Category Archives: Children’s Health

Being physically active in pregnancy helps the baby

Being physically active during pregnancy may have benefits for infant lung function, according to new research.

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Breast milk strengthens the hearts of babies

Breast milk can give preemies’ hearts a big boost, a groundbreaking study suggests.

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Treating fever in children

As the cough and cold season begins, parents always ask about treating fever in kids. Here’s the latest from the experts at Prescriber’s Letter.

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Less sugar linked to fewer heart disease events

Sugary foods and beverages are strongly associated with obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. In other words, sugar is killing Americans in droves.

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Reducing your and your kids’ risk of diabetes

If type 2 diabetes runs in your family, you may find yourself worrying about whether it will show up in you or your kids. And your worries are well-founded as people at high genetic risk for type 2 diabetes are … Continue reading

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Pregnancy, smoking, and alcohol don’t mix

What pregnant woman anxiously expecting the birth of her baby would want to purposefully harm that baby? Almost none. And here’s a way to improve the mother and the baby’s health.

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Physical activity, screen time tied to teen well-being

Researchers surveyed over a half-million youths ages 11 to 15 and found that girls who spent an hour a day on devices such TVs, cellphones, computers, and video games, and boys who spent about 90 minutes a day on their … Continue reading

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Eat one hot dog and your life could be 36 minutes shorter

Researchers at the University of Michigan evaluated more than 5,800 foods and their impact on human health and the environment. Among their surprising discoveries was that eating a single hot dog could cost you thirty-six minutes of your life.

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Magnet sets that injure kids recalled

The Washington Post reported the Consumer Product Safety Commission “announced … a recall for two brands of high-powered magnet sets [Zen Magnets and Neoballs].”

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Earlier Dinner Better for Kids and Parents

According to a report from the Institute of Family Studies, having dinner as a family is an important part of a family routine. Shared meals are a time to bond, talk together, and give children a chance to process the day.

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Children Eating Too Many Dangerous Foods

I’ve told you before about the dangers of too much ultra-processed food in your diet. A new study reports that  “ultra-processed foods made up two-thirds of the average American kid’s diet.”

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Increased risks identified from red and processed meats

New research reveals that eating processed or red meats can increase your risk of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death and disability.

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Fake Beef

The latest fad in the “vegetarian” and “healthy food” categories involves a slew of so-called “plant-based fake meats” that purport to be healthier for people and the planet. But, are they?

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Loneliness dramatically increasing among teenagers who use smartphones or the Internet too much

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescence finds that “feelings of loneliness among teenagers rose sharply between 2012 and 2018” in almost every country studied countries. The loneliness was strongly correlated with “[increases] in smartphone and Internet use.”

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A New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” — Loneliness Can Kill!

LiftableTV has posted a new episode of “Ask Dr. Walt,” titled, “Loneliness Can Kill.” 

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How to avoid sunscreens and after-sun products contaminated with cancer-causing benzene

Benzene, which has been linked to blood cancers, has been reported in a large number of sunscreens and after-sun products that were independently tested by Valisure, LLC, a company that independently checks the chemical composition of medications and healthcare products.

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Skipping breakfast leads to clear nutritional gaps

A study in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society​​​ found that adults who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to miss out on a number of important nutrients.

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Most Americans do not adhere to diets that prevent cancer

HealthDay reports, “The eating habits of most American adults aren’t in line with dietary guidelines that can reduce the risk of cancer, a new study finds.”

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Is marijuana use associated with suicide in young people?

It appears the disturbing answer is a qualified, “Yes!” A recent study found that the use of marijuana (even non-daily use) in young adults, especially females, is strongly associated with an increased risk of thinking about, planning, and attempting suicide.

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Southern-style diet associated with higher odds for sudden cardiac death

I love my wife’s “GRITS” T-shirt. “GRITS” stands for “Girls Raised in The South.” We were both born and raised in the south, so we’ve also followed the data on what we were fed growing up!

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Exercise lessens the health risks of poor sleep

Did you know that poor sleep increases your risk of a number of chronic health issues and can lead to premature death? And for those who, no matter what they do, cannot find a good sleep pattern, there is something … Continue reading

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A New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” available on Liftable TV

LiftableTV has posted a new episode of “Ask Dr. Walt,” titled, “The Power of Positive Friends and Healthful Relationships.” 

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Loneliness can make us sick, but here are tips to fight back

On my new TV show, “Ask Dr. Walt” on LiftableTV, I devoted an entire show to the topic, “Avoid Loneliness Like the Plague.” I consider healthy relationships one of the top ten essentials of highly healthy people. Here’s why:

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New Year’s Resolution #1 – Take the kids out for fast food less often

A highly healthy resolution for your family in 2016 would be to slowly reduce the number of trips you make to fast food restaurants. Why?

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Tips for Taming the TV

Tips for Taming Television (From God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child by Dr. Walt Larimore. All rights reserved) Television viewing doesn’t have to be out of control. Parents can set limits and teach children to make wise viewing choices. … Continue reading

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7 Things Teenage Boys Most Need

Being the parent of an adolescent boy is legendary for its difficulty. But according to one priest, who acts as a spiritual director for high school boys, just keeping in mind seven points can make for a better relationship with … Continue reading

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Parenting Style – Part 2

This is the second part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. You can learn more about parenting in my books God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child or God’s Design for the … Continue reading

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Parenting Style – Part 1

This is the first part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. Parenting Style Makes a Huge Difference I’ve closely followed the research of Diana Baumrind and other child development researchers who have … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 7

This is the seventh part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. DISCIPLINE We now come to the fourth letter—D for “Discipline.” Lifting up our teens with affirmation, blameless love, and connectedness is … Continue reading

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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 6

This is the sixth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH THE WORKADAY WORLD If your teen is not overscheduled and you feel good about the family connectedness, then part-time … Continue reading

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