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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
FDA: Shortage of Kids’ Cancer Drug Can Be Averted
The Food and Drug Administration has managed to avert a “crisis” for children with cancer by preventing a looming shortage of a lifesaving drug, officials announced Tuesday.
1 in 4 Children Malnourished, Global Report Says
Five children around the world die every minute because of chronic malnutrition, according to a report released Wednesday that also said that almost half a billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next 15 years.
Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Preterm Births
In some women, morning sickness might be an indicator of more serious later-pregnancy complications, including preterm delivery, a new study says.
Obese Children Outgrowing Kids’ Clothing and Furniture
As children are getting bigger, their clothing, their furniture and other objects that support their weight must also expand.
Anti-Obesity Campaigns May Be Harmful to Some Healthy Children, Scientists Warn
Doctors have started treating a new type of eating disorder and warn aggressive anti-obesity campaigns may be harmful to some healthy children.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama is urging you to combat childhood obesity and encourage exercise by entering the nationwide Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) Innovation Competition. ASAP was launched this past Tuesday by ChildObesity180 (a team of experts dedicated to ending childhood obesity), which also supports the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” program.
The competition is divided into two categories: School Programs and Technology Innovation. Teachers, schools, and school districts can enter School Programs by submitting their school’s unique physical activity programs, which can include curriculums, activities, environmental modifications, events, or any other initiatives that are currently being implemented. Regional winners will receive $25,000 prizes and national winners will receive $100,000 prizes.
Technology developers can enter Technology Innovation with ideas of how existing and emerging technology can be used to inspire kids to get active. Technology can include devices, tracking and measurement systems, software applications, social media, gaming systems, and smartphones. Winners will receive $50,000 in funding and the chance to present at this year’s Health 2.0 conference.
Learn more about the Innovation Competition and read details about how to apply at activeschoolsasap.org. The competition ends April 2 at 5:00 pm EDT.
Watch a video message from First Lady Michelle Obama about the competition below.
Categories: GoodyBlog, Health & Safety, Your Child | Tags: child obesity, contests, health, Health & Safety, healthy eating, innovation competition, Let's Move!, Michelle Obama, obese, obesity
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Brain Injuries in Childhood Have Lasting Effects on Learning
Brain injuries can lead to widespread deficits in a range of functions — from language to motor skills and cognition — and the effects may be longer-lasting than researchers thought, especially in young children who suffer traumatic blows to the head.
Should Parents Lose Custody of Super Obese Kids?
Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids’ weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation’s most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.
Anxiety, Other Disorders More Common in Autism
Autism tends to go hand in hand with a variety of other mental and behavioral conditions in kids, suggests a new study that highlights the fuzzy nature of autism diagnoses themselves.
Lots of Fun in the Sun, but Little Use of Sunscreen by Kids
The majority of pre-adolescents don’t regularly use sunscreen, according to a new study, despite the fact that many of them suffered sunburns at some point during their childhood, which increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life.
Tiny Baby Melinda Star Guido Heading Home
At birth, Melinda Star Guido weighed less than a can of soda – only 9 1/2 ounces. After spending close to the first five months of her life at the hospital, she’s headed home.
Girl Who Outsmarted Alleged Kidnapper: ‘I Got my Fight From Daddy’
A 9-year-old girl is getting credit for her quick thinking and for speaking up after managing to escape from her alleged kidnapper last week.
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: anxiety, anxiety disorder, autism, brain injury, kidnap, Melinda Star Guido, obese, obesity, preemies, sun safety, sunscreen
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
New tests for Pupils, But the Grades Go to Teachers
New York City education officials are developing more than a dozen new standardized tests, but in a sign of the times, their main purpose will be to grade teachers, not the students who take them.
Pregnancy Weight Loss Can Be Safe for Obese Women
According to a new study that seems to buck traditional medical logic, obese women may actually be able to lose weight during pregnancy without harming themselves or their babies. In fact, the weight loss — if done the right way — could possibly reduce the women’s risk of needing a cesarean section.
Environmental Factors May Be to Blame for Increase in Developmental Disabilities
According to a government report, one in six children in the United States has some kind of developmental disability. The number has been steadily increasing over the course of the past decade.
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Chubby babies ‘obese’ as early as 9 months, study says
32 percent of 7,500 American babies can be called obese at 9 months. Experts say the best way to control a baby’s weight is to monitor portion size. They say the difference is probably only a 150-calorie difference and the problem could be solved in as little as a few weeks. (MSNBC)
More Tiny Babies Surviving, but with Health Risks
The chance of survival rate for babies born under 400 grams is on the rise. Their actual size is not the largest issue, but their stage in development. The survivors were unusually small for their gestational ages but more fully formed than an average 400-gram fetus. Baby girls seem to have better odds of living through the ordeal than boys. (Fox News)
Study: Breast-Feeding Would Save Lives, Money
A recent cost analysis revealed that if 90 percent of women breast-fed their babies billions of dollars could be saved, along with 900 babies’ lives. Dangerous ailments such as stomach viruses, ear infections , asthma , juvenile diabetes , Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and childhood leukemia , could be preventable by breast-feeding. (Fox News)
Monday, November 15th, 2010
Your young child can be more stressed than you think. A new survey from the American Psychological Association reveals that kids as young as 8 are experiencing stress as a result of their parents’ stress. For kids ages 8-12 with stressed parents, the survey showed that 47% feel sad, 36% feel worried, and 25% feel frustrated.
In particular, overweight and obese children reported feeling more stress because of their parents than children with average weight. As a result, the obese and overweight children experienced negative emotional and physical affects that included eating more, having trouble sleeping, getting headaches, and fighting with others.
Parents seem unaware of their children’s stress. The survey also discovered 69% of parents believed their stress didn’t impact the children, but 91% of children reported otherwise. Also, children were less likely to reach out to their parents to talk about the stress or to maintain their health by eating well or exercising.
In order for families to continue growing closer, healthy changes need to be made to improve physical, emotional, and mental health.
Categories: GoodyBlog, Health & Safety, News, Your Child | Tags: adolescent stress, American Psychological Association, children, health, Health & Safety, healthy eating, mental health, obese, overweight, parents, stress, weight, weight gain