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Child Health and Safety

Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Overweight Toddlers?

2016-05-10 18:38

Results of a new study suggest that vitamin D supplements may do more than help infants and toddlers develop strong bones. Now experts have found that vitamin D may help prevent overweight toddlers, an important discovery given the increasing rate of obesity.

Previous research has suggested that vitamin D can play a role in helping with weight loss.

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How An Arizona Nun Fights Obesity Among Pima Indian Children

2016-05-03 12:49

The Pima Indians in the United States have the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the world and extremely high obesity rates as well. For more than 30 years, one Arizona nun has been trying to change these serious health issues among Pima Indian children.

The habits and activities learned during childhood often are those people carry into adulthood.

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Mindful eating can help kids too

2016-04-06 12:51

Mindful eating is one important way to lose weight. Eating food for the sake of satisfying our appetite versus eating when we are hungry can lead to weight gain and thwart weight loss attempts. A new pilot study shows mindfulness based eating can also help overweight and obese children.

Based on the small study, it seems children and adolescents exercise more and gain less weight when they become more aware of what they are eating.

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Your Camera Flash Could Reveal an Eye Cancer

2016-02-01 07:09

We’ve all experienced the occasional red eye imaging during a photo shoot, but have you ever noticed a white eye imaging? If so, then you may want to pay a visit to an eye specialist to find out if that unnatural eye image could be a potential eye cancer.

According to a recent news report from NBC affiliate station KCEN-TV in Temple, Texas, the mother of a 4-month old infant became suspicious when her photos of her son kept showing

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Vaccine dangers: Pseudoscience or fact?

2015-11-04 07:52

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

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

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, 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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