Baby brains, diabetes pump, coffee and cancer

November 22, 2011 2:57:52 PM PST
Coffee and how it affects endometrial cancer, a new type of pump for people with diabetes and new findings about smart kids and birth order.

Got baby number one? Good! So what is the ideal space of time before receiving baby number two?

Well, according to study done at Notre Dame University, the ideal space between two siblings is at least two years.

That spacing has to do with "smarts," according to the study.

Children who are at least two years older than their next sibling are smarter according to research being published later this month.

The "at least two years older" siblings scored higher in math and reading tests than children born closer together.

The researchers theorize it's all that attention the first children gets in that time when he or she is the only child.

Diabetes pump

There's a new first of its kind pump helping children with diabetes.

Parker Gregory, 9, has been using the Omni Pod pump to get his insulin medication.

"I feel great, just like a normal person, except I have a pump on. It sticks to my body right here," he explained.

The Omni Pod, which is waterproof, delivers insulin without tubes or shots for up to three days and it's controlled wirelessly through a hand-held device, giving parker the freedom he wants.

Coffee and cancer

Coffee has been the subject of medical research lately as several studies have seen it as a protective agent in some diseases.

Now, a study finds a link between coffee and endometrial cancer.

Six-hundred, twenty-seven women with endometrial cancer were studied. Because they were part of the national nurses' health study, researchers were able to look at their food dairies and assess their coffee consumption over the last 26 years and compare them to other women without endometrial cancer.

The findings:

  • 4 cups of coffee a day linked with a twenty five percent lower risk of endometrial cancer.

  • 2 cups of decaf coffee was linked with a 22 percent lower risk.

    Coffee does have antioxidants, but it also has effects on sleep and the nervous system, so no one should increase coffee intake based on this study. This study wasn't random, and was dependent on the memory and discipline of the participants. What these findings do is point a path for the researchers to continue - what is it in this drinking coffee that seems to protect? Science sometimes takes baby steps.