling to come to terms with her psychopathic, killer son.

Lead researcher Professor Essi Viding said  the novel was a good portrayal of a child psychopath and how their behaviour  cannot be blamed on parents.

She said: ‘Yes, the mother was not a  perfect  mother. But this mother managed to bring up one child [Kevin’s  sister] who was  perfectly well-integrated and typical, and another child who was extremely,  extremely troublesome.’

The researchers said such children,  which  they describe as ‘callous-unemotional’, form a distinct sub-group of badly  behaved youngsters.

They predicted between a quarter and  half of  children with conduct problems could fall into this category,  equating to  around 1 per cent of all children in the UK.

The researchers also warn that traditional parenting methods to discipline children such as the naughty step are unlikely to workThe researchers also warn that traditional parenting  methods to discipline children such as the naughty step are unlikely to work

Professor Viding said that although  children  who had anti-social behavioural tendencies were more likely to  be the product  of poor parenting, this was not the case for children  with psychopathic  tendencies.

She said: ‘For the group which has  callous-unemotional traits, there’s a strong genetic vulnerability.

‘This does not mean these children are born  anti-social or are destined to become anti-social.

‘But in the same way that some of us  are  more susceptible to heart disease, these children are people who are more  vulnerable to environmental influences that trigger the  anti-social  outcome.’

However, Professor Viding, who will  present  her findings at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen next  week, said there  is some evidence that psychopathic children respond to  ‘warm parenting’.

This might mean giving children what they  want in return for good behaviour, even against the parents’ better  judgment.

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Vaccine tied to ‘superbug’ ear infection – Old Prevnar 2007 Historical Only

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A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is also having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections

On Monday, doctors reported discovering the first such germ that is resistant to all drugs approved to treat childhood ear infections. Nine toddlers in Rochester, N.Y., have had the bug and researchers say it may be turning up elsewhere, too.

Wyeth anticipated this and is testing a second-generation vaccine. But it is at least two years from reaching the market, and the new strains could become a public health problem in the meantime if they spread hard-to-treat infections through day care centers and schools.

It is a strain of strep bacteria not included in the pneumococcal vaccine, Wyeth’s Prevnar, which came on the market in 2000. It is recommended for children under age 2.

Prevnar, however, is losing its punch because strains not covered by the vaccine are filling the biological niche that the vaccine strains used to occupy, and they are causing disease.

One strain in particular, called 19A, is big trouble. A new subtype of it caused ear infections in the nine Rochester children, ages 6 months to 18 months, that were resistant to all pediatric medications, said Dr. Michael Pichichero, a microbiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The children had been unsuccessfully treated with two or more antibiotics, including high-dose amoxicillin and multiple shots of another drug. Many needed surgery to place ear tubes to drain the infection, and some recovered only after treatment with a newer, powerful antibiotic whose safety in children has not been established.

–Scientists from a drug company and two labs analyzed more than 21,000 bacterial samples from around the nation and found 19A increasing. Among children 2 and under, the portion of samples that were this strain rose to 15 percent in 2005-2006, from 4 percent in the previous three years.

–A British lab tracking respiratory infections in U.S. kids found that the 19A strain accounted for 40 percent of drug-resistant cases.

–University of Iowa researchers found 19A accounted for 35 percent of penicillin-resistant infections in 2004-05, compared with less than 2 percent the year before the new vaccine came out.