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Pediatricians Release Updated Guidelines for Children’s Medical Screening

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released new, and expanded, screening recommendations for children. The AAP encourages pediatricians to start testing younger children for everything from anemia, congenital heart disease, depression, HIV, cholesterol levels, teeth health and more.

Speaking about heart disease, Dr. Geoffrey Simon explained:

“The goal is to identify risk factors early on, . . . → Read More: Pediatricians Release Updated Guidelines for Children’s Medical Screening

One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels

New study reports that one in five Americans children has high cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have very worrisome high cholesterol levels.

“Older children and teenagers had the worst cholesterol levels — nearly 27 percent of 16- to 19- year-olds had at least one measure of unhealthy cholesterol, the National Center for . . . → Read More: One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels

Underage kids get alcohol ads directly to smartphones

Most parents, doctors and teachers are probably not aware that social media is bombarding children as young as 13 with daily ads from the alcohol industry, new study reports.

“I’m surprised by these findings given that age-gate technology is available on these social media platforms and easily implemented,” said lead author Adam E. Barry, of . . . → Read More: Underage kids get alcohol ads directly to smartphones

Calm Your Baby In Seconds With Dr. Robert Hamilton’s Quick Trick

Every new parent knows how hard it is to calm a fussy baby. Screaming, squirmy, inconsolable baby can be a frightening adversary for any mom or dad.

Well, worry no more. Dr. Robert Hamilton of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics in Santa Monica shows you how to calm your crying baby almost instantly.

“Hamilton showed off his . . . → Read More: Calm Your Baby In Seconds With Dr. Robert Hamilton’s Quick Trick

When Do Kids Learn ‘Fairness’?

A new study finds how children in different cultures react when confronted with the idea of unfairness and fairness.

How do different kids respond to being treated worse or better than their peers?

“In a series of tasks involving candy, hundreds of young kids from seven countries around the world — the United States, Canada, . . . → Read More: When Do Kids Learn ‘Fairness’?

Grandkids Could Be One Reason Humans Live Long Lives

While most other primates reach the breakdown of their bodies and, not soon after, the end of their lives not long after completion of their reproductive stage, humans continue to stay strong and healthy and live for many years longer.

Evolutionary scientists have long wondered why this is the case. What evolutionary advantage does it . . . → Read More: Grandkids Could Be One Reason Humans Live Long Lives

Transforming a Child’s Life With Glasses

A wonderful program called ChildSight, run by Helen Keller International, helps thousands of children each year see the world a little more clearly.

Eye specialists from the program screen up to 100,000 middle school and high school children in poor communities throughout the country and provides glasses to those who need them.

“Children with uncorrected . . . → Read More: Transforming a Child’s Life With Glasses

10 Health Findings From 2015 Every Parent Should Know About

Parenting is a very personal endeavor, but many of us need guidance in doing our utmost to ensure the best physical, emotional and mental health of our children.

There were a number of enlightening scientific studies in 2015 that can direct caregivers on where to concentrate their parenting effort and attention.

Read more and find . . . → Read More: 10 Health Findings From 2015 Every Parent Should Know About

Breast-Feeding Is Good for Mothers, Not Just Babies, Studies Suggest

Two recent studies suggest that breast feeding has even more benefits than previously known. Breast milk is not only ideal food for infants but has been found to have positive health benefits for mothers as well.

“One study found that breast-feeding may help protect women from a particularly vicious type of breast cancer. . . . → Read More: Breast-Feeding Is Good for Mothers, Not Just Babies, Studies Suggest

Teens Aren’t Getting Nearly Enough Exercise At School

A new study shows that American teenagers get more exercise at school than anywhere else, but that isn’t nearly enough to meet even the minimum daily activity levels recommended by the World Health Organization.

During their school hours, American teenagers get, on the average, 23 minutes of activity per day. This is a lot less . . . → Read More: Teens Aren’t Getting Nearly Enough Exercise At School