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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Lure of Forbidden Food

The New York Times – Tara Parker-Pope

“Children who are highly motivated by food — researchers have called them “reactive eaters” — are of particular interest to childhood health experts. Were they born this way? Or do parents create reactive eaters by imposing too many food rules and imposing restrictive eating practices at home?”(more)

Mother’s Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Linked To Toddler’s Risk Of Cavities (STUDY)

The Huffington Post – Will Boggs, MD

“Women’s low vitamin D levels during pregnancy are linked to a higher risk of cavities in the teeth of their toddlers, according to a new study done in Canada.”(more)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How early is too early for education?

Wicked Local – Lane Anderson

“Early childhood education – from infancy – can can have striking improvements on success and lifelong health.”(more)

Childhood diseases making a comeback

WKYC – Monica Robins

“Doctors aren’t really surprised to see outbreaks of childhood diseases that we have vaccinations for.”(more)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lots of exercise, less sugar a healthy combo (with video)

The Leader-Post – PAMELA COWAN

“A massive sugar fix is ahead this weekend as children devour chocolate bunnies and eggs – but sweets don’t have to be banished from Easter baskets. “Special treats don’t have to be outlawed as long as we’re balancing our intake and watching portion control,” said Katherine McLeod, a researcher in nutrition…”(more)

Child bullying victims still suffering at 50 – study

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, say researchers from King’s College London.”(more)

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)