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Second hand smoke has deadly consequences

Claire McCarthyIf your adolescent child has been exposed to secondhand smoke, he may already have heart disease. That’s the message of a new study published this month.

Researchers in Finland followed around 500 children from age 8 to 13. Every year they did a blood test that measured their exposure to tobacco smoke in the previous few days. At age 13, they looked at the arteries of the children using ultrasound, to measure their thickness and health, and measured their levels of Apolipoprotein B, which gives a direct measure of the lipoproteins that can cause heart disease.

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This week on Thrive: Jan. 11 – 15

Children’s research made the Huffington Post’s Top 10 Medical Research Trends to Watch in 2010. We find out exactly how dangerous secondhand smoke is to children. Are American destined to be obese? Two studies show how important a good night’s sleep for your children is. A gene for a devastating kidney disease is discovered. Do you know the dangers of leaving your child in the car alone? Dr. Rich responds to comments on his Call of Duty post. Have Americans finally hit an obesity plateau? The Flu Fighters invade Facebook. Children’s sends a team into Haiti and we offer advice on how to talk to your children about this devastating event.

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Exactly how dangerous is secondhand smoke to children?

Mom smoking cigarette around childby Lawrence Rhein, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Infant Lung Development

Most people know that smoking is bad for the people who light up a cigarette and inhale. And most non-smokers know that inhaling someone else’s smoke can be unpleasant. But is it dangerous?

High in toxic chemicals, secondhand smoke causes or contributes to many health problems, including heart disease, cancer, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A new study, out this month, adds to the growing evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke is especially concerning for children.

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Health headlines: Fearless toddlers, Viagra for kids and Santa wants his vaccine

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A new study says your child is more likely to become a criminal if they don’t have good fear conditioning. Pediatricians are ordering Viagra for children with heart defects.

A new report says too much food, not a lack of exercise, is to blame for teen obesity, and researchers find that toddlers and obese kids suffer the most from secondhand smoke.

More kids’ lives are saved as the cost of child vaccines fall and Santa says he wants his H1N1 vaccine too.

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