Six months of breast milk best for babies

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
Babies are less likely to develop a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection if they are exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months, according to a Dutch study, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), in the journal Pediatrics. The study supports the current recommendation that infants be breastfed exclusively for 6 months and support "current health-policy strategies that promote exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months in industrialized countries," the researchers conclude. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that breastfeeding is the optimal source of nutrition through the first year of life. The AAP recommends exclusively breastfeeding for a minimum of four months but preferably for six months, and then gradually adding solid foods while continuing breastfeeding until at least the baby’s first birthday. Thereafter, breastfeeding can be continued for as long as both mother…
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Too Much Screen Time Can Threaten Attention Span

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Kids and young adults who overdo TV and video games are almost twice as likely to have a wide variety of attention span problems -- at least according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News: Too much time spent watching television and playing video games can double the risk of attention problems in children and young adults, new research finds. The study is the latest of many to point out the ill effects of excessive screen time, whether at the computer or the television. Researcher Edward Swing, a graduate student at Iowa State University, compared participants who watched TV or played video games less than two hours a day -- the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics for children aged 2…
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Obesity associated with reduced sexual activity AND poorer health

Marriage and Family Health
Need a motivation for losing some more weight? Well, if you're married, here's a pretty good one. The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported, "It is well known that obesity raises one's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer, among other health problems." But now, a European study reports that "obese men and women have more health issues related to sex than people of normal weight." That conclusion is based on a survey of "more than 5,500 women and 4,600 men in France regarding sexual behavior," according to the CNN "Paging Dr. Gupta" blog. "Of them, 411 women and 350 men were obese, as defined by a body mass index (BMI) of over 30." Investigators noted that "obesity was associated with…
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