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Parents’ Denial Fuels Childhood Obesity Epidemic

In a recent study in Childhood Obesity, more than three-quarters of parents of pre-school-age obese children described their children as being normal weight.

“The researchers also compared these 2012 survey results with those from a similar survey in 1994. Not only were the children in the recent survey significantly heavier, but the likelihood that parents . . . → Read More: Parents’ Denial Fuels Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

A large study involving 2,623 schoolchildren in Barcelona, suggests that green spaces can improve cognitive development, mental health, attention and overall mood in both children and adults.

“Not only did the plant life soak up much of the elemental carbon around the schools, the authors write, green spaces are also known to reduce city noise . . . → Read More: Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

Breast-Fed Children at Lower Risk of Leukemia

Leukemia is one of the most deadly diseased for children and adolescents, but scientists have long suspected that breast-feeding might have a protective effect against the blood cancer because breast milk contains many antibodies and immune-strengthening compounds.

“In the new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, scientists found that children who were breast-fed for at least . . . → Read More: Breast-Fed Children at Lower Risk of Leukemia

Teenagers Seek Health Information Online, but Don’t Always Trust It

A new national survey finds that four out of five teenagers turn to the Internet for health information, but they don’t always trust the information they find.

“The report suggests some online health content is neither relevant to teenagers nor easily found by them. And while public health officials often assume that adolescents are easily . . . → Read More: Teenagers Seek Health Information Online, but Don’t Always Trust It

New Tactics for Battling Head Lice

No one has yet discovered a way to prevent head lice in children, mainly because young children come into close contact with each other. It is estimated that the time and money spent detecting and eradicating head lice costs parents and schools over $1 billion a year.

Jane Brody of the New York Times goes . . . → Read More: New Tactics for Battling Head Lice

New Hearing Technology Brings Sound To A Little Girl

Read about Jiya, the little girl who was born deaf and couldn’t hear or speak for the first five years of her life.When she was 12 months old, she was given a cochlear implant, but the procedure didn’t work because the connection between the cochlea and the brainstem was too thin.

But recently, in a . . . → Read More: New Hearing Technology Brings Sound To A Little Girl

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

A new study found that delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord at birth allows more blood to transfer from the placenta to the infant, sometimes increasing the infant’s blood volume by up to a third. The iron in the blood increases infants’ iron storage, and iron is essential for healthy brain development.

“There is . . . → Read More: Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later