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Child Health and Safety

Vaccine dangers: Pseudoscience or fact?

2015-11-04 07:52
Anti-vaccine websites targeted by researchers

Scientists recently explored websites that claim vaccinations are dangerous. The hope is that researchers can better understand parental fears that childhood vaccines cause autism and brain injury.

Meghan Moran, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found four out of ten anti-vaccine websites contained false information based on "pseudoscience" that vaccinations c

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Want Healthier Kids? Take a Lesson from The Japanese

2015-11-02 10:18
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It’s well known that people from Japan live longer with fewer health issues. Okinawan people have long been studied to understand why they have longer life expectancies. Japan is considered a blue zone and like people in other areas of the world who live longer and without the diseases that plague Americans, they have certain health practices that ensure better health. According to a recent study, the Japanese people have the longest life expectancy on the planet while Americans aren’t even in the top 10. [1]

Japanese children eat more whole foods that are nutrient dense and low in calories like brown rice, miso soup, vegetables including seaweed, and fish.

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6 remedies for a teething baby

2015-07-27 18:54
teething baby pain remedy

Typically, a child’s first teeth come in around the six month mark. However, there are cases in which a baby’s teeth erupt earlier, and some can come in immediately after birth. The signs and symptoms of your child’s first teeth include lack of appetite, drooling, irritability and sleep issues. In addition, they may have sore or itchy gums and swelling gums that may cause them to try to bite everything. You can sometimes feel the new teeth by running your fingers gently along your baby’s gums. If you feel any unusual hardness along the gum line, then it could indicate an incoming tooth.

If you have a teething baby, you know what it is like to go without sleep. The drooling, crankiness, and incessant crying are enough to bring you to tears as well.

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'Love hormone' oxytocin may help women respond to crying babies

2015-05-08 18:07
Oxytocin may help women respond to crying babies

Oxytocin, which is released during labor and nursing, can help turn on the maternal instinct and motivate women to soothe a crying baby, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Indiana University.

The goal of the study was to describe the roles of the so-called "love hormone" and parity on reward area activation in response to reproductive stimuli.

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Childhood bullying may be worse than abuse for kids' mental health

2015-04-29 13:20
Bullying may be worse for kids' mental health than abuse

A new study has found that bullying may be more detrimental to children's mental health than abuse by an adult.

Researchers analyzed data from the US-based Great Smoky Mountain Study and the UK-based Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children to determine whether the long-term effects of bullying were d

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Girls with mild autism typically diagnosed later than boys

2015-04-28 15:17
Girls with mild autism diagnosed later than boys

Girls who are on the milder end of the autism spectrum tend to be diagnosed later than boys, a new study has found. The difference in age at the time of diagnosis may be attributed to the fact that girls with mild autism exhibit less severe symptoms.

The study found that doctors diagnosed girls with Asperger's syndrome -- an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitiv

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Reading to young children associated with differences in brain activity

2015-04-26 20:45
Association between reading and brain activity in young children

A new study has found evidence that reading to young children is associated with differences in brain activity that support early reading skills.

Researchers studied 19 healthy preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years old, 37 percent of whom were from low-income households.

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