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Today's Top Medical Stories for Wenesday, January 29, 2014

Children born prematurely could face increased risk of asthma and a simple bacterial toxin may trigger multiple sclerosis.
New research shows a toxin from foodborne bacteria may cause multiple sclerosis.  The study at Weill Cornell Medical College found environmental factors can trigger the disease in  genetically susceptible patients.  The toxin kills the brain's myelin producing cells.  Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system affecting 400,000 Americans.
A close examination of the brains of young people may predict their future memory performance.  Scientists in Sweden used an MRI to measure brain function - allowing them to estimate a child's working memory performance two years later.   The ability to hold onto information for a short period of time is considered one of the strongest predictors of success in math and reading.
And children who are born preterm face an increased risk for developing asthma.  Researchers found that babies born before 37-weeks were 46-percent more likely to develop asthma and other wheezing disorders.  Children born before 32-weeks were at even higher risk.  These are some of the days top health stories.

(Adriana Diaz, CBS News)

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