Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Back to School in Libya, and Struggling to Adjust
Weeks after rebels took over Libya’s capital, schools there are struggling with politically divided student bodies, attendance problems and outdated textbooks.
Schools Dangle Carrot Snacks, but It’s a Tough Sale
Many schools have started offering healthier fare in some vending machines, but most students bypass the sliced apples and celery for potato chips and other junk food.
When Kids Become Overweight, Blood Pressure May Spike
Children are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) — simple ratio of height to weight — is in the 85th percentile or above for their age. That imaginary line may seem arbitrary to some, but a child’s risk of having high blood pressure nearly triples if he or she crosses it, a new study has found.
Pinkeye Treatment May Be on the Horizon
Early research from Sweden suggests that an experimental eye drop might stop viral pinkeye in its tracks and keep family members, schoolmates, coworkers, and other close contacts of patients from becoming infected.
Docs: Most Vulnerable Hurt if Circumcision Funding Cut
State governments looking to save a little money should not reduce funding for circumcisions, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Top 10 Worst Kids’ Meals Revealed
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Not all kids’ meals are created equal — many are much worse. The Cheesecake Factory’s children’s menu has been singled out for being among the most unhealthy and calorific, according to the writers of a new food guide.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
AAP Clinical Report: Children’s Eating Disorders On The Rise
In the past decade, a growing number of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with eating disorders. In a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Identification and Management of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents,” published in the December 2010 issue of Pediatrics (published online Nov. 29), it is estimated that 0.5 percent of adolescent girls in the United States have anorexia nervosa, and 1 percent to 2 percent meet criteria for bulimia nervosa. [Medical News Today]
AAP Report: Managing Food Allergies At School
Food allergy is estimated to affect roughly 1 in 25 school-aged children and is a common trigger of anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially fatal, systemic allergic reaction. Studies of children with food allergy indicate that 16 percent to 18 percent have had a reaction in school. In a new clinical report, “Management of Food Allergy in the School Setting” in the December 2010 issue of Pediatrics (published online Nov. 29), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) gives guidance on managing food allergies at school and on the prevention and treatment of food-induced anaphylaxis. [Medical News Today]
Elevated Blood Pressure Suffered By Up To 8 Percent Of Canadian Children
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“We blame kids for being fat, we blame kids for being inactive, we blame kids not eating right or the families for not feeding their kids right,” says Terrance Wade, the Canada Research Chair in youth and wellness at Brock University. “But a lot of these things are not based on individual choices because your life choices and such are constrained by your life chances.” [Medical News Today]
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