33MD for March 31, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

New research suggests childhood obesity may begin in the first few months of life. In a study of more than 500 children, Harvard researchers found babies who gained weight quickly during their first six months were more likely to be obese by their third birthday. Researchers suggest pediatricians closely monitor this type of weight gain in infants.

People who have chronic sleep problems may be more likely to think about or attempt suicide. Doctors with the University of Michigan say insomniacs are more than 2 ½ times more likely to report a suicide attempt. That’s based on data from nearly 5,700 men and women. Experts say they reported problems like falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, or waking up earlier than desired.

It appears bed bugs are getting better at outsmarting humans. Experts say they’re becoming resistant to popular insecticides. Researchers at Mississippi State say bed bugs continue to infest hotels, homes, subways, even movie theaters. The good news, however, is the bugs don’t appear to transmit human diseases. In most cases, people have no reaction to the bites. Scientists say the bugs are often brought home in travelers’ luggage. Jerome Goddard of Mississippi State University says, “There’s a tremendous increase in bed bugs in the Untied State and other parts of the world. Many different studies show a 3, 4, 500% increase in reports of bed bugs or reports of bed bug infestations.” Experts say the best way to avoid the bite is to take a close look at the mattress you’re about to sleep on. They add that 30% of people bitten by bed bugs develop a clinical reaction.