TO JUNIOR'S HEALTH

10 WORST KIDS’ CEREALSJanuary 2012

It’s the most important meal of the day, but if your kids are eating one of these popular cereals, they’re basically eating a jumbo serving of sugar for breakfast.  Some of the least healthy cereals for kids contain over 50 percent sugar, and are no better than a donut, according to a survey from the Read More »

By Dave Gordon

WAIT TO CLAMP THE CORDJanuary 2012

While most obstetricians cut the umbilical cord right away after delivery, a recent study suggests that waiting at least three minutes reduces the chances of iron deficiency when the baby is four months old. Researchers studied two groups of infants, one whose cords were clamped within 10 seconds, and the other after three minutes or Read More »

By Dave Gordon

WAIT TO CLAMP THE CORDJanuary 2012

While most obstetricians cut the umbilical cord right away after delivery, a recent study suggests that waiting at least three minutes reduces the chances of iron deficiency when the baby is four months old. Researchers studied two groups of infants, one whose cords were clamped within 10 seconds, and the other after three minutes or Read More »

By Dave Gordon

CHOLESTEROL TESTING… FOR KIDS?January 2012

Children between the ages of 9 and 11 should be tested for high cholesterol, according to new guidance from an expert panel appointed by the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Previous recommendations for cholesterol testing applied only to those with a family history of cholesterol problems, or Read More »

By Dave Gordon

DOCTORS IGNORING OBESITYJanuary 2012

Researchers from the University of North Carolina report that fewer than 30 percent of parents of overweight children have had this issue addressed by their doctor. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, suggests that parents may be more likely to have a healthy diet and exercise plan with their families Read More »

By Dave Gordon

ARSENIC IN APPLE JUICEJanuary 2012

In response to recent media reports of possible high levels of arsenic in apple juice, the Food and Drug Administration announced that apple juice continues to be safe. At the same time, however, it is considering new policies regarding accepted levels of arsenic in juice. Some groups recommend that parents dilute juice that is given Read More »

By Dave Gordon

PROBIOTICS FOR KIDS?December 2011

Probiotics – so-called “good” bacteria often found in products like yogurt – have been found to be neither harmful nor beneficial for children. The effect on treatment for diarrhea has been found to be modest, and the effects on other gut disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, have been inconsistent. A study published in the Read More »

By Dave Gordon

WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE FOR EXPECTANT MOMSDecember 2011

Vaccination against pertussis, or whooping cough, has been found to be most helpful for young babies when it is given prenatally, during pregnancy, rather than after birth. According to the study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, postpartum vaccinations given to new mothers take too long to protect the baby against illness, as it Read More »

By Dave Gordon

FOLIC ACID LINKED TO LANGUAGEDecember 2011

Folic acid has been known to reduce the risk of some birth defects, but new research from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York suggests that nutrition during pregnancy is important not only for birth, but also for the child’s later development. Nearly 40,000 Norwegian mothers were interviewed during pregnancy and when Read More »

By Dave Gordon

THE VIOLENT BEVERAGEDecember 2011

Teens who drank more than five cans of non-diet soda daily were more likely to report behaving violently towards others, and to report having carried a gun or knife in the previous year, according to a study from the University of Vermont. The researchers also found that the likelihood of violent behavior increased the more Read More »

By Dave Gordon
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