Today’s Headlines: Baby Fat, Polio, and Reading Aloud

Regrowing baby fat may help metabolism: Researchers have found that cooler temperatures may help in the regrowth of brown fat (aka baby fat) which may help fight diabetes.”Dr Lee, a clinical research fellow from Sydney’s Garvan Institute recruited five healthy men to spend every night for four months in a temperature controlled lab set at 19 degrees celsius. During this time their brown fat cells grew a staggering 40 per cent and their metabolism increased. But when they were kept in a 27 degree room their brown fat cells and metabolism decreased.” (ABC)

Polio virus in sewage near World Cup: Tests showed that the polio virus was in sewage near an airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The WHO released a statement saying that due to the high immunity of World Cup attendees, the virus should not be a threat. “Tests suggest the virus came from Equatorial Guinea, a central African country that reported its first outbreak of polio, four cases, earlier this month. It’s a reminder that any disease is only a plane ride away from any country.” (NBC)

New recommendation asks parents to read to children from birth: The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new recommendation for parents: read to children aloud from infancy. “With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.” (NYT)