Category Archives: Parenting

Sleep-disordered breathing in children associated with behavioral problems

The CBS Evening News reported, “You already know young children get cranky if they don’t get enough sleep, but a study” published online “in the journal Pediatrics found children who have trouble sleeping are more likely to develop emotional and … Continue reading

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CSPI urges ban on caramel coloring in soft drinks due to alleged cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “In a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest [CSPI] called on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring … Continue reading

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Pediatric group says women should breastfeed at least one year

The Baltimore Sun “Picture Of Health” blog reports, “The American Academy of Pediatrics” has “reaffirmed its position that women should breast feed for at least a year to get the best health benefits for their babies.

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Hypnosis benefits kids with IBS or chronic stomach pain

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, hypnosis may alleviate chronic pain in the stomach or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in youngsters.

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Active video games do NOT result in more exercise for kids

Color me very surprised by this, but the Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “A study finds that having active video games in the home may not translate into more exercise.”

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Exclusive breast-feeding best for baby: Experts

Breast-feeding exclusively is recommended for a baby’s first six months of life, followed by continued breast-feeding along with food until a baby is at least 12 months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms in a new policy statement.

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Survey: Marijuana use up among teens

The Washington Post reports, “New data compiled by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the insurance industry indicates that pot smoking is up among teens, and use is higher among high school kids than it has been in three decades.”

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Report on cholesterol screening in children still controversial

In the New York Times “Well” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes about the “Summary Report of the Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents,” which addresses the question: “What do we know … Continue reading

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CDC study finds more food-borne illness outbreaks caused by raw milk

USA Today reports on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which found that “unpasteurized milk, touted as the ultimate health food by some, is 150 times more likely to cause food-borne illness outbreaks than pasteurized milk and such … Continue reading

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FDA to review safety of inhalable caffeine

The US Food and Drug Administration will review information brought to the agency’s attention about an inhalable caffeine shot, which delivers 100 milligram shot of caffeine with each use. About the same as is in a cup of coffee. What’s … Continue reading

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Seven states move to create opt-out alternatives for child immunizations

USA Today reports, “Lawmakers in seven states are considering legislation that would make it easier for parents to opt out of mandatory immunization requirements for their children, sparking debate among public health experts and some parents.

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Lawmakers call on FDA to set standards for arsenic, lead levels in fruit juices

CQ reports that Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) “say they are alarmed by a respected consumer group’s findings of high arsenic and lead levels in fruit juices and worried that the Food and Drug Administration will … Continue reading

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Study finds high levels of arsenic in some baby formulas, cereal bars

ABC News reported, “And now, we wanted to go in depth tonight on that headline about surprisingly high levels of arsenic hiding in food, including brown rice, organic formula for toddlers.”

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Brain scans spot autism as early as 6 months of age

This amazing information finally and completely debunks the delusion that vaccines at 12-18 months of age cause autism.

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Prescription shampoo approved to treat head lice

Sklice Lotion, a prescription-strength shampoo to treat head lice, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people six months and older.

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About half of US children still have access to unhealthy vending machines at school

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that approximately “half of kids surveyed from public and private school had ready access to vending machines, snack bars, school … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding improves children’s lung function

HealthDay reported, “Breast-feeding is associated with improved lung function in school-age children, particularly those with asthmatic mothers,” according to a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Sports Legacy Institute calls for limiting head blows

The CNN “The Chart” blog reported that due to “concern … that sub-concussive damage – the menacing smaller blows that add up during practices and games –” could harm adolescent brains, “the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) Friday called for the … Continue reading

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Head blows without concussion result in brain function changes

The NPR “Shots” blog reported that according to a study to be published in the Journal of Biomechanics, “high school football players have changes in their brain function long before they have recognizable signs of a concussion.”

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CDC study: One in five adolescents ride in cars with others smoking

The AP reports that according to a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the journal Pediatrics, “more than one in five high school students and middle schoolers ride in cars while others … Continue reading

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Investigative report: Tanning-salon business built on deception

ABC World News reported, “Here’s a surprising fact we learned. There are more tanning salons in America than there are Starbucks. It is a huge, booming business. But some members of Congress warned today that it is also built on … Continue reading

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Most teens don’t get enough sleep

Teenagers need 8 and 1/2 to 9 and 1/4 hours of sleep each night to feel good and perform well at school.

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Fructose consumption linked to evidence of heart disease in teens

HealthDay reported, “Teens who consume large amounts of the food and beverage sweetener fructose show evidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk in their blood,” according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

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Physicians with normal BMI more likely to diagnose, discuss obesity

Color me “stunned” by this report: The Baltimore Sun “Picture of Health” blog reports a study in the journal Obesity suggesting that “physicians with a normal body mass index were more likely than overweight doctors to engage their obese patients … Continue reading

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CDC says flu season is just beginning

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that the flu season may finally be starting up. So, it’s NOT too late to get your family immunized.

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New school nutrition guidelines issued

First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with Rachael Ray to unveil the biggest overhaul on school meals in more than 15 years. There will be more whole grains, less salt and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and all … Continue reading

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Kids’ snacks CAN be healthy and inexpensive

It’s well-documented that healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables tend to cost more than “junk” foods such as chips and cookies, a phenomenon that’s often cited as a contributing factor to the U.S. obesity epidemic. But a new study … Continue reading

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Only 25% of kids use sunscreen regularly

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that “kids are really bad about using sunscreen consistently,” according to a study published in Pediatrics.

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Analysis suggests proposed changes to autism definition would exclude many

A possible change in the definition of autism and one top expert says the change could, quote, “make these autism epidemic go away.”

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No amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe for the unborn child

USA Today reports, “A new study pinpoints the latter half of the first trimester as a critical time in the development of” signs of fetal alcohol syndrome, “such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip, small head … Continue reading

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