Booster shots, Sweets, caffeine and depression

September 26, 2011 1:49:23 PM PDT
There are new recommendations for who should get the booster shot.

It's called the T-Dap vaccine. The P at the end stands for Pertussis which is whooping cough.

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say that children age 7 to 10 should now get the booster shot, especially if they were not completely vaccinated as a baby.

Previous recommendations were to wait until the age of 11.

"By the time the child is 4 to 6 years of age they've had five doses, so they're very well protected. The immunity wanes sometimes up as early as 3 years, so that means when you're 8, 9, 10 you may have no protection against Pertussis at all. And those are the kids we find are getting this cough-like illness," said Dr. Elaine Schulte, with the Cleveland Clinic Hospital.

The new guidelines also say that any adult of any age should get the vaccine if they will be in close contact with an infant.

And the next time your child asks for a cookie or ice cream, blame biology.

There is now a little scientific proof that kids are hardwired to have a sweet tooth, starting at day one.

Researchers from Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philly say that even newborns can detect sweet substances.

The high calorie content supports rapid growth and studies show that sugar can even work as a natural pain reliever in children.

And for the ladies, that morning cup of Joe may be more than just a pick me up, it may lower your risk of depression.

Harvard researchers studied nearly 51,000 women for more than a decade.

Tracking their coffee consumption all the way back to 1980.

Those who consumed 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day instead of just 1 cup had a 15-percent lower risk of depression.

Those who drank 4 or more cups lowered the risk by 20-percent. There could be many reasons why.

"Caffeine is a stimulant. It helps prevent depression. Many of the early anti-depressants were central nervous system stimulants, amphetamines. It may be that people who drink coffee are more active, exercise more, do other healthy things," said Dr. Michael McKee with Cleveland Clinic.

That study was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

It was a large study, but there is of course there's a catch.

It's one of those studies that doesn't prove that the caffeine or the coffee is what's definitely creating the benefit.

Many factors play a role in depression.

And we can't recommend to anyone that drinking 4 to 5 cups of coffee is a good idea.