Posts Categorized: Children’s Health

Cigarette Advertising: Hook ‘Em Young

The tobacco industry would shrink significantly if kids stopped smoking. Today, the Great American Smokeout, is the perfect time to remember that limiting young peoples’ exposure to cigarette ads makes it less likely that they will start smoking. Big Tobacco spent $9 billion on US advertising in 2011. Most of these marketing dollars go toward… Read more »

Halloween Safety Is No Trick

The hospital is no place to visit while trick-or-treating. All Hallows Eve is busy at emergency departments because, while having fun, kids and grown-ups can forget basic Halloween safety. The most common Halloween injuries that need emergency care are car/pedestrian accidents (about twice as many child pedestrians die on October 31 compared to other days);… Read more »

Body Image Problems Start Early

Conflicting messages about body image are in the news again. This week, a reality TV star’s Instagram post showed her wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. The image prompted conflicting responses. Some took the photo as an innocent, playful act between mother and daughter. Others considered it a dysfunctional interpretation of the 40-something celebrity’s body image… Read more »

Substance Abuse and ADHD

Children with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) are more likely to engage in substance abuse compared to their peers without ADHD, according to the most recent edition of the journal Pediatrics. Children with ADHD and other behavioral health issues are at even higher risk of developing substance use disorders, the report said. But there is hope: Medication… Read more »

Sprains and Strains

With summer vacation just days away, your children are probably gearing up for foot races in the park, bike riding, and swimming, which often leads to injuries like sprained ankles or strained wrists. Sprains and strains are common injuries among active children with more than 900,000 kids in the United States visiting emergency rooms each… Read more »

Be a Hero Against “Super-Lice”

What’s worse than head lice? How about super-lice? Parents who have signed a child up for summer activities–especially sleep-away camp—need to be on the lookout for this new strain of head lice. This mutant is impervious to traditional treatments. Head lice are highly contagious. They spread easily from one person to another by close contact and when… Read more »

Another Football Risk–This Time, Cardiovascular

Though it is our most popular, commonly viewed sport, football has been taking a beating in the health care arena lately. Besides the expanding case studies on concussions and the impact this high-intensity sport has on the brain, recent research indicates that play on the gridiron also negatively affects the heart. High-intensity exercise has been… Read more »

Smoke-Free Laws Help Kids, Too

Smoke-free laws provide substantial health benefits for children, according to a recent study in the Lancet. Environments free of second-hand smoke are associated with a considerable decrease in premature births and a 10 percent reduction in hospitalizations for asthma in children, the Lancet analysis indicates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that smoke-free environments result in significantly… Read more »

Kids’ Cereal:
“Nutritious Breakfast”–or Dessert in Disguise?

Food manufacturers pledged to improve nutritional value of kids’ cereal and reduce ad spending through the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. Introduced several years ago, the initiative is a self-regulation program among large food and drink companies. It prompted them to reformulate many children‘s cereals to contain fewer than 12 grams of sugar per… posted in: Children's Health, Nutrition tags:


New Autism Drug Study: A Cautious Approach

Low doses of an anti-anxiety medication improved social interaction and decreased repetitive behaviors in mice, according to research recently published in the journal Neuron. The new autism drug study involved mice bred to have autism-like symptoms. Mice that received low doses of the drug clonazepam showed notable behavioral shifts, like enhanced social interaction, decreased repetitive… Read more »