TO JUNIOR'S HEALTH

P F CS INTERFERE WITH VACCINEMarch 2012

Children with high levels of PFCs in their blood showed weak responses to tetanus and diphtheria shots, producing fewer antibodies in the blood, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research suggests that some of these children may still be vulnerable to the diseases even though they had been Read More »

By Dave Gordon

HOLD THE SPANKINGMarch 2012

Corporal punishment like spanking can make kids more aggressive and antisocial, and cause depression and substance abuse, changes in the brain, and developmental problems, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The researchers examined 20 years of previous studies and found that none of those studies found any positive effects of spanking. Read More »

By Dave Gordon

ANTIDEPRESSANTS DON’T POSE ADDITIONAL SUICIDE RISKMarch 2012

A theory linking antidepressants with the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts in kids and teens, is being questioned in light of recent research that analyzed 41 studies and found that adults had a lower risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior when taking medication. Among children, the medication did not raise or lower the incidence Read More »

By Dave Gordon

SCHOOL VENDING MACHINES ARE JUNKYMarch 2012

Half of kids in public and private schools have access to vending machines, candy bars, and in-school stores, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. There are currently no federal regulations on foods and beverages sold outside of school meals. So while selling soda, gum and some candies in Read More »

By Dave Gordon

MISLEADING NUTRITION CLAIMSFebruary 2012

Several companies, including Coca-Cola Company and Nutella, may have misled customers about the nutrition of their products, according to a report by the Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) and the British Heart Foundation. In one case, the CFC, a group aiming to improve kids’ knowledge about food, accused the Coca-Cola Company of making false claims about Read More »

By Dave Gordon

TIRED TODDLERS COPE LESSFebruary 2012

Toddlers who miss a nap are unhappy, stressed, anxious, less excited by positive events, and less interested in their world – factors which may lead to future psychological problems if sleep deprivation continues. The study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, involved toddlers who had missed a nap and were then filmed working on Read More »

By Dave Gordon

PARENTS AND PEDIATRICIANS HEAR DIFFERENT THINGSFebruary 2012

Pediatricians and parents of overweight children have been found to disagree about what actually happens during doctor visits. A study, published in the journal Academic Pediatrics, found different versions of events when sessions that included weight-management counseling were audiotaped and then compared to parent questionnaires and doctor notes. Parents were found to over report what Read More »

By Dave Gordon

TEXT MESSAGES TO HELP STOP SMOKINGFebruary 2012

The National Cancer Institute has created a free text message service, called Smokefree T-X-T, that gives advice, encouragement and tips to help teens stop smoking. Teenagers who are interested in quitting sign up with the service and select a date to quit. They then receive regular text messages aimed at helping them stop, which continue Read More »

By Dave Gordon

DAYCARE KIDS ARE TOO SEDENTARYFebruary 2012

Children in daycare are missing out on physical activity in favor of increased learning and activities in the classroom. Parental fears of potentially dangerous playgrounds and injuries associated with playing, combined with pressure from government learning guidelines, have resulted in little kids spending a lot of time indoors. Additionally, kids often become bored with updated, Read More »

By Dave Gordon

SCHOOLWORK IMPROVED THROUGH… RECESS?February 2012

Recess, gym class and afterschool running can help kids do better in school according toa study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Taking fitness breaks during class, traveling to school by bike, and structured physical education classes can all help lead to better grades. The researchers found that kids who increased physical Read More »

By Dave Gordon
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