Posts Categorized: Children’s Health

Teen Girls’ Fitness: More Crucial than Fat Concerns

Promoting teen girls’ fitness can hinder cardiovascular disease in the future, according to a new report in the medical journal Obesity Review. Fitness is the ability to perform physical activities that require aerobic capacity, endurance, strength and/or flexibility. It is a significant marker for future health. Genetics plays a role, but exercise is the primary… Read more »

Knee Surgery in Kids May Cause Arthritis Later

Young patients who undergo knee surgery may experience early arthritis in the knee, according to a study presented at a recent meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine in New Orleans. The study followed 32 children who underwent ACL reconstruction (knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament) between age 12 and 16…. Read more »

Eating Disorders Are a Family Affair

The eating disorders anorexia and bulimia nervosa can be grave without early and appropriate intervention. Complications can include a range of symptoms–from cardiac arrhythmias to depression and suicide–so immediate treatment is crucial. Parents who try to “correct” their child’s eating disorder on their own can end up frustrated, and rightly so. It requires a great… Read more »

ADHD: Helping Families Put the Pieces Together

ADHD (attention deficit disorder) is a brain-based biological disorder that is usually first diagnosed in childhood. Symptoms include inattentiveness, impulsive behavior and, sometimes, hyperactivity. There is no way to prevent ADHD, but early detection and intervention are very helpful. Early detection and intervention can help make symptoms less severe, decrease how much behavioral symptoms interfere… Read more »

The Dangers of Sizzurp:
What Parents Should Know

A concoction called sizzurp has been gaining popularity among teens. It is a mix of prescription cough syrup with soda and hard candies like Jolly Rancher. Often consumed from Styrofoam cups, the drink gets its alternate name, “purple drank,” from the cough medicine’s purple food coloring. Sizzurp originated in Houston in the 1960s. Now, online… posted in: Addiction, Children's Health tags:


Snorting Smarties Isn’t Addictive–
It Isn’t Harmless, Either

Snorting Smarties is about the same as inhaling sugar with a few irritants. Children have been crushing the candy and inhaling the powder for a while to imitate the act of snorting cocaine or heroin. Snorting Smarties doesn’t give a true “high” and it is not addictive. However, it can cause nasal infections, bleeding and… posted in: Children's Health tags:


Prevention Works to Protect Cervical Health

Proper screening and vaccination do a great job at guarding cervical health. Still, there are 12,000 cervical cancer US diagnoses annually–and more than 4,000 women die each year as a result, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The leading threat to cervical health is HPV (human papillomavirus) infection. HPV alters the cells of the… Read more »

Stay Warm in the Polar Vortex–
and Avoid Hypothermia

As the polar vortex causes temperatures to drop dramatically, make sure to stay warm and keep hypothermia at bay. Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) affects the brain, disrupting the ability to think clearly or move well. Severely low body temperature can even lead to heart failure and death. Hypothermia often looks different from one person… posted in: Children's Health, Geriatric Care, News, Wellness tags:


About that Halloween Letter

A woman in Fargo, ND, denied candy to certain children yesterday. Instead, she gave them a Halloween letter for their parents. The letter read, in part: “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. “My hope is that… Read more »

A Ban on Balls During Recess

A recent rash of playground injuries has prompted a Long Island school superintendent to issue a complete ban on balls. The ban prohibits hard athletic balls used during soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse and other sports. The school district also banned performing cartwheels or playing tag unless there is adequate adult supervision. Only Nerf-type balls are… Read more »