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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Making families and communities stronger

Tyler Star News – Staff Writer

“There are five protective factors that are linked to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. These protective factors are conditions in families and communities that increase the health and well-being of our children and families. These factors also serve as buffers against child maltreatment.”(more)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fussy Toddlers Watch More TV Than Calmer Kids, Study Finds

Parade – Lindsay Lowe

“Plenty of parents turn on the TV in hopes of calming their toddler down during a tantrum. And the fussier the child, the more screen time he gets, a new study finds, which could harm him developmentally down the line.”(more)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for 1st time

The Kansas City Star – KOURTNEY LIEPELT

“For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in Iowa law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across the state.”(more)

Health: Routine child vaccinations are important for everyone

The State-Journal – Leah Aubrey

“A recent study published in the academic journal Pediatrics overwhelmingly confirms the value of routine childhood immunizations in preventing disease and death. Yet despite the success of routine childhood immunizations, a growing number of infants continue to be adversely affected by whooping cough, or pertussis.”(more)

No sugar for a year produces sweet results

USA Today – Michelle Healy

“There are plenty of reasons for American families to put the brakes on sugar consumption. Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis and even dementia have all been linked to diets overloaded with the sweet stuff, much of it added to processed foods and sweetened beverages. Still, cutting back can be daunting.”(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vegetables in Childhood May Benefit Breast Health

Web MD – Kathleen Doheny

“Girls who ate the most fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids were less likely to get benign breast disease, a new study suggests.”(more)

Friday, April 11, 2014

USDA Bans Junk Food From Schools, But 100% Fruit Juice And Low-Quality Vegetables Won’t Make Kids Healthier

Medical Daily – Chris Weller

“Beginning July 1, 2014, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, schools will no longer be allowed to sell unhealthy junk food in their cafeterias, vending machines, student stores, or at bake sale fundraisers. Schools must replace these unhealthy items with a number of nutritious options…”(more)

Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills

Harvard Health Publications – Heidi Godman

“In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.”(more)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tracking kids over decades shows effect of early-childhood lessons

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Between 1972 and 1977, researchers randomly studied 111 children, from birth to age 8, and followed up decades later to see whether certain education and medical treatments in childhood reaped significant implications when those kids became adults.”(more)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Opinion: Effects of childhood stress can have long lasting effects

NJ.com – Rush Russell

“Have you ever heard of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study? It’s a research study led by a California-based health insurance company, Kaiser Permanente, which wanted to know more about the links between obesity and health habits during childhood, to see if they could identify better ways of promoting healthier behavior and eating habits for their insured members.”(more)